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Did you ever want a life on the Ocean Wave?

Well a certain young girl would rather go to sea than marry – or so she thought.

Nothing too serious here but a fun read – the pirate who is really an aristocrat and a rather naughty young girl who loves her adventure.

Read if you like Georgette Heyer. Another in the Dukes of War series that is as good as the previous books in the series and just as much fun to read.


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Marilee Brothers tells it as it is:

 Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
As you know, I mainly write fantasy. I wrote six young adult books that featured characters with a variety of paranormal abilities. I also love writing suspense with a touch of romance for the adult market. 

When I decided to write AFFLICTION, I needed to tap into different sort of fantasy, one I hadn’t used in previous books. When I decided upon soul reading, I realized it had great potential and was also a mixed blessing. Yes, it’s nice to know what kind of person you’re dealing with by peeking into his soul, but it can also lead to a great deal of mistrust, thus impacting personal relationships.
 How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
When I start writing a book, I know my characters inside and out and have a general idea of how book starts and ends. The middle is The Sea of the Great Unknown. Often, the characters take me to the next step. I make lots of notes as the novel progresses. When I get stuck, I re-read my notes and outline a few chapters. Sometimes I add new characters or kill one off – LOL. This usually does the trick.
 How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
For this book, I needed to familiarize myself with Aspergers, a form of autism, and posttraumatic stress syndrome. My main female character, Melanie (Mel), becomes a soul reader after the accidental death of her twin sister at age six. She doesn’t know how to deal with her newfound ability and considers it an affliction. It scares her so she is reluctant to make eye contact and her social skills are awkward, all characteristics of Aspergers. My male main character suffers from PTSD stemming from his military service in the Middle East. 
 What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
The Internet has a wealth of information on both disorders and was extremely helpful. 
 How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience.
Fortunately, I have a policeman son. Remember, I write fantasy, so if it has to do with the paranormal, the answer lies somewhere between my ears. In other words, I make stuff up.
 How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
Probably 10-15 rejections.
Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
No, I was fortunate to find a publisher who liked my books.
 Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
The self-publishing phenomenon happened after I signed with a publisher. I think it has allowed a lot of wonderful books to be published and maybe some that are not so wonderful. I recently re-gained the rights to my first book and self-published it under a different title. It was definitely a learning experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I do think it’s important for writers to hire an editor to look the book over before publishing. We writers have a blind spot when it comes to our own books. On the plus side, it gives authors control over their creative works, not to mention a better royalty check.
 Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
Absolutely not, even if I lived on bread and water. I’d love for that to happen but, for me, it’s the satisfaction of seeing my books in print and hearing from readers who like them.
 What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?
I was in a Barnes and Noble, reading an excerpt from my YA book, MOONSTONE. A gaggle of teenage girls wandered in, standing between the seated group and me. I stopped reading and gave them a big cheesy smile. Yes! Potential readers. Teenage girls were my target audience for MOONSTONE. One of the girls said, “Um, like do you know where we can find Kim Kardashian’s book?”
Bummer! Marilee0708v

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Does your love have a colour? And which is it?

