Review: The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, by Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Lightkeeper’s Daughters is a stark story full of silences and turbulence, secrets and revelations, initiated through Elizabeth, an aged woman who is blind, and Morgan, the girl who serves community service for misdemeanors by being a companion to Elizabeth. Insert into this unlikely relationship the discovery of Elizabeth’s father’s journals, found aboard a shipwreck, and we’re taken into the hardships of…

Review: One Corpse too Many

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters My rating: 3 of 5 stars A good, entertaining read, perhaps a bit na├»ve by modern standards, but rife with excellent historical details, and sleuthing in medieval England. Peters does a good job of further developing the character of Brother Cadfael, enriching him with a credible past and a place within the brethren. The writing is relatively clean, if a bit precious from time to time, but that…

An update from The Old Stone House

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, which was mostly a disheartening insight for my readers into the financial health of my writing career. But let it not be thought I’m all controlled rage and simmering angst around here. Quite the opposite, actually. My days are filled with quiet creation and industry. When not managing the administration of our glass business, which is what pays the bills around here, I’ve been working steadily…

The Grim Reality

So, it’s year end. Financial statements have been run. And once again I look at the numbers and ask myself why I’m doing this. It’s not pretty, friend. Not pretty at all. How the numbers stack up in 2020 I have seven books in publication. Below is exactly how many copies I sold in 2020, whether print, ebook, audiobook or elibrary loan. And the Angels Sang: 2 Caliban: 1 From Mountains of Ice: 0 Memories,…