Archives for the month of: May, 2015

Hola a todos:

Como es viernes toca novedad literaria o autor invitado. Intento organizarme con una lista donde apunto las nuevas novelas que veo que me parecen interesantes. Y hoy me llamó la atención un título del escritor Alexander Weinberg al que conozco de varios grupos.

Las manos de la venganza de Alexander Weinberg

Las manos de la venganza de Alexander Weinberg

Las manos de la venganza

Diversas personas relacionadas con una revista literaria de Nueva York reciben una misteriosa carta en la que se les amenaza de muerte. En ella, su autor les anuncia que tienen el plazo de tres días para descubrir en qué le ofendieron o, de lo contrario, pagarán su agravio con su propia vida.

Paralelamente, alguien empieza a limpiar las calles de mendigos. El modus operandi es extraño: las víctimas aparecen desnudas, con la cabeza afeitada y sin que presenten rastro alguno de violencia.

A medida que las investigaciones avanzan, la policía comienza a sospechar que quizá ambos casos tengan una extraña relación y que los empleados de la revista no le estén contando toda la verdad. Es posible, incluso, que la venganza que alguien está llevando a cabo no sea del todo injustificada.

Sumérgete en esta intrigante historia repleta de mentiras, engaños y malas intenciones. En ella, la antigua frase lapidaria “quien esté libre de pecado que lance la primera piedra” adquirirá un nuevo significado…

http://www.amazon.com/manos-venganza-Spanish-Alexander-Weinberg-ebook/dp/B00XNRTPOE/

http://www.amazon.es/manos-venganza-Spanish-Alexander-Weinberg-ebook/dp/B00XNRTPOE/

Por si se os había pasado su anterior novela, que está causando furor:

La conjura, de Alexander Weinberg

La conjura, de Alexander Weinberg

La conjura

Año 2024. Tras dos mandatos presidenciales que casi han llevado el país a la quiebra, Robert Nolan logra alcanzar la presidencia de los Estados Unidos de América. El interés mediático es tal que la ciudad de Washington se llena de medios de comunicación venidos de todo el mundo. Y es que no sólo ha heredado una profunda crisis económica, además, debe convencer al congreso de que acepte su paquete de medidas anti-crisis o de lo contrario el sistema entrará en fallida. Paralelamente y de manera casual, enviada desde Londres por la BBC, Sandra Bocks descubrirá su oscuro plan B. Tras un encuentro fortuito con el capitán de las Fuerzas Especiales David Miller, se ve envuelta en una terrorífica conspiración orquestada por el Presidente y la CIA. Con la ciudad bajo el estrecho control de los militares y un grupo de mercenarios pisándoles los talones, Sandra y David deberán permanecer vivos el tiempo suficiente para desvelarle al mundo la atroz masacre que está a punto de llevarse a cabo y la horrorosa verdad que se esconde tras las medidas propuestas por el nuevo Presidente: “Si matamos a todo aquél que suponga un gasto, por cada bala que utilicemos ahorraremos 8.000 dólares.”

http://www.amazon.com/conjura-Spanish-Alexander-Weinberg-ebook/dp/B00J9L9ZNY/

http://www.amazon.es/conjura-Spanish-Alexander-Weinberg-ebook/dp/B00J9L9ZNY/

Y por si queréis seguir al autor, este es su sitio web:

alexanderweinberg.com

Muchas gracias a Alexander por traernos sus libros, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

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Hi all:

Today is Friday and it’s guest author day. I have known R.E. McDermott (or Bob for his friends) for a while and had his book in my list to read for a very long time. We exchanged some information recently, including his contribution to my enquiries about paid promos, and I finally read his first book. And I thought as he hadn’t featured yet, I’d combine a post about him with a review. Two for the price of one!

Just in case you don’t know him, here is a bit about R.E. McDermott:

Author RE McDermott

Author RE McDermott

I grew up on the Gulf Coast and a seagoing career just came naturally. After graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, I sailed as a ship’s officer for a number of years and then spent a decade in shore side ship management before becoming an independent (i.e. self-employed) marine surveyor in 1986. Some years later I formed a company specializing in ship construction management and supervision. I’ve been a lot of places, seen interesting things, and lived for extended periods in both South America and the Far East (Singapore and China). By far the most interesting aspect of travel (and life in general) is the people you meet along the way, and I’ve had the good fortune to encounter a lot of interesting characters. Bits and pieces of some of them make their way into the characters of my novels.

