Archives for the month of: July, 2015

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis llevo unas semanas compartiendo algunas de las novelas que se presentan al concurso para novelas independientes de Amazon, y hoy os traigo una de una autora que nos ha visitado antes, y a la que he tenido el placer de leer (aunque no todas sus novelas, pero no es por falta de ganas). Vi que había publicado una novela nueva pero no estaba segura de si la presentaba al certamen o no. Cuando se lo pregunté fue tan amable de enviarme una nota de prensa, así que hoy hay suerte y tenemos algo más información.

Y sin más bla, bla, os dejo con Cartas a una extraña de Mercedes Pinto.

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A la venta Cartas a una extraña, una nueva obra de Mercedes Pinto. La autora de Hijos de Atenea y Maldita vuelve a sorprendernos con una novela llena de secretos protagonizada por una mujer fuerte capaz de enfrentarse al pasado para liberarse a sí misma y ayudar a un joven cuyas cartas le llegan al alma.

Cartas a una extraña es una historia de suspense y misterio, pero con dos grandes historias de amor de base. Creo que podrá satisfacer las expectativas de un amplio número de lectores, tanto a hombres como a mujeres de 18 a 100 años. Está ambientada en nuestros días y en cuatro escenarios principales: Madrid, Olympic Peninsula (en el Estado de Washington), Londres y París.

Con esta novela, Mercedes Pinto Maldonado participa en el 2º Concurso Indie convocado por Amazon y El Mundo.

Cartas a una extraña de Mercedes Pinto

Cartas a una extraña de Mercedes Pinto

Sinopsis de Cartas a una extraña

Berta regresa a la casa familiar, donde nunca deseó volver, para hacerse cargo de la herencia de su madre, una mujer oscura y controladora que convirtió su infancia en un infierno. Asediada por los recuerdos, decide liberarse de los fantasmas del pasado desenredando la madeja de engaños de doña Alberta y su primogénita y devolviendo la libertad a su última víctima, cuyas cartas sin abrir, ocultas en el desván hasta que da con ellas, le llegan al corazón. Pero hay quienes no se alegran de la decisión de Berta y pronto se ve inmersa en un camino de trampas que puede hacer peligrar su vida.

Autora Mercedes Pinto

Autora Mercedes Pinto

Biografía de la autora

Mercedes Pinto Maldonado nació en Granada, allá por los años sesenta, aunque reside en Málaga. Está casada y tiene tres hijos. Estudió medicina en las facultades de Granada y Málaga, pero lo dejó para dedicarme de lleno a la pintura y a la literatura. Con varias exposiciones de pintura en su haber, finalmente se decantó por la literatura, porque es la disciplina artística en la que más cómoda se siente y en la que mejor se expresa.

Tiene cuatro libros publicados con Ediciones B con su línea digital B de Ebooks: El talento de Nano (novela juvenil), La última vuelta del scaife (novela histórica), Maldita (novela trágico romántica ambientada en los años cincuenta) y Pretérito imperfecto (novela trágico romántica contemporánea), editada en papel con Libros Mablaz; con Ediciones Click, el sello digital de Planeta de los Libros, he publicado El fotógrafo de paisajes (novela negra); con Libros Mablaz La caja mágica, cuyos derechos he cedido a la Ciudad de los niños; y he autoeditado Hijos de Atenea (novela histórica) y Cartas a una extraña (novela de suspense y romántica contemporánea) en Amazon.

Mis páginas

Web: www.mercedespinto.com

Blog: https://mercedespinto.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mercedespintomaldonado?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercedesPintoM

Autora en Amazon: Author.to/MercedesPintoMaldonado

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Muchas gracias a Mercedes Pinto por la información, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

 

Hi all:

As  you know I’ve dedicated (and hope to carry on soon) some posts to classic writers. More recently it struck me that there are modern books, many times by indie writers, that either revisit old classics, giving them a twist, or like in the case of today’s author, tell us ‘what happened next’ for some of our favourite books.

I decided to share again my post on the Brönte Sisters when I saw that Luccia Gray had the second book book of her series The Eyre Hall Trilogy available in pre-order (for only $0.99). But a bit more about that later. First, my original post.

Another Friday and another guest post. This time I’ve decided to bring you a classic writer, or rather, three!

English: A painting of the three Brontë sister...

