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Spotlight: Victoria Bastedo & Pepper Allphin -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

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Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. And here’s another fun post about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

Victoria Bastedo is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Pepper Allphin. Pepper’s whimsical birdhouse sculpture delighted Victoria. She could imagine the images appearing in her story world. And Pepper told Victoria her story was just the sort she’d choose to read herself. An excellent pairing! Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Pepper’s other work and a snippet of Victoria’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Pepper Allphin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more of Pepper’s work at Art by Pepper on Facebook and Pepper Allphin on Facebook

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Children’s Story – A child’s whim nearly causes the loss of his best train-friend, Folio. Captain Spyglass keeps watch as FOLIO THE BRAVE ventures into the perils of Dreamland to keep Anatole from growing up too soon. By Victoria Bastedo * Paired Artist: Pepper Allphin

Snippet from “Folio the Brave” by Victoria Bastedo:

“What does this world look like?”

“Obviously, the trees are primary green, and the sky is primary blue. Folio knows green isn’t a primary color but it’s brave.”

I pointed out that Folio must like going on adventures, being that he’s a train and lives in an imaginary world. Anatole agreed. Folio did like those things.

“Then perhaps Folio will like going with you when you fly to see your grandpa.”

Anatole sat up, snatched Folio into his little-boy fist, and threw him hard. The train landed a few feet away. Although on his side, I could still spy Folio’s open eye. He was a stubborn locomotive, alright.

“Folio can’t come. Imaginary worlds don’t exist when a boy grows big.”

“Imaginary worlds do exist, for how else could Folio chug-chug or toot?”

Anatole didn’t feel like arguing. Instead, he cried like a three-year-old until his mother came out and spoke to him. He didn’t feel reasonable either. Boys his age get tired, she said. Even geniuses. Anatole went inside, for his hand was tugged that way… Read more…

Find more from Victoria at Victoria Bastedo Author Page, Victoria Bastedo author on Facebook and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Spotlight: Kennedy J. Quinn & Cameron Tower and Ellen Rowan -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

Pepper Allphin -Old Tree 300dpi VERY FINAL

Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But I hope you’ve been enjoying the ride here at FVP’s website learning about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

Kennedy J. Quinn is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Cameron Tower & Ellen Rowan. Cam & Ellen collaborated on a metal sculpture fabricated from found and reclaimed pieces, and added some gauges and gears inspired by Kennedy’s writings. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Cam’s and Ellen’s other work and a snippet of Kennedy’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Cameron Tower:

Ellen Rowan:

Find more of Cam’s work at c_tower_studios on Instagram and more from Ellen at zaellen on Instagram and Recaptivation on Facebook 

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Mash-up of Speculative Fiction/Steam Era Time Travel – Thoughts run OFF THE RAILS into dementia and alternate reality. Love stories run parallel through tests of time. Can a steam train break through space-time into dimensions of the mind? Is it true, all you need is love?  By Sheri J. Kennedy & Kennedy J. Quinn * Paired Artists: Kristin Tetuán and Cameron Tower & Ellen Rowan

Snippet from “Off the Rails” by Kennedy J. Quinn (& Sheri J. Kennedy):

“Your grandmother,” he said to Marlene, “my dear Lizzie, told me often of the many other journeys she chose, but she always wondered if ours was meant to be? For though she’d used the stone amulets hoping to find me in 1941 on our momentous day, she at first had no success. My shop in Boston had changed, and I wasn’t in when she arrived. She left upset, and climbed aboard at the nearby station to ride the steam train home to 1910. When the train was moving, she contacted her gem and arrived at Snoqualmie Depot, as had happened before. But as she stepped off the train, toward the platform, her ankle turned on the steps and she fell and hit her head. She lost consciousness.”

“Was she alright?” Barry asked. Marlene took his hand this time, and he met her reassuring eyes.

“I was sitting here – right here – upon an evening, thinking and staring out the window into the light. I lost my train of thought, and there she was.  Read more…

Kennedy has a special note for fans: I know you’re waiting for Book III: Dreams Key, in the Miss LiV Adventures series, and I assure you, it’s on it’s way this Fall! But in the meanwhile… I have an EASTER EGG for those of you who have read (or want to read) Books I & II: In this Anthology’s story “Off the Rails,” what’s Mrs. Scott’s first name? DON’T SPOIL BY ANSWERING IN COMMENTS – BUT IF YOU SEND ME THE CORRECT ANSWER THROUGH THE CONTACT PAGE ON MISS LIV ADVENTURES, I’LL ENTER YOU INTO A DRAWING FOR A FREE SIGNED COPY OF BOOK III: DREAMS KEY! To be eligible, submit your answer before the release of Dreams Key later this Fall.

