#MLMM ~ Photo Challenge #350

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Lovers by Harry Hollard, 1982

I brought this sketchy black and white print at a boot sale.
Hung it on my bedroom wall.
Hoping I would find a partner soon.
Be careful what you wish for
For I got more than I bargained for
Each night he would come, turning my nights
into a wild dance of love
Try as I might, I could not hold on to him until morning.
The space beside me remains empty…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge…

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, #POET’SCHOICE

Image by Pixabay.com

It
was late.
the night dark.
Starlit moonbeams
Dance between the leaves
They held each other tight.
Whispering their words of love
The changing light tore them apart.
They ran for home, hot breath following.
Their night of forbidden love marked their backs…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Touch… #Poetry

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When you touch me
Time runs
My skin boils to screaming point
Each fingertip pressure
Sacred joy remembered
You trace my dreams
with scenes of wonder
Love, free from restrictions
made by hollow minds
Where frozen air fills time and space
A screaming point of a different kind
I am called back from dreaming
by warm hands touch…

© anita dawes 2020

#Throwback Thursday ~ Blue Lake Christmas Mystery (Blue Lake Series)  by Cynthia Harrison #RomanticSuspense @CynthiaHarriso1

Blue Lake Christmas Mystery (Blue Lake Series) Kindle Edition

All Holly wants for Christmas is to prove to her parents that her pricey college education was worth it. When she lands a reporting job in tiny Blue Lake, where the chill winds blow off Lake Huron all winter long, and a guest dies at a dinner party, she isn’t sure she can meet that goal. Holly has a second writing gig as a true crime reporter in mind, but there’s only one problem: the new love interest keeping her warm is determined she should not write about the one thing her heart desires.

Bob has one goal: to get his life back on track after a train wreck of a relationship with a fragile first love named Lily. Oh, it would also be nice to feel excited about work again. Not to mention Christmas. Holly’s new in town and she stirs something cheerfully seasonal in him, but when he realizes she’s willing to take down Lily for her own purposes, he decides a holiday romance is the last thing he needs.

Our Review

Towards the end of last year, I noticed the arrival of several seasonal books on the run up to Christmas. Most of them a fun, light-hearted read for the holidays.

Blue Lake Christmas Mystery is so much better than that.

A clever, well- written mystery that twists and turns, with a fast-moving complicated plot that I couldn’t put down and I loved how the last chapter sorted out all the loose ends!

Holly Fass is ambitious, devious and hopeless at getting what she wants out of life in this Hollywood style romcom/detective novel, but she gets top marks from me for trying!

This is book four in the Blue Lake series, and I was late coming to the party as I hadn’t read any of the others. (something I will be catching up on soon)

I have also read and thoroughly enjoyed Cynthia Harrison’s brilliant detective thriller, Lily White in Detroit.

A word from the author… Along with a twenty-year career as an English teacher, I have been a staff reviewer for Romantic Times and Publishers Weekly and written features for popular magazines, including Woman’s World. BLUE LAKE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY is my fifth novel for The Wild Rose Press. I live in metro Detroit with my husband, Al. We have two grown sons. Since 2002, I’ve blogged at http://www.cynthiaharrison.com. Email me anytime at cindy@cynthiaharrison.com. http://www.cynthiaharrison.com

Love Broken… #Poetry

Image by Miriam Müller from Pixabay

Love Broken

There’s a sad song on the radio
Love broken like a glass fallen
The scattered pieces only fit for the bin
Somethings can’t be glued together
Nor plastered over
Yet the search goes on
For a love unfettered by pain
Each kiss from a stranger
Tells a story
Keep looking for that kiss
That has no story
Only you in mind…

©anitadawes 2020

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Worth Waiting For…

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Worth Waiting for

I fell asleep in my own bed, woke in another
Spent the night with a beautiful woman
Too soon, I found myself back in my own bed
Hugging air, wishing there were a way
to make the dream world a reality in my own time.
Realising this would take more
than the magic wand of Merlin to accomplish
My footsteps became heavy, my day dull.
The voice in the back of my head
A tormenting whisper, telling me
There is a way to stay beside her
That is when I remembered the date
of the newspaper on the side table,
two years from now, I will meet my future wife.
All I need now, is a way to speed time forward…

©anitadawes 2020

#What would You Do?

Image by Giani Pralea from Pixabay

What would you do?

I have become eager for sunset
For night to fall,
when I can retire to my bedroom
To spend the dark hours with David
who makes my skin glow?
Forcing me to reach out for his touch
The feel of his face against my neck
He whispers, I cannot stay long.
His time is growing short
He must move on soon.
My heart breaks, I cannot lose him
I will leave my life to follow him
To spend time in his world
What would you do
to keep your perfect lover?

©anitadawes 2020