It always takes longer to get a newly published e-book into the Apple iTunes store than Amazon Kindle but Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears is finally available through iTunes!
It bears repeating that DF:YT begins with a chance encounter between Jane Garrison, an elite fighter who has been grievously wounded in combat, and Edan Duff, the young entrepreneur and creator of marvelous devices, whose genius will save her but turn her into the mystery woman who calls herself Sim. Although left powerless to quench his yearning, an unbreakable bond forms between them. But Edan knows it is a bond that must be broken if Sim is to be restored to a normal life, and that he must live with the pain their parting will cause him. Yet another chance encounter–is it really chance?–unites them once more, this time against a distrustful US government and a power-hungry President bent on making sure that only he can exploit Edan’s most astounding creation yet. Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears takes Edan and Sim through worlds both familiar and as-yet unknown as they struggle to live out a love transcending time and fate.
It’s a terrific book and very different from anything else I’ve done. So, if you don’t have a Kindle but you do have an iPad or other tablet, you can now rush to the iTunes site/app and pick up a copy of DF:YT!
A love story for all time, Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears begins with a chance encounter between Jane Garrison, an elite fighter who has been grievously wounded in combat, and Edan Duff, the young entrepreneur and creator of marvelous devices, whose genius will save her but turn her into the mystery woman who calls herself Sim. Although left powerless to quench his yearning, an unbreakable bond forms between them. But Edan knows it is a bond that must be broken if Sim is to be restored to a normal life, and that he must live with the pain their parting will cause him. Yet another chance encounter–is it really chance?–unites them once more, this time against a distrustful US government and a power-hungry President bent on making sure that only he can exploit Edan’s most astounding creation yet. Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears takes Edan and Sim through worlds both familiar and as-yet unknown as they struggle to live out a love transcending time and fate.
With any luck, that will get you intrigued enough to buy and read Dark Fire; Yesterday’s Tears.
It’s available NOW in the Amazon Kindle store (for $5.99) and will be available soon in the Apple iBooks store and other e-book retailers. I’ll post again as soon as it is to let the iPad/tablet readers among you know.
For the moment, the Kindlers out there can be the first to read it!
Actually, Laura loved it! Her first word was “Fantastic!”
To put this in perspective, while she likes Carina and others of the core characters of the Carina series and has liked the stories–some more than others–she’s never been what you might call truly excited over any of them. In part, she’s attributed this to the fact that she’s never been crazy about the police procedural genre, preferring true mysteries when she reads that sort of novel. She was also very quick to warn me before she read it that the way I’d described Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears was even further outside of her “genre zone.” So her enthusiastic reaction to DF:YT was even more gratifying.
While “Fantastic!” was her (much appreciated) initial reaction, I was even happier when we got into a deeper discussion over cocktails before making dinner last night. Her bottom line is that publishing DF:YT as I have with the Carina books in okay, but this one NEEDS to be discovered, and ultimately made into a film!
The fact is that I really was shooting for the next Hunger Games. My un-objective feeling was that I had done it, but, hey, it’s my own baby, so my opinion was not to be trusted. Nice to know that my worst (constructive) critic agrees with me, and might be even more enthusiatic.
The question is, now what?
But for now, let’s just say that I slept really well last night!
That would be my current state of mind as Laura gets set to read Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears this afternoon.
It will be the first time anyone other than me has laid eyes on it, and having spent a whole lot of time immersed in the story and characters, writing and re-writing, it, I’m waaaay too close to it to even have a decent sense of whether she’ll love it or think it’s crap.
I haven’t been this nervous since she read the first Carina book, and I was actually less nervous then since it was a reasonably straightforward police procedural. And the subsequent five books in the series were simply other stories involving the same core premise and cast. I kind of doubt that Sue Grafton is too uneasy when she completes her latest “alphabet” novel or James Patterson when he wrote yet another Alex Cross book! J.K. Rowling was probably a little antsy when she was waiting to hear what kind of impression the first Harry Potter book had made! Thus, my current state of mind.
As I mentioned in my last post, DF:YT is aimed at a younger readership (although not exclusively so) and has elements of sci-fi. It’s also pretty romantic, or at least I think so. The flow of the story and the natures of the characters are also quite a bit more complex than in the Carina books; it was quite a bit more effort to keep things straight and manage the flow and character development than it was for any of the Carina novels. In any case, even if she doesn’t think it’s actually crap, I have a feeling that there will be some further re-working of it after Laura finishes.
Did I mention that I’m planning a series based, probably loosely, on DF:YT?? Maybe that accounts for some of the nervousness, too!
So there you have it. To overly dramatize things, we’ve got one nervous author awaiting his fate!
More when Laura speaks!
No, the subject line doesn’t sound like the title of a Carina Quintana Mystery, now does it??
Well, after publishing the sixth book in the Carina series–All the Rage–a few months back, it was time for a change, at least for the writer!
So, no, DF:YT is definitely NOT a police procedural or mystery. It is, instead, a more “youth”-oriented story, with a good bit of romance (of a sort) that also incorporates elements of sci-fi. I won’t say much here, but the main character is a Steve Jobs-like fellow with rather strong feelings about a certain woman and the brains and resources to branch out well beyond supplying fabulous electronic gadgets to an expectant public. Some might classify it as YA (young adult), but if you’re over 25, don’t be put off. For one thing, my hope is that DF;YT will have broader appeal than, say, Hunger Games, (although I’d love to imagine DF:YT being a fraction as popular!). For another thing, you’ve probably read the Harry Potter books, right??
In any case, the intention isn’t to disappoint anyone, and Carina will likely be back at some point. I just needed to stretch, so to speak. Besides, if you haven’t read all of the Carina books yet, the rest are there waiting for you!
