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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Gothic tales, mysteries, and reviews


cj Sez:  A few recent releases for your To-Be-Read pile.

New Gothic/horror novel from USA Today Bestselling author Carolyn Haines . . .  THE DARKLING 


   
   When Berta and Bob Henderson open their open to foster Annie, a young amnesiac found wandering the streets of a nearby city, bad things begin to happen.

   As tragedy strikes the family one by one, it becomes clear something is stalking the Henderson family. 

Available on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2JS5dHh


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TROUBLE IN ACTION: Book 10 of 10 in the Cat Detective Familiar Legacy mystery series  by Susan Y. Tanner  

   Trouble, the Sherlock of black cat detectives, strolls into the exciting world of stunt riders amid tension between a university sponsoring a reenactment of the Civil War battle of Albrecht Creek and a Cherokee nation tired of being wrongly blamed for everything.

   Trouble must race the clock to keep protagonist Kylah West safe and help love interest Wolf Stockton solve the murder of a young reenactor. The clever feline also realizes that those two bipeds have another deep need—for each other.

Available on Amazon here:  https://amzn.to/2GmdDFM

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MY REVIEWS:

MURMURS OF EVIL (The Possession Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Carrie Dalby  

   Protagonist Magdalene Jones is hired as a companion to a wealthy woman who is despondent over the death of her daughter. Magdalene soon finds herself immersed in an economic class she knows nothing about and is immediately tempted and challenged by the heir-apparent of her employer, his father, who, himself, is tempted by her. Intrigue abounds in this recommended read. I gave this book 5 stars.

Available on Amazon here:   https://amzn.to/32Hk4wv

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THE RECKONING
by John Grisham   

   I thought this book would be a legal thrillerit is anything but. To repeat the Amazon description, “The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer.”
   
If Southern Gothic is one of your favorite reads, THE RECKONING by John Grisham is for you. If you don’t know what Southern Gothic literature is, it includes dark humor, violence, destitute characters, discrimination, angst, and a strong sense of place—THE RECKONING hits the high notes and then some of all of these Southern Gothic characteristics.

   Grisham has told a suspenseful tale of betrayal and lies that drive a town’s favorite son (a World War II hero whose Bataan Death March experience is detailed) to commit a horrific crime. The negatives were the sometimes too-long paragraphs that seemed to ramble and didn't add a lot to the narrative. I gave this angst-driven story 3 stars.

Available on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2Z2UX5l

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  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

By the way, if you’ve read/heard about the U.S. Navy ship that recently destroyed an Iranian drone by laser, I had already proposed that concept in DEADLY STAR. To read what else I wrote about, the novel is still available free on Kindle Unlimited here:  https://amzn.to/30JqTMq

For your summertime/beach reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj 

To order an autographed copy of DEADLY STAR, CHOOSING CARTER, HOMETOWN HEROES, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook  


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Aspiring romance writers take note


cj Sez:  Harlequin is looking for new talent and wants to bring more stories representing diverse voices to romance readers and announced they will accept writing submissions from September 1 to October 15, 2019.

   “Harlequin’s ‘Romance Includes You Mentorship’ initiative offers aspiring romance writers from traditionally underrepresented communities the chance to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year on writing a romance novel and includes an offer to publish their book and $5,000 (US) to support their novel writing.”

   If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published romance novelist, here’s an opportunity. Submit a sample of your writing and apply here:  http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/mentorship/

   (PS:  Be sure to follow all the directions.)

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Well, tropical disturbance aka tropical storm aka hurricane aka tropical storm Barry has inundated the Gulf Coast of Alabama with a lot of rainfall (not nearly as much as New Orleans and other cities in Louisiana and Mississippi). It seriously rained all day today. Weather Alert: The storm is weakening into tropical disturbance Barry and is now moving inland and Northward toward Memphis.

   I just wanted to mark my family and I safe but soggy. 

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The following pieces of writerly info really makes me happy:

   James Lee Burke was born in 1936. I’m not that old, but it tells me I don’t have to be a twenty- or thirty-something to succeed. (Granted, I should have started earlier. Sigh)  In the back of his novel, WAYFARING STRANGER, on the “About the Author” page, I found this:  “His novel, The Lost Get-Back Boogie, was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years and, upon its publication by Louisiana State University Press, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.” 

   Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
                                          ~Mickey Spillane

   From author Chris Bradford: “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” 

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   You get the idea. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

Where did I get the idea for DEADLY STAR, you ask?... One of my sons came up with the premise. "What if what looks like an asteroid was really a satellite?" he said one night. "Suppose it was a weapon?" My imagination took over and gobs of research followed. One of the more interesting things I found was that in the 1990s, the U.S. government funded something called "Operation Dawgstar" and provided grants to college students to develop nanosatellites. I also discovered that nanosatellites were actually launched from the space station Mir in 2001 and that they possibly could go undetected by world powers for some time. The surprise meteor that hit Russia in February 2013 proved that to me. The meteor was reported to be as big a five-story building when it entered the atmosphere but wasn't detected. Scary stuff. 

   Buy it. I think you will fall in love with Mirabel and Sully and their struggles.

   For your summertime/beach reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj  — at the time of this post, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited.

   To order an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

   If you send me a note at cjpetterson@gmail.com, I’ll personalize your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook  


Sunday, July 7, 2019

The research rabbit hole


cj Sez: I think another day of celebrating the 243 rd birthday of the United States of America is in order, so here’s a shot of the July 4 fireworks over Mobile, AL (says the proud mother whose son took the photo).
Click on the picture to get a better view.

Jeff called the tiny, white sliver of moon in the middle of the photo a “waxing crescent moon.” My friend in South Africa took a photo of that same moon at dusk and described it as a “sickle moon.” Yep, that’s how an author/poet shows the lunar shape to her readers.

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   It occurs to me that doing research for a story is therapeutic in a way, almost like getting lost in a good book.

   I can get so caught up in searching hither, thither, and yon that hours pass before I realize I’ve just spent half a day or more absorbed in collecting information, a lot of which is just interesting trivia that has little or nothing to do with the story I’m writing.

   Some days all those hours are productive, some days they’re minutes I should not have wasted. There are other days, however, when doing a deep dive into research becomes a kind of meditation. I get so mesmerized by all the words in that research rabbit hole that the mortal worries of the day disappear.

   I don’t think I’m alone in this. Do you? Besides, when the afternoon heat/humidity index in Mobile climbs to a helacious 107° F, I’d rather be meditating in front of the computer in my air conditioned office than outside…anywhere.

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Quote of the Day: 

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.           E. L. Doctorow

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That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Hurricane Season is heating up along the Gulf Coast, and that brings to mind HOMETOWN HEROES, the Christmas anthology that gifts a portion of the benefits to the “Cajun Navy.” The Navy is that magnificent group of volunteers who help (on their own nickel) people in hurricane-stricken areas. The anthology may have been released at Christmas, but the stories are timeless.

You can order an autographed copy of the anthology (as well as CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and THE POSSE) from The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note, I’ll personalize the book of your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

If you prefer Kindle, at the time of this post, HOMETOWN HEROES, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited

Contact me at cjpetterson@gmail.com and visit me at
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Could you be a Killer Nashville scholar?


cj Sez: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for Killer Nashville:  Deadline July 5, 2019. 
“The annual Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 as a way to give back to the writing community and educate/empower writers in all stages of their careers. In that spirit, and thanks to generous donors, Killer Nashville is offering several scholarships in 2019.” 
   For more information and to apply, go here:  https://killernashville.com/killer-nashville-scholarships/

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   Mobile has had wind gusts reaching fifty-plus miles an hour and (yesterday) two inches of rain in a forty-five minute period. Yep, there were trees and limbs down and flash-flood warnings for a lot of city streets because of this storm. On the plus side, the temperature dropped from 94 (heat index of about 100) to the high 70s.


   Thunder and lightning is not good for my writing progress, however. “I have to shut down the computer when lightning starts marching in with the rain,” says the procrastinator. Actually, I’m doing okay. One short story submitted, another in process, and a novel rotating in that endless edit cycle I seem to go through. I also have two other stories percolating (i.e., a few chapters written).

   Are you aware there’s a story arc that readers/agents have come to expect?

