Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review of Emmalee by Jenni James

I heart this story! I think Emmalee is my favorite character of all the books so far in the Jane Austen Diaries. She seems to have it all; a rich family with a big house, money to spend on anything she wants but she still lacks one important thing, love. She takes on a project Hannah Smith and thinks she’s helping her out by being her friend. Chase Anderson is the guy next door and he’s a perfect George Knightly (He's also the older brother to Taylor Anderson from Pride & Popularity). Chatty Claire Hart (which we meet in Northanger Alibi which I loved!) is the annoying younger sister to Chloe & Cassidy that Emma has to endure and is annoyed by her busy-body ways. You have all your favorite characters from Jane Austen’s Emma in a modern-day twist. Matching-making by Emma gets all messed up and her new friend Hannah is heartbroken. It’s a wonderful story and I want to read it again and again. I’d love to see this one made into a movie. I know we already have an Emma movie but I want a modern version and not Clueless (even though I did enjoy that one). There are a lot of characters that make appearances from the other books and you start getting a complete picture of how they are all connected. Jenni is brilliant in her writing, the way it all works together. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Book review Persuaded by Jenni James

Another wonderful story by Jenni James; I absolutely love the Jane Austen Diaries series. All four books are by far my favorite books I've read this year. Persuaded and Emmalee were my favorite Christmas presents I received. When I got home Christmas evening I started reading Persuaded and didn't put down the book until I finished it in the middle of the night. I love the way Jenni uses the characters and events that Jane Austen did but turns them into a modern situations we can all relate to; like four-wheeling in Moab instead of a walk to the Cobb in Lyme. The character Amanda Ellis became an instant favorite of mine. She was just as nice and sometimes to a fault as Anne Elliott was. It’s the perfect classic tale of girl meets a boy, he’s geeky but she still likes him. She lets friends talk her out of being with him and breaks his heart. Big Mistake! He comes back years later and he’s hot, smart, and very successful... And he doesn't want to have anything to do with her. Amanda has to deal with the choices she made. I love that so many guys are into Amanda but she is completely clueless of her effect she has on them. The song "She doesn't know she's beautiful" kept playing in my mind as a theme song for this book. It is a great adaption and wonderful read. 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

I failed at NANOWRIMO, but is it really a fail?

I started out good for the first couple of days on the NANOWRIMO. I was ahead of the game on words. 

 I lost steam when I couldn't come up with a realistic way to time travel. Maybe because it isn't realistic and my imagination was stuck. I was thinking to hard and I should have moved on in the story but instead I stopped writing. 

I kind of felt how Janette Rallison describes taking a trip without a map. 

"Writing 200 pages without knowing the basic tenets of your story is like driving 200 miles for a vacation without a map or street signs. You’ll get somewhere, but it may not be where you wanted to end up." Pep Talk from Janette Rallison 

I have found my map and now that I have made that first step as Lisa McMann says.  

"So you took the big step and decided to try NaNoWriMo. Maybe it’s your first time, maybe it’s your thirteenth. And it’s a big commitment—one you need a lot of motivation to complete. Like choosing to eat healthy, adopt a puppy, or quit smoking, motivation and commitment are keys to your success. And by choosing to do NaNoWriMo, you’ve made the first step." Pep Talk from Lisa McMann

I'm a little bit closer now to finishing my novel. Like Chris Angotti suggests, I won't focus on what I didn't do but look forward to what I'll accomplish. 

"Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not going to win this time around. Trust that you’ll do more—and make something equally great—in the months to come." Pep Talk from Chris Angotti 

Friday, October 26, 2012

I've committed to do the NANOWRIMO

I had so much fun with the Write-a-thon for a week writing challenge. I decided to really push myself and I signed up for the NANOWRIMO starting November 1st - 30th. 

Check back here often as I will be updating my novel here. Scary! People will be reading my first draft. Those are meant for the bottom of the drawer or the delete box on my computer. The rules say no edited for the month of November and let the creative juices flow. I'm excited and scared all at once.

