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Book Review: “The Right Wrong Man,” by Pamela S. Wight

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Mysteries which include the worlds

of the Drug Enforcement Agency,

Medical technology publishing 

and the calm profession of

accounting colliding and

intermingling with the

emotions of romance

are non-existent

up until now!

This book review is

one which was a thrilling 

opportunity to undertake.

My friend and fellow blogger,

Pamela Wight has written

a few books to read, 

but I wanted to start with

this particular book. 

The choice between dependable,

handsome and athletic accountant

named Gregory and a rugged, more

potently attractive, less reliable

Parker is tough. Lucky woman!

The main character,

Meredith, is a professional

editor of medical textbooks.

Her current editing, “balancing 

act” of three different genres,

includes a challenge

on the subject of

Occupational Therapy

(second volume), written

by a detail-oriented woman

named Barbara. She has a husband,

Roger, whose business is lucrative.

Merry (Meredith’s nickname) is

invited to work one on one with

Barbara, in St. Thomas,

literally on the

Caribbean,

aboard a yacht!

This novel’s setting changes

often from New England,

where the leading protagonist

lives in a pleasant cottage,

located in a quiet, respectable

neighborhood to a marshy 

land preserve where ducks flock

and beautifully take flight.

The moods and pace of people 

within Pamela’s book found in

different contexts range

from frantic, breathless,

relaxed and strained.
The scene may be a cozy,

friendly Italian restaurant

and in a few pages later, you may

join characters in a funnel storm

hanging onto fastened down 

furniture and seeing items

tossed around aboard ship. 

There are criminal elements, 

as well as everyday details

on how shoes are dropped off

feet at the end of the day, or how

green tea with lemon calms

Meredith down. 

Yet, a bloody Mary,

glass of wine or margarita 

may just be what is needed to

manage different social situations.

A get together with Merry’s close

friend, Shannon, later turns into

a harrowing urban nightmare.

Pamela writes with intriguing

descriptions and you often feel like

you are on the edge of your seat.

Jill, the editor’s assistant, takes

a personal interest in Meredith’s

“love life.” This includes one

of the sweetest ways two people in

a book have ever met. No hints 

to the details, but it is in Boston.

We even get to “meet” her parents,

each has a separate and unique

personal love story. The stories

of many characters combine 

into a riveting plotline, which I 

believe will surprise you! There are

layers of truth, non-disclosure,

fabrication and a few secrets

which may have you going back to

see: “How did I miss this?”

I did a few head scratchings and

backtracking, to tell you the truth!

Who will Meredith choose to be with?

What do the letters TRMFY mean?

How will someone in danger get out

of the tangled web they have 

become enmeshed in? 

This next question is for 

those who may have

already read the book:

Lastly, how soon did you realize 

one of the main characters

wasn’t who Meredith

thought he was?

I hope you will choose to

read Pamela S. Wight’s

five stars of five book.

๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ 

You’ll wish to continue with 

others you will find 

here on her blog:

http://roughwighting.net

*Check out:

“True Desires,”

a romantic suspense novel

set in San Francisco 

and Stinson Beach.

Written by Pamela Wight

and Ashley Brandt.

**Check out the children’s book,

with beautiful verses and pictures:

“Birds of Paradise,”

Written by Pamela S. Wight,

Illustrated by Shelley A. Steinle.

Thank you for reading this 

summer book review. ๐Ÿ–

I have one more 

left to review!

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Book review was written 

by Robin O. Cochran,

whose idea of incorporating

her own items, hopefully

created a more

“personal touch.”

My jar of Lake Erie beach glass and

the painting is of Point Light,

lighthouse located in

Rockport, Massachusetts

painted by my Dad in 1972.

Shells are mainly collected 

from beaches in Florida. 

“The Right Wrong Man’s”

book cover was by Susanna Stinnett,

book photo taken by  Shara G. Coletta.

Bumblebee with white flower pollen

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This bumblebee was so rude,

His or her behind facing outwards,

Entrenched deep into the blossom.

White pollen dusting its yellow

and black stripes.

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Photo taken

by reocochran.

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In my  five years of blogging,

I have met numerous dear

friends who have “grandies,”

which is an affectionate way

of labeling grandchildren.

Using a sense of humor to notice

in white flower bloom, there’s

a bee’s “bum” covered with pollen.

Kids find this amusing and silly! 

There are a long list of words

as a Nana, I have learned

to “never” say in front of

those “listening ears!”

