Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

Phaedra Patrick’s debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, was hailed as “poignant” and “utterly endearing.” Now she returns with Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, a gem of a novel about family, forgiveness and one man’s second chance at happiness. Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth… In the quiet village… Read More »

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Author Guest Post: The Curious Art of the Charming Character

The characters in my books are like real people to me. Writing about them is akin to meeting new friends and telling their stories. Some characters roll into my life, all vivid and full of color. They’re easy to recognize and might have a lot to say for themselves. Others might shuffle around in the… Read More »

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My Lucky Charm

I’ve had many lucky charms over the years, from a plastic music-box ballerina, to a cork from a champagne bottle, and several random pebbles. It’s funny how we can discover and imbibe objects (often found ones) with almost magical powers – to bring us luck, to make us feel better, even to help get that elusive… Read More »

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

  In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern,… Read More »

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