New Year Wish

Hello and welcome!

Another year has passed … where did it go I ask … this year I passed a huge milestone and I’ve been thinking more than usual about … life, family, friends, loyalty, love, health.

This past two years have been challenging for me on many levels and what I learned is that I need to be more loving and more forgiving towards myself, reach for things that I want, be more selfish with my time, say NO more often and do more that make me smile. Books make me smile, discovering new worlds created by such amazing minds make me smile. I will keep collecting book boyfriends … and girlfriends … and new voices to whisper in my ears 😉 found a few that I crush on and I hope I don’t embarrass them when I tell them so.

As we grow older, people leave our life, for various reasons, some by choice, some not so much and it affects us, sometimes with sadness, sometimes with relief. I read this quote recently and it stayed with me: “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” It is hard to celebrate something ending, especially if it was not by my choice, but I believe that everything happens for a reason, as life showed me time and time again. I am ready to focus on the hope and light of new beginnings.

Thank you for being here, for your kind words, funny comments, for your support and I hope my posts make you smile and laugh, make you think and make you fall in love. Thanks for being so awesome!

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When the New Year starts with colourful fireworks, let them light up your life like a candle in the night and may they colour your year like a rainbow.

Happy New Year

Boldog Új Évet

Bonne année

Hauʻoli makahiki hou

Frohes neues Jahr

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Felice anno nuovo

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Gott nytt år

Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Maligayang bagong Taon

My Father had a saying that he used many times, simple but brilliant …
I WISH FOR YOU WHAT YOU WISH FOR ME!

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See you next year 😉

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To Wolf Lady

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I am writing these words with tears in my eyes. The world lost a bright light today, my friend, Fran, who we lovingly called Wolf Lady went to join her loved ones in the Myst. Sending hugs and my deepest sympathy to her family. I know there are no words to lessen the pain, but know that time will help. Celebrate her life and she will live on in your hearts as she will in mine.

Met her on-line close to 8 years ago and became friends fast, we had that connection that we are rarely lucky to feel. We shared a love of books, she embraced new authors as I did and was one of my biggest supporter of this blog, old and current one. I was so happy when Sexy Mr. Random picked her name for the winner or see her happy face when I surprised her with a small packet from time to time, sharing my book signing bounty.

We chatted by email, on-line, on PM and Skype and made me laugh with her unusual way of writing typos, I dubbed ‘Fran-speak’. We shared happy moments and the not-so-happy ones too. We talked about meeting face-to-face and kept saying one day soon, but life got in the way… and now the only choice left is to ‘meet’ one day in the Myst.

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I light a candle and remember her bright light. You will be missed Wolf Lady!!

My recent adventures in the book world

Hello and welcome!

allaccesspass.pngI am so happy that there are more book signings in my part of the world. I am ticking off names from my bucket list of authors I love and want to meet.

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I attended the KallypsoCon signing in Burlington, ON back in July, and only the signing on July 15th because the full event tickets were sold out like hot cakes.

I was so happy to finally meet Cherise Sinclair, Kallypso Masters & Lexi Blake SQUEEEE

I got to see again Ainsley Booth and meet her Frisky Beavers co-author Sadie Haller, she is such a sweetie, also got to see and hug again Cara Covington.

New authors for me were Julie Morgan, Sasha White, Ella Dominguez, Sierra Cartwright.

Of course I blew my budget again, but that is nothing new for me LOL

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Bumped into a few friends, also authors who attended as readers. Thanks to Kayleigh who gave up her registration bag, I have a memento from the event, and I got it signed by the attending authors ❤

All in all was a good signing, despite being short for me, collected swag for you too. Keep on reading 😉

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Moving forward a few weeks which were filled with preparations for the Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Canada, attended the 3-day event as a ‘bossy Elven helper’ to M. A. Abraham 😉 this being her first signing and all. I think it went pretty good, she was a trooper and took everything in stride. It was a learning experience for both of us, that’s for sure. We as readers do not realize how much time, money, energy goes into preparing and delivering to a signing event. MY HATS OFF TO ALL THE AUTHORS. We participated in a few events, we dressed up for both dinners and the signing went off without a hitch. The only thing we forgot is our capes, but there is always next time 😉

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Got to wear a few t-shirts, one M. A. ordered for me with my love Loth, the Elven Warrior King and it says “I RATHER PLAY WITH LOTHRARIEL IN THE ELVEN EMPIRE”, and a couple of t-shirts I designed, one with my book boyfriends who came for a chat on this blog and one with my fave Eargasms voices. Alas the two I made, didn’t make it thru the wash so I have to come up with something more permanent.

