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Newsletter Dated: 9/20/2003 10:53:47 AM
Subject: Gracie's Gazette – Vol. 3 Issue #4 (September 20, 2003)
© 2003 Gracie C. McKeever
In This Issue:
New Review for "Desert Dreams"
Twofers are Back!
Making The Rounds
Visit Awe-Struck E-Books' Spice Is Nice Page
This Issue's Author(s) in the Spotlight
What I'm Reading/Recommended Reads
This Issue's Excerpt – "Alaric Swifthand", by Steve Lazarowitz
This Issue's Newsletter Contest
Giveaways/Good Deals/Shameless Promotions
Odds and Ends
Now that it's over, I can look back and say I survived the Blackout of 2003! And ask, "Where were YOU when the lights went out?" Hope you were luckier than I was, at home and not at work. Even better, not on the north-eastern seaboard…
Had made arrangements to take my nieces and nephews to the beach Saturday (forecasts were for warm and sunny weather for the weekend, and I wanted to get my feet and bathing suit wet at least one more time before summer's dreaded end). Coney Island was on the agenda (figure we could pop in at the Aquarium a train stop away, as I hadn't been there in a while.). Like I said, the best laid plans…by 4:30pm I was wondering whether or not to walk home (140 blocks, I'm not even going to try and figure out how many miles that is) since the black out affected the transit signals (though not the 3rd rail power…but what good is power and trains, with no signals?!?!). So, I stayed at work and…actually worked! Had to call nursing homes to see how they were faring during the outage. My list, for some reason, seemed much longer than others (or perhaps I had more trouble getting through to the people in charge at the NHs I was assigned to call than the rest of the staff who stayed behind to call facilities). The building kicked us out around 8pm, by then I had made most of my calls and tried to reach my Mom with no answer…??? So, we were basically "homeless" for the night, cast out on the street with all the other Penn Station castaways camped out on the main post office steps across the street (someone actually tried to start a stadium wave. You remember those?). The street vendors (hot dog, pretzels, etc.) cleaned up, lines for miles. I'm sure they made more money in a few hours than they usually do in an entire week!
My brother and his kids in upstate New York fared much better than us in the city. Their power came back on around 6pm, 2 hours after going out.
I managed to get a ride home with my boss and her boss, door-to-door service (cool!) to the Bronx by midnight (slow ride with no traffic signals), and my Mom was waiting outside (with the rest of the neighbors, running lights from car batteries and etc.).
No work (still no power) Friday and the offices/building was closed (not that I was going to try and make it downtown without knowing yeah or nay whether I'd be able to make it back and/or with whom anyway).
Finally, almost 24 hours to the minute later, let there be LIGHT! Our area (Bronx) was one of the last to get power. The Village (Chelsea area) was the last, their power coming back around 9pm. Guess we were lucky, and at (only) 24 hours, dodged a bullet. Could have been worse…
So, needless to say, no beach Saturday. Probably better I stayed my butt home (saved some money). And tried to catch up on my WIP, which had been sadly neglected the last week or so. I mean, I'm working (Chapter 11 this writing, about 137 pages), but it's not flowing the way I'd like. By the time I send this I'm hoping to have another hundred or so pages done, if I'm not finished altogether (wishful thinking).
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Hurricane Isabel….The damage wasn't too bad in the city/5 boroughs (though at work I was busy all week going over contingency and emergency plans with the boss and staff, monitoring nursing homes seaside and on the Island that would probably be affected).
I expected to be drowning in Isabel Friday morning, and woke up to windy weather, but bright sunshine. I won't say it was all bluster, there were a couple of deaths (falling and flying tree branches, and one drowning) in the metropolitan area. The weathermen, at least, had a lot of fun prognosticating. Hope you all made it through Isabel okay and with as minimal damage as I did.
Well, summer's over; hope you guys enjoyed a happy and healthy one, a great Labor Day holiday if you celebrate it, and got the kiddies off to school with a minimum of headaches and worry. Halloween, here we come!
On that note, went to see "Underworld" yesterday…. Loved it! Romeo and Juliet meet "The Matrix" and "Blade II". Great action, visual and special effects, sleek, dark and gothic sets, decent story line, functional acting and a sequel-friendly ending. Can you say U-2?
