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Monday, September 3, 2018

"Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist" by PM Perry

REVIEW and INTERVIEW
Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist
by PM Perry

Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist by PM Perry

Author PM Perry stops by for an interview and to share an excerpt from his new children’s book, Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist. You can also read my review. Get your copy ON SALE for only $0.99 (save $2.00) for a limited time.

Description
Maya Mysun is a dreamer; tormented by the vision of the wraith & the event she witnessed, something she cannot reveal to anyone not even her protective twin, Jack.
Their thirteenth birthday was supposed to be the best one yet but her troubles were just beginning. An unexplainable event forces the twins to flee their home in search for a mystical monk, the protector of the world that does not exist; the world of magic.
All her life Maya had dreamt of magic but it was not supposed to be like this. On a perilous night the twins are forced to race across London, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of something dark.
Along the way they meet a rebellious runaway with an agenda of his own, discover an underground castle & a mysterious monastery with a hidden history & powerful artifacts.
Maya is scared for there's panic in magical world but determined to unravel the event that forced her to leave home; she bravely ventures deeper into a world filled with unheard of mythical beasts & challenges age-old gatekeepers. But in doing so she comes in contact with an evil long thought to be destroyed.
Discover a world of ancient prophecies & experience the beginning of a rampant adventure with twists that keep on building.

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Excerpt
Maya woke abruptly on a clear night in London.
‘Tommy that felt real, bewitchingly real,’ she whispered to her pet tortoise in his vivarium across the window. Fully awake, she hugged her soft duvet. ‘I was in these dark woods and I saw a portal appear; you know, a doorway to another world. It had an intense blue light with lightning sprouting from its edges, and it tore the woods before me. Don’t worry, nothing happened to the woods; it was like a tear in a photograph, only it was a tear in the air. Through the tear I saw a chamber with a glowing fireplace. And then a wizard walked through!’
Vivid dreams were normal for Maya, but this felt like something else. Rubbing the goosebumps on her arms, she quietly sat up and swept her brown fringe back before leaning across to pluck Tommy from his world. Excited and frightened, she cuddled the small creature and looked through the gap between the curtains behind her to see if it was still night. Her heart sank to the bottom of her stomach when she saw the otherworldly grey sky. An ungodly hour, she thought, recalling what she’d read. It was a period of uncertainty, neither day nor night, when the dark arts were at their strongest.
‘I’ve still got some time before our big day!’ She sighed, giving Tommy another embrace before returning him to his pebbles. Maya and Jack, her not so-identical twin, were about to celebrate their thirteenth birthday. But that wasn’t for a couple of hours, so she snuggled down with thoughts of presents floating in her mind. Comfortable, she gazed up at the glowing stars stuck on her ceiling and gave a quick glance to her fluffy toys before closing her eyes. It wasn’t long before images of fantasy, of wizards, kings and magic rose in her mind. The images returned like a flash flood: slow at first, then quickening until she was swept into another world.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“... one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time.”
“... recommend this to any reader that enjoyed the Harry Potter books.”
“... story of talking animals and magic was not only enchanting but the best book of its kind since The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
“Reminded me in some way of Johnny Quest from my childhood.”
“... a great gift to a teenager who loves fantasy adventure.”
“...  a clean read for kids!”
“... Entertaining story for young and the not so young.”

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Maya has vivid dreams and believes in magic, while her twin brother Jack loves science. On their thirteenth birthday, magic and science collide, and the twins are taken on a wild adventure into the realm of Maya’s dreams. Along the way, they meet David, an orphan with a fascination for the supernatural. Together, they will form a powerful alliance and might just save not only their world but the world of magic.
The story is told from the points of view of Maya and David. We follow their separate stories until they meet in the strangest of circumstances. What starts off as a contemporary adventure quickly turns into a fantasy adventure, filled with magical creatures such as Hopper the talking monkey, Tommy the turtle girl, Achanak the fire genie, Qidan the snake girl, and the bat-like ekoers. Maya is a worthy heroine, thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. The story itself is full of twists and turns and surprise revelations. I don’t read much in the way of fantasy, but this book strikes me as being highly original. I love the descriptions and details of the Red Gate Center, the birthday cake, the book-shaped door handles, the Fountain of Knowledge … to the extent that I wish there were illustrations. In any event, I would love to see this book turned into a movie. Although this story is complete, the author leaves it open for a sequel or even a series. I can’t wait to read the next installment.
My only suggestion: change the cover to appeal to a wider age range of readers.

