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As promised I’m revisiting posts of the year over Xmas and one that received much love was my post about Jane Austen, so here she is again:

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signature of Jane Austen. Taken from her 1817 ...

Signature of Jane Austen. Taken from her 1817 will. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know I’ve decided that I should bring some classic authors as guests to my blog, not only because it’s always a pleasure to remind myself of their work (and hopefully those who read my posts) but also because we have the advantage that many of their works are available for free and it always offers us an opportunity to read them again or even get to know some we’re not so familiar with.

Today I decided to visit a great favourite with many people, not only readers but also those who make film adaptations and TV series. Jane Austen. We all have our favourites novels, and also adaptations (I quite like Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility movie although on TV Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth…is still probably my favourite. I also love the novel. Yes, and Mr Darcy).

Brief biography:

Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December 1775. His father was a reverend in Steventon. She was the 6th of seven children and only the second of two daughters and she became quite close to her sister Cassandra (her mother was also called Cassandra). Henry, one of her brothers, would become her agent in later life.

At age of 8 she was sent to boarding school with her sister where she would learn what was felt to be appropriate education for a woman at the time (French, music and dancing…). At home it seems she was always interested in reading and writing and they would make their own plays that the family would perform.

In 1789 she started to write more seriously (Love and Friendship) and a bit later started writing plays. In 1795 she met Tom Lefroy (if you have watched Becoming Jane Austen you’ll remember he’s played in that movie by James MacAvoy) the nephew of a neighbouring family who was in London studying Law. Unfortunately neither of the two families being of means it appears it was felt such union would not be in their interest and he was sent away.

She worked on some stories that later would evolve into her novels. Her father retired when she was 27 and they moved to Bath, a spa town that was the epitome of class and high society (everybody who was anybody would go there to take the waters and to be seen, it seems).

In Bath she received a proposal of marriage by a childhood friend, Harris Brigg-Wither, her only one. She initially said yes, as he was to receive and inheritance who would have secured her and her family’s subsistence, but she thought better of it and the next day she refused.

In 1803 her brother sold Susan to a publisher who promised to publish it but didn’t and there were difficulties with rights afterwards.

Her father died in 1805 leaving the three women in a difficult situation. They moved frequently until her brother Frank offered them a cottage where they moved when she was 33. She dedicated herself to writing there and her brother sold Sense and Sensibility to Thomas Egerton who published it in 1811. It got good reviews and the whole edition was sold by 1813.

The same publisher seeing how well it had done in 1813 published Pride and Prejudice. It was even more successful and he published a second edition. Mansfield Park although less well received by critics was a public success and became the most commercially successful of her works during her lifetime. Jane move on to publisher John Murray who published a new edition of Mansfield Park, Emma, PersuasionNorthanger Abbey. Her brother Henry’s bank failed and Jane made efforts to regain the rights to Susan that was then published as Catherine.

In 1816 her health began to fail but she carried on working. In January 1817 her sister Cassandra and brother Henry took her to Winchester to seek medical help and there she died on July the 18th 1817 leaving some unfinished works. Her brother published her complete works and revealed her real identity.

Links:

http://www.janeausten.org/

You can read all of her works online in the above link apart from finding plenty of information about her.

http://www.janeausten.co.uk/

Information on the Jane Austen centre, activities and even the Jane Austen festival in Bath.

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

Website of her house museum.

http://www.pemberley.com/

Fan site.

http://www.austen.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/austen_jane.shtml

BBC history website on Jane Austen

FREE Links to novels:

Title page from the first edition of the first...

Title page from the first edition of the first volume of Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pride and Prejudice

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008476HBM/

Emma:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z3O8Y/

Mansfield Park:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z4RNU/

Persuasion:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z6AH6/

Northanger Abbey:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084B008Y/

Lady Susan:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083ZXYB6/

I couldn’t find a copy of Sense and Sensibility  free although they were quite a few under $1 so…(and I suspect one must be hiding somewhere).

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post. If you have, please comment, share and click!

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait b...

Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signature of Jane Austen. Taken from her 1817 ...

Signature of Jane Austen. Taken from her 1817 will. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know I’ve decided that I should bring some classic authors as guests to my blog, not only because it’s always a pleasure to remind myself of their work (and hopefully those who read my posts) but also because we have the advantage that many of their works are available for free and it always offers us an opportunity to read them again or even get to know some we’re not so familiar with.

