Friday, August 5, 2022

Deadly Verse


Checkout my good friend Elizabeth Varadan's newest novel, Deadly Verse! I'm super excited to share her work, as it's always well written and well researched. Plus it's just a lot of good, clean fun to read! If you enjoy cozy mysteries, then Deadly Verse is for you!

The Braga Romana festival provides the exotic backdrop for Elizabeth Varadan's exciting new murder mystery. When an old friend gives amateur sleuth Carla Bass and her husband an original sonnet by Portugal's greatest poet, Luís Vaz de Camõens, for safekeeping, it's not long before Carla finds herself embroiled in theft, deception, intrigue and... murder! Carla must solve the mystery while winding her way through a five-day festival celebrating Braga’s Roman past with parades, skits, dances, musical performances and mock battles between centurions and gladiators.


Elizabeth Varadan is an American author and former teacher. She has written children’s fiction as well as adult flash fiction, fantasy and poetry. She lives with her husband in Sacramento, California.


"In DEADLY VERSE, Elizabeth Varadan once again sends us to Portugal in the company of the delightful Carla Bass. A cozy though sharp-eyed mixture of mystery and suspense, with vivid descriptions of that fascinating country as an added bonus. A fun read."

--- Dennis Palumbo,  author of the Daniel Rinaldi thrillers. 


Author Links

Blog: http://elizabethvaradansfourthwish.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabethvaradan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/4thWishVaradan

Link to Trailer

https://vimeo.com/724543646?fbclid=IwAR0IL0xIFpUWW82LGkq1Aq0_aC7gFQ9MBAkpLRjLrvQcq34ehOnLcwoDgbw


Purchase Information

Amazon

Belanger Books

Release date

August 4, 2022




Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Unbreakable

Fellow author, Kristin Smith has come out with another amazing read, Unbreakable. If you like YA dystopic novels, this is for you. Check it out!

From best-selling and award-winning author Kristin Smith comes the riveting fourth and final book in the Deception Game series.

A terrible discovery that will change everything.

 

Armed with valuable information, Sienna and her friends find asylum in the east coast province of Pride. While initially grateful for Pride’s open arms, they begin to question exactly what kind of loyalties its president is after.  Sienna must grapple with her new condition, Trey has to figure out how to win a war without losing Sienna, and Zane needs to recreate a gene regeneration therapy to cure Sienna without knowing if he’ll ever win her heart. When they learn Trina survived the Zenith Camp bombing, they also discover she’s been living a nightmare. 

 

In the end, Sienna and her friends must somehow come together and fight a war for a government they aren’t sure they can trust.





About Kristin

Kristin Smith is the best-selling and award-winning author of the DECEPTION GAME series. Her first book, CATALYST, is a 2018 IAN Book of the Year Award finalist in the Young Adult category.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Kristin currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and five sons. To read more about Kristin or her books, please visit her website at kristinsmithbooks.com.




Thursday, March 3, 2022

Stand with Ukraine


We continue to live in extraordinary times, and none more heartbreaking than the current war in Ukraine. I won't waste time recapping what we all already know, and the obviousness of such naked aggression against the men, women, and children of Ukraine by Putin and his armed forces. None of us want to see anyone die, neither Ukrainian nor Russian. Just as we see incredible heroics by the Ukrainians themselves, there are also strong voices of protest from within Russia as well. President Zelensky has truly shown himself to be a modern day Churchill in his courage and determination to continue to remain in and defend Kyiv.

So what can we, the rest of the world do? We certainly cannot sit idly by while a literal warmonger invades one sovereign nation today when he might easily do the same to any of us tomorrow. The threat of nuclear conflict hangs over every decision, further complicating an already complex situation. But as the saying goes, all that is required for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing. That is a luxury none of us can afford.

So please stand with Ukraine today, any way that you can. They need money, logistical and material support. Refugees in neighboring countries need supplies and funding too. The disinformation war is real, and even humble blogs (like this one) or other social media that state the truth and solidarity of the free world present one more obstacle to the forces of oppression. 

Donate what you can. Show what support you can. Speak the truth whenever you can. Pray. Love. Help. 

And stand with Ukraine.

 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

New Manuscript!!


Well, finally I've managed to produce something good in my writing since this entire pandemic began. I'll admit it has not been easy to write these past couple of years, but I'm glad I persevered, because now I have a new manuscript to share!

It's entitled Skullduggery, and is a piece of historical fiction set in the 17th century Caribbean during the "golden" era of piracy.

