Make the World a Better Place by @PatriceWilton

Know the old saying—God will never give us more than we can handle? Well, HE sure put the entire world to the test this year, didn’t He? (I think He might have been a teeny bit mad at us!) I want to make the world a better place, but is there even a way to get there from here?

make the world a better place

We faced the worst global disaster mankind has ever seen. The Pandemic took 2.4 million lives with 110 million confirmed cases of COVID19, and that was just for starters. Millions of people lost loved ones, their homes, businesses, freedom, faced school closings—all of this putting their mental health at risk.

Australian Fires

In other words, 2020 Kicked Butt. It began with the Australian Bushfire that swept through the country, devastating floods in Indonesia, hurricanes battering America, locusts swarming in Africa, a volcano eruption in the Philippines, earthquakes, cyclones, floods, and now Antarctica is turning green. How can we possibly turn this around and make the world a better place?

Okay, in all fairness we might have brought a lot of this on ourselves. Politics, racial problems, and hatred has split this country in pieces, but if we can open our hearts and regain our sanity, which includes acceptance and compassion, we can all begin to heal.

Make the World a Better Place by Finding Our Happy Place

I’m turning to music now—All We Need is Love! Sing it with me everyone!

We are the World! We are the Children! Again, it’s about unity.

We all have suffered great loss in the past year, myself included. I’d listen to gorgeous music, such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and it would bring on the tears. No More! To make the world a better place, we must lift our own selves up. With that thought in mind, I will be listening to happy, upbeat music, the sound of ocean waves along the shore, sunshine, a new dawn. We must find our happy place, and look for it in our daily lives.

We need to be better, stronger, more resilient, and determined to leave a better world for our children than the one we made for ourselves.

Make the world a better place

Remember the many lovely beauty contestants that would say all they want is World Peace? Well, don’t you think it’s time we all wanted that too?

Wishing everyone out there a safe new world, healing, and positivity. Let’s learn from our mistakes and rise above them. Let’s do everything we can to make the world a better place. To health, happiness, and joy. We deserve it, don’t we?

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Coming March 30th! MRS. MORRIS AND THE SORCERESS, Book 4 of The Salem B&B Mysteries, by Traci Wilton. Tracy Wilton is the pseudonym of writing team Patrice Wilton and Traci Hall. The book is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and in Paperback. Now available for pre-order!

Mrs Morris and the Sorceress

Music and Books!

I’m a huge music person–like I always have music playing. I don’t just stick to one genre either. Some days the classic rock is kicking my speakers, or I break out the vinyl and listen to a few of my dad’s albums, and some days I every have classic piano on. It all depends on what I’m doing and just how high my blood pressure is that day.

Recently I finished writing and editing Riley, Loving a Young Series, Book 4, and I came across a song that was so fitting for Ethan. Here’s the book blurb:

Riley is always the life of the party, and it’s Ethan that is there to pick her up and keep her together. He knows her almost as well as she knows herself, and he knows she will never love him as he does her.

Now Ethan wants more out of life and love, but Riley denies her feelings and insists they are just friends with benefits. When a training opportunity comes up that will get Ethan out of town for months, he jumps on it. It’s the only way to get over Riley and move on.

With Ethan gone and a new guy in her life, Riley finds herself dealing with several emotional issues without the help of her best friend. A family emergency has Ethan feeling lost without Riley there to lean on, but he refuses to go to her and seeks solace with another. Will Riley make the right choices, and finally, admit how she feels, or will she find herself alone and falling further down the rabbit hole.

When I started writing this book, I came across the song, “I’m Never Getting Over You” by Gone West. It hit me square in the chest as I could see Ethan saying these things, and Riley rebuking him. Check out the music video.

To learn more about the Loving a Young Series, check out my series page here:

LOVING A YOUNG SERIES

Riley Releases on February 16th and will be exclusive to Amazon for a little while.

10 Best Slow Dance Songs by @JoanReeves #mgtab

I love music and have very eclectic taste. Depending on my mood, I may listen to anything from a Chopin polonaise to “Killing Strangers” by Marilyn Manson to “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller to “99 Problems” by Hugo.

My current favorite songs are several tracks from “Lucifer” like “Being Evil Has a Price” by Heavy Young Heathens. In other words, I’m one of those people that probably screws up Pandora‘s “recommended for you” algorithm because I listen to so many different genres and artists.

Most of my books have characters listening to music too. I always make a playlist for a book. I used to include the list in the back matter of my books. I think I’ll start doing that again but make a menu tab on my blog, SlingWords, so readers can find the music that inspired certain scenes if they’re interested.

Dance to the Music

I guess it’s only natural that I also love to dance. My husband and I are always the first to take the floor at any event where there’s dancing. No, we’re not trained professionals. We both just love to dance.

In several of my books, like Second Chance Bride, the hero and heroine dance together. What better way is there for them to be in each other’s arms?

When I write scenes like that, I choose the music carefully. In Second Chance Bride, they’re at a small town Texas festival—we have a lot of them in our small towns—and there’s always dancing in the street.

In this particular scene, they dance to “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, an old country classic that most small town bands play. That song fit everything about the scene from the small Texas town setting to the emotion between the characters. I thought I’d share some of the other songs I’d considered. They’re not in any order like good to best, and this is just half of the other songs on my list that “speak” to slow dance romance for that book.

10 Best Slow Dance Playlist

  1. So Into You by Atlanta Rhythm Section
  2. Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel (totally different from the Bruno Mars song)
  3. Amazed by Lonestar
  4. I Could Fall in Love by Selena
  5. I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  6. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
  7. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley (this is still on a global list of most popular wedding first dance songs).
  8. I Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles
  9. Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
  10. Don’t Wake Me Up by Lianne La Havas

In Second Chance Bride when Constance and Alex (Alejandro) finally overcome all their problems, there is a wedding. I won’t tell you the song that plays as Constance walks to meet Alex to say their vows nor will I tell you the song playing when they kiss at the end of the ceremony. Each song means something to them and to their journey from the beginning of the book to the end.

I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. *LOL* I’m not crazy for feeling that way. Most authors are like me—their characters are “real” people to them.

Second Chance Bride is an Amazon Exclusive. Here’s what a review said:

This is such a lush book. The pacing is smooth, and the plot is engrossing. The reason behind Constance’s move to Lantana Lane is mysterious at first, so I was stunned when I learned what it is. It’s a great plot twist.

Alex/Alejandro is a dear man. The way he encourages and supports Constance is utterly sweet. The best part, though, is how Constance’s past is redeemed. It’s absolutely beautiful. ~ Amazon Review

What Are Your Slow Dance Faves?

Have you slow-danced with your beloved to any of these songs? Chances are, you have your own list. What songs speak to the romantic within you?

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