1st Halloween-Poem Contest

I hate that I don’t have time for this, but if you do please join in! What fun!!! ❤

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It is a great pleasure for me to announce the

1st Halloween-Poem Contest

on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Every author and poet are invited to participate and deliver a “Halloween-Poem” to my email address: aurorajean.alexander@aol.com, together with their picture.

There are a few rules to follow:

  1. Your poem needs a Halloween theme.
  2. Your poem needs a minimum of 99 words.
  3. Your poem has to be delivered to my email address until Halloween, October 31, 2015, 9 pm Eastern Time.
  4. Please avoid violence, bad language, and sexual content within the poems. It would be disqualified.

Every poem that meets the rules and is delivered within the deadline will be published here on “Writer’s Treasure Chest” together with the provided picture.

I am honored to announce that the following authors have agreed to participate as judges in the jury who will decide on the winners of the contest:

  1. Author…

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You Can’t Handle The Blogging Truth!

These are my thoughts exactly! Love this! ❤

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1halloween40October conjures images of:
Fall leaves, crisp nights…
pumpkins and pumpkin spice…
Halloween, candy, black cats…
sexy Hunger Games costumes, yeah, I’ve stopped asking why at this point…

Apparently, scary is definitely different for different people.

For some scary is:
The dark – where all the known and unknown creep.
Horror movies that make people hide their eyes, but have to peak.
The price of groceries or hydro (both terrifying).
Trying on bathing suits (could turn your hair white).
Dating, parenting, love…
Loss of those we love.
Christmas or any holidays with in-laws.
Elections, wars, politicians.
Loss of cellphone reception (The horror! The horror!).
Running out of chocolate (now that’s horror!).
Liars, vampires, aliens, monsters, sparkly vampires, zombies…

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I started blogging to relax, reignite my love of writing, and to be rich/famous (not necessarily in that order) – 555 posts later, well, two out of three ain’t…

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Silver Imposes Order on Chaos

Hi, everybody! We made it safely back to Florida and let me tell you… we are worn out! 2,600 miles in 8 days and we even bought a house. This was an amazing trip and we could not be happier.

I have 13 days to pack up the rest of our belongings for the arrival of the moving truck on October 28th. Of course, after the 28th I will be out of contact through much of this time with no WiFi except at the motels we will stay in along the way. Once I get my utilities up and running in Colorado I will slowly make my way back into the blogging world.

Please be patient with me during this transition. If I do not comment on your blog, just know that I will try to catch up as much as I can and that you all are with me no matter where I am.

Silver’s book reviews are operating at a standstill right now. I will resume reading and reviews once I get back to Colorado. There is just no way I can work all of this in my schedule. Thanks for being patient. ❤

Silver is worn out!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Robert Frost


Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress any longer. I am using the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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Since I was a little girl, I have loved the poetry of Robert Frost. My favorite poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is something that I have lived in my own life. I always try to choose the road less taken because it is always more about the journey than the destination. Here is a link to poemhunter.com to read the words of the poem for yourself.

What I really enjoyed about Frost’s quote above is that I believe most poets do not really think about being poets. To me, it is an outpouring of emotions and feelings that slip out of me on random occasions. Pure and simple, poetry is the prose of words and letters that form sounds that bring forth emotions from the reader.

Learn more about Robert Frost at the poetryfoundation.org

Robert Frost, Poet

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Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. Wikipedia

BornMarch 26, 1874, San Francisco, CA

DiedJanuary 29, 1963, Boston, MA

PoemsThe Road Not Taken, More

Influenced byWilliam Wordsworth, John Keats

So COME ON! Appreciate a few poets this week.

Share a quote from one of YOUR favorite poets.

Thanks for stopping by!

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The Saga Continues…

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The road opened before us this morning as we headed out before sunrise toward Oklahoma City. Once through Oklahoma we entered into Arkansas and saw the scenery change from open prairie to forests of multi-colored trees. No pictures as the bugs increased with the temperature making the windshield a blurry mess from all the bug bodies that gave their lives to the open road.

