Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Love Betrayed by June Weikel

After unsuccessfully dating a laundry list of professionals and reasonably well-positioned businessmen, Samantha meets Harry, an auto mechanic in New Jersey with “good teeth and a great smile.”

Although her dear Aunt Sophie and best friend, Megan, and eventually her own mom, warn her against marrying Harry, she adopts a “no one is going to tell me what to do” attitude, ignores any negative vibes and forges ahead with the nuptials.

Roy, an old boyfriend of Samantha’s, owns a used car dealership in Florida and offers Harry a job in this tiny, remote Florida town. The newlyweds head south to start a new, exciting life together.

As it turns out, Harry is cheap, completely unsophisticated, and Samantha discovers that she and Harry were actually hired as a team to work for Roy in this isolated Florida dump of a town. It doesn’t take Sam long to assess that she has made an enormous mistake--not merely in relocating to Florida, but in settling for Harry as a life partner.

Harry tightly controls everything--their finances, their dreadful living conditions and their almost nonexistent social life. Sam desperately misses her former existence in New Jersey that was far more civilized.

Moreover, Sam discovers that Harry has been withholding very pertinent information about his life, and she needs to find a way to get herself back on a positive path.

Was Harry really such a bad guy or was he just apathetic and irresponsible in his personal life? He has to make some life-altering decisions of his own. Were Sam and Harry destined to be together, or were they simply from different planets?

Reading A Love Betrayed personally brought me back to a time of being far too young to marry, but nothing was going to stand in my way. I was so sure that I knew exactly what I was doing, only to discover that I was too young to really know who I was, how I would change over time, and what would be important to me as a mature adult versus what I thought I wanted at that early age.

A Love Betrayed explores how important it is to truly know yourself, as well as the person to whom you are expecting to spend the rest of your life. What you see isn’t always what you get.

 Book Description

This beautifully written story flows with love, passion, tears and humor. It introduces you to a charismatic array of unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you finish the novel. Samantha, "Sam," has to make a major decision she knows will ultimately affect her destiny. What would you have done?

In the Words of June Weikel

June Weikel

It was a Sunday afternoon in the month of July. I was sitting on the sofa, and my dad was sitting in his chair by the front window in a row house. I was seventeen and had already started reading at the age of four.

I said, “I am going to write a book someday.”

“Well, honey, I know you can do it,” my father said.

At my book presentations, I always say, “And honey did it, and here it is!”

I frame everyday happenings with my realistic, no-nonsense perspective and unique brand of humor.

I want my readers to feel they are part of each chapter and wonder if it will turn out the way they think it will. It’s all about keeping the reader’s interest and keeping them guessing. I also like to add some humor!

June Weikel
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Mary Anne Benedetto
Author of Eyelash, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time!, Never Say Perfect, From Italy with Love & Limoncello and Write Your Pet's Life Story in 7 Easy Steps!


Sunday, June 8, 2014

From a Grateful Heart by Gladys J. Long

Poetry is a useful vessel for expressing our deepest feelings, our emotional mountains and valleys, fears and disappointments, observations and profound revelations. Before I hopped aboard the train of writing Christian fiction and nonfiction related to producing memoirs, I also loved to dabble in penning poetry.

Although most recipients of my attempts at sharing thoughts in this genre were family members and friends and I haven’t written a poem in many years, I completely appreciate that poetry usually flows directly from deep within the heart.

Gladys J. Long’s From a Grateful Heart is a lovely book of poetry, packed full of inspiration and reflections from her life experiences and beliefs.

One of her poems, in particular, had a significant impact on me. It is entitled “What Marvelous Power.” I was touched by the reminder of God’s healing power while I am still in the slow process of mending from a recent injury. I need to read this poem every day for encouragement and to be mindful of the Almighty Source of my healing.

Gladys is a delightful lady who has been jotting down her rhyming thoughts for several years, but decided that now was the time to preserve her words for anyone who might choose to peruse them. She told me that she loves to hear from people and receive their reactions when one of her poems is especially meaningful to them. She also enjoys that her poetry helps people know more about God and bring them closer to Him.

From a Grateful Heart is beautiful from the outside cover that features a colorful garden photo by Nancy Lorraine, through the inside words of wisdom and humor, and ending with a back cover that contains a photo of the lovely Gladys J. Long amidst more flower garden scenery. Readers can’t resist being inspired by this book!

Book Description

From A Grateful Heart - Reflections of treasures shared. Originally written to share with friends and family, Gladys Long's poetry has captured many of life's challenging moments with humor and passion. Insight and simplicity are the foundation of this beautiful compelling testament to her faith in God and the power of healing. From A Grateful Heart will lift your spirit, helping each of us to deal with life as it unfolds in our daily lives.

In the Words of Gladys J. Long

“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to put pen to paper! Laugh with me (not at me) as you read these, as I have tried to put some subtle humor in most.”

About the Author
Gladys J. Long

The author is a Myrtle Beach SC resident, sweet and beautiful lady, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and poet!

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Mary Anne Benedetto
Author of Eyelash, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time!, Never Say Perfect, From Italy with Love & Limoncello and Write Your Pet's Life Story in 7 Easy Steps!