9 May 2018

REAL BIRTH by ROBIN GREENE BOOK BLITZ

REAL BIRTH

Women share their stories

by Robin Greene

 

Robin Greene serves as Professor of English and Writing, and Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She is a past recipient of a cosponsored National Endowment of Arts and North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Writing, the Al Cleveland Award for Teaching, the Best Professor of the Year Award, and the McLean Endowed Chair of English

In addition to her university teaching, Greene teaches writing at an annual writing, yoga, and meditation retreat for women in Oaxaca, Mexico. Click on www.oaxacaculture.com to learn more about this retreat

Greene has published four books —two volumes of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman) and two editions of Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories. She regularly publishes poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction in literary journals and has about ninety publications to her credit

The Shelf Life of Fire, Greene’s new novel, is scheduled for release from Light Messages in April 2019.

Greene received an MA in English Literature from Binghamton University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art. With her husband, Greene co-founded Longleaf Press, Methodist University’s literary press www.methodist.edu/longleaf/.

Available for readings, writing workshops for pregnant women and new mothers, and for workshops and presentations on creative writing, academic writing, and grammar, Greene can be reached at greene.robin@gmail.com or through her website www.robingreene-writer.com 

 

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Intimate and intensely personal, the forty-five first-person narratives contained in Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories offer readers a window into the complex and emotionally exciting experience of childbirth. Women from a full range of socioeconomic backgrounds and circumstances recount the childbirth choices they’ve made and the ways those choices have played themselves out in the real-life contexts of their everyday lives.

Readers meet women from all over the country who speak to us directly––no interviewer intrudes, no judgments intrude, and no single method of childbirth is advocated. Instead, these women offer us their candid experiences, presented clearly and unflinchingly. Medically reviewed by physicians Dr. Richard Randolph for the first edition and Dr. Deborah Morris for this second edition, Real Birth offers readers a plethora of correct information as well the kind of real scoop that other books and health care professionals are often reluctant to reveal. The result is a well-grounded book that reaches across the boundaries of childbirth literature.

Real Birth is introduced by Ariel Gore, journalist, editor, writer, and founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication about the culture of motherhood. Also included are an extensive glossary of medical terms, a thoroughly researched selective bibliography, and a list of resources of interest to pregnant women and new moms

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Second Baby-Born in the Water

We meet Eden in the childbirth pool, set up in the living room of her home as her midwife guides Eden toward birthing her daughter…

I was in the pool on my knees, hanging over the side. And I started moaning. I’d been quiet until that point. Then the contractions were like every minute. I just started doing this crazy tribal moan, and I was shaking my head from side to side. I remember feeling like a crazy person. So when I started making those noises, I remember Mary and her assistant sitting on the side, saying, “Those are different.” And my husband-I don’t know how he knew this-but he was like telling me, “It’s okay, just try to relax. You’re going to have a baby in your arms soon.” I was just like, “Shut up. You don’t know that. You don’t know if it’s going to be three days from now…” and he’s like, “No, honey. You’re going to have a baby very, very soon.”

Mary hadn’t checked me since that first time, and I remember looking over at her because I wanted her to do something-maybe pull the baby out or do something-after all, that’s what they did in the hospital…like they were all up in my vagina, all these people, and I was on the epidural, and I didn’t feel any of it. They told me what to do, and they moved me into position so I didn’t have any autonomy in that process. But in this process, I had it all. No one was helping me. Eventually, I kind of understood that. I kept looking at Mary, wanting her to do something until I realized, She’s not going to do anything for me; this is all on me this time. And that was a cool feeling.

And the contractions didn’t stop. They blended together and felt like one long five-minute contraction, and I actually felt my baby moving down and out. I wasn’t pushing at all. And I didn’t say I have to push because I didn’t. I mean the contractions just moved her down and out. I felt the baby coming down the birth canal, and I went from hanging over the side to just being on all fours in the pool. I remember swallowing water and looking at Mary, and I was like, “Mary, Mary…” calling her name. And she was like, “You’re okay; you’re okay.” The only thing she did was come over to the pool with the monitor to check my belly.

I remember Sofie’s head came out, and I was like “Mary, I need you!” And I was thinking, When is my midwife going to come over and do something? I thought that Sofie was going to fall out and that her head was going to hit the bottom of the pool. When I felt her head actually come out, I screamed at that point, and Mary, who was on the couch, only about three feet away, jumped over to me and reached down. I felt her push…it felt like on my butt… and she sort of pushed my butt back and said, “Reach down and pull your baby out.”

And so I did. I reached down, and I felt her shoulders when I pulled her out, and I fell back in the water, leaning against the side of the pool and held my baby. And it was just like that. All by myself.

