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A rare book review from me.

I recently had the pleasure of reading the newest in the Twin Bred series by Karen A Wyle.
This new one is called Leaders and like the previous a rare read.

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It’s not often that I read SF novels. The main reason is that I don’t want to copy anyone, and unlike most of my own, full of wormholes and exploding – well everything, this novel is more sedate but no less interesting because of it. It’s one of those superior novels that makes you want to keep reading, to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Interbreeding with other races by starship voyagers is an unusual concept but Karen’s style and skill makes it seem not only real but probable. Her construction of different races and cultures is effortless. All in all a terrific novel filled with myriad interwoven themes and sub plots. I would recommend it to everyone.

Summer Tea-sers

Imagine Classic Literary Characters living in the Modern World. Read Jane Eyre Gets Real, a Novel by Annabelle Troy, available on Amazon!

Tea is not just for winter. The nine characters in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real share their favorite way to enjoy this classic beverage on a steamy summer’s day.

Alice in Wonderland: a pot of chamomile served with rabbit mousse tea sandwiches; rabbit mousse is like ham mousse but made with–well, you know….

Emma Bovary: oolang tea macarons

Hester: homemade herbal tea cough drops (good for allergies)

Mr. Darcy: Earl Grey shortbread biscuits

Sherlock Holmes: salmon cured in lapsang souchong

Dorian Gray (no relation to Earl): iced tea with bourbon

Jane Eyre: lavender tea bread

David Copperfield: black tea punch (Mr. Dickens loved it!)

Heidi: chai tea fudge

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Do you know what really gets up my nose?

For all you non-limeys the above phrase means: have you any idea what makes me testy?
I love being a writer; I love everything about it, but nearly half way through my non-writing year after beginning another novel, the fourth in my trilogy, and without so much as a by-your-leave, another idea for a completely new novel crops up and will not be silenced. I have to start it – just have to.

I tried, for the first time ever, a speed painting. I’ve never had the courage before because on Youtube they all look so good at it.

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Well it’s done and I know it’s rubbish, but do you know what, I actually enjoyed it. Now if I can just wrestle those two new novels (in my supposed non-writing year) to one side I’ll try another.

Interview with Rami Ungar

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

interviewToday we have Rami Ungar, author of Video Rage, with us. Let’s pick his brain! (Not literally, that would be too messy, and no one would ever agree to it anyway. Besides, I left my brain pick at home.)

gas mask“Are you my mummy?” (sorry – gas mask and British flag… *cough*cough* Never mind.) Meet Rami!

Jo: Welcome Rami! Please tell us a little something about your newest release.

Rami:  Video Rage is the sequel to my first novel, Reborn City, and the second book in the Reborn City series. The series follows  Zahara Bakur, a young Muslim teenager who moves to the futuristic city-state of Reborn City and finds herself forcefully initiated into the Hydras, a rising street gang in the city’s western projects. As time goes on, Zahara finds out that the leaders of the Hydras have mysterious powers. And when she finds out where the leaders got their powers, she gets…

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Under a 44 ton truck

Today is the second time I’ve had the dubious honour of seeing the underside of an enormous truck.
The first time was when one of the scallywags ran me down on my motorbike. Not much damage – to him, although my bike was pretty much trashed. Lots of sobbing from me and expletives from him.
Today I was driving my boss’s Mercedes when it happened. Never in my entire life have I seen such an enormous lumbering monster squeezing through the tiny little streets in Earls Court. And it’s a good job German cars are so strong. Not too much damage; only enough to ensure me a serious telling-off from my boss, even though it was his  (the truck driver’s) fault. But I’m home now and hopefully the only further peril I shall suffer tonight is terminal boredom at my wife’s favourite soap on tv.

I finally finished, which is to say that I got so bored that I can’t do anymore, on my latest painting.

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Although I’ve got a sizeable chunk of my new novel done (in my head) I’m going to spend the next few weeks trying to sell my novels, especially after reading a famous writer/blogger a while ago who decided to increase the price of all his novels and as a result sold a lot.
I did the same and sold none. Of course that could be because I’ve done absolutely no marketing at all. Now, I’ve just got to work out how to make my novels stand out amongst the other 100000000000000000000 on the market.
If I do crack it you’ll hear my squeals of delight from wherever you are.

