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Evaluate Your Life Day.
When I realized we celebrated this day today, I asked myself, haven't we done this since March? Years from now people will write of the day when they heard their city and perhaps their state shut down. Schools closed. Businesses sent workers home to more or less successful virtual 9-5's. Restaurants and watering holes as well as anmy public gathering place including places of worship closed. After about two weeks of shock and panic buying when it was permitted - of items not being restocked and the obsession with toilet paper many of us settled in. Some of us caught up on everything Netflix had to offer to somehow dull the fact they they were alone. Some read books. Others helped cranky children through online lessons. Eventually, if we weren't too angry and busy blaming this or that conspiracy or politician for our inability to move about freely and unmasked, some of us made lemonade of the fiasco known as Covid-19. Some of us looked inward. I know my spouse and I have done this as we took our open-air walks in the summer and now the early fall. So I asked readers.
What have you found our about yourself in this time sequestered.
A hobby? A new direction? A skill? Peaceful contemplation? Or has it been just loneliness and a sense of loss?
I can answer for my family. I have an eight month old grandson I haven't met and four other grandchildren who are growing up so fast. Sometimes I feel them slipping away and wonder if they will know me at all when we see each other again. That part is sad. We've also realized that health and fitness is important. I've discovered that just because I know how to cook and have moved to a house with a decent kitchen doesn't mean I need to fix farmhouse meals with desert three times daily, so I've cut way back. I realize I never liked shopping, in crowds or pawing through goods in stores or waiting in restaurant lines for a seat in a place of dubious ambiance so I've learned to glory in the magic of online ordering. I've rediscovered quiet. Sometimes, though, it's too quiet. I miss the bustle. Holidays will be via Zoom but we'll make it work. When things go back to normal, will I be able to keep the revelations of a quieter slower life? What have you learned about You?
Book 5 Begins, Finally.
After almost 2 years (way too long) I'm finally inspired to finish up the major portion of Children of Stone. The reason I hadn't was because I wanted the final segment to be worthy of my readers. In the interim I revised Books 1 and 2, tightening up the voice and the pacing - straightening out the POV's. I also did that to get the feel of where the story was going because the ending I'd originally envisioned wasn't satisfactory at all. I had thought of stopping after Book 4 but too much was left hanging that needed to be wrapped up. Finally, through writing a few spinoffs and collaborating with my son and edotor plus other authors I found a solution. I would focus on the endgame of the original mission by focusing on the fallen entity posing as a god, who needed to return to his ascended home. I realized each book dealt with a character dynamic. Book 1, Voices in Crystal is about Marai and the first adventures when the Children come, make changes and give him his mission.
Book 2, Going Forth by Day is about Marai's female companions, their adventures without him and the fallout from their decisions. It also introduces Maatkare Raemkai as anti-hero and Prince Wserkaf as a "Charley come lately" savior. Book 3 Opener of the Sky is about Prince Maatkare and his relationship with Deka and the other women: about a new character Djerah who is a distant relative and about Akaru Metautehetep (Mtoto) a misfit magical child now grown old. It's also about prophecy and Marai's search for justice.
Book 4 Heart of the Lotus is about the host's growth in wisdom and power but It's also about Hordjedtef's efforts to manipulate his own power and future. It has opened the door for the wayward entity now called Ta-te for short. The backdrop is how the royal family and new complications play into the prophecy and the story. Book 5 The Lake of Memory is about the entity Ta-Te, his corruption, fall, and motive. It is the most Visionary of the five books because Ta-te is at heart a scientist and creator but also is master of doubt, illusion, concepts of reality and time that is, in many ways, the dragon in the heart of us all. Look for it winter of 2021. (A random internet search once came up with the closest representation of my dream of Ta-Te as scientist and interdimensional traveler.)
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
Blood Red 1 Natalia Darling got a terrible surprise on her wedding day. Her fiancé was cheating on her with a trusted friend in the church bathroom. There wasn’t much to do but cancel and go on her honeymoon by herself to Castle Cozy in the Adirondacks. The miserable start was only the beginning of the story. Then she’s lost with a dead phone in a blizzard. Could life get worse? Serhan Gorky had noticed her scent from far away. He, a centuries old vampire enters Natalia’s life. In a well-paced story that adds different aspects and details in the lives of vampires and how they interact with humans (when they are not prey) Robin Rance takes you on a romantic journey with plenty of twists and turns right, gory details, and passion right up to the end when Natalia must make a decision. Read the book and then read the sequel Blood Red The Curse
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
Blood Red II The Curse After her marriage plans fell apart, Natalia ran away and into Serhan, a member of a prestigious Russian Vampire family. When her sister and mother trailed her to a remote castle, Serhan and a few immortal friends protected her from her demons and unfortunately their own. Serhan wants her, but needs for her to choose him willingly. A dark cupid is in residence, however for Natalie’s mother and sister they too have fallen for vampires. Serhan , brother Sergei and Ivan all vampires must now fight against a threat from their homeworld carrying out centuries old revenge. New characters, demons and demigods join the story in a good against evil battle but still leaves one question unanswered. Will Natalie accept Serhan’s love? Robin Rance’s great continue of book one is well written and enticing – a different sort of vampire story and a great part 2!
