Saturday, March 29, 2014

Author Spotlight
Author, Des Birch is in the Spotlight!!

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 Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter), author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, Jumper Bounces Back, and Where Love Takes You. Des Birch is an excellent author and I hope you enjoy getting to know him better.


Rebecca: Would you please tell us a little bit about your nationality and where you live?
Des Birch: I was born in Limerick, Eire.  I came to England when I was less than a year old, so I don’t remember much about Ireland, apart from the occasional holiday.  The hospital in which I was born didn't have facilities for children, so I had to be moved to another hospital.  Unfortunately my mother was too ill to be moved, so I didn’t see her for the first few months of my life.
Rebecca: What books do you have published and do you have any works that you’ve written, but not published?
Des Birch:  I published Beyond Dark Waters, The Redemption, The Diary of an Innocent, and Different Eyes. I am currently working on two sequels to ‘Beyond Dark Waters’: ‘Above And Beyond dark Waters’ and ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  I am also working on a novel called ‘The Road To Chequered Sunlight’.  This shows the making of as well as the mindset of a mass murderer.  It is very violent and very explicit and so it will be published under my nom-de-plume ‘Juliandes’.

 
Rebecca: What do you do when you are not writing?
Des Birch: I work full time as a welder.  I enjoy pottering around in my home workshop, making things from wood.  I fish with mine and Julie’s boys and generally love being out in the countryside.
Rebecca: Before you self-published, did you send any of your manuscripts to any traditional publishing houses?
Des Birch: Yes.  My first novel was published by Pearl Press.
Rebecca: Have there been any times when you can’t concentrate until you write a story or poem that’s stuck in your mind?
Des Birch: This is something I wish I could control!  It happened recently with a poem called ‘The Kingdom’.  It was so clear in my mind that everything else I was writing was swamped.  The worst case of being distracted was when I was working on ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  There was something wrong with the structure and I wasn’t really certain that ‘Above And Beyond Dark Waters’ should not have been written first.  At that point another book ‘Lamia’ shot into my mind, demanding to be written first.  Who was I to argue?  I wrote ‘Lamia’, am now working on ‘Above And Beyond Dark Waters’ and have decided that after about 130 pages, I will need to completely restructure ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  Confusing times!
Rebecca: Have you won any awards for any of your books?
Des Birch: I was lucky enough to have been awarded the ePublishing Writer’s Award of Merit for my book ‘Beyond Dark Waters’.
Rebecca: Before I self-published you were my mentor and you were extremely helpful. Have you ever considered doing this again for other aspiring authors?
Des Birch:  It is very kind of you to say so.  I always like to help people, but since I work as a welder all week, time is at a premium.  I don’t think I would refuse to help anybody who might ask, but it would have to be a minimum involvement on my part.
Rebecca: Do you dream of any of your books being made into a movie?
Des Birch:  My children’s series begs to be made into a movie.  Reviews cast it as ‘An important book’ and one which should be ‘Mandatory reading in schools’.
Rebecca: If you could be anything except for a human what would that be?

Rebecca: I’ve seen pictures of you on Facebook where you’re petting tigers and swimming with sharks. Can you please tell us about this?

Des Birch:  This all stems from my love of wildlife.  When I was about 10 years old I saw a shark cage on our black and white TV.  I swore that I would one day be looking through those bars at a top predator.  A few years ago I fulfilled my dream off the southern coast of South Africa.  This is also where I took the opportunity to interact with big cats.

