Fellowship, a short novel

Fellowship, a short novel written in the same world as My Soul to Keep is finished. Beta readers will be receiving the ARCs this week. The cover art reveal…just weeks away. Beta Readers Beta readers volunteer to read and give feedback on a a work before it’s published. They spot the plot holes, the character inconsistencies, and just plain mistakes so the author and the book will look as good as possible on publication. ARCs The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) is the unpublished book before the final proofreading is done. This is what Beta readers receive, warts and all. *smile* With a little help from my artist hubby, I created the ARC cover for Fellowship. This is not the final cover. Book Description The book description that will be on Amazon and all ebook retailers is: The Angel of Death is real. Eighteen-year-old, Ian Hobart couldn’t believe it. Didn’t want to believe it. But his parents and older brother were Taken. And the Cleaners want him and his three younger siblings. They escape and hide in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now his siblings depend on him for their survival. But resources are scarce. The mountains unforgiving. And […]

My Story Went to the Dogs

What do a bloodhound, a satellite, and a tracking device have in common? The answer is a search and research. I researched all three were subjects for my short novel, Fellowship (formerly Ian’s Trust). After the research, my story went to the dogs.  Fellowship is the story of Ian Hobart, an eighteen-year-old high school student. Ian lives in an imaginary town between Lynchburg, Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. His parents and older brother are Taken by the Fellowship. Ian in a desperate attempt to save his younger siblings takes them into the mountains.  The pursuit of Ian and his siblings takes place in the same world but a couple of years before My Soul to Keep. To create a believable pursuit, I needed to learn about methods of tracking escapees.  Early Communication Satellites I dove into the history of early satellites and telemetry to learn about tracking methods like GPS.  The first artificial Earth satellite was Sputnik 1. Launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, Sputnik had an on-board radio-transmitter. A major step in space exploration, it was not a communications satellite. The first satellite purpose-built to relay communications was NASA’s Project SCORE in 1958. It stored […]

20 Reasons Why You Love Dystopian Novels

Dystopian novels are very popular these days. Have you thought about why they are so popular? Why do we choose to be entertained by dark worlds where it’s kill or be killed? I have pondered those questions. In my research, I didn’t go to the psychiatrists and academic sites to find out why. I went to the readers. 20 Reasons Why We Love Dystopian Novels They feel honest because we know politicians, military people, and corporate moguls are capable of doing awful things. Dictatorship, revolution, and counterrevolution usually cause severe physical and psychological damage to the victims and other participants.  We admire the best dystopian novels because they’re written well and depict people we can relate to. It fascinates us how some characters react bravely and some react cowardly or with resignation to the terrible situations they face. As readers, we rubberneck to see the misery; we can’t avert our eyes even as we’re enraged by what despots and other vicious officials are doing to citizens. We wonder if rebels and other members of the populace can somehow remake a wretched society into something more positive. The questions of who will survive and who won’t keep us reading.  We might […]