An Excerpt From “When Shadows Linger”

newshadowsThis is an excerpt from “When Shadows Linger.” The story is about Maggie, a young widow, who seeks a new life. Jason is her late husband.

Lying in bed, Maggie drifted off into a light sleep, dreaming of her wedding day. She had finished dressing and was looking at herself in the mirror. Thinking that she had applied just the right amount of make up and that her hair looked perfect, Maggie turned away. As she did so, something stopped her and she turned back. Standing next to her was Jason and she could see him clearly.

“I came to you today because it’s a special day for you and I want you to be happy, Maggie. I remember how wonderful our wedding was. It was the beginning of a wonderful life for both of us. I don’t expect you to forget our love and don’t want you to. But put our love in a special little corner of your heart and I will always be with you. Be happy with Ben. He seems to be a wonderful person and loves you very much. He’ll take care of you and make you happy for the rest of your lives. I’ll be watching over you but won’t be coming anymore. I’ll always be in that special little corner of your heart where just you and I exist.”

When she wiped away the tears and looked into the mirror, Maggie saw only her own image. Jason was no longer there. As Maggie opened her eyes, she looked around the room. The clock next to the bed said that it was ten-thirty. What a dream, she thought to herself. It was so real that she swore she could still feel Jason’s presence. Sitting up, Maggie saw something on the pillow next to hers’. She picked it up and held it in the palm of her hand. It was a sprig of pink lily of the valley. “Oh Jason,” she whispered. “You really were here.”

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I looked for some quotes by Iris writers and found these:

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”–Oscar Wilde

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”–William Butler Yeats

“The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own.”–Colum McCann

“You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of at to see your soul.”–George Bernard Shaw


It’s Been Awhile

IMG_3870I was going to blog regularly and here I am–almost a month since my last entry. It’s not that I don’t think about it, because I do. But I either get sidetracked or just plain upset because I don’t get any comments or have many followers.

Anyway, my third book is “My Name is Rebecca: A Novelette.” It started out as being a tribute to my mother’s family and evolved into a tribute to immigrants who came to America in the early 1900s. The story is about a man who brings his sons to the United States to escape religious persecution. The story details the journey and the process of Ellis Island; After living in the Lower East End of New York for awhile, they move to Wisconsin.

I’ve been busy trying to promote the book and have to say it’s doing pretty well. It’s been placed on consignment in several bookstores. I have also contacted several Jewish museums about donating it to the archives and some have agreed.

The picture on the cover is of my mother, taken when she was four years old in 1931. I can’t explain why I chose it without ruining the story. But, after your read it, email me and I’ll explain. (

I don’t think mentioned this in an earlier post, but I created bookmarks to complement the books. If you decide to buy any of my books on Amazon, email me and I will send you a free bookmark. I think you’ll like it. I’m in the process of sending a bookmark to those who won the books before I had them made.

Thanks–and I’ll be back soon.

Thanks and take care.






Next: When Shadows Linger

“When Shadows Linger” is my first novel. And I can honestly say that I love the book. I actually love all of my writing, for the most part. But I am proud of the fact that I wrote this novel.

The setting for the story begins in Wisconsin, my home state. And then it changes to Middlebury, Vermont–a town that I fell in love with.

Sometimes it’s difficult for a writer to express what inspired a story. I decided, after taking some online writing classes, to write a novel. The main character, Maggie, becomes a widow at a young age. I honestly don’t know how I came up with the story line, but there it was.

I have over twenty years of social work experience and try to make my stories meaningful so that they help people. “When Shadows Linger” deals with loss and the resolution of grief. I don’t want to say too much because of those who haven’t read it. But there are parts of the story that are heart-wrenching in a good way, if that makes sense. The goal is for readers to have hope that they can resolve a loss and move on, regardless of what kind of loss it may be; i.e., death, divorce, abandonment, abuse, etc.

