Archives for the month of: August, 2014

Hola a todos:

Como recordaréis he estado compartiendo una entrevista que le hice a Scary Guy y hoy llegamos a la tercera y última parte. Hablamos de sus experiencias personales, de su mensaje central, y de su concepto de la familia, que me encanta.

Scary os da la bienvenida a la última parte de la entrevista

Scary os da la bienvenida a la última parte de la entrevista

Le pregunté a Scary cuál era su mensaje central. Me dijo que quiere enseñarle a la gente cómo crear la paz mundial durante y a través de sus vidas. Está convencido de que puede ocurrir, el problema es cómo convencer a todos los individuos en todo el mundo en ese preciso momento. Una de las razones por las que tal enseñanza es un reto es porque las personas son reaccionarias, reaccionan a lo que pasa.

Describió que el proceso de intentar compartir su mensaje era como intentar nadar contra corriente en una catarata (como las del Niágara). Se describió a sí mismo como un “pequeño granito de arena, chillando a plena voz.” Con sus tatuajes él está gritando para decirle a la gente que se puede hacer y que es muy simple. Alguna gente lo entiende y “entonces es como si tuvieran la llave. Con mis enseñanzas se dan cuenta de que es posible. Pueden crear su propia paz mundial. Ese es el poder de sus vidas.” “La creación no es estática, no es inanimada. Tienes que seguir dedicándote a ello; tienes que seguir moviéndote, respirando, cambiando la creación. La paz mundial es un proceso, no es cuestión de madera, o de una pistola, o de guerra. Es el proceso de cómo aprender a crear la paz mundial. La gente siempre dice que conseguiríamos la paz mundial “Si solo pudiéramos dejar de luchar…o si pudiéramos conseguir que esto o aquello sucediera, si pudiéramos acabar con el racismo o con el prejuicio sexual y ponerles etiquetas, echarles la culpa…” Para Scary esa no es la raíz del problema, eso es simplemente una manifestación, un síntoma, una cicatriz del problema que está más profundo. Ni el racismo, ni el sexismo, ni el odio religioso son el problema e incluso si esos problemas se solucionasen eso no resultaría en la paz mundial.

Me dijo que a menudo conoce a gente que enseguida le dicen: Soy gay, o pertenezco a éste o a éste otro grupo religioso. Y se pregunta por qué creen que eso es tan importante. A él le parece que lo que quieren es que les acepten, lo mismo que a los demás, pero él les dice: “Me dices eso porque tú quieres que te acepten. Yo te amo porque tú eres tú.” No es cuestión de amar a alguien por una razón específica, sino a la persona en su totalidad.

Tanto la película como el libro hacen énfasis sobre la idea de Scary de que es posible crear la propia familia. Me dijo que todas sus enseñanzas vienen de experiencias personales y me comentó que su padre biológico era un hombre asustado y enfadado que vivió en la época de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y que era hijo de su época. Creía que a los niños se les debía ver pero no oír.

Scary necesitaba la aprobación de su padre y quería que su padre le dijese que le quería como a un hijo pero su padre no tenía la formación para hacer tal cosa. El padre de su padre había abandonado a la familia cuando el padre de Scary tenía trece años (en los 1930 o 40) y él jamás habló de eso. Le habían enseñado que los hombres tenían que callarse y ser duros, no mostrar sus emociones. Su padre nunca interactuó con sus hijos.

Cuando se divorció, Scary tenía 18 años, su padre dejó su casa y la familia y creó una nueva familia en Florida. Se casó con una mujer que tenía seis hijos, ya crecidos e hizo de padre de los hijos de su mujer pero nunca volvió a contactar con sus tres hijos biológicos. El hermano más joven de Scary encontró la dirección de su padre y le envió un regalo de Navidad pero se lo devolvieron sin abrir.

El padre de Scary nunca aprobó nada de lo que él hacía y siempre sintió como si tuviera que andar de puntillas, intentando evitar que su padre se enfadara y a la vez sintiéndose avergonzado y culpable. Scary me dijo que todo el mundo tiene ese tipo de experiencias en cierto grado y que él las llama “vida” aunque los terapista lo suelen llamar “equipaje emocional”. Un día se miró al espejo y se dio cuenta de que no era su problema, era el de su padre. Decidió que quería buscarse un padre que le pudiera dar el reconocimiento y los consejos que su padre no le había dado nunca y escogió a Honest John (el Honesto John). La historia completa está en el libro de Scary. Honest John era un hombre mayor y recio al que Scary vio como un gran modelo a seguir. Le mostró que era posible ser duro, ser un hombre y ser afectuoso a la vez.

Scary me dijo que todo el mundo tiene la habilidad de escoger cualquier familiar, puede ser un padre o una madre, alguien con quien sientan una conexión emocional. Me dijo que este era un mensaje muy importante que le daba a los niños, especialmente niños con pasados difíciles, con padres que tendrían lo que él describe como “mala formación”. Puede que tuvieran adicción a drogas, o que fueran abusivos, o tuvieran otras dificultades. Les dice que no tienen nada que perder si escogen a alguien y una vez lo intenten verán si esa persona puede hacerlo o no, pero nunca estarán en una situación peor que antes.

Les dice “No vivas tu victimismo.” Me dijo que recibe muchas cartas sobre ello, miles de cartas, y hay al menos 20 personas o más en Alemania que le ven como a su padre, mujeres y hombres. Comentamos como la gente suele decir: “Escoges a tus amigos pero no puedes escoger a tu familia” pero Scary no cree que eso sea así. ¿Por qué no puedes crear tu propia familia? ¿Quién escribió tales reglas? Las reglas pueden volverse a escribir. “TÚ TE CREAS A TÍ MISMO”. Me dijo que él cree que tú creas tu propio ser emocional y debes ser responsable de tu propia vida.

