Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’

Girl in the Wind – Prologue

01/12/2012

Girl in the Wind

By

Bobbi Carducci

Prologue

Her story begins not with her first breath, nor will it end with her last.

Just as the blood of her ancestors flows through her veins and their strengths and weaknesses had much to say about how she looks and where her structural weaknesses lie, her story has etched itself onto her children and grandchildren.  Some will benefit from the trials of the past. Others will have to fight through their history to build a better life.

When asked why she decided to tell her story, she replied, “Because I must.  The voices of my lifetime speak to me in my dreams and wake with me each morning. I would be as lost without them now as I was when the events I occurred. Perhaps some will find strength in my weakness, joy in the aftermath of my tears, and love where I meant it to flow, even when it seemed I didn’t care. If not, I will move on with no regrets for every misstep I have taken has created a story that was, if not well lived, I dare hope you’ll agree, was well told. “

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Come back  next week for the start of chapter one.

Novel in Six Words

08/22/2011

Handsome man. Killer smile. Graveyard’s full.

Anthologies Seeking Submissions

04/29/2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul says:

“We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul® books in development and are adding new titles all of the time. We are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for us to consider. Take a look at the list of our future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject we are looking for and then please submit it to us.

If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but we are not collecting for that topic at this time, please save it and check back with us soon. Our list of Possible Books Topics is added to frequently and hopefully, in the near future, we will add a topic that will be a perfect fit for your story or poem.

We prefer that you submit your stories only once, but if you believe your story fits in more than one book topic, please indicate which other topics you have submitted it for in the Comments line on the submission form. You can submit your story by going to the link at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Here Are Our Future Topics:

***SELECT YOUR TITLE***

Brides and Weddings
You are engaged! How lucky you are to have found that one person you want to share the rest of your life with. We are looking for stories about this very special experience in your life. From the proposal, to the planning, to actual wedding day events — both touching and hilarious – these stories will capture your heart and your emotions. Stories from the groom or the proud parents would be great too! Please share the memories that were created during this special time in your life. The deadline date for story submissions is April 30, 2011.

Christmas Stories
We are collecting stories for our newest Christmas book. Everyone has special memories and stories to tell about the Christmas season – from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. We want to hear about your special Christmas memories and traditions. Please note: if you have submitted stories to our Christmas books in the past, we have your stories in our database. Please make sure that the stories you are submitting to this book are NEW stories that our editors have not read before. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2011.

Family Caregiver
Do you have a family member who requires constant care? Well, you are not alone. The stories in this book will be written by people caring for a family member who requires their assistance due to a variety of reasons – old age, Alzheimer’s, chronic illness, long-term or permanent physical or mental disabilities. Are you part of the “sandwich” generation – caring for an elderly relative while also raising your children? Or are you the person receiving the care from a family member? We want to hear from you too. These stories will inspire and support family members who are making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere. The deadline date for story submissions is July 15, 2011.

Find Your Happiness
How have you found happiness in your life? Share your stories about how you found purpose, passion, and joy in your life. Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely inspirational. Attitude adjustments, gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, major realizations, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness would be appropriate. The deadline date for story submissions is May 15, 2011.

Food and Love
There is such a universal connection between food and love – both the romantic kind of love and the comforting kind of love between family members and friends. There is that delectable feeling that certain aromas and tastes stir up in your memory and imagination. We are looking for savory, sweet, sometimes spicy, mouthwatering, succulent, and tasty stories on how food and love together played a flavorful part in your life. You get the idea! These stories will whet your appetite and leave you with a divine aftertaste and a pungent yearning to read more. The deadline date for story submissions is May 15, 2011.

Home Sweet Home
Whether you rent your home or own your home, home is where your heart is. It is your safe place in the world. We are looking for stories about getting your first home, returning to your childhood home, do it yourself repair disasters and successes, downsizing, moving day or any heartwarming or funny stories associated with home. This book will make the perfect housewarming gift. The deadline date for story submissions is August 30, 2011.

Marriage and Married Life
Whether you are newly married or have been married for years and years, the stories in this book will capture your imagination, inspire you, make you laugh and touch your heart. We are looking for stories that will celebrate the commitment two people make when they say their vows. Tell us about your relationship. What makes it work? How did the comfort of your mate guide you through challenging times? What is the most important thing in your relationship? How did you try to change your mate? Did it work?! The deadline date for story submissions is May 30, 2011.

Think Positive for Kids
Where do your children find the inner strength to stay positive in these challenging times? The world today is fast-paced and filled with choices, temptations and challenges. The values that children, ages 7 to 12, learn today will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are looking for stories that show children how to make good choices… even when no one is looking, respect the needs and feelings of others and focus on hope. The stories will remind kids that each day holds something to be grateful for and show them that they are not alone in dealing with difficult issues. We hope that adults will take the time to read these stories with their children as together you share special times and expand communication. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2011.”

Submit Your Story

House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Book Review

04/03/2011

Buy the Book by Bobbi Carducci

* Good
** Very Good
*** Recommended
**** Reviewer’s Choice

House Rules
By Jodi Picoult
(Simon and Schuster)
Novel (teen to adult)
$9.99
Rating: ***

Jodi Picoult has written another excellent mystery with a heart. The story of a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome accused of murder may not seem like an inspirational work but this one is.

The love of a young mother for her two sons and the lesson she teaches them, “that brothers look out for one another,” is beautifully woven into a great read. It also informs the reader about some of the aspects of a disease that many people, including law enforcement officers, simply don’t understand. A recommended read for teens and adults.

Pennwriters Conference – Saturday Keynote Speaker

03/24/2011

Written By Aaron Peters


SATURDAY KEYNOTE: Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Awardwinning author and Pennwriters member.

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner and Marvel Comics writer. His latest works include THE DRAGON FACTORY (St. Martin’s Griffin), ROT & RUIN (Simon & Schuster), WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (Citadel Press), and the graphic novels DOOMWAR and MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE PUNISHER (Marvel Comics.) His Joe Ledger thrillers are in development for TV. Prolific and multi-talented, Jonathan has written over 1200 features articles, plays, video scripts, greeting cards, poetry, and over twenty nonfiction books on topics ranging from the paranormal to martial arts (he is an 8th degree black belt jujutsu master). Jonathan founded the celebrated Writers Coffeehouse, a monthly networking event for writers of all genres and skill levels, and co-founded The Liars Club, a group of Philadelphia writers blogging at liarsclubphilly.com. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest of honor at conventions for writing, science fiction, horror, crime fiction and thrillers. Visit him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.

Note from Schizophrenicwriter: I know from personal experience that Jonathan is an exciting and engaging speaker who willingly shares his expertise with other writers.  If at all possible do not miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

Why I’m Not A Poet

01/30/2011

This is the best I can do.


Reading as he sleeps beside me,
Intimacy redefined,
A novel path to bliss.