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Hi gang, last week, Reva had an intuition regarding Grans; something was amiss with the wonderful woman who opened the door to a better life for her. She raced down the hall to find the dear lady in the throes of a TIA, Transient Ischemic Attack, prelude to a stroke. Calling to the eldest son, she gave him a fast run down, informed him to call 911, call his good friend, Dr. Burns, and call an ambulance.

Excerpt:

When they arrived at the hospital, Dr. Burns stayed with Grans while the worried son arranged for a private room complete with flowers; Reva admired his love for his mother since she never had the pleasure of a Mom. She bustled around the eldercare floor, requested a cot so she might be in constant care of her dear lady and when the family left, she cleaned Grans lovely face and smoothed in with care expensive cream.

“Everyone had a fine time at the party and as for me, I’m tired so let’s get some sleep.”

“You did good, dear,” the dangerously ill Grans spoke in a garbled voice and soon fell asleep.

Dr. Max Burns spoke to James Randall in the hall; “You realize Reva saved your Grandmother’s life tonight.”

When everyone left, James called for a blanket to cover Reva and as he touched her cheeks, he enjoyed the sweetness of her soft skin.The next morning, while Grans had tests, James ordered breakfast for two; he asked Reva if she’d stay to care for his Grandmother and she said, of course.

She thought, I’m attracted to the handsome widower; already I love the grandmother and now I will get to know James Randall a whole lot better.

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One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

 

 

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Who gives therapy to a therapy dog?

This thought came to me while writing another story with a small therapy dog as a major character. In real life, if these remarkable dogs seem stressed out, not ready to show off their trained talents, what happens next? Does the owner take them to the Veterinarian? Calling emergency when Muffy appears to to be down for the count?

I can’t see that happening. The Vet, rushing over, bag in hand with pep-me-up meds. Way NO! Or playing catch, Fido’s favorite game, doesn’t even lift his sweet head. What to do, what in the world to do unless your therapy dog needs a companion, a cutie he sniffed at the Vets. A pooch in a crate as sad as your pup, alone with no furry sweetheart to curl up next to.

As a human with a big heart, I say go for it. We enjoy companionship so why not our counterpart canines. All we need is love, oh yeah, all we need is love.

Catch my latest release Chef’s Surprise where a therapy dog plays a big part in strengthing the Grandmother after a TIA , Temporary Ischemic Attack, and love enters the penthouse on Central Park West.

One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by. If you have an answer regarding therapy dogs, please leave a comment.

Thanks again, Charmaine

Saint Valentine, a man of faith

There are many stories of the origin of St. Valentine’s Day where loved ones exchange flowers, candy and cards to celebrate this happy day on February 14th.

Personally, I believe in this one. Many centuries ago, Emporer Claudius took exception to the Christian Church and decreed that warriors may not marry because they would not be able to concentrate on the battleground, always concerned with families at home and what damage to themselves might hurt dearly beloveds.

Valentine did not agree and so in strict confidence he helped the church by conducting marriages in secret. However, in an age, just like today, gossip spread and Valentine paid dearly for his good deeds. Also of note, the jailer, Auterious, had a young daughter who was blind. Using his belief with the church and higher beings, Valentine helped in healing the daughter thus forming a bond with her and her father.

Emporer Claudius cast three dreadful penalties upon the good Valentine, the last deemed to be a beheading. Before he left his cell, knowing his end lay before him, he wrote a note to the young woman he cared for and signed it, From Your Valentine.

Eventually, Valentine was canonized and became known ever after as Saint Valentine.

Remember this story as you enjoy love with family and friends. My best wishes to all of you on this delightful February 14th.

Charmaine

If you’re looking for a delicious book to give your mom, wife, friend, consider my latest release: Chef’s Surprise

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One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

Grab your copy today!

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Continuing with Chef’s Surprise:

Hi Gang: Monday 2/13 is my 86th birthday. Yes it is and I invite all of you to enjoy Champagne with strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce to celebrate with us. “nuff said.” Just c’mon over to celebrate this special day. And now for Chef’s Surprise.

Rags to riches, someone called this story. Last week Reva Mercer, degree in hand, made her way to New York City to compete with the best chefs in town; a woman in the world of men. The same dream came to her every night only this time her job turned out to be the head Chef in a fancy penthouse apartment in Central Park in the plush are of Manhattan. She laughed to herself; who’d a thunk little Reva escaped her past, went to Nursing College after learning to cook the hell out of great fancy meals.And what’s more, Clayton, the youngest son had fallen big time for her.

Excerpt: Tonight the occasion was Clayton’s partnership in the family law firm but the man who caught Reva’s eye had to be the father, a widower, handsome as all get out.

With luck, the elderly Grandmother found Reva with fine credentials and hired her on the spot. As she prepared the dinner, old thoughts ran through Reva’s mind; she’d never forget the afternoon she met Grans.

The head chef at Raos needed a break, so he said, and beckoned Reva who had been baking all afternoon, fascinated with the fluted rim on her special Key Lime pies. She hid her annoyance and blinked her flirty eyes at the boss to give him false hope.

“Take care of those two old ladies and do it now,” he said and the minute Reva’s green eyes connected with the older woman, she’d fallen for her because years of eldercare taught her to respect and show kindness. After taking the luncheon orders, Reva added a special sauce followed by a bonus for dessert, a sliver of her key Lime Pie baked just that morning. Before the ladies left, she slipped her business card to Mrs. Randall; a close friendship began that very day.

Now, weeks later after numerous meetings for lunch, Reva glanced around her surroundings where Grans invited her to be their guest for the evening complete with outfitting the young chef in evening clothes once she had overseen the kitchen staff.

