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Randall’s Ramblings, October 1, 2017

In the past eight days, we’ve seen the thermometer reach the high for the year (91F) and drop over thirty degrees to yesterday’s 59F. Wave action on the lake has been as varied as the temperature, with three-foot waves crashing against the shore and today’s almost mirror-like calm. At least there’s been on thing consistent–the sunrises have been superb. We began this morning with a brisk 38F and are climbing towards the forecast high of 64F. Plenty of sunshine so it’ll be a good day!

The wildlife continues to visit, seemingly oblivious to these changes. I was sitting in a chair in back of the house yesterday, when a young white-tailed deer buck sauntered by. He couldn’t have been more than twenty feet from me. An incredible sight!

My Work in Progress

I’ve been on fire with my writing the past three or four weeks. I finished chapter 27 of Dangerous Alliance and posted it for review. After spending a bit of time making adjustments to the remainder of my outline, I’ve also started on the next chapter.

We held another garage sale yesterday. As I’ve been doing, I have a small table set up with a couple of my novels, The Kurdish Connection, along with several business cards. I don’t mention anything but most people check the table out. Some make comments such as, “Oh, you’re a writer” while others don’t say anything but take a card. Yesterday, another individual wanted a signed copy. It’s always a great feeling when this happens.

I’m also assisting two writers with editing of their work, so I didn’t do much more on my own. Still, it’s been a good week. I hope it continues so I can achieve my goal of completing the entire first draft by the end of the year.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Loud engines noises drowned out whatever the man planned to say. Dacar rushed to a window as two military aircraft circled the ship. “I think the Americans called those planes Hornets.”

“What should we do?” The young man’s eyes widen with fear at the mention of the American aircraft. “Go ou—”

***

“They must be satisfied we’re not the missing Zeus.” Dacar laughed. “Good thing we changed the name as quick as we did.”

“Yes. Should I continue searching for the missing crewmen?” Sahid shoved his knife back in its sheath.

“Not yet. I want to speak with Tahliil and ask his opinion.”

***

Three hours ago, U.S. Naval aircraft located an oil tanker proceeding in established shipping lanes towards India. They identified the ship as the Zebu, flying a Bahamian flag. No sign of the Zeus.

Maintain current operation with Greek frigate. Will advise.

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I recently finished reading Loch: A Dane Maddock Adventure, by David Wood. Not sure how I stumbled across this as it’s the ninth in the series when I usually like to start with the first one.

I couldn’t ask for a better adventure story. Two former SEALs turn treasure hunters end up seeking treasure in Scotland. Plenty of action as Maddock and Bones assist others in trying to uncover a treasure, which might be guarded by the Loch Ness monster.

David has created excellent and realistic characters. As soon as I finished reading this adrenaline rush, I did what I should have done before–started with book one. Needless to say, I’m hooked on David’s writing style and his plots. More to come as I continue to read this series.

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. Unfortunately, with everything else going on, I didn’t have an opportunity to check out anything new. Hopefully, I’ll have something to share next week.

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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

 

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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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

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Randall’s Ramblings, September 17, 2017

Even without a calendar, there are plenty of signs we’re in the last days of summer and the official start of autumn is upon us. Children are back in school, baseball season is heading toward the playoffs, football season is underway, and the coats of the white-tailed deer have shifted from a reddish tint to gray. Despite the glorious weather we’re having in the upper 70s with clear blue skies, sunset is much earlier and I have to wait to watch the fantastic sunrises over the water.

Thus the annual cycle continues marching on. Before long, the days of summer will be a distant memory. But that’s life.

My Work in Progress

External events requiring my attention eased somewhat over the past week. As a result, I ended of up more time for writing. My goal for the week was to complete and post the next chapter of Dangerous Alliance to the two subscription writing sites I use for reviews. Not only did I complete the next chapter, I finished a second one. As one reader said, “You’re on fire!”

Needless to say, I’m pleased with this week’s writing progress. The next chapter (26) is now underway and I hope to post that within the next week. It’s always a great feeling to complete another section of my story and see how things are evolving. My goal is to finish the entire first draft by the end of the year. Stay tuned to see how I’m doing.

More from Dangerous Alliance:

After pushing past several of his men, Dacar entered the bridge. He walked up to the captain, a small white-haired man, who remained in his chair. “How did you get your limp?”

“I fell during a severe thunderstorm and broke the femur in two places. Never been the same since.”

