The Open Secret, #FlashFiction

The May 28, 2020, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using two words that contradict. Examples include champagne and hard-rock; rosemary and sewage; duck down and firecrackers; sleep and square-dancing. Use one of these or make up your own. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by June 2, 2020.

Image by 4547619 from Pixabay

“Shhhhh… don’t tell anyone what I’ve told you.”

Marnie shook her head. “You’re missing the point, Susan. Jim’s been cheating on Janet for months. This is an open secret, and the entire town knows what’s going on.”

“What? Mrs. Parker only told me the details today when I ran into her at the market.”

“That’s because you’re new in town. She probably told you not to tell anyone because it makes her feel important.”

Susan looked crestfallen as she waved goodbye to her neighbor.

Marnie grinned. Besides, she knew the truth. She and Jim had been lovers for years.

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ May 29, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.

The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.

Doreen Virtue numbered the Minor Arcana cards to comprise four suits representing different aspects of human life. They number the Minor Arcana cards 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.

The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot, as well.

The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.

Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.

Today’s Card: The Dreamer

I spent some additional time meditating this morning as I wondered what today’s message from the fairies would be. There’s so much unrest in America. I can’t force the images of the nightly newscast from my brain.

As of late, I’ve withdrawn from the constant bombardment of negativity that is known as American politics. I feel powerless in a system where my only option is to vote in order for my voice to be heard. Not dealing with the negativity has had positive results. I’m sleeping better and have returned to my daily writing habit. It’s been a life changer!

So, this morning when I drew The Dreamer card from the Major Arcana, I knew the messages from the fey would be special.

In other Tarot decks, the first card in the Major Arcana is the Fool card which suggests that you should forge ahead with your plans without a lot of worry. For me, this has always represented an expedition into examining what my purpose is in this life.

What dreams are you waiting to come true?

In Fairy Tarot, the Dreamer card suggests the first step in making any dream come true is to believe… all happiness and self-confidence begin with an act of faith.

There’s a reason we have these dreams. But first, we must believe in ourselves! Let nothing hold you back. Release your fears and follow your heart’s desires.

This card also suggests that it’s time to fulfill your life purpose. And in true fairy-spirit, the fey ask you to embrace your future with joy and exuberance. Life doesn’t have to be serious all the time. Laugh a little!

Start your transformation by telling supportive people of your intentions. Did you know that when we verbally express our plans, we become committed to moving forward with those plans? It’s all in the power of the spoken word. When said with conviction, the voicing of our hopes helps us find the courage we need to bring about genuine change.

In this card, the fairy dreamer stands at the base of the mountain where up top sits the Glastonbury Tor, a sacred tower dedicated to mighty Archangel Michael. Doreen Virtue was all about symbols, so this tower is a symbol of your beginning journey. It’s a nod at the fool’s journey—Are you ready for a fresh start?

See the cardinal flying above the fairy in this card? The red bird symbolizes power, wealth, and enthusiasm. Knowing what you want, and how to get it, is the central power of the Cardinal bird. (Cardinal Symbolism)

I especially like the dog image on this card. Her paw points in a forward direction, showing that the time to move forward has arrived. Yet, the dog represents loyalty, protection, and devotion. (Dog Symbolism & Meaning)

Additional meaning of this card: Time for a fresh start. Be open to novel ideas. Is it time to embark on a new adventure? Go ahead, embrace your true purpose. Take risks.

Image by jiao tang from Pixabay

“The Dreamer,” A Crapsey #Cinquain

take risks
embrace your dreams
fulfill your life purpose
share intentions to exact change
B E L I E V E

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Fairy Lore and the Plant Kingdom | Coby Michael Ward

Here’s an interesting article about how the plant kingdom and fairy lore interconnect. The Yeats poem below shows the intersection. Clearly, the natural world and that of the fairy world intersect in magical ways. Finding those connections are the most meaningful. Think of all the poetry we could write. Enjoy the read. ~Colleen~

READ: The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats

“Plant lore and fairy lore are often intimately connected. The magical provenance of many plants is due to their folkloric association with the fairy realm. Fairies were thought to make their homes in certain plants and were believed to be responsible for tending to their growth. They have also been said to guide the movement of vining and creeping plants, as well as giving flowers their appropriate colors.  Fairies can be thought of as land spirits, plant spirits, and the embodiment of the Earth’s generative powers. These are dualistic and mercurial creatures. On the one hand, they are responsible for the beauty and life that springs from the ground in which they dwell, but on the other hand, they can be fickle, malicious, and dangerous when it comes to humans…

Read more below:

Source: Fairy Lore and the Plant Kingdom | Coby Michael Ward

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Brides of Legend: A Medieval Romance Collection,” BY AUTHOR, Kathryn Le Veque @KathrynLeVeque

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read!

