Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which is occasionally profane or violent. His characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says:
"A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."
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Smashwords book reviews by Dale Amidei
The Auction Trilogy: a Romance
on Nov. 06, 2014
I was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of “The Auction” to review. Even more than is reflected in its rating, which earned an easy five stars, this is a very special novel.
Easily twice to three times the length of a typical example in its genre, Erishkigal’s initial foray into Sweet Romance avoids becoming ponderous. Rather, the richness of the experience, with masterful description, setting, and characterization, becomes luxuriant … the literary equivalent of a soaking bath with bubbles and candles.
The story of Adam Bristow, his daughter Pippa, and incoming tutor Rosie Xalbadora invokes shadows of Jane Eyre, with Erishkigal’s flair for complex story line and a rich supporting structure of subplot. Emotions encountered along the way are evoked honestly and diverse, as in the best and worst of what one experiences when outside the pages of such a masterfully crafted tale.
This is the story of a father, Adam, who will endure what he must for the sake of his daughter. Pippin, who escapes in fantasy as she can, is transfixed in a bitter custody dispute. Rosie finds herself thrust into their conflicts and hopes while she deals with managing her own, forced to remain at a distance under the roof of a man to whom she is increasingly attracted. Every character is distinct, emotive, and artfully presented. Instead of reading this novel, one experiences it from beginning to end, hanging on through wave after wave in an eddying current that builds to the roil of a tempest and from there to a perfect storm of emotion.
“The Auction” is satisfying, inspiring, heart-rending, and epic. You should grant yourself the pleasure of this read as a standard of comparison once you unwillingly reach “The End.”
An Eternity of Roses (The Valthreans: Book 1)
on March 27, 2015
In a magnificent accident, I was privileged to receive a copy of “An Eternity of Roses” for review. This work, weaved in rich, lyrical language, is meant to be savored in dark, quiet evenings beside a fire. Wrap yourself in the warmth of a favored comforter and be immersed in a story you will not want to rush.
We meet Emmaline and Adrian at the threshold of a life they breathlessly anticipate living together, until fate and the schemes of an immortal separate them. Inducted into an existence neither of them pursued, and with Adrian's memories seemingly lost, we watch as Emma's search for the only man who can hold her heart spans centuries.
Emma and Adam, as they become, face adversaries mortal and otherwise, each with an agenda. It is a world where sides are chosen, loyalties drawn, and consequences draw their due. The result is entirely worthwhile.
The writing is gifted, the editing pure prowess, and the presentation unfolds without a hitch. There are intimate scenes explicit enough to avoid if one is disturbed by an author who does not close the door, but there as well emotion rather than lust predominates.
There is a theme of love in this novel as being a gift given or received, rather than a treasure to steal or covet. A magic there surpasses the greed, hate, and covetousness of those who do not understand true power ... and that portrayal, I believe, was the author's intention from the start.
Do yourself the service of reading this novel. Experience a work of true talent in storytelling and wordcraft.
The Watchmaker (A Novelette)
on March 06, 2016
In 'The Watchmaker,' Anna Erishkigal weaves a poignant short read around a theme from Norse mythology. Time is a gift, and sometimes, a last chance. A young woman named Marae uses both well here, but you should discover the details for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.