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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Author Jane Rusbridge, who is nominated for the IMPAC award, talks to us about...

Devil's Music

It is 1958 and the Sputnik satellite has taken a dog up into space; back on earth, five-year-old Andy has a new sister, Elaine – a baby who, his father insists, is ‘not quite all there’. While his parents argue over whether or not to send Elaine away, Andy sleeps beside her cot each night, keeping guard and watching as his mother – once an ambitious, energetic nurse – twists away into her private, suffocating sadness.

Knots keep treasures safe, Andy’s rope-maker grandfather tells him, and, as he listens to stories of the great Harry Houdini, Andy learns the Carrick Bend, the Midshipman’s Hitch and the Monkey’s Fist. Then a young painter, hired to decorate the family’s house, seems to call Andy’s mother back from the grief in which she is lost. But one day, at The Siding – the old railway carriage that serves as the family’s seaside retreat – Andy is left in charge of his baby sister on a wind-chopped beach, where he discovers that not all treasures can be kept safe for ever.

Three decades later Andrew returns from self-imposed exile to The Siding, the place where his life first unravelled. Looking back on the broken strands of his childhood, he tries, at last, to weave them together, aided by his grandfather’s copy of The Ashley Book of Knots and the arrival of a wild-haired, tango-dancing sculptor – a woman with her own ideas about making peace with the past.

‘A novel of such calibre whets the appetite for more’ – The Irish Examiner
‘A highly original, fresh, new talent of rare quality’ – The Lady
‘Beautifully written and a real page turner’ – Essentials
‘One of the most interesting and beautiful novels I’ve read this year’ – Brighton Argus
‘Vividly and intensely written’ – Jane Rogers

Jane Rusbridge lives in a tiny South Downs village in West Sussex. She is married to a farmer and they have five children between them.

She has an MA in Creative Writing  from the University of Chichester, where she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Jane has had short stories and poems published in anthologies, and won or been placed in several national and international competitions including the Writersinc ‘Writer of the Year’ award (2005), the Ilkley literature Festival competition (2005), the Bluechrome Short Story competition (2005), the Bridport (2003, 2005) the Fish Prize (2006) and the Writersinc award (2008).

The Devil’s Music, her first novel and published by Bloomsbury in July 2009, is described as ‘a beautifully told story of family secrets and betrayal, involving knots, Harry Houdini and the shifting landscape of memory.’

Jane is represented by Hannah Westland of Rogers, Coleridge and White.

At the end of the interview there is an extract of Devil's Music to whet your appetite.

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Friday, 28 January 2011

Dress to Impress? What kind of writer are you?

I often fall out of bed and straight onto my laptop. 

Then I begin to write, all tousled haired, sleep lines creasing my face, jim-jams and dressing gown rumbled with sleepy dust still clinging to my eye lashes.

A friend, fellow writer and publicist, is horrified. 'Don't you have standards?' she asks, well, sorts of shouts really.

She is the really, really elegant type of woman who'd rather die than leave her house without makeup, neat hair and styled clothes. So to dress before she writes is essential for her:

'You wouldn't go to the office in your pyjamas, would you?' she asks.

'Well, no, but I'm not at the office. I'm at home.'

She almost interrupts. 'Your writing is your work. If you dress like you're going to work you'll be more productive.'

She has a point. Her desk is tidy, pens in a pen-holder, dictionaries, thesauruses, factual books are all arranged in alphabetical order. Her computer is dust free, and if there is a coffee cup on her desk you can guarantee it has a drink in it. She always practises a minimum of 5,000 words a day and her notebook is always close by (no suddenly sprung ideas on the back of receipts for her!).

Now visualise my desk, or rather, dining room table. I have THREE cups (two from this morning, the second from lunch). Pens are scattered, and I prefer to use on-line dictionaries and thesauruses, so no books as such, but there are a few (un-writing) magazines. I also share my table with today's post, a Darth Vader helmet that I promised to put the batteries in for my son but never got around to, and yesterday's mail.

