Hola a todos:

Es viernes y toca novedad literaria.

Conozco a Pepa Fraile a través de varios grupos , pero a pesar de haber nacido en la misma ciudad, no la había traído de invitada, así que ya que ha publicado una novela hace poco, aprovecho para traerla de invitada y hablamos un poco de ella. Su última novela es:

El nombre oculto de Casandra de Pepa Fraile

El nombre oculto de Casandra de Pepa Fraile

El nombre oculto de Casandra

¿Serías capaz de alejarte de los prejuicios que te han acompañado a lo largo de tu vida? ¿Crees que todo lo que sucede forma parte del destino? ¿Podrías dejar de ser quien eres? Jimena, una mujer de mediana edad que vive para su trabajo y sus aburridas costumbres, está a punto de materializar una de las fantasías que jamás se habría atrevido a imaginar: Tiene una cita muy especial con un joven que la marcará para siempre. La empresa en la que trabaja desde hace años, la ha relegado temporalmente a la planta inferior del edificio para realizar la tediosa tarea de revisar y clasificar antiguos documentos que la organización comercializa para fines cinematográficos. Allí, de manera fortuita, descubre la existencia de un manuscrito oculto durante décadas, que nunca llegó a su destinatario y cuyo mensaje tratará de descifrar junto a su nuevo acompañante. Ella no lo ha elegido pero su vida y su destino, a partir de entonces, se convierten en una carrera contrarreloj de la que, junto a su joven amante, resultará difícil escapar. La historia transcurre entre dos ciudades, Barcelona y Girona, conectadas entre sí a través de una trama en la que nada parece lo que es y que ninguno de sus protagonistas hubiera deseado descubrir jamás.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1505519810/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/1505519810/

Por si no conocéis a Pepa, aquí os dejo su biografía:

Autora Pepa Fraile

Autora Pepa Fraile

Mi nombre es María José Fraile, Pepa como mi abuela paterna.

Nací en Barcelona el 26 de septiembre de 1965, una libra en toda regla buscando, desde que tengo uso de razón, el equilibrio entre lo que veo, lo que siento y lo que pienso.

Soy licenciada en Ciencias de la Información (periodismo) en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Tengo el privilegio de trabajar en algo que me gusta.

Trabajadora, habladora, enérgica y testaruda. Valoro muchísimo la salud, trabajar en aquello que te produzca satisfacción, una sonrisa sincera y un gesto de afecto verdadero. Algunas cosas que despiertan mis sentidos: Una buena comida, una buena charla, un buen libro, el olor de la hierba recién cortada, el mar y, por supuesto, la escritura. Escribir se ha convertido muchas veces en una válvula de escape, un instrumento y un medio desde el que expresarme y proyectarme a los demás.

Soy la autora de “LAS SIETE VERDADES DE ELENA” y de “EL SECRETO DE AMALIA” dos novelas de romántico que describen los anhelos, el suspense, las preocupaciones, los sentimientos y los secretos de dos mujeres luchadoras y capaces de cambiar el rumbo de sus vidas. El amor, la fantasía, la intriga y la evolución de sus personajes principales son, en mi opinión, un gancho para aquellos lectores que las puedan tener algún día entre sus manos.

Para que no os perdáis sus novedades, aquí os dejo su página de Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Pepa-Fraile-Colorado/e/B00KOLQO9G/

Y ya que estamos, no podía decirle adiós a Pepa sin repasar sus dos novelas previas, que gustan muchísimo:

El secreto de Amalia de Pepa Fraile

El secreto de Amalia de Pepa Fraile

El secreto de Amalia

Todos guardamos secretos que no queremos compartir con nadie. Secretos con los que convivimos cotidianamente, ajenos a quienes nos rodean y que deseamos que sigan siendo nuestros. Amalia vive con el suyo y lo protege como su mayor tesoro.

Cree que con los años ha conseguido olvidar casi todo lo que sucedió años atrás en una pequeña localidad de Bizkaia. Pero no es así.

Una carta conscientemente extraviada que llega a sus manos y el deseo de volver al lugar en el que lo conoció se convierten en su obsesión. Debe ayudar a Mikel, alguien que sólo ella puede ver.

Esta es una historia en la que la fantasía, la realidad y la ficción se mezclan en la vida de sus protagonistas. Conocer el secreto de Amalia quizás te lleve a preguntarte dónde está el límite de lo real y lo imaginario.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DZI7YE4/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00DZI7YE4/

Las siete verdades de Elena de Pepa Fraile

Las siete verdades de Elena de Pepa Fraile

Las siete verdades de Elena

Elena ha trabajado durante más de quince años en la misma empresa y acaba de ser despedida.

Su mundo parece derrumbarse, una vez más, ante una noticia que sabía que llegaría en un momento u otro. Ella misma es el motivo. Su gran y único apoyo hasta ahora ha sido su amiga Flora, una mujer vital y entusiasta que la obligará a salir de su letargo casi a la fuerza y que conocerá, al tiempo que el propio lector, los secretos que Elena lleva guardando casi toda su vida y que no ha querido desvelar a nadie. El precio de su silencio ha sido demasiado alto.

Llegó a Barcelona sola, siendo casi una adolescente, huyendo de su propia historia y de su peor pesadilla. La mochila que arrastra desde que se vio obligada a salir de la ciudad en la que vivió durante los primeros años de su vida, Madrid, ha permanecido en su espalda demasiado tiempo y es hora de empezar a aligerarla. Merece ser feliz y se dispone a tomar las riendas de su destino por primera vez.

Una decisión que le brindará la oportunidad de recuperar el amor y su pasado, y abrir muchas de las puertas que ha necesitado mantener cerradas hasta ahora: Las peores mentiras a las que se tuvo que enfrentar siendo todavía una niña, la trampa más cruel a la que tuvo que sobrevivir siendo todavía una adolescente y su participación, de manera involuntaria, en una importante trama de estafa fiscal en la que se ha visto envuelta y en la que sólo ha sido una víctima más.

