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Hola a todos:

Como sabéis los viernes me gusta traer autores invitados o nuevos libros a mi blog. Es siempre un placer cuando autores repiten su visita y nos traen sus novedades literarias.

Autor Frank Spoiler

Autor Frank Spoiler

Ese es el caso hoy. Muchos recordaréis a Frank Spoiler, escritor de poesía, de microrelatos, de novelas terroríficas, cuentos…Vamos, lo que le echen. Y que no se me olvide que tiene varios blogs y publica muchos de sus relatos en Wattpad. Vamos, que si no le conocéis es porque no queréis. Hoy nos trae su más reciente libro, publicado por la editorial Tempus Fugit, que se está dedicado a promocionar y distribuir las obras de muchos escritores independientes (si yo fuera vosotros les seguiría de cerca, que tienen muy buen ojo).

Irrealidades a doble espacio de Frank Spoiler. Ed: Tempus Fugit

Irrealidades a doble espacio de Frank Spoiler. Ed: Tempus Fugit

Irrealidades a doble espacio

Frank Spoiler nos presenta su última novela, con el título de Irrealidades a doble espacio, compuesta por una serie de relatos y micros, una mezcla de sabores y aromas. Una sorprendente recopilación de historias diversas que harán la delicia de los amantes de la buena lectura y de los fieles seguidores de este autor.

Versión Kindle:

http://www.amazon.es/Irrealidades-doble-espacio-Frank-Spoiler-ebook/dp/B00P8E16OW/

http://www.amazon.com/Irrealidades-doble-espacio-Frank-Spoiler-ebook/dp/B00P8E16OW/

 

Versión papel:

http://www.amazon.es/Irrealidades-doble-espacio-Frank-Spoiler/dp/1503004678/

http://www.amazon.com/Irrealidades-doble-espacio-Frank-Spoiler/dp/1503004678/

Y por si os habéis olvidado del resto de su obra, os dejo el enlace a su página en Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/frank-spoiler-spoiler/e/B0096D5UE8/

Gracias a Frank por visitarnos (y por seguir escribiendo), gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!

P.S.: Sally Ember, Ed.D., autora de la serie The Spanners, me entrevistó como parte de su serie Changes, el día 19 de Noviembre. Si os apetece echarle un vistazo a la entrevista (y escucharme hablar inglés), aquí os dejo el enlace en You Tube.

http://goo.gl/1uZJDm

Gracias!

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Amigos y familiares me han dicho más de una vez que no conseguían descargar libros en Amazon. Intenté investigar como demostrarlo en video pero a mi ordenador parece que no le gustan los programas para hacer eso así que…
Lo intentaremos con imágenes. Y si no funciona pues…a ver.
Primero hay que tener una cuenta en Amazon. En princio lo único que necesitáis es una cuenta de correo electrónico y debéis crear una contraseña. Si vais a comprar libros u otros productos necesitaréis un tarjeta de crédito o de débito (creo que incluso aunque los libros sean gratis necesitáreis incluir una tarjeta para que funcione).
Ponéis en la dirección de internet (si estáis en España)
http://www.amazon.es/

Si no, si vais al fondo de la página veréis que hay una lista larga de otras tiendas Amazon. En general suele ser:

http://www.amazon. (lo que sea, .com, .co.uk (la inglesa), .de (Alemana), .br (Brasil…)

Una vez ahí si tenéis cuenta igual os reconoce. Si no, tendréis que registraros.

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Ésta es la página. Una vez os habéis registrado, volvéis a la página de compra donde hay un menú a la izquierda que os permite buscar en varias tiendas o todas a la vez. Si buscáis un libro electrónico, dadle a la Tienda Kindle.

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Dentro de la cajita al lado de Tienda Kindle podéis escribir el título del libro (o del autor) que busquéis. Naturalmente yo he puesto una de las mías, ‘Click Me Happy!‘ Y le dais al botón de buscar o al enter.

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Entonces os aparecerá en la pantalla el libro. En mi caso está en versión española e inglesa. Si hay varios libros con el título que buscáis os aparecerá una lista por orden de popularidad. Buscad el que sea y hacéis clic.

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Veréis que a la derecha aparecen 3 ventanitas. La primera para comprarlo con un clic (para eso tenéis que tener los detalles de la tarjeta ya en amazon, pero es rapidísimo..). La segunda ventanita os ofrece la posibilidad de descargar una muestra del libro que  estáis mirando, un 10% y así podéis saber si os gustará o no. Por cierto, no funciona en todos lo libros, pero si véis una flecha y ‘mirar dentro’ en la portada os permite mirar dentro y podéis ver unas página también. Vamos que por oportunidades de saber si el libro os gustará no será. La tercera ventanita os permite leer libros electrónicos de Amazon si no tenéis un lector electrónico Kindle. Si tenéis un ordenador, un teléfono androide, smart phone, una tablet (aunque no sea Kindle, el I-pad o cualquier otra). Lo que tenéis que hacer es descargar el App donde queráis (en más de un sitio si queréis, y todos los libros que compréis los tendréis disponibles en todos los dispositivos donde tengáis el App. Y si os compráis un Kindle, aparecerán allí como por arte de magia). Verés que la he coloreado de color amarillo para que se vea bien.

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Si hacéis clic en el botón en la tercera ventana (amarillo) esta es la pantalla que aparece. El App es gratis, seleccionáis el tipo de dispositivo que tengáis, y ya estáis perparados para leer lo que queráis.

