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Patty’s Pick

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For Patty’s Pick this month, Patty and I have chosen this fabulous story from Jo E. Pinto.

 
Jo E. PintoJo E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Jo’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. She lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

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Back Eyes

I don’t remember exactly when it happened. My daughter might have been three or four years old. She may have been climbing up on the kitchen counter, quietly trying to snitch a cookie, while I was in the living room typing away on my computer. Or she may have been easing open the bottom drawer in her dad’s workbench, intent on swiping his screwdrivers for the thousandth time.

In any case, I called out to her, “Sarah, I know what you’re doing. The eyes in my face are broken, but the ones in the back of my head work just fine.”

I was halfway goofing around when I said it. The fact that I had rock star hearing was already well-known in our house. Blind people don’t necessarily hear better than those with sight, but they rely on the sounds around them, so they tend to pay attention and notice what they hear more than sighted people do.

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My daughter, however, took me at my word. She rushed over to me and started examining the back of my head, combing her fingers through my long dark hair.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Looking for your back eyes,” she said in that matter-of-fact tone kids get when they are answering grown-ups who ask dumb questions. “They must be really small. I can’t find them.”

“They’re hard to see,” I answered quickly. “They move around in my hair. They don’t want to be found.”

“Oh. I won’t look then. They’re secret.” Sarah was intrigued. “Have you always had back eyes?”

“Nope.” I thought fast. “I got them at the hospital when you were born. Only moms have them. Like Santa’s phone number, and the magic way to know if a kid has a fever by kissing her cheek. Back eyes are just for moms.”

Over the years, my daughter’s understanding of my blindness has become more clear. First, she realized she had to use her words instead of pointing and whining when she asked me for M&M’s or fruit snacks at the store. Over time, she has figured out that when we play Candyland or Snakes and Ladders, the game goes more smoothly if she reads the dice and moves the colored tokens around the board for me. She knows I stick braille labels on canned goods in my pantry and use a screen-reading program on my computer so I can listen to e-mails and navigate the Internet. Describing our surroundings when we go out together has gotten to be almost second nature to her.

But now and then, when she has created a particularly exceptional art project or perfected a super awesome dance move, she’ll still say, “Mom, Mom! Look at me! Look with your back eyes!”

Not wanting to disappoint her, I’ll turn my head, face away from her, and say, “Wow! That’s incredible!”

After that, I’ll ask her to describe her art project or give me the details of her dance move, but she seems to need me to have that first quick look, so my imaginary “back eyes” live on, somewhere under my hair.

I keep expecting them to fade away like so many other adorable childhood fantasies have. But a few days ago, when Sarah got a fabulous new Barbie doll for her ninth birthday, the first thing she said was, “Mom, check this out! She can move her hands and feet and everything!”

When I reached for the Barbie doll, she put her hands on my cheeks, turned my face away, and ordered, “Look … no, look with your back eyes!”

This piece first appeared on Holly Bonner’s Blind-Motherhood blog

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The Bright Side of Darkness by Jo E. Pinto

The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.

The Bright Side of Darkness.jpgRick Myers, an orphan without much faith in the future, and Daisy Bettencourt, a blind girl who is running from an alcoholic father and a set of overprotective foster parents, cross paths at a high school baseball game and make their way together. Daisy becomes the bright spot in Rick’s universe as he and his four lifelong friends–Tim, Mark, and the twins–battle the forces of poverty and hopelessness. Mark’s grandma dies of heart failure, and Tim’s stepdad is arrested on felony child abuse charges, leaving them, like Rick and Daisy, with no authority figures in their lives.

Rick and Daisy are trailed by a fat man in a battered green jeep who makes Rick more and more uneasy as the weeks pass. Then, just when Rick discovers an interest in the culinary field and decides to complete his education, the bottom drops out of his world.

The Bright Side of Darkness is available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.

