May 13, 2022

“Nothing’s wrong with a hug, is there?”

 An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque



Warren sits at the kitchen table with me and we go over the books.  When he starts talking about taxation, Warren can see by the blank look on my face that I’m puzzled.

“It’s OK; we can go over this another time.  After a while this will become old hand to you.”

He puts his hand on mine.  The electric shock I receive from his touch makes me pull my hand away quickly.  I look down, afraid to look into his beautiful blue eyes.  I’m in love with you, I think, but I’ll never tell.

Warren gets up and walks to the coat rack.  He picks up his hat, hugs me goodbye and says, “Take care of yourself, love.”

I close the door and lean on it.  My heart is beating very fast.

Nothing’s wrong with a hug, is there?  Surely it was a friendly hug, meant to give me courage.


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April 09, 2022

“It’s not that bad, is it? Let me have a look at the books.”

An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque



Warren turns to me, “How’s business?”

“We are surviving.  Every day, I hear tenants’ bad news like death in the family and someone sick and I count my blessings.”

“Yes, they do have a way to pull your heartstrings, don’t they?  Eugene used to tell me about the silly tenant issues he used to hear all the time.  I guess you don’t hear trivial things anymore...”

“Oh, I still do.  The other day I had a phone call at dinner time.  One of the tenants kept me on the phone until my food was cold complaining about the tenants above her shaking mops full of dust from their windows with the result that she received the benefits.  She expected me to drop everything right then and there and go speak to her neighbour.  Sometimes I want to change my number!”

Warren laughs, “Understandable!  How are we doing financially?”

“Our expenses are enormous.  Tenants don’t realize how their actions affect us.  They leave taps running, lights are left on; more damage is done in one minute than we can replace in a month’s time.  I’m worried about running into debt.  Our rental payments are in arrears from one to four months.  I lowered the rents to keep the tenants, but with high interest and vacancies, I believe we’ll have a loss this year.”

Warren considers my words.  “It’s not that bad, is it?  Let me have a look at the books.”


If you liked this excerpt from Trouble and Strife, you can buy the book at any of the following links:

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March 11, 2022

“In the Pink: A World War II Story,” is now available everywhere!

Hello everyone!

“In the Pink: A World War II Story,” is now officially available for order everywhere!  Click on any of the following links to see the book at your preferred retailer:

Austin Macauley Publishers™ (my publisher)

Thanks again for your interest and support!



- Johanne Levesque


February 13, 2022

My new book, “In the Pink: A World War II Story,” is now available to order!

Hello all!

Great news: My new book, “In the Pink: A World War II Story,” is now officially available for order through my publisher, Austin Macauley Publishers!  In the coming weeks, it will also become available through major retailers, like Amazon and others.

If you enjoyed my first book, "Trouble and Strife," you should order a copy of the sequel now by clicking on the book cover or link below!

Thank you for your interest and support!


- Johanne Levesque




January 08, 2022

“As we walk back to the bus stop, a black cat crosses our path...”

 An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque



Every year, we go to the Sunnyside Amusement Park.  This year, I thought we would not be able to afford it but Eugene said it would be fine.  I’m glad to see the children so excited.  It is a gorgeous spring day with temperatures in the 70s.  The children will have a lovely time.

Evelyn loves the giant rollercoaster, and she would be on it all day long if it was up to her, so she’s lucky her big sister Gloria doesn’t mind going along with her.  Gloria is so patient with Evelyn.  I don’t know how she does it.  Evelyn will no doubt talk non-stop the whole time they are up in the rollercoaster.

Alvin likes the carousel.  He insists I ride with him over and over, but all I get out of it is dizziness with a queasy stomach.  Melvin loves the games and wins a stuffed animal for both Alvin and Evelyn every year.

“I don’t want a pig.  I want a dog,” whines Evelyn as she pulls the dog out of Alvin’s arms.

Alvin takes the pig with no protest.

It’s good to have the family together like this.  It doesn’t happen very often.  Melvin and Gloria are working and going out with their friends a lot these days and Eugene never stops working, as usual.  His face shows signs of constant worry.  He has more vacant apartments now than he ever had.  I hope that things will get better soon.

It’s getting cooler, so we decide it’s time to go home.  We used to have a motorcar, but Eugene sold it after Christmas.  He says he has to reduce his expenses.  We took the bus to get here today.  As we walk back to the bus stop, a black cat crosses our path.


If you liked this excerpt from Trouble and Strife, you can buy the book at any of the following links:

Austin Macauley Publishers™ (my publisher)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
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Indigo
Walmart