Amor, odio, esperanza, venganza, amistad e intriga son parte de los ingredientes de una historia que podría ser la de muchas mujeres que callan y se resignan a su destino hasta que dicen basta.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0GU65W/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00B0GU65W/

Gracias a Pepa por venir de invitada, a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle la me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays it’s guest author day. Recently I’ve been trying to catch up with some authors whose blogs I’ve been following for a while, but for some reason I haven’t featured yet. Today, it’s the turn of Noelle Granger (or N.A. Granger in her books).We not only have background interests (medical ) in common, but Noelle also spotted we had both studied at Mount Holyoke College (in my case only one year as an exchange student, but hey, it goes to prove the world is very small).

First, as I’ve mentioned her blog, and to make sure I don’t forget it, here is SaylingAway. Go and check it and you’ll see that Noelle loves her traveling, but she also features fellow authors, shares her writing, and muses about life.

And a little about her:

 

Author N.A. Granger

Author N.A. Granger

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plymouth Plantation.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents, the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.
Death in a Red Canvas Sail is her first book and features an emergency room nurse as her protagonist. The book is set in a coastal town in Maine, similar to Plymouth, and she has used her knowledge of such a small town, her experiences sailing along the Maine coast, and her medical background to enrich the story.
She has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine. Her second novel in the Rhe Brewster mystery series, Death in a White Dacron Sail, is her most recent novel.
N.A. Granger lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband Gene, a physician, and is the mother of two children.

Check her Amazon page for more updates:

http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ/

Her books:

Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N.A. Granger

Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N.A. Granger

Death in a Red Canvas Chair: A Rhe Brewster Mystery (Rhe Brewster Mysteries Book 1)

On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Her first call is to her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is Sheriff of Pequod, the coastal Maine town where she lives. Sam and Rhe’s best friend Paulette, Pequod’s answer to Betty Crocker, are her biggest sources of encouragement when Rhe decides to help the police find the killer.
Her discovery that the victim is a student at the local college is initially thwarted by an old frenemy, Bitsy Wellington, the Dean of Students. Will, Rhe’s husband and a professor at the same college, resents her involvement in anything other than being a wife and mother and must be manipulated by Rhe so that she can follow her instincts.
Rhe’s interviews of college students leads her to a young woman who had been recruited the previous year to be an escort on a Caribbean cruise ship, and Rhe trails her to a high class brothel at a local seaside estate. The man behind the cruise ship escort service and the brothel is the owner of a chain of mortuaries and is related to the dead student.
When Rhe happens on the murder of a young hospital employee who also works for the mortuary chain, she becomes too much of a threat to the owner’s multiple enterprises. She is kidnapped by two of his thugs and is left to die in a mortuary freezer. In the freezer she finds frozen body parts, which are linked to a transplantation program at her hospital.
Despite all the twists and turns in her investigation, Rhe ultimately understands why the student was killed and who did it. And she solves the riddle of why the body was placed in the red canvas chair on the soccer field.

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Red-Canvas-Chair-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00DMCL2VE/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Red-Canvas-Chair-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00DMCL2VE/

Here a review I loved for the enthusiasm (and surely, I must read this book as soon as I can!):

Rhe Brewster is my new favorite sleuth

By Elizabeth Hein – author of How To Climb The Eiffel Tower on June 26, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

N.A. Granger has given me a new favorite sleuth. I immediately fell in love with Rhe Brewster. She is a nurse, a mom, and wicked smart. Rhe, an insightful tenacious snoop, finds a body beside the Pequod soccer field. She then uses her connections with the sheriff and medical examiner to insert herself into the investigation. I felt like I was right there with Rhe as she chased down clues between making dinner for her son, shifts in the ER, and eating muffins with her best friend. By the end of the book, I felt I knew Rhe.
Death In A Canvas Chair is a fun read. The quaint little town of Pequod, Maine is a hotbed of iniquity – they’ve got co-eds behaving badly, gangsters lurking in the shadows, and dead bodies turning up on soccer fields. I could not put the book down until I knew who killed the co-ed.

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A. Granger

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A. Granger

Death in a Dacron Sail (Rhe Brewster Mysteries Book 2)

On an icy February morning, Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse with a nose for investigation, is called to a dock in the harbor of the small coastal town of Pequod, Maine. A consultant to the Pequod Police Department, Rhe is responding to a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his traps. The subsequent finding of the body of a young girl, wrapped in a sail and without a finger, sends the investigation into high gear and reveals the existence of three other missing girls, as well as a childhood friend of Rhe’s. Battered by vitriolic objections from her husband about her work, the pregnant Rhe continues her search, dealing with unexpected obstacles and ultimately facing the challenge of crossing an enormous frozen bog to save herself. Will she survive? Is the kidnapper someone she knows? In Death in a Dacron Sail, the second book in the Rhe Brewster mystery series, Rhe’s nerves and endurance are put to the test as the kidnapper’s action hits close to home.

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Dacron-Sail-Brewster-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00U8EXHLW/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Dacron-Sail-Brewster-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00U8EXHLW/

And another five star review as an example:

5Cozy yet exciting crime mystery

ByLuccia Gray “‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ (Mandela)”on March 17, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Death in a Dacron sail is the type of book I love to read. It’s a cozy yet exciting crime mystery.
The plot is tightly woven with plenty of forensic information given by Rhe Brewster, nurse and amateur sleuth narrator. Rhe is helping the police, as consultant, with an unpleasant crime involving a missing child. There is plenty of fast-paced action and suspense, in spite of the idyllic small town location, and there are many surprises and twists, making it a gripping page turner.
It’s also very well written. The prose flows so smoothly that it is a pleasure to read.
However, the very best part of this novel is the characterization. Readers won’t be interested in a good plot and wonderful writing if they can’t engage with the characters. Detective, crime thrillers, and mysteries often run the risk of being plot driven in detriment of character development, but that’s not the case here. On the contrary, the reader will love Rhe, because she is clever, and generous, and caring, but she’s also naïve, sometimes insecure, and others too patient with people who just don’t deserve it! I’ve wanted to tell her to be careful with someone who’s close to her since book one (no name so no spoilers!), and to stand up to her bullying boss!
The other characters, both good and bad, are also so real they almost jump out of the page to watch you reading!
By the way, just in case you were wondering, it can be read as a stand-alone novel, because the cases are independent, and although the main characters are the same, there is enough background information for readers to feel comfortable reading book two alone or first.
I’m impatiently waiting for book three because although Rhe Brewster will be solving another riveting case, I’m just as interested in finding out the direction her personal life will take in book three.