I sit here in my 'jimmies' and fresh from sleep (not necessary refreshed) and can happily type when all around me is chaos.

I am the sort of mother who will drop her children off at school in her dressing gown and slippers, while praying the car doesn't break down.

My writing isn't organised. I don't write to a word count. Some days it's nothing, other days I can write chapters.

My friend thinks I would get much more done if I treated my writing like a job.

What do you think?

Clutter or unclutter? Other words... slob or toff?

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Do you home-school your children? Then this series of books could be for you...

 Wright on Time Series
Children's Author
Lisa M Cottrell-Bentley
 Do Life Right, Inc. 
specializing in homeschoolers of today.

The Wrights travel the USA in an RV. Each month brings them to a new state with a new educational theme to explore and play with. They prove that learning can happen all the time, anywhere, and that being with family is fun!

Meet Aidan, age 7: Boisterous and joking all the time, this sporty boy knows how to have fun! Meet Nadia, age 11: Curious and fiery, this intellectual girl can always find out answers to even the most difficult questions. Meet their parents: Harrison, a writer and linguist expert, and Stephanie, a telecommuting computer expert; ready to adventure with their children. Meet Prince Pumpkin III, turtle extraordinaire: This 50 year old little guy is holding on tight, as the family RV and a mysterious device take him on an adventure no turtle has ever gone on before. Explore an Arizona desert cave with the Wrights as they begin their trip. What will Aidan and Nadia discover? 

Wright on Time - Book 1: Utah.

Explore a dinosaur dig with the Wrights as they roadschool in Utah. What will Aidan and Nadia discover about the mysterious device they found in Arizona?

Wright on Time - Book 3: Wyoming.

Join Aidan and Nadia as they continue their roadschooling adventures in Wyoming! The Wright family visits geysers, tours a hydroelectric plant, flies in a private plane, visits a wind farm, and more! What will they find and what will they learn about their mysterious Time Tuner?


Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley is the author of the Wright on Time series of children's chapter books. This fiction series is about the Wright family, an RV-living, homeschooling family who travels the USA. Each book is in a different state with a different fun and educational theme.

The first is Wright on Time: Arizona, second Wright on Time: Utah, and third Write on Time: Wyoming. The fourth will be out this spring.

Lisa is also the owner of the Do Life Right, Inc. publishing company, specializing in books for and about realistic homeschoolers of today. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, and two always-homeschooled daughters. Together they enjoy travelling, creating wild experiments, and celebrating life!

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Wrenolds of Elm Tree Cottage: Author Joanna Cook tells ...

an enchanting tale about a bird community that blends fiction with aviary facts.
The Wrenolds of Elm Tree Cottage
Author and illustrator - Joanna Cook

Do you know what a wren is? If you said it’s a bird, you’re correct! Mr. and Mrs. Wrenolds, who are wrens, have returned to Elm Tree Cottage.

Mr. Wrenolds performs his annual ritual of finding seven prospective residences from which Mrs. Wrenolds will choose. For the past several years, they have lived in the tulip tree, but due to winter ice storms, part of it is gone.

Grandma Wrenolds wants to try the oak tree, but Mrs. Wrenolds decides to go back to the tulip tree. They meet all their old friends from the cottage yard, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, Axel B. Jaymes, Tony and Mary Hummingway, Alfred Ousley, and Sir Al Cardin.

Will the tulip tree prove satisfactory when the Wrenolds’ two children, Jake and Jackie, come along? And what will they all do when a tornado happens through?

Many early readers have predictable stories, however, this bright and cheerful book looks to be a delightful change. Youngsters will be fascinated by Joanna Cook’s easy-to-read tale and colourful drawings that brings the bird community to life. Kids will enjoy reading about the characteristics and habits of the various kinds of birds including wrens, robins, blue jays, hummingbirds, blackbirds and cardinals.

