FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“Dashing through the snow, on a ton of books as we go. CBG has the best and this garland is a mess, hey!" sings Wrye as he attempts to unknot tattered old garland.
"Isn't it time you bought new garland?" Tattle says as she daintily hangs an unrecongizable handmade ornament from her childhood on the tree.
"I like this garland, belonged to my Auntie Tessie on my mother's father's side."
Tattle grins. "Sentimental, are we?"
Offering the manly jaw jutting pose. "Hogwash, frugal."
Shakes her head, knowing the truth. "Nothing wrong with hanging on to things. Speaking of which, we're taking a Love of Literature Leap down sentimental lane, CBG books from a few years ago."
Tosses the garland aside. "I'm game! Let's leap!"
Roses are red, violets are blue, sci-fi BLADE DANCER by K. M. Tolan came first and ROGUE DANCER is number two. It's our offering of the day, but DEFIANT DANCER, the third, will be reviewed possibly in May.
Tattle reels off ROGUE DANCER'S addictive storyline in seemingly one breath. “Ah, yes, Mikial Haran is back, a savior of her people, previously chosen to defend them from potential human encroachment that did not happen. Heroine in waiting? Mikial discovers Suria has undermined her. Does this foredoom? Suria continues to discredit Mikial, hence the rising belief she’s not the savior which might get her arrested. This smacks of treachery! To make things complicated, to avoid civil war, she places herself under the shield of the most powerful of the Qurl Holdings, the Holding of Kinset. However, to tangle the woes, she is accused of murder and flees Kinset. Oh, what a muddled web has been woven.”
“Roses are red. Violets are blue. Trouble is brewing. Whatcha to do?” Wrye skims a chapter or two. “Listen to this, while trying to recoup, she has a vision. Prophecy? The mental mirage is that of a spaceship arriving in the desert at the ruins of an ancient civil war." Wrye reads more and then sing-songs, "Roses are red. Violets are blue. She gathers together. An unlikely crew.”
“So true, m’Blooming friend, and she plans on using the White Spear, a gruesome ancient weapon to destroy the trespasser. Only all is not what it appears. Da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
“Roses are red. Violets are blue. Tattle do you see? A bit of romance, too?”
“Naughty? Risky? Steamy? True? Plus so much more. This fast-paced story takes us from fierce combat to ruins to cascading waterfalls, spanning emotions, testing friendships, and the understanding that a repeat of history foretells a disastrous future. Quell the beat of my now aerobic heart.”
“Roses are red. Violets are blue. This sounds so good. Give us another clue.”
“No more for you, Wrye m’Scribe. One more book awaits for leaping sake!”
Tattle and Wrye abruptly find themselves in Ute Carbone's THE P-TOWN QUEEN, a contemporary
"Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you want a bit of luck, I'd advise you to duck," shouts Wrye.
"As in quack?"
"As in down!" Wrye yanks her away from the words blowing up a boat.
"Oh, wait...the Mona Lisa is not being blown up, it's just Nikki Silva's brothers teasing her about it."
“Mona Lisa as in painting?”
Wrye points to the storyline. “As in a boat.”
"But she didn't blow it up," Tattle announces as if he had been the one confused. “However, Nikki is certain her life is being bombed well-n-good. A divorce survivor. No funding for her shark research. And, now, back home in Provincetown to live with her father. Poor baby is feelin’ a little lost, but determined to be found.”
"Only, the darling has to present her newly written grant proposal to her ex-husband, Ned, who runs the Massachusetts Bay Commission."
“The very Commission who can grant her grant money for her beloved research.” Tattle winks. “Get it…grant her…grant money.”
“I get that Ned would rather give sharks the money rather than grant her anything at all,” Wrye confides, as he moseys around the story and snorts with laughter. “This all leads to a comedy story d’force.”
“Now, for additional laughs….” Tattle giggles to reinforce her words. “Roses are red, violets are blue, Marco Tornetti is hot, but Fat Phil Lagosa is not. The former enters the scene on the run from the latter, his ex-biz partner sets him up to take a lethal ride.”
Wrye stumbles over a paragraph and chuckles. “Marco escapes by hitching a ride on a bus filled with the Greater Teaneck Gay Men’s Choir heading to Provincetown, figuring Phil will never find him within the gay community there.”
Wiggling her brows, Tattle says, “Ahhhh, but it isn’t so easy to pretend he’s gay when he starts falling for Nikki.”
“This story has it all, tension, romance, and several chuckles over a belly laugh.”
“Only, no time to dawdle…we need to leap into a cyber stocking full of CBG Christmas books!
UNDERNEATH THE MISTLETOE by Rebecca Goings - Can Jeremy teach Faith about the magic of Christmas and get her to open her heart -- to him?
CHRISTMAS EVE-VIL by Angelica Hart and Zi - Resisting the advances of sexy Luke Calico isn’t Anya’s only problem, she must also hide from a malicious preacher and a demonic spirit trying to lure her soul.
REINVENTING CHRISTMAS by Linda Rettstatt - You can go home again but, as M.J. Rich learns, you can’t expect things to remain as you left them.
NOELLA'S GIFT by Donica Covey - A disillusioned cop, and a bitter woman. Can a little girl take the bah-humbug out of their holiday?
CHRISTMASIN' by Ed Williams - A deeply Southern Christmas Epistle that'll have you wishing Christmas really was every day.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy and healthy New Year!
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash of Blather City, Wannachat
Created and written by
Angelica Hart and Zi
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