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Kate on writing…
What motivates you to write?
Authors are supposed to have profound reasons for writing, but I was tricked into it. A friend asked me to help edit his memoir, then contribute to his blog, and then edit a novel he wrote with his grandchildren. He published his books on Amazon — what a thrill to see them there and find reviews from readers. When NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) rolled around, he encouraged me to try and helped me edit the result into a book that, if I do say so, is not terrible.
I realized I could do better and learn more about this strange thing called writing. I’m not good at crossword puzzles, but here was a puzzle that really grabbed me. What will people be like in a world I create? What about danger, adventure, and survival on a planet as close to real as I can make it? I was hooked.
How many hours a week do you spend writing?
I feel my most creative in the mornings, so I write for two or three hours most days. I can edit and tend social media in the afternoons, so another couple hours there. When I’m in outlining mode my schedule is more erratic. I need to take long walks and afternoon naps to help me think. I also read for an hour or two, since reading in part of writing, whether fiction or how-to-write. I limit my social media time so it doesn’t eat my life. Of course, once on the internet, some science news story usually inspires a poem each week.
Your biggest writing distractions?
If the house gets too noisy, that’s a problem. I like to write in quiet. But major distractions happen when I hit a block in a story, when I’m not sure how a character should react, or can’t get them from here to there. Or some cute bit I love doesn’t fit and should be chopped out, but I just can’t do it yet. Then everything from a full laundry basket to that annoying internet becomes irresistible.
What are your favorite books or sites you go to for writing tips / advice?
There’re thousands of books and sites, but a lot of it is repetitive. I like Stephen King’s book On Writing, a combination of advice and memoir. But I’ve gotten the most from KM Weiland. It’s not that her advice is unique, but somehow for me, I “got it” from the way she presents information.
I use books for writing advice, but there are also workbooks, software, nd classes out there. If you like podcasts, I’ve found good stuff at Andy Chamberlain’s Creative Writer’s Toolbelt.I think it’s important to find both the approach and format that makes sense to you.
Although I occasionally listen to free webinars from various sources, I haven’t found them as satisfying. Expect an upsell for pricy courses (webinars aren’t free for no reason) and they seem to contain ten minutes of information packed into an hour (read sarcasm.) That said, I have collected some good tips, so if you’ve got the time, try a few.
Have you ever cut anything from your book and why?
Oh yes! When I cut large sections, I move them to a “out-takes” folder to save. I feel better that way, just in case I can ever use something I chopped. I have a lovely descriptive piece where a character spends a weekend in a desert cabin. But it simply didn’t do anything for the story, so it sits with my out-takes.
Least favorite thing about writing?
Typos! I hate to make stupid mistakes. (I prefer awesome mistakes.) I swear typos emerge spontaneously from the quantum foam. I once published a book and checked the preview on Amazon, just to admire my work. And found a typo on page one! Arghhh! At least I could fix it right then.
Kate as a reader…
Your most influential book(s)?
Star Trek, The Original Series. Okay, it’s not a book. There are a bunch of Star Trek novels and I’ve read some of them, but I mean the TV series.
Star Trekgave me a taste for science fiction. There were certainly elements of pure fantasy in the show, and all the Star Treks are famous for techno-babble that sounds science-y but isn’t real. But they explored beyond anything I knew, they fought and loved, and they often solved problems with their brains. They met wonderfully advanced races (pure mental power allowed for cheap special effects!) while maintaining their own sense of worth. I want that.
Tell us what you are currently reading and your verdict so far?
I’m reading Red Risingby Pierce Brown. It’s a phenomenally popular book in a scifi/fantasy dystopian genre – the sort where teenagers fight and kill each other in “games.” There’s lots of violence and suffering by all involved, more than any one of us could endure because they’re all supermen and superwomen. Like other stories in this genre, adults are either corrupt, downright evil, or ineffective. The genre also favors primarily medieval sorts of weapons with flashes of high-tech, and high-fashion. The main character must win the games to maneuver into a position where he can topple the evil society. You may think this is predictable stuff.
