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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Welcome Back Author Dellani Oakes!!

The month of April flew by and suddenly it became May and that was even busier for me. So I am finally getting back here and I think you will be very happy that I did!

My guest author today is a longtime friend and multi-published author, Dellani Oakes. Let's learn all about her. Then we will be treated to a preview of her new book: The Maker, the third book in her Lone Wolf series.

Welcome back to my blog, Dellani!! I know you are on your blog blitz and I am so happy you stopped in here. I have a few questions that my readers might want to know about you.

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee but have moved around a lot. My husband and I moved to Florida, just south of Daytona Beach in 1989.

Who or what influenced you to begin writing?

My parents are the major influence in my writing life. They both encouraged reading, storytelling and writing when I was younger. My father was an English professor and my mother a school teacher, who was also a storyteller and poet. Neither of them wrote fiction, I went my own way on that.

Besides writing do you have any hobbies?

I used to, but now don't really have any hobbies. Wow, that sounds terrible, doesn't it? Unless you can count a serious Netflix Binge Addiction a hobby. When I'm not writing or tending to my family, I am glued to Netflix. I tend to favor cop shows or those with a medical bent.

Tell our readers what a typical day of writing would look like for you.

My days follow a loose schedule. In the morning and early afternoon, I check and share blog posts for myself and my friends. If there are any chores associated with the blogs, I tend to them. Short break for a late lunch, then I decide what I'm going to work on. If I'm editing, I'll work on that during the day and into the evening. Most of my writing is done late evening or at night. My creative mind seems to work best then.

If I've just finished a book, like now, I will take a break from it and do some casual editing of something I've already finished. I am constantly perfecting, finding errors and rewriting things so it's not as big a job when I decide to get something reader ready.

How did you get the idea for The Lone Wolf series?

I originally set out to write the adventures two friends of mine, and I had in a Traveler game back in the early 80s. Traveler is like D&D, only set in outer space. Matilda, Marc and Wil were born in those long ago games. Once I started writing, the characters took over, and what happens in the books is nothing like what happened in the games. That's okay, though, because the book adventures are better.

How did reading science fiction and watching science fiction influence your choices for The Lone Wolf series?

Reading science fiction gave me a feel for the unique and off the wall, no holds barred mindset of sci-fi. You can go anywhere, do anything, and it doesn't matter. As long as you set your parameters and don't violate them (too much) you can travel the stars.

I try not to be influenced by series like Star Wars or Star Trek, because people have expectations for those worlds. I want my universe to be unique and not a carbon copy of something else. I've tried very hard to stay away from those worlds.

The Maker - Book 3 tells the story of Wil and his wife Matilda, who are battling evil on the planet Shazakan. For readers who haven’t read the other two books, can you tell us how he got there?

Wil VanLipsig is a former Galactic Marine Colonel. He's been genetically enhanced by the Marines and at the age of 86, he doesn't look over 30. Unbeknownst to him, he fathered a son with his first love and now that indiscretion has caught up to him. His son has set him up for a fall, then takes off for parts unknown. Wil and Matilda must follow him in order to save the universe, quite literally, from a legendary evil race known as the Kahlea.

By a few twists of fate, and lots of crazy adventures, they end up on the planet, Shakazhan, a virtually dead planet in deep, uncharted space. It is on this planet that an ancient warrior race, the Timokuan, made their last stand and drove the Kahlea away. Because of Wil's son, though, the Kahlea are coming back and they and their companions must stand against them.

In the excerpt you provided for us here, something happens to Matilda. Will she be okay in the rest of the book?

That's something readers will need to find out by reading the book. I won't give spoilers, but I rarely kill off main characters in my stories.

How did you get the idea for Wil and Matilda? Are they based on any real life people you know?

Wil, Matilda and Marc, are based on characters two friends and I created for a Traveler game back in 1982. My character was Matilda Dulac, also known as Romance. One friend created Marc and the other Wil. I changed their characters' last names, though, because I couldn't remember them. Except for having been loosely based on their characters and mine, they are completely my own creation.

Are you planning any in-person or online events to talk about this new book?

No. Maybe later when Book 4, The Kahlea, comes out – which will be late summer or early fall of this year – I hope.

If you could meet any writer living or dead, who would it be and why?

