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.


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.

Staying inspired…

I had a friend ask, “How do you get your ideas for writing?” There are so many things that inspire me to write my stories.

My new wonderful friend Sofia, that I hope you’ll love as much as I do, is a photographer and moves to the town of St. Fleur in Widower’s Aura Why is she a photographer? What made me choose that profession? Well that’s easy, I love photography. There is something about getting that perfect shot with the perfect lighting. I took my own love for photography and infused that same love into Sofia.

Before moving to St. Fleur Sofia lived in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. She picks up the camera thanks to the inspiration all around her from the colorful culture and people all around the city. It becomes a stress reliever for her and eventually her passion. This becomes her beginning, the stepping blocks of photographing cable cars off St. Charles street to eventually taking a risk and opening her own photography business.