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When Mrs. Bookmark applies for a kitchen job

A Scheduled Book Tour

My Mum, the Dinner Lady by R. B.N. Bookmark


It was April 1972, and I had settled down fairly well at St Iggy’s. The initial brawls to establish my middle ranking in the class hierarchy were over, and for the most part, I’d arrive home with my clothes and nose still intact.

The miners’ strike was in full swing, and Britain had become a cold and dark place to live.

One of our neighbours had hit upon the idea of making her own candles, a very enterprising thing to do in light of the “dark” economic situation at the time. My mum bought a few, but within minutes of them being lit, the room would smell of chip fat and other more nondescript odours of a dubious nature. We persuaded Mum not to buy any more, and the earth’s ozone layer was given a short reprieve.

One morning at school assembly, Mr. Bishop announced that the school was looking for a new dinner lady to work in the kitchen and if we knew of anyone to tell them to get in touch with the head. When I arrived home later that day, I mentioned it to Mum, as she was always going on about returning to work now we were grown up.

“If you like I’ll speak to the headmaster and book an appointment for you to come over.”

Mum couldn’t say yes fast enough, and the next day I knocked on Mr. Bishop’s door. “Come in,” said that all-too-familiar commanding deep voice.

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Review of Peter M. Parr’s Escape to Redemption



*Disclaimer – I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.*

51fflbjkv5lTitle: Escape to Redemption
Author: Peter M. Parr
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Date of Publication: June 24, 2016
ISBN: 10-178535227X
Paperback: $13.99
Kindle: $7.99

Escape – break free from confinement or control

Redemption – the action of being saved from evil

This book is comparable to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 Crime and Punishment which explores redemption through suffering.

***I rate this book 4 stars***

A revengeful scare tactic goes wrong and ends in murder.  It wasn’t suppose to happen.  Now what?  The stranger with the dog saw everything.  He will go to the police.  She had to run, had to escape.  She was a young woman with her whole life to live.  She wouldn’t go down for murder and definitely wouldn’t take the rap for two murders.

Josie was freaking out and her friend Snaz, who thought he was her boyfriend, didn’t know what to do. With the flee instinct in high gear, Josie fled England for Poland leaving Snaz behind to fend for himself.

While in Poland, Josie tries to carve out a new life for herself by lying.  The thing with lying is that once the lie is told, it must be followed by additional lies to keep up the pretense.  Then, one must be able to keep up with the lies they told and so goes the vicious cycle of lies.

With the fear of living a lie and being found out and a guilty conscience about the murders, will Josie find redemption?  Or will she live the lie until her dying days?




About the Author:

Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.

Website: http://www.thingstoremember.org.uk/


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Review of The Christmas Bridge

I apologize for getting this review posted yesterday.  Our area has been under an ice storm and I was without internet for a week.  A day late, but my review nevertheless.

*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author for a fair and honest review.*

Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas:Christmas-Bridge-Cover-D

Publisher: Elyse Douglas  (September 15, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Holiday Romance, Christmas novel
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
Available in: ebook,  183 Pages

My Ranking: 4 stars


I am completely gaga over Christmas romance stories.  I watch every HallMark Christmas romance movie on television and I read as many Christmas romance novels as I can fit into my free time.

This is the first book I have read written by Elyse Douglas.  In it, I found one too many characters: the college lover. Therefore, the first part of the book appeared choppy and just as chaotic as Olivia Norris’ life and left me wanting that feel good chill that comes over ones body when reading a juicy romance novel.

Several television talk shows have discussed older couples who either lose a spouse or gets divorced sometimes ends up getting together with their high school or college sweetheart.  And this book goes along those lines.

Olivia’s husband, Carl, was her high school and hometown sweetie.  She left him behind when she went off to college in New York City.  In flash back sections we learn that Olivia fell hard for Andrew.  Dangling two men at one time, Olivia ends up pregnant with Carl’s baby.  What was she to do?  She chose the baby’s father and left New York and Andrew to marry Carl.