Oh, there are so many! I think I'd have to pick Andre Norton, because her book, Star Man's Son, was the one that woke a love of science fiction in me. I went through a time when I was in the third grade, where I didn't want to read. I'd been told by a clueless school librarian that I couldn't read above my grade level. In third grade, I was reading at least a sixth-grade level. She banned me from the older books.


My mother, wise woman that she is, took me to the city library instead. One of her dear friends was the head librarian. She took me to the young adult section of the library, told me to pick whatever I wanted, and I could check it out. If I didn't like it, I could always get another. I remembered that my mother had taken my cousin to meet Andre Norton when he was a boy, so the name struck a chord. I fell in love with her books and that stuck with me my entire life.

Thank you for providing us with such complete answers and I know my readers now want to see an excerpt. So I just happen to have one from The Maker:



Blurb:
The Maker – Book 3 in the Lone Wolf Series by Dellani Oakes

If anyone had asked Wil VanLipsig where he'd be in five years, he surely wouldn't have said he'd be fighting the ultimate evil on an unknown planet in a lost galaxy. Fighting a war, probably. Killing off insurgents, righting political wrongs, following another man's agenda, decidedly. Funny how life throws things in our paths that we must overcome. Wil is no different. With the help of his wife, Matilda, their good friends and benevolent aliens, they battle the Kahlea's slaves, wondering when the Grand Master himself will arrive. What's next for this tiny, insignificant oddment of miners and marines? Travel to the forgotten world of Shakazan and find out!
The Maker is Book Three in the Lone Wolf Series, with more to come. The story is far from being told.

Excerpt:

Wil dragged Matilda back down the tunnel. Roaring, Surau rushed them from the rear. Ben and Marc took shots at him, but they didn't have time to aim carefully. The shots went wild, zinging around the tunnel dangerously. They holstered their weapons and provided a meat shield for Matilda. Wil ran, dragging her down the tunnel.
They encountered nothing until they got to the first junction, where the metal passage intersected with the stone tunnels. Instead of being empty as it had been, they found themselves facing tall, dark humanoids. These carried lethal looking spears and didn't appear angry, just startled. Raising their spears threateningly, the dark men charged the group.
Finding the way blocked, the unlucky humans veered off down the metal passage, footsteps echoing hollowly as they ran. Matilda tripped over her skirt, as it wrapped around her legs. Taking one set of claws, she slashed a portion of it away, freeing her feet to run more efficiently. Wil's grip on her arm was painful, bruising her skin, leaving her muscles feeling numb. She did her best to keep up, but his legs were far longer than hers, his stamina greater. The passage grew increasingly dim as they went further in. They had never been so far from Sentience and her repaired networks before. They initiated their Kindred suits as the air around them thinned and grew stale.
The dark men surged down the tunnel after them, their numbers overwhelming. Ben and Marc formed a wall, with Wil directly behind them. He tried to contact the ship to teleport them out, but there was too much interference. Backing slowly as the men advanced, Marc picked off two with carefully aimed shots. Ben joined him, taking out a couple more. Their weapons were set to stun, but to the dark men, their comrades appeared to be dead.
Instead of stopping, the men grew more determined, advancing rapidly. As one, they suddenly lunged forward, making a grab for the small, retreating party of humans. One grabbed Marc, who crushed the dark man's skull with a blow from his gun butt.
Another held Ben, who summarily broke his arm, yanking it from the socket. The dark man screamed in pain as Ben's blow to his head killed him. Wil kicked a third in the teeth, before aiming down the tunnel, targeting the leader. His kill shot was true.
The dark men stopped advancing as their leader's head exploded. With a mighty roar, they made a last, monumental attempt to grapple with the humans. Wil pressed his wife behind him, trying again to contact the ship. There was a crackle of static and a faint acknowledgment from Hammer.
"Smith, get us the hell out of here!" Wil roared into his com.
The dark men gathered their dwindling numbers, preparing for a final assault. Growling angrily, they reformed their ranks around the fallen, glaring at the humans with hatred.
Wil shouted to his wife, "Run, Matilda! We'll catch up to you! Run! Run!"
Matilda hesitated a moment. The passageway was dark, she could feel it surround her. Even the Kindred suit couldn't compensate for the complete lack of light. Her nightmares came back, freezing her in place.
"Wil, I can't! I can't see a thing! Oh, God, Wil, I'm so scared!"
"Babe, it's okay. Hammer has us. He'll get us out of here. Please, keep going a little longer."
Hesitantly, she picked her way along, the floor sagging beneath her feet. The ceiling was partially collapsed, filled with so much rubble, she had to stoop to move. The others were engaged in combat, she could hear it. All her instincts screamed at her to go back, to fight beside her mate.
Wil's voice echoed down the passage, "Run!"
One of the dark men broke through their line, scrabbling over the stones, nearly on top of her. Matilda knew Wil was aiming at him. Flattening herself against the wall, she pressed back as far as she could.
"Now!" she screamed. "You have a clear shot!"
The weapon fired as she ducked, turning further away, sensing the electromagnetic pulse from Wil's gun, hit the dark man in the back, hurling him toward her. She tried to dodge him, but a hand shot out from his dying body, clutching at her flowing dress, dragging her with him. The floor collapsed beneath their combined weight. The man fell like an anchor into the nothingness below her. Kicking wildly, Matilda struggled for a hand hold, screaming hysterically.
Wil heard her scream, felt the give in the floor and ran full speed down the passage. The ceiling collided with this forehead, the sides of the passage snagged his clothing. "I'm coming! I'm coming! Hang on!"
"Wil! Oh, Wil! I'm falling! Wil!" A scream ripped from her throat, fading away as she fell.
Wil reached for her a second too late. He saw her dropping into the bottomless pit. His cry of despair turned into a howl of grief. A moment later, the men found themselves on the bridge of Hammer. Matilda wasn't with them. Wil lay on the floor, still as death.
"Oh, God," he whispered. "Oh, God! No!"

