New Release! Martian Red Blood – and – Lunar Labyrinth

FVP Featured Author, David Seldon Moore’s new release Martian Red Blood – and – Lunar Labyrinth is now available! Two complete murder mysteries in one volume.

Martian Red Blood

Jason Furbach of the Boston Police Department is asked to investigate an auto accident resulting in the death of the CEO of an interplanetary shipping company. But his investigation soon leads to the first manned base on Mars where a murder has taken place– and the two deaths appear to be related.

Lunar Labyrinth

An astronaut dies on Moon Base One and FBI detective Jason Furbach is sent to the Moon to investigate. But he soon learns that his wife and children back on Earth will be killed unless he lies about what he has discovered.

Get your copy today! Find on Amazon. Find on Barnes & Noble. Find on Dorrance Publishing. More about David Seldon Moore

Alliterative Literature Plotted Prose and Poetry Challenge

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One of FVP’s Featured Authors, Sheri J. Kennedy, is hosting a Writing Challenge on her blog: REALITY WITH A TWIST BOOKS… Here’s the details:

Due to my love of alliteration, I’ve decided to host a writing challenge. After the rules and definitions, I’ll post my example to inspire and… well, challenge you.

  1. Your entry must have a plot. If it’s poetry it must describe or emote with some development from beginning to end rather than an abstract observance. Think storytelling.
  2. All words other than pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions or ‘to be’ verbs such as ‘was, is’ (so all but simple connectors) must be alliteration in keeping with your single chosen consonant sound.
  3. Alliteration is defined as: Alliteration is a literary device that reflects repetition in two or more nearby words of initial consonant sounds. Alliteration does not refer to the repetition of consonant letters that begin words, but rather the repetition of the consonant sound at the beginning of words. For example, the phrase “kids’ coats” is alliterative; though the words begin with different consonant letters, they produce the same consonant sounds. Similarly, the phrase “phony people” is not alliterative; though both words begin with the same consonant, the initial consonant sounds are different. In addition, for alliteration to be effective, alliterative words should flow in quick succession. If there are too many non-alliterative words in between, then the literary device is not purposeful. (Thanks to literarydevices.net)
  4. Bonus points if all of your alliterative words begin literally with the same letter.
  5. All alliterative words – except for main character names – must be unique within the piece, so this is also a vocabulary challenge. Feel free to frequent your dictionaries and thesauruses.
  6. Use as many unique words as you can, (sample below has nearly 200!) but you must keep the integrity of meaning in the flow of your storytelling. In other words, it must make sense.
  7. Submit your Alliterative Literature by email to: freevalleypublishing@gmail.com by St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2022 Deadline. (Note: It will not be published in any other form than sharing on Reality with a Twist Books blog. Writers keep all rights to their works.)
  8. After all entries are shared online, a winner will be chosen on consideration of number of unique alliterative words used, plot/sense continuity, overall enjoyment by the challenger, and comment responses from readers on Reality with a Twist Books blog. The winner will receive the Prestige of Plentiful Praise of their Prowess by their Peers!

And for your inspiration and challenging pleasure, I give you…

Persnickety Pursuit

Penelope, though pretty, was particularly picky and perused the proffered products at Pittsburgh’s Provincial Plaza with practiced precision to procure the perfect pair of pumps. She persisted in poking and prodding prolific piles of plastic and patent. There were paisley, pink, puce, and platinum. She was partial to the pastel purple pointy plush, but she put priority on price and pushed them to the posterior. Peeved, her pulse palpitated.  “Please provide a pleasant proposition,” she pleaded to Providence. Presto! She pinpointed a perky plaid prize precariously perched on a pedestal. She was poised to pounce when a peculiar pesky patron perpetrated a perplexing play popping the pleasing platforms from their post into her pernicious paws, provoking Penelope and parting, Poof!, preventing proper pardon.

Portly Paul peered through the pane into Polly’s Posh Primping Pavilion perceiving that Penelope was profusely perturbed. He pivoted in place pounding the pavement in perpendicular patterns, patiently pacing, prepared to plod for a prolonged period.

