January Recap

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Can you believe that 2019 has already shed one month? I remember that time had no relevance for me as a child. If ever I noticed its passing, it was because it had a tendency to drag out like chewing gum. Never did I wonder how come another week already passed. Talking to my children about this lately, their experience is totally different. They perceive the fast passing of time and even comment on it. It makes me wonder, if time has really sped up over the past 40 years.

In my Bible studies I’ve been reading the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah lately, as well as giving Revelations another run-through for research reasons (I’m basing my current WIP on it, what a challenge!). Looking at the strange developments throughout the world, I do wonder if everything is drawing to a close, like water going down a drain that speeds up and creates a twirl before disappearing altogether.

Especially when watching the news, taking in wars, migrants drowning in the Mediterranean while Europe turns a blind eye, natural disasters, global warming and all those other disquieting issues, I catch myself thinking ‘It’s enough. Please, Jesus, come back soon. Put a stop to this craziness. I want peace, your peace.’ How blessed I am to have this hope accompanying me through every day.

A busy month January was for me. Apart from a long list of doctor’s appointments with various family members and some not so nice experiences along the way (I never thought I’d ever get kicked out of a dentist’s office for not agreeing to the recommended treatment!), I have started a new translation project, worked on book 5 of my German Christian children’s adventure series, made slow progress with the translation of my Way of Life series into German, contacted a professional cover designer to create some stunning covers for the series and helped some fellow Indies with proofreading. Two of my German books are published now and collecting positive feedback, while my publisher has secured our cooperation all the way through 2020.

It feels so right, this decision to go freelance. I’m deeply grateful to be able to do what I love and touch people’s lives in a positive manner along the way. My personal little light that I may hold up to fight the darkness in this world.

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Announcement

Due to various projects I’m working on at the moment, I will not be able to keep up the regularity of my blog posts the way you, my dear followers, are used to.

I’m very happy that both my translating and my writing business are taking up so much of my time at the moment, that reading – and with that also reviewing – and writing posts for this blog need to step down on the priority ladder.

I had made nice plans for chats with authors this year, and hopefully will realize them at some later point in time, but right now the focus is on getting book 5 in my German Jabando series written – which the publisher moved up a spot to make it book 4, because book 4 is a Christmas story and cannot be published in January. So the first time in my writing career, I’m working with a deadline. In addition to translating books for other authors, I am also translating my own English books into German, hoping to publish them eventually.

This also means I’m currently not continuing work on ‘The Silent Maid’, as the day only has 24 hours and there is a family, home and horse here to take care of as well. So I hope you bear with me and enjoy the little pieces I’ll be able to share as time allows.

The Dragonheart Stories by Jane Jago

The Dragonheart Stories: Fairytales for Grownups (English Edition) von [Jago, Jane]

I now have a much clearer understanding of what Fairytales for Grownups are. Phew, steamy! But also incredibly rich in imagination.

While reading this collection of short stories, I felt like seeing a slide show of a much larger universe, glimpses of a realm I knew nothing about beforehand. The descriptions made me feel as if I should have known about these things because they were referred to with the ease of familiarity.

So you don’t know about Dragonheart? That’s YOUR problem. You had no idea dragons could appear as human beings? Oh, well, poor you. You thought you knew something about dragons and their laws and how they live? Think again.

I will now go and rifle through this author’s publications to see if there be more dragons.

I encountered Jane Jago on Facebook, enjoying her poetry immensely because it is witty, linguically perfect and often dotted with a humorous sarcasm I really enjoy. If you aren’t following her on FB yet, I highly recommend doing so!

The Innocents by C. A. Asbrey

The Innocents (The Innocents Mystery Series Book 1) (English Edition) von [Asbrey, C. A. ]

What a unique story! In this historical mystery, a lady detective employed by the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency sets out to catch the notorious ‘Innocents’, a gang of robbers who operate under a strict code of honor. Unfortunately, the Scottish native lady is caught by another gang of robbers and nearly killed.
Her rescue comes at the hands of the Innocents, creating a rather awkward situation.

The characters in this story are wonderful, well thought out and multi-layered. As the reader gets to know them, more and more pieces are added to the mystery, keeping the reader guessing until the very end.

