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Books and birthdays

I'm pleased to say that my review of Lenore Black's GLBT comedy romance, All's Fair in Love and Advertising is now up at Vulpes Libris. A witty, warm and wonderful read, I can thoroughly recommend it for this Valentine Week.

Speaking of reviews, a big thank you to Stephanie for her five-star rating of Pink Champagne and Apple Juice on Goodreads - which is nicely balanced by the one-star review of Champers at Amazon US. I must say I was rather impressed that the reader there called it "horrible" and couldn't even bear to keep the book in her home. Now that's the epitome of cool! After all, you know what they say, when they hate your work with a vengeance, that's when you've truly made it ...

Meanwhile, I've been pleased with a four-star review of Maloney's Law and a four-star review of The Bones of Summer. Thank you, Deanna, for those! Plus I'm also more than happy with Sara Bell'sfour-star review of A Stranger's Touch - thank you, Sara.

And here's this week's poetry course offering, with special thanks to Clare at the office for the inspiration:

Clare eating an orange in the office

Her slender fingers
break mottled skin
while her eyes focus
on the world’s angled mirror.

A flare of clear droplets
laces the air.
Spangles and sunlight,
crystal and glitter.

She separates each segment
as if lancing a wound.
Slow, steady.

Curved gold pieces
in a silver web
disappear on her tongue.

One
by one.

But the highlight of these last few days has been Lord H's birthday, which we celebrated with style and champagne, naturally, earlier in the week. Happy birthday to Lord H! What a superstar indeed. And, am I mistaken, but do I detect crocus shoots pushing their way into the light across the county? Spring must at last be on its way ...

Anne's website - truly horrible but strangely stylish
The Prayer Seeker's Journal - celebrating the journey