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Saturday, September 20, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Stacy Juba & Faceoff!

Good Morning and once again, Welcome to Saturday Spotlight!

Today our friend, Stacy Juba is returning once more with yet another great title.

Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J., the bright light in his father’s eyes, is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl and competing to be captain of the team. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off. Originally published when the author was 18 years old.

Excerpt: As Mrs. McKendrick and Chris followed Jory into the living room, Brad and T.J. stared at each other. Finally, T.J. said, "Look, you've been ticked at me since practice. You're mad that I got made cocaptain aren't you? Come on," T.J. said when Brad didn't respond. "I've got just as much right to it as you do."
  Brad scoffed. "Hardly. I've been slaving on that team since I was a freshman."
  "So? It's not like I've never played the game before."
  "It doesn't matter. I've been playing for Bayview for three years and you haven't even played one game for them!"
  "Look, it's not my fault that I got yanked out of Hayden! I didn't ask to go to Bayview. You think I wanted to leave all my friends and go to a new school? It's hard enough going there without you acting like such a jerk."
  "You're the one who's acting like a jerk, T.J."
  "You're just afraid that I'm going to do better than you, and you can't take it!"
  "Are you kidding? You may be Dad's precious genius, but you're never going to be better than me at hockey. And if you think I'm playing on a line with you, you're crazy. So let's just see who Reynolds sends down a line, T.J.," Brad challenged his brother.
  "Yeah, well have fun playing with McCann," T.J. snapped.
  Brad shoved his brother into the refrigerator, and T.J. promptly pushed him back. They were grappling with each other when their father strode into the room and ripped them apart.
  "What on earth is going on in here?" Mr. McKendrick demanded, his face red.
  "Nothing," Brad said.
  "Nothing?" Mr. McKendrick asked.
  "Nothing other than the fact that T.J. is an obnoxious jerk."
  "Hey, you're the one who's threatening to quit the line," T.J. said.
  "I'm not threatening to quit the line. I'm threatening to get you kicked off it."
  T.J.'s green eyes flashed. "Go to hell!"
  "Look, I don't know what this is about," their father began, "but you two have an obligation to your teammates. You can't just go back on that because of personal differences."
  "He started it," T.J. said.
  "I don't care who started it. I just want it stopped."

Face-Off can be purchased at AmazonB&NKobo Audible and iBookstore

  Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. Browse her website for more information on her mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens, and children, guest author features and resources on how to build your own “character,” and for her book/product reviews and advocacy relating to Type 1 Diabetes.

Well Friends, hope you enjoyed this spotlight! Stay tuned next week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course Saturday Spotlight.

Until later....take care, God Bless and remember.... When the going gets tough, the tough go to God.

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Chivalry

Yep, you read that right. I'm thinking & talking about chivalry. But before we get into my thoughts, let's define Chivalry.....

The definition I found here, is that men should be truthful, loyal, courteous to others, helpmates to women, supporters of justice, and defenders of the weak. They are also expected to avoid scandal.

This is all fine, good and well, but what about women?

You know, I'm kinda tired of men getting a bad rap. I know, I know, there are all sorts of reasons men have that reputation...years of oppression, chauvinism, abuse and all that, but instead of keeping them ALL pegged as dogs or bums or jerks, we women should look to our own beliefs, behaviors, and expectations to see if and how we contribute to that of the man/men in our lives.

No, I'm not saying that it's all our fault (nor is it Eve's!!!) but what I am saying is that if we buy into the rhetoric that all men are dogs and jerks, then we not only expect them to be that way and to treat us that way, but we are often closed off to the ones who are the complete opposite!

So my challenge to you is this.... Treat the man/men in your life the way you want/expect to be treated.

Want to be respected? Respect him--his thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas are important too.

Want to be loved? Love him--his heart is tender too.

Want to be cherished? Cherish him--treat him with kindness and tenderness and he will respond likewise.

Want to be romanced? Romance him--what's your idea of a romantic gesture? Doing that for him will encourage him to be more generous in this area. Know also, that his idea of romance might not match yours exactly but appreciate his efforts and communicate your needs in a gentle way and he will learn!

Want to be encouraged and uplifted? Encourage and uplift him.

It is my honest and humble opinion that most men want to please their lady but ladies, if we have no clue what it takes to please us, how on earth can we expect him to know? 

More importantly, if we're giving him mixed signals, how is he supposed to get it right?

I also believe deep inside, most men have the heart of a gentleman. However, in this day and age where they are labeled as pansies or whatever, and treated as less 'manly' when their tender side is exposed, many are afraid to let that gentleman out of his cage of insecurity and false bravado. 

Of course there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes the best thing you can do for your own health and sanity is to leave a relationship but when you do, leave with kindness and take time to heal your heart, soul and mind before jumping into another.

Want to know more about men, women and relationships? Check out the New Chivalry Movement and follow James M Sama on Facebook and Twitter!

Oh and check out my Pinterest board where I pin NCM's blog posts!

I borrowed this photo from New Chivalry Movement's FB page and would like to ad lib here.... 

