Archive | May 2016

Manifesting Love Club #8

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This is a new work in progress, The Manifesting Love Club. Four friends. All single. Some looking for love. Some not. Join these ladies as they take their friendship into a new direction, to manifest love.

Earlier, Heather introduced her idea of affirmations to manifest love. The friends are working on their lists of what they want in a man. It’s Tracey’s turn today, the widow that has no desire for another man in her life.

This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. Picture prompt snippets are short – 300 words or less!

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Tracey hemmed and hawed before deciding to share what she’d written. “You all knew Luke. You know how much I loved him and what a great marriage we had. No one can ever replace him. That’s what I want in a man. I want Luke back.”

Heather leaned over and laid a hand on Tracey’s forearm, patting in reassurance.

Taking a deep breath, Tracey continued. “I know I can’t have him back. Anyone that tried to be his clone would come out on the short end of the stick. The qualities that made Luke such a wonderful husband are what I think is important in a mate. Loving. Caring. Sensitive. Respectful and accommodating for the elders in our life. A hard worker. A good provider.”

Corecia cleared her throat and mumbled something under her breath.

“What?” Tracey stopped checking off her list of admirable traits to question her friend’s unintelligible comment.

“I said ‘Saint Luke’. You make him out to be a flawless paragon. I thought he was wonderful, too. I’m just curious if he had any faults? Doesn’t sound like it the way you’re going on.”

Heather gasped and held her breath. She didn’t like confrontations, especially at her dining room table. Her face looked like she expected Tracey to either lash out at Corecia, burst into tears, or storm out of the room.

Instead, to everyone’s surprise, amusement crossed Tracey’s face and she burst out in laughter. “You’re right. He did. Not many…but a few. One of them was a biggie. There was something he wouldn’t do with me. It was something that I dearly loved to do. If…and I repeat if…I ever end up with another man in my life…he’s going to go to the beach and take long walks on the shore at sunset with me.”

Friday Fun with Rachel Jones — Joselyn Vaughn

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Manifesting Love Club #7

This is a new work in progress, The Manifesting Love Club. Four friends. All single. Some looking for love. Some not. Join these ladies as they take their friendship into a new direction, to manifest love.

Earlier, Heather introduced her idea of affirmations to manifest love. The friends are working on their lists of what they want in a man. Today we see what’s on Heather’s list for her perfect man.

This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘purple’.

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Heather pulled a paper from the folder in front of her and started reciting her aspirations without glancing at the list. “My dream man needs to have a healthy and holistic spirit…someone who understands a zen life. If he doesn’t practice yoga or meditation, he has to at least understand how important it is to me and will support me in the time I spend on those activities.”

She paused and looked down at the paper in front of her for the first time. “He needs to be intelligent too…not a woohoo looney tune. Not a new-agey guy drifting along in some other consciousness. He needs to have a good job. If it’s related to my interior design business, even better. Like an architect or contractor.”

“Maybe another interior designer?” Corecia suggested.

“Get real, Corecia. Any males in my field are not usually interested in my gender.”

The ladies laughed in acknowledgment and Juliette raised a hand high in the air. “I know what you mean. Do you know how many guys I meet in the fashion field that make great best friends, but are definitely not boyfriend material? For any of us anyways.”

When the laughter quieted down, Heather continued with her thoughts about what she wanted in a man. “I definitely do not want anyone with a hateful or spiteful soul. They need to be loving and compassionate. I want someone who tries to minimize the drama and negativity in their own life. Someone who loves for me who am I…” Her hands made a sweeping motion across her chest. “…and who doesn’t care that I don’t come equipped with the typical female anatomy, compliments of my bout with the big C.”

The faces around the table welled up with tears at the memories of Heather’s battle with breast cancer. More than once they thought that she wouldn’t make it through and that their friend would end up as a statistic. Although Heather appeared to be mild mannered and easy going, she fought back with an inner strength and resilience that surprised everyone. She didn’t survive unscathed, but Heather considered losing both breasts a small price to pay to keep her life.

Heather glanced up and noticed a small tear starting to trickle down Tracey’s cheek. Wanting to lighten the mood and not have the evening lapse into a poor-Heather-rendition, she grinned and added one more requirement. “And last but not least…he’s got to like my favorite color, because it will be all over the house.”

purple kitchen.jpg“Purple!” her friends called in unison. Everyone looked around the kitchen with its cabinets slathered in periwinkle paint and the centerpiece of the room – a stunning custom stained glass window, all in varying shades of the owner’s preference. The living room was a sea of vibrant jewel tones of boysenberry, hyacinth and grape and they knew from previous visits that Heather’s bedroom was awash in soothing lavenders and lilacs.

No, there was no disputing this lovely ladies favorite hue. What her friends each secretly worried about was how she was going to find a man that liked to live with that much purple in his home.

