Another review of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte can be found at The Happy Reader by clicking here.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
As I was driving back from an appointment yesterday, I saw something which made me write this haiku:
Small clumps of late snow
fall from outstretched tree branches
like drifting petals.
After years being online in social settings, many amazing people have come into my life. “Some are even librarians!” She shouted. So, it pleases me today to welcome Ms. Ruth Hull Chatlien, librarian-turned-author to The First Page with a 300-word excerpt from the first page of her latest novel, THE AMBITIOUS MADAME BONAPARTE. You will find this novel slotted in the historical fiction genre.
THE AMBITIOUS MADAME BONAPARTE
Taking the footman’s hand, eighty-five-year-old Betsy Bonaparte gingerly alighted from the carriage and readjusted her voluminous skirts. How she hated the current bustled fashions, so much more cumbersome than the slim empire gowns of her youth.
As Betsy labored up the marble steps of her son’s mansion, her daughter-in-law opened the door. Susan May’s round face was lined with worry, and her dark eyes were sorrowful. She stepped back to allow Betsy to enter and then bent to kiss the tiny older…
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Another review for my novel:
Today I’m participating in the France Book Tour of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte. For all the tour stops, please visit this page.
The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte
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There’s a new review of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte at Jorie Loves a Story. I couldn’t find a reblog option, so you can get to her blog by clicking here.
Today’s weather makes it possible for me to post this poem from a few years past because it looks forward to spring.
outside my window,
once mounded smooth
as new-spun meringue
and clean as a carton
of unscooped ice cream,
now grainy and brittle
and friable beneath my feet.
It’s melting, melting.
The water flows across
and escapes into city sewers,
but in my mind,
I hear the rush of rivers
racing me toward springdom.