WRITER’S GRAPEVINE MABON EDITION
BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER
TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING (AUTHOR, BLOGGER, BUSINESS ASSIST)
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Hello everyone and welcome to another Incredible edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.
How do I know it’s Incredible? Because it’s filled with “Incredible” contributors. But the proof is as they say… “In the pudding.” Or in this case on the page. So, I invite you to read, and enjoy.
Before we get started with all the great things this Writer’s Grapevine has to offer, I’d like to take a moment to apologize for the lateness of this month’s edition. I make plans and life happens. There’s no way around it and so rather than lament things I can do nothing about I’ve chosen to take what life throws at me and create something great.
That having been said, the September edition of the Writer’s Grapevine just so happens to coincide with WordPress Wednesday and is going to be full of a great fall harvest of literary news, events, and blogger surprises.
Grab your favorite drink, snuggle down into your most comfortable reading nest and ready yourself for some great discoveries.
This month we have new releases, great articles and reports of things to come. So, without further ado, here’s the Writer’s Grapevine Mabon Edition just for you.
Of course, as always you’re invited to share. Just make certain to either send out or copy the newsletter, or if you choose to share specific items make certain to copy each one in its completion thus giving the author or business full credit.
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AUTHOR JO E. PINTO
NEW RELEASE 2019
DADDY WON’T LET MOM DRIVE THE CAR: TRUE TALES OF PARENTING IN THE DARK
BY: JO ELIZABETH PINTO (COPYRIGHT 2019)
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WHAT’S UP AT TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING…?
Not only do we have a great group of sponsors for the month, but we’ve also got a bunch of continually busy writers and business owners in our midst. As you can see below the work just never seems to stop.
First, we have author Lynda McKinney Lambert with yet another book coming soon. Seems to me it was just a month or so ago that we were announcing her latest published work and here we are again. So, without further ado, I give you Lynda to tell us all the magnificent details.
Dear friends and supporters,
I hope your day is as lovely as mine is here in western PA this afternoon. I’ve taken breaks periodically to take the dogs out to enjoy it.
Bob is sitting in a comfortable chair on the front porch, reading his library book. With summer winding down, and autumn coming along soon, I have some really nice news to share today.
My chapbook, first snow, is now ready to begin the Pre-Publication ordering process from Finishing Line Press. Yes, I said, first snow! That is the name of my little chapbook, with 30 poems on a wintry-theme. I know you will love the cover as much as I did when I saw it for the first time last week. I am overjoyed that the editors decided to use a photo of our 2 dogs for the cover design. There they are, walking in the snow – Miss Dixie tulip and Miss Mitchell. Two rescued dogs who are living a “happy forever” with Bob and me.
I wrote a blog post about it today:
The Pre-Ordering process is so important to me because it will determine the press run. The chapbook looks fantastic and I am so proud of this publication.
Thank so much for your friendship and encouragement. Please help me spread the word that the Pre-Orders are now open.
Here’s to a fantastic autumn, just around the corner.
Lynda’s Authors Page- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/lyndalambert
Lynda’s Official Authors Page: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/
Smashwords – get my e-book: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lyndalambert
Website & Blog: Lynda McKinney Lambert – Official Author’s Website
Scan-A-Blog – A quiet Place of Inspiration, Art, Nature, Literature
*** TWO DAYS LATER***
TODAY: first snow is Book of the Day on Finishing Line Press.
first snow – featured on Finishing Line Press social media sites.
FLP is running a paid advertisement this week on social media for my new chapbook!
Next, all the way from New Zealand we have Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House to let you know of all the new releases from the amazing authors she represents. As you’ll see below, Claire and I are always working as a team. Dropping each other notes and keeping things straight.
Plaisted Publishing House
Hello everyone. I’m here to tell you about what is going on at Plaisted Publishing House. Who is doing what!
First, we have our client, multi-award-winning author, Wanda Luthman who has just released her third Franky book called, Franky the Friendly Flamingo. This is a full-colour children’s book with the illustrations by Mara Reitsma. This book is available in eBook and Print.
The cover shows Franky with all his friends.
M E Hembroff is another children’s author who lives in Canada. Ms Hembroff is also an Artist and produces her own artwork for her books, including the book cover. Our first book together was called ‘The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin’ It is set in two different eras with part being a diary the young child is reading.
This is the book cover for ‘The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin’ It shows a young girl with golden hair and wearing a blue dress looking into the forest where a small log cabin is situated.
