New blog to check out!

I always like to support my fellow bloggers where I can and this is no exception.  Please hop along and show some love to Lainy and her blog  ‘Bookish Bits Blog’.  She’s an avid reader (and fan of just about everything).  You’ll love her reviews and if she can’t get you reading I don’t know what will.  The link is below so there is no excuse not to check it out or you know, give her a follow!




Playing the Game, Derek Backhard by Shawnte Borris

Playing the GamePlaying the Game, Derek Backhard by Shawnte Borris

Release Date: March 30, 2016

Genre: Romance

Playing the Game

Since being drafted by the NHL to play for his home team at age nineteen, Derek Backhard has had everything he’s ever dreamed of – unrivaled MVP mentions, countless goals and assists, even being compared to the great one. Holding the power to control his future in the palm of his hands, nothing stood in his way.

Until the unthinkable happened, and everything about his life shifted. Past priorities fell away the moment he held baby Ryder in his arms mere moments after losing his close friend, and Ryder’s father, Brad.

After weeks of watching Liz fall apart over the loss of her husband as she struggled to adjust to life as a single parent, Derek vows to give her and Ryder everything they deserve, creating a life he never knew he always wanted.

Rocked to her core by her changing feelings for him, Liz doesn’t know what to do with Derek or his offer. Uncertainty swirls within her as she leans on her lifelong friend during the hard times, but how much of his attention is real, and how much is pity?

Is she strong enough to let him in and let him take care of her, or will she force him away and back into the life she thinks he really wants?

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TradeCardteaser7teaser1All about the Author

Shawnte is an international bestselling romance author with her Falling for Bentley series. She hales from central Alberta, Canada. Where she is a mother of two and co-owns a cow/calf operation with her husband of twelve years. As much as she fusses about farming, she enjoys the rural living lifestyle it offers.

When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.

When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new.

You will find Shawnte on Facebook, Twitter and TSU. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote that you fell in love with.

Wrap Playing the Game

The Poetry Society

Years ago when I was a struggling poet I was writing off to all these magazines (yes people, it was before the Internet!) and offereing them my porely typed scribbles to recieve back the instruction to join the Poetry Society and learn about Poetry. Little did they appreciate that I wasn’t so much a starving artist as an on-the-dole refugee who was retaking my GCSE’s to make something of myself, (they wanted qualifications they were going to get qualifications goddannit!) who had to save up to put postage on my hopeful envelopes.

Still there was one publisher who gave me light at the end of the tunnel and also 46 opportunities to get published, which of course I accepted.  (You’ll find a full list of my poetry here:  ) and went on my weary way to get a job (after adding an NVQ  to my qualifications).

So here we are now, ten years on, the job disappeared somewhere in the southwest, but gave me the chance to spend a year working on my writing and so with some tripidation I signed up for Poetry Society membership.  My little card came through today with the first copy of the poetry review and a nice letter telling me what my benefits are of being a member.  Is it going to help me get published? There are no guarentees but idealisticaly it’s going to give me the confidence to get my work out there again. To be seen.

So that is my blog for today. It’s interesting to know that I will look back on some of these posts in a years time and think  “woah I was excited about that?”, when there is a whole world out that that I could be doing things that are much more exciting and life altering. But well, thinking about it, aren’t the little things as much about changing and growing as the big things?  My poetry itself is about growth. Personal, spiritual, emotional growth. About finding who I am and being happy with that. An exploration of my soul.

I’ve adapted it to fit in with publishers themes and magazines and competitions but at the end of the day I always know that there is a part of me inside each poem. Perhaps, that is why the past few years the poems have dried up and the longer stories have evolved into life because I have more to say or less to find out about myself.

So now I’m thinking great, I started off being all hyper about getting my membership card through and now I’m all introspective and thinking of the things I haven’t acheived in my life. Must be time to write some poetry and take advantage of these feelings….

So that leaves….

Current Mood:  EMO

Current Drink: Coffee, black of course, and slightly bitter, unaware of it’s strength….

Interesting Fact: Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.