La iglea de St Mary's en Hay después de su renovación

La iglea de St Mary’s en Hay después de su renovación

Scary me dijo que había discutido esa idea con líderes religiosos que se oponen a ese concepto. Ellos dicen que Dios (cualquiera que sea su Dios) es el único que puede crear a la gente, pero él cree que los seres humanos son como Dios y tienen libre albedrío para crearse a sí mismos.

Scary me dijo que también hay gente, muchos personas religiosas que aplauden sus enseñanzas, y creen que la suya es labor de Dios. Le han llamado “El profeta de la paz” y otros nombres similares y hay una persona que insiste que es “la Segunda Venida de Jesús de Nazaret”. Me dijo que como con todos los comentarios que recibe, no los juzga por lo que escojan creer, le da las gracias a la persona en cuestión y los deja vivir con sus creencias, ya que no hacen daño a nadie y les ayuda a darle significado a sus vidas.

Aunque probablemente podríamos haber seguido hablando durante horas, era Jueves, día de mercado y yo tenía que irme al trabajo y necesitaba tiempo para digerir toda la información. Gracias a Scary y a Cathryn por su amabilidad y por visitar mi blog.

Os dejo enlaces a las otras dos partes de la entrevista:

https://olganm.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/mi-reunion-con-the-scary-guy-el-tio-que-asusta-hay-on-wye-3rd-july-2014-parte-1/

http://wp.me/p2OC9i-1iV

Scary's books in Hay-on-Wye, Addyman Books.

Scary’s books in Hay-on-Wye, Addyman Books.

Y aquí enlaces para que le podáis conocer más y seguir sus próximos proyectos. Si tenéis suerte igual va de gira cerca de donde estéis dentro de poco:

La página de Scary:

www.thescaryguy.com

Sigue a  Scary en su Facebook Fan Page

(https://www.facebook.com/thescaryguyfanpage)

La biografía de Scary : 7 Days & 7 Nights

(http://thescaryguy.com/product/7-days-and-7-nights/

Gracias a todos por leer, a Scary y Cathryn por su amabilidad, ayuda y entrevista, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y por suspuesto, haced CLIC!

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Hi all:

I hope you’ve been following my series sharing my meeting and interview with The Scary Guy. Today we get to the last part, where Scary talks about what he feels is his main message, about his personal experiences, his concept of family and how he’s come to be who he was meant to be.

Scary welcomes us to the last part of the interview

Scary welcomes us to the last part of the interview

I asked Scary about his core message: He told me he wants to show enough people how to make world peace in their life time. He is convinced that it can happen; the problem is how to show it to all individuals in the world in that particular moment. Part of the reason he believes this is a challenge is because people are essentially reactionary; they react to whatever is happening around them instantly.

He described that sharing his belief, message and teaching is like trying to swim up a waterfall (like the Niagara). He described himself as a “little speck of sand, screaming loudly”. With his tattoos he is screaming to tell people that it can be done and that it is very simple. Some people get it and “when they get it is as if they got a key. “With my teaching, they see that they can work on their own world peace. That is where their power lives” “Creation is not static, not inanimate. You have to keep working at it; you have to keep moving, breathing, changing creation. World peace is a process, not a matter of wood, or a gun, or a war. It’s the process of how to learn to create world peace.  People will say that we would achieve world peace “if we only stop fighting…or if we only make this or that happen, and we end up labelling it as racism or gay prejudice as the problem …” For Scary that is not the root problem, that is a manifestation, it is a symptom, a scar of an underlying problem. Neither racism, nor sexism, nor religious hatred are the problems and even if one of those problems were solved that would not result in world peace.

He noted that he would meet people who would be at pains to tell him straight away, I’m gay, or I belong to this or that religious group. And he wonders why they think that is so important. He knows they want to be accepted, the same as everybody, but he will tell them: “You tell me because you want to be accepted. I love you because you’re you.” It is not a matter of loving somebody for some specific reason, but rather as a whole person.

Both the film and the book also discuss Scary’s concept of creating your own family. He told me that like all of his teachings they come from personal experiences. He told me that his biological father was an afraid and angry man who lived through the period of World War II and was a child of that time. Scary’s father believed that children should be heard and not seen.

Scary needed acceptance from his father and wanted his father to tell him that he loved him as a son but his father did not have the training to do that. Scary’s father’s father had left the family when Scary’s father was 13 (in the 1930s or 40s). He never spoke about this. He had been taught that men had to shut up and be tough. Following this pattern, Scary’s father did not interact with his children. When he divorced, when Scary was 18, he left the house and the family and created a new family in Florida. He married a woman with six children, already grown-up and he was a father to his wife’s children but never again had any interaction with his three biological sons. Scary’s youngest brother tracked their father down and sent him a Christmas present but he returned it.

Scary sees looking back that his father never approved of anything he did and he felt as if he was always walking on eggshells, trying to prevent his father from getting angry, whilst at the same time feeling shameful and guilty. Scary told me he calls these kinds of experiences that everybody has to a certain extent “life” although a therapist might call it “baggage”. One day he looked at himself in the mirror and he realised it was not his problem, it was his father’s. He decided he wanted to find a father that would give him the recognition and guidance his own father had never given him and he chose a guy Honest John. The full story of this is in Scary’s book. Honest John was a tough old guy that Scary saw as a great role model for him. He showed him it was possible to be tough, still be a man and still be loving at the same time.

Scary told me everybody has the ability to choose any family figure, it could be a father or a mother, somebody one feels an emotional connection to. He told me this was a very important message he gives kids through his training, especially kids from difficult backgrounds, where their parents would have had what he described as “bad training”. They might have been addicted to drugs, or be abusive, or have other difficulties. He tells them they have nothing to lose by choosing somebody new and once they try they’ll see if the can do it or not, but they will never be in a worse position than they already are.

He says, “Don’t live in your victimhood.” He told me that he gets many letters on that subject; thousands of letters, and he has at least 20 people or more in Germany who see him as their father, both women and men. We noted that people usually say: “You choose your friends but you cannot choose your family” but Scary feels that is not necessarily so. Why not create your own family? Who wrote the rules? The rules can be re-written. “YOU CREATE YOU.” He believes that you create your own emotional being and you must be responsible for your own life.