The diary idea will continue in ‘Voices of Yesterday’. You can find out more about Ms Hembroff at:
We have recently released our Ghostly Romance Anthology of short stories and poetry. The eBook is FREE and paperback will follow shortly.
The book cover shows a young woman holding the hands of her ghost lover on the cusp of the ocean. The way the waves are rolling forward make the young man look like his has angel wings.
On ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ we will have our 4th Ghostly Rites Anthology (used to be Ghostly Writes Anthology) out. Once again, this wonderful book will be full of short stories and at least two poems. At present we are accepting submissions. This closes on the last day of September with a week leeway, after which we will be editing and proofreading. All books are written in the various English of where the Author resides. The eBook will be FREE, though if you need Amazon, it takes a while to sort out.
All clients hold copyright to their manuscripts and all royalties. We teach you how to upload work to distribution sites if need be. This is all part of how we assist our clients to grow their knowledge. If you’d like to learn more you can find us at
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Thanks for reading our update.
Now, if that’s not enough excitement to curl your hair, just wait, there’s more. There’s lots of exciting news to report from DLD Books. Here are all the incredible details From Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services
It’s been a very busy year for David and me, with numerous books edited and published. Here in September, we’re about to get John Justice’s fifth book out. That’s Vanessa’s Story: A Novel. I’m also working on a second nonfiction book, a memoir, by Mary Hiland, author of The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living. Ann Chiappetta will soon be sending us her fourth book, this one a collection of short stories.
Website for John Justice: https://www.dldbooks.com/johnjustice/
Website for Mary Hiland: https://www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland/
Website for Ann Chiappetta: https://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/
However, we are happy to start lining up subsequent projects for the fall and winter. As usual, those will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
Please note that we are also happy to edit shorter projects, such as essays, articles, and stories, while we work on longer projects. We often have a few things going at the same time, as David and I have separate computers in separate rooms and often do quite distinct work on our various editing projects.
David is also glad to help previously published authors, those who have the rights to their older works back, re-issue those works as new, self-published editions. He has been doing a lot of such work for the science fiction writer David Zindell, who is the author of numerous long science fiction and fantasy novels that previously sold very well. Mr. Zindell is delighted with David’s help with revitalizing his writing career. I edited a newer book of Zindell’s, an astonishing autobiography called Splendor (C 2015). His website is https://www.davidzindell.com/
If you know of any authors who would like editing help of any kind, the best thing you can send them is the URL for DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. That is: http://www.dldbooks.com/ The website provides a comprehensive overview of our services and prices. Prospective clients are also welcome to contact either of us by email (see below) or call us at home at 303-985-2327. However, email is best.
We do not anticipate raising our prices, which have been the same since 2009. They remain $20 per hour for all who are blind, otherwise disabled, and/or low-income and $25 per hour for others. Our most basic aim is to provide excellent, comprehensive services at very reasonable
A brief update on our own writing:
David’s latest book, his 29th, is When We Landed on the Moon: A Memoir, by David Dvorkin. It’s about his four years at NASA working on five of the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. The book is for sale in e-book ($2.50) and print ($8.50) on Amazon and other bookselling sites. Full details are here: http://www.dvorkin.com/moonland/ David is also hard at work on two other books, both science fiction novels.
Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be doing some new advertising of my breast cancer memoir. The title of the third and latest edition, from 2012, is Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey. The book is in e-book and print, and a previous edition is in audio from Audible. Full details are here: https://www.leonoredvorkin.com/brcan/
Our best to all,
Leonore and David
Home (best number to call): 303.985.2327
My website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com (books, articles, language services, and more)
David’s website: http://www.dvorkin.com
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David’s cell: 303.885.3421
DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/
SAVE THE DATE…
Here are events you don’t want to miss.
*NOTE* This call will be recorded. If you’re not able to attend and you’d like a copy of this recording, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with Recording Phone Chat in the subject line and your name and email in the body of your message and I’ll be happy to send you a recording when it’s available.
Phone Chat Info…
When? Thursday, September 26, 3 P.M. Eastern.
Where? dial-in number (712) 770-5505.
How? The access code is 662-501. Once you’ve entered that, the automated voice will say, “If you’re the host, press Star. If not, please wait, and you’ll be joined into the conference. Just ignore that and wait a few seconds. If you’re the first one in, you’ll hear music.
We will have a guest presenter for this call.
