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Mega #giveaway Celebrate autumn with books and meet some fabulous authors! #Iamreading

Hi all:

I hope you’re well. Don’t worry, it’s not another review (not until next week, anyway!) Some of you must remember the wonderful Marie Lavender, who’s visited my blog on a few occasions. She runs a fantastic blog called Writing in the Modern Age and, to celebrate her 400th post, has decided to organise a mega giveaway. Yes, I’m giving some e-copies of a couple of my books too, but don’t worry if you’ve read them all, there are plenty of opportunities and choices to go around.

The giveaway runs for only a week and starts on Friday the 15th (today) at noon EST. Marie’s recommendation is to enter as soon as possible to make sure you don’t run out of time. You’ll need to provide her with an e-mail address (where we can send you the books, and if you’re lucky enough to get a paperback copy, a real address), and you also need to tell us what genres you prefer. In case you cannot leave a comment on the blog, for technical reasons, you can also e-mail your entry at  marieannlavender@gmail.com.

Here is the link:

http://marielavender.blogspot.com/2017/09/400th-anniversary-post-early-autumn-mega-book-giveaway.html

Please, remember to enter and feel free to share with anybody who might be interested. The more the merrier!

Thanks to Marie for organising this awesome giveaway, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, and CLICK!

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#Bookgiveaway SUMMER GIVEAWAY Visit Effrosyni Moschoudi’s (@FrostieMoss) newsletter and enjoy a summer full of adventure

Hi all:

Some of you might remember that I share a Christmas giveaway with you and it included a short novel I had read and thoroughly enjoyed, The Amulet by Effrosyni Moschoudi. You can read the original post here.

The Amulet by Effrosyni Moschoudi

The author has joined forces with several others and they are offering another giveaway that sounds to me like the perfect collection of books to take on your holidays. Just in case you weren’t lucky with the previous giveaway or you want to try your luck…

Summer Giveaway

Amazon bestselling author Effrosyni Moschoudi is running a wonderful giveaway this month!

Two winners will get a bundle of 12 ebooks each! Dozens more will receive individual ebooks, as well as paperbacks. One lucky reader will get a copy of Effrosyni’s romantic comedy The Amulet (ebook) and a novelty bookmark to go with it.
The giveaway is open exclusively to Effrosyni’s email subscribers, who enjoy even more exclusive benefits while receiving very sparse emails from the author. To find out more, go to
Upon signing up, you will receive the exclusive link to the giveaway by email within a few minutes.
Good luck!
Thanks to the author for allowing me to share this giveaway with all of you and remember to like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK and participate!
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#GIVEAWAY THE BEAUTY OF THE FALL by Rich Marcello (@marcellor). A beautifully written novel about loss, meaning and relationships, with its heart in the right place.

Hi all:

As you know, I’m up-to-date with my reviews now, and as I was thinking if I would share a post today or give you a rest, I was contacted by Rich Marcello, an author whose book The Beauty of the Fall I read and reviewed a while back. I loved his book, that is one of those that makes one think and is not afraid of trying to tackle important matters and great ideas. (Just in case, I’ve copied the original review below). He asked me if I’d like to share his giveaway on my blog, and I could not let that opportunity pass me by.

Here is the letter he wants me to share with all of you:

Hi there,
My name is Rich Marcello and I’m the author of three novels––The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. 
When The Beauty of the Fall came out, Olga wrote a wonderful review of the book that you can read below.
As Olga’s review indicates, The Beauty of the Fall is, in part, about having meaningful conversations in a polarized world and turning those conversations into real change.  The two main examples I use in the book are climate change and domestic violence.
In light of Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, I’ve decided to give away 1000 copies of the book at my expense. Some of these books will be given away through Goodreads, but I’ve decided  to offer bloggers who’ve written a positive review of TBOTF the opportunity to give them away to their readers.  That’s why I’m posting as a guest blogger on Olga’s site.
Here’s the deal.  In the States, I can send a reader a physical copy or an ebook.  In the rest of the world, I can offer an ebook gift certificate through Amazon.  All I ask in return is that readers help spread the word if they like the novel (through reviews or word of mouth or both). If you are interested, just send your address or your email to rich.marcello@gmail.com, and I’ll get a book out to you. 
Thank you for your consideration. 
 