Today I decided to visit a great favourite with many people, not only readers but also those who make film adaptations and TV series. Jane Austen. We all have our favourites novels, and also adaptations (I quite like Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility movie although on TV Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth…is still probably my favourite. I also love the novel. Yes, and Mr Darcy).

Brief biography:

Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December 1775. His father was a reverend in Steventon. She was the 6th of seven children and only the second of two daughters and she became quite close to her sister Cassandra (her mother was also called Cassandra). Henry, one of her brothers, would become her agent in later life.

At age of 8 she was sent to boarding school with her sister where she would learn what was felt to be appropriate education for a woman at the time (French, music and dancing…). At home it seems she was always interested in reading and writing and they would make their own plays that the family would perform.

In 1789 she started to write more seriously (Love and Friendship) and a bit later started writing plays. In 1795 she met Tom Lefroy (if you have watched Becoming Jane Austen you’ll remember he’s played in that movie by James MacAvoy) the nephew of a neighbouring family who was in London studying Law. Unfortunately neither of the two families being of means it appears it was felt such union would not be in their interest and he was sent away.

She worked on some stories that later would evolve into her novels. Her father retired when she was 27 and they moved to Bath, a spa town that was the epitome of class and high society (everybody who was anybody would go there to take the waters and to be seen, it seems).

In Bath she received a proposal of marriage by a childhood friend, Harris Brigg-Wither, her only one. She initially said yes, as he was to receive and inheritance who would have secured her and her family’s subsistence, but she thought better of it and the next day she refused.

In 1803 her brother sold Susan to a publisher who promised to publish it but didn’t and there were difficulties with rights afterwards.

Her father died in 1805 leaving the three women in a difficult situation. They moved frequently until her brother Frank offered them a cottage where they moved when she was 33. She dedicated herself to writing there and her brother sold Sense and Sensibility to Thomas Egerton who published it in 1811. It got good reviews and the whole edition was sold by 1813.

The same publisher seeing how well it had done in 1813 published Pride and Prejudice. It was even more successful and he published a second edition. Mansfield Park although less well received by critics was a public success and became the most commercially successful of her works during her lifetime. Jane move on to publisher John Murray who published a new edition of Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey. Her brother Henry’s bank failed and Jane made efforts to regain the rights to Susan that was then published as Catherine.

In 1816 her health began to fail but she carried on working. In January 1817 her sister Cassandra and brother Henry took her to Winchester to seek medical help and there she died on July the 18th 1817 leaving some unfinished works. Her brother published her complete works and revealed her real identity.

Links:

http://www.janeausten.org/

You can read all of her works online in the above link apart from finding plenty of information about her.

http://www.janeausten.co.uk/

Information on the Jane Austen centre, activities and even the Jane Austen festival in Bath.

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

Website of her house museum.

http://www.pemberley.com/

Fan site.

http://www.austen.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/austen_jane.shtml

BBC history website on Jane Austen

FREE Links to novels:

Title page from the first edition of the first...

Title page from the first edition of the first volume of Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pride and Prejudice

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008476HBM/

Emma:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z3O8Y/

Mansfield Park:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z4RNU/

Persuasion:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Z6AH6/

Northanger Abbey:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084B008Y/

Lady Susan:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083ZXYB6/

I couldn’t find a copy of Sense and Sensibility  free although they were quite a few under $1 so…(and I suspect one must be hiding somewhere).

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post. If you have, please comment, share and click!

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Today I’m honoured to host the blog tour for Genevieve Dewey’s new book part of her Downey Trilogy: ‘First, I Love You’.

Here is Genevieve to tell us a bit about herself:

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Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.

You can find Gen online at:

www.GenevieveDewey.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GenevieveDewey

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GenevieveDewey

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6441991.Genevieve_Dewey

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Dewey/e/B00936QL2S/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/genevievedewey/

And now, of course, the novels:

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Book Description: First, I Love You

If Mario Puzo and Jane Austen crossed the time-space continuum and mated, “First, I Love You” would be their literary baby. Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love, loyalty, revenge and redemption.

Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.

One part The Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.

