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Entangled is now available.

A contemporary story for young adults and those young at heart. Enjoy a story of family drama, sibling rivalry, and new adult love.

Suspense… Mystery… Family drama… Sibling rivalry between half-brothers, and… Romance.

Is it plausible that —in today’s current world — a father can dictate to whom his children will marry?
Is it plausible that —in today’s world — a thirty-year old man would give up passion and the woman he loves to marry another where there is no passion and he does not love in order to succeed his father at his father’s business empire?

Wealthy, Old Man Arthur Bosch, self-made man from the Midwest now residing along the Main Line of Philadelphia, wants to retire. He has seven children, six with four wives, and one from a love affair.

Of the three sons most capable of taking over his company, Graham Parker, illegitimate son, is the logical choice. However, Old Man Bosch wants Graham to marry into a well-established Main Line Family. Graham wants the pretty, young secretary that works for the family company.

If Graham does not marry his long-time girlfriend, he will not succeed his father. Graham’s two half-brothers conspire to get Graham to choose the secretary, leaving room for one of them to succeed their father.

What will Graham do—love or success? Whom will he choose?

Fragments – A Book Review

For years, I had heard of Jeffry Johnston, the author, through a good friend of mine John H. I had the opportunity to meet the author at a party at the beginning of the new year. I bought the paperback version so that I can share it with my son. The book is for readers aged 12 and up.

MY REVIEW:

Fragments – A Must Read (Five Stars)

I cried reading this book because it was so moving. By Chapter Two, I knew something really bad, more than a car accident, had happened in young Chase’s life. This is more than a young boy suffering from survivor’s guilt. I wanted to find out more that I read the book in two days. The main story deals with Chase and his therapist trying to help put the pieces of his fragmented images into one complete puzzle. Also, we experience along with Chase all the high school angst he incurs with the other students because of the fatal car accident – who are his real friends, who feels angry at their own loss, and one student who worries that he may have set that terrible day in motion by his own selfish actions.

Gentlemanly Manners vs. Equality

Several months’ ago, I met three mothers for lunch. They each have a son and daughter. I only have a son in elementary school.

We are all different, yet the same. One mother asked me how my son was doing. I said he was doing well. I related a story whereby my son came home after school to tell me that he had “Library Day”. He was interested in a certain book; however, a female classmate kept picking up the same book and checking it out. My son told me that she had already read that book ten times, but wanted to get it again. I told the other three mothers what I told my son: “I don’t care if she has read that book 100 times. If she wants that book, let her have it. If that book means so much to you, we will get the book at another store tomorrow.”

Oddly, the mothers pounced on me. “Oh, no. If your son wants that book, he should get it. Equality reigns.” I defended my position: “No, being a gentleman trumps equality.” I rather felt that these women were teaching their sons and daughters to look out only for themselves.

After all, we hear on the news how atrociously young men treat young women today by plying them with alcohol and then taking them back to dorm rooms or parties so drunk the young women don’t remember anything. We hear on the news how bad mannered and crude we have become as a society.

Is it wrong to raise a young boy to become a man of good, courteous conduct? Is it wrong to raise my son to know “girls goes first”? Is this considered “war on women” for treating girls better? Won’t my son make a good husband one day if he knows how to respectfully and properly treat a woman?

Ice Storm Cometh…and Taketh

The day after the Super Bowl, the Mid-Atlantic and Northwest States were hammered with a wintry snow.
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The following week, we in Pennsylvania were hit with an ice storm that left us without power for four days. I heard the creaking of wood, so I jumped out of bed to watch the first branch break from the tree that sits in our yard. The long branch lies in the walkway to our front door. After breakfast without any power, I looked out the front living room window. The second branch had snapped and now lies in our neighbors walkway to their front door. (We live in carriage-type homes). The next several days, we had more snow. The birds came back to their broken tree.
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Without television, internet, or computer availability, I took our son sledding at the golf course across the street. He came down the 5th hole so fast that he used his foot to stop from going into the street. He stopped; but his boot came off. I think Matthew was scared going so fast, but he wouldn’t admit it to me.

The snow is melting with our current 54 degrees of heat wave. We expect an inch of snow tonight and more snow on Tuesday.

Book Review from the United Kingdom

Most writers rely on good-to-excellent reviews to help sales. I found this review in Amazon.uk.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Emotive Book, 21 Dec 2012
By Cryspalitus (South Yorkshire) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Of Men and Monsters (Kindle Edition)
I absolutely adored this book and couldn’t put it down.

You can keep your Christian Grey (FSOG) and your Gideon Cross (Bared To You etc) with their coarse verbalisations of lust for their objects of desire. Give me Remy Alden with his slow seduction of Amanda Greene. He believes from the outset that she is the one for him; his life partner and the future mother of his children, even though she is currently married to a boorish man.

This is more than a love story though. Where other stories finish with the heroine falling in love with the hero, this story is only half way through. We learn about the different facets of each person’s character and how this affects relationships between colleagues, friends, spouses, siblings, and of course lovers and exes. How can one person be selfish, miserly and lazy but still be a confidante in a crisis? How can another person be so kind, loving and generous but then be so mentally cruel that it makes your heart bleed? These are not cardboard cut-out characters, but well defined people with all their good and bad points. There were also some fascinating and surprising revelations which made this story extra special.

I am very rarely affected by the ‘sob story’ in most books I read and can be quite cynical but this book gripped me so that I was on a rollercoaster of emotions and, dare I say, very close to tears at some points. A well rounded and well written book. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you, Cryspalitus (South Yorkshire) for your review.

Hung up on “the Hook”

This morning is my singing lesson. Friends and family know not to call me until after my lesson. After I put the little man on the bus, I open my song book and go through my material. For example, I should be reviewing “Woman” from The Pirate Queen.

Except today, I’m not. I’m stuck.

Since this is November’s National Novel Writing Month, I put aside my current novel and began working on a sci-fi romance. A new genre for me. Since I keep having sci-fi dreams, I thought I would write one of them.

I’m so hung up on the hook – that first page that will capture and hold your attention so that you will turn the page and read more. It’s two hundred years after the 2016 Apocalypse: do we have electricity and cell phones if (in my story) the world was basically flattened and fried in a nuclear war, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.? I initially blamed China and climate change for the Apocalypse; however, too much controversy with Jimmy Kimmell lately. What to do? What to do?

My husband, in his straight, businessman-like manner, told me to finish my current book before working on the sci-fi romance. He doesn’t get the exhilaration and self-imposed pressure of NaNoWriMo. He calls it Eeeny Meeny Miney Mo time.

Oh, well. I better start practicing “Woman”. Perhaps I can find the answer there…..