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Friday, December 27, 2013

The Angelic Gene - On Kindle

An orphan girl unsure of who she is or why a man wants her dead carries a secret. She will experience humanity.

Are you ready?

Join Sophia in a heart thumping adventure across England set in the 1870’s, exploring faith, doubt, love and fear. A story, quoted by the editor as “really something special”, you’ll continue to contemplate long after the journey unfolds.

Available on

Kindle U.S. http://www.amazon.com/The-Angelic-Gene-Steve-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B00HFIIZU2/

Kindle U.K. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Angelic-Gene-Steve-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B00HFIIZU2/ 

Coming soon to other eBook stores and paperback.

Stay tuned.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

First bit of feedback from a proofer for 'The Angelic Gene'

"I'm privileged (yes, I know that sounds strong, but it IS a privilege) to be asked to proof read this new book, 'The Angelic Gene' and have to say, even though I am only 1/3rd of the way through it (I'm not a quick reader!), it is the first book for many years that I have looked forward to picking up again, and struggle to put it down. I have enjoyed the other books (Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement & Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code), but they are not a patch on this one. The story just keeps going, keeping my attention (which is not easy) and twisting and turning. I will repost once I've finished, and if it carries on like this I will compel you all to go and buy it! Well done Steve!"
 - Pete Scott (reposted from the Elijah Hael Facebook Page wall)

I'm certainly looking forward to what Pete thinks of the rest!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

New Company Website

My company's website redesigned from the ground up http://www.softwaredevelopment.com.au/ focusing the services offered.

Over time companies can tend to drift into different areas and start becoming a Jack Of All Traits, rather than delivering excellent results in one particular area. When we see this happening, we reign things in and refocus. I called the mark to direct our development on particular areas, mainly:

Windows desktop applications
Windows 8.1 Apps
Windows Phone Apps
Office 365 centered solutions
Microsoft SQL Databases
Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions (Web Services, ASP .Net, MFC)
Responsive Web Sites (HTML5, CSS3)

We don't do Apple, nor Google (Android Products), however we do construct cross platform phone Apps where required through the use of Adobe Phone Gap.

Together with the launch of oneFlow, my new fiction novel "The Angelic Gene",  and the commencement of new software development projects, 2014 is looking to be an exciting year.

Job's done.

Job's done. "The Angelic Gene" has been sent out for final proofing. Now onto thinking up a plot for the next novel.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The manuscript editing is done

Received the manuscript back for "The Angelic Gene" from my editor today. Here is an extract from his comments, "The Angelic Gene is absolutely beautifully written. The plot progression proceeded as you had said in such a straightforward order that my task was mainly to polish a phrase hither and yon. No scene rearrangement was needed. You set some truly wonderful scenes in this book, which is your most "artistic" work to date. It is more character than action-driven, which I think your readers will enjoy--without having to give up the action scenes, and very poignant. Congratulations yet again on a very, very fine book."


Now to review the edits, then send to the proof readers.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

oneFlow

Besides writing novels I primarily develop software. An in-house project I've been working on called oneFlow™ is becoming close to retail ready. Well it is, retail ready, but I do need to create a little more training material. Videos, further help documents to help get people started without having to read the manual or ask questions. However, the system is very easy to pickup.

The main system itself is complete and available for download over on the oneFlow™ website.

oneFlow™ is an accounting system designed for the individual.  Programmers, writers, contractors, consultants, artists, enterprising individuals etc.  People who need to track their accounts, and in some cases time, but don't want to, or have time to be concerned with all the nitty gritty of legacy accounting systems.

I set out to develop an accounting system designed for todays computers, using available technology. This allowed revolutionary new ways to process accounts resulting in eliminating general ledger accounts, debit and credits, end of year procedures and various other tediums that were developed due to the availability of computing power at the time, and to keep in line with known manual systems.  Time has moved on, eliminating those requirements. Another added advantage is the system is fully dynamic allowing any entry to be modified at any time.


Friday, November 08, 2013

1 year on

1 year on, over 10,000 people have been touched by Elijah Hael's stories.

Thank you world.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Where's the line to see Jesus

Sometimes it takes a child to wake us up to the truth. The true inspiring story behind the music "Where's the Line to see Jesus?"

While at the mall a few years ago, Becky's then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "where's the line to see Jesus"? Becky's sister mentioned this to her father, Steve Haupt, who immediately became inspired and jotted some words down to the song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick home recording, he received a great response from friends. Her father asked if Becky wanted to record the song to see what could happen with it. Becky listened to the song, made a few changes and headed to Shock City Studios.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Designing a book cover

Following is a stage by stage discussion on how I designed the book cover for novelist Brenda Brown Elliot's new novel coming out in early 2014 called "Into His Plan."

After an initial discussion with Brenda through Facebook chat I pictured an overview of what she was looking for.  The chat was fairly quick, Brenda very apptly described what she wanted and described emotions and scenes to help formulate a theme.

Stage 1

Source stock art to use for the base images on the cover.  Brenda had her heart set on including a white Ford Mustang in the cover.  This created a few problems.  Getting a photo of a Ford Mustang at the right angle to suit other images was pretty much going to be impossible without organizing a photo shoot. So after some searching I decided to settle on a 3D model which I could incorporate in the final design. Choosing the right images is typically the most time consuming part of the design process.

After some searching I chose the following three images and 3D model to work with.


Stage 2

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code review

Steve definitely captures his audience in this creative story of chased heroes and provocative pursuers. The adventure is worth the ride, as he unfolds a pleasingly techy tale of love and danger. You will be entertained and also drawn into this journey with each page.

Steve is an accomplished author with good writing skills. He develops the reality of the story's characters in a meaningful way. You may even find yourself wanting to help them in their quests. Steve's phrasing and paragraph structure does not inhibit the reader from easy reading - making it a pleasure to quickly advance to the next phase of each event. I recommend this book for anyone who likes edgy adventures.


Dave Paul Campbell - Pro Writer with a 30 million dollar international corporation; freelance writer; published author and self-published author.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Corporate Video

During creating trailers for my novels I've picked up a few skills that enable the assembling of corporate videos using various resources to promote products and or services.  If you are looking for one to be put together drop me a line via the contact page at SoftwareDevelopment.com.au

Sample below.


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Koala

I took this photo a while ago of a backyard visitor. Cute little fellow. The photo though suffered from a lot of camera blur which rendered the shot unusable.  New technology from Adobe allowed me to remove most of the shake, making it somewhat usable.  Could do with a little more work to clean up some of the fringe elements, like along the top of the branch.  Apart from that, considering the state of the original, the Adobe remove camera shake worked a treat.






Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Out running

A photo I took while out running of North Pine Dam with the Nokia 1020.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Nokia 1020

Being a bit of a photography buff I've never been keen on cameras in phones, until now. When I first saw the Nokia 1020 with the 41mp camera on board, I thought, this may be a reasonable alternative than lugging around an SLR for everyday shots. And it is.

This is the first photo out of the camera I took today.  Up close, macro with manual zoom.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Amour

Amour, the most harrowing movie I have watched from an emotional perspective. The dramatic performances extenuate the expression of love the couple share, concluding in a troubling ending that cleaves the soul of morality.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This Week

Lots of exciting things put in motion this week. The launch of my Author's newsletter allowing fans greater insight into the Elijah Hael worlds, as well as giving them the chance to win cool stuff.  Don’t forget to sign up via my Facebook page or blog. Finished a second article which will be published on Faith Driven Business.  Keep a lookout for that one coming in the next week. With sweat dripping down my forehead (ok that sweat bit is a furby but it makes it sound dramatic), I completed the concept for something I plan to launch soon which will give readers of Elijah Hael something to enjoy on a monthly basis beyond the newsletter. The Elijah Hael merchandise will be available soon, yes, not long now and you will be able to purchase Elijah Hael merchandise from shirts, cups, mouse mats etc. with exclusive artwork and quotes from the series. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Newsletter

To enable better communication with fans of my novels I have setup a newsletter subscription. Subscribe for your chance to win extremely cool prizes like signed copies of my novels, exclusive editions, Elijah Hael T-Shirts, coffee cups, mouse mats and more. Other great information will be included such as how to obtain advanced preview copies, special discounts, becoming more involved in the Elijah Hael community, book club questions and answers, and other interesting things my creative mind may come up with. You'll also receive articles on behind the writing inspirations, exclusive inside stories, and backroom access to secret webpages that allow you to delve further into the world of Elijah Hael. Signup, and heck, if you dislike the content there is the one click unsubscribe button.

Follow this link http://eepurl.com/G8l_D to subscribe.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cover Design

The first book cover I've designed for another Christian Author.

Interested in having a cover designed? Drop me a message via my Facebook page or contact me by the email at the bottom of ElijahHael.com website.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Conversations with a Christian at Work

Check out my "Conversations with a Christian at Work" article published by Faith Driven Business at http://faithdrivenbusiness.org/index.php/news/item/166-conversations-with-a-christian-at-work.html

I'm excited about my articles being published by 3rd party professionally run blogs. Means my words, driven by real experiences, can reach more people. And, possibly help someone deal with difficulties life can sometimes throw.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Happy & Sad

Sad and happy day today. Sad in that I say goodbye to some loveable characters I have come to know over the past months. Happy in that I finished the manuscript for The Angelic Code. It is a hard feeling to describe. To come to the end of writing a story. I guess it is similar to reading a novel, sometimes you just do not want the story to end. You do not want to leave behind the characters you have gotten to know. As an author, in some ways that step is even more difficult. Before starting a manuscript, I have a good idea on how the story finishes. As I come close to the end, I feel a sense of longing. Knowing, I will be leaving the characters soon. Sad but happy.

I hope my fans enjoy this new story. I believe it to be my best work. Emotional, action, adventure, humorous at times, playful, deep, colourful, spiritual, many real locations, loveable characters and an ending the reader will never see coming, but one that makes sense. An ending that will stick with the reader for some time. For those who have read the previous two novels, you'll get a bigger kick from the ending. You'll need tissues, but not for sadness.


Monday, October 07, 2013

Cover reveal

Here is the cover for my next novel "The Angelic Gene" I put together. Typically I use stock photos to design the covers. This time I was fortunate enough to have the assistance of model Jennifer Douglas (also a fantastic singer) and photographer Christina Cheang to help create a unique cover. (coming early 2014)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Book Cover

I think my eyes are starting to bleed from working on the cover for my latest novel. Too many hours staring at the screen. All in all, with assistance from colleagues and the model, the end result is looking fantastically sharp. Will be posting the cover very soon. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

If Only I Had Wings

Check the beautiful song below sung by the talented Jessica Douglas (Milli Alaira). And for those that read my blog, I'll let you in on a little secret.  Jennifer Douglas will be the face of Sophia on the cover of an upcoming Elijah Hael novel.

I reached out for the moon and saw a failing star;
just a passing angel, for that is what you are.
If only I had an angel's wings then I could fly away with you;
and we could share our dreams and make them all come true.
Yes we could share our dreams and make them all come true.

We could chase the rainbow each time that heaven cried;
rain drops fall like our tears for love has never died.
Dancing on the clouds we'd waltz across the heavenly blue;
smiles lighting up my eyes I whisper I love you.
Yes now my smiling eyes are saying I love you.

When reaching for the moon I'll that that falling star;
I will see my angel, for that is what you are.
If only I had angel's wings then I could flyaway with you;
and we could share our dreams and make them all come true.
Yes we could share our dreams and make them all come true.

And I would fly to where you are; If only I had wings like you.
I would chase that falling star, across the skies of blue.
O I would dance beyond the clouds, and I would reach out in my dream,
Then fly to where you are. Then fly to where you are.

"If Only I Had Wings"
Lyrics by Greg Scheer and Colin Gordon-Farleigh

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Whether you believe in God or not

"Whether you believe in God or not, whether you believe in Angels or not, this book will fascinate and enthrall you. Short chapters, lively action and interesting twists all help to carry the reader along with them from the first to the last page."

- Mrs. D. Muldoon (Via Amazon U.K.) - Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code / The Last Judgement

Thanks ! Appreciate the feedback.

Monday, September 16, 2013

An engaging but unique take on spiritual warfare and the afterlife

Received the following extremely rich and insightful review of my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement earlier today by Peter Younghusband titled "An engaging but unique take on spiritual warfare and the afterlife. A great read." Worth reading if you have read the novel or thinking about it as he includes bits of conversations I have had with him.

"I discovered Steve Goodwin's books advertised on Facebook. I was immediately drawn to them after reading the plot and also because he is an Australian Christian author. In my Christian fiction library, I do not have many Australian Christian authors, so to find another who writes in the genre I follow is worthy of my support.

