Posts Tagged ‘Jane Eyre’

Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

 

 

“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the second of four children. Growing up with the influence of a long line of teachers with a passion for classical education, my time was filled with lessons in violin, cello, piano, ballet…and not-so-classical Girl Scouts and softball.
At the age of twelve, I traveled throughout Europe with my Grandmother and aunts, who filled my days with the shared reading of classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes, developing my love of literature early on.
I pursued my love of literature into college, earning a Bachelor’s of English, a Master’s of Education, and I am currently working to complete a Master’s in English.
My first novel, All the Wrong Places, started as a short story for a creative writing course and chronicles many of my experiences living in a mortuary, raising my daughter on my own and discovering my Christian faith.
My years in college writing programs have left me with a varied collection of short stories, plays and poetry covering many personal experiences from teenage rebellion to single-motherhood and spiritual awakening.
While writing and continuing my own education, I taught High School English in an attempt to pass my love of literature and writing on to others, and continue to share that passion with students and other aspiring writers.
I currently spend my days pursuing my creative dreams and reaching out to women to share my experience, strength and hope as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 
I reside in Eagle, Idaho with my husband,  and my very large cat. “

 ~ Website ~
Driving aimlessly through the stormy suburbs of San Francisco, Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband with her five year old daughter Maddy asleep in the backseat. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Casey loses control of her emotions and her car, crashing into a hillside below a mortuary. 
 
Desperately seeking shelter, and more so independence, she finds herself taken in by the mortuary director who apprehensively offers her a job and a place to live. As she stumbles through the ins and outs of her new and morbid surroundings, Casey is forced into a hostile custody battle with her relentless and increasingly violent husband. 
 
In the midst of all the chaos, she finds a new family and even love in the eccentric and protective people of Golden Oaks Funeral Home. But just when she has found all she could hope for, she will have to fight to the death to protect it.

 

This semi-autobiographical story of a single-mother and her journey to self-discovery, independence and a true understanding of love will keep readers captivated and yearning for more.
Snippet:
He was so becoming in his black suit, and I felt a slight and unfamiliar
kind of attraction to him. He had a warm smile spread across his face that made
me feel at home. What an odd feeling. Nobody had taken me in like he had, not
without an expectation of something in return. Would there be an
expectation?
 

 

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Mechanized Masterpieces a great Anthology

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

The anthology Mechanized Masterpieces is surprisingly nice if you like the steampunk genre. Also it is more of a spooky flavor, as in I think it would have been awesome to release it in October, giving chills to those looking for a bit of spookiness in their lives. That is the flavor I felt throughout the book. It has interesting stories styled after other long time favorites but at the same time unique in their theme and presentation.

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His Frozen Heart by Aaron; Belinda Sikes Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Tropical of Cancer by Neve Talbot is styled after Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Sense and Cyborgs by Anika Arrington Styled after Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Micawber and Copperfield by David W. Wilkin Styled after David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Little Boiler Girl by Scott William Taylor Styled after Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Clockwork Ballet by M. K. Wiseman Styled after The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Our Man Fred by A.F. Stewart Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Lavenza or the Modern Galatea by Alyson Grauer Styled after Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary W. Shelley

Anika Arrington, Alyson Grauer, Aaron; Belinda Sikes, A.F. Stewart, Scott William Taylor, Neve Talbot, M. K. Wiseman, David W. Wilkin did a great job in these tales. The Mechanized Masterpieces will keep you entertain for a long while. YA and Adults will love it.

Interview, Jo Grafford, author of Breaking Ties

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I don’t remember being hit by lightening exactly, but I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. By the fifth grade, I was writing short stories and poems and entering writing contests.

A great way to start. What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s my gift. It defines who I am. To be happy, I have to write. Like at addict needing a fix, I get all twitchy when too many hours pass without finding time to write.

Interesting… What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After years of drafting partial manuscripts, it was nine months of self-imposed (more…)