Archives for the month of: April, 2015

Thanks so much to Ailsa Abraham Author​ for a great interview and for the hospitality. Beware! Today I talk about my books!

The Bingergread Cottage

Welcome back. Still chatting to Olga. Finally, your own work! Tell us all about your writing.

Thanks Ailsa. I’ve been writing since I was quite young, although, thankfully, most of it has been lost in the darkness of time. The first novel I published, called ‘The Man Who Never Was’ is a story about Jesús, a canvis portada 2 ingvery ugly boy, and his very special family. I was very influenced by Magic Realism at the time when I wrote the first draft (I must have been 17 or 18) but have worked on the story a lot since.

Twin EvilsThe second story ‘Twin Evils?’ I also wrote years back. It’s a novella about a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, complete opposites of each other, and a their best friend, a girl their age, who finds it difficult to keep neutral between them. I published it as a YA story, although…

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Thanks so much to Ailsa Abraham Author​ for having me as a guest! If you haven’t met her yet, go over and visit!

The Bingergread Cottage

You may remember that I had the most amazing good fortune to have coffee with an on-line friend in Barcelona recently. She is so interesting that I wanted her to come and chat with the rest of you, as she did with us. I have found my French doppelgänger in the UK but now my Catalan one too. Olga has lived in England as long as I have in France so we swapped stories of being “foreign”! 

Olga, darling – step off the magic carpet and give me a big hug. Lily remembers you and wants a fuss and I’m sure Badger will be in shortly with some drinks.

Tell us – you are a forensic psychiatrist. What is that? What do you do?Escaping Psychiatry final

First, thanks so much for having me at your cottage. I’ve enjoyed all the visitors you’ve had so far and I loved meeting you and your…

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Beach Reads Giveaway!

Beach Reads Giveaway!

Hi all:
You’ll remember today I’ve just shared a video and promised more news. Here they are.

WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY! AND IT’S MASSIVE!

Just to remind you, a number of authors have joined forces to bring you books for those (hopefully!) sunny days. ‘Beach Reads’.

Here is the video:

What’s best still, even more writers are taking part in the giveaway, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. You just need to participate in the Rafflecopter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have time from now until the end of May.

And ONE lucky winner will get a collection of books that should make anybody read to their hearts (and sighs) content.

Don’t be shy, go and try!

Best of luck.

Thanks for reading, and go sharing!

Hola a todos:

Estaba preparando un post sobre marketing, cuando de repente me di cuenta de que la semana pasada había sido muy larga y había hecho muchas cosas.

Había conocido a gente

Autora Ailsa Abraham y su marido!

Autora Ailsa Abraham y su marido!

Ailsa Abraham es una escritora y bloguera a la que conocí a través de las redes y que estaba de vacaciones cerca de Barcelona, y se vino a visitarme con su marido y su perrita Lily.

Fue el cumpleaños de mi madre:

No se me dan bien los selfies y no tengo un palo alargador de esos. Delante de la Catedral de Barcelona

No se me dan bien los selfies y no tengo un palo alargador de esos. Delante de la Catedral de Barcelona

Hicimos gestiones, vi a amistades (hola Montse!) y nos paseamos por San Jordi (y no tengo foto pero vimos a David Lucas y Josep Capsir. ¡Qué majos!)

El viernes de vuelta a Inglaterra.

Así que pensé que necesitaba un descanso. Por suerte, las escritoras de un grupo al que pertenezco, unas mujeres con muchísimo talento, pensaron que ya que el tiempo está mejorando, hay que ponerse a pensar en qué leeremos en la playa. Así que si leéis inglés, os dejo el video de promoción (sé que habrá regalos y más cosas):

Y siguiendo con el tema de la playa, un vecino me había guardado esta pieza de la artista Ashley O’Neal, que es una de su serie Drifting Bones (Huesos a la deriva)

Drifting Bones by Ashley O'Neal

Drifting Bones by Ashley O’Neal

Mucha gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid,  y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

I was preparing (I’ve prepared it already) a post asking more questions on book marketing, and then I thought… Last week was quite long, seeing people…

Ailsa Abraham and he hubbie!

Ailsa Abraham and he hubbie!

(By the way, what a joy meeting Ailsa, Peter (a.k.a. Badger) and Lily, in person), celebrating my mother’s birthday

No good at selfies and don't have one of these stick-like thingis. In front of the Cathedral of Barcelona

No good at selfies and don’t have one of these stick-like thingis. In front of the Cathedral of Barcelona

trying to sort a few things, traveling back to the UK…

So I though a light post would do.