St Mary's Church in Hay after the renovation

St Mary’s Church in Hay after the renovation

Scary told me that he has discussed this concept with religious leaders who oppose his thinking because they say God (whoever their God might be) is the only one who can create people. Scary believes human-beings are God-like and they have free-will to create themselves.

Scary told me that equally, many religious people also applaud what he is teaching, and believe he is God’s work. He has been called a “Prophet of Peace” among many other such names and one person insists he is the “Second Coming of Jesus of Nazareth”. He told me that like all comments he gets, he does not pass judgement on what they choose to believe, he thanks the person and lets them live with their beliefs as it is not harmful to anybody and helps them to live their lives with a sense of purpose.

Although we could probably had carried on talking for hours, it was a Thursday, market day and I had to go to work and needed time to digest all the information. So we left it there for the time being.

I leave you links to the previous posts:

http://wp.me/p2OC9i-1iN

http://wp.me/p2OC9i-1iZ

Scary's books in Hay-on-Wye, Addyman Books.

Scary’s books in Hay-on-Wye, Addyman Books.

And here the links to get to know more about Scary and follow his work. You might be lucky and he might be coming to a place near you soon!

Scary’s Website:

www.thescaryguy.com

Join Scary on his Facebook Fan Page

(https://www.facebook.com/thescaryguyfanpage)

Scary’s Biography: 7 Days & 7 Nights

(http://thescaryguy.com/product/7-days-and-7-nights/)

Thanks Scary and Cathryn for your kindness and for visiting my blog, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know you can like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

Hola todos:

Otros viernes y más novedades literarias. Lidia Herbada es una autora española que ya había visitado mi blog, pero en pocos meses ha publicado un par de novelas que están gustando mucho, y como la segunda está en oferta especial este verano me pareció una excusa muy buena para traerlas.

Aquí están:

Dame un mes soltera

Dame un mes soltera

Dame un mes soltera

¿Qué harías si tuvieras un mes soltera? Julia Lester cabalga y se siente libre a lomos de su caballo Brinco. Una vida rutinaria en brazos de Paul, su marido, le hace vivir en una jaula. Pero un día aparecerá en su vida, su amiga Charlotte, y la llevará hasta Nueva York para cumplir sus sueños en la agencia Dame un mes soltera. Historias entrecruzadas, locuras servidas, y un amor por descubrir.

Finalista en el Festival Eñe. Dame un mes soltera es una comedia romántica que habla de segundas oportunidades en el amor.
http://www.amazon.com/Dame-un-mes-soltera-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00H8BHZX4/

http://www.amazon.es/Dame-un-mes-soltera-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00H8BHZX4/

Dame otro mes soltera

Dame otro mes soltera

Dame otro mes soltera

OFERTA DE VERANO: 1 EURO
De la autora de 39 cafés y un desayuno de la Editorial Espasa

¿Qué sucede cuando el destino te prepara una vida que no esperabas?

Cora Marple, una chica rica y consentida, que vive rodeada de lujo y placer, recibe el testamento de su abuela en la agencia Dame un mes soltera. Los cimientos de su vida fácil se tambalean. Atada a una relación peligrosa, tendrá que aprender a sobrevivir mordiendo el polvo.

Mike Collen un atractivo buscavidas, acude a la misma agencia en busca de un sueño que le atormenta desde niño. Juega con las mujeres sin importarle el corazón de ninguna de ellas, pero esconde un secreto que le convierte en un hombre vulnerable.

¿Y cuándo crees que controlas todo? ¿Caerá Cora en las redes de este seductor? ¿Por qué el amor siempre nos atormenta? ¿Podrán renunciar a sus sueños por el amor verdadero?

http://www.amazon.com/Dame-otro-mes-soltera-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00LHVXPOY/

http://www.amazon.es/Dame-otro-mes-soltera-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00LHVXPOY/

Enlace a la página de autora para que podáis explorar sus otras obras:

http://www.amazon.com/Lidia-Herbada/e/B00C7POEO4/

Gracias a Lidia por la visita, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC! Y aprovechad la oferta!

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and/or literary novelties. I’ve known Jo Robinson for a while, but recently we’ve been interacting more through her fantastic blog, where she shares everything, from her adventures in health, post offices and moving across countries, to humorous videos, and also the posts of many others. Jo is generous in the extreme and she has helped me meet many other bloggers that might otherwise have passed me by. And she’s a great writer, so I thought she more than deserved a visit to my blog.

Here she is!

Author Jo Robinson

Author Jo Robinson

I was born in the windy city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but consider myself a citizen of the world. I live with my husband Angus, a dog with an odd sense of humour, four birds, and some chickens.

My stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. I also write science fiction / fantasy books. Shadow People is the first in the Lapillus series.

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-C-Robinson/405248799532723

Blog: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW/

 

The Visitation. Short Story

The Visitation. Short Story

The Visitation (Short Story)

Tony had often thought that all of humanity was a blight on the face of this planet. And now he knew that he had been right all along.

http://www.amazon.com/Visitation-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B009DX4JDY/

Fly Birdie. A short story.

Fly Birdie. A short story.

Fly Birdie (Short Story)

Hannah’s life has given her no reason to be anything but bitter and afraid. She tries to hold on to her sanity as her life spirals further into superstition and dread, until a small averted tragedy leads to the melting of her heart, and teaches her how to love.

A Short Story.

http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Birdie-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B009GDHVUE/

Plight of the Rhino

Plight of the Rhino

Jo participated in this anthology for a great cause.

Plight of the Rhino: A Wildlife Anthology by Springbok Publications

Plight of the Rhino is the first wildlife anthology by Springbok Publications.

The stories and poems, written by international writers, depict wildlife in all its glory. The book will take you on a journey across continents and introduce you to some iconic as well as lesser known wildlife species. These heartfelt stories recognise the joys of the animal kingdom and the heartache of poaching and extinction, facing our wildlife today.