About this Book

Get ready to binge read!

Five full-length, quality Medieval Romances from USA Today Bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque, including her bestselling, award-nominated novel BEAST. Over a thousand pages of Medieval Pageantry written by a critically acclaimed author – purchase this limited edition set or read for free in KINDLE UNLIMITED! 

Where Romance and Legend meet among the gently rolling hills of England, romance is born. Powerful men and their legendary brides come together in a limited-edition bundle that is a must-have for your Le Veque library. Delight in the drama and passion of these highly rated Medieval romances, including:

The Legend – A legendary knight lays down his sword because of a terrible accident. Will his unexpected wife heal his heart? (Voted a reader favorite!)

Beast – One of Le Veque’s most highly acclaimed books, the jailer of Joan d’Arc settles back in England after the death of Joan only to discover his relation to her is a deadly curse. Will his wife agree?

Lord of Winter – The mentor to many great Le Veque knights conquers his great challenge in Bowes Castle… and the woman who lives there.

The Iron Knight – A seasoned knight meets an older widow with a daughter… and an unexpected love story blooms. 

**Bonus book: Of Love and Legend – An outlaw known as the Greenhead Ghost meets his match in a lady sheriff.

Pick up your copy of some of Le Veque’s best books to date – it’s knights and their legendary brides from the #1 bestselling Medieval Romance author!

Note: These are previously published novels, bundled into one limited edition collection.

Part of: Nunnery Brides: A Medieval Romance Collection (2 Books)

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MY RECOMMENDATION

Periodically, when my TBR pile gets low, I search for FREE books on Amazon. I’ve found some amazing buys, and this is one of them. How I stumbled upon a FREE limited edition collection is beyond me. Do you know Kathryn Le Veque’s writing?

It took me over a month to read the thousand plus pages. To be upfront, there were some quality issues such as typos and a few other technical difficulties reported by readers in this eBook. Amazon affirms, that the publisher has been notified to correct the issues. I’ve downgraded my review to four stars because of the typos. What a shame, because the storytelling hit the spot for me.

Now, before you get freaked out about the typos and such, the writing and storytelling, for the most part, was excellent. Obviously, someone dropped the ball with the editing, which should never be allowed to happen.

Nevertheless, the compilation contained five full-length novels that I could not put down. These are some of the best bodice ripper novels I’ve read in a long time. With that in mind, be prepared for the sex as it is explicit.

I won’t go into detail on each of the novels, because it would be too extensive a review. Instead, I’ll talk about the one novel from the collection I loved best with an Amazon link to the individual book.

An epic story of loss, love, and redemption. On the Seventh Crusade, Sir Alec Summerlin makes a horrible mistake that costs him everything.

Once the greatest swordsman in the realm, Alec lays his weapon down and refuses to ever wield a broadsword again. Surrendering his spurs, he retires to his father’s castle in self-imposed exile. His father, however, has other ideas for his greatest son and betroths him to a local ale heiress. 

The Lady Peyton de Fluornoy is as resistant to marriage as Alec is, but she gradually begins to warm to the man who has given up on life. Alec comes to know a lady of spirit, beauty and intelligence. Before their marriage can happen, however, Alec’s father is blackmailed by a neighbor who wants Peyton for his own son. Now deeply in love, Alec elopes with Peyton and an entirely new world of danger and passion opens up for them both. 

As the conflict with the neighbor heats up, deep and horrific secrets are revealed, and Peyton ends up in grave danger. Alec must recant his vow and draw his sword again to save the woman that he loves as The Legend is once again reborn.