English: A painting of the three Brontë sisters; from left to right, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. In the center of portrait is the shadow of Branwell Brontë, the artist, who painted himself out. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure you’ve read about them. The Brönte sisters. These three talented women, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived in the XIX century in England, Yorkshire to be more specific. And specific we must be, as particularly in the case of Emily, the setting is paramount in their stories. Their father was an Irish clergyman (Patrick) and their mother Maria died shortly after Anne’s (the youngest) birth, of cancer, when Emily was three. The family moved to Haworth were their father was given a parsonage. (It has now become a museum of all things Brönte and I thoroughly recommend a visit. Haworth is a beautiful place and if you love steam engines and nice shops and tearooms, and the odd pub or two, you’ll love it.)  Their aunt Elizabeth moved in with the family, to look after the children.  Two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died of tb in their childhood. Due to this, the girls were removed from school and spent most of their childhood at home, where they entertained themselves reading and writing stories (and creating beautiful miniature manuscripts that you can see if you visit the museum). The girls used male pseudonyms (Currer, Ellis and Acton) as their pen-names. Charlotte worked as a teacher and Emily attended her school for a while but felt homesick and went back home. She worked as a governess in Halifax and then the three sisters went to Brussels, Belgium (1842) to educate themselves, planning on setting up a school. Emily left to attend her aunt’s funeral and did not return and eventually Charlotte and Anne abandoned the idea of setting up their own school and went back home. Their brother, Patrick Branwell (‘Branwell’), who loved painting (although from the works I’ve seen…anyway…) became dependent on alcohol and opium and died in 1948. Emily died shortly after (as I’m a doctor I doubt it was of a ‘chill’ she caught at his graveside but…). Anne also studied with Charlotte and Emily and later worked as a governess for many years, obtaining inspiration for her novel Agnes Grey that was published (under name Acton Bell) to mixed reviews in 1847. Next year she published The Tenant of Wilfell Hall. She caught tuberculosis and died in Scarborough in 1849. With the dead of Anne, Charlotte was the only surviving member of the family. The poems of the three sisters were published in 1846 and Wuthering Heights, Emily’s novel, a year later, to some mixed reviews. Charlotte, the oldest of the three, had been writing since her time as a teacher, and during the sisters’ stay in Brussels she wrote Villete and The Professor. She submitted The Professor to publishers before Jane Eyre but it was not published until after her death. Shirley had mixed reviews but opened the London literary world for her and she met other writers like William Thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell. She decided to edit the work of her sisters. The curate of Haworth, Arthur Nicholls, proposed in marriage (her father did not see it with good eyes and Arthur left) and they got married some time later. Unfortunately, Charlotte died shortly after, whilst pregnant.

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire

Bronte Parsonage Haworth West Yorkshire (Photo credit: iknow-uk)

Links:

Emily:

http://www.online-literature.com/bronte/

This link offers you information about Haworth, the family and even a 360º panoramic of the parsonage.

http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/emily/emily.asp

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80966/Emily-Bronte

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BRONTE SISTERS STATUE (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

Charlotte:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80962/Charlotte-Bronte

Anne:

http://www.online-literature.com/brontea/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/80959/Anne-Bronte

Books: 

Jane Eyre (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GHNIR0/

The Professor (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082RXVCM/

Villete (Charlotte)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008494WR6/ 

WutheringHeights (Emily)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAOLM/

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UK2FCC/

Agnes Grey (Anne)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UJAP0M/

Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (the three sisters)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TPEEQS/

And now, a little about Luccia Gray‘s books:

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

All Hallows at Eyre Hall: The breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre (The Eyre Hall Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Luccia Gray

Experience the mystery and magic of a Victorian Gothic Romance, set in Eyre Hall, and rediscover the charm of Jane Eyre in this stunning sequel. Twenty-two years after her marriage to Edward Rochester, Jane is coping with the imminent death of her bedridden husband, while Richard Mason, Rochester’s first wife’s brother, has returned from Jamaica, revealing unspeakable secrets once again, and drawing Jane into a complex conspiracy. Everything Jane holds dear is threatened. Who was the man she thought she loved? What is she prepared to do to safeguard her family and preserve her own stability?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K2G4SXW/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K2G4SXW/

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall: Book Two Eyre Hall Trilogy (The Eyre Hall Trilogy 2) by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall is the second volume of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, which will chronicle the lives and vicissitudes of the residents of Eyre Hall from the beginning to the height of the Victorian era.
Following Edward Rochester’s death, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.
Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

Available on pre-order (for $0.99). Due out on the 28th of August

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010KFLAVC/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010KFLAVC/

Thanks so much to the Brönte Sisters for the many hours of joy (and suffering) they’ve given us, thanks to Luccia Gray for bringing back some of our favourite characters, and thanks to you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

Thanks to Sally Cronin for inspiring me to write a post about the importance of friendship for the Women’s Health Week. Do follow!

