Helen Bea Kirk
Do you have fond thoughts of the summers in your youth? I do and it's mainly because of a couple of summer road trip vacations with family and friends. Something awe-inspiring happened on every trip. Once, as our family cruised through America's heartland in a station wagon, us kids watched with bated breath as our father pegged the needle to stay just ahead of a massive tornado.
Another summer in a new station wagon, we kids begged our father and he caved and drove that Ford beast through an animal safari where monkeys stood on the hood of our car and urinated on the windshield. The air conditioner pumped the stench into the car and we all gagged as we laughed uncontrollably while Dad fumed.
Suffice to say I love road trips, but I also love the destination; I remember beaches I have graced by the book I chose. A yummy mystery romance while lying out at the beach is like a full-bodied Cabernet and a chunk of aged Havarti cheese. They're nice apart, but together it's magic.
Isn't the beach enough? Why read?
That's the rub. We drive or fly to clear our lungs and mind and yet can't seem to unplug in paradise. Hmm, what's that good old definition of insanity? Something about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? If you take your work, problems or stress on vacay with you ... you won't really experience your intended reason for the trip.
Get ready to unplug----even if you're planning a stay-cation. Visit bookstores, stroll through the library or peruse your next mental adventure by searching for that perfect book online. It will not only serve as your companion and teacher, but quite possibly your healer as you unplug and immerse. Wherever you deiced to stay or go, enjoy your adventurous summer!
Helen Bea Kirk is an American fiction writer of mystery, suspense and crime novels. View her books here.
Talk about feeling stuck! Peter, Paul and Mary’s distress-call melody, Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, illuminates a sense of entrapment. “So high I can’t get over it, so low I can’t get under it, so wide I can’t get around it, Oh, rock my soul.” At least that’s the way I interpret those lyrics; someone is crying out.
Loss. That’s how it began; with loss. I lost my mobility for a while—ten years to be exact. I went from a 5k runner to a sedentary pseudo-corpse because my hips were no good. The congenital defect that laid dormant most of my life, woke up, plagued me and had me begging for mercy. So, I experienced my first hip replacement.
The second hip replacement was five years later, but what I’m sharing today is not the life-altering surgeries I had, it’s the stuff in between. When you happily see yourself one way for decades then bam, you must deal with the new version of yourself.
You fill in the blanks: So, I was ______, then I became ______, and it is good. It’s not easy by any means. You must dig deep to accept the new you and believe it is good. Not accepting what you have become is equal to not living and therein lies a whole other sack of worms for another day.
The mental anguish of the loss of mobility I felt, coupled with the physical pain, was humbling. Out of sheer boredom and disgust over what I could no longer do, I picked up a pen. Whoever said writing is cathartic knew their way around frustration. My novel, What Matters Most was written from the standpoint of loss. She had lost everything that meant anything to her just as I felt I had. Thank heavens I speak now from the other side of that ocean of agony. I emerged (with God’s help) a different version of myself, so did my protagonist, Meagan Morris.
Meagan didn’t ask for the losses that hit her, beginning at a young age. She coped, endured, sustained and shifted the energy of the loss to things that remained in her life. She took one hour at a time until she could think about taking one day at a time and so on.
I believe there is a “Meagan” inside all of us. Some may view her as an underdog, an unsung heroine or a servant, if they are watching from the outside. Others, familiar with loss, see a realist, a survivor and an independent woman with laser sharp focus on her goals.
If you are familiar with loss and have filled in your won blanks, I'd like to hear from you. Until then, this is Helen Bea Kirk signing out.
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Nicole McCurdy's review
Jun 23, 2017
It was amazing
**** <3 <3 Done Running by Helen Bea Kirk <3 <3 ****
5* review from Nicole Emerald Book Reviews------>
Even after reading the blurb for this book, it still didn't fully prepare me for the unexpected roller-coaster ride of vengeance, redemption, forgiveness and love. Done Running was a superbly written novel from beginning to end, where the characters are varied, flawed and very real. Our main heroine Porsha/Angela was a complete contradiction, beautiful and strong, but full of anger and hurt, with confusion and a bone-deep weariness transforming her after tragedy strikes the very heart of her. I loved every scene she was a part of, as we got to see a multitude of sides to her, how she interacted with family and especially Parker, the one man that she manages to loathe with every fibre of her being, and the one man that she can't seem to shake off, both physically and emotionally. Hounding her every step and stalking her thoughts.
