Laydeez and Gentlemen, It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce some information I recently
stole, borrowed from my very good friend, Indie Author S.R.Mallery.
Currently her books have been given new covers and are being re-presented to you, the discerning public. Actually the road to this point has been quite long so without further ado allow me to present the lady herself and her works of art.
S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life.First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.
Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor.
Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.
The eleven long short stories in “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads” combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.
Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives’ behaviors help mold our own? In “Unexpected Gifts” that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors’ hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.
Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery,
where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic.
Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these “Tales To Count On”,
which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end,
nothing is ever what it seems.
UNEXPECTED GIFTS: http://amzn.to/1cE5tXp
SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS: http://amzn.to/1P8OTyo
TALES TO COUNT ON: http://amzn.to/1x8QqyD
BOOK TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/18cSWUGhttp://bit.ly/1g37MAb
30 responses to “Author S.R.Mallery”
Love the reviews, David. Love the covers as well. Must add to my TBR list. These all sound like my cup of tea. ❤
I hope you enjoy them Tess though I’m sure you will.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Thank you, Tess. Hope you enjoy…there’s LOTS of history in them.
Great covers for sure. And such a creative life the author has led. Must certainly help with her fiction!
I would think so Carrie. Your life must have been creative too with the quality fiction you write.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
Thank you. I suppose all our lives are when we think about it. Just different venues of creativity.
Thanks for leaving a comment, Carrie. Actually, I started writing late and bemoaned the fact that I waited that long. But in hindsight, maybe I needed all that experience (and more, which is not listed!) to develop my characters…
I loved ‘Sewing Can Be Dangerous…’ and have a copy of ‘Unexpected Gifts’. Everything I see a post about Sarah I bump it up so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. And then I’ll get Tales to Count on…And I also keep thinking that I’ve always wanted a proper quilt.
Time to get the sewing kit out Olga though perhaps best for the long Winter evenings as you’re far too busy writing and entertaining us at the moment.
xxx Humongous Hugs xxx
Thank you so much, Olga, for the comment and ALL that you do for us authors! As for quilts, they were my life for so long–now I look at the intricate machine quilting I did on them and think, “Wow. How did I DO that?” LOL
How wonderful to see this post. I’m a big fan of Sarah’s stories and only recently reviewed her “Tales To Count On.”
Happy Wednesday to you both. 🙂
Thanks Christoph my efforts on the heel of yours seem poor but I’m also a great fan, of yours too of course.
Have a Wonderful rest of the week.
You did write a fabulous review of Tales, which meant a lot to me. I am really looking forward to reading your Gambler book, Christoph!!
Thank you, David! I am a huge fan of Sarah’s writing and wish I could write as well as she does. Captivating covers for fabulous books! ❤
Thank you Colleen.It looks like all my friends are turning out in support which is wonderful.
xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs xxx
Thank you, Colleen, for being such a supportive voice in my life!!
Thank you, Sarah. 💖
This is a lovely introduction to S.R. — thank you David. I like how she has worked sewing into her tales. My granny used to make quilts. Not like the beautiful ones quilters buy special fabrics for today. To her, they were a sort of utility. You didn’t waste so much as a scrap from a worn out shirt. She made scrap quilts, completely hand sewn and hand quilted. Those quilts told stories! That’s why I like that SR has sewn sewing into her stories. Hugs to you both.
So many Hugs back to you Teagan. What wonderful stories your granny’s quilts would have been able to tell from all the pieces used to create them.Utilitarian doesn’t mean boring.
Have a wonderful rest of the Week.
Teagan, thanks for the comment. Actually, I had my own business for a while called “Memento Quilts,” where I had people give me their cherished clothing and I would incorporate them into quilts, including buttons, bows, ribbons, zippers, etc etc. Loved how the pioneer women did this instead of going out to the local quilting store and buying brand new fabrics.
I can’t believe I forgot to add this — THANK YOU SO MUCH, DAVID, FOR ALWAYS, ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR ME (AND SO MANY OTHERS). YOU ARE THE VERY BEST!! xoxo
You’re very welcome Sarah.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Good reviews, David. They sound like such interesting topics. She must have had a wide variety of experiences and read widely. Well done. 🙂
She’s a very entertaining writer Suzanne,
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Thank you for your comment,Suzanne. Yeah, at one point you might say I had a different career every few years! LOL
I love these covers, David, and the stories sound so interesting. What an intriguing life she has had (and also very talented!)
Thank you Dianne. She is a very interesting person.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
Thank you so much for the nice comment, Dianne! The covers were done by Travis Miles. I think he’s very talented and very easy to work with! As for an intriguing life….well….dont know about that! Eclectic, that’s for sure, LOL
Great reviews – I’m inspired to read Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads now. Are we affected by our ancestral past? Yes, I think so, our relatives can weave their own thread through our lives too. Brilliant post.
Thank you, Emma! I used to look through family albums, searching my ancestors’ faces and trying to imagine how they felt…