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Review – A Gathering of Butterflies by Sean C. Wright

 

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Review for A Gathering of Butterflies

by Sean C. Wright

 

From the depths of Lucifer’s office to the heights of heavenly solace, this quartet of vignettes offers snapshots into intimate moments in the lives of three souls and one demon. Sean C. Wright’s A Gathering of Butterflies shows a masterful command of succinct language while creating vibrant characters with whom we can understand on the most basic of human levels, even when one is God’s fallen angel himself: Lucifer, a fun-seeking devil; Hazel Hogan, an overweight woman who is befriended by aliens; Fan Nealy, a 12-year old on her special day, and Genie Slayton, an accountant who does the world a favor.

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Each story captures an “encounter” that addresses quiet triumphs of justice in a threatening world. “Devil Does Dallas” is a playful jab at the challenges a seemingly righteous Lucifer faces when dropping in (or up) on mortals to collect the souls of the sinful (Sadam Hussein makes a cameo appearance). “Hazel Hogan” relates the pitiful and purposeless existence of a mistreated compulsive eater, Hazel, who is raised to greater heights of confidence through a clandestine exchange. “Bubble Bath 12” is afloat in the innocence and wonder in the power of kindness from a stranger and the sharing of the small things in life that can make a lifelong difference.

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Finally, Wright closes the collection with “Heaven’s Halfway House” that shakes off earth’s mortal coils to explore the pauses in life that propitiate reflection and recognition of our purpose in the world.
There is a Sandra Cisneros-like voice in the style of Wright who exacts a character portfolio without unnecessary flourishes in the writing. Her resourceful use of figurative language, “…his voice didn’t have the feathers and bubbles that were in the voice of the other boys his age,” and “Question marks sprouted on the bushes of their brains…” for example, provides an effective balance between pointed storytelling and imaginative imagery.

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Unpredictable and entertaining, A Gathering of Butterflies delivers four stories, which like the errant paths of butterflies, entrance the gaze of the reader until the final page!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Tales of steely but vulnerable women of color will melt your heart while lifting your spirits… A fierce grandmother keeps her grandson from the clutches of Old Scratch in Devil Does Dallas. An alien abduction transforms a large, miserable woman in Hazel Hogan. A country girl meets a city girl on her birthday, and struggles to decide if the girl’s heart is dark or light in Bubble Bath Twelve. And methodical

Genie forms an unlikely relationship in Heaven’s Halfway House while in a coma.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sean C. Wright is native to Dallas, TX, and earned adegree in English from University of North Texas. She is the author of the short story collection A Gathering of Butterflies, the novella Honey Riley. Actress Jessica Biel directed a short film based on her winning essay in 2010: Sodales (18 minutes). For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–for business or consumer needs–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.

        

 

New Release by Kisha Green

Crazy Sexy Deadly

by Kisha Green

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Crazy, Sexy and Deadly is a compilation of some of Kisha Green’s most popular short stories. Take a journey to a place of mental seduction, love, betrayal, deceit with the perfect splash of erotica to entice the reader’s palate. All women have a beast within but only with the right chemistry can one bring one of the three out; the crazy, the sexy or the deadly…

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Review – Celtic Sister by Meira Pentermann

 

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Anguish of the soul is either the lit fuse of destruction or the launching pad for personal triumph. Meira Pentermann’s novel Celtic Sister is a powerful struggle with both. Amy Richardson finds herself in an abusive marriage where a push down the stairs and subsequent miscarriage serve as the catalyst for seeking a way out. However, her road to true suffering begins soon after with a whisky bottle and a yearbook, and a nagging question of “Who is Emma Foster?” and “What happened to her?”

 

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Cover Reveal – The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest by Donna Friess

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The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest

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Title: The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest

Author: Donna Friess

Genre: Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women >Domestic Life >Parenting & Relationships > Adoption

Unraveling of Shelby Forrest

 

“As someone who has adopted children, I found this emotionally charged, complex first novel, written by award winning author, Donna Friess, draws you in immediately and holds you in its’ thrall from the first page to the last. The author explores the grief, guilt and pain of giving up a baby for adoption and the secrets that can tear apart a marriage.” Leanne A., CA

 

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“There are surprises and tears, smiles and laughter, when I finished the story I was asking for more. The characters are complex and the story delivers the harrowing and heart-wrenching story of so many women that have had to make these impossible decisions. It is a must read for any parent.” -Micki Harris, CA

 

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 Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”  –  Donna L. Friess, Ph.D.

 

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“We see the gentler side of humanity here. The message of both hope and love was inspiring. I LOVED this book.” Kriss M., CA

 “Written with love and warmth, the book draws you in and keeps you eager to learn the outcome, which is satisfying, yet surprising.” Catherine M., Florida

 

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About the Author

Donna Friess’ story of being forced to take legal action to stop her father from continuing to sexually abuse his four year-old granddaughter, reached 50 million people worldwide. With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and others, her autobiography, Cry the Darkness, (1993 Health Communications), became a best seller, printed in seven languages. Dr. Friess  She is an expert in recovery from trauma. She has authored six books, and is a member TTAC (Technical Training and Advisory Consortium) through the Office of Victims of Crime, U.S. Justice Dept., she was nominated for the American President’s Service Award.
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The Invitation: A Weekend With Emma by Dawn Kohler – Book Tour

December 11th

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The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma

by Dawn Kohler

Touring December 11th – December 15th, 2014

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Self-Help, Spirituality & Women in Business

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