Randall’s Ramblings, January 7, 2018

While people might debate what’s causing our current cold snap, there’s one thing for certain:  it’s frosty outside. This morning I glanced out the window toward the lake. Usually, there are waves, sometimes gentle, sometimes slapping the shore, but today it’s quiet. Why? The water is freezing, literally, and the waves are now breaking much further away on the new artificial shoreline. Plenty of ice, creating myriad shapes. Last night’s moon cast an eerie glow, perfect for creating a scene or two for a story.

My Work in Progress

The Kurdish Connection is entered in the thriller category of the 20th annual Preditors and Editors reader’s poll, sponsored by Critters / Critique.org. Currently sitting in second place, I could use your votes, but check out all of the categories to get a glimpse of works released during 2017. Here’s the link to the thriller category: http://critters.org/predpoll/novelthrill.shtml. The contest runs through next Sunday, so hope you’ll be able to check things out.

Once again, I continued to concentrate on editing Dangerous Alliance and providing reciprocal reviews for those who had been reading/reviewing the story. Reviews are still coming in as readers go through the final chapters. As of yesterday evening, there were a total of 720 chapter reviews!

This is all extremely helpful as I continue my editing. Copies of Dangerous Alliance have been sent out to collect ‘reader blurbs’ for the back cover and on the beginning pages. A cover is well underway and I hope to provide a glimpse next week as I begin to promote the story. I’m looking for a mid-Spring release at this time.

Next time I’ll also share a bit more from the third book in the series, Carnage in Sinapore. I’m currently working on chapter four, so this one has a long way to go.

Books I’m Reading

As I mentioned last time, I’ve recently finished a number of novels. I’m still collating my thoughts and hope to bring you two or three reviews next time. I’m also continuing to collect new novels to read from a number of authors, so I’ll have plenty of material to share with you.

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.

MD Neu – writer and published author, Follow MD’s writing journey and check out his interviews with other authors.

B. Douglas Slack – A newly published author, Mr. Slack provides an interesting style as he brings us a romance spanning the globe–an American man and a Japanese woman.

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 and all the best for 2018!

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