It’s great to have friends by Margo Hoornstra plus #review

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Thank you for having me here today on my Saturday In Serendipity tour.

My topic today on the importance of friends, is appropriate here since Barbara and I are on-line friends and also contributors to The Roses of Prose blog – Where Romance Is Never Out of Season.

Saturday In Serendipity is a compilation of three novellas which revolve around a twentieth high school reunion at Serendipity High School in Vermont. Serendipity is a mid-sized town located on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Three Strikes Thursday, leaves Barry Carlson, professional baseball’s former golden boy, with some serious making up to do. A love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude of his youth has finally caught up with him. Older, maybe wiser, he’s eager to catch up on what’s important in life. A home and family, someone to love who loves him back just as deeply. Amanda Marsh is the one Barry foolishly pushed away. He has his work cut out for him if he hopes to ever win her back.

Two On Tuesday, has Serendipity High School graduate Blane Weston viewing her upcoming class reunion as a chance to renew a former, but not forgotten, love. As she gets ready to attend the week-end festivities, enter Matt Durand, someone she’s recently considered then rejected as a potential business partner. Turns out he won’t take no for an answer and has other ideas for her activities at the reunion. Things go from bad to worse in light of his current involvement with some of the people from her past.

One Fateful Friday, is a holiday story of forever friends Jake and Bethany, that takes place between Halloween and Christmas Eve, after the reunion. Soul mates through high school, Jake and Bethany went their separate ways after graduation. Brought together twenty years later, both involved with careers in healthcare, they assume they’ll re-establish their relationship with flawless compatibility. Except, they now hold different philosophies that might jeopardize their chance at a happy future.

Recently, the six major characters now happily together as couples, Bethany and Jake; Blane and Matt; Amanda and Barry, spent some time being interviewed by another one of my friends,  Silver James. Here’s what happened.

Are you familiar with this saying? A good friend will come bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying….’Dang that was fun.’ Who would be sitting next to you?

Saturday-in-Serendipity-CoverBarry glances over at Jake. “He and I have always had each other’s backs. Though we lost touch for a few years after high school, when I returned to town recently, our friendship picked up just where we left off.” Looking toward Amanda with a smile on his face, he takes her hand. “It was Jake who talked Amanda into taking me back when the class trouble maker, Aaron Goodwin and his big mouth tried to break us up.”

Friends with benefits? Good idea or too complicated and why?

“I’ll respond to that one.” Bethany sits forward. “You may have heard the line – What kind of woman buries her husband in the afternoon and sleeps with his best friend that night?” She looks shyly at Jake. “That woman would be me. It’s what I did.”

He’s quick to correct her. “What we did. It wasn’t all Bethy’s fault. I had something to do with our night in my hotel room.”

Bethany smiles at him. “Let’s just say I spent too many years married to the wrong man. Good thing my best friend Jake was willing to wait for me to realize that.”

“I knew Bethy was the only one for me even before we graduated from high school.” Jake’s gaze dropped to the floor then back at her. “I just didn’t have the guts to put my thoughts and feelings into action. Until recently.”

When you first met who is now your significant other, were you friends, enemies, or lovers?

“That question is for us.” Blane and Matt both speak at the same time, then exchange glances and grin.

Matt continues. “She disliked me from the get go.”

Blane quickly breaks in. “Only because you tried to undermine my position as head of the construction company.”

“I was protecting you from some thug who trespassed on your property.”

“I could have handled—was handling—the situation just fine by myself.”

“Uh-huh.”

“Whatever.” Blane puts both arms around Matt and gives him a kiss on the cheek. “Then shortly after that little incident, when I flew out to my reunion in Serendipity, Matt followed me.”

“We still had business to—uh—discuss.”

“As I said, he followed me, and all I could think was how am I supposed to enjoy the trip back to my past when he’s so bent on dictating my future?”

How important are your friends to your Happy Ever After?

Barry reaches up to rub his palm across the back of Amanda’s shoulders. “Our turn, huh?” Bringing his hand down, he takes hold of hers.

“Barry and I dated in high school.” Looking at Barry, Amanda sighs. “But our relationship didn’t work out.”

He’s more than ready to elaborate. “At that point in our lives, back when I was an arrogant ass.”

