Calling Indiana Authors to the State Fair!

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join your fellow local authors at this year’s Indiana State Fair!

The 2019 Indiana State Fair runs from Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 18th. Last year’s attendance was 860,131 people!

The Local Authors Booth is in the air-conditioned Exposition Hall. Each author will have his/her own table.

I am the coordinator for the booth. If you are interested in participating and want more information, send me an email at purewalpublishing@gmail.com.

Space is limited. So, don’t delay!

Booktoberfest Author Fair – November 4th!

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Meet and mingle with your favorite local authors! With this diverse literary group, there is something for everyone! Buy personalized, autographed copies of our books for yourself and your family and friends who are book lovers!

There will be chances to win books and prizes. Light refreshments will be served.

I have three new books out this year. So, I hope to see you there!

Author, Poet and Humorist, Suzanne Purewal

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     I will be appearing at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303. I will be signing books every day of the show, running from Wednesday, November 9th through Sunday, November 13th.
     To honor our active duty military members, Veterans and first responders, I am also donating a portion of this month’s book sales’ proceeds to the Save A Warrior Program.

     What can I say about myself that you don’t already know? You know I’m a cancer survivor. I got downsized from my job several years ago. And the trilogy of doom was rounded out with that unexpected divorce.
     But I am still standing, despite the efforts of all of those evil doers! Obviously, I was meant to follow a different path.
     What path that is, I have no clue. There were a few times when I thought I knew. But time after time, I hit a major construction zone and was sent on yet another freaking detour because the bridge was out.
     I hated construction orange before this odyssey began. So imagine how I feel about it when I see it now!
     Portions of this journey have left me exhausted. It’s the nature of the beast. Walking uphill, both ways, in a blinding snow storm will do that to you. So will moving your parents from New York to Florida when you live in Indiana.
     I initially had grand writing plans for this year. But you all know that life happens while you’re making other plans. And that is exactly what happened to me.
     If you missed my posts on my family vacation and moving my parents, then scroll down to read them. You will laugh yourself silly.
     If you are short on time, the gist is that my parents are determined to kill me. And because I am a good daughter, well that and because of Catholic guilt, I let them keep trying.
     But you already knew that I was a glutton for punishment because I persist with online dating.
     But seriously folks, I continue on this strange and unpredictable journey because I can’t wait to see what happens next. And I am hopeful that you will stick around to experience it with me!

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     Last year, I released my latest romantic suspense novel, Challenging Destiny! It is the sequel to Embracing Destiny. The exciting adventure continues with some of your favorite characters – Sara Taylor, Joe Lazaro, and everyone’s favorite Italian mother, Rose Lazaro.
     Sara Taylor’s life is finally coming together. She feels at peace. However, Joe stumbles across a clandestine operation. Any leak would put him and his loved ones in danger. Still reeling from his discovery, a secret from Joe’s past rears its ugly head. Then the unthinkable happens – the worlds collide. Will this battle bring Sara and Joe closer together? Or will they become collateral damage in the fallout?

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     My first romantic suspense novel, Embracing Destiny, follows Sara Taylor – a woman standing at a crossroad. An unexpected event sets her on a journey. Outside forces intervene, and danger lurks in every shadow.

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     My poetry book, From 14 to 41, contains soulful poems that capture the essence of life. A blend of love, loss, whimsical and inspirational pieces, readers are drawn in as the raw emotions leap from the pages.
     My blog, the one you are currently reading, Pursuing My Passion, is an outlet for my unique storytelling style, sense of humor and sarcastic wit. The most popular posts are from my “Mis-Matched to Miss Matched” dating series. The entries are all true stories based on my online dating adventures.

     In other news, I am the coordinator for the Local Authors’ booth for the Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. So, if you are an Indiana author and would like to participate next year, please let me know. As soon as this year’s show closes, I will be accepting applications for next year’s show.

Click here to purchase my books. I can sign and dedicate them prior to shipping. Right now, you can enjoy free shipping! So, get those Christmas gift lists started!

Kindle versions of Embracing Destiny and Challenging Destiny are available on Amazon

You can leave book reviews on:
FB: Suzanne Purewal, Author Page
Goodreads: Suzanne Purewal on Goodreads

Featuring Business Coaching Author, Tim Timmons

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Tim Timmons! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Tim Timmons is a business executive and an award-winning author. But his first love and his heart still belong to newspapers.
     He began his career in newspapers in the 1970s as a high school correspondent for the Indianapolis News and Star. He is now the chief executive officer for Sagamore News Media – a small company with five properties, The Noblesville Times, The Paper of Montgomery County, the Sheridan News, The Weekly of West-Central Indiana and Hamilton County Sports Daily.

