Title: Milk Fever
Author Name: Lissa M. Cowan
- Best writing wardrobe.
Something comfortable yet mildly luxurious. Even if I don’t leave the house, I like to look good. I put on my earrings, necklace and rings, do my hair and wear makeup (most of the time). I’ve tried to write in sweats and sometimes do that after the gym or a run but it doesn’t work as well for me.
2. Best Inspiration for writing.
A good night’s sleep. I know it sounds really boring, but sleep is so inspiring because it means I’m well rested and ready to work, have had a few dreams, and my creativity is flowing.
- Best writing place.
The best writing place for me is a cottage in Tuscany overlooking an olive grove. I took over two months off to finish rewrites to my novel in a place like that. You better believe I was inspired. Barring that, writing at my solid teak Indian desk surrounded by my books and a good cup of coffee at my side.
- Best Pick-Me-Up book.
I’m a sucker for children’s books such as Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Where the Wild Things Are. I also like more current ones with artful pictures. Hard not to be happy reading a good children’s book.
- Best secret talent.
I’m kind of killer in the kitchen. I make a mean hummus, lasagne, curry and crepes. My family and closest friends know this about me. I love to cook, mix my own spices and basically turn the kitchen upside down. The good part for those who have to clean up after me is that I usually clean as I go.
- Best experience or writing idea.
Well, I would have to say the idea I had to write my current novel. I think the story about a wet nurse with magical milk is pretty original.
Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever and founder of Writing the Body. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. She is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.
She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.
Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.
When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!
She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Book Genre: Historical fiction, literary suspense
Publisher: Demeter Press
Release Date: October 18, 2013
Buy Link(s): http://www.amazon.com/Lissa-M.-Cowan/e/B00G48XN3S
What if the only person you ever loved suddenly disappeared without a trace?
In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing from her mountain village.
Céleste, a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shame and starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk.
Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution–a delicious peek into this age’s history. The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives.
My fever worsened. I don’t recall all who came to assist me on my
sickbed during those few days of torment, but I know the village
doctor was there for a time, along with a travelling barber-surgeon,
an apothecary and a healer of the stone evil. One advised bleeding
and another clysters. Still another insisted on purgatives in the way
of small spoonfuls of cinnamon water. Margot applied compresses
and told me to continue suckling even though the doctors warned
“Eventually your body will rid itself of milk fever,” she said.
Heat consumed every part of me, setting my skin on fire. One
night I didn’t sleep and hallucinated instead. In my half-mad vision,
all the saints were there before me—Augustine, Teresa, Sebastian,
Thomas, Francis, Cecilia—and many mortal beings who were now
absent to me. Although I lay in bed amidst damp sheets, I saw my
dear mother who died bringing me into the world, childhood playmates
of mine who fell during the scourge and were buried together
in one solitary grave. A neighbour who didn’t survive the birth of
her second child, and yet another woman crying out as her son lay
on his deathbed—all of them scaling the exterior walls of my house
like red-eyed lepers seeking a crypt to hide their half-deadness. At
first, I didn’t want to let these lost souls into my life. They were, after
all, echoes of the past, wreckage from a sea-bound ship that never
made it home. Although I am afraid of what they showed me, I was
compelled to let them in.
I awakened in a pool of water, nightshirt clinging to my hot, wet
body. My child was no longer beside me. Did the lost souls take her,
I wondered. Perhaps the flames licked her all away. Just when I had
given up hope of ever seeing my darling baby again, Margot walked
into the room. She passed a cool cloth over my forehead and cheeks.
Its freshness soothed me.
“Where is Rose-Marie? What happened to her?” I asked deliriously.
“She is asleep in a basket by your bed. There, you see?”
I raised my head and glimpsed her round face peeking out from the
covers. She batted the air with her fists, emitting rapid cries. Margot
sat on the bed and looked upon me as a mother does a daughter.
“You were burning up.”
“Yes. I have spent the night watching saints and others battle the
fires of Hades.”
“Take the child. She needs your milk.” Margot handed her to me
and I brought her to the spot of all my woes.
Amazed to find that feeding her soothed the pain in my bosom, I
felt my fever much less than before. A sensation that I cannot put
my finger on took hold of me when my milk fever subsided and I
became bright-eyed and shiny as a new coin.
I am no more able to understand my transformation than I am
able to blame Rose-Marie for taking me from intellectual pursuits.
My melancholia vanished with the morning mist.
My baby’s little mouth curled and eyelids like pea pods opened
and closed. When she looked up at me with knowing eyes, I couldn’t
help but think it was my milk that produced such a state. My heart
was suddenly joyful and I reasoned that there was no better place to
be. Her gurgles and chirps told me she was happy in my arms and I
now sensed the same emotion holding her. Ten little fingers and ten
little toes, she was built of the stuff that made a body unstoppable.
I held her always, all day, bestowing kisses upon her downy head. I
couldn’t believe that this little nut, this sleeping angel, was mine. I
cried and laughed as I rocked her. My words were caresses for her,
flowing and erupting. She drank in my sweet hums and coos, her
mouth lingering at my every syllable.
After feeding, I wrapped Rose-Marie and myself in a blanket and
madly raced down the stairs toward the door. As I combed the garden
for a bit of wind to quell what was left of my fever, I sensed my present
life slipping away. My head and heart informed me that mothering
wasn’t contrary to learning, yet instead part of it. I can write and reflect
and talk philosophy just as I can suckle a child. No one can tell me—not
even my own father—that it is not a woman’s privilege to do both.