Find more from Kennedy at MissLivAdventures.com , Kennedy J. Quinn Author Page  @Kennedy J Quinn on Twitter, KennedyJQuinn on Facebook and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Spotlight: Casondra Brewster & Gayll Morrison -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

Pepper Allphin -Old Tree 300dpi VERY FINAL

Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But you can hop on board here at FVP’s website in the next weeks to learn more about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

 

Casondra Brewster is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Gayll Morrison. Gayll’s painting, from a historical photograph was complete before the pair connected on the project, but Casondra thought it caught the mood and was well in sync with her story theme. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Gayll’s other works and a snippet of Casondra’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

 

 

 

 

Find more of Gayll Morrison’s work at gayllery.biz 

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Dark Speculative Fiction – A young woman finds herself AT A LOSS when her train of thought careens through modern life and a state of ‘great collective trauma’.  By Casondra Brewster * Paired Artist: Gayll Morrison

Snippet from “At a Loss” by Casondra Brewster:

“Diane Osman. I have a one o’clock appointment with Dr. Case,” she looked around and there didn’t seem to be any other patients about.

“Oh,” the receptionist looked at her screen and then up at Diane, “Dr. Case isn’t seeing patients today. Are you sure your appointment was today?”

“I’m certain of it,” Diane said and looked at the clock on the wall above the receptionist’s head. It read 12:56 p.m. “I’m a little bit late, but still before my appointment time. I’m certain.”

“Alright, let me call someone; please have a seat in the yellow chair there, and I’ll call you shortly.”

A line of chairs stood watch behind Diane, against the wall that faced the receptionist’s desk. They boasted rainbow colors with a black chair in between all of them. A woman, a bit younger than herself, sat in the purple chair. Funny enough she wore a purple face mask. Diane had not seen her come in. She wasn’t there when I came in. Maybe she’s waiting for someone? Diane took her place in the yellow chair.

The thought she was forgetting something haunted her. But she was certain her OB/GYN appointment was right now. She dug through her purse, because she remembered asking for an appointment card. They were reluctant to give her one because of the virus epidemic. She remembered showing it to her husband. She put it in her calendar. She was certain. Where is that card?

The receptionist hung up the receiver. “Ms. Robles?” The woman in the purple chair got up. Diane watched and thought the woman looked familiar with dark hair and light eyes. The receptionist handed the woman some paperwork and the woman sat back down in the purple chair and began filling it out. She doesn’t look pregnant. Diane dallied in her recollection that she hadn’t looked pregnant the first time she came here either. She smiled at the woman, but the woman didn’t see Diane’s smile. She was focused on her paperwork. Read more…

Find more from Casondra at CasondraBrewster.com , Casondra Brewster Author Page and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Spotlight: Tommia Wright & Madison Wachter -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

Pepper Allphin -Old Tree 300dpi VERY FINAL

Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. But you can hop on board here at FVP’s website in the next weeks to learn more about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

 

Tommia Wright                              Madison Wachter

Tommia Wright is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Madison Wachter. Madison painted independently, but added some stars and moon phases in response to requested elements to relate to Tommia’s short story. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Madison’s paintings and a snippet of Tommia’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

 

Find more of Madison Wachter’s work at AshenNewt.com and AshenNewt by Madison on Facebook.

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A remarkable coffee shop turned intergalactic train, offers escape from a dystopic earth. An eclectic mix of vibrant souls seek tracks to a more hopeful future on THE L.O.S.T. TRAIN.  By Tommia Wright * Paired Artist: Madison Wachter

Snippet from “THE L.O.S.T. TRAIN: An Unexpected Journey” by Tommia Wright:

When Andy strolled by, Roberta frowned and tried again. “What’s going on and who exactly are you?”

“I told you. Andy Colleagues. Consider me your guide, storyteller, translator, mate, and for the moment,” he smiled as his hands rushed over a series of levers and buttons behind the counter, “mini-conductor.” Looking behind her, she saw all the new arrivals sitting in booths that weren’t there before, and the door to the street had vanished.