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Excerpt:

         There’s nothing a damn bit bright about sunshine when you’re seventeen and you see it from the wrong side of a jail cell window.
         It isn’t that I’m moping for my lost freedom or anything. I wouldn’t give a half a crap for my life anymore now that the crew is scattered to the four winds, and all I have left of Daisy is her parting note in the waistband of my jeans and a wilted dandelion dangling between my fingers. But it seems to me that the Man Upstairs could have marked my downfall with a terrific thunderstorm or at least a few nasty black clouds out of the west.
         When there’s a war or a funeral or some other sad thing going on in the movies, the sky usually turns dark and ugly, and the rain pours down in buckets. The longer I stare at the square of sunlight streaming through the tiny window of my cell and stealing across the floor, the lonelier I feel. August 27, 1986, is slipping by the same as every other hot, heavy day, and I’m the only one in the world who knows that nothing will ever be all right again.
         It hasn’t always been this way. I ought to have known better than to believe I could reach out and snag a piece of paradise, but for a little while I had it on my fingertips. Breaks are hard to come by for kids from the projects, though, and sure enough, all I ended up with at the last second was empty hands.
         I’m doing my level best to hold off a flood of memories, but my mind keeps drifting back to the sweltering summer evening when the chain of events began that shattered my world into a zillion pieces. First thing tomorrow morning, some juvenile court judge will decide if my life is worth rebuilding. Maybe he’ll have better luck with my future than I did with my past.

 

 

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Electric Eclectic Book Blatt Day

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Today is Electric Eclectic Book Blatt Day.

If you see a post anywhere, can you please share it.

All books are novelettes and quick reads.

Visit the website to find out more.

 

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A Cry in the Night Φ Distant Time Φ Down by The River Φ One Christmas

 

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The Chaconne Φ Seed Money

 

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Miriam’s Hex Φ North to Maynard Φ Mechanical Mike Φ The Orb Φ Three Floors Up

 

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Chantilly Lace Φ Phantom Footprints Φ Operation Debt Recovery

 

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Old Habits Φ Ain’t She Sweet Φ April Showers Φ Burned Toast Φ Dark at the Top of the Stairs

 

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Loysa’s Carabao Φ Morris Morris

 

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Liberty Φ Ambergris Φ Maggie’s Gravy Train Φ Mark of The Hyena

 

 

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Seven Days of Electric Eclectic Novelettes
Murder Monday
Take a Trip Tuesday
Way Back in Time Wednesday
Thriller Thursday
Family Friday
Supernatural Saturday
Scary Sunday

 

 

Supernatural Saturday

Seven Days of Electric Eclectic Novelettes – Day 6

The Chaconne

 

The Chaconne

by Neil Douglas Newton

The dead don’t rest easy when injustice exists. When the restless spirit of his world-famous soprano mother struggles to expose the truth of her murder, Ted must open himself to her message. Someone still living knows the answer. Can Ted find the killer and bring peace to his mother’s spirit?

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Review:

Ted is being haunted by his mother who wants him to find her real killer.

This is a spooky tale from new-to-me author, Neil Douglas Newton.

It’s an interesting and compelling tale of an estranged family with an unexpected ending

 

Neil Douglas Newton:

3d68ce9b15a922252883f8296239507e.jpgBorn and raised in Bayside, New York, Neil Douglas Newton was telling stories almost as soon as he could talk. Along with his love of music, he developed a talent for writing prose and song lyrics.

A computer programmer by day he indulges his love of writing and making music at night and on weekends.

The Chaconne was born from his love of Bach as well as a homage to his late mother who was a classically trained coloratura. Binding these together, he created a ghost story with a twist.

In Seed Money, as with many of his works, Neil draws on his New York experience to create a tantalizing tale of good guys versus a bad girl.

His first book, The Railroad contains scenes that parallel his own experiences on 9/11 in the subway in New York.

Neil is a transplanted New Yorker who currently resides in East Tennessee with his wife, writer Elizabeth Horton-Newton, in a 100-year old haunted house.

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Other Electric Eclectic Novelettes by Neil Douglas Newton:

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Books by Neil Douglas Newton:

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The Railroad

 

 
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Family Friday

Seven Days of Electric Eclectic Novelettes – Day 5

One Christmas

 

One Christmas

by Karen J Mossman

“My name is Tina and I want to tell you about what happened to us one Christmas. My story is sad and funny and ultimately the happy ending we all love.”

