Monday, July 6, 2015

Memories ~ #MondayBlogs

Memories are forever yours and yet there are times when the memories should be stored so that you never do forget.

Life changes, sometimes sad and more times happy, are good reasons to preserve those memories. In the fun movie 50 First Dates reminders of the past allowed the main character to move on with her life. Most of us thank goodness enjoy the ability to remember...

Baby albums which follow a child through grade school are precious memory keepers. Souvenirs from family trips help keep the fun in mind. Video-tapes, CDs and DVRs along with the older 8mm home films help to keep the images alive.

One of life's changes involves moving on such as leaving a family home for new adventures. Preparing to leave a home where children grew up, where rooms were witness to first steps, where couples grew old together can bring joyful tears and a need to hold on.

I'm making a "Memory Album" filled with my childrens' third grade paintings, greeting cards that were given to me through the years for various occasions, photographs of various keepsakes that would never survive packing and moving. Maybe paper waste to some, these memories will help to augment the ones I carry in my mind and heart.

In days to come I will be able to sit with my treasures and enjoy the past even when the past is no longer within my reach. I'm overly sentimental, I know. I look forward to my tomorrows. Everything that has happened to me has led me to where I am going and the future holds such promise.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lunch is ready ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 07/05/15

Hi! Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warrior round. Every week writers post 8 sentences on their blogs from a published or unpublished book. Then we "hop" around and leave comments on each other's snippets. Whether our work is already published or in progress, the helpful comments help us become stronger writers on our next WIP. We welcome EVERYONE's comments.

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My entry this week is from Common Bond, Tangled Hearts. Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. 

Following right after last week's snippet, Justin joins Lane in her apartment for the proffered soup. Aware that Justin comes from money makes Layne nervous about his approval.

  (the following has been edited to fit)  ...and now the eight nine:

Years ago, Layne had learned to stretch a dollar by making leftover meat and vegetables into stew and then into a watered down soup; she did her best to provide the best she could for her young son. She felt guilty for denying him a father, she didn't want to have to deny him anything else either. Layne arranged everything on a tray and carried it to the small folding table she had set for the two of them in the living room.

Justin was in the living room, he offered to help but when she told him it was no bother, he used the time to look at the modest furnishings. The clay pot on the coffee table looked like Dennis might have made it in school and his mother proudly displayed it for all to see just as if it were some expensive Ming-Dynasty vase. It obviously hadn't been easy for them financially.

Layne was worried that he would judge their meager set-up harshly, she worried that he would want to take Dennis away from her; he could afford to give their son so many luxuries.

"Lunch is served, I'm sorry, I'm sure you're used to much better."

"It smells great, thanks for inviting me..."



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About Common Bond, Tangled Hearts

Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son.
Justin, the victim of a fraternity prank, and Layne, the subject of a forced insemination, have produced a beautiful child that they are both willing to protect… at all costs.
The two parents realize they can love each other, but when Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies. Justin won’t give up until Layne is returned to him. Layne uses her newfound strength, courage and knowledge to defy Charlie’s ugliest demands.




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It's July 4th weekend here in America!


"Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July 4th in the USA, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776..." (from Wikipedia)

Happy Birthday America!

I hope you'll join me for a virtual barbecue & festivities!






Monday, June 29, 2015

In Laws In Love ~ #MondayBlogs


My parents gave life to two daughters; we were both loved and spoiled rotten by our folks. My dad, a Latin male, was the kind of man that would have loved sons, but he never made my sister or me feel less because we were girls. As a matter of fact, maybe because he wanted to pal around with his offspring, he taught us that we should never let anyone tell us we couldn’t do something because we were female.  Still we always asked him if he missed not having sons and he told us that one day he would have; Daddy told us that it was our job to “bring him his sons” referring to his eventual son-in-laws.

My sister was married five years before me and Daddy proudly announced that he had one of his sons. My mom always spoke about her three children and explained her “son-in-law” was her “son-in-love”. When I was married my dad proudly proclaimed that he was father to two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. Mommy told us that the extraneous titles didn’t change anything, once you were family, you WERE family and that there was plenty of love to go around.

Our parents have long since passed away and my sister and I often discuss the meaning of family. You don’t have to be born into it, you can be a member of the family by choice, such as marriage, and there are no delineations like second, third or so-many-times removed cousins. Our Machatenista, parents of our “in-law” children, are our new sisters and brothers. Cousins to our cousins, from the other side of their family, are our cousins. The in-laws to our in-laws become our family. I introduce people to my sister and my brother and chuckle when they raise an eyebrow after hearing about their sons and daughters.


