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Multiauthor event in Facebook. A Time for giving. Thanksgiving, audiobooks, giveaways… Today, Twin Evils?

Hi all:

I’m sure you remember that on Tuesday I mentioned the A Time for Giving event organised by Uvi Poznansky to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Here is the link

A time for giving
A time for giving

And I’m participating with two audiobooks. I shared some fragments of I Love Your Cupcakes on Tuesday and today I’ll share some to do with gifts and giving related to Twin Evils?

First a reminder of the audio:
YA paranormal dark fairy-tale (or even romance, see what you think!) Twin Evils?

Twin Evils? audibook. Narrated by Afton Laidy Zabala-Jordan
Twin Evils? audiobook. Narrated by Afton Laidy Zabala-Jordan

Once upon a time there was a pair of twins, a girl and boy. Ruth was blonde, blue eyes, very fair and really good. Max was dark haired, grey eyes, broody and bad. Their next door neighbour and pal, Hilda, tried to be friends with both but it was not an easy task. They didn’t like each other and she found herself in the middle trying to keep the peace. Max found his sister impossibly perfect and tiresome, and Ruth could not stand her brother’s bad boy attitude and his horrible behaviour. She was scared of him. Ruth was too perfect and child-like for the real world and Hilda suspected something was wrong but didn’t know what. Was she the angel everybody took her for? Was she ill?  When both twins started talking about fate and said that “something” would happen she worried. What could she do? And indeed they were right. Something did happen.

 

‘Twin Evils?’ is a New Adult novella (approx. 40 pages) that begins like a fairy tale, talks about friendship against all odds, tragedy, romance, and has a touch of the paranormal. Fast paced and entertaining with intriguing, mysterious and ultimately lovable characters it will make you feel good but leave you wondering. If you have plenty of imagination and love a compact and fulfilling read (or listen), try it out!

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And now, the fragments:

In the first one, Max and Hilda, who are friends and neighbours, are talking about the birthday party for Max and his twin sister Ruth.

“Oh yes, the famous ‘birthday party’. The ‘little princess’ is seventeen, rejoice universe.” His sarcasm was nearly visible.

“You are seventeen too.”

“But all this fuss isn’t about me, and you know it well. For me they wouldn’t even open a packet of peanuts. They’d rather if I hadn’t been born.”

“You aren’t fair. That isn’t true.”

“OK. You listen to them this evening, and then tell me. You’ll see. I know it already…There, have your present.”

He gave her a little parcel. His presents were usually something to eat, the skin of an animal or something weird and nasty that he thought was funny. She opened it with some apprehension.

“It won’t bite you.”

It was a beautiful silver ring, with turquoise and other semi-precious stones making a geometrical motif. Native American jewellery.

“Max! You didn’t have to…It’s beautiful, really. Thanks.”

“Do you like it? Does it fit you?”

It did fit nicely. Hilda saw Max’s eyes fixed on her bracelet. Ruth had given her a lovely silver bracelet for Christmas and she adored it and told everybody how much she liked it. Max had been terribly jealous since. He kept playing with the bracelet every time he held her by her wrist, and it seemed to be burning him to see her wear it. He’d tried all his tricks to make her lose it. Worse still, he got appendicitis just before her birthday and couldn’t go to the party or buy her a present. Now he’d tried a different approach. It was subtler. Quite refined for him.

“It’s really pretty. I love it, Max. Thanks.”

“A kiss.”

They kissed on the cheeks and she played with his curls before she left. He was smiling and more relaxed.

In the second fragment, the three friends are playing with the Ouija board Hilda gave Max for his birthday.

He played with fiery eyes, as if he were possessed. Ruth was scared, and, to make things worse, the board began to answer questions quite reasonably after a few attempts. To questions like: “Who is the best? Who is the nicest?” the answer was always: “Ruth”. When Max asked: “How will I end up?” the reply was: “in hell.”

“Cool. Real cool.” He said.

“Why did you make it say that?” Ruth asked, her pale face growing greyer, and her mouth trembling a little.

“I didn’t. It was the spirits…” Max replied in a deep, hollow and scary voice. “Its’ fate, little dove. You’re going to heaven, with the white, blond, blue-eyed angels, and I’m going to hell, with my friend Satan. Lucifer. Nice and interesting guy. I’ve never really liked harp music anyhow. I guess hell is warmer. And Lucifer had reasons to rebel, I think. I quite agree with him. Being nice and friendly all the time, helping others and following orders…No, no, that isn’t good enough.”

Ruth looked sicker by the second. She seemed about to faint.

“Please, Max… don’t say that; you shouldn’t joke with that, it’s dangerous…”

“I don’t care. I am bad and I want to be bad. I hate nice people, and I hate you. I can’t stand your goodness and your patience, and your generosity, and all that crap. Where is the fun in that?”

“Max, please…” Ruth’s voice had become a whisper.

Hilda was contemplating the scene fascinated, convinced that she should do something. But Max’s eyes were on fire, the grey in them was nearly black, his cheeks were flushed, his nose broad, his teeth shiny…He looked devilish. It was a frightening but not completely unattractive sight.

