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Ending and Beginning

In Shipbuilder, a scene in chapter 9 starts like this:

Sam had warned her the shipyard was a dangerous place, but the danger did not always come from lax employment laws. Sometimes it came from nature, like when the fetch out on the Irish Sea was strong and fast, and Belfast would experience nearly gale force winds blasting through the channel and city toward the hills. The only thing to do during these days was to wrap up and hold onto your hat. Moving from one place to another took a lot of determination. 

I don’t know if we’ve been experiencing winds this bad, but Belfast has given us a good demonstration. It’s been cold, but the wind gathers the cold into wicked fairy knives that slice right through your three coats and scarf to reach your skin. I’m sure it would be worse without the coats and scarf, but still.

Today however, (our last day in Belfast), the sky is bright and there’s a pleasant warmth when you step out of the shadows into sunlight.  Belfast just wanted to make sure we know what we’re leaving behind.

Weather is always tricky, but we do know we’re leaving wonderful people behind. I don’t know if we’ll ever make it back, but we’ll treasure the craic we had here, and stay in touch on Facebook. Of course!

We have a few hours of tourist wanderings to do, then on to Venice via London. The adventure continues….

Legal Fictions: Asimov’s Laws of Robotics Are Not Enough | Book View Cafe Blog

Now, this is fascinating. I suspect insurance companies will jump into the fray. In fact, there are already issues about cars, since they are essentially computers now. I think that so far, car manufacturers are responsible if the computer screws up, but what if it’s not obvious the fault was with the car rather than the driver?  Anyway, the future is going to be interesting.

Legal Fictions: Asimov’s Laws of Robotics Are Not Enough | Book View Cafe Blog.

The Time Travel Journals Shipbuilder: Reader’s Choice

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Voting is open for Big Al’s Books & Pals Reader’s Choice Awards. Shipbuilder is nominated in Speculative Fiction!

You can help by voting for Shipbuilder over here. Voting is open through Midnight Eastern Time, March 12.

Spread the word, and THANKS!

Excitement for The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder

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I’ve been doing cartwheels all day: the popular review site, Big Al’s Books and Pals, has nominated The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder for their 2014 Reader’s Choice Award in Speculative Fiction!

Happy author here, you betcha.

B&P gave Shipbuilder a 5-star review back in October. They are continuing the love with this great nomination, but YOU have to help.

It’s a Reader’s Choice award and that means you get to vote for it. Voting opens March 2nd at 10:00 Eastern Time and ends at Midnight Eastern Time on March 12th.

That’s this weekend! Here’s the link:

It’s not live yet, but check back to see your choices. I’ll post the link again once the page is up and running.

Please pass the word. I’d love for Shipbuilder to win!




Random thoughts of an Accidental Author: Review: The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder

Random thoughts of an Accidental Author: Review: The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder.

A big Thank You to Joan Szechtman for this wonderful review of Shipbuilder. Joan is the author of two fascinating books about Richard III, stories that bring the controversial king into the 21st century where he gets a chance to tell historians what really happened in the 15th century.

Check back here soon, for an interview with Joan. She has some great ideas about time travel!

Kobo? So Far, It’s a Major Fail for This Author

I hate it when I whine. But I’m seriously pissed off.

At Kobo.

Several people have recommended them as a distributor. They’ve got a hot new publishing tool, and independent authors should go NOW and upload their books. If you’re not selling on Kobo, you’re missing out on hundreds of sales!

So I read all about it and reviewed post from several authors who recommended it.

I spent a day figuring out how to format Shipbuilder for epub. I even spent $250 for ISBNs, so Shipbuilder would have its own number for Kobo distribution. It was cheaper to buy ten numbers, and I figured I could use them for other books. I wasn’t happy about it, but I did it.

Then I uploaded Shipbuilder to Kobo. It’s on their site, under science fiction and historical romance.

And you will never be able to find it.

Like I said, I’m pissed.

If you search by title, because you’ve heard of this most awesome book and you must have it on your Kobo reader right now…. I’m sorry to tell you that you will never find it.

Go try. Go over to http://www.kobobooks.com/ and type the title into their search bar.

I’ll wait.


Nada? Imagine that.

What if you don’t know the title, you just want to find a nice time travel romance to read? Or maybe a time travel about Titanic? Or perhaps you’re looking for a touching historical love story?

You won’t find Shipbuilder.

Customer service tells me that “We are aware that there are certain design flaws in our search functionality at present. Our development team is looking at ways to improve the code so that searching for books on the Kobo website becomes far more intuitive for our users. We apologise for the inconvenience of it being so hard to track down your book by its title. I will pass on information about your case to our team to aid their work.”

They further state that “we would recommend trying to use as many keywords in your synopsis as possible that might make it easier for users to track down this content on our system.”

Well, my synopsis has all the keywords I can think of: time travel, Titanic, Edwardian, early 20th century, love affair, Belfast, Ireland… I don’t know – what keywords would you search under?

Anyway, none of them bring up my book.

It does come up if you search under my name. So if you know any Kobo readers, tell them my name. Over and over again, please.


Shipbuilder is on the Front Page of Addicted to Books

That was fast. I just found out about Addicted to Books  yesterday (through Ruthanne Reid, whose book, The Sundered, was up yesterday). I signed up, sent them my book info, and lo, The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder is the second book listed on today’s front page!

If you don’t click on the link today, you probably won’t see Shipbuilder on the front page. They change the first page daily. You’ll have to “search this site” for it.

Do me a favor and share the link on your Facebook or Twitter pages. Or Google+. Or whatever…

Shipbuilder continues to sell at a steady, albeit slow,  pace. I’m pleased about that. Really hope that when Bridgebuilder comes out, there’ll be a surge.

Also! There is another wonderful review from Maya Bohnhoff over at Amazon. Maya, who blogs at Book View Cafe, critiqued an early version of Shipbuilder in 2009 at the Baycon Writers Workshop. I was grateful for her comments then, and I’m just as grateful for the great review now. Thank you, Maya!

I’m happy about all the reviews people have left, and for the messages people have sent me personally. It’s not so much about the sales. It’s about that little thrill of delight I get, knowing that my story gave someone enjoyment. That’s a high it’s hard to come down from.

Goodreads Giveaway: The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder

We have two winners!

The Goodreads Titanic Giveaway has ended, and I’m thrilled to announce the winners of a signed copy of The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder:

Carol Vander Meulen of Livermore, CA (hey, she lives just down the freeway from me!)
Stephanie O’Steen of Gainsville, FL

Congratulations ladies! And thanks for entering. Your books will be in the mail shortly. I hope you’ll let me know how you like the book.