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HI all.  I am new to this site and I look forward to chatting with you about your writing

I have four books on Amazon. I mainly write in the historical genre, although I do have one fantasy entitled Amulet of Darkness that is part of a box- set with 20 other authors.  The set is a limited edition and the price is only $.99 

I currently finished a time travel that goes back to 1850 to the California Gold Rush. I'm pitching it to a publishing house and hopefully, the book will be out shortly. 

I live on Long Island NY.  I love going to New York just to soak in all the culture. 

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Another Happy Reader -My Life For Her

 

Thanks Diane, It's all about the story.

Dianne rated it, really liked it  ·
The things we do for love.

What starts out as a normal day, if hectic day for Rob Marrino and his family becomes a thing of nightmares for the Vietnam vet turned local police officer, all because he did the job he was sworn to do. It was his bullet that killed the brother of dangerous drug lord. Now the Columbian was determined to deliver an eye for an eye.

When Marrino’s wife is kidnapped, he is determined to get her back at any cost, even his own life, and that is where his military training kicks in and a brother he made in war would stand by him once again.

Robert J. Saniscalchi’s MY LIFE FOR HER starts out like a gentle rain that soon becomes a thunderous deluge of action, adventure and suspense as two men risk everything to bring one mother home to her children.

Great story-telling by this author creates a riveting tale of bravery and daring. Marrino feels like a true flesh and blood man, his past behind him, but his skills forever imbedded. I loved the counter-point that Tex gave to Marrino’s seriousness, a deadly weapon buried deep within a bit of a showy, but loyal friend and brother.

Wonderful reading, real heroes and action, action, action. Highly recommended!
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Thoughts about Writing

When you think about starting your story, it's easy to imagine you're like a Magician, pulling rabbits from hats. Because we're pulling thoughts from imaginations, from thin air, from wherever. But the Magician knows the rabbit is in one place. We create our story by trying to weave magic from dozens of places, all thought of and scripted in our minds. But our world becomes so much more difficult when you think of who it is you're hoping to bring the wow factor to. The Magician knows - they're in the audience. We try to find our niche audience. Is it fantasy, young adult, romance, fiction, poetry or stories for small children? A rabbit is a rabbit and a hat is a hat. A book is so much more, because it is the sum of a hundred, a thousand, parts. And don't you just love it when you do your first edit and you look at a chapter somewhere in the book and say to yourself. Who on earth wrote that???? Surely that did NOT come from me? And we realize the complete disconnect between our brain and our fingers, because sometimes the bridge connecting the two fell into the river.

 

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Herbaceous the boy made of Cheese

Coming soon! An all new children's book about something totally different! The creation of this book was inspired by my childhood. My mom used to make up silly stories of different worlds and I got inspired by it. I think kids will love it. It's funny and its different from the typical childs books out there. L. J CAMPBELL lizard423@hotmail.com
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Novel Excerpt: The Girl Who Loved Cigars

My birth mother didn’t love me. She gave me up. Now there's an answer. Or is she, at this moment, getting rid of me? Poof, evidence gone. Like I never lived. How’s it feel, Marla, to be “evidence” to be gotten rid of? Evidence, like in one of Hondo’s cheating spouse cases. John Wayne Hondo, not PI Hondo. PI Hondo, not John Wayne Hondo. Why can’t I keep my Hondos straight?
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Honoring Maria Pepe

Honoring Maria Pepe

This weekend in Hobroken, New Jersey, over 100 girls will be playing baseball and not softball in different age categories and teams for the Maria Pepe Baseball Series sponsored by Baseball for All.

To those who may not know, Maria Pepe is a hero for all girls who won the right to play little league baseball with girls in 1974.

To honor Maria Pepe for her courage to stand up for the rights for girls to play little league baseball in 1972, I wrote a short poem dedicated to her:

Honoring Maria Pepe

In 1972, Maria Pepe played little league baseball with boys

As an outstanding outfielder, she caught fly balls and tossed hard grounders

One day, Maria was told firmly to give back her uniform as she was no longer allowed to play because she was a girl.

A girl, she was, but old-fashioned thinking felt that girls are not as strong as boys

“She can get hurt and maimed”, said the naysayers.

“Non-sense!” said the Women Organizations of her day. On her behalf, the National Organization of Women fought for her civil rights to play.

A big monumental victory by the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled in her favor!

In December 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the law to unequivocally allow all girls to play little league baseball in the USA.

Remember Maria Pepe as a brave pioneer who courageously stood up for girls to play baseball with boys.

Copyright (2019)

By Robbin Miller

Author of “Breaking Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Little League with Boys”.

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The Castaway by TL McKelvey

The Castaway

 

You hold me loosely in the palm of your hand,

Like a skipping stone worn smooth.

Scanning the horizon, lost in thoughts you will not share,

You cast me out into the water and walk away,

Leaving me to sink to depths unknown.

 

You are not the first to cast me aside;

Perhaps the last, but hardly the first.

I have spent due time among the sandy bottom,

Refined by grit and water, my rough edges

Sanded down and polished like marble.

 

The waves of life bring me back to shore,

As the next beachcomber strolls past,

So taken with the treasure they place in their pocket,

Vowing to hold onto this pearl of great price.

“So lovely,” they murmur, stroking the softness

Of my hard exterior, while I wait, bracing myself

For the moment when they begin to see me as only a stone.

 

Held loosely, in the palm of another hand,

I ready myself for the moment when I am cast out,

Marveling at the idea that even stones can fly,

And I settle, slowly, slowly, back into the depths

That welcome me with open arms and conceal me

In solitude, familiar and grounding.

 

I am ready to no longer wash upon the shore,

To luxuriate in the traces of light that filter down

Through waves and depth,

Warming me in comfortable isolation.

I am a stone, polished by sand and sea.

Finally realizing that the hand that tossed me away,

Inevitably set me free.

    

~ TL McKelvey 2017

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The first time I heard my Brother Pat’s war stories we were in his truck heading north for the hunting cabin. I sat there in awe, listening and feeling very proud of him. It had taken him years before he could talk about it. Maybe, I thought to myself, he needed those years to let the pain of some of those memories fade. I never realized before just how close I came to losing him. I thanked God for he must have been watching over my brother.
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