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NEWSLETTER Amy Rachiele, Author

Hello and Happy September!  september newsletter keep calm

The weather has yet to cool, but I can feel Fall creeping up on us. While I’ve had a rocky last few months, I’m charging full speed ahead with new projects, stories, and more–just for you. Below are some sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to, Chapter 1 of Enforcing Fate, sample audio of Mobster’s Angel, and my blog post on the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

“Suspension of disbelief  or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher  Samuel Taylor Coleridge , who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres.” Wikipedia

Why does it exist? Why do we feel compelled to push ourselves into another world? We already have one we are living in now. Books, movies, and even music transform us and transport us to a new world and place. We allow ourselves to be taken.
We don’t have to till the fields or milk the cows anymore, or build our own houses. But yet hundreds of years ago people in poverty, middle-class, and even the elite traveled to coliseums and cheered when thespian troops ventured to their towns. Shakespearean plays performed offered an escape to leave the world for a couple of hours and be transformed into another. Books were a luxury and copies were passed down from generation to generation.

The willing suspension of disbelief is an amazing ideology and sometimes we definitely need it to get away from our own lives to settle back and relax and let someone else do the work. Human nature wants to be entertained.
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Mobster’s Angel is working its way towards a downloadable audio book!Stay tuned, even more audio books to come!
Teaser for Enforcing Fate, Alex and Meryl’s Story Chapter 1 (Unedited).
Short Story for Men of Mayhem: A Mafia Anthology

Release Date December 1st.
Chapter 1
Meryl
 He’s dead. The words roll about in my head as I swirl the amber whiskey in my glass around and around staring at it slosh. The casino I’m at is busy tonight. The lights are low but the sounds of the slots are loud.

I tip my drink to my lips, gulp the rest of it down and slide the glass across the bar for a refill without leaving my stool. The guy tending is someone I haven’t seen before. I have been spending my nights here since I moved to Chicago right after it happened. I couldn’t face our home, our stuff, or even our car when it was finally over. I sold or gave it all away and left as fast as a seven-forty-seven could take me. His death didn’t leave me destitute but it left me alone.

My phone dings with a text from a friend I hardly ever saw when he was alive.

“How are you?” she asks.

I click the delete button. I’m not ready to talk. I can’t hear it again, “You’re so young. You’ll meet someone else. It’s too bad you never had kids.”

The calls from aunts I haven’t spoken to in ten years really piss me off. I wasn’t worth a call when I was married, why am I worth a call now that I am a thirty-four-year-old widow?

I look up at a different bartender. He’s scrounging under the bar not really seeming to know what he’s doing. His dark brown hair is on the long side and hangs in his eyes. I watch him shove it out of the way miffed.

“Excuse me.” I tap my finger on the shiny granite. “I’ll have another when you get a chance.” He is busy, engrossed in pouring and figuring out how to use the tap and agitated. I watch him. It makes me stifle a giggle. Clearly, this is not what he is cut out for.

He doesn’t look at me when he says, “It’s coming. Give me a minute.”

Oh, he’s ruffled. I cover my mouth with the back of my hand attempting not to laugh at him instead of being bothered by his attitude.

“Are you new?” I can’t stop myself from asking.

“No, I’m not new.” He barks low aggravated. “I’ve worked here practically my whole life.” He snaps up to full height with a whiskey bottle in one hand and a clean glass in the other.

I giggle because his mannerisms are so cute.

“Okay.” I keep my laugh as contained as I can.

He’s staring. So I turn to see what is behind me. People are going back and forth to slot machines and roulette tables that are near the bar. I twist back around and my drink is directly in front of me.

“Thank you,” I toss out scooping it up. Instead of going back to his prep area or helping others around me, he is standing before me.

“I have a running tab,” I tell him assuming he is waiting for me to pay him. Awkwardly, he grabs a rag from below and wipes down my area. He is concentrating on his own movements intensely like he wants to stay right here but is embarrassed to look at me.

“So,” I start. “You have worked here practically your whole life, huh? I guess not as a bartender though?

“Security,” he states firmly.

“I would say that is definitely the opposite of tending bar.” I lift my glass again.

“Alex!” A dark haired guy calls to him. His head shoots towards the voice. “Bobby is here.”

“I’m good!” he calls back.

The guy who called over has a face twisted in confusion.

“I think he is letting you know that you are all set,” I offer taking a swig of my drink before turning my attention back to the two men. “Bobby is a regular bartender here.” The one who should be serving drinks instead. I down the last drops of my whiskey and reach into my purse for my credit card.

“It’s on the house,” he says quietly still intent on wiping the counter. My brows furrow in confusion. I don’t know what to do. This has never happened to me before. I dip my fingers into my wallet and put a twenty on the bar. Alex, I assume that is his name, pushes it back towards me. “I said it is on the house.” His voice is commanding with a touch of darkness. It is the kind of voice that exudes danger. He is the total opposite of the fumbling cute guy from a few minutes ago. His demeanor has transformed.

He has flustered me so I squeak out a very low thank you shoving the twenty back in my bag and zip for the casino exit.
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H.S. Clark Presents Tracy Weber Author Spotlight

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Reviews: Heronfield by Dorinda Balchin

'Heronfield' by Dorinda Balchin
‘Heronfield’ by Dorinda Balchin

As all readers know, it is sometimes difficult to find the ‘right’ book for you. With the internet it is easy to search genres and read reviews. Sometimes, though, reviews don’t match up to what we experience when we read the book. Maybe it is because we are all different and react differently to stories. Maybe, as has been discussed elsewhere, some of the reviews are not as honest as one would hope.

That is why I am delighted (perhaps thrilled would not be too strong a word!) to have received a review of my novel, Heronfield, from the prestigious Historical Novel Society. If you like historical novels then you know that their reviews can be relied on to ‘tell it as it is’.

If you have already read Heronfield then perhaps you can add your thought about the book here. If not, then perhaps this review might whet your appetite!

So what  did they say? Well, here it is…

The Kemshall family home, Heronfield, has been turned into a convalescent hospital during World War II. Tony’s brother, David, a hero to all in his family, is a Spitfire pilot and decorated as one of the men involved in the Battle of Britain. Tony, a survivor of Dunkirk, finds himself facing several battles: fighting a father who believes him a coward, fighting for the love of the woman of his dreams and fighting to keep the biggest secret from them all because Tony is a British spy, working in occupied France.

Heronfield is a hefty tome; a large paperback over 400 pages long, an indication of the amount of story here. The course of six years is spanned, from the beaches at Dunkirk to the liberation of the concentration camps. Many of the chapters have beginnings that are akin to the Pathé News segments, telling what is happening in other areas of the world before returning to the main action in either Heronfield or St Nazaire – a brilliant way of giving the reader all the information required.

The characters are incredibly realistic; it is difficult to set Heronfield down. It would not be possible to write a story about the bravery of the soldiers or the Resistance without making sure that the reader is aware of just why they were so brave, and this is put across tactfully, but still gives the reader an idea of the horrors faced by these people.

An amazing read.

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Pieces of Glitz

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‘Pieces of Glitz’ is the first book released by C.F. Richardson, a gritty coming of age tale.

Forced to move to where the grass