NEW RELEASE – Taxed by Love

Title: Taxed by Love
Series: St. Fleur Novel
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SubGenre: Brother’s Best Friend/2nd Chance
Release Date: August 29, 2018

Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.
 
Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.
 
Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.
 
An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
 
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

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Title: Taxed by Love
Series: St. Fleur Novel
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SubGenre: Brother’s Best Friend/2nd Chance
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.
 
Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.
 
Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.
 
An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
 
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

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Widower’s Aura Video

Check out the book trailer I finally finished for Widower’s Aura! I’m super excited for you to check it out!

 

 

Widower’s Aura is the first novel in the St. Fleur series by AJ Renee. This steamy smalltown romance will keep you on the edge of your seat. Can Noah, an ex-military widower, save Sofia, a sexy photographer, when he couldn’t even save his own wife?

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Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probation officer in New Orleans. After moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her comfortable new life is upended when widower, and ex-security-forces-turned-handyman hunk, Noah Tyler enters the local pub.

Noah attempts to avoid the voluptuous beauty who has captivated his every thought. That is, until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.

Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?

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Rocco St. Martin stuns the people of St. Fleur when he shows up at Whiskey’s Pub with a black eye. The whispers only become worse when he’s spotted in handcuffs, exiting Deputy Sheriff JJ’s cruiser.

JJ is left with more questions than answers after Rocco refuses to say what happened. Since the stubborn man won’t take her help, she has to resort to keeping a closer eye on him.

When the details of his injuries come to light, will Rocco finally accept her help? Or will he be yet another man who doesn’t understand what it takes to be with a cop?

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“You’re staring,” she told him.
 
Rocco shrugged. “How are you?”
 
“I’m good.” She tilted her head. “What’s going on?”
 
“Why does anything have to be going on?” he asked, curious to see if she’d admonish him. When a smile tipped the corner of her mouth, Rocco smirked.
 
JJ lifted her glass and drank. Rocco watched the column of her neck as she swallowed and imagined kissing his way down all that fair skin. He shifted in his seat, placing his ankle on his knee to see if that would ease the pressure forming in his pants.
 
“Well, for one, you’ve never sat with me for a meal,” JJ said as she put the glass on the table.
 
Rocco nodded. “True, and you’ve never felt the need to drive by the garage ten times a day.”
 
A blush covered her cheeks and swept down her neck. The color only highlighted her beauty and made his mind consider other ways he could make her turn that red. He was a rat bastard. He shouldn’t have embarrassed her like that. “I’m sorry.”
 
She shrugged. “Don’t be. It’s true. I’ve been worried about you.” The words came out whisper soft and he almost missed them.
 
The waitress returned with his food, and he sat forward. “Why?”
 
“Why what?”
 
“Why are you worried about me?” Her concern touched him, and he had to stop himself from rubbing his chest. Rocco was the oldest child. He wasn’t accustomed to others worrying about him—ever.
 
JJ placed her fork down. “Rocco, there’s obviously something going on with you. If you need—”
 
“Ah,” he said, pushing down his disappointment. “That’s all this is about.”
 
They stared at each other a moment before she said, “Ye—no… no, it’s not.”
 
Rocco raised an eyebrow. “No?”
 
Before JJ could say anything, her phone on the table rang. She looked from the caller to Rocco and sighed. “Sorry,” she said before answering the call. “Jolie. —Hey, what’s going on? —Oh, okay. Sure, I can be there.” Her eyes darted toward Rocco and away.
 
Rocco took another bite of his burger and listened as the conversation went on for another minute.
 
“Sorry about that,” she told him after ending the call.
 
“Everything okay?”
 
JJ raised an eyebrow. “Why, Rocco, I might think you’re worried about me.”
 
“Would that be so bad?”
 
The teasing expression on her face softened. “No. That could be nice.”
 
“Oh yeah?” he asked, unable to stop his chest from puffing out some.
 
