Publications as of October, 2022

More or less in reverse order, here are my online and print publications so far:

My story “Balance the Books” is published online at The Lorelei Signal, https://www.loreleisignal.com/current-issue . It has definite autobiographical references from my 41 years in the chancery office library, along with wishful thinking from that time.

My story “Tryst at the Tombaugh Regio” in Draw Down the Moon, another wonderful anthology from Propertius Press, available https://www.propertiuspress.com/our-bookstore/Draw-Down-the-Moon-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p375745328  and in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores. I wrote this love story for an anthology workshop in Las Vegas. It’s happy ending takes place on the Tombaugh Regio, that pink, heart-shaped area on (dwarf)planet Pluto.

I wrote “Spaceship Nursery” for a Dean Wesley Smith online workshop. It is a new perspective of AI with respect to spaceship construction. The nice people at Wyldblood, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Issue 9, available at https://wyldblood.com/product/wyldblood-9/ and at online bookstores in e-book and print formats.

My story “How Fred the Opossum Mobilized the Microbes and Saved the Universe” in Pulphouse, Issue 18, available in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores and at https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/pulphouse-issue-18/ and via https://books2read.com/u/38eNgw. It was kindly reviewed by Tangent Online, https://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/pulphouse-18-june-july-2022/ Fred the Opossum was a frequent visitor on our farm in Iowa, and I’m glad I had the chance to give him the credit he deserves.

Blaze Ward was kind enough to publish my story “And Became Titans” in his Boundary Shock Quarterly, Issue 9, Sea Stories . Here intelligent Martian microbes find a way to get the Earthie colonists to help them gain communication with other microbes in the solar system. It is available in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores and at https://www.boundaryshockquarterly.com/book/sea-stories/

Once again Blaze Ward was kind enough to publish my story “The Gods of the Black Forest” in Blaze Ward Presents, Issue 6, available in e-book and print formats in all online book stores and at https://blazewardpresents.com/?mbdb_book=small-gods  My small gods live in the streams in the mountains of the Black Forest.

“October Mardi Gras” is published in Dark Horses, the Magazine of Weird Fiction, Issue No. 4, May 2022. It is inspired by memories of various teachers at Miles High School in Miles, Iowa, back in the 1960’s. It is also available at all online bookstores in e-book and print formats

Steven Lester Carr, kindly published “Iowa Summer”, my story that I wrote for an anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon in his online magazine, Short Story Town, unfortunately no longer available on the Internet.

My two stories previously published in Pulphouse #4 (For the Love of Killer) and Pulphouse #8 (Taking Care of Business) have been reprinted in new Pulphouse issues, as always available in e-book and print format at all online bookstores. “For the Love of Killer” appears in Run!! Creatures, Critters, and Pulphousers and is also availaboe at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/run-creatures-critters-and-pulphousers/?fbclid=IwAR1AgtKTe43OF13MH6BXRfaZuPG93kRzqw-MhcZct0SZU-vbQm5Wbsjo-gc. “Taking Care of Business” appears in Twisted Robots, Oh, My!, and is also available at WMG (https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/twisted-robots-oh-my/?fbclid=IwAR1f1-E4wEW9OhaFuRwNkEsmdgr3oH8jGzJ5VBTke987vi48UJva7r5KlyM)

My story “Gargoyles of the World, Unite!” inspired by the gargoyles of the Freiburg cathedral and featuring Annegret Gumpert, one of my somewhat homicidal alter egos, to my endless delight, is published in The Lost Librarian’s Grave, a wonderful anthology available as an e-book and in print from Redwood Press https://redwood-press.com/, and at every online bookstore.

I wrote “Endless Horizons”, a joyful story about exploring the universe, for the 2019 Anthology Workshop and was overjoyed and eternally grateful when editor Leah Cutter accepted it for her anthology “Explorers, Cutter’s Final Cut: Issue Three“, which of course if available in e-book and print form at all online bookstores and at https://cuttersfinalcut.com/book/explorers/

Steven Lester Carr, kindly published “Rescuing Sparty”, my story inspired by the three years that I spent at Michigan State University in his online magazine, Short Story Town, unfortunately no longer available on the Internet.

My story “A Squeaky-Clean Reunion” takes place in the Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa, Iowa). It features one of my recurring characters, Maquoketa B. Dragon, a mellow, Iowa dragon. I am overjoyed to see it published in Crunchy with Chocolate, available in e-book and print format at WolfSinger Publications, https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/crunchy-with-chocolate and at every online bookstore.

