I don’t know if it’s me or if other people notice it. I’ve read for years – after all, I’m 71 and started reading when I was 5, but I’ve never noticed so many typos, missed words, and grammatical errors as I have in the past year. Are editors getting lax or have I just become more cognizant of such things? And I’m not just talking about self-published books. Some have come from publishers who have editors on staff.
The last time all four Johnson cousins-Lizzie, Mike, Catherine and Scott were together was Christmas thirteen years ago. Now their grandmother has called them home for what looks to be their grandfather’s last Christmas.
Scott left home right after high school graduation. His first stop was Chicago where he met and fell in love with Dan. After a tragic accident, he moved on to New York. It’s there Lizzie finds him performing in a drag show as Dealya Goodhand. Scott swears her to secrecy as to his whereabouts.
I told a man at church today that someday I’d tell him about me driving the tractor.
Bringing in the hay
Most people who’ve known me a long time, know I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm as a child. But my ex-husband’s family considered me a ‘city girl’. My second daughter was born April 1, 1973. Fourth of July weekend, we went to visit my husband’s oldest sister and her family on a farm outside of Huntsville, MO. Jim, the brother-in-law, had baled hay in the field. Can’t remember how many fields, but there were several. And a lot of hay. The weatherman started forecasting severe thunderstorms headed our way. Now anyone who’s ever been on a farm knows what happens to baled hay if it gets wet and is put into the barn.
Here is a list of those present:
On the male side – my husband, his three brothers-in-law, Dale who was just short of 16, Darryl who was just short of 13, my son who was 11 and one other who was almost 11. Two or three younger ones who don’t count.
On the female side – me, my mother-in-law, my husband’s three sisters, Susan who was almost 16 and Lori almost 15. Of course there was Michelle who was 6 and Megan 3 months.
Now everyone knows – the men do the field work and the women cook the meals. Jim had three tractors and the plan was for Dale, Darryl and one other man to drive the tractors and the rest of the males to ‘buck the bales’.
You also know that no kitchen is big enough for five women. So I offered to drive one of the tractors and let Darryl buck the bales. You should have seen the look on Jim’s face. I told him, “Jim, I learned how to drive a tractor when I was 10.” So I went out and drove one of the tractors.
Yes, we made it before the rain started.
A nice note from one of the men who inspired See You in the Morning.
Dean’s husband had a very bad stroke a little over a year ago and we were all worried about him. I also got worried about how Dean would cope if he lost Miles. Thus was born “See You in the Morning.”
Dean had this to say about the book and one other:
I just wanted to tell all my friends about two books I have read. The first book is Acceptance One Man’s Quest by A. T. Weaver. I just read it again for the 2nd time & I will probably read it again. It is a lovely book about love between two men. It is romantic, funny, and delightful to read. I must say that if I could rate it 10 stars out of 10 I would rate it a 10. She also dedicated it to two of my dearest friends. I don’t usually do this sort of thing but think since I enjoyed it so much I just had to share.
The second book is called See You In the Morning. and she dedicated it to Miles & I. She said it was our love that planted the seed. Thank you Julia.
Setting that aside I also have enjoyed reading it. I have read it two time and will probably read it again. The characters are planed so well you can’t help but picture each one of the characters as you read. It also is a lovely love story between two men (nothing like Miles & I) although we do love each other. Again you will laugh, you will cry, and the ending is perfect. Another 10 out of 10. Way to go my dear friend Julia.
PS I think each book would make a lovely movie, LOVE STORY that any one could go and see and be touched by the message in them. Also she writes under a pseudonym because of her family. Thank you again Julia my friend.
Review by A. T. Weaver
Conrad O’Shea thinks he’s experiencing past life regression when he’s thrown into the body of the Mongol warrior living two thousand years ago. While riding with his lover, they battle Turks with disastrous results. Back in his own time, memories of the passion the two warriors shared drive Conrad to try again—and again—to find his soul mate and bring them together in the present.
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I consider I have an open mind when it comes to reincarnation but this story makes me lean toward believing. Conrad makes three trips back in time and every time believes he has met the same soul in a different body. He feels so strongly they were meant to be together he convinces his friend to cast a spell to find that soul in his current lifetime.
It may be a bit erotic for some, but I love the story line.
The last time all four Johnson cousins-Lizzie, Mike, Catherine and Scott-were together was Christmas thirteen years ago. Now their grandmother has called them home for what looks to be their grandfather’s last Christmas.
Mike wants to find someone to love-someone to spend the rest of his life with. Then he meets Brian and Eric who are looking for a third man to share their life, home and bed. His twin sister, Lizzie, tells him, “As long as you aren’t hurting anyone, do what makes you happy.” He decides to give it a try.
Amazon or Dreamspinner Press
Available in both e-book and paperback.
A Ren Faire Romance
Watching birds of prey soar gives Garret Nicholson a sense of peace. It’s exactly what he needs after his recent break-up. His ex never understood Garret’s work with the raptors, but the birds have been part of his life for years. Garret spends his time between The Sky’s the Limit Raptor Rehab Center and his dad’s falconry show at the Hawkwood Fantasy Faire, trying to prove to himself and his father he has what it takes to be a great falconer.
Trevor DePalma is in awe, but he isn’t sure whether the man or the falcons fascinate him more. Watching the birds perform at the Faire gives Trevor the first taste of joy he’s had since his father threw him out two years ago. Bonding with Garret over their mutual love of birds, Trevor eagerly learns all he can, and Garret proves a willing teacher. But as feelings grow, Trevor worries how Garret will react when he learns Trevor is homeless.
Life on the street is growing more dangerous for Trevor and his friends. Garret offers him safe space to find his feet. As the world crashes around them, Garret and Trevor will need each other’s support in ways they’ve never imagined.
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Marcus has brought his knowledge of raptors and Ren Faires together in this fourth book of the series. One can almost picture and feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages as the birds fly above the crowds.
Garret Nicholson needs to prove to his father he’s capable of handling the birds on his own while his parents are gone for a couple of weeks. He’s looking for someone to spend time with since his breakup with his former partner.
Along comes Trevor DePalma. Homeless and living in a dangerous situation with men who turn to hustling and drugs in order to survive. It isn’t long before Trevor is drawn into the thrill of watching and handling the birds. But how will Garret deal with the fact of Trevor’s homelessness?