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Renee Stevens

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  1. Check-in for tomorrow at 5:45 am, with surgery scheduled at 7.

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    2. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      Good Luck!

    3. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Thinking good thoughts for you, Renee. :hug:

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Thank you.

  2. Little itty bitty socks can disappear without a trace...then you find out the dog is eating them.

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    2. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      re: all of the above

       

      Talk about toilet humor.....

    3. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      The positive side of this is that you started out with, what, 20 pairs of itty bitty socks? So you were already ahead of the game. 

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      48 pairs @MacGreg Sir. i think we're down to between 25 and 30 now.

  3. Renee Stevens

    Happy Birthday, Cia!

  4. Renee Stevens

    Featured Story: Kissing The Dragon

    It's Monday again, and only a few more days until Christmas and the reveal of the Secret Santa authors! If you haven't already done so, make sure to go read the stories and send a PM to A.J. with the name of your favorite. Voting will end at 2:00 PM EST on Wednesday, so don't delay! To start our week off, we have a review of lomax's story Kissing the Dragon provided to us by Timothy M. Enjoy!!! Kissing the Dragon by lomax Author Reviewer: Timothy M Status: Complete Word Count: 145,912 Lomax is a fairly new author at GA, and I got acquainted with him while reading his first story Uninvited Guest, which is no longer here due to it being snapped up for publishing. However, Lomax has started a series called The Croxburg Chronicles, the first of which is Kissing the Dragon, a thriller / romance. There are several reasons to read this story, and one of them is of course the murder mystery itself. As the story unfolded, readers speculated about whodunit, both in reviews and in the story discussion forum. There were several wild theories, but none of them got close. Lomax sprinkled various hints, and some of the bad guys were obvious, but he still surprised us in the end. An even better reason is the way lomax portrays his characters. They are never one-dimensional, but very quickly seem real, with all their annoying habits, endearing quirks, and understandable doubts or wants. We go from feeling sorry, to disliking, to laughing, before we end up admiring or even loving some of the protagonists. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at times, and I think I wasn’t the only reader who wanted to shake or slap the main character, Colin, as well as one or two of the others. To quote from one of my reviews: Why do all your characters annoy me so much? But luckily Kissing the Dragon also has plenty of funny, scary, hot, sad, and painfully honest moments. Perhaps best of all: Colin manages to think about and revise his decisions and perceptions of his ex-partner, his past, his life, his job and his friends. He is confronted with his own faults and misconceptions and realizes he needs to change something. But whether he is capable of this and how the story ends, you’ll have to find out for yourself. Oh and this also applies to the significance of the title, which isn’t revealed until we’re more than half way through the story. Give Kissing the Dragon a chance – and remember: You’re lucky because you don’t have to wait anxiously for the next chapter to post. Category: Fiction Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller/Suspense Tags: Mature Adult, Crime, Police, Adult, Gay, Europe Status: Complete Rating: Mature
  5. If you have Verizon, make sure to keep a close eye on your payment account. We’ve been hit by fraud 4 times, and while we can’t be sure that’s where it’s coming from, that is the only thing that every time seems to have in common.

    1. BHopper2

      BHopper2

      I'll let people in my family know. They have Verizon for their service.

  6. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #690 & #691

    I started a response to one of these, but Baby J would wake up every time I thought about writing! It's like he knew what I was thinking!!!
  7. Little man sleeping peacefully next to me on the couch, and a prompt response started.... We'll see how far i can get before he wakes up!

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    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      The answer is about 5 sentences, lol.

    3. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Well, that's better than zero, right?

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Very true, Sir!

  8. Surgery is scheduled for the 21st of this month.

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    2. Mikiesboy

      Mikiesboy

      Oh that's good news...i hope you feel like i did afterwards... i was surprised how ill i'd been because after i felt wonderful.   yay!!  the keyhole surgery wasn't too bad to recover from.. i was back to work in a few days ...  i hope yours is as quick

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Thanks @Reader1810 & @BHopper2

       

      Thanks! i hope so too @Mikiesboy. Now we're wondering what aches and pains were actually pregnancy related and which were gallbladder related, because some of those aches are still present!  Hubby will be home that week, which is why we asked for then, so i'll be in good hands.

