My friend, Mark Koopmans, has come up with this wonderful blogfest 50 States of Pray, where on Christmas Eve hopefully people from each of the states will share our prayers, hopes, dreams, disappointments and whatever else for 2013 and onto 2014, all in about 100 words. Now, that’s a challenge!
From California, in 2013, I have:
- Published my second book, Salted With Fire.
- Learned to claim my genre, Christian speculative fiction;
- Read and reviewed many indie books;
- Started my journey for a healthier me;
- Had a wonderful vacation in Hawaii and met Mr. Koopmans;
- And I have found a new church that I’m falling in love with.
- I've also spent too much money on a publicist;
- And didn't get as many book sales as I'd wished.
- But I do know that God has much more in store for me!
My prayer for 2014 is that I will:
- Continue to grow in Christ;
- Boldly and productively use the gifts God has given me;
- Get my 3rd and 4th books published;
- And start the beginning stages of my plan to develop an indie publishing/distribution business.
God bless you all, and have a Merry Christmas!
Karen Black's The Hunted
When Yvonne’s tranquil existence is invaded by nighttime terror, her days become haunted, filled with exhaustion and fear. From a garden lush with lavender to a forest brimming with danger, the Hunted will take you on a journey bursting with perplexity, incomprehension and disbelief. In the end, you’ll understand.
A nicely detailed story of a hunted woman living in two worlds, one a dream, the other real. There is great characterization in this short tale. The intensity of the chase in one world, coupled with the relaxed lifestyle of the other world, draw the reader into the mystery of this story. The catcher is the ending that comes out of nowhere to give the reader that final-line joy.
An unexpected twist is typically woven into Karen's stories, many of which a include a paranormal influence. She has published three individual short stories: "A Candle in the Darkness", "Mountain Justice," and "The Hunted." Those three stories, along with three others, are contained in the recently released "Stories for the Dead of Night," by The Seven Fates Writers.
Karen Black and her husband live in Pennsylvania, with two small, but delightful alien creatures, disguised as cats. One of the little critters is thought to be ET's second cousin, although that has not been confirmed. She believes in ghosts, and loves all things mystical and unexplained.