Red Risingdelivers all the requirements of the genre, and grandly. The main character repeatedly ruminates about a lost love that drives him and makes him unwilling to accept mere revenge. He feels guilt over some of the terrible things he must do to win – not just in passing, but deeply, and sometimes he suffers consequences. The story is wonderfully done and never devolves into merely a video game plot.
At one point when I was getting a little tired of the violence, I laughed out loud when a character said the same thing – that he was getting tired of the game. How about that – an author who can read my mind.
If you could have a signed copy of a book by an author (dead or living) what book would it be and why?
The Gods Themselvesby Isaac Asimov. This was one of the first science fiction books I read, and young love is always special. It’s only recently I learned Asimov wrote the story in response to criticisms that his books didn’t have sex or aliens. This one has aliens, alien sex, and a cool physics premise.
Oddly enough, I’m not a big fan of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy (the original three books.) They feel dated to me. Maybe not surprising since he wrote them in the early 1950s. Although The Gods Themselveswas written in the early 1970s, so it’s old too. I guess it shows how he changed as a writer.
Kate Rauner writes science fiction novels and science-inspired poetry, and serves as a volunteer firefighter. Now living on the edge of southwest America’s Gila National Forest with her husband, cats, llamas, and dog, she’s achieving her life-goal of becoming an eccentric old womanT.
About the book…
You are living in your latest novel. Where are you living, and what is it like?
I’m on Mars – a very real Mars based on exploration by Earth’s rovers and orbiters. In the first book of the series, I was one of twelve settlers, with no way back to Earth and my life in jeopardy. We were cold, sick, and threatened with terrible deaths.
In the latest story, the colony has matured. I’m snug inside my thick stone habitat, one of several scattered across half the planet, wherever the early settlers found minerals and water ice vital for survival. Like most of us, I’m content inside my bay, frightened by the barren, radiation-blasted surface. Thanks to robotics and our Artificial Intelligence handling survival chores, I’m free to follow whatever vocation appeals to me.
But I hear there’s an obsessed young man who wants to change the surface of the planet forever, who’s joined one of the elite Guilds. I hear there are burgs where people live desperate lives. Glad I’m safe from all the ambition and all the danger. I am safe, aren’t I?
Join the first twelve Mars colonists as a strange illness and hostile world threaten their colony’s existence. Then through generations, follow one settler in each book as they struggle with their deadly planet, fellow colonists, and Earth to survive and build meaningful lives. Someday there will be real settlers on Mars and they’ll tell stories like these.
A fun shifter romance.
If you enjoy shifter romance, then I would recommend this book, but I would also recommend you start with book 1.
I came at book 2 and that did present some challenges for me. There are a lot of characters, and the chapters flick between several of them which left a feeling of being late to the party and of being unsure whose book this was. At first I thought it was Pilan and Eva’s book, and then I thought it might be Lilian and Johan, and finally I realized it was Rune and Greta’s story! I’m sure if I had read book one, I would not have been as confused.
So, a great book, nice easy writing style that you can sink into, and plenty of action…I would have loved more chapters dedicated to Greta’s POV, and less for the other characters who I am guessing were in book 1 or will come along later in the series. We get a fair fix for the male protagonist Rune…perhaps Greta will get chapters in other books…I hope so, she’s worth getting to know.
So, an entertaining read with plenty of action. You will definitely not be bored! But my recommendation, start with book 1.
My rating: 4 Stars
I often browse what’s in the Amazon freebie sci-fi bestseller lists, and I picked this book up under post-apocalyptic.
There is nothing particularly unusual about the storyline, something bad has happened, we don’t really know what, but society has broken down, and it follows our protagonists travels as they try to keep out of trouble while they scavenge for food.
