Daniel Silva – The English Girl

I’ve decided to post my thoughts on books I’ve liked in the genres that I tend to read: suspense, romantic suspense, psychological thriller, thriller, mystery, and books that are just a good read!

This was one I recently read when I was in Carmel, California. I don’t think there’s anything better than reading something at your leisure when you’re on vacation. I looked out at the ocean, read another chapter, and out at the ocean again. Fond memories of both and the thoughts become intertwined.

I particularly like the way I get to travel vicariously through his books and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I think his ability to portray characters is sheer genius. I care about these people. I also like it that I can follow his characters from book to book. They’re that interesting.

Anyway, I could go on and on, but this is a good read on every level.

Once Again, Coben Delivers

Just read a great book I wanted to share with you from one of my favorite authors, Harlan Coben.

Missing You

The dating game has changed. I have several friends who have met online and are now married, several for many years. It’s become a common way to meet people. However, it’s a way of meeting people that could have dangerous consequences. As always, Mr. Coben writes a riveting story and as usual, I was hooked. The twists and turns that he weaves I find fascinating. Can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Pay it Forward – Part II

A few days ago I had the pleasure of reading Tsunami Connection by Michael James Gallagher. It was one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I love the genre and voraciously read Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben, Daniel Silva, and the list goes on. I was particularly reminded of Daniel Silva when I read this book. I learned a lot from it and I was curious as to the author’s background. Here’s the backstory on the book! I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Thirty-five years ago, while on a break from picking melons on a Mochav in the south of Israel, I was visiting Jerusalem, and the unexpected happened. Some young people invited me to a dance at their synagogue. Walking home after in the dark of the old city near the Jaffa gate, shadows rushed around me in the cool evening. One of them caught the glint of the moon in a blade, warning me off the street. Experiencing the intensity of real politics and feeling somehow part of the growing pains of a nation left me with unforgettable memories and several journals.

Raising two great kids with my life partner and motivating thousands of high school drop outs nurtured my creative juices. The path to writing a spy thriller about Mossad sleepers with their backs to the sea percolated until the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 and Tsunami Connection was born.

The possibilities of paradigm-shifting technology intrigue me, especially military equipment. Cloaking devices, nanotech suits, utility foglets commanded by thought and high-tech bicycles with carbon frames full of nourishing liquids propel my characters through the paces of the narrative.

Though genre writing implies following a set script, evolving the established traditions and forming fresh niches creates readership for new authors.  Although Tsunami Connection and its soon to be released sequel, Harlots All, feature technology, genuine individuals, carefully crafted both under professional stress and at play in their personal lives, people the scenarios of the books. An atmosphere in which authentic people, who happen to be spies, and whose lives unpredictably thrust notoriety upon them, coupled with the emotionally charged dynamics of surviving danger drives the world building in my books.

Every author says her work is fresh but how are these novels an innovative kind of thriller? They contain a ‘piece de resistance’ that sets them apart. Pauses in the energetic pace, usually in the form of flashbacks, generate sanctuaries during which readers glimpse characters being created through the force of history in people’s lives, the power of tango in strengthening relationships, the sensual pleasure of eating and let’s not forget the easing joy of sex.

What can you expect when you pick up one of my books? A visually powerful canvas that reviewers say “puts a picture in your mind’s eye.” The thigh-high slit in her red, sequined gown… You got the picture!

http://www.michaeljamesgallagherauthor.com/

http://www.pinterest.com/tsunamimichael/

Four Questions for authors

Christoph Fischer, author of The Luck of the Weissensteiners, Sebastian, The Black Eagle Inn and his newest release, Time to Let Go, recently asked me to participate in a blog hop and answer some questions. If you’ve never read any of his books, you’re in for a treat!

1) What Am I Working On?

Well, at the moment, three novels. I’m waiting for the proof on one, Cornered Coyote, (3rd in the Coyote series) and it will be published within the next couple of weeks. The next one, The Dinner Diva and the Red Cedar Spa is the first book in a new series and I’m really excited about it. It’s a cozy mystery and in this one, the Dinner Diva and several friends go to an exclusive spa. They have facials which go bad. Deliberate or not? Well, it pretty much happened to me so I created a story from it. And the third book, working title – Kundalini Numbers – follows the popular Private Investigator Slade Kelly and his involvement with a woman who develops the ability to see numbers on foreheads after attending a yoga retreat. If she sees a number, that person has that many days to live. There’s a few more stories demanding to be taken out of my head as well!

2) How Does My Work Differ From Other in My Genre?

That’s tough. I suppose it differs because no one has had the exact life experiences that I have had and it spills over into my writing. Plus, I’m a little older so I’ve had more life experiences!

3) Why Do I Write What I Do?

I have no choice. The main premise comes and then the embellishments make themselves known either through experiences I’ve had, things I’ve thought about, or who knows what! I remember waking up at 3:00 a.m. one morning thinking about a woman who could see numbers on people’s foreheads. That was the start of Kundalini Numbers.

4) How Does My Writing Process Work?

I’m usually at my desk around 7:30 a.m. and I work until 4 or 5. I spend some of that time marketing, answering email, etc. I usually begin writing around noon. On the weekends I work in the mornings. Of course all of that is subject to family life, animals, and a myriad of other things that interest me!

