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Happy Tuesday and thanks for joining us. So happy you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the remarkable Jenna Da Sie:

Write a 500 word or less flash fiction using the words TURKEY, RAIN, and TRAMPOLINE.

The old trampoline squatted forlornly in the backyard, surrounded by dirt and brown grass. It had been the only light in the darkness of a sad childhood. At least the rain had stopped, but that didn’t improve Kira’s mood. She stepped away from the window and looked around the old house. So empty it almost echoed. Everyone was gone now and it was time to clean up and move on. It wasn’t as if she’d be leaving behind any good memories. Holidays in this house had always been something to get through, not anticipate with pleasure. She wouldn’t miss this place.

Today being Thanksgiving didn’t help. The idea of cooking a turkey was laughable. So she could sit alone and eat it? No thanks.

A walk might help clear the cobwebs and air out the melancholy. She grabbed her coat and walked down the path to the sidewalk.

Coming toward her was the handsome neighbor from across the street. John? No, Jason. She had seen him once when she came to make the arrangements  for her mother, who had deteriorated to the point of needing full-time care.

Jason was walking the cutest golden retriever, the pup’s tongue lolling out in delight. As the man approached her, he smiled.

“Kira, right?”

She nodded.

“I heard about your mother. So sorry for your loss.”

“Thanks. And who is this gorgeous creature?” She knelt down to pet the dog’s soft fur and receive a doggy kiss in return.

“This is Sophie.” He chewed his lower lip. “Um, Happy Thanksgiving?”

She stood and smiled. “Yes. To you, as well.”

“Do you have plans? I mean, my house is full of loud, obnoxious, loving friends and family and we could always use one more.”

Kira was taken aback by his kindness. “Thank you, but I couldn’t intrude.”

“You wouldn’t be. I would love having someone new to talk to. I’ve heard all the old family stories so many times, I could recite them in my sleep.” He held out his hand, palm up. “Please. I would consider it a personal favor.”

The thought of a real Thanksgiving, with lots of people and family (even if it wasn’t her own) was something she had longed for all her life. And here was this very good looking man with stunning blue eyes asking her to join them.

And it wasn’t even Christmas yet.

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Now let’s hop over to the fantastic Jenna Da Sie and see what she’s come up with…

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Happy Tuesday and thanks for being here. This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet:

Pick a day or event in your life (ordinary or unusual) and describe it from a different point of view. This could be another person who was there, a stranger watching from a far, a pet – whatever you like.

Hi. My name is Jakita. Yes, that’s a picture of me helping with research. I am not sure what that means.

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I spend my days with my human mommy, Leslie, and I have some questions. Maybe you can help with the answers. First, I know she sits at a desk and taps out things on a flat black board. She tells me she is writing books. Okay. What’s a book?

Anyway, what is this thing about fur? I wear the same fur every day and it suits me just fine. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But Mom and Dad change their fur every day and sometimes take it off completely. What is the deal with that?

Then there’s how they eat. Why would you take tiny bites of food off a small metal thing when you can stick your whole head in a bowl and get a mouthful? Speaking of…why do I have to have dry stuff, while their food smells delicious? Mom says I am not allowed human food, because it makes me sick. I think I should keep trying to eat some just to make sure.

And there’s the potty thing. I need an indoor potty. When they have to go, they go into a little room inside the house and sit down. Me? I have to brave wind and rain and cold and it just seems so unfair, don’t you think?

Also, what is the point of taking a shower every day? Do they not know that means you have to get water all over your body? Why would anyone choose to get all wet and soapy if they had a choice?

Nighttime is my favorite, though. I curl up on the bed and snuggle against my mom. Sometimes she tries to make me move. Good luck with that. I can make my 26 pounds feel like a hundred when I refuse to give ground. Hahaha.

Overall, life here is good. I love my mom and dad and my tummy is full and so is my heart.

Oh and, truth be told, I pretty sure I really write mom’s books. (What’s a book, again?) She does the typing since I don’t have thumbs and my fingers have a problem on those little black keys. But, I’ll let her take the credit since I love her.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly blog. Really happy you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Dani Jace:

One day away from Halloween. Have you ever seen a ghost or witnessed something paranormal? Received a sign from a loved one in the hereafter? If not, share the oddest thing that’s ever happened to you that you can’t explain.

I always wanted to be psychic. I thought it would be amazing to communicate with spirits. Well, that is until I saw “Ghost” and realized that it can also be a curse (just ask Oda Mae). Because I am pretty sure once that door is open, it might be pretty hard to close it. Or control it.

I had a psychic reading in New Orleans years ago, and he was so right on. Everything he predicated came true. It was impressive. But again, does that talent consume him?

My only real paranormal experience is this: I have had a few prophetic dreams.  And I mean down to virtually every last detail. It has happened rarely, but it really freaked me out. I had confided in a friend about one of the dreams, thinking there was some hidden meaning, before it actually came true. And when it did come true, my friend was as unnerved as I was.

My conclusion is that there are so many things we do not understand. ‘Where’ and ‘why’ and ‘how’ are constant questions and sometimes the answers have no ‘logical’ explanation. We just need to accept that the world of knowledge is a vast ocean and all we have is a teacup.

