Archives for the month of: March, 2015

Hi all:

You’ll remember a couple of weeks ago I published a post on reviews (by the way, many thanks for all the comments. It was one of the most dynamic posts I’ve published and I enjoyed the discussion it created). As I mentioned, apart from just reading for the blog and posting the reviews in a variety of sites, I do reviews for BTS e-magazine (click on the widget at the bottom of the post to go to the current number if you enjoy reading about new books and checking reviews) and although the actual reviews belong to the magazine, I like to share some of the books if I think you might enjoy them.

I’ve read some pretty heavy books recently and I don’t know you, but I like to combine light reads with heavier stuff. I reviewed these two books for the magazine, both by female authors, that I enjoyed and were like a breath of fresh air.  I’ll give you a taster and you can see what you think:

The Contract by Violet Ryan

The Contract by Violet Ryan

The Contract by Violet L. Ryan

Orphaned Grace Barnett receives many proposals because her property has a dependable year-round water supply. She agrees to marry Jacob Cooper, the stranger from the ranch next door who claims he’ll never fall in love. They’ll have only a straightforward contract.

Jilted two years before, Jake doesn’t trust women. He wants water rights, heirs, and a peaceful home. He expects the boyish girl next door to provide these without the messiness of emotions. When he sees her walk down the aisle, dressed as a woman, clean, and lovely, an inner struggle begins. Two strangers learning to live together in a house filled with emotional conflict and family intrigue will test their ability to cope and hinder chances to fall in love.

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NZIHKSY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NZIHKSY/

One paragraph from my review to give you an idea of what I thought:

With arch-villains, scheming ex-loves and relatives, handsome cowboys, formidable women, sexy Native-Americans and plenty of action, what the characters lack in psychological depth and consistency, they make up for in the sheer variety of misunderstandings and adventures they get involved in.

It reminded me of ‘The Little House of the Prairie’ and it made me smile.

I loved the heroine who is innocent but resourceful and I think you’ll like her too. And the rest of the characters added to the mix.

The author has written quite a few books and she sounds like someone I’d like to meet. Just check her page here:

http://www.amazon.com/Violet-L.-Ryan/e/B00A3A1G8M/

On quite a different note, setting and everything, but again written by another formidable female author (Australian in this case), I read:

See You in Hell (Mel Goes to Hell Series Book 2) by Demelza Carlton

See You in Hell (Mel Goes to Hell Series Book 2) by Demelza Carlton

See You In Hell (Mel Goes to Hell. Book 2)

A devilishly hot CEO. The angelic new office temp. A match made in Heaven or Hell?

Melody Angel takes a job as a temp at the HELL Corporation. Surrounded by eternal bureaucracy gone mad, demons who love making life miserable, and dying for a decent coffee, it may take a miracle for Mel’s mission to succeed. She must find out what evil plans Lucifer and his minions have in store and stop them, using any means necessary.

Adding trouble and temptation to Mel’s job is Luce Iblis, the damnably hot CEO, who has set his smouldering eyes on the new office angel and he’s determined to claim her, body and soul.

Can ultimate evil and angelic perfection escape a limbo of desire and find a paradise of their own?

A tiny taste of what’s in store:

“Do you know how long you’ve made me wait?” Luce lifted his chin. “Close the door.”

Mel turned and kicked the door shut with the sole of one shoe. The click of it closing coincided with her eyes meeting Luce’s once more.

“Now strip and get your arse on the desk,” Luce instructed.

Mel stared at him. He couldn’t be serious, could he?

“Every other girl in this building knows how to do as she’s told. Do you know how many girls I’ve had on this desk? You should consider yourself lucky. The last one I had in here was so quick getting undressed that I managed to give her a full fifteen minutes of my time. At this rate, you’ll be lucky to have five.”

Mel became transfixed by the timber desktop. “Did you wipe it clean afterwards?”

“What?” Luce’s face reddened.

Mel Goes to Hell series

This is the second book in the Mel Goes to Hell series, which includes:

  • Welcome to Hell (#1) – FREE
  • See You in Hell (#2)
  • Mel Goes to Hell (#3)
  • To Hell and Back (#4)
  • The Holiday From Hell (#5) (to be released 26 March 2015)
  • Melody Angel’s Guide to Heaven and Hell.

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZZODA4/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JZZODA4/

This book I must tell you I thoroughly enjoyed. Despite what you might think, it is not erotica (it’s not high in my list of priorities and unless I’m really interested in the book I’ll avoid books where that’s the main focus) and no descriptive sex, although it is sexy (but you might disagree). What I don’t think you’ll disagree on is that it’s a good read and fun.

This is the beginning of my review:

If like me, you’ve also imagined hell as a bureaucratic nightmare where political correctness and paperwork are masters and your boss is Lucifer himself, you should read this novel. Imagine a world where Hell is in charge of most branches of the public sector.

There is romance, a fantastic angel at the centre of the book, and the cast of characters reminded me of Greek gods, as angels and demons are very human and recognisable, and by the end of it…Oh well, you go on and read it.

And, extremely good news. If you want to try the first short story in the series, this one is free:

Welcome to Hell (Mel Goes To Hell Book 1) by Demelza Carlton

Welcome to Hell (Mel Goes To Hell Book 1) by Demelza Carlton

Welcome to Hell (Mel Goes to Hell Book 1)

“Good morning. Welcome to HELL.”
Mel hates job interviews – and this one’s shaping up to be the interview from Hell.

From the grumpy receptionist to the disturbingly demonic interview panel and the sleazy CEO, it seems landing her first job is the least of Mel’s worries.

Can she make it out of the office alive without selling her soul?

A tiny taste of what’s in store:

Lilith opened the door, waiting for Mel to leave first. Mel did so, almost running into a man in a dark suit.

His coffee splashed high, yet he caught most of it in his cup. Not a spot landed on Mel – just one on the man’s shoe. “Damn,” he swore, swiping at it with a black handkerchief that appeared almost instantly in his hand. As he rose from his crouch, he took in Mel’s attire, from her toes to her raised eyebrows.

He summoned a smile that clashed with the stormy expression in his eyes. “I don’t believe I’ve seen you in the office before and I make it a point to know all of my staff intimately.” He handed the dripping cup to Mel’s haughty interviewer, who took it without a murmur, even as some of the coffee slopped onto Lilith’s shoes.

