NaNo 2019 starts tomorrow

Yes, I am joining NaNoWriMo this year. If you don’t know what that is, well, thousands of writers join up in November with the intention of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It is a great way to get the bare bones of a manuscript down on paper–or the start of one at least. The trick is to write, and not to edit as you go. This is the one thing I have a problem with, but I will try hard to conquer this little issue. πŸ˜€

But…

I am not doing the full NaNo. In other words, I am not aiming for 50,000 words. I want to write another Cat and Mouse adventure, which is a book for young readers. I am aiming for 15,000 words or there abouts.

NaNo starts tomorrow. I am ready and willing to get started. In four weeks, I WILL have the first draft of Ghost at the Cemetery completed.

eBook review: A Crafty Crime

A Crafty Crime (A Stoneybrook Mystery, #1)

A Crafty Crime by Eryn Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb: Hadley James is finally living the life she’s always wanted: making jam and selling it at the local farmers market. When a cat-sitting job turns into a murder investigation, life no longer seems so perfect.

Her twin brother, a deputy sheriff, is on the case but they’ve always done everything together and she can’t help but get involved. Following a trail of crafty clues, the James twins learn that their sleepy town might be harboring more darkness than they could’ve imagined.

My review: I started reading this book in May and finished it in September. That possibly tells you everything. It certainly does me and explains the three-star rating.

I cannot put my finger on what was wrong, but I felt as if I had to drag myself through the pages. In all honesty, I did abandon it at one stage and then thought “no, I want to finish it” and returned to the story.

It’s a cozy mystery book so it makes sense that the main character, her twin brother and best friend set out to solve a murder in their town. However, a side theme in the book dealt with all things craft, such as making jam, knitting, painting. I love craft so I was fine with that too. However, the side theme wasn’t weaved into the storyline well enough (in my opinion). Because of that, I believe the craft side of the storyline distracted from the murder side. This meant that I wasn’t able to become totally absorbed by the mystery and basically I lost interest in the whole thing.

The author’s writing is good. The workings of the mystery and how it came together was good. But putting it all together didn’t quite work for me.

Preorder: Journey to Freedom

A mini fantasy collection. Four stories with common themes of oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?

Journey to Freedom cover
A mini fantasy collection

Journey to Freedom will be available for preorder through online bookstores within days. Just go to the store of your choice and search for “Karen Lee Field” to discover my books.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:

When warrior mages try to abduct her son, a woman must trust her past to ensure her son’s future.

A scullery maid is sent to retrieve an old book and discovers that some stories are larger than life.

The Chosen of Ra envisions the most magnificent monument his people have ever seen, but the disc in the sky threatens to destroy everything.

Left for dead by his master, a slave dares to cross magical boundaries to find love and freedom.

But what is freedom, and will they be able to find what they are looking for?

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Book review: The Book of Three

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1)

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb: Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn’t exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?

My review: I borrowed this book from the library. What a gem! I am a kid at heart and love easy to read, adventure-filled, “good” stories. It wasn’t until much later that I discovered this book was actually written in the 1950s. Who would have known? Not I. It felt modern and fresh to me.

I loved the characters. They felt whole and real. They complimented each other. Each had their quirks, which made them stand out and enjoyable.

The plot was entertaining with its evil twists and turns. The world, the scenery, the storyline and the characters fit together like a well-worn glove. Honestly, I loved reading this book and recommend all young at heart read it.

Audiobook review: The Tower on the Rift

The Tower on the Rift (The View from the Mirror Series, #2)

The Tower on the Rift by Ian Irvine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb: War rages across Santhenar as Aachim, Faellem and old humans pursue the Mirror of Aachan. A desperate Tensor, leader of the Aachim people, flees with it into the wilderness, taking the brilliant young chronicler Lilan with him. Only Karan can save him, though she’s not sure that she can help herself. Tensor wants her dead, the other powers are hunting her for her sensitive talents, and Rulke the Charon broods over them all from his Nightland prison. The Twisted Mirror holds knowledge that the world can only dream about. How will Tensor use it in the final confrontation? Will Llian be seduced by it too? Or will the Mirror betray them all, in the end?

My review: Book 2 in the series. Again, I could not “read” the book, but as an audiobook, it was quite good. In fact, this volume of the series saw some action and movement in the storyline. We live in an instant world these days, and the plot for some fantasy books can be painful.

Llian and Karan’s relationship is one of those stop and go situations. Sometimes it is one of them doing the stoping. And other times it is what is happening around them. I can’t accept their relationship as being real though. Or perhaps “deep” is the word, I should have used. It feels superficial. That may be intended or not. I don’t know, but I suspect not at this stage of the story.

Thankfully, the world’s history is no longer a problem. It is assumed we know that after book one and I’m pleased to say that we do not have to read it again.

Reading over what I’ve written makes me think I’ve given the wrong star rating as it sounds like I don’t like the story or characters at all. Yet, despite all I’ve said, I have gone on and listened to book 3 and I’m halfway through book 4 so something must have kept my attention.

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Coming soon: Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom cover
A mini fantasy collection

I am excited to announce a new book will be released soon. Journey to Freedom is a mini fantasy collection of four short stories.

The common themes in the stories are oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?

More details to follow in coming weeks, but today I will reveal the front cover.

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