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“Someday May Never Come” Has Finally Come! My newest book is out on Amazon!

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The link is http://amzn.to/1sBlyyu

You can click on the back cover for a description of the book.

I’m quite excited to have my new book, Someday May Never Come, available for purchase now in soft-bound or e-book form on Amazon. The softbound book may be ordered at bookstores or at the local library. It usually takes three days for it to arrive. These are firsts for me because it’s my first mystery, and it’s my first non-paranormal novel. It’s a book about murder and the psychological and physical abuse of women. I have to admit it was a hard book for me to tackle due to the powerful issues it dealt with. I wanted to write this novel since I’ve always been interested in psychology and what makes people do the things they do. It’s about people making poor choices, not seeing what’s in front of them all along, and making excuses about putting off living their life until the right time. You know, it’s about life and the things we all do at some point in our life.

The setting of the book takes place on Mirror Key, an imaginary place in Florida. Well, Florida is pretty real, but Mirror Key is not. It’s a purely fictional work about three generations of Quinn women who are forced to confront evil and attempt to come out stronger than ever. It starts with a young woman, Anna Howard, interviewing a serial killer on death row who maintains his innocence on the murder of two women. This murderer draws Anna into the story of the murdered women and the women who befriended them. What she doesn’t realize is how this story will change her own reality.

I did have some fun writing Someday May Never Come thanks to some of the quirkier characters in the book. It’s a mystery with some romantic elements, because to me, what’s life without a little romance in it?

Below is a short excerpt from Someday May Never Come.

Wednesday Evening
August 14, 2002

After the girls left, Gina said, “Let’s order another bottle of wine
and take it to the pool.”

Fiona shrugged, “Why not?” She followed Gina. They sat at a
wrought-iron table poolside.

Gina poured them both a generous glass of Merlot. Fiona kicked off
her shoes, putting her feet up on an empty chair. Darkness settled in,
heavier than a homemade quilt. The moon darted between high black
clouds, casting shadows across their faces, while the women enjoyed a
companionable silence.

“This last year’s been rough.” Gina rubbed a curved, crimson fingernail
across the rim of her glass. Tiki torches illuminated her face,
emphasizing premature wrinkles around her mouth and neckline.

“Do you want to talk?” Once the words were out, Fiona wanted to
snatch them back. She didn’t need more trouble in her life.

“I’m not stupid. I know this evening was awkward, me being a complete
stranger, but I appreciate you having dinner with us. I realized
right off you had a good heart.”

Fiona lifted up her hand. “No, please, I…” She recalled how she’d
argued with herself about not getting involved with this woman, and
her supposed good heart squeezed tight. She couldn’t meet Gina’s gaze.

Gina twirled the stem of her wineglass. “I don’t know where to
begin.”

“Start wherever you want and stop when you’re finished.” Fiona
remained quiet, knowing from her past experiences of talking to an
uncommunicative teenager; sometimes, silence was the key to getting
a person talking.

“It started three years ago, but we didn’t find out until last year.” She
paused and gulped some wine. Gina stared into the glass, seeming to
search for answers to questions which had no answers.

The silence deepened. A warning bell went off in Fiona’s head. She
knew once this woman shared her pain, it would, by osmosis, become
her own. She considered ordering Gina to stop, until that look of incredible
sadness in those cat-like eyes of hers returned, and the words froze
in Fiona’s throat.

She sighed and asked, “What happened?”

Gina looked over Fiona’s shoulder, even though all that was out
there was the black vastness of the Gulf. She pressed her glass against
her lips, but then slammed it down, causing wine to slosh out. “God, I
want to tell someone. I’ve had nobody to talk to except for Kimberley,
and that poor kid can’t even think about what happened, so there’s no
way she can discuss it with me.”

“This concerns Kimberley?”

“Our whole damned family is involved. I haven’t just come here on
vacation. I’m looking for a job, too. I’ve left my husband.”

I hope you’ll enjoy this book. Psychological and physical abuse are hard subjects to deal with. I have fellow-authors who have dealt with real physical and emotional abuse, and I find myself admiring their honesty in confronting these subjects even more after my own difficult experiences dealing with the fictional subjects. MANipulated Into Fear:There Is always A Pattern & White Roses In A Dream Traits, Patterns and Action Plans by Marvela Dawnay, are both books based on a true story of abuse. Another brave author, Paul T. Goldman, wrote a book on women’s psychological abusive behavior toward men, Double Wife/Double Life,  also based on true life. All these books can also be purchased on Amazon.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy Someday May Never Come! My link is: http://amzn.to/1sBlyyu

Just don’t waste moments waiting on someday, because someday should never be a lifetime away!

