Giveaway has ended and winners are chosen!
Congratulations to Lee Tyler, who won first prize of three books (The O’Henry Prize Stories of 2015, Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri), plus a book mark with a quote by Thoreau.
Congratulations also to Jen Henderson, who won the second prize of The Best American Short Stories of 2015, edited by T. C. Boyle, plus a wonky bookmark, and to Greg Burke, who won a signed copy of Bella’s Rebellion and another fun bookmark.
Reading Bella’s Rebellion is like savoring the delicate taste of a few longed-for bonbons and then realizing, toward the end, she’s made an entire cake for you. – Lee Tyler
Whether she’s writing about a mirror world, vengeful goddess, or a grown child confronting past wrongs, expect her unique fingerprint on each tale Ann Stanley spins. – S. J. Henderson, author of the Daniel The Draw-er series.
A book for women, about women dealing with difficult mothers, hoarding, mothers they never knew, unfulfilling careers, and hard times.
In honor of its publication, I am giving away short-story books and bookmarks. What reader doesn’t need more bookmarks? Entering is free and easy. All you have to do is click on the form below and answer the question. Then share with your friends on social media to gain more points and have a better chance of winning. You can enter once a day, from Sunday, May 8 through Saturday, May 14th. Learn more about Bella’s Rebellion below the entry form, or click on the photo of the book to go to Amazon and get your copy.
I compiled this book of thirteen short stories and flash fiction pieces when I realized how many I’d written. I picked the ones which seemed to best fit the theme of women learning from tough situations: conflicts with their mothers; unfulfilling lives; conflicts between ethics and romantic desire; and a zephyr nursemaid trying to keep alive her young charge (a fire). Except for this loose concept, the stories are quite varied. Some stories are short, some are long. Some are contemporary, some speculative. I even threw in a dash of magic and a science fiction story.
Here’s an excerpt from Photo Shoot:
The camera, so much a part of her that she hasn’t even realized she’s lifted it to her eye, is clicking. This is good stuff. She can’t ask Zelda to stop; she could never capture all this energy and madness in a pose. Zelda is still on point, falling and catching herself. Her hair loosens out of her bun, covering her shoulders with thick black curls; she rips her bodice off to reveal a black tank top, a tattoo painted on her upper back. The running shorts come off, leaving her in tight black lycra shorts. She’s a pop star now, still in pink point shoes, still throwing in a ballet move or two.
Sweat pouring off of her, Belinda doesn’t let herself think, she has to become one with this dazzling creature if she wants to capture her on film. She runs, chasing Zelda and the light.
It’s over. Zelda, like some creature of the night, prances off the stage, except it wasn’t the stage, only the dance studio. She returns, panting, to where Belinda holds her cramped stomach, trying to catch her breath.
“You okay?” Zelda asks.
Belinda moans. She promises herself that she will start working out. Tomorrow.