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A Conversation with Patrick Norton

Hello Mr. Norton, 


1.I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers, and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel?


Well, I feel really happy because I waited for a long time for my first novel release. This was a very hard and extensive work but it was finally done. I hope readers like this new proposal in ebook format.

2. What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?


The inspiration begins with the crisis of the world today. War, hunger, terrorism, poverty, unemployment … a disturbing overview. Then, I created a story of suspense and intrigue that apparently has no relation to the above. Finally everything is mixed up and a story comes up with many unexpected discoveries. On the other hand, I always wanted to write an interesting story developed today and in many places in the world and with much technological details of our time. That is why I needed a research about many geographic, cultural and technological topics. Always kept in mind that the story was plausible at all times. That is very important to me.


3.Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?


Well, actually they are two main characters.About the first, John Garrett, is a very lucky man. His parents died when he was a child and was later adopted by a billionaire man. Thus he managed to have the best education and a life of comforts and luxuries. In spite of this he never ceased to be a man of good feelings and a deep love for his adoptive father. I like his audacity and his persistence in difficult times. The other main character Laura Koffmann. An intelligent and determined woman who is fundamental in the development of the plot. I like her tenacity.

4.I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?


I always liked letters. My father is a journalist, writer and historian. So I grew up between books. Blood of Kings, Power – Perversity – Redemption is my first novel, so this so far begins. I believe that with this book I have achieved an exciting and interesting story, above all with an important underlying humanistic message. On the other hand, with this book I want not only to offer a good story, but also to offer a new reading experience. For this reason it is an illustrated novelIt contains 610 text pages and 1,254 original illustrations in digital art 3D. These are high visual quality illustrations made specifically for the novel and that recreate the stages, characters and events that are narrated throughout the story. As we know, up to now, illustrated books have been concentrated almost completely in the genre of children’s literature. And so, I am presenting this proposal for an illustrated novel of the thriller genre, for public from young adult on. The book is designed for the reader to find the text of each chapter as you would in any book. Then, at the end of each chapter you will find illustrations of that chapter, that is to say, you will see illustrated in images what you have just read. This is a different book. This project has involved a very long and laborious work, and I really hope that this idea will give readers a new reading experience, and that the book will have wide acceptance. 

5.What is your next writing endeavour? 
    A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future?


Of course. As soon as I finish promoting this book I will write the next one. Probably a continuation of  Blood of Kings, Power – Perversity – Redemption. I already have some ideas about it and the book’s plot.

6.What is your message to all budding authors out there?


I think the most important thing is concentration, patience and perseverance. You have to work hard to create a good story. Put ideas in order and do research. The great stories are full of little details.

I wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and may you continue writing such good tales forever. 

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BIO:


Patrick Norton was born in Bogota, Colombia’s capital city. He is a retired dentist. He inherited his taste for letters from his father, who is a journalist, writer and historian. His favorite authors are Allan Folsom, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Daniel Silva.

Auhtor’s website:  www.patricknortonbooks.com


Goodreads:  https://goo.gl/kNBjCX

Amazon book’s page:   http://goo.gl/9nRPu4

Knowing Bluette Matthey

​Hello Ms. Matthey, 

1.I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers,and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel?

Hello, Reshov.  Thank you for having me on your blog.  I am excited about life and look forward to what is around the corner every day I live and breathe!

2 . What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?  

Travel inspires me in my writing, Reshov.  It feeds the part of me that wishes it had been born in a different century.  The thrill and wonderment of discovering and exploring something totally new, experiencing something so beautiful that it astounds, or beholding a thing so ancient I marvel it still exists … all resonate and beckon, drawing me on.

Instead of the London-Paris-Rome circuit (all fantastic places), I chose to use less-known locales as settings for my mysteries.  My books are heavily researched for authenticity, which includes a boots-on-the-ground approach, so I get to enjoy visiting all the places I write about.  I’ve had some amazing experiences, eaten wonderful regional foods, met lovely people, and taken some pretty interesting treks.  

3.Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?

My protagonist is Hardy Durkin, a twenty-seven-year-old who speaks four languages fluently, is a crack marksman, and trained in Signals Intelligence.  He tried working in research and development for a tech company, but it was stifling for him so he started an outfitter company specializing in European treks.  Hardy is an amateur sleuth who is never far from intrigue.  He is not a super-hero; just a great guy with a nose for trouble.

