Monday, April 30, 2012

Writing Mondays: An Excerpt

Well, Monday has come! And, today, I have prepared a small clip (163 words) from my first chapter in my WIP. :-) I hope you like it!!

“Stay here, I’m going to get Padre and ‘Ziah.” I turned to go back. Hanna’s hand clasped mine.
“No!” she cried pulling me back.
I pried my hand from hers and sped off as Hanna’s cries faded into the mayhem of the marketplace. My duty was to get Hanna to safety, which I had done. My next loyalty was to find Padre and Isaiah. I knew they had to be somewhere nearby the blacksmith's shop. I just had to find them.  Throngs of people ran in every direction. My vision blurred as I was pushed around trying to get through the crowd. I was shoved to the ground and it was then I noticed that everyone was running in the same direction. I struggled to my feet and tried to look over the crowd. What were people fleeing from? I continued to press through the swarm until I caught a glimpse of it.

Thoughts? Friendly constructive criticism?

All words in italics belong to Rosie Wilson.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Random Saturdays: What do you do when you write?

So, as I type this I'm in the middle of writing the next to last chapter for my novel! :-D And I wanted to share a few patterns of what I do when I write.
  1. I open up the blinds in my room. (Light seems to help me think.)
  2. I pull out my "novel notebook", which carries the chapter outline inside.
  3. I grab a glass of sweet tea. (I drink it rather fast and then, when I'm pondering on my next sentence I chew the ice...I know what you're thinking. My dentist really likes me, right? Hah!)
  4. And finally, I open up Pandora Internet Radio. I tend to listen to either the Classical music channel or the 2011 Top Christian Hits channel. Right now it's on the Christian channel.
Which brings me to the title question, what do YOU do when you write? Any particular quirks? Leave a comment! :-)


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: Replication by Jill Williamson

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 When Your Life Is Not Your Own Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky. Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.

My Review:
Oh. My. Word.

I was looking forward to finally reading this book and wow! I loved it. Ms. Williamson created a beautifully pieced together work and I can't wait to read more by her.

Replication is about an illegal cloning facility. J:3:3 is one of the clones and one of the main characters. And boy is he a sweetheart! He chooses on a daily basis to protect the "brokens", or defective clones, and thus earns the nickname Martyr.

But Martyr has a dilemma. He "expires" in just a few short weeks. Who will protect the brokens when he's gone? Will he get to see the sky?

Then a new doctor arrives at the facility. His name is Doctor Goyer. And he's different. When Martyr is given marks, a form of punishment, with him Dr. Goyer chooses only to talk to Martyr. He answers most of Martyr's questions about the outside world.

Then, during his last mark with Dr. Goyer, Martyr decides to steal his keycard. He just wants to see the sky and no one will let him. So he'll have to do it himself. But will he make it out before being caught?

Ms. Williamson handles a very tricky subject when it comes to animal and human testing- as well as Christianity. But she did it very well, in my opinion. I especially liked Martyr's first prayer.

There are so many things I could name that I liked about this book but I shall end my review here. If you like a good well-thought out story Replication is for you!

Interested? You can purchase the book here!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Review: Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon


 As a social worker, Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children and seeing that justice is served on their behalf. But when she starts getting harassing phone calls and bizarre "gifts," it seems she may be the one in need of protection. When her tormentor's attentions take a violent turn, her brother Cole comes to her aid, along with his new partner, an ex-Navy SEAL, Detective Mitch Morgan. As her relentless stalker turns up the heat, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Protecting Alison has become more than just a job--because his own happiness now depends on keeping her safe.

Chock full of nail-biting suspense and heart-melting romance,
Deadly Pursuit is Irene Hannon's storytelling at its very best. Fans old and new will not want to miss the next story in this series starring siblings fighting for justice.

My Review:
Deadly Pursuit is second out of a trilogy. I was really excited to have a book primarily about a woman instead of a man.

That being said, Alison Taylor is an excellent female lead. Ms. Hannon has had me hurting for Alison since we were introduced to her in Fatal Judgement.

A year ago, Alison was in a nasty car-wreck leaving her behind with many injuries including a few that wouldn't heal. Something I adored about her was that she didn't let that stop her. She moved on. She thrived at her job and enjoyed the company of her dog Bert, who just can't get any more cute. :-)

Her journey begins going up hill when her older brother Cole calls her up and plays the compassion card to get her to go with his new partner, Mitch Morgan, to a wedding in Mitch's family.

Mitch is the type of guy you don't see in the real world very often. He's a gentleman. He's chivalrous. And he's protective of what's his. (Or wishes to be his.) Making him just the man Alison needs.

Ms. Hannon weaves together (yet again) an exceptional and phenomenal romance/mystery/suspense novel.

Interested? You can buy the book here!