In QUARTER MOON DUES: Concluding Qtr, the fantasy and reality which alternated through earlier Books of Gem has syncopated into a back beat for jazz steps in a series of letters. With this sixth book, the reason for a dance away from established plot lines clarifies into the bull dog determination of a writer working to synchronize a heartbeat between the moon and New York City. As with MORNING COMES, FULL MOON RISING, NEW MOON BLUES, and QUARTER MOON DUES: Opening Qtr, this story is a parallel to THE ROSE AND THE PYRAMID, and the book titles and letters used are exact or close replicas of those sent by Linda Shelnutt. From a 2015 retrospect, Shelnutt no longer questions whether the letters are an ingenious How To or a hilarious How Not To break into the Majors in USA Publishing. To the rhythm of blues, in 2007, she had stepped into a canoe, joining a free flowing stream of consciousness gaining momentum out of Seattle, feeding hungry minds, kindling campfires, and singing soul songs.
For more detail on this teaser click on the option on the Amazon product page to "Look Inside." Or download a sample onto your Kindle app or device. For a condensed version or appetizer of this full length book, see the SHORT GEM titled "LIVING IN A MANUSCRIPT," which is dedicated to Linda Shelnutt's friend, Louise Cooper, UK science fiction author extraordinaire.
For an intriguing continuation of the pair of QUARTER MOON DUES books, see the Myrtle Drinkwater Astrological Investigator Investigator Mystery series currently making publishing history. The original concept letters for this series were documented in the QMD pair.
Shelnutt's latest release is MYRTLE'S PENULTIMATE WALKABOUT, the second stand alone work in the Myrtle Drinkwater saga. MPW is available in a pair of Kindle books with one holding the storyline and the other sharing 27 endnotes of backstage clips of writing process related to hair loss and life's daily chores. Look for the shadowed trees at sunset on the book covers of these two landmark works under the MPW title.
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QMD-2 ONE WOMAN'S WAKE-UP CALL: WHAT EVERY ASPIRING WRITER SHOULD KNOW Review by Anonymous---gotta give them one star stalkers a leg up, eh Mr. G. Jeffs?
Quarter Moon Dues... published by author Linda Gail Shelnutt on Kindle. Quarter Moon Dues as a whole is one book in her Gem series. If read as part of that and in sequence I believe the reader will get much more out of it...as it continues with the saga of middle aged Jennifer O'Reilley [starting out as Jennifer Green] and her efforts to follow the path of her dreams to become a best-selling author with all she believes that will mean for humanity. The entire story, beginning with Morning Comes, is my favorite kind of story: the in-depth examination of a life...and Life itself...with its loves and hates, ups and downs beauty and ugliness. You come to know Jennifer quite well when you read the entire series... you get to experience the details of a life...come to know the people around her...come to feel her...
TOWARD THE END OF THIS BOOK WE LEARN THAT THIS IS JENNIFER'S SWAN SONG...AT LEAST FOR NOW...AND THAT AUTHOR LINDA GAIL SHELNUTT WILL BE TAKING OVER IN HER OWN RIGHT IN MOLASSES MOON, which I have already started and am liking.
I will miss Jennifer, as Linda has said she is largely based on her anyway, though she managed to develop her own personality, one that was sorely tested throughout this story. As in part one, Jennifer is desperately trying to make ten long years of writing pay off...provide an income...she takes her letter writing from agents to publishers to editors to authors and back to agents.
she writes letters on the brink of insanity...she writes letters dripping with wounded sarcasm, she writes letters gushing with politeness, she writes letters referring to ten other letters, she writes letters telling the reader to go read all her manuscripts, she writes 'em short, she writes 'em long...
and then Jeff Herman comes along...and heavenly...
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