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text 2014-12-23 05:05
Adrift by Robin Wainwright
Adrift (The Widow's Walk Trilogy Book 1) - Robin Wainwright,Carol Holaday

A lovely story of love in different scenarios.  Heather I admire her devotion to her father especially during his last days of his life.  Signs or hints to move on with her life so here we are taken to the California Coast and in her sight a beautiful Light House rises.  Now I won't go on, you must read it for yourself.  What I can tell you she meets Sarah who owns a B&B and a ghost.  You heard it right, a ghost the village ghost.  What I totally enjoyed was the descriptive scenes, the nautical air, closeness of buildings, seaside village, 70's retro shop, stormy blue, craved driftwood.  The atmosphere I felt  enraptured by the coastal environment.  The author written it so vividly my mind was tricked into thinking I actually could see it, or I'm going crazy, ha ha ....!!!!

Oh, one more thing, the Espresso Machine a beautiful brass monster only a coffee connoisseur could best describe the brass monster.  The flow of the story moved so smoothly and efficiently that I reached the end to soon.  Thank you, Darlene Cruz.

I won this book on BookLikes.

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text 2014-12-09 19:05
Fly, Baby Bird, Fly!
Adrift (The Widow's Walk Trilogy Book 1) - Robin Wainwright,Carol Holaday

Tentatively I approached a few of my friends about reading my first novel. They all expressed enthusiasm and I sent them out electronic copies.


Once again the waiting game began, nerve-racking.


I continued working on the second and third novels in the series, Becalmed and Capsized, and tried to stay focused on the process.


Then I received a card in the mail from one of my beta readers. It contained a Starbucks card and statements about how much my reader wanted to visit Crescent Bay, the fictional village where my story takes place. The Starbucks card was a reference to how large a part coffee plays in the first book.


Success! I still keep the card nearby to read on those days when writing is a challenge.


Then a couple weeks later I got an email from another beta reader. The beginning was a typical email from a friend but she ended it with “or I could move to a small village…” and she went on to describe the main theme of my book. Hurray.


Feeling more at ease with my first book, I dove back in to finish the race.


As an avid reader I have always enjoyed discovering a series that had been out long enough that I could binge read the full story. Since I am a self-published author, I can decide when my novels are published. I had decided to release all three books at the same time on October first, my favorite month of the year.


Hopefully Chronos would be on my side.

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text 2014-10-15 00:23
Pushing a Baby Bird Toward the Edge of the Nest
Adrift (The Widow's Walk Trilogy Book 1) - Robin Wainwright,Carol Holaday

After almost a year of work, I now had three novels living on my Google drive, but were they any good?


I sent my first paper baby, Adrift, off to my editor and waited.


However, I have never been a very patient soul.


Two weeks later, I tentatively asked a longtime friend, and avid reader, if she would be willing to read my first novel.


She said she'd love to and I sent Adrift out into the world, and waited on pins and needles.


What if all my work and effort resulted in nothing more than a waste of time?


What if the characters I had grown to love were so terrible that only their own mother could love them?


A week later, on Father's day, I was sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my husband, when I received an email from my friend. She loved what I had written; I burst into tears of relief. My wonderful husband just smiled and comforted me by saying, "Of course she loved what you wrote, you're a good writer."


Later that afternoon, that same friend called me and she was bubbling over with enthusiasm for my book. She admitted that she had put off reading it, fearful of what she would say to me if my writing was bad. She had started reading Adrift that morning. She told me that she had quickly become absorbed by the story and had been bummed that she’d have to put it aside to take her husband out for Father’s day celebrations. He had opted to stay in and watch NASCAR and she had dove back into my book. She had finished reading Adrift in one day. She said it was so good she couldn't put it down.


Her enthusiasm boosted my confidence and I wondered about sending my baby off to a couple of other Beta readers.

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text 2014-10-07 04:42
One afternoon at Comic Con...
The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing - Jana Deleon,Jasinda Wilder,Liliana Hart,Tina Folsom,Theresa Ragan,Dorien Kelly,Jane Graves,Colleen Gleason,Deborah Holland,Denise Grover Swank
Adrift (The Widow's Walk Trilogy Book 1) - Robin Wainwright,Carol Holaday

Location: San Diego Comic Con


Date/Time: Afternoon - July 2013


Scene: Woman sits in a large room filled with people sitting in folding chairs. The woman looks bored, but resigned.


Action: Woman takes a Kindle from her purse and begins reading. Soon you can tell that she has become absorbed by what she is reading. Time passes, and other people in attendance applaud as the panel discussion ends, but the woman seems oblivious to what is happening around her.


-- End Scene --


That woman was me just over a year ago. If you've never been to Comic Con, let me explain. There are only so many seats and way too many butts to fill them, so if you have something you really want to see you need to stake out your spot an hour or two before your panel begins.


Sitting through these other panels is always an adventure. I have discovered shows that I had no clue existed - but that I now love. I've marveled at the joy felt by others as they cheered for some show/movie/video game/author that meant nothing to me and the world to them. But on this afternoon the panel I was sitting in was a dud. No excitement from the stage or from the audience.


I remembered the new book I had downloaded to my Kindle, The Naked Truth About Self Publishing, and soon I was reading and clicking as fast as I could. The more I read, the more I realized that I could do this. I could write and self-publish my own book!


My mind began to form a story about something that had fascinated me as a small child. I had been reading a book about lighthouses when I learned that the name of the railed walkway on the top of a cottage was called a Widow's Walk. It was named this because of all the wives of sailors who had stood on top of their houses straining to see the sails of their husband's ships. So many men were lost at sea that the platform came to be known as the Widow's Walk. As a small child I had been convinced that these platforms must be very haunted spaces.


I broke out some scraps of paper and a pen. I began scribbling madly as the pictures in my mind transformed into words that flowed from the pen in my hand onto the paper. By the time the panel ended I had written the first chapter of what was to become my first self-published book, Adrift - Book One of The Widow's Walk Trilogy.


My adventure as a self-published author had begun.

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