Total Pageviews

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Englishman by Helena Halme!

THE ENGLISHMAN is FREE from Amazon! 

“The Englishman is a love story: the account of the long-distance romance between English Naval officer Peter and Finnish student Kaisa, as this star-crossed couple discovers that Shakespeare’s words are still true, even in the 1980s, and the course of true love never runs smooth. Together, they contend with a broken engagement, long separations, the Falklands War, inevitable cultural differences, and the small matter of a member of the British armed forces wanting to marry a citizen of a country bordering the Soviet Union.” – Kate Allison, founder of The Displaced Nation website. 

When Kaisa is invited to the British Embassy cocktail party in Helsinki to celebrate a Royal Navy visit to Finland, she’s not looking for romance. After all, her future has been carefully planned: she’s to complete her degree, marry her respectable, well-to-do Finnish fiancé Matti, and live happily ever after.

Enter the dashing Peter, a newly qualified Royal Navy Officer. Like a moth to a flame, Kaisa falls head over heels in love with the handsome Englishman. The young lovers steal passionate kisses in the chilly Esplanade Park and promise to meet again. 

Kaisa and Peter embark on a long-distance relationship, but at the height of the Cold War, while the Englishman chases Russian submarines, Kaisa is stuck in Finland, a country friendly with the Soviet Union. 

Kaisa lives for the Englishman’s passionate letters and infrequent long-distance phone calls, but her jealous ex-fiancé doesn’t want to let go, and her old-fashioned father hates foreigners. Can Kaisa trust the gregarious Englishman? Wouldn’t she be better off going back to her faithful fiancé? 

While Kaisa struggles to keep up faith in the relationship, a war breaks out in the faraway Falkland Islands …





THE ENGLISHMAN

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let's say hello to author Suzy Davies!

Welcome! Thanks Suzy for joining me here.  

What should my followers know about you? My debut children's book, "Snugs The Snow Bear," Book One of  a Children's Fiction Series, is soon to be released!
Oh, something about me? Well, I've been writing ever since I can remember. I was born into an Anglo-Welsh family, in Reading, Berkshire, England, and my early childhood was spent in Wales.
More recently, as an adult, I have lived in Brighton, East Sussex, on the South East Coast, in Britain, and in Bournemouth, on the lovely South West Coast, too. I currently live halfway between Daytona Beach, and Orlando, of Disney fame, in The States, with my writer husband, Craig.
I have a lifelong love of the sea, as "Snugs" readers will soon discover! I am passionate about the environment and nature, but I also like to spend time in the city. It's all about balance.
I was a teacher and lecturer in English for over 10 years, which is useful for an author who writes for children. Now, I am almost a full time author, who runs other businesses, including a Life-Coaching Business. I like variety!

What inspired you to begin writing? The inspiration for "Snugs The Snow Bear" was "The Isle of Wight Polar Bear" optical illusion, etched into the cliffs, on The Isle of Wight, in The United Kingdom.

I began writing at six. A teacher called Mrs Pontefract, at senior school, encouraged me to write, and I guess it just developed from then on.

Why did you focus on this genre? My focus is currently  on Children's Books and "The Snugs Series"  because I believe it is important to encourage children to read Literature, to give them a firm foundation for the future. There is no other genre which has the power to impact children growing up, and generations to come.

I also believe that the young at heart enjoy reading magical children's fiction, which brings out the creativity and curiosity of the natural child within us all.

My work for children has strong characterization, which helps children identify with their favourite character, and develop empathy. I love creating scenes, in urban and not so urban environments, too.

Snugs's tales of derring-do give children a sense of adventure, and curiosity about the world around them. Children can share books with their parents, care-givers, teachers, and siblings, which deepens personal bonds, and creates a sense of focused fun and learning.

It is my cherished hope that my books will be used in schools, too, to teach young readers across the curriculum. "Snugs The Snow Bear," is a book which will inspire kid's imaginations and entertain, and educate them, as well. Children can learn about endangered species, and about global warming by following "Snugs" and his friends in my adventure series.

Are you working on any other books? Yes, I am! I have always said "one thing at a time," but while I am awaiting the completion of the "Snugs" illustrations, I am writing a fiction book, "The Talisman"

Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences. "Snugs The Snow Bear," is a magical adventure book for children aged 6-10, and the young at heart, with a message about the environment. Come follow "Snugs", the charismatic polar bear, and his menagerie of animal friends, as they voyage to The Isle of Wight, and beyond!

Where can people buy your book? At my publisher's (top secret until the launch,) and on Amazon, and in all good bookstores! It will be launched fairly soon!

