Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 States of Pray + Indie Book Review: The Hunted



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





Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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.

Author Bio:

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.

46 comments:

  1. Aloha friend :)

    Wow, some awesome achievements for 2013 (except for meeting that Koopmans fellow :)

    Wishing you, your sister and extended family a very Merry Christmas and "let's get 'er done" in 2014 :)

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    1. Meeting that Koopmans fellow was one of the better things! :) Thanks Mark, and you and yours have a blessed Merry Christmas too. And you're on for 2014!

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  2. You had a wonderful 2013 and I hope you have a wonderful 2014. Thanks for sharing The Hunted with us.

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    1. Thanks Medeia, and you are so welcome! You have a wonderful 2014 too.

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  3. God has a plan. Just keep believing.

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Take what you've learned and make 2014 even better.
    Merry Christmas, Nancy!

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  5. Hi, Nancy! You had some wonderful accomplishments in 2013. May 2014 be an awesome year for you. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Every day is an adventure! Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.

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  7. You had a good 2013!
    And it's so cool that you met Mark K. I saw the pic over at his blog!
    Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas, Nancy!
    Writer In Transit

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  8. I'm envious of your vacation! I'd love to go. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Congrats on 2013 achievements and all the best in 2014. Go in God Nancy. Merry Christmas and it's really nice that you help indie authors get their books out there and reviewed.

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    1. Thank you Sheena-kay. I do love reviewing indie books!

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  10. I've got lots of growing to do.
    All the best with your publishing business.
    Happy Christmas

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    1. Thanks Fanny! We've all got lots of growing to do!

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  11. Awesome year and great plans for the New one!

    Many, many blessings for this Christmas and the Year to come!

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  12. You've already done amazing things, Nancy. You should be so proud. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year (and Christmas, too)

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  13. Merry Christmas. An interesting life this past year. May next year be as full.

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  14. What an exciting year for you, Nancy! Hope your Christmas was lovely and that your goals are accomplished for 2014...

    ALL the best!

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    1. Christmas was lovely and lots of fun! Thanks Michael for your gracious hopes. :)

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  15. Hi Nancy - your visit to Hawaii sounded a wonderful time ... and now you're obviously finding your way through for 2014 - may you have much happiness and joy in the days and years ahead ... Hilary

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    1. I did have a wonderful time. Thanks for the well wishes for the new year!

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  16. Hi Nancy, hope 2014 continues your growth :) Hope you had a happy Christmas!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    x

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  17. How interesting to put our year in perspective, you've had many blessings. I wish you the very best in 2014 and I know you will see your plans come to fruition. Having your heart in the right place is the first big step and yours is. Hugs, Nancy!

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  18. God bless! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  19. May you have a blessed new year. :-)

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  20. This was a fun read. i am interested in learning about your indie publishing/distributing as it grows. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you from "New Hampshire."

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    1. I will be sure to post about it as the growth occurs, with God's help.

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  21. You've accomplished a lot this year, and look like you're on your way to getting your next goals accomplished, too. Congrats to Karen on her new book! I'm wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014! :-)

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    1. Thank you Lexa! It's been quite a special year.

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  22. I'm popping in to wish you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014, Nancy!
    Writer In Transit

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