Life is full of ups and downs and even when things are bad, there is always humour, because life is like that.

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Review:

Tina is a wonderful character and easy to relate to. Her story is superbly told in this wonderful and poignant story about a family coping with tragedy. Sad, humourous, uplifting, and filled with hope.

An emotional story, about ordinary people with normal lives, that’s easy to imagine being a part of.

Karen Mossman has an amazing talent for taking ‘everyday’ situations and turning them into relatable and interesting tales that are a joy to read.

 

Karen J Mossman:

9c1ed96139d1d6d1d7129cafb294992dI’ve always had an active imagination and it needed an outlet. So as a child I’d make up stories to tell my siblings.

As I teenager, I wrote pages and pages of words that made no sense to anyone but me. Eventually, a spark of imagination was all it took for them to become fully formed

These days I’m a multi-genre author and writing for Electric Eclectic will enable me to explore a good mix of stories.

My first book under EE is a family drama at Christmas and my second is a Science Fiction story where the heroine travels back in time. I had such fun writing this one.

Look out for a diverse collection of stories from me in the future.

A few years ago I moved to an island with the most beautiful of landscapes, both sea, beaches and countryside. Long walks taking in the views releases my muse, and my imagination will know no bounds. One day I’ll write a story just for you, set on this mysterious island.

I love words and on my website, you’ll discover a magical world.

Follow my website at the Magic of Stories and take a break from the real world to one of escapism.

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Other Electric Eclectic Novelettes by Karen J. Mossman:

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Down by The River
A Cry in the Night
Distant Time

 

Books by Karen J. Mossman:

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The Truth Will Out
The Secret
Joanna’s Journey

 

The Themed Collection by Karen J. Mossman:

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Behind The Music
The Missing
Heroes

 

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Books I Read in January ’17
Books I Read November & December 2016
Books I Read In December 2015

Seven Days of Electric Eclectic Novelettes

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For the next seven days I’m going to share with you seven Electric Eclectic novelettes.

 

I have murder for you on Monday with Dark at the Top of the Stairs by Elizabeth Horton-Newton.

On Tuesday I take a bus trip in Rush Leaming‘s AMBERGRIS.

I go way back in time to ancient Egypt on Wednesday with Liberty by Markie Madden.

Operation Debt Recovery by Ian Welch is my thriller on Thursday .

Friday has a family at Christmas, supplied by Karen J Mossman‘s One Christmas.

Supernatural Saturday features The Chaconne by Neil Douglas Newton.

I’m ending the week next Sunday with Miriam’s Hex, a  scary story from Paul White.

 

 
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Electric Eclectic books are novelettes, short reads aimed at those who love reading but don’t have a lot of time.

Each book is just £1/£1/€1

It is also a way of introducing you to new authors.

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P.s.

Electric Eclectic  are giving away Amazon gift vouchers throughout this year to readers of their books.

All you have to do is leave a review on Amazon books website and you can win yourself Amazon Gift Vouchers.
Grab yourself an Electric Eclectic book today and get into that winning streak.

You can find Electric Eclectic’s Novelettes and the full rules on the Electric Eclectic website.
Check it out today and get winning.

Patty’s Pick

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For this month’s Patty’s Pick, Patty and I have chosen this uplifting post from the Author of The Bright Side of Darkness, Jo E. Pinto.

It’s a wonderful story and something, I think, that will ring true for all parents

 

Lessons Learned from Canned Goods

by J. E. Pinto

canned-750x700After a big shopping trip to stock the pantry, my daughter Sarah and I sat on the kitchen floor one Saturday afternoon marking canned goods in braille. I felt overwhelmed by the dozens of cans that needed to be labeled and put away, which led to a few sharp jabs from my conscience. My little girl was stuck doing a boring job while her friends were probably outside playing because her blind mom couldn’t see the labels on the canned goods in her own kitchen.

Sarah soon put an end to my internal guilt trip. As I punched out sticky tapes with my braille label maker, she made a long line of cans across the floor.

“Next!” she said in her best nurse’s voice. “Hello, Tomato Soup. The doctor will see you now. Wow, you’ve got a dent! What happened?”

