Thursday, July 9, 2020

New Poem! Fishbowl by Wren Valentino

Photos by Johannes Roth + Daniel Gregoire
My new poem Fishbowl is featured in the online version of Atomic Flyswatter. Thank you to the editors for giving this poem a terrific literary home.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wren Valentino: July 2020 Update

Life Stuff
Welcome to something new. Moving forward, I will be posting monthly updates here, covering a range of topics from life stuff to publishing news to what I'm watching. I plan to post an update on the first of every month.

Like many people, I've been working from home since mid-March. I might be in the minority, but I've enjoyed it. Not only do I feel safer (we rarely go out), my productivity is through the roof. I now get more accomplished with my day job than I ever did in my actual office. Also, my house has never been so clean. With that said, life does feel like it's stuck on repeat. I'm not sure what the future holds, but for now I'm taking one day (if not hour) at a time.

I love summer. I used to really love fall, but summer has become my official favorite season. Even though I live in Colorado, I hate snow. I always say, "Every day without snow is a blessing." I love the relaxed vibe of summer and the youthful feeling it exudes. Summer just feels like fun. I'm enjoying every second of it.

Edward and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. It has been a wonderful decade of laughter, learning, and lots of love. We’re looking forward to spending many more years together.

Publishing News
In case you haven't heard, I have a new novelette out. Here's some more info about Fast Beat:


You can read my new poem Thresholds here. The poem was selected for the My Front Door poetry series by Silver Birch Press.

You can read my new poem Cherry Drop here. The poem is featured in the current issue of Halfway Down the Stairs.

What I'm Watching
I recently became obsessed with Barbara Stanwyck. This month I watched her in the very charming comedy The Bride Wore Boots. I also loved Joan Crawford in the film Harriet Craig.

On the film noir side of things, I watched The Case Against Brooklyn (which wasn't very memorable), The Tijuana Story (starring a very beautiful young James Darren; I'll watch anything with him in it), Black Angel (featuring a great performance from June Vincent), and The Blue Dahlia (starring a stunning Veronica Lake who is mesmerizing in every scene she appears in), which has quickly become a new personal favorite.

Rita Hayworth broke my heart (again) in Miss Sadie Thompson. It's well worth a watch, but sad.

On the lighter side, I watched the pretty scandalous (for it's time) Tarzan and His Mate and really loved Neptune's Daughter (with the always-wonderful Esther Williams and the fantastic Betty Garrett, who steals every scene she's in). I recently bought a 10-film Ma and Pa Kettle film collection. I watched the first film in the collection, The Egg and I, starring the wonderful Claudette Colbert (I'm a huge fan).

On the fun side, I loved the cult B movie The Wasp Woman. This was the second time I've watched the film and I enjoyed it even more than the first. The real-life story of lead actress Susan Cabot is a heartbreaking, bizarre tale. Well worth reading about it if tragedies are your thing.

What I'm Reading
I'm halfway through Anna Kendrick's wonderful memoir Scrappy Little Nobody and I love it. I've lost count how many times I've laughed out loud while reading it. I highly recommend it.

What I'm Listening To
The Sounds, one of my favorite bands, have a new album out titled Things We Do for Love and it's fantastic. Truly one of their best albums. They were supposed to tour earlier this year. I hear it's being rescheduled, which makes me very happy. I saw them play years ago in a small club in Atlanta and I've wanted to see them perform again since then. If you like punk pop, this album is for you. Check out a live performance of one of the songs from the album, Hollow.

Thank you for reading this update! I appreciate you being here. I hope you're staying happy, healthy, and safe.

Until next month...

Wren Valentino

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fast Beat by Wren Valentino - Book Teaser!

Fast Beat, my dance-themed contemporary romance novelette (say that really fast five times) will be available exclusively in eBook from Blue Dasher Press on May 29th.

Check out the awesome book teaser for Fast Beat!