Dreams From The Hidden House: A Haiku Collection

Red Empress Publishing
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Paper was once a
Living thing. Do words written
On it also live?

For the geisha of the Hidden House, the pleasure house in the heart of Edo's notorious Floating World, writing was an escape. A way to forget about the troubles and monotony of their everyday lives and dream, even if just for a moment, of another world. Their fear and joy, pain and pleasure, happiness and sorrow bleed from the ends of the ink brush and onto the pages herein.

 

The haikus in this collection are from the Secrets from the Hidden House novels by India Millar, which chronicle the lives of the exquisite geisha who lived in the Hidden House.  

 

INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain's glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. Millar enjoys writing about strong women who fight for what they want. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website, indiamillar.co.uk.

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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain's glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. Millar enjoys writing about strong women who fight for what they want. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website, indiamillar.co.uk.

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Publisher
Red Empress Publishing
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Published on
Mar 12, 2018
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Pages
80
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / American / Asian American
Poetry / Ancient & Classical
Poetry / Asian / General
Poetry / Asian / Japanese
Poetry / General
Poetry / Haiku
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / General
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Love & Erotica
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Nature
Poetry / Women Authors
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Coral´s tale reflects the darkest side of family life; hers is a story of the ultimate conflict between sisters. A story where nothing is taboo. Nothing is forbidden. Even the unthinkable becomes reality in Coral´s life.
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And made sure she got it, one way or another.
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And yet, there was a side to the hard-bitten Coral that she hid from the world. She was the one who was always there to look after her alcoholic mother. The one who cared enough to put aside her own successful business empire to work in the local hospital, nursing war casualties. The one who nearly died herself, saving the traumatized doctor who would have welcomed death.
Coral´s story is her story, but it is also the intense and intimate family story of her never ending rivalry with her elder sister, Ruby, and her intense hatred of her beautiful younger sister, Pearl.
The Sisters at War Trilogy is family life; the kind of family life that makes you grateful it is not your own story. Not your family.
War defined the three Beardsley sisters. War between the nations, and even more, war between themselves. Conflict shaped them. Defined what they were; what they were to become.

Ruby´s tale is the story of the darker side of family life; a story of conflict between sisters. A story where nothing is taboo. Nothing is forbidden.

Of all the numerous Beardsley brood, Ruby was the first to arrive, popping into the world on the first day of the 20th Century. As soon as her Father showed Ruby her picture in the local newspaper, Ruby knew that she was destined to be special.  Had been born special. Not for her the daily grind of working in Dad´s shop. She was going to be somebody. She had the looks and the brains to do it, and by hell or high water she was going to achieve what she wanted. No matter how she did it.

When she cheated death by inches at work in the dangers of the Barnbow munitions factory during the Great War, she knew she had to move on. When she married her adoring husband, Roy, and moved to London to start her own fashion empire, Ruby thought she had finally arrived. But she was wrong. There was more, so much more in store for her than she could ever know.            

A passionate affair with her sister´s husband. A revenge relationship with her other sister´s lover. The ambition of a lifetime won and lost; won by hard work and talent, only to be lost when war came into her life yet again. And yet it was also war that gave her the greatest opportunity in her life.           

Ruby´s story is her story, but it is also the dramatic roller coaster tale of how she interacts with her two sisters, Coral and Pearl, through life and love and betrayal.  The story of how, between them, the three sisters forge very different lives for themselves. Together and apart.  But always, always winning.  One way or another.

The Sisters at War Trilogy is family life; the kind of family life that makes you grateful it is not your own story. Not your family.

War defined the three Beardsley sisters. War between the nations, and even more, war between themselves. Conflict shaped them. Defined what they were; what they were to become.
Coral´s tale reflects the darkest side of family life; hers is a story of the ultimate conflict between sisters. A story where nothing is taboo. Nothing is forbidden. Even the unthinkable becomes reality in Coral´s life.
Coral was the second sister. Born without her siblings´ beauty, and with the added burden of dyslexia, Coral was stubborn. When she saw what she wanted, she went for it.
And made sure she got it, one way or another.
When she saw her future husband, she knew she had to have him. Even if it did mean stealing him from her elder sister to do it. And it was hardly her fault if she was attractive to other men; she might not have her sister´s beauty, but Coral soon realised that she had the sort of body that men would always want; and she quickly learned to use it for her own advantage. Even to attract the one man who - above all others - should have been immune to her charms.
If she had to lie and cheat and manipulate to get what she wanted in life, then she was willing and able to do it. And war appeared not to touch Cora, the lucky one. Instead, it seemed to those who knew her best that war bought nothing but good fortune to Cora.
And yet, there was a side to the hard-bitten Coral that she hid from the world. She was the one who was always there to look after her alcoholic mother. The one who cared enough to put aside her own successful business empire to work in the local hospital, nursing war casualties. The one who nearly died herself, saving the traumatized doctor who would have welcomed death.
Coral´s story is her story, but it is also the intense and intimate family story of her never ending rivalry with her elder sister, Ruby, and her intense hatred of her beautiful younger sister, Pearl.
The Sisters at War Trilogy is family life; the kind of family life that makes you grateful it is not your own story. Not your family.
War defined the three Beardsley sisters. War between the nations, and even more, war between themselves. Conflict shaped them. Defined what they were; what they were to become.

Ruby´s tale is the story of the darker side of family life; a story of conflict between sisters. A story where nothing is taboo. Nothing is forbidden.

Of all the numerous Beardsley brood, Ruby was the first to arrive, popping into the world on the first day of the 20th Century. As soon as her Father showed Ruby her picture in the local newspaper, Ruby knew that she was destined to be special.  Had been born special. Not for her the daily grind of working in Dad´s shop. She was going to be somebody. She had the looks and the brains to do it, and by hell or high water she was going to achieve what she wanted. No matter how she did it.

When she cheated death by inches at work in the dangers of the Barnbow munitions factory during the Great War, she knew she had to move on. When she married her adoring husband, Roy, and moved to London to start her own fashion empire, Ruby thought she had finally arrived. But she was wrong. There was more, so much more in store for her than she could ever know.            

A passionate affair with her sister´s husband. A revenge relationship with her other sister´s lover. The ambition of a lifetime won and lost; won by hard work and talent, only to be lost when war came into her life yet again. And yet it was also war that gave her the greatest opportunity in her life.           

Ruby´s story is her story, but it is also the dramatic roller coaster tale of how she interacts with her two sisters, Coral and Pearl, through life and love and betrayal.  The story of how, between them, the three sisters forge very different lives for themselves. Together and apart.  But always, always winning.  One way or another.

The Sisters at War Trilogy is family life; the kind of family life that makes you grateful it is not your own story. Not your family.

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