According to author/editor Ramona DeFelice Long, 
    "For a 400 page MS: 
          Act 1 is 1/4 of the story, so 100 pages
       Act 2 is 1/2 of the story, so 200 pages
       Act 3 is 1/4 of the story, so 100 pages 
                (Act 3 includes a denouement)
     You can adjust the math, but the 1/4 + 1/2 + 1/4 is the guiding formula."
   Have you ever analyzed a story, yours or someone else’s, to see how they fit into that three-act arc?
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!


   On July 4, 2019, the United States of America celebrates its 243 rd birthday. It started with a revolutionary war and a constitution: 
     We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

   When you celebrate the holiday this year, please take a moment to remember the great personal sacrifices that made us a free nation and have kept us free for more than two centuries.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

  Amazon Kindle price is 99 cents!
In the midst of prospectors, treasure hunters, and shoot-outs in the old West, there is a love story in“Bad Day at Round Rock,” my short story in the Western anthology THE POSSE. Excerpt:  Seventeen-year-old Lilly Malmstrom thought morning calm was the best time of any day—before the sun burned away the cool of the night, before hot winds drove the fine Texas sand under the windowsills, before the town of Round Rock fully awakened. By seven a.m., when she stood on tiptoe to twist the key in the wall clock to wind it, she had the doctor’s instruments scalded and air-drying on the table and fresh-washed huck towels hanging on the line behind the building. To mark the end of the work week, she drew an “X” through the date on the calendar with the stub of a lead pencil and sighed.

“July 19, 1878,” she said, pronouncing the month as ‘yulie’. “One year. One whole year.”

It’d been exactly a year since she’d left Sweden, but her new life hadn’t turned out exactly as she’d planned. Now she had a new plan.   
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For your summertime/beach reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj  — at the time of this post, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited.

To order an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note, I’ll personalize your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

Sign up for my quarterly newsletter here: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook  


Sunday, June 23, 2019

The risks of copyright infringement in this digital age

cj Sez: I recently came across an article on the risks associated with copyright infringement in the digital age. With the proliferation of Facebook sharing, I think it’s worth passing along this news to my readers.

Public Domain Clip Art
©
   Sharing copyrighted content without permission invites consequences that can have major effects on your bank account. Attorney Christopher Heer is an intellectual property lawyer and his article on “How to Avoid Copyright Infringement” is one that all artists should read…and as authors, we are among that group.

Read this important article here:   https://bit.ly/2J0htEZ

   I’m hopeful that my sharing the URL address to this article falls under the “exceptions to exclusive rights” section which includes “research … instruction … review … and news reporting.”  (PS: If you have questions about what is or is not a copyright infringement, please check with your attorney.)

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REPEATED INFO . . .
   Since this call for submissions is from Hallmark, I thought I’d repeat information I published previously:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and set your derriere in your chair

   If you write “wholesome or ‘sweet’ romance novels” or cozy mysteries, there’s still time to polish your work-in-progress and submit.

   Hallmark Publishing will be open to unagented submissions for “wholesome or ‘sweet’ romance novels” and cozy mysteries for the entire month of September 2019.

   Note that they are no longer accepting previously published works

   Read their submission guidelines here:   https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publishing/write-for-us 

And GOOD LUCK ! 
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   Update on my yard cats. Marmalade has started to sit alongside me on the bench when I’m in the yard, and Shadow (or Girlfriend, as I like to call her) has begun to spend her nights in the house. She also comes to me for stroking when I’m putting out birdseed in the morning. We all miss Sweet Buster.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
   For your summertime/beach reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj  — at the time of this post, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited.

CHOOSING CARTER excerpt: Carter bowed low in front of her and peered at the computer screen, one hand behind his back. Bryn thought for the umpteenth time that he didn’t look his thirty-eight years. His face was unlined, except for that scattering of crow’s feet that crinkled in the corners of his eyes when he smiled.
   While he was checking out her card game, she surveyed his lean form. The rolled-up shirtsleeves of his red-plaid shirt exposed muscular, reddish-brown forearms. A skinning knife topped by an elk-horn haft rested in a leather sheath looped onto a leather belt. His jeans were comfortably old, the blue on the thighs faded almost white. And even if she couldn’t see them, she knew he had on scuffed work boots. In stocking feet, he stood two inches on the far side of six feet tall, and by the time her gaze had wandered back to his face, he’d pushed his sunglasses onto his baseball cap and was watching her map his body. She looked up into turquoise-colored eyes that always caused a hollow feeling, like hunger, in the pit of her stomach.

