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Wisher’s World Goes Live

Wishers World Cover

 

My fantasy series on Kindle has emerged in the first volume. Today Wisher’s World, Vol. 1 Composing an Apprentice launched successfully and is available to readers everywhere.

Satisfaction fills me right now. It’s taken many months to get this novel ready for public display. The final hurdle came along when my computer system corrupted my final revision copy and I had to start all over again from a beta reader’s copy. The debacle added more than a month to its writing time.

But that’s all behind me. Here’s a brief excerpt from the book.

Wisher’s World, Vol. 1 Composing an Apprentice

“Strap in, Reibe.” He complied without comment. “Get your gloves on. You’re going to need them. And wrap your scarf around your mouth and nose.” Again he did as he was told. More cheers went up.

Waiting for their turn nearly undid him. And then, before he was ready, Cleone pulled the line to bring the sail taut, as she jerked another line to swing it slightly to the left. The wind caught it.

The boat leaped forward like a wild thing with a wolf on its trail. It picked up speed with every yard gained. The faces of cheering villagers passed in a blur. Reibe kept his eyes closed for a while as they left the compound. The swift turn onto the main road caused his eyes to pop open and, as swiftly, close again, against the swirling landscape of the maneuver. The three leagues to Reston had always seemed to him a lengthy distance. Now, he wasn’t sure.

Cleone held a line in each gloved hand, constantly pulling or slackening on one or the other. He’d finally resolved his trepidation to traveling like this when he heard Cleone’s muffled voice. “Macai’s family farm is coming up on your right.”

By the time he opened his eyes and focused, they’d already passed it. He raised a hand to wave just as Cleone swung the sail to make the gentle curve in the road a few yards beyond the farmstead. He grabbed for the right-hand rail. The tracks made by previous land-boats drew them too far to the left, but their speed didn’t slow.

“Hang on.”

Cleone yanked on a line, forcing them to make a quick turn back to the right. In the process, the boat’s left runner lifted from the snow. They hung suspended and listing to the right at a steep angle and raced forward.

Reibe tried to swallow the gulp he felt as his stomach lurched. His eyes lost focus on the rushing ground. He couldn’t swallow. His tongue got in the way.

Clamping his eyes shut again, Reibe missed seeing the finale. The boat suddenly righted itself with a jar; all three runners on the ground, snow flying in every direction. He peeked to see if they were still on the road. They were.

The eye protectors did their job. They caked with flying snow on occasion, but they kept his eyes safe and intact. His fingers were warm and his feet remained on the ends of his legs. If he could get his heart under control, he might be able to count this as an adventure. …

I hope all of you will get a Kindle copy. The paperback won’t be out for a few months yet. When you finish reading the book, please leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other review site of your choice and send a copy to me, if you’d like. I’m always interested in what you think and how well my writing suited the reader.

Also, be sure to stop in my author’s page on Facebook and say hello. Click the like button while you’re there, too. Would love to see you more often.

Thanks again for stopping in. I hope to see you again in a couple of days with a regular post.

At Home with a Book Review of “Cheers, Chocolate, and Other Disasters”

Writers have an awesome job. We get to write stories for a living and tell tales out of school. We’re forced to read masses of books as if the store would run out if we didn’t get there first. We must study constantly to know what’s trending and what’s passé, who’s publishing what and who’s not publishing at all anymore.

These are perks and punishments, according to who’s relating what. But one of the most wonderful perks we get is the opportunity to write book reviews. Every book has a plus and a minus sign. Every story could go on forever, revealing layer after layer of an ever-changing onion held between our hands.

Mikki HeadshotMikki Sadil is a writer who delivers such a layered story. Her Middle Grade book, “Cheers, Chocolate, and Other Disasters” captures the attention early and never lets the reader go.

Alyson Joanne (AJ) Devlin is the kind of main character you want to spank one minute and cheer on the next. She’s spunky but sensitive, and her world has toppled into a morass of circumstances that threaten to put too great a strain on her young shoulders.

Sadil’s portrayal is made more powerful by the intensity with which she draws her characters. Even minor characters are given a roundedness not seen in many books for young readers. The reader can’t help but wonder if some of these personalities are plucked from flesh and blood examples.

It’s not often that an adult can get sucked into the world of middle school students and their personal dramas. It’s also not common when at the end of such a book the adult reader is looking for more of the story. This reader went looking for more. I wanted to know how she faired with her new boyfriend, what happened to her nemesis Celine Carroll, and her new friends and cheerleading partners.

I wanted it all. Not that the book ended in the wrong place or with threads left untied. Au contraire, all threads were tied into bows, but I wanted more. I wasn’t done with the story yet.

This amazingly fast read rarely paused for deep breaths. Mikki Sadil has a major winner on her hands with this one. I can honestly give it a Brava!

Now, the big question. Will there be a sequel? Will AJ make reappearance with new adventures? I don’t have answers.

As a reader, I’m gratified to know that Sadil’s first book, “Freedom’s Thief,” won’t stand alone as an excellent example of this writer’s talent.

If you haven’t read “Freedom’s Thief” yet, pick up a copy. The same thoroughness of detail, both material and emotional, brings the Civil War and and its issues, like slavery, to the forefront and breathes life into it for young readers on a level they can understand.

And on that note, I’ll close this review. I had a grand time reading “Cheers, Chocolate, and Other Disasters,” and I can hardly wait to see if there is a sequel. 

Advice from a Lamb for Writers Everywhere

Kristin Lamb pic

This morning I read a terrific blog post from one of my favorite writing pros, Kristen Lamb. You’ve probably seen her around on Facebook and Twitter. My advice is to hop over to her blog site and sign up for great tips and a winning perspective for an example.

Her post today had to do with how to grow your brand, but the advice came in a slightly different form than you might expect. She took the corporate lens to the issue, using stellar comparisons to make her points. How is being a writer comparable to being a Sears or a Macy’s?

Kristen’s take–Macy’s hasn’t lost its focus yet. Sears did and muddied their commercial sales waters until consumers didn’t recognize them anymore and left for more distinct fare.

Please do yourself a favor today and take a look at her post. Read it, savor it, allow your mind to digest all of its nuances. I don’t think you’ll be sorry for the few moments of diversion. Instead, you may find a way to up sales, save money, and find readers you never thought existed.

You can find her blog with its post about finding your marketing path at http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/what-makes-you-so-special-the-magic-to-selling-books/#comment-86762/

Enjoy your visit.