I suffer from deep-seated control issues and the thought of someone drastically altering my stories makes me ill.
What is your writing process?
I have a general idea. For example, in Take A Stand, I had the idea of Christian persecution in the United States. Emma existed before any other characters and then Sean came along and took over the story. I'll see scenes in my head and I work to link them together. I have a general idea of how the story will go but all three that I've written so far (and the final one in the trilogy) have gone in different directions than originally planned.
Promises - A Short Story
on Feb. 16, 2013
Interesting premise - poor execution.
The grammatical errors (singular vs. plural, verb tenses, coordinating parallelism) start before the short story begins and continues through the "about the author" section at the end. All of this was distracting during the reading experience.
The storyline is contrived with the use of too many character perspectives - including a bartender's two sentence thoughts - for such a short story. The "surprise" at the end is a cheat because of the multiple perspectives.
In a short story (especially) every word is important. The reader is provided with far too much detail on the bar setting which is completely irrelevant to the plot. Descriptions of people are vague and actually non-existent for the main character - Julie. Elements are introduced (motel, train station) which the reader must just accept as they are never elaborated on.
The details of the cover are hard to see as it is so dark.
The Eyes Have It
on April 28, 2013
A sweet love story that brings two people together from different levels of the economic ladder. While they think their only obstacle is her parents, their love is almost thwarted by a person on the sidelines.
While there were external difficulties to their relationship surviving, the reader is also exposed to the internal conflicts that we all face - could the one I love really love me, baggage and all.
One issue I had was that the reader is kept in the dark regarding what "hold" is over the parents to keep them in line. Also there is an abrupt pace increase toward the end of the story.
Warning - there is minimal foul language and this is uttered by the "bad" people.
Masked Rider: Origins
on June 06, 2013
The Masked Rider: Origins is an enjoyable read for mystery readers who don't want the "dark" that is found in so many novels today. The humor, ample throughout, keeps the reader from taking anything too seriously and instead provides for a few hours break from the 21st century hassles.
With one minor exception (see below under spoiler alert), this novel is family friendly with enjoyable squabbles between the family members.
The novel centers around a tough, independent female rancher (the youngest child) who takes the reader through a number of events, numerous characters and a bit of unwanted love interest before sifting it all down to the mystery at hand. The twists and connections of seemingly unrelated facts makes for a solvable mystery and a fun read.
A few areas did pull the reader from being immersed in the novel. One was that the Westin family is supposed to be on hard times, yet they eat what seems to be extravagant foods (due to their cook's preferences) for a family in the 1800s. Also a location was referred to repeatedly as the grotto that no one frequented. Since no one ever does frequent it except Holly, being told once was enough.
**** Spoiler Alert ****
While I consider the novel to be family friendly, some readers may take issue with the disturbance of a grave/corpse. This is brief and handled respectfully.
There was one area that I felt cheated and that was when Holly caught one of the bad guys - Bernstein - the reader wasn't there. One minute Holly goes off to take care of something and the next time the reader "sees" her, she has him captured. The rest of the novel was good at "showing" the reader, but here the author didn't show and neither did she even tell.
on June 16, 2013
This is a thought provoking novel which will have the reader reaching for his Bible before he is through.
The story involves a man who dies by his own hand and ends up in hell. An angel rescues him and the two make stops along the way before reaching the man's true destination.
The voyage to provide an opportunity for the man to "learn" gives the reader plenty of twists as fascinating topics are explored. Due to the many theological and debatable concepts presented (unforgivable sin, works vs. faith, 2nd chance after death, justification, and sanctification) it would prove beneficial to have a Bible within arm's reach. That said, this would be a good novel for a group to read and would easily lend itself to interesting discussions.
The novel does have grammar errors and in some places necessary words are missing. This interferes with the reading experience as the reader is jolted out of the story, having to reread to get the author's intended meaning.
Wandering Koala Saves Christmas
on Oct. 18, 2013
This is a message driven comic appropriate for all ages and all seasons but even more so as we move toward CHRISTMAS.
The artwork is good - doing the job of showing the story. In the short comic, there is not much opportunity for background information about the characters (as a limited comic reader I find this a common frustration with comic books unless one has started from the beginning) but what is presented is enjoyable.
I read the comic on a Nook Simple Touch - thus it was all in black and white. All the artwork shows up clear and is easy to distinguish the scene. On my Nook, there was a slight fading out of the words at times, but not completely and was thus still readable.
