Monday, May 27, 2013

“Cruel Embroidery” by Joyce Mason and More Golden Nuggets of Prose and Poetry

Golden Prose & Poetry: A Collection of Short Stories, Essays and Verse from Writers in Northern California

Dear Radical Readers,

I’m taking a brief break from the last pair of Planetary Fishing posts and a lot of hard work wrapping up Keywords to Unlock Chiron for this announcement. My short story, “Cruel Embroidery,” is part of a new literary collection I believe you’ll truly enjoy.

Twenty writers have teamed up to create a Northern California anthology of fine writing that puts readers through a rush of emotion from laughter to tears and from joy to regrets. I’m proud to be part of this quality volume!

The authors deliver a rush of emotion in a new book, Golden Prose & Poetry.

Golden Prose & Poetry is published by Pretty Road Press in association with Northern California Publishers & Authors. Folsom-based publisher, Ted Witt, describes the book as delivering “bold, imaginative short stories alongside true tales, travelogues and sentimental verse from writers in the Golden State.” The 165-page  book highlights the work of several award-winning writers alongside new talent showcasing their work for the first time. The content is diverse, but unified in delivering a rush of emotion.

My story, “Cruel Embroidery,” exposes  a community without compassion and is a study of what happens when light and dark meet. Imagine the most innocent young Virgo meeting a reclusive old Scorpio whose life has been derailed by a seriously damaged self-image. “Cruel Embroidery” contains court scenes tantamount to a modern-day Salem witch trial. It has a surprise ending that startled the author herself.

My story is just one of the fascinating ensemble. The anthology is now available on Amazon. Click the link or graphic to take a peek inside. It's a great summer read, perfect for the busy person who can read an entire story, essay or poem in a few spare minutes.

Golden Prose & Poetry is $11.97 and will be available in print and in e-book format. Print copies will also be available at the Purple Place book release celebration in El Dorado Hills, which will feature author signings, prizes and happy hour prices on food and beverages on Tuesday, May 28. If you're local to the Sacramento Area, please join us from 6-8:30 PM for golden fun at the Purple Place the evening after Memorial Day.  Details on Facebook.

All contributing writers to Golden Prose and Poetry are members of Northern California Publishers & Authors, an independent alliance of authors and publishing professionals whose website is

It’s a literary gold rush!

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