Lots of news from my neck of the woods, but most of it has to do with my busyness. Besides writing the next Carolina Coast novel, I’m now a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket. The second Wednesday of every month you can find me there, talking about life as an author. But don’t wait until Wednesdays: the blog has wonderful contributors every day.
And if you’re on my mailing list, I’ll let you know about new releases and other fun things, including opportunities for freebies and my new audiobooks. The second edition of Sailing out of Darkness just released and has been brought into the Carolina Coast fold with a brand new cover. One of my favorite narrators, Laura Jennings, will begin recording the audiobook soon.
Sleepy Creek Press and I have teamed with Selz.com to create a store for my audiobooks, which will save you, the buyer, a chunk of change and will help me pay for the talented narrators I’ve hired. I’m very proud of the audiobooks we’re produced and hope you’ll check them out. You can listen to samples on my website or in the Store.
I think Brandon Potter and Spoke Media did an excellent job, especially on the Middle Eastern accents.
Travel with Rina from Morehead City, NC, to Perugia, Italy, where bodies begin to drop, and Rina has no idea who is friend and who foe. Follow Tony to Perugia and then to Jordan and Israel as Israel prepares to defend itself against Hamas rockets. Meet terrorists and good guys, friends and foes.
Grab a copy of the full audiobook for yourself. Go SHOPPING at the Sleepy Creek Press Store (it will be available with other vendors soon) and experience the excitement.
I listen to audiobooks while I’m cooking and cleaning, driving and walking, and especially while I’m on the elliptical, trying to keep this aging body in shape. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have as much time as I’d like to sit with a book in my lap, but I can justify “reading” with a narrator because I’m being so productive.
Ever feel that little snake of jealousy slither into your consciousness? I think it’s something we all have to deal with again and again and again. Love Laura Drake’s thoughts on what it can do to us–and the power it steals if we let it linger. Visit her at Writers in the Storm.
I live on a creek. At any time during the work day, I can turn from my computer and look out over the expanse of water and refill my beauty-hungry soul. Granted, today it’s all slate on slate with the gray broken by splashes of white, because even our shallow body of water can form whitecaps when the wind pushes hard through the creek’s mouth.
But even with the beauty, even with the blessing of marriage to a best friend who encourages me (as does my dear mama who has been my cheerleader forever), writing can be a lonely pursuit. I mean, husbands, children, mamas, and good friends are supposed to support us, aren’t they? So you write, I write, and we send our words out…
Will they touch anyone at all? Will our book(s) be found? Be read? Be loved–or hated?
We shouldn’t be so insecure. But I don’t know a single writer/artist/musician who sits in a void, untouched, uncaring.
We care. We care.
Which is why readers who leave reviews are so very, very important. You nurture the place that remains wary in every writer. No matter how many books we publish, no matter how many accolades we receive, there’s always the fear that this time, no one will care. This time, no one will want to read our story. This time, the void will swallow our words.
With that fear real in my heart, I have waited for reviewers’ words.
And then these first reviews came from the TLC Blog Tour (still ongoing):
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews: “…Part romance, part mystery, and all fast-paced, this novel is a fabulously spun tale that will reel in the reader and keep them hooked to the very spine-tingling end…”
Queen of All She Reads: “…Part literary romantic suspense and part coming of age story, Ms. Fischer’s story grabbed my attention from the first page. Likeable characters, good dialogue, an intriguing mystery and just the right amount of tension, kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. If you like exotic locations, good food, and romantic suspense, this is a book you won’t want to miss….” [Emphasis mine!]
Redhead with Book : “…This story will keep your heart thumping…a fast-paced, believable and intelligent read…”
Reading Is My Superpower: “… Two From Isaac’s House reads like Southern fiction but is very much a novel of international intrigue. You will want to curl up with it and absorb the delicious way the writing lilts across the page, but at the same time Fischer’s command of international suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat. And then there’s the new romance and the new friendships – sweet in a way that wraps you in an old & comforting quilt but never so saccharine that it makes your teeth hurt. In a book that could go political in a heartbeat, the plot stays just outside that line and instead whispers a few subtle hints toward the spiritual that both surprised and touched me with their presence. Normandie Fischer’s latest book is definitely a dichotomy of genres, but I loved the result!
“The author’s writing style is so beautifully descriptive (without over-telling) and immerses readers in the scenes – the sights, the smells, the sounds, the emotions. Wry Southern humor subtly peppers each chapter, providing delightful relief in the midst of suspenseful tension. Fischer’s words lilt in a pleasing meter that, as I mentioned earlier, makes you want to curl up and settle in….”
I am so grateful. Grateful for the time to write. Grateful for the friends my writing has given me. Grateful that I can, from the isolation of our creek house, travel the world, share tea or coffee (or even a glass of wine) with new friends, and be part of something that feels so like a gift from God.
Would you consider becoming part of my community of reader-friends? If so, will you send me a note and let me know? If you do, I’ll certainly return the favor with a reply.
Reaching out. Touching hearts. Getting to know strangers. Finding common ground. Becoming friends.
Encouraging one another to be a light — or to find the light — in the darkness.