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I am very grateful to Olga for taking time out this week to contribute this article on The Importance of Friends.  And congratulations on the release of her third book in the trilogy Angelic Business this Thursday.

The Importance of Friends by author Olga Núñez Miret

Thanks so much to Sally for asking me to participate in her series of posts to celebrate national girlfriends’ day with a week of posts on women’s health. It’s a very important topic and one close to my heart.

I’m a doctor, a psychiatrist, a writer and translator, and evidently, I’m a woman. Although I’m not working in psychiatry at the moment, I worked for nearly ten years in male psychiatric units (because I worked in Forensic Psychiatry and secure units, like prisons, are segregated by gender. There was a move to do the same with general psychiatric units and in some places it…

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Hola a todos:

Sí, el día 30 sale publicado el último libro en mi trilogía juvenil Asuntos angélicos: Asuntos angélicos 3. Pink, ¿ángel o demonio? Ha sido una maratón, pero ya no queda mucho.

Asuntos angélicos 3. Pink, ¿ángel o demonio?

Asuntos angélicos 3. Pink, ¿ángel o demonio?

Hasta ahora había compartido canciones, fragmentos, etc, pero cuanto más nos acercamos al final más difícil es no revelar detalles importantes del argumento, así que en lugar de eso, se me ocurrió entrevistar a uno de los personajes, G, que aunque es un demonio, accedió a contestar unas cuantas preguntas.

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Hola G: Es muy amable de tu parte acceder a venir a hablar con nosotros sobre Asuntos angélicos. Debes estar muy ocupado.

¿Por qué? ¿Porque soy un demonio?

Bueno, sí, pero sé que no te gusta que te llamen demonio.

No es el nombre de por sí, sino las ideas que crea en la mente de la gente. Cuando la gente empieza a hablar de demonios se imaginan tonterías. Piel roja, cuernos, un rabo… Todo eso.

Desde luego no eres así para nada. En absoluto. Aunque, ¿es éste tu aspecto real?

No. Me pareció mejor aparecer como G. El chico al que Pink conoce en el primer libro.

Sí, es cierto, sufres unos cuantos cambios durante la serie. ¿Crees que tú eres el que más cambiar?

(G hace que no con la cabeza.)

No. Supongo que si hablamos de apariencia física, entonces sí, yo sufro unas cuantas encarnaciones diferentes. Pero con respecto a cambiar…en cuanto a lo que más importa, creo que la mayoría de los personajes lo hacen. Pink se vuelve mucho más decidida, sus amigas Lorna y Sylvia cambian, Seth también. Incluso Azrael cambia.

Azrael. El ángel. Vosotros dos tenéis una relación muy rara. Y aunque a algunos lectores les pareces más interesante que él, parece que tú…

¿Sí?

Estás algo celoso de él.

¿Y qué te hace pensar eso?

Cuando Pink habla de lo guapísimo que es Azrael, parece que te sienta mal y te lo tomas muy a pecho.

Ella exagera. Bastante.

A mí no me lo parece. Es guapísimo.

¿Le has conocido también?

Sí.

Quizás sea una característica humana. A mí no me parece que sea tan hermoso. De todas maneras, creí que querías hablar sobre mí.

Sí, por supuesto. ¿Disfrutas haciendo el papel de un ser humano?

Depende de quién sea el humano. Ser un niño y tener que ir a la escuela y todo eso puede ser muy aburrido, y si ocupo el cuerpo de una persona mayor, a veces la vida se pone difícil, pero puede ser una gran experiencia. Desde luego le proporciona a uno una perspectiva diferente de las cosas.

¿El convertirte en humano no te hace sentir mal por algunas de las cosas que haces? Que les haces a los seres humanos, quiero decir.

Solo estoy ocupando un cuerpo humano. Es como en el caso de un actor. Por más convincente que sea, no soy un ser humano de verdad. Y cuando estoy en el cuerpo de alguien es porque tengo una misión que cumplir.

Pero no te gustó nada cuando Pink se enfadó contigo por lo que hiciste en el primer libro. Da la impresión de que te sientes muy unido a ella.

Bueno, Pink es diferente. No me rompe el corazón lo que pueda decir un ser humano cualquiera. ¿Corazón? ¿Qué corazón? Pero ella no es un ser humano ordinario. Aunque sé que no estaría de acuerdo.

Eso es cierto. ¿Algo más que añadir?