 
Rebecca: Have you ever published any sexy stories?
Des Birch: I’ve written a few but not actually published any.  If you allow it Becky, I’ll attach my favourite one to this interview.
Rebecca: Of course. I’m sure everywould love to read it. I’ve posted it below:

 THE WAIT

   The queue was long in the dark, dismal room.  People waited like sheep, standing in endless lanes, occasionally shuffling forward, only to continue with their lonely vigil.  ‘They’ were in charge; ‘they’ said when you could move forward to your fate.
   She looked around her nervously.  Officials in plain clothes stood around nonchalantly, but she knew that they were really secret police.  Cameras viewed them from every wall, watching for the slightest hint of change in the faces of the men and women, resigned to their fate.
What would it be like this time?  She glanced around her again, but he was not there.  Perhaps nothing would happen!  More people entered the room, their looks immediately compliant with their surroundings.  She shuffled forward again.  As the angle of her view changed, her eyes were drawn to the dark paneled door.  Her heart missed a beat, for she knew what lay behind that door.  She had been taken through it before.  She shuffled forward again, rounding one of the bends, when she saw him.  His back was to her but she would know him anywhere.  This tall, blond, muscular man in a plain white, short-sleeved shirt; the man who had first led her through the dark paneled door.
She stood there looking at the ground, trying not to call attention to herself.  Perhaps he would not notice her.  She looked at the long queue in front of her and as he turned and smiled, she knew the fate that awaited her.
“Come with me,” he said as he took her roughly by the upper arm and led her towards the paneled door.
She made a weak attempt at struggling, but it was more for show than as a serious attempt to break free.  There were looks of pity on the faces of the others, but also of relief that it was not they who were being led away.  Suddenly, boredom was what they sought.
She was pushed into the almost empty room as the blond man closed the door.  There was a large table in the centre with restraining straps at the four corners.  She backed up against the wall, a cold shiver running over her skin.
“Are you ready to hand over the book now?” he asked as he stood in front of her.
She stood silent, her eyes lowered.  He took off his shirt in readiness for the task ahead, his muscles bulging.
“I see that you’ve not yet come to your senses!”
He spun her round to face the wall, leaning her forward to balance on her hands.  She was paralysed in that position as his hands slid around her body and began to unfasten the buttons on her blouse.
“Are you sure you won’t hand it over?” he asked as he lowered her arms, slipped off her blouse and sprang the catches on her bra, sliding it from her shoulders and dropping it to the ground.
He turned her round to face him.  She made no effort to cover her naked breasts.  His hands cupped them, squeezing the nipples.
“I do have ways of making you hand it over,” he said menacingly.
“Then you’d better do your worst, Claus,” she said as she threw her arms around his neck and pressed her lips onto his.
Her trembling body was obedient to every touch of his powerful arms.  His hands and mouth contorted her body until she cried out in ecstasy.  He easily picked her up, her limp body resigned to his will as he placed her on the table.  She obediently stretched out on the cold surface,   as he restrained her wrists with the straps.  Then his hands tore at the rest of her clothes until she lay naked, feeling the straps being tightened around her ankles.
Now he could slow down, teasing her body with his hands and lips, certain in the knowledge that she couldn’t escape.  She moaned at his touch.
“Please!” she begged; “Oh please!”
She thought of the people standing in the queue who would hear her pleas.  They would feel pity at a young girl being tortured.  If only they knew!  The door was not locked.  Anybody could just walk in and see her lying there spread-eagled naked on the table.  Perhaps they would join in with the ‘torture’ and Claus would have to let them, otherwise their secret would be known.  Her feelings grew more intense at this thought.
He lay on top of her and she gasped as he entered her.  He moved slowly at first, agonisingly slowly until her body strained at the bonds.
“PLEASE!” she begged.
The people in the queue would once again feel pity for her.  His movements grew faster and more powerful.
“Are you going to hand over the book?” he gasped.
“No! No! No!  Oh GOD, Nooooooo!
“Are you sure?”
Yes! Yes! Yes!  Oh GOD, Yessssssss!
Suddenly she was dressed again and standing at the front of the queue.  She obediently handed the book to the woman behind the desk.  The woman glanced at her, tearing out the first page and stamping the military insignia on it.
She picked up the book and returned it to her bag.  Putting her money in her purse, she headed for the front door.  The blond man held it open for her.  She tapped him on the arm and he bent down to hear what she had to say.
“You were magnificent!”
“Thank you madam,” replied the bemused man.  “We’ll see you again next week.”

