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March 30, 2020
Annoyance or Abiding Insult: Grudge Part 2

Recently I wrote a blog where I admitted to holding a grudge for two people in my life. Yesterday, while listening to Golden In Death by JD Robb, one of the characters said: “What’s a momentary annoyance for one is a deep abiding insult to another.” I’m left wondering if the two people I begrudge […]

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March 29, 2020
This One Will Take Me A While

I've 'needed' to work through this book for a long time. I kept putting it off because it kind of scared me. Well, I'm putting on my big girl panties and doing the damn work.

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March 29, 2020
I Love Ian Taggart's Witty Remarks

Okay, these books are raunchy! But they are worth it just to hear what Ian Taggart has to say. This one is about Brody and Stephanie.

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March 29, 2020
Because the Controversy is Ridiculous

People are complaining about this book -- to the point of threatening the author -- because she dared to write about a Hispanic's difficulties with immigration. It's FICTION. If authors can't write outside their own life experiences, then I guess I can only write female WASP fiction! How boring that would be. This is not […]

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March 29, 2020
Black Dagger Boys Are Back!

I'm not sure what I like better -- new characters or catching up on my old 'friends'.

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March 23, 2020
A Professional What?

As I write this post, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 situation and everybody's worried and afraid and hidden in their houses. Not fun. Not awful either. It just is. Today a friend sent me a video about how to survive with teenagers and adult children without killing them. Great video, great information. […]

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March 16, 2020
The Grudge

In my last post, Tit-for-Tat, I wrote this sentence: “I defaulted to my pattern:  Avoid conflict -- hold a grudge that I pretend I don’t hold -- eventually run away from the relationship.” When I wrote that sentence, the word ‘grudge’ seemed to glow and accuse. According to the dictionary, grudge is a “feeling of […]

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March 2, 2020
I Loved Ove, Will I Love This Too?

This is my neighborhood book club selection. I've heard mixed reviews and look forward to diving in.

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March 2, 2020
A Young Adult That's Tons of Fun

McQuiston does an amazing job with character development. The reader becomes Alex and goes on his wild journey.

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March 2, 2020
A Trip To Laos

My sister-in-law recommended this book and I'm laughing out loud. The main character -- Siri -- and his sidekicks are great. It's a whodunit and a drop into cultural Laos.

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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