Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Barbara Fifield

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This week Outskirts Press proudly features author Barbara Fifield, self-publishing author of three books of fiction and poetry through Outskirts Press: Lucifer Rising, Photographs and Memories, and Passion’s Evidence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Barwbara Fifield
Barbara Fifield is a retired social worker and journalist who has published widely in newspapers and literary journals. She is the author of two novels, Photographs and Memories and Lucifer Rising, and is a member of several writing groups, including the Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Writers’ League. Fifield lives in Port Orange, Florida.

Lucifer RisingLucifer Rising

When ace reporter Elsa Eldridge is assigned to profile a local religious cult leader named Tyrell, she doesn’t expect to fall under his spell. But Tyrell’s charismatic personality, muscled body and piercing gaze make him hard to resist, and soon Elsa is enamored. But all isn’t what it seems. And what Elsa doesn’t know could make her regret the day she ever laid eyes on this spiritual seducer. Before long, cracks show in Tyrell’s glossy veneer. There’s the intense possessiveness that threatens to burst into violence; the not-even-trying-to- hide-it womanizing; and the rumors about his prior life. Lawsuits from former lovers dog him; an ex claims he committed the ultimate sin. But through it all, Elsa is drawn as if by some mystical force into his world. Every time she succeeds in breaking away, he brings her back into his snare. Can Elsa find the strength and courage to stand up to the man she lusts after? What’s the truth behind the whispered allegations? And what explains the bizarre sensations Elsa has that Tyrell is visiting her when he’s not around? Savvy, sexy and spiritually aware, Lucifer Rising mixes romance with paranormal intrigue for a thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the very last page.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 87 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 26, 2009)
ISBN10: 143274478X
ISBN13: 9781432744786
Genre: FICTION / General

Photographs and MemoriesPhotographs and Memories

When Angela finds out her alcoholic sister, Martha, is sponging off their aging parents in Florida and making herself a problem they are now far too old to deal with, Angela must persuade her husband to give up all they have in New York and move south to help out. Struggling with new jobs, a new climate and the impossible Martha, Angela and her husband, Kevin, find their nerves becoming more and more raw and their lives more and more strained. They never had to deal with anything like this in their peaceful life in New York.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, Angela’s mother dies. Angela turns to her husband for support, but in the cruelest turn of fate, he too suddenly passes away. All alone, except for the helpless Martha, Angela must now gently coax her failing father into a nursing home. How does Angela cope? How will she fare when her need to act has passed and, alone, she must quietly face her losses?

Photographs and Memories is a novel based on the author’s own experience with aging parents and with losing a parent and a husband. It is an emotional story and one that will ring true for anyone who has had similar losses in his or her life.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 203 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432752383
ISBN13: 9781432752385
Genre: FICTION / Contemporary Women

Passion's EvidencePassion’s Evidence

You are in my vein’s pulse,
the air that beats past,
the car’s rhythm.

Remove the blade
so I may heal.

From the lush and sensual to the quiet and serene, Passion’s Evidence opens up a newly observed world for women and men to appreciate and experience in this collection of finely crafted poems.

Composed over the last twenty-five years, Fifield’s free verse offers the honesty and clarity of an attentive woman’s observations of family, men, nature, and other aspects of life she has graced with her artist’s eye. Her poetry ranges from the rich lines of “Picking Strawberries”

blushing rubies of succulent flesh
food for ancient deities

to the quietly dramatic opening of “Memories in the Orchard”
Through knotted grass, dandelions

gnarled roots, bracke,
I enter the apple orchard.

Fifield not only explores the panoramic emotions of love—sometimes satisfied, sometimes unrequited—and the connections of a woman’s heart to her husband, her daughter, her mother-in-law, but she also conveys with skill and grace the sometimes complex emotions a woman may have in life:

You ask me to dance with the wind
but knees are stiff from
too much bending.

In this impressive collection of poems, Fifield presents in full color the real, the actual, the tangible in life and then delicately laces it with hints of the shimmering potential still therein.

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Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 83 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 14, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432753576
ISBN13: 9781432753573
Genre: POETRY / American / General

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Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Photographs and Memories

Veteran author Barbara Fifield recently published her second novel, Photographs and Memories, published by Outskirts Press.  Based on the author’s own real life experiences, the book tells of the tragedy of a daughter losing her mother and her husband in quick succession and her discovery of the need to face those losses quietly and alone.

Already burdened by the unplanned move to Florida from New York to take care of her aging parents, Angela discovers that her alcoholic sister Martha is making herself an unrelenting problem to the elderly couple and that she, Angela, and her obliging husband now need to try to rectify the situation. 

Angela and her husband are already struggling with their new jobs and new life after giving up all they had in New York, and their nerves are becoming more and more raw with the strain of dealing with the troublesome Martha when the first tragedy strikes.  Angela’s mother dies unexpectedly. 

Angela turns to her husband for support, but in an even crueler turn of fate, he too passes away.  Now, by herself, Angela must by herself come to terms with her two devastating losses while trying gently to persuade her failing father to enter a nursing home. 

For millions of baby boomers now in similar situations with their own parents, Photographs and Memories will ring true as Fifield convincingly relates the trials of a woman taking care of aging parents and the loss of a parent which this time of life by necessity entails.  It is a moving story, but one with lessons to teach anyone, regardless of age, about coping with the loss of a loved one.

About the Author:

Barbara Fifield is a retired social worker and journalist who has published her poetry widely in newspapers and literary journals. She has also published one book of her collected poems, Passion’s Evidence, as well as one other novel, Lucifer Rising. Ms. Fifield is a member of several writing groups, including the Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Writer’s League. She lives in Port Orange, FL.

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