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     Timmons’ first book, Coaching Success – Creating Champions for the Business World, Bristol Publishing, was released in 2004. It was re-released again in 2016.
     His writing has consistently won state and national awards, including from The Associated Press and various state newspaper organizations.
     His author website is http://www.tim-timmons.com.

Shining Today’s Spotlight on Children’s Author, John Graham

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, John Graham! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Thursday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     John Graham is an author, presenter, and publisher living and working in Brownsburg Indiana with his family. John enjoys writing for children of all ages and has published books and comics that can be read by all ages together.

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     His holiday book, No Sweets For Santa, encourages families to start a new tradition of leaving pizza for Santa on Christmas eve and features extras like a song, a game, and recipe to make the experience even better.

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     You can find John’s published work at his website, http://www.FIGIDPress.com, along with information about his elementary school presentation program about creating characters, and his special comic creation service for local organizations.

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     John also feels strongly about helping new creators reach their goals, so please stop by and ask him how to make your book or comic project a reality. Through his desire to help others, John created a local yearly event called The INDYpendent Show. http://www.INDYpendentShow.com
     This free event happens each Spring and gives new creators a chance to learn from talented people in a variety of creative fields. Visit the website for more information.

Join Me In the Effort to Battle Post-Traumatic Stress

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     This November, I am doing something special. To honor our active duty military members, veterans and first responders, I will be donating a portion of my book sales’ proceeds to the Save a Warrior program. This unique program helps people struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress. Continue reading

Presenting Local Cozy Mystery Authors, M K Scott

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local authors, M K Scott! They will be signing and selling their books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., and Friday, November 11th, from 10:00 – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

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     M K Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities.
     The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. Morgan’s daughter, who manages a hotel, provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog.
     Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries.
     To learn more about M K Scott, visit http://morgankwyatt.com

Shining the Spotlight on Science Fiction Romance Author, Kenzie Michaels

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Kenzie Michaels! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., and Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Kenzie Michaels resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and various household pets. Her fifth-grade teacher showed this avid reader how to write the stories swirling in her head, successfully unleashing her imagination upon the written word.
     Kenzie is the ‘wild child’ of author Molly Daniels. They cohabitate nicely inside the brain of a woman in Indiana who’s the mother of three and ‘Aunt Molly’ to the entire neighborhood. A devout chocoholic, her hubby has learned to watch out when the characters in her head take over and not get too upset when the words are flowing and all concept of time is lost.

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     Teaser for Heart’s Last Chance:
     Everyone has an imaginary friend at one time or another, right? What if yours turned out to be real?
     Tricia Alexander’s dreams are haunted by a mystery lover. When she discovers the man she met in a nightclub knows more about her childhood than she does, panic sets in. Especially after he tells her he’s from another planet.
     Brock was young Tricia’s imaginary friend and confidant, and watched her grow up over the years. After gaining permission from the leaders of his planet, he sought to bond with her twice before, but with little results. When he’s given a final chance, will he succeed? Or will a family crisis prove too much?
     According to the Bonding statutes of Brock’s home world, any TriJupian who desires to mate outside his species must undergo a Bond Test, uniquely designed for each couple. But the one designed for Brock and Tricia involves two of Brock’s siblings. Have the Elders of his planet gone too far?
     Heart’s Last Chance is available now at Amazon.com:
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     Kenzie can be found at the following places:
     Website: http://www.mollydaniels.wordpress.com
     Blog: http://kenziemichaels.blogspot.com
     Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Kenzie-Michaels/248105468603737
     Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kenziemichaels
     Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Kenzie+Michaels&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Kenzie+Michaels&sort=relevancerank

Featuring Historic Fiction/Mystery Author, Madalyn S. Kinsey

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Madalyn S. Kinsey! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     Author of the Vanessa Mystery Series

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     Madalyn Kinsey was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, in an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She visited them frequently on the family farm near Fishers, Indiana, where ghost hunting, exploring abandoned houses and the nearby creek, searching for UFOs, sleeping in the woods, and other kinds of do-it-yourself fun took place.
     Her cousins were never at a loss to cook up fun and adventure, much of it involving investigating the Civil War-era graveyard located only yards behind the family home that was rumored to be haunted.

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     Her historic fiction books in the Vanessa Mystery Series, consisting of The Ghost of Cheeney Creek, The Mystery of Gatewood Airport, and The Man Who Defied Gravity, are a fond memoir of those visits, as well as the pop culture of the 1960s during which they occurred.

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     When not writing, Madalyn practices law with an Indianapolis law firm.

