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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 31 December 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED: SEBASTIAN by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED: SEBASTIAN by DANA PRATOLA

 

THE BLURB

Sebastian is no angel. Men like him only want one thing but Natalie is determined to keep her vow of celibacy. Yes, he’s gorgeous, intelligent and heroic, with unusual gifts, but he’s a constant reminder that she isn’t good enough for him. Can she outrun a club owner who wants her dead when she’s weighed down by the failures of her past?
Sebastian has always viewed women one way—as marvelous distractions. But when Natalie enters his life, he’s forced to see them, and the world, in new light. Teaming with Jett Cestone, they enter the sordid world of sex traffickers to rescue young innocents. But only Natalie can rescue him, and give him the one thing his heart needs.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

I’m passionate about Romance. I write about real people with real struggles, temptations, and desires. My characters often have difficult choices to make – and don’t always make the right ones. My stories are not what you expect, and everything you want.
God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of unless you include writing. I don’t.
Connect with me at: http://www.DanaPratolaRomance.com to join my mailing list and receive news of new releases, giveaways, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

To say God works in mysterious ways is a hackneyed and trite cop out. Of course His ways are mysterious, no more so than His means to interact with His creation. Who are we to say that Divine beings don’t walk among us when in fact, He tells us clearly that they do.

This reviewer is particularly fascinated in how angels—or other supernatural beings—walk and talk and interact with us.

Such is the story of Sebastian.

Ms. Pratola delves into the sordid world of sex trafficking with gritty realism and ugly truth. Her characters leap off the pages with their particular issues, the tensions between them practically turning the pages for the reader. Though there was a noticeable number of malapropisms, the writing and the telling was outstanding, the story itself a glimpse into the fight Ms. Pratola’s characters wage against evil. And Sebastian’s personal fight against himself.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Descended: Sebastian, Dana Pratola

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 2 December 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – HIS HEART FOR CHRISTMAS by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – HIS HEART FOR CHRISTMAS by DANA PRATOLA

                                                                             

THE BLURB

NEVER FALL FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND.

It just isn’t done! With good reason – It’s the fastest way to ruin a friendship forever. Decorating her tree alone on Christmas Eve, Stephanie is agonizing over a decision she must make SOON – Flee to the opposite end of the country and start over without Ryan, or stay here and be tormented by her impossible love for him. If only she could know what the future holds and if risking it all would be worth it. Thanks to the extremely precious, extremely unusual “ornament” Nona handed down to her, maybe she can! (*a SHORT story)

 

THE AUTHOR

 

I’m passionate about Romance. I write about real people with real struggles, temptations, and desires. My characters often have difficult choices to make – and don’t always make the right ones. My stories are not what you expect, and everything you want.
God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of unless you include writing. I don’t.
Connect With Me at:

http://www.DanaPratolaRomance.com to join my mailing list and receive news of new releases, giveaways, etc.

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Sometimes the best things come in small—or short—packages. And that’s what this story is, short and profound.

Alone on Christmas Eve, Stephanie is pondering a life changing decision. And trying to convince herself she’s not in love.

We humans are so fickle, denying ourselves the things we want most for myriad reasons—the saddest of which is believing God doesn’t want us to have the desire of our heart. Ms. Pratola touches on the mysteries of God, speaking to Stephanie in the depths of her heart, directing her in her decision.

This story is a fun and quick read, vivid descriptions, jazzy dialogue that rings true to life.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Monday, #TRD, Book Review, His Heart for Christmas, Dana Pratola

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 3 June 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DANA PRATOLA

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DANA PRATOLA

 

Why I Write What I Write

 

My first experience with the world of Romance novels came in the 1970’s, via word-of-mouth promo of a new book. I was in seventh or eighth grade (Catholic school) and all the girls were hyping this book as “must read,” “you won’t believe it,” “I hope my mother doesn’t find it in my room.” So, of course I had to check it out. I’d heard it was racy, and there was no way I was going to walk into a book store and buy it myself, so I waited patiently to borrow it from a friend. The book was Forever by Judy Blume, and it explored the first love of a high school senior girl. It was the first “romance” I ever read, and I was hooked from that day on. (*Let me say here that you don’t have to go buy the book, lol. I’m not endorsing it. In fact, I can’t even remember if it was a “good” book, only the impressions it left with me. *)

 

I suppose it was fortunate that my initiation into the world of romance was a book about a teenage couple’s initiation into the world of love (including sex). I mean, we were Catholic school girls and we had questions, but for me, even the enticement of reading something we perceived as scandalous, wasn’t the real draw. It wasn’t about the sex, for me, but the emotions. The fact that they were kids, but experiencing “grown-up” love. Finding that there could be joy, yes, but also heartbreak that didn’t have to be anyone’s fault. Just what was. Real life as told by fictional characters. Wow!

