28 June, 2011

Book Suggestions

As of late I’ve been trying to get some pleasure reading into my schedule. Either late at night before I go to bed, if I happen to have some insomnia, or on Sunday’s when I am having some down time.

Though each novel I have chosen (with the exception of one novel The Looking Glass by Richard Paul Evans) I have read some duds and did not bother to finish them because their irritated me so. A couple of the novels I picked up were a few years old. I generally like the author, who is a lovely person. However the novels were unrealistic to the period and had some contradictions in them. The other novel I had won recently in a giveaway and chose to read that one first. I wish I hadn’t tried to win the novel. After the ‘hero’ in it thought the heroine would be “easy to manage” I decided not to finish it and it will be donated to our church library.

What I am asking is if there have been any ‘WOW’ books you have come across that would be interesting to read. I mainly read historical fiction, because I love history. But I have found some modern novels that were satisfying. It doesn’t matter whether it is secular or Christian. I don’t read a lot of thrillers/suspense, but if it’s historical, I might try it out.

I welcome any suggestions, even if they are a simpler fun read. I am just itching to find a good novel to read, but keep coming up empty.

If you have any suggestions, please comment. Thank you…. 

27 June, 2011

Novel Dilemma

As some of you know, I have recently finished my novel The Other Sister, a WWII historical romance. I would greatly love to query it out and God willing, will be able to get an agent so then it could finally be published. However there are other novels that I may want to publish that are somewhat connected, but together they are not a series.

My dilemma is, I have two or three other projects I want to publish first. I had wanted the other two novel possibilities published not too long after The Other Sister. Would it be odd if there were more than a one-year gap between publications?

Another thought I’ve been debating over, was to instead of trying to query The Other Sister out to agents; I would finish my current project and when that is finished to then query that novel.

I am not well acquainted with the world of publication as I am with writing. I am not the kind of writer who can just sit down and write anything. I have to actually be in the mood and/or very excited about the project before I even pursue it.

I guess I’m looking for some advice from some fellow writers. Would it be odd to publish them out of sequence? Or since I have a novel done, would it be silly to wait and not pursue it further?

06 June, 2011

Our Only Chance

The world was at war. It was our only chance. There had to be an invasion. We had postponed Operation Overlord for almost a month. If we continued it would jeopardize our chances at winning the war. We had to invade. And we had to do it now!

Gen. Eisenhower’s strategy was superb. The technology was state of the art. Our men were the best. Were had a dogged determination. Defeat was not an option.

The early morning hours came, and the Airborne was sent over in phases. Then by six o’clock more soldiers were storming the beaches. It was only the beginning of an all-out hellish war against the evils of the Third Reich. Most of them still unaware of the brutality the Nazis were inflicting upon the peoples of Europe.

There was one thing that set our troops back. The weather. If it weren’t for the bad weather conditions the days before, and even the unpleasantness on the actual invasion day, our tanks would have arrived onto the beaches to reinforce the men. The Airborne wouldn’t have been scattered haphazardly all over northern France. And the Navy would have been able to protect their vessels better.

But God was on our side that day. God was saving lives who was meant to fight further on in the war. For others, it was their time to meet their maker.

It is sixty-seven years later. The veterans of WWII are dying. So is the memory of what they did on the beaches of Normandy. They’ve done so much to preserve our freedoms. Let’s remember their sacrifices and honor D-Day.