A Rock for Remembrance by Ali Vali aka A. Valdivia

What makes you happy? Is it the little things in life – like a walk on the beach one Sunday morning under a clear blue sky with a cool wind tossing your hair around, is it going to sleep holding the hand of your loved one – yet again? Maybe it’s something like reaching a goal you’ve set for yourself like doing your five miles run faster than last year or getting the job, the house, the girlfriend or something else that you’ve set your eyes on?

I’m quite sure that there isn’t one thing that makes every one of us happy, but rather millions of different things that can make different people happy. Anyway – if we are to believe the typical alt romantic storyline – we can rest assured that money and prestigious positions won’t guarantee a life of happiness. That’s great since we can’t all be billionaires! There isn’t enough money to go around – at least not after the last couple of years of bank crises.

If you don’t believe me go look up some of these stories to see for yourself! The writers can’t all be wrong – can they?

In “A Rock for Remembrance” by Ali Vali you’ll meet the 35-year-old Julian Lowe the current head tuna (I never heard that one before!) of the Lowe Company – a vast shipping empire. Julian is filthy rich with a job she loves and a grandmother and a loyal staff that loves her to pieces, but as you might have guessed – she is not happy. Julian is missing something in her life that a good friend can’t provide.

It might be a coincident, it might be luck or maybe there really is someone who listens in on our prayers? Anyway when Julian’s friend JJ sends out a late night prayer for someone to come by and love Julian – preferably someone short, blonde and cute – the answer is immediately provided in the form of Summer a little blond – 4-year-old girl! Well if you’re not too specific in you request the delivery might get a bit messed up! You shouldn’t worry though, Summer is a great start to a turn around for Julian, she is cute and lovable, and she will help Julian strike up a connection with another slightly older blond – the lovely kindergarten teacher Kiki who works in the Lowe company’s daycare facility.

Kiki is all you ever wanted; beautiful; warm-hearted, fun and mother to a lovely young boy by the name of Tiger, and if the adults won’t admit that they take an instant liking to each other nothing will hold back the children – Summer and Tiger become best friends in a heartbeat.

If you like to peek into the lives of the filthy rich or how Ali Vali presume that they live their lives, then look no further for your fun.

**SPOILER ALERT** This is a Valentines’ story so rest assured that the women will find a happy ending in each others arms even if they take their time. If you want the living happily ever after ending you’ll have to read both “A Rock for Remembrance” and “..and A Canopy For Happy Endings” and should you want to know even more about the family life of Kiki and Julian you can go for the sequel “Skipping stones“.

I found the stories to have a bit of a humorous tone, but a not too exciting storyline. I’ll give a few points extra though because of the kids. They might be too wise for their age, but they are a nice addition to the storyline as are a number of other supporting characters. It’s nice for once to see the protagonist having a meaningful relationship with someone beside their love interest.

I’ll leave you with a list of stories with likewise riche or successful female protagonists who seems to have a spot of trouble with finding happiness in their lives, but as you know – love conquers all! Most of the stories have been reviewed at this site at an earlier time, so if you want to know a bit about the storylines go look up the reviews.

– “Sheridans Fate” a short story by G. Brooke(review)
– “True Colours” a novel by Karen A. Surtees and PruferBlue (review)
– “Noemi” a novel by Katia N. Ruiz (review)
– “Turning Tides” a novel by A. K. Naten (review)

I also remember a couple of stories by Alex Tryst with filthy rich female protagonists:

– “Adventures of a Super Dyke” (The story is posted in several parts)
– “Love in Photograhps

http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/ali_vali_arfr1.html

True Colours by Karen A. Surtees and PruferBlue aka Nann Dunne

The other day I was thinking that I seldom come across an on line romances with a set of less than physical perfect protagonists. I know that we are not dealing with real life, so of course the ladies in centre stage tends to be of dream like beauty, but then again it would be nice with a bit of diversity.

Thinking back over some of the stories that I’ve read over time, I can think of a few with a protagonist with a handicap. Among these is “At First Sight” by Colleen that sports a beautiful blond blind writer, “Emotional Paralysis” by Larisa with a blond woman bound to a wheelchair after a car accident, and “Snap Shots” by MJ also sporting a blind woman this one with an interest in horses.

In my archives I also have an old uber tale from way back that fit right in with the diversity theme, its “True Colours” by Karen A. Surtees and PruferBlue. If you haven’t read it yet you have something to look forward to if you like an emotional romance.

“True Colours” and the sequel “Many Roads to Travel” is the story of the raven haired Taylor Jade Meridian (TJ) a powerful CEO of a major corporation, who returns to the small town of Meridianville, Texas to rebuild herself and the Meridian ranch where she grew up.

Going back to Texas is not really TJ’s idea at all but more of a last resort for her friends Erin and Paula to try and drag TJ out of her depression. A depression coursed by the death of her younger brother in a mobbing which has landed TJ with a spinal core injury and a life as a paraplegic.

Getting the ranch back in working order puts TJ in touch with the town vet the lonely hearted feisty blond Mary Theresa Gillespie (Mare) who more than anything proves to be the medicine that TJ needs to pull her out of her depression.
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“True Colours” is a great love story with a lot of emotional ups and downs for the ladies involved as they struggle with their own insecurities and the obstacles caused by TJ’s physical disability. The storyline is solid and spreads over a number of different themes that gives the relationship between TJ and Mare room to mature over time and through their shared experiences.

“True Colours” and the sequel “Many Roads to Travel” are favourites of mine, and I have had a great time revisiting TJ and Mare and their ever faithful friends Erin and Paula.

There are some broken links in the story, you can find the correct parts by changed the part number in the url.

If you can think of other stories that would fit the diversity theme you could leave a link in the comment box – maybe we can put together a list.

http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/t/truecolours.html