The count down is on... 5 more days. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Write - a - thon challenge 4,5,6

Challenge #4
Take the current book you are reading, or if you aren't reading one now (shame on you!) the last book you read. Try to write a one sentence “pitch” of the book. 

This challenge may sound simple (only one sentence!), but don't let it fool you!

My challenge:

"Witches of the Three Sister Island have to come together to save the island from the same fate as Atlantis."

(I'm reading Nora Robert's 3rd book in the series of the Three Sisters Island. You can read my book reviews on my other blog )

My thoughts: Finding how to describe a book in one sentence is really hard to do. But those taglines are so important. 

Challenge #5
Make a list of the Top 10 Books (You Think) Every Writer Should Read. You can cater the list toward whatever genre you write (i.e. Top 10 Books Every Poet Should Read, Top 10 Books Every YA Contemporary Writer Should Read, Top 10 Books Every Picture Book Writer Should Read, etc.)
October Madness Challenge #5

My challenge: Top 10 YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Romance every writer should read:

1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
2. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
3. Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray
4. City of Bones series by Cassandra Clare (city of bones) (book-review-city-of-lost *Spoilers)
5. Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare
6. Kissed by an Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler
7. My Unfair Godmother series by Janette Rallison (My Unfair Godmother book review)
8. Erasing Time by C.J. Hill (book-review-of-erasing-time-by-cj-hill)
9. Dragon Slayers by C.J. Hill (book-review-of-slayers-by-cj-hill)
10. Eon & Eona series by Alison Goodman (book-review-of-eon) (book-review-of-eona-by-alison-goodman *Spoilers)

My thoughts: It's really hard to narrow my list to only top tenI think as a writer, reading lots of books is the best way to learn. I included another top 10 of my favorite books I read over and over. They are in all kinds of genres but they help mold my writing. 

1. How I Write by Janet Evanovich  & Stephanie Plum series
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison
4. Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena (Dangerous Favor book review)
5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
7. The MacGregor series by Nora Roberts
8. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend by Russ Wallace (book-review-zenobia-birth-of-legend)
9. Wizards First Rule series by Terry Goodkind
10.Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (book-review-hunger-games) (Catching fire book review)(Mockingjay review)

Challenge #6 
Set a writing goal for yourself to complete by the end of the year. Make sure it is easily measurable. Also, make sure it is something that is possible to accomplish, but also push yourself!

My challenge: 
By the end of this month I will have "The road to my love" completed and enter Writer’s Digest short story contest. 

End of the year goals:
I will have "Far From Normal" edited 
I will have query letter, synopsis, and 1 minute pitch perfected
I will send a query to agent Gary Goldblatt 
I will write first full draft of "Far Far Away" book two

My thoughts: This week has been a great motivation for me. I really dropped the ball on my writing and now I'm back on track. Can't wait to accomplish my goals and be a published writer. 

Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines - Brian Tracey

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Write-a-Thon Challenge #3

Today's challenge involves poetry. 

1. Grab a dictionary.

2. Randomly open up to a page and point at a word.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 two more times.
4. Take your 3 words and use them to create a haiku.

I've seen haikus appear EVERYWHERE lately, so I thought this could be fun! For the purpose of this challenge, we're just using the most basic rules of a haiku: 3 lines. Line one has 5 syllables. Line two has seven. Line three has 5.

My three words: 

Comic - amusing; funny. The humorous element in art or life. 
Parable- A short, simple story teaching a moral lesson
Sculpture- the art of shaping stone, clay, wood, metal, etc. into statues figures, etc.

Without a comic

The parable will be dry
Making a sculpture

My thoughts: This was a different but very entertaining challenge.

My goals: 

I worked way over an hour on both of my books edits and truthfully I'm still not done. Just took a break to post my challenge for today. Back to work.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October madness write-a-thon

I'm a day behind on posting for the write-a-thon hosted by Britney Gulbrandsen.

