Archive for February, 2018

Love 💕 Between Friends

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

One important theme in “Just A Kiss” is the value of true friendship. It is obvious that, in my novel, “Just A Kiss,” Gina is looking out for Carolyn with a sense of sisterly concern, protection and love. She may overstep her bounds sometimes, but all is forgiven if 💗 love is the reason behind it all since the Bible itself says that “love compensates for a multitude of sins.” ( 1 Peter 4:8 )

Here is an excerpt from “Just A Kiss,” where Carolyn and Gina have a strong difference of opinion when it comes to Carolyn’s growing romantic feelings towards Bruce Donovan, the young executive who had kissed her while she was typing letters for him at his father’s well-known advertising firm.

With whom do you agree: Carolyn or Gina? Or are they both right in a way?

“On the way home on Sunday morning, Carolyn was not her loquacious self. In fact, she tried to say as little as possible, knowing that, whatever she would say would lead to an uncomfortable 😣 discussion. Finally, Gina broke the silence.

“ ‘So what are you going to do now, Carolyn?’

“ ‘What do you mean? Nothing has changed, Gina.’

“ ‘How can you say that when you know there’s not a word of truth in it? Everything has changed, although I can’t figure out why. He’s the last person in the world I’d choose for you, Carolyn.’

“‘And now who’s being ridiculous? You never even met him.’

“‘I don’t have to. A decent guy doesn’t sneak up on his secretary and kiss her. That’s sick, and there’s no two ways about it. ’

“ ‘Once you get to know someone, you realize that there are extenuating circumstances.’

“ ‘Not as far as I’m concerned. I would think of a guy like that as perverted.’

“ ‘Gina, you’re not being fair. You have convicted Bruce without benefit of a judge or jury.’

“ ‘All I know is you can do much better. Don’tbwaste your time on a rich loser.’

“ ‘There’s no point in continuing this conversation, Gina. I would like to know, however, why you and Marla were back so early. Your dates weren’t all you expected them to be?’

“‘That may be a huge understatement, but at least they were gentlemen. They didn’t attempt to kiss us under false pretenses.’ Gina paused for a few seconds and added, ‘Actually, they didn’t try to kiss us at all,and that’s for the best because we wouldn’t have let them anyway.’

“ ‘I’m sorry that you and Marla didn’t have a good time.’

“ ‘Well, at least I’m not fantasizing about something that wasn’t there. It was what it was …a terrible date and a waste of time…but I’m not going to imagine it into something that it wasn’t. I’m going to go back to our apartment and forget about the date and the guy. And that, my dear, is exactly what you should do. If you didn’t forget about Bruce after your first unpleasant encounter with him, at least forget about him now. He will amount to nothing, and neither will your relationship with him if you are foolish enough to allow one to develop.’”

Is Gina being too cynical and unreasonable, or is Carolyn being naive and totally unrealistic? What do you 🤔 think?? More on this the next time!

The Sexual Harassment Theme in “Just A Kiss”.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Many themes are included in my novel, “Just A Kiss.” Although the theme of sexual harassment in the workplace pervades the opening chapters, it isn’t the primary theme of the novel…but it is very important. Today I am going to focus on why it is pivotal to the novel, despite its not being what I as the author would consider the main theme.

I mentioned various times on this website that I got the idea for creating “Just A Kiss” from something that actually happened to me when I was a young woman.

At the age of twenty I was eager to work during the summer to earn some extra money for my senior year at college. I worked at a temp agency that sent me to various firms in the Manhattan area, where I found work as a secretary. Most of these jobs were fine. I met some lovely people, and I adjusted to the work routine very well. But one job was memorable for negative reasons, and the experience is one that I have never been able to forget!

I was sent to a lithography office on Madison Avenue, where I was given dictation by the head of that company himself, a middle-aged man of average appearance. While I was typing the transcribed letters, I felt someone moving close to me, and when I looked up, he actually kissed me. I was shocked as I realized that my boss had had the nerve to sneak up on me and kiss me.

I took my bag from the drawer it was in and was ready to run out the door when I was stopped by the man who had just kissed me… the president of that lithography company. He persuaded me to finish the letters and leave them on his desk and added that he would leave the office and not return until the next morning.

I remembered how frightened I was that he would return, but he didn’t. In fact, I never saw him again!

When I related the incident to my parents, they told me to try to forget it and never work at that firm again. There was no talk of sexual harassment or suing the lithography company. But how does a woman forget an experience like that? Yes, it could have been much worse, but it was nevertheless traumatic for me!

