At 80 Acres and a Book, sometimes I blather away about nothing. But I also talk about my HAREM & PIRATE GENRE CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOKS. I review Christian fiction, secular fiction, cookbooks, and craft books on a book-by-book basis. I share remodeling ventures, recipes, decorating & craft projects from our humble homestead, all through the eyes of faith in God. See my other blog: Arabian Gems. Link below.
If you've wondered why my blog(s) and web site disappeared, I set them to 'private' view. Why? On January 24 of this year (2014), I learned quite by accident that my publisher had gone out of business. Yet, the book they'd published, When Morning Breaks, was still being sold. Trust me, there are around 1500 other authors in this sinking boat with me. I set my blogs to 'private' view and tore down my web site while I dealt with this issue and rebuilt my sites--removed all purchase links to my book. Even though a traditional publisher has offered to republish my book, it does not take away the sorrow and embarrassment I've endured because of this matter.
I've been fairly busy on the editing side of the writing world (I'm now working as an editor) and have yet to find time to do any of this. Oh well, my blogs are back up. My web site is not. I've managed to remove my book from online retailers, for the most part. Keep in mind that if you purchase my book, I'll not see a dime of the royalties---I've not been paid royalties for quite some time. All I care to say about that is I'm praying for the other 1500 authors, the editors, and many more people who have been affected by this situation. I would ask that you join me in prayer. God knows the entire situation.
And please, bear with me while I revamp my blogs and web site. As to When Morning Breaks, I am currently revising it to create a tighter plot and better characterization. I hope to see it back on the market along with book 2 within 1 1/2 years.
In anticipation of our time together today, I've dusted the corners, put a pot of coffee on and pulled a piping hot, cinnamon pecan coffee ring from the oven. I'm pleased to have Jerrid Edgington visit with us today. He is one of Master Koda Select Publishing's newest authors. Jerrid is a paramedic, a family man and an author. He stays quite busy, from what I hear. So, I'm glad to have him here at the desk today.
Let's learn a little about Jerrid and his new book, Racing the Reaper. It's book one in a series.
After a life altering accident that nearly left Jacob Myers paralyzed he felt his life was meant for something greater than the daily grind of an office job. Through his recovery process, he found the direction he’d been longing for; to get a job in EMS. As a rookie, Jacob suffered through mistake after mistake and often times faced life or death situations. He began to wonder if he was cut out for this line of work. After two long exhausting years he was finally getting his feet under him when a former patient began stalking him, making his life a living hell and out of spite accused him of sexual assault. Would Jacob be able to clear his name and rid his life of this mentally unbalanced woman or would he be trapped and imprisoned for something he didn’t do?
Jerrid Edgington has been a Paramedic since 1997 working in four different states. He is currently living and working in Poteau, Oklahoma where he is a Paramedic for Le Flore County EMS. He is happily married to Jody, and they've recently had an addition to their family on October 16th when they were blessed with the birth of Zoey, their daughter. Jerrid spent several years as a semi-professional football player, officiated high school varsity football and basketball, and also enjoys woodworking as well as writing in his spare time. Jerrid is currently writing a medical fiction thriller series called Racing the Reaper.
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I sew but not very often (the photo is of one of the bed dolls I made). When I sew, I generally set up my portable sewing machine in the living room or the dining room. I don't like that. I don't require a large, separate sewing room but I'd like an area or place to tuck my sewing machine neatly away when I'm done. I decided to build a portable sewing table for my sewing area.
I looked at one of my favorite online places for free building patterns (Ana White Homemaker) and discovered Ana White's pattern A Sewing Table for Small Spaces. This is perfect for my little sewing space. When I build it I will add photos to this post. Meanwhile, here's the link to the free pattern so you all can build your own portable sewing space. http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/sewing-table-small-spaces
I love using Ana White's patterns. And being an avid do-it-myself gal, I often 'stalk' Ana's website for patterns and ideas on building wonderful things. Her patterns are FREE. Love that!
It is my pleasure to introduce a talented author and dear friend, Nadia Kilrick, to my readers.
Nadia's is excited to announce that her newest book, Escape,
will be released by Master Koda Select Publishing on 8 November. She
invites you to the book launch
party on Facebook. All are welcome to come join the fun. Here's
the link to the event. It's simple to join, simply click 'join' at the top
right of the page and pop in on the eighth at 3:00 pm CST.
Interview: Nadia Kilrick
•Tell us a little bit about yourself. Skip the
normal writer stuff. We want to hear a little bit about the person, not the
Sure, I'm a native of the Sunshine State here in the US.
Being one of three daughters in a military family, I've moved around a lot in
my lifetime. I've been called a gypsy due to my wandering as an adult. I had
burrs under my saddle, I suppose. I couldn't seem to sit my seat for long
stretches of time. I've slowed my wandering a bit these days and stay pretty
close to home, seldom traveling further away than a 500 mile road trip. I have
a passel of grandchildren, a princess of a cat, two dogs, and one lone chicken.
All spoiled rotten, especially the cat. She's a Norwegian Forest cat. Living
with her for some time, I've had to admit that she must come from royalty.
•What do you do when you are not writing?
I spend time with family, read, and watch old black and white
television shows and films. I'm also a quilter, gardener and soap maker. I
enjoy doing various needlepoint projects when I have time.
•Do you have a day job as well?
•When did you first start writing and when did
you finish your first book?
I started writing as a child. I finished my first novel
length work in the eighties. It was a romance that I've not looked at since.