I write the type of stories I like to read. For me, that means ordinary people forced by circumstances into extraordinary situations. I dislike stories in which the hero is some combination of brain surgeon/nuclear physicist (or who has some equally far-fetched skill set) and who just coincidentally happens to be an ace helicopter pilot and a fifth degree black belt in several different martial arts. Like the rest of us mortals, my characters are normal people who screw up from time to time and have to live with the results.

I’m currently retired from the marine business and living in Tennessee with my lovely (and patient) wife of 39 years. Our current and mutual ambition is to return to Singapore for several months each year. In addition to writing and travel, I occasionally (when cornered) complete a task on my ‘honey do’ list, and from time to time, join my wife in badgering our children to produce grandchildren. All in all, a rewarding life.

In case you want to keep track, this is his Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/R.E.-McDermott/e/B005H8CNBY/

And now, his books:

Deadly Straits by RE McDermott

Deadly Straits by RE McDermott

Deadly Straits (A Tom Dugan Novel) Kindle Edition

by R.E. McDermott:

When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he’s not about to take it lying down.

Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he’s offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan’s best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex’s company, despite doubts about his friend’s guilt. Once undercover, Dugan’s steadfast refusal to accept Alex’s guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he’s romantically involved.

When a tanker is found adrift near Singapore with a dead crew, and another explodes in Panama as Alex lies near death after a suspicious suicide attempt, Dugan is framed for the attacks. Out of options, and convinced the attacks are prelude to an even more devastating assault, Dugan eludes capture to follow his last lead to Russia, only to be shanghaied as an ‘advisor’ to a Russian Spetsnaz unit on a suicide mission.

Deadly Straits is a non-stop thrill ride, from London streets, to the dry docks of Singapore, to the decks of the tankers that feed the world’s thirst for oil, with stops along the way in Panama, Langley, Virginia, and Teheran. Richly spiced with detail from the author’s 30 years sailing, building, and repairing ships worldwide, it is, in the words of one reviewer, “fast-paced, multilayered and gripping.”

READER COMMENTS

“An awesome book! It has a very Tom Clancy feel. Kudos to Mr. McDermott. Well done, Sir.”
D. Bosshardt, Amazon – 5 Stars

“An absolute cracker of a thriller, quite simply on a par with Clancy et al. When I’d finished I wanted more! A terrific story superbly written.
‘Tao” Amazon (UK) – 5 Stars

“A little Clancy, a bit of Ludlum, and a lot of Mr. McDermott!”
Libby Dunkin, Amazon – 5 Stars

“Move over WEB Griffin, Cussler, & Ludlum. Weaving together come-alive characters, McDermott takes us through an all too realistic plot involving oil tankers used to cause havoc to the worlds’ shipping … a page turner.”
Bob Hopfe, Amazon – 5 Stars

“A brilliant thriller. I was quite surprised that this is a first novel. On par with high ranking thrillers. Action non-stop …a great read.”
Cheryl M-M, Amazon (UK) – 5 Stars

“In 1994 (Debt of Honor), Tom Clancy used a jumbo jet as a weapon … it happened on 9/11. In 2011 R.E. McDermott published “Deadly Straits” where supertankers are used as terror weapons with deadly results. Let’s hope we don’t look back and say McDermott predicted that. This is a book of action and suspense, well written with multiple plots woven into one coherent whole. I’ve read several best-sellers that are legends in the genre and this book is as well done as any of them, if not better.”
Stephen C. Lovely, Amazon – 5 Stars

“McDermott consistently gets it right. The captains, mates and engineers sound like captains, mates and engineers … like visiting old friends. Tom Dugan – a skilled professional a bit rough around the edges – works well as the protagonist. Smart and educated, he also regularly gets grease under his nails, and moves easily between action and insight. A book even a thriller skeptic and ship geek can love. A gripping read – highly recommended.”
Rick Spilman, The Old Salt Blog – 5 Stars

“In a book that takes no prisoners, McDermott tells a tale of high seas terrorism and tells it well. Go get this one, right now!”
Nancy, Cheryl’s Book Nook – 5 Stars

“In 20 years at sea as mate and captain, I’ve been through the Panama Canal too many times to count, and through the Bosphorus and Malacca Straits as well. You nailed it. Yours was the first novel to convince me the author had been there too. Well Done.”
Captain Dave Fath (via email)

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Straits-Tom-Dugan-Novel-ebook/dp/B0057AMO2A/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Straits-Tom-Dugan-Novel-ebook/dp/B0057AMO2A/

Oh, and the book is also available as an audiobook:

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Straits/dp/B00AMV9GK2/ 

Here, my own review:

What would happen if the great straits of the world were left out of action? How would petrol and other goods move around? This is the question at the heart of this novel, the first in the Tom Dugan’s series that focuses on a number of international secret agents (and some amateurs that get caught in the crossfire) who by default end up working together investigating a terrorist threat affecting the oceans. I must admit I know very little (being generous) about tankers and the ins and outs of high seas transportation, but that did not detract from my understanding of the plot or my enjoyment of the novel.