He held out his hand to shake Mel’s. “Luce Iblis, CEO of the HELL Corporation.”

Mel gave him her fingers, in such a way that he couldn’t crush them in his firm handshake.

“I’m Mel,” she began.

“This is her first time here. She’s being interviewed for a position here at Health, Environment, Life and Lands Corporation – as my executive officer,” Lilith said.

Luce’s eyes stared hungrily at Mel as she lowered her gaze. “Is that so? I suspect I’ll be seeing a lot more of you very soon, then. I look forward to welcoming you to HELL.”

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IL9ZDH2/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IL9ZDH2/

When I finished the previous one I wanted to start reading this one but unfortunately my Kindle hadn’t downloaded it properly (only to the Cloud) and I had no connection where I was at the time. And then I started reading another book so… But I must say I found the other one therapeutic.

And just in case you like Boxsets:

Welcome to Hell by Demelza Carlton

Welcome to Hell by Demelza Carlton

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S6IK3QY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00S6IK3QY/

Thank you for reading, thank you to BTS e-magazine and to both authors, and you know, like, share, comment, CLICK, and of course, don’t forget to check the magazine!

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis, los viernes os traigo autores o/y libros invitados. Carmen Cervera es una autora a la que conozco porque frecuentamos un grupo de autores, pero supongo que porque ella (como yo) debido a circunstancias familiares ha estado muy ocupada con otras cosas, no la había traído aún de invitada. Después de charlar con ella sobre varias ideas, de leer sobre su aventura de escritora, y cuando me di cuenta de que su primera novela y la serie que estoy preparando tienen temas en común, pensé que ya era hora de traerla. Y aquí está.

Carmen Cervera

Carmen Cervera

Carmen Cervera

Humanista digital, arquitecta de sueños, corresponsal en mundos invisibles.

Nací, un sábado de principios de noviembre de 1981, en Mallorca, isla en la que, contra todo pronóstico, aún resido. Vivo en un paraíso con exceso de asfalto y cemento, que soy incapaz de cambiar por otro. Mi mejor amigo es un gato que tiene el mismo mal genio que yo. Los libros y la música son los fieles compañeros que jamás me han abandonado, gracias a ellos soy lo que soy, la afortunada y orgullosa poseedora de uno de los mayores bienes que ningún ser humano pueda codiciar: Tengo un sueño.

Pertenezco a esa generación que ya empieza a calificarse como perdida, la generación más preparada que ha conocido España y que se enfrenta a un presente incierto, nada halagüeño. La generación sin futuro, dicen muchos. No obstante, no es menos cierto que yo soy un caso perdido que, para colmo, pertenece a la generación perdida. Soy una inconformista que no se conforma con no conformarse, una soñadora que, a pesar de los golpes de la vida y las advertencias de amigos y familiares, ha decidido, una y otra vez, seguir soñando.

Al igual que la mayoría de los miembros de mi generación, me siento rechazada por un sistema que se ha demostrado inútil, la diferencia, tal vez, radique en que, sin saber muy bien qué estaba haciendo, yo rechacé a ese mismo sistema antes de que él me diera esquinazo, manteniéndome en la ilusión de que uno, si quiere, puede vivir y realizarse sin necesidad de seguir los caminos establecidos.

El resultado de todo ello es que, a mis 30 años, soy licenciada en Humanidades, periodista renegada, y escritora convencida. Puedo montarme en el carro de la realidad, asumir que hay muy poco futuro para una humanista soñadora y resignarme. Aunque, también, puedo seguir soñando y divertirme convirtiendo esos sueños en palabras. Una vez más, elijo los sueños.

http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Cervera/e/B009821QPO/

Su primera novela:

Non Serviam de Carmen Cervera

Non Serviam de Carmen Cervera

Non Serviam. La Cueva del Diablo

La ciudad de Salamanca es el escenario de esta historia de misterio sobrenatural que entrelaza mitología y realidad para dar forma a una trama apasionante, capaz de atrapar al lector desde el primer momento.

La antropóloga Luz Martín recibe la inesperada invitación de su colega y amigo Alfonso Vázquez para participar en la investigación de un antiguo y extraño manuscrito hallado en la Casa de las Muertes. El proyecto, que se presenta ante ella como una oportunidad para recomponer su vida tras la muerte de su marido, la sitúa en el centro de una oscura y peligrosa lucha de poder y ritos ocultistas en la que nada ni nadie es lo que parece.

Los sucesos extraños en torno a la investigación del manuscrito coinciden con la aparición de un enigmático personaje que acompañará y ayudará a Luz hasta descubrirle un mundo en el que las leyendas son realidad. Una novela cautivadora y de ritmo trepidante en la que personajes humanos y sobrenaturales se unen para crear un relato con un final sorprendente que lleva al lector a replantearse los conceptos del bien y del mal.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0097VKB20/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B0097VKB20/

Carmen publicó luego una serie llamada Ladrones de Almas y por lo que tengo entendido la está revisando e irá publicando nuevas ediciones. De momento os dejo la primera.

Ladrones de Almas I de Carmen Cervera

Ladrones de Almas I de Carmen Cervera

Ladrones de Almas I

Segunda edición revisada y ampliada de Ladrones de Almas I

Cuando la huida es la única opción ningún plan parece demasiado descabellado. Eso pensó Lidia al escapar del mundo criminal en el que había crecido. Lo que jamás habría imaginado era que su desesperado plan la introduciría en un mundo lleno de magia y seres imposibles. Menos todavía que uno de esos seres fantásticos despertara en ella emociones que creía que no podía sentir y una atracción desenfrenada.

¿Quién es ese peligroso guerrero capaz de conmover a Lidia como nadie nunca lo había hecho?

Tantos siglos después de haber sido desterrados de su mundo y condenados a vivir entre humanos, cualquiera podría pensar que Alix y Orj ya estaban más que habituados a aquella existencia en el exilio. Y tal vez era así. Al menos hasta que al ir a ocuparse de las almas de los narcotraficantes fallecidos encontraron a una superviviente entre los cadáveres. Ella no debería estar viva, aunque tampoco tendría que haber estado en esa lancha narcos. Salvar a la joven implicaba romper las estrictas normas que debían seguir si pretendían ser perdonados algún día y regresar a su hogar. Pero dejarla morir significaba algo todavía peor: Condenar un alma inocente. Ninguna de ambas cosas entraban en sus planes, pero mucho menos imaginaban la poderosa atracción que surgiría entre Orj y la joven humana que de no ser por Alix habría muerto junto a los narcotraficantes.

