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INTERVIEW WITH CALLIE CARMEN

March 13, 2019 by eileentroemel, posted in author interview

I met Callie through Facebook as I was gathering in authors. I hope you’ll enjoy her interview!

Author Bio

I gave up a rewarding career as a senior book buyer to become a stay-at-home Mom. I had come home from work one day, and I found that the caregiver taking care of our children had slapped my oldest child age four at the time on the side of her head. The next day I went into work and gave my two-weeks notice.

I have always been an avid reader. As my children became young adults, I found I needed more in my personal life than being the volunteer Mom at the local schools. I sat down at the computer one day and book one Patrick, of the Risking Love series, was born.

I am lucky that I found my soul mate and married him. Like my characters, I am a firm believer in true love.

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in a small New England farm town. I spent a great deal of time in the summer months on a lake in a boat reading while waves gently rocked me. In the spring and fall, it was back to the farm town where I’d take long walks in the woods, find the perfect spot, and sit and read or draw the things I was surrounded by. Trees, birds, rabbits, flowers and rolling hills. 

I moved to the Midwest for my job, as a senior book buyer, and found myself in a foreign way of communicating. On the east coast, you learn at an early age to get right to the point. State the facts, possible solutions, make a decision, and then you went and got done what needed to be done as quickly as possible. 

Here in the Midwest, I was a fish out of water. Not because of the town we live in. That is lovely a small farm town similar to the one I grew up around. But I found that they like to talk around the actual problem at hand and have meetings to discuss the last meeting. Only to one day finally, get to why you were really there to solve that one issue. 

That was so hard for my husband to deal with in the auto industry.  He took to saying, “You’ll have to excuse me. I’m from New York, and there we get right to the point. So please don’t think me rude; it’s just the only way I know how to be.”

I found that funny because of course he could have changed and done things the way they do here in the Midwest. He just chose not to. I’m sure they were shocked by this at first, but they’ve gotten used to him over the years.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

This may sound strange to so many authors out there who knew at an early age that they wanted to be writers, but for me, it wasn’t until my youngest child was in his last year of high school. All of the volunteer work I’d been doing around our schools here was coming to an end as most of it revolved around the book fairs, band, and the sports my children had been involved with. 

So one day I sat down in front of my computer and wrote a love story that was near and dear to my heart. Much of it was fiction, but there was a good deal of my love story with my husband and myself. So the words just flowed out onto the pages. I remembered one of my English professors in college saying write what you know, so I did. I enjoyed it so much that I just kept on going until I got four and a half novels completed. Then asked myself now what do I do with them. I submitted Patrick, book one to four publishers and was lucky to have Black Velvet Seductions pick it up as well as the rest of the series.

What genres do you like to read?  Are these the same genres you write in?

I used to read pretty much any novel that had something to do with the law. For example: John Grisham novels, but a few years back I started reading romance novels.  I’ve been hooked ever since. All of my books are romance novels.

Is your book for adults, young adults or children?

For adults. All of my books are love stories with a happy ending. The lovemaking scenes are hot and spicy.

What is your current release or project?

NICOLAS Book Two in the Risking Love Series it is on pre-order for only 99 cents until the publication day of 3/14/19

Tell us about the key characters

Carlie comes from a life of poverty. She works hard in college and at her job to get away from that depressing life. She has no time to start a relationship, so when Dr. Nicolas Antonis shows interest in her, she turns him away.

Nicolas comes from a successful, outgoing Greek family. He has three hot and sexy brothers. My Beta Readers have already told me that I have to do another series that revolves around the Antonis brothers especially the brooding brother Damon. Nicolas has no intention of following the two-year plan that Carlie is so bent on pursuing. His plan includes her becoming his.

What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?

Carlie planned to finish at the top of her class, get a corporate job, and work her way up the ladder. She refused to risk having a life of poverty ever again. Within her plans, there was no room for a relationship. So she had sworn off men; especially the good Dr. Nicolas Antonis.

Nicolas had other plans. They included her becoming his.

As if Nicolas wasn’t a big enough distraction; Carlie had to worry about her roommate’s, abusive ex-boyfriend, coming for her too.

Share an excerpt 

Carlie

I turned back to the dance floor, and to the man I’d been watching. He moved a beautiful woman around like they had been dancing together for years. I hoped that wasn’t the case. Anyone who could move their hips the way he did, and glide a woman around with the ease he did, had to be an amazing lover. I imagined what it would be like to have sex with him and not have to fake an orgasm. My body heated.

Faking it had been required most of the time with my ex. But this man might be worth a bit of my study time. I fanned myself just as he made eye contact with me. I felt a shiver up my spine.

