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{July 30, 2009}   This n That

Remember the edit hurdle I wrote about a few days ago?  Well, I did it!  I pulled that memory to the surface and wrote the scene, making it the subject of the beginning of the book.  It wasn’t difficult.  I just needed to think it through.  Ninety percent of the time, when an editor suggests a change, points out a problem, or writes a comment about a scene or a chapter, they’re right.  Some editing is subjective, meaning that if you were to ask two editors, they might disagree.  However, a fresh set of eyes on your work is rarely a bad thing, which is why I try to always be a professional and accept that perhaps my work is not as perfect as I think it is.  ‘nuf said!

Anyway, changed the beginning, and I gotta admit that it works better than I thought it would.  Plus it gives me a chance to introduce a character while he’s alive rather than after his demise, which is how it was.  That’s always a plus.  Easier to flesh out a living character than a dead one.

My friend JT finished his exhaustive edit of his first novel, which I have very much enjoyed reading.  I’m dismayed, though because now I don’t have anything from him to read.  I read the final chapter on Tuesday.  *sigh*  JT’s story is a very good one set in a real time period disguised as a fake one in the future.  His hero is a young man barely out of high school who’s forced to grow up in a scant amount of time.  It’s an excellent coming-of-age story, war story, love story, and story of personal victory all rolled into one.  Well done, JT!

I want to thank everyone who came to the blog and reviewed Cover Corner.  The traffic here over the past 2 days has been tremendous, and I sincerely hope it garners Mark some new fans and many sales.  So…thanks again!

Okay, gotta run, the office beckons whether I want it to or not!

{July 28, 2009}   Cover Corner: Mark Ozeroff

The Write Time & Place is pleased to showcase the new release of writer, Mark Ozeroff. Mark’s historical fiction novel Days of Smoke was released by Asylett Press in June and is doing very well on the Barnes & Noble owned Fictionwise. Click the cover to read an excerpt. Leave a comment and let Mark know what you think! 😛

DAYS OF SMOKE offers a compelling, mold-shattering view of World War II and the Holocaust from the unique perspective of German Luftwaffe pilot Hans Udet. Across aerial battlefields ranging over much of Europe, Hans progresses from a naïve young Messerschmidt pilot to an ace of increasing rank and responsibility. But unfolding events pit Hans’ love of the Fatherland against his natural compassion for humanity.

Days of Smoke

Fascism’s true ramifications come into focus after Hans saves a young woman from brutal sexual assault. His discovery that Rachel is Jewish–and her assailant a Storm Trooper–puts a face on Hans’ ideological conflict. As growing feelings for Rachel sensitize him to the “Jewish problem,” Hans is torn between mounting disdain for the Nazis and his sense of duty to Germany. Rachel is the unlikely bridge joining his disparate halves.

Meet Mark

Mark Ozeroff holds a near-religious fervor for aeronautical history. A lifelong pilot, he lives on an eclectic airport with aircraft ranging from Sopwith to Learjet.  It wasn’t unusual during the creation of DAYS OF SMOKE for engine song from a Rolls-Royce Merlin to nourish a burgeoning dogfight scene. Though he holds an MBA, it wasn’t until age forty-two that Mark finally realized what he wanted to be when he grew up, and thus started writing. When he’s not working on his next novel, Mark can often be found in the bicycle saddle.

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{July 25, 2009}   ARGGGGG!

Okay, I’ve been working on the edit for Honor Thy Neighbor and it’s just pulling me down.  The editor isn’t completely sold on my beginning.  She wants me to take a memory and make it the beginning of the book.  I’m not against this idea, but it is giving me fits.  It’s just that I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around pulling this reverie out of the background and bringing it to the foreground.  Because I’m having trouble, I don’t want to work on the edit.  I know if I just get past this bump in the road, the rest of the edit will be a breeze.

I’ve been getting rave reviews on the new cover for this book as well.  It’s just a fantastic cover and everyone who sees it, just loves it!  I can’t wait for the book’s release, but in order for that to happen, I need to get through the edit!


{July 23, 2009}   Odds n Ends…

I was up earlier than usual and so was surfing the ‘net, checking out some websites to see how my books are doing, and was very happy to see that Her Last is finally appearing on Amazon–available in print!  I think it’s fantastic that Eternal Press offers all of its author in print regardless of word count.  Her Last is a short fiction piece, and I’m thrilled to see it in print.  I’m placing an order for copies and can’t wait to see it.

I was also very happy to go to the Barnes&Noble online bookstore and see all the digital versions of my books for sale right beside the print versions, which clearly gives the reader a choice!  Being a proponent of e-books, I always refer readers to the publishers’ site before anywhere else so that they have the option of either the print or the digital.

I’ve been sent the edit for my upcoming novel, Honor Thy Neighbor with BookStrand, which I’m very excited about!  The edit’s pretty good actually, but man, have I got to eradicate the use of the word was from my writing.  The editor highlighted every single use, which left a sea of green!  Ah well…each edit is a learning experience that I happily embark on!

In the coming weeks, I’ll be introducing Cover Corner to the blog, which will feature the covers, book blurbs, and perhaps an excerpt or two from fellow authors.  I’ve already got 5 or 6 authors lined up, so I hope readers will come back for those.

Okay…have a great day!

{July 20, 2009}   Book Cover Preview!

I just got the cover images for Honor Thy Neighbor, book one in the new Myerson Mystery series, which will be released in e-format in September and in print February 2010 by BookStrand Publishing. So, I thought I’d post it here and give you a sneak preview of what’s coming up!HTN.1.full

Book one introduces Sean and Ashlynn Myerson–the hero and heroine of the Myerson Mystery series. Sean’s the captain of the Homicide Division of the Oakmont Police Force while Ashlynn is a published writer. These two as a couple just sizzle. As a crime fighting, mystery solving duo, they’re unstoppable!

