Author, Jo Allen joins us today.

Welcome to my blog, Jo and before I ask you a few questions, can you tell me a small bit about yourself please? 

I was born in Wolverhampton and am a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. After a career in economic consultancy I took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 I took the plunge and began writing the genre I most like to read – crime. Now living in Edinburgh, I spend as much time as possible in the English Lakes. In common with all my favourite characters, I love football (for my sins, I’m a season ticket holder with Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats. 

Did you recently have a book published that we can congratulate you on?  Funny you should ask that, Mary! I have a new book to share … it’s a detective novel (with an added touch of romance) and it’s the second in my series set in Cumbria. The series focuses on DCI Jude Satterthwaite, who’s a love-him-or-hate-him character locally. His devotion to his job has already cost him the love of his life and caused series problems in his relationship with his younger brother. Please say you’d like the blurb. You would? Fabulous… 😉 

Blurb for Death at Eden’s End.

When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden’s End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District’s Eden Valley it’s not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes… that of pure terror. DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it’s clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again… 

Please tell us about your journey to publication.  It’s been long! I have been writing for a very long time and, although I haven’t kept a record of the setbacks along the way (I think it would have broken me) I got my first request for a full manuscript from an agent over twenty years ago. My first short story was published in The People’s Friend in 2008 and it was in 2014 that my first novel, Thank You For the Music, was published by Tirgearr publishing. There were five more contemporary romances with Tirgearr, then three self-published romantic suspense novels, and in late 2018 I signed for three detective novels with Aria Fiction. The first, Death by Dark Waters, came out in May. The second is out today.

Where did the idea for your book come from?  I can’t remember! I do know that my detective novels all begin with the crime, but I couldn’t tell you at what point the idea came to me for this one, though I can probably pinpoint most of the others. At some point I must just have wondered why someone would kill a 100-year old woman who would soon be about to die, but that’s about all I can tell you.

Who has inspired you as an author?  With my romance hat on I’ve always loved Mary Stewart, whose heroines were always feisty and who has the trick of gripping her reader from beginning to end. In terms of crime, I turn to the traditional whodunnits from the Golden Age of detective fiction between the wars. I particularly love Dorothy Sayers, who managed to combine an intellectual puzzle with completely believable characters. They had lives outside their work and who had the same feelings and insecurities as the rest of us.

This is really important to me, probably because I started off as a romance writer. Much as I enjoy Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, I never quite engaged with them in the same way as I do with Sayers, because their detectives don’t seem to have lives of their own.

Romance in detective fiction isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I’ve always wanted to write about real people. That goes beyond the criminals and their victims: my detectives have lives, too. And they do fall in and out of love and have problems of their own. So why not tell the reader about it?

What do you do in your free time?  I can potter for Britain! I love going cycling, as long as the weather isn’t too miserable, and I love reading. We’ve just moved to a house with a largish garden and I’m looking forward to spending some time growing my own veg in the summer. But all the time I’m doing these things I’m still thinking about the next book(s). So in that sense I’m never off duty, I’ll never retire…and I never have any free time.

What’s next for you?  I’m a bit wary of saying what’s next, because I don’t want to tempt fate. I have a contract for three books in the current series and I would like to do more. I also have a couple of women’s fiction novels on a dusty shelf, so one day I plan to rework them. Oh, and I have some ideas for psychological thrillers, too…

How much of this I actually get round to doing is open to question, of course, but there will certainly be something more to come.

Please share with us links to where you can be found online.

Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   Jo’s website

And you can download Death at Eden’s End here

I want to thank you, Jo for taking time out to chat with us today and continued success in your writing career.

Mary x

Thank you, Jo for joining me and sharing your good news about your recent launch. I wish you continued success with your writing career.

Mary x

Actor and Author, Domhnall pays a visit

I am thrilled to welcome Domhnall O’Donoghue to my blog. If you feel you recognise him, well that’s because he’s on our telly in the wonderful series called, Ros na Rún on TG4. Domhnall is a man of many talents and is the friendliest, kindest person to speak with. I put a few questions his way. 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an actor, journalist and author. I hail from Co. Meath’s largest town – Navan. The word is a palindrome, which gives locals much pride! 
Today, I divide my time between Dublin, Venice – where my boyfriend grew up – and Connemara where I film the television series Ros na Rún. I also work in media and in addition to writing a monthly column for Woman’s Way magazine, I’m a travel journalist. My wanderings to destinations such as Jamaica, Istanbul and Chicago have formed the backdrop to all of my novels.