     To learn more about Madalyn and her books, visit her websites: http://www.ghostofcheeneycreek.com and http://www.madalynkinsey.com

Local Author, Lisa Anne Duda, Shares Her Story of God’s Grace

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Lisa Anne Duda! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     Lisa Anne Duda was born and raised in Indiana where she still resides with her husband Marc. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Information Systems from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has worked within the healthcare industry for almost 20 years starting in professional billing then transitioning to IT.
     Lisa is a first time author. Writing a book was not on her bucket list, but she became inspired as she and her sister were faced with helping their Mom through a very difficult time. During that experience, Lisa watched as her Mom opened her heart to God’s Grace. It was an experience she felt compelled to share.

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     About the Book, Faithful Sunshine:
     Some of us tend to struggle with blind faith. We don’t always see God’s messages or instead we fluff them off as simple coincidences. Some remain trapped in the past, continually punishing themselves or others for mistakes, never learning to forgive.
     Faithful Sunshine encompasses a variety of emotions and states – bitterness, worry, regret, selfishness, fear, pain, mortality, forgiveness, faith, and love.
     Faithful Sunshine is a true account of how the author unexpectedly attempts to help her mother face mortality while juggling her own emotions and unintentionally making peace with the past. Along the way, God’s messages cannot be denied. He provides strength beyond words.
     As the story unfolds, God’s Grace shines through. God’s blessings cannot be denied. Faced with humility and reality, the author comes to the realization that blind faith, and a little forgiveness along the way, is all we need.
     Reviews:
• Gary Mohre: “What a great book! So heart felt and emotion from the writer.”
• Nancy Lawler: “Just finished it! Great story Lisa! Thanks for inspiring me to cherish every moment with my aging parents! And especially for helping me to appreciate blind faith!”
• Anonymous: “Great story of love and forgiveness. We can all learn from the undying loyalty of the author to her mother and the path of healing that both enjoyed.”
• Brittany Martinez: “I am coming to an end with Lisa’s story. I have to share that this book has truly touched me. I used to be very close with God and in the last handful of years I have drifted a bit. Not because I had less faith, it was because I wasn’t paying attention. For a while now I have been working hard to obtain my close friendship with God. Her story has helped remind me of ways to pay closer attention to the blessings surrounding our everyday life and that God is there at all times. Thank you for sharing your story so everyone can be consumed by reminders of our Father and undoubted faith. You’re an inspiration Lisa Anne Duda!”
• Christy Osborn: “Love this book! It kept me interested throughout the book and I felt like I was right there with them on their journey. Definitely recommend.”
• Lori Sims: “I was blessed to read this book over Christmas and I can say it truly captured me… I could not put it down. It is a must read! I was moved by the events that unfolded and the very personal account of the detailed events that took place so rapidly. Very heart-felt and honest. Thanks Lisa Anne Duda for sharing your story and I know God has a plan for this to bless so many more!”
• David Hoffman: “You wrote a very compelling story. Very good book! Highly recommend it for those who have a strong faith, and those who don’t.”

To learn more about Lisa Anne or her book, visit https://faithfulsunshine.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FaithfulSunshine2016

Meet Golf Enthusiast and G.O.L.F. Inc. Author, Lane H. Luoma

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local G.O.L.F. Inc. author, Lane H. Luoma! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 11th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., and Sunday, November 13th, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     This is what Lane had to say in his own words.
     Author??? If I made my top ten list of things I never thought I’d be it might go something like: U.S. President, doctor, singer, algebra/calculus professor, hair dresser, ballet dancer, rodeo bull rider (crazy!), skyscraper construction guy (crazier!), professional golfer, and for sure, author would have made the list.
     Remarkable as it seems (to me anyway), since this is indeed a book and I’m the guy that created it, I guess that qualifies me as an author. I can pretty much guarantee one thing for sure, none of my various English teachers through my school years would have ever predicted I would author anything.
     Actually, becoming an author isn’t exactly a huge step up on the “status ladder” anyway. If you think about it, just about anybody that can read and write can become an author just as anybody that can swing a golf club can call themselves a golfer. Now, good, bad, or somewhere in between on the author quality scale? That’s another thing altogether and remains to be seen.

