Love Decanted By Emilie Ryan

“Are you ready for that glass of wine? I’m buying.”

Julie did a double-take. She had expected an argument, or at least to be blamed for failing to warn him adequately, which is what would have happened with her mom, and with Richard. “Yeah, I am.”

“Good. Then, let’s go.” He extended his hand and helped her up.

Outside the hotel’s entrance, Julie marvelled at the five-story building, taking a few pictures with her phone. With its turrets and blue-grey tiled roof, the Hôtel du Bailliage blended in seamlessly with the surrounding architecture, and it resembled the nearby fortress, only on a smaller scale.
Inside, up a flight of stone stairs, she took in the cool, damp air—a welcome change from the shimmering heat outside—as well as the aromatic, almost exotic scent of weathered wood. A large reception counter filled most of the lobby, beside which sat a matching round table and chairs. With her nerves starting to settle, she walked over and ran her hand over one of the royal-blue velvet seats, which had a smooth, luxurious feel.
The receptionist, a middle-aged woman with an hourglass figure and jet black hair, soon appeared through a set of gold chenille curtains. Her black nail polish and dark red lipstick caught Julie’s attention, bringing to mind Anika’s most recent Halloween costume—a medieval sorceress. She chuckled inwardly at the image, making a mental note to tell her sister-in-law about her seemingly long-lost dark twin.

“Bonjour,” said the receptionist in an inviting tone. “I’m delighted to welcome you to your home away from home.”
Julie pulled out a folder identical to the one she had given Peter on the plane, leafing through a few pages before finding their reservation.

“One night, two guests, under Morissette.”

“Ah, yes, Ms. Morissette and Mr. Marconi. We’ve been expecting you. How was your journey to Chinon?”

“The drive was pretty, although parking seems to be a little tight around here.”

“Yes, the streets are narrow, indeed. I’ll take you to your room shortly, but before I do, are you planning to dine with us tonight?”

Julie had done some research on the village before departing, learning from several websites the hotel had one of the highest-rated restaurants in the region. “We were actually hoping to eat here if there’s still room. I tried to reserve online, but for some reason, the app wouldn’t allow it.”

“That sometimes happens, unfortunately. We’re full until seven-thirty, but you could have your pick after that.”
With her energy starting to wane, Julie could only assume Peter also felt the jetlag kicking in. And, with his request for some R&R, she figured that timing might just work. They could unpack, take a shower, and maybe even have a nap. “What about eight o’clock?”

“Perfect. Give me a moment while I call over to confirm your reservation.”

While the hostess picked up the phone, Julie further perused the lobby. She admired the old-fashioned radiator, the patterned marble floor, and the embossed brass fixtures, all with the same stylized Fleur-de-Lys design.
Feeling more in her element, she turned to Peter, who stared at one of the brass plaques on the wall. Her mind drifted to an image of him as a courtier dressed in lime-green tights and a white bouffant top, prancing around to the tune of a lute. The absurdity of the image made her laugh.

“What’s so funny?” he asked, placing his hand on the small of her back.

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Cynthia Thornton is the CEO of a world-wide cosmetics company. At age 40, her 10 figure income provides her with luxury few people enjoy and she is entrenched in her New York City lifestyle. She manages a mega-company with 28,000 employees, yet she can’t manage her own life. Her world is small and the happiness she seeks continually eludes her. Nicholas Legitt is a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning author who lives in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At heart, he is a mountain man. He and Cynthia meet at a fundraising event. Their friendship creeps along until it escalates into an off-again, on-again relationship that is rife with acrimony. Cindy has a very troublesome characteristic that makes sustaining a relationship impossible. Jill McDonald had lived her entire life in the same, small Colorado town as Nick. She and Nick had a torrid relationship that began in high school and continued for over four years. Her life moved on after the parted but she never lost the love she had for her high school sweetheart. Now that his relationship with Cynthia was behind him, Nick was free to pursue his former lover and they revived a love that never faded. The characters are as real as the people you know and they will become your friends. But a word of caution. Don’t jump to conclusions. Things are not always as they seem. So how does the story end? Do they each find happiness in their own way? Does each one live happily ever after? The answers are in the story. Please note. 26 Hours is intended for mature readers. It contains adult language and adult themes that are secondary to the plot. The story is driven by its plot, not by its sexual content.

