The Turbulent Tongue: Short Story Release Amazon Kindle

Cover designA long time ago, in Italy, there lived an incessant gossip. She was very proud of her articulate craft, which made her feel very important, until one day…

I don’t want to spoil the tale. See for yourself how the Divine Will deals with her unfavorable habit.

Good day to all!

Thank you for taking the time to stroll by Leisure Lane.  I hope your day is progressing well.

I am excited to announce the Kindle publication of my short story The Turbulent Tongue, a parable that will surely entertain, delight, and gratify you. This short story is written in similar fairy tale style as The Enchanted Dance and The Empty Little Stocking

This tale came from a brief story my grandmother told me.  She told me several stories that had lessons to them, but as she was not a gossip, unlike the main character of The Turbulent Tongue, she never mentioned names (It wasn’t until I was older that I figured out who at least one of  her stories was about).  So though this rendition may be based on someone she knew of, or heard about, it is fictional.  Her brief  story consisted of what the woman did (gossip), that it hurt someone, and how it was handled.  I filled in the rest to create this tale, which I hope inspires all who read it.

The book’s introductory price is $.99, which will last for at least two weeks until July 31st.  But, during this introductory time, I will be happy to gift 10 books to anyone who would like to leave a review on Amazon.  So if you would like to review this 9 page story, please let me know here, and I will send it to you as a gift through Amazon Kindle.  So tell all your friends, The Turbulent Tongue is on the loose!

It’s always a joy communicating with you, so if you have any questions, or you would simply like to comment, you are always welcome to do so.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

The Heart of Annie…Kindle Book Winners

Annie Cover new 3 kindle version

Good day, friends, and welcome!

And I’d like to give a big WELCOME to my new followers.  I hope you always enjoy your visits to Leisure Lane.  My joy is that you may find something here that will brighten your day and inspire you ♥

Thank you ALL for your ‘likes’ and comments, spreading the news, and for making this giveaway a big success.

IMG_2184Last night I wrote all the names on paper strips…

IMG_2185and put them inside these fun paper fortune cookies. Aren’t they pretty?

If you’d like to learn how to make these you can go to my Pinterest Super Duper Craft Ideas board, where you’ll find two versions.  And while you’re there see other fun ideas.

IMG_2186This morning I put them into a bowl, and held it up for my “not-too-slightly, but-very-impartial” son while he mixed them up and drew two names.  He actually mixed them up again before drawing the second fortune cookie.  25 year olds are very smart and accommodating!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

Wolfgang
from Wolfgang Powerpoint

and

Tess
from Let’s Cut the Crap

The winners of The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God giveaways.

I will be popping by Amazon to order your gifts, so look for an email from them.

I hope you enjoy the story, and please remember to leave a review.  It will help my ranking on Amazon, and will be of help to prospective readers.

Within the next week I will be publishing another short story for you to enjoy on Kindle.  So keep watch for that post on Leisure Lane and Leisure Lane Bookstore.

Thank you for joining me, keep a song in your heart, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♪

Coming Soon!

Cover designCOMING SOON!!
Another great short story

Vitamix Heaven

Vitamix Green SmootieGood day, everyone!

I’m so happy you decided to join me today and take a stroll around the Lane.  We’re stopping in at our Health Corner, where I’d like to briefly tell you about the yummyLiciousness you can whip up in a Vitamix blender.  Of course many of you may already know about this, but for years I kept saying, “One day…one day,”  about investing in one.  Well, I was able to finally do it a few months back, and I’m so happy I did!

I was not getting in enough vegetables and fruits, and I’m ashamed to say that some days, as of late, I barely had any.  Enter the Vitamix 7500 series…what a winner!  The green smoothie, as seen above, is like drinking silk.  All particles are whipped up to such a delightfully creamy consistency that getting down those greens is a joy.  I’ll mix baby spinach and some kale (or collard greens – I like to mix it up a bit), some water (coconut water is always a nice alternative on occasion), half a green apple, some pineapple, some zucchini, ice, and we’re good to go.

