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The first draft of Breakaway is nearly done. Chapters 28 and 29 are with my writers group. One chapter remains. GERRY’S WAR will be available in late spring. Check out the BREAKAWAY synopsis:
Breakaway synopsis:Life in Mexico’s beautiful Mayan Riviera was never meant to be such a dangerous place for Aaron Landers, ex-pat Canadian. He is busy growing his dive tour business near Cancun. His rescue of two boys at a car accident leads him to a fateful encounter with Commandant Luis Gutierrez, the head of the Mexican state police. The two men chance upon an opportunity for easy money with Richard Breve, an oil consultant. The die is cast, escalating to another more lucrative crime involving the alluring Maria Vasquez. Aaron’s obsession with Maria blinds him to her sordid past with Luis and her vengeful, estranged husband, Hernando. The highly risky scheme has far reaching consequences that will rip their lives apart. Bound together by murder, love, and hate, Aaron must find a way to break away–at any cost.
Rent a vendor table at a Xmas gift sale, set up a pleasing display , and voila all the firefighter books sold. Beaumont and Millet gift book sale was a success. Must order more of OLD FLAMES and FINAL RESPONSE for next year. I think maybe get a box of 24, eight of each and then another 8 when GERRY’S WAR gets published.
millet Xmas sale
Just one of the 4-5 star reviews for FINAL RESPONSE.
This book was far more interesting than I first thought it would be, the writing was well done, first person narrative, and moved along briskly. There was enough explanation of motive to make the character understandable and sympathetic. The tale, a futuristic Armageddon of natural causes believable with only a little suspension of reality. Clearly, the Canadian background of the Author and setting come through revealed by expression of attitudes in the story; and while some may find this disconcerting, it does not harm the plot. Others will, doubtlessly, reveal the entire plot or nearly so; consequently I will only recommend it highly for entertainment and not spoil the fun. A good book, with an exceptional conclusion.
Now that’s a book review!
Last year, the library in Beaumont graciously held a local author night with several other authors from another county also there. The night was a big disappointment as maybe twenty people showed up. I managed to sell a few books. At least the display tables were free. So next Saturday, the 5th of November, I managed to get a vendor table at the local annual Christmas Gift Fair at an elementary school table. One of my books The Blob…In My Shoes is even set in Beaumont. I don’t think anyone else has written a young reader novel set in town. Christmas Book Marketing can be the best time of year as people are primed to buy and books do make great gifts. So, this will be the second time and if not successful it will be my last in town. Bwahhhh. I did sell books via farmer’s markets this past summer and had fun, too.
My daughter’s wedding in Gargonza Castle in Tuscany was the ultimate 3 day celebration. Then a tour of Venice, Florence, Pisa, Carrara marble quarry, and a swim in the warm Ligurian Sea topped it off. Along the way were a few interesting images of Italy fun stuff. As a writer I dig these goofy things. I mean we have gluten-free-sugar-free, peanut-free and now Mafia-free in Venice. This city appears to be afloat as there are almost no motorized vehicles and every street is a canal. It’s a bizarre sight. There are also hardly any benches to sit so enjoy the few spots below statues full of pigeon shit
Mafia free dining…with some vino
Now, can someone tell me what kind of creature is in this gas station logo?
A dog-dragon fire breather gas co. logo
A few more benches in Venice would be nice
My Daughter’s Italian Castle Wedding and more took place a week ago or so at Gargonza Castle in Tuscany. What a wedding! Plenty of fun and my beautiful daughter finally married Steve. Along the way I visited Pisa, Florence, Carrara, and Venice. The food and vino are absolutely great in Italy. Trains run on time and the water in the Ligurian Sea was warm
Grand daughter B having fun
Grandson Finnley prepping for the wedding
Me and Gloria @ Cinque Terre
My second firefighter novel OLD FLAMES is now available in paperback at Amazon It was first an eBook a few years ago which made it the 1st firefighter novel in Canada, and then Bookkus Publishing took it on. It has firefighting, hot romance, obsession, investigation, and arson. It also has some pretty tough women who are aiming to cause plenty of trouble for the captain. I did not write in a car chase–my apologies. It’s quite different than FINAL RESPONSE and its more of a mystery. I hope you enjoy it and will post a short review of it wherever you bought it.
Fresh Firefighter books
Okay, so you want to find a publisher for your book and Friesen Press looks good. They do it all for you–for a price. The books look good on the outside but the inside…
Their ‘professional’ editing fees are $1.50 for 100 words so depending on your word count you are looking at quite an expense just to begin your publishing quest. In my writer’s group I’ve seen this ‘professional’ editing and it’s been barely tolerable most times, but never as bad as the latest one I’ve read. Is Friesen Press trying to blaze a brave new world with some kind of new age editing standards? They must be, because there’s plenty of stuff in here that defies standard practice. Friesen Press – thumbs down for editing. Maybe the manuscript for this book was handed to an amateur as it appears Friesen Press dialed this one in. Editing can vary as to style–somewhat, but if an author/publisher wants to be taken seriously they had better do their diligence and use accepted practices.
What are the problems?
Double spacing between paragraphs like some children’s books.
Breaking up (with a double space) dialogue by the same speaker. Why do this?
Leading off dialogue with a colon.
Internal thoughts are sometimes italicized and sometimes not. Sometimes italicized with, he thought.
Rife with paragraph splits for no apparent reason. Contextual spelling mistakes. Punctuation missing, wrong, or misplaced.
Asterisks denoting time transition randomly placed.
Paragraphs sometimes contain dialogue by one person mixed in with narration from different topic.
The entire story comes off as weirdly edited. The moral of this story. Do not use this company for editing. You’re better off with almost any other editor. Friesen Press of Victoria, B.C. gets a thumbs down for editing. If you want to know the name of the book email me or leave a comment.