And luckily, a group of very talented writers I belong to came to the rescue. They decided that as the weather is improving, it’s time to get our Beach Reads ready, and to promote the idea, here is the video. I know there are giveaways and things coming up, so I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

And talking about beaches, when I got home, my next door neighbour had been keeping something for me all this time. A work of art by Ashley O’Neal. One of her series Drifting Bones.

Drifting Bones by Ashley O'Neal

Drifting Bones by Ashley O’Neal

Thank you so much for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share, and… go find something to CLICK!

Hola a todos:

Ayer fue Sant Jordi, día del Libro, y espero que tuviéseis ocasión de abastaceros con algunas novedades, pero por si acaso…

Viernes es mi día de traeros escritores invitados (ya sean clásicos o actuales) y novedades literarias. Siempre me alegro cuando alguno de los autores que ha estado ya aquí nos vuelve a visitar, y hoy es una de estas ocasiones.

Como recordaréis, Adelfa Martín ha pasado por aquí con anterioridad, y recientemente tuve la oportunidad de compartir la reseña de una de sus novelas La Perla Negra (por si os lo perdísteis, aquí os dejo el enlace). Así que cuando leí que estaba a punto de lanzar su nueva novela decidí traérosla.

Aquí está:

La casa de piedra de Adelfa Martín

La casa de piedra de Adelfa Martín

La casa de piedra

La casa de piedra es una novela que se puede catalogar como una saga familiar, ya que se trata -primordialmente-, de la vida de la familia Sirenio, con énfasis en la de sus primogénitos varones, que se inicia en los albores de la Primera Guerra Mundial y finaliza en nuestros días.
Hay cierta vena romántica que identifica a estos hombres soñadores, –algunos de ellos–, amantes de las aventuras, pero que sin embargo, siempre regresan a La casa de piedra y a Bahía Blanca, donde están sus raíces.
El primer Sirenio se ve inmiscuido – de alguna forma-, en el asesinato del Príncipe Francisco Fernando, heredero al trono de Habsburgo, lo cual según algunas opiniones, desencadenó la Primera Guerra Mundial. El siguiente Sirenio, creyendo resarcir a la humanidad de una supuesta culpabilidad de su padre, se involucra durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial en ayudar a familias judías francesas a huir a Suiza. En lo personal, vive un apasionado romance con la primera Morena, que pasa por el peligro de escapadas de la Francia ocupada, terminando en un feliz matrimonio.
El tercero es sencillamente un empresario, que considera muy románticos los hechos de sus antepasados, pero que más pragmático, se dedica exclusivamente a acrecentar las empresas, aunque sus hijos también llevan los nombres de Leonardo y Morena.
Pero su hijo, o sea, el cuarto Sirenio, ¡ese es otra cosa! Leonardo Sirenio Vargas, si es capaz de sacarle canas verdes a su padre. Su aventura comienza en el Sarajevo de nuestros días, donde ayuda a una joven, –de la cual se enamora perdidamente, y con quien vive una historia realmente hermosa, romántica y trágica–, a restituir a la recién descubierta familia materna musulmana de ella, -que ignoraba que existía-, un antiquísimo Corán, joya única en el mundo.
Sus ires y venires lo llevan hasta México, donde experimenta la magia de un matrimonio maya, que se lleva a cabo en uno de los múltiples cenotes cercanos a Cancún, pero donde también se ve en cierta forma involucrado, y de manera fatal, con gente muy mala y peligrosa.
Aun con sus distintas circunstancias, algo profundo caracteriza a estos hombres unidos por la consanguinidad: Su nobleza, generosidad y calidad humana.

Enlaces:

http://www.amazon.com/Casa-Piedra-Spanish-Adelfa-Martin-ebook/dp/B00W032Q6Q/

http://www.amazon.es/Casa-Piedra-Spanish-Adelfa-Martin-ebook/dp/B00W032Q6Q/

También disponible ya en papel:

Paperback:  myBook.to/lacasapapel

Y os recuerdo la página de Amazon de Adelfa, para que no os perdáis sus otras novelas, siempre con un énfasis en temas que azuzan la conciencia de la sociedad en que vivimos:

http://www.amazon.com/ADELFA-MART%C3%8CN/e/B00CDGJCFI/

Gracias a Adelfa por su nueva novela, a vosotros por leer, y  ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know, Fridays is a day I dedicate to guest authors or new books. It’s always a great pleasure for me to bring you new books by authors who’ve graced by blog before, and even more so when I’ve read and shared my opinion of their work before. This is the case with today’s offering.

I read and adored ‘Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads‘ by S. R. Mallery (here you can check my post) and when I saw the author had published another collection of short stories, I could not resist.

