Archives for the month of: July, 2014

Hola a todos:

Como acostumbro los viernes os traigo a  una autora invitada. Joselin López Escobar es miembro de uno de los grupos de autores que frecuento y la verdad es que aunque me envió su información hace un tiempo, Facebook me la escondió y no la descubrí hasta hace poco. Pero nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena, así que os traigo sin más demora a Joselyn López Escobar!

Biografía:

Mi nombre es Joselin López Escobar. Soy una joven venezolana con nacionalidad española, radicada desde hace una década es las islas afortunada. Mi familia conoce qué es salir de su país para buscar un mejor futuro, mi abuelo fue el primero que lo hizo, por motivos políticos, luego fue una tía y por último mi persona. Estudié en mi tierra natal, Ingeniería de Petróleo y administración y dirección. Felizmente casada. A lo largo de mi vida, he tenido la oportunidad de conocer a personas de diferentes lugares, maneras de pensar y religión. Así como estar cerca, de varios líderes religiosos y políticos. Fui voluntaria de juegos deportivos internacionales, en mi tiempo universitario. Así como estuve involucrada en diferentes actividades de ayuda social. El primer contacto con la escritura fue, recreando pequeñas historias para que mis amigos se entretuvieran, les gustaba y compartían, por motivos personales tuve que dejarlo a un lado y no seguir. Luego lo retomé años después decidiendo recrear una historia donde represente lo que puede suceder y dando un toque de atención a la sociedad que vivimos que ha dejado a un lado muchos valores para vivir en un mundo egoísta y sin importar si perjudica a o no a otros. Como podrán buscar algunos blogueros han reseñado la historia y a la crítica ha sido buena. Me considero como la mayoría de los que han emigrado de sus países, para mejor futuro, ciudadanos del mundo. Gracias por tu tiempo un cordial saludo. Jossy.

Y su novela:

Antarlia de Joselyn López Escobar

Antarlia de Joselin López Escobar

Sinopsis:

Después de que la tierra sufriera grandes terremotos y desplazarse tres continentes quedando así unidos, los países que trataron de mantenerse en pie, se aliaron. Formando una sola unidad llamada Liberty. Está se encargaría de reconstruir todo el planeta y mantener el orden. Años después Liberty decide enviar diez jóvenes para ese territorio que es desconocido. Eligiéndolos al azar y en todo el ámbito mundial, mediante un sorteo. Kathe Panthar, una chica de diecisiete años a punto de terminar el primer ciclo universitario, creía que ya conocía su futuro y es sorprendida al salir seleccionada como voluntaria. Todo comienza a cambiar desde ese momento. El conocer al impactante y carismático compañero de exploración Romeo, hace que sus sentimientos comiencen a confundirse, al no creer que pueda ser realmente el hombre de su vida. Vivirá envuelta en un torbellino de secretos, mentiras, manipulaciones y chantajes. Y deberá aceptar ser una ficha más del plan inicial de Liberty. Sacrificándose por el amor incondicional a su familia y al que comienza a sentir por Romeo.

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxYLU3-oWtM

Podréis encontrar más información de la novela en: http://www.antarliaunnuevomundo.blogspot.com.es/http://jossyloes.wordpress.com/

O en Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Joselinloes?ref=hl

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JossyLo03

De venta en:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSLH13E

Muchas gracias a Joselin por la visita, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y  haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know Fridays is guest author day. I met Amanda Green through social media a while back and I’ve read about her writing and her experiences and have been corresponding with her for a while. We have exchanged thoughts on mental health and a variety of other topics and I finally managed to squeeze some time to read her first book ‘My Alien Self‘ recently. I convinced Amanda to come as guest and thought it would be an excellent chance to also share the review of that book. Amanda is also kindly sharing some of her tips on writing.

Here is Amanda:

Amanda Green's logo.

Amanda Green’s logo.

I am Amanda Green, author of six inspiring, self published books.

Outside of writing and social networking (yes I spend far too long each day on the computer!), I spend a lot of time with my pets; a handsome cat called Titus, a pretty hamster called Molly and tropical fish. I strongly believe in pet or animal therapy as being good for our mind, body and soul and I promote the fostering and adopting of animals as opposed to private breeding and purchase, as there are too many surplus animals desperate for homes. I detest animal cruelty.

I love eating out and reviewing restaurants, travel, days out, campaigning for the precious Orang-utan and the issues of unsustainable palm oil production  and seeing my family. I also enjoy reading, theatre, films, TV and cooking and when I can calm my mind down, just relaxing!

I gained 9 GCSE’s at school and have travelled on/off across the world, taking in twenty five Countries – living and working at times in Japan, Thailand and Australia.  I have enjoyed work in the field of Hotels, banking, property management, recruitment and Office management gaining many skills and qualifications along the way.

