• Bibiana Krall

Reading Illuminates

I cut my literary teeth on Mitchell, Tolstoy and Bronte. I remember that summer clearly. It was steaming hot and I was scared to death of what the future looked like as I transitioned from elementary school to the ‘big time’ of a sixth grade school that hosted every sixth grader in the county; while the district figured out how to accommodate the baby boom that I was a part of.

I live in the coastal South now, but in Michigan when the temperature cranks over ninety… it’s painful in July, as most of the farmhouses, including mine didn’t have central air.

This has been a tragic and bizarre year so far with so much change, that even I’ve had trouble keeping up. The only way to survive is to constantly realign, reaffirm and to be grateful for everything that hasn’t crushed your spirit or awakened the troll. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen them. Hey wait a minute…aren’t they supposed to only live under bridges in Bavaria? To create is the best rebellion as the pillars crumble atop your head.

If you know anyone who has the skills to build an authentic Viking “Langskip,” please let me know. Yes, I am aware that is a weird question.

Somehow I’ve managed to release a new story VOLGA BLACK. https://www.amazon.com/Volga-Black-Bibiana-Krall-ebook/dp/B087PN3B85

It’s nuts. Dark, strange and chewy like a homemade brownie with a powerful shot of plum brandy to chase it. I also wrote three more stories for a fantastic and strong anthology with Veronica Cline Barton called Hearth Fires, which will come out just before the weather cools down. Spooky, atmospheric reads to delight you for the Halloween season.

The final book Mont Pelier in The Irish Phantom Series is on deck next. I have been holding back wanting to relish the process.

I am also hard at work every week editing video files for a YouTube collaboration with two fabulous authors’

both of them also have #NewReleases.

Please check them out!

Amy Reade https://www.amymreade.com

Veronica Cline Barton https://myamericanalmostroyalcousinseries.com/author/myamericanalmostroyalcousinseries

Our show is called #BOOKEM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sidU-cj74tQ which is basically what I refer to with a big grin as, “Hygge for bibliophiles.” I love it and feel so blessed to have wonderful people watching, engaging and to work with on this project that promotes the value of reading for pleasure.

It feels great to be moving forward as a writer regardless of what else is happening around me. I just wanted to say thank you to every person who has reached out to connect and helped make me feel like I am not the Prisoner of Zenda chained to my writing desk, or talking to myself in the void. A reminder arrives every day that books, art and the simple things still matter. That they have always mattered. You are an important part of that.

That’s it. Just wanted to say hello, thank you and do a mental wellness check. How are you? What is helping you feel better right now?

Feel free to leave comments or come say hi on Twitter or join in the live premier today at 1:45 E.S.T. for #BOOKEM where you can live chat with us and watch the show.

Thanks to all reading, engaging and sharing in my creative journey. A special shout out to The Literati and all the superstars leaving book reviews for Volga Black. It helps more than you might think and I am thankful.

Until next time find your Peace, Love, Hustle, then Read or Write. Xox Bibiana


(a hot weather, tipsy-drink I invented a very, very long time ago. Everyone becomes a better dancer after the first one.)

3 oz. white 151 rum and/or for the gourmand instead use 3 oz. Hendricks Midsummer Solstice and use fresh lime below instead of a lemon

1 fresh lemon or lime if using Hendricks. (leave two small wedges for garnish)

1 Tablespoon Roses Lime syrup

12 oz. lemon lime soda/and or sparkling mineral water

crushed ice

Powdered sugar on a plate

2 tall glasses and reusable straws

In a blender add a cup of crushed ice. Squeeze fresh citrus juice onto ice. Add lime syrup and alcohol.

Hit blender on med pulse until nicely cold and a little fluffy. Wet rim of glasses with water and press into sugar on plate.

Fill both glasses evenly with drink. Garnish with lemon. Enjoy and plan to stay in for the night. It’s strong. Serves two. Enjoy!

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