By ellent | October 21, 2011
What Creepy Doings are with us Tonight? A Bump or a Bang – a Scratch or a Bite!
Delicious darkness embraces this night! Witches and Kittens grin with delight! Ghostly waltzes send out such a freight!
Shadows of flickering candles on walls; their dance quickly rises, then suddenly falls.
Transforming shapes at the flick of a wick! Or are these forms a Spiritual Trick?
Pumpkins displayed in unrivaled boasts. Forewarning signs hang loosely on posts!
Demonic stars pierce night’s purple veil, dripping like diamonds over hill and dale.
Creepy, foreboding shadows glide past, on tree trunks and fences their silhouettes cast.
Oh my! What was That? Are things what the seem? I could’ve sworn I just heard a Scream!
Ghostly Boys in Mom’s finest sheets! Dancing with Fairies is Oh Such a Treat! Cackling Witches shatter the night on mythical broomsticks, they ready for flight.
Ghastly monsters with hatchets creep by. Bats are soaring ever so high!
Masks of Plastic and Hairy, Fiendish and Scary! Prickling of Ears and Twitching of whiskers, while tales of headless horsemen are told in low whispers!
Devilry sweeps through this night! Sharp and prickling like a watchman’s light!
The air is abounding with chatters and giggles; with added tones of snickers and sniggles. Happy little goblins dig deep in their sacks, for much needed yummies and delicate snacks! Little Beasts with treats, tired and worn, return to their homes before dawn is born!
Oh What a Bewitching… Mysterious Eve!
So Many Oddities! I Cannot Conceive!
Puppies in Hats! Bows on Black Cats!
What Could This Mean!
Oh Yes! Of Course! It’s Halloween!!
By ellent | September 30, 2011
The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
-An Isaac Bell Adventure (10/26 2010)
The year is 1907: There is financial panic and labor unrest along with a series of train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line.
Desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency, who send in their best agent – Isaac Bell. These horrific incidents are wreaking havoc on the Southern Pacific Railroads president, Osgood Hennessey. He is constructing the massive Cascade Canyon Bridge in Oregon, if the project is not completed by winder, Hennessy’s bankers will withdraw all financing and his company will be destroyed.
Bell quickly discovers the saboteur is known as the Wrecker. He recruits poor, down-and-out accomplices to attack the railroad then kills them to cover his tracks.
It has been a while since I have truly enjoyed one of Cussler’s novels and this one was a great ride! Its fast pace and array of interesting characters made this a really great read for me.
The historical details and technologies were extremely well researched making this story quite believable. While following Bell on his quest to run down the Wrecker, I also learned some interesting aspects about the railroads and their owners at the peak of their power.
The Wrecker had me page turning at a frantic pace, finding it very difficult to put this book down.
I hope to see more collaborations between Mr. Cussler and Mr. Scott. This is the kind of thrilling adventure Clive Cussler fans are in need of. I highly recommend this book, I enjoyed every minute!
There are 2 more Isaac Bell Adventures The Chase (11/6/2007) and the The Spy (5/31/2011). I hope to see more of Detective Isaac Bell.
Clive Cussler is the Author of more than forty previous books, including the Dirk Pitt novels, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, three Isaac Bell Adventures — to name a few.
Mr. Cussler has discovered more than sixty famous ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley.
Justin Scott has twenty-five novels including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle as well as the Ben Abbott detective series and five modern thrillers published under the pen name Paul Garrison.
Here are links if you would like to read more about the Isaac Bell Adventures:
Read! It’s Nourishment for your Mind!
By ellent | August 5, 2011
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have joined forces again and I am so glad they did! “Now You See Her ” is a great roller coaster ride and worth every minute of page turning thrills.
The main character, Nina Bloom, is running for her life. She is forced back into her dark past by a series of events. 18 years earlier she had, what most would call, a “perfect” life. She was beautiful, married to an extremely handsome man and had enjoyed a great life in Key West. She was pregnant with her first child, then her entire world caved in. She discovered a horrible secret that forced her to run for her life and change her identity. Years later, she must risk everything in order to confront her past and save an innocent man from being framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
This book will leave you unable to put it down. I have always liked James Patterson’s thrilling rides. Unfortunately, some of his latest books have pretty much left me unimpressed. I have felt somewhat disenchanted and that includes his last couple of books with Alex Cross.
“Now You See Her” has given me back the reason I have been such a huge Patterson fan! Teaming up with Michael Ledwidge has brought back that special crescendo in his stories. He is, once again, back on the top of my favorite authors list. I believe this is one of his best books to date — hands down!
Anyone who has been a great James Patterson fan but has wandered off — I say come on back! You will absolutely love this fast paced, heart pounding, page turning book!
I Give This Book 5 Stars!
Now You See Her:
Publisher: Little Brown and Company (June 27, 2011)
By ellent | July 10, 2011
Writing a Book — Where to Start
Want to write a book but haven’t a clue where to start from? Well then, let’s start with a few basics, a few building blocks to get you on your way.
First off, you might want to find a central job or activity for your book. A Nurse, Police Officer, Recreational Sailor, or possibly a College Student. When you decide on something, consider whether there is an interest in your topic by readers. Readers who possibly have similar positions or hobbies will take a second look.
