I never thought I would ever want to stop writing. It’s been a part of me for almost as long as I’ve been able to write my name. Yet here I am…and it seems I’m not alone.
Several authors I knew early in my career gave it up, some much sooner than I have. They were tired of the competition, the many frustrations of traditional publishing. Their reasons were the same reasons I had for making the jump to self-publishing and then to indie publishing.
Now, I’m seeing a whole new set of frustrations in indie authors. They no longer feel the excitement they once felt. They hate having to market and promote their own work. For most, sales aren’t as good as they’d hoped. One author says these days she finds more pleasure in knitting that she does in writing. Nobody asks her if her knitting project has made the bestseller list. (But she points out that she gives up on an average of once a year.) Another author still loves the writing but hates the grunt work that goes with it–marketing, promotion, trying to get reviews. She would rather just write for her own pleasure. Reading about the decline in readership doesn’t help. Hearing that the number of books being published is much higher than it was before self-publishing became so popular, meaning more competition for sales doesn’t help, either. More books, fewer readers–not good.
I had planned an entire series of Chasing the Wind sequels, also including characters from five of my other novels–Alexander’s Empire, Angels at Midnight, The Unicorn’s Daughter, Solitaire and Luck of the Draw. In Final Hours, the planet was taken out by an asteroid, so there’s really no way to go forward with those characters. Or maybe the asteroid missed its target?
I’ve considered doing these stories as short novels, in the format of James Patterson’s Book Shots. I’ve thought about maybe serializing them on this blog. I was ready to scrap everything. Then I re-read these reviews for Chasing the Wind on Amazon….
Lynne, meet Connor. Connor, meet Lynne.
By Berk Rourke on September 25, 2016
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This is a most intriguing story which takes hold and forces the reader to continue. I started it on one day and finished on the next because i was entranced by the story and could not put it down. It is fairly rapid reading though sometimes the switch in character involvement as the story progressed became difficult. About fifty percent of the way through the book there was a moment of presaging which gave much of the rest of the story away. But I am not sure anyone who has not constructed a story would recognize the moment or see the rest of the story unfold as foretold.
Lynne is an archaeologist. She has to go to London to make a talk. But while there she must find funding for her project or lose the opportunity to search for artifacts from the time of Moses. She meets Connor/Andrew there. He funds her project and immediately begins to “hit” on her. Long story short they marry in Jerusalem, she gets preggers right away. Then the story really begins. I will not tell you more except to say this is a well constructed tale. It is written well, there are not a lot of distractions in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I will look for other books by this couple.
Would you believe if God’s messenger returned today and he was your true love? Or would you believe it was madness? Read this thrilling love story and find out.
Published 2 months ago by Linda
Refreshing Christian fiction–which should be enjoyable for those not necessarily looking for that
By Diane E. Sidener on September 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I don’t often write reviews, but this book’s Christianity didn’t demand abandoning science. It was also refreshingly free from swearing and sexual titillation–things that are real spoilers for me, which is why I’m mentioning them before saying that it was imaginatively plotted and well written, with few of the typos and minor editing mistakes that are all-too-frequently found these days. A very enjoyable story: I’m going shopping now for my next book by this talented pair.
A romantic thriller
By Karla Telega on January 17, 2011
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I’m not normally an avid reader, but I loved this book. It has romance, danger: two damaged people clinging together, fighting for their lives and for the safety of their unborn child. It also has an interesting meld of science and religion that I haven’t found in other stories. The book definitely steps outside genre formulas, making it fresh, original, and compelling.
Love the premise of genetic tinkering and what the possibilities …
By Marilyn J. Collier on October 8, 2015
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Love the premise of genetic tinkering and what the possibilities that may result. The question of how will it progress through the generations isn’t completely answered. This is a novel of intense characters. At first the way it is structured was a bit odd, but it allows you to “know” even the minor characters. That is quite a feat that many authors do not master. If you want a well-written book with believable characters fighting against evil, you cannot do any better than this one. It does take some surprising twists, but that is what keeps one reading.
