New Release: “Behind the Altar” by P.C. Zick

Title: Behind the Alter: Behind the Love Trilogy (Book 1)
Author: P.C. Zick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 16, 2014
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Forbidden Love – Book #1 in the Behind the Love Series by P.C. Zick

Leah Bryant’s life satisfies all her needs. Her engagement to Jacob Davis, minister of the Sunshine Christian Church, gives her the security she requires after living in a car during her teenage years. She runs a food kitchen out of the church for homeless vets who are living on the banks of Deer River. All is perfect until the day her future mother-in-law Geraldine tells her the church is shutting down the kitchen, and Dean””Jacob’s brother””rides his Harley into her heart. Leah’s world begins to crumble as she falls into Dean’s muscular and tattooed arms. Dean, who’s been away from his home for ten years, finds himself irresistibly drawn in by Leah’s natural beauty and genuine goodness. As they fight to stay away from one another, Leah and Dean keep finding ways to be together. The more they fight the attraction, the harder it is to stay apart. Will Leah go ahead and marry Jacob despite Dean’s haunting her every thought? Will Dean exact the revenge he came home to hand out? And will Geraldine manage to keep control over the church, Jacob, and Leah? It will all be determined in Behind the Altar, a romantic story of forbidden love.

˃˃˃ Homeless vets, deranged mothers, and a tattoo artist collide in this story of true love



How can the sweet and innocent Leah make sure her fight to feed the homeless in the small town of Victory, Florida, is successful? The arrival of Dean, her fiance’s brother, confuses the matter even more as the two are uncontrollably attracted to one another.

Can love really conquer all? Dean and Leah are about to find out.

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New Release: Storm Mistress by Brandy L. Rivers

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Storm Mistress is coming 9/15/2014

Nothing is as it seems…

Everything Isadora Starling wants is right there in front of her, but Toryn is off limits. He’s her best friend. She’s been denying her heart all these years, afraid to lose him.

Toryn Flame has a long past full of secrets. None of which he can share with Isadora, the only person who truly matters to him. She’s the one woman who has never shown a hint of lust toward him, but even if she did, pursuing her is forbidden.

That all changes when the family Isa doesn’t know decides it’s time to reveal who and what she is. After Isa’s recent attack, their motives are unclear.

His only goal is protecting Isa. Toryn will do everything in his power to keep her safe, including going against orders from his king.

Toryn’s only fear is losing Isa’s trust. Once the truth is revealed, can she forgive him for years of misdirection and omissions? Can she come to terms with a world she doesn’t want or know?

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Storm Mistress is coming 9/15/2014
On sale for $2.99 until 9-16 then it goes up to $3.99
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BIO:

Brandy L Rivers is the author of the Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle series. There are more Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle books in the works.

As an avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. She has a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out there eventually.

She lives in Western Washington with her husband and three kids, where she is already working on future stories in each of the series and several other projects.

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Cover Reveal for my new book: Conditions

Cover for Goodreads

The amazing Daz Smith has created another excellent design, based on a key scene in the book.

CONDITIONS – the blurb:

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. 

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath. 

The Book is on Goodreads for now. Expected publication in October 2014

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“Conditions” will be a strange and special occurence for me. I am going back to the very first book I’ve ever written. 
Five years ago I was working on  a training manual when I decided to experiment with writing fiction. 
The planned short story grew quickly and when it reached 36 pages and showed no sign of ending I abandoned the course and continued writing.  I put it aside and wrote my other novels.
“Conditions” had a lot of the typical errors that a first book can have and I never was sure if I would ever be able to publish it. Ever so often I returned to it and made changes and improvements. The book underwent plenty of re-writes and edits but now I feel it might resonate well with some of those readers who liked “Time To Let Go”. 

The story:

Two estranged brothers and their mother’s funeral.
Charles suffers from a mental condition which Tony finds difficult to cope with.
They have not spoken in years and so several friends come to support Charles at the funeral against a family that has cast him out.  Hayling_Island

Prejudice, mis-conceptions and the human condition in all shapes and forms feature in this contemporary drama set at the British South Coast.