Back in 2015 I took a workshop on writing short stories taught by one of the writers I admire most, Dean Wesley Smith. One of the stories I wrote for the workshop was “Tauri”, which the wonderful people at Fabula Argentea have published in their online edition. You can read it at: https://fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/tauri-by-mary-jo-rabe/

My story “Christmas in the Ruins”, a fictional account of Christmas in Freiburg in 1944, appeared as part of WMG Publishing’s Winter Holiday Spectacular 2020. I am so grateful to Kristine Kathryn Rusch for including it in her anthology, even though it was perhaps darker than what she was looking for.
It is available as e-book and in print at all online bookstores as well as at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/mysterious-christmas/

I wrote “It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink” for a science fiction writing workshop in January of 2020. My story features Libby Lechtenbrink, a librarian on Mars, one of my more homicidal alter egos. I am so grateful to Barbara G. Tarn for including me in this wonderful anthology, Sci-Fi Stories Earth Colonies, published in July, 2021. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/sci-fi5

I wrote “We Can Wait But No Longer Want To” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Energetic Martian microbes take advantage of the opportunity to leave their frosty underground lakes. I am overjoyed to have it published July, 2021, in Alien Dimensions #20/21, a wonderful magazine available in electronic and print form.
amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097HMG6FK
amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Alien…/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=sr_1_2…

I wrote “If You Lead an Earthling to Water, Who Gets To Drink?” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Martian colonists have to deal with the dilemma of possibly endangering alien life in order to keep their Earth colony running. I am thrilled that Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine chose to publish it in its online magazine, Issue 1, June 2021:

https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/rabeWater.html

During Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020 I wrote a story I titled “Herr Gehrke, Why Is Everyone Lying to Me?” that took place in an archdiocesan chancery office of a mid-sized German city. In the hopes that it would fit Blaze Ward Presents 5 Crime and …, which was published in June, 2021, I renamed it “Bishops”. I am incredibly grateful to Blaze Ward for accepting this story. Naturally it is completely fictional, but some of the characters are inspired by people I have known. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096CJPLMV/?tag=kydala-20

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/…/B096CYSG1Q/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

I wrote “Slim Pickings on Mars” for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. A detective on Mars literally stumbles onto an object at a crime scene that has multi-universal consequences. It was my immense good fortune that Blaze Ward was willing to accept it for his Blaze Ward Presents 4 anthology which was published in November, 2020. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626771787&sr=1-1

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=blaze+ward+presents+4&qid=1626771873&s=books&sr=1-1

“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale, appearing in the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment, published in August, 2020. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of course at WMG Publishing:
https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/p…/doorways-to-enchantment/
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:

Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis

“Sagan in the Past” is science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech. published in July, 2020.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/sci-fi3

“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge”, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe, published in June, 2020. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
https://propertiuspress.wixsite.com/bookstore/online-store/Whispers-from-the-Universe-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p209124441

“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of 2019.published in December, 2020. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/bO6gAQ
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-8-fall-2019/

“For the Love of Killer” is another story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Killer is a little, white peekapoo, inspired by Puffy, our dog on the farm. It wasn’t chosen for the anthology about female heroines, but Dean Wesley Smith was kind enough to take it for Pulphouse, Issue 4 of 2018, published in December, 2018 You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/47Z9aR?fbclid=IwAR0iZAracjT1yWQnMG4TGHIs0P_Sf58Udvmg_vDMldSEYbH-hkScaOaCAfU
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue4/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-4-december-2018/

Russ Crossley was kind enough to include “Efficient Engineering”, a story I wrote for the anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon, in 2017, in his Rocketpack Adventures anthology in October, 2018. An engineer on Mars decides to build her own rocket and leave for parts unknown. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/rocketpack-adventures

“One Universe Is Never Enough” is a story I wrote Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An administrator on Pluto gets tired of the bureaucratic backbiting and takes a chance on travel to another universe. Barbara G. Tarn was kind enough to include it in her Space Opera Mashup. Published in July, 2018. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
http://books2read.com/u/4AY5XN

Two  of my poems are still archived online:

Salt Water Rafting at Raven Electrickhttp://www.ravenelectrick.com/ravenpoetrick/saltwaterrafting.html

Tharsis Lil at Astropoeticahttp://www.astropoetica.com/Summer07/tharsislil.html

I have my author pages at amazon where you can see which stories of mine have been published so far:

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1598900121&sr=1-2

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6&qid=1598900017&sr=1-6

amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1598900282&sr=1-4

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Publications as of November, 2021

More or less in reverse order, here are my online and print publications so far:

My two stories previously published in Pulphouse #4 (For the Love of Killer) and Pulphouse #8 (Taking Care of Business) have been reprinted in new Pulphouse issues, as always available in e-book and print format at all online bookstores. “For the Love of Killer” appears in Run!! Creatures, Critters, and Pulphousers and is also availaboe at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/run-creatures-critters-and-pulphousers/?fbclid=IwAR1AgtKTe43OF13MH6BXRfaZuPG93kRzqw-MhcZct0SZU-vbQm5Wbsjo-gc. “Taking Care of Business” appears in Twisted Robots, Oh, My!, and is also availaboe at WMG (https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/twisted-robots-oh-my/?fbclid=IwAR1f1-E4wEW9OhaFuRwNkEsmdgr3oH8jGzJ5VBTke987vi48UJva7r5KlyM)

My story “Gargoyles of the World, Unite!” inspired by the gargoyles of the Freiburg cathedral and featuring Annegret Gumpert, one of my somewhat homicidal alter egos, to my endless delight, is published in The Lost Librarian’s Grave, a wonderful anthology available as an e-book and in print from Redwood Press https://redwood-press.com/, and at every online bookstore.

