Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Hosted by Mark Koopmans

We walk in solemn procession

Silent Night the choir's selection.

Shepherds and Wise men gather near
With gifts of hope and cheer.

A Christmas choir serenades
Hark the Herald Angel on parade.

Children recite the Christmas story
And praise our Lord in all his glory.

Baby Jesus at his birth
Declared to us our worth!

The peace He promised is our true desire.
And will be achieved once it's love
our hearts sincerely acquire.

 Yolanda Renée © 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!


O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.
--  'Abdu'l-Baha

“If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.”

Friday, December 20, 2013


The Royal Series -Book 3
Francine Howarth

My Review:
        Until I saw the series The White Queen, I had no idea of the treachery in the royal courts, but Francine Howarth brings that same intrigue to her story of 17th century England and the royal court of Charles II, in her historical romance Royal Secrets.
        A young aristocratic girl, Justine Thornton sets her eye on Richard Viscount Axebury, but Richard has a reputation for being a cad. Justine is naïve, infatuated, and determined to win his heart. Francis Axebury the more sensible brother is in love with Justine and the man her father favors for a match, but Justine is as wild as her horse Lancelot, and will not be reined in. Justine is willful - a true handful for her parents, but her father is determined to see her find true love. It is the relationship between father and daughter that was the true gem of this novel, at least for this reader.
        There is plenty of intrigue in this lovely historical romance and it's also the reason you'll want to read the next book in the series! I thoroughly enjoyed intrigue of the ladies in waiting, the power held by the King's mistresses, and all the Royal Secrets of this well-written novel.
              Although part of a series, Royal Secrets is a complete and stand-alone story, and I can't wait to read the other books in Francine Howarth's Royal Series, as the fight for power goes on!
Yolanda Renee © 2013
***** ***** *****

It's 1669, and Justine Thornton's heart is lost to that of Richard Viscount Axebury. Although wise and malicious counsel from family and friends warn of his reputation as a courtly rake, a chance encounter with James Scott Duke of Monmouth causes her heart to waver and suddenly her life seems infinitely charmed. But family indiscretion at the court of Charles II turns Justine's life from one of carefree bliss to that of surviving rogue intrigues and political ambitions.

As old and new feuds take precedence at court Justine becomes party to information that cannot be allowed to reach the King's ears, for not only does she pose a threat to one of the King's mistresses, the King’s brother too will be called to account for his actions. Upon Justine’s sudden abduction the heroic camaraderie of Viscount Axebury and the Duke of Monmouth pose an even greater threat to her kidnapper, and her father the Earl of Loxton is soon face to face with an old adversary. But who will prove to be Justine’s champion, the viscount or the duke, and can the king’s mistress be toppled from her elevated position?

Francine writes contemporary romantic suspense, historical murder mysteries and sensual historical romances. She has an eclectic reading taste, but history has always been her greatest love in terms of educational subject matter (since she was old enough to read), and historical novels became her life-blood in terms of entertainment value. A portrait, a landscape, wind whispering through trees, droplet of rain or snowflake on eyelashes can stir Francine's imagination and result in either a modern contemporary romance or that of a steamy historical.

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 ***** ***** *****

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Remember just tell us in a comment your favorite romance, whether a book, movie or you own personal experience and you could win an eBook copy of Murder, Madness & Love and Memories of Murder the first two books in the Detective Quaid mystery series
Francine's book Royal Secrets!


Congratulations Jo Wake!
The winner from last week's Ghosts of Aquinnah post! 


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