Peace,
Rich
You can check out more about my work here:
http://richmarcello.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7356640.Rich_Marcello
https://www.amazon.com/Rich-Marcello/e/B00G97QU16/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
https://www.facebook.com/richmarcelloauthor/

 And here, a reminder of the book and my review:

Here, the novel, including the press release that the author kindly sent me.

Cover of the Beauty of the Fall by Rich Marcello
The Beauty of the Fall by Rich Marcello

The Beauty of the Fall by Rich Marcello

A TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE CHARTS A HIGH-RISK, UNCONVENTIONAL PATH WHILE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS SON

Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself.
Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea. He then recruits three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change.
Guided by Dan’s leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Fall-Novel-Rich-Marcello-ebook/dp/B01MFCTYYW/

Press release

Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-63505-402-6

Page Count: 376

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

The Beauty of the Fall takes Readers on Intriguing Journey

In Rich Marcello’s new novel, The Beauty of the Fall, Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year- old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself.

Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor and advocate, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea.

When Dan returns home with a fully formed vision, he recruits the help of three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change. Guided by Dan’s generative leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

This captivating, idea-driven novel appeals to readers who are interested in exploring a technology based solution to many of our current social problems, and to readers who are interested in father-son relationships, gender equality, and working through grief.

Author Rich Marcello
Author Rich Marcello

About the Author

Rich is a poet, a songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall.

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist and a teacher.

Advanced Praise

“Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.” — Mark Spencer,

Faulkner Award winner and author of Ghostwalking

“Rich Marcello’s The Beauty of the Fall takes the reader on two intriguing journeys: the exciting coffee-fueled rise of a high-tech start-up and the emotional near-collapse of the man behind the revolutionary company, his personal journey through grief and healing.”

––Jessamyn Hope, author of Safekeeping

“Rich Marcello’s third novel, The Beauty of the Fall, intermixes poetry and prose fluidly throughout the manuscript, and in fact, incorporates poetry as one of its major themes. As a practicing poet, I was swept away by the lyrical language, the characters, and the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Overall, a great and inspiring read!” — Rebecca Givens Rolland, author of The Wreck of Birds

Links to the novel and author sites:

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Fall-Novel-Rich-Marcello-ebook/dp/B01MFCTYYW/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32711997-the-beauty-of-the-fall

https://www.facebook.com/richmarcelloauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/rich.marcello/

My review:

I received an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team.

This beautifully written novel touches on many subjects that are important at different levels: some, like loss (be it the death of a child, a divorce, the loss of not only a job but also a life-project) can be felt (and there are heart-wrenching moments in the novel) understood and managed at a very personal level, others, like the role of communications technology (who must control it? Should it remain neutral or become involved in the big issues? Should it ally itself with governments or be creatively independent?) or domestic and gender-related violence, although no doubt having a personal component, also seem to require global solutions. This ambitious novel tries to give answers to many of these questions and it does so through a first person narrative interspersed with poetry.

The novel is narrated by Dan Underlight, whom we meet at a particularly difficult time in his life. His son died a couple of years earlier and he feels guilty about it (we learn the details quite late in the novel), he is divorced, and now, the technology company he helped to create, and by extension his business partner and the woman he’d been closer to than almost anybody else for many years, fires him. His job, the only thing that had kept him going, is taken away from him. He has no financial worries. He has a good severance pay, a huge house, two cars, but his life is empty. Through the novel, Dan, who still sees his son, has conversations with him and wants to start a project in his memory, meets many people. Most of them are enablers. He has known Willow, a woman who works helping women victims of domestic violence, and herself a survivor (although she doesn’t talk much about it, at least with Dan) for some time and eventually, their friendship turns into a romantic relationship for a while. He has also been attending therapy with Nessa, a very special therapist (as a psychiatrist I was very curious about her techniques, but working in the NHS in the UK I must admit I’d never even heard of a Buddha board) since his son’s death, and during his peculiar pilgrimage, he gets ideas, encouragement, and a few brushes with reality too.