There are so many vegetables and fruits you can include, and I like to also include some frozen varieties, too.  I will even add in some frozen broccoli florets, frozen mango/strawberry blends,etc. to the other veggies.  And seeds are another great addition.  You almost can’t go wrong!

IMG_2174Above is a very yummy smoothie made with milk, goatmilk yogurt, frozen strawberries (I like to use some frozen berries to cut down on the ice), vanilla extract and some ice.  This was quite a treat, and the good part is that my young adult son, who would rarely put a vegetable or fruit to his mouth, is now enjoying two green smoothies a day, as well as any of the above delights I may whip up.  He notices the difference in himself since drinking these, and that makes my ♥ HAPPY!!

I pour any leftovers into a glass, put it in the refrigerator, and it can be enjoyed the next morning before heading out – just stir and drink.  The Vitamix is very versatile…I’ve only hit upon the surface of all the things you can do with it.

Well, that’s all for now.  I hope you’ve been inspired to fit in some ‘healthy’ in your diet, if you’re not already doing it.  I wish you good health, happy thoughts, and all around well-being.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

A Cup of Grace

IMG_2161Happy weekend, dear friends…

Thank you for joining me here at Leisure Lane.  I hope you enjoy your visit.

Today, I’m quickly sharing another one of my journal pages.  A continuation from a former similar post.  If you missed it you can check it out here. I apologize that this one is a bit fuzzy (no it’s not your eyes…aren’t you relieved?).  I promise to do better in the future :/

These are fun and relaxing to do at the end of the day, and I would encourage anyone to try it.  Just jotting down or doodling or both anything that comes to mind.  Something cheery for the heart to ponder, and to fall asleep by; grace for the soul.  Well, I hope you enjoyed them, and something spoke to you from this page.

Just a reminder about my Kindle book giveaways, of The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God. TWO lucky winners will be picked in the June 25th drawing.  If you haven’t read about it, and you’d like to enter, click here and leave a comment letting me know before June 25th 8:00 am CST.

May your day be filled with pretty things, and…Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Kindle Book Giveaways

Annie Cover new 3 resizedThough life in early 20th century America is not always easy, fifteen year old Annie Salvatore is filled with wonder, as she embraces the surroundings of her loving Italian family, her adopted country, and the pure happiness of her youth. Her dream of falling in love and escaping the tradition of an arranged marriage, much as her mother did, is her future hope. But sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want in the package we had envisioned. As she matures, Annie is awakened to the fact that the love in her heart is not enough without strength.

Through life’s joys and woes, Annie’s faith presses her closer toward God. He gently teaches her heart to forgive and to love more deeply, as her spiritual journey unfolds. In surrendering her heart to His strength, Annie discovers the ability to conquer. For a moment in time, step into Annie’s shoes and walk her journey, as it leads her to make one of the most important decisions in her life and the life of another.

Based on a true story of faith, courage, sadness and joy, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God will uplift, encourage, and entertain you from the first page to the last.

U P D A T E

THIS GIVEAWAY IS ENDED 6/25/2015

Good day dear ones….

I’m so glad you decided to visit me today because I’m having a giveaway…make that TWO giveaways!  I will be gifting my Kindle ebook, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God to two winners in a drawing on June 25, 2015.  Just leave a comment saying you’d like to enter.  AND if you mention the giveaway on your sidebar, or in a blog post, or on one of your social network accounts, let me know in the comment and your name will be added twice to the drawing.  I’ll draw the names on June 25th and announce the winners on the same day.  You will be notified through email by Amazon.  An honest review would be greatly appreciated – and it’s easy to do.

