Even in Death by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

Even-in-Death

Published: August 4th, 2014

Word Count: approx. 40,000

Genre: Short Story

Age Recommendation: 15+

Even-in-Death-Blast-Banner

Synopsis

Even In Death, a collection of ten short stories, explores the thin line between love and hate; extreme emotions even death cannot destroy.

Julie wants nothing more than to receive a flower bouquet from the hometown veterinarian. However, in “A Flower Story,” flowers are delivered long after a person is alive to smell them.

After purchasing their dream home, Sara and David feel truly blessed. Unfortunately, the couple soon discovers they’ve inherited a wicked curse. In fact, in “What’s Really There,” the former residents’ spirits refuse to move on.

In the title story, on the anniversary of his fiancés’ death, Mark realizes that he can see and communicate with spirits, including Amy’s. Can Mark and Amy’s love survive even in death?

“A Flower Story,” “What’s Really There,” and “Even In Death,” as well as the other seven stories in the collection are rife with emotion that will linger well after the last page.

Amazon | GoodReads

Full disclosure: I’ve known Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie for many years and have been privileged to read her stories while part of the critique group The Sarcastic Broads Club. The stories she told over lunch at the James River Writers Conference moved me — I had to read more.

Four years later, this short story collection is no exception. Loss, loneliness, and love tie the ten independent stories together. Kristy writes poignant family relationships. Her vivid metaphors, with their use of everyday objects, reveal character and extraordinary circumstances: “I often feel like a well-worn 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube with peeling, fading stickers.” Believable characters range from childhood to end of life, exploring heartache and hope.

If you’re tired of summer beach reads and looking for a short story collection with emotional heft, you’ve found it. At times emotion might get the better of you but, as Kristy might say, “Keep calm and read on.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kristy-F-Gillespie

Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie lives in Warrenton, Virginia with her husband, two cats, and three dachshunds. She’s a middle school counselor, graduate student at Longwood University, (pursuing a degree in School Library Media) blogger, short story and Young Adult novel writer. When she’s not working, she’s traveling or dreaming of traveling. She’s been on several cross country road trips with her mom. In fact, Hawaii and Alaska are the only states she hasn’t been to.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Blog

Follow Kristy at @KFGillespie and at her blog, Keep Calm and Write On. You can find Jaded, her YA novel, here. 

EXCERPT

When Angelica adjusts her sunglasses, Olivia notices her best friend’s black eye.

“Oh, sweetie, what happened?” Olivia reaches across the sticky table for Angelica’s hands but she moves them quickly; as if Olivia’s touch is a flame that will burn her beyond recognition.

Angelica chews on her bottom lip. “Nothing.”

“I’m worried about you.”

“There’s nothing to worry about, Olivia.” She separates the ‘O’ from the ‘livia.’

A spunky orange haired waitress arrives at their table. Her name tag reads “Bad Susie” with a little devil sticker next to it. “Can I take your order?”

“Plain coffee, please,” Olivia says.

“Same here,” Angelica says.

Susie places a hand on her hip. “You sure you don’t want pancakes? Eggs and toast?”

They shake their heads.

Bad Susie tilts her head, focusing on Angelica. “You’re worth so much more.”

“What?” Angelica winces.

“You’re wearing sunglasses indoors, long sleeves and jeans, and it’s like eighty degrees outside. And your makeup is only partially covering your bruises. Obviously your boyfriend is a beater. Just know you’re worth more than that.” Before Angelica has a chance to respond, Susie moves to the next table.

GIVEAWAY

Rafflecopter giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway:

Advertisements

#FridayReads: A Little F’D UP

  A Little F’D Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger, Founder of TheFBomb.org.

Young women today have a bad reputation, and for good reason: They’re sexting their classmates, they spend more time on FaceBook than they do in class, and their appetite for material possessions and reality TV is matched only by their overwhelming apathy about important social and political issues. Right? Wrong. FBomb blog creator Julie Zeilinger debunks these (and other) myths about modern youth in A Little F’d Up, the first book about feminism for young women in their teens and twenties to actually be written by one of their peers.* In this accessible handbook, Zeilinger takes a critical, honest, and humorous look at where young feminists are as a generation, and where they’re going—and she does so from the perspective of someone who’s in the trenches right alongside her readers. Fun, funny, and engaging, A Little F’d Up is a must-read for the growing number of intelligent, informed young women out there who are ready to start finding their voice—and changing the world.

*Julie Zeilinger was teenager when she wrote A Little F’d Up. It came out in 2012, and Julie isn’t set to graduate from Barnard College until 2015.

More about The FBomb

The FBomb.org is a blog/community created by and for teen and college-aged women and men who care about their rights and want to be heard. Name In this case the “F Bomb” stands for “feminist.” However, it also pokes fun at the idea that the term “feminist” is so stigmatized — it is our way of proudly reclaiming the word. The fact that the “F Bomb” usually refers to a certain swear word in popular culture is also not coincidental. The FBomb.org is loud, proud, sarcastic and passionate…everything young feminists are today. From TheFBomb.org

#FridayReads (or listens) from around the web

I needed this TED Talk video today. I also needed her other TED Talk. I hope they’ll inspire you to keep creating and keep showing up for your part of the job.

