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'I Love Your Cupcakes' My new romantic and sweet novel is coming out soon. And here is the beginning

Hi all:

I’m not sure how many of you will remember that a few months back I was asking for suggestions of titles, images, names of characters, well, most of everything, for a romantic novel I was planning on writing. And recently I talked about it as part of a blog hop where writers were talking about his characters. Guess what! I’ve written it!

‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ (the blame for the title is all mine) is in the process of being edited, corrected, translated, polished and made-up. But I thought I’d leave you with the beginning (and the likely cover):

Prologue. Now

‘Camera, Action!’

Dulcinea (Dulce for her friends) was frozen in place. She could see the producer talking but her mind was on overdrive and nothing went in. “Oh my God! How did I ever get into this situation! What have I let myself into!” she thought. Adelfa’s elbow on her side made her wake up:

“Come on! We have 45 minutes to create the Killer Cupcake to end all Killer Cupcakes!”

“Well, if that’s what we have to do, let’s do it!”

 

 

Chapter 1. Beginnings (Three years ago)

Dulcinea loved her name. She had always felt it suited her to a T. So much so, that if she hadn’t been called that she was convinced she would have changed her name to Dulcinea. OK, it wasn’t the most typical name for an American girl, but her mother, Carmen, was Spanish and she always thought that the imaginary lady/love of Don Quijote deserved a second chance and a bigger role than she had ever been given. She also adored the fact that if it was shortened to Dulce, its meaning was ‘Sweet’ in Spanish. And if there was something her mother had loved was everything sweet. Carmen was the best amateur baker amongst all her friends’ mothers and she doubted that many professionals of baking and desserts could have competed with her. Her culinary skills got so popular and so many people asked her to give them their recipes or teach them how to bake that she ran a course on desserts and cooking at the local adult college until her death. It was only fair and fitting that even her daughter was Dulce.

“What do you say, then? You’ve been fighting against fate long enough. How many careers and jobs have you tried?” Adelfa, her best friend, had always been supportive of all her ideas, but was nothing if not opinionated. “Let me count…”

“…the ways?” Dulce joked.

“Don’t get Shakespearean on me.”

“Elizabeth Browning not Shakespeare.”

“See what I was saying? I know how much you love books, but…if you could do anything practical with it maybe, but as it is…So, back to what we were talking about before the literary interruption. Hairdressing…” Adelfa counted one with her fingers.

Now if this was a movie it would show a montage of a few less than graceful and chic haircuts, a burnt perm to the point of loss of clumps of hair, although Dulce’s crowning disaster had always been coloring. A full palette of unintentional bright oranges, greens, and even tri-color effects had come out of her hands and sealed her exit from hairdressing school.

“Air stewardess…” Two.

The movie would now show Dulce dropping the bags when trying to secure them in the overhead locker, pushing the trolley over somebody’s foot, dropping hot coffee on another passenger’s lap, and falling seated repeatedly on several passengers. She’d never been any good wearing heels and decided the continuous traveling didn’t suit her either. At least she wasn’t sick on anybody.

“Horticulture and ornamental gardening…” Three.

This could now get scary, especially if you’re fond of flowers and vegetables. Green fingers was something nobody could accuse Dulce of. Other than rock gardens with no plants, nothing survived her attempts at gardening. And her garden designs looked like something out of El Bosco. Adelfa used to joke that she might be OK if she specialized on gardens for Goths. Not that Goths liked fresh-air that much.

“Business Studies…” Four.

Actually, the studies had been OK. Although Dulce preferred fiction and literature, she didn’t mind numbers or studying in general. So the theoretical part had been fine. Once it came to applying it to real-life situations, she was too soft and not enough of a risk-taker, didn’t like cutthroat competition and wasn’t aggressive so she never made it. Although she considered teaching it, the most engaging teachers were always those who had plenty of personal anecdotes to tell. And she wanted something more hands on.

“Photography…” Five.

Now, wouldn’t you think that with digital cameras it is impossible to take a terrible picture? Well, if you knew Dulce and saw her pictures you’d know that’s wrong. Bad lights, bad angles, body parts instead of the whole. Not even a proper top model would look good in her hands.

“Child-minding…”

“OK, OK. If you’re just trying to make me feel better, you’re doing a great job. And nothing bad happened to any of the babies. I’m just not cut out for it. Not everybody is as lucky as you, Adelfa. You’ve always liked mixing things and analyzing things. You’re a born Chemist and have always known it.”

Adelfa had been good at Chemistry since she was very young and had awed teachers and later professors with her skills. When she finished university she had several of the biggest Pharmaceutical companies fighting for her, although she’d chosen to teach at the local university and work on her own research. But her professional success did not seem to be enough for her. And despite her looks (beautiful café-au-lait color, kissable mouth, curves in all the right places, and a bum Beyoncé would be happy to call her own) she was once again mourning another failed relationship.