4.I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?

I’ve been hooked on mysteries since third grade, and travelling at least as long.  My dad was forever getting us up at two or three in the morning to start off on a trip to Florida, or Canada, or to head out West from our Ohio farm.  So, I decided to merge my two passions and began writing the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series, international mysteries, with amateur sleuth Hardy Durkin as my hunky protagonist.  

As I mentioned, Hardy Durkin owns an outfitter business specializing in European treks.  He is also a crack marksman, trained in signals intelligence, who speaks four languages.  I’ve duplicated some of his easier hikes (I’m not as fit as he is).  I hiked into the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo (11th century) near Roccamorice, Abruzzo, Italy, aware I was the only human around for miles as I trekked through the Majella National Park.  Animal scat along the trail reminded me there were bears, wolves, and other beasts present.  I   climbed to the top of Rocca Calascio, built in the 10th century by the Romans as a watch tower and the highest fortress in the Apennines.  This was for my second book, Abruzzo Intrigue.

Dalmatian Traffick took me to the Balkans, where I visited Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania.  I didn’t hike to the Ostrog Monastery, but took my life, literally, in my hands and drove there.  Mostly one-lane, snaking up the mountain of Ostroška Greda with the mountain wall on one side and a drop-off that increased at an alarming rate on the other, and no guard rails, anywhere.  Perhaps a row of rather insignificant rocks placed beside the road, or an occasional tree, but nothing substantial to keep you from plummeting over the edge into eternity.  The guide books tell you to hire a taxi, but driving in Montenegro is almost a blood sport and I opted to control my own fate, so I drove slowly and steadfastly, praying that no cars would come from the other direction.

Walking the streets of Ajaccio, Corsica, one night while working on Corsican Justice, I was drawn into a small, unremarkable bar by polyphonic singing, the a cappella music whose harmonious chords express the heart of Corsican culture.  Deeply moving, other-worldly, listening to the exquisite music was a time-travel journey for my soul that spanned ages, leaving an imprint I cherish.

Black Forest Reckoning took me to Baden-Baden, Germany, where I spent half a day in the Friedrichsbad Spa, Roman baths that are a monument to Old World pampering, followed by a meal to remember at Schneider’s Weinstube.  That was before spending the night at Gasthaus Zum Lowen in Staufen, where Faustus met his end when the devil came to collect his due.

Exploring the traboules of Old Lyon, France was part of stepping back in time with the Knights Templar in Engadine Aerie.  I also was a guest at the annual Engadine Skimarathon last year, which features prominently in Engadine Aerie.  Dangerous conditions at the time prevented me from hiking in to the Morteratsch Glacier.  I’m hoping this year I’ll be able to explore the eternal ice of the glacier when I return to St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the Skimarathon for a book promotion of my latest Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery, Engadine Aerie.

5.What is your next writing endeavour? 

Currently, I am working on a period mystery set in my home town in Ohio in the USA.  My father was a wonderful story-teller.  He brought everything to life when he talked!  I recorded many of his tales and am incorporating them into a murder-mystery that took place when he was a young man.   This single book, Ding, Dong, Bell, is not a part of my Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series, but I’m excited about the way is has developed.     

A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future?

When I started writing the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series I decided to write my way through the alphabet with the settings.  ‘A’ is Abruzzo Intrigue; ‘B’ is Black Forest Reckoning; ‘C’ is Corsican Justice; ‘D’ is Dalmatian Traffick; and ‘E’ is Engadine Aerie.  

Hardy’s next adventure takes him to the eastern area of France known as Franche-Comte (‘F’) which runs along the Franco-Swiss border.  The book is yet untitled, but I’ve already enjoyed hiking a portion of La Vy aux Moines, the Sacred Way, used by monks to travel the Jura Mountains between Switzerland and France during the Middle Ages.  

6.What is your message to all budding authors out there?

Stay focused and disciplined, and don’t give up.

I wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and may you continue writing such good tales forever. 

Thanks so much, Reshov!  I invite you to discover where in the world is Hardy Durkin … he can be a tough guy to keep track of.

About Bluette Matthey:


Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss-American and an avid lover of European cultures.  She has decades of travel and writing experience.  She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places.  Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe.  

Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries.  She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as those in the London Walks, in well-known areas.  She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale.  Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration.  She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats.  Bluette can often be seen hiking in the Jura Mountains along the Swiss-French frontier.  For more information, please visit Bluette’s web site.  You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Niume.  