This is a great way to get back on track with my writing. I didn't get to post my goals so I'll post them here:

These are my long term goals and this week during the write-a-thon I will work one hour on each.

Goal #1 - Finish editing short story, "The road to my love" a historical romance. Get it polished and ready to enter Writer's digest contest due by Oct 31st.

Goal #2 - Edit a chapter a day on my WIP, "Far From Normal" a YA paranormal romance and complete edits by November 17th.

Goal # 3 - Get "Far From Normal" query and synopsis ready for submitting. Work on my pitch for agents at the writers conference in Feb.

It's pretty scary to actually voice these goals and put it out there for the universe to see if I succeed or fail. But since it's October and it's time to face the spooky scary world of contests, queries, and writer conferences. Here we go...

Monday writing challenge #1: The story must have a hellhound at the beginning. The story must involve a sack in the beginning.

My five minutes of writing:

     Aaron whirled around and pointed his finger in my face. I could feel his hot breath from standing to close.
     “Seth if you don’t get this job done your going to experience the agonizing bite wound of a hellhound. I put my neck out for you and I can’t and won’t take the downfall if you mess this one up. How hard can it be to make a stupid, worthless girl follow you? Throw her in a sack and take her away, show her how miserable life is and make her regret the choices she has made. It’s as simple as that.”

My thoughts: I kept writing and erasing so my five minutes was up pretty quickly and I didn't get much written. My creative juices weren't flowing but I took two characters from my WIP and added hell hounds and a sack to one of their discussions. It was fun. 

Tuesday Challenge #2
Pick your favorite character from a book. Add this character to a scene in your WIP. 

My favorite character is Zenobia from my father-n-laws book Zenobia - Birth of a Legend. Zenobia is a 3rd century girl and she would rip my current WIP character Krystal Teigen to pieces for not standing up for what she believes in. Here goes the writing:

     "What is the deal with me and ghosts?" I threw my hands up in surrender. The women standing there was tall and extremely beautiful. Her dark hair and skin were like milk chocolate and her dark eyes watched me intently. I could have sworn they sparkled a little. I blinked a couple times hoping that my mind was playing tricks on me and I wasn't seeing another strong women from the past. I mean Princess Kristina was an ancestor so her visit was normal. Well as normal as having ghost visits you are. 
     "How can I help you?" I decided to be straight forward and find out what this marvelous looking woman wanted. I knew she wasn't from my time not only because I sensed the spiritualism but her attire was straight from Roman times. The white tunic had a gold rope wrapped around her waist. She had a bow around her shoulder and arrows in a pouch behind her back. She looked absolutely deadly as a sword hung on her hip tied to the golden rope. Her whole persona yelled,
"Ready for war." When she didn't answer right away I thought maybe she didn't speak English. 
     "Krystal, I am here as a friend to help you see your worth." Her voice exuded power and she looked deep into my eyes. 
I wanted to squirm but I couldn't look away from intense look that held my interest. I knew whatever she had to tell me it was going to be important and life altering.

My thoughts: This was fun because I like both characters a lot and would love to see how a girl from today would interact with Zenobia from ancient history. 

Now to work on my goals. Happy writing. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

My favorite authors who inspire me to write!

One of the greatest thrills for me is meeting other authors and learning from them. Recently I was able to attend some book launches for my top favorite writers.

My book Far from Normal came to me when I was 18 years. I entertained lots of other ideas to write about but this one story wouldn't go away. I'm not sure I would have ever started writing if it wasn't for these wonderful authors sharing their time and talent with me.

It all started after I read Twilight and meet Stephenie Meyer at Poison Pen bookstore, I become serious and was motivated to write.
I joined ANWA a writers group and meet the fabulously Janette Rallison. Her books are some of my favorite and the classes she teaches on writing have really helped me develop my craft.

Another author I absolutely love, I meet about five years ago. I had read about a book that was being released called Austenland and the author just happened to have a book signing that very evening at Changing Hands bookstore. Shannon Hale inspired me to follow my dreams no matter how long I've been writing the book. She motivated me to keep at it and don't give up.