“The Legend,” was my favorite novel in this collection. One thing Le Veque does well is her creation of well-rounded characters. Her portrayal of Sir Alec Summerlin is one I’ll not forget.

Sir Alec is a man, hounded by many demons of his own making, forced to come to grips with his past mistakes. During the Crusades, he accidently kills his older brother. Because of this deed, Sir Alec lays down his sword and refuses to fight again.

Of interest, is Alec’s best friend, Ali, a black man born as a British subject who trained as a knight, but whom the Church refuses to accept as a knight because of the color of his skin. Historically, this situation seemed plausible to me although there is no documented evidence such a thing happened. Besides, Ali’s story makes for superb storytelling.

When Lady Peyton de Fluornoy and her sister show up, the story gracefully unfolds into a tale of love, passion, and renewal. The themes of acceptance and forgiveness take the reader through some heartfelt scenes.

Note the secondary characters whose own stories are as rich and diverse as the principal characters. There are plenty of twists and turns governed by prejudice, deception, weakness, and betrayal. Each scene builds upon the other until you can’t wait to see what happens next.

This novel was the perfect pandemic read. In fact, I enjoyed every book in the entire collection. It was escapism fiction that lifted me out of my own reality for a while.

MY RATING

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

Colleen's Book ReviewsRating System

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Charter Amazon All-Star Author 
#1 ranked English Medieval Romance Author on Amazon

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“Hailed as The Queen of Medieval Romance” – for good reason.” – BookLife

“Le Veque writes… winning epics….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Vivid world-building, pitch-perfect prose… Kathryn Le Veque has made a fan of me….” — TopShelf Reviews

“Medieval Romance just doesn’t get any better than this….” — Uncaged Book Reviews

“Kathryn Le Veque is a force of nature. Her stories are epic, with timeless themes and heroes to die for.” –Tanya Anne Crosby, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The epic Medieval Romance is back – thanks to Kathryn Le Veque!” — Claire Delacroix, New York Times Bestselling author

“This author… genius…!” — Ind’Tale Magazine 


KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a critically acclaimed 18-time USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance with over 100 published novels. 

Kathryn is a multiple award nominee and winner, including the winner of Uncaged Book Reviews Magazine 2017 and 2018 “Raven Award” for Favorite Medieval Romance. Kathryn is also a multiple RONE nominee (InD’Tale Magazine), holding a record for the number of nominations. In 2018, her novel WARWOLFE was the winner in the Romance category of the Book Excellence Award and in 2019, her novel A WOLFE AMONG DRAGONS won the prestigious RONE award for best pre-16th century romance.

Kathryn is considered one of the top Indie authors in the world with over 2M copies in circulation, and her novels have been translated into several languages. Kathryn recently signed with Sourcebooks Casablanca for a Medieval Fight Club series coming in 2020.

In addition to her own published works, Kathryn is also the President/CEO of Dragonblade Publishing, a boutique publishing house specializing in Historical Romance, and the President/CEO of DragonMedia Publishing, a publishing house that publishes the Pirates of Britannia Connected World series. In July 2018, Kathryn launched yet another publishing house, WolfeBane Publishing, which publishes the World of de Wolfe Pack Connected series (formerly Kindle Worlds).

Kathryn loves to hear from her readers. Please find Kathryn on Facebook at Kathryn Le Veque, Author, or join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque. Sign up for Kathryn’s blog at http://www.kathrynleveque.com.

How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: https://kathrynleveque.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/KathrynLeVeque

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kathrynlevequenovels

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Who is Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry?

I’ve been missing my friends at Carrot Ranch, so when D. Avery, suggested we define our blog’s purpose, I considered it a worthy goal. What a brilliant idea! Okay, here we go:

“Yep. Folks, try defining yer blog’s purpose in 99 words; focus that statement even more in 59 words; then hook us with 9 words. Ya might even post these versions at yer own site. Tell us who ya are or what yer about here in the comments, 9 words, no more no less.”

Saddle Up Saloon; Blog Blusterin’

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

99 words:

Word Craft – Prose & Poetry is an uplifting community where poets can learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry by sharing their own poetic inspiration within a weekly poetry challenge called Tanka Tuesday. Participants submit their poetry written in one of the eleven forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and/or Shadorma. Poets receive positive feedback from peers who inspire each other to stretch their creativity. Participants and readers return each week to celebrate the weekly poetry stars and to buy books from the Tanka Tuesday Book Store.

