This is the first book I’ve read by the best-selling writing duo Christina Lauren and it probably won’t be the last. This book was funny and engaging. I was rooting for Carey and James in the difficult situation in which they find themselves.
2021, still in the grip of the pandemic, calls for a sense of calm and happiness. Maybe we can turn to Greek Mythology to help us.
In Greek mythology, Alkyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the wind god. When she learned that her husband had died at sea, she threw herself into the Mediterranean and was transformed into the beautiful bird called the kingfisher (so romantic!).
Aeolus calmed the sea for his daughter to hatch a brood of eggs on a floating nest.
We now use the phrase, halcyon days, to mean a time of calm and happiness.
In the turbulent days ahead as we change leaders, get vaccinated and remain socially distanced we will be seeking some halcyon days.
Ways to gain calm and happiness:
- Take a walk in nature – breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, laugh at squirrel antics…you’ll be surprised how happy you’ll feel.
- Begin feeding birds at home, whether you hang feeders in your backyard or get the ones that suction cup to your windows. Birds can be fascinating to watch. Yellow finches, hummingbirds and woodpeckers are among my favorites.
- Adopt a pet. There’s nothing like pet snuggles and animal antics to make you laugh and love.
- Read a romance novel with a Happily-Ever-After ending.
- Take a long, soaking bath. Add some bubbles or bath salts to soak those worries away.
- Get the whole family in on the happiness by playing a board game. The benefits will include family bonding, healthy competition and laughs among others. My memories include playing Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, Trivia…
What would you add to this list?
What gives you calm and happiness?
I’m currently reading A Gift for Guile (The Thief-takers) by Alissa Johnson…
(Book Blurb – Courtesy of Amazon.com – buy it)
Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn’t want. Esther knows she’s put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family’s enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he’s near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers…and wish she were worthy of being saved.
I’m about halfway through this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. It has rich characters, humor and mystery which are things that grab me right away. To see my Top Ten Book Hooks, check out my previous post here. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Tell me, what are you reading? Have you read A Gift for Guile?
Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday blog post.
(For info on TTT and to join in, check out That Artsy Reader Girl)
What makes me pick up a book to read?
Title – can’t resist a catchy title. For example: Chose The Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Love that title 🙂
Cover – I’m a very visual person so I like a colorful cover. One of the best ones I’ve seen is The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson (the paperback version). It’s truly a work of art.
Locale – I love to read about far away and exotic places so locales of dreamy islands or Asian countries will grab me (and anywhere in the Carolinas since I’m a newbie Southerner).
Romance – I especially love the enemies to lovers theme with funny banter between the couple while they resist the attraction.
Mystery – I don’t always enjoy books that are only romance. To me they need to include a mystery of some kind (who’s stalking the heroine, who’s stealing company secrets, who murdered the butcher, etc.)
Suspense – Who doesn’t love a little nail-biting suspense? Nothing stirs up those desires better than a little danger to the hero and heroine.
Characters – Of course this is a major element. If you don’t care about the characters you won’t be able to enjoy the story.
Length – This is a lesser element for me except if the book is longer than 350 pages you better have a pace that keeps me turning the pages.
Author – I’m always on the lookout for new authors but with the authors that I know I enjoy, I will definitely try anything they write.
Time period – I enjoy Historical but mainly just in the 1800’s or else the current time period.
So what kind of book hooks grab you?
Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.
So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!
Be sure to check out previous posts:
Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.
What do you make lists about?
It’s almost here!
Chinese New Year 2019!
Tuesday, February 5th begins the Year of the Pig
Not Chinese? Doesn’t matter. I like to have tacos on Cinco de Mayo but I’m not Hispanic. I love pierogies even though I’m not Polish. So, I like to celebrate Chinese New Year even though I’m not Chinese. And you can too.
Fireworks are set off at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve to “ward off monsters” and bad luck. Then are set off again in the morning to welcome the new year and good luck. I love fireworks!
You get to eat dumplings and/or spring rolls. Yum!
Lots of red decorations. I love the color of red 🙂
During the festival it is taboo to sweep or clean! Ha, a reason not to clean. What’s better than that? You don’t want to sweep away your good fortune.
Here are some of my previous Feng Shui posts:
Crucial Factors for Feng Shui Success (reblogged)
So what do you like best about Chinese New Year? Have you ever celebrated the holiday? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear it.
Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.
Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…
- I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
- I created my plot/timeline for book #3.
- I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
- I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
- I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
- Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us.
Good for you!
Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…
- I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
- I want to gain a contract for book #2.
- I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication).
- I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
- I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.
Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!
Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂
2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.
So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…
I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.
I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!
A powerful post about beauty after breast cancer. Do breasts alone determine our beauty? Are women less feminine without them? What are your thoughts?
Beauty is more than a skinny body, fancy clothes, and makeup. Going through cancer can put your body through harsh treatments and sometimes multiple surgeries. Some lose their hair, some have only the spot where the cancer is removed, and some have both breasts removed. Radiation and chemotherapy are harsh treatments. Going through these treatments and surgeries can make you feel ugly and less like a woman.
When I was given the choice to have a mastectomy, I thought I had to have reconstruction to keep my beauty. I thought I’d be less of a woman without breasts. After the surgery it took me a while to look at my chest or look at myself shirtless in a mirror. I was afraid to see the scars where my breasts used to be. I was afraid I would look ugly and disfigured. When I finally looked at my chest, I cried.
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Wow! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging and connecting with people for 5 years.
To see some great blogs I’ve connected with, check out my updated Blogs I Follow page.
So let’s have a party. Grab a slice of cake…
…and settle in to meet some new friends.
In the comments below, leave a link to your blog or website. Let’s see how many new friends we can meet and support.
Thank you all for your Likes, Comments and Follows over the years. And let’s hear it for 5 more years of blogging!
Here’s a look at last year’s blogiversary post.