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Unfinished Business - ISBN 1893302687  by Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor   
Adventure/Intrigue: Follow Lindsay and Griffin as they thwart political assassinations, 
and work to resolve some 'unfinished business' of their own. 

 Judith Woolcock Colombo, author of The Fablesinger and Night Crimes, an excellent psycho-thriller.

Wearing the Spider -ISBN: 978-1-934291-05-4 by Susan Schaab:
Her identity hijacked, framed for murder by a colleague, a lawyer fights to prove her innocence.

Rose Marie Wolf writes  paranormal werewolf books called The Moon Series. She also blogs at www.RoseMarieWolf.blogspot.com.

Discover secret of the true identify and motives of the Tennessee Bell Witch in the book called The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist by DJ Lyons. ISBN #1614744774
Midnight Hours - suspense/mystery/thriller by Vivian Gilbert Zabel. While struggling to recover from a debilitating gunshot wound, homicide lieutenant Martin Rogers discovers an on-line "interest" may be a serial killer. Martin must find this killer before he becomes the next victim. Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .

Skeleton in the Attic by Jacque L. Graham. Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .

All Things Romantic

Discover a novel by Cynthianna Appel and receive another e-book at no cost.

Be My Valentine (ISBN 1-931742-07-3 ) by Jane Beckenham.  A time travel/romance set in the days of pirates raging across the Caribbean seas.  A story of hope and the search for everlasting love - before history catches up.

Always a Bridesmaid (ISBN 1-932695-18-4)  by Jane Beckenham.  Set in the heartland of New Zealand, Always A Bridesmaid encapsulates life and love's challenges.  Starting over, learning to trust again and daring to gamble on love.

Woman of Valor  (ISBN 1-931742-72-3) by Janelle Benham.  Travelling back in time to the Roman occupation of Judea, Woman of Valor is the story of two fated lovers who struggle to come to terms with their past, and their present, with the things they cannot change and things they must accept.

Jenny's Legacy, ISBN: 1-59414-433-8 by Cassandra Barnes, is a contemporary sweet romance featuring a psychic heroine.

Never Kiss a Frog: A Girl's Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp by Marilyn Anderson. ISBN: 978-0971437210. A smart and savvy collection of stories, advice, and illustrations that depict the men that women should avoid... as FROGS.  And no, they don't turn into princes no matter how many times you kiss them!

The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, Book 3 of the Bodyguard Series by Christy Tillery French. Protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain thinks guarding a rock star touring the Southern States should be not only easy but loads of fun, but she changes her mind when she's shot after the first concert. Find it at:  http://www.lldreamspell.com/RockStar.html

Science Fiction

Infinite Space, Infinite God, by Karina and Robert Fabian, editors: Fifteen stories that explore space and time, chimeras, genetically altered humans, aliens -- and the Catholic Church.

Flight of the Gryphon (ISBN-13:  978-1-55404-451-1) by Kathe Gogoleski. A time traveler falls in love with a woman from the past.

Story Collections

 3 a.m. (ISBN: 0595357865) by Dallas Woodburn.  Critics rave this collection of short stories "shines with both humor and poignancy" and "celebrates the beauty and humor of everyday life."  A portion of the proceeds go towards the Write On Scholarship Fund for young writers.

Secrets Fact or Fiction II, edited by Diane J. Newton is as the title suggests full of great secrets including a political secret and at least one from the deep South.

The Creative Writer: A Lucky Man & Shatter with other stories and poems. This collection of fiction and poetry has something for everyone whether it's drama, comedy, fantasy, horror, suspense or slice of life you crave!

A southern anthology, edited by Kathy Rhodes.  It includes 28 sotires, 28 poems, 28 writers, all collected from a Southern Journal, an online journal.  One of my poems was published in a past edtion of a Southern Journal.

Mainstream for All Ages

Crushed (ISBN 13)  9780955367236 by Frances Lynn   This is an illustrated preteen fiction about a misfit non-identical twin. She lives with her eccentric family in London and thinks she's adopted. 

Frantic (ISBN 13)   9780955367229 by Frances Lynn  is a book set in th early '70s. It's nostalgia for survivors and their children, who want to know why their  hippy-hearted parents are still stuck in their flower-power time-warp.

Road Queens (ISBN 1932993304) by Catherine MacDonald. This is a multi-layered novel about four women who abandon their lives and take to the highways.


