Post! Peanut Butter Principles by Eric Franklin (@GHBTours)

Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids
By- Eric Franklin

In “Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids”, entrepreneur, speaker, author, management consultant and parent Eric Franklin has assembled a wealth of wisdom that has stuck with him like peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. One by one, you can serve up spoonfuls of Peanut Butter Principles to the youth in your life and make a profound impact to help them grow into confident, intelligent, and successful adults and leaders who make good choices, build healthy relationships, and cultivate another generation of leaders.

And here is an Excerpt from Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

47 |“Finish.”
Every person’s actions, decisions, relationships, and experiences create a portfolio of their life thus far. If you flip through the pages of an individual’s book, you’ll get a pretty good picture of who they are—active or passive, driven or indifferent, dedicated or just showing up.
The older we get, the more detailed a profile this portfolio presents. For example, if you’ve been fairly successful along the way—all the way back to earning accolades in school, sports, and activities as a child—then you probably will continue the pattern. If you’ve carried a defeatist attitude or been unwilling to accept responsibility for your decisions, then your portfolio will be defined by these habits and traits. You can change your job, your home, your spouse, and your environment, but if your mindset remains the same, then your future will continue to reflect your past.
You are not what you eat, but what you’ve done—and not done. Some people leave a trail of unfinished plans, ideas, and acts in their wake. They start plenty, but then walk away before the job is done and move on to some other endeavor. Why? Maybe it was too complex, too time-consuming, or just didn’t generate the immediate results they wanted, or at least, didn’t deliver fast enough for their taste. They don’t want to put the effort into maintaining relationships, so they leave them. For whatever reason, these people live unfinished lives.

The worst thing you can do is to embark on a task without thinking ahead about what it will require to finish—and then quitting. Giving up can easily become a bad habit. Maybe a child doesn’t excel at baseball or gymnastics and then gives up on the sport. The youth tries another sport and has equally lackluster results. He quits again. Quite possibly, he gives up on athletics altogether, just based on a couple of experiences. But look at Michael Jordan. He was cut from his high school basketball team because he wasn’t good enough. Imagine if one of the all-time best basketball players had given up on the sport as a teenager!

About the Author-
Eric Franklin, Entrepreneur and Author of  Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent  Should Teach Their Kids Eric Franklin had his first taste of leadership during a summer job when at age 16, he was appointed supervisor to over 200 peer employees at his local amusement park. He has been on a mentoring roller coaster ride ever since. Although Eric has held a multitude of distinguished positions over the years and is currently CEO/owner of several successful businesses that operate across the U.S., his core values are as basic to the soul as a peanut butter sandwich is to a hungry appetite.
Eric’s formal education has earned him a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Hampton University and a Master’s in procurement and acquisitions from Webster University. His family and community have been the most influential in imparting upon him the character traits that have enabled him to be so successful.
When Eric isn’t busy with writing, business coaching and running several businesses, his ideal scenario for a day would be he, his wife and 3 kids, eating fresh seafood on a tropical island, with of course,the family dog and cat close at hand. An accomplished musician, Eric would end the day by playing a few of his favorite music selections on the piano. Eric also enjoys the simple things in life, like peanut butter.
Eric is a staunch advocate for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) education and serves on the Southern Maryland Higher Education Council. However, Eric is concerned that with the increased technical proficiency of our students, basic character and life principles are not being taught. He sought to develop resources would be embraced by parents and other mentors and shared with the young people in their lives to ensure a firm foundation for the next generation of great leaders.


Blast! Whispers by H.K. Savage @GHBTours

“Your daughter is special”

Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive.

Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right?

Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life.

Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.

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HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North.  The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.

Between books HK reads voraciously.  Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters.  One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.

When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.


