More recently I was trying out some new things as an author. Really, it's an experiment. Could I write erotica that's explicit without being vulgar? Could I make it sexy? Explorations is the result of that effort.
I really do hope that every reader likes it.
The response from one of my beta readers is that they wish they could be Katie.
This was quite the experiment for me and I'm not entirely sure that I'll do another one. Still, it was a lot of fun to write and I think my writing ability has improved as a result of writing it. As a writer I think you need to experiment a bit from time to time to improve your craft.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Gardening Book!, May 17, 2012
This review is from: Growing Things-An Urban Garden (Kindle Edition)Growing things had some great insightful tips on how to create your perfect garden. What a perfect time of year to pull out your green thumb. Mr. Bigelow gives practical advice that even the novice Gardner can implement.
5* I'm having a hard time putting it down to tell you the truth, it will keep you up late. I want to just keep reading because it's just so very fascinating. It really draws you into the story very quickly as it moves you right along. Barbara has written a really excellent action adventure book that appeals to me very much as a reader. This is a really great book from a master storyteller. I can definitely recommend it to anyone. I'm looking forward to reading more from her, she's extremely talented at weaving a great tale. It wraps you up in it and won't let you go until you finish it and then you'll go looking for more.
Description: Journey to the land of the Pharaohs in this lighthearted humorous tale,
where the search for lost treasure digs up more than a little danger.
In the year 1863, a time when the whole world was seeking Egypt's secrets, an ancient map, leading to the greatest treasure known to man, resurfaces. As luck would have it, Lord Alecsian Brighton wins the mottled old scrap of parchment in one of London's most notorious gaming hells, along with its ominous curse.
Despite the allure of treasure, Alec has no real interest in gallivanting across the Egyptian countryside in order to find it. He isn't even persuaded by his friend and cohort, Samuel's enthusiastic zeal. It's only his mother's escalating interest in his marital status that gives an extended vacation sudden appeal.
This is a really well written book that normally I would have finished already but I'm caught up in a few other projects. At the beginning it was really difficult for me to read. It wasn't because of the writing, it was because of the images presented. I find it difficult to read scenes of spousal abuse.
Writing well evokes images within the mind, this book does that throughout from front to back. It will definitely carry you away. The images and scenes in Scotland are to die for, really wonderfully written. I'm really able to immerse myself in this story from a master story teller. Being a photographer, I could very easily see myself as the character (Brandubh).
very entertaining May 15, 2012
By fun kelly
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I have been reading this one in between work breaks and found it to be quite entertaining. Oh how much fun it must have been working in a place full of fun fun fun toys and exotic playwear. This book was a cool easy read. I enjoyed it a lot. : )
I have to admit I've always been curious about these kinds of shops since I've never had the confidence to walk inside of one. After reading this book I can't say I'll walk in, but at least I now know that the people that work in them have just as many interesting stories to tell as the ones I'd conjured up in my head about the people that visit them (no disrespect intended). If you've ever wondered what goes on in a porn shop and we're too afraid to ask, this is a must read book. Some of the situations the clerk is exposed to will have you laughing your butt off and there's an education for anyone who's not kept up with what's going on in the world of adult toys!
Overall this was a great read and it had me laughing, I was thoroughly entertained! Can't say that I'll ever think about video arcades in the same light again! Great job, and thanks for such a great read!
Patricia just woke me from a dead sleep. She stirred and then quit moving. Her skin felt hot to my touch. After a few seconds I noticed that I didn't hear any breathing. She was totally still, not moving.
I put my hand under her nose and didn't feel her breathing. Then I grabbed her wrist to check for a pulse.
Once again I checked for a pulse.
There I sat for what seemed a long time but it was probably just a few minutes. My head and body frozen by shock. "What do I do now" I asked myself out loud as time seemed to stop.
Finally, I reached for the phone and dialed 911. As soon as the operator answered I blurted out "I think my wife is dead, think I need an ambulance."