Tales to Count On by S.R. Mallery

Tales to Count On by S.R. Mallery

Tales to Count On

Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these TALES TO COUNT ON, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTDS fallout, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.

http://www.amazon.com/TALES-COUNT-S-R-Mallery-ebook/dp/B00UCBENY6/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TALES-COUNT-S-R-Mallery-ebook/dp/B00UCBENY6/

The book has great reviews but I could not resist sharing this one:

5.0 out of 5 stars `Word counts’ and other non-sequiturs April 10, 2015

By Grady Harp

Format:Kindle Edition

Los Angeles author S. R. (Sarah) Mallery since her graduation from UCLA has enjoyed a varied career as a professional production artist, editor, ESL teacher, and tutor – but she also has been significantly involved as a classical/pop singer/composer working in clubs and churches while composing for educational filmstrips, having her own calligraphy company, a twenty-year quilting and craft artist and business, and now she devotes her time as an historical fiction writer, writing short stories in particular, as challenging a writing skill as any. She is a member of ASMWG (Authors’ Social Media Support Group) and has been published in both collections of her own works as well as anthologies with other writers published by Scars Publications, Chitra Publications, and House of White Birches. Her current publisher is Mockingbird Lane Press. Having read three of her books, now, likely classifies this reader as a Mallery addict.

Quite cleverly Sarah presents the reader with the Word Count conundrum – whether the length of a story is commensurate with the impact – and then proceeds to offer her wonderfully diverse tales in ascending order – shortest to longest. And to prove her point he first story GOOD ADVICE in a couple of pages relates an in control therapist in a women’s shelter, admired by all for the calm with which she handles her telephone please for help only face a abrupt situation of the terminal category at story’s end. In an equally brief tale – A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY – a visit to a zoo finds a tiger (Rudolfo) inadvertently picking up a discarded cigarette and out of rage having retribution by the discarding smoker. And another -THE KITCHEN – a nightmare of filth faces a maid whose employer has simply stepped out for a trip to the bank – or to her bed, a sanctum from her disengagement with the real world.

The stories grow linger but still corrupt reason in Sarah’s inimitable manner of imaginative tales: GIFTS – `In 1935, Peter was too young to know better. Dim lights, he figured–yes, it was the dim lights, the root of All Evil, that had done him in. Everyone else understood that maneuvering past the row of Stage Right columns, even well lit, wasn’t an easy task for anyone, much less a six-year-old claiming he couldn’t see. Just shy of Stage Left, he would often trip, catching himself on either his mother’s or his father’s arm. It was then that he finally wised up. He learned the inevitability of one of his parents sticking out their right toe to snag him as he went by–one night it might be his father’s, the next, his mother’s. They seemed to take turns. “If only I didn’t have to wear this eye patch,” he muttered from time to time, but his father’s, “Keep it on, Peter! Remember, that’s a big part of the act, kid!” haunted his every move. At first, he would turn to his mother–her theatrical makeup softening like a candle outside on a hot August day–the same mother who always stood helpless as her sweaty, rum-soaked husband returned home night after night, stumbling up their back steps and heading straight for their only child cowering in the farthest corner possible.’

That is the flavor of her alchemy with words. Or as the synopsis phrases it, `Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these TALES TO COUNT ON, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD fallout, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.’ And not a one of these stories fails to satisfy.

But what the reader takes away from these compelling stories is that Mallery is a brilliant wordsmith – a unique artist who has mastered her medium! Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 15

Author S.R. Mallery

Author S.R. Mallery

Here is Sarah’s Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/

And if you want to check her links in other places:

Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com

Twitter:  @SarahMallery1

Facebook:  

http://facebook.com/pages/SR-Mallery-Sarah-Mallery/356495387768574

Goodreads:  

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7067421.S_R_Mallery

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/sarahmallery1/

Thanks so much to Sarah for her new book, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Here is Ailsa’s chronicle of our meeting. Thanks to her, badger and Lily for braving the traffic and getting to Barcelona. Great to catch up, talk about all things great and wonderful, and especially funny, and some plans for future chats and meets.

The Bingergread Cottage

Got to face it, I’m a country mouse. When I go to London, Badger hands me over to the Assistant Otter-Keeper, Spike who takes my hand to cross roads, ensures my shoelaces are done up and stops me running across to investigate sweetie or teddy-bear shops.

Today proved two things: 1) SatNav is way better than an out of date map which does not show one-way streets when driving in foreign cities.  2) While I have a flair for languages, I am completely useless with roads. Even as a pedestrian I can cause mayhem as I showed in Barcelona today when I used the crossing against the lights in the path of an on-coming cop on a scooter. I bowed and resisted the urge to shout “Ya big gurlie – get a proper bike” cos I didn’t know the expression in Spanish. Just as well, really. As it was he shouted…

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Thanks so much to Luccia Gray for asking me to contribute to her A to Z challenge talking about translations.

