Saturday, 27 April 2013

Louie's Back Story - Continued

For something different, I have written a little back-story from the point-of-view of one of my other main characters.  Read an earlier post HERE.

Louie looked at the photo closely, wondering why he’d never seen it before and a knot formed in the pit of his stomach.

He blinked rapidly.  The man appeared tall and muscular, similar to his own build.

The thought raced through his mind like lightning and his hands began to tremble.  Could this man be...?

“Louie!” his grandfather called, and Louie swallowed the lump in his throat before turning.  “What’s wrong with you, boy?  You look like you’ve seen a ghost?”

“Grandad,” Louie said, it was almost a whisper.

His grandfather looked concerned.  “What is it?”

Louie held out the photo.  “Is this man my father?”

Grapevines and Gum Trees - Coming Soon.  
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Author Interview - Faith Anna

Thanks, Faith, for stopping by and answering a few questions.

I’d like to start by thanking you for having me here. 

My pleasure.

Where are you from?

I am from British Columbia, Canada.

Do you have a favourite saying?

“I am on a journey and have many ideas percolating.I'll continue to give voice to those ideas...." ~ Mine

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember but didn’t publish any of my work of fiction until recently. I was a university professor and so was more focused on researching and publishing academic papers. I am now into full-time writing.

Have you always wanted to write?

Yes, I have always wanted to write; although, I didn’t initially think of publishing my creativewriting.

What is the name of your book?

Ocean’s Daughter


Neona is an island where life and legends are a mix of good and unthinkable evil. Initiated into these legends from childhood, little Ina asked too many questions but over time grew to be a woman who silently questioned the beliefs and customs of her people. Even though she avoided crisis at all costs, her life blazed from one crisis to another. Just when she finally finds reprieve, her sanctuary is broken. On her daughter’s fifteenth birthday, Ina discovers an exquisite shell by the sea shore. The same day, a stranger mysteriously arrives on island. Little did she know that this would herald the beginning of a harrowing threat to a secret island life as it had existed for centuries and lead to unprecedented turmoil for her family. Faced with what seems like insurmountable challenges as a mother and grandmother, Ina must make a heart wrenching choice in order to comply with tradition. Consumed by guilt, self-loathing and pain, she transforms into a rebel…. 


“Your granddaughter has to go, so we can have peace here.”

Ina knew the only way people, dead or alive, left the island. The implication was clear to her. Arisa expected her to grasp the message. And she did.

Ocean’s Daughter is available in multiple e-book formats readable on virtually any e-book reader. 

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Reading List

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”   –Haruki Murakami

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I found these two unrelated novels in my travels.  I haven't read them yet but they sound interesting.

This is the remarkable story of survival and a child’s unique ability to pull through a harrowing fourteen-year cycle of neglect and abuse. The Keen household is strewn with the wreckage from mental illness and a brutal marriage that isn’t working, until Mary brings a Ouija Board home one day. The family begins to change dramatically and in the period of a few months they sell their home and all their belongings to move to Kabul, Afghanistan, where they plan to build an international church. But nothing lasts forever and it isn’t long before everything begins to unravel. 

$3.99 ebook available here: Smashwords 

Dr. Gideon Box, world-famous surgeon, is extremely good at his job. He’s never lost a patient…but he has issues. He’s antisocial. Doesn’t mix well with others. Breaks into people’s homes and assumes their identities. Occasionally kills other doctor’s patients. He’s had bad luck with women his entire life. Big surprise, right? His psychiatrist tells him to join a dating service. Tells him to seek women from small towns. Says they’ll possess basic core values, be less shallow and self-centered than the hookers and strippers he’s been dating. She tells him to take a week off and visit these women. Tells him to be positive, keep an open mind. So Dr. Box joins a dating website, spends two weeks narrowing down the candidates, and eventually settles on three small-town Kentucky women who seem to possess the qualities his psychiatrist recommended, as well as the one quality Dr. Box seeks: excessive horniness. He sets out to meet these women, starting with Faith Hemphill, who lives in Ralston, Kentucky. He flies to Nashville, rents a car, gets within two hours of Ralston…and meets a hot young waitress named Trudy Lake. Then all hell breaks loose.

$2.99 ebook available here: Smashwords

Jeanette's 4-stars-plus book montage

An Offer He Can't Refuse
Emily's Affair
Rough Harbor
The Chosen One
Runaway Heart
Bared to You
Melodies of the Heart
Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades of Grey
Somewhere in Time
House Guest
A Cop, His Wife and Her Best Friend
Hero Of Her Heart
All In Time
Asking for Andre
Almost a Bride
The Fence My Father Built

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Jeanette's bookshelf: diversity

In Love With Death
3 of 5 stars true
I liked the authors take on the Angel of Death and enjoyed learning about the individual characters. The story was interesting and I liked the way the author simplified the subject matter. With a little more editing and polishing, this ...
tagged: from-dec-2011-to-now and diversity
An Offer He Can't Refuse
4 of 5 stars true
A thoroughly enjoyable tale. I liked the characters and the situation they were in. A good read for romance lovers.
tagged: from-dec-2011-to-now, 4-stars, diversity, and favourites
All In Time
4 of 5 stars true
An interesting and enjoyable story. I would have liked the unique events to unravel slower and continue longer, but overall, the tale was quite engrossing. A good read.
tagged: from-dec-2011-to-now, 4-stars, and diversity
4 of 5 stars true
An intricately woven vampire tale that keeps you wanting more. The historical and scientific content was unique and engrossing. I particularly liked the way the author separated each character's story in the beginning and then tied the...
tagged: diversity, 4-stars, and from-dec-2011-to-now
House Guest
4 of 5 stars true
A short, creepy and enthralling story. The development of the main character and situation was strangely enjoyable. A good read.
tagged: from-dec-2011-to-now, 4-stars, and diversity