 

 

I used to go to a lot of funerals when I was in my teens and might have developed a morbid fascination at the dynamics and processes involved. I also loved “Six Feet Under”, a TV series set in a funeral home. 

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I grew up as a bibliophile in a very macho and sports orientated environment  images (11)and always bonded more with the odd characters and outsiders rather than the prom queens and sports heroes. Over the years I have met and befriended many people with mental health issues. In this respect the novel is probably one of the most auto-biographical, even though the events and characters are all a figment of my imagination. 
Re-telling something that has happened already has never had an appeal to me as a writer.

 

I imagine Tony somewhat hardened boxer type with a light gentle touch and Charles like Alan Cummings, Johnny Depp or even Benedict Cumberbatch in some of their more eccentric roles. The story has been likened to The Breakfast Club – I don’t know if that’s true as I have not seen that one yet. I am toying with a sequel for this book already since it all takes place only in the space of two weeks.
I hope to have the book ready for publication in October 2014.

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New Release: “Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar” by S. Rose

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Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar is book two, concluding the story begun in Song of the Manatee: Aria of Light.   

What exactly happened to cave-diving paleontologist Michael Black, and how did he wind up on a planet in a faraway galaxy? Who were the mysterious Olowa Naholo, and why did General McLaughlin have them slaughtered? How did Swan travel through time, and why could she read the thoughts of others? What happened to our dear friend Moon? And just who was driving that flying saucer??!!

All will be illuminated as our friends from book one meet up with some highly interesting aliens. There are surprising twists and turns before they embark at last on the ultimate journey.

Link to my review of:

Song of the Manatee: Aria of Light.

Buy Links:

Kindle US: Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar

Paperback US: Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar

Goodreads: Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar

Kindle UK: Song of the Manatee: Children of Quaezar

My feature on Sienna’s first book BRIDGE ICES BEFORE ROAD

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From the author: “For me, Science Fiction/Fantasy can be summed up in one word: Imagine!

I hope you will enjoy reading my first science fiction book as much as I enjoyed writing it!”

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Song of the Manatee: Aria of Light is book one of a two part saga that will take you around the cosmic block, back in time to Earth’s early Eocene and far into its future, across galaxies and alternate dimensions of time.

In 2199, sixteen year-old Swan Black lives in an ideal society. Every need is supplied by the ostensibly benevolent Central Government, which strives to encircle and protect the Citizens–with a few notable exceptions. As far as most Citizens are concerned, Swan Black shouldn’t have been born.

Being an albino fated her to scorn and ostracism in a society where sensible couples conceive in vitro and select only perfect embryos.

She might have led a lonely existence if not for her devoted father, Michael Black, a brilliant paleontologist and exceptionally kindhearted man. He undertakes Swan’s education onboard his science vessel; by age sixteen she has become a capable research partner.

Under the control of their dictatorial Central Government, Dr. Black has been researching the evolution of the extinct Florida Manatee. Father and daughter are close to an astonishing discovery-when the unthinkable happens.

Only Swan saw the unidentified spacecraft materialize directly above the forbidden springs where her father was cave-diving, then vanish without a trace-along with Michael Black!

Unknown to Dr. Black, the covert objective of his research was to ensure man’s dominion over earth- by derailing the evolution of an infinitely peaceful, intelligent species. To the detriment of the planet, he unwittingly succeeded.

Swan must travel the rivers of time to find her father and reset the universe, so that the blessed meek shall truly inherit the Earth

The Bridge of Deaths: 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the G-AESY

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Catalina 2Maria Catalina Vergera Egan, or MCV Egan as she’s known in the world of readers and authors, is one of my favorite people. Thoughtful, spiritual, kind and damned interesting – I first met her quite accidentally online because we haunted the same esoteric sites. We also both come from families filled with adventurers and ideologues – folks, who through their determination and courage, made it possible for us to sit around and write about those things. Her debut novel, The Bridge of Deaths is quite simply fascinating, and for those of you who don’t know it, I want to bring it to your attention.