So please spread the word to all of your reading buddies and bloggers.  I promise that this story will move you in a positive way, and your spirit will never forget it.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

God Moments

IMG_2178God Moments…you know the ones I’m talking about.  When you’re in God’s Place and things just keep getting better during the day.  Or maybe you’re not in that special place where grace flows, but someone else is, and they’re the conduit for God to get His grace to you anyway.  I had one of those moments two days ago.

I was in a hurry that day, so I didn’t take the time put on my spiritual armor – get my mind in line with the mind of God.  As I entered into work and immediately met with every negative aspect there, I wasn’t able to filter it out.  Needless to say, I internally fell apart, which in turn recruited me as part of the negative energy there.  I began to mumble, to complain and blame…it was an awful feeling because I knew that I was contributing to the chaotic ‘mind’ there.

Then it hit me!  I decided to start my day all over again.  I went outside and stood in the sunlight.  Away from from the din and the bad moods, I began to pray.  Not in the conventional sense, but just to speak to God.   I acknowledged His love for me, and blessings toward me.  Then I decided that since the NOW is the point of power, where God dwells, then now in that moment is where I would begin my new day.  I released all the past including the last 20 minutes, forgave myself, and breathed in the moment of my new day.

IMG_2176As I re-entered the store, I noticed a woman standing by the miniature roses.  I began to speak with her.  I told her that the pink roses are the ones that usually have the rose fragrance.  Then, I don’t know why – perhaps I felt so elated I wanted to share it with someone-I  began to tell her what had happened and how I turned it around.  She looked me in the eyes, and said, “Thank you, I needed to hear that today.”  Then I told her that I often stop when I pass the flowers to smell their sweet scents to remind myself of the joys in life.  “And you see,” I added, I came back in from my prayer, and I saw these pretty flowers and your lovely face.”  I decided to leave her alone, lest I overstay my good intentions, and as I walked away, I noticed she picked up two bunches of the miniature roses – cream and pink.

A while after that, as I stood by my demo cart, the same woman came up to me.  She had already checked out.  I thought she wanted a sample, but instead she took the pink bunch of roses and handed them to me.  “These are for you,” she said.  I was so surprised, that at first I began to decline the gesture – you know that strange refusal that we think is humility.  But she gently insisted, and my eyes began to tear as I took them into my hands.  “Thank you,” I said. “You made my day.” I hugged her as she told me that she really needed to hear what I had shared with her earlier, and that it was a God moment.  I agreed.  I thanked her again, and she went on her way.

But the story gets better.  As the woman walked away another woman, who had been privy to the final scene, came up to my cart, and I told her what had happened.  Her eyes began to tear, also, and she also told me that she needed to hear that.  And the ministering continued for a while.  Before she left, I handed her one of the rose stems. What beautiful women to come into my ‘new day’.  It was God saying, “I was just waiting for you to come back into the safety of My presence, then do you see how the blessings will flow?”

So you can see how it is never too late to begin your day over.  Any moment is the right time to do so, if you are feeling out of sorts.  We must not let the world pluck us out of the Garden of God.  But if it does, it’s never too late to replant ourselves where our roots will run deeper for the experience.  God is ever willing to prune off the wilted part where the world roughly handled, and water us with His divine love and tender mercies.  And how refreshing that is!

In my old mindset I would have said that I was suppose to have been in a bad mood, because that is what made me meet those two lovely ladies, and things lined up – that some bad things happen so that good things can come from them.  But I don’t believe that anymore.  Bad things happen because bad choices are made somewhere by someone.  I believe that things lined up because I chose to get back into the God place…the place where all possibilities are born.  By doing that I removed spiritual obstacles, and opened the door to blessings.

By the way, the color of the roses she gave me, as you can see above, was the exact color I would have chosen.  And they’ve blossomed fully, just as I plan to do.  Oh, they make me smile as I remember that kind woman.

May your day be filled with blessings and God moments, and if you are feeling out of sorts, just go to a quite place, begin your day anew, and turn it around.  Because God wants you blooming in His garden.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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