I remember well the huge transition of going off to college. I felt like I’d finally become “an adult.” Well, it turns out life is full of transitions and big moments, and releasing your first novel ranks right up there as a Big One. This December (Dec 2 – 7) there will be a blog review tour of the first book in my Covert Series, which is called Covert Assignment. Although the reviews will focus on the first book in the series, Covert Assignment, all three books in the Covert series will release in early December. Here’s what Covert Assignment book is about:
Covert Assignment is a New Adult, Coming of Age Novel with a strong romantic element. Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. After four years of year-round study, she’s about to graduate with a master’s degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science). Elle’s got a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.
Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. The organization that’s funding her thesis? It’s a shell corporation for the CIA. They “accelerated” her completion timetable, so hot operative Preston Raddock is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? Oh, and the CIA offers her a job, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the intelligence community. If only she could develop a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness.
Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.
One thing I have always feared is death. In my profession, which is one of the “helping professions,” I took on a number of difficult cases that others avoided: abused children, abusive parents, dangerous people. Yet the one type of case I feared involved dying. Then I ended up caring for two elderly relatives and was with each one when they died. It is a surreal experience. I held their hands through their denials that they were dying, read them Biblical passages, and just was present with them through their fears.
L. M. Gautreaux is facing the unimaginable: she’s a young mother who has been diagnosed with an illness that may be terminal. She’s seeking treatment from some of the best doctors out there, but in case they can’t help her, she decided to write a letter to her daughter. She published her letter, and I urge you to give it a read.
Dying has a way of stripping off all the superficial and petty things we let ourselves get so preoccupied with in our daily lives. It shines a light on what truly matters. Reading L. M. Gautreaux’s “A Young Mother’s Death: A Letter To My Daughter” may just remind you of what’s important while you still have time to appreciate it.
Jo Ann V. Glim wrote an amazing book. This is the story of her family’s history, from her own and going back several generations. It’s the way history should be shared: “Begotten with Love” is personal and engaging rather than just a dry list of events.
“Begotten with Love” is the story of immigrants who moved here and how they made their way in the United States as well as their descendants. The events are real, and verified, according to the author, yet it’s written in a similar tone to a novel, which makes it very readable. It’s also incredibly inspiring. I won’t ruin this review with spoilers: you really should read it yourself to get the full experience.
This book makes the list for Christmas shopping for people who enjoy history. Now I feel inspired to learn my own family history, and you will, too, after reading this book!
Fall has always been an emotional season for me, now that I think about it. As a kid I was NOT a fan of fall. It meant Back To School. I was a good student, but I still hated school. At least, I hated it until I went to college. I’ve never been more excited about fall coming than my first time going away to college and becoming “an adult” (at least, that’s what I thought then).
This fall, however, I’m just about as excited because I’m embarking on a lifelong dream. After years of imagining it, I’ve finally kicked my butt into gear to pursue a career as a writer. I wrapped up the summer locked up, ignoring the sunshine and beckoning pool, to finish a book I’ve been working on. And people actually seem to like it! (Cue squealing)
I’ll have more deets but for now, I have to say, it was a thrill to see Labor Day weekend come and go. I’m hoping for big things this fall!