Title: First, I Love You

Author:  Genevieve Dewey

Genre: Contemporary Drama with romance subplot

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers

Purchase Link: Amazon/ Smashwords

Book Description:   Second of All

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“…for there is nothing so perfect as a thing with no ending and no beginning such as a family of souls intertwined…”

This introspective sequel to First, I Love You takes you deeper into a tale of interwoven roles, divided loyalties, and personal conflicts.

Detective Tommy Gates and Agent Ginny Sommers struggle to balance their growing personal relationship with their task of finding his father. Back home, Kiki Downey and James Hoffman are facing their own internal and external pressures. After Mary Gates is led on a different trail by Mickey’s Irish kin, they are all given pieces of a puzzle that it will take the whole family to solve. Interlocked within the narrative are glimpses into how Mickey Downey became the man he is today.

Throughout their journeys, past and present, they all must struggle with what loyalties and loves come first, and what comes… second of all.

Title: Second of All

Author: Genevieve Dewey

Genre: Contemporary Drama with Romance Subplot

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers

Purchase Link: Amazon/ Smashword

And especially for you all tour followers, there is aTour-Wide Giveaway:  (10) set digital copy of First, I Love You
and Second of All

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Here I leave you the tour schedule:

Tour Schedule

June 3, 2013

Confession of a Book Heaux

Book Reviews & More by Kathy

Rose’s Book Blog

Cruising Susan’s Book Review’s

Thomas Rydder, writer

Truly Simply Pink

Penelope Jones a little bit of nice and a whole lot of naughty

                                                                  June 4, 2013

Stories and Swag

Reading Bliss

June 5, 2013

ReadingRenee

Ravishing Romances

June 6, 2013

Sandwhich Making Book Bitches

Sugar and Spice Book Review

Stan Brookshire

Margay Leah Justice

Tattooed Book Review

June 7, 2013

Libro Sin Tinta

OlgaNM

Book Fanatic

      Thank you for reading and if you’re enjoyed the post, remember to share, take part in the rafflecopter giveaway and CLICK!

I have an author guest today who will tell us all about her new novel. I came across her through my good friend Magda Olchawska and I’m eager to introduce her to all of you. Gladys Lawson had kindly offered us her biography, information about her novel ‘Blood Borne Connections’ and a candid interview about her career as a writer. Without further ado, I leave you with Gladys Lawson.

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Gladys Lawson –

Gladys Lawson currently lives in London and works as a microbiologist in pathology management and also volunteers as an inspirational mentor. She says, “I was greatly inspired by the need to tell a story where despite the evil displayed, good wins, good survives and good reaches out and makes a difference. The relationship between my different characters was something that I really enjoyed writing about.” She is currently working on her next book.

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Blood Borne Connections

Synopsis

Blood Borne Connections is a fictional thriller about the Mafia, human sex trafficking, and the ability to survive against all odds.

When 15-year-old Tatiana leaves a Czechoslovakian orphanage with four other girls for a new start in America, they are promised a better life. Less than a month later, Tatiana and the others are forced into prostitution by sex traffickers. When a Mafia boss discovers some of his men are involved in sex trafficking children, he instigates a Mafia war to cleanse his organization and stop the trafficking. In the aftermath, people on both sides of the law are killed.
Blood Borne Connections takes the girls on a ride they never bargained for. Can their road to ruin turn into a journey of hope?

You can buy my book on:

Amazon US  http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Borne-Connections-Gladys-Lawson/dp/1622126467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366652162&sr=1-1&keywords=Blood+Borne+Connections

Amazon UK -http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Borne-Connections-Gladys-Lawson/dp/1622126467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366646369&sr=1-1&keywords=Blood+Borne+Connections

Publisher’s website http://sbpra.com/gladyslawson/

Interview:

When did you first start writing? Since 1997

What inspired you to write? Life. Things I have seen in people and places and things that I haven’t seen in people and places.

Have you always been intrigued or wanted to write a particular genre? No, I tend to mix murder, romance, suspense and fact together.

How did you come up with the idea for your newest/current project? Hearing about the injustice inflicted upon people exploited by sex traffickers and my interest in the mafia.

Do you write as a full time occupation? If no, do you think your everyday job provides you inspiration for writing or is it a necessary evil? No I do not yet write full time but soon will. I am a Pathology Laboratory Manager, a Microbiologist by training and I will always add a few scientific things in my books.

