Years ago, I whimsically folded a few of my original poems into paper airplanes and flew them into the audience at a reading. People were amused.
This happened long ago, in the “Before Times,” when no one had heard the names Microsoft or Apple iPhone. It was a simpler era, and yet today I say “Hurray for e-Books!” I can give you a whole book for FREE! It costs you nothing, and I don’t even have to dash down 21st Street to Sierra Copy with my coin purse full of nickels to Xerox a bunch of pages. So easy.
I’m thrilled to be able to share my writing with you in this way. So without further ado, here are the two books I am offering for FREE download. One novel, one collection of essays and flash fiction. Check them out here:
A Love Story, A Spiritual Quest, The First Novel in the Avian Series
Unlike their black-billed cousins, yellow-billed magpies are rarely found outside California’s Central Valley. So when they begin showing up in Samantha O’Malley’s dreams, she wonders: are they calling me home?
Disappointed by failed fertility treatments and the break-up of her marriage, Samantha returns to her home town and slips into old habits, resuming her teaching career, even hooking up with an old lover. But she also renews her friendship with Craig, the school custodian she honors as her spiritual guide. The work they do together with Samantha’s special education students will lead her to discoveries she never thought possible.
Day-old loaves of bread morph into feral cats, a water goddess dresses her children in corduroy, two magical boxer dogs comfort an angry divorcee: my flash fiction is both comic and poignant, and always surreal. In my essays I aim to hit the heart of the matter, exploring the messiness of anger, grief, aging and oranges.
I’ve endeavored to fill this brief collection with gems. I hope it will touch your heart.
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