Interview With the Author
Author PM Perry joins me today for a quick interview about his new book, Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
I recommend this book for children aged 9 years and upwards.
What sparked the idea for this book?
My inspiration was my daughter and the idea to have a girl as the main character.
So, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The idea for the novel came first, but it was always going to have a female lead.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
I found it hardest to write the action sequences.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope it helps my young readers become stronger and overcome their weaknesses and fears.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Altogether, it took me about one and a half years to write the book.
What is your writing routine?
I took time off from work and wrote daily as a routine.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published my book via Amazon.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Not so much advice, as a warning: it’s a marathon!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family when I’m not writing.
What does your family think of your writing?
They like it! Especially my daughter who now has a book written especially for her.
Did you like to read when you were a child?
I enjoyed reading The Famous Five series and similar novels.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized I wanted to be a writer about ten years ago.
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
I suppose the main character’s journey reflects my own, to some extent.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
I have been influenced by writers such as J. K. Rowling and Stephen King.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’ve heard from a few - they seem to like the story. I have a lot of great reviews!
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I hope to develop the story further by adding more books to the series in the future.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll share my review with our readers once I get the chance to read your book.


About the Author
PM Perry
PM Perry is an aspiring new author who lives and works in London, where he divides his time between writing, being an entrepreneur, and spending time with his family. Surprisingly he writes both fiction and non-fiction books. Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist is his first novel and is a children's magical adventure based in London.
Until recently, PM Perry was happy within his comfort zone working as a successful manager. An unexpected change shook him from the comfort zone and empowered him to author a book and tick off one of the items on his bucket list.
Writing has enabled him to discover many friends around the globe: all highly motivated and wise individuals and all chasing their dreams. Writing has also allowed him to come out of his shell and live life by undertaking new ventures - in other words, chase his dreams. Chase your dreams, try the impossible and live a little.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Single and Looking: Daisy" by Belinda Austin

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Single and Looking: Daisy
(Secret Lives of Sisters Book 1)
by Belinda Austin

Single and Looking: Daisy (Secret Lives of Sisters Book 1) by Belinda Austin

Single and Looking: Daisy by Belinda Austin is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other participating blogs as well.


Description
A HEARTWARMING TALE OF A 39-YEAR-OLD SCREW-UP, HER SEARCH FOR LOVE & HER TALKING CAT.
Daisy is turning 40. To make the crises worse, her five sisters pray over her unmarried status, and then her cat begins speaking English with a British accent! Well, no wonder the cat quotes William Shakespeare sometimes! Daisy did name the cat Shakespeare after all.
The mess of Daisy's life is even kookier because the cat is cursing and smoking now like a Downton-Abbey criminal, and the cat is drinking more alcoholic beverages, even though booze makes his whiskers wrinkle. Mm, there must be a connection to all this flowing alcohol, which may explain the bubbly in Daisy's brain. Even her blind dates, men referred by her meddling sisters, are named after liquor.
Even with her cat's dating advice, Daisy has been looking for love in all the wrong places. Darn! When God texted Daisy, after she parked in a church handicapped spot, she forgot to text back, “Where is my soulmate on my phone's map app?”
A laugh-out-loud, feel-good book. ONE OF THE FUNNIEST BOOKS EVER! QUIRKY, WITTY and CLEVER.

