The Time Travelers: A Christmas Story, listed on Smashwords, was written for and about my grandchildren. They are the characters in the story.
I wrote it for them for a Christmas present (in print format) a couple of years ago. The evening I gave them each a copy of the book, they spontaneously began reading it out loud and continued taking turns around the room until the entire book was read. No matter what I publish, no matter how many favorable reviews I may receive, no compliment will equal that!
I have other completed children's books which I may publish. Right now, I'm focusing on The Quest for the Golden Flowers, which is another pre-teen book about the grandchildren. This one is an adventure story by request of the kids.
They wanted adventure, magic, dragons, a griffin, super powers, and more. This book is more fun and more challenging than The Time Travelers. The kids have helped, though. They brainstormed with me and have had some fabulous ideas, many of which I'm implementing in the story.
Unrelated works in progress include a humorous story about a grandma that becomes a politician after retirement; a story of a Gros Ventre girl captured by the Crow tribe who grows up to be a warrior chief; and an adult fantasy about a red pearl, a dog, and more. I'm also working on a couple of family books - a photo history of five generations and an anecdotal life journal.
I live with my husband and two little Pomeranians in the Minnesota ice box, way up north by the Canadian border. It's a good place for a writer, since the weather encourages and, at times, demands remaining indoors.
You met our six grandchildren in The Time Travelers - Grayson, Grant, Will, Mady, Garrett, and Leyton. They live quite a distance apart from us, so we see them far less often than we'd like. Writing about them makes me feel more in touch.
Excerpts from various works in progress are posted on my blog - http://squeakerofthehouse.blogspot.com/
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The Time Travelers: A Christmas Story
Five kids accidentally travel through time to see Grandma as a kid. They meet Grandma as a kid and even go Christmas fooling with her, but cannot reveal who they are because they "Must not disrupt the flow of time." Preteen with some big words. About 10, 000 words.
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Smashwords book reviews by Eunice Korczak
- A Cat Caper: A Delilah Duffy Short
on Feb. 27, 2014
A Cat Caper featuring Delilah Duffy by Jessica Sherry is well written. Spelling, usage, grammar are faultless. It was a joy to read - even though I"m a dog person, not a cat person. This was a cute little episode that I believe is part of a Delilah Duffy series. I want to read more about this mistake-prone character.
- Smashwords Style Guide
on March 02, 2014
I read the manual and then followed it step by step. I will admit I closed my eyes and crossed my fingers when I submitted the book, but following directions often works. It did in this case. I gained premium listing after one change - my name. I had used my real name in the book and my nickname in the metadata. Simple change and Premium listing. Thanks for an easy-to-follow manual.
- A Punch Bowl Full of Sangria
on March 18, 2014
Worth reading although this is not my favorite genre. Well written. I saw no obvious errors in grammar, usage, etc. I like that in a book.
- The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)
on March 21, 2014
I'm now about to read Book 5 of the series. Love it! It's so amusing. I like reading a book that has few usage and grammar mistakes. I give the series thus far 5 stars and an excellent rating. Great entertainment!
on June 11, 2014
I have read Regent, Feral, and Regal. Wonderful books! Nicely plotted and well written. I want more, so plan to read the first trilogy of this series -- and most probably will read most of Rathbone's other works, as well. As for the editor in me, there are very few usage errors - obviously rereading and editing are not foreign to this writer. Thank you, Rathbone, for presenting to the reader decent sentence structure, punctuation, and word usage. It is appreciated.
on June 11, 2014
I have read Regent, Feral, and Regal - loved them and now plan to read the first trilogy of the series. I highly recommend these books. Great story line, likable (and some not so likable) characters, wonderful dragons. All this keeps the reader interested, entertained, and glued to the book.
on June 11, 2014
I have read Regent, Feral, and Regal and highly endorse the trilogy. All good books with a great story. As further endorsement, I plan to read the first trilogy in the series. And I very likely will read other works by Rathbone. He presents the reader with works of quality - very few usage errors, good punctuation, and good structure of sentences and plots. He pleases the editor in me.
- By The Sea, Book One: Tess
on June 30, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed By the Sea: Book One (Tess). It provides a glimpse of the high society of the gilded age at Newport. But more importantly, it provides a good story about a young laundry maid striving to protect he motherless siblings and dreamer father. Although the first of a series of four, it is a complete story in itself. Yet I'm anxious to read Amanda, the next in the By the Sea series. I liked the story but am also pleased to say the editor in me was happy with this book, as well. Either it was edited for usage, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation or the author is quite talented in that respect, as well. All in all, this is a pleasant summer read.
- Past Imperfect #1
on July 12, 2014
Well written, but be forewarned: the book is not complete in itself and the full story is available at neither Smashwords nor Barnes and Noble. Free or not, I would not have read this had I known it is only half the story.
- The Shopkeeper, A Steve Dancy Tale
on Aug. 13, 2014
I am not a big fan of Westerns. In fact, this is the first I've read in year. But I thoroughly enjoyed "The Shopkeeper." An interesting plot and characters kept my attention to the last page. An entertaining quick read.
- I Married a Pirate
on Aug. 13, 2014
This is a fun story for those who like fun, easy reading and light-hearted romance.
- Private Deception
on Aug. 13, 2014
This is a fun, entertaining book for an evening's reading. A female protagonist - a sleuth with wits but a tendency toward unplanned, embarrassing "accidents." You'll love Jade, the funny spy.
- Grandma Was a Bag Lady
on Aug. 21, 2014
A humorous light-hearted book that none-the-less portrays a beautiful (straight) relationship between two women, one around thirty and the other old enough to be her grandmother. The two enjoy traveling around the country together for a lengthy time. You will grow to love the two women and their wacky travels. As always the editor in me, recoils at the spelling and other editable errors. For the next book (and I hope their is another), I hope the author gets someone to edit - even if just a knowledgeable friend.
on Aug. 22, 2014
Highly entertaining light mystery. A fun quick read. Wonderful characters you won't want to leave behind. Will be waiting for the next book.
- For Sale in Palm Springs: The Henry Wright Mystery Series
on Aug. 25, 2014
A very good story - but lacking. Many of the characters need more rounding and the ending was too abrupt - left me flat. The editor in me was unhappy several times during the course of the story. A few errors I can understand - too many and I feel the author doesn't care about his readers. Still, as I said, it is a good story and worth the read.