I run six personal websites for which I write all copy and articles and provide all photography.  I learn as much as I can fit into my life

I have had my writing and photography work published in various magazines and local newspapers.  I enjoy the challenge of getting published and very much enjoy doing my own PR, learnt through my varied working background.

‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me‘ is my self published memoir of my journey through mental illness to recovery. I want to inspire others that it is possible to recover and have a life worth living.

My aspirations are to continue as a full time writer/photographer.  I intend to be successful in fact/fiction storytelling in the mental health/relationship genres.  I have unique ideas, and a very thick skin.  I attended various writer’s retreats and short writing courses to further my writing, and  learnt a great deal from the editor’s/literary consultant’s who worked with me on my memoir project.  I am 40 years old.

The first two of my books, ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back To Me‘ and the sequel ‘39‘, are both memoirs, the rest are fiction short stories, a novelette and a novella.

My second memoir ’39’ is about what happened afterwards; the year before reaching the prime age of forty, family relationships, love and memories.

Other books – fiction…

‘Behind Those Eyes: A Novella’ (An Amanda Green Novella) – Two homeless men, a successful brother and sister, a woman falling in love, a man with family problems and a whole lot of twists in this ‘sliding doors’ style novella. It’s a story about people and adversity, love, friendship and stigma. Will you work out what they have in common?

 

‘Living the Dream – A Novelette’ (An Amanda Green Novelette) – Essentially a psychologically twisted style story, this book contains some offensive language and is suitable for adults only. It touches on sexual and domestic abuse of women, mental health and features three women, in East London, linked through adversity with twists and turns along the way.
It is a work of fiction, however this type of thing could be happening near you – two very important subjects we should be aware of.’

 

‘What I Know and two more short stories’ (Amanda Green’s Short Stories) – ‘What I know’, ‘The Coach Trip’ and ‘The Best of Friends’ make up this trio of short stories about relationships. Read how each character chooses a different path…

The Woman Who Lives Next Door – A Short Story’ (Amanda Green’s Short Stories) -How well do you really know your next door neighbour? Mary is yet to find out…

All available on Amazon.

Amazon U.S. author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Green/e/B0087O89QS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1402312334&sr=8-1

 

Amazon U.K. author page

:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Green/e/B0087O89QS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Mental health

I have just finished Counselling skills level 2 at college and am waiting to hear if I will be accepted on the level 4 course. I would love to be able to help others facing issues and adversities, so fingers crossed!

I want to inspire others that it is possible to recover and have a life worth living. Because I grew up with my mother having severe Schizophrenia, who had been incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals for years, and felt the bullying and loneliness that stigma can spread, I campaign to ‘stop the stigma surrounding mental illness. I also felt the wrath of stigma when I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder. Many people do not understand mental illness, so judge people unfairly. So I created www.amandagreenauthor.co.uk where I publish articles on the topics covered in my story, including self help, depression, bankruptcy, Alcohol/drug abuse, family and relationships, sexual, physical and mental abuse, anxiety, anger, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), self harm, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia, mindfulness, panic, rape, Schizophrenia, psychosis, Suicidal thoughts, , paranoia, dissociation, mood disorder, thyroid issues and psychology.

I love photography, writing and looking after my many websites, and have had my work published in magazines. I enjoy the challenge of getting published and very much enjoy doing my own PR, which is why I chose to self publish to kindle in this first instance.

I will be working with mental health charities, magazines, newspapers, social networking and other PR projects, actively making people aware of this disorder through every means possible through the media. But also, I hope that my books will help other sufferers and their families and friends to understand BPD and mental health and how to help oneself to feel better. I want to raise awareness to the general public about mental illness and the stigma sufferers have to deal with.

I hope that Doctors and the medical industry involved with mental health will benefit from reading my stories, as they unfold what it is like to suffer from debilitating mental illness from the inside out and how it manifests itself.

But I have also written my memoirs in a style that I hope will be compelling and sometimes shocking reads for anyone interested in memoirs with a twist, so that I can reach more people.

I really hope to encourage more celebrities to come out about BPD or other mental illnesses.

I am going to continue writing through fact and fiction storytelling, on the genre of Mental Health and life adversities – facing and combating adversity as the main point.

 

Amanda Green

Amanda Green's 'My Alien Self'

Amanda Green’s ‘My Alien Self’

Author of ‘My alien self – my journey back to me’ and the sequel ’39’

Blog www.amandagreenauthor.co.uk

Here I leave you my review of My Alien Self:

My Alien Self by Amanda Green. Memoirs, mental disorder and finding your path to recovery

I am a psychiatrist and as such I do have a professional (as well as a personal) interest in personal/first-hand accounts of mental illness (or disorder) and not only professional or text-book descriptions. Of course over the years I have heard many patients/clients/service-users (choose whichever you prefer, I won’t enter the heated debates on which is the best term to use) talking about their experiences, but those have been mostly in response to specific questions, rather than their own preferred expressions or commentaries, and mostly at times of crisis.