We will donate a minimum of £1 from the sale of each book to Save the Rhino International. To find out more about its rhino conservation work please visit http://www.savetherhino.org

Stories and Poems by: Teresa Ashby, Chris Brown, Liz Cox, Jean Dawson, Kirsty Ferry, Teresa Fouché, Elizabeth Glanville, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Amanda James, Sandra Jensen, Elizabeth Koufidou, Elaine McKenna, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Emma Louise Oram, Christine Parmenter, Rebecca Raisin, Paula RC Readman, Jo Robinson, Gill Sainsbury, Holly Stacey, Amos van der Merwe, Tanja Vermaak, Stephen Wade, Matthew Glenn Ward All contributors kindly waived their fees for this worthy cause. Let’s save the rhino!

http://www.amazon.com/Plight-Springbok-Publications-Wildlife-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00H2XDHD0/

African Me & Satellite TV

African Me & Satellite TV

African Me & Satellite TV

For many years Suzette has managed very well to live her life without actually taking part in it, avoiding any possibility of pain by very carefully ignoring reality. Until something happens. Something so terrible that she has no choice but to abandon her cocoon of safety.
After the brutal beating of an elderly domestic worker, Suzette takes her in, and sets off a chain of events that leads to devastating heartbreak. And an unexpected hero changes everything. Finally finding her voice, she speaks out, and her world explodes, culminating in the death of a very special man.
On her path to make amends, she discovers the story of his life, connects with the people of his past, and finds the chance to fully live her life once again if that’s what she chooses to.

http://www.amazon.com/African-Me-Satellite-TV-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00F5640UK/

Shadow People 1. The Finding

Shadow People 1. The Finding

Shadow People 1 (The Finding)

After Natalie and Gabe discover a hidden room, they are hurled across time and space, and find themselves on Lapillus, a beautiful world made up of precious gems. But they soon realise that Lapillus is home to an ancient evil when they are attacked by the demonic wraiths of the Nefandus.
They find themselves thrown together with a group of beings vastly different to them in this lifetime, but closely connected through the aeons. They realise that the prophesies of all have come to fruition, and that without their intervention the fate of the universe is at stake.
With the guidance of the angelic Gluri and the help of the mysterious sentient spacecraft, the Vimana, the race is on to find out what the Nefandus want, and prevent evil from winning the battle of all time.

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-People-Finding-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00BCL91EC/

 Thanks to Jo Robinson for visiting, to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and most of all CLICK!

Hola a todos. Como sabéis aparte de escribir y traducir, también soy una lectora empedernida (aunque por desgracias no tengo tanto tiempo como me gustaría) y de  un tiempo a esta parte  he estado leyendo mayoritariamente la obra de escritores indies (independientes). Aunque es importante para todos los escritores, las reseñas de sus libros son quizás aún más importantes para estos escritores. Así que, aparte de publicarlas en los canales de ventas y en Goodreads, intento hacerles un hueco también en el blog por si así le llegan a alguien más.

Hoy os traigo:

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez. Una fantástica novela histórica con un gran corazón y mucho espíritu.

Debo confesar que no conozco mucho (casi nada) el período histórico que nos muestra la novela La Virgen del Sol. No puedo comentar con conocimiento de causa con qué exactitud se ajusta a los hechos históricos (que por las características peculiares de la civilización Inca no son fáciles de comprobar y todas las fuentes son indirectas) aunque por lo que he leído y por la nota aclaratoria del autor (que él llama ‘Pequeñas licencias históricas’) parece proporcionar una idea bastante aproximada de la época. Yo desde luego sé mucho más sobre el tema que al empezar la novela y me ha inspirado a seguir informándome.

La Virgen del Sol es una novela sobre un período específico de la historia del Imperio Inca, uno de sus momentos de máxima expansión. El autor tiene el acierto de combinar la historia de una persona de a pie (Nuba, un campesino de un pueblecito) y su familia (especialmente su hija, Nemrac) con la de los grandes del Imperio, el Inca Tupanqui Pachacutec y su hijo Tupac Yupanqui. De hecho la novela transcurre en una especie de mundo del ‘Arriba y Abajo’ donde los destinos de los más poderosos y de los que a primera vista no tienen poder alguno, se entremezclan y combinan de forma compleja e inesperada.

La historia de Nuba no es simplemente (aunque no sea nada simple) la historia de su vida, y su familia, las tragedias que le suceden, las pérdidas que experimenta, sino también su despertar espiritual. Cuando llegamos al final del libro (y no os lo voy a contar, no os preocupéis) y llegamos a comprender totalmente la experiencia y las enseñanzas por las que ha pasado Nuba, que compartimos ya que le acompañamos, nos damos cuenta de que su viaje hacia su nuevo entendimiento va en paralelo con el viaje que realiza durante la novela.

La Virgen del Sol me gustó mucho. El autor consigue proporcionar la información necesaria para situar la acción y a los personajes sin transformar el libro en un tratado histórico tedioso. A pesar de la distancia, no solo histórica, sino también cultural, que nos separa de la acción su caracterización es tal que llegamos a conocer a los personajes, que son multidimensionales, humanos e interesantes. Como en toda época nos encontramos envidias, personajes cegados por el deseo (sea de poder, de inmortalidad, de amor…), víctimas de situaciones fuera de su control, y también personajes enigmáticos que imparten sus enseñanzas de forma a veces difícil de entender (maravilloso Corioma). Lloré con las desgracias de Nuba, las vicisitudes de Nemrac, y marché con las tropas a través del desierto. Me horroricé con los sacrificios, me preocupé por el futuro de los amantes imposibles, me emocioné con la visión de Machu Picchu, y me fascinaron los proyectos de conquistas y creación de un imperio. ¿Qué más os puedo decir? Lloraréis, reiréis, aprenderéis, descubriréis cosas nuevas sobre los Incas y puede que sobre vosotros mismos.

Os recomiendo esta novela por su amplitud de miras, por la fascinación del argumento, por la humanidad de los personajes y porque es una gran historia. ¡No os la perdáis!

En papel:

http://www.amazon.com/virgen-del-Volume-Spanish-Edition/dp/1475206712/

http://www.amazon.es/virgen-del-Volume-Spanish-Edition/dp/1475206712/

En e-book:

http://www.amazon.com/virgen-imperio-Inca-depende-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00787HSI0/

http://www.amazon.es/virgen-imperio-Inca-depende-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00787HSI0/

Por cierto, también hace poco me apunté al equipo de BTS-e Magazine haciendo reseñas. Por si os interesa leer en inglés, aquí os dejo el enlace (mis reseñas espero que aparezcan en un número futuro):

Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLICK! Ah, y si os leéis algún libro y os gusta, no os olvidéis de dejar una reseña y recomendarselo a los amigos!

Hi all:

As you know, apart from a writer, I’m also a reader and when I have time, I read. I’ve been reading many indie books of recent and being a writer I know how important it is for writers to get reviews for their books. I also try and share them here and see if people who might have missed them find the books interesting.

Today I bring you two short and very different reads. One is a distopian YA novella and the other one a non-fiction book about relationships.

The Ivory Tower

The Ivory Tower

Review of Kirstin Pulioff’s ‘The Ivory Tower’

A sharp, shiny and precise jewel of a dystopian novella.

I read The Ivory Tower very quickly some time ago and have finally managed to catch up with a review. This dystopian story is brief but hides a good punch. I’m always in two minds with regards to shorter stories. On the one hand I want to know more, but on the other hand, the best of them are like perfect jewels, nicely shaped, shiny and precise. Sharp with no rounded edges. I suspect some of that precision and the effect might be lost if they were longer.

The Ivory Tower is one of those stories. The reader is given some details but not the full story behind the situation or the reasons why the characters live as they do. And that makes you think and imagine. It also works because when the main character finds herself in a situation that she cannot quite understand, you are in her shoes and as astounded as her by what happens. The sense of menace and threat increases as one reads and the writing helps create an atmospheric and intriguing tale. Although there are no unduly lengthy descriptions, the reader knows where s/he is. And the ending…

If you only have a little time and want a good story (not a feel good story, though) go and grab The Ivory Tower, quick!

http://www.amazon.com/Ivory-Tower-Kirstin-Pulioff-ebook/dp/B00FJ3A58A/

After "I Do!" A Marriage Map

After “I Do!” A Marriage Map

After “I Do!” A Marriage Map by P.J. LaRue Common sense advice about relationships, from the heart.

Before I write the review I must confess something. I’m not married and I’m not in a relationship at the moment. I’m not sure if that qualifies me more or disqualifies me completely from writing this review, but I’ve already warned you. If you want to read on, it’s up to you.

Having said all that, I have to confess I loved the book. Like all advice, one can take it or leave it. And Oscar Wilde already told us that the thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. That one should never use it oneself. I don’t agree although understand the sentiment.

P.J. LaRue explains her reasons for writing the book. She is aware of the statistics on the survival of relationships and observes that although her marriage seemed to have many numbers for not working, it has (so far for over thirty years). As people kept asking her and her husband for the recipe, that got her thinking, and as she is a writer, she thought she’d write a book about it.

The author’s advice is common sense, but not for that less valuable. She reflects on what she calls ‘Starter Marriages’ and observes that if there is no true commitment to a relationship from the beginning you might as well not even bother. If you’re going to give up at the first hurdle, don’t get in the race. She also emphasises the importance of communication, true communication, and she highlights the elements she thinks are necessary for such communication to exist: honesty, be open, listen, never trash talk, don’t play games, whisper sweet nothings, choose your words carefully, change requires self-awareness, change takes effort, compromise, tone, body language, golden rule and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Other than ‘whisper sweet nothings’ I’d say they are very good principles to follow in any communication, but even more important when the communication is with your loved one.

If the advice is sound, as I say, what I found more touching (and it is a touching book) was how the author uses her own relationship as a yardstick and example of both the things to do and the possible pitfalls, the type of problems that relationships experience. She is candid and honest when talking about her personal difficulties and the trials that they have had to go through (and they’re still coming to terms with).

It might be that some of the ideas exposed in the book (yes, I’m talking about her stance on sex in relationships) might sound old-fashioned, and she herself acknowledges that, but just because something is old or has been said before it doesn’t mean it is wrong. You can always decide what parts of the advice you think should apply to you, but if you can be as selfless and insightful as the author is after you read it, I guarantee you will have a much better chance at making your relationship work.

http://www.amazon.com/After-Do-Marriage-Map-LaRue-ebook/dp/B00LIGL9FK/

By the way, very recently I’ve joined the BTS-e Magazine team of reviewers (I’ll let you know when my reviews come up and give you a link to the magazine), so I leave you links to it for you to check and explore.

Thanks so much for reading, and you know, if  you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment and of course CLICK! Ah, and if read any books and enjoy them, remember to review and recommend them to your friends!

Hola a todos: Como sabéis los viernes os traigo autor(a) y/o novedades literarias. Me dí cuenta de que Judith Priay (a la que también conozco en persona) ha publicado un par de novelas que no os había presentado antes, y estoy segura de que os interesarán. Así que…

La nueva reina del baile

La nueva reina del baile

La nueva reina del baile Amanda O’Sullivan es una escritora de bestsellers de novela histórica romántica. Inteligente, bella y culta, está en la cúspide de su carrera profesional, siempre ayudada por su manager y mejor amigo Gideon Compton; un brillante estudiante que conoció en Harvard. Sin embargo, en lo personal sigue atrapada por su pasado, el que dejó antes de la fiesta de graduación en su pueblo de origen, Coldriver. Por culpa de ese pasado se ve incapaz de mantener una relación con un hombre, temerosa de sufrir un nuevo rechazo. Diez años después de aquel baile de graduación fallido, Amanda vuelve para reencontrarse con la antigua historia de amor que dejó pendiente, la de Joss, su amigo de la infancia que prefirió quedarse con Sharon, la animadora más bella del instituto. Joss y Sharon se casaron y tuvieron cuatro hijos, pero lo que ambos creyeron que sería un noviazgo perfecto se convirtió en un matrimonio fallido en el que ambos se culpan mutuamente de no haber alcanzado sus sueños. Mientras Amanda se reencuentra con el pueblo que dejó atrás, Gideon comienza a mostrar sus verdaderos sentimientos por ella, los que lleva años ocultando bajo el disfraz de la amistad. Pasado y presente se juntarán, y Amanda esta vez no podrá huir, sino que tendrá que enfrentarse a sus sentimientos y tomar la decisión definitiva.