Andy came around the counter and handed her a fresh cup of tea. Welcome to the L.O.S.T. Train. Well, the Galaxy Lounge until your sleeper is ready.”

Roberta wondered if she should have something stronger to drink. “I think one of us has lost their mind.”

Andy’s shoulders fell. “Oh dear. Rather fumbling through this again, aren’t I. The L.O.S.T. Train is for Liberation of Stranded Travelers. That would be you and many of your lot here. And before I forget, in case anything should happen, here is your Whistler’s Walker and Lean-Tow.” Read more…

Find more from Tommia at Tommia’s Tablet and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Rare Honor for Indie – Victoria Bastedo Featured in Kirkus Reviews

Mini-Droids And TeaCleanCover3Congratulations to FVP Featured Author Victoria Bastedo. She solicited Kirkus for an Indie Review but was surprised and delighted to learn that they freely chose to also Feature her book, Mini-Droids and Tea, A Seattle Romance, in the July 1 2019 Kirkus Reviews Magazine – page 174! It’s a wonderful review and we’re so proud of Victoria. She’s a diligent and prolific author – not to mention fun to read – and FVP agrees this is a well-deserved honor. Check out and purchase Mini-Droids and Tea with it’s Newly Released Updated Cover HERE!

You can read the Kirkus Review of this delightfully fun read, below…

 

Victoria Bastedo Kirkus Review Magazine Feature p.174 July 2019Kirkus Review Cover July 2019

Spotlight with an Edge: Tammy Ruggle’s Starsky and Hutch Next Gen

STARSKY AND HUTCH NEXT GENAuthor, Tammy Ruggles sent in an Excerpt to share with readers here at FVP. We’re happy to Spotlight her and other Indie Authors who submit excerpts or short stories to us! Here’s a bit about Tammy and her edgy Starsky & Hutch Next Gen Series:

Some of Tammy’s writing credits include Writer’s Digest, Disney’s Family Fun, FreelanceWriting.com, The Good News Network, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Vox, TheMailOnline, American Profile, Newsmax,The Independent Journal, Country Living, House Beautiful, A Cup of Comfort, AOL Rise, and numerous literary journals, photography publications, and art magazines.

Starsky & Hutch Next Gen Series (Each episode is a transformative work that contains no characters from the original TV series Starsky and Hutch, and is not endorsed or associated with Sony Pictures Television, Warner Brothers, or other rights holders).

INTRODUCTION/BACKSTORY

Not only are Davis Starsky and Kent Hutchinson young, single detectives with the Bay City Police Department in California, they’re brothers only a year apart, as they share the same mother, who died in an auto accident when the boys were young teenagers.

Other characters in Starsky & Hutch Next Gen include Captain Shaw (female superior), Tasha Brown (Huggy’s daughter), her boyfriend Tony (Phys Ed teacher), Mo (Davis and Kent’s snitch and psychic friend who runs a grungy gym), and Lucky (Davis and Kent’s hooker friend trying to go clean).

Davis drives a black Mustang with twin white stripes running down the hood, and Kent drives a white Audi.

Excerpt from Starsky and Hutch Next Gen:

On their way to the Audi, Kent’s phone buzzed in his pocket.

“Hello?”

“Kent, my mom was in a car accident and she’s in the hospital.”

Although the voice sounded nasal and weak from crying, Kent recognized the voice of Rico Menendez. “The welfare lady said I could call you. She—my mom. I think she might die.”

“Are you at Bay City Hospital?”

“Yes.”

“Sit tight. I’ll be right there.”

“Kent, I’m scared.”

“I know, buddy. I’m on my way.”

Kent hung up the phone, said “See you later” to Mo, then tried to call Lucky, but she wasn’t answering.

He texted her ^Maria and Rico at hospital. Are you sick? Worried about you. Call back^ as they got into the Audi and left Mo’s gym.

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Rico’s mother, Maria Menendez, was in ICU.

Rico sat in the hall with a caseworker, who had her arm around his shoulder and was speaking gently to him.

When the boy heard the sound of the elevator, he looked up, saw Kent, then ran to him as hard as he could, slamming into him and bursting into tears.

Kent caught him and rubbed his back.

“I’m sorry, buddy.”

“Me too,” Davis said.