So years later, I decided to incorporate this incident in a romance novel, of all genres! Everything was changed, though. The protagonist’s father in my novel, Phil Kahn, insisted on a meeting with Kent Donovan, the CEO of Donovan Advertising, to discuss his intention of suing his company for Kent’s son, Bruce, sexually harassing his daughter, Carolyn, by kissing her without her consent. But there is a little unexpected problem brewing! As much as Carolyn was frightened and angered by the Kiss, she could not help being attracted to Bruce, and strangely enough, it was mutual!

Where would this mutual attraction lead? The rest of the novel answers this question with a number of dramatic and often funny twists and turns.

Although there are many other themes in “Just A Kiss,” it is obvious that this initial theme of sexual harassment is pivotal to the development of the novel.

Do you want to learn more? The novel can be purchased online at www.Xlibris.com or
www.amazon.com. Or you can call Xlibris at 1-888-795-4274.

Dysfunctional!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The relationship between Bruce Donovan and his father, Kent, aka CEO of the most famous advertising agency in New York, cannot be described as anything but dysfunctional. It has destroyed Bruce’s self-esteem and in a sense paralyzed him when it came to his choosing the right profession for him and finding inner peace.

This excerpt on page 84 from “Just A Kiss” is part of a discussion between Carolyn and Bruce where he expresses the core of his dysfunctional relationship with Kent.

“Bruce frowned for the first time during their time together. ‘I don’t feel comfortable talking about my father, Carolyn. It isn’t your fault, though. You have a right to ask me anything, but there are certain things I have trouble discussing, and one of those topics is the relationship between my father and me. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m really his son, but even though we’re as different as night and day, I know in my heart there is no question about my genealogy. I’m not adopted, although often, I have wished that I were.’

“Carolyn nodded in encouragement as she waited for him to continue.

“ ‘I know I must have taken after my mother.’

“ ‘You don’t talk about her much,’ Carolyn said. ‘Why is that?’

“Bruce looked away. ‘I never got to know her, Carolyn. She died in childbirth. I think my father has always blamed me for losing her. I know he loved her very much.’

“ ‘I don’t think he could possibly feel that way, Bruce. I’m sure he loves you. He just has his own way of showing it.’

“Bruce laughed. ‘And if he does, it sure is a strange way.‘. He continued after a few seconds. ‘He never approved of anything I’ve ever done, Carolyn. At this point I think he’s just waiting for me to fail again so that he can confirm that I’m some worthless thing that caused him to lose the person he loved most in the world.’

“Carolyn knew that there was nothing she could say at this point to convince him otherwise,so she moved closer to him and put her arms around him. As he turned towards her and stared into his tear-filled eyes, she leaned in towards him and he kissed her tenderly. When he moved away, she held him in her arms as a mother would a baby, cradling him and loving him with her eyes, her tears and then her lips, as she pressed hers lovingly against his. He held her in his arms for a moment that never seemed to end.”

More About “Just A Kiss”!

Monday, February 19th, 2018

When Carolyn meets Bruce at the student union, sparks ⚡️ fly! It seems that the 😘 Kiss may have been sexual harassment at the beginning, but it led to some real feelings that both have experienced. Listen in to the conversation between Bruce and Carolyn.

“ ‘It’s time to get you back to the dorm, before you lose your glass slipper and your coach turns into a pumpkin.’

“Carolyn tried to laugh, but somehow, she couldn’t.

“ ‘I’ll call you, honey,’ he said. ‘You know, I said to myself it was just a Kiss, but I knew that it wasn’t. I knew there was something special between us, and I want to get to know you and see where that leads us.’ He paused s moment and said, ‘I know I sound corny or like I’m handing you some kind of flowery line, but I mean it, Carolyn.’

“ ‘I know you do, Bruce,’she said. ‘We’ll take things slowly. That way we’ll get to know each other really well because we’ll be starting off by being good friends. We’re only an hour or so away from each other,’ she said, staring meaningfully into his deep brown eyes. ‘There will be plenty of time for us to do things together, as we did today. You know,, this was honestly the best day of my life, Bruce, and I can thank only God and you for that.’

“ ‘In the right order,’ Bruce said, attempting a lsmile.

“ ‘Good night,’ Carolyn said softly. The

“ ‘I’ll call you tomorrow night, sweetie. Please don’t Hme for breaking my word again, but I have to kiss you goodnight.’

