Category Archives: Bevill, C.L.

Kudo’s to the Self-Published Author

I know that I previously said that I would normally just post on Monday’s, but as I was falling to sleep last night it struck me what a great contribution the self-published author is making to the reading world and I just wanted to give them kudos.

Fresh Perspectives:

That’s what they are bringing to the reading world.  This is what I’ve been seeing in the books that I have been reviewing.  It’s not the same old stories written in the same old tone.   I’ll tell you I actually stopped buying pop fiction a few years back because every book seemed to be the same.  I got so sick of it I boycotted them and decided to read all of the classics.  Yes, it’s true that the mainstream publishing houses will come out with something new and different every once in a while, but that doesn’t happen very often.  For the most part if they find something that sells, they bring in more authors to write more of those same stories.   But those days are changing.  The market is getting blown wide open to fresh perspectives.

  • The warmth and goodness that Rita Hestand brings to the romance novel in Chief Cook and Bottle Washer rather than that constant tension between protagonists that you find in most romance novels.
  • The great sense of humor portrayed by C. L. Bevill in Bubba and the Dead Woman.  I can count on one hand, and still have some fingers left over, the number of authors that made me laugh as much.
  • The history of and memorial to Torpedo Squadron 4.  What Gerald W. Thomas brought to this in Torpedo Squadron 4: A Cockpit View of World War II, because of his experience, was not only an extensive historical record, or a list of battles, but he added a level of humanity to it and, thereby, memorialized those who flew.
  • Robert Day in Demon Gates:  Book One of the Nexus Wars Saga (review upcoming) with his ability to portray all of his characters with their own stories.

Kudos to you all!

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Bubba and the Dead Woman by C.L. Bevill

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 Genre: Mystery              Word Count: 80,000

Where to Purchase:

Amazon:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)          Barnes and Noble:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)          Smashwords:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)

Description:

This is not your normal fast-paced murder mystery.  It’s a small town, southern whodunit.  Whodunit is the question everyone asks when Bubba comes home to find his ex-fiancée murdered in his front yard.  Of course, they don’t ask the question very long as Bubba is the only one with a motive.  So it’s up to Bubba to solve the mystery which he has a hard time doing as he IS the only one with a motive. But Bubba has the inside scoop and knows he didn’t do it, so attempt to solve it he does. Amidst the gossip, falling in love, being hauled into jail, and dealing with various intruders on the Snoddy property where Bubba lives with his eccentric mother.

Excerpt:

Two curious customers later, Willodean was staring at the cameras and rubbing her jaw in an agitated manner.  “I’m going to get fired,” Willodean muttered.  “I’m going to get fired and have to move back to Dallas and into my parent’s house.  Dad’s going to say, ‘I told you not to move down to bumpkinville, honey.’ Mom’s going to make so many chocolate chip cookies that my ass will explode. 

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Bevill’s writing shows shades of Janet Evanovich for setting up off-the-wall situations and dialog.  She does a wonderful job developing a screwball  cast of characters, but not so wacky that they lose their charm or become inane.  The only drawback to this book is that the explanation of how the dead woman ended up in Bubba’s yard was a little far-fetched, but although a mite unbelievable Bevill does tie up all the loose ends rather nicely.

Content Rating: 

This book is actually very clean.  No swearing, sex, or graphic violence. 

Formatting (for the Amazon Kindle only):

There are a few minor issues with the formatting in this book.  It does not contain  a table of contents: hyperlinked or otherwise. Occasionally a blank page appears between chapters and the chapter headings could have been formatted a little more attractively.

About the Author:

C.L. Bevill has lived in Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and Oregon.  She once was in the US Army and a graphic illustrator.  She holds degrees in social-psychology and counseling.  She is  the author of Bubba and the Dead Woman, Bubba and the 12 Deadly Days of Christmas, Bayou Moon, and Shadow People, among others.  Presently she lives with her husband and her daughter and continues to constantly write.

If you would like to learn more about the author her webpage is at http://www.clbevill.com/ or follow her blog at  http://carwoo.blogspot.com/.