LA CRÍTICA OPINA

“La nueva reina del baile” es una hermosa historia romántica cargada de dramatismo. En la novela se reflejan tanto los dramas adolescentes, típicos de los últimos años de instituto cuando los jóvenes saben que se avecinan cambios y temen a ellos, y los dramas adultos como el matrimonio y la forma en que los fantasmas del pasado pueden afectar el presente.” (Blog “Desde mi Caldero”, 2013-07-31; Goodreads, 2013-08-12)

“No siempre el primer amor es inolvidable por la hermosa huella que deja en nuestro corazón. En ocasiones, nos roba un pedacito de el y deja profundas cicatrices e inseguridades que arrastramos en nuestra vida. (…). Intenso, profundo, con personajes secundarios muy potentes, que aportan a la historia principal un gran peso. Amé la forma en que la escritora me paseó por los sentimientos de sus personajes, realmente amé esta historia”. (Blog “La magia de los libros y yo”, 2013-12-04)

“Algo que me ha gustado mucho es cómo están hechos los capítulos. En cada uno de ellos, el título es el nombre de cada uno de los personajes del que está formado el libro, y la introducción a cada capítulo, es el punto de vista de cada personaje, algo que hace que entiendas un poco más a cada persona, y me ha gustado mucho por ser tan original.” (“El rincón de la novela romántica”, 2014-03.20) “La manera de escribir de la autora es muy refrescante, te sumerge en la historia en un santiamén y no puedes soltarla hasta terminar.” (Blog “Corazón de tinta”, 2014-04-15)

http://www.amazon.com/nueva-reina-del-baile-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00BV9RA8E/

http://www.amazon.es/nueva-reina-del-baile-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00BV9RA8E/

Regálame un día

Regálame un día

Regálame un día Cuando Gabriel decidió en un impulso contratar a aquella chica de ojos tristes como camarera no imaginaba que trastocaría toda su vida. Ella no tiene experiencia, ni siquiera es tan bella como otras candidatas. Y, sin embargo, consigue algo que ninguna otra mujer ha conseguido: intrigarle. Aurora es diferente, un misterio completo. Aiden es detective del FBI. Hace años él y su hermano Gabriel se prometieron que jamás se enamorarían de la misma mujer, pero entonces ninguno de los dos podía pensar en que alguien como Aurora entraría en sus vidas. Ella lo es todo para ambos, pero eso puede no ser suficiente para ayudarla a escapar de ese destino que siempre parece encontrar la forma de destruir todo lo que ama; más ahora que dos chicas han sido asesinadas y ella puede ser la próxima. Misterio, suspense, crímenes, amor, pasión y amistad se entremezclan en una novela en la que conseguir robar un día al destino puede dar la felicidad tanto tiempo anhelada.

ÉXITOS DESTACADOS: ha sido uno de los diez ebooks más vendidos en España el día del Libro de 2014, lo cual ha sido reflejado en prensa de ámbito nacional e internacional.

LA CRÍTICA OPINA (se puede acceder a las reseñas completas desde el blog de la autora) “Un trío amoroso que te llenará de ternura, te enseñará que es posible amar a dos personas a la vez y sobre todo te enamorará hasta el punto de que tampoco serás capaz de elegir.”

“Me encantó como la autora manejó el erotismo en la historia, fue dulce, elegante, sutil, pero a la vez dejó muy claro la profundidad e intensidad de estos encuentros”.

“Amor, amistad, lujuria, locura, tristeza, pasión, misterio, suspense, varios asesinatos… Todo permanecerá de principio a fin. (…) Tiene momentos que te quitaran el hipo.”

“Es una mezcla de novela romántica y policíaca donde las escenas de sexo ganan protagonismo. (…) Sin embargo, no solo se trata de amor y sexo, tiene también su parte oscura, pues una serie de asesinatos se entremezclan con la historia y añaden el punto necesario de tensión a la trama. ¿Qué más podemos pedir?”

“Su manera de escribir hace que te metas en la historia y te sientas en la piel de los protagonistas.”

“Judith Priay ha sabido construir una historia de amor y suspense con toque de humor que te engancha desde el principio y que te hace pensar, ¿qué harías tú? (…) Es preciosa y quiero animarte a que la leas, que disfrutes y te enamores con cada personaje al igual que lo he hecho yo…”

“Una novela encantadora de triángulo amoroso y sensualidad exquisita entrelazada por sentimientos intensos y deseos de protección. Noches de chicas que son adorables, momentos mágicos imborrables, amor sin interferencias, diversión y amistad, pasión desmedida, ternura entrañable, secretos desvelados, misterios por resolver, peligros acechantes, decisiones importantes y resoluciones inmediatas que nos adentran en una lectura agradable de toque divertido y sutileza erótica de lo más recomendable.” “Magníficamente escrita, describe de una manera tan humana y real los sentimientos, que quien está leyendo se queda atrapado en sus palabras y, en muchas ocasiones, se siente identificado. (…) Judith Priay nos conduce por una novela plagada de frases ingeniosas, momentos inolvidables y sentimientos puros.”

