I've been getting some feedback for my novel And The Beat Goes On , including from my son in law who stayed up one night over the Christmas holidays reading. He's the first family member to finish it, to my knowledge, which is always a bit nerve-racking. (It's one thing to allow strangers to read your inner most thoughts, but quite another to let those closest to you into the twistings and turnings of your mind ...) Anyway, he said he liked it (and he's usually fairly honest!) except for the epilogue, which he found too 'girlie'. Okay, I admit it - there is definitely a romantic bent to the story, but it is, after all, classified as 'Romantic Suspense'. The novel was written primarily for a female audience, but I hope that all you guys out there will also enjoy the rest of the story. It's no TOO sappy - something i don't really care for, but I guess I must have a romantic bone or two in my body after all, (something I am accused of NOT having on occasion - my husband is the romantic in our family) but I think everybody needs a bit of l-o-v-e, don't you agree?
My pastor commented on the archeological aspects of the book, and although I do not pretend to be an expert by any means on that subject, I did try to do my homework. I also spent quite a bit of time researching the creationist model - and there is a TON of stuff out there on the subject - and hope that I have done some service in that regard. Even the most skeptical proponent of evolutionary theory would really have to stop and consider intelligent design a little more seriously if they actually looked at the facts. In any case, I am a believer in creation, although I don't pretend to understand all the intricacies of how and when it really took place. I think that is something better left up to the Creator himself. So if I have offended anyone, or 'gotten it wrong', as may very well be, just remember that fiction is just that - a made-up story meant to primarily entertain. If I've managed to plant some other seeds, so much the better.
It might also be of interest that the legends referred to about Pterodactyls in That part of Africa are actually true. I came across that tidbit when reading once and thought how awesome it would be to somehow include it in the story. In fact, I guess it became the main catalyst for the events that followed.
In any case. I would love to hear any reviews from those who have read the book and any other comments that you might wish to share.