Multi genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell will join us to talk about the trials and triumphs of her writing career. See her information below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
She is a graduate of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (DPT for the Blind). Further education, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia; Creative Writing, The Hadley Institute for the Blind; Creative Writing Creative Writing Institute; Novel Writing University of Wisconsin-Madison
Books by Phyllis Campbell.
New Release 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
Other books by Phyllis Campbell…
COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001
FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997
The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.
Who Will hear Them Cry, April 2012
A Place To Belong August, 2012
Out of the Night February, 2014
If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
To see more visit: http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all
Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phyllis-Staton-Campbell-361675114286715/
Now from Jo Elizabeth Pinto
Jo Elizabeth Pinto, Rosalee Remington, and Charles Peraino will chat about their recently released books with the Early Risers Book Club. Offerings include Pinto’s novel about how the lives of kids from the projects can be changed by mentoring and her nonfiction book about parenting blind, Remington’s historical fiction romance about life in the 1930’s Missouri hills, and Peraino’s selections of true-life adventures, memoirs from his mother-in-law, spy stories, and other page turners. Delightful coffee and breakfast options are available.
3795 Wadsworth Boulevard
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Jo Elizabeth Pinto
“The Bright Side of Darkness”
Is my award-winning novel,
Available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.
See all my work at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto
Next up we have an announcement from Annie Chiappetta.
When? September 26, 2019. 6 PM Central.
What? Annie Chiappetta will be discussing her new book, Words of Life: Poems and Essays.
Where? On Disability and Progress, heard at KFAI 90.3
Can’t make it for the live show? No worries. Catch the archived broadcast at: http:www.kfai.org/disabilityandprogress
MORE ABOUT ANN AND HER WORK
In this new collection, Words Of Life: Poems And Essays, the author once again exhibits the ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life.
Ann Chiappetta M.S., is an author and poet. Her writing has been featured in publications and literary journals. Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath & Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow. Her books, the poetry collection Upwelling: Poems (2016), the memoir Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust (2017), and Words of Life: Poems and Essays (2019) are available in both ebook and print formats. See http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/ for purchasing details.
Ann’s blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com
Ann’s personal website: http://www.annchiappetta.com
Honey Natural Remedies: Not Just for
Honey Home Remedies
By Heather Blackmore
Looking for a natural alternative to common over-the-counter medications? The cure
may be closer than you think. Learn more about natural remedies using honey!
Honey, that wonderfully sticky elixir, could be the key to righting what ails you. Before
you go rushing to the kitchen though, keep in mind that most supermarket honey is
processed and devoid of any nutritional or medicinal value. Local, raw, unprocessed
honey is the golden ticket.
Is Honey Good for You?
At 64 calories per tablespoon, it isn’t exactly low-cal. But the benefits far outweigh the
high sugar content. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants,
honey’s nutritional values vary based on the nectar source. Generally, the darker the
honey, the greater the antioxidant punch. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory
and antifungal properties make it a must-have natural remedy for any household.
Honey Natural Remedies
Quell the Cough
A spoonful of honey to ease nighttime cough proved more effective than
dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and diphenhydraminein (an antihistamine) in
a study involving 139 children. It coats the throat and soothes irritated nerve endings.
Sports dieticians have advised their athletes to incorporate honey into a pre-workout
snack for a great carb load. Dissolve one to two tablespoons in water or add it to
Get Some Zzzz
A spoonful of honey before bed could have you counting sheep sooner than later.
Honey causes a rise in insulin which triggers the release of serotonin, a
neurotransmitter linked to mood and happiness. Serotonin is converted to melatonin, a
chemical that regulates sleep.
Shake the Flakes
Scalp got you scratching? Lather up with a bit of honey. Participants in a 2001 study
published by the European Journal of Medical Research applied a solution of honey and
warm water to flaky or itchy areas of the scalp then left it for three hours before rinsing.
After just one week of every-other-day applications, dandruff sufferers reported a
reduction in itching and scaling. Within a few weeks of the regimen, skin lesions had
completely healed and hair loss was significantly reduced.
Apply a coating of the sweet stuff to wounds and burns, then bandage. Change the
dressing daily until the wound has closed. “Honey dressings” for burns, scrapes and
surgical wounds have proven effective in speeding up the healing process. The
antibacterial properties of honey, coupled with naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide,
offer up an effective healing cocktail. Studies on Manuka honey found that it treated
over 250 clinical strains of bacteria, but any raw unprocessed honey will help.