Much of the rest of the novel is taken up by Dan’s creation of a new company, based on his idea that if people could converse about important subjects and all these conversations could be combined, they would reach agreements and solve important problems. As conversations and true communication in real life amount to more than just verbal exchanges, there are technical problems to be solved, funding, etc. I found this part of the novel engaging at a different level and not having much knowledge on the subject didn’t detract from my interest, although I found it highly idealistic and utopian (not so much the technical part of it, but the faith in the capacity of people to reach consensual agreements and for those to be later enforced), and I also enjoyed the underhand dealings of the woman who had been his friend but seemed somehow to have become his enemy. (I wasn’t sure that her character came across as consistent, but due to the subjective nature of the narration, this might have more to do with Dan’s point of view than with Olivia herself).

Dan makes mistakes and does things that morally don’t fit in with the code he creates for his company, or with the ideals he tries to live by (he is human, after all) and things unravel somewhat as life has a few more surprises for him, but, without wanting to offer any spoilers, let’s say that there are many lessons he has learned along the way.

As I said before, the language is beautiful, and the poems, most of which are supposedly written by Willow, provide also breathing space and moments to stop, think and savour both the action and the writing style.

First of all, let me confess I was very taken by this novel and I couldn’t stop reading it and even debating the points with myself (I live alone, so, that was the best I could do). I was also touched by both the emotions expressed and the language used. As a sensorial reading experience, it’s wonderful.

Now, if I had to put on my analysing cap, and after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, I thought I should try and summarise the issues some readers have with the novel.

The themes touched are important and most people will feel able to relate to some if not all of them. Regarding the characters and their lifestyle, those might be very far from the usual experience of a lot of readers. Although we have a handful of characters who are not big cheeses in technology companies, those only play a minor part in the book. The rapid expansion of the technology and how it is used in the book is a best case scenario and might give readers some pause. Personally, I could imagine how big companies could save money using such technology, but charitable organisations, schools or libraries, unless very well-funded, in the current financial times when official funding has become very meagre, would have problems being able to afford it all, and that only in theoretically rich countries. (The issue of world expansion is referred to early on in the project but they decide to limit their ambitions for the time being).

Also, the fact that issues to be discussed and championed were decided by a few enlightened individuals (although there is some debate about the matter) could raise issues of paternalism and hint at a view of the world extremely western-centred (something again hinted at in the novel). Evidently, this is a novel and not a socio-political treatise and its emphasis on changing the US laws to enforce legislation protecting equality, women’s rights and defending women against violence brings those matters the attention and focus that’s well-deserved.

For me, the novel, where everything that happens and every character that appears is there to either assist, hinder, or inspire Dan (it is a subjective narrative and one where the main character is desperately searching for meaning) works as a fable or perhaps better a parable, where the feelings and the teachings are more important than the minute details or how we get there. It is not meant to be taken as an instructions manual but it will be inspirational to many who read it.

In summary, although some readers might find it overly didactic (at times it seems to over-elaborate the point and a word to the wise…) and might miss more variety and diversity in the characters, it is a beautifully written book that will make people think and induce debate. This is not a book I’d recommend to readers that like a lot of action and complex plots, but to those who enjoy a personal journey that will ring true with many. It is a touching and engaging read to be savoured by those who enjoy books that challenge our opinions and ideas.

Remember, if you want to have a chance to get a copy of the book, you just need to get in touch with Rich Marcello, at his e-mail address,rich.marcello@gmail.com and mention the giveaway in the title of the e-mail. And, of course, if you are lucky enough to get a copy, remember to share a review!

Thanks so much to Rich Marcello for this opportunity, thanks to all of you for reading and participating, and I’d be very grateful if you could spread the word in any way possible. Please, like, share, comment and reblog if you can!