This weekend is RavenCon, so I’m sure I’ll find more weekend reads by great authors. Meet me there and we’ll find books together. Happy weekend!

*#FridayReads is the brainchild of the fabulous Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven on Twitter). It’s a Twitter conversation for every bibliophile to share loves and find new ones.

#FridayReads: Small Town Spin by LynDee Walker

 

Tuesday I picked up Small Town Spinthe third in LynDee Walker’s Headlines in High Heels series. I love LynDee as a person. I love her writing. I love how she conducts herself at events. (She’s a rock star writer, a la my Monday post.) I met her last year at James River Writers, right before her debut novel, Front Page Fatality, came out from Henery Press. It’s been a big year for LynDee and an even bigger year for her books: Front Page Fatality is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel!

This week has been all about Small Town Spin, and I can’t wait to dig into it this weekend.

Kitten Heels and Killers

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.

Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.

 

 

Murder by death launch day

 LynDee’s book launch at the Library of Virginia

You can start the series for a steal.

FPF sale graphic

 

A few other #Fridayreads from around the web

J.T. Glover adds to the motherf*^#king rockstars debate by brining in MFA vs NYC.

Lately I’ve noticed a surge among my fellow writing people in discussion of writerly behavior. Not the “have a sweet business card to impress important people” behavior, but the “go out and drink seven vodka sours before 4 p.m., shoot an elephant, and hump wildly before writing” writerly behavior. 

Debut author Lindsay Cummings does the DanaFuching rockstar thing right in her post about her first book signing.

And for the 45 minutes in sat in that chair, scribbling my name over and over in my own books, fragments of myself placed into pages, it was this moment where all the noise and the chaos disappeared, and it was my voice in my mind, saying over and over again, “this is real, Lindsay. You made it. You really, really made it.”

And if this is only the beginning…..it’s going to be a beautiful, wild ride. I’m so grateful. I’m so humbled and blessed and overwhelmed by the fact that this is my career. This is my life. God gave me a talent and a love for writing, and my agent noticed me, and she helped HarperCollins notice me, too.

To everyone involved in this journey….Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Today, I am the luckiest girl in the world.

University of Virginia students join hands in response to hate speech during Pride Week. Wa-Hoo-Wah!

Speaking of love, Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management shared “13 Kickass Literary Power Couples” from Huff Post Books.

Though [Zadie Smith] rocketed to literary fame in her 20s, early in their friendship they competed for the same writing prize and were a part of the same crowd of budding student authors, and Laird edited her breakout debut White Teeth. Now Laird may seem to struggle with being in Smith’s shadow, but he’s emerged as a talented novelist and prize-winning poet in his own right. And while being married to such a celebrity can’t always be easy, he and Smith have made it work splendidly, supporting and editing each other’s writing as well as occasionally collaborating.

I was intrigued to note that they talk about a man being in his wife’s shadow and the tensions it might cause, but praise novelist Tabitha King for being “unsung but invaluable” to husband Stephen. Hmmm. Your thoughts?

Have a great weekend. Happy reading!

*#FridayReads is the brain child of the fabulous Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven on Twitter). It’s a Twitter conversation for every bibliophile to share loves and find new ones.

Happy book birthday to TALES OF A 10TH GRADE VAMPIRE HUNTER

Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter

For Gidion Keep, hunting vampires is easy.

It’s high school that might kill him.

Richmond author Bill Blume’s debut novel, Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunterwas technically released yesterday (August 20th), but the book launch is tonight, so I’m celebrating today. I’m selfish; I want to share my birthday with a book I love. You see, birth dates are important for Gidion Keep: they carry more weight when you’re born on Friday the 13th into a family of vampire hunters.

CanalWalk01aAlmost two years ago, Bill, a talented writer with a delightfully twisted view of the river city, asked me to be a beta reader. The manuscript should have come with a warning. Caution: will make readers miss appointments and procrastinate on pressing tasks. Fast forward to 2013 (there’s a 13 again!). I can’t wait to get lost again in Bill’s world of Shockoe back streets and county crematories.

Gidion Keep is down in Shockoe tonight, back to the dark Canal Walk and thundering overpasses where he stalks his prey. Get to Fountain Bookstore early, because there’ll be birthday doughnuts… and after reading this book, you don’t want to be in the Bottom too late.

See This: Cover Reveal for SEE ME by Wendy Higgins

I heart Wendy Higgins. In what was probably the dorkiest fangirl move of my life, I took brownie mix to her Sweet Peril book launch. (It’s not as insane as it sounds, I promise. It’s in the book.) Today dorky fangirl is back! I’m tickled to help reveal the cover of Wendy’s newest YA, See Me, coming October 1st, 2013.

See Me by Wendy Higgins

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

See Me will be available in ebook from Amazon, B&N, and Kobo for $3.99, and paperback will be for sale through Amazon and Createspace for $10.99.  It will not be available for preorder.

Wendy Higgins is the author of Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril from HarperTeen. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, daughter, son, and puppy Rue.

Check out Wendy’s blog for the story behind the story and the challenge to create a sexy leprechaun.

Happy reading!