Inspirational Women: Shellie Blum – A Story of Survival, Determination and Triumph

Could you handle the murder of your father during your childhood? Surgery to repair a cleft palate? A broken neck and jaw at age 24? Numerous surgeries and hospitalizations. Lawsuits. Depression. Unemployment. Bar fights. A brutal beating outside a Hollywood nightclub. The choice to become a single mother. The birth…

Continue reading

Naples, Florida. My hometown.

It isn’t really.  I wasn’t born in Naples, but I grew up there, even though I was in my twenties, married and had a child when I arrived.  Naples was where I grew into adulthood.  It’s where my kids were born and raised and where I called home for thirty…

Continue reading

FIRST CHAPTERS

CLEO’S WEB Chapter One “Edgar Allen Poe. You come here. Ow! Dammit, Poe. Aunt Gertie will have my hide in a sling if something happens to you. Although, personally, I’ve always found you to be more trouble than you’re worth. Isn’t that right, kitty, kitty? Come on, now. Come here.…

Continue reading

Me and Justin and Matt

Last spring at the coffee store where I’d been working for a couple of months, I noticed a regular customer named Justin. Tall, good-looking, polite. He always ordered the same thing, one of those sweet espresso beverages with whipped cream. One day my coworker Kristen said, “Do you know who…

Continue reading

Why The Bible Verses?

Each chapter of The Forbidden Bean opens with a verse from the Bible. Here’s why as best as I can recollect: During the time I was writing it (or more likely rewriting it), I was randomly reading a Bible chapter a day. I don’t know why. It seemed like a…

Continue reading

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 917 other subscribers