Monthly Archives: November 2021

Continue The Story – A 2021 Tale of Suspense

With her head spinning, she opened the box and poured the contents out onto the countertop. Lifting the instruction leaflet, she skimmed through it, carefully assembling the paraphernalia she needed from the scattered contents of the flat box.

Leaving the leaflet open at the step-by-step guide page, she opened the packet containing the testing tile. Next, she settled the plastic test tube/dropper into the round hole in the corner of the cardboard tray and peeled off the foil seal. Muttering, she wrestled with the small plastic bag designed for the rubbish until she got it open. Lastly, she opened the packet containing the small slender swab.

How hard could this be?               

Dreading the thought of how it would feel, she gingerly inserted the swab into her right nostril, guiding it in as far as it would go. As instructed, she swirled it around for a slow count of five then, her stomach heaving, she inserted it up her left nostril and repeated the count. Twitching her nose like Samantha from Bewitched, she put the slender swab into the test tube.

Her hands were clammy and trembling as she stirred it round and counted slowly to thirty then to five as she “squeezed” it out in the tube. Having discarded the swab in the small plastic bag, she pushed the stopper into place, eased the test tube out of the cardboard hole then dripped four drops into the sample section of the tile.

Offering up a silent prayer, she watched and waited….

Slowly the liquid soaked up through the tile. The timer on her phone clicked down second by painfully slow second.

Before her, the result emerged…

Michelle A. Bailey’s Black Friday Romance Book Fair… step inside and check it out

Want to show your support for Indie Authors? Yes? Then check out the books listed in Michelle’s Book Fair using the link below

There’s romance novels in all genres of romance to choose from and you might spot a familiar name in there too 🙂

Black Friday Deal- Buy One Get One Free

Want to avoid the chaos of Black Friday?
Want to spend the weekend at the beach with a hot rock star? Want it for free?
Look no further, Impossible Depths, book 2 in the Silver Lake series is free to download today
Here’s the links to that hot date with Jake Power
If you want to buy book one, Stronger Within, first, here’s the links:-
See it’s still a deal- buy one get one free 😊

Gentle Giants

Yes that tiny little spec at the top of the steps is me!

These gentle giants stand on the hills above Greenock. I’ve watched them from afar and until yesterday had never been up close to them.

Boy Child suggested a change of scenery for a walk in the chilly November sun. A bit of remote peace and quiet sounded like the ideal way to spend and hour or so. A bit of headspace time that we both needed after a hectic week. Time away from the world.

There’s something soothing about the gentle swooshing noise these turbines make. OK, one was whinging and whining a bit. (Must be the teenage girl one! LOL) It was surprisingly calming walking the circular route round the wind farm. There’s eight of these gentle giants and they stand some 110m high. The view from the top of one must be stunning as the views from ground level are breathtaking.

An hour among these gentle giants was definitely good for the soul.

Finding Your Buzz when there’s no bees about.

This morning, I wakened at my usual early hour and could cheerfully have curled up and stayed under the duvet for another hour. The dark mornings do not inspire me to get my sorry ass out of bed. I miss summer. I miss the light mornings. I miss the sunshine. I miss the bees!

I wiped the last remnants of sleep from my eyes and wandered downstairs. I rolled out my yoga mat, lit a tealight, found my yoga video of choice and spent 30 minutes trying to stretch some life into my weary body. I always end my morning yoga session with a 10 minute chakra meditation. As part of that, I choose my affirmation for the day.

This morning my mind was debating between a few. Life’s busy. There’s a lot going on in the background and my mind is somewhat pre-occupied these days. I decided that my affirmation for today was “Be Positive”. I wrote it down as I always do.

As I sat relaxing for a few minutes before it was time to really start the day, I was scrolling through Facebook and stumbled across this lovely lady’s TED talk.

I worked alongside Jennifer in the salt mine several years ago and while we’ve never met face to face (yet) our paths would cross occasionally back then on various calls and pieces of work. Like many folk, our paths now cross online.

Today’s encounter was timely. This was just what I needed to hear at 7.15am this morning.

So, all that’s left to say is ” thank you, Jennifer.”

If you want to find your inner buzz, please take the time to listen to the video below.

If you want to know more about Jennifer, please reach out via her website

or via Facebook

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A Christmas Stranger – K.M. Lowe – new release. Check it out!

