Saying No to Lucy #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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It was just like in that old Beatles song. Here I was, on a river boat, surrounded by tangerine trees with a marmalade sky overhead. Yellow and green cellophane flowers hung above me. The girl with kaleidoscope eyes called, but I knew better than to answer. I wasn’t about to follow her down to the bridge by the fountain where rocking horse people ate marshmallow pies amid the tall flowers. I turned away and waited for this to end.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence prompt, along with the above Beatles song, for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the Edge’s blog hop, click here.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Never Judge a Boy by His Birth Mark #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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“Mary Ellen, what do you mean you’re pregnant?”

“You know what I mean, Stuart.”

“But…but…you’re only sixteen, and I’m only seventeen. What were you thinking?”

“Well, when I first saw that cute birth mark on your nose, I thought you were a good guy, that you’d want to marry me and we could raise the baby together. I guess I was wrong.”

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Thanks to this week’s six-sentence story prompt from Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate in her blog hop, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Poems and Stories Reflect Sadness and Joy #Friday Fun Reads

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Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Sweet, Sometimes Bitter

By Sally Cronin

Copyright 2020

 

What Amazon Says

 

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss.

The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.

Even something as straightforward as grocery shopping online can be frustrating, and a DNA test produces surprise results, the past reaches out to embrace the present, and a gardening assistant is an unlikely grief counsellor. Romance is not always for the faint-hearted and you are never too old for love. Random acts of kindness have far reaching consequences and some people discover they are on a lucky streak. There are those watching over us who wish us well, and those in our lives who wish us harm.

 

My Thoughts

 

I’ve known the author, Sally Cronin, for several years and enjoyed reading and participating in her blog magazine, which features author showcases, health columns, and more. I found this collection of fictional stories and poems delightful. I like the supernatural quality of some of the pieces, although I don’t believe in that sort of thing. I especially enjoyed reading about how one woman handled an abusive relationship. Romance and other topics may not be for the faint of heart, but I think you’ll find the bitter cherries, along with the sweet ones, a joy to read about in this book.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Honoring his Deceased Wife #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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Rose was her name, and the rose was her favorite flower. She also loved the sea. Mark stood alone on the pier, tossing her ashes into the ocean, then the rose petals he hoped would accompany her. He remembered many happy times with Rose on his boat. At first, she got seasick, but she kept trying and finally got used to the up-down motion. After the children were born, they all went out as a family, and he taught each of them how to sail the boat, but now, after cancer claimed Rose, all that was left were his boat, his grown children, and his memories.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt word for this week, “ocean.” Years ago while visiting relatives in Florida, I encountered a man on a pier, tossing rose petals into the sea to honor his deceased wife. I don’t know if he scattered her ashes there, but I added that to my story. You can participate in Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story blog hop by clicking here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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The Christmas Poet #Sunday Sharing

Today’s post is part of Dr. Crystal Grimes’ holiday blogging party. To learn how you can participate in this event on your own blog, click here. A couple of weeks ago, I shared some information about author/blogger Alice Massa. Now, here’s one of her delightful holiday stories.

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The Christmas Poet:

A Wreatha Natale Holiday Story, #2

(Dedicated to former postmasters–not poets–Retha Mueller, Marge Natale, and Mary A. Massa)

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

Spanning ten city blocks and maintaining its status as the third largest rail terminal in the United States, Chicago’s Union Station was a whirlwind of noise and activity on December 17.  Sitting quietly in the midst of the hubbub were retired teacher Wreatha Natale and her guide dog Wiggles.  Douglas Fir–the man, not the tree–was kind to have taken the time to accompany her to this waiting area.  “One half hour, and we will be back on the train,” she whispered to her Black Lab/Golden Retriever.  Wiggles seemed eager for the short train ride home to Milwaukee.

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Want to know what happens next? Read the rest here, and find out how you can purchase a copy of Alice’s book, which contains more equally wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year stories, poems, and essays.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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