We have Tom Dugan, a reluctant hero, an independent and fairly free agent, who is recruited because of his inside knowledge (he is a marine engineer) and because, through a friend, he becomes embroiled in the conspiracy. Although we don’t know him well (this being a series there should be time to get to know more about him), he has an interesting backstory, he is likeable and engaging, friend of his friends, honest and loyal.

His friend, Alex Kairouz, is also a strong character, and especially his friend’s family, his daughter Cassie (a great character) and Mrs. Farnshaw are in a league of their own.

And one of the strongest points for me was not only the many stranded plot, detailed enough to result convincing (and make you hope somebody is really organising a team to look after this aspect of international security), but the assorted and totally credible secondary characters.

Even those who have a very small part (like the Turkish pilot), are unforgettable, and some, like Arnett, the female second mate, the whole of the Italian crew, and the Russian special forces team, deserve books of their own. Some of the baddies have their epic moments too, and you do get attached to the characters and by the end, care for them and with them.

When you read this novel, you can see it in your mind’s eye. This is a big adventure, if it were made into a movie, a huge blockbuster, a thriller/conspiracy theory novel following a number of complex plots, international terrorism using religion, nationalist ideology, and greed as a way of manipulating a number of players. Chechens, Iranians, Venezuelans, Americans, Russians, Panamanians…

This is an ambitious novel that I recommend to people who like their adventures on a grand scale and who love complex and detailed stories.

And another one in the series:

Deadly Coast by Bog McDermott

Deadly Coast by Bog McDermott

 

Deadly Coast (A Tom Dugan Novel)

DUGAN THOUGHT SOMALI PIRATES WERE BAD NEWS. THEN IT GOT WORSE.

As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely.

With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British goverments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews. When one of their crewman is murdered in front of him on a live video feed, a frustrated Dugan takes matters into his own hands and starts his own rescue operation, only to stumble across something far more sinister — a rogue salvage operation for a long lost weapon of mass destruction. Isolated at sea on an old tanker previously destined for the ship breakers, Dugan and his hastily assembled little force of Russian mercenaries find themselves the last line of defense between the world and a terrifying bio-weapon.

Weaving historical fact with speculative fiction, Deadly Coast takes the reader from London board rooms into the very real world of modern day pirates — and their victims.

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Coast-Tom-Dugan-Novel-ebook/dp/B00958ALWU/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Coast-Tom-Dugan-Novel-ebook/dp/B00958ALWU/

 

Here a review, and now that I know the Russians are back, I must read this book too!

McDermott hits it out of the park with this book!

By Adoptive Dad on September 3, 2012

Format: Kindle Edition

McDermott has hit it out of the park with his follow-up to Deadly Straits. We have the same players from Deadly Straits, but this time they are taking on the pirates in Somalia. What I love about McDermott is that the story could actually have happened. He takes fact, adds a little spice of fiction, and comes with an awesome recipe of a successful story.

The Russians are back in action with this book, and they are funnier than ever. McDermott totally made me laugh out loud several times with the antics of the Russians.

Fantastic book!!! Can’t wait for the next one.

I read on this genre a lot, so I feel I have some real experience as to what is good, and what is not, and I am not afraid to say so!! I’ve created a Listmania of the books I’ve read over the last few months. If you’re interested, it’s here: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R2KYHEUDVSOR2M/ref=cm_lm_pthnk_view?ie=UTF8&lm_bb=

And in case you want something on a smaller scale, a short story:

Waiting for Jimmy Dean by Bob McDermott

Waiting for Jimmy Dean by Bob McDermott

Waiting for Jimmy Dean (A short story)

A humorous short story.

Things looked pretty bleak for Buddy in the Fall of 1961. His aspirations to be a cattle baron dashed by his parents’ refusal to let him enter the calf scramble, he didn’t think life could get much worse. And then it did.

A poignant and often hilarious tale of growing up in a simpler time.

http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Jimmy-Dean-short-story-ebook/dp/B00JV4794Q/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Jimmy-Dean-short-story-ebook/dp/B00JV4794Q/

Thanks so much to R.E. for coming to visit my blog, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, like, share, comment, CLICK…and don’t forget to read books!