Not just for bird lovers, but for pure enjoyment too. Look out for the sequels to follow the adventures of Mr and Mrs Wrenold.

Joanna Cook, author and illustrator of The Wrenolds of Elm Tree Cottage is a resident of Joplin, Missouri, which is in the Southwestern part of the state. She recently retired after teaching elementary music in the Joplin School District for 32 years.

Joanna earned a Bachelor's in Music from Missouri Southern State University and a Master's in Music from Pittsburg State University. She has been writing children's stories and musical plays for over 25 years. She loves running and walking, reading, drawing and painting, and playing the piano. She is the organist at her church.

The Wrenolds of Elm Tree Cottage is the first book in a series of children's books.
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Monday, 24 January 2011

Young novelist, Mihai Cristian reveals his debut book:

La Tiers du Cylindre

"In a city as big as this one, nothing is tragic anymore. Everything becomes information. Deaths, births, diseases, fires, accidents, all become news, only meaningless data that must be sorted and stored in our mind for a while, than erased. No wonder history repeats itself."

When a New York socialite falls in love with a singer, his life is changed forever. But there's something strange about the woman he loves. Something tragic in nature, something deep inside her eyes. We never get to really know anyone. Not even ourselves.

How much of our lives do we actually control? How much of it is actually chaos? How much of ourselves do we really know? What about the others around us? Mihai Cristian's debut novel is trying to figure out exactly that. Every good story begins with a couple of questions.

Author, Mihai Cristian is a young Romanian writer who currently resides in the city of Constanta. In 2006 he was awarded first prize in the Nicolae Labis National Literary Contest, in 2010 he was awarded first prize at the Tinere Condeie Literary Contest and was a winner of the Nanowrimo Contest. La Tiers du Cylindre is his debut novel.
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Thursday, 20 January 2011

The Target - Bill Bowen's New Thriller.

Bill Bowen

The Target turns the tables on the nuclear terrorism genre as a group of average Americans become the perpetrators.

The novel's lead character is Mike Curran - the son of a South Side Chicago cop, a Notre Dame graduate, an Iraq War veteran, and a LaSalle Street stock broker. When he is the victim of a dirty bomb attack at Union Station, he gives up on the government and embarks on a journey from despair to a striking demonstration of deterrence. In contrast to Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan, Mike and a group of like-minded associates enjoy tremendous resources and freedom of action. His greatest problem is with his conscience.

Mike's deliberations are contrasted with two other perspectives. One is that of a moderate descendent of Arabian royalty and the sister of one of the Union Station bombers. The other is that of a liberal blogger who provides an intellectual construct of the ethical and political questions faced by the plotters.

The gripping story makes clear that it is in everyone's interest - Muslim as well as Western - to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

About The Target:
Mike Curran is an ordinary American – the son of a South Side Chicago cop, a Notre Dame graduate, an Iraq War veteran, and a LaSalle Street stock broker. When he is a victim of a dirty bomb attack at Union Station, he gives up on the government and embarks on a journey from despair and revenge to a striking demonstration of deterrence. In contrast to Osama bin Laden hiding in Afghanistan, Mike and a group of like-minded associates enjoy tremendous resources and freedom of action. His greatest problem is with his conscience.
Aisha al-Rashid, a moderate descendant of Arabian royalty and the sister of one of the Union Station bombers, serves as a thoughtful counterpoint, as her path exposes her to the Americans’ plot.

Barbara from Berkeley, an intellectual liberal blogger, provides a third perspective on the unfolding story.

The Target reflects Bowen’s concern about the combination of terrorism and nuclear weapons and the missing element of deterrence in that equation. It is his hope that the leaders of Iran, Pakistan, and other countries will understand the danger of uncontrolled proliferation.

Bowen, Bill Bill Bowen holds degrees in foreign affairs from the United States Air Force Academy and Georgetown University. He has served in military intelligence and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs … at the intersection of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the President’s National Security Advisor.