Elijah Hael and the Last Judgement is the first in a series of novels. This one concerns the death of Elijah from a bicycle accident. He finds himself in a strange place being interrogated over incidents in his past. Confused, he does not understand why this is happening. Another man, Castiel, interrupts this interrogation and takes him away where he is shown significant aspects of his life where Castiel and Elijah comment on these events. We see how these events, both good and bad, have impacted Elijah and made him the man he is. All these events range from childhood through to his death.

Elijah begins to understand that he is in the afterlife and Castiel is an angel. Through these observances of Elijah's life, clues are laid as to why this is happening leading to a decision Elijah has to make.

This comprises the first half of the novel. It is very absorbing. I could not put this half down. Goodwin seamlessly blends in various topics of dysfunctional family life, sexual promiscuity, (nothing graphic or descriptive), abortion, physical abuse, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, that Elijah was an observer to with his family. Goodwin writes this without it being a hard read and successfully portrays Elijah's feelings and how he coped. Throughout this half, he also blends in the spiritual aspects of sin, the interaction of demon spirits in these sinful acts and the effects it has on the characters in the spiritual plane and how this is manifested in a physical sense, causing ill health, and how sin enslaves them to this lifestyle.

In this spiritual side of Elijah's life events, and those of his family, we are introduced to Sophia, his guardian angel and how through his prayer to God, she protects him from the clutches of the demons, (called Shadows). We are introduced to the boundaries that these angels operate under; not to cause physical or mental harm to their charge and not to interfere with their free will. They can influence their thought process or manipulate their environment for their good in protecting them but that is all. They also can only act with permission from their Higher Authority. To go outside these boundaries is to suffer a penalty.

This is one very engaging half of the book. It really does draw you in. You feel as if you are there with Elijah and Castiel as they observe and comment on the events in Elijah's life, you also sympathise with him during the negative elements and react against the injustice he suffered. You rejoice with him when he accomplished something good and when his life started to improve.

Reading the author Bio on Amazon and the author's blog/web page, you can see that this half of the book must be based on his own life, for he describes his childhood as difficult and upon talking to the author via Facebook chat, he states that, "I write based on my ideas and experiences". He does this extremely well. He also states that his past experiences "....developed a fascination with the nature of the supernatural, spiritual and physical words and how they affect the lives around us". This does add a lot of credibility to the plot and structure of this novel. That is a great strength and an asset and he draws on this very well.

Once Castiel is finished with showing Elijah his significant life events, he rewards Elijah with the answer to his question that Castiel has alluded to, that Elijah has to make a decision regarding his future. This is pivotal for the remainder of the plot. A huge twist occurs and one that is not expected or predicted by the reader.

The author states that this second half is, "....more artistic license, or the way I've come to know things." I will not try to spoil it by expounding on what the author means here by way of the plot, but it did cause me to question the author about this. I wanted to see what led him to take such artistic licence in this second half. I wanted to see what his sense of theology was and whether it was not based on the bible or some other New Age or non biblical source and to see if it aligned with what I had read of this author. I was pleased with his response. I have quoted some of his reply without adding spoilers.

One specific question I had concerning something I had not considered or entertained that Goodwin structured in this second half. My first thought was that this was a real stretch of theology and I was concerned that it would not honour God and the Bible but was reassured when he wrote,

"Hi Peter, there are fictional elements to my story. There is no way to know for sure the answers to your questions.....I come back to the statement in the bible, "Nothing is impossible for God."

I agree with this and I guess it comes down to the age old dilemma that there are things that we don't know about God and life and which the Bible does not cover or instruct on. I am reminded of the verse that says, "My ways are not your ways, My thoughts are not your thoughts,.." (Isaiah 55: 8).

He continued by saying further in his response to my Facebook chat:

"I don't write anything I don't believe is possible though. So to me, everything I wrote, is possible. Is it that way? My guess is things are a lot more grand in "God's World" than we can possibly imagine. Hope this makes sense."

I was reassured by all this. I can see that Goodwin is a man of character and integrity and has a heart that does not want to dishonour God in his writing. The account of the conversion of Elijah to Christ was very touching and meaningful and again, I believe it is based on the author's conversion experience. More credibility to this author here. Also, this is backed up by reading of the author's baptism account in his blog. That is a great witness.

The second half of the novel is one of action and adventure. More spiritual warfare and supernatural events. This almost reads like a computer game, and this is interesting as the author mentioned that he would like to create Elijah in a computer game, seeing the author is a software developer and has created an Elijah and the Last Judgement app for the Windows mobile phone. (Hey, Steve, what about us iPhone and Android diehards? LOL). This is a faster pace than the first half but no less of the "I cannot put this down" characteristic, which seems to be trademark of his writing. Don't change that ever, Steve!! This action and adventure half also has another subplot running through it where loose ends are tied up and tied up very nicely, leading to a sweet and solid ending that leaves you with the thought, "Wow, that was a great read and a great story!" I must confess, I had a book hangover after finishing this, I was still in the world of Elijah and found it hard to get back into holiday mode where I am at the moment!!

I can see the degree and positive effects of the influences of Tolkien and Lewis that have developed Goodwin's writing , creativity and imagination. It is very encouraging. I applaud this author for remaining respectful to the Bible and including biblical values in his novels. Highly recommended."

Thanks Peter, appreciate the time you invested in reading my novel and writing this in-depth review.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Books

This would be my daughter. All the gadgets, but loves to simply sit down with a good book.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Clean Indie Reads

The Elijah Hael novels were featured over on Clean Indie Reads web site accompanied with a short question and answer session.

Check it out to see the exclusive interview.

Ask Me About Books

Ask Me About Books is  great U.K. website, I'm happy my novels are apart of, dedicated to helping people find books of interest.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scam Alert

Out of public interest an email has be circling warning the innocent public of a new threat in our streets. I've re-posted it here to help spread the caution.

Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three younger ones.

While the three younger ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their 'mark' (or intended target) with a show of friendliness , the fourth - the eldest -- sneaks in from behind the person's back to expertly rifle through his or her pockets and purses or bags for any valuables being carried.

See attached images should help to identify the suspects.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wife of noble character

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Extract from Proverbs 31

I did over twenty fours years ago.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Juliana's song - Ticket to Heaven

A song I wrote a while back.  It hasn't made any of the Elijah Hael novels yet, but it may make an appearance in a future one.