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Excerpt
Her heart stopped at the sound of claws coming down the hallway.
What is that rolling sound?
There was the sound of heavy breathing at the door followed by, “I brought you a bottle of wine, dearie,” the cat said, cackling like an old witch.
She tiptoed over to the door. “I suppose you have a poisoned apple, too, in that filthy paw of yours.”
“I didn’t bring a wormy apple. Would you like a nice unopened bottle of Pinot Noir instead?”
Daisy twisted a fist in her yellow Adult Cinderella nightgown. Her big toe stuck out of her slippers. She did not drink this early in the day or was even up on a Saturday morning, but her sisters had banged on the bedroom window. Aunt Davina slammed a picture of Jesus against the window and screamed, “Pray to God, Daisy, that The Man watching football from the clouds will toss you a husband as good as my John! Maybe you will catch a Matthew or a Peter!”
“I dated a Peter once and he was really a dick,” Daisy yelled back.
Given the day she was having, a morning drink could hit the I-feel-good-about-myself spot right on.
Daisy should act strong and tell the cat to go catch a mouse.
On the other hand, a stiff drink would calm the lizards jogging around her brain. The mind racing was due to her new mad-as-a-hatter relationship with her cat.
“Uh, a glass of wine would be good,” she squeaked.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“I needed this book right now in my life, it’s been a tough year full of illness and the loss of a beloved aunt, whom might I add was a cat lover. Books find us, I promise you that. I was a giggling nuisance in bed while reading Austin’s story. Sometimes we just need something fun and wacky to escape from the drudgery of life.” ~ Lolly
“This may be the funniest book that has ever been written - my book club has no idea what is about to come into their reading pile. PLEASE WRITE MORE.” ~ Janet Cousineau
“This is book is laugh out loud funny, and I couldn't stop reading it. […] This book is thoroughly enjoyable, with great characters and a refreshingly enjoyable story.” ~ RobynKFLNJ
“This book was hilarious from start to finish!! I was laughing, giggling, verbally agreeing and comparing my past relationship fails throughout this book. […] Read it for a good laugh and an enjoyable happily ever after.” ~ Tonia T. Amet
“I feel like this book is a hidden gem, thankfully I came across it. I love Shakespeare! He is so funny. I've never laughed so much throughout a book. Very amusing story. It seems like Daisy is always looking for love in all the wrong places but she always has her talking cat Shakespeare to pick up the broken pieces. Great Book. First time reading a book by this Author.” ~ Carla

About the Author
Belinda Austin
Belinda Austin writes Women's Fiction, Romanic Comedy, Humor, Psychological Thrillers and Suspense. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics and once worked as a Software Engineer. She was born in the Los Angeles Area and is an award-winning author. She is a Zumbaholic.
Belinda, also, writes Science Fiction and Fantasy under the name of B. Austin. She writes Historical Fiction under the name of Belinda Vasquez Garcia, along with Middle Grade Fiction.
She has occasionally dreamt or her cat, Shakespeare, talking to her in English. She once had a cat named Whiskey who used to sit like a human in a chair for half an hour or more with an empty beer can on his head, which proves that life often emulates fiction.

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Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

"The Water Rabbits" by Paul Tarragó

REVIEW and EXCERPT
The Water Rabbits
by Paul Tarragó

The Water Rabbits by Paul Tarragó

The Water Rabbits by Paul Tarragó is currently on tour with Kate Tilton’s Author Services. The tour stops here today for my review and an excerpt.


Description
The Water Rabbits features fourteen short fiction pieces. The approach is pretty similar to my previous short story collection (The Mascot Moth), and to my film work in general: formally venturesome rather than hard line experimental, taking pleasure in narrative and its plasticity; engaged with not-quite-our-worlds, but ones which are still close enough etc.
So, if you’ve enjoyed any of my moving image work then there’s a strong likelihood that this will appeal i.e. it’s similar… but still (and on paper). None of the material is related to my films or performance pieces – it’s all new – so if you’ve never seen any films by me that’s not going to be a problem either!
Narratively, the scenarios include: the reappearance of monsters in a town that has long since stopped believing in them; a plague of sinkholes; an experiment in saying yes; a sound-artist who specializes in recording bone growth; a drift through the streets of a city where the local authors have run out of things to say; and an awful lot more.
The shortest piece runs to 347 words; the book’s 172 pages long and weighs 248g; one piece has pictorial accompaniment, three dress up in verse.
A handful of these works have recently appeared in The Wrong Quarterly, DecomP magazine, Leopardskin and Limes, and Ink, Sweat and Tears.

Excerpt from “The End of the Expert”
I've been invited to a panel discussion in my role as an expert, only this isn't the term they'll be using. The conference convenor explained that they're currently between words: expert is out, and they've yet to find a replacement. I was surprised, believing ideas and objects stepping-stoned labels at their convenience, graduating and post-graduating from word to word; that's what language did, and we loved it for that.
So I was flattered, but bothered. It seems unlikely that a thing could exist for too long without a label. It would be like a snail without a shell. Or an astronaut floating in space without a tether: how do you get them back?
You just move the space vehicle a bit closer, explained the convenor. If you really want it, you make the effort. With the snail: the shell's attached - it's part of the snail - so if it's missing then something very traumatic must have happened; there probably is no going back. Maybe you meant hermit crab?
Let me change the analogy: If you dropped your house keys down a drain then walked away - to get help - you wouldn't forget about the keys: the concept of your house keys would still exist, even if you didn't physically possess them. And one day you'd be reunited with the keys, or copies, or would have had a new lock put in and so have new keys. So you'd either have the original, a copy, or an entirely new set and yet they'd all be your house keys.
This seemed different, but at that moment I couldn't exactly say how, and so gave the appearance of not disagreeing.