I wrote “Endless Horizons”, a joyful story about exploring the universe,  for the 2019 Anthology Workshop and was overjoyed and eternally grateful when editor Leah Cutter accepted it for her anthology “Explorers, Cutter’s Final Cut: Issue Three“, which of course if available in e-book and print form at all online bookstores and at https://cuttersfinalcut.com/book/explorers/

Steven Lester Carr, kindly published “Rescuing Sparty”, my story inspired by the three years that I spent at Michigan State University in his online magazine, Short Story Town, URL https://www.shortstorytown.com/?fbclid=IwAR2yFO3f5LXFXW6xv-hK8uIdhXumw-TFVV0a76fQQlv43iAiXc_JYv6QMII with the date of October 18, 2021.

My story “A Squeaky-Clean Reunion” takes place in the Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa, Iowa). It features one of my recurring characters, Maquoketa B. Dragon, a mellow, Iowa dragon. I am overjoyed to see it published in Crunchy with Chocolate, available in e-book and print format at WolfSinger Publications, https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/crunchy-with-chocolate and at every online bookstore.

Back in 2015 I took a workshop on writing short stories taught by one of the writers I admire most, Dean Wesley Smith. One of the stories I wrote for the workshop was “Tauri”, which the wonderful people at Fabula Argentea have published in their online edition. You can read it at: https://fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/tauri-by-mary-jo-rabe/

My story “Christmas in the Ruins”, a fictional account of Christmas in Freiburg in 1944, appeared as part of WMG Publishing’s Winter Holiday Spectacular 2020. I am so grateful to Kristine Kathryn Rusch for including it in her anthology, even though it was perhaps darker than what she was looking for.
It is available as e-book and in print at all online bookstores as well as at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/mysterious-christmas/

I wrote “It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink” for a science fiction writing workshop in January of 2020. My story features Libby Lechtenbrink, a librarian on Mars, one of my more homicidal alter egos. I am so grateful to Barbara G. Tarn for including me in this wonderful anthology, Sci-Fi Stories Earth Colonies, published in July, 2021. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/sci-fi5

I wrote “We Can Wait But No Longer Want To” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Energetic Martian microbes take advantage of the opportunity to leave their frosty underground lakes. I am overjoyed to have it published July, 2021, in Alien Dimensions #20/21, a wonderful magazine available in electronic and print form.
amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097HMG6FK
amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Alien…/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=sr_1_2…

I wrote “If You Lead an Earthling to Water, Who Gets To Drink?” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Martian colonists have to deal with the dilemma of possibly endangering alien life in order to keep their Earth colony running. I am thrilled that Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine chose to publish it in its online magazine, Issue 1, June 2021:

https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/rabeWater.html

During Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020 I wrote a story I titled “Herr Gehrke, Why Is Everyone Lying to Me?” that took place in an archdiocesan chancery office of a mid-sized German city. In the hopes that it would fit Blaze Ward Presents 5 Crime and …, which was published in June, 2021, I renamed it “Bishops”. I am incredibly grateful to Blaze Ward for accepting this story. Naturally it is completely fictional, but some of the characters are inspired by people I have known. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096CJPLMV/?tag=kydala-20

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/…/B096CYSG1Q/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

I wrote “Slim Pickings on Mars” for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. A detective on Mars literally stumbles onto an object at a crime scene that has multi-universal consequences. It was my immense good fortune that Blaze Ward was willing to accept it for his Blaze Ward Presents 4 anthology which was published in November, 2020. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626771787&sr=1-1

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=blaze+ward+presents+4&qid=1626771873&s=books&sr=1-1

“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale, appearing in the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment, published in August, 2020. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of course at WMG Publishing:
https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/p…/doorways-to-enchantment/
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:

Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis

“Sagan in the Past” is science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech. published in July, 2020.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/sci-fi3

“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge”, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe, published in June, 2020. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
https://propertiuspress.wixsite.com/bookstore/online-store/Whispers-from-the-Universe-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p209124441

“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of 2019.published in December, 2020. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/bO6gAQ
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-8-fall-2019/

“For the Love of Killer” is another story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Killer is a little, white peekapoo, inspired by Puffy, our dog on the farm. It wasn’t chosen for the anthology about female heroines, but Dean Wesley Smith was kind enough to take it for Pulphouse, Issue 4 of 2018, published in December, 2018 You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/47Z9aR?fbclid=IwAR0iZAracjT1yWQnMG4TGHIs0P_Sf58Udvmg_vDMldSEYbH-hkScaOaCAfU
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue4/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-4-december-2018/

Russ Crossley was kind enough to include “Efficient Engineering”, a story I wrote for the anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon, in 2017, in his Rocketpack Adventures anthology in October, 2018. An engineer on Mars decides to build her own rocket and leave for parts unknown. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/rocketpack-adventures

“One Universe Is Never Enough” is a story I wrote Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An administrator on Pluto gets tired of the bureaucratic backbiting and takes a chance on travel to another universe. Barbara G. Tarn was kind enough to include it in her Space Opera Mashup. Published in July, 2018. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
http://books2read.com/u/4AY5XN

Two  of my poems are still archived online:

Salt Water Rafting at Raven Electrickhttp://www.ravenelectrick.com/ravenpoetrick/saltwaterrafting.html

Tharsis Lil at Astropoeticahttp://www.astropoetica.com/Summer07/tharsislil.html

I have my author pages at amazon where you can see which stories of mine have been published so far:

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1598900121&sr=1-2

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6&qid=1598900017&sr=1-6

amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1598900282&sr=1-4

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Wonderful Dragons!