Thanks so much to Noelle for being our guest, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and of course, CLICK!

Hola a todos:

De nuevo necesito vuestra ayuda. Como sabéis he estado considerando estrategias de marketing de libros, repasando qué me ha funcionado (? disfruto la interacción con otros blogueros y he conocido a gente de lo más interesante, tanto autores como no autores [aunque no parece que queden muchos] pero lo que hace que se venda un libro sigue siendo un misterio para mí), y cuáles son las cosas que aún no he probado.

Desde el principio he oído (bueno, leído) y me han recomendado, que tuviera una newsletter (hoja informativa). Como no tenía muchos (casi ningún) seguidor por aquel entonces, y no estaba segura de mis planes, no lo hice, y aún hoy, sigo sin tenerla. He leído artículos sobre cómo funciona y la mecánica de crear una, las herramientas que se pueden usar, etc. Sé que es una forma de mantenerse en contacto con tus lectores (o clientes si uno se dedica a otras cosas) y de crear una lista de correos electrónicos.

Angel with book

Las razones por las que aún no tengo una hoja informativa son variadas. No sé cuánto tiempo le podría dedicar. Traduzco, tengo un blog, leo y reseño, escribo… ¿Vivir? ¿Qué es eso? Sé que se puede ajustar la frecuencia, pero aun así… Escribo en distintos géneros, y muchos lectores empedernidos leen un género específicamente. ¿Tendría que crear diferentes hojas informativas para cada género y listas distintas para los distintos lectores? ¿Tendría suficientes cosas para escribir en cada una de ellas? ¿O debería asumir que la gente va a leer cualquier cosa que yo escriba porque la he escrito yo? (¡Ja!) Y también, la mayoría de hojas informativas ofrecen algo como reclamo para que firme la gente. Un PDF de algún tipo, una historia. En muchos casos suelen ser folletos con instrucciones sobre cómo hacer algo, o conseguir más lectores, etc, pero si uno solo escribe ficción, y con tanto ficción disponible gratis, ¿qué podría ofrecer? (Sí, podría traducir una página para alguien pero eso funcionaría para las traducciones, pero no para los libros, y desde luego podría darme mucho trabajo).

Así que, una vez más, he venido a pediros ayuda, autores y todos los demás que tengan una hoja informativa. Y los que aunque no tengan la suya propia, se han suscrito alguna vez a una. O tienen una opinión sobre ellas.

A la gente que tiene hojas informativas: ¿Con qué frecuencia las publicáis? ¿Qué tipo de contenido ofrecéis y qué herramientas usáis? ¿Tenéis un regalo o una oferta especial como reclamo para hacer que la gente firme? Si escribís en varios géneros, ¿tenéis una hoja informativa con contenido variado o publicáis hojas diferentes para los diferentes temas? Y, como se me dan tan mal los diseños y la parte visual, por favor, compartid la vuestra en los comentarios, para darme inspiración (y naturalmente, con un poco de suerte también habrá gente que se anime a firmar).

Para la gente que se subscribe a las hojas informativas (sí, yo también lo hago de vez en cuando), ¿qué os hace decidiros a firmar? ¿Qué contenido preferís ver? ¿Con qué frecuencia preferís recibirlas? ¿Qué hace que os borréis? Y, ¿qué os parecen las ventanas emergentes (pop-up boxes) que os animan a apuntaros? (Yo personalmente las aborrezco).

Y antes de dejaros, y hablando de letters…

 


Gracias a todos por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y si queréis haced CLIC, por mí no os privéis.

Hi all:

I need your help once again. As you know I’ve been thinking about book marketing strategies, looking at what has worked well for me so far (? I enjoy the interaction with other bloggers and I’ve met very interesting people, both fellow authors and non-authors [not many left] but what might make a book sell remains a mystery to me), and what are the things that I haven’t tried.

From the very beginning I heard, and I was advised, to have a newsletter. As I didn’t have many (any?) followers at the time, and I wasn’t sure about my plans, I didn’t, and to this day I haven’t. I’ve read posts about the mechanics of it, possible tools, etc. I understand it is a way to be in touch with your readers (or clients if you do other things) and of collecting an e-mail list.

Angel with book

The reasons why I haven’t yet set up a newsletter are varied. I don’t know how much time I’d be able to dedicate to it. I translate, I blog, I read and review, I write… Life? What’s that? I know frequency can be varied but still… I write in different genres, and many avid readers readmostly within their preferred genre. Would I have to have different newsletters and different lists for different readers? Would I have enough to write in them? Or should I assume that people would read anything I write because it’s mine? (Ja!) Also, most newsletters offer something as a way of enticing people to sign. A PDF of some sort, a story. Many seem to be how to booklets but if one only writes fiction and with so much fiction already available free, what could I offer? (Yes I could translate a page for somebody but that might work for the translating, but not for the books, and it could end up being very labour intensive).

So, once more I’m looking for help from you, authors and anybody else who might have a newsletter. And from people who sign onto newsletters too. Or have an opinion.

To people who have newsletters: How often do you publish them? What kind of content you offer? Do you have a giveaway or special offer as a way of getting people to sign on the dotted line? What tools do you use in relation to it (to reply, to collect e-mail addresses)? If you write in different genres, do you have only one newsletter and mix content or would you publish a different newsletter for different topics? And, as I’m so terrible with designs and visuals, feel free to share yours in the comments, for inspiration (and of course, hopefully some people will sign).

To people who subscribe to newsletters (yes, I do sometimes), what encourages you to sign? What content do you like to see in them? How often is too often? What makes you unsubscribe? And, what do you think about the pop-up boxes? (I must confess I hate them with a passion).