These authors have truly helped me and even though they may not know it they have made a big difference in my life. Thanks. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Book reviews of two of my favorite books  
I'm an aspiring writer but I spend most of my time reading books. Of course we can consider this research. I find it very rewarding to escape into someone else's world for a time. Here are two books that provided plenty of wonderful distractions.

Now back to writing and editing Far From Normal.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review of City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

     We start right into the story after City of Fallen Angels left off and Jace went missing from the rooftop and Sebastian/ Jonathan the-demon-blood-dead-guy was now missing with Jace. Everybody is looking for Jace. Alec senses he is still alive but something is not right. After two weeks of missing the Clave changes their focus and stops looking for Jace. Clary and her friends go see the faire Queen to see if she can help them find Jace. She agrees to help them if they bring her two Shadowhunter rings that allow those who obtain the rings to speak telepathically. At the institute, Clary was about to steal the rings when Jace and Sebastian show up to retrieve some books on dark magic. Clary hides and is shocked to see Jace going along with Sebastian like they are best friends. 
     Jace shows up in Clary’s bedroom and tells her that Sebastian has a good plan and she needs to go with him. He also tells her that he is linked to Sebastian and they can’t kill one without killing the other. Clary decided to join Jace, this way she can find out what they are planning. If she wears the ring and Simon wears the other ring they can speak to each other. She has to play along with Sebastian and pretend she is starting to trust him as a brother. After getting drugged at a night club her ring goes missing and she has no way to warn the others about Sebastian’s plan to let free the worst demons on the world.  
     I thought this was the final book of The Mortal Instruments but since it left a lot undone I’m hoping it’s not. I liked the different story-lines that were going on throughout the book. Jordan and Mia who are werewolves are helping the shadowhunters find Jace. Jordan hopes he can rekindle his relationship with Mia and that she will be able to forgive him for turning her into a werewolf. Magnus and Alec are having relationship problems as Magnus is immortal and Alec is not. Alec runs into an old lover of Magnus’s and is trying to find a way to become immortal or make Magnus mortal. Isabelle can’t stop thinking about Simon, Clary’s vampire BFF, and Isabelle is struggling with finding a way to let him know she’s interested. Clary has to find a way to save Jace before the shadowhunters kill him because he’s connected to Sebastian and his evil plan. There is a lot happening all at once and “Team Good” as Clary calls her group of friends has to stop “Team Bad” before it’s too late.
     It was an exciting and nail-biting read. If you like vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, fairies, warlocks, (did i forget anybody?) and whole secret society saving the world from the unknown, then you'll like this series. Cassandra Clare has a great imagination and makes her characters go through all kinds of hard times. Good news! They are turning the first book City of Bones into a movie. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Interview with Deborah Blumenthal author of "The Lifeguard"

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist and the author of thirteen books for children, young adults, and adults. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines including New York’s Daily NewsThe Washington Post, The Los Angeles TimesBazaarCosmopolitanWoman's DayFamily CircleSelf, and VogueBlumenthal lives in New York City. 

I’m happy to welcome Deborah Blumenthal to my blog today for an author interview.

JMW- As an author of Adult fiction, YA fiction, and Children books, do you find it hard to write in different genres and find the right voice for each one?  

DB-Actually I enjoy going from one genre to another, especially when I need to distance myself from a project that may not be going smoothly. And no, it’s not difficult to find the different voices if I have a clear idea of the characters and the storyline.  

 JMW-Which one is your favorite genre to write in?  

 DB-Right now I’m really enjoying working on young adult books.

 JMW- How did you first get started writing novels?

DB- Before I started writing books, I worked as a nutritionist and then as a journalist, so my first adult novel, FAT CHANCE - the story of an overweight journalist who is a gung ho spokeswoman for self-acceptance until a Hollywood hottie asks her for help with a movie he’s in -  grew out of my work. 

JMW-Do you outline when you write? Or do you write whatever is inspiring you at the time? 

