Life: What is the most important lesson in life?

Life Lessons What is the most important lesson in life? Jay Gill, a businesswoman, answered this Quora.com question and I thought I would share it with all of you. It gave me a lot to think about and stayed with me a long time. This 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home yesterday. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets hanging on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the… Read more

Books to read while in prison & how to choose them

Books Someone on Quora.com asked what books he should read during his time in prison. Quora.com is a website where people submit questions on any subject you can think of and other people write responses. I’ve asked a few questions and answered a lot. This is a question I found today and my answer. • • • Books offer a wonderful opportunity to learn and be entertained, especially when you are looking at spending time in prison. This is difficult to answer with specific book titles because there are so many unknowns. Do you like to read? What kinds of things are you interested in? Are you reading for entertainment or do you want to learn something? Here are my thoughts about choosing books to read: If you already are a reader, try some books outside of what you normally read. If you are not a reader, start with smaller books based on things you enjoy. Try to have two… Read more

Stillhouse Lake is a must-read novel!

“Stillhouse Lake,” by Rachel Caine is a must-read. I read a lot of suspense novels, specifically “grip-lit” in which a woman is threatened and has to save herself. There’s no man coming to her defense when it get’s down to the final, ugly conclusion. I understand the genre and am in the midst of writing one. Stillhouse Lake is one of the best (possibly THE best) psychological suspense novels I’ve ever read. The female protagonist, Gwen, is strong, determined and up for the challenge. Her one vulnerability is keeping her children safe and she comes close to losing it all. Rachel Caine can write! She kept me in suspense and entertained the whole time. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful story with realistic characters. Read more

Loving the Marquess, a Book Review

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros is pretty good. It was well written; I only found a few typos. The story line was interesting. It had the requisite strong, troubled hero with a mysterious disease that killed his father and brother and a heroine in financial distress. He needs an heir before he dies and she and her brother and sister need somewhere to live. There were even some characters – his grandmother and her sister – who were a little more fleshed out and fun to read about. The thing that ruined it for me was the frequent, too explicit sex scenes. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being XXX-rated, I’d give this story a 7. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t like any sex scenes in a Regency Romance. Not that I’m against them, just that I think they are inappropriate in Regency Romances. I think some authors – not this one specifically – need to… Read more

Summer 2017, a few books on my list

Summer, 2017 I read in a variety of genres from historical romances set in various time periods: Regency England, Tudor England, Medieval, Italian Renaissance and modern day, to psychological suspense, memoirs, true stories, literary novels and anything else that catches my attention. I use the website Bookbub.com to find new, discounted, e-books to read on my iPad. Here are a few of the books I’m planning to read this summer. I’d love to know what’s on your list! There is a place to comment at the bottom of every post. The Unquiet Daughter, A Memoir by Danielle Flood. This is a sequel to Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and tells the story of a young girl and her dysfunctional mother. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney. A minute-by-minute account of the life of a sous chef in a popular restaurant owned by a famous chef. Notes from an Exhibition: A Novel by Patrick Gale. From the Amazon… Read more