And my son and my mother-in-law were there. Earlier, when I was shaking my head from side to side, I was like no, I don’t want Owen in here; he was walking around and making the pain worse because I was trying to be maternal for my unborn baby but also trying be aware of him, and that was too much. It made the pain worse. So they left the room. But when I screamed for Mary, she yelled for them, and Owen got to see me pull Sofie out of the water, which was pretty cool. Sofie was born in the water, and I pulled her out and down in between my legs, and then laid back and put her on my chest. That second, Sofie immediately started crying, and my mother-in-law was like, “Oh, my god! That’s the most perfectly pink baby I’ve ever seen!” She had these rosy checks and was healthy and beautiful right away. And it was amazing to see that it can happen naturally, without any help. I never knew until I experienced that how physiological birth is-like pooping or peeing.

My husband was right behind me when I was giving birth, and he was crying and saying, “Oh my gosh, you are amazing!” He just kept saying, “You are amazing! You are amazing!” My toddler didn’t cry or say anything. He was just staring at me with his jaw dropped. He was two and a half. I think that during the whole pregnancy he thought I was getting fat, even though I told him that there was a baby in there. At that moment though, he realized there really had been a baby.

We didn’t know the sex of the baby. It was amazing to have this baby on me and feeling so in love with this human-without even knowing if it was a girl or boy, and not even caring. But, Mary and her assistant were checking her, and then Mary was checking me and the cord-doing whatever midwives do-and my mother-in-law called out, “Do you mind checking the sex of the baby because we all really, really want to know.”

And I was like, “Oh yeah, I forgot. We don’t even know, and I checked and saw it was a girl. We had a boy already, and really, really wanted a girl. It was huge for us. I’d only had one dating ultrasound in the beginning of my pregnancy as I became pregnant without having my period because I was nursing, and we needed to know the stage of the pregnancy. I really knew nothing about this baby. I had dreams during my pregnancy that my baby was a squid and that I was nursing a squid. Also, I was not used to letting go of all that control and not checking on the baby and getting ultrasounds and finding out all this stuff. So for us to have waited and then find out then after the birth was huge. And awesome.

A couple of minutes after I discovered the baby’s sex, Mary said she saw blood in the pool and wanted me to deliver the placenta. She suggested that I move to the bed, which I did. I remember climbing out of the pool. Mary and her assistant told me to slow down, and said, “Let us help and support you.”

By this time, I felt perfectly normal. I didn’t feel like I’d just given birth. But they helped me to the bed, and I laid down with my baby. Mary checked the placenta and checked me. Then she asked if I’d like to nurse Sofie, and I was like, Sure. Because of my job and my passion, I wanted to nurse right away. So I put Sofie on my chest and was waiting for her to go through like the nine states that humans go through…blah, blah, blah…like everything I teach. And she bobs twice and lands on my nipple and starts feeding. I cried. I was like, Oh, my god! Babies can do this! Wow! What a different experience! And I thought, I’m not going to have to quit breast-feeding, and we’re not going to have to use the nipple shield. It was awesome.

Mary then said, “Okay, now that you’re nursing, I’m going need to give you a couple of quick pushes and get the placenta out,” and she put a little pressure on my belly, and out the placenta came. Everything went smoothly. Mary placed the placenta on the bed and showed it to me: “This was Sofie’s view, and this was where it was attached.” That was pretty cool because I had never seen my placenta before, and I had an appreciation for it this time.

So it was all pretty cool. One of my really good friends was supposed to be the doula, but I never called her. I apologized to her because we’re really good friends, but I never really needed her because Hector and I were just going through a good groove the whole time. And it went pretty fast. I mean the whole thing, from the first contractions at 10:30 p.m. to the time she was born at 5:17 a.m.-moved quickly, and it was only super painful from maybe 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Knowing what I know now, I would tell pregnant women to ask their mothers and friends and get good information from all sides before making their birthing decisions. Women have choices. I don’t think that any one way is right for any mother, but rather that all mothers should be able to make informed decisions. Women need to hear multiple stories. Looking back on my experiences, I’d tell women to get a lot of information and only then make decisions about what might be right, be best for them.

I had a lot of doubts and a real lack of confidence before my second labor started. I didn’t know that I could do a home birth without all those medical interventions. But as soon as labor began and I could tell that it was going to be so different from my first experience, I knew it was all going to be okay.

It’s interesting also that my husband has become a birth advocate-which is pretty funny. He likes to tell people about our experience and how happy it’s made us. Although he recognizes there’s a little bit of stigma out there about having a home birth, he tries to educate the women in his MBA program about the process, how it works. And he always surprises them because he doesn’t tell them that’s the way they should do it, but rather speaks about how great it worked for us and how disappointing it was in the hospital. So he’s an advocate now. I think it makes him happy to see me happy, especially after this second time around.

