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It’s August – My New To-Do List Is Out. . .

It’s August, so it must be time to see what I accomplished last month, and what is up for this month.

Oh, and BTW? The formatting here is why I am moving away from WordPress.com! There doesn’t seem to be any way to bypass the MESS! So, sorry!

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The Portuguese Cover

First, I am proud to say that I am working through the edit on Marcel Trigueiro‘s The Next Target. It is a challenge for both of us as we learn what each other means when it comes to Portuguese terms and how they will make the best wording in English. I am getting a real thrill out of his book, and I am sure you will as well. The edit is scheduled for completion at the end of the month, and I will post links to the purchase sites.


midnighteyesI am also scheduled for a review of Midnight Eyes by Sidney Williams for Susan Keefe at Audiobook Monthly Magazine. Excitement! Loving me some Louisiana writing, and the narrator for this book, A.C. Fellner, seems to do a good job – I will say more after I listen to the whole book. He does have an extensive catalog at Audible, so we shall see!


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Reviewed!

Michael Angel was kind enough to gift me with FOUR of his books!!!! (Dancing around the room.) I will be reading The Deer Prince’s Murder: Book Two of ‘Fantasy and Forensics’ this month, and am looking forward to it. If you haven’t read it, click for my review of Centaur of the Crime.

I also these in my hot little hands, but have to save them for another time…. SO many books, SO little time!

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The following books are due for review in the next week. Think I can pull it off???

dirty
Done!
meridian
Done!
brokenrealms
Done!
society
Done!

 


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I also have The Shaman and Other Stories by Alessandro Manzetti , George Cotronis , a horror and distopic SF short story collection. Alessandro is an Italian author, so it will be fun to read my first Italian-based book!

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So, how did last month’s challenge go? Uh….shiny-new-book!

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Well, let’s look at what I finished on my July Book Challenge:

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Done!

 

The Last Ancient 2
Done
intothefire
Done
bones
Done
cheating justice
Done
witchhunt read
Done
seasonofthewitch
Done
problemsinparadise
Done
windwalker
Done

 

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Looks pretty good, huh? Wellllll…… not so much! What I didn’t get to!

 

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It’s not that I don’t expect these to be good books. It’s not that I don’t WANT to read the books….

Yep, same old same old . . .

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Please consider purchasing copies for your local cancer center! Thank you!
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Done
18
Done
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Done. Review Rewritten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last minute request from publisher!
married
Done
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Done
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Done

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Married the Third Horseman was a complete blast, and the two Ilona Andrews books? Well, if it is Ilona Andrews, you KNOW it is good!

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Hum… I spent a lot of time on editing, so that is my excuse and I am sticking with it!

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Review: Windwalker By Natasha Mostert

Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric moved:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I shall endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
-Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

This life’s dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.
William Blake – The Everlasting Gospel

 

 windwalkerHaunting and elegant. I have head Ms. Mostert’s works described this way before, by other reviewers. This, and so very much more, is the work of Natasha Mostert. For she has a voice that is deeply evocative, an exceptional, mystical writing style. Natasha’s turn of prose is both otherworldly and sensual, a voice that sends chills down my spine and reaches into my soul, making a home for itself in the sweet, dark recesses of my existence. Her writing comes to mind over and over, in the dark of night or the bright light of day, a paean to her brilliant style, as her ability to paint rich, intriguing portraits with words which steal into my awareness in the most common of moments. Words which bring me to my knees, to weep and sigh, to long deeply and without respite.

Kepler’s Bay. A remote and forbidding town in a remote and forbidding land, bitter and forlorn. Perched on the razor edge between the Namib and the sea, Kepler’s Bay clings to the edge of the world with barely restrained ferocity, much as do the creatures of the great desert upon which it backs. Kepler’s Bay. The melancholy call of the soo-oop-wa, the never-ending wind, maddens, takes piecemeal grains of the soul, eventually leaving behind naught but a dry, desiccated husk – a body walking with no spark within.

