by Ben Lokey

             “Why am I here, with you?” asked Evelyn.

            That was not a question Stanford White, world famous architect and man about town was familiar with. The fact was, no one had ever asked him that. He had to think for a long moment, had to ask it of himself, another thing he was not in the habit of doing.   

            “I create beautiful things. I love beautiful things. That’s why you’re here with me.”                                               

            “Because I’m beautiful?”


            “Beauty fades,” said Evelyn.

            “Everything fades, nothing lasts,” said Stan. “All things are temporary. Beauty, life, the seasons.”   


             “Yes, kittens, even love. So we must enjoy it while we have it. Love nourishes the soul. It’s the substance that gives life to my work.”                                    

            “You’re not in love with me. You’re in love with beauty. You’re obsessed with it.”                                         

              “Obsessed, seduced, what does it matter? The whole world wants to be seduced by something, someone.”



Beauty Possessed” is the true story and a well documented example of where obsessions can lead, if they are not controlled. Three different people with three different obsessions. A devil’s triangle that ends in murder and insanity.  By her sixteenth birthday, in 1900, Evelyn was known by millions for her underage sexuality, sparking an entirely new industry of news and gossip and pouring fuel onto the fire that was America’s growing obsession with beauty, glamour, celebrity and sex. If you would care to read more about Beauty Possessed, look at actual pictures of Evelyn, Harry and Stanford, and read snippets, I invite you to visit my webpage at: 


[ əb sésh’n ]

preoccupation: an idea or feeling that completely occupies the mind, state of being obsessed: the state of being obsessed by somebody or something uncontrollable persistence of idea: the uncontrollable persistence of an idea or emotion in the mind, sometimes associated with psychiatric disorder, a persistent unwanted idea or impulse that cannot be eliminated by  reasoning.  Synonyms: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, preoccupation

 Are you obsessed? What with? A person, a thing, WRITING? Is it uncontrollable? Persistent? Would you give it up if you could? Or perhaps, like Stanford White, you consider the object of your obsession to be the substance that gives life to your life. Perhaps writing about obsession is your obsession. To most, it seems that obsession is the salt in our food, the roller coaster in our ride, and the chances are good that we will continue paying for that ride, in one way or the other.

 I’ll be giving away several copies of Beauty Possessed, at the end of the blog hop, to the most interesting respondents to my post. Let me know what you think about obsession and what you are obsessed with. 

Best wishes,

Ben Lokey



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  1. I’m obsessed with trying to find new, creative ways to tell my fiancee how much I love him. I spend hours scouring the web for cute ideas. Whether they be DIY craft projects, cards, recipes, words…I most recently stumbled upon a website that gave me the idea for a passport to love, where you stage “staycations” each month with a theme for each country you’d travel to. For example, for Germany, in October, you can celebrate “Oktoberfest” by having brats and beer, and having your date revolve around the celebration festivities, or by watching a movie set in Germany. (The Dating Divas in case you wanted to check it out!) I love him and think it’s important to let him know every single day in some way or another. It may be crazy, but when you love someone so much, it’s hard to NOT show them 🙂

    Thank you so much for the post and for the giveaway! 🙂

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  2. Oh- I have a list of them: facts (I am pedantic that way). Books – obsessed with them – hoard them. Reading near constantly for pleasure or review.. Cooking – creating new, healthy, and tasty recipes and meals: trying to find substitutions and options that range from high-end to budget conscious.. getting kids to eat vegetables willingly rather than under duress. Coffee.. obsessed with it. Have been since I was 12. Writing, and doing it well – well enough to share / attempt / publish. Lastly – obsessed with my own HEA and trying to make the HFN moments sequential and important because I think that is what gets the HEA and makes it sing.

    thank you for participating

  3. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  4. At the moment, I’m obsessed with working out, specifically lifting weights. It started out as a chore, then became a habit. I’m irritated when I don’t meet a scheduled workout which has been happening lately because of strained muscles.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

    • I find people pretty understanding and lenient with us for our book/reading obsession. Probably because most people respect the reading process. Don’t you sometimes hear the unspoken whispers “Read one for me, Cassie.” Thanks for participating. Happy reading.

  5. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA’s, the love. I love it all!

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