“Sentimientos encontrados. Una elegante pasión. Una difícil elección. Mentiras. Peligros. Drama. Amor… Y finalmente, algunos misterios que se quedarán pendientes, deseando más. (…) ¿Serás capaz de soportarlo? Porque te aseguro que a mí me ha hecho sentir y vivir la situación de la protagonista como mía propia, encontrándome igual de perdida, deseada y a veces angustiada que ella.”

“Las escenas sensuales están elegantemente tratadas, explicando naturalmente la pasión, describiendo acertadamente la emoción y el placer de la unión sexual.(…) Es una novela joven, escrita con diálogos inteligentes, un viaje de evasión pura del dolor hacia el amor en la lucha por la felicidad.”

http://www.amazon.com/Reg%C3%A1lame-d%C3%ADa-Spanish-Judith-Priay-ebook/dp/B00JGYDLSO/ http://www.amazon.es/Reg%C3%A1lame-d%C3%ADa-Spanish-Judith-Priay-ebook/dp/B00JGYDLSO/

Y aquí os dejo su página de autora para que podáis explorar su variada obra:

http://www.amazon.com/Judith-Priay/e/B008QPB7C6/

Gracias a Judith por su visita, a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

Today is Friday and time for a guest author. I had the pleasure of meeting Sally Georgina Cronin (these days Sally Cronin, but she’ll explain) through her great blog and some common blogging friends. She asked me to visit her blog for an interview and I thought you’d love to meet her too. As she was working on two new books, it seemed the right time. But as she’s done so many things and knows about plenty of interesting stuff, I thought we’d get to know her previous work first. I promised I’ll keep updating you on her work and novelties in the future.

I usually include a short biography but when Sally directed me to her blog and I read about her I thought I should include it all, promotion and all (because I suspect many of you might be interested. I know I am!)

Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin

My name is Sally Georgina Cronin – I include the Georgina bit because a couple of my books were written back in the beginning as Georgina Cronin – it was my grandmother’s name and as a child I fancied it more than I did Sally – I announced at school age 9 and a little portly that I wished to be called that and instead I was saddled with Georgy Porgy until I went to secondary school as a very definite Sally.

However, on writing my first book I thought I would give it another go but it has reverted to Sally Georgina Cronin especially as my books have evolved into E-versions.

I am one of those people who has led an eclectic life. My father was in the Royal Navy so we lived abroad several times and I only really settled down in the UK at age 14. My education suffered a little from switching between seven schools in different countries but I now have a repertoire of swear words second to none!

I trained as a secretary as my parents felt that my dream to be an English Esther Williams was probably doomed to be waterlogged!  I started well in my first job but a pregnant chair side assistant who developed a phobia to blood meant that I had to step into the shoes of dental nurse, a career I enjoyed before moving to the hospitality industry.

This resulted in me meeting my husband (known as room 40) nine years later and we had a whirlwind courtship over five weeks and married 34 years ago. We still have the whirlwind courtship moving over several continents to reach the second to final outpost here in the mountains in Madrid.  We may possibly return to the UK at some point, if he can tear me away from the 300 days of sunshine.

I have spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, radio and television and taken a great deal from each.

I have written short stories and poetry since a very young age and when I went ‘Indie’ in 1996 I combined my retraining as a Nutritional Therapist with this love of writing.  I began with columns in the media in the UK and Spain, my own monthly newsletter and my first health book Size Matters which told the story of my journey from a very overweight 24 stone – 330lbs to a slimmish and healthier individual.

Over the last ten years this love of writing has developed into another eight titles, my blog and also into Indie Publishing in 2004.

My husband came out of the telecommunications industry at 50 and because he was already a computer wizard he retrained very quickly in graphic and book design.

I was already working in author acquisition for a large self-publishing company and we both felt that a more personal approach might be attractive to authors who wanted to be published. Moyhill Publishing was born.  In 2004 our first book, by a Spanish author, The Red Tailed Hawk won best digital print award and since then we have been quietly working away.  We had to take a break over recent years due to family commitments but we continued to work with a few authors during that time who required David’s specialist design skills.

We are delighted to be relaunching in 2014, our tenth anniversary, with new services to include digital and audio packages.

In the last few months we have converted my print titles to E-versions which has been an interesting experience.  I did not realise how my writing style had changed until I edited my first novel written in 2002 to convert but I enjoyed the process very much.

Over the last ten years I have managed to fit radio and Internet television both in front of the microphone and camera and behind in a producing and directing role.  So whilst I never became the UK Esther Williams I did get to perform without getting too waterlogged.

At 61 I don’t consider myself the new 41 and I  am happy at the age I am.  I do hope that I can continue to learn and develop over the next 30 years or so and that my typing skills do not diminish until the very last second.

My next projects are in process – a health book focused on care of the elderly at home, a humerous tale of a cross dresser with memory impairment and another about transformation and wish fulfillment.

WARNING – SELF PROMOTION COMING UP.

I hope you will forgive a little self promotion – I am the marketing director of our publishing company and will get fired by the MD or divorced if I did not mention the day job.

Our publishing company is http//:moyhill.com and we would love to talk to you about your next project.  In the last ten years we have had worked with some award winning authors and won best digital print book in 2004 in the UK.  We work with a number of printers in the UK to ensure a best price and we offer inclusive packages that still allow you to have an original design for your cover and a style that you want for the format.  There is very few things standard about us but because we are the only two overheads we can keep the costs down for our clients.  We only work with one author at a time usually and that is on a one to one basis.  A book only goes to print or into E-version when both the author and David are satisfied that it is the very best it can be.  We usually prefer manuscripts to be edited before submission so that it stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons.

Because of my background on television and radio I am the audio department and whilst we do not market for our authors I am very happy to assist in any way with social media, press releases etc.

We are happy to convert any print versions into E-versions with the minimum of fuss and expense but be aware that a book with lots of photographs or graphs does take more work than for print.

