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May 2017

Bubbles, Bubbly, and Books

One of the fun parts of this whole writing she-bang is participating in author appearances.  I get to talk about my work, schmooze with other folks crazy enough to pursue the written word, sign autographs for starstruck patrons (well, every now and then somebody makes out like writing a book is a big deal), and sometimes get perks like free wine!

This weekend I visited My Favorite Books in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida along with other authors from Southern Yellow Pine Publishing for a winey/cheesy/champagne-rific celebration.  The folks at My Favorite Books were more than gracious, and it’s a great bookstore.  You can check them out at www.myfavoritebooks.com.  I recommend you stop by if you’re in Tallahassee.  There are plenty of neat things to see and do in the vicinity, including a Trader Joe’s and Island Wing Company.    We ate after the shindig at Island Wings.  I had the Tiki Torch Wings.  If you like ’em hot, these will put sweat on your forehead and tears in your eyes!

It’s four hours of nothing but interstate between home and Tallahassee.  The most exciting part of the drive was flipping through radio stations and finding some 80s pop.  I alternated that with classical…when I go classical, I’m really getting stir crazy.  I did make a pit stop at the Chautaugua Vineyard & Winery because I’ve always wanted to stop when we’re driving through the area, but the timing’s never right.  I picked up my summer wine supply and made a fantastic discovery!  I love reading historical fiction, especially stories set in the Regency period.  A common motif involves women sneaking nips of port.  Well, I bought some port at the winery and I can totally see why.  That stuff is delicious!

I almost stopped on the way home to explore a bonsai tree nursery  I’ve had my eye on for years, but by the time I had driven that far I was like a horse turned to barn with my heart set on home.  Maybe next time…unless I’m out of port!

Be sure to check out the eclectic books by my SYP friends.  If you like crime fiction, go with William Mark.  Zelle Andrews and Pat Stanford will tug at your heartstrings in totally different ways.  Michael Kinnett has your regional history fix and, of course, you know mine is good for a scare.  If you’ll click on “Buy Clemenceau’s Daughters” up on the search bar, you can go directly to the SYP site and find these authors of whom I’m proud to call my friends.

It’s a Make-Under!

Creepy Doll
High school artist gives doll a much-needed face.

The creepy doll who rides shotgun to book festivals with me, mainly because I’m too much of a chicken to put her in the backseat, has gotten a new look.  She was scary enough without a face, but now she’s positively terrifying!  She attracts quite a bit of attention at the kiosk and now she may inspire nightmares as well.  That’s the idea, you know… a little added curb appeal for those horror fans out there.

Little Debbie Ballard hates dolls.  She hates dolls because they talk to her in the night, and they don’t make for pleasant conversationalists.  I found this beauty of a spooky doll sitting in a child’s desk outside a country thrift shop.  She was dressed in pink organza with lace, but needed a fashion update.  I found her just the right duds in the toddler section of Walmart, but lacked the artistic skill to grant her a face.  My first attempt involved candy pieces and hot glue, but the Louisiana Book Festival proved way too hot.  The doll came home minus an eye, making her look more run-down than scary.   I needed the doll to take on a more sinister attitude that wouldn’t melt off in a hot car because frankly,  this thing is not welcome in my house.

Student Kenzie Jones came to the rescue by painting this fantastic visage on the doll.  I wanted it to look, well, dead.  Let’s just say the creep factor has gone WAY up for this eye-catcher.

Rocky Rates It! The Wildflower Girls by Mullen Dale

wildflowerMullen Dale captures female adult friendship poignantly and effectively in her romantic thriller. Never campy, but always relatable, I found myself wanting to be admitted into the circle of Wildflower Girls. This is decidedly not the “it” crowd at the high school lunchroom table all grown up and vamping it through adulthood to be seen. This is a group of women tempered by experience facing both the best and worst life has to offer head on. From the imprudent Harlyn who fights for respect in a male-dominated career to the indomitable Chrysanthemum who powers through grief and a mother’s horror, the Wildflower Girls are multidimensional.

The banter between the Wildflower Girls and the men who claim them is authentic, at times either heartrending or hilarious, and quintessentially Southern. I am reminded of a darker, grittier version of the Steel Magnolias. The pacing of the novel is quick and the sequence deftly avoids the pitfall of miring up in backstory. I am very much looking forward to Dale’s next installment of The Wildflower Girls saga.

Rocky Rates It! Paula by Isabel Allende

Paula

I expected Paula to be wrenching, but what I did not expect was the equivalent of a graduate course in both effective description and the melding of the personal and public. I stopped multiple times in the reading to just sit in awe of the literary skill on display. Allende is a true master who made me feel the anguish of a mother, both for a diseased daughter and a diseased nation. This memoir is a must-read, not just for the story itself, but for its artistic expertise.

I gave this book 5 stars!

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