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Ellie in Africa

{This is an excerpt from a possible new book. What are your thoughts? I’d really love to know if you would be interested in a romantic suspense novel set in South Africa. Please comment and let me know.}

Ellie stared into space as she ran her fingers up and down the gnawed yellow pencil. It was better than staring at the blank page whose white face mocked her with emptiness. She tapped the pencil point on the page then closed the journal around it and tossed them both on the wicker table by her side. The pale afternoon moon sat all alone in the African winter sky, and with the sun to her back, Ellie sighed her surrender to its warmth.  The writing could wait.

How can I write this silly romance when my true love is Africa?

She opened her eyes, breathed in the freshness, and listened to the silence interrupted only by the distant sounds of birds’ banter. Yet she knew beyond her sight the beautiful beasts were there. Ellie loved the colors of Africa… the colors of wheat and olives and honey and cinnamon…  but they were suddenly interrupted by the gray dance of monkeys just on the other side of the watering hole.

Moments passed before she realized there was another presence. When had the zebra joined them? She strained to see more but dared not move for fear of startling the beautiful beast. Then she saw the movement behind it. Her baby crept closer, still on wobbly legs.

Ellie watched in wonder as the moments passed knowing she was witness to one of Africa’s many gifts. The energy of the smile now lighting her face moved down her arm, and she reached for her journal.

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(A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four.)

(Courtesy of Pixabay)

Changing form, wandering by,

bedecking azure sky you fly,

lazily drifting and waving

fleeting greeting to me below

from verdant pasture watching you

changing form, wandering by,

a lion’s mane or unicorn,

entertaining my muse and I.

You warn me of impending storm,

your somber attitude turns gray,

changing form, wandering by,

Thief of sunshine, hiding its glow…

day becomes Cimmerian night,

crying the tears you’ve held inside.

omnipotent chameleon,

changing form, wandering by

(Courtesy of Pixabay)

Gloria Bostic – ©2013

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Seasons Change

Picture courtesy of Pixabay

winter bids adieu

wind blows a bitter goodbye

for tomorrow’s spring

GKB – 3/19/2021

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Reflections

Image courtesy of Pixabay

I  see it in the mirror,
I see it in my face,
The calendar has carved
The passing of my days.

Reflected in the mirror
Are signs of years gone by,
But there behind reflection
A young girl lives inside.

I see it in the mirror

I see it in my eyes
A wisdom gained by trials
And experience and time.

I see it in the mirror
I see it in the lines
The marks of love and joy

That smiles have left behind.

I see it in the mirror
I see it in my face
The days and years gone by
A precious gift of grace.

2011 – G. K. Bostic

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Morning Illusion

Morning illusion

Between sleep and wakefulness

Unreal melody

Song of the night now departs

Leaving dawn of confusion

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They Have Arrived!

So, if you’ve been waiting for a signed copy of Whispered Warnings, Book 2 of the Whispering Art Series, they have finally arrived.

Just contact me by email, text or FB message, and we can schedule a time/place for me to get it to you.

For those who will need it mailed to you, I should be able to get them to the post office by Tuesday.

I can’t wait to get this book in your hands and to hear back from you on how much you love it!

Of course it is also still available on Amazon.

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Whispered Warnings

The Wait is Over!

Yes, for all you wonderful readers who read the final page of Watercolor Whispers, closed the book, and began asking when I would have Book 2 for them…

IT IS HERE!

Book Two of the Whispering Art Series

Mia Reed’s artwork is a gift from a higher power and holds clues that help solve mysteries.

Detective Ronald Bishop, the man she loves, is desperate to find his twin sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. But in the meantime he’s lured to follow Mia to her hometown, where a clinical psychologist has jumped to her death. Or did she? When two more single women suffer the same fate, everyone realizes these are not suicides. A serial killer has invaded their peaceful small town!


Will Mia’s gift help them catch a murderer before he strikes too close to home?

Whispered Warnings is now available on Amazon, OR if you would like an autographed copy, you may preorder, and I should have copies available for you by no later than January 15th.

Oh, and before you ask, Book Three, Waiting for the Whisper, is in the works with planned release by

May 2021.

To all my wonderful readers, I hope you enjoy the read, and I love and appreciate you more than I can say!

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Coming Soon!

Book 2 of the Whispering Art Series

Mia Reed’s artwork is a gift from a higher power

And holds clues that help solve mysteries.

Detective Ronald Bishop, the man she loves, is desperate to find

his twin sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. But in the

meantime he’s lured to follow Mia to her hometown, where a clinical

psychologist has jumped to her death. Or did she? When two more

single women suffer the same fate, everyone realizes these are not

suicides. A serial killer has invaded their peaceful, small town!

Will Mia’s gift help them catch a murderer

before he strikes too close to home?

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It all started closer to thirty-five years ago when I met this black-belt in karate class.  He was a brute, able to break cinder blocks with his head. Yes, I guess you could say he’s hard-headed. 😉 And when we sparred, I’m sure he could have killed me…

1986

But happily, he fell in love with me instead!

We had quickly become friends, and that friendship gradually developed into so much more. We fell in love. We got married.

And the wonderful thing is, we are still friends.

We have celebrated many anniversaries since then–well this is the thirty-third so I guess that’s obvious;)–and there have been many surprises along the way. Of course there are the kinds of everyday surprises, good and bad, but I think more good than bad, BUT Lee has also given me some special anniversary surprises… Like gathering family and friends at Coombs for our 25th

And then there was the time our bestest friends, Bev Stiffler Smith and Michele and Wendell Harper drove all the way down to the beach to help us celebrate our 30th. I had no idea they were coming until they showed up. These people sure do know how to keep a secret!

Dinner at Sunset Grill
Lunch

Our thirty-three years of marriage have been filled with fun and adventures, and we’ve traveled to places I never thought I’d see…

South Africa
London
Paris
Rome
Cliffs of Moher

The travel has been amazing–neither of us was a world-traveler–but half the fun was in the planning and anticipation. In this our thirty-third year of marriage we had planned trips back to two of our favorite places–Hawaii and South Africa–but we, like everybody else, did not travel this year. We spent all those months together–just the two of us–and that was okay. I was recently thinking how miserable that time could have been if we didn’t get along well–if we didn’t like each other. But we do. Hallelujah!

And I am grateful!

This final picture I will borrow from my husband–who by the way is about half the man he used to be after losing weight and getting so svelte–because this is the perfect then and now.

Happy Anniversary, Lee!

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The wait is over!

Now available on Amazon…

WatercolorWhispers-GB-v2-front

On Kindle or Paperback.

You’ll have to wait just a wee bit longer if you’d like a signed copy.  I should have my books in hand to sign for you before the end of the month.

Let me know if you’d like to pre-order a signed copy.

1421PencilccGloria

 

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