Get in touch at:


https://www.amazon.com/Engadine-Aerie-Durkin-Travel-Mystery/dp/1941611117/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487666322&sr=1-8&keywords=bluette+matthey


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/engadine-aerie-a-hardy-durkin-travel-mystery-bluette-matthey/1125808614?ean=9781941611111


https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707609


 

 

 

A few words with Rob Shackleford

1.I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers,and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel?

Relieved the writing and editing of Traveller Inceptio is finally complete – it could go on forever, but there must be a time to say, “No, It is Enough!” Now the marketing starts, which is the toughest task. In today’s publishing world, unless already famous, the author must do all of the work to promote the book.

2 . What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?

My story involves detailed descriptions of the English Saxon world of around 11 Century. It also involves the Special Forces troops who are sent there. This has meant intensive research into both areas, ie History and the military. When it came to the 11 Century Saxon community, I had to learn what they ate, what were their attitudes to religion, what their homes were like, how they dressed, even their attitudes towards sex. Everything had to be researched to make the story stand up to any sort of scrutiny. Only then can the story be told with any degree of reliability.

3.Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?

Michael is the main character. Spoiler – he is a Traveller – a Special Forces survival specialist sent to Saxon England to research the time. Most intriguing is how he would survive such a potentially violent period of history. Also, how would he look, sound, even smell to the locals? How could he best prepare to integrate with the minimum of fuss. That is the initial challenge. Then the challenge is in the development of personal relations with the locals, and how he can best fulfill his mission.

4.I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?

Writing is an intensely personal creative process. Many times I discovered I was writing the narrative in a direction I didn’t realise it could take. That then requires more research. In my attempt to make the story as realistic as possible, the story involved some surprising developments, that is it was surprising to me.
Once the story is told, I went back to rewrite, to improve grammar, description, and the develop speaking parts. 
I then released the book to the public and began to write the sequel. I realized that the book needed to be edited by a professional editor, who pretty well tore it apart. Thankfully my ego recovered and I was able to apply his recommendations, reduce the word content by about 20,000, and then provide a draft that was much more professional. 
Now, the real work begins.

5.What is your next writing endeavour? 
    A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future?

Traveller Inceptio – which means “Beginning” in Latin, as spoken by the clergy in 11th Century England, lends itself to a sequel. I have almost completed the first draft for Traveller Probo, which means ‘to inquire or prove’. All I can suggest is that the successful English Traveller missions receive intense international attention and nations globally compete to engage in their own missions to send teams 1000 years into the past. But is it wise?  Who can say.

Traveller Probo examines the results of the English Saxon mission, and more missions engaged in, where modern researchers are send to the world of 1000 years ago.

6.What is your message to all budding authors out there?

Being an author is a tough gig. It takes time and dedication. Most of all it takes belief in yourself, which can be the most challenging task of all. With today’s technology we are so very fortunate to see the emergence of great authors, whether they are best sellers or not. The biggest challenge is to get your work out there and do the marketing and exposure. But don’t despair. Write your novel or your poetry. Give birth to your dream, and then learn and go through the process that the world requires of you. Even if you bring delight and inspiration to only one other, it will be worth it.

Author Bio:

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas.

Rob is father of two and lives on the Australia’s Gold Coast. 

Social Links

Facebook

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Twitter

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Pinterest

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Linked In

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robshackleford/


Google +

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On Line Sales Links so far

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=traveller+Inceptio


Book Baby Bookshop

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Traveller—Inceptio


Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/traveller-inceptio


Ciando

http://www.ciando.com/ebook/bid-2275297-traveller-inceptio.html?CFID=79ddd9b3-b737-4881-bf49-ea01a6cc5540&CFTOKEN=0&jsessionid=BA4D06F95BB7D448581D807B0D38E62D

Authorpedia- Knatia Parson

Hello Ms.Parson,

1.I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers,and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel? 

I feel fine, thank you.

2 . What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story?

 I do believe that life imitates art. That you can find clarity in quiet moments, and that you can find answers to the questions that you have, about your own life and a story that you would like to tell, through observation of other people’s lives, and the way in which they handle conflict. What is the amount of research put in? I believe that there is a lot of research put in. To thoroughly tell a story, you have to answer questions about the backgrounds of your characters, the kind of situations they would find themselves in, and how they would handle those situations.

