Winter is past

A very dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented writer, Victoria C. Slotto, has her first book published. It is an honor to introduce you today “Winter is Past” by Victoria C. Slotto and to share her success even on a little post at Broken Sparkles. When you hear about people close to you and their steps ahead, you gain hope that one day the same might happen to you, Victoria’s book gives me encouragement and a feeling that I should continue writing, no matter what!

“Winter is Past” is the story of a woman who has dealt with a subtle fear throughout her life. She’s unaware of the reason behind her anxiety but when she’s faced with her best friend and kidney donor’s health crisis–cancer in her remaining kidney–she must uncover and deal with her fear of loss.

I haven’t read the book yet and I will, once I have it, but Victoria says, in one of her blog posts at liv2write2day , “the book will appeal, for the most part, to women and to those who read authors such as Jodi Picoult or Nicolas Sparks, to health care providers and those dealing with issues related to organ transplantation. It is written with an eye to stimulating discussion in book clubs and similar formats. While it is not Christian fiction, it will speak to those who read that genre. It has a message of hope and survival.”

Cover image by David Slotto

I asked Victoria about the process of writing and here is what she shared with me:

“I began writing “Winter is Past” in 2003. I inintially wrote by hand and had absolutely no idea where the characters would lead me but they did. I had no outline. With the help of workshops and writing critique groups I began the grueling process of revision, hundreds of them/I was using the computer by then/.

I like to begin my writing sessions by reviewing the work I did the previous days, it works best for me to revise as I go along. Beginning in 2007, I sent out a huge amount of query letters before the novel was really ready and, of course, received plenty of rejections, before putting it aside. In 2009 I knew what I needed to do to make it better and did another revision. I signed with the first agent who wanted it after only 3 queries, which turned out to be a mistake as she wanted to sell it in the Christian fiction market and it’s really general/women’s fiction. I do believe readers of Christian fiction will enjoy it, though. I met my publisher (Lucky Bat Books) soon after I “broke up” with that agent at a friend’s book-signing.

My second novel came to me in my sleep. I got up and scribbled a rough outline and this time spent a week creating a detailed outline of where it would go. It was a faster process but I’ve let it gestate now for over a year and hope to begin revision soon. This was an entirely different experience, although, even with the outline, the characters dictated the story and led me in different directions.”

For anyone who is interested in purchasing the book, the link HERE will take you to Victoria’s site and Buy Winter is Past page. And if you like to learn more about Victoria and her book press HERE or visit her blog liv2write2day.

Victoria, all the best with your first book and I hope there will be others to come! 

Leaning into temptation

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
~Rita Mae Brown

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Leaning into temptation

If only you would release the stars on the sky,
if you were to bring the beats back into my heart,
it would repair the sounds of crying, lonely panthers,
it would break the arrows piercing the vulnerable Atlantic.

Like a raging fire in the ripples of a swan lake,
like a burning moon buried in the hills of Jalisco,
if you only let the winds to dry the raindrops on my lips
and smile when the sunset doles out the illusion of a touch.

If I only knew that you still exist, somewhere,
surrounded by doves and violets, just a flash of you,
only then I can lean into the spiral shadows of the night,
only then I can lean into the temptation to find you.

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© 2012  Broken Sparkles


Inside the heart of a poet

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The New Year came with fireworks and promises ready to be fulfilled. This is my first post for 2012 and I want it to be made out of beauty, I want those broken sparkles that I carry to start this day, this month, this year with a smile and a touch of artistry. May you all keep a piece of this post in your hearts and savor it through the 52 weeks of 2012 …



by Pablo Neruda

And it was at that age … poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others, among violent fires
or returning alone, there it was, without a face
and it touched me.

I didn’t know what to say, my mouth
had no way with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something kicked in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering that fire,
and I wrote the first, faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense, pure wisdom
of one who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw the heavens
unfastened and open,
planets, palpitating plantations,
the shadow perforated, riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, tiny being,
drunk with the great starry void,
likeness, image of mystery,
felt myself a pure part of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose with the wind.

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Music for the heart, poetry for the soul.

Images- a celebration for the eyes- by my very dear friend Sonam Mandal/ DeadPoet/.

May you all have a beautiful and blessed 2012!

Love & Peace

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© 2012  Broken Sparkles