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How Blue Can You Get?: A Collection of Short Stories Paperback – October 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479361100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479361106
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,809,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A child of May-December romantics - her parents boasted a 20-yr. age difference, and blended a huge family - Beverlyn Elliott understood from an early age that family relationships are complicated. One of twenty-four children between both parents, she learned early how to be part of a large network of individuals who, in her case, happened to be siblings. Her life has always been full of drama, and she pulls from that drama to fuel her writing.

After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Beverlyn went to Tougaloo College, in Jackson, MS where she pledged the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. At the end of her sophomore year, she transferred to Texas Southern University and finally graduated from Mississippi College a decade later with bachelors and masters degrees in business administration.

Beverlyn has been employed by both private and public organizations. After careers that were long on security but short on fulfillment, she has gravitated back to her lost passion of writing. Elliott identifies in some way with all of her protagonists, either through second-hand exposure to comparable plights from friends and family, or first account witnessing of similar dilemmas.

At sixteen, Beverlyn published her first short story in a teen magazine--the now defunct, Soul Teen--and received a whopping $75. College, marriage, motherhood, career, and just plain fear of failure kept her from writing for many years, but her desire was rekindled after reading a wildly popular series of Young Adult books. In 2009, she joined a couple of writing communities and began to study her craft again. Beverlyn regularly workshops with writers on Zoetrope and Savvy Author. She also networks with readers and writers on several popular networking sites.

Elliott is author of numerous flash fictions, short stories, and non-fiction pieces which have been published or are forthcoming in online venues such as Apollo's Lyre, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Yellow Mama, Pressboard Shanty, Flash Fiction Chronicles, Fictionista Workshop, and Plasma Frequency Magazine.

In addition to writing, she works for the state of Florida, heads a weekly book club and mentoring group for young women, and is a wife and mother. Beverlyn is open to doing public speaking about her writing and writing-related subjects. She is simultaneously working on three novels, because she is insane like that: a contemporary romance set in Chicago and Paris, and a two-book romantic suspense series set in the 1970s and 1990s when HIV/AIDs first reared its head and changed the landscape of dating forever.

Beverlyn lives in the Florida panhandle with her husband and one of her three children. While her nest is perilously close to being empty, she is not fretting about it. In fact, she can be seen dancing a jig when her children aren't looking.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regulargal on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's unusual to come across a newly published author that holds the attention of the reader expertly with an economy of words. It's even more unusual for that author to be proficient at the art of the short story. Many seasoned writers find it much easier to write a novel than to efficiently tell a story that packs an emotional punch and leaves the reader satisfied. Beverlyn Elliott's, How Blue Can You Get?, provides a varied reading experience that feels surprisingly connected.

Among the collection of twenty short stories that range from a paragraph to a few pages, you get an eclectic mix of genres that stick to the theme of "the blues." The melancholy nature of everyday tragedy is transformed into the fantastical through a fable, a Greek tragedy, a folk tale, and much more.

I must say that Elliot does have a very direct style. Her wording is clear, concise, and thoughtful. However, she's true to the character who is speaking and does so without reservation or judgment. The last story, "Blues on a Country Road," is so completely heart-wrenching that I was wiping away tears and trying to slow my heart-rate down, as I closed the book. I think the collection is worth reading and gives us a glimpse of how prolific this writer will be (Pun completely intended for those who have read "Holy Insanity.").
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What a great book containing so many interesting stories and so well written. I really enjoyed the variety and the interesting characters. A great writer - can't wait to read her next book!
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These stories provide insight into one woman's history and thoughts. Very through provoking and interesting to delve into someone elses experiences.
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By Michele M on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an fabulous compilation of short stories. While vastly different, including in subject matter and genre, all the stories are tied by the same theme of "the blues." Each one aims to hit the reader with a punch of emotion, and each one delivers. Several were so evocative they will stick with me for a long time.

"How Blue Can You Get" is a great introduction to a wonderful new author. I highly recommend reading this book and giving Ms. Elliott's work a try. I know I will be waiting on tenterhooks for her first full-length novel.
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