Posts Tagged ‘contemporary fiction’

This month, I’m featuring the latest book from one of my favorite writers! I’ve featured many of Linton Robinson’s books in the past, so I’m pleased to feature Raptor’s Golden Hits:

When the band you’re in starts playing different tunes…. There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me… It’s only rock and roll but I like it… When I had no ears to hear, you sang to me… The ever popular tortured artist effect… The beat goes on… The beat goes on… Is Raptor the only band that can take over the consciousness of it’s listeners? And who took over Raptor in the first place? And what’s their game plan for, basically, the human race? A diverse group of people coming together in the Fremont area of Seattle… back before Adobe and Amazon and grunge… and moving out on the world. More about Raptor here: RaptorsGoldenHits The most entertaining member: JaxiSez And the screenplay the book sprang from, with character pics, synopsis, and shooting script.

But wait! There’s more to this book…


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Linton Robinson has a writing style like no other. From the first of his books I had the pleasure to read, Sweet Spot, to one of his most recent, Boneyard 11, I have been enthralled by his humor, caustic wit, sarcasm, insights and social commentary.

MaryOfAngelsIf Mary of Angels is anything like Weekend Warrior, fans of contemporary, humorous fiction may enjoy this latest effort from Lin.

“Cops, traffickers, immigrants, whores, politicians, dogs and kids” – what more could you want in a book?

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My editor at Avalon Books has just told me that Wait a Lonely Lifetime will be published two months earlier than originally scheduled. Avalon Books releases 60 titles a year, the majority of which are romance novels. Wait a Lonely Lifetime will be in the April releases so I’ll be editing/proofreading the book early in 2012. Promotional Material for Wait a Lonely Lifetime

The opening of the novel begins in the early spring and Sylviana’s first attempt to contact Eric is on the 10th of April. The timing of this release couldn’t be better.

She is in San Francisco and he is somewhere in Europe. They haven’t seen or heard from each other in 15 years.

Much of the inspiration for this novel came from my brief visit to Firenze (Florence) at the end of September 2008, moments before the banks lost our confidence and a full year after I had decided that writing was too important to me to be abandoned.

At the time, I was working on another contemporary novel, Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls, but the three days I had – with three of my sisters – in this Tuscan city with its ancient Etruscan fortress, proved to be the starting point of a fantastic journey to publication.

While I was reading the first draft of Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls to my youngest sister, Sylviana and Eric’s love story was building in  the back of my mind. I made certain I didn’t miss any details of my experience in Firenze because I knew I had to write about the city – and very soon.

Nearly every landmark, historic event and character, street and bar was etched into my mind’s eye. Before long, the story emerged, populated by characters who came fully-fledged from the stone walls and Michaelangelo’s statues.

I first wrote about the inspiration for Wait a Lonely Lifetime in two blogs: Four Foxes and One Hound here on WordPress in April 2011 – with many thanks to Jeff Salter for the invitation – and at Avalon Authors on Blogspot in May this year: my first blog as a contracted writer.

And to think, in August 2007, I was contemplating shredding all my work!

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Sweet Spot, Linton Robinson – like going to bed with a migraine and waking with Green & Black’s Organic Dark. Unexpected pleasure.
This Side of Paradise, F Scott Fitzgerald – they didn’t teach this in my school.

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