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.

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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

Our New FVP Anthology Coming Soon!

FVP Anthology-THE LOST TRAIN CoverI’m so excited to reveal the Cover for our new FVP Anthology – THE LOST TRAIN!

Eight of our Authors have been working hard in cooperation with nine Artists from North Bend Art & Industry on this themed publication. There are seven stories of various genres from a Children’s story to dark Speculative Fiction. Plenty of mystery, whimsy and heartwarming moments too. Watch for it in August. Pre-order date will be announced soon! All profits benefit NBA&I community Arts development projects.

February Already?

January flew by without our usual recap of the prior year. Here are a few photos from our Holiday sales events. We attended a new one this year at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqualmie and returned to the Si View Holiday Bazaar. It was fun to get out in the community, and we want to thank so many of you for supporting local authors this year. I hope you enjoy the stories and books you found from us!

FVP is having our annual meeting soon, and we’ll be announcing 2020 Featured Authors and adding some updates on newly released books. We’ll also be posting the events we plan to attend this year. So stay tuned!

 

Terrible Poetry Reprise for Burning Cat

Sheri's Giant Gingebread Man 2017FVP Books or at least some of our featured authors are hoping to be part of @BurningCatCon in Portland in May 2020. As part of our quest for a table, I’m sending this digital offering to Catleesi, the massive Cat Sculpture that will preside over the event. #BurningCat Fitting to the season, here’s a reprise of my entry into a Holiday Terrible Poetry contest run by blogger, Chelsea Owens. I didn’t win since the rhyme and rhythm was critiqued as ‘too good,’ but I’m hoping it’s also good for a laugh. Hohoho…

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office

The peeps were all fluey and all full of coughses

Their eyes hung in bags with bulging lids droopy

Their answers to emails were all nincompoopy

They swallowed more syrup and dreamed of their beds

While blurred visions of monitors multiplied in their heads

The holiday was coming, they leaned upon that

While doing their darndest not to barf in their hats

A bottle of OJ, another pain pill

They pushed around paper, just an hour to kill

Away to the door they stumbled in stupors

A stop at the party and boy were they poopers

At last up their driveways they wove their way home.

And fell in their beddi-byes to spend Christmas alone.

-by Sheri J. Kennedy, yes that’s the entity All Rights Reserved (though hardly deserved)

 

Come and See Us at the Bazaar!

Si View Bazaar 2019We’ll have a booth with all of our books at the Si View Holiday Bazaar in North Bend, WA on Saturday, December 7th…That’s tomorrow! Hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm

Address is 400 SE Orchard Drive, North Bend, WA 98045

Meet Victoria Bastedo 9:00-10:30, Rachel Barnard 10:30-1:30, David S. Moore 1:30-4:00 and Sheri J. Kennedy and Kennedy J. Quinn from 9:00-4:00.

This is always a great show with tons of well-made, creative gifts for all ages. Nothing can be manufactured or imported, so it’s the real makers out in all their glory. Come and support local artists and artisans and find excellent and unique gifts for those you love!

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.

Clockwork Dragon

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.

Wine and Words Flyer Feb 19

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