Those inquiring

minds are on 

the lookout!

The other 

words for

“bum”

are ones

you may have

to find

approved, 

alternate

choices.

๐Ÿ 

You are to me ~

the bee’s knees!

๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’š

Thanks, everyone who show

patience in my tardy replies

and my late arrivals to

your lovely posts.

๐Ÿ’ฎ ๐ŸŒป ๐ŸŒธ

Summer rissoto with salad shared

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This meal was shared with 

my youngest daughter,

Felicia. We ordered 

the house salad,

greens, pecans,

blue cheese,

and maple

vinaigrette.

The summer rissoto

has colorful flower petals

as well as whole grains and

three cheese’s included.

I ordered the fancy bourbon

drink and Felicia ordered a

merlot or other red wine.

Sharing a meal makes

you feel “righteous,”

sometimes we eat

Dessert next!

Book Review: “Catling’s Bane,” by D. Wallace Peach

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The layers of this fascinating

and mysterious book,

“Catling’s Bane,”

by  author and my

fellow blogging friend,

D. Wallace Peach

will surround you,

fill your mind,

and then the book

may just haunt or

bewitch you through

the wordsmith’s talent of

building another universe. In her

plot, both convincing you already

are immersed in this memorable

location, as you start to sink into

a hardscrabble existence. You live

within a whole different world

where the “Influencers” make

Hanging Day an enjoyable event.

Healing may come from the

touch of a person’s mind or a

gentle passing of their hand over

a gaping wound caused by the 

prevalent, controlling “enforcers”

and tier guards who patrol the

levels of this tough existence.

The murky, muddy waters are

clarified and truth’s light

will shine, as the presence 

of the “Founder” is their 

higher force to believe in,

help explains the unfairness, as

well as the good fortunes present.

Catling is born in a “tier” which

is humble and where fear is part

of her lowly life’s driving force.

Huge pylons hold up the levels in

this world called, Ellegeance. You

will want to feast your eyes on the

countryside, passing patchwork fields

and towering Fangwold Mountains.

You will become excited, as heading

to a celebration and city fair, when

you visit the colorful marketplace

and possibly sense the “influence.”

An effervescence comes from

a frightening, powerful force

which may or may not make

you wish to escape it. . .

unless you have a “shield” to 

prevent becoming entrenched here.

๐ŸŒพ ๐Ÿž  ๐ŸŒฒ ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฑ

 The author includes an illustrated map

which will help you to picture where

winding Blackwater and Slipsilver

rivers weave their power, 

combining darkness in

creatures called fierce “crajeks”

and benevolence in “waterdragons.” 

There’s lightness in the luminescence,

more visible in the evening. Glowing

and natural elements provide

scaffolding and become part

of the driving forces, almost as if

it is an overwhelming character.

Catling’s environment is one

of her challenges, along with her

rose-shaped birthmark. It has the

possibility of being a source of

attraction or discrimination.

Raker’s character has “slanted

green eyes and three-fingered

hands.”  He is considered of 

mixed heritage, one of many

uniquely described people.

Keela is the miserable mother 

of sweet Catling;  while Farrow, 

Vianne and Wenna appear in 

this unfolding tale, becoming

at times her maternal figures.

Characters provide guidance

in some form or other

throughout the book,

providing comfort and 

protection for her.

Raker and Gannon

are grown men of

dubious character ~ you

may be the judge of that!

The reader’s inner warnings 

“against” or affectionate 

leanings “for,” appeal

to your decision-making skills.

You’ll find Whitt and other 

young children to be amused,

(Rabbit and Bruiser among them)

during Catling’s younger years.

They’ll reappear later to play

a part in her adulthood.

This book entertains during

Catling’s journey of growth and 

development, ultimately she finds 

her true path. Will she choose to

lead her life using the power

of her “shield” for good?

x x x x x x x

It is a satisfying, captivating

book which will excite you,

knowing this is part of what 

D. Peach Wallace calls, 

“The Rose Shield Tetralogy.”

*~ Catling’s Bane

** ~ Oathbreakers’ Guild

*** ~ Farlanders’ Law

**** ~ Kari’s Reckoning.

Just when you reluctantly close

this enchanting book it will 

bring a sense of relief to

know, there’s more 

tales to be told!

I would give Diana’s

book, “Catling’s Bane,”

five stars of five.

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Please check out 

Ms. Wallace’s 

first book

of this series 

which will lead 

you to engage in realms 

of fertile imagination found

in my dear friend, Diana’s mind!