What genres do you like to write in?
My first three novels are all comedy, although the styles are drastically different. The best way of describing my first two books – Sister Agatha (Tirgearr Publishing) and Colin and the Concubine (Mercier Press) – is larger-than-life characters overcoming larger-than-life situations. 
For me, the story comes first and then I decide what genre would best tell it. Comedy isn’t the right fit for Book #4 – my current WIP. Instead, it is a hybrid of suspense, drama and mystery.

What is the title of your latest book, (tell us a bit about it)?
My latest book is called Colin and the Concubine and it’s a yarn about a long-lasting sibling rivalry set against the backdrop of a brothel in 1990s Navan. It was inspired by my six-month stint living next-door to one in Dublin – the things I saw; the things I heard! 
The story is full of Irish nostalgia – for instance, the climax takes place during the heats of the final-ever Calorgas Housewife of the Year Competition. Do you remember watching that on RTE?! 
Below the surface, it’s a critique on the double-standards that exist in our society along with being an exploration into how skilled we’ve become at presenting a version of ourselves to the world that can often be in stark contrast to our real, authentic selves.
The response has been really positive so far from both readers and the media, and it’s proven to be a popular choice for bookclubs and beach reads.

What are you currently working on? I wrote the first draft of my current WIP the week following the death of my dear aunt on St Patrick’s Day. It was an extremely cathartic process. The working title is Connie Maguire Wants to Help and the action takes place over three days, played out in reverse order. I’m really excited about it and have loved writing it. 

When and where do you like to write? Have you a favourite place?
Because there’s so much movement in my life, I’ve learned to work on the go, so I’ll happily write on a train or plane, in a café or at home. I’m a dab hand at drowning out the world – unless, of course, I’m using it as inspiration!
When I’m in my apartment in Dublin (like today), our cat, a Persian rescue called Prince, keeps me company! This is probably my favourite place to work. 

Has there been a defining moment in your career that made you think, ‘Yes, I am a writer’?
I’ve definitely felt, ‘Yes, I am a journalist’ but I’ve yet to properly feel, ‘Yes, I am an author’. That’s okay – it motivates me. In saying that, seeing copies of Colin and the Concubine in the shopfront of Dubray Books on Grafton Street was a rather lovely moment, I must confess! 

What is next for you? I’m just about to begin the editing process with Mercier Press on my third book – a comedy about a soap actor and a rather zealous fan. The working title is Crazy for You but that might change! 
The inspiration? Many moons ago, I joked to friends that my goal in life was to have a stalker – “That would mean that I’ve made it!” says I. A pal warned: be careful what you wish for. The book is an imagined version of that wish coming true!
There’s a lot of ‘me’ in this book – the main character, Clooney, is very much based on Domhnall. Again, it was an extremely rewarding process allowing myself to be vulnerable by recalling – and documenting – the highs and lows of my life. 
I’m really excited to start the editing process with Mercier; working with them on Colin on the Concubine was probably the most satisfying and creative collaboration of my career to date.

BOOK BLURB:

Colin and the Concubine Colin Saint James hates his older brother, Freddie – and for good reason. A true psychopath, Freddie has been hell-bent on destroying Colin’s happiness since before he was born! Never one to admit defeat, Colin searches for opportunities to get one up on his sibling, even just once. When the heats for the final ever, Housewife of the Year competition are announced, Colin sees his chance. The only problem is he needs a wife. Luckily, he lives next door to Navan’s best-looking woman, Azra, who happens to be single and anxious to get a ring on her finger. But Azra is also a Turkish concubine and she and Colin don’t exactly see eye-to-eye over her nocturnal activities.
Will Colin be able to park his reservations about his X-rated neighbour if it gives him the chance to emerge triumphant over Freddie for once in his life?

My many thanks for Domhnall giving his time to chat with us. Below are links where to buy his books and also if you want to learn more about Domhnall and connect with him, those links are there too.

BOOK TO BUY LINKS:

Colin and the Concubine: https://www.mercierpress.ie/irish-books/colin-and-the-concubine/

SisterAgatha: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/ODonoghue_Domhnall/sister-agatha.htm

WHERE WE CAN FIND YOU LINKS:
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/domhnall.o.donoghue Twitter: https://twitter.com/Domhnall1982 Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/domhnall82/ Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15394447.Domhnall_O_Donoghue

Welcome Author, Penny Best.