Of course, I shouldn’t have been having such thoughts. Being out with my friends for a bit of fun before diving back into my studies should have been all that concerned me. I’d learned my lesson in junior college that having a boyfriend interfered with my studies. Now, I had straight A’s with just two semesters to go. Thank goodness the transfer credits didn’t affect my GPA. My plan to graduate at the top of the class was definitely in reach. Any distraction could jeopardize that goal.

Yet, as he left the dance floor alone, I couldn’t help but wonder who he’d dance with next.

Nicolas

I’d gone to the club just to blow off some steam after another long medical residency shift at the local hospital. Besides long distance running, dancing was my favorite way to leave work behind. As I spun the woman in my arms around the dance floor, a gorgeous woman with sandy blond hair, dressed in a conservative pencil skirt and white blouse, caught my eye. She watched my every move. The more she watched, the more I wanted it to be her in my arms. When our eyes met, it felt like I’d been punched in the gut.

I wasn’t at the club to meet anyone. I was far too busy trying to impress the powers that be at the hospital. There was only one surgical position available—and I wanted it. It was down to one other resident and me, and I’d already decided I’d do whatever I needed to do to make sure the position was mine. Being a surgeon—saving lives—had been all I’d ever wanted. If I got to do it right here in my hometown, near my close-knit family, all the better.

As the song ended, I thanked the young lady for the dance and then went in search of the woman I’d been drawn to. She was too neat and tidy, with perfect hair, perfect makeup, and a professional outfit. It was almost business attire, except for the killer black stilettos and the extra unbuttoned button showing the start of her cleavage. I headed down the crowded aisle toward where I had last seen her. As I searched, I reminded myself that I was not in the market for a relationship.

Then I spotted her and observed those wary, beautiful blue eyes—and knew I was lost. I made my way through the sea of Friday night partiers. The closer I got to her, the faster my heart raced.

I had dressed in a dark navy suit, and I could see her taking in every inch of my attire. Hopefully, the spark that flashed in her eyes as she looked into mine meant that she liked what she saw and felt the intense attraction between us. I straightened my tie and gave her a slow, sexy smile.

Her eyes darkened.

When we were just inches apart, I took her hand, and spun her around. “My name is Nicolas Antonis. What’s yours?”

She cleared her throat. “If you must know, it’s Carlie Keith.”

Her sharp tone may have turned another man off, but not me. I wanted her.

“Carlie, this next song is ours.”

I tugged her toward me and started for the dance floor. The closer we got, the more she seemed to hesitate. I stopped abruptly and turned to see why she was straining to get away. But then she must have changed her mind, because instead of wrenching away she moved forward and fell into my arms.

Her eyes squeezed closed, and her arms wrapped around me. I told myself that I kept her tight against my body to keep her from falling. What I was actually doing was seeing if my touch could melt a bit of her coolness.

Her eyes fluttered open, and the heat coming from them nearly burned me. I was sure what they were saying was, ‘My name is Carlie Keith. Please take me.’ The fire building between us was melting her frost.

I leaned in and whispered against her ear, “What’s wrong? Don’t you like dancing?”

Her eyes drooped closed, and she gasped as a strand of hair on her neck stirred in the slight breeze created by my breath. Her reaction caused my dick to get semi-hard, and I still hadn’t moved away.

She exhaled and bobbed her head. “Yes, I do, but I’m afraid of looking foolish; I can’t do what you were doing.”

“So you were watching me?”

Do you have a favorite scene?

When Carlie meets Nicolas’s family for the first time. It is at their Greek Restaurant. The entire Antonis family is there to meet her. Carlie is overwhelmed by this, but thanks to plenty of ouzo and Nicolas’s hot brothers she ends up having a good time.

What advice would you give a beginner?

This might not be advice that newer writers want to hear, but it is essential for you to be as successful as possible. Set up your social media sites right away that means before you even finish your first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If you don’t advertise to let people know about your book how will they know that it exists? Once they are set up advertise your books regularly. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. Pick three to start and master those before moving on to others, or you will be too overwhelmed.

Read the genre you want to write in. This is important so you can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, keep reading other types that you enjoy too.

Write about things you know, you like, and the words will come to you more easily. If you write about something that you are not familiar with be sure to do plenty of research, so your story is believable.

Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.

