Making Your Reading Fun!

I promised earlier this week that I would share with you the type of books that I am reading since I have retired after 34 long years of devoted service. They range from sleazy to sexy to adventurous. To be politically correct, I do still read a few books related to the business world.



My Daily Routine.

Sleep until 10 A.M. CST after staying up most of the night reading a new book I downloaded to my iPad.

Go to the gym to do stepping, senior exercise and strength exercise – So much fun with the older group.


Visit with new-found friends. I clean the house, but it is not a priority!

Back home to take care of the garden and visit with my lizard, XELA.



Meet X-E-LA!  He visits on the patio every morning while I am drinking my tea.


It’s time for lunch. My meals have changed dramatically. I eat like a bird.

After lunch, I am usually on the laptop or reading my book for the day.


I do carve out time in the afternoon to give my healthcare consulting business quality time and to plan my next trip to exotic places that I haven’t seen before.

I make a point to write no less than 500 words per day for my next book. One day, I’m going to have a NY Times bestseller.

Let’s talk books.

Here is a list of some of the books on my Kindle that I have already read. Some are from traditional bestseller authors, but most are from independently published authors, a hidden treasure of writers. I have downloaded 80 more on my laptop. As you can see, a drastic change from leadership books.

  1. Divorcees Biz by Eileen Thornton – Recommended for the over 60-year-old crowd; hot and a page turner
  2. Step on the Crack by James Patterson and Michael Bennett – James is my favorite writer
  3. The President is Missing: A novel by James Patterson and President Bill Clinton – The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seats
  4. Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen by Lila Silvern – Recommended for women over 60 years old – get ready for some steamy advice about sex
  5. With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins – Recommended for all adults who adore their kids; has won many book awards
  6. Mama’s Heart: A true to life story of tragedy and love by VJJ Dunn – It will leave you in tears
  7. Flame and Hope: An African Adventure Fauna Park Tales by Maretha Botha – Primarily for Middle-School Children but suitable for adults to read to their children
  8. Finding Katie by Harmony Kent – Recommended for any young adult struggling to find themselves
  9. Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse by Gwendolyn Plano – Recommended for anyone who has suffered from abuse or knows someone is currently suffering from abuse; guarantee to inspire and motivate
  10. Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes – Recommended for all adults; one of the last books she published before passing
  11. Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson (Suzanne Burke) – A Must Read for all adults
  12. The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 12) by Kimberla Lawson Roby – Recommended for church-going folks
  13. Popcorn Behind the Bush (The Gracie Series) by Grace LaJoy Henderson – Recommended for Middle grade
  14. A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent by Elchin Chang-Lim – Recommended for anyone who has a child with special needs
  15. Non-Profit by Larry Hyatt – Recommended for all adults looking for a sprinkle of humor
  16. To The Top by Deontae Henderson – Picture Book Recommended for K – 3rd Grade
  17. Acts Beyond Redemption – Book 1 by Suzanne Burke – Recommended for those who like to read suspense books
  18. Circus Tarot by Charles W. Jones – Recommended for adults; if you like the circus, you will enjoy this suspense thriller and learn more than you thought you knew about the circus
  19. The Old House: An Everlasting Love Story by Karl Morgan – Recommended for adults
  20. Has Anyone Seen My Brain? By Kan Nimak – Recommended for healthcare workers and teachers; appropriate for middle school and young adults
  21. Children of the Future by Jane Suen – Recommended for young adults
  22. There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer – This one is very emotional; recommended for all males who are facing the ordeal of coping with the loss of a child with cancer
  23. The Neon Houses by Linda Mims – Recommended for all adults
  24. Adventures in Mother-Sitting by Doreen Cox – This is filled with techniques for caregivers
  25. Type and Cross – Book 1 by Staci Troilo – Recommended for all adults if you like suspense and for healthcare personnel who works in emergency rooms
  26. Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat (deceased) – Recommended for healthcare workers

All Kindle books on this list are available on

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Have you ever measured the quality of a book by the intensity of the dream you have about the characters in the book?

You know that it is time to re-read a book when you find yourself dreaming about the characters. I am an avid reader. I will read most genres. I often dream about what the Antagonist is going to do next. When that happens, I know its time to finish the book or re-read the book.

The character that I dream about is Alex Cross in James Patterson’s books. You guessed right. I have read most of James Patterson books. What’s your all-time favorite author? Share in the comment section.

Tyler Perry played Alex Cross in the movie. Absolutely awesome!

Books touch you in such a way that you allow them to invade your inner thoughts. You wonder what you would do in a similar situation and can’t resolve until you come up with your ending.

Books make you laugh. They even bring out the worst in you. Sometimes, you will find yourself talking out loud at the characters. Other times, you are reaching for a tissue to wipe the tears and dripping from your nose. Mingled among those reactions could be a few curse words. Your heart is beating so hard from fear that you jump up and turn all the lights on in the house.

Then comes the deep breath when it’s all said and done.

That’s me!


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When I kick off my shoes, I am really into a book


Or, do you identify so with a character in a TV series that you wonder and dream about what he/she will do next? My favorite characters of all times on a TV show are Jason and Sonny on General Hospital.


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Jason and then Sonny


Who is your favorite TV character in a series? Share in the comment section. Let’s see what we have in common.

I am looking for that up and coming author who can keep me reading their books like James Patterson. I may have found the next dream invaders.


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Which up and coming author’s books speak to you in such a way that you keep coming back for more? Share in the comment section. 