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The temperature continued to rise and the road seemed to grow in length before our final stop for the night in Tallulah, Louisiana. A 9 hour driving day finally came to an end. Sugar and Spice said they are sick of all of this traveling!

Tomorrow, Pensacola. Then the really hard work sets in!

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I know Sugar and Spice are about done with traveling. They loved having a couch to sleep on in the motel tonight.

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Road Tripping…

We made it through Colorado, then into New Mexico. From New Mexico into the northern panhandle of Texas. From Texas, we traveled into Oklahoma where we landed for the night. Total of 500 miles the first day!

The mountains from our motel
The mountains from our motel in Colorado Springs
Heading south from Colorado Springs
Heading south from Colorado Springs
Heading into New Mexico
Heading into New Mexico
The open road awaits
The open road awaits

Have a great evening everyone,

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Welcome to Our New House

It has been a busy, crazy couple of days here in Colorado Springs house hunting. The weather has been amazing with cool mornings and warm afternoons. We have stayed in the Quality Inn and loved the location and the friendly attitude of the people who stay here and the employees. They accept dogs and Sugar and Spice have loved all the attention.

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I know this photo is not the best, but the mountains and the sky are amazing. The rolling prairies are everywhere here within the backdrop of the looming rocky mountains (Pikes Peak). Fall brings the colors into focus with splashes of color.

After a thorough search and much negotiating with the builder, Ron and I are happy to share our new abode! It is a lovely shade of dusty blue with white trim and butter-yellow accents. I love the colors! This is truly our last best house!

Colorado House

We will start back on our trip to Florida tomorrow morning. Once back in Florida, I need to finish packing and prepare for the house closing on October 29th. Then, it is back on the road heading to our new house in Colorado. The builder graciously is allowing us to move in immediately (we pay rent until we close on the Colorado house) which is an amazing benefit that we are grateful for.

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Sugar and Spice LOVE the backyard! So do I. Not much to mow! We will plant a few trees, add a few pots with veggies and flowers, and our Colorado paradise will be perfect. Wait till I share pictures of the snow in winter. 🙂

Here is a link to the Top 10 Things to do in Colorado Springs.

Thanks for visiting and seeing our new house. The next few weeks will be crazy and I will post when I can. ❤

loving the weather

Silver’s Book Reviews – “The Lady of the Pier, Book 2: The Flow” by Effrosyni Moschoudi

  • Title:  The Lady of the Pier – The Flow
  • Author: Effrosyni Moschoudi
  • File Size: 2732 KB
  • Print Length: 378 Pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Publication Date: June 16, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZFLCWWS
  • ISBN-10:
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  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Drama, Paranormal, Historical Romance

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

This is the second book in The Lady of the Pier Series. Please click here to read my review of the first book, “The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb.”

Brighton 1938

The story resumes in Brighton in 1938 with Laura and Christian reunited in their love for each other. Meanwhile, Laura’s mother, Ruth bitterly fumes that Laura has left the wealthy Charles Willard behind to embrace Christian. Ruth’s dreams of seeing her daughter married to a nobleman disintegrate before her eyes. Ruth’s ripe indignation drives a wedge between her and Laura that seems to fester and grow like a sickness.

As the summer wears into autumn, Ruth’s health begins to take a turn for the worse. Persistent bouts of Bronchitis wrack her weak chest prompting a visit to the local doctor. Tests are run and unbeknownst to Laura or Ruth, the doctor breaks protocols and informs Lord Charles Willard of Ruth’s dire condition.

This was just the opportunity that Charles was looking for. He knows that he can get Laura back into his scheming arms by taking care of her mother… for a price that will cost Laura everything she holds dear.

Athens, December 1987

Sofia finds herself preparing to travel to Brighton to study art and design leaving the confines of her family far behind in Greece. Her heartbroken from losing Danny, she vows to move on with her life.

After her arrival in Brighton, Sofia does eventually meets up with Danny just as he promised long ago on the shores of the azure seas in Corfu. However, he leaves her feeling stunned as he seems to be on again and off again in his relationship with her. Dumbfounded by Danny’s reactions Sofia strives for a new life, one without Danny.