¿Quién era esa chica capaz de despertar la pasión y el corazón dormidos del más peligroso de los seres desterrados al mundo humano?

http://www.amazon.com/El-encuentro-Ladrones-Almas-I-ebook/dp/B00E199SNG/

http://www.amazon.es/El-encuentro-Ladrones-Almas-I-ebook/dp/B00E199SNG/

Gracias a Carmen Cervera por visitarnos, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y acordaos de dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know, on Fridays I bring you new books and authors. Today I bring you a writer who’s visited us quite a few times and who’s a great blogger and reviewer. Christoph Fischer. I’ll let you check his author page. And don’t miss the big piece of news at the end!

I’m very intrigued by his newest book as I’ve really loved Sebastian but so far my reading list hasn’t caught up yet. But I hope you might be able to get to it before me, because the subject matter is fascinating.

The Healer by Christoph Fischer

The Healer by Christoph Fischer

The Healer

When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons. casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Healer-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00QIJ4DJ6/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Healer-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00QIJ4DJ6/

It has fantastic comments and I thought about sharing a few with  you, but I’ll let you read them yourself, because one of Christoph’s books is included in a box-set with novels by many other authors that I’d be happy to feature here at some point too, so I thought I’d take the chance and bring it to you as an incredible opportunity to discover these talents that might be new to you.

At Odds with Destiny. Many authors

At Odds with Destiny. Many authors

At Odds with Destiny 

Uvi Poznansky (Author), Aaron Paul Lazar (Author), Christoph Fischer (Author), Brandt Legg (Author), Amalie Jahn(Author), Suzanne Jenkins (Author), S.W. Vaughn (Author), Janet Morris (Author), P.C. Zick (Author), J.J. DiBenedetto(Author)

Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Together, they have nearly 1000 five star reviews! Open this box at your own risk!
Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky
Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer
In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg
Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn
An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins
After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn
To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris
Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick
When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto
Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?
Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

http://www.amazon.com/At-Odds-Destiny-Uvi-Poznansky-ebook/dp/B00SHYGG7C/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/At-Odds-Destiny-Uvi-Poznansky-ebook/dp/B00SHYGG7C/

I prepare my posts a few days in advance when I can, and on the same week when the post was due to come out I read one by Christoph about his new book.

In Search of a Revolution by Christoph Fischer. Out on 26th March

In Search of a Revolution by Christoph Fischer. Out on 26th March

In Search of the Revolution is currently available in preorder here.

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.
His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.
Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.
Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

Just in case  you want more information on the book, including an excerpt, I leave you the link to Christoph’s post. And if you don’t know his blog, I recommend it. You’ll have great insights into his writing, his work, and also the many books he reviews. He’s always hard at work not only with his own books but promoting those of others.

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/excerpt-from-my-new-historical-novel-in-search-of-a-revolution/

Thanks to Christoph and the fellow authors in ‘At Odds with Destiny’ for their books, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share, and CLICK! 

Hola a todos:

Denali. Mt. McKinley

Denali. Mt. McKinley de Wikipedia

Como ya sabeis, mis post son un poco sui géneris. Ya sé que el título de hoy es un poco raro, pero dejadme que os lo explique.
Este año (a principios de Mayo, para ser más precisos) celebro uno de los cumpleaños gordos. Bueno, cumplo los 50. No es un gran secreto. Hace tiempo que llevo diciendo que quiero hacer algo un poco especial. No una fiesta (no me molestan las fiestas pero prefiero reunirme con unos cuantos amigos o charlar con gente en una atmósfera relajada y no me apetece organizar nada complicado ahora mismo), pero me apetecía un viaje interesante. No sé porqué hace tiempo que tengo ganas de ir a Alaska. Siempre me ha resultado un lugar atractivo. Supongo que será por las películas, los libros de aventuras, por cómo suena, la variedad de climas, lo enorme que es, las muchas actividades, su belleza… Por si queréis leer algo más sobre ello os dejo un enlace en Wikipedia. Éste en inglés

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

También comparto varias de las imágenes de Wikipedia en este post y también comparto un par de otros enlaces que me parecieron interesantes al final.

Debido a circunstancias personales de las que los que leéis mi blog hace tiempo ya estaréis al corriente, no creo que pueda hacer el viaje este año (no tenía planeado ir de viaje el día de mi cumpleaños sino cuando en las mejores fechas, ya que con Alaska, como con muchos otros sitios, planear la época perfecta para el viaje es muy importante). Si habéis visitado Alaska o tenéis sitios web o consejos específicos de la mejor manera de planear un viaje, os lo agradeceré mucho, ya que sigo con la intención de hacer el viaje, aunque puede que tenga que esperar al año que viene….

Augustine Volcano

Volcán Augustine

La pregunta en el título de este post se refiere a ¿qué es vuestra Alaska? en el sentido de, ¿qué es esa cosa que lleváis tiempo  pensando hacer pero que no habéis podido o algo que siempre estáis dejando para una mejor ocasión? Para mí durante varios años fue saltar de un avión en paracaídas, aunque lo hice hace unos años (¡Y me encantó! No, no en tándem con otro, sino sola, aunque por supuesto tuve que completar un curso, etc, etc…). Alaska no es el único sitio en mi lista de lugares que quiero visitar. Como mi lista de libros para leer, es muy larga pero…

Did you realise it was quite this big?

¿Sabíais que era tan grande?

Así que decidme, ¿cuál es vuestra Alaska? 

Como os había prometido, os dejo un par de enlaces más sobre Alaska que tienen muy buena pinta (y es una buena manera para tenerlos a mano cuando planee mi viaje en más detalle):

The Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information

https://www.travelalaska.com/

The Alaska Organisation (Expert Travel Advice from Alaskans)

http://www.alaska.org/

Forget-Me-Not the State flower

No-me-olvides la flor oficial del estado

Porque yo soy así, y por razones evidentes, este  post me hizo pensar en una cantante que en realidad se llama Olvido (y qué nombre más bello), pero a la que siempre hemos conocido como Alaska. Así que os dejo un par de sus canciones de los ochenta. Y a las chicas/mujeres que no la hayan visto, echadle un vistazo a la portada del disco que aparece en el segundo video, y sabréis porque me gusta no solo escucharlo.