This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad…

Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song #1

By- Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Genre-Family saga/ chick lit/ interracial romance/ romantic comedy

Love can be such a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” song sometimes…

Lucia Mpobo-Riddell could have been a dancer like the rest of women of her family but instead she chose music. Marcus Grant could have been a doctor like the rest of his family but instead he chose music. She also could have not fallen for Marcus on her birthday but she did. And Marcus, he could have told Lucia the truth about his real reason for being in Toronto that night, but he didn’t. Now they have to deal with big reveals and consequences: Marcus almost stealing her job and being force to work on an album together. Marcus, because he couldn’t swallow his pride, leaves Toronto and goes home to London. Lucia, because she just couldn’t give up on her first amazing opportunity to produce a whole album. And to complicate the situation further, the band they’re working for is not the easiest one. Mary Gillis, Marcus’ on and off flame, still has a hold on him. Greg McMullen, Lucia’s close friend and former dance partner is back in town and has been in love with her for years. Then there’s Marcus and Lucia, in the middle of their own a professional and personal tug-of- war with each over and the rest of the world. But maybe things could still work out… All things considered, this could have been one heck of a love song!



Review by Brandy

This was a good read and a little outside of the things I normally read.  The author is talented and managed to create a very full story filled with in depth characters and a story that drew you in and made you wonder about the choices you have made in your life. 

I like how Lucia was able to step out of her comfort zone and embrace something besides dance.  Sometimes we truly find ourselves in the places we least expect.  She was a very talented but I did wonder if maybe she was written to be a little over talented.  Marcus has secrets that make you wonder how this story is going to turn out.  I have to admit that I am not sure how their relationship is supposed to unfold when the truth is not always divulged.  The secondary characters add so many twists and turns to the story that it leaves you singing for more.

This is a wonderful series starter and I am interested in seeing where book two is heading. 





I’m almost halfway down my Frappuccino when I see Greg coming out of the theatre.
He’s late and he isn’t wearing his workout outfit but a loose pair of jeans and
a dark, thin hoodie. By the time he reaches me across the street, he’s made at
least ten heads turned, men and women alike.

“Hi, handsome specimen.” I hand him his drink.

“Hi, yourself,” Greg answers and sit down next time. “Sorry I took a shower after
rehearsal.” He eagerly starts to drink his Frappuccino. “Delicious…just like
you, beolkku.” He’s kissing my neck.

“You shouldn’t have. I’m just walking you home.” I get off the bench and stretch.
Today is a perfect day for a walk downtown. “I almost forgot what happens each
time I’m outside with you.”

 “What does happen?” Greg asks, putting his arm around my hips and lightly pushing me.

“Umm…let’s see,” I say, staring back, and another woman is smiling at him. “The entire
city, straight and gay combined, are ogling you.”

“Oh…that,” he laughs. “I could say the same about you, Lulu.”

“So how are rehearsals going?” I ask. I’m taking his hand while walking west on
King Street. His condo is just off Tecumseth Street.

“Well, it does help that we’re in our fourth month. But our stage here is smaller so I
had to make a few adjustments,” he says, finishing his drink. Greg was already
famous worldwide for his choreographies and own performances. But with a show
of this magnitude, he raised his own stake.

“I’m so proud of you, Greg,” I tell him.

“I’m proud of you too. Getting out there on your own wasn’t an easy decision but you
made it and I’m sure only good thing will come out of it,” he says before we
cross the street. The happy hour crowd is not out just yet but the King West
restaurants are getting ready.

“It’s not a hundred dancers and three-hour shows but we’re getting there…or not,” I

“You got my sister’s vote. She and Michael really hit it off last week. I think
they’re going on their fifth date tonight.” he says. He turns and looks at me.
“Should this bother me?”

“You liked him, remember; you sent me there,” I tease. I have no idea what brothers
should feel. I only have my sisters and we tend to encourage the naked policy.

“Yes, but not her!”

“He’s a good guy, Greg. I’m sure he likes her at least as much as she so obviously
likes him,” I giggle. Kathie in love is always adorable. I wish her the best.
“Axelle’s pregnant; she told us yesterday. So next summer I’m going to be an
aunt for the third time,” I tell him with a big smile. We’re turning south on
Tecumseth Street and the walk is almost over. I’ll take the streetcar back to
the subway station.

That’s great news! Which reminds me…” He takes an envelope out of his hoodie
pocket. “I have your tickets for the premiere.”