 

  

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7 May 2018

SELAH’S PAINTED DREAM by SUSAN COUNT BOOK BLITZ

SELAH’S PAINTED DREAM

by Susan Count

 

 

Instilled with the need to create, I love building projects and writing adventure stories. I’m a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. I adore grandchildren, horses, bunnies, mochas, and forest trails.

I’ve published three books in an equestrian series. I write at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced me to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.

As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, I take studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is my super-power.

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Thirteen-year-old Selah’s life is about as perfect as it gets. She has horsy friends at school, and on weekends, she rides her black mare on Grandpa’s farm. Training the horse to do upper-level liberty work is what makes her heart beat.

But one word can ruin a perfect life—moving.

A move would separate her from her horse, so she plots to get her name on the farm mailbox instead. She’s sure she could persuade Grandpa—except he’s overly distracted by a sheep-loving neighbor.

Determined not to let Grandpa’s new sweetheart take her place in his heart, Selah puts her hope in a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. When she snugs up the girth and buckles on her spurs, Selah rides to win.

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Sweet Dream’s head flew up, and she spun sharply. Ears pricked forward, the mare snorted in alarm, shaking Selah in the saddle. Selah gripped both reins and made tight contact with the bit trying to steady the horse. She stared down the service road. It dawned on her something was brushing along the crowns of the trees and coming fast in their direction. A red-and-white plane lurched and wobbled toward them as it snapped the tops off the small pines.

 

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13 March 2018

SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THOSE LIES by EVY JOURNEY BOOK BLITZ @eholychair

 

 

 

Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.

 

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.

 

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Gina’s grandfather was a French chef whose life was cut short by a robber’s bullet. The only lasting legacy he could leave his family was his passion and talent for cooking.

 

Growing up poor but with a mother who is a gifted cook, Gina learns cooking a great meal is an act of love. An art that sustains and enhances life.

A world of new challenges, new friends, and new loves opens up for her when she’s chosen to cook for a Michelin-starred restaurant.

But danger lurks where one never expects it.

Can her passion for cooking help Gina survive and thrive in this world of privilege, pleasure and menace?

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Ten of my favorite things

Why do I love Paris? It has or does at least ten of my favorite things. I have “lived” as a transient in Paris a few times. That means I stay 2 to 6 months. It is:

  • A vibrant city where la joie de vivre is often evident in so many ways and nearly every day; 
  • A shot in the arm, and an escape into a different kind of reality;
  • A communion with history we can still relate with, a history boasting some of the greatest thinkers and great architecture spared from bombs that levelled other European cities;
  • A veritable tableau where a gathering of people in a park reminds you of a Manet or Monet painting;
  • An ode to light and colors celebrated in artistic revolutions that gave birth to gothic churches and modern art, starting with Impressionism;
  • A lover of art and culture with world-class exhibits in its world-class museums as well as days or nights dedicated to celebrating the arts;
  • Rich with world-class parks with beds and large vases of flowers massed in harmonious colors. They invite you to linger on benches and plentiful green metal chairs under sprawling shady trees;
  • Where you needn’t go beyond your block (or two) to find a boulangerie where you can get a warm crusty baguette in late afternoon, great macarons or tasty tarts—fresh, every day. And cheap, compared to pastries you buy in fancy bakeries in the US;
  • In a country where cultivating food and wine and preparing them for consumption is considered part of the patrimoine—the French national heritage, and;
  • Where mayonnaise and many other dishes and sauces that help make eating a pleasure were “invented”.

 

 

 

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23 February 2018

TARRAGON, DRAGON MAGE by KARLIE LUCAS BOOK BLITZ

 

 

After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

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Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Anwen moved to stand, arms down at her sides as she stared ahead, ignoring his reaching hand. “I can see the trees,” she continued. “And the particles that make them. They’re the same. The same as the ones that make up you and me. Like small planets circling miniature suns. I can see the smallest details.” Her eyes widened in awe. “It’s beautiful.”

Tyler stepped forward to stand beside her. Sometimes the plant had allowed such vision, but the cost was usually high. More than a handful with similar sight had gone blind from the experience. That was why it was better for mortals to “hear” everything rather than see it. He only hoped there would be no such resulting repercussions in this instance.

Concentrating, Tyler tried to reach out to the part of his soul that resided within hers. His soul gaze was met with an aura of brilliant golden light, entwined with hints of red and blue. Silver flashed throughout, like a protective cage made of lightning. It seemed to dare anyone to try and displace it.

Anwen turned towards Tyler. The morning sunlight glinted off her auburn hair like little sparks of fire. She closed her eyes and leaned into him, her lips meeting his. Both their hearts thumped like drums in perfect harmony. Despite that, Tyler stood frozen in shock. The kiss was brief but oh so sweet as she pulled away. “You taste like summer,” she observed with a wistful sigh.

