The Last Day of Summer

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My head hurts, and I’m burning up but it’s not even that hot out. I should be tweeting, blogging, posting, entering two contests, going thru an editor’s proof of River, reviewing A Blue Place (very good), changing the laundry, and doing dishes. To hell with it. I’m going to make a tall, cool drink and laze in the hammock with The Distant Hours. Shoulds are …

A Reader’s Job

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I just read a review in Kissed by Venus of Marcy Alancraig’s A Woman of Heart. It sounds like a book I might enjoy but I hate buying fiction. Other than Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Cormac McCarthy I won’t re-read a novel. Why pay for something I’ll never use again? Why not just get it at the library? And to be honest, …

Kissed by Venus short fiction contest

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Get your crayons out, your pencils sharpened, and your keyboards warmed up – whatever it takes to enter your story in the  Venus Magazine Short Fiction Contest.  Follow the link for rules and what not. Come on. You know you have a story in  you. Give it a go. What the hell, the worst that can happen is you won’t win, …

“When Women Were Warriors” review

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  Go to Salem West’s The Rainbow Reader site for my review of Catherine M. Wilson’s superlative When Women Were Warriors (http://rainbowreader.blogspot.com/2011/08/when-women-were-warriors-by-catherine-m.html) Note: I have since been corrected and deeply regret calling the novel fantasy. It is historical fiction. This illustrates my ignorance of both genres, but if all historical fiction is as good as When Women Were Warriors I am soon …

Ghosts of Winter – Rebecca S. Buck

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While a satisfying romance, I kept waiting for Ghosts of Winter to turn into a good, old-fashioned ghost story. Ros inherits a rundown English mansion (see, spooky right there!) and sets about restoring it while she also restores her broken heart, both with the help of cool but comely architect Anna. In short chapters Buck gives us glimpses of Winter Manor’s …

Unplugged, Hem, Sharks and Hyenas.

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Went to Florida Keys for a couple days and unplugged. Very disorienting. Like withdrawing from a drug. But ah, after the initial withdrawal, comes peace. Little waves breaking on the beach, lapping at the dock. Palm fronds gabbing with the breeze. The Gulf air  as warm and insular as a second skin, its water womb-like – especially if you’re a …

Kissed by Venus, A Love Letter to the Editor

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Flaming June – Lord Frederic Leighton Kissed by Venus is the only magazine I ever take time to read, from it’s always-arresting front cover through to the back, where Botticelli’s delectable Venus suggestively anticpates the next issue.  Front to back, every contribution merits praise, far too much to post in a comment box. “Flaming June” – A perfectly prescient cover for this late, burning-summer release. …

Secret Language of Crows – Thea Atkinson

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I knew there had to be good, independently published, literary fiction somewhere out there in cyberspace. I found it in Thea Atkinson! The novel opens in Faulknerian style with a dying father, murder of crows, the taking of a sadistic lover, the main character’s return home, and the lover then lying dead on the compost heap – all eerie foreshadowing …