Denise Baer is a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides in Germany with her husband and fur-baby, Shakespeare. She can be stubborn and downright finicky; the last one doesn’t apply to food though. Perseverance is a trait she often equates with her college degree, but she’s still waiting for her Pulitzer Prize nomination. Denise is a blogger, poet, and multi-genre author of two published books: a dark, psychological suspense thriller, NET SWITCH; and women’s fiction / romantic comedy adventure, FOGGED UP FAIRY TALE. Currently she’s working on a crime mystery series, and a humor novel to tame her unbalanced side.
I recently posted my book, LAINIE’S LADIES on Amazon. here is the description.
Lainie Stockwell is a well-known portrait painter who lives in her studio loft in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, noted for a characteristic artistic charm. She was considering an early retirement on a beautiful island when to her surprise she receives not one, but four inquiries for portraits. These four “ladies”, each one with her own particular reason for a portrait, invade her life and she finds that helping them settle their personal affairs becomes her goal. Lainie learns that painting someone’s portrait means “discovering” . She sneaks a look into their lives to capture their essence and gets a glimpse into their past. This can lead to many surprises.
There are great satisfactions as she unravels long ago secrets and even gets a chance to play cupid! The story doesn’t end there. A mysterious missing portrait causes chaos and it’s Lainie, with the help of a determined private eye, who discovers still another secret that will change the life of one of her ladies.
Patsy Collins will write anywhere she can reach in her campervan. She’s the author of five novels; four contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa. She’s also co-author of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction.
Patsy blogs about free entry writing competitions – http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk and runs the womagwriter blog http://womagwriter.blogspot.co.uk which is handy for magazine guidelines.
I have a small collection of short stories which is (nearly) always free, as a kind of taster. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Drop-Drink-Patsy-Collins-ebook/dp/B009RX5MGS/ref=la_B004O08LRQ_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503916533&sr=1-4
The vast scope of the human imagination is a personal fascination of mine. Writing fiction has allowed me to discover that there are no limits to my own imagination.
My stories are mostly about women and their trials. Women from all walks of life and in all times in history, and of course — they have issues. You may not always agree with their solutions but alas, I am merely the messenger.
John F Lavelle
Oreads (Or-e-ads) is a touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heart breaking. Oreads is an excellent story and an important one. This novel does for Vietnam War era Appalachia what Thomas Hardy did for Victorian England with Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Lavelle’s first novel explores gender roles, sexuality, and Appalachian regional influences, from setting to socioeconomic determinism. In Greek mythology an Oread is a mountain nymph, so Lavelle’s title, Oreads, emphasizes the powerful connection between the protagonist, Cassie Wolphe, and her mountainous environment.
“Oreads guides readers through a treacherous path of inevitable heartbreak and willful resilience in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.” Jason Mark Harris—Appalachian Journal
“Author John F. Lavelle’s Oreads is a compelling, creative, and original novel that is certain to be an enduringly popular and very highly recommended addition to community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review—The Fiction Shelf
Two headstrong women in their forties coming from different moral directions clash within the confines of a French-Canadian mill town in northern Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. Their narratives relate how an heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry redress misconceptions, misdeeds, and maliciousness which wreak havoc on those caught in the crossfire of a tragedy precipitated by reckless behavior.
Augusta Bergeron: Dysfunctional. Deceptive. Demure. More than meets the eye at face value and stuck in a holding pattern, the town siren engages in morally destructive behavior she attributes to maternal abandonment until she eggs-humes her mother’s quiche recipe.
Lindsay Metcalfe: Pedigreed. Privileged. Proper. Mourning the recent death of her mother, the historian-in-residence hailing from Boston sets out to preserve the legacy of an impoverished mill, but gets more than she bargains for all around.
Letters to Helen
Engaged to a handsome doctor and content with her future, Mattie’s life seems to have fallen neatly into place. The only thing that’s missing is her best friend Helen, who is away at college. Despite her plans, fate has other ideas, and Mattie’s happy ending is suddenly ripped away by a letter from her fiance’s mistress. Reeling with hurt and unexpectedly single, Mattie must start anew, with Helen there to pick up the pieces. But an incident with Helen’s fiancé drives a wedge between them, forcing Mattie to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. Struggling for closure, Mattie meets Mark, who is also rebuilding his life. Two broken, kindred spirits find solace in one another, until one innocent afternoon reveals a shocking connection.