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Vila reads from Short Stories

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

The man who met us was almost as tall as my father and as thin, his brown hair graying at the temples. His professional smile was sad but welcoming as he led us through the door, down the hall, and to a room three times as big as our parlor and all carpeted in green. Rows of sofas in dark green and in beige and in gray faced a casket lined with quilted white satin. Urns, some of them my height, overflowed with crimson mums and baby's breath and star-white lilies and ferns. As if we couldn't find our way, he guided us to the coffin then with a few words of condolence, backed away.

And then my father picked me up so I could kiss her goodbye. I was astonished at the stranger in the box. Her eyes were closed. Her cheeks were rouged, her lips as red as a tomato. And she was in a flowered dress without an apron. Her hands, folded at her belly, held a single yellow rose. Her flesh was cold to my lips, and she was small, so very small. I'd always thought of her as tall and broad and strong. Nothing I saw in that over-cushioned box spoke the truth about the way Aunt Hattie lived.

Woozily floating through the drone of liturgy, through the crush of weeping people, through the suffocating odor of flowers and the women's perfume, I willed Aunt Hattie to get up, to scrub the make-up from her face, to put her cobbler's apron on and to make lunch. I refused to accept that she would never come back, that our hours on the pier were gone forever. But then we went to the graveside to throw dirt onto her box.


Chin quivering, arms limp, Uncle Charlie bent down, scooped a bit of sandy soil, and dropped it into the hole. Mother kissed her little clump and whispered words I could not hear before tossing hers in with a sickening clunk. Father threw a handful too, but, though I tried, I couldn't do it. I clawed the pile, the dirt trickling coolly through my fingertips. I wrapped my fist around a bit and made a little lump of it. Slouching the two steps to the edge of Hattie's grave, I raised my arm but lowered it and let the earth splat to the ground. The others slowly filed by, each doing what I could not do. The shame of failing to accomplish that simple, awful task suffocated all my words, squeezed all the breath out from my lungs. I rode in silence to the luncheon at the church.

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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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