I know that I definitely want to read more about these characters. Where can we find this book?

The Maker – Book Three is ready for pre-order and will be available May 15, 2017

ASIN: B071HH7CK8 








It has been delightful to talk with you today and I also want to tell my readers that you can hear Dellani on her two radio shows in her bio.

Bio:

Dellani Oakes is a Tennessean by birth, a Floridian by a quirk of fate. She resides in a town south of Daytona Beach where her constantly changing household usually has at least one grown child in it. Dellani loves science fiction and grew up reading the greats. She always felt something was missing from their story lines—a little romance. Taking that idea to heart, she began her Lone Wolf Series, incorporating all she loved about sci-fi, but adding a strong romantic bond between Wil and Matilda.
Dellani is an avid writer, but when she's not writing, she's reading anything she can get her hands on. She leads a small writers group through the Council on Aging, enjoying her time away from home. She also hosts two blog talk radio shows a month, Dellani's Tea Time – Every 2nd Monday of the month, and What's Write for Me – every 4th Wednesday. She and her co-host, Christina Giguere, interview other authors.
You can find more about Dellani Oakes here:

As always all of your comments are welcomed!

Until the next time, I hope you will be able to tune into my radio show on Thursday, May 25, 2017, to hear author and poet, Cynthia Sharp and award-winning author Eleanor Kuhns. If you miss the time you can hear it anytime by clicking on the link.
If you are a Facebook friend then you already know this, but to any who have not seen this news, my short screenplay, "The Kiss" and my poem, "My Thoughts Turn To You" -- a Scriggler poem of the day, are official selections for Action on Film festival. I was so surprised because this is the first screenplay I have ever written!!
Many people have said that my poems affect them. If you are looking for a gift for someone who has lost a loved one, you might want to think of my poetry book, a memorial to my late husband. You'll Probably Forget Me: Living With and Without Hal.
 If you buy the book and would like it signed just either leave a comment here or contact me on Facebook. I will send you a personalized bookplate.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What Can You Find When You Google Yourself?


Ordinarily, I don’t Google myself. After learning about an awareness initiative run by Reputaion Management.com I decided to write a post about this very subject. So I did Google myself and I found 10,200 results. After I went through 13 pages I found 150 hits and most of them were about me. I am an author with three published books, so they were for various websites including Amazon and also there were entries for places where I had been a guest blogger or a guest or where you could find reviews of my books. This was all fine and I was very pleased to see that I had to go through 13 pages before I came to anything that wasn’t specifically about me. In addition to places where I posted there were those where I had left a comment and even a few where I had signed my name to a petition. 

This was all okay, but when I came to the 14th page I found that there were references to another Ehrentreu. My husband’s family has a very famous rabbi and I found many references to this person whom I have never met. Also, there were references to other Ehrentreu’s that I didn’t know. 

