Want to pass the word about your writing? We share good news from SBWC writers on the first of each month. To be included, please email Paula at pcastner.SBWC@gmail.com about your latest publication, award or fellowship. Announcements should be no more that 60 words and written in the third person. Include a short bio and a picture. Congratulations, and pass the word!
Congratulations to Martha Chabinsky for her story of healing and inspiration in Awakening the Divine Feminine, available now on Amazon. Women leaders, experts in their fields with decades of experience, share stories of how they transformed their most profound difficulties into sources of strength that they now use to uplift and empower those around them.
Martha Chabinsky has been teaching Kripalu yoga, with a specialty in pre- and post-natal yoga for over 20 years. She incorporates Reiki and Therapeutic Touch into her teaching repertoire. As a master gardener and expert knitter she brings a sense of creativity and fun to her teaching and sharing within her community. Readers are invited to check out her blog.
G.M. Kidder’s The Eulogist is now available on Amazon. About Carlos and Myra, two best friends for 30 years, the story is about friendship, in the way friendships used to be written. G.M. Kidder has been a freelance writer for 15 years and workshopped The Eulogist with SBWC before publishing. Kidder has held positions in nonprofit, human service and municipal employment for over 25 years. Kidder has a background in literature and sociology and enjoys cultural and theological anthropology.
Congratulations to Ray Tatten whose Tex Mostly short story which was published in September (scroll down to see that announcement) is now a finalist selection in The Fourth Annual Adelaide Literary Award Contest 2020 for Best Short Story.
Dave Agans’ Bikini Cowgirls of the Urban Legion, book 2 of the Urban Legion trilogy, is now available on Amazon. Bikini Cowgirls of the Urban Legion envisions hilarious conspiracies behind the news, entertainment media, and not-so-legendary urban legends. You’ll even learn the fragile truth about mimes. See the full pitch and glowing editorial reviews on Amazon. Corrupted by Mad Magazine and Get Smart at an early age, Dave began writing spy spoofs in the sixth grade. He has since written the musical comedy, Hot Buttons, dozens of comic stage monologues, and the popular, humorous technical book, Debugging. Dave can be recognized on New Hampshire golf courses by his flawed swing and on the roads by his AMUSED license plate.
Anna’s Wish, a novella on Amazon, is the 3rd book in Joyce Derenas’ series, A Klondike Gold Miner’s Life. Based on real life, this story is about Romeo Poulin’s first spouse, Anna Pasteels, fresh off the boat in 1900. Can she survive the rugged lifestyle of Dawson in the 1920s? Barely. Find Joyce’s three book series on Amazon. Joyce Derenas, a retired softwared technical writer, received her BA in English with a Concentration in Writing from Worcester State College. While there, Joyce wrote her first, short biography of Ichabod Washburn, one of the founding fathers of the WPI in Worcester, MA. This work remains in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society.
Ursula Wong’s new historical thriller, Gypsy Amber, offers a chilling prediction of what Russia might do to block China’s economic and political incursion into states belonging to the former Soviet Union. Gypsy Amber is book 5 of Ursula’s Amber War series. Find her newest book, as well as the others, on Amazon. Ursula writes gripping stories about strong women who struggle against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her Amber War series of historical thrillers begins with the little-known WW II story of Lithuania’s fight against the Soviet occupation and brings the ongoing political strife with Russia into modern focus.
Becca’s Kiss, an Alaskan adventure novella written by author, Joyce Derenas, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and print. The story is based on the life of her Yukon relative, Romeo Poulin and includes a daguerreotype photo, a forbidden kiss, a shipwrecked steamer, dangerous ocean crossings, a drunk bear, and murder. Joyce Derenas writes about the real-life stories of her Klondike Gold Rush ancestors.
“Tex Mostly”, a short story crafted and revised by Ray Tatten during SBWC’s 2020 Summer Short Story Class has been published in the Adelaide Literary Magazine No.40, September 2020 edition. It can be viewed and read online here, and the printed edition (paperback) is also released and is available on Amazon.com and in their online store: https://adelaidebooks.org/
Andrew Linnel’s Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance: Leonardo is now available as an e-book on Amazon. Hidden Heretic describes Leonardo’s depiction of a deep mystery in his Virgin of the Rocks paintings. Because the Inquisition was still a menace to science and non-Catholic theologies, Leonardo dismembered his insights to safely reveal them individually through his artistic genius. The book shows how this dismembered mystery can be reintegrated through the works of his students.
Andrew Linnell resides in Hudson, MA. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MSE ’73) and Emerson College, UK (’79). Now retired from a 42-year career in the computer industry, Andrew has two published children’s stories, and its sequel, From the Forest to the Sea. Now he’s written Hidden Heretic bringing drama and intrigue into Art History. Andrew is co-founder of MysTech which seeks to cultivate the healthy application of technology and its mysteries into our evolving human life. He has begun his next writing project, a book entitled The Role of Technology in Human Evolution.
Joseph Carrabis’ The Augmented Man is due out 25 July 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Seven Bridge Writers may remember Joseph workshopping his book last year. The Augmented Man has been likened to Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and readers say his style is a blend of Le Guin, Campbell, Dick, and Wolfe. To pre-order the book, click here.
Joseph’s Bio: I’m boring and dull. On the way to achieving this nirvanic state, I earned patents in a technology that allows machines to understand and respond to human thought through any human-machine interface, founded a company to promote that technology, got it active in over 120 countries, then realized I preferred to spend evenings with my wife and kids, fly kites, play music, cook for friends, and write. Trust me, boring and dull is lots more fun.
Joyce Derenas’ breakout novel, The Long Shot: A French Canadian Saga – Book 1, is an exciting survival adventure that exposes the unique signature of pioneering men in the gold fields of Dawson. Based on the true lives of Joyce’s grandfather and his brothers, this story tells of two brothers who trekked 4,000 miles across the Canadian wilderness. Their dream – a glimpse of the fabled Yukon gold which could change their lives forever. You can view the book trailer here.
Joyce Derenas, a retired softwared technical writer, received her BA in English with a Concentration in Writing from Worcester State College. While there, Joyce wrote her first, short biography of Ichabod Washburn, one of the founding fathers of the WPI in Worcester, MA. This work remains in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. To write her debut novel, Joyce conducted her primary research in the Yukon Territory and at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. To maintain her Frenchiness, she has eaten fromage a crottes (curd cheese), boudin noir (blood sausage), sausage with saltpeter and ‘les cretons’ (ground pork cooked with either cognac, whiskey or champagne).
During a prompted writing session of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative in 2017, Robert E. Donahue developed a routine piece. The plotline of what seemed at first mere scribblings flowed well, and the protagonist seemed identifiable and engaging. Fellow writers expressed confidence, and encouraged, he sent the piece to several journals, after editing, and it was published by Dual Coast Magazine. “Whether” can be read in Issue #5.
Robert writes short stories and novels. After forty years in international business, he quit to focus full time on writing. He received an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 and is currently at work on a novel. His stories have also appeared in The Scarlet Leaf Review and Down In The Dirt Magazine. Robert lives with his spouse and their extended family in Bolton, MA.
Jim Brennan had a story published in Adelaide Literary Magazine. It appears in the November issue, print and online, and can be viewed here: http://adelaidemagazine.org/f_james_brennan.html
Jim, who recently joined SBWC, has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College. His stories and essays have also appeared in Colere, Slab,Edge, The First Line and other journals. Jim appreciates his critique group members, Bobbi, Carolyn, Emma, and Paula for their shared love of stories, keen sense of humor, and generous, wise counsel.
Ray Tatten, a long time SBWC writing and critique group member published his first book of essays, AND ANOTHER THING, just saying… Many of these sharp, funny, highly readable essays were inspired by writing prompts dished up by our own Winona Wendth. Ray’s essays have also found homes in The Harvard Post, The Bolton Independent, Sterling Meetinghouse News, and MUSED BellaOnline Literary Review. His essay “Drop Out” was published and nominated for Essay of the Year, by Adelaide Literary Magazine. Check out the SBWC Blog in December for an excerpt and reading by Ray.