June Moonbridge

New Release July 1

It is my pleasure to host author June Moonbridge today. She has a newly released novel, Racing Heart that I’d like to tell you about. But first a bit about June’s background.10959496_975717602438857_2025247771143656394_n

June Moonbridge has many names and many faces too. Although she stayed living in the same area, she was born and raised in one country  and is now living in another.

She studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it. Afterwards, she found herself working in male dominated businesses; at first in automotive and later – steel products. She can choose for you the best steel you need, but don’t, please don’t, ask her which lipstick to use.

She started to write in  high school and was negatively criticised by her teacher. Stubborn as she is, that didn’t stop her. Under different pen names for her stories she tried to get some independent opinions, which came back as good reviews in magazines and later she published three books.

Married, and with two children, one of whom has autism, she nevertheless continued to work. These responsibilities took all of her free time. But the desire to write didn’t die. When life somehow sorted itself out, she decided to write her novel in English and her first submission to Safkhet was rejected…. 

For what happened later… read the third paragraph, second sentence.

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Here is the cover of her newly released book, a love and suspense drama, Racing Heart, published by Safkhet Soul.

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Synopsis:

At age twenty-five, Desire Hart has experienced almost too much.

Taking drastic measures and changing everything in her life; her identity, her hometown and the country of residence, she hopes her new life will help her to find her kidnapped son. Desire is determined that nothing will prevent her from achieving her goal. Not even love which has led her to skate on thin ice in the past one time too many.

One spring evening she meets the golden boy of F1 racing, Lorcan Shore, and finds herself falling for him. Struggling to suppress that feeling, she realises he might help her get closer to the child she strongly believes is her long lost son.

But nothing goes according to plan. In fact, everything goes wrong. Her identity is revealed by the press, Lorcan experiences a racing accident and she finds out that the trail she was given leads her to another dead end. In despair she does what she does best; she runs away.

Set against the glamorous backdrops of Monaco, Paris, and Nice, “Racing Heart” mixes romance and mystery as Desire struggles to come to terms with her past and learns how to accept love into her life once again.

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You will find Racing Heart at these links:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXRYESO
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Answers to Copy-editing

Thanks to those who were brave enough to have a try at the copy-editing job on the previous post. Here are the mistakes I found in the passage from that post. I have marked them in bold and have added explanations where I felt they were needed.

Travel from Italy to Greece

An alternative to driving the long way around from Italy to Greece is to go by car ferry. On the day we wanted to make the trip many years ago, third class tickets for the “Mediterranean Sea” (no comma) were sold out, so we had to buy first class. After waiting in line for hours, our VW van was crammed aboard (no space in a board, no comma after it) into one of the last available spaces, a cubbyhole with a low ceiling and steel walls on three sides.

Three days later, when it was time to unload, this cubicle became an oven. Temperatures soaring over 100 F.,  (add comma, remove “and”) the chaos of impatient passengers, (add comma) and disorganized unloading practices had us nearly suffocating on the engine exhaust of cars started way too soon in the closed-in (hyphenated before a noun but not after) car deck. (In those days in Italy, there were no safety regulations such as we have in Canada nowadays.) An overeager passenger in dire need of driving lessons backed up his trailer at a weird angle behind us, making it impossible for us to move. Trapped in the scorching cubicle I felt like a chicken in a slow cooker.

Copy-editing Fun

Here is a fun exercise for writers. I’ve taken part of a travel adventure and purposely put many mistakes into it. How many can you find? Count them and tell us in the comment section. I haven’t included the kind of mistakes that involve number of spaces between words or sentences, or repeated words. This exercise is very basic, showing just a sample of the most obvious mistakes that a copy-editor will find for you. Believe me, in the world of “pre-publishing,” many manuscripts look worse than the sample of writing below, but a copy-editor can save you from disgracing yourself.

So, are you  “up” for the challenge? Why not give it a try?

Travel from Italy to Greece

An alternative to driving the long way around from Italy to Greece to go by car ferry. On the day we want to make the trip many years ago, third class tickets for the “Mediterranean sea,” were sold out, so we had to buy First Class. After waiting in line for hours, our VW van was crammed a board, into one of the last available spaces, a cubby hole with a low cieling and steal walls on 3 sides.