Before I leave, I must make an apology and a confession. I got Sally Cronin’s (don’t miss her blog) invitation to the impromptu writing that is going around. I thought I’d do it over the weekend but still went to her blog to thank her. And being me, I was going to leave a comment and inadvertently read the prompt. So I ruined the experiment. Since then, I’ve seen quite a few people taking part, so I have no idea whom I might be able to invite. So, I’ve decided to file the idea and get it going again at some time in the future, when everybody has forgotten about it (and hopefully I’ve published the series, so I won’t have so many things in my head) and catch everybody unawares.

And, before I leave you today, and on the subject of letters…

Ketty Lester, because I love you all.

Thank you all for reading, and you know, like, share, comment…and if you want to CLICK somewhere, please, do!

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis estoy revisitando algunos de mis posts sobre autores clásicos, y después de las elecciones aquí en Inglaterra, me pareció que Mariano José de Larra era de lo más adecuado.

Por cierto, si habéis escrito (o leído) alguna novela basada en un clásico, o que tenga como personaje a un clásico, dejadme una nota, que quiero crear posts combinando clásicos y nuevas versiones.

Y aquí, el post:

 

Español: Retrato de Mariano José de Larra real...

Español: Retrato de Mariano José de Larra realizado por José Gutiérrez de la Vega (1791-1865),óleo sobre lienzo, 76 x 63 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Es viernes y toca autor invitado. Después de hablar de Quevedo, me puse a pensar en Larra (más de una conexión hay, especialmente en lo de expresar las opiniones personales y políticas le pese a quién le pese y pase lo que pase) y aquí os lo traigo.

Hay muchas biografías detalladas, pero os dejo enlaces más abajo.

Biografía:

Mariano José de Larra y Sánchez de Castro (Madrid, 24 de marzo de 1809 – Madrid, 13 de febrero de 1837) fue un escritor, periodista y político español y uno de los más importantes exponentes del Romanticismo español.

Hijo de un cirujano militar afrancesado tuvieron que exilarse en Francia con la familia siguiendo a José Bonaparte. En el 1818 regresaron a España y su padre se convirtió en médico personal de un hermano del rey Fernando VII.

Estudió Medicina en Madrid y Derecho en Valladolid y luego Valencia aunque no completó ninguna de las dos carreras. Se especula que por aquella época se enamoró de una mujer mucho mayor que él que resultó ser la amante de su padre.

Empezó a escribir artículos en varias publicaciones aunque varias fueron prohibidas por la censura. En 1829 se casó con Josefa Wetoret, un matrimonio que acabó en separación. A partir del 1833 y usando el seudónimo de Fígaro escribió algunos de sus artículos más famosos: ‘Vuelva usted mañana’, ‘El castellano viejo’, ‘El casarse pronto y mal’, ‘En este país’.

En 1834 publicó El doncel de don Enrique el Doliente y estrenó la obra teatral Macías.

Viajó a Londres, París, Bruselas y Portugal. Conoció a Dumas y Victor Hugo. Cuando volvió a España siguió escribiendo y se metió de lleno en la política llegando a ser elegido diputado por Ávila aunque nunca llegó a ejercer.

Su relación adúltera con Dolores Armijo terminó y eso se sumó a su pesimismo con respecto a la situación política española. Su actitud queda reflejada en ‘El día de difuntos de 1836’. A los pocos minutos de tener una discusión con su amante en 1837 se suicidó (de un tiro) .

Es uno de los exponentes del Romanticismo en literatura española junto con Espronceda, Bécquer y Rosalía de Castro. Escribió en variedad de géneros pero es más conocido como periodista, y sus artículos son tan actuales ahora como en su época. Aunque murió muy joven (se disparó a los 27 años) en solo ocho años publicó más de 200 artículos. Usó una variedad de seudónimos (Fígaro, Duende, Bachiller y El Pobrecito Hablador). Para ser un romántico, es muy crítico de la situación política, de las costumbres y de la vida en general.

Zorrilla leyó una elegía en su entierro que le dio a conocer.

Escritores de la Generación del 98 reivindicaron su figura.

Algunas citas (http://es.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mariano_Jos%C3%A9_de_Larra):

  • «Aquí yace media España, murió de la otra media».
  • «Bienaventurados los que no hablan porque ellos se entienden».
  • «El corazón del hombre necesita creer algo, y cree mentiras cuando no encuentra verdades que creer».
  • «El pueblo no es verdaderamente libre mientras que la libertad no esté arraigada en sus costumbres e identificada con ellas».
  • «En este triste país, si a un zapatero se le antoja hacer una botella y le sale mal, después ya no le dejan hacer zapatos».
  • «Es más fácil negar las cosas que enterarse de ellas».
  • «Hay algunos hombres que no dicen lo que piensan y otros que piensan demasiado lo que dicen».
  • «Por grandes y profundos que sean los conocimientos de un hombre, el día menos pensado encuentra en el libro que menos valga a sus ojos, alguna frase que le enseña algo que ignora».
  • «Preciso es que sean muy malos los hombres si obligan a pensar tan mal de ellos».

Enlaces:

Wikipedia:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Jos%C3%A9_de_Larra

Biografías y vida:

http://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/l/larra.htm

Biblioteca virtual Cervantes (aquí tenéis acceso a toda su obra):

http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/bib/bib_autor/larra/

Proyecto Mariano José de Larra en el Internet. También en alemán.

http://larra.irox.de/

Y enlaces no solo a Larra sino a artículos sobre el romanticismo y materiales interesantes:

http://www.materialesdelengua.org/LITERATURA/HISTORIA_LITERATURA/LARRA/h_index_larra.htm

Libros de Larra en Amazon (solo veo uno gratis y muchos no disponible. Habría que intentar pasarlos a formato electrónico aunque están algunas obras disponibles en otros sitios como veis arriba):

http://www.amazon.com/Mariano-Jos%C3%A9-de-Larra/e/B001JO7S10

Enlaces a sus obras:

La biblioteca virtual Cervantes (arriba)

Fígaro (en proyecto Gutenberg en todos los formatos, gratis):

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31541

En este país (También en audio)

http://albalearning.com/audiolibros/larra/enestepais.html

Lista de sus obras gratis y en audio en Albalearning, con enlaces:

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Hi all:

As you know, on Fridays I like to bring you new books or guest authors. Recently I’ve decided to go back to some of the classic posts I had shared in the past (and to carry on with new posts), and one of my fellow authors had an excellent idea. She suggested a post on Mark Twain, and told me she’d written a book inspired by one of his novels. And I thought it was an excellent idea to combine both. So today, I share my vintage post on Mark  Twain, and something new…

 

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote "Is S...

