Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Groovy Kind of Love

Cover Reveal for Final Bibliophiles Book

Here is the cover for A Groovy Kind of Love, straight from the creative staff at Streetlight Graphics. What do you think?

I also have some news. After much consideration, I've decided this will be the last Bibliophiles book. I have several exciting ideas for stand-alone novels, as well as a brand-new character in a completely different genre whose tales are begging to be told. It feels like time to move on in these new directions.

The Bibliophiles will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you will agree that A Groovy Kind of Love is the perfect place to wrap things up.

Because of this decision, my production schedule has changed. I want the series to go out in style and not get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, so the official release date will be January 12, 2015. This way, you can cozy in with your favorite beverage and enjoy the story of Thaddeus and Spring as you recuperate from the holiday season.

A Groovy Kind of Love will be available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords sometime in later this month. I'll let you all know when that goes up.

Karen Wojcik Berner

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween or All Hallows Eve?

Icon of all Saints
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Church calendar All Saints' Day (All Hallows or Hallowmas) refers to a feast celebrated on November 1 in honor of all the saints. Halloween, or the Eve of All Hallows, is the day preceding it. In catholicism (the universal expression of the Christian Faith), the feast remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls' Day remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who have died and Christ and now repose or rest in Him.

Here is a family prayer used after treat or treating:

“Thank you Christ our God for having conquered Death by Death. Thank You that You are greater than all evil. Even the demons obey You. Lord, help us to always flee from evil or to struggle against it when we see it around us or in our own souls. Thank You for the blessings that come from struggling against evil. Lord, we thank you for the candy we received from our generous neighbors, and help us to remember that You, Holy Spirit, are the Treasury of good things and the Giver of Life. Amen.”

Here are links to a poem and a novel related to this subject, as well as information about All Saints Day.

The Deeper Mysteries of Halloween

Charles Williams' novel All Hallows Eve is the story of a man and woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true.

All Saints Day

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quote of the Week - Rita Mae Brown

“Writers will happen in the best of families.” – Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is an American writer and feminist. She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Published in 1973, it dealt with lesbian themes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Autumn Pentecost

Autumn Pentecost
by Cynthia Erlandson

Shining wine-red trees tremble
in a rushing Whitsuntide wind
that rattles the breathing, bornagain world
with vibrant revival,
quickening ten thousand quaking tongues
to sing a fiery sanctus.
Flickering sun-colored flames crackle,
shake, break the blue,
rejoicing in orange exuberance.
Golden glorias explode in October ecstasy,
quickening the pentecostal pulse.
Burning bushes burst into sursum corda for
the season’s second coming.
The zealous horizon resounds:
variegated voices
sing staccato doxologies,
speaking of him who spake by the prophets,
shouting their credo:
I believe in the Holy Ghost.

Related reading: These Holy Mysteries

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quote of the Week - Annie Dillard

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” ― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Related reading: Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beso Dulce - Rayanne Sinclair's second novel

Title: Beso Dulce (Sweet Kiss)
Author: Rayanne Sinclair
ISBN: 978-0-9897502-2-6
Hopetoun Publishing
Edmonds, Washington
197 pages

Review by Alice C. Linsley

Beso Dulce is Rayanne Sinclair’s second novel. This love story is as compelling as her first novel Steal Away. The main characters are Katarina Steiner (“Kat”) and Juan Diego Alvarez (“JD”). As a couple, they strike a contrast. Kat is a stunning model with blonde hair and blue eyes. JD is a tall, muscular, and swarthy Mexican rancher. Their romance sparks from their first encounter standing before Canova’s famous sculpture of Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss in the Louvre.

Disillusioned by the shallowness of the fashion industry, Kat seeks a new direction in her life. She plans to open an art gallery in Seaside, California. Still reeling from the tragedy of her parents’ death, Kat seeks solace in the beauty of great art and by visiting family in Vienna, Austria. Her visit to the Louvre in Paris is pivotal to events that follow. The scenes with her family are endearing, as is Kat’s relationship with a long-time family friend, Larry Barnes, a wise older man.

This novel is rich in scenery. The reader is taken on a grand tour of Monterrey, Paris, Vienna and “the sleepy little town of Todos Santos” in Baja California. The cast of characters includes the warm and colorful staff at Juan Diego’s ranch, and the complication of Jason, a handsome old flame from Kat’s university days. There is an intriguing relationship between Kat’s best friend, Barb, and JD’s younger brother.

The plot deepens as the relationship between Kat and JD deepens. They discover that their attraction has a spiritual dimension. Despite their cultural difference, they are well suited. They learn more about each other when Kat visits JD’s ranch. Seeing JD in his natural setting stirs Kat’s heart, and her life takes a dramatic turn. The closing scene of JD riding his Arabian stallion on the beach at dusk is spectacular. This novel makes the heart race, and were it to be made into a film, it would be a cinematic success.

Beso Dulce Now Available

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quote of the Week - John Saul

"When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages every day, eventually I'll have 500 of them."--John Saul