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     This is my very first book but hopefully not my last. I’ve got ideas for a few more but I definitely wanted the first to be about golf which has been a huge part of my life as far back as I can remember.
     Anyway, here’s a little background on myself just in case anybody really gives a ….! Cares.
     I was born in a small southern Minnesota town called Worthington, have lived in seven different states, and now reside in Noblesville, Indiana (suburb of Indianapolis) where I have been for the last thirty years or so.
     I’ve played golf for over fifty years and by my best “guesstimate”, played about two hundred different courses. I’ve been involved with the game in one way or another most of my life, both as a recreational endeavor and as a career.
     I graduated from Illinois State University in 1973 with a degree in business and a dream to follow in my father’s footsteps and climb the proverbial corporate ladder with some big company. I figured if I was going to work for a company it might as well be a golf company and was fortunate enough to land a job with what I thought was a big one in Chicago, the Ram Golf Corporation. It was a very low paying customer service position but it was a start in an industry that I at least had some interest in.
     I soon realized there were not very many rungs on the Ram Golf Corporate ladder. In fact, after being there a year it dawned on me there was only one rung between myself and the guy that owned the company, so even though it was a short climb, it was also one that could take forever or never happen at all!
     With little or no opportunity for growth inside, I reluctantly took an outside sales position with Ram in Indiana in 1976 and have been here ever since.
     I’ve worked as an independent sales representative for many golf companies selling just about every equipment, apparel, and accessory category related to the game. I’ve been a fifty percent partner in a nine-hole golf course and owned a couple of my own golf related businesses. By the way, I was President of both those companies, so I did, in fact, climb the ladder. One of those businesses had all of four employees including myself and my wife. The other had two including myself and my wife, but why quibble? I made it to the top!
     I, like every golfer who reads this book, am a frustrated golfer. I, like most golfers who read this book, am also a golf lover. That makes me a frustrated golf lover. A frustrated golf lover you ask? Aren’t those terms contradictory? You will better understand as you read on. Even though I am indeed a frustrated golfer myself and have created an entire book analyzing the game basically by its frustrating attributes, I absolutely and unconditionally love the game. Frustrating as it can be, it is still THE greatest game the Good Lord ever created!
     For more on Lane and his book, visit his website: http://www.golfrustrations.com

“Patches and the Delightful Dragon Day” – An Exciting Children’s Book from LemonToadBooks.com

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the local authors from LemonToadBooks.com, Bill and Katie Frederick! They will be signing and selling their books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     Bill and Katie Frederick authored “Patches and the Delightful Dragon Day,” and “The Kite Surprise,” picture books for ages 4 to 8. They are currently working on Patches book two.

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     Bill, a clinical mental health therapist, works extensively with children and families. He is known for storytelling and humor when presenting at state conferences on the use of stories in therapy. He is a graduate of DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
     Katie works on special projects in research, writing, and development. She continues the path of developing children’s books. She obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
     Additional information can be found at http://www.LemonToadBooks.com.

Local Author, M. Katherine Clark, Weaves Tales of Mystery, Suspense and Romance

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, M. Katherine Clark! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., and Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

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     M. Katherine Clark is a Butler University graduate and an Indiana Native. Currently, she has 6 novels published including The Greene and Shields Files and The Wolf’s Bane Saga. Her newest release is Lonely Moon.

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     Please friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter!

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Today’s Spotlight Shines on Urban Fantasy Author, Francesca Quarto

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Francesca Quarto! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 11th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., and Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

     Francesca Quarto is second generation Italian-American; born on the East Coast, but happily, has mellowed the New York trademark accent. Her love of words began early in life, and she consumed books like some kids did Rice Crispy Treats.

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     Her first published works went into some Poetry Anthologies, but gave her the determination to keep her muse busy.
     Wolf Master of Iron Mountain found its way into Francesca’s computer in 2015; followed not long after, by a second book, in what was clearly becoming a series.

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     Dangerous Dreaming was published the same year, launching some Draconian efforts on her part, to develop and write Book 3, Blood of the Dragon.
     “If you are looking for Magic, look no further than your next book! Inside every new story beats the heart of the imagination and that is the very essence of being human.”

     To learn more about Francesca, visit her website: http://www.celticmagic.net/

Prolific Science Fantasy Author, George Kramer

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, George Kramer! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M., and Sunday, November 13th, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     George Kramer started writing early in his life. In fifth grade, he started dabbling with his pen and paper. It was instrumental since his writing would serve as a crucial outlet later in life. The venting allowed him to get a handle on his trials and tribulations in growing up with eight other siblings.

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     George spread his wings and embraced writing in all genres. As it stands, he has over one hundred and fifty articles published online for various websites. He has written two books of unconventional poetry, countless short stories, a medical thriller, and has entered the science fantasy arena with his sixth book of the Arcadis series.
     George was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, raised on Long Island, is one of nine children, and is a natural born triplet. He moved to Indiana in 1989. Currently he resides in McCordsville, Indiana with his wife and precocious daughter.

     To learn more about George and his extremely popular Arcadis series, check him out at: http://www.amazon.com/author/georgekramer

Presenting Local Author, Floyd Simeon Root

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Floyd Simeon Root! He will be signing and selling his books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M., and Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Floyd Simeon Root has been enchanted with stories ever since his mother told him stories as a child. She also read the classics to him and his siblings.