Tyler felt rooted to the ground, his eyes wide at her rather unexpected advance. “Um,” he managed, looking at her. “Thank you?” Her eyes had returned to their normal coloring, he noticed. That was a good sign. Perhaps she wouldn’t go blind after all.

 

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7 February 2018

SOUL MIRRORS by Wiley A Haydon III BOOK BLITZ

 

 

 

My love of storytelling traces back to my step-mother, who spun wonderful fantasy stories when I was child. I finished my first novel at sixteen. That first attempt was terrible but taught me quite a bit about story construction. Though I would start numerous other projects in the following years, I wouldn’t actually complete another book for another 21 years.

I wasn’t idle in that time, though. I earned a degree in engineering, married the love of my life, worked as a semi- truck driver crisscrossing the country, moved from Texas to North Dakota and then came back home.

It’s been a fun and interesting journey. I really enjoy engineering, but writing was my first passion, and I’m excited to share it with you.

I currently live in West Texas with my wife and our two adorable (but weird) cats.

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“No one knows how human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a criminal’s last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child’s silvered eyes. But just because science can’t explain something doesn’t mean it can’t be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore.

Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of evidence.

Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors.

As their work takes it toll, however, a new question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?”

 

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 Top Ten List

1.    Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life–It’s amazing how powerfully the sentiment of “Your life has mattered” resonates.

2.    Board Game: Twilight Imperium, 3rd Edition–I love playing board games, and the more complex the better. Twilight Imperium is a whirlwind of tactical combat, careful planning, and diplomacy. Definitely not for everyone, but I absolutely love it.

3.    Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs–I didn’t like any sports until I was in college. My brother-in-law told me that this was because I had no team to root for and therefore had no investment. Taking up his challenge, I picked one at random: the Chiefs. It turns out he was right; emotional investment matters! Now I’m a faithful fan.

4.    Book: Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson–I love everything Sanderson writes, but Way of Kings just blew me away the first time I heard it. My wife and I were working as a trucking team at the time, and we picked it up as an audiobook. I listened during my daily shift and was so enamored with it after the first time that I went through it again almost immediately. Phenomenal.

5.    Season: Winter–I like cold weather, snow, and curling up under the blankets on a cold evening. I think some of this is that I grew up in Texas where these things tend to be pretty rare and blazing hot summers are the norm. Spending two winters in North Dakota didn’t cure this fascination with winter, though, so I’m probably just a little strange.

6.    Band: Queen–No logic here, I just love their music. Also, Freddy Mercury could sing. 

7.    Vacation Spot: Ruidoso, NM–It’s only a few hours away, the weather is nice and cool, and it’s where my wife and I went on our honeymoon. We try to go once a year.

8.    Restaurant: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in DFW.–I love a good chicken fried steak, and they make the best. Their fried chicken is fantastic too. If we’re driving to, though, or near Dallas/Fort Worth, we’ll be stopping at a Babe’s 

9.    Favorite TV Show: I Love Lucy–The first time I remember seeing Lucille Ball’s work was on a tribute show shortly after she had died. I watched that with my step-mother, and we laughed together at each clip. It hooked me instantly, and never let go.

10.  Favorite Dessert: My wife’s chocolate cake–Seriously, it’s fantastic.

 

 

 

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18 January 2018

PRE-MEDITATED MURDER by Tracy Weber BOOK BLITZ @TracyWeberTypes

 

 

 

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella.

Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast,

the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future

Will Be at His Trial

 

 

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

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Rene yelled from the front door, “Kate, get in here!”

She didn’t have to ask Bella twice. Bella lunged towards Rene’s voice, practically dislocating my shoulder. I slipped and slid and tried to hold on as she dragged me through the front door and down the long bamboo hallway.

Rene laughed and reached toward Bella’s collar. “For goodness sake, Kate. Let her loose.”

“I don’t think that’s a good id—”

The metallic clank of the leash’s clasp hitting bamboo interrupted my sentence. One hundred pounds of pure German shepherd bliss galloped down the hallway, leaving me in a horrified silence punctuated only by the scrape of German shepherd toenails against flooring. Not a single room escaped Bella’s inspection. A long drink from the guest bathroom toilet, a dig in the family room’s rug, and a joy-filled roll on a bedroom’s queen-sized mattress later, Bella flopped on the deep red couch across from the living room’s stone fireplace. A storm of silky black undercoat snowed down on the fabric around her.

Shedding season. Fabulous.

 

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17 January 2018

TARRAGON, KEY KEEPER by Karlie Lucas BOOK BLITZ

 

 

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.

With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?

 

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Top Ten People I would like to meet.