I have also read a number of more literary versions of mental illness (sometimes recommended by people I was working with, including patients, like Silvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’, others I’ve discovered myself when reading some of my favourite writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Crack-Up’ or Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’). They are great works by fantastic writers and well-worth a read, even if the subject of mental health is not close to your heart.

What Ms. Green’s book provides is not only an account of a mental disorder sufferer (despite the diagnostic difficulties that as she observes plague the field), but a memoir of her life, her quest for finding her true self and the process of her re-discovery. And her life is far from boring. Travelling far and wide (across the UK, Spain, Japan, Australia, Borneo…), with interests as varied as the creation and management of websites, property development, Orangutan, the entertainment industry…dabbling in drugs and alcohol, complicated family relationships and a difficult love life, Ms. Green’s account is gripping stuff in its own right. And her writing expresses well the ups and downs and the subjective nature of the narration.

Having worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS (National Health Service in the UK, the same one the author seeks help from) I can see things from a professional perspective (and although the system tries hard to avoid the ‘us and them’ dichotomy it’s not easy). I fully understand why she might not have received more intense help before. Mental Health Services struggle to provide support and care for people who cannot cope even on a basic level and who present an immediate and major risk to self (people repeatedly attempting suicide, severe self-harm or severely neglecting themselves) or others (threatening to harm others or doing so) for lengthy periods of time. It is less than an ideal situation; the services are stretched to the limit and mostly dealing with crises, but that is a true reflection of affairs. There is hope that service-user led movements and the voluntary sector will help to fill in the gaps, but prioritising is difficult.

The nature and characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder with its difficulties in trusting people, impulsivity and inconsistent engagement (well reflected in ‘My Alien Self’) cause problems of its own not easily managed by the psychiatric services as they are currently set.

The author of ‘My Alien Self’ has managed to find herself, to create her own combination of therapies (learned over the years, including mindfulness, CBT, CAT, yoga, medication…) and more importantly she has had the courage to go through her life, collecting and reliving her experiences and having a hard look at her past, the most difficult part of any therapy.

‘My Alien Self’ is a book difficult to read for anybody with mental health issues and also for professionals, but precisely because of that it’s a book that needs to be read. I salute Ms. Green for her guts and congratulate her for her achievements. And I agree with her. It is a battle that has to be fought every day, but I’m sure she’ll win the war.

Buy ‘My Alien Self’ on Amazon www.viewBook.at/MyAlienSelf

 

Amanda Green's 39

Amanda Green’s 39

Buy ’39’ on Amazon www.viewBook.at/39

Twitter – @AmandaGreenUK

Facebook – AmandaGreenAuthor

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15840188-my-alien-self

Facebook book page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Green-My-Alien-Self-my-journey-back-to-me/268350159908283?fref=ts

Tips for self publishing memoirs:

http://amandagreenauthor.co.uk/tips-for-self-publishing-ebooks-and-writing-memoirs-from-my-experiences/

 

My top 10 writing tips:

http://amandagreenauthor.co.uk/my-top-ten-writing-tips-based-on-my-own-experience-and-learning-from-many-other-authors/

Thanks Amanda for sharing such valuable information with us and for the visit, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and of course, CLICK!

Hola a todos:

Una gran escritora y bloguera, Jo Robinson, me invitó a un blog hop (como una cadena) que se llama ‘Conoce a mis personajes’. Yo no suelo participar en estas cosas porque siento que pones a alguien en un compromiso y mucha gente no tiene demasiado tiempo para dedicarle al blog, pero por si acaso os parece una buena idea responder a las preguntas para hablar de vuestros personajes, las comparto y os cuento algo sobre el libro que estoy preparando.

Cupcake flower

Cupcake flower

1. ¿Cuál es el nombre de tu personaje? ¿Es él / ella de ficción o un personaje histórico?

Me he decidido a hablar de la novela en la que estoy trabajando ahora (la versión inglesa está acabada y la estoy corriegiendo, así que … ¡deseadme suerte!). El título de momento (que probablemente será definitivo) es ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ (Me encantan tus cupcakes). Hay dos personajes principales (bueno, tres, aunque dos aparecen un poco más que el tercero), Dulce y Adelfa. Se trata de dos amigas de la infancia y son ficticios. El tercero se llama Sebastián, aunque prefiere que le llamen Storm y es medio-hermano de Adelfa.

2. ¿Cuándo y dónde se desarrolla la historia?

La historia se sitúa en la actual EE.UU., aunque no en una ciudad específica sino en algún lugar de mi imaginación. Espero que exista algún sitio similar y me encantaría visitar e incluso vivir allí.

