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August 15th is National Relaxation Day. In our crazy never-stop, always-on-the-go society, I personally think one day a year isn’t sufficient. I think we need more like one day a month, twelve days a year, in which to experiment, find and perfect the art of relaxation. With multiple methods available, we could find the one that matches our personality and needs the best.

Lying around in our jammies, binge watching TV or binge reading while eating ice cream? I’m in! Going to the movies? Cool. Traveling to the forest/beach/country/city/ happy place to take in the stillness? Or the sights? How about a spa? Massage? Golf? swim? Horseback ride? combing the flea markets? Most of those would be on my list to try.

Lounging on the front porch in a swing or hammock? With sweet tea of course. Chair with our bare toes gliding through the grass? Picnic? Park? Zoo? Day drive with the top down and music up loud?

I am so there!

 

How about gardening? Mowing the lawn? For some it’s work, for others it’s relaxing. For me, I find it soothing to putz in the yard, digging my fingers in the dirt, deadheading flowers and watching new transplants grow. And of course I am always planning next year’s planting designs. This next planting season I am seeking blue and white flowers to fill in some gaps. This was inspired by a lovely bouquet I received this summer, with a gorgeous, huge head of a hydrangea bloom. It was pure white with tiny baby blue pin dots in the center of each petal.

  Cats are masters of relaxing.

 

 

 

So in honor of National Relaxation Day, I’d like to offer some of my books for your consideration to find your perfect relaxation spot and get lost in another world. To me, that’s the ultimate relaxation!

 

 

If romantic suspense is your fave, there is “Upon the Tide”, set on a boat in the Caribbean. If you like a hint of two of mystical or paranormal with your suspense and romance, consider “Chasing the Painted Skies”, set on an isolated lighthouse island in the Great Lakes (complete with its own ghost) or “Wild Whispers”, built around the exciting world of horse racing.

If you prefer clean and wholesome Inspirational Christian fiction, how about “Shimmers of Stardust”, with a bit of time travel included; “Beside Still Waters” or “Rainbows in the Moonlight”. Both of these are family centered stories, rooted in romance, forgiveness and second chances. Sweet!

If you like anthologies, I got ya covered there too. “Sizzle in the Snow” is eight stories all about Christmas. “Food and Romance Go Together” is, yep, you guessed it, stories all about food and romance. Talk about cooking in the kitchen! “Craving Country” turns up the heat, with twelve stories all about finding love and good, country living.

And if you like a shorter read, consider “Glimpse Eternity”, a pretty little story centered around Valentine’s Day or “It Happened at the Park”, a rollicking romantic comedy including dogs and their humans.

Speaking of dogs, if you prefer non-fiction, how about my self-published story about Ty, my adopted collie (a beautiful blue merle) with PTSD and the first two years of our journey together? It’s called, appropriately enough, “Ty’s Journey” and features countless photos.

 

 

 

 

All these fine books can be found at Amazon or my website, http://www.ryanjosummers.com. Several have been nominated for various peer-review awards.

 

So there you have it, loads of ideas on how to relax on National Relaxation Day and a few not-so-subtle suggestions for a good book or two if reading is your fave way to relax. However you like to escape, feel free to drop me a line in the comments and share your secrets. As for me, I’ll be busy working August 15th, but I’ll be thinking hard of relaxing, most likely by trying to write another book.

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Legacy of evil cover

In full disclosure, I was given a copy of this through Reading Alley for my review. The cover wonderfully illustrates many of the features inside the pages: horses, motorcycles, a historic hotel, and a man and woman passionately tangled up.

This is a fantasy/ suspense novel dealing with terrorism on US soil. It could certainly be called paranormal too. And don’t forget the romance.

Emma Horserider is the heroine. She is a former Marine, a horse whisperer, and she is called when the wild horses are shot. Almost killed herself while at the scene by an unmanned drone, she calls her brother, at the Homeland Security Anomaly Department. Brother Bert sends agent Brandon “Bronco” Winchester to the scene, with his pet bobcat, Gaucho.

When Emma and Bronco meet, it’s clear they both have strong leader personalities, and they have instant strong emotions toward each other. The Hotel La Belle, Lucius & Tallulah Steward are secondary characters and critical in helping  Emma and Bronco infiltrate the Neo-nazi camp where the terrorists are believed to be hiding.

This story has horses, motorcycles, twins, an Elvis impersonator, tattoos, ghosts, and more. It has steamy sex scenes between Emma and Bronco. It has paranormal elements like telekinesis, a unique communication between human and animal, and more. Most importantly, it has a happy ending after many twists, turns, surprises, sadness, and upsets.

Like many fantasy and suspenseful paranormal romances prove—things are not always as they seem.

Important note: This is Book # 2 of the Hotel La Belle series. It is a stand alone volume, however, reading book 1 first would further explain the secondary characters who return in “Legacy of Evil”.

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Timely, real writing, with humor, for serious issues. Good Boy is a Good Job.

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I first began reading A Good Boy because it was set in an area I am familiar with and I was curious to know if the author could credibly write with knowledge or had he simply tossed a dart to a map. I was pleasantly surprised to find he was indeed credible and detailed in the building of the setting. Even those not familiar with the area will become comfortable with the setting.

There are doubtlessly people and churches just like the author portrayed here, as I have known some of each. A dying church is a sad reality, as is teen suicide and questionable parenting; and our hero, Wesley Ames, was tasked with a difficult job. And plenty of obstacles along the way.

The book, while based on the trials and tribulations of a good preacher, is not preachy. The reader will not be lectured to. Non-Christians will appreciate the authentic flavor and humor of a real-life story. I found myself sympathizing for Wesley’s friend Gary Meade as he stumbles through a forced diet by his well-intending and loving family. And holding my breath with dread as I waited for another avalanche of ill-timed misfortune to befall the plucky Preacher Wesley. As he moved from good experiences and unfortunate situations, the guy earned my vote. He is a good guy trying to do the right thing while surrounded by stumbling blocks called people.

Such is the reality of Bradshaw’s writing. I truly hope there will be more books like A Good Boy coming from Mr. Bradshaw in the future.

*Note, I received a copy from Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

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Turkman Captives cover

I met Susan Williamson at a local book festival. Recognizing a shared passion for horses, I bought both her books, Turkmen Captives and Dead on the Trail from Second Wind Publishing.

Turkmen Captives is figuratively speaking, an explosive read. Madelaine Jones, the main character, is awakened by her father’s premonition warning scant moments before her house blows up. Narrowly escaping–on horseback–she begins on an incredible journey that will span three continents.

Armed with guts and a mysterious letter, and little else, she starts a trek to find out the truth to her husband’s death. Had he really died as a war casualty in Afghanistan as she was told? Or was he on a secret mission altogether? And what do the captives she encounters have to do with it?

Madelaine’s search leads her to the beautiful and famous Akhal-Teke horses. And into the arms of an Irish Garda named Simon, who appears to be on her side. So who is trying so persistently–and cleverly–to kill her as she travels across the globe in search of answers?

Turkmen Captives will leave you wondering all the way to the end. I enjoyed this story and eagerly plan to read her other book soon.

 

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