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“Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” featuring Miriam Hurdle!

I’m excited to be featured on Lauren Scott’s blog today to discuss one of my poems, “Kindness Repeats,” in the anthology Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships.

April 28 is Pay It Forward Day. I shared the incidents and inspiration behind this poem.

Please stop by her blog to visit the book launch tour schedule, browse her many poetry publications, and read my poem. I look forward to meeting you there.

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Dear Friends,

This is day 4 of the blog tour for Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships, a beautiful anthology compiled by Kaye Lynne Booth and Robbie Cheadle. The tour schedule is below…

Day 1: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read started the tour with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake shared a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle atThe Showers of Blessingshosted contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4:Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writesis hosting contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s Newswill host contributing author M.J. Mallon and share a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now

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Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships – Launch Tour with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Welcome to the launch tour for Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. It’s my privilege to have Lynda McKinney Lambert as my guest today. She is a contributing author to this anthology. I’ll invite her to tell you about her poems.

Please follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop to be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. The tour schedule is at the end of this post.

Here is Lynda:

Walking by Inner Vision with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Presents

A BOOK LAUNCH and Blog Tour

of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships (Anthology)

New From WordCrafter 

Edited and compiled by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth

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Four of my personal favorite poems appear in this new collection created by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynne Booth.

As a visual artist, I bring the unique skills of conceptual art into my literary creations. Spare poems and thoughtful personal essays are my passion.  My materials are gathered from memories, journal entries, cultural artifacts, found objects, and communications.

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I write poems in response to particular situations and deeply individual private encounters. Some are chance meetings, and others are gleaned from e-mails I receive or memories from my childhood or family life. My poems bring the reader into a private space where they may observe intimate relationships through all of their senses.

Below: I share the inspiration and thought I had when writing the four poems I chose for this new Anthology with the theme of Relationships.

_A Togetherness Poem_
This poem covers the space of an entire day as I ask my husband to write a poem with me in the early morning. The result of my request develops through dialogue and musings about writing poetry with my husband.  I selected this poem to share a relationship I have with my husband.  On April 14, we were married sixty-one years. 

_Afternoon Embroidery Lesson_

The poem peers into an afternoon activity. The setting is my grandmother’s kitchen, where I am a young girl who is stitching the future.  As in most of my poems, there is a view into the thoughts and dreams of an individual. Often, there is a feeling that more than one person is speaking in the poem.  

_Primavera: When Spring Break is Over_

I wrote this poem from journal entries and memories from my first trip to Puerto Rico.
My colleagues and I developed a spring semester course, Puerto Rico Culture,” where we traveled with our students for 10 days each year in Puerto Rico. In this poem, I write of our experiences collectively and individually. This poem embraces imagery and people on vacation in Puerto Rico.

_Full Circle_

I began writing a series of “found poems” during the past couple of years.” I call this series,

Thinking of You

Each poem was created from actual correspondence I received via e-mail messages or snail mail correspondence
Often the poem includes parts of the 2-way communication we share via the mail.

©April 2022. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

About Lynda McKinney Lambert

Lynda, a retired professor of fine arts and humanities, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, authored 5 published books that focus on spare poems and thoughtful personal essays. Lynda lives with her husband Bob, their 2 dogs, and 6 cats – all rescued. Lynda’s love of nature, fine art, and history provide her dominant themes.

Lynda’s Mission Statement

  • Seeking Euphoria through art and writing
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or invisible

Lynda’s contact

http://www.lyndalambert.com

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Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships Book Blog Tour

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

Relationships are golden and each of

 Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry,

D Avery, Robbie Cheadle,

Harmony Kent, Lauren Scott,

Jules Paige, Leon Stevens,

Colleen M. Chesebro, Miriam Hurdle,

M J Mallon, and Lynda McKinney Lambert 

pay poetic tribute to their most intense

personal moments.

This wonderfully unique collection of poetry features works by Robbie Cheadle and her poetic guests from the 2021 “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read, and it really is a treasure chest filled with poetic gems. There is a fantastic eight-day tour planned for you to learn more about this poetry anthology. Please join us through each tour stop.

