Thanks Given

Copyright 2012 by Diane’s Mom, June

 

Snapdragons still bloom

wintery chills loom

pumpkins for taking

pies in the making

sunshine falls brightly

forgotten nightly

shadows stretch designs

all nature resigns

arresting in growth

a mutual oath

leaves fallen in faith

barrenness awaits

beyond the ending

hope is transcending.

 

Thanks are now given

 for earth and heaven.

Note: The painting was done by my mom, June, on a  ceramic tile and is part of our autumn decorations.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends and Blessings to all!

 

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New Review

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

I know … yet another self-promotion. But I had to share this beautifully written and satisfying review of A House Near Luccoli on Goodreads by Barbara Rodgers.

Review of
A House Near Luccoli

4 of 5 stars false

November 11, 2012

“She might have found comfort in making the most of it, like her cats sharing the day’s last sunlight, one small splash from the sea’s horizon to the edge of the carpet’s shore.”

A House Near Luccoli is full of such lovely and lyrical prose which gently transports the reader to 17th century Genoa, Italy.  Taking in the author’s wonderful words, one can almost smell the gardens and sachets, taste the food and wine, feel the summer heat, see the musical notes being carefully transcribed, the sunshine glittering on the ocean, and hear the exquisite music.  About a year ago we went to a concert, The Passion of the Italian Baroque, at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and heard beautiful performances with various combinations of the viol, violin, violone, recorder, flute, two oboes, cello, and three harpsichords.  And a soprano sang along on a couple of pieces.  Memories of the sound of that baroque music made reading the story of the colorful composer Alessandro Stradella and the restless Donatella all the more vivid in my mind.

Thank you, Barbara!

Please visit Barbara’s beautiful blog, “By the Sea’.

The Ordinary Meets the Extraordinary in A House Near Luccoli

I love the stories in history that wait patiently to be lifted out of the shadows, offering room for the imagination to balance between the known and unknown; stories that are fresh and fascinating, about someone or something obscurely rooted in the past which, with attention and nourishment, might grow and blossom into enlightening entertainment for the present.

Read more of the inspiration behind my novel, A House Near Luccoli, published by All Things That Matter Press, at Royalty Free Fiction.

I was excited to come across this wonderful site (Royalty Free Fiction), created by author Deborah Swift, that showcases Historical Fiction free of kings and queens.  And very pleased when Deborah generously agree to feature my novel, A House Near Luccoli. Instead of posting blurbs, plot synopses or reviews of the novels she includes, she asks authors to describe how they were prompted to write the stories they did, what excited them about the characters and settings, and something of the processes that brought their novels to life.

Deborah herself has written two fascinating novels: The Lady’s Slipper and The Gilded Lily (the latter soon to be released), published by Pan Macmillan(UK) and St Martin’s Press(US), with a third in the works: A Divided Inheritance.

As she correctly states: ‘history is full of ordinary people with extraordinary stories’. My novel A House Near Luccoli was born of this belief, especially in consideration of how all manner of stories and the persons within them intersect and affect each other. This is true of the present as well as the past, of course, and what also appeals to me is the timeless quality of these narratives  – to quote a line from D. Bennison’s beautiful review of my novel – ‘addressing questions that are as relevant today’. In my opinion, history is most interesting and affecting when it is small and surprising, lurking in the untold, barely breathing behind the scenes of all that is so much talked and written about – in terms of its fictionalization: a kind of aphrodisiac for the imagination as well as the search for truth.


Thank you to all the writers, readers, supporters and promoters of Historical (and all genres of) Fiction that explores and honors the fine line between the ordinary and extraordinary! For those of you who are probably more than a little weary of my marketing efforts, I apologize. But through patience and persistence I hope the word will spread that A House Near Luccoli – set in late 17th century Genoa and imagining an intimacy with the obscure Italian composer Alessandro Stradella as he seeks to restore his career and overcome his demons – is an entertaining work of literary storytelling well worth reading.

Read more about the novel, with links to reviews, on my website: dmdenton-author-artist.com.

And please note: you can give the Kindle Edition of A House Near Luccoli as a gift!

It is also available in Paperback and

as a Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK.

I can even provide a personalized autograph electronically:



To all the wonderful bloggers I follow, I am sorry that I am so behind on your posts.

I hope to be ‘visiting you’ again soon.

Blessings to you all!

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Little Bird Lost

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

O, singing bird—

why did you fly away

just when I was

enjoying

the color

in your feathers

as well as

your song?



 

 

 

 

If I could lure my singing bird
From his own cozy nest
If I could catch my singing bird
I would warm him on my breast
For there’s none of them can sing so sweet
My singing bird as you.

Irish Traditional Song





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Seven Word Sunday

Cold day—

turning

from fear

towards faith.















Thank you to Caddo Veil for the invitation to participate in her new Sunday feature: Seven Word Sunday. See her offering this week: http://caddoveil.com/2012/11/04/caddos-seven-word-sundays-2/



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