I don’t manage to write very many book reviews, except when the book is so good that I don’t want to keep it to myself.

Dragon Rain by Vonnie Winslow-Crist

Keeping things honest here, I have to admit that I love dragons, stories about dragons, anything about dragons. And so I expected to love this book.

However, the book turned out to be even more wonderful than I hoped (and assumed). Dragon Rain, the collection of the stories (the last story also has the title of Dragon Rain), is a brilliant, thoughtful, and entertaining compilation of stories about all kinds of dragons, old dragons, young dragons, scary dragons, revengeful dragons, kind dragons, humane dragons, insightful dragons. Their interactions with humankind make for unforgettable stories. You end up wishing more people behaved like these dragons.

A girl brings milk to an ancient dragon just as her grandfather, a dragonslayer in his youth but later reformed, had taught her. The dragon, having enjoyed many different shapes in his stages of dragonhood, lives in a nearby pond and loves the girl from afar. When he asks her, she decides to accept dragonhood and become his bride. Together their love brings rain to a parched land.

A sad, lonely girl weeps seven tears into the castle moat, which summons a dragon from the water who promises her happiness if she weeps seven tears into the moat every year. After that she meets the love of her life.

A princess tells her executioner the story of how she was sentenced to death, due to her evil father who refused a dragon’s offer of marriage to her, which would have required a fair dowry of treasure. However, since she is secretly married to the dragon, she assumes the shape of a dragon and saves herself,

With the help of a vampire friend of his grandfather’s, a young cabinet maker frees an imprisoned dragon, kept enslaved to provide heat and fire for a blacksmith. On Midsummer’s Eve they use the distraction of the celebrations to free the dragon and get him his revenge.

Two boys think they have discovered the body of a young woman. However, she is well cared for by her dragonflies and transforms into a dragon. Because she is feeling generous, she lets the boys go although she says they will meet again someday.

At the oracle of Delphi the dragon created by Mother Earth has a vision of her own death. She asks to have children of her own and Mother Earth makes this possible. The dragon loves mothering her children. In return Mother Earth later asks the dragon to do her a favor which results in the dragon’s allowing the birth of the creature who she realizes will later kill her.

A woman calls up a demon after her husband is murdered. The demon in the shape of a dragon devours the woman’s murderer in front of her and then assumes the shape of a panther while noting the woman’s scent for later. It reminds her that it will watch her for the rest of her life. She decides to learn about healing and magic while hoping to get a message from her dead husband through the portal of her mirror.

A man in Kyoto falls in love and marries but is unhappy about being poor. He chooses to abandon his wife and marry a wealthier woman which will enable him to take a good job far away. When he returns, his first wife still loves him but explains that she is a dragon. She dies and crumbles into dust. A magic dragon then appears and tells him she will kill him, but doesn’t tell him when.

A girl rescues a wyvern and raises a dragon who calls itself Wolfbane. Her evil father has it killed. Her parents die; she gives away all her possessions and rejoices because she can fly away with the no longer dead dragon.

A poor man gives up his coat and thereby rescues a snake. He returns it to its pond. The snake reappears as a young girl and takes him to the dragon’s lair in the pond where she and her parents transform into dragons. They reward him with a coat that never wears out, a rice cake that keeps replenishing itself, and a sack of coins and precious stones.

On a planet far, far away a girl and her grandfather, grateful to Anna Tuwa, the spirit that sustains them, harvest bodaway nests from caves, being careful not to damage the eggs which they leave with their bodaway dragon parents. Broth from the nests has medicinal value. Other greedy people in their group, though, aren’t as moral in their behavior and destroy eggs. The bodaways take their revenge, sparing those who treated their nests and eggs with respect.

A boy from the bayou remembers what his grandfather taught him. He helps an enslaved dragon in human form regain her skin, return to her dragon form, get revenge on her captor, and joyfully re-enter her swamp and reunite with her dragon relatives.

A barren queen follows the advice of a fairy in order to have children but doesn’t follow it precisely enough. As a result she gives birth to one healthy girl and one girl covered in dragonskin. The fairy, in the shape of an old crone, takes the little dragon away with her. 18 years later the fairy says that the dragon can regain her human form if a man is willing to marry her. When a good man with a horse’s leg marries her, the fairy makes sure that both lose the curses that changed their appearances.

A woman pays a dragon with her body parts in order to travel back in time and undo a great wrong she committed which resulted in an innocent man being hanged. The dragon then has mercy on her and restores her body parts. Her first child has a birthmark shaped like a dragon.

A young woman helps a dragon colony in a flooded underground city by killing the necromancer who controls the corpses of those who drowned so long ago. She uses common sense, salt, a mirror, and a dagger rather than magic. The woman is then bonded forever with the dragon, and they will seek a new life together.

