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Thursday, January 22, 2015

DO YOU LIKE IMPERFECT HEROES? I DO.



IMPERFECT HEROES, MY KIND OF MEN
I write contemporary romantic fiction from sweet to sizzling. A friend, a writer, said, “Your heroes are so imperfect.” Did I detect a note of awe in her voice? Yes, my heroes are imperfect and I’m in love with each and every one. Why write imperfect heroes? To me, it’s easier to love an imperfect man. They get caught doing things they are not supposed to be doing, they sometimes disappoint but they always beg for forgiveness. The reader watches them struggle over the course of the book to become better men and enjoys their triumphs when they succeed. Here are two from my Now and Forever series. Mac Caldwell, Hero of “Now and Forever 1, a Love Story” (FREE book) my first hero and still very dear to my heart. He’s sexy, handsome, strong, intelligent, dependable, affectionate, sweet, generous and caring and also: demanding, jealous, overly protective, obsessively private and not always truthful or forthright or forthcoming…he hides stuff! I would go anywhere with him on any day at any time with no question and gladly spend the night! 
Danny Maine, Hero of “Now and Forever 2, The Book of Danny” is my second hero,  one I love deeply for all his accomplishments against overwhelming odds. While I think Danny is hot – he’s handsome as all my heroes are – he’s also: incredibly strong. Danny is sexy, protective, intelligent, warm, affectionate , sweet and funny as well as: hot-headed, deadly, damaged (perhaps irreparably) by his war experiences, slightly depressive, drinks too much (though not an alcoholic), was a womanizer (not anymore) and jealous. I would trust Danny with my life and consider any trip with him a very sexy adventure I’d never forget.


Now and Forever 1, a Love Story:  

Callie Richards was no stranger to heartache. Her parents were killed when she was sixteen. Left with her older sister, she fell into a romance with good-looking, Kyle Maine. They became engaged and Callie’s future was set until he was killed in Iraq. Two years later, she pulls herself together to get her Master’s degree and restart her life on her own.
Working and studying at Kensington State University, Callie meets Mac Caldwell, the handsome dean. Together they fall in love, then fight a deadly campus drug ring with heart-breaking results. This is an emotional story, not a cookie-cutter romance, that will make you laugh and cry as Callie struggles to make a new life, find love and her happy ending. 
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Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny: 
Can the newest professor at Kensington State escape his previous life as a killer? Leaving the Army didn't mean the war left him so Capt. Danny Maine, now teaching English, must find a way to lead a normal life. Finding love and rekindling an old friendship are not enough to defeat old demons. Danny Maine fights to free himself from war memories and dangerous men, hoping that a new love and a new Glock will bring him peace. Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny is a heartfelt story of love, loss and ultimate triumph that will touch your heart.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TUESDAY TALES - RUTHLESS




Welcome! This week's prompt is "ruthless". I'm continuing my nameless story that will become the fifth book in the Dinner Club series. It's Kate's story. Thanks for coming. Click HERE to return to awesome Tuesday Tales writers. 
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 “Take him for every cent he has,” Rory advised her friend.

All the Dinner Club women advised Kate to be ruthless. Tracy’s the one who broke her heart. After twenty-five years, he wanted out. She had been stunned. Hurt and anger accumulated like a poison inside with no way out. Miranda encouraged her to join a gym. Kate went every day, not to run or lift weights, but to abuse the punching bag. She’d hit and hit and hit until she was exhausted.

After three weeks, she stopped fighting and left the gym. She met her new friends for dinner at Bess’s house. Sharing a bottle of wine, the women asked Kate for an update.
“Ruthless? You want me to be ruthless and my lawyer does, but it isn’t in me.”
“But you have a right to things. Stuff. Money. After all those years,” Brooke said.
“I do. Only my fair share. I just want what’s mine and to be left alone. The pain is beyond bearing.” Kate took a large sip of her Cabernet.

Bess put a small bowl of artichoke dip and some cut up pita in front of her friend. “Try this. Food heals.”
“So what’s the latest?” Brooke asked.
“He wants to switch apartments.”
“Switch? I thought you only had that one place?” Miranda asked.
“So did I. He had a love nest. A studio, on 77th. He’d meet her there. Now he wants to give me that and keep our two bedroom.”
“A love nest? The rat. Give me ten minutes with him,” Rory said, her voice seething with anger.
Kate patted her friend’s hand. “That’s okay, Rory. I get it. I told him if he clears everything out of there and gives me money to furnish it, then okay.”

“That’s a rotten deal. The two bedroom is worth a fortune and a studio? Not much.”
“I don’t care. I just want this to be over.”
“Ruthless? Seems to me, he’s the one being ruthless,” Bess said, as she stirred her spaghetti sauce.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

AFI MOVIE QUIZ - PUT THE MOVIES IN THE RIGHT ORDER

The American Film Institute (AFI) ranks movies.  Here is their list of the top ten. Oops, something's wrong. The list is out of order! Can you put it in the proper order? More on book of the week and the correct order below. 

AFI'S  LIST OF THE TOP TEN MOVIES
(Hint: one movie is in the right place.)
1)     THE WIZARD OF OZ 
2)     GONE WITH THE WIND 
3)     CASABLANCA
4)     CIIZEN KANE
5)     LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
6)     THE GODFATHER
7)     RAGING BULL
8)     SCHLINDER’S LIS
9)     SINGING IN THE RAIN 
10)   VERTIGO

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 
NAF1, a Love Story, it's FREE! Here's a bit about the book:

Can Callie Richards turn her life of tragedy and heartache around on the campus of Kensington State University? Braving the school on her own, Callie meets the handsome dean, Mac Caldwell. 

As she and Mac draw closer and she makes new friends, a deadly campus drug ring sets their sights on her with heart-breaking results.  An emotional story, this is not a cookie-cutter romance. You’ll laugh and cry as Callie struggles to make a new life, and find love.The book is still FREE, click HERE

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Oh, yes, you're looking for the correct list of AFI movies?  Scroll down.







Here you go?

1) CITIZEN KANE
2) THE GODFATHER
3) CASABLANCA
4) RAGING BULL
5) SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
6) GONE WITH THE WIND
7) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
8) SCHINDLER'S LIST
9) VERTIGO
10) THE WIZARD OF OZ