I am tired. I’m tired of the fight. I’m tired of the slander. I’m tired of thoughtless words and actions. I’m tired of finger pointing and blame that solves absolutely nothing. I’m tired of negativity. With the way the world is, I wonder why I found beauty enough to bring my child into an absolute mess.

Then I remember. I had hope. I had faith that she might do something amazing one day. That she might find a cure for a horrible disease. Or move millions toward peace. Or just be the kind of PERSON other people looked up to.

I would have had these same thoughts about a boy. I would have caressed the outline of fingers and toes beating against my womb and envisioned something absolutely extraordinary. And I would cheer on what is totally mundane.

I am thankful for a country where we are able to do whatever we want to a degree. That comes with a price. It means you DON’T do whatever you want without great thought. Every action you take means something right down to the way you speak or type it. Someone is watching and learning and judging and changing because of whatever YOU have done.

Sometimes it’s a child.
Sometimes it’s an adult.
Sometimes it’s yourself.canstockphoto28744110That doesn’t sound so bad. So you used bad language, you put down your partner, you made someone feel small so you could be big. You put them in their place. You told him he was worthless in so many ways without even realizing it. You told her she was the same.

We all have a heart. It’s time we started using it regardless of gender, religion or race. It’s time we put away hurt feelings and sat down and got to the bottom of our issues. Time we inspected the fingers curled around the gun.

Our ancestors accomplished a lot of monumental goals for us. It came at a price. They weren’t perfect. There were battles. It’s time to stand up and do the same so that the next five hundred generations can look back at us with pride instead of shame.

It’s time to come together and actually BE the equality we scream about. Words are words. Actions speak louder.

So what are we going to do? What are you going to do?

Think about your son or daughter. Your niece or nephew. Your friend’s children. Think about them. You owe them that much.

Yes. You owe them. We owe them more than a passing thought.


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Smoke & Mirrors Summer Destination Blog Hop



Hello, my wonderful reader friends. I hope you’ve been enjoying the Smoke And Mirrors blog hop event. Whether this is your first stop on this immersive destination cruise or your last, WELCOME and thanks for stopping by.

For newcomers, the blog event is as follows:

There are seven blogs on which you CAN comment. We understand that not everyone likes to enter their two cents, but doing so on ALL blog posts sometime between May 25, 2016-May 30, 2016 (only ONE comment PER BLOG is needed before 5 PM on the last day)  will ensure your name is entered into our GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY (FREE STUFF, YES!).

What’s in this amazing giveaway?

  • Kindle Fire
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Who’s teamed up to bring you this suspenseful, romance-laden, the-characters-are-running-for-their-lives collection?

A little bit about me and the characters you  can’t get enough of. First off, I’m a military wife. My husband and I were both born and raised in central Minnesota, we’re die-hard Vikings fans and while all of our family still resides in the state, we’ve called one of the coasts home for nearly ten years.

Enter my passion for the beautiful state of North Carolina. We moved to Yorktown, Virgina as green eighteen-year-olds with the world in our hands and very little else. We met a lot of interesting people and forged friendships that have stood the test of time and distance. We spent quite a bit of time in the Raleigh area and when I needed a locale for my budding series, I didn’t hesitate to pick Charlotte.

The crew from The Bening Files love this city and protect it at all costs. Detective Amanda Nettles-Robinson and FBI Special Agent in Charge Baker Jackson Robinson team up for another edge-of-your-seat, high-octane ride in Obsession.

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A surge in crime has left two homeless women dead and Detective Amanda Nettles’ Alzheimer’s-riddled mother as the prime suspect. As his wife embarks on a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with a remorseless serial killer, FBI Agent Baker Jackson Robinson knows he can’t sit idly while the city of Charlotte destroys Amanda’s career a second time. Is her near decade-long obsession with protecting her hometown bigger than the needs of her family? Or are they one and the same?

While Amanda and Robinson are far too busy to vacation anywhere, my favorite vacation destination is a little closer to my current residence. Avila Beach is one of my favorite getaways. My husband and I like to stay at the Inn At Avila Beach and reserve one of their beachfront rooms. It’s a quaint little bed-and-breakfast type of hotel, with a full library of books (yes!), movies, and games at your arsenal. Forgot something? This place will make sure you have it! Our last trip was in December and even in the cooler weather the atmosphere was amazing. The room came equipped with a fireplace and balcony.


Can you say cozy by the fire while listening to the waves and enjoying fine wine? What’s better?

What’s better?


We grew up in towns with 500 people, but we’ve become big city people. We love having options close by, even if we don’t utilize them as often as we’d like. But Avila Beach… It’s a touch of heaven right on the beach. It’s filled with a perfect mix of tourists (like us) and local inhabitants. The pace is slower, the sunrises are amazing, the waves really call to you, and the food and wine is exquisite.

Tell us about your favorite vacation spot. Comment below for a chance to win that GRAND PRIZE. Winners will be announced after our Facebook Party starting May 30th-June 6th. Join us there for a week-long, casual meet and greet. You’ll get to ask the authors questions, engage in book-related polls, and get a backstage pass into the making of Smoke and Mirrors.


Thanks again for stopping by. Onward to Alexa Verde’s blog stop.

A small-town cop puts her life and her heart on the line in order to find her missing twin. Will trusting the dashing and eager-to-help senator’s son prove her fatal mistake? Find out.

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