Now Carl is dead and Olivia is going to New York on business and wonders if Andrew is around.  What she expects from Andrew is unclear as she doesn’t know herself.  Would they be able to rekindle the old feelings they once had? Or would the changes they both experienced over the years prove they would never been a perfect match for each other.  What would Olivia do if they find out they are not right for each other afterall?  Would she ever find another man to love? (READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT).

If I were editing this book, I would have changed the opening to the scene on the Bow Bridge in Central Park when Olivia has some strange feelings as though, perhaps she was experiencing some form of time travel, a connection of some sort or a Christmas Miracle.  The author did an excellent, over the top, job with this scene.

Overall, the book left me lacking connections with the characters.  I didn’t laugh with them, I didn’t cry for them, I didn’t want to shout, “what the heck are you doing?” or “kiss her already!”  And for me a delicious romance has me doing all of these things.


About Elyse Douglas:

Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary, The Christmas Bridge and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.

Website: http://www.elysedouglas.com/

Blog: http://www.elysedouglas.com/blog-index/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse

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You Are Woman, You Are Divine

You Are Woman

  • You Are Woman, You Are Divine; the modern woman’s journey back to The Goddess

  • Paperback:352 pages
  • Publisher:Over and Above Creative (September 23, 2015)
  • Available on Amazon & http://www.BackToTheGoddess.com



I did not receive knowledge of The Divine Feminine from my mother. She did not receive it from her mother. Being a female was not special in the home of my childhood and I did not think of myself as sacred.

I remember how, as a young girl, I loved reading the stories of women who were special in some way. Without yet realizing that I was searching for The Divine Feminine, I read goddess mythology, biblical stories and even faery tales that depicted women as magical and intuitive, as having special powers of prophecy, healing, and knowing. I daydreamed that I, too, was special at my core—that as a woman, I am a special being. I have been in search of confirming this feeling my entire life.

As I grew into adulthood, my longing for a deeper sense of Self led me to explore many different paths, hoping to move myself closer to the Truth, the Absolute, to God—especially to the Feminine aspect of God. My journey in search of spirituality has taken me through many traditions, introducing me to many rituals and ways of connecting with Spirit, feeling at one with the Universe, and especially experiencing The Divine Feminine essence.

I practiced Buddhism where I read about the hand of Siddhartha reaching for Mother Earth to witness him, to show him the truth beyond illusion while the demon Mara tempted him with fear and desire. I browsed through the ancient texts of Gnostic Christianity and found The Sophia, the abstract concept of absolute truth and wisdom. Deeply attracted to ancient Egypt’s pantheon of goddesses, I found myself seeking answers at the feet of Isis and Hathor, eventually visiting their temples in Egypt, com- pletely in awe. The royal path of Yoga inspired me to call upon Kali, Lakshmi and Shakti, chanting their names over and over in devotion to Ma, the Divine Mother. In Hawai’i I called upon Pele; in Greece, Aphrodite, and in the south of France, the Magdalene. My search meandered into the realms of Wicca where the earth, the moon, and all of nature is The Goddess, and women are intrinsically connected to Her. Within Wicca, I recon- nected to the natural rhythms of the seasons of nature, reinforcing my relationship with the moon and the lunar cycles that affect my female body, my emotions, and my life.

My search eventually led me back to my Jewish roots and to the Kabbalah—the mystic teachings of Judaism. Here, among the ancient rituals of my ancestors, I was inspired to begin the practice of lighting the Sabbath candles. For years on Fridays before sundown, I would clean my apartment from top to bottom, prepare an elaborate meal, bathe with scented soaps, and anoint myself with special oils as I called into my home the Shekhinah, who is the Queen of Heaven, the Bride of The Divine Masculine and also the Feminine aspect of God.

As I lit candles for Her at the precise moment of sunset, I helped light Her way in the darkness towards Her Beloved. I prayed to Her for understanding, for peace, and for my own true beloved to find me. I prayed for Her to light my way in this life as a woman.

