L. A. Starks Newsletter, (early) Spring 2020
Coupled with a very positive review (9.5/10), The Second Law, Lynn Dayton Thriller #3 was a quarterfinalist (top 7%) in 2019 for The BookLife Prize in the mystery/thriller category!
I finished the year with signings at Barnes & Noble stores in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Plano, Texas; and Midland, Texas. In 2020 I’ve joined a local critique group, begun work on a revamped website, participated in DartFrog’s display of The Second Law in twenty independent bookstores and completed an online interview with fellow author Vincent Lowry at E-Author Resources.
Mainly, I’m writing the fourth book in the Lynn Dayton series and outlining a short story or two.
Promotions: please do join me at Goodreads if you haven’t already. Because my Goodreads group is 4900+ that’s where I announce all book and short story discounts and giveaways.
In the last six months I’ve read 21 books, including seven nonfiction. Among the fiction, I liked the newest in Brad Taylor’s series, Hunter Killer; The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (which reads especially well as Canadian retribution for the War of 1812); The Night Fire by Michael Connelly; Lethal Agent by Kyle Mills in Vince Flynn’s series; The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; and the lightly fictionalized autobiography On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
In non-fiction, I was especially impressed by the observations and insights in China’s Great Wall of Debt by Dinny McMahon. I was glad to read Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow, the journalist who spotlighted Harvey Weinstein’s abuse and helped start the #MeToo movement. Tammie Jo Shults’ Nerves of Steel was inspirational. Shults is the Southwest Airlines pilot who safely landed a flight from New York after an engine part pierced the fuselage, causing the entire airplane full of passenger to lose air pressure.
I continue to write three articles a month for the open (free) Seeking Alpha platform and five a month for a Marketplace subscriber platform, Econ-Based Energy Investing (EBEI). If you’re interested, here are the open platform and EBEI links:
Until next time,