3.Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?

 What intrigues me the most about the main character, of the novel I am currently working on, is his strength of character. I have written a lot of tragedy, in his life, yet he still has the tenacity to go on.

4.I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?

 So far, I have written From Alien Invasion to Time Travel: 350 Science Fiction Writing Prompts and 100 Alien Invasion Writing Prompts (book 1 in a 14-part science fiction writing series). My intention in writing these books has been to inspire fellow science fiction writers to produce creative work.

5.What is your next writing endeavour? 

    A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future?

 My next writing endeavor is the next book in the science fiction writing series. After I finish writing all of the books in the series, I am going to release the novel and collection of short stories, that I am currently working on. They will also be associated with the science fiction genre.

6.What is your message to all budding authors out there?

 Don’t give up! Continue to write and read about things that you love!

Author’s Bio:


 Knatia Parson is the author of From Alien Invasion to Time Travel: 350 Science Fiction Writing Prompts. She was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania. Her varied interests include astronomy, sociology, art history, and web development.

Links to social media pages:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knatiaparson

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pg/Knatia-Parson-444971038960027/about/?mt_nav=1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knatiaparson/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/knatia/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01NCS14IE

Books2Read Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/bxgkN6

#20 Nemesis Knight by Michael D. Young 


“He reached into his shirt and withdrew a talisman hung from on a silver chain… Perhaps I might finally find out what this means.” 

  • Nemesis:Knight
  • By:Michael D. Young 
  • Genre :Fantasy, thriller

    The second novel of Young comes with even greater promise after the first blew me with a world full of two things I personally acknowledge, magical quests and chess. Whatever the surprises this book holds, I am not going to do a spoiler. However, We can safely say that Young just gets better and better. 

    The Nemesis Knight goes on with the life of a young magician who is on a quest to unlock his magical potential and fighting against the evil, while searching for his family. Young maintains a perfect rhythm of surprise, humour and dialogue throughout the pages. A definite page-turner, the Nemesis Knight has everything it would take for a great evening, as it did with mine. Rich and his usual teenage problems and figuring out the solutions is both warm and comforting. We soon realise at the end of the sequel that we have now identified ourselves with the character. 

    On a literary perspective, the language is both simple and comforting. The end notes are well polished and introductions are made in a casual air that increases the essence of the story. Many would say that the end would be quite subtle. However, the end might be another revelation to a distinct new turn in the tale. We will have to wait and watch. 

    Certainly recommended to all who seeks out-of-the-box magic fiction with an adventurous pace and fervent diction. 

    My Rating-4/5

    P.S.-A word of gratitude to Mr. Young for providing me the review copy. 

    Authorpedia-Michael Bernhart

    Hey Mr. Bernhart, 

    1.I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers, and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel?

    I’m pleased to be invited to participate. 

    2 . What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?

    The jury is still out regarding whether these are vivid and descriptive stories. That said, it’s a three step process. 

    1) Embarrassing to reveal, I seem to do better with the plot when I’ve had a few drinks in the evening. I find I keep writing the characters into a difficult situation, and then struggling to devise ways to get them out. The ending is fixed before I start, but most of the action to get there is made up on the fly. 

    2) With the clarity and sobriety of the following morning I go back and clean up what was written the night before. 

    3) Revision. If beta readers or reviewers can be found, I hound them for constructive feedback. A writers’ group here in Atlanta has been very helpful. It’s worth noting that for the self-published, revision is lifelong. CreateSpace and KDP graciously allow infinite resubmissions of a work. This may be under-appreciated by the reading public, but a self-published work may be on it’s15th updating – each version better than the previous – while a traditionally published work is set in concrete until the first run has been cleared from the shelves.

    Research? The internet has changed that. When I started thirty years ago everything had to come from direct experience and the products often carried an autobiographical odor. Now we can sketch out the context from a Wikipedia entry. This is not necessarily an improvement. The gold standard would be someone like John LeCarre who recently described the lengths he goes to in developing characters and faithfully describing settings (The Pigeon Tunnel). People like myself have to draw on what they can – experience, secondary sources, field research – to cobble together a credible reading experience. Some parts of a story will draw more criticism if they are not accurate and the writer has to invest more into getting those right. As an illustration, the second novel describes two different reactions of the Dutch police to an atrocity committed against one of their own. Some seek bloody revenge on the perps; others want to hew to Holland’s traditions of a non-violent justice system. I’ve received pushback on the ‘bloody revenge’ line; those readers – Dutch – believe the police would not descend to the level of their antagonists. This is a question I’m still researching; I’ve actively solicited Dutch reviewers and asked them to weigh in. Might lead to a major revision of the book.