I treasured those Fridays and kept them for my own. While the Jewish Shabbat is traditionally a time for family, friends, and company, for me it was a reverent, pri- vate space to be alone with The Shekhinah. Often during my prayers, tears would stream from my eyes, and my heart would break open as I expressed all of my worries, fears, and hopes to Her with the light of the candles flickering behind my closed eyes. Eventually a sense of profound gratitude for having been built in Her image, for hav- ing been made a woman, came into my life. And always, my prayers brought forth a weighty longing to know and experience Her and to become more and more like Her.

 I eventually had a deeply transformational, personal experience with The Divine Feminine several years ago. On a crisp, California winter night, in a meditation class with many other seekers, She came to me, touched my core—and I was forever changed. Her visit was so intimate, Her energy touched me so profoundly that it immediately moved me to tears. Shaking with excitement and awe, I shared my experience with the others in the class.

The Divine Feminine came to me first as a profound stillness, so quiet that Her presence caused an unusually calm motionlessness to pass over me as if time had stopped, as if my heart and breath had stopped, too.

As She made Her way into and through me, I felt a soulful yearning for Her, a keen desire that was saturated with a love unlike any I have ever known. She sent waves of insight and knowing coursing through me. It was as if I suddenly grasped the meaning of and understood the sacredness of my womanhood and the purpose of my being a woman here on earth. All sensation of the physical world around me slipped away except for one thing—the delicious and intoxicating taste of honey in my mouth. And then She left.

It is said in Kabbalah that the Feminine aspect of God, The Shekhinah, will taste like honey in your mouth when She appears. I now know this to be true.

The essence of The Divine Feminine presented Herself to me on that day. She gave me the momentary experience of pure feminine energy that has left me entranced by the mystery of Her ever since. In my many meditations that have followed, I have learned that there is no end to this mystery. She is, much like life itself, unknowable, enigmatic and will never fully reveal Herself to me.

How can you experience The Divine Feminine? How do you bring Her essence into your life? The mystical poet Rumi said once: There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. This quote reminds me that there are literally hundreds of ways to seek Her, and hundreds of ways to experience Her.

In this book, I have chosen my favorite ways to guide you towards your own rela- tionship with The Divine Feminine as you bring Her into your life. In these chapters, I offer myths, rituals, invocations, meditations and more. Each of these methods serves as an invitation for you to move closer to Her, sensing Her with you as you step over the threshold from the ordinary into the extraordinary. This book will guide you through the portal that leads you to experience Her as I did—with the taste of honey in your mouth.

Opening yourself up to experiencing The Divine Feminine and to knowing your- self as a goddess may feel strange at first. For some women, it may seem too religious or too spiritual, perhaps repelling, intimidating or awkward. It may conflict with your personal beliefs—or it may challenge them.

It is not intended to do any of these. Allowing The Divine Feminine into your life is purely an invitation to empower yourself as a woman—to own your feminine essence, to be the goddess that you were created to be. Reading the myths and performing the rituals in this book can be as spiritual or religious as you want them to be. It is up to you to embrace them in the ways in which you are most comfortable.

I invite you to open your heart to learn more about Her, to allow yourself to become curious enough, interested enough to continue on and experience how She can reveal your true self to you and bring divine sweetness into your life. Once you have experi- enced this, even if it is for the briefest of moments or in the smallest of ways, you will be forever changed. For once you know of your own sacredness, your own divine purpose and design—you can never undo this knowing. You will look upon yourself in new ways, forever aware of who you truly are as a woman . . . and as a goddess.

Today, my journey with The Divine Feminine is not over, but my search to find Her is. I have discovered that She is everywhere that I go and everything that I am. I am naturally designed to know Her, be Her, and express Her. You are, too.


  • renc3a9e-starrAuthor Bio: Renée Starr is a mythologist, sacred storyteller, life coach, and artist. A seeker of ancient Goddess and lunar wisdom for the modern woman, she offers classes, workshops, and Goddess Circles, as well as a variety of women’s retreats through her branded movement, Back to The Goddess. Her passion is to assist women everywhere to awaken to their sacredness, their inner goddess-self and rekindle a relationship with The Divine Feminine. She has her own line of herbal, ritual and Goddess products. See http://www.BackToTheGoddess.com.for more information.








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