Just Her Poetry by D.L. Finn

D.L. Finn has released a new book of poetry! And, I am pleased to present it to you here in her own words!

Thank you, Jan, for having me on your blog to talk about the release of my first poetry book, “Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul.”

Finn Facts:

  1. I’m a pile maker. When I put things away, I am unable to find them later.
  2. My first attempt at driving in the snow, I ended up on top of a tree. I slid off the driveway onto a small cedar and got stuck. We made it a snow day and stayed home.

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Blurb:

Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions. Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness. This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.

Excerpt from MUSINGS FROM THE BACK OF A HARLEY:

MUSINGS

The winds blow our cares away

The rumble announces our presence

As we move forward to nowhere

We enjoy the view as we go

It is our occasion of peace

We are wrapped in leather cocoons

My hand tightly clasps a blue notebook

Its tan pages protesting the winds

I rest it on my husband’s back

And tightly clutch my blue pen

While balanced on the back of the bike

We’re emerged in a wall-less wonder

While the words pour forth from my soul

I attempt to make sense of this experience

A carefree moment of an aged-youth…

Of what I now call:

Musings from the Back of a Harley

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D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

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Welcome to the “WORLD UNKNOWN” Blog Tour! @Jinlobify #4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

It is with great pleasure I introduce a new collection of short stories from author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko!

Day 10:

This is the tenth day of my ten days tour.

The Clue:

Below are the titles of the stories. If you have read the snippets, try and match them to the titles. Beside each title write the number of the snippet. At the bottom write your name and submit.

*You Will Die If You Scream!

*Is This Love or What?!

*Florence

*The Silent Thief

*Lost in Soho

*Simple Things of Life

*The Break-In

*Wedged-In

*Girls’ Talk

The Rules:

I have randomly chosen a short snippet from a story in my book for you to read each day of my tour. Today, I have listed the titles of the stories from where the snippets were taken. Match the snippets to the titles. Once again, I will choose only three winners from the correct matches. The winner with nine correct matches will be gifted with a $15 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from any of my books. The second with eight correct matches will be gifted with a $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books. The third winner with seven correct matches will be with gifted a $5. Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books.

Now the catch! If you follow the tour and read the snippets, you may want to read the complete stories and leave a review of the book after the tour.

This tour is supported by another of my books; Pregnant Future. If you want to read that one too, that will be great. However, the focus will be on Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk. Good reading!

About the Author
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.


Her first short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/ Summer, 2007, pg. 18. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2.


Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language. The First titled: Io Odio, Tu Odi, & Cinema E Africa Nera, are both by Edizione, Tindalo.


The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014

In Pregnant Future: No One Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring, her latest Novel, Justina is the story of every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival

Her latest book, A collection of Short Stories, titled: Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk was published in December, 2018.

Pregnant Future – Blurb

Justina was a fighter. And, although it seemed the world was against her and her future was destined for failure …she persevered in the face of it all.

The future that was being thrown in her face, was not the one she had dreams of …and if she wanted to get her feet on the right path, she was going to have to show the world her strength. But, does she?

Will she have the will to make it to the end, unscarred?

What would you do if you knew what the future had in store for you?

Would you run towards it with open arms, or would you run away and never look back?

Justina must make a choice …before life chooses for her.

Links to my Social Network:

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

Lastly, Joy is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

Welcome to the “FINDING BILLY BATTLES TRILOGY” Blog Tour! @JHawker69 @4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

I am thrilled to introduce you to an award-winning author and his trilogy, The Billy Battles books!

Dealing With the Dreaded Rejection Letter

If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the sheer agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher.

I don’t know who got this one from Harlequin, but it had to be devastating to the person receiving it.

I have received a few rejection letters–though none like the one from Harlequin.

Most authors–even wildly successful authors–have also received their share of rejection missives.

Don’t believe me?

Just take a look at this list of rejection letters that were sent by publishers and agents to world-renowned, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. It is simply part of the creative process, and you need to keep moving ahead–just as these authors did.

—“The American public is not interested in China,” a publisher wrote Pearl S. Buck. Her book The Good Earth becomes the best-selling US novel two years running in 1931/32, and wins The Pulitzer Prize in the process.

