Leslie P Garcia
'P'...patience, persistence, painful, plodding...never mind. Forget my middle initial. Just call me Leslie.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, I hated the constant moves of my early childhood, which took me to California, Texas, and Georgia. I grew up mostly in Georgia, went to Texas, and then Nuevo Laredo, Mexico briefly before moving to Laredo, Texas. My strange adolescence--which at one point included 25 horses and ponies, an African lion and a decaying, haunted antebellum--gave me a lifetime of stories; I'm married and have four children, fodder for additional tales. Add to that grandkids, a great dane, the pit bull I swore never, ever to have, and a sometimes cat, and stories are there, whether or not the time to write presents itself day to day.
When people wonder why I write, I always secretly wonder why they don't. . .I can't remember not writing. What I say, though, is that I have always done it and can't help myself. That writers should read, that they should care. . .and that they must write. What else is there?
And, in seeking new avenues to write, I will always be profoundly grateful to Al Gore for inventing the internet, as it provides such myriad opportunities to express my thoughts.
Accomplishments: author of Love's Lasting Song,a romance, and has been published in McCall's, Cat Fancy, Touch, The Friend and other publications. She recently collaborated on Cooking by the Book, a virtual cookbook featuring "literary" cuisine, as well as Musings: Authors Do It Write, a book of essays about writers, writing, and life.
Garcia is a certified elementary and bilingual teacher (Texas),with a master's in English from Texas A&M International University. She has attended the NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators) in Philadelphia, participated in a pilot Dual Language bilingual model program at her school, has presented to her district on the implementation of brain-based learning strategies, and created her school's writing lab, the first of its kind in her district at the elementary level.
|Unattainable by Leslie P Garcia|
Poor little rich girl Dell Rosales has been disinherited. Former DEA agent Jovi Trevino is disheartened over a war he can't win. Unattainable love?...
The Babylon Visits by Leslie P Garcia
Evil exists in the world...what to do when it comes?......
Normal People by Leslie P Garcia
The bank clock read 102 degrees. Of course, it always read that particular figure, from May on.
Julie Rosales wiped the back of her hand across her forehead and wondered why she wa...
Crosses and Life by Leslie P Garcia
Butterflies, crosses, an unexpected full moon...symbols are everything to do with religion or nothing to do with religion, but symbols are always to do with life....
Surviving Rejection #3064 by Leslie P Garcia
How writers cope......
First Born by Leslie P Garcia
For all the first-time mothers...and the mothers blessed with that first time feeling each time they look into a baby's face......
love affairs by Leslie P Garcia
Weather report...or a relationship report......
Words With a Friend On Writing by Leslie P Garcia
Morning A La Carte by Leslie P Garcia
Revelations always follow on the heels of grandkids staying over! ...
New Years and Cynics by Leslie P Garcia
Loosely, loosely part of the New Year "triology"!...
Auld Lang Syne All Over Again by Leslie P Garcia
One of a New Year's "triology" I forgot I had....
A New Year's Toast by Leslie P Garcia
Texas Hill Country by Leslie P Garcia
What is or what was...seen through memory and over time, perceptions changes......
Broken Angel. . . by Leslie P Garcia
Broken child. The tears &nbs...
Skunk Summer by Leslie P Garcia
Summer by Leslie P Garcia
Shores by Leslie P Garcia
From the vaults of childhood...should I admit that?...
Forecast by Leslie P Garcia
Weather, life...what is, is. Usually....
Summer's End by Leslie P Garcia
Unwelcome contemplation...beginnings and endings...part of the human path always......
Home Party by Leslie P Garcia
Flight by Leslie P Garcia
In unexpected flight, a butterfly
Punctuates my day.
Against a momentary screen,
Against the darkness
Martyrs by Leslie P Garcia
Martyrs. The world's streets
With dead and dying martyrs,
Those who had a cause
Or were told
October 7th, 1985...The Cruise Ship by Leslie P Garcia
And so, again,
Silent nights, waiting
For the phone call that never comes,
They won't really
Blow the damn thing up.
Re: Your Affair by Leslie P Garcia
I won't be the one
To cut short
Your brief, abrupt attempt
On frozen ground--
Pathetic, pointless pride prevents
A safe return to nest...
If only... by Leslie P Garcia
If peace were always there, if one
Could always find
An August sun
That bronzes a summer's splendored world
Rivers to jade, and fears
To dormant things of winter's re...
