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Excited for the Future

Phew!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m glad summer is over.

Instead of BBQ’s and swimming pools, my summer was spent caregiving at the Cleveland Clinic and dealing with my own health issues (side note: sleep apnea really, really makes you feel awful).  So with all of that on my plate, plus some other life changes, needless to say this poor website of mine was put on the back burner.

So no, dear readers, I haven’t disappeared or quit, ha ha!   I’m finally happy to announce that things are slowing down where I can pull my attentions back into writing.  There were a few big things that happened, like “The Ripple Affair” having a successful free promo and “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator” hitting the Amazon best seller list for teen and young adult pirate stories.  And speaking of Captain Patty, the sequel, “Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer” has been released!  I can’t tell you how excited I am over this one.  There’s a tiny bit of a ghost story in it, so I’m glad it was released around Halloween, and if you’re a Reuben fan like me, you’re going to be happy to know this story is told from his point of view!  It’s a lot of laughs, plus a few questions from the first book will finally be answered, so I hope you check out my Captain Patty book page to see the latest regarding the world’s silliest pirate!

So what’s next?  (Aside from the holidays?)  There’s a few things in store:

  • “The Ripple Affair” Series is almost to an end!  It’s hard to believe that only a few stories are left before this part of Edward and company’s tale wraps up.  “Heir of Vengeance” is currently being written, and after the shocking ending to “Heart of Deceit”, I can promise you that things are about to get juicy!  A new villain competing with the old?  I wonder who will win?  Hmmmmm…
  • “The Adventures of Captain Patty” Series is nearing it’s end as well.  I’m still debating on whether to do spin-off stories because this series has been a bit of a surprise hit for me.  People of all ages (who don’t even like pirate stories) are enjoying it!  I honestly didn’t think people would like it as much as they have, so I’m still deciding on how much longer to continue things.  I am dabbling with a Captain Patty backstory since I think there’s a lot to tell, so we’ll see where it goes!  Rest assured I’ll keep you all posted in the coming months.
  • Nanowrimo is here!  Writers everywhere are rejoicing while binging on caffeine as they try to write a novel in a month.  Though I can’t guarantee I can write that fast, I am working on a new project that is a tad different from what I normally write.  I’ve dabbled with this story idea for near a decade now, and I’m finally starting to put it to paper for this month’s Nanowrimo project.  I’ll give you a few hints though: it’s space opera (think Star Wars type science fiction) and it has my most favorite character I’ve ever come up with.  The sass is strong with this one!  On a side note, if you look very closely in my blog, you can see a glimpse of this character in one of my posts.  😉

That’s about all I have for now, but I hope you all are having a wonderful week and continue to stay tuned for more updates.  Thank you so much for you patience and support, dear readers.  You have no idea how much I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.  God bless!

 

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Captain Patty Review…As Told by the Characters

Reviews…every author loves them.  Whether good or bad or mediocre, reviews show that a book is being read by an audience, and more readers equals more exposure (and let’s be honest…more sales…) for the writer wanting to make a living.

Getting reviews is all fine and dandy coming from real people, but what if the characters themselves got a hold of the book?  Would they leave a good review, bad review, or spam?  I decided to give the characters of “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator” a copy of the book they’re in, and here’s what they submitted:

  • From Samantha: “Captain Patty is the adventurous story of a young girl and her father braving the Seven Seas with the silliest pirate around!  There’s chocolate, hamsters, a big sea monster, and singing and dancing!  You’ll never want to go back on land after reading this fun and exciting story!”
  • From Reuben: “So…there’s this guy.  A guy named Reuben.  He’s a mighty fine chap.  I think he’ll go far in life.  He’s brave, handsome, strong…did I mention handsome?  If they make a movie version, I think they should cast him as himself.  He’d win an award for sure.”
  • From Charles: “It is in my most humbled opinion that ‘Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator’ is one of the greatest stories of our time.  It is a moral tale of bravery, compassion, loyalty, and love, and anyone who gets their hands on this book will have no trouble putting it down.”
  • From Louis: “LOOKING FOR A NEW SOFA?  LINENS?  PET CANARY?  THEN LOOK NO FURTHER!  SHOP AT LOUIS’ TRADING POST FOR THE BEST SELECTION IN ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT!  WE HAVE THE BEST PRICES THIS SOUTH OF THE MAINLAND.  SHOP AT LOUIS’ TODAY!”
  • From Moderator: “@Louis – the post above has been marked as SPAM.  Please do not solicit customers towards businesses that exist in a literary world.
  • From Bartleby: “This book is trash.  It makes that pompous frilly girl Patty look intelligent when she clearly isn’t and makes that CLEARLY VILLAINOUS FIEND Charles look heroic.  I’ve never read such a one-sided piece of filth.  IGNORE THIS BOOK.
  • From Patty: “I received this book for an honest review in exchange for thirty pounds of chocolate.  From beginning to end, this story captivated me.  I felt as if I were on the ship itself!  Oh wait…I was…
  • From Franky the Hamster: “Squeaky squeak  squeak squeak.  Squeaker squeaky squeak squeak squeaken squeak! 😀

Well, there you have it!   Honest reviews from the characters themselves!  If you’d like to read more about “Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator”, visit the Books page for more information!