If only I could touch you again
Without brining back the pain
I thought this would never happen
At least not to us

Maybe I’ll get, a ticket to heaven
Maybe, Maybe, Maybe
I’ll get a ticket to heaven
To be with you

Your loving heart stopped beating
Your hard working hands put to rest
Your future looked so promising
But now all this is missing 

Maybe I’ll get, a ticket to heaven
Maybe, Maybe, Maybe
I’ll get a ticket to heaven
To be with you

If I knew it would be the last time
That I see you walk out the door
I would give you a hug and kiss
And call you back for one more

Maybe I’ll get, a ticket to heaven
Maybe, Maybe, Maybe
I’ll get a ticket to heaven
To be with you 

I sit here alone wondering why
You are no longer by my side
I thought you would always be my guide
I’ll probably just continue to cry

Maybe I’ll get, a ticket to heaven
Maybe, Maybe, Maybe
I’ll get a ticket to heaven
To be with you 

If I had one wish it would have been to say goodbye.

Juliana's song to Elijah
Ticket to Heaven

Gungor - Dry Bones

Absolutely love this song from Gungor. Kevin, known from Pentatonix on the Cello, while beatboxing... Amazing! If you have read Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, you'll know I featured some of the lyrics from "This Is Not The End" in the novel.  Great band. Check them out!



http://youtu.be/ioMRzpmnl7U

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Three Heartbeats: A Story From Meredith Andrews

Meredith starts by saying, "I had spent the previous 5 minutes on an emotional roller coaster of confusion, hopefulness, anger, astonishment and deep sadness. And I am still reeling. The account was what Amy Richards calls "selective reduction." Sounds harmless enough. But she's not referring to reducing her waist size, cutting spending, or eliminating clutter. The term refers to human life. As her story goes, Amy became pregnant in her 30s. With triplets ..."

A difficult situation.  I'm not sure how a person could live with themselves after making such a decision. Maybe that is where science has gone to far, to even give people the choice of something, that in effect may make their future extremely complicated? On the other side, it is possible it may of saved a life. I don't know the full story. Meredith's take, certainly is touching and raises a lot of questions.

Read more at ... http://www.meredithandrews.com/updates/three-heartbeats-story-meredith-24986


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement - Phoenix Library

If you live in Phoenix looks like you can loan a copy of Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement from the public library. I like the nice little blurb they wrote.  Thanks Phoenix !

http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/record.jsp?R=1762487

Elijah Hael never came home from work that day--his wife and family never saw him alive after the bike accident, but he would be there and see them. His whole life is up for review at the last judgment, and he and Castiel walk through his life as seen through his eyes as an onlooker.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Swings for the fences

After reading Elijah Hael and the Last Judgment, I was curious to see if Mr. Goodwin would be able to top himself in a follow up. No such worries! Elijah Hael andThe Genetic Code steps up to the plate and swings for the fences! The story takes off within the first two pages and rockets through to the end with very few lulls in the story to leave a reader bored. Mr. Goodwin has embraced quite a bit more humor with his writing in this story; some subtle, some not so subtle, but all tastefully done! (My Favorite being Cain and his company, N.O.D. - Cheeky!) His writing, as well as his characters, have grown up some in this offering as well. Throughout, he weaves a compelling tale of the biblical good vs. evil in a modern, high tech, setting that extends from the human realm into the spiritual realm and back! Once again, I find myself waiting in anticipation of a new novel from this author. Get the first book, if you haven't already, and then delve into this one as soon as you can!” - C.M. Sinned, via Amazon U.S.

Thanks CM, I certainly appreciate the review.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Amazon Associate

An Amazon tip for authors, publishers or those maybe wanting to make some pocket money. Become an Associate at Amazon. The associates interface allows you to create links to items on Amazon, eBooks, Paperbacks, etc and tag them with a specific tag you create. Reports can then be run to show how many times the link was clicked, and if the person clicking on the link went on to purchase the product. This allows a way to track how successful a particular post, or advertisement worked. You also receive a minimum of 4% commission on the price of the item up to a maximum of 8.5% (depends on how many items you sell in a month). Becoming an associate is free.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dash

Meet Dash. Our Bordie Collie who passed away last year.  In my latest novel I’ve created a dog in her likeness.  Memories of the intrinsic ways she use to do things and her high sense of being in touch with human emotions has facilitated in writing some great scenes in the upcoming novel ‘Sophia – An Elijah Hael prequel’.  She was certainly a very special member of our family.  In a way, I get the sense she is still around in more ways than one. Night, one of our Labradors, reminds me of her.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our little chef

My 10 year old daughter, Jessica, is a wanna be Master Chef! She loves cooking shows, Master Chef, Jamie Oliver and others, and as a result cooks dinner and lunches. It's like living in a restaurant around here! She amazes me with what she puts together and how she cooks the food so perfectly. Lunch today was roast pork, potato wedges, grilled zucchini, cauliflower puree, some tomato spicy puree dip thingo for the wedges, carrots, lettuce, and celery with lime a slice of lime to squeeze on the salad. Even does the grocery shopping for the ingredients!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Absolutely fantastic read

"Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, absolutely fantastic read; a mixture of sci-fi, spiritual warfare, adventure and romance. Had me intrigued from start to finish." - Lisa Bramley via Goodreads

Thanks Lisa, I appreciate the comment and rating.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code

Discover how Nya, a believer, and Isaac, a non believer, face death together in a remarkable adventure. An emotionally rich, adventure story which will delight those who quest personally challenging and thought provoking reads.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Writers Toolbox

I thought I would make a quick post on some tools that can assist an author with their writing.


The AutoCrit Editing Wizard finds hundreds of problems instantly - even things that you and your critique partners have missed. The Wizard identifies slow pacing, overused words, cliches and many more problems typical of early drafts.


Grammarly will analyze your document in real time for over 150 points of grammar, plagiarism, word choice and much more. Also has a Microsoft Word Plugin which works a treat.


Perfect your English writing with the most advanced Spelling, Grammar Checker, Punctuation, Style and Structure checkers. Full-text translation & multilingual dictionary.  Learn from your mistakes with error-explanation tool.

I personally use all three in combination.  White Smoke while writing.  Paragraph by Paragraph.  AutoCrit to analyse a completed chapter.  Finally I run the results of that through Grammarly in a blank word document.

Steve Goodwin
Author – Elijah Hael novels.

