Fish fillet in butter and lemon sauce

via Fish fillet in butter and lemon sauce

 

This is a tasty recipe I can’t wait to try!

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Great News for Crimson Knight!

Crimson Knight was successfully rereleased by Kindle Direct Publishing earlier in the week.  Several days before that, I was successful at getting the ebook version finally edited and formatted properly so it could be published as well.  It’s now live on Amazon.com along with the print version.

Over the last few days, I’ve begun work on producing the audio book version of Crimson Knight as many of my friends listen to audio books and requested one of my book.  I don’t speak as well as I once did now that I have dentures and a fake palette covering most of the roof of my mouth so doing the narrative myself is out of the question.  I posted the job on Audible, Amazon’s audio book production arm, and I actually sent a proposal to a narrator after listening to some of the narrators’ audition recordings the same day I posted the job.

She turned me down.  I began to worry about finding someone much less figuring out how to pay them.  I wondered if I should even pursue this avenue.  I let it go a day and then, early yesterday morning, I got a message from Audible saying someone had sent me an audition recording.  I listened to it, and I was amazed by the man’s talent.  I read his profile, and it said he’d just completed his 50th book on Audible!  I began to think he was out of my league!

Since he’d sent a message with his audition recording wanting to know more about the book, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to talk to him a bit.  We exchanged messages, and he was very understanding of this being my first attempt at creating an audio book and working with Audible.  Long story short, I listened to two more audition recordings from two other narrators, and I decided to go with the first guy.

We have a contract now and are moving forward with the project.  I will get the first 15 minutes of the story in about a week and after going over that with the narrator, I won’t get anything again until the initial recording is complete.  My projected release date is 10 May, 2019 – the day before my birthday.

I am learning a lot from this process, and I’m feeling a bit more confident with it.  I’m going to be editing cover art for the audio book next.

Below is the link to the print and ebook versions of Crimson Knight.  If you do decide to grab a copy, please leave a review!  I don’t care if it’s bad or good, I welcome all feedback!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

 

Crimson Knight Update – 1/27/19

Today was my only day off this week which meant trying to pack a bunch of things I wanted/needed to do into this one day.

One of those things I wanted/needed to do was work on Crimson Knight’s manuscript formatting so I could get it rereleased by Kindle Direct Publishing.  I was working with the site’s book creator program last week, and I had a lot of issues with it when it came to the formatting part.

I decided to use Scrivener to create a new manuscript using only the sizing and formatting required by the program for Kindle.  I got this Scrivener program years ago for free for participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’ve been quick to update it every chance I get.  It’s a user friendly program. 🙂  I have copied and pasted from my original digital manuscript to the Scrivener program and now, I’m just tweaking things so it all looks uniform.  Once I get it looking like I want it to, I’ll use the program from KDP to create printable version of Crimson Knight.  I am hoping this time, things go a lot easier and faster so I can move on to getting an audio book version started.

That’s all I have for this week.  I would’ve done more on the manuscript, but I did have other things I had to do as well.  I’ll work on it again on my next day off, and I’ll let you know how things go.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

Update Jan. 17, 2019 – for lack of a better title…

My life has been like a rushing river, throwing me all over the place, bashing me against obstacles and pushing me along before I can even catch my breath, much less get my bearings.

I was working at Taco Bell in Lufkin from February 2018 until September of the same year when I was asked to be the caregiver for a good friend of mine with terminal cancer.   She didn’t want to go to a hospice, but she didn’t want a stranger living in her house either.  So, with some experience caring for someone at the end of their life, I agreed.  I quit my job, moved in with her and her hubby, and I took care of her 24/7 until she passed away in late August.

I have never sat vigil with someone who was passing away.  My late aunt in law passed away in the hospital after I cared for her for the last six months of her life so, I wasn’t in the room during her final 24 hours.  I sat with my friend, her husband and her best friend for her final hours.  None of us, least of all her I’m sure, expected her to go so soon or so quickly.  Even then, the hours seemed so long as we all sat with her.  Her husband held her hand, and her best friend sat with him on her bed.  I stayed on the couch and simply watched, the pain growing even as I tried to understand.  It wasn’t until she was pronounced and the funeral home was called that her passing became more tangible.  I had to leave the room and call my son – I needed to hear him and express my sorrow to someone who would be able to handle it.  The others had enough pain of their own, they didn’t need mine.  Even now, months later, I am still not sure it wasn’t a dream – a horrible nightmare.  I just have to look at her Facebook page, now a memorial to her, to know it all happened.  It doesn’t stop me from missing her…