Si queréis comprar un libro le dáis a la primera ventana en la imagen con Clic Me Happy! (como ejemplo, o el libro que queráis comprar) y entonces os pedirá la identificación si no la habéis incluido ya. Os enseño la página pero mi cuenta es con amazon.co.uk así que está en inglés, pero comprarlo y descargarlo es cuestión solo de poner los datos y hacer clic. Y el libro aparecerá o en vuestro Kindle, o donde hayáis instalado el App. Tarda solo unos segundos. Es fabuloso.

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Por si necesitáis más explicación hice clic en el enlace que explica como funciona lo de comprar en Amazon y ésto es lo que nos aparece:

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Ala, a comprar se ha dicho! Si os ha gustado, compartid, dejar comentario, y haced clic. Y si tenéis algún problema, haremos lo que podamos! Y a los que ya os lo sabéis de memoria, perdonad!

I have had some of my friends complaining that they could not work out how to download/buy, electronic books in Amazon (other sites are available but I don’t have any other electronic readers so can’t be of much assistance. I’ve bought books in Smashwords, and like anywhere else, you need to have an account and follow the instructions, although depending on the format it can be a bit tricky).

I thought about doing a video but unfortunately between my computer and my lack of technical acumen I didn’t get very far (the apps to capture screen images I understood would not download in my computer or were not trusted, others had disappeared and others…I just couldn’t work out), so here is one with images.

First things first, you must have an account with whichever is your local store at Amazon. You’ll need an e-mail address, you’ll need to create a password and if you’re intending to buy anything they’ll ask you for a credit or debit card (a bank card of some sort). I cannot show you the bit of setting it up (I’m sure there are ways to do it, but I already have an account and my computer knows that so…).

You can go to http://www.amazon.com If this is not your local store, you can always scroll to the bottom of the page and you have a list of other stores where you can click and it takes you there. If you try to buy an item in an store that is not your local the website will recognise that and ask you if you have moved (you can change your store) or direct you to click to go to your store.

What, will you ask, happens if I don’t have a Kindle? Can I still read electronic books? Well, yes. Amazon offers you the possibility of downloading an App for your PC, tablet or smartphone. If you search on the box for any book (you can go directly to Kindle store on the menu and that will only show you e-books) on the right it will show you the App. See here, highlighted.

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Once you have downloaded that (and you can download it to more than one computer or device) any books you buy will directly appear on your reader. If you were to later buy a Kindle device, they will appear there once you’re connected, like if it were by magic (it’s fascinating if you’ve never experienced it. And you can make the letters bigger and smaller that it’s great for people who’ve just started using reading glasses. Yes, like me.).

Let’s say we want to buy a book. As an example, let’s say my new romantic novella ‘Click Me Happy!’ (yes, of course I’m trying to sell books too.)

We put the name on the search box, click search:

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In this case I have a Spanish and English version. I’ve highlighted the English version. We click on that book:

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I have highlighted on the right all the options. If you click on the top one (supposing you have an account, details of you card, etc), you are buying the book and it will appear on your reader. If you have more than one (PC, phone, Kindle)  you can choose which one you want to send it to from dropdown box (see following image) but you can also later go to manage your Kindle and download it anywhere else you want (I bought a device for my mother and can download the books to both in so far as they are connected via Wi-fi to the net).

You can also request a sample (tends to be the 10% of the book) and this will be send to your reader. You can check it and if you like it then buy the book. (If you notice, in the picture of the book there is an arrow saying ‘Look inside’. If you click there it also gives you an option to check inside of the book, not the whole book, but it also give  you an idea of if you’ll like it or not).

The third option is again to download the App wherever you wish, just in case you don’t have one. (Of course they also tell you that you can buy a Kindle and they’ll be happy to send it to you.)

Just for clarity, I clicked on the link that explains how buying works, and that is what comes up. I add it here for clarification.

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Probably the video would have been better, but…I hope it’s of some use.

Thanks for reading. If you’ve find it useful, leave comments, share and get clicking! If you have any doubts, please ask, although I’m not an authority in the matter, but willing to try…And sorry to those of you who know this inside out…I promise to go back to writing about random things next week…Maybe…

Boeing 757-200 N741PA titled Air Peru takes of...

Boeing 757-200 N741PA titled Air Peru takes off from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been having a few interesting days at work (and more to come) and I felt like letting off some steam. I hope you don’t mind. I know you’ve heard me (or rather fortunately, read me) rant before, about book promotions, the value of art…

Today it’s something fairly common…The lack of consistency. I was on holiday recently, with my parents. We flew to Ireland from the UK. (The holiday was lovely, thank you for asking. I recommend Ireland to anybody and everybody.) My parents had come from Barcelona, Spain, landing at Liverpool. We flew from East Midlands airport. I’d never been there before. We were chatting on the way (there was an incident in the M1…yes, that’s a rant for another day, 3 highways agency cars blocking a lane with nothing to be seen. Maybe they were just having a cup of tea and biscuits and needed some space) and my father was wondering if he’d have to take his shoes off or not (with his arthritis that’s becoming a bit difficult) and noted that even wearing the same shoes, sometimes he had to take them off and sometimes not.

This time, no. My mother, on the other hand, had to take her sandals off, although she didn’t when she flew into the UK. And mystery of mysteries. Both my mother and I had our Kindles with us. I had also a notebook computer. They paid no attention to the notebook, but for some unknown reason took the Kindles away, passed a strange thing over them and put them through the X-ray machine again. What were they looking for? Anybody knows? I know books can be dangerous, but it seemed ridiculous. (And I had taken my Kindle to Paris recently flying from Liverpool and they didn’t check. That trip is all another story…)

I won’t talk about airlines as they are a law onto themselves (only 1 bag, two bags, 15 kg, 20kg, 24kg…) and that’s somewhat reasonable, but shouldn’t all airports have the same procedures? Well, that’s not the case even in the same country, as I’d never seen this Kindle thing before and I’d travelled only a couple of months ago with mine.