 

For a girl who grew up reading fairy tales, and the classic dichotomy of Good vs. Evil, that was amazing to me. In children’s books there was a hero and a villain. The villain did villainous things, and the hero, heroic things. Sometimes the villain wasn’t even a person, but a situation—a company about to shut down and put hundreds out of work, or a volcano threatening to erupt. But the main thrust of the story came down to choices people made, and the consequences of those choices.

 

In children’s books, the characters act according to their roles. Good kid always acts good. Bad kid always acts bad. And if a good kid does act badly, there is enough guilt to soon have him apologizing and falling back in line with some great lesson learned. Adult fiction isn’t like that. Adults have the capacity to make the same mistakes over and over and never learn from them!

 

Also, quite often, there is no clear Good or Evil. Most people can have elements of both, and that seems to me to present itself in romantic fiction more than any other genre, where the whole point of the story is uncovering the complexities of human behavior. Once hooked on romance, there was nothing else for me to do but put my own imaginings on paper, populating my stories with real people making choices. Sometimes right choices. Sometimes bad, destructive ones, and not always being held accountable or learning anything. Sometimes an ass is just an ass and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

But I guess what appeals to me most is Hope. Though my male lead characters tend to be the quintessential Romance Heroes as far as looks, I try to illuminate the qualities every woman wants to find in the real-life male: someone who understands us. Really gets us. Fights for us. Is willing to die for us, but above all, live for us. What is the point of a romance novel if not to perpetuate that Hope?

 

To me, a romance novel is a tactile Hope that we can hold up and shake in the face of a topsy-turvy world and say, “Yes, people can suck. They can be cruel and selfish, but that’s not all there is. They can be caring and selfless, too. Even in the real-world love can still thrive, and I can prove it. Just turn the page.” 😀

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

I’m passionate about Romance. I write about real people with real struggles, temptations, and desires. My characters often have difficult choices to make – and don’t always make the right ones. My stories are not what you expect, and everything you want.
God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of unless you include writing. I don’t 🙂

 

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 1 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY on SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED—JETT by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED—JETT by DANA PRATOLA

 

THE BLURB:

When a reclusive billionaire takes an interest in Haven’s painting, she wants to believe it’s an answer to prayer, but she’s not entirely sure. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met. Some say he’s a cult leader, others say he’s not human. One thing is certain ~ Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. But what if her father is right? What if he’s dangerous?
Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But being as naïve and pure as she is, he can’t have her learning what goes on in his home, or his connection to sexual slavery. That would be bad enough, but she would never accept him if she knew of his abilities and that his life is much more paranormal than normal. He has to figure out a way to keep her at a distance even though she’s living in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.

 

Dana Pratola is passionate about Romance. She writes about real people with real struggles, temptations and desires. Her characters often have difficult choices to make – and don’t always make the right ones. Her stories are not what you expect, and everything you want.

To join my mailing list to receive news of new releases, give-aways, etc, visit me at: http://www.DanaPratolaRomance.com

 

 

MY REVIEW:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

 

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  Colossians 1:16

 

Father has given each of us talents and abilities, and who’s to say sometimes those reach beyond human capabilities. Such is the case for billionaire Jett Cestone. And in tandem with an anger that rumbles beneath the surface, those abilities can be dangerous.

 

Haven Silano is a talented and prolific young artist who doubts the value of her ability. Until the billionaire’s grandmother takes notice. But as Haven endeavors to create the masterpiece she is commissioned to do, she also entangles herself in the life and household of the reclusive man who has employed her. Jett Cestone.

 

Ms. Pratola has criss-crossed the supernatural with the natural in a vivid and telling story. Humanity’s basest core is exposed, and yet the power and grace prevails. The struggle within both Haven and Jett is all too real, their mutual attraction seeming unwelcome on both their parts. I felt the unworthiness and frustration of them both, and read anxiously as they fought both for and against the love they both felt.

 

But grace. And but God. Talents and abilities, both natural and supernatural, are powerful weapons when yielded to the hand of God. And both Haven and Jett both have much to learn of the goodness and plans of God.

 

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:2

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Descended—Jett, Dana Pratola

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 26 September 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE COVERING by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE COVERING by DANA PRATOLA

                                                                             

Sometimes faith and life collide. Sometimes life is messy and painful, and faith pushes us from our safety net.