Read all about Penny’s new series and she promises us it is Hot, Hot, Hot!!! 

Penny Best is the pen-name and persona for an explicit romance writer who has thrown caution to the wind. This fictional persona writes hot steamy quickie reads and has a degree in tantric sex therapy. 

Having spent her early twenties working in high-end gentleman’s clubs in London, Penny has now found her own inner goddess and runs naturalist yoga retreats for celebrities in exotic locations across the globe. As a competent sailor, Penny takes time out of her hectic writing and business schedule to battle the wilds of the Atlantic around her coastal based refurbished castle in the north-west of Ireland.  Penny is at her happiest when walking her trusty sheep dog. She also succumbs to the local gin, the odd hot whiskey and has fallen passionately in lust with her own rugged, Irish scuba diver. Penny’s dream is to meet Oprah Winfrey, Pierce Brosnan and Nora Roberts and to write for the rest of her days. 

Twitter: @pennybestwriter 
 
 
 
 

My thanks to Penny for paying me a visit and I wish her the very best with her new series.

A New Chapter in Life

Howdy, folks, well I’ve finished week three of a very exciting chapter in my life. I applied earlier this year and have been accepted for a MA (Master in Arts) in Creative Writing at the wonderful University of Limerick (UL).
Am I happy? I’m over the moon. It is a massive and major step for me as I’ve never been to college and I’m (ahem) late fifties. So when applying I was nervous, doubtful, praying, and everything in between that I was, 

1: Doing the right thing and 2: I would be accepted.

Obviously I was successful, I’m here aren’t I? Silly me, anyway the first morning was daunting. Traveling to and fro to the university means an early start and I don’t do mornings. But now I’m up at six thirty and out the door at seven fifteen the latest.

Breakfast in UL

When I arrive on campus, I either go to the library (which is amazing and where I’m sneaking time to write this) or sit in my car (especially if it’s lashing, which in Ireland is a kinda given) and write. I am using my time more effectively and my energy for writing/creating has soared. I am overflowing with ideas and notes are being taken which by the time I get around to working on them, I shall probably have forgotten what I meant, the scribbling is bad in places in fairness.

Morning Moon UL

My fellow students are friendly, talented and top class. I am lucky to be surrounded by such giving people. Although any time I’ve needed help navigating the vast grounds of UL, everyone has been so helpful. There is an amazing air of togetherness drifting through the university, every corner, corridor, pathway is filled with wanting to encourage each other, to help, to belong.

 

I could go on but I shall report again on my experience. But for now, it’s head down and write, write and read. Wait until I tell you about my awakening in poetry, I can’t get over it, honestly you’ll be wanting to grab a poetry book and sink into it. All for another post though.

The Living Bridge, UL

 

 

Meet Charlotte, Award winning Author

Welcome to Charlotte Howard, author and friend. I asked Charlotte some questions so we could learn more about her writing, so read on to find out what she shared. A blurb to whet your curiosity is also included so go buy her new book at the links below.

Did you recently have a book published that we can congratulate you on?

I write under the name C.V. Leigh as well as Charlotte Howard, and had my debut urban fantasy novel, The Change, published in May this year. It’s the first book in a series and follows a family of werewolves. Book two, (working title Memory Magic) has just been contracted as well!

Please tell us about your journey to publication.

It’s been a long journey! I started writing professionally as a content writer back in 2008, but always wanted to be a novelist. I self-published an awful erotic crime novella in 2010, and made so many mistakes! But I learned from them and decided to go down the traditional route. My first erotic romance title, Seven Dirty Words, was contracted by a small American publishing house, before being taken on by Tirgearr Publishing in 2015.

BLURB for THE CHANGE : Kincaid pack Alpha, Alistair, has called his family back to their ancestral home in the Scottish Cairngorms. His wife, Megan, is losing control of her ability to shift and it has him rattled. When it comes to light that Nathan Trevell, Megan’s ex and the lycanthrope who turned her, has travelled from the States and is in the UK, closing in on his family, Alistair is even more determined to keep everyone safe. Nathan isn’t deterred by the Kincaid pack. He’s in the UK for a very specific reason, a reason that threatens to turn the lives of the Kincaids upside down – and possibly endanger them. Being cooped up together in Faol Hall only serves to highlight the differences between the Kincaids, and fighting soon breaks out. Can they put aside their issues and present a united front, before it’s too late?

Where did the idea for your first book come from?