Forever by Leslie P Garcia
Forever, The quiet days Lost in a wood Tied to the world Only By a river's dark cord. Forever, As eternities are meant to be-- Soft, held away From the harshnes...
To An Ex-Boss by Leslie P Garcia
Your impatient oath Foretells ...
But I Loved Silver by Leslie P Garcia
How to re-capture life?it came On thunderous hooves, Burst through me, Impaling my soul When he smiled. Who was that masked man? (It was life, maam.)
A Review: Firefly Run by Trish Milburn by Leslie P Garcia
I grew up in the rural South, and Trish Milburn's portrayal of that atmosphere captivated me--as did her story of sacrifice and love....
Highlander's Bride by Deborah Gafford by Leslie P Garcia
Deborah Gafford creates a memorable picture of courage and love in this captivating Scottish romance....
Come Back to Me by Melissa Foster by Leslie P Garcia
From the barren Iraqi desert to the barren reaches of the human soul when love is snatched away, Come Back to Me is a compelling read....
Invitation to Ruin by Bronwen Evans by Leslie P Garcia
Brownwen Evans extends an invitation to seek redemption--or embrace depravity--in her Regency romance....
Midnight Sun by MJ Fredrick by Leslie P Garcia
Multi-published author MJ Fredrick wows with Midnight Sun ...
Less than Demonic: an Opinion on Joe Paterno by Leslie P Garcia
Joe Paterno is either idolized or demonized in the midst of the Penn State abuse case. Maybe there's a fairer picture to be presented......
Surrender by Jean Brashear by Leslie P Garcia
Mystical, sensual, suspenseful--Brashear's Surrender exposes how closely related good and evil truly are. ...
Unintended Consequences? The Casey Anthony Verdict by Leslie P Garcia
The implications of the Casey Anthony may soon become painfully clear....
Do or Die: Atlanta and Standardized Testing by Leslie P Garcia
So if your boss told you to meet a sales quota or finish a certain job or lose your job--would you?...
Why Teachers Whine: Performance? by Leslie P Garcia
What's wrong with expecting to teachers perform...what is performance, anyway? Trapeze artists perform, circus animals perform......
Why Teachers Whine: The Bonus Trap by Leslie P Garcia
Part II of Why Teachers Whine. Performance-based bonuses? No. Find out why education starts in 3rd grade in many schools......
Why Teachers Whine: The Snakepit by Leslie P Garcia
A brief overview of why this teacher whines, complains--and prays. A lot....
Thanksgiving in a Toaster Oven by Leslie P Garcia
What is Thanksgiving to you? Or to me? I teach it in school, many of us live it with fervent gratitude...but is it ever time to let it go?
Horses and Haute Couture by Leslie P Garcia
Just for fun--what horses have to do with the world of high fashion....
Where Education Begins by Leslie P Garcia
How can schools succeed when education has become an elusive component in the process? Where does education begin?...
How Field Trips Provoke High School Collapse by Leslie P Garcia
Okay, an oversimplification, but humor me. My first piece was simply too vitriolic to publish. But teachers are not what's happening in public schools......
A Nation of Test Takers? by Leslie P Garcia
Is testing in the name of "accountability" killing our kids' interest in school?
Is it killing our teachers?
Stopping the monster......
Lessons Unlearned: Tragedies in Waiting in Public Education by Leslie P Garcia
Lessons should be learned from great tragedies...have school shootings, incidents like Columbine, taught us nothing?...
Faith, Carmela and Sarah Palin's Daughters by Leslie P Garcia
Why was Letterman SO wrong about Palin's girls?...
Wild Violets: A Review by Leslie P Garcia
Wild Violets by R.D. Pounds is a wonderful mix of memorable characters, intricate detail, and building suspense....
Snakes, Alive and Not by Leslie P Garcia
Snakes have tormented the human imagination forever...and some of us have been more tormented than others......
But If It IS Broke by Leslie P Garcia
A temporary "goodbye" to a good book...if I do say so myself....
Cadillac Cat by Leslie P Garcia
Now I know why they're called "pick 'em up" trucks...but have cats no conscience at all?...
An Absence of Honor by Leslie P Garcia
Honorable? I'm not. But honor is easy to recognize, and so is an absence of honor......