I've started putting out my manuscript with several trusted CPs, but I'm always open to new crit partners (and always willing to gladly reciprocate). If any of you are interested in reading my latest and greatest novel-to-be, check out the blub below and drop me a line in the comments. I'm always happy to share, whether someone wants to read just a few chapters or the entire book. This one definitely feels special. I hope you enjoy your day, as I know I will:) 

Thanks!


Skullduggery

1686. The Caribbean. Dante is a young, idealistic conquistador when he falls for the beautiful Isabella, mistress of the powerful, ruthless Hidalgo of the Yucatan. The jealous Hidalgo sends Dante on a suicide mission against local pirates, but the pirates capture Dante instead and force him to join their crew. The buccaneers take Dante to the pirate port of Petit Goave, full of adventurous cutthroats and alluring courtesans, but he never forgets his love for Isabella nor his hatred for the Hidalgo. When Dante purloins a map of the Hidalgo's treasure fortress of Las Marinas, the Hidalgo learns that Dante is still alive and puts a price on his head. Dante convinces the pirates to raid the Hidalgo's fortress using a secret entrance revealed on the stolen map. The race is on to reach Las Marinas, get the treasure, and rescue Isabella before the Hidalgo and his soldiers try to kill Dante and his newfound pirate friends first.   




Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Book of Boba Fett


Ever a Star Wars fan, I've really been enjoying the storytelling in the newest series called "The Book of Boba Fett." I enjoyed other Star Wars series online, such as the Mandalorian, but I was surprised that some fans weren't as crazy about Book of Boba Fett. And I have a theory why.

The Book of Boba Fett feels more like an actual book, rather than a typical TV show. It follows the bounty hunter Boba Fett and his unexpected rise as a local warlord with his own sort of ethics of right and wrong in a world where nothing is what it first seems. The characters are gray, not black and white, and you really get to follow side stories of intriguing secondary characters as well. Like I said, it feels more like a book than a TV show, and that's what I like about it. Temuera Morrison's acting is really good too as the title character.

Anyhow, check it out if you like a good SciFi story with a twist of a western feel to it. New episodes come out every Wednesday on Disney+. Tiny spoiler, if you liked "Baby Yoda," he's in this series too. 





Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Reverence for Life

Albert Schweitzer

It's been ages, but with all the ups and downs of the past months, I'm trying to get back in the blogging habit. One book I really wanted to share that's really inspired me in these troubled times is an oldie, but a goodie: Reverence for Life, by Albert Schweitzer.

A preacher, missionary, doctor, and author in the early 20th century, I found his words to be impressive and invigorating because his book stills holds up with an ever-changing world and rings with goodness and truth. Although he writes as a Christian author, I don't think one has to be Christian to get something out of his works. I found each chapter to be not only beautifully written, but intensely practical in how each of us can live our everyday lives in fulfillment and harmony with the universe around us. I was particularly struck by certain concepts that at first seemed mysterious, but made more sense as I read further. Ideas like a reverence for life is a way of life, and how even in the midst of suffering we are blessed, and many other nuggets of wisdom.

I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light at the end of the tunnel in these dark days, but also for anyone who wants to really embrace the tranquility that comes from helping others and feeding our souls by living life as it was intended. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.



Monday, July 12, 2021

Helping Graduating English Majors


Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the past couple of years haven't been easy for anyone, but especially so for graduating college students. Fortunately, there are ways to give back and help out. Several years ago, I was tapped to join my Alma mater's English Advisory Board, and I was just down in San Luis Obispo this weekend as we brainstormed new ideas and programs to help newly graduated English Majors navigate the working world. 

As both a Technical Writer by day and a published fiction author by night, I really love helping Literature students find their way after graduation and discover how they can use their degree in order to make a life for themselves. Whether it's technical writing, marketing, teaching, fiction writing, politics, publishing, etc., there's something there for everyone. I especially enjoy giving confidence to students who perhaps though their English degree wasn't as useful as some other pursuits, such as engineering or business. I've certainly found my degrees to be both valuable and valued in the years since I graduated from university.

In these uncertain times, as we emerge optimistically into a post-pandemic world, I really think that's when people sometimes need help and encouragement the most. I'm proud to be a continuing member of the advisory board at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and I encourage others to get involved with their former Alma maters any way that they can. After all, the most rewarding activities I've found in life are usually those in which we help others. Hope your summer is going well and that sunny days lie ahead for all of us!