Spin the Plate Short Story [NOOK Book]

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Jo has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can't seem to scare off.
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Spin the Plate Short Story

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Overview

Jo has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can't seem to scare off.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011213410
  • Publisher: Donna Anastasi
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 290,459
  • File size: 138 KB

Meet the Author

Spin the Plate is Anastasi's debut novel. The 2013 printing of Spin the Plate is a completely revised and expanded novel-length version of her 2010 indie-award winning work: Cross-Genre Fiction, Women’s Literature, Contemporary Romance.ABOUT SPIN THE PLATE: Jo is a survivor of a bleak and abusive childhood who roams the city streets at night as a powerful vigilante. Francis is a mysterious man she meets on the subway train. In this story, the average-guy hero battles to win the battered heart of the wary, edgy, less-than-perfect heroine. "A fast-paced, edgy, darkly comic tale of resilience, romance, and redemption that breaks over you in waves." - Holly Robinson, authorAnastasi also authored two non-fiction small animal books published by Bowtie press: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care (2005) a popular how-to book on breeding, raising, and caring for gerbils and The Complete Guide to Chinchilla Care (2008) a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats.Donna Anastasi lives in the woods of Southern New, Hampshire with her husband, two teen-aged daughters and an ever-changing menagerie.
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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Not your average short story

    Spin the Plate short story, is a story that cannot be described as a set genre - there are so many aspects to it. When I started reading it, I did not know what to expect from Spin the Plate - I was a bit taken aback by Jo and her brashness. But then you start to realise thatno one is born that way, but rather you become that way because of something that happens to you. And then we learn what happens to Jo to turn her into this hardened person.


    When Jo meets Francis she is vexed by his questions - because nobody wants to talk to you for no reason, there has to be a catch. She agrees to go out with him - I think this is because she sees that he is not a threat to her, and realises that she could pummel him in an instant. Jo who is so tightly guarded against everyone opens up to Francis, telling him the whole story of the sexual abuse she endured from her father. She tells him of her stint in juvenile prison - and we see how that enabled her to be the hardened person that could no longer be hurt by her father.


    What really got me about this story, is that Jo did not let her father's abuse destroy her - it hardened her and part of her was crushed, but she was able to move on with her life. I was so glad when she got her vengeance, and I wish that would happen for more victims of abuse. The only thing I did not understand is why she chose to see her father in jail for as long as she did. I suppose it shows how big a person she is.


    I love the subtlety of Francis in his courtship of Jo, he was not overt in his intentions, and did not push Jo, because I am sure she would have hurt him if he did. Francis plays a great role in healing Jo and helping her to become the person she is meant to be, taking something from the abuse, but not letting it keep her as the hardened person that she became. He teaches her to trust again, but above all he teaches her how to be loved without being hurt which is the best thing that he does for her.


    Spin the Plate is a story of victory and triumph over the sadness that comes from childhood hurt. It shows that even the darkest cloud has a silver lining if you look deeply enough into yourself and make things change for the better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    This book really spoke to my heart. It spoke of endurance, journ

    This book really spoke to my heart. It spoke of endurance, journey and the light at the end of the tunnel. Right now so many of us are scrambling to keep one step ahead and survive in the world today. This book reaffirms that a strong faith, endurance and the willingness to take that journey can speak of a new beginning and a healthy recovery from one's past and the damage that we bear daily. The author showed amazing insight and truthfully reflected that while the journey can be uncomfortable or scary, the destination is well worth it. The book was well written and captivating. The story and it's more profound meaning is something I'll definitely carry with me for a long long time. To the author, I thank you for a bright light in these dark days

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Weird book

    Very deep story line. Still trying to figure out why she would visit her father for months on end when she didn't have to or want to. She never visited him before so why now. Crazy ending but I liked it. Unprobable romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Heavy reading T. J. IN KY.

    86 Pages. SHORT BUT SO PACKED WITH THOUGHT PROVOKING ,GUT WRETCHING STORY LINE. HAS SOME RELIGION THAT WAS SO NECESSARY FOR HER TO FEEL WORTHY . DONT EXPECT ANYTHING NORMAL ABOUT THE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK. I REALLY LIKED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS OFF THE WALL FREEBE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Just ok

    Not lookin to read the full length one ---- maybe it would be better than trying this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Interesting suspense worth reading

    This story has a little something for everyone, even belief in God. It's not preachy, and if the mention of God in a story doesn't offend you, you might find this suspense gritty and unique, as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Excellent

    Characters that you really feel a connection with.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    10

    I really liked this story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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