Sí. Soy más gracioso que Azrael. Y él no es tan exageradamente guapo tampoco. Ah, y leeros las historias, que vale la pena. Y decidnos si os gustaría leer más aventuras.

Gracias G. Gregorious.

Gracias.

Y ahora, la descripción del libro:

OK, OK, OK. Pink por fin lo ha entendido. Es la Elegida, le guste o no. El Cielo y el Infierno la están presionando cada vez más, y sus enviados están más cerca de casa que nunca. Than cerca que no los puede ignorar. Y ella hará todo menos eso.

Tenga el tiempo que tenga, está decidida a hacer que cuente. Solucionará los asuntos de sus amigas, ayudará a su familia, y vivirá la vida un poco. Y luego, se pondrá al mando. Porque nadie va a poder decir que Pink se rindió sin luchar. Por grande y malo que sea el enemigo.

Confusión de sexos, romances, antiguos amores que por fin germinan, nuevos retos, intervenciones divinas, lágrimas, risas y magia. Todo eso y más. Porque si te vas a ir, hay que hacerlo a lo grande.

Los enlaces:

Amazon:

http://rxe.me/YI05N96

Apple:

http://apple.co/1eFZgfd

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1Fl7IH9

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1SRpYBl

También estará disponible en otros sitios pero no tendré los enlaces hasta que salga publicado oficialmente. Siempre podéis indagar, o echarle un vistazo a mi página web, que intento tenerla al día.

Naturalmente, tenemos video:

Hasta ahora os había traído videos con canciones de ángeles para celebrarlo, pero esta vez, para animar a la gente y que se interesen por la serie, he decidido ofrecer el primer libro GRATIS (donde puedo. En Casa del Libro, por lo visto no es posible, pero seguiré investigando).

Aquí os dejo los enlaces:

Amazon

http://rxe.me/YI7UMCW

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1GLyi0v

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1K5e174

Apple:

http://apple.co/1cvgBWw

Page Foundry:

http://bit.ly/1NlZ9RA

Scribd:

http://bit.ly/1BJ7rBx

Oyster:

http://bit.ly/1Mpxdh9

Muchas gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y sobre todo, haced CLICK! Ah, y comentádselo a la gente que le pueda interesar. Y, por si quereis practicar, la versión inglesa también está gratuita. 

Hi all:

Yes, the last novel in my YA trilogy Angelic BusinessAngelic Business 3. Pink, Angel or Demon? is out on the 30th of July, this Thursday.

Angelic Business 3: Pink, Angel or Demon?

Angelic Business 3: Pink, Angel or Demon?

I’ve been bringing you samples of the books and songs, but as we’re so close to the end, and I don’t want to reveal any vital information, I’ve decided to bring you an interview with one of the characters, G.

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Hi G. It’s very kind of you to agree to come and talk to us about Angelic Business. Life must be very busy for you.

For me? You mean for a demon.

Well, yes, but I know you don’t like being called a demon.

It’s not so much the name, as the connotation. Once people start talking about demons they imagine silly things. Red skin, horns, hoofs, a tail… All that.

You don’t look anything like that. At all. Although, is that your real appearance?

No. I thought I’d appear as G. The boy Pink meets in the first book.

Yes, you go through a few changes in the series. Do you think you are the one who changes the most?

(G shakes his head.)

No. I guess if we talk about physical appearance, yes, I go through quite a few incarnations. But with regards to changing…in what matters most, I think most of the characters do. Pink becomes much more determined, her friends Lorna and Sylvia change, Seth does, even Azrael changes.

Azrael. The angel. You two have a very strange relationship. And although some readers find you more interesting, you seem to…

Yes?

Be somewhat jealous of him.

And what makes you think that?

You seem to take it to heart when Pink talks about how gorgeous Azrael is.

She exaggerates. A fair bit.

I don’t think so. He’s gorgeous.

Have you met him too?

Yes.

Perhaps it’s a human thing. I don’t think he’s that beautiful. Anyway, I thought you wanted to talk about me.

Yes, of course. Do you enjoy taking up the role of a human being?

It depends on the human being. Being a child and having to go to school and all that can get a bit tedious, and if I’m in an older person’s body, sometimes life is very difficult, but it can be a great experience. It surely provides one with a very different perspective on things.

Doesn’t becoming a human make you feel bad about some of the things you do? To humans, I mean.

I’m only inhabiting a human body. It’s like an actor. However convincing I might be, I’m not really human. And when I’m in somebody’s body it is because I have a mission to fulfil.

But you didn’t like it when Pink was upset with you because of what you did in book one. You seemed to have become quite close to Pink.

