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Just a little pre-holiday bookshelf…

Do forgive my bluntness, but I kind of enjoy watching my pre-holiday book display…

Four children’s books published so far…

And five adult books already out…

Along with plenty of short stories featured in several anthologies…

BARNES & NOBLE

AMAZON

LULU 

KOBO

BOOK GORILLA 

GOODREADS

 

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Incredible

I used to be able to dance away

The sadness

The anger

The stress

The loneliness

The pain

I used to be able to write it out

To paint it out

To carve it out

To sing it out

To mould it out

To remodel it

I used to be able to

But not any more

And yet…

Although it too often feels as if every fibre of me is falling apart

Sad

Angry

Frustrated

Lonely

In pain

Something still manages to keep all the pieces together

Something invisible in the cracks

My tiny dancer

My musician

My artist

My self

And it is simply incredible.

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About love

Sometimes I even surprise myself.

New #poetry book – my #Christmas surprise – #ebook is #free 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/anita-kovacevic/versus-verses-love/ebook/product-23425193.html

Just

No words are needed

Your smile

Your touch

Your scent

Your glance

Just the thought of you

I hear music

I am happy

And free

And home

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Grateful

There are some amazing people whose opinion I value reading this book these days. I cannot tell you how nervous, excited and grateful that makes me…

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THE WRITER’S GIFT 4U FROM Karen J Mossman

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.

Here is a very kind lady and prolific author – Karen J Mossman.

Author: Karen J Mossman

Genre(s): Multi Genre author

Booksite links: https://magicofstories.net

Social network links: https://www.facebook.com/karenjmossmanauthor/

Chat with the author:

What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

I read so much and so many that I don’t have a favourite and I rarely go back to something I have already read. I did read a series of crime cooks by Gillian Hamer recently. They were all divided into seasons and I loved the winter one where everything was frozen. It was set in the area that I live and we don’t get a lot of frost or snow in this part of Wales. So it was interesting reading about it.

I don’t generally take holidays in the winter and it’s usually a lead up to the Christmas season.  

Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

Holiday characters, that’s a tricky question, and I can’t think of something I would like to be. I’m quite happy just being me!  

What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

Winter holidays, I suppose I could say Christmas because when I was working we would refer to it as a holiday away from work. My favourite thing to do would be getting together with my family, which of course, is tradition during the Christmas period.

If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

I’ve never considered taking a holiday during these months. I’m a sun and warm weather girl. I suppose if I did, I would go to see my sister as she lives in Massachusetts.  We have been before and it’s a beautiful place during the autumn season.

What would you like to ask your readers?

Which one of my books is your favourite and why? I always like to know which they like as it makes me think of my reasons for writing it. It’s also good having people discuss us and hearing their interpretation.

Sneak peek & riddles:

I have asked authors to provide a riddle about their book for the readers.

step 1: Sarah has a secret. She is telling no one and won’t even admit it to herself. What is it?

step 2: your book and book link

myBook.to/TTWO

step 3:  Book Description – Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept from Ryan?

step 4: sneak peek, pls

Did I mention the silent phone calls on the house phone recently? Then, of course, the brick and razor blades and now this; I couldn’t ignore it anymore. It was happening, and I was scared. My stomach twisted and my ears pounded. Not again, I couldn’t do it again.

Karen’s message for the readers:

Enjoy your holidays and enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities – Karen x

Thank you so much for dropping by, Karen!

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The Rejected Writers’ Christmas Wedding by Suzanne Kelman – my review


There is something melancholic about reading the final part of a book series. I’ve now read all the books in The Rejected Writers’ Southlea Bay series, and reading the final pages was like saying goodbye to old friends, or at least very good acquaintances. You know those people you always look forward to meeting again at the vacation spot you like to revisit with your family? Yes, them. This series has been like that fun vacation for me – a witty and warm account of extraordinarily ordinary friendships in small towns, where people still care about what happens to you if you miss an appointment, and where their noses are still just a little bit too much in other people’s business but, then again, their nosiness can sometimes literally save your life or marriage.