Amanda smooths her hand over the top of his. “You had a lot going on. I mean how many guys are offered a contract to play professional baseball while they’re still in high school?”

Barry lowered his eyes. “Unfortunately, all the attention went immediately to my head.”

“Both of them really.” Though blushing, Amanda laughs.

“Only temporarily.” Barry cut in with the correction. “Once I got reacquainted with Amanda, any other woman didn’t stand a chance.”

Describe the perfect night with friends.

“You mean without each of our life partners here?” The three guys practically speak in unison, then eye each other and chuckle.

Jake, the informal leader of the group is the first to grow serious. “A perfect night with friends is just that—a perfect night with friends. The location or other particulars  don’t really matter.”

Barry’s  up next. “We could all be having dinner together at some high end restaurant or a burger joint. On a luxurious and expensive cruise ship or backpacking—survivalist style—in some rough and rugged terrain.

Matt finishes their group thought. “It’s the people you’re with that make up the perfect night with friends.”

My Review- Saturday in Serendipity by Margo Hoornstra- Barbara Edwards

Margo creates a delightful cast of characters in this anthology. The stories circle around the  people who reunite for their 20th class reunion.

In Three Strikes Thursday I was hooked on the first page by baseball jock Barry Carlson who made a stupid mistake with the girl he loved Amanda Marsh and  left her behind when he went on to a successful sport career. He returns to coach the local team, but Amanda also works there. Unable to resolve their differences, they also admit their love never died. The resolution is sweet.

Two onTuesday brings together Matt Durand, an investment financier  & Blane Weston, head of a construction company looking for investors. He’s fascinated by a beautiful woman in a man’s job and wants to pursue a relationship. Blane has worked hard to be a success and resists his efforts because she feels he doesn’t respect her. She hopes to find another investor while at the reunion, but Matt throws a wrench in the works. Another great resolution.

Jake Holbrook & Dr. Bethany Thomas were friends since third grade and thought that love would bind them together. A misunderstanding has Jake leaving. Instead Bethy marries another only to spend years in regret. Jake hires Bethany to head the clinic at his hospital. Bethany is fighting to recover from years of mental abuse and every error on Jake’s part widens the wedge. The way they find the way to a new life together is well written and believable.

I recommend this to everyone who believes in love and happily ever after.

# Review Saturday in Serendipity by Margo Hornstat

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Review of  Saturday in Serendipity by Margo Hornstat by Barbara Edwards

Margo creates a delightful cast of characters in this anthology. The stories circle around the  people who reunite for their 20th class reunion.

In Three Strikes Thursday I was hooked on the first page by baseball jock Barry Carlson who made a stupid mistake with the girl he loved Amanda Marsh and  left her behind when he went on to a successful sport career. He returns to coach the local team, but Amanda also works there. Unable to resolve their differences, they also admit their love never died. The resolution is sweet.

Two onTuesday brings together Matt Durand, an investment financier  & Blane Weston, head of a construction company looking for investors. He’s fascinated by a beautiful woman in a man’s job and wants to pursue a relationship. Blane has worked hard to be a success and resists his efforts because she feels he doesn’t respect her. She hopes to find another investor while at the reunion, but Matt throws a wrench in the works. Another great resolution.

Jake Holbrook & Dr. Bethany Thomas were friends since third grade and thought that love would bind them together. A misunderstanding has Jake leaving. Instead Bethy marries another only to spend years in regret. Jake hires Bethany to head the clinic at his hospital. Bethany is fighting to recover from years of mental abuse and every error on Jake’s part widens the wedge. The way they find the way to a new life together is well written and believable.

I recommend this to everyone who believes in love and happily ever after.

Margo Hornstat Like many writers, it’s hard to determine exactly when my fiction writing career began. I remember composing a short story in grade school (I have no idea about what) which was chosen for publication in an all school anthology. A journalism class taken in junior high school led to a job on the school newspaper and a weekly column.

I always loved reading. I loved writing too. Someday, I thought, maybe when I grew up and received the right training, I could actually write a book. After all, I was often told, laughingly most times, I had an extremely vivid imagination.

Through the years, the desire to write was always there. I had so many ideas and characters roaming around in my head, so many stories. But the business of living—going to college, getting married then raising a family—took precedence over something as frivolous as writing a book.