An orphan boy saves a salamander from an evil cook. A dragon who has witnessed the boy’s actions rescues the boy and incinerates the cook. The dragon then takes the boy to an elderly, kindly magic-wielder who needs an assistant.

Oddvar, an orphan taken in by his grandparents, follows the advice of his grandfather, selects an oak tree, and cuts it down to whittle to a dragon’s head for a ship. Oddvar’s family knows how to imbue timber with the magic of dragons. Alone in the forest, he is confronted by a lindwyrm who wants to eat him and his horse. Oddvar tricks the lindwyrm into being consumed by bonfires and collects the treasure from its lair which he uses to pay the trolls to accompany him home through the dark. One troll advises him on how to make the best use of the lindwyrm skin and tells him his fate is to sail with dragons.

A widowed dragon cares for her wyrmling children. She tells them stories of long ago when dinosaur dragons ruled the world and stories of the present when human beings kill dragons. This was how she lost her mate who comforts her with the vaporous spirit that left his body as he died. Like those of his ancestors before him, her mate’s tears provide rain for his children. She wants to lead her children to the safety of the sea which will protect them from the murderous human beings. The trip is dangerous. They are pursued. One of her daughters is too slow. One of her sons insists on sacrificing himself to save his sister and is killed by the human called George. She sees her son’s spirit lift up from his body as he dies. She is able to lead the rest of her children to the Mediterranean Sea where they are safe. She later longs to join the other dragons in the spirit world in order to bring the dragon rain of her tears to her children. A bolt of lightning grants her this wish.

The stories are unforgettable, and you will never want to forget them. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of this fantastic book.

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Update on Publications, September 2021

To my delight, I can report another publication:

More or less in reverse order, here are my short story publications so far:

Back in 2015 I took a workshop on writing short stories taught by one of the writers I admire most, Dean Wesley Smith. One of the stories I wrote for the workshop was “Tauri”, which the wonderful people at Fabula Argentea have published in their online edition. You can read it at: https://fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/tauri-by-mary-jo-rabe/

My story “Christmas in the Ruins”, a fictional account of Christmas in Freiburg in 1944, appeared as part of WMG Publishing’s Winter Holiday Spectacular 2020 e-calendar which is now (July 2021) available as e-book, https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/project/the-holiday-spectacular-2/?fbclid=IwAR3aDnqqj39nWGQH3lK9LuVWYUq83ziFPws8O3OwMz32OEJyW-8UfpwtR78
and will be available in print in October, 2021

I wrote “It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink” for a science fiction writing workshop in January of 2020. My story features Libby Lechtenbrink, a librarian on Mars, one of my more homicidal alter egos. I am so grateful to Barbara G. Tarn for including me in this wonderful anthology, Sci-Fi Stories Earth Colonies, published in July, 2021. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/sci-fi5

I wrote “We Can Wait But No Longer Want To” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Energetic Martian microbes take advantage of the opportunity to leave their frosty underground lakes. I am overjoyed to have it published July, 2021, in Alien Dimensions #20/21, a wonderful magazine available in electronic and print form.
amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097HMG6FK
amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Alien…/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=sr_1_2…

I wrote “If You Lead an Earthling to Water, Who Gets To Drink?” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Martian colonists have to deal with the dilemma of possibly endangering alien life in order to keep their Earth colony running. I am thrilled that Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine chose to publish it in its online magazine, Issue 1, June 2021:

https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/rabeWater.html

During Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020 I wrote a story I titled “Herr Gehrke, Why Is Everyone Lying to Me?” that took place in an archdiocesan chancery office of a mid-sized German city. In the hopes that it would fit Blaze Ward Presents 5 Crime and …, which was published in June, 2021, I renamed it “Bishops”. I am incredibly grateful to Blaze Ward for accepting this story. Naturally it is completely fictional, but some of the characters are inspired by people I have known. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096CJPLMV/?tag=kydala-20

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/…/B096CYSG1Q/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

I wrote “Slim Pickings on Mars” for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. A detective on Mars literally stumbles onto an object at a crime scene that has multi-universal consequences. It was my immense good fortune that Blaze Ward was willing to accept it for his Blaze Ward Presents 4 anthology which was published in November, 2020. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626771787&sr=1-1

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=blaze+ward+presents+4&qid=1626771873&s=books&sr=1-1

“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale, appearing in the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment, published in August, 2020. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of course at WMG Publishing:
https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/p…/doorways-to-enchantment/
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:

Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis

“Sagan in the Past” is science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech. published in July, 2020.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/sci-fi3

“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge”, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe, published in June, 2020. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
https://propertiuspress.wixsite.com/bookstore/online-store/Whispers-from-the-Universe-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p209124441

“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of 2019.published in December, 2020. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/bO6gAQ
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-8-fall-2019/

“For the Love of Killer” is another story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Killer is a little, white peekapoo, inspired by Puffy, our dog on the farm. It wasn’t chosen for the anthology about female heroines, but Dean Wesley Smith was kind enough to take it for Pulphouse, Issue 4 of 2018, published in December, 2018 You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/47Z9aR?fbclid=IwAR0iZAracjT1yWQnMG4TGHIs0P_Sf58Udvmg_vDMldSEYbH-hkScaOaCAfU
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue4/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-4-december-2018/

