Killing time and angels

The novel's up to 67,000 words now and growing fast, scenes building into larger scenes while shadows fill out the spaces lying between . I'm enjoying writing it anyway, and reading the parts I've finished, and dreaming of more...

Meanwhile other people's books add themselves to my to-read list. How can I resist something called Angelkiller or a tagline that reads "Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won." And it's free on Amazon, today and tomorrow! Follow the blue link for your US kindle copy.

Then there are the books I've just finished reading, so grab a coffee and read on:

Death in a Wine Dark Sea, by Lisa King is a mystery set in California with great characters, from wine reporter turned investigator, Jean Applequist, to secretive geek Zeppo, to a colorful gay rights campaigner to mysterious Vietnam vet. With so many people hiding so many secrets, it's hard to imagine how Jean will ever work out what happened to her friend's husband, but this thoroughly modern femme fatale Miss Marple will work it all out. Enjoy her nose for trouble and wine with a 4-star elegant, complex cup of coffee.

Back in the Game by Charles Hodefer takes readers far from the big city to small-town America with big-business pig-farming, school busses, and a wealth of other people's shoes to be filled by Stanley Mercer as he tries to rebuild his life. No field of dreams, this, but a pleasingly humorous, introspective, thought-provoking slice of life where real worth hides where you stop earnestly looking for it. Enjoy this one with a 3-star smooth full-flavored coffee.

Traveling further afield, Anne Patchett's State of Wonder echoes Conrad's Heart of Darkness but is set in the modern world of big-business pharmaceuticals, women scientists, Amazonian drug research, and side-effects. a 4-star elegant complex coffee would go well with this book.

After the Fog, by Kathleen Shoop, stays firmly in America but takes readers to the not-so-distant past, when mills poured out their poison into the fogs of Donora, PA, and a weather inversion killed 20 innocent victims. The story's made personal in the tale of Rose, a nurse who tries to improve the lot of the locals while a doctor begs management to close the mill, workers insist a little fog won't hurt as long as we're paid, and families care for multiple generations under one roof. A stunning insight into the past and a thought-provoking look at the background to environmental hazard, this is one to read with a 5-star dark intense coffee.

Finally, Claire Collins' Images of Betrayal is a modern mystery-romance with betrayals and contrasts aplenty. Rejected by her mother and deserted by her father, Ty earns the rent as a waitress and hopes there'll be enough money for food. Sheila mothers her. Photographer Walker offers hope. And high-schooler David dotes on her. When disaster strikes, Ty has to choose who to trust in a world that seems determined to betray her. Enjoy this mysterious coming-of-age adventure with a 3-star full-flavored coffee.


67,000 words is excellent. Good for you, Sheila. It's very smart to keep your time set aside for reading. I'm doing better about that now.

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