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text 2021-01-18 07:42
Free E-book - FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend

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FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend

 

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Matt Bennett grew up in a dying town on the edge of the rainforest on the west coast of Canada. He knows the dark secrets behind that impenetrable wall of green where species can come to life, thrive and die without anyone except God ever knowing they ever existed. Lost gold, lost love and lost hope compels Matt to return home. The Forest is waiting.

 

 

As soon as they can they plan to leave behind the small town and small minds of Pitt Landing. They will embrace life and experience the world, maybe even change it.

 

Man plans, God laughs.

 

Raminder’s father has a stroke and her commitment to her family means she must postpone her plans and stay in Pitt Lake. It’s just the opposite for Matt. A family tragedy leaves irreconcilable differences between him and his father and forces him to leave. They promise to reunite, but life happens.

 

Twelve years later, Matt is an acclaimed war correspondent. He’s seen it all and it’s left him with post-traumatic stress, a gastric ulcer, and an enlarged liver. He’s never been back to Pitt Landing though the memory of Raminder and their love has more than once kept him sane.

 

He’s at his desk in the newsroom, recuperating from his last assignment and current hangover and reading a letter from his father, the first contact they’ve had in over a decade. It talks about a legendary lost gold mine, a map leading to it, and proof in a safety deposit box back in Pitt Lake. He’s sent it to Matt in case something happens to him and cautions his son to keep it a secret.

 

Matt is about to dismiss the letter when the telephone rings. It’s Raminder telling him his father has disappeared somewhere in the wilderness that surrounds Pitt Lake.

 

Lost gold, lost love and lost hope compels Matt to return home to Pitt Landing, a dying town on the edge of the rainforest on the west coast of Canada. Will he find any of these, or does something else await him?

 

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text 2021-01-17 07:23
Free E-book - Abandoned Dreams

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Have you ever wondered what dreams you might have fulfilled

if life hadn't got in the way?

What if you had an opportunity to try again?

 

 

At twenty-seven years-old, George Fairweather is “the voice of his generation”, a poet whose talent has garnered him accolades from the literary establishment and homage from the disenfranchised “hippie” youth of the late 1960s.

 

George is the embodiment of the times with his long hair, rebellious attitude and regular use of mind-expanding psychedelic drugs.

 

Then the sudden and tragic death of Fallon, his friend, his muse and his lover shatters his world, his sanity and nearly ends his life.

 

Katherine is the one person who stands between George and destruction. A hanger-on, a groupie, a go-for, she’s a woman George never considered – for anything.  Katherine idolizes George and makes it her personal mission to keep him alive, doing whatever it takes, twenty-four seven. 

 

Because of Katherine’s sacrifice and devotion, George slowly begins to mend his soul and rebuild a life. But guilt and gratitude make it a much different life than he’d previously led.

 

Thirty-seven years later, George Fairweather is a husband, father and grandfather and a successful copywriter at an advertising agency. Another death, his wife Katherine’s, is about to change his life again.

 

Can dreams be resurrected?

 

Can a life you’ve abandoned be taken up again?

 

Is it worth it?

 

Will they let you?

 

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text 2020-06-14 09:40
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text 2016-09-20 05:17
#3 - Writing romance or literary fiction? And what about your publisher?
Not Wonder More - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients (Eco-Warriors, #3) - Rod Raglin

Next Question: Did your third novel Not Wonder More, Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients resolve the issue of whether to write genre or literary fiction? And what about your publisher?

 

 

I had a list of topics I wanted to research for my next novel including mental illness, magic, natural healing, global warming and old growth forests as well as naked ambition, Nietzsche's philosophy of "the Will to Power" and principle of cause and effect.

 

One of the reasons I write is to learn new things. I task my characters with personality traits, careers and philosophies I want to learn more about. How was I to achieve this in the context of my third and final romance novel, the last in the Eco-Warrior series?

 

How about having two people from very disparate backgrounds, with conflicting personalities, on the opposite sides of a seemingly irreconcilable issue fall in love?

 

Not too original, you say? Anyhow, here's a snapshot of the story behind Not Wonder More, Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients.

 

Magic, mystery and madness versus logic, cause and effect.

Can love find a middle ground?

 

Maggie talks to trees. Dieter talks to corporations.