Day 1: Opening Day with Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake with a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle at The Showers of Blessings will host a guest post from contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4: Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writes will host a guest post from contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s News will bring us a guest post from contributing author M.J. Mallon and a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now.

Day 7: Robbie Cheadle at Robbie’s Inspiration hosts a guest post from contributing author Colleen M. Chesebro.

Day 8: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read will wrap things up with a guest post from contributing author Leon Stevens.

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To purchase a copy:

Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3kP8aK

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Blog Tour – Chocolate Fudge saves the Sugar Dog by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

My friends, I’m very excited to host the Chocolate Fudge saves the Sugar Dog Book Tour for Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Please join me to welcome them and let them share this wonderful news with you!

Hi Robbie and Michael, please tell us about your latest book.

Thank you, Miriam, and friends.

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Imagine, living in a world…

… made of a giant gobstopper.

A world…

… where you can eat everything.

The trees, the houses, the flowers, and even the beehives.

The river is condensed milk, and the pond is cream soda.

Welcome to Chocolate Land!

Meet Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet…

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Sir Chocolate is round and fat,

He wears a waistcoat and brown top hat.

Lady Sweet wears a stripy skirt and top,

She looks just like a lollipop.

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From Book 1: Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries Story and Cookbook

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet run a shop where they sell their delicious homemade chocolates and soda pop. When they are not busy developing yummy chocolate recipes, they go about Chocolate land putting wrong things right.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet have a son, Chocolate Fudge, the star of Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog.

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Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet,

Have a son, Chocolate Fudge,

A mild-mannered and kindly lad,

He’d never bear a grudge.

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From Book 8: Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog

Blurb:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s son, Chocolate Fudge, sees one of Lord Humbug’s dogs struggling to stay afloat in the hot chocolate pond.

Can Chocolate Fudge save the sugar dog from drowning?

Includes lovely new recipes.

That’s wonderful information, Robbie and Michael.

My Review

I’ve read many Sir Chocolate books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog is another darling addition to the series. The story is told as limericks. Limericks are cute and fun to read. The characters and the scenes are Robbie’s fondant art. I must say that I’m very fond of this fondant art because each character has a unique personality. They’re expressive and lovable.

In this story, Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet have a son, Chocolate Fudge. He has a smile for everyone. The teachers love to have him in their classes. Fudge enjoys taking his dog to walk around the chocolate ponds every day.

One day, when Lord Humbug is out walking, his three dogs jump into the pond to chase the ducks. They scared the ducks, and the ducks flap their wings to escape. Two of the dogs are strong and good swimmers. The third little dog seems in trouble and on the verge of sinking. Chocolate Fudge must decide what to do to save the little dog.

There are delicious recipes throughout the book. This is a delightful book for children. They love to read the limericks and do the cooking with the adults.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://tslbooks.uk/product/chocolate-fudge-saves-the-sugar-dog/

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Fudge-Saves-Sugar-Dog/dp/1914245547

Ebook: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/michael-cheadle-and-robbie-cheadle/chocolate-fudge-saves-the-sugar-dog/ebook/product-j7k4e6.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Author Roberta/Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with ten children’s books and two poetry books.

The eight Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie has also published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories, in the horror and paranormal genre, and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie writes two monthly posts for https://writingtoberead.com called Growing Bookworms and Treasuring Poetry and one monthly post, under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle, called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends.

Robbie has a blog, https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

Follow Robbie Cheadle at:

Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

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Day 9 of The HYPE Blog Tour @YvetteMCalleiro #Hype #NewRelease #BookPromo #YAFiction 

I’m so thrilled to have my friend Yvette on my blog today. She is here to celebrate her new release The Hype. Please join me to welcome Yvette and learn more about her new book.

GIVEAWAY:  3 e-book copies of HYPE! Leave a comment below for your chance to win! 

Before introducing The Hype, Yvette would like to share with you about Critique Groups.

