Today’s #WW Author Snapshot is @ToniRakestraw – Check it out!

Author Profile: Toni Rakestraw
Twitter: @ToniRakestraw
Author Site:
Blog site:
Book Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Title and description: Titanic Deception, Michael Kearney works in a Wall Street firm setting up luncheons for busy executives. He overhears a story about how the sinking of the Titanic was rigged, and he goes home to read his great-grandmother’s journal of her experience surviving the sinking. He finds her story corroborates the one the executives were telling, and he sets up a blog to share the information. He becomes a target; first for an ex-CIA agent/conspiracy theorist who wants to know more so he can prevent the next disaster, then by the powers that be who want to take him out for knowing too much. When his girlfriend is kidnapped, Michael must step up and save her as well as the intended victims in the next disaster.

Readers are transported back and forth from Michael’s story in modern day to his great-grandmother’s experience on the Titanic in this page-turning thriller.

How long have you worked on your WIP, and when do you expect to finish: Started in November 2011 (Nanowrimo) and hope to publish by April 15, 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

This book is by both John & Toni Rakestraw. Please support these writers by visiting their web sites, and following Toni on Twitter!

You can view this profile and other Author Snapshots at the New Authors link on the left of the Sojourner Mountain page. If you’d like to be featured with an Author Snapshot, just send me a message through the Submit button. I’d love to feature you!


So much incredible #scifi #writing inspiration out there. For today’s, how about a factory that makes stars? Thank you NASA!

From APOD. Cygnus-X: The Inner Workings of a Nearby Star Factory. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

#Writing and #Publishing…that’s a lot!

I want to apologize for how quiet this blog has been over the past few weeks. In a nutshell, I’ve been finishing my latest work, a fantasy novella of about 28,000 words, and preparing it for self publication. The link below is to a quick update I posted on my author blog, The Weathered Journal.

I’m excited about this, but it also begs for an article on WHY I’m going the self publishing route for this piece while I’m working the traditional route for my first novel. There is still a lot of skepticism (to put it mildly) from a lot of writers about self publishing, and I feel compelled to tell why I’m going this way. I hope to get that article out here shortly (as in, the next day or two). Until then, please check out my update on THE PRINCE OF GRAVES.

The Quiet Before the Release

New Author Snapshot! Check out Scars by Melissa Gutierrez 

Author Profile: Melissa Gutierrez 
Twitter: @ readerwriter83
Blog site:
Any other site you’d like to highlight (like Facebook): Goodreads
Amazon author page:
Book Genre: Thriller
Title and description: Scars (Victory Series)

Bianca Laughlin was an average college student when she was recruited for the US government’s most secretive counterterrorist agency. Now, eight years later, she is finally able to integrate back into civilian life. Moving back to her hometown with her assistant, Michael Kent, at her side seems easy enough. But when her romantic life is forced to the side by her ever demanding job, Bianca is forced to make the toughest choice of her life.

Melissa’s book has just recently been released, and she’s expecting the printed version any day now. Please show this new novelist support and visit her blog (DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT) and check out Scars. I’ll be adding it to my “To read” list on Good Reads soon.

You can view this profile and other Author Snapshots at the New Authors link on the left of the Sojourner Mountain page. If you’d like to be featured with an Author Snapshot, just send me a message through the Submit button. I’d love to feature you!

Call for Authors to highlight in the Sojourner Mountain Author Snapshots

As 2011 winds down and 2012 steps to the plate, I’m looking for authors to highlight on my creative writing blog Sojourner Mountain. Whether you’re an already published author with a new book, or an aspiring writer still working to finish that work in progress, I’d love to hear from you. I’ve met a number of fascinating writers through the Author Snapshot, so I’m excited to get the chance to feature more,

This is how it works: every Wednesday I’ll create a blog post featuring an author on Sojourner Mountain. Throughout the day I’ll also promote on Twitter, and highlight on my Facebook author page.

If you’re interested, please drop by Sojourner Mountain. On the left hand side are both “Ask” and “Submit Comments” buttons.  Click on either, and leave me the following information:

Twitter handle:
Blog site (if different):
Any other site you’d like to highlight (like Facebook):
WIP/Novel Title:
WIP/Novel Genre:
WIP/Novel Description (1-2 paragraphs):
How long you’ve worked on your WIP, and when you expect to finish:

If you’d like to include an image as well (like a draft book cover, or your author picture) you can submit it as well. You’ll need to do this through the “Submit Comments” button, and insert the picture.

That’s it! I hope to hear from you.

Oh, and Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Sample Sunday: The Perishing Land (a short story)

This short story of mine is actually posted in its entirety on Below is the intro. It needs a little more grooming but it’s one of my favorites.

Hope you enjoy!

WE Linde

The Perishing Land

            Jon’s father Yosi was still trying to finish the boat before the Sea swallowed them up. He paused from his work trying to get a rough hewn plank on the starboard ribs of the frame to line up with the one beneath it. He straightened his back and looked at the crashing waves that had already devoured the beaches and were moving ever closer to the ancient ground where they stood which had not touched salt water for generations.

Yosi called to Jon, and he left his mother’s side under the shade. He told the young boy to hold a bucket of pitch so that he could more quickly seal the outer shell. Obediently he raised the pail, which soon became heavy in the blistering sun of midday. Never had his father created a boat in such a way. He had taught Jon to always complete it, and then apply the sticky resin. But normally it would take a week to make a good boat, and he would have had the help of others. They were alone now, and time was up.

Continued on  The Perishing Land