What are the 3 words that best describe you? Passionate, curious, imaginative.

Tell us about your work, away from writing? I have recently taken my life coaching business across The Pond, which means I am in the process of getting known here. Things I have learnt from being certified in life coaching have carried over and informed my writing. I post articles about how to get motivated and inspired, as well as articles for writers to draw on, to improve their understanding of the process.  
My writing is the most important work I do! I love it so much, I do it every day!
  
What hobbies do you enjoy? I love hobbies which take me near water – rambling on nature trails, walking the beach, and boating on the lake!
I also enjoy going to gigs, eating out, and mall-shopping.
At home, I enjoy reading and cooking.

What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf? No surprises, I'm afraid! You can see what I intend to read on Goodreads, although I tend to avoid too much reading when I am in a prolific writing phase.

What are you currently reading? I am reading, "Absalom's Daughters," by Suzanne Feldman.

Tell me your 3 favourite authors? In  Children's Books, I love A.A. Milne, Raymond Briggs, and Michael Bond.

I love music, and always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can? "Eagle," by Abba, "Waterloo Sunset," by The Kinks and "Magical Mister Mistoffelees," from "Cats, The Musical"
  
What song best describes your life? "The Writer," by Ellie Goulding.
  
In the story of your life, who would you like to play you? Kate Winslet or Meryl Streep.

Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with? J.K. Rowling!

Finally, what’s next for you? I want to write more books!

To find out more about Suzy, just click here website!





Sunday, August 21, 2016

FIVE WEEKS is FREE for FIVE DAYS!

From Monday 22nd August FIVE WEEKS is FREE for FIVE DAYS! 

This is another true story and this time set in London, Eastbourne and America! I worked for an Estate Agent in North London and I attend a party along with my friend Steve in Islington. Then just after Steve disappears to the loo, two guys come into the kitchen where we were and dragged me across the floor punching me in the face and ripping my hair out. 

A few months later I'm threatened by the same guys from the party, BUT this time with a gun in my back and told if I'm seen in the area again, they will have no hesitation in using the gun. 

So after resigning from my job, I was invited to spend Christmas in Eastbourne with my girlfriend Jenny at her parents place . We decide to stay and move to Brighton where I was offered a job as a tele-sales manager for an American portrait company, but first must take a trip to Pennsylvania for a five week training course. 

FIVE WEEKS is a story of those weeks in America and where in a remote Pennsylvania woodland, I was nearly left for dead by my cocaine addict boss and his brother! 


Some reviews for FIVE WEEKS! 

5* Review from America! Action Packed. Fantastic. Great Writing. 


5* Once again, like WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, David has given us readers another page turner!

5* I’m an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. However, it’s rare for me to encounter a piece of fiction that I enjoy enough to spend the time to write a review. Good fiction, in my opinion, is engaging, reveals something important or interesting about some aspect of the human condition, and—above all—has good story-telling. Five Weeks succeeds in all of these areas. The writing is witty and highly original. Read the first chapter and you’ll be hooked. 

4* This is an easy to read book, about an estate agent who due to circumstances leave London. He lands a job as a tele sales manager and has to go to America for five weeks of training. The adventure starts for real then. I really enjoyed this well written novel. 

5* Having read the authors first book, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME which I loved, I had to read this and wow.This is a great story and one yet again I will recommend. 


Click FIVE WEEKS to download!


Meet author Ray Green who has ironing as one of his hobbies!

Welcome Ray! Thanks for joining me here.  

What should my followers know about you?

I live in Chichester, West Sussex, in the UK. I’m married, with two daughters who have now grown up and flown the nest. My wife, Rhonda and I have a second home in Spain, where we now spend around 40% of our time and where I do much of my writing.

What inspired you to begin writing?

My former career, spanning some 30 years, was in business, much of that time operating at Director or Chief Executive level. I eventually became weary of the politics and backstabbing of the corporate rat-race and, together with some senior colleagues, decided to attempt to buy the company I worked for from the huge American multinational corporation which owned it, in a management buyout. This turned out to be far easier said than done, and the incredibly tortuous chain of events which ensued provided the inspiration for my first book ‘Buyout’, a fictionalised account of a group of guys (and girl) who try to do a similar management buyout – with alarming consequences.

Why did you focus on this genre?

‘Buyout’ is a business/financial thriller. It was natural for me to write in this genre because I have extensive real-life experience of the corporate world. The sequel, ‘Payback’ is also in this genre, while the third book in the series, ‘Chinese Whispers’ veers much closer to mainstream action thriller territory. The fourth and final book in the series ‘Horizontal Living’ is a comedy thriller. 