Riding a Hurricane
By Lena Winfrey Hayat on November 28, 2011
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In “Chasing the Wind,” Norma Beishir and Collin Beishir chase the reader with a hurricane of adventure. They introduce us to two main characters: Lynne (an archaeologist with a modern Christian view) and Connor (aka Andrew a geneticist who is low in faith), and they appear on the surface to be as different as night and day. We get to follow their exciting adventure across the world as we are introduced to some interesting minor characters. We watch as Lynne and Connor grow together as if they had known each other all of their lives. We drop into their destiny and travel with them.
Beishir is a master storyteller who controls suspense and employs all the great ingredients that cook up this political, religious suspense thriller. Beishir leads us through a maze of plots and subplots that lead us to surprising discoveries. Beishir has an amazing ability to elaborately describe psychological motivations of the characters while painting their passion and drawing out their ambitions. Heroes are true heroes (like Connor who transforms before our eyes) that have human flaws while villains are super-villains (like the assassin Caine and Dante with his cult-like global cartel); we are allowed a peek at their abusive childhoods that is a key to their motivations and what makes them tick. We get to taste their evil and insanity.
Beishir entranced me from the beginning and hypnotized me until the end. The quick pace and intense mood of the novel with colorful and humorous dialogue made the story hard to put down. We find ourselves cheering for Lynne and Connor as they face some formidable obstacles. We are left pondering so many engaging issues as well as realizing this novel could really reflect so much of reality, especially in today’s modern world of genetics and technology. Beishir raises ethical issues that we are still struggling with in the real world.
The reader is in for a riveting, enlightening, fascinating and amazing journey through the pages of “Chasing the Wind.”
Back and Better than Ever
By Mike (VINE VOICE) on February 27, 2012
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I reviewed the original version of this book which was written in the third person. In this version, it has been re-written in the 1st person. I will re-post my original review then add to it after:
Get ready for an intense ride with Chasing the Wind. This book grabbed me from the beginning and never let go.
Dr. Lynne Raven is an archeologist on a dig in Egypt, looking for biblical artifacts from the time of the Exodus. The problem is, money is drying up and it looks like the dig is over until a saving grace comes along in the form of a man named Connor Mackenzie. He is a man shrouded in mystery and has an obvious interest in Lynne, but he also has access to what appears to be near limitless wealth. He offers to fund the dig for 5 years and provides resources they could never have dreamed of.
Lynne is approaching middle age. She is divorced and has no children, but always wanted them. Connor’s interest in her transformed when he did something that he never thought would happen: he fell in love with her. That’s when the flood gates opened.
Connor’s mysterious past comes alive. He and Lynne both discover that there is far more to his past, and their future, than either of them could have ever imagined. Pursued by a mysterious cult that seems to believe Connor is the way to jumpstart the Apocalypse, they must fight for their very survival.
Aspects of this book are actually brought about by real research. The portions of the Exodus mentioned in this book (the timing of it, the parting of the Reed Sea instead of the Red Sea, etc) are actual debates taking place with biblical scholars.
The characters also come alive with some great dialogue. Some examples:
“This whole thing is so fishy you could serve it with fries and hushpuppies.”
“You know Darcy, there’s a saying that only the good die young. If that’s true, you’re going to live forever. God doesn’t want you and the devil won’t have you for fear of a power struggle.”
I highly recommend this book. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Army of Angels.
Okay, so comparing the two, for those of you who read the first version, here’s my take. Think of the original version as having a job you love. You get paid well. You actually don’t dread going to work on Monday morning. You feel good every day when you get up. Now, with the new version, picture having that same job and getting a random raise. It’s just more of a good thing. If you haven’t read Chasing the Wind yet, get in on it now. If you read the original version, it’s worthwhile to jump back in. You get a better peek into the minds of the characters. Actually, Connor’s thought processes to me were the most revealing. And this is just going to ramp you up for the sequel, which I can’t wait for.
Outstanding epic story, and terrific personal, intimate tale in one novel
By William Kendallon February 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I’ve recently read the revised edition of the book, now released, which has been changed from third person point of view to first person, and the end result is an astonishing, powerful, and intimate story. The book follows a couple, Connor Mackenzie and Lynne Raven, as well as a number of other characters, telling an epic, sprawling tale of good versus evil through their eyes. The novel touches on archaeology, faith, destiny, and love throughout, intriguing the reader while taking them on a journey that touches down in places like Britain, Italy, Jerusalem, the Sinai, and New Zealand.
