Mystery & Mayhem Mixed with Love
Trade paper, 325 pp, $16.95
Print ISBN: 978-0-9846570-5-6
Digital edition ISBN: 978-0-9846570-6-3
Fiction / Lesbian Mystery
The opening scene in this story, set in California during the early 1980s, instantly propels readers into the world of Maggie McIntyre, a woman whose occupation as an auto mechanic makes her unusual and something of a mystery—especially to Bett Holman, the young lesbian who has fallen in love with her.
Maggie is injured as she tries to rescue a man caught up in a roadside explosion. Could the victim be her friend Scotty? Or has he simply disappeared into the night?
In the days that follow, Maggie relies on the survival skills she honed as an orphaned child and young adult.
But falling in love complicates things. And Bett, who has turned her back on healing as a way of life, now finds that she must turn again, taking huge risks in the process, to help Maggie heal on many different levels.
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Bound Together: Like the Grasses
“These things happen… the soul’s bliss and suffering are bound together like the grasses.” — Jane Kenyon
Ann Floreen Niedringhaus
For sixteen years, we have met monthly over dinner, sharing our lives, the mundane and the sacred, sharing our words.The evolution and bonding of a writing group remains a mystery. Ours grows out of an atmosphere of affirmation, raucous laughter, and gentle challenge. Life stories, ordinary and profound experiences and insights, are shared. Distinct writing styles and philosophies express each individual's unique search for understanding, for a patch of ground to stand on in the wind.
Walking together through time and transitions, through the dark struggles, and the surprise of joy, has woven the scattered sands of our lives together and given strength to each of our individual voices.
Trade paper, 156 pp., $14.95
Listen to Ellie Schoenfeld reading four poems from this collection on KUMD's public radio program "Women's Words," October 20, 2013.