Bowen lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, where he enjoys the political theatre of local and state government and shares his thoughts at: http://www.rightinsanfrancisco.com/

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Andrew Lownie, Literary Agency: Fifteen Tips on Approaching an Agent

Andrew Lownie offers some advice on how best to present yourself to an agent.

Authors are often angry, frustrated or shocked by the responses or lack of responses from agents and it might be useful to give some background and advice which might help with pitching to agents.

Your book is special to you and may one day be to other people but at the moment it is just another submission. Authors need to remember that agents are inundated with submissions. Most have full lists already and need to concentrate on their existing clients. Of course we are looking for new talent but the chances of selling books from the slush pile are small.

Some agents claim they have never sold anything from the slush pile though I take it very seriously, and personally look at almost twenty thousand submissions each year . Given each submission may be over forty pages long, that is a lot of reading to fit around the reading of my existing clients’ work, such as the fifty delivered manuscripts each year, and the normal work of the agency...

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I have kindly been allowed to share a link to an interview with Andrew Lownie on Writers' Clinic over on Anita Andrews' writing blog. Here is an introduction:

With bestselling authors such as Cathy Glass, Laurence Gardener and David Craig, literary agent Andrew Lownie continues to prove he is a hot agent to have.

Authors seeking advice, tips and representation will devour Andrew Lownie’s website which allows you to tiptoe in the literary world. He represents largely non-fiction, although his list of fiction authors is impressive in itself.

Having worked in Foyle’s bookshop, Hodder & Stoughton and Curtis Brown, he set up his own agency twenty years ago. When he started though, he needed to supplement his income as an author and freelance journalist for The Times and The Spectator. He has lost none of his hard working ethos.

´I receive about 200 e mails a day, most of them with queries or forty page proposals attached, quite apart from fax, phone and post which have to be dealt with. Several articles on my website deal with a ‘typical’ day or week and give fuller information but I generally start at 7.45 am and work through to 6.30 and then again from 10.30 to midnight in the office from Monday to Friday but, as I work from home, I also spend several hours each weekend either in the office or reading manuscripts or delivered books. There are usually several meetings a day with authors, publishers or TV producers, a lunch and some sort of event in the evening.

´Much of my time is spent assessing new submissions, chasing publishers for advances or decisions, liaising with editors, TV producers or authors on queries which have arisen on placed projects. Twice a year thousands of royalty statements come in and have to be checked, copied and payments made if the books have earned their advances.´

Click here for the rest of the interview (you'll need to scroll down a little bit) and find out things like what he thinks of rejection, or why he gives short shrift to writers' block.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Doctor, The Plutocrat, and the Mendacious tells the story of 1940s England

 Glyn Pope's re-telling of the post-war era takes you backwards in time to England with a stark reminder of what is was like for millions of people back in the 1940s.

DOCTOR LATYMER arrives on a council estate in Leicester, England, full of hope after the dreadful experiences of the war. He happily settles into life on the estate trying to forget the nightmare images in his memory. The young doctor quickly becomes the local miracle worker when he cures the attention-seeking hypochondriac Reginald, and takes the time to befriend a sad little boy who has lost his Mother.

However, when food poisoning strikes the estate residents, Doctor Latymer sets out to right injustices that he doesn't fully understand. He tangles with Sir Brian Britley, the Plutocrat, and Sir Henry Norrington, the Mendacious Minister for the British Government. In the process, he unravels the delicate balance between rich and poor, and the struggling economy still reliant on rationing and the black market.

Glyn Pope grew up on a council estate in England. He studied theology at Nene University. In addition to writing short stories and novels, Glyn interviewed Bob Marley the night before Marley canceled his UK tour and went back to the warmth of Jamaica. Glyn has published articles for both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan ‘fan’ magazines, and has won a short story competition in the magazine 'Devon Life.' He has two novels published. A few years ago he and his wife and daughter moved to France where he pursues a full time writing career.