 

1. J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet the “father” of fantasy?

2. J.K. Rowling. If she can make it with an oddball fantasy series, surely I can too, and I’d love to pick her brain about that.

3. Joan of Ark – I think her life story is just fascinating.

4. C.S. Lewis – He was an amazing writer. Can’t imagine what life would be like without Narnia.

5. Robin McKinley – She’s always been one of my fave fantasy authors. I have a few bones to pick though, about hinted stories that never got written.

6. Mark Twain – He seems like he’d have been a great guy to know.

7. Albert Einstein – Would love to meet the man who contributed so much to how we see the world.

8. King Charlemagne – An ancestor on both sides of the family, I understand he was one of the first people to instigate a public education system for his people. That, and he had some really cool things happen in his life. 

9. Harrison Ford – He’s one of my fave actors of all time. He’s just awesome.

10. Danny Kaye – Another childhood favorite actor, I think Danny and I would have gotten along swimmingly. That, and the fact that he sang like a dream, even though he couldn’t read a note of music.

 

 

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16 January 2018

SWEET INDULGENCE by Debbie White BOOK BLITZ @dwhiteauthor

 

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Debbie currently lives in northern California where the beautiful landscapes are often the settings in her books. The jagged coastline, the rolling hills with vineyards and the redwood forest make wonderful sceneries for her romance novellas.

When Debbie isn’t writing or traveling to a book signing, she’s visiting her family on the east coast, traveling to other places on her bucket list, enjoying her backyard, hiking with her husband and riding on the back of their motorcycle.

As an avid animal lover and parent to two rescue dogs, Debbie donates a portion of her proceeds to animal rescue organizations. When you purchase one of her books, you’re also helping a furry pet with shelter, food and ultimately a new home!

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Real Men Eat Cupcakes

 

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.

Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.

But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.

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Excerpt

While Annie ran the bathwater for Buffy, Jack helped by taking off her collar. Side by side, the two of them scrubbed, rinsed, and repeated as Buffy stood looking like a drowned rat.

“Oh, she’s cold. She’s shivering,” Jack said, wrapping her in a fluffy towel.

“Bring her in the bedroom. I’ll use the blow dryer on her.”

Jack held Buffy while Annie blew dry her coat. “Does she like to be brushed?” Jack asked.

“She tolerates it,” Annie said.

“This calls for a glass of wine,” Jack said, looking down at his grimy and wet clothes.

Annie poured two glasses of merlot. Motioning to her couch, she invited him to sit. “I’m sorry you got so dirty.”

“No worries. I’m glad to help. I hope she enjoys being clean,” he said.

“I’m glad we ran into each other,” Annie said, smiling.

“Well, I stopped by the bakery first and you’d already closed. I figured you were on your way home.”

“Ah, so you planned it,” Annie said as she leaned into him, hitting his shoulder.

“How about I take you out for a bite to eat?” Jack asked, taking a sip of his wine.

“Nah, let’s stay in. Do you like ramen? I lived on that stuff while I was in college and I still like it,” Annie said, getting up from the couch and crossing over to the kitchen.

Ramen made everything better, especially on a cool evening such as this. After they finished dinner, she poured their second glass of merlot, dimmed all the lights, and switched on the television. With Buffy curled up in her bed, exhausted from chewing her bone after her bath, Annie and Jack cuddled on the sofa, proud of their accomplishments.

They were laughing at the show, Funniest Home Videos, when her phone began to dance all over the glass coffee table. She quickly reached for the vibrating phone.

“We’d like to have you over for supper. Some financial papers came that we need to discuss.”

“What kind of paperwork?” Annie covered the phone and mouthed, “Grandmother” to Jack.

Jack raised his finger to his mouth, showing her he’d be closemouthed during the conversation.

“I have a very busy schedule. I’m trying to coordinate something with the Vickie and the girls and Jack.”

“Jack Powell?”

“Yes.” Annie dared her to say anything about it.

“When can we expect you?” Grandma Lilly said, not missing a beat.

Annie sighed into the receiver. “I’ll stop by tomorrow.”

“Everything okay?” Jack asked.

“Yes. I have to read over some paperwork that came in regarding my inheritance.”

“Oh.” Jack set his glass down. “Maybe I should be going, then.”

“No, you don’t need to go. Please stay.”

Jack nodded. “Alright.”

They continued to laugh at the crazy stunts on the show and soon Annie couldn’t even remember the conversation she’d had with her grandmother. After the show, Annie walked Jack to the door. “Thanks again for helping me. Giving her a bath can be such an ordeal.”

“You’re welcome. And thanks for dinner … and the wine.” He winked.

“Ramen and merlot, the dinner of champions.”

Jack reached out and gently stroked her arm. “I had a great time tonight. It was just the sort of evening I like to spend.”

“Eating ramen and drinking wine?”