Critique Groups

A writer’s life can feel very isolated, but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, a writer writes the story alone, but there are so many steps between the birth of the idea and the published novel. Today, I’d like to share with you the value of critique groups. (Did I hear a few of you groan?)

Many people shy away from critique groups because they don’t want to listen to someone trash the sleepless nights, moments of writer’s block, and hours of typing they invested into the black ink on the page, but one cannot improve his/her craft without having someone scrutinize it. A critique group is so much more than people finding what is wrong with your writing. In fact, my experience has been quite the opposite.

I have been blessed to have two incredible authors join me in a critique group, Patty Perrin and D.L. Finn. We each share one or two chapters with the group and then spend a couple of weeks reading it and sending suggestions on ways to improve the story. That’s right! We don’t trash one another’s work. What’s the point in that? We find typos and grammar errors. We question character behavior and motives. We suggest ways to flush out the imagery or action. It’s about professionalism and passion for writing and reading.

Then, we meet via Zoom and review the notes that were sent to us. I look forward to each and every one of these sessions. We laugh about silly errors (like when we write that a character has his head in his hands, making it seem that his head is detached from his neck). We get into deep conversations about plot lines and ways to deepen the story. We share our frustrations with our writing and give one another suggestions to get through it. And somewhere throughout the conversations, we spark new ideas and reinvigorate our love for writing.

Here is a scene that went through a significant rewrite after my critique group shared that they weren’t sure what I meant by “play chicken.” I thought everyone knew of the chicken pool game, but after our session, I realized I needed to bring the scene to life. The original version looked like this:

We have a great time laughing and sharing our New Year’s resolutions which none of us will probably be able to keep. We attempt to play chicken, but Dee is fierce and wins hands down each time.

After the conversation with my critique group, the scene changed to this:

We attempt to play chicken. Dee sits on Sam’s shoulders, and Roxy settles herself on Gio’s shoulders. Team Dee/Sam and team Roxy/Gio position themselves in the pool’s mid-section. Sam and Gio do their best to keep their balance as Dee and Roxy try to push or pull the other off her partner’s shoulders. The guys hold onto the girls’ legs to try to give them extra balance. Ryan and I observe them try to get the upper hand for our battle.

I lean over to whisper in his ear. “Sam is slowly pushing Gio into the deep end. Look.”

Ryan chuckles. “Sneaky trick. I won’t fall for it.”

Dee gives Roxy a side push, and Gio loses his balance. Roxy shrieks as she realizes she’s going down. Dee thrusts her hands up in the air in triumph. I laugh and climb atop Ryan’s shoulders.

“Don’t get all cocky just yet. You still have to beat me.”

She cocks her head to the side and smirks. “Bring it, girl.”

Roxy and Gio sit on the small underwater bench in the pool’s deep end to witness as I get my butt handed to me. I can talk the talk, but Dee’s a beast at this game. She knows my weakness – tickling. Ryan does his best to keep us on the shallower side to control my jerks away from her tickling attempts, but it’s no use. I can’t stop laughing, even without being tickled. I get a lucky break when Gio’s foot slips, but he regains his balance before I have enough momentum to bring Dee down.

Dee feigns being tired, and I fall for it. I lunge forward to push her to the side. She grabs my wrist, pulls me in, and begins tickling me. I’m done for. She easily pulls me toward her, which pushes Ryan off balance and we both tumble into the water. Dee takes a bow from atop Sam’s shoulders, and we all clap and hail the reigning champion.

This is the value of a critique group. Through their questions and suggestions, it opens writers to view their work in a new light. It provides the writer the opportunity to grow and flourish as a writer. And it brings a more polished, more enjoyable read to the reader.

I’m sure you are familiar with the saying: it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a support system to birth a novel. I am blessed to be surrounded by supportive authors who are willing to lend a hand, whether it is as part of my critique group, as a beta reader, or as a host during a blog tour. So, when you pick up a well-written book to read, know that a lot of time and care has gone into bringing you a pleasurable read.

