Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: Cooking Up Love

A med school grad who’s left the field to become a food critic, Shelbi Arrington delivers a less than stellar review to doctor-hating chef and restaurateur Justin Richardson’s restaurant Lillian’s. When the two accidentally meet, sparks fly in and out of the kitchen. But can their feelings stand the heat when Justin learns of Shelbi’s medical background and Shelbi struggles with her professional choices? Author Candace Shaw offered this book for a limited-time free download on Amazon, and I scapped this baby up fast as could be. And I am glad I did, because it gave me a fun, sexy…

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Blog, Humor

Underpants on Fire?

So, I needed some new underwear, and headed to T.K. Maxx here in Hamburg. Took me quite a while to find some I liked, but finally settled on these in the pic. Got them home, tried them on, all is well. But then, I saw the inside label. Of course, my first instinct was to laugh out loud. Who the hell needs this warning? Then, I wondered if I was being too flippant about it. I mean it must be there for a real purpose, mustn’t it? So, my mind went to work. And now, this little inside label has…

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Blog, Love and Marriage, Romance, Weddings

Public Marriage Proposals: Yea or Nay

Just read a flight attendant lost her job because her fiancé proposed to her midflight. I feel bad for her, but also… I love romantic gestures, but some people’s version of it stupefies me. Yeah, sometimes I wonder too how a curmudgeon like me can write romance. For instance, people planning weddings they cannot afford—and literally digging a financial hole for themselves taking years to climb out of. Sometimes paying even after the wholly predictable divorce. And proposals–why do they require an audience? Perfect strangers who don’t know you from Adam (or Eve, to be politically correct) to witness your marriage proposal? A…

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Blog, Dating, Relationships, Romance

September’s Take a Man on a Date Month. Ever Done It?

Turns out September is Take a Man on a Date Month. I had no clue it even existed, never mind having ever done it. Oh sure, I’ve been out with a guy and spontaneously offered to pay for dinner. I’ve come that much into the 21st century. But to call a guy I’m not dating and invite him on a date? Never in all my years. And it gets worse. I’ve never even offered a full-service date to someone I was dating. Certainly, I’ve offered suggestions for things we could do, but that’s hardly the same as planning a surprise date and…

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Marriage, Relationships, Weddings

Wedding Shaming and the Real Crying Shame

This Bridezilla wedding shaming story on Yahoo fascinated me twice over. First, who even knew Facebook pages dedicated to wedding shaming exist? Highly skeptical, I hopped right over to FB and input wedding shaming. Sure enough, I got hits, like That’s It, I’m Wedding Shaming. One has to join to see what’s festering on these pages, and I am slightly ashamed to admit I am now awaiting clearance. I figure if nothing else, it’ll provide some great blogging fodder. Will let you know. Then, there’s this particular Bridezilla story, involving a “soulmates” couple who called the wedding off after the…

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Book Reviews, Interracial Romance

Book Review: The Maid’s Daughter

In 1950’s South Carolina, Naomi Jackson’s mother takes a live-in maid’s position in the home of young William Cooper’s parents. Over the years, Naomi and William become fast friends and eventually teenage lovers.When William’s parents discover the interracial affair, Naomi is sent away. Forty years later, the young lovers cross paths again, but can they find their way back to each other after all the deception and lies? I one-clicked this book on a hummer, meaning a hunch knowing nada about it, including this was Ms. Knight’s debut novel. Yet, I am so happy to have found her at the…

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Sex-Selfies: Yes or No
Blog, Dating, Romance

Sex-Selfies: Yes or No?

Unsolicited Penis Portraiture…a devilishly clever phrase. But what’s it mean? In a nutshell, people sending unrequested sex-selfies of their intimate body parts to others. Men love sending sexy selfies (or sexlfies) of their junk according to a recent New York Post article. Women do also, but their sexflies are mostly solicited. That’s all intriguing, but my concern is sex-selfies period. As a teen, I rarely credited my parents with having brains, nevermind advice worth listening to. My father never talked about dating (he simply didn’t let us date), but as I went 2,000 miles away to college at 17, Daddy imparted…

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Thomas Markle To-Do's
Love and Marriage, Marriage, Relationships

5 To-Do’s for Thomas Markle and the Royals

No sense pretending nonchalance re Meghan and Harry’s wedding. I’m a sucker for a fairy tale love story. And I gotta give props to the sister. Any more open,  the boy’s nose would be suitable for highway traffic. He’s smitten. Nevertheless from personal experience, the soap opera with her father Thomas Markle worries me. My first husband didn’t get along with my family. They thought us unsuited, and he felt it. By and by, my mom and sisters tried everything they could to make him feel part of the family, but the die was cast. I didn’t blame him for years, but…

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Book Reviews, Books, Memoir, Writing

Book Review: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

New York writer Helen Hanff has corresponded for years with Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s 84 Charing Cross Road, and they’ve faithfully cared for all her eccentric reading needs. Having developed a touching transatlantic friendship with bookseller Frank Doel and all the good folks at Marks & Co., she’s been issued countless invitations to visit the United Kingdom. In this sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, Hanff  takes us along on her trip of a lifetime as she explores all the places she’s dreamed of for so long. Feted by friends and admirers alike, she is dubbed the Duchess…

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Health, Liza's Big Yes Series, Self Help

Liza’s Year (maybe) of Yes

  Reading Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes truly inspired me. So much so that I have decided to give it a whirl myself. So this is the first (or last) in my Liza’s Big Yes series, highlighting personal issues I am working on. First up: my health. I have been plagued with asthma, eczema, and allergies since six months old. At 21, I became deathly allergic to fish. For the past few years, I have nearly disfigured myself (my older sister’s words) scratching and rubbing my perennially itching eyes. NOTHING helps. Oh, no. That’s not true. Steroids help, but no doctor’s gonna…

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