59 words:

Word Craft – Prose & Poetry is a poetic community encouraged by Colleen Chesebro where poets learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry through a weekly challenge called Tanka Tuesday. Participants submit their poetry written in one of the eleven forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and/or Shadorma.

9 words:

A weekly challenge featuring American and Japanese syllabic poetry.

Interested? Click the link below to learn more about Tanka Tuesday

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 179, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Merril D. Smith from last month’s challenge selected a special theme:

This week’s theme is:

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

We’ve never done a quote before as a theme, but as you can see, it’s quite brilliant. Words have the power of inspiration! Have fun.

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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NEW RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside after you click the image. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Thank you to dVerse Poets for the Mr. Linky inspiration.

Follow the monthly schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #Gogyohka, #TankaProse

Now, have fun and write some poetry! Don’t forget to add your poetry to Mr. Linky.


Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt: Frank Tassone

When Vashti Vega sent in the photo of the crocodile for this week’s challenge. I really got excited. There was so much atmosphere to infer from the photo. I had no way of knowing what you all would come up with. I was totally blown away by your creativity and the depth of meaning shared in your poetry.

Photo by Balaji Malliswamy

There was so much great poetry, it took me two days just to read and comment on all the entries! Here are a few of the highlights:

Foreshadows, Kerfe Roig

The Crocodile, Robbie Cheadle

The Enemy Revealed, Linda Lee Lyberg

The Watcher, D.G. Kaye

Man vs. Nature, Jude Itakali

The Reward, Radhika

Everyone had a different take on the photo which made this so much fun! Ultimately, I chose Frank Tassone’s tanka prose because it spoke to the human condition. Short, sweet, and to the point, Frank sets the blame for the coronavirus in our own reptilian egos.

Winston Churchill once said:

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For me, Frank’s tanka prose echoes the political realities of our brave new world. I also like that he wrote in the second person as if pointing his figure at each of us equally. We’ll all have to shoulder the responsibility for this virus for sure.

Isn’t it interesting how the virus seems to color our current perspective? Do you look at things differently now?

Congratulations, Frank Tassone, it’s your turn to pick the photo for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your photo at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge. Thank you.

Predation

When did you imagine that the world revolved around you? Did it take a stray strand of rogue gene to prove otherwise?

How utterly predictable of you!

a glimpse of

pitiable reptillian

indifference …

we can only blame ourselves

for the fix that we’re in

©2020 Frank J. Tassone

Click the link below:

Heads up… Starting with tomorrow’s challenge we will begin using the Mr. Linky link-up widget to link your poetry to the challenge post.

All you have to do is click the link, add your name, and the URL of your post. Don’t forget to click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection. Please continue to do a link back on your post to my challenge post. By using Mr. Linky that means no more copying poems into the comments.

From now on, when you visit the challenge post, click the Mr. Linky icon and you will find a list of everyone who has added their poem to the linkup. This way, you can visit the other poets and leave comments on their blogs.

I tried to do this last year, but for whatever reason the widget wouldn’t work. Now that I’m on the business plan, it works!

Many thanks to dVerse Poets for the Mr. Linky inspiration. You guys ROCK!

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ May 22, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.

The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.

Doreen Virtue numbered the Minor Arcana cards to comprise four suits representing different aspects of human life. They number the Minor Arcana cards 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.

The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot, as well.

The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.

Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.

Today’s Card:

Ego – from the Major Arcana

The Ego card… Wow! This is the first time I’ve drawn this card. What are the faeries telling us? Well, for one, happiness will be elusive if you’re not clear on your own priorities, motivations, and behaviors.

The ego card also suggests that by taking the time for some self-reflection will allow you the opportunity to open your heart to experience great personal epiphanies and to practice self-forgiveness. Who doesn’t need a reality check once in a while?

LOUD and clear… see the truth of who you are.

Release what no longer serves you. Let go of the guilt, fear, and blame. Now is the time to feel compassion for yourself. You’re wonderful, you know!

