Our review of Conscience of the King went live DarkestGoth Magazine with a 5/5 Moon rating (and the Brilliant Moon Award) day and date with your ability to buy the book in hardcover & digital!
Check it out (and the 30% discount that Barnes & Noble is offering on the book) at: www.facebook.com/308048732571101/posts/2812698702106079?sfns=moNEW: Conscience of the King [BOOK REVIEW] Reviewed by Jo Ann Safranik Excerpt: “Imagine being a young man—yes, on the planet, Equus, 100 is young— content with your role as a quantum computational genius and teacher of kindergartners, and suddenly, on that 100th natal day, being declared, without warning or recourse, the absolute ruler of a sprawling galactic alliance faced with a deadly threat. Ah’Krill Ardenai Morningstar—until that fateful morning Ah’rane Ardenai Krush—has, following 700 years of rule by the priestesses of the Great House—risen to become the Thirteenth Dragonhorse, the only secular ruler the Affined Equi Worlds and the Seventh Galactic Alliance will know for 150 years.“ Score: 5 Moons (out of 5) Check it out at: is.gd/SVfSHy #Alien, #Horses, #Intrigue, #Leader, #Legend, #Mystery, #Prophecy, #BrilliantMoonAward, #Telepathic ... See MoreSee Less
Our sixteen-year-old Jack Russell was the epitome of an old man today. Rolled out of bed after I did, scuttled outside to pee behind his favorite tree (yes, I know old men who do that), demanded breakfast at the top of his lungs, ate half of it and rolled back into bed.
I am a single girl for two weeks while Bill runs our first load, mostly lumber and tools, back to the new place in Pennsylvania. My days are spent feverishly packing, and I keep reminding myself that this is the last spring I will enjoy here, that I need to slow down a little from time to time. My spirit responds, but my body and my conscious mind keep right on packing.
I am having to pack more slowly, having run out of all the stuff I didn't need in the first place and haven't used for years. Now, I have to wonder if I'm going to need this or that for the next seventeen days - already discovered a couple of things I let slide past in a myopic moment.
I should revisit the thing with the scissors, before everybody forgets the question I asked in the first place. I got a good response, and you came up with answers falling into two distinct camps. "That is a pair of scissors." and "That is a scissors."
So ... as we were making the final, final, minuscule revisions for CONSCIENCE OF THE KING, I came across a spot on page 152 where I said something to the effect of, "He found a scissors used for tying the string on peringrass," and realized it should have been "snipping the string..." so, since Hanke is the one who actually makes the changes to the finished product, I brought it to his attention. Was he concerned about the difference between tying and snipping? Not a bit. He literally pounced in that big man's voice of his on the fact that I'd said a scissors, rather than a pair of scissors, and we had one of our little set-tos. So I thought I'd ask. My foster mother was Mexican, and she always said, "A scissor," which actually makes the most sense.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, but Barnes and Noble is offering a much better deal, in case you are in a mood to read. Ahimsa, I wish thee peace! SST ... See MoreSee Less
I have mentioned in the past that my editor, Jeremy T. Hanke, and I have the occasional set-to over something - usually minor and almost inevitably about word usage. For instance: I had a passage in one of the books where somebody, Peter, I think, says something including "What in hell ..." Hanke pounced. "It's not what IN hell, it's what THE hell!" I ask you, which makes more sense? Are you the hell, or are you in hell? Anyway I changed it just to shut him up. I mean, you have to pick your battles. This was our latest discussion, and I want EVERYBODY to weigh in on it, because I am convinced there is more than one way to approach this particular usage. Look at the picture. What is that item? If you were to refer to it in a sentence, how would you describe it? I will tell you what I said to cause the kerfuffle, but only after I hear from everybody. It's from CONSCIENCE OF THE KING, by the way, which will be out on June 4th. You can grab the e-book (which I recommend for summer reading) or the hardback on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. But for NOW ... what is the tool you see? Use it in a sentence. for instance: "Do you have a ....?" Ahimsa, I wish thee peace (and a few laughs.) SST ... See MoreSee Less