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The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy ThornWhen I first read Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge, I thought it was a great series starter and wanted the next book immediately. The author, Sherry Rentschler, just released The Gypsy Thornwhich I bought directly from her at a book fair. The Gypsy Thorn provides the “back story” to Midnight Assassin and introduces other characters that will appear later in the series.

I made plans to attend the book fair months ago when I found out Ms. Rentschler was going to be relatively close to my hometown. I drove an hour each way to attend, and I’d do it again. In a heartbeat. Pun intended. Ms. Rentschler is as charming and spicy as I imagined from reading her blog. While talking to Ms. Rentschler, she indicated that Midnight Assassin was a novella to test whether readers would enjoy a new vampire series. Take it from me, Ms. Rentschler, the answer is a resounding “YES!”

I read The Gypsy Thorn in one afternoon and now have to suffer withdrawals while waiting for the next book in the series to be released. I’m not going to recap “the story” here in my review because I’d rather use the space to tell you to go buy both books. Why are you still reading? Go now.

For those of you still not sold, I was already a vampire fan before starting this new series. However, if I weren’t, I would have been “converted” after Drahomira’s bite. She is strong, resilient, beautiful and smart – my kind of lead female character. Couple that with Ms. Rentschler’s descriptive storytelling and readers are in for a treat.

I highly recommend reading Midnight Assassin before The Gypsy Thorn. You will love them both! (Where is the happy face emoji with vampire fangs when you need it?) It was quite fun talking to Ms. Rentschler at the book fair because I found out The Gypsy Thorn is a prequel to Time and Blood. I’m counting the days, but I won’t be holding my breath though because I would need Drahomira to make me into a real vampire to survive until October.

To connect with author Sherry Rentschler, go to her blog .

Forever your fan, Ms. Rentschler! ‘Til we meet again.

Update: This post originally reported that the next book would be called The Evening Bower. It is actually called Time and Blood, #1 in the Evening Bower series, and has been changed in the post.

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7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

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Enjoy!

Napali Coast Line, Kauai, HI

 

Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY

 

 

 

 

Polihale Beach, Kauai, HI

 

Artist’s Point, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Kalalau Lookout, Kauai, HI

 

 

Dolphins Playing, Road to Hana Coastline, Maui, HI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potential Movie Rights Contract

Potential Movie Rights Contract

 

Potential Movie Rights Contract

Several years ago I had a dream, a crazy dream, but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I wanted to write a children’s book series. With the convenience of the internet, I began making lists of all that I needed to learn.  The list seemed insurmountable, but as with any list, if one takes a step at a time, it is possible. I wrote the book, found an editor and published on Amazon.com.

The Mystic Princesses were more than a dream!

 

Reviews help sell books, so I sought feedback from trusted organizations. I entered my books into the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. And I submitted them to IndieBRAG, LLC for review. The reviews came back and I was ecstatic with the messages. They listed a few things that could be improved, which I incorporated.

And then the email of my dreams came. I woke up one morning a few months ago and found a message that a studio was interested in a potential movie rights contract.  I’m honored to have been considered. With a little fanfare and a lot of grateful feelings, here is the message:

Dear PJ,

I am trying to track down the film/TV rights to your Mystic Princesses books. Do you have an agent or manager who handles the film/TV rights on your behalf? If so, would you be so kind as to forward me their contact information? We have a database for film/TV rights to books, and one of our clients was interested in your series. I can be reached at e****er@r*********er.com. Thank you and best wishes.

Next, I corresponded with the firm that contacted me, as well as found an agent and an attorney willing to assist with negotiations. However, it didn’t work out, but I thought I’d share the message anyway.

So my message for you is: follow your dream! You never know where it might lead if you don’t try. And if you do try, with a lot of hard work, surrounding yourself with professionals in the field, research and some luck sprinkled in, you could hit the jackpot.

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My Last Breath

My Last Breath

by PJ LaRue

My hope is that
You will

Live long enough to forgive me.
Although I’m not asking you to condone abuse, I’d love to
See you one last time. And, maybe you will begin
To understand that I could not

Be the father you deserved.
Real men don’t abuse, but some can’t stop themselves when
Evil demons live within our souls.
At least let me exhale My Last Breath knowing that I am forgiven.
To my eternal sleep I will go, realizing that I can never atone for
Hurting you.

 

Note to readers: One of my favorite Facebook pages is Help for Adult Children of Alcoholic’s. You may find it helpful, as well.

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Forgiveness is Powerful

Forgiveness is Powerful

Yesterday and today have been surreal. My brother, who is very close to dad, was in such emotional pain about my dad’s poor health that I decided to return to my hometown. My father is very ill and in ICU. Before this, I hadn’t seen my dad for 10 or 15 years. But right now, I’m sitting in his hospital room watching him sleep.

I didn’t know what I would do when his time to pass drew near. But yesterday, I told dad that even though there were very bad times in my childhood, I also remember the good times. I told him I know that if he could have been a different person, that he would have. But between mental illness and alcoholism, he couldn’t control his anger and violence. I told my dad that my experiences as a child were going to help me be a better adoptive parent to my daughter, once I get her. I may be able to relate to some of her experiences, and that may help her talk to me and trust me sooner.

The ICU nurse told me that the oxygen mask itches so I lightly stroked dad’s face around the edge of the mask. He reciprocated by touching my face and hugging me. Three days ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I would ever allow that to happen.

Of course, there is no reason for me to feel threatened at this point. I forgave dad many years ago, but really didn’t want a relationship after cutting him out of my life when I was a teen. Back then, I was terrified of him and severing our relationship was pure self-preservation.

I will say that actually voicing forgiveness is powerful. I’m at peace. But I think I may have given my dad some peace, as well. I hope so. If he passes now, maybe the transitition will be a little easier for him. And I hope to grow from this experience, as well.

 

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