If you could meet any writer (or writers) in the history of literature (dead or alive) who would you choose? And why? Jane Austen, I love ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

What do you think about social media? Do you use it mostly as a promotional tool or is it an integral part of your life?
I use it regularly when I have the time.


Any tips for people thinking about writing/publishing?
Don’t give up. Follow your dream.


Tell me a new thing you have discovered recently that you think should be shared.
No matter what you are going through – Life is wonderful, a gift from God, enjoy it, embrace it and each day live it.

Tell me an old thing you’ve rediscovered that you think shouldn’t be forgotten. Remember the good times – they will keep you strong when things are not so good.

Glady’s blog: http://gladyslawson.wordpress.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Borne-Connections-book/121559344708084?ref=hl

Tweeter: https://twitter.com/Bloodborneconne

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmoKWHymspI

Thanks to Gladys for being such an interesting guest and thank to you for reading. And don’t forget to CLICK!

Hoy, como es habitual los viernes, les traigo una autora a la que conocí a través de un grupo de escritores españoles. Sí,  es el mismo grupo a través del que conocí a Manuela Herrero Palomar, ya lo recordarán.  En Twitter normalmente usan #indiebooks así les reconocerán. Son un grupo de escritores independientes (escritores con alma) y yo les recomiendo que les sigan y no se pierdan sus libros. Judith me impresionó por la variedad de géneros en los que escribe y sobre todo por su entusiasmo y dedicación. Yo creo que les guste lo que les guste, Judith lo ha escrito. O está en ello.

Y ahora les dejo que Judith misma les hable de sus libros y un poco de ella.

Gracias Judith.

En primer lugar, gracias Olga por darme un espacio en tu blog.

En mi vida, mi gran pasión siempre han sido los libros, tanto su lectura como escribirlos. Quizás por ello, desde que era pequeña, siempre se me ha visto con un libro en la mano o una libreta escribiendo; me diplomé en Biblioteconomía y Documentación y me licencié en Documentación.

En la actualidad, como lectora, sigo yendo siempre con un libro o lector de libros electrónicos en el bolso, y realizo un espacio en la radio de comentario de libros y sus adaptaciones cinematográficas, si las hay.

Mi aventura como escritora comenzó cuando jugaba con los muñecos y me inventaba historias, que pronto empecé a plasmar en papel y convertir en relatos y novelas. Continué escribiendo y, de vez en cuando, intentando que las novelas fueran publicadas por alguna editorial. Este proceso era largo, arduo y bastante frustrante, ya que requería enviar numerosos manuscritos y cartas de presentación para los que no recibía respuesta. Además, me parecía bastante inseguro, ya que nunca sabía que pasaba realmente con mi manuscrito. Y las ofertas que recibía suponían un importante coste económico de coedición

Finalmente, en abril de 2012, con motivo del Día del Libro, leí un artículo sobre los autores independientes en Amazon, y vi la oportunidad ante mí. Amazon ha revolucionado el mercado, ofreciendo una oportunidad única a los escritores de publicar gratuitamente a nivel mundial. Allí no hay intermediarios, desde el momento en que les entregas tu manuscrito sabes que en 48 horas estará disponible para tus lectores; lo que evita largos meses esperando respuestas de las editoriales. Por otra parte, tú eliges el precio, y Amazon simplemente se queda con un porcentaje de tus ganancias, manteniendo tus derechos sobre la novela.

Así que, desde julio de 2012 he publicado en Amazon cuatro novelas: dos del género juvenil fantasía y aventura, una del género de ciencia ficción y aventura y una del género de ficción histórica romántica.

El proceso para todas ellas ha sido muy laborioso, ya que como escritora independiente he realizado todas las fases de la publicación (corrección, maquetación y diseño de portada), he creado la campaña de marketing y me encargo de ejecutarla. En todas esas fases, agradezco el apoyo de las personas que me ha ayudado y cuyos nombres aparecen en el capítulo de “agradecimientos” de cada novela.