We are all family. We enjoy the warmth of extended family and the feeling of belonging — it’s never feeling alone and it is wonderful.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Layne lets her guard down ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 06/28/15

Hi! Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warrior round. Every week writers post 8 sentences on their blogs from a published or unpublished book. Then we "hop" around and leave comments on each other's snippets. Whether our work is already published or in progress, the helpful comments help us become stronger writers on our next WIP. We welcome EVERYONE's comments.

See more at the
WeWriWa blog

& check out the
Facebook Snippet Sunday group


My entry this week is from Common Bond, Tangled Hearts. Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. 

We pick up immediately after last week's snippet. Layne was disappointed when Justin left and seems pleasantly surprised when he returns. Justin had gone back home when the family attorney called to say his mom was ill; she really just needed the reassurance that Justin was there for her. (She had lost one of her sons [Justin's twin], her husband and her father-in-law before the story begins) Since Justin heads up the business and pretty much the family (just the two of them) she relies heavily on his support.

  (the following has been edited to fit)  ...and now the eight   ten:

"Sorry, it was a family emergency, he was only gone two days but it felt longer; he realized that it wasn't just Dennis he had been in a hurry to return to, "have you gone to lunch yet?"

"I'm not taking lunch today, the office is closing early."

"What time are you getting out?" He was feeling cocky, she hadn't told him to get lost... yet.

"One.

How about going out to lunch then, my treat?"

"I think I'm just going to go home."

"I'll give you a lift."

"I have soup waiting at home," she inhaled deeply, "you're welcome to share lunch there."

He smiled, it was devastating, "I'll pick you up at one."




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About Common Bond, Tangled Hearts

Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son.
Justin, the victim of a fraternity prank, and Layne, the subject of a forced insemination, have produced a beautiful child that they are both willing to protect… at all costs.
The two parents realize they can love each other, but when Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies. Justin won’t give up until Layne is returned to him. Layne uses her newfound strength, courage and knowledge to defy Charlie’s ugliest demands.




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As a romantic suspense author, today's historic decision
by the 
United States Supreme Court to allow same-sex
marriage in all 
50 states is important to me.
While my immediate personal family 
 may not be affected
directly by this decision, it does mean that 
several
of our friends and much more extended family is.
They 
can now marry the people they choose to love and
live with much like 
my husband and I,
as well as our daughter and our son.
As a mom I've 
been blessed to know that each of my children
has found and married that 
person who will literally walk
through life beside them ~ this is a joy 
that more parents
will now be able to experience.

Love will always matter to a romance author!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Separate but equal? ~ #MondayBlogs

What about family?  Family time - family togetherness - simply FAMILY.

Cable companies hawk subscriber packages that permit you to watch different channels (or even the same) on different TVs throughout your home. One fairly recent commercial mocks peace talks and by the end of the ad shows two adolescents watching television programs in two different but neighboring rooms; mom is ecstatic that there are no more quarrels between brother and sister over which program to watch.

Come on people! If the individual TV shows are so very important, the great technology being offered by these same cable stations includes the ability to record a show and watch it later - so take turns who gets to watch now and who gets to watch later. 

By Evert F. Baumgardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The marvel of cell phones is supposedly the ability to stay connected without having to sit by your home phone — an excellent idea! Excellent except when you can't even hold a conversation with someone in the same room because you are too busy exchanging text messages with someone you have never even met in person ?*%! Put DOWN your cell phones and stay connected in real time. I understand the reluctance to turn your phone off, I don't either, but I only answer it in an urgent situation if it means I am otherwise engaged in conversation with real LIVE people.

Finally while I am on this rant, families should be more concerned with spending FAMILY TIME with each other while the children are growing (and hopefully beyond) than keeping busy with the zillion-and-one separate activities and programs parents are so busy chauffeuring their children to. It may be wonderful for a child to play sports but if their parents don't even have the time to sit in the stands to cheer them on the emotional benefits may very well be lacking. 

Find activities you can do together (even if it just means providing a cheering section once in a while), things you can share, things you can talk during... Take walks together. Play board games together. Visit museums together. Dine together. Read to each other. Even watch TV together. There is so much you can do TOGETHER and many activities don't require depleting your wallet.
By George Burns, 1896-1996, Photographer (NARA record: 1340567)
(U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Enjoy your family; children grow up, people move away... life changes. Hold on to what you have, the memories you create will be yours for a lifetime.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

He's Back ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 06/21/15

Hi! Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warrior round. Every week writers post 8 sentences on their blogs from a published or unpublished book. Then we "hop" around and leave comments on each other's snippets. Whether our work is already published or in progress, the helpful comments help us become stronger writers on our next WIP. We welcome EVERYONE's comments.