“Oh I do hope so,” she said, as she left the post office and looked forward to the next pension day.

The End

Des
 
Rebecca: Thank you so much for answering my questions. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit more.
Links:

Beyond Dark Waters: http://smarturl.it/qoyq4z
The Redemption: http://smarturl.it/alx6ok
The Dairy of an Innocent: http://smarturl.it/ggrogm
Different Eyes: http://smarturl.it/hr7bfp

 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author Spotlight
Author, Diane Major in the spotlight!!
Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter), and author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, Jumper Bounces Back, and Where Love Takes You. I’m thrilled to spotlight Diane Major (@DianeMajor1 on Twitter). I love her books and could hardly wait to get her answers to my questions. She has just released a sequel to Like Hell Itself,  and it's fabulous!
 

Rebecca: Would you please tell us where you live and a little about it?
Diane: Hi Becky, and thank you for this spotlight. I live in the North East of England and am fortunately surrounded by my family. The North East was a coal mining area which has declined since the pit closures and now the recession, but life goes on!
Rebecca: Who or what inspires you to write fiction?
Diane: I’ve always wanted to write, but life got in the way. What with, marriage, then children, and a busy career, it was impossible to fit it in. As a child I wrote a fantasy adventure book which has long since gone. However, my mum can still remember it.
Rebecca: Would you please tell us what books you’ve published, what genres they are, and what your favorite genre to write is?
Diane: I have published books for adults, young adults, and children. The genres include fantasy adventure, a dystopian novel, science fiction, as well as ghost stories. The books are:
Children of Fury - adult – paranormal romance/fantasy
I Am Nine – adult/young adult –dystopian/fantasy
Enmitus and Enmitus The Children – adult – science fiction/fantasy
Flint and Amorphous – adult/young adult – science fiction/fantasy
A Very Complicated Molecule – adult/young adult – science fiction/paranormal/fantasy
The Mason and Bess Series (3 books) – children – fantasy adventure
Like Hell Itself (2 books)

 
 
 
 
 
 
As for my favourite genre, all of my books have an element of fantasy adventure. Therefore, I enjoyed writing all of them. I did, however, find the children’s books a welcome change to the much longer more mature novels.
Rebecca: Can you please tell us who some of your favorite self-published authors are?
Diane: Ha! Well, I love your books, especially Rag Doll. John Dolan is very talented, and if you’re looking for fantasy, then there is Ruth Watson-Morris. There are so many really good indie authors about that I couldn’t possibly name them all!
Rebecca: Do you have a favorite time or place you write most of your books?
Diane: Now that’s an easy one. I write whenever I get the chance. I sit at the kitchen table as it gives me the best access to lots of coffee. I sit there with my daughter’s cocker spaniel at my feet when I’m dog sitting.
Rebecca: If and when you get writer’s block, what do you do to get past it?
Diane: Well, a couple of glasses of wine or some vodka or diet coke usually work. ◕‿◕
Rebecca: If you could ask one question of any author that’s dead or alive, what author would you ask, and what would you ask?
Diane: Which author? My answer is . . . I have no idea. Lol. Hmm. The question I’d like to ask all current authors would be about motivation. Yes, I have written and published several books, but sometimes I wonder if all the time involved in publication is worth the effort. And is all the time marketing worth the effort? Then I tend to think, but this is what I want to do. So, how do all of you other indie authors remain motivated in this world of publishing?
Rebecca: Do you aspire to become traditionally published?
Diane: Yes, deep down I suppose I do. However, it isn’t of any great importance. It’s just a bit of a dream.
Rebecca: You have a wild imagination and this is one reason I love reading your books. Have you had this great imagination of yours since you were a child?
Diane: Absolutely! As I said previously I actually wrote a book. It was also usually me who organised the other kids when it came to games and the like. ◕‿◕
Rebecca: Do you have any advice you’d like to give aspiring fiction writers?
Diane: I think you have to be brave. If it’s what you want to do, go for it. It’s unlikely you’ll sell many books, make any money, become famous, or see your book turned into a TV/film, but if you enjoy writing do it for yourself. You might face criticism. Take it. Not everyone likes all genres or even individual stories. Some readers pick up on what might be perceived as small errors and make a lot of them. That’s their prerogative. Learn from it or if you feel it’s unfair, ignore it. You might not have much cash for editors, proof readers, and covers. If this is the case, use your contacts. I have to say there are people out there who will help. You just have to find them. If you feel, as an individual, that you have no more stories to tell; then you can always put down your pen. There are many authors out there and you’re up against traditionally published authors, people in the know, famous people, etc, etc. You have to be realistic about your expectations. 