“We could have paid for them, you know,” I tell him and check the tickets; six to
be exact. Annie will be able to come with us as well. “Those are great seats.
Thank you, Greg.” I kiss him on the cheek.

“You will pay; I expect you there at least once a week,” he says, touching his

“Your show is here until late January!” I’m completely shocked. I’ll be there, front

“You’ll be there…” he says. We’re getting to his building.

“Singing and dancing my ass off!” I say in his lobby. I haven’t been here this year yet.
Have I been so out of it this year? “It was a great walk. I’ve missed doing
that with you,” I tell him and I sincerely do.

“I just plain missed you, my yeppeun17
Lulu.” He’s caressing my cheek and making me blush.

Making me blush? “Please! You’re the handsome, perfect specimen,” I tell him. [17. Beautiful]

“That sounds like I’m irresistible,” he says softly and it’s making me feel warm

Making me feel warm inside? “Duh…since the academy, no woman has ever been able to
resist you,” I say.

“There has been at least one woman immune all this time,” he murmurs before kissing
me. I know this type of kiss; I gave one for the first time on Noor’s wedding
day. But this is the first time that anyone’s given one to me.

“Greg…” I manage to mumble when he finally releases my lips. I didn’t ask you to stop!

“Not that immune after all, Lulu,” he says against my mouth.

 No one could be immune after a kiss like that given by a man who looks like Greg. When he starts kissing me again, I kiss him
back. I’m not leading him on; I really want to explore this. I’m not leading
him on…

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Meet Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba The Author, The Blogger, The Cheeky Reviewer

“My life journey is like my playlist, amazingly unique but full of contradictions with surprising joys with every song…”

In the past two years, while living in Canada, England and France I wrote four novels: This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… (Book one) currently available on amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. The sequel This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tune and dancers’ tales has been in January 2014. Bird Of Prey, my first mystery romance novel has been released in October 7th, 2013 and its first sequel The Plot Thickens (a novella) in December. The second one Polliannah Got Married! will be released in June 2014 and the final in July 2014. I’m currently residing in Paris, France.





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Captivating BridgeBlurb

Warren “War” Jinkins is that guy.

The bad one.

Tempest’s ex front man, an arrogant rock god.

The only thing larger than his ego is his capacity for self-destruction.

His bad attitude has cost him. His woman. His best friend. His band. Everything.

Shaina Bentley is that girl.

The good one.

Hollywood’s pink candy-coated sweetheart.

The star of Pinky Swear, television’s top rated teen show.

She’s been practically perfect since that horrible day. But she’s starting to crack under the strain of being everything to everyone.

He’s a one man island. She’s a fragile captive soul.

Is love a current too dangerous to cross or will it be the bridge that brings them together?






Author InfoMichelle Mankin

Michelle Mankin is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.

Romance with subtext.

Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.

For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hours and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.

Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.

When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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An American Girl in Italy

By- Aubrie Dionne

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Publication Date- May 29th, 2014

Published By- Harper Impulse


An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…

Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.

Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?





About the Author-

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest

ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips

Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear

Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the

Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing,

Harper Impulse, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press.

When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.









He Found Me

By- Whitney Barbetti



Publication Date- May 29, 2014


When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare.


But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the façade that was Andra Walker.


I was content with my simple little life.


Until I met Julian.


And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.


About the Author-

I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours.


I love music and have a playlist for everything.


I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears.


I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.





Marks on my Skin


**Not for readers under the age of 18+. Contains language, explicit sex, and adult situations.**

Kieran Donovan has always been a doormat to the women in his life. Begging his wife not to leave after finding her in bed with not one—but five men—only provides further proof of that.

In need of an escape from an empty house and a broken heart, Kieran heads to Midtown to see his estranged brother, Liam. There he meets Shayne Wickham, Liam’s best friend. Shayne’s dark and sexy with a wild streak a mile long and a sexual appetite for things Kieran’s never even dreamed of doing. But after an intense, and all too brief encounter, he’s more than willing to learn. Despite the usual safeguards Shayne keeps around herself and her own wounded heart, she finds herself more than willing to show him the ropes…and the floggers…and the paddles.

