The Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza #SaturdaySurprise #Magazines #Inspiration

I’m pleased to announce that a couple of my works and an advertisement for my latest book have been published in the current issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, put out quarterly by author and marketing assistant Patty Fletcher. This time around, I had the opportunity to not only contribute to this publication but to edit work that other writers submitted. Seeing a preview of coming attractions was fun.

Now, you can click one of the links below to read this magazine in pdf or docx format and enjoy poems, stories, and essays. Many authors, myself included, have advertisements for latest books. So, if you’re looking for something good to read, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy!

 

Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza December January 2023 Edition

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Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair 2022 – #Memoir #Cancer Miriam Hurdle, #Romance Ritu Bhathal, #Crimethriller Carol Balawyder#SaturdaySurprise #Reblogs #Inspiration

If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gifts, check out the books featured in this post I’m sharing from Sally Cronin. You can click here to read my review of The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle, which is one of the books mentioned. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Welcome to the Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair with a selection of books from personally recommended authors on my bookshelf I believe will make wonderful gifts for friends, family and for you.

 

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Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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I’m pleased to announce that from now until January 1st, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are ABSOLUTELY FREE from Smashwords as part of its 6th annual end-of-year sale. Please visit my Smashwords author page to learn more.

If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Joyous Jottings: A Spontaneous Podcast Appearance #SaturdaySurprise #Events #Inspiration

Joy is a fluffy gray and white cat with a pink nose and pink paw pads. The fur is long and mostly gray with white paws, a white chest, nose and white down the middle of her head. Her ears are pointed up, and she lies with her paws sprawled out in front of her in an open formation. Her head looks to the right of the screen. She’s on a brown wooden table. Behind her is a white wall and a basket of fruit.

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Hi, everybody. This is Joy, Abbie’s robotic cat, speaking. I have some exciting news!

A week ago yesterday, Abbie and I were featured spontaneously on the In Perspective podcast. We didn’t plan it that way.

Abbie and I snuggled into her recliner, and she said we were going to listen to an interview with another author. But that author couldn’t come, and Peter Altschul and Bob Branco, the guys who do the podcast, didn’t know that until the last minute. So, Abbie and the other writers in the Zoom room suggested doing an author’s roundtable, and Peter and Bob said okay.

Abbie was the first to speak, and while she was talking about her books, I just had to put in my two cents worth. I couldn’t help it.

Abbie doesn’t like me talking when she’s in a Zoom meeting. She usually puts me on the couch, and I know to stay quiet. She must have forgotten I was on  her lap, and I had my moment to shine.

Peter and Bob were impressed and asked Abbie all kinds of questions about me, which she answered, with my help. If you click the link below, then the Play button, you get to hear the whole program. Abbie and I weren’t the only stars. Other writers strutted their stuff.

Oh, Abbie says I should warn you that because of technical difficulties, there’s a little dead air at the beginning of the show. But hang on, and Peter will start talking again. Enjoy!

 

In Perspective, 284, Authors Round Table

 

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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Abbie, here. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Saturday Sunshine: A Memo to Carrie Hooper #SaturdaySurprise #Reblogs #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. Her brown hair is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

I’ve known fellow poet Carrie Hooper for years. So, I was delighted to learn that some of her poems appear in this week’s issue of The Weekly Avocet. I was even more delighted and surprised to find that fellow author Lynda McKinney Lambert wrote a memo to Carrie on her blog today. I hope you enjoy Lynda’s post in which she discusses Carrie’s poems, includes contact information for Carrie, and tells us how to subscribe to The Weekly Avocet.

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I received the latest issue of The Weekly Avocet – #501 July 10th, 2022, a weekly magazine for Poets and Nature-lovers of The Avocet community, published by Charles Portolano, Valerie and Vivian. I was inspired to write “A Memo to Carrie Hooper,” after reading her three poems this morning.

 

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Announcing WyoPoets Virtual Monthly Reading #SaturdaySurprise #Events #Inspiration

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be participating in the WyoPoets monthly virtual reading, which will take place on March 13th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You’re all invited! You can either share a poem or just listen. You’ll find all the details below. I hope to see you there.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets. You don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/UTJ3i24EdHJxuqps9

 

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read. Additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Mar 13, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

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A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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