The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dear friends,

It’s been a while since I was able to check in and give you an update. This is one of the most challenging things that I ever wrote, because the past months have been very difficult for me. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of November, so the holidays were dark and grim in my family. Just when the first spring sunrays seemed to head our way, war started in Ukraine. I live in Romania, which shares a border with Ukraine. It’s fortunate because we are able to help hundreds of thousands of refugees, but it also makes the horrors of war too close for comfort. However, I have no right to complain. I can’t even imagine what the poor people across the border have to endure every moment, living and dying in constant bombardment, as their country is destroyed, inch by inch.

The thought that this destruction might extend throughout the whole world is daunting. I’m only thirty-six years old, and already I’ve lived through a pandemic, the terrible illness of a loved family member, and now I am witnessing a war.

Needless to say that all of this has affected my creativity. I want to apologize to you all. I know you’re waiting for the next books, and I am struggling harder than you think to write the best mysteries that I can. That includes a lot of research, endless brainstorming, writing, deleting, not to mention mustering the physical and emotional state to write. I’ve had a lot more bad days than good, so the progress is slow, but I try to celebrate the small victories, like hitting the first 10k of a new book!

It’s a new series, which I’m very excited about. I can’t tell you anything about it yet, so please be patient with me. I just hope you will continue to share these small joys and make these baby steps with me.

In the meantime, I would love to offer you a free short story from my Lovestruck collection, which is available exclusively on my website, melindadeross.com. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 🙂☘️

Also, I have another series that I would love to recommend, because as a friend of mine says, we all turn to books for solace when reality becomes too harsh to endure.

If you would like to help the people of Ukraine in any way, fellow AB author Stephanie Queen has generously put together an anthology of ten stories, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support Ukrainian refugees all over the world. Please consider buying this box set, so that someone who had to abandon their home can have a hot meal, medicine, or a bed for the night.

Stay safe,

Melinda

Travel with Mona, in Train through Switzerland

We flew to Geneva in August, supposedly the warmest month in Europe and landed through dark clouds and pouring rain. My first impression wasn’t the best.

My first sight of the Lake
with the Geneva Water Fountain
Geneva is well-known as the headquarters
of Europe’s United Nations and Red Cross

From Geneva we boarded the train to Zermatt, in southern Switzerland, a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking.

Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively after-ski scene. 
No combustion engine vehicles are allowed in Zermatt. In fact, this Swiss municipality has been free of cars for most of its history. In 1961, the citizens voted to uphold the ban.
After two delightful days in Zermatt, we boarded the Glacier Express Bahnhofstrasse. 
The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak.
The slopes of Matterhorn present the magnificent beauty of the landscape and nature. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding during the winter or hiking during the summer.
The Glacier Express train has panoramic sealed windows all the way to the roof. 

A journey with the Glacier Express: The Glacier Express is a direct train from Zermatt to St. Moritz. The train is also referred to as the ‘slowest express train in the world’: the journey takes about 8 hours. There is a good reason for this slow pace: the train squeezes its way through the Alps, through narrow valleys, tight curves, 91 tunnels, and across 291 bridges, allowing us to admire breathtaking views.

In Summer
In Winter

St. Moritz: A tiny Swiss mountain town with a big, glitz-infused name, StMoritz is the winter getaway that made the ski holiday a high-life ideal.

In Summer
In Winter
In winter the lake is frozen and becomes a skating rink

From St. Moritz that was outrageously expensive, we traveled by train to Zurich.

The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall).

A view of the Old Town

A delightful place for children as they enjoy a train ride.

A waterfront promenade

In Zermatt and Zurich, we ate some of the best pastries I’ve ever tasted. Their bread pudding and apple strudel were out of this world.

After a week touring Switzerland, we boarded the train one more time from Zurich to Strasbourg and Paris. But that’s a story for another time.