JJ laughed, and the sound was feminine and sexy. “Yeah.” She pushed her plate away and dropped some money on the table. “Well, I need to go.” JJ slid out from the booth. “That was my sister, and she needs me to come over.”
 
“Have dinner with me?” Rocco blurted.
 
“Yes,” she said at the same time he said, “I mean…”
 
“Yes?” Rocco asked.
 
“I’d love to have dinner with you.” JJ winked.
 
His cheeks pulled back tightly. “Great, how does Friday sound?”
 
JJ laughed. “Today is Friday.”

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Noah moves himself and his daughter to the small town of St. Fleur after struggling to deal with the loss of his wife. What he doesn’t expect is to be attracted to the town photographer. When she finds herself the victim of a series of crimes, will he be able to save her when he couldn’t save his own wife?

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During a visit to Noah’s house, Marc isn’t expecting to run into the first woman to awaken his desire for more ever since he was a teen. When their shared attraction leads to the truth, will they find their happily ever after or will the other men in her life ruin their second chance at love?

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Haunted by the memories of his hometown of New Orleans, Jesse leaves everyone he knows and loves, hoping to find a sliver of peace. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for his new boss, but something seems to be stopping her from meeting him halfway. Can they get past the secrets, or will it all be too much?

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After a few years of easy small-town living as the St. Fleur librarian, Lindsey finds herself in the middle of a love triangle gone wrong. Gifts begin arriving and in time she realizes her confusing feelings over Derek, the sweet history teacher, and Marc, the man she doesn’t remember, is the least of her troubles. Her complicated love life takes a violent turn when she learns there is a stalker watching her every move.

When Marc visited his best friend’s new home months ago, he didn’t expect to meet the first woman to awaken his desire for more since he was a teen. Too bad she’s already taken. When their shared attraction leads them to the truth, will they finally get the happily ever after they both want?

Or will her current man, his best friend, and her stalker be the nails in the coffin of their attraction?

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October…

Hey guys! I love October… No really I do! It’s the beginning of the season for me. Halloween then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and finally New Years.

My decorations are mostly up. I have a few more decorations to add this year. I wish my house was set up a bit differently so I could have the strobe light going with the bloody hand prints and all. I have kids but trust me, even they know the decorations are Mami’s thing.

Since I love this time of the year so much, my first newsletter will release this month. Stay tuned and if you haven’t already signed-up I suggest you do. I have a treat going to one of my newsletter readers. Click HERE to sign-up.

Last week had some bumps in the road that felt like craters but I am breathing better. Stress has a way of suffocating us all. I hope you have someone to lean on or talk to because I have no idea how I would get through the hard moments without my amazing circle. My hubby is most definitely on the forefront. Seriously, I couldn’t get through it all without him.

So tell me, who loves October? Halloween? What’s your costume this year?

M.I.A.

Hi friends!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve had a ton of things land on my plate and I’m beginning to crumble.

My oldest got back to school, I’m editing book 2, we volunteered to foster a dog, I was volun-told to head up the block party for my neighborhood, my kids are sick, and my family car broke down. Those are the highlights in no particular order.

So mix that all up and you get one stressed out mom/wife/author who ends up going to the ER for chest pains.

Good news: My heart and body are good, great even!

Bad news: I suck at managing my stress and was having an anxiety attack. -_-

Time to prioritize things and learn how to cope with my new life.

So bear with me as I reboot AJ 2.0.

Quick news:

Widower’s Aura has received some pretty great reviews so far. If you liked Sofia and Noah’s story, please tell a friend (or two.)

There is a Facebook group, St. Fleur Belles, if you want to join it and get a chance to talk about the town of St. Fleur, romance, your love of books, and/or make new friends.

Well back to editing! I’m really excited for you to read Lindsey and Marc’s story in book 2.

Have a great day and happy reading!

xoxo

AJ

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Bibliophile Interview

I did my FIRST interview with Caedy at Confessions of a Bibliophile. Head over to her blog and see which of her ten questions really made me think!

