Happy Easter!

For those who celebrate, have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

I’ll be hosting Easter dinner for family and friends today, and baked ham and mashed sweet potatoes are on the menu. What is your Easter dinner menu? Please share your comments below.

Be sure to snag your copy of Sweet Peppermint Kisses on Monday, April 22nd. My sweet romance will be available for only $.99 on ALL ebook retailers for this one day only sale event.

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There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…

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Maeve, my sweet romance, is available for only $1.99!

 

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The Chirema of Arezzo MFRWAuthor

I learn a lot when I tutor. This ancient bronze statue was the topic of a student’s most recent essay.  I think he might have an appearance in my demon series!

Chimaera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

The Chimera of Arezzo,  an Etruscan sculpture, survived from antiquity.

Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm long, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

What is a chimera?

The Chimera was a legendary, fire-breathing monster of Greek myths. It lived in Lycia (southwestern Asia Minor). Born of the Typhon and Echidna, the Chimera made caused havoc in Lycia until Bellerophon, a hero from Corinth, mounted on the winged horse Pegasus, destroyed it (Hesiod Theogony 319-25). The Chimera is a hybrid, a combination of more than one animal incorporated into the whole; most often a lion’s head, with a goat rising from its back, and a snaky tail.

Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (photo: E.M. Rosenbery; © Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana–Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze)

Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (photo: E.M. Rosenbery; © Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana-Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze) Its writhing body parts depict movement, pose, and musculature of the figure. The lean body emphasizes the tension in the arched back, the extended claws, and the roaring mouth set amidst the bristling mane.

Detail of back, Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

The right foreleg shows the inscription “tinścvil” meaning “Offering belonging to Tinia” (TLE 663; Bonfante and Bonfante 2002, no. 26 p. 147). This indicates that the statue was a votive object, offered as a gift to the sky god Tinia.

Detail with inscription “tinścvil”, Chimera from Arezzo,, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

Detail with inscription “tinścvil”, Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)

Interpretation

The Chimera of Arezzo is a masterwork of Etruscan bronze working, demonstrates a high level of technical proficiency on the part of the artist (or workshop) that produced it but also clearly shows a fine-tuned awareness of the themes of Greek mythology that circulated around the Mediterranean. in Magna Graecia such as Metaponto and Kaulonia (Italiote refers to pre-Roman Greek speaking peoples of southern Italy, while Magna Graecia refer to the Greek colonies established in Southern Italy from the 8th century B.C.E. onward).

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Palm Sunday

For those who celebrate, Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. Palm branches symbolized goodness and victory in ancient civilizations. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, which ends on Easter Sunday.

Do you celebrate Palm Sunday? Please share your comments below.

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Childhood Crush to True Love? MFRWHooks

Today was a brussel sprouts kind of day.  I prepared mine in the oven with spices and butter. The good thing was that they tasted awesome. The bad thing was that I couldn’t eat just one serving!  I bought one package of already spiced fresh sprouts and one regular package of frozen sprouts.

PAM coconut spray and a splash of olive oil  in the bottom of the Corningware pie dish coated the sprouts easily. Since the fresh sprouts had been liberally spiced, I didn’t add more spice. I did add Himalayan Pink Salt ( a recent discovery).  I added a tablespoon of butter and baked the dish at 350 until they were tender.

Then I pigged out. 

Do you like to see a childhood crush grow into a romance? For me, stories about “puppy love” that becomes the real thing is less interesting than one that offers a second chance at love. I like for the teens to mature and experience life.

Blurb:

In Protecting Melissa Gabe and Melissa see each other in different ways now that he is a widower and she is a widow. Gabe’s son is in Melissa’s English class.

Gabe married right after high school because he was about to become a father. Joining the Army gave him a way to get a college degree and have a life of adventure.

Melissa returned to her hometown after college to teach. When her husband was shot in bed with another man’s wife, she learned that he had cheated on her and everyone who did business with him.  Now she’s working to get past knowing she lived with a crook.

Excerpt:

Jason Gabriel wasn’t looking forward to arguing with Melissa Anderson. Of all the teachers in Pendleton High, why did she have to be his son’s language arts teacher?

Jay’s grades had gone from lousy to great since fall so he wouldn’t lose his place on the football team. That should have been a good thing. Now he was missing Spring practice, a bad thing.

The young super jock was blowing a great chance to play first-string quarterback next fall. Since he’s passing language arts now, why is he staying after school? Time to stop speculating and go inside and meet with the teacher. Maybe the boy had a crush on his teacher. Gabe’s crush on his Spanish teacher had developed when he was about Jay’s age. It wasn’t so unusual.

