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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

AND, NEVER FEAR

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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THE SECOND VENDETTA

 

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:

 


AN ARC, AN ARC, MY KINGDOM FOR AN ARC
- Now, I seldom, maybe almost never, talk much about the arc of a story. Even books I don’t much care for have one, for good or ill, and I tend to concentrate on character story in terms of reader impact. But I recently read two novels in a row that are very disappointing in the … Continue reading
AN ARC, AN ARC, MY KINGDOM FOR AN ARC
WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO DIE -   Because I could not stop for death It was Emily Dickinson who wrote that. I thought of her lines a couple of nights ago when we gathered to remember, to laugh and pray and praise our dear friend and colleague, Peter. He was a young man who, as the phrase goes, "died too doon." … Continue reading WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO DIE

AIRPORT FANTASY
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-   An airport you’d think was set up as a place for transportation, and I mean the swiftest known on earth outside rockets and spaceships. But add it all up, the time, I mean, getting to and from an airport, sitting in airport waiting for a plane, for a delayed plane, a meal you’re paying … Continue reading
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BARBARA LEE SPEAKS FOR ME (AND FOR THEE)
- I am just now sitting down at the computer after having watched the new film Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power, and I confess to being a bit awestruck. Lee has been my congressional representative much of my politically aware life. In 1998 She succeeded the iconic Ron Dellums as the 13th district representative to congress  … Continue reading
BARBARA LEE SPEAKS FOR ME (AND FOR THEE)
FESTIVAL OF STORYTELLERS I–A REJUVENATION OF MOI - I’m readying myself to launch a campaign to market my latest novel, Swindle in Sawtooth Valley, as well as the other five books that have been falling out of print recently. It will make six all in all. There will be more and more about this as the next weeks go on. However, it occurred to me … Continue reading FESTIVAL OF STORYTELLERS I–A REJUVENATION OF MOI

INTO THE FLAMES–HOW FIRES END
- Literature and textbooks and movies are replete with stories of the victors, the defeated, and the victims of WWII. Most often they are morality plays that portray the Nazi’s as devils and the allies as angels. It’s gotten so I automatically turn off my entertainment response meter when I see a swastika on screen or … Continue reading
INTO THE FLAMES–HOW FIRES END
WELCOME BACK TO MURDER, RAPE, AND GORGEOUS MUSIC -   For the first time in two years we yesterday evening entered the San Francisco Memorial Opera house for a banquet of that spectacle known as Grand Opera. I won’t say it was worth the wait because the wait seemed interminable and we are still in the midst of the surrounding danger and chaos. Nevertheless, … Continue reading WELCOME BACK TO MURDER, RAPE, AND GORGEOUS MUSIC
****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

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