Alex Haley writes for eight years and receives 200 consecutive rejections from publishers and agents. His novel Roots becomes a publishing sensation, selling 1.5 million copies in its first seven months of release, and going on to sell 8 million.

—“He hasn’t got a future as a writer,”a publisher opines. Publication of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold leads to its author, John le Carré, having one of the most distinguished careers in literary history.

—“Hopelessly bogged down and unreadable,” a publisher tells Ursula K. Le Guin in a 1968 rejection letter. She was not deterred, and her book The Left Hand of Darkness goes on to become just the first of her many best-sellers and is now regularly voted as the second best fantasy novel of all time, next to The Lord of the Rings.

The Christopher Little Literary Agency receives 12 publishing rejections in a row for their new client, until the eight-year-old daughter of a Bloomsbury editor demands to read the rest of the book. The editor agrees to publish but advises the writer to get a day job since she has little chance of making money in children’s books. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone byJ.K. Rowlingspawns a series where the last four novels consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, on both sides of the Atlantic, with combined sales of 450 million.

—“It is so badly written,” a publisher tells this author. Dan Brown is not discouraged, however, and tries Doubleday where his book makes an impression. The Da Vinci Code eventually sells 80 million copies.

—“Too different from other juvenile (books) on the market to warrant its selling,” says a rejection letter sent to Dr. Seuss. His books have racked up $300 million in sales, and he is now the 9th best-selling fiction author of all time.

See what I mean?

Editors, agents, first readers who dig through the publisher’s slush pile–all are quite capable of making bone-headed decisions about other people’s work. And they do it all the time.

So if you have a stack of rejection letters sitting on your desk or stuffed into a file cabinet, don’t despair. You are not alone.

What you should do, instead of becoming despondent and inconsolable, is read those rejection letters carefully and look for the constructive criticism in them.

In most cases, you will find some–though as one publisher told an author many years ago: “This manuscript should be buried under a pile of rocks and forgotten for the next thousand years.”  (That book went to become a bestseller and was even made into a movie. Its name: Lolita.)

Phrases like that can be a bit disheartening–even to the most thick-skinned scribbler.  So far I have not received anything quite so venomous…though I have had my go-rounds with a few agents and editors who couldn’t see the value of what I was working on.

Now that I am writing fiction rather than nonfiction, I am finding that I no longer care what an agent or publisher may think of my work. I find that especially satisfying when I can see that customers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads like my book and are giving it mostly 5-stars with a handful of 4-star ratings.

That tells me that I must be doing something right.

The key is believing in yourself and the story you are telling. You will NEVER please everybody. There will always be those who don’t understand or just don’t like your book or books. That’s life.

But it is critical that you DO NOT stop believing in what you are writing. Does that mean you should ignore valid and constructive criticism?

No, it does not. If somebody has taken the time to tell you what is wrong with your book or why he or she didn’t like it, you should also take the time to consider that criticism and learn from it.

It doesn’t mean you should give up, stop writing and walk away from your computer. Writing is a skill that cannot be taught–at least not in the same way one learns calculus or biology.

It must be learned. And we learn to recognize good writing by reading.

Then we learn how to write by writing, writing, writing–even if the writing we do is terrible, with way too many adjectives in place of strong action verbs or way too many compound-complex sentences that give readers migraines as they slog through page-long paragraphs.

Reading should be fun–not a chore. And only you, the writer, can dictate that.

So if a rejection letter says your prose is ponderous and pretentious, or your story is tedious and byzantine, you might want to take a hard, critical look at what you have written.

And after doing that if you still disagree with the author of that rejection letter, then by all means, plow ahead. You may be right and that agent or editor may be wide of the mark.

Time and book sales will tell.D

Ronald E. Yates is an award winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.

Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media. His award-winning book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels and was published in June 2016. The first book in the trilogy, “Finding Billy Battles,” was published in 2014. Book #3 of the trilogy (The Lost Years of Billy Battles) was published in June 2018.

As a professional journalist, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places. His work resulted in multiple journalism awards, including three Pulitzer nominations and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Inter-American Press Association, to name a few.

BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI/-/e/B00KQAYMA8/

TRILOGY LINK: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DNDWHH6/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/finding%20billy%20battles/_/N-8q8

MY WEBSITE & BLOG:  https://ronaldyatesbooks.com/

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ronaldyatesbooks/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jhawker69

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/bookmarketingglobalnetwork/author-ronald-e-yates-books/

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronyates/

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  


Lastly, Ron is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, 
JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

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Thanks for supporting this author and his work!  

It’s #RRBCReadAShortStory Month

March is the month set aside at the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB to promote short stories!

I enjoyed this history about short stories and how they became recognized as a distinct literary form in the nineteenth century.

A short story must have all the same elements as a full-length novel, but much less complex, and of course, much shorter.

The RRBC Catalog has a great list of short stories that would be perfect for celebrating this special month! You’ll find stories from myself, Rhani D’Chae, Beem Weeks, Wendy Scott, Patricia Guthrie, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, D.L. Finn, Vashti Q, Nonnie Jules, and many others! There are LOTS to choose from.

So, take a look and grab any that pique your interest! RRBC SHORT STORY CATALOG

And if you read a story, don’t forget to leave a review so that others can see what you thought!

A short story is the perfect form of entertainment when you don’t have much free time!

Views of the Neighborhood – Book Fair in Killeen Texas

I can’t express what a tremendous joy it was meeting John Howell and Gwen Plano in person yesterday at the Take 190 Book Fest in Killeen. The three of us collaborated together on the Aspire To Inspire RAVE WAVES radio show for a time and the friendship we developed was wonderful. But, to meet in person… It was like a family reunion! #RRBC #RWISA ! Authors are family!

Sorry. I just realized the Link didn’t transfer. 🙂 Here you go! https://johnwhowell.com/2019/03/10/views-of-the-neighborhood-book-fair-in-killeen-texas/

A Little Inspiration

I am traveling the next few days and will be away from the computer. So, I want to leave you with a little inspiration that I hope brightens your day and perhaps causes you to smile and walk a little taller.

Enjoy!

Make it a great day! I appreciate you!

I’ve turned off comments since I won’t be around to respond.

Welcome to “THE BUTTON” Blog Tour! @DLFinnAuthor #4WillsPub #RWISA #RRBC

I am SO excited to host this author and her book today! I have read this book and can tell you it’s a great story! And there are GIVEAWAYS! Now, let’s hear from the author.

The Button Tour Giveaway:

2– “The Button” Kindle Format

$5 Amazon Gift Card

1-“The Button” Signed Paperback and Book Marker

A Second Excerpt from “The Button.”

It’s the end of chapter one. Lynn has been partying all night. She stepped outside for a smoke before having “just one more drink” before heading home. All alone after a quick conversation with the cute bartender she hears a voice in the dark:

“Go.”

“What?” Lynn looked around, but there was no one there. Alone and hearing voices—awesome!

“Leave.”

“Hey, who’s there?” She peered into the darkness. No one answered. Her arms were covered with goosebumps. That voice reminded her of something, but what?

Unnerved, she hurried back into the bar and ordered another drink. She wanted to put that warning voice out of her mind. It kind of reminded her of high school, for some reason, but why?

“Here’s your drink, miss,” said the sour, gray-haired guy—Gus, according to his name tag. Didn’t Kent say that Patty was replacing him? This didn’t look like a Patty.

“Thanks.”

“You paying? It’s a dollar fifty.” Gus gave her an eyeroll that made him look like he was going to pass out. His girth was that of a man who liked to eat, but he had the smooth hands of a man who didn’t like to do hard work. He didn’t strike her as a man who’d serve drinks, more like someone who drank a lot of them.

“I am,” she replied, ignoring the tone. “Keep the change.”

“Yeah, I will. I might be able to put my kids through college, now—gee, thanks.”

Wow, what a jerk, she thought, now wishing that she could get her fifty cents back. She sipped her watered-down drink, listening to the band butcher “Edge of Seventeen.” Boy, did that seem like a long time ago to Lynn, now that she was on the edge of twenty-one. The warnings to leave were forgotten as she finished her drink. Stacy made eye contact and gave a thumbs-up. Lynn knew that meant she was staying with Dapper Dave. Lynn’s thumb went up in response. It was time to go. She stood to leave but quickly sank back onto the red stool as the room began to spin. She felt an arm go around her, holding her up. She tried to see who it was, but her head wasn’t cooperating.

