Love Will Light The Way…

Hello all. This afternoon I spent doing much of nothing. A little laundry, a cat nap or two, and watching movies. One of the movies I watched left me in tears which of course means that it was great. And it also means I need to share it with all of you. And that you NEED to watch it. The movie is Midnight Sun.


MIDNIGHT SUN is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar.

One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate...

This movie took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. And more than that, I could honestly see myself in them. In the way the father loves his daughter. In the way the best friends, Morgan and Katie, love each other. In the way Katie and Charlie fall for each other.

The shared memories, the happiness, the sadness, the emotion, all of it made the movie and pulled you in and kept you close until the very end. And even after.

Life is never easy. For some, it’s even harder. And life is never, ever fair. But somehow, some way, love always makes it better. Even if for just a moment…

Must Read Monday Presents…Ryan Jo!

Hello everyone! Well it’s Monday again. Back to work again. Yay! Yeah right, who am I kidding. But I do have something that might make your work week a little better. Ryan Jo Summers and her book Upon the Tide.
 Hi Ryan! I am so glad you could be here today. I just love the cover of your book. How would you sum up your book in one sentence?
Sure, here’s the hook:
Tossed together by happenstance, fleeing for their lives and falling in love under the Caribbean sun as paradise turns deadly.

 

That sure grabbed my attention. Got any more for us?

    New York Fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, just wanted a pleasant visit with her cousin down in Florida. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers.
     Kade simply wanted some fish for his pet seagull. Now he and the lovely exec from out of town are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. He’s busy concentrating on Piper when he should be focusing on keeping them alive. 
     Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s houseboat, ‘The Hightide’, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.
Wow! I can’t wait to read this.
Well, here’s a taste of what you’ll be reading…
“Thanks. So, tell me, have you ever taken this thing out into the ocean before?”
“Sure, lots of times. Usually I just take the Ebbtide, but Hightide’s been out into the Straits and further before. These trawlers are made to go clear to Europe if we wanted to.”
“Is that where we’re headed to?”
“No, just to the Bahamas and the Bermuda Triangle.”
She frowned. “Wait. Isn’t that where all those planes and boats have disappeared before?”
“There have been a few rumors of that happening,” he agreed slowly.
“Well, aren’t you concerned it could happen to us? That we could disappear?”
He cracked a grin. “If we do, the guys chasing us won’t be able to find us then.”
I found myself grinning just by reading this excerpt. I’m sure the rest of the book is just as good.
I’ve got some questions for you that will help your readers get to know you a little better. Ready?
Sure, let’s go.
Do you have any tattoos? What are they? If not, what would you want?
No, I don’t have any tattoos. However, if I were ever to get one, it would be a phoenix. The mythological bird that burned itself on a funeral pyre every so many years (500 I think) to rise from the ashes renewed and beautiful again. Why? When I left Michigan in 2004, to begin a new life in the south, I envisioned myself burning my old life to rise again someday. No there was no real fire, it was all symbolic. That is why I use phoenix in my email. At the time, it seemed fitting.

I’m sure that would look awesome! Okay, question number two. If you could live in another time, when would it be? Why?

The late 1880’s. I have read and watched westerns since I was a kid and fell in love with that period of history. Yes, it was hard and had some serious drawbacks, especially for women. (But to be honest, today isn’t perfect either) They were poised a few years from the dawning of a new decade, with new advancements and inventions constantly coming along. The country was still fairly new, honest and innocent. A person could make their mark based on their own efforts, good or bad, fair or honest. I really want to write more stories based in this time era. Why? It’s so much fun to mentally go back there!

What about a place? If you could move to a different state, what state would it be? Why?

Oregon, or the Pacific Northwest because of the climate. And it’s beautiful along the coast. I miss being near the water when I lived up north and suffer through the endless sun and heat of southern summers. I treasure cool, cloudy rainy days like gold. They are rare here in the south and common place in Oregon.

Are you a coffee drinker? How do you take it?

I love, love my coffee. I take it in a thick mug. With much raw, natural sugar and lots of whole milk. Sweet!! I do the same thing with my tea. Hot and I add a teaspoon of honey. Yum!

That sounds so good right now. I love coffee. It really gets me going in the morning. Okay, last question. What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have no sense of smell. Never have. It’s called anosmia. Totally true. My sense of taste is kind of wonky too but it’s all I’ve known. Can’t do heat and can’t get enough sweet.

Wow, I’ve never heard of that.  I can’t imagine not being able to smell. But then again, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad at times. Like when someone forgets to take the trash out. LOL!

Now that you’ve answered some in depth questions, can you tell us anything else about yourself?

Well, I am a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. I also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so I’m positive I came by my writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.
My hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants (50 ish and growing), poetry and yard work. I love to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. I live in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, I dream of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for my stories.
Ryan, thank you again for letting me host you today. Please come back anytime.
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Summertime is here again…

Good morning everyone! Wow, what a day. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are chirping. At least they are where I live. Good ‘ol Arkansas. With weather like this, it makes me think about the upcoming summer months and how much fun it used to be for us when we were kids. And being a writer, one good thought leads to another and another and another and so on…

As my brain drifted from one thing to another, it occurred to me that as summer is approaching, it is time to get our children going on some favorite activities. No, not what most kids nowadays consider fun–sleeping in, playing video games, staying indoors watching movies, streaming music, and surfing the web. I’m talking about REAL summer fun.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, let me remind you.

