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DON’T WORRY. ALL IS WELL (fingers crossed)! And a recommendation @marysmithwriter

Hi all:

Sorry I don’t bring you a review today, as I’ve been a bit busy and the book(-s) I’m reading is (are) a bit longer than usual, but I promise I’ll be back with more reviews next week (I can hear your sighs of relief).

Initially, I wasn’t going to post anything, but I know that, as things are at the moment, people are bound to worry if somebody disappears without a word, and we in the blogger community are worriers, I know. So, I thought I’d reassure you. Nothing is wrong. It might feel like this at times…

Photo by Ruffa Jane Reyes on Unsplash

But we keep going. I hope you are all coping with things, doing your best, taking a day at a time, and following recommendations. We are trying our best here as well, all, big and small.

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

I have recommended blogs and posts in the past, and I know we all have our favourites, but in case you haven’t met her yet, I recommend that you visit Mary Smith‘s blog, here. She is a talented writer, a brilliant fellow blogger, has done so many things, had so many adventures, and looked after so many people all over that it’s impossible not to be amazed and in awe when reading her posts and books. Her wry sense of humour also helps, of course. And, although we all have had many reasons to complain about 2020, she recently has had to face pretty bad news, so go over and say hello. I’m sure she’ll love your visit.

Photo by Colin D on Unsplash (This picture was taken in Glasgow, Scotland, and made me think of Mary, because of her great heart and because she’s Scottish).

And here, I leave you a picture that has me puzzled. I looked for images tagged under “hope” on Unsplash, and this came up. I have no idea why, but I thought perhaps you would know. Or at least it would give you something different to think about.

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

Honestly, I haven’t got a clue, but I like it.

Thank you for visiting and for your patience, I’ll be back with new reviews next week. Take care and keep safe!

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Literania 2017 (@Literania) Un festival de lectura muy especial. Llamando a autores, sponsors, blogueros, lectores…

Hola a todos:

Os he hablado con anterioridad de la Cooperativa de Autores Independientes, Ediciones Proust  un proyecto en el que un grupo de autores nos hemos unido para aportar servicios, facilitar la creación y la distribución de libros de calidad, y ayudar a que la obra de autores independientes se difunda y esté al alcance de todos los lectores. Uno de los eventos organizados en colaboración con la Asociación Internacional de Escritores Independientes  es Literania 2017.

Este evento, gratuito para los lectores, contara con escritores firmando libros y hablando directamente con los lectores, una serie de charlas de invitados de lujo, eventos para niños, música, cultura grastronómica, una maratón de lectura con premios, blogueros literarios también estarán presentes y mucho más. Aquí podéis comprobar los detalles:

http://literania.global/

Y aquí algunos de los invitados (Manuel Salgado, Alberto Vázquez Figueroa, Enrique Laso, Toti Martínez de Lezea):

Aún quedan espacios para autores (incluyendo autores que no puedan estar presentes pero que quieran enviar sus libros), y  seguimos aceptando sponsores y empresas y/o individuales interesados en #Apadrinarunlibro.

Aquí podéis descargar el dossier con información sobre el festival. Y para poneros en contacto, podéis hacerlo por e-mail: contacto@literania.global o por teléfono: 683273513

Como siempre gracias por leer, y si conocéis a alguien que pueda estar interesado en participar o hacerse sponsor del evento, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC! 

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#Entrevistasconescritores (@EDICIONESPROUST) Fascinantes y reveladoras Alberto Vázquez Figueroa, Javier Sierra (@Javier__Sierra) y Blanca Miosi (@BlancaMiosi)

Hola a todos:

Como recordaréis la semana pasada compartí mi reseña de la tercera novela en la serie de Ethan Bush de Enrique Laso, y os dejé un enlace a su entrevista en el blog de la Cooperativa International de Autores Independientes, y no me pareció bien no comentaros que iremos subiendo otras entrevistas, y hay varias que os recomiendo.