That was the last thing she remembered until she collapsed, naked, into bed at two in the morning. She groaned as she reached for her alarm clock. She couldn’t be late for work again, or she’d get written up. As she pushed the button to engage the alarm, she noticed it was set for 8:40. No, that wasn’t right. She moved the arm back to seven. There.

“Hey!” Something touched her legs.

Had Stacy’s cat, Princess Leia, jumped on her bed? She never left Stacy’s room at night. Strange. There it was again. Lynn loved cats, but this little striped one was so spoiled—what a pest. The room began spinning again. The cocaine wasn’t doing its job. She passed out the moment her head hit an unfamiliar satin pillow.

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA.  She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

D.L. Finn Links:

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click 

HERE.  Lastly, D.L. is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC} and she’s also a member of the very elite, RAVE WRITERS -INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS {RWISA}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, 

JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

Luckenbach Texas – The Center of the Universe

One of my assignments this month, for Buddy Magazine, was to read and review a new book relative to Texas and Texas Music, from Becky Crouch Patterson.

She had quite an amazing story to tell about her father, Hondo Crouch and the town he purchased in 1970. I found the book easy to read, engaging and entertaining. I laughed out loud more than once.

The infamous words of Gary P. Nunn, “You ask me what I like about Texas,” is answered between the pages of this book.

Luckenbach Texas – The Center of the Universe is not only an entertaining read but educational as well. Did you know that the first flying machine was invented in Luckenbach long before the Wright brothers took to the sky? How much do you know about the character Hondo Crouch? Was it truly by accident that the town evolved into a world-renowned landmark?

Becky Crouch Patterson, Hondo Crouch’s daughter and author of this beautiful book, manages to bring the history of Luckenbach as well as its many nuances to life with her distinct style of writing, sense of humor, and extensive knowledge of the deep-rooted history of the area.

Settled by Germans in the 1800s, it is steeped in culture and traditions which she beautifully honors.

When Hondo Crouch along with his partner, Guich Koock, bought Luckenbach for $29,000 in 1970, I don’t think he had any idea the phenomena he would create without ever seeming to intentionally do so.

As Becky recounts in the book, “at the time, they didn’t know whether the purchase was for 29, 19 or 12 acres”, but it did include an egg route that would pay $60 per month and a pickup truck.

One of my favorite parts of the book (although there were many) was the first impression of their purchase when Becky, along with her family, first walked into the building that Hondo aptly named, “Post Office-General Store-Beer Joint.”

She recalled being awe-struck by the generations of the rich history displayed in the bar and store. “Faded 1930s beer ads, fragile, dusty, everything held together by cobwebs” creates a powerful visual.

They say timing is everything and there is a certain degree of truth to that. When the Outlaw Music movement moved into full swing in the seventies, it created an entirely new breed of musicians and songwriters. Those tired of Nashville’s glossy, controlling mentality rebelled and broke away from Music Row. They found the perfect home in Luckenbach. Willie Nelson held five of his Fourth of July Picnics in Luckenbach. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his “Viva Terlingua” album at Luckenbach. It was a mecca for hungry, creative songwriters.  

Waylon Jennings described Outlaw Music as “standing up for your own rights and your own way of doing things.”

And nothing fed that creative storm better than the laid-back atmosphere of Luckenbach, Texas.

When Chips Moman and Buddy Emmons wrote “Luckenbach, Texas,” neither of them had ever been there. And, as far as is known, never visited. But they were reaching for something that people who were caught in the rat-race of life could relate to. That was and still is, the vibe of Luckenbach.

Hondo Crouch carried a business card that described himself as an Imagineer. All who knew him loved him, but none more than Jerry Jeff Walker. His relationship with Hondo and Luckenbach defined Jerry Jeff and helped shape him into the artist he became.

Hondo was also a performer extraordinaire, poet, and had a unique sense of humor that Becky has inherited, as is obvious in her writing. More than once while reading the book, I laughed out loud.

