Friday, April 29, 2016

Time flies like an arrow perhaps?

It's one of those favorite remembered misunderstandings--the child who stares at flies, watch in one hand and plastic-tipped arrow in the other, obeying an edict that was meant to be an observation: Time flies like an arrow.

But this week time has truly flown. I had great plans of books to read, and instead I filled the hours with efforts to fulfill the promise of good news.

  1. Good news number one was an email asking for copies of Dribble-IT. Currently only available from Lulu, the price is fine for purchasing online, but I'm not sure what price I can afford to sell it at. I'd long intended to add the book to Createspace, so now, at last, I did it--well, I nearly did it; watch this space and I'll give you the link when the files are finally done.
  2. Good news number two was an email from my publisher with a tentative cover image and interior files for my next novel: Infinite Sum. So hours were spent re-reading the interior file, checking for errors of writing or formatting, and, thankfully, finding almost none.
  3. Good news number three was another email, asking if I'd be willing to edit a novel, and how much would I charge. Long internet searches to learn an appropriate fee; much heart-searching to cut the fee down to something I can honestly ask for. I really want to do it. So watch this space, again. At least checking the files for my own novel gave me a good reminder of how much time it will take.
  4. Good news number four is I'm working on formatting a book of short stories for someone else. After time spent on number one of this list, I'll be more efficient and have a better idea of how to charge for that too.
The bad news, of course, is that time has flown like an arrow and I still have eleven book reviews due by the end of this week, besides the ones below. My apologies to those still awaiting my efforts. I'll catch up eventually, I hope. Or use fly-spray. But here are some reviews, and I'm sure you'll have coffee available.

Shy Violet by Sherrie Hansen is a thought-provoking romantic mystery with touches of faith, guilt, forgiveness, honest candor, and genuine relationships. The story's a roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings and danger, but it's well-balanced with humor and evocative descriptions. Enjoy with some nicely well-balanced three-star coffee.

I'm reviewing the novella, A Sacrificial Matter, by Ilona Fridle, for Nights and Weekends next week. It's a cool mystery set in Alaska in the 1920s, dealing with questions of how women are treated in the workplace, and how native women feel in a world that quietly tries to reject them. There's a great sense of time and place in the story, and it's clearly part of a series, so be prepared to drink more lively two-star coffee as you follow the adventures of a married couple with a very genuine and pleasing relationship.

Dream Reunion by J.J. DiBenedetto continues the story of another delightful married couple, convincing growing older and wiser while their children reach the teen years, and the world of dreams continues to entice and entrap. Sara's heading for her 10-year reunion at college. But she's promised not to interfere in other people's lives, and now she has to learn how to both keep the promise and offer help. It's a really cool series, and the characters deal with very real emotions in their slightly paranormal world. They probably drink elegantly complex four-star coffee too.

Christine Amsden's Kaitlyn's Tale is set in another paranormal world, again, one that exists just slightly outside of our own. Kaitlyn, a character from the Cassie Scot series, is one the run with her son, and refuses to trust anyone, not even herself. But this is a story of secrets and lies, and the hope of renewal. It's a fast-action adventure with great characters and thought-provoking plot. Enjoy with some elegant, complex four-star coffee.

The Making Of Socket Greeny by Tony Bertauski keeps romantic elements suitably low-key as it follows the adventures of a high school teen in a world not so far in our future. Told in first-person, it's scarily convincing, set in a world where computer technology has moved just that little bit further, and filled with the sort of small details that make the world real. Enjoy with some dark five-star coffee, because there are scares and mysteries in store. And be prepared to be hooked - this is just the short-story introduction to a series.

Meanwhile, Love Without Limits by Nick Vujicic with Kanae Vujicic, is a story of real romance between real people, and a book of wise advice to those seeking, losing, hurting or despairing of love. As Nick points out, if someone with no limbs can find love, anyone can. Meanwhile Kanae describes the sort of falling in love that forgets what separates when finding what unites. The story of their love is fascinating, but best are the details of how they can help others find and maintain a true unity, guided by God. Enjoy and share with some well-balanced three-star coffee.

But now my time is flying like an arrow again. My husband's coming home for dinner, and it's time to stop writing and return to my real life. Where has your time flown?











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