Review for The Scarlet Ribbon… #Supernatural Romance #Excerpt @dlfinnauthor

Nothing quite like the unexpected review to brighten our days and remind us why write…

Lately, we have needed a break from the constant struggle to stay cheerful, what with our health problems and the terrible weather.

Miserable grey skies do little to cheer us up, so when something unexpected happens, it is very welcome.

This wonderful review from D L Finn really brought the sunshine back!

“Scarlet Ribbon” is a story that made me wonder about the afterlife and what is in between.
Maggie was out with her husband when she was run down by a car. She ended up in a coma for two long years, but her time became relative as she found herself in a strange place. Her body was in the hospital, but her mind or soul was experiencing a different reality.
While she was under, she could see what her husband was doing and was taken to other worlds and the past. She wanted to help, especially a young girl. There was cruelty and a blissful existence that coincided in the different places.
As she seeks answers to her dilemma, she finds out more than she wanted to about how sheltered a life she had and people’s true side. I have always wondered what goes on when people are in a coma, and this was a fascinating idea of what could happen. There never seems to be one simple answer or outcome to Maggie’s desires.
I love her determination to do what is right, but within her new world, I felt her confusion as she bounced from one situation to another. I was rooting for the person she connected with on the other side. The story picked up the pace when she emerged from the coma, and work began for her to heal and try to remember.
The ending was a surprise but didn’t feel done just yet. I hope there are more versions of her life to come and I will be reading them.

Thank you so much, Denise!

Excerpt from The Scarlet Ribbon

I had no idea how long I lay there in the darkness, talking to myself, half hoping that someone or something would hear me and show me the way out. I felt like a defence lawyer, pleading my case before an invisible judge, promising all sorts of things for a second chance. I’d be more patient, and more caring and help all those who needed it. After all, thirty wasn’t a good age to die. That was my final plea. I’d be as good as anyone could be if they’d let me live out the rest of my life with Jack.

But who were ‘they’? Who the hell was I talking to? There didn’t seem to be anyone with me in that dark, empty void.

That’s when I realised I hadn’t left even a small part of myself behind. No children. For the first time, I felt regret. Jack and I had decided that we didn’t need children; we were enough for each other and didn’t want to share our lives with smaller versions of ourselves.

During our second year together, we had allowed one small invasion of our privacy in the form of a tiny black kitten. She’d been dumped in the rain in a brown paper carrier bag like unwanted garbage. It was soaking wet, skinny, and hardly able to walk. I remember taking her home and the look on Jack’s face when I took her out from inside my coat, her dark, spiky fur almost dry from the heat of my body.

It was love at first sight, and we took turns that night feeding her baby milk and comforting her. The following day Jack said he couldn’t stand the smell any longer.

‘She’s got to have a bath, Maggie. She’s a sorry state.’

So that’s what we called her, Sorry. And that’s exactly how I feel now, sorry that we didn’t have a child, someone to remember us, to talk about us when we were gone. But it wasn’t too late; I wasn’t too old, and there was still time…

The Miracle… #Poetry #The SundayWhirl #Wordle573

Image by Pexels from Pixabay 
He stood on the bridge beside her
Holding her by the wrist
It was close to the break of day
With the wind howling, he could tell
Both their lives were at risk of falling
He thought she couldn’t be more than eighteen
He felt the miracle of holding her
Trying to stop her from ending her life
He spoke in a clear, soft voice
Feeling the thin thread of life
Pulling her toward the water below
Turning her tear-stained face towards his
She let him help her down from the bridge
Thanking him for her kindness
She began slowly walking away
He couldn’t let her go
What if she tried further along the bridge?
Catching up to her, 
he offered to take her for breakfast
This became the start of a beautiful relationship
Forty years later, the soul he saved 
was still smiling…

©AnitaDawes2022

The Rising Moon… #Poetry #Wordle 572 ~ TheSundayWhirl

©AnitaDawes2022

We made love under the shadow of the rising moon
The ghosts of our ancestors danced in celebration
Nothing between us but time and space
Angels watching in mute silence
There is no way to break the spell
To throw away our souls
No way to give words to the moment…