Rebecca: Thank you so much for answering my questions, Diane. Such a pleasure to know you and have you on my blog. Marketing is very stressful, but we can't stop now. Our fans are waiting for us to publish another book. Ha! Ha!
Diane’s Links:
Amazon author page: http://smarturl.it/tpvonm

 
 
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

NEW RELEASE

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Today I've released the 2nd book in my Jumper series of children's picture books. The book is in ebook format and paperback. It's called JUMPER BOUNCES BACK. It was written to be read to age four through seven. Age eight and up seem to be able to read the book without any problems. Children and adults alike think it's an action packed, humorous story about a red beach ball that escaped from a toy store enclosure. Jumper is the red beach ball and he's telling the story. Many parents are telling me that their children would love for Jumper to be made into a television program. I'll be pursuing this after I publish book three in the series.

You can buy this book just about everywhere. The Amazon links are: http://tinyurl.com/pjylxzo http://tinyurl.com/nluhk3q


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

UPDATE:

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry, @Scarberryfields on Twitter and the author of: Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, and Where Love Takes You.

Letting all of you know that on August 9, 2013 I self-published my first full-length novel. This is the only book I published with a co-author. He’s British author, Francis Potts. It’s called: WHERE LOVE TAKES YOU and it’s a sequel to MESSAGES FROM HENRY. The original title was THE PRINCE OF PIGEONS. We decided to change the title because many people don’t like pigeons and the book wasn’t getting the same attention as book one. MESSAGES FROM HENRY has over 90 rave reviews (posted on several sites). The sequel is a stand-alone novel and more about love than it is pigeons. Yes, Henry, the hero pigeon is in the book. There’s a very strange phenomenon that actually did take place in England this year and it’s an exciting part of the book.

Links to my books: Messages from Henry: http://smarturl.it/58as19
Where Love Takes You: http://smarturl.it/jjmlsa

Two five star reviews:

Awarded 5 stars:
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I did not expect to enjoy a book that revolved around homing pigeons! The pigeons were a wonderful way to bring the characters together, yet the pigeons themselves were the main characters. I actually found myself caring about the pigeons as much as the people. There is an event where something happens to one of the pigeons. My adrenalin shot up as they searched for him. Yes, this is how much the story drew me in! The people were real to me as they progressed in the story. The pigeons draw adults together, but also children in the story. This is a fun read that warms the heart as the story progresses. I thoroughly recommend it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting romantic story October 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Prince of Pigeons" by Rebecca Scarberry and Francis Potts is a sweet and heartwarming romance that follows "Messages from Henry". Henry is a homing pigeon who was a big hero in said previous book.
In this book Henry brings together his two elderly carers and two men from England but the story is much more involved than that. Henry also takes part in a race and gets lost, a development company is after the ladies farm in Oregon and the romance is filled with people of various generations.
The feel of this book is warm and pleasant, romance is not confined to the young only and once again, Henry is the bringer of happiness and helps to bridge the gap between people who should be together.
It is particularly refreshing to read a book about something as simple as homing pigeon in a world that moves away from nature and towards new technologies and modern advances. Not that I am condemning progress, but there is something comforting and reassuring about "The Prince of Pigeons" that for me brings a little nostalgia and hope.
It can't be a coincidence that the pigeon on the cover is white, the symbol for peace, love and hope.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Hello, thank you all for visiting my blog today. I'm Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter). I'm also the self-published author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, and The Prince of Pigeons. I have interviewed a very interesting author, Vincezno Bilof (@VincenzoAuthor on Twitter). It's been such a pleasure getting to know him better. I'm certain you'll feel the same. Enjoy!


