Friday, April 06, 2012

C U @ 8 is Great!

A Facebook friend, Cindy Vine, recently sent me a free copy of her latest ebook, C U @ 8. As a woman over 50 I really enjoyed this book. That is not to say that you have to be over 50 to enjoy it. And the Kindle edition of the book, as of this writing is currently free. What are you waiting for? Go get it!

The main characters in the story are Fennella and Suki. Fenella is divorced with three children; Suki is recently widowed and has one son. Suki was married to an ultra-orthodox Jew and has been acting out since he died. She gets her friend Fenella, whom she has known since she was two involved in all sorts of hairbrained schemes.  Her latest scheme is to interview prospective boyfriends for Fenella's daughter who just had a nasty breakup.

All I can say is hilarity ensues and I laughed out loud several times.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Online Friends and Fellow Writers

In my years of writing I have met some wonderful friends and some wonderful writers. The undiscovered talent that is out there is astounding. Reading some of their works makes me feel like a no-talent hack at times.

Three of my online friends have published books that are now available on Amazon; I wrote some short reviews (very short reviews) of these wonderful books, reprinted below.

The Galactic Mage by John Daulton

This book was a wonderful, rolicking read. I cared for Orli and Altin, and even a dragon... The writing is crisp and taut. One of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. I eagerly await the sequel to find out what happens to Orli and Altin.

This book is doing very well on Amazon and is on the best seller list.

I was a Freshman Provocateur by Joshua Gallagher 

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Camus' L'estranger for some reason. Actually, if Camus and Kerouac had a love child he would write like this. It's always good to read something with literary merit such as this...not a Vampire in view...

This is actually a short story. It is a quick read but it keeps you thinking about it long after.

The Case of Billy B by Cindy Vine

I found The Case of Billy B to be a very touching and emotional story. It was a difficult read at times as I felt for Billy and just wanted him to be happy and have a normal childhood. I got frustrated by his father not being enough of a man to protect his son. And I got made at most of the women in this story. I came close to tears at times. The writing is very realistic and in a style that makes it hard to put it down. I can't wait to read the next work by Cindy Vine.

Cindy has written and published several book since I wrote the review. Check out her great fiction and non-fiction.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The joys of freelance?

I have been writing briefs for an online writing company for 8 months now. I am making a decent monthly income from them. My job is writing 250 word blog posts for various locations of a printing company. It is quite simple yet I have been letting it slide and then have to rush to write a bunch of posts at once. Luckily each takes me less than 15 minutes. But multiply that by 112 and you might see my dilemma.

I can almost write this brief blindfolded so I think I may be a little burned out. I need the money it brings in, yet I yearn to be doing the writing I want to be doing rather than what other people want me to write.

I guess that is the fate of the freelance writer and I'm sure everyone feels this way at one time or another. I will work through this though, it'll make me a stronger freelance writer.