Well, Pink is different. I don’t take to heart everything any human being says. Heart? What heart, anyway? But she is not your standard human being. Although she would not agree.

That is true. Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes. I am funnier than Azrael. And he’s not that handsome either. Ah, and read the stories, they are worth it. And let us know if you’d like to read more adventures.

Thank you G. Gregorious.

Thank you.

And now, so you don’t complain that I only bring you demons, in case you missed it, here is the link to an interview with Azrael, the angel, featured in N.N. Light fabulous blog:

http://wp.me/p327dV-1jP

A bit about the book:

OK, OK, OK. Pink gets it. She’s the Elected, whether she likes it or not. Heaven and Hell are closing in, and their envoys are closer home than ever. So close she can’t ignore them. And she’ll do everything but.

However long she has, she’s determined to make it count. She’ll sort her friends out, she’ll help her family and, she’ll live a bit. And then, she’ll take charge. Because no one will say that Pink went down without a fight. However big and bad the enemy.

Gender benders, romances, old loves that come to fruition, new challenges, divine interventions, tears, laughter and magic. All of that and more. Because, if you‘re gonna go, you might as well go with a bang.

Links:

Amazon:

http://rxe.me/YHZHUYS

Apple:

http://apple.co/1HUtE1M

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1Fl7IH9

Nook:

http://bit.ly/1M4YK5j

It will also be available in other places but I won’t get those links until after the publication. You can always check my website  as I try to keep it updated.

Of course, I’ve also made a video for this book, here it is:

Ah, and to celebrate and to encourage people to give the series a go, I’ve made the first book in the series, Angelic Business 1. Pink MattersFREE! 

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

I discovered through a post a thing called Book Launch, that allows you to create a page for your book, with all the links, information about you, etc. It’s free for one book only, after that you have to pay a subscription, but I thought I’d give it a go. So here it is:

https://booklaunch.io/olganm/angelicbusiness1

As it does not include all of the Amazon links, I’m adding the international one, just in case:

http://rxe.me/YIHTW96

And Page Foundry:

http://bit.ly/1eMLfN9

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you’ve find it interesting, please share, like, comment, and especially, CLICK! Spread the word! Ah, and if you read in Spanish, the Spanish version is also free. 

Hola a todos:

Como vengo haciendo estas últimas semanas, hoy también os traigo un par de novedades literarias que se presentan al concurso de Amazon. Son muy distintas. El autor de una de ellas  no había visitado mi blog como invitado hasta ahora, Igor Hernández, (lo tendré que apuntar a la lista para que vuelva con más tiempo) y la otra es Judith Priay que ya nos ha visitado y con quien tuve el placer de hablar una vez en persona en Barcelona.

Y aquí, las novelas.

Port Isaac de Igor Hernández

Port Isaac de Igor Hernández

Port Isaac: Un pueblo lleno de secretos, un escritor atormentado y un pasado por descubrir… de Igor Hernández

La anciana Stephanie es la heredera de una fabulosa mansión en Port Isaac tras el fallecimiento de su hermano James Collingwood, un conocido escritor inglés que aparentemente no tuvo una vida agradable junto a su esposa Matilda, también fallecida.

Está convencida que una misteriosa orden templaria estuvo acechándole los últimos años de su vida, pero, ante la imposibilidad de encontrar prueba alguna, contrata los servicios de Carla Heartway y John Taylor, dos jóvenes historiadores que se instalarán en el pequeño pueblo costero para intentar encontrar alguna pista acerca de la existencia de ese misterioso grupo.

Pese a que tanto Carla como John no creen del todo las palabras de la hermana, no tardarán en descubrir que hay mucho de verdad en las sospechas de la señora, y no serán los únicos interesados en descubrir la verdad acerca de la atormentada vida de James Collingwood.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0116695ZC/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B0116695ZC/

Te regalaré todos mis días de Judith Priay

Te regalaré todos mis días de Judith Priay

Te regalaré todos mis días de Judith Priay

Llega la esperada segunda parte de “Regálame un día”, bestseller mundial digital y una de las diez novelas más vendidas en formato electrónico en España el Día del Libro de 2014.

Aurora está en grave peligro a pesar de las detenciones practicadas. Huyendo bajo el plan de Protección de Testigos, cuenta con la ayuda de Gabriel y Aiden, que siguen haciendo todo lo posible por salvarla: Gabriel acompañándola en su huida, Aiden asegurándose de que todas las ramificaciones de la organización que la persigue son aniquiladas. Este no se encuentra solo para llevar a cabo semejante empresa, ya que Kendra, la amiga de Aurora, se convertirá en una pieza clave no solo para solucionar el caso, sino también para devolver a Aiden algo que creía perdido desde que Aurora se fue: la capacidad de amar. No obstante, Kendra está casada y es tan inalcanzable para él como en su momento lo fue Aurora.