Scarberryfields: When did you first start writing fiction?

Vincenzo Bilof: I started writing fiction in elementary school. I think that’s where it starts for most people, realistically, but it was something I was encouraged to do. My first poem was published in 2003, and I began selling short stories to SNM Magazine in 2011. In 2012, I released Nightmare of the Dead with Severed Press.

Scarberryfields: When you finish writing and editing a book, do you miss the characters?

Vincenzo Bilof: I don’t miss them, but if a character died, I still feel my heart race when I read their death scene, no matter how many times I’ve read the passage. Character deaths are typically unexpected, even for me, because I allow the characters to dictate the story. I always wonder if there was a way to save them.

Scarberryfields: Have you ever collaborated on any of your books? If so, what was it like?

Vincenzo Bilof: I’m hoping to start collaborating with William Cook on a project in the near future. I feel like my novel Queen of the Dead was a collaboration between myself and readers; I listened to what they had to say about the first book, Necropolis Now. I take critical feedback into consideration, because that series is designed to entertain and tell a story people will enjoy. The Zombie Ascension series is for readers who enjoy zombie literature, and because it’s for them, it was important to hear what they had to say.

Scarberryfields: Do you read ebooks and write reviews for the ones you enjoyed?

Vincenzo Bilof: I can read anything. I don’t always get to leave reviews, especially when it comes to a more popular author; I feel like those authors don’t need my help to sell books. When I do reviews, I take into account that other readers may find something enjoyable about the story, even if it wasn’t necessarily for me. I think a critical review explains why the book would appeal to a certain audience; reviews are not supposed to be love letters to authors, nor should they be designed to insult an author. Nobody benefits from reviews that are insulting.

Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?

Vincenzo Bilof: Indeed! I write because I can, and because it’s fun! There really isn’t anything I’d rather do in my free time, besides play with my two daughters. Writing is an exploratory exercise, a way to challenge yourself to see what your mind can create. I’m often surprised at the glimmers of intelligence that dare to show themselves when I write something down.

Scarberryfields: Are any of your books traditionally published? If so, which one?

Vincenzo Bilof: I haven’t self-published any work, but I think the idea of a “traditionally” published work is different than what it meant in the past. With the emergence of so many small presses, these publishers offer a service at the cost of an author’s willingness to represent the brand. Professional editing, cover design, and formatting aren’t cheap. Most authors are used to marketing themselves, so I believe there are benefits to working with a brand, and there are benefits to working on your own. When I think of a traditional publisher, I think of one of the bigger companies, like Random House.
I’ve worked with Severed Press and Bizarro Pulp Press, and I’m currently working with Dynatox Ministries.

Scarberryfields: Do you write full-time or do you have another job too?

Vincenzo Bilof: Writing is a fun activity, but I have no desire to accumulate vast amounts of wealth and live in a glorious mansion. I have the greatest job in the world right now; writing and money can’t possibly fill the void that would be left in my life if I wasn’t an educator.

Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?

Vincenzo Bilof: Queen of the Dead, the sequel to Necropolis Now, was released in August, 2013. In the same month, I released a novel that is written as a series of poems called, The Horror Show, and July saw the releases of Gravity Comics Massacre, which is a bizarro title. I mention all three because it was sort of a busy summer…

Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?  

Vincenzo Bilof: I’m on Amazon! Amazon can be a bit confusing, however, since I’ve also been published in several anthologies. My blog features all the links that take you directly to specific novels.