“Yes, but I’m yet to find a formula that applied to men will make the idiots and losers fluorescent.”

Dulce could not help but visualize the results of such a preparation. It would be worth billions!

“Maybe you’d need to train in magic rather than Chemistry for that. From my very limited experience on the subject I’d say that science and the best minds have failed miserably when trying to find a formula for the perfect relationship.”

“It’s probably not the guys’ fault. It’s me. I can ruin the nicest guy it seems.”

Dulce hated seeing her friend that way. First she wasn’t right. Second, she was her friend and she’d back her up no matter what. And third, her latest boyfriend, Melvin, was not the nicest guy. She’d had worse, but Melvin was one of these guys who seemed to think collecting women was a worthy hobby and the better the women, the higher their value for him. He’d pursue them, use every trick in the romantic book, and then, once they were secured, move on to another, to the next challenge, to the next jewel in the collection.

“I’m sure if you wanted you could ruin somebody, but no, it isn’t your fault. You’re right; he was an idiot and a loser. And OK, you’re also right about me. Nothing I’ve done so far has worked out. And yes, it’s true, I’m good at baking, but how am I going to make a living out of that?” Dulce’s baking skills had been the subject of many conversations between the friends for many years, but recently Adelfa had been badgering Dulce more than usual about it.

“Let’s bake something and then we can talk. One of your mother’s recipes. What about that cake that had chocolate, toasted almonds, eggs, butter, milk, flour and baking powder?”

“Queen of Saba? But will we have all the ingredients around?” Dulce asked.

Adelfa laughed picking up the car keys.

“Let’s go shopping! We’ll need a few other things too!”

“Ice-cream, cream…”

“And some salty snacks too, to even things out. At least the wanker left me before we ever moved in together and I won’t have to spend any time moving stuff. Quickly! Let’s not waste any baking time!”

Once back at their apartment (in reality the ground floor of a house that had been converted to a couple of apartments, with the advantage that they had the patio and an old but still zesty lemon-tree all to themselves) they unpacked, put their aprons on and got on with their baking. Adelfa had also stocked on drinks and served herself a glass of red wine and lemonade for Dulce.

“One of these days we’ll have to get you drinking alcohol. It’s too prim and proper this non-alcohol stance of yours.”

“You know full well how I feel about alcohol, Adelfa. It’s not a religious thing, or even a moral thing, although I can’t say I like what it can do to people. It’s…”

“A taste thing. I know, I know.”

“And I don’t mind it for cooking. I must admit it does help with some recipes. A lot.”

“You know what I think about it. As the saying goes: I like to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food!”

Dulce shrugged and they both laughed and got on with the cooking. The two friends peeled almonds, mixed butter and sugar, mashed the almonds into tiny bits, separated the egg-yolks from the whites, melted the chocolate with a little bit of milk and then added all the ingredients (plus the flour and the baking powder). They put the mix in a baking mold in a warm oven and went out in the patio after washing the implements, to wait for the oven to do its magic. They had recently bought a double swing chair and they both jumped on it moving backwards and forwards at a slow pace.

“So…any ideas? How could we turn my baking skills into a business? Actually, I should say “our” baking skills, as you’re the one who can work out the right combination and amount of ingredients to make the cakes or pastry do what it should” Dulce said.

“OK, you’re the Goddess of Flavors and I’m the Queen of Chemistry and calculating measurements and oven temperature. I wasn’t planning on leaving my job, especially the research bit, although I could always work fewer hours, but we could experiment after my work and I could come up with precise instructions that could be followed by other staff who’d help with the baking” Adelfa said.

“Staff? Goodness! If we’re going to have detailed methodology and recipes, maybe I could write a cookery book. Or a baking and sweets book. They are always popular and I love books, although have never written anything long. However, I guess writing a recipe book isn’t quite like writing other kinds of books.”

Adelfa chewed her bottom-lip, a habit she’d had from childhood and she’d go back to when she was thinking, especially when alone.

“A Cookery book. It isn’t a bad idea, but as a business proposition…For what I’ve seen the books of that kind that sell well are usually either written by celebrities, people who are well-known chefs (because they have a program on the TV), or books associated with a famous restaurant or location. I think we should keep it in mind for when our bakery/coffee shop becomes a success. Then we can branch out and produce all kinds of marketable products, not only books, but maybe a range of cookery utensils, maybe join in with some organic flour and flavorings distributors and rubber-stamp our label on them, aprons, children’s cookery books, videos, TV programs…”

Dulce felt as she did at times of panic. She had the vivid sensation that her freckles were growing and taking over the whole of her face, her green eyes were about to be power-ejected from their orbits and her ginger (or strawberry blonde according to Adelfa) hair was standing on end. Surprisingly enough, at times such at this when she’d managed to get to a mirror, she only looked scared and pale, but she wasn’t truly convinced the mirror wasn’t just playing a trick on her. She knew what she felt.