Silver Lips

Suddenly they all died. The end.

The great sky god bends
Down from his lofty home to
Kiss his earth-bound love

With silver lips, to
Rouse her from another long
Sleep, smiling as she

Blooms before him. Glad
To see her sky-bound husband
Happy once again,

She clothes herself in
Finest flowers and they dance
Off into the night.

(c) 2016. All rights reserved.

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The last person in the world as usual

I finally discovered Pixlr , a free on-line photo and millions of other things editor. That’s what I used to change my book covers from boring 2d to slightly less boring 3d. Everyone else on the planet probably knows about it already. It’s great and free. A word of warning, though. They do a desktop version but if you have windows 10 like lucky old me, (spit) it will download but won’t work. So if you fancy a go, just use the on-line thingy.

Here’s a painting I’ve been working on. It definitely shows some promise. The only thing is, I can’t work out what to do with it next. Learning how to pain the sea has been the hardest job so far.

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Kongomato 4 is working out well. I’ve already got three chapters down. Unfortunately it’s stored in what passes for my brain. I’ll have to put it to paper before age and senility get the better of me.

And for all of you over here who were asking for rain – thanks very much. It hasn’t stopped p****** down here for two days. I’ve already gone through three suits, and it’s only Wednesday. I’ll be going to work tomorrow in a plastic mac.

Interview with Kai

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

amaranthine interviewsHello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

Today we’re interviewing Kai. Ordinarily Sorino would be here too, since he considers Kai his property and all that, but I don’t think the questions lend themselves to his presence, so I’ve distracted him with a room of antiques.

23-kaiJo: So with Sorino gone, hello Kai! Since you’re not one for chatting, let’s get right to the questions!  I mentioned that I distracted Sorino with antiquities, and Bonnie asks: Are you interested in ancient stuff?

Kai: *shrug*

J: Oh, no. I’m sorry. Out of character or not you have to answer, or I’ll get Wolfe and his truth serum again. Though I admit, I don’t know what it might do…

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My odd humour almost got me skewered

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Back in those long-ago days, by which I mean pre-mortgage, pre-child and pre just about everything else I suppose, I finally succumbed to my new wife’s pleading and bought her an eternity ring.
    Early nineteenth century Victorian old cut solitaire of about two carats – I know, it means nothing to me either.
    What I did understand was the price. I think it was about £6,500. A lot of money in 1985, but as I said, we were earning well, and tax free to boot. Since that day she’s refused to take it off her finger, not even while mucking out horses.
    Yesterday afternoon, as I was watching NCIS my wife squealed a particularly loud wail of utter desperation. ‘Alright I’ll switch it off.’
    Unfortunately she wasn’t referring to my TV preferences but to the empty socket of the eternity ring – sans diamond.
     This is where an enormous carving knife almost was inserted into my spleen.
    ‘It’s insured,’ she wept, ‘so we shouldn’t have any trouble…’ that’s where she stopped as I, still more interested in Ziva flouncing about the squad room in a particularly fetching outfit, muttered that I’d er, forgotten, to renew the house contents insurance.
      If I’d thought the first squeal was loud it was nothing to what followed.
   Luckily I’m intact. The insurance process has begun and although my wife still isn’t speaking to me she’s finally put down that gigantic knife.
      Time to reassess my idea of fun.

Interview with Micah

He is the profane one. who’d of thought it of a vampire.

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

amaranthine interviewsHello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

15-micahJo: Today we’re interviewing Micah, our loudmouthed… erm…friend might be too strong of a word.

Micah: Yeah, back at ya.

J: No need to be cranky. Apparently some of the readers like you. I suppose someone has to.

M: *psh* You know you like you me coz I do all the work for you in scenes and you can just fu-

J: Can you try you try to kind of watch your language?

M: I am. I’m watchin’ you type the sh** out. *lights a cigarette* So what about these f***ing questions?

J: Yes, let’s get on with it. Kathy asks: Micah what year did you get turned into a…

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