Links:


Bio:

From Detroit, Michigan, Vincenzo Bilof is the recipient of SNM Horror Magazine's Literary Achievement award in 2011. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Vincenzo is the author of The Zombie Ascension series and “Nightmare of the Dead”. His latest book happens to include aliens; “Gravity Comics Massacre”, available from Bizarro Pulp Press. A novel written as a collection of poems, “The Horror Show” is another one of his nonsensical works.

When he's not chasing his kids around the house or watching bad horror films, he reads and reviews horror fiction, though his tastes are more literary. He likes to think Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and Charles Baudelaire would be proud of his work. It’s possible the ghosts of Roberto Bolano and Syd Barrett are playing chess at his dining table. Forthcoming projects include “Japanese Werewolf Apocalypse”, and “Vampire Strippers from Saturn”. When he’s not writing awful biographies in third person, he works as an editor for Bizarro Pulp Press. You can check out his blog here: http://vincenzobilof.blogspot.com/ Gonzo is his favorite Muppet. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Author Interview

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry, @Scarberryfields on Twitter, and self-published author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, and The Prince of Pigeons. I have interviewed a very good poet, G.P.A. aka The Greatest Poet Alive (@gr8estpoetalive on Twitter). I’ve enjoyed learning more about him and certain you will too.



Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality and where you live?

G.P.A. I’m from Chicago, specifically the Southside. I have lived here all of my life.

Scarberryfields: Have you ever been interviewed over the radio?

G.P.A  Yes. From am to fm, blogtalk radio to talkshoe and beyond are the various stations that I have been interviewed on. And I must say that I am electrifying.

Scarberryfields: Do you have a part-time or full-time job?

G.P.A.  If so, what is it? Poetry, both writing and performing, is my full and part time job, plus my love.

Scarberryfields: What are some of your hobbies?

G.P.A.  I love to play video games, walk with Scooter the Beagle, workout, read, and cook.

Scarberryfields: Does writing and/or recording benefit you in any way and if so, how?

G.P.A.  Writing Poetry is not only therapeutic, but it also fulfilling. It is always a blessing to find something that gives you purpose.

Scarberryfields: When you’re writing or recording, do you shut-off all social networks?

G.P.A.  Actually, I have everything on, especially Youtube Playlists. But when it gets down to finishing a book, I do my best to focus on the task, but I need music.

Scarberryfields: What have you found to be the best marketing tool for your works?

G.P.A.  I am a gorilla marketer. The only bad marketing is the one you have to pay a lot of money for. Online is awesome. There are so many opportunities to gain exposure that cost nothing.

Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking, as a marketing tool, is beneficial?

G.P.A.  Social networking helps tremendously. I can reach people and touch places that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. And the use of search engines to improve your brand is phenomenal.

Scarberryfields: What is the last work you completed?

G.P.A.  Revenge of the Orgasm is my latest work, and when I say that it is scintillating, I might be understating that fact. Really outdid myself with this poetic masterpiece.

Scarberryfields: Where can people go to listen or read your works?

G.P.A.  Website: www.iblowyourmind.net, YouTube: hchise22, Reverbnation: greatestpoetalive, and Facebook: G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive)


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Snippet from my sequel for Messages from Henry.

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m author, Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter). Have now published 3 ebooks, Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, and Jumper. The following snippet is from the sequel to Messages from Henry, the novella so many love. I took on a co-author for the sequel, Francis Potts (@FPotts on Twitter) because I sent 4 main characters to England. I’ve never been there. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedules to read more about Henry, the hero pigeon. Francis and I hope to publish this romance story very soon. The cover will be revealed when published.

                                                  THE PRINCE OF PIGEONS

Chapter 1. Henry goes to school.