“Breathe Adelfa! Breathe! Maybe we should start at the beginning. Are we talking about a bakery, a coffee shop, or…?”

“And why not a mix of the two?”

Yes, why not?

 

I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret (cover by Lourdes Vidal)
I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret (cover by Lourdes Vidal)

 Thanks for reading, and you know if you’ve enjoyed it, like it, share, and comment. I’ll keep you updated and make a big announcement when it is published, of course! (I hope it should be in a few weeks!) Any ideas to promote are welcome!

Ah, and as I told you, I’ve started reviewing books for BTS-e Magazine and one of my reviews is published in the current number. Check it out here! (And of course, check all the rest of the content)

http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/sept-oct-2014/123?e=5491198/9147732

 

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Autores Invitados

Autora Invitada: María Acosta. Damas, Wattpad y Cazadores.

Hola a todos:

Como acostumbro los viernes hoy os traigo no solo novedad literaria sino una escritora a la que he conocido hace poco y que no nos había visitado antes. María ha accedido amablemente a contarnos un poco sobre ella y también a compartir enlaces e información sobre sus libros, que ella no solo publica en Amazon sino que también ofrece a los lectores en Wattpad. Y ya no os doy más la lata sino que os dejo en manos de María.

Biografía:

María Acosta nació hace casi treinta años en Andalucía, España. Diplomada en Trabajo Social, lleva escribiendo desde los once años y ha escrito varias historias que se encuentran publicadas en Internet. La Dama de Montrell es su primera novela publicada en Amazon y la segunda, La Maldición de Adonis, se publicará pronto.

Actualmente, ya está disponible en Wadpatt su nueva novela: Los Cazadores, el primer tomo de una saga de cinco dedicada al romance sobrenatural, con la licantropía como telón de fondo.

Enlaces:

-Blog en WordPress: http://mariacostar.wordpress.com/

– Perfil en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Mar%C3%ADa-C-Acosta/100006029595996

– Página de autor en Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8340089.Maria_C_Acosta

La dama de Montrell de María Acosta
La dama de Montrell de María Acosta

La Dama de Montrell:

Diego creía estar a punto de conseguir lo que quería: como señor de Montrell, su boda con Doña Elvira estaba destinada a convertirle en un  noble completo: con esposa, fortuna y herederos… ¿pero cúan caprichoso puede ser a veces el Destino?

Tras casi una década sin verse, Esperanza regresa a Montrell con motivo de la boda de su señora. Y lo hace dispuesta a enterrar en lo más profundo el amor que  siente por el que fuese su amigo de la infancia. Un amor que nunca ha sido correspondido… ¿o tal vez si?

¿Será más fuerte la voluntad que el corazón, cuando ambos descubran que lo que sienten es mutuo? ¿Qué camino escogerías, si lo que siempre has deseado estuviera al  alcance de tu mano, al precio de destruir la vida que has construido?

Versión Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQRVQNW

Versión Papel: http://www.amazon.com/La-Dama-Montrell-Spanish-Edition/dp/1500110132/

Los cazadores de María Acosta
Los cazadores de María Acosta

Los Cazadores:

Arianne accede a regañadientes a la petición de su tía Annette de que vaya a pasar el verano en la casa familiar de Orane, en el pirineo francés.

Resignada a pasar unas semanas en compañía de su hermano y su padre, en un lugar donde no se siente bien recibida desde que murió su madre, jamás pensó que  tropezaría con semejante descubrimiento durante su primera noche.

Herve Skulle ha sido capturado por los cazadores. Debilitado y maltratado por sus captores, sabe que le espera la muerte y comienza a perder la fé en ser rescatado  con vida… hasta que de repente esa muchacha se cruza en su camino. Contra todo pronóstico, Arianne logra salvarle y huye con él para llevarle a un lugar seguro: el  castillo de su padre en las montañas.

Arianne no sabe donde se ha metido. Ignora la verdad sobre su familia y su guerra secreta contra la estirpe maldita de Herve, una guerra entre cazadores que se  remonta a la Edad Media… descubrirlo la hará entrar en un mundo que jamás creyó que existiera y su única guía para explorarlo serán aquellos que se supone son sus enemigos. ¿Podrá confiar en ellos para que la ayuden a comprenderlo? ¿Serán ciertas las palabras de Fenrir, respecto a que todo lo concerniente a la muerte de su  madre no es más que una fingida y elaborada mentira? Su única opción es aliarse con Herve. Pero, ¿serán capaces de sacar a la luz la verdad y superar todos los   obstáculos juntos?

