BEAUTIFUL DREAMER – Ready to Preorder at Smashwords

My new book, Beautiful Dreamer, is ready to preorder.

dreamer - bookcover

A clean, inspirational Christmas Romance for hearts of all ages.

Julie, shy and plain, suffered the worst taunts amd nicknames, during her high school years. Evan, with his quiet, calm expression, was one of the few boys who didn’t ridicule her. She often wondered that if he hadn’t moved away, whether he’d have asked her out.

Will her dearest dream come true when as a young woman living on her own, she spots Evan in the crowd on her way to work?.


Years ago, Julie had unscrewed the casing to her old music box and donated its insides to a church charity, but kept the genuine hardwood exterior. Now, in her twenty-fifth year, living comfortably, if frugally, in her midtown apartment, she values the box for its sentimental value and its rare and expensive mahogany wood. What better place to keep her memories.

Along with family photos is a 5 x7,  taken during high school. An old girl friend is in the photo, shouldering her. In the background, the schoolyard where, shy, plain, and totally behind the times, she suffered the worst taunts and nicknames.

In one corner of the photo, on a weathered bench, sat a boy, handsome even at his gangly age. He watched her, a quiet, calm expression on his face. Evan was one of the few boys who didn’t whistle sarcastically or wink duplicitously on those few occasions that she forgot to keep her head bent to avoid unwelcome stares.

She often wondered that if he hadn’t moved away with his family from their small Massachusetts’s town, to New York, whether he might eventually have asked her out on a date. The smile he sometimes favored her with, was sincere. It had never proved otherwise.

Twenty-five, still on the shy and plain side, Julie regarded herself in the mirror above her dresser. A dab of powder and eyebrow pencil added a bit of sophistication to complement her denim blue jeans and loose soft blue cotton top, and she was ready to join her friend, Abby, for a Labor Day outing. Evan would have approved. Julie grimaced. She must not allow such thoughts, and forget that she ever believed she’d glimpsed him among the Broadway crowd, as she rode the bus to work. All a trick of her imagination. It might be a good idea when she returned this evening to tear up that high school photo so it would never again bring back silly school girl memories.

A knock at the door. It was Abby. “Are you ready?”

One last look in the mirror. Casual and comfortable. Good enough, she shrugged. It wasn’t as though she were leaving to meet the love of her life…

Beautiful Dreamer (by Paula Freda) is available to pre-order.  It will be released December 12, 2015 just in time for Christmas.  A paperback version will also be available at that time.  Great Stocking Stuffers for the romantics in your life.

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My Books Now Also Available in Large Print

If you are looking for light reads, easy on the eyes, yet stirring and deeply emotional, I’ve just finished my latest project of publishing Large Print Editions of my books.

Clean and Wholesome Romance, adventure, sci/fi, contemporary, fantasy, inspirational, western, novels and novellas, anthologies, something for everyone, hearts of all ages. Also available as ebooks (Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, etc.) Thank you and all the best, (Dorothy) Paula Freda

Books by Paula Freda – Large Print Editions

Blossoms in the Snow bookcover 2011

henderson sands bkcover revised narrower



front bookcover - lady in red 7-16-2015

orange blossoms in december bookcover resized small 2

Driscoll's Daughter - Createspace

Copy of driscoll's lady bookcover

bookcover Jenny story copy 3 - resized large

the sketchbook - small

bookcover - wild yellow clover

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Polishing up an ebook oldie with a new bookcover and a large print paperback sketchbook - smalle+sketchbook

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The Pink Chameleon On Line, Issue No. 16

Books and E-Books by Paula Freda
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry,
Clean Sweet Romances,
Sci/Fi and Fantasy,
Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Scroll down to the Table of Contents for stories, poetry, essays, articles by new, as well as seasoned writers.

Issue No. 16: Work in Progress. Writers, beginning with June 1, if you do not see your accepted work published by the end of the month (June 30), please email me and I will make sure it’s posted, Lord willing. All the best, and peace of mind and spirit.

PC16 will be dedicated to long-time members of The Pink Chameleon Team, Albert J. Manachino and Deanne F. Purcell. Prolific writers and my dear personal friends, passed away recently. Al, on February 28, 2015; and Deanne on March 31, 2015. They now reside with the Angels and The Good Lord.

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What’s the difference between Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, short stories, short-short stories, and flash fiction? Here’s one writer’s opinion.

It took me years to understand the difference.  In grammar school, I remember distinguishing the Novel from the short story. Novels took forever to read. In high school, at first, I equated novellas with a very long short story.  As I grew and completed a mail writing course, along with writing adult education classes, and began writing in earnest, I learned, hands-on, the difference.  Even that subtle difference between a novella and a novelette. The novel – 40,000 words and up. The novella – 30,000 to 40,000 words. The novelette – 20,000 to 30,000 words. The short story – 1000 to 20,000 words. and The short-short story – 500 to 999 words. Flash Fiction – 1000 words These are, of course, approximations that overlap each other. Or what I have learned from textbooks and googling definitions on line. For myself, I prefer writing between novella and novelette. Steering the writing car to keep it from veering off the road, I let my story’s characters determine the length of the road and the miles needed to complete their adventure, romance or whatever genre their story falls into. In effect, I let them write the story. I translate their tale into written words. I guess I’m sort of the overseer. I know, these latter sentences sound like fantasy. But whether writers realize it or not, it’s our subconscious that creates the story via our conscious mind. No, we’re not crazy. It’s just a fact of life. Like our dreams during rem sleep. My book, Blossoms in the Snow, a deeply sensitive, inspirational and emotional romance, traverses between a novelette and novella. But that’s how long it took for Dot and Theo to unfold their story.  A young woman who believes in miracles … a young corporate lawyer who does not believe in God … a very special saint. A miraculous journey into love. Do you believe in miracles? My novelette,  a contemporary romance, Welcome Home, Amy, took less mileage. Welcome Home Amy - desktop My short story,  a contemporary romance, The Offering, was a short sensitive ride. The_Offering772AD5E2_1 I’m sure most of us already know the differences I’ve outlined.  But for those who don’t, I hope the above was helpful.  All the best, and peace of mind and spirit.  :-) My stories appear at amazon, smashwords, barnes and noble, apple, kobo, among others.

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For Holy Week and Easter

For Holy Week and Easter,  available as ebook and paperback, an Inspirational Tale (a story of the First Saint Canonized by Christ Himself) based on Biblical references and historical legends associated with Dismas, the Third Thief (patron of prisoners) who was crucified alongside Christ.  Paula Freda presents a fictional-historical spiritual tale of an ordinary man on a path to hell, but saved by Christ. Many cultures and legends place Dismas at several crucial moments in the life of Christ. A romanticized, spiritual tale of a man and his Savior.

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Audrey’s Mr. Darcy

Clean romance filled with adventure, sci/fi and fantasy. (3)

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