Dos hermanos. Dos amigas profundamente unidas. Dos historias de búsqueda de la felicidad entrelazadas por el amor, la amistad y la pasión.

BILOGÍA REGÁLAME (finalizada)
Volúmenes:
1. Regálame un día
2. Te regalaré todos mis días

http://relinks.me/B011EUPUF4

Mucha gracias a Igor Hernández y a Judith Priay por sus novelas, gracias a vosotros por leer, y si os ha interesado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know, on Friday’s I bring you guest authors. Recently I’ve also been trying to bring to my blog authors and bloggers I know and exchange comments with often, but I’ve come to realise they’ve never made it as guests to my blog yet. Today it’s Judith Barrow’s turn. She’s a fellow author who is very generous in discovering interesting content and promoting it, she is a sharp reviewer with a very keen eye on Rosie’s Book Review Team (hey!), and she writes about subjects that will be close to many people’s hearts.  And her latest book was just published on the 17th of July, so, what better reason!

Author Judith Barrow

Author Judith Barrow

First, before I forget, here is her blog:

http://judithbarrowblog.com/

And what her Amazon author page says about her:

Judith Barrow,originally from Saddleworth, near Oldham,has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for thirty four years.

She has BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University and a MA in Creative Writing with Trinity College, Carmarthen. She has had short stories, plays, reviews and articles, published throughout the British Isles and has won several poetry competitions. She has completed three children’s books.

She is also a Creative Writing tutor.

And now, the books:

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

Pattern of Shadows

Mary is a nursing sister at Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling, life at home a constant round of arguments, until Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the camp turns up. Frank is difficult to love but persistent and won’t leave until Mary agrees to walk out with him.

Here is what Judith tells us about the book:

Pattern of Shadows was inspired by my research into Glen Mill, a disused cotton mill in Oldham, Lancashire, and its history of being the first German POW camp in the country.

I was researching for an earlier book in the Local Studies and Archives in Oldham, while staying in the area, but reading about the mill brought back a personal memory of my childhood and I was sidetracked.

My mother was a winder in a cotton mill and, well before the days of Health and Safety, I would go to wait for her to finish work on my way home from school.

I remember the muffled boom and then the sudden clatter of so many different machines as I stepped through the small door, the sound of women singing and shouting above the noise, the colours of the cotton and cloth – so bright and intricate.

Above all I remember the smell: of oil, grease – and in the storage area. the lovely smell of the new material stored in bales.

When I thought about Glen Mill I wondered what life would have been like for all those men imprisoned there. I realised how different their days must have been from my memories of a mill and I knew I wanted to write about that.

So started 18 months of research

http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Shadows-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00940YWKQ/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pattern-Shadows-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00940YWKQ/

There are some great review too, but I’ll let you discover them, because we have a few more books. And if you want to see pictures and read Judith post about it, check here:

http://judithbarrowblog.com/2014/11/23/the-inspiration-behind-pattern-of-shadows/

Changing Patterns by Judith Barrow

Changing Patterns by Judith Barrow

Changing Patterns

In May 1950, Britain is struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the Second World War. Peter Schormann, a German ex-prisoner of war, has left his home country to be with Mary Howarth, matron of a small hospital in Wales. The two met when Mary was a nurse at the POW camp hospital. They intend to marry, but the memory of Frank Shuttleworth, an ex-boyfriend of Mary’s, continues to haunt them and there are many obstacles in the way of their happiness, not the least of which is Mary’s troubled family. When tragedy strikes, Mary hopes it will unite her siblings, but it is only when a child disappears that the whole family pulls together to save one of their own from a common enemy.

http://www.amazon.com/Changing-Patterns-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00B0STM2I/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Changing-Patterns-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00B0STM2I/

Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow

Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow

Living in the Shadows (Just published on the 17th of July)

It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria.

Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.

At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?

There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Shadows-Judith-Barrow/dp/1909983292/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Shadows-Judith-Barrow/dp/1909983292/

And:

Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow

Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow

Silent Trauma:

When Meg Matthews gives an interview on the local radio station it leads to a friendship with three other women. They share a terrible secret. Together, can they find the strength to expose the silent trauma they have endured all their lives?

