Spin the Plate is Anastasi's debut novel. The 2013 printing of Spin the Plate is a completely revised and expanded novel-length version of her 2010 indie-award winning work: Cross-Genre Fiction, Women’s Literature, Contemporary Romance.
ABOUT SPIN THE PLATE: Jo is a survivor of a bleak and abusive childhood who roams the city streets at night as a powerful vigilante. Francis is a mysterious man she meets on the subway train. In this story, the average-guy hero battles to win the battered heart of the wary, edgy, less-than-perfect heroine. "A fast-paced, edgy, darkly comic tale of resilience, romance, and redemption that breaks over you in waves." - Holly Robinson, author
Anastasi also authored two non-fiction small animal books published by Bowtie press: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care (2005) a popular how-to book on breeding, raising, and caring for gerbils and The Complete Guide to Chinchilla Care (2008) a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats.
Donna Anastasi lives in the woods of Southern New, Hampshire with her husband, two teen-aged daughters and an ever-changing menagerie.
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Ending to Life of Pi Explained: An Essay
Are you tired of all the ambiguous writings on the ending of Life of Pi? “Viewers can make up their own mind,” “There is no ‘correct’ answer.” Well I’ve made up mind, and here’s what I think the correct and logical answer to be based on the evidence with some faith mixed in.
In God's Name: A Short Story
Akiane is a real-life child prodigy born to tolerant, accepting atheists who allowed and encourage her paintings of heavenly visions. Hana Williams was a beautiful child, one of a quiverfull of children who was “trained up” by conservative Christian parents. She later died at their hands.
“in gods name” imagines what might happen if a child like Akiane was raised in a household like Hana’s.
Spin the Plate: A Novel
Jo is a survivor of a bleak and abusive childhood who roams the city streets at night as a powerful vigilante. Francis is a mysterious man she meets on the subway train. In this story, the average-guy hero battles to win the battered heart of the wary, edgy, less-than-perfect heroine.
"A fast-paced, edgy, darkly comic tale of resilience, romance, and redemption that breaks over you in waves."
Spin the Plate Short Story
Jo has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can't seem to scare off.
Smashwords book reviews by Donna Anastasi
on Feb. 23, 2013
I love all things small and furry, and, like the little girl in the book, I have sweet pet rats of my own. This is a non-fiction account of a wild rat that came to live with the author and his six year daughter. I love that how instead of it being a sad or distressing situation to have him kill a rat, it was more of a wild kingdom experience of learning how the wild-rat thought and lived and finally out-witting her. He showed such kindness through all of the hours spend in humane trapping.
It's also cool how it shows some of the survival and other traits of the wild-rat. Like gnawing through barriers, getting liquid, nest building and collecting toys.
This was a five star read until the end which was rather abrupt. I've read some of Graham Murray's other writings and know he is a skilled fiction writer. For me the story would have been more satisfying if it were "Based on a real story" rather than purely non-fiction and in the end:
e.g., he could have worked out some sort of truce or feral-rat relationship with the wild-rat.
PS - they sell cotton balls laced with mite/parasite killer if you do have mice or rats that are living in barns or garages.