So, once I started writing the story, it just flowed. And I would find that fascinating because the words came to me out of nowhere. I tried to publish it for over a year and kept getting rejected. I was told it was too short so I made it longer. But I didn’t want to add too much because the story would be lost. Last year I decided to self-publish it and I’m proud of the results.

My daughter-in-law illustrated the rose and if you read the book, you’ll see why I wanted a yellow rose. It’s in one of the most powerful scenes of the book. And someone else in my family. who wishes to be anonymous, is the best editor a person could have.

So, that’s how “When Shadows Linger” came to be. I don’t want to talk about the promoting of it yet because that will be another post. But stay tuned. And if you haven’t read it, check it out. It’s truly a wonderful story.







Envelopes of Hope


cover“Envelopes of Hope” is my first novelette. It is the story of a young girl’s descent into the dark world of drugs. With the support of her family, she was able to leave that world behind her.

This is a very personal story for me. One of my children had a drug problem for many years. When she made up her mind to change her life, she wrote a letter to me, thanking me for not giving up on her. That became the inspiration for my first book. And I am more than proud to say that next month I will be presenting her with her two-year medallion–one year after I was fortunate enough to present her with the one year. I am very proud that she has accomplished so much.

“Envelopes of Hope” presents a problem that unfortunately has become an epidemic in our society. My hope with the book was, and still is, is for anyone who is involved with substance abuse (the person who is addicted or their family members) to not give up hope. I learned that the person who is involved with drugs needs the support of their family in order to change their life around.

The story was not difficult to write. I think that was the case because it was meaningful to me. After finishing the book, I attempted to find an agent. But after a while, I decided to self-publish it because I wanted to have it available as an inspiration for people. Even though it has been almost two years, I am still working hard at promoting it. I will talk about that in another post.

I’ve since self-published a novel and another novelette. As I look back at the first, I realize how much my writing has improved. For one thing, I have learned to give more depth to my characters. But I will also talk about that in another post in this series.

Thanks for reading about my writing journey. Take care.


As an added note, the illustration was done by my artistic daughter-in-law, Sherry Babrove.




It Started With An Idea

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That’s right. I never had a plan to write a book. My first “official” piece of writing was an assignment in fourth grade–“My Dream House.” I remember loving the story. However, it has been about 60 years (oh, my!!) and the only part of the essay I remember was the butterfly table. If you have read my novel, “When Shadows Linger,” you’ll know what I’m talking about. I “designed” a kitchen table made of two pieces of glass–with real butterflies in between the glass. And then in ninth grade I wrote a poem that a teacher liked so much that he wrote music for it.

So, when I decided that I wanted to do some writing, I signed up for on-line writing classes with the University of Wisconsin. It wasn’t difficult for me because I had gone to school later in life (at the age of 40) and became a social worker six years later. I really enjoyed studying and learning new things.

As I gained confidence with my writing, I submitted an article to a social work magazine about going to school later in life. The editor was kind enough to let me do a series of articles geared to the nontraditional student. I also submitted an article to Extra Innings, a newsletter by the U of Wisconsin in Madison. I am now a regular contributor to the newsletter.

This is how my “idea” of becoming a writer took shape. In my next post, I’ll tell you about my first completed book.

Take care.






My Journey As An Author


I don’t think that my “writing journey” is much different from yours’. I didn’t have a life-long dream of writing a novel. It’s really just something that happened–like deciding to go to school on a whim when I was 40 and six years later I had a Master’s Degree in Social Work. But anyway, after taking online classes through the University of Wisconsin, I wrote a few things. I’ve had two short stories accepted by Edify Fiction, and I’ve self-published two novelettes and a novel. I’m also a regular contributor to Extra Innings, a newsletter for the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and I am the “Social Media Specialist” for Edify Fiction. I’m going to write a series on this blog to tell you about the various steps of my journey. So, follow me on here for tips and the challenges I’ve encountered with my writing, self-publishing, copyrighting and promoting. I’d love to hear about your writing journey, too.