HAIKU HORIZON # 15 – SPOT

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Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “SPOT” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:
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In my aching heart
There is a big empty spot
Since we broke apart

On map, there’s a spot
Where a pirate’s treasure lies
Problem, map is a fake

Spot on my dear dress
Must find a superb laundry
To make it like new

Would love to get your feedback

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BOOK REVIEW # 2017-022 – LOVE’S SECOND CHANCE

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Love, true love, is a marvelous experience if you’re lucky enough to find it. However, fate occasionally has a way of stepping in and tossing it asunder, or not allowing it to happen. Such is the case with the two protagonists in this story.

On one hand, you’ve got Kelly who’s besieged with disturbing recollections and horrific dreams of the difficult and brutal childhood she had suffered. Yet she’s been able to become a nurse, and adores being one.

On the other had you’ve got Liam, who’s been suffering with a life alternating condition for most, if not all his life. Yet, despite this, this guy has an optimistic outlook on life.

Having one of her patients die under her care, Kelly starts to question herself about being a nurse. This is where a kismet begins to make its appearance, as she now has gotten to have Liam as one of her patients. Looking at herself being downtrodden regarding her job, and seeing him and his upbeat attitude is creating some confusion in her mind.

With his intuitive nature, Liam has been able to see right through Kelly’s façade, and has caused her to become extremely frighten. Given time, a fear can be transformed something that can be understood. As time passes Kelly starts to have emotions towards Liam and realizes his presence must be, in most people’s eyes, kismet; but in her eyes, must be part of G-d’s purpose and path for her, as well as her second chance at having love in her life.

Does this mean Liam now also has a second chance at love?

Being a child of the 1950’s caused me to hear Frank Sinatra’s 1962 song, “Love is Lovelier” in my mind as I read this story:

Love is lovelier the second time around
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground
It’s that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on
the young
Love’s more comfortable the second time you fall
Like a friendly home the second time you call
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around.

For having given her readers and myself a touching second chance romance, I’m giving this book and its author, Serenity Jones, 5 STARS !!!

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R30C18R6HCVRCO

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2UIY36P263XV

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-021 – A LOVER’S WILL

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

For some reason, after reading/reviewing the genres I’ve done recently, I wanted to read some poetry, poetry which encompasses, when I happen to find this collection of 50 poems written by Mahiraj Jadeja.

This collection leaves its readers with a relatively intense emotional yet naive foray into love, and does it in a manner which is both pure and intense. What surprised me the most regarding this poet, is that this poet is a male who must have allowed his feminine side to come out, since the imagines which are created as someone reads these poems are quite vivid, and are successful in showing the personal and subtle feelings of love in an unadulterated state; an unadulterated state some readers have yet to experience.

Given what this poet has succeeded in doing, I’m pleased to give the 5 STARS he deserves in receiving.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/RSU279BBOBPS6

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RDOCX5K7R9YH2

HAIKU HORIZON #14 – DARK

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Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “DARK” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:
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Darkest silent came
Scary shadows seen on wall
Stuffed bear keeps me safe

Woman walks dark lane
Eyes on alert keeps her safe
With help of guard dog

Love dark chocolate
Good for heart not for my shape
Must go on diet

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-021 – SPOT 12 – FIVE MONTHS IN THE NEONATAL ICU

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I read this book on my computer via a copy one of my dear neighbors had loaned me, and the following is my honest opinion.

Granted, while this endeavor by the author, Jenny Jaeckel, is in a comic book format, it does a decent job depicting the reality and the anguish by the parents, especially the mother, of seeing their newborn child lying helpless in an incubator in a NICU ward, it doesn’t come close to the real thing.

Having worked in city hospital for over 33 years in a non-medical capacity I had the opportunity of seeing NICU babies up close and personal. You can’t imagine what it’s like looking at these infants first hand, some so small you could hold in the palms of both of your hands. There they lie with their still pink helpless bodies, in their incubators, with monitors and tiny IV tubes with tiny needles taped to their bodies. The incubators have two holes on each side through which gloved nurses gingerly manipulate these pre-mature infants.

You can’t imagine the mothers sitting on chairs looking at the wonder they’ve given birth to. It’s a marvelous sight looking at these NICU babies has they win their battle of facing the numerous medical complications associated with being born pre-mature. You can’t imagine the emotional sight of seeing the mother being able to hold her infant in her arms for the time after several weeks, unless you’ve witnessed it yourself.

While having one child in a NICU is emotionally draining, just imagine what it’s like when the mother had given birth to multiple pre-mature infants, with each one developing at different rates. A mother might have one child at home, and the other(s) still in the NICU.

For having given her readers this insightful story, how can you not give it 5 STARS.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1AC52NV4DGJQT

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R32G6TMPF41QP7

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-020 – WEDDING PLANNERS

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I read this collection of stories written by four wonderful authors of romance via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

Come on now what woman hasn’t yearned for the day that she finds herself walking down the aisle towards the altar all dressed in white to have her HEA come true with the man she adores. However, there are two groups of women for which this day is actually one of nothing less than a day of frustration; frustration of not being the bride who’s getting married.

The first group is one some of you have been part of, that of being a bridesmaid. Being part of this group, you might feel resentful and frustrated in seeing one friend after another getting married with you once again being a bridesmaid.

The second group consists of wedding planners, those wonderful individuals who work side by side with the bride making sure all the wedding details deliver a dream wedding, dress shop owners making sure each bride had her dream bridal gown, and photographers making sure all the marvelous details of the event are meticulously recorded for posterity.

It doesn’t help the situation any when someone from their past shows up and puts a damper on what’s transpiring; the groom who happens to be the planner’s ex, a former lover wanting to buy the bridal shop from the owner and threatening to steal her heart again, a wedding planner’s is helping her beloved grandmother get married with a second chance at love has to avoid her former lover and now the small town’s doctor and her own second chance romance; and then there’s the wedding planner’s brother who insists their friend lend his expertise to the wedding plans, and who’ve guess it – a former ex as well.

Wedding planning while having an ex-lover floating around can make for a dreadful situation. Imagine helping someone make their HEA come true, and at the same time thinking of what might have been had their own HEA not fallen apart. The female protagonists in these stories are just waiting for a second chance for romance to occur, but only if all the participants are willing to put aside their past experiences of having lost a love and the reasons related to them.

So, if you’re into second chance romances, then this collection is for you; and why I’ve given it 5 STARS.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R20EMQ6BDUHCM1
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2AORL72H94JYZ

STATUS REPORT # 108

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With my usual voracious desire to read/review books, and with my cutting back on the original goal I’d made for myself for this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge from 200 books to 150, I felt the need to switch gears to make a concerted effort to concentrate on my reading/reviewing of books. The end result of doing this is that according to GoodReads I’m 5 books ahead of schedule with a total of 86 reviews being written. For those of you who don’t know me, I post all of my reviews on: GoodReads, LibraryThing, Amazon-UK and of course Amazon-US where I’ve got 550 years posted so far. So, if anyone is looking for a book to read or to give as a gift you’re welcomed to check all my reviews out at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

Starting this afternoon, my main push going forwards will be completing the second-go-around for the line edits I’d have received for the manuscript of what had been my debut romance, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” I hope to complete this process by Wednesday, which will be followed by my quickly updating the copyright and other introductory pages. This will allow me to submit the now completed re-edited manuscript to CreateSpace with my instructions regarding setting up the interior pages of the book.

It’s easy to image how anxious I’m getting to see this process completed, so I can get back to work on my other writing endeavors, including that of my steamier, erotic side.

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