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote “Is Shakespeare Dead?” shortly before his death in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark Twain or Samuel Langhorne Clemens (his real name). He was born on 30th November 1835, in a small town called Florida (Mo). He was the 6th child of his family. His father, John Marshall (this is an error. Thanks to Kim Headlee, featured in the post, for clarifying that his name was Marshall Clemens, named after John Marshall), was a judge and they moved a few miles East to Hannibal, in the banks of the Mississippi, a stop for steam boats (travelling from St Louis and New Orleans) when he was very young. His childhood home is now his museum. His father died when he was only 12 and a year later he left school to become a printer’s apprentice. After that he spent a fair amount of time involved in the letters business and joined his brother Orion’s newspaper as printer and assistant editor. He moved to another job as a printer in St Louis, and once there he became a river pilot’s apprentice and obtained his pilot’s license in 1858. His pseudonym comes from that period. According to his official website (link below): It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded. “Mark twain” means that is safe to navigate. (Other explanations exist.)

Due to poor trade during the Civil War he started working as a newspaper reporter all over the country. He got married in 1870 to Olivia Langdon and although they had 4 children, only one, Clara, survived them, and she never had any children.

His first story to gain recognition was ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County’ published in New York in 1865. (You won’t be surprised to hear that in Calavaras, California, they celebrate the Jumping Frog contest.) His first novel The Innocents Abroad was published in 1869, The Adventures of Tom Swayer in 1876, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885…He wrote many other novels, sketches, articles, short stories, letters…

The cover of the first edition of Adventures o...

The cover of the first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was interested in science, modern gadgets and inventions and he invested heavily in some of them that resulted in him ending up heavily in debt, despite the money he obtained from selling his books and from his many speaking engagements.

He died on 21st April 1910. His childhood home is now a museum in Hannibal. His birth coincided with a visit by the Halley comet and he was convinced that his death would also be associated with it (he died the day after the next visit of the comet).

Quotes:

He’s renowned as a humorist and has many quotes attributed to him. Here a short selection:

On Babies:

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.
– Letter to Annie Webster, 1876

On Economy. So true:

It isn’t the sum you get, it’s how much you can buy with it, that’s the important thing; and it’s that that tells whether your wages are high in fact or only high in name.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

I love this one about Genius:

Geniuses are people who dash off wierd, wild, incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility, & then go & get booming drunk & sleep in the gutter. Genius elevates a man to ineffable speres [sic] far above the vulgar world, & fills his soul with a regal contempt for the gross & sordid things of earth. It is probably on account of this that people who have genius do not pay their board, as a general thing.
Mark Twain’s Notebooks & Journals, vol. 1, 1855-1873, p. 250.

And a few on humour:

Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
– “What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us”

Humor is the good natured side of a truth.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read

Check the below link for more quotations…

Links:

Official website:

http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/about/bio.htm

University of Virginia website about Mark Twain:

http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/

A page about his quotes:

http://www.twainquotes.com/

More links:

http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/twain.htm

Free links to his books:

How to tell a story and other Essays:

http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Story-Other-Essays-ebook/dp/B00847EPKW/

The Prince and the Pauper exits free but in 9 parts. There are cheap editions that might be a better option.

Sketches New and Old and Tales of the Mississippi are also available in several parts also.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

http://www.amazon.com/The-Adventures-Tom-Sawyer-ebook/dp/B004UJTG6Q/

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (impressively enough between 4 and 5 stars and nearly 1000 reviews, that for a classic is pretty good. It’s one of the most accepted contenders to the title of The Great American Novel)

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Huckleberry-Sawyers-Comrade-ebook/dp/B004UJISMY/

Roughing It

http://www.amazon.com/Roughing-It-ebook/dp/B004SQTBIE/

Tom Sawyer Detective

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Sawyer-Detective-ebook/dp/B0084BNE8W/

A Double-Barrelled Detective Story

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Barrelled-Detective-Story-ebook/dp/B00846RJYM/

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (I love many of his novels but I’ve always loved this weird mixture of modern and fantasy medieval and his characterisation in this one, and there have been pretty amusing film adaptations that I’d recommend checking.)

http://www.amazon.com/Connecticut-Yankee-Arthurs-Court-ebook/dp/B004UJTZ30/

The Tragedy of Puddn’Head Wilson

http://www.amazon.com/The-Tragedy-Puddnhead-Wilson-ebook/dp/B0084B0E94/

Illustration of Jim and Huckleberry Finn, by E...

Illustration of Jim and Huckleberry Finn, by EW Kemble from the original 1884 edition of the book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And many more…

Thanks for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it remember to comment, share, and as it’s FREE, click! And also, remember that all this books are free thanks to volunteer transcribers so if you have a loved classic book that’s not already available and you’d like to share…What a great contribution to book lovers everywhere!

Also, many of his books are available in German, Spanish, French in free versions also…

I did mention in the original post that ‘A Connecticut Yankee’ was one of my favourites, and lo and behold, a fellow author, Kim Headlee, mentioned Twain and her own book, and I could not resist.

First, a bit about the author:

Author Kim Headlee

Author Kim Headlee

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins–the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century–seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of 20th century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and publishing other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.

Check her Amazon author page if you want to read more about her, view her other books, and follow her.

http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Headlee/e/B001KE2LK2/

Ah, and the book?

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington Court

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Headlee

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Headlee

Morgan le Fay, 6th-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball…and the human heart.

Here the link:

http://www.amazon.com/King-Arthurs-Sister-Washingtons-Court-ebook/dp/B00MRN8XL6/

Ah, as I was checking Kim’s page, I saw that she has a novella FREE, so if you want experience her writing first hand, here I leave you with:

The Color of Vengeance by Kim Headlee

The Color of Vengeance by Kim Headlee

The Color of Vengeance (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles)

Vengeance was the only burial gift he could bestow.

