Pushing Back the Darkness… my next buy …

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Claire O’Sullivan via Author Laura Aranda  

 

I hope you visit Laura Aranda’s website. Pushing Back the Darkness is a fiction about a horrible truth across the globe, human trafficking. It’s not new, it doesn’t always end in a cage or basement, and many are never free. You may see human sex slaves or slaves of labor in the grocery store, the neighborhood. They look just like your kids.

 

I have this book on my list of faith based fictions to read, based on our fallen world.

 

Of course, I almost had a spit fit when I read the main character’s name…

 

Pushing Back the Darkness

 

Author Laura Aranda

 

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Be the slasher. First.

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As I report the humor: I copy and pasted this from my website…and didn’t edit the formatting…
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       Okay then. Here are words of wisdom. I don’t recall who said this, but printing your novel is a good way to find plot holes. And other stuff.
       I am in the slash and dash portion of Forget Me Not (again). So today, I am printing the monster to read as a book, slashing (and making notes for my computer copy), making changes in red, blue, or whatever destructive item that fits my mitt.
       I’ve not done this before. I’ll let you know how it goes. Pretty sure this will suck.
      If you say, ‘Oh, argh, I have no printer…,’ put the MS on a thumb drive and take it to Kinko’s or your closest/favorite copy spot. Take the printed behemoth, put it in a MS box, and pretend you are an editor. Consider taking it to a coffee shop, tea room, library.
      The more you rewrite and edit, the happier you’ll be, and find a BETA group (not family or friends) to read as well. Why? They will find what you have not.
      If your hire a copyeditor, make certain your manuscript is ‘clean,’  as possible. Less turnaround time, because often, the copyeditor turns out to be a ghostwriter or has to rewrite your work.  An editor will not point out your wording, style. Only spelling and grammar. Once that editor takes your $1000 or more, and an agent accepts it, guess…what? They will want portions rewritten. Then a publishing house will want more edits. How rich are you to have it edited two more times?
      Avail yourselves of resources. Conferences. Read well-written books. I always recommend a great writer, Stephen King. He knows the craft. When to use short, long sentences, and when ‘unnecessary’ words are needed.
      Whatever you do, do not… do not… publish your first draft. Don’t hire a vanity press.
       Print that puppy, read a Stephen King, and even though the genre is not one I enjoy, I recommend pay close attention to his use of the English language. Then, slash and dash.
      Wish me luck on a new trial of wisdom passed down. Slasher status. Before the editor’s conference…
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Uh oh.

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Have you heard this news yet?

Have you heard word one from North Korea? I didn’t, a relative gave me the information.

HOLY CRAP. This could be the disaster of disasters, bigger than Fukushima and Chernobyl combined.

As North Korea’s esteemed dictator began using Mt. Mantap (mantrap?), it’s weakened to the point of collapse, killing 200. UM, was said dictator in the mountain or near enough to get radiation sickness to the point of death? Why no word from him for over a week?

Now, not only China fears the affects, but this could easily affect HALF THE WORLD.

Not to mention our oceans. Fish (including the salmon that travel into the fresh waters), dolphins, bottom dwellers, sharks, name something. Including our birds that feed on them. And those of us, especially the West Coast … who are blithely unaware of the danger and continue to eat already affected by Fukushima waters.

Japan, appropriately, freaking out.

Where are the news outlets? Talking politics, as usual.

I’m an author, not a scientist or politician. I am not in favor of running after politics on my blog. But. This. Is. Important.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punggye-ri_Nuclear_Test_Site_tunnel_collapse – where you can find the news starting to report it.

We need heroes. I start with Animal Mother (okay so he’s older and this isn’t FMJ), not diplomacy.

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Follow this Guy – Dale Amidei

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I mentioned yesterday how impressive The Bonus Pool was by Dale Amidei, and I was only halfway through. Well, I finished it around 1 a.m. or so, and it really is that good.

His writing is enough to make many of us, especially newbies, stumble, stop, and wonder just what the heck are we thinking, trying to write? Phttp. Bears repeating. It is that good. Kinda envious here. No, that’s not right. Freakin’ envious.

