Thursday, April 2, 2020

Straight Chatting from the Library: Bill Blodgett


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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Without a doubt it was Little House on the Prairie. I was in third grade and our teacher would set aside time almost every day to read from it and when it looked like she wasn’t going to read we’d all beg for just a few more pages. The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family captured my imagination and when the television series came out we watched it, as a family, and borrowed it from the local library so I could share my elementary school reading and listening experience with my daughters.

One book at a time or multiples?

I have to read only one book at a time. I like to binge on it over the weekend to become totally immersed in the settings and characters. I’ve tried to read two books at a time, like some of my friends, but I felt it spoiled the experience of both books for me.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Bookmark. I have a favorite bookmark given to me by my wife that she bought for me while we were on vacation once in Boston. In those days I would pore over the books in the romance section of any bookstore we went in and search for books authored by my friends and fellow members of my romance writers group, CNYRW, in Syracuse, NY. The bookmark is a laminated picture of the Starship Enterprise with a ribbon attached. I read a lot of Star Trek when I was younger and it seemed only fitting that I carry a part of that with me as I ventured into, at the time, the unknown world of romance.

Least favorite book you've read this year?

The Partner by John Grisham. I liked the book right up to the ending. That’s when the whole thing fell apart. Being accustomed to happy endings in all of the romance books I had been reading at the time the ending just spoiled the book for me. I stopped reading Grisham at that time.

Favorite book you've read this year?

The Apple Blossom Café by Emma Cane. I have to confess, I know Emma, but that isn’t why I liked this book. I just love the way Emma writes and the characters she creates. She also writes as Gayle Callen and I also liked her historicals, but when she moved to contemporary I was really hooked.

When do you do most of your reading?

Mostly when I’m on vacation when I can’t be distracted by work and chores around the house. With nothing else vying for my attention I can dig into a book and really enjoy it, especially while at the beach with my Kindle. If I read at bedtime I fall asleep almost instantly and have to reread the same few pages over again the next evening.

Favorite genre?

I have two favorites, Sci-Fi and romance, including romantic Sci-Fi. I enjoy them because they take me away from the real world that can sometimes be filled with unhappy endings, especially now that the Coronavirus is turning our world upside down. I don’t like books with sad endings. I read to be uplifted not depressed.

Keep books or give them away?

I keep all of my books, or at least the books written by my friends. I like seeing them on my bookshelf because they inspire me to continue on with this crazy and sometimes stressful world of writing. I keep my own books right there with them so when I begin to doubt myself I can turn to the bookshelf and realize, time after time, that I need to keep on task in order to finish the book I’m working on. Truthfully, sometimes I’d rather clean house than write!!

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When US Marshal Jay Stonewalker sees a possible terrorist comment in a chatroom frequented by anti-government radicals suggesting a nuclear threat to New York City, specifically the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he can’t get it out of his mind. Against his boss’s orders he heads off to NYC to investigate on his own time. While there he follows a suspicious character into a secluded recess of the New York Subway system and foils what he believes is the terrorist event. In a shoot-out with his suspect he’s wounded and calls the NYC PD for backup. When he sees NYPD Detective KC Daviau and other uniformed officers slipping into the darkness from the subway platform he’s relieved, but to his surprise he’s met with resistance and disrespect by Detective Daviau. Against his objections, KC takes custody of the evidence and leaves the scene. When Jay asks an officer if she is always that way he’s told that, “Since her parents died, she’s been… let’s say… a little cold.” When they are assigned to work the case together, KC’s icy exterior soon begins to melt away as they begin to fall for each other, but KC has to hold back. She has a dark secret and knows he can’t ever know her truths because if he did he would hate her just as she hates herself for what she’s about to do.

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Because the Waldorf Astoria in New York is their flagship and it’s the symbol of everything that is America. They tried to bring the towers and the World Trade Center down in an unsuccessful attempt in nineteen ninety-three, but managed on September eleventh, two thousand one. What makes you think they won’t try something again? Their hate runs deep.”

