I visited Artsplosure today and met some amazing artists. Among them was Luis Enrique Gutierrez, a master of contemporary ceramic sculpture. I was blown away at the level of detail and rich color themes of his work, absolutely stunning. He learned his art from his father Helio Gutierrez. Check out some of his work at https://nicaceramicart.com/collections/luis-enrique-gutierrez.
I also learned about NICA Ceramic Art which was born out of the Peace Corps experience of founder Paul H. Devoti in the indigenous pottery pueblo of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. It’s an incredible hotbed of amazing gallery quality ceramic art. NICA’s mission is to provide exposure for the ceramic artwork of the master artisans of the pueblo as well as the Nicoyan Indian heritage behind their craft. Check out some of the other great artisans at https://nicaceramicart.com/pages/aaa.
Some people love to get attention
Talking loud without hesitation
The world revolves around just them
Sometimes you have to count to ten
But wouldn’t we all get a kick
To see the anvil fairy bearing gift
A fifty pounder give or take
To grant our friend a little break
A fractured skull might be too much
A slight concussion would be the touch
And when again his phone does ring
Another gift does fairy bring
I saw a birdie the other day
It was misbehaving – had something to say
An angry bird I think it was
I wish its owner had taken the bus
With tongue flapping and eyes glaring
The birdie was badly misbehaving
Its song was directly aimed at me
Oh, how I wish it’d hit a tree
The Francis Conspiracy is coming along nicely.
Fr. Oliver faces some new challenges as he continues to evade Council 666. Things are heating up as the Council closes in on him. Trapped in Mexico and trying to evade corrupt authorities, Fr. Oliver discovers a group of women being held against their will in a sex trade operation. He needs to keep moving, but he can’t just leave these women in such desperate condition.
Stay tuned for more!
Make sure you’ve read Persistent Evil, before getting the Francis Conspiracy. Fortunately, you have time. So, here’s the link:
What an honor to receive the Reader’s Favorite Book Award! I met many wonderful fellow authors at the awards ceremony in Miami. Thank you to everyone at Reader’s Favorite for doing such a fine job organizing the event. Authors traveled from as far as Spain to receive their award.
If you have not yet read A Rabbit’s Tale, An Easter Story, pick up a copy and check it out. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BEIQYPC.
A Rabbit’s Tale has received the 2015 Global Ebook Award in the category of Christian Fiction and has also received 5 stars from Readers’ Favorite. The book cover has been revised to include these honors. The updated cover also features the image of a fluorescent greenish-yellow hand and a letter which represent an important point in the story.
Open this book and you are in for an egg-citing treat. Settle back as you turn the pages of this superb story and rest easy knowing you’re in for a jubilee of enjoyment.
A Rabbit’s Tale offers a wonderfully funny, and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious, story of ingenious twists and turns. The author has assembled a rich cast of characters, sympathetically drawn in the case of hero Juan Arias and dastardly villainous as personified by Monty McPride, who messes things up in grand fashion. The array of humanity in these pages spans the spectrum of likeable to detestable.
The storyline is a roller-coaster ride of humorous flashes of comedy and touching moments of tender pathos. Its many twists and surprises kept me guessing about how seemingly unrelated events would weave together, but Ruiz proved himself to be a gifted storyteller.
I especially enjoyed the story’s outrageous central premise, a leap of fantasy based on a stupendous “what-if.” Juan’s trials and tribulations are those of an everyman, an ordinary and decent fellow who dresses up as the Easter Bunny for a kids’ party and has a medical emergency which catapults the antics into high gear.
In keeping with the Easter themes of death by crucifixion and miraculous resurrection, the author presents episodes in Juan’s life when his plight parallels that of his hero Jesus — times when everything turns dark and bleak, but then by some unexpected plot twist or quirk of character the divine light of hope shines brightly and saves the day.
Highly creative, wildly imaginative, tremendously enjoyable — this tall tale has the makings of a classic.
I’m thrilled to be working on a story for the Birds of Passage anthology along with a great group of authors. All proceeds from the book will go to Passage Home a non-profit 501-c3, to help in their fight as they lift people out of the grip of poverty. For more information visit http://edgychristianfiction.com/2015/07/31/anthology/