I’ve Been Chosen! – Likeness & Valley Reads

Congrats to FVP Featured Author Sheri J Kennedy for being chosen for this exciting program with King County Library System!

Reality With a Twist ~ Books

Likeness KCLS Valley Reads RegisterI’m so excited about King Co. Library System choosing my book LIKENESS as their first Valley Reads feature for community book club reading!! Our newspaper, The Valley Record did a Feature Article on the program. I’m #almostfamous !

Anyone who REGISTERS for the program can pick up their FREE book at North Bend Library after April 7th, and then I’ll be leading a Discussion Event at North Bend Library on May 2nd. The book is great for discussion since it’s concept driven and is a playful romp full of thought-provoking ideas regarding similarity and difference.

If you’re in the area, be sure to REGISTER, before March 25th, and if you’re curious, check out the book preview on Amazon.

Get your copy of LIKENESS today!

Valley Reads KCLS Sign Up Flyer

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Wine & Words – Victoria Bastedo

Wine & Words was a fun and well-received event last night. We had nine authors who read, five from FVP and four from our community. The pieces were moving, funny, and entertaining. I’m always astounded at the writing quality and talent that emerges in this tiny Valley on such evenings.

Victoria Bastedo was our Special Guest Author for the evening, and she delighted the crowd by telling us of an actual old tree she, perhaps, saved with her expressed upset at seeing a chainsaw nearby.  Then she read the following fun and touching story from one of her blogs, SnoValley Hobbit:

Donago Greenhaven buttoned his new fawn-colored waistcoat. As a rule, hobbits don’t tend to dwell on overt fashion and vanity, but he loved it when his mirror reflected a brightness to his image. From the top of his reddish-gold curls, to the bottoms of his hairy feet, he wanted to appear cheerful, intelligent, and ready for any adventure that might await him over the next hill.

Donago plucked at the red handkerchief that peaked in a triangle out of the upper pocket, making sure it stood out. Tonight he was especially interested in making an impression. Traveling hobbits had arrived in Little Delving, bringing wares for the market, presents for friends, and news of the other regions. He wanted to share in it, the busy world of those who worked, and those who dreamed.

He beamed at himself, at his own bright eye, at the dimple an inch from the edge of his mouth, and his one crooked tooth. He’d been told that he was born ready to grin, and that he’d no doubt die with a last bit of laughter on his lips. He looked fine. From the little round window that overlooked his garden and the distant fields to the west a breeze filtered in a whiff of the sea. The scent must have traveled for many miles, must have flirted with clumps of silver grasses and coasting birdwings, holding its essence to arrive in his room and call to him. It always made him laugh.

“All right!” he told it, forgetting his finery as he hurried out of his bedroom and then outside his hole. His intention had been to visit The Brown Barrel, Little Delving’s busiest Inn, and hear the tales that might be told, but that could wait… READ MORE

Wine & Words is Back!

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 6:00-9:00pm for Wine & Words at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqualmie! FVP’s Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo with be our Special Guest for this evening of Author Readings and tasty treats. All ages welcome. A Literary Open Mic will follow the program. See you there!

Wine and Words Flyer March 2018

A Wee Bit of Fame

Two of our FVP Featured Authors discovered their books in stock at Barnes & Noble this past weekend. Check it out!

Miss LiV Adventures ~A Journey Through Time...and Time Again

I don’t live near a bookstore, so I get to browse one much too seldom. To my delight, when I was in Issaquah (about 20 miles away) this weekend, I found Miss Livingstone, Book I at the ‘local’ Barnes & Noble! Besides the excitement of seeing my book on the shelf, I was thrilled they have a Local Authors section dedicated to Seattle and Eastside area authors. My author-friend Victoria Bastedo’s , sweet romance, Black Poodle Over Seven Hills was there too, along with some other authors I recognize and have read on the NY Times Best Seller’s list.

