Reading saved me as a child, giving me a way to see the world outside the walls of my childhood home, offering me respite and escape from an often intolerable and hostile atmosphere. The public library in my small town in eastern Washington state became my sanctuary. So it’s no surprise that I cherish books … More Another Stellar Book Set in a Library: Bella Osborne’s “The Library”
Ever since colonial days, when France claimed it as her own, Haiti carried within it an aura of the unknown and the mysterious. Once called the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Haiti became for a time the largest sugar producing region in the world, thanks to plantations populated by thousands of enslaved Africans, who rose … More Announcing “Mangoes & Roosters: Stories and Tales from Haiti” – and Other News
Nature is a Haunted House – but Art – a House that tries to be haunted. ~ Emily Dickinson From my vantage point on the third floor of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, I spy on the ant-like pedestrians scampering below, frantically dodging raindrops and rude taxis. Tiny moving sculptures, … More The Call
Turquoise Moon Press has just published Cynthia Bertelsen’s first novel – In the Shadow of Ravens. You’ll find cooking and food scenes in it, as well as many of Life’s other basic needs … . Here’s a brief description: Julian D’Arcy knows her family is different. Very different. To preserve their legacy as talented healers, … More “In the Shadow of Ravens: A Novel” Just Published!!!
I’m happy to announce that my stab at an historical novel will soon be available. In the Shadow of Ravens is at heart a portrait of witchcraft as it evolved in seventeenth-century England. But, more than that, it is a story of a family of strong women, of healing, of cooking, and of love.
[Note: This is a portion of a larger work in progress.] Elinor waited until Daniel and Julian left the tavern’s kitchen. Then she tightened her apron and turned to the large wooden worktable facing the hearth. The white goose lay in the market basket, its neck tilted at a squared-off angle, its sightless eye pointing upward, … More Elinor Cooks the Christmas Goose