    3.Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?

    I inherited Max Brown from an unhappy former self. This project started in the late 80s when I had an unhappy professional and personal situation. The writing was an outlet and the product was imbued with bitterness and a desire to get back. One consequence was a very unloveable lead character – and that doesn’t work in commercial writing. When the project was resumed two years ago, it took a lot of rewriting to make Max more approachable. 

    The debut novel was everything such endeavors are – and shouldn’t be: overly ambitious and a core dump for every idea – good or bad – I’d had to that point. Again, a lot of rewriting, and more is probably still needed. But, back to the question: Max is an American male perplexed to find that the path to manhood is not a birthright, it’s a series of challenges. He’s just self-destructive enough to keep himself in hot water, if events haven’t landed him there already. And he’s just competent enough to haul himself out of these situations. I gave him a counterpart, his wonderful wife, who is his opposite in many ways. This made the writing a lot easier, and broadened its appeal. Women find Max acceptable for his failings, and his wife admirable for her strength and directness. Male readers are less enthusiastic about Max, but like the wife who is attractive and uncomplicated.

    4.I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?

    It looks like I got ahead of the interview and said about all I’ve learned above.

    5.What is your next writing endeavour? 

    I don’t know. Noodling a few options: kill off Max? Have his wife, Sally, pick up the narrating? Invent a new character? Spin-off to the daughters? For the moment, I’m trying to steadily improve the four novels out there. They’ll never rise to the level of great fiction, but I want them to be regarded as solid literary works; no reader will feel cheated for investing time in them.

        A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future?

    Yes. The mix of personal crises, mainstream philosophy, and action is what I most enjoy writing.

    6.What is your message to all budding authors out there?

    Scram, skedaddle. Enroll in barber school. Get a CPA. Delete the word processor from your computer. This field is already far too crowded. I don’t need the competition.




    Bio:

    Michael Bernhart is an award winning author who has published extensively on international development and public health – primarily service quality. His credentials for this written outpouring are a PhD (from MIT!) and four decades of international work – currently 50 countries and counting.

    The journey from writing funding proposals to writing pure fiction was short and easy. The result is the Max Brown tetralogy which traces the arc (from age 10 through 66) of a man who earnestly tries to avoid trouble, but whose own behavior – or events – repeatedly drops him into it. Each of the four novels finds Max struggling with a new existential crisis – or crises – as he grows up in these trying times. Manhood used to be a birthright; now it seems to be an unending series of challenges. Each novel also finds Max confronting a new face of evil.

    Dr. (why not use it?) Bernhart started this project before the internet could serve up virtual experiences to authors. The contextual information and situations come from service as a pilot in the USAF, living in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and inexplicable success at snaring women well out of his league. These remarkable similarities with the main character noted, he insists the work is not autobiographical. It’s wish fulfillment.

    Bernhart currently lives in a yurt on a mountaintop in northern Georgia with one ex-wife, two daughters, and three cats. He still flies his vintage plane, although more cautiously than before, and he’s unshakeable in his conviction that he’s God’s Gift to Aviation.



    Links.

    www.houghpublishing.com


    https://www.amazon.com/Michael-H.-Bernhart/e/B01FT0ZE06/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1489414145&sr=1-2-ent


    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289450.Michael_Bernhart


    https://www.facebook.com/houghpublishing

    #19 Regolith by H. William Glenbrook

    “Well,” Danielle said with a smile. He holds his hands out like two pistols, points them towards the sky. 

    • Regolith
    • By:H. William Glenbrook
    • Genre:Pop-fiction, Sci-fi

    Brilliantly imaginitive. 

      William Glenbrook has penned an interesting tale that combines business with technology garnished with imagination. With astonishing mastery over words, he acquaints us with Elle and Greggory, and the unusual problems the story sets for them. 

      Without much of a spoiler announcement, it is safe to say that the concepts described in the story has a great deal of intrigue set aside for the reader even in his second or third read. The two halves are equally brilliant, colliding space fiction with corporate research that gives a new zing to the tale. The storyline set up in space promises a fair deal of action and emotional locked in a perpetual tide. The corporate area, although thoroughly researched and defined is somewhat slow, missing the beats of the other half of the tale. It is quite mesmerising to note how the author strikes a regular balance between the two halves, that uncoordinated plot might seem at times intentional and flavour enhancing. 