   To order an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

   If you send me a note, I’ll personalize your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

   Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter (next issue in a couple of weeks): cjpetterson@gmail.com 
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day and the Amazing English Language


cj Sez:  First, I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, step-fathers, great-and-grandfathers, and adoptive fathers. I hope this day is the start of a healthy and happy year.

  I was re-organizing the backup files for my blog the other day, and that means I "had" to re-read every post. I found a few interesting ones, including one about our dynamic English language. So before I delete my comments , I think it’s worthwhile to repeat that 2016 post one more time.
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…. A friend sent me this quote from a fellow blogger, Sol Sanders:  “Perhaps the glory of the English language is that it so expressive. Its remarkable heterogeneous origins have given it an almost limitless vocabulary. And American English, particularly, has used that tool with an enormous flexibility to make it the international means of communication. One is able with a minimum of linguistic dexterity to capture every meaning, or almost every nuance.”

Read it out loud. It does make sense.
  Mr. Sanders’s comments were part of an introduction to his essay on what today’s journalism and media do with the English language. The gist of his blog is that journalism and media people over-complicate their sentences with words that muddy their meanings—changing nouns into verbs and, perhaps, calling a shovel a “hand-held, earth-moving tool.” (I’ve seen those descriptions in engineering technical specifications papers also.)

  Yes, as a writer, I use nouns as verbs. Yes, I deliberately obfuscate and happily add the disclaimer that it’s for the sake of telling the story. I am drawn to the syntax, symbolism, and syncopation of a well-crafted sentence that is the hallmark of successful mystery/thriller/suspense novelists. It’s using that “minimum of linguistic dexterity to capture every meaning, or almost every nuance” that appeals to me, and, I think, to readers of those genres. They want to try to decipher the code, find the clues, and solve the crime. I like confusing the issue. 

   That said, I do have a few personal dislikes of changing nouns into verbs. One is the word “impactful”—a noun turned into a verb turned into an adjective by adding ful on the end. What the Sam Hill does that mean?

   Did you know that we're also speaking Greek? The truth is that English is a living language. It’s constantly evolving as we create new words and new definitions to compliment new technology. Therein lies a conundrum:  The generations cease to understand each other at an almost exponential pace. Many times I need an interpreter to understand teen-talk, and I think if I texted often (a noun turned into a verb because of technology), I’d forget how to spell.

  Coda:  IMHO, the gloriously expressive English language is what makes the craft of writing so fascinating.

  I’m still working on my craft. How are you doing with yours?
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  That’s it for this week’s post. I hope you found a nugget in here that you can use. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

DEADLY STAR excerpt (scene is after a plane crash in the desert):  Afraid to stay and afraid to leave, Mirabel began to shiver in the sweltering heat. She knew the rules for a crash. Dan repeated them before each time they flew. Stay with the plane. Searchers can see a plane. A hiker is just another invisible grain of sand. She stared long and hard at the purple haze of sawtooth hills in the distance then kissed his waxen cheek.
     “I have to go,” she whispered.

For your summertime/vacation reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj  — at the time of this post, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited.

To order an autographed copy of DEADLY STAR, CHOOSING CARTER, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note, I’ll personalize your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

To sign up for my quarterly newsletter go to: cjpetterson@gmail.com 


Sunday, June 9, 2019

A few elements of short story writing

cj Sez: I started off the weekend perfectly. In case you missed it, Friday was National Free Donut Day,
and a delicious dozen was delivered to my kitchen. I had hoped to extend Donut Day a while longer, but realistically the remaining ten donuts might last only three more days.
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  Since I’m in a short story frame of mind (the story that must be submitted by June 30 is out for beta reads, and there’s another one in progress), it seems apropos to restate what I have read about how to write a short story.

