Friday, September 20, 2013

New Book by the Best Selling Author, Dianna Bellerose- "Ashes and Ice" Only $1.99

Under the constant gloom of her crumbling marriage, Nancy fights to find the happiness her small family has lost.  With the family business in turmoil and Tom's drinking problems, the odds are stacked against them. Nancy and Tom must decide which path they will take...

                                                                   Chapter I

It was in the middle of March and the weather was cold and rainy. Everything was looking dark and unfriendly. It has been raining for the last couple of weeks.  The bad weather was taking a toll on Nancy, who was desperately trying to make sense of the life she was enduring. It had been almost a year since things went wrong. Nothing seemed to make her happy; her face was paled and tired. She was walking around the house with her head down. She made a morning coffee and sat on the chair. She was looking through the kitchen window and slowly sipping coffee. It was a quiet morning; the only noise was the running water in the shower. Suddenly, she heard steps coming her way. It was Tom coming into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. He looked well rested and ready to go to work. 
”Good morning Nancy, I am going to work and taking my coffee to go, I think it is going to be a great day. I want to get to work a little bit earlier, so I can have time to finish my coffee before anyone comes.”
Nancy replayed, “Good morning Tom, I love your enthusiasm this morning. I hope you will have a great day, and I will see you soon.”
Tom reached to the cupboard and got a cup, he slowly pour the coffee inside and headed towards garage door. There was a sound of an automatic garage door opening and soon it was quiet again.
Nancy was finishing her coffee and getting ready to leave. She slowly dressed, deep in thought. She reflected on her life and her lack of recognition. She wanted to be admired for her hard work at home and dedication of her time to help Tom, all the while always ignoring her own needs. She took a purple shirt and put it on with a pair of jeans. It was getting warmer outside, so she did not have to wear anything else.  She hurried herself to the front door, but her sad thoughts were interrupted by the noise of an opening door coming from Jen’s room. 
“Mom, I am late, I will call you later, and I wish you a wonderful day.”
Nancy continued, “Sounds like a plan, I will call you in case you forget, and I wish you pleasant day.”
Nancy was closing the open windows in the rooms, almost ready to leave. Her thoughts now focused on her relationship with Tom; he was pulling away from her and becoming more distant by the day. The phone rang and she picked it up,
“Hi Tom, I am almost ready, and I will be there shortly.”
“Yes, I remember about what you told me.”
“Great and goodbye”
Her purse was sitting on a chair next to her, so she reached for it and hurried into the garage and got in the car.




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Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Monster in the Mirror"- Available in Paper Version

"Monster in the Mirror"

Available in paper version....

The party was getting louder. The laughter was increasing and a sense of dread filled my heart. I frantically began scanning the room, looking for a place where they would not find me, but they always did! I needed to find a better hiding place, less likely to be found. But it was too late, they had entered the room, calling me by name, Ricky. The loud laughter that followed sent me running for the coffee table. I crawled beneath it, believing I was safely hidden under the big reddish brown table. But I was wrong. As they came closer, I grabbed hold of the table legs, holding with all the strength a six year old could muster. Yanked by my leg, I felt the pain in my arms and hands as the sudden jerk ripped the table from my grasp. I closed my eyes and screamed. Do you want more.......??

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Tour Guest Author, Alethea Eason


Alethea Eason is the author of Heron’s Path (Spectacle Publishing Media Group) and Hungry (HarperCollins).  Her picture book Turtle Soup is a part of the Imagine It! Reading Series for second grade.  Alethea has published stories in several anthologies for children including A Glory of Unicorns, edited by Bruce Coville. Stories have also appeared in New Moon Magazine and Shoo-Fly Audio Magazine. She also writes for adults, and her work has appeared in Sweet Fancy Moses, Radiance, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, among others. She won the Eugene Ruggles Poetry Award, sponsored by The Dickens, published by Copperfiled Books of Sonoma and Napa Counties.
As a reading specialist and ELD teacher, Alethea has taught grades kindergarten through high school. She spent a year and a half at St. Margaret’s British School for Girls in Concon, Chile where she worked in English literacy for the Junior School and as an IB English teacher for the Senior School. She now teaches at Minnie Cannon Elementary School in Middletown, California.
Alethea lives in Cobb, California with her husband, Bill, and Jinxy, their tabby cat with high self esteem.