In The Bridge of Deaths, we follow Bill and Maggie in London, 2010, as they explore the events of August 15th 1939. When at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil…

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Cover Reveal: His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin is due out in a couple of weeks

Originally posted on The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

 

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Back cover Ben Screen shot Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed. “Paulette Mahurin compassionately renders an insightful tale about…

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New Release / Review: “Gray Shadows” by Julia Gousseva

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“Gray Shadows” by Julia Gousseva is a dark and atmospheric thriller about bodyguards, in particular about 28 year old Nikolai. Ex-army, equipped with a sharp mind and a moral conscience and in love with Olga he suffers an injury while protecting an important lawyer. Too eager on the job to go into teaching he takes on an odd assignment, involving the 22 year old Natalja in a small place in the polar regions north of Siberia. However, the seemingly straight forward job turns out to be far more complex and twisted than one would have expected.
The book builds up the tension and the suspense with great timing, leaving us unprepared for the direction the plot takes. The scene setting is particularly well done. I am a big fan of Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction and hugely enjoyed how the author let me feel the bleakness of the Russian arctic setting. Without the distractions of luxuries and civilisation the story becomes intimate immediately and intense.
Nikolai is an interesting character who’s been given enough background and inner conflict to distinguish him from other heroes and to set him up for the series. Oil, corporate and governmental interests, corruption and deceit all come into play.
A new star on the horizon of crime fiction and a promising  series.

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Julia Gousseva

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Julia Gousseva was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, or USSR. For a long time, Russia was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and had a mysterious image of the Evil Empire to many Westerners, specifically Americans. But Russia was a mystery not just to outsiders, but to its own people as well. One of Julia’s college history professors used to refer to Russia as a country with unpredictable past. Why? Because every time a new leader came to power, all state-issued history books were changed and rewritten. And all history books were state-issued.Julia’s novel MOSCOW DREAMS is set in Russia and presents life from the perception of everyday people whose lives were dramatically altered by events that have changed and are still changing Russia. Julia’s short story collection titled TWELVE MONTHS OF THE SOVIET CHILDHOOD shows life in the Soviet Union before the changes and offer a child’s perspective. Her children’s stories put whimsical characters from old Russian fairy-tales in modern circumstances for today’s kids.
The Book on Amazon UK and Amazon US

An opportunity to discuss “TIME TO LET GO” with other readers

 

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Goodreads has its flaws

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let’s not forget that it was set up initially to bring together readers and books.  

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One of the discussion groups over at Goodreads votes for two books to discuss amongst them each month.

TIME TO LET GO
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has been nominated as one of the books for September, so this is your opportunity to talk about the book with other readers.

That is if……

you want to do this

and

if the book gets selected.

 

 

You have three days to vote for the book you would like to discuss.  Voting will remain open until the 24nd. Here is the link to the vote.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/107430-what-would-you-like-to-read-discuss-in-september

Here are some recent reviews to get you in the mood: 6a00d83452c37169e2014e8ab9b06e970d

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, August 21, 2014
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This review is from: Time to Let Go (Kindle Edition)
interesting book on letting go of the hard things to let go of made me think
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book as have had family going through this, August 19, 2014
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Enjoyed the book as have had family going through this. Book just stopped rather than ended. Would have appreciated a better ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in the ending, August 18, 2014
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Was a very interesting and insightful read. I was disappointed in the ending, it seemed a bit abrupt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Letting Go, August 17, 2014
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Christoph Fischer has written a beautiful story in Time to Let Go. At one point, I had to stop reading because the story hit so close to home I was crying and couldn’t read the words. You easily fall in love the characters. The realism makes you wonder if the author has experienced the drama of Alzhiemer’s. Not letting go of Time to Let Go.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a …, August 16, 2014
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Joyce Hislop (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews
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Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a retired couple living in England, where Walter is caregiver at home to Biddy, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. At first glance the reader might be put off by the subject matter, but the author quickly weaves a varied plot around Walter’s established and protective routine with Biddy and the arrival of their adult daughter, an airline stewardess who has experienced a serious event with a passenger on a recent flight and temporarily on leave while it is being investigated. Hanna and her brothers become more deeply involved in their parents’ lives and one another’s’ differences as they each cope with their own histories with their father, and now the responsibilities of offering care to their elderly parents without compromising the Seniors’ dignity. Meanwhile, Hanna has an unexpected opportunity to build a new relationship, and this leads to challenges she didn’t expect.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, August 16, 2014
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Enjoyed book for most part.
I especially liked learning more about how people cope with Alzhelmers Disease.
And one from Amazon.co.uk:

The theme of this novel is so important to so many people that reviewers have tended to focus on that; and indeed Christoph Fischer handles his subject with a delicate sensitivity which impresses. But I’d like to focus, instead, on the skill and creativity with which Fischer brings his characters to life, plunges deep inside their emotions and thoughts, and makes us feel that we know them and know all about them. Hanna, an attractive woman who has escaped from the constant putdowns of her father during her growing years to create an exciting and fulfilling life for herself as an air hostess, has experienced the death of a passenger and is going through the turmoil, both emotional and practical, which this has brought her. Going home for a few days rest she is drawn inevitably into the situation caused by her mother’s disease. Walter, her father, a man set in his own ways and with very definite opinions, believes that the way to treat his wife Biddy is to keep her to a regular routine. Hanna thinks a little change and excitement would be more stimulating for her mother. As we see the results of this conflict we learn more and more about Walter and about Hanna. Then there is the elder son, Henrik, who thinks his mother needs the professional care she would get in a Home. Henrik, a successful businessman, has spent his life proving that he is better than his younger brother Patrick, and finding continually that his father cares more about Patrick than about him. Patrick himself has cut himself off from his family and refuses even to visit Biddy, because he is afraid to reveal his secrets to his father. This all makes for fascinating and engrossing reading. There are moments of happiness, such as the joyful reaction of Biddy to the dog and the swans, both when she is with Hanna and then later with Walter; and there are times of deep sadness as when Walter tries to force his wife to remember something which is clearly beyond her ability. Walter’s love for Biddy, which is so important to him, humanises a man who might otherwise seem hard and stern.
Quite apart from the character drawing, this is a very well written book. It has a style which never drags and which is never wordy or annoying. Once started, I felt myself drawn in and wanting to go on reading.
Time To Let Go is far above most of the books I’ve read recently.

Su Williams – The Dream Weaver Trilogy

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I interviewed Su Williams on my blog once but now that her trilogy is completed, here are the three books reviewed and showcased.

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“Dream Weaver” by Su Williams is a very original and cleverly told story. Its heroine is a 17 year old orphaned girl named Emari and she is a great brave character who has a lot to deal with: From nightmares and painful flashbacks to physical attack and living and looking after herself all alone.
With a cryptic prologue and an early dream sequences the reader is quickly drawn into a sophisticated style of narrative that opens their minds to the complexity of dream manipulation and other supernatural powers.
Written primarily for young adults the book nevertheless handles some tougher issues, including some scary moments but also a bit of romance between Emari and a Dream Weaver named Nick.
I am not a regular reader of paranormal books but the book was recommended to me by a friend whose judgement I value. I might have benefitted from not knowing anything about the concept of Dream Weaving which made the story a very unique and original story for me. However, the lead characters were well chosen and set up.
This is a very enjoyable read, not just for younger readers.

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“Rock Star (Dream Weaver, #2)” by Su Williams is a great follow up to
Dream Weaver.
Manipulation of memories and dreams is a really fascinating concept and Williams knows how to make it interesting. In this book Emari Sweet lives the life or dream of a popular rock star on tour, with bouncers, a stalker and with some very odd dreams on top of it.
Just as sophisticated and clever as the first instalment of the series the book understands to ‘work’ the idea and weave what appears various sets of realities and dreams.
Emari is a great character with strength and confidence but also some weakness, her life as rock star is quite convincingly portrayed and the dark paranormal aspects of the story unfold nicely throughout the book.
Very clever and very enjoyable.