On her blog you can also find where I answer or at least attempt to compile a Top Ten list of my favorite books. An incredibly hard task, you’ll get to see which author got me into romance from how many of her books I chose.Ha!

Caedy also posted her 4 Star review of Widower’s Aura.

“This book is so very well written and it takes a trope that is quite difficult to get right and gets it so very, very write.  A.J. Renee’s debut novel is filled with a little bit of mystery to add to the romance that is building between Noah and Sofia.  Everything flows so naturally through out the story, and even those scenes that are of an explicit sexual nature are so very well written.” -Read the rest of her review here.

Please show this blogger some love for her participation in my Blog Tour!

Thank you again, Confessions of a Bibliophile, for taking time out to interview me and read Widower’s Aura. I’m really excited you enjoyed Sofia and Noah’s story!

xo,

AJ

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Happy Father’s Day!

I’m a day late, I know. I was running around yesterday trying to make my girl’s daddy, and my happily ever after, have a special day.

Here I am now! Happy Father’s Day! To all the men who have done right by their kids, the ones who have stepped in and loved them regardless of the DNA factor and to all the women juggling both roles. I truly hope you had a great day!

I think a lot of men get nagged quite a bit for a variety of reasons. No one is perfect, I’m surely far from being perfect. I got one thing right, my man. Sure he’s not perfect, there are moments he can frustrate me but the man has the fatherhood thing DOWN. I think he’s the better parent. He thinks I’m too hard on myself but truly, he’s great with our three girls. He’s very hands on and pitches in with everything. Thank you to my love for every little and big thing he does.

There are plenty of examples of all the wrong things a man can be or do when it comes to being a father. Look to your baby daddy and recognize him for his hard work. We are quick to criticize and they need to know they haven’t screwed it all up either. None of us are perfect and it takes a village to raise our babies.

If the person sharing your child’s other half of their DNA has refused to step up or even recognize your child… well that’s on THEM. Make sure those kids know there is nothing wrong with them. If their families step up and love that child let them. Not all men who do this awful thing were raised to be that way. It’s shocking and heartbreaking to the families to see. Your kids are loved and they will know their value. Your love will be their strength and if it’s right for your family one day a man will steal your heart and love those babies like he was the one to create them.

CHEERS to all those Daddy’s and Mommy’s doing it right! Love your baby’s, teach them right from wrong and raise them to be strong and compassionate members of society. We need more loving, kind, respectful, intelligent, and overall good human’s in our society.

Keep up the good work!

Love

Orlando is “Home” to me. Waking up and seeing it all over the news in Las Vegas was jarring. Not as jarring as the reports that poured in.

Those who know me well know I’m what my family loves to label, “overly emotional.” I used to see this as a negative thing. It’s not. I feel. I have a lot of ‘feelers.’ It doesn’t matter that I don’t love you or even know you but I will shed tears for you and I’ll pray for you and if I can, I’ll even help you. Days after the horrific tragedy at Pulse Nightclub happened and I still can’t wrap my mind around it.

My own emotions are nothing compared to the pain and despair the family and friends of those killed, injured and the survivors themselves are experiencing. I just can’t… the thought alone brings tears to my eyes. My stomach is cramping and the urge to be sick is becoming almost too much. My own pain and emotions don’t matter right now. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the pain the families and friends are experiencing will never truly leave. May they find peace, in time, with their newly promoted angels.

Coming together and unitying as a community is the only thing that will heal The City Beautiful. Seeing images of hundreds of people donating blood, food, supplies and their time is beautiful. It brings me peace and hope seeing their love and compassion pouring through their actions. It also makes me proud to call Orlando home.

A million thank you’s and kudos to the Police, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses, and volunteers that worked their butts off to ensure the smallest loss of life. May they find peace with their actions and decisions.

Lastly, good-bye, for now, to the souls who have passed. May you always know the impact you left on the ones you loved and who loved you. Gone but never forgotten.