This is a study of love that follows in the footsteps of Fifty Shades of Grey, written by a German author, and then translated.
An Honest Review for NetGalley.
Here we have an inexperienced naïve young intern – just finishing her degree and in a strange new country Vs her experienced, world weary boss. Very much an unequal match you might think.
What could he possibly see in her? Just the above in fact. And his business partner even more – the desire for ‘fresh meat’ and virgins and the want to initiate naivety into depravity.
But in her naivety does she confuse lust for love? After all, you can fall in lust at first sight, but falling in love takes a lot longer  - you actually need to know a person for that to happen.
So, the boss takes advantage of our young intern and her desire to experience more and yet more that he can show her about lust and desire and thus sexual peccadilloes. Does she in return seduce by virtue of her innocence?
So the scene is set. And she falls in deep.
Now as for the colours of love. I can’t find anyone who has specifically written a guide – like the guide as to what flowers mean, but I did find this lovely poem which I thought I would share.
Taken from the website.
Could I but paint the colors of love
 I'd use the rainbow as my palette
 This is how I'd start
 Ample scarlet red for the heart
 Ivory white for loves purity
 A touch of sea green for tranquility
 swirls of crimson, loves passion flowing
 Splashes of golden hues, like sunshine glowing
 dolops of blue for love so true
 dab of emerald green. loves hope for eternity
 I'd paint the spectrum of loves colors
 on the canvas of life
 sprinkling gold and diamond dust all around
 singing a love song divine
 Oh, see how my love sparkles and shines
 under the warm bright golden sunshine
 Glistening and shimmering in the sun
 colors dancing in the prism of love
 with joy and hope for everyone
 For the canvas of life is but an empty space
 without the colors of love for the human race
 seek not, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
 but the colors of love in the rainbow abound
 the greatest treasure ever to be found
 (c.) 04-30-08 by giovanna clay-scarfino
I then looked for other insights as to the meaning of colour as it intrigued me.
And found that there were 3 major themes: the religious theme as to what colours mean in the Bible – extensively researched; the psychological theme; and the business theme – especially in marketing. The 4th theme - minor - was culture.
 So I’m going to share a small amount of the literature with you, my reader, and also show you a colour wheel.
Starting with the religious meanings of colour.
Blue: In Hebrew 'tekeleth' is translated as a spectrum of blue from sky blue to a deep dark blue, but can also indicate violet. In Greek the word 'huakinthinos' is translated  as 'hyacinth blue'’
Amber is golden and the Hebrew word 'chashmal' means amber in colour - a fiery golden colour.
Black signifies the negative aspects of human life, for example terror, death, disease, famine, evil, sorrow and mourning. Several Hebrew words are used for this colour: cochereth' meaning black stone used in paving; 'iyshown' meaning middle of the night (deepest blackness); 'qadar' meaning to mourn or to be dark; 'shachor' meaning black; kkimriyr meaning blackness or gloominess; The Greek word 'gnophos' means blackness, darkness or gloom
Bronze The Hebrew word 'nechosheth' is translated as bronze or brass, brazen or copper.
 Scarlet or crimson is represented by the Hebrew word 'karmiyl', which also means carmine. The Greek word 'kokkinos' means scarlet or scarlet coloured.
Gold in scripture is translated from the Hebrew word 'zahab' meaning gold as a precious metal or of brilliance and splendour. The Greek word used in the New Testament is 'chruseos' meaning something golden, made of gold or overlaid with gold.
Grey in scripture is translated from the Hebrew word 'seybah' which signifies grey hair, hoary head  and old age.
Green comes from several Hebrew words: 'yereq' meaning green or green thing; 'yaraq' - green herbs, vegetables or garden greens; 'lach' - green or moist, fresh or new in the sense of plants ; 'abiyb' - green ears of corn; 'ra‘anan' meaning green and flourishing; 'eb' - fresh green or green shoots; 'ratob' - green, moist juicy fresh; ' yarowq' meaning green thing. And the Greek word 'chloros' means green or yellowish pale and the word 'hugros' means green and full of sap.
Purple  is translated from the Hebrew words 'argaman' which means purple or red-purple and 'arg@van' meaning purple.
 Red is distinguished from crimson and is translated from several Hebrew words: 'adam' - dyed red, red or ruddy; adom' meaning red or ruddy (of man, horse, heifer, garment, water, lentils); 'admoniy' and 'admowniy' meaning red, ruddy for example of Esau as infant; 'cuwph' meaning red reed, rush, water plant. The Greek words 'purrhos' meaning  having the colour of fire, or red; 'purinos' meaning  fiery or shining like fire; 'eruthros' meaning red or the Red Sea and the Greek word 'purrhazo' means to be red or become glowing.
White is translated from the Hebrew words 'laben' or 'chivvah'meaning white; 'buwts' meaning white linen; byssus, a costly, fine white linen cloth made in Egypt; 'chuwr' meaning white cloth; 'tsach' meaning white, dazzling, glowing, clear, bright ; 'choriy' meaning white (bread or cake); 'sheleg' meaning white like snow. The Greek words are 'leukos' meaning white, light, bright, brilliant from whiteness and 'leukaino' meaning to make white or to whiten.
 The Bible also associates a number of symbols and behaviours with these colours and I find it interesting how they distinguish so closely the different shades of colours. Red is not red, it is ruddy, it is the red of a horse or lentils, or a dyed colour, or the colour of fire or the Red Sea (which was/is the colour of the bacteria/plankton that grows there). Such precision of words. Almost like Inuits and snow.
Now we come to the psychology of colours and their meanings. Perhaps this might be closer to the colours of love?
Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination. It is also the color of anger and sexual passion.
Orange is the color of social communication and optimism. From a negative color meaning it is also a sign of pessimism and superficiality.
With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.
Green is the color of balance and growth. It can mean both self-reliance as a positive and possessiveness as a negative, among many other meanings. 
Blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.
Indigo is the color of intuition. In the meaning of colors it can mean idealism and structure as well as ritualistic and addictive.
Purple is the color of the imagination. It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.
The color meaning of turquoise is communication and clarity of mind. It can also be impractical and idealistic.
The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing. Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.
In the meaning of colors, magenta is a color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.
The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.
From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise - being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors. It is unemotional and detached and can be indecisive.
Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.
Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.
Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.
And then we have the business and marketing version of the meaning of colours.
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure..
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love. 
 Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
 Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
 Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
 Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
 Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
 Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
 Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy.
Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy. 
 Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.
Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
 Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
 Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
 Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness; Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
 Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, 'black death'). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
 colour wheel Infographic made by GraphicSprings
 Here is another way to look at colour: Symbolism Chart by Culture
By Jennifer Kyrnin, Guide
Cultures and Meanings
·            Australian Aboriginals: Land, earth
·                     Celtic: Death, afterlife
·        China: Good luck, celebration, summoning
Cherokees: Success, triumph. Represents the East.
·                     Hebrew: Sacrifice, sin
·                     India: Purity
·                South Africa: Color of mourning
·               Russia: Bolsheviks and Communism
Eastern: Worn by brides, happiness and prosperity
·    Western: Excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Christmas (with green), Valentine’s Day
·                     Astrology: Gemini
Feng Shui: Yang, fire, good luck, money, respect, recognition, vitality
·    Psychology: Stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, increases blood pressure
Roses: Love, respect — red and yellow together means gaiety, joviality
·Stained Glass (Dante): Divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom. A warm, active color.

