Hola  a todos:

Tuve el placer de conocer a la escritora Tessa Mas hace unos meses durante su presentación de este libro, Relatos de un mundo gris, en Badalona. Una persona encantadora que a pesar de haber descubierto su amor por la escritura recientemente, se ha dedicado a ella en cuerpo y alma y tiene mucho talento. Aunque la había traído de invitada virtual, me encantó conocerla personalmente.

Con todo lo demás que estaba haciendo fue pasado el tiempo y aún no había leído el libro, pero por fin lo he hecho y me alegro. Aquí os dejo mi reseña, y abajo enlaces al libro y a la página de Tessa.

Relatos de un mundo gris de Tessa Mas

Relatos de un mundo gris de Tessa Mas

La colección de historias de Tessa Mas Relatos de un mundo gris ofrece una gran variedad. Desde microrelatos a una novela corta (La Montaña, que según la nota sobre la autora al final del libro se convertirá pronto en una novela), pasando por la poesía. Y los temas y géneros también son variopintos. Hay relatos de misterio/terror, algunos con toques de lo paranormal, relatos sobre relaciones familiares, sobre la violencia de género, sobre la venganza, el amor y el olvido, la muerte, el proceso creativo…

La autora domina la variedad de géneros y consigue hacernos sospechar, dudar, sentirnos perplejos, intrigarnos, y a veces emocionarnos. Algunas historias son como ir de viaje a la dimensión desconocida (The Twilight Zone) y otras como ir a charlar con el vecino de al lado.

El estilo se adapta perfectamente a las necesidades de la historia, creando con unas pocas pinceladas un entorno amenazador o un estado de ánimo opresivo y aterrador, en ocasiones Kafkiano. Hay historias para todos los gustos, con tal de que no os guste lo convencional. Me gustaron todas las historias por motivos diferentes, aunque quizás por circunstancias personales ‘La Maleta’ me llegó especialmente al corazón.

La recomienda por la variedad y la calidad de la escritura, y porque os llevará a sitios inesperados y os hará reflexionar sobre la naturaleza humana y la amenaza que se puede esconder detrás de los objetos más cotidianos.

Yo pienso seguir atentamente a esta escritora. Espero que vosotros también.

Enlaces:

http://www.amazon.es/Relatos-mundo-gris-Tessa-Mas-ebook/dp/B00K0N95PS/

http://www.amazon.com/Relatos-mundo-gris-Tessa-Mas-ebook/dp/B00K0N95PS/

Y ésta es su página de autora:

http://www.amazon.com/Tessa-Mas/e/B00BQHRYVO/

Muchas gracias a Tess por su libro, gracias a vosotros por leer, y si os ha gustado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Ah, y quería recordaros que el segundo libro de mi trilogía juvenil: Asuntos angélicos 2. Dimensiones de Greg será publicado la semana que viene. Le dedicaré un post el próximo martes, pero mientras tanto quería compartir con vosotros un nuevo video:

Gracias!

Hi all:

As you know, I love books and I review books. I recently joined a team of reviewers I’d been following with interest for some time, Rosie’s Book Review Team (see the logo at the bottom of the page). They are a fabulous team and Rosie is a great team leader.

I was very intrigued by Vanessa Matthews’s The Doctor’s Daughter and you’ll soon see why. First let me tell you a bit about the author.

Author Vanessa Matthews

Author Vanessa Matthews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Vanessa’s debut poetry collection ‘Melodies of my Other Life’ was published by indie press Winter Goose Publishing in 2013. Since then she has been featured in several poetry publications, has won two poetry contests and has developed her fiction writing skills through training with the Arvon Foundation and mentorship from The Literary Consultancy. The Doctor’s Daughter is her first novel. When she is not writing fiction, Vanessa works as a freelance copy writer and marketing consultant. She lives in the South West of England with her husband and four children.

You can find out more about Vanessa Matthews, here:

SOCIAL MEDIA –

Facebook.com/vanessamatthewswriter

Twitter @VanessaMatthews

Goodreads.com/goodreadscomVanessa_Matthews

Instagram.com/vanessamatthewswriter

Pinterest.com/nessamatthews
And now, the novel:

The Doctor's Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER. A prominent psychiatrist’s daughter realises insanity can be found much closer to home when she unlocks secrets from the past that threaten to destroy her future. 

It’s 1927, women have the right to vote and morals are slackening, but 23 year old Marta Rosenblit is not a typical woman of her time. She has little connection with her elder sisters, her mother has been detained in an asylum since Marta was born and she has spent her life being shaped as her father Arnold’s protégé. She is lost, unsure of who she is and who she wants to be. Primarily set in Vienna, this dark tale follows her journey of self-discovery as she tries to step out of her father’s shadow and find her identity in a man’s world. Her father’s friend Dr Leopold Kaposi is keen to help her make her name, but his interest is not purely professional and his motivations pose greater risks that she could possibly know. Marta’s chance encounter in a café leads to a new friendship with young medical graduate Elise Saloman, but it soon turns out that Elise has some secrets of her own. When Marta’s shock discovery about her family story coincides with her mother’s apparent suicide, Marta can’t take anymore. None of the people she has grown to love and trust are who they seem. Her professional plans unravel, her relationships are in tatters and her sanity is on the line – and one person is behind it all.

