It’s an Illusion

I recently read “An Illusion of Trust,” by Linda Cassidy Lewis. Check out her site HERE.I won the ebook in a promotional contest Linda had when her book first came out. I was thrilled! I’d read her first book, “The Brevity of Roses,” and wondered what had happened to some of the characters. FYI— “An Illusion of Trust” is the sequel.

ait_welcome_14When Renee Marshall locked the door on her dark past and married Jalal Vaziri, she hoped for a quiet life in a California coastal town. Now, with a sexy, adoring, wealthy husband, one beautiful baby and another on the way, Renee dares to believe happily ever after could be her future. But doors don’t always stay locked. As the stress of living in Jalal’s high-society world increases, the traumas of Renee’s past begin to poison the present and threaten to destroy everything she treasures. Is it Renee’s imagination or is Jalal keeping a secret that will end their marriage and rip her children from her life? And could it involve Diane, the woman who reminds Renee too much of Jalal’s beloved first wife?

Here are a few quotes from the book that I wanted to share, words that kind of left a lasting impression. There were others but these two seems rather poignant.

“On the worst nights, with exhaustion picking at the seams of sanity, I imagine myself erased from the picture.”

 “It’s time to accept marriage for what it really is—just two imperfect human beings trying to find a little happiness together.”

I have to be honest. It took me many months to settle down and read this book, but that had nothing to do with the writing or the story. In fact, I’ve been feeling down right crummy about not settling down to read it before now. One of the worst things an author encounters is waiting for someone to read our books, wondering what their thoughts are on the story we’ve pour our heart and soul into. Often times, when we hear nothing from a reader, we tend to take that as something negative. Authors are kind of fragile that way. Only those who write can truly understand that. There always seems to be that tiny place within us that allows doubt to wiggle through from time to time. We tend to forget that people have other things going on in their lives besides reading our books. Who knew?

Since I don’t own an ereader the book was downloaded to my laptop—-the laptop I do all my writing on. This created a real problem for me since I use my laptop for writing not reading and it was very difficult to take laptop time to read.

I do quite a bit of reading in the car since we live far out of town. In that way I like the convenience of books. Not only that I sometimes walk while reading in order to get a little activity into my day, and I’ve been known to use the treadmill while reading as well. In others words, I rarely sit down and read since I also sit to write. Can’t spend my days with my derrière plunked down on a chair. That’s just not good.

I’m not sure I’ll ever be comfortable reading from a screen as apposed to books. Could be I just don’t like the change. Or could be a Kobo or Kindle would be more to my liking. I’m just not sure. For me, it feels as though these reading gadgets are simply an illusion, finding their way into our lives the way all technology does. They still aren’t books and never will be. I can’t deny I like reading from a book, holding it, feeling its weight in my hands, physically turning the pages, marking the pages with bookmarks, closing the cover when I reach the end, looking through the stacks in the bookstore. If we ever come to a place where printed books no longer exist I’ll be more than a little sad. I hope this never happens.

Thank you, Linda, and I apologize for taking so long to read your lovely book.

What do you prefer printed books or ereaders? Have you ever read a book from your computer and if so how did you find the experience?

I Feel Like a Winner!

Some days I feel like a winner. I just bet you do too!

A few months back Hubby and I bought some tickets on a new vehicle.  The tickets were being sold by the Shriners and they do a lot of good work for sick kids so we didn’t mind shelling out a few bucks, not only for ourselves, but our kids and Miss Charlotte too.

Now, right from the start Hubby and I knew we were destined to win that brand-spanking new vehicle although, truthfully, we’d discussed taking the $25,000 in cash instead. That way we could still share with the kids. It’s kind of hard to split a vehicle three ways. Um, four if you take Miss Charlotte into consideration. Oh, and we might like a share in it as well. I guess that makes five!

So who do you think might have won?  Yup, you guess it, someone I’d never heard tell of. Ah well, those things happen.

ait_welcomeStill, I ended up being a winner today regardless. When I got home from town an email was awaiting me that I was the winner of Linda Cassidy- -Lewis’ new book, “An Illusion of Trust,” a sequel to “The Brevity of Roses.” It’s a five day contest and today is day 2. Might I suggest you pop on over to Linda’s blog (Here’s the link) and find out how you can be entered to win your very own copy. Now, it’s an ebook, (and that’s a first for me) but it can be downloaded onto your computer even if you don’t have a kindle. I’m planning to borrow some highspeed sometime in the future.  🙂

So how about you, do you feel like a winner? Have you won anything recently?

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