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A Daunting Task

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I finished my third novel and started looking for a Literary Agent to represent it. What a daunting task! If you thought it was hard to write an entire novel, just wait until you start this process. I believe this is why there has been a sharp increase in self-publishing. It cost you money but it is a short cut to having very own book in your hand.

My first two novels were self-published. This time I decided to try the more conventional approach. There is so much to research; like where to find Literary Agents who represent your genre, knowing what your genre is, how they want you to send them material, a hook to get them interested, and of course, the biggie the Query Letter.

I say daunting but it’s not impossible. Thank goodness for the internet. Do your research there to put your presentation together. (How did our favorite authors prior to the turn of the century do this?) There are quite a few good writer’s websites that will have most of what you need. Check out Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, and Agent Query. These sites will give insight to each part of the process and they offer great writing seminars and courses. I am also using a web course called Get A Book Deal 101. Excellent and money well spent.

I hope more of you who are sitting on the fence as whether to self-publish or use an agent will check these out and attempt to go the more conventional route. I have been asked to review too many bad self-published works. While I won’t tell anyone not to put that on paper, those reviews never end up in my blog. At least with an agent, someone should have helped you make a much better story and do a real professional editing job.

Daunting, yes; but so worth the extra work.

When The Racist Causes More Racism

Hooray!! Point well made. In fact, history will show that it was other “black Africans” who captured and sold their fellow black Africans into slavery in the first place. Research the Zulu’s. Ok, whites bought them but they also freed them. What are Africans doing to other Africans today? Capturing them and selling them into slavery. Ever hear of Boko Haram?

Desert Musings

There’s nowhere in the dictionary that says a racist has to be a white person saying or doing actions against a person of color. It CAN (and usually is these days) be the other way around. Now, I understand that blacks don’t like to hear that, but can anyone out there actually tell me that the actions of Jesse Jackson or Barack Obama, or Al Sharpton, or Eric Holder are anything but racist? Can anyone truthfully say that the actions of these four individuals are actually bringing America together or are they tearing us apart?

Obama’s latest action seems to be a way for him to justify his racist feelings toward whites. And frankly, I can tell you, yes, racism exists both ways. I think there are some whites that are still racist toward blacks, and I think that there are more blacks that are racist toward whites. And it’s a…

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Happy Daytona 500 Morning

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_nascar-nscs15-gordon-second-daytona-win-99-922Happy Daytona 500 Day to all fans!!! As long as I can remember, this has been a big day for this fan. There have been ups and downs for everyone, drivers and fans alike, in the 56 previous years.

Ups for this year is Jeff Gordon qualifying on the pole in his last race year; Hendrick Motorsports start one, two, three; and finally the race season is starting!!! There are downs, too, depending on your point of view, starting with Kyle Busch breaking both legs and missing the race. I am not a Kyle Busch fan. I always root for him to crash or for someone else, anyone else, to beat him. But I never want someone to get hurt in a crash and I send prayers for his recovery. You will be missed in the big race today.

There is another down for the race this year and it is a cause I speak on frequently; domestic abuse. As the victim of spousal abuse, I feel very qualified to speak on it. As a former law enforcement officer, I worked thousands of cases of domestic abuse. But I will surprise you on my take on the Kurt Busch suspension from NASCAR and missing the 500.

My opinion is Miss Patricia Driscoll was looking for her 15 minutes of fame when she went on several news shows this week during Daytona Speed Weeks. She got her name out there and in the process disparaged the sport. Kurt’s brother took the spotlight off the story when he crashed and is now out of the big race also. Thank you, Kyle, but I wish it had been a different way for both of you. In America, we have a saying, “innocent until proven guilty”. This incident that Busch was suspended for happened in Dover, DE last year. Busch was not charged in that incident. Miss Driscoll then pushed the issue by obtaining a restraining order against Busch and going public with her side of the story. Well Miss Driscoll, I have interviewed many women like you. I don’t believe your story. You went to his motorcoach and entered it without being invited so in my opinion, you started the incident.

Believe it or not, sometimes women start the incidents. They push the man to his breaking point and then cry for help when the man crosses the line. Busch was not charged so it would appear Miss Driscoll was the aggressor. Her actions this week also lead me to believe she is after something and it isn’t justice. She is looking for money and fame. Sorry, Honey, you get no sympathy from this woman. You are one of those women who give all women a bad name. You are the one who keeps those involved in real domestic abuse cases afraid to speak out and keeps them in the cycle. You are taking advantage of a real problem just to get your 15 minutes of fame. I hope you choke on it.

NASCAR official, I can’t believe you suspended Busch until the case is resolved in the courts. The man is innocent until proven guilty. Let the case play out before making your ruling. You may be giving NASCAR a black eye. I am not a fan of either Busch brother but Kurt should not be suspended, at least not yet.

What can put this race back on happy footing today? I am pulling for someone who has never won this race before. I want Tony Stewart to win. Stewart is the new Dale Earnhart as a man who has done everything else in NASCAR but not the 500. Go, Tony!!

Prince Sasson (A.K.A. Baby Squirrel)

It’s Christmas, a time of joy, giving and getting. but it is also the time to give and care for the ‘least of these’. Jesus gave us instruction to care for the least of these. So no matter if it is human or animal, give comfort to those less fortunate than yourself this holiday season. The season is about giving regardless of what religion you are or non-religion. This time of year is for taking care of the less fortunate, human and animal. It is a time of peace and love; and that includes your enemies. Love to everyone in the world, human and animal (but especially the animals!!) Kat Canfield

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Just in time for the holidays!

Prince holding a pecan!