I can’t begin to tell you everything that this book encompasses in these few short words. I can only tell you that every aspect, every turn of event and every personality that found its muse in Luckenbach left an indelible footprint that won’t be forgotten.

This line from Hondo Crouch’s poem, “The Luckenbach Moon” says it all… “We’ve been tellin’ strangers who come to Luckenbach ‘bout our Moon, But I know they won’t believe that we have such a big moon for such a small town.”  

And I don’t think Hondo was talking solely about a literal moon.

If you love everything embodied in Texas Music, history and the Outlaw Music movement, you will be enthralled by “Luckenbach – The Center of the Universe” by Becky Crouch Patterson.

So, to sum it all up, as the great Gary P. Nunn sings, “You ask me what I like about Texas … Well, if I tell you, you’re gonna be here all night long…”

This book is available for purchase on Amazon

Or directly through Becky Crouch Patterson’s Website

An Inspired Endeavor

I hesitated to blog about this because it is SO new that the wrapping isn’t fully off the box yet. But I decided to share for two reasons. I am excited about this new endeavor and I feel it serves a large purpose.

A friend recently, while discussing the writing crossroads I find myself sitting in the middle of, suggested that I consider writing a book entitled “The Next Chapter.”

This comes on the heels of yet another rejection from publishers, of my fiction series. Perhaps fiction writing isn’t my forte. Or, perhaps the timing simply isn’t right. Who the heck knows? I certainly don’t.

At any rate, as we talked, I got inspired and excited about writing “The Next Chapter.”

The more I thought about it, the more I discovered a treasure trove of hard-earned insight and wisdom I have to share. And, it just might help someone else in the same situation.

I tossed together a rough draft book cover in Canva late last night, to get the project started. It is not set in stone but is a place to start.

And, based on your feedback about the X across the man on the cover, here’s a rough attempt at putting in a ghostly man image instead. Of course, this is still a Work In Progress.

You see the premise of the book. I’m going to share my opening paragraphs and I welcome your comments and suggestions! This is going to be an incredibly rewarding piece of writing.

INTRO:

“You can never move forward if you are always looking back.”

Did you know that in 2018 there were over eleven million widows in the United States alone? Let that sink in for a minute. Over eleven million women faced with rebuilding a life after the loss of a spouse.

And yet, at that time; when you are one of those eleven million in the throes of the loss and grief, you feel completely and utterly alone. No one could possibly know the degree of pain and emptiness you feel. Surely, no one else has ever had such an irreparably broken heart as yours. But they have.

The average age of a woman, when she loses her spouse, is 59. I was 57.

It is statistically proven that women live longer than men for many different reasons. Mathematics plays a large part. Most often, men marry younger women which adds to the gap in the equation. Generally speaking, women take better care of themselves, eat healthier and are more aware of their overall well-being than men. But, none of that lessens the intensity of grief when your spouse dies.

The widow faces a life of many years, perhaps even decades, without a partner. While there is a small percentage of widows who remarry, statistics show approximately ninety percent do not.  

The purpose of this book is to encourage and empower women in the process of reinventing themselves after such a loss. Many of the same principals could apply to men who have lost a spouse or even divorcees. But, for the purpose of this book, I am focused on women forced to start over ― alone because of death.


There you have it. Please share your thoughts! In the back of the book, I am going to share stories from other women who I know personally and who are also widows. I want as many different aspects of re-inventing oneself as I can gather.

Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Dennis Cardiff has written a new tribute to the infamous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau! Take a look. I simply had to share!

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She was long and lovely from ‘way down south,
she had blood on her hands, blood on her mouth.
She’d got voodoo spells and incantations.
She lived on one of those big plantations.
Had she done something bad? Well, I don’t know.
She went by the name of Marie Laveau.

She had golden skin and curly black hair,
down near the bayou you could find her there,
with her big old snake wrapped ’round and ’round,
it was party time when the sun went down.
Cauldron would bubble and naked they’d dance,
potions concocted, ’round the fire she’d prance.

She had a mojo hand, a black cat bone —
wouldn’t want her to catch you all alone.
There were stories told of the men she’d hexed;
husband Jacques unaware that he’d be next,
he just disappeared, he never returned —
just ashes left and the incense she burned.

Stroll though…

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