Of course in Ireland they didn’t check the Kindles, or the computer, and we didn’t have to take the shoes off. But they didn’t check our passport either when we came back…Hey!

I remember once in the US I was flying from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I only had cabin luggage as I’d been to a conference for 4 days. They checked inside of my bag as I went in. Then I walked down the corridor by the shops to the gate. And there, they checked my bag again. Exactly what could I have bought that would have been that dangerous? Yes, I know American snacks can be killers, but really…Even the woman who was checking the bag looked at me and asked me: ‘Haven’t I checked this bag before?’ Yes, she had. Every time they had checked my bag. So when we stopped at Logan Airport in Boston for a connecting flight I was telling a fellow traveller: ‘They’ll check my bag. They’ve checked it every time.’ But no, Boston liked me better and they didn’t check. On the way in they’d checked it in New York but I guess…

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English: Boston’s Logan Airport (KBOS) aerial view. Part of NOAA’s aeronautical survey program. Runway 14-32 was built after this photograph was taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe it’s me, but it is confusing (oh, and the body scanners! And the metal detector that will randomly beep or not irrespective of what you have or wear!), not useful, stressful (sometimes eventually funny, but not at the time), and I don’t think it does much for the security of anybody. Can’t they get their act together?

Sorry, I just had to have a rant. Thanks for reading. If you have any great insights, please share, and if you’ve enjoyed it or felt like joining in, please comment and share!

English: Photo by Nick Juhasz.

English: Photo by Nick Juhasz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Llevo unos días bastante interesantes en el trabajo (y los que quedan) y decidí que necesitaba desahogarme un poco. Espero que no os importe. Ya sé que me habéis oído (o leído, por suerte) quejarme antes, sobre promociones y marketing de libros, el valor del arte….

Hoy es algo bastante corriente…Falta de consistencia y lógica. Estuve de vacaciones con mis padres recientemente. Volamos a Irlanda desde el Reino Unido. (Las vacaciones fueron maravillosas, gracias por preguntar. Le recomiendo Irlanda a todo el mundo. De verdad.) Mis padres habían venido desde Barcelona, y aterrizaron en Liverpool. Para ir a Irlanda volamos desde el aeropuerto de East Midlands. Nunca había volado desde allí. De camino estábamos hablando (había un incidente en la autopista M1…sí, eso lo dejo para otro día, 3 coches del servicio de autopistas bloqueando uno de los carriles sin motivo visible alguno. Quizás decidieron que era la hora del té y las galletas y necesitaban un poco de espacio) y mi padre se preguntaba si se tendría que quitar los zapatos (que con la artritis se está poniendo complicado) y comentaba que incluso llevando los mismos zapatos, a veces se los hacían quitar y otras no.

Esta vez, no. Pero a mi madre, que llevaba sandalias y a la que no se las habían quitar cuando volaron a Inglaterra, allí sí. Y misterio misterioso. Mi madre y yo llevábamos nuestras Kindle. Yo también llevaba un ordenador, notebook. No le hicieron ni caso a mi ordenador, pero por motivos desconocidos se llevaron las dos Kindle, pasaron un extraño aparato por encima y las pasaron otra vez por la máquina de rayos X. ¿Qué estarían buscando? ¿Alguien tiene alguna idea? Sé que los libros pueden ser peligrosos, pero me pareció ridículo.

No hablaré sobre las compañías de vuelo ya que esas cada una tiene su ley (solo una bolsa dos bolsas, 15kg, 20kg, 24kg…) y eso es algo más comprensible ya que son compañías distintas, pero, ¿no deberían tener todos los aeropuertos los mismos procedimientos? Eso no es el caso ni siquiera en un mismo país, ya que yo no he visto nunca esto del Kindle y viajé hace solo un par de meses con la mía a Francia (eso fue toda una historia.)

Por supuesto cuando volamos de vuelta desde Irlanda no comprobaron ni Kindle ni ordenador, y no nos tuvimos que sacar los zapatos. Pero tampoco comprobaron los pasaportes cuando volvimos… ¡A ver, quién lo entiende!

Recuerdo una vez en los Estados Unidos, yo volvía a Inglaterra desde Fort Lauderdale en Florida. Solo tenía equipaje de mano ya que había estado asistiendo a una conferencia 4 días. Miraron dentro de mi bolsa cuando entré. Caminé por el corredor donde estaban las tiendas y fui a la puerta de embarque. Y allí, me volvieron a mirar dentro de la bolsa. ¿Qué podría haber comprado tan peligroso? Sí, ya sé que los snacks Americanos pueden ser letales, pero de verdad…Incluso la mujer que me estaba registrando la bolsa me miró y me preguntó: ‘¿No he registrado esta bolsa ya antes?’ Sí. Habían registrado mi bolsa en todos los aeropuertos. Así que cuando paramos en el aeropuerto Logan, en Boston, le comentaba a otro viajero esperando subir al mismo avión: ‘Ya verás como me registrarán, porque me han registrado cada vez.’ Pero no, por lo visto a Boston le gusté más  y no me registraron. Cuando volé de entrada en Nueva York sí que me registraron. Quizás tienen motivos para ser más desconfiados.

