Flawless… Doesn’t Exist

Why is it so hard for us to admit we are wrong or even that at times, we need help? I think about literature through the ages… by Homer, Dante Alghieri, Shakespeare, Austen, Dumas, Dickens, Poe, etc. They all wrote about flawed characters. But then, in many ways, to be human is to be flawed, is it not? Then why we do we have such a hard time accepting these flaws?

Now, I don’t mean to be hypocritical so I will come out and say that I place myself in this exact group when I ask “we”. I can logically say that I am flawed but if one were to ask me whether I embrace these flaws, my answer would be a resounding no. Not to mention, even though I realize that I have many flaws, I also find it harder to admit some versus others. For instance, admitting I am an emotional eater is not as difficult as admitting I can be an overbearing mother or wife—there are different degrees of difficulty.

This all being said, it is very hard to move past these flaws or even continue to improve upon them without the acknowledgment that they exist. Additionally, our mission to improve ourselves is a journey full of tradeoffs and sometimes we aren’t willing to sacrifice to gain. What I have learned personally though is that embracing these flaws can prove very beneficial—even if they are not something we can even change. If anything, they teach us more about who we are and what we stand for. And if we can get smart about them, they can also help us understand when we sometimes need a little help to move forward.

Happy writing this week!

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A Very Irish Paranormal-Scope

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I didn’t believe in four-leafed clovers, until a friend gave me a jar filled with them. I had searched in vain. She told me that all she had to do was look down and there they were at her feet. Now I believe.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Leprechauns have left a four-leafed clover on your doorstop. Always pause and pick up your luck.

Taurus:
A Gancanagh is an Irish male faery known for his seductive ways. Someone will try to talk you into something you don’t want to do. Stand by what you know is right for you.

Gemini:
The Fear Gorta is a phantom of those that suffer from hunger. Give to a charity this week that feeds the poor.

Cancer:
Never eat the mushrooms from a faery ring. They are poisonous. Take care with everything you eat this week.

Leo:
A pooka can lead you astray from the best path for you. Consider the advice from those you don’t know, then go and get expert advice from those you do know.

Virgo:
A Merrow sings in the waves. You need a day off for solitude and reflection. Perhaps a walk along the beach will give you peace.

Libra:
The Selkie is torn between our world and the sea. Sometimes it’s good to change scenery to get a better perspective on life. Plan a getaway!

Scorpio:
The Clurichaun loves good drink and inhabits wineries, pubs, and wine cellars. If he talks about hidden treasure, wish him well and go on your way. Whatever you do, don’t follow him.

Sagittarius:
The Joint-Eater will sit next to you invisibly in a restaurant and eat have your food. You wanted to eat smaller portions anyway.

Capricorn:
Queen Mab crosses your path. Smile and wish her a good day, then continue on your way being careful never to turn your back on her. She may gift you with good fortune for your gracious manners.

Aquarius:
Failinis, the famous undefeated hound, finds you irrestible. It bring good fortune to its new friend.

Pisces:
Glas Gaibhnenn, the legendary cow with green spots, has come your way. Not only will you get a bounty of milk, but good fortune will pour in abundance.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
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A brand new look for the ME Series by Laura Greenwood

The ME Series has had a makeover! I loved the original covers, but these are more in line with what people expect for flirty and fun contemporary romance! I hope you like them!

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Sweet About Me follows baker, Saffron, as she works on making her cafe a success…not realising that her heart is also on the menu!

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Kneel For Me follows almost Queen, Amara, as she discovers she has to get married in order to take her rightful place. Or is it all just a plot to steal the throne from her?

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Heard From Me follows Hazel, the lead singer of Fifth Element, as she steps into a forbidden romance and works towards what every band dreams of.

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Laid By Me follows Sophie as she discovers her surprise inheritance and just what that entails. Can she get a handle on her new job and on her heart?

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With Dancing Feet – It’s Almost Spring

Spring laughs in my ear everytime I see Irish step dancing. I love all dancing, but for me the exuberant joy in Irish step dancing melts the winter blues away. Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
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I Forgot to Turn Forward the Clock Paranormal-Scope

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While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Gargolyes have taken to the sky and eaten all the birdseed in my husband’s bird feeder. Oh well, even this will pass. In the meantime, buy more food.