Blurb

Cici’s junior year in high school is going to be the best year ever. Popular co-captain of the varsity cheerleading team, she’s dating the starting quarterback. Even her jealous co-captain’s attempts to steal her boyfriend can’t curb her enthusiasm.

When her mom moves in with her fiancé, a handsome, wealthy man, only one small detail threatens Cici’s perfect life. The school’s social pariah is about to become her stepsister, and Cici wants nothing to do with her.

Everything changes when someone Cici cares about throws her life into a tailspin, and the one person Cici couldn’t stand becomes her only ally.

Warning: This story contains scenes of sexual assault.

Available on Amazon and Smashwords

Author Bio:

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

Amazon Links:

Hype – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09L7BFNXG

The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4L2Q40

The One Enlightened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R0QI51I

The One Betrayed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 3) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0191O1892

The One Revealed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 4) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NBKJHIO

The One Awakened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 5) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0781WT73J

The One Chosen – A Diasodz Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0986Q6P1D

Breathless – A Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BLVDHQX

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Yvette-M-Calleiro/e/B00I4RJMUU

Social Media Links:

Author Blog: http://yvettemcalleiro.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/YvetteMCalleiro

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yvettemcalleiro

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7800735.Yvette_M_Calleiro

To follow along with the rest of the Hype tour, please visit the author’s blog. Thanks for supporting Yvette M Calleiro and her work!

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Book Tour – Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Chair

It’s an exciting day today to share the good news with you about my friend, Mae Clair. She has a very special new book. She is here to tell you about it.

Please help me welcome Mae and be sure to comment on what you think about her book.

Hi, Miriam. Thanks for hosting me today and allowing me to share my newest release with your readers. Things Old and Forgotten is a collection of short fiction that includes stories in several genres—magical realism, fantasy, speculative, even two that touch on mild horror.

When I’m writing, I often visualize in colors. My father was an artist, and although he would not consider white a color (technically, it’s a shade) it has long mesmerized me. It speaks to the ethereal, visionary, and the otherworldly. The color white floats—a wisp of the insubstantial we can never quite touch, like an echo weaving future and past.

I had all those elements in mind when I wrote Desert White which—among other strangeness—includes a white dog. When I was eight years old, I wrote my first short story, The Night Dog, about a spectral canine. It took me decades to pen another about a white canine. Below is a short excerpt taken from the beginning of Desert White.

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EXCERPT:

“His name is White.” The gravelly tone of the old man’s voice matched his lined and weather-beaten skin.

“It’s fitting.” Micah eyed the dog from his seat at the kitchen table. If not for the German shepherd’s dark eyes, he would have thought the animal was an albino. White had sniffed around his mutilated wrists in the desert, nudging him with a cold nose. Now, curled up on the floor of Floyd Henley’s trailer, the canine didn’t seem the ghostly presence it had under a pale moon. Even so, he wished it wouldn’t lie so close. Large dogs made him nervous.

The shepherd was the last of his worries.

Earlier, he’d caught a glimpse of his reflection in the mirror above Floyd’s bathroom sink while the old man fussed over his wounds. When he’d driven into the desert that evening, his hair had been ink-black. Now, it was the same spectral white as Floyd’s dog.

I must be dreaming – still.

“Drink this.” Floyd thrust a cup of foul-smelling liquid into his hands. The concoction looked like yellow mud threaded with licorice.

“What is it?”

“Healthy. That’s all you need to know.” Floyd hobbled a short distance away, pausing by the rear door to snatch a plaid jacket from a peg. When he returned, he dropped the frayed garment over Micah’s shoulders. It reeked of must and stale pipe tobacco, but the fabric was warm.

Grateful, he gathered it close. He hadn’t been able to stop shivering since his brush with death. “Thanks.”

Floyd nodded to the cup in his hands. “Drink.”

He forced down a mouthful of the tonic. Tasted bitterness in steeped tea leaves, caraway, and something citrusy. “What were you doing in the desert?”

“I could ask you the same, but no need.” Floyd busied himself filling a basin with water. A crisp yellow towel hung from his shoulder. “We both know what drew you there.”