Sometimes the sweetest things in life arrives in a small package!  That is certainly the case with this teeny squirrel, who is the size of two fingers, and who has arrived just in time for the holidays! Now, you might be wondering how I’ve come to be the mommy of a baby squirrel.  Several Sundays ago, Jack and I were chatting while standing in the kitchen and I heard what I believed was a baby screaming.  Since I don’t know of any babies living near to us, my imagination went crazy.  Jack, who believes I get overly emotional over human/animal dramas, said it was the refrigerator I was hearing, that the frig was going out!  I know the difference between a squealing machine and live cries, so I rushed to follow the sound.  I dashed out the back door, leaving Jack to protest!  It was dark but I saw something small squirming…

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Wise Words For the New Year

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“Brothers: The Arab countries today are in urgent need of stability and peace. Every country, every government, every responsible citizen and every individual in every Arab country should devote himself to the service of his country and his people to raise his country to the place it deserves among the nations of the world. This is what the Arabs need today. Quarrels, disagreements, insults and altercations are forbidden by our religion, are unworthy of the Arabs’ dignity and are in conflict with their own interest. It serves the interest of no one when an Arab inflicts damage to himself or on others. All it accomplishes is to hinder the Arab countries from carrying out their duties properly.”

These are words of King Faisal, third Saudi King, in 1963. They are still true fifty years later in the world and especially in the Middle East. I dare say if the leaders of the Arab countries would get together and quite fighting each other, they would offer a greater world for everyone; this includes to leaders in Israel, as it is a part of the Arab world. Peace in the Middle East is possible if true leaders worked together. King Faisal brought many good reforms to Saudi Arabia like the education of women. His successor, King Abdullah, continues to reform the country and make the lives of Saudi’s women better.

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First Christmas Away

Merry Christmas to my Italian friends. Hope to be in Italy sometime in 2015!

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Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

This year will be my very first Christmas away from my family, in another country and without snow. It’s been really strange trying to get excited for Christmas when there are still palm trees outside my window and when I can walk outside in just a sweatshirt. It doesn’t even feel like December. So to make it feel more like the holidays I managed to buy a mini tree (a real one even!), decorate with my roommates and make a million cookies, most of which were eaten immediately.

I had always wanted to spend the holidays in Rome thinking it would be lots of fun, but have realized it’s just not the same without snow, my kittens, and my wonderful wood stove. Although, the city is decorated beautifully with lights shaped to be the flag of every country, and  my favorite sight was a Fiat 500, decorated with Santa driving…

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Latest Review of Only Us

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I want to thank my friend and fellow author Bill Miller for this review on Amazon.com. Bill is the author of Seeds of Magnolia, a historical account of a real family trying to deal with the morality of slavery before, during, and after the American Civil War. The following is his review of my novel, Only Us.

Kat Canfield describes the tangled love life and eventual marriage of an American woman and a wealthy member of a Saudi royal family. Their love for each other and even their lives are placed in jeopardy by an organized crime lord’s relentless criminal exploitations for financial gain. The plot develops slowly and continuously from start to finish. Right up to the very end, the reader is kept wondering what’s next and who done it.
Only Us is an interesting book with a well-developed plot. Its’ drawback is marked by errors in punctuation, a few sentences with missing words, and some redundancy. Yet, it keeps the readers attention from cover to cover. Even with the grammatical errors, it makes a good read.

Do you think Saudi females should always have a guardian?

Sometimes, we don’t know how good we have it. Even with the “War On Women” as expressed by the Obama Administration and the liberal media, American women live quite well compared to our Saudi cousins. Appreciate, Ladies, what you have and work to improve the lives of ALL women in the world.

Jean Sasson

This is an interesting blog that I am reblogging from Saudi woman’s Blog.  It’s a blog that will make you think and create a lot of conversation.  This is a topic that Princess Sultana and I bring into clarity in the latest in the series of books about her life:  Princess, More tears to Cry:  Here’s the book images (UK and USA publishers)

UK edition of the latest about Saudi women through the voice of Princess Sultana UK edition of the latest about Saudi women through the voice of Princess Sultana

USA EDITION of my latest book about Saudi women USA EDITION of my latest book about Saudi women

I’d love to hear from readers about this topic:  (NOTE:  This is not my blog, this blog is from the Saudiwoman’s blog, so I am giving her full credit.)

“My Guardian Knows What’s Best for Me”

In August a campaign was launched titled “My Guardian Knows What’s Best for Me”. The aim of the campaign is to stand against women who are demanding to be…

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PRINCESS SULTANA, MORE TEARS TO CRY, an excerpt for readers!

The next great book is out! Just in time for Holiday gift giving!

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Finally!  The 4th book in the PRINCESS series about Princess Sultana has arrived!  AND, HERE IS A LITTLE GIFT FOR readers WHO HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR LOVE FOR PRINCESS SULTANA:  AN EXCERPT:  VISIT WITH PRINCESS SULTANA AND HER FAMILY AT A SPECIAL FAMILY PARTY.  HAPPY READING MY FRIENDS!  (scroll down) princess-more-tears-to-cry-usa-cover.jpgPRINCESS MORE TEARS TO CRY120

 

 

CHAPTER TWO:  THE PARTY:

Like a siren song, diamonds call  out  to  most  females.  I no longer  hear  that  call. I lost my desire for expensive  jewelry

the moment I discovered the immense joy one derives from helping others.  Now  when I am shown exquisite  jewels, I do not envisage the glittering gems draped  around my neck, hanging from my ears or clasped upon  my wrist;  instead,  I contemplate what  the value of  those  gems could  procure.   Perhaps  it  would  allow  an  eager child to take  lessons in a good  school,  or a sickly mother  to feel the glow…

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