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#BookReview “The Hero of Lost Causes” by Phillip Frey

slowthepace450 From the  Slow the Pace anthology: “The Hero of Lost Causes”  is about “Robert Emmet was born in Ireland in 1778. Upon his twenty-third year he became angry over British rule. It then took him two years to recruit an army of farmers, shepherds and friends. When the moment of rebellion finally came, there was a miscue and a lot of confusion. As a result, the British captured Robert Emmet and executed him in 1803. Robert Emmet quickly became a romantic figure to the Irish people; to this day referred to as “The Hero of Lost Causes.”

Review:

A historical fiction by description, this short tale is actually set at a modern seaside, of a father claiming connection to the failed yet still heroic rebel. Having bought a forty-footer upon retirement as a fireman, Kevin Michael Emett (2 T’s) feels his own time has passed, but maybe his adult son Robert, who helps him out on the boat, might somehow make good on the claim…and a sudden event may just provide achievement of ancestral vindication. Add in a beautiful green-eyed young woman named Eileen and a few gentle comedic twists, and you have “The Hero of Lost Causes”, a pleasant, easy story, the last but not least in this anthology.

About the author:
Phillip Frey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed as a child actor at The Cleveland Playhouse. He later moved to New York, where he performed with Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. This was followed by performing for one season as a member of The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center.
With a change of interest Phillip wrote, directed and edited three short films, all of which had international showings, including the New York Film Festival. With yet another change of interest, Phillip moved to Los Angeles where he became a produced screenwriter. Now more recently, he has turned to prose with the books “Dangerous Times” and “Hym and Hur.” To see more about these books, please visit http://www.phillipfrey.com. “The Hero of Lost Causes” is Phillip Frey’s first publication of a short story. He wholeheartedly
thanks Scribes Valley for this distinction.

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#Free on #Kindle June 6-11th: “Luna Tree-The Baby Project” by Maya Berger

28324026Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10, free download for your Kindle!

  • Genres: Memoir, Self-help, Non-fiction
  • Published: Dec. 16, 2015

“Maya is kicking up her heels, living the fabulous and mostly carefree life of a twenty-something young woman. However, in the back of her mind continuous longing for a good marriage and family lingered. How do you find the right man, the one who sticks through thick and thin? Will he provide you with the things you find essential in a relationship?

Maya kissed a few frogs before finding her Prince Charming, but what followed was of higher importance.

She started feeling chronic pain in her lower back, the pain that wouldn’t let her neither sit nor stand. Thus Maya began her relentless quest for diagnosis and healing, which she ends after discovering Energy healing. She travels the globe to receive and raise her own stored Energy, the one that changes everything.
Her ultimate desires come true.”

 

About the Author

“I am a 41-year-old woman from Croatia (You know, a small country on the Adriatic in which big productions houses come to shoot Game of Thrones and Star Wars scenes, the home of Nikola Tesla’s roots, and so on). I was born in Zagreb where I live, but studied in Dubrovnik and life was rosy until something stopped me – Ankylosing Spondylitis.

I battled chronic pain for years, and was misdiagnosed for quite some time, so when AS was finally defined, I felt relief. I also found a way to get rid of chronic pain following some alternative medicine options.

But, not to bore you, I wrote a book about it, it’s all in there😉

As I personally dislike depressing books, I did everything to avoid writing one… regardless of a somewhat heavier topic. Most of the people who read it say it’s an uplifting read. I call it a humorous guide to recovery and healing.

I’m open to all new friendships that come my way… the more, the merrier ;)”

Maya Berger

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Coming Mid-May! Red Haircrow poem in Red Rising Magazine Issue #3

red-rising-magazine-web-logoRed Rising is a nonprofit Indigenous magazine from Winnipeg, MB. “Issue #3 “Land and Water” coming May 13th features new pieces from Christi Belcourt, Red Haircrow, Tabitha Martens & more.”

“Red Rising Magazine will have a launch party featuring Winona LaDuke at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House at 715 Main Street from 6:00 to 9:00. The event will be featuring special guest Winona LaDuke, celebrated Anishinaabekweg warrior who spoke the immortal words: “Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.”

Entry is $5, which also gets you a copy of the new magazine. The event will feature readings from contributors to Issue #3.

With this issue we wanted to create a space for writers to share their perspectives on land and water from their respective territories to reflect the historical, contemporary and future realities, and to get people to think critically about the environments we live in.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
– Winona LaDuke
– Tabitha Martens
– Angelina McLeod
– Audrey Logan
– Craig Settee
– Faith Charity

This event will be preceded by an event for the youth on Wednesday May 11th: an arts workshop teaching creative writing, poetry, drawing, screenprinting and songwriting. This will be at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Center (430 Langside Street) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm facilitated by Tasha Spillett, Lenard Sumner, Jasmine Anderson, Justin L’Arrivee and Charlie Fettah.
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#BookReview: “The Story of Lucius Cane” by Vanya Ferreira #DarkFantasy

vfGenre: Dark fantasy
Length: Short Story
Available: Amazon, Feb. 9, 2016
Source: Author

Synopsis: “London, 1794. Lucius Cane, a peculiar vampire, comes upon an opponent the likes of which he has never seen before – a brute with remarkable abilities. But not all is as it seems as their encounter unfolds in a manner that neither of them expected.”

Review: “The Story of Lucius Cane” is a short that promises to be just the beginning in a series of work by Vanya Ferreira. It introduces the characters of Lucius Cane, a vampire, and Jack Estenborough, a.k.a. “The Hound” who became a “half-kind” werewolf after being targeted and marked by a mysterious wolf. Former farmer, turned pirate turned assassin and hunter, Jack is hired to eliminate the debonair yet deadly blood-drinker, but they’re both in for a surprise when the confrontation begins.

Authors newly launching their work into the evolving market of online publishing often learn quickly, sometimes by trial and error. Enthusiasm is great and very much needed, but also the attention to little details such as sentence structure, word choice and repetition, but those are things that can improve with time and experience. This new characters in the “dark” world of lycans and vampiris will doubtless be welcomed by the many lovers of the genre, and as I understand more ebooks will follow so their backgrounds and stories can expand.

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Thanks AptDesign for a “Red Haircrow” Meme

AptDesign is a writer’s service building websites and helping promote and establish brands. Though I’ve a number of memes of out there on the Web, where people have used my quotes, this was the first time someone actually notified or informed me @. It’s greatly appreciated, so I wanted to bring attention to their services.

Below is the meme they made, which you can download as a wallpaper. The full quote is:

“Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it’s flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotion spent before I begin a new story. My characters are aspects of my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.”

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