A spoonful of honey taken after one-to-many drinks may be just what your liver needs.
Sugars in honey help to speed up alcohol oxidation, ridding toxins from your body
faster. Drinking lots of water, in addition to the honey, helps too.
Soothe A Breakout
Raw, unprocessed honey applied as a mask to acne prone areas and allowed to sit for
15 to 20 minutes before rinsing may help reduce inflammation and redness. While
unproven to kill P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne, honey’s antibacterial properties
can improve the skin’s appearance.
Insect Bite Relief
Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties may help with itch relief. Try a drop on an
Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions parents of children under the age
of 12 months. Their underdeveloped immune systems leave them vulnerable to
botulism, a serious form of food poisoning. Dirt and dust containing botulism bacteria
spores can creep into honey and wreak havoc on little tummies. Best to steer clear until
their first birthday.
Nothing is better than local honey. If interested, see what’s involved in raising your own
Her Own Woman
By Trish Hubschman
Aunt Ginny was Grandma’s first cousin. The two girls were born four days apart in 1907 and grew up in the same house. Their mothers were sisters and fathers brothers. Aunt Ginny’s father passed away when she was in her early teens. She and her mother continued to live with Grandma’s parents until she completed high school, and then mother and daughter moved out. Aunt Ginny worked thereafter as a stenographer to support them.
She went on the first date with her future husband, Uncle Bill, five years later, but because of the Depression and their responsibilities to their families, Virginia and Bill lost contact with each other. Over the next decade, Aunt Ginny and her mother lived in California. Soon after their return to Brooklyn in 1940, Aunt Ginny and Uncle Bill were reunited. They wed a few months later. He was forty-two, she thirty-three. They never had children. In 1953, she was elected co-chairman of the Republican Party in her district. She held this post for twenty-three years, and then retired.
In 1976, when I was twelve, Aunt Ginny and Uncle Bill moved from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Long Island’s North Fork. As retirees, they wanted to pursue their favorite pastime, golf. Occasionally, the Grand-folks and I made the hour plus drive out East and spent the weekend at Aunt Ginny’s. I loved it! I was with my favorite foursome and felt special.
Every day at high tide, me, Grandma and Ant Ginny would walk down to the beach. The Bay was at the opposite end of the block, a quarter mile up and down hill. Aunt Ginny proclaimed that if hers and Grandma’s older legs could carry them, my younger ones could too. Grandpa and Uncle Bill stayed at the house. The two men drove, the ladies didn’t. Aunt Ginny and Grandma were wonderful swimmers. I tried to copy their moves, but I always sank. Sometimes we waded together in the water in what we called the train.
Sometimes, Aunt Ginny invited me to come out and stay a week with her. Mom would take me there and the Grand-folks would come out the following weekend and I’d go home with them.
In 1980, at seventy-three, Aunt Ginny got her driver’s license. Uncle Bill was sick and she had to drive him back and forth to doctors and the hospital. Every so often, when I was out there, Aunt Ginny would drive us down to the beach. Walking really wasn’t bad, but the going down there was easier than the coming back home after a couple of hours in the sun and water.
We read books together, did the New York Times crossword puzzle. I tried to read the Times, a different section than Aunt Ginny was reading at that moment, but truth be told, I don’t think I had the brains for it. Aunt Ginny said it took practice.
In 1984, I went up to the State University of new York at Albany for a year. Aunt Ginny and I wrote each other letters. She was so proud of me when I told her I was helping on the Reagan campaign committee. She sent me a Reagan/Bush poster, which I hung on my dorm room door. The night of the election, it was viciously torn down and ripped to shreds.
Grandpa died and Grandma fell and broke her hip a year later. She was in a wheelchair the rest of her life. My favorite two older ladies were at my wedding in 1992. I had the photographer take a special picture with Aunt Ginny with the bride and groom. Grandma passed away the following year. Shortly thereafter, mom moved Aunt Ginny into an assistive living facility closer. Aunt Ginny seemed to like it well enough. As the years rolled on, she got tired. At ninety-two, her legs gave out. She was hospitalized and passed away.
Never sick a day in her life, never sick in the end. She was an incredible, multi-faceted person. She was her own woman long before the time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER WORK…
RATINGS GAME (TALK SHOW QUEEN)
by Trish Hubschman (C 2019)
In print ($9.50) and e-book ($2.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.