Evil Despicable Me


The story behind “Evil Despicable Me”.  Well evil to some, loveable to others.  Anyway on the way to the cinema yesterday, a little early, one of those crane machines caught my eye.  So I slipped in some money and started to move the arm.  Oh Oh, the arm would only move forward and backwards down the centre. Then, unnoticed before, I read a business card sized sign, stuck on the glass to the right “Out of order.”  Suddenly the chances of winning a reward from the crane machine, typically difficult to begin with, became seemingly impossible.  After all the crane couldn’t even move over to the exit shoot to drop a prize.  So, using the money I had inserted, the refund button wouldn’t work, I moved the crane slightly forward and pressed the drop button.  By some fluke, the crane landed at a funny angle, nuzzled it’s way “Between” a couple of toys, and on the way up snagged, then flipped, yes flipped, “Evil Despicable Me” down the exit chute.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  What seemed like a hopeless endeavour, became possible.  I think he is loveable, even if deemed “Evil.”  Although my 10 year old daughter thinks otherwise and refuses to have him in her bedroom. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dog training

Karhl from K9 Centre Dog Trainers came over today to help with the training of our two Labradors. Within several minutes he demonstrated how to calm the dogs and teach them basic skills.  Incredible stuff.  They are like different dogs after a single lesson.  I’ve been out with them a few times since, just to be sure he didn’t drug them when I wasn’t looking.  Sure enough, they responded well to the training method.  No dog treats, no shouting, no chocker collar, just a collared leech.  Brilliant. I was gobsmacked, I would never have believed it possible with these two dogs in such a short session.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hoping he is with his mates now

"Hi Steve, just wanted to thank you for my copy of The Genetic Code. Your first book was timely and comforting due to Jeff’s first born son, Neil, being really ill and losing his battle for life at 36 years of age. A lovely young man. He was in the British army. His tank got bombed in Afghanistan, lost all his mates, he was the sole survivor, and never got over it. Died four years later on the anniversary. Hoping he is with his mates now. So to be honest Elijah Hael was a real comfort. Please keep writing......" - Donna

The above is an extract from a message I received from a friend who after asking gave permission to share publically.  I never knew about their loss. I'm deeply moved Elijah Hael has provided them some comfort during their grief. On another note, to the soldiers who fight for our freedoms, we love you, and appreciate what you do. And Neil, God bless you for the sacrifice you made. I, for one of many, salute you.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Healing of Ryne O'Casey

This is a good read. Written by Scott Stewart, the editor of my Elijah Hael novels to date. A very touching story that warms your heart and draws you into one special family.

Royalties

I think the last time I received money, in pounds, from the United Kingdom was when I was a child receiving a 10 pound note on birthdays from my Grandma in England. Today I received a cheque from Amazon U.K. for book royalties, I feel like a kid all over again! Oh, and thank you to all the U.K. people buying my novels! Love you guys!

Friday, July 05, 2013

A must read novel.

"I loved the first book, The Last Judgement, and this one is even better. I stormed through it whilst all the while not wanting it to end. Can't wait for the next 'episode'"

Linda Breen's review of Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code via Amazon U.K.

Thanks Linda!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Tid Bit

This was an early mockup for a potential cover for Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code. It didn't make the final cut, but for memory's sake, here it is.


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Thanks !

I want to take a moment to thank the readers of my novels.  I’ve been truly humbled by the warm reception Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement has received.  Seeing the video a student created for a school project based on Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement, to hearing from people going through difficult times saying the novel helped them to smile, and others letting me know they are sharing the novel in book clubs and youth groups is more than I imagined.  While I hoped Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement would move people in different ways, it wasn’t until I started hearing the feedback I started to really believe the story could.  I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to write a novel that would reach out to some, and entertain others. So thanks, and God bless you all.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thought provoking in places

"Elijah Hael - The Genetic code is an excellent read, better than the first. Can be read on its own or followed from 1st one. The characters are well written and you feel for them, which is a sign of a good book in my eyes. Thought provoking in places. All in all, recommended whole heartedly" - Peter Scott via Goodreads

The above is a review left on Goodreads by Peter Scott. I've gotten to know Peter, an author of a children’s book Soli The Seapony, through correspondence since discussing my first novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement with him. Meeting other authors, and fans of my novels has been an unexpected benefit, and pleasure of writing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First printed copy of Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code

First printed copy of Elijah Hael - The Genetic code off the press. Always great to actually hold the novel.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A review for Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code titled, "Wow better than the first"

"If you liked the first Elijah Hael novel you will love The Genetic Code. Who would've thought that angels would need James Bond type gadgets. Steve's style is developing so well and I can only hope he will be writing much more in the future. A highly recommended read."

A. J. Bolam "Smudger Book Worm" (Dalton in Furness UK)

This review is from: Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code (Kindle Edition) via Amazon UK

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Elijah Hael: The Genetic Code, first round of public comments

First round of public comments for Elijah Hael: The Genetic Code

"This book is awesome, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I can so see ANGELINA JOLIE playing Nya would make a great movie." - Suzanne Hagenah

"Half way through and loving it." - Peter Scott

"Recommended - brilliant read!" - Wendy Moss

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rules for dating my daughter

I think I might need one of these shirts in a few more years as my daughter gets older. Although #9 is a bit of a furbie, I haven't been to jail, well not as an inmate ! 



Monday, June 17, 2013

Available Now on Kindle - Elijah Hael: The Genetic Code

Available now on Kindle, - Elijah Hael: The Genetic Code http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DFEYSQK

I hope you all enjoy this novel. Writing the book took many long nights and many moments in personal reflection on life wrenching questions. Let me know your thoughts once you have given Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code a read! I love your feedback.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Legacy Way Tunnel



Cool watching the tunnelling machine break through the final rock to complete the Legacy Way Tunnel today in Brisbane.  I wrote some of the real time monitoring software used in tunnel's construction.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Advanced Comments for Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code

I sent out, just over a week ago, advanced preview copies of Elijah Hael - The Genetic code to three Elijah Hael fans who read and reviewed Elijah Hael & the Last Judgement whom I don't know in person. Some Feedback has started to come in from them, Wendy said, "Brilliant book - loved it!!!, Looking forward to the next instalment!"

I'll keep you posted on what the others say.

Not long now until Elijah Hael & The Genetic code is officially released. If you have not read Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement, now is good time to get into the novel so you can follow on directly with the sequel.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This was a fantastic book


"This was a fantastic book. I wanted it to go on. I looked to see if there was another one. Hopefully there will be soon. It captured my attention from the start. Great imagination." - Debra A Riso (Via Amazon US), review for Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement.

