You can see some of my journals in the latest issue of SOMERSET STUDIO…pages 20-23 I think it’s out now. They carry it at Barnes and Joann’s and I don’t know where else.

Congratulations GiGi! Like Holly, I’m not surprised to find your work published! I want this magazine! If anyone in Canada knows where I can buy this mag, could you let me know?

Rethinking Life

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Swords Into Plowshares

Bumba has written a piece… about the peace movement and heavy armaments. He says “there was a time when people marched for peace. How have we forgotten, how have we strayed so far from simple decency?”AND listen to his rendition of Blowing In The Wind by Dylan.

Every Day Another Story

There was a time back in the 1950’s and 1960’s when people – a minority of people obviously – marched to BAN the BOMB. The world-wide PEACE MOVEMENT fought to stop weapons proliferation. Peace, world peace was the goal. Idealistic perhaps, but people simply didn’t want any more wars. The memory of WWII was still fresh in people’s minds. 80 million people had perished. By the war’s end, horrific firebombs were targeting civilians – and then, in 1945, the two nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were detonated. The nuclear weapons were soon refined and made immensely more powerful. They were produced in the thousands. Their purpose was to exterminate entire cities. Drop enough of them and the radiation and ensuing climate change would kill off the majority of earth’s vegetation and fauna for several years, including humanity. “Overkill” became an operative term, a military objective.

Luckily, almost miraculously, these…

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Glamorous Mystery: Nine Black Lives by Resa McConaghy

Carolee, I adore this review! You said a lot about the story, but did not spoil anything. Music to my ears, 🎵🎵🎵 Thank you, thank you! Hearts and unicorns for you! ❤️ & 🦄

Carolee Croft

Nicky Faime is a Hollywood leading man who can’t help being ridiculously good-looking. He lives in a gilded cage and seemingly his every move is watched by his capable assistant, his security team, and his hard-working chef. But the suspicious death of Lucille Brookers, a costume designer who had worked on the movie that launched Nicky’s career many years ago, motivates Nicky to seek the answers to the mystery.

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You wouldn’t think a spoiled movie star who has everything (at least in terms of material possessions) would be a sympathetic character, but he is! Maybe it’s because he’s not satisfied with resting on his laurels. Not content with playing a detective in the movies, Nicky wants to solve a real murder mystery because he truly cares about putting Lucille’s killer behind bars.

However, Lieutenant Lightfoot, the real-life detective on the case is hardly thrilled to have an amateur dabbling in…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Ariella’s Rebellion is out today…

Congratulations are in order for Carolee Croft on the release of Ariella’s Rebellion! What an exciting Valentine’s Day for her. I’ll definitely be tipping a glass of wine to her tonight!

Carolee Croft

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or with friends and family, or not celebrating at all, I hope you have a fabulous day.

Ariella’s Rebellion is now available on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, and all other Amazon stores.

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“IF” A Frank Angle Challenge – by Resa

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

EACH “IF” LINE IN THIS POEM IS A TITLE TO A SONG.

If I can’t have you

Then it would be as

If 6 was 9

Upside down all the time

And

If It Wasn’t For The Nights-

When I could turn over and say

Let Me Dream If I Want To

 I’d keep hearing you say,

If you wear that velvet dress-

Once more, and I think

Damned If I Do

So wondering out loud I ask

“What If We Give It Away”?

If It Makes You Happy

That’s what we should do.

But darling

If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)

Remember

If Music Could Talk

We’d dance until, eternity.

                             – Resa – February 8, 2018

 

PS. Let me know if you need or want a link! I have them all ready to go!

Ariella’s Escape

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By: CAROLEE CROFT

*Fiction – Adventure – Adult *   Pages – 180 – Release – 2017

From the very beginning I was captivated by Ariella, Baroness of Leduryon.
Strong women are very much touted in today’s world, and this capable heroine of an imagined yesterday is a fierce warrior on the field, and a fierce lover in bed.

Sent on a diplomatic mission to Chaldea by Queen Esclairmonde of Dezearre, Ariella is a classy ambassador with a mighty sword. Upon her arrival, Ariella is greeted with a gift from King Acheron. His name is Demetrius. His handsome face, and fantastic body are outshone only by his pulsating and loving desire for Ariella. He is hers for the three nights of her visit.

