Randall’s Ramblings, September 24, 2017

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the September or Autumnal Equinox began on Friday. Someone forgot to inform Mother Nature. In the past three days, we’ve had temperatures ranging from 89F to 91F. Certainly not fall weather, but I won’t complain. During the summer, we only had a single day reach 90F, and that was on June 12th!

Today’s supposed to be a bit cooler, only 83F, with more seasonal temperatures returning by the end of the coming week. At least there’s still plenty of sunshine!

My Work in Progress

It’s been another good week regarding my progress with Dangerous Alliance. I completed another chapter (26) and started on the next. Since I hope to complete the entire first draft by the end of the year, this is good news. However, I’ll have to step it up to achieve my goal.

In addition to working on Dangerous Alliance, I spent a bit of time casting characters for Carnage in Singapore, the next novel in the Bedlam series. The initial synopsis is already completed, I know where the Bedlam team will be headquartered, and at least one individual stepped forward to be on the operational team.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Stavros grinned, his teeth covered with blood. “What’s the matter? Are my men too smart for you?” Stavros spat on the deck to clear his mouth.

Sahid placed the point of his knife under the captain’s left eye. “How did they escape? Where did they go?”


“Commander, a signal from the South Africans.”

“Thank you, Lieutenant.” Commander Ben Pierce, commanding officer of HMS Snapdragon, a type-45 destroyer, glanced at the short paragraph before handing the paper back.

“Seems the Somali pirates might be causing problems again, Lieutenant.”

“Yes, sir. Shall we give pursuit?”

Commander Pierce laughed at Lieutenant Smith’s enthusiasm. “Since we don’t know where the Zeus is, how do you propose we give pursuit? Pass the word to Navy Command Headquarters. We’ll wait for orders.”

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I’ve been on a roll reading novels by Paul Kemprecos. Recently, I finished Death in Deep Water, the third in the Aristotle Socarides series. The college dropout, former Marine, former Boston detective continues to stumble along with his private eye business, at least when Aristotle’s not out fishing.

As with the first two in the series, this is another fast-paced read with plenty of action from beginning to end. This time “Soc” might be in the water over his head, when he’s hired by an aquatic park to clear a staff member of murder. Sounds something made for a private eye–except the supposed culprit is Rocky, a ten-ton killer whale!

With the help of a beautiful dolphin trainer, Soc gets to work. In the background, someone is trying to stop him at all costs. Just when you think you know who is behind the entire plot, another suspect arises. A great story, filled with plenty of twists and turns. I can’t wait to read the next one!

Blogs/Author Pages/Writing Sites I’d Like to Share

I’ve expanded this section from being only about blogs that I follow but also introduce you to some new authors and a few writing sites.

Authors Interviews – Fiona Mcvie interviews the authors she loves to read. This week it’s my turn!

I’m afraid that’s all the time I have today. Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  If you have any suggestions for a topic you’d like to read about, please let me know. Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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