08.28.11

ROW Sunday Check-in 8/28/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:37 pm by Amber

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Happy Sunday

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averaged to 125 words a day and now I have to write more since I’m behind. No new words this week.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 2039
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

I kept busy this week working on Savvy Authors Summer Symposium miniworkshops. They pack a lot of assignments into a four day window. It’s all good and I did limit myself so I wouldn’t be overstretched. Oh, and in case you’re wondering… I have some bachelorette time coming up in about 2 weeks. Words will flow!

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

08.27.11

The Egyptian by Layton Green

Posted in Review at 11:55 pm by Amber

Title: The Egyptian
Author:
Layton Green
Publisher:
First Ward Publishing
Source:
The author for review

The Egyptian

The Egyptian is the second book in Layton Green’s Dominic Grey series. (The Summoner was the first book and The Diabolist is the next one in the works.) Grey is now working with Professor Viktor Radek as a private investigator. They accept a case from an Egyptian who had an employee steal something of scientific value from his company.

Grey’s temporary home base is New York and Radek is based in Prague. The case includes locations in Egypt, Bulgaria and the Caribbean.

Along the way, Grey picks up Veronica Brown, a freelance investigative journalist. Her specialty is biomedical reporting and she’s looking for the story that will make her career.

The Egyptian is a solid thriller with romance and action scenes thrown into the mix. The mixture of science and myth should be appreciated by anyone who likes a good story.

Grey is still the romantic tortured loner he was in The Summoner. More of his background story is revealed to explain why he’s a loner determined to live by his moral code. Green does a good job sprinkling information from the first book into this one so I don’t think anyone picking up this book will feel lost.

Today and tomorrow, in celebration of The Egyptian‘s release, both ebooks in the Dominic Grey series are available for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Summoner by Layton Green

Posted in Review at 6:24 pm by Amber

Title: The Summoner
Author:
Layton Green
Publisher:
First Ward Publishing
Source:
The author for review

The Summoner by Layton GreenThe Summoner is the first in the Dominic Grey series. Grey is a former Marine and Jujitsu expert working for the U.S. government and is presently stationed in Zimbabwe. A U.S. diplomat goes missing during a religious ceremony. His boss gives him the case. He’s introduced to Professor Viktor Radek and Nya Mashumba and told he must with them. Radek is an expert on cults and Mashumba works with the local government. Grey’s religious doubts are brought to the forefront in this case.

It contains vivid descriptions to transport the reader to Zimbabwe. In fact, if you have a squeamish stomach you may want to skip this and read The Egyptian instead. Some of the voodoo rituals involved people, animals, and a flaying knife with meticulous descriptions. There are fight and love scenes so there’s a little bit for every reader.

I’m reading the second book in the series, The Egyptian, and should have a review posted later today.

Today and tomorrow, in celebration of The Egyptian‘s release, both ebooks in the Dominic Grey series are available for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

08.25.11

ROW Midweek Check-in 8/24/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 7:10 pm by Amber

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Happy Thursday! I didn’t get my check-in ready in time to post it yesterday though there isn’t really anything new to report.

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averaged to 125 words a day and now I have to write more since I’m behind. No new words since Saturday.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 2039
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

What’s been keeping me busy this week? A critique class at Savvy Authors and now their Summer Symposium which is full of mini-workshops. I have limited myself to only a few. Oh, and this guy…

He’s been in his e-collar for almost a month now. On Monday the Resident Corgi had a second keratotomy. I hope this one works.

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

08.23.11

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Posted in Review at 8:00 pm by Amber

Title: The Keeper of Lost Causes
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: NetGalley
The Keeper of Lost CausesChief Detective Carl Mørck survives a shooting while the two officers with him didn’t fare as well. One was killed and the other was sent to the hospital to recover. Mørck has guilt over how he behaved during the incident. He begins arriving late to work and expects to be fired. Instead, he’s given a promotion to head up the newly created Department Q. Department Q is where the lost causes find a home. He’s given several cold cases to work on. When he realizes how much money was budgeted for the special department he insists he needs a department car and a driver who can serve as an assistant. He’s smart and knows his boss placed him out of sight in the basement with the expectation he can be fired at a later date for nonperformance.

