Review of Going Native

I’ve gotten some reviews in on Going Native, and I admit…I’m over the moon. Well, more like shocked and over the moon. I know all writers go from thinking ‘that’s not bad’ to ‘where did this junk come from’…and they’re reading the same book–their book. So when reviewers find that same book having been worth the read…let’s just say, for me, I feel like it truly is Christmas in July.

I am going to indulge myself and bore you to tears but here are a few of my favorite lines:

“Amazing! I was hooked. At chapter 12, I contacted the author with a one word review—Gripping—-and after finishing this book I can truthfully say I am still thoroughly Gripped. I will be waiting restlessly for the continuation of this series. Don’t hesitate to give this book and author a try as you will not be disappointed.” T. Chadick

“Several nights I had to force myself to put it down, around 1 or 2 AM, to give my tired eyes time to rest. Near the end of the book I had to make myself put it down so I could go pickup a Little Caesar’s pizza. I do not want to give anything away. If you like a book that grabs you and keeps you wanting more then you need to read this book!” H. Clark

“A chilling book that says a lot about society. Highly recommended.” C. Chu

Okay, maybe more than a ‘few’ lines. But really, I keep reading them and thinking, “They said that about me and my book?” Four and half years is a long time to put yourself into something so when it is appreciated…it is exciting. I know the poor review will come, I expect it and will take it in stride. But until it comes…I’m going to keep on smiling.

Going Native is available on Amazon. If you decide to read it, I welcome your feedback.


Almost There

I am getting the paper proof copy to edit and then will have Going Native ready in eBook form.  On my FB page, those who friended me in a certain amount of time will be getting a free copy. One hundred and three people. Not to bad I don’t think since I probably only know about twenty-thirty of that number. I have others involved with groups I frequent so all totaled I will be giving away approximately two hundred books. Hopefully most will enjoy it. I will update everyone a few days before I put Going Native up on Amazon.

Here is a snippet of Going Native from the main character’s, Lexus, POV.


I jammed my hands under my armpits and crept on wooden legs toward the wall of shiny metal. My reflection watched me advance, hollow eyed and ashen. I gripped a handle. With a click, the door moved toward me. Eyes squeezed shut; I pulled the drawer the remainder of the way open. The clock on the wall ticked. My shirt was so damp it was as if I was draped in a wet blanket. And the smell, my nostrils flared. I wasn’t sure what it was, except that it was close to raw meat. Not repugnant, but not alive. Off—definitely off. The drawer moved, and my eyes flew open. I gasped. With a shudder, I turned away and retched. Pasty beige vomit splattered on my pant legs and onto my green hiking boots. A slender arm dangled in my peripheral vision. My eyes trailed upward to a young woman’s body. Lying across her still chest was a child. A tiny face with shadowed blue circles under closed eyes. I traced the shell of the baby’s ear and made the sign of a cross with my other hand over the mother and infant. A childhood prayer I had learned slipped from my lips.