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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights"

Last Sunday, Mike saved Sunny from a broken spigot in the shower which spewed scalding hot water across the bathtub, stealing a healthy look at her before throwing her a towel. This week, they begin to reconnect.

 Six Sentences From "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights"

“Thanks for fixing the faucet,” Sunny said.
“I see you’re still getting into trouble,” Mike said with a
mischievous grin.
“What do you mean? What have you heard?” she asked
nervously, her mouth getting dry and her stomach queasy.
“Isn’t getting stranded in the shower by scalding water
trouble enough?”
“Oh…of course, of course,” she agreed, relieved.
“Should I be asking about some other trouble?” he probed,
his keen eyes boring into her.
“No, no. I’m good,” she lied with a smile.

A Little Bit About the Book
Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with? Did you have an all-consuming crush at thirteen and wonder where he is now? 

Sunny Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome. 

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear for a while in the country, back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking that tradition now.  

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Friday, April 22, 2011


Prequel to "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights", Installment #3

Last lines from previous prequel installment:

  “Perhaps it won’t be long before you leave your job at Macy’s behind for a life of luxury, my dear,” Linda said, giving Sunny a kiss.“Keep dreamin’, Mom."

Saturday Night

Sunny was wearing a sky blue strapless dress Linda made for her and her grandmother's pearls when she walked into the ballroom at The Waldorf Astoria hotel. Mother and daughter looked stunning. 
"I'll find our table, you see if there are any interesting men here," Linda said, moving off quickly.

   Sunny wandered toward the bar looking around and feeling incredibly shy.
   "Vodka and tonic, please," she ordered from the cute bartender, giving him a big smile.

   He placed the drink in front of her with an appreciative look at her dress. She blushed as she turned away, not noticing several men who noticed her arrival. She stood, feeling like a fish out of water, by herself drinking and wondering when this dreadful event would be over. 
   "Who invented these awful gatherings?" Said a male voice on her left.
   She turned to see an average-looking man in an expensive tuxedo standing next to her holding a whiskey on the rocks. He smiled at her and moved his gaze up and down her body. Sunny immediately felt uncomfotable.
    "I'm Miles Wentworth," he said, offering her his hand.
    She shook his long-fingered hand and introduced herself.

    "Caroline Davis," she said, making eye contact.
    "You add much to this dreary event, Caroline."
    "This room is beautiful and the tables with all the colorful flowers and al..."
    "They have nothing on you," he said, leering at her.
     She smiled at him and looked for an escape. Linda was making her way slowly toward Caroline, smiling to see her daughter had already made a connection. Caroline directed her gaze at her mother with a "help me" look in her eyes, but Linda simply smiled, shook her head and moved away.
     "Thank you, that's kind of you," she replied.
     "Nothing kind about it. You are definitely the most beautiful woman in the room, Caroline."
    Sunny blushed again and made another attempt at conversation.
    "What do you do for a living?"
    "I cash trust fund checks. Doesn't that make you want to sleep with me?" he laughed.
     "Actually, no. I think I'd prefer the bartender," she said, moving away from Miles and searching for her mother.

To be continued.....

A few words about the book:

Caroline Davis White is a well-known artist married to a philandering multi-millionaire. She has everything any woman could wish for except love. Brad refuses to give her the divorce she so desperately wants.  With no money, family, or friends, she flees to the small community in Catskill Mountains where she spent her summers as a child.
Mike Foster, Caroline’s childhood crush grown up, achieved success and made more money than he could ever have dreamed, but it destroyed his marriage and cost him his son.  He is wary of women who find his wallet more attractive than his good looks.
Caroline reconnects with the life she had and friends from long ago. Mike steps out of her teenage dreams into her life again, looking more handsome and tempting than ever. She knew who he was then…but who is he now?

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 The Lady and The Lake - Review
Just read a smokin' hot erotic romance, "The Lady and the Lake" by Alex Sinclair. I was amazed at the wonderful love stories that kept unfolding and the incredible plotting. The book sucked me in and kept me reading way past bedtime, surprising me at every turn. I loved the characters and could not predict what was going to happen or who was going to fall in love with whom. The heat level was intense with many well-described erotic love scenes that would melt paint off walls! It's almost 200 pages so you get your money's worth.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


One Whopping Confession on Behalf of "Dina":

I’m “confessing” this on behalf of a former friend, former best friend to be exact. While the situation is real, I am changing the names to protect the guilty. 

I met Dina, who needed a new job, through a friend. I was about to start a new job as the Media Director at a large ad agency’s direct marketing division. I was looking to hire. Dina, a couple of years older than I was, had no experience but was smart and personable. So I hired her, happy to train her.

Dina was very charming and it wasn’t long before we became best friends. I watched over her at work, but she was smart and caught on quickly. Soon we were producing the best media plans in the business and our reputation grew.

Dina and I were inseparable, spending weekend time together, laughing until we cried, confiding in each other about the men in our lives as I was single at the time. I relied on her friendship, advice and companionship. I was happy.