Lynne Raven is an archaeologist seeking physical proof of the Biblical Exodus in the Sinai. She’s often far from her home and family in America, occasionally feeling the notion that time is catching up to her. Her work begins to be funded by Connor, who meets her by chance, finds her intriguing, and accompanies her to the dig site. He’s a man of many secrets and difficult family relations with a sister, Sarah, and step-father, Edward. We find ourselves wondering at first if he’s mentally stable. It’s a question Connor himself wonders. He’s a man who keeps himself at a distance, closed off from the world, the pain of his mother’s death an overwhelming factor in his life. He also has, as we gradually see, an innate ability to heal with his own touch.
Gradually Connor and Lynne fall in love as they get to know each other, as Lynne gradually gets him to open up to her. Their courtship, such as it is, is filled with lightness and humour, Connor going out of his way to openly flirt with Lynne and win her over, and they marry. It doesn’t take long before they’re expecting a child, but circumstances quickly send them on the run. Violence follows them as the secrets of Connor’s past and his family’s connection to a man of pure evil catch up. They go into hiding in New Zealand, and Connor finds himself at a point where he must make a fateful decision about his future, and that of his wife and their baby son. It requires him to come to terms with the true nature of who he is and what he’s meant to do.
The love between Lynne and Connor is the emotional core of the book, and it works wonderfully. There’s such a sense of believability about the couple, a feeling of genuine connection and love. They’re suited to each other, and as they deal with the chaos, heartache, and losses that the story throws at them, we find ourselves very sympathetic to them. And by extension, the way each character reacts to the events surrounding them feels true to their personalities. Lynne is a woman of faith with good family ties who accepts; Connor must go through the purging by fire, figuratively speaking, to accept what fate has in store for him.
The strong characterization extends to the various other characters that populate the book. If Connor and Lynne represent the good of the book, then their counterparts representing evil are more then a match. Nicholas Dante is a sinister presence in the book, a man of cruelty and evil who has a facade of respect, and yet is a man of no redeeming qualities. He orchestrates and pulls strings, seeking to control Connor for his own ends and his own beliefs. His hired enforcer is a memorable villain named Judas Caine, a brutal psychopath who has none of his employer’s refinement. Caine is the sort of man who enjoys causing the most amount of pain he can, a sadistic hitman whose actions are, to say the least, profoundly disturbing. While I have, in the past, enjoyed villains with at least something sympathetic in their nature, I find these two-utterly unsympathetic and the very definition of pure evil- to be very compelling.
There are a number of other characters that I rather liked throughout the book. Phillip Darcy is a photojournalist who happens to count Lynne among his various ex-wives (his pet name for her is Duchess, a touch I rather like). He’s a likeable rogue with a chaotic personal life, and he’s rough around the edges. I liked his personality, his way of sparring with pretty much everyone. He comes into contact with Lynne and Connor in the Sinai, where events occur and strange discoveries are made that cause him to start asking some very serious questions. Caitlin Hammond and Jack Farlow are a pair of FBI agents looking into several missing children cases that tie into the larger story, and their investigation brings them into Connor’s orbit. Their rapport and dialogue is well written, and has the same genuine feel to it that the rest of the book has. And Connor’s sister Sarah is a revelation as a character. She starts the book off as cold, hostile, and perhaps coming across as emotionally unstable, and her journey through the novel brings her to a very different place.
The novel deals with weighty themes throughout. History plays out in its pages, as do the themes of good versus evil, the acceptance of destiny, and the struggle with coming to terms with faith. There are harrowing, horrific moments in the book that will have you shuddering (a speciality of Mr. Caine, you see). And there are moments that will make you laugh. Chasing The Wind tells an epic world spanning tale that manages to be a very intimate, personal story of the love between a man and a woman. It’s a terrific, compelling book that you’re going to love reading.
Okay. I’m thinking….