The Gypsy Pearl by Lia London is available to purchase on Amazon.
I really love the genre of science fiction especially television series and movies, but when it comes to books I am a lot more picky about what I like and what I don’t. I often find the plot in science fiction books to be too cerebral for my taste and find it difficult to connect with the characters and/or the environment. Therefore, I don’t often put science fiction books as one of my favorite categories. Hence, I have to admit I was a little hesitant when a friend approached me about beta reading her novel, The Gypsy Pearl, especially with the setting taking place on not only a space station, but three different planetary worlds. However, my hesitation was unwarranted, as the story literary grabbed me from the very first page, just like the fanep who changes everything for the young heroine in the story. Lia London wrote a very gripping and exciting adventure. The character of Caz Artemus is a strong, likable young lady who grew up on a city space station all her life. After getting in trouble, she is sent to a reform school on the planet down below which she is happy about (much to her father and sister’s protest and disbelief), because she will finally have a chance to explore something other than the stale environment of the space station. Through Ms. London’s writing the reader can feel Caz’s need to go forth and grow, which she does, as she meets new friends along the way and cycles the gypsy pearl, thus sealing her fate in the world. The story is fast paced, and the imagery very descriptive placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the believable fantasy world Ms. London created. The characters are well developed and engaging, and I especially like how smart the heroine is, as often female characters are dumbed down, but Caz is not only smart, but strong and brave too. I am glad I had the opportunity to take this incredible journey and I highly recommend it to others as this story is suitable for all ages.
The Gypsy Pearl by Lia London is available to purchase on Amazon.
Just the other day, a writing buddy of mine told me, "You must have been a cheerleader in a previous life." I chuckled. "Hey, it's me!" No seriously, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many talented writers and I am ecstatic to spread the good word about their work. MeriSalope has not posted her newest SMk story yet, so I can't link; however, Resourceful has started posting her revised edition of a story she wrote back in 2006. A fantastic tale involving Lee and Amanda going under cover as a married couple at a revival to stop religious zealous terrorists.
In addition, Lia London's newest novel, a young adult, science fiction trilogy went live last week on Amazon. The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy is the second installment following Caz as she continues to cycle the "Gypsy Pearl" and take her place as rightful Queen of the gypsies. The Gypsy Pearl 2 is what The Empire Strikes Back is to Star Wars, a little darker, not the happy ending, but I know it will lead to something epic, imaginative, and wonderful. I look forward to the third and final book.
The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy
Always happy to beta read or do line edits. Just contact me.
UPDATE: Here is the link to MeriSalope (aka Soapie) Autumn challenge entry for "Scarecrow and Mrs. King Fan Fiction Rocks" Facebook page.
Tipping Point is a new SMK fan fiction story by Resourceful. She is posting in chapters and her story consists of a total of 15 chapters. It is a very suspenseful and well crafted story, set in today's time period and deals with the real dangers of internet and social media and the controversial technique of hydraulic "fracking". I am grateful to be working with such talented and gifted writer being one of her beta readers. If you have a chance to read, please take a moment to leave a review.
Having a pity party, I guess. Wondering why I bother? Why do I write? Does any one read my stories? Does any one care if I ever write another one? Which lends to question (brought up by a fellow writing buddy): For whom do you write? Your pleasure and edification or the 'fans'? To be honest, I don't know. Both, maybe. Or changes from day-to-day depending on my mood, hormones, the planets aligning, etc.
However, I did write one short challenge story this month and started another one. I'm struggling a bit with the second story, especially in the direction of how I want the story to end. My concern is, I'm afraid I am getting preachy with the story, and that was not my intent. Think I might have to go back and break the story down section by section until it 'works.' Do other writers experience this conundrum?
In addition, I have not abandoned the season five project, but also have not been working on it. I've done some brainstorming for episode eight, but have not visualized the scenes and until I can 'see' it in my head, it does not end up on paper. Maybe a nice trip to Arizona in another week will help clear my head and put things back in perspective.
To those who have asked if I will brainstorm or beta read or edit, I am still willing, ready and able. . . and love it! Also hoping to jump back into collaborative fiction soon (but I think I will wait until the next project). If readers would like to know more about it, click the link.
It’s been a mixed-bag sort of month. The family drove to northern Idaho to visit Ed’s mother. We had a good visit and a wonderful, appetizing, home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. The following evening, we had dinner with Ed’s older sister and her family, and on Saturday, we spent the night with his younger sister and her youngest daughter. We don’t get to visit with his family very often, so it was a good trip all around. I was able to work on some genealogy, too. The weather cooperated for us, which was good, even though we spent a little extra money to rent an SUV—just in case we ran into some bad weather heading over the mountain passes. Thank goodness we safely made it to our destination and back home again.
Lia London's newest collaborative fiction story is available for download from Amazon until December 4. Magian High is like Hogwarts, but it's not. Can desegregation work or was it doomed to fail from the start?
Book Description: The Punkers moved towards us, and Amity and I were forced to back down the steps. When we reached the bottom, they formed a ring around us, all flying just a few inches above the ground. With their shoulders almost touching, they locked us in and began to rotate slowly around us, like a hovering wheel of stupid. Except that they all either had Water Balls or flaming thumbs. We’re not supposed to use any magic on campus except Flash Jumping to get to outbuildings for classes, but I knew no one would really see what they were doing. Amity and I found ourselves back-to-back like the trapped heroes in the movies always do, except that I knew we didn’t have any awesome moves to bust out with.
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I am currently taking an online blogging class, and the last lesson emphasized on Finding Your Focus. We were supposed to consider the subject (what you want to write about), then boil it down to a theme (your specific angle and area of focus), and then write an objective (what you want to accomplish).
I began to write down the things I was passionate about, and saw I am passionate about many things. I enjoy directing theatre, writing screenplays, being conservative, reading, genealogy, raising my children, autism awareness, and traveling, and I admit I am passionate about the television show Scarecrow and Mrs. King, but other then raising my children, none of these things I do on a full-time basis. Could I write about any of these topics for a year without running out of ideas? No, I realized.
I think of myself as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none (except I do have a Masters degree in theatre), I have always been someone who seems to have her hand in everything, and all at once. I am easily bored and like to stay busy. A friend recently sent me an email telling me, “I'm amazed at all you've accomplished with three active boys and a very busy lifestyle.”
I shrug it off, it's not much. I think I most be ADD. I just can’t sit still. For example, this evening I finished writing a screenplay, and am ready to start another one. Nope, "no moss grows under my feet." I have many skills, but not outstanding in any particular one, and I see myself as a generalist, rather than a specialist.
I am a merit badge counselor for theatre and public speaking in the scouting program, I am currently ‘helping’ write and design a road show for my church, I was just elected a GOP delegate for my county, I am often asked to beta read stories for friends and family. I love to read fan fiction and love to watch movies and television shows specifically those that deal with the genre of espionage. I pay the bills, do the shopping, and I am chauffeur, maid, and cook. I am a home schooling mom and I take children to doctor, dentist and orthodontist appointments and the four-legged children to the vet. I am woman! Hear me roar!
Yet, somehow, I still find time to write. My life is scattered and I like it! And I think my blog will continue to be as scattered as me.
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.