When Angli cattle thieves slaughter his wife and son, Dwras son of Gwyn vows revenge upon their murderers. But how can a mere farmer prevail against ruthless, trained warriors? For the answer Dwras must look not to his sword, but within his heart.

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Vengeance-Dragons-Dove-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00EGSP80E/

Thanks so much to Mark Twain, for his great books and his wit, to Kim Headlee for alerting me to her book, and thank you all for reading. And you know, like, share, comment, and CLICK! Ah, don’t miss Kim’s comments below, as she talks about the paperback version of this book and… it sounds unmissable!

Ah, and don’t hesitate to leave me links to your books if they are inspired in the work of classic authors, their novels or their lives. I’ll gladly share them here!

Hola a todos:

Os preguntaréis por qué he escrito un post sobre los dientes. No es uno de mis temas habituales. Pero reflexionando sobre ello, a menos que seas un dentista, no es uno de los temas habituales de nadie. Y me hizo ponerme a pensar…

Pero, ¿cómo empezó todo esto?

Como algunos sabréis, hace un par de sábados fue mi cumpleaños. Como he ido de aquí para allá mucho últimamente no tuve ocasión de hacer grandes planes, aparte de descansar un poco… Pero, no. Uno de mis dientes decidió llamar la atención. Y llovió… Sí, un día fabuloso.

Me siguió doliendo pero como ya tenía una cita con el dentista para la semana siguiente, me las arreglé y el dolor mejoró algo. Se lo comenté a un par de amigas, y con una de ellas (hola, Martie) incluso especulé sobre las posible causas del dolor.

El viernes pasado fui al dentista y Martie me envió un mensaje preguntándome si mi diente estaba mejor. Esta fue mi respuesta (traducida):

Lo estaba pero me ha estado molestando después de que ella (la dentista) le diera la lata. Parece que la raíz del diente con la corona está muriendo y no quiere irse al otro barrio sin hacerse notar. Tengo que volver a que la maten.

A ella le pareció muy divertido. Éste fue mi siguiente comentario:

Bueno, es lo único que pueden hacer para darse a notar… Todo con tal de llamar la atención, si quieres mi opinión

Así que ella me sugirió que escribiera un post sobre esto, y quizás eso haría que me dejase de doler. Y aquí está. Tenía pensado pedir consejos sobre marketing, pero hay mucho de eso. Así que, aquí os dejo mis reflexiones sobre el humilde diente.

Sí, todos los tenemos (con suerte, o los tuvimos alguna vez). Sí, todos los necesitamos. Y aunque no pensemos mucho en ellos la mayoría del tiempo, sabemos que es importante tratarlos bien y cuidarlos, sino nos pueden causar complicaciones serias.

Enlace de Wikipedia:

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diente

Pero la realidad es que el pobre diente no tiene muy buena prensa.

Aparte del Ratoncito Pérez, la mayoría de gente parece tener imágenes muy negativas cuando piensan en los dientes.

La gente puede hacerte cumplidos comentado sobre tu pelo, tus ojos, sí, tu sonrisa quizás, pero si no eres un caballo, normalmente los dientes no se mencionan.
Bonanza cast smiling horse 1968
Y si lo hacen, mejor que tengáis cuidado. Acordaos de La Caperucita Roja.

John_Everett_Millais_Red_Riding_Hood

John_Everett_Millais_Red_Riding_Hood

Y si consideramos la gente que cuida de los dientes, los dentistas… ¿Cuánta gente le tiene miedo a los dentistas? Con la cantidad de cosas horribles que existen en el mundo, ¿por qué le tenemos tanto miedo a los dentistas? La mayoría de gente se imagina implementos de tortura medieval cuando piensa en el dentista (perdonadme, sí que busqué imágenes, pero decidí no usarlas. Después de todo, la imaginación probablemente es más efectiva).

Así que, pobre diente, tienes buenas razones para quejarte. Nadie es amable contigo. Incluso aquellos que se supone que tienen que cuidar de ti, no usan los métodos más agradables. Te mereces algo mejor. Siento que se esté muriendo tu raíz. Lo siento si es culpa mía. Y siento que vayamos a acelerar tu muerte, pero intentaremos ser compasivos. Y cuidaré mejor de tus amigos.

Y ahora, te dedico una canción:

‘Hijo, se dentista’ de La pequeña tienda de los horrores

Espero que no haya resultado demasiado doloroso. Gracias por leer, ¡cuidad de vuestros dientes, amigos, o se quejarán! Dale al me gusta, compartid, comentad, o … ¡morded!

Hi all:

You’ll be wondering why I am writing a post about teeth. Well, it’s not one of my habitual topics. But thinking about it, unless you’re a dentist, it’s not one of anybody’s habitual topics. And it got me thinking…

But how did this start?

As some of you might know, a couple of Saturdays ago was my birthday. As I’d been here and there I didn’t really plan anything much, other than having a bit of a rest. Cue… my tooth. One of my teeth decided to make itself noticed. And it rained… Yes, fabulous all around.

It kept hurting but as I had an appointment booked with the dentist for the following week, I managed, and it did get better. I had mentioned this to a couple of friends, and with one of them (Hi, Martie!) I had even speculated on the possible reasons for this.

Last Friday, I visited the dentist, and Martie sent me a message asking me if my tooth was better. This was my reply:

It was but it has been bothering me after she’s been poking on it. It seems the root of the tooth with the crown is dying and it doesn’t want to go unnoticed. I have to go and have it killed.

She thought this was hilarious. This was my next comment:

Well, only thing they can do to be seen… Attention seeking behaviour, if you ask me…

So she suggested that I write a post about it, as that might make it stop hurting. And here it is. I had planned to ask for some advice on marketing, but hey, ho, there’s plenty of that. So here, my reflections on the humble tooth.

Yes, we all have them (hopefully, or did at some point). Yes, we need them. And although we don’t think much about them most of the time, we know it’s important to treat them well and look after them otherwise it can cause serious complications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_tooth

But when it boils down to it, the poor teeth don’t get a great press.