Thanks Debra. I love reading what people think of my novels. As an author the feedback means a lot.  Authors, not just me, really appreciate it when a reader takes the time to leave a review, or even a simple comment on facebook.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Editor's Impression

Just received the manuscript back from my editor for Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code. His impression of my second novel,
"It is a wonderful book. As much as I enjoyed The Last Judgement, I must say that I found TGC to be much richer in terms of characterization, plot execution, and general novel craft. Your readers will not experience any sophomore letdown, i.e., the common complaint that second books disappoint. In fact, I'm quite sure that they will be as delighted as I was to find it even better than its predecessor. I laughed at times, kept turning the pages, and stopped editing momentarily and read the bittersweet end with a tear in my eye. Congratulations, my friend, on a job very very well done." - Scott

I was holding my breath while reading his impressions. But it's all good and somewhat a relief.

Now I'll review the edits, then a final proof read happens, and finally the manuscript will be off to the various publishing outlets. Not long now until I'm able to share this new adventure with you, the readers. I’m excited!

Monday, May 27, 2013

10,000 words


Sarah, a friend of mine, reminded me earlier that this time last year I was writing my first novel Elijah Hael & The LastJudgement.  Today I’ve just completed 10,000 words of my third novel, and the second novel Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code is due out next month.  Loving writing, and grateful for the readers who make it all worthwhile.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Elijah Hael: The Last Judgement Windows Phone App


Ok, so the Windows Phone App for Elijah Hael: The Last Judgement should be available now, or coming within the next couple of hours to a Windows marketplace in your country. A more official announcement will be made later today on the Elijah Hael facebook page, but as always, you'll get the heads up by following my posts directly. If you have a Windows Phone, install the App, give the software a try, and let me know what you think.  If you have any issues, or questions, let me know.

The Windows Phone audible version of Elijah Hael and The Last Judgement includes all fifty five chapters narrated by the talented voice artist Markham Anderson, unique artwork for each chapter and five musical interludes, one vocal, four instrumental, at specific points during the narrated chapters. 

For more about Elijah Hael see the official website

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Concrete Angel


Yesterday I posted a video over on the Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement Facebook page, called “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride.

In this morning’s news, sadly, a headline read, 'Pogo stick death' now suspicious A HOMICIDE investigation has been launched into the death of a seven-year-old boy in Sydney's south.'

The boy's body was found by paramedics at his family's home in Mulga Road, Oatley, about 6.15am yesterday after reports he had injured himself inside the property.

Police were initially investigating reports that the boy had fallen off a pogo stick the day earlier, injured his head and was later put to bed, his family waking the next morning to discover him unresponsive.

But officers are now treating the incident as suspicious, with the Homicide Squad called in to investigate.

It is understood that the family are known to the Department of Family and Community Services.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner following a post mortem examination to be carried out today.

The song, and video clip by Martina McBride sums it up.



While I do believe in something beyond this life, if I didn’t, I would still hope there is something for the children who are treated this way.  A world better than they were dealt.

Cycling and Death


In this morning news you may have read, Emma Way @EmmaWay20, posted on twitter “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclist”.  Very reminiscent of the attitude of one of the characters in my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement. What they don’t realise is their actions, and thoughts, have real world consequences.  The person may have died.  Luckily for Emma he ended up in a hedge and was able to get up and walk away.  My daughter, Jessica, 10 years old, said this morning on the way to school, “My uncle Andrew died before I was born. He would have been a great uncle.”  She’s right he would have been.  Explaining to children about death is difficult and in many ways drives my thinking, some of which inspires some of the stories in my novels.  Unfortunately, Andrew passed away after a cycling accident a couple of months before my daughter was born, the exact cause of what made him come off his bicycle is unknown.  Most likely a frustrated car driver startled him who didn’t realise their actions could take away a life, a father, a brother, a son, a friend, an uncle, and husband.

I’m a cyclist, and a vehicle driver.  Sometimes cyclists do slow up traffic, get in the way, and do silly things. However, they are a minority.  No cyclist I know rides to upset vehicle drivers, they are all aware vehicles will ALWAYS win in a collision.  Andrew didn’t ride a bicycle to frustrate vehicle drivers, he did it for fitness and transport reasons.  Cycling isn’t “Easier” than hoping in a car. It takes a lot of motivation to ride, especially on roads knowing you’re putting your own life at risk.

Anyway that’s the end of my rant, inspired by Emma Way, who thinks knocking down cyclist with her car is somehow cool.  For me, it brought back many memories of someone we lost, who was loved, and still is, by my family.  I pray, and hope, one day Emma Way will have a change of heart, and see people, all people, who all have their own struggles in life, as people to love and respect.

Monday, May 20, 2013

It is finished

"It is finished !", well nothing as grand as Jesus' dying words, but the Windows Phone App (audible book) for Elijah Hael and The Last Judgement. It was fun putting the software together, and now the App is off to the Microsoft Phone Market Place.  Should be available soon.  I'll post when the App is up.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Windows Phone App for Elijah Hael: The Last Judgement

Been working on the 'Elijah Hael: The Last Judgement' Windows Phone App. Basically it’s the complete Audible version of Elijah Hael, narrated by Markham Anderson, broken down into the chapters. Each chapter has a unique image which displays along with the chapter. The App remembers the current chapter a person is on, and the position in the chapter. The software allows a user to quickly skip forwards and backwards between chapters, and to any position within a chapter. Also as a bonus, I’m adding three audio musical soundtracks stylised to particular scenes from within the novel. Should have most of the App finished tomorrow, designing the photos, and splitting the audio takes some time but I've finished the main programming. Once that is complete, I’ll submit it to the Windows Phone App store. Should be available by the end of the month, if not earlier. The App will be free as a thank you to the fans of Elijah Hael.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fantastic


"Fantastic! a very thought provoking book, I loved the idea of having someone watch over and protect you in hard circumstances.... loved it :-)"

Review left on Amazon U.K. by Linda for my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement. Thanks Linda, I always appreciate the feedback !

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crossing The Deep

Being a Christian author I’ve started to meet other Christian authors and as a result I’m stumbling across some great Christian fiction novels.  Not just for me, but also for my wife and daughter.
A few days ago I came across Kelly Martin, through Twitter, who writes Young Adult Christian fiction.  After talking to her about suitability for my 10 year old daughter, Jessica, I decided to pick up “Crossing The Deep” for her.  Jessica thoroughly enjoyed the story.  She reads quickly, typically turning over 60,000 word plus novel in a few days. So she told me, make sure you recommend this novel dad to other parents.  With that, keeping to my daddy duty, which I’m happy to do, here is the recommendation. 