CATCHING FIREFLIES:

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CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD:

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PLAYING IN THE CREEK:

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ROASTING MARSHMELLOWS:

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STAR GAZING:

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PICKING BERRIES:

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MAKING HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:

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SWIMMING WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

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BIKE RIDING:

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BLOWING BUBBLES:

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FISHING:

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PICKING WILDFLOWERS:

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HAVING A  PICNIC:

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER:

Kids in the Sprinklers

These are the type of summer activities I was talking about. Simple, fun, and everlasting. So this summer, put the tablet, phone, pager, laptop away and take a few moments to relive the real meaning of summer. Drag your family along with you. They may grumble a bit but in the end, they will thank you. Enjoy!!

This Week’s Read…Merritt Kelly 

Hi everybody! Today I am hosting the incredible author Merritt Kelly and her amazing book, Threads. Just by reading the excerpt that I have included in this post, I am already hooked. Both by the main character and the awesome detail that Merritt puts into her writing. Please continue to read and find out more about Merritt and her wonderful story Threads.  Enjoy!!


EXCERPT:
It was Carda’s job to get the Thread. Her tiny wings flapped silently as she hovered above it, her delicate fingers pulling it from the center of the flower. It was an important job. The Thread was priceless and a part of everything the Garden Fairies do. This was her first time. She had to be careful. If she pulled too hard she would surely break the delicate thread. If she flew too long and became tired she might fall or be discovered.

N’ela, her aged mentor hovered in the distance, arms folded, watching her every move. Carda’s long dark hair fluttered about her in the breeze caused by the incessant beating of her wings. Her green eyes surveyed the batch of Crocuses that she must finish. It was a timed test and only the fastest and the best would hold the title of Threader. She exhaled reminding herself to stay calm. That seemed nearly impossible, the family honor was at stake. Her mother was a Threader and her mother before her. She pushed the negative thoughts aside and reminded herself that she was born for this. She flitted along, deftly gathering threads, placing them in the canvas sack that was slung over one shoulder.

The test was timed for a reason. In a few minutes the sun would be up and the giants would wake. They must not see. The Garden Fairies had survived because they remained hidden. They didn’t exist in the world of the giants. Carda suddenly stopped. She’d allowed herself to become distracted and now her fingers were tangled in the Threads. Time was wasting. She mustn’t break the Threads. She looked down at her now yellow stained fingers, her mind racing. N’ela’s thoughts pushed through to her consciousness. Carda did as as N’ela told her.

“I am one,” Carda repeated to herself. As if by magic the Threads untangled from her fingers. Once she had become disengaged she pulled the Threads gently from the base of the flower. Each handful had more than the last. It was getting lighter outside and she was in a race against time. Once the sun was up over the hill it would be light the garden, the giants would wake. She could see N’ela buzzing back and forth out of the corner of her eye like an expectant mother. Three years of training had come to this and she didn’t want to disappoint her. The light began to break, just over the hills.

The Connection as it was called, was strong. They felt each other’s emotions and heard each other’s thoughts as all fairies could. Like fire the dawn began to spread. Quickly N’ela stuffed the last of the Threads in to her sack. She held up her sack triumphantly.

QUESTION AND ANSWER TIME!

Q 1. What made you want to become a writer? 

A. I’ve always loved words. I tried to write my first play at ten I knew I’d be a writer in some capacity somehow, some way.
Q 2. What gives you inspiration for your book ideas?
A. Everything from cooking shows to personal experience to news articles and even dreams. My biggest challenge is reigning it and making sense of it all. I gets lots of ideas and sometimes I have to trim away or focus on a specific things so the relationship of the characters isn’t lost.

Q 3. If your book had a soundtrack to it, what songs would be on it?

A. Wow. That’s tough one. I’m a music lover of all genres. I’ll take two. Squeeze Black Coffee and maybe Pour Some Sugar on me Def Lepard. Black Coffee would Andrea’s song and Def Lepard is for my hero Danny in Bed.

Q 4. Would you like to try other genres?

A. Well as a matter of fact I’m trying my hand at combining food romance and murder mystery, just for fun. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I wanted to see how it would work. I don’t picture myself writing cozy mysteries. It may end up being more story driven than romance driven. The characters are older and deeply flawed, but it’s very funny. There’s more focus on the familial relationships and story than the romance.

Q 5. What advice would you give to new authors? 

A. I don’t know that I’m in any position to give advice. I think you know if you are compelled to write, if you need to write. So the advice is simple. Write. The hardest part of that is believing in your talent and that what you have to say is worthwhile. You’ll question it a lot, know that’s part of the process and that will be what makes you work harder to improve.

Q6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?

A. Switzerland! There you get the part of it that’s French, Italian, as well as the part that is uniquely Swiss. Great wine, cheese, chocolate, mountains fabulous scenery All of Europe is only a train ride away How can you lose?

Want to find out more about Merritt and her wonderful books? Or maybe contact her? Just click on one of the links below: 

WEBSITE:    http://www.merrrittkelly.com 

twitter @merrittkelly1 

EMAIL: merrittkellyauthor@yahoo.com

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