Our friendship grew over two years before trouble began brewing. I had no idea what was going on because I was na├»ve to the point of stupid. I don’t know when it started, but Dina began having an affair with Marvin, the married president of our company and I knew nothing about it, although probably everyone else in the company did.

Who would think the affair was her form of job security? Dina began to challenge me and move away from our friendship. She knew I wouldn’t approve of what she was doing if I knew. I didn’t know what was happening. I was hurt but continued to support her, not realizing she was highly competitive with me. Boy was I dumb. Once you made it into my heart, I couldn’t accept you were going to stab me in the back. I actually missed her…what a dope!

The relationship continued to deteriorate. An opportunity came up for her at another agency and I encouraged her to take it. I admit it wasn’t totally unselfish on my part. I wanted her out of my department because her often juvenile, junior high school antics were getting to me.

She left and found she couldn’t handle the job. The man who hired her who had been her good friend turned on her and she was miserable. During this time, my agency hired a man to oversee me and my department, making me unhappy. I had no respect for him, which made my work environment untenable. I began to look for another job.

I don’t remember when or why I told Dina, who kept up some form of friendship because she still needed my help handling her job. But I did. Me, schmuck of the year, told Dina I had a job interview with another agency.

Marvin was a great boss except for one thing. He took it personally if you were looking for another job. He felt it was disloyal, even if he cut me off at the knees, he expected me to take it. So I kept it quiet, except for Dina. Dummy! Then it came. My new “boss” called me in and fired me for some trumped up reason. I called Marvin to protest, he said to me,
“Better on our terms than your terms,” his exact words.

I knew immediately he found out I was looking for another job and I knew where he heard it because Dina was the only person who knew. Dina told him. So after four years, I was out on my butt. Dina avoided me like the plague. I ceased talking to her, but found out it wasn’t long before she was back working at my agency and sleeping with Marvin.

A year or two later, Dina approached me to rekindle our friendship. She confessed to the affair with Marvin and apologized to me for ratting me out. She knew it would get me fired. By then an apology didn’t matter because I could never trust her again…ever.  Even to this day, I know she would welcome friendship from me. I can’t do it. I could never intentionally get someone fired and pretend to be their friend.

Would you trust Dina again or take the same route I did and move on?

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Six Sentences, a taste of "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights"

My entry for today and read new 5-Star review plus brand-nnew review just in today!

Mickey’s head snapped up and he eyed her directly.
“No one has called me that in a long time. Who are you?”
“Caroline Davis.”
“Yes. No one has called me that in a long time, either,” she
said, smiling at the memory.
“Boy, you sure have changed,” he said, looking at her towelclad
body with admiration. She had certainly grown up.
“I would think so. I was thirteen when I last saw you,” she
said, stepping out of the tub.
“What are you doing here?” he asked her.

Book Review: Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights

Review By: Dawne Prochilo

Title: Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights
Author: Jean Joachim
PublisherAstraea Press
Recommend? Yes

Review: Artist Carolina Davis White is stuck in a loveless marriage. After years of feeling trapped and stuck, she runs away from her cheating husband and his money, which he uses to benefit himself. She finds herself at the family cabin in the solitude of the Catskills and reconnects with old friends including Mike Foster. Finding peace, obtaining her divorce and falling for Mike are in Carolina's future. But alas, watch out for that selfish husband, Brad. If ever a man needed to be knocked down a notch, he is a prime suspect.

Mike is dealing with his own loss, his son years ago and all the money he's made over the years mean nothing to him without true love. Add in that he's wary of all women, who may be after his money.

If you're looking for a sweet, sensual side to romance, this is the book for you. Take the beautiful and charming Catskills, add in love, friendship and romance and this book will grab you in. I was drawn into the storyline immediately and Joachim's dynamic writing style, dialogue between Carolina and Mike is so remarkable. The love grows with each scene creating the love all women cherish and desire in life.

This is one of those “What-if” novels that many women will relate to. I highly recommend this novel and challenge anyone who reads not to find a little of his or herself in the characters experiencing love lost returning from the past.

New 5-Star Review from WebbWeaver: 

Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights, was written by Jean C. Joachim and published by Astraea Press in February, 2011. You may purchase this book at

Carolina Davis White is a talented artist in a loveless marriage. For two years, she has put up with this life and she can no longer stand it. Running away from her husband Brad, who cheats on her and uses his riches to get what he wants, seems to be her only option. So she flees to her family's cabin in the Catskill Mountains, a place she loves and in which she found peace in earlier times. There, she begins divorce proceedings.

Enter Mike Foster, a successful man who has lost his wife and child due to his driven work attitude. As Caroline connects once again with old friends, Mike reappears and reminds Caroline how it used to be when they were younger and in love.

This is book is an awesome love story. I started reading and couldn't favorite kind of romance. It has all the makings of a good love story; a friendship/crush/love that is re-kindled after several years and then goes thru some drama to finally end in a 'forever' scenario. There are some twist and turns that will keep you turning pages and the characters seem real and not 'too' perfect.

I'm giving this book a 5 spider rating and recommending it to anyone who is interested in a good love story. Don't miss this wonderful read!!
T Lane

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