Randall’s Ramblings, October 22, 2017

As I type, I’m watching the nighttime sky change to reds and blues as the sun rises above the horizon. A new beginning–birds chirping away, waves gently lapping at the shore. Of course, with it being autumn, there’s also the swirling of leaves, shed from the various trees surrounding us.

Sitting here with my morning coffee, things are calm, peaceful–then one of the cats meowed for its breakfast. Oh well, back to reality as the day begins!

My Work in Progress

With the above-average temperatures, we held another garage sale yesterday. On a small table in the corner, I placed copies of The Kurdish Connection and several business cards. Several business cards disappeared, and two people purchased autographs copies of my novel. Yeah!

For several weeks the words have been flowing so I complete two more chapters of Dangerous Alliance. After posting them to the subscription writing sites I use, it was time to pay my outline a visit. With a tweak here and there, I’m moving forward. Another chapter is already underway. If the characters continue to cooperate, I might finish the first draft ahead of my self-imposed deadline.

Here’s another sample from Dangerous Alliance:

David glanced at the ground before gazing at George. “Thanks for being understanding. This has been a tremendous blow to everyone here. I don’t know how you’ve held up given your past.”

After David departed, George grabbed a chair under a nearby canopy, dropping his head into his hands. Why’s the world so violent? Wish I could speak with Granny.


Unlike the first group George and Alf assisted, the latest refugees arrived in better physical shape. However, they were all traumatized when marauders razed their village to the ground. Several bled from small knife wounds and one sported a long welt when one of the raiders tried to brand a young girl before she escaped.

Deep brown eyes peeked from under long unkempt hair. The girl clutched her mother’s hand as she stared at George.

“What’s the girl’s name?” George knelt beside her. Her mother smiled as her daughter grasped George’s extended hand.

“Rihana. She is seven years old.”

“A beautiful name. Hello, Rihana. My name is George.”

Rihana giggled and hid behind her mother’s skirt. Moments later, she shifted her head to peek at George.


Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I just finished the first novel in a spin-off series from Blair Howard’s Harry Starke. More to come next week but it’s a great beginning.

Last week I mentioned I’d completed another Dane Maddock Adventure by David Wood. Dourado, the first in the series, is an excellent introduction to Dane Maddock and his friends.  Dane and his friend Bones are former SEALs and after leaving the military become treasure hunters.

The daughter of a former commander sought their help after her father is killed. His ambition had been to find the treasure of Dourado, a ship that sank near the coast of Indonesia, purportedly carrying priceless relics from the Holy Land.

With well-crafted characters, a riveting plot, and plenty of action, this is one for all thriller readers. I can’t wait to open the pages of 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.

MD Neu – writer and soon-to-be published author, Follow MD’s writing journey and check out his interviews with other authors. He’ll be releasing a short story on October 23rd, just in time for Halloween!

Reader’s Abode – Don’t forget to check out the bi-weekly blogs from the site’s group of international writers (including yours truly). Plenty of new things to read no matter what genre you prefer. Click on the events tab to learn about our exciting book give-away!

David Burton – the author of mysteries, thrillers, and supernatural stories, David’s work will appeal to a wide range of readers. Check him out.

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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