In Numina: Urban Fantasy in Ancient Rome (Stories of Togas, Daggers, and Magic Book 2) Kindle Edition by Assaph Mehr 5.0 out of 5 stars
I write Historical Fantasy, but whenever I read Assaph Mehr's works I immediately think "Gee I wish I could write that well." I'd give it 6+ stars if I could. Two to three years ago I read Murder in Absentia and loved every page of this historical fantasy set in Egretia - an alternate world Classical Rome. I immediately bought In Numina but only found time to read it this month. Once again Felix is called to solve a problem. A former employer can't seem to keep tenants on his property due to hauntings and demonically grisly murders. A former mystery school student (didn't complete his studies) Felix is sought because of skill and experience with the supernatural. This is instantly complicated because of two women, one a former lover, and the woman's daughter who is helping in the investigations and is developing a crush on him. Messy. There is much to love in the extraordinary world-building and great characterizations NOT seen through a 21st century lens. In that world as in classic Rome slavery is fine, gods are to be placated an divinations performed with numerous sacrifices, brothels and taverns abound and women marry whom they are told to marry and accept that they will ultimately have no voice. Some readers find that difficult to accept but that's history as it was. Despite all the realism there's compassion and tenderness, mystery and great detective work. I certainly hope Mr. Mehr will write us more Felix!
New memes, the story excerpts continue. At the end of Book 1 I will create a page with all Chapter memes. This issue we look at Chapters 34 and 35 Marai crosses the Great Green River (Nile) to visit the priests and to do the bidding of the Children of Stone. He knows trouble might lie ahead and almost turns around. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HIM? Read Voices in Crystal, then read the rest. #VisionaryFiction #AncientEgypt #historicalfantasy
Reluctantly, Marai stays to study with the Great One of Five. The elder asks him to sing because he suspects Marai is an immortal and that he had heard his magical singing as a youth 55 years earlier. The Great One is determined to know the sojourner's secret of immortality and to have it for his own use.
A Wizard's Sacrifice: A Dark Science Fantasy (The Woern Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
by A.M. Justice (Author) 10-6-20
Conquering Fate Takes Sacrifice.
Victoria of Ourtown believes two things: that the bright, wandering star in the heavens is an abandoned spacecraft which brought her ancestors to this world and that destiny and the will of gods are nonsense. Vic used to scoff at stories of wizards too, until she acquired their powers. Once a warrior, now a secret wizard, she just wants to live an ordinary life and find a way to atone for the mistakes she’s made.
Ashel of Narath knows that the wandering star is the god who created humanity, but this difference of opinion doesn’t stop him from loving Vic. All that keeps them apart is a thousand miles and a tragic loss.
Lornk Korng needs Vic and Ashel to execute his plans for conquest. The fact both want him dead is but a trifling snag in his schemes. A bigger problem are the world’s indigenous aliens and an ancient enemy whose victory could wipe out humankind.
As plots and counterplots clash across time, Vic and Ashel must choose their allies carefully, or risk losing not only each other but everything they know.
A gripping tale of wizardry, warfare, and moral dilemmas unspools in a breathtaking blend of fantasy and science fiction.
Christmas of the Heart: A Collection of Short Stories Kindle Edition
by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Heart-Collection-Short-Stories-ebook/dp
Christmas of the Heart is a collection of short stories and a novella, most with wonderful Christmas themes to enjoy over a cup of coffee and a sweet dessert--and like a sweet dessert, each story leaves you wanting more.
A Bed for Christmas is about the rough and tumble life of a few stray dogs and what it means when love finds them in an alley.
O Christmas Tree is a story of loss and signs given to a loved one. Could we all be missing everyday signs?
Snow Angels is a heartfelt story of two sons coming home to find their parents suffered unbelievable atrocities but at Christmastime, miracles can happen.
Millie is a short story of a homeless woman meeting Santa Claus and how it changes everything.
Detecting a Mystery is a wonderful story about a guy with a new metal detector, a found bracelet, and how that mystery weaves a tale between two families and a grandmother's dying wish.
This also includes a new novella, The Reindeer Ranch, full of all those Hallmark moments we all have come to enjoy. Meet Darci, the single mother with two children that is the Hope Falls city event planner. She isn't looking for romance, but a tire blow out just might change all of that. Darci's neighbor, Rita, comes to the rescue volunteering her brother to fix the tire in a snow storm. Brian is good natured, handsome and has a history that Darci doesn't know about. Will the stars be in their favor?
There are many more stories, too many to highlight here. Pick up a copy, you'll be glad you did!