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#FREE epistolary novel 5-7th November LETTER TO CHARO by Estrella Cardona Gamio (@EstrellaCG) Straight to the heart #amreading

Hi all:

You might remember a few weeks back I talked to you about the latest book I’d translated that had been just published, Letter to Charo, a novella I fell in love with when I read it and I was lucky enough that the author asked me to translate it. Now, the author and her sister, Concha, are celebrating the 17th anniversary of their publishing company CCG Ediciones being live on-line, and as part of the celebrations, Letter to Charo will be free from the 5th to the 7th of November inclusive. As there was a fair amount of interest in it when I first dedicated it a post (see here, as I share the translated review of the novella I wrote for the Spanish version) I couldn’t help but share it with you. Here is a reminder:

Letter to Charo by Estrella Cardona Gamio. Translation by Olga Núñez Miret
Letter to Charo by Estrella Cardona Gamio. Translation by Olga Núñez Miret

Letter to Charo by Estrella Cardona Gamio 

AUTHOR’S NOTE

LETTER TO CHARO is not a novel like all the rest in its presentation. For starters, it is an epistolary novel, a genre that was fashionable in other eras and that has left us works like DANGEROUS LIAISONS to mention a particularly fine example. It’s a very interesting genre because through its structure, and in the first-person, intimate stories are narrated that slowly reveal the most closely guarded secrets of its characters.
In LETTER TO CHARO, the reader will find the story of two friends who’ve known each other from childhood and carried on being friends through the years and the distance when the husband of one of them, for work reasons, has to move to London with his family. Throughout the years they exchange letters, until a certain day when an event that has nothing to do with either of them, the death of a famous Italian cinema actor, Marcello Mastroianni, sends them on a trip down memory lane unearthing confidences that had been hiding for decades and discovering two people who are complete strangers to each other.
Another peculiar characteristic of this novel is that the letters that are exchanged between the protagonists open with one dated the same day when I first started writing LETTER TO CHARO, and, the intervals between the letters are authentic. The truth is that I wrote the novel as if its protagonists were dictating it to me.
In this work, romantic and sentimental, you’ll find various degrees of love revealed in detail: tenderness, nostalgia, rivalry, egotism, envy, jealousy and uncontrollable and wild passion. You should not miss it, follow my advice.

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

I have tried to respect the style of the author and the sense of urgency and closeness of the correspondence written to (mostly) those close to us, which follows the style of our speech and the wanders of our mind, rather than grammar rules or best-practice when writing formal texts. I have adapted casual expressions but have always tried to maintain the meaning and the spirit of the original.
With regards to titles of books and/or movies mentioned in the book, I’ve adopted the ones more commonly used, although sometimes different editions or movies in different countries might be known by different titles. I have added only a few parenthetical notes where I felt that the general reading public might not be familiar with the term and it is fundamental to follow the gist of the story.
I am very grateful to the author and to her sister for giving me the opportunity to translate this short novel that I fell in love with as a reader.

Link:

http://relinks.me/B01LY90NED

Thanks to the author and her sister for the novel and for keeping me informed, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment and CLICK! It’s FREE!

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Unas cuantas razones para participar en eventos y promociones con múltiples autores. #autores Y nuevo grupo de audiolibros

Hola a todos:

Hace unos días compartí un post en otro blog con algunas razones por las que vale la pena pensar en tomar parte en promociones conjuntas con otros autores. Ahora mismo estoy participando en una promoción con un grupo de autores a los que conozco. Me pareció que os podría interesar, especialmente si os lo habéis planteado alguna vez.