 

Tessa Silano prayed faithfully, sometimes for people she didn’t know. But Holy Spirit does, and she is obedient to His leading.

 

Gunnar Mason is living death. He can’t be saved and he knows it. His days are filled with idle busyness and toxic self-loathing.

 

When Tessa and Gunnar’s paths meet, she is repelled by him and he distances himself from her. And yet, they are drawn to one another. As the spiritual battle mounts, will Gunnar lose his life? Or will her faith—and her love—be sufficient to cover him with Divine protection?

 

 

A powerful story skillfully written. Ms. Pratola brings to life the reality of the Christian life. Prayers of faith, and obedience in the face of questions. Love that tugs the heart beyond the bounds of preconceived limits. I know Tessa’s fear and insecurity all too well. And as I read, I silently urged her to trust. I am well acquainted with Gunnar’s self-image also, and begged him to learn to love himself—and let himself be loved. I cried and I read with baited breath, and I may have prayed for fictional characters. (wink wink) I cheered and scolded them, and wept with joy at their victories. Outstanding job by a new-to-me author.

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
 

 

God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.

 

 

 

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“It’s not your mother’s Christian Fiction.”

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Covering, Dana Pratola

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 2 March 2017 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – DANA PRATOLA

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – DANA PRATOLA

“If you know nothing else about me, know this: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.”

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“It’s not your mother’s Christian Fiction.”

 

rem:  Hullo Dana, welcome to Robin’s Little Nest! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

DANA:  I was born in New Jersey and am still here, but one day soon I’d love to move to a less expensive state, preferably one with NO SNOW 😀

rem:  South Carolina barely has snow, jus’ sayin… Tell us three things about yourself.

DANA:   I love Star Trek (original series only), I enjoy guns and shooting, I’m an excellent cook, but I hate cooking :/

 

rem:  Well that’s a slight conflict there. What is your favourite quotation and why?

DANA:  I have quite a few, but one of my favorites is, “You should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.” (Willy Wonka).

rem:  Love me some Willy Wonka. What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

DANA:  I have a NO button on my desk that says different versions of…you guessed it, “No!”

rem:  What’s your all-time favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

DANA:  Jesus of Nazareth. My favorite TV show doesn’t exist anymore, lol. I’ve been watching vintage game shows on Buzzer TV and LOVE What’s My Line!

rem:  I love that show! #DrewCarey And excellent movie, too. Would you bungee ?

DANA:  Nope, but I will be zip-lining in a couple months through rural PA  😀

rem:  Can I come with?? What is the first thing you notice about people?

DANA:  Whether they’re male or female.

rem:  Haha, touché. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

DANA:  Probably Dave Matthews. He’s so brilliant at what he does, and so unusual, and that makes for an interesting evening.

 

rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

DANA:  Christian Fiction has the potential to make people see spiritual truths from new perspectives. Each book, each character is another window into human behavior that readers might not otherwise see, and the plots reveal Biblical truths that they might not know unless they’ve been deeply exposed to the Word, and many readers haven’t been. How often will the common person meet a billionaire struggling with inferiority issues, or a woman trying to find forgiveness and healing after abortion and abuse? As for my own relationship with Christ, while I do write secular fiction under a pen name, seeing other Christian authors presenting the Biblical world view definitely keeps my main focus where it needs to be, hopefully drawing others to Jesus.

rem:  Dane, I love your answer. So simply put and so profound. I love your tag, “Not your mother’s Christian Fiction.” Explain what you mean by that.

DANA:  I’ve heard so many readers complain that a lot of the Christian fiction out there is too sugary and goody-goody. That’s the way it’s always been and what most readers of the genre were used to growing up. I don’t write that. Because life is harsh and often brutal, and people – even Christians – make plenty of mistakes, that’s what I write about, and I think it makes for an even stronger contrast and impact when you see love and mercy and healing come out of a background of abuse and hatred, rather than out of one where the character spends most of their time in church or “doing good.”

rem:  Ya, I’m not crazy about the “goody-goody” fiction either. Do gooder, Lollipop Characters (just made that up) gag me. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

DANA: Good question. Bad writing turns me off instantly. Boring writing takes a little longer to recognize, but when I see it, I stop reading because boring writing is bad writing. A pet peeve of mine is names that make me pause to figure them out. They don’t have to be so complicated! And don’t “fancy up” plain names. I’m not reading Jaiynne, I’m reading Jane. Stop wasting letters and making my eyes stumble. (LOL, can you tell that irks me?)

rem:  LOL I will take exception to this when writing fiction based on real characters, i.e. Heather Gilbert’s Viking books, and Cindy Thomson’s Ireland series. Which is more important: plot or characters?