The Namib, oldest desert in the world, ‘The land God made in anger,’ say the San people. But he had always thought that only a god in pain could have imagined a place like this. And from this land of soaring dunes and brutal winds one day appears a wild man, filled with pain, with fever and madness. Madness and passion. Violence and death. Samuel Becket said: “All men are born mad. Some remain so.” And is madness not pain, turned in upon oneself?

Across the desert, in the lush green of the English countryside, a woman arrives. Lost and maddened in her own right, she arrive upon the doorstep of a sad and haunted estate. As she sinks into the stories of this place of madness, fratricide and pain, broken shadows and haunted rooms, one soon cannot truly discern where the house leaves off and the woman begins. Quiet desperation. Ghosts and haunting images through a camera’s lens.

They are so close, and yet so far apart. So very, very far apart. Has it been this way, lives upon lives, sinking into the past? And what of unintended consequences, the vagaries of fate and karma?

Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray – Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

Through our lives, do our souls search? Do they seek desperately, yearning for that which was, which could have been, or which shall never be? And is evil merely the absence of good, demons playing bones with our lives?

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran

Photo courtesy of Michael Van Balen All rights reserved.

How many paths must we walk, how many lives to be lived? How long must we suffer before paths may cross, before we might know peace? Do our souls wander alone, searching beyond ourselves for knowledge, deep in the rending silence of the night? A photography of insanity may be a shard of light. Questions and blood and dreams of deaths long past, pain and ancient desire. All are spread before us between these pages. Allow her words to reel you in, to touch and tease, sooth and savage by turns. To think. To dream. To sorrow.

To hope.

This book was provided to me by the author in return for a realistic review. It touched me more deeply than any of her works yet have – and those have been absolutely brilliant. I hate reviews that begin with “If you like the works of” to be honest, but if the interspersed quotes touch your soul, I strongly, very strongly, encourage you to read Windwalker. And then her other works as well. I don’t believe, once you have read this one, that you will be able to resist.

My July Book Reviewing Challenge!!!

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. – Henry Ward Beecher

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!– Zoolander

I am miserably behind. On everything.  Yup. Everything.

If I received hard copies of all the work that I need to do, my office would look like this:

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And it makes me want to tear my hair out. Of course, it’s my own fault. Books are like Chocolate, You Can Never Get Too Much! Well. Not really.

You see, I am not really a “Procrastinator.” No, Really! I am more like . . .

shiny-new-book! So, much to my chagrin, I am way behind on reviews.

To everyone I owe reviews to:

bullBelow is a list of books I owe reviews on (in no particular order) that you will be seeing, coming soon! Of course, there will be book tours and cover reveals, but these people have been waiting a while, and for that I apologize. I just got a bit “over excited” there for a while and accepted more books that I could handle, even with MY voracious appetite for books!

 

Bluebell Kildare Book #1
Bluebell Kildare Book #1
witchhunt read
Preternatural Affairs #1 Read, need to review
aong
The Thin Veil #3
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Thomas Crocker Thrillers Book #4
bones
Woo Hoo! Gift from the Publisher!
intothefire
The Thin Veil Series, Book #2
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Book #3 The Sarah Milton Chronicles
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Under Witch Curse Moon Shadows #3
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Under Witch Aura Moon Shadows #2
dreamjumperspromise
Dream Jumper’s #1 Request from the Publisher
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Grauwelt #1 Request from the Publisher
Cheating Justice Book Cover
Justice Team #2 Request from the Publisher
thinplaces
Request from the Publisher
The Last Ancient 2
Blog Tour June 2 – August 29! I have July 29th – Happy Birthday To Me!
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Preternatural Affairs #2
silverwolfclan
Silver Wolf Clan #1
tpm
See Deborah, you ARE on my list! 😉
seasonofthewitch
“Season of the Witch” came out before “Windwalker”
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A Haven Mystery Book #1
hotterthanhelltown
Preternatural Affairs #3
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Book #2 Sarah Milton Chronicles
problemsinparadise
Request from the Publisher
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Request from the Author

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