Alberto Vázquez Figueroa
Alberto Vázquez Figueroa

Alberto Vázquez Figueroa ha sido muy amable y nos ofreció una entrevista telefónica que podéis oír completa, si hacéis clic aquí. Nos habla sobre su carrera, lo que tardó en llegarle el éxito, y nos ofrece su opinión sobre la escritura. Bueno, escuchadlo y ya veréis.

Javier Sierra
Javier Sierra

Javier Sierra nos habla de las nuevas tecnologías, del tiempo que pasa investigando antes de escribir sus novelas, y de la importancia que los blogueros van a llegar a tener recomendando libros e influyendo la opinión de los lectores. Aquí podéis leer la entrevista entera.

Blanca Miosi
Blanca Miosi

Blanca Miosi una gran exponente de los autores que han conseguido un gran éxito como escritores independientes, nos habla de sus experiencias con las editoriales tradicionales, su interés en la novela histórica, sus métodos de investigación, y su programa de radio entre otras muchos cosas.

Aquí podéis acceder a la entrevista con solo hacer clic.

Y no os olvidéis de explorar el resto del contenido y de ir visitando la sección de entrevistas, porque hay muchas y buenas en preparación.

Gracias a Alberto Vázquez Figueroa y a Javier Sierra por su amabilidad, gracias a los compañeros de la Cooperativa por las entrevistas y a todos vosotros por leer, y no os olvidéis de darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir y hacer CLIC!

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#Newbook 101 Kind Quotes by Erika King (@AuthorErikaKind)

Hi all:

As you know, Friday is my day to share new books and have guest authors come to tell us about their work. Today it’s the turn of Erika King a wonderful blogger I met through another common blogger friend. She shares inspirational quotes every day, songs, her poems and her own songs, and also posts exploring life-changing topics. I can say I look forward to her posts every day.

Erika King
Erika King

Here a bit about her in her own words, from her website/blog:

Hi, I am Erika! I was born in Vienna but grew up in another part of Austria and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (within the Swiss alps) where I still live.  I am running a Practice for Aromatherapy and Self-Development. I am a singer and author.

For a long time I was dominated and controlled by fears and outside influences.  From teenage times to adulthood my life was overshadowed by destructive thought patterns. One day I stood up and started to face my fears one by one. My life changed completely.  Today I grab my chances and lead the life I always wished for. In order to share my wonderful insights I wrote I’m Free – Awareness of Who You Are by Discovering Who You Are Not!

When I started blogging in May 2014 I had no idea what this was about. I did it in order to promote my book and was trained therefore by my publisher. After 10 months of increasing and intensifying interactions, of finding dear friends all over the world, and so much love everywhere I changed again and so did my blog changed. It got so much more personal and has developed to a blog from soul to soul. It has become a place for everyone to pause for a moment, to lighten up the heart, to smile, to get inspired, and to fuel with good vibs. We are all wonderful beings who came into this world in order to explore, discover, experience, create, and simply enjoy the lifetime in a human body with all senses. I want you to open your heart in order to hear, see, and feel clearer about yourself, your life, and the world. Therefore we need the happenings in our lives as signposts and tools. It is neither good nor bad – it simply is. Whatever happens has its reason in order to show us something or make us develop something. Life is simply all about living with everything it has in store for us.

I am not sitting on a cloud with an enlightened smile on my face all day long. I can be angry, stubborn, impatient, sad, and frustrated as well. But I know that these are characteristics which are part of my experience but not part of me. I am profoundly happy as a basic condition of my being. Therefore I don’t deny negative feelings because I know that they will show me something in order to discover a new part of myself.

Reach out for the stars but only as high as your feet still touch the ground!

You’ve probably already realised why people who start following her can’t leave.

And, the good news are that recently she’s published a book collecting some of her best loved quotes and adding some new ones.

101 Kind Quotes. Daily Inspirations by Erika King
101 Kind Quotes. Daily Inspirations by Erika King

Here I copy from her post explaining how the book came to be (and yes, I’m mentioned as Erika asked me for a brief introduction to the book. And I’m in good company.)

101 KIND Quotes is a collection of quotes as I post them daily on my blog. I have been doing this for almost two years and you can imagine that quite a lot have come together. To pick only 101 was a bit of a challenge.