Here is my review (WARNING: It’s a long one. I’ve tried not to share any spoilers.)

I am a psychiatrist, and when I read the plot of this book I could not resist. A book set in Vienna about the early times of psychiatry, and a woman, the daughter of a psychiatrist, trying to develop her own ideas and become independent from her father’s overbearing influence. I had to read it.

The book is fascinating and very well-written. I suspect that somebody without my background might enjoy the story more for what it is, and not try and overanalyse it or overdiagnose it. Arnold Rosenblit’s theories are suspiciously reminiscent of Sigmund Freud’s. And of course, he also had a daughter, Anna, who dedicated her life to study and develop child-psychology. I’ve read some of Freud’s works, but I haven’t read that much about his life, although from what I’ve seen, his relationship with his daughter was much more congenial than the one Arnold (a man difficult to like, although the description of his relationship with his wife is quite touching) had with Marta, the daughter of the title.

The book is written in the third person and mostly narrated through Marta’s point of view, although there are chapters from her friend Elise’s perspective, her father’s, and Leopold’s, a physician and long-time friend of the family.

Marta is a very complex character, and one I found difficult to simply empathise with and not to try and diagnose. Her mother was locked up in a psychiatric asylum when she was very young and she became the subject of her father’s observation. The father tried to keep her as isolated as possible from his other daughters, but the oldest daughter looked after her, even if minimally, and they were all in the same house. (It made me think of the scenario of the film Peeping Tom, although Arnold does not seem to have been openly and intentionally cruel.) She appears naïve and inexperienced, at least in how to behave socially and in her role and feelings as a woman, but she is a doctor, a psychiatrist, attends and organises her father’s talks and lectures, and teaches outside, therefore she’s exposed to society and has always been. This is not somebody who has truly grown up in isolation, although she has missed a guiding female figure in her life and the close emotional attachment.

She has her own psychological theories and ideas, but finds it difficult to make her father listen to her. She has very low self-esteem, self-harms and has been doing so for a long time, and when she enters a relationship with a man, she’s completely clueless as to standards of behaviour or how to interpret this man’s attentions (a much older man than her, but somebody with influence and who promises to help her). Although she was not brought up by her mother, I wondered how realistic some of her behaviours would be for a woman of her social class at that period. However, the novel does paint the fine society of the time as a close set-up with a very dark undercurrent, with drugs and alcohol being consumed abundantly, and adventurous sexual behaviours being fairly common, and perhaps Marta is reflexion of such contradictions. On the surface, very controlled (the superego), but with strong and dark passions underneath (the unconscious).

Eloise, the friend she casually meets (or so it seems at the time), is a formidable character, determined, strong-willed, and resourceful, prepared to fight the good fight for women in a society of men. It’s very easy to root for her.

There is a classical villain, that you might suspect or not from early on, but who eventually is exposed as being a psychopathic criminal. The difficulty I had with this character was that I never found him attractive enough or clever enough to justify the amount of power he had over everybody. He is narcissistic and manipulative but even he at some point acknowledges that he uses people but has no great contributions or ideas of his own. It is perhaps because we’re privy to Marta’s thoughts and we see behaviours most people wouldn’t see that we don’t fall for him, but later on he’s revealed to have behaved similarly with quite a few people, especially women, and for me, it was difficult to understand why they would all fall for him. Marta is a damaged individual and he takes advantage of it, but what about the other women? And the rest of society? Leaving that aside (it might be a personal thing with me), he’s definitely somebody you’ll love to hate. (I’m trying not to spoil the plot for readers, although the description of the books gives quite a few clues).

The ending, despite terrible things happening and much heartache, is a joy. Considering what has gone on before, everything turns very quickly, and it’s difficult to imagine that in real life psychological healing would be quite so complete and perhaps so smooth. But it is a fairy tale ending, and although a dark tale, one of sisterhood triumphant.

A word of warning, the book can prove a tough read, as some pretty dark things take place, and there are some cringe-inducing moments. It is not an easy read, but it will challenge you and make you think. And that’s not a bad thing.

I was offered a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

And now, the links:

Kindle edition £2.54 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00Y165LRQ?*Version*=1&*entries*=0  (UK link but available worldwide)

Here the link in Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Matthews/e/B00JESTBAO/

Paperback edition £7.99 https://completelynovel.com/books/the-doctors-daughter–1 (A paperback edition will also be available on Amazon within 2-6 weeks but is available now on CompletelyNovel.)

Thanks so much to Vanessa Matthews for her thought inspiring book, thanks to Rosie Amber for co-ordinating and organising this wonderful team, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Ah, and as you know, the second book in my series Angelic Business 2. Shapes of Greg is due to be published very soon (15th July). I’ll be telling you more next week, but in the meantime, I thought I’d leave you a new video:

Hola a todos.

Como todos los viernes (bueno, casi, que últimamente hubo algunos cambios), os traigo a un escritor invitado. Hace tiempo que veo las obras de este escritor en los diversos medios de comunicación, pero como pasa a veces, no había tenido la oportunidad de traéroslo hasta ahora, y mientras tanto, ha ido acumulando obras. Hoy, con vosotros, Lucas Barrera.

Autor Lucas Barrera

Autor Lucas Barrera

Lucas Barrera ha sabido compaginar su faceta de escritor con la del mundo del cine y la televisión. Su alma de viajero empedernido queda impregnada en sus relatos. Tras una recopilación de cuentos llega su primera novela “La Suerte de las Marionetas”.

