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Historically, the term “yellow rose” referred to an attractive mulatto woman. Also historically, the original “Yellow Rose of Texas” was for sure one Emily West, and her story is intertwined in song and legend with the Texas Revolution of 1836. That series of battles, led by Sam Houston, made Texas a Republic, its own country until it joined the union in 1845. The Yellow Rose is set during the revolution and supposes that Emily and Sam not only collaborated in certain incidents that gave the Texans victory, but became romantically involved in the process.

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  • Writer Working never rests, and my sixth novel Swindle In Sawtooth Valley awaits publication

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there’s plenty of Writer Working news till Swindle emerges. Browse through the works already out there, and take a peek at some new reviews and commentaries

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AND MY LATEST:

YOU CAN’T KEEP HER

This is the first sequel to Bonita [See Below], the story of a mother’s search to find her lost daughter and then her fight to maintain a relationship with her. A tale author Silvia Villalobos calls

“A compelling story of self-discovery and courage”–

 Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter.

BLOCKADE
We were in the library, which smelled of the same leather and stale cigar smoke left behind by its late owner, Benito Alvarez. It was quite a mansion Alvarez had built high on this San Francisco hill where I now stood opposite his daughter, Flora Torres. She faced me with her arms folded across her chest, so straight and stiff I wanted to cut her corset strings, fancying she’d go all wobbly like a marionette. The image amused me, but I couldn’t indulge in humor now, with her stern dark eyes locked so intently on mine.
“You live an unsavory life, Bonita Kelly. Your parents were horse thieves. Your business partner, that disgusting Sylvia Gonsalves, is a prostitute. You live in a hotel instead of a proper house. You are unfit to enter my home, let alone associate with my daughter. We won’t allow it any longer.”
She gestured to the maid who had escorted me in. “Laura will show you out.”
Her lips squeezed together like pincers. By “we” she meant her husband, Miguel, who was away on business as he so often was, leaving her to manage, and she was managing with even more than her usual ferocity.
“Two years I’ve been calling on ‘Margarita,’” I said, using the name Flora had given my daughter instead of ‘Bonita,’ the name I’d given her at birth but had yet to broach with her.
“I should never have let things go this far, but now it’s over. From this day forward, you will not cross our doorstep.

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ROMANCE AMID THE CANNONS OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION. EMILY WEST, THE ORIGINAL YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS, AND SAM HOUSTON FALL IN LOVE AND ESTABLISH A NEW NATION. JUST CLICK ON THE LEFT IMAGE FOR A TRAILER, CLICK ON THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE ADVENTURE ALL YOURS.

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EXPERIENCE A FAMILY’S STRUGGLE AGAINST A MARAUDER INTENT ON DESTROYING EVERY TRACE OF THEM AND THEIR LEGACY. SET IN 1908-1910 SAN FRANCISCO, THESE HISTORICAL THRILLERS COMPRISE TWO VOLUMES OF A CALIFORNIA FRONTIER TRILOGY. BONITA BEING THE THIRD.

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NOW LET’S MOVE ON TO PAST AND CURRENT BLOGS:

 


LOUISE ERDRICH TRIUMPHS ONCE MORE
- The Night Watchman. Doesn’t sound much like an Erdrich title, does it? The Last Report On the Miracles At Little No Horse, Antelope Wife, The Painted Drum. It takes only a few pages, though, to demonstrate that we are squarely in Louise’s territory. It’s the early 1950’s. The Turtle Mountain Chippewas are imperiled. A racist congressman has … Continue reading
LOUISE ERDRICH TRIUMPHS ONCE MORE

MY REFUGEE BUDDY
- Alex Panasenko and I were faculty-mates at a bay area high school for decades. He’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever known, and he was one of the most popular teachers on the staff. He’s an eccentric cuss who doesn’t much care whom he offends, but still keeps himself likable. His appearance and … Continue reading
MY REFUGEE BUDDY

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID
- I’m feeling a bit humble at my temerity. Daring to write a “review” of Love in the Time of Cholera. Greater skill and talent than mine have poured forth their riches explaining and exploring the depths of this gigantic piece of literature by a man who deserved the Nobel Prize even more than Bob Dylan. So, here … Continue reading
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID

THE PICARESQUE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON BLACK
-   We start in 1830. Faith Plantation. Barbados. Washington Black is 10 or 11. He’s not sure. Slavemasters are seldom dutiful about keeping their charges up to date on biographical nicities, but Author Edugyan Makes sure that even such missing details are important to the development of both character and plot. Washington spends many of … Continue reading
THE PICARESQUE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON BLACK

VOICE FROM OLD POMPEII
- Ancient Rome is not my ordinary stomping grounds. For some reason, avid as I am about a wide range of history, my interest in Rome has mainly been confined to its relations vis a vis Britain. In my travels, I’ve been awed by the omnipresent ruins of the empire. Every continent seems to present with … Continue reading
VOICE FROM OLD POMPEII

SPLENDID AND VILE EMBRACE
-           The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz             I first encountered Erik Larson’s masterful prose in his The Devil In The White City, wherein he turned a relatively minor incident connected to the Chicago World’s Fair into a … Continue reading
SPLENDID AND VILE EMBRACE

JACK LONDON’S PLAGUE
-   Sitting at my keyboard, isolated by the CoVid pandemic, I have just finished an account of a fictional pandemic crafted by one of America’s great storytellers, Jack London. I owe it to a recent article by Joe Mathews in the SF Chronicle that I even heard of this small volume, and I am grateful … Continue reading
JACK LONDON’S PLAGUE

A MODERN MAJOR MADMAN
- These lyrics track more or less to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Modern Major General”   These are some men and women Donald Trump has thrown beneath the bus It’s sad, so sad, but we are glad it’s only them and none of us. We know the presidents you see from zero through to forty-five But there’s … Continue reading
A MODERN MAJOR MADMAN

COVID AND CATASTROPHES I HAVE ESCAPED (SO FAR)
- It occurs to me that I have cruised through a significant minefield of calamities during my 7-plus decades of “going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Why and how I’ve remained relatively unscathed I’ll leave a higher power to determine, but once I’d compiled it, I was … Continue reading
COVID AND CATASTROPHES I HAVE ESCAPED (SO FAR)

QUARANTINE
- While we live within this new reality, [Is it reality when it is such a temporary thing, I ask myself?  Temporary? I answer. Sure, for those of us who survive it.] I thought it would be worthwhile to take a peek over the wall to see where we came from. Sure enough, history nearly always … Continue reading
QUARANTINE