3. ¿Qué debemos saber sobre él / ella?

Dulce tiene unos treinta años. Su madre era española y se murió cuando Dulce era muy joven. Tenía muchos amigos y era una gran cocinera. Su padre, un ingeniero, se volvió a casar con la madre de su mejor amiga, Adelfa, que es el otro personaje principal en el libro. Adelfa estudió Química, como su madre, y da clases en la universidad.

4. ¿Cuál es el conflicto principal? ¿Qué le complica la vida?

Dulce ha probado a hacer muchas cosas en la vida, pero no ha logrado encontrar su verdadera vocación. Animada por Adelfa decide tratar de montar su propio negocio, y con Adelfa y su medio hermano de Adelfa, Storm, montan una pastelería muy especial. La historia transcurre en dos períodos de tiempo, uno que cubre la creación de la tienda, y el otro, unos años más tarde, cuando el equipo está participando en un concurso de cocina de la tele.

5. ¿Cuál es el objetivo personal del personaje?

Dulce quiere demostrar que se le puede dar bien algo y que tiene talento. Adelfa es muy buena en su trabajo, pero no consigue que sus relaciones amorosas le funcionen. Ella quiere llegar a tener tanto éxito en su vida personal como en su vida profesional.

6. ¿Tienes algún título para esta novela, y podemos leer más sobre ella?

‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ (Me encantan tus cupcakes). En un momento de la novela un personaje masculino, Rock,  le dice a Dulce “Me encantan tus ojos” y ella comenta que eso representa un cambio con respecto a   ‘Me encantan tus pasteles o tus cupcakes “que es lo que le dicen los hombres casi siempre. Suelo actualizar mi página web y todas mis conexiones con las redes, y definitivamente iré publicando  avances en mi blog.

http / / www.OlgaNM.com

7. ¿Cuándo podemos esperar que sea publicado el libro?

Estoy corrigiendo y editando la versión inglesa. Luego lo traduciré así que probablemente en otoño si no hay contratiempos. Creo que podrías ser un buen regalo de Navidad.

Gracias a todos por leer, ya sabéis que podéis darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir y hacer CLIC si os apetece, y a los escritores que estéis preparando nueva obra, si queréis llevaros las preguntas y seguir rodando con el blog, consideraros invitados.

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Sí, he puesto una foto de un parque de bomberos deliberadamente. Y sí, tiene relación con el libro. Y ahora, a esperar y a leérselo!

Por cierto, una de  mis seguidoras (amiga, escritora, y con un gran blog, Teagan Geneviene) me recordó mis tableros de Pinterest. Tengo dos relacionados con este libro, así que pensé que igual os interesaba visitarlos.

En uno tengo pins de cupcakes, pasteles, y cosas dulces en general:

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/food-ideas-for-pos-book/

En el otro, parques de bomberos y cosas relacionadas…(y no, no os digo por qué, aunque igual lo adivináis).

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/fire-stations-settings/

Yo sigo añadiendo pins cuando tengo la ocasión y si encontráis alguno, ya me diréis!

Hi all:

Author Jo Robinson

Author Jo Robinson

As you might or might not have noticed, I stopped participating in blogging awards or blog hops that involved nominating other people as I always preferred to make sure the person would have time to do it or it fitted in with their schedule (I tend to prepare and schedule my posts in advance and I know others do too), and found it very time consuming. When wonderful Jo Robinson author of The Ghost Writer Chronicles, a writer and blogger I admire and follow, who produces great content, finds true jewels (I always look forward to her funny posts early in the week) very generous sharing and reblogging other authors, tagged me onto the Meet My Main Characters blog hop unexpectedly, I found myself in a quandary. On the one hand, I’m aware there were at least a couple of other writer friends who had asked if I would take part (I think it was this blog hop although there is also the writing process one doing the rounds, so I’m not so sure), and I told them I didn’t take part in these things any longer. I also realised most of the authors I know have already taken part in it. I did ask one person who said no. On the other hand I thought I should at least thank Jo…And it might be as good a chance as any other to tell you a bit about the book I’m working on (I’ve completed the draft and I’m editing it. As I’ll also publish it in Spanish there’s some time to go yet). And although I won’t nominate anybody, if somebody who hasn’t taken part yet and reads this post wants to do it, please be my guests!

Lesser Being, Emmeline (draft cover) by Jo Robinson

Lesser Being, Emmeline (draft cover) by Jo Robinson

And without further ado, here are the questions.

