I love this review from Piaras of my family saga, Apart from Love:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Soon the kids were gathering around the huge Christmas tree, because Santa had arrived with presents for each and every one of them.
Kyle had a huge smile of excitement on his face, and Zach watched him closely. He got along well with the other kids—which was a good thing. Many of the other mentally impaired kids from the school sometimes remained isolated, and had difficulties interacting with others. But Kyle seemed to be unusually outgoing.
Unless he tried to pull a stunt like he had the other day, when he’d jumped on top of Zach. Zach smiled wryly, as Kyle began opening his gift. That would be something Zach would have to keep an eye out for—Kyle was big, and kind of muscular, while a lot of these other kids were much smaller, and more vulnerable. Some of these kids could easily be hurt.
“Oh, wow!” Beth bent over to take a look at the digitalized keyboard, Zach was helping Kyle unwrap in its box. “Isn’t that nice? Someone must’ve known about Kyle’s interest in music!”
Zach smiled, sheepishly.
“You?” Beth gave him a huge smile, and Zach’s heart began hammering hard against his chest.
Again. It’d been beating at an irregular pace the entire afternoon.
“Most of us who work at the school donate the gifts for the exchange. The keyboard’s got a built-in radio too.” He gave her a wry grin. “I figured I might as well give him a gift that was useful, in case he never learned how to play it.”
Her laughter sounded like music in his ears.
The party was beginning to wind down, when Luke and Kelly finally approached them to say their goodbyes.
“You guys need to come over for dinner sometime, and see our place—it’s pretty cool,” Kelly said. “We live right on Dragonfly Pointe.”
“We’d love to.” Beth grimaced. “But are you sure you can handle us?”
Beth was watching him and Kyle, and a beautiful smile lit up her face. Zach was trying, with difficulty, to concentrate of what he was doing. Zach had managed to find a plug in for the adapter of the keyboard nearby, and Kyle was busy running his fingers over the keys. Zach sucked in a deep breath, and began playing a simple tune for Kyle.
Kelly answered Beth with reassurance. “Of course we can!”
“We’re family,” Luke said to Beth. “If you can’t turn to people like us for help with Kyle—who can you turn to?”
Excerpt from Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Just found this beautiful review for the audiobook edition of my WWW Spy Thriller, Marriage before Death:
"In War There Must Be Secrets"
Using her signature lyrical/poetic style, Ms. Poznansky has once again created a world filled with sights and sounds, inner thoughts, and in this book, riveting action. It begins with an extremely touching portrayal of Lenny and his wife Natasha, a couple facing unspoken––and thus secret––difficult times that promise to grow much worse. The book then guides us back into the couple’s earlier history with an up-close look at the French resistance during WWII. A time when “moaning minies,” mortar bombs, guns blasting, sniper’s firing, and enemy tanks filled everyone with fear, as they traveled through the lush countryside. When “beauty co-existed with horrendous ugliness,” the “rattling of our bones and the tightness of our heads,” and “soldiers falling like pins in a bowling alley” was the norm.
But what resonated with me the most was the nature of Lenny and Natasha’s love, and the ‘secret’ cat and mouse game they played with the enemy to preserve their lives and simultaneously, protect their loyalties. Even with mortar shells flying everywhere, Lenny can’t stop appreciating the little things––In the trenches where “the earth felt good, cradling me” as the soldiers snored, and forever thinking of his cherished Natasha––“Her letter in my breast pocket which made her feel closer to me,” and “flashes of what were if they were at peace.”
And all of this beautifully written novel brought to life by the thoughtful and melodious voice of narrator, Don Warrick, whose sensitivity, timing, and nuance for each scene pulled me in even closer to the author’s words. Truly excellent!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
My court is abuzz with suppliers, artisans, architects, interior designers, engineers, carpenters, brick layers, and contractors, all of them eager to win a commission from me, which makes it challenging to do my work: consult with my spiritual advisors, discuss policy matters with foreign diplomats, and exchange niceties with the elders of our tribes. I thrive on the excitement of it all.
Workers are rubbing off excess cement, which they have poured earlier across the ground, so the geometrical mosaic design starts to appear from the dirt, in all its brilliance. Inlaid with colored glass from Tyre, trimmed on all four sides with glazed tiles from Shushan, and dotted on all four corners with shells from the delta of the Nile and pebbles from the river Tigris, this floor will create a new, vibrant ambience in my court.