Alaska y Dinarama: ¿Cómo pudiste hacerme esto eso a mí? 


From the same album: Deseo Carnal: Un hombre de verdad 

Gracias a todos por leer, ver, y acordaos de pasarme consejos e información sobre viajes, y comentad, compartid, dadle al me gusta y haced CLIC is os apetece! 

Carreras de trineos (por lo visto este año tuvieron que irse más la Norte porque hacía demasiado calor)

Carreras de trineos (por lo visto este año tuvieron que irse más la Norte porque hacía demasiado calor)

Hi all:

Denali. Mt. McKinley

Denali. Mt. McKinley from Wikipedia

As you know my posts are a bit…whatever. I know the title of today’s it’s a bit weird, but let me explain.
This year (early May, to be precise) it’s a big birthday for me. OK, OK, I’m going to be 50. No big secret. I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to do something a bit special. Not a party (I don’t mind parties but in general I prefer to meet with a few friends or even have chats with people in a relaxed atmosphere and not keen on organising anything big at this moment), but I fancied a biggish trip. I don’t know why I got fixated on Alaska. It’s always been an attractive place for me. I imagine movies, adventure books, and the ring of it, the variety of climates, the sheer scale of the place, the many activities, and the outstanding beauty…

Here if you want to read more about it in Wikipedia:

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

I’m sharing some pictures on Wikipedia in this post and I’ll share some other links that  I found interesting too.

Due to personal circumstances some of you who read my blog regularly will be aware of, I don’t think I’ll manage to make the trip this year (I wasn’t necessarily planning to do it on the date of my birthday but at a more convenient time, as with Alaska I think planning the right time for the trip is all important). If any of you have visited or has any specific tips or sites they use to plan their trips, I’d be very grateful, as I intend to do the trip, even if it might be next year….

Augustine Volcano

Augustine Volcano

The question at the top of the blog refer to what’s your Alaska? in the sense of, what’s that think that you’ve been thinking about doing for a while, the top of your bucket list, or simply something that you’ve always saved for some better time to do? For quite a while I wanted to jump off a plane in a parachute, although I did that quite a few years back (and I loved it! No, not in tandem, by myself, although of course you have to do a course, etc, etc…). Alaska is not the only place in my list of places where I want to go. Like my list of TBR books, that’s quite long but…

Did you realise it was quite this big?

Did you realise it was quite this big?

So go on, tell me, what’s your Alaska? 

As promised, I leave you a couple more links about Alaska that look very good (and it’s a way of having them handy for when I get down to planning the trip in more detail):

The Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information (This one has beautiful pictures. Don’t miss them)

https://www.travelalaska.com/

The Alaska Organisation (Expert Travel Advice from Alaskans)

http://www.alaska.org/

Forget-Me-Not the State flower

Forget-Me-Not the State flower

Because this is me, and for somewhat evident but bizarre reasons, the post made me think of a singer whose real name is Olvido (Forgetfulness) but has always been known as…yes, you’ve guessed, Alaska. So here a couple of her songs from quite a few years back, that I love. Very eighties. Ah, ladies, if yo check the second one for the cover of the record (that now I have in CD, of course), you’ll see another reason why I love this album:

Alaska y Dinarama: ¿Cómo pudiste hacerme esto eso a mí? (How could you do that to me?)

From the same album: Deseo Carnal: Un hombre de verdad (A Real Man)

Thanks to all for reading, watching, and remember to pass any tips on travels that you might have, and comment, share, like and CLICK if you fancy! 

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I’ve read this year they had to move further North because it was too warm.

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Hi all:
My blogger friend Teagan Geneviene alerted me to the Sexy Saturday blog hop a while back, and although I joined the Facebook group and I’ve been following with interest I hadn’t got myself organised enough to post. But when I saw the sign-up list and the mention of kisses, I thought maybe I could share a few sentences of my WIP, the third book on my series Angelic Business (Angelic Business 3: Pink, Angel or Demon?)

This is my entry:

And then he leaned towards me and kissed me. And although I didn’t hear bells ringing and saw no fireworks, it was amazing. It was crazy, it was messed up, wrong, he wasn’t my type. For crying out loud! He wasn’t even a human being! But still, I didn’t want it to end. And we might still have been there now if it wasn’t because Jackson started coughing behind us, evidently to alert us to his presence.

Here I share the rules so you can see if you might want to join in future weeks:

1 ~ Sign up on the Linky list below for Saturday, March 7, 2015. The signup begins Sunday, March 1 at 12:01 am and ends Friday, March 6 at 11:59 pm.

2 ~ Post 7 paragraphs or 7 sentences or 7 words ONLY. The choice is yours. It can be from a WIP or something you already have published. Your post should be live by 9 am US Pacific Time on Saturday. Put those lucky 7s to work for you! NOTE: This is a blog hop and you need a blog to participate. If you are unsure of how your post should look, look back on past weeks to see what others have done. Minions comment and read your post. Trust us, they let us know if it doesn’t conform. This includes when your post is too long or two short or if you recycle an old post. Please stay within the guidelines as described.

3 ~ We’ve included the link where you can get the Linky code or just link back to My Sexy Saturday at www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.comRemember you must link back to us for participation if you do not show the Linky list. There are minions who check for this weekly. Authors ~ an email will be required to sign up for the blog hop.

4 ~ We are open to both published and unpublished authors. We also welcome your works-in-progress.

5 ~ Promote as much as you can. Our Twitter handle is @MySexySaturday. You can join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MySexySaturday/ and it is open to both readers and writers. Use #MySexySaturday, #Saturday7 or #MSS82 for this week’s #hashtags on both Twitter and Facebook so we can track our progress and readers can find us on both venues. We try to promote each and every author in the hop with a minimum of a tweet or two during the week as well as on other social media. We are run by volunteers and do our best to promote all authors who sign up. Use #MSSAuthors to get even more traction during the week as we watch for our authors and share or retweet their information.

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Thanks to Sexy Saturday for this blog hop, thanks to everybody for reading, and don’t forget to like, share, comment and of course CLICK!

Hola a todos:

Es viernes y toca novedad (o en este caso novedades) literarias. Hoy nos vuelve a visitar nuestro prolífico amigo Javier Haro Herráiz. Esta vez, además de traernos sus nuevos libros, aprovecho que hoy (si es que leéis el post el día 6 de Marzo, si no llegaréis un poco tarde) presenta su nueva novela, para anunciaros también la presentación, por si estáis en Valencia y os podéis pasar. Yo no voy a poder, pero no será por falta de ganas!

