Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sister, Where Are You?

She cared for her
                        With a mother’s heart
                                                      Though they were only
                                                                                       A decade apart
They hugged as they slept
                       On one small cot
                                                Sharing a pillow and a tear
                                                                              Cringing at the noise
Covering their ears
                          Pretending to sleep
                                                     The words were loud
                                                                                      And cut so deep
An abusive time
                      With each others love
                                                        They grew close
                                                                                   Then life changed
New lives began
                      Their paths were severed
                                               Moving toward a better day
                                                                            Lives changed forever
She laid her head upon
                       The soft mound of fluff
                                                        That is solely hers
                                                                      And her heart beats alone.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

C. J. began writing the story that would become her first novel Thicker than Blood when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in Thicker than Blood before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. When she's not writing, she's reading. Her hobbies include book and art collecting, fly fishing, painting and drawing.

Thicker Than Blood has two very distinct settings and C.J.'s  ability to go back and forth between the two, while keeping it relevant and believable, won me over as a fan. I am, anxiously awaiting her next project.  

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