Due to popular demand I have been informed that you can download The Doctor, The Pluocrat and The Medacious Minister from Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30805 

Reviewed by Stephen Butt of BBC Radio who wrote '' Rich in atmosphere and the colour of the time, all the characters in Glyn Pope's novel are alive. This is a true reflection of life in a certain suburb of Leicester in the English East Midlands, but the themes are universal. This could well be your neighbourhood facing the challenges of a changing world at the end of the 2nd World War. Enjoyable and challenging." 
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Fantasy Novel: People of the Sword

Neil O’Donnell

PEOPLE OF THE SWORD combines myth, history, and conquest with music, sorcery and a touch of romance to impart the struggles of two vastly different cultures suddenly dependent on one another for survival. Confronted by a common enemy, the wizard Crarnock, the druids and knights of Tropal realize that only through cooperation can they defeat Crarnock's goblin army. The journey will test the resolve of both peoples as they realize that their collective bias and misunderstandings are as much a threat as Crarnock himself.

Neil O\O'Donnell is an anthropologist and life-long resident of Western New York. After years of studying changes to Native American and European societies through contact, he incorporated his discoveries into journal articles and short fiction pieces. His intent is to relay his professional discoveries to a wider audience through the world of historical fiction...PEOPLE OF THE SWORD is the culmination of these efforts.

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Said the Spider - a story of crime and suspense.

Earle Van Gilder
Sophisticated crime syndicate parasites invade the normally solid foundation of Midwestern banking and generations of established manufacturing. Executives and management usually in control suddenly find they are masterfully manipulated into a web of irreconcilable personal and financial seduction.

From the traumatic discovery at the river’s edge to the eventual confrontational conclusion Said The Spider seduces greedy, gullible and unsuspecting prey into a deadly and graphic whirlwind of corporate disaster leading to murder, suicide and revenge.

The early exploits of the juvenile crime spree by a youthful mastermind who cleverly manipulates his prey leads the reader to the ruthless genius manipulating the city. This drama of cause and effect with no escape from the temptations of lust, greed, and ignorance has been cleverly baited.

The corporate investigative agency and police sources enter almost too late to stop this whirlpool of turbulence as the bank Vice President’s realize their own failure and the investors and corporation officers panic and retreat from the coming Armageddon.

As murder, suicide and monumental financial losses are exposed, the crime syndicate learns of an investigation which might interrupt their lucrative operation. Crime bosses will stop at nothing to successfully complete their artistic looting of a major bank and manufacturing complex.

Time is running out. Investigators are pulling pieces of the puzzle together. Corrupt and greedy bank executives are running for their lives. The syndicate is charging ahead in their goal of complete domination and eventual departure culminating in a surprise and conclusive end to fraud and murder.

They say you should write what you know, and Earle Van Gilder does just that with his thriller, Said the Spider. With more than 40 years Earle (Doc) Van Gilder was involved in the investigation of white-collar crime. The last 20 years he ran his own Investigative Corporation partnering with major firms, local and state government agencies and law enforcement to solve a wide range of criminal activities from internal theft and white collar crime to insurance fraud, criminal investigations and undercover operations.

Earle is also a certified Kyokushinkai Karate Branch Chief and martial arts instructor and well versed in the handling of weaponry. These experiences combined with his Marine Corp and equestrian experiences have resulted in a number of short stories which in turn led to his first novel, Said The Spider. He recently completed a second novel, Gumshoe Diary, The Month of May.

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Monday, 17 January 2011

Joyce Yarrow - author of the Jo Epstein mystery series

Joyce Yarrow
Mystery/suspense writer of the Jo Epstein series

Private investigator and performance poet, Jo Epstein, untangles a web of money-laundering, kidnapping and murder that extends from New York City to a hurricane-torn island in the Caribbean. Ann Romeo of MurerInk describes this first book in the Jo Epstein series as follows: “Chock full of terrific NY details, wonderful characters and clever turns of phrase, Joyce Yarrow’s ASK THE DEAD is a masterful debut and a must for fans of Sue Grafton and the Big Apple.”