Social media links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011326206882https://www.facebook.com/CallieCarmenAuthor/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Callie_Carmen

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/calliecarmennovel/

MeWe https://mewe.com/profile/5aea84c00dc9f110e68a9373

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17829431.Callie_Carmen

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/callie-carmen-72ba98156/

Tumblr https://calliecarmenauthor.tumblr.com/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/calliecarmennovel/

Website link https://www.calliecarmen.com/

Purchasing links

Patrick (Risking Love Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2D2BJFF

https://books2read.com/u/3krqEW

Nicolas (Risking Love Book2)
https://amzn.to/2GkldCD
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Box set (including both Patrick & Nicolas)

Craving Loyalty

http://getBook.at/CravingLoyalty


💙⭐ NEW RELEASE💙🎈
NICOLAS (Risking Love book 2) 
The Doctor will see you now! https://amzn.to/2GkldCD

Enjoy reading chapters 1 & 2 https://lnkd.in/e9WeEFx

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Callie Carmen’s Newsletter.
 

Interview With Callie Carmen!

  • Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

No, not a curse; I love writing. Especially, when I’m writing about things that have happened to me in my past. If there is any curse involved, I have put on a bit of weight from the long hours of sitting at the computer writing or working on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t you hate it when that happens!

  • What is something you are good at that only a few people know about?

I’d have to say I’m good at cooking Italian food. It’s all about the homemade sauce. I cook mine for at least five hours. My mother taught me, and my father’s mom taught my mom. My grandmother was married to my Italian grandfather right from Italy, so it had to be a good sauce, or else. Three of my favorite dishes are my lasagna with meatballs, eggplant parmesan, and chicken parmesan. I make a huge pot of sauce and use it for three different meals.

  • What is the best compliment you have received about your writing?

Not that romance novels are all about the love making scenes, but it was what I was most worried about. I strong-armed my husband, with guilt trips, into reading the first book in my Risking Love series. He plays a lead role in that story. After reading my lovemaking scenes, he said, “I don’t smoke, but I sure need a cigarette after reading that sex scene you wrote.” At the time I couldn’t imagine a better motivation to keep writing.

But then I had to turn my book into my male publisher. He had no choice but to read the book. So I asked him what he thought of my lovemaking scenes? To which he replied, “They had the desired effect.” He couldn’t see my reaction because he lives in the UK and I’m in the US. Thank goodness, because he would have seen my happy dance and it’s pretty lame.

  • What is your most favorite line you’ve ever written and why?

That is an easy one. It is the very end of book one of the Risking Love series. It is something that was said by my mother when I was a child, and I continued the tradition with my family. You’ll have to read that book to find out what it is. And no skipping to the end to see. It drives me crazy knowing the ending of a book that I am reading or about to read.

  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Five finished and two half books which are books five and six in my Risking Love series. I need to get better at continuing my writing of the unfinished books, while doing social media, and in edits for my next upcoming published book. If you know any tricks for that I’d love to hear them.

  • Do you google yourself?

I did once to see if my website came up when I keyed my name in. It did, and I was happy about that. I also found out that there was a stripper or hooker with the name Carmen Callie. I was so thankful to see that the name was reversed. Hopefully, by now she’s changed her name to something like Bambi.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a young child, it would have to be Babar books. I used to sit on my mother’s, lap and she would read them to me. After that, the first favorite that I re-read so many times that it finally fell apart on me was Black Beauty the same thing happened with Bridge To Terabithia. Both of those novels made me tear up. But may favorite series was the Gregor the Overlander and Harry Potter books.

  • What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Don’t judge. I suppose if I knew it would help my writing I would give up my TV shows. They are all seasonal shows. Let me preface my answer by saying I grew up with parents that never missed the Lawrence Welk Show, Hee Haw, or the Ed Sullivan Show. All of which mostly revolved around singing. So that is my defense why I love, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol. I might as well embarrass myself further I also watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. What can I say; I’m a sap for people finding love.

  • Is there one subject that you would never write about? What is it?

Yes, that would have to be anything to do with a child being hurt like rape. I’m a big fan of the John Grisham novels, but when I picked up A Time to Kill and found myself reading a violent rape of a ten-year-old girl by not one but two men I had to put the book down. I couldn’t finish it. I went on to read so many more of his books and years later I got brave enough to go back and finish A Time to Kill. I am so glad I did because I think it was one of his best books.

  • What’s the sexiest accent? And have you included a reference to it in your books.

That would have to be a clear Irish accent. And I love the word lass. I think the movie The Quiet Man sealed the deal for me. Yes, in Patrick in the first book in my Risking Love series Patrick is of Irish descent and belongs to an Irish Club, but he was raise in the US so he doesn’t have the accent.

  • Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?

