An avid reader, I believe we have much to learn about the world, and ourselves, through explorations of the written word. Books are the threads of timeless human connection, and I strive, at least in some small way, to touch others through my writing.
Okay, enough of the heavy stuff. Let's get a little personal. I have worn many hats through my thirty-some years of living from C.N.A, to Animal ER Nurse, then from Accountant to a Graphic Designer, and now as a photographer - but the one thing I've always been is a writer. Blogs, essays, articles, poems, short stories- you name it, and I've been compelled to write it, or type it as the case may be.
On a more personal note, I've lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for most of my life, though I did spend the first six years of my married life as transplant to my husband's hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. And yes, I did come back with a southern accent! And two tow-headed babies, but I digress.
For fun, I'll give you a few little known facts about me before returning to our regularly scheduled programming!
1. As a teen, I rode horses and showed competitively. My horse was an Arabian named Clyde (as in Clyde the camel) and he had an addiction to Starlight mints (the red and white minty things) and cherry lifesavers.
2. My sister calls me a vampire, and not because I'll read anything with fangs in it. I normally stay up half the night, despite having to get up at the same time in the morning as regular people. Hence why I'm not usually in the mood to talk to anyone until I've at been up at least two hours.
3. I'm clumsy. I spent at least one chunk of time every year through middle and high school on crutches or wearing a cast.
4. I have an absurdly weird fear of crickets. Seriously. And me children delight in chasing me around with their crispy carcasses.
That's enough for now... Perhaps I'll share more later!
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Where to buy in print
Phone Play: An Erotic Short
by Emma Shane
Price: $0.99 USD. 5340 words.
Published by QuirkyGurl Media on June 21, 2011. .
Maryanne is bored with her life. She's a mother of two small children and her husband is becoming evermore the stranger. What she needs is a job. Something to pad her bank account for the time when her marriage fails. Against all logic, normal and quiet Maryanne takes on quite the tittilating part-time job. Now, if she can just keep it from Stan. That is, if she really wants to.
Kill Me (A Blood Chord Novel)
by Alex Owens
Price: $5.99 USD. 65870 words.
Published by QuirkyGurl Media on July 15, 2012. .
Three days ago, she was a wife, a mother, and very much alive... then the music called to her. Kill Me, the debut novel from author Alex Owens, is a quirky paranormal fantasy complete with music, magic, fangs and freaks. It is also the first in a planned series, with the second book due out by the Fall of 2012. Be forewarned, this is not your daughter's paranormal.
The Taste of Lavender
by Emma Shane
Price: $2.99 USD. 18420 words.
Published by QuirkyGurl Media on April 24, 2013. .
Meet Cindy, a freelance book editor and dutiful wife with the occasional wanderlust daydreams. Watch as two worldly neighbors-- Maribel and Lucas-- move into the house across the street. See how close the women and how relationships shift and realign themselves.
The Taste of Lavender is a novella of approx. 19,000 words and contains vivid portrayals of passion and adult themes between women.
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- The Girl In The Coffee Shop
on June 16, 2011
This short story was an interesting quick read, and the author has a distinctive voice. I found myself irritated at the main character Gertrude (mainly with her religious assumptions) but then the next I just felt sorry for her. There are comedic overtones, bracketed by down-to-the-bone clarity and insight. Marques is bound to be someone you will hear more of in the future.
Marquez certainly has a way with words and even if I hadn’t enjoyed The Girl in the Coffee Shop, I would have still given this book Five stars based on the excerpt of The Path Home (to be released later this summer 2011) at the ending. The writing in the excerpt is exquisite, and I will be one of the first people to get a copy of The Path Home when it’s released!