DANA:  For me there’s no way to separate them. Plot is only interesting if you care about the characters and characters with nothing interesting to do are basically hollow.

rem:  See Lollipop Character comment above. What would you do if you weren’t writing?

DANA:  I’ve been asked this question a lot and I don’t have an answer. It’s all I ever wanted to do.

rem:  Took me a while (read years) to figure that out, and I do have a degree but it would be what I’d fall back on if for some bizarre reason I couldn’t be writing. What are you reading right now?

DANA:  I don’t have much time to read for enjoyment so when I do have a few days, I like to go to authors I trust, Nora Roberts, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn and a few others. Writing is mostly reading, so I guess I read my work every day 😉

rem:  What do you munch on while you write?

DANA:  Everything. Salty stuff if I have it, like potato chips and Cheez-Its, but I also love gummy bears.

rem:  So, sweet and/or salty. (and sticky)  us a little about your writing journey.

DANA:  I always wanted to write, so that’s what I did, and while it took years to hone my craft (a process that’s never done, for me) (rem: no it’s not, ever, for any of us) getting published happened very quickly. It was definitely a move of God. When I finally finished my first novel, THE COVERING, I didn’t know what to do with it. I couldn’t afford a writer’s conference to make connections with publishers, so I prayed and asked God to make a way. Literally two days later, someone told me about an online writer’s conference where I could have a pitch session with publishers from houses I was interested in. That’s where I met Nicola Martinez, my wonderful publisher from Pelican Book Group (it was White Rose Publishing then). I talked to her for 5 minutes, she requested the whole manuscript, and a week later she offered me a contract 😀

rem:  SWEET!! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

DANA: I have an office at home, that doubles as a yoga studio. My “routine” consists of getting up, doing yoga with my husband, then I write a little, shower, and the rest of the day I’m in and out of my office doing what I can as the mood hits if I’m not distracted.

rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

DANA:  Distraction and Procrastination. My husband also works from home so neither of us have a rigid schedule, which make distractions the norm. I try to work when I can, but with my thoughts interrupted, it can be hard to get back into a storyline. Added to it, I’m a procrastinator, so when I have the house all to myself and it’s nice and quiet, I may decide to watch TV, or clean out the cabinets, rather than write. I’m a mess!

rem:  When I lost my cable nearly four years ago, I was frustrated and angry. Not I’m glad I don’t have it—one less distraction… Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?

DANA:   Editing. For me the hardest part is getting everything down in that first draft because I’m a natural editor – I edit as I write, which is one of the biggies writers will tell you never to do. So once the story is finally complete, I sail through edits.

rem:  Meh, I’m an edit-as-I-write, too. It’s what works for me. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

DANA:   When I sit down to write, I feel like I’m doing what God created me to do. I may not have the right words yet, or the success yet, but it’s a process and I’m right where He wants me to be. Some people wait their whole lives to find that.

rem:  Girlfriend, we be’s in the same boat! What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

DANA:   The hardest thing about publishing with a traditional publisher is giving up control of certain aspects, like cover design and what I can do with my book. The easiest… Hmm. I’d have to say that they take care of editing to a large extent, which I love. In indie publishing, I have control, but then there’s no one to blame for my errors, lol. (rem: like, say, duplicate chapters… ) In either mode of publishing, though, promo is on me. I HATE PROMO. Not as much as snow, though.

rem:  Ya, I’m getting used to it, but still not crazy about it. What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

DANA:    1) Don’t take everyone’s advice. Some people are just dead wrong and so much of writing can be subjective. But if enough people tell you the same thing, you should definitely take a closer look. 2) Write the story YOU want to read. Don’t worry about taking out things you think others will find offensive or off-putting. Someone is going to complain about your story anyway. 3) Make sure you KNOW your characters going in. Plot is always moving around how a character reacts to circumstances. How that specific hero or heroine responds, determines what happens next. You won’t know that if you don’t know them intimately before you begin writing. Make a list of scenarios and how each person would react in that situation. It’s better than being surprised as you write, and leaving the reader feeling confused.

rem:  How do you choose your characters’ names?

