Author Fairs are fun!

They are – Author fairs are fun.

However be forewarned.

There will not be a carousel, bumper cars, or a mouse game, but on the plus side there are no creepy clowns either.

Ahh, wait.
I did meet a few rather dicey folks at an author fair, or two, that could have qualified in the clown category.

It makes the fairs more interesting. Who doesn’t like a well-dressed bag lady that slings profanity at you, then proceeds to steal a book?

That didn’t happen at the DeKalb Public Library Fair last week. It was a beautiful setting, with extremely pleasant people. And I want to thank all that attended.

Please check out my upcoming events. Next week I’ll be at the Elmhurst, Illinois Public Library. Come and see me.

We can only hope this one has a mouse game. If there is, you’ll find me with the mice, throwing down quarters.

See you there!

DeKalb Public Library August 2019

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daily chronicle article january 24 2019

Go Stuff Your Stocking

Thanksgiving to Christmas is pressing time. Not a pressing time. Pressing time.

I’m on my back. A two-by-four covers my body from chest to feet. Boulders drop one, after another, after another onto the board. It’s a mammogram and I’m the flattened breast. I can’t breathe. Finally Joni Mitchell singing “River” comes from the speakers and takes me there, to the hospital, next to her bed. And the sobbing begins. Again, and again, and again.

That’s my happy holidays since my mother died December 12th, four years ago. My best friend. My confidant. My champion. Gone.

Thanksgiving of 2014 was her birthday. We celebrated, feasted and ate cake. Ten days later “a date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, was the last day I looked into my mother’s eyes, and she looked back. Her beautiful gray eyes met mine as her love rushed into my soul, and she squeezed my hand for the last time.

She’d had a massive stroke, been air-ambulanced to the hospital, and moments after that last squeeze, she left.

Her body remained, breathing on its own, but she wasn’t there. Dad stayed in the room with her body, hoping she’d come back for it.

That was Sunday.

Driving back and forth, to and from the hospital, Christmas carols resounded from the speakers. Colorful red, green, white, and blue lights lined the streets, draping houses, dangling from trees, and lighting my path to and from. From and to. Back and forth.

Friday at nine p.m., Mom decided that was enough, turned off the lights, and left.

Christmas cards weren’t sent. Cookies weren’t made. There was a tree, and lights draping the house. But that was only because they’d been put up Thanksgiving night. Ten days before “a date which…”

Christmas was growing closer and a funeral was being planned. The next Friday, the 19th, she was lowered into the ground.

Happy fucking holidays. They say time heals all. To that I answer, go stuff your stocking.

The load hasn’t lightened, but my tolerance has strengthened. I’m coping.

I’m making cookies and baking bread. It’s the first time, since…

But I want you to know, it’s still pressing time. The boulders are on the board, on my chest.

Oh I wish I had a river…

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The Urge chosen to be reviewed by Mary Caliendo

Mary Caliendo’s Review site is dedicated to getting out the words of those who have written them. I was just notified that The Urge has been chosen as a book to be reviewed by Mary.  I’m overwhelmed by this honor, and the many, many glowing reviews The Urge has received in these short weeks since its release.

Best Selling author Les Roberts said, “WOW! It was amazing to watch the characters grow–and often fall apart. This is truly well-done, written with power and care, and is a smashing intro to the series. I look forward to the next one. Thanks for letting me experience this.”

Best Selling author Jackie Barrett said, “I read This book twice !! It’s well written and kept me on the edge of my seat . The characters and plot take you down a dark road you want more of ! I highly recommend this book can’t wait for more from the author.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Review of The Urge, author CL Gibson “Gibson’s The Urge is a fast-paced installment in her “Devil’s Rule” series, masterfully drawing upon fear, suspense, dread, and revulsion to propel the eerie storyline. Gibson’s prose is meticulously detailed and rife with intense passages that slowly unravel characters’ secrets. Gibson capably captures the horror of discovering that a trusted coworker, friend, or partner is a sadistic pedophile. Gibson’s novel shows restraint when it comes to gore, but chilling details abound. The storytelling will gratify fans of the horror genre, as the killers begin to inevitably face their karma. The author’s idea of basing each novel in the series around one of the seven deadly sins is morbidly creative. The author is careful and successful in revealing the inner workings and emotions of violent perpetrators, while still emphasizing the vileness of their deeds.” Credit The BookLife Prize

Mary Caliendo’s “To Be Read” review site is non biased and accepts all types of genre of the written word. She reviews both emerging Indie Authors to huge well known publishing houses. There is never any cost. Mary gives the author a real and true review. For the book reader/buyer,

Mary’s Caliendo’s web site provides an insight, and recommendations for readers. Finger’s crossed that she likes and recommends The Urge.

Upcoming Review!

CL Gibson Featured in Daily Chronicle

Daily Chronicle article Sept 20 2018

It’s nice to see my name in the paper, with the added bonus that I’m not dead, or incarcerated.

Just to let you know, I’m now looking to seek book signing opportunities.  SO if you have a book club or local library near you that would be open to this type of gathering, count me in!

Let me know through my contact information page on my website.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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