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  1. Puedes compartir la organización con otros. No todos los eventos están organizados de la misma forma, pero es posible compartir y delegar la responsabilidad de las distintas partes del evento a gente diferente, o puedes simplemente unirte y seguir las instrucciones de los demás si no se te da muy bien organizar cosas.
  2. Podéis uniros y compartir vuestros puntos fuertes y habilidades para crear un evento fabuloso. Puede que se os den muy bien los aspectos visuales pero no se os dé bien mantener un listado, o organizar un sorteo. En lugar de hacerlo de cualquier manera, cada persona puede dedicarse a lo que mejor se le dé.
  3. Podéis unir a todos vuestros seguidores y así  maximizar el alcance del evento. Hace unos meses, cuando acababa de empezar mi lista de seguidores, me uní a un evento con un grupo de autoras donde podíamos escoger qué enlace queríamos promocionar. Yo escogí el enlace a mi lista y acabé con casi 800 seguidores (solo tenía 14 al empezar). Esto funciona mejor si todos los autores escriben en géneros similares a los tuyos, o si está organizado como un evento multigénero, pero nunca se sabe qué puede llamarle la atención a los lectores.
  4. Podéis aprender cosas nuevas y uniros a eventos que no habríais organizado vosotros solos. Puedes aprender cosas y descubrir técnicas y recursos que no habías usado nunca, y puede que te atrevas a probar algo que no hubieras querido hacer tú solo (siempre se siento uno más arropado en compañía de otros). Por ejemplo, yo había asistido a varias fiestas en Facebook pero solo como invitada, ya que nunca pensé que si yo organizaba una vendría suficiente gente. Si formas parte de un grupo y sabes que los otros autores van a venir, tendrás más confianza en tí mismo y lo probarás. Y sí, al final participé en un evento para autores.
  5. Podéis cubrir un área geográfica más amplia y aprovechar promociones u opciones que sino pueden estar limitadas solo a ciertos mercados. Yo he intentado a veces organizar sorteos o enviar tarjetas de regalo y me he dado cuenta de que solo era posible si tu cuenta de autor estaba en Amazon.com (por ejemplo). Si el evento o el sorteo está organizado por una variedad de autores internaciones podréis acceder a las mejores opciones para los distintos mercados y vuestros conocimientos cubrirán un área más amplia.
  6. Os podréis permitir compartir mayores premios y una variedad de regalos y libros que harán que resulte más atractivo para los lectores. Si participáis en muchas promociones puede resulta caro, especialmente si queréis ofrecer buenos premios. Si os unís a otros autores podréis ofrecer mejores regalos sin que os cueste un ojo de la cara.
  7. Son una buena manera de daros a conocer en un género nuevo. Si acabáis de empezar a escribir en un nuevo género o para un mercado diferente, si os unís a otros autores que ya sean conocidos y que tengan una buena audiencia y fans en el género, eso os abrirá muchas puertas.
  8. Puede que os sintáis más cómodos hablando de los libros de los demás participantes en el evento en lugar de estar siempre hablando de los vuestros. Esta es quizás la razón más importante para mí, ya que me encanta compartir el talento y el trabajo duro de los demás escritores, y lo prefiero a hablar de mí todo el tiempo.

Estoy segura de que se os ocurrirán muchas otras razones, y si las dejáis en el comentario, las iré añadiendo. Y ya sabéis, si tenéis algún evento en mente, no os olvidéis de comentármelo!

Ah, y por si tenéis algún audiolibro, u os interesan los audiolibros, os invito a este grupo en Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/locoporlosaudios/

Muchas gracias por leer, y si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, y compartid. Ah, y por si queréis participar en el giveaway de arriba y leéis en inglés, aquí está el enlace para que podáis hacer CLIC!

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FALL INTO ROMANCE #GIVEAWAY Don’t miss the amazing prizes and the #Facebook party!

Hi all:
Yes, this is an extra post, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this opportunity. A group of writers I peer into every so often (as you know I write in different genres but these authors are big, really BIG romance writers) have got together to celebrate a special birthday (I’m keeping quiet, she’ll tells us all, hi, Nicole!), the new season (glorious fall) and our love for books and readers, with a giveaway. Ah, and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on 12th September, where you can meet many of your favourite romance authors. You just need to click HERE
Welcome to the Fall Into Romance Kindle Giveaway! 

This giveaway is running from the 9th of September to the 14th of October

Prizes
GRAND PRIZE – Kindle eReader + $25 Amazon gift card
1st PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
2nd PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
3rd Genuine blue topaz earrings (US only)
4th Signed paperback copy of Dominant Persuasions (US only)
5th Various swag items (3 winners – US only)

 

 

 
The wonderful and talented authors who have made this giveaway possible: 
 
Nicole Morgan, Sharon Hamilton, Desiree Holt, Laura Taylor, Sarah Jane Butfield, Mimi Barbour, Cynthia Woolf, Bethany Shaw, Jerrie Alexander, Elizabeth Marx, Kristine Cayne, Janice Seagraves, Beth Caudill, Olga Núñez Miret, Lisa Gillis, Denyse Bridger, Misha Carver, Laxmi Hariharan, Tina Donahue, Susanne Leist, Lisa Kessler, Tamara Ferguson, Amy J. Hawthorn, Kym Roberts

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Don’t forget to visit and join the Facebook party too, on the 12th of September.