A master craftsman bows deeply before me, to the point that his sketches are nearly dropping out of his portfolio.
“My lord,” he says, in a heavy Egyptian accent. “Let me decorate the walls of your palace, all of them, the same way I did in the burial chambers of the pyramids.”
“But,” say I, “this is not a tomb.”
“Too bad,” he mutters, under his breath. “Unfortunately, the living are more particular about art than the dead.”
“And,” say I, “they’re more particular about cost, too! So tell me, how much would you charge?”
He walks around the walls, measuring them by counting his paces, the better to calculate his price, which seems to annoy the worker, who is kneeling down there, a damp sponge in hand to buff the mosaic floor.
“Go away,” says the worker. “Don’t you dare step here, on my work!”
“It’s a floor,” says the master craftsman. “Isn’t it?”
He comes back, hopping over the buffed areas and landing with little bows in my direction. “My lord, this court I’ll do for free,” he assures me, “because of your great fame, and because I’m determined to give you my very best, so I may be worthy of your generosity, which is not only known but also highly praised in our parts.”
And in a lower voice he says, in an offhand manner, “Later, we’ll negotiate the exact price.”
“Show me your work,” I demand. “You do have some sketches from your previous projects, I presume?”
Opening his portfolio, he pleads, “Here, my lord, take a look!”
Meanwhile, a merchant comes, elbowing his way towards me through a crowd of suppliers. “What these walls need is something else entirely,” he says. “My finest imported rugs, which soften and even absorb the echoes in this place.”
“Stop nudging me away,” says the master craftsman, in a grumble.
Which the merchant seems not to hear. “Here, your majesty,” he says, in a Babylonian accent, “let me spread these rugs before you—”
“Step back, both of you,” the worker warns them. “The floor, it’s still wet! Don’t you have eyes? Can’t you use them?”
Rising from my throne, “Come now,” I tell the Egyptian and the Babylonian. “Let me take you to the dining hall, the reception hall, and the library. Give me your best bid. I want every space in my palace to be splashed with splendor!”
Spring it is, an awakening of all the senses, and I am indulging myself in the luxury of it all. The only place that is left as it was is my own chamber, where I keep things modest and devoid of pretense.
I like my bulky old desk, perhaps because of its grainy surface, which has been marred with a myriad of scars. Years ago, this is where my firstborn child, Amnon, carved a little face—perhaps of his half-sister, Tamar—into the wood. I remember scolding him for it, but now I cherish the touch. It brings back a memory, an old memory of how close they used to be as children.
David in The Edge of Revolt
Narrated by Bob Sterry
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Just found this lovely review by Piaras for my poetry book, Home.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Seeing how exhausted I am Abishag takes the feather, ever so gently, from my fingers, careful not to touch the tip, and withdraws from me. Washing the ink off at the other end of the chamber, she bends over the windowsill, glancing at the lush trees swaying down there, in the royal gardens. Without words, she hums a little tune under her breath, and her voice is so sad, so melodious, that it tells me how desperately she misses her faraway village, from where she was taken to the palace.
She must have been eager, at first, to meet the notoriously dashing young hero, the slayer of Goliath, the idol drawn so perfectly out of legends that belong to a dying generation. Only now does she realize that I belong nowhere else but in her aging mother’s dreams.
I tell her, “Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention. Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty. Honor him, for he is your lord.”
And at once I wonder, why do I take this fatherly tone with her, all of a sudden? And why do I speak of myself as if I were not here?
Abishag cannot help but yawn, which I happen to understand, because the lecture I have aimed at her bores me, too.
“So many young men, out there,” she whispers.
“So much noise,” I complain, over her excitement.
“If it’s disturbing to you, your majesty, I can go down,” she offers. “I can ask them to keep things more quiet, for you.”
“No,” say I. “Stay with me.”
“Are you cold? Shall I close the curtains?”
“No. Keep them open.”
Then, with slight hesitation, “Your son,” she says. “What does he want? Why did he come?”
“He loves me so,” I say, hoping she would not catch the irony in my voice. “Once in a long while he comes up here, to check if I’m still breathing.”
