The “Get to Know Me Tag”

Thank you so much GaillovesGod for nominating me to do this! I’m excited to share a little about myself with my followers ūüôā

Below are questions & answers for all of the nominees¬†¬†‚̧

  • What are my strengths?
    • I’m not easily intimidated.
    • I don’t take no for an answer.
    • I¬†can talk to anyone about anything.
  • What are my short term goals?
    • To continue to blog regularly.
    • To get my health back to normal.
    • I’d like to be accepted onto a baking show that I entered a contest for.
  • What are my long term goals?
    • To write my book and get it published.
    • To run for public office and be elected.
  • Who matters the most to me?
    • God
    • My family
    • My boyfriend Johnny
    • My friends
    • My English bulldog Nugget
  • What am I ashamed of?
    • That I’ve gained weight.
    • That I’m not always grateful for what I have in life.
  • What do I like to do for fun?
    • I love going to Disney World with my boyfriend.
    • I love going to Clemson football games.
    • I love a good glass of wine and a book.
  • What new activities am I willing to try?
    • I’d like to try¬†white water rafting.
  • What am I worried about?
    • Not living up to my potential and wasting the talents I have been given.
  • What are my values?
    • My values come from God and my momma.
  • If I had one wish, it would be‚Ķ?
    • to be able to talk with my cousin David.
  • Where do I feel the safest?
    • with Johnny
    • the Library
  • What or who gives me comfort?
    • Johnny
    • My mom
  • If I was afraid, I would‚Ķ?
    • Call my Daddy
  • What is my proudest accomplishment?
    • Passing the Bar exam and being admitted to the South Carolina Bar
  • Am I a night owl or early bird?
    • An early bird
  • What does my inner critic tell me?
    • That I can be better than I am, and I’m not living up to my potential.
  • What do I do to show my self, self-care?
    • I love getting my nails done.
    • I love going to yoga.
  • Am I an introvert or extrovert?
    • I am an extroverted introvert. I enjoy talking to other people and being with other people, but I retreat to my corner as soon as I can.
  • What am I passionate about?
    • politics, a good cup of coffee, and Clemson football
  • What do my dreams tell me?
    • That I need to work on being less anxious.
  • What is my favourite non-fiction book?
    • The only Non-fiction book I read is the Bible. I read some biographies every now and then, but the Bible will always be my favorite non-fiction book!
  • What is my favourite fiction book?
    • This is the hardest question on here by far. I love anything by Agatha Christie, John Grisham, the Hannah Swensen mysteries by JoAnne Fluke, and growing up Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew were all I would read.
  • What is my favourite movie?
    • Beauty and the Beast
  • What is my favourite band?
    • the Beatles or the Eagles depending on my mood
  • What is my favourite food?
    • Burritos
  • What is my favourite colour?
    • Black
  • What am I grateful for?
    • That I have a family that loves me and has sacrificed to get me to the point that I am today.
    • That I have a God who forgives every wrong I have ever made.
  • When I am feeling down, I like to?
    • ¬†¬†¬†Listen to Disney music
  • I know I am stressed when?
    • I feel anxious or my face is breaking out.

 

 

Thanks for nominating me GaillovesGod!

I nominate:

PerfectlyTolerable

Alexx’s Keto Avenue

BaffledMum

Georgia’s Pampering

 

My Book Title!

I am so excited, because I have come up with the title of the book I will be writing. I know many authors find the title as they are writing or at the end, but I have always found that when I come up with it at the beginning it gives my work direction.

So, unless something changes the book will be titled Best Interest of His Child. In family law, the standard judges look to is “Best Interest of the Child.” It is drilled into us in law school and while studying for the bar, so when I decided to write this book that centers around family law, I thought this title would be appropriate. Once I write a post explaining the plot, the title will make more sense.

I am excited to be making some headway though, even if it is not very much. Hopefully, I will have more updates for y’all soon!

Thunder Rolls

When Molly returns from a work trip to Syria, she meets a cute guy named Preston online. But the hours following go from flirty to deadly…

Molly normally¬†liked when the weather was bad. She preferred the rain to other types of weather; she always got her best writing done when there was thunder and lightning in the background.¬†She just didn’t have it in her tonight.

After a couple of hours trying to get through the piece she was writing for work about her recent trip to Syria, she called it a night. She had about a page and a half to show for her efforts, but it would just have to wait.

She went downstairs to feed her cat and pour herself a glass of wine. Molly palmed her glass of Cabernet as she leaned against the counter. Her sleep schedule was still off from her trip and she knew she wouldn’t sleep for hours. She grabbed her cell phone and pulled open one of her dating apps. She had a message from a guy named Preston.

“How is your night going?” he wrote.

He was cute and she was bored so she responded with “It’s good. Just drinking some wine and relaxing.”

They chatted for a few minutes, and Molly went and plugged her phone into the charger in the hallway. Molly took a long, warm bath and when she went to check her phone, her heart fell into her stomach.

“That pink robe looks good on you” the message read.

Molly ran to the front door and made sure it was locked, and then she sprinted to the back door and latched it. She had a lump in her throat and her hands were shaking as she typed out “how did you know I’m in a pink robe?”

But no one messaged back.

Molly went up to her room and locked the bedroom door behind her. She checked under her bed and in her closet and when she was sure no one was in the room with her, she grabbed her pistol out of the nightstand by her bed and loaded it. She didn’t want to call the police over what was probably just a prank anyway.

She sat on her bed clutching the gun, trying to calm herself down.

Her phone beeped. “Why do you look so nervous Molly? I’m not going to hurt you; you can put your gun down.”

Molly let out a cry, and quickly muffled her mouth with her hand. She thought about calling her ex-boyfriend Danny, but after she had broken up with him before her trip he made it clear he didn’t want to speak to her.

Just as Molly was about to call the police, her phone beeped again. Another message from “Preston.”

“Call the cops and I will kill you. I can see you.”

She could feel the warm, salty tears streaming down her face. The sound of glass breaking downstairs pierced her thoughts. She grabbed her phone, ran to her closet, and¬†barricaded herself in it. She didn’t have anything to lose, so she called the police.

“911- what’s your emergency?”

She kept it short. “There’s a man breaking into my house, I’m at 473 Cherry Lane, please hurry I’m in my bedroom closet with a gun.”

“Okay ma’am, there’s an officer not far from you. He will be there as quick as he can. Stay on the phone with me. Do you know how to use your gun?”

“Yes, I think so. I have it loaded.”

“Okay, just don’t panic. You’re going to be fine.”

“Oh Molly, where are you?” teased the intruder. “I thought I told you not to call the police?”

She could hear him opening doors and getting closer. The voice sounded familiar, but through the closet walls everything was muffled. She heard her bedroom door shake. Whoever the man was couldn’t get it open. He threw himself into the door a few times until it broke open. Molly held her breath, not knowing what to expect. She was thankful she had a dresser in her closet that she had been able to push in front of the door…maybe it would delay him more until the officer could get there.

Her hands were shaking as she backed herself into the wall of her closet and braced the gun in front of her. She had only shot it a couple of times, but she figured at such a close range, she wouldn’t miss. She didn’t know if he was armed or not, but she wasn’t going to wait and find out.

“Oh Molly, this wasn’t very smart. I’ve got you cornered now. Those cops you called won’t get here in time.” he said.

She saw a knife plunge through the door. He stabbed it until he had made a whole big enough to see through, and as soon as she saw his eyes and the knife, she shot.

Her ears were ringing and tears were streaming down her face but she was alive and no one was trying to get through the door anymore. Before she could stand up she heard a voice coming up her stairs asking if she was okay.

“Yes, yes I’m okay. I’m the one who shot,” she screamed out.

She stood up, knees shaking and pushed the dresser away from the door so she could get out. When she opened the door and saw the officer she knew she was okay.

Then she looked down, and saw Danny on the floor. She hit her knees and cried out, finally realizing why she recognized the voice.

Over the next couple of¬†hours, after several officers combed through her house, she learned about Danny’s plan. While she was in Syria, he had used his key to her house to set up cameras and microphones, so he could watch every move she made. He¬†knew where she was and what she¬†had been doing for the¬†days since she had¬†been back from her trip.¬†They didn’t know the point of the dating profile, other than to make her feel even more vulnerable, and make her think it was someone else torturing her until he revealed himself. They found his car a block away with ropes and tape in the trunk.

The only thing he didn’t think through was that she could have a gun, because she had never told him.

Outside, the thunder rolled.

Book Reviews for Book Day!

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I keep seeing posts that March 1st is National Book Day! I was¬†not sure if it is actually today or a different day entirely.¬†When I¬†did a¬†Google search it gave me conflicting dates,¬†but¬†a wonderful follower, PerfectlyTolerable,¬†clued me in. I’m editing this post to clarify¬†that¬†World Book Day is being celebrated today in the UK and in Ireland.¬†On April 23rd, other countries celebrate it¬†since that is William Shakespeare’s¬†birthday. I am game for two days of celebration!

I am in the middle of moving, so I can’t show you my book collection, but I can recommend some great books I’ve read recently. I also want to encourage you to visit your public library if you don’t already. The library has always been my safe spot, where I go when I’m feeling down or just want to relax. Don’t forget about them, just because it’s easy to order off of Amazon or you have a tablet. Nothing replaces the way a book feels in your hands.

The first book I want to recommend is by Judy Blume. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, she is the same author who wrote the books we read as kids. However, her relatively new book In the Unlikely Event is amazing. There is a lot of love, a lot of drama, and a lot of plane crashes. It is wonderful.

 

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I recently read, The Witness by Nora Roberts. It is a crime themed book. I wouldn’t call it a mystery, but it is a thriller that is well written. I was¬†panicked during¬†certain times of the book, because of the suspense she creates.¬†There’s a reason she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author.

I realize how silly this next recommendation will seem. I had never read Pride and Prejudice until this summer. (I know, I know.) However, since I finally did I can recommend it to anyone and everyone. Jane Austen’s writing¬†is definitely not everyone’s taste. With some of the language it can feel like more of a chore than an enjoyable evening of reading. However, it is so worth it. She writes a brilliant, humorous love story that challenges you.

My favorite recommendation to make¬†is Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This book is from the Hannah Swensen series, and every book in this series has a yummy sounding name. I have been reading these books since I was around ten years old, and reading her newer ones makes me feel like I’m right back at that age: incredibly hungry to get my hands on any book I could.

One of the books I¬†am currently reading is¬†Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I’m only a few chapters into it, but so far it is the same Agatha¬†Christie we know and love. She is the Queen of Murder Mystery in my opinion. I finished her book 4:50 from Paddington a few months ago, and as usual the Miss Marple books are wonderful. This quirky older lady¬†that solves crimes¬†is my favorite book¬†character.

Growing up and still to this day, my favorite Disney Princess has been Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”. Her reaction to being gifted a library by Beast is exactly how I would feel. She’s always got her nose stuck in a book, and I can relate to this on many levels.

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