Wadpatt: http://www.wattpad.com/story/19916612-los-cazadores

Muchas gracias a María por su visita, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

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Guest author Teagan Geneviene. Of dreams, cats, writing and lots of magic!

Hi all:

It’s Friday and as you know I like to bring you guest authors and/or new books in this spot. For the last few weeks I’ve brought you the books, and a bit of information, about some of the blogger authors I follow, as I suddenly realised that after exchanging comments on everything (from recipes, to travelling, diets, healthy lifestyle, funny videos, mediums and magic) with them, I had never brought them to my blog and talked about their books. And it was about time.

Today I bring  you Teagan R. Geneviene. I discovered her wonderful writing blog, where readers make suggestions of ingredients, and with her new serial, also magic elements, for each week’s installment, and Teagan delights us with a new chapter every week. Her stories are full of wonderful characters, wit, fun, imagination, and she always finds fabulous illustrations.

We were recently talking about dreams, and what important role they can play both in life and in creativity, and from there came this interview. Here I leave you with Teagan (ah, and the images provided are also her choice!):

Teagan Geneviene
Teagan Geneviene

 

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…”  Edgar Allan Poe

Learn to Dream

If we tried to describe Teagan’s background, the things that made her who she is, it would take much more than an interview.  She joked that the psychiatrist in me could write volumes about it.  Actually, Teagan has made many new beginnings in her life – new volumes (not just new chapters).

“Back then a friend looked at me in amazement and said ‘You don’t mind shaking things up, do you?’  More than 15 years later, she still lives in the same place and works at the same job. I sincerely admire her stability.  But that wasn’t in the cards for me.”

One of those new volumes began when she changed careers.  After a divorce Teagan left low-paying low-level office jobs to become a technical editor. She started at the bottom, earning a Bachelor of Science degree related to information technology (IT).  She wanted a solid foundation to launch her career in technical writing and editing.  Over the years, she carefully plotted that new profession, making sacrifices that most would not consider, and became a successful and well respected technical editor and writer.

Her most recent “volume” was relocating to the east coast of the USA.  Before she moved to her nation’s capital, Washington, DC, her work focused on the combination of IT and healthcare.  However, now her 9 to 5 job has more of an analytical and organizational application.

“It was a way to keep a roof over my head, while still working with what I enjoy most – words.”

During all those years she used her spare time to write fantasy stories and novels, honing her skills as a completely different sort of writer and editor.

Dare to Dream

“A friend in New Mexico once shook her head and said, ‘You’re like an onion. Every time I think I know who you are, I see another new layer!’  I took it as a big compliment.”

Teagan suggested that we give this interview a theme, that of dreams.

I used to be very attuned to all manner of metaphysical things, particularly dreams. However, since I’ve been in DC, I’ve felt very disconnected from all that.

I asked Teagan why that would be, and she described one idea about how each person has different physical reactions to various things. She used her egg allergy as an example. One person might enjoy eggs as a healthful food.  Another might have a problem with the cholesterol, while another might have a horrible allergic reaction.

“Similarly, maybe locations can have different effects on various people.  You might find a place stimulated your interest in everything around you. Another person might feel overwhelmed while in that location, while another feels spiritually disconnected.  That kind of thing.  Sorry.  I enjoy going down these “What If” tangents. We can go back to “dreams” now.”

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene
Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene

Teagan told me she wishes to reconnect with that aspect of herself, — with dreams and interpreting them, and with what she callsall sorts of new-agey things.”  Dreams figure into much of Teagan’s writing.  Her debut novel, Atonement, Tennessee, has a couple of scenes where dreams play an important part.  There is even a chapter called “Bras Bed Dreams,” with an antique bed that causes people to have dreams of the past or even past lives.

Brass bed 1

It’s not surprising to me that Teagan dreams of being able to make a living from her novels.  I finally “escaped from psychiatry” so I understand that wish and how hard it is to make it real.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…” Eleanor Roosevelt

Writing Dreams

If you could see how animated Teagan gets when she talks about writing, you’d know it really is her dream.  I asked if she ever dreams her imaginative stories, and she didn’t really think so.  However, she often visualizes them and the characters, rather like a daydream.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them…”  Walt Disney

She has a few works in progress, if no time to devote to them.  However, she does find time each week to write an episode of the interactive culinary mystery serial that is featured on her blog, Teagan’s Books.  It’s a 1920’s story, and a big departure from her novels.