Bestselling author Nick Legitt finds himself seated next to glamorous and intriguing Cynthia at a fundraiser for his long-time friend, Peter. Amid the glitz and opulence of the New York City Plaza hotel, the two are drawn to one another, making it even more surprising for Nick when Cynthia immediately dismisses him at the end of the evening. 26 Days: A Love Story by Michael Stafford travels from the exciting energy of Cynthia’s New York home and high pressure career as a CEO to the beauty and quiet of Nick’s Colorado town and calm life with his dog, Gloria. As the two embark on a tumultuous long distance friendship, the reader learns more about Cindy’s tragic past and unusual reaction to it. With each move towards closeness, Nick is met with rampant outbursts that emerge from Cindy’s personality at the slightest provocation. But soon, Cindy comes to trust Nick’s honest character and confides in him the story of her poignant and agonising past. Working together, Nick embraces Cindy, providing her with her first trusted male friendship as they enjoy exploring cities and each other. Soon, their mutual admiration turns to something more as they both experience feelings they have never encountered before. But will their long distance relationship, distinctive personalities, and turbulent pasts create a barrier to lifetime happiness?

Michael Stafford’s 26 Days: A Love Story is an up and down ride of the relationship between Cindy and Nick. Nick’s character is slow moving and patient as he helps Cindy work through her demons, making him a most endearing character. Cindy’s battles and subsequent life decisions are very intriguing, providing an unexpected edge from traditional female leads. Stafford does a fabulous job depicting both the physical setting and emotional ties to the locations defined in the book. From New York city to the Colorado Mountains to the cowboy dancing night clubs of Dallas, the reader comes along with Nick and Cindy for their ride as they both work to leave their pasts behind and take a leap into happiness. Stafford’s writing has a rarely found tender edge that works magically through the character of Nick as he helps Cindy move forward through both their conversations and their passionate encounters. I look forward to further stories from Michael Stafford and, given that this is entitled Volume I, I eagerly await Volume II.

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Tired of just strumming your ukulele? Ready for a challenge? Fingerstyle technique allows you to play melodies and accompaniment at the same time, turning your instrument into a mini orchestra! Fingerstyle Ukulele includes 48 pages of fingerstyle arrangements for ukulele, notated in tablature format. There are links to YouTube videos of the author playing the songs, so you can hear what they sound like. The pieces in the books begin with the basics and progress through some advanced techniques.

Ulasan buku pada hari ini ialah daripada buku Fingerstyle Ukelele oleh Aaron Keim. Nampak macam mudah bukan? Ya memang mudah sebab ia saiz ukelele lebih kecil daripada gitar dan chord lebih mudah untuk dicapai. Mari admin kongsikan kepada anda. Daripada buku ini juga, ada beberapa lagu yang anda boleh cuba. Ini adalah tips bagi yang baru berjinak- jinak dengan ukelele.



Kepada yang susah mempunyai ukelele, boleh membuat sedikit housekeeping dengan ukelele anda. Boleh cuba cara ini. Selamat mencuba dan selamat bermain!


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[SNEAK PEEK] The Ultimate Guidebook for Teens With Food Allergies

EBOOK The Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies by Food Allergy Canada

Chapter 3

Naming all of the symptoms of an allergic reaction on paper can help people, especially the non-allergic, remember them.

If you have allergies, however, you know the feeling you get when something isn’t right. Whether it’s a visible symptom on your skin, or pain and/or constriction on the inside, you know something bad is happening. And your mind becomes focused on it.

A serious allergic reaction can start within minutes of coming into contact with an allergy trigger—or hours after the fact. They may include any or all of these symptoms. Know how to spot the signs and remember them by this handy acronym: Think “FAST.”