I read both fiction and non-fiction books. I read books about effective management and leadership techniques while employed. I also read many books on how to prepare your financial nest egg for retirement. I would sprinkle a few memoirs in the mix. I read the books my children and grandchild read in school which was one of my reading priorities. Books about historical events did not capture my fancy. It’s not to say that they were not important, it’s that I focus on being the best I could be at what I did. Continuous learning was important to me and remains a top priority.

Crossword puzzles and Word Finds traveled with me on business trips.

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Oh, but NOW!


Come back later this week to find out what I like to read now.



March 3 Midnight Pick – Hillary Clinton


A few of my favorite quotes:

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

“I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.” – Hillary Clinton

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Hillary Clinton

“Now, I have always believed that women are not victims; we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance.” – Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and served as the junior U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 and 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She is the first female first lady to run for the highest office in the land, the President of the United States.

As with other first ladies, she wears the pearl with pride.


I had the opportunity to hear Mrs. Clinton’s daughter, an award-winning author, speak at the annual conference of The American Business Women Association. Chelsea’s life and career are by far Mrs. Clinton’s proudest achievement.

Like Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton raised a daughter who is accomplished in her own rights. Mrs. Clinton has proven to be a loving mother, a powerful senator, a force to be reckoned with Secretary of State, a highly respected lawyer, and a woman more intellectually prepared through education and experience than any other female willing to take on the role of President of the United States.

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Get to know Hillary Clinton, the woman, mother, and politician through her penned books. They are enlightening. My grandson purchased her books for me as gifts because he knows that I am a strong supporter of female authors.

Read what others are saying about Secretary Clinton’s accomplishments.


Honoring influential females’ efforts in creating change worldwide


The U.S. First Lady Diplomat (1884 – 1962)

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“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”  ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the first lady through her active participation in American politics, something no other first lady had done before her.  She became chair of the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She is respected worldwide. If we live long enough, you will see history repeating itself. She loved to wear pearls. Pearls are a jewelry phenomenal in today world of fashion.




March 2 Midnight Pick – Michelle Obama

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Some of her most popular quotes:

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” -Michelle Obama

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” -Michelle Obama

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted – folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African American First Lady.

Read more about Michelle’s accomplishments as First Lady.

First Ladies and their pearls – a tradition. Michelle wears her pearls with distinction.


Mrs. Obama advocates healthy living for all children. She is an example of a loving wife, mother, and voice for women. I have no doubt that her two girls will be successful in their chosen career. She is a role model for women throughout the world. Maintaining normalcy and raising two girls in the environment of a political atmosphere has to be difficult for any parent. Kudos to Mrs. Obama for a job well done.

First lady Michelle Obama, left, follows her daughters Malia Obama, center, and Sasha Obama, as they arrive to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. This year’s White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is a White Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Penn. Malia Obama has Bo on a leash and Sasha Obama has Sunny on a leash. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The dogs are so adorable!



You are one of those people who surf the net and becomes elated when you find a gem?  I get excited to the point of wanting to share my big discovery with everyone. Do you want to share in my excitement? Read on!


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Looking for new stories, I came across an interview that a blogger did with a college student from Tennessee State University. His name is Deontae Henderson. Immediately, I re-blogged his story to my page. I went to high school in Louisiana and grew up with tons of children with the last name of Henderson. Naturally, I  researched his social media sites to see if I knew him. Even though I did not find him in my family tree, the connection was there. He must be a distant relative of the Henderson’s that I know. Looks just like the bloodline! This is Kevin, his brother, who inspired Deontae to write the story.

And this is the author, Deonate.


I headed over to and downloaded a copy of his book, “TO THE TOP.” The fact that it is a children book with only 18 pages and written by an African American Male heightened my excitement.


The main character is a Turtle named Koa. If you write the name Koa backward, it is A-OK!  Koa decides that he wants to go to the top of the mountain to see the rest of the world. On his way, Koa meets a monkey, a snake, and an eagle that discourage him.  With each encounter, Koa hears excuses as to why a turtle should stay in his place and not follow his dream. But Koa doesn’t stop! Then, Koa meets a goat.

Now, here comes the good part.


READ THE BOOK AND HEAR THE GOAT’S MESSAGE. A whopping $2.99 for an e-book that will change your child’s way of thinking. Buying this book is an investment that you don’t want to miss.

Click here to purchase your copy of “To The Top”:

If you like To The Top,” you might want to pick up Deontae’s latest book, Momma Bear. I haven’t read this one, but you can expect my review later next month.

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Click here to purchase your copy of “Momma Bear.”

Follow this author’s writing journey on Twitter @JustDeontae.

Congratulations Deontae. You make this midnight grandmother very proud. Follow your dreams.  Don’t let anyone stop you! Go to the top of the mountain and see the world.



Traveling by train! Look what I discover in route from Vancouver to Jasper. This frozen waterfall appears just long enough for me to capture its beauty. What an experience for a newbie like me.


The biggest train surprise is the configuration of my sleeping car. My home closet is larger. I meet a nice young student traveling alone with the intent to see the world. Young people are so brave. After moving through Jasper and enjoying the snow, we go up the mountains to Lake Louise. The “locals” tell me the ice on the lake is 18 inches deep.


Believe it or not, a sleigh filled with 20 women pulled by two horses rolls onto a frozen lake. The women are holding their breath, snapping photos, and singing to the top of their lungs. I, on the other hand, holds my breath praying that the water doesn’t break. No, I did not trust the water. We arrive back at the starting point. I exhale thankful to be on land again. I will take the mountains any day over the frozen lakes. Banff landscape is worth visiting during the winter.

What happens in Banff hot springs stays in the hotsprings. No telling!