Author: La Blonde

Fabulous Free Fiction For a Friday!

For those of you who don’t know, and, for the one or two who do know, I also write fiction, mostly science fiction. Though the broader term, speculative fiction, might be more accurate. The evidence is there … go on, look up to the top right of this website, in the navigation section, where it says FREE FICTION. Go on, click on it, and you’ll see what I’m about to talk about. Myself and long time writing collaborator and friend, Mark J. Howard, started posting our short fiction—for free—over on the Wry Writer website last year and, as of this summer, will be posting excerpts of longer fiction, and serializing some of our novels. Again, most of this will be free to read. But we’re also looking to monetize the serial fiction, as in, first chapter will be free to read (as a teaser), with subsequent chapters available at a price—with the whole novel being available, afterwards, as a downloadable ebook. What I’m asking—other than letting you know about the website—is, who among you might …

Thoughtful Thursday

I’m having this on-going struggle with social media, and how it relates to me. I left Facebook at the beginning of the year, and now, am seriously thinking of deleting my Twitter account. I understand from a marketing POV, it can be invaluable across all platforms. But for personal use, and in keeping connected with people (as individuals) does it really work? I’m not so sure. I just recently returned back to blogging as my means of making social connections with other like-minded people, and indulging in talking about the things that I love and or that matters to me. Blog posts offer the opportunity to be more in-depth, to talk at length, and to cover topics and subjects 140 to 280 characters simply cannot do justice too. I suppose what it comes down to is there are those who blog, and blog successfully in their given niche, which, for most of us, appears to be all things related to and about books. And then, there are those who have found their ‘voices’ on one …

Fizzled Fire

I’m struggling. Oh boy am I struggling. What with I hear you ask? My latest read, The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor. Which is a shame, because I read The Ashes of London (book 1) in two fast sittings. I practically ate it up, it was such an interesting read. Well, for me at least. I loved the setting, the period surrounding the Great Fire of London, which came just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and the ending of the Cromwell Era. An absolutely fascinating time, with lots of intrigue, subterfuge, and yes, Regicide (don’t you just love that word?) followed by one of the greatest tragedies of the time, a fire that nearly consumed London. So, what’s not to love. The Ashes of London certainly delivered, with intriguing suspense littered with a couple of baffling murders, and a merry chase through the streets of London. I thoroughly enjoyed the shenanigans, which was also tinged with some tragedy and heartbreak. So why am I having a hard time reading book two, …

Random Thought Wednesday

Why does Grand Central Publishing sound like some sleaze-ball run, down a dark alley of NYC, shady vanity publishing company run out the back of a broken down sedan, by someone called Bill.I.Am because he thinks it sounds cool? Yes, I know. They’re owned by Hachette, which in turn sounds like …