The child welfare worker walked toward them.

“I’m Althea Jones. I know his father is incarcerated, but are there any other relatives we should contact? Grandparents? Aunts or uncles?”

“No, Ma’am,” Kent replied to the older woman as he shook her hand. “I’m Detective Hutchinson. This is my partner and brother Davis Starsky. I’ve known Rico a few years now. We were paired in the BCPD Mentor program. He and his mother live next door to me.”

Davis took some money from his wallet and handed it to Rico. “Let’s go get somethin’ to eat so Kent and the lady can talk, huh?”

Rico looked reluctant to leave, but Kent ruffled the boy’s hair.

“Go ahead. I’ll be right here when you get back.”

The boy nodded and went with Davis down the hall.

Althea looked at Kent, and they were joined by Mrs. Menendez’ doctor.

“It isn’t looking good for her,” the doctor said. “She’s suffered multiple injuries, some of them internal. If we can’t get the swelling in her brain down…we’ll know in the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.”

Kent nodded.

When the doctor left, Althea said, “Mr. Hutchinson, if she doesn’t make it, and if there are indeed no other relatives, the boy will need to be placed in foster care. At least until his father serves out his sentence, which is, I think in about six months.”

“No foster care,” Kent said calmly. “As long as I’m around, he’ll always have a home . I’ll be his legal guardian. It’s a matter of paperwork, and I can get that in place when she…I mean if she…”

“We’ll need to do a home evaluation, just as a formality. Like you said, it’s all about the paperwork.”

He nodded. “I may have to arrange a sitter for after school and when I have to work odd hours, but that shouldn’t be a problem.”

She smiled warmly and placed her hand on his arm.

“They’re lucky to have you in their lives.”

“No,” Kent said smiling a little. “I’m the lucky one to have them in mine.”

She nodded, then turned with a small smile when she heard the door at the end of the hall opening and saw Davis coming back with the boy.

“Come on,” Kent said putting a hand on Rico’s shoulder. “Let’s visit you mom, huh?”

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Rico’s mother looked nothing like her usual pretty self, but her little boy didn’t seem to notice or mind when he put his hand over hers.

“Mom, it’s me. Please wake up. I miss you.”

Kent placed his hand over both of theirs, blinking back tears.

“Maria, I’m here for you, and Rico. I’ll take good care of him for as long as you need me to.”

Rico looked at the machines and monitors surrounding his mother’s bed, and the wires and tubes attached to her body.

“Is that one for her heart, Kent?”

“Yes,” he said softly, ever the mentor. “And this one’s called a pulse oximeter, and it tells how much oxygen is in her blood. And this one is for her blood pressure. And this is a ventilator, which helps her breathe. And then you have this wire here, which is like a little alarm that lets the doctors and nurses know if something goes wrong. This tube here is called an IV, and it gives her nutrition and medicine.”

Rico didn’t say anything, he just took it in. Kent decided that it was better for the boy to have too much information than not enough.

“Kent, can we sit and wait with her?”

“Sure, buddy. Let’s send Davis on his way, then we’ll stay here for as long as you want.”

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Davis called Captain Shaw to tell her what was going on, and Shaw gave both of them the rest of the day off. Since it was Friday, they’d have Saturday and Sunday off as well.

“Thanks, Cap. See you on Monday.”

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Davis stopped by Lucky’s shop to check on her as Kent asked, but the assistant manager said she left without saying where she was going. He also drove past Kent’s house, hoping to find her car there, but there was no sign of it.

This left Davis heading for Chief’s Tavern for an early lunch, where he took a stool at the bar.

The Native American smiled as he approached him at the counter.

“Davis!” he said as he set a cold root beer in front of him. “It’s been a while. Where’s your fair-feathered friend?”

“Hospital with Rico’s mother. She was in a serious car crash this morning.”

Chief was quiet a moment, then said, “Sorry to hear that. She seems like a nice young lady.”

“She is,” Davis said taking a drink. “But, according to the caseworker, if she doesn’t make it, Kent is about to become the kid’s legal guardian.”

Chief gave a thumb’s up. “Sounds tricky. But do-able.”

“Man, I feel for Rico. His dad isn’t around to help him through it. Kind of a loser.”

“He has Kent, though. Can’t get much better than that.”

“Yeah. One thing about my brother. He walks the walk.”