You do not have to be an “expert” within the chosen field, that is where research comes in later on. Granted, it helps if you do have some knowledge about a particular job or hobby. Having knowledge in a particular field gives you an edge over many who have no idea whatsoever about this field.
If you are still in a rut, start thinking about hobbies and interests that you are involved with either in the past or you still pursue. Some examples would be gourmet cooking, buying antiques, sailing or traveling.
Think about this, there are so many extremely popular “cozy mysteries” that literally have the theme of a particular hobby or activity.
Blueberry Muffin Murder
Only The Cat Knows
The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse
Do you think the authors of these books have some knowledge in these fields? I’m sure they do. One quick note, if you are writing with Cats and or Dogs in mind, it’s always a good idea to have some knowledge about them. The reason being, even though you might be writing fiction, the animal must still have actual traits of their species.
Think about various experiences you have been through in you life. Do you know of experiences that could be inspirational, funny or thought provoking? Here are few topics that might trigger some ideas:
First Year of Law School
Meeting a New Love Interest
The Passing of a Friend or Family Member
Growing up in a Large Family
Life in the Theatre
Remembering the experiences that surround a particular topic is a wonderful place to start. Let’s say the topic is “Growing Up in a Large Family”. This topic could make for a great book!
Here are a few ideas that could spin off from Growing Up in a Large Family:
Being the youngest of seven children
Chores assigned to one and all
The Bond with your siblings
How your parents managed to stay up with everyone and still rule the roost.
Leaving home for the first time
Now this particular topic is not new, there have been some wonderful books over the years regarding large families. Off my head, “Life With Father”, “Cheaper by the Dozen” and so on.
The point is most people have hidden seeds of their own experiences and memories that would make for great books. Always consider if you chosen knowledge would be of interest to readers or inspiring to others.
Another way to further attract potential readers is to develop a plan or system around the structure of your book, at least in part. Using an acronym is a good place to start. For those of you who do not know what an acronym is, it’s a word that is made from initial letters, words or phrases. Acronyms work as a way to set your guidelines and give you direction.
Many advertising copywriters are taught that any ad they create should follow the AIDA requirements:
Attract the reader’s Attention
Create Demand for the product or service
Prompt the reader to Action
So how do you apply this to your project? Let’s say you are going to write a book on Sailing.
Tacking and Jibing
The Art of Reading the Tides
Learning Sail Trimming
Knots, one of the most important things a sailor should know
This could be a possible Title for your book:
The TASKS for Championship Sailboat Racing
Now that might be a little lame, but I’m not a sailor!
Finally, whether you are writing non fiction or fiction, the same principles apply. You must have a good starting point that entails knowledge or research that is believable and will hold the reader. Developing good characters is not difficult because people never change! We act on the same things now, as we did hundreds and even thousands of years ago.
One of the greatest writers of all time was William Shakespeare. Why is his work as pertinent today as it was in his time? He understood and knew human nature never changes, the same things that motivated people then are the same things that motivate us now.
I highly recommend that if you are serious about writing that you get involved in exceptionally good courses that will give you extraordinary knowledge and support:
If you are interested in writing Cozy Mysteries, here are links to the above mentioned books that could give you a quick scenario into the various Authors’ styles.
By ellent | July 8, 2011
I truly like Susan Sloan’s writing prowess and her social allegations. She truly does tap into our subconscience in a world of hidden secrets and dark convictions. Her books are few and far between, I think this gives readers a tremendous quality in her work.
I was first introduced to her writing with “An Isolated Incident“. Well, she’s done it again with “Behind Closed Doors“. She examines the psychological damage and impact abusers have on the people around them and how their lives are forever changed by the circumstances they are living in.
Behind Closed Doors is the story of 18 year old Valerie O’Connor who visits her sister in Boston and meets charming, gorgeous Jack Marsh. She falls madly in love and marries this man. On her wedding night she is sexually abused by her new husband and this is only the beginning. She bares 5 children whose lives are molded by their father’s abuse toward them as well as their mother.
It’s very difficult to feel empathy for Valerie as she continues allowing the abuse to herself but more so, allowing this to happen to her children. Yet this is what happens in domestic abuse, self esteem is long gone and very difficult to walk away from.
Most people are not very comfortable with this subject but Susan puts this right in your face and you just can’t turn away. She is such a skillful writer that her characters are very three dimensional and real. Her story leaves a very lasting impression on her readers.
Behind Closed Doors, once again, has Susan addressing real social issues that go on every day and so many of us are either not aware this is going on, or turn a blind eye.
This is a gripping story of three generations caught up in an on going cycle that no one seems able to break away from.
As with all of Susan Sloan’s books, I am left with questions for myself. Could I make a difference, do I know someone who is living in this form of hell? Could this story make a difference for a reader who is living this kind of hell?
I highly recommend anyone who has never read her work to pick this book up or any of her other high powered novels. She is an exceptional, powerful author who delivers exceptionally, powerful material.
To those of you who have read Susan Sloan’s other works, you will not be disappointed.
“An absolutely incredible story of revenge” James Patterson
“A well-built and very powerful piece of fiction” Cosmopolitan
Thanks again, Susan!
Novels by Susan R. Sloan:
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