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Thanks so much to Nicole Morgan and the rest of the authors for joining in, thanks to you for reading, and don’t forget to join the Facebook party and the giveaway!

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#HappyMother’sDay Facebook event. Come over to win some fabulous #audiobooks!

Hi all:

I know I’ve been talking about Mother’s Day quite a lot. And that’s not only because Mother’s Day in Spain is in May (like in the US) but also because I’m taking part in a Facebook event for Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day, organised by an author and artist I admire enormously and who’s visited my blog not long ago, Uvi Poznansky (check here to read the post).

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Before I forget, if I haven’t already invited you through Facebook or Goodreads, here is the page of the event.

What is it about?

Here Uvi herself explains a bit more:

Don’t miss this opportunity! A select group of authors has joined forces with me, to bring you amazing stories narrated by great voice actors. This spring, we invite you for an early Mother’s Day picnic.. Come listen to voice clips from the audiobooks. You may win one of them!

✿ Here’s what you can win http://tinyurl.com/join-us-mothersday
✿ Never listened to an audiobook before? It’s easier than you think:http://tinyurl.com/never-listened
✿ To keep up with upcoming events, like https://www.facebook.com/uviart

The event runs for the 5th of May at at 2 pm to 7 pm on 7th May (PDT). The ten authors taking part (hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the time difference) will share fragments of the books they’re offering in Audio version, fragments particularly related to mothers. We’ll talk to readers and answer questions. And on the 7th May we’ll be announcing the lucky readers and listeners who’ve won the audiobooks.

As you know I’m fairly new to audiobooks and when Uvi asked me if I had one that featured mothers prominently, I straight away thought about I Love Your Cupcakes. Although some of my other books also have mothers in them, I Love Your Cupcakes has very interesting family relationships. Dulce’s mother has died before the action of the novel starts (well, there are two time lines but…) and she’s the inspiration for the baking business the girls start. Toni, Adelfa’s mother, becomes Dulce’s stepmother and that is a supportive relationship, although Toni doesn’t think she’s done enough for her stepdaughter, who also happens to be her best friend’s daughter. And to add complication to family matters, there’s also Storm… But well, if you want to know more, you might as well, read, or listen to the book. But I thought I’d share some of the fragments I’d chosen…

I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Glyn Olson
I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Gwyn Olson

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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 her 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.
You can listen to the sample directly in Sound Cloud (this one is longer than the text, the others are the same as the text):

TWO

It was a Saturday during Spring-break and Dulce and Adelfa had just arrived back from one of their non-shopping/shopping trips (when they went to the mall, walked around the shops, selected their favorite items, calculated costs, imagined appropriate occasions to wear their outfits but didn’t buy anything, or maybe only a drink or an ice-cream at a push). They stopped by Dulce’s house first but there was nobody there, and as it had become the norm since the death of Dulce’s mother, they went to Adelfa’s house. There they found Toni (Adelfa’s Mom) crying whilst hugging Tony (Dulce’s Dad).

Adelfa’s Mom had been very supportive of Tony since Carmen’s death. She had cooked for them, invited them around, and the two families had spent plenty of time together. Chad, Adelfa’s Dad, was a well-known chef that spent most of his time helping restaurants and hotels in crisis throughout the whole of the US and abroad, giving seminars and teaching in the most prestigious culinary schools in the world, and was hardly ever home.

Dulce’s first reaction to the scene was to wonder how close her Dad and Toni had actually become, as he was not only hugging her closely but also drying her tears and caressing her. She could not help but suspect that kisses might also be in the agenda.

Adelfa’s reaction was to go to her mother and, taking her by the elbow, ask her:

“What’s happened? What’s wrong? Why are you crying?”

