Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...
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B Is For… Book Review – What Dreams May Come

I’ve just finished reading a YA book by author Beth M. Honeycutt. I’m so glad my friend Rochelle Bradley introduced me because the story What Dreams May Come is very, very sweet. And Ms. Honeycutt is a professional editor, which makes this a very polished read.Ellie Cross, our young protagonist, has a frequent dream companion named Gabe. He visits her regularly, appearing as if on cue to commiser...
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World War Z

We welcome back a long-time member of the Writer's Retreat, Evey, as a blogger here at the Writer's Retreat.  Here's her first of what we hope to be many, many posts!World War ZI’ve just finished rereading one of my favorite books, World War Z by Max Brooks. I was struck by its interesting story the first time through and this second reading has given me even more appreciation for how thorou...
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Darla’s Recommended Read: The Sound of Many Waters

Do you enjoy novels that take you on a mysterious, extraordinary journey?  If so, Sean Bloomfield’s first publication is one you definitely want to pick up.  While written in an intelligent way still easy enough to follow without causing brain freeze, this particular trip takes the reader over land and sea, back and forth in time, and even into the human soul.I must say it was known to ...
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Keeping the Faith

I recently finished reading an m/m book from the “Heaven Sent” series by Jet Mykles. I really enjoyed “Faith”, the story of Heaven Sent drummer Darien and his burgeoning relationship with the lawyer who finalized his divorce. Attorney Chris Faith is not only every bit as likeable as members of the band, his believable flaws make him very approachable to the reader. My kudos to Ms. Mykles.For hi...
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“In Your Eyes” by Adelle Laudan

Here's a description of "In Your Eyes" from Amazon: Lizzy would give it all back just to hear her mother's voice one more time... the house, the furniture...even the money. Regardless, her heartless stepfather is determined to take what he feels is rightfully his. Handyman Adam Woodward rides into Lizzy's life and vows to keep her safe, but is it enough to stop the cold, callous determination of ...
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Essential Ingredients

I had an irresistible urge to re-read The School of Essential Ingedients by Erica Bauermeister today. The story follows several characters who take a cooking class in vivid detail. While each individual character's story is perhaps too short to be truly satisfying, I can't help but sink into the world that Bauermeister creates. Every page is a feast for the senses – tastes and sounds and smells an...
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Review of “Remastering Jerna” by Ann Somerville

As I begin typing this I have to say that I closed the cover on this book less than five minutes ago. What a bittersweet moment! “Remastering Jerna” is riveting from beginning to end. Even the most difficult passages were written so expertly as to keep me reading. And I don’t call them difficult for some minor heartache – there is rape and torture during the prison scenes that chilled my blood.Tea...
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Review of “Crossing Borders”

I just recently finished Z. A. Maxfield's book "Crossing Borders". It's a devastatingly hot and romantic m/m read. The realism of the story makes for sheer, down-to-earth escapism.Right from the start I liked the main characters. Tristan is a college student questioning his sexuality. Michael is a public servant surprised and delighted to offer some answers.Michael has eyed Tristan since the ...
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Book Review of “Kelland”

Just hours ago I finished the novel "Kelland" by Paul G. Bens, Jr. I'm still sorry it's over, actually.I would call the book a drama first, with minor supernatural elements. The biggest of these is, who is Kelland? Man? Woman? Child? Lover? Priest?Kelland is all these things, depending upon what the interacting character needs for his or her part to play out. I honestly don’t even know wha...
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