Rereading Jane Eyre

April Author Spotlight 2015

Letter ‘S’ is for Olga Nuñez Miret, Spanish Translator and author

S

Why do I recommend translating your novel into Spanish?

Spanish is spoken by 410 million as a first language and by 90 million speakers as a second language. English has 360 million native speakers and 400 million speakers as a second language. By second language I mean people who speak the language as well as another language fluently. That means that there are almost 1,300 million fluent speakers of English and Spanish. That’s a huge number of people. It’s 300 million speakers more than Mandarin Chinese. (There are also over 600 million speakers of English as a foreign language with varying degrees of competency, but these are not included in the figures I’ve mentioned). It sounds like a good idea to have your book available to a wider audience, but I’ll let Olga tell you…

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Hola a todos:

Recordaréis que hace unas semanas os pedí ayuda para cambiarle la portada a mi primera novela ‘El hombre que nunca existió‘ con ocasión de una nueva edición corregida (gracias Paloma Caral) y de que llevaba tiempo pensando que no debería tener dos portadas distintas (una para la versión inglesa y otra para la versión en español) del mismo libro.

Gracias a vuestros comentarios, Lourdes Vidal (amiga y diseñadora) y yo (más ella que yo) nos decidimos por una portada nueva, y ya puestos, cambié las categorías del libro (de hecho no creo que nunca llegue a encajar bien en ningún sitio, a menos que como me decía una autora amiga, Martie, creen una categoría para libros raro).

Encontré también los posts que había dedicado al libro cuando empecé el blog, que incluyen varias entrevistas donde los personajes hablan de sus experiencias, y como entonces no os conocía a muchos de vosotros, y con esta ocasión, se me ocurrió compartir uno en el que Jesús, el protagonista, nos cuenta cómo entró en escena.

Primero, la portada:

El hombre que nunca existió. Portada de Lourdes Vidal

El hombre que nunca existió. Portada de Lourdes Vidal

Y aquí, le cedo la palabra a Jesús:

¿Os habéis preguntado alguna vez como os sentiríais si la gente os juzgara con sólo veros? Yo estoy acostumbrado a ello. Me llamo Jesús y nací feo (bueno, supongo que sigo siendo feo, pero llevo tantos años viéndome que ya no me doy cuenta). Muy feo. Mi nacimiento de hecho se ha convertido en leyenda familiar,y sale a relucir cada vez que hay alguna reunión o acontecimiento de familia. Ya sabéis: bodas, bautizos, comuniones, entierros…

Mi abuela siempre me dice que yo le pegué un susto de muerte cuando nací. Mi madre, Adelina, a la que nunca le gustó hacer las cosas como los demás, decidió no ir al hospital y me tuvo en casa. Por lo visto estaba aullando como una desesperada (el médico llegó tarde. Andaba muy ocupado el buen hombre) y yo nací…pues lo mejor que pude. Fotos no he visto, porque nadie se atrevió a sacarme una foto. Nací cubierto de pelo negro y abrí los ojos al nacer, sin llorar ni nada. Mi abuela al verme cubierto de pelo (‘como un monito, me decía, y siempre añadía, ‘pero aún más feo y más peludo’) y con aquellos ojos exclamó ‘Jesús!’. Parece que se pensó que yo era como el diablo.

Me quedé con el nombre porque a nadie se le ocurrió ninguno mejor, y pensaron que igual me protegería…

La cuestión es que la leyenda de mi nacimiento me ha seguido toda la vida, y todo el mundo me mira preguntándose si de veras hay algo diabólico en mí y cuando se manifestará. Hay que reconocer que la gente es algo tonta, pero mi cara y mi aspecto me ha complicado algo la vida. Aunque en realidad sospecho que mi vida habría sido complicada aunque me hubiera parecido a Johnny Depp.

El libro sigue estando disponible en Amazon y en algunos otros sitios (y estoy a la espera de su distribución a algunos más).

Aquí os dejo el enlace en Amazon:

http://bit.ly/1rOwF9a

Y también:

Page Foundry:

http://bit.ly/1yE9rJR

Scribd:

http://bit.ly/1Or4NRj

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1baCV7i

Apple:

http://apple.co/1E3nRDV

Y por si os interesa estar al día de otros lugares donde estén disponibles mis libros, os dejo el enlace a mi página de web.

http://www.OlgaNM.com

Gracias a todos por la ayuda con la portada, gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y  haced CLIC!

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