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

Check it out – a Friday Fun post from Joselyn Vaughn…

Friday Fun 10 Random Questions with Rachel Jones Tropical Island or Cabin in the Woods? Tropical island with a breeze, please. Coffee or tea? Tea (although I don’t care for hot drinks). I’m an atypical Southerner – make mine unsweet. Superman or Batman? Superman – you can’t fly across the sky in Batman’s arms. […]

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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

Friday Fun… 10 Random Questions with Heather Gray Tropical Island or Cabin in the Woods? Cabin in the Woods…with lots of bug spray! Coffee or tea? Coffee with cream, no sugar…yum! Superman or Batman? Batman rocks! All that ability and no super powers? Love him! Cook dinner or wash dishes? I’d rather cook, but […]

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No Kindle Scout Program, but Hello Again is Live!

Living the Dream

SpringGood morning! It’s finally spring. The sun is shining, the temperature is well above 32 F,  the buds on the trees are becoming baby leaves or flowers, and my tulips and hyacinths are in bloom. Hooray! Of course, dandelion fluff and all matter of allergens fill the air, but my allergy medicine is working, so we won’t go there today!

Spring is a time for new beginnings. Baby birds stretch their tender wings and learn to fly, and that first step out of the nest–pushed otr not–has to be the greatest risk of all. I thought I’d take a risk like that with my latest book, Hello Again, by enrolling it in a Kindle Scout Campaign. I had nothing to lose and, beyond the cost involved in self-publishing any book, the money involved was minimal. What I wasn’t prepared for was the nerve racking, nail biting  need to promote, promote, promote. I…

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Manifesting Love #5

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. Corecia starts the rounds with sharing what’s on her list of a perfect man.

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

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legal padCorecia scanned her list before answering. “There’s so much here. First of all…the brother’s got to be fine. Tall. Good looking. He’s got to know how to move on the dancefloor. Has to know how to have a good time and be fun to be around. Someone with a good attitude. And, he’s most definitely got to be a one girl guy. No more of this flavor-of-the-week men for me. He’s got to have a job, that’s fo’ sure. Preferably a good job, making lots of the gold so we don’t have to scrimp and save to live.” She paused and lifted her glass of chocolate wine to her lips.

“Is that all? That’s all you want in a man?” Heather pried, curious if that was the complete list.

chocolate wineSitting her glass down, Corecia flipped a page on the pad in front of her. “No, ma’am. I’ve got more. I’d like him to be smart. Have a college degree. I want someone with energy. Don’t want no lazy butt in my life. I’ve already done had too many of those.” She leaned back in her chair and heaved a huge sigh. “And…I want a man that brings me flowers…not out of guilt, not for any special occasion, for no reason other than that he loves me.”

The three other ladies all hooted in agreement on Corecia’s last point. Heather and Juliette looked slightly wistful, while the corners of Tracey’s mouth tugged in a small private grin. She recalled that her husband, Luke, used to bring her flowers for no reason. She always enjoyed those surprise moments. She picked up a pen and added to her own list. Not that I’m looking for anyone, but if someone else entered my life, yes, he’d definitely need to bring me flowers for no reason at all.

Heather pushed her empty plate to the side and spoke up. “We’ll go around the table and see what everyone else has before I tell you how to take your wish lists and turn them into affirmations. But first, I have a question. Corecia, if you met a man that had all of these qualities…but he was short, would that be a deal breaker?”

Corecia leaned back in her chair, tipped her head back and closed her eyes as she thought for a moment before she answered slowly. “Nooooo. I’d like someone tall. But if he had all those other qualities…I could love him…even if he was short.” She started to laugh as a vision came to her mind. “As long as he wasn’t so short that when he gave me a hug, his face wasn’t plastered in the middle of the girls.”

Manifesting Love #4

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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. Corecia mentions one item on her list. Come back next week to see what else is on Corecia’s list.

This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. Several different food photos were given to the group and each author got to pick which one they wanted to write to. Snippets for the picture prompts are limited to 300 words. Reading will be quick this week!

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Heather looked at the intent faces sitting around her dining room table. “While you ladies are thinking and writing, I have some apple pie for us.”

Corecia shot her friend a wicked look. “Oh sure. Make us do all this soul searching, and you’re not gonna play along yourself?”

Returning to the table carefully carrying a golden crusted creation, Heather just grinned. “I’m doing it too. I cheated though, since I knew what was coming up. I already made my list.”

Tracey looked up from the tablet she was doodling on. “Oh my lord! That pie is stunning. Where did you get it?”

Heather responded airily, with a bemused expression on her face. “Picked it up from a little place called ‘Heather’s Kitchen’. Fresh as of last night.”

“You made it yourself?” Juliette looked up long enough to be astonished.

“Of course I made it myself. It’s not that hard really.”

“Ha! Easy for you to say. I couldn’t make one like that.” Corecia didn’t look convinced.

Juliette poked at her friend sitting next to her. “Natch. You don’t even know where your kitchen is, Corecia. Have you ever figured out how to use one?”

Corecia swatted at Juliette’s shoulder. “Stop picking on me, girl. Don’t make me open a can o’ whoop ass.”

Heather chuckled as she cut the pie and passed slices around. “On your list of what you’re looking for in a man, maybe you should make sure to put ‘one that cooks’. Then you won’t have to worry about it.”

“One that cooks? I’ll be happy to have one that only has one girl at a time!”

“Write that down.” Heather handed out forks, along with her advice.

“It’s there, girl. It’s on my list.”

Tracey looked up, curious. “What else is on your list?”

 

-Sorry to cut the scene short. I’m sticking to the 300 word limits for picture prompts. Come back next week and find out what else is on Corecia’s list of ‘must haves’ in a man.-