Coming Home (ISBN1-932993347) by Catherine MacDonald. From Boston to the countryside of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this is a novel of love, family relationships, and inner strength.

 Janet Elaine Smith has written so many books it's beginning to be difficult to count them.  I liked Pampas.

A Mouth Full of Shell (ISBN 1-928973-44-2) by Connie Gotsch from is a main stream contemporary novel about a woman learning to fight for what she wants, and the life encounters that give her the information and courage to do what she wants to do.

Snap Me a Future (ISBN 193014-14-4) by Connie Gotsch is a psychological thriller about a woman rebuilding her life after a serious injury, and with her own resources and the help of friends, finding the courage to get out there and do what she wants.

Storm has arrived!  (ISBN 1932993746) by Joyce Anthony. Published by Star Publish.  

The Kahills of Willow Walk (ISBN: 0-9769989-2-0) by S.K. Hamilton. Can the enduring love of family heal a heart gone astray and survive the insane, vindictive actions of one of its own?

Back to the Homestead by Mary Jean Kelso.

Sleep Before Evening by Magdalena Ball. This gritty, relentless story unfolds with the same cool detachment that motivates the central character to peel back the layers of her life and expose the painful scalding within. 

This site lists all of the books by Philip Harris, his latest news and his newsletter.

An autographed copy of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey  by Linda Ballou maybe purchased on Linda’s site with free shipping anywhere in the world. www.lindaballouauthor.com.


The Immigrants' Daughter (ISBN 978-1-59113-773-X) by Mary Terzian is a compendium of memoirs on growing up in Egypt, during World War II, in an Armenian community of escapees from genocide. The protagonist breaks gender and oppression barriers to pursue her dreams and take charge of her own destiny.

First the Raven by Leora Krygier is a novel with a voice all its own that examines the corrosive quality of bigotry that festers among those of with the same dreams, those of the same religion, those very souls who should support one another.

This Is the Place ISBN: 1588513521  AmErica House  By Carolyn Howard-Johnson. "When you live amidst beauty sometimes you don't recognize discrimination and, if you do, you prefer not to acknowledge it."  A young journalist realizes that because she is half Mormon and half Protestant she is not suitable material for love. She delves into her Mormon heritage and journals her way through prejudice into redemption. She learns to mend her own life when she finds she cannot mend her world. This novel, set in Salt Lake City in the 50s, reveals not only complexities of the heart but the secrets of what some consider a mysterious place and culture. "This is the Place" has won eight awards including the Critics' Choice award. Find more on this book on this site.

The Inspiring Story of Little Goody Two Shoes  (ISBN 978-0-9668069-9-1) by Michael Levy is a wonderful story and a best selling children’s book for two hundred year s... The theme of the book is to teach wisdom with learning and who can say they do not support that noble deed.

Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures by former University of California instructor Joe Lurie is indeed a journey and you will enjoy every minute of it. Especially appropriate for this interminable political silly season.




What Foreigners Need to Know About America From A to Z by world traveler, former CEO, and ivy-league trained Lance Johnson is the antidote for immigration worries. It's for immigrants, travelers, international students and those who must do business in the US. Order your copy of What Foreigners Need to Know About America on Amazon for free shipping. Translations available in Ukranian and Simplified Chinese.


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Dreams of Grandeur, a book of poetry by Amber A. Whitman.

Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry     ISBN: 1-59924-017-3    Finishing Line Press. Tracings touches chords--both major and minor--for readers interested in nostalgia, tolerance, culture and aging. The author traces her life's experiences and for her it feels like "a movie reel running backwards." Tracings was named to the Compulsive Readers' Ten Best Reads list.  Read more on this site.

Cherished Pulse is an e-chapbook of unconventional love poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Read more about it on this site.

Quark Soup by Magdalena Ball uses the strange anti-matter world of astrophysics and quantum physics to capture the bonds that tie human beings together.

Cat-House Sonnets, 100 poems celebrating cats. ISBN-13: 978-0971069640 by Margy Ohring. Winner of a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers Association, Cat-House Sonnets depicts all aspects of cat behavior in sonnet form.  Poems include litterbox behavior, food preferences, interaction with other cats and the great love the author has for her feline companions.  You will find your cat in the pages of this book.