Apart from the tooth fairy, most people seem to have negative associations when it comes to teeth.

People might compliment you on your hair, your eyes, yes, your smile perhaps, but unless you’re a horse, usually teeth don’t come into it.
Bonanza cast smiling horse 1968

And if they do, you should be careful. Remember Little Red Riding Hood.

John_Everett_Millais_Red_Riding_Hood

John_Everett_Millais_Red_Riding_Hood

And then we have the people who look after them, dentists. How many people are afraid of dentists? With the horrible things that exist in the world, why such fear of dentists? Most people bring to mind images of mediaeval torture when they think about dentists. (Sorry, I did look at images but decided against it. After all, imagination works probably better.)

So, poor tooth, you’re right to complain. Nobody is nice to you. Even those who look after you don’t use the nicest of methods. You deserve better. I’m sorry your root is dying. Sorry if it was my fault. Sorry if we’ll speed up your death, but we’ll try and be merciful. And I’ll look better after your friends.

And here, dedicated to you, a song:

‘Son Be a Dentist’ from The Little Shop of Horrors:

I hope that wasn’t too painful. Thanks for reading, and look after your teeth, friends, or they’ll complain! Like, share, comment… or bite!

Hola a todos:

Es viernes, y tocan novedades literarias. Hoy tengo el placer de traeros nuevas obras de dos escritoras que ya han visitado mi blog. No sé exactamente por qué he decidio presentar estas dos novela juntas, aparte de que desde que las vi anunciadas, me intrigaron, y las portadas me gustaron mucho y me parecen muy afines. Pero ahí van:

Nunca dejes de bailar de Carmen Grau

Nunca dejes de bailar de Carmen Grau

Nunca dejes de bailar de Carmen Grau

Enya creció al amparo de su madre soltera hasta que el cáncer se la arrebató. Desapegada de su padre y sus abuelos, e incapaz de soportar el vacío que le dejó la muerte de su madre, decidió emprender otra vida en Boston y perseguir a la vez el sueño de convertirse en editora literaria. En Boston encontró el amor, la amistad, el fracaso y, de nuevo, el amargo sabor de la pérdida.
Alberto es un escritor consagrado, creador de novelas policíacas y felizmente casado con María. Pero después de más de dos décadas cosechando éxitos, está aburrido y decide contar una historia diferente a todo lo anterior. Escribe una novela para María que, sin embargo, hará tambalear la estabilidad de su matrimonio y cambiará el curso de su existencia.

Escrita a dos voces y dos tiempos, Nunca dejes de bailar es una historia de amor que nos lleva desde Boston y Córdoba a Barcelona, una novela que habla de las relaciones entre un hombre y una mujer, del sexo, la literatura, el destino, la religión, la muerte y la esperanza, y en la que ficción y realidad constituyen las dos caras del mismo papel.

Aquí el enlace en Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/NUNCA-DEJES-BAILAR-Spanish-Carmen-ebook/dp/B00TBC9D4C/

http://www.amazon.es/NUNCA-DEJES-BAILAR-Spanish-Carmen-ebook/dp/B00TBC9D4C/

Y no os perdáis la página de Carmen:

http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Grau/e/B00840MEYS/

Y la segunda:

Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona

Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona

Carta a Charo de Estrella Cardona Gamio

CARTA A CHARO no es una novela como las demás en su exposición, empezando porque se trata de una novela epistolar, género que estuvo de moda en otras épocas y que ha dejado obras como LAS AMISTADES PELIGROSAS por no citar más que una entre muchas. Es un buen género muy interesante ya que en él, y en primera persona, se relatan historias íntimas que van desvelando los secretos más inconfesables de sus personajes.
En CARTA A CHARO encontrará el lector la historia de dos amigas que lo fueron en su infancia y han continuado siéndolo a través del tiempo y la distancia cuando el marido de una de ellas, por motivos laborales, tiene que marchar con su familia a Londres. Durante años intercambian correspondencia, hasta que cierto día un acontecimiento por completo ajeno a ellas, la muerte de un famoso actor de cine, Marcello Mastroianni, abre el baúl de los recuerdos de ambas revelando unas confidencias ocultas durante décadas que descubren a dos personas por completo desconocidas la una para la otra.

Otra peculiaridad de esta novela es que las cartas que se cruzan están redactadas empezando con la fecha del primer día en que yo me puse a escribir CARTA A CHARO, es decir, que los intervalos de tiempo que median de una a otra misiva, son auténticos. En realidad la novela fue saliendo como si sus protagonistas me la dictaran.

En esta obra, romántica y sentimental, encontraréis los diversos grados del amor revelados in extenso: la ternura, la nostalgia, la rivalidad, el egoísmo, la envidia, los celos y la pasión incontrolada y salvaje. No podéis dejar de leerla, es un buen consejo.

Aquí el enlace:

http://www.amazon.com/Carta-Charo-Spanish-Estrella-Cardona-ebook/dp/B00QOE1FPK/

http://www.amazon.es/Carta-Charo-Spanish-Estrella-Cardona-ebook/dp/B00QOE1FPK/

Y no os olvidéis de seguir la página de Estrella:

http://www.amazon.com/Estrella-Cardona-Gamio/e/B007ZT0JWS/

Muchas gracias a Carmen Grau y a Estrella Cardona Gamio por sus dos nuevas novelas, gracias a vosotros por leer, y si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I try and bring you new authors that haven’t visited yet my blog. Sometimes I keep reading about some authors, I enjoy their blogs, and they become such familiar faces for me, that I’m surprised when I check back and realise they’ve never visited my blog yet.

That is the case with my guest today.

Nicholas Rossis is a writer I’ve known for a while and whose blog  I thoroughly enjoy and I’ve mentioned before. (It’s full of useful information, don’t miss it!). How I hadn’t featured his books here before, is anybody’s guess, but finally, today is the day.

First, a bit about Nicholas:

Author Nicholas Rossis

Author Nicholas Rossis

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Now, author.

Nicholas loves to write. Except for his epic fantasy series, Pearseus, he has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories. These have all become Amazon best-sellers. His latest book is Runaway Smile, a children’s book.