Russ Crossley was kind enough to include “Efficient Engineering”, a story I wrote for the anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon, in 2017, in his Rocketpack Adventures anthology in October, 2018. An engineer on Mars decides to build her own rocket and leave for parts unknown. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/rocketpack-adventures

“One Universe Is Never Enough” is a story I wrote Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An administrator on Pluto gets tired of the bureaucratic backbiting and takes a chance on travel to another universe. Barbara G. Tarn was kind enough to include it in her Space Opera Mashup. Published in July, 2018. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
http://books2read.com/u/4AY5XN

Two  of my poems are still archived online:

Salt Water Rafting at Raven Electrickhttp://www.ravenelectrick.com/ravenpoetrick/saltwaterrafting.html

Tharsis Lil at Astropoeticahttp://www.astropoetica.com/Summer07/tharsislil.html

I have my author pages at amazon where you can see which stories of mine have been published so far:

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1598900121&sr=1-2

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6&qid=1598900017&sr=1-6

amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1598900282&sr=1-4

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Update on Publications, Summer 2021

It’s long since time for me to mention the stories that magazines and anthologies have been kind enough to publish, and so I’ll indulge in a walk down publishing memory lane.

More or less in reverse order, here are my short story publications so far:

My story “Christmas in the Ruins”, a fictional account of Christmas in Freiburg in 1944, appeared as part of WMG Publishing’s Winter Holiday Spectacular 2020 e-calendar which is now (July 2021) available as e-book, https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/project/the-holiday-spectacular-2/?fbclid=IwAR3aDnqqj39nWGQH3lK9LuVWYUq83ziFPws8O3OwMz32OEJyW-8UfpwtR78
and will be available in print in October, 2021

I wrote “It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink” for a science fiction writing workshop in January of 2020. My story features Libby Lechtenbrink, a librarian on Mars, one of my more homicidal alter egos. I am so grateful to Barbara G. Tarn for including me in this wonderful anthology, Sci-Fi Stories Earth Colonies, published in July, 2021. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/sci-fi5

I wrote “We Can Wait But No Longer Want To” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Energetic Martian microbes take advantage of the opportunity to leave their frosty underground lakes. I am overjoyed to have it published July, 2021, in Alien Dimensions #20/21, a wonderful magazine available in electronic and print form.
amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097HMG6FK
amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Alien…/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=sr_1_2…

I wrote “If You Lead an Earthling to Water, Who Gets To Drink?” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Martian colonists have to deal with the dilemma of possibly endangering alien life in order to keep their Earth colony running. I am thrilled that Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine chose to publish it in its online magazine, Issue 1, June 2021:

https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/rabeWater.html

During Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020 I wrote a story I titled “Herr Gehrke, Why Is Everyone Lying to Me?” that took place in an archdiocesan chancery office of a mid-sized German city. In the hopes that it would fit Blaze Ward Presents 5 Crime and …, which was published in June, 2021, I renamed it “Bishops”. I am incredibly grateful to Blaze Ward for accepting this story. Naturally it is completely fictional, but some of the characters are inspired by people I have known. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096CJPLMV/?tag=kydala-20

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/…/B096CYSG1Q/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

I wrote “Slim Pickings on Mars” for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. A detective on Mars literally stumbles onto an object at a crime scene that has multi-universal consequences. It was my immense good fortune that Blaze Ward was willing to accept it for his Blaze Ward Presents 4 anthology which was published in November, 2020. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626771787&sr=1-1

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Cloak-Dagger-Blaze-Ward/dp/B08NYYBPM2/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=blaze+ward+presents+4&qid=1626771873&s=books&sr=1-1

“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale, appearing in the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment, published in August, 2020. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of course at WMG Publishing:
https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/p…/doorways-to-enchantment/
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:

Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis

“Sagan in the Past” is science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech. published in July, 2020.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/sci-fi3

“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge”, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe, published in June, 2020. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
https://propertiuspress.wixsite.com/bookstore/online-store/Whispers-from-the-Universe-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p209124441

“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of 2019.published in December, 2020. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/bO6gAQ
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-8-fall-2019/

“For the Love of Killer” is another story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Killer is a little, white peekapoo, inspired by Puffy, our dog on the farm. It wasn’t chosen for the anthology about female heroines, but Dean Wesley Smith was kind enough to take it for Pulphouse, Issue 4 of 2018, published in December, 2018 You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/47Z9aR?fbclid=IwAR0iZAracjT1yWQnMG4TGHIs0P_Sf58Udvmg_vDMldSEYbH-hkScaOaCAfU
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue4/

Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-4-december-2018/

Russ Crossley was kind enough to include “Efficient Engineering”, a story I wrote for the anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon, in 2017, in his Rocketpack Adventures anthology in October, 2018. An engineer on Mars decides to build her own rocket and leave for parts unknown. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/rocketpack-adventures

