30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 2


20 Facts About Me

1. I am a wife and mother of 6, four beautiful girls and 2 handsome boys.

2. I like doing creative things, writing, sewing, cooking, painting ect…

3.  I love to dance but don’t get a chance to do it much.

4. I work too much.

5. I a sleep deprived.

6. I love to read.

7. I am a die hard Prince fan. I love his latest single: This Could Be Us. (click link to hear it) 

8. I love to travel. My dream trip for the last umpteen years has been to go to Tahiti. I’m going to get there one day.

9. I am a registered nurse and certified respiratory therapist. If I had to pick between the two careers I’d go back to being a therapist. (pay sucks though)

10. I have a certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting, victim advocacy and as a paralegal. The legal system in this country is fascinating and is often mind boggling.

11. I believe in God. I try to read my Bible daily. I try to be a footstep follower of Jesus Christ.

12. I am addicted to Pinterist.  It’s what’s for dinner.

13. I love my children with all my heart.

14. My best friends are my sanity. They listen to my sob stories, and provide shoulders to cry on.

15. I am very emotional. I cry. I cry a lot.

16. I love music, loud music. When I am in the car alone I blast my radio. Music provides a physical and emotional release for me.

17. I need to lose 25 pounds.

18. My favorite season is summer. I want to move somewhere warm. Soon!

19. I used to be a DJ and  a sound engineer.

20. Since I’ve started working day shift I have become a coffee drinker. I love my Kuerig brewer. I am not a day person but I make it work.

I know I’m boring but I love ya, Lexi

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 1


I haven’t written anything on my blog for a very long time. Every time I get ready to do some creative writing, book reviewing, or reading a book  for that matter life gets in the way. So I am using this thirty day blogging challenge as a way to reignite my inner blogger. Unfortunately for me I am already five days behind. 

The challenge for today is to blog about my blogs name. My blog is called Lexi Flint’s Author Alcove.  I came up with my blog’s name because I love reading in quiet places like the cozy alcove in a library. Alcove: a recess in a room for a bed, bookcases, or the like,  (source Dictionary.com) and I have a lot of books. I’m still working on building my on cozy reading area. When I was younger my reading spot was in the attic of my mom’s house. It was cold in the winter and hot in the summer but I could read undisturbed for hours.

The purpose of my blog is to invite authors into my online alcove to discuss writing, their books, and book reviews. Occasionally I will share some of my own personal writing as well. I am going to try and reconnect with my online writing community to share more new books and new writers with you.  Why don’t you join the challenge with me? Until next time, Lexi

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Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin, book review by Lexi Flint


Losing Logan  is another well written, touching and thought provoking novel by Sherry D. Ficklin. Losing Logan touches on many subjects that teens are faced with each day such as bullying, suicide, self esteem, teen pregnancy, sexuality and relationships without being preachy. These subjects are weaved seamlessly and subtly into the story. Losing Logan is a love story, a ghost story, a mystery. Losing Logan made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me remember how it feels to be young and in love and haunted by my dead boyfriend.

All of the characters are well written and fully flushed out. The emotions are raw and real and reverberate throughout the book.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers because I want you to experience this book for yourself. From page one you are immediately drawn into the world of Zoe and Logan as they try to solve  his murder and to figure out the ramifications of falling in love when only one of them is alive.  Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin is a must read.

Losing Logan is set to be released May 2nd 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing.

Book Blurb

“What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.
Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy”


Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin                Sherry D. Ficklin


To learn more about Losing Logan author  Sherry D. Ficklin please click here.

Website     www.sherryficklin.com

Twitter      authorsherry

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/Author_Sherry

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Taste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan, a book review by Lexi Flint


Taste Me Deadly, by Nikki Duncan , is book  five of the Sensory Op Series by the author. This is my first time reading a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. This book, being part of a series, had me feeling as if  I had missed something, although each book is supposed to stand alone. I could tell the author had prior knowledge of these characters and their relationship to each other but failed to let me in on the secret.  However, the action and heat  in this book started quickly and had me holding my breath until the very end.

Taste Me Deadly is the story of Greyson Craig and FBI agent Liam Burgess. Greyson has spent the last five years in witness protection while Liam has been saving himself for his lost love. Their relationship is as passionate as it is fragile. One wrong move on either of their parts could destroy not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.  Taste Me Deadly has more than enough plot twists to keep you guessing who the real good and bad guys are.