An Interview with My Book Characters

In celebration of the soon-to-be-released “When Dreams Break” (Book 3 of “The Ripple Affair” series), instead of doing a typical preview post where I blab about what to expect, I thought I’d let my book characters do the talking this time.  After all, they’re the ones in the story, and who better to let you know what’s ahead than the people who have experienced it?  Below is a transcript of the conversation:

Erin: Good to see you all again, everyone, and thanks for stopping by to give this interview!  I know a lot of people are really excited about Book 3 of “The Ripple Affair” series.  What sort of previews can you give us?

Emmerich: (looks over to Edward) I think the beginning of Book 2 was better.

Edward: I’d have to disagree with that.  It was nice not to be the bad guy for once.  You on the other hand…

Antoinette:  (looks over to Edward) Are we really going to get into this now?  We’re supposed to be building up this story, not watching you two get into another cat fight.  Besides, we can’t give out spoilers.

Bernie: (puts away the popcorn)  Well, this is going to be boring.

Marcus: (rolls his eyes)  Something tells me you’ll make it interesting anyways.  You don’t have rotten egg sandwiches underneath our seats, do you?  Or did you just save that for me?

Bernie:  Uhm…

Erin:  Let’s get back on track.  Without giving away spoilers, what can readers expect in Book 3?

Emmerich: I think you’re really going to see the relationship between Antoinette and I change.  In Book 2, you got to see the beginnings of our romance.  Everything was about friendship, fun, and comfort.  In “When Dreams Break”, our relationship now includes a marriage.  Are we ready for it?  Is it really what we both want?  Is it something feasible given our circumstances?

Arnold: Especially when she’s supposed to be marrying me.

Emmerich:  Well, that’s up for her to decide.

Arnold: Is it?

Antoinette: No spoilers, Arnold!

Arnold: Ugh, you’re all so dull.  At least tell me we can talk about that one secret Emmerich has that –

Antoinette: NO SPOILERS!

Arnold: Fine, fine.  (looks to Malina)  Really, these people are so uptight all the time!  However do you manage to deal with it?

Erin: On that note, while we know part of the story concentrates on Emmerich and Antoinette’s relationship, there’s a lot going on in Audlin.  Care to give us a hint?

Edward: I’ve got a new baby.  He’s absolutely adorable and the highlight of my life right now.  He’s just learning to reach and grab things and I think he’s got smiling down to an art.

Malina: And while my husband is with the baby, I continue to do what I do best.  I’m more popular than ever with the people and everyone loves me!

Vacius: Except for that new character…

Edward: Wait, what?  There’s a new character?

Malina: (turns to Vacius, whispering) Darling, we’re not supposed to mention him yet.  Edward isn’t supposed to know!

Vacius: It’s not like I really wanted to know, either.

Edward: (turns to Marcus) Who are they talking about?

Marcus: I’m not sure.  (turns to Bernie) Maybe it’s another troublemaker causing chaos in the palace.

Bernie:  You are never going to let me forget that, are you?

Marcus: Not a chance.

Bernie: It’s not like you didn’t get back at me for it.

Marcus: I don’t think we’re supposed to talk about that yet.  That’s more of a Book 4 conversation.

Bernie:  Oh yeah!  That’s where we finally get some pages to be something other than background.

Edward: Am I the only one concerned there’s a new character that we know nothing about?

Malina: (sighs) Great.  Now I’m never going to hear the end of it.

Erin: Uhm…yeah.  So are there any fun facts about this book that you think the readers will enjoy?

Arnold: I’m in it.

Malina: Darling, please.  They read it because they love me.

Edward: (Clears this throat) I sing a song in this book.  It’s pretty silly, but I think the readers will enjoy it.

Antoinette: I know I certainly did.

Bernie: I do a big prank.  It causes chaos.  Basically, the book is me just being me.  (laughs)

Marcus: And of course, I get caught in the middle of it.

Emmerich: (looks to Arnold)  I’m not sure what I can say about this book except…the ending had one good part in it that I particularly enjoyed.

Arnold: (mumbles)  I’m sure you did.

Edward: I think I enjoyed that part rather well, too.

Bernie:  I didn’t get to see it.  Can you guys do a repeat in Book 4?

Arnold: NO.

Edward: I like the idea of an encore.

Arnold: OH NO YOU DON’T.  I am not about to get into that again!  I refuse to work under these conditions…

Bernie: I’ll grab the popcorn!

Erin: And on that note, thank you all for your time in promoting Book 3 of “The Ripple Affair” series, “When Dreams Break”.  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of you, and I’m sure you’ll leave everyone with plenty to talk about!  Until then, check out our book page here to find out more about the first two books in the series, “The Ripple Affair” and “Reign of Change“.  Thanks for joining us, everyone!