DB- I never outline. I start with an idea and then let the story tell itself while my fingers do the typing.

JMW- How did you come up with the idea of “The Lifeguard”?

DB- I was up in Rhode Island on vacation and I was struck by how beautiful the beaches were which led me to think about setting a young adult romance there. I thought about the somewhat cliched fascination girls have with lifeguards, but then decided to give my particular lifeguard magical healing powers so that he’d be more unusual. As an aside, I’ve always been fascinated with the powers of spiritual healers.  

 JMW- Are the Amazon shaman healers a real legend? If so, where did you find out about them?

DB- People like Antonio do actually exist, and before I wrote “The Lifeguard,” I read a book called “Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon,” by Margaret De Wys that tells the story of a woman with breast cancer who was cured after going to the Amazon and meeting a healer who drew on the powers of both plants and spirits.

JMW- What’s your favorite website or book to get research from?

DB- I don’t have a favorite website, but I’m a big fan of a book on writing by Anne Lamott called “Bird by Bird.”

JMW - If your book turned into a movie and you could pick your cast, who would you want to play Pilot?
DB- Hard question. I can imagine him in my mind, but so far I don’t know of any actors out there who look the way I imagine him.

JMW- Sirena has to deal with a difficult issue that a lot of kids face these days. Was there a theme or platform that you were hoping to install in teenagers today?

BD- No.  Divorce is such a difficult issue for kids to deal with and I think that everyone has to come to accept it in their own way. What helped Sirena though was knowing that even though her parents marriage was over, that didn’t affect the love that each of them had for her, and that was what she had to hold onto.

JMW- Are you working on other new projects you can tell us about?  

BD- I’m finishing up another young adult novel, but it’s too early to talk about it.

Thank you Deborah!

Remember you have a chance to win "The Lifeguard" if you leave a comment by Friday April 27th midnight PST. You can comment on this blog or the book review. To read book review 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Review of THE LIFEGUARD by Deborah Blumenthal is where I usually do book reviews of historical romances. Since this was a Young Adult Paranormal story I decided it would fit perfect into this blog genre, where my WIP is a YA Paranormal novel. 

What a great setting, A 16 year old girl spending the summer with her aunt in Rhode Island on the beach. Sirena’s parents back in Texas are preparing to sell the house and move into two different homes. You feel empathy for Sirena and her depression is understandable as she faces a hard reality of parents divorcing. Sirena is enamored by a blond, tan, strapping lifeguard named Pilot. 
When Sirena hears voices during a storm, she finds out her aunt’s house has ghosts; nothing menacing or too scary, just yelling when it storms outside. 
Sirena’s aunt makes her volunteer at the hospital over the summer to keep her from moping around. When a young boy comes into the hospital with a head injury Sirena is upset by the thought of someone dying so young. She’s relieved when he makes a miraculous recovery. 
Marissa, Sirena’s BFF is at camp and they write back and forth providing a clever way to tell us what's going on in Sirena’s life. 
Antonio is an 80 year old artist who encourages Sirena to become an artist. While sketching on the beach, Antonio tells stories to Sirena about his people and how they are healers. 
Pilot the hunky lifeguard saves Sirena from almost drowning. Sirena will never forget this summer as her life changes in ways that she doesn't even understand. 

This isn’t an instant kind of love story. In fact, Pilot seems to be blowing Sirena off and she becomes an obsessed teenager. The author portrays a love struck, confused teenager girl perfectly. At first it was slow getting into the conflict of the story. The ghosts sparked my curiosity at the beginning but it isn't a main focus until the end. I like the depth that Antonio brought to the story line with his ancestors legend. It’s not your normal teenager summer lovin’ story. 

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*I remember my best friend one summer had a lifeguard job at Golfland and I practically lived there. Ah... Those were the days.*

I received this book for free and didn't receive any compensation for this review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Time Travel???

I'm working on my second novel "Far Far Away" and I'm trying to brainstorm a way to "time travel" but not write a Sci-Fi or Fantasy story.

