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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, February 20, 2017

The Thing About Blogging...

I like blogging for the most part. I like the sharing of thoughts and ideas, especially when there is feedback from the readers. Which rarely happens these days. In the early days of blogging and platform building we were told to follow blogs we enjoyed, then be sure to leave a nice comment, 'cause if did often enough, folks would get curious and check us out too.


I'm not sure that worked but I did follow quite a blogs that enriched my life. Things have gotten really busy so I don't read them as much as I used to plus some aren't active any longer so it sorta works out.

Thing is, I still enjoy it. I've thought often that I should be blogging more but just haven't taken the time to put thoughts on the digital page. Today I'm in a mood so, here I am.  I've decided to blog about things that interest me, things that impact me, things that bother, uplift, inspire, or annoy.

So, I hope you'll stop by often and stay for a while. I also hope you'll say hi but if you don't, that's okay too. I totally understand. I seldom commented either. I felt my comments weren't really worth it. Know what, though...they were and are worth it.  And so are yours.

Oh, don't expect perfect posts. I refuse to be a slave to commas. There might be a typo too.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Voodoo Rush by Chris Manno



The Louisiana bayou explodes in a deadly drugs-for-guns deal gone wrong, with rival gangs, rogue DEA agents and an elite hacker squad pitted against each other in a flash-fire that stretches from The Big Easy to the Caribbean and back. Desperate men, bold women and a thread of Voodoo weave a vivid tapestry of heart-pounding action and tense adventure. Hang on—it's a wild ride.

Get your copy here.

*****

I really like this one. Kept me reading until the end.
Chris Manno is also the author of East Jesus.

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.