BOOK REVIEW: Autumn Lady bpy AnneMarie Dapp

Mara McClain is a young Irish immigrant looking to begin anew in Victorian-era San Francisco, after the California Gold Rush. She struggles for both love and independence, as a budding businesswoman in a male-dominated society.  Set amid the fascinating backdrop of San Francisco’s Golden Age, Autumn Lady draws from an eclectic cast of characters, both historical and original. It’s an idiosyncratic journey through the highs and lows, ballrooms and back rooms, alleys and the promenades, and the enchantment and viciousness, of an American city on the brink of a new era.  Autumn Lady is not just the story of Mara McClain, it is the story of both a woman and a city coming of age in one of America’s most exciting historical periods. In all honesty, historical romance is usually not my thing. This book was gifted to at an event and was quite surprised. Dapp created a world you’d gladly jump into. Emotions range the spectrum and you feel what the

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Never leave a task undone

That is a blanket title I know but today I’m talking more about your medical bills. Know that even though technology runs nearly everything that humans still stand behind the machines and therefore mistakes happen. When you see a doctor or specialists or have tests run or procedures completed, don’t pay a bill just because it was sent to you. In the last 30 days I’ve had bills adding up to more than $1k sent to me. I was diligent and looked up the EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) to verify my portions due! I owed nothing! Either time! Human error. If you have bills and don’t understand them call someone for help. Don’t let the bill sit and fester like a wound that ill rot of an appendage and eventually land on your credit or worse, prevent you from future treatments. Take care of it. Make a few calls. Get things looked at. Never leave a task undone.

EOYR: Favoritism

EOYR= End of Year Rant Favoritism… is something that should be shown for things like foods, colors, vehicles, cities…NOT children or family! All my years, I’ve seen people show favoritism between family members and even their own kids. Hell, my own mother showed favoritism for my younger brother creating an environment of insecurity and uncertainty. I left home at 17 and even though that was more than 30 years ago…that level of insecurity of not being enough sits on my shoulder as a demon speaking words of doubt into my ears. This was the first cycle I swore to break with my own kids. When asked who my favorite is… I answer Nyx (my dog) because I will NEVER pick a favorite nor show favoritism. Each child was treated differently according to what they needed but not once was one given more than another. As a mom of 3 with 4 bonus children… I do the same today as I

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Unexpected Allies

In case you missed the new release, Unexpected Allies came out not too long ago. For nineteen-year-old Elizabeth, magic was something that never existed until about a year ago. One dream had changed her life forever. A dream that revealed a world she was meant to live in but had been hidden from her since a toddler. Now her life is flooded with magic, family drama, and inner circle politics of how the Witch’s Council and her coven should run and who should run it she must look to the past to guide the future. Elizabeth has been through it all with her recently found powers and the end of the struggle draws near, she hopes. A strange man invades her dreams declaring himself an ally but is unable to reveal himself fully. He knows things about Elizabeth that she can’t explain and is determined to discover his identity and bring him out of the dreams into reality. Then a

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Learning your limitations

All my life I had to be very independent and yet now life makes me very dependent on others. In the last few years, that need has grown exponentially. I’ve started having neurological issues and was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy of both upper and lower limbs. Before that I had had two ankle surgeries to correct issues that has plagued me since I was a teenager. I’ve had more medical surgeries, tests, and appointments in the last four years that I’ve had all my entire life…forty seven years! My mobility is limited. I’m not allowed to lift more than ten pounds which means technically I should never pick up a single one of many grandchildren. I can’t pull or push things that are too heavy as it strains my back that is now (as the doctor describes) a ‘ticking time bomb’ because in the last year and a half my L5-S1 has gone from minor to severe with issues. I

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Supporting more than stories

Ever find a an author and want to support them just a little more than you are? On patreon, that is possible! For as little as one dollar… yes, $1, a month you can support me and get some great goodies. If you want to do more, you can. The more support you give the more I give back to you! Your support will help me continue to write and publish amazingly unique stories that not only entertain but also inspire uniqueness. Wonder what your support would get? Take a look at the amazing tiers I’ve made for you: $1 a month- Roaming Spirits – You will receive regular updates and get to see excerpts first along with mostly digital wallpapers created by me. $3 a month – Sprites – You get what Roaming Spirits get as well as an eCopy of Calastan $5 a month – Fairies – All that come before you as well as weekly updates and

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Then and Now

I’m sure you are wondering why I use such vague titles. Well, the shorter the title the shorter the URL. That’s really why! Plus it intrigues people and then they tend to want to see what I’m up to! In relation to my social media life Then… I was very quite about politics and religion on all social media platforms. Kept to sharing basic emotions and nothing too high on the scale of creating a stir. I always felt religion and politics were fire intensive and didn’t want to kick the hornets nest. Now… I post about everything. The whole point about this blog was for readers to get to know me…the real me. The me behind the pages of my work, behind the closed door of my life. To know me is to know my passions and understand why I write the way I do. I’m temperamental, easily triggered (although not as much as even ten years ago), and

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Acceptance

When you are finally allowed to be yourself an get complete acceptance its the most amazing feeling ever. Growing up I was always the ‘black sheep’ along with one of my cousins. Her and I were the two outsiders in our family. We didn’t look like anyone in our families and we got worst of the treatments from many of the elders in the family. As adults we’ve worked hard to break the cycles of accepting the difference in our family members and most our children. Acceptance allows the individual to grow with positive self-esteem and allows them to grow into better adults. Remember to always respect the differences of others and accept them for those. Knowing that I am accepted for who I am without reservation gives me strength to show the world, and not hide behind a facade. The more real a person can be the better that person will be.

Pain vs. Love

A lesson I learned in my life is that through all the pain we must discover why life is still precious. At each stage of my life, I did this. It’s the only thing that kept me going to be quite honest. When I tell people the story of my life they ask, how did you stay sane? I only reply, to be honest I have no idea. Three of my kids know about 80% of what I went through and I think that is one of the reason they respect me so much. I took that pain and turned it into love and determination to do better and be better than those before me. I made sure to break as many cycles as I was able to in order to not pass those onto my children. Pain is different for everyone – whether its inflicted from our parents or friends or the one we love…it happens. It’s what we

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