I'd like to stay in the paranormal realm since this will be a sequel to "Far From Normal." A Paranormal Romance that I'm currently working on getting published. I started thinking about all the stories I've read that time travel. See my list below of my favorite time travel stories. Any suggestions on other books I can read that time travel but aren't strong Sci-Fi or Fantasy books? 

A favorite of mine is Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. That's what I'm looking for a spiritual and magical place like the Stonehenge in Scotland where the character is warped back in time. I accepted that theory right away and loved the book.
Janette Rallison does time travel in some of her books. In "Time Riders" the characters are in a science lab at college and someone in the future takes them through a wormhole by mistake as they were looking for an important scientist. It was believable enough because who am I to say that the future won't have that kind of advancement. (I found Janette's word play on how the future mistakes our meanings genius.) To purchase --->Time-Riders-Sierra-St-James/Janette Rallison

Janette also has two other stories that go back in time but to fairy-tale time. "My Fair Godmother" and "My Unfair Godmother." A fairy godmother is a great way to get your character sent back in time but very much a fantasy story. (see blog for  book review of My Unfair Godmother.)

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Jude Deveraux is another author that writes unusual stories dealing with characters being sent to another time. Always-Forever-Trilogy-Jude-Deveraux
Of course there is always "The Time Travelers Wife." We accepted the love story of him coming in and out of time. Time-Travelers-Wife-Audrey-Niffenegger

I want to write a story that is believable enough that after your done reading you stop and say, "what if?" 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rejection Letter

My first rejection email has arrived from an agent that I thought for sure would be interested based on the other authors they represent. I sent the query back in October. October! That is five months it took them to read my query and reject it. Agents must really be backed up.The agency didn't give any feedback of why they weren't interested.

 I'm glad to get my first rejection letter, it feels like a rite of passage as a true writer.

I have my next agent in mind I'm really interested in. At the Changing Hands writers conference I attended last month, I was inspired by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Terry's class. (if you want to read the blog click here--> It's a great time to be an author) They suggested going to your favorite books and those like your story and read the acknowledgement page as a great way to find an agent. I've had two series of books that I love and always reference my book as "like" stories. Lo and behold, I looked in the acknowledgment section for both and the same agent represents them. I'm excited to query him but my query has to be perfect to catch his attention. See previous blog for query always-in-pursuit-of-perfect-query. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Always in pursuit of the perfect query letter- how's this?

Demons and Angels live among us, most of the time undetected and unseen. For eighteen-year old Krystal Teigen being aware of those spiritual creatures is a common occurrence, until a dark force becomes terrifyingly tangible. 
Growing up in Normal, Illinois proves to be ironic as Krystal is anything but normal. She can't shake the ghostly feeling of someone looming around her. When her family falls on hard times, she moves with them to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Krystal bumps into Boyd McLaws and is reminded they were once caught kissing in the barn when they were children. Boyd seems more than eager to take up where they left off but catastrophes keep happening when they are together. Krystal realizes she is the one who has put Boyd at risk when a strange wind pushes him off a cliff during a hike. Trying to find help Krystal encounters Seth, he claims he’s her “guard” sent to help. While Boyd is laid up with a broken leg Krystal makes friends with a tattooed bad boy; hanging out with him gets her into trouble with the local police. The officers enlist her to act as an informant to gain evidence on the drugs coming into their town. She is hesitant to cooperate until she realizes her younger brother is being lured into the very group the police want her to infiltrate. When things turn deadly, Krystal learns why she matters to those beyond.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sample from Book two -Far Far Away!

Far Far Away
Book two of Anything But Normal series

“At first I was engrossed with Norway, my ancestry land where Princess Kristina comes from. The story I’m fascinated with is when she goes to Spain to marry her prince. What a love story.” I exhaled in a day dreamers sigh. I collected myself and with more determination I declared. “Something is calling me to go there. I need to go and stand where she stood. I just have to go.”