Lucas Barrera cogió un libro a los ocho años y ya no lo soltó nunca. A los 33 años aún no lo ha soltado. Apasionado del cine y la fotografía se licencia en Comunicación Audiovisual y empieza a trabajar de cámara para distintos medios. Enseguida dará el salto a su gran pasión, trabajar en cine y televisión en el área de dirección.

Trabaja durante seis años en el mundo del cine, pero su vida da un giro hacia la publicidad. Actualmente es dueño de la empresa Lumnia Media, dedicada a la comunicación, producción audiovisual y marketing online.

Durante todo ese tiempo compagina su trabajo con la escritura y viajes alrededor de todo el globo, obsesionado por conocer otros modos de vida y desentrañar los misterios de las antiguas culturas; sus cuentos cortos van evolucionando y sorprendiendo cada vez más, impregnados de vivencias y de una arrolladora imaginación. Poco a poco estos relatos se irán alargando hasta la publicación en 2007, de una recopilación de relato medio.

Llegado a este punto decide que está preparado para adentrarse en el mundo de la novela, así llegará por fin en 2013 “La Suerte de las Marionetas”, su primera novela, publicada en Amazon.

Su novela más conocida hasta ahora es:

La suerte de las marionetas de Lucas Barrera

La suerte de las marionetas de Lucas Barrera

La suerte de las marionetas

Un desconcertante asesinato protagonizado por un misterioso mimo ha tenido lugar en la ciudad estonia de Tallin. Para averiguar qué ha sucedido el detective Dean Rives es enviado por la agencia de investigación para la que trabaja hasta el lugar de los hechos. Aunque algo extraño sucede y a mitad de sus pesquisas sus superiores le reclaman para otro caso. El cambio de destino le llevará hasta al Brasil amazónico donde se están produciendo una serie de brutales asesinatos. Los crímenes al parecer están relacionados con la muerte de un cura y su antigua iglesia. Y aunque es evidente su carácter ritual, lo más desconcertante es que de algún modo toda está relacionado con Dean.

“Engaños, misterios y conjuras son algunos de los ingredientes de esta trepidante novela en la que nada es lo que parece y en la que todo es posible.”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J9NQB02/

http://www.amazon.co.es/dp/B00J9NQB02/

También ha publicado una serie de relatos Cuentos de misterio  y terror a la que va añadiendo más. Tienen muy buena pinta, especialmente si os gustan los relatos de ambiente gótico/victoriano.

El inverosímil caso

El inverosímil caso de Vladimir Koskof

Quency Northpourth es un joven médico que vive y ejerce en el Londres de los años 20. Como médico novato, suelen asignarle visitas a enfermos terminales con los que poco puede hacer…hasta que una noche conoce en su mansión a un anciano moribundo llamado Vladimir Koskof. Éste le hará una macabra oferta que el joven doctor nunca habría imaginado posible.

Un relato corto donde terror, misterio y ciencia se funden para dar lugar a una historia que te sobrecogerá desde el primer momento.

El inverosímil caso de Vladimir Koskof pertenece a la Colección Cuentos de Misterio del joven autor Lucas Barrera.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBGBPVW/

http://www.amazon.co.es/dp/B00EBGBPVW/

El imperdonable caso

El imperdonable caso de Jason Bromw

Jason Bromw es el delincuente más buscado de Inglaterra. Pero sus atroces crímenes parecen haber llegado a su fin pues lo han capturado y lo van a ejecutar.
El sacerdote Quentin Lark tiene dos noches para buscar la redención del alma del condenado. Sin embargo, ni en sus peores pesadillas hubiese imaginado lo que le esperaba a partir de entonces.
Un relato corto ambientado en la Inglaterra victoriana donde terror psicológico y el sobrenatural se funden para desconcertar al lector.

El imperdonable caso de Jason Bromw pertenece a la Colección Cuentos de Misterio del joven autor Lucas Barrera.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EHL9TLE/

http://www.amazon.co.es/dp/B00EHL9TLE/

El inquietante caso

El Inquietante caso de Mask Manor

¿Qué es Mask Manor? ¿Quién es realmente Irene Bran? A veces el destino tiene reservada la suerte más macabra a quién menos se lo espera.

Jack Irvine es un joven arquitecto al que su empresa ha enviado a terminar un proyecto a la ciudad de Dusseldorf. Allí conoce a Irene Bran, una misteriosa joven por la que se sentirá inmediatamente atraído. Pero Irene Bran tiene un secreto que nadie conoce, su mansión Mask Manor es un lugar muy particular y Jack está a punto de descubrir sensaciones que nunca habría imaginado.

Misterio, suspense y terror psicológico son los ingredientes de esta nueva entrega de “Cuentos de misterio y terror” de Lucas Barrera.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VY3QR1S/

http://www.amazon.co.es/dp/B00VY3QR1S/

Por quién doblan las campanas

¿Por quién suenan las campanas?

