The Warlord of the Air

Recently, I had the opportunity to review Michael Moorcock’s book The Warlord of the Air for Fiction Addict.com This is my first review for them and I’m pretty excited to see it up there! I enjoyed the book. It’s a genre known as “Steam Punk” which is alternative history where steam engines play a vital part in the society. I know that I’ll do a better job of reviewing in the future, but this was a fun book to start my reviewing career with. If you want to check it out, read the review at Fiction Addict!

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Review of “Iscariot”

If you want a chance to win Iscariot by Tosca Lee then check out this review and blog. Michelle Sutton has written a great review of the book. Here’s an excerpt from his review:
Nobody puts skin on biblical figures and brings them to life as well as Tosca Lee. For some reason she also picks the toughest ones to portray in fiction. This novel, Iscariot, rang true to me. Her depiction of Judas Iscariot’s belief system had a convincing historical basis. And unlike the stereotyped condemned man who personified betrayal, she made him human and someone who truly did love Jesus when he became one of the disciples. Even in the end, she showed his regrets and they made sense given the story up to that point. I didn’t know how she’d pull off making him a sympathetic character, but she did it well!

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Inward Journey – an excerpt

An excerpt from this year’s NanoWriMo story….a serial killer is on the loose!

Acting Detective Re’Lears gathered the files of unsolved murders and started sorting them according to date and probability based on what she saw in the pictures. She picked some interesting cases to show to Aiden and Seppe and lined up the files; arranging them on the table in their investigation room. She had heard that Aiden and Sebbe were on their way back to the station and she wanted everything to be ready for them.

Captain Tengler entered without knocking to check in with Re’Lears. He also wanted to see what she had found, if anything. “Did you find anything that might fit the pattern you were looking for?” he asked looking at the case files spread out on the table; scattering them as he looked.

Re’Lears looked up when she heard his voice, “Oh, sir! I wasn’t expecting you.” She moved quickly to the left side of the table and opened up a case file, “This is one of the choices for number two.” She opened up another case file right next to the first one and said, “This is another one of the options.”

The captain looked with a slight frown. “These murders are nothing like the other two. Why are these two your candidates?”

“That’s a great question, sir,” she said brightly. “We didn’t expect the murders to be too similar. If they had been, everyone would have been talking about how they were alike. We think the killer is smart enough to vary his methods.”

Captain Tengler nodded his head, “Good thinking. We only caught on to the idea that we had a serial killer because you pegged the method for both number one and number five if the theory is correct.” He looked at her conspiratorially and asked, “When do you expect Detectives Seppe and Aiden to show up? I need to be out of here by then. They don’t like me messing with their cases.”

Acting Detective Re’Lears looked at the captain, “With all due respect then, you had better leave. They should be here shortly.” She thought a second and then added, “but you’re the boss! How can they get away with that kind of an attitude?”

“Got it,” Captain Tengler replied. “They can get away with that because they are that good. If the powers that be told me tomorrow that I could only keep one of those two, I would still keep both of them. But don’t tell them that!” He smiled, “You’re learning from the best.” He started to head out and then stuck his head back in. He winked at Re’Lears and then snarled at her, “…and when I tell you I want information on your case, I want information on your case. Don’t you dare hold anything back from me, do you hear me?” He winked again.

“Captain, captain, captain,” Seppe sighed in exasperation as he walked in. “How many times do I have to tell you not to jump in on our cases? We’ll give you the information you need when it’s ready. But give us some space to get things done first!” He looked at Acting Detective Re’Lears, “And you had better be nice to our partner here!”

Captain Tengler looked first at Seppe, then at Aiden and then back at Seppe again, “By the time you two are finished with her, she’s going to be just as bad as you are. You act like you don’t need a captain…well, you do! You do need a captain!” He stormed out as if upset, but pleased that he had protected Re’Lears.

“So how much did you show the captain?” Aiden asked. “What did he think?”

Re’Lears began to object, but Seppe just laughed. “You’re not experienced enough to stand up to the captain. We expected him to pump you for information. He always tries to protect the people we work with and thinks we don’t know what he does. The question is, what did he see and what did he think about it?”

“He just saw a few pictures and files that I thought were our best candidates for victim number two,” Re’Lears said reluctantly. “He appreciated the fact that we had realized that if this were a serial killer, he had to be varying his methods.”

“Well, that’s good to hear,” Seppe said. “He may be learning how to be a police officer!”

Aiden nodded, “That would be a good thing.” He turned to Re’Lears, “You have a couple of candidates for us to look at for victim number two?”

Re’Lears nodded, “I actually have good candidates for victims two, three and four. Which do you want to see first?”

“None,” Aiden and Seppe responded together.

Re’Lears laughed, “You two HAVE been together for too long! So all my work was for nothing?”

“Nope,” Seppe explained. “We just wanted to hear the story of our first victim before going on to any of the other victims. That’s the story you know best.”

 

Acting Detective Re’Lears gathered the files of unsolved murders and started sorting them according to date and probability based on what she saw in the pictures. She picked some interesting cases to show to Aiden and Seppe and She lined up the files; and arranginged them on the table in their investigation room. She had heard that Aiden and Sebbe were on their way back to the station and she wanted everything to be ready for them.

Captain Tengler entered without knocking to check in with Re’Lears. He also wanted to see what she had found, if anything. “Did you find anything that might fit the pattern you were looking for?” he asked looking at the case files spread out on the table; scattering them as he looked.