Title – A Christmas Stranger Author – KM Lowe

Editor – Karen Sanders

Designer – Francessca Wingfield

Genre – Contemporary romance A Christmas Stranger

A chance encounter with a stranger might just change two lives forever. Going home to Scotland for Christmas is the only thing Ilythia prides herself on doing at Christmas. Family gatherings, eating and drinking too much, and crashing on the couch with games is her idea of heaven at this magical time of year. Until her plans are destroyed. A cancelled flight, cancelled plans, and stuck in New York with no family is her idea of hell…but her path collides with a stranger and things don’t look as dull. Damon hides from Christmas. Nothing about the festive season is remotely happy for him. Give him work to hide away in the shadows with any day. Alone is where he’s happiest. However, when Ilythia and Damon meet for the first time, sparks fly, temperatures soar, and the chemistry is off the charts. Will Damon and Ilythia be able to change their way of thinking, take a walk on the wild side, and enjoy a different Christmas?

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Give the gift of a book this Christmas – comes with free rock star boyfriend

Books make great Christmas gifts so why not give the booklover in your life a copy of the Silver Lake series this Christmas?

I’m sure they’d love to find Jake Power under the Christmas tree. links –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –

Long Shadows – links  –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –

Long Shadows –

Continue The Story – Mariposa

She had never seen anything like it. She had only ever dreamed of seeing one. Now, there it was, just a few feet away from her.

It was beautiful! More beautiful than she could ever have imagined.

It was also bigger, much bigger, than she had anticipated. Its wingspan was wider than her handspan.

Oh, she could watch it all day!

Reaching for her camera, she took photo after photo of the beautiful creature before her.

Almost as if it knew it was being photographed, it slowly folded its majestic wings so that she could enjoy the view of the detailed pattern on the underside. It was almost as pretty underneath as it was with its wings spread wide.

She knew the others were already trekking on ahead and that she’d need to hurry to catch up, but she needed a few more moments with this precious creature.

They’d been trekking through the forest all day and were due back at their hotel in under an hour. This was the first one of its kind that she’d seen. It might be the only one she’d ever see.

She heard footsteps and looked up to see the tour guide, Miguel, approaching.

“Ah, hermoso,” he sighed as he stood beside her and followed her gaze. “Mariposa.”

“It’s a boy?” she quizzed.

Miguel nodded, “Only the males are so blue. And its not really blue. Is a trick of the light… it reflects.”

He paused, struggling for the English words to use. She nodded and smiled.

With a graceful movement, the blue morpho butterfly flitted away.

She gazed wistfully at the leaf where it had been.

(images sourced via Google- credits to the owner)

Have you met Jake Power? Have you heard Silver Lake?

Now that I’ve got your attention, have you met Jake Power?

If you want to get to know him more intimately, check out the Silver Lake series today links –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –

Long Shadows – links  –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –

Long Shadows –

(Top image sourced via Google – credits to the owner)

Continue The Story – Fact Or Fiction? (flash fiction)

She spotted him from across the bookstore. He was hard to miss with those mesmerising eyes, the smile that could melt even the coldest heart and his hair still tied back in a long dark ponytail now streaked with grey. He was also the last person she had expected to see here. Her heart skipped a beat. Did he know? Had he read any of the books?

“Are you ok?” asked the fan in front of her, who was waiting for her to sign their book for them.

“Sorry,” she apologised. “My bad. Just spotted an old friend.”

“You looked like you’d seen a ghost.”

Smiling, she said, “Something like that.”

With a flourish, she signed the book and handed it back.

Two hours and many autographs later, the book signing was drawing to a close. It had been her most successful yet. She was exhausted and her hand was throbbing from writing so many dedications and signing her name. In her heart, she knew she shouldn’t grumble. Her fans were loving her books and she was living her dream as a result. This latest novel was the penultimate one in the series, and she’d been plagued with questions all night about how it was all going to end. Was the heroine going to get her man?

“Hi. Can you sign this to Luke please?”

The voice hadn’t changed over the years. Her heart melted a little at the sound of it.

“Or should that be “To Storm”?”

She froze. Storm was the hotter than hell bad boy rockstar in the books.

“You know?” she whispered, feeling her cheeks flush as she looked up into his eyes.

“I’m flattered,” he admitted, flashing her a smile. “Would it be too presumptuous to offer to take you for a drink when you’re done here? We could discuss where this storyline goes next.”

“And if I say yes, is it going to ended happily ever after?”

“That remains to be seen,” he replied with a wink.