“Jay, let it go. Maybe it’s just a disgruntled guest that had a bad experience after spending oodles of money there. Please let it go for your own sanity.” She pleaded and hated herself at the same time. How can I make such beautiful love with this man yet still lie to him? There must be something drastically wrong with me, but it’s too late to turn back now. She knew it wasn’t a terrorist’s threat. It was just her and her merry band of anti-nuclear activists making the world safe. She began to lather up his chest with a loofa body puff and watched as he closed his eyes.

“Just let it go, Jay,” she repeated.

He opened his eyes slowly. “I can’t just let it go. Maybe Gary wasn’t involved with the original chatter I found, but maybe he was. Maybe it’s a whole other source of crazies wanting to take a shot at the Big Apple. Maybe it’s the Russians….” Her heart skipped a beat while she tried to rationalize that Sergei and what Jay was alluding to was just a coincidence. Sergei was fighting the good fight. She was sure of that.

MEET THE AUTHOR


I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.

We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.

I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.

They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships. In addition to the romantic plot we all expect from a Romance novel all of my books deal with a real-world issue as a sub-plot that we all have had to deal in some manner in life, but not in a preachy way. I find that including this sort of theme helps me identify with my characters on a personal level. My hope is that the reader will also feel that connection with my characters.

I have four other published novels. Dead Or A Lie and Saint’s Sword are vampire Romances. Unrequited is a contemporary novel with romantic elements and received 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Review magazine. The Last Prejudice is a family saga that deals with the issues a family must address when a family member comes out.

I have been a member of the RWA and the Central New York Romance Writers since 2004 and have held various posts in my local group. By day I am a construction inspector for an engineering company.

Website: http://www.billblodgett.com
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Straight Browsing from the Library: Dog Town by Debbie L. Richardson



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Harry loves to race around the streets of Dog Town. When he stumbles upon the lost city of cats, he finds himself in a race against Dog Town’s fastest canine, Grizzly.

The winner of this race will have the power to save Cat World, or destroy it.

Harry wants to win, but there is one small problem. The race is in the ocean, and Harry is terribly afraid of water.

Can Harry overcome his fear of the water and save Cat Town?

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HARRY snapped himself out of the trance.

“Run!” he yelled, and every dog did exactly that.

But they took off in a disorderly fashion, like a handful of wound-up toys had been released onto a slippery surface.

Kevin started running first, but he became caught up in chasing his tail. He twirled and twirled, creating a mini tornado.

Teena barked so violently she propelled herself backwards. She only managed to stop when she bumped up against a six-foot-high stack of hubcaps. The metal discs came hurtling toward the dogs at an alarming speed.

Harry saw Teena jump out of the way. Then she reached for Pablo’s collar. She tugged and tugged, but her brother’s feet might as well have been concreted to the ground.

“Pablo!” Harry urged. He cried out again, more urgently this time. “Pablo! Run!”

Pablo stared at the big dogs as though he was hypnotised.

“Pablo!” Teena cried, pulling harder on his collar.

By now, Kevin’s mini tornado had taken on a life of its own. Wispy tendrils clutched madly at anything in reach, but they grasped only air. Seemingly angered by this, the vortex pulled itself into the shape of a bowling ball and made a beeline for Pablo and Teena.

MEET THE AUTHOR


Debbie L. Richardson has published fiction novels as D L Richardson. She has published three young adults supernatural fiction novels, and science fiction and supernatural thrillers for adults. This is her first children’s book.

She was born in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Australia. It was always crowded and noisy in the family home. At one stage there were also three dogs, a cat, a budgie, and three mice living with seven people the same house.

Debbie learned to find a quiet space within books.

She now lives in the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and a small dog named Teeka.

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Website: http://www.dlrichardson.com

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Straight from the Library: Feed Your Reader


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Monday, March 30, 2020

Straight Browsing from the Library: Paragon by Shauna Alderson


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Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.

When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in “A Handbook on Paragonhood”, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone—and into the dangerous streets of Grandin—to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.

Randi’s not the only one with a secret, though, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.

With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?

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Granite floor, walls like black static, and out of the moving darkness looms a door. I push its handle down, opening the door to a huge space.