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“I’ve been influenced by several authors, mostly fantasy writers.  However, my debut novel — ‘Atonement, Tennessee’ is different from the quest-type fantasy (as I like to call it) that I usually write.  I call Atonement an urban fantasy with a side order of mystery.  I would never compare my work to someone as talented and successful as Charlaine Harris, but if you like her Sookie Stackhouse books, I think you would like my ‘Atonement’ stories.

Teagan always aspires to work on book-two in the Atonement series, and kicks herself for not managing to do more on it.  Right now it looks like the only way she will be able to finish “Atonement in Bloom” this year is to take a sabbatical from the blog serial.

Mirror

 

Some of the magical artifacts that caused trouble in the first book will be back, including that bras bed I mentioned, and the mirror of truth and justice.  Many of the characters will return, including a “device” she used in book-1 — the cat.  The story is written in first person. So when Teagan needs to tell the reader about something the heroine can’t see, she writes that scene from the point of view of Lilith, the calico cat.

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“The supernatural parts of Atonement are loosely inspired by the ancient myth of Gwydion fab Don.  I bring in additional Celtic myths for the sequel and with it new trouble-making characters.”

So there you have it — the latest “volume” in the story of Teagan and a little about her books too.

Thanks so much to Teagan for her kindness and her great interview and images, thanks to you for reading, and you know what I always say, if you’ve enjoyed it, don’t forget to like, share, comment, and CLICK!

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Reseñas de libros

Reseña de 'Bloody House: La morada del mal' de Javier Haro Herráiz. Una historia de miedo…miedo

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis intento compartir las reseñas de los libros que he leído con vosotros y últimamente, he estado intentando ponerme al día (aunque la verdad es que ni siquiera viviendo hasta que llegue a centenaria lo conseguiré, pero bueno) así que aprovecho para traeros la reseña de uno de los amigos escritores que visitan el blog con sus novedades asiduamente. De repente me apeteció leer una novela de terror (como las películas me gustan mucho) y recordé que le tenía echado el ojo a Bloody House.

BLOODY HOUSE

Éste no es el primer libro que leo de Javier Haro Herráiz. Y tampoco es la primera novela de terror que leo. Tanto el escritor como el género me gustan mucho.

Bloody House pertenece a un subgénero de novelas de terror, las de la casa embrujada o poseída. He de reconocer que he visto más películas sobre el tema que he leído novelas, aunque algunas obras maestras como The Shining (El Resplandor) de Stephen King sí que las he leído (naturalmente The Shining es algo más complicada que la novela típica del género, pero ya sabéis a lo que me refiero).

Como el autor acostumbra, la novela está centrada alrededor de las acciones y los diálogos de los personajes, lo que nos permite crear las situaciones y visualizar la acción a nuestra manera, una gran ventaja si tenemos bastante imaginación, y algo muy recomendable en el género del terror. Nada real puede asustar tanto ni ser tan terrorífico como la propia imaginación. Aunque los personajes pasan por momentos difíciles, particularmente los representantes de la iglesia que intentan mantener la racionalidad antes unos eventos que se les van de las manos, no se dedica el libro a las grandes disquisiciones filosóficas ni a dar lecciones morales. Si hay algo particularmente cruel en la historia es que la familia víctima de la casa, y particularmente Alan, es un chico de lo más normal, y no se merece tal castigo. Cada uno puede pensar y buscar el porqué, pero eso es cuestión personal y lo que da más miedo. No es un suceso extraordinario que le pasa a alguien que no se parece en nada a nosotros. Le podría pasar a cualquiera. Porque sí. Nadie está a salvo.

Si queréis una novela de género, una lectura rápida, que os asuste, escrita con estilo directo y fácil de seguir, os la recomiendo. Y el final, es como a mí me gusta en las novelas (y las películas) de terror. De miedo.

Enlace:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHZOWN8/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00BHZOWN8/

Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC! Ah, y la semana que viene os traeré una muestra de mi futura novela! No os asustéis, esa no es de miedo (a menos de que os asusten los romances y los pasteles!)

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Reviews

Review of Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy, Book 2) by Christoph Fischer. A chronicle of turbulent times and memorable characters.

Hi all:

I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading, and although some of the review I’m writing are going to be published directly in BTS-e Magazine (I’ll share links to future numbers) I realised there were some books I’d reviewed recently I hadn’t had a chance to share with  you yet. Today I bring  you Sebastian.

Sebastian by Christoph Fischer
Sebastian by Christoph Fischer

Sebastian is a long novel that chronicles a complex period of Austrian history by following the life of a Jewish family living and working in Vienna. The difficulties of the family (poor Sebastian loses a leg at the very beginning of the book and this will change his whole life, his mother, grandmother and grandfather have health problems, his father disappears in the Great War…) reflect the turbulent historical period that Europe lives in the early XX Century. Although the book is part of a trilogy I understand from the description that each book can be read independently and Sebastian is a stand-alone novel.