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Release Date: 11/19/12
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Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena.
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Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she’s barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target.
Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where the clan can be found.
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Alyssa was awaiting the arrival of her best friend Fallon, where they meet every night at the Cafe’ Copioh. When Fallon calls to say she won’t be able to make it to the Cafe’, Alyssa leaves for home.
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Title: Lakeside University Cover Up
Author Name: Charles A. Taylor
University Cover Up,;
Book Description:A cross is burned in the yard of two black Lakeside University students. When campus officials call the incident a harmless prank, both black and white student organizations, launch a series of protests to force the administration into conducting a full investigation.
Instead, the administration devises a divide and conquer scheme to create a rift between black and white students. Feel the tension mounting as the students react to the Administration’s response to the incident. As black students turn up the pressure, the campus stands on the verge of a racial explosion. Campus leaders must find a way out of the crisis so they seek the help of Dr. Wendell Oliver, the country’s leading expert in diffusing racial tension.
Watch Dr. Oliver as he masterfully guides the feuding students into looking beyond themselves on a weekend retreat that is filled with action, danger, sexual attraction, and racial conflict. Discover the hidden lessons that students learn about friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. Follow the love story as the plot unfolds. Experience this roller coaster ride of emotions for yourself! Learn the secret behind the cross burning as the leading character Gloria finds her voice.
Students come to realize that the cross burning is more than just about racism. Its wicked flames shed light on corrupt cops, complicit college administrators and misguided attitudes that point to a major cover up. When students finally piece the puzzle together, justice is served but it comes with a steep price. Lakeside University will never be the same again.
I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading this book, and as a parent with a child in college, this was a very big eye opener. We learn about this type of thing, racism, KKK, in history, but when you think of it still happening, well, let me just say…
Okay, to the book. Lakeside University Cover Up was excellent. Very well written and so real-to-life that you have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I experienced so many emotions while reading this that at times I had to take a break to take it all in. It’s something that I think every parent, teacher and school/university should be discussing to ensure that kids are prepared for what the future may hold for them – especially if they will be dorming on campus.
Dr. Taylor did a fantastic job of drawing you in and keeping you glued to the story. You were wanting to smash people, protect others and in the end…just go give your kids a hug, hoping you raised them right and they will never have to experience something like this in real life, ever.
I recommend this to any parent or teacher, and maybe, just maybe, with Dr. Taylor’s help, we can prepare our children for diversity and bring them up to share that knowledge with those that fear the unknown.
The nightmare started almost immediately. In the dream, Gloria looked out a window into a deep fog, as a bright light drew closer. In the mist she saw a silhouette of a woman nailed to a cross. She saw figures dressed in white robes. Their taunting was shrill and harsh. She got close enough to see the woman’s face. It was Ashante. Gloria looked again, and her own face looked back. She felt like she was burning inside and looked down to see flames surrounding her.
The ringing of the telephone startled Gloria awake.
She grabbed for it with one hand, wiping sweat from her forehead with the other. “Hello?” she said, her heart pounding in her throat.
A male voice answered. “Is this the house where the cross was burned tonight?”
In her sleepy confusion, Gloria thought the caller might be the campus police, finally following up on the crime. “Yes!” she said, relieved. “Who is this?”
“I—I’m not sure why I’m calling. But what they did was terrible,” the caller said. “You have to understand that’s just how they are. It was nothing personal.”
Gloria sat up, instantly alert. But she kept her voice calm; afraid the caller would hang up if she sounded too excited. “You know who did it?” she said.
“I know what I know,” the caller replied. “But, that’s not why I’m calling. I just wanted you to know it’s not like everyone on campus is racist or against black people. Some of us just get caught up in shit and before we know it, it’s too late.”
“Can you tell me who did it?” Gloria asked.
“It won’t do you any good.”
“Why not? They committed a crime. They should be expelled. They should be arrested.” Gloria heard the urgency in her voice and struggled to control it.
“The university won’t do anything,” the caller told her. “As far as the police are concerned, this is just a big waste of time.”
“Could you at least tell me your name?”
“No way. I’ve told you more than I should have already. Mea culpa, mea culpa.
I gotta go.”
And the phone went silent.
Gloria ran to wake up Ashante. She called her name and even shook her, but received no response other than light snoring. Then she noticed the bottle of sleeping pills on the bedside table. She went into the kitchen for some water and drank it slowly as she worked up the courage to look out the front window. A car cruised by, its headlights dimmed, and she recognized the campus patrol car. She felt reassured for a moment, but then her eyes were drawn to the circle of scorched grass where the cross had blazed just hours before. The glow from the streetlights revealed just enough to bring her anger rushing back.
“Why?” she asked aloud. “Why would they do this? Why us?” Her questions reminded her of Sgt. Thomas and his callous attitude.
“I guess we did do something to provoke them,” she whispered to the night. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong skin color.”
Gloria shivered, even though it was warm inside the house. She couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching her. Despite her brave words to her parents, she really wished she could go home. She couldn’t remember a time when she had been so frightened. She wrapped her robe tighter and retreated to Ashante’s room. She climbed into bed next to Ashante, shivered again, and huddled close to her friend, trying to push her fear away long enough to fall asleep. As the impact of the night’s event hit home, she was once again reminded what racism was really like and how much it deeply hurt.