Keep Calm and Be a LADY...... In Other Words......don't expect your man to be a gentleman if you're acting like a witch or a brat or a....(fill-in-the-blank)

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: #RockingSummerRomance with Linda McLaughlin

Good Morning!

Today's Tuesday Treasure is another Rocking Summer Romance read with Linda McLaughlin!

Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of books and history, so it's only natural she prefers writing historical romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. Linda also writes steamy to erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont, and is one half of the writing team of Lyn O'Farrell.

You can find her online at http://lindalyndi.com
Twitter: @Lyndi Lamont https://twitter.com/LyndiLamont

Linda Answers Tina Gayle's Summer Romance Questions! 

Ice Tea or Lemonade? 
Iced coffee

Lake or ocean? 

Sandals or Flipflops? 

Sit in the shadow of a tree or on the front/back porch? 
Tree since we don’t have many porches in southern California

Ball cap or floppy hat? 
Floppy hat

I had a few questions for Linda too....

Q: Which comes first, characters or plot?

A: Characters, always.

Q: Plotter, Panster, or somewhere in between?

A: Somewhere in between. I’ve heard it called being a Puzzler.

Q: Among those that you’ve written, which is your favorite book and why?

A: Rogue’s Hostage is my favorite. It’s the most personal, in a couple of ways. The first half is set in the area of Pittsburgh, PA., my home town. It’s also the book I was writing when my mother died, and when I finished, I realized that the heroine, Mara, is much like my mother. I just wish she had lived long enough to read the book. 

Q: Have your characters ever taken over the story and moved it in a direction totally different than you had in mind? What did you do?

A: Sometimes that happens, and sometimes it’s a good thing. If not, I have to rein them in. Most often it’s one of the secondary characters trying to take over the book.

Q: Do you have a "must have" book for writing?

A: Every book requires different research, but my baby name books are always needed. I especially like the ones that include historical and ethnic background information.

Now about the book....

Worth The Risk By Lyn O’Farrell (the writing team of Anne Farrell and Linda McLaughlin) Short Contemporary Romance Children's librarian Amanda Lloyd values privacy above all else. Three years ago her wedding ended in disaster when her groom was arrested at the altar and the story of the 'Embezzler's Bride' appeared in the supermarket tabloids. The experience has left her determined to avoid being caught in the public eye again. Until she meets a sexy single dad with a scandalous past.

Ex-racer Mitch Delaney is a public figure whose life has been plastered across the tabloids more than once. But he believes that anything worth doing is worth a risk. After the death of his ex-wife, he moved to Southern California to take care of his son Josh. He doesn't need the complication of a woman in his life, especially since Josh's grandparents have filed suit for custody. But Josh is on the hunt for a new mother and he has his heart set on Miss Amanda, and Mitch can't fault his son's taste.

Against her better judgment, Amanda finds herself falling for both of the Delaney men. When she agrees to accompany Mitch to a high-profile movie premiere, they draw the attention of the tabloids. Overnight Amand'a private affair becomes very public, threatening her job and Mitch's custody suit. She's waited twenty-eight years for the right man. But will happiness come at too high a price?

(Previously published as Private Affair, Kensington Precious Gem #121) Golden Heart Finalist, Short Contemporary category Buy links HTML: Amazon Kindle,
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His head was nestled in her lap. Amanda gently smoothed back the hair that had tumbled into his eyes. He sighed contentedly and gazed at her with soulful blue eyes.

"You really are a love," she murmured. "I can't imagine why I was ever nervous around you."

The living room was quiet now, except for the soft crackling of the fire. Shadows played on the walls as the flames danced in the fireplace. Dinner was over, the kitchen cleaned up, and Josh was upstairs asleep. It was the first really relaxing moment Amanda had had all day.

"Is that mutt bothering you?" Mitch asked as he stepped into the room.

"No, we've been getting acquainted." She smiled and scratched Albert behind the ears. He looked up at her adoringly. Then, as if aware that three was a crowd, he sauntered over to the fireplace and flopped down with a large sigh.

"Never thought I'd actually be jealous of a dog," Mitch muttered, sitting down on the couch next to her.

Amanda laughed. "But he's the sweetest thing."

Mitch murmured his agreement, then said, "You're sweet, too."

She cocked an eyebrow at him.

"For tutoring Josh, I mean," he said quickly.

"There's nothing sweet about that. I expect to be paid the going rate for my efforts."

"You will be," he assured her, putting an arm around her shoulders. "In fact, there may even be a bonus in it." He leaned closer, a teasing gleam in his eyes.

"What kind of a bonus did you have in mind?" Amanda knew she shouldn't have asked when his look changed to one of desire.

Pulling her closer, he rubbed his thumb along her lower lip and her lips parted instinctively. She looked deeply into his eyes and saw a new tenderness she hadn't seen before. Her body ached in anticipation as he continued caressing her mouth and gazing at her from hooded eyes that promised a world of pleasure in their blue depths.

Hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure/Rocking Summer Romance! Stay tuned for more Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until later....Take care & God Bless!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Amy Peterson & Something Furry Underfoot

Good Morning Friends,

Back in April, Amy visited us to tell us about some of her pets....Today we're featuring Amy once again but spotlighting her book, Something Furry Underfoot.