Quizás sea yo, pero lo encuentro confuso (¡ah, y los scanners de cuerpo! ¡Y los detectores de metales que pitan cuando les da la gana lleves lo que lleves!), inútil, estresante (a veces divertido, pero solo cuando ha pasado algo de tiempo, no en caliente), y no creo que aumente la seguridad de nadie. ¿Por qué no se pueden poner todos de acuerdo?

Perdón, tenía que quejarme. Gracias por leer. Si tenéis alguna pista, por favor compartir, se agradecerá. ¡Y si os ha gustado o os queréis apuntar y quejaros de otras cosas, por favor, compartid!

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English: Boston’s Logan Airport (KBOS) aerial view. Part of NOAA’s aeronautical survey program. Runway 14-32 was built after this photograph was taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Otro viernes, y otro invitado a mi blog. Esta vez es Jonás Cobos, del grupo de escritores hispanos que conocéis bien.
Su biografía no tiene desperdicio y demuestra que a veces nuestros esfuerzos por superarnos pueden tener resultados maravillosos.
Os dejo su biografía, información sobre su obra ‘Susurros en la Oscuridad’ (que no os recomiendo que os leáis a oscuras a menos que seáis muy valientes), y una serie de enlaces donde podéis descubrir muchas mas cosas sobre Jonás.

Jonas Cobos

Biografía
A los 12 años y bajo la tutela de un profesor de repaso ejercité la lectura en voz alta para vencer un ligero problema de tartamudez y excesiva timidez. El libro en cuestión era “Poirot Investiga” de Agatha Christie, aquellas historias acabaron cautivándome convirtiéndome en un lector apasionado. Sin embargo, muy pronto empecé a imaginar mis propias aventuras. Incluso llegué a editar un pequeño fanzine “La Bola del Mundo” que vendía a mis compañeros de clase y por correo. En los años de estudio en la Formación Profesional colaboré en las revistas escolares con artículos y relatos.
En segundo grado de F.P. escribí mi primera historia por entregas “¿Selectividad Natural?” una historia donde se fusionaban ciencia ficción y fantasía. Quedé finalista en varios concursos literarios de ambito local.
No pasaron muchos años sin que el gusanillo de la escritura apareciera de nuevo, en esta ocasión durante un año escribí, edité, monté e imprimí una publicación mensual de caracter literario “Sense Cap Fonament”. Tras ello empecé varios proyectos de novelas que finalmente quedaron aparcados. En Diciembre de 2010 inicié un curso online de Escritura Creativa con la escritora Norteamericana Holly Lisle y retomé los proyectos que había dejado aparcados, el primero fue una serie de relatos cortos que había publicado en la revista “Sense Cap Fonament” y que recuperé, revisé y escribí algunos nuevos para completar mi primer libro publicado “SUSURROS EN LA OSCURIDAD”.

Susurros

SUSURROS EN LA OSCURIDAD
9 Relatos que atraparán tu alma dentro de tu Kindle ¿Te atreves?

De Casualidad:
Mikel siempre ha sabido que es “distinto” a los demás, pero nunca ha respondido a las burlas de la gente. Hasta que cae en sus manos un libro de conjuros…

Los Cosechadores:
Ricardo sufre pesadillas desde que su esposa murió en un accidente de coche, su relación no estaba en su mejor momento. Sin embargo se ve acosado por la idea de que no fue realmente un “accidente”.

La Mano en la Ventana:
Julián tiene todo lo que siempre a creído desear, un espléndido trabajo, un fabuloso apartamento… Aún así no es feliz. Vive bajo en yugo de un padre que lo desprecia y maltrata hasta que un día descubre una vieja casa abandonada…

La Puerta de Atrás:
Isabel se prepara para enfrentarse a la rutina diaria: el desayuno de sus hijas, la charla matutina con su marido… Sólo que esta vez no es así. Toda su familia ha desaparecido y su realidad se derrumba, sólo parece haber una escapatoria ¡Cruzar la puerta brillante!

Circo Zombie:
Andrés Clowers lo tuvo todo: mujeres, éxito, drogas pero no fue suficiente. Adicto a las emociones fuertes y a su constante anhelo por demostrar su hombría acepta participar en la experiencia más extrema jamás vivida. ¿Pero podrá salir de ella con vida?

Los Parásitos:
Enrique Gala Collins está en la cima de su carrera literaria y sus fans esperan con ansia el nuevo libro de la saga Magius. Tan sólo existe un pequeño problema: Enrique está bloqueado y es incapaz de escribir una sola línea. Sin dudarlo recurre a la ayuda de un extraño santero.

Susurros en la Oscuridad:
Valerie cuida de su anciano padre. Una noche la despierta una extraña voz procedente del dormitorio de su padre y descubre a una gigantesca araña acechándolo. Sin pensar en las consecuencias Valerie se enfrentará al mayor desafio de su vida.

Clone Fashion:
Natalia Flores cansada de sentirse una cantante de poca monta, decide hacer una última actuación de despedida. Todas sus perspectivas cambiarán cuando un extraño médico le ofrezca la posibilidad de ser joven otra vez.

Jardín de Amontillado:
Tras años de enemistad y envidias has recibido una invitación de tu mayor competidor en el mundo vinícola. Sin embargo esta oferta de tregua a conseguido picar tu curiosidad y estás a punto de descubrir el secreto de su éxito.

