Tuesday, May 21, 2019

She Was Not Quite What You Would Call Unrefined

A tale of love. And love lost. Coming to Smashwords and Amazon this Memorial Day weekend!

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

Romeo. Romeo and Juliet, Act One, Scene One, 1599

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming, 1919

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Strange Case of the Parrot That Refused to Talk

As I near the completion of my latest fantasy novel I'm looking forward to my next project, a noir detective novel featuring a World War II era burlesque dancer famous on both sides of the Atlantic named Yvette Dare. Performing from the late 1930s until at least 1950, she had a strip tease act that featured her scarlet macaw parrot named Einstein taking off her clothes to the beat of music.

Not only was Yvette Dare a parrot person, she apparently also was a history buff and it was her reading of Greek history that supposedly gave her the idea for the act.

What a great focus for a noir novel. A World War II stripper with a parrot and a love of history. Of course, this being World War II, there will be Nazis and Nazi gold involved, and secret documents that could change the course of history.

May 16, 1939 issue of the entertainment magazine PIC, costing a whole dime!

Yvette Dare publicity shot at the 1948 World's Fair in Brussels:

Monday, April 1, 2019

Book One of the Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Blue Tara Trilogy

My first author reading with my Hyacinth Macaw Parrot and resident Witch Princess Tara at Seattle's Ballard Public Library for the It's About Time Writers Reading Series, April 13, 2017. Reading from Introduction and Chapter One of Book One of The Princess Tara Chronicles, Part One of the Blue Tara Trilogy: Blue Tara; Or, How Is a Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Like a Tibetan Goddess?

Book One of the Princess Tara Chronicles currently is on the Most Downloaded Books list for Smashwords fantasy fiction.

Ebook available for FREE on Smashwords and almost free on Amazon in both Kindle and dead tree editions.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Blue Parrot Books

Our Hyacinth Macaw Parrot and Resident Witch Princess Tara admiring her new label for Blue Parrot Books, publisher of the Princess Tara Chronicles, about a parrot that just happens to be a witch, available from Amazon: