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A Raphael's Village Contributor Has a New Poetry Collection Out!

General NewsRaphael's Village is excited to share that contributor Lucie M. Winborne brought out her first poetry collection, The Soundness of Broken Pieces, this spring. 

From the publisher: "Savoring the sweetness while extracting palatable humor from the occasional bitters of being, The Soundness of Broken Pieces is the poetry of life as observed through the eyes, grasped through the tactile sense, and purified through the light of Lucie M. Winborne. Join with her in this 57-page mosaic of poetic moments worth remembering and sharing."
 
The Soundness of Broken Pieces can be purchased through Middle Island Press: http://middleislandpress.com/?page_id=2530.

 

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Bernadette, Pray for Me!, by Ruth Z. Deming

Just in time for Christmas, a new story about faith, God, and mattresses from a new contributor we're sure you'll want to hear more from. Fiction Editor

Bernadette, Pray for Me!, by Ruth Z. Deming

My back had begun to ache something terrible. And there was no reason for this to happen. And the pain wouldn’t stop. I would wake up in the morning and the pain would be waiting like the devil at the foot of the bed. And the pain and I did a real slow cheek-to-cheek to get me out of bed, just tiptoeing through the pain the best I knew how.

 
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The Chickweed or the Egg, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

A sweet little story about cooking challenges from one of our regular contributors. Bon Apetite! Fiction Editor

The Chickweed or the Egg, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Jennifer sniffed the kale and sighed. Those purple-stemmed leaves had sat for too long in her vegetable drawer. Hesitantly, she crumbled them, placing their bits, by the handful, into the compost bin that she kept on the kitchen counter. At least her worms would dine well.

 
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Moving On, by Frelisa Walker

A new story from a regular contributor about rediscovering the things that really matter. Fiction Editor

Moving On, by Frelisa Walker

In my dream, I stood on a platform in front of my classmates. The prom queen crown was placed on my head. I grinned with a bit of my teeth showing. I’d spotted Patch, my boyfriend, with his arm squeezing Mandara’s waist. I threw my crown to separate them. Please, I thought. My eyes popped open. Patch and I bowl, drink caramel lattes, and cheer for the same team together.

 
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Screens, by Christy Effinger

A beautiful new poetic voice, and one we hope to hear much more from. Poetry Editor

Screens,  by Christy Effinger

 
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Divulged, by Richard Hartwell

Another short but meaningful poem from one of our regular contributors. Poetry Editor

Divulged, by Richard Hartwell

 
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Dumpster Blues, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

A sly YA story from one of our regular contributors. Fiction Editor

Dumpster Blues, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Sonya, Martina, and Elisheva passed the rolled paper amongst themselves. An odd smell, neither reefer nor tobacco, wafted from their cylinder. Earlier, Martina had snipped bits of oregano from her mother’s windowsill garden and had filled a few wrappers with those pieces of plant.

 
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David and Ed, by Susan Lindsey

In honor of Father's Day, here's a sweet remembrance from one of our regular contributors. Fiction Editor

David and Ed, by Susan Lindsey

David and his brother-in-law Ed were friends long before Ed married David’s sister. The two grew up in Craig County, in the far northeast corner of Oklahoma. They studied at the same one-room school, and saw one another at dances, barn raisings, and wheat harvests.

 
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Regular Contributor Has a New Novel Published!

General NewsRegular contributor Jeff Gardiner has had his contemporary novel, MYOPIA, published by Crooked Cat Books.

MYOPIA explores the themes of bullying and prejudice. Jerry has to respond to being bullied in creative ways, discovering that being short-sighted is not a disability but just a new way of seeing things. He learns a lot about himself and the boy who is making his life such a misery. It is a novel about friendship, growing up and learning the hard way.

For more information please visit www.jeffgardiner.com or http://jeffgardiner.wordpress.com/ 

MYOPIA can be purchased at Amazon.

 
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Ermine Winter, by Richard Hartwell

A new poem about the beauty of the season from one of our regular contributors. Poetry Editor

Ermine Winter, by Richard Hartwell

 
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Wacky Willy's, by Candice Carnes

A hilarious take on "children's entertainment", and where humor writers go to hide, from a new contributor. Humor Editor

Wacky Willy’s, by Candice Carnes

Wacky Willy’s restaurant caters to small children and specializes in developing vices that will someday grow into full blown addictions and dysfunction. For the bargain price of a second mortgage on their parents’ house, kids can indulge in: gambling, rough-housing, excessive spending, fighting, whining, cheating, and stealing, all while hopped up on legal stimulants such as cake and caffeinated sodas.

It’s heaven!

 
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B.Obby, by Michael Robertson

A new contributor gives us a reminder that not all bullies are in the classroom and not all friends can be seen. Fiction Editor

B.Obby, by Michael Robertson

Sitting on the packed and sweaty school bus, staring intently at his peers like a cheerful little mole, Bobby is close enough to the back to hear what the older and cooler kids are saying, but not so close as to be ejected from his seat by someone higher up in the social pecking order. While staring at a boy two years above him at school, listening to his conversation about getting drunk, Bobby laughs and says, “I know exactly what you mean.”

The conversation stops dead and they regard the eager twelve year old with utter contempt. The boy then snorts a laugh and returns to his conversation. Bobby pretends not to be hurt by this, runs a hand over his cropped fuzzy hair, and beams his broad and indomitable smile at his peers. None of them notice.


 
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Sabbath with Aunt Helen, by Susan Lindsey

A different kind of ghost story from one of our favorite contributors. Fiction Editor

Sabbath with Auth Helen, by Susan Lindsey

It didn’t take long before weird things started happening. On the first night in her new home, Megan crawled into bed, exhausted after moving boxes and furniture all day. Moving day sucked when all your relatives were six states away.

As her eyes adjusted to the dark, she saw a faint glow in the center of the ceiling. She turned on the bedside lamp and saw nothing. She turned it off again. As soon as her eyes adjusted to the dark, there was that faint light again. She realized it was coming from the attic, through the edges of the hole cut for the light fixture.

 
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A Raphael's Village Contributor Has a New Book Coming!

General NewsFrequent contributor Heather Gregson has a new middle grade historical fiction novel, A DOG OF WAR, releasing in November 2012.

Farm dog Tierza is devoted to her human boy, Aaron. Their idyllic life is interrupted when the German Army invades. Forced from their farm, Tierza accompanies her family to the Warsaw Ghetto. Together with her boy, they try and live as normal a life as possible under the terrible circumstances. For Tierza, all of that ends when her Aaron is taken by German soldiers and forced onto a train. Relentlessly she follows the traintracks. During her journey, she meets different people and tries her best to aid them any way she can, but she never stays for long. Her love for her boy drives her ever onward to the end of the tracks and her boy’s fate.

In the face of unspeakable cruelty, a loyal dog endures an epic journey while witnessing the horrors of war to find her beloved boy. A DOG OF WAR, by Heather Gregson -- available November 2012 from WritersAmuseMe.com http://www.writersamuseme.com/heathergregson.htm


 
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A Raphael's Village Contributor Has a New Collection Out!

General NewsFrequent contributor Bruce J. Berger has a new short collection out -- "Dear Grandpa and Other Stories".

"Dear Grandpa and Other Stories" is a collection of six linked short stories relating the adventures of Gene Steiner, a recent widower as of the beginning of the collection. Gene must overcome depression and the desire to end it all, fight loneliness, and regain his ability to enjoy life's possibilities. An old and very closel friend, Alexis, and Gene's daughter, Emily, connive to get Gene and Alexis together. Will this work?

Get your copy today at Amazon.com! (www.amazon.com/Dear-Grandpa-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00988NA3Y/ref=sr_1_2)

 
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The Picnic, by M. V. Lerner

Enjoy this story of parents, marriage, and life's little challenges. Fiction Editor

The Picnic, by M. V. Lerner

The sharp crack as shards of glass shattered across the Mexican tile floor was immediately followed by two sounds: a muttered “shit” and a wailed “Mommy.” Stephanie sighed, put down her margarita and gathered the little girl to her.

 
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Beheld, by Roland Allnach

Enjoy this story of creation and philosophy. Fiction Editor

Beheld, by Roland Allnach
    
In the Beginning, the Deity pondered.

 
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Dratted Cat, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

A lovely story of an innocent child and a recalcitrant cat. Fiction Editor

Dratted Cat, by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Dratted cat! Stupid pussy snoo! Bad, bat kitty. Come back.


 
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Independence Day, by Susan Lindsey

Now that the 4th of July celebrations in the U.S. are over, join us while we look at a different form of freedom with its own reason to celebrate. Narrative Non-Fiction Editor

Independence Day, by Susan Lindsey

Maybe they won’t fire me. Maybe I’ll have to keep working here.

 
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Sound, by Richard Hartwell

A new poem from one of our faithful contributors, about how sounds and what makes them can affect you. Poetry Editor

Sound, by Richard Hartwell

 

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