“That, and …” He pulled her into his arms. “And this.” His mouth met hers in a soft kiss. She dropped her arms by her side. His sweet warm breath lingered just above her lips. He stepped back, brushing his hand through his hair.

“Hey, you can come back anytime to help me give Buffy a bath,” she said with a twinkle in her eyes.

“As long as you serve me ramen and merlot.” He gave her a quick peck and then he was gone.

 

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12 January 2018

REFLECTIONS Book Blitz by The Pamlico Writers’ Group

 

 

 

With a love for poetic words and their meaning, a well-respected business owner and native of Beaufort County had a vision. He wanted others to experience and feel the powerful meaning of words. The birth of the Pamlico Writers’ Group by Jerry Cuthrell in the late 70’s has made that dream what it is today.

Since its inception, the Pamlico Writers’ Group has helped many authors achieve their dreams. Some have written and published books of their own. Others have been inspired to resurrect works long forgotten. Many have come and gone, but the Pamlico Writers’ Group stands as a beacon of hope to future writers and their dreams.

The Pamlico Writers’ Group’s mission is to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goal in writing. We achieve this through our local critique group meetings, online critique groups, and by offering as an incentive to our young people, a High School Scholarship fund. We’re honored to be a co-sponsor of the Pamlico Writers’ Conference that helps make funding possible for this scholarship. Our visions, help shape the minds of the future.

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Reflections: Images and Memories, is a collection of exemplary writing by our members and future members. The prose and poetry in this volume represent a collage of work by published authors and emerging writers. Pamlico Writers’ Group is particularly honored to include prose and poetry from high school students—young emerging writers to whom we entrust our future. Each writer whose work is included in the anthology has expertly crafted a piece around his or her own interpretation of this year’s theme—Reflections: Images and Memories. The collection is the culmination of hard work and truly affirms the group’s commitment to its mission. With this anthology, The Pamlico Writers’’ Group is proud to deliver its finest product to date.

 

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Meet The Other Half of The Authors

 

Kate Ahearn, pen name: Kate Louise Wood, lives with her husband in Edenton, NC. A regular guest columnist for the Chowan Herald, she’s had work published in the 2015 and 2017 editions of Estuaries, the visual arts and literary review of College of the Albemarle. You can read her blog at KathrynLouiseWoodAuthor.blogspot.com and visit her author Facebook page at WoodlyWords. She is a member of Hampton Roads Writers, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her local writers’ group, Wordsmiths.

 

 

Katirie Leach is a native of Tarboro, North Carolina. She moved to Washington in 1996 when she married her husband, Jim, who is a lifelong resident. She has indulged her love of writing and painting through various endeavors in the local community.

 

 

James Keen: A Pamlico Writers’’ Group member since 2008, I have served as Chairman. I have written two newspaper columns chronicling my sailing adventures: Nautical Musings, a weekly column about family adventures on the coast; and In the Loop, a bi-weekly column featuring adventures while crossing the Atlantic. My book Trinidad Express is a detailed chronicle of the 5,300-mile doublehanded South Africa to Trinidad Atlantic crossing. My ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist chronicles my singlehanded 13-month, 6,000-mile circumnavigation of the eastern United States, an adventure named “America’s Great Loop.” Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of my newspaper articles.

 

 

Keenan Dupree, known professionally as K. Dupree, is both a writer and author. He was born in the Bronx, New York in October of 1992. Soon after, his family moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland where he was raised. He currently lives with his mother and father, Sharon and Vincent Hayes, in Greenville, North Carolina. He began as a tyro writer in the third grade, where he received the initial push to write by his teacher, Mr. Victor Turner. Dupree enjoys reading, playing videogames, watching movies, and writing. So far, he’s written one book—his first book—entitled Boy from the Clouds, and he looks forward to his many future published works.

 

 

Landis Wade is a Charlotte author and trial lawyer who starts each day walking two rescue dogs named after characters from Larry McMurtry’s classic western, Lonesome Dove.

He won the 2016 North Carolina State Bar short story contest for his story, The Deliberation and he’s the author of The Christmas Courtroom Adventure Series, a set of whimsical legal mysteries where characters who believe in Santa Claus are put on trial and the time to Christmas is running out.

Landis serves as a Board member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club and he is an active participant in CharlotteLit and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He’s a 1979 graduate of Davidson College and a 1983 graduate of Wake Forest Law School.

When he doesn’t have a dog leash or a keyboard in his hands, he’s probably holding a fly-rod, a golf club or a cold beverage at a Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Knights game.

 

 

Linda Bledsoe was born in Henry County, Virginia in 1949 and raised in Virginia and North Carolina. She completed an RN Degree and later attended UNC at Chapel Hill, received a certificate to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1978. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked in the city’s ghetto providing health care. Later she graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts from New York State University. After moving to Maryland, in 1995 she received a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science in Counseling Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.

