February Update from Author Heidi Slowinski

Heidi Slowinski

This month, I’ve continued my goal to incorporate more stories and articles. My short story feature this month, entitled “Closing Time”, features a female bartender locking up for the night when something unexpected occurs. Or does it? Also, in celebration of Black History Month, I compiled a list of books by Black Jewish authors. Links to both of these can be found below.

I’m also exceeding my reading goals. Somehow, I’ve managed to complete two-thirds of my goal for the year, in only two months.

The second draft of my current work-in-progress, Ruth Long, Age 88, is complete. This is a first-person narrative mainly from the point of view of the protagonist, Ruth Long. The twist is we’re meeting her on the day of her funeral. The current draft is currently in the hands of my most trusted beta readers. I am anxiously awaiting their feedback, which will result in my next round of edits.

In the meantime, I am focused on short story writing and early stage development of the next book to follow Ruth Long, Age 88. The series is yet to be named but is planned to be a total of six books.

And finally, I’m making continued progress on a new venture. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the big announcement, coming in March!

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Features on the Blog

In addition to the monthly short story contests, reading lists, and book reviews I’m incorporating more of my own writing, including:

  • Short Stories: This month’s short story feature is: Closing Time. This story is about a bartender closing up for the night when something unexpected happens.
  • Articles: this month, in celebration of Black History month, I compiled a list of books by Black Jewish authors
  • Updates on my progress on my work in progress – I’m back to work on Ruth Long, Age 88 and looking forward to sharing updates.

[February Featured Short Story] Closing Time by Heidi Slowinski

Monthly Short Story Feature One of my writing goals for 2022 is to create more short stories. They’re a good creative exercise and sometimes lead to bigger ideas for novels. Or who knows, maybe an eventual collection of short stories in the form of a new book. The story I’ve selected for this month is […]

Celebrating Diversity – Books by Black Jewish Writers

This month, in honor of Black History Month, I wanted to bring you a reading list featuring books by Black Jewish Writers. The Jewish community is a rich tapestry of many diverse voices and our literature is reflective of that. I’m looking forward to adding these books to my own reading list and learning more […]

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My Books

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The House on Maple Street is now available in hardcover!

That’s right! My debut novel is now available in hardcover. Pick up your copy on Amazon today. It’s also available in paperback and e-book. Kindle Unlimited readers can read for free.

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Abandoned by her mother in early childhood, Noa was raised by her distant, apathetic grandmother. But a trip to the library in search of her new love, spy thrillers, leads Noa to a life long friendship with a librarian. Fast forward and Noa has established a successful travel blog and her librarian friend has become more like family.

A note in the pocket of a vintage jacket turns a working trip to Vancouver into a mission for a spy international network. The mission is simple. Take a package to a hotel restroom and leave. When things take an unexpected turn, Noa suddenly finds herself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Noa quickly finds all the novels in the world are no preparation for the game she’s playing. Will she complete her mission?

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Although social and moral guidelines have slipped and changed (like the style of dress or undress) since Jane Austen wrote her books, the stories are still relevant to today’s readers. Those readers promote, defend, discuss, and have thoughts and opinions about JA and everything they can learn about her, as you will read within. Why are we still reading and discussing Jane Austen’s s, novels, letters, and quotes 200 years after she has passed away? Read on and you will learn.

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