“You don’t like me either, you were telling Hilda, so don’t pretend. Someone played a nasty trick on us and put us together. We hate each other’s guts. We can’t live together. And we won’t. I’ll make sure of that.”

The third one comes right before a very important point in the story and it’s the eighteenth birthday of the twins. Sorry for stopping where I do, but I didn’t want to give the whole of the story away.

With the summer, the big happening returned. The Party. And that year bigger than before, because it was the 18th birthday this time. There was a disco organised, a catering company was taking care of the food, and there were more guests than ever. Max didn’t have any complaints about anything. He chose to wear black smart trousers, a short black jacket (torero-like), a white shirt and black boots. Ruth was wearing a long white dress this time. The  Pinters made their children pose for a photograph cutting the cake, like a couple of newly wed. Max and Ruth looked at each other and Hilda knew that whatever was going to happen, it would happen that day. She tried to distract Max, dancing with him and not leaving him alone, but at some point, around 8 p.m. he told her that he had something to do and left. She followed him at a distance and saw him talking to Ruth, grabbing her by the arm and pushing her to the garage. Ruth had been given a car as her 18th birthday present, while Max had to pay for the damages to the family car, but he didn’t seem to be upset about it. He smiled gracefully. He didn’t seem to care. When Max and Ruth got to the car, he’d forgotten the car keys and they had to go back to the house. In the interval, Hilda got in the car, in the back, and lay on the floor. Ruth and Max returned in a few minutes and Max drove off with Ruth sitting next to him. They seemed to be driving for a long time, in complete silence. Finally, after what felt like hours to Hilda, Max said:

“We’re nearly there.”

“Why do you have to do this? Drop me off somewhere and I’ll disappear from your life if that’s what you want. You don’t need to…”

Thanks very much for reading, and remember to share, like, comment, CLICK, and of course join!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

32 replies on “Multiauthor event in Facebook. A Time for giving. Thanksgiving, audiobooks, giveaways… Today, Twin Evils?”

Thanks, Janet. I’m still in Barcelona, trying to clarify dates and sort out more paperwork. Here the weather is very mild. By the way, I went to watch a movie called ‘A Monster Calls’ and I thought of you, as there are gorgeous titles with watercolours and a lot of it is about stories and drawing…

Thanks, Janet. I think you’ll love it. It’s sad but also beautiful and inspiring. And it did remind me of your comments about painting.

Thanks, Janet. I think it’s a pretty new film (although it had been showing for a while here in Spain, the director is from Barcelona. Looking in IMDB is not coming out in the UK until January next year, so you might catch it in the cinema itself. It will probably take a few months to be available on Amazon).

Now you have told me about it, and I have watched the trailer, the title is popping up everywhere…and so yes, maybe I can go to the cinema here and watch it on the big screen, which I think would be great for this particular film. It would seem that a ‘classic’ is in the making. Have a lovely day and week ahead…janet. x

Thanks, Janet. It’s definitely one that looks fabulous on the big screen. Raining here today, although to be honest it’s needed. I hope your week is great.

This is exciting, Olga. I’m glad you are promoting “Twin Evils?” too. It’s such a great story.
I scheduled my next post for midnight (Eastern Time) and gave a shout out with links to your previous post promoting this event. I’ll try to add a link to this one as well. Wishing you huge success! Mega hugs.

Thanks so much, Teagan. You’re a star. Any help is greatly appreciated. Every so often somebody asks me if I’m going to carry on with the story of Twin Evils? Perhaps. I’m thinking about doing more writing on Wattpad in the future. I realised yesterday that with the time change and being in Spain the big giveaway will be 1 am for me, so not sure I’ll be up and about for it, but Uvi has promised to step up if I can’t. I hope you have a great week.

Thanks, Debby, but all is down to Uvi’s incredible promotional and organisational skills. I know she runs promos for other authors too but I haven’t had a new book to promote for ages (I hope next month perhaps).

Grr, Olga, I’m so behind in reading, but I have a few of your books and they’re coming close now! When you put out your next book, I’ll have you over for my ‘Who has a new book?’ Friday post. <3

Thanks so much, Debby. I know what you mean. I also have a few of yours on my list but I always manage to end up taking part in tours and review events and never seem to gather momentum. You’re very kind. I’m waiting on the final touches to the paper cover and, everything going well, I hope to publish it just before the end of the year. I don’t think it’s the wisest decision regarding timing, but I’m set on seeing it published before the end of 2016 if at all possible. We shall see. 🙂

Thanks very much. Afton Laidy has also done the narration of ‘Click Me Happy!’. She was hoping to narrate my Angelic Business Series too but she’s far too busy for that. I hope that perhaps in the future we’ll be able to work together again, but she’s perfect for it. 🙂

Well, it’s proven a very slow process. I finally have all the corrections, including the Spanish ones. Now I’m waiting for the cover for the paper version, that has to be a bit special, as I want to offer the prequel as a bonus too in the same volume. I’m thinking of publishing it between Christmas and New Year, hoping people might want something a bit more edgy… I’m doing a post about it this Friday. Thanks, Inese!

It is wonderful! I already told my friends about the book, and I cannot wait to read the finished version myself. I am sure the book is going to be a success, because the crime you write about is very unusual, and your professional insight is a great bonus. Have a wonderful week! xx

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