I think I am still on a ‘high’ from the event. The generosity of the authors, the friendliness of the readers, the whole atmosphere is electrifying. Eve Langlais, despite promising that she will not do another event again, delivers every time. She is such an awesome hostess, thanking her & her minions, the sponsoring authors for another awesome event.

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Meet Dreamy Eyes, a surprise from M. A., the dragon that accompanied me to the event and was my sidekick for one of the dinners when I dressed up as an Elven Dragon Rider. I received a goat from Kate Reedwood, too cute aaaaand I finally got my hands on the EveL Ducky SQUEEEE

I recently joined a group on FB called Aural Fixations, an awesome group of readers addicted to audiobooks (my wallet is terrified when I go to check out what the group has posted LOL), authors and narrators. So I made a sign/fan and got pictures with all the authors who have audiobooks so I can share with the group. I even gave away one audiobook CD set I won in Deborah Cooke’s event.

It was great seeing again authors I met in the past, Deborah Cooke, Zoe York, Sadie Haller, Ashlyn Chase, Opal Carew, Anne Lange, Carey Decevito, Viola Grace, Milly Taiden. Finally meeting ones that I love, more crossed off my bucket list 😀 Sarah Castille, Elle James, Susan Stoker. Discovering new ones, Cathryn Fox, Desiree Holt, Kristine Cayne, Susan Hayes, M. K. Eidem, Anna Markland, A. M. Griffin, Barbara Devlin, Sharon Page, Angela S. Stone, Sara Hubbard, Cat Johnson, Mandy Rosko, Lucy Farago, Amy Ruttan, Sheri Lyn, Cara Addison.

Made a few new friends, hugged old ones, it was like a big family reunion, without the drama of course LOL

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I have two bags filled with awesome swag & books from both events plus I raided my stash, I even found some extra t-shirts and would like to share the bounty with two readers, open to Canada and US. Here are the books, split between the two at random 😉

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Tell me which authors would you like to meet.
Can be any author, not just the ones listed here 😉

Two names will be picked by Sexy Mr. Random after 3pm EST on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Mother & Child

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Relationship! What is a relationship?

The Wikipedia version is “… an association between two or more people that may range from fleeting to enduring…” & “… a connection between two individuals… “ & “… involve some level of interdependence. People in a relationship tend to influence each other, share their thoughts and feelings, and engage in activities together. Because of this interdependence, most things that change or impact one member of the relationship will have some level of impact on the other member… “.

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It’s my Mother’s birthday today, she would have been 81. Her fave flowers were freesias and I remember the last time I saw her alive, it was winter, I bought out the flower shop, she cried when she saw the armful of freesias.

So today I will write about Mother & child relationships.

Think back, how did you see your Mother when you were 6? How about when you were 16 or 26? The relationship changes over time with each memory or lack of it. How do you remember a certain moment or day and how does she?

My Mother passed away 26 years ago and my memory of her changed as years passed, it softened. When I was a teenager I wanted her to be different, to be cool, like my best friend’s Mom with whom you could talk openly about anything. After becoming a Mother myself, I understand her more or why she did certain things. After digging into her childhood, understanding her temperament, I came to realize she was the best Mother she could be, she sacrificed a lot for us kids, she spent many sleepless nights worrying about us and the most important thing, she never gave up on us. In a way she helped me become who I am today.

Having a child changes your life completely and irrevocably. I remember when I found out I was going to be a Mom… I was scared and elated at the same time. Thinking back to my life before becoming a Mom, I would change many things, but never the fact of becoming a Mom. Even after years of non-existent sleep, backaches, tears of frustrations … kids don’t come with an instruction manual you know? …. and I didn’t have the benefit of my Mother’s or Grandmother’s wisdom to draw from, I would not change a thing. I think of those early years of my “mommy brain on auto-pilot” years.