See more at the
WeWriWa blog

& check out the
Facebook Snippet Sunday group


My entry this week is from Common Bond, Tangled Hearts. Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. 

Justin heads back home to tend to his mother (it's really more attention than need) and then returns to Layne's town as quickly as he can. Meanwhile Layne was disappointed that despite his promises to "be there" for Dennis, Justin just seemed to disappear. BTW, Justin's mom is upset that he left her again and Larry Davis, the family attorney, is angry when Justin won't listen to him and forget about Layne and Dennis.

In response to comments from last week: Justin's family owns a large chain of hardware stores and he comes from a more than comfortable upbringing. Larry is a long-time family friend and lawyer who is concerned with protecting the family's interests. With the early demise of Justin's twin brother and father and now his grandfather, Larry is left to guide Justin as he heads the family business. {this was all revealed between the posted snippets]

  (the following has been edited to fit)  ...and now the eight:

He parked his car outside of the realty office where Layne worked and entered to try pleading his case.

Layne couldn't believe her eyes when she looked up and saw him walking in the door. He came back. She had been so afraid that she was right about him in the beginning. One of the agents walking past the door intercepted him; the agent probably hoped he was moving into town and she'd be able to get a major commission.

He responded to the inquiry, "I was hoping to have a word with Miss Gillette."

The agent showed him over to Layne's desk and then behind Justin's back gave Layne a big smile and a thumbs-up.

"You're back."



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About Common Bond, Tangled Hearts

Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son.
Justin, the victim of a fraternity prank, and Layne, the subject of a forced insemination, have produced a beautiful child that they are both willing to protect… at all costs.
The two parents realize they can love each other, but when Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies. Justin won’t give up until Layne is returned to him. Layne uses her newfound strength, courage and knowledge to defy Charlie’s ugliest demands.




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Happy first day of summer and Happy Father's Day!
I guess it's appropriate to be highlighting snippets from
Common Bond, Tangled Hearts
a story of a man who discovers he is a father


I don't save thoughts about my mom or dad
(or my mother-in-law and father-in-law)
for just Mother's Day and Father's Day,
but it is nice to have a day to dedicate to them. 


It's also a great time to be surrounded by our offspring
 whether it's a Mother's Day Brunch
 or a Father's Day Barbecue.


I wish joy and happiness to everyone
celebrating and reminiscing  today.




Monday, June 15, 2015

Tolerance, Bigotry and the FaceBook Friend Button ~ #MondayBlogs


Our parents tried to teach us to lead confrontation-free lives with the cautionary advice “Never discuss politics or religion.” But did we listen… of course not. And with the advent of social media networks it has become easier than ever to give ourselves voice about anything and everything.

Does anyone really change the way someone votes in the next election? I’m sure that we can all play a part in spreading rumors and political mudslinging, but does it really have an effect where it actually makes a difference? I honestly believe that most people opinionated enough to support a cause are not relying on Facebook or Twitter for research; most people will read newspapers (hopefully several different sources), attend political rallies, research history in library and visit a candidate’s web-site to determine how they will vote. People who read a Facebook post about a hot-seat item will most likely hit the LIKE button or UN-friend the author – and then there are the FEW who will research the alleged quotes, past behavior, and political history with an open mind.

How much power do your rants and ravings on FaceBook really hold?

Is it a good thing that we express ourselves in a public forum? Yes it is. Is it worth getting into an argument online? Probably not.

In my opinion, most people voicing their political views on Facebook have already made up their minds and aren’t willing to discuss the issues no matter how many rationales you post to them. Do people like to argue? I don’t think so… but arguing on-line and being the one who started it all, now that is sense of power. Personally I like having opinions and I like to express myself, I am after all a writer aka one who communicates. For me reading someone else’s opposing view is a chance for education and personal growth, it helps me understand different perspectives; however I don’t welcome hateful speech, claims without sources, name calling or threats. I make it known on my social media pages and blogs that I can delete AT MY DISCRETION any commentary that if considered offensive.

How many of you participate in political/religious/trending issues on Facebook and other social media sites? Do you think your words have any true impact? I’d love to hear your responses.


Inspired by the article Before You Unfriend Your Facebook Pal, There’s Something You Should Know http://madworldnews.com/unfriend-facebook-pal/