Beverly Diehl

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Beverly Diehl has been reading as long as she can remember. Probably didn't exit the womb with book in hand, but was gnawing on Little Golden Books long before her first birthday. She started writing as a teenager, but discarded most of her early efforts because, welp, they sucked.

"I thought the words were supposed to drip from my pen as golden, perfectly shaped pearls," she says. "Then I discovered rewriting." She's been writing (and rewriting) ever since.

She's written for various anthologies, blogs, and enjoys challenging cultural norms and assumptions, the goal being stories that are fun to read and make people think. She loves reading and writing contemporary erotic romance and erotic fiction, but when breast cancer came a-calling, that
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Beverly Diehl Read, read, read... and then read some more! Read in the genre you are trying to write, read in other genres. Take notice of what grabs you, and what…moreRead, read, read... and then read some more! Read in the genre you are trying to write, read in other genres. Take notice of what grabs you, and what knocks you out of a story. Read formulaic books like Nancy Drew to get a feel for structure and pacing.

I used to be afraid to read in my genres, lest it taint my genius. *snickers at self* Reality 1) There ARE no new stories, but the way we tell our own is always unique. 2) Most of us aren't the geniuses we think we are. (less)
Beverly Diehl I was working out ideas for a series of fictional stories, and then, breast cancer was all like, "Hey, girl! We're going to hang out for a while."

It…more
I was working out ideas for a series of fictional stories, and then, breast cancer was all like, "Hey, girl! We're going to hang out for a while."

It was a surprisingly wonderful journey, and I learned and processed so much about life, as I went through the treatment. And I kept getting feedback from friends, on social media and in real life, about how "inspirational" I am/was. Which feels REALLY weird to say about myself.

But I felt that some of the life lessons that were helpful to me, might be helpful to others. And this story became like a big turd I had to push out, in order for the other stories to start flowing, as it were. ;-)(less)
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The first time I voted, I think I was four years old.

Technically, didn’t vote – but my mother took me with her to the polling station, set up in an elementary school I would later attend. She showed me how she marked her ballot, and there was some kind of handle-thingie that I got to “help” pull.

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Back in London, Devon's partner is deathly ill. Dare she risk saving him? And then how do they work together to wind up the investigation, along with Kurt and Justina?

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4.5 stars. This one's a two-fer. Two parallel romances while four people are hiding out from a baddie who wants to kill all of them.

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What a thrilling, sweet little novella. It dips in and out of 1961 Berlin, and present day Chicago, complete with a (sort of) runaway bride.

Told from Jack's point of view at first, he feels somewhat guilty because he "taught" Clara how to time slip;
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It's hard to write someone who's battling despair, mind control, and fears of going mad, without making the reader feel likewise, but Cianne is still a compelling character, and this final chapter in the story of Tristan and Cianne has lots of unexpe ...more
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“Everybody is different, and every body is different.”
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“If feeling yourself up had been an Olympic event, I'd have taken home the gold medal”
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“I've since learned that when you lose your same sex parent as a child, it's very common to believe that you, too, will die at the same age as your parent, or when your child is the same age you were. It's a kind of 'instinctive' knowledge, like knowing if you jump into your bed from far enough away, the monsters aren't allowed to grab your ankles.”
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“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
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“You love me. Real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real.”
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“I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
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“When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.”
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“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”
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Cynthia Stevison thank you for accepting my request to friend!!


Amanda Alexandre Thanks for liking my review :)


Beverly Diehl Paganalexandria wrote: "Hi,thanks for friending me."
Thank you. :-) Looks like we have more than a few books in common.


Paganalexandria Hi,thanks for friending me.


Beverly Diehl Savannah wrote: "Beverly, thank you for the friendship."

Absolutely. Looking forward to sharing some good reads together;-)


Savannah Beverly, thank you for the friendship.


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