Abishag says nothing in reply. After a long pause she asks, “Did he invite you to the festivities? I would love to escort you—”
“Festivities?” say I. “No one tells me anything these days, which is why I am becoming so pitifully suspicious.”
“I see him down there,” she says. “His guests are arriving now, gathering around to greet him. They’re laughing. He’s not.”
At that I wave my hand. “Adoniah must be tired. He’s utterly weary of life here, in my palace. Luxury can be such a boring thing when you’re born into it.”
She glances back at me, her eyes wide with disbelief. “Is it, really?”
“It must be,” say I. “Unlike me, he’s never fought for what he has. To entertain him, his mother throws one party after another in his honor.”
“He’s young,” says Abishag. “And so tense. She just wants to make him happy.”
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Writing is a joy, but for me, it is an introspective process that requires solitude: a silent dialogue between me and the paper. I thrive on creating new characters, new twists and turns in their lives, and when the book is closed, the characters lie there like dried flowers between the pages, waiting for you to open it so as to whisk them into living.
Over the years I have received several pictures from readers half a world away. Some show me one of my books on their kitchen table. I see them touching the paperback cover or holding up their reading device so I can get a glimpse of it. I cherish the moment they are showing me. As a writer, this moment is what I live for, it is highly rewarding, because my characters are about to rise from the pages, about to be fleshed out in your mind, which makes the distance between us evaporate completely.
So here are just a few pictures readers have sent me, and highlights of how I came to know them. If you are reading my book, send me your picture (PM me on Facebook) and I will gladly post it just like this, here on my blog, as a big thank you to you!
My friend, the amazingly talented Australian artist and the author of Sydney's Song, Ia Uaro, ordered my poetry book from Amazon. She wanted to give it as an end-of-the-year gift for Dr Rada, who is a Polish Jew and--get this!--became fascinated with Japanese at an early age, and now teaches the language. The Aussie-Japanese-Polish connection. How neat is that! Then Ia shared with me the image of the paperback edition of Home as it arrived at her place.
I imagine sitting across from her at the kitchen table, touching the same wood grain. I imagine her giving my book as a gift to her dear friend.
Here's to new friends: in a recent tour of South Africa I met a lovely new friend, Dana Stein. Dana works in a research lab, she takes great photographs, has great style in choosing clothes, and most importantly, she has just opened a new page in her life, a new budding romance.
When she went back home to Israel, Dana sent me this picture of my new spy thriller, Marriage before Death, set on her dining room table. You can tell that Dana has great taste not only because of choosing to get my book--just kidding!--but also because of the elegant, flowery decorations on the wooden bowl in the background.
This is Gisela Sedimayer, beaming at her husband so can take her picture for me with my historical fiction novels. In one picture she is showing the cover of Rise to Power, and in the other--A Peek at Bathsheba.
Gisela is a wonderful writer of a series of books. She says, "Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, but still locked after my two little girls and my husband, Albert, I finally came to my senses again. Since I couldn’t work at a traditional job any longer, I couldn’t stand or sit too long, Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer. I started to write..."
Deb Warrick may seem like a shy gal but having gone through trials and tribulations in life made her the strong, energetic woman she is. Deb is married to Don Warrick, who narrated several of my books. She is instrumental in the process of producing these audiobooks, and more importantly, she is nursing him to health after the aggressive cancer treatment he went through. Don gave her my poetry book, Home, as a birthday gift.
Deborah Brooks Langford is a lovely poet and author with whom I exchange information about all things writing and publishing. Notably, she was one of my earliest readers. Here she is holding my family saga, Apart from Love. I will forever be grateful that she bought my book before I started gaining any fame.
Renee Pierce Williams is a great children's books author, and her talented daughter illustrates them for her. She took this picture of her husband reading Rise to Power. She told me that he was enjoying it but, he is too busy trying to compare my story with the actual Bible (which he reads every night.)
I love the intimacy of this picture, which only she could capture.
This is Charlene Zall Capodice, wonderful grandmother and mother and an avid reader living in New Jersey. She is holding up the Kindle edition of my WWII love and suspense novel, Dancing with Air.
Last but not least, here is a reader holding up the paperback edition of my biblical story (with a modern twist) A Favorite Son.
So remember--when you read my books, just contact me on Facebook and if you send me a picture of you (or of your kitchen table) I will post it so I can remember this moment!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
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