My Whispers' - A Most Unusual Collection of Poetic Vignettes of the Holy Spirit's whispers directly to you through Susan E. Waldrop.  ISBN-10: 0975867717. ISBN-13: 978-0975867716. Susan E. has received seven International Angel Awards for Excellence in Media and nominated for a Telly for her first film; 'A Peace of Jackie'.

Dessa Reed is a poet and poetry editor at The Desert Woman. Find her at http://www.dessareed.net/ .


"For Shrieking Out Loud! is like Sex and the City, without a lot of sex or city...funny and thoughtful all at the same time."
~ Anna Marie Gire, Editor of Women's Independent Press. 
By Joyce Faulkner (Red Engine Press).


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Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite June Casagrande's Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies  (Penguin) is a fun way to improve your grammar and feel comfortable doing it.

Live Your Road Trip Dream (ISBN 13) 9780975292808 by Phil & Carol White. Dream of that long, rambling trip?  This award-winning, "how-to" planning guide includes all the tools the serious road tripper needs to make their dreams a reality. 

HUGS, HOPE, and Peanut Butter: Finding Light Behind Life's Storm Clouds i by Marsha Jordan is a book of humorous, inspirational essays illustrated by critically ill children.  

Discover a true-life philosophy about making marriages last a lifetime in Choose Love for Life, by Joe and Edwina Roady.

Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered    ISBN: 1591295505     AmErica House.  Harkening explores the little white lies and solemn truths that one charming, idiosyncratic family loves to repeat. Each story is stitched to the next to become a saga of their sojourn from Michigan through a vanishing railroad town in New Mexico, then into Utah and finally (and happily), to a place where individuality can thrive. Harkening won three awards including Word Thunder's Excellence in Writing award. Read more on this site.

Walter Brasch's America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights. ) is a look at the history and effects of the USA Patriot Act upon the erosion of our civil liberties and violations of at least five of the Bill of Rights. It has been endorsed by liberals and conservatives.

Law of Attraction Alchemy: Change Lead Thoughts into Gold : A reader says, "Ever try to lose excess body fat or put onmuscle, but everything you read is for a different body type, activity level, age, etc., so that what you read cannot be readily applied by you today? Well, Joyce Shafer has solved that problem when it comes to understanding how to manifest your dreams. Ms Shafer, in her very inexpensively priced book, provides sixty-four (64) statements you can immediately use and apply to your life... TODAY! WHAT A GOLD MINE! I am engaged in my journey to use these alchemy statements every day for ninety days. I fully expect aspects of my leadened life to become golden. I highly recommend that you make the investment to do the same." (Download/preview chapter available at http://www.lulu.com/content/3567315 )


I Don’t Want to be Your Guru, but I Have Something to Say by Joyce Shafer: A reader says, “... absolutely wonderful with simple, but practical life-affirming messages. [Joyce] reminds me of some of my favorite authors such as Richard Bach and Jane Roberts. The message contained in this special book will remind you of the remarkable person you've always been; and as you remember, you will take the necessary steps to follow the star that has always been shining within you."~ John Harricharan, Author of “When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat” (Paperback/download and preview chapter available at http://www.lulu.com/content/773467)



How to Have What You REALLY Want by Joyce Shafer: A reader says, "... I found that [Joyce's] book is not a typical workbook, but a guide---a guide to who I am and a guide for me. Basically, this guide is my life map---where I was, am, and where I am going to arrive. I would highly recommend this guide to all, regardless of where you are in life. As we all know, we sometimes get off direction. Let this book put you back on your map of life. (Paperback/download and preview chapter available at http://www.lulu.com/content/796351)

Do's and Don'ts for the First, Second and Third Wives by Juliet Gipson, MA. Required reading by a percentage of the population that is growing all the time.

Integrity: Do You Have It? (2nd edition) is authored by Dennis Aubuchon. "A much-needed book for these times." ~ CHJ

I Need to be SAFE:  I’m Worth It! by Janet Goliger. ISBN 13: 978-0-9768273-2-0. Empower your children with self-defense techniques that work; teach them to defend themselves in any threatening situation while learning in a non-threatening environment. The key to our children’s safety is to give them these specific survival tools so that they never enter that car, never grab that hand, and so they know how to get away before they are grabbed.

Successful Meetings: How to Plan, Prepare, and Execute Top-Notch business Meetings by Shri Henkel. ISBN 9780910627917. I am quoted in this book, so I'm a bit prejudice, but I feel safe in saying it is packed with practical tips for making meeting fruitful and keeping them from being a snooze. Authors can use this book to help plan their readings, seminars and classes.