I started work in October for a company called Super Bargain helping set up and stock the new store they were opening in the town over from where I was living.  The store was open by Thanksgiving, and I was asked to move to Cleveland to work in the store there – the company owned three stores by then – while another store was being readied in Beaumont.  I got a car, and I moved.  I started work at the Beaumont store doing set up and stocking just before Christmas.  I am still commuting back and forth six days a week.  I am away from home for 14 hours a day.  Three hours a day, I am either winding down for the night or I’m getting ready for the day – I take 1 1/2 hours in the morning and evening for this.  I have one day off a week.

All of this leaves very little time for me to do anything and yet, I’ve decided I need to try.  I am tired of not getting things done, of not enjoying my hobbies.  My writing is falling behind as well though I must admit I am finding it hard to want to write.  After all this time of trying and working, I’m not really seeing the point of continuing.  Crimson Knight has been available in paperback since about 1999, and I have only sold one copy.  That’s pretty pathetic.  Please, don’t innudate me with marketing advice – I have plenty of that but very little of the very important component – ready cash.  It takes money to make money after all….

I have tried finding someone to be with, to date.  I had thought a former lover might be someone to be serious with, but despite his words to the contrary, his actions tell me he’s not interested.  So, I guess I’ll try the dating sites again.  I found him, maybe I’ll find someone else, someone who is interested in a relationship.  We’ll see.

Anyway, you’re now caught up on my life, such as it is.  I shall endeavor to write a bit more often, but you know how things are.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver – you never know what’s out there!

Deja Dead – Kathy Reichs

My copy of this lovely book was a hardback I checked out from the local library nearly a week ago.  It was printed by Scribner which is a trademark of Simon and Schuster Inc.  It was copyrighted in 1997 by Kathleen J. Reichs.  It’s the first of her books starring Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The television series called Bones was loosely based on the book series written by Kathy Reichs.

Before I go on, I want to tell you what  forensic anthropology is – for those of you who don’t know.

Generally speaking forensic anthropology is the examination of human skeletal remains for law enforcement agencies to help with the recovery of human remains, determine the identity of unidentified human remains, interpret trauma, and estimate time since death. … Anthropology alone is the study of man.

A coroner does something similar : The coroner’s jurisdiction is limited to determining who the deceased was and how, when and where they came by their death. When the death is suspected to have been either sudden with unknown cause, violent, or unnatural, the coroner decides whether to hold a post-mortem examination and, if necessary, an inquest.

Now that I’ve helped define the difference between the two jobs and thus, have shown the two can assist each other without repeating things, I’ll go on with my review.  If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below, and I’ll answer as best I can.

Now, Dr. Temperance (Tempe to her friends) Brennan has been in Canada for a year working for the Laboratoire de Medecine Legal in the province of Quebec, but she hasn’t been involved in anything major until she’s called out the the site of a body dump.  The body has been skillfully dismembered and wrapped in plastic trash bags before being buried.  The torso has been disfigured horribly.  This is only the first as Temperance becomes involved in what turns out to be a string of similar deaths.

Making life difficult for our heroine is Luc Claudel, a Homicide Investigator who seems to have it in for her.  His partner, Michel Charbonneau, tries to assist.  Temperance does get some added assistance from Andrew Ryan, another investigator who caught one of the cases she has managed to link to the one she was called out on.  It doesn’t help Temperance goes investigating on her own and draws the attention of the murderer!

Mingled in with the investigation is Temperance’s relationship with her close friend from grad school, Gabriel (Gabby) Macaulay.  Gabby is busy with a research study involving the local prostitutes, and she comes to Temperance full of fear for a man who is stalking her.  Gabby’s state of mind is erratic even as she tries to take care of herself despite Temperance’s objections and repeated offers of help.

The story flows like a river from one end to the other.  At times, it becomes tumultuous with action and suspense before smoothing out again, but it never wavers or runs off in different directions leaving sidelines to bottom out.

Characters are well developed, even the secondary ones, and I actually cared about them – even got mad at Claudel for how he was treating our heroine!

I highly recommend this book for those of you who like murder mysteries!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!