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

I’ve decided to talk about the novel in progress I’m working on now. My working title (that it’s likely to be the final one) is ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’. There are two main characters (well, three, although two appear a bit more than the third one), Dulce and Adelfa. They are two childhood friends and they’re fictional. The third one, Sebastian, who prefers to be called Storm, is half-brother of Adelfa. But that’s a whole story in its own right and you’ll have to read the book to know about it.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set in modern day US, although the place is somewhere in my imagination. I hope a similar place exists and I’d love to visit and even live there.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Dulce is in her early thirties. Her mother was Spanish and she lost her when she was quite young. She had many friends and was a great cook. Her father, an engineer, married the mother of her best friend, Adelfa, who is the other main character in the book. Adelfa studied Chemistry, like her mother, and she teaches at university. Storm is an artist.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Dulce has tried many things in life but hasn’t managed to find her true calling. Encouraged by Adelfa she decides to try and go into business, and with Adelfa and Adelfa’s half-brother, Storm they set up a pretty special cake shop. The story takes place in two periods of time, one covering the setting up of the shop, and one, a few years later, when the team have been entered into a TV baking competition.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Dulce wants to prove that she can be good at something and has a talent. Adelfa is very good at her job but doesn’t seem to manage to make any of her relationships last. She wants to become as successful in her personal life as she is in her professional life.

Cupcake flower

Cupcake flower

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

I Love Your Cupcakes. At some point in the novel a character tells Dulce ‘I love your eyes’ and she observes that it makes a change from ‘I love your cakes or your cupcakes’ that is what she hears most of the time. I tend to update my website and my social media sites with news, and I’ll definitely be posting in my blog with updates.

http//www.OlgaNM.com

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m in the process of correcting and editing it. I always publish my books both in Spanish and English so there’s the process of translation yet to come but I hope sometime in the Autumn…I think it would make a nice Christmas present.

As I mentioned I’m not going to be tagging anybody, but if anyone wants to tell us something about their characters, please, I’d love to hear, and don’t worry about tagging me back!

Thanks for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it please, share, comment, like and of course, take part if you want! And CLICK!

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

And yes, there is a reason why I post a picture of a fire-station. And it has to do with the book…Now, you’ll have to wait and read it!

By the way, Teagan Geneviene (thanks Teagan!) just reminded me of my Pinterest boards. I have two that are related to the book. One has cupcakes, sweets and treats, and I can’t help adding more to it, so you might want to check it (but not if you’re hungry!):

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/food-ideas-for-pos-book/

And the other one has fire-stations and related things (no, I’m not telling you why…but you might work it out):

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/fire-stations-settings/

If you find relevant pins, let me know! I keep adding on to my collection! Thanks!

 

Thanks Sally Cronin for featuring me in her blog. She’s an awesome interviewer! Be sure to visit her blog!

Es viernes y como sabéis últimamente os he traído novedades literarias. Hoy vuelve una escritora que nos ha visitado varias veces, con su obra más reciente. Adelfa Martín. Tengo que confesar que me enamoré de la portada y cuando leí el argumento de la novela le dije a Adelfa que tenía que volver de visita para poderla presentar a todos vosotros, y aquí está. La perla negra

La perla negra de Adelfa Martín

La perla negra de Adelfa Martín

Una joven mestiza, criada en el lujo y la opulencia, con una exquisita educación y una belleza poco común, es secuestrada por un capitán negrero, para llevarla a un país de la América española y ser vendida como esclava.

Esta terrible odisea la hará madurar prontamente, aprendiendo a usar su inteligencia, corazón y fuerza de carácter, para el logro de sus fines, antes que anteponer el poder de la belleza que tanto se le pondera.

La Perla Negra, hija de una Signare y un europeo de la isla de Gorea, construirá a su alrededor, sin proponérselo, una leyenda que la sobrevivirá.

Más de cien años después, en 1980, una descendiente que se le parece increíblemente, retoma la vida de esta mujer al recibir una herencia, creando, ella también, su propia historia.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KR118VC/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00KR118VC/

http://www.amazon.mx/dp/B00KR118VC/

Y una opinión de 5 estrellas que os dejo:

5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Una gran novela, la recomiendo 14 de junio de 2014

Por Ernestina E. TOP 500 COMENTARISTAS

He leido varias cosas de esta autora, y aunque en el trasfondo de esta novela permanece su preocupación por dignificar el papel de la mujer, si es un tema completamente nuevo que nunca habia tratado. Encontramos amor, pasión, solidaridad y respeto, pero al mismo tiempo, la brutalidad que ha ejercido el hombre sobre el hombre en su afán de dominio.

Gracias a Adelfa por traernos su nueva novela, a vosotros por leer, y si os ha gustado ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad,  compartid y haced CLICK!

Today is Friday and I bring  you a new novel by an author who, although is a member of one of the groups I belong to and we have known each other for a while has not frequented my blog. When I read that she was publishing a new book I thought this was my chance to bring her here, especially as her new novel is called ‘The Good Life‘ and we can all do with some of that, right?

