I am a writer, reader, author, editor, book designer and publisher. I am a mother of two, mostly grown, children and a wife. I like working with my hands, so when the need or desire arises, I crochet, sew, tile, paint, cross stitch, frame pictures, stain furniture, cut and split fire wood, x-country ski, train and ride horses…
But my main loved str writing and helping others publish. I started writing in college (a while ago!) and haven't stopped since. I'm having the time of my life!
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The Red Velvet Box
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Red Velvet Box is a Christmas story for all ages. Set in 1954 it tells of a young girls discovery that all is not how it appears to be, even your 84 year old Grandmother, and even she has a story to tell.
Rose From the Ashes
Shell shock, battle fatigue, post traumatic stress disorder―it all means the same thing to veterans who have served their country by putting themselves in harm’s way. But for women veterans of WWII like Rose Krantz, it meant they were expected to step back into kitchen and forget all they had gone through, something Rose cannot easily do.
A Burnished Rose
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Today women have a glass ceiling. In the 1930s that ceiling was made of wood, so following your dream only took you so far—especially if you went against societal norms and what your friends and family told you you should or should not do. This is the story told in A Burnished Rose, the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Rosebloom.
(4.00 from 1 review)
Rosebloom is a historical fiction novel set in the late 1930's. Earned a Independent Publishers award in 2008. The story is about a young Wisconsin farm girl who runs away from home. She is looking for adventure, what she finds is much more.
Midwest Book Review calls Rosebloom: "... an excellent blend and deftly written look at 1930's America..."
Library Journal Review gave it a "Recommended"
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- My Indian Queen
on June 02, 2012
My Indian Queen, at 114 pages, is a nice, quick summer read.
The story is written from the point of view of a young man (Ryan), who in the beginning is pining back to the days of his last summer before going off to college for the first time. This summer includes a job at a local circus (though I really don't think circuses stay in one place that long - if they ever did), a first love with a young woman by the name of Cassie, who is half American and half Indian (as in India, hence the picture on the cover) and who is her own person, and true friendship with Cassie and a misfit by the name of Paul.
The end takes you back to the present day and what Ryan decides to do about his hum-drum life as a police detective. I won' t give it away, but the I liked the ending - slightly implausible but not so much so to ruin the story. I would recommend it (and it is appropriate for young audiences as well).
- The Weeping Empress
on July 12, 2012
Genre: YA fiction fantasy
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) Chiyo Alglaeca was happy in her life. That is, until it was all taken away. Forced into notoriety, stalked by a mysterious cult, hunted by the emperor, and facing betrayal at every turn she clings to the only safety she can find: two enigmatic men and the sharp bringer of death, Salvation. The Weeping Empress explores the devastating effects of loss, the hunt for redemption, and the price of destiny. It questions the true meaning of evil and asks what monster is not also an innocent?
Things I liked: I like how the author made up a whole new religion. I assume it's a new religion. I've never heard of it and as odd as this religion is, I think I would have. I also like that the religion has no rules - as unlikely as that might be, and that the head of this religion is a woman. That the main character, Chiyo, is a strong woman. I like the epilogue too, but I won't say why because that will give something away for people who want to read the book.
Things I didn't like: Chiyo falls into this past time and easily develops a blood lust. Later on in the story the author explains more about this, but I think it would have worked better - been more believable if she would have put that explanation earlier in the story. It just seems out of place for a modern day wife, mother, and presumed employed female of the 20th century to fall back in time and not bat an eye at opening people up with a sword. I can understand her first battle - it was a matter of survival, but it should have really taken Chiyo a while to "enjoy" all the killing she does or at least have a reasonable explanation for it, but that doesn't come until later. I also would like to have seen why the bad guy - the Emperor - was such a bad guy. You just have to take it on faith that he is but it's hard to root for Chiyo and her killing cohorts -Senka and Muhlah - when you know nothing about why he is bad. I also don't get the logic of Kali, the Goddess that is the head of this religion, and why she is asking he followers to do what they do related to Chiyo - which is why Chiyo ends up as she does. Maybe I'm dense, but I don't get it. And lastly, the use of foreign words is make reading it difficult because most of the time Forsythe does not give you any context to figure out what the words means or a translation within the story. She does it on occasion so I'm not sure why she didn't do it throughout.
As you can see, I have more things that I don't like about it than I do, but overall, it wasn't a bad story, it just needs some polishing.
Thank you Sadie for a free e-copy of this book.