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis hace tiempo os estoy dando la lata con mi nueva serie juvenil ‘Asuntos Angélicos’ y he estado preguntándole  a la gente sobre marketing para intentar organizar un plan para su lanzamiento. No sé si lo que tengo es un gran plan, pero en fin… Como tengo escritas las tres novelas, he decidido que usaré el sistema de pre-venta en Amazon para así tener las tres en la cola, listas para ser publicadas, con un mes entre la publicación de cada una de ellas (así también puedo incluir los enlaces a las otras al final). Durante la etapa de pre-venta las pondré en oferta y luego subiré el precio. Me estoy planteando lo de poner la primera gratis (sea una temporada o permanentemente), cuando haya publicado las tres, pero ya veremos). Aún no he decidido si iré a por el KDP Select o no. Puede que lo pruebe para empezar (hace tiempo que no tengo ninguna de mis novelas en Select) pero…

Después de los posts y las discusiones sobre marketing, me gustaría probar a contratar los servicios de alguien para organizar un blog tour (al menos para la versión inglesa, en español no he visto que se lleve), pero creo que será mejor hacerlo cuando alguna de las novelas ya esté a la venta. Así que, después de ver a gente que organiza tours para sus propios libros, he pensado que probaría a hacer lo mismo. Si alguien puede compartir un post sobre ‘Asuntos Angélicos 1. Alerta Pink’ en Junio, os estaría muy agradecida. Aunque no he puesto una fecha en firme para el lanzamiento (lo haré este fin de semana) será sobre el 24 o el 25 de Junio. Yo crearé un post en html que solo hará falta copiarlo al blog, usando la función de texto. No será muy largo o complicado. Si consigo crear un book trailer quizás lo incluya, pero si no, será la portada, la descripción, una muestra y el enlace.

Por supuesto si a alguien le apetece, o tiene tiempo, de leerse el libro y quieren hablar de él por experiencia propia, con mucho gusto. Lo puedo enviar en cualquier formato, aunque la conversión es mía y será la versión borrador del libro. Pero desde luego, si podéis encontarle un huequecito al post…

Ah, la versión en inglés de la portada ya la he compartido en un post, pero esto es exclusiva. Gracias a mi amiga Lourdes Vidal por su creación.

Asuntos Angélicos q. Alerta Pink

Asuntos Angélicos 1. Alerta Pink

Y aquí la nueva descripción:

Tú eres Pink, no la más guapa de las chicas, pero lista y con grandes recursos. ¿Qué haces cuando tu mejor amigo se ofrece a tener sexo contigo, porque cree que no tienes ninguna otra oportunidad? ¡Planeas cómo vengarte con tus dos mejores amigas, por supuesto!

Parece que has tenido suerte cuando un nuevo y misterioso estudiante se presenta en la escuela. Y por si fuera poco, parece estar interesado en ti. Podría participar en el plan. Pero, parece que tiene un plan propio… Insiste en decir que no es un chico corriente. Y lo que parecía fácil al principio, se complica más y más cuando el Cielo y el Infierno llaman a su puerta.

ALERTA PINK es la historia de Pink, una chica de 17 años, buena estudiante, elocuente y lista. Nunca ha sido el centro de atención ni ha estado entre las diez chicas más populares o atractivas de la escuela. Cuando dos tíos, ambos diciendo que son ángeles, insisten en decir que ella es ‘especial’, se pelean por conseguir su atención y cooperación y le dicen que ella es la clave del futuro del universo, no puede evitar preguntarse: ¿por qué yo?

Y por lo de pedir ayuda tantas veces, pensé que os dejaría un regalito:

Muchas gracias a todos por leer, y si podéis echarme una mano, dejadme un comentario, poneos en contacto conmigo donde sea, y hablamos. Y dadle al like, compartid, comentad, y que los angelitos os acompañen. 

Hi all:

You know I’ve been pestering you all about my new YA series ‘Angelic Business’ and asking questions about marketing to try and put a plan together. OK, I’m not sure it’s a fully-fledged plan, but I’ve decided a few things.  As I’ve written already the three novels, I will put them in Amazon in pre-order this weekend (with about a month in between the releases of each part), at low prices to begin with and then they’ll go up. I might later on make the first one free (either temporarily or permanently, but we shall see). I haven’t yet decided on the KDP Select thing. Might try initially (I haven’t had any of my novels in Select for a while) but…