A man and a woman circle each other like raptors, each brandishing a knife. The static-fuzz wall to my left is covered in weapon racks—everything from maces to swords to guns—and stone braziers, while the wall to my right is lined with punching bags and benches. A seemingly spaced-out old man sits on one of the benches, and a middle-aged guy fiddles with something on the furthest bench.

I don’t think I’m supposed to be here.

The middle-aged man lifts his head to watch the fight and sees me. “New girl,” he tells the others.

Everyone stops. The other two men simply seem bewildered, but the lady-predator with the knife might just kill me, judging from her glare.

“Uh, sorry, I'll just go,” I stammer. I pivot on my heels, but behind me, I only find blackness. No door.

My gut drops.

“Don’t be afraid,” the male fighter says. “We won’t hurt you.”

I peek over my shoulder as he discards his weapon onto the floor. That's not a hazard at all. “Where am I?” The words come out in a squeak.

He scratches the side of his head. “It’s—well, it’s hard to explain.”

“We call it the dreamscape,” the woman says. “We Paragons come here to hone our skills. You being here means you found out.”

She must be referring to the mark and the myths. I found out what I am, and now I show up here. Makes sense in a dream-logic sort of way.

MEET THE AUTHOR


Shauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up", she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows.

Website: https://shaunaalderson.com
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Straight Browsing from the Library: False Light by Claudia Riess


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Academic sleuths Erika Shawn, art magazine editor, and Harrison Wheatley, a more seasoned art history professor, set out to tackle a brain teaser. This time the couple—married since their encounter in Stolen Light, first in the series—attempt to crack the long un-deciphered code of art forger Eric Hebborn (1934-1996), which promises to reveal the whereabouts of a number of his brilliant Old Master counterfeits. (Hebborn, in real life, was a mischievous sort, who had a fascination with letters and a love-hate relationship with art authenticators. I felt compelled to devise a puzzler on his behalf!) After publication of his memoir, Drawn to Trouble, published in 1991, he encrypts two copies with clues to the treasure hunt. On each of the title pages, he pens a tantalizing explanatory letter. One copy he sends to an art expert; the second, he releases into general circulation. The catch: both books are needed to decipher the code.

When the books are at last united 25 years later, Erika and Harrison are enlisted to help unearth their hidden messages. But when several research aides are brutally murdered, the academic challenge leads to far darker mysteries in the clandestine world of art crime. As the couple navigate this sinister world, both their courage under fire and the stability of their relationship are tested.

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Erika would not permit herself to sleep. She gave in to her selfish body only to allow it to lean its skull and spine against the wall as she went over, again and again, the day’s nightmare. Reliving it kept the memory raw; healing, impossible.

There was a light tapping on the door. She didn’t know how long she had been sitting there, only that the scant light in the room had dimmed. There was another tap.

“Miss Erika? May I come in?”

It was Grace. Erika had never heard the woman’s supplicating tone of voice, but who else could it be? “Grace?”

“Yes, Miss. Please, may I?”

A kind of dull curiosity moved her to answer, “Come in.”

Grace opened the door and entered the room. She was holding a tray, bracing one side of it with her forearm. She turned the knob with her free hand and shut the door, then better secured the tray. “I’ve brought you some cream of tomato soup and a muffin. You need some nourishment. Would you turn on the light? You wouldn’t want this old lady to trip, would you?”

Grace’s gentle prodding was so uncharacteristic that it caused Erika to rise to her feet and obey, as if to the command of a hypnotist. She clicked on the wall light and took the tray from Grace.

“Where should I put it?”

Grace scurried to the vanity table and pushed aside Erika’s pads and pens. “Right here is good.”

Erika did as she was told. Grace pulled out the chair from the vanity and reached up to touch Erika’s shoulder. “Now sit and have some soup.” She smoothed her scalloped white apron overlaying her starched black dress and stood there, waiting.

“I’m not hungry, Grace.”

“You don’t want to be hungry, but you are,” Grace said, without budging.

There seemed to be no choice but to heed Grace’s first prompt. Erika sat down. She had no intention of lifting the spoon provided. “Thank you.” She waited for Grace to exit the room.

Grace wasn’t going anywhere. She strode to the desk and dragged the desk chair to the vanity, placing it directly alongside Erika’s chair. She sat down. “You must take care of yourself—for yourself as well as your husband,” she said. “He loves you so. I have never seen him so distraught.”

“Harrison will be fine,” Erika said, staring straight ahead.

Grace shook her head. “Not if you aren’t.” She took Erika’s hand in her own. “I haven’t been very cordial to you. I apologize.”

“Apology accepted,” Erika said, feeling nothing.

“I have no children,” Grace said. “I worked for Harrison’s grandparents for fifty years. I’ve known Harrison all his life, and he is family to me; my only family. He is a dear man, but terribly naïve. It broke my heart to see his first wife take advantage of him. She nearly destroyed him. I was afraid you might do the same.”

“I won’t.” She withdrew her hand from Grace’s.

“I know you won’t. I see how you are with him. I see how you look at him. My prejudice made me blind to this, but now I see.”

Erika turned to Grace. “I’m empty, Grace. Do you see that?” She returned her focus to the wall.

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Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston and has edited several art history monographs.

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Straight Chatting from the Library: Erin Pemberton


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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My favorite book as a child was The Little House on the Prairie series. I think I read that series every year until I became an adult. It was such a simple time and I loved to hear of the different things that they ate growing up. Mind you, I wouldn’t touch even half of it myself, but I loved to hear how they described it.

What is your favorite book today?

I don’t think I could pick just one. I have several series that I love to read through on a regular basis. Basically, if I can’t remember some of the characters’ names, I reread it. Of course, I’m always on the hunt for books I haven’t read before from authors I know I like, but in my mind there is nothing wrong with rereading. Some of my favorite authors, (you safely can assume I like anything they write) are Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling , Cassandra Clare, Brandon Mull, Tamara Pierce, and Angie Sage.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

A fairy-tale rewrite where light find its way through darkness.

What are you reading right now?

I am actually reading three different things right now. Physik for pleasure. In the Hand of the Goddess while I’m on the treadmill. I get bored otherwise and will quit walking after five minutes. And I’m reading a new story as a beta read for the editing company I work for. Can’t give out the name for that one.

What books do you have on hold at the library?

Actually, none. I don’t think I’ve ever put a book on hold at the library. I just look for something else until the one I want comes in.

Do you have any bad book habits?

I could easily spend the whole day reading despite the many things that I actually need to get done. With a husband, five kids, and two jobs, time is something I don’t have a lot of.

E-Reader or print? and why?

I can do both, but I definitely prefer print. I just like being able to hold the book and flip the pages, plus it doesn’t seem to be as hard on my eyes. Moreover, have you ever tried to read an e-reader in sunlight when sitting outside? Not as easy to do as when flipping through a book.

One book at a time or multiples?

I usually have more than one book going at any one time. Then I may even listen to a different one in the car.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

I use bookmarks. A lot of the time, I’ll even make my own with an index card that has a quote I made up or need to remind myself of often. The current one reads, “Remember, just breathe” and it has a picture of a palm tree drawn on it.

Least favorite book you've read this year?

My friend recommended The Game of Thrones to me. Now, I know this is a favorite TV series and an extremely popular book series, but I finally had to put it down. Too much killing of my favorite characters in extremely violent ways for me to read. Plus, I have trouble following all the different characters and their point of views. Maybe it’s just too grown up for me?

Favorite book you've read this year?

I can’t say that I have one. I read a new one by Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan, but I liked both equally. All the other books I’ve read have been rereads.

When do you do most of your reading?

In the summer when school is out. I’m a teacher in the process of transitioning to a preschool supervisor, which means, I’m extremely busy. During the summer, I can take my daughter to the pool or just go outside and read because there’s not even half as much for me to do during that season.

Favorite place to read?

I love being outside, but only if it’s warm. So during the spring and summer, you can definitely find me on my porch swing or by the pool reading whatever I can. During the winter months, I’m more likely to be caught reading while I’m on the treadmill. Not my favorite place to read, but it does keep me exercising for longer.

Favorite genre?

I love to read what I write, young adult fantasy.

Do you loan your books?

Only to my kids and even then, it’s iffy. Everyone else, I’m afraid I wouldn’t get the book back and then I would have to buy it again.

Favorite book to recommend?

Any of my favorites. I just told my dad about the Fable Haven series and The Apollo series, they’re both good ones to read.

How do you keep your books organized?

By series and then by order in that series. I’m running out of bookshelf space, so I may have to acquire a new one soon, much to my husband’s displeasure.

Re-reader or not?

Definitely a re-reader. If I can’t remember some of the character names or plots, it’s time to read it again. I’ve read the Little House on the Prairie and Harry Potter series so many times that I’ve got parts of them memorized.

What would make you not finish a book?

Not caring how it ends. I put down The Game of Thrones book and haven’t been back to finish it since and I’m perfectly good with that. I also couldn’t stick it out with The Hunger Games series. Keep books or give them away?

I keep them and then hide them so people don’t ask to borrow them. What can I say, I’m not a sharer.

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In a land plagued by war, King Dorvin and Queen Shiara are expecting their first child. They are excited until the good fairies tell of a prophecy; that their daughter is the key to winning the war against the Shadow tribes. To protect her, mages of the kingdom create a tower to keep her and her guardian hidden until her eighteenth birthday. When Ella turns 18 she leaves the tower, only to find that her parents are dead and the Shadow tribes now control the kingdom. Trained as a warrior, and aided by the good fairies, Ella must now bring her subjects together and prepare for the final war.

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“You love her, don’t you?” Jack asked quietly, his eyes never leaving Erek’s.

“Does it matter? She and I can never be together.” The sadness of this truth rang through Erek, nearly making him fall to the floor and weep. He’d waited his whole life for her. “You love her as well.”

Jack nodded his head. “Where does that leave us? What are we going to do?”

Erek feeling more tired and older than his twenty-five years replied, “It leaves us fighting for the same thing. Once this is all over, we’ll figure out the rest. For right now, we need to be content that when one of us isn’t around watching over her, the other is.”

Jack ran a hand over his newly shaved head, his eyes turned to the floor and nodded.

Erek looked at him, seeing so much of himself in this man of light. The same eyes, the same stature, the same look. Even their movements and choice of haircuts were the same. Right down to the chin strap they both wore. Erek never thought of it before, but it were almost if they were the same man. “Do you think, if we lived in another world, that we might be the same person? Me being the darker side and you the lighter?”

Jack looked up at this, his eyes wide and his mouth set in a straight line. “I’ve thought it several times actually. There are times when I’m convinced I passed by a mirror when I see you.”

Erek nodded before turning back to look at the storm brewing. He heard Jack quietly head down the stairs, leaving him to his thoughts. Ella would be safe in Jack’s hands when Erek was no longer there to protect her. He was sure of it. If Jack felt anywhere close to the way he felt, Erek knew she would be loved the way she deserved.

MEET THE AUTHOR


I’m just a small town girl, living in Ohio and making up worlds for my characters to live in. A preschool teacher by day, I live with my amazing husband while dreaming of walking hand in hand with him on the beach just searching for seashells. Together, we have five incredible kids, who are starting to make their way in this world as they take on college, high school, and elementary school. I love Christmas, the beach, seashells, painting, reading anything fantasy related, and in my very little spare time, creating new worlds for others to enjoy.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Straight Browsing from the Library: Saunders' Choice by Gina Briganti



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She lives life below the waves. What will a man sacrifice to discover it’s not a dream?

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms? Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology. Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today.

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Laughter followed Velvet as she left the stage in the grotto where she had been hired to perform a private show for the wealthy creatures’s birthday party.

She knew the crowd were eyeing her bare torso, hoping the current would sway her long silver and lilac-tinted hair off of her breasts so they could see if the color of her nipples matched the color of her lilac fin.

She sighed. Maybe it was time to change. Raven black hair with a bright, shiny aqua blue tail made her audiences stare, but she did get more jobs that way. She wanted more shows at the big clubs.

“Velvet.” Cassidy, her manager, called out to her from where she waited in the luxurious apartment the management called a dressing room.

Cassidy was a mermaid, too. She was much older than Velvet, who was only one hundred years old. Cassidy was more than three hundred years old. No one would know that if it weren’t for the Hall of Records there in The Dreaming because everything stayed the way you wanted it to.

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Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she's not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

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