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That moment was the beginning of a turning point in my life. Though I didn't know it at the time things would never be the same ever again. For months after that moment in time I'm not sure that I was alive. Most wouldn't understand being truly dead inside, you just are. You go around and you're breathing but you don't notice anything. It's much like you died also at that moment. Though you don't feel like it because you're not hungry you force yourself to eat.
Two days after Patricia died I went to live on a horse ranch in eastern Colorado. Soon I was taking care of the horses there. Every day I brought them hay, made sure the stock tanks were filled. Still, I wasn't alive yet.
Over the next few months I began grooming the horses. They became close friends on this ranch that was off the beaten path. Nothing else was around out there, you've never been to place as quiet I'm sure. There are no cars out there, no phones ringing, no cell phone service even. You hear the wind rustling in the buffalo grass, the singing of the barbed wire fence. Little sounds that you normally wouldn't notice become very loud in such a place.
Little by little I began to notice things, it seemed for the first time of my life. The curves of the body of a horse, the way grass moves in the wind. Awareness began to awaken within slowly. Emptiness that I never knew existed began to fill. It was as if light began filling my entirety and my mindset began to change.
It was around that time I picked up a digital camera and began to try some photography. Most of my first efforts were rather terrible but a very few photos stood out from the rest. I was wondering what made them better than the rest so I began to study photography. Rule of thirds became and mantra to live by as did the term composition. Just about every photograph that I had seen in a magazine I would study trying to define what made it great. I had decided I wanted to become like that person.
I shot pictures all over the ranch, every image that I could capture. Along with all those photos I gradually began to waken further. I was becoming truly alive and aware of everything. Then began even more stirrings within, words began to flow. Can't really explain it better but I had to write something.
This is where I began to write some poetry. Really deep feeling poetry. There was also a lot of poetry that wasn't too good. Still, I kept trying and trying as I began to get in tune with the muse. Later on, I would become published in poetry worldwide but that would coming in a while.
All the time I'm learning photography I was taking care of the horses. They listen as you are talking to them but they don't say too much as long you are bringing them hay. You also spend a lot of time lost in your thoughts. Soon you begin to realize where you really want your life to go.
Before that one fateful day in 2002 I didn't know what I really wanted to do. I had just existed. That is the only way that I could describe it. I had decided that I would never be just existing again. It really was a self-discovery. There were many of them actually, each one becoming a part of me.
From those beginnings I've even reached the point where I am today. This is a place that I couldn't have imagined ten years ago including writing this story you are reading. Where I will be going tomorrow is always a pleasant discovery on this ever expanding journey that I am on.
This year will be the seventh year that I'm married to my present wife, Brandy. She has been a blessing to my life above any other. As I have gone into writing books she has stood beside me and supported me through all. I'm so glad that she had become such a part of my soul and heart. There really is no other for me.
Sometimes, a great loss can show you what you've always been missing in your life. It can open you up to becoming a truly loving individual. Along with the love that you begin to experience it is almost as if you have begun to bloom. You go...
I love illustrated books of poetry. Even when the picture isn't directly related to the poem it's associated with, somehow it adds so much.
The poems in this collection are thoughtful, inspiring and - when we read the poet's own story - touching. Each poem's message is woven in with images of the changing seasons: faceted ice crystals, a wolf under the full moon. Descriptions consist of deft touches.
It is the photographs, however, which elevate this collection to an outstanding level. It really is a case of the whole being more than the sum of its parts. I have rarely seen such a wonderful marriage of words and photographs.
Description: I have experienced great sadness and loss in my life. In 2002 I had awoke to find that my wife had passed away. It seemed to me as if my life came to an end that day as time came to stop. After a few months I began awaken and artistry began to fill the void that was left within me. It began to bring me to a new understanding of life as it enveloped my spirit and I became a new person. I hope that my journey into poetry and photography will speak to you on your own...