"The Five Key Story Elements"
Anne Lamott’s ABCDE formula (Action, Background, Conflict, Development, and Ending):

Action — Start with something happening to draw the reader into the story. 
Background — Provide context for readers to understand how the characters came to the current situation
Conflict — The characters must want something they don’t have and work to achieve it (sometimes against each other)
Development — The 70-80% of the story describing the characters’ struggle to get what they want. Each time it appears they have the goal within reach, give them something more difficult to overcome until they reach the climax 
Ending — What happens after they reach their goal. In a romance, the hero and heroine realize their “happily-ever-after”. In a mystery or thriller, all the loose ends are tied up. In a literary story, the ending may be rather ambiguous.

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Essential steps to a short story   FIRST:  A SHORT STORY IS ABOUT ONE THING.
(cj side note: Interestingly, the story I have out for beta read actually is about two things, but they’re happening concurrently.)

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Kurt Vonnegut offers these eight tips on how to write a good short story:

1.      Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2.      Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3.      Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4.      Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5.      Start as close to the end as possible.
6.      Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7.      Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8.      Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
(cj Sez: Love that cockroach reference.)

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 cj Sez: To tell you the truth, I really needed something to uplift my spirits this week and even twelve donuts were hard-pressed to make that happen.

   Over the past three weeks, two of my yard cats have gone missing. The first was a semi-feral, year-old, Manx kitten that was allergic to fleas, cried all the time, and desperately sought my touch when I set out breakfast and supper. I hadn’t been able to trap him. Trey wanted only to rub against my legs and let me stroke him, and now he’s gone.

   On Wednesday last week, I lost a gentle and sweet inside/outside cat. Buster was a neutered, two-and-a-half-year-old, gray tom with white feet. Every time he climbed into my lap to snuggle and rumble out a purr, I felt all of his seventeen pounds of muscle. He was the centerpiece of three interdependent pals. Shadow, Buster, and Marmalade all hung together. Buster and his little girlfriend, Shadow, were endearingly close. Shadow and Marm seem lost now. They sit and scan the yard, looking for their leader…and so do I.  

   I’m working to get Shadow acclimated to being a house cat, but right now, that won’t work with Marm. Without Buster, he’s a lonely loner that other cats shun or spit at, as was Trey. I want to help change that, though he is sometimes threatening, and he is also a big cat.

   That’s it for this week’s post. I hope you found a nugget in the short story piece that you can use. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

For your summertime/beach reading pleasure, stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj  and order a book—at the time of this post, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited. 

To order an autographed copy of DEADLY STAR, CHOOSING CARTER, and THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop    Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me an email, I’ll personalize your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Remembering D-Day


cj Sez: Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a force of more than 150,000, the Allies gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe.  
D-Day Order of the Day (National Archives Identifier 186473)

   Every year Normandy celebrates the long summer of 1944 and the re-establishment of freedom: “Normandy will bear the scars of this moment in history forever and every year we remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, those many heroes who lost their lives here during that summer of 1944.”

   D-Day, the day now often referred to as “the beginning of the end of war in Europe,” was originally code-named Operation Overlord.

   Operation Overlord was supposed to start June 5, 1944, under United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower's orders, but bad weather delayed the invasion. So a day later, Ike called it a “go,” and the Allies invaded five beaches—code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
(Source: National World War II Museum)
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   My uncle waded ashore on one of those beaches and was “different” when he came home. Shell-shocked was what they called PTSD back then.

   My friend Fen was two weeks shy of his 21st birthday on D-Day. He served with Patton until the end of the war. A world traveler and writer/poet, he now calls Savannah home.

   Sixteen million young Americans served in World War II, and in this 75th anniversary year, the survivors are in their 80s and 90s. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, more than 300 World War II veterans die every day. Time is running out to honor these survivors for their courage, their service and their sacrifice.  

   If you know a WWII veteran, whether s/he served on active duty or stoked the fires on the home front, it’s a good day, every day, to say “Thank You” to a member of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.”

cj Sez: Sa-lute and God Bless.

  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

  Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post: a thriller with a touch of romance . . . DEADLY STAR


cj Sez: One of my sons came up with the premise for Deadly Star. "What if what looks like an asteroid was really a satellite?" he said one night. "Suppose it was a weapon?" My imagination took over and gobs of research followed. One of the more interesting things I found was that in the 1990s, the U.S. government funded something called "Operation Dawgstar" and provided grants to college students to develop nanosatellites. I also discovered that nanosatellites were actually launched from the space station in 2001 and that they possibly could go undetected by world powers. The surprise meteor that hit Russia in February 2013 proved that premise to me. The meteor was reported to be as big a five-story building when it entered the atmosphere, but it wasn't detected way up there. Scary stuff . . . and Deadly Star is the result.