Then one day out of the blue I was downsized—effective immediately—from a job I’d held for over thirty years. What seemed so unfair at the time, I now recognize the tremendous gift I was given that day. As I’m now able to spend more and more time doing what I love—writing romantic fiction—I find I really do have an abundance of stories to share.

Saturday-in-Serendipity-CoverA twenty year high school reunion changes the lives of former classmates and leads to unexpected futures.

Three Strikes Thursday
Barry Carlson, a pro baseball success, could have any woman he wanted. Except one. Twenty years before, Barry won Amanda Marsh’s love, only to crush her heart. He’s returned to Serendipity, determined to win her back. Recently divorced, Amanda is happy—until Barry slides back into her life. Can they put aside old wounds and new misunderstandings to find a forever love?

Two On Tuesday
Blane Weston’s construction company needs the venture capital Matt Durand has. With his reputation for hostile takeovers, she wants no part of him. Mixing business with pleasure, she’s off to Serendipity to hook up with a former flame. Not used to being denied, Matt follows. How can Blane enjoy a journey to her past when Matt is determined to dictate her future?

One Fateful Friday
His high school reunion in Serendipity over, hospital CEO Jake Holbrook regrets his single state. When a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practitioner Bethany Thomas avoids an entanglement with her new boss, but unknowingly betrays him. As the holidays approach, can they overcome a lack of trust to find their Christmas miracle?

#MFRWAuthor Barbara Edwards & Her Dogwood Tree

Easter and the dogwood tree by Barbara Edwards

2012-05-15 01.27.47 The best part about Easter is the flowers. Lilies, Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth and Lilacs give color to the season. I also have a dogwood tree.

2012-05-15 01.27.23One of the legends associated with Easter is the dogwood tree.  According to legend the dogwood was the tree the Romans used in Palestine to make crosses which were used in their crucifixions. The myth claims the dogwood riled the Oak in size and strength. When Jesus was ordered to be crucified, the dogwood felt bad that it was used to crucify the Son of God.  On the cross that dark afternoon Jesus was touched by the sorrow which the dogwood showed. He promised that the dogwood tree would never again have to suffer such a fate.  Therefore the dogwood became the twisted short tree it is today instead of a stately oak-like creation.

The four petals include two shorter and two longer. The center resembles a crown of thorns in the middle and there are nail prints on the petals.

IMG_0001Like all myths, there is no evidence that the Romans used dogwood trees for their this purposes.  The dogwood is not even common to the Palestine region.

daffodil I’m Barbara Edwards and a native New Englander. I’m a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I write poetry for myself and novels when I need to tell a longer tale. I’m fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.

Ancient Curse Blurb:

Evil never dies.  And this time it wanted Rainie.  It wanted more than her life, it wanted her soul.

The artifacts Rainie Gamble handled came from every era and she could read their past with a touch. After her Father’s deceit, she’d lost her beloved career until Thomas hired her.

Thomas Broquette needed Rainie for more than her psychic ability. She would unknowingly bring her father into his reach. Thomas needed him to return the stolen paintings in Mason’s estate. He needed Rainie to destroy the evil items Mason left behind. Then he realized he needed her for much, much more.

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#Review: The Sheriff’s Gift by Kara O’Neal (Pike’s Run Series, Book Two)

51RBIxVmpvL._SS300_Review: The Sheriff’s Gift by Kara O’Neal (Pike’s Run Series, Book Two)

Alice Parker has dreamed of being a teacher and it looks like her dream is coming true. She’s been hired by Pike’s Run to educate their children. But not everything is going smoothly. Her strong will and independent attitude have her clashing with the town leader. Her attraction to Sheriff  Conner Lonnigan has her questioning her goals.

Conner falls for Alice from their first meeting, but he can’t ask her to marry him. He’s responsible for his panic attack prone mother, two brothers and his duties as sheriff fill his days.

He pursues her anyway.

After  night of passion Alice is willing to give up her dream until she finds Conner won’t offer marriage. Betrayed, she refuses his apology. Conner must solve his problems if Alice is to be part of his life.

An absorbing tangle of conflict kept me reading this adventure until the end.

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