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…

 

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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

Norwescon is Back and so are We!

FVP won’t officially be at Norwescon, but being Independent Authors… several of our Authors will be at an FVP branded table on Writer’s Row and at the Clockwork Dragon branded table in the Dealer’s Room. Come and see us April 18th-21st!

Norwescon 42What can you do at Norwescon? They briefly describe it like this: No matter your age or interest, Norwescon strives to make sure there is always something appealing to do over the four days of the convention. Our programming department schedules hundreds of hours of panel programming covering a myriad of subjects. Whether you’re looking for writer’s workshops, costuming tips, artistic creativity, musical concerts, or deep dives into any number of science fiction, fantasy and science topics, you’ll find it here! Learn more HERE!

Here’s a sneak peek at the conference Writer’s Row offerings from Rachel Barnard, Kennedy J Quinn, Victoria Bastedo and Sheri J Kennedy.

And stop by the Dealer’s Room to see Jeffrey Cook with Clockwork Dragon.

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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! 

Wine & Words is Back! Feb. 28th

We can’t wait to be back out to meet you and read for you! See you this Thursday! Our books will also be available, and we’re happy to sign them! Don’t miss it! Black Dog Art’s Cafe’ Snoqualmie.

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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

FVP Starting off the Holidays Right

We had a wonderful time again this year at our community’s Si View Holiday Bazaar. Here’s a photo of Author, David S. Moore (beige sweater) talking with a fan about some of the finer points of his book. Happy Holidays everyone!

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NaNoWriMo is Here!

Have you started your novel yet? You know, that one you’ve always wanted to write. That idea for a story that’s rattling around in the back of your head? Well today’s the day! Join a ton of crazy, fun people from around the world in this challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can learn more about it, and/or sign up HERE to keep track of your progress and be part of the nanowrimo.org community. And here’s a handy chart to keep track of the daily word count goal. Print one to fill in your word progress the old school way. Happy Writing!

Dr Who nano 2018 word count chart

NaNoWriMo Fantastic Adventure Quest Game!

Snoqualmie Valley Region for National Novel Writing Month is hosting a Month Long Game for Points that includes Online & an In-Person Game Board for Fun and Prizes! You can join in the fun by choosing Snoqualmie Valley as your Home Region on nanowrimo.org, and if you live nearby, be sure to attend Events and Write-ins to Gain Points and Take your Turns on the Game Board.

NaNo 2018 Fantastic Adventure Quest Game Board - CopyIn addition to Points, the Game Board gives many chances to earn Small Treasures like Candy, Writing-oriented Goodies and other surprises, and Large Treasures that are Deluxe Versions of such. Earn them while having fun hitting spaces such as, PEER DOWN A WELL – Ask any player to read a snippet – IF they refuse You Lose 1 point. IF they do it You Gain 2 points & They Gain 1 point. Or perhaps get a chance to try Dolphin Magic or turn off through the Pirate Passage for extra chances for points and prizes. GRAND PRIZE will be awarded at the TGIO Party for the player who Gained the Most Points throughout the Month-Long Fantastic Adventure of NaNoWriMo! See the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Forum for full Rules of Play and Pointers on how to Gain Points. 

Wine & Words (and we) are Back

After a brief summer hiatus, FVP is back with Fall events, looking forward to NaNoWriMo events and Holiday events! Although I say we’ve been gone, perhaps it was more of an inward focus on writing. Our group members have been moving forward on their WIPs and a few new self-pubs came out, such as Victoria Bastedo’s The Time Mechanic 

I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Words Spoken Word Evening at Black Dog in Snoqualmie, October 4th. It’s always a fun and entertaining literary evening. Spotlight Author will be FVP’s own, David S. Moore. See you there!

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