T.E.D.D.I.E. B.E.A.R. In S.P.A.C.E.

New Release! Soft Sci-fi Adventure. T.E.D.D.I.E. B.E.A.R. IN S.P.A.C.E. What could be more entertaining to read than that?

T.E.D.D.I.E. stood for Trusted- Educated-Deferential-Dedicated-Inspirational-Extrapolator and B.E.A.R. stood for Bearing-Extreme-Apprehension-and Rage. As ship’s psychiatrist, Felix was used to spending more time with the overwhelmed loners in the crew rather than the top-flighters on the Bridge. But this mission was different. From his borrowed captain’s chair to his insides being shredded, he’d have to prove his right to wear the ears.

The latest unique novel from FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo

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…

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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

Chantiki’s Boudoir – A Vintage Ladies Magazine

Chantiki's Boudoir coverFVP Featured Author Victoria Bastedo has graced us with this delightful, daring entertaining selection of quaint articles, helpful advice, terrifying advertisements, and a travel diary in her lively, turn of the century magazine. Chantiki’s Boudoir is now available on AmazonAlso features a short-story by esteemed guest author, Kennedy J. Quinn, “The Fickle Face of Time” ~A tale of a vexing vixen, a beguiling beauty, and the gentleman caught in their spell.

Book Review: Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo — Rachel Author Barnard

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Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo A Fiction/Mystery novel published by Amazon Digital Services (06/07/2020) Summary: “Like the wind comes on purpose to nudge you. You look out into the expanse and you feel like that land knows mysteries you’ve been trying to understand all your life. All you have to do is go out there. […]

via Book Review: Moordym Downs by Victoria Bastedo — Rachel Author Barnard

Enjoy this review of FVP featured author, Victoria Bastedo’s new release: Moordym Downs, by FVP featured author, Rachel Barnard.

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

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

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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Playwrights Festival!

Don’t miss this showcase of Snoqualmie Valley and area playwrights and actors Thurs, Jan 18 and Fri, Jan 19 at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’.  Eight short plays including ones by FVP’s own Victoria Bastedo and former FVP Featured Author, Stephen Matlock and other talented writers. Great theatre for whatever you can afford. Donations benefit The Black Dog Arts Coalition.

PW Fest 2018