By this time I expected to be a lot further along with the contemporary. Thing have been rough.
The image at the top of this post illustrates how rocky romance is for the current couple. They aren’t even facing devious villains, rogue demons, or icy vampires. Ordinary humans cause each other plenty of suffering.
If I didn’t know there was a happy ending, I’d be discouraged.
On the battlefields of WWII Europe, Charlie Harris fell in love, and after the war, Roger marched home without a glance back. Ten years later, Charlie receives a cryptic summons and quickly departs for his former lover’s hometown of Whistle Pass.
But Roger Black isn’t the lover of Charlie’s dreams anymore. He’s a married, hard-bitten political schemer who wants to secure his future by destroying evidence of his indiscreet past. Open homosexuality is practically a death sentence, and that photo would ruin Roger and all his wife’s nefarious plans.
Caught up in foggy, tangled events, Charlie turns to hotel manager Gabe Kasper for help, and Gabe is intrigued by the haunted soldier who so desperately desires peace. When helping his new lover places Gabe in danger, the old warrior in Charlie will have to take drastic action to protect him… or condemn them both.
“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~ Edward P. Morgan
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.” ~ Angela Carter
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” ~ Confucius
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ~ Ray Bradbury
“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” ~ Author Unknown
Whatever format you prefer to read in, books are the passport to other worlds. Feel free to share your most recent reading.
Thanks to free for a limited time offers and deep discounts in December my Kindle has pages of titles I haven’t read. There are still books I don’t own that I’m fairly certain I want to read. So with the list in front of me I logged on to acquire a few books, on the third title my mouse hovered over the buy button, but I couldn’t click. The Kindle version costs more than the mass market release.
I prefer to read digital by a huge margin. The author is one I really enjoy and I know authors have no direct input into either pricing or distribution decisions. An author does decide which publisher and literary agency to sign with and she should consider her target audience.
I can’t bring myself to pay a premium price for an ebook. There are other authors and I find new favorites when I experiment with new-to-me voices. Will price alone make me buy a book? No, but it will keep me from buying a book.
Is the convenience of digital worth extra money? Am I being cheap and silly? How do you feel about pricing?
Like lots of people, the internet has changed the way I process news and information. I no longer subscribe to a paper and ink newspaper or magazines. I don’t watch television news or listen to radio news. News arrives via digital ink and e-videos. The advantage is a much greater depth of raw information.
The embedded video to about a local chef’s fund raising project to produce a digital cookbook.
Sounds revolutionary to me. What do y’all think? Do you use cooking apps? Would you use a cooking app? An e-cookbook?
Characters need a distinct voice too. Some of these arise naturally from the inner morass, thank goodness. While others have to be drawn out like flecks of gold hidden in river silt.
Once the characters are as nicely layered as a sweet onion, the story flows because if I fully understand who they are then I know what they would do in any situation. Building character remains the best and the hardest part of writing.
I love reading about struggles. Please share your frustrations with your own quest.
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