The Last Matryoshka is a thrilling mystery that explores the age-old relationship between justice and revenge while delving into the complexities of family relationships forged in vastly different cultures.

Joyce Yarrow brings back Jo Epstein, New York City private investigator and performance poet, in the sequel to Ask the Dead. Roped into helping her socially inept, émigré stepfather Nikolai escape the clutches of a blackmailer, Jo must enter a world where criminals enforce a nineteenth-century code of honor, threats arrive inside not-so-traditional Matryoshka (nesting) dolls, and fashion models adorn themselves with lewd prison tattoos. And even as she helps Nikolai—who claims to have been framed—to evade the police, Jo can’t help wondering if her client is as innocent as he claims.

From Vladimir Central Prison to the brooding Russian forest, from Moscow Criminal Police headquarters to the monasteries of Suzdal, Jo Epstein investigates the world of the vory—a criminal subculture as brutal as it is romanticized—while racing against the clock to solve crimes committed on two continents.

The Last Matryoshka is a thrilling mystery that explores the age-old relationship between justice and revenge while delving into the complexities of family relationships forged in vastly different cultures.

Image of "Joyce Yarrow"Joyce Yarrow was born in the SE Bronx, escaped to Manhattan as a teenager and now lives in Seattle with her husband and son. Along the way to becoming a full-time author, Joyce has worked as a screenwriter, singer-songwriter, multimedia performance artist and most recently, a member of the world music vocal ensemble, Abráce.

Joyce is a Pushcart nominee, whose stories and poems have been widely published. Her first book, Ask the Dead (Martin Brown 2005) was selected by The Poisoned Penas as a Recommended First Novel and hailed as “Bronx noir”. Her latest book, The Last Matryoshka, takes place in Brooklyn and Moscow and will be published by Five Star Mysteries in Nov 2010.

Ms. Yarrow considers the setting of her books to be characters in their own right and teaches workshops on "The Place of Place in Mystery Writing."
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The important of the dialogue tag...SAID

Why the tagline ISN'T boring and should be used AT ALL TIMES - told through the eyes of a novice.

'But "said" is boring. Why can't I use other taglines such as “demanded”, “whispered", or "shouted"?’ I said, and reached for a red apple from the fruit bowl.

‘Because "said" is invisible,’ said my writing coach. ‘“Demanded”, “whispered”, and “shouted”, are not. Well, “whispered” isn't so bad, and neither is “shouted” if used sparingly, but “demanded”?’ He shook his head. ‘Don't even think of it.’

‘What about -’
I glowered at him as I rubbed the apple to a mirror-shine on my arm. It flaked a bit; must have been in the fruit bowl a while. ‘Well, how do you make clear somebody is shouting or whispering or being demanding then?'

‘With good prose and a little trust of your readers.’
‘Trust?’ I took a bite of the apple. ‘What are you talking about?’

‘Do you mind?’ My writing coach brushed off sprayed pieces of Royal Gala. ‘If your writing is strong, your readers will know whether your characters have “whispered” “shouted” or “whined.”’

‘I can’t have whined?’
‘Certainly not! Use your writing style to direct your readers to what your characters are saying.’

I pointed the apple at him in excitement. ‘But that’s telling. We’ve always been told not to tell. Ha! Gotcha.’

My coach, sighing, pushed the apple away from his face. ‘Telling is something different. Telling is just that, telling –’

‘So well explained. Not.’ I chewed on the apple somewhat triumphantly. ‘My English teacher taught me to use my imagination for taglines. I remember I had to think of fifty alternatives for homework and then use them in a story the next day. I thought up more than fifty. Wanna hear them?’