“ ‘You’ll get no argument from me,’ Carolyn said as she leaned in for the loveliest kiss she had ever experienced. But in her heart she knew it was not really a goodbye kiss. Every aspect of it said hello.’”

So what happens next? Is this the start of a romance between the two unlikely of people? Grab a copy of “Just A Kiss” and enjoy the novel!

Available at www.Xlibris.com or call Xlibris at 1-888-795-4274. Or purchase your copy at www.amazon.com. Read “Inside the Book” at Amazon to read the first few chapters free to see if it is the right fit for you!

Why Did Bruce Kiss Carolyn?

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

It is an interesting question! Let’s tune in to Bruce’s thoughts on the subject when he is outside the student union talking to, of all people, Carolyn Kahn! Bruce and Carolyn have met a few minutes ago inside the student union at Cornell. It is the first time they have seen each other since the incident at Donovan Advertising the summer before. They have decided to hang out together for a while.

“‘It’s impulsiveness. Have you ever shown signs of it before?’

“ ‘Well, I never kissed any of my secretaries before,’ he replied, smiling at her. ‘But I guess I’ve made a lot of impulsive decisions in my time, which I lived to regret. Like working for my father, for instance. ‘By the way,’ he added, ‘Dad told me I could have my old position back whenever I wanted it. He just wanted me to disappear for a while.’

“Until everything cooled off with your father and there was no danger of his pursuing a lawsuit again?’

“ ‘Yes, until the coast was clear . But I don’t want the job,Carolyn. Everybody thought I got the position through nepotism, and, you know, whoever thought that way was probably right. I guess I was looking for a way out of Donovan Advertising so for once I could be truly on my own and make my own decisions.’

“ ‘So your act of indiscretion was also your way out,Bruce?’

“ ‘You might say so, but I didn’t kiss you because of that. It was not a planned act of sabotage toward my father. I really did feel like kissing you. You seemed so demure, efficient and beautiful,’ he added.”

So that is why I had Bruce Kiss Carolyn in the novel!

Read the first few chapters in “Inside the Book” on Amazon!

The book is available on www.Xlibris.com and www.amazon.com. Call 1-888-795-4274.

Do You Remember?

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Most of us have magical memories from long ago that remain with us into the present. They need to be shared, however, for we all remember certain types of moments from what might be a kind of human consciousness. And we can therefore relate intrinsically to each other’s stories because, in one way or another, we have been there, too!

The following is one of those types of stories that we can all relate to, especially if we are of middle age.

A very special entry was on my website on February 11, 2017, which will be a year ago tomorrow. It was entitled, “A Poignant Hello and Good-bye.”

I hope you will find the time to read it because it is a lovingly written tribute to my mom, based upon her last few years, spent at my home with my husband, children, our cat, Schuyler, and me right before she died.

There are moments that might remind you of loving memories of your own mom or dad and strengthen your belief in their resurrection since, in addition to biblical justification for that belief,it is impossible to believe that the intense 💕 love within our hearts- permeating our whole body – can be anything but eternal.

To read the entire blog, go back to my home page and click on “Blogs and Forums”. Then, turn to the Archives on the right and click on February, 2017 – LAST YEAR. The article,”A Poignant Hello and Good-bye” will appear. Finally, click on that! Enjoy 😊 the article!

One Special Memory

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Before I write a few more blogs on ❤️ love in this love bug 🐛 month of February, I am going to add some miscellaneous memories that just make me feel good to think and write about. I’ll start with this special one.

Years ago, I had two Doberman Pinschers (Bucky R.and Ruffian) and a Russian gray cat called Schuyler James. (No matter what I did, they could not get along with each other. So we had no choice but to separate the dogs and cat whenever we left the house.) Schuyler got the run of the house, and Ruffy and Bucky got the inside porch, which had been converted into my husband’s office. We seemed to have it all worked out! Or so we thought!

As I remember, it was a sunny winter morning, much like any other morning, when my husband, Nick, and I left the house together to go to work. Nick locked the door, and we both got into the car. As usual, he dropped me off at work, and we kissed goodbye before he left en route to his first sales appointment of the day.

Yes, it seemed to be an ordinary day, and it passed quickly. Going home, I took the railroad as usual and met my husband at Jamaica Station, where he drove me home the rest of the way.

But what we saw next was anything but ordinary. When we opened the front door and expected to see our two Dobies romping around, instead we saw our two dogs completely asleep and Schuyler James standing triumphantly at the top of the ladder that we happened to store in that room.

