#Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge

It’s the second week of the month! Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your poetry? Gwen Plano from last month’s challenge picked your two words:

“Dawn & Twilight

#Tanka Tuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 229, #SynonymsOnly

First,
Before
Day broke man
Made the morning
Sunset on its own
Half light brought out the wolves
Evening where lovers kiss
Night declines, yet more is needed
Unfold the morning, do all again
Soft afterglow warms the cockles of my heart…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Free falling… #Poetry

Image by Matan Ray Vizel from Pixabay

So many questions, I cannot ask them all.
They float inside my head like confetti, free falling,
as my life is spiralling out of control
Until I see her face in my rear-view mirror
She is driving a blue pickup, her eyes follow the road ahead
Her window open, hair flowing behind her like a dark river
Instantly, I knew I wanted her in my life
I must pull over, let her pass so I can follow her.
Foolish thinking, I lost her on the next over pass
My heart pounding so loud, I hoped
it was a voodoo drum message she would hear
Seems to me, the heart knows better than the mind
I could see the truck ahead on the A3,
my turn off coming up. I was driving behind her again.
Her lane was falling back. I passed her, noticing the baby seat beside her
My heart sank. Driving parallel now, I could see that she was a he
For those moments that passed,
a long-haired fellow had stolen my heart…

© Anita Dawes 2021

MLMM ~ Wordle #242 and Thursday Prompt Host

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

I believe in the other side
Whether you can see it or not
It is always there, like dust motes
That float, no matter
how many times you clean the house?
As you walk through the room
You see them,
caught in a light beam from the window.
You never feel them touch your cheek
Unlike the remote seduction
That had me lip biting, dizzy with feelings
I cannot define, my breath shallow
Body tremble, shattering sound
The supply of pleasure beyond words
Behind the mask, a guttural sound
A voice full of gravel
Shattering all illusion
I am awake now…

© Anita Dawes 2021

New Release: Shh…it’s our secret by Lizzie Chantree #RomanticComedy @Lizzie_Chantree

Released today!

We are delighted to welcome Lizzie Chantree to our blog today, to tell us all about her new release,

Shh… It’s Our Secret, by Lizzie Chantree.

Over to you, Lizzie!

Thank you for inviting me onto your blog today and for the wonderful support of the launch of my latest book.

My main character, Violet, struggles with self-belief and feels and unappreciated by the sister who raised her and by her closest friends. Working in a rundown café bar, Violet is at the heart of the community and wants to find a way to make the bar become profitable and bring new customers into the town.

Violet always saves the last piece of cake for two zany pensions to share, as they come to the café bar to stay warm. She feels like they are her surrogates family and dreams about helping them all to relieve their daily struggles financially. To do this Violet has to tackle her own in a critic in foster new confidence, which means sharing her long held secret with the world and stepping into the limelight. This is a story of putting fears aside and being brave enough to reach for your dreams, even when they seem so far away that touching them feels impossible.

Book Blurb:

Violet has a secret that could change the lives of everyone she knows and loves, especially the regulars at the run-down café bar where she works. After losing her parents at a young age, they are the closest thing she has to a family and she feels responsible for them.

Kai is a jaded music producer who has just moved outside of town. Seeking solitude from the stress of his job, he’s looking for seclusion. The only problem is he can’t seem to escape the band members and songwriters who keep showing up at his house.

When Kai wanders into the bar and Violet’s life, he accidently discovers her closely guarded secret. Can Kai help her rediscover her self-confidence or should some secrets remain undiscovered?

Our Review

Violet wasn’t happy.

So many people relied on her now, so she couldn’t really walk away, although she desperately wanted to.

Can she sort out her miserable life and find some happiness, something just for her?

International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a popular networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at http://www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree.

Short bio:

International bestselling author Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, about women with unusual businesses, who are stronger than they realise.

Book links: Lizzie Chantree.

Universal book buy link: The little ice cream shop: viewbook.at/IceCreamShopByTheSea

Universal book buy link: Networking for writers: viewbook.at/NetworkingForWriters

Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yours: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

Universal book buy link: Ninja School Mum: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

Universal book buy link: Babe Driven: viewbook.at/BabeDriven

Universal book buy link: Love’s Child: viewBook.at/Amazon-LovesChild

Universal book buy link: Finding Gina: viewbook.at/FindingGina

Universal link: Shh… It’s Our Secret: mybook.to/ItsOurSecret

Social media links:

Website: www.lizziechantree.com

Author page: https://www.viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizzieChantree/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391757.Lizzie_Chantree

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzie_chantree/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/LizzieChantree/pins/

FB Groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/647115202160536/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lizzie-chantree

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lizziechantreeauthor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnCop-RlAcGqggZG3JfE-Mw

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #362

Photo by Kamil Rybarski on Pexels.com

My lantern lit, each day I sit, I wait
My work clothes damp from hands that grope
My mask must stay until he comes
Gone this past year. A plan, he said,
a house to build that must be secure,
safe from hands that grope, eyes that see
Then I will ask you to be my wife, to live free
Vanished from this world, they will say.
She was last seen sitting, lantern held
In the same spot, waiting
Some say she was taken by a dark shadow
Others say a prince
I believe she found the crystal bridge
To a world only she could see
I have sat in her spot and wondered
No prince did I see, no bridge to cross
I made it here, I intend to stay
My prince is here, where I left him
Warm, in our bed…

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #FFFC

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #113

The painting is by Edward Hopper.

For the visually challenged writer, the painting shows a woman sitting at a table in a restaurant or diner. A man is sitting at an adjacent table and seems to be staring at her.

Early morning, she waits for her breakfast order,
Illuminated by sunlight.
The man opposite is looking at the young couple
at the table opposite her, holding hands across the table.
They lean in for a kiss.
He is watching people stroll by the large window.
The young lady in the blue dress sees none of this,
she appears to be lost in thought.
He watches as a young girl loses her glove,
no one noticing.
A cheeky young chap waves, as he passes with his mother.
instinct made him lift his hand to wave back.
All the time wondering why the young lady,
Lost in thought, takes no notice of the life around her…

© Anita Dawes 2021