Maggie embraces mystery and flirts with magic.

Dieter adheres to logic and the doctrine of Nietzsche.

Dieter's client wants to destroy the trees.

The trees want Maggie to protect them.

Dieter has terminal cancer. Maggie is schizophrenic.

Maggie says she can save him, if he'll save the trees.

Dieter thinks she's crazy, but what choice does he have?

A week together alone on Deadman's Island changes everything for both of them.

Is it madness? Is it magic? Or is it love?

 

This novel was an adventure. Almost immediately the characters took on lives of their own. As a conduit I was channeled in the quest to learn more about schizophrenia and the stigma of mental illness, the logic behind Nietzsche's doctrine of the Will to Power - the main driving force in humans – achievement, ambition, and the striving to reach the highest possible position in life. There was also an exploration of natural healing remedies and medicinal plants and the ecology of ancient forests.

 

As my characters developed so did their bond to one another - tentatively, intuitively and finally passionately.

 

But these characters were flawed. There is no cure for Maggie's schizophrenia. Happily Ever After wasn't possible. The best that can be hoped for was an uneasy truce with the illness.

 

Did I care? Not one bit.

 

I had been taken on an adventure without maps with no clear destination and accompanying me were these fascinating characters. It truly was a life within a life. If you've had this experience you know what I mean. If you haven't I sincerely hope you do.

 

My entire perspective changed. I no longer was frustrated by my lack of success. It seemed almost irrelevant. I shutdown my Facebook page and quit my time consuming, unproductive writer chat/critique groups. The key to this other world was to become a better writer. I wanted go there and bring others with me.

 

To think that I could set parameters for my writing now seemed ridiculous. I would simply go where it took me or as Norman Mailer put it, “Until you see where your ideas lead to, you know nothing.”

 

My next book was already taking shape in my mind and it wouldn't be a romance, more likely it would fall into the category of literary/commercial. That made it unlikely my publisher would want to take it on.

 

I didn't care.

 

What had my publisher given me so far - slick, cheesy covers that didn't represent the story, no editing, no proof reading (readers said they liked the stories but not the typos) and they were reluctant to publish them in paperback which Amazon would do for free.

 

It wasn't like they'd mislead me or provided more or better services for other authors, but my books deserved better than what they were getting. I resolved to do two things - not renew my publishing contracts and self-publish my next book.

 

Besides, it now seemed untenable to abandon the fate of my books to someone else. I wanted to control their destiny - to set their prices or for that matter to give them away, to promote or not without restriction.

 

I understood self-publishing would mean doing my own promotion. I began researching book marketing techniques and was astounded and disturbed. Most "marketing experts" encouraged you to pander to friends, family - anyone and everyone to get them to post flattering reviews and ratings. There were sites that would write positive reviews for money and authors who would "swap" positive reviews.

 

It was then I decided to make writing my one true thing. If I was going to fail I'd at least do it with my integrity intact. It wasn't that I'd lived an immoral life up until then, but I'd cut a few corners.

 

Full disclosure seemed the best way to do this. I began to write my blog, "Writing - the experience" https://rodraglin.wordpress.com/ , chronicling my progress, or lack of it, and sharing what I discovered along the way and how I felt about it in regards to writing, publishing and marketing.

 

I felt relieved and renewed. I was not going to be a bestselling author. The pressure was off.

 

Question #4: So how did your new direction - writing and self-publishing literary/ commercial fiction, work out for you?

 

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review 2015-02-14 04:26
Go big or go home
Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling - Donald Maass,Maass

This latest offering from non-fiction author and literary agent/agency, Donald Maass, basically talks about the melding of literary and genre writing, or beautifully written, character driven novels with page-turning, plot driven novels, to create what he calls literary/commercial fiction.

Maas liberally quotes (about a quarter of the book) from his favorite examples. Another big chunk of pages are taken up by exercises which I found interesting to read, but tedious to undertake.

Other chapters include his thoughts on creating: inner journey, outer journey, standout characters, three levels of story, beautifully written, and elements of awe.

This is not a book for beginners who need the basics like goal, motivation and conflict. Maas assumes you've written a novel, had limited success and want more.

A few good ideas here but the premise is 'go big or go home'. Write big stories about larger than life characters in life altering situations.

Oh, really?

 

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