We knew then that we had inadvertently allowed Schuyler inside the office with the dogs, or Schuyler had slipped in while we weren’t looking. How our cat must have sweated it out until he got away from the two dogs by 🧗‍♂️Climbing to the top of the ladder! We felt sorry 😐 for him and exceedingly proud of him at the same time!

Nick and I promised each other that from then on we would be really careful to ensure that the dogs and cat were always separated…but the courage and quick thinking 🤔 of Schuyler James was something I will always remember!

Love Under the Strangest Circumstance

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Sometimes, we find the one we truly love under the most unexpected circumstances. It is a challenge then to know whether or not we have actually found “the one” or we have been operating under an illusion of sorts. It is much easier to meet your love under normal circumstances.

I say this because Carolyn Kahn and Bruce Donovan, protagonists in my novel, “Just A Kiss,” meet at the latter’s advertising office when he is giving her dictation as a temp employee. He is explaining what he wants her to do once the dictation is finished. But when he kisses her while she is typing one of the letters he has asked her to transcribe, their lives are dramatically changed!

When Carolyn’s father hears about the kiss, he insists that he and his daughter meet with Bruce Donovan and his acclaimed father, Kent Donovan, C.E.O. of the advertising agency, to discuss suing the latter for sexual harassment in the workplace. An agreement is reached out of court, but that is not the end of the matter!

When they leave the office, all concerned think they are moving on, but they are in for quite a surprise. Bruce’s Dad, Kent, wants Bruce to take a leave of absence from the agency, but Bruce decides to leave permanently while trying to “find himself”. Carolyn begins her senior year at a teacher’s college upstate, but she is haunted by the incident in the advertising office and the subsequent agreement she had felt compelled to sign. She also feels guilty for her strong attraction to the young executive who had had the nerve to kiss her.

A blind date of Carolyn’s roommate, Gina, involves Carolyn, too, when she agrees to accompany her friend to Cornell for the weekend. While Gina is off on her date, Carolyn has time to take her own tour of the campus, during which she stops at the student union and meets, of all people, Bruce, who has gone back to law school.

From there on, the initial attraction between Carolyn and Bruce blossoms into a Romeo and Juliet theme, where the two seem to keep meeting under the most unlikely of circumstances. Bruce and Carolyn’s parents would be shocked to hear that their children were dating, so they struggle to repress their feelings. But can they be denied?

The novel becomes a hidden romance between Carolyn and Bruce amid dysfunctional relationships between both Carolyn and Bruce and their parents. Meanwhile, Gina, Carolyn’s roommate, finds a love interest of her own, a cousin of Bruce’s, of all people!

Besides his off-and-on relationship with Carolyn, will Bruce ever find his passion in terms of a career? After graduation, will Carolyn find the teaching position she has always dreamed of? Is there any hope of Carolyn and Bruce finally getting together?

All of these questions and more will be answered once you read my fun-filled, suspenseful snd romantic novel, “Just A Kiss”.

What a great gift 🎁 this novel would make in February, the month of love!

Available on www.amazon.com and www.Xlibris.com

Adding A Little Love 💗 To Your Day

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

February is often called the month of Love. Why! The obvious answer, of course, is that February 14th is Valentine’s Day. But I think that there might be other reasons, too.

We all need a little extra love in a month that is known for huge amounts of snow, rain, sleet, extremely cold temps and heavy winds…even blizzards! Also, for many, because of the inclement types of weather mentioned above, it is often necessary to spend time indoors… and, if you are single, that can be depressing!

So we need lots of Love in February to chase away the blues,
the atrocious weather, the loneliness and the disappointment.

But how do we find love 💕 in this, of all months?

I’m not talking about romantic love right now, although, if you have already found Mr./Mrs. Right, the more power to you! But if you have not yet found your own soulmate, you need to find love in other aspects of life!

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.” (Matthew 5:3). If you truly love God,(and if you are of the Christian faith, you love Jesus, too), then you have found the greatest kind of love. This love can be yours forever if you have faith, and it can deliver you from the 😞 sadness or loneliness of any mood you are experiencing. So I recommend a prayer of 🙏 thanksgiving to our Creator for all that He has done for us and a plea for happier and better times ahead! If you are doing your best and strongly believe in God’s ability to help you, your prayers will be answered… perhaps not immediately but in God’s time…the only valid time!

