Cover Art for Blood Lies

The cover for Blood Lies is being built, but here is the sneak look at the front. Jeffrey Mardis is the talent behind many of the Defender Publishing books, and he’s done a wonderful job on Blood Lies. Thank you, Jeffrey!

Researching Ripper

Catherine Eddowes, sketched as she appeared in life. Artist unknown.

By Sharon K. Gilbert

Though the core plot and characters of The Redwing Saga series of books encompasses far more than Jack the Ripper, this series of brutal slayings does play an integral role in the early books in the series. Researching these murders is made easier with the advent of Internet archives. There are numerous Ripper websites, but one that I’ve found very useful is Casebook.org, which not only provides commentary but also original texts of police reports, newspaper articles, and even post-mortem reports. This morning, I’ve been reviewing the report submitted by Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown, who examined the body of Catherine Eddowes, both on scene and at the Golden Lane mortuary.

It’s heartbreaking to read how this woman met her last moments of life. Photos show an emaciated form, striped with horrific cuts and slashes, but Brown’s description makes it more chilling, because the murderer clearly ‘staged and posed’ much of what the police discovered that night. ¬†When Catherine Eddowes lived, she surely never imagined that her name and final images would form substrate for a monster.

The Website for My Novel Series is Up!

By Sharon K. Gilbert

Many of you have been kind enough to ask about the progress and publication of The Redwing Saga’s first book, Blood Lies. I’ve talked about writing this series often during the past year, and we’re finally in the homestretch. I submitted my manuscript for final review, and it should be going to the typesetter in a few days.

So, now the website is online! I’ve added a Prologue preview for those who are interested, and many of you have already read it and sent me notes that you’re looking forward to reading more! Thank you!

It’s been a labor of love putting this book together, and now I’m in the editing process on Book Two (Blood Rites). It’s my hope to release it later this year.

Here’s a link to the website: TheRedwingSaga.com

Fourteen Months and 100 Pounds Later…

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Mirror selfie taken on Nov. 14, 2016.

It’s been quite a ride since coming on board with SkyWatchTV, but the last fourteen months have brought about a major shift in my health and wellbeing. For those who watch SciFriday, you know that both Derek and I have lost weight over the past year or so. He’s lost about 40 pounds, and I’ve lost 100. As someone who’s dealt with health issues since turning forty, I can tell you that redesigning my body has brought me lots more than winks from my husband. I’ve found greater energy, stamina, and less pain and mental fatigue. I’ve heard from many viewers who want to know my ‘secret’, but the truth is it’s simple: Eat less and choose foods with high nutritional value. In other words, eat for fuel, not for fun or because of emotional needs.

I’ll be writing a book about this next year, but for now, I’d love to hear from you if you need a bit of encouragement on your weight loss journey. If I can do this, anyone can. Our bodies are an essential part of serving the Lord, so it helps to keep them functioning correctly. Cells need a variety of substrates to conduct their business. You can’t starve your way to better health. You can’t fix it with a pill. You can’t make this a short term option, hoping for a quick fix. It’s one meal at a time, one choice at a time. Every day. For the rest of your life. We’re living this life for Christ. Let’s make it count!