All My Money Says Is Bye-Bye
on Nov. 16, 2013
Take a bumbling private investigator wanna-be and an elderly lady that isn't as useless as society would lead us to believe, add in a hot-shot youngster (in comparison) and you have a team ready to track down the killer after a theft investigation balloons into multiple murders.
The author cleverly uses first person perspective for both the detective rookie as well as the elderly woman at the "scene." This provides for some humorous moments when each mentally reflects on the other. They have interesting exchanges - although the telling (not showing) becomes a bit tiresome regarding the same mystery elements.
The novel does delve into the guilt, anxiety, and tiresomeness of caring for the elderly. While this assists with understanding both lead characters, the concept goes on too long and slows the pace of the story.
There is mild to moderate profanity throughout the novel.
God: The Interview
on April 16, 2014
This novel is written in the form of a television show transcript between the television host and God (or someone claiming to be God according to the host.) The story is this exchange and not much more.
The man interviewing God is a confusing character. He states he is a heathen yet he is upset God didn't answer his prayers in the past. The main item that is quite apparent is his definite lack of belief regarding who he is interviewing, with no change at the end.
With the opportunity of a lifetime - getting to interview God - most of the dialogue meanders around with the interviewer arguing his point and "God" evading a straight answer, refusing even to clarify his already clear statement of creation in Genesis chapter one.
The god of this novel requires prayer in order to "beat" Satan which makes god appear to not be all-powerful. The concept that humans were created so the angels could decide which one is right - God or Satan - via a "contest" sets an unappealing tone. Who is really in control is questioned since a committee of angels (both good and bad) must be consulted before actions can be taken.
Although the premise was interesting - an interview with God - it wasn't quite clear where the author was going with it. A range of topics were mentioned but with very limited follow through (an angel being evil incarnate, angels sinning and being forgiven, and Satan's ability to "wreck" God's work). All of these topics needed to be examined further. As it is they were just stated, leaving the reader wondering if the fiction contains any fact.
A Gift of Fire
on June 20, 2014
I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review.
This futuristic novel, set on a far-off planet, is engaging from the start. While the story starts in the present day of this "future," there are flashbacks to provide the reader with the history necessary to understand how and why things are as they are. There are several delightful characters which interrelate as the story progresses, allowing the reader to learn about the two different cultures.
A good story provides enough information to enjoy while at the same time creating a little "spark" of desire for more ... this novel succeeds.
However, there were too many minor characters (given names) which added to an already full cast to keep straight. Also, the author does make constant grammatical errors, but because of their consistency, once the reader "accepts" them, the errors do not distract from the story.
Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel
on Dec. 01, 2015
This was a free book.
This is a time travel story that involves an attempt to get rid of Christianity before it has a real chance to start by stopping Paul from spreading the Gospel.
While it was an interesting story, shortly after the three major characters go back in time the story slows down. The "fear" of not getting home just isn't there and the back and forth on trying to save Paul happened so often the urgency/care dwindled.
The repetition that one can't change history so if it is changed it must have always been changed was an easy way out for any ripple effect of changing historical events.
on Jan. 30, 2016
The topic of this novel was of particular interest to me and thus I eagerly downloaded the free ebook. While it would not have affected my choice to read this book, it wasn’t until the “About the Author” section that the author confirms this is not a complete story but rather continues in a sequel; this is pretty obvious to the reader as the pages near an end without an end of the story in sight.
While the story held my interest because of the topic, there were major problems with the presentation that distracted the reader from what otherwise would have been an engaging story involving current issues. The novel grabs the reader’s attention from the start but then quickly drops the “showing” aspect and replaces it with “telling” - while possibly an attempt to educate the reader and move the story faster, it fails by pulling the reader out of the story with a lecture. The novel does pick up half way through when more “showing” and less “telling” occurs. However, throughout the novel there are grammar/punctuation errors and inconsistent time jumps with converging characters which make a poorer reading experience.
Despite the novel’s problems if the current situation regarding religious rights concerns you, this novel is well worth the time and effort.
No Turning Back
on Dec. 19, 2017
This novel brings together two different groups of people and shows how grace and love can be found in the least likely places.
At the beginning the novel moves the reader quickly into a dangerous crisis in the prison, but the pace slows as the story covers the same ground again and again with little development in the story or characters until the ending when once again the pace picks up leading to a rewarding conclusion.
Christian concepts of forgiveness and grace are woven throughout the story. A particularly impactful moment involved one character explaining to another character how a choice made outside the will of God will have a result that will be outside the will of God too.