Today I was permitted to join the Google group, Michigan Herp Atlas. It's like this: We live at the edge of a wetland and 'herps' are common to our yard/s. Yards meaning those open spaces that were once sort-of open areas in the boreal forest. Consequently, we see a wide variety of swamp dwellers and one of them especially was my friend. It was a Fowler's toad that lived near my door and who came out every night, snacking on insects that were drawn to the outdoor lights beside the double door. Sadly, I did not see him after late August or early September, and I'm hoping nothing bad happened to him. He'd lived there for three years. So, I'll watch for some of his kinfolk. Fowler's toads are of concern in these parts due to a diminishing population, and if I can help even one of them survive, that would be great. This swamp has given me ideas for a new novel, and you can bet I'll find a way to work Toadly into the story. The "Slo-o-ly" refers to all of the turtles who also inhabit these environs; several come each year and lay eggs in various spots in the so-called yards. It's a trick to keep skunks and raccoons from finding them but aside from trying not to draw any attention to them, there seems to be little ya can do to help out the eggers.
The Nightmare Trilogy has garnered high marks from readers in a very wide range of ages: the youngest was a lad of 10 and the oldest of whom I am aware was a 93 year-old woman. I was approached by a 70-something gentleman who enthused, "That book was magnificent." Wow, I was stunned, not expecting a fellow to walk up to me at a large gathering and tell me he'd read "In the Gloved Hand." I don't constantly think about 'being an author' so when someone asks me about it or says they've liked one of the books, it still surprises me. Definitely, older readers, meaning at least AARP age, will relate to some things in the story lines more than younger ones, but having been alive during WWII certainly is not a requisite for understanding or enjoying the plots. It just means that some of us feel things in a different manner than those whose lives were not directly affected by the war.
The 10 year old read Book 1, "The Taste of Violets," and the 93-year-old "In the Gloved Hand" and "The Taste of Violets." No one has volunteered a review of Book 3, "The Pheasant's Daughter," and I do not recommend it for a 10 year-old. These books emphasize the relationships between men and women of very different backgrounds, the human commonalities, and the effect of war on the everyday lives of these folks long after WWII is over. They are not morbid but they contain extremely stressful situations for the characters, and they contain some areas of intense intimacy. By that I do not mean explicit or gratuitious sex; rather, intimacy in its broadest sense and in a positive way. There is also a good bit of humor in all of my books as well as a thread of mystery and suspense.
The shorter books are appropriate for all ages; however, adults will get a slightly different story than will youngsters reading the same material.
In the years since the first editions of Book 1 and Book 2 of The Nightmare Trilogy were published, I closed my accounts that included the book reviews, so cannot document them for you. The publisher is no longer in business, so all of those reviews have gone the way of the dodo. I will begin some marketing efforts shortly, so will post what and when soon.
I just found a gazillion errors in the text of "The Recipe Box: War for Parker Farm. Apparently I uploaded the wrong edit of the manuscript, so I've 'unpublished' both Kindle and Paperback editions while I go over the 'right' one again word for word. This is a good example of what mistakes mean in different endeavors; I make a mistake with a manuscript and it's fixable. You make a mistake as a nurse and you might kill someone. I have to remind myself of that at times like this.
Today I sent an email to every friend and relative in my personal address book to let them know about my latest adventures with writing. Justin and I are in a holding pattern with our film/s project/s, so this seemed like the right time to send more of my novels out into the ether. The first step was creating a mailing list. I haven't needed one before this in personal mail, so it was a learning experience and I can now say emphatically, I prefer writing to making lists. I did remember to blind cc everyone except the original recipient, Justin, because I, too, am not crazy about having everyone in the world knowing my personal email! (Although it is apparent that all of the porn sites and lots of folks desperate to date me from Russia, and those eager to enlarge body parts that I do not possess already have it.)
I'm as new to the blogosphere as you are to my pages. Because I love sharing my stories, I've opted to put up a website and talk to you via this blog. For a time, my books will be available exclusively through Amazon.com; just search for ‘Naomi Bigelow’ on Amazon’s home page and the list of my offerings will come up. If you'd rather, just click this link: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B079RN2ZPB