Writer’s Fourth Wednesday

Victoria C. Slotto present her novel at a book fair.

Victoria C. Slotto present her novel at a book fair.

Tonight at 7 p.m. PST, writer, poet and writing coach, Victoria C. Slotto, will host Writer’s Fourth Wednesday on The Bardo Group blog. We hope you’ll join us there. The prompt this month is “Common Sense(s)” and Victoria provides a clear explanation and examples.

Mister Linky will be open for seventy-two hours so that you can link in your own work in response to the prompt. Mister Linky looks like this:

When you click on Mister Linky in Victoria’s post it will ask for your name and for the URL of the post you want to share. Victoria and I will visit  and comment. I look forward to seeing you there and reading your post.

The City of Ultimate Bliss

The City of Ultimate Bliss

My post for the event is: The City of Ultimate Bliss. Of the four short-story links I’ve attached to this blog  (scroll to “Short Stories” in the blog roll), I think that’s the one that most strongly exemplifies the use of the physical senses in story-telling.

For more about The Bardo Group, its mission and its collective, link HERE.

© Victoria’s photograph, Victoria C. Slotto, All rights reserved
Photo “family on front stoop” credit ~ Brooklyn Memories/Old Brooklyn

Calling all writers and poets …

Tomorrow Writers’ Fourth Wednesday Challenge resumes for 2014 on The Bardo Group. It is hosted by writer, poet and novelist, Victoria C. Slotto. You are all invited to join the fun. The prompt will go up at 7:00 p.m. PST and will stay open for seventy-two hours for you to share your work. Victoria and I will visit and comment. I hope to see you there and hope also you will visit and comment on the work of other participants as well.

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SUNDAY SPECIAL: Time to Honor One of Our Own

Victoria at the Palm Springs Writer's Expo March 2012

Victoria at the Palm Springs Writer’s Expo March 2012

Victoria Slotto, fellow poet and blogger, had her first novel – Winter is Past – published last year. Her second novel is in progress as is a poetry chapbook. Victoria is a gifted writer and poet, and I am proud and delighted to feature her here. Victoria and I have much in common in terms of values and life experience. It was gratifying to see how well she incorporated important insights and ideals into the narrative flow of her novel. You will fall in love with and not soon forget her heroic character, Claire. Jamie  

“See! The winter is past; the rains re over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth.” Song of Songs: 2:12

2940013445222_p0_v1_s260x420Enter a world where achieving inner strength and surviving the odds are possible

With a talent and voice unlike any other, Victoria C. Slotto captures the reader’s heart and mind with a tale of overcoming personal hardships and struggling with one of life’s most difficult questions, “What if…?”

What does a woman—a fearful woman—do when all she holds dear is in danger of being lost? Victoria C. Slotto’s romantic drama, Winter is Past, explores the depths of joy and sorrow women face and the paths that women find through fear.

Winter is Past explores Claire’s story, a woman with a perfect life—a husband she loves, friends, and meaningful work. As life changes around her, she shows us the strength of her spirit, as well as her belief.

Victoria C. Slotto, a former hospice nurse and a kidney transplant survivor, speaks from experience as she writes Claire’s story. But Winter is Past is not a memoir by any stretch; it is a story written by an accomplished poet and essayist.Victoria’s poems and short stories have been published in several magazines and journals since 2005.

The Plot of Winter is Past

After receiving a kidney from her best friend, Claire has a renewed delight in life. This newfound happiness is put on hold when she discovers Kathryn has cancer in her remaining kidney. To cope with a possible loss, Claire is forced to face a source of fear that has haunted her from early in life. Throughout her journey she will uncover an inner strength and survive the unthinkable. Claire’s fear is every woman’s fear. Her question is every woman’s—can she survive?

Critics Weigh In

Critics have already weighed in with reviews. Jean Davenport describes the novel as “A beautifully written and purposeful exploration of the meaning of life through love, loss and rebirth. The journey of Claire makes us all appreciate the fragile string our lives are attached to and how each event makes all worth living. A great read!”

Winter is Past was released December 2011 and is available in both print and e-book formats via most online retailers, which are listed HERE.

© 2012, 2013, photographs, Victoria C. Slotto, all rights reserved

Victoria and Dave Slotto

Victoria and Dave Slotto

Victoria C. Slotto attributes her writing influences to her spirituality, her dealings with grief and loss, and nature. Having spent twenty-eight years as a nun, Victoria left the convent but continued to work as a nurse in the fields of death and dying, Victoria has seen and experienced much. Because of her experience, Victoria is able to connect with her audience on an intimate level. She resides in Reno, Nevada, with her husband and two dogs and spends several months of the year in Palm Desert, California. Winter is Past is her first book published by Lucky Bat Books. Victoria is also an accomplished blogger, sharing her fine poetry with us HERE.