It’s important to note that these symptoms happen independently of each other and may be different from one reaction to the next.

Knowing how these symptoms feel is important. We’ve asked members of our youth panel to describe what they felt in these situations.

“It really felt like my world was collapsing in the pit of my stomach.”

“Metallic taste in my mouth.”

“I knew something was very wrong and it took me a few seconds to piece together the symptoms and conclude that I was actually having an allergic reaction.”

“It started with a tingling sensation on my tongue and lips that quickly moved to tightness throughout my mouth and throat. It all happened so quickly.”

Most importantly, when you feel any of these symptoms, and suspect it might be an allergic reaction, seek help immediately and do not isolate yourself. Be prepared to treat your reaction. You will learn more about this in the next chapter.

Quick Tip – A biphasic reaction is when the symptoms of an allergic reaction reappear after the initial treatment. This is why it’s so important to get to the hospital to make sure the reaction is completely gone.

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[SNEAK PEEK] To Kiss the Purple Moon

EBOOK To Kiss the Purple Moon by J.P. Hickman

With Mike now gunning it for the beach Jay walked back towards the motors, and facing out to sea, steadied himself with his thighs against the motors, leaning out over and holding onto the back of them. As Mike hit the beach the momentum surging Jay backwards and assisted by the kick of the skegs hitting the beach, both motors eased up and locked in place. Roaring, hissing and spitting water and sand until Mike shut them both down.

What a rush, and now again, what a contrast. Wet and wild, hair-raising and deafening, to instantly, high and dry, motionless and silent. Isolated in perfect nature, to surrounded by a throng of humanity.

Mike jumped off and strode casually towards where the ‘Landy’ was parked, while Jay sat there for a moment as the sounds of the beach drifted slowly back into his consciousness, inquisitive onlookers coming in for a closer look. He stood up, untied the hatch and took off the cover for everyone to have a look at the bounty. He allowed a couple of exuberant kids to jump on board and get a closer look. It was part of the unique holiday experience and vibe that he enjoyed. The bubbliness, the different characters, the banter, the questions, the praise and admiration.

But this time there was something strangely different. There was a warmth, a connection, a silent powerful buzz. He jumped down onto the beach, it always seemed a lot more solid than when he had left it early in the day. Sort of like the feeling you get after you get off of a trampoline. Like the force of gravity had doubled. His body was bronzed by hours in the sun, glistening with a feint touch of perspiration, his long, dark hair bleached at the tips, muscles pumped and honed. The white lines of dried salt giving his skin texture.

What was it, what could he feel? Slowly he turned around and there it unmistakably was. She was looking straight at him. They stared directly into each other’s eyes for what seemed like forever. Jay was confused. Who was she? Did he know her? Everything and everyone around him was a blur. It was as though she was standing on a stage commanding the performance and attention; the supporting actors were peripheral and were just taking up space around her. He could feel his body getting hot. A blast of the most delicious energy reaching deep into his inner most parts and without intention or knowing why he started moving towards her. Drawn to and wanting to bathe in more of what ever it was she had

Then suddenly, he was brutally ripped away. “Hey, what the hell are ya doing boy, get the eff’ing winch out and hooked up, your day hasn’t finished yet!” shouted Mike out the window of the ‘Landy.’ And without hesitation Jay got back to work reversing this morning’s proceedings, getting the boat rolled up over the beach and back into the lagoon. He didn’t have time to think until just before Mike drove off back around to the slipway leaving him with an envious, “Can’t you concentrate on anything except pussy for just one day?” “Crikey man, give it a rest!”

The boat now waiting patiently on the edge of the lagoon rocked as Jay leapt onboard and ignited both motors. He turned the boat upstream towards the slipway and at last had another chance to look around for her. He could already feel she wasn’t there anymore, but refused to trust his instincts as he scoured the crowd and beach for her. But he was right, she was gone

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