“Tammy, I received the most wonderful letter in the mail!” Evelyn shouted over the phone to her long-time friend and neighbor.
“Who’s the letter from?”
“It’s from the president of the Parent Teachers Association. She says the children attending Pickford Elementary school were learning about carrier pigeons when word of Henry saving my life, hit the local news. She says they have an award for Henry and want me to bring him to an awards ceremony.”
“That’s so lovely, Evelyn. When is it?”
“Hang on. I’ll look at the letter. October 2nd. It’s a Saturday. Will you be able to come too? After all, without you to read the messages, I’d be dead.”
The thought made Tammy shiver. “Of course, I’d love to come with you. I’m trying to picture what they could have possibly made for him.”
“I don’t care what they made. Henry is going to love their attention.”
Tammy showed up at Evelyn’s beautiful, large farmhouse an hour before they had to have Henry at the school auditorium. She was dressed in a casual pastel orange dress that complimented her red curly hair and azure eyes. Her high heels matched her dress perfectly.
As soon as Evelyn opened the front door, she looked at Tammy’s shoes and said, “Well, I guess I’ll be going out to give Henry a quick grooming by myself. You certainly can’t walk through the mud in those heels.”
“I could just slap you, Evelyn,” Tammy teased. “I was expecting a compliment and Henry all ready to go.”
Evelyn laughed and then said, “No, he’s not ready yet. I’ve been fussing with my out-of-control hair for half an hour. My hair is the same color as yours, but it certainly isn’t as controllable.”
“Your hair looks beautiful and you look so pretty in that light green dress. Have to tell you though; you’re going to have to lose the house slippers.”
Evelyn laughed as she removed the slippers, and replaced them with black rubber boots.
“Oh, those look much better,” Tammy joked.
Evelyn looked back at Tammy and rolled her eyes, as she headed for the backdoor. Once she arrived with Henry, in a nice clean cat carrier, she placed him on the kitchen floor.
Tammy looked at Henry, staring up at her. “Hello, Henry. Why you look beautiful. Your pure white feathers glisten, and your yellow eyes look brilliant, as usual.”
“I wiped him down a little bit, but I agree he looks beautiful. Like his girlfriend, Cecilia, he likes to keep his feathers in pristine condition. Let me put my heels on and we’re ready to go.”
The traffic held Evelyn and Tammy up. There had been an accident on the freeway earlier, and traffic hadn’t normalized.
Once the two entered the crowded auditorium, many of the children in the back rows turned to see who had entered. They immediately rose from their seats and began to clap. Once the others within earshot heard them clapping, they stood to see what it was about. Before Evelyn and Tammy took another step, the auditorium was filled with the sound of hundreds of people applauding. Evelyn looked down at Henry and found him bobbing his head. It was as though he was thanking them. She smiled big and raised the carrier above her head, for all to see.
A chubby, gray-haired woman in her fifties came up behind them and patted Evelyn on the back. “Come this way, Mrs. Bury. We have a seat for you on stage.”
Evelyn set the carrier on the floor next to her wooden chair, on stage. Once Evelyn sat down, proceedings began.
A tall, thin woman in her thirties stood at a podium and began, “Good afternoon. I’m Sharon Batista. Thank you all for coming this evening to honor Henry. Evelyn, we all want to thank you for bringing your hero to meet all of us tonight. We read in all the newspapers and saw your story on the local television news. We were all rooting Henry on, and praying you would be saved from death by the hands of your kidnapper. With each message Henry delivered to your dear friend, Tammy Wade, we were hoping that would be the one message to lead the authorities to you. I also want to add, we are so sorry for the loss of your son, Scott. We know he was trying very hard to pay the ransom and save your life. I don’t want to put you on the spot, but I’m wondering if you’d like to say a few words”.
Evelyn rose from her chair, Sharon stepped away from the podium, and Evelyn adjusted the microphone. “Thank you, Sharon for your kind words. Tammy and I have been looking forward to this night for weeks. I’m thankful my dearly beloved husband trained Henry so well. Had it not been for Henry’s special abilities, and my loving friend Tammy, I never would have been found. Thank you all for coming to meet him.” As she walked back to her seat, the crowd applauded. Sharon returned to the podium, “Thank you, Evelyn. I would like to introduce you to one of Henry’s dearest fans, six-year-old Martin Quinten. He has the award, he made himself, and one-hundred and fifty students agreed was the perfect award for your special bird.”