Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Continuing Stooooory...

After the MidSouthCon excitement of the beginning of this month, it is difficult to get back into the groove of writing, but I have accomplished quite a bit.

Sam's Dot returned EMPEROR to me for rewrite. I appreciate the feedback I got from Tyree Campbell and Mitch Bentley and will do my best to repair the damage I did to the story while trying to compress the original three books into one. To say it will be a challenge to do in the short time available is an understatement, but, in the words of Blackadder's dogboy Baldrick, "I have a cunning plan."

Meanwhile, stories are now out to Aoife's Kiss (a Sam's Dot publication), Kerlak's steampunk anthology, Shelter of Daylight (also Sam's Dot), Midnight Screaming (it'll be in the mail shortly, Kara!), and further stories are growing in the pages of the ever-present spiral notebooks that populate my office.

With the advent of spring, I have re-established my writing post on the front porch, where I can take in the air, enjoy the woods that surround my domicile, and partake of a good cigar, fine whisky, and the company of an interesting, bizarre, disturbing, and/or inspiring muse.

Life is good.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino

TITLE: Thomas Riley
AUTHOR: Nick Valentino
PUBLISHER: Echelon Press, LLC, 2010
ISBN 978-1-59080-700-2 (282 pages)

I readily admit I know very little about steampunk. It is one of those concepts my brain simply has a hard time wrapping around. That didn't keep me from enjoying Thomas Riley. It is a non-stop adventure ride reminiscent of the Indiana Jones entertainments with some Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in.

Thomas Riley, the armaments genius behind West Canvia's war effort, and his assistant/companion Cynthia Bassett are unexpectedly hurtled into adventure when the West Canvian princess is mortally wounded. Forced to perform a complicated and risky procedure, Riley finds himself needing the aid of Isaac Maier. Unfortunately, Maier is Riley's counterpart in the enemy camp, and to get to him, Riley and Bassett must travel deep into enemy territory, force Maier to cooperate, and escape with their lives and the princess'.

Valentino weaves a swashbuckling tale of intrigue, betrayal, and high adventure in Thomas Riley. If you like steampunk, this is a must-read. If you like adventure, this is a great read. If you just like a good story, you are in for a real treat. Two thumbs up on this one.