At present, I don’t work outside the home. I used to. I had a dream job as a senior book buyer for one of the large bookstore chains in their corporate office. After raising my three children during their younger years I went to work for our local school district running their Community Education Department which was lots of fun because if was all about finding ways to entertain children and adults with sports, art, languages, cooking classes, computer classes, robotics, you name it if it made people happy or educated them in a fun way I had it in the community program.

  • Did you choose the genre you write in or did it choose you?

Both the Risking Love series and my first book The Enemy I Know chose me. Another author saw the request for writers to submit their books for the Craving Loyalty Anthology which had a romance theme with mafia and gangsters. She thought I’d be a good fit for that type of romance. Since my grandfather ran the Siena Tavern during the Korean War period, and some of the mafia gangsters used to often stop by his club in New England, I decided that she was right. I used my grandfather’s daughter as my muse in that setting. In no time, I had my first short story published. Patrick my first book in the Risking Love series just poured out of me because while it was fiction, it also had pieces of my own love story in it.

  • What are your favorite types of characters to write?

That is an easy one. I love to write about men that have a wonderful sense of humor, that are motivated, hardworking individuals, that are strong, confident, and hot as a habanero in and out of the bedroom. Women that work hard and become successful that can laugh at themselves, that are light-hearted, kind, and know what they want in a man.

  • Have you got any writing tips that you would like to share?

This might not be advice that newer writers want to hear, but it is essential for you to be as successful as possible. Set up your social media sites right away that means before you even finish your first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If you don’t advertise to let people know about your book how will they know that it exists? Once they are set up advertise your books on a regular basis. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. Pick three to start and master those before moving on to others or you will be too overwhelmed.

Read the genre you want to write in. This is important so you can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, keep reading other types that you enjoy too.

Write about things you know, you like, and the words will come to you more easily. If you write about something that you are not familiar with be sure to do plenty of research so your story is believable.

Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.

All the reviews are 5 stars for Patrick on Amazon!

I really loved this book. The characters are great and the story flows nicely. The love between the main characters had depth and passion. The author kept you on your toes with the thriller aspect of a serial killer. I’m not a big horror lover, so I was hesitant to read this. The serial killer pieces are tasteful and just enough to add a thrill aspect with out going overboard. I am absolutely going to buy the next book in this series. Loved the other characters and I can’t wait for their stories. – Jessica

Patrick was a page turner. The combination of thriller suspense alongside a true romance portraying the excitement of real love is intriguing and hard to put down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! – Jane

Not a book you can put down, will keep you up at night, looking for more!!!!! – Eileen

Patrick makes the hair on your arms stand up, makes you laugh and even may make you cry. It also leaves you wanting the second book in the series so you can find out what happens to Jaq’s five best friends. Oh, I almost forgot you will be fanning yourself during the lovemaking scenes. Patrick is the kind of man that many of us hope to find for ourselves. – Carlie

Just Terrific! – J

GOODREAD REVIEWS FOR PATRICK

45 Goodread reviews for Patrick with a 4.11rating out of five

Callie Carman certainly puts her M/C through the emotional wringer in this, her first release. From the heady heights of true love to the hot roller coaster of lust. Jaq also has decisions to make; does she commit to her newest beau, or keep her old ones? And if that's not enough, their is drama in the air, as a one-night stand starts to push her to meet him again, but he's not too polite about it, scary indeed.
If you're a romance fan and like lots of spice in the mix. If you like to feel a tingle go up your spine as you read, and that can be for more than one reason, you're going to enjoy this read, but you might want to sit in front of your open freezer door when the action spirals into a tempest. You have been warned folks. 

Charlie B.

This one got my emotions going. Jaq is an independent young woman who knows herself and what she wants. Patrick has less self confidence but he also knows what he wants and isn’t into playing games. Their love story itself was sweet but then we throw in the serial killer. That really kicked it up. I was worried about all the girls, Patrick, and Jaden. Every time I felt like something was going to happen I had to take a break. Overall I enjoyed this story.

Denise GremoryKohta

Patrick offers the contemporary romance reader all the excitement and romance that we've come to expect from these books, but new author Callie Carmen has also added a new level of excitement with a fascinating side story that runs throughout most of Patrick. While he searches for true love, the police search for someone else. A great read. Looking forward to the rest of the Risking Love series as this is book #1.

Author Rita Delude

What’s New

Available Now!

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THE CRAVING LOYALTY ANTHOLOGY

Publishing publication date March 27, 2018

THE ENEMY I KNOW

by Callie Carmen

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Army Ranger Jake has to rescue his sister from the mob. He needs the help of the woman he left broken hearted. will Annie put herself in danger for the man that left her behind? Will their flame reignite?