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THE LADY OF THE TWO LANDS, by Elizabeth Delisi: Hattie Williams is an artist and museum employee in modern-day Chicago. Her life is turned upside down when one evening, while trying to recreate on paper a gold pectoral necklace once worn and owned by Egypt's first female Pharaoh, she suffers a head-injury and is catapulted back thousands of years to the body and life of Hatshepsut. Now she must protect her stepson and heir to the throne, Tuthomosis, as well as herself, from unknown assassins. Can this thoroughly modern, 21st Century woman survive ancient Egypt? Can she avoid her newly acquired empire from falling into the unscrupulous hands of her and her now-deceased husband's enemies? But most importantly, can the forbidden love she's found with Hatshepsut's young daughter's tutor and Pharaoh's architect, Senemut, survive? Well-researched, well-written fast-paced story with characters about whom I grew to care a great deal. Fans of "The Mummy" franchise will definitely enjoy this time travel romance. Check this title out at http://www.novelbooksinc.com. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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"You'll Never Have What it Takes to be Mine"
by Steve Lazarowitz
Too many months, too many tears
Too many promises, too many fears
Too late to cry on my cold, empty shoulder
Our flame has burned out and has been left to smoulder
The old saying rings false, about smoke and fire
The torch has gone out, though the smoke still drifts higher
And there beneath my last unshed tear
Nothing is left, but mistrust and despair
Once we had magic and love and respect
But even love withers in the shade of neglect
Nothing is left us, but one final dance
A tip of our cap to the end of romance
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THIS ISSUE'S EXCERPT: "Alaric Swifthand", by Steve Lazarowitz
If you have never been there, it is hard to conceive of the city that is Modron. Like many great cities, it is an unlikely mixture of elements. Here the lowliest beggar may be seen standing only yards away from the mightiest warrior. A young waif in a torn tunic might stop to converse with a finely garbed craftsman. At any time, an unlikely personage (such as a great mage or powerful noble) might traverse a street that has not seen the like for many decades.
In addition to the people, the architecture of such as city is just as varied, due to the number of cultures that add to its structure and the number of years such work takes. Toward the center of Modron is a section built of old stone that should have long since turned to ruin. The architects of the area had vanished ages ago and their origin or indeed any hint of information about them has been long lost to history.
Many legends and tales begin on the streets of Modron. My story is just another. I was born Alaric Mason, but over the course of time, acquired the name Swifthand. I am still amazed at the implication of the label, for I can never see it when I look at myself in the mirror.
I was born in Modron. My father was a tailor, my mother a seamstress. My parents were wonderful people, but their existence was not one with which I could identify. The very concept of spending the rest of my life pulling a needle through cloth was abhorrent to me. Hence I did everything I could think of to avoid following in my father's footsteps.
I stayed out late. I drank. I pursued women. I started keeping company with a rougher crowd. Many of my older friends were already being considered for guard duty on the walls, while the younger, including myself, spent most of our time practicing with wooden swords, the only kind we could afford.
My tongue was somewhat sharper than my weapon, which was a pity for I was far from the greatest of warriors. Consequently, I was constantly forced to defend my brash attitude. I received more than one trouncing at the hands of far larger opponents. Once I realized I was unlikely to grow much larger, I started working on my speed. I practiced constantly, building upon my already impressive agility. This soon became my most obvious asset, though I was not a weak man by anyone's standard.
By the time I was seventeen, I had weaseled my way into the town guard. Unlike the larger, less intelligent members of our group, I was not offered a position on the wall. Instead, amidst much jealousy, I was selected to train for the palace guard.
By then my ferocious reputation kept the jackals at bay. Though there was much griping, I suffered no assaults over the matter. Or perhaps I was saved by the fact I finally had a metal sword.
I worked hard and learned rapidly. I found I preferred shorter blades with which I could duck inside an opponent's guard more easily. I learned to fight as if I were dancing, though I don't know where I picked up the style. It was effective nonetheless.
Within a short time I was one of them, working too many hours each day for not quite enough to live on, but it didn't matter. I was happy for the work. For a time, everything went smoothly. Then Theona entered my life.
I will never forget the day I first became aware of her. She was talking with another young lady, blue eyes sparkling at some intimate jest. She threw back her head, long blonde hair painting a slow arc in the air above her, giggling as girls do. Her dress was pastel blue, long and finer than anything found in my father’s shop. It was her lust for life that first drew me to her, but there was more to Theona. Much more.
I'm not certain at what point she noticed me watching, but from then on, she kept turning her gaze in my direction as if to verify I was still interested. She tried to be casual, but I could see she was intrigued by the opportunity to spend time with a guard. It didn't matter that I wasn't much older than her. I was something new and exciting.
Many times after, I tried to imagine what I might have looked like to her that day. Still seventeen, if only barely, hair blonde like hers, but of a darker shade and not quite as long. I cursed the fact I hadn’t trimmed my beard in a couple of weeks. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not a large man, but Theona was comfortably smaller, the way I like my women. Of course I was wearing my guard’s outfit, a suit of brown leather armor that was probably older than I. Fortunately my gruff appearance didn’t put her off.
Whenever she was at the palace, which seemed to occur with increasing frequency, she always made certain I knew she was there. After a while, our surreptitious glances became deep scrutiny. Finally, we conspired to meet.
To be honest, I don't remember much of that encounter. I was awestruck by her wit and charm. She was entertained by my rough manner, a thing to which she was not often subjected.
She was young and pretty. Perhaps when she was older, she would be beautiful. She was everything I thought I could want in a woman. There was only one problem. She was the daughter of a noble and thus our rendezvous had to be in secret.
It was only a matter of time before we were discovered. Let me at this time say, though we saw each other when we could arrange it, I had always treated her honorably. Our romantic relationship was never consummated. The fact made little difference to her father.