“Food fight,” Tomato Soup answered in a gruff, deep tone.

Sarah took the label from me, peeled off the adhesive back, pressed it on the can, and scolded, “Really, a food fight? You need a Band-Aid. There it goes, right across that dent. Behave yourself, okay?”

She put the can on the counter and called briskly, “Next! Chili Beans … how are you today? No salt added … you need to work on your diet, don’t you?”

I started making the label.

“Next! Baked Sweet Potatoes … are you half baked or all done?”

And so it went. We giggled and worked and had such a good time, the job was finished before we knew it. All it took to turn a chore into a fun game was a child’s vivid imagination and a generous helping of laughter.

Labeling those cans for my pantry has become one of my most treasured memories from Sarah’s school age years. I learned two important lessons from the time we spent together. The first is, no guilt. Families have different needs, and children pitch in where their talents fit. If that means my kid reads labels so I can mark cans after we go shopping, so be it. And if she can make the job fun and interesting, so much the better.

The second and most important lesson I learned is, blind or sighted, enjoy the spontaneous moments with your child as they come along. You can’t plan them, you can’t create them, you can’t predict when they will happen. But you can soak them up and squeeze every drop of joy out of them when you find yourself in the midst of them, and treasure the memory of them afterward.

This piece first appeared on Holly Bonner’s Blind-Motherhood blog

 
About J. E. Pinto:
61a2qU7nTyL._SY600_J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

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The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.

 
The Bright Side of Darkness

517cI92cP2L._SY346_Rick Myers, an orphan without much faith in the future, and Daisy Bettencourt, a blind girl who is running from an alcoholic father and a set of overprotective foster parents, cross paths at a high school baseball game and make their way together. Daisy becomes the bright spot in Rick’s universe as he and his four lifelong friends–Tim, Mark, and the twins–battle the forces of poverty and hopelessness. Mark’s grandma dies of heart failure, and Tim’s stepdad is arrested on felony child abuse charges, leaving them, like Rick and Daisy, with no authority figures in their lives.

Rick and Daisy are trailed by a fat man in a battered green jeep who makes Rick more and more uneasy as the weeks pass. Then, just when Rick discovers an interest in the culinary field and decides to complete his education, the bottom drops out of his world.

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Hungry For Love by Maya Sacher

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Title: Hungry For Love
Author: Maya Sacher
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Family Drama
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

 

book coverElizabeth, a dentist in her late thirties, doesn’t have it all. She is coping with her husband’s coma, her unresolved grief over her mother’s death, her mixed feelings toward her stepmother, dissatisfaction with her job.

Unexpectedly, she falls in love with a musical zoo curator from Australia. He is divorced, he has a dog and a tween daughter who doesn’t want Elizabeth around.

When her husband wakes up, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into chaos. The choice before her is unbearable because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone, yet she wants to do the right thing, whatever that is. The expectations of her family and her men don’t make it any easier. What should she do? Can she have her cookie and eat it too?

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Excerpt:

As they stepped onto the sidewalk, Aidan gripped her hand as if not to let it slip out. “I love you, Ellie. You know that, don’t you?”

How many times had she wished she could give up a second, a day, a year, half her life just to once more see Mother’s beautiful smile, feel her comforting embrace? But not now. Now she wouldn’t give up a single moment, even if that would bring back Mother. How could she give this up? This joy Aidan pulled to the surface so effortlessly. This energy which enveloped her as if it could lift her off the ground. Had she ever lived to the fullest? Was this how it felt? And all because of him? Those cutest of words?

She stopped to look at him. “I know.”

Aidan cupped her cheek and kissed her, all the while holding her hand. She couldn’t stop smiling, her teeth colliding with his, grazing his lips. She wished she could capture them in a photograph, one she could go back to when her memory failed her. But her mind would have to do. Her crazy happy mind.

 

Author Bio:

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Maya Sacher is a writer, a law school graduate, an activist, and the author of a short story collection, God’s Sins, and a novel, Horny Girl, both published in Croatia.

She travels on occasion, she watches a lot of movies, and she loves a good book, especially books that make her laugh and teach her new things.

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An Interview with Maya Sacher