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Mom's Favorite Reads

Val Tobin explores dreams.

Dreams can draw your attention to existing worries or problems, and they can also help you to recognize hidden talents and untapped potential. Recurring themes in dreams alert you to what is most important to you during a specific period in your life.

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine September 2020

Great issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads for September. Thanks, Mom’s, for letting me be a part of it.

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Ranked #1 on Amazon, the latest issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads 🙂
In this issue…

Articles, Humour, Movies, Photography, Poems, Puzzles, Recipes, Short Stories, Young Authors, and so much more!

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Saturday Writing Tips: Writing Sex Scenes #WritingTips

Some great sex-scene-writing tips.

Alison Williams Writing

The Kiss 1901-4 by Auguste Rodin 1840-1917

I edit a lot of erotica and romance, some of it fairly mild, some of it less so. Sometimes I’ll be sitting at my desk on a Tuesday afternoon with a cup of tea and a digestive, deleting unnecessary adjectives from a raunchy scene and I’ll think to myself how strange my job sometimes is!

But it’s not just erotica and romance that calls for X-rated scenes.  If you’re a writer, the chances are that one day you’re going to have to tackle a scene of this type. This is something that worries a lot of authors. So here are some tips on how to write a sex scene that won’t make you or your readers cringe.

  • Skip the euphemisms. Show your reader some respect. If you need some awful examples to avoid read 50 Shades (Down there? Really? What are we, eleven?)
  • Make it consensual. Obviously consensual. Non-consensual sex…

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The Haunted Restaurant

Thank you, Mom’s, for featuring my article on Fort Erie’s The Old Bank Bistro haunted restaurant.

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Fort Erie, Ontario

The Old Bank Bistro: Exploring a Haunted Restaurant by Val Tobin

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine August 2020

Thank you, Mom’s Favorite Reads, for allowing me to be part of another great edition of your magazine.

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The August issue of our Amazon #1 bestselling eMagazine! 🙂

In this issue…

Short Stories, Humour, Poetry, Photography, Recipes, Puzzles, Movies, And so much more!

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Everybody Hurts

Well worth reading. Thank you, Roxanne.


by Roxanne Tellier

Like many, I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a young child. Poor old JoeBtfsplk, the Andy Capp character who lived under a cloud at all times, had nothing on me. I had an ulcer by the time I was ten years old, and toyed with the idea of suicide throughout my teens.  

Sadly, that’s not at all unusual. Right now, there are people all around you struggling with sadness and fear, and often those sufferers can’t really put a finger on why they feel like they do, or what they can do to stop feeling so miserable. Over 7% of people in North America admit to suffering from depression, and, amongst those in the 15-29 age range, suicide is the leading cause of death.

It’s the famous ‘Black Dog,” a state of depression characterized by a lack of will to do…

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No Sex Please We’re Plaguish

Well said, Roxanne.


by Roxanne Tellier

Sum-sum-summertime! Toronto is in the middle of what seems like an unending heatwave. (And was that a tornado that just whizzed through my neighbourhood?)

But, to be honest, I don’t mind the heat that much. I’m already staying inside most of the time, except to feed the critters, water the plants, and hit the ‘senior hour’ at the grocery store, because that’s where all the cool kids hang out.

Around the house, I can wear minimal clothing, and the lockdown means much fewer people just ‘dropping by,’ so my COVID hair and added avoirdupois aren’t the issues they’d be were I trying to socialize.

No, I don’t mind summer too much. Winter, now winter I truly hate, because winter hates me. Winter means dark days, depression, cold, damp, and my old bones crying out for warmth. I was born in winter, and winter will probably be…

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Thank you, Mom’s Favorite Reads, for featuring my article on handfasting.

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Handfasting by Val Tobin

A unique and beautiful ceremony, handfasting solidifies the spiritual commitment couples make. In the past, handfasting was not legally binding, but today it can be, depending on who performs the ceremony. It can even be used to renew marriage vows that were made using a different tradition.

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine July 2020

Mom's Favorite Reads

Published today, the July 2020 issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads!
In this issue…
Young Writers
And so much more!
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I had a fascinating chat with Alan Annand about Vedic astrology and palmistry.

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Alan Annand, a Vedic astrologer and palmist from Toronto, talked to Val Tobin about how Vedic astrology lured him away from fifteen years of western astrology practice and why people can use it to guide them in making major decisions.

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