The faeries suggest you look into the mirror and tell yourself:

I love you for being Divinely perfect in this moment.

Detox from harmful foods, substances, or people. Confront your fears and release yourself from any limitations or self-imposed traps. I know it’s hard to do, but once you embrace this fresh way of thinking, you will feel free for the first time in a long while. Breathe!

Do you feel the burden of the material side of life? Perhaps you’ve lost your job because of the coronavirus? If so, this isn’t your fault. Give yourself permission to free yourself from blame. Remember when one door closes, a window opens. Be creative. Dream of a new reality.

This lovely card portrays two faeries standing before a traditional Celtic Beltane Fire, a springtime sacred ceremony to release the old—that is, guilt, fear, blame, and other products of the ego—and welcome the new.

Today is also the new moon. Here is another reading that will help you find clarity on this date. Click the link below:

Additional meanings of this card: Determine what is the cause and what is the symptom. Self-examination. Placing too much importance on material items. Getting caught up in fear and worry. Dependency or addiction.

“Let Go,” Senryu

open up your heart
see the truth of who you are
let go of ego

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Running Haunted,” BY AUTHOR, Effrosyni Moschoudi , @FrostieMoss

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read!

About this Book

Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.

Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.

The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…

The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.

Kelly freaks out at first, but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…

Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?

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#1 New Release in Greek & Roman Literature

MY RECOMMENDATION

I read this book while in lockdown during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. It was just the thing to take my mind off the worries of the world. This author has created a heartwarming family friendly romance with a paranormal twist that you will remember long after finishing the book!

After a chance encounter, Kelly takes the housekeeping job offered by Alex. At first, Kelly does not understand what she has taken on in the management of a house, three boys, and a pug with a mind of his own, including the boy’s busy father.

Traumatized by the death of their mother, each of the boys tries to deal with their loss. Alex is suffering, as well. More than anything, this family needs to heal and move on, but circumstances haven’t allowed them to move forward.

Kelly exhibits exceptional strength of character and empathy in her assessment of what this family needs. She begins by cooking healthy food, increasing their play time and exercise, and she takes the time to listen to the boys and their problems.

One morning, shortly after Kelly’s arrival, the bewitching smell of candy floss beckons to her from inside Alex’s bedroom closet. She finds a pile of women’s clothes belonging to his late wife. But it is the colorful scarf on the top of the pile that grabs her attention.

Kelly realizes the scent isn’t real. Instead, she knows it’s the result of a special gift she inherited from her late grandmother. Kelly can communicate with the spirits of the dead. And today, she senses that by not letting go of his wife, Alex holds back her spirit from total deliverance. At least to Kelly, that’s what the smell suggests. Alex keeps his dead wife’s spirit contained within the house.

Meanwhile, Charlie the Pug has warmed up to Kelly. But it’s when the dog alerts her to issues with the boys, she begins to take notice.

One morning, Kelly finds the scarf laying on her bed, where Charlie had slept the night before. Could the dog have brought the scarf to her? Kelly knows something is happening in this house when Charlie brings her a string of pearls belonging to the boy’s mother. Could the Pug receive messages from beyond the grave? Was Alex’s dead wife trying to contact Kelly?

Set in the historical town of Nafplio, Greece, Effrosyni Moschoudi writes about the beloved places that bring personality to her characters. “Running Haunted” will leave you believing in the power of love.

This book is listed on Amazon with an introductory price of $.99! Grab it now before the price increases.

MY RATING

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

Colleen's Book ReviewsRating System

About the Author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantic at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens, but her mind forever drifts to her beloved island of Corfu.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there as a youngster, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in kindle and paperback format.

Go here to grab FREE PDF books by this author: http://effrosyniwrites.com/free-stuff/

Check out Effrosyni’s FREE travel guide to Nafplio: http://effrosyniwrites.com/2018/01/18/nafplio-a-town-steeped-in-greek-history/

Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

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Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

Vashti Q. Vega, from last month’s challenge, has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

Remember, a photo can be a metaphor for your poetry. Think about the mood, the theme, and the color. Think outside of the box. We know there’s a crocodile, but what else is going on here? What do you smell? What do you hear? There’s more here than meets your eye. Surprise me!

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com a week before. Thank you!

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. Also, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!