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Pismo Beach and THE LAST TEMPLAR

I’ve been neglecting this blog! No dramatic excuse, just a few minor distractions, all of them (well, most of them, at least) positive ones.

For one thing, we took an impromptu trip to the beach. Pismo Beach, to be specific. We had such a great time. It’s pretty there. It’s also cool, which was a relief after the triple digit heat we were experiencing in Elk Grove. If you live there, lucky you. If you don’t, you should add it to your list of wonderful places to visit.

We also did some do-it-yourself home improvement. And by” we,” I mean my husband – although I provided the inspiration (a nice word for nagging). The result? I now have a lovely six-foot counter and some new shelving in my laundry room. Ideally, we’d use the counter for folding clothes, but the truth is, I need it as a dropping-off spot for the junk mail and stacks of “to be sorted” bills, letters, catalogues, etc, that would otherwise bury my kitchen counter.

So I’m rested and organized! Let’s see how long that lasts. 

Oh, and p.s., we listened to THE LAST TEMPLAR as an audio book on our trip. It was a good book for that purpose. I enjoyed the first two-thirds of it quite a bit, but for the last third, the pacing became bogged down, and the ending disappointed me a bit.

I recommend it for its sheer entertainment value. And also, relating back to our discussion of dialogue tags, well – let’s just say, this book overdid the tags and the adverbs, and made some distracting point-of-view mistakes, but obviously, I continued to “read”/listen, which is a tribute to the storytelling ability of Paul Khoury. He really came up with a great plot. It has some Da Vinci Code parallels, but according to his website, he wrote it before that book came out, so the comparisons probably bug him! (I enjoyed Dan Brown’s books – particularly Angels and Demons – a bit more, but I much preferred Khoury’s male protagonist to Brown’s insufferable alter ego).

That’s my report – I’ll try to blog more often, and about more interesting subjects!




( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)

Glad you had a good vacate. Will be going home, myself, in two weeks. Have not seen home in three years. Would love to go to a beach. Course, with the flash flooding we had, yesterday, the sidewalks could have been considered beach, eh?


P.S. Are you working on any new books? Will Kristie ever rear her head or are you done with her?
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: vacations
Hi Jeanette,

I hope you get to a beach soon. But home is the best, right?

I would love to write more Kristie stories. I would have done NIGHT ARROW gladly, but we have to find a publisher first!

Thanks for stopping by, talk to you soon!

Aug. 6th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: vacations
Am looking forward to sitting on the river, with my dad. Want to build some memories to keep with me always....:)

Also, can't wait to see mom. Haven't seen her in three years. I've got my books about packed up. Think I'll take all three of yours and read them all in one night.....*delicious shiver*....haven't had a weekend off, let alone a vacate in three years! Yippee....


By the by, do you ever think about your characters and wonder what they are up to? I think about characters from books that I have loved for twenty years. Am I the only loon that does this? LOL
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: vacations
I do that ALL the time, Jeanette, so you're definitely not the lone loon. I actually know a lot about each of my main characters, post-book, such as whether they went on to have children, and if so, how many, etc. And for one of my characters, I know the names of the grandkids! I can't let the story go, which is why my stand-alones usually become series, at least in my mind.
Aug. 10th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: vacations
Sure is glad to know that I am not alone!

I am pouting, tho, as I have packed and can not remember where I lay down Exit Strategy!!.....*pout*....I think there is a packing imp that steals my extra socks and crucial items. Also, said imp keeps placing unwanted itmes in the way...oww...:)


P.S. I am finding that not everyone can right series, tho. I bought a whole series, without having read them and the first book was okay with the main characters and mentioned other family members. Then, when I read the next three, was awfully cofused and disappointed because the author never really introduced the siblings in the first book, except by name. I figured I would learn of each in their books but have found that each book is dropping hints about upcoming siblings and not fleshing out and explaining the actual character being written about! Maddening. I've had to piece the next two together to learn about the second sibling. If that sounds confusing, try doing it! Ack. The dialogue between the characters are great.

I enjoyed how you kept your stand alone but they merged seamlessly. Sure is an art form to it, eh?
Aug. 13th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: vacations
Thanks, Jeanette!And EXIT STRATEGY is definitely a sneaky book, so I'm not surprised it's hiding from you. Darn spies!

Aug. 13th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: vacations

By the by, It's Spin Control I needed to finish. Am in the hotel, as we speak, and have the next two days COMPLETELY ALONE to sleep and read and watch the Olympics. Er, I sure hate to admit that I was so excited to get a break, to myself, that I grabbed my bookbag of books and forgot my bag with all my clothes and hygiene and such. Have my snacks, tho, so what else do I need??...;)
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
For your next audio book pick
you could try a Myron Bolitar mystery by Harlan Coben. I've listened to the first 3 or 4 and really enjoyed them. Good reader, good humor, good mysteries. Weird sidekick. What more could you want?

Aug. 5th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: For your next audio book pick
Thanks for the recommendation, Penn! We're always looking for a good read/listen.

And weird sidekick? You're playing my song!

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