“Atraviesa los umbrales de la cordura acompañando a Zero O´hara a los más profundo de un horror olvidado en las entrañas de los Pirineos”

Zero O`Hara huye de una España en plena guerra civil atravesando a pie los Pirineos Orientales, una zona todavía salvaje y desconocida. Una noche su camino le lleva a una pequeña aldea de nombre Tristezia, alejada de todo, en la que se ve maravillado por su espeluznante singularidad: Una enorme catedral hundida entre montañas. Enseguida se dará cuenta de que en Tristezia nada es como debería y se verá arrastrado por un terror ancestral que creía desaparecido en tiempos remotos.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I46RURS/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I46RURS/

Gracias a Lucas Barrera por traernos su obra, gracias a todos por leer, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know on Friday I bring you new books and authors. J.P. McLean has already been my guest before and her series (initially a trilogy, but these things have a way of growing…) The Gift has featured with pride of place before. I knew that the next novel was nearly ready, and the author has been so kind as to send us her reflections about her writing and where she is now. And here, the floor is yours, J. P.:

Author J.P.Mclean

Author J.P.McLean

Thank you, Olga for once again hosting me on your Friday guest author feature. It’s great to be back.

I’m at an interesting crossroads. Having recently released Penance, the fourth book in the contemporary fantasy series, The Gift Legacy, I’m now ready to start a new project. The decision is whether to take the road that leads to the next book in the series, or take the road not yet travelled, and write a brand new story instead.

On the familiar road, a small but devoted group of readers, who love The Gift Legacy, cheer me on (a writer’s dream!). I know the terrain and the characters and just how to tamper with their brakes to heighten the excitement.

There are no street lamps on the second road and no map. The characters taunt me with their thumbs out, but do I dare pick them up? Will we get along in the tight confines of the car?

What if there’s a curve so sharp we crash?

Hmm. Decisions, decisions. If you have thoughts on the matter, I’d love to hear them.

You can reach me through my blog, on Twitter (@jpmclean1) or on Facebook. And if you’d curious about The Gift Legacy, you can read excerpts and learn more about it on my website.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much J.P.!

And here, I had to tell  you a bit more about Penance

The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean

The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean

When Emelynn Taylor chooses a man’s life over a secret, she draws the attention of the wrong people. International Covert Operations wields the secret like a weapon to coerce the Tribunal Novem’s cooperation. And all ICO wants in exchange for protecting the secret is Emelynn’s services.

With a new job, a new handler and no choice, Emelynn goes undercover to unravel a dangerous drug ring. She soon finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse in which she breaks all the rules: the same rules that got her into trouble in the first place.

Here the links in Amazon, although you can check J.P.’s website for more links and information:

http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Penance-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B00VYWHM40/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Penance-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B00VYWHM40/

Thanks so much to J.P. McLean for her book and her reflections (I hope you’ll give her some suggestions), thanks to you all for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Ah, and as you know, I do reviews for BTS e-Magazine and just in case you want to have a look at the new number, here it is (there are a couple of mine):
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Hola a todos:

Sé que a todos nos han dicho que debemos usar los medios sociales para promocionarnos y para promocionar nuestros negocios, nuestros blogs, libros, cuadros, artesanía, lo que sea que hagamos. Y sé que cada uno de nosotros tiene sus preferencias, o sitios que entendemos mejor, que nos parecen más útiles o que no nos dan dolor de cabeza.

Tengo que confesar que para empezar me gustaba Twitter, cuando me conecté unos meses antes de publicar mi primer libro. Seguía a gente que me interesaba, leía sus Tweets, y era emocionante cuando alguien me seguía. Leí bastante sobre el tema, compartía citas, ideas, sugerencias, hacía retweets de cosas interesantes…

He conocido a gente fascinante a través de Twitter, especialmente escritores, y solemos compartir contenido y hacer RT. Luego empecé a tener problemas con hackers, suspensiones, y me cansé.

He probado variedad de cosas para intentar sacarle mejor a partido a Twitter. Sigo usando Hootsuite, que me permite ver varios categorías a la vez (nuevos seguidores, retweets y hashtags), pero aunque probé la versión pagada que permite cargar listas largas de Tweets, no la encontré lo suficientemente flexible ni variada, y aún requería cargar la lista cada día, y no siempre me era posible.

He intentado seguir automáticamente, pero uno se arriesga a seguir gente con contenidos que no nos interesan y que nos invadirán con mensajes directos (pornografía, por ejemplo), otras que son falsas o solo promocionan la venta de seguidores, y huevos (algunos huevos son gente genuina que no sabe o no se preocupa de subir una foto, pero muchas parecen ser falsas).

Y dejar de seguir a los que no te siguen. Yo suelo utilizar Tweepi de vez en cuando. No hay límite (de momento) al número de gente que puedes dejar de seguir.

Seguir a la gente que te sigue (si tienes muchos seguidores los nuevos seguidores se multiplican) lleva tiempo (si compruebas quiénes son y compartes contenido. Sospecho que tendré que volver a usar algún sistema automático porque el día no se alarga.) Y luego está el aspecto social. Interaccionar con gente y eso. Que es lo bonito y para lo que fue diseñado (se supone). Pero claro, no siempre le podemos dedicar la atención que querríamos. Sí, todo lleva tiempo.

Pero entonces, ¿qué pasa con lo de promocionarse y compartir contenido interesante que haga que otra gente te siga y extienda tu mensaje?

Ahí es donde Tweet Jukebox  podría resultar una opción útil.