NEWSLETTER

Reading for February:

NOT READY YET – The Senator’s Family, book 4

NOT READY YET – The Senator’s Family, book 4

They were high school sweethearts in their senior year. The top of the class nerd and the dashing athlete. She helped him with math problems and he helped her shed her bashfulness. In between homework and torrid sex, they shared their goals for a successful future: no marriage, no children, no family, until they realize their dreams.
They meet eighteen years later at a hospital fundraising event. When Ethan Dutton, now a millionaire contractor recognizes the gorgeous Dr. Elyana Matteo, a brilliant pediatric cardio-surgeon, he bets $50,000 at an auction to open the dance with her.
He wants to date her. Elyana has no time for fun. She’s a widow with a teenage daughter and triplet toddlers, and a very busy career. Ethan who’s never taken no for an answer, asks to visit the boys’ daycare center and soon offers to remodel her old mansion. The boys adore him and Elyana falls again under his charm.
But their past threatens to destroy their present…
Can they forgive the selfishness of their youth?
Can they make room for unconditional love?

KILLER SCORE WON A RONE AWARD! 👑

𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝙍𝙊𝙉𝙀 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙨, 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝙄𝙣𝘿’𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙚. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘪𝘻𝘻.

𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘿𝘼𝙍𝙀 𝙂𝘼𝙈𝙀 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙆𝙄𝙇𝙇𝙀𝙍 𝙎𝘾𝙊𝙍𝙀 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥! 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘴, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝙆𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘖𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳 9𝘵𝘩, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦—𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤.

𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 4 𝘢.𝘮. 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐’𝘮 𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹 𝘰𝘯𝘦 (𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦: https://indtale.com/rone-eligibility-and-rules), 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤.

𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘬𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘵 3 𝘢.𝘮., 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘦, 𝘴𝘮𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘶𝘱, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥…

𝘉𝘺 𝘵h𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 TJ MacKay 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝙄𝙣𝘿’𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘺. 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝙎𝙪𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚/𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴, 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘻𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘯. ⏳ 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘱 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘱, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯… 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳. 𝗠𝗬 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞, 𝙆𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚! 𝘐 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳, 𝘮𝘺 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘭𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘥! 𝘏𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘢𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨, “𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘵, 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘯!” 😲

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘧—𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘴𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝙄𝙣𝘿’𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵… 𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝙄𝙣𝘿’𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙚. 𝘙𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘧𝘧!

𝘚𝘰, 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵—𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘪𝘵? 🙈—𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥-𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝙆𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝙍𝙊𝙉𝙀 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 (𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝙍𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙉𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙀𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚).

𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘢𝘵 InD’Tale Magazine 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴! 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥. ❤️

𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐎𝐔𝐒 𝘤𝘳𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥! 🤩

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ARE YOU ADDICTED TO ROMANCE?

Today’s Reading

by Stephanie Queen

Don’t ask me. So you binge read romance books. So what? I’m right there with you. You say you’ve been accused of being addicted to romance books? Don’t worry–it’s them, not you.

I looked into it (not that I’m worried) and here’s what I found out.

For All the Romance Binge Readers

According to an article on Women.com, though the addiction label is being tossed around carelessly by some advice gurus, experts Dr. Amy Muise and Dr. Bjarne Holmes state that “just because something is pleasurable (and releases pleasure chemicals in the brain) does not necessarily mean it is addictive – despite what any “Guru” might claim.”

I think Dr. Amy is right. We deserve to indulge and enjoy our books. Although it’s possible, in a very few cases, just maybe, some readers go too far.

What’s too far you ask?
The Top 5 Hints You May Be Addicted to Reading Romance:

 

  1. You call your husband/significant other Rafe in bed. His name is Ralph.
  2. You waited for two hours before Barnes & Noble opened to be the first in line to get the new release from E.L. James. There was no line.
  3. You got a second job so you could afford to buy every one of the top 100 romances on Amazon’s list. Your second job is at a book store.
  4. You argued for five hours driving in a car with your sister over whether enemies-to-lovers is a better trope than friends-to-lovers. You were on your way to a Nora Roberts book signing.
  5. You pull your back out carrying your stack of books from the car to your house after your visit to the library. It was your third visit this week.

Never mind the list, you’re fine. But in case you need something to read, something that will last a while–like maybe a whole day–there’s this new box set…

Available on Amazon. Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Thank me later.

BMOC Box Set

P.S. The winner of the argument is Enemies-to-Lovers of course!

What do you think? Enemies 2 Lovers or Friends 2 Lovers?