“Oh, Adelfa!” Toni burst into another flood of tears. “Your father…”

“Is also my father.”

They all turned to look in the direction the voice had come from. Adelfa and Dulce had been so taken by the scene between their parents that they had completely missed the young boy standing at the back of the room, by the patio door.

“Who are you?” asked Adelfa. “And what do you mean?”

“Oh, girls, this is Sebastian. He’s Chad’s son. It seems Chad, your father…” Toni started.

THREE

Toni looked at Dulce.

“This must be a lot of work. And for what Adelfa was telling me, you have lots of plans of other things to do, like reading groups, children’s play groups, workshops, events…”

“Yes. We have lots of people interested in facilitating things and in helping out. But I think we’ll need to get some permanent staff very soon, as otherwise it could get overwhelming.”

“I’d love to help. As you know I can cook although cakes have never been my strong point. But I feel…There’s something I must be able to do. You know I’ve never wanted to take your mother’s place, and I couldn’t. She was an incredible woman, my best friend and we’re very different. But I’ve always felt that I’ve never done much for you. I’ve been there for your Dad, and Adelfa always seemed to know what she wanted to do from very early on, but I’ve never been of much help to you.”

“You’ve always been there…”

“Looking on and not knowing what to do. I can see how passionate you feel, well, you “all” feel about this. And I can see why. There’s a lot of love here. Let me help. If there’s anything I can do.”

 

Just in case you want to have a look beforehand, here I leave you the links…
Audible.com                    Audible.co.uk                  Amazon                   Apple i-Tunes 

If you’ve never tried Audible before, this is a great promotion.

If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:

Ah, and Uvi has dedicated the event some blog posts that you might want to check:

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/join-us-for-chance-to-win-audiobooks.html

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/let-me-introduce-you-to-my-author.html

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/happy-mothers-day-what-to-expect.html

Thanks so much to Uvi for organising this wonderful event, thanks to all the writers taking part, thanks to all of you for reading and listening and I hope to see you all there. And please, feel free to share, comment, like and to invite anybody you think might be interested. Many thanks!

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PenistoneFM (@penistonefm) Evolve project wins ITV’s The People’s projects. Would you like to listen to and review two of my #audiobooks? And a fantastic romantic #giveaway

Hi all:

Today’s post has a bit of everything.

First, big news! If you’ve been following my blog you’ll remember that a couple of weeks ago I shared the news that the local radio station I’ve been volunteering at, Penistone FM, and their Evolve proposal had been chosen as one of the projects going forward for ITV People’s Project. And, the results are in, and we’ve won!

I leave  you a couple of links where you can read more about their project and see a video from ITV showing when they visited Penistone FM (don’t worry, I wasn’t there, although I think all my colleagues did a great job) to tell them they’d won. So, if you’re curious to see what the place looks like, this is your chance!

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/evolve-penistone-fm-community-radio-opportunities-for-all

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2016-03-16/meeting-the-winners-of-the-peoples-projects/

Second. The good news about Penistone FM got me thinking about listening to things. Recently I finally got free codes for my two newest audios (three more of my novels are being turned into audios at the moment, fingers crossed), both for Audible.com and audible.co.uk.  So if any of you would like to listen to them, do let me know.  I don’t think I’ll run out of codes, but just in case, let me know as soon as you can.  I’ll need your e-mail addresses as I need to send you the codes and the instructions, but if you prefer not to leave them here, you can contact me directly at mmxrynz@hotmail.com (I leave you a reminder at the end of the post). I leave you some samples and information so you can make your mind up.
A thriller, about obsession, strange relationships and voyeurism:

Family, Lust and Cameras Audiobook narrated by LaDawn Black
Family, Lust and Cameras Audiobook narrated by LaDawn Black

Family, Lust and Cameras by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by LaDawn Black

Do you enjoy spying on others? Do you think it’s harmless?

Pat thought she’d left her past behind and started a new life. But one doesn’t get rid of voyeurism, obsessions and family quite that easily. Sometimes one has to adopt drastic measures to survive the harassment of a man, particularly a man like Herman. And this time Pat is determined to win, whatever the price.

