New Novel

I am pleased to announce the release of my second novel.  It is entitled HER INHERITANCE.  It took longer than I had hoped, but it is ready at last.  I hope you will enjoy this new story.

 

Helen Mills is content to be the plain, shy woman in cubical three.  Though only twenty three, she considers herself on the fast track to the life of an old maid. 

Who would send her a check for ten thousand dollars with a one way ticket to Ireland to claim Her Inheritance?  Her Inheritance turns out to be a five hundred year old castle complete with a devoted staff.  What does a shy Boston woman do with a castle?

Ireland’s a land full of tales of strange events.  Finding a gold cross buried long ago on a gravel path just as a shot rings out starts a whole new mystery?  Who or what is Eevul?  Is Eevul really a Banshee or just a beautiful young woman?

Within days of arriving in Ireland, a traveling painter, Canyon Parnell agrees to paint her portrait so she too can hang on the castle walls with all the previous owners.

Seeing the well traveled Canyon for the first time, she’s drawn to him.  Tall, lean, well tanned, who wouldn’t lust for him?  Willing to give herself to him completely, he seems to rebuff her every approach.  Is she really so ugly to him?  What must  she do to win his love?  Love?  A single night in his bed would be enough to satisfy her.

Helen feels only that one night in Canyon’s bed will complete her life.  She’s willing to do anything for that one night.  But why won’t he accept her?  What must she do when he turns down her every advance?  What will make him look at her? 

 

WARNING:

This book contains sexual encounters of a graphic and explicit nature.  Content is intended for persons over age eighteen.  All characters are fictional and are the inventions of the writer’s imagination.  Characters engaging in sexual activity are considered to be over the age of eighteen in all cases.

 COMMENTS FROM A FEW BETA READERS.

 

I really enjoyed this. The story and characters all worked together to complete the story. Plus I have a fascination with Ireland so that’s a plus there too.

K.G.

 I really enjoyed your book.  It was full of so many interesting concepts…folk lore, ghosts, beautiful characters with substance and suspense.  I loved how you explained wardrobe choices.  I couldn’t find anything that I didn’t like about it. 🙂

M.G

 

I just finished your book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While it started off a little slow, it took off and kept me interested throughout.  It is a good romance story! The characters are well developed as is the story line, and you left it so that you can write a second book if you want. Thank you for having me beta read this.

S G

Reviews

Writing can be such a thrill, or a grind.  Each day I attempt to put words to “paper”.  Some days it is easier than others.  But then comes the hard part.  Reading the words that I have written.  When I first took it upon myself to dedicate myself to my writing, these last tasks were forgotten.  I was content to put words down and move on.

I even had a smug feeling that after a few re-reads, my works were exceptionally well written.  What a joke that is.  I just recently read that Walt Whitman was still reworking ‘Blades of Grass’ on his deathbed.  No writer should consider their work complete until they die.  There is always something you could have done better.

But is it perfect, or just ready for the public to read?  When you release it to the public, it is time for the reviews.

Reviews!  Writers all pray for them.  Good or bad I want them so I can see where I stand as a writer.  But what about the one that is totally basis?

I got a bad review, which did not bother me too much.  I expect good and bad reviews for the same work.  But I looked at the reviewers list of reviews.  Twenty five were posted in a two day span.  Six were full length novels up to 450 pages.  There were works with over two thousand four hundred pages listed.  Maybe they were holding the reviews.  But close to a thousand pages were published in the last two weeks.  A lot of reading.  Wish I could read or even write that fast.

That review did not bother me.  My next bad review did!

I read the story they had panned.

My word, if I had read that from another author, I would not have been so kind in my review as to give it a two star, maybe a minus two star would be more like it. 

Reviews, good or bad we all look for them.  Please take the time to review a book the next time you read one.  It might help the writer to improve.

A Little More on Taboos — and Censorship

Well thought out. I love the part about crime and war stories.

Brian Rush

15574703_sI observed two events today in the world of publishing and book distribution that alarm and offend me.

First, it appears that Kobo has removed all directly self-published titles and many of the titles distributed by third parties (such as Smashwords and Draft2Digital) from its UK e-store. This was done in response to complaints about erotica being sold through that store. Apparently it’s only the UK store that’s involved here, so Kobo outlets in other countries including the U.S. are still carrying self-published titles.

Second, and a bit more disturbing because the distributor is much bigger than Kobo, Amazon appears to be engaged in its own overreaction to complaints about erotica, or certain kinds of erotica. An author of erotica I’m aware of has seen a book pulled by Amazon because it had a title that was suggestive of incest (even though that’s not the subject of the book).

Our culture…

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33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer

Great ideas.