The Dog Diet, A Memoir: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash On Life. (HCI, Publishing) by Patti Lawson. ISBN 0-7573-0394-3. A humorous memoir that celebrates the bond between Patti and her adopted dog Sadie and the adventure of a lifetime they embarked on.She says, "It's about what my dog taught me about shedding pounds, licking stress and getting a new leash on life."

Blended Families: An Anthology (ISBN-13: 978-0-9786066-0-2) edited by Valerie Coleman is a book of essays from biological and stepparents, children and other family members. The book expresses the anxiety and fulfillment of stepfamily life and concludes with snippets of lessons learned that are humorous, anecdotal and inspirational.
Tina Carey has created a workbook style publication to guide women through a fascinating faith journey of connecting with the Feminine Face of God through women of the Bible. ISBN 1432705415

Joyce White, author of  Sculpting the Heart: Surviving Depression with Art Therapy can be found

on her Web site, www.sculptingtheheart.com. There you will find inspirational poetry, blogging, photography, music and humor. If you are happy, you will enjoy her book and web site; if you are not happy, you definitely need them. 


The Solution is at Hand: The Dottie Walters Story. By Dottie Walters and Terri Marie. ISBN 978-0-943477-14-5. The legendary Dottie Walters discusses her amazing life and the lessons she would like to pass along. A two CD set by the same title with the actual interview with Dottie is also available. UPC number on the CD set is 706263-0500 -27


The Dog Diet: A Memoir, What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress, and Getting a New Leash On Life (ISBN O-7573-0394-3) by Patti Lawson  A touching and funny story how a little shelter dog transformed the author's life.

Down on the Farm:  One American Family's Dream  by Sue Glasco. ISBN: 1-4137-7727-9. A great book for picking-up and putting-down reading since each chapter contains several short complete segments. This memoir of a young farm family is enjoyed by both young parents who are rearing children now  and also by those older who like going down the 1960s memory lane.  The universal struggle of a family striving to achieve a dream brings chuckles and an occasional tear.

Sixtyfive Roses:  A Sister’s Memoir is a powerful and inspiring memoir of family love, loss and survival.  A must read for any woman on her own heroine’s journey. It’s Eva Longoria’s favorite new read – she’s optioned the film rights.  Celine Dion wrote the foreword.  Angela Lansbury couldn’t put it down. “This memoir is an astounding testament to the strength of family, but also to the reality of illness and a person’s spiritual growth...readers will not be able to put the book down. One can’t help but be moved in reading it.” ~ Book Review Journal



Flying Hugs and Kisses by Jewel Sample. How do you tell a child their baby brother or sister is not coming home from the hospital? How could this happen?  Where did the baby go?  Parents in the midst of their grief must come up with answers to their children's questions.  Flying Hugs and Kisses answers these questions with compassion and hope.  Available at Book stores in English and Spanish. ISBN  1-59879--119-2
Trockle is by Holly Jahangiri, ISBN 978-0-9797513-2-5 (listening ages 2 - 5; reading ages 6 - 8) by Holly Jahangiri, illustrated by Jordan M. Vinyard. Stephen is afraid of the monster under the bed. What he doesn't realize is Trockle, the little monster under the bed, is afraid of him, the big monster over the bed. Published by  www.4rvpublishingllc.com

Al - the- Gator and Freddy Frog by Doc Gater, ISBN 978-0-9797513-0-1 (listening ages 3 - 5; reading ages 6 - 10) by Doc Gator, illustrated by Randy Zabel. Al-the-Gator wonders how a slimy little frog could ever save his life. Learn More, at the back of the book, gives additional information about alligators and frogs. Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com . 

Sad Sam and the Magic Cookies by Stacy Quest and edited by Jill Ronsley was First Runner Up at the 2007 New York Book Festival in the Children's Section.

Lion in the Living Room by Coebach McKinna ISBN 978-0-9797513-4-9 (listening ages 2 - 5; reading ages 6 - 8) by Caelaach (Kelly) McKinna, illustrated by A.R. Stone. Sometimes the animals take over the house, starting with the lion in the living room.  Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .
TATO: (ISBN 1-59088-564-3) by Kathe Gogolewski tells how a boy's magic gets him in and out of trouble. A children's fantasy adventure.
Zachary Goes Treasure Hunting by Robin Falls. With a little imagination, Zachary travels throughout the world in search of treasures. To Zachary's mother, a treasure is a bargain found at auctions; garage sales; flea markets; even on the side of the road in a trash pile. Will Zachary's lucky, Russian stone help them locate what they are looking for? Join the treasure hunt and find out.