 

Tweet Jukebox

Tweet Jukebox

Lo descubrí a través de un grupo donde compartimos Tweets al que pertenezco. Gracias Regina Puckett!

http://www.tweetjukebox.com/

Es una creación de Tim Fargo. La idea es que podéis tener varias cajas, que envían Tweets que habéis programado con antelación, y los envían al azar. Podéis ajustar los horarios para cada día de la semana, y los intervalos cuando cada caja envía los mensajes, e incluso cómo de a menudo queréis que se repitan los mensajes (si solo queréis que los mensajes de una caja salgan cada 2 o 3 días o si es algo que sea una oferta especial podéis ajustarlo también). Pero una vez los Tweets están en las cajas (y podéis subirlos usando un documento en txt o CVS aunque a mí no se me da nada bien, o los podéis añadir individualmente, con fotos y todo, e ir añadiendo luego), si ponéis la caja en marcha, los Tweets van saliendo cada día sin parar, o a los intervalos a los que los hayáis programado. Para que lo podáis probar viene con un par de cajas ya cargadas, una con citas y otra con fotos, y así podéis ver cómo funciona.

Podéis firmar usando Twitter, y si tenéis problemas os podéis poner en contacto y responden rápidamente.

Ah, sí, es GRATIS. Aún está en estadio beta y lo más probable es que creen una versión pagando, pero han insistido mucho en que eso no afectaría la versión gratuita.

También hay una serie de videos que explican cómo funciona y diversos aspectos. Comparto unos cuantos, pero si decidís probarlo, podéis verlos todos:

¿Qué es Tweet Jukebox?

¿Por qué usar Tweet Jukebox?

Mejore métodos a usar con Tweet Jukebox con Tim Fargo

Y ahora, tengo unas cuantas cajas en marcha (hay un límite, aunque cuando yo pregunté, ya que no me había dado cuenta, me dieron acceso a más), incluyendo una en la que comparto contenido de otros, libros, posts de blog, lo que sea que me parezca interesante. Y me gustaría añadir más Tweets a esta caja. ¿Quién sabe? Igual ayuda a alguien. Así que, si tenéis Tweets favoritos que os gustaría que añadiera a mi repertorio, por favor, dejadlos en los comentarios o enviádmelos. Y si otros quieren compartir también, ¿por qué no? ¡A compartir se ha dicho! 

Gracias a Regina por la sugerencia, a Tim Fargo for su creación, y gracias a todos por leer. Y ya sabéis, dadle a me gusta, compartid, ved los videos, haced CLIC,  y dejadme vuestros Tweets!

 

Hi all:

I know we’ve all been told we should use social media to promote ourselves, our businesses, blogs, books, painting, whatever we do. And I know we all have our preferences, or sites that we understand better, or we find more useful, or that don’t give us a headache.

I must confess I quite liked Twitter to begin with, when I joined a few months before I published my first book. I would follow people I found interesting, read their Tweets, and be excited if somebody decided to follow me. I read about the subject, I tweeted quotations, ideas, suggestions, retweeted interesting things…

I’ve met many interesting people through Twitter, especially many authors, and we tend to share content and RT. Then I had problems with hackers, suspensions and got tired of it.

I’ve tried a variety of things to manage Twitter. I still use Hootsuite, as it allows me to see several streams at the same time, but although I tried the paid version that allows to upload big lists of Tweets, I didn’t find it flexible or varied enough, and it still required me to upload a new list every day, and that is not always possible.

I’ve tried automated follows, but that risks following porn sites, some of those fake sites that only promote sales of followers, and eggs (some eggs might be genuine people who don’t know or care about having a picture, but some, many, are fake accounts). Although when the followers start rolling in (when you have a certain number of followers it seems to work by inertia and people follow you no matter what) it’s difficult to keep up and I suspect I’ll have to go back to one of the automated systems soon.

Following people who follow you takes time (if you check who they are and share some of their content). And then there’s the social aspect of it. Interacting with people, etc., that’s the interesting bit, but some days we might not be able to dedicate it as long as we’d like. Yes, it all takes time.

Unfollow the unfollowers… I usually do a run with Tweepi every so often (you’re not limited in the numbers you can unfollow).

But then, what about advertising and sharing interesting content that will make other people follow and spread your message?

That’s where Tweet Jukebox might be of interest to you.

Tweet Jukebox

Tweet Jukebox

I discovered it through one of the author groups (actually, a Twitter group where we share our Tweets). Thanks Regina Puckett!

http://www.tweetjukebox.com/

This is Tim Fargo‘s baby. The idea is that you can have several boxes, that send Tweets you have pre-programmed before, and they send them out randomly. You can adjust the days of the week and the intervals for each one of these boxes. But once they are on (you can use CVS or txt only document to upload tweets, although I haven’t been very lucky with that, or you can insert individual Tweets, and pictures too), if you turn that box on, they keep going day in and day out. So you can try, there are a couple of boxes pre-set, one with quotations and one with pictures, that allow you to see how it works.

You can sign in just using Twitter,and if you have any problems, you can contact them and they kindly reply very quickly.

Ah, yes, it is FREE. It’s still in beta stage and the likelihood is that there will be a paid version, but he’s very insistent that it will not affect the free settings.

There are also a number of videos sharing the process and how it works. I share a few here, but if you decide to give it a go, you can watch them all:
What is Tweet Jukebox

Why use Tweet Jukebox?

