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 w…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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Cleopatra: Great Sluts of History

Painting by Jean-Leon Gerome, via Wikimedia Commons



Rolled up in a carpet.

Or, by other accounts, in a sack of bed linens.

Put aside, for a moment, the legend of Cleopatra as a great seductress and think about how incredibly clever and daring that was.

Her enemies stood between her and the one person who could help her regain her throne. Enemies who would be delighted to kill her (and vice-versa, gran

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This was a fabulous addition to my Anne Boleyn collection. There are so many theories about when and how - and even WHO - somebody decided to take down Anne Boleyn, her brother, and many of Henry's long-time friends. Was it Cromwell? Henry himself? T ...more
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This was a fascinating read. While I do have friends who are trans men, I haven't had the in depth conversations about their trans journey, that I have enjoyed with my trans women friends.

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"I found this book when I was not-quite a year into HRT, and found it very compelling. To me, it felt like Green was writing for two audiences: average folks who are not transgender who may be curious about what it means to be trans, and for transgend" Read more of this review »
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Even dead, film goddess Gloria Reardon casts a long shadow. Recently orphaned by the death of her mother, Audrey, Kate Bloom has inherited her grandmother's dresses, costume jewelry, and priceless film footage of Gloria's last film.

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"Fallen Star feels feels like you’ve entered a world with two mysteries:

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I picked this work up because I wanted to broaden my reading of Black History, and this book certainly does that.

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These six short, sexy stories are the perfect beach read. They're all written with a lot of humor, much steamy sex and several second chance romances. All by authors at the top of their game in romance.

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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.

And 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!!


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Thank you. :-) Looks like we have more than a few books in common.


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