Unfortunately, tragedy strikes after the first evening’s delicious encounter. After Ariella and Demetrius’  first passionate tryst together, diplomacy comes to an abrupt halt. Ariella and Demetrius are forced to flee the vindictive, treacherous pretty boy Prince Theodos. Prince Theodos and his men persue the two into an enchanted forest. Although the Prince is staved off by the elf King Larkos and his band of elves, the flight and fight are far from over.

Set in an historical semi-invented world, much like the successful and popular TV series, “Game of Thrones” or “Vikings” an exhilarating adventure awaits the pair of escapees.

Theirs is a trek that takes them though dangerous terrain, but the magic forest kingdom of King Larkos could be the biggest peril of all. In this place we are treated to a mystic strategy that only elves and assorted denizens of a spellbound world could conjure up. Of course, it’s all a challenge that Ariella and Demetrius need to survive successfully in order to continue on.

It’s not all fleeing and fighting, though. There are momentary hours of safe haven. During these night time pauses, within the adrenaline pumped escape, Ariella and Demetrius take their promised nights unto themselves. They are more than enamored by each other. I say they are in love with each other. Their love making scenes, passionate and deliciously lusty, are gracefully, albeit graphically written. Yet, no matter how intense the sexual encounters are, the story itself remains undaunted.

Freedom is finally theirs, and each returns to their home land. Ariella to Dezearre, Demetrius to Sylcadia.

At this point, it’s not over, not by a long shot! As a dutiful subject of Queen Esclairmonde and devoted to the kingdom of Dezearre, Ariella takes to the battlefield once again. Her challenge: The Baroness of Ancarette.
Risking a spoiler, I’ll stop here. The ending is satisfying, yet a cliff hanger at the same time. Read this tale, and you, like I, will want to read the second book in the series, Ariella’s Rebellion.

Star Rating? Well, I’m more creative than that rigid expression of grading. I’m going with swords, broad ones, the kind Ariella uses. Also, having just finished the book, I am still in the enchanted forest of King Larkos. So, I say 6 out of 5 Swords.

I’m looking forward to Ariella’s Rebellion, which will be released February 14, 2018. It is available for pre-order on all Amazon stores including:

Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia,

Ariella’s Escape is available on Amazon US,  & Amazon UK, & Amazon Australia For Amazon Canada click on the book cover.

Carolee Croft

is a Canadian writer who has just moved back to Canada from São Paulo, Brazil.

Carolee enjoys traveling around the world, trying chocolate in all its various forms, and relaxing with a good book. She is obsessed with Italian greyhounds.

She has written 6 novels that are in her own words “I hope not too naughty for your audience”. I find that a tad endearing coming from an admitted fan of Spongebob. You can find her books on  Carolee’s Books on Amazon

OR visit her on Carolee’s Face Book page or Carolee’s WordPress blog

 

Calle Ocho

Holly is one sweet poet. Here’s a taste. Follow her and enjoy a feast!
(I’ll have a cigar, please!)

House of Heart

In the shadows of a rundown bar

she breathes cigars and Cuba Libre.

A Spanish guitar plays Guananey

as she swallows the night

in a sunflower dress with no shoes.

She  longs for her homeland

and the impossible dream of

freedom.

” Havana ” Roman Virdi

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Lluvia

Have you ever seen anything as sweet and beautiful as Lluvia? “Belén, thank you so much for this wonderful gift! Your work is poetry in ceramics.

Arcilla y fuego

Patito de metal y cerámica Lluvia, puesta en escena

Imágenes exclusivas de la espectacular puesta en escena de Lluvia … hola mundo!!

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Lluvia

Las primeras semanas en la vida de un bebé pato suelen ser las mas complicadas, sus padres, Drake y Soltratan de mantenerla en un ambiente cálido y suplen con mucho amor su inexperiencia en estos temas de la paternidad.

No se han separado de su nido ni un momento, y siguiendo los sabios consejos de nuestra querida amiga Resa, han logrado superar los momentos mas críticos, ahora que Luvia crece fuerte y sana, ellos han decidido que es la hora de presentarla en sociedad.

Yo, como todas las abuelas del mundo, creo que es una bebé pato preciosa, la mas bonita de todas las que han salido de mis manos, ¿vosotros que opináis?

Belén Soto

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