I thanked the manager for spotlighting local and indie authors, and she invited me to do a Book Signing event when Book II of Miss LiV Adventures is released this spring! She also wants to schedule a Meet the Authors panel event with my local author’s group FreeValley Publishing/FVP Books. I’m…

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Book Review: Game of Hearts: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts Series) by Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley has provided priceless and highly appreciated advice to many of the FVP Featured Authors over the past few years. Her writing craft is exemplary and her books are fabulously fun to read. Here’s a review of her latest release by Rachel Barnard, FVP Featured Author.

Rachel Author Barnard

Game of Hearts: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts Series) by Cathy Yardley

A Romantic Comedy published by RYW Publishing (01/30/18)

Summary:

Kyla runs a mechanic shop with her brother Billy, one they inherited from their now retired parents. Billy is happy to let Kyla do the paperwork and work out in the shop as well as take over all operations when he needs to take a vacation. After he breaks his arm, though, all responsibilities fall to Kyla. She had other plans. She wanted to submit costumes for a contest that’s coming up in a few weeks. This is her dream, so she calls the only person she knows to help. Jericho Salomon hasn’t been in town for years, for good reason, but he can’t ignore his childhood best friend’s little sister.

Keywords:

Mechanic, Snoqualmie, Bookstore, Geeks, Convention, Contest, Family, Friendship, Romance, Sex, Auto-Repair, Motorcycle, Family Friend, Biker…

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Literary Open Mic Tonight!

Don’t miss this chance to hear works by talented local writers tonight – Jan 26. 7:00-9:30. Poetry, short stories and novel excerpts to entertain and move you. You’re welcome to bring a couple short pieces to read too. Food, Desserts, Espresso, Beer, Wine. Click on the image for more details about the event. Or check out Black Dog Arts Cafe’.

Black Dog Lit Open Mic

Book Review: Unchosen by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

A review of the newest release from FVP Featured Author, Jeffrey Cook…

Rachel Author Barnard

Unchosen by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

A Dark Fantasy Novel published by Amazon Digital Services LLC (10/10/17)

Summary:

“There’s no more ifs. There’s no more maybes.” (Page 104).

Everything went wrong when the chosen one died. Had they horribly misinterpreted the prophecy? Their world will now be under Xaramor’s rule for thousands of years, but there may still be hope for the chosen one’s four companions to still save the world.

Keywords:

Powerful Females, Diversity, Epic Fantasy, Fight, Prophecy, Tragedy, Death, Baba Yaga, Doom, Hope, Travel, Tower, Magic, Healing, Battle

My Review:

I noticed. The chosen one may have been your typical young male, but those left behind were the most diverse cast of characters. I appreciated so much this fact that two of the main four characters were powerful females with their own distinct personalities and abilities (Celeste and Noriko). The other two main characters were also diverse in…

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Playwrights Festival!

Don’t miss this showcase of Snoqualmie Valley and area playwrights and actors Thurs, Jan 18 and Fri, Jan 19 at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’.  Eight short plays including ones by FVP’s own Victoria Bastedo and former FVP Featured Author, Stephen Matlock and other talented writers. Great theatre for whatever you can afford. Donations benefit The Black Dog Arts Coalition.

PW Fest 2018

Colleen’s Book Reviews – “Catling’s Bane”

I highly recommend this book and series… Free Today! Don’t miss it!

Myths of the Mirror

Catling’s Bane is FREE today and tomorrow on Amazon.
If you have a hankering for a little fantasy, it’s a great time to tuck a copy away.

It’s been a wonderful week for this book, and the timing of Colleen Chesebro’s kind review couldn’t have been better. Colleen is the author of The Heart Stone Chronicles, a YA paranormal fantasy series. I encourage readers to browse her site and check out her books.  I send her hugs and smiles through the airways for taking the time to read, review, and share Catling’s Bane on her blog. Doing a happy dance.

Here’s Colleen’s review:

It is the darkest night, and the city of Mur-Vallis is shrouded in fog. Raker, the slant-eyed, three-fingered half-fen, half-human loiters near the dock as if possibly summoned there by the mysterious luminescence that flows through the rivers and streams of the planet. Before this night is done…

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