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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.