I started in mid-January and created almost all the 101 quotes anew. Because of copyright issues, I only used my own photos. New quotes were immediately included in this book. That means you will find quotes I have not posted yet. The past 2 weeks I spent with creating the cover, the acknowledgment, bio, introduction but most of all with putting the file together. That formatting process was a challenge but it made me almost a Word expert…LOL!

Why 101 quotes and not 100? In order to fill the last page

Now to some important details:

  • The idea:It was the end of November when Kritika of From The Soul To The Nip Of The Pen suggested publishing a calendar with quotes. I thought that is an awesome idea. But that would have meant creating 366 memes just asap because Christmas and the New Year were close. No, too late for that! But you know me… once the wheel is spinning in my head I don’t give up on it anymore and so I developed the idea of a quote book. I had time to create it and it did not have to have so many quotes.
  • The cover photoshows the modern skyline of Vienna (where I am from). The photo was taken by my youngest sister lately. When I thought about creating the cover I remembered it. My sister is an early bird. She took the photo in the morning close to where she lives.
  • The forward: I could not feel any more honored! Two of our published authors here on WordPress agreed to write a forward for me. They are Olga ofAuthorTranslatorOlgaand Sylvester of Syl65’s Blog. You guys are incredible. Thank  you so very much!

 

Links to the book:

Paperback: amazon.com  and also on CreateSpace. The e-book edition will be available soon too (working on it).

Kindle version: here.

And if you want to get a closer look, here is a preview…

Thanks to Erika for her inspiration, her book and her mention, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!

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Guest authors: Viv Drewa, the Owl Lady and her novels.

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and recently also new books. I met today’s author, Viv Drewa, through a group of authors I belong too, and especially through her efforts blogging and sharing the work of other writers and bloggers. If that wasn’t enough, she loves owls (so do I) and one of her blogs is called ‘The Owl Lady‘. She also has owls in her books, so, how could I resist?

Here with you, Viv Drewa!

Author and blogger Viv Drewa
Author and blogger Viv Drewa

Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.

She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on Amazon.com

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

She teaches sewing to physically and mentally disabled adults, a cause close to her heart.

Viv also writes for two blogs.

Here is her Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Viv-Drewa/e/B00J1PTJ20/

And here the Owl Lady Blog:

http://theowlladyblog.wordpress.com/

Viv has written two novels and a book where she talks about her grandfather’s experiences:

The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa
The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa

The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Rather than the brief description of the book I decided to leave you some detailed reviews to wet your appetite.

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book August 1, 2014

By Oliver

Format:Kindle Edition

The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa is a wonderful novel. The character of Clare Montgomery is woven with dexterity. The web of mystery, intrigue and murder lends additional charm to the work. The plot is gripping and beautifully presented. The narrative style is praiseworthy and establishes Viv Drewa as a master of this genre.Read it for a fine plot, gripping story and lifelike characters. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of El Brujo? June 23, 2014

By John R. Dizon

Format:Kindle Edition

The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa is an action-packed adventure novel centered on the exploits of Clare Montgomery, a widowed 52-year-old archaeologist. She goes on a vision quest to Peru along with Cord Willoughby, intent on discovering the secrets of La Senora de Cao. The mysterious death of Hans Windmueller leaves little doubt as to the presence of evil spirits along the trail. Upon arrival in El Brujo, they find themselves delving headlong into a web of mystery, intrigue and murder. It takes them to the ancient Temple of the Moon, where they enlist the aid of the Lord of Sipan, Cantunta. They find that his daughter Adelgonda awaits in the land of the dead, and only by overcoming the evil goddess can they rid the land of the curse of Cao.

The author develops her tale with artistic flair, bringing us into the storyline with authentic narratives of Peruvian society and culture. There is also the midlife element portrayed by Clare’s affair with Cord, leading to the possibility of a pregnancy that serves as a highly unexpected distraction. Yet the dream sequences force the reader to keep their eye on the ball as her visions reveal the imminent danger awaiting them. The theme of betrayal resonates throughout the novel as Adelgonda endangers not only the lives of her parents but her entire clan as her death cult endures. It brings us to a dramatic conclusion as Clare and Cord are brought face-to-face with the ancient demons in a final showdown.