There’s suspense, there’s humor, there’s a bit of romance, hardly any violence and a healthy dose of prejudice of the times with regard to the capabilities of women.

In my opinion, the plot is almost shadowed by the brilliance of the colorful characters and the emotional depth with which the protagonists are portrayed. Highly enjoyable!

Coming in the Fall of 2019 – The Silent Maid

Have you ever been nagged by a story? I was completely wrapped up in writing my German kids book series Jabando, when a story popped into my head. A historical romance, no less. I tried to push it to the back of my mind, but it wouldn’t stay there. It kept creeping up on me, beckoning me with its mystery. I wrote a story outline and told it to go away and leave me alone.

Useless. When I lay in bed at night, trying to fall asleep, little scenes would play out in my head, keeping me awake. I didn’t want to write anything historical. I didn’t want to do loads and loads of research. I didn’t even know what time it would take place in! But The Silent Maid was anything but silent in my brain.

Eventually, I gave up. I decided to sit down and write it, just to get it out of my head. Here is the first, tentative blurb:

England at the beginning of the 18th century.
Daniel Huntington finds work at Brigham Estate as head groom in charge of the baronet’s stables. He has never been happier in his life, but one thing puzzles him. There is a young maid working in the kitchen who never says a word. Strangely enough, none of the other servants know her name. She lives among them like a ghost, excluded from their ranks by superstition, but made to work like a slave. Daniel’s heart goes out to the lonely girl and they form a secret, fragile bond.
When an old man warns Daniel of a mysterious murderer with his dying breath, Daniel knows he must find answers to the riddle surrounding the silent maid.

As I have only written about half of the story, I’m not giving a publication date yet, but I do intend to publish sometime in the fall, hoping you will enjoy the story as much as I do. It is a challenge I’m finding more and more fun, despite the research involved.

What are your reading or publishing plans for 2019?

Discount January 1-3, 2019

Looking for a contemporary romance, that runs a lot deeper than mere ‘boy meets girl’?

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Yet each of them has their demons to battle and it isn’t easy for either of them.

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2018 Favorites

Ever since I started this blog, I have taken up reading again after many years of abstinence. While raising two small and lively kids, I had almost no time to dive into a book. But times change and while I still don’t read as much as I used to before family happened to me, I did get a chance to enjoy some awesome and chatworthy reads.

Here you will find a summary of my TOP 5 favorites of 2018, starting with No. 5 and counting down to No. 1:

Number 5

Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen
captured me with a fascinating mixture of paranormal and whodunnit. Well-defined characters with lots of edges made this story three-dimensional, while keeping me guessing until the end in good old Agatha Christie style.

Number 4

I exist. Therefore I am by Shirani Rajapakse
is one of my more recent reads. The collection of short stories about women in India has touched me deeply with its heartbreaking insights into a completely different culture. Not an easy read, but well worth looking into.

Number 3

Tall Chimneys by Allie Cresswell
I won a print copy of this marvellous book in a facebook event, and boy am I glad I did! This story is so beautifully written, quiet, melancholy and yet always moving at a good pace and dotted with historic detail. Linguistically a masterpiece I fell in love with right away.

Number 2

Twenty-seven Tiered Almond Cake by Amber Laura
has really wedged itself into my brain and heart. The story of the poor girl stuck with organizing her sister’s wedding is so much fun, partly because of her many dreams about cake and partly because there is so much written between the lines. It delves a lot deeper than visible at first glance and makes for a fantastic, slightly romantic read.

And the winner is:

This I know by Eldonna Edwards
It has everything I could ever wish for in a book: Beautiful language and imagery. Three-dimensional characters. Thought-provoking topics. Emotional depth. And that touch of heaven and faith this world so direly needs. If I had to name one book you absolutely have to read, this would be it.

My congratulations and thanks to the authors! You have enriched my life with your words and imagination. Keep going! I’ll say the same to all the other authors I have reviewed in my blog, because it was really hard to choose the top 5 from so many great books I have read this year. I’m looking forward to 2019 and many more fabulous stories by fellow indie authors.

Happy New Year!