❤ Be kind, even when it’s the hardest. Love, because the alternative is just not an option. ❤

 

A little about me…

I’m a mother of three, born and raised in the United States and I’m Puerto Rican. I was raised to be proud of my Puerto Rican heritage. I speak the language and will honestly admit that I’m failing my kids in passing on the language. If any of you have taken spanish in school you KNOW it’s not the easiest. My peers and I got in plenty of trouble for, “but it sounds right!”

Anyways, I digress. Today’s post was inspired by a Huffington Post article that claimed only 43% of those they polled knew that Puerto Rican’s are citizens. (If you want to learn a bit more on the history of our citizenship click HERE to learn more from the History Channel.)This is very upsetting to me. Sure I grew up knowing this. To me this is just a reminder of how lacking our education system is. I don’t know about you but short of the Mexican War and Spanish American War we were not taught a lot about Latinos and their impact or relationship within America’s history.

At the bottom of this article there was a side article for click bait. Yup they got me. It was images and quotes of various Hispanic actors in Hollywood. They were speaking out on the lack of casting and how growing up they didn’t see people like them on T.V. It’s true, it really is. We see more now at least. One goes on to say that only gang banger parts were offered, another says crack-ho parts, and another says they asked for them to use their accents. Oh, and the movie Argo? The part Ben Affleck portrays (I’ve never seen it) is a Mexican American man. (This can go two folds, one Ben was the best actor to come along and snag the part, or two shame on casting for not picking one of the many strong Hispanic actors to do the part. You can’t be upset you’re type-casted for how you look and then be upset they didn’t pick you but rather a different race for the part you look more the part of.)

This all saddened me because I can see what they are saying. Personally, I’m an advocate for humanity. I don’t care what you look like, where you come from, what language you speak, or who you have fallen in love with. I really don’t. I may be curious and ask because I’m fascinated about our differences and learning more about real people, not just text book or what stereotypes have told us to believe.

This then had me thinking about my characters. Sofia has exotic high cheek bones but her family line has been from New Orleans for quite some time and with her grandmother’s last name, Blanc, you know there is French ancestry. Noah is an all American man, born and raised and his background like so many people is very blended. Lindsey comes from an Italian American household with light skin and brown eyes. Marc is Puerto Rican, tan with whiskey colored eyes. Jaime Lynn is another American blend. Jesse is described to have milk chocolate skin with brown eyes.

Their careers in order, Juvenile Probation Officer turned photographer, prior Air Force Security Forces airman turned handyman, Librarian, prior Air Force airman turned Construction company owner/worker, Pub owner, and Bartender/Co-owner of a Bar/Brewery.

With all of the above I’ll share, Sofia’s exotic cheek bones and her career as a JPO was inspired by my lovely, beautiful best friend who is now one of my angels. My husband is in the Air Force and brews at home as a hobby. I have a Masters in Criminal Justice and I used to work in a library. I have family in New Orleans and love the city and the people. Quite a few of my friends come from first if not second generation Italian families. I had a few uncles who worked in construction so Marc’s occupation is a nod at them. And Jesse was originally a white southern man. That is until a friend of mine complained he was having a hard time finding a good woman to date. He’s a smart, funny, good looking black man and I thought this really sucked. So Jesse is my way of giving him a love story, even if he has NO CLUE that he inspired pieces of Jesse. I’m also glad I changed Jesse because there really are not enough interracial romance novels. The shortage of stock photos reinforces this fact.

After analyzing my characters I’m happy to see how so many facets of my own beliefs, experiences and the people I love and admire have brought my characters together. I don’t care what you look like or who you fall in love with. I do care about whether or not you are a kind, respectful and loving person. If you treat me and my family as such I like to think I’m a loyal person. If you don’t… well, how about we don’t share too much today?!

Well if you’ve stuck around this far know I’m super excited to share Noah and Sofia with you! You can pre-order now before I raise the price. The links are found HERE.

