Thursday, January 25, 2018

52 Week Reading Challenge (UPDATE)

I am a updating this about every month now, so hope things are going well for you.  Found some help in Goodreads which has many lists and other helps to find many of these.  In fact, I have already created a list called the 52 Week Reading Challenge 2018 to help me and anyone else who needs the help.

I have really enjoyed this challenge and I have found some new writers to dive into and read.  But I have also found a subject that really hit me this last book.  Prelude to Glory, Our Sacred Honor is about the Revolutionary War and it really piqued my interest in that era of History.  I have marked a bunch of books in Goodreads for reading and look forward to trolling Amazon for some others.

So if I have anything to say about this challenge, it has been wonderful in getting me to expand my horizons and get back into reading!  Yes, a few of the books have been slogs and have made me wonder why even picked them up but others such as Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child showed me some action and adventure that really got me rolling again.  I have had more than a few days where all I wanted to do was read!  That is awesome considering there are so many other things out there vying for our time and attention.  It feels good but I also feel it challenging me to write on my own novels.

OH and I have completed 29 of the 52 challenges with 6 and a half more months to go so maybe I can accomplish this challenge!

I hope you have found some enjoyment from this and find some authors that you can further explore their world with.

52 Week Reading Challenge 2018 (one for each week of the year):
Completed:  29/52
1. A book by your favorite author.
2. A book by an author whose work you haven't read previously. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
3. A book released in the year you were born.
4. A book released in 2018.
5. A book released in 2008.  Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.
6. A book released in 1998.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
7. A book released in 1988.
8. A book released in 1978.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
9. A book released in 1968.
10. A book released in 1958.
11. A book released in 1948.
12. A book released in 1938.
13. A book released in 1928.
14. A book released in 1918. My Antonia by Willa Cather.
15. A book released in the 20th Century [outside the years above]. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
16. A book released in the 19th Century.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
17. A book that has had a movie or TV adaptation. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
18. A book written after a movie or TV.
19. A female author. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
20. A male author - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
21. A graphic novel.  Star Wars - Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
22. A fiction. My Antonia by Willa Cather
23. A romance. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
24. A fantasy.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
25. A sci-fi.  Star Wars - Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
26. A suspense/paranormal.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
27. An action/crime/adventure - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
28. A war.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
29. A thriller.  Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.
30. A mystery.
31. A historical fiction.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
32. A Native American.
33. A young adult book.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
34. A western.
35. A literature classic. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
36. A non-fiction - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
37. An author's debut book - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
38. An author from your state/province/[country] - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
39. A book originally published in a language other than English - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
40. A book by an African author.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
41. A book by an Asian author - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
42. A book by an Australian author.
43. A book by a European author. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
44. A book by a North American author - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
45. A book by a South American author.
46. A book set in Africa.
47. A book set in Antarctica.
48. A book set in Asia.
49. A book set in Australia.
50. A book set in Europe. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
51. A book set in North America - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
52. A book set in South America.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Some Off Topic Writing

Here is an off topic poem I wrote years ago.  ENJOY!!!

Ol' Friend

Monday, December 25, 2017

End of Year Sale at Smashwords!

SMASHWORDS is having their annual year end sale!  Get both my books for 50%!!

I am sure that you can find something for your holiday vacation to read and maybe a few more!

ENJOY!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book 3, Suspicions and Darkness Update

Well, I dove back into Book 3, found some things I really liked and some others that I didn't.  Have started on my second run through, this time after having pulled some scenes out that added little to the story and consolidated a few chapters that were too short.

The story is coming along well, but there is still a LOT of work to be done.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book 3, Suspicions and Darkness

As you can see if you have been following my blog, the title has changed.   Aidana WillowRaven has been kind enough to team up with me on design of this third book in the series.  As usual, I have found that crossing over in the creative realms is a fascinating adventure full of 'oh, wows' and 'oooo, I like that's'!!  I really enjoy this part of the novel creation process.  I love to see what the other artists can come up with especially when they ask good questions and then give me feedback on their ideas or edits they think I need in the story line.  In this case, Aidana gave me goose bumps early on in our interview and I knew this was where we needed to head to make the cover rock.

As soon as we come to the conclusion of this wonderful process, I will have a cover reveal here.

Until then, you can check out my other books and be ready for when this one hits the streets.  I am really excited to get back into this one after several years of being shelved and it is like reading an old book, editing and getting back into the story again.

Big SHOUT OUT to Aidana WillowRaven for her enthusiasm!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Reviews of Memories of a Distant Future


Review by: L. G. Cullens on Oct. 04, 2016 :  5 STARS
Review by: L. G. Cullens (author of Calan's Eden) on Oct. 4, 2016

As the author notes in his book description, a current day young man finds himself several hundred years in the past, in a North America before Europeans began to arrive. He recognizes the terrain of northern Wyoming, but is understandably confused by the absence of modern man's hand. So begin his adventures in a time closer to Nature.

The story is both awe inspiring and endearing, especially to me in being familiar with both the locale and people depicted. To those that look for depth in a story, the author's use of a simpler setting brings out humankind's good and bad proclivities.

My only issue with this book was the author's stumbling, drawn out start, where he might have better captured the reader's mind's eye and attention. I got over such though, as the author quickly hit his stride in presenting an engrossing story.

This isn't the kind of book where one can note snippets to interest potential readers, so I'll say only that many should find this book an immersing and enjoyable read.


Kim rated it 5 STARS

it was amazing

This is the best book I'd ever read. I love how the story in the beginning until the end. M.D. Robinson knows how to create a story and this is it. I want to read more of his books.