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     He has two books published. Mystic Waters is an accumulation of Hoosier wit and ruminations, short stories, and a panoramic garden of verse. It is illustrated by Brown County artists Lynne Foster Fife and William Henry Root.

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     The Benefactor is a fast paced, psychological drama with political intrigue, an innocent love story, and massive betrayal. It is a huge themed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and forever change the way you view the world.

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     His third book, Timothy, Spot-on, and the Wolf, is an illustrated children’s book and should be available in time for the Indianapolis Christmas Gift & Hobby Show.
     To learn more about Floyd, check out his website: http://www.floydroot.com/

Featuring YA Romance and Paranormal Author, D.A. Roach

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, D.A. Roach! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 9th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.

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     D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli.
     D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

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     D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

     Want to know about D.A. Roach’s books? Keep reading for each book’s synopsis. Or check her out on social media.

WEBSITE: http://daroachbooks.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/DARoachDA/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/daroach12books
BOOK GORILLA: http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00AQNBVH2/d-a-roach
AMAZON AUTHOR PG: http://www.amazon.com/author/daroach

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Synopsis
     Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama… As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.
     Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him… A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.
     Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.
     “Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name… Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.
     Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis… When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.
     As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels, Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

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Between the Bleeding Willows
Book 1 of the Demon Hunters Series

Synopsis
     At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…
     At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.
     She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….
     A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.
     Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…
     When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need.
     Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.
     And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.
     Tagline: When love takes the form of both hunter and demon, one girl is forced to choose…

Indiana’s Own Children’s Author, Cynthia Port

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     Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Cynthia Port! She will be signing and selling her books at the 67th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Saturday, November 12th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #303.
     Cynthia was born and raised right here in Indiana, and after living in Maryland and Minnesota for a few years, Indiana convinced her to come back. She now lives here with her husband, two daughters, and a head full of stories.

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     Her first book, Kibble Talk, won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Award and has close to 150 reviews on Amazon with a 4.8 average. Dog Goner has been equally well received.
     Children and adults love the series equally, especially if they have a soft spot in their hearts for dogs–and who doesn’t? With its humor, relatable characters and gentle messaging, the Kibble Talk series is a popular choice for teachers.
     Cynthia feels strongly about supporting teachers. She visits schools across Indianapolis to talk about her books and, through her free books to teachers program, visits schools all across America via Skype.
     In addition to writing novels and raising her kids, she is a scientific writer, school volunteer, crafter, cook and all around way too busy person.

     To learn more about Cynthia, check out her website: http://www.cynthiaportbooks.com/

100th Running of the Indy 500

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Apparently, I am the only person in the state of Indiana who is not attending today’s Indy 500. Don’t plan on watching it either. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I’ll watch the highlights on the news.

I saw an interview with Jim Nabors this week. He stated he would fly here to sing, “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Organizers didn’t ask him. Instead, Josh Kaufman is singing it. Some of you are scratching your head. Josh won “The Voice” singing competition a couple years ago.

Nabors sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the track for most years from 1972 to 2014. Granted, Jim Nabors has had some health issues. But they still should have flown him here. It’s the 100th running of the race. And you could tell it meant a lot to him and he wanted to be there. Or they could have streamed him singing live from Hawaii. Okay, technically, it would be ironic to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” from Hawaii, but Nabors is a staple. And I think everyone would have overlooked his physical location to keep with tradition. Because tradition is what today is about.

Florence Henderson isn’t singing either. Henderson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America” or “America the Beautiful” 23 times from 1991 to 2015. This year, she’s the grand marshal. It is a great honor. And at least she’s still included in the festivities.

Things and times change. I get that. And I don’t have a problem with that. I guess it’s just the irony of how they’re talking about “tradition this” and “tradition that,” and one of the most familiar and beloved voices of that tradition was slighted.

I’m sure Josh Kaufman and Darius Rucker will give fantastic performances. If they don’t, it will be one of the highlights on the news. If they do, perhaps, we’ll see them back next year, starting a new tradition.

The flag is about to be waved. So, if you’re at the track, slap on a lot of sunscreen, stay hydrated and have fun!

The Midwest Blues

     In honor of National Poetry Month, I will post some of my poems.

     This is a poem that I wrote for the Noble Writers’ Group. Each month there is an assignment. This assignment required us to write about a man and a woman meeting for the first time. We also had to use the words airplane, tractor, ocean, city and coast. And for some reason, I wrote it from the man’s point of view. Enjoy!