Are you working on any other books?

Having now completed the four-book ‘Roy Grove Thriller’ series I’m planning to write a standalone conspiracy thriller. Right now it’s in the very early formative stages but I hope to start work on the manuscript proper before the end of 2016.

Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences.

‘Buyout’ is a gripping and compulsive story about the power of money to unveil the deepest in human nature. Lies, blackmail, betrayal, and personal vendettas conspire to wreck careers, marriages and lives.

Where can people buy your book?

‘Buyout’ is available in both paperback and kindle versions from Amazon. The paperback version can also be ordered from any bookshop by quoting the ISBN  978-0-9575138-1-5

What are the 3 words that best describe you?

Determined, Impatient, Particular
Tell us about your work, away from writing?
I’m retired from full-time employment now, but I am president of the community of 70 owners in the apartment complex in which my Spanish home is located.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Cycling, motorsport, photography. Weirdly, I also quite like ironing!

What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf?

Collins Bird Guide.

What are you currently reading?

‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown.

Tell me your 3 favourite authors?

Wilbur Smith, Simon Scarrow, Dan Brown.

I love music, and always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can?

‘Brothers in Arms’ by Dire Straits, ‘Holding Back the Years’ by Simply Red, ‘Bad Love’ by Eric Clapton.

What song best describes your life?

Tubthumping (I get knocked down) by Chumbawamba.

In the story of your life, who would you like to play you?

Harrison Ford.

Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with?

Albert Einstein.

Finally, what’s next for you? 

Getting down to writing the next book.

Buy  BUYOUT from Amazon!



Friday, August 19, 2016

Let's meet author Patricia Furstenberg!

Welcome! Thanks for joining me here.  
Hello, David and thank you. Happy to be interviewed by you.

What should my followers know about you?

I come from the country that bestowed the world with Eugene Ionesco and Emil Cioran, Mircea Eliade and Mircea Cartarescu. I grew up in Eastern-European Romania during the communist ruling, a time when there was severe censorship on the written word. But it was a good era too, a time when men would open the door for a woman and they would kiss her hand in greeting, taking off their hats. At least my father used to. I grew-up considering writers to be really heroic people. Back then writers could easily place themselves in the wrong place, at the wrong time with their work. *smile* But as a job, writing would have hardly put food on the table. That’s why I studied Medicine; I have a degree in Dentistry. A few years after graduating I met my future husband and decided to move to sunny South Africa, for love. Family life soon proved beneficial because, in order to nurture my children, I had to find a way of nurturing myself, in my own way. And this is why I began writing again.

I’ve always been a bookworm and writing has become second nature to me. Whenever I look back I remember having this feeling of well-being whenever I would put pen on paper.

Reading Agatha Christie’s “An Autobiography” is what kindled my desire to take up writing seriously and later on winning two chapters of the “Write Your Own Christie” Competition in 2014.

What inspired you to begin writing? 

There have always been dogs in my life and then Pete came along, yes, that’s how it all started; with Pete the elephant. He would sit on the shelf and watch me with that twinkle in his eye. I could almost hear him saying: “I could tell you all of my happy adventures and you could write them down! Why don’t you?” I mean, all writers hear voices, don’t they? So one hot day, with almost no clouds at all over the tall, bright blue South African sky, I began writing about ice-cream flavoured clouds, lizard shaped clouds and about snow. Of which we see hardly any where we live. Oh, yes, lots of snow! I asked myself what would happen if you were a small dog with a tiny little burrow all to yourself in the middle of a snow covered forest?  Amazing things would come your way! The first edition was titled “Little Friends, Big Adventures” but after I had illustrated it I renamed it. That’s how “Happy Friends” was born.

Why did you focus on this genre?

Probably the 10 years of reading and exploring children’s books with my two amazing kids paved the way.  My stories nurture positivity, imagination, empathy, friendship, generosity, adventure and of course they have happy-endings. Children need to have friends, it is as necessary to them as the air they breathe. Living in post-apartheid South Africa, the “Rainbow Nation”, I’ve noticed how spontaneously children make new friends. To them history has no timeline and life has no racial limitations. A hand is a hand and a smile is just that, an invitation to smile back. My stories portray friendships between diverse animals, a toy, a lizard and the wind; a dog, a dragonfly and a bee. And they all have a happy-ending. Children need happy-endings.