Here’s her blog:

http://mythsofthemirror.com

Along with this book series,

you will find the Dragon

Soul Quartet and her originals:

“The Melding of Aeris,”

“Sunwielder,”

“The Bone Wall”

and “The Sorcerer’s Garden.”

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The book and painting background

photograph were taken by this

blog author, Robin O.Cochran.

Artwork was painted at age

16, by Caroline M. Crain.

She’s my oldest daughter

who came back from

Ecumenical Youth Group

from helping out a church group

put a metal roof on a recreational 

center in West Virginia. (1996)

Let’s sit together on a park benchย 

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Come sit with me, take a

few moments to chat and

reminisce of bygone days.

The days are passing quickly,

not enough seconds spent 

relaxing, breathing and

feeling the sunshine 

permeate our bones.

โ˜€  **  ๐ŸŒž  **  โ˜€

Remember how the

Summer stretched

before you after

you threw your

satchel, backpack

or knapsack into the 

bottom of your closet?

School was out and it felt

like long stretches of nothing

but joy and carefree playtime

lay ahead of you, where 

even nightime held fun.

๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒ›  ๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒœ ๐ŸŒ 

You liked to play from sunrise

until dark, taking breaks to eat

and possibly getting books from

the library or the bookmobile.

๐Ÿš   ๐Ÿ“‘  ๐Ÿ“—   ๐Ÿ“–    ๐Ÿ“”  ๐Ÿ“˜   ๐Ÿš

I had a place where I remember

curling up and getting absorbed

in books. What some call now, 

“being fully engaged” in 

other worlds, real life

biographies or

imaginary stories in

fantasies or science fiction.

I now take books to read to parks

while my grandchildren chase

each other across playground

equipment shouting, “You’re It!”

I’d be happy to join them, used

to do this often with my own

kids. I now savor relaxing,

resting and knowing 

ways to make an 

impact without

wearing out

oneself. 

๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฒ

This photo 

was taken at

Mingo Park,

Delaware, OH

by the blog author.

(reocochran or Robin)

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Here’s who I would love to sit

on a park bench and chat with:

My friend, Deborah, who ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ–ผ ๐Ÿฆ

created a great photoshop tutorial

for photographers to take pics of

upcoming August solar eclipse.

This blew me away. Thanks!

Here is her link for this tutorial:

How to Create a Composite using Photoshop- Tutorial

Deborah’s posts cover all elements of

nature, life and magnificent scenery:

http://circadianreflections.com

~~~๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐ŸŒณ ~~~

Here are some

of my special friends

who I would like to meet

and chat for awhile in the cool

of the morning with coffee, โ˜•

or at the end of a sticky day.๐Ÿฆ

~ Beth on teaching, grandies

and our parallel lives. ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŽจ

http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com

~ Lisa on photography, much 

more in nature and life. ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿฆ

http://dailymusings57.com

~ Marissa on music, humor, 

family and writing.  ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽต โœ

http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com

~ Merril on poetry, nature, musings 

history and deeper subjects. โœ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“–

http://merrildsmith.wordpress.com

~ Natalie on gardens, faith and

original poems and prose. โœ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต

http://sacredtouches.com

~ JoAnna on inspiration, art 

and healing.๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ•Š ๐Ÿ“–

http://joannaoftheforest.wordpress.com

~ Colleen on intersecting views

of life, family and nature. โœ ๐Ÿ“™ ๐Ÿšฒ

http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com
There’s many others. 

Let me know when

you are in my area,

or only a few hours

away to meet and

share a bench.

“Boys of Summer” series: Second base “steal”

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Skyler has played baseball 

for quite some time. He

actually likes this better

than his middle school

football team. He’s 

not one who brags

nor wishes attention,

preferring not to have to

Tackle nor guard anyone:

Just hit the ball, run to bases

and slide into Home Base!

The thrill of “stealing bases”

comes rightfully from his Dad,

who was in baseball, played a

catcher from childhood 

into college.

XXX

“Get your peanuts,

Popcorn ๐Ÿฟ and

Cracker Jacks here!”

~ ~ โšพ ~ ~

My good and long time

fellow blogging friend,

Mike Lince, 

suggested a perfect song to

add to this summer baseball series:

“Centerfield,” by John Fogerty.

The line he gave was, 

“Put me in, Coach.

I’m ready to play, today. . .”

X X X

To all of you:

Thanks for all your terrific comments!