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Eve was Framed

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I am nearly finished with my novel ‘The Garden Gate Stands Ajar: Eve was Framed by Diane DeVillers. I googled Eve was framed and was brought to this essay written in 2011by Adair Sanders. It talked about how all through history women has been made the bad gal in the many decades since Adam and Eve were cast out of Garden of Eden.

‘The Garden Gate stands ajar: Eve was Framed’ is about the imaginary conversations with the original Eve of Biblical times and the modern day Eve, from the previously published book “The Eve Chronicles. It’s been my observation that women were seen as the bearer of original sin and that they continue to be seen as man’s servant.

Eve Was Framed essay.  Posted on November 29, 2011, by Adair.Sanders

This may be the best bumper sticker I have ever seen.  My youngest sports one on her car, a fact which does worry me somewhat since she lives in the deep South where good Christian women are taught to be seen and not heard, to submit themselves to their husbands and to never question male authority.  While not all Southern men adhere to this sort of medieval autocracy, there are plenty of them still around.  I was raised by one, have a sibling who fervently embraces this philosophy, and have, sadly, actually worked with a few of them.  And in all fairness, this sort of belief and mindset is not exclusive to Southern men.

I think Eve really was framed.  Organized religion has demonized that poor woman, blaming her for all of mankind’s woes, from the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden to every imaginable bad event thereafter.  But I have to ask the question: Where was Adam in all of this?  Did Eve force feed him the apple?  Get real.  Adam was simply the first in the long line of humanity to refuse responsibility for his own actions.  I can hear him now.  “God, it wasn’t my fault.  She made me do it!”

Yes, Biblical scholars, I know Eve blamed it all on the snake, so it is also true that Eve didn’t want to accept responsibility for her actions either.  But I find it so interesting that the churches, synagogues, and mosques – all run by men for hundreds of years – have conveniently ignored or forgotten Adam’s equal role in that ancient story.

Religious texts are full of stories of human failings and frailties, with men in most of the starring roles.  But in so many of them, it is the evil woman who is responsible for the man’s weakness – Delilah and Bathsheba just to name a few – and only the man who ultimately finds redemption.  What is that supposed to mean?

I have issues with organized religion for many reasons, but certainly, the way women have been treated in the name of God ranks pretty high up there.  Even today there are many churches where women are excluded from the ministry or the Deaconate and are prohibited from teaching adult Sunday School classes.  In those religious communities, women are basically seen as the man’s servant.  It’s no wonder so many men are conflicted by the Madonna-Whore complex.  What other option has religion offered them?

My daughter is a stickler for the First Amendment, and the heart of a feminist beats strong within her, so naturally, she loves her Eve Was Framed bumper sticker and thinks it makes a great statement.  While I agree with her, I also worry a bit about her safety because the first Eve Was Framed bumper sticker that graced her bumper was defaced.   When one’s religion teaches that sin originated with a woman and places mankind’s problems at her feet, when one’s religion teaches that women are less than men, and when one’s religion calls a woman a whore and a man engaging in the same behavior just a guy sowing wild oats, is it any wonder that women are abused?  And it’s not much of a stretch from defacing my daughter’s bumper sticker to harming her for daring to place it on her car.

Before you dismiss my thoughts as histrionic, think about what is going on in the world.  The Taliban kills women for any number of reasons including daring to be educated or showing their faces.  In many Arab countries it is illegal for women to drive, and having multiple wives is par for the course.  In certain countries, female children are left on the hillside to die or are aborted simply because of gender.  And this country is not immune. Go to any fundamentalist or conservative church and see how women are perceived.  They are not afforded equal status with their male congregants, either in church or in the home.

Yes, Eve Was Framed is an amusing bumper sticker.  But it’s a frightening one as well.

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Father at 86, and Daughter at 63, both Publish Books

My father and I published our books, books that are very different in subject matter, his is a historical novel about the Korean and Afghanistan War, highly researched and reads like  Tom Clancy novel.

“The Stone Horse & Droshki” by Ken De Villers is also a story of enduring love. It’s an adventure historical novel, the memoirs of Colonel General Yuri Danilov, the son of an American Sioux Indian and a Ukrainian Mother. Master spy for the Soviet KGB. Top Gun fighter pilot in the Korean, Vietnam and the Soviet Afghanistan wars. Privy to the internal workings of the Soviet Union’s Politburo. Also a story of love and devotion between Yuri and the beautiful Japanese-Russian Eiko Haraoka.

My book is called “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers:

The paperback book is three novellas, inspired by the author’s own journals about her relationships, life, and work in the forests of Oregon, comprise The Eve Chronicles.

The first book is called “From the Waters of Coyote Springs”: Eve searches for meaning to her life while working in the forest of the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon. Living in her tent she spends the day doing timber inventory for the Forest Service. Five other mismatched foresters live in the camp with her.

Felix and Eve: Felix hires Eve; he’s a cantankerous elderly man who needs round-the-clock nursing care. She’s a live-in-the-moment type of person. Once Felix accepts her, he tells of his relationship with the notorious gangster, Al Capone in Chicago during the 1930s.

