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Kathleen Valentine

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Kathleen Valentine is the author of the coming-of-age novel, "The Old Mermaid's Tale," and two novels of romantic suspense, "Depraved Heart" and "Each Angel Burns." She has also written several novelettes of psychological horror including the best sellers "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter." Her latest work is a novel in stories, "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall," based on her Pennsylvania Dutch coobook/memoir "Fry Bacon. Add Onions." She has also published books and patterns on kitting: "The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps", a collection of her own lace knitting designs. Some of her knitting patterns are available from KnitYourTailOff.com. More information on her work is at ...more


Bobby DancingI blogged this week about a novel I am doing research for and today that research resulted in a picture from long ago and a trove of memories from way back in time. One of the characters in this book is named Astarte Safiya and she is a Ghawazi dancer descended from the Nawar people of Egypt. Back in the 1980s, when I was studying danse Oriental and taking classes and workshops, o... Read more of this blog post »
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The Old Mermaid's Tale (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Before the Edmund Fitzgerald there was the Carl D. Bradley, the Willaim B. Davok, the Betty Hedger, the American Sailor and many more... In 1959 the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to international commerce creating a problem for seaport towns bordering the Great Lakes. Within the first year over a thousand barges and tankers from all over the world arrived at these seaports to unload, re-outfit and reload. While waiting, the crew, that had been at sea for weeks, went ashore looking for fun and companionship. Restaurants, bars, pool halls, rooming houses, tattoo parlors, and rumors of other - less savory - forms of entertainment sprang up in the blocks surrounding the commercial docks. Those parts of town acquired a deservedly terrible reputation. When Clair Wagner begins college in Port Presque Isle she dreams of meeting a "handsome sailor with the constellations of the Northern Seas in his eyes". Into her life comes Pio, a beautiful Italian fisherman, who dreams of life on the big lakes under the aurora borealis. She meets Gary, the dashing son of a wealthy shipping magnate, who introduces her to Canal Street where she encounters The Old Mermaid Inn, a tavern that, as Gary tells her, "deserves its reputation". But The Old Mermaid Inn, with its giant painting of a seductive mermaid, is home to some fascinating people including Tessie, the owner and original mermaid, and the intriguing Baptiste, a Breton mariner injured in a shipwreck, who earns his living as a musician. With Pio, Clair discovers passion, with Gary she gains entry into the world of the commercial waterfront, and with Baptiste she discovers all-consuming love. But as her relationship with Baptiste grows she discovers he is far more complex and mysterious than she could imagine. He has secrets and his secrets will alter her life forever. Set against this background - and that of the maritime and sea legends of the Great Lakes - The Old Mermaid's Tale weaves a romance that pays homage to the importance of stories in our lives.
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“The soul, they say, is divine and the flesh is iniquity. But I am a musician and I ask this - without the wood and the strings of the violin, where would the sonata find form?”
Kathleen Valentine, The Old Mermaid's Tale

“Preserved Children This recipe was on a plaque hanging in a friend’s kitchen. You will need: one half dozen small children one large field one sunny day 2-3 small dogs Mix the children and the dogs together. Dot them over the large field and stir in the sunny day. Sprinkle the field with flowers. Spread with a clear blue sky. Bake in the sun until brown.”
Kathleen Valentine, Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook

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“The soul, they say, is divine and the flesh is iniquity. But I am a musician and I ask this - without the wood and the strings of the violin, where would the sonata find form?”
Kathleen Valentine, The Old Mermaid's Tale

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“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”
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Kathleen Valentine Marsha wrote: "Kathleen, thanks for friending me here in Goodreads. We authors have to stick together. :) Marsha"
Thanks for the invitation!


Marsha Hubler Kathleen, thanks for friending me here in Goodreads. We authors have to stick together. :) Marsha


Kathleen Valentine Naomi wrote: "Look at you go!! Loved your comment in ROBUST!"

Thanks -- I get carried away sometimes.


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Naomi Look at you go!! Loved your comment in ROBUST!


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