Primero, las novelas que Javier ha publicado recientemente:

TERROR Y THRILLER

LA CABAÑA de J.H.H.

LA CABAÑA de J.H.H.

LA CABAÑA…:

SINOPSIS…: Él conoce tus miedos más íntimos…

1ª PARTE…: EXCURSIÓN AL INFIERNO…: Un grupo de amigos deciden pasar un fin de semana en una cabaña perdida en los bosques de Virginia Occidental, sin saber que están a punto de adentrarse en la más horrible de las pesadillas.
2ª PARTE…: 10 AÑOS DESPUÉS…: Después de diez largos años, el terror vuelve a los bosques de Virginia Occidental cuando una familia decide solucionar una grave crisis pasando un fin de semana cerca de la cabaña maldita.
3ª PARTE…: EL FINAL DE SIMON HOCKSTER…: Han pasado otros cinco años, y parece que por fin el asesino de la cabaña ha encontrado un rival capaz de hacer frente a sus maléficos poderes de ultratumba. Pero podéis estar seguros de que no se rendirá sin plantar batalla.
4ª PARTE…: LA HISTORIA DE SIMON HOCKSTER, EL ORIGEN DE LA LEYENDA…: Conoceremos cómo Hockster se convirtió en una criatura de las sombras sedienta de sangre durante la segunda década del siglo veinte.

LINK…: http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00PHWV104

 

LOS FASCINANTES ENIGMAS DE JACKIE LAMONT de J.H.H.

LOS FASCINANTES ENIGMAS DE JACKIE LAMONT de J.H.H.

LOS FASCINANTES ENIGMAS DE JACKIE LAMONT…:

SINOPSIS…: Ella es Jackie Lamont, una avispada y exitosa escritora de novelas de terror erótico con una enorme facilidad para meterse en las situaciones más absurdas y peligrosas, y enfrentarse a los criminales más siniestros y malvados, entre ellos un culto de origen nazi o un peligroso asesino de prostitutas… Emoción, acción y unas cuantas pinceladas picantes en este libro de misterio e intriga ambientado en el Londres de los años treinta…

LINK…: http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00RC3R2W2

 

CIENCIA-FICCIÓN Y AVENTURA

BLANCO OMEGA 2.0 (EL PODER DE LOS FRAGMENTOS) de J.H.H.

BLANCO OMEGA 2.0 (EL PODER DE LOS FRAGMENTOS) de J.H.H.

BLANCO OMEGA: EL PODER DE LOS FRAGMENTOS…:

SINOPSIS…: Tras años de inactividad, Victor Gabriel Díaz López es requerido por los restos de la Fuerza Omega para convertirse en su único Campeón y Portador en un Nuevo Universo surgido de las cenizas del anterior… ¿Qué nuevos retos y villanos aguardan al flamante y valeroso héroe de Torrente?

LINK…: viewBook.at/B00P6CE3PU

 

OMEGAVERSO FICHAS de J.H.H.

OMEGAVERSO FICHAS de J.H.H.

OMEGAVERSO: FICHAS…:

SINOPSIS…: En este libro encontrarás todas las fichas de los personajes aparecidos en los cuatro primeros libros de la saga de BLANCO OMEGA… Poderes, habilidades, lugares de origen. Todo, absolutamente todo está en este libro.

LINK…: myBook.to/B00M74BI26

 

METRO CITY ARCHIVOS SECRETOS de J.H.H.

METRO CITY ARCHIVOS SECRETOS de J.H.H.

METRO CITY: ARCHIVOS SECRETOS…:

SINOPSIS…: DESCUBRE LOS PRIMEROS AÑOS DE LOS MAYORES HÉROES DE METRO CITY. SUS PRIMEROS ÉXITOS Y FRACASOS. DESCUBRE CÓMO SE FORMÓ EL JUSTICE COMMANDO Y DESCUBRE CUÁLES FUERON LOS MOTIVOS DE SU PRIMER ABANDONO…

 

LAS AVENTURAS DE SÚPER V de J.H.H.

LAS AVENTURAS DE SÚPER V de J.H.H.

LAS AVENTURAS DE SÚPER V…:

SINOPSIS…: El día de su decimoquinto cumpleaños el joven Víctor recibió el mejor regalo de su vida…: Unas zapatillas mágicas muy especiales. Unas zapatillas mágicas que lo llevaran a vivir aventuras súper emocionantes y conocer personajes de lo más interesantes… ¿Estás dispuesto a conocerlas tú también?

LINK…: http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00OGJZKQA

 

INVASION 0.1 DE J.H.H.

INVASION 0.1 DE J.H.H.

INVASIÓN 0.1…:

SINOPSIS…: Llegaron una noche de verano, y se hicieron con el control del Gobierno del Reino Unido, aislándolo del resto del Mundo mediante artimañas y subterfugios. Convirtieron el Palacio de Buckingham en una prisión e iniciaron un reinado de terror, convirtiendo a los británicos en esclavos sin esperanza…
Ahora sólo queda una esperanza, llamada Special Operative… Un grupo paramilitar fuertemente entrenado con una única misión: Acabar con el invasor y devolver a las islas británicas su libertad…

LINK…: http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00R8JMMTS

 

HUMOR Y DRAMA

EL HIJO DE PUTA de J. H.H.

EL HIJO DE PUTA de J. H.H.

EL HIJO DE PUTA…: Conclusión de la historia iniciada con MEMORIAS DE UN VIEJO CARRO. Esta es la historia de Luciano Segovia el “Mulato”, un hijo de puta en el sentido más literal de la expresión. Acostumbrado desde pequeño a convivir rodeado de mujeres de la vida, aprenderá a hacer de ello una “profesión” y su modo de subsistir, sin dejar por ello de ser un caballero.

LINK…:  viewBook.at/B00Q1SWF1C

Y como os había prometido, si podéis, no os perdáis, la:

PRESENTACIÓN LIBRO LOS CASOS DE LA INSPECTORA MUNT

LOS CASOS DE LA INSPECTORA MUNT de J.H.H.

LOS CASOS DE LA INSPECTORA MUNT de J.H.H.

