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The Firefly Dance Anthology

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Finally managed to get a book read this past week, in between everything else that’s going on in my life right now. The Firefly Dance is an anthology, featuring four character-driven, coming-of-age novellas that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have seen some lackluster reviews of the book, and I think this could be a result of readers who are much more attuned to high-concept novels, filled with lots of action, and very little introspection. Nothing wrong with that, but I happen to be lucky enough to enjoy both. These poignant stories each had a vintage feel to them, both in style, and in some cases, the eras in which they were set. I loved that, where others might not find it their cup of tea.

Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite writers, so I was drawn to the book due to her story. However, I thought all of the entries were pretty strong, and I’m looking forward to reading  more written by the three other authors: Kathryn Magendie, Augusta Trobaugh, and Phyllis Schieber.  I was particularly drawn to Magendie’s story, “Petey,” because it was set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are near and dear to my heart. The feeling this one evoked was perfect for the era, and for the beautifully described connection to the mountains.

If you like anthologies, especially with a gentle, old-fashioned feel to them, check this little book out. It’s worth it!

The Firefly Dance

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Early Release of The Green Anthology!

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It’s OUT!

Wooohooo!  The Green Anthology has been released early, just in time for your favorite GREEN holidays and things…like St. Patrick’s Day, for one.  That’s my personal favorite green-themed day, and I’m sure the fact that it’s also my birthday has nothing to do with it. Much.  *wink-wink, nudge-nudge*

Seriously, this anthology is just Read more…

Some Really Exciting News!

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A Wonderful Collection of Poems, Short Stories,  Essays, Novel Excerpts, and Stage Play Scenes

(Fresh From Silver Birch Press)

One of the most exciting things in my whole life happened to me just before the end of 2012–I was invited to submit a poem to Silver Birch Press to be included in their new anthology, appropriately entitled Silver!  It was close to the submission deadline, and all I had pertaining to the overall silver theme was Read more…

Woohooo! New Books A-Comin’!!!

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Nothing feels better than ordering new books, except actually receiving them, of course.  But the anticipation of  knowing I have a box coming from amazon.com is one of the best feelings, ever!  And I’ve been looking forward to the release dates of these books for a long time, too.  All five of them!  What has me so excited, you may ask?  I’ll tell you.  In fact, I’ll tell you, even if you don’t ask!  I have to share my excitement with someone!

I have pre-ordered the following, Read more…

Those Who Fight Monsters by Justin Gustainis

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MY RATING:  3 of 5 Stars

Another fun anthology, my favorite type of book for “cleansing my palate” between novels of any sort. As is usually the case, some of these short stories were much better than others, but only a couple were truly bad to my mind, so overall, I enjoyed the book.

There is a real trick to Read more…

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