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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.