      This book finds its place in my shelf due to its philosophical appeal on the great debate between nature and machine, as a stellar example of scientific innovations and their consequences. Recommended to everyone who wants a recluse from mundane sci-fi works. Its time you tried something different!

      My Rating:3.5/5

      P.S.-Gratitude to Ms. Danielle for providing me with a review copy. 

      #18 The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross

      “He remained in the kitchen, head tipped back, honey bottle raised, squeezing a glistening stream into his mouth. The same irrational feeling of calm came over her as she watched him.”

      • The Angel Alejandro
      • By:Alistair Cross
      • Genre:Fantasy

      Calmness with the writing fire. 

      Bestselling author Mr. Cross writes with fervour, and he leaves no stones unturned in the novel which was one of the best reads of the month. In an unparalled ease of diction and flow of words, this story is both long enough to encompass the gritting tale and worthy of our time for a beautiful tinge of satisfaction of the reader’s apetiteat the end. 

      Extremely graphic and palatable to the imagination nerves,  the story stretches out with an angel saving a girl and losing his memories at the end. As the story progresses, we can only admire the inclusive approach Cross has with every character, squeezing out the essence out of every single being. The storyline is as magnetic as the mild mannered and powerful Alejandro. The darker portions of the story were a treat to read as it elevated the overall thrill of the read. The eternal scuffle betwesn the good and the evil is a significant influence in the novel, and Cross has done a fantastic job in describing the poison of corruption that has been brought to engulf the city. The quest and the secrets are dealt professionally in a suave fashion, keeping us almost at the edge of our seat as we are lost in an adventure. 

      The devil is one hell of a person, and the pun is intended. Making deals and corrupting people be a pleasurable job, and he does it in style. The scenes at Club Mephistophiles are wonderfully dealt with, and the balance(the pun) is perfect. Together, it is a big picture of certain light and obscurity exhibited to perfection with words and ambrosia of imagination. 

      Recommended to everyone who finds that Angel-Devil storiesare either theological or boring. You are about to experience a jolt. 

      Rating:4/5

      P.S.-A word of gratitude to Berlin Malcom for providing the review copy. 

      Knowing Mike Miller

      ​Hello Mike,  


      1. I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers, and congratulate you on the fantastic work. How do you feel?


      Terrific! Happy to be here.


      2. What is your inspiration behind a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?


      Well, I generally start with concepts, ideas. Then I wonder what issues out in the world brought those particular ideas to my attention. And at that point I start to flesh my ideas out, to invent characters to embody or work through those issues.

       

      3. Tell me about your main character. What about it intrigues you the most?


      There are two equally important characters: Ruth Askew, who’s basically the active principle. And Con Manos, the journalist profiling her and the drama she creates. And there’s a bit of a trick there, because this book is about self-examination. About responsibility and the ways in which we avoid it, about pride and the ways we unfairly grasp for it – about our inherent blindness, I guess. Overall, it’s a plea for tolerance, presented with a slightly satiric, comedic slant.


      And I think what intrigues me about all that is how easy it is to overlook! I wanted to write an accessible book, where everything happens inevitably, easily, and the reader can glide right along. Yet it’s compactly layered and not simple at all, if you understand, or rather want to understand what you’re reading.  


      4. I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?


      Wow, where to start? Fascination with blank paper as a child? Using words to answer my own questions, certainly. Then self-discipline, the value of brutal editing, the bitter life of the salesman.


      5. What is your next writing endeavour? 


      A novel about immigration, about a teenager seeking political asylum. There’s an area ripe for satire! 


          A personal question to the author- are we looking at another such story from the genre in the future? 

       

      6. What is your message to all budding authors out there?


      Write what you have to write, and then do it again, better. 


      I wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and may you continue writing such good tales forever. 

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      A special note by the author: I don’t do bios; Mike Miller is a pen name. It’s not about privacy but more wanting to keep my two professional lives separate.


      My website is asmikemiller.com 

      I’m on Twitter at @asmikemiller


      Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/WORTHY-THIS-GREAT-CITY-Miller-ebook/dp/B01M9BV645/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489412522&sr=8-1&keywords=worthy+of+this+great+city

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