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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)


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.


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)


“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.


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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FVP’s Final Event of 2017

We always have a great time seeing and supporting our community at the North Bend Si View Holiday Bazaar. And this year we had record sales and would like to thank our community for supporting us too! I hope you enjoy reading your favorite Indie Authors in the New Year!

Happy Holly Days! Si View Bazaar…Books!

Our Holiday Tradition…FVP Books will have a booth at Si View Holiday Bazaar in North Bend on December 2, 2017. Come on out between 9-3 and Meet our Authors and Find lots of Great Books for Gifts or to Read During the Holidays.  Also stop in at the Holiday Festival in downtown North Bend afterwards for a fun family celebration and tree lighting. See you there!

Si View Holiday Bazzar flyer 2017

Looking for fun for the holidays?

Jump on board the Runaway Sleigh, from FVP Author, Victoria Bastedo. A heartwarming and hilarious romance perfect for the season.

 The Runaway Sleigh Christmas Special

The Runaway Sleigh Cover

Ollie had rebel in her genes; at least the half she knew about. From her Grandpa’s stint as a stuntman to her mama’s tendency to take flight, perhaps it wasn’t surprising to find herself in a runaway sleigh wearing six-inch-heeled stripper boots. What did surprise her was to discover that the man in her past that tried to help her when she was making her worst mistake would be the one rescuing her now… READ MORE

Writing On the Road! Superhero Hide-Out

I can’t wait to go to Writing on the Road this year! Friday, Nov. 17th Upstairs at the Fall City Road House 5-10pm. All NaNoWriMo writers are free to come to this Snoqualmie Valley Region event. Wear your superhero costume or themed gear and let’s write!!

Hero High-Five