Showing posts from 2015

Essay published

My essay, The Wonder Of A Visit From Santa, was published in the November/December issue of Northern Stars Magazine, Beverly Kleikamp Publisher/Editor.

Honorable Mention for poems.

Chimes, won Hon. Mention,
Colorful are wings encased in glass where a butterfly no longer flies
and Monarch Butterfly, were published in the Nov./Dec. issue of Star Poets magazine, Beverly Kleikamp, Publisher/Editor.  
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Collection of Ribbons a poem by Patricia Crandall

COLLECTION OF RIBBONS Christmas illusions linger long after gifts lay exposed beneath a glittering pine. Ribbons are collected in a gold and silver box, shimmery satin remnants of a Merry Christmas holiday.

The Argon Factor by Heather Harlow (book tour) Science Fiction

The Argon Factor by Heather Harlow
Book 1
Susan Caldwell is one of GTS’s Security Development and Design Managers.  She’s new to Boston and this company and was hoping to get a new start, leaving her old life and distrust of men behind.  But now, her life is in danger and she has to depend upon a man to keep her safe.
Christoph Baldric is CEO of GTS and the Argon Earth-based Commander.  His alien race has been living in secret on Earth for centuries, assisting the Earth humans in their maturity and technological advancements in hopes to one day integrate and reveal themselves to the humans.
1. Give us a brief synopsis of your latest work.
I recently published my first book, a sci-fi romance action-adventure.  It tells about the aliens from the planet Argon who've come to our planet looking for a new home.  They're helping the humans on Earth survive themselves.  In the book, there's been a code breach at the high-tech company Susan has just started working for.  People on her t…

538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother's Love by Cheryle Boyle

538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother’s Love is a faction about family dysfunction and the prevailing love that sustains a mother. Lilly, happily marries and is full of life as she births five beautiful children. Life takes a drastic turn and she finds herself in a place that she never had dreamt of being. The grip of life keeps a tight rein on Lilly as she suffers great loss, but her strength in God and the love for her children push her forward.  There are days that she lives by simply putting one foot in front of the other. The drama that unfolds, at times, is unbelievable. From the eldest child to the youngest, the anxieties are obvious. Lilly finds herself at times unable to interact and is often heard reciting cliché’s, words she lived by, ”When it rains, it pours, A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush, It’ll All Come Out in the Wash.”  Lilly is strong, resilient and loyal, and her inner strength causes her to persevere. 

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Star Poets published 4 poems for Patricia Crandall

Star Poets, an affiliate to North Star Publishing, Hermansville, MI, has published four of my poems in the Sept-Oct 2015 issue: 

Aunt and Uncle, 
Maturity, and
Ethereal Light.

AUTUMN RITUAL, a poem by Patricia Crandall

AUTUMN RITUAL Plum foliage swells upon changing trees. Leaves tumble to the ground in a play of wind, crisping and curling where they fall. Beauty and color reign in a time so fleeting, breathtaking, and sobering for the stark ritual that is to come.

Autumn's Child by Patricia Crandall

Her cheeks are Macintosh apples. She has corn silk hair, eyes green as leaves. A bright orange dress with a backdrop of blue sky, and lemon sun. Purple lips draw up in a pumpkin smile.

No Guts - No Gory by Nicole St. Onge

No Guts, No Gory, by Nicole St. Onge, my granddaughter, has been accepted for publication by FICTION on the WEB for October 30th, 2015. 

The Pink Victorian Lady accepted at FICTION on the WEB

I received this acceptance coming out on October 11:
Congratulations! "The Pink Victorian Lady" has been accepted for publication at FICTION on the WEB, and will appear on 11 October.
You can support Fiction on the Web at
Thanks, Charlie

Yours Anonymous by Peter Orr (book review)

Yours, Anonymous should be read by every parent, teacher, student and potential bully, nerd and geek. Perhaps then, there would be less complex situations like Ashley White’s. Peter David Orr has documented an 11th grade student’s interviews, which shine the light on how the authorities committed a tragic error by allowing those responsible for a fellow student’s death to go unpunished. Yours, Anonymous is a spell-binding read involving bullying, drugs, and self-serving teens. - by Patricia Crandall (reviewer)


OLD FRIEND Thirty years have passed old friend since childhood romps through green pastures and cow dung were worthy pastimes. When trespassing over wooden fences and climbing octopus apple trees were ultimate achievements. Do you remember chasing headless chickens in the barnyard?

