RAIN [REGN]

2 August 2014 § 4 Comments

The sky turned black and we were stuck behind
a three-mile line of cars. I’d tried to find
a back way home from Megan’s Boston doc
but didn’t figure in the five o’clock
non-weekender just wanting to get home
to Essex County, Mass (I’d hoped to roam
its Whittier spaces). Rain began to pelt
the car as Haverhill came in view. We felt
quite nervous when we couldn’t see if there
were two or four lanes ‘cross the bridge over
the Merrimack. Our wipers set on max
could not keep up. We followed tracks
of a one-ton truck until it led us through
a flooded patch of Main Street. Thus we knew
we had to park and let the deluge pass.
We turned uphill and looked for treeless grass
to park beside. Rain-Bound. No debate:
John Greenleaf Whittier’s farm would have to wait.

©2014 JS Graustein
Haverhill, Massachusetts USA

Click to read SNOW-BOUND at Google Books.

Click to read SNOW-BOUND at Google Books.

In Search of eChapbooks

30 April 2012 § 19 Comments

My family and I usually hide from the heat of California’s summers in the shade of New Hampshire’s maples. This summer will be no exception, but we will be driving instead of flying. I love tasting the landscape as it changes, rather than just instantly appearing in a new place. This will be the second time we’ve driven, but the first time we’ll take a northern route.

Since my children are older now and require less refereeing, I will have time to read along the way. So I got to thinking that it would be fun to read chapbooks written by authors from all the states/provinces we drive through–to not only see and smell the landscape, but to hear it as well. I’d love to hold the paper chapbooks in my hand as we drive, but I need to stick with Kindle versions since packing space will be limited.

In order to do this, though, I need your help. Do you know of authors who have eChapbooks currently for sale from:

a New Hampshire moment

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Quebec, Canada
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Utah
  • Nevada

I’m open to suggestions from both self published and indie press eChaps, as long as it is possible for me to read a sample before buying. Tweets & Goodreads ratings will be posted for the chapbooks I select. Possibly even a photo or two of me reading while resting in the landscape. Or even reading a video clip in situ?

Would LOVE to hear your suggestions. It’s totally fine to nominate yourself. Please use the comment section below to tell me title, author, state, and possibly a purchase link? Thanks ever so much! You guys are the greatest:-)

Cheers,
J.S.

P.S. Selections will be posted on my Cross-Country Reads page.

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