Sometimes, When You’re Not Looking—Books and Thoughts on Life

I have an outlook on life that the more interesting and more fulfilling things happen when you aren’t looking for that “certain, interesting thing” or for something you just “gotta have.” I believe that sometimes you don’t find what you’re looking for when you’re too focused on something. It spins your wheels, and sure, maybe you get what you think you wanted, but maybe it’s like the Rolling Stones tune, “You can’t always get what you want–but . . . sometimes . . . you just might find you get what you need”.

Example: My long glamorous career came about one day when a lady came to my high school in my senior year to recruit office help for the organization she worked for. My girlfriends wanted to get out of Latin American History class and talked me into it. So, we were excused from class, and off we went to our homeroom to meet the lady to see about a job. Two days later, the lady called me. I landed the job, which turned into a decades-long career. I wasn’t actively looking for a job–I thought the military would be an option—even though graduation was still three months away.  But my career turned out to be travel, benefits, meeting some well-known muckety-mucks, and a solid retirement.

Example: I wasn’t looking to find a nice guy and get married. I was just living my life, believing that que sera, sera. And quite by accident or Kismet, on an average day with 24 hours in it, I met my beau, and he turned out to be the man I was hoping one day to marry and spend my days with. We’ve been together for 12 years, married for (almost) six.

So, today, this leads to my latest “Hey, I wasn’t really looking, but look at the cool stuff happening!” story.

Earlier this year, Jeanie Franz Ransom, a children’s book author, e-mailed me with a copy of her book, “Cowboy Car.” I won it in her giveaway. She asked if I would read and review it. Sure; I’d love to. And I did.

Now in the past couple of months, I had the honor of being asked by several other authors to read their books and give my straightforward reviews. They e-mailed me directly. They sought me out. Nice! (blush)

I am absolutely delighted at being asked by other authors for my opinions and views on their works.

It’s enjoyable, and I am thrilled to gladly do my part that I hope will help authors.

Thank goodness I am a big reader, too!

To see my reviews on these particular books the authors themselves asked me to read and review, click on the links below. Maybe you’ll find something here you’d like to read.

📚 For Grown-Ups:
Subway People by Martin Turnbull
The Trouble with Scarlett by Martin Turnbull
The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up by Jacob M. Appel

📚 For Kids:
Cowboy Car by Jeanie Franz Ransom
Theo the White Squirrel by Robert W. Fuller
Meg & Rob’s Witch Tricks: Book 2 – No Win with a Twin by Daniel Shneor

📌 My Review Coming Soon in February (A Book for Grown-Ups):
True Grandeur: A  Hollywood Novel by Cal R. Barnes – posted on my February 1, 2018 blog

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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