LOS CASOS DE LA INSPECTORA MUNT…:

SINOPSIS…: La historia de una Inspectora de la Policía de Barcelona que hará lo imposible por esclarecer el asesinato de su compañero, acaecido dos años atrás, mientras intenta desmantelar una trama corrupta dentro del propio departamento y se enfrenta a los horrores de la vida moderna, como puedan ser asesinos en serie o un peligroso terrorista. Tensión y suspense garantizados de la primera a la última página…

LINK…: http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00SDBTUBI

La presentación tendrá lugar el día 6 de Marzo a las 19:00 horas en la librería BIBLIOMANIA de Valencia, sita en la Calle Marvà nº 9.

PLANO DE SITUACIÓN DE LA LIBRERÍA…: http://www.libreriabibliomania.com/donde-estamos.html

Todos estáis invitados, y  no os olvidéis de correr la voz.

Muchas gracias a Javier Haro Herráiz por traernos sus libros y por su invitación, a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC! Y si podéis, id a la presentación y contadme qué tal!

I must explain the background to this post. I saw that author Hans Hirschi (whom I had met through Twitter and Triberr) was seeking blogs for a blog tour just around Christmas time last year. Having heard about the book and being keen on reading it, I thought the tour would give me the perfect excuse (if I needed one). I signed in (the process was via a Google form. I must confess I don’t like them very much as I’m never sure they’ve gone. With the majority of blog tours I get an e-mail with the possible blog tours, I reply and I receive an answer directly from the organiser. That allows me to contact back if I haven’t heard anything in a while, but with the forms you have nobody to contact. End of my rant about Google forms.). I did tell the writer that I had signed for the tour, but never received anything from the tour organiser and assumed they must have had too many offers. When later the author told me he hadn’t seen my post I explained that I never received the book for review or the information. I suspect I must have entered the wrong e-mail address but…So, better late than never I decided to read the book and have included the rest of the material in the original tour in this post. (Thanks Hans and sorry again).

First, the post as it was meant to be:

 

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s debut virtual tour of The Fallen Angels of Karnataka

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Hans M. Hirschi

Published by:

Yaree AB

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Social Awareness, Literary, Travel

264 pages

Release Date: September 15, 2014

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In an isolated mountain town in Norway, Haakon dreams of traveling the world, pursuing adventure, seeing great cities, finding love. His very first trip to London with friends from university offers much promise, yet soon after tragedy strikes. Still young, and mourning the loss of his lover, Haakon is not ready to give up on his dream, so when a rich Englishman offers him the chance to join him on a tour of the world, Haakon takes it, daring to believe that his dream is finally coming true…but at what price?

The Fallen Angels of Karnataka is a novel filled with adventure, life’s hard-learned lessons, loss, despicable evil, and finally, love and redemption. See what others are saying about The Fallen Angels of Karnataka on the author’s media page here.

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The Fallen Angels of Karnataka is discounted to $5.99 right now, so grab a copy. The novel will not disappoint!

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Author Hans M. Hirschi

Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.

A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

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

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

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union, the Writers’ Center in Sweden and serves as chair of the Swedish Federation of Self- & Independent Publishers.

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I have removed the links to the giveaway and the tour as those are not live any longer. Sorry again about that!

Now, my review:

The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi. A dark fairy-tale treating a terrifying but all too real and difficult subject.

The Fallen Angels of Karnataka is a novel that reminded me of a variety of genres. It’s a bildungsroman. Haakon, the protagonist, is a young man from a small Norwegian farm, naïve and not knowledgeable in the ways of life. The book shows us the process of his sexual awakening, how he discovers he is gay, his first experiences, his first rejection and heartbreak, his first love, and his first loss.

At a time when he’s lost everything and he’s been given what he thinks is a death sentence, an Englishman steps in, Charles, and makes him an offer that seems too good to be true. (Yes, we know all about it, but…) Haakon has always dreamt of travelling, and Charles offers him a dream contract to be his travelling companion, acting as a fairy godmother (or godfather) of sorts. He solves all the problems (including finding him medication for his newly diagnosed HIV infection) and does not seem to want anything back other than company and organisational skills. Of course, things aren’t quite as they seem, and the fairy tale turns much seedier and darker later in the book.

We follow Haakon and Charles in their travels, and the book could have become a travelogue. But although the novel provides beautiful vignettes and interesting observations and reflections about the places visited, their travel is described more in terms of an emotional and spiritual experience than a guide book. The journey our hero embarks on allows the readers to follow how the character grows, loses his —at times terribly annoying, at least to me— naïveté and manages to find not only a partner (gorgeous, good and who has suffered too, one of the fallen angels of the title), but also a worthy mission.

Hans Hirschi tackles a difficult subject in this book. One of the most difficult subjects. Paedophilia. The fallen angels of the book title are not really fallen, but rather dragged down by adults who either aid and abate others or are themselves abusers. The author shines a light on some of the least tasteful aspects of an already difficult to deal with topic, by highlighting the plight of children who are abused because they are seen as dispensable. We’ve all heard of sexual tourism and this is an extreme example of it. Although the topic is distasteful and something that plenty of readers would much rather not read about, the author manages to build credible characters that do not completely lose their humanity, even though some of their behaviours might be abhorrent. Haakon acts, in a way, as a foil and reflects the attitude of most readers, who would find it difficult to reconcile how somebody who seems so kind, educated, sophisticated and helpful could also abuse children. It is also a cautionary tale that reminds us appearances can be very deceptive.

The ending is positive, in keeping with the fairy-tale aspect of it, and although not perfect, the hero’s journey shares on universal themes and shows character development and a well-constructed plot and structure. We can’t help but hope that in real life all these kids will find a place and there will be no more fallen angels.

The book is beautifully written and the omniscient narrator allows us to see and understand things from different characters’ point of view (mainly Haakon’s but not exclusively). That helps up share in his experiences but at times puts us in a very uncomfortable position, being party to thoughts or desires and impulses of deeply flawed characters.

I would recommend this book to readers who dare to explore darker subjects. It will be quite a ride but the rewards will be plenty. I don’t know if the writer has thought about revisiting any of the characters again, but I for one would love to hear more of Mahender’s story (hard as it would be). And I will put other works by the author in my list of future reads.