Penelope persevered in plundering the plain and perfunctory piddle plying for the paragon of prissy polish. The purity of her pursuit produced a prime praiseworthy pick. Proud of her proficiency, Penelope pried the pittance of pence from her purse to pay the prim proprietor.  “The pinnacle of palatable pretentious preference!” Polly pronounced as she presented the pristine package. Penelope preened.

Paul promptly pulled to predominant position with their Porsche and plucked his pompous paramour and her precious pearls from the public parking place. The passenger peeled her prestigious purchase from its packing and pushed in her plump professionally painted piggies. “They pinch!” she proclaimed with a perilous pang. Penelope pummeled them to a pulp and pined pathetically, “That was positively painful.”

Paul planned a prospective plane passage pronto to pamper his poor Penelope in a palatial Parisian paradise to purge the petrifying proceedings from her person. Placated, Penelope passionately purred.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Pushcart Prize Nominee – Cristie Coffing

We’re incredibly proud of FVP Featured Author, Cristie Coffing, aka C.A. Coffing for her nomination by Flash Fiction Magazine for the Pushcart Prize for her work, “Falling”. We wish her luck and success on being chosen as one of the selected works in this year’s Pushcart Prize Anthology!

Did You Miss the Train?

It’s not too late… You can watch the PowerPoint and hear the Authors’ readings and the Artist’s discussions of The Lost Train Anthology, On-Demand at this link: https://kcls.zoom.us/rec/share/Jvannvxy_vj8s6_MO4oruUmsuRj0XYRny0fG2dSc79b4l4IqAK9Jx0qBvn04w84T.OJYrlfyw7yfWdSVm?startTime=1638412228000

Enjoy!!

Train Leaves the Station tonight!!

Valley Reads, The Lost Train Zoom program is tonight!! Feel free to join us 6:30 – 8pm PST, Wednesday, December 1st to hear readings by Pacific NW Authors and Chats by PNW Artists about their works that appear in this Special Co-op Anthology. Click this link to join from anywhere: https://kcls.zoom.us/j/87899556649?pwd=VHdMVFJNK2kvNnRlTW5UdGxmWlZtZz09

The Lost Train – Spotlighted by King County Library Program

FVP is so excited to be spotlighted by KCLS in the Valley Reads program sponsored by Friends of the North Bend Library. Sign up now for your free copy of The Lost Train Anthology for pick-up at the Library if you’re local. And if you’re further away, sign up from anywhere in the world and join us via Zoom on Dec. 1st at 6:30pm PST to hear Readings by the Authors and chats with the Artists. We’ll have time for Q&A from Readers, too. Meet the people behind the book and discover the inspiration behind this Snoqualmie Valley Anthology Project that brought Authors and Artists together!

In Memory of Jeffrey Cook

On August 18, 2021 Author, Jeffrey Cook passed away at his home in Maple Valley, WA. Our hearts break to lose this amazing friend and colleague. Jeffrey Cook has contributed an immeasurable wealth of time, knowledge and encouragement to FVP Books and its authors and patrons. His quiet strength and positive energy seemed boundless, and he always had a kind word to share along with his captivating stories and excellent books. Jeff, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for the wonderful gifts you’ve given us all. We’ll carry them forward and treasure your memory always.

Jeffrey Cook

Spotlight: Minh -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

Pepper Allphin -Old Tree 300dpi VERY FINAL

Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is here! Thanks for the great celebration on release day,  September 1st! Now that you’ve seen the wonderful cover artwork, let’s see the full piece and meet the artist behind it…

Minh, aka Minh Ho-Dac Rosen’s painting, Dream Train was chosen for the cover unanimously by the artwork committee on The Lost Train Anthology project. Sheri, the editor and cover designer, worked closely with Minh to combine the bright textural piece with the necessary title elements for a final cover that made them both smile. They were also pleased by the serendipity of Minh’s engine ‘2’ coinciding with FVP’s 2nd Anthology. And the whole group involved in the anthology was delighted with the cover reveal! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can see Minh’s colorful piece, and how it appeared on the anthology’s cover below. And here’s a peek at some of Minh’s other work. Be sure to follow her link to more…

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Find more of Minh’s work at Art Gallery of SnoValley

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

Photo Credit: for Pepper Allphin’s Old Tree and Minh’s Dream Train – Tara Sreekumar, plentyopixels.com

THE LOST TRAIN has arrived!