En conclusión, ser independiente requiere un compromiso y esfuerzo diario muy importante, pero vale la pena si se traduce en lectores. Cada vez que un lector me dice que mis novelas “enganchan”, me motiva a continuar trabajando para poner a su disposición todas historias que bullen en mi cabeza. Por ello, mi política actual es vender las novelas a precio muy reducido y ofrecerlas gratuitamente de vez en cuando. Las promociones gratuitas han tenido excelentes resultados, con más de 500 descargas en cinco días durante la promoción de mi novela “La casa de la brumas” este mes de enero de 2013. Respecto a las ventas, me han permitido estar en numerosas ocasiones en el TOP de las categorías específicas de cada novela; lo cual me permite llegar a nuevos lectores y también que mi nombre vaya sonando. Además, resulta muy motivador cuando, sin una editorial que me respalde, me codeo en las listas de bestsellers con libros como las sagas “Crepúsculo”, los “Juegos del Hambre”, El Hobbit”…etc.

Mis proyectos más inmediatos, aparte de seguir escribiendo, son continuar publicando en Amazon las novelas que ya tengo terminadas y continuar con la campaña de marketing de todas ellas.

Finalmente, será un placer estar en contacto con los lectores y recibir sus opiniones a través de:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JPriay

Blog: http://judith-priay.blogspot.com.es/

Adjunto la información de mis novelas, todas se pueden adquirir en Amazon a nivel internacional:

Saga “Lectores de almas”: La lectora de almas (Género Ciencia Ficción y Aventura)

      Lectora de almas                 

El 21 de diciembre de 2012 un cambio energético en el campo magnético de la Tierra creó una nueva raza de seres humanos con un poder que nadie antes había podido imaginar: los Sanadores, también llamados “Lectores del alma”. Su fama corrió como la pólvora. Todos los países querían tenerlos en ellos, todos hasta que se dieron cuenta que jamás podrían utilizarlos a su conveniencia. La rabia, la ira, la envidia e incluso el miedo hacia la nueva raza fue calando en la población. Mientras los diferentes países iban subiendo en la espiral de violencia generada durante siglos; hasta que lo que debería haber sido el comienzo de una nueva era de paz, de amor y de luz; se convirtió en el comienzo de una guerra mundial que estuvo a punto de destruir el planeta.

Han pasado 98 años y lo único que queda de la Tierra habitable es un pequeño territorio en lo que antes fue la Península Ibérica. Un nuevo gobierno ha surgido, una dictadura del terror ha sido creada. La única salvación posible, los Sanadores, son sistemáticamente perseguidos y aniquilados. Sin embargo, una Sanadora puede volver a traer paz a la Tierra, aunque para ello deba enfrentarse junto con el Ejército de la Luz a grandes peligros y amenazas.

La saga “Sanadores del Nuevo Mundo” comienza y la lucha por salvar la Tierra acaba de empezar…

 

Saga “Hermandades”: La mano de la hechicera (Género Juvenil Fantasía y Aventura)

 La mano de la hechicera

Una malvada hechicera y una maldición que se cobra una vida en cada generación.

Una mansión en la que nadie es lo que parece.

Dos amigas de diecisiete años que deberán hacer frente al amor, a la magia y a sus propios miedos si quieren sobrevivir al ataque de la hechicera.

Una Hermandad de poderosos brujos universitarios que están dispuestos a arriesgarlo todo para salvar a las dos muchachas.

Un poderoso “Círculo de las sombras” al que sólo le importa terminar con la hechicera, incluso a costa de la vida de las chicas.

La saga “Hermandades” comienza… y todos los involucrados deberán jugarse sus poderes mágicos, su amor y su amistad para evitar una nueva muerte.

Saga “Lunas”: Luna de exilio (Género Juvenil Fantasía y Aventura)

Luna de exilio

Una antigua profecía según la cual “De la unión de los dos brujos de linaje más antiguo nacerá el poder invencible”.

Dos adolescentes llamados a cumplir la profecía: Alyssa, una bruja blanca de 17 años, y William, un brujo oscuro que tiene dos obsesiones: el poder y Alyssa.

Tras la muerte del último gran mago y presidente del Gran Consejo de brujos; la magia oscura se cierne sobre el reino y Alyssa, huyendo de William, se ve obligada a exiliarse al mundo humano y comenzar una vida normal en el instituto.

Sin embargo, la magia oscura ha encontrado la forma de perseguirla hasta su nuevo hogar y Alyssa deberá tomar importantes decisiones para salvar a los que más ama.

La saga “Lunas” comienza, y la aventura, el romance y la lucha por la magia blanca no han hecho más que empezar.