When I checked the photos I found a lot of me, my book covers, and photos of me holding my books taken at various places where I had been selling them. But there were also photos of book covers from authors that I had hosted on my blog and other photos that were related to a poetry site to which I had belonged. In addition, there were photos of other Ehrentreu’s. There were also photos of people I had never met. There was even a photo of an actress who I had never written about or had any contact with. 

The interesting thing about signing out of Google is that there were only eight pages shown and all of them were about me or related to me. I went to the photos and videos and I found a video of myself being interviewed that I hadn’t remembered. It was fun to see it and it brought back memories for me. Also included were videos not about me, but they were the same program on which I had been. So I wondered why these were included.

When I went to the News about me I saw the article from The Huffington Post that I had written and there were a couple of other items that had nothing to do with me except for having either written a comment or signed something.

I was happy not to find anything that I needed to delete since that has happened to me before with Google. At that time there was a pornographic site in my results. I wrote to Google and they deleted it immediately. 

In conclusion, I think it is very important to Google yourself every once in awhile to see what is showing up under your name. I was pleased for the most part, because as I said, at least 8 pages without being logged into Google were about me. I think it’s interesting that when I was logged in it brought up more hits about me and added other people named Ehrentreu, who I know are related to me somehow. Now I’m wondering if you Google yourself while being logged into Google are they bringing up other people who have your name due to the relationship? Anyway, I learned something new about Google.  I have a bigger profile than I thought I had. For an author, this is a good thing!

I am including a graphic that was given to me by Reputationmanagement.com in case you decide to Google yourself.




Until the next time, I apologize for not writing since my last post. I have been extremely busy and writing poetry. My next Blog Talk Radio show, Red River Radio Tales from the Pages will be on Thursday, April 27, 2017, with Eleanor Kuhns and Betty Jean Craige, two amazing authors.

Happy Passover to those who are now celebrating as I am and Happy Easter to those who are celebrating this weekend.  It’s finally Spring so I am going out to feel the sunshine!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome Guest Author Susan M. Strecker

I meant to put this on here on Friday, but as you know, real life gets in the way. So here it is now only a few days late!

Susan Strecker was my guest on my radio show: Red River Radio Tales from the Pages on Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you click on the link you can hear this great show! To help you learn more about her I am including that interview here on the blog and also I am giving you the blurbs and excerpts from her wonderful books: Night Blindness and Nowhere Girl.

Here is the interview:


1    1.      Where were you born and where do you live now? 
       
I   I was born in Stamford, Connecticut and grew up in Madison, Connecticut. I’ve lived in Essex, Connecticut with my husband and kids since 2009.

2.       Besides writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies? 

I grew up riding horses and quickly learned that the responsibility of owning a horse (or being their person, as a horse person would say) was more of a lifestyle than a sport or hobby. I rode and competed all over the country all through my childhood, college and afterwards. My kids, Cooper and Ainsley, started riding almost as soon as they could walk. Now I am loving being a horse show mom and helping them take care of their ponies. I also love watching my kids play lacrosse. When I have a free moment, I needlepoint belts and love to read.

3.       Who or what influenced you to begin writing? What was your first piece of writing and when did you write this? 

My mother has been my biggest influence on my writing career. When I was little, my family spent a lot of time fishing on boats. I felt bad for the fish and didn’t want to hurt them with hooks. To give me something else to do, my mom would bring me a notebook and pens and tell me to write stories about our adventures. I’d have to say that my first piece of writing was about a little girl who was on a boat with her big brothers and I wrote it when I was six.

4.      How did you get the idea for your first novel, Night Blindness? 

I wrote Night Blindness as a tribute to my dad, who died of cancer several years ago. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known and I wanted to have something permanent inspired by him. There’s so much of my dad in Sterling (the main character’s father) and I loved including bits of real life into a work of fiction. I get such a thrill when a fan tells me that Sterling was his or her favorite character in that book.

5.      Please take us through the path to publication for your first novel. How did this change your life? 

How much time do you have? With the help of my fabulously talented development editor, Suzanne Kingsbury, I created a specific and methodical system for querying literary agents. After a year and 63 rejection letters, the amazing and lovely Lisa Gallagher took a chance and signed me. She gave me the statistics of just how hard it is to sell books to publishing houses and that there were no guarantees. But, she is a genius and eleven days after she signed me, she sold my book at auction. Five publishing houses bid on Night Blindness. Thomas Dunne Books bought Night Blindness and signed me for a second book, as well. The publishing process changed my life in that I became 100% dedicated to writing and becoming a novelist.

