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Twelve stories that will bring you to tears, that will enrage you, that will make you laugh out loud. You'll want to hug those you hold dear more closely after having read this book.

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Twelve stories that will bring you to tears, that will enrage you, that will make you laugh out loud. You'll want to hug those you hold dear more closely after having read this book.
Excerpt from Short Stories

At least the mantel clock's not covered. But I don't think it's ticked for years. Nobody's wound it. As the oldest, Susan used to do that job. Oh, what a ritual it was to wind that clock! Grandma would reach the maple box down from the mantel. She'd cradle it in both hands as if it were the Holy Grail and present it to Sue to lift the lid. With formal reverence, Sue would draw the big brass key from the thing and plug it into the clock's back, and turn and turn. And then she'd put the key away. Grandma would close the casket's lid and put it back onto the mantel for the night. Then she and Cellie and Mama would wait mutely for the chime, and, when it sounded, they'd all nod and beam at Sue. You might have thought my older sister had invented timekeeping the way they fawned over her skill with that key.

I wonder if the clock still works. I think I'll wind it up to see. Now where's that box? Oh, there it is. And here's the key. Isn't it peculiar how much bigger it seemed when we were kids and Susan did all the winding? Well, maybe not. We were so young. The house seemed larger back then too. The clock still ticks! And it should chime in twenty minutes. If it does, I'll take it home or maybe give it to Mindy as a gift for making time to drive me here.

There might be something in the kitchen that she'd like to have as well. Oh maybe not. It's all so old, and Mindy's such a modern woman. Nonetheless, I'd like to say a final farewell to the room. It was the heart of the house. It was our only source of heat.

Oh now I've made the pine planks creak between the parlor and the kitchen. When I did that as a child, Mama would call from the sink. "Be careful you don't hurt the fairies hiding under there." And I would worry that I'd done the creatures harm. I had forgotten that spot. I've been away too many years. I'll have to step around that board when I go back out to the car. I hope the new folks will be careful of the fairies.

The kitchen table's shrouded too. God, how I hate that morbid look! It wants my grandma's tablecloth and the dishes and the pots. It wants the six of us ganging up on poor Aunt Celestine. I close my eyes, and we're all there, the logs hissing in the stove, my mother carefully counting out five napkins. "We seem to be a napkin short," she grins and nudges Celestine.

"Are you sure?" Grandma searches through the dry sink's bottom shelves, her flowered apron pooling on the kitchen floor. "I guess I must have counted wrong. No. I can't find another one." She shoves the kitchen towels aside in her quest. "I know I cut one of them up to patch the tablecloth last year. But even so, that would leave seven." She pivots toward Aunt Celestine. "Do you have any idea where the other two could be?"

"Let's ask Catherine." Jenny flips her braid and impishly grins. This is her favorite part. She gets to tantalize her mama. Cellie sighs in resignation. Her daughter skips into the bedroom, reappearing with a doll decked out in napkin finery. It's a story we played out every Sunday before dinner.

As a child, Aunt Celestine had stolen two napkins to make a clumsy dress for her doll. Two squares sewn along the top with a small break for the head and crooked stitching on each side, leaving spaces for the arms, the thing relied on the pink ribbon to define the doll's waist. The dress alone could have become the family joke. But when she'd made it, she'd believed no one would notice she'd used napkins and had denied the theft for just shy of a year.

Oh, there's the clock. It chimes just fine, but it has broken the spell.

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Reviews



I love these stories. I need to read them again.

  — Deb Shaw





The characters in Short Stories are trusted friends you go back to over and over!

  — Amber Paschal





BlkBerry writes on facebook More good writing from my friend Alice Exley, a k a Vila SpiderHawk, (grr @ fb for making her change it). Do yourself a favor, and get this, and many more of her wonderful works. They are sure to inspire you, and nourish your soul.

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Peggy Jay Hicks Writes on facebook: June 6 at 6:34pm
If you haven't read these stories yet, you really must do yourself a favor and get them. You will enjoy them over and over again.




I thought your Short Stories was so very interesting. So many lives, so many choices to make - it was fascinating to me. I found myself "there" with them. When I finished reading, I started wondering how I would have handled the things they faced. "The black of her pupils enveloped me, and the sound of her voice was the world. I floated through the tunnel on the breath of her tune and glided down the seeping stone stairs." What mesmerizing words as I read - wanting more. I finished the tale and had to find a way to loosen the gripping words.

This is a superb collection, Vila. I highly recommend it to everyone. Many of the stories brought back sweet memories. In Annalise at lunch, " She shook the catsup bottle upside down, screwed the lid off and opened up her sandwich. As if punishing a child, she spanked the bottom of the bottle, creating a red dollop on the bun." Instead of actual bottles, everything is squeezable. Wado Vila SpiderHawk for bringing back this and so much more.

  — Loreen Silvarahwk





I'm a big fan of Vila's and when I read this book I wasn't surprised that it was absolutely the best! Great stories with awesomeness all through it!!! I Love it!!!

  — Jenifer Hurley





Vila Spiderhawk's books are AMAZING, they take you away from the mundane and transport you to a different time, it does exactly what books are supposed to do , capture your soul! if you want to relax and enjoy some quiet time, there is no better way than "short stories".......keep up the great writing Vila!

  — moonwillow





I just read Short Stories by Vila Spiderhawk; I must say that I was entranced from the first paragraph...it kept me turning pages and absorbing every nuance of the writing...and her approach to writing is a comfort...as if you are talking over a pot of tea and she is telling you these stories about people she knows...the book flows like a conversation...very fulfilling and sweet and paced to take us away from the busy world and help us to take a few steps back and re-center and find our spot of calm...its just right in content and length!