Kieran’s never seen himself as dominant in any aspect of his life. But when Shayne submits herself to him, it ignites an inner strength and hunger he never knew he had—and feelings Shayne didn’t know she could have. So used to keeping others at an arm’s length, the ease with which she finds herself trusting Kieran is both exciting and unsettling. Could Kieran be someone she could finally trust her heart to—or will he leave her scarred like everyone else?

Just another mark on her skin.







J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.








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How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.



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Rhi Paille


Rhiannon is an up and coming Indie Author that writes Young Adult Fantasy books and some non fiction. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her. She’s sold over 25,000 copies of her books worldwide.


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LeKrista Scott, Vampire Hunted Series # 3

By- Tyffani Clark Kemp

Expected Publication Date- May 30th, 2014


LeKrista never thought Roman would kidnap her, but it seems there’s no depth to which he won’t stoop. She’s stuck in a fortress in the middle of only God knows where with no way to contact her family or her new fiance and let them know she’s alright.

To add insult to injury, Roman has brought her arch nemesis to keep her company. Forced to make friends with Eddy, the man who has made her life miserable for years, she bides her time until a rescue can be arranged.

But unrealized feelings for her vampire captor make things complicated. Or perhaps it’s Stockholm Syndrome. She can’t really be sure.

Just to make matters worse, the vampires are ready to go through with their plan to rule the world with an iron fang, and once again, she’s caught in the middle of the war for power. The truth of her involvement is becoming clear, but she may lose more than her freedom in her quest to stop the the powerful undead on her own.



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Tyffani Clark Kemp has been writing since she discovered in the sixth grade that it wasn’t enough just to read about fantastic places, but she could create her own. She weaves small bits of herself into everything she writes whether it be a science fiction piece about aliens or a dramatic romance fraught with conflict and love. In September 2012 Tyffani and a friend started SideStreet Publishing LLC. She lives in South Carolina with her family and her fluffy shii tzu-mix dog who thinks he’s a Saint Bernard.








Ride of Your Life

By- Shevi Arnold 


Seventeen-year-old Tracy Miller met the love of her life . . . thirty years after her own death. 


Tracy was working at the House of Horrors at the Amazing Lands Theme Park when the fire broke out. Instead of running, she lost her life trying to save eleven-year-old Mack. Now thirty years have passed, and suddenly everything changes with the arrival of two new ghosts: a little girl named Ashley and a cute, seventeen-year-old boy named Josh. Josh would do anything for Tracy, but can he help her let go of the past?   


Ride of Your Life is a bittersweet, romantic, YA ghost story that was inspired by a true event, the Great Adventure Haunted Castle fire, which killed eight teenagers in 1984, exactly thirty years ago this May 11th. It is a fantasy novel about undying love, and it won third-place in Smart Writer’s Write It Now (W.I.N.) contest in the YA category, which was judged by Alex Flinn, the author of Beastly and Cloaked.


Hang on. Love can be as terrifying as a roller coaster, but it can also be the Ride of Your Life.


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A light in the sky that was different from the sun attracted Tracy’s attention to the west. In front of the clouds on the horizon there appeared to be a second sun below and to the left of the first, but the new light was bright white instead of golden. Tracy straightened and pointed.  “The Light.”

She stepped to Ashley’s side, gently turned her around, and took her hand.

Ashley’s face glowed.  “Oh, it’s beautiful.”

“Do you feel that?” Tears welled up in Tracy’s eyes as she felt things she didn’t want to feel. She had known people who had died while she was still alive, and their voices sang to her now. But there was one voice that shined brighter than the rest. It encircled her with love. It shined with forgiveness.

But Tracy did not want to be loved. She wasn’t ready to be forgiven. She wasn’t ready to forgive. Still, whether she wanted them to or not, they remembered and loved her.  Come join us, they sang in a song without words. It is time.

But a voice deep inside Tracy replied with anger, fear, sadness and confusion, pulling her away. It told her she did not belong in the Light. She didn’t deserve it. And no matter what the voices inside it sang, this was not her time. The Light was not here for her. It was here for Ashley and Josh. This was their time, not hers.

