New in April 2016
The Shady Sisters


New in 2014
Acts of Balance


New Historical Novel:
    Queens Never
    Make Bargains


    Questions for
    Midnight Fires


Walking into the Wild
Broken Strings


Nancy's Backstory


Ruth Willmarth


Nancy's Books:
Mad Season
Harvest of Bones
Poison Apples
Stolen Honey
Fire and Ice
Mad Cow     Nightmare
The above 5 novels in print, and now
e-books, Belgrave House.
The Losing


Nancy's Books for Children:
The Pea Soup

Agatha Award 2006
Best Children's/YA Novel
Down the Strings
The Great Circus
    Train Robbery

Agatha Finalist


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Nancy Means Wright


    The statue sat in the crook of
    the stair; it was poorly lit by gas.
    It had pointed ears and a smirk
    that wrinkled its porcelain
    nose—I was scared to climb
    the steps so Gran kept a potty for
    me below. I thought it the devil

    but short-sighted Grandfather
    called it the bust of an Ulster Scot:
    No dancing. No games. No idle talk
    in his house. It was only after my
    grandparents died and the statue
    came to us that I found it
    was Dionysus—horns, hooves

    and flute. Picture Grandmother
    pausing on that dusky stair
    to touch the lips, to trace
    the laugh, the life force thick
    in her toes, her small feet
    skipping slyly up the splintery
    steps, whispering past the study

    where Grandfather scores in
    scarlet the sins of his congregation.
    Even as she rises on ten plump
    toes the blood leaps in her
    breast like a cat on the prowl,
    her nipples swell, her legs kick out
    and Grandmother ho-owls…

by Nancy Means Wright                   


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