I think all of my fingernails are much shorter. <Looks> Yep.

Modern day espionage meets Boone, a woman searching. Add intrigue, angst, assassins, and a lot of characters well written, faith, and folly.

The thread doesn’t fall apart. The plot is insanely realistic. Pretty sure Dale was a spy in his lifetime…

I am glad I have both copies in paperback. Why? ‘Cause these are worth reading again, especially during the zombie apocalypse. Or maybe, just tomorrow.

Dale is an Indie author. Give him a worthy review, because if they had stars higher than five, I’d hit the top.

Great writing. Kinda hatin’ on ya, Dale. PHTTP.

 

Great Reading!

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I had the pleasure of reading Dale Amidei’s Absinth and Chocolate not long ago, watching as Boone spiraled downward in her personal life. Now, I am reading (halfway through) her journey from the trappings of the world, her grief and redemption — I am not done, but I have no doubt that this intricate plot will be as exciting as Absinth and Chocolate.
Boone is changing. Lin, her charge, has been the only one able to disarm and reach those emotions. This view of Boone is quite different. I don’t like giving away  plots… as you know.
If you delve into Boone’s world, start with Absinthe and Chocolate. Watch as she, in both novels, navigates the labyrinth of global conflict and emotional angst.
You will not be disappointed.

I had the pleasure of reading Dale Amidei’s Absinth and Chocolate not long ago, watching as Boone spiraled downward in her personal life. Now, I am reading (halfway through) her journey from the trappings of the world, her grief and redemption — I am not done, but I have no doubt that this intricate plot will be as exciting as Absinth and Chocolate.
Boone is changing. Lin, her charge, has been the only one able to disarm and reach those emotions. This view of Boone is quite different. I don’t like giving away  plots… as you know.
If you delve into Boone’s world, start with Absinthe and Chocolate. Watch as she, in both novels, navigates the labyrinth of global conflict and emotional angst.
You will not be disappointed.

 

Hold onto Your Butts!

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Yes, I still love that line from Jurassic Park. It’s fitting. I read Roger Peterson’s novel, ‘Who Dunn It,’ and for a first time novelist, his novel was tough to put down to get sleep.

If you know me, I am a ‘content reader,’ meaning, if the content is good, anything else is ignored, and I will read a good novel voraciously. ‘Who Dunn It?’ is a Jason Bourne-MacGyver suspense on steroids. It took 2 days to read because it was difficult to put down. It’s a 400+ page novel .. Walking through his front door, Richard Dunn walks into a garish, horrific scene. A ‘rough-around-the-edges, yet mild and loving man turns quickly into a man on the run, trying to find answers to the murder of his most loved.

He goes from this quiet man to a man on the hunt, mere steps away from those who intend to silence him, forever. The end was a surprise, yet another twist, and I can see this character take on more. For a first time novelist, I would keep an eye out for Roger’s future works as he works through the maze of writing craft. He has an eye for pulling a yarn from between the lines of global events, stringing the reader along, and giving the perfect ending in poetic justice in the midst of sin and salvation. Language and violence? Yeees… this is thriller.

Secs Sells …

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innocentMy works are not filled with sex scenes or erotica. On purpose. Yep, I know sex sells, but I would rather NOT sell at all than pander to the worldly view of voyeurism. Image, well maybe not that ‘cute,’ but you get the idea.

Passion is different. Fighting the battle of not falling into sex is a battle (a subplot) but the main plot is that which grabs. I have read good writing and must skip the erotic scenes because it’s simply a turn-off.

My main characters are flawed, angry, worldly, physically flawed, and emotionally damaged. Once they accept Christ, they backslide. Are we perfect? St. Paul bemoaned his imperfections. At the end of his life he says, ‘I fought the fight, I ran the race’ … what in heaven’s name could that possibly mean? It’s an easy thing to accept grace. It’s a battle to walk, even pray or read the Bible.

I read/write Christian suspense/romance. I want readers to know the plot and the subplot of walking the talk of faith, stumbling, battling the worldly enemy as well as the physical enemy. Asking for help understanding Scripture. It ‘is’ realistic. It is attainable in real life. Using sex to sell is an easy copout.

What do you think?