If you’re looking for a good novel for your daughter, or son, check out http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-The-Deep-ebook/dp/B009NWGMMQ/ by Christian author Kelly Martin.

Steve Goodwin
Follow me on Twitter at @sg_author

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Scenes

In writing scenes I often use various art forms to create a mood, atmosphere and representation of what I’ll be putting into words.  This image is for a scene in the third novel in the Elijah Hael series.  The pictures help me to visualise the environment where the characters will interact.


Friday, May 03, 2013

Mountain bike riding


I love mountain bike riding this time of year.  Autumn, in Queensland Australia, is not too hot, nor too cold.  Best of all, unlike Spring where the temperatures are also great, there are no magpies trying to dive bomb you while riding.  Cycling gives me a chance to work on my writing.  It may sound strange, but being out among nature, away from distractions, allows me to focus on the character development, scenes and dialogue in my novels.  

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Passed Away



“My brother Elijah passed away a little over 5 years ago. I look forward to seeing what he's been up too. Your book, the named, the storyline and Christian based story made me smile. Which is a good thing. None of my family have smiled about Elijah's passing so far. God bless." – Amberwren

It’s difficult to explain how the comment moved me. All things considered, I don’t think there could be a greater comment than to know the novel helped someone, dealing with the sting of death, to smile.  It is why I write.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I read your book!!


Below is a message I received earlier today about Elijah Hael the Last Judgement.  After receiving the note, I asked the sender, Tanya if I could share it publicly as I thought others may find it interesting. She gave permission. So here it is.

I read your book!!

When I first started reading the book, I was a little in two minds because I don’t believe in the afterlife but I also I don’t disbelieve in it. I'm on the fence and think people should be able to believe in what makes them feel better and helps them through life.


So, it took me a little while to get into the book. But when I did, it was interesting to read and a good story line certainly got me hooked. It has made me think about things too, about the good and evil and strange things that happen from day to day, like misplacing your keys when you know you put them on the kitchen bench.


Now when I see some unhappy events, I find myself thinking about how much bad energy must be around that event and hope there is also some good energy there as well, to help others onto the right path again.


After you've read the book, you’ll find yourself stopping and thinking about things before you do them, you might even find yourself being a little friendlier towards others too.


Well done indeed!


Tanya

Thanks Tanya for the feedback.

Anyone can contact me directly by my authors page at http://www.facebook.com/stevegoodwinauthor.  I love your feedback and or questions.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'Touched by an angel' meets 'The Matrix'


"A thought-provoking story of love, life and death with the afterlife and spiritual warfare stylised like a sci-fi / action movie.

The narrative style and subtle humour keep this novel an easy read. Even though some emotionally 'heavy' concepts form part of the story (death, depression, alcoholism, abuse, suicide) the reader is not dragged down, and the overall feel reflects a positive outlook. The characters are relatable, and mostly believable within the context of the realms they inhabit.

Overall, a great read and imaginative concept, I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next instalment."

Comment left by Nathan R - via Amazon US on Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Readers Comment - Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement

"Lovely book...Just finished this on my kindle...really enjoyed it ....looking forward to the next one....Its a very simple story but so moving." - Janie via Amazon UK

It's always a pleasure to read people's feedback on my novel.  Thanks Janie.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Reader comment on Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement

"Loved your book! I can't wait for the sequel. This is one of those books that is hard to put down. Stayed up all night to finish it. My husband and I refer to it when ever we feel satan is trying to pull us in. Good way to portray spiritual warfare. Thanks for writing this book." - Suzie Marie via Facebook

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, ebook Cover

The official eBook cover for the second Elijah Hael novel, Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, coming soon.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Comment Roundup


Some comments made on Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement (novel)

"Book was recommended & glad I got it. Beautifully written. Interesting & informative. Highly recommended to everyone. Hope y'all enjoy." - Ronda Wills (Via Amazon)

On the Elijah Hael Facebook Page in reply to a post I left thanking the fans and mentioning the second novel some people left the following comments.

"I really enjoed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one"  - L Breen

"Look forward to your next one!" - L Green

"me too!" - E Hampton

"Halfway through the first one....breathtaking!! No pun!" - K Carroll

"Enjoyed the first one so looking forward to the next one" - H Plater

"me to" - R Moment

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thanks

I just wanted to say a quick “Hello" along with thanking all those that have taken the time to read "Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement."  Plus, send additional thanks to those who have taken the time to leave reviews on Amazon and other sites. I do treasure them.

The second Elijah Hael adventure, “Elijah Hael & The Genetic Code” manuscript has been shipped off to the editor.  Now I’m onto the third novel, a compelling story, which I’m excited to be writing. These novels would not be possible without the support from the fans, so once again, I extend my deepest gratitude.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Afterlife

Review from Amazon US for my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement

"I enjoyed reading this book. A totally different story about the afterlife with lots of twists. I would recommend it for some light reading."

M.Audbrey - via Amazon US

Friday, March 08, 2013

Review - via Goodreads

Noticed this review earlier on Goodreads for Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement.  I really appreciate people taking the time to provide feedback. It's good to know that people who may not typically read "Christian Fiction" find the story engaging.  I did hope to achieve that goal while writing the novel.

I was a little slow getting into this book, after coming off a 'bad book streak'. BUT so happy to have picked this book up!

It was an interesting storyline, not one I would normally seek out. The story was fresh and even though I don't read (or enjoy) religious books, I did find myself lost within this story.

Very much excited for the second book :)

Sarah - Via Goodreads

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Great read

This is a really nice review for my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement by Wendy, via Amazon U.K.

I downloaded this through Kindle because it looked vaguely interesting and it was on special offer, and I really wasn't disappointed. Elijah's story begins with his interrogation, Elijah defending himself against accusations made by the `bad cop' style character of Stolas until being interrupted by the friendly and easy going Castiel, and there began their walk together through Elijah's life, as seen through his eyes as an onlooker, in a style reminiscent of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but just as I felt I could second guess the next move the plot twisted. Elijah's character gaining in depth through the story, his back story was particularly heart-wrenching and I particularly liked the revealing of Castiel's identity. I am an avid reader if a book gets its hooks in me, and this was certainly the case with this one, I finished it in just a few days, and was almost sad to say farewell to the characters as I was beginning to get to know them. I believe there are plans for further in the series and I look forward to reading the next installment.

Wendy

Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Ideas are rare

A review for Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement posted over on Amazon U.K.