Genevieve Dewey has kindly offered us some information about herself, the cover of her book, a great teaser/sample and an audio sample of the author reading (that I love. It’s great fun!). I hope you enjoy them all!

Genevieve Dewey Pic

Genevieve Dewey Pic

 

Genevieve lives in Nebraska with her husband and three children. She has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and a passion for reading, writing, and research. Her favorite subjects are organized crime, anthropology, and Chicago where her family is from (she still hasn’t quite forgiven them for leaving). Her books include:

 

The Downey Trilogy

First, I Love You

Second of All

Third Time’s The Charm

 

Dom & Kate

The Bird Day Battalion

The V-Day Aversion

The Good Life

 

Please feel free to connect with Gen online:

www.GenevieveDewey.com

(Get missing scenes and supplemental flash fiction!)

Twitter: @GenevieveDewey

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The Good Live by Genevieve Dewey Heaston

The Good Live by Genevieve Dewey Heaston

The Good Life

Detective Kyle Anderson is a man of simple tastes and reasonably low expectations. Give him a juicy steak and no homicides, and he’d call it good. When his sister Katelyn got engaged to his best friend Dominic, he’d figured the worst of the unnecessary drama in his life was over. But that was before Dom’s free-spirited, twig-eating, exasperating sister Demetria came back to Nebraska and completely hijacked the planning of the wedding, starting with inviting Dom’s ex-wife Isabel. Now Kate’s so determined to prove Isabel is up to no good that she insists Kyle date her to keep her away from Dom. Soon Kyle is so knee deep in Anderson-Valentini dramatics, he’s thinking of changing his name and moving to Tibet. If he could just get Demi the impossibly sexy granola-flake off his mind long enough to do it…

Author’s Note: Contains both Dom and Kate short romances The Bird Day Battalion and The V-Day Aversion as well as the full length novel The Good Life.

 

For further information Genevieve has also offered us the description of the other two romances, here:

 

The Bird Day Battalion

Meet Katelyn Anderson, a play by the rules, temporarily out of work archaeologist desperate to pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Enter Dominic Valentini, her oldest friend and former neighbor, a take chances, take control, think outside the box kind of man. Kate needs his help. Dom just needs her.

 

The V-Day Aversion

It’s two days from Valentine’s Day, and Dominic is a man with a plan. Katelyn is a woman with her own plan: avoid whatever Dominic’s got planned. When Katelyn’s sister Kandace asks Kate to help catch her estranged husband cheating, Kate jumps at the opportunity because she hates Valentine’s Day. Poor Dom just wants Kate to stand still long enough to give her a Valentine’s Day to remember. Can he offer her something to change her mind?

 

 

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The Good Life excerpt:

“I can’t stay with you!”

“Why not? It’s not like we didn’t start the evening in bed together. All joking aside, I’m not in the habit of molesting my girlfriends while they sleep.”

“Kyle! That’s not—Err…” Demi growled, flailing her hands as she paced. “How—I mean why—I just…” she stopped and drew in a large breath. “How did you go from thinking I’m an idiot to deciding to hound me for a relationship?”

“Correction, I have never thought you’re an idiot. I think you are the farthest thing from an idiot. You are an intelligent, successful woman with an incomprehensible hatred of bacon who occasionally pretends to be a flake. Hence the nickname granola-flake. Which is way worse than actually being an idiot.”

She huffed.

“That’s my point though. Underneath all this,” she waved her hands again. “…is still that undercurrent of disapproval from you.”

“So change my mind. You’ve already proved me wrong on one major thing. I’m more open minded than you give me credit for. You seem determined to still see me as a narrow-minded bigot. This is a two-way street, woman,” Kyle growled.

“What was that one thing?” she asked, blinking in consternation.

“Let’s put it this way… I can tell when a woman hasn’t had a lot of sexual experience. Either that or you have shitty ass taste in men who are selfish in bed. But you deliberately cultivate this flower child, free love, come-and-get-it, sex goddess persona.”

Her mouth worked for several seconds. “I have too had a lot of sex!” She cringed and looked side to side, then spoke in a lower tone, “I mean, not a lot…but plenty.” Of course, most of it had been in the same calendar year, but he didn’t need to know that.

“So shitty taste, then,” he shrugged. “Alright, fine. Mystery solved.”

“Uh,” she huffed. “What’s that say about you?”

“Nothing, since I picked you.”

“No, you didn’t.”

“Yes, I did. I am currently the only person in this relationship who’s done any conscious picking.”

“We are not in a relationship!”

“Says who?”

“You are a maddening man…” she replied, utterly flabbergasted. “It takes two people to be in a relationship. You can’t just wake up one morning and decide you’re going to be with someone.”

“Sure you can. Technically speaking, it was you who made the first move.”

“No, I didn’t!”

