Randall's Ramblings

Randall’s Ramblings, December 3, 2017

Yesterday I participated in a small Christmas craft fair. There were at least forty-one vendors. What an amazing arrays of talent! Everything from homemade goodies to an interesting display of wooden puzzles that kept young and old alike how to disassemble three pieces and put them back together.

Our contribution?  Sylvia’s knitwear, oil and acrylic paintings, and some of her poems printed on rainbow-colored paper and laminated–always a big hit. My side of the stall included a variety of scents and colored candles in a variety of shapes and sizes, and several pieces of pyrography (woodburning). The organizers allowed me to include The Kurdish Connection, and I sold three autographed copies!

My Work in Progress

My giveaway of The Kurdish Connection on Amazon ended this past week but the one on Goodreads is still open until December 6th, so there’s still time to enter. A Kindle giveaway will commence on December 8th on Goodreads, too.

This week saw plenty of effort in editing Dangerous Alliance. My goal is to finish going through the 600 plus reviews and tweaking the story by the end of January. Since goals usually slip, it might take a bit longer.

I also continued working on Carnage in Singapore, the third novel in my Bedlam series. The third chapter was posted to the two subscription writing sites I use. My faithful readers and a few new ones to my work have already provided twenty-two chapter reviews. I hope to get the next chapter posted over the coming days.

What’s Carnage in Singapore about?

Terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah have flourished in recent years with new recruits joining them and ISIS-affiliates at an alarming rate. Blended operations by various Asian countries have forced the groups to work together to identify a new operational base.

They seek an island nation to call home, one where they can plot against countries who oppose their ideals.  They found a target, a small nation-state, perfect for their needs: The Republic of Singapore.

Before anyone can respond, several foreign ambassadors are kidnapped from their residences. Right index fingers of each victim are sent as a warning.  Any attempt to recover the ambassadors will result in the removal of additional body parts.

Bedlam Charlie team leader, Evelyn Evinrude, leads the group to rescue the ambassadors and capture the local leaders of Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah. Can Bedlam succeed or will events escalate, resulting in more deaths?

Stay tuned for more.

Books I’m Reading

I didn’t get a chance to complete my review this week. I plan to have two for you next time: The First Chapter by Michael Maxwell and The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell.

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.

Reader’s Abode – 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!

MD Neu – writer and published author, Follow MD’s writing journey and check out his interviews with other authors. His short story, The Reunion, is now available through Amazon, and his new story, A Dragon For Christmas, will be released this month.

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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