As I keep telling my son, he is my life and my sunshine. His smiles are more precious than diamonds. His face is like an open book to me, I know every twitch and frown, or his rascal up-to-no-good smile.
“ How did you know, Mom? ”
“ Because I AM your Mom!!! “
Baffles him every time 😀

I look at our relationship how it changed from year to year and try to give him all the love and the hugs and the support I can as he goes thru each stage of his life. I keep reminding him that I’ve been there, done that ( got lots of t-shirts too… 😀 ), and that he can come to me any time, no matter what. We have many talks, every day and encourage him to be the best he can. It is a bit harder now with the teenage years in full bloom and there are days when I think I will not survive this stage LOL

As our child grows, we age. I never thought about death, I mean really seriously think about it, until my Father passed away 10 years ago. With the generations before me out of the picture, I am on the front line. It is a scary place. I want to live to see my son grow up, finish school, get a career, find THE girl, fall in love. I want to be there to guide him to become a good man like his Dad and both his Grandads, and make sure he is set in life.I hope he will remember me with fondness and he will remember the good times. In the meantime, I plan to live each day to the fullest. Maybe my house is not as clean as it used to be or I forgot what it used to feel like sleeping in on weekends, but I have memories of laughing, arguing, crying or being silly with my son and planning to collect many more.

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Peonies are my fave flowers

I became a Mother a few days before Mother’s Day, so with Mother’s Day approaching, I would like to salute all the Mothers out there, and I am fortunate to call friend many wonderful Mothers. My hat off to you all, YOU ROCK!!! Especially the single Moms who have so many hats on. I know because I am one of them now. Mothers should be celebrated every day!

Happy thinking!

‘Till next time.

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Friendship

Hello and welcome!

As some of you know, this blog was on another site and because it became a PITA, I moved it here after much research. Love WordPress, easy to use and has unlimited options to make it your own. As you see I like simple, without many embellishments because I like designs that ‘breathe’.

Anyway… I was checking the posts on the old site and was reminiscing, I do that a lot lately… I came across this short post from April 2012 and I thought, it was current then and it is current now. Read on…

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I have met many people in my lifetime, many friendships developed, not many survived the test of time. Here comes to mind the poem “Reason, Season, or Lifetime” (author unknown) and thinking about the whys and the hows so few of them are still in my life and so many are just a memory or lost to the past.

I realize that, again, it comes down to communication. Friendships are relationships that take as much ‘work’ as any other, it is a give-and-take, and an acceptance of who you are. When the balance is tipped to one side, friendships fail and that is the reason I have few friends. I refuse to entertain the ones who just take and take without giving back or the toxic ones.

When I reached a certain age, my view on things changed, that is true for friends too. I do not have the need to change just to be accepted as I did in my younger years. I realized that it became less important to have many friends and more important to have real ones. I accept as they are and expect the same.

Some of whom I thought as friends turned out not to be and some who started out as mutual dislike turned into friend, stayed true and strong over the years, you know who you are…. yes, I know you are smiling… and there are the ones that from the first word we ‘clicked’ and seemed like we knew each other for ages, again you know who you are. I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I cherish you. You bring so much to my life and I hope I bring to yours.

Here is a poem written by my friend whom you have met in one of my chats not long ago.

For you my friends

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Take the time today to tell your friends the difference they have made in your life. I JUST DID !!!
Happy thinking! Until next time…

2014 in review

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome!

I would like to thank all of you for sticking with me thru 2014 and I hope you will be back in 2015.

I love Christmas, the lights, the decorations, the people are happier, well… most of them anyway LOL

Here are some of the Xmas trees photos I collected from the web and because I am a bookworm, they are made of books!!!

Ingenious, aren’t they?

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This is my fave, simple and small.

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I collect angel ornaments and thought this was really nice, combining angels and books.

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I wish you…

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filled with lots of books.. and love… and joy!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

See you next year, until then happy reading/listening! Happy New Year!

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