Best Practices for Tweet Jukebox by Tim Fargo

And now, I have a few boxes going (oh, there is a limit to the number although I hadn’t realised, but when I queried that I was granted more boxes so…), including one where I’m sharing other people’s contents, books, blogposts, whatever I find interesting. So, I’m happy to add more Tweets to this box. Who knows? It might help! So, if you have any favourite Tweets you’d like me to add to my repertoire, please, do add them here in the comments or send them to me. And if other people want to share them too, why not? Let’s share!

Thanks to Regina for pointing it out, to Tim Fargo for the creation, and thanks to all of you for reading. And you know, like, share, watch, CLICK and leave your Tweets!

Ah! And if you’re reading this post on the 30th, Regina Puckett has a give away of one of her horror stories, FREE until the 30th, inclusive, so go get it!

Silent Baby Screams

Gwen doesn’t understand why her husband resents their newborn baby so much, but she never suspects that one day she’ll return home from work to discover their baby boy has simply vanished. What happens next is the stuff of nightmares.

Universal link – smarturl.it/SilentBaby

 

Hola a todos:

Sí, después de semana y semanas de hablar de ello, hoy es el día cuando Asuntos angélicos 1. Alerta Pink sale a la venta. Vivito y coleando. ¿Cómo voy a celebrarlo? Me encantaría invitaros a todos a una fiesta, pero como aún me quedan otros dos libros en la serie, que serán publicados el próximo mes, no tengo mucho tiempo. Pero sin celebrarlo no nos quedamos.

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Asuntos angélicos 1. Alerta Pink

Así que, primero, os ofrezco un poco más de una conversación entre Pink y G en un capítulo que se llama ‘Mentira cochina’ con razón:

―De acuerdo. ¿Sabes el asunto ese de lo del ángel? ―le pregunté.

―¿Quieres decir lo que te has negado a creer a pesar de toda la evidencia que te he mostrado? ¿Qué pasa con eso?

―Alguien me ha dicho que no es totalmente cierto.

―¿Se lo has contado a alguien? Después de que tuve que hacer que tus amigas se olvidaran de todo y… Creí que habíamos llegado a un acuerdo.

―Cálmate. No se lo he dicho a nadie. Alguien vino a verme. Salíamos de casa de Lorna y este tío…

―¿Te paras a hablar con alguien a quien no conoces de nada? ―me preguntó muy serio.

―No me dejó mucha opción. Realizó tu truco favorito. Lo del tiempo muerto. Ya sabes lo que quiero decir. Todo el mundo se quedó parado menos él y yo. Me dijo…

―Azrael… ―G había dejado de andar de un lado a otro pero en lugar de mirarme a mí estaba mirando fijamente al suelo.

―Sí. Ese es. Así que lo conoces.

―Somos una comunidad relativamente pequeña.

―Bueno, sea como sea, me dijo que tú no eres un ángel de verdad. O que ya no lo eres. Eres un ángel caído. O, para decirlo de otra manera, un demonio. Has tergiversado la realidad ligeramente. Vamos, si es cierto.

Se encogió de hombros: ―Un detallito sin importancia.

―Anda, vamos. Te rebelaste contra Dios siguiendo a Lucifer, que por lo que tengo entendido era su favorito por aquel entonces. Si uno se cree las historias que corren por ahí… Perdisteis y os echaron de cabeza al infierno.

G levantó la cabeza y me miró directamente a los ojos.

―Bueno, a Dios le gusta mucho eso de desahuciar a la gente. Después de todo, si creemos la historia de Adán y Eva, a los humanos también los echó por pies.

―Lucifer tuvo algo que ver con eso. Si nos creemos las historias, naturalmente… ―Sin saber por qué me entraron ganas de reír. En lugar de enfadarme todo estaba empezando a parecerme bastante divertido. Y probablemente lo era, desde el punto de vista de un observador neutral, pero yo me sentía justamente así. Como si todo aquello no tuviese nada que ver conmigo. Como si lo estuviese viendo todo desde una gran distancia. No pude evitarlo: ―¿Quiere decir eso que tu jefe es una serpiente?

―¿Qué? ―G me miró genuinamente sorprendido, pero al final lo pilló―. Oh, la Biblia es solo ficción, o ficción con algunos hechos reales salpicados por ahí, o una interpretación de los hechos. Si de verdad hubiese querido atraer a una mujer, una serpiente no es necesariamente la mejor opción.

―No. Quizás un bonito par de zapatos o un bolso.

―O Brad Pitt o Johnny Depp ―añadió G que también se estaba contagiando del humor ligeramente jocoso.

Nos echamos a reír los dos. Al menos G parecía mucho menos serio, con más sentido del humor y menos convencido de su importancia que Azrael.

―Así que ¿cambia algo esto? ―preguntó G.

―No lo sé. Para empezar no parece que seas muy de fiar. Y no me refiero a porque seas un demonio, que tampoco ayuda, sino porque eres un mentiroso.

―En mi opinión no hay que darle mucha importancia a ese tipo de cosas. Yo me veo más como un anti-héroe. O un héroe moralmente ambiguo. Quizás.

Y luego, os quería traer unas cuantas canciones con ángeles:

Erasure ‘Send Me an Angel’ (Envíame un ángel)

Eurythmics ‘There Must Be an Angel’ (‘Debe ser un ángel’ ¡Es un video fabuloso!)

