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  • Writer's pictureAmelia Dellos

And did he even know?
That boy, that boy, he broke your heart.
You cried into your best friend’s arms.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Broken Heart Syndrome is a heart condition brought on by stressful or extreme emotion.

Causes of a broken heart include:

  • Listening to Taylor Swift’s ENTIRE canon non-stop

  • Death of a beloved pet

  • Tinder date’s profile pic doesn’t match their RL face

  • Loving someone who doesn’t love you back

Symptoms of a broken heart are anger, tears, and insomnia.

Were you angry?


Were you crying?


Were you sleeping?


The human heart weighs 10 ounces.

A Blue Whale's heart weighs 400 pounds.

I wonder how a Blue Whale survives a broken heart.

To mend your tiny human broken heart, you must pickle it.

Martha Stewart’s Simple Pickled Broken Heart Recipe

Pair with a chocolate bar & Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” from the album Red (Taylor’s Version)

Need a sharp pairing knife (recommend Wusthof Classic Paring Knife $95

13 people rated this recipe 4 out of 5 stars


  • Your 10-ounce, preferably broken heart

  • One clean Ball canning 16-ounce mason jar

  • ½ cup of water from a spring in Iceland or Lake Michigan tap water

  • ½ of rice vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp of pure Fair Trade cane sugar

  • 1.5 Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt harvested by crying Nuns

  • 2 cloves of organic Sicilian Artichoke garlic harvested by widows wearing head-to-toe black


  • Have a surgeon remove your heart

  • Stuff it into the 16 ounce Ball canning jar

  • Top with 2 cloves of Sicilian garlic, chopped or smashed

  • Add water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a bowl and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved

  • Taste to adjust sugar and salt

  • Pour liquid over garlic, and your broken heart

  • Marinate for one hour to four weeks

Have a surgeon transplant your pickled sweet, and sour heart!
Copyright Amelia Estelle Dellos, Amelia Tells Stories.

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  • Writer's pictureAmelia Dellos

The theme that was important for me to explore in this book was COURAGE.

Nelson Mandela once said: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

I wanted to explore that theme throughout the book. I believe that is why we love movies about superheroes. We love seeing them overcome their fears, challenges, and villains. I believe that if you spend time truly talking to someone and you hear their story, they have, on many occasions, overcome a fear to do something courageous. It might not be saving the world from annihilation, but it is courageous, nonetheless. It takes courage to go to school, to get married, to stay single, to go on a date, to have children, to help a neighbor, to start a new career, to go to the doctor, to overcome an illness – to be human.

Another theme that I wanted to explore was the feminine and witches confound us. They scare us because they are the maiden, the mother, and the crone. They have power that is deeply rooted in what we consider feminine traits, such as intuition, healing, and cooking up spells. For example, Merriam-Webster currently distinguishes four meanings of the noun witch; and two of them refer to the crone, "a mean or ugly old woman: hag crone," and to the maiden, "a charming or alluring girl or woman.”

I hope you enjoy reading Delilah Recovered as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please be sure to leave a review wherever you purchase a copy.

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Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.

Recently, we interviewed author Amelia Estelle Dellos about her writing and her recently released, Delilah Recovered, a carefully plotted, engrossing urban fantasy with plenty of twists and turns. (Read the review here.) A writer and filmmaker, she is an MFA candidate and professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Who and what ultimately inspired you to become a writer?

I am not sure I can answer this in a few sentences. My parents, Mary and George, were both voracious readers. They were ALWAYS reading. I grew up loving to read. So, I would say that they both inspired me to love stories.

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