He lives in Athens, Greece, in the middle of a forest, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard. Mercifully, all his books are professionally edited!

Amazon author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

Now, his books:

Pearseus: Rise of the Prince

Pearseus: Rise of the Prince

Pearseus, Rise of the Prince (Book 1 of the Pearseus epic fantasy series)

Justice without compassion is but tyranny

The series that has reached #1 on Amazon!

The handful of humans that crash-landed on Pearseus three hundred years ago have by now colonized a large part of the planet, rebuilding their civilization from scratch. In the process, they have created a dystopia for themselves, splitting into three competing factions: the Capital, the Loyalists and the Democracies, all embroiled in endless intrigue and constant warfare.

An uneasy truce between the three parties still holds – barely. While man turns against man, the First, Pearseus’ indigenous people, wage their own war against a shadowy enemy; an ancient conflict that threatens to engulf and destroy all of humanity.

Following an unspeakable crime, the men and women of Pearseus struggle to live and love as their world crumbles all around them. But can love be found in the ruins of humanity’s civilization?

http://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Rise-Prince-Book-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FYRKLPI/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearseus-Rise-Prince-Book-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FYRKLPI/

 

Pearseus: Mad Water

Pearseus: Mad Water

Pearseus: Mad Water (book 2 of the Pearseus epic fantasy series)

The Amazon best-selling series continues!

In the second book of the best-selling Pearseus series, the incessant scheming of the various players and their nebulous puppet-masters has brought about major change. Cyrus is now the new ruler of the Capital, struggling to fight Jonia’s revolt along with his own demons. Gella strives to keep abreast of Teo’s devious plans in order to end the war with Jonia. David returns to the First in an effort to overcome his loss of the Voice. Lehmor’s struggle to reunite with Moirah brings him to uncharted territories, where the enigmatic Iota play with minds, senses and the future of the entire planet.

Old foes and unlikely new friends appear as invisible forces continue to tear humanity apart. Masks drop to reveal the ultimate truth: on Pearseus, everyone has their own agenda. And they’ll stop at nothing to achieve it.

http://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Water-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00LPJWGGQ/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearseus-Water-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00LPJWGGQ/

 

Pearseus: Vigi

Pearseus: Vigi

Pearseus: Vigil (book 3 of the Pearseus epic fantasy series)

It’s a difficult time on Pearseus. Teo Altman has assumed control of the Capital and has his eye on Parad’s children. Pratin and his monsters have laid siege on Malekshei. The Old Woman has forsaken Lehmor and the First. And Sol is preparing for the Capital’s inevitable invasion.

As Malekshei’s defenders fight for their lives, they realize they need an army to stop Pratin. To raise that army, they must do the unthinkable: wake up those who have been sleeping under Pearseus for the last hundred thousand years.

http://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Vigil-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00TT0LN30/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearseus-Vigil-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00TT0LN30/

This three books are also available as a box-set:

Pearseus Bundle

Pearseus Bundle

Box set

http://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Bundle-books-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00LX9UUIY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearseus-Bundle-books-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00LX9UUIY/

 

And the prequel to the series:

Pearseus: Schism

Pearseus: Schism

Pearseus: Schism

Humanity starts over. Again.

The prequel to the Amazon best-selling series, Pearseus.

If you like dark epic fantasy with a sci-fi twist, then you’ll love Pearseus: Schism, the novelette that lays the back story to the series that has reached #1 on Amazon.

It’s New Year’s Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won’t get to countdown seconds; soon they’ll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship’s crash landing on another planet.

The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives’ attitude towards earthlings.

The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven’t been able to shed are the shortcomings of their human nature. Will that be the sole threat to a unified future, or is the new land and its first inhabitants not as innocent as they look?

http://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Schism-prequel-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FXOJQA8/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearseus-Schism-prequel-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FXOJQA8/

The Power of Six

The Power of Six

The Power of Six: Six (plus one) Science Fiction Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas C. Rossis (Author), Amos M. Carpenter (Author)

Six science fiction short stories written by the author of Pearseus, the epic fantasy series that has reached #1 on Amazon. This edition includes one extra story, written by Amos M. Carpenter.

The Power of Six reached #1 on Amazon in October 2014.

Although they seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them. What is the nature of reality; digital and corporeal? Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? What are the consequences of our actions, and is it possible to change them? And if so, would we simply repeat same mistakes, or make new ones?

The anthology includes the following stories:

“Simulation Over”: How far can we trust our senses?
“For the Last Time”: The law of unintended consequences meets Murphy’s law during a man’s unexpected time travel.
“The Hand of God”: What do the game characters do when we stop playing?
“I Come in Peace”: an award-winning short story that poses the question: how far would man go to alleviate his loneliness?
“A Fresh Start”: If we were free to go anywhere in time and space, where would we choose to go?
“The Sentry”: What is a Sentry to do when the monster that steals away his family’s most precious possessions reappears?
“Big Bang”: A friendly game turns into much more in this short story written by Amos M. Carpenter.

Humorous and poignant, these short stories are exciting, intriguing and imaginative.

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Six-Science-Fiction-Stories-ebook/dp/B00K57JTAA/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Six-Science-Fiction-Stories-ebook/dp/B00K57JTAA/

And his illustrated children’s book:

Runaway Smile

Runaway Smile

 

Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Rossis (Author), Lorelei Logsdon (Editor), Dimitris Fousekis (Illustrator)

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

http://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Smile-unshared-smile-wasted-ebook/dp/B00QQC2YLY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Runaway-Smile-unshared-smile-wasted-ebook/dp/B00QQC2YLY/

Thanks so much to Nicholas Rossi for his books, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

PS: Nicholas kindly left a comment sharing more information about his work, and I thought it was only right to add it to the main post.

Here is Nicholas himself, generous to a fault:

For anyone wanting a risk-free taste of my work, you can read my children’s book, Runaway Smile, for free on:

http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/

You can also read a couple of my short stories from the Power of Six:

http://nicholasrossis.me/2014/05/08/the-power-of-six-on-pre-release-sale-and-free-story/
and
http://nicholasrossis.me/2014/04/28/cover-reveal-the-power-of-six/

Thanks Nicholas!

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