 

La casa de las brumas (Género Ficción histórica romántica)

La cas de las brumas

Inglaterra, siglo XIX:

Una misteriosa y deseable mujer, Elle, de belleza salvaje y ojos gatunos que vive oculta en el monte Secreto donde, según las antiguas leyendas de la aldea, antaño se habían reunido las brujas de la comarca para realizar misteriosos conjuros y dotar al monte de poderes extraordinarios.

Una joven, Lis, que a los dieciséis años sólo ha conocido la violencia y el dolor, es despertada de la inocencia por un seductor; y encuentra el amor verdadero en un joven romántico de incierto destino.

Un diario secreto que encuentra el Dr. Kruskla, enamorado de Lis, y que utiliza para devolver a Elle las ganas de vivir.

Amor, traición, vida y muerte, esperanza y tragedia se unen en una novela escrita siguiendo el estilo de las escritoras femeninas del siglo XIX (Jane Austen, las Hermanas Bronte…)

No me digan que no las quieren leer todas ( y no me vengan con excusas de que son mayores para las de jóvenes, que todo el mundo las lee hoy en día y está muy de moda).

Y la semana que viene…sí, algo más.

Gracias y no paren de leer…que nos abre el horizonte.

Today as usual on a Friday I bring you a guest author. I met Judith through a group of Spanish writers who were kind enough to open their arms and their Facebook group to me. They are independent authors (indies) and also ‘autores con alma’ (authors with a soul) It’s the same group that Manuela Herrero Palomar (you remember her Burmese Stories) introduced me to, and you’ll know them in Twitter as they tend to use the #indiebooks. If you read in Spanish (and some of them have versions in many languages) keep an eye open not only for Manuela and Judith but for all of them and you won’t be disappointed with their books. And there’ something for everybody. That was one of the things that most impressed me from Judith, her sheer enthusiasm, her love of writing, and how she likes to try and experiment in all the genres she loves. Whatever type of book you like to read, Judith is your writer, as she will explain. And now I leave you in the hands of the talented Judith who will tell you a bit about herself and also gives you an introduction to her books so far…Because there’s much more to come!

First: thank you Olga for hosting me in you blog.

In my life, books have always been my greatest passion, both reading them and writing them. Maybe for that reason since I was a child I always had a book in my hands or I was writing in my notebook; I got my diploma in Biblioteconomy (Library Economics) and Documentation and a degree in Documentation.

As a reader you’ll always find me with either a book or an e-book in my handbag, and I host a radio programme where I offer reviews and discussions about books and film adaptations, it there are any new ones.

My adventure as a writer goes as far back as being a little girl playing with my dolls and inventing stories, that I soon started putting down in paper y transforming into tales and narrations. I carried on writing, and every so often I tried to get my novels published by a publishing company. It was a long, hard and frustrating affair, as it involved sending numerous manuscripts and query letters and receiving no feedback. It also seemed not very safe as I didn’t have control over what happened with my manuscripts. And when I got any offers they implied a major financial cost for co-editing.

Finally, in April 2012, for the Day of the Book (23rd April in Spain, celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Cervantes), I read an article about independent authors in Amazon, and I saw an opportunity opening before me. Amazon has revolutionised the market, offering a unique opportunity to all writes of publishing their work free of charge to a world audience. There is no middle man, from the moment you submit your manuscript you know that within 48 hours it will be available to readers, and that saves waiting for months for the replies of publishers. Also, you can choose the price and Amazon keeps a percentage of the benefits, whilst you keep the rights to your own novel.

Since July 2012 I have published 4 novels in Amazon: two in the genre of young adult fantasy and adventure, one in the genre of science fiction and the other one historic romance fiction.

The process for each one of them has been very laborious, because being an independent writer I have sole responsibility for all phases of publication (correcting and proofreading, formatting, designing the book cover), I have created the marketing campaign and have implemented it. In all these phases I’m very grateful to all the people who have offered me support and their names appear in the chapter of “acknowledgements” of each novel.

