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Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel

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New Book Reviews!!! 

Thank you Shanna (@tripwithshan) for taking the time to read my new book prior to my release.  You had so many favorite chapters, I had to share them all as your favorite five!  

Find out what Shanna discovered after reading this…

“Love never fails, but we do!”

Love with good intentions. Even when you doubt that it’s true love, love them anyway. Love with the intent that they may never love you the same way you love, but don’t take it personally.

Love is a choice, and when you are faced with choosing to love someone you will know. After you’ve loved (with or without boundaries) and you choose to leave that love, leave knowing that your love did not fail, because you chose to love with good intentions. 

Even though we fall in love, love never fails us.

Shanna’s review

“I feel liberated in reading that, because we can look at a failing love as a failure, but when you love with good intentions, that love was not a failure. It is simply a love that didn’t work out and probably a lesson learned within that love. Thank you for sharing.”

Shanna’s fav five!

  1. “The Answers”~ Really cool!
  2. “Sunrise to Sunset” ~ was Amazing ~ So true and so real!
  3. “Trying to Love You” ~ Just beautiful 
  4. “International Agreement” ~I love the play on the words.  I feel you on this one!
  5. “Love never fails, but we do” ~This is real. This is honest. This is everything! 

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From my heart to yours. 

Happy Sunday! 

Only a few more goals left to my self publishing project ~ “The Love Experience”

You’re going to enjoy this personal and delicate artifact on my life, my love and my travel experiences to the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 

Stay connected. You’re not going to want to miss this. 

Many Blessings, 



Book Review ~

“The Love Experience”

By Raquél Helm

Well, she warned me, “This is not a novel.” But what did I do, sat down and read it all in one setting, spellbound by the guttural honesty. I immediately had flashbacks of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the 2005 movie from the 1996 book by Terry McMillan. But even further back with Ntozake Shange’s short story, “aw, babe, you so pretty” in the Black-eyed Susans collection by Mary Helen Washington in 1975. And of course, there were my own personal experiences in the early 1980’s.

Raquél Helm has shared her passion, pain, and pleasure in “The Love Experience,” 90 journal entries, of poignant poetry. It is a story with concentric circles of loss, love, and self-exploration. But this is not a novel. Enjoy.

Tina Z. Council
Owner / Chief Consultant
I Am Pleased Development Center

Thank you very much Tina for that book review. This is going to be an exhilarating ride. I met Tina interviewing for a receptionist position at a Community Development Corporation. She became my mentor. She knows my story and I am honored she read my book for me.

My upcoming release is not a novel, but I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this prequel to the complete project.

Connecting with you to live, love and travel on purpose. ❤️