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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466287578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466287570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,324,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I became a storyteller by accident. It all began in Mexico where I attended university and where I learned to accept the supernatural as a normal part of life. From the revered opinions of the local witch, to the preparation of meals for dead grandmothers, I learned to see the world through a surrealist's eyes and I came to understand that things are not always what they seem.

Later, on my way to attend a university in France, I traveled to Morocco. I stopped at a marketplace in Marrakesh and while eating my lunch of dates and oranges, I watched a tattered beggar transform himself into a storyteller. He moved with the practiced gestures and fantastic expressions of his trade, surrounded by a growing circle of people who listened to him with eyes wide open, their own lives forgotten. In another culture, at another time he might have been a rich man, but here he was selling beautiful tales for coins in the dusty marketplace. I longed to be like him, this mendicant from Marrakesh.

Years later, I moved to Tokyo to teach and write articles for The Tokyo Weekender Magazine. Every day I traveled the crowded trains, sharing space and breath with millions of strangers. There amid the crushing humanity, I watched the surreal combinations of east and west in language and life, the painful and beautiful growth that occurs when two cultures collide. I witnessed two public suicides, and felt firsthand not only the temporality of life but also the beauty of a single moment.

The time spent crushed between strangers, doors and windows of the train became a quiet meditative place where I learned to accept life and death. There on that Tokyo train, I began to write novels in my head, while that tattered beggar from Marrakesh, who had captivated me years before, whispered in my ear like a nagging dead man, "Tell me a story."



K. Ford K. is the author of two novels as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles for publications in Colorado, Japan and Hawaii. After living and writing overseas for fourteen years, she now lives in Hawaii with her daughter.

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Main character Bernice Babbitt was wonderful and lovable!
zashin
Overall, I would definitely recommend this story and look forward to other novels from this author - keep 'em coming.
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I highly recommend this one for all contemporary romance lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monie Garcia VINE VOICE on March 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was really surprised by how much I loved The Concubine's Gift. When I agreed to read and review it I thought the book was going to be an erotic novel of which I don't mind reading from time to time but this was just a sweet romantic story with a little bit of spice.

Even though she is really inhibited Bernice blossoms into becoming more comfortable with her sexuality while helping others. She has a good core of friends that help her manage the visions and what comes with them. I also like the way the problem of the magical powder is resolved. Also there is a side story line that is tied up quite nicely in the end. I highly recommend this one for all contemporary romance lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShellyB on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Valentine, Nevada local Bernice Babbitt is socially reserved and sexually repressed but that's all about to change when she get's a make-up case containing a secret that will open her eyes and her world. Living in a town that was founded for the sole purpose of housing prostitutes, it's no wonder that many of the locals (including Bernice's mother) want to distance both themselves and the town from such a sordid past. Except Bernice, she doesn't really believe that the town should distance itself, she's actually quite happy that the town continues in its deep tradition of prostitution.

Innocent and childlike in her outlook to life, Bernice thinks all problems can be fixed with a 'smile, laughter or a willingness to over-please'. She loves her family and the inn they own and if she can keep both her family and her customers happy then she's happy too. And although Bernice likes the simple things in life she's hidden away quite a collection of female erotic memorabilia. One of her new purchases is a makeup case housing a jar of powder that when applied allows the wearer to have visions of the true sexual desires of certain people around them.

It's through these visions that Bernice starts realizing what's important to her. She has visions of the town locals and guests at the inn, all culminating when she has a vision of her only daughter. This is when the story gets really interesting to me, because up to now Bernice has lived her life according to her mother's teachings - judge yourself based on the way others see you and not what you believe to be the right way. Bernice has it so bad, she hasn't even told her husband of twenty years about her secret stash.

There's plenty of secondary characters who keep this story moving along at a very nice and even clip. Mrs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By readingisLOVE on February 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Finally, a positive novel about sex that is funny, warmhearted and smart, not to mention just plain hot!

The setting of this novel is delightful. Most of the story takes place in a quaint all-American town that is grappling with its own whore-house-filled history. The main characters are beautifully drawn, from the shy, sexually inhibited but much too curious Bernice Babbitt to wise old Mrs. Lin, sexpot Trina Trinket and a mysterious concubine named Blissful Night whose antique makeup case in the curious hands of Bernice Babbitt causes all the trouble.

My favorite part was the ending with its positive message about sex but I won't reveal it here! My husband loved the erotic scenes that are sprinkled throughout. No matter what your favorite part may be, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zashin on July 26, 2012
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Main character Bernice Babbitt was wonderful and lovable! I wanted to hear more of their personal stories, especially Ruby's! Would like to have heard more about Peony/Blissful Night's story as well. A book focused on Ruby's adventures and another book about Peony specifically would get my vote! I loved how this book approached sex with openness and unashamedly. I especially love how Bernice approached what she saw concerning her own daughter and how she handled that information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MsRomanticReads on July 9, 2012
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The small town of Valentine, Nevada was once famous for it's bordellos, the most popular being the Honey Bunny Ranch. Now that it's nothing more than ruins, the townsfolk are divided over what to do about it. Rebuild or make way for something that won't involve sex and prostitutes. The people of Valentine seem to fit in either one of two categories: the sexually open-minded and the rather prudish. Bernice Babbitt is one of the latter. At thirty-nine years old, she's sexually inhibited and blushes at the mere mention of anything remotely personal. She was raised to view sex and lust as shameful. It is with little surprise that her curiosity never vanished, she just merely suppressed it. Her secret indulgence is her collection of erotic memorabilia. When her friend and antique dealer Mrs Lin shows her a black lacquer make-up case once rumored to have belonged to Hong Kong's most famous concubine, Blissful Night, Bernice can't help herself, she has to have it. When she discovers a jar of face powder hidden within, she sees no harm in trying a little. After all, it's just make-up, right? Shortly after using the powder, not only does it seem to instantly beautify her skin, but she's suddenly assaulted by a very intimate, sexual encounter of two of her motel guests. Nothing seems to stop the visions until she blurts out to the pair what they need to do in order to have a more satisfying sex life. One the one hand, Bernice continues to use the powder to keep looking beautiful and radiant, but she doesn't seem to put two and two together that the unwelcome visions could be linked to it. While she continues to give out advice, her recipients are more than happy to comply with her suggestions. All is well until the meddling Church women catch wind of what she's been doing, much to their disapproval.Read more ›
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