6.         When did you get the idea for your second novel, Nowhere Girl

I was listening to the radio when a Red Hot Chili Peppers song came on called “Scar Tissue”. I love that band and immediately felt connected to the song. It evoked so many images of what scar tissue could mean, and I thought it’d be a great title for a book. I went home that night and started writing- which was a pretty bad idea. I had no beginning, no middle, no end, no plot and no characters- just a great title. This book ended up being the second one involved in my deal with Thomas Dunne. Once it went to production, my team and I decided on a different title, Nowhere Girl. But it never would have been written if I hadn’t heard that Chili Peppers song.

7.        Did having experience from your first novel prepare you for what you had to do with Nowhere Girl

The experience of working with crazy talented people prepared me for my second book more than anything else. Writing is a craft and like any other skill, the more it’s practiced, the easier it gets. Of course, I still have plenty of days when I have nothing to say and I use the backspace button on my computer a lot. But, the support system Suzanne Kingsbury and Lisa Gallagher and my team at Thomas Dunne Books have created for me has helped me tremendously. Also, having been through book tours, publicity, signings and interviews, I had a better idea of what to expect the second time around.

8.   Please take our listeners through a typical day of writing for you. 

When my kids are in school, I try to write from the minute they get on the bus until they get home. I will also write in the orthodontist’s office, during the seven-minute halftime at a lacrosse game and at four o’clock in the morning when I wake up with an idea. When I’m not editing a client’s work, I make myself write 2000 words a day. It doesn’t sound like much- it’s only about six pages. But, for every 300-page book I write, there are about 150 pages in the cut file. So, if I cut 1000 words because the scene just doesn’t work, I really have to write 3000 words that day. The 2000-word rule only applies to my first drafts. Once I start editing and rewriting, it’s a bit of a free for all. The first draft of a book is an entirely different story than what ends up in bookstores. So the rewriting and editing process is slow, often painful and never easy. Once I start that stage, I just make myself work and write and rewrite until my kids come home. I have also been known to bribe myself with cookies to motivate myself to finish a scene or a chapter.

9.    What are you doing to promote your work either in person or online? 

I have become a one-man band. I contacted every bookstore I was at during my first tour to ask if I could come back when Nowhere Girl came out. I also called local TV stations and newspapers and told them I had a second book. I am shameless with promoting myself on social media. I’d never used Twitter before I signed with Thomas Dunne. Nor did I have a website. Now I do whatever I can to get my name and my books out there. I hired a publicist for my second book, and she was tremendously helpful in getting me into new bookstores. Since Nowhere Girl launched in March, 2016, I have done 37 bookstore appearances, talked to students at eleven elementary, middle and high schools, given nine radio and TV interviews, been featured in four newspapers and have traveled to more than twenty book clubs to talk about Nowhere Girl and my writing. Many people reach out to me via my website or social media and I’ve been honored to be a frequent guest lecturer at writing conferences and workshops. Marketing and promoting myself and my books is a full-time job and one I knew nothing about before I got signed with Thomas Dunne. It’s exhausting and there’s a huge learning curve, but I love every minute of it.


11.   Do you have any tips for beginning writers? 

Write. And then write. And then write some more. No matter what- just keep writing. And give yourself permission to write crap (pardon my language). A lot of days I have nothing to say and no inspiration. But, I make myself write anyway, fully aware that I may chuck the whole passage in the cut folder the next day. But, if I can salvage one paragraph or a sentence, or even just a thought, it’s worth it. And don’t ever expect to get it right the first time around. Sloppy, messy writing is the foundation of what will eventually become the finished product.

12.    What WIF’s are you working on now? Are you planning a sequel to either of your novels? 

I am currently working on my fifth book, tentatively titled, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. I love music and often get inspiration from songs. That title is the name of a Neil Young song and it’s so fitting for the subject. This book will be dedicated to my grandmother who passed away last year at the age of 100. Grammie was the matriarch of my family and was the high priestess of a remote group of cabins in upstate New York where I spent every summer and many winter weekends growing up. Woodland was the stage of every milestone and best memory of my childhood. It’s also immune to technology, modernization and the worries of the world. And it happens to be a place that you can’t get to from here. Hence, the title. It’s a profoundly personal book and a tremendous responsibility to make sure I do justice to this very special place. I will not write a sequel- ever. Nelson DeMille (who I worship) wrote a sequel to one of my favorite books and he said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done and would probably never do it again. That pretty much scared me away from sequels. Also, by the time I rewrite the ending to a book ten or twelve or fifty times, I truly feel like the story is over.