DANA:   I try to pick names that haven’t been used to death, or if I have, just names I like that seem to fit. I give each one a lot of thought. For me the name needs to say something about the person. I’m working on another series (under pen name, Elaine Dwyer – the first book is out  😀 ) where the family is all named after a country (England, Ireland, Scotland and America). The fact that they share that speaks to how close they are as a family unit and that unity is important to the story.

rem:  Love that for names! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

DANA:   I think of most of it, lol. I usually know how I want it to begin and end and the rest is just a means to get there 😀

rem:  So Pantzer, basically. 😉 Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

DANA:   I’m working on several at the moment, but the one that’s the farthest along is about a country music superstar whose wife leaves him, abandoning their two girls at an amusement park. He needs someone to watch his girls, so he turns to the park’s Princess Fedora and asks her to come home with him. Naturally, she’s lovely and sweet, and the makings for some nasty rumors, especially when his wife doesn’t return after weeks with no word and her parents accuse him of murdering her 😀

rem:  Even that bit caught me with the murdering bit! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

DANA:   I’m a fan of two different worlds/lifestyles coming together and these two are pretty far apart. I love that he wants love, but has to face the fact that the demise of his marriage was mostly his own fault. And there’s the star-struck fan, who quickly sees he’s just a man, with problems and flaws that only help her love him more.

rem:  Tell us about why you wrote this book.

DANA:   Actually, I had a dream about a singer – Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts. He was in an African themed Taco Bell with his two young daughters and a young woman, and the woman was trying to help him find his wife. Funny how the mind works 😉

rem:  The mind is a strange place, and a writer’s mind?? There’s just no way to categorize us. Please give us the first page of the book.

DANA:   Okay, but keep in mind it’s unedited and subject to change, so please be kind, lol.

 

           Selfish, spoiled, manipulative little…. Jack thought the words with enough force that it moved his lips, threatening to turn them into sound. His strides gained speed and length as he trekked the length of the enormous parking lot to the fence that ran along the highway. Again.

            He’d walked this route three times in the past half hour. Where was she? He checked his watch. Again.

            Eight thirty-four. The lines at the gate were already ridiculous. Even if Dora showed up now, his girls would only have the amusement park to themselves for a few minutes.

            She was always doing this. No regard for the girls or their wants. Always disappointing them, bringing them late, forgetting to pick them up…. She’d have to learn to better schedule her rendezvous. He swore he didn’t know how she kept her lovers straight or how she managed to fit them in between spa appointments and shopping.

            But, unfortunately, she was the most stable force in Kylie and Phoebe’s lives while he was on tour. Hell, even when he was home, he wasn’t home. He knew what a disappointment he was too, and that nothing was completely one person’s fault in a failed marriage, but he wished his kids could come out of this unscathed.

            Concealing the venom in his tone when speaking about their mother was hard and mostly he succeeded, but he couldn’t hide the fighting. They heard that, sometimes for hours on end. The silences were no better.

            Dora’s dark gray mini-van barreled into the lot, passing him, and stopping in front of the radio station entrance. Anger quickened his steps back toward her.

            The manner of her movements, lazy, heedless of her behavior, would have been enough to infuriate him, but her spine was straighter than it would ordinarily be if she was as carefree as she pretended. She was expecting a fight. And she was going to get one.

            His reflexive smile came to the forefront when seven-year-old Kylie flung the rear door back.

            “Daddy!”

            He extended a hand to help her out, gathered her in his arms and gave her a huge hug, as Dora unfastened four-year-old Phoebe from her car seat.

            “I can’t believe we’re here!” Kylie chattered, grabbing hold of Jack’s neck for another quick hug before he put her on her feet. “I kept telling mommy to hurry. I’m so excited!”

         Her exuberance only fueled his anger, especially when he caught the subtle smirk Dora tossed his way.

 

rem:  Sheesh, that’s a LOT packed in 413 words! I’m hooked. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

DANA:   That we all mess up and often have a chance to rectify the situation to some degree, but accepting personal responsibility instead of making excuses, is so important.

rem:  So, so true. Where can we find you online?

DANA:

https://www.facebook.com/DanaPratolaAuthor

www.twitter.com/danapratola

www.danapratola.webs.com

http://www.goodreads.com/danapratola

https://www.amazon.com/Dana-Pratola/e/B005G40TAQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

https://www.pinterest.com/danapratola/

 

rem:  Anything you’d like to add?

DANA:   Thanks for having me! ❤

rem:  Always glad to have you, Dana. Thank you so much for chatting with us on my blog today! Pop in any time.

 

 

“Writing is my passion and my dream, and I know that if the words I write turn someone’s heart and mind toward Christ, I am fulfilling my destiny.”

 

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