Thanks to the author for kindly allowing me to take part, even if well past the date, on the tour, thanks to all of you for reading, and please, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Hola a todos:

He leído y oído una variedad de argumentos sobre el tema de las reseñas. Muchos de los consejos para autores hablan de la necesidad de obtener reseñas, de lo importantes que son, de reseñas profesionales (las que proveen gente que se dedica a hacer reseñas como profesión. No conozco muchos sitios en español, en inglés, Kirkus reviews son muy conocidos, y allí les envías tu libro y si lo aceptan, pagas for una reseña honesta, así que puedes acabar pagando para que digan algo malo de tu libro… eso sin nombrar algunos casos escandalosos de hace poco), sobre blogueros que reseñan libros en blogs literarios, sobre métodos para intentar conseguir reseñas antes de publicar el libro (lo que en inglés llaman copias para reseñas de avance, que no es lo mismo que los lectores beta o cero) ya que las ventas parecen estar relacionadas con las  reseñas. (Es lo de la gallina y el huevo. Como intentar conseguir un trabajo en algo en lo que no has trabajado nunca. Los jefes buscan a gente con experiencia pero no es posible conseguir experiencia si nadie te ofrece el primer trabajo. Puede ser más fácil si eres un autor con otros libros publicados pero aún y así… Bienvenidos a este mundo. Os aseguro que la psiquiatría puede parecer menos complicada en comparación a esto). Incluso si intentas  ofrecer tu libro gratis y quieres promocionarlo en algunos sitios web, requieren un número mínimo de reseñas de cinco estrellas… (y si estáis acostumbrados a algunos de los lugares que ofrecen estos servicios en inglés, como Bookbub, sabréis que tenéis que pagar bastante por el privilegio. Sí, queridos lectores, uno tiene que pagar para anunciar que vas a regalar tu libro. Ya os había comentado que la psiquiatría es fácil a comparación con esto).

I know it has nothing to do with angels but I promised you more pictures

Ya sé que esto no tiene nada que ver con ángeles, pero os prometí más fotos.

Hace poco leí el post de una autora (Angel Sefer, en inglés) cuya opinión sobre las reseñas es muy parecida a la mía. Hay gente que cree que los autores no tendrían que reseñar los libros de otros autores porque puede que uno esté influenciado, o que lo haga como parte de un intercambio de reseñas con otro escritor y por tanto la reseña no será “honesta” (sea cuál sea la definición que escojáis de la palabra en cuestión.Hoy en día se usa de una forma tan elástica que es difícil de reconocer). Un escritor y lector me dijo recientemente que puede que a los lectores no les guste si creen que las recomendaciones de un autor no son sinceras y recomiendan un mal libro. Es un punto de vista similar al anterior. Amazon opina que los autores no deberían reseñar a otros autores que escriban en el mismo género ya que sería competición desleal (parece que creen que intentaríamos apuñalarnos por la espalda. Y no es que yo diga que no pasa jamás, pero…) .

Soy lectora. He leído desde que aprendí cómo hacerlo, y es uno de mis amores por los que mi pasión no disminuye con el tiempo. La vida siempre me ha parecido mejor con un libro (o un lector de libro electrónicos lleno de libros estos días) en las manos. Soy licenciada, tengo un doctorado en Literatura americana y estoy acostumbrada a escribir sobre libros y me encanta. Comentar y reseñar libros depués de leerlos para mí aumenta el placer de la experiencia, y me ayuda como escritora. No me preocupa mucho el número de estrellas (en el caso de Amazon, su única guía es que 5 estrellas quiere decir ‘I love it’ (me encanta), 4 ‘I like it’ (me gusta), 3 ‘It’s OK’ (está bien), 2 ‘I don’t like it’ (no me gusta) and 1 ‘I hate it’ (lo odio). No dice que solo le debemos dar 5 estrellas al mejor libro que hayamos leído, porque entonces tendríamos que escoger entre todos los libros que hemos leído en la vida y los que podamos leer en el futuro, y si pensáis en otros productos, porque como sabemos Amazon vende de todo o casi, ¿cuándo le daríais 5 estrellas a otro tipo de productos? Si lo recibís a tiempo, está entero, funciona bien y hace lo que se supone que tiene que hacer. ¿O esperáis que una tele os haga el desayuno, o que una plancha os cuente las noticias?) Me interesa más explicar las cosas que hacen que disfrute el libro, y que lo hacen diferente y especial para mí, si lo es. Soy muy consciente de que todos tenemos gustos distintos y al remarcar sobre distintos aspectos del libro confío en que otros puedan hacerse una mejor idea de si les podría gustar el libro o no. Por ejemplo, a mí no me gustan demasiado las descripciones larguísimas de gente, lugares y ropa, pero admiro el conocimiento y el talento de algunos autores al escribirlas y sé que hay gente a las que les encantan. No son malas, simplemente es algo que yo no escogería como preferencia. Pero yo no soy la persona que ha escrito el libro y sé lo duro que es escribir editar y corregir un libro las veces que haga falta. Sí, puede que me guste una idea y que se me ocurran otras maneras de escribir la misma historia, pero no soy ni la autora ni la editora del libro, así que no basaría mi juicio en lo que yo haría en su lugar. Esa no es la tarea del que escribe reseñas. El autor merece respeto.

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Yo también reseño libros para una revista digital y en las instrucciones que recibimos se incluyen las directrices que debemos seguir y si no nos gusta un libro debemos darle una puntuación baja. Por suerte, de momento no me ha pasado.

También participo en blog tours. Por regla general uno de los requisitos, si accedes a incluir una reseña del libro en cuestión, es que si tu reseña va a ser de menos de 3 estrellas debes abstenerte de publicarla mientras dure el tour pero puedes publicarla una vez haya acabado. A mí me suena razonable, y por supuesto nadie te obliga a participar. (Por cierto, a los blogs que participan en un tour no se les paga por participar, aunque si accedes a reseñar el libro te envían una copia gratuíta unas semanas antes. Y por regla general te da las gracias el organizador del tour y el autor. Eso es todo.) Confieso que en una ocasión me retiré de un blog tour. No es que yo creyera que el libro merecía menos de 3 estrellas, pero no lo disfruté y no se me ocurría nada que  yo pudiese escribir que le hiciese justicia al libro. Simplemente el libro y yo no encajamos. Y no, no os diré qué libro era. Le va bastante bien y evidentemente hay mucha gente que no piensa lo mismo que yo. Soy feliz por el autor/a.