Taurus:
Big Foot has gotten new shoes. It’s time to redo the wardrobe. Out with the worn and old and in with the fun and exciting.

Gemini:
Nessie had returned home for a nap and plan a vacation with little ones. Plan a weekend away to re-energize. Do something new.

Cancer:
Werewolves howl just because they can. Set up a play date with friends. Embrace the extra energy that comes with spring.

Leo:
Shapeshifters have embraced the morning time with some slow walking as they admire the sunrise. The early morning can be restorative to one’s peace of mind.

Virgo:
Wereowls are hooting up the morning. A little freezing rain has them hopping.  Don’t let the weather get you down. It’s nothing a good cup of tea and a scone can’t fix.

Libra:
A vampire strolls down the empty boulevard. After the party malaise, gives the reveler pause to reflect on his or her life. Time for self reflection.

Scorpio:
Pixies flit here and there in the early sunbeams. They leave their dust behind. You are about to have an enchanted week.

Sagittarius:
Mermaids float on the surf in a lazy way. Time doesn’t matter much to them. Every morning brings a new delight. Take a walk on the beach.

Capricorn:
Faery gold glitters by your feet. It’s up to you to bend down and pick them up.

Aquarius:
Elves had an agenda for the day. There was a meeting but no one showed up. Don’t sweat it. Skip on to the next thing on your list. Lunch. Eat something healthy that makes you happy.

Pisces:
A Yeti wanders aimlessly trying to figure out the time. Eventually forgetting, he opts of nap. Get some extra me time for yourself.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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Why the mix of relationship types? by Laura Greenwood

It’s not something I ever really address, but anyone who has read my books may have noticed that there are a variety of relationship types. I have books that involve m/f, f/f and polyamorous relationships – all in the same universes. (If you’re wondering why m/m is missing, I just happen not to have written it yet!)

But why do I include them all in the same universe?

Because that’s life. Not everyone has the m/f experience, and not everyone wants it (including my characters. I don’t get a say in their sexualities, they just tell me and I have to role with it.) Love should be celebrated no matter what the form, and I like to do that with my writing.

The most important thing – it’s not all about the sex! I have all three relationship types in books that don’t have any open door sex scenes at all (I also have the opposite – books in all three types that have an open door too!)

But I do need to give a shout out to Skye MacKinnon and Arizona Tape…if I hadn’t met them nearly 2 years ago, then I’d never have had the courage to explore quite so much!

You can check out all of my books here:

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Prepare to Spring Forward

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We are sincerely hoping that our winter will end soon. It’s been hard on everyone. Officially Spring Forward in the United States starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 10th. It will end at 2 pm on Sunday, November 3rd. These times are Eastern Time. Thus begins Daylight Savings Time in the US. Tonight before I go to bed, I will be setting my clock ahead one hour.

Yes, you lose an hour of sleep but it’s still the weekend so you can rest your body by going to bed an hour earlier on Sunday night.  It will give you an additional hour of sunlight around suppertime. Smart clocks and devices will automatically set themselves. In my house, we have several clocks we will have to change the old fashioned way.

Historically, Benjamin Franklin thought this was a great idea. However, it wasn’t acted upon until the Spring of 1918 in World War 1 and was meant to save on coal and last only during the war. The US government reinstated the practice in 1966. In 2007, the Department of Transportation expanded on the idea to last 65% of the year. They are responsible in the US for setting the change, which they say benefits the country by saving energy, cutting down on traffic accidents, and reducing the crime rate.

You would think it was a country-wide practice, but it’s not. Most of Arizona and Hawaii do not participate. American Samoa, Guan, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands do not change their time either.

Some people really enjoy having that extra hour of sunlight to do fun things outside. Are you one of them? I’m still waiting for Connecticut to melt.

On the other hand, I would love to see a later Florida sunset over Tampa Bay, sitting on the hotel balcony and watching the sun touch the water.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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