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Jess Wells

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Faulkner, Rushdie, Garcia-Marquez, Winterson

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March 2008


Happy to announce that I've branched out into audiobooks: The Disappearing Andersons of Loon Lake is now available on Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. A collection of modern short stories, DALL highlights life around a small lake in Northern Michigan.

My fourth novel, A Slender Tether, is now available from Fireship Press and is set in France in the 1300s. It dramatizes the early adulthood of Christine de Pizan, the first feminist and first woman to make her living as a writer.

My third novel, The Mandrake Broom, is a historical novel dramatizing the fight to save medical knowledge during the witch-burning times in Europe, 1465-1540.

I blog frequently at at http://www.jesswells.com/

I'm a recent recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission
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The Mandrake Broom

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Lesbians Raising Sons

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Aftershocks

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Fahişeliğin Tarihi

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A Slender Tether

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The Price of Passion

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The Dress: The Sharda Stories

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Writing Women into HistFict: How-to Book Has Great Advice

Writing Historical Fiction: a Writers and Artists Companion by Celia Brayfield and Duncan Sprott, (Bloomsbury) 2014 is an interesting book: part how-to manual, part history of the genre, part fascinating opinions by best-selling and best-known authors of the historical fiction genre, with a reasonable amount of space spent on the unique challenges of writing about women in the past. Here's what...

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"Whittaker's Ring" a short story (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A deathbed promise takes an interesting (and amusing) twist when it turns out to be just too hard to fulfill.
The Mandrake Broom - Chapter One (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Read chapter one of my new novel, The Mandrake Broom, as it sets the scene in Italy, 1465 and introduces you to Luccia, her mother and godmother, and the rising troubles for women doctors.

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Jess added a status update: From the visual cliche of the headless woman on the cover to the challenge of writing heroines in histfict, Writing Historical Fiction is a how-to book with a lot of heft. Here's my take on its pearls of wisdom:

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The most comprehensive book on the very early days of chocolate. Contains recipes from the 1600s.
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message 7: by Mark

Mark Baynard Thanks for connecting Jess! I wish you continued success on your fourth novel. Check out my books: "100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle" and "These Are Your Flowers" on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TLXK5L6


Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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♀☻ஆ(¸.•'´Pal2aSt0o `'•.¸) Hi, Jess!

Thanks for adding me


message 4: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Hi, Jess!

Thanks for the invite!!

Holly

ONCE UPON A THANKSGIVING...available on eHarlequin.com now and on shelves in October!


ROSALIE Silly me...I've just realized there are blogspot addresses as part of our profiles. I would be happy if you dropped by sometime. And is it okay for me to visit yours? You sound like a very interesting person.

justmeRosalie


ROSALIE Hi,Jess,
How kind of you to agree to be my friend. Thanks for responding.
I'll type you later.
justmeRosalie


Catherine Hi there! Nice to see you out here too. :-)


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