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The Midwest Blues

While I was riding along on Bessie, my old trusty tractor,
I came across a beauty of a woman. I had to swerve, so I didn’t smack her.
She gasped, “Oh my!” And I pulled over to the side.
She smiled and kindly asked if I could give her a ride.
“Sure ‘nuff. Where to my fine, fair lass?”
“To the closest city where I can order a tall, cool sassafras.”
“I know just the place. It’s up yonder, beyond the hill.”
“Get me there quickly, and I promise you a memorable thrill.”
I threw Bessie into gear and wished she would sprout wings.
Along the way, the temptress whispered in my ear unrepeatable things.
I delivered her as promised to the Land of Good and Plenty Grill and Bar.
After quenching her thirst, she stormed the stage and commandeered a guitar.
She grabbed the microphone and then she did boast
About how big of a music star she was on the West Coast.
“I opened for Jefferson Airplane and was a backup singer for Billy Ocean.
And here I’m stuck in the Midwest amid the cornfields and Amish in Goshen.”
Then she started to sing and her voice was the sweetest I’d ever heard.
And when she strummed the last chord, no one spoke a word.
However, the applause was thunderous and filled her with delight.
She approached me and said, “I promised you an unforgettable night.”
We disappeared and true to her word, for the next hour she rang my bell.
The devil’s in the details. However, a true gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell.

Copyright © 2011 by Suzanne Purewal

The Foreign Contingent

     Welcome to another installment of my “Mis-Matched to Miss Matched” series! The Match bachelors in this post were all born outside of the United States.
     Indiana’s state motto is “The Crossroads of America.” And apparently, we are creating quite the melting pot in Indianapolis. Diversity is a good thing for “Honest-to-Goodness Indiana.” If you know me, you know I love learning about new cultures and traditions.
     Many of you also know that my ex-husband is Indian. His family is from the Punjab region in India. Yes, we had an Indian wedding.
     Anyway…I was contacted by bachelors from fourteen different countries, including India, Pakistan, Greece, Lebanon, Iran, England, Japan and Canada.
     Somehow, I attracted all of the Indian men within a fifty-mile radius. And 99% of them were doctors. Amazingly enough, they were deep into poetry and spirituality. As a poet, that intrigued me, because, let’s face it, most men are not keen on poetry.
     The conversations were interesting, enlightening and intellectual. One of the guys was even Punjabi. He was thrilled beyond belief that I knew what that meant. However, there was an element lacking with each and every one—chemistry.
     So let’s move on to merry old England. The phone conversation with the English guy was so awful it was like pulling teeth. I started fantasizing about my own version of My Fair Lady. I would be a kind professor teaching this brute of a man how to become a real gentleman.
     The Iranian, a self-advertised non-smoker, had a smoker’s cough so bad, I thought he’d cough up a lung during our phone conversation. I felt compelled to lecture him on the dangers of smoking. But that would have required me to listen to him cough longer. Ugh.
     The Pakistani bachelor’s profile pictures portrayed a tall, dark and handsome man. He seemed nice on the phone, but I couldn’t understand him most of the time. He sent me pictures of flowers. He said it was his way of giving me flowers. Sweet. But I did not grant him a live date. I knew I would have spent the entire night asking him to repeat himself. That wouldn’t have been enjoyable for either of us.
     The Greek candidate passed the phone interview. In person, he was gorgeous. Perfect olive complexion, thick black curly hair and a smile that almost knocked me over. He walked with confidence and had a magnificent personality. But alas, he wanted babies. Lots and lots of babies.
     Why does God hate me?!? Why???
     Then there was the bachelor from Japan. His introductory email read: “Hello! Have you traveled to Japan? What kind of cooking do you like? Do you like sushi?”
     My mind answered quickly, “No, I haven’t. The kind of cooking someone else does. Sushi? Way to stereotype yourself.” Sheesh.
     His height was listed as 5’1”. I’m almost 5’7”. And I don’t wear flats. Even my flip flops are wedges. Talk about an odd couple. With my lowest heels being two inches, we would be eight inches different in height. He would look like my child, not my date. That’s all sorts of wrong.
     The Lebanese bachelor was great on the phone. In person, he literally looked like Andre the Giant. Albeit, he was a bit shorter at 6’6”. He was boorish and drank like a fish. I stopped counting after six mixed drinks in less than an hour and a half. I would have left sooner, but it took forever to get the food. Hey, a girl has to eat. The redeeming feature of the night was that the food was good.
     The French Canadian guy took the cake. Period. Hands down winner.
      “I would love to get to know you more better and see how it goes between us, I am mixed race, Dad Canada, Mum America. I lived in Canada all my life.”
     I laughed as I read it. But based on the rest of the email, I knew he was serious about the “mixed race” part. After the initial email exchange, he revealed that he was working in Africa. He would require me to move to Canada as soon as possible to help raise his young son.
     Move to Canada? To raise his son while he’s in Africa? Um, no!
      “I’m sorry, but long distance relationships don’t work for me. I wish you luck finding a match.”
     I figured that would be the end of that. Au contraire, mes amis.
      “I quite understand how you mean but I seriously do not see distance as a barrier in a relationship in as much as true love and affection till the end of time.”
      “I’m sorry, no.”
      “I believe things happen for a reason, a connection happens when the right person comes.”
      “I’m sorry. I will not move to Canada. I am not the right person for you.”
      “Just thought it would be a nice idea to know some things about each other, it will be my pleasure to get to know more about you and answer the following love questions.”
     There were thirty-eight “love questions” that followed. Thirty-eight! There were basic questions, such as, “What do you seek in a relationship?” But there were slightly ambiguous questions, such as, “Do you like public intimacy?”
     I wasn’t sure if he was asking about public displays of affection or if I liked having sex in public places.
     The very last question on his “love questions” list was, “Would you hit your man for any reason?”
     I wanted to answer, “Yes, if he repeatedly ignored every word I said and sent me a list of thirty-eight ‘love questions’ to answer even though I’m clearly not interested. In that case, I might have to smack him upside the head.”
     Instead, my reply to his “love questions” email was simple. “Non. Non, merci. Bonne chance à vous.”
     And that was finally the end of that. Maybe he just didn’t understand “no” in English.

Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Purewal

A Homecoming To Remember

     Recently, I was invited to speak at Career Day at my high school. I accepted the invitation immediately. The years I spent at Our Lady of Mercy High School were the best years of my life. So, I was more than happy to return and attempt to inspire today’s juniors and seniors.
     It was a fantastic experience, and a good time was had by all. I had the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and teachers and made a few new friends along the way. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.
     So, riding this “I Made a Difference” high, I jumped into my vehicle and headed back to “Honest to Goodness Indiana.” For those of you who haven’t heard, that’s the new tourism slogan for Indiana. Many residents thought it was a joke. Nope. The joke’s on Indiana. Seems to me, there should be a verb somewhere. You know, calling people to action. But what do I know? Anyway…
     After driving ten hours from Western New York to Central Indiana, I arrived home exhausted. Unloading the vehicle took another twenty minutes, partially thanks to my parents. When they heard I was having a garage sale, I ended up with several overflowing bags of unwanted stuff.
     I managed to heave my suitcase up the stairs. And that’s when I heard the noises. Scratching sounds. Weird echoing noises. Super sleuth that I am, I ended up in the laundry room. Thrashing sounds emanated from the dryer. Oh dear Lord. It’s 8:30 P.M., and there’s something in my dryer.
     The sounds were unnerving. Picture me standing there, hand over my mouth, staring at the dryer. That’s when I did a bad thing. I actually turned on the dryer. There was no way I was opening the dryer.
     Turning the dryer on made things worse. Whatever it was, I succeeded in pissing it off. Royally. I turned the dryer off. I didn’t want to burn it to death. That would have been nasty to clean up. Yuck. The noises got louder. I couldn’t take it and ran down the stairs.
     Okay, I might have been overreacting and freaking out a bit. I admit it. What to do? I called a nearby friend. I got absolutely no assistance whatsoever, not even a suggestion on who to call. Wonderful.
     That’s when I called in the cavalry—two former military guys who I’ll call Christopher and Dan, because those are their names. ETA – 45 mikes. For you non-military people, that means 45 minutes.
     In the meantime, Mom called me from Texas. You’ve got to love her timing. She’s visiting her best friend for two weeks. As I’m telling her about the creature, she laughs, remembering her own rodent/dryer story. Glad I was able to amuse her.
     Then I heard water running. Not the sound you hear when a toilet is leveling itself out. It was lots of water. Outside water.
     I opened the front door and looked out. Mind you, it’s 9:00 P.M. and dark. The yard light was out. (Mental note to replace the bulb.) I saw cars parked on the side of my yard. I heard voices. I put on my shoes and shut the door behind me.
     Mom yelled, “Don’t go out there! You don’t know who they are. They could be crazy people!”
     At this point, I didn’t really freaking care. I was tired. I was already dealing with a home invasion. And now, somebody was using my water.
     I ignored Mom and marched across the lawn. I shouted, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
     I startled the two teenage boys. “Um, we needed to wash off our cars. We drove in something smelly. We’re sorry. We didn’t think anyone was home.”
     Note they weren’t sorry for using my water. They were sorry they got caught.
     “Water costs money. Stop right now!”
     The one kid turned off the water and made a half-assed attempt to coil up the hose. Then they took off running to their cars and drove away.
     These boys had balls. The hose wasn’t even hooked up to the spigot. So, they dragged the hose to the spigot, hooked it up and used it. I wondered if they had been doing this the entire time I was gone.
     Anyway, I calmed Mom down just before the cavalry arrived. I hung up with her when they pulled in. She figured I was safe with the guys there, just in case those kids came back.
     Trust me, those kids aren’t coming back. I instilled the fear of God in them with my tone of voice. And they weren’t belligerent, they ran. They’re not coming back.
     I told the guys about the stupid kids. That’s when the interrogation began. What did the kids look like? How old were they? How tall? What color, make and models were the cars? Etc.
     Did I mention that it was dark and there were no lights? Both kids were shirtless, had dark hair, no clue on eye color, about 16 or 17 years old, my height. Black cars, newer, good condition, no clue on make or model, too far away to see in the dark. And no, I didn’t get the license plate numbers. I just wanted them gone. Sorry. I was a lousy witness.
     Time to get back to the original challenge. Christopher and Dan did not disappoint. They came armed with thick gloves, black garbage bags and a hunting knife that would have made Dexter Morgan proud. (For those of you unfamiliar with cable television’s Dexter, he’s a serial killer who murders other killers. He employs an impressive array of cutlery to get the job done.)
     They mounted the stairs. I stayed in the foyer. If whatever it was got past them, I wasn’t going to be in its path.
     The mission didn’t take long. The mystery invader fled the scene of the crime before they arrived. They did recover a bird’s nest from inside my dryer vent hose. They cleared it out and reconnected it. Since it was so late, they couldn’t replace the missing piece. So, they’d be back the next day to finish the job. I thanked them, and they were on their way. I turned the dryer on so the stupid bird wouldn’t come back that night.
     Bright and early the next morning, the unwanted bird returned. It was attempting to rebuild. I turned the dryer back on. A temporary, but effective, solution.
     The guys returned with the replacement parts later in the day. Of course, the ladder I had in the garage wasn’t tall enough to reach the second story. Time for Plan B. So, they removed the laundry room window and screen.
     Dan climbed out and balanced precariously on the narrow roof line to remove the old assembly and install the new one. And with the help of some duct tape, courtesy of Christopher, they achieved success! Great teamwork!
     Christopher then walked the perimeter of the house to inspect for any other suspicious damage or issues. He did find some and fixed every single one of them. I can not thank Christopher or Dan enough for helping me out in my time of need. Thank you, guys!

Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Purewal

Poem in My Pocket

From_14_to_41_front_cover_092311Today is Indiana Poem in Your Pocket Day! The idea is to carry a favorite poem with you all day and share it with everyone you meet.

So, in that spirit, I am sharing my poem, Maestro, with you. It is one of the poems in my poetry anthology, From 14 to 41. I wrote the poem years ago, when I was in college, but its message is timeless.

Sit back, relax and imagine me unfolding the piece of paper in my pocket and reading this aloud to you!

Maestro

Play me like an instrument
That needs to be broken in.
Send your song straight through me
Whether piano, trumpet or violin.

I feel the opus rise within you.
The bass line is strong and low.
The introduction—smooth as the ivory
Your fingers tickle as they flow.

The first movement is bright and happy.
There are no blues sung in this song.
It’s as if heaven sent a chorus of angels to
Encourage the notes to float along.

Praise the Lord for this masterpiece—
A work of unparalleled beauty and grace.
Do not doubt its magnificence for a second.
See the mesmerized look on my face.

Ready for the second movement,
My body awaits the touch of your bow,
Surprised am I to hear instead
The melody meant for a piccolo.

From your lips I will taste it—
The sweet tune of your pounding heart.
From staccato leaps to longer-held notes,
I yield to your grand work of art.

With an abrupt change in rhythm,
The third movement drives in with elaborate flourish.
You conduct each note with gusto,
My soul—it does richly nourish.

Glowing from the warmth of your love,
A quiet interlude provides a few beats of rest.
My instrument trembles in anticipation.
Virtuoso, you are undoubtedly the best.

The final movement gradually swells.
You demand, “Crescendo, my only love!”
I dare not question. I readily comply,
While calling upon mighty God above.

Your fingertips find the perfect cadence—
My strings reverberate at your slightest caress.
Musician and instrument in concert—
Basking in the glow of our collaborative success.

Copyright © 2011 by Suzanne Purewal

Want to read more? I am running a special this month, in honor of National Poetry Month, on my website. Check it out by clicking here: http://www.suzannepurewal.com/books.html