Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Some Readable Jazz

I think there's a surprising reason why people are so jazzed when reading Sacred Ground & Holy Water. That would be editor AND SINGER Catherine Treadgold.

Have you ever read a work in which the engaging stuff was front-loaded for bookstore browsers, while the remaining pages were a bit of a snooze or even a lunch bag letdown? Who hasn't? Fortunately, Cat's experience thrilling audiences long after the tickets are sold has given this book a stunning wax and polish. She suggested ordering the stories with readers, not just sales, in mind. So, the text has a musical performance rhythm and flow. Fast-moving easy-access pieces come first. Mind-blowing heart-moving pieces (interspersed with funny/sexy interludes) come next. Then "gonzo razzle-dazzle verbal fireworks" (in the words of one reviewer) rap up the show.

Some readers may wonder "Who let the dogs out?" in response to my humor, but we can all thank Coffeetown Press for letting the Cat out of the standard editor's bag. Let's hope there are enough cats on Broadway that she won't quit her day job.


  1. I'm really excited to get this book on my kindle. I even have the application downloaded onto my iBook so that I can change the font size. At my age, it's always nice to be able to change the size of the text to as big as I like.

    But my question is, do you have any recommendations on HOW to read the book? It seems like a lot of thought has been given by your editor on the sequence of the book for a great reading experience.

    Thanks for your time.

  2. Yes, I do have a suggestion on how to read the book. Enjoy it like a good coffee; take one sip at a time. Each story is a complete experience. Each has funny parts, sexy parts and a meaningful ending to reflect on. Don´t chug it like a pilsner; savor it like a porter. And thanks for reading my stuff.