Blurb: Mirabel Campbell must learn how to stay alive in a covert world of political intrigue where the unexpected is the norm, and she’s not the kind of woman who’ll wait for anyone, including her CIA ex-husband whom she still loves, to make her decisions. She made a promise to a murdered friend to find out what’s so special about a mysterious point of light in the sky, and she intends to keep that promise.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are no longer available as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. You can, however, support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my print books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.
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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day and upcoming call for submissions


cj Sez: I hope you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day holiday, but please remember why this three-day holiday was created . . .
Arlington Cemetery: 624 acres of why we are still free. 

   Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the last Monday of May…in 2019, it’s May 27. The day was set aside to commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

   If you write “wholesome or ‘sweet’ romance novels” or cozy mysteries, there’s still time to polish your work-in-progress and submit.

   Hallmark Publishing will be open to unagented submissions for “wholesome or ‘sweet’ romance novels” and cozy mysteries for the entire month of September 2019.

   Note that they are no longer accepting previously published works


And GOOD LUCK ! 

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That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
CHOOSING CARTER is free on
Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post. 
5-Star Review: The tension is high in this romantic thriller from petterson. This is a great suspense novel with characters who are independent but learn to trust each other to survive.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. You can, however, support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you want to order from me (I have a few copies), I’d be happy to personalize the autograph and drop it in the mail to you (price of the book plus $3 mailing).

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Doesn't have to cost a dime to encourage an author


cj Sez: Over the past week, I decided it was crunch time…I absolutely had to quit procrastinating and finish, this week, a short story with a June 30 submission deadline.  

  I need to finish the story early, like “now,” so I'll have time to do the necessary edits. Anyway, all of that was to explain why this post is going to be a short reissue of one previously posted in 2017. By the way, the call for submissions is still open, so if you're of a mind to ....

   What follows is a stream of consciousness blog about how to show your support for writers (at a little or no cost), whether you’re a writer or a reader.

If you’re a writer and have your own blog, invite guest bloggers. Lyrical Pens does do that, though we haven’t been graced with a guest for a few weeks. (Read the invitation in the Lyrical Pens banner above.) When you have a guest scheduled on your blog, send out “Coming Attractions” promotions on other social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, et al. Be sure to give your guest blogger space to say something about their books.

Read and be willing to give the author’s work a fair review. Be kind but be honest.

If you know an author who just wants to just sit and talk, grab a chair and listen. Writing is a lonely occupation, and most other people don't understand.

Encourage each other. Writing is not a competition; everyone can be successful.


And here’s a little marketing tip: If you’re a yet-to-be-published writer and don’t have a business card, get one. Hand it out to agents, workshop instructors, fellow writers, wherever you have an opportunity to network. Get your name out there as early as possible (blogs and Facebook, too) so they can watch for your new release. Some variation of the one that follows is my suggestion:

Name  Jane Doe, Author
Writer of XXX (literary fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, YA, romance, whatever)
eMail address
website address

Now, if you’re a reader (and since writers are also readers, I guess this applies to everyone) . . .
Like and comment on authors' posts on their Facebook pages. Facebook's algorithms only show posts that FB thinks other members would like to see. That means the more likes and comments a post gets, the more people will see it. 

Go to book signings, even if you can’t afford to buy the book at that time. Your attendance is ever so encouraging. I’ve been to book signings where the author and I were the only two people there. On the other hand, I was one of several authors at a local indie book store signing and because fans and friends showed up, the afternoon sped by and was fun—even though I didn’t sell a book.

   If you’ve got some good ideas on how best to encourage authors to keep writing, let me know. I’ll pass along the information and credit you as the source.
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   That’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj and order a book to read or get in touch with The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop to order an autographed copy of DEADLY STAR, CHOOSING CARTER, and THE POSSE. Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note with a request before you order, I’ll even run down to the shop and personalize your choice.

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