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My Kind of Love

My Kind of Love

“So you may say you’re in love with me, but you’re not in love with the same way that I am in love with you. We’re using the same words, but we are not having the same experience…” Said protagonist Sophie Ross in Moonshadow, Thea Harrison’s latest offering from the Elder Races world. I read that passage and every one of my failed romantic relationships flashed before my eyes, not to mention my doomed relationship with my late mother. Sophie summed up much of my life in just a couple of phrases… we may be using the same words but we’re not having the same experience. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it stated more accurately or succinctly. Miscommunication and talking past one another are the downfall of many relationships. More damaging is a misaligned worldview or competing philosophies of life, love, work or parenting. These misalignments and competitions arise because… READ MORE

The Wisdom of Winston

The Wisdom of Winston

I was lucky enough to be selected as an advance reader for Thea Harrison’s newest Elder Races offering, Moonshadow.  As I’ve mentioned before, I love getting advance copies from my favorite authors. I also loved being a beta reader the one time I had that opportunity (thank you Lilo J. Abernathy!). But back to Thea Harrison—I love her books and I was delighted to see that she hadn’t lost her touch.  Moonshadow introduces a new arena (Great Britain) and a new addition to the Elder Races, the Daoine Sidhe knights of the Dark Court (and doesn’t that just sound delicious?). These alpha males are strong and sexy and are locked in an interminable battle with an implacable enemy. Their leader, Nikolas, has watched his cohort decline to a mere handful of men, and his enemy laugh at his losses. He has been fighting so long, he doesn’t remember a time… READ MORE

Love after Love

Love after Love

My new ambition is to be a writer who is so successful that my deleted scenes and alternate endings, middles and beginnings can be pulled from the trash and put together into a book that becomes a bestseller.  I want to be Jeaniene Frost. Her Outtakes from the Grave was not only interesting and exciting, but an original and brilliant concept. Here, Ms. Frost provides insights into a writer’s mind and process. We see what she left out and why. Fascinating read, and it leads to the topic at hand, which is about second chances for love. In Outtakes from the Grave, the longest and most compelling section was an alternate plot line where the central couple, Cat and Bones (one of the great paranormal couples of all time), are challenged by his complete memory loss of her. Bones doesn’t remember who Cat is, or that they are married and… READ MORE

It Was on Fire When I Threw My Will on It

It Was on Fire When I Threw My Will on It

Have you ever wanted something so badly you were determined to do anything to get it? Have you twisted yourself (and others) into pretzel shapes in order to achieve specific goals?  Do you wonder whether an abundance of obstacles is the Universe’s way of telling you to take another path, or a message to try that much harder?  I’ve done it both ways: trying—and often getting—my way through sheer force of will; and also letting the flow of life take me where it will and accepting reality the way it shows up. The second path is almost always better. I don’t always get what I thought I wanted, but I’ve learned that doing it the hard way is rarely the right way. Too bad it took me so long to figure that out.  Why am I thinking about all the times I’ve taken the bull by the horns and held… READ MORE

Obtaining the Unobtainable

Obtaining the Unobtainable

“What is your shameless vision?”  So began the class I just started, where all 26 of us sat in a circle and bared our souls. Glare and share at its finest. Thankfully, I was toward the end of the pack, so I had some time to formulate my answer and listen to those of others. The question was framed quite specifically. It assumed the existence of a vision for ourselves.  It also assumed that this vision was somehow obscured by shame, the malignant growth that cripples many of our dreams and much of our reality. Often, we don’t feel worthy of our dreams, and so we abandon them like toddlers bored with their toys.  But we weren’t bored, just too afraid to hope, too scared to act, too defeated to go on. When that happens, our dreams, visions, and hearts’ desires get relegated to that most depressing of categories—the unobtainable.… READ MORE

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