Loyalty. Noun. 'A strong feeling of support or allegiance.'

For some, loyalty can be bought. For others, it's earned. But the thing about loyalty⏤ it can change in an instant. All it takes is one act, one decision, and loyalty shifts to betrayal in the blink of an eye...a sin which cannot go unpunished. 

Not in this world.

But sometimes things happen beyond our control, forcing our allegiances to change. Like the mob enforcer who wants nothing more than to seduce the assassin hired to kill him. Or the FBI agent who falls for the woman whose past holds ties with the mafia.

Yet, no matter the reason or motive, the consequences of betrayal are always deadly. Because in this world everyone is... Craving Loyalty.

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PATRICK

Paperback and Ebook Available

Now on Kindle Unlimited and FREE to Members
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Publication Date May 25, 2018  
Chapter One:
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PATRICK

Book one in the Risking Love Series

Risking Love Novels

Take a risk on the new Risking Love series.
These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and your heart racing.

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Will they let the past dictate their future?

Or, risking love, will they find the passion they are missing?

 After Jaq had come off of a three-year relationship that led nowhere, she was determined not to get tied down again. She even convinced the man that she saw that they should both date others. All the while Jaq kept her heart guarded because of her past trust issues.

     Then Patrick O’Conner came along; sparks flew between them. Will her insatiable, sexual attraction to him be enough to make Jaq get over her trust issues? Could she finally let a man get close enough to fall in love, if that was possible, could she forgive Patrick for keeping his heart crushing past a secret?

     She had all that to worry about on top of the serial killer that was on the loose. He may have been closer to home than she’d thought.

     Patrick had gotten his life on track and felt good about his future. He just recently moved on from the woman who betrayed him and was not looking for a new relationship. Then Patrick became overwhelmingly drawn to Jaq Telesco. He had to have her, and he was not willing to share. Now he had to convince her that he was the one she could trust and risk loving. 

 

Social Media Fun!

SURVEYS COMPLETED ON FACEBOOK

 

A special thank you to all of my friends that took the time to participate in the following surveys. I’m hoping that some of you romance writers will find this information helpful. And romance readers will see how their likes and dislikes fit in with some of the other readers.

Callie

Do you tend to be attracted to men in a particular line of work?

If so, what type of job, perhaps an:
Athlete, Cowboy, Farmer, Traveling Writer/Historian, Business, Construction, or other?

 

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 74 surveyed, a few chose more than one career.

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As you can see, an overwhelming number of voters liked all of the career choices. One may say, that voters just loved how all of the men looked, and didn’t even take note of the career options. I chose to believe that they like men in general and that it didn’t matter what their career was. Of course, if personality had been part of this survey the results may have been different.

Do you have an eye color preference? 
If so, is it brown, green, blue or gray? 

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RESULTS ARE IN (Out of 136 surveyed)

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The majority of us had no eye color preference. But for those of us that did it looks like the guys with baby blues have a slight advantage over the green and win hands down over the brown and gray. No wonder why so many of us have enjoyed watching the following men over the years.

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Not necessarily the ones in the photo’s below, but which type do you prefer.
Type 1: fit man that's well-defined with visible muscles
Type 2: fit man that's lean, with athletic shape

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 172 surveyed several chose both.

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To most women in this survey, it didn’t matter which type of male was chosen. They were happy with both kinds. There were a few that said it didn’t matter at all how they looked they were only concerned with their intelligence and personality. The over all winner was a fit man that's lean, with an athletic shape.

If you read romance books, do you like a hot woman or a sexy man on the cover?

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 150 surveyed some choice both.

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*Out of the thirteen chosen for a woman on the cover four of those votes came from men and eight from women that selected either one. Their answers went in both columns. Leaving one female selecting the choice of only a woman on the cover.

I saw this cute survey that Whitney Perry posted on potions.

RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 52 surveyed a few picked more then one.

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Out of the group surveyed it was clear that most people wanted to be able to teleport anywhere at the drop of a dime. That was the one that I picked. The close second was staying young forever. When that had come up in a conversation in the past, I had always thought of family and loved ones in my life. I had felt that I’d be in constant pain having to say goodbye to those I care for way too many times. That was not for me. Now if there was one that gave me the body I had at the age of twenty-five and I got to keep that shape until I died an ordinary death then sign me up. I’d love that, and I bet my husband would too. The one that I had felt was valuable was not one of the choices. It would be to speak, understand and write every language in the universe. Yes, I said universe just in case there are aliens out there and they decide to come to our world I’d like to understand what they are saying. Especially, if it involves taking over the earth. Or they decide humans taste like chicken. Lol.

 

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