But, Heather’s ploy to distract her friends worked. They chattered on, forgetting the direction that the conversation had almost wandered, until Heather finally cleared her throat and got their attention once again. “We’ve heard what Corecia, Juliette and I all want in a man. We need to hear what Tracey wants…” She held her palm up to stop Tracey before she could protest. “…not what she wants, because we all know she’s not looking. But what qualities she thinks is important in a spouse or a partner.”

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Manifesting Love #6

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This is a new work in progress, The Manifesting Love Club. Four friends. All single. Some looking for love. Some not. Join these ladies as they take their friendship into a new direction, to manifest love.

Last week Heather introduced her idea of affirmations to manifest love. The friends are working on their lists of what they want in a man as Heather serves up dessert. Today we see what’s on Juliette’s list for her perfect man.

This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘save’.

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Laughter broke out around the table as images of Corecia’s embrace with a much shorter man came to mind. When the merriment subsided, Heather looked back and forth between Juliette and Tracey. Knowing that Tracey was slightly resistant to the intent of their manifesting club, she thought she’d save her for last. “Juliette, your turn. What qualities did you pick for your dream man?”

Being one of the feistiest members of this band of single women, Juliette had no qualms about sharing her innermost thoughts. Being the shortest one, barely breaking the five foot mark, she brought another round of hilarity with her first announcement. “Before I tell you what I want…let me add…I have no problems if the man I call to me is short.”

Corecia raised her wine glass high in the air. “Girl, have I got a line of rejects I can send your way.”

Juliette lifted her glass in a reply, then morphed into a serious woman that belied her typical bohemian spirit. Lifting her lined tablet, she read through her list in a manner that could have been lifted out of any business boardroom. “He’s definitely got to be an artist. Someone with a creative flair and talent. Someone that will appreciate me for who I am, and will understand the funkiness that fills my life. He’s got to be open to travel and wandering about on the weekends. Willing to take off on a whim. Handsome would be nice, but isn’t a requirement. Long hair a plus…I do so love a man with nice, lush hair falling about his shoulders…tied in a ponytail for fancy occasions…”

She stopped mid-sentence and a wistful expression replaced her previous business like look. “I need to clarify that though…artist and funky…but also someone that likes to work and produce. Not a flake like George.”

Tracey murmured softly across the table. “You found out pretty quick with him, didn’t you?”

“I should have seen it earlier. Guess I was too blinded with love…”

“Or lust,” Corecia broke in.

Juliette nodded her head in agreement. “Most probably lust. He was awesome in the bedroom part…it was just the getting and holding a job part that didn’t agree with him. I knew within three months that he had no intention of working or contributing to the financial side of our marriage. I tried to make it last…but damn, there’s only so much a girl can do by herself.”

“At least you found out before you got too far in,” Heather consoled.

“Yep. We were divorced before we’d even gotten to our first anniversary. Biggest mistake of my life.”

Tracey disagreed. “No, not a mistake. Don’t berate yourself for not seeing it earlier. Be proud of yourself for realizing it and making a decision to change your circumstances and move on before you ended up resentful – and broke – with twenty or thirty years of your life gone. A lesson, that’s all it was, just another life lesson.”

A grin replaced the frown as Juliette took Tracey’s words to heart. She added another line on her list. “Hard worker. Artistic, but with an inner drive that channels his creative talents.” She laid her pen down beside her. “That’s it. If he meets all these requirements, I’m pretty flexible on most everything else. Heather? What about you? And yours better be good, seeing as you’ve had extra time to work on yours.”

Forever and Always: by Susanne Matthews

Forever and Always by Susanne Matthews

Publisher: Summer Solstice Publishing

Published: 2016

Review by Chrys N. Jay

Brandi Jameson has a new home, a new city and a new life. But, not by her choice.

forever and alwaysAn accident in the freezing rain took the life of her best friend and left Brandi without a career. The life of Alexandra Jameson was gone, something Brandi had worked many years to build.

In its place, most unexpectedly, this change brought a piece of her past back to her. When Jarrett Sullivan steps out of the limo, he’s even more handsome than Brandi remembered. The captain of the high school football team had been her hero many years before.

The dance at her sister’s charity holiday party starts off on a magical note. Until Celia Miller Larkin interjects a dose of venom into the evening, leaving Brandi with too many questions about Jarrett’s motives.

She reacts in a habit of self-preservation. She runs.

As Jarrett stews over his missing love, a flame he’s held in his heart for all these years, Brandi nurses her wounds and nurtures herself to get to a place where she can accept herself and her new life.

Will these two resolve their conflicts and find themselves together?

Since Susanne Matthews is a queen in the happily-ever-after genre, the final outcome must be a happy one. But in the pages between beginning and end, she leaves us wondering if they’ll be able to overcome the obstacles in their way.

This tale is told with the magical weaving of words that makes reading any Susanne Matthews book a pleasure.

You can get your copy of Forever and Always here:

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Friday Fun with Heather Gray — Joselyn Vaughn

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