Thought Catalog

Back in college, my friend Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds, and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still laughing at his jokes. One time he turned to me and said, “The girls are getting bored when you talk. Your stories go on too long. From now on, you need to leave out every other sentence when you tell a story.” We were both undergrads in Computer Science. I haven’t seen him since, but that’s the most important writing (and communicating) advice I ever got.

33 other tips for being a better writer

Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph. Here’s the funny thing about this rule…

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Boys will be boys, but spare us girls the pathetic pick-up lines

What a great piece of advise. All men should read it.

words are all i have

By patti dawn swansson

So, I’m walking the sidewalks of downtown Victoria on a lovely afternoon in autumn. The sun is warm and welcoming, and an ever-so-gentle breeze is flirting with my long, red and streaked-blonde locks. It’s a good day to be a free spirit.

Or so I thought.

While in rapture, I turn left off Broad Street onto Johnson and I hear a voice to my right.

“Are you single?”

I look over my shoulder and there walking toward me is a fiftysomething man with a crooked, creepy grin and a hairpiece that looks like the pelt from a dead skunk.

“Excuse me?” I say.

“Are you single?”

Eeeeuw. El creepo.

I hasten my pace. So does he, all the while nattering about my hair and wondering if I’m single.

It isn’t until I escape into a Best Western hotel that I shed myself of Mr. Skunk Head…

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SELF EDITING

Self editing is a pain.  It is inefficient.  And sometimes totally incompetent.

But what is the novice to do?  Not every writer is in a position to invest in a good proofreader and /or editor.  Should you publish a flawed piece of work, or possibly not publish at all?  It depends on what your real goal is.  Consider if you want to get out a good story, but just can’t get over that last huddle, should you publish or not.  Is a minor error going to kill it.  Remember I said a minor flaw here or there, not an incompetent piece of writing.

First, write the best you can.  Do your own proofing using tools that you can obtain free.  Spell check is the first.  Slick Write is another great tool. I find after I have read my rough draft two to three times and employed these tools, I am ready for my next tool.

Second, loading my story into a text to word program.  There are several free or very cheap ones available.  With a copy of my story on the screen I follow the computer’s program as it reads it back to me.  I don’t use the version the program uses, I use the one I am used to working with. Even before I hear that clunk, when the computer reads what I wrote and it is the incorrect word, either for the usage or the spelling, I often see my errors.  Sometimes words are missing altogether.

Third, feeling very confident with my work, I trust my baby to my editor.  In my case a friend with no more experience than myself, but at least someone with no preconceived idea of the word usage.

With the work returned to me from my editor, I am now ready to begin STEP ONE once more.

On my novel Her Inheritance, which I hope to publish this month, we are in the fifth cycle of steps one through three.  Even at this stage I would not bet against errors creeping into the work.  But there is the rub. Without the resources to invest in the process and the near impossibility of most writers breaking into the world of publishing houses, we Indie writers must do the best we can, hoping that it is acceptable to the readers who invest in us.

The possibility of a few minor errors in an Indie e book is something I can live with as a reader, maybe not ever reader can..  To find the same error in a book published by an established publishing house, I would find it outrageous.  They pay many people to find the errors.  For that level of work I am expected to pay very good money.

As a writer myself, I know the joy of putting words into print that others read. So when I read a book written by another novice I concentrate on the experience, not the technical aspects.  For this reason, most Indie writers are willing to sell their books at a far lower price, as well as to a more limited market in the hope of offering others the joy of reading what we as writers find to be a pleasure.

Female Orgasms

I recently read a blog concerning the female orgasm, actually several that were related to the experience.  One woman stated she had an disagreement with a male friend over women and orgasms during sex.  The male claimed ‘ALL’ his partners had orgasms.  She found that impossible.  Either he was lying or his partners were faking it.

I take a third position.  She didn’t press him for his technical expertise.  Maybe he was one of the few men out there who coincide a woman’s needs first.  While it maybe true that most women do not have orgasms during ‘normal’ sexual encounters, many do.

I believe that most women who have orgasms during sex, have it prior to actual penetration, or during intercourse because of very thoughtful foreplay by their partners.

Because I take this third position, most of my stories and novels have women who enjoy the pleasures of multiple orgasms.  Not because I expect my heroines to be faking it or to be overly sexed (as the expression goes), but rather to be in the arms of men who care for them.

Another option was expressed in a way that could prove to be interesting.  There apparently have been studies to show that just the mind can bring on an orgasm for a woman.  The article was confusing as to whether it was a normal orgasm with all of its side effects, or just the overall feeling of being sated without the mess.  I can accept the second position.  So saying, if a woman is so excited mentally before an encounter, it would make perfect sense that she would experience an orgasm with little work other than penetration from the male.

I guess you could argue this point from many sides, depending on personal experiences, so let’s just agree to disagree if you do not agree with my points.