‘Er, no thanks.’
‘Go on. You’ll be amazed: cooed, fenced, claimed, queried, presented, alleged –’
'Creative writing is different to the English lessons you had at school.' He reached for his coat.
‘Going so soon?’
‘I’ve just remembered I needed to de-flea the cat.’
I put the core of my apple in my pocket - there wasn’t a bin, and I loathed litter.
My coach nodded to my core, safely nestling inside my coat. ‘Why’d you do that?’
‘I hate litter. Law-abiding citizen, me.’

‘Unnecessary taglines can be described as litter. They are pointless, and clutter up your writing,’ he said as I stared at him with slow realisation dawning on my face. ‘Worse, they can distract your reader from the story.’

‘They aren’t helping the reader, then?’

He shook his head. ‘Not in the slightest. Do you think your readers are stupid? Do you think they can’t understand whether your characters are shouting, querying or even whispering? Or do you think your writing is so poor that you can’t engage your readers in what your characters are saying?’

‘Neither. I think neither!’

‘Well then.’ He looked pleased with himself as he buttoned up his coat. ‘Next time though let’s have this discussion during the writing circle meeting, and not in the gents’.’

‘Sure.’ I grabbed another apple. ‘Posh place though. I mean, not often you get fruit in the loos.’

‘You’ll find,' he said with a smirk, 'those apples are soap.’

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Starlight Prince by Borislava Borissova

"If the human's world becomes boring, you have the sky."

A young boy lived alone on his tiny planet at the end of the Sagittarius galaxy. On his trips to other celestial spheres, he had seen that there were no lonely stars in the universe and even the most powerful one, the sun in the neighbouring Milky Way galaxy, had a friend - Nemesis. In a search for his first friend, The Starlight Prince caught a passing comet and, deluged by a haze of star-dust, entered the solar system.

Landing on the planet Earth he found himself on an unbelievably beautiful island. There, at the Valley of the Temples, the ancient Olympic Gods had been spending their summer rests for millennia. Far above the tree tops and hidden by the clouds, The Prince noticed The Little Olympic God who according to the Olympic allocation of duties was responsible for friendships.

Amazed by his divine work destined to inspire friendliness in humans, the celestial boy was sure that The Little God could help him, too. Trying to face him in person, The Starlight Prince remained on Earth. He followed a young teen company and took part of their unusual experience in an ancient Castle. This beautiful building claimed it functioned as a hotel but after their arrival to spend their vacation there it became the strangest hotel in the world with mysterious inhabitants, history, and secrets.

A great Master of magic was trying to harness the nature elements to become immortal as prescribed in a magical manuscript written long ago by the Olympic Gods. This text was given to the Little God of friendships for safekeeping.

During the long adventure the lonely celestial boy found his first friend, The Little Olympic God.

This delightlful young adult fiction "The Starlight Prince" is Borislava Borissova's first published book, and like most YA books adults will also enjoy reading The Starlight Prince.

In words of the author: "It is a lifeboat for everybody who loves to be drawn from everyday life in the free time and yearns to sink emotionally in another world when the reality is not enough."

Although Borislava considers herself a writer she has been working as a Recruiter in Human Resources for years in Sofia, in the heart of Balkan Peninsula. In her free time, history as well as writing is an important passion in her life and she is more than happy to share both.

Her second book "Affairs of the Heart" will be published in 2011. They are two novellas - contemporary love drama "The Last Secrets of The Ancient Island" and historical love drama "A Love In A Time of Wars".

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The Cross and the Psychiatrist -self-help book keeping it real!

Terry L Dorn

A story about a life that fell apart and is mended by faith. When a person
experiences a mental breakdown he is treated like he’s not even two years old. Terry Dorn has experienced torture as a child, lived on
the streets in Minneapolis Minnesota at age ten. He Slept in box cars and vacant houses at first. Was hospitalized several times for observation as a teenager. He had to fight to not receive shock treatments at age fifteen.

