An Invite from our resident wordsmith – Help me finish “Vashti’s Daughter”




by Raven West

To all of you who have enjoyed reading my commentaries, my column “Heard it on the Grapevine” and stories I’ve covered events in Ventura County, I invite you to help me finish my novel “Vashti’s Daughter”.

Here is the synopsis: Anna Steine is a 29 year old divorced head of a Steine and Steine, a small publishing house in Los Angeles. Nathaniel (Nate) Braverman is the direct descendant of Queen Esther and author of the mysterious novel “Vashti’s Daughter.”

After attending a Purim party, Anna starts having dreams that she’s living another life in the past. She discovers she is, in fact the reincarnation of Vashti’s daughter, Adara who has been cursed by Esther’s son Darius because she refused to marry him.

In the present, Anna and Nate have to figure out a way to break the curse before Anna’s 30th birthday, or neither she nor her future generations will ever find true love.

For those of you not familiar with the Jewish holiday of Purim, here is a short version:  The Purim Story.

My goal is to finish the book by Purim, February 25, 2021. I’ll be writing a chapter a day, and posting five at time to this blog. The first five chapters can be read on the Vashti’s Daughter tab at the top of the page.

If you add your email to my “follow” tab, you’ll receive notification when five new chapters have posted. Help me grow my followers by sharing this site with all your social media, the links are at the bottom of the home page.

Comments, critiques, observations will be greatly appreciated. Anyone who adds a comment will receive a FREE copy of the entire book once it’s published!

Thank you all in advance!

Raven West



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Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty-five years. To read book reviews, interviews and preview her new novel “Vashti’s Daughter” please visit her website at

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