“Do you feel it?” she asked Ashley again.  

“Uh, huh, Grandpa is there.”

“And you?” she asked Josh.

For a long while Josh didn’t say anything. He didn’t have to. Love radiated off his face in a soft glow and tears streamed down his cheeks. “I never thought I’d see my cousin Mark again. He died from cancer when we were both twelve. It’s good to see him so happy. And my Uncle Finn, and my great-grandparents. It’s . . . amazing.”

Tracy nodded. Josh was right. It was amazing, even if it wasn’t for her.  

“I don’t see what the big deal is,” Mack grumbled.

“Doesn’t he . . . ?” Josh began to ask.

“No,” Tracy whispered. “Someone who loves you has to be there, and Mack doesn’t have anyone like that.”

“Not even a grandparent?” Josh whispered back.

Tracy shook her head.

She held Ashley’s hand, pulled her forward, and then let her go. “Go on, Ashley. Go to your grandpa. It’s time for you to shine.”

Ashley took one tiny step forward. Then she stopped. “But what about my mommy? I promised I would wait for her here.”

“It’s okay,” Tracy replied. “She’ll know where to find you. Your mother is good, right?”

“She’s the best in the world.”

“And all good people go to the Light when they die, so your mother will find you there.”

Ashley took another tiny step forward.

“Good thing you’re going,” Mack said, his voice rising teasingly, like a roller coaster rising ever so slowly before the rush of a steep drop. He smiled. “More cotton candy for me.”

Ashley stopped and licked her lips. “Cotton candy?”

“Ashley, you don’t need—” Tracy started to say.

Mack interrupted her. “And there’s the merry-go-round. And the hot dogs. All you can eat . . . with ketchup.”

Ashley grinned. “I promised Mommy I would wait here.”

Tracy placed her hands on Ashley’s shoulders and looked into her eyes again. “Don’t listen to Mack. He’s nothing but trouble.” Mack harrumphed, but Tracy ignored him. “The Light is where you belong. You know how the best stories end with ‘happily ever after?’ Well, the Light is happily ever after. You deserve to be there, not here. This is just a theme park, and everything we feel here—it’s just an illusion. It isn’t real. It’s fake, just like everything else here. Only the Light is real. It’s where all good people belong when they die. It’s where you belong, Princess Ashley, where every story ends with happily ever after.”

“I know those stories,” Mack said. “First, they’re all a load of crap. Second, they talk about living happily ever after. This is the real world, the world of the living, not the Light. That’s the world of the dead. Besides, it’s not like that old Light doesn’t come back. It comes back over and over. You’ll have a chance to go to it again, but once you go that’s it. You can’t come back. No one ever does. This is your only chance to enjoy the Amazing Lands Theme Park like no one else. Stick with me, kid, and I’ll show you what real fun is.”

Ashley smiled at Mack. Mack grinned. Tracy shook her head. This was ridiculous. Ashley belonged with her grandfather. She belonged with the people who loved her. Tracy shouldn’t have to convince Ashley of that. “Josh, tell her.”

“Tell her what?” Josh asked.

“Tell her to go to the Light. You didn’t die trying to save her just so she could spend forever going on rides and eating hot dogs.”

Josh looked to the side and narrowed his eyes. He slowly ran a finger over his lips. The others waited. “You’re right,” he finally said. “Ashley does belong in the Light.”

“See?” Tracy told Ashley.

But then Josh added, “We all do.”

“What?” Tracy could not believe what she was hearing. “By ‘we’ you mean you and Ashley.”

“No, I mean all of us. You said you didn’t want to leave a job half finished. You tried to save Mack, but you couldn’t, so you want make sure he gets to Heaven. I tried to save Ashley, but I couldn’t, so I need to make sure—”

“You need to make sure Ashley gets to Heaven. With you.”

“And with you.” Josh stood face to face with Tracy. He was very close. Too close. “That must be why I’m here, to help you go to the Light.”  

Tracy glared at him and gritted her teeth. “I. Don’t. Need. Your. Help.”

“Maybe not,” Josh replied. “But I’m still not going without you.”  