***

“Well, Captain Stavros, you are mistaken. This hijacking is not about a ransom.” Bet you want the information. It’s much better than a ransom. “If you and your crew don’t—”

“Dacar.” Breathless, Sahid entered the bridge. “I-I must speak with you. Now.”

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I didn’t get a chance to finish my review of another novel by Paul Kemprecos so I’ll provide it next time. In addition, I’ll have my thoughts on a novel by David Wood. This is the first time I’ve read David’s work and I’m enjoying it thus far.

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.

Dragon Breath Press – a newly established company providing honest and quality editing and publishing services to aspiring authors in multiple genres.

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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

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Randall’s Ramblings, September 10, 2017

A golden orb hanging in a background of reds and blues sprinkles its rays across the calm waters. Quite a contrast to what’s been happening in the Caribbean and in Florida, not to mention the huge earthquake in Mexico. Let’s hope the other formed hurricanes dissipate without causing any further death and destruction. When you have a moment, please think about those who have been caught up in Mother Nature’s extreme forces.

My Work in Progress

Despite a bevy of activities to keep me busy, I finally completed chapter 23 of Dangerous Alliance and posted it to the two subscription writing sites I use. My readers are being their true selves, letting me know what works and what might need a tweak or too. One did manage to point out what definitely worked: “Wow! That ending … so stunning.”

I’ve already started the next chapter, pulling some threads together from earlier ones. As always, there might me another twist and we learn a bit more about a bumbling character introduced earlier as well as meeting a new pompous one.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

“Yes, sir.” Kim sighed. “I lost him.”

Sung stomped his foot and slammed a fist into the palm of his other hand. “How can you lose him? He’s a pathetic, dumb-witted man. You’re an intelligence officer. Are you saying he’s smarter than you?”

***

“Thank you, Supreme Leader. This makes me happy.” Why does he keep torturing me? He should give my family back.

“Do as you’re told without any further mishap.” Sung stood, signaling the end of the meeting. “You know the penalty.”

***

“You must know, as a senior official for our Supreme Leade—”

“On this ship, I am the supreme leader. You will do as I say. Or, I’ll toss you overboard.”

***

Soo nodded. I hope we don’t get sick on this floating garbage pit. “Lead on, Kim.”

“We must keep a sharp eye on the captain and is crew. There’s something—I don’t trust them.”

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

Last week I finished reading the sequel to Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos. It’s called Neptune’s Eye and was every bit as good as the first story in the series. Aristotle Socarides continues his somewhat meandering approach to life while at the same time delves into a missing person case.

Just when I thought I had figured out the identity of the culprit, Paul throws another wrench into the story. As a result, Aristotle must follow new clues to bring his latest adventure to a satisfying conclusion despite various obstacles.

In my humble opinion, Paul has created a fast-paced yet easy-to-read series. I’m looking forward to reading Aristotle’s next adventure.

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. Unfortunately, I don’t have any new links to share with you this week.

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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

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Randall’s Ramblings, September 3, 2017

Let’s hope the water subsided in Texas and Louisiana so people and pets can begin putting their lives back together. Mother Nature can certainly unleash a storm with a vengeance.

For readers in the U.S., I hope your Labor Day weekend is off to a good start. Considered the official end of summer, children will be heading back to school next week if they didn’t already start during the past few days. 

We had excellent weather yesterday, with more promised for today. Bright skies, temperatures in the low 70s, and just the occasional hint of a breeze–a great way to begin September. Hope the forecasters have it right as we plan to hold another garage sale.

My Work in Progress

My writing has slowed over the past couple of weeks due to unavoidable external circumstances. Therefore, chapter 23 of Dangerous Alliance isn’t quite ready to post for my reviewers to critique. Perhaps over the next few days.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

“Move.” The man pointed to his left, away from the crowds.

***

A hand grabbed his shoulder.

Soo gasped and swung at the unknown assailant.

The man caught Soo’s arm in mid-swing. “Ambassador Soo. What are you doing?”

“I-It’s you.”

“Yes. We were supposed to meet fifteen minutes ago.” Kim gave Soo a glance from head to toe. “Did something happen?”

“No. Yes.” Soo’s shoulders sagged. “T-The men who kidnapped me. They’re here.”

Kim glanced around. “Where?

***

“We must put our story together. Sung will ask why we stayed out of contact for several days. He might ask both of us.”

“I can understand him asking me, Kim, but why you? You’re my aide, nothing more.”