After the splendid party, Reva had an intuition something was wrong with her dear hostess and she ran to Mrs. Randall’s room, heard moans of distress, rushed in and recognized a Transient Ischemic Attack in progress.

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One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

 

 

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Grab your copy today!

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chefs-surprise-charmaine-gordon/1125529990?

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Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N37DGLU

 

I missed the boat!

I read somewhere, an author needs a street team, friends who assist in promoting her book. Hmm, where were all the folks who were supposed to jump in and help?  When my first book was published, I belonged to a group of writing friends. Since I was the first one published and knew nothing about promotion, I also knew nothing about jealousy. Instead of assisting me, being happy for me, they turned their backs. YIKES, I thought and soon left the group to join another group in hopes of learning more.

And I did. I learned they were not happy when one of my books was optioned for a television movie and they made disparaging comments about that. I still didn’t think about Street Teams, so important in sales and reviews. Seven years of writing delicious books Survive and Thrive stories about strong women who are not afraid to begin again. I’m just waking up to recognize I don’t have a Street Team and don’t know where to find one.

Meanwhile, I need readers to enjoy my latest release Chef’s Surprise and reviews are critical to the publisher. Someone loves my baby.

One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

 

 

cvr-chefs-surprise-ereader

Grab your copy today!

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chefs-surprise-charmaine-gordon/1125529990?

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https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/chef-s-surprise

Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N37DGLU

Thanks for stopping by. If you are interested in being part of my Street Team, let me know. Prizes and fun involved.

Charmaine

And now I have four. . .

Once upon a time, nine years ago this very day, grandest came into my life. We shared many years together while daughter worked as a teacher. I wrote my books while she napped in a crib. Once she threw one leg over the side in an attempt to climb out. “No,” I cried out and rushed to lift her smiling face and squirming body up and out. The race was on when she crawled toward the open office door when I turned my back to lower the crib’s mattress. This Granny flew across the room to stop the fleeing munchkin. My heart pounded, we both giggled at our adventure. When I placed her back, deeper into the depth of the crib, she discovered a new trick. Drawers filled with her clothes went flying to the floor because little fingers found a way to pull the knobs toward her small self to find gold! I had almost finished a hot scene in the latest romance but I closed up the computer for later when Miss Dynamite left for home. Off we went on a sunny spring morning where she learned words like flowers, daffodils, crocus and birds. What a day!

This, dear readers, you must learn about grandest. At six, when I drove her home from school, while attempting to open the door, I slipped, fell into a deep crevice next to the house. Picture this: a stone step way up to the house; it’s winter and I fall and cannot get up, trapped, wedged in. I said, “Honey, you will have to save me right now. I’m stuck so pull with all your strength and maybe I’ll try to wiggle my way out. Without a word except to say, “I’ll save you, Grans,” she tugged and tugged while I kind of wiggled and somehow I got up with her help. She unlocked the door, helped me in and told me to lie down on the couch. A wet cloth she brought to me, was laid across my face. Then a bottle of cold water was placed next to me. After a while, she made up a game with a soft big ball. She tossed it to me. I tossed it back. Then she rummaged through my purse to find the cell phone and reported the injury to her Mom, still at school.

Fast forward two and a half years pass. This happened last April, 2116. I had a dreadful fall in her bedroom early one morning, on the hardwood floor. That ended my life as I knew it. I heard her scream, “Mommy, Mommy, Granny fell and she’s not moving.” Daughter ran in, called for a substitute teacher, called an ambulance, called my husband. I lost myself that morning. It has taken months of rehab and fierce determination to reclaim myself. I continue to write my stories of Survive and Thrive because that’s who I am.

Twice, grandest saved my life. I will never forget those times we shared.

Happiest Birthday, dearest Grandest C.R. and now there are four. Three sisters to fill her life with more joy.

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Chef’s Surprise-my latest release

Hi gang, last week I introduced Chef’s Surprise from page one. She ran from a sad life to begin again, far from Grassy Key and Pa, so nasty she needed to change her life. Pretty Reva, age sixteen, managed to slip through the arms of the cop to settle in on a seat on the bus, the box of stolen money stashed in her old backpack.

Excerpt: The hours passed, dawn came and before much longer the bus stopped at a pretty section of Florida with a big sign to direct exhausted Reva to the college. She staggered off the bus after only a few hours of sleep and one peanut butter and jelly sandwich made at home. Backpack slung over a weary shoulder, Reva trudged up the glistening crushed stone walkway to the front gate and stumbled in.

A kind older woman greeted her with the nicest words she’d ever heard; “You must be our long lost Reva Mercer,” and right before the woman’s eyes, Reva crumpled to the floor.

A bowl of stew revived her long enough to answer questions do your parents approve you entering our program? and how old are you? and what about tuition?

She considered lying, thought twice to embelish truths to get by; “My Mother died when I was born; Pa forced me to work in his diner until I ran away after I learned to be a good cook by reading cookbooks in the library at the next Key.” The matron prompted her with the issue of money and Reva opened the box filled with dollars and coins that spilled all over the floor and all Reva did as she gathered her money, was giggle.

“Please let me stay even though I’m sixteen because I have experience in eldercare and cooking and I’ll never let you down.”

Four years later, degree in hand, Reva Mercer made her way to New York City to compete with the best chefs in town, a woman in a man’s world.

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One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.

 

 

cvr-chefs-surprise-ereader

Grab your copy today!

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chefs-surprise-charmaine-gordon/1125529990?

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/chef-s-surprise

Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N37DGLU

 

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1197896581