·                     Korea: Trust
·                     Eastern: Marriage
Western: Love, babies, especially female babies, Valentine’s Day
·                     Feng Shui: Yin, love
·       Psychology: Used in diet therapy as an appetite suppressant, relaxes muscles, soothing
·   Roses: Gratitude and appreciation (deep pink) or admiration and sympathy (light pink)
·              Ireland: Religious (Protestants)
·                  Netherlands: House of Orange
·                     Western: Halloween (with black), creativity, autumn
·                     Astrology: Sagittarius
· Feng Shui: Yang, earth, strengthens conversation, purpose, organization
·    Psychology: Energizes, stimulates appetite
·                     Roses: Enthusiasm, desire
·                     Eastern: Wealth, strength
·                     Western: Wealth
·        Astrology: Leo (Golden Yellow/Orange)
·     Feng Shui: Yang, metal, God consciousness
Stained Glass (Dante): The sun, the goodness of God, treasure in heaven, spiritual achievement, and the good life.
·          Apache: East — where the sun rises
·                 Cherokee: Trouble and strife.
·                     China: Nourishing, royalty
·                     Egypt: Mourning
·                     India: Merchants
·                     Japan: Courage
·Navajo: Doko’oosliid — Abalone Shell Mountain

Eastern: Proof against evil, for the dead, sacred, imperial
Western: Hope, hazards, coward, weakness, taxis
·                     Astrology: Taurus
Feng Shui: Yang, earth, auspicious, sun beams, warmth, motion
·               Psychology: Energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite
Roses: Sociability, friendship, joy, gladness — red and yellow together means gaiety, joviality
Stained Glass (Dante): The sun, the goodness of God, treasure in heaven, spiritual achievement, and the good life.
·                     Apache: South
China: Green hats imply a man’s wife is cheating on him, exorcism
Ireland: Symbol of the entire country, religious (Catholics)
·                     Islam: Perfect faith
·                     Japan: Life
Eastern: Eternity, family, health, prosperity, peace
·Western: Spring, new birth, go, money, Saint Patrick’s Day, Christmas (with red)
·              Astrology: Cancer (bright green)
·         Feng Shui: Yin, wood, growing energy, nurturing, balancing, healing, health, calming
Psychology: Soothing, relaxing mentally and physically, helps with depression, anxiety and nervousness
Stained Glass (Dante): Hope, victory over ignorance, happiness and gaiety, springtime, youth, good humor, and fun.
Cherokees: Defeat, trouble. Represents the North.
·                     China: Immortality
Iran: Color of heaven and spirituality, mourning
·        Navajo: Tsoodzil — Turquoise Mountain
·             Eastern: Wealth, self-cultivation
·   Western: Depression, sadness, conservative, corporate, "something blue" bridal tradition
· Astrology: Capricorn and Aquarius (dark blue)
·   Feng Shui: Yin, water, calm, love, healing, relaxing, peace, trust, adventure, exploration
·Psychology: Calming, lowers blood pressure, decreases respiration
·Stained Glass (Dante): Wisdom of God, the light of heaven, meditation, enduring loyalty, and eternity.
Powder Blue or Baby Blue
·       Western: babies, especially male babies
·                     Astrology: Virgo
·                     Thailand: Mourning, widows
·                     Eastern: Wealth
·                     Western: Royalty
·    Astrology: Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces
Feng Shui: Yin, spiritual awareness, physical and mental healing
Stained Glass (Dante): Justice, royalty, suffering and mystery. With white it stands for humility and purity.
·                     Astrology: Virgo and Libra
·            Psychology: Suppresses appetite, peaceful environment, good for migraines
·               Apache: North — source of snow.

