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#LongandShortReviews #WednesdayBloggingChallenge 6.24.2020

I’ve been M.I.A. for a few weeks because….life. But today’s topic got me back in the blogging challenge saddle.

My “go to” book or movie for a pick-me-up. Easy peasy and I’m gonna do both!

Book first:

I’ve mentioned this book dozens of times on this blog – and others – but whenever I can’t find something new and intriguing to read, I pull out my copy of NEW YORK TO DALLAS by J.D. Robb from my book case. It is without a doubt my favorite Robb addition of the In Death Series to date, even though they are all excellent reads. This one, though, is so packed with emotion, suspense, and love, plus the way Robb really gets to the meaning of marriage, that it’s worth a re-read every now and again. The last three pages are my absolute favorite in the book and even though I’ve read the book numerous times, I always cry when I re-read them.

When I need a movie pick-me-up there is no better feel good, make me laugh until I cry movie than MOONSTRUCK starring Cher ( in her Academy Award winning role.)

The reason I love this movie isn’t only because it’s just the funniest, tenderest, loveliest movie about family that I’ve ever seen. I have a more personal reason for watching it when I need an emotional lift.

The movie was released in 1987, the same year I got married. Directly after saying our “I’do’s,” hubby and I relocated to Wisconsin for my husband’s job. He’d been there already for 6 months, coming back home so we could get married. And while he’d already gotten acclimated to the town and the people, even making new friends, I knew no one.

Not a soul.

I had no job, we lived in a tiny basement apartment and hubby was gone all day long at work. It was December/January 1987-88 and where we lived, on Lake Superior, the daily temps were in the negative 20’s. Every day. All day. So I couldn’t really go out and do stuff. I was lonely, missed my old life and was inching towards depression when it should have been the happiest time in my life.

One day I decided to get out of the house and go to the movies. The local mall-theater had Tuesday matinees so I figured at least I’d get dressed, get out for a few hours, and maybe, just maybe, feel better. Once I saw MOONSTRUCK was playing I purchased my ticket, got my tub’o’gross movie popcorn and settled into my seat.

I was the only one in the theater. Seems everyone had a life in Superior except yours truly.

Two hours later I left the theater with my spirits lifted, a huge smile on my face, and feeling so much better. Watching the antics of Loretta Castarini ( Cher) and her crazy Italian family made me feel like I’d been teleported back to NYC and my own crazy family. That was a turning point in my new life.

If you need a lift either emotionally, spiritually, or even physically, this is the movie to see. I just may watch it again tonight!

Now, let’s see what some of the other authors in this challenge read or watch to make them feel better. L&SR

I would be remiss if I didn’t do a little self promo here. I’ve got a new book releasing on July 1 titled WOKE. It’s an updated version of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, but in my book, Beauty doesn’t wait for love’s first kiss to bring her back to the land of the living!!

Waking up each day is a gift….

On her 21st birthday, someone slipped a potent drug combination into socialite Aurora Brightwell’s champagne putting her in a coma for the next ten years. It’s been a long road back, and it’s time to reclaim the life she lost and find out exactly what happened on that fateful night.

Financier Kincade Enright has his own reason for helping Aurora discover who poisoned her, but for the time being he’s keeping that – and his true identity – to himself. What he can’t keep hidden though, are his growing feelings for the one-time paparazzi darling and party-girl.

When this prince of finance joins forces with the former sleeping beauty, nothing can stop them from finding the answers they seek…or prevent the powerful emotions developing between them as they search for the truth.

Until next week, peeps ~Peg

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#LongandShortReviews Blogging Challenge 5.6.2020

Goodness! How is it Wednesday already??

Today’s topic is FAVORITE HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR AND WHY.

You’d think that was a no-brainer because I writer romance books and what’s the one day of the year devoted solely to romance, but Valentine’s Day?

You would be wrong.

Well, then you might think the happiest holiday of the year, Christmas, would be my favorite. All the presents, the joy, the family get togethers.

Wrong again.

Easter? GroundHog day? Thanksgiving?

Nope, nope and nope.

My favorite holiday of the year isn’t a publicly celebrated one, but believe it or not, it’s FLAG DAY.

I can see your mouths all drop open as you read that! hee hee.

Let me ‘esplain.

When I was a kid in grade school 175 years ago, we were taught about Flag Day and its significance for our country. Serendipity is a real thing, because the night after we studied Flag Day in school I happened to be watching the Red Skelton show on tv ( yes, I am that old!) and he did his famous rendition of what the Pledge of Allegiance really means. If you’ve never seen it, you can click on here and the marvels of You-Tube will play it for you.

From that day to this I never miss commemorating this wonderful day.

I’ve always known and believed America was a great county – I didn’t need anyone to tell me to make America great again because it always has been.

I am honored to live in a country that, even though it has many, many heart wrenching problems and issues like poverty, racism, and insane,  illegitimately elected political leaders, we were founded on the concept of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which every human being should consider natural rights.

I can imagine some people will roll their eyes at this, or feel the need to write a scathing comment. Go ahead. You prove my point because you have the freedom to disagree with me and the right to say so publicly.

Now, let’s see what some of the other writers in the blog challenge consider their favorite holiday: L&SR

And I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my upcoming 5.20.2020 release and preorder sale: Hee hee

VANILLA WITH A TWIST releases this month ( the day after my birthday, in fact) and if you preorder it now thru Amazon, it’s just #99cents.

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.

Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.

Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

Get your copy here:

Amazon // Nook // itunes-apple books //

Until next week, kids ~ Peg

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