Shame heated Micah’s face. Tightening his hand around his cup, he studied the dried blood beneath his fingernails. The ugly rust-colored blots on his jeans.

I should have bled to death. Would have, if not for the old man and his dog.

He forced another swallow of the abominable brew, taking perverse pleasure in the way it curdled his gut. At least he was alive to feel the acid.

Floyd drew a chair close then set his basin on the linoleum-topped table. Pale green with chrome edges, the surface had a repetitive design that reminded Micah of boomerangs. How long would it take to count all those angled wedges flying into infinity? Long enough for the blood to drain from his body after slicing his wrists?

The old man had already lined up fresh bandages and gauze pads, well stocked for a recluse who lived in the middle of nowhere. Maybe he had no choice, holed up in the run-down trailer like a hermit. As far as Micah could tell, there wasn’t another soul for miles. Damn fortuitous he and the dog had been there.


BOOK BLURB:

A man keeping King Arthur’s dream of Camelot alive.
A Robin Hood battling in a drastically different Sherwood.
A young man facing eternity in the desert.
A genteel southern lady besting a powerful order of genies.
A woman meeting her father decades after his death.

These are but a few of the intriguing tales waiting to be discovered in Things Old and Forgotten. Prepare to be transported to realms of folklore and legend, where magic and wonder linger around every corner, and fantastic possibilities are limited only by imagination.

My Review

Ms. Mae Clair showed her talents of multi-genre writing in her newest book, Things Old and Forgotten. The crafting of words, the colorful, and vivid depictions were delightful. I read this book slowly. It was like trying not to swallow too fast to indulge the tongue in the sensation and richness of the texture and taste of the delicacy.

When someone’s loved one died, we’re short of comforting words to say. In Remembering Sadie, Ben did something amazing for Gordon after his wife died. He made Gordon feel Sadie never left him. I’m touched by Ben’s word – “She never left you, Gordon.”

There are treasures that remind us of our ancestors. In Yesteryear Treasures, Charlene found a clock in an antique shop. She remembered her great-grandmother had a clock like this. This story spun off to a spooky ending yet showed what the power of memory could do to our present emotions.

This folklore Kin-Slayer tells a story of the sea monster demanding the sacrifice of three virgins in five seasons. The village chose five virgins for its selection. The two virgins not picked for five seasons could be free. When E’ana was chosen, Atalayah tried all the tricks to save her sister. I held my breath for the twist of turn of the tale. Don’t we make irreversible mistakes sometimes that we may feel sorry in life?

Driven by guilt, Micah in Desert White slit his wrist. He was sure he would have bled to death in the middle of the desert. Floyd, an old man wearing white hair with a white dog beside him, attended to his wound. There was a purpose in the magical healing – Redemption.

Angie in Yellow Bird agreed to vacation in a treehouse with Joel. She complained most of the time along the hike. Her fondness for the treehouse grew within five short days because of the yellow bird. The fairytale-like ending made me want to hug her.

Robin Huntington, in this 2056 futuristic Robin Hood, pursued a mission. He pretended to be interested in a fletcher position in Nottingham. His intention was not trusted since he was a son of a nobleman. I was hooting for his success.

The seventy-seven years old Ms. Lily released a genie from a glass jar. I was afraid she would have wasted all three wishes. Wow, she was clever. It gave me a cheerful chuckle. As a painter, I appreciated Ms. Clair’s description in the genie story in all the invented shades of colors.

There are about half of the stories I highlighted. But I appreciated all the stories. I would read this book again to enjoy the richness of the writing. Lovers of myth and legend, fantasy and magic would enjoy this book.

Ratings: 

Amazon Goodreads

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Thanks again for hosting me today, Miriam. In honor of my love for autumn—a fantastic time to curl up with a book—Things Old and Forgotten will be on sale for .99c through October 31st.

https://www.amazon.com/Things-Old-Forgotten-Mae-Clair-ebook/dp/B09HP4Q6QC

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