Love can be found in the beauty of the natural world. When I feel depressed, I love to look at my plants or flowers inside the house, or I take a walk outside (not always very practical in the winter) and find joy in the trees, bushes, flowers, plants and birds all around me. This all brings me peace!

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, do that people are without excuse.”

Roman’s 1:20

Also, spend time with friends! Go out to dinner and see a good movie! Also, go out and buy yourself a nice present, or buy it online! You deserve some beautiful flowers or your favorite brand of chocolates 🍫 or any other lovely 😊 thing you can afford!

We all deserve love, but we can’t always expect others to fill that need in us. Sometimes, we have to show ourselves some love by some of the means mentioned above. We have to rescue ourselves from loneliness, sadness and hopelessness! With God’d help we can do it!

“…but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

So feel the love tonight!

Memories From Times Long Ago

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

I know that so many of us have aspects of our past that we don’t really want to remember. We may feel that we have moved on already, so why go back?

Parts of my 🧒 childhood wern’t particularly pleasant like just about everyone else’s, but a long time ago, I chose to focus upon the times that brought me happiness. Why toss out the good with the bad? I already have learned my lessons from the unpleasant memories, but the happy moments are encouraging to look back upon. They bring a smile 😃 upon my face and make me feel young again.

Here are some wonderful memories from long ago!

I remember, of all things, the amazing Dugan’s truck, which came to our block in Rockaway Beach every week! There were all kinds of delicious treats for anyone who had a sweet tooth…and, if anyone had one, it was me!

Dugan’s had all types of cake, but my childhood favorites were their amazing vanilla cupcakes with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry 🍓 icing! They were so fresh that sometimes the icing melted a little into the liners, and my mom had to stop me from eating some of the liners, along with the super-delicious icing!

I remember the Good Humor truck coming up the block with the sound of its familiar welcoming melody! Time for a chocolate 🍫 or strawberry sundae … or perhaps an ice cream 🍦 cone or pop in a multitude of flavors! I wanted to try all of them, but I had to settle for a different flavor each day in the summertime. Sometimes, my two grandmas would give me ice cream money, so along with my parents, I braved the summer heat with three ice creams in one day without any of my benefactors knowing about the others! What a little conniver I was!

The milkman delivered our milk every day. It was not homogenized, so the cream was in the top! How delish!

There were veggie and fruit trucks that came to visit us each week with the finest array of fresh produce! My mom bought a variety of our favorites: green and red grapes, peaches, plums and nectarines! So good!

During the summers, Dad brought my cousins, my older sister and me to the very best theme park of that time: Playland of Rockaway Beach! You had to be there to know how exciting and wonderful it was! Of course, we all went on most of the rides, but I liked the Ferris Wheel the best! I loved the Fun House and Davy Jones’ Locker! In the Fun House, I delighted in the mirrors that distorted us, some frightening sights and the carpet ride at the end. Nothing seemed to phase my cousins and me! We had an amazing time…so wonderful that I have remembered it so well even all these years!

Of course, we went to the beach every day unless it was ☔️ raining or cloudy! I loved to do my own kind of 🏄‍♀️ surfing with each big wave! I managed to roll with the waves most of the time!

When it wasn’t a beach day, we played a variety of board games, my favorite being monopoly! I also liked card games, such as canasta and gin rummy! I remember how much I loved Mah Jongg, too!

Whether we were at Rockaway for the summer or home in Brooklyn for the other ten months, pre-school for me was coloring at home, playing games with my little friends and going shopping with mom! No supermarkets existed in the late 1940s, so I went from store to store with my mother. The storekeepers all knew me, the happy little girl with a big smile. I was rewarded with a favorite piece of fruit 🍉 or peas in the pod, my favorite veggie! I loved to open the pod and eat the delicious little peas raw. They never irritated my stomach. I loved them.

At the grocery store, mom always bought me my favorite treat: a small box of Sun Maid raisins! But one of my favorite moments was walking along Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn with Mom and stopping in front of our favorite bakery while gazing longingly at the alluring Charlotte Russes staring st me through the display window. Of course, Mom and I walked into the store, and she bought me my own Charlotte Russe: a rich angel food cake in a scalloped cup, covered with fresh whipped cream and a 🍒 cherry!

Those are the memories that I need to focus on! They make me feel peaceful and oh so happy…and that’s the way I want to feel!

Life is not perfect, but if we work at it, there can always be much more sweet and memorable memories than those times we want to forget! It’s like my dad always said: we choose to be happy or sad. In the end, it’s up to us