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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. 


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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!

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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. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Trickery by Constance Masters!

TRICKERY!

Morgan King is a twenty-three-year-old virgin who has never had a proper boyfriend. The fussy young woman longs to meet a man who will be everything like the heroes in the spanking romance novels she loves to read. When such a man comes along, Morgan is sure that he must be too good to be true. Although they’ve had a great online relationship for months, she balks at actually meeting him. 

Jackson Brooks is a twenty-nine-year-old middle school teacher who works at his family’s summer camp. When he gets to know Morgan on the Internet, he is sure she’s the girl for him. They are both ready to settle down, and he doesn’t understand why she is so hesitant to meet him in person. When he discovers that she has sent him a fake photo, he is not happy. He can’t deal with it right away, however, because summer camp is about to begin, and this year, he’s the director. He decides to give Morgan some space while he does what he has to. 

Morgan is devastated when she realizes she has probably blown things with Jackson. She is desperate, and hatches a plan to get to know him secretly. She books herself into Sunnyvale Summer Camp under the name of Alyssa King, using her sister’s birth certificate. Instead of assuring herself that nothing could possibly go wrong, she should have been asking herself what would happen when Jackson discovered her deceit. Will he be so angry that he sends her away, or will he choose another method of showing his displeasure – demonstrating that insects aren’t the only things at camp that sting? 

DISCLAIMER: This book contains the spanking of adult women.



You can download this and other books by Constance on the following links:


Blushing books- goo.gl/JvfnFr

Amazon- goo.gl/Qh6qQJ

Amazon uk-  goo.gl/a18RiN

Sunday, August 14, 2016

An interview with author Helene Leuschel

Welcome, Helene. Thanks for joining me here on my blog.  What should my readers know about you?
It’s a pleasure to join you on your blog.

I was born in Brussels of German parents and grew up believing that languages open the door to other cultures, to people and I now know that it really is a great way to step outside the idea of national identity and its many restrictions. I have lived in London and Edinburgh and was lucky that my job as a reporter and producer allowed me to travel extensively worldwide until I met the love of my life. We moved to Belgium together for a few years, then decided to take our two children to live in Southern Portugal where life is so much simpler, healthier and laid back than in a big city. That’s where I learnt yet another language, found more time again to write, pick up the study of philosophy and eventually the project of my first work of fiction. I love the written word ever since I started reading as a child, devouring Enid Blyton’s books.  


What inspired you to begin writing Manipulated Lives? 

During the studies for my MA in Philosophy, I developed a keen interest for psychology, the philosophy of mind and more specifically the human capacity for empathy. Personal tragic circumstances (a close relative has been the victim of psychological abuse for almost two decades) and the completion of a couple of creative writing courses with the OU and Oxford University have eventually made me pick up a pen and transfer my ideas into the writing of this collection of novellas. Manipulators are everywhere and to some extent we all do use manipulative tools to reach our goals. It is a survival skill but one that if present in a narcissistic and perverted individual who lacks the capacity for empathy is dangerous for all those who get in contact with them.

Why did you focus on this genre?

There are many fantastic publications out there explaining narcissistic personality disorders already. What I wished to achieve with my fives stories is to make readers think about the idea that nothing is ever what it seems. Our capacity to interpret fellow human beings may be successful most of the times and helps us navigate through social life. Yet, when we are in the presence of a manipulative individual with a perversion, it’s a very different ballgame.

Are you working on any other books?

Yes, I am currently working on a second collection, themed around a different topic. I am also working on my first novel.

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

My book is exploring the impact of psychological manipulation on people of different ages and backgrounds. The five novellas are separate yet each aims to take the reader to question the idea that nothing is ever what it seems at first sight. 

Where can people buy your book?

Readers can find my book in kindle format or as a paperback on all online Amazon sites.

What are the 3 words that best describe you?
That’s a difficult question. I had to ask my family and they said: outgoing, observant & inquisitive

What other creative endeavors do you enjoy?

I am a trained yoga teacher, practice mediation and I love writing philosophical essays.

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

Maybe they’d be surprised to see Jeffrey Archer’s Prison Diaries and a beginner’s textbook to learn Chinese.

How about your playlist?

I actually don’t have one. I’m a radio girl, so the music comes on as soon as I sit in a car.

I love music, and I’m always interested in the musical tastes of my friends. Tell me your 3 favourite songs.

I don’t really have favourites but on top of my head I would say, I’d love to listen to the following three right now.
Sade’s ‘By your side’
Imagine Dragon’s ‘On top of the world’
Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the world’

What song best describes your life?

Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ because I am a happy person most of the time.

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

Juliette Binoche is my favourite actress, so I guess I’d like her to be the one …

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

It’s difficult to decide on just one …I guess, spontaneously, I would like to spend a day with Simone de Beauvoir. She was a philosopher and writer with a passion for hiking. So, I’d take her to the Monchique hills in the Algarve with a picnic introducing her to local Portuguese specialties. We’d walk along the many lonely paths and I’d have enough questions to fill the silence that would surround us.

Finally, what’s next for you? 

I have two books planned, one with my second collection of short stories and the other a novel.