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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guest Post: Poems Around a Full Moon by Lisa Begin-Kruysman!

Please help me welcome Lisa Begin-Kruysman to FMB! :)

Long before there were weather reports                 
The full moon was a forecaster of sorts


On it Native people planned

How to make best use of the land


When to harvest, plant, or sow

Each full moon would let them know


Each moon named for a practical reason

Honoring special times of the season


Snow, Milk, Frost, Flower, Rose, and Pink

Full moons have more names than you’d think


And some months have not one, but two

That’s when a full moon is called blue

Lisa Begin-Kruysman  copyright 2011


With temperatures so warm up Northeast this past winter, this February’s Full Snow Moon waxed and waned with nary a flake. In fact, on the night of the Facebook Release Party for my Young Adult novel titled FULL SNOW MOON, the temperature was downright balmy in New York City. But the snow…I mean show, went on, and my book made its frosty debut.

In winter’s past, however, the Native tribes in many regions of North America knew that when February’s full moon rose, the frozen landscape might soon be blanketed with heavy snow. Fittingly, this moon was also named the Full Hunger Moon as these were lean times; food sources were limited and supplies scant.

I had actually considered changing the title of the book to FULL HUNGER MOON.  In the novel name “Game,” that would have proven very interesting. But I stuck with the former. No fighting for food among humans occurs in my story, but the young characters do like to eat!
And they hunger for something else not found in the refrigerator or pantry. They hunger for a sense of belonging, for freedom and the chance to pursue their dreams, finding resolution and coming of age on their own terms.

FULL SNOW MOON begins on the Dakota Plains in the early 1800s, spends some time being snowbound in 1888 and delivers its message in a modern-setting at the New Jersey Shore. It asks young people to learn from their ancestors, value what they have in the present and to build strong relationships for the future.
Full snow moon sits in a flurry
Food is scarce, but do not worry
Warmer days will come again
Spring’s full moon will tell you when


Full Snow Moon by Lisa Begin-Kruysman

Published by Bradley Publishing
Contemporary ~ Historical ~ Paranormal ~ Young Adult





"A hapless surfer, restless spirit and Native Son dig up some controversy when they unearth a National Treasure buried at the Jersey Shore.

Cocky surfer Alex only cares about the future. Who cares about the things of the past like an old house or an old friend? But one February night as he recklessly takes to the road during a snowstorm, he discovers that the past may have some plans for him. When his life is saved by the troubled spirit of a local youth who perished during the historic “Blizzard of 1888,” he agrees to rescue a house from the hands of a greedy land developer. But when he enlists the help of some forgiving friends, they dig up a National Treasure… and some controversy.

With assistance from a “hottie” of an Historian and a colorful antiquities dealer, Alex hopes to ride a wave of redemption. Can he rescue a piece of local and national history, reunite his boyhood friend with his native roots and regain the respect of friends and family?"


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When Alex regained consciousness, pinned between the driver’s seat and the dashboard now compressed within two inches of his chest, he had no way of knowing how long he had been stuck in the motionless Jeep. He tried to rub his aching head, but any attempt at movement shot a bolt of pain through every inch of his body.

Where’s my cell phone?

He pictured it lying useless, somewhere in the back of the jeep. Then, as if on cue, it began to ring and ring and ring, haunting and taunting him with a steady chorus of Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

Alex felt victimized. He wouldn’t have ended up in this situation if his parents hadn’t grounded him, or if Denis hadn’t argued with him – or if that fool hadn’t run right in front of his car!

But, no matter whose fault it was, Alex knew that he couldn’t talk his way out of this one. The Jeep had been an early high school graduation gift from his parents, given with reluctance, accompanied by a list of rules and driving restrictions that he had spent the past hour disregarding. In that short time, the Jeep had gone from sporting a slight ding to being totally destroyed. Nothing in Denis’s toolbox was going to be able to fix this mess.

“Help!” Alex called, but it came out sounding weak. Maybe someone up on the road would hear him, if he could just shout louder. Clearing his throat, he tried again. “I’m down here!”

Silence.

Fear began to color his anger. What if he couldn’t make anybody hear him?

Then he heard a noise, just inches from his face.

For a scary moment, Alex couldn’t place the sound. Then, like the whack of a snow shovel across his head, it hit him: someone was clearing his windshield!

“Hello?” he called with renewed energy.

Through a snowy film, Alex made out the silhouette of a young man wearing a weird-looking hat. It looked out of place. Alex remembered seeing hats like that in old Charlie Chaplin movies, or maybe in a museum. Whoever was out there held a peculiar lantern that looked like the oil-burning one his great-grandfather had owned. It cast an unearthly light on the interior of the car.

“Nice hat, dude,” Alex mumbled, then regretted it, since it wasn’t a good idea to insult his potential rescuer.

But the person outside didn’t seem to have heard. He just stood like a statue, holding the lantern close to the cleared windshield.



Lisa Begin-Kruysman lives in Ocean County, New Jersey, with her husband Rich and Portuguese water dog, Hooper. Her short fiction has garnered national recognition in writing competitions sponsored by Calliope Writers and Writer’s Digest Magazine.

Her highly-acclaimed, Something’s Lost and Must be Found was released in the summer of 2011 to glowing reviews. A collection of seven short inspirational stories, the book was inspired by her blog site established two years ago to promote the mission of National Dog Week and her biography of its Founder, Will Judy.

Currently, she is working on a sequel to Something’s Lost and Must be Found and her second Young Adult Novel.

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