Praise for the Book
The Water Rabbits is a unique, and extremely well written collection of unusual stories, and poems that are written to get readers thinking. I found that this book is best when read not just in one setting, but read in small batches, that way the reader can take a break and process what it is that they just read. Some stories I found to be more enjoyable, and relatable than others. I found the particular story entitled, ‘The new old’ to be amusing as it pertains to being social, and what were to happen by simply saying yes to everything. I think most readers might have a little trouble understanding what some of the stories are about, and following the writing style. The overall pace of the book itself is not slow, but it can take a while to get through because the stories are meant to get the reader to ponder the meaning behind the stories that they just read.” ~ Amber
“Reading The Water Rabbits by Paul Tarragó is something like the literary equivalent of touring an exhibition of contemporary art, at which we are made to confront the unfamiliar, the secretive and the inscrutable. We wander through the galleries, alternately perplexed and intrigued, distracted and stimulated, occasionally consulting our watches and wondering if that fire extinguisher attached to the far wall in magnificent isolation is in fact an exhibit. Afterwards, probably over a meal and a drink, we struggle to process the experience and find things to say that sound remotely insightful and intelligent.” ~ Jack Messenger
The Water Rabbits was different, absurd and experimental and it made me think which is more than what I can say for a lot of other books that I have recently read.” ~ Ananya thefoodandbooklife

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
This is a collection of eleven stories and three poems populated by characters with wild imaginations.
In “The End of the Expert”, a man is asked to speak at a conference, but things don't quite go as planned.
“Absence of Monster” reflects on the changing face of monsters.
“Arguments for an empty room” is a train of thought on what constitutes the concept of being “empty”.
In “Under ground and over thought”, strange things occur above ground while stranger things occur underfoot.
“history lessons” is a poem about the things we can learn from the past.
In “The water rabbits”, we meet the inhabitants of a small island community where a writer’s imagination is sparked after witnessing an unsettling incident with the water rabbits. As it was the last day of autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere as I read this, I found this passage suitably apt: “Autumn passes quickly, like it has a pressing appointment elsewhere. It's never really settled, has been looking like it wanted to go from the moment it arrived. So, as soon as the temperature starts to drop, it makes its excuses and is off and out. Did you meet Autumn? No, I didn't, didn't even know it was here.”
“pep talk” is a poem I’m not sure I understood. A pep talk given to traveling coffee salesmen?
“OPPORTUNITIES” explores the process of coming up with the next new fad.
In “The new old”, we find out what happens when a man decides to say “yes” to every request.
“The Orphan” questions the reality of what we see in print.
“Pattern recognition” is a story that is three pages long but consists of just four sentences, one long, one short, one long, one short. I’m not sure if this is the pattern we’re meant to recognize.
“The Bombardier” takes a humorous look at the slow cooker.
“Tight” studies the effects of wearing a high-tensile bodysuit.
“The long game” is a poem that looks at how the glut of books on the market - due to the self-publishing phenomenon – is leaving authors destitute. (I think.)
The stories and poems are all well-written and eloquent in their use of language. The stories are more about introducing ideas and commentary than providing a narrative. Some are even structured like essays. They are the literary equivalent of a farce, in which high-brow and educated people sublimely discuss the ridiculous. As you can see from my descriptions above, I found it hard to understand some of the pieces and had to read some of them more than once to make any sense of them.
Still, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you will reap the rewards.
Favorite pieces: “Arguments for an empty room” and “The Bombardier”.

About the Author
Paul Tarragó
I’m a filmmaker and writer, using both video and celluloid, living in London. My work? A mix of underground experimentation and metafiction, tugging at the leash of (film) language but with narrative often held close at hand.
My moving image work has shown widely on international film festival and gallery circuits (including the South London Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Review of Live Art, Pompidou Centre (Paris), Moscow + Rotterdam International Film Festivals) and includes several award winning experimental narratives, video installation, a collaborative feature film, moving image + live soundtrack performance work, etc.
In recent years much more of my time has been spent on words, besides scripts and performance texts. Some of these writings have appeared recently in The Wrong Quarterly, 2HB, decomP magazinE, Leopardskin and Limes, Ink, sweat and tears, SO MUCH FOR FREE SCHOOL, ETC. (Five Years), as well as in my short story collection – The Mascot Moth and several other pieces – which was published in 2013.
I currently work as a lecturer at the University of the Arts London.

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