75,500 words... How can it take so long to write the final scenes of my novel? I think I'll blame the weather, the weeding, the grass-cutting, the pine-needles walked into the house requiring much vacuuming, etc... But I really must try to finish it this weekend.
Meanwhile, here are two great free books from Amazon.
Hearts Restored sounds like another fascinating historical novel from Knox Robinson: What can a young man of fifteen do when he is told by his mother that the three cousins he is about to meet all want to marry him? Daniel Wilson Horden has arrived in London with his parents from their home in Northumberland on the very day of King Charles II's triumphant return to his capital. Receiving his own personal wave from the king, Daniel longs only to serve him, but first he must keep at bay the threat of marriage. His two French cousins are adamant in their pursuit of him, but Daniel is intrigued by his English cousin, Eunice, whose Puritan father snatches her away from the reunion celebrations. Unaware that his gallant attempt to save her has endeared him to her, Daniel only just escapes the marriage trap which his younger French cousin lays for him and is sent off to study at Cambridge University. Once she returns to her father's home, Eunice is condemned to a life of austerity. Heart-sick, she is assured by her grandmother that Daniel will come for her when he graduates from university. But, unaware of his cousin's feelings for him, Daniel goes off to join the navy only to find that fighting in the king's service is not as glorious as he had imagined. While the navy suffers at sea, London passes through plague and fire. Will Eunice survive the hardship? And will Daniel return to fulfil the promise in his eyes on that fateful day in London?
Literally Dead, also from Knox Robinson. Click here for my review of Literally Dead. In the midst of the Great Depression, one man must do battle against corruption with nothing but his wits and a host of great literary figures…
Amos Jansen is merely a clerk. He is not a crime fighter, the next great
writer, or a man of privilege. He is the humble employee of a Chicago literary society. That is, until he is arrested for murder.
The scapegoat of a perfidious lieutenant, Jansen stands wrongly accused while his idols rally around him. Literary personalities the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nelson Algren, and H.L. Mencken, as well as civil liberties war-horse Clarence Darrow, join Amos in his search for the real murderer of both the society's vice-chairman and his own father.
Will the pen prove mightier than the sword? Will mercenary police, politicians and money-barons meet with justice? Or will Jansen fail to solve the mystery and wind up literally dead?
the Unwanted by Daniel Carter. Click here for my review of the Unwanted. Born out of vengeance, five discarded children must fight
to keep their family safe from the homicidal geneticist who created
them. Millions of lives stand in the balance as sacrifices are made. One
family will never be the same as heroes rise and fall in The Unwanted
Book 1 of The G-6 Chronicles.