Ira Levin, a Writing Hero

I love these videos by P.T. Hylton.  In this one, he covers one of his literary heroes, and inspires me to try a new author.

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Most of the betas have come back

Authors never really know if what we’ve written is good or bad.  We hope, we suspect, and maybe we think we know, but until someone actually reads the book and tells us, it’s a dice roll.

Three of my wonderful beta readers have come back with the verdict and I’m in positive territory.  Two think the sequel is better than Kick, and one “loved” it but liked Kick a little more.  Considering they all liked Kick, I’m pretty happy.

I’m always amazed at how people appreciate things differently. I have a friend who thinks The Godfather is boring. I like Ben Stiller, but I have friends who can’t stand him. But none of that matters because I’m in positive territory! :)


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Comrade Cruises, by Carol Kean

Carol Kean is a wonderful woman, and not just because she approves of my typing practice. Ever since meeting her, we’ve kept in touch and exchanged family gossip, book tips, writing ideas, and we’ve read each other’s work. I read an early draft of Comrade Cruises and thought it was great.


The cruise ship was so much bigger than Emmy expected, she couldn’t even think of a word for it. Gargantuan was one, but that sounded like a giant tarantula. Titanic was downright terrifying, for a girl about to set sail.

“Colossal,” she decided, saying it out loud but not too loud. Emmy was learning not to sound smarter than other seven-year-olds. It wasn’t fair to them.

Her foster mother gripped her hand. “You lucky girl, Emmy. Think of the memories you’re about to make!” Leaning toward foster Dad, “FM” (Fake Mom) half-whispered out the side of her mouth, “If this doesn’t make her glad we saved her from those terrible people, nothing will.”

She got that right. Nothing would.

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Cover by Victorine

John L. Monk:

I absolutely love these ebook covers. For historical fiction, they’re the best I’ve ever seen.

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:


Midwinter Sun, the third book in my Mountain Women series, concludes the story that begins in The Girl on the Mountain. It will be available in a few weeks.

Here’s the new cover by Victorine E. Lieske. I love it.

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I’m loving this photo on Perihelionsf

Can’t post it here or they’ll sue me hehe, but it’s pretty cool nouveau old-school SF art.

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More Dell Zero news — Reviewed at PerihelionSF!

I’m chewing my heart out in envy. The other day she gets this neat video review, today she’s up in lights at a cool online science fiction magazine. What next?!

I told you these “Awesome Indies” were awesome :)

I’m told Dell Zero is going on sale today for a promotional period (99 cents). They usually drop the price by the afternoon some time, so be sure to check.

Sneak peak at this great review:

IF LITERARY THEMES ARE a sign of the times, dystopian fiction may be the canary in our coal mine. Stories celebrating social harmony and scientific advances are scarce as hen’s teeth, but the market explodes with cautionary tales that show our own society reflected in a futuristic dystopia. I don’t know if this signifies that most readers already feel we’re living in a bad (dys) place (topia). I do know it’s hard to find authentic characters in a compelling story no matter what the genre. In a field full of Brave New Knock-Offs, “Dell Zero” by Carol Ervin kicks all kinds of hindquarters.

Who is Dell Zero?


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Dell Zero video review by P.T. Hylton

Check out this review of Dell Zero. It’s like watching TV about books :)



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