“I guess that’s just how us Andersons roll. When we decide to do something, or change our minds about something and go in a different direction we just…” Kyle skipped his hands together, making a clapping sound, “…do it. Some, like Kate, take forever to get to that decision, but there’s no hesitancy on the course of action once the decision’s been made.”

Demi narrowed her eyes, mouth slightly parted. “You wouldn’t be saying that if you’d participated in any of the wedding planning with her.”

“That has never been about doubting her decision to marry Dominic and everything about Kate’s bad habit of trying to please everyone even knowing it is simply not possible to please everyone at the same time,” he said, then stood up and grabbed her again, scooping her off her feet.

She gasped and reflexively grabbed his shoulders. He sat back down on the chair and tucked her head with his again.

She sighed with a sudden realization, “You’re just trying to distract me, aren’t you?”

He smiled at her, “Maybe.  A little bit.”

She reached up and gently traced his swollen lip again then laid her head back against his shoulder.

“That’s what boyfriends do,” he continued.

She laughed and smacked his chest, “Are not.”

“She says while sitting on my lap… hours after having exchanged bodily fluids—”

“Stop!” she laughed and smacked him again.

He chuckled and squeezed her.

“Thank you,” she whispered after a moment.

He answered with another kiss to her head. She was willing to admit the ‘solid, dependable type’ did have its benefits.

She sighed and squeezed him back. “You’re a good man, Kyle Anderson.”

“Eh, I’m alright,” Kyle kissed her again. “I just wanted to let you know… I mean, I try to ease my girlfriends into this, but… my family’s sort of insane. Just so you know.”

She laughed so hard she started crying, and that seemed so silly that it made her laugh some more. He rocked her a bit and it wasn’t long before she dozed off again, held tight in his arms.

–The Good Life © 2014 by Genevieve Dewey, All Rights Reserved.

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As you will remember I have shared with you on several occasions stories of my family (two of my mother’s uncles, Josep and Conrado Miret) and their involvement with the Republican cause in Spain, their exile in France, and their deaths. Recently reading the post of another writer where she followed and shared an initiative to collect family memories of relatives who had fought in the two World Wars (here is the link to Sarah Vernon’s post in First Night Design:  http://firstnightdesign.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/first-night-design-my-letter-to-an-unknown-soldier/) I reflected that my country had not been directly involved in either, but of course, that doesn’t mean many did not play a part.

My cousin Joan Molet is involved not only researching the family history but also trying to preserve the memory of the many men and women who although also fought (for their countries and for others also under attack) due to their lack of direct affiliation, in some cases seem to have been lost to history. Luckily through the effort of organisations and individuals those memories are being treasured and official recognition is finally coming.

Joan attended a meeting at Prayols on the 7th of June as part of the 7oth anniversary of the D-Day and here I leave  you his speech:

Meeting a Prayols June

Meeting a Prayols June

In the month of February 1939, and with the end of the war in Spain, approximately 500,000 people crossed the border with France in what would be for some a long exile, final for others. Many of the of exiles ended up in concentration camps such as Argelès Saint Cyprien, Bram, Septfonds, Le Vernet, Gurs, Rivesaltes …

The situation of the ‘interns’ was complicated; some eventually returned to Spain, some, the majority, managed to get out of the camps, and were mobilized under military command in Companies of Foreign Workers (Compagnies de Travailleurs Étrangers), which were used for hard work with almost no pay. A significant proportion became involved in the fight against the German Army after they invaded the French territory, and also against the Vichy regime.

After three years of hard struggle against fascism in Spain the Spaniards were very experienced, this allowed them to organize themselves very quickly and some became leaders of resistance groups, such as my uncle Conrado Miret Musté, first head of the groups of the MOI that fought in Paris from August 1941.

The role of those members of the resistance in the areas of France where they acted was crucial; often making the German army lose some fights, making them withdraw from their positions or with their acts of sabotage making the operations of the invading army much more difficult.

In Spain I am a member of the board of Amical Mauthausen and other camps, an organization that has recently become part of the Centre for the Interpretation and Research of the Memory of Republican Spain of Borredon. Since 1962 Amical Mauthausen has been working to ensure that the memory of the Spanish Republicans — many of whom, after their heroic struggle in France were arrested and eventually imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps as was my other uncle Josep Miret Musté, who died in Florisdorff, command Mauthausen, by gunfire from SS Han Buhner, after being wounded in a bombing — is not forgotten.

In conclusion, as a member also of the Amicale des Anciens Gerrilleros Espagnols in France, I want to acknowledge the work of dissemination and maintenance of the memories of combatants by the various entities that are present in this act.

VIVA LA REPUBLICA!

VIVA FRANCE!

