Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year: 2015: New beginnings.

Well 2014 has departed. May 2015 prove to be an improvement.

First of, I have started the New Year with my first post to the new Kurt's Frontier site on Wordpress. After Melissa Frye announced the Invincible Love of Reading would be going dormant due to health issues, was bummed. I had come to enjoy doing a review blog. I considered spinning Kurt's Frontier off, but I don't know much about html or coding. People began suggesting wordpress, and Melissa pointed me in that direction as well. My first review was Search for the Star Stones, by the late Andre Norton. I used another of my favorites The Forerunner Factor to be my inaugural review when I started with Invincible Love of Reading, so there is a certain amount of symmetry to it.

The New Year also finds my with my second novel in the Dreamscape Warriors series in production at Tate Publishing and Enterprises. This one is called Promise of Mercy. We are going through edits of the the first draft of the third book. I am actively working on two other books in that universe.

In the Spring Semester of 2015, I know I will be teaching Introduction to Anthropology at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire. I am waiting to see if enough people signup to take Introduction to Archaeology.

Things may not go as expected, but we have to remain confident as we walk into the New Year. 2015 is a blank slate, hence full of possibilities. Let's keep our eyes open and be ready to spring when opportunity knocks.

Wishing everyone the very best.

Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

End of the Road for Invincible Love of Reading

For those of you who have been following my review blog, Kurt's Frontier, I regret that I must inform you that the site that publishes Kurt's Frontier, Invincible Love of Reading will be ceasing taking reviews at the end of 2014. Once the December reviews are posted, Melissa Frye, affectionally known as Missy, will cease to up date the site, but will leave it up for the foreseeable future. She has been struggling with health issues, and after wrestling with the issue, made the correct decision that her health and writing needed to take priority. Missy has done an outstanding job with Invincible Love of Reading.

Missy invited me to do science fiction and fantasy reviews in February of 2014. I had been writing reviews of Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a number of years. In 2013, I discovered Goodreads and began posting there as well. I had been resisting getting into social networking, but as I became an author, I was told that it is a help in marketing the books. I didn't realize what other benefits could crop up. My first review was one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors, the late Andre Norton's Forerunner Factor.

I've been astounded that people actually have sought me out for reviews, and a little humbled. I try to review what comes my way because, as a new author myself, I know how vital reviews can be to success. I have enjoyed ever minute of it.

So what happens now? I will continue to do reviews on Goodreads and other sites. I am hoping that someone who runs a review site similar to Invincible Love of Reading will take an interest in my reviews. However, Invincible Love of Reading has been one of the highlights of my literary career, and I will always be grateful that I was given the chance and honored that people thought my reviews were of value to them.

I wish Missy all the best and hope her health improves. I will keep everyone informed of my status.