Three days later, when it was time to unload, this cubacle became an oven. Tempatures soaring over 100 F. and the Chaos of impatient passengers and disorganized unloading practices had us nearly suffocating on the engine exhaust of cars started way too soon in the closed in car deck. (In those days in Italy, there was no safety regulations such as we have in Canada now-a-days.) An over-eager passenger in dire need of driving lessons backed up his trailor at a wierd angel behind us, making it impossible for us to move. Trapped in the scorching cubacle I felt like a chicken in a slow cooker.

If you have writing that needs the expert eye of a copy-editor, please visit my webpage anneli-purchase.com and click on the copy-editing page. I can do a free sample of editing for you.

Book Clubs

I asked a friend who is an avid reader if she would share her experience in a book club with us.

She wants to remain anonymous but I do appreciate her taking the time to answer my interview questions.

1. What do you think is the ideal number of people to have in a book club?

Ideal number of people for a book club should be under 12; the meetings are only attended by 2/3 of  the members.

2. Is your book club made up of all women or all men, or a mix? How do you feel about the composition of your group?

Our book club is all women.  We are an eclectic group from the Comox Valley with varied interests and diverse backgrounds. Our ages are within a decade of each other, so we understand each other’s values and common standards.

3. Do you know of other book groups and their “make up”?

Yes, I do know of other book clubs. They are also smaller groups, women who meet monthly and

share discussion of the books they have chosen. Our book club has read a few of the books other book clubs have read.

4. How often does your group meet?

We meet once a month.

5. Where do you meet? At a public place (restaurant, library, or…?) or at someone’s home? How long are the meetings?

In a members home. The members volunteer to host the book club. We meet at 10:00 a.m. and seldom finish before 12 noon.

6. Do you keep discussions on topic or does the conversation tend to slip into personal visiting?

Our leader keeps notes and sends them in email  to club members;  as well she does her best to keep us on topic.  We generally start with the book we’re discussing and go around the room with the members who wish to contribute to discussion taking turns.

The surprising discussions and social interactions are entertaining and stimulating. So much to share and learn at each book club meeting. We do end with discussions and recommendations of other books.

7. How do you decide on which books to read?

I decide what book I wish to recommend to our book club by my rating on a 1 – 10 scale. Not many make 10, but when I find a 10, I recommend it.  I recommended an old classic at one meeting because I had not found the caliber of book I enjoy recommending in recent months.

The hostess recommends the book to read for the next meeting. The books recommended at our book club come from each member and therefore the range of  reading is wide.

8. Does everyone read the same book for each meeting? Or do you each read a different one and compare reviews?

We all read the same book for discussion in our monthly meetings. If I choose not to read the recommended book  and attend the meeting, I enjoy the members’ discussion.

9. Do you buy the chosen books, or borrow them? Do you share them around rather than each buying your own copy?

The chosen books are shared amongst members; sometimes we use the library or purchase online.  Costco is  one of our favourite stores for books.

10. Do you have discussion questions prepared before the meetings or a special format you follow?

We have an informal format that we follow. The quality of writing is important;  we do read many of the recipients of the Man Booker International Prize,  Pulitzer Prize,  and other international bestsellers.

The discussions focus on the predominant theme, what the writer was trying to say, and the story development, separating the main plot from the sub-plot, and analyzing the ultimate resolution.        The ending is important in discussion.  It’s always entertaining to listen to other interpretations of the book. We all have our own experience to share.

11. Do you have any rules regarding the kind of books you will read or not read?

We do not have rules about the books that we read, however in the 15 years in this book club  the books  recommended are usually about our world and how people live their lives.

12. What are your thoughts on book clubs in general?

Book clubs are fascinating and take us much further in our lives than we can manage on our own. Sharing each other’s observations and experiences is challenging and stimulating.

13. Do you have any recommendations to anyone wanting to start a book club?

I recommend Goodreads as an easy source to find books in the genres you are interested in.