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This is a novel about a woman's self discovery, love, and her personal desires to follow her passions. Juliana, a thirty-eight year old nurse, single mother, and an artist finds herself tangled between two men while struggling to be a serious artist.Her inspiration was fueled by her gifted grandmother, Alessandra, who escaped Italy during the war with her daughter, Isabella, Juliana's mother. Alessandra, an artist, is a pivotal character despite the fact that she is dead!
Alessandra is the voice of female resolve and urges Juliana to follow her artistic gifts."Leaning against the pewter headstone, I heard my grandmother’s words, “Juliana, you must go find your legacy—you will feel at home. Ah, you go and will not return. Italia, tis an artist’s heaven---a lougo of tragic beauty, mi montagna of my youth.”Artista by the Sea is a full circle narrative driven by hilarious and endearing friends and family in Juliana's life. Subtle threads of gender themes depict the societal biases women in the arts continue to face.The story also touches on the universal desire to know your past. What familial traits and events provoked Juliana's choices? For Juliana, a trip to Italy, to her grandmother's village, unlocks the beloved answers she had been seeking.
This modern love story, Artista by the Sea, will capture the heart of any reader who has dared to follow their callings despite the familial and inner hurdles along the way.
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WITH CROW; THE TALE OF TWO SISTERS
With Crow; The Tale of Two Sisters is a middle grade novel laced with Native American themes, adventure, and a story driven narrative. Karen Devaney is an author known for her storytelling talents for both children and adults. Julie and Bridget, the main characters in this gripping tale, are modern adventurers as they seek to find remnants of their past. They are on a mission to find the people who knew their parents before they perished in a head on collision. The deadly crash causes, Julie and Bridget, to be condemned to live in San Francisco with the two meanest people on the planet, Aunt Rosie and Uncle Sam.
When the girls are old enough to plot their escape, they receive a mysterious letter from a W.C. who happens to be the last person to see their parents alive. The sisters encounter danger, new friends, and a crow they name Angel as they bike, bus, and train their way back to Wyoming to find W.C.. Along the way, Julie and Bridget meet a host of characters; an old man named Ernie, a migrant worker, and a Sioux Indian Tribe. These and others play a critical role in leading the girls to the knowledge they have longed for. Angel becomes just that-- a winged guardian that watches over the girls and leads them to W.C. and the person responsible for their parent’s death.
Although this novel is intended for middle grade readers, it will warm the hearts of all ages. With Crow; The Tale of Two Sisters whisks readers on a journey as Karen Devaney explores the innate yearning for people of all generations to know their familial past. The travels of this tale end full circle and leaves readers with a startling conclusion.
Find With Crow;The Tale of Two Sisters at amazon.com/author/karendevaney
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Thoughts and comments here! All of us have an Anonymous Artist lurking somewhere inside? As women we are often brainwashed into believing we can either be successful at motherhood or a career--but not both. These messages are often subtle but sturdy enough to cause stage fright. They seep into our psyche and derail our deepest desires which is to live to the fullest in all areas of our lives; emotionally, spirtitualy, physically, sexually, financially. Women thriving as lovers, mothers, and professionals does mean we must abandon sensitivities or empathy to the world around us. We do not have to adopt a corporate attitude in order to be successful. Success, is how we define it.
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Having been raised in an Irish/Italian family, storytelling was a way of life. I am a published author and professor with a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.F.A in Theatre. My first love is children's books. Frederick the Forgetful Rattler was my first book about a sweet friendly but very forgetful rattlesnake named Frederick. It was wonderful to give readings for children at schools and book stores but my favorite was read was at U.C. Davis Children's Hospital. I have been a pediatric nurse and I know how much the kids need to escape the beeps and routines of life in a hospital. It was wonderful to give them a place to escape to. Rosie the Dog Who Forgot to Grow, The Legends of B.B. Fibberpants, and Zanipola; Pop-Pop’s Tree coming out in 2013. I am still working on a traditional publishing house as i feel that children's books need to be held and sniffed and kept in a favorite spot.
I also adore writing for middle graders, teens and adults. With Crow; The Tale of Two Sisters is an adventure story about two sisters looking for clues about their past. This book is a bit of a Huck Finn for girls and is laced with Native American themes. When a crow named Angel adopts the girls, she proves to be just that. I loved writing this story because I was able to re-visit some of the places I have traveled and loved; rugged state. It also gave me a chance to explore in depth Native American heritage and culture. Juliana’s Truth, is my first adult novel--both books are available at Barnes & Nobles as well as Amazon.com. I still hope to see them in old fashion print as well!
The Chronicles of Nurse Noelle is a series of short stories based on my own experience as a nurse--embellished a smidgen. The truth is often better than fiction. This is a series and volume I can also be found at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobles. Volume II due out by mid summer 2013
When I am not writing or teaching I can be found in the theatre. I have never lost my lust for performing, directing, and working with an ensemble. I also teach African dance and yoga. I am passionate about women and girls having alternative books that give voice to our strengths and portray alternatives. My hope for readers is to give them a place to rest a bit while reading a story that leaves them refreshed, empowered, and delightfully entertained.
In addition to the novels and children’s stories, I write freelance articles for various businesses and industries; wineries, financial institutions, Higher Education, Health and Wellness, and Alternative Medicine to name a few. Poetry is another arena I dabble in and have been published in several anthologies. My latest project include finishing a new novel Between the Vines, finishing my first collection of short stories and poetry, and writing my next hilarious children's book; The Night Singers Who Saved Summer aka crickets, katydids, and all the little insects that sing when temperatures warm. This is an environmental story told by the bugs.
I am an active member of Women Thrive, Amnesty Now, as well as Eve Ensler’s campaign to end violence against women and girls. I performed in the Vagina Monologues several times. I love people and mbraces all spirituality as a way to the truth and unity. I love to laugh and take every opportunity to do so! My current books can be found at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com
This hilarious story is one near and dear to my heart--as if they all aren't! This one will have you laughing out loud and nodding as we all have, at one time or another during childhood felt as if we don't fit in. Doriano Strologo is an Italian illustrator that brings this story to life with his captivating illustrations. Look for Rosie on the shelves--soon!