Incluye dos avances de los próximos libro:
“EL RETORNO DE LA MAGIA” y
“MREX”
Versión Kindle:
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BFAVIQ/

Amazon España
http://www.amazon.es/dp/B009BFAVIQ/

En papel:
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481864750/
Amazon España
http://www.amazon.es/dp/1481864750/

Link a la página de autor de Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Jonas-Cobos/e/B009BTWC9I/
Link al blog:
http://jonascobos.wordpress.com/

Link a la página web:

http://jonascobos.wix.com/jonascobos#
En esta página podéis encontrar información de otras obras de Jonás, incluyendo: Las Puertas del Cielo (Preludio Saga Magius) y Pisadas en la Arena (las dos pueden descargarse gratis para lectores Kindle a través de su página) y primicia de su nueva obra: El Retorno de la Magia (Saga Magius 1)
Esta página está llena de información interesante para todos los lectores, incluyendo información básica sobre los lectores Kindle, cómo acceder a libros electrónicos en ese formato si no se dispone de un Kindle…Y también podéis disfrutar de los fantásticos video-trailers de su libro Susurros en la Oscuridad.

Muchas gracias a Jonás por ser mi invitado, gracias a todos vosotros por leer el post y no os olvidéis de hacer CLICK!

Today I bring you an author I’ve met in Twitter. Jon Fletcher has a very interesting life (that he’ll tell us a bit about later) and he’s real fun to follow. With another Twitter friend, Olivia, we’ve shared all kinds of slightly off-the-wall conversations. Jon has also shared some of his writing with us and I couldn’t help thinking he’d make a great guest for my blog. He bring us not only an original (that will be part of the new book in the series) interview with his main character Josiah Trenchard, but also tells us about himself and shares the prologue to his book. And now, I leave you with Jon, and Josiah…

Transcript of interview with Captain Josiah Trenchard of the United Worlds Space Navy by I.N.N. anchorman, Alexander Robertson, from his late night current affairs show “Rob’s On”:

ROBERTSON: Good evening, folks. This is Alexander Robertson. I’m joined in the studio by Captain Josiah Trenchard of the Wolverine class hunter-killer star-ship, the Might of Fortitude. Captain Trenchard has recently returned from a covert mission to protect a vital installation owned by the Papaver Corporation, and we are fortunate enough to have him here with us in the studio tonight. Good evening Captain Trenchard, or may I call you Jo?

TRENCHARD: No. You may not!

ROBERTSON: Okay then, let’s start with a brief history. You served aboard the U.W.S.S. Hand of Valour and were part of the peace keeping force sent to Europa. That battle was won by Captain Fisher wasn’t it; the so called hero of Europa?

TRENCHARD: It was a joint effort.

ROBERTSON: You were then transferred to the prototype Wolverine class ship, the Might of Fortitude as Captain Bird’s executive officer …

TRENCHARD: It’s referred to as a “boat”.

ROBERTSON: Right Jo. I’m sure that’s real important (smiles to camera and winks). There’s some confusion about what happened next. Would you like to comment on the rumours that the crew mutinied and were about to hand the shi… er, boat, over to the pirates?

TRENCHARD: That’s classified.

ROBERTSON: But Captain Bird was killed shortly after launch?

TRENCHARD: Yes. (looks at his watch)

ROBERTSON: And then you somehow managed to save the boat, single handed?

TRENCHARD: Yes.

ROBERTSON: Gee, you’re a really talkative guy Jo, I like that!

TRENCHARD: That’s Captain Trenchard to you…

ROBERTSON: So then your last mission was to protect a Papaver Corporation facility in the Kuyper belt. Tell me, how did you feel being promoted to Captain?

TRENCHARD: It’s a great honour to serve aboard one of the finest vessels in the fleet. The Might has a fine crew. They all carried out their duties admirably, under extreme pressure.

ROBERTSON: But we’ve received information that you’ve never completed the “Perisher” officer’s training course. What makes you think you’re qualified to command a hunter-killer star-ship?

TRENCHARD: (long silence) That was a field promotion, there wasn’t time to…

ROBERTSON: So what you’re telling me is that you have no qualifications to serve as Captain of a Wolverine?

TRENCHARD: I have served in the navy for many years, I…

ROBERTSON: You had two crewmembers injured on the last mission. One even lost a leg. Isn’t that true?

TRENCHARD: Unfortunately, yes, but…

ROBERTSON: Would that have happened if you’d received adequate training?

TRENCHARD: The injuries were unavoidable. We were in a battle situation for (edited) sake! We had a pirate ship bearing down on us and a homicidal enemy robot tearing the (edited) space-station apart. We were lucky to get away with the few injuries that we did. The men who were injured fought extremely bravely.

ROBERTSON: …and yet you had to be rescued by the S.S. Bertrand, Claude Papaver’s ship?

TRENCHARD: Rescued! (whispers something inaudible)

ROBERTSON: How about this nickname that you’ve picked up among your fellow officers, “The Fixer”? It seems like a tough sounding kinda name Jo? Are you a tough guy Jo? Are ya butch?

TRENCHARD: Where did you hear that from? I’ve never…

ROBERTSON: You’re getting quite a name for yourself Jo. If there’s trouble, send in the fixer right? He’ll get the job done, whatever it takes; even if that means bending the rules a little?

TRENCHARD: What? You son of a…

ROBERTSON: You went into that space-station your-self didn’t you Jo? Shouldn’t you have sent your executive officer in command of the mission? Do you think that she would have let a man lose his leg?

TRENCHARD: Watch your mouth, you arrogant piece of (expletive removed)!

ROBERTSON: You like a drink don’t cha Jo?

TRENCHARD: (looks confused) Occasionally, like any other sailor I…

ROBERTSON: Well we have witnesses that have seen you in Mike’s Bar, regularly drinking heavily until you can’t stand up any more.