  — Kim Huse





Once again I have lost myself in your work! I cry, I rejoice, I AM that person you are talking about in your stories. Oh how I do love your stories! Thank you Dear One for the love you have put into every one of your people in these works of art! I am still wiping my eyes for Mimi. She was quite a treasure as are you

  — Peg Hicks





When I saw this book [Short Stories] was only 99 cents, I thought how good can it be? But I took a chance and bought it anyway. Boy, am I ever glad I did! This book is worth so much more! I love these stories! Vila, you put me right there in the action, whether it was in New Jersey or in Poland. I fell in love with the characters, too. I practically went into mourning when I reached the end of this book. I'm so glad you have other books I can get! If they're half as good as this one, I'll be thrilled!

  — Denise Cameron





I thought your Short Stories was so very interesting. So many lives, so many choices to make - it was fascinating to me. I found myself "there" with them. When I finished reading, I started wondering how I would have handled the things they faced. "The black of her pupils enveloped me, and the sound of her voice was the world. I floated through the tunnel on the breath of her tune and glided down the seeping stone stairs." What mesmerizing words as I read - wanting more. I finished the tale and had to find a way to loosen the gripping words.

This is a superb collection, Vila. I highly recommend it to everyone. Many of the stories brought back sweet memories. In Annalise at lunch, " She shook the catsup bottle upside down, screwed the lid off and opened up her sandwich. As if punishing a child, she spanked the bottom of the bottle, creating a red dollop on the bun." Instead of actual bottles, everything is squeezable. Wado Vila SpiderHawk for bringing back this and so much more.

  — Loreen Silvarahawk





Sharon Beller your stories warm the heart with lost memories brought back to light. Through them we can relive some of our most treasured moments......thank you




You captured the memories of my grand parents and great grand parents perfectly in your excerpt from Short Stories! I love that!

  — Bonnie Sanders





ravenwize1 has made a comment on Short Stories

Villa I just loved listening to your short story. I felt for the woman and all the memories she had for her family home. A lifetime of such wonderful memories that she had. It was like I was reliving them with her. It was sad that she had to let the house go. Yet she was defiant to the end uncovering that couch and letting it live, giving it one more memory. I love the way your stories make you feel like you are right there in the story, being a part of it. Wonderful read.






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I love the stories in this book! Vila's work is always absorbing and compelling, and this book is no exception! I especially loved Grandma's House. Poignant and funny at the same time, it rang so true and just warmed my heart. Kudos to Vila for this wonderful work!

  — Michelle Dietrich





This is so wonderful. After reading all of the Forest Song books, now I can read a behind the scenes account of the characters. I will now go back and reread all of the Forest Song books with a new perspective. How brilliant Vila!!!

  — Robert Morini





Vila, you really have a way of reaching your audience that they can identify with the characters in your stories and it isn't hard to really feel the emotions of the characters. I just read them over again, and as I was reading, I was thinking of how true to life they were, because I remember feeling and still feel the feelings that they did for their loved ones and for their family home when it comes time to say good bye and pass it on to a new family who'll make their own memories in it, and it's so true how life is a circle and we must go on.

I'm here, crying both with sadness, but with joy because reading the stories made me remember how sad it was to lose my gram and grand pa and the family home, but also that we must feel good knowing we leave legacies behind and that life goes on, and we helped others by passing on the home and our memories.

Then, you also bring to life the history of how things were in the past and help those of us who are here, now, appreciate that if we hadn't had this past we wouldn't have what we have now. It helps the reader realize that maybe we should really treasure and learn about how people lived in the past and maybe try to capture it by maybe getting back to basics and learn that all this new technology is great, but the old ways will live on for ever and may someday come back.

  — Sharon Frantz





Vila has a way of bringing the reader into her stories, involving us to the point where we are hungry for more. Her short stories are long on characterization and creative details. It is Vila's attention to detail that really shows her talent. For example in the story 'Aunt Hattie' she writes about the loss of a loved one and the special times they shared at the ocean. Here is an excerpt..."as a child of the city I admired the silver-fringed beauty of the tide. I loved how it mirrored the moods of the sky, how it rushed to the shore bringing presents of shells." In this story she also talks of how her aunt had her 'listen' to the ocean, telling her the ocean is our mother and if we listen it will speak to us.

Vila's love of nature and her understanding of human nature shine in her many stories.

I highly recommend her books - they will not disappoint.

  — Reviewed by Ramona Louise Skidmore author of "Memoires Placed in the Heart"





Wow! I just finished reading Vila SpiderHawk’s Short Stories E-Book and it was fantastic! Whether you’re already a Vila SpiderHawk fan or have yet to have the “SpiderHawk experience”, you just have to download and read this E-Book immediately! Vila has outdone herself again. It has stories from her Forest Song series that acquaint you with the characters who live in those books and also other short stories that are separate from that. There is something for everyone. I loved them all. Two that I really like were "Annalise" about a woman who had lost her husband and was trying to learn how to move on. Another was "Mimi" about two new college roommates getting to know each other and becoming friends. There is some sadness in part of the story but you will have to find out yourself. Not going to give the plot away. There really is something there for everyone. Vila's descriptive writing is so vivid that you don't want to stop reading! You get totally caught up in every story. Who needs TV or movies when you can read this kind of thing? So get a copy of this e-book as soon as you can! After reading it, I am sure you will want to buy some of her other books listed. I will cherish this book forever.

  — Dee Melton



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