Terry is a bounce back person and has become a hero to many who have experienced a major psychiatric challenge.

Terry L Dorn's The Cross and the Psychiatrist-Stopping a Modern-day Epidemic is a must read for everyone, particularly those who are close to individuals who have psychiatric disabilities. Throughout the text, the author emphasizes that these individuals should not be bound by a stigma and label. On the contrary, Dorn offers what all psychiatric patients and their family members seek: hope. Often times, being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is enough to keep the individual pushing for a return to normalcy. Dorn vigorously supports this concept, and he firmly believes that the church, and faith in general, can help patients return to leading normal lives.

What sets this book apart from other psychiatric awareness texts is that the information does not make up a thousand-page textbook. Instead, this book essentially draws from the real-life experiences of Terry Dorn. One passage that is particularly indicative of Dorn's stance states, "Mental illness has become the leprosy of this age. Stigma and ignorance has built a wall that keeps many of these wounded people away from being socially acceptable ever again."

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The author of this book, Terry Dorn, left home at the age of ten due to torture and abuse. Many teachers told Terry he could not be a writer because of his education. He has published a book for Washington State Mental Health system and has been the editor of a newspaper: -"You must learn to turn your problems into lessons".

The real power in this life is (FAITH) and believing in ones dreams! Terry's ability to see the good in people has helped many individuals to return to a productive life.

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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Command Influence - A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice

Robert A. Shaines

George C. Schreiber was a twenty-five year old second lieutenant in charge of an Air Police guard unit in Pusan, Korea.

A year earlier, in 1951, he had innocently been teaching fifth and sixth grade children in Brookfield, Illinois. A year later, he was convicted by a general court-martial of premeditated murder.

The unconscionable injustice made no sense to twenty-three year old Air Force lawyer Robert A. Shaines and Schreiber’s story has haunted his thoughts ever since.

Command Influence chronicles Shaines’ first hand observation of the dramatic events leading up to the trial of Schreiber and two of his contemporaries and shows how he, Schreiber and others became pawns in a power game among ambitious and vindictive men eager only to please those who could advance their military careers.

This series of events would ultimately involve the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Governor of Illinois, the President and the Supreme Court of the United States and bring about a change in the law which would reach the highest levels of government.

A fascinating tale of military and legal history, Command Influence is also a captivatingly personal vindication of the conscience of the author, who comes to understand that he and Schreiber were a couple of dedicated, but naive and trusting young fellow officers whose lives and characters became permanently shaped by these events. Both were victims in their own ways.

Robert A. Shaines is a practicing attorney in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Korea. His next book is a work of fiction based on his experiences working for the Defense Nuclear Agency in the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 1996.


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New mystery writer, Shirley Mclain and her debut novel:


The TowerSamantha Jensen is kidnapped from outside her home in Tulsa Oklahoma, finds herself without memory in "The Tower".

Sam´s twin brother Allan, operates a company, IDEA (International Diagnostic environmental Agency) with who Sam has worked for the past six years.

The company personnel of scientists and doctors travel the globe providing needed consultation, and investigations into anything that affect the environment.

Allan uses all of his resources to help find Sam, as well as trying to keep his business operating. The kidnapping, smuggling, betrayal and murder take you around the world from Tulsa Oklahoma to the Bhutan.

It´s also a story of love and devotion, as well as retribution for crimes committed. There are many unexpected twists and turns woven in through the story, such as the psychic connection between the siblings.

Shirley McLain is a retired RN, wife, mother and grandmother of six. Currently living in Plano Texas, where she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest. She is currently working on two projects for publication: an historical fiction, and a book of fictional short stories.

Shirley´s love of travel, adventure, reading and writing, creates the books which are inside of her.

She also has a daily blog called Fiction Writing and My Anything blog. It covers whatever her inspiration for the day is.

Click below for the interview: