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Seriously Reviewed said "You know? Every so often you read a story that starts a little slow on the first few pages and then.....BAM it just explodes! This was one of them for me."

Kaye's Book Review Page
on which she said The book is "short, sweet, light-hearted and just plain fun."

Vince at Philosophy of Romance said "Alice Audrey’s voice is fresh, feisty, full of surprises and always fun. The author also deals with real people having real problems and she does it in a very insightful way."

Nessa at Chrysalis Stage said "If you like sweet, fast-paced romance with a hot hero and all of the misunderstandings that two people can throw at each other, then you will love this story."

Night Owl Reviews didn't have anything nice to say about it. Hey, you can't win them all.

Brenda Talley of Romance Studio said " I recommend this book to anyone. It was a pleasure to read and I shall look for more of her work in the future. "

By Guta Bauer at Murphy's Library did it twice! Once in English and once in Portuguese. I'm assuming they both say, "Life goes on, choices need to be made and we can never let our past deny us of our future. That’s just some of the things we learn from this story. "

Sandra Nachlinger said "It's been a while since I've read a novelette, and I enjoyed this quick read. MOVING IN by Alice Audrey is a sweet story (rated PG or maybe even G) laced with humor. The best friend character is a hoot! This book is a fun escape and just what I needed to read today."

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Have you seen her?

Emily has been walking for fifty two days now. She just got up one day and started out. We don’t know why. All she’s got is what will fit in one little backpack and our good will. If she lets us know where she is, we send money. So far she’s never hung around long enough for us to catch up.

No need to try and bring her home. She won’t stay. She’s full grown now. Not much we can do. But if you see her, let us know how she’s doing. Give her a roof for a night and maybe some grub, if you’re willing. If we see your Carl, we’ll do the same.

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Dawn Q. Landau

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13 Screensavers?

Etsy only lets me pack five photos together per transaction. Which ones should I include in my Canada pack?

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Suzie’s House 395 : Job Insecurity

Suzie's House

Donny didn’t like the look of this new guy. He had “cop” written all over him. But it was too late to hide the evidence. Donny had been toking for at least an hour. Pot smoke filled the air of his employer’s living room.

Donny glanced at Ned, his employer. No reaction. None from the other guy either. They all just stood around the couch with their heads in the cloud.

Well, he had his green card, anyway. If this cop guy tried to pull something, Donny would just prove it was medicinal. No one needed to know the doctor who prescribed it was a friend.

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Into the Flame by Christina Dodd p.305


“That log trick is so Washington State. An environmentally friendly weapon.


MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.

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True Love Is a Tree

I was reading one of Brian’s poems when it occurred to me that I tend to say a lot about love. This, of course, is pretty reasonable for a Romance writer, right?

How many of you forgot that I’m a Romance writer? How many of you never knew?

I don’t generally lean toward the sappy. I certainly have my moments, but really, I’m a bit too… I can’t really say “down to earth”. Maybe “earthy” is more like it.

I tend toward scatological humor – more like Mozart than like a little kid. I lean toward suspense, and now and then I get a bit macabre. Not exactly what generally comes to mind when thinking about Romance.

Yet underneath it all is definitely a core belief in the power of love. To me it isn’t something airy fairy. It’s like a good marriage. Although the loving impulse might be as fleeting as a rose bud, love itself is like a tree. It changes over time, but it lasts. Come to think of it, that’s what the happyily ever after in a romance is all about.

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Strangled Moonshine

Theodor: What happened here?

Jack: Bachelor party! I’m the laaaaasssst bachelor, so we had it at my place. P-p-pretty wild, huh?

Theodor:
Let go of the moonshine. We need to talk. The future had been ruined by your mother-in-law. I need all the information on her personal history that you can provide.

Jack: What mother-in-law? I’m a baaaaachelor! Hey! Don’t put a cork in it. You’ll strangle it. By the way, who are you?

Previously in Jack and Jill: Cupid and Pink Hearts

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “Strangled Moonshine” as suggested by Jannie Funster

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In Comparison

“This is the perfect symbol for my love.” Liam pointed to the mass of dark crystals in the museum. “They are long and barbed like frozen fireworks splayed in all directions. Each crystal is very sharp and dangerous, yet delicate and brittle. Only gentle care will keep it intact.” He gave Sally a meaningful look.

“Your love? Your love is more like real fireworks – all flash and heat. No, if these symbolize anyone’s love, it would be mine.” Sally turned a cold shoulder and moved to the next display.

Liam grinned. “She loves me.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Marie Gail Stratford

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13 Things Left To Do

I didn’t get much done this week. How’d I do from last week?