CUM TV by Leslie P Garcia
Don't worry. I'm just proposing some truth-in-advertising names for certain TV channels....
Crimson Romance A Year In Love Anniversary Blog by Leslie P Garcia
Join Crimson Romance Authors for an exciting blog tour!...
Garcia Releases Unattainable by Leslie P Garcia
South Texas author Leslie P. Garcia announces the recent release of Unattainable from Crimson Romance.
The Scent of Time Debuts by Leslie P Garcia
Scottish author Alan T McKean's Scent of Time available now!...
Smash Hits by Leslie P Garcia
Because the giant shouldn't always win......
Introductory Offer Ending 01/14! by Leslie P Garcia
La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) horror/crime anthology special price .99...
La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) Introductory Offer Ending by Leslie P Garcia
New year will usher in end of .99 introductory price on La Llorona (The Wailing Woman)...
From the Headlines--Sadly by Leslie P Garcia
La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) may touch on a century old legend, but the substance of the anthology is straight from the headlines....
La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) Contest by Leslie P Garcia
Your chance to win Leslie P Garcia's new e-book!...
La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) Now Available by Leslie P Garcia
La Llorona (or the wailing woman) stalks the riverbanks, sacrificing her children to the Rio Grande's dark waters......
Garcia Offers Services in AD Marketplace by Leslie P Garcia
Published author Leslie P. Garcia joins group offering miscellaneous author services....
Don't Rendezvous Right Now by Leslie P Garcia
For at least a while, I'm "siteless."...
Snakes and Snafus by Leslie P Garcia
I love my sister, but Amazon has it wrong, and I explained about my sister the snake freak, right?
"Cats" Author Saddles Up by Leslie P Garcia
A well-brought up horse is safer and more enjoyable than a ruined horse...get Training Advice from an expert....
Garcia Announces New Release by Leslie P Garcia
African lions, stray cats, poetry and life--all topics touched on in The Cat Chronicles: Stories, Poems, Photos, and Essays About Cats and Life....
Cats Center Front at Cats&Company by Leslie P Garcia
RioRendezvous expands its "Critter Clips" to embrace cats--from the tiny to the regal....
RioRendezvous Offers RioMix, Reviews, More by Leslie P Garcia
Need a "hot" vacation in cyberspace? Temperatures down on the Rio Grande are at 106--so visit the easy way, by jumping over to RioRendezvous....
Free Cookbook Now Available by Leslie P Garcia
More than 24 authors, including Leslie P. Garcia , author of Love's Lasting Song is available online now....
Garcia Offers Guest Editorial At Writers Wall by Leslie P Garcia
Romance author Leslie P. Garcia guest editor at Writers Wall. "K.I.S.S. and Tell" offers insight into short story crafting....
RioRendezvous Offers Unique Perspective by Leslie P Garcia
RioRendezvous offers unique content to visitors, from editorial on current events to one-of-a-kind classroom incentives....
Mild Revelations Closing by Leslie P Garcia
The writers community Mild Revelations is closing due to consolidation of communities by iUniverse.com. Members and visitors are encouraged to join to RioRendezvous....
Musings: Authors Do It Write!-Free E-book by Leslie P Garcia
CB Writers Group announces their new collaboration, Musings: Authors Do It Write , to download or print, absolutely free....
WARNING by Leslie P Garcia
At least two works have been published to my page that I did not write. To anyone offended--as I was--I apologize and have contacted Authors Den....
Halloween, Assessment Up at RioRendezvous by Leslie P Garcia
Monsters and mayhem...not the subject, hopefully, of a look at public education. ...
Garcia Work Featured by Leslie P Garcia
Poetry by Leslie P. Garcia is currently featured at QuietPoly.com...
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My first romance, Love's Lasting Song will give readers a glimpse into the border culture of deep South Texas. I have recently collaborated on a cookbook, Cooking By the Book, and an inspirational e-book, Musings: Authors Do It Write, that are presented free online as a gift to all readers. This cookbook presents foods and recipes directly from fictional and nonfictional works by a large and diverse group of writers. Musings offers insight into the writer's mind and soul. Both are free at RioRendezvous.Now available signed copies of Love's Lasting Song just click on the "Buy Direct" link for your signed copy. Also--interested educators and parents who feel "assessment" is undermining education--I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Somewhere out there is a solution.
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