Are you working on any other books?
Yes. I’ve been asked to write “The Book of Life”. This is the only book that Little Tail the dog owns in “Happy Friends” and he looks to it for advice whenever he needs guidance. Top of my Christmas Wish List is to finish my historical thriller. When I was in junior college I almost made it to the History Olympiad, then I came down with chickenpox. History is like a book of knowledge; you can find so many answers to modern questions in there, with medieval history being so fierce. Nothing was taken for granted then and life, probably, was the scarcest item on the market; perhaps because there was no compassion. But there were great friendships and there was love. Was love accessible to everybody? What did one do if one was a Prince, sworn to protect his country and his people? And his name was Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Wallachia? And no, he was not Dracula. * - sigh*
Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences.
What do a toy elephant, a dog, a lizard, the wind, a dragonfly, a squirrel and a bee have in common? They take part in adventures and discover how easily friendships can be built and that there is always sunshine at the end of the rainbow… shaped out of clouds.
Where can people buy your book?
Right now book lovers can buy “Happy Friends” in kindle format from Amazon!
From September 2016 it should be available to purchase from other popular eBook retailers such as Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, IBookstore, BN.com etc.
What are the 3 words that best describe you?
Friendly, persevering, courageous.
Tell us about your work, away from writing?
I care for my family, do extensive research for my historical novel and have recently begun to write a series of articles for mypuppyclub.net Oops, there’s writing again! *laughs*
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I cycle, enjoy cooking and drawing and I love music, especially classical music. Oh, yes, occasionally I dabble in haikus. Oh, writing again! *grin*
What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf?
Eeny, meeny, miny, mo… The works of Emil Cioran? A copy of Agatha Christie – signed by her nephew, Mathew Prichard? Some books on architecture? We have many bookshelves overflowing with a wide variety of books, from children’s books, novels, literature greats to non-fiction etc. Every member of our family loves to read. Reading a wide variety of genres opens the mind and leads you to new places.
What are you currently reading?
I’m up to the 7th book in the “Outlander” series, “An Echo in the Bone”. I’ve only discovered Diana Gabaldon this year. Her writing is alluring and her attention to historical detail gripping.
Tell me your 3 favourite authors?
Agatha Christie, Camil Petrescu, Dan Brown.
I love music, and always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can?
With pleasure. Music has always been a big part of my life. I could listen endlessly (ask my children *laughs*) to Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No.5, especially the 2nd Movement. I love, love, love Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” and, of course, bringing back so many happy memories from home, George Enescu: “The Romanian Rhapsody”. There’s something magical about listening to composers from your own home land. Their notes seem to be playing in your own heart’s language!
What song best describes your life?
I don’t know any songs about coffee, I’m sure there are some. So it will have to be Cindy Lauper’s “True Colours”. It is a song about not being afraid to show your true self to the world. And this is what a writer does, isn’t it?
In the story of your life, who would you like to play you?
Meryl Streep, please? She’s such a warm, yet witty actress! She could make anyone look grand on screen!
Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with?
Agatha Christie, without any hesitation. There is so much already said about Agatha Christie the writer, but the woman? Besides, our birthdays are only two days apart!
Finally, what’s next for you? 
I would love to see “Happy Friends” in print and I must finish the first draft of my historical novel. 
Thank you, David, this interview felt like an hour at the spa!

 Click HAPPY FRIENDS from Amazon! 








Thursday, August 18, 2016

A warm welcome to author Jordan Thomas!

A Q & A with author Jordan Thomas!

What inspired you to begin writing? Music inspired me to write, specifically songwriting. The joy of interpreting one's thoughts into something so beautiful and melodic is mesmerizing.

Why did you focus on this genre?I focus on this particular genre (poetry) because it's an effective form of expressing my thoughts clearly and authentically. There is no fluff in my poetry. In some poems there is some extended vocabulary but that isn't to be pretentious, I've studied those words for years reading the thesaurus.

Are you working on any other books?
For now yes, but at a much slower pace due to my new job and the upcoming college quarter next month. This next one will be a departure from poetry and will focus on the importance of creativity and how it has shaped my life.

Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences.My current book (Ascension: The Journey Continues) is semi-autobiographical.
It is what I refer to as poetic motivation to everyday things.

Where can people buy your book?
The book can be purchased via Amazon only! Ascension!

What are the 3 words that best describe you?
Creative, Sensitive, and Honest

Tell us about your work, away from writing?
My soon-to-be work which I start this Friday will be as a team member of a fabric and crafts store named Joann's. This job I believe will be great for me since it requires creative people. It will give me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and out of shyness.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
Aside from writing, I enjoy reading, singing, dancing, playing piano, going for walks, and at times, meditation.