An Odd Fable by Norma J. Sundberg with illustrations by Esther M. Leiper:  An Odd Fable is the story of a princess who solves a serious situation with a dilapidated drawbridge in the little round Kingdom of Odd. ISBN 13: 978-0-9776958-5-0

The Base Stealers Club - ISBN 978-1-84728-220-0 (young adult/juvenile, ages 10 - 14) by V. Gilbert Zabel. Someone is stealing from the locker rooms during baseball games. The Jonesville Chargers want the thief found because only bases should ever be stolen. However, when the person stealing is revealed, the team finds circumstances make a difference.  Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .
Case of the Missing Coach - ISBN 978-0-9797513-1-8 (young adult/juvenile, ages 10 - 14) by V. Gilbert Zabel. Someone wants to Jonesville Chargers not to win the championship and threatens the team. When the team doesn't lose or forfeit, their coach is kidnapped. Will the team find the coach in time, or will their dreams be dashed, perhaps forever? Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .
Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us  - ISBN 978-0-9797513-6-3 (young adult/juvenile ages 10 - 13) by Lea Schizas. Bubba arrives at a new school, expecting to be bullied as usual because of his name. The first day he literally runs into the biggest kid there, who becomes his best friend. Two young men, used to being the brunt of bullying, band together to beat the odds against them. Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .

State of Wilderness - ISBN 978-0-9797513-5-6 (young adult/juvenile, ages 10 - 12) by Elysabeth Eldering, illustrated by Aidana WillowRaven. Friends play a game and are given clues to discover the correct state. State of Wilderness is the first in the series of 50 books, one for each state. As the members of the Geography Detective Squad work their way through the fifty United States of America in the series, they accumulate bonus clues that will reveal five territories that are joined to or are part of the United States.Published by www.4rvpublishingllc.com .


ISBN 1-932993-80-0 A Christmas Dream is a 3-act play for small to medium theatrical groups. Story by Janet Elaine Smith, script adaptation by Billie A Williams. Christmas is off limits for Susan Quincey and her 3 year old son. A father he never knew was killed in Desert Storm. He dreams of a Christmas of happiness for his Mom. He believes miracles can happen, especially at Christmas. Kevin Docketer and a Santa try to help--is it enough?  A heart-warming Christmas tale some say is the next Miracle on 34th Street.

Christmas Cookies Are for Giving is a celebration of family, friends and the joy of giving. Stories, recipes, tips and more...  Smells of cinnamon...cookie cutters...rolling and baking...eating dough....By Kristin Johnson and Mimi Cummins.

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The Reading Tub is a charity that promotes family and children's literacy and is also a great place to find children's book reviews.

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Allbooks Review is a site that occasionally posts my reviews as a guest reviewer.  Editor Shirley Roe keeps the reviews rolling!

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MyShelf.com offers new reviews by a cadre of reviewers each month. You'll also find my Back to Literature column there.

I am on the advisory board of this exceptional group. That's my disclaimer. But I'd say this in any case: Readers will love The Spirited Woman Circle series of CDs featuring interviews of famous women in literature like agent Lisa Hagan and author Janet Fitch. Nancy Mills is founder and editor.

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Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

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Great Book Proposals in 30 Minutes

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Third in the Celebration of Chapbooks with Magdalena Ball, Imagining the Future is written expressly for fathers "and other masculine apparitions."

She Wore Emerald Then is a book of Moods of Motherhood: thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of motherhood in its broadest sense.  Share this collection with someone you love.

More on Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational on this Web site.

Sublime Planet is an e-chapbook and paperback published in the time-honored tradition of poets everywhere. This collection of ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world, from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads the reader deep into the personal heart of perception. Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal. Photograpy by Ann Howley.

“Whatever your age these poems celebrating women will speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.” ~ Nancy Famolari, author.

Also by Carolyn:

Tracings is winner of the Military Society of America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads of 2005

Imperfect Echoes is Carolyn's newest poetry book. Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small. 

Cover and interior art by Richard Conway Jackson
All proceeds go to Amnesty International

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