TRENCHARD: Who…

ROBERTSON: Do you think an officer who smokes, drinks heavily, breaks the rules continually and disobeys standing orders; is a fit person to hold command of a military star-ship?

TRENCHARD: (stands from his seat and rips off microphone) I don’t have to stand for this (edited), you (edited) piece of (edited)! (walks away)

ROBERTSON: (calls after Trenchard) Do you think that you’re fit to be a star-ship Captain Jo? Can’t stand the heat Jo? Are you a coward too Jo?

TRENCHARD: (walks back towards Robertson, swings fist and punches Robertson off his chair) (edited) you!

End of transcript…

Jonathon Fletcher: Author of the Josiah Trenchard series.

I first started working on the story ideas for the Unity story arc when I was a film student at the University of Northumbria. The original idea was for a short film that I made (with a lot of help) in my third year. Ever since then I played about with the stories, mainly as film scripts. But then life got in the way. I finished the degree and started a job working as an assistant prop maker at Cosgrove Hall Films in Chorlton-cum-hardy, Manchester. The first show I worked on was Brambly Hedge, and then Rocky and the Dodos and Gerry Anderson’s LavenderCastle.

After about a year I left Cosgrove Hall with a group of other people who were setting up a new company called Hot Animation. I became the head of props and worked on some more Brambly Hedge and then the pilot for Bob the Builder. I gradually worked my way up and eventually became Series Art Director on Bob the Builder. After around fourteen series (I lost track after a while) and a few specials, Hot Animation was taken over by another company and they instigated a round of redundancies. I had been thinking about leaving for a while and so I decided to take the redundancy money and set myself up in business as a gardener.

I’ve been working as a gardener now for nearly ten years. I recently moved from Manchester up to the beautiful Northumberland countryside. Gardening gives me the time to look after my wife, who works very hard as a Head Teacher, and also have some time off in the winter to write. I’ve been working on the universe that Josiah Trenchard lives in, on and off since 1992.  I initially re-worked my short film idea into a novel and then looked into publishing via the traditional route, which seemed very hit or miss! Then a friend suggested self publishing on Amazon. He had a work colleague who was now making a fair income from writing books for Kindle. I didn’t want to give away my novel straight away, firstly because it wasn’t good enough yet, and secondly because I wanted to dip my toes in the self publishing waters with shorter stories first.

I already had some off-shoots from the main story in mind and so I decided to write a series of shorter novellas following the adventures of one mighty star-ship and one infamous Captain. Most of the best military sci-fi follows the voyages of an iconic vessel, from Star Trek to Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series, so that’s the format I chose. The idea for the first story was fairly easy to come up with. I knew that I had to introduce the prototype Wolverine star-ship, the Might of Fortitude, and that it would be set in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter and involve space pirates. To be honest, the most difficult thing was coming up with the name of the Captain, probably the single most important thing for the books. For a start his name would be on every book cover. Secondly it had to be something new, that nobody else had already used. I spent a while trawling through Google and searching for different names; nothing would do. Then one day, the name “Josiah Trenchard” just popped into my head suddenly. Was it divine inspiration or just my subconscious finally working it through? Whatever the reason, the name was perfect and the series was born. Josiah Trenchard actually translates as “the lord saves man of war” which is kind of cool for the main hero of your military sci-fi epic!

After that, the name of the space-ship was the next most important element. Most science fiction vessels have bold sounding single word names like “Vengeful”, “Nostromo” or “Enterprise”. Alternatively they have two word names like “Red Dwarf” or “Millennium Falcon”. I wanted to use a different format, one that could be adapted for many different star-ship names. Then I was near the sea one day (I tend to spend a lot of time at the coast when I can) and I started noticing the names on fishing boats. A large number of the boats were named “the something of something”, for example the “Pride of Newcastle”. And so after a fair bit of brain-storming, the “Might of Fortitude” was born. Other vessels in the series include the “Gift of Stealth”, the “Hand of Valour” and the “Breath of Vengeance”. It’s a format that suits military vessels and has millions of possible combinations.

Writing the first episode was hard because an establisher episode has so many constraints. You must introduce the main character, the setting, a problem for them to overcome, their enemies, and so on. You have to do all this in a finite number of words and keep it interesting for the reader. I think I did a pretty good job, and episode two is much better as the story just gets straight into the action. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of part two and some of the crew have undergone some pretty horrible traumas. Part three, “Berzerkergang”, should be out on sale as this blog is published. It picks right up where part two left off. This time the crew of the Might get to visit a planet’s surface and really delve into what make’s the Insurgent terrorists tick. The reader also finds out a good deal more about the mysterious Japanese assassin and the motives of Claude Papaver.

Each episode is loosely based on a classic horror / sci-fi theme, which is then re-told in my own style. Morgenstern obviously draws heavily upon Frankenstein, and Berzerkergang is a Jekyll and Hyde / Wolfman inspired plot. Part four is currently being written. It’s and action packed story and pits the crew of the Might against zombies! Well, it had to happen eventually, didn’t it?

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Excerpt from Josiah Trenchard Part Three: Berzerkergang:

Prologue “Campfire Tales”

The dancing flames flickered violently as a cold wind blew in across the compound. The four figures huddled around the old oil drum pulled their capes a little closer around their necks to ward off the chill of the night. The night watch was always hard, but the bitter cold was draining the last of the United Worlds trooper’s courage.

‘Throw another log on the fire would you,’ asked Stofan, hugging herself tightly to keep out the cold.

Coloroso duly obliged and the fire sparkled and crackled as the heavy log hit the smouldering embers, sending bright sparks whirling skyward.

