Monday, August 29, 2022
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Hello book friends! I've been away a bit and am going to continue to be on a break for a while. The lovely news is that our renovations have begun on our house here in Kerrville. We've been waiting for several months and anticipating the work to be done. Our contractor began with our guest bath and today was 'rip-out' day for my kitchen. It is complicated to have major things done while one is still living in the house, but we've done it before. Happily, things are moving along. Most of the cabinets are done, ready to be set so the countertops can be measured and the guest shower has been tiled. Progress! All the appliances are in and sitting around in boxes. My current fridge is in the family room. We'll manage. Ha!
So, as I said, I'm taking a break for a few weeks. I did want to mention a book that I'm going to be excited about reading next spring. I've enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series - all 7 books so far. It was apparent in the last book that many things would be changing for Casey Duncan and her town. The next book featuring Casey will be Murder At Haven's Rock and it will be available in late Februrary, 2023. Here's the cover and the blurb below. I'm so happy that Casey will continue as a character! And I'll be around in a few weeks to update on what's going on with me and my reading. Take care, everyone!
Murder At Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong - Available February 21, 2023
Haven’s Rock, Yukon. Population: 0
Deep in the Yukon wilderness, a town is being built. A place for people to disappear, a fresh start from a life on the run. Haven’s Rock isn’t the first town of this kind, something detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, know first-hand. They met in the original town of Rockton. But greed and deception led the couple to financing a new refuge for those in need. This time around, they get to decide which applicants are approved for residency.
There’s only one rule in Haven’s Rock: stay out of the forest. When two of the town's construction crew members break it and go missing, Casey and Eric are called in ahead of schedule to track them down. When a body is discovered, well-hidden with evidence of foul play, Casey and Eric must find out what happened to the dead woman, and locate those still missing. The longer Casey and Eric don’t know what happened, the more danger everyone is in.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Today, I have a guest post by author J.G. Schwartz. Joyce did an event recently at our local library here in Kerrville and she talked about 'Madness, War and Magic' and how she included these topics in her books. Thanks so much, Joyce, for stopping by and tell us about your writing journey and your books. Enjoy, everyone.
I truly believe that everyone who loves to tell stories or write stories loves to have stories told to them.
One of my favorite childhood memories was when one of my parents would tuck me into bed and then read a story—usually one from Grimms’ Fairy Tales--Hansel and Gretel—how scary the hot oven must have looked! Snow White—how sweet was that red apple? Little Red Riding Hood—could she really not recognize that it was a wolf instead of her grandmother?? Although I listened intently to the same stories told to me hundreds of times, they always seemed exciting and new.
I soon realized how wonderful it was to sit down and write a story. For some strange reason, I am able to just sit at my desk, listen to what my characters are saying, and then place their words on a page. I have been extremely fortunate in that each of my novels has won national awards.
Writers decide just how they want to tell their story – some brave souls, often those who have experienced great trauma, leave their own story on a page by writing a memoir.
Others write of the life they longed to have. But all writers, especially those who write fiction, tell stories from their own points of view, from their own experiences – their thoughts and imagination.
It is our story, even if it is fictionalized. Every author leaves themselves on the page – even if they don’t write a tell-all memoir.
I have always enjoyed intertwining history with fiction in my novels—plus, I usually add a murder or two.
I try very hard to write books that I would enjoy reading, filled with characters that I would like to have as next-door neighbors.
My first novel, Inventing Madness, is filled with murder and mystery. In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison is a serial killer. How else do you think he acquired two thousand patents? Although I intertwined fact with fiction in this novel, the actual deeds committed by Edison were far worse than anything I could have imagined.
My second novel, The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy, was influenced by my father. He was one of the few survivors of the Bataan Death March which occurred at the beginning of World War II. He spent four years in a Japanese Prison Camp. The novel involves Ethel Rosenberg, who attempts to draw isolationist America into the European war to stop the Jewish genocide. The novel is a harrowing tale of female resistance and camaraderie.
Monday, August 1, 2022
The second book I read recently was The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland and it was another thriller. I think I've read all of this author's books. They usually include people who work for either the CIA or the FBI, sometimes both. I've enjoyed all of them and that was the same here. As a former CIA counterterrorism analyst, Karen Cleveland brings a sense of authenticity to her books that I like. This story was set in a neighborhood cul-de-sac and tells of Beth Bradford, a CIA analyst, who has been hunting for a spy for over 15 years. However her life is going to change - rapidly. Her children are now grown and gone and she and her husband are selling their house on the 'perfect' street. She goes to work and finds big changes to her job - she's being taken off her primary case. What has caused this action and how might it be connected to her own neighborhood? Well, you'll have to read The New Neighbor to see. This was a quick read for me.