Author Interview

What inspired you to write your first book? 

Heron’s Path is the first novel I wrote, but the second to be published. What inspired me to write it?  In college I encountered the poem “The Black Swan” by Randall Jarrell.  The narrator is a child mourning a sister.  The beauty of the writing and clarity of images touched me deeply and reading the poem many, many times planted the seed for a novel about sisters.  In fact, the first draft of Heron’s Path was called Swan Sisters. My sister, Gwyn, was the pretty, fair, and popular one, the older sister I idolized but also really didn’t know too well as she was almost eight years my senior.  I was the dark-haired, studious introvert. Strangely, having written the book helped me deal with her death nine years ago.  The lynchpin that changed Swan Sister to Heron’s Path was a trip my husband, Bill, and I took to the Klamath River in the extreme northern part of California in the early 90s where I was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the area, along with its history.
Do you have a specific writing style? 

I believe I have two.  One is literary and poetic, which is the way Heron’s Path is written.  The other is when my narrators have attitude, such as Deborah in my science fiction novels Hungry and Starved.  Serious issues are addressed but with a sense of humor and the absurd.

How did you come up with the title? 

Deciding on the right one took fairly long. The old Indian doctor, Olena, tells Katy Farrow, the narrator of Heron’s Path, that her sister Celeste has to “take the heron’s path home.”  When I wrote that line I knew I had a title.  

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Heron’s Path is a story of transformation, of realizing you must let go of what one’s ego thinks it wants in order to find truth and unity.  The novel has been labeled “young-adult” because there are young characters in it, but most of its readers have been adults.  For both audiences, though, it is also a novel about the love between two girls who are sisters in spirit and the hope that we will all find “the mythical north,” to quote a friend, once our journey on Earth is done.

How much of the book is realistic? 

On our trip to the Klamath River, we had stopped in Eureka, and in a used book store I found the memoir In the Land of the Grasshopper Song, Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country 1908-1909 by Mary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed.  This book chronicles their stint as Indian matrons with the Karuk people, written with humility, respect, and insight.  I read it as we camped along the river, on serious sensory overload from their story and the incredible power, mystery, and beauty that surrounded me.  One of my characters, Sarah Price, was inspired by Miss Arnold and Miss Read.  I researched the Karuk, but I created my own tribe, the Nanchuti, with its own culture, myths, and language.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

In my late teens and twenties, almost everything Ursula LeGuin and Jane Yolen wrote were very important to me. I dreamt of someday writing with their skill, complexity, and intelligence. Connie Willis’ work, especially her story “Fire Watch,” made me yearn to create vivid and dangerous worlds with characters of great integrity. I can’t say that I’ve written that story, that book, yet, but I still hope to someday. The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas was another novel that opened me to the power of writing.  Marge Piercy’s A Woman at the Edge of Time came to me when I was stepping out on my own from a rigidly conservative upbringing and opened me to new ways to look at life and reality.  I recently thought I should reread it to see how it might stand up thirty plus years later.  The Victorians: Jane Austen, the Brontes, George Elliot all have held special places for me.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

I need to thank the two Bruces, as I call them: Bruce Coville and Bruce McAllister.  Both of them have offered tons of advice, encouragement, critiques, and have opened doors for me.  Bruce Coville’s work has especially influenced my writing for children, and Bruce McAllister’s my stories for adults.  I would highly recommend his novel The Village Sang to the Sea: a Memoir of Magic to see how personal history and magical realism can interweave to create a memorable reading experience.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Call Me Jane, part of The Oshkosh Trilogy by Anthea Carson, a dark cautionary tale of a girl whose life has spun out of control.  I am currently reading two non-fiction books.  The first is called When the Body Says No, by Garbor Mate, M.D.  This book discusses the relationship between repressed emotions, stress, and disease.

Places where her books can be found

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