Maybe Jay still misses his mom and has become attached to his young teacher. Whatever the problem, Gabe certainly had plenty to make up after his years as an absentee dad and husband. He’d given up his military career to care for his dying wife and become both mother and father to his son. Would things have been different for Jay’s mom if she’d had more support? Guilt gnawed at Gabe’s stomach. He couldn’t change the past, but he could be a better father and keep a close watch on his boy.

“I’ll just talk to Ms. Melissa Anderson and ask for her help,” he muttered as he closed the door of his Ford truck. Gabriel’s Hardware stood out in red letters on the forest green door. He straightened the knot in his tie, touched his pocket to be sure he had the Butterfinger candy bar, then strode toward the familiar old brick building. “There’s no reason we have to argue today.  I’ll be reasonable if she will,” he muttered.

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He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?

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Maeve Doherty needed a hard-earned break from Ireland’s rainy weather, as well as caring for her younger brother. When the offer from Perfect Match to enjoy a week on an island of her choice arrived, she hesitated.
But not for long.
She’d always wanted to visit Corsica. Besides, who passed up free?
All right, so she’d spend the week with a match. On her dating profile, she’d added that she was a workaholic. Hopefully, so was he.
Edward Newell had one thing on his mind when he reached Corsica, and it didn’t involve meeting a perfect match. Dating? Love? Romance? Not for him.
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Saints and Sinners

“The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future. ”― Oscar Wilde

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

^^^^^^

Speaking of Saints and Sinners, I’m in the rewrites stage of the book of my heart, COMING SOON from The Wild Rose Press.  Sinners’ Opera is Morgan and Isabeau’s story.  One reviewer said of Sinners’ Opera:

“Morgan and Isabeau are characters that could be placed in the same category as some of the most famous couples in romance history – Romeo and his Juliet, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy – and their romance plays out like one of Beethoven’s famous love letters.” = Cocktails and Books

Again on the subject of saints and sinners, here is a quote from Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody, also starring Morgan:  ”

“No one was likely to nominate me for sainthood, and I was tired of being a good man.  Envisioning an outraged Lucien crumpling the newspaper, I laughed aloud.  For days, I hadn’t laughed. I was still chuckling when I dashed off a Men Seeking Women romance ad.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, as always, a Happy Friday to you, and please be on the lookout for Sinners’ Opera!

Linda

 

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Romance Stories To Cherish

A heartwarming story is the hallmark of a romantic read. Savor the magic of the charming fictional town of Cherish, SC, with this collection of contemporary romances in my exclusive bundle, Romance Stories To Cherish.

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Cozy up with a cup of tea and lose yourself in the joyful seasons of romance.

A Love Song To Cherish
It’s easy to recognize another’s pain. The tough part is facing your own.

When Dorothy Thompson returns to Cherish, SC, to play piano for her brother’s wedding, memories and fear nearly paralyzes her fingers. If anyone she knew back in high school discovers her secret, the whispers will start. Fake. Fraud. Failure.

It’s not as if she can blame God for her troubles. No, she did that all by herself. But, remembering His lessons, she’s fighting to get back on track. All she can do is pray the wedding vocalist—her brother’s friend Ryan, a rising opera star—won’t notice the way her hands shake.

When Ryan Edwards sets foot inside a church for the first time in years, he’s no longer the pitiable kid from the poor side of town, but someone who’s made it on his own. Without God’s help—not that He ever cared about misfits like Ryan, anyway.

When he lays eyes on Dorothy—all grown up, more beautiful than ever, and clearly hiding something—he almost forgets why he left Cherish. Almost. But while his heart yearns to call the tune, he can’t forget his hard-earned career comes first…and his old friend’s little sister is off limits.

Note: Contains references to opiate addiction and recovery.
Author’s Note: A Love Song To Cherish was previously published as Love’s Sweet Cadence. It has been lightly revised.

A Christmas To Cherish

There’s nothing a Christmas kiss won’t cure. Except perhaps a shattered heart…

When Emmanuelle Sumter steps off the train in Cherish, South Carolina—a town simply glowing with the promise of Christmas—she finds herself praying God will help her find the broken pieces of her life. Shattered, like her beloved harp. Her dreams. And her trust in men.

Her friend Dorothy told her Cherish is a safe haven. But she never expected Dorothy’s brother, Deputy Nicholas Thompson, would relight the one thing she thought she’d lost forever. A spark of hope.

Not long ago, while Nicholas’ sister was in rehab, Emmanuelle’s voice and smile on his Skype screen held him together. After that, she seemed to disappear, an absence he felt keenly when his ex-fiancée left his faith in God dented but not broken.

Now she’s in Cherish, even more stunning in person. Yet she’s holding tight to a private pain she refuses to reveal. Nicholas resolves to be patient, vowing that he’ll never let anyone hurt her again. Even when her past rears its ugly head to destroy what’s left of her heart.