Antonio Machín. ‘Angelitos Negros’

Os dejo los enlaces, antes de que se me olviden:

Amazon:

http://rxe.me/YI7UMCW

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1GLyi0v

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1K5e174

Apple:

http://apple.co/1cvgBWw

Gracias a todos por leer, y si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, haced CLIC!

Hi all:

Yes! Today is really the day! Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters should be alive and kicking in Amazon and a few other places.

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

To celebrate… yes, I’d like to have a party or something, but I have the other two books to get ready too, so not much time. But still, I thought we should celebrate somehow.

First, I’d given you a bit of the conversation between Pink and G before, in a chapter called ‘Liar, liar’, for good reason, but I thought I’d give you a bit more:

“OK. You know the angel thing?” I said.

“You mean the thing you’ve never believed despite all evidence I’ve showed you? What about it?”

“Somebody told me it’s not exactly true.”

“You’ve told somebody? After I had to make your friends forget all about it and then…I thought we had a deal.”

“Calm down. I didn’t tell anybody. Somebody came to me. We were coming out of Lorna’s house yesterday and this guy…”

“You stop to talk to somebody you’ve never met before?” he asked, serious.

“I couldn’t do much else. He performed your favourite trick. The time-out thing. You know what I mean. Everybody stopped but me and him. He told me…”

“Azrael…” G had stopped pacing but instead of looking at me he was looking at the floor.

“Yep. That’s him. So you know him.”

“We’re a relatively small community.”

“Anyway, he told me…you’re not really an angel. Or not any longer. You’re a fallen angel. Or, to put it in another way, a demon. You’ve ever so slightly misrepresented yourself. If that’s true that is.”

He shrugged his shoulders. “Same difference.”

“Come on, now. You rebelled against God following Lucifer that as far as I understand was his favourite. If one is to believe the stories…You lost and were cast down to hell.”

G looked up now, directly into my eyes.

“Well, God likes these casting outs. After all, if we’re to believe the story of Adam and Eve, humans have also been cast out.”

“Lucifer had something to do with it…If we do believe the stories, that is..…” For some unknown reason to me I wanted to laugh. Instead of feeling angry I was starting to think it was all rather funny. And it probably was, from an observer’s point of view, but that was exactly how I felt. As if all of that had nothing whatsoever to do with me. As if I was watching it all from a distance. I couldn’t help myself. “Does that mean your boss is a snake?”

“What?…” G looked genuinely surprised, but finally caught on. “Oh, the Bible is just a fiction, maybe faction is a better word…or an interpretation of facts. If he wanted to attract a woman, a snake isn’t necessarily the best option.”

“No. Maybe a nice pair of shoes or a handbag.”

“Or Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp,” G added also getting into the same slightly jokey mood.

We both laughed. If nothing else, G seemed lighter, more humorous and less ponderous than Azrael.

“So, does that change anything?” G asked.

“I don’t know. For one it makes you not very trustworthy. And I don’t mean because you’re a demon, that might not help, but because you’re a liar.”

“I just don’t think one should put too much stock on that kind of stuff. I see myself more as an anti-hero. Or a morally ambiguous hero. Maybe.”

And a few couple of songs with angels on them…

Here, Erasure ‘Send Me an Angel’ (This is the funniest, I was thinking of Eurythmics and I wrote Erasure, and hop, they have a song with angels too that I didn’t remember. I think angels are at play here…)

Eurythmics ‘There Must Be an Angel’ (This is a super video!)

Antonio Machín. ‘Angelitos Negros’ (Antonio Machín was a singer from Cuba who lived and sang in Spain for many years and was very popular when I was a child. This song, that is one of his most famous, it’s called ‘Little Black Angels’ and in it, he basically is asking a painter why he never paints black angels when everybody knows they also go to heaven. He has a very personal style but it’s a wonderful song).


Here are the links to the book, before I forget:

Amazon:

http://rxe.me/YIHTW96

Apple:

http://apple.co/1Kuzdl8

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1LU77jt

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1eLMTOG

Thanks so much for reading and you know… like, comment, share and if you fancy it, CLICK!

Hola a todos:

Normalmente los martes os traigo un post mío, pero como por cuestiones de lanzamientos, tours de libros, etc, he tenido que cambiar el orden de los posts en inglés, me pareció mejor cambiarlo todo. Además, este viernes es algo especial, así que decidí aprovechar la oportunidad y traeros una nueva novela.

La novela que os traigo hoy me ha llamado la atención por el argumento, y aunque no sé mucho sobre la autora, Delmi Anyó (a la que veo en Twitter pero no me he encontrado en ningún otro sitio), pensé que quizás encontraréis el libro tan intrigante como yo.

