The Weather Report, July 18

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “WATER: NINE STORES,” BY ALYCE MILLER; “THE WINTER DANCE PARTY MURDERS,”  BY  GREG HERRIGES and “SKY: CHILD INTERRUPTED,” BY BILL WEST, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

One of the things I love about Snowflakes is that it gives me the chance to “meet” some fascinating people.

For instance, those who occupy the St. Louis dentist’s chair of Dr. Melissa Rea might make some small talk about the weather, or the decor of her office, or perhaps whether or not to use novocaine. But unless she brings it up, they would probably never know that their dentist  is also the author of the historical novel “Conjuring Casanova” — and is, in fact, an expert on the fabled Venetian playboy and lover.

Meanwhile, Sandra Gail Lambert is obviously a person who refuses to let physical limitations keep her from enjoying life. Although she uses a wheelchair on land, she often slips into a kayak to explore the rivers, lakes and and wetlands of Central Florida. Much some of what she’s observed there has found its way into her collection of short stories, “The River’s Memory.”

NOTE: For the next two weeks, we’re going to take small liberties with our usual procedure.

One of this week’s featured books is a collection of short stories by Texas authors. Normally, I don’t use anthologies, because Snowflakes in a Blizzard is geared toward the promotion of individual writers. However, since $2 of every book sold goes to literary-themed organizations, I figured: “Why not?”

Next week, we’ll include our first (and, perhaps, only) children’s book.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JULY 19-25.

“CONJURING CASANOVA,” BY MELISSA REA.

Lizzy has been wounded by the men in her life far too often, which is why she spends her free time immersed in the memoir of the legendary lover, Giacomo Casanova. After a child in her care tragically dies, Lizzy escapes to Venice for a needed break to work through her life crisis. One morning, Casanova appears beside her on the hotel rooftop. The time gap and culture clash sets in motion an attraction that spans centuries. Witty and charming, Casanova is Casanova—in a frenzy of love for women. Who better to teach modern, guarded Lizzy about love and life than an eighteenth-century Libertine?

Image result for Florida river photographs + free“THE RIVER’S MEMORY, BY SANDRA GAIL LAMBERT

A woman born without legs spends her days swimming with manatees. Two artists, separated by centuries, guide each other’s hands. A child of the Florida frontier sits on the graves of her siblings to think about race relations and the habits of caterpillars. These are some of the women who live along the banks of a river where water billows from caverns of silent lakes.  None of them are famous.  None have children.  Instead, their stories exist in a mosaic of time and shadowed history, and the things of the river—clay and water, trees and bone—carry their memories forward.  

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“SHORT STORIES BY TEXAS AUTHORS.”

A collection of award winning short stories written by Texas Authors. This is Volume 1 with 20 stories Below are the titles, page number, categories and authors name of the winning selections. A creative way to help raise money for DEAR Texas Literacy programs

 

 

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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