“One Universe Is Never Enough” is a story I wrote Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An administrator on Pluto gets tired of the bureaucratic backbiting and takes a chance on travel to another universe. Barbara G. Tarn was kind enough to include it in her Space Opera Mashup. Published in July, 2018. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
http://books2read.com/u/4AY5XN

Two  of my poems are still archived online:

Salt Water Rafting at Raven Electrick: http://www.ravenelectrick.com/ravenpoetrick/saltwaterrafting.html

Tharsis Lil at Astropoetica: http://www.astropoetica.com/Summer07/tharsislil.html

I have my author pages at amazon where you can see which stories of mine have been published so far:

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1598900121&sr=1-2

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6&qid=1598900017&sr=1-6

amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1598900282&sr=1-4

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Oskar Saier: In memoriam et ad honorem, ein fantastisches Buch!

Ich schreibe wirklich nicht viele Buchrezensionen, aber manchmal gefällt mir ein Buch so gut, dass ich mein Urteil nicht für mich behalten kann.

„Oskar Saier. In memoriam et ad honorem“ von Wolfgang Sauer ist ein solches Buch.

Erzbischof Dr. Oskar Saier war der zweite Erzbischof von Freiburg, den ich während meiner Tätigkeit in der Ordinariatsbibliothek, später „Erzbischöfliche Bibliothek“ genannt, erlebte. Ich kannte ihn als interessierten, rücksichtsvollen, gelehrten Bibliotheksbenutzer, der meine Arbeit äußerst wertschätzte und dies mir immer wieder sagte. Er war einer der besten Freunde, den unsere Bibliothek je hatte, und hielt eine schützende Hand über die Bibliothek, wenn andere im Ordinariat sie lieber abgeschafft hätten.

Ich bin für dieses Buch von Wolfgang Sauer deshalb so dankbar, weil er mich mit Oskar Saier als Erzbischof und Privatmenschen bekannt macht. Wolfgang Sauer und Oskar Saier waren Freunde, geistliche Mitbrüder und unermüdliche „Arbeiter im Weinberg des Herrn“, beide als Priester: Dr. Saier als Erzbischof und Wolfgang Sauer als Domkapitular und Leiter der Abteilung Weltkirche.

In diesem absolut lesbaren und wirklich unterhaltsamen Buch erzählt Wolfgang Sauer zahlreiche Anekdoten aus der Zeit, in der er mit Oskar Saier zusammenarbeitete, immer mit dem theologischen und historischen Hintergrund, damit der Leser in die Gedankengänge von Oskar Saier kommt und versteht, warum er so gefühlt und gehandelt hat.

Für Historiker der Zukunft wird dieses Buch noch viel wertvoller sein als alle archivierten Dokumente und Akten. Durch dieses Buch lernt man Oskar Saier richtig kennen und, falls nicht längst schon geschehen, wertschätzen.

Die vielen, schönen Fotos von Erzbischof Saier und den Menschen, mit denen er es zu tun hatte, sind ein Genuss.

Meine Bewunderung für diesen lieben Erzbischof wuchs mit jeder Seite, die ich las.

Erzbischof Saier hatte Glück, dass er in Wolfgang Sauer einen so schriftstellerisch begabten Weggefährten hatte.

Also kann ich nur empfehlen: Kauf’ dieses Buch mehrmals, lese es und verschenke es! Sie tun damit sich und anderen ein sehr gutes Werk.

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Wonderful Ravens

I don’t write many book reviews, but sometimes I just like the book so much that I want to talk about it. Today the book is Beneath Raven’s Wing.

Beneath Raven’s Wing by Vonnie Winslow-Crist

Beneath Raven’s Wing is a wonderful assortment of immensely entertaining and satisfying short stories. When you start reading each one, you are drawn in and can’t leave until the story ends, which, however, is when you can’t keep from plunging into the next one. The writing is that good. Vonnie Winslow-Crist truly works magic with language.

In fascinating variety, all the stories have ravens, as active characters, as mysterious bystanders, or as a major element of the atmosphere. A young boy’s kindness to ravens is rewarded by their encouragement of his magic skills during difficult circumstances. A girl can transform into a raven to protect children from bullies. Ravens watch and protect a child of the moonlight as she saves her sister from trolls. An unkind man, given a choice of afterlives, chooses the worse possible. A man joins a vampire family, who can turn into ravens, to protect the woman he loves. A daughter brings her dead pirate father back to life as ravens watch. A raven augmented with mechanical parts must find his new home when his creator dies. A man uses the wishes a genie grants to make it happen that his long-since dead uncle found love before he died. With ravens in the background a young student dies from a snake bite despite warnings from deathwatch beetles. A shaman lures a discontented young man to his stone garden as a mate for his daughter. A raven watches both the car accident that kills Paul McCartney and the fate of the human witness. A modern undertaker is asked for fingernails and toenails that Norse gods need as ravens perch on Odin’s shoulders. With ravens in the background a vampire in ancient Egypt is reunited with his first love. Ravens caw as a girl meets an alien glob from Antarctica who leaves stones on her grave after she is killed in a traffic accident. A man notices that ravens always try to warn him; he helps undead boys get their revenge on his half-uncle who killed them. A guardian raven is able to protect a boy from a storm off the monastery Isle of Iona but worries that she won’t always be there for him.

