It’s the end of October and for some of us who write that can only mean one thing, NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writers Month, for me, is a fun, seat-of-your-pants time to get those creative writing juices flowing. The goal is to get 50,000 words down on paper in just 30 days. I try to participate every year, and I’ve succeeded at it twice. Hopefully, this will be my third time!
Some writers start completely new projects and see where the muse takes them. For me, it is a time to shed my inner editor and get words on paper for the story I’m currently working on. So, this year, I’m rough drafting chapters for Tomb of the Fallen, the third book in my Soulstone Prophecy series. I find after a few days of this type of writing, some really interesting ideas appear and find their way onto paper. I’m looking forward to seeing what the characters do with this month of freedom.
Though I know where my stories start and have a rough outline of where the story needs to go and where it will eventually end up, I try and leave it up to the characters on how they get there. I also say it is writing that reminds me of running downhill. Editing is put off for the slow walk back up. Wish me luck and if you’re participating this year, then good luck to you, as well!
I found “Canyon Echoes” to be an exciting and suspenseful page turner that I strongly recommend. What stood out most for me was the vivid setting of Yellowstone. There was no question Miranda Nading has an intimate knowledge of the park and its inner workings. I found the detailed descriptions of the park as interesting as the sinister events that befall the characters who call it home. I also really enjoyed the “voice” of each of those characters. There was never any doubt whose head I was in and why, which really brought the characters to life. All in all, a great read!
Call of the Goddess is a mix of science fiction, romance, and mystery. The story centers on the life of a woman, Axandra, whose lineage is entrusted with a burden of carrying a Goddess within them.
I particularly enjoyed the setting, a new utopia created on the distant planet of Bona Dea, by the descendants of interstellar refugees from a desolated earth. Through the entire story, the author does a superb job revealing the alien planet, Bona Dea, from its new constellations to its strange, yet familiar, flora and fauna. The author further defines the setting through the population and its new system of governance, created by a people who do not want to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors. Bona Dea, along with its new inhabitants, and their way of life is well developed and described throughout the story. Axandra, in particular, is well fleshed out and explored.
Unfortunately, I found the pace of the story too slow for my tastes. It did pick up near the very end, but by then it was such a drastic change from the rest of the story as to be jarring and, to me, rushed.
There was romance in the story and the author handled Axandra’s feelings and introspection with care and finesse, but I was disappointed in her partners. Her first relationship with Jon ended abruptly and the reasons for his sudden change in feelings was never thoroughly explained. In the second relationship, I found Quinn to be so love stricken from the offset as to be unbelievable.
Call of the Goddess was okay. It was science fiction, mystery, and romance all brought together and even though it had all these elements mixed in, they just never truly blended into one cohesive whole for me.
Here is my book review for Eric Schumacher’s first book in the Hakon’s Saga, God’s Hammer.
History, legend, and fiction blend together with an expert hand in “God’s Hammer”, a gripping historical fiction novel by Eric Schumacher.
The novel covers Hakon Haraldsson early life in the court of King Athelstan of England, his foster father, and Hakon’s eventual return to Norway to face his murderous brother, Erik Bloodaxe, in a battle to seize the throne.
I really enjoyed the action and adventure and was quickly drawn in with the great descriptive writing and well developed characters. I especially liked the way historical information was presented in a way that added to the depth of the story and didn’t feel like it was just stuffed in around the edges (like some other historical fiction novels I’ve read). I look forward to reading the next installment of Hakon’s journey and can’t recommend this novel enough.
I’ve been receiving a lot (I mean a lot) of requests for book three, Tomb of the Fallen. What a wonderful problem to have, huh? It’s still in progress, but coming along. I wish I had one of those spiffy tracking bars on my website to show progress, but I’m not there yet. Maybe one day when I quit my day job. In the meantime, here is a link to an excerpt from the book for those who need a nibble of what is to come.
I found this pleasant surprise on Goodreads today. Cradle of the Gods is now available in spanish!
I want to send a big THANK YOU out to everyone who downloaded a copy of Cradle of the Gods over its discounted offer on the Amazon Marketplace. This is the first time since it was first published back in late 2013 that is has been available on Amazon for free.
You all really came through for me and it paid off. This is what I woke up to on Amazon.com yesterday morning.
I’m not sure how many copies of the book were “purchased” during this promotion, but my publisher shared that over 1,400 copies were sold on the 19th alone. Just, Wow! A few people have already contacted me to say they read both books and are asking for the next one. Don’t worry, I’m hard at work on book three, Tomb of the Fallen. In the meantime, if you have anything you want to ask me about the books drop me a message on any of my author sites. (Listed below)
Finally, please consider leaving me a review on Amazon. I would love honest feedback and your views not only impact other reader’s purchasing decisions, but really matter to me as well!