Re’Lears looked up when she heard his voice, “Oh, sir! I wasn’t expecting you.” She moved quickly to the left side of the table and opened up a case file, “This is one of the choices for number two.” She opened up another case file right next to the first one and said, “This is another one of the options.”

The captain looked with a slight frown. “These murders are nothing like the other two. Why are these two your candidates?”

“That’s a great question, sir,” she said brightly. “We didn’t expect the murders to be too similar. If they had been, everyone would have been talking about themhow they were alike. We think the killer is smart enough to vary his methods.”

Captain Tengler nodded his head, “Good thinking. We only caught on to the idea that we had a serial killer because you pegged the method for both number one and number five if the theory is correct.” He looked at her conspiratorially and asked, “When do you expect Detectives Seppe and Aiden to show up? I need to be out of here by then. They don’t like me messing with their cases.”

Acting Detective Re’Lears looked at the captain, “With all due respect then, you had better leave. They should be here shortly.” She thought a second and then added, “but you’re the boss! How can they get away with that kind of an attitude?”

“Got it,” Captain Tengler replied. “They can get away with that because they are so that good. If the powers that bey told me tomorrow that I could only keep one of those twodetective, I would still keep both of them. But don’t tell them that!” He smiled, “You’re learning from the best.” He started to head out and then came stuck his head back in. He winked at Re’Lears and then snarled at her, “…and when I tell you I want information on your case, I want information on your case. You don’t hold anything back from me, do you hear me?” He winked again.

“Captain, captain, captain,” Seppe sighed in exasperation as he walked in. “How many times do I have to tell you not to jump in on our cases? We’ll give you what you need when it’s ready. But give us some space to get things done first!” He looked at Acting Detective Re’Lears, “And you had better be nice to our partner here!”

Captain Tengler looked first at Seppe, then at Aiden and then back at Seppe again, “You two are making her just like yourselfBy the time you two are finished with her, she’s going to be just as bad as you are. You act like you don’t need a captain…well, you do! You do need a captain!” He stormed out as if upset, but pleased that he had protected Re’Lears.

“So how much did you show the captain?” Aiden asked. “What did he think?”

Re’Lears began to object, but Seppe just laughed. “You’re not experienced enough to stand up to the captain. We expected him to pump you for information. He always tries to protect the people we work with and thinks we don’t know what he does. The question is, what did he see and how what did he like think about it?”

“He just saw a few pictures and files that I thought were our best candidates for victim number two,” Re’Lears said reluctantly. “He liked appreciated the fact that we had realized that if this were a serial killer, he was had to be varying his methods.”

“Well, that’s good to hear,” Seppe said. “He may be learning how to be a police officer!”

Aiden nodded, “That would be a good thing.” He turned to Re’Lears, “You have a couple of candidates for us to look at for victim number two?”

Re’Lears nodded, “I actually have good candidates for victims two, three and four. Which do you want to see first?”

“None,” Aiden and Seppe responded together.

Re’Lears laughed, “You two HAVE been together for too long! So all my work was for nothing?”

“Nope,” Seppe explained. “We just wanted to hear the story of our first victim before going on to any of the other victims. That’s the story you know best.”

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Another Give-Away! This Time at Fiction Addict!

Fiction Addict has all kinds of contests throughout the year. They give away some great books! So right now they have 5, that’s right FIVE copies of the book Warm Bodies to give away. Warm Bodies is in the process of being made in to a movie and you can get one of the books if you enter at Fiction Addict. What’s Warm Bodies about?

Even if you aren’t a fan of the zombie genre, this book will engage you in ways you never imagined. It’s sharp and witty with syllable counting dialogue that will stick with you long after you’ve read it. It’s revolutionary, beautiful and engaging in brilliantly imagined ways. This book has settled firmly onto my favorites of 2011 and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Do not miss this book. You’ll be glad you took the time for it. – Lori Twichell

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A Contest? Everybody Loves Contests!

Check out Devorah Fox’s blog here:

Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour

Announcing FREE books! Yes, FREE! At the risk of

sounding like a TV commercial, who doesn’t like free?

The authors of the Addicted to Heroines Blog tour are giving away a chance to win— one, or more! in some cases—books. To enter the giveaway, visit : http://bit.ly/WIShCX. I’m one of the authors and there are two chances to win a copy of The Lost King ebook.

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I commented thusly on the original blog: I think it’s fairly simple: you do what it takes to tell the story! I love the Dirk Pitt Novels. All of them have prologues unless things have changed in the last year. If a prologue helps you tell your story, then use a prologue. If it doesn’t, then don’t. I could be entirely wrong, but if successful authors are using prologues and it helps the story, why take advice from someone who may not like them?” So what do y’all think? Can we get a discussion going?

The Dark Mind of Michael--Noveling and Musings

I recently read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding the subject of prologues.  They suggest that the prologue is a retired writing style and that most likely I wouldn’t want to use it in todays writing community.  This creates a big problem for me.

Being a writer of paranormal based materials, usually a small portion of my novels take place in the past.  Some sort of horrible murder, or perhaps a witches action may create a problem or cast a spell that will come to fruition at some point in the future.  In my mind, this creates a need for a prologue.  Or does it?

How does one include a scene in ones novel regarding the history of an inanimate object or something else of the like that no one is still alive to relay the story of?  I suppose that it could be written in history books, or in…

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