Sunday, July 13, 2014

Whew!

This has been one bear of a summer so far with the amount of work going into the household. Massive amount of effort restructuring the garden, new garage finished, brick laid around the yard, garden put in and tended, deck stripped of old paint and sealed, house partially painted (more to be done there) still need to lay more brick around the house and build a brick patio and fire pit. And then there are the surprises any home owner loves like today's broken plumbing line.  Fixed it because otherwise there was no water for the household (wife wouldn't be to pleased about that as you can imagine) but you can guess what happened to the planned writing for the day. That allotted time went  elsewhere. Did I mention my home is 108 years old?
   As you can see, the writing has been done in snatches of creativity when possible. However, there is still much to come in the writing realm. Only for now the release dates are going to be pushed back a bit. To wit, there are eight novels in the cooker. I hope to have at least three of them ready by Xmas. Readers deserve my best and that's what I aim to give you so I won't rush things. Hold on with me and I promise the wait will be worth it. In the meantime there are four stellar novels already available for your enjoyment. I would love it if some of you found them worthy of your time.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What's Been Happening!

A lot to tell the truth. First to the writing, I've got several projects in the cooker and am working hard at my craft though not so much on the blogging front. In time that will come too. I'll have a great deal to say soon so hang in there with me. Until then, keep the faith, God bless all of you and I promise I'll do better on this front.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Life is Fickle

So much going on... No excuses, I'm still trying to get it done and will. Lot's of activity on the real world front so that my fiction has become a trickle at times. But what I'm working on is too important to me to let it flounder permanently. "Woman Catch Hell," a heart wrenching look inside the world of human trafficking and abuse and "Elise," a spy novel unlike any other are in the works. Each features women prominently and is a completely different read but I'm ultra-excited about what they bring to the table. Neither will be rushed but I will have them available for your enjoyment soon.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What this writer's been up to...

Novels coming!!! Reviews coming!!! Life's been way too busy lately but the stories are rummaging through my mind incessantly. A writer's life... Unique, titillating, relevant, intriguing and in your face. Those are the stories coming for everyone's enjoyment.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Reviews by Lewis

As a way of supporting fellow writers I am beginning a series of reviews that will run continuously. First up in the queue is Melissa Foster and her Novel Chasing Amanda. I already know that Melissa will be seen here again...and again...and again. In the effort of fairness and to support others as well, I will not review her work twice in a row. (That is unless Melissa finds me and threatens to hurt me...) But I'm still pretty fast so if I get a head start I should be okay unless she's like an ex Olympic sprinter or something...maybe I'll check her profile once I post this just in case. (There's no shame in running away for anyone thinking otherwise.) At any rate, here's what I had to say about Melissa's novel.


For anyone interested, this is a review of Melissa’s first novel which encompasses a huge learning curve. I reviewed it with that in mind. I have no doubt that she will grow as her career continues but her talent is obvious despite the presence of imperfection however that can be quantified.

In “Chasing Amanda,” Melissa Foster creates a world of surprises, relentless emotion and uneasy terror that this fellow writer completely disappeared into at the onset. The conflicted nature of her chief protagonist, Molly, is evident immediately along with enough background material to set the reader’s curiosity juices on edge. On page one we learn that Molly is a mother, that she’d made an emotional move from Philadelphia to a small town in Maryland due to the death of Amanda, that she is somewhat angst filled for reasons to be discovered, and that she is also very human as exhibited by her self-conscious thought process and her longing for the time when her son, Erik, was a youngster.  In a succinct way the reader learns that this is a character with complex personality traits and we have just met her. That’s as effective an act of setting the hook as can be accomplished. Other characters in the book are also imbued with their own equally intriguing qualities that are also well explained as the mystery unfolds.

Particularly appealing to this reader was the novel’s wording. Melissa Foster did what I strive to do when I write, and that is make the words flow effortlessly so that they don’t get in the way of the story. Simply put, writers can sometimes forget that they are creating for an audience that wants more than anything to disappear into a good story and forget the world around them. I’ve been reminded by certain readers to remain unnamed both subtly and otherwise that no one cares about your “writer’s” vocabulary if it doesn’t fit the story and make it better. Melissa nailed it in “Chasing Amanda.”  My only complaint (this is a review and not my personal I admire Melissa party after all) was that I wanted more fleshing out of some of the scenes in the book, particularly towards the end where there was a slight feel of rushing. I realize this was probably due to editing which is a writer’s bane. I know that word and page counts are a necessary evil but as a reader I don’t ever care how long a story is if it’s a great one, think Ken Follett and his thousand page manifests. Simply put, Melissa, you are a great story teller and I wanted more.

In the area of developing character relationships is where Melissa shone most in my opinion. Molly and Cole’s tension-filled interactions are the highlight in this area, but Pastor Lett and Rodney get equal care as do all the other personalities involved. All of whom are relevant and central to the plot which keeps the intrigue and suspense building percolating as the reader wonders how all of this will be tied together in the end. It’s a very real and effective treatment of the tender subject of the personal loss and grief caused by child abductions in a world that is too often unfeelingly callous and unforgiving.

Besides being an engaging, heartfelt tale, “Chasing Amanda” was embedded with enough twists and plot surprises to make the story unpredictable like real life which is the point. I won’t give away too much by rehashing major events because I don’t enjoy reviews that do that and take away the joy I get reading a particular work and discovering for myself. (There are enough reviews on Amazon and elsewhere that will give anyone looking more of an outline if that’s what they want) What I will say to the potential reader out there is that Melissa Foster is a writer with imagination, skill and the ability to get inside her characters and shape a story. She’s already a star and in my opinion will become an enormously larger one as her writing career progresses.  I will be reading her other works as well so I can contrast them, but mainly to enjoy what she’s created. Fabulous (first) work Melissa.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hopes For The New Year

I'm sure anything I write here mirrors what most of us hope for but I have to say it anyway.

.I absolutely would love to see more humanity in 2013. I won't glorify violence by rehashing it but you all know what I mean.
.I hope our government actually works together for the good of those who put them in office.
.I hope all the haters stop hating.
.I hope to achieve a breakthrough in my writing and wish the same for many others.
.On that note, I hope people read more.
.I hope for health, wealth (not necessarily money either) and the fulfillment of dreams for everyone.

There are a lot of other hopes I could add but I prefer to leave something for the reader's imagination.  Add to your own list and let's make it a great 2013 everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Simeon's Promise

Simeon's Promise is a story that explores some very difficult themes. It also contains some hard language that is central to the characters portrayed in the story. Parents, I am telling you this outright so that you know it is not intended for minors. SIMEON'S PROMISE IS FOR ADULTS! I hope that's clear enough.

Now, having said that, the story is principally about forgiveness under the most extreme of circumstances and the language is not gratuitous nor is it the focus of the story. Nadine and Simeon's estranged relationship is. Of course there's action, and adventure, and intrigue intertwined within the sizzling interactions between the characters because I have to entertain and tantalize you, but there is also an underlying message. I would love to know what you think should you read it. And if you read the post before this one, you know that the story is free for the next 90 days to members of Amazon Prime. So if you are not a member, then join already and get some reading done... Reviews folks, please. How else can we writers give you what you want? I'm just saying...