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WeWriWa—Bazaar Surprise


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, as Georgian immigrant Alina Petropashvili has finally realized the beaten-up beggar she found in the Fereydunshahr bazaar is her husband, Amiran Koridze.

She finally believed his story when he produced an ikon of St. Nino which she got from her mother before she was taken to an orphanage in Ukraine during the chaos of the Civil War in 1920. Alina was hesitant to hug him too hard, for fear of hurting him, but Amiran assured her that it couldn’t hurt worse than all the torture he survived.

This has been modified a bit to fit eight sentence.


Alína squeezes him as tightly as she knows how, sobbing even harder as Amiran hugs her back.  She doesn’t recoil when he kisses her, though the heavy beard feels a little funny.  Amiran may be disfigured on the outside, but he’s still the same on the inside.  Any man who came all this way on foot just for her has the kind of love that only comes along very rarely in life.

“I never named any names, provided any information, or let on I knew where you’d disappeared to,” he whispers. “I don’t betray my friends or my wife.  I must have hide like an elephant now, after all those daily beatings on almost every part of my body.  But don’t worry, they didn’t castrate me like they threatened; once I look normal again and have better health, you can start enjoying me as your husband again.”


A few weeks ago I asked my readers what they thought of my changing my pen name, since I’m releasing three books this year and have begun thinking my pseudonym doesn’t sound serious or professional enough for a historical writer. I’m now considering the possibility of using the name Ursula Hartlein (my middle name plus an old family name which means “brave/strong little one”) for my long, serious historicals, and keeping the pen name Carrie-Anne for my short, lightweight Atlantic City historicals.

Each name would suggest different things appropriate to the types of books these are; Ursula sounds more serious, while Carrie-Anne seems more fun. Also, after almost 21 years, I’m pretty attached to my original pen name, and I still love both the bands I got my existing pseudonym from.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

11 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Bazaar Surprise

    1. On 9 May I’m releasing And Jakob Flew the Fiend Away, my WWII Bildungsroman set from 1940-46 in The Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. I was thinking of an April release date, but felt it would be nice to release it on my protagonist’s birthday.

      I’m hoping to have my first Russian historical finally ready sometime in the fall, but on the off chance it still needs a bit more work, I’ll release the second volume of Jakob’s story, And the Lark Arose from Sullen Earth, set from 1946-47, about his first year in America and first real year of marriage to Rachel.


  1. Beautiful scene between Alina and Amiran. I can feel their love for each other. This is a touching story, and I’m looking forward to reading the book from start to finish.
    Congratulations on the release of THREE books. WOW!


  2. That’s great news, that you’re going to release three books! Best wishes for all of them! Enjoyed the snippet, felt so sorry for him, with all he endured, but at least he’s thinking positively for their future.


  3. Best wishes on your releases, Carrie-Anne! Touching scene. I’m glad he made it back. It would take a brave soul to withstand those beatings without giving up information. Good 8!


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