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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:

 

****TO PETER IMMORTAL**** - Hi, Peter. I was in the process of entitling this piece “requiem,”  but a requiem is a composition  for the already dead, and you aren’t and won’t be. Not allowed. Then I thought of “World Without Peter”, but that wouldn’t do either. As long as  those who love, admire and remember you are walking the … Continue reading ****TO PETER IMMORTAL****

DIVE INTO THE POST-PANDEMIC WITH TWO FINE FILMS
- It’s been a long drought for us moviegoers. Although the lack of big-theater experiences can’t be compared either in inconvenience or pain to the horrors of Covid-19, if I’m honest (and I occasionally am) I still admit missing walking up to the box office, settling back into a darkened house, and watching large people play … Continue reading
DIVE INTO THE POST-PANDEMIC WITH TWO FINE FILMS
Character Arcs to Come Up with a Great Story - Character Arcs to Come Up with a Great Story A story could not come to life without characters. They are the ones that serve as the driving force. Without them, readers will not be able to connect with a book. Many people dream of becoming a successful or a published author, and giving great structure … Continue reading Character Arcs to Come Up with a Great Story

HEART OF FIRE– MAZIE HIRONO’S BURNING MEMOIR
- “What the fuck happened?” Not a quote I expected to find in a memoir from a petite, modest, and soft-spoken Asian lady. Said lady, Senator Mazie Hirono, was explaining to Hillary Clinton what she thought was missing from the title Clinton’s recent memoir of the 2016 elections entitled What Happened? It’s a moment that typifies both … Continue reading
HEART OF FIRE– MAZIE HIRONO’S BURNING MEMOIR

TREKKING THE MIND, HEART, AND LANDSCAPE OF INDIA
- I think I can safely assert that you’ll never read another book like this one. Unlikely bedfellows such as philosophy, religion, and adventure seldom sit down at the same high-altitude table as they do in Ways and Weighing, all the while sharing legends, prayers, and traveling tales fit to take the breath and challenge mind … Continue reading
TREKKING THE MIND, HEART, AND LANDSCAPE OF INDIA

SHIRLEY’S ALL DANCING ALL THE TIME
-   Shirley Read-Jahn’s memoir, Dancing Through Life, is as joyous as its title promises. Not that there are no trials and tribulations in the accounts of the seventy-plus years she describes. No, indeed. But the point of all of them for her is to keep dancing and laughing and hoping and loving it all. She has … Continue reading
SHIRLEY’S ALL DANCING ALL THE TIME

L’HEREUX MAKES ME NOT HAPPY
- John L’Heureux is a well-known literary personage, though I’ve read little of his work until The Beggar’s Pawn crossed my path. I usually find it easy to detach my personal feelings about a book’s characters and events and judge according to literary values. I also try to avoid spoilers. With this one, though, I’m making an … Continue reading
L’HEREUX MAKES ME NOT HAPPY

IT’S THE MARS ROOM–ANYTHING GOES
- I passed on reading The Mars Room some time back when the synopsis pointed toward what I suspected was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Orange Is The New Black. However, my granddaughter brought it to our (safe) covid retreat over July 4, so it fell into my lap, so to speak, so I dived … Continue reading
IT’S THE MARS ROOM–ANYTHING GOES

WHAT’S HUMAN AND WHAT’S NOT
- Between my previous blog on The Invention of Yesterday, A 50,00 Year of Human Culture and this one on Yuval Harari’s Sapiens, A Brief  History of Mankind, I should be completely versed on the entirety of human affairs from our literal beginnings and beyond. I guess I could quit reading altogether, but I’m far too addicted for that … Continue reading
WHAT’S HUMAN AND WHAT’S NOT

On The Fragility of White Folks
- So what does this Robin DiAngelo get off with this title? How can a whole race of people who have collectively conquered, dominated, enslaved, incarcerated, and subjugated every other race (except maybe the mainland Chinese) on the planet for centuries–how can a race like that be called “Fragile”? So, at first the title didn’t make … Continue reading
On The Fragility of White Folks