Taste Me Deadly is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting more.  The story features a strong heroine and a sexy hero in a story I’d call romantic suspense. I do suggest that you read the Sensory Op books in order so that you have a better understanding of the supporting characters and their relationships to Greyson and Liam.  Taste Me Deadly jumps  right into the fire with scenes so hot you need to be careful you don’t get burned.  Taste Me Deadly is a a quick entertaining read . I wish it had  lasted just a few pages longer.  



Book Blurb

"Under the knife, under the gun…and under no illusion he’ll sacrifice everything for her.

Sensory Ops, Book 5

After five years in Witness Protection, Greycen Craig’s life of careful routine is upended when she learns her sister is the victim in a hit and run, hospitalized, unconscious, and needing a kidney only Grey can give.

Despite warnings that this “accident” is a ruse to draw her out into the open, Grey risks everything to race back to Miami—where she comes face to face with the one man she aches to trust.

FBI agent Liam Burgess thinks he’s prepared for the moment Grey walks into her sister’s hospital room. But the moment the woman who holds his heart appears, his tongue is almost too tied to remember to ask one burning question—why she disappeared in Las Vegas two years ago.

As Grey struggles with what to tell him—everything or nothing—the danger that drove her underground resurfaces, threatening everyone she loves. And the only safe place to run is the arms of the one man she can’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Warning: This title contains a hero who knows who he wants and isn’t afraid to fight for her and a heroine with secrets she fears hold the power to unravel all their dreams. "

You can learn more about Taste Me Deadly and Nikki Duncan on the following websites.

Twitter www.twitter.com/NDuncanWriter

Facebook  www.facebook.com/NDuncanWriter

Website : www.nikkiduncan.com

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Somewhere In My Mind, a poem by Lexi Flint


There is a seaside village

I can visit in my mind

anytime I need a break

from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

On the shore I hear seagulls

I feel the warm salty breeze

against my cheek.


the cool water splashing my ankles

the soft wet grainy sand

squishing between my toes

Sitting along the edge of the ocean

watching the sun rise over the crashing waves

the tide rolling out to lands unknown

carrying all my anxieties away

This is the place

where I can just be me

not a mom

not a wife

not an employee

Just me,

sitting in the sand

my breathing in rhythm with the ocean waves

I whisper a prayer of thanksgiving

into the wind,

sailing on the wings of the gulls

out to sea

following the horizon

ascending to heaven.

and God’s waiting ears.

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Road Blocks, a poem by Lexi Flint

Road blocks, a poem by Lexi Flint

Trying to move forward

holding on to the past




yet unfulfilled.

Road blocks

in my mind

in the form of







stop the flow of creativity

from my brain

to my fingertips

from my keyboard

into your soul.

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Before my first up of coffee, a poem by Lexi Flint

February 5th 2014

Before my first cup of coffee,

the call light is ringing.

I am not ready.

It is too early to think.

My brain is still foggy from lack of sleep.

Yet on squeaky rubber soles

I gently enter your room

to fluff your pillow,

silence you alarm,

ease your pain,

or hold your hand

Whatever you need

to calm your fears

I am there.

I am a nurse.


Before my second cup of coffee

I am pressing on your chest

pounding to the rhythm in my head

“Ah ,Ah, Ah, Ah ,Staying Alive, Staying Alive”

100 compressions a minute

Sweat dripping down my face

in a race to save your life

two minutes to check and see

if my rhythm

has restored your rhythm.


By the third cup of coffee

my adrenaline is pumping

I am ready to start my day

Four hours into a twelve hour shift

I still have charting left undone

but there are call lights to answers,

meds to give,

bedpans to empty,

hands to hold

and lives to save.

I enter the next room on my list.

“Hi my name is Lexi,

I will be your nurse today.

How can I help you?”


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My Body, My Choice by Lexi Flint


I have been a health care employee for over 20 years and have never had to take a flu shot.  I work overtime weekly because we are so short staffed, and I can’t remember the last time I had to call in. Now I am being mandated to take a flu shot or lose my job. This is happening to health care workers across the country. My primary care physician told me yesterday that if medical staff refuse to take the flu shot they are denied admitting privileges for their patients at area hospital.    This is outright blackmail and should not be tolerated.  If our patients have the right to choose what substances are put into their bodies shouldn’t the health care workers taking care of them have the same rights?  Our basic human rights are being violated. Flu shots are being mandated under the guise of protecting the patient, but who is protecting the employee ? Today its a flu shot, what will tomorrow bring?