I’m so excited about the debut of this series, and am looking forward to releasing it to the reading public! Check back for an except and book blurb in the near future.

{July 16, 2009}   Her Last hits Number 1!

Howdy!  I’ve some great news.  Her Last was released to the Barnes & Noble-owned online bookstore Fictionwise this past Monday.  Monday and Tuesday it kind of sat there near the bottom of the pile for Eternal Press.  Then sometime Tuesday late afternoon, it crept it’s way up to the number one spot on the Eternal Press chart!  That’s outstanding!  Fictionwise puts out a newsletter, too and Her Last was one of the featured new releases, just a few spots down from James Patterson’s new release.  The running joke in the family is that Jimmy needs to make room on the shelf for my titles!  LOL

A few days ago I also received the edits for book one in the Myerson Mysteries series with BookStrand Publishing, which will be released in e-format September 2009 and print February 2010.  I’m very excited about this release because the series features two of my very favorite characters.  Ashlynn and Sean Myerson are one terrific couple, and they are so right for each other!  Add that to one terrific mystery to solve, and you have a winning combination!

My husband, Steve is currently making updates to my website, which really needed to be done, but was something we kept putting off since I’ve been so busy with the launch of Her Last, promotions and marketing of all my books, and various other activities for Eternal Press and BookStrand Publishing.  There never seems to be enough time in the day, the week, or the month to get to everything, but we manage!

Hope you’ve all had a great week!

Yesterday, Her Last was released on the Barnes & Noble e-bookstore Fictionwise.  I was very excited about having the story released there because there’s so much traffic on Fictionwise.  It’s a great place to pick up a fantastic new read!

Here’s the link if you’d like to wander over and have a look!  Her Last/Fictionwise

Here’s the link to my very own page on Fictionwise where you can read about and purchase my other titles!   Valerie J Patterson/Fictionwise

Check them out.  Eternal Press and Asylett Press both have some wonderful authors in their stable, and I’m certain you’ll find something there to read…once you’ve read my work first, that is!  🙂

{July 9, 2009}   The Reviews are in!

Her Last was reviewed by SeriouslyReviewed! and it scored excellently!  9 of 10 for presentation and 8 of 10 for story.  Check out the review and leave a comment!

Her Last Review

In other news, I’m a new aunt today!  Brendan Charles was born at 11:12 PM 7/8/09.  He was 7 lbs 12.8 ounces, and 21 1/2 inches long.  All reports are that he’s absolutely gorgeous!  Since I live 130 miles away, I have not had the joy and pleasure of seeing his beautiful little face yet!  Mommy and baby are great and sure to come home soon!

In still other news, a fellow author disclosed her newly diagnosed cancer.  She has such a strong, positive attitude.  I admire that.  My thoughts and prayers are with her as she mounts a battle against the cancer in her body.

Lives are short.  Our time here is never guaranteed.  I hope you all live it accordingly!

{July 7, 2009}   HER LAST!



The launch party at Eternal Press has been fun this morning. If’ you’ve not been over to the Eternal Press Readers’ forum, then you need to go NOW!

Her Last is an exciting crime/mystery that follows the paths of Inspector Chet Gavin and Coroner Olivia Corfont as they try to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of Carla Jamison–a schoolteacher who was loved by all who knew her.

There are 6 other talented authors with new releases today. Stop by the Eternal Press website and take a look at all of the great covers, interesting blurb, and exciting excerpts. You’re certain to find something of interest!

So stop by and have some fun, meet some great new authors, and perhaps win a contest or two!

See you there!

{July 7, 2009}   Today’s THE day!

Yep, today’s *the* day! Eternal Press releases Her Last, my crime/mystery short fiction piece about a murder committed in a local park. No witnesses. No evidence. No leads. How will the cops solve this one? Is it the work of a serial killer thought to be behind bars? Or is someone even more sinister out there? Follow Inspector Chet Gavin and forensics expert Olivia Corfont as they work diligently at unraveling this mystery.

I and the other authors of new releases are attending the EP Launch Party at the EP Readers’ Forum. Come join us. There’s sure to be contests, excerpts, and loads of fun! See ya there!

When the body of a beloved schoolteacher is found in a local park, is it a random homicide—or the work of a serial killer thought to be behind bars?


“Carla Jamison. Thirty-five. Schoolteacher. Married. Husband’s out of town.”

Inspector Chet Gavin looked up from the female body slumped over the picnic table. His eyes met those of Detective Peter Jannings. “Has he been notified?”

“We’re working on it.”

“Who found her?”

“Ten-year-old boy. He was meeting some friends here at the park when he thought she looked funny. He says he tried to wake her. That’s when he realized she was dead.”

“Tough thing for a kid.”

“She was his teacher.”

“Any reason to suspect he had anything to do with her death?”

Jannings shook his head. “The kid’s not doing too well. We separated him and his two buddies. Questioned them and though their answers match, there’re enough differences to know they weren’t rehearsing a story to give the cops. I think he just had the unfortunate luck to come upon her after she died.”

Gavin shook his head, then turned and studied the child where he sat talking with a female officer. “Someone needs to get his parents down here.”

“Already on that. They’re on their way.”

“What else have you got?”

Jannings shrugged, then flipped through his notepad. “Not much, Inspector. This time of day, the park’s pretty deserted. Most people are at the county fair this week.”

“No witnesses?”

“No. A man walking his dog said he was here at roughly eleven o’clock. She was sitting here eating a sandwich.”

“Her last.”

et cetera