Do yourself a favor and indulge in the pure pleasure of reading this book.

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Another wonderful Doodle book

“Ill-Served”, the number seven in Susan J. Kroupa’s delightful series of Doodle mysteries, successor to “Bed-Bugged”, “Out-Sniffed”, “Dognabbed”, “Bad-Mouthed”, “Ruff-Housed”, and “Mis-Chipped”, is absolutely wonderful! It’s entertaining, thoughtful, informative, and a book you can’t put down whether you are eight years old or closer to eighty.

Doodle is a shrewd and compassionate Labradoodle, part Labrador retriever, part poodle. He works as a bedbug detective for his “boss” Josh who insists that Doodle is an employee and not a pet, but often lets himself be inveigled into showing Doodle the affection more consistent with a pet arrangement.

The person who has this influence on Josh is his eleven-year-old daughter Molly. For Molly, Doodle is a reliable friend. However, she is aware of the issues her father worries about, generally financial, and Doodle picks up on the emotional stress both of them experience.

In “Ill-Served”, Molly and her friends notice dangers presented by (fortunately) stupid but nonetheless dangerous criminals. These include perpetrators of scams with supposed therapy dogs and an older woman’s entitled adult son of who wants to steal his mother’s assets.

The clueless adults don’t recognize all the problems immediately, being preoccupied with their own challenges. Josh is organizing a move to a new house before his wedding. Cori, Josh’s first wife and Molly’s mother, has professional stress as a police officer and personal stress with the health problems of aging relatives.

And so, Molly and her friends have to set about stopping the criminals. They succeed by taking the initiative but then confiding in the adults who show themselves to be surprisingly competent when the kids give them the opportunity. It turns out that communication among the generations solves almost every problem.

Doodle, as usual, immediately recognizes everything that is going on and comments accordingly. He notes that human beings miss out on so much due to their inadequate sense of smell. According to Doodle’s assessment, dogs are also simply smarter than people. Unfortunately, he can’t communicate this knowledge directly to the human people who are his family. He can’t even give them tips about the homeless kitten they rescue.

Additional problems include Josh’s search for a house he can afford. Molly has to come to terms with changes in her life that she actually likes but which also stress her out, like her father’s marriage to Annie and moving to the neighborhood of her best friend Tanya. Molly, Josh, and Molly’s mother Cori also make every effort to care for their family relationships. Cori and Josh are long since divorced and have made their peace with each other. Josh has found love with Annie, a dog trainer whom he will marry. Josh, Cori, and Annie do their very best for Molly.

Susan J. Kroupa is a masterful writer. She not only creates a logical, believable, thrilling crime story. Without even noticing it consciously, readers gain valuable information about therapy dogs, stroke victims, and potential victims of elder abuse. Susan J. Kroupa is also at the cutting edge when it comes to current information about care of dogs.

So this book has everything for every reader. It is fun to read and gives readers of every age food for thought. Do yourself and every reader you know a favor and buy this book for yourself and others. It is almost too good to be true.

Then do yourself a favor and go back and buy, read, and enjoy the previous six books.

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My publications

It’s long since time for me to mention the stories that magazines and anthologies have been kind enough to publish in the past months.

“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of  2019. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
https://books2read.com/u/bO6gAQ
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/

“Sagan in the Past” is another science fiction story I wrote for this challenge. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barb Giorgi, aka Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/sci-fi3

“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of this challenge, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling, even on international orders.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
https://propertiuspress.wixsite.com/bookstore/online-store/Whispers-from-the-Universe-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p209124441

“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale to the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of  course at WMG Publishing:
https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/p…/doorways-to-enchantment/
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:

Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis

I have my author pages at amazon:

amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1598900121&sr=1-2

amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6&qid=1598900017&sr=1-6

amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Jo-Rabe/e/B007MMFCPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1598900282&sr=1-4

 

 

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Book Review Tule Fog Tales, Issue One

Hoping to reactivate my blog, I have another book review to post. I don’t write many reviews, but sometimes I like a book well enough.

Tule Fog Tales, Issue One

Lyndon Perry’s collection of speculative short stories, published by Tule Fog Press, is a pure delight, a welcome place where you can smile, reflect, and then hope. The stories, ranging from science fiction to fantasy to things in between, are more than mere entertainment. They offer a reason to feel optimistic about the world we live in.

As an insecure teenager, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Nobody comes to accept herself and others.

In Making Worf Proud a bullied young kid finds a way to thwart his foes with the help of Klingon lore.

The Memory Dish deals with the pain of loss in a sensitive and life-affirming manner.

An Astral Advent provides a bright, science fiction take on the Christmas story.

Casting a Vampire is the logical extrapolation of encounters with the undead.

Tucker & Mr. Chilly describes how a mysterious cat took charge and improved its owner’s life, actually gave him a life worth living.

This compilation is a gift people should grant themselves, a way to feel justifiably cheerful even when life circumstances would encourage the opposite.

Buy this collection, enjoy it, and recommend it to others!

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