The Arrangement: Each year under a special arrangement Eve spends the summer on Catalina Island with Sid, a retired college Professor and Eve’s former lover, who has a debilitating type of Multiple Sclerosis. An irony is that the author, having left the forests to work with people as a caregiver, was later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This afforded her the opportunity to retire early and focus on writing.

The three eBooks are available at Smashwords.com or Amazon.com or any other site that sells eBooks. The paperback book is available on Amazon and books stores that can access the Ingram Catalog.

 

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Oregon Author Publishes Book about a self-reliant forester living in the Wallowa Mountains.

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K Check out my author page about my book ‘The Eve Chronicles” about when I first moved to Oregon and worked as a forester in the Wallowa Mountains. Living in a camp with five other mismatched foresters Eve is finding her place in the world. Teased by the men in the crew she soon earns her nickname “Queen of the Comeback”. cover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)

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Oregon author publishes the book “The Eve Chronicles”

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K A fictionalized memoir about a strong woman who moves to Oregon during the early eighties to work as a timber cruiser doing timber inventory for the Forest Service in the Wallowa Mountains. Living in her tent, Eve, a midwest refugee, brings her feminist, hippie values to a camp of mostly men who tease her relentlessly until she earns her nickname “Queen of the Comeback”

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Want something to read until the elections are over? “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers won’t disappoint.

The paperback book “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers contains three books. The first one is “From the Waters of Coyote Springs” The book begins when Eve first moves to Oregon to work as a timber cruiser doing forest inventory for the Forest Service in the Wallowa Mountains. A very strong female who soon earns the nickname “Queen of the Comeback” from the men in the crew who constantly tease her. It only makes her stronger. Eve is a counterculture, strong-willed woman who knows her own mind but is still searching for her place in the world.

The second book is “Felix and Eve” about a caregiver who spends the summer with a cranky elderly man who needs a live-in caregiver after having heart bypass surgery. Felix comes to trust her and every night when they play cards, he starts to tell her stories about his life when he worked for the notorious Al Capone at the height of prohibition.

The 3rd book, “The Arrangement” is about Eve a retired baby boomer who owns property on Moon Mountain in the eclectic town of Eugene in the Willamette Valley. Vinnie lives in a yurt at the back of her property and he is in love with Eve but remains silent. Every year Eve gets the same letter with the same skeleton key in it. She goes to spend the summer with a former lover. This special arrangement has worked for 15 years. But when Eve makes a discovery it changes her

https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/girlpower/posts/78328 A link to my blog World pulse as (“Girlpower’s aka Diane DeVillers” ) a blog site that started in Portland Oregon and is now a worldwide women’s blogging site.

You can check out my Amazon site, https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K

The three books are also available as eBooks on Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

The Eve Chronicles

Three books make “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers.

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How I market my paperback book by using blogs

I am an author and just published my first book of a fictionalized memoir called ‘The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers. I self-published it and ncover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)eeded a way to market the book and so I have nearly 20 social media accounts where I post ten or more posts about all kinds of subjects, like links to stories about strong women, or politics, animals, place in the world. Then every dozen of those posts I put in a link to my book page on amazon.com. I opened others wordpress, live journal, wordpress, MS Connection, digg, worldpulse an international women’s blog and many others. So I signed up to get emails from sites I like, women’s news sites, animal sites explore.org where they have animal cameras set up, and I take these posts and write a short blog about them and then post it, then find a picture in my computer or to pixaby where you can get free pictures. It takes lots of time but it drives people to my site. I also made my own webpage on wix.com where my books are listed. Check out my author page

Check out my books and my author page

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K 

Its three books in one paperback book ‘The Eve Chronicles” or if you like ebooks look for “From the waters of Coyote Springs” ‘Felix and Eve” and “The Arrangement” they tell the story of a young women who leaves her life in Wisconsin and goes to Oregon to work as a forester doing timber stand inventory for the Forest Service. The group of 5 foresters live in their camp with trailers and tents down by Coyote Springs in the Wallowa Mountain in eastern Oregon. The men in the crew tease Eve relentlessly but it doesn’t take long before they call her “Queen of the Comeback”  “Felix and Eve” is when she moves to the coast and lives in Gold Beach with an elderly man who needs a caregiver for the summer as he recovers from by-pass surgery. He’s a cranky old dude but he takes a shining to Eve, they play cards every night and he tells her about his former life when he worked for the notorious gangster Al Capone back in the day.  “The Arrangement” ebook is about the now-retired Eve who has bought property on Moon Mountain in Eugene, Vinnie her neighbor, whom she let set up his yurt in her backyard. Vinnie is in love with Eve but remains silent. Every year Eve gets the same letter with a skeleton key in it. She takes off down south to Catalina Island and cares for her former lover who has a debilitating disease called Multiple Sclerosis. She stays there for the summer while Sid’s wife takes a much-needed vacation. Sid and Eve reminisce about their past.  As you can tell I am still on my shameless self-promotion tour.

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Oregon woman publishes book about counterculture in Oregon Wilderness

https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/girlpower/posts/73464   Oregon author publishes her book ‘The Eve Chronicles” which begins in eastern Oregon wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains. Eve searches for her place in the world.The first book ‘From the waters of Coyote Springs” takes place in the early 80’s when women were finding their own voice.

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The first book of “The Eve Chronicles.

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