Updates and such ... In Midnight's Silence and a project with Alex Bledsoe (#SFWApro)

Usually my Octobers consist of quietly preparing for winter around my house. The hectic summer pace slows, and I'm able to relax when the time changes, because the sun is not up until midnight. Unlike my usual Octobers, this year, October turned into a wild month for me. My beautiful daughter married a lovely young man and they moved into their own place. My husband and I had some vehicular issues (all totally beyond our control) that required our full-time attention, most of which fell to my poor husband to deal with. I don't know what I'd do without him.

And now, finally, November is here and we're all settling in.

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Reviews at The Founding Fields and Bookworm Blues

Sorry I've been so quiet, I'm eyeball deep in edits and hoping to see the light of day soon.

I'm just popping in long enough to acknowledge (and say thanks!) to two awesome book review blogs for their reviews for Miserere.

Over at The Founding Fields, Shadowhawk reviews Miserere:

"Miserere is also not for the faint-hearted. While the pacing isn’t fast-paced, the action is quite relentless and the various developments and intrigues progress quite swiftly. There is a good balance in keeping the reader hooked. Aside from the excellent characterisation is the fact that the setting of Woerld unfolds in a very striking manner. It is a world that runs in parallel to ours, and is directly connected to it. The religions in our world have a direct counterpart in Woerld and they all work together for the most part as Woerld is the last defence against the powers of Hell. So much so in fact that a rather large historical conflict in Woerld was reflected back on Earth as World War II. Now that’s something."

Sarah at Bookworm Blues talks about the use of religion in Miserere:

"Now, since religion tends to be a hot-button issue with me, that’s what I seemed to keep my eye on the most. It’s far too easy for some authors to use religious influences in their books as a way to preach and I’m just not into that. In fact, that sort of thing tends to be a deal breaker for me. Frohock, bless her heart, uses religion but not in any sort of preachy let-me-tell-you-an-important-message sort of way. Instead, religion in Miserere is incredibly plot driven, and it’s not just Christianity that she focuses on. In fact, Frohock peppers the book with plenty of references to varying world religions like Hinduism, Islam and many more. Though the main thrust of the book deals with Christianity, it’s set strongly in a secondary world that it reads more like myth than anything else. In fact, if Frohock decided to change the word “Christianty” with some made up religious title, I don’t think anyone would know the difference."

And finally, this is super cool if you're a fan of Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series. You can buy a cool t-shirt and have the chance to be a part of a great cause. Check out the full blog post on Alex's blog. The cause is Protect, a lobby for legislation to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Okay, I'm going back into edits, but stay tuned. There will be more giveaways coming soon, and something extra, extra special.

Soon you might get a peek inside The Garden ...

Special Needs in Strange Worlds & The Lightning Tree

Today I am visiting with Sarah at BookWorm Blues for an extraordinary event at her blog called Special Needs in Strange Worlds. I talk about how I handled Lucian's and Rachael's disabilities in Miserere. Sarah is hosting an entire month of authors and book bloggers, who are all talking about special needs in the strange worlds they inhabit. It's a super month of guest posts, don't miss any of them.

If you're curious about Miserere, you can check out Miserere's most recent review at The Lightning Tree where Jess Hyslop has some wonderful things to say about Miserere.