'Parker wondered if she had meant to kill him, but missed. He dashed that thought; he recalled she had presented an even bigger knife to slice the bag strap with. No, she didn't want to kill him. She wanted him alive and hating life and that's what he was doing. He wanted nothing more than to inflict a pain of his own on her.'
Parker's character was wonderful. Viewed and judged as a womaniser, with little to no morals.... Go to the rest of Nicole's amazing review.
Are you planning a Caribbean cruise? Maybe you would like to trace the lush coast of Central America to the warm beaches of Cozumel on a Viking cruise from Miami? Perhaps you would like to travel travel the Corniche to the Cote D'Azur to the seaside beach playgrounds of Monte Carlo and Cannes, France on a Princess Cruise ship? Summer in the american heartland may make you wish for Alaska'a cool temperatures. Deals are to be had to Alaska aboard Celebrity Cruise lines from May until September.
Ready for a good book? Enhance your R&R with a humorous story; The Bachelor of Belmead is sure to keep a smile on your face as you get to know Todd Ross, the heir of a Dallas mansion he cannot afford.
If you prefer a bit more drama then Done Running would fit the bill. Porsha meets Parker in a most unusual way and he has the stitches to prove it. Humiliated in front of a large group of people, Parker is now out for justice; he intends to find her and make her pay.
What Matters Most is a delightful romantic suspense that will take your mind off your 9-5! King Pullman owns a pawn shop and when he is held up at gunpoint by a deranged-looking person, his common sense flies out the window. Meagan had good reason to steal her stuff ... she's just not done yet.
If you are ready to be swept away and entertained, then Helen Bea Kirk's novels of mystery and passion are the place to start on Amazon. I wish you a bon voyage!
What Matters Most by Helen Bea Kirk
Review by Books Teacup and Reviews
What Maters Most is about "...importance of things, memory of loved ones that emotionally attach you to the things they left behind." Click here to read Yesha's entire review.
Writing isn't hard. Everything leading up to it is, though. To write interesting, believable fiction, you must endure life and all it's craziness; the excitement of accomplishment, the joy of birth, the sorrow of loss, the ecstasy and pain of love... just to name a few.
When you've navigated these waters and your soul harbors the memories - that's your well. Back to writing; we dip into that well - deeply- every so often, to crystallize a character which in turn magnetizes the reader.
This brings me to my story, What Matter Most. The protagonist is a young widow still somewhat unsure about what love is. Adding to that, she is fraught with the loss of loved ones to the extent that she attributes their persons to the things they gave her. She loves her heirlooms with a passion. Then they get stolen from her in a violent robbery. Yes, she grieves and cries. Then she prepares for the battle to bring them home.
Very satisfying to say the least.
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Even if I wanted Jesus to forgive me, I know He can't - I've done too much wrong." That's where my stories come from; unforgivable sins. I have not yet written a book for the Christian community - I write for everyone else. My tales are gritty, real, and heartfelt. Occasionally, you'll cry, or get disgusted or laugh hysterically. At times you may experience an "ah ha!" moment, but you'll likely not forget that character, that scene or that moment when everything changed because it did and does- and it can -for everyone.
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DONE RUNNING " Emotional, flawed characters, redemption, strength and forgiveness. Porsha has so much that she is dealing with and the craziness of the situations comes through elegantly."
Helen Bea Kirk is the author of What Matters Most; a story of reclaiming what's yours.
"I loved the interaction between King and Meagan and how King shows his feelings toward Meagan who secretly feels the same. I'm glad the story ended how it did. A lovely ending for a fantastic story."
Hi, I'm Helen Bea Kirk. Welcome to my blog. I write about what I write about; the motivations behind the script.
"This story made me laugh and smile a lot. It was light hearted in places but also packed a punch too."
"Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down."
"A Hallmark movie of a book. You knew the ending right from the start, but had no idea how you would get there! The journey was filled with twists, turns, and surprises."
"The story made you think this could be true."
"I loved the author's creative imagination that led me on this amazing adventure and fell in love with the characters. Definitely a must read."
"I enjoyed many aspects about What Matters Most, but most importantly I enjoyed its quick pace. Meagan’s character was one of my favorites."
When your body is miles away from the mainland, immerse your mind in a Helen Bea Kirk adventure!
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