Love and Ohana Drama is a romantic comedy that explores the challenges of family dynamics and reminds readers that there is always hope for a second chance. Sometimes the most challenging situations bring the most happiness . . .
Twenty-something Cora Fletcher is a book-loving public relations executive who lives with her overly Zen best friend and attention-loving cat. Newly single and focusing on her exciting career, she feels like she’s in a good place. She's even been invited on an all-expenses-paid Hawaiian vacation! The only catch—it’s a family reunion . . . and her family can be a lot to handle.
Cora vows to not let that get in the way, but even before the family has boarded the plane, the ohana drama begins. As usual, there's the sister-in-law who is bent on causing friction, the self-centered cousins, and the aunt who loves to party a bit too much. Her mother has filled the itinerary with endless activities, and she's even invited Cora’s ex-boyfriend in an attempt to get them back together.
Although she feels overwhelmed, Cora gets a blast from her past that could impact her life forever. This is one welcome reunion she did not expect . . .
Will Cora make it through a week of family togetherness? And will she be able to say aloha to someone she thought was out of her life forever?
Super-Everything! When will our best be good enough?
I can do it all or at least I try too? What woman doesn’t want to be Super-everything? Super-employee, super-partner, super-wife, super-mom, super-friend…the list goes on. At what point will I realize that I am doing my best? I think we all ask ourselves this question at some point.
Long ago I gave up my dreams of creating the perfect hair-bows for my daughter or learning how to sew my own designer gowns. And after many failed attempts at making the yummiest gourmet recipes found on Pinterest, I accepted that frozen pizza is okay once in a while. Speaking of Pinterest, those boards are still full of crafting and organization ideas that I have yet to implement into my busy life. I do consider myself a master at multi-tasking, but even I have sat in the middle of my bedroom floor doing the ugly-cry. I remember many days that I asked myself what else am I supposed to be doing?
It was New Year’s Day 2014, I began that day at the gym, climbing the dreaded revolving stairs trying to lose the many pounds of holiday treats I’d consumed between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. I was even listening to Tony Robbins in search of the ultimate method to motivate me. It was at some point during those forty minutes that I asked myself this question… “What do you love to do? Find that and do it.”
That’s all I remember. At that point I was ready to chase after my dreams and for once actually catch them.
Six months later I finished writing the book I had started over and over again. And with the help and advice from a wonderful friend, I published it.
What an amazing feeling! I still remember the day that I held the beautiful paperback in my hands. My eyes filled with tears as I flipped through the pages that I created. I actually did it, I followed through with something I had always thought about doing but never thought I could. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say… Oh I could never do that or I wish I could do this?”
The worst part is that it never stops, no matter how much we grow, learn and accomplish our tasks. We will always want to be better. This is not a bad thing as long as we’re happy with where we are in the present. We can continue to strive to accomplish our goals and when we do, we can add another to that never-ending bucket list.
With the arrival of 2021, our family sat down and created dream boards. I have to admit it sure is easier to see these “dreams” on paper than to just talk about them. We can all talk about wanting to travel the world or run a marathon but until you book your flight or register for that race, that’s all it is—just talk.
As I look back on the early days when I began my quest to be super-everything I had no idea what to focus on. I just knew that I had to try, even if I failed. And I did fail over and over again.
I’ve come to accept that I’m a work in progress as all of us are and that’s okay. I’m proud of the person I’m becoming and most of all I hope to inspire others with my story. If there is something you’ve always wanted to try, do it. The truth is you can be super at everything if you try.
Meet the Author
Melissa Baldwin is a planner-obsessed Disney fan who still watches Beverly Hills 90210 reruns and General Hospital.
She’s a wife, mother, and journal keeper, who finally decided to write the book she talked about for years. She took her dream to the next level, and is now an award-winning, bestselling author of nineteen Romantic Comedy and Cozy Mystery novels and novellas. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women, and she considers these leading ladies to be part of her tribe.
When she isn't deep in the writing zone, this multitasking master organizer keeps busy by spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, attempting yoga poses, and going on rides at Disney World.
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