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A-Z Challenge: A is for Author

pictures first copy 030 ©2013 Raymond Alexander Kukkee It's April 1st, time for the A-Z Challenge. Once again, I contemplated a specialized theme but instead chose a completely random theme. Why? Because I like random. I'm a random kind of guy. "Know thyself" comes to mind. I know I like variety.   Variety is the spice of life. That may be an 'old saw' --but being interested in everything does that. Because it is 2013, The Year of the Author, you may have correctly guessed that A is for Author. This year is special--good things are happening. There is hope out there. Hope for better things. Books to be published, books to be promoted. The Fires of Waterland, my new novel, is just one example. Now published. Being promoted. I have a book signing set up. First one. A milestone. To be held at the local Eco Centre on April 12th. See the sidebar. You're invited! Being an author is interesting. We write books mostly because we are creative types. Stories percolate in the mind. Ideas flow. We harvest our imaginations. We observe, remember, deduce, interpolate, extrapolate, challenge, analyze, and above all,-- think-- about the world around us. Something drives us. Are we born writers, or do we become writers? Perhaps every author will offer you a different answer to that question. One thing is for sure. It is our duty as authors and writers to write our best, to think, to write responsibly and initiate change for the better.We must do our utmost to tell our stories, entertain, inform, and above all, create visions and dreams that challenge and improve the status quo. Sometimes we even raise hell. That's why A is for 'Author'. By the way, we seldom have 'nothing to write about'. We'll see. There are 25 more days to go!     Is that Incoming I hear?
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Book Reviews: The Fires of Waterland

© 2013 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

**UPDATED NOVEMBER 2014 -- Updates AND Milestones!

**UPDATE  MARCH 17/13      Nadine Sellers, blogger at Last Known Nest, writes     A 5-Star review for The Fires of Waterland

A book Review: The Fires of Waterland by Raymond Alexander Kukkee.

"Raymond Alexander Kukkee has broken into print, a mark of his talent and passion for fiction. In his novel, The Fires of Waterland, he has brought an entire range of universal concerns into full view. Honesty is served in doses of violent conditions in the boiling secrecy of buried poverty.
Set in mid-century Canada, the suspenseful tale of family strife and cascading abuses reads as a serial film of great scope. Somewhere between memorable epics of the great depression and Dickensian classics, the story begins as charming details of the lush countryside “small plants domesticate undisciplined cracks in the delicate lacework of broken curbstones—mosses and meticulous ivies advance”, innocuous introductions of slow memories pouring from an old man's recollections of a seemingly simpler era.
Then, the reader begins to suspect there is...."  ( read more here  )
** UPDATE MARCH 16/13     A new 5-Star Review for The Fires of Waterland has been received.  Get the new, 2nd Edition at Rocking Horse Publishing, online at Amazon, or at fine bookstores everywhere.
**5 Stars: "The Fires of Waterland is a book that kept my eyes glued to the pages and my heart in my throat--in a good way"  ...C.B.

Reviews make a Difference

It never ceases to amaze  how a few words can entice, lure, enable and establish the first impression a reader gets when considering a book.  Simple words.   " A good read" "Fantastic"  "Brilliantly written".   "Reads like..."  "Reminiscent of".  "We recommend".   Are reviews valuable? If a reader is looking for guidance in selection, style,  or confirmation of  chosen, favourite  genre, a review can certainly help.  Do great reviews guarantee a good read?  Common sense suggests that  reviews are opinion.    Hopefully, insightful, informed, and thoughtful opinion.  A good review offers a birds-eye view of the novel for the reader without ever seeing the book.   How valuable reviews ultimately become are determined by the readership. A dozen great reviews do not guarantee every book will be 'liked' by every reader.  On the other hand, a few good reviews suggest a book is worth investigation.  If the reader cannot find a review in sight, the book is a complete unknown. Are reviews valuable?   It depends if they're good, or if they are fantastic. Ultimately it depends if  you, the reader,  place faith in experienced reviewers and their insight.   Book reviews do make a difference.  Thoughtful prospective readers will ultimately  make up their own minds, --that is a given.  No scribbler in the writing world can expect more.  The Fires of Waterland has received great reviews. 5-Stars.  I'm the author. I believe you'll agree with the reviewers.   Here's how to find out.  Read reviews for The Fires of Waterland--available in print and eBook formats at Rocking Horse Publishing, at Amazon online, or at fine bookstores everywhere.   Get your copy of  new, 2nd edition of  The Fires of Waterland  now.   If you haven't read the reviews, why not?  Reviews  can and  do make a difference.  


  This was the  1st edition of The Fires of Waterland.  The 1st edition is  NO longer available except by special request directly  from the author by email at:  rkmywest@gmail.com pictures first copy 030 Things just keep getting hotter and hotter, don't they? THIS is the 2nd Edition, Rocking Horse Publishing (2014)  available both online at my new publisher,  Rocking Horse Publishing and at Amazon in print, and eBook formats. [caption id="attachment_2812" align="aligncenter" width="335"]Cover for The Fires of Waterland The Fires of Waterland by Raymond Alexander Kukkee    (2nd Edition, Rocking Horse Publishing)[/caption]    Get it. Read it.  Heat up the world. You will not forget The Fires of Waterland.   : ##  Is that Incoming I hear?    
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