There is a selection of the books we have designed and published over the years on the site, but we now provide a webpage with selling facilities for our authors which they manage themselves.  An example of this would be some of my own books at the following links.  We also of course make sure that our author’s books are uploaded to Amazon and if in print too available at the wholesalers.

http://www.moyhill.com/sam/

http://www.moyhill.com/sm/

http://www.moyhill.com/jaojg/

http://www.moyhill.com/ftvpmac/

If you would be interested in finding out more then pop into the website or email David on david.cronin@moyhill.com for an informal discussion – we also work with Skype during the process.

If you would like to talk to me about guest blogging or anything health related you can reach me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Thanks for reading.

And now her books:

By the way, and so I don’t forget, I leave you the links in Sally’s own website, but just in case you find yourself in Amazon, this is her page where you can find all of them:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003B7O0T6

Just and Odd Job Girl

Just and Odd Job Girl

Just an Odd Job Girl

 

Imogen was fifty!

Life is unpredictable and will often throw you a curve ball that knocks you out of the park.

For Imogen this curve ball knocked her out of a twenty five year marriage and a lovingly renovated home into a single life at age 50.  She had been a very contented wife and mother of two children, who for every one of those 25 years had thought her husband had been equally as happy.  It was a shock to find out that she had been delusional and replaced so easily.

Her confidence was non-existent.  She had forgotten any skills she possessed and was totally unprepared to enter the modern job market.  Or so she thought.

When we find ourselves in a new place and time in our lives, it is not unusual to meet others who have experienced similar traumas and also those who understand how to help you pick up the pieces.

Surprising though these events had been, nothing prepared Imogen for the realisation that she still had what it took, both in the work environment and when it came to her heart.

It was a journey into the past to rediscover who she had always been and a step forward into the future and a new adventure in life.

http://www.moyhill.com/jaojg/

Although this novel was published in 2002 Sally has decided it’s time for it to experience the digital revolution, and reading about it, I would have to agree!

Sally has also let me links to her other books, and as you’ll see (and you will have guessed from her biography) she’s a multi-talented woman.

Just Food for Health

Just Food for Health

Just Food for Health (only available in paper)

Just Food for Health is a commonsense guide to the body, and the foods we need to eat to keep it healthy. It describes how the major organs & systems work; Why you need specific nutrients and where to find them; how to design your own Healthy Eating Plan, and avoid lifestyle-related conditions like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and excess weight.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1905597231/

 

Forget the Viagra, Pass Me the Carrot!

Forget the Viagra, Pass Me the Carrot!

Forget the Viagra, Pass Me the Carrot

This is a health and Nutrition book aimed at men – and their partners who are interested in keeping them fit and well. It provides a fundamental understanding of how to deliver essential nutrition to support all the major organs, with a focus on keeping a healthy sex life into old age.

http://www.moyhill.com/ftv – Forget the Viagra… Pass me a Carrot – A man’s health workshop manual

Size Matters

Size Matters

Size Matters Especially when you Weigh 330 lbs

Thirty years ago obesity was a rarity amongst children, and adults, and the related health problems were restricted to a small proportion of the population. Today, it is an epidemic and as we expand our waistbands we are forced into increasing our financial responsibilities for the resulting medical problems that can be life threatening.

Size Matters is the story of a woman who had an appalling lifestyle and although intelligent and successful did nothing constructive to change the situation. It took a death sentence to motivate her to making some vital decisions. The first place to start was to find out the reasons for her obesity and then learn how to fix the problem. Georgina studied nutrition and health whilst taking back control of her diet and lifestyle. Three years later, when fit and well she opened her diet advisory centre in Ireland where she worked with 1,000 clients over a five-year period.

Size Matters explores the emotional, mental and physical reasons for obesity and offers strategies that empowers any one who is overweight or suffering ill health to change their lifestyles successfully. The second part of the book details the programme that can be personalised to suit readers’ individual needs for diet and exercise including healthy food options and nutritional information.

This is not a book written by a “thin” expert, but a “fat” expert who has lived through many years of obesity and ill-health and understands the emotional and physical barriers that prevent people taking the first step and then the next, and the next until they have regained their fitness and health.

Link:

http://www.moyhill.com/sm    Size Matters especially when you weigh 330lbs

Media Training: The Manual

Media Training: The Manual

Media Training: The Manual

“Media Training: The Manual” is a quick reference manual for anyone who needs to deliver their message via “the Media”, TV, Radio, Print.

http://www.moyhill.com/mttm – Media Training – The Manual

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

The true story of Sam, a rough collie, written from his perspective. A tribute to a true friend and a genuine family member.

http://www.moyhill.com/sam – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

So you don’t complain, I leave you links to the books that should be coming up our way in all formats soon, but thought you might want to check in her website:

First, Turning Back the Clock – anti-aging programme

Turning back the clock

Turning back the clock

Living forever is not an option!

However, feeling younger and looking younger is an option available to all!

The maximum lifespan a human being can currently expect today is around 120 years.

However, not many of us really want to be even 90 or 100 years old, if it means that we are going to end up filled with medication and tucked away in a corner in some nursing home, unaware of our surroundings.

Making healthy diet and lifestyle choices as early as possible will help you get as near as possible to your maximum age whilst enjoying good physical and mental vitality.

Turning Back the Clock
will show you how!

http://www.moyhill.com/tbtc/

And second, Flights of Fancy – Short story anthology and Novella The Sewing Circle

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Ghosts, romance, friendship, revenge ….

A new collection of eleven short stories from Sally Cronin to enthrall and entertain.

Ghosts hint at a chance of coming back to say goodbye, exact a little payback, or simply to help someone else carry on living.

Romance is not just for the young and nor are second chances.

As for revenge, well … never underestimate a group of elderly ladies with contacts from the past!

http://www.moyhill.com/fof

And if you want to follow and contact Sally (I recommend it) here are her links:

Skype Moyhill2
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
Latest books available in print and E-versions
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003B7O0T6
And http://www.moyhill.com/FTV
Daily health blog – http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

Thanks to Sally for her visit, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share, and CLICK!

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