“But you have to. Ashley—”

“Yay, I’m staying.” Ashley skipped over to Mack and took his hand. Mack smiled victoriously and led her back toward the table by the food stand.

“I don’t think there will be any hot dogs left now,” Mack said. “But in the morning, you’ll see. More hot dogs than you can eat.”

“With ketchup?”

“With ketchup.”

“What do you think you’re doing?” Tracy shouted at Josh.

Josh ran his fingers through his hair again and let out a deep breath. “I know you’re not staying for Mack, but I still haven’t figured you out. I don’t know if you’re scared—”

“Hey, I’m not scared!” Tracy wished she hadn’t screamed that. The sudden twist in her voice sure made her sound scared.

“—Or if you have some of that ‘unfinished business’ ghosts are supposed to have—”

She shook her head and waved the suggestion away. “No unfinished business.”

He raised a finger to his chin and then lowered it again. “You’re hiding something.”

“I am not!” Tracy shouted. “GAA! I don’t need someone to rescue me, okay? I’m fine. I’ve been here with Mack for years. I don’t know what your problem is, but I don’t need you. Ashley is the one who needs you.” She leaned in close and whispered, “If you don’t take her to the Light, she’s going to end up like Mack. She’ll be stuck her forever. Is that what you want?”


Tracy pursed her lips and gestured toward Ashley in a way that said, “Well, then, what are you going to do about it?”

“I’m perfectly willing to take Ashley, but not without you.”

“But I can’t go,” she whispered, “because Mack will never go.”

Josh stared at her, and for a long time he didn’t reply. He crossed his arms and smiled. “You say you’re not giving up on Mack. Well, I’m not giving up on you.”

The Light started to fade, taking with it the singing that sounded like laughter and the glow that shined like love.

“Will it come back?” Josh asked.

“Why, do you want to go now?” Tracy hoped his answer would be yes, but he just shook his head. She sighed. “It will come back the next time someone is ready to go to it. That’s why it was here, because you and Ashley were ready to go.” A few seconds later the Light was completely gone. Tracy sighed. “You should have left. You were supposed to go. I wanted you to go.”

Josh shrugged. “We don’t always get what we want in life.”

“This isn’t life.”

He tried to take Tracy’s hand, but she again let go of the illusion that was her hand, and his fingers slipped through hers.  

“I guess we don’t always get what we want in death either,” she heard him grumble as she walked away.  

About the Author-

Shevi Arnold grew up in Philadelphia, and her family had a season pass to Great Adventure in the early 1980s. She was nineteen-years-old and studying overseas when a fellow college student asked her if she had heard about the Great Adventure Haunted Castle fire. Eight teenagers had lost their lives. Like many, Shevi was shocked by the news. In her mind, she wanted to give that tragedy a happy ending. Ride of Your Life is the result.


Shevi loves writing, illustrating, and making people laugh—and she’s been doing all three since 1987 when she started working as an editorial cartoonist for a newsweekly. She’s also worked as a comics magazine editor, as an arts-and-entertainment writer specializing in comedy and children’s entertainment, and as a consumer columnist. Nowadays, though, she enjoys writing (and sometimes illustrating) humorous fiction, fantasy, and science fiction for children, teens, and geeks of all ages. Her other books include Toren the Teller’s Tale, Dan Quixote: Boy of Nuevo Jersey, and Why My Love Life Sucks (The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer, book one). She is currently working on Why It Still Mega Bites, the second book in the Gilbert the Fixer series.




Top Ten Favorite Movies

I love so many movies–and so many different kinds of movies–that it’s hard for me to narrow the list down to just ten. I know which movie is definitely my all-time favorite, but after that…

Here’s the list, starting with number ten. These movies all have a special place in my heart, because they always make me feel good, no matter how many times I’ve watched then, and because they’re so quotable:


10. Toy Story 2


9. The Shawshank Redemption


8. Kiki’s Delivery Service


7. Blazing Saddles


6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

5. When Harry Met Sally


4. The Addams Family


3. Toy Story 3


  1. The Avengers


1. The Princess Bride