Chasing Liberty: a Review – Part 2

Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden

Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden

Note: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the author for this review.

This is part two of a two-part review of Theresa Linden‘s new book Chasing Liberty. Part 1 will take a look at the religious aspects of Chasing Liberty on my religion blog. Part 2 will examine the overall writing.

And Now for the Weather Report

One of the things that impressed me the most about Theresa’s novel is her world-building. As a writer, I know it’s not easy to create a believable world for your character to inhabit. Over the course of her story, you really get a sense of the Regemin as an authoritative regime that observes and controls every aspect of their citizens lives. From characters that Liberty interacts with to the things that she and others have to do, you really get the feeling of Big Brother is looking over their shoulder.

Every story needs a great conflict. For Chasing Liberty, Liberty’s biggest antagonist is an egotistical doctor named Supero, who becomes fixated on Liberty to the point that he neglects his own job. He is angered by her disinterest in becoming a breeder, by her non-conformity. And when she escapes, he drops everything to find her. He spends more time at the Citizen Security Service looking for her than at his office. (On a side note, whenever Theresa uses the acronym CSS, I chuckle to myself. As a guy who works with webpages, I’m used to thinking of CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. And that is what I think of every time I see CSS).

Overall, Chasing Liberty was a very interesting and though provoking story with an engaging plot and well written main characters. Check it out for yourself here.

Next Project in the Works

Coming soon

Coming soon

I published my latest ebook about a week ago. I’ve already begun planning my next ebook. It will be at least a novella in length. It will be a Ocean’s Eleven-style steam punk thriller. Here is the plot:

In the late 1860s, ships in the English Channel are attacked at sunk by a mysterious ship in the night. Several navies have sent ships to investigate, but the found nothing. Most people are convinced the French are behind it. However,  a mysterious American adventurer, named Tom Cavanaugh, isn’t so sure and he’s putting together a team to investigate.

First, I’m going to publish a short prequel entitled Fire in the Night so readers can get a taste of things to come. The full novel will follow. I’m not setting a deadline until the book is 90%+ done. I’ve come up with the chapter titles, so I’m good to go. I hope.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

Announcing the Newest Benny Cahill eBook on Smashwords

After several months of hard work, I’m proud to announce that the newest stories of Benny Cahill, PI are now available on Smashwords. Trouble is My Client contains FOUR new and never before seen Benny Cahill stories. These stories (Where There’s a Will, Now Hear This, Reach for It, and To the Moon) recall the days of Old Time Radio and the detective stories that formed a generation of Americans. From the Smashwords page:

 Benny Cahill is back. After getting involved in a crooked horse race in Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, the cynical and wise-cracking private detective returns in four never before published mysteries. These noir stories are inspired by the author’s love of Old Time Radio shows. This collection includes a foreword by Theresa Linden, author of Chasing Liberty.

Click the book cover below to go to the book’s Smashwords page. More ebook stores will be added soon. Don’t forget to rate and review after you have read it.

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Click the cover for the Smashwords page.

Do eBook Covers Have to Cost $$$$?

If you ever published an ebook or just looked into publishing an ebook, one of the biggest costs is the cover. I’ve seen prices as low as $40 and as high as $300+. You could make your own ebook cover, especially if you’re a graphic designer, but most people don’t have that skill.

Luckily, there is this great place called Fiverr, where you can get all kinds of stuff starting at $5. I got my last ebook cover from a seller named Angie. Check out here gig. She does terrific work. Also, check out everything that Fiverr have to offer.