One of the beauties of the book is how it manages to paint a very vivid portrait of the Viennese society of the period, cosmopolitan, complex and with its great variety of nationalities, religions and unwritten rules. The novel shows us the wider historical events and how these affect a particular family. Thanks to the characters who come into contact with the family we can gain a wider perspective, as we get to see how people from Galicia felt, the difficult situation of Orthodox Jews from that area, how somebody who is known as a patriot today, might end up in the wrong side tomorrow through circumstances not always of their making. The shop at the centre of the book offers a great opportunity to understand the ins and outs of the public relations between the diverse groups, both from the point of view of the clients and also the staff.

Sebastian is the centre of that world, and he grows from a weak and cowardly young boy to a mature, well-adjusted and highly moral individual. We follow his education, his taking responsibility for the family business and the whole family, his romantic education, his fatherhood…The Viennese society of peace and war times are vividly depicted from a very personal point of view, filtered through the conscience of the characters, some of whom we might feel closer to than others, but who are all multi-dimensional and credible. We have proud mothers, psychoanalysis buffs, paranoid anti-Jewish women, mediums, spies…

I congratulate the author for his ability and talent in interweaving the many complex threads to create a wonderful patchwork of characters, lives and historical events that kept me engaged at both an intellectual and an emotional level. I’m sure this won’t be the last one of his books I read.

Sebastian. (The Three Nations Trilogy. Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Sebastian-Three-Nations-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00CLL1UY6/

And here the author’s page in Amazon, just in case you want to check the rest of his books:

http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ/

Thanks for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK and READ! Oh, and next week, I’ll bring you a sample of my WIP! Be scared! (No, not horror… unless you’re scared of romance and cakes)

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Novedades literarias

'Amanda' y '¿Quién era Brian White? de Blanca Miosi. Novedades literarias para no perdérselas.

Hola amigos. Hoy es viernes y toca novedad literaria.

No hace falta que os cuente quién es Blanca Miosi. Una gran escritora. Y además una trabajadora incansable, siempre ayudando a sus colegas escritores y publicando nuevas novelas. Hoy os traigo sus dos más recientes, una novela corta y su última novela. A ver qué os parecen.

Amanda
Amanda

La eterna búsqueda de la felicidad parece ser el estigma del ser humano. Algunos no la buscan, simplemente ella los encuentra. Pero el precio a pagar por los deseos no siempre es el que el hombre considera justo, de todas formas, ¿alguien sabe cuánto cuesta la felicidad?
Amanda es una mujer que posee un talismán… y sabe cómo utilizarlo.

http://www.amazon.com/AMANDA-Spanish-Blanca-Miosi-ebook/dp/B00FSZDHTI/

http://www.amazon.es/AMANDA-Spanish-Blanca-Miosi-ebook/dp/B00FSZDHTI/

Una reseña como muestra (también las hay que piden una segunda parte)

Cautivadora, realista e emocionante novela.
La autora plasma de forma impecable, la fuerza de la pareja ante un mundo lleno precisamente de falta de las mismas; como una unión armónica entre un hombre y una mujer adecuada pueden generarles, felicidad, placer, bienestar y sobre todo amor. Recomiendo ampliamente este escrito a todas aquellas parejas, que inician una vida juntos y les invito a que descubran ambos su talismán, pudiera asegurar que en cada mujer existe uno en potencia, sólo dependerá de ustedes en qué tipo desean convertirlo… Vale la pena leer este escrito.
¿Quién era Brian White? de Blanca Miosi
¿Quién era Brian White? de Blanca Miosi

Brian, un niño que fue adoptado por los White, lleva tras de sí un misterio que se remonta a su concepción y nacimiento y lo acompañará en el transcurso de la novela. Blanca miosi rompe sus esquemas y se adentra en el tenebroso mundo interior que cada uno de nosotros lleva consigo. ¿Acaso sabemos con exactitud quiénes somos?

http://www.amazon.com/%C2%BFQui%C3%A9n-era-Brian-White-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00LPY5UHS/

http://www.amazon.es/%C2%BFQui%C3%A9n-era-Brian-White-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00LPY5UHS/

Os dejo también un comentario por si os queda alguna duda:

Podría afirmarse que “¿Quién es Brian White?” es una novela de autorrealización. Podría afirmarse que “¿Quién es Brian White?” es una novela de amor con telones de misticismo.
Más que una novela, “¿Quién es Brian White?” es una fábula iluminadora, un viaje a las voces profundas del corazón y a los senderos de la salvación. Considerando estos elementos, también puede definirse como una historia de iniciación.
Es un carrusel de ideas “New Age” con un sentido ético en vez de religioso: curar almas enfermas. Desde el punto de vista literario es un estilo sencillo con el uso apropiado de los diálogos para las disquisiciones filosóficas.
Si queremos un término de referencia, pensemos en “El alquimista” de Paulo Coehlo, “Juan Salvador Gaviota” de R. Bach o “Siddharta” de Hermann Hesse.