While serving 33 years as a Nurse Practitioner she formulated public awareness programs with local judges, churches, and counselors for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC and in Henry County, Virginia for addictions. She also co-founded the Ecumenical Family Life Center during the early 1980’s for counseling services for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC.

She wrote and formatted a book for infertility clients, which was utilized for her teaching classes at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) while working there. At NNMC she co-authored several research medical journal articles published in JAMA and OB-GYN.

After returning to Virginia, her childhood roots, she purchased an historic home and opened Victoria’s Hearth Bed & Breakfast.

She was recently awarded first prize at the Rockingham County Fine Arts Festival for an excerpt called “Granny Isabelle and Us” from her novel “Through the Needle’s Eye.”

Awarded honorable mention at Pamlico Writers’ Conference and Competition 2016 for non-fiction “Eighty Something.”

 

 

Lois Biggs Tetterton

Birthdate: September 25, 1940, Beaufort County, NC

Attended: Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School

Attended: Mars Hill College and graduated ECC in 1962

Taught school in Pitt County, Virginia Beach, VA, Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School. Primarily, a wife, mother, and bookkeeper for my husband’s businesses.

Married to Earl for 57 years.

Have four adult children, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild.

Have lived in the same house, built by Earl, for the past 50 years in Pinetown.

Have had no previous writing experience.

 

 

Louis Edwards, has traveled around the world and lived in many countries. His experience and love for the Lord has helped him to minister to many people. Serving as a song leader, adult Sunday School teacher, and filling in as a minister brings him great joy.

He now lives in Eastern North Carolina, with his wife Roberta of thirty-five years. He has two children and seven grandchildren.

Using the talent the Lord has given him, he has written many devotions that he uses on his blog and in church. His writing has helped and inspired many in their time of need. His greatest desire is to honor the Lord with his writing.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

 

 

Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She writes crime book reviews at www.auntiemwrites.com, is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, and the NC Writer’s Network. All books available in paperback, Kindle and Audible at Amazon and Bridle Path Press. Email Marni at bluevirgin.graff@gmail.com.

 

 

Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University.  He has published seven Chapbooks including his latest Holy Ghosts of Whiskey and forthcoming Naming the Scars, the 2017 longleaf press Chapbook winner. He has received several grants from the NC Arts Council and in 2015 he won the NC Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award. Marty’s poems have appeared in over 100 journals including NCLR, Tar River Poetry, St. Andrews Review and others.

 

 

Max Willis is a senior in high school attending Ayden-Grifton High School. Max plans to attend N.C. State or ECU and is wanting to graduate with a degree in business. Max is an exceptional student with a 4.4 GPA and he has many achievements. These achievements include: President of FBLA, National Honor Society, volunteering, Teen Leadership Institute, Presidential Merit award, Junior Marshall, and business owner. When Max wrote the poem “A Better Me”, he saw a movement that could actually happen. A movement of reflection and teaching oneself to reflect was the goal of the entire poem.

 

 

Natalie Pauline Valentine was born in San Jose, California, and her family now currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina. She is a senior in High School, and is currently attending UNCSA in the High School Program studying Drama. Aside from writing and acting, she is an alumnus of the Outdoor Academy and loves backpacking, rock-climbing, and canoeing. She hopes to attend college to receive her degree in acting, and go on to be a professional actress. Her dream is to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She hopes to continue writing while she pursues her acting career.

 

 

Pam Desloges grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent much time on the rugged coast of Maine. After retiring from a small New England college, she now lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband, Max.

Her writing has been published in “Sniff and Barkens,” “The Skinny Poetry Journal” and in the anthologies “Art Inspires Poetry” and “A Carolina Christmas.” Her poems and fiction have won awards in various competitions. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Pamlico Writers’ Group, and is a founding member of the Neuse River Writers’ group.

 

 

Richard Knowles began writing after retiring, about six years ago. Since then he has been a winner in a number of writing contests. He is a two-time winner in both the Pamlico Writing Contest, and the Carteret Writers’ Contest. This year he was also a winner in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition, sponsored by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Richard’s favorite genres are nonfiction and fiction. He currently resides and writes on Harkers Island, with his wife Jill and Labradoodle Rosie.

 

 

Sherri Lupton Hollister is the recent chairperson for the Pamlico Writers’ Group. She loves everything about writing from the first glimmer of an idea to the final product. Reading, reviewing, discussing and learning about other writers and their process has helped develop her own writing. Sherri writes romantic suspense set in a small southern town. She lives with her own romantic hero, her husband of more than twenty-five years. Together they raised six sons and will soon welcome their eighteenth grandchild. Sherri hopes to publish the first book in her series, Chrome Pink this spring.

