Breaking the Silence

I write all my blog posts in my head, at three o’clock in the morning. It’s a problem because they never get written down. They are quite good though, and since I haven’t written them down, you’ll just have to trust me. 😉

SPRING is here. It’s both a relief and a shock to the system. A shock because, one day it’s sunny and seventy degrees and the next it’s thirty degrees and snowing. I’ve lived in Indiana all my life, so I’m used to it. Hoosiers can’t gauge the validity of global warming because rapid weather fluctuations are the norm here.

“It’s 70 degrees in February!” Happy shrug. “That’s Indiana, for you.”

“It’s fifty degrees in July!” Bitter shrug. “Dang blasted Indiana.”

Enough about the weather, though.

Sales are going

Sales for This Quiet Tyranny are going. Slowly. But they are going. And I’m receiving a lot of positive feedback in person and on the Web. (Thank you to all who have read my novel, and a double thank you to those who have provided feedback!) Here’s a sampling of the online responses…

A strong debut novel done with art and skill. Sword Cross Rocket

This book was recommended by a friend and I am so glad I read it!! From the beginning, Laine intrigued me, I wanted to know more about her. I found myself picking up this book whenever I had a free moment, because I wanted more. Rachel H.

Very well written with excellent complications and plot twists. Shae Lyn Hamrick

Thomas’ view of where our country might be headed with government run healthcare, food production, etc. is startling and eye opening. Amy L. Deace

The characters were so well written I found myself getting drawn into the story, and worrying about Laine’s safety.
Debbie Y

The cold emptiness displayed in this story is so well written, the loss of emotions other than depression and hopelessness captured to the point where we shudder at the choices and wince at the philosophies based on the ever-increasing depravity of mankind rejecting God. Nicole Petrino-Salter

My book is going over quite well with folks who don’t normally read science fiction. Several have said they are intrigued by the relationships in the story and are eager to watch those relationships develop within the near-future setting I’ve provided.

I intended to write “accessible” science fiction from the get-go. I’m not the type of scifi lover who is impressed by high-concept or infinite technical detail. I like stories about real people who just happen to live in the future or some other altered reality. I think the official term(s) for it is “soft/psychological” scifi, and if you ask me, there’s not enough of it out there. Along with This Quiet Tyranny, I have another novel in the works called Maroon Lake, which is also relationship-based. I hope to have that one out early next year, after which I might begin thinking about a sequel to This Quiet Tyranny. 🙂 (It’s been requested.)

Upcoming Projects

In the meantime, I have two additional projects in the works. One is a poetry book that loosely chronicles my spiritual journey throughout my twenties. Here’s a sneak peek of the cover graphic:

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I’m also working on a second novel, Running Backwards, which is quite a departure from This Quiet Tyranny. It’s set in modern-day Central Indiana (a setting I *might* know something about) and it’s about a soon-to-be thirty marketing consultant named, Dulcie Brannam, who inadvertently welcomes her old high school boyfriend as a house guest for a week. As you might guess, this causes some relationship “issues”. (Did I mention Dulcie’s married?)

I plan to finish the “final” draft of Running Backwards in May and I am currently looking for beta readers. If you’d like a sneak peek at my manuscript and are willing to give me your honest criticism, I need you on my team! If you’re interested, let me know in the comments section, or shoot me an email at jessicathomasink @ yahoo dot com.

For those in the northern hemisphere, enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures, as well as the spring rains that bring us those lovely spring flowers. If you are in the southern hemisphere, I’m sorry. 🙁

Talk to you soon!

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