The story is fictional: the facts are real.

http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Trauma-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00AFZ8CLO/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Trauma-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B00AFZ8CLO/

Here is what Judith says about this book:

Silent Trauma is the result of years of research, and the need to tell the story in a way that readers will engage with the truth behind the drug Stilboestrol. So I had the idea of intertwining this main theme around and through the lives of four fictional characters, four women, all affected throughout their lives by the damage the drug has done to them. Their stories underpin all the harm the drug has done to so many women all over the world. The story is fictional, the facts are real.

Judith Barrow’s books are also available in Honno (Welsh Women’s Press):

http://www.honno.co.uk/

In Honnos you can find an anthology Judith has contributed to:

Coming up Roses

Coming up Roses

Coming Up Roses:

A fiction anthology from Welsh women writing about gardens: what they mean to them, what happens in them and where they take them…

In ‘Yellow Ribbons on a Pear Tree’ an Italian POW returns home to a mixed welcome from his wife and family; ‘Gift’ is a tale of loss and love and of misunderstandings set around a memorial oak sapling; ‘Rosemary and Rue’ concerns memory and what it means to lose it and ‘Seasons of Brews and Roses’ tells of the love between mother and daughter and its waxing and waning, in good times and bad.

There are sad stories and happy ones, tales from home and abroad – all of them share a love for plants and planting, flowers and seeds, a real sense of the power of growing things to change lives.

“Crime, romance, loss, haunted tales… this collection has it all. 20 great stories… an ideal prsent for the gardener in your life.”
Lynda’s Book Blog (http://lyndasbookblog.blogspot.com/)

“Sad, tense, funny, bizarre but best of all, original plots and a huge variety of themes show how creative writers can transform fruit and veg, flower borders and potting sheds to delve into our deepest fears and unrequited longings but also bring on the growth of new possibilities with each passing season.”
Western Mail

http://www.honno.co.uk/dangos.php?ISBN=9781870206938

Thanks so much to Judith for bringing us her books, thanks to you all for reading, and if you have enjoyed it, share, like, comment and CLICK!

Azrael

Azrael

Azrael, the angel is my YA series ‘Angelic Business’ is interviewed in N.N.Light’s wonderful blog. Come and meet him! And remember, book 3 is out next week!

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing

Interview with Azrael (one of the characters in the trilogy Angelic Business)

Portrait of a young handsome male model Portrait of a young handsome male model

Hi Azrael. Thanks for agreeing to this interview.

It’s a pleasure.

It’s the first time I have an angel as my guest.

Well, I don’t get many interviews either. To tell you the truth, it’s my first one.

To tell the truth? You’re an angel. Don’t you always tell the truth?

“The Truth” is not  as clear cut as people might think. I guess you’d say it’s…relative. It’s not my area of expertise. The legal department would probably be better able to answer. But perhaps we should start with the questions. I have a busy schedule and we don’t want to lose track.

Yes, yes, of course… If you don’t mind, some of the readers had some questions…

Of course.

Here… OK, this is not me. It’s a reader. She…

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Hola a todos:

Quizás recordéis que dejé mi trabajo hace algo más de un año con planes de aprender cómo llevar una librería, y para ello me fui a Hay-on-Wye, donde Anne y Darren de Addyman Books fueron tan amables de ofrecerme la oportunidad de trabajar en sus tres librerías y aprender el negocio en vivo y en directo. Por desgracias y por cuestiones familiares, tuve que marcharme antes de lo previsto, aunque espero poder volver para seguir mi aprendizaje dentro de poco. No he abandonado la idea de montar una librería o una tienda con libros y otras cosas, aunque tendré que ser bastante creativa (se admiten sugerencias).

Una de las cosas que me interesaban era la posibilidad de promocionar y vender libros de autores indies. Entre las dificultades están el precio del stock, el espacio, y el hecho de que no todos los libros indie están disponibles en papel. Estaba investigando posibilidades de hacer algo diferente y encontré Seebook (http://www.seebook-shop.eu/es/15-seebook) que me pareció interesante, pero estaba en una fase muy inicial. Ahora he visto que la cosa está mucho más avanzada, y aparte de ofrecer opciones para editoriales tradicionales, han creado una opción para autores indies (http://www.seebook-shop.eu/es/17-contrata-un-seebook) y las tarjetas de libros indies también tienen un apartado en su tienda, aunque de momento no las distribuyen a tiendas físicas.

