I am a graduate of USC film school. Yes, I have a master's degree in screenwriting and at this point, I love writing novels that are structured like movies.
Not that screenwriting was a complete bust. I won a Chesterfield Fellowship for my script House of Leaves, and Blue Valley was the winner of a Monterey County On-Location Award, as well as a finalist at the Sundance Labs. I optioned out Fall From Grace, which is another script, and had some heat on a comedy, but nothing happened.
I discovered novels after I had my first child in Kindergarden and I found ebooks right after the birth of my second. I live in Los Angeles, which you can read all about on my blog.
Thanks for reading.
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The Case of the Missing Blahnik
After a crazy night of club-hopping, Laura's sister Ruby shows up Sunday morning with one Manolo Blahnik-a disappointing turn of events, considering her boss loaned her a full pair that she expects back first thing Monday.
There is only one way to find out: spend Sunday backtracking up and down Manhattan, reliving an evening of high drama to find Ruby's missing Blahnik stiletto.
At the outset of World War 2, with the government terrified of Japanese sabotage, Will Leary is sent to California to investigate the appearance of blue soil. When he falls in love with the magical woman who is unwittingly causing the disease, he must decide between science and his soul.
Smashwords book reviews by CD Reiss
- The Sable City
on July 23, 2011
I picked up Sable City because I like this genre, and it did more than fulfill my expectations.
First off, it's really long, which suits me. There's nothing like a nice long read. And there was plenty here to sink my teeth into. The descriptions were rich and engaging. The characters are grounded in real emotions, and speak in their own voice. Nothing about this world is generic or poorly thought out. There is an original sight or sound at every turn.
We start out on a small island with a girl named Matilda as she is recruited to search for a John Deskata, a member of Matilda's "house". Though we follow her for most of the journey to the very scary Vod'Adia; through meetings over plains, plot twists in ancient cities and epic battles against hobgoblins; we do see the story through the eyes of multiple people, (wizards, centurions, dwarves etc...) and as the story progresses we understand why (I won't say).
There are more than a few surprises here, and I am really working hard to not give them away.
On the negative side, some of the descriptions went on very long, and did not pay off, so I found myself skimming past because I needed to know what happened next. Also, I was not told why the characters were doing what they were doing for the first hundred pages or so, which I find frustrating. But I still couldn't put it down, and I was rewarded. So I'm not hanging too much on that.