A chance meeting brings a new man into Sofia’s life which sets into motion a new set of dreams featuring the red-haired woman of her past dreams in Corfu, who the locals call the Lady of the Pier in Brighton. These paranormal dreams begin to take on a life of their own and blossom into full-fledged visions that occur during the day leaving Sofia confused and wrapped up within the confines of the mystery, unclear in what direction to turn.

Just as Laura struggles to find true love, so does Sofia, each in their own separate time warp; somehow bridged by the haunting apparition of the Lady of the Pier.

Recommendation:

I absolutely love the way these two stories twine together supported by an enigmatic thread of paranormal activity that lets the reader know there is more going on here than meets the eye. It appears to me that both Sofia and Laura must learn about love the hard way, through their own choices.

I think the Brighton Pier is the symbolic element that acts as the bridge between both eras and both women. In the second book, I felt the tightening of the plot drawing both women along on a path to a destiny that must intersect in the last novel.

In the first novel, there were two piers, one in Corfu and one in Brighton. In the second part of the series the two piers have merged into just one, the Brighton Pier where the stories of both women are now unfolding.

Once again, just as with her first novel, the descriptions painted by the words of Ms. Moschoudi transported me easily between the two time periods in Brighton. The characters are even more endearing in this volume. The memories of your own first loves and losses will create a shared empathy of bridging the gap into adulthood just as both of these young women are experiencing.

Even though I was once again left with many questions regarding the haunting images of the Lady of the Pier and how Sofia and Laura figure in, I do highly recommend this book. I know the story will continue to unfold in the last volume. I sense there is a final reckoning waiting to reveal itself in “The Storm,” the final book of the trilogy to be published in December 2015. I can’t wait to continue the series to find out what happens next!

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 4.5
Reader Enrichment: 4.5
Reader Enjoyment: 4.5
Overall Rate: 4.5

About Effrosyni Moschoudi:

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she often sat alone in her granny’s garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies, and ants. Through adolescence, she wrote dark poetry that suited her melancholic, romantic nature. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer’s group, ENovel Authors at Work.

To watch a trailer for the book click the link below.

Make certain to connect with Effrosyni through her Twitter @FrostieMoss

And Facebook at Author Effrosyni Moschoudi

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Hi from Colorado Springs

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Hi, everyone! We made it to Colorado Springs. Whew! 1300 miles in two and a half days! Ron is worn out from all the driving, and Sugar and Spice are tired from sleeping in the back seat.

I am the navigator and my trip planner took us right through the heart of Dallas, TX yesterday morning. The traffic was outrageous at 10:30 a.m. Never again! Somehow, I navigated us through total gridlock, bumper to bumper. Poor Ron does all the driving since I hate it. I am one kick-butt navigator, though!

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Sugar and Spice relaxing at our motel

We are kicking back before the house hunt tomorrow. I will take a few pictures and add them tomorrow evening. The mountains are spectacular! Ron and I love that the area looks and reminds us of Montana. This is going to be our last best place!

We are excited and looking forward to finding the home of our dreams. I have chosen a few great homes to check out! I can’t wait!

Thanks to all of you for participating in Mindful Monday and Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Just please know that if I do not reply in a quick fashion I will try to get to you all as soon as I can.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Audrey Hepburn

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress any longer. I am using the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

For the next couple of weeks, Ronovan will be doing the weekly wrap-up for me while we are house hunting in Colorado. Please help him find you as much as possible. He will post from Silver Threading so don’t forget to tag your post or do a ping-back so that your quote can be added. Thank you so much! ❤

Audrey Hepburn, Actress

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Wikipedia

BornMay 4, 1929, Ixelles, Belgium

DiedJanuary 20, 1993, Tolochenaz, Switzerland

SpouseAndrea Dotti (m. 1969–1982), Mel Ferrer (m. 1954–1968)

ChildrenSean Hepburn Ferrer, Luca Dotti

Have you ever thought about how to write a fairy tale? Here is a great infographic from visual.ly to explain the “Happily Ever After,” effect of fairy tales. Please visit the site to see the infographic larger. Thank you.

LOOK into my eyes! You are getting sleepy…

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