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Book Three in the "Gentle Surf" series

Soon to be released "For A Song" Book Three in the "Gentle Surf" series ​ Like the other two books in the “Gentle Surf” series, “For a Song” is set on the southern tip of the California coastline, on the island of Coronado. Here, on the wide, golden beach fronting the historic Hotel Del Coronado, watching the fishermen at sea, you can see the purple hue of the mountains of Mexico on the horizon.  But tranquility is a distant acquaintance for Trip Vincent who is on trial for killing his business partner—the lead singer in their band. Guilty or not, in this digital age of social justice warriors rampant on the internet, he’s been found guilty by the public at large and his fan base. The shame ...
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The Cathedral of Consumerism

submission by: Mack Power Society The city of meaningless purpose Standing on the backs of the unfortunate In the heart of our machine--the epitome of our society A palace of empty prices The Cathedral of consumerism Which one is your weakness? Temptation will be the seed of your obsession Don't be blinded by the shine of your "want" It turns into the abyss of false "need" Kings of old kingdoms Now the high priests In the church of more The slaves are called "employees" Chained by desire You wil find no true quality In the sea of mass production Love has been replaced with pleasure Care has been swapped for a false smile Wellbeing for work ethic Happiness for the pursuit The eternal sunshine...
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What is Romance?

A question I'm sure asked by author's everywhere and likely more than a few readers.  Sometimes the answer come from the most commonplace occurrences.  While on vacation to our usual destination, my youngest son met up with a friend he "hangs" out with annually as her family typically attends the same location during the same time of year. We are such creatures of habit, aren't we? They're getting a little older and in the in-between stage, wanting to be at times both grown up and child. This year, he decided he would like to take her to dinner "all on his own". And we're not talking the local fast-food joint or the mall. He means a serious, have to make a reservation, restaurant. Without co...
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December release for "From the Front Desk"

Early review praise for Book Two in the "Gentle Surf" series Reviewed By Kayti Nika Raet for Readers’ Favorite "From the Front Desk by Lori Power is the second book in the Gentle Surf series of contemporary romance novels. It is the perfect novel for readers who are looking for a sweet generational romance saga. Wendee and Toby are two wounded people who both came to the island of Coronado, searching for peace and healing within themselves after a rocky past. A serendipitous encounter on the beach has them soon finding that in each other. First and foremost a romance, From the Front Desk by Lori Power also has elements of mystery and a potential ghost story, but at its core From the Front De...
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The lost art of Hand Writing

As I prepare birthday cards for the coming month I am pondering the recipients ability to read my note. I include a hand-written message in each. That's just my thing. But as I completed the task, I thought of my children and what really seems like a lost of art of handwriting, or how they term it - cursive script. My youngest will be going into Junior High as my oldest completes High School. Both rely heavily on their computer and other IT equipment for completing their school tasks. Though we have surely put "pen to paper" in this house, the modern protocol for getting the job done IN The SCHOOL SYSTEM is via electronics. In that my oldest can read "cursive" marginally, while my youngest, ...
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Praise for "The Tables Have Turned"

Book Two in the "Under Suspicion" series. 4 Stars  Reviewed By Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite "Interesting characters, romantic interludes and action-filled scenes. The interweaving of the personal and professional lives of Lorna and Mitchell demonstrates the adept writing skills of the author. Although many characters are involved in the story, it is easy to grasp the personality of each one. Author Lori Power gives just enough information about Lorna and Mitchell’s first adventure to entice the reader to want to read the first book of the series, if s/he has not already done so. Additionally, at the end of the book, she includes the first chapter of Book Three. It will be interesting ...
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Praise for "Sea Breeze"

Book One in the "Gentle Surf", "Sea Breeze" has opened to rave reviews. Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite 5 stars! “A marvelous blend of mixed messages and tangled identities as two star-crossed lovers fall in love despite their families' histories of cut-throat competition in the banking world…This beautifully written story is filled with strains of soft jazz singing mingling with luscious images of warm Southern California evenings on the beach and the island charms of Trinidad where Elleah's mother was born and she comes to heal. Sea Breeze is a sweet romance, with two marvelous main characters, that feels like one for the ages; it's that good. Sea Breeze: The Gentle Surf Series, Book 1 i...
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Sea Breeze release date set for March 2017!

