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Dancing With Desire

Hidden Loyalty The Forever Weekend
Hidden Loyalty

Seth Jameson’s relationship with one of his colleagues is fraught with the kind of tension that is frowned on in the Marshals Service, but he can’t seem to find a way around his heart.
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The Forever Weekend

Livi can't wait for her annual girls' long weekend and this time they have two personal concierge butlers, one of whom would make a great weekend fling, except Livi's heart seems to be getting involved.
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Fearless A Healing Touch
Fearless

Sarah’s new existence is fraught with complications after being rescued by a wolf shifter, and he’s turning out to be a problem she might not want to solve.
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A Healing Touch

Snakebites or smallpox, saving people, including herself, is what Molly Hilliard does best, and she intends on being a doctor in the Northwest Territory, except her guide is causing all sorts of problems of the heart.
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Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs

A NOD TO THE MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT ON WRITING

Sandra Cisneros

“I tell my younger writers not to write about the things that you remember,

but the things that you wish you could forget. Those are just huge in your heart.

And that way you can get right to the seed of a story. That’s usually where I begin.”

“When I’m creating characters, I try to think about the usual, the typical,

the stereotypical, and how can I shatter that. That’s usually how I get going.”

“I think that writers are observers and not out of choice. We’re like unsuccessful social

beings; we’re stuck on the margins. I think women especially get marginalized from

things that happen in their family or their culture. And I think the more marginal we

are as human beings, the better observers we are.”

“It’s really important for younger writers to have a community, a kind of spiritual

family. Writing is so solitary, and it takes us to deep emotional places. It should.

If it’s not taking you to such places, you’re not working hard enough.

Fellow writers can sustain you for the long process of creation, for the long haul.”

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From the Editor's Desk

Editor's Deskcopyright The Walt Disney Company

“Days. Weeks. Months. Who knows?”
~Eeyore

The Doldrums

Summer’s here and things are not going as planned. Hope had sprung eternal for a moment there, and then CRASH. Places that had opened are closed again. Many school districts have said they’ll continue remote learning, and in a nod to Pluto at @pluto.living, wearing our button pants is not happening anytime soon. All signs there’s no returning to the way things were.

Some of us have made it out into the world and have camped in national parks, visited relatives who’ve been tested, attended small dinner parties, and went to the beach. Many of us haven’t gone farther than the local supermarket. As we read/watch/hear the news, we’re not getting a dose of happy, happy, and after four months, some of us are on the wane.

Informed, intelligent, independent thinkers have said, “I don’t watch or read anything about the world. It’s way too disturbing.”

But there are lots of great changes taking place, and embracing them means that while we might not return to what was, we’ll get a new what is that’s better. For example, in California, where the weather allows for this, some school districts have purchased big tents and they intend to hold classes in the tents with a couple of flaps up. Aside from being a creative solution, it might be a permanent one that brings children outdoors, reduces school districts’ utilities bills, and spurs a new kind of thinking in the teachers and the students.

Many businesses have said they’re going to continue to have a portion, if not all of their workforce work from home. Again, a reduction in utility consumption, and shrinking rush hour traffic. Who would argue for more rush hour traffic? Plus, there’s potential added benefits to mom and pop stores and eateries in small towns and exurbs where the stay-at-home workers live. While dining out (inside the restaurant) might not be happening again for a while, curbside pickup, patio dining, and home deliveries have increased. To quote Sam Hunt, “If you’re gonna be a homebody, We’re gonna have a house party.” (House Party/Montevallo ©MCA)

Facetime, Skype, and Zoom have allowed many of us to stay connected. Continue doing that. A LOT. If you don’t want anyone to see your hair in its present state, a regular phone call works too.