And now I tag 1) Abby Vandiver, the author of In the Beginning, Irrefutable Proof, and her latest one, At the End of the Line. I’ve read her first two books and you don’t want to miss them! She easily blends history and the contemporary world beautifully. I’m looking forward to her new one! Here’s a little bit about it:

A wrong number, and a cry of desperation at the end of the line, sparks a long distance friendship between two women who’ve never met. Through fourteen years of trouble and heartache from a stagnant domestic life, the struggle for civil rights, and the stigma of interracial relationships, a bond forms between the two that changes both of their lives foreverIt’s 1958, a time when women and Negroes are deemed second-class and are being second-guessed, from there arises the perfect storm for change, and the perfect time for an unlikely friendship.

Beatrice “Beanie” Peterson, forced to marry at fifteen and live with two sister wives, six children, and an abusive husband twenty years her senior, is looking for a way out. Adeline “Liddie” Garrison, friend of Jack Kennedy, wife of a prominent Boston business man, and resident of Beacon Hill has already found her way in.

Here are her links:

Twitter: @KathrynLongino

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathryn-Longino/1472764092940949?ref=hl

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/At-End-Line-Kathryn-Longino-ebook/dp/B00JTMM7V0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398574905&sr=8-1&keywords=at+the+end+of+the+line

And the next one I tag is Dab10. I love his books and have read everything he’s written. He’s a genius at surprise endings. Here’s a bit on him:

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and lived all my life here. I’ve traveled a bit but besides a quick trip in to Canada I never left the us.

I visited the jersey shore often and never saw anyone like that on that show(going by others descriptions as I never saw the show either).

I grew up a bit of an outsider as I could never seem to conform to others’ ways of being. If you ever heard Weird Al’s white and nerdy I am a bit like that, (but I never had my name in my underwear) and I even have my kids going to the Renaissance Fair.

I have always had odd thoughts and ideas(I still have plains for a silent hamster wheel) and wrote them down, and also was an embellisher. I would always add things to make what I was saying more fun or involving. So as I’ve said other places, I am a storyteller that writes stuff down.

I was and still am an avid reader all through high school you would find me with a book in my hands or jammed in a pocket or book-bag nearby.

Now I grew up with a learning disability called graphomotor skills deficit. I never thought of myself as disabled (this is just something to work through for me). Dianne Harman pointed it out and I thought about it and if it was someone else I’d be impressed but looking at me I still don’t see it that way.

I use a pen name to prevent embarrassment to my daughters… I would rather embarrass them myself then have them picked on because of my odd views and writing. My wife tells me it will be a wasted effort, but I will keep it for two reasons: one, I am now know by it; and two, my real name would get lost.

My free book Princess Gives it away http://smarturl.it/PGIA has upward of 80,000 downloads with a rating above 4 stars (pretty good for a hack…lol…not really) and my newest book, Karmic Krackers, is up on amazon as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Karmic-Krackers-DabTen/dp/1499178190/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398449929&sr=8-1&keywords=karmic+krackers

Thank you

Dab10

Blog http://dab10author.wordpress.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Dab10ten or @Dab10ten

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dab10-Auther/283224235147264?ref=hl

Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Dab10/e/B00DBXTQTY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382578437&sr=1-1

goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7075086.Dab10

And now the last person, Michelle Browne, introduced me to a whole new world – the world of dystopia – and what an interesting world she makes it. Her books are highly regarded in a number of different genres and science fiction is at its best in her able hands. If you haven’t read her books yet and these are genres of interest to you, better get on Amazon fast!

Michelle Browne is a sci fi/urban fantasy writer from Calgary, AB. She has a cat and a partner-in-crime. Her days revolve around freelance editing, jewelry, phuquerie, and nightmares. She is currently working on the next books in her series, other people’s manuscripts, and drinking as much tea as humanly possible.

Links:

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

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BGWZRCW

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

Blog: http://www.scifimagpie.blogspot.ca

Pay it Forward

 

You’ve heard the term, “Pay It Forward,” well, Michael certainly is. He’s interviewing authors every Wednesday. After the delightful interview he did with  and I want to follow his lead. I asked him to talk about his blog and what led to his decision to help authors. Here it is. Enjoy

The Cult of Me Blog: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/

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Come and join me at The Cult of Me

I started my blog in the summer of 2012 when I released my first novel (also called The Cult of Me). Initially I used the blog solely for promoting my writing and a large part of the blog remains dedicated to that purpose. However I soon discovered what friendly and helpful community the indie authors and readers are. They all helped me get started on that journey of becoming an author and I haven’t looked back since.

Having learned about this new community (well new to me at any rate!) I wanted to give something back, so I started hosting guest author interviews on my blog, a feature that continues every Monday and Friday with a new interview with a fiction author. You can see the full list of interviews here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/p/guest-author-interview-archive.html

Since then I’ve started other features to showcase other authors, in the Tuesday Tease an excerpt from a selected book is posted along with a bio of the author, you can see the latest tease here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/tuesday-tease-acid-sky-by-mark-anson.html

Last year I started a monthly short fiction contest open to everyone. Each month I pick a picture that is then used as inspiration for the stories entered into the competition. The story should be no longer than 500 words and unlike many competitions of this type there is no entry fee. The winner wins a £50 Amazon gift card, there’s also prizes for second and third place.

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/may-short-fiction-contest.html

As well as writing novels, I’m also a keen drabblist, a drabblist is someone who writes drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words. I also enjoy writing short stories, you can find many of these on the blog as well as details for my books.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me on my blog, comments on posts are always welcome!