Category Archives: near and far

There Comes a Day: Stranger or Friend

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In the middle of preparations for the blogging challenge — scanning photos, thinking up words that start with letter Q — my publisher sent this message:

“Your book link is live,” and the link followed. There was more to that email, but I don’t remember another word. I clicked on the link, and there it was.

The mystery novel I’d spent somewhere in the neighborhood of five years writing, re-writing, editing, and shopping around. Available for pre-order on amazon.

The novel will be released on March 24th, but pre-orders help an author (especially a newly published one like yours truly), move up the amazon ranks.

Here is a short excerpt from Stranger or Friend, published by Solstice Publishing:

“Across the gravel road Zoe’s childhood home looked smaller, as if shrunken under the weight of life. Smoke from the chimney caught the moonlight in a slow dance, blurring into the night sky. A place of happiness, but Zoe knew better. She pushed the car door open and stepped out, ready for her final visit home.”

There comes a day, an old friend once said, when you will understand that writing the book was the easy part. :)

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A Blogging Challenge.

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  I’d hang out with spiders in a dark box falling from the sky with a parachute.

No, absolutely not, but is that me speaking or my fear?

Probably a combination, but I will tell you what I did do a few years back, despite all sorts of reservations, fears, and more than enough reasons to say no. 

I signed up for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, wrote A LOT of posts, blogged every day of April, except Sundays, and commented my heart out on a long list of wonderful blogs from all over the world.

I’ve made a lot of friends in the process, learned much more than I ever though possible and had a blast along the way.  My eyesight suffered a little from reading print size and colors that should be taken out of usage, but hey, small price to pay.

And, so, A-Z Blogging Challenge is just around the corner.

Will I see you there, come April 1st?

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Photo: liveagainsttheflow.wordpress.com

Stranger or Friend — Cover and Peaking Nerves

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Preparing a novel for publication is fun, exciting, and positively nerve-racking.  Even though I’ve had short stories published, nothing compares with the release of a novel.

This speaks not only to the process itself — working with a copy editor, cover artist, editor-in-chief, but the idea that my book will soon be out there in the world … an event at once amazing and a bit scary. This is what I’ve always wanted, sure, but now that we’re here … or almost here … I need to sit down for a moment.

This is the book cover, and I am happy to announce the tentative release date of March 22, 2015.

Here is a behind-the-process snippet — what led to the writing of this mystery novel.

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Inspiration, at times elusive, rushes at us like a storm of images when a story can not be left untold.  And so it happened in the writing of this mystery novel — the culmination of two lives at a confluence of cultures: an Eastern European immigrant — yours truly — married to a California native of Hispanic descent.  The result is a fictionalized story, an observation, of many lives across such cultural spectrum, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the wilderness of Wyoming. 

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Is there something in your life you must absolutely write sing or paint about?

Today in History

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As I was going through my blogroll today, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the quality sites out there, the dedication,  the amount of research bloggers put into their posts.  So much I learn from you, dear talented bloggers.

In that spirit, I would like to shine the spotlight on one particular blog — a treasure trove of information for literary works and history lessons.

But first, let’s quickly go back in time with this question, and below the link to said blog:

“What legendary French writer and philosopher made a triumphant return to Paris on this date after a nearly thirty year exile? I’ll give you a hint. He was one of the greatest writers of the 18th century and of all time.”

The Internet Writing Workshop has the answer. This is a blog I highly recommend, by the way, a wonderfully delightful place for the incessant curious.

Do you know a blog so amazingly interesting and thought-provoking you’d like to share? 

~~ Next week’s blog is dedicated to my book cover reveal: Stranger or Friend, a mystery novel, coming this spring from Solstice Publishing.  Hope to see you then.

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Photo courtesy: www.codart.nl