Weather Report, Oct. 17

Image result for red state blue state photos + free downloadOUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “HOMONCULUS,” BY JERRY STUBBLEFIELD, “DOCTOR KINNEY’S HOUSEKEEPER,” BY SARA DAHMEN, AND “JUST BELOW THE SKY,” BY R.K. GOLD, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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I promise I will never use this space to pontificate about politics, but I must admit I’m developing an unhealthy fascination with the current presidential race.

It’s like watching an especially raucous edition of the Jerry Springer Show, or perhaps a grisly car wreck. Although I want to look away, I can’t.

Therefore, this seemed a good time to feature Ivan G. Goldman’s novel “Exit Blue,” which examines what might happen if the nation were to go beyond simple Red State/Blue State polarization and actually split into separate warring entities.

Far fetched? Sure. But it probably doesn’t hurt to put a humorous twist on all the current yelling and finger-pointing.

This week will also bring you “To the Left of the Microwave,” a collection of stories by Lisa DeNiscia, and “Operation Crossbow,” by William Delorey, who is being featured as a Snowflake for the second time (following “Shuffle an Impulse.”).

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, OCT. 18-24

“EXIT BLUE,” BY IVAN G. GOLDMAN

The Blue States have seceded and formed their own union following a disastrous US invasion of Denmark. It’s one of several conflicts being waged by a zealous Red Zone government in Washington that reportedly dispatches press gangs to fill military ranks while its citizens flee to Mexico seeking employment as domestics and busboys. Tossed into this maelstrom is ghost writer Delmore LeCorte, who becomes romantically entangled with both the Red Zone president and her more astute sister. It’s left to the reader to decide whether Exit Blue is political satire or a prescient look at what lies ahead.

“TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE,” BY LISA De NISCIA.

This is what one reviewer said of Lisa’s story collection:

“Less is more,” the protagonist Deborah tells her friend in the beautifully realized story “Seat Belt.” And in Lisa De Niscia’s often funny, often heartbreaking collection, TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE, this seems to be Ms. De Niscia’s writing philosophy as well.

Most of the stories (and one play) are brief and minimalistic, but their impact is stunning. We meet a 16-year old girl, disdainful of her mother but in total fear of being without her; a literacy volunteer who winds up learning a bigger lesson than she ever intended to teach; a 13-year old who, by story’s end, knows more about loyalty and unconditional love than the adults she studies through her front window.

“Seat Belt” may be the biggest pleasure of all. It’s a tale of interracial love, and of prejudice coming from a very unsuspected place. To tell more might spoil De Niscia’s carefully constructed plot; I’ll let readers discover the joy of this story for themselves.

“OPERATION CROSSBOW,” BY WILLIAM DELOREY

A military spy thriller pits a young and naive but extremely well-trained Special Forces soldier unwillingly and unwittingly against the ruthless head of ICD, a federal intelligence agency seeking revenge for a personal vendetta.

A top federal agent recruits Jacoby Klyne, recently discharged from the Army. After six years infiltrating and fighting drug cartels and engaging political hot-spots around the world, Jake declines the Op, wants his discharge, some rest, and to resume the quiet country life he left to serve his country six years ago.

The spymaster manipulates Klyne and others for a unique revenge agenda against a group of men the agent despises. Innocent and alone, Jacoby Klyne twists and turns through a series of nightmares across two continents filled with drugs, violence, sexual betrayal and a prison sentence he didn’t earn that extends beyond his wildest imagination … Klyne finally figures it out, and embarks on a vendetta of his own and confronts the spymaster on his home court in Washington, DC. This edge of your seat thriller takes you on a wild ride.


NOTES AND NEWS

I thought you might enjoy this recent piece in the Los Angeles Times by Camille Cusamano, whose book “Tango: An Argentine Love Story” was featured on Snowflakes in a Blizzard back in January:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-india-20160906-snap-story.html

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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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