On April 1st, I released not one but two books, because what the hell, why not? The first was Volume Two of Memoirs of a Dilettante, and the second was a tale too big, too silly, too Shakespearean to be contained with the pages of Memoirs. Yes, darlings, I wrote a Shakespearean-style play, in mostly iambic pentameter with the occasional rhyming couplet and sonnet thrown in for good measure. I used wickedly foul language and made reference to other Shakespearean plays because again, why not?
Here’s what people are saying about Penelope, Countess of Arcadia:
“With vignettes, asides, and a stunningly well-executed disregard for the fourth wall betwixt playwright and reader, ‘Penelope’ had me laughing so hard that chocolate milk came out of my nose…and I hadn’t had any!” – Lizzi Rogers
“I can’t get enough of this story, or Helena’s writing in general. So if you’re a fan of Shakespeare, wild and inventive insults, a reference to everything that you hold near and dear to your childhood, great writing, plays, or even just words on a page, you’re probably going to like this play.” – Martin Conterez
“It was an irreverent read about a real dilemma. I enjoyed the dialogue, the asides to the reader, and the general writing. It has to be challenging to create a story using so many references to Shakespeare and maintain the style, but Helena was masterful in her treatment of this.” – Pamela Beckford
“This book, this story of the vortex of justice and injustice, of thieves and lovers and friends and law – like a bridge between the time when Shakespeare was still holding a quill with his own hand and our precious, dirty 21st century, inspires, teaches and most of all, provides passion and fun with its pages.” – Selena Moonshadow
“People….you are missing out if you do not read this play. I was laughing so hard in the first few scenes that I literally fell off my bed. I was in tears. And I HAD to read it out loud. The play just screams for a vocal reading. And that was only Act 1!” – Jessica Scott
“So much fun! This was a delight to read as Helena shows her mastery of wordplay with the sharp and lewd wit of a Shakespearian sword. I’d like to think the Bard himself is laughing, as I certainly was.” Lisa Kramer
If you already have a copy, enjoy and review!