Seebook

Seebook

¿Qué es un Seebook? Aquí está su propia definición:
Seebook son atractivas tarjetas de descarga de libros digitales. ¡La solución ideal para regalar un ebook! Son multiformato (ePub, Mobi para Kindle y PDF), por lo que sirven para cualquier dispositivo. Sin registros. DRM: marca de agua. También adquiribles en librerías. Algunos contienen materiales extra. Número indefinido de descargas.

Y:

Un ebook que se puede tocar

Seebook es un sistema patentado y licenciado en exclusiva a Digital Tangible S.L. para España y México.

Seebook devuelve el contenido digital al mundo real. Al adquirir una de nuestras tarjetas reproducirás la experiencia de comprar un libro físico, pero más ligero, económico y ecológico. Sólo tendrás que escanear o copiar el código de su interior para descargar al instante un ebook personalizado. Para ello puedes emplear cualquier dispositivo: un smartphone, una tableta o un ordenador.

Aquí está su página web:

http://www.seebook.eu/

Me intriga bastante ya que ofrece la oportunidad de llevar siempre copias de tus libros encima contigo, sin tener que llevar peso ni ocupar una barbaridad de espacio. Si conocéis o estáis en contacto con librería y tiendas, al menos no tendrían la excusa de decir que no tienen sitio. Y si las queréis enviar a lectores (y dedicarlas) no os tenéis que preocupar por los gastos de envíos. Además no hace falta que creéis una versión en papel para usarlos, y siempre podéis añadir material extra para hacerlo más atractivo.

Y aquí el aspecto que tienen

Y aquí el aspecto que tienen

Se han ofrecido a enviarme unas muestras a casa de mi madre en Barcelona (la compañía también es de Barcelona) así que cuando las vea ya os contaré. La CEO de la compañía, Rosa Sala, me ha comentado que aparte de estar disponibles en muchas librerías españolas, se están expandiendo y esperan estar en Foyles, en Londres, dentro de poco.

Os mantendré informados, pero estoy intrigada.

Gracias a todos por leer, y si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

He hablado con Rosa Sala y espero compartir un nuevo post cuando me confirme algunas cosas, pero mientras tanto quería compartir un nuevo video que han creado, que es muy mono:

Hi all:

You might remember that when I left my job my plan was to learn the business of running a bookshop, and Anne and Derek from Addyman Books in Hay-on-Wye were kind enough to have me at their shops so I could learn on the job. It was a fantastic experience but due to personal circumstances I had to cut it short. I’m hoping to be able to revisit the experience sometime soon and I have not abandoned the idea, although I think I’ll need to get very creative about it (suggestions are welcome).

One of my thought for the shop would be to offer books from independent authors. But of course, stock is expensive and space is also a problem. And not all indie books are available in paper versions. I was investigating any options for this eventuality and I came across Seebook (http://www.seebook-shop.eu/en/15-seebook) that seemed like an interesting option, but in its beginning. Now I’m pleased to say that the initiative has taken off, and apart from options for traditional publishers, it also offers an option for indie authors (http://www.seebook-shop.eu/en/17-publish-your-own-seebook) and those are also advertised in their website.

Seebook

Seebook

What is a Seebook? Here is their own description:

Seebook are attractive download cards for ebooks. The ideal solution to give an ebook as a present! They are Multiformat (ePub, Mobi for Kindle and PDF) suitable for any device. Without registrations. Without DRM. Also available in bookstores. Some contain extra features. Unlimited number of downloads.

And:

Seebook brings back the digital content to the real world. When you buy one of our cards you will reproduce the experience of buying a physical book, but lighter, cheaper and ecological. You just have to scan or copy the code inside to download a personalized ebook instantly wherever you prefer: in a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.

Here is the website:

http://www.seebook.eu/en/

I’m intrigued, as it offers the option of carrying your books with you any time without being lumbered with weight, and also without occupying incredible amounts of space. It can also be sent without spending a fortune and autographed, and if you know any shops, they can hardly say they don’t have space for them. And even if you don’t have your books available in paper it’s still a viable option. And you can add extra materials to make it more attractive.

Here is what they look like

Here is what they look like

They’ve kindly offered to send me some samples that they are sending to my mother’s address in Barcelona (the company is also from Barcelona) so I’ll let you know what they look like in real life. I know from the CEO that the ones they have created for traditional publisher have become available in quite a number of bookshops in Spain and they’re hoping to be in Foyles soon, so you might come across them.

I’ll keep you posted, but I’m intrigued.

Thank you all for reading, and if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

I’ve met with Rosa Sala and hope to write an updated post soon. I’m just waiting on some more information. In the meantime, I thought I’d share this new video they’ve created, because it’s so cute!

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