Pushing And Shoving


I keep trying to get my pal Jane Peyton to come on here and push her book, but she hasn’t done it yet, so I’ll just go ahead and do it my own self. Ha!

The book is WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, book 1 of a projected series called Callie London’s Vampire Adventures. It takes place all over Louisville, my home town, which added a layer of enjoyment to the humor and action. This is the kind of book I love to read with a map in hand (except that, in this case, I already have one in my head), so I can soak up the local color (not to mention the local liquor) along with the characters.

Here’s the blurb:

In Vampire parlance, Pushing is what Folk do when they need to get a drink and don’t want to leave behind any incriminating evidence. They just make their new friend forget they were ever there. What? ME a vampire? No way!

But what if every human one runs across seems to have been Pushed in some way? And not a soul of them is up to any good? Which of the Folk is responsible, and what can this possibly be leading to?

Callie London is certain there’s Something Bad Going On! If only she can figure it out fast enough to keep herself and her vampire girlfriends from getting themselves killed. Callie never dreams she is about to become privy to an ancient Vampire Secret. Shhh! No one can ever know! Soon she and her friends are fang deep in bewildering vampire politics.

CallieIt’s the Kentucky Derby, and everyone knows that in Louisville, Kentucky, anything can happen at Derby time. Even though it’s spring, events begin to snowball. Callie’s adventures start with fireworks and tumble into exciting horse races at Churchill Downs, several assassination attempts, and a hair-raising cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville steamboat.

And When Push Comes to Shove, where will it all end? Take the adventure with Callie and find out!

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Buy it! $3.99!

What do the reviews say? “Lovely stuff: funny, chilling, adventurous, complex, and thoroughly satisfying.” (I said that.)

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Make a list of iconic places or landmarks where you live and think of adventures that would be appropriate there. Or inappropriate, if that’s the kind of thing you like.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Pushing And Shoving

  1. Jane

    June 17, 2013 at 8:10am

    Thank you, my dear friend!
    I’m hard at work on Callie #2:
    “Always Going to Almack’s”

    It looks like our girl has gotten herself into another fix! Wonder how she’ll get out this time.

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      Marian Allen

      June 17, 2013 at 8:14am

      Oh, that Callie! Probably waltzing without permission or something equally scandalous. lol! I can’t wait to see the new version. Thanks again for the jade pieces; I feel much safer with them around. 😉

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  2. Jean Yates

    June 17, 2013 at 6:13pm

    Marian, I am posting a reply to your comment on my blog!
    Marian, is it [turtle, tortoise] your spirit totem?
    Am I making any sense to you? Or do I sound like I just went over the bend?
    Some people have totem animals.
    Some people have more than one.
    What do you think of all this?
    I am always curious about other ways of seeing things.
    love, jean –I will post this on your blog, too. xox

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      Marian Allen

      June 17, 2013 at 6:28pm

      Posting my reply to your reply here and on my blog. 🙂

      Our #4 daughter claimed that my spirit animal was the giant land turtle because I’m so slowwwwwww.

      I love turtles, and always have. Turtles turn up in my stories now and then, and Tortoise, one of the Four Divine Animals of Chinese mythology, has a major role in my SAGE trilogy.

      So that’s me and turtles. 🙂

      By the way, folks, here is a link to Jean’s turtle post.

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  3. Jean Yates

    June 17, 2013 at 7:31pm

    Marian, I am so excited that I don’t seem “crazy” to you. I love all cultures and also ancient myths and tales. I grew up “in my head”, reading. Whenever I traveled with my family, I would make a massive attempt to communicate with the people of each land we would visit in their native tongue. I felt compelled to reach out to them as I thought that I should, not as an American but as a guest in their country.
    As for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, I would devour all the stories and myths and drag my family to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC over and over. I tried to teach myself heiroglyphics at age 11. I love the hanging gardens of Babylon.
    And the Libraries of..Chaldea? Hammurabi? Gettin old here.
    Where am I going with this?
    I most relate to the Native Americans (there were tribes where I grew up in Long Island) and have many relatives who ended up in New Mexico — from both sides of the family. Oddly, two of my cousins, from each side of the family are fluent in Japanese! One teaches it. They both live in NM!!!
    I have always thought that my spirit animal is the wolf. However, that turtle today came bearing a strong message for me. I heard it, loud and clear.

    That is me, born and raised a Roman Catholic, by my dear father, whose family was entirely of Scottish blood with a bit of Viking thrown in. I know completely that he and my son Robert, named for him, are in heaven.
    As for formal religion, I suppose I take what I want and leave the rest. love, jean. All roads lead to there.

    By the way I have found that you are very famous!!! Like TOTALLY!!! What are you doing hanging out with me? hahahah! xoxox!!! love you, Marian!!! Your books sound awesome! Completely!

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      Marian Allen

      June 18, 2013 at 8:33am

      First, Jean, I’m not famous, no no no. Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous. People often think I’m she, since our first names sound the same and I’ve had some stories in her publications. I’m just me, and thrilled that a famous bead/blogger like you comes over to visit. 🙂

      Have you read Ursula K. LeGuin’s Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences? Great stuff! But of course it is: it’s LeGuin!

      I lived in my head a lot, too. Still do, I guess. lol

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  4. Damyanti

    June 18, 2013 at 1:44am

    This is so sweet of you, to push your friend’s book. And I can totally understand the joy of being in a familiar place in a book you’re reading!

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      Marian Allen

      June 18, 2013 at 8:37am

      Damyanti, Jane’s book is not just by a friend, it’s loads of fun! You really get a sense of what it might be like to be very, very old but strong and healthy and almost invulnerable.

      And I just love reading a book set somewhere I know. Or even somewhere I have a map of. #4 Daughter and I read AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS together when she was little, and followed the trip on her globe. ~grin~

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  5. Mike Carlson

    June 23, 2013 at 12:57am

    Jane is so lucky to have you as a friend. You indeed help her even if she hasn’t asked you yet. That was so sweet of you.

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      Marian Allen

      June 23, 2013 at 9:31am

      Hey, Mike! Sorry for asking, but are you a real guy or are you a spammer who’s just really really good at what you do?

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