    4. Mikiesboy

      Mikiesboy

      well i was so ill .. i'd get up in the mornings to go to work and i'd just go back to bed. i didnt care, they could've fired me and i wouldnt have cared.. so i wouldn't be surprised

  9. Renee Stevens

    Life Happenings

    Hope you have a quick recovery, Val!
  10. Today is the last day that Hubby gets to be home with me and Baby J. For the next two weeks, it will primarily be me and Baby J, though he’ll go to Grandma’s on Thursday while i go see the surgeon about my gallbladder issues and try to get surgery scheduled. It’s gonna be a long two weeks!

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    3. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      you've got this, girl. Hands down.

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Thank you, @MacGreg Sir!

  11. Hope you are doing good, A! And congrats on going back to school!!!

    1. BHopper2

      BHopper2

      Thanks, Renee... I hope all is good with you. 🙂

       

  12. Hope you are doing well, sean!!!’

    1. mad_artist

      mad_artist

      thanks renee!  give little one a kiss from me k? 

       xo

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Will do, sean! Good to see you! xoxo

  13. i hope you are having a wonderful day, Sir, and that You are doing well!

    1. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      I will say the same to you, girl. I hope you and family are doing well!

  14. Wishing you a wonderful day, molly!!! :hug:

     

  15. Hope you have a wonderful day, tim!!!! :hug:

     

    1. Mikiesboy

      Mikiesboy

      You too, honey, thanks. Hope you are all okay...muah!

  16. Renee Stevens

    Happy birthday, Mann!

    Happy Birthday, Mann!!!! Hope you have a great day and great sales at the art fair!
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    Happy Birthday, Baby J! Renee's baby is here!

    Thank you everyone! Baby J is doing great and I’m on the mend. He’s actually a pretty happy little guy and rarely cries and as of right now, he only wakes up about twice during the night for feedings. He’s obviously getting what he needs though, because as of Tuesday, he’s gained 5 ounces!
  18. Renee Stevens

    Happy Birthday, Renee Stevens!

    Thank you everyone!!! Had a good day. Just spent the day at home with Hubby and Baby J, and my parents and Grandma brought over dinner and cake.
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    Happy Birthday, Baby J! Renee's baby is here!

    Thank you everyone!!! After 12 hours of labor which ended up in a c-section, and 3 days in the hospital, and one night under UV lights for Baby J, we all got to come home yesterday afternoon. Baby J and I are doing well, I'm just a bit sore and a bit bruised up.
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    Stories 2.3 RC3 Live - Report Bugs Here

    Not sure if this is a bug or not. In the new search feature, if you set the Genre to Fantasy and the tags to Magic, it comes up with 48 pages. On page 45, Lugh's story "Water" is listed, with a series title of "Elementals". I wanted to look at only series with those other parameters. So I did a quick search of series, and then set the genre and tags to Fantasy and Magic. That listing comes back with 7 pages, but Lugh's story doesn't show on that search (unless I missed it), even though both stories in the series have a series title, have a Genre of Fantasy, and at least one of the stories include the tag Magic. Using Windows 10 with the most updated Firefox.
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    Trying to find a story

    You can also have it only show series. Here's the list with the Genre: Fantasy Tag: Magic and only series: https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/?filter_quicksearch=series&filter_genres=5&filter_tags=10 This only gives you 7 pages of stories. If you start at the end, and work your way back, you can look at the older stories first. Though, I'm not sure it's showing all of them once I added the series part of the search
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    Chapter Twenty-Eight

    Thank you! Normally my chapters are longer, except for with this story and a couple others. This story was written as part of a flash fiction group, where each week we posted a 1,000 word or less chapter. There were so many times that I wanted to go over that set word limit, lol. And yeah, I never liked Mark's old man either!
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    Anthology Flashback: Summer 2012 - Choices

    I suspect, though @Myr would have to confirm, that once they've all been gone through, they'll be gone through again. These are a way to highlight the past anthologies, as well as keep the upcoming anthologies in the minds of authors
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