And yes, this is a bit of a teaser; DF:YT is very much a work in progress. But at about 43,000 words, I’ve made a good deal of progress. (The average Carina book is 70-80,000 words.) In any case, what with, say, actually finishing the first draft, plus reviews and enhancements, etc., it likely won’t be published until late winter, still in time to cozy up to the fireplace and read a good book!
And for those of you in warmer climes or unwilling to wait for Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears to appear, did I mention that there are still all those unread Carina books?!?
Oh, and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year!
The latest Carina Quintana Mystery, from Kirkus Award winning author David Benson, has Carina facing her first homicide as Assistant Chief of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida PD.
When the body of a young woman washes up on the beach in front of a local luxury hotel, a little digging sets Carina on the trail of Rayce de Marco, an enfant terrible of the high fashion world with mob ties and a penchant for private jets and the super-heated late night club scene of South Beach.
The dead woman is a nineteen-year-old off-the-grid fashion blogger from New York with an appetite for extortion and a plan to insinuate herself into Rayce de Marco’s growing empire. But the enigmatic girl, who called herself Circe, did not count on the wrath that de Marco unleashes on her.
Circe’s violent death prompts her twin sister Athena to extract vengeance, but it is left up to Carina to untangle the convoluted worlds of killer and victim to nab the murderer. Despite expert forensic help and her own keen insights, it will be anything but easy. De Marco’s powerful family, including his mob boss uncle and gorgeous former pro boxer cousin, Adriana, seem not about to let the master of the House of de Marco go down.
Shuttling between New York and Florida and rekindling relationships with former NYPD colleagues, Carina faces unexpected impediments and mounting frustration. Fortunately, Carina’s exotic wife, Alice, is there to take the edge off the frustration, but will it be enough to help her catch a killer?
So says the “dust jacket” of All The Rage, the sixth (and final, for the moment) in the series.
And now that I think about it, that about says it all!
So go out an get yourself a copy of All The Rage from Amazon or the Apple Store. Even if you haven’t read any of the other Carina books (!), you’ll enjoy this one.
Oh, those of you who are social media hounds, feel free to give All The Rage and Carina a big shout-out on Facebook or Twitter! And if you’re not, do it the old fashioned way–tell all your friends!
Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve spun a post. On the off chance you’re wondering why, it might be that the distressing nature of world events has had my head so caught up in the sorts of things that I do not write about for this blog (!) that I was rendered unable to write for this blog. At least that’s what I think the reason was. Who knows, it might even be true. Not that things have gotten any better lately….
In any case, it was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that jolted me out of this alleged malaise–at last there was something to get upset/annoyed/excited about that did not involve depressingly serious, off-limits stuff.
The article in question is entitled, What Every Newlywed Wants: Forget appliances and china–couples headed to the altar are signing up for cash-gift registries to fund home projects.
As with many WSJ pieces, the title is pretty much a spoiler for what’s to come (not a bad thing, actually). It seems that while I’ve been paying attention to other things, couples planning to marry are signing up on cash registry sites to raise money for home renovation projects. In fact, such funds have become second only to honeymoon funds.
An admission: Until I read this article I had no idea there WERE cash registry sites for engaged couples. This apparent reflection of my age, however, was not altered by the late May wedding of a friend of slightly less than half my age to a fine fellow of more or less the same vintage. They registered an a whole lot of more traditional retail sites. And notwithstanding the view of one man interviewed for the WSJ article, that, “We really didn’t need a toaster or any of the wacky gifts people give,” I think our newlywed friends really did like, and might even use, the Tiffany serving plate we gave them.
Of course, this is what’s responsible for the title of this blog post. Laura and I really liked the plate and really did think they would, too. Admittedly it was better than another toaster, but I suppose some folks might consider it one of “the wacky gifts people give.” If so, long live wacky gifts. A marriage is such a personal thing that I would expect the guest, assuming he or she really knows and cares about one or both of the new couple, to WANT to put some thought into selecting a gift that he, she or them believes will be appreciated and enjoyed. Cash, on the other hand, requires no thought and does not reflect anything about the giver except exactly how much they were willing or able to spend.
Don’t get me wrong, cash is good! But I’ve always thought it was the province of parents (and perhaps grandparents or your rich uncle Joe) to help the happy couple on their way with a cash wedding gift. Laura and I were certainly grateful that her folks gave us cash for our wedding. But I sure as heck wasn’t expecting our friends to provide dollar bills, and I would have been disappointed (and wondered how much they really cared) if they had.
Getting back to the Journal article, it went on to note that “…gift etiquette can be tricky. ‘Some people thought it was very rude and forward to ask [for cash],'[a woman who was interviewed] said. ‘They were usually older.’ The couple compromised by including items from retail stores.”
Well, yeah, it probably is an age thing, at least to some degree, but I still can’t help but think that the younger folks are missing something. After all, our 30th anniversary is coming up and Laura and I can still remember, generally fondly or at least with a smile, who gave us one of our wacky gifts.
And on the Writing Front
At this very moment the latest Carina Quintana Mystery–All the Rage, number six in the series–is about to be read for the first time by my editor here at Bruised Peach Productions, one Laura G. Benson. Assuming she approves and the edits aren’t too severe, I expect it to be published by mid-October. I’ll keep you all posted, though.
In the meantime, PLEASE tell all your friends, neighbors, colleagues, running or gym companions, people at the next table, etc. to buy and read the first five. In my wholly non-objective view, they get better as they go along, as many series do, so let them read in reverse order if they must!
Roomer Has It
White Tie & Tales
Dead On A Rival