It's collecting dust in a box somewhere around here.
•How did you choose the genre you write in?
The paranormal short story, Ziggy Returns, was sort of a
fluke. During a conversation with a friend, I said, that would make a nice
addition to a story. We agreed, and from that one statement came a ghost story.
With Rough Hewn, it sort of chose me. I hadn't planned to write it, but did. I
suppose, since I like to read horror, mystery/suspense and thrillers, I would
naturally feel comfortable writing in those genres.
•Where do you get your ideas?
Most often, a reel just begins to play somewhere in the back
of my mind, and then takes over the waking moments of my life until I write it
all out. The characters tell their story, I write it.
•Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. However, sometimes I get overwhelmed from taking
on more than I can accomplish in a set time period, which gets in the way of
writing. It's never a good idea to take on too much if it is going to interfere
with your writing!
•Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write mostly. I am more of a visual person where
memory and absorbing information is concerned. So, it helps me to draw out a
colorful map of the location, characters, plot points and whatever else is
going on in the story. Give me color over a black and white printed sheet of
paper any day of the week!
•How hard was it to get your first book
published? What problems did you encounter along the way, if any?
The challenges I had in this area were all self-induced. I
allowed the fear of the unknown to get in the way of trying for a long time.
Obviously, I'm beyond that now, since I now have a third book coming out with a
publisher. Oh, I'd like to give my publisher a plug here, if I may. They are a
small publishing house who work closely with their authors at every level of
the process; from submission/acceptance to publication and beyond. Master Koda
•If you could go back, would you have
submitted a manuscript earlier in life?
Yes, much sooner. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking
and do it now. No more waiting – take control of your destiny!
•What about marketing your work? How do you
Marketing is a tough process for me. I'm not good at it, I'm
afraid. Like most other new authors, I'm learning as I go along. I'm extremely
grateful for the authors in my Facebook writing group, Master Koda, for sharing
their knowledge of what is and isn't working for them. Their input provides a
stepping off point to work from. My publisher is wonderful at marketing. She
knows her stuff and provides timely advice on a daily basis.
•Be honest, how many works in progress do you
have filed away?
Hahaha! I'd love to be honest, but I have no idea. It is
quite a large number, that is certain.
•Would you like to tell us about your new
I'd love to. Escape is the second book in the Rough Hewn
Trilogy. It picks up almost two centuries after the first families settled
Kilmservy Village and brings us to present day, and their descendants. Carolyn
Breckenship discovers that she's living with a serial killer. Rather than
leave, she decides to find enough evidence to put him away. Doing so puts her
life, and the lives of her closest friends, in danger. Each one will have to
make a choice to leave the village until the killer is caught, or stay where
they will live in fear of being snatched away at any moment. One of the group
will barely survive an encounter with him.
•Was this story hard to write? I mean,
emotionally, did it take a toll on you?
Admittedly, there are parts of the story that were hard to
write. I took more than my share of walks between scenes.
•Are there any characters in your book who
remind you of someone you've known personally?
Not really. I think most of the players in my books have
characteristics of many people I've known. Nothing specific, outside of the way
one might twist his/her head around to look at something, or a quirky smile.
Stuff like that is what comes from people I know.
•What are you working on now?
I'm working on the third Rough Hewn book right now.
•Will you have a new book coming out soon?
The third Rough Hewn book will be the next one to come out. I
can't say exactly when that will be, though.
•Do you have any plans to pull characters from
this book into another one? Perhaps, expand on the trilogy, making it a series?
It's funny you should ask that question. I've considered it.
I actually have a few story bites running around in my head for Lorianna, her
son and another character.
•Do you have any advice to give to aspiring
Mainly, write because you love it. And, keep writing. No
matter what discouragements come your way, allow your love of the craft to move
you forward. Read a lot, too. Not only in the genre you're writing in, but in
•Here's your chance to speak to your readers
Thank you. It means so much to me that, with the sheer
numbers of, and ease of access to books today, you've added my books to your
reading list. Thank you for reading my stories and taking the time to review
them. The notes I've received via Facebook, Twitter and email have warmed my
heart. It truly touches my heart every time I'm reminded that I've touched
someone emotionally. I'm always open to hearing from my readers. I can be found
floating around the internet more hours of the day and night, than not. My
links are listed within this blog post.
•Tell us something we don't know about you?
I once... Never mind, I won't tell you about that. *snicker
* Okay, in my distant past, I used to set trot lines in the cypress swamp. The
black water, alligator-infested lakes were absolutely beautiful at night.
Creepy, but beautiful. While pulling the boat along the lines and holding
steady to one cypress knee or another, the glow of the flashlight across the
top of the water would be met by glowing eyes that seemed to float along the
surface of the water. Always watching us, those gators.
•Finally, when is the third book in the Rough
Hewn Trilogy coming out?
I don't have a release date for the third book, yet. In fact,
It's not finished. The groundwork is done. I know where the story is going and
how it'll wrap up, but it's only 1/3 complete. I'll finish it in November, but
the release date remains open.
About the Book
Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy
Village's most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village
was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.
Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since
Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from
the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never
change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children
and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better
in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those
with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are
not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they've
learned at home.
Some say it's in the blood; that evil passes from generation
to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true.
Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it's true that
evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of
such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.
Jim's wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her
husband's crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the
reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her
escape plan as Jim's actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour.
Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too
Kilrick is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the
Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life's journey
than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It's
there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.
has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family
slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved
away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing
quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family,
self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time.
Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write.
When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime,
mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.