13. Are you a plotter or a "pantser"?


I am freakishly organized and have an unnatural love of lists, spreadsheets and label makers. So, I guess that makes me a plotter. My kids keep me running all the time and I have to be a planner to fit everything in. Also, I love the feeling of crossing things off my to-do list. It makes me soooo happy!
(If you listen to my radio interview with Susan she talks about being a "pantser" in her writing. She says she never knows where a story is going until it ends.)You can listen here to that interview.

Here are the blurbs for both Night Blindness and Nowhere Girl



A future as bright as the stars above the Connecticut shore lay before Jensen Reilly and her high school sweetheart, Ryder, until the terrible events of an October night left Jensen running from her family and her first love. Over the years that followed, Jensen buried her painful past, and now, married to a charismatic artist, she has created a new life far away from the unbearable secret of that night.
When Jensen's father, Sterling, is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she returns to her childhood home for the first time in thirteen years, and the memories of her old life come flooding back along with the people she's tried to escape. Torn between her life in Santa Fe with her free-spirited husband, Nic, and the realization that it is time to face her past, Jensen must make a terrifying decision that threatens to change her life again—this time forever.
An emotionally thrilling debut set during a New England summer, Susan Strecker's Night Blindness is a compelling novel about the choices we make, the sanctity of friendship, and the power of love.

                                           

In Susan Strecker's Nowhere Girl, sixteen-year-old Savannah Martino is strangled to death in an abandoned house. The police rule Savannah’s murder a random attack of opportunity, which prompts the small New Jersey town to instigate a curfew and cancel football games. Isolated and afraid, Savannah’s sister, Cady, continues to communicate with Savannah through dreams. Cady knows Savannah in ways no one else knew: The beautiful, ethereal twin everyone thought was an angel was actually on the road to self-destruction. 
Years later a chance encounter while researching her latest novel coincides with an unexpected call from the once-rookie cop on Savannah’s case, Patrick Tunney, now a detective, who tells Cady that Savannah’s case has been reopened. Through new evidence, it has been determined that Savannah’s death wasn’t a random attack and that whoever killed her sister loved her.
Despite years of interviewing convicted killers, profilers, and psychiatrists for her bestselling thrillers, Cady isn’t prepared for the revelation that someone close to her could have killed her sister. Cady is drawn into a labyrinth of deception and betrayal reaching all the way back to her childhood that will force her to find the strength she never knew she had in order to face the truth.


                           My Review of Night Blindness

I read Susan's first book, Night Blindness.  I found this book to be readable and a page turner. In the beginning of the book Jensen is living in Colston with her husband, Nicco and modeling for him and his friends. She has night blindness since the death of her brother, Will. At a birthday celebration for her she receives a phone call from her mother back in Connecticut that her father has a heart tumor. She leaves immediately and finds herself engulfed in childhood memories and family drama. As her father's illness takes up her entire summer she also reconnects with Will's best friend, Ryder, with whom she has a deep connection. In a coincidence, he turns out to be her father's doctor. As she relives all of her childhood experiences she forms a strong bond with her father and realizes she cannot go back to her old life until she solves this mystery of her brother's death and the cause of her night blindness. In doing this she finds that maybe everything she has thought was her life is suddenly changed. I really enjoyed reading this book and wanted to know more about this character as she struggled to make sense of events as they changed daily. The author writes her character with care and the other characters are well drawn too. After reading it, I wanted to read more of her work. This author writes with a compelling voice.



I give it 5 sailboats: 




    

Please tell us where we can find your books. (links to website, etc.)

My books are available at major bookstores everywhere as well as online at amazon and Barnes and Noble.
http://www.susanstrecker.com/

Thank you so much to my Guest Author Susan M. Strecker. It has been a pleasure to have you on my blog. Please return when you have a new book!

Until the next time, I don't have another guest for my blog, so if you are interested, please let me know. 

On my next radio show for Red River Radio Tales from the Pages on Blog Talk Radio on March 23, 2017 at 4PM EST my guests will be poet Lily Swarn and author Linda L. Kane. 

I know I said a lot of things that were political on my last post and unfortunately, the climate has not changed at all.  I just keep hoping each day that things will get better!! At least it is getting closer to Spring!!! 


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