Arthur followed her and then paused briefly on the threshold, pulled her tight against him, and kissed her brow. Then his heavy step echoed down the corridor. She watched him depart. Elleah lingered, one foot in the hallway, hand on the door, and waited. He didn’t look back. Once he had taken the turn to the stairwell, with a heavy heart, she turned back to her hotel room. Mid-stride, she stopped, surprise making her gasp. Across the hall, another door stood open. Just inside the doorway, a tall man with heavy brows and a stern chin stared with open curiosity. Thick hair, bed tousled, made her wonder if he’d just woken up. His forearm braced against the jamb while he raised a glass with ambe...
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The love letter

There is young love in our house. The sweet sincerity of romance and romantic thought. In this day in age of mass media and social engagement, I have been reminded of the value of the hand written letter. Without giving too much away and getting into trouble for telling tales out of school, this lovely couple do all of the things young couples are expected to do...they talk on the phone, they use their social media connections, they share and facetime, and spend time together..but then they also write letters. I'm talking hard copy, old-fashioned, put a stamp on it, and go to the mail box letters.  This practice first caught my attention a few months ago and I shrugged it off as a passing fa...
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Paraprosdokians

Figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprisingly unexpected. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. War does not determine who is right--only who is left. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit...wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. In filling out an application, where it says, "in case of emergency, notify;" I put DOCTOR....
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Meet Trip

An excerpt from Book Three in the "Gentle Surf" series entitled: "For a Song" The light from the parted shades sliced through his lids like shards of glass. His hand groped to find his face and prevent further injury from the invasion. “Shut the drapes . . .” He crocked, his voice dying with the effort of speaking. A shadow crossed his lids. “Trip, baby, come on.” The wine of the voice jiggled the rocks inside his head so they smashed against his skull. “You promised at the club last night you’d take me out on the boat today.” She moved, taking her shadow with her and the sun again assaulted him. He wasn’t surprised he couldn’t remember her name, but he was surprised he couldn’t remember bei...
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Unappreciated

Imagine if you will...narrow roads, with next to no shoulder. To one side, the earth falls off, giving way to the ocean's incessant on-slaught. On the other is lush forest, so thick, mere feet inside cocoons against noise and the outside world. Travel down these twisting, turning roads - up and down as they trace the rugged coastline. This is a vision of my home. This is where my imagine returns time and again for inspiration. ​In these woods, I hide secrets for the reader to discover. Within the howling wind, you can hear cry of the sea gull carrying clues. Upon the ocean waves, the hero sails in to save the day. And when the summer sun shines, you can catch the romance of the gentle surf. ...
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Watching

Things are heating up in the sequel to "Hit 'n Run" "The Tables Have Turned" an "Under Suspicion" Novel The double sinks were visible from the bedroom through an open arch. The toilet and shower further in the room were private, separated by a pocket door. Via the vanity, he could see Lorna sitting on the edge of the queen bed, loosening her hair out of the chignon. He chuckled remembering how he had first called the up-do her helmet head. Doing too much at once, he hiccupped and accidently swallowed some toothpaste. “Blah.” He spit, rinsed the brush, and resumed the procedure. He rolled his eyes. Watching her splayed fingers run through the thick mass made it hard to concentrate. The light ...
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Book Two: The "Gentle Surf" Series

​An excerpt from "From the Front Desk" Wendee sat up, dropped his hand, and twisted to face him. “There is nothing soft about standing up for someone you love and standing by your integrity.” Toby looked down at his legs, feet crossed at the ankles. He laced his fingers together and rested them on his lap. “There was no integrity in what I did.” “Nor what they did to your sister.” Wendee shot back and her eyes flashed. “If you had it to do all over again…would you do anything differently?” Silence sat between them like a wall. In his mind’s eye he saw his sister. Her normally clever features and quirky smile alight with teasing vanquished behind the pale features of a stranger who’s very ess...
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From the Front Desk

A excerpt from book two of the "Gentle Surf" series... Toby’s curiously got the better of him. Taking the employee stairwell, he walked towards the hotel lobby. His step slowed on the carpeted hallway as he considered what he would say to her—this mystery woman who kissed like a long-lost lover on the beach. Certainly, he couldn’t say he didn’t enjoy it. Nor, would he say he didn’t want to enjoy a kiss like that again in the future, though his common-sense cautioned him against such thoughts. Toby paused before turning the corner to where the front desk took up most of the facing wall. He’d walked these floors so many times, yet now, everything felt different. All of a sudden, there was a gi...
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Sea Breeze

​~A excerpt from Chapter One: Elleah spanned her hand across her brow to massage her temples. Breathing through her nose, she struggled to maintain her calm as she faced her brother’s misguided indignation. In her quest for independence, she had chosen to use their mother’s maiden name as her own. “Jaundoo,” Arthur barked and marched towards the hotel door. He paused, hand on the brass knob, turned, and trod back into the room to face her. “You’re a Mellon , Elleah, and should be proud of it.” His temper reminded Elleah of when they were kids—arms overlapped across his barrel chest, nostrils flared. Red splotches colored his cheeks and her brother’s yellow-flecked, deep green eyes burned wit...
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Suffragette

​Why won’t those women just shut up? When is enough, enough? When equality is achieved! But wouldn’t life be easier if we just let it go, stop harping and be satisfied. No! Suffragette is a word which brings to mind mad women rioting in the streets, being arrested, and causing general unrest amongst the accepted norm. Today, we are feminist. But to think that we are less than century since women were granted the opportunity to vote here in Canada, I am so eternally grateful to those women who were willing to endure hunger strikes, beatings, the loss of family and friends, and many their lives, so we can have the same opportunity as our male counterpart.   Let’s not forget though, even when w...
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