“Want to know what it’s like living with a houseful of pets while still holding onto your sanity? 

You’ve got to read Amy Peterson’s warm and funny book about her experiences coping with and caring for all manner of animals. Not only will you get a lot of laughs but you’ll also pick up some valuable tips about co-existing with your own critters!” - Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks, Kitty Cornered and Fowl Weather.

Opening paragraph of Something Furry Underfoot:

“If he wasn’t as cute as a yellow duckling, tenacious as a pit bull, and energetic as a kitten high on catnip, I wouldn’t have a dozen animals in my house right now. But Mark exhibits all that, plus employs the killer phrase, “I’ve always wanted one of those.” He also knows how to blink his puppy-dog eyes.”

Was your husband really able to blink his eyes and get another pet?
Yes.  He started with some frogs and iguanas for his son, the latter of which were messy critters that found permanent homes elsewhere.  Then the pets came to stay.  Mark said he’d always wanted a hedgehog, and one day a female hedgehog came home.  She was soon joined by a male hedgehog that escaped from his cage several times and fathered several unplanned litters of baby hedgehogs.  The first ferret Mark wanted was soon joined by three more ferrets, including one that cost us $1,200 in vet bills. Our first puppy had so much energy, the logical solution was to get another puppy, said Mark. And did I mention that I’d only raised a dog before?

Were you responsible for any of the pets that came into your house?
Yes, well, admittedly, when a stray kitten showed up under the deck 10 years into my marriage, the only logical solution was for me to bring the kitten inside, fleas, lice and all.  And when I saw a bunch of rabbits running lose in a wildlife area, the decent thing to do was to bring them home, fleas, ticks, botflies and all.  And who could say no to the co-worker who found a domestic duckling in a neighbor’s front yard and needed some occasionally responsible adults to raise the duckling?
What surprised you the most about the pets you raised?
Three things:  1) That a domestic duckling has much personality as any other pet; 2) that it’s possible to get nine hamsters for the price of one and that some people keep all eight babies; and 3) that it’s possible for a mynah bird to show up on a postal truck unexpectedly.

Tell us more about your book.
My book Something Furry Underfoot is a humorous, touching memoir that aims to entertain and educate readers about things most people don’t know about pets.  For example, while most guinea pigs live 5-8 years, we rescued one that lived to be 11, and another that lived to be 12.  That means that the 13-year-old child the guinea pigs were purchased for went happily off to college while we cared for the elderly guinea pigs. I also include 50 tips, some of which are about pet lovers. Consider Tip #5: If your significant other was ever denied a pet in his/her “previous life,” you may be in for a lot of fur.  Other tips are about animals, including Tip #31:  Fleas jump more than rabbits.  Some proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

To see some of the pets in Something Furry Underfoot, check out my 3-minute video called What Animals Deserve at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keR2JssTtOs.  It includes photos and video clips of Bumpkin, the domestic duck, walking by two dogs and the formerly stray cat, and our pet mouse we named Smokey Joe after we rescued him from the barbeque grill.

 Amy L. Peterson became a stepmother in 1994 after unwittingly falling for a guy with four great kids, ages three, five 13 and 15.  Unable to find any other humorous, touching memoirs about step motherhood, Amy wrote From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds.  Filled with 50 tips, it’s a helpful, fun read.

At the same time Amy was getting used to becoming a stepmother, her husband, Mark, was bringing various critters home. Something Furry Underfoot is Amy's humorous, heart-warming memoir about raising frogs, iguanas, hedgehogs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, dogs, a stray cat, a domestic duckling, rabbits, mynah birds and tropical fish.  The animal antics in this book will keep you laughing and the tips will teach you something about pets and pet lovers you probably didn’t know. 

Back in the day, Amy was published in numerous magazines and does blog postings about nature, pets and life at www.amylpeterson.com, many of which feature her photography skills. She works for the state of Michigan and lives with her husband and a variety of fuzzy animals.

Connect with Amy at the following places:

Something Furry Underfoot:  as a paperback and e-book on Amazon.com and as an e-book in a variety of formats on Smashwords.com

Well Friends, hope you enjoyed this spotlight! Stay tuned each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course Saturday Spotlight!

Until later....take care & God Bless!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Remembering with Love....

All over the world today people will be remembering the events of 9/11/2001 with pictures and songs and hopefully prayers.


I'm not a big history buff and never liked learning about the wars and political crud around them and I know this day will be one in history books of the future.

My question would be.... How did this change your life?

Do you walk around in fear or have you made an attempt to return to love?

Simple questions yet profound.

For me, I remember this day with sadness yet hope that the people of the world will realize we can't solve violence and crime with more violence and that a peace movement should be done in an attitude of peace and love not hate.

In fact, life should be lived with an attitude of love and peace, not hate.

I know that might seem quite naive but what if we all vowed to live one day or even one hour in complete love....think thoughts of love and peace, speak words of love, joy, peace, & gratitude.

How much would the world change?

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge! 

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson is one of my favorite books and gives practical advice on how to forgive, let go and live a life of love and peace.

 Read it today!!