I’m not really sure where my ideas come from. I pick up inspiration from people I know, films I’ve seen, and books I’ve read. Seven Dirty Words came about after a friend had read Fifty Shades of Grey and suggested I try my hand at erotic romance.

Who has inspired you as an author?

I don’t think I can name one single person. I’m inspired by a lot of people—other authors, friends, family members…

What do you do in your free time?

I’m quite crafty. I enjoy watching films and reading books, but I can’t sit still and have to do something with my hands. I do a lot of knitting, make dream catchers, and paint.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on a new erotic romance novel under Charlotte Howard. Under C.V. Leigh, I’m working on book three of The Wolves of Faol Hall series and an epic child-friendly fantasy series.

Please share with us a short bio, an author picture and include links to where you can be found online.

Originally from the Nottingham/Lincoln borders, award-winning author, Charlotte lives in Somerset with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets and can always be found with a cup of tea in her hand. When she’s not writing or running around after small people and animals, she loves to eat curry and watch action films. She comes from a long line of natural witches, and spent her childhood learning to read tea leaves from her grandmother and Tarot from her mother, so it’s no surprise that she has a love for the fantastical and paranormal. Her favourite authors include Kelley Armstrong, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams, Grant Naylor, Terry Pratchett, and Roald Dahl.

 

 

 

 

Author links:

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Leigh_CV/index.htm 

www.charlottehoward.co.uk

John Hewitt Society, part 2

While thinking about this post and going over again all the wonderful events, it really brought home, how important receiving the full bursary was for me. Armagh is up north in Ireland and I live down south, so it was a four and a half hour car journey minimum, which to be honest would have made me reconsider travelling the distance and the cost involved. Having received the award, made it more accessible, so again, thank you to the JHS International Sumer School 2019.
My week began attending an address from Judith Thompson, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland. An interesting and informative talk that set the bar high for the rest of the week, which each event after reached and soared beyond. My favourite event of all was the talk delivered by Professor of Modern Irish History, Diarmaid Ferriter of University College Dublin and the interview following it. His address was titled, The Problem Child Nobody Wants: The Irish Border 1919-2019. I could have listened to him forever, his books are too many to mention but do look him up.
Also other events that captivated me, was the interview with Ann Cleeves, author of over 25 novels and the author behind ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. Such a lady and lovely to chat with. Kevin Barry, author of Nightboat to Tangier, read from his new book and entertained us all with his pearls of wisdom. Jo Spain, crime writer shared her writing habits etc. as part of a Crime Writing Panel.
Poetry was not forgotten by any means. In fact I was so taken with the poets who attended, I have dabbled in this genre since hearing the poetry and I must admit, I’m enjoying it. Poets, Mary Jean Chan and Billy Ramsell stood out for me. Again, down to earth people who gave time for a chat afterwards. Not to mention, Billy Collins, twice US Poet Laureate who held us spell-bound.
There was theatre to attend in the evenings, art exhibitions launched, music to listen to, and friends to be made, (New Yorker, Joanne and Donegalian, Lorraine) plus many others, Pat, Bill, Stephen, all in my workshop, the list is endless. Plus food and wine receptions, many other talks and events.
On the closing day we were presented with out certificates of attendance by the lady Mayoress of Armagh and had our photos taken with her.
It really was a busy, interesting, packed, and exciting week. I’d urge everyone to attend if only once. There was so much more that I have not covered here, but honestly, it was brilliant. The open mic on the last night? Fantastic!

I’ve come home with a car load of books to read, memories to savor, ideas and ambition to reach for the stars and know that I can.
Like all events/festivals, you get from them what you put in so it is worth making the effort when attending to learn and involve yourself in what is going on around you.


From left to right:
Top: Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter, Mary Jean Chan, Kevin Barry
Bottom: Ann Cleeves, Mick Herron and Jo Spain (in centre of photo).



John Hewitt Society in Armagh, part 1.

When I applied for a bursary in April of this year, I did so filled with doubt that I would receive it. I knew of the John Hewitt Society (JHS) Summer School from writing friends who attended previously. So when I got the email telling me I had been successful in my application and I was being awarded a full bursary, my delight soared through the rafters.

Travelling up on my own from county Cork, I must admit to being nervous. Although I’ve travelled solo to places like California and Toulouse and elsewhere for writing, this was my first bursary. I felt so grateful to the committee and to my own Irish Dept. of Foreign Affairs who sponser writers from the Republic with the JHS in Armagh.