I will never forget the day I was called before Count Herlic, the man in charge of palace discipline. A small man, with thinning brown hair, small brown eyes, a small nose, thin lips and a voice like a bassoon. He looked me up and down, trying to keep the smile from his face. Whether he was amused at the thought of my punishment or my relationship with a competitor's daughter is still not clear to me.
I had often passed this room while going about my duties and it was well appointed indeed. Tapestries on the walls, a hand-woven rug on the floor, golden candlesticks on the desk and me and my nicely aged armor in the midst of it all. Standing there, waiting to hear the Count's decision, I found the rich trappings more than a little intimidating.
The Count had a way with words or at least got them at a good discount. The lecture I received that day rivaled a full sermon for sternness and length. I pretended to pay rapt attention, but my mind could only consider what was to come after.
At length, he wound down and delivered his sentence. I will never forget his words as long as I live.
"Tomorrow at dawn, you are to accompany the King's tax collector to the City of Broken Swords, protect him from harm and deliver him safely back to the palace. Until those taxes are paid in full, you are not to return to Modron."
And there it was. I was to be sent to the roughest frontier town they could find, a place that hadn't offered tribute to the King in time out of mind, and collect taxes. It was common knowledge the Broken Swords was part of The Southern Realm in name only. I wondered whom the tax collector had angered to receive such a sentence. If I failed, I would be forever barred from my home. Worse yet, I would never see Theona again.
Theona. What was I to do? That I loved her with all my heart might be an understatement. I would have to find some way to see her before I left. And Count Herlic was certainly not going to make that easy.
I betrayed no inkling of my plans. Instead, I bowed my head and looked intimidated, a task that didn't require much deception. When finally I was dismissed, I was escorted to the barracks under guard. Apparently I was to be watched until after my journey began. And so went my chances of seeing Theona.
The rest of the day, I did little but sit and reflect on my future. Suddenly, being a tailor didn't seem half bad. As the day wore on, I found I could stand it no longer. I simply had to find a way to see Theona, one last time.
I studied the two men who had been sent to watch me. Not really men. Boys. One dark haired, one fair. Probably a couple of years younger than me as well. They hadn’t even been given armor. I could take them, if need be. But should I? And then I thought again of the noble's daughter and realized I had no choice.
Being a guard myself, I knew as soon as they convinced themselves I wasn't going away, pretty much after the first hour, they’d relax a bit. Start talking to each other. It was only natural. I waited until they were thus involved, before I leapt into action.
I had been disarmed, of course, but still had my speed. I tripped one, while pulling the other's short blade from its scabbard. I didn't want to kill them, nor was it necessary. I knocked the prone one out with the sword's pommel, then pointed the blade at the second, who now conveniently had no weapon to oppose me. I made him bind his friend. Just as he finished, I knocked him out as well. I kept the blade and ran. Escaping the palace unseen was somewhat easier that it looked. After all, a guard's job is to keep intruders out, not in.
As I ran through the streets, drawing more than an occasional stare, I started to wonder what I would say when I reached her. Would I bid her farewell? Would I ask her to come with me? If I did, would she be willing to trade her life of luxury for the uncertain future of a fugitive? What would I do now, in any case?
I knew I had to decide soon. I was rapidly approaching her father's residence.
BIO: Steve Lazarowitz is an award winning, multi-published author, best known for his online short stories and serials. His work has appeared in numerous online zines including Twilight Times, Planet Relish, E2K, Another Realm and Jackhammer. You can find his three e-books at http://www.twilighttimes.com. Steve Lazarowitz now resides in Moonah, Tasmania. Dream Sequence, his newest (and oldest) anthology will soon be available from Double Dragon Publishing. You can also link to his webpage at http://www.dream-sequence.net Alaric Swifthand is being released in print next year by Zumaya and the first six parts will be serialized for free in The Writer's Hood, probably starting in September. The book is available from Twilight Times publications.
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THIS ISSUE'S NEWSLETTER CONTEST: Up for grabs in the September/October draw, three original e-books (RTF formats offered as available/"as is") from Hard Shell Word Factory and New Concepts Publishing: EYE OF THE STORM, a psychic suspense romance by Kimberly Grey, (an old purchase, but recent and enjoyable read, HSWF). The other two selections are each books for which I did my first two online reviews several years back: FOR THE EMPEROR, a futuristic romance by Christine W. Murphy (the first e-book I ever read! HSWF); and RAVEN'S HEART, a futuristic romance by Jennifer Dunne (the second e-book I ever read, and absolutely loved it! NCP) In case anyone's interested, full review for FTE is available at my Pieces From The Heart page http://hometown.aol.com/gwiz10/myhomepage/personal.html
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July/August's 2003 Newsletter Dreams Unlimited Extravaganza Contest Winner of eight original DU e-book titles (disks) BEAUDRY'S GHOST, BORN OF FIRE, CAPTIVE HEARTS, ONE WITH THE HUNGER, SNOWBOUND, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, TIME RIDER and WALKING ON THE MOON: Rahaila Izzet of Sindh, Pakistan.
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