Having seen this book on facebook I was intrigued by the idea so bought it to see if t was as good as the 'blurb' intimated it would be. I was not disappointed. The story is a very rare original idea. Not just a re-write of someone elses idea as is usually the case nowadays with most books.
The story is well researched, I found myself googling character names, words and places and found that they fitted well with the plot, not just a random name without any historical. mythical or religious significance.


All-in-all, this is a great story, imaginative and thought provoking. I for one will keep my eye out for the sequel.

oldpj100

Monday, February 18, 2013

Comments

Some additional comments over on the Facebook wall for my novel Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement

"Just finished this last night. Excellent book and I would certainly buy the sequel. Little naive in the writing style sometimes, but none the less, and excellent book. Recommended."

Peter Scott

"Great book keep writing loved it really great I liked the stories well done thanks loads"

Julian Lacey

Thanks guys, I appreciate hearing the feedback.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Manuscript

Now the manuscript is finished for Elijah Hael's second adventure it's time to work on some promotional material while revising the manuscript before it goes off to the editors.

The assigned manuscript readers have finished reading the draft, and they all love it, saying it is more enjoyable than the first Elijah Hael novel.  Which I'm very pleased to hear!

As you can see in the image below, currently I've called Elijah's second adventure, "The Genetic Code."  It's a tough one to decide on as quite a bit happens in the novel and several different names would suit.  So it may change yet, will have to wait and see!  A couple of manuscript readers are tossing around ideas and they may come up with a better choice.

Today I started designing some posters and potential book covers.  Here is one that I've done up.  This is just a play around and not likely to be the final cover, but will be used for some promotions.





Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Last Paragraph

I’ve just finished the last paragraph of the second Elijah Hael novel. It has been a fascinating journey writing this book.  I have become quite fond of Nya and Isaac, two of the new characters introduced. In some ways as an author, I built up a relationship with these fiction characters.  I feel for them emotionally. They become personalities with their individual fears and desires, their particular likes and dislikes, and their own faith and doubts. To me, they become real. They are alive.  The more real they appear to be, the easier it becomes to see them act out scenes with their own unique ways.

When I write, I am visual about it.  Every scene plays in my mind, and then I transcribe it as I see it unfold.  Sometimes I do not even know where a scene is going until it has played out.  I place the characters into a scene and just let my thoughts, based on the personalities created, play out.
I guess you could say it is like a dream, but a semi-controlled dream. Our minds are exceptionally creative. I am sure everyone has a vivid dream and goes, “Wow” where did that come from.  For me, writing is somewhat like dreaming.  

That is not to say it is not hard work.  Writing is.  It takes time, patience and a lot of revising and occasionally some research. Seeing something in your mind, then putting it into words is not always easy, well at least not for me. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

EHLJ Book Comment

"I read it on Kindle on my phone. What a brilliant book! Some really interesting twists to the storyline and the characters were very well described. I very much enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to the sequel(s)."

Wendy Moss
(Posted on Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement Wall)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Review

 "A thought provoking must read. Gripping storyline from page one (it has to be to keep my interest!) twice I picked this book up to read and the only reason I put it down the first time was because I didn't want it to end.....finished on the second read. Thank you Steve, please hurry with book two, looking forward to it :)"
- Donna Gooch (via Goodreads on my Novel 'Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement')

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Library

I saw my novel, "Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement" on the shelves of the local library today.  It gave me a real sense of achievement. To be able to provide a novel, that many people have expressed they have enjoyed, to the public through the library is a dream come true.

Maybe it's because I loved libraries so much as I grew up.  A place of refuge, a place of peace, a place that gave me time to find myself. Most of all, a place where I could learn so much from so many talented writers of the current and past.  Books, either fiction or non fiction, provide a way to live a life through someone else's eyes.  The knowledge you can obtain in such a short space of time is something we can easily dismiss.

Movies, while pleasurable, never replace the experience of a novel written by a competent author.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On Grammar

"Grammar is not just a pain in the ass; it's the pole you grab to get your thoughts up on their feet and walking." - Stephen King.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A talk about my novels

While my novels are inspired on Christian values they are written to appeal to people with or without faith.  I look for insight in this area from great authors of the past like J.R. Tolkien who wrote Lord of the Rings.

Tolkein quotes in one of his letters,

“The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like 'religion', to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.”

Another inspirational Christian author is C.S. Lewis that wrote the Chronicle of Narnia series.

As I develop as an author I hope to provide the depth of character that Tolkien and Lewis bought to millions around the world.  It’s a journey, Elijah Hael is helping me on that journey.

A recent review of my novel “Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement” highlighted that my writing is coming across as intended.

By Reighnie (via Amazon)

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was an easy read and had a great storyline from the beginning. I am just a few pages from finishing it and am disappointed there is not another book out yet.
The concept of the book was interesting to me, as it parallels my beliefs about the "shadows". The book could be interpreted as a fantasy story, or faith based, and would appeal to a wide variety of readers and age groups. I originally picked up this book for free, but after reading it I would definitely pay $2.99 for it, as I will probably read it over and over again. Interpreting it as a faith based book, I liked the many little messages it delivered in such a simple, fun way. Please write another one soon!"
I strive to show the characters in my novels dealing with life issues that any of us may find ourselves in.  Subjects such as loss of a loved one, sickness, depression, anxiety, forgiveness, power, greed etc.  I attempt to show how “Faith” can help a person through these times.  Of course there is also a fantasy element through the novels, hence why they are fiction.
If you have read one of my novels I would love to hear your thoughts.  After all it is you, the reader, I’m trying to reach and entertain through the world of Elijah Hael.  And you the reader, I’m grateful in for taking the time to read one of my novels.

Steve Goodwin

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review

Another great review on my novel "Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement"

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was an easy read and had a great storyline from the beginning. I am just a few pages from finishing it and am disappointed there is not another book out yet.

The concept of the book was interesting to me, as it parallels my beliefs about the "shadows". The book could be interpreted as a fantasy story, or faith based, and would appeal to a wide variety of readers and age groups. I originally picked up this book for free, but after reading it I would definitely pay $2.99 for it, as I will probably read it over and over again. Interpreting it as a faith based book, I liked the many little messages it delivered in such a simple, fun way. Please write another one soon!

Reighnie (via Amazon)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Feedback

Some feedback sent to me on my novel "Elijah Hael & The Last Judgement"

"Couldn't put it down. I have a queue of people waiting to borrow it!!!!" - Ruth

"Your book was a really good read I enjoyed all of it look forward to reading the next one..." - Heather

"I finished reading ur book. I thoroughly enjoyed it" - Kirsty