Cherokee: Peace and happiness. Represents the South.
·                     China: Death, mourning
·                     India: unhappiness
·       Japan: White carnation symbolizes death
Navajo: Tsisnaasjini’ — Dawn or White Shell Mountain
·            Eastern: Funerals, helpful people, children, marriage, mourning, peace, travel
·                Western: Brides, angels, good guys, hospitals, doctors, peace (white dove)
·                   Astrology: Aries and Pisces
·                Feng Shui: Yang, metal, death, mourning, spirits, ghosts, poise, confidence
·                     Roses: Reverence, humility
·              Stained Glass (Dante): Serenity, peace, purity, joy, faith, and innocence.
·             Apache: West — where the sun sets
·   Australian Aboriginals: Color of the people
Cherokee: Problems and death. Represents the West.
·                     China: Color for young boys
·                     Navajo: Dibé Nitsaa — Obsidian Mountain
·                     Thailand: Bad luck, unhappiness, evil
Eastern: Career, evil, knowledge, mourning, pennance
Western: Funerals, death, Halloween (with orange), bad guys, rebellion
Feng Shui: Yin, water, money, income, career success, emotional protection, power, stability, bruises, evil
·  Psychology: self-confidence, strength, power
·                     Eastern: Helpers, travel
·             Western: Boring, dull, plain, sad
· Feng Shui: Yin, metal, dead, dull, indefinite
·                     Western: stylish, money
·        Feng Shui: Yin, metal, trust, romance
·     Australian Aboriginals: Color of the land
·                     Cherokee: Good.
Western: Wholesome, earthy, dependable, steadfast, health
Astrology: Capricorn and Scorpio (reddish brown)
·    Feng Shui: Yang, earth, industry, grounded

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Rocking along with Jax

Ah a good kick ass heroine here – and yes, her name is Harley  - no that's not right - Harley is only 8 and has a heart condition. It's her bodyguard Cadence who is kick ass.
But Harley is old for age and very wise and even if she is physically fragile, her mind is not.
Cadence on the other hand is a real bad-ass boxing, weight-lifting, fighting machine - but with a heart that melts for Harley - and her rock star Dad. Maybe?
But not so much Harley's mother - who is in serious need of some time out on the naughty step.
A fun, hot hot read with some important points about parenting thrown in and some rock band personalities I hope to hear more about. Quinn is one of my favourite authors.

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Are you ready to take on the Politicians?

Well it is an unspecified time in the future but maybe November 2016, we find ourselves in the middle of a US Election with a male Republican candidate and a female Democrat.
We have the Press desperate for a story about either of them but preferably the Democrat candidate, as she seems to good to be true.
And we have a photojournalist desperate to make her name.
So a photograph is taken that could be compromising if we only knew who was in it.
And so the shenanigans begin.
We find that certain people want the photograph to publish it; others want it to destroy it and any knowledge of it having ever being taken. But, of course, it all depends on who the people were and what was their relationship to each other? How do we find out? And who will tell us?
A very relevant storyline of course to this year of 2016 with some of the characters we might expect appearing in thinly disguised forms.
I enjoyed the story and the twists and turns and found it quite a good political thriller overall.

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