I loved the multiple meanings of the title. First Mørck is shoved out of sight into the basement and is given cold cases no one believes can be solved. Then he’s given a Muslim immigrant who smells up the basement with his cooking and doesn’t fit in with anyone else’s idea of an assistant. Lastly, the case he decides to solve is about a missing politician. The only potential witness to the politician’s disappearance is a mute, mentally challenged sibling who no one thinks can communicate.

In the beginning, Adler-Olsen alternates between the present day and the days leading up to the politician’s disappearance. At one point I was so caught up in the storytelling I forgot to look for how their paths would cross. There’s an official book trailer for The Keeper of Lost Causes which gives a lot of clues about the politcian’s storyline.

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know I have a fondness for Nordic thrillers. The Keeper of Lost Causes did not disappoint.

About Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and studied medicine, sociology, politics and film. He worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. So far he has written three Department Q thrillers, which all hit the Danish bestseller lists on publication and stayed there ever since.

08.22.11

Mailbox Monday – August 22nd

Posted in Event at 3:24 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. August’s host is Life In The Thumb.

Two books came into my home this week. The first was a gift from my husband. He prefaced it with the comment “I keep hearing about books at work you’d love to read but you don’t read anything I buy you anymore. I heard so much about this one I had to get it for you.” It’s The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritanceby Edmund du Waal. I’ll let the book speak for itself:

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

The second book is an ebook from Belle Bridge Books. I literally squealed when I saw it was available. It’s Blood Rock by Anthony Francis. I read Frost Moon, the first book in the Skindancer series earlier this year (review pending) and it was a page turner. The series is about Dakota Frost, a magic tattoo artist.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

08.21.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in for 8/21/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 10:37 am by Amber

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Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averaged to 125 words a day and now I have to write more since I’m behind. I had a big jump in words this week.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 2039 (that’s 743 new words since last Sunday!)
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

How did I do it? During the beginning of the week, I use my mornings to watch TrueBlood and any cooking shows I recorded from the weekend. After getting those out of the way that gave me some 20 – 30 minute chunks in the morning to just write. So that’s what I did.

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

08.17.11

July 2011

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 10:24 pm by Amber

Goodness! I just realized I never posted my stats for July. They won’t be a surprise to anyone but I know if I wanted a few more weeks to post then I’d feel weird.

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in July: 0
  2. Rejections in July: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in July: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

I signed up to do a story a week challenge and that’s not been going well. I’m sorely behind in my ROW80 goal to write another 10k words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. On the plus side, I’m feeling up my writing notebook with snippets of ideas. The short stories are part of the next ROW80 goals for me.

ROW80 Midweek Check-in for 8/17/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 2:19 pm by Amber

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Happy Wednesday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averaged to 125 words a day and now I have to write more since I’m behind. There’s been a little progress this week but not too much. At least the word count is moving.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 1296
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

08.14.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in with Random Thoughts

Posted in Event, Writing at 10:58 am by Amber

Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averages to 125 words a day. I’ve written nothing new this month. There are about 7 weeks until the end of this round. I’m going to have to get my behind in gear if I’m going to make my goal. Yeah, I know I can modify it – but I want to finish this original goal. I plan on doing Round 4 and I have a completely different goal in mind for those 80 days.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 1204
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

Here are some random thoughts for the week:

  • The last few months I’ve been watching The Wire. I noticed George Pelecanos worked on it. (I read last year.) When I saw him in an interview at the Museum of the Moving Image I was surprised at how young he was. At that time he was in his late 40’s and I expected him to be older because he’s worked on so much.
  • Since Tuesday I’ve been fighting off sinus problems. I haven’t had such pressure behind my nose in years. Things have been better the last few days.
  • I haven’t wanted to touch the computer this week. I think this explains why I didn’t do check-ins for last Sunday or Wednesday.

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

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