A Valentine To Cherish

Valentine’s Day is all about love. And God has a special plan for a small-town woman and a road-weary singer.

When Scarlett Evans meets Grammy-nominated Christian singer/songwriter Joseph Slater, their attraction dances like the intricate melodies he plays on his guitar. The way he looks at her—like she’s perfect, just as she is—is a balm to her recently broken heart.

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From USA Today bestselling author Josie Riviera comes a contemporary Christian Romance series set in the small town of Cherish, South Carolina. These sweet and wholesome stories, where God is at the center, brim with love and laughter.

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Friday is Wilde!

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

Enjoy your books  by our Pink Fuzzy Slippers authors!  Happy Friday, Linda

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OH DANNY BOY

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek excerpt of Chapter One from Oh Danny Boy, my sweet contemporary romance novel set in Ireland.

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“Seamus, don’t jump!” Clara Donovan heard her own cries, the shouts resounding through the misty night air. She raced across the sidewalk toward Farthing Bridge, her gaze riveted on a horror she didn’t want to believe.

Her older brother Seamus sat on the edge of a tall bridge with his head slumped in his hands, a bottle of whiskey beside him. The arched stone bridge spanned the River Farthing, connecting the town to a once-popular marketplace.

No. It couldn’t be. Her breath burned in her chest as she took in gulps of dampness and drizzle. Don’t stop. Run faster.

When she reached the bridge, she elbowed through a group of late-night revelers. Several pointed up at Seamus. “He’s off the rails!” someone shouted.

Her brother seemed unaware of the gathering crowd. He swung his legs back and forth like an underwound metronome and stared into the ice-cold river below.
She shook off the image of him on her living room floor several days earlier. He’d been passed out drunk. Should she have phoned a treatment center? No. She could fix her brother’s problems. He simply needed encouragement, surrounded by his loving, supportive family.

Seamus. Gentle Seamus. Kind and fiery-haired, quick to temper, quicker to make amends. Her heart squeezed at the scruffy, dejected man he’d become since his wife had died.

Clara put her hands on her knees and took in calm, even breaths. Quickly, she assessed the corroded pedestrian catwalk leading to the top of the bridge, the skull and crossbones sign that warned Danger.
She stared upward at her sweet brother. “Dear saints in heaven, Seamus,” she whispered. “You promised me that you’d never drink again.”

She stuffed her wool gloves into her jacket pockets and bent to lace her weatherproof boots tighter. There was no time to dash around the river to the street that crossed the bridge, and she certainly wouldn’t ask anyone in the crowd to lend a hand.

She yanked off the “Danger” sign and threw it to the ground. That pressing feeling in her chest, like she was running out of air, slowed her movements. Dragging in another breath, she grasped the slippery wet handrails and stepped onto the bottom rung of the catwalk.

“Missus, are you trained for this?” a man from the crowd inquired.

She glanced around. The man stood a hairsbreadth away. He was tall with piercing blue eyes and carried a guitar case. His dark brown hair had a reddish tinge and his navy wool jacket strained against his athletic form.

“Thanks. I can manage on my own.”

Despite her refusal, she hesitated. Was she trained to climb to the top of a rusted bridge when she was crippled with fear and could hardly breathe? Umm, no. But she was desperate, and desperation made people do things they thought they could never do.
“I insist.” The man set his guitar case on the grass and stepped forward. “Who’s sitting on the top of the bridge?”

“My brother!”

“I’ll follow behind you. No worries.”

No worries. Dear saints in heaven, her brother was about to jump off a bridge.

She gripped the slick railings with both hands and began climbing, acutely aware of the guitar player’s encouraging whispers behind her. She counted each step until she reached the top, scrambled to her feet, and raced to her brother. Seamus’s chin was hunkered in his hands, the empty whiskey bottle beside him.

She stopped a foot away from him. “Seamus, come with me.”

His legs stopped swinging. He turned to her, his metallic-grey eyes glazed with drink. “What’re you doing here?”

“I’m looking out for you, same as always.” She attempted to keep her tone light. “The weather’s a wee bit fierce up here. The wind and rain are driving my hair sideways.”

Inwardly, she shuddered. He was a sight wearing tattered clothes, his flaming red hair caught in a ponytail.

“And who’s that dodgy bloke behind you?”

“Someone who’s offered to help.” She struggled to control her trembling. Her brother’s big-boned body was precariously close to the edge.

Seamus’s mouth twisted. “It’s better if I end my life. I’m on me tod, I’m all alone.”

She extended a hand. “You’re not alone. I’m here for you.”

*** End of excerpt Oh Danny Boy by Josie Riviera 
Copyright © 2018 Josie Riviera
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