Las piezas del cielo de Delmi Anyó

Las piezas del cielo de Delmi Anyó

Las piezas del cielo de Delmi Anyó

Es una trepidante novela sobre pérdidas, búsquedas y encuentros.
La emocionante búsqueda de una joven profesora neoyorquina de la verdadera razón sobre la trágica e inquietante muerte de su compañero y amante, a raíz de una investigación en apariencia inocente y que drásticamente cambia su vida.
Es la historia de una mujer fuerte, que con un especial sentido del humor, se enfrenta a la rabia y la soledad ante la pérdida del amor de su vida, embarcándose en una vibrante aventura que le llevará a viajar por las más fascinantes ciudades europeas tras un enigmático mundo de secretos en el que están envueltos sabios de la talla de Newton, Einstein o Kepler. Tras muchas sorpresas, encuentros y desencuentros, hallará la esperanza de volver a amar y descubrirá una verdad tan real, como el mismísimo cielo.

http://relinks.me/B00RJ3V3UC

Aquí os dejo un video del libro:

Autora Delmi Anyó

Autora Delmi Anyó

Os dejo enlace a un programa de radio donde hablan de la escritora y la novela ya que no encontré mucha información en Amazon.

http://launiversalradio.com/?archivos=conociendoalosautores-2015-06-01-delmi-ano

Y a una entrevista donde habla de su novela:

http://laspiezasdelcielo.blogspot.com.es/

Y aquí su blog:

http://laspiezasdelcielo.blogspot.com.es/

Gracias a Delmi Anyó por su novela, gracias a todo por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

Today I’m really pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour for the new novel by Hans Hirschi. If you remember I already brought you another one of his books ‘The Fallen Angels of Karnataka‘ and I jumped at the chance of bringing you his newest novel. We have a character profile (a truly enlightened character. If only our politicians were like him) and I’ve had the pleasure of reading it too, so I leave you the review as well. And don’t miss the fabulous giveaway.

And now:
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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Willem of the Tafel by

Hans M. Hirschi

Published by

Beaten Track Publishing

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult

194 pages

Release Date:  May 28, 2015

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The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.

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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.

A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.

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The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize! 

Character Profile from Willem of the Tafel 

Adrianjaka, Chief of Madagascar

Gender: Male

Age: late forties when we first meet him

Occupation: Chief of Madagascar and one of the four leaders of the world

Adrianjaka is an interesting man. Born into a powerful family with royal roots, he is used to being in charge, making decisions. He is the elected leader of the Malagasy people in the 26th century when the story begins. He was mated to a white woman of Kiwi descent, whom he lost to cancer, one of the many diseases plaguing a world that has no modern technology. His daughter, mother to one of the main characters, Hery, dies giving birth to Hery, which leaves Adrianjaka devastated, as he was very close to her, and it strains the relationship to his grandson for years. Hery eventually attends a school in the north of the island, a school dedicated to kids with disabilities (Hery is deaf) and meets the fisherman Stephane on who’s boat he begins to work as a sailor, further alienating him from his grandfather who had different plans for him.

However, the stubbornness and dedication of Hery slowly wear down the old man and when they meet at a crucial point in the story, Adrianjaka realizes that the path Hery has taken has prepared him for the future.

Adrianjaka is a crucial secondary character in the book. He is wise, he is powerful, but he’s not blinded by it, unlike his counterpart in South Africa, Mavuto.

I, personally, love Adrianjaka, because he’s not perfect but has a good heart and is able to recognise his mistakes, move on and accept. And he has the well-being of his people as his main interest. As I said at the beginning, if only…

Here, my review:

Willem of the Tafel is not an easy book to classify. The main protagonist, Willem, is quite young at the beginning of the action, and the novel follows his journey towards independence and adulthood, so it has elements of a Young Adult story. It portrays a future post-nuclear catastrophe, where environment takes its toll and pays humanity back, with most of the population being wiped-out and the few survivors taking some radical decisions. It’s a dystopia/utopia (depending on each person’s viewpoint) whereby whilst some groups of humans have decided to abandon technology to avoid further catastrophes, others depend on it for their basic survival. So it could be a science-fiction novel. It’s a novel with a strong pro-environmental message, and it reflects upon the human condition (fear, power struggles, and race relations). It is also a beautiful love story between two extraordinary young men, as different from each other as they could be, but as compatible and similar in their outlook as would be possible.

The author uses third person alternating point of view to make the reader share in the feelings of those characters that, although initially might appear completely alien to us once we move past their circumstances, they are not that different from all of us. Both of the post-apocalyptic societies that are shown have their problems. The people living on the surface who have renounced technology see their lives shortened but their lack of science and experiment hardship without any relief in sight, although they live a much simpler life and enjoy human contact. The society of the Tafel has developed a model of life where the main goal is survival and nothing that does not increase its likelihood is considered worthy of pursuit. Reproduction has become mechanised, society divided and dying due to lack of new blood and light, and each individual is only a cog in a machine. And there are huge division and differences according to race. Neither model is shown as perfect although the Tafel seems, by far, the sadder of the two (and perhaps the closer to where we are going).

Willem is and extraordinary character. An individual part of a system who is wonderfully unlike anybody else and whose punishment for an accidental death becomes his (and humanity’s) salvation. Willem brought to my mind Herman Melville’s character ‘Billy Budd’, the beautiful and innocent sailor who kills another sailor (unintentionally) and pays dearly for it, not only for his crime, but because he represents what the captain can’t be or have. Thankfully, in the case of Willem, this young man goes on to become the link between the two societies and a symbol of hope.

A joyful and optimistic read that affirms the human spirit. Suitable for all ages. A character and a novel I won’t forget.

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Thanks to Amberr for organising the tour, thanks to Hans Hirschi for another fabulous book, and thanks to you all for reading. And don’t forget to like, share, comment, participate in the giveaway, and of course, CLICK!

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