Spin the Plate Short Story

Rated 3.00/5 based on 4 reviews
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. More
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About Donna Anastasi

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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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 6, 2012 :
A very difficult read, has potential but really needs to be edited to flesh out the story.
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Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on Aug. 27, 2011 :

This was an amazing book, Jo, also known as Julianne has long held back her feelings about the sexual and physical abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Now much older and working as a tattoo artist at a local shop, she has amazing talent as an artist and she spends her free time searching the streets for animals that have been mistreated. There are moments when the finds turn into altercations that give her the chance to get her anger out in the open by way of physical violence. Jo soon meets a man named Francis that shows her the light of God and helps her bring her father to justice for the crimes he committed against her at such a tender age.

This is a story about acceptance, finding love, the courage to do what's right, and the will to accept your life and let go of the past. Wonderfully written with more than one beautiful and important message. You should read this book!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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Review by: rhonda laney on Feb. 27, 2011 :
I was given the book to review. I liked it. Joe is a tough young tattoo artist. She hides her looks and how strong she is. She rescues animals and takes care of them fixes them up and finds homes for them. Hardly talks to anyone. She was sexually abused.
Francis see hers and follows her and gets her to go to dinner. He lives with 3 aunts and you dont know what he does till the end of the book.
the book was easy to read and was smooth in the story. you cared for joe and francis and wanted things to work out for them.
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Review by: Michelle Kaighn on Feb. 23, 2011 :
I found the main character Jo very interesting and am considering reading the novel just to find out more about her. I thought the introduction of Francis (secondary main character) abrupt and confusing. Some of the details of Jo's past were a bit too graphic for me, but I appreciate that author's imagery in an attempt to connect her readers' with Jo's past.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
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