Gracias a Blanca por traernos sus nuevas obras, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid,  y haced CLIC!

 

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Guest author post

Guest Author: Lord David Prosser and his chronicles.

Hi all:

As you know Fridays are guest author days and recently I have been bringing you the work of some bloggers I’m very fond of but who’ve never come as authors to share their books here yet, and today I have a treat. A “real” Lord. Lord David Prosser.

Lord David Prosser
Lord David Prosser

David Prosser was born in 1951 and worked for many years as a Local Government Officer before taking early retirement due to health problems.
Finding it difficult to talk to people as a result of the illness he found himself in the situation of being housebound most of the time.In an effort to prove to himself he still had a value he started The Buthidars which is an all denomination, all colour,all creed group determined to better the world by Hugging.There is a site dedicated to this that welcomes all people who feel the World is better by forgetting our differences whilst celebrating the individuality of all peoples.
The next step was to remind the world of Edwardian style and beg the designers to recreate it in exchange for clothing that displays too much of next weeks washing. Let’s dress with some dignity !
Often heard are the words, life begins at 40. David is trying to show that life can get a kick-start at 60 too. He chose this age to sit and write his first novel, My Basetshire Diary, a fictional look at the life of the gentry.
Book 2 which is also in diary form is a prequel telling of the days between gaining his title and now, when he performed the duties of an unofficial envoy to Her Majesty.There are times when confronted by women when it’s not sure if his stiff upper lip is enough to help him get by. !
The third book, More Barsetshire Diary is a continuation of the first book. Lord David was volunteered to help the Dreaded Edna achieve an ambition. In this book he starts the job of making her more popular when Lady J volunteers his services to help Diana The Dowager Duchess of Cheam raise enough money to save her childhood home. Maybe he can do it with the help of the Toastie Tenors and the mysterious Eileen Dover.

Here his blog:

http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/

My Barsetshire Diary
My Barsetshire Diary

 

My Barsetshire Diary

A fictitious look at Lord David’s day as a member of the Gentry living in a small village. Come and meet the villagers like Mellors the gardener with a past and Grizelda the housekeeper. Join us at the village fete where Edna is determined to win the jam making competition at any price. See how the formidable Lady J intends to knock Lord David into shape.
Is the famous stiff upper lip his only protection? Is anyone really this naive? The answer is a resounding YES !

http://www.amazon.com/My-Barsetshire-Diary-Diaries-Book-ebook/dp/B0054JI824/

The Queen's Envoy
The Queen’s Envoy

The Queen’s Envoy

The preview to My Barsetshire Diary in which David inherits his title and retires from work only to be asked to take on a job that his late cousin did, as an unofficial envoy to HMG. Lord David is a fish out of water travelling the world trying to solve his Government’s embarrassing little problems. With him attracting the attention of so many females, and making so many new enemies can he return to the formidable Lady J in one piece?

http://www.amazon.com/Queens-Envoy-Barsetshire-Diaries-Book-ebook/dp/B0054GP52S/

 

More Barsetshire Diary
More Barsetshire Diary

More Barsetshire Diary

The continuing saga of a member of the gentry. Lord David Prosser has to help the dreaded Edna in her campaign to become a Councillor as well as help raise funds for Diana the Dowager Duchess of Cheam to restore her beloved first home. All this while coping with life in the village, Oscar and Lady J.

http://www.amazon.com/More-Barsetshire-Diary-Diaries-Book-ebook/dp/B006UWEP3A/

Memoirs of a superior
Memoirs of a superior

Memoirs of a superior

David Prosser, Lord of Bouldnor was selected as Ghost Writer of this book because of his intimate knowledge of the subject who dictated the stories as well as dictating David’s sleeping patterns. Oscar is a Superior among Superiors and feels his stories should be told for the betterment of all cat-kind. It can be used as a training manual as well as providing entertainment. Longlegs (Humans) may well find some value in knowing how to behave with Superiors in future. David is the author of the Barsetshire Diaries in which Oscar naturally plays a starring role. The books are. My Barsetshire Diary The Queen’s Envoy More Barsetshire Diary.

http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Superior-Lord-David-Prosser/dp/1291523979/

Tall Animal Tales for Toddlers & Up
Tall Animal Tales for Toddlers & Up

Tall Animal Tales for Toddlers & Up

A book of slightly anarchic poems for toddlers, gigglers and up!

http://www.amazon.com/Tall-Animal-Tales-Toddlers-amp/dp/1291756825/

Thanks so much to Lord David for his sense of humour and sharing his wonderful life and wit with us, thank you so much for reading, and please, like, share, comment and of course CLICK!