Bren

 

Ten Things I Absolutely, Almost Think I’ve Learned About Cruising!

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I have to be honest. My family and I have been cruising for quite a long while. We’ve cruised with family, we’ve cruised with friends, and we’ve cruised by ourselves. I decided to compile the ten most important things I’ve learned about cruising.

 

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1. All cruise lines are NOT the same, nor do they cost the same for the identical trip. Carnival owns a good many of the lines, but they still all maintain their own personality. My caveats in this post are that these are things that I have found to be true for myself, they may have changed in the meantime, and these are all my own personal opinions anyhooo.

2. If you want major elegance and beverages to be all-inclusive, you will pay more. We have traveled on the Crystal Line, as well as Seabourn, and these are immaculate lines. Crystal is a larger line, while Seabourn is smaller and more intimate. Consider if it’s all-inclusive, you may drink more than you normally would. Once, on Seabourn, they delivered a margarita to me at the beauty salon when I didn’t even ask for one–that suggested to me maybe I was imbibing a little too much!

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3. Carnival, NCL, and MSC are lines you will frequently find the most cheaply priced. I’ve never traveled on MSC, but my daughter has, and while they are cheaper, they charge for everything, including water at dinner. MSC also tends to cater more to Europeans. One of the up-sides of MSC is that children travel free, and I think Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) often has children sailing free as well.

4. When you travel on ships, you must consider that there are fully-booked ships and FULLY-booked ships. This means that at the holiday seasons and summertime, the ships will be much more crowded with young people. There’s a big difference between cabins being filled with two people and four to five people per cabin.

5. Talking about the personality of ships, Carnival and Royal Caribbean tend to have a younger crowd on board, whereas Holland and Celebrity tend to attract an older crowd. The Princess line tends to be somewhere in the middle. So you have to think if you want a super relaxing cruise or a more party atmosphere.

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6. The Oceania and Cunard lines tend to be somewhere in the upper/mid price range. Cunard has big ocean liners that are great for Trans-Atlantic crossings, and Oceania has smaller, intimate ships. Oceania usually includes flights in the price, sometimes including gratuities on longer trips, bottled water is free, they have no formal evenings, and they do not take professional photos. When you see how many photos we have, you can see that well may be a blessing. The children don’t always appreciate the fact that your cruise pictures are going to be their inheritance. LOL! I always tell them there are plenty more where that came from. Oddly, they’re not excited over this fact.

7. Evening dress has changed enormously since we first started cruising. All cruise ships are much more casual than they once were, although all have some formal evenings, except for Oceania. The amount of formal evenings depend on how long the cruises are, but Cunard will give you more formal evenings than other lines. Even with formal evenings, the dress code has changed, and women don’t have to wear long gowns or men don’t have to wear tuxes. Other than formal evenings, they often call the other evenings ‘smart’ casual. I often wonder what the difference between that and ‘stupid’ casual is but I’ve never figured it out.

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8. With internet, people can book their cruises online, but many years ago, a fellow-traveler hooked us up with Rosemarie from Bon Voyage Cruise Specialists Inc , in Clearwater, Fl., and she has been our travel agent ever since. She gets us perks on the ships, books our trips, often gets a better deal for us than we could do for ourselves, and fights for us if we have any issues with the cruise line.

9. Royal Caribbean has the mega-ships: Allure, Oasis, and the Quantum. These are ships with over 6,000 passengers. Now some people might think these ships are too large, but we find them amazing. They are like traveling hotels. They have musical plays, ice shows, comedy clubs, diving shows, production shows, parades down the mall, a boardwalk, Central Park… We find there are so many activities, the ships frequently seem to be less crowded than other ships. The trick to these mega-ships is to book all your activities on-line before you go on your trip. Actually booking all tours on any cruise ship is probably your best bet to avoid disappointment.

10. What we have found mostly with cruising is that it’s a fun, relaxing way to see the world. All things told, it’s one of the best ways to travel where you get the most bang for your buck and you can do as much or as little as you’d like. People often ask what is my favorite cruise line and I would have to say I like them all for different reasons. Being retired, I tend to look for the best deal and the most interesting itinerary.

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Thanks for stopping by and letting me share some of the things I think I know about cruising. Again, I know everybody has their own opinion and others may have had a completely different experience than I have had. There are other cruise lines I didn’t mention because I’ve never been on them.  Number one thing; enjoy your life and never make someday a lifetime away!

Bren

 

 

 

 

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