A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full. Also I received a couple of lovely surprises over the weekend…..more at the end of the post.
The first post is from Arthur Rosch as a guest on Writing to be Read with Kaye Lynne Booth… on the subject of returning to smoking after an abstinence of 17 years.. and there was certainly some provocation that prompted it..
Mind Fields – Why I Started Smoking Again
After seventeen years of tobacco-free life, I started smoking again.
I hate it when I do something SO stupid there’s no excuse for it, SO asinine that the only way to absolve myself is to take a spanking by bending over and backing up into a wall really really fast.
In 2001 after huge exertion, I quit a three pack-a-day habit. I am not a cold turkey type of person. I’m more like a warmed over chicken type of person. I have to do things in steps.
To quit smoking I used nicotine gum and the patch. In two months I was down to half a pack a day. I know, you’re not supposed to smoke and wear the patch. Tough. I did. Then I made a big jump. I went to a mere two cigarettes a day. I managed my craving by hiding cigarettes in plastic bags on the side of the road. I smoked them on my way to and from work. On Monday morning I bought a pack and spilled sixteen cigarettes into the trash. As I drove the rural twisting road to work I smoked my first cigarette. Then I paused at my secret stash place, took a baggie from my pocket and deposited the remaining three cigarettes under a bush. On the way back from work I stopped again and smoked the second cigarette..
Head over to find up what led Arthur to lighting up again…you will enjoy:Mind Fields – Why I Started Smoking Again Arthur Rosch
The second post is from Linda Lee Greene of In Good Company and along with spring and better weather a touch of romance.. much needed.
It is my absolute delight to welcome author Sloane Taylor to my blog today. A master in the kitchen and on the written page, this self-proclaimed romantic reminds us of just how easy it is to create amorous settings with our special someone on the patio or deck surrounded by gardens that are at their peak. She even includes a menu of the perfect meal for the occasion, as well as the link to her latest cookbook. I invite you to stop by and say hello to Sloane. –Linda Lee Greene, Author/Artist
Romance Meets Outside Dining – Sloane Taylor, Award-winning Romance and Cookbook Author
Spring is an amazing time of year and my favorite because that’s when the Earth comes alive. All sorts of beautiful things happen. Trees are budding, tender plants push through the ground, romance is in the air and warm weather is just a few weeks away.
I am a romantic through and through. Always have been and with any luck I always will be. Romance is much more than a quick trip to tangle the sheets. It is about being with someone you love and doing little things to show them how much they mean to you. In my case I cook because I love it.
Head over to enjoy this lovely romantic post and make a note of the delicious main course recipe: Romance Meets Outdoor Dining
The third post is by James J. Cudney who apart from releasing his own latest book this last week, managed to read and review three others…wow. Anyway if you head over to read you will find the first surprise of the weekend.
Book Reviews: 3 Genres – Cozy Mystery, Thriller & Short Stories (Week Ending April 17th)
It’s the 15th week of book reviews for the new year and I finished reading three novels this week. They couldn’t be any different either. Before we get into today’s authors and books, let’s recap with a brief background and status update. I’ve finished a total of 52 out of 156 books in my 2021 Goodreads Challenge, which is about 33% complete and about 7 books ahead of schedule.
Head over to read the three reviews and enjoy browsing James’s archives for other recommendations:Book Reviews: 3 Genres – Cozy Mystery, Thriller & Short Stories
And now for my second surprise this weekend when Barbara Ann Mojica kindly nominated me for the Outstanding Blogger Award hosted by Dee on Grammy’s Grid..
Head over to Grammy’s Grid and if you would like to nominate someone you feel could use a boost… it is easy to nominate and will make someone’s day: Outstanding Blogger Award – Grammy’s Grid
Author J.Q Rose has re-released her book Girls Succeed:Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women – Empowering girls to dream big in Ebook and it is on offer at 99c/99p
About the book
Discover the inspiring stories of sixteen contemporary women with ambitious dreams when they were girls. Find out how they made those dreams come true!
Readers cheer for these amazing women when they follow their lives and discover how they overcome obstacles and crash through barriers to complete their goals. Go to work with them to find out more about their jobs.
Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women includes stories about 21st-century women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and crossed the country behind the wheel of an 18-wheel semi-truck. Meet the people who mentored these dreamers and helped them to negotiate the curves and bumps along the way.
The e-book is a unique reading experience for girls. With a simple click on videos and links related to the occupation, girls can dive deeply into the career and the woman’s life. Not only do readers meet role models who are successful in their careers, but the accompanying quotes empower girls to dream big.
In The Girls Succeed Reader’s Guide, project and discussion ideas for classroom teachers and home-schoolers expand on themes covered in the eBook.
•Being the Best You Can Be
•Trailblazers /Pioneers in their chosen professions.
One of the reviews for the book
SRM-Reviews Read, Learn, Be Inspired and Go for It! Reviewed in the United States
One of the most oft repeated advice of personal coaches, and I believe it to be excellent advice, is for one to surround oneself with individuals who radiate positive energy and a can do attitude; the kind of people who attain their sought after goals and who by doing so encourage and inspire others to pursue their passions and their dreams. In “Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women”, J. Q. Rose facilitates an introduction to fifteen incredible women whose stories and achievements in a myriad of fields that include horse training, medicine, writing, athleticism, entrepreneurship, to name a few, are inspirational and motivating. If you are a young girl (or not so young) dreaming about a career in field you are passionate about and if you seek to infuse your life with an optimistic proactive vitality, add the ladies of J.Q. Rose’s book to your circle of friends. A highly recommended well worth investment for girls and women of any age.
A selection of books by J.Q. Rose
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.