1. Clear off my couch so my ds will have a place to sleep tonight. I did! But then I filled it again.
2. Sweep the floor Done. And it’s harder than it sounds when you have trouble bending over.
3. Dishes They never end. It’s still on the list.
4. Find and update password list. I have torn the house apart and put it back together and still haven’t found it. I can only assume it got packed away and taken out to the storage unit. That or it’s been destroyed.
5. Update my Welcome page Maybe this week?
6. Update my Suzie’s House episode listing. Again, still on the list.
7. Catch up on revision goals. Only twenty pages behind.
8. Learn to make cardboard boxes So far it’s been a disaster. Who knew cardboard could be so hard to fold?
9. Buy more healthy food. But nothing looks appealing this time of year. Maybe I’ll get seed packets.
10. Update my To Do list. Quit laughing. I have it on a spreadsheet. It’s intense.
11. Join the YMCA for the free swimming. I did! But I haven’t gone swimming yet.
12. Do my exercises I was a total slug and paid dearly.
13. Put together some screensaver packs. Next week maybe?

For more lists of Thirteen, visit Thursday Thirteen

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Suzie’s House 394 : Shaking Hands

Suzie's House

He looked like Martin. Or maybe not. This guy had sandy brown hair where Martins had been more of a light black. This guy was a lot taller. His face more angular. But there was something in his eyes a little off, the way it had been with Martin when he wasn’t sober. Walter wasn’t at all sure he wanted to meet this guy.

“My name is Andrew Banks. You can call me Drew.” The druggie stuck out his hand to be shaken.

“You’re an FBI agent?”

“Former.” Some shadow passed over Drew’s eyes as he said it. There was regret there.

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Into the Flame by Christina Dodd p.153

She needed to think very carefully before she agreed, because he had one bed, and she didn’t think he intended to sleep in a chair. In fact, she didn’t think he intended to sleep at all.


MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.

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Long Distance Aid

My mother likes to travel. What, you noticed? At the moment she is in Viet Nam. According to my sister, she has come down with an infection. She was hoping to get some advice from her doctor, but the doctor’s office is closed all weekend and Monday as well.

Apparently I’m not the only one who always seems to have medical problems crop up when the doctor’s office is closed. I swear I’m always perfectly fine on Friday, at death’s door by Sunday, then perfectly fine again on Monday.

I’m not quite sure what day it is on the other side of the world right now. I think it’s probably Tuesday, but that won’t get the doctors office here open any sooner.

Once it is, I’m not sure how much they can help. I suspect it might be better to do a google search of antibiotics that might be available there and are compatible with her combination of meds. And then translate it.

It’s either that or get on a plane an make her come home.

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Cupid and Pink Hearts

Jack: Honey, I have something for you. Happy Valentine’s day.

Jill: Thank you! It’s beautiful. I love y…. Poof!

Jack: Jill?

Jack: Huh, that’s funny. Why did I buy a rose?

Previously in Jack and Jill: Broke

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “cupid and pink hearts” as suggested by Heather
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From the Porch


Trigvey gave the screwdriver a turn. It slipped from the screw and gouged the ceiling boards of the front porch. The ladder under him shifted and clattered.

“Here, let me do that.” Diana set down a tray holding two glasses and a pitcher of lemonade. “You’re a lot better with a scalpel than with a screwdriver.”

“I’ll do it. I’m the man of the house.”

“I bet you wouldn’t say that to Suzie.”

“No one tells Suzie what to do. Is she even home?”

Both of them looked to the house next door, then at each other.

“I smell cookies. Let’s check.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

These are all characters taken from my serial Suzie’s House, which is posted every Wednesday. Trigvey and Diana are also in my book, Moving In.

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13 Chores

1. Clear off my couch so my ds will have a place to sleep tonight.
2. Sweep the floor
3. Dishes
4. Find and update password list
5. Update my Welcome page
6. Update my Suzie’s House episode listing
7. Catch up on revision goals.
8. Learn to make cardboard boxes
9. Buy more healthy food
10. Update my To Do list
11. Join the YMCA for the free swimming
12. Do my exercizes
13. Put together some screensaver packs.

For more lists of Thirteen, visit Thursday Thirteen

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Suzie’s House 393 : Walter

Suzie's House

“He knew.” Walter nodded to himself. “Right from the beginning, he knew.”

It happened fifty years ago, but Walter couldn’t seem to make himself let it go. Of all the things he and Martin did together, signing up to serve in Viet Nam was probably the dumbest. Venomous snakes, devious enemies, and friends who turned on you filled the place.

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