What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf?
I don't think anyone will be surprised. What I pretty much read currently is the Bible, motivational books from those such as Grant Cardone, Les Brown, etc, as well as Christian devotional/leadership books from people like Sam Chand.

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading The Bible (Psalms 34) as well as The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Tell me your 3 favourite authors?
My three favorite authors include Sam Chand, Grant Cardone, and Nelson Mandela

I love music, and always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can?
At the moment, my three favorite songs include Change by Andrea Helms, Damnable Heresies by Lauryn Hill, and More Than You Know by Sarah Vaughan.

What song best describes your life?
At this point, the song that best describes my life is I Look To You by Whitney Houston because in the midst of seeking the purpose intended for me, there are going to be obstructions but if I keep the Creator in mind in where I'm headed in life, then any chance of the enemy causing blockage will be eliminated.

In the story of your life, who would you like to play you?
In years to come, I would like my future son to play me. But that won't be happening in a long time. For now, I can't really say who.

Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with?
I'd like to personally spend a day with many people, mostly friends I have yet to meet in actuality and to spend time with them would be such an amazing day for me.

Finally, what's next for you?
My second year of college is next for me as well as this job. In terms of projects, my third book which will be titled Lead, Don't Follow after what my dad has told me all my life will be out in early 2017.



A warm welcome to author Carol Cooper!

Carol Cooper answers Questions from David P Perlmutter.

Amazon link to my latest novel Hampstead Fever myBook.to/HF (it’s a universal link which goes to the appropriate Amazon site for that territory)

Welcome! Thanks for joining me here.  What should my followers know about you?

Thank you very much for inviting me, David.

I was born in London, not far from where I now live, but there were decades of living here, there, and everywhere. After qualifying as a doctor, I got into health journalism and had columns in titles as varied as The Sun and The Lancet. I then wrote a string of non-fiction books before getting serious about writing fiction. My first novel One Night at the Jacaranda was soon followed by Hampstead Fever, which came out in July.

What inspired you to begin writing? 

A lonely childhood. For years I lived with my mother in a one-room flat, and I would escape to the laundry room downstairs in the company of a large imaginary family. I read a lot, and was soon writing all kinds of stories, including gruesome tales of witches dying as a result of smoking in bed.


Why did you focus on this genre?

Contemporary fiction is what I most enjoy reading, so that makes it the obvious genre for me. My novels are written from multiple points of view, male as well as female. This may stem from the fact that, as a GP, every ten minutes I try to put myself in the shoes of a different patient.

Are you working on any other books?

I’m working on another book featuring some of the same characters from my first two novels.

Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences.

Hampstead Fever follows the intertwined lives of six Londoners one hot summer as they grapple with relationships, money worries, difficult children, and ailing parents. Emotions rise to boiling point in the heatwave, and each person makes mistakes they shouldn’t be making when pushing forty.

Where can people buy your book?

In bookstores and online via Amazon and other retailers.

What are the 3 words that best describe you?

Witty, caring, loyal.

Tell us about your work, away from writing?

I’m a part-time family doctor in London, and I teach medical students at Imperial College. It’s a real thrill training the doctors of tomorrow. I’m also a journalist for The Sun newspaper, so I write a quick expert comment whenever a health story breaks, be it a radiation spill or a celeb hurting herself as she stumbles out of a nightclub. And I do some TV and radio.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy gardening, and of course I love reading, as I’m sure every author tells you. Occasionally, however, doing absolutely nothing seems a pretty good way to spend time…

What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf?

A big fat Latin dictionary which my mother gave me when I was 12 or 13.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Amna Boheim’s novel The Silent Children. It’s a ghost story, so not the kind of thing I usually read, but it is hauntingly beautiful.

Tell me your 3 favourite authors?

Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, and Howard Jacobson.

I love music, and am always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can?

They would have to be I Am the Walrus by The Beatles, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City, and Marc Anthony’s I Need to Know.

What song best describes your life?

American Pie by Don McLean. I’m not American, but I lived in the USA for many years, and I get the bits of the song that are about nostalgia.

In the story of your life, who would you like to play you?
Meryl Streep. No contest.

Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with?
Charles Dickens. We’d talk about writing, people, and of course London.

Finally, what’s next for you? 


That London novel I mentioned, featuring six main characters. It’ll be followed by a book set in Cambridge. At some point I’ll also write a novel set in Alexandria, where I spent much of my childhood. The story will go back to the mid-1940s and forward to the Arab Spring in 2011. I’m not sure of the plot yet, but I can guarantee there will be plenty of memorable characters.