I want to give a go at having somebody organise a blog tour for me at some point, but I think it’s probably best to wait until  the first novel is out already. So here it goes. I’ve seen people organise an unofficial tour for their books, and I thought I’d ask if any of you could share a post about ‘Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters’ some time in June. I haven’t set a date for the release yet (I’ll do this weekend) but it should be around the 24th or 25th of June. I will create an html post that just needs to be copied into the blog. I am not planning on making it too long or elaborate. If I can manage to get my wits about me I might try and create a book trailer of sorts, but otherwise it will be the cover, description, link, and perhaps a bit of a sample…

I had already asked if anybody would want to have a look at the book and had a couple of replies. If anybody has the time and feels up to it, do let me know and I can provide it in any format (although it will be a draft version and home conversion so…). But if you can just fit the post somewhere…

I’ve been saving a few appearances in blogs to try and time them up with the release, so I’ll be a bit busy but…

Oh, the cover of the first book was featured in this guest post, by the wonderful Sally Ember but of course, I also had to share it with you. Thanks to my friend Lourdes Vidal for her creation.

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

I’ve updated the description so…

You are Pink, not the prettiest girl, but smart and with plenty of resources. What do you do when your best male friend offers to have sex with you, because he thinks you’re a lost cause? You plot your revenge with your two best female friends, of course!

It seems you’re in luck when a new and mysterious student appears. And, to top it all, he seems interested in you too. He could take part in the plan. But then, he seems to have a plan of his own… He insists he’s not just an ordinary boy. And what seemed so easy to begin with, gets more and more complicated when Heaven and Hell come knocking at Pink’s door.

PINK MATTERS is the story of Pink, a 17 year old girl, good student, articulate and smart. What she has never been the centre of attention or made the top ten of the most popular and attractive girls at school. When two guys, both claiming to be angels, insist that she is, indeed, ‘special’, fight for her attention and help and tell her she is the key to the future of the universe, she can’t help but ask: Why me?

And now, as a treat, I thought I’d leave you this:

Thanks so much for reading, if you’re interested in featuring a post, I’d be eternally grateful, so please, just leave me a comment and contact me here or wherever, and of course, if you’d like the book, let me know, and share, like, comment… and may the angels be with you!

Hola a todos:

Es viernes y toca novedad literaria.

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

El nombre oculto de Casandra de Pepa Fraile

El nombre oculto de Casandra de Pepa Fraile

El nombre oculto de Casandra

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

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

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

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

Autora Pepa Fraile

Autora Pepa Fraile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

El secreto de Amalia de Pepa Fraile

El secreto de Amalia de Pepa Fraile

El secreto de Amalia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Las siete verdades de Elena de Pepa Fraile

Las siete verdades de Elena de Pepa Fraile

Las siete verdades de Elena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi all:

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

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

And a little about her:

 

Author N.A. Granger

Author N.A. Granger

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

Check her Amazon page for more updates:

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

Her books:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhe Brewster is my new favorite sleuth

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

Format: Kindle Edition

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

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A. Granger

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A. Granger

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

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

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

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

And another five star review as an example:

5Cozy yet exciting crime mystery

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

Format: Kindle Edition

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

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

Hola a todos:

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

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

Angel with book

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

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

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

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

Y antes de dejaros, y hablando de letters…

 


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

Hi all:

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

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

Angel with book

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ketty Lester, because I love you all.

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

Hola a todos:

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

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

Y aquí, el post:

 

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

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

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

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

Biografía:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Escritores de la Generación del 98 reivindicaron su figura.

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

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

Enlaces:

Wikipedia:

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

Biografías y vida:

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

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

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

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

http://larra.irox.de/

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

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

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

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

Enlaces a sus obras:

La biblioteca virtual Cervantes (arriba)

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

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

En este país (También en audio)

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

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

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

Muchas gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha gustado, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes:

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

On Babies:

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

On Economy. So true:

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

I love this one about Genius:

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

And a few on humour:

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

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

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

Check the below link for more quotations…

Links:

Official website:

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

University of Virginia website about Mark Twain:

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

A page about his quotes:

http://www.twainquotes.com/

More links:

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

Free links to his books:

How to tell a story and other Essays:

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

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

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

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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

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

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

Roughing It

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

Tom Sawyer Detective

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

A Double-Barrelled Detective Story

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

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

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

The Tragedy of Puddn’Head Wilson

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

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

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

And many more…

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

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

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

First, a bit about the author:

Author Kim Headlee

Author Kim Headlee

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

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

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

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

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

Ah, and the book?

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington Court

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

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

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

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

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

Here the link:

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

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

The Color of Vengeance by Kim Headlee

The Color of Vengeance by Kim Headlee

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

Vengeance was the only burial gift he could bestow.

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

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

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

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

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