I am going on a new adventure. The formatting is done. Soon, I will publish my novel, Slant Well, on Smashwords. I am as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. The adrenaline is exquisite. I haven’t felt this since the days of running bed races to get patients to the ICU to save their lives.
Slant Well is the result of my taking some Geology classes, having a wicked streak, and seeing the sign pointing out Big Hill Federal Oil Reserve while I traveled the roads on my Hospice rounds. The story started in my mind and grew to the point I had to write it or have my head explode. A long time and a lot of work later it is going to press, e press as it it now.
This is the blurb for the back of the book… P.I. and occasional hit man, Allyn Jones takes a job in Texas oil country. There, he faces the greatest challenge of his life…a woman. He must survive the deadly forces she commands to form a bond with her. Together, they unleash ancient magic against the murderous would-be oil thieves who sent him to kill her. Shapes shift, an oil well explodes, and a dragon is unleashed.
My friends who put up with me writing this Texas Tall Tale are cheering me on. My fellow authors are also supportive of this endeavor. Two of them are hands on. Ruth de Jauregui is coaching me on the publication process. Rose M. Brate read and reviewed. Here is the return email she sent:
First, let me say thank you so much MR for allowing me the pleasure of reading, “Slant Well”. It was intriguing, spellbinding, well-written, and impossible to put down. It has been a very long time since I’ve found a book that’s held my interest like this book did. I loved it and I look forward to a “Slant Well 2”! Winkie face….
From the first page, you are riveted. You’re drawn into a “magical” world of murder, mystery, and a very special touch of “magical” love. MR brings each character to life in such a way that their various personalities will enchant you, instantly. A few of the characters you’re going to love from the moment you open the book but there are a few, you’re going to love to hate as each character plays their role perfectly throughout the story.
Who knew oil rigging could be so troublesome? Who knew one little woman could cause so much trouble and turn a hardcore PI so soft, and hard, almost simultaneously? This book will captivate you with Texas oilmen, PI’s, Russian mobsters, eagles, hawks, dragons, magic and love. I can’t recommend this book enough. My review couldn’t possibly do it justice. You have to read it to believe that all the above-mentioned things work so exceptionally well together.
Look for this book online soon, read it, and you can thank me later!
Rose M. Brate
Another shout out to amazing cover artist, Dawne Dominique of DusktillDawn Productions for this cover that covers the story so well.