“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ― Langston Hughes Hope. Man’s greatest weakness and greatest strength. The fuel that ignites men’s dreams. Without hope, all that we could be would come crumbling down. For so many of us, it is hope that wakes us up […]

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On dreams and hope — Cristian Mihai

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Promises to myself

Hello all! I hope this weekend is starting off great for you. If not I hope it will 🙂

In the spirit of the ending 2018, I am making my list of tasks, dreams and goals. I’m calling them promises to myself.

Wow do I need goals. This year wasn’t the best by a long shot. Chronic pain, horrible job, and anxiety through the roof. On the flip side, however, I released Cid, Ice Fairy 3, Upstaged 3, and This Time Around. Plus restarted this blog and have gone from 12 to nearly 90 followers since July.

So…my list of promises include:

limit TV time (under an hour)

knit daily (if no hand pain)

paint daily (if no hand pain)

finish two rewrites

finish two new books

by year end have marketing outsourced

savor my family moments

eat better

Thats a partial list for me. How about you?

What are your promises to yourself?

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Rainbow Snippets December 29th

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Where did 2018 go? The first part of this year was slower than a snail in frozen molasses. The second half? Flew by!  In just a couple of days we’ll be welcoming in 2019. I hope it’s a fair sight better than the old year.

I’m posting again from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

FYI: The scene from last week mentions Robert’s father, Mark, had gone after Phillip.  This scene is played out in the book prior to this, For the Heart of Phillip.

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

We continue this week with the focus on Robert and what he does after he left Phillip:

Robert and Cassie sat in Robert’s old room together. She held him while he sobbed and spoke of what might’ve been with the man he’d hoped would be the love of his life. He also told her of how guilty he felt for what he’d done to Cleve.

Cassie calmed her son—she merely held him and listened, as they waited patiently for Mark to come to his senses and return home.

A tense hour went by while they waited. They knew he had quite the temper and had a tendency to be a complete control freak. Cassie wrung her hands constantly with worry. He noticed and grabbed them.

“Mom, relax. He won’t hurt anyone. He’s probably just really mad that Phillip didn’t keep his promise. To me or to him. I’m sure he’ll be back shortly.”

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Consultant’s Letter To Santa

Very funny read 😁😁😁

Nicholas C. Rossis

One read I always look forward to this time of the year is The Economist’s special Christmas issue. This is a double one and crammed with fun articles I savor during the holidays.

This year’s issue had a hilarious take on consultants, describing what they might tell Santa if they were asked to look at his business model. Enjoy and buy the issue yourself (or visit The Economist) for more fun reads!

A Consultant’s Letter To Santa

Santa | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

Thanks for asking us to have a look at your business model. Our staff have now recovered from their frostbite and have a number of significant suggestions for a revamp before next year.

First, the brand name. The business seems to use several different monikers, including St Nicholas, Santa Claus and Father Christmas. We suggest settling on one of the three. Father Christmas is clearly paternalistic and gender-biased. St Nicholas is…

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Rainbow Snippets December 22nd

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How did December go by so fast? Goodness! I know…by working my tail off during the day and resting as much as possible at night. LOL  I’m pretty ready for the holidays…I have family coming in and my best friend is coming over too. Time to roll out that welcome mat 🙂

I’m posting again from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

We continue this week with the focus on Robert and what he does after he left Phillip:

He played the scenes over and over in his mind—how the shit had hit the fan when Cleve had found him and Phillip together, when he and Phillip had tried to make love but couldn’t make it happen, and finally when he’d called it quits and left.

 Going back to an empty apartment wasn’t what he’d needed, so he’d gone to his parents’ home to bask in the comfort of his family—his parents, his twin sister, and his toddler brother, Luke.

His mother, Cassie, was always there with hugs and kisses. She could be a bit smothering, but right now he welcomed it. He couldn’t wait to be in her arms and hear her soothing voice.

The moment Robert arrived home, his father, Mark blew a gasket. The family attempted to stop him, but there was no calming down the hot-headed patriarch. He bolted out the door and drove off to the Marnier household to face down Phillip and admonish him for breaking his son’s heart for a second time.

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Voltron is done :(

No spoilers here, but I teased myself a lot and read the spoilers ahead of time (I hate surprises).

Let’s just say that I was still shocked at how emotional I got when the end came! I heard of this anime a year ago and was sucked into it faster than a speck of light to a black hole. And never came out again.

I’m a Voltron LD fan for good…despite the fandom (which at times) is a bit toooo crazed. (petitions anyone)? It’s still a cartoon. Let’s keep things in perspective, shall we?

I’m still hoping for a sequel…Coran’s early life? Shiro’s new life? What happens to the Lions and the Garrison now?

Hubby and I are seeking out new anime to binge-watch of the same caliber as this show…any suggestions?

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Reacting to Feedback

I’ve gotten so much better with this in the past few years; I admit to being quite awful at receiving negative feedback.

Author Don Massenzio

Multi Ethnic People Holding The Word FeedbackAs you dive into the world of self-publishing, one of the biggest fears that you must overcome is the reaction that you will get from those that read your work. For me, I had written a short story and kept it to myself for months before I finally shared it with my wife. I knew I could count on her for honest feedback. I knew she was aware of my writing ability from many of the business and personal documents I had either written or helped her with at home. Also, when I was an independent consultant, she often proofed the documents I produced.

This was different, however. I had invented my own story with characters, settings, and emotions. If she hated it, I would have probably quit going down this path. Luckily, she liked it and I continued on and gradually expanded the circle of people that I let read…

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Rainbow Snippets December 15th

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Happy first day of December! Wow has this year flown by or what??? Are you ready for the Holidays?

I’m posting again from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

This book is now available only at  Amazon 

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

Last week was the end of the heartbreaking opener where David finds his “Dear David” letter.  This week focuses on Robert and what he does after he left Phillip:

Twenty-six-year-old congressional aide, Robert Marshall was, once again, heartbroken. What was worse, was that it was the same man who’d broken his heart before; he’d let it happen again. He’d just left the man he loved more than anything, Phillip Marnier. They’d lived together for months, and had been together; but the feelings weren’t mutual.

It was more than obvious Phillip was still in love with his husband, Andrew. Robert beat himself up for even trying to get back with his first-ever boyfriend, especially as things had been complicated immensely by the fact he himself had been married at the time.

This book is now available only at  Amazon