In this world where technology dominates our lives, we’re never alone and privacy doesn’t exist, this novella more than a work of fiction is a warning about the dangers that haunt us in our own homes. How far would you be prepared to go to get revenge from somebody intent on controlling your life?

Author and psychiatrist Olga Núñez Miret brings us another story where the character’s motives and the inner-workings of their brains will keep you guessing. Brief, tense and with no flourishes, the story will keep you reading non-stop till the end.

If you’re fans of ‘Psycho’, ‘Peeping Tom’ and ‘Single White Female’ and are fascinated and repelled in equal degree by ‘Big Brother’ this adult story will get you hooked.

What would happen if your life became The rear window? How far would you be prepared to go to get revenge from somebody intent on controlling your life?

The audiobook version, narrated by LaDawn Black brings the action and its disturbing effects, even closer home.

Audible.com Audible. co.uk Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Apple (i-Tunes)

If you want to listen to a sample in Sound Cloud:

And if you prefer a You-Tube video:

And a sweet romance:

I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook
I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Gwyn Olson

I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Gwyn Olson

Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the TV studio of the program “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)

Glyn Olson and Red Rose Studio have done a fantastic job bringing my novel to life. You’ll be able to smell the cakes, laugh with their adventures, and fall in love…

Audible.com Audible.co.uk Amazon Apple i-Tunes

If you’ve never tried Audible before, this is a great promotion.

You can listen to a sample directly in Sound Cloud:

If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:

I don’t think I’ve shared this review, but just in case you want to read an opinion:

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

What a fun book this was! Starting with a colorful, tantalizing cover, Ms. Núñez Miret’s story immediately drew me in. In it, Dulce and Adelfa are best friends and, coincidentally, half sisters (It’s complicated!). Dulce has dabbled in one profession after another; Adelfa has had trouble with men. Together they finally get their acts together by starting a cupcake and cake business, proving the age-old adage, “when things are meant to be” they just happen lickety-split.

Using an old, 1878 abandoned firehouse, they develop a community-based, fun-filled bakery, where books are offered to the public as well as good cheer. All is going swimmingly when they are invited to participate in a televised Hollywood bake off. The reader is then treated to the inner workings of shows such as this––some of it wonderful, some of it not so good. As the contestants get to know one another, romance blossoms for our heroines, bringing happiness full circle for all. If you want to read a highly entertaining, feel-good book, I definitely recommend this one!

Third.

Romance Giveaway Promo

And for the giveaway. Fabulous and generous author Marie Lavender who’s been a guest in this blog and its predecessor often and who’s always trying to enhance readers’ experience by bringing together and promoting the work of as many authors as possible, is organising a giveaway of romantic novels, all genres, for the 29th of March. She’s organised an event in Facebook. Check here . She’s still looking for authors, so if you’ve written a romantic story and would be happy to gift or send some copies out and get closer to readers, head over to her website (or I can give you her e-mail address). And readers, do join in for a chance to get an incredible variety of romantic novels, your choice! I can say that I’ve connected with great readers and met many authors through Marie’s giveaways, so don’t miss this chance.

Here a few more places where you can connect with her:

http://marielavender.com/
http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/
http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marie.lavender.58
https://www.facebook.com/MarieAnnLavender
https://twitter.com/marielavender1
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarieLavender/posts
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-lavender/27/187/10a
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938764.Marie_Lavender
http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1578-marie-lavender
http://www.pw.org/content/marie_lavender
http://manicreaders.com/marielavender/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJu8HjRVYCFOqcIoX6ZxdqQ/videos

Marie Lavender truly knows how to organise a giveaway
Marie Lavender truly knows how to organise a giveaway

Thanks very much for reading (and listening), for your votes for Penistone FM, and if you’ve enjoyed this post, like, share, comment, CLICK, and if you want a free code for the audiobooks, just leave a reply or send me an e-mail at: mmxrynz@hotmail.com (I’ll need your e-mail address to send you the code and the instructions). If you listen to them, a review would be welcome! And don’t forget to participate in the giveaway!

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