Most people that work in health care do so because they like to help people. We give of our time energy and hearts to help our clients regain health and give comfort to those in need. We give of ourselves to help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives and most days we enjoy doing so. However, when employers mandate yearly flu vaccines you take away personal right to choose what is best for their health. The decision about vaccination should be up to the individual and should not be required as a condition for employment.

Our clients have the right to accept or refuse any medical treatment they don’t wants without threats or harassment and healthcare works should have the same rights. Health care organizations can work with their employees to encourage flu vaccination participation without violating their civil liberties.

The CDC encouraged health care workers to be vaccinated against the flu, it is not mandated. The CDC estimated that the vaccine for the 2012-13 flu season was only 56 percent effective. If you know that something may or may not be effective shouldn’t each individual be given the option to choose if they like those odds?  And while flu vaccination is beneficial for some it is not without risk or side effect such as soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, hoarseness; sore, red or itchy eyes; cough, fever, body aches, itching, fatigue, seizure, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea and more.

Mandatory employee flu vaccination is also not recommended by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA). The Joint Commission only requires that health care organizations their educate staff and practitioners about the vaccine; control and prevention measures outside the vaccination regime; and the diagnosis, transmission and impact of influenza.

Please help protect employee rights to choose what goes into their bodies. There are other alternatives to preventing the spread of the flu virus, such as hand washing, use of personal protective equipment, increased housekeeping staff and education of the community at large to decrease the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases.

Follow this link to to join the fight to protect health care workers rights and jobs.

We only need 55 more signatures for our petition to be delivered to our elected officials. It may be too late to save my job but if I can help one doctor, nurse, lab tech, respiratory therapist, paramedics ect save their jobs then I have done my duty.


For more information see the link below.

From www.NCIV.org

  • “American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) representing 9 million workers: “The Healthy People 2020 Objective of 90 Percent Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel Is A Goal Rather Than a Mandatory Requirement”

    “Unilateral Implementation Of Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs In Unionized Healthcare Facilities Is A Violation Of The National Labor Relations Act – NVAC Should Not Endorse Illegal Acts By Employers”

    “Healthcare workers must be permitted to refuse the annual seasonal influenza vaccination without fear of reprisal for medical, religious, or personal reasons.”

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) representing 1.5 million members: “The mandate should be the adoption of a comprehensive standard similar to OSHA blood-borne pathogen standard with requirements for training, voluntary immunization and declination after education.”
  • Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA) representing 60,000 flight attendants at 23 airlines: “AFA does not support making influenza vaccination a condition of employment for HCP. As stated in the draft report, this is a controversial and hotly debated recommendation. It is also one that if adopted will have significant, career-altering consequences for workers who object strongly (for whatever reason) to influenza vaccination.”
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): “OSHA is a strong supporter of appropriate education, ready access and signed declination statements for HCP vaccinations. OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard regarding Hepatitis B education and vaccination is a best-practice model. Influenza vaccination exemptions should be allowed for HCP with valid medical contraindications to vaccinations, or religious and/or personal objections.”

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Sometimes It Falls, a poem by Lexi Flint

Generational sin,

intentionally hide

in a closet full of skeletons.

They say, " Don’t talk about what happens in this house!"

You learn the rules at a very young ages.

Is it fear?




Secrets of the past

destined to be repeated,

if not treated,


destroyed with words of acceptance and love.

Behaviors passed down,

right or wrong?

It has been so long.

The world destroys our men,

Our men devalue our women,

Our women ignore the children

who should be seen and not heard

at times,


The Bible says there is a time for everything.

to sow and to reap,  to weep and to laugh.

Now is the time to rebuild our families,

restore our communities

mend our broken homes, hearts

It has been said that,

"a cloud of sin hangs over all of us

and sometimes it falls. "

I choose to carry an umbrella.


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Sound Waves, a poem by Lexi Flint


A hot cup of coffee, black.

Smooth jazz flowing through my radio speakers

on a sunny Friday morn

makes the longing I feel inside

just a little easier to bear.


I take one more drag off my singular cigarette of the day

smoke rings encircle my dreadlocked head

clouding my mind,

shifting images of you

less clear with each passing day.

You become better.

Less of what you are,

more of what I envision you to have been.

The you I dream of.

Personal deception of an aging mind

I guess.

Makes me long for what we had.

the images of the perfection we once weren’t

Ha Ha

waxing poetic over a hot cup of coffee

smooth jazz flowing on the sound waves

crashing into the foggy memories in my mind.


Lexi Flint

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