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Free Copy – FAMILY: Love v. Money (Long story. Short story.)

kathleenk_fiction_family_values_booksThese two new stories from Kathleen K. give the long and short of family struggles to reach balance.  This is not amateur reading, you read between and beyond the lines. Baby Girl Battersea and You, Drive North examine deep themes in the voices of ordinary people.

All age – General Readership

FAMILY: Love v. Money

Giveaway:  June to 8 to June 20, 2015 – US

The Giveaway from GoodReads.com is an outreach to the eager readers who toss a virtual ticket in the raffle bowl for one of five copies of free book.  Part of the allure of reading is the unpredictable associations that might be made as a story unfolds.  The idea of family is historical and tribal with us, we’ve always been drawn to each other, built from each other; there is a sense of privacy about familial circumstances, so of course we love to peek into the workings of other households.

MoneyLove.  Balance.  The cover art was hand-drawn based on a Craigstlist call for a doodle of scales at different points of equilibrium; the book contains some of the sketches and email collaborating with the artistBuilding books is a combination of content and packaging, and for these two stories I wanted to note the shifting of balance, offsets and all, of one person’s consideration… the work of a single hand.

Each story has a strong-minded female narrating.  We see them in the larger context of parents, siblings, cousins, co-workers but their first-person perspective sets a forthright tone that lets the reader accept their judgment and skim along the deeper edge of seeing how people are, really are, in their hearts.

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Mother’s Day 2014 – “You gotta love your mother.” — Jeromeo Clover

Mother’s Day 2014

I’ve written three books that address motherhood and family dynamics, available through KathleenK.com, for those readers who prefer to skip the folderol around sex activity yet appreciate the deep passions and strong desires that drive us forward.  There are no murderers, no spies, no royals… it’s all about strong voices and tender hearts.

You gotta love your mother.  That’s the opening line of “The Lent Hand”, the story of a hippie chick’s son who was casually abandoned to be raised by the best grandparents in the world… so, does that make it OK?  This is character-driven fiction that captures the commotion of emotion within families.  Upbeat and witty, the book is a framework around loyalty and love at the heart of the home.

Narrative Fiction

The Lent Hand

Adventures in Beach Town Towing

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A beautifully woven novel about an unusual boy… and how he learns to be a father, without having really been a son.

A comical, honest love story between two lost souls who complete each other.

By Kirkus Reviews   Jan 2013

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Joody is a neglectful mother of three, allergic to responsibility.  The book provides four stories about one selfish woman’s failure to care for her children.  She’s not dangerous, not exactly, but there are gaps and lapses in the kids’ routines that fall to Aunt Janet, long-suffering sister of the girl who loved trouble.

Family in crisis, sisters in conflict.

Joody

A Case Study in Post Dramatic Stress Disorder

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Intertwining stories chronicle the life and misspent times of a negligent mother… a careless narcissist who leaves a path of emotional destruction behind her.

Yet for a potentially heavy subject, the book has a peculiar lightness…

By Kirkus Reviews  Mar. 2013

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Mary Stanley is a Catholic wife and mother of three who is employed by the church office… but none of that is true.  Not anymore.  Her husband left her, the children are grown; she was fired from her job for asking why parish building funds were paying for a big boat at the marina.  Everything she believes in has fallen apart and it’s time for her to make some decisions.  She goes to work managing donations at a women’s shelter and re-examines the whole “Men in Charge” thing handed down in the Bible which it just so happened had been written by and for the men.

Dissection of misplaced faith.

Stainless Mary

O Come, All Ye Faithful

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This is a story of bad breaks and redemption, a story of choices. …  There are old truths here known to any true grown-up, but it is good to be reminded of them again.

A witty and wise read, especially for fans of tough-minded heroines.

By Kirkus Reviews Oct. 2012

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COMMENTARY:  I have a mixed collection of work available through KathleenKBooks.com that shares rich prose, snappy dialog and vivid characters who wither or thrive as their story goes.  The adults-only books are bedside readers for the adult mind, oddly thoughtful, high-end Libertine literature.  One reason I founded an indie book brand was so that I could work Committee-free, unbeholden to producers or consumers.  The work spans decades and genres but you’ll always recognize Words Arranged by Kathleen K.

The family fiction is carefully crafted to draw the reader into a household, weaving your feelings into the story, earning the best compliment ever for a writer to hear:  I didn’t want the book to end.

 

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