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Book Review and ROW80 Check-in.

Hi folks, it’s ROW80 check in once again and this has been a successful week for me. I’ve met my goals, plus I have a short book review for you on Phoenix Child. So, on with the show.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Success.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Exceeded the 25K mark
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve got two coming up soon. Watch this space for more details.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
It’s book review time again; this time I will tell you about Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. This is your classic going through the changes teenage story with a couple of delightful twists. The book carries us along with the heroine as she works her way through the usual teenage changes plus a whole lot more.
On a more serious note, Alica gives us a peek into the world faced by far too many children, the world of the “System”. This peek might make a few folks slightly uncomfortable, and if it does, that’s a good thing.
Don’t run away now, because this book is filled with magic, adventure, and mythical creatures. Alica’s style is relaxed and easy to read, almost like she’s sitting right beside you, telling you the story. I read half in one sitting and wanted to finish it, but time did not allow. I did finish it the next day. I am truly hoping there will be a second book because I love these characters.
Well done Alica, five stars.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above, also commented on over 13 blogs.
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m still on track here.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.

Hitting Targets

Well, it looks like I’m back on track once again. It’s been a strange couple of weeks, but things are smoothing out a bit. Taking a short time out to refocus helped me get things going again. I’ve got some great stuff on the go and it looks like this month will see me publish two new books. One will be another of the romances that I wrote years ago, but couldn’t sell. I know why.
In the fading years of the 20th century, a friend of mine (a transsexual woman) grew tired of the abuses heaped on her head by the system that was supposed to be helping her. (Aversion therapy, shock treatments, humiliation therapy, this is helping?) She also grew tired of the constant mental abuse from her family. She took her own like in the most violent way she could find.
In the years that followed her suicide I wrote four novels with transsexuals as main characters. Not surprising, I was unable to sell them. However, these folks are people, just like everybody else, so I was determined to tell some stories for them. The first I self-published was “A Simple Twist of Fate.” Some of you may have read it. Later this month or early next, I hope to publish another of the four.
I have also finished the revisions to “Novan Witch” the book I wrote for MaMoWriMo last year. I wrote and published in in 19 days. (A friend did the cover for me. Bless him.) I left it up for free for months so folks could get a sense of my writing style. This month I took it down and let the editor have a go at it. The first revision is done and back to the editor it goes. With luck I will soon get it back up as well.
Ok, on with the progress report.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.

Yep, right on track.

Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
1200+ so far. I’m smiling.
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
See above.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I just finished one book that shall remain nameless. It was bad, hopeless, and painful to read and I honestly couldn’t give a shit about any of the characters. I blew it off my Kobo and started another. Wow, rags to riches.
 So, I’m currently reading Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. So far I’m loving it. This author has mastered the art of teenage angst, but I love the characters and will not abandon them. This one I will happily review.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m on track here.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.