‘You want to hear a story?’ said McGagh darkly, pulling a hip flask from his uniform pocket and taking a swig, then offering it around. ‘Not one of Vinny’s crap ghost stories, a real story?’

‘Hey!’ said Coloroso, alarmed. ‘Alcohol’s forbidden on duty,’ he cried.

McGagh gave him a disgusted look. ‘You haven’t been out of the academy long, have you lad?’

Coloroso shook his head.

McGagh pushed the flask towards him. ‘This is best Irish whiskey. If you don’t take a drink, then I’ll be offended, and so will my family and all our ancestors. You don’t want to offend my family do you?’

The underlying threat was clear. Coloroso took the flask and swigged a shot down, the harsh spirit stinging his insides. As he did, he noticed a tattoo on McGagh’s outstretched right hand. It read “Drink”. On McGagh’s left hand, the hand he preferred to punch with, he had another tattoo which read “Feck”. Coloroso passed the flask to Vinny on his left and then the others duly took a drink, the warmth of the spirit spreading across their chests. When the flask arrived back to McGagh, he took another deep drink and then stared into the flames, deep in memory.

‘Four years ago, just out of the academy myself, I was stationed on Mars. There had been grumblings from the Martian government for years. They didn’t like being ruled from Earth and wanted independence from the United Worlds. Our platoon was guarding the local United Worlds headquarters in the capital city of Belatu-Cadros.’

Shit…’ whispered Stofan. She knew what was coming. Every veteran in the navy knew about Belatu-Cadros. Vinny and Coloroso were probably too young to have heard the real story yet. Sure, they would have seen is on the news, but the media held back the details. They were looking on intently, their eyes shining in the dancing firelight with the innocence of youth.

‘Mars was still dusty then,’ continued McGagh. ‘The atmosphere processing was only half done. The magnetic pole shield had just been activated but the water hadn’t been released from the ice-caps yet. It was a hot, dry, hard-baked planet. Breathing was like being at high altitude, low oxygen. We still had to use breathing masks when the grit storms came down from the slopes of Olympus-Mons. It felt a little like hell. The only good thing about being stationed there was that the low gravity made moving around a little easier.’

McGagh stared off into the distance before taking another swig of whiskey and then grimacing, baring his teeth and making a sucking sound through them.

‘There had been demonstrations, banner waving and shouting mostly, a bit of pushing and shoving, nothing too violent; nothing that we couldn’t handle. I was on morning watch with ten other troopers at the front gate, all young lads. I’ll always remember those faces… good lads, good blokes. A young girl came up to the front gate. It wasn’t unusual for the local kids to sell stuff to the troopers, fags, booze, chocolate; anything that was rationed on the base. I remember the lads used to call her “Buttercup”, ‘cause of the flowery dresses that she used to wear. A guy called… Fred Townsend, strolled up to her and asked her what she wanted. I was standing just inside the guard hut. I could see her face clearly. She couldn’t have been more than fourteen…’

McGagh gulped. His mouth had suddenly become very dry.

‘She smiled, such a sweet little thing. I’ll always remember the look in her eyes…’

Stofan placed a reassuring hand onto McGagh’s arm. The big Irish man, tattooed, afraid of nothing and full of bravado, was actually shaking at the recollection.

‘She said something quietly in Townsend’s ear and his face just went… terrified, white like a sheet. He started running, but it was too late. This little girl, she raised her arm in the air and pressed the trigger that she had hidden in her hand.’

There was absolute silence around the fire. The flames whipped down for a moment in a gust of wind as if leaning in closer to hear the story.

‘I saw Townsend for a split second before I blacked out as the blast hit me. He was literally splashed across the ground by the force of the explosion. It even melted his dog tags and his fillings. When I came to, there was a pitched battle going on in the streets. We never found out where the Insurgents had got the weapons from, or the explosives. Suicide bombers hit several United Worlds buildings in a coordinated attack. Fifty troopers were killed in the first ten minutes. Then their armed forces moved in while we were still picking up our wounded.’

Vinny and Coloroso were standing with their mouths hanging agape. Stofan dropped her eyes to the ground. McGagh looked back up from the fire and stared straight into Vinny’s eyes.

‘That was the day that the war against the Insurgents really started. That day I learned one thing Vinny. Never trust anyone, not even a child. The Insurgents have no honour, they fight dirty. That’s why I did what I did to that crowd of civilians, why I’ve never been promoted, why nobody trusts me. I’m not proud of it, but any one of them could have been a suicide bomber. I couldn’t take the chance. I’ve paid for that every night since, when I close my eyes and see their screaming faces.’ McGagh paused and took another long drink of whiskey. ‘There’ll be no peace until every Insurgent sympathiser is buried in the fucking ground!’

There was another long silence. Stofan was about to speak when the silence was disturbed by a rhythmic banging that began on the ten foot high wire mesh gate that led into the compound. Vinny leapt towards the guard hut and hit a switch that turned on the overhead spotlights, illuminating the fenced off compound grounds. Stofan, McGagh and Coloroso, legged it over to the gate to see what the noise was.

The three troopers stopped still, their mouths agape. Standing outside the gates was a young trooper. His helmet was missing, as was the rest of his uniform. He was completely naked and his body was covered from head to toe with cuts and scratches. His face was blank, staring, void of emotion. A strange glow seemed to be coming from deep within his wildly staring eyes. He was hammering ceaselessly on the gate with his left fist.

Pound!

Pound!

Pound!