Anthology Cover Front Lost Train FinalYes, today’s the day…the official Release of THE LOST TRAIN Anthology! Please consider purchasing it on Sept. 1st – today – since your choice can help raise visibility to a larger community when pooled with others on Amazon today. So your support for local Arts programs gets boosted to even more benefit!

To celebrate the big day, here’s a note from Editor, Sheri J. Kennedy:

This project came along during a time of deep uncertainty and difficulty for artists. With the lock down for covid-19 and event cancellations that followed, the whole community was reeling, but artists and authors were also hit in their livelihood.

Sheri

Sheri J Kennedy, Editor

The Anthology project brought a talented and prolific group of artists and authors together and provided a chance to work together to send new beauty to the greater community. The result was  incredibly encouraging to all of us who worked on it. Though we were separated physically, we came together online and felt that amazing connection that is so needed right now. I think you’ll feel the spirit of connection in this collection too!
All proceeds benefit building of facilities to bring artists of all kinds together through North Bend Art & Industry.  I know I can speak for all of our authors and artists in saying that we hope you enjoy this wonderful collection of stories and artworks as much as we enjoyed creating them for you! You can get yours today!

photo of Sheri J Kennedy by Brenda Huckle, Genuine Photography

Spotlight: Sheri J. Kennedy & Kristin Tetuan -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, and that’s tomorrow! So here’s the last post about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project…

Sheri J. Kennedy is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Kristin Tetuan. Sheri is also the coordinator and editor for the The Lost Train Anthology project. Sheri and Kristin worked independently due to a tech glitch that kept them from communicating until the final deadline. But coincidentally both of their works were influenced by a Lost Train of Thought, and more specifically by exploration of mental states that lost touch with reality – Sheri’s explored dementia, and Kristin’s detachment from self. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Kristin’s other work and a snippet of Sheri’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Kristin Tetuan:

Find more of Kristin’s work at ArtClubPNW on Facebook and artclubpnw on Instagram

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 of “Off the Rails” by Sheri J. Kennedy (and Kennedy J. Quinn:

“I suppose you’re here to ask my permission to date my granddaughter,” Tom stated.

Barry broke into a wide smile and turned his head to Mrs. Scott. She rolled her eyes and laughed silently, then pulled the door nearly shut as she left. He hoped she mistook his pleasure as agreement with her amusement at her uncle’s mistake. Though she seemed perceptive enough to guess Barry wanted her daughter. She’d been sizing him up since they’d met.

“Uh, yes sir,” he replied to Tom, “among other things.” He remembered his mission and quit talking, to check the man’s reactions.

Without missing a beat, Tom asked, “What other things would you be interested in from an old man?”

Barry noted his tight connection to reality. No sign of disorientation, at least currently – dementia could be a tricky thing. “Conversation.” He grinned. “Believe it or not, some of us ‘kids today’ in ‘the younger generation’ are actually interested in history.”

It was Tom’s turn to grin. “History’s a tangled subject for me. But I guess Marlene thought I’d be a good source for you with all my reading?”

“Yeah, sure.” Barry waited to see where old Tom would take it.

….“It’s the experience of history you gain by talking with a man.” Tom stopped and studied Barry’s face.

Barry nodded, hoping he’d go on.

Tom apparently took the nod as agreement. “Are you sure that’s what you’re after?” He cocked a bushy eyebrow at the boy. “I’ve seen my share of it, to be certain, but my journey’s been more complicated than most. I’m not sure you’d want to jump on that train.” Tom burst into laughter.

Barry gave an obliging snicker, but the old man’s rich laugh grew louder and wilder until he gasped for breath. Barry snickered again but didn’t get the joke. Perhaps Tom was a little off after all. ...Read more…

Find more from Sheri at realitywithatwistbooks.wordpress.com, on sherijkennedyriverside.wordpress.com , under Sheri J. Kennedy on Amazon, 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