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Jacqueline Mantz Rodriguez

Jacqueline Mantz Rodriguez was born in Great Falls, Montana but immigrated to the Inland Empire as a young child growing up in Ontario, California. She resides in Rancho Mirage and works as a special education teacher for Palm Springs High. She is working on her collection of short stories and poetry while preparing a documentary on her special education students. Jacqueline received her B.A. in literature and creative writing from Cal State San Bernardino and her Masters degree and teaching credentials from National University. Jacqueline’s loves are her new husband Joe and her Boston Terrier Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Story: The Three Little Girls


Alyce Wilson

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I love the lyrical flow of your words in this vivid depiction of a dysfunctional family. While it's clear this is a portion of a longer work, it's also clear that this writing is outstanding. I only wish that you had found a way to provide more of a conclusion for this as a standalone piece. It's always difficult to excerpt a longer piece! Please take a moment to read my story, "Dating Safari," and leave me your comments.

Victoria Riley

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I wanted to read this story because like the Author I am from Great Falls Montana, N.E. in the Riverview neighborhood. I really really liked the beginning of the story about the "three little girls" because ironically I have two sisters and growing up we were called that from our family member's. We stuck together constantly the way Ophelia,Jenny and Lee (my middle name is Lee) and I related to the dread the girls felt when the father was away to come home later,drinking. Back in the 70's many fathers did that, mine included. An inebriated father can bring uncertainty to a home, though it was rare for my father ,I remember it and felt some sadness in the first story. I did not care for the Water does not kill Witches story, I was somewhat lost. Why in obne breath is your mother a witch then dear mother? The third Door to Door was not stable. enough for me to read. Good try! mine is The Moccasins.

Lisa Rose

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I'm sorry, but I really didn't like your story. It seemed awkward and hard to read. If you have the time please read my story, 'Drift Away" and let me know what you think by leaving a review.


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I would like to read the rest of this novella before I pass any kind of judgement on this work. It is so painful to read. The reader wants to protect the little girls and they are left in such a vulnerable place at the end of the piece as it appears here.

Book lover

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I don't like that this is an excerpt from a previously written novella. It feels like it is an ad and that bothers me. Probably because I actually took the time to write a new story for this contest...

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