“True, but Sung is devious when he suspects anyone.” If you realized the truth, you’d require more than tea. When do you meet with our leader?”

“In two days.”

Perhaps a bit more next time.

Books I’m Reading

As promised a couple of posts ago, here are my thoughts regarding Neptune Island by Tony Reed. This is a fast-paced adventure, with Mr. Reed’s Lincoln Monk leading the way throughout the adventure. Set on an Asian island, Monk, a former police officer, is embroiled in a billionaire’s plot to lull the world into his way of thinking until it’s too late.

Neptune Island is an easy read, with plenty of action from the first page until the finale. While sometimes, things might seem to be turning worse for Monk and his associates, it’s hard to put this one down.

I also read Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos. I’ve already read some of his work when he collaborated with Clive Cussler, but this was the first time I’ve read a novel solely written by Paul. I can certainly understand by Mr. Cussler decided to work his him!

A college dropout, former marine, ex-cop turned private eye, Aristotle Socarides stumbles from one precarious situation to another. Unlike some main characters who never get a scratch, Aristotle is frequently on the wrong end of an altercation. Despite this, he takes us on a journey through Cape Cod as he puts aside his day job as a fisherman to search for buried treasure to uphold his family’s honor. I enjoyed this story so much I’ve already read the sequel!

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.

Readers Abode – Our second collection of short stories and poetry has now been released. Drop by for a read–there’s bound to be a genre of interest for you!

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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

 

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Randall’s Ramblings, August 27, 2017

Hi folks. Due to a myriad of uncontrollable external factors, I haven’t had a chance to create this week’s ramble. Please check back next weekend!  Many thanks!

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Randall’s Ramblings, August 20, 2017

It’s hard to believe how fast the summer is sailing by. While we’ve had several humid days this summer, only once has the thermometer reached 90 degrees, and that was on the 12th of June!

Still, we can’t complain. Despite the unsettled weather, we’re still getting plenty of sunshine. Today has started out with a gorgeous sunrise, the water’s calm, and we’re supposed to reach 82 degrees (although the humidity will make it feel like 90.

A perfect day for another garage sale. We held one yesterday–plenty of people stopped by. We sold a few items. Even better, I sold another autographed copy of The Kurdish Connection without leaving home!

My Work in Progress

Despite real life events keeping me busy, I finally finished chapter 22 of Dangerous Alliance. It was posted to the two subscription writing sites I use three days ago. So far, there’s been seven reviews, with some excellent suggestions to make the story even better.

As normal, the chapter contained a couple of twists for my readers. As one person said, “This is one of my very favorite of your chapters. There’s nothing to complain about here … all is in order. Your writing skill shines bright in this chapter.” Another chimed in with, “Great dialogue. You did a good job of adding emotion to this tense situation. Now, where’s the next chapter?” But as good reviewers do, both pointed out areas for possible improve. It’s great to have such great support!

The next chapter is already underway. At least one twist will pop up in this chapter as I bring back some characters from earlier in the story.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Hasan’s chest heaved as he tried to keep his emotions in check. “They knew we were coming.”

Tahliil nodded. “I told them. They’ll be too busy to worry about Dacar’s mission.”

“But … But, Gari was your friend.”

“At one time, perhaps, but he wanted to take over.” Tahliil shrugged, his lower lip covering the edge of the upper one. “He died for our cause.”

Hasan stared at Tahliil, searching for some sign of humanity, a glimpse to indicate his decision to inform the government about the fake Kenyan attack was for the greater cause and not for himself.

Nothing.

Hasan raised the pistol as Tahliil lunged forward to stop him.

Too late.

He pulled the trigger.

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

One of the books I recently finished was from a favorite author, Jack Du Brul. The Lightning Stones involves Philip Mercer, a geologist who always seems to be ending up in bad situations. No different this time, but a good twist involving a historical figure ties the past to the present.

While Mercer always seems to sort things out, sometimes he ends up in serious situations where his life can be on the line. This is another well-crafted story, with plenty of descriptions and action. Some might want more action, but I believe Jack has done a good balancing action and I look forward to reading more about Mercer’s adventures.

Next time, I’ll have a review of Neptune Island by Tony Reed and Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos.

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. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to browse for new sites this week.

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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

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Randall’s Ramblings, August 13, 2017

Today marks the last day of the 15th annual Michigan Yard Sale Trail, spanning more than 200 miles. Although it officially begins on a Friday, many people now start setting up and selling on Thursday.

Friday and Saturday saw intermittent thunderstorms and hail, but Mother Nature couldn’t detract from the large numbers of people out searching for bargains or just having a wander. Today, the weather is supposed to be partly sunny with a high of 75F, a perfect day for checking out the sales.

We’ve met people from throughout Michigan and Canada at our tables. While we do like to sell things, most times the conversations are just as enjoyable. I even sold one autographs copy of The Kurdish Connection!

My Work in Progress

With all of the prep work for the annual sales, I didn’t manage to do as much writing as planned. However, the draft of chapter 22 of Dangerous Alliance is now completed and will be posted in a few days.

The Kurdish Connection recently received its tenth five-start review on Amazon. This one came from Preston Holtry, the author of the Morgan Westphal mystery series and the ARRIUS trilogy.

The Kurdish Connection delivers a fast paced, Adrenalin charged tale of conspiracy, espionage and terrorism. The plot is diabolical and will keep you on the edge to the very end. Randall Krzak is a writer whose background has given him the knowledge and technical skills to craft a compelling novel requiring a seat belt while you read it. I look forward to more from this author.”

Any author would be thrilled with this kind of feedback. Perhaps you’ll be my next reviewer?

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Hasan shook Gari. His slumped body slid toward the door, Gari’s head on his chest. When Hasan tried to move him, he pulled his hand back.

Blood.

“Allah, help us!”

Gari groaned as he placed a bloody hand on Hasan. “Time … to … leave—” Gari passed out.

***

Hasan continued out of the city, not stopping until he approached the area where they rested overnight. Of the eight men entering Kismaayo in these two Land Rovers, two fled the scene, battered and bruised, but for now, alive.

They wept.

***

Samatar brought the damaged Land Rover to a halt. He struggled to open the door, which fell off its hinges. Losing his balance, he fell into the sand.

Hasan rushed to his side. “Where are the others?”

Samatar coughed, blood seeping out of his mouth. “Tell … tell them we died with bravery in our hearts.” The man’s head lolled to the side as his body sagged.

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

With yard work and yard/garage sale preparation taking up a good portion of the week, I wasn’t able to prepare my thoughts about the novel I recently finished reading. Next time, I’ll have a review of Jack Du Brul’s The Lightning Stones and Neptune Island by Tony Reed.

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.

Tai Baker – this is a newly established website/blog by a musician and author. On Mondays, Tai will be posting about the various aspects of novel writing and from time-to-time, interviews with other authors. Check it 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!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

 

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Randall’s Ramblings, August 6, 2017

Welcome to August! Named for Augustus Caesar, it means dignified or imposing (among other definitions). Let’s hope Leo the Lion’s month brings fantastic weather as summer heads towards its finale. I also hope August brings inspiration to all.

My Work in Progress

Writing remained slow over the past week, so chapter 22 of Dangerous Alliance is still a work in progress. Overall, the summer has hindered my writing and reading to the point I’m falling behind with my self-imposed goals and deadlines. However, I can’t do everything at the same time, so the most important events and tasks come first, with writing time squeezed in whenever possible.

The Kurdish Connection recently received its ninth five-start review on Amazon. This one thrilled me as its written by an author with six published novels and five non-fiction works. Russell Moran had the following to say about The Kurdish Connection:

“A non-stop thriller may seem like an overdone phrase, but that is what Mr. Krzak has created in this book. Hard to believe that it’s his debut novel.

“The characters are so real that you feel affection – or fear, as the different groups look for or try to hide a deadly cache of Sarin gas canisters left over from Saddam Hussein.

“Krzak keeps you turning pages as you follow the different characters as they wend their way through the exciting plot. The proverbial “clock is ticking” as you watch the drama unfold. You find yourself saying, “no don’t do that, do this,” because the author has given you enough information to be a couple of steps in front of the protagonists.

“The “Bedlam Alpha” team was a brilliant move on the author’s part. It consists of butt kicking characters readily believable by a fan of thriller novels. The author has a fine ear for language, such as his Canadian character’s often ending a sentence with the familiar Canuck, “eh.”

“It was easy to give this excellent novel a five star rating. I look forward to his next book.”

Any author would be thrilled with this kind of feedback. Perhaps you’ll be my next reviewer?

Here’s a bit from the the sequel, Dangerous Alliance:

Gari grinned. “What do we need with armored vehicles like Harbi wants? We’ll take what we want from the Kenyans.” He pressed his hands down the front of his captain’s uniform to remove the wrinkles.

