Hello and happy Tuesday and welcome! Thanks so much for joining us. It means so much!
Here is this week’s challenge:
What is your favorite game? Is it because you usually win or because it challenges you every time?
My answer would have to be bridge. Like chess, the basic rules are straightforward and fairly simple. Don’t let that fool you. It can take a lifetime to be really good. And that’s the challenge. Of course, unlike chess, luck has something to do with it. Even the most skilled player can’t do well with bad cards. Unless, of course, their partner gets a good hand.
That’s one of the really nice things about the game. Communication between you and your partner. It’s like learning another language with all the bids and conventions. And, like anything else, the longer you have the same partner or one who ‘speaks your language’, the better your interaction and the better the play.
Do I usually win? Well, I win enough to keep me coming back. Constantly losing at something makes it difficult to keep up the momentum. But I also lose—enough to keep me coming back to improve.
The thing I don’t like is when people get nasty if you don’t do what they expect or want you to do when you bid or play. My response to that is: come on people, it’s a game. It’s recreation. Unless you’re a master. And masters are way out of my league.
So, just like any other game, choose your companions well and focus on the stimulation of learning how to get better while enjoying the process.
Now, let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel.
But first, it’s Magic Touch Release Day
ESME I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.
WILLIAM I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.
ESME Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.