Cover image, free text preview, buying links, and more:
Trish Hubschman has three previous Tracy Gayle mysteries in print: The Fire, Unlucky Break, and Stiff Competition (Miss America).
Synopsis of Ratings Game:
The Danny Tide story continues.
Somebody’s trying to kill the rock star’s second wife, talk–show hostess Blair Nelson. Danny and Tracy, now a couple expecting a baby, get pulled into it because Danny finally agrees to do an interview with his ex–wife. She’s been bugging him for a while.
That evening, after a draining day at Blair’s studio, when Danny and Tracy are home in bed, Danny’s phone goes off. It’s his and Blair’s daughter, Liz, announcing that she found her mother unconscious on her bathroom floor. Blair ingested a drug overdose.
Who would want to eliminate the talk show queen, and why? Could the perpetrator be Blair’s housekeeper? Her personal assistant? The owner of the television station? The show’s producer? Even Danny and Liz are on the suspect list.
Everyone had opportunity, but no one has a motive. They’re all devoted to Blair. They need Blair to wake up and give them some answers.
In the foreground, a black TV camera is in sharp focus against a blurry blue and orange background. The words “A Tracy Gayle Mystery” are centered at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is at the bottom of the cover, off to the right. Both of those are in white letters. The main title, Ratings Game, is in red-orange letters just above the camera. The subtitle, Talk Show Queen, is in parentheses in dark gray letters on an off-white background on the small screen on the top of the camera.
Editing, cover design, print layout, and e-book conversion are by DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. Cover photo is by Joshua Hanson on Unsplash.
READING WITH THE AUTHOR…
1001 Erotic Nights (Mythic Erotica(
Author Thea Ramsay
One of the things that keeps me from writing is not writer’s block.
It’s reading. Yup. You heard me right. Reading.
Whether it be audio books or the stories of old-time radio, you can most often find me under one spell or another.
Then I came across Audible Escape. This isn’t just any membership, and by the way, Audible Escape is less per month than Audible regular.
Audible Escape is a special enchanting room in Audible’s library, featuring every kind of romance. From sweet and innocent, to steamy and explicit, to romantic comedies, family stories and the paranormal, … Audible Escape is the perfect, well, escape.
For my first magic carpet ride, I chose 1001 Erotic Nights by Alana Melos.
I’ve read these stories many times. The children’s stories which focus on magic and adventure, and the adult versions, whose tales range from erotic to magic, adventure, and wisdom tales.
I just finished 1001 Erotic Nights.
Maybe erotica isn’t my genre. I don’t know.
What I expected was exotic settings such as the Arabian Nights provides, featuring princes, princesses, and jinn. I imagined sumptuous feasts, both of food and love. Mostly, I expected stories which blend the erotic with the romantic. I imagined lovers writhing on sheets of silk, satin, maybe even fur.
What I got was very different.
Before I’d read half the book, I was thinking, this isn’t erotica; it’s pornography. I did enjoy Scheherezade’s hot wedding night with the sultan. That was sensual without being too carnal.
But as the heroine tells her tales, they become increasingly kinky. Not fun kinky, like lovers pleasuring each other on velvet or silk, or even pleasure with those things.
I’m talking about humiliation.
Okay, maybe I’ve seen Disney’s Aladdin one too many times. But when he starts slapping the princess around, I teared up. The author’s assertion that the princess secretly wanted to be treated this way made no difference to me.
Throughout the book, beautiful princesses are treated like whores. They are spanked, dominated, and spoken roughly to
As for the dialogue, I don’t know anyone who would be turned on by this.
Scherezade tells a tale of a prince who was transformed into a woman because he’d ‘touched another man’s slave’–yet another princess who liked to be punished and dominated.
Anyway, the only way to change the prince back into his manly form was a session of domination by a king.
How’s this for sexy, romantic speech?
“Come into your dirty slave!”
Dirty slave? Why not loving slave, if you want to play slave and master?
Everyone got their share of spankings and other forms of punishment.
This book should have been under the ‘BDSM’ category in my opinion.
It neither celebrated nor beautified sex or the human body. In fact, there were so many cocks and pussies and such things, I had to wonder if a woman really had written this, as women have protested porn as objectifying and exploitive.
This book turned all the beloved characters into dumb sex fiends. Scheherezade herself seems drunk on lust, and even though the odd confession of love, adoration, and even worship are made, it doesn’t seem to be based on anything but lust.