This last part in the series, so appropriately ending with a wedding, although not quite in a way you might expect, may have started off slower than the other parts, but if you have met the characters before, you will enjoy the little hints the author drops every now and then about their previous adventures. The author skillfully lets the group of local ladies, The Rejected Writers’ Club pals, prepare a wedding for their youngest member, gets her blackmailed into running away, and then allows them all to rescue the bride and groom in their own, unorthodox, ridiculous and loving way. The characters and humour are relaxing, quirky and precious – the best quality of this book and the entire series. If you are new to Southlea Bay novels, Doris will make you go bananas with her controlling obsession, but we all know people like her – a bit too pushy, and yet their hearts in the right place eventually. 


The aged Southern belles, the Labette twins, with their contradictory nature and funny dialogues, will make you laugh till you cry – I am so glad those two have a bigger role in this book. For those who have read the previous parts, the reappearance of some characters from books 1&2 will make you smile and warm your heart. The twin babies, on the other hand, add that realistic element of drama and fun, which every family goes through, especially on holidays such as Christmas. The crescendo of comical scenes towards the ending, as the plot thickens and then unwinds, is simply adorable. The sleigh ride scene had me giggling out loud, vividly described and well-timed. One thing I must mention (again) are the pun-filled chapter headings – those are a pure joy in themselves – like a funny menu, just asking to have a pop tart or cupcake made after them, or at least a cocktail. I can easily see the Southlea Bay series as a TV series, and would enjoy watching it and rereading the books.

This book made me laugh, which is a treasure in this day and age, and it is the perfect Christmas gift for people who enjoy clean, witty, light comedy with warmth and friendship, and people’s little quirkiness and prejudice dealt with through humour and kindness.

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Blessing & Curse

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The Writer’s Gift 4U from Paul White

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.

A man whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit constantly amaze me is here – author, artist and publisher Paul White has dropped by today.

Author: Paul White

Genre(s): Multi Genre.

Booksite links: http://paulznewpostbox.wixsite.com/paul-white

Social network links:

Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/paulwhitewriter

Twitter, https://twitter.com/fluffybunnypj

Chat with the author:

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

You might call me boring, but I love Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I like that’s its traditional, in all the senses of the word, and I like the moral of the tale.

2.  Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

I must own up to being a bit of a ‘Bah Humbug’ about the commercialism of Christmas, so I think I should be Ebenezer Scrooge… after the ghosts have visited!

3. What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

I love putting on a great spread of food, a buffet, on Boxing Day and/or at New Year and hold an open house for family and friends.

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

If I could guarantee a very snowy period, I mean deep white fairy tale snow, I would love to spend it in an isolated cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Just my wife and I, hidden away from the world!

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

What kind of story would you like me to write next, and would you like to be a character in it?

Sneak peek & riddle for a WORK IN PROGRESS (yay, an exclusive!)


I have asked the authors to take these 4 little steps for you;), readers, about their latest book or work un progress.step 1: give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in your book.

Sometimes, it is Dark inside you.

step 2: give us the cover and link for the book (if wip, pls share your link where we can follow your progress)

It is a WiP, due out 1st February. http://paulznewpostbox.wixsite.com/paul-white/works-in-progress (scroll down)

step 3: give us the short blurb for the story

This is a collection of dark tales & darker poetry. It is like listening to a sad record when you are feeling down, reading dark tales smothers you in a blanket of comfort… or maybe not?

step 4: sneak peek, pls

Rockabye baby.

Rockabye baby, broken and scarred.

Black rains a ’tumbling, falling hard,

Icy winds blowing, cutting deep,

Autumn leaves swirling into a heap,

She took the knife and held it high,

Cold steel pressed against her thigh

One more slice, deep into a vein,

Bleed out the fear, remorse and pain,

Closing her eyes, breathing out her last,

Sleep is coming, taking away her past,

Naked she lays, sprawled across the bed,

Hushabye baby, you’re almost dead.

Your holiday wishes for your readers, besides world peace, of course:)

Enjoy your friends, family and loved ones company, remember;  Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow.

I have a place in this pattern, and so do you.

Thank you so much, Paul. Best of luck with your work in progress and all your other creative adventures!

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Giants within

This is a poem which appears in the international antibullying ebook Inner Giant  created for an antibullying charity by educators from all continents. It is like a lullaby or prayer for a troubled child.

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Thank you

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