Mi opinión personal sobre esto es que sería una pérdida de tiempo y una tontería no escribir reseñas solo porque yo también escribo libros. No creo que uno pueda ser escritor si uno no es un lector empedernido. Intentaré escribir reseñas bien pensadas y espero que les sirvan como guía a otros futuros lectores para saber si puede gustarles o no el libro, sea la que sea mi opinión personal. Si no me gusta nada un libro y creo que le daría una puntuación muy baja, no publicaré la reseña. Yo publicaría una mala reseña de un producto que en mi opinión supusiera un peligro para alguien, o fuera un fraude o una estafa, pero los libros llevan mucho más trabajo y requieren mucho  más esfuerzo que el dinero que cuestan, y mi gusto personal no es para nada la última palabra en cuanto a libros (o a cualquier otra cosa) se refiere.

Aparte de en mi blog y en Lit World Interviews (solo en inglés, un blog donde tengo el honor de colaborar cuando puedo) también publico mis reseñas en Goodreads, Amazon, Riffle, Booklikes y donde se me ocurre.

Not an angel but gorgeous

No es un ángel pero es bellísima

Gracias por leer, perdonad por el sermón, y por favor, decidme que pensáis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, y compartid si os apetece. Algunos de los enlaces os llevan a mi página en los sitios web como ejemplo, y… ¡porque nunca se sabe!

 

Hi all:

I’ve read and heard a variety of arguments on the subject or reviews. Much advice to authors focuses on the need to obtain reviews, on how important they are, on professional reviews (yes, because scandals apart, there are places, Kirkus reviews to name one of the best known, for example, that provide reviews for money, but we’re talking about honest, unbiased reviews, so as an author you might be in the weird situation of paying to get something bad said about you…hey, one can get that for free!), on bloggers who provide reviews, on methods to try and get reviews even before the book is finished (the famous ARC or ‘advance review copy’) as sales seem somehow linked to reviews. (It’s a bit of a catch 22 situations. Like trying to get a job on something you’ve never worked on before. Employers want experience and recommendations but you can’t get experience unless you get a first job on the field. Welcome to this world. Psychiatry is easy by comparison). Even if you’re trying to give your book for free, if you want to advertise it in certain sites, you need to have a number of five star reviews…(and in some cases pay a fair amount, like with Bookbub. Yes, dear readers, you have to pay to advertise that your book is for free. I told you psychiatry was easier in comparison).

I know it has nothing to do with angels but I promised you more pictures

I know it has nothing to do with angels but I promised you more pictures

More recently I also read a post by an author (Angel Sefer) whose take on author reviews  is quite similar to mine. Some people feel authors shouldn’t review other authors because they might be biased, or be doing it as an exchange with other authors and therefore their reviews won’t be “honest” (whatever definition of that you might choose. I think the term is very elastic these days and has been deconstructed beyond recognition). A writer and reader recently told me that readers might not take it kindly if they think that authors’ recommendation are not sincere and we’re recommending bad work, I guess making a very similar point. Amazon seems to think that authors should not review other writers in their same gender as it would be unfair competition (it seems they take the view that we’ll try and stab each other in the back).

I’m a reader. I’ve read since I learned how to, and it is one of my most enduring loves. Live always feels better with a book (or an e-reader full of books these days) in my hands. I have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and I’m used to writing about books and love it. Commenting on books and reviewing them afterwards enhances the experience for me. I’m not that bothered about the number of stars (in the case of Amazon, their only guidance is that 5 stars means ‘I love it’, 4 ‘I like it’, 3 ‘It’s OK’, 2 ‘I don’t like it’ and 1 ‘I hate it’. It doesn’t say that you should only give 5 stars to the best book you’ve ever read, because then you would have to choose one of the books you’ve read in all your life, and even make a judgement on the books you might read int he future, and if you think about other products, because Amazon as we know sells everything or pretty close, when would you give 5 stars to other products? If you get it quickly, it works well, and it does what it’s supposed to do. Or would you expect a TV to make you breakfast, or an iron to tell you the news?) I’m more interested in explaining the things that made the book enjoyable, distinctive and special for me. I’m fully aware that people have different tastes and by highlighting different aspects of the books I think others might get a better idea if they’d like the book or not. For example, I’m not that enamoured of very long descriptions of people, places and clothes, but I can admire and acknowledge the skills of some authors writing them and I know some people love them. They are not bad, they’re just not what I’d choose. But I’m not the person writing the book and I know how hard it is to write, edit and correct time and again a book. Yes, I might like an idea and think of other ways of writing the same story, but I’m neither the author nor the editor, so I wouldn’t base my judgement on what I’d do instead. That’s not my task as a reviewer. Authors deserve respect.

And another one

And another one

I review books for an online magazine and as part of the instructions we get is that we have to follow guidelines and if we don’t like a book we must give it a low score. Luckily, so far it hasn’t happened.

I also take part in book blogs. The usual understanding, if you agree to provide reviews, is that if you feel your review is going to be under 3 stars you should abstain from publishing it during the time of the tour but are free to do so afterwards. It sounds reasonable to me, and of course you’re not obliged to take part. (By the way, blogs taking part in blog tours are not paid for taking part, although if you agree to review you’re sent a copy of the book in advance. And usually get thanked by the organiser and the author.That is it.) I’ll confess in one occasion I withdrew from a blog tour. I didn’t think the book deserved less than 3 stars, but I didn’t enjoy it and couldn’t think of something fair to the book I could write. The book and I were simply not a good fit. And no, I won’t tell you what book it was. It’s doing quite well and evidently many people think differently from me. I’m pleased for the author.

My personal take on the matter is that it would be a waste and silly not to write reviews just because I happen to write too. I don’t think one can be a writer if one is not a reader. I will try and write thought-out reviews that I hope can give others an indication of what they might or might not like in a book, whatever my personal take on it. If I don’t like a book and think that I would give it a very low score, I would not post a review. I would post a bad review of a product that I felt would endanger somebody or was a fraud or a rip-off, but books take a lot more work than the money they charge for them, and my personal taste is by no means the be all and end all.

I post reviews, apart from in my blog and for Lit World Interviews (where I collaborate when I can), in Goodreads, Amazon, Riffle, Booklikes and wherever else I can think of.

Not an angel but gorgeous

Not an angel but gorgeous

Thanks for reading, sorry for the sermon, and please, tell me what you think, like, share, and comment if you feel like it. The links take you to my pages in some of the sites as an example and because… one never knows!

 

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