The beloved heroine who saved her people from a cuckolded king who became a murderous madman by entertaining him with tales of wisdom, magic, and adventure, is herself shallow. Her stories are about sexual domination, including physical punishment and verbal abuse.
There are no tales about how greed ruined one man, or foolishness another. The wisdom of the morality tales is nowhere to be found in this book. Whether in bed with the sultan or telling a story, our heroine seems to objectify men and women both.
I did love one thing. Scheherezade ends her tales by calling her husband, the sultan, to account for the murder of all those virgin brides he murdered. In a powerful moment, in which Scheherezade doesn’t use sex as a weapon or a power game, she demands that he make restitution to the families of the murdered girls.
I loved that!
Well, I’m off to another magic carpet ride. I love a good story and am always searching for enchantment.
As for 1001 Erotic Nights by Alana Melos, I think a lot more romance to go with all the great sex, minus the abuse, would have had me writhing on my bed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER WORK…
A VERY SPECIAL HOUSE
A novella by Canadian author Thea Ramsay
C 2018 / In e–book ($2.99) and print ($7.50) on Amazon
Full details of this and the author’s other publications, which are a novel and a short story: http://www.dldbooks.com/thearamsay/
Review by Leonore H. Dvorkin
Part ghost story, part psychological puzzle, and totally terrific, A Very Special House will no doubt haunt your memory for a long time to come. The evocation of the atmosphere of both Maui and the special “honey house” that resides there is superb. Unusual and striking are the author’s mentions of various beloved smells: of flowers, rain, wood, new paper, new pencils, food, and more. As a fellow writer, I have to say that this novella features some of the best and most realistic dialogue I’ve ever read. Throughout the book, the reader is borne along on alternating waves of memory and wishing, of what was and what was longed for. The surprise ending is deeply gratifying. Don’t miss this compact masterpiece by a very talented new author!
The smoke from her gun was followed by a burning pain in my side and a gush of red. Dizzy and suddenly cold with terror, I fell to the ground.
It hadn’t been personal. Not this time.
Stray bullet. Wrong place, wrong time, and all because I came back.
The last thing I heard was the man, Al, screaming at her to drop the weapon and call 911.
I was nearly overpowered by the damnedest urge to laugh. Paramedics busting in to save me, finding the gun, calling the cops while I bled out.
She dropped the gun and stared down at me. “Can’t you bleed somewhere else? God, my deck!”
I patted her arm or thought I did. “Don’t worry, dear. Your cell will be squeaky clean,” I said, or thought I did.
She didn’t respond, just looked at me in horror.
The last thing I felt was my temperature dropping, and such awful weakness, plus a strange sort of thinning, a widening, as though I were spilled water, as if I were melting into the rough wooden boards.
The last thing I thought was, Who will find my journal, and how will my kids know what I’ve written for them to see?
BLOG POSTS FOR WEEK OF: 09/23/2019.
First, from author Abbie Johnson Taylor’s blog My Corner comes…
MY ZOO STORY #FICTION
When I was a teen-ager, my father starred in a community theater production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Years later, this inspired me to write the following story. It was once published in a literary magazine produced by the University of Wyoming that no longer exists. Enjoy!
MY ZOO STORY
I’ve been to the zoo, well, not exactly. There aren’t many of those in Wyoming, but when I was a freshman in college, staying with my great aunt, I didn’t just speak that opening line as I strutted onstage in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. I lived the part of Jerry, the guy I played.
Grandma’s sister June lived in a house in Laramie. It was white with brown trim and surrounded by a white picket fence. Her husband was gone, and her children were grown and scattered across the country. She had one or two grandchildren, but her family rarely visited.
Since she could no longer drive, a van picked her up every day and took her to a senior center where she had lunch and played bingo and cards with friends. She also used the van to get to doctor and hair appointments. An aide from the senior center’s in-home services program cleaned her house once a week and helped her with grocery shopping. One evening a week, a friend picked her up and took her to someone else’s house to play bridge. Sometimes, the ladies played at June’s house.
When I started as a freshman at the University of Wyoming, Grandma insisted I live with June since Sheridan, my hometown where Grandma also lived, was halfway across the state. Since Grandma heard about drugs, sex, and wild parties on campus, she didn’t want her grandson to be distracted from his studies.
