Monday, April 22, 2013

Now, I am Left To Pick Up The Pieces

A computer virus can be the kiss of death to a writer and for some reason it seems to occur when you’re just about to finish a manuscript. It happened to me with The Legend of Turtle Pond: The Initiation of Tabitha Obrien and with Desolate Terrain. I’d be lying if I said, it wasn’t a terrifying experience. During the mind numbing experience of waiting for my computer to be fixed, I wondered... why would someone create viruses?

Ode to Computer Viruses

Once again you’ve taken me on a wondrous ride only to leave me in the Dead Sea.
Now I’m left to wonder…
What have I done to warrant such aggression from you?
I ask myself, ‘what kind of person creates something that cripples a system simply trying to exist?’
It wouldn’t bother me as much if I weren’t a writer, molding characters for readers to enjoy
but I have no control over characters like you!
Writing stories is easy compared to dealing with your destructive creation
designed solely to maim as many computer systems as possible.
It’s disarming, alarming, especially when it seems to occur when I am about to finish a novel.
They say, Virus Writers do it to prove a point.
 point taken
now please find something constructive to do.
No one’s data is safe until they find a way to stop you!

In closing, I managed to make it through the ordeal but not unscathed. The information on my hard drive was lost but thanks to paranoia, I emailed a copy of my latest manuscript to myself the day before my computer crashed.  This experience has thought me a valuable lesson, to back up my files.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Desolate Terrain: Cover Reveal

 The Blurb

Living in the quiet town of Chesapeake, Nevada had a way of making residents feel safe. Sadly, an atmosphere that took years to build is shattered overnight and their beloved town is thrown into the spotlight. Deputy Constance Stone and Sheriff Harper Collins are entrusted with the task of resolving the matter and together they set out to solve a crime.

The situation deteriorates when a series of crimes rock the town. Opportunities unfold for Constance, but it could not come at a worse time. She teams up with an unlikely ally. Despite their differences, the pair combine their skills and their partnership aids in Constance’s pursuit to uncover the criminals responsible for terrorizing their picturesque town.

The Setting

It's a modern city punctuated by warm weather. The majestic landscape of this small town, inspired the founder to build a community similar to those featured in Westerns with a modern appeal. The events unfolding in Chesapeake are undeniably shocking and it will keep you guessing until the very end. 

The Characters

You'll meet many memorable characters in Desolate Terrain. Some you'll love and others you'll love to hate. There's never a dull moment in Chesapeake, Nevada. You're welcome to visit once it becomes available on May 6, 2013.

The Book Trailer