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Now it’s time for the incredible Dani Jace to reveal her paranormal adventures.

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Hello and welcome! So glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Dani Jace:

Villains: Literary, TV/Movie or even real life – Who do you love as a villain and why. Who do you despise and why.

Villains! Some of my favorites are in movies. And, my favorite of all time is Alan Rickman, in so many of his roles. “DieHard” – well you just love to hate him. And as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”…did you ever see a better (or more hammy and prolonged) death scene. That alone was worth watching the movie. And in the Harry Potter movies you just never knew. Was he an object of pity or was he truly evil? Regardless, he was always entertaining to watch!

And who do I despise as a villain? Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds” is the penultimate amoral monster. The very incarnation of the worst aspect of a man. So cold, so calculating, so devoid of any emotion.  I hated him, but at the same time, he was mesmerizing in his portrayal of such a terrible person. To elicit such a reaction is a measure of the actor’s impressive talent. So, I hated the villain, but I have immense respect for the actor.

Villains are fascinating and their appearance makes our heroes (and heroines) shine in contrast. And they always shake things up, which is wonderful!

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Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Brenda Margriet and hear about her favorite villains.

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Happy Tuesday and thanks for coming to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Fiona Riplee:

Pumpkin Spice is in full swing right about now. It’s a crazy fall phenomenon that I look forward to every year. What are other crazy autumn activities that you look forward to?

Craft shows! You know, those dastardly events they hold every autumn to make you buy their gorgeous, one-of-a-kind items that you cannot possibly live without. This weekend, for example, we went to one where I had to have a hand carved wooden trivet, a small piece of stained glass and a beautiful liquid silver bracelet. Seriously, I had no choice. And, there’s another one next weekend. Can’t wait!

Sweaters! I definitely prefer summer to winter, but autumn is such a nice break between the two. There is nothing cozier than snuggling into a warm sweater and sipping on a cup of hot tea. While reading a book, of course.

And Halloween!  I love Halloween! I look forward to the kids in their costumes knocking on the door, and eating the leftover candy until my teeth ache. I love the scary movies and the paranormal atmosphere. And ghost stories. And the full moon in October promising all kinds of “hide under the covers” things.

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I am not a huge pumpkin fan, but I do love driving around and seeing all the leaves explode with color. So beautiful.

I will definitely miss autumn next year. Florida’s idea of the fall is most people’s idea of summer. But that’s okay. I still bet they’ll have craft shows.

Now, let’s pop over to the wonderful Fiona Riplee and find out what she’s looking forward to…

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Hello and welcome! We are so glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:

Tell us about your latest novel and/or what you’re working on. Bonus points for sharing what you love about your genre.

My latest novel is actually a novella, part of an anthology entitled “Grave Importance”. Eight other authors and I explore the various ways medical students in the 1800’s must supply cadavers or lose their place in the medical academy. Think “Jack the Ripper” meets medical science. It’s due out December 10th and it was so much fun to work on!

My WIP (work-in-progress) is the second book in the “Morocco” series called “Tied to Morocco”. It is Catherine’s story. She has come home to England believing the love of her life, Tazim, is dead. Instead, he has been imprisoned by a villain who then forced Catherine to marry him instead. But Tazim, who is convinced Catherine betrayed him, wants revenge. When he reappears, can they rekindle their love? Or will the shadow of Morocco darken their future together?

I love writing history set in exotic places. I truly enjoy every minute of the research and when I immerse myself in the story and the characters, I am there with them. I can ‘visit’ anywhere in the world at any time and ‘experience’ life in a totally different way. And yes, people did actually exist without cell phones.

In my stories, life is very different and I find it very exciting. People were more patient; they had no choice. And the customs and manners are fascinating. I think sometimes I was born a few centuries too late. So, I have to go back in history in my books.

Come share the adventures!

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to the hop! So glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Dani Jace:

Tis the season for craft fairs. Do you do any crafting, if so what? If not, what’s the favorite thing that you’ve purchased at a craft fair or just a fair?

I love craft fairs. Every year I can’t wait until autumn when there is one after another. I go to practically every one. I make jewelry, so it’s one of the ways I get new ideas. And I sew. Again creative inspiration. But, more than that, there are so many beautiful things on display to see. In fact, my house boasts gorgeous stained glass (a skill I have never attempted) and ‘animals’ welded from all kinds of metal parts. I have hangings and wind chimes, all wonderful acquisitions. In fact, two of my favorite fairs are coming up in October and they can’t come soon enough. Which is a problem, since we’re moving in January and I really shouldn’t buy more things. But who can resist?

My other favorite is the Renaissance Fair. It was there, a few years ago, I got the idea for “Jester’s Dance”. One of the jesters performing happens to be the first American in history to be named an official jester of a European castle. He was generous enough to share his experiences and some wonderful information, which I incorporated into my book. And I, of course, love the idea of actually ‘experiencing’ life in those times long past.

I am hoping there will be as many chances to go to craft fairs next year, in my new home in Florida.

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Now, let’s pop over to see what the incredible Jenna Da Sie likes about fairs…

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