Life With a Maine Coon Cat acceptance

We would like to publish Life With a Maine Coon Cat in the September 2015 issue of both our digital and new print version of A Long Story Short magazine and ezine. 

Thank you for your submission, Anisa A. Claire Editor, A Long Story Short A Long Story Short Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions

Endless Are Summer Days - from her book, I Passed This Way

I Passed This Way

ENDLESS ARE SUMMER DAYS Summer is not as exhilarating as Spring, nor virtually inspiring as Winter, and apple-tart as Autumn. June, July and August are crowned by a cerise sun. Its face rises early and retires late.

Ghosts in the Library top 10 winners!

eBook Me Up short story contest: 
Dear Patricia I'm reaching out to you to inform you that your submission to our eBook Me Up Short Story Contest has made the top 10 finalists.  While your work was not selected for the top 3 awards, we are thrilled with your submission 'Ghosts in the Library'.  This piece will be included in our compilation eBook and we will send you an eCopy per the publication deadline set for mid-August. We will make the announcement of the winners for the compilation eBook on August 1st per our web site. Congratulations! Kind regards, Cassie

Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners by Patricia Crandall

Received a great review from a reader on my story "Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners" on FICTION on the WEB 

Here's the review by Brooke Fieldhouse

Gingerbread houses, cathedral-like ceilings, bulbous polyps, baguette-snitching seasoned woodsmen, rain-vulnerable gnomes, ruby-colored antique bottles, upholstered gliders, and maroon and grey outbacks; this story has a delightful air of magic realism about it. The parallel narratives fascinate, and intertwine just at the right moment. For me the heroes were the enchanted landscape which is there if only we can see it, the value of a liberating education, and those who so lovingly administer it!

Read the story and give me your comments. I would appreciate them. You can find this and my other short stories in my book, Pat's Collectibles.

David Orr Read "I Passed This Way" (he comments)

I just finished reading "I Passed this Way" by my friend, Patricia Crandall. This book of poetry reminded me that so much of life is taking the time to notice. Yes, notice. There's so much in nature, people and circumstances that is noble, good, beautiful and worth taking the time to ponder. To me, that's the essence of poetry and she certainly captured it.

David Orr  

I Passed This Way is a second printing of a book of published poetry descriptive of the four seasons. It takes you through a winter wonderland, a spring rebirth, summer fantasies and the vivid colors of autumn. The dedication is a poem to Babcock Lake, a special place in the Grafton Mountains to live and visit.

It All Adds Up! by Patricia Crandall in Long Story Short

Patricia Crandall's short story, It All Adds Up! will be published in the July issue of Long Story Short.  Get your copy.

"Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners by Patricia Crandall

Please mark your calendars:

"Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners" has been accepted for publication at FICTION on the WEB, and will appear on 10 July.

Call For Submissions for Mystery/Thriller

I'm part of a small team called Inkitt, and we've built a free platform to help authors reach their full potential and build a reader base.
Today we've launched our Mystery / Thriller writing contest, called "Fated Paradox".
See the details on the contest page:
As a published author, I'm sure you have aspiring writers in your network who might be interested in such an opportunity.
If you share our passion for helping mystery writers succeed, perhaps you could help us spread the word about the contest. If you would be generous enough to publish a call for submissions on your blog, you can use the visuals and text directly from this summary. And since excerpts and old stories are eligible too, many established authors use our contests to promote their novels. This might be a reason for you to enter the contest yourself.
Our most active users include literary professors, and published authors too. We are proud of the high number of …

Honorable Mentions 2014 Creative Writer's Notebook Short Story Contest

To all who entered the 2014 Creative Writer’s Notebook Short Story Contest, here are the winners and honorable mentions. Thank you for entering and congratulations to all whose entries are named on this list. I will need you to send me the digital Word file of your short story as soon as possible along with your bio (updated if I already have one on file because of other contests). If your story or other entries did not make the list this time, please keep trying. The 2015 Short Story Contest begins shortly and you have until Jan 31, 2016 to get your entries in. I will send out the guidelines later this month. Again, thank you all for entering. The Judges’ comments and scores will be forthcoming. Mary Lois Mary Lois Sanders Publisher/Managing Editor Creative Writer’s Notebook Court Jester Publications 2014 CWN Short Story Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions FIRST The Bunker DOYLE, Mike SECOND Grimm …