Me and Hemingway

The other day, this blog post appeared in my Facebook feed with the title: “This Surprising Reading Level Analysis Will Change the Way You Write.”

Once you get past the clickbait title, it’s a pretty good post. The reading level analysis the post is talking about is called the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, a method developed in the 1970s for evaluating the difficulty of a text. Basically, it analyses a text for complexity and assigns it a reading level.

Just for kicks, I fed a brief, randomly-selected chapter from my newest book, Whisper Blue into the analyzer over at and clicked analyze. My score? A whopping 4.1. Fourth grade reading level. Ha! Shows what an erudite elitist I am! Continue reading “Me and Hemingway”

The Whispering Girl cometh redux.

Okay then.  Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s been a tough week (on top of a tough year), but life goes on, right?

That might not be the most comforting cliche.

Anyway, I’m not going to talk about the election or my personal problems. I do that elsewhere, and this, here, is about books. Mostly my books, but I’m open minded. If anyone out there wants to talk about their own books, I’m open to that.

And, speaking of my books, the newest has nearly arrived. This is what industry folk refer to as the cover reveal. Voila!




Nice, huh? A very different look from Spark and Wren, but that’s a good thing. It’s a very different book. And hats off to Jack over at Black Opal.

It makes me happy, anyway.

As far as the book itself, well, it’s available for pre-order at Kobo. It should be at  Amazon by November 19th. Haven’t heard about advanced reading copies yet, but I’ll let the interested parties know as soon as I do. I was, humbly, pleased with the revisions. It had been nearly a year since I’d opened the thing, and I liked what I saw. It fairly hops off the page and has some genuinely quirky beats. I’m looking forward to having people read it.

In the meantime, hang in there everybody.