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“Breaking Normal” by Su Williams concludes the amazing Dream Weaver Series and does so perfectly.
Without giving too much away of the plot, Emari really comes into her own in this book, becoming a really strong heroine. The author has struck some more serious notes in this book, but that fits in well with Emari’s own growth.
I am still in awe with the concept of the Dream Weavers. This time the narrative and the story are taking a new direction, which keeps the series fresh and entertaining. This is not a repetitive formula series but one where every book has a unique character and subjects. Action packed and in places a bit dark for a young adult series it is well written and keeps the suspense throughout.
Brilliant character development and a fantastic ending. Highly recommended.

 

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I confess…I’m a bit of a dork, with a quirky and sometimes dark personality, though not as dark as some. I love the outdoors and nature, and photographing normal, everyday things from different and abnormal angles. One of my photos has been published in the political humor book Red Dog/Blue Dog by Chuck Sambuchino.

Legally, my name is Susan Barton, but I write under the pen name Su Williams (my maiden name). I am a 48 year old mother of 4, Sarah, Josiah, Jack and Aundraic. I’m married to Ben and we have 2 cats, a garder snake, a crested gecko named Reid (like in Criminal Minds) and a beagle, Dyson (yes like the vacuum) who is my favorite teddy puppy.

I was born in Little Rock, AK. My daddy was military and my parents finally decided that Spokane, WA was the place for us and this is where I’ve lived since I was about 10.

I always wrote special poems for family birthdays, and began to write short stories in Jr. High. Many years later after a self-esteem building program of hypnosis, and reading Twilight, I was inspired. I said, “I could do that.” So I did.

Dream Weaver has been 4 years in the making, as I’ve learned the ins and outs of the literary process. That is an ongoing endeavor.

My goal is to get Dream Weaver into the hands of people who will love Emari, Nick, Eddyson, Sabre, Ivy and Jesse as much as I do. Dream Weaver is the first of 3 planned novels. The second is called Rock Star in which Emari lives the life of a rock star and discovers that Nick is really not who he claims to be. Finally, in Private Eye, Emari will team up with Officer Molly to solve some of Spokane’s open and cold cases and will unveil the truth behind the crash that killed Emari’s parents.

 

Coming soon: “Conditions” by Christoph Fischer

005Currently entitled “Conditions” my next release will be a strange and special occurence for me. I am going back to the very first book I’ve ever written. 
Five years ago I was working on  a training manual when I decided to experiment with writing fiction. 
The planned short story grew quickly and when it reached 36 pages and showed no sign of ending I abandoned the course and continued writing.  I put it aside and wrote my other novels.
“Conditions” had a lot of the typical errors that a first book can have and I never was sure if I would ever be able to publish it. Ever so often I returned to it and made changes and improvements. The book underwent plenty of re-writes and edits but now I feel it might resonate well with some of those readers who liked “Time To Let Go”. 

The story:

Two estranged brothers and their mother’s funeral.
The conflict between the two is drawn out over materialistic issues but there are other underlying problems. Charles suffers from a mental condition which Tony finds difficult to cope with.
They have not spoken in years and so several friends come to support Charles at the funeral against a family that has cast him out.  Hayling_Island

Prejudice, mis-conceptions and the human condition in all shapes and forms feature in this contemporary drama set at the British South Coast.

 

 

I used to go to a lot of funerals when I was in my teens and might have developed a morbid fascination at the dynamics and processes involved. I also loved “Six Feet Under”, a TV series set in a funeral home. 

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I grew up as a bibliophile in a very macho and sports orientated environment  images (11)and always bonded more with the odd characters and outsiders rather than the prom queens and sports heroes. Over the years I have met and befriended many people with mental health issues. In this respect the novel is probably one of the most auto-biographical, even though the events and characters are all a figment of my imagination. 
Re-telling something that has happened already has never had an appeal to me as a writer.

 

I imagine Tony somewhat hardened boxer type with a light gentle touch and Charles like Alan Cummings, Johnny Depp or even Benedict Cumberbatch in some of their more eccentric roles. The story has been likened to The Breakfast Club – I don’t know if that’s true as I have not seen that one yet. I am toying with a sequel for this book already since it all takes place only in the space of two weeks.
I hope to have the book ready for publication in October 2014.

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