Conrado y placa

You will also remember that after years of having no official word of Conrado Miret’s whereabouts, it was confirmed that he had died in La Santé prison under torture and the city of Paris had dedicated him a plaque on the wall of the prison. The official commemoration of the plaque was the 13th of June. Joan attended with Madeleine Midon, daughter of Josep Miret. Here I leave you his words and also some pictures.

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

As a representative  of the family of Conrad Miret Musté, first chief of the MOI FTP in Paris in 1941, I want to thank the City of Paris for placing this plaque to forever immortalize their struggle and that of all the Spanish Republican exiles in the fight to liberate France from Nazi invaders.

Joan Molet thanking the city of Paris

Joan Molet thanking the city of Paris

I asked my cousin to provide me a link where people who are interested in delving further in the subject might find more information. He recommended me the page of Charles Farreny, son of an exile, and although in French, I leave it here for you.

http://espana36.voila.net/index.htm

Thanks very much for reading, to Joan for sharing and if you’ve found it interesting, you know what to do, share, like, comment and CLICK. And never forget!

Hola a todos:

Como recordaréis os he hablado en varias ocasiones de dos tíos de mi madre, Josep y Conrado Miret Musté, de su participación en la República Española (y en el gobierno de Cataluña), de su exilio a Francia, su lucha con la resistencia, y su muerte (Josep en un campo de concentración y Conrado en una prisión, la Santé, en París).

Con las conmemoraciones del día D se ha hablado mucho de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, de veteranos, luchas…Pero no todo el mundo llevó uniforme. Mi primo Joan Molet se ha dedicado a investigar la historia familiar y su interés le ha llevado a formar parte de varias asociaciones que se encargan de mantener viva la memoria de esos luchadores que habían permanecido en el anonimato. Con motivo de las celebraciones del Día D, Joan acudió a un acto en Prayols, Francia, y os dejo sus palabras:

Meeting a Prayols June

Meeting a Prayols June

Durante el mes de Febrero de 1939, ya acabando la guerra en España, cerca de 500.000 personas  cruzaron la frontera de Francia camino de lo que sería para algunos un largo exilio, definitivo para otros. Una gran parte de los exiliados irá a parar a campos de concentración como Argelès Saint  Cyprien, Bram, Septfonds, Le Vernet, Gurs,  Rivesaltes…

El papel de dichos resistentes en las zonas en que actuaron en Francia fue de vital importancia, logrando en muchos casos que el ejercito alemán fuera derrotado,  tuviera que retirarse de sus posiciones o bien efectuaron actos de sabotaje que dificultaba la operatividad de dicho ejército.   En España soy  vocal de la junta de Amical de Mauthausen  y  otros campos,  entidad que recientemente ha pasado a formar parte del Centro de Interpretación e investigación de la Memoria de la España Republicana en Borredon.

Desde 1962  Amical de Mauthausen viene trabajando para que no se olvide la memoria de los republicanos españoles, muchos de los que,  tras su heroica lucha en Francia fueron detenidos y acabaron prisioneros en campos de concentración nazis como mi otro tío abuelo Josep Miret Musté,  fallecido en Florisdorff, comando de Mauthausen,  por los disparos del SS Han Buhner, tras caer herido en  un bombardeo.

Para finalizar, como miembro que también soy de Amicale des  Anciens Guerrilleros  Espagnols en France,  quiero agradecer el trabajo de difusión y mantenimiento del recuerdo de los combatientes que realizan las distintas  entidades que están presentes en este acto .

VIVA LA REPUBLICA!   VIVA FRANCIA!

Os había comentado hace unos meses que finalmente habíamos obtenido confirmación de que Conrado Miret Musté había fallecido en la prisión de la Santé (torturado) y el gobierno Francés había reconocido que había muerto por Francia, y habían colocado una placa en el muro de lo que había sido la prisión, no solo en su memoria sino en la de tantos que por allí pasaron. Conrado y placa El día 13 de Junio tuvo lugar la conmemoración oficial de la placa, y Joan, acompañado de Madeleine Madon (hija de Josep Miret) asistió y dio las gracias. Aquí os dejos unas fotos y lo que dijo.

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Como representante de la familia de Conrado Miret Musté, primer jefe de las MOI en Paris en 1941 quiero dar las gracias al Ayuntamiento de Paris por la colocación de esta placa que para siempre inmortalizará su lucha y la de todos los republicanos españoles en el combate por liberar a Francia del invasor nazi.

Le pedí a mi primo que me dejara algún enlace con más información para la gente a la que le interesa ahondar un poco más en el tema. Me recomendó la página de Charles Farreny, hijo de un exiliado, aunque está en francés. Aquí os la dejo:

http://espana36.voila.net/index.htm

Gracias a todos por leer, a Joan por compartir, y si os ha parecido interesante, no os olvidéis de darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir y hacer CLIC. Y no olvidéis jamás.

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