Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thr3e by Ted Dekker

One of the great things about having a daughter who writes is the opportunity to talk about writing. Whether it's plot, character development, story structure, or POV, I really enjoy the discussion.

This evening we went to our favorite "sitting out, chillin', and chatting" place and spent over an hour talking mostly book stuff. As we discussed writing mysteries, Thr3e came up and we decided it's one of our top 3 books.

Thr3e is a book from Ted Dekker. I found it years ago during a Thanksgiving trip to my mom's and totally loved it. In fact, I read the whole thing in just one evening, in one sitting. Not only does it start with a bang, it ends with one. I had no idea who the "bad guy" was, and Dekker knocked the end out of the ballpark. Neither Beth or I saw it coming. Every time we thought we had it figured out, nope.

If you like mystery/thrillers, then we both recommend you run to the store and get Thr3e.  Then let me know what you think.

And while I'm recommending books - Hit and Run by Beth Lauzier is an awesome middle-grade fantasy your young reader will love.  You can get a copy here or message me for a signed one.

Monday, October 31, 2016

So Much for Challenge...

Yep, I missed a couple days.

But, honestly, it really wasn't all my fault.  Seems my computer decided the hotel internet wasn't secure and that someone might steal my info and wouldn't let me get online.  I totally intended to blog Saturday evening but just couldn't. But, here's a picture of the view from my hotel balcony.

Here is one of the bridge at night.

And finally, one from the balcony on our last morning.

I think the thing to learn from this is...sometimes things happen. And when they do, we sometimes need to change our plans and not get so stressed out.

It was a five-hour drive home yesterday, so I was tired and just didn't have the will to get on the puter and blog so didn't.  I might catch up, I might not...I'm not going to worry about it.

Friday, October 28, 2016

No Excuses Blog Challenge Post 1

I'm terrible with blogging. I really enjoy it, when I get going but sometimes I have a hard time getting started. So, I've decided to take part in a 21 day, no excuses blog challenge. I'll post links later. One thing I like, they are giving suggested topics for each day. Which really helps.  Today's topic is "hooks". I'm not going with their suggested discussion about hooks, but that's okay.

As a writer, hooks are hard. There is so much a hook has to accomplish. I mean, it has to get the reader to continue reading, and in this fast paced, go-go-go world, that's harder than ever to do.  As I thought about how I wanted to go with this topic, I pondered some ideas. For example...

She leaned over the balcony, staring at the ground only 4 floors below, and wondered if she'd survive the fall.

Is that a good hook? I'm not so sure. Would someone read on to see why she was pondering this? Maybe, if they didn't have anything else to do.

She leaned over the balcony, staring at the ground only 4 floors below, and wondered if he'd survive the fall.

Al little better. Who is she? Who is he? What did he do that would make her want to push him? Did he deserve it? Or, is she a victim?

Hooks must cause the reader to ask questions. And those questions must drive the reader to continue to the next line, the next paragraph, the next page, the next chapter.

So, as a writer, how do you handle hooks?  And, as a reader, what are some of your favorite hooks?

Share in the comments for a chance to win some free stuff. I'll give away a couple books along with a critique.

Check out these great blogs participating in the blog challenge.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

San Gabriel's Secret by David Ciambrone

Nestled on the San Gabriel River in Central Texas’ Hill Country, Georgetown is a small town where things are normally pretty quiet. That is, until Adam Thomas, a retired scientist and now writer of a newspaper column for women under the name Aunt Kay, inherits a Confederate solder’s journal and a new murder. Adam and his girlfriend Kathy find themselves the center of dark doings, strange people and racing headlong into a fast paced, high stakes adventure to untangle a murderous puzzle, a series of macabre organizations and locate the centuries old and highly unusual, San Gabriel Secret.


I really enjoyed this one. If you are a fan of David Ciambrone's, you'll love it too.

Get your copy here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Ruins of Shandor by C. R. Myers

Follow Waldo on the desert planet as he discovers an abandoned underground city, and meets Hamel from Shandor Frenna along with Ms. Ziimar, who claims to be over five-thousand years old. The trio journey to Middle-Land, and in the Valley of Xar D’Kee, Waldo talks with his missing father through the Well of Wisdom and discovers more about his true identity. His father agrees to meet him at the Arch of Worlds located on the island of Scotaden Wel.

When Waldo disappears from the ghostly staircase, Jeremy and Shauna begin a search, which takes them to a color world and through the depths of the planet to Down-World and the Temple of Eron where they find the forbidden Tablets of Jesreel. By studying the tablets, Jeremy learns the history of Pelayaces and the planet’s true relationship to his own planet, the Earth. Now, he understands the Elam Nostra’s ultimate mission, and why the creature wants to destroy the Earth above all else.

Will Waldo find his father and the answers he so desperately seeks on Scotaden Wel? Will Jeremy and Waldo be able to find their way home and save the Earth from the Elam Nostra or is the universe destined to be swallowed into a void of black nothingness?


This is the sequel to The Dawn of Pelayaces.

Preorder your copy here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Alphabet Tales, an award-winning children's book, is a collection of 30 short stories to delight readers of all ages.
Full of humor and fun, this book is a marvelous way to teach phonics to young readers. Great for home schoolers!
Donna  has a charming and unique way of telling each story using repetitious sounds utilizing each letter of  the alphabet.
This book includes tongue-twisting tales using other sounds as well, such as the ch, sh, and th combinations.


Really good one to read to the kids.

Get your copy here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Down Magic's Path by Kathleen Wolak

Len Bouchard is a twelve-year-old boy dealing with the death of his mother in the Louisiana summer of 1925. Among the changes the death of his mother brings, his father’s new wife is the hardest to take. Magique is a mysterious woman who is the polar opposite of Len’smother. Magique is what Len’s friends maliciously call a gypsy, a dark woman with a supposedly checkered past.

Len tries to figure out his new step-mother’s secrets as his father announces a sudden move to New Orleans. Against the backdrop of the jazz filled French Quarter, Len learns much more than he bargained for.


This is a really nice, coming of age story for younger readers.

Preorder your copy here.