Weather Report, Jan. 2

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Welcome back, and I hope you enjoyed the holidays.

For those of you who have just started following this blog, I thought the first of the year would be a good time to explain again what it’s all about.

The goal of Snowflakes in a Blizzard is twofold — first, to help the authors of unique but under-the-radar books get more exposure; second, to inform potential readers about worthwhile work they may have overlooked.

We feature three books a week  (except for the first week of the month, when one of the posts is a “First Tuesday Replay” revisiting six earlier Snowflakes offerings). The Weather Report comes out on Monday and provides a preview of the books that week. All the posts are provided by the authors from a template we send them, and are designed to give you an insight not only into their books, but them as individuals.

Since May of 2015, we have highlighted novels, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and short story collections. I can’t really say what kind of books I would avoid, because there can always be a new spin on old ideas, but the bar is set higher for books about vampires, serial killers, time travel or romance novels with that bare-chested guy on the cover. Not that I’m turning my nose up at these, but you can already find them virtually everywhere.

I would always suggest that blog followers check out the “Books by Subject” entry on the Author’s page, then click on the author’s name to learn about any book that might be of interest.

I cant wait to see what might come our way in 2017.



Shrink Wrapped is a collection of a dozen short stories with a common theme running through each, unifying them as a whole. These stories attempt to tug at the reader, raising questions, asking the reader to consider a perspective on human suffering outside trite, contemporary notions of sanity and insanity. Each story offers an existential opportunity to ponder over human tragedy. It’s my intent to make the stories personal, at least personal enough to where the reader might imagine to him or herself, “that could have be me, my parent or my child.” Too often we distance ourselves away from those with mental illness; my goal with Shrink Wrapped is to give the reader a front row seat to its daily experience.


This is the story of two childhood best friends, Frankie Cavalese and Callie Mason, who grew up together behind opposite walls of a row home in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia called Rainytown. They thought they’d be friends forever, but after high school, life interfered and circumstances separated them as they each went on to live in drastically different worlds. Twenty-three years later, one hot unsettled summer, their lives come crashing back together when Callie, who has led a life of privilege, returns to Rainytown and finds her old friend still living in her childhood home, unmarried, and caring for her angry dying mother, Ruby.


This week, we will revisit “Someone Not Quite Her Mother,” by Harriet Chessman, “Fairy and Blood: Lilac,” by William Crisel, “Colorado Mandala,” by Brian Heffron, “Robin’s Blue,” by Pam Alster, “Walking Over Eggshells,” by Lucinda Clarke and “Paisley Memories,” by Zelle Andrews.


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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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