So who is John Hewitt? John was an Ulster poet and political activist born in Belfast in 1907 and died in 1987. He formed many friendships, starting conversations that crossed religious and political divides. He was the first writer-in-residence in Queens University, Belfast. The JHS is in exsistence since 1988 and promotes the same belief as the poet that literature, arts and culture transfers across all boundaries. Our identities and common experiences unites us more than any of the divisions that exsist. By gifting with help from their sponsers and main funders, writers from the Republic are welcomed through their bursary schemes to take part. Of course you do not need to be in receipt of a bursary to attend. The Summer School is open to all and everyone to enjoy the many workshops and events that are in the programme for the week. To find out more visit their website at the following link, https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/

I shall write more in another post telling what I did and how the week went as there is so much to share with you all.

Tiny part of the registration table

Welcome author Maya Tyler

I want to welcome fellow writer Maya Tyler especially as today is launch day of her new novel, A Wizard’s Choice. I asked Maya a few questions and you can read what she has to say down below. Also I want to thank her for being my guest. I wish her the wonderful success she deserves with all her future writing projects.

Maya Tyler is a multi-published author of paranormal romance novels. An avid reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes that “True Love’s Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters. Maya draws inspiration for her stories from her active imagination, real-life experiences, and educational background.

When she’s not writing, you can find Maya enjoying her favourite things—hanging out with her family, reading, and drinking coffee (especially Starbucks French Roast)!

What genres do you like to write in?

I primarily write paranormal romance. My latest project Duet at Midnight is more of a young adult, contemporary romance with a splash of paranormal.

What is the title of your latest book, (tell us a bit about it)?

A Wizard’s Choice (release date July 17, 2019) is my latest book. It’s Book #2 in The Magicals Series, but can be read as a standalone.

Wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde, introduced in A Vampire’s Tale, The Magicals Series Book #1, is my main character. His life, so far, has been governed by external factors. He was raised by his grandfather because his parents abandoned him. He’s an apprentice because his grandfather is a wizard. But Kurtis is in love with his vampire friend’s maker, Dee. He wants a chance to find himself and, perhaps, find happiness.

An ancient wizard-fairy feud and a secret from Kurtis’ past threaten to take away all his choices. Forever.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently writing a chat story for the app Chapters: Interactive Stories called Duet at Midnight. It’s a reverse Cinderella story where the older brother of twin sisters falls for a pop princess. I’m posting it one chapter at a time on the app. Writing directly on the app is a new experience for me.

I have two other Community Stories on the app, but Duet at Midnight is the first one I’m posting myself. It’s a cool format—a combination of narration and dialogue—with character avatars and pictures.

You can download the app on your mobile device through the Apple app store or Google Play.

What is next for you? I have a lot of ideas for future books in The Magicals Series. Let’s see which character clamors for their story to be told next…

Blurb for A Wizard’s Choice 

           Dreams or duty?

            Wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard, but he feels obligated to his grandfather who raised him. Making The Choice, whether or not to become a wizard and join The Circle, doesn’t feel like a choice at all. Leaving The Circle would give Kurtis the freedom to follow his own dreams, and to pursue vampiress, Dee, who has always intrigued him. He knows there’s more to Dee than the icy being she portrays, but will she give him a chance to know the real her?

There is unrest in the magical world. Fairies, a magical being thought to be long extinct, still exist. And the long-time feud between wizards and fairies threatens everyone Kurtis cares about, including his life coach, Alina, who has quickly become a close friend. And perhaps more. He discovers his connection to the ancient beings The Annunaki, the ancestors of wizards and fairies, may be key to the future. The more he uncovers, the more questions he has.

Will Kurtis choose to follow his heart or risk sacrificing his own happiness for peace in the magical world?

You can go buy your copy at the links provided:    Amazon        or      Amazon Kindle Unlimited

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Books and Short Stories by Maya

Maya’s short story “Just for Tonight” was part of the anthology With Love from Val and Tyne (Breathless Press, 2012). The Valentine’s Day anthology included ten stand-alone stories, all involving a magic dress—designed by matchmaking Val and Tyne—that grants wishes.

Dream Hunter (Just Ink Press, 2014) is a story about a dedicated guardian angel sworn to protect his charge—currently the career-driven businesswoman Cynthia Courtland—and not become emotionally involved. As the story moves between the dream world and reality, you will question everything you think you know. Readers called it “exceptional” and “the best novella I have ever read.”