By Tammy Ruggles, All Rights Reserved

You can find more about Tammy and her works at the links below…

Note…Here’s the Edge to this spotlight: Tammy sent FVP a PG rated excerpt, as we asked, but she says about the full length material: It’s a very strong R rating, but not X. It’s mostly the subject matter of crime and victimization (domestic violence, rape, murder, etc), so it needs a strong R rating and may not be right for those under 18.

Get Starsky and Hutch Next Gen on Kindle at Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QMXSYNG    

Tammy’s Bio: https://www.amazon.com/Tammy-Ruggles/e/B00CEA477Q/

Starsky and Hutch Gen book’s Facebook page:
Starsky and Hutch Gen book trailer at YouTube

Author Cristie Coffing Honored by King County Library System

FVP Featured Author, Cristie Coffing’s literary fiction novel, Carnival Man, has been chosen by Friends of the Library and endorsed by King County Library System for their Community Reads program for Spring 2019 in the Snoqualmie Valley region.

Cristie Coffing Valley Reads flyerCarnival Man attempts to answer the question – if you can see the future, can you change it? Set in a logging town in the Northwest, a river town in the post Vietnam era, it is the story of Emma, a young girl coming of age, who has the ability to read nature. Emma finds the river her sanctuary while struggling in her love/hate relationship with her mother Rosalene, a tarot card reader and seer.

Rosalene lives her life with complete acceptance of impermanence and abandonment, until she is forced to confront the burning question, when does a gift become a curse?

Emma’s best friend Kimmy, has the ability to raise the dead with the melodies of her flute and is a captivating siren for the men surrounding her. She is driven by the desire for physical touch and affection.

Three women bound in their relationship to one another, drawn together in their search for love and their struggle for survival. Each forever touched by the magic of the traveling carnival and its underlying grittiness…

Community Members can get a FREE copy of this print book at North Bend Library -starting March 11th until supply runs out – to read before the April 18th Meet the Author and Community Book Club event. Cristie will do a Reading from Carnival Man and then lead the attendees in a Group Discussion of this thought-provoking and moving story of Emma, Kimmy and Rosalene.

You can also find your own copy of Carnival Man on Amazon. CLICK HERE! 

Spotlight on Author, Stephanie Center

FVP loves to share the works of other independent authors with readers. Here’s a bit about Stephanie and the links to a couple colorful books by Stephanie Center.

Author Stephanie CenterSince early childhood Stephanie has dreamed of being an author, she was recognized early on for her writing skills and throughout her teen years, published different works through various poetry books.

She is on a mission to help others on their life’s journey through her books to learn faster what took her a lifetime to find out. Through different mediums of art, her messages of happiness, choices, and love, seem to jump from the pages.

Besides being creative, she loves to dance, sing, volunteer and wish for everyone else’s wishes to come true. The one thing people don’t usually know about her is she LOVES to swing on the swings!

 Visions To Dream:

Visions to DreamFor any age, Visions to Dream is a classic sleep aid, creating visions to start your dreams… Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep at night? In Visions to Dream, you will find a collection of scenes to hold within your mind as a way to relax and drift off to sleep peacefully… Imagine sitting at the top of a castle right in front of the starting line for an extreme skiing event. As you follow your heart’s desire and turn down the slope, you start to dream for real and this is how it starts!

 Unicorns a Magical Coloring Book:

Unicorns a Magical Coloring BookUnicorns is a magical coloring book for all ages. This unique book was designed for you, the artist, to step fully into the art of meditation while distracting the mind with color. Deep within its pages are Unicorns with a depth of beauty which mystifies all who never seek it. The longer it takes you to create your masterpiece, the more alive you become within yourself. Each moment you spend coloring is a moment you are creating harmony between you and your art. Just add color to the pages and watch the unicorns magically become beautiful with your unique style, patterns, and colors. Stephanie is an advocate for self healing and helping others to discover their own strengths. She has been through many awakening life events and wishes to share her knowledge with others. Through UNICORNS, she turns from being informative to becoming the explorer. You will find her best healing work in the pages of this book as you open it and discover the colors of your dreams, finding their way inside these magical unicorn drawings. Love. Dream. Art.

Links to More About Stephanie:

Youtube Channel with art videos

Lionsdreamart.com Best viewed on computer

Author page: amazon.com/author/stephaniecenter

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