As the shaken troopers looked on, the most disturbing thing about the completely naked young man, was that he was covered, head to toe, in bright, scarlet, blood. Lumps of flesh and brain matter dripped from his skin. When he bared his teeth as the torchlight hit his face, there was human flesh and hair stuck between his crimson stained, snarling teeth…

Available in Amazon: Josiah Trenchard Part One “The Might of Fortitude”

http://www.amazon.com/Josiah-Trenchard-Might-Fortitude-ebook/dp/B009PK84WW/

 and Josiah Trenchard Part Two “Morgenstern”

http://www.amazon.com/Josiah-Trenchard-Part-Morgenstern-ebook/dp/B00AGZE6AO/

Part Three “Berzerkergang” is coming soon!

Jonathon Fletcher can be contacted on Twitter – @JonGardener and on YouTube – Evilgenius1972.

Honour, strength and unity!

Thank you to Jon for sharing with us (and I hope you’ll all download his books). And hopefully he’ll come to visit us soon with updates and tales. And next week…There will be more!

FELIZ AÑO 2013!

Para empezar el año me pareció una buena idea presentarles a una escritora española, Manuela Herrero Palomar, a la que he conocido hace muy poco. Manuela es una de estas personas que te hacen sentir a gusto desde el principio, ayuda a todos, tiene un gran corazón, ama la escritura y trabaja sin descanso para hacer llegar nuevos libros y autores a todos. Como es muy modesta les dejo con las reseñas e información sobre uno de sus libros. Les aconsejo que vayan, lo compren y lo lean. Les encantará.

De su página en Amazon:

historias birmanas 2

“Historias birmanas”, originalmente titulado como “Historias de Amor”, es una composición de emocionantes episodios de personas que se han enfrentado a sus circunstancias. Refleja distintos tipos de sentimientos desde los más alegres, al más bonito que es el amor. Los personajes, lo que sienten, lo que hacen para llegar a cumplir sus deseos, sus ansias y sus ilusiones forman un todo que es este libro que no te dejará respirar un segundo.

Y de la reseña de Abrir Un Libro. Enlace: http://www.abrirunlibro.com/2012/12/historias-de-amor/

Historias de amor. Manuela Herrero Palomar.

Manuela Herrero Palomar es una autora independiente perteneciente a la llamada ‘Generación Kindle’. Nació en Madrid en 1973. Durante 7 años vivió en el sudeste asiático entre Birmania y Tailandia. Actualmente trabaja, está casada y tienen dos niños.

Sinopsis:

Este e-book es una composición de emocionantes historias interrelacionas de personas que se han enfrentado a sus circunstancias. Refleja distintos tipos de sentimientos desde los más alegres, al más bonito que es el amor. Los personajes, lo que sienten, lo que hacen para llegar a cumplir sus deseos, sus ansias y sus ilusiones forman un todo que es este libro que no te dejará respirar un segundo.

Nuestra reseña (Abrir Un Libro):

Las historias que encontraremos en estos relatos de Manuela Herrero, algunas, son experiencias reales de la propia autora. Otras, en cambio, son cuentos que denotan una gran imaginación pero, sobre todo, lo que encontraremos en cualquiera de estas historias es una gran sensibilidad y humanidad.

Son cuentos escritos y expuestos de una forma casi ‘tímida’, como si quisiera pasar desapercibida. Con una narrativa delicada y sencilla, expone hechos como el de ‘Aye’, que aunque realmente son unos hechos muy duros, al estar escritos con la prosa que la que nos narra la autora, es como si quisiera demostrarnos siempre ese lado positivo, el del amor, y que puede encontrarse en cualquier situación o circunstancia desesperada como es el caso de una denuncia falsa y el fatal desenlace que conlleva esa denuncia a una familia honesta en un país corrupto.

Incluso en el relato de ‘El Elefante’, nuestro favorito, donde se describe el sentimiento y remordimiento de un animal, puede expresar mucha bondad.

Precioso el relato del niño con ojos hermosos y de esa rata gigante (!) que nos ha sobrecogido por la belleza de su narración.

Podremos encontrar,  incluso, algún que otro maravilloso poema que nos ha removido profundamente nuestro interior.

Relatos cortos que nos demostrarán como ya hemos dicho en otras ocasiones, que todos los humanos tenemos más cosas que nos unen en vez de cosas que nos separen como pueden ser la bondad, el amor, los valores, la ternura, las pesadillas, la culpabilidad, el miedo…

Con un estilo y vocablo delicado, cálido y sensible, nos tratará temas muy controvertidos como el idioma, las raíces y el sentimiento y resentimiento nacional de este país, visto desde diversos puntos de vista inclusive por vivencias propias de la autora.

Cuentos e historias diferentes pero unidas todas ellas por ese hilo conductor invisible que es el alma. Y este libro está escrito con esa esencia. Relatos cortos que nos reflejan el alma bondadosa e imaginativa de Manuela Herrero Palomar y su amor hacia las personas.

Su link en Amazon es:

http://www.amazon.com/HISTORIAS-BIRMANAS-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B008LPRAZ4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1356559290&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/HISTORIAS-BIRMANAS-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B008LPRAZ4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1356559290&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.co.es/HISTORIAS-BIRMANAS-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B008LPRAZ4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1356559290&sr=1-2

No se la pierdan!

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El viernes en la última selección navideña revisitaremos a Barbara Finney y su fascinante vida como autora.

Y naturalmente no les podía dejar antes de recordarles mi libro en castellano, El hombre que nunca existió a la venta en todos los almacenes Kindle.

Hombrecover(Amaz)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWEGC8

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009TWEGC8

http://www.amazon.co.es/dp/B009TWEGC8

Gracias por su seguimiento y que tengan un fantástico año 2013!

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