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Miscelánea

Por poco!

Hola a todos:

Como ya sabréis si leísteis mi post de la semana pasada, por desgracia mi verano sufrió un serio cambio de planes. Mis padres viven en Barcelona y tienen la suerte (?) de llevar bastante tiempo sufriendo una mejora/reforma, delante de su edificio. Nunca ha sido el sitio más tranquilo del mundo, ya que pasan los trenes, el metro (en superficie a esa altura), y el Cinturón de Ronda (aunque con los años la mayoría de estos han acabado cubiertos).

Las obras no son la Sagrada Familia pero a veces lo parecen. Aunque desde luego, hace unas semanas debió haber intervención divina, porque un camión cayó desde la parte de arriba (carretera aún no abierta por encima de la línea del tren) a donde estaban trabajando, y no hubieron heridos.

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Gracias a todos por leer, tened mucho cuidadito, y ya sabéis, si os ha gustado, comentad, compartid, y dadle al me gusta! Y cruzad los dedos, o tocad madera por que las obras se acaben (pronto) sin más incidencia!

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Miscellaneous

So close!

Hi all:

If you’ve read my recent posts you will know that my summer didn’t go exactly according to plan and I’ve ended up spending some time at my parents. They have had the luck (?) of having some improvement works going on in front of their apartment. To be honest it’s never been a quiet place, with the train and underground (at that point overground) passing by in front of their window and a big road (the Cinturón de Ronda, a circular road going to the outskirts and the beach) under, but over the years most of these were covered.

This works seem to be taking forever, and although not quite as long as the Sagrada Familia, sometimes they feel like it. I’m not sure if it was divine intervention, but a few weeks ago, a lorry fell from the upper level (on top of the railway line, a road not open yet, only used for the building works so far) onto the works, and nobody was hurt. I leave you some pictures:

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Thanks for reading and you know what to do, share, like, comment and be very, very careful! And cross your fingers the works are completed without any more incidents!

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Novedades literarias

Novedad Literaria. 'Bobo' de Antonio Lagares. Asesinos, perros y la pena de muerte

Hola a todos. Como suelo los viernes toca novedad literaria. Antonio Lagares después de su gran éxito La Rastreadora nos trae una novela que aunque no lleva mucho tiempo publicada está gustando una barbaridad. Por si no la conocéis todavía, aquí os la traigo.

Bobo de Antonio Lagares
Bobo de Antonio Lagares

Bobo

 

Del autor del best seller «La Rastreadora» Premio Pandemia 2013 y del libro de relatos «Obsesión» 6º edición.

 

1 euro PRECIO ESPECIAL, CONCURSO LITERARIO KDP AMAZON – EL MUNDO

«LA NOVELA MÁS CONMOVEDORA QUE HE LEÍDO EN EL 2014» Marlene Morleon

«¡Es un libro increíblemente adictivo!» Elena

«Deliciosa, sencillamente» La isla de las mil palabras

«Maravilloso e impredecible» Svetlana

Estos son algunos de los calificativos que le otorgan sus lectores, porque se trata de una novela para recordad siempre, una historia de amor llevada hasta el final con todas sus consecuencias.

 

Un periodista es asignado a cubrir la ejecución de un condenado a muerte. La tarea se convierte en un reto pues su trabajo incluye una entrevista, para cubrir el testimonio del último día de vida de un cautivo. El reportero terminó reuniendo material suficiente para un libro. No fue hasta diez años más tarde que recrea en su memoria el tiempo que pasó con ese hombre. Aquel que prefería ser llamado con el nombre de «Bobo», quien nunca se arrepintió de sus actos y vivió convencido de que hizo lo correcto.

La historia de Bobo comienza a pulsar en la mente del periodista hasta que la transforma en una novela. La vida de un asesino con una memoria prodigiosa, una cultura incoherente con su condición y su nombre. Un individuo sin pudor, sin culpa, aferrando a la firme convicción de que actuó correctamente.

Su texto recorre los recovecos de la vida de Bobo. Su infancia, sus relaciones personales y familiares, la terrible historia de su hermano y apoyo, los conflictos entre sus padres, la relación con el pilar de su vida que fue su perro de agua. El destino de Bobo está escrito. El juicio y la reflexión final serán, como siempre, a discreción del lector.

Ana Saavedra

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00L8I9NTM/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8I9NTM/

Gracias a Antonio Lagares for su visita, a vosotros por leer,  y si os ha interesado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

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