His driver, a gray-haired man named Hasan Fido, laughed. “You are a handsome captain. But why not a general?”

“Generals don’t chase across the desert. They send captains and sometimes majors.”

“Next time, I want to be a lieutenant.”

“We’ll need to find a lieutenant willing to part with his uniform.”

***

Hasan glanced at Gari. “When we reach the square, should I stop?”

“Yes, we want to make as much noise as possible. Since you speak Swahili, I want you to accompany me and yell at anyone in the way. We’ll spend a few minutes in the village establishing ourselves as a Kenyan military unit chasing al-Shabaab terrorists.”

“Aah! I understand. No one will suspect us when we pursue the terrorists.”

***

Gari woke before the rest of his men. He dreamed of death during the night. A premonition of what might happen today? My death or someone else?

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I recently had the pleasure to read the first novel in a new series by Preston Holtry. My anticipation this would be as good as his Morgan Westphal mystery series was fulfilled.

Arrius Volume I: Sacramentum (Oath) introduces readers to an up and coming Roman soldier. He doesn’t follow blindly, but offers his opinion on matters, even to his own detriment. Arrius eventually becomes embroiled in the Roman fight against the Jews revolt in Judaea, focusing on his duty and little else.

Once the conquest is completed, Arrius still refuses to serve in Rome and at his request, ends up at Hadrian’s Wall. A complex but well-written story and I can’t wait to see whether he made the right choice!

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.

Preston Holtry – in case you haven’t read any of the Morgan Westphal series, here’s a link to learn more about Preston and his novels.  Enjoy!

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.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

© Copyright 2017 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved

 

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Randall’s Ramblings, July 30, 2017

This week saw the waves higher on the beach than at any time since we bought our property four years ago. Fortunately, we just had some of the grassy area cleaned to extend the beach inwards. Otherwise, we would have temporarily lost our entire beach!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

It took about three hours to clear the beach. Too windy to burn the stuff, I had to wait a couple of days for a calmer day. The day after I burned everything we had a minor repeat of the wave action–not as much to clear up. Looking good now!

My Work in Progress

Writing was slow over the past week, so chapter 22 of Dangerous Alliance is still underway. I had to spend time researching different aspects for the chapter, which cut into my writing time. I hope to have it completed and posted to the two subscriptions writing sites I use during the upcoming week. Soo will be making a revelation, so stay tuned for a snippet or two. 

In the meantime, here’s a bit more from an earlier chapter of Dangerous Alliance:

“We’ll leave tomorrow and be in place during the night. We’ll attack at dawn in two days.”

Gari nodded. “Okay, my men will hit Kismaayo at the same time. Two attacks at the same time might cause extra confusion.”

“Perhaps more difficulties if Busuri hits the refugee camp at the same time.”

“Agree, but Busuri does what he wants when he’s ready.” Gari spat out the chewed khat leaves. “Don’t know why Tahliil puts up with him.”

***

Back in the Toyota Land Cruiser, he pulled inside, followed by the other vehicles. A man jumped out of the last SUV, closed the barn doors, propping the poles back in place. He entered through a narrow side door as Harbi inspected the interior.

“Perfect. No one would suspect anyone would be hiding here.” He glanced up and studied the myriad of stars through the rafters. He turned to his men. “One hour rest and we head to our targets.”

The final vehicle remained on the bridge as 3M jumped out of the vehicle, carrying a backpack. Two others joined him, each with an identical bag.

“Come, while the others tend to their attacks, we’ll prepare our surprise.” 3M grinned at the others. “A farewell boom for when we leave Mombasa.”

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I recently completed Deadly Impulse by Carolyn Arnold. The sixth book in the Madison Knight detective series; this one is one of the best plots yet. Beginning with an elderly dead woman in a wheelchair found near a hospital, Madison and her detective partner Terry strive to identify the woman and how she died. Before long, more bodies appear. Is this the work of one individual or total coincidence?

While hot on the trail of myriad suspects, Terry is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child. At the same time, Madison is trying to decide if her current lover is getting to close or is it time to finally put aside things which had happened to her in the past and move forward with her social life.

Join Madison and Terry as they deal with their personal situations and begin to unravel the threads connecting the bodies and work their way through multiple suspects. Deadly Impulse is well written and an excellent read, which will keep you guessing about the perpetrators to the very end!

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. With all the extra curricular activities this week, I didn’t have a chance to browse around. I should have something to share with you soon.

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.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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