 

 

My name is Chelsea Long, I am 17 years old. I live in Winterville, North Carolina and I’m a senior at South Central High school. The poem I submitted is about my Grandmother, Mary-Margaret, who passed away the second of August 2014. She raised me from birth and had a huge impact on my life. She did everything she could alongside my mother, Cat Smith, who used to be a police officer until I was around 14, give or take a couple of years. My grandmother showed me that I could be anything. She was a firefighter, published author, painter, teacher, dancer, … anything you can think of. She inspired the poem I submitted, I hope you enjoy.

 

 

Travis Green is an aspiring novelist in the fields of horror and speculative fiction. Following in the footsteps of literary pioneers such as Ira Levin, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson, his stories are most often at home in the twilight between the real world and that of the fantastic. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina, where he is currently at work on a new novel.

 

 

Michael Worthington retired after teaching college for 30 years. He now writes full-time. Usually, his pug sleeps on the recliner’s footrest while Michael types away on his laptop, and looks out the window at their Bradford ornamental pear tree, which blooms every spring.

His books are Hi/Lo (high interest/low reading difficulty) YA novellas designed to entice teenage reluctant readers, although adult readers often say that the books are easy reads for the beach or a rainy afternoon. He suggests you read Hi/Lo books and then gift them to teens. If you purchase one of his paperbacks from Amazon, you can buy a Kindle edition “Match Book” for free. Discuss the book with your teenager, chapter by chapter, to encourage them to read more.

 

 

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10 January 2018

SERVIE’S SONG by Heidi Tucker Book Blitz @heidi_tucker_

 

 

 

Heidi Tucker won the 2017 Illumination Award for her first inspirational book Finding Hope in the Journey and her newest release is entitled Servie’s Song. Her passion for writing and speaking about light and hope has inspired thousands. Heidi is known as a great storyteller who motivates us to rise up and find new strength. She teaches how to recognize truth and make a difference.

 

When Heidi isn’t writing her next book, or speaking at a conference, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her husband, four grown children and eight grandchildren. She loves sunflowers, hiking, and ice cream … not necessarily in that order.

 

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The true story of one mother living in Zimbabwe, Africa who encounters a devastating loss leaving her unable to care for six children. In a heart-wrenching sacrifice she surrenders to a desperate plan to leave her children and find work in the United States. It is a door which feels impossible to walk through. But perhaps, the only door which holds any promise.

 

Servie’s Song takes you on an emotional journey of tragedy and heartbreak to an inspiring path of hope. This touching story is complemented by gospel principles which will teach and motivate you to grab onto your faith and move forward trusting that you are never alone. God always hears your prayers.

 

 

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Top Ten List

 

1. I love to hike. Hiking keeps me emotionally healthy. It is a space to clear my mind and organize my thoughts, whether that be prayerful meditation or reflection on future writings. I’ve gathered so many thoughts during those hikes. I often speak those thoughts into my phone and then write them up as soon as I get home to my computer.

 

2. My favorite flower – the sunflower. I love everything about it. Their bright yellow color is happy. They turn their heads in the direction of sunlight – always looking for the light. There’s a message in that.

 

3. I love true stories. I have a quote next to my computer that reads – A good story can not only teach an important principle, but make us feel it. That is true for me and for so many others. Life teaches us so many lessons and I see them. I think that’s why I write nonfiction inspirational.

 

4. I hate snakes. Then why do I live in the Arizona desert? Ha! I’m on high alert when walking on my property or when I hike because I’ve had many close encounters with rattlesnakes. I never let my boy have a pet snake in the house. No amount of begging would work. Absolutely not.

 

5. I have eight grandchildren. My four children are all grown and married, and I am best friends with all of them. But there’s something beautiful about this new grandma role. No worries or discipline or stress about their futures. I just love them fiercely.

 

6. Best dessert – ice cream. I can turn down a number of great desserts, but ice cream is always a definite yes.

 

7. I love teenagers. I have volunteered with youth groups my entire life. I admire and respect where they are in their life. They are like sponges. Soaking up everything and trying to figure out who they really are. I always see their potential.

 

8. No glossophobia here (fear of public speaking). One of the best perks of writing and publishing books is the opportunity I get to speak about it. I love presenting messages that I am passionate about. When I speak at various events, I always meet individuals who were touched by something that I said. That makes all the hard work and time worth it.

 

9. I do some of my best writing in the middle of the night. Why now? That’s what I say to myself when great ideas strike at 2:00 a.m. I’m known to sneak out of bed and onto my computer at all hours of the night. There is something about the dark and the quiet that allows creativity to flow.

 

10. I married my high school sweetheart. And yes, we’re still married 37 years later. When I pull out those pictures of us from high school, it’s entertainment for the whole family!

 

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