My parents agreed. Dad said he wouldn’t dole out extra money for me to live in a residence hall if I could live with June for free. “At least this year,” Mom said. “If you really don’t like it, maybe we can find you an apartment next year.”
June was only too happy to have a robust, young man in the house who could mow the lawn and do other chores. I barely knew her, but we got along pretty well. She didn’t give me any curfews, and I don’t think she would have minded if friends came over to hang out or study. I ate breakfast and supper with her every day during the week, and she always talked about goings-on at the senior center or something in the news that interested her or the television shows she watched. Her house wasn’t far from campus, so I could walk to and from classes.
Her pooch was a different story. Dad never let me have a dog because he said it was too expensive. Maggie was all black, and she didn’t like me for some reason. When I was with June, Maggie ignored me, curling up at the old lady’s feet when we ate or watched television. When I came home every day, June was resting in her room, and Maggie was in the yard.
Her ears went up, and she gave me a menacing growl when I inched open the gate and slipped through, closing it behind me. As I made my way toward the house, she lunged, but I kicked her and ran toward the front steps. She chased me, barking, growling, and nipping at my heels. I kicked her again and kept going until I made it up the steps and in the door, slamming it in her face. June apparently didn’t hear a thing.
At first, I tried talking to Maggie. “Hey girl, it’s okay. I live here. I’m your friend, your mommy’s great nephew.” She still tried to attack me.
I snuck around to the back of the house, but Maggie had a sixth sense and was waiting for me at the back gate with her usual growl. The back door was closer to the back gate than the front door was to the front gate, so it was easier to make a run for it.
June took Maggie for a walk twice a day and fed her hamburger and other treats besides her regular food. At mealtime, I saw her slipping meat to her under the table. Ever faithful, Maggie stayed by June’s side most of the time.
“How long have you had Maggie?” I asked her one evening at supper.
“She’s only been with me about a year. She belonged to a dear friend who passed away. When Gertrude was gone, Maggie was only too happy to come home with me. She doesn’t like strangers. The postman accused her of attacking him. Can you believe that, my Mags attacking someone?”
She reached down and slipped the dog a piece of chicken. “Anyway, that’s why we use the mailbox outside the front gate. She’s a cross between a Pitbull and a Doberman. Those dogs can be dangerous but not my Mags.”
I called home one night while June was at one of her bridge parties and explained the situation. “This sounds dangerous,” said Mom.
“Naw,” said Dad. “the dog probably just wants to play. Besides, we can’t make waves. We’re lucky June’s willing to let Jerry stay with her while he goes to school. It saves us money. Just keep running away from her when she jumps at you, and she’ll eventually get tired of this game.”
“What if she attacks Jerry?” said Mom.
“Naw.” That was Dad’s favorite word. “Jerry’s a fast runner, a strong kid. He’ll be fine.”
I thought of calling Grandma but was afraid she would say something to June. As long as I could outrun the dog, it wouldn’t be a problem.
The university’s theater department was producing a series of one-act plays, one of which was Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, about two guys in New York who meet in Central Park. Jerry lives in a rooming house and has no job and no ambitions. Peter has a career, a wife, and kids. When they meet in the park, Jerry tells Peter his life story and then challenges Peter to fight him. A knife is produced, and Peter inadvertently stabs him to death, which is presumably what Jerry wants.
Since I’d acted in plays in high school, I auditioned for and got the part of Jerry. As I learned lines and went to rehearsals, I got to thinking about how the character Jerry and I were alike. We had the same name, and we both lived with old ladies and mean dogs. Then, it came to me.
In the play, Peter and Jerry swap life stories. Jerry tells Peter about the time he poisoned his landlady’s dog. The pooch didn’t die but was very sick for a few days. After that, Jerry and the canine came to an understanding. In the same way, I wanted to come to a similar understanding with Maggie.
Between June’s house and the campus was a small market. I asked the butcher for a quarter pound of hamburger and bought some rat poison. In the park across the street, I found a secluded bench, unwrapped the meat, and kneaded the poison into it. I put the tainted meat in my pocket, discarded the wrapper and remainder of the poison, and walked home.
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UPDATE FROM THE CAMPBELL KINGDOM…
I tell you it’s been a crazy busy time here in the Campbell Kingdom the last few days.
We’ve been adopted by two cats which I’ve named Mabon and Winter. Mabon is named so because he came to me just as the wheel turned from Summer to fall. Winter is named so because the coat on that cat is the thickest I’ve seen on a short haired cat in quite a while and it’s evident that the little soul is readying for winter in a big way. I’m also not one-hundred percent sure of the sex of Winter and so that name will suffice for either but more than that it fits the sweet thing perfectly. They already respond to their names and seem to like them just fine.