If you have any questions or thoughts go ahead and comment below. I like to think I’m an open book and sometimes I don’t know what you want to know about me. I’d love to hear from you!

 

San Francisco

To celebrate nine years of marriage we paid for my mother in law to come up and watch the kids for a part of her vacation here with us. (Thanks again Grandmama, you rock!) My hubby and I flew out to San Francisco, where I had never been before, and played tourist for about a week. If you follow me on my social media sites you probably saw a lot of my pictures.

We walked a good portion of the city and even biked it, I think my thighs are still upset with me. My goodness did we see so much of the city. It was great! We biked the Golden Gate bridge, Golden Gate Park and part of the city. Alcatraz was very neat for this criminal justice enthusiast and we played tourist in other areas like Pier 39, Painted Ladies, Fisherman’s Wharf, Mission District, Lombard Street, Haight Street, Chinatown, and Little Italy. We rode the cable cars, the bus, streetcar, tram, Uber and Lyft.

We stayed at the Chateau Tivoli B&B and had a great experience. A variety of individuals were there at the same time and so many different backgrounds. I LOVED it. Getting to learn about different countries and cultures via actual residents is a wonderful way to learn about the world. I want to give a shout out to Josh & Cheryl, it was fantastic spending time with you all.

Thanks to the variety of experiences I’m excited to say that I have about 7-9 ideas for some novels. I can’t wait to get started!

My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Golden Gate bridge, painted ladies, and the Full House house. I was a child of TGIF and loved watching Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World and the like. Seeing the iconic symbols from the show only signaled my brain to hear the theme song to Full House.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this American city I highly suggest it. Make sure to bring your walking shoes and let your feet guide you to the many sights.

EXCITED!

Gosh, I can’t even believe I’m at this point! I’m so excited to announce that Widower’s Aura is now available for pre-orders at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords.

I never thought this was a path I’d take but I’m incredibly happy with it. I hope you fall in love with Sofia and Noah as much as I did.

Special thanks are in order to my husband who backs me up on anything that makes me happy, I’m so blessed to have my own happily ever after. In no specific order and I hope I don’t leave anyone out. Thank you, Brenda, Julie, Lucy, Angie, Al, Alli, Alex, Patti, Katie, and Paula. You have all accepted my texts and phone calls as I frantically spill out ideas or cries for help. So many others have supported in various ways and have been cheerleaders and I can’t thank you all enough.

Thank you for holding me up when I lost faith in myself. The right words do-not-exist, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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The tide is changing…

Today I woke up to the sound of rain slapping the stucco covering my home and for some people it’s a mood killer. Personally, I love the occasional storm. Rain washes away the streets of grime and brings rainbows and flowers.

Living in the desert every drop we get is a blessing. Too little water and we have problems and yet too much rain at once and we have even bigger issues. As I reflect on the state of Texas dealing with flooding I think of those families that have been changed forever. The clouds not only opened up over them to feed the land but now…now it is a reflection of their bleeding hearts and the endless tears cascading down their cheeks.

Life is delicate. I’ve mentioned in my about me that writing was never on my list of things that I wanted to do. The fact that I wrote Widower’s Aura is a complete surprise even now, two years later. It was my own therapy to write the love connection between Sofia and Noah. Everything I created in my world of St. Fleur has been based off my own imagination as have the characters. I did store a couple pieces of someone I lost way too early in life into the story. A way to honor and commemorate a beautiful life that can only live in my memories and forever in my heart.

Not everyone in this world gets their love story. Some get a horror story gift wrapped in the idea of love. Others don’t live long enough to experience the blessing of a true partner in life.

As I stumble through this exciting time in my life, preparing to share Sofia and Noah with the world, I can’t help but think of the people in my life that aren’t here to share it with me. Wanting to lift the phone to my ear and hear their laughter, excitement, and guidance but only feeling the tears as they slip down my cheeks unchecked.

The tide is changing once again in my life. It’s time to either sink or swim. How do you handle the ever changing tide?

What are you reading?