For action/adventure fans as well as sorcery buffs, The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa is a worthy addition to your collection.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFDIXK4/

The Angler and the Owl by Viv Drewa
The Angler and the Owl by Viv Drewa

The Angler and the Owl

For 25 years France Hunter has been studying owls, and has discovered five new species around the world. Her work has kept her busy and she never had time for a relationship. She travels with Jason “Doc” Bradley, a former paramedic, and his cousins Tony and Andy Bradley. Now, on her last outing she is joined by a magazine writer, Cathy Birch, and a world famous angler, John Sinclair, who has also dedicated his life to his field.
As the small caravan travels to the Amazon river France falls and severely injures her left arm. Against Doc’s recommendation to turn back, she pushes on. This is her last trip and she wants to go to the place where she found her first new owl.
Once the caravan arrives by the water they are met by seven boatmen, hired by Sinclair, and their canoes. Here they continue on the river dropping France’s group at her location, and Sinclair continuing for two days to the area he wants to fish for his TV show.
John is immediately attracted to France, but all she notices is how handsome he is, not feeling anything else. It isn’t until later she discovers she has feeling for John.
After landing in his spot he can’t help but feel something is wrong with France’s group. His good friend Mark Ward tells him it’s just love talking and he’s sure they’re alright. John doesn’t buy it but they plan on fishing the next morning.
While fishing a blue-ringed owl lands on John’s canoe and looks down the river to where France’s group is, and then looks back at him. This alerts John. He gets the satellite phone and tries to reach her to no avail. He decides the fishing can wait and, with Mark in another canoe, begin the journey back to France.
At France’s camp two jaguars attack one of the boatmen severing his left leg. The other two boatmen, they all have rifles, shoot at the jaguars killing one. The other escapes with the boatman’s leg. Doc and the others wake to the noise and he and Tony go to where the boatmen are camping. In the ruckus the canoes become untied and go eastward down the shore and the sat phone is destroyed. Now they have no way to get help and will have to wait for John’s team to come back, which could take three or four more days.
Doc dresses the boatman’s leg and they bring him to their area. Safety in numbers. Doc’s supply of penicillin and IV dextrose is limited and he doesn’t think the boatman will make it if they can’t get help quickly. Only a two day supply.
As John and Mark head east the water carries them quickly. The get a distance from France’s group and hear gun shots. This makes John paddle faster convinced he was right about something being wrong.
John sees the lanterns and runs toward them; Mark follows quickly behind. The learn about the attack and Mark uses his satellite phone to call for help.
Will help get there in enough time?

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQP60OW/

From the Pages of Grandfather's Life by Viv Drewa
From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life by Viv Drewa

Story of a young man’s escape from Russian ruled Poland in 1913.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3PNX76/

Thanks to Viv for her reblogs, for visiting and for her owls, to you all for reading, and don’t forget to like, share, comment, and of course CLICK!

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Seumas Gallacher. A star author and a king of social networking, Scottish style!

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and new books. I have been spending plenty of time recently getting to know a bit better other bloggers, and although I have shared some of their blogs before, it occurred to me that many of the people whose blogs I read religiously are also authors but I had yet to bring them here. So it’s never too late and here I bring you one of them.

Seumas Gallacher. 

Seumas Gallacher. Blogger and writer extraordineur
Seumas Gallacher. Blogger and writer extraordineur

SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 15,000 direct contacts.

His first two crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK blew his mind with more than 75,000 e-link downloads to date. The third in what has become the ‘Jack Calder’ series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was launched late 2013.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog less than two years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year 2013’ and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his ‘Author’s Voice’, while the blog carries his ‘Author’s Brand’. And he’s LUVVIN IT!

Before I forget, here is his blog. It’s unmissable:

http://seumasgallacher.com/

The Violin Man's Legacy
The Violin Man’s Legacy

 

The violin man’s legacy

Thriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.

Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP’s local bureau, May-Ling.

Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.

The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled.

http://www.amazon.com/Violin-Mans-Legacy-seumas-gallacher-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ/

Vengeance Wears Black
Vengeance Wears Black

Vengeance Wears Black

Jack Calder and his former SAS colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm, are saved from certain death when an ex-Gurkha is killed smothering a deadly grenade thrown into a lunchtime Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. They learn that murderous turf wars are raging between Asian Triads and Eastern European mobsters vying for control of international fiefdoms of drug smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.

An unexpected visit from the highest levels of international law enforcement offers Jack and the ISP team a means to use their black operations skills to wreak a ruthless retaliation against the drug lords.

Unlikely partners emerge in their onslaught against the gangs as the warring criminal factions threaten an unholy alliance to repel them. The pursuit spins across Europe, Turkey and North Africa before a final reckoning.

http://www.amazon.com/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-seumas-gallacher-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC/

Savage Payback
Savage Payback

 

Savage Payback

A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

http://www.amazon.com/SAVAGE-PAYBACK-Seumas-Gallacher-ebook/dp/B00G00GZEO/

Self-publishing steps to successful sales
Self-publishing steps to successful sales

Self-publishing Steps to Successful Sales

A self-publisher with over 75,000 sales/downloads explains in simple steps how he uses the social networks and ePublishing to enhance sales of his books on the Web and in hard copy.

http://www.amazon.com/Self-Publishing-Steps-Successful-Seumas-Gallacher-ebook/dp/B00JBL6K80/

And now, for a very good cause, Seumas has also taken part in a wonderful project.

Shadows and Light
Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light: To Benefit Women’s Aid

Product Description

37 stories from authors around the world. Coming together to aid the key UK charity Women’s Aid. Stories from some of the best in indie publishing around the world today, as well as a couple of big names. The tales within range from horror, noir, crime to a bit of Sci Fi and romance thrown in, all for your entertainment while helping make a difference and furthering the awareness of domestic abuse.

SHADOWS & LIGHT
A Ballard Tale
Andrew Scorah

Placebo
ANDREW VACHSS

The Battered Wife
Graham Masterton

QUITS.
SEUMAS GALLACHER

THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
DAVID EDGERLEY GATES

Daylight.
Kevin Holton

THE SAME OLD STORY
by Keith Dixon

WILLIAMS OF THE YARD
IN THE FOXBOROUGH CASE
By Andrew Peters

The Deaths of Andrea Ford
By
David Monk

Across the River
A Story by Samuel Dickens

THE DARE
By
Juliet B Madison

THE OTHER WIFE
~ By Absolutely*Kate

The Last Girl on Earth.
K.A. Hambly

The Summer of Penny Walsh
By Frank Sonderborg

Finding The Phoenix
By
Caitlin O’Connor

Black-Eyed Susan
By Thomas Pluck

The Blues Detective
The Affair of the Precious Packages
Andrew Peters

All Mine
By George Beck

Ruby Pendant
By Melissa Dougherty

Emily’s Valentine
Gerry McCullough

Killing in the Name of
Aidan Thorn

The Princess
The Fox & The Crow
William Rose

The Scent of Pancakes
By Tina Bausinger

The Man Behind the Curtain
By
Paul D Brazill

Doreen’s Tomorrows
by Gay Ingram

East Meets West
By
Jane Morris

THE VISIT

by Dana Wright

Heaven’s Scar
By
Caitlin O’Connor

Jane Unbound
By Kerry E.B. Black

Ellie
By Marie Bishop

LITTLE BROTHER
By
Cath Bore

Almost Christmas
by
Rayna L. Stiner

Floorboard Hoofbeats
By
Cass McMain

AN IRISH STORY
By
Roderick Craig Low

Accounts Payable
By
Hector Duarte Jr.

Through Two Unblackened Eyes
Linda Bonney Olin

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Light-Benefit-Womens-Aid-ebook/dp/B00MCY6CYK/

Thanks so much to Seumas for being such a sport, for his ongoing support of fellow authors and for his visit, thanks very much for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK!

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