They meet us each morning at sunrise, and they and Campbell have a big love fest out in the yard, all of them clambering for me to pet, and I find myself already growing quite attached.
About mid-day Campbell and I go out onto the deck and call them. They’re never far away and come ready to give and receive love. It’s a great way to take a moment or two to enjoy this lovely weather and fits nicely into Campbell’s mid-day routine.
I’ve already devised a plan for their shelter against the weather as other than a little curiosity neither seem to have much interest in staying inside. They like to come into the kitchen for their breakfast and a quick pet and then they wish to be returned to the outdoors. That’s O.K. I’ve got the perfect house designed and only need a few more things to make it complete and then it will fit just fine there on the deck and their food bowls can sit on top and all will be well.
Of course, sometimes the best laid plans go astray. Today I’d planned to do some writing work before heading out on my errands of the day, and with that in mind after a long, hot, luxurious shower, I made my way into the kitchen to make coffee and ready Campbell and the kitties’ breakfast and noting the cool of the morning air decided to open the windows and invite the autumn into the house. In my pre-coffee fog, I forgot the kitchen window didn’t have a screen so when I invited in the autumn air, I got a bit more than I’d bargained.
Turning away from the wondrously refreshing breeze to continue making breakfast for the animals and coffee for me I heard Thud! Thud! And just like that Mabon and Winter were in the house.
As this realization inserted itself into the foggy midst of my brain a joyous chorus of barking and meowing ensued. And with that the animals began a playful game of tag, with Campbell showing them every room.
For the next hour or so there was complete chaos yet somehow all I could do was laugh. I laughed while I gave them all their breakfast. I laughed while I set the cats back outside once they were through. I laughed while I walked Campbell as the sun began to rise.
Later in the kitchen just when my coffee began to drip into the cup its fragrance drifting pleasantly through the air, I thought I might get a handle on my hysteria. Then, I thought back to how the first moments of my day had begun and I broke into fits of laughter yet again. Sometimes to laugh at the calamity of one’s life is all there is to do. No harm was done and truly the joy of it all sat the stage for a wonderful day.
I cannot believe fall is here and that I’m so close to finishing the first draft of my rewrite of the second edition to Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life. It is to be book one of a trilogy I’m writing, the name of which I now share here with you.
*DRUM ROLL PLEASE*
The name of my trilogy is:
PATHWAY TO FREEDOM BROKEN AND HEALED
Book One: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life is to be a second edition of my first self-published book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, which spans the time period starting in May of 2010 ending at the beginning of October 2011, and tells the story of my realization that I truly did need and desire a Guide Dog from The Seeing Eye Guide Dog school in Morristown N.J. what the experience of going through their training program was like for me as a multiple DisAbled woman, and how it forever changed my life, as well as my denial that I was living in an abusive relationship.
Due to my keeping such extensive journals during that period in my life I’m able to insert actual dialog between myself and others, duplicate action scenes thus showing all that took place in a more realistic and personal way.
Book Two: The Raw Truth will focus on the time-period beginning where the first book left off in October 2011 going through the winter of 2015.
The book will address topics concerning the ways in which things became so unraveled for me, how my then Fiancé Donnie became even more abusive, then was convicted of sexual exploitation of a miner and sentenced to ten-years in prison. It will show the destruction my mental illness caused when it became so very out of control and how I began the task of putting myself back together again while holding down a full-time job as Volunteer Coordinator of an area nonprofit who’s various functions included referring battered women to local safe houses.
Book Three: Trials and Triumphs of a multiple disabled patient will focus on my becoming very ill, being admitted to first hospital, and then to a Nursing Therapy facility where Campbell my guide dog and I spent a month with me recovering from that illness and regaining my ability to handle and work my dog. This third book will focus on the challenges I faced as a multiple disAbled woman as a patient, and then will talk about the challenges I faced once returning home alone with no family support. It will span the time-period beginning with 2016 running through mid-summer of 2017.
I hope to release these books one each year over the next three years with the first one coming out in 2020.
This ends the Mabon edition of the Writer’s Grapevine. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together for you.
ABOUT PATTY L. FLETCHER
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer and Social Media Promotional Assistant.
She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye.
She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light
And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales
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