A Vampire’s Tale (Tirgearr Publishing, 2017), The Magicals Series, Book One, is a story about Corgan Halton, a vampire set to disprove Hollywood’s misconceptions about vampires, before he ends his existence. He selects Marisa Clements—an aspiring, paranormal author—to write his story. With Corgan’s ability to see the future, he knows Marisa will be involved in his death and his presence in her life will place her in grave danger. Readers called it “a deep and progressive tale of love” which is “a different take on your usual vampire romance novel.”

In 2018, Maya published short stories “Heart’s Storm” and “Fly Boy” for the app Chapters: Interactive Stories (Crazy Maple Studio, 2018). “Heart’s Storm” is about a down-on-her-luck screenwriter who discovers the key to her future is in the past. Readers call it “a cute time travel romance.” “Fly Boy” is about an independent landscaper who opens her heart to the possibility of love. Readers rave “amazing story” and “in love with this story.”

In 2019, “Fly Boy” was released as a visual novel on the app Chapters: Interactive Stories (Crazy Maple Studio, 2019).

A Wizard’s Choice (Tirgearr Publishing, 2019), The Magicals Series, Book Two, is a story about Kurtis Warde, a wizard apprentice who doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard. He wants to pursue his dreams and a certain captivating vampiress, Dee. Unrest in the magical world threatens everyone Kurtis cares about.

Blog

Maya blogs (mostly weekly) at Maya’s Musings, a platform to feature her work and promote her colleagues. Her blog is a great opportunity to ‘meet’ other authors and readers.
On Maya’s Musings, you’ll find posts on these topics:

  • Writing journey
  • Writing samples
  • Guests
    • Author and character interviews
    • Guest posts
    • Book promotions, including spotlights and cover reveals​

To Contact Maya

Maya loves to hear from fellow authors and readers! Please connect with her through social media (see links below) or the contact form on this site.

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Flash 300 Max

Can I play?

(From FWG on FB, photo surce unknown to me)

He sat in deep thought. Had he gone wrong? Did he not plan it perfectly? Of course he did. In fact he paid so much attention to every detail that he had not rested for well over six days at first. He believed in free will. He trusted too much his army of angels moaned. Still, what he created, he had done so from love.

Now years on considering his work unfold beneath him, he sat curious, watching. He liked that woman and man were inquisitive, wanted to know more of the world about them. Sometimes they tested his patience but more often than not, they enthralled him. This group that had caught his attention were on an expedition to find new land. They were clever, they looked to the skies for guidance. Sometimes watching them move about and interact, their petty squabbles, their laughter, their joys and sorrows, he wished he was down there with them.

Once he had walked amongst them, so long ago. He held fond memories of those times, his mother and Joseph and relatives sharing family time. Carrying from birth the weight of salvation on his shoulders, he did his best to fit in, to be the son that others took for granted. But his destiny said otherwise.

Now, master of creation, he watched over this latest trek by a group who believed they knew it all yet how naïve they were of the dangers the cold lands held. To be close he took on the shape of a frozen landscape of ice that would make them question was it man or mountain. He liked to tease, his mischievous side sprinkling out over the world.

Being the Creator, was it better sometimes being the observer rather than being the observed?

Flash 300 Max

Doorway to Happiness

Photo from FWG prompt on FB, source unknown

This is my quiet place. Where I go to be still. I first found it when out for a walk to get away from him. Ever since he retired he had taken over the house, each aspect of it and it really was doing my head in. I couldn’t go for a coffee with the girls anymore. They soon drifted away, stopped asking me to join them.

“It’s cheaper to have one at home. On the pension now, we are.”

If I heard it one more time, I would throw the tea pot at him. My book-club meetings were another nuisance for him.

“We can start our own little club, more intimate and share a pot of tea, just the two of us.”

When I protested to this, he said we needed to watch our petrol spend, could one of the other ladies pick me up and drop me off? I explained none of them lived close enough to do this. He nodded and asked, “What shall we read first to get us started?”

My days became lonely, the nights too. Now we were at retirement age, we could do without that side of marriage he winked.

So that’s why I came here. Peace. Tranquillity. Alone time.

Why let him away with being so controlling, my few friends left ask. He’s not that bad I laugh, maybe I’m exaggerating it a bit. I add.

But I am a patient woman. Patient and wise.

Amazing how the universe works, send it out and it shall be answered I was told and I did. Still his sudden heart attack surprised us all. Now when life is stressed for me I visit here and tell the universe my worries.

So far she has never let me down.