I’m in between writing so this is the time I try to catch up on novels I’ve been collecting along the way. I just finished Carina AdamsLay it Down and I started R.L. Mathewson’sFated. I’m hoping I can read Danica WintersSmoke and Ashes next.

Ever since I started Widower’s Aura my to be read list has become longer and longer. I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up. There are so many fantastic stories out there waiting to be read. I’m behind on quite a few series. As I type this I’m remembering that I left off in the middle of Bella Andre’s Sullivan’s series. I’m dying to read Sophie and Jake’s story in, I only have eyes for you.

The problem I’m having is that Jessie and Jamie Lynn’s story, the third novel in my St. Fleur series, is itching to be told.

I don’t like to read when I’m writing. I don’t want anything to influence me unconsciously and the flow to the story to change. Could you imagine reading a book and the character gets a split personality all of a sudden? That would make me crazy as a reader!

Reading is my drug of choice. Prior to writing Widower’s Aura I could read 5-7 romance novels in a week, easily. The amount I’ve read since then has been reduced dramatically. I don’t regret it though because the joy I’ve received from my little town of St. Fleur is indescribable.

So I ask you, what are you reading? Leave me a comment and share with us what author has you in their web.

Are you a bibliophile?

Bibliophile: a person who loves or collects books, Merriam-Webster’s website.

Do you consider yourself a bibliophile? I may not collect books but I sure do love them. So many wonderful stories are held within the bindings of so many books. From fairy tales to memoirs to my absolute favorite, romance.

Reading used to be considered a privilege for society’s elite. Slaves and women were not encouraged to read or educate themselves and neither were society’s poor. Those in power feared what would happen when those “beneath” them assumed the skill. They would lose that power. As we all know, knowledge is power.

Now a days we encourage children to learn that same skill as early as preschool. You can’t fall in love with a book if you can’t read it. What better way to exercise your brain and your imagination than reading words off a page and seeing your version of the world the author created?

It’s very easy to allow the burdens of your day and the darkness of those lost affect you. Each day we are consumed with stress from everyday living. Whether it be your job, family, friends, or people who are malicious and find joy in others misery. Reading a happily ever after romance novel allows me to push away the stress of my day and just relax.

I fell in love with books the moment that calm washed over me. Cheering on the protagonists as they overcame their own struggles to come together in their love. THAT helps me remember that the glass really is half-full. It’s so easy to let the pessimist in my head take over but the moment I melt in a story, Sofia and Noah’s or one created by another author, I can feel the optimist in me triumph as the stress of the day melts away.

My drug of choice may be the romance genre but no matter the genre that fills you, I encourage you to find a book that reminds you that the glass is indeed, half-full.

Jazz

Music… Every single culture has it, regardless of what country you live in. New Orleans’ culture is infused with beautiful, soulful rhythm and beats. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival will continue this Thursday April 28th, drawing thousands of people to the Fair Grounds before it ends on Sunday, May 1st.

By the name you would expect only jazz artists but no. Headliners like Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Jonas, Julio Iglesias and so many more. Gospel, jazz, pop, rock and everything in between. Regardless of the language we speak or the things we have experienced in our lives we can come together for our united love of music.

In Widower’s Aura, we learn that Sofia has a love for rap music. Lindsey on the other hand enjoys country music. Personally I will listen to anything that sounds good to me. I grew up listening to salsa and merengue in our home. As I matured my taste in music changed from listening to Golden Oldies to hip hop, rock, r & b, country and pop.

Music calms me and fills me with emotion. Depending on what mood I’m in is where I stop the dial on the radio. The musical notes have a way of weaving around me drawing out my problems and worries, even if only for a moment in time. I’m a big believer that music heals. Regardless of your choice in music genres you will find someone who shares that same passion.

So if you can make your way to New Orleans this weekend for the Jazz & Heritage Festival look around and see how the shared love for music has brought you and thousands together. Enjoy the delicious food and let the beat heal the wounds on your soul.