In summary, being an independent author requires commitment and an important daily effort, but it is worth it if it brings you to readers’ attention. Every time a reader tells me that one of my novels gets them “hooked”, it motivates me to carry on working to bring them all the stories that are boiling in my head. For that reason my current policy is to sell my novels at very low prices and offer them free every so often. The free promotions (giveaways) have been very successful with more than 500 downloads in five day during the promotion of my novel “La casa de las brumas” (‘House of Mist’) in January 2013. Regarding sales, they have got me many times to the top in specific categories for each novel; that allows me to reach new readers and also helps me become a household name. It is always encouraging to think that without the support of a publishing company, I’m sharing bestseller lists with books such those in the ‘Twilight’ series, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The Hobbit’, etc.

My immediate projects, apart from further writing, are to publish in Amazon the other novels I have completed and to continue with my marketing campaign for all my books.

Finally, it will be a pleasure to be in contact with readers and hear their opinions through:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JPriay

Blog: http://judith-priay.blogspot.com.es/

I enclose information about my novels. All of them are available in all Amazon stores worldwide.

Saga “Lectores de almas”: La lectora de almas (Género Ciencia Ficción y Aventura) (Series “Soul Readers”: The Soul Reader (Genre Science Fiction and Adventure)

 Lectora de almas

                       

On the 21st December 2012 an energy change in the magnetic field of Earth created a new race of human beings with a power unknown up to that point: the Healers, also known as “Soul Readers”. They became instantly famous. All countries wanted a piece of them, until they realized that they could never use them as they wished. The rage, the ire, the envy and even the fear towards this new race slowly got hold of the population. At the same time violence was spiraling out of control around the world following centuries of slow build up, and what should have been the beginning of a new era of peace, love and light, became the beginning of a World War that nearly destroyed the whole planet.

98 years have passed and the only bit of Earth that is still inhabitable is a small territory in what used to be the Iberian Peninsula. There was a new government, a dictatorship of terror. The only possible saviors, the Healers, were systematically hunted and annihilated. However, a Healer can bring peace to Earth, but to achieve that she has to confront great perils and dangers with the help of the Army of Light.

The series “Healers of the New World” begins and the fight to save Earth is only starting…

Saga “Hermandades”: La mano de la hechicera (Género Juvenil Fantasía y Aventura) Series “Brotherhoods”: The Sorceress’s Hand (Genre Young Adult Fantasy and Adventure)

La mano de la hechicera

An evil witch and a curse that takes a life in each generation.

A mansion where nobody is who they seem to be.

Two sixteen years old girls and best friends who will have to face love, magic and their own fears if they want to survive the witch’s attack.

A Brotherhood of powerful university warlocks prepared to risk everything to save the two girls.

A powerful “Circle of Shadows” only interested in exterminating the witch, even if the price is the death of the girls.

The series “Brotherhoods” begins…and all those involved will have to risk their magical powers, their love and friendship to avoid more deaths.

Saga “Lunas”: Luna de exilio (Género Juvenil Fantasía y Aventura) (Series “Moons”: Moon of exile (Genre Young Adult Fantasy and Adventure)

                                                Luna de exilio

An old prophecy that states: “From the union of a witch and a warlock of the most ancient lineage an invincible power will be born.”

Two adolescents called to fulfill the prophecy: Alyssa, a white witch, 17 years old, and William, a black magic warlock with two obsessions: power and Alyssa.

After the death of the last great Mage and president of the Grand Council of Warlocks, the black magic threatens the kingdom and Alyssa, escaping from William, has to exile herself to the human world and live a normal life in High School.

However, black magic finds a way of stalking her to her new home and Alyssa must take important decisions to save those she loves.

The series “Moons” begins, and adventure, romance and fight have just started.

La casa de las brumas (Género Ficción histórica romántica) (The House of Mist, Genre Fictional historic romance)

La cas de las brumas

England, XIX century:

A mysterious and desirable woman, Elle, of wild beauty and cat-like eyes who lives in hiding in the Secret mountain where, according to ancient legends, many years ago the witches of the county would meet to cast their spells and give the mountain extraordinary powers.

A young woman, Lis, who aged 17 has only known violence and pain, is robbed or her innocence by a seducer and finally finds real love in a romantic youth of uncertain fate.

Dr Kruskla, Lis’s lover, finds a secret diary and he uses it to give Elle the zest for life again.

Love, treachery, life and death, hope and tragedy intertwine in a novel written following the style of the famous female writers of the XIX century (Jane Austen, the Brönte Sisters…)

Thank you very much to Judith for visiting my blog and to all of you for reading. Remember that reading opens new horizons.

And next week….more!

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