One of the reasons I find myself drawn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic is the great character studies you often get. So, while the story line is nothing unusual, I loved the main characters and they made this book a standout for me. The two MC’s are both teenagers, and both gloriously unhinged, and while it is classed as YA, the situations / accounts are often gritty and graphic. They do develop obvious feelings toward one another, it doesn’t deviate into romance (at least not in this book).
If you are looking for a joyful read, this definitely isn’t for you.
Nor is it the kind of book that delivers a breadth of emotions. There are the odd moments of almost light-hearted banter…almost…But it does definitely have a gritty, sombre, and at times desperate mood that is pervasive to the book. And in a sea of HEA books this makes a refreshing change.
My rating: 5 stars
Room 119 High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed.
Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes?
As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down…
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Today’s feature is Cassandra Parker’s new book Harley’s Redemption.
Harley’s Redemption by Cassandra Parker
Harley is a rebel soul, lashing out at his family because all they care about is their social standing. They are destroying him piece by piece. He is a biker on a downward spiral with his world falling apart. Together with his man servant, Garrett, he sets out to discover himself and look for the angel in his visions. This is his story about failure, redemption and his search for Mari.
Mari thinks Harley is drop dead gorgeous. He is the guy in most girls dreams. When he smiles she sees the innocent angel and the rascally devil in him. Harley loves her with reckless abandon. To Mari, Harley is her joy, her present, and her future. She loves how he encourages her to seek adventure, and to follow her dreams.
Harley’s Redemption is a romance filled with comedic and tragic moments. It tells the story of two college students as they discover the love of a lifetime. This is the journey of two people who discover true love is endless, endures through all the heartbreak and laughter, and transcends time.
Come Ride With Harley.
A Review of Cassandra Parker’s HARLEY’S REDEMPTION
By Edentu Oroso
When I began reading Cassandra Parker’s HARLEY’S REDEMPTION, I didn’t know what to expect in its 389 pages. I almost ascribed it as another run-of-the-mill kind of romance centred stories with their banal offering. Few pages down the line, its cadences of requited love and selfless living began to rein on my sensibilities, to the extent, I wanted to go the whole hog, read to the end and discern its hidden motifs. The more I read, the more I came to the realization that I was inadvertently taken to a school of some sort…and I learned the art of life through the selfless acts of of the main character Harlan Davis (a.k.a. Harley), who turned a new page from a past ridden with alcohol, women, drug addiction, and unbridled biking activities, to a present rid of their stifling hold.
The striking thread in this tale is Harley’s humanity: living for the common good, a product of the direct influence of his servant Garret on his personality and his religious inclination through conversion to the Mormon Church. Ardently colour blind and shorn of the gritty realities of racial prejudices, Harlan Davis stands out as a rare breed in the rippling currents of life. His stupendous wealth partly inherited and partly earned at a tender age, business savvy and social status did not get in the way of his bowels of compassion, which touched lives boundlessly wherever he went with his streaks of largesse. Mari Forrester, his heartthrob, complements that wholesomeness with her brand of beauty, brains, patented care and love despite her middle class status. Together they are destined for higher things in human firmament.
If the need for literary piece is to steer readers’ imagination towards the ideals of goodness, then HARLEY’S REDEMPTION is considered a great success by carrying out its onerous task of informing, entertaining and educating us all in an enthralling manner.
The well-defined characters and their rich interplay of emotions also curry a good omen for the story, which is written in simple but elegant language. Cassandra Parker cleverly relives in HARLEY’S REDEMPTION, the historic past of American life via its beauteous sounds and imageries through the 1950s to the early 1970s as encapsulated in the music of Steppenwolf loved by Harlan Davis with a passion, and the revolution and novelties in the Harkey-Davidson motorcycle brand his ingenuity helped to mainstream.
If you are yet to read HARLEY’S REDEMPTION by Cassandra Parker, then you are missing out on a great signpost to a fruitful and meaningful life. I highly recommend this book as a template of what ought to be in human stead.
You can also follow Cassandra on her blog! CassandraParker.wordress.com.
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