November Reading

Three great books by three very talented authors: #Staci Troilo #Sally Cronin #Jan Sikes.

Staci Troilo is a multi-genre author from short stories, anthologies to series. Her most recent published work is No Such Luck. It is about a young woman, Piper Seidel, who believes a red carnation is her good luck charm. It was given to her by her high school sweetheart. Now that it is lost and her life has changed to the negative, it is time to find herself and a new good luck charm.

Life Is Like A Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin, is a series of short stories. Each story will touch your heart, search your soul, and awaken your senses. Two of my favorites were about a couple who help a young man with their winnings from a scratch-off card and the other was The Florist where love is unexpectedly discovered.

Award-winning author, Jan Sikes, most recent book is about Cole Knight who went from rags to riches. He earned fame and fortune but it was his return to his roots with his family that was his greatest achievement.

Each of these books would be a wonderful gift for this Christmas season. There are lessons to be learned about life, choices, and family.

TEARS: SADNESS OR JOY

Tears trickle downward
Good-byes are never easy
Some tears come from joy
When great news is shared by all
Tears are cleansing and healing.

A teardrop is a salty fluid made up of protein, water, mucus, and oil released by the lacrimal gland. It is 1% liquid and 99% feelings.

Two books I have read recently brought tears to my eyes.

The first one is titled: “The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon” by Marcha J. Fox and Pete Risingsun. It is a story of love, hate, greed, ancient traditions, respect of nature, and murder.

A 5-star review:

The book may be long, but the fascinating story kept me turning the pages. The storyline centers around the murder of Sara's husband, her search for answers, and the traditions, and beliefs of the Cheyenne people. Capitalistic greed and environmental issues are central parts of the plot.
It is well-written with beautiful landscape descriptions, believable characters, and historical facts. I often was totally immersed in the characters, Sara and Charlie, experiencing all their emotions.
I am looking forward to the next book from these two fine authors.

Award-winning author, Jan Sikes, wrote a charming and touching story with a powerful message. I love horses and have had the honor and pleasure of having them to ride and care for in my younger years. They are majestic, strong, smart, and faithful to those who treat them well. Satin and Cinders is a tender love story brought tears of sadness, hope, and joy.

A 5-star review:

This short story about two horses is one that any human can relate to. The main two messages are: love knows no boundaries and the lessons to be learned are not always easy.
The author, Jan Sikes, has beautifully written a story about two horses. They are different, yet their love is deep.
This short story touched me deeply. It brought forth memories about love, finding my soulmate, and finding my soulmate.

No matter the reason one might shed tears it is healthy to release them. The tears are beneficial physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There are 3 types of tears: the reflex which brings forth a tear when a dust particle or insect flies into the eye. The eye reacts by producing water to flush out the unwanted particle or insect. A basal tear is what protects our eyes from dryness. The third type is the emotional tear which is released during stress. Traces of the stress-releasing hormone, endorphin, is found in minute amounts.

So, as Julie London sang many years ago, Cry Me a River, then I also encourage you to feel free to let your emotions be released through tears.