©AnitaDawes2022

Colleens Weekly Poetry Challenge #ThemePrompt

#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 291, 9/27/22, #THEMEPROMPT

The Nature of Lightning

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

I
feel your
hungry eyes
touch my body
I will hold you close
move like a hurricane
lose our souls in the storm wind
love like the last lightning strike
watch as the world fades into darkness
leave nothing to chance but your hungry eyes
enter the dragons mouth, hear lightning
tear each star from the vault of heaven
dance on the dark side of the moon
write history with blue light
hungry eyes speak of love
lightning, our song
let me be struck
more than once
touch me
again

©AnitaDawes2022




Once in a Lifetime… #Poetry

Image by Silke from Pixabay ~ Poem by ©AnitaDawes2022

Once in a Lifetime

Can there ever be another you?
Having searched the world over the answer is no
Angels only fall to earth once in a lifetime
Memories of sparkling blue eyes, rosebud lips
Picture postcards, flashbacks soothe the dark night
Inside my wallet I keep a white feather
One day soon, I hope we will meet again
Now I have to sleep, to dream, to keep your face ever young…

©AnitaDawes2022

Better Than the Rest… #Poetry #Fiction

Image by Batatolis Panagiotis from Pixabay 

Best, better than the rest, 
     that was the beautiful lie you told
after all we have been through
running, hiding from the law, 
because of the time we were born into, 
    a love we cannot speak
every glance a giveaway, a prison sentence
remembering not to touch hands in public
evening under dark skies, 
     we dare to hold hands, laced with fear
long years later, we can speak, say I do
love wins out, the world can see us
after all these years 
     we can smile at one another in daylight…

©AnitaDawes2022

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie #Wordle 281

A dose of fetish. Good friends. An incomparable muse.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay ~ Poem by A Dawes
Her winter green smile 
disturbed the words in my head
I remember the pledge we made
To stay longer, greedily
Enjoying each other, the forest
Hid all trace of us
High on love, hidden by mother nature
The stone in my shoe reminding me
She isn’t real…

©AnitaDawes2022

Our Review for Between the Vines by Staci Troilo ~ #Contemporary Romance ~ @stacitroilo

When you grow up on a vineyard, you learn the grapevine can’t always be trusted.
Elena Santucci is one of the best wedding planners in the Keystone state—ironic, as she doesn’t believe in love. Why should she? Rumors cost her all meaningful relationships, sending her into the arms of one loser after another until she swore off men entirely. Now she spends her days helping brides put together dream days… even though she suspects they’ll all lead to nightmares.
Aaron Kennedy looks like a tough-as-nails cop, but he’s got a marshmallow for a heart. One that’s recently been roasted over the coals by Heather, his former fiancée. After discovering her affair with his best friend, he broke off his engagement and swore off women—at least for a while. When his sister asks for help with her wedding plans, he can’t say no. Then he learns the wedding is at Blooming Valley Vineyards, and his former crush is the event planner. Maybe this is fate telling him not to give up so quickly.

Just when Aaron starts to break through Elena’s icy shell, Heather comes back into his life with an unbelievable story—one Elena seems to support. Rumors travel the grapevine faster than he can make sense of them. He needs to discover the truth before his one chance at happiness withers on the vine.

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Our Thoughts

I don’t often read romantic stories, for like Elena, the heroine of this story, love hasn’t been kind to me.

On a good day, I do still look for it, which is why this is the second story I have read in the Keystone Couples Series.

Romance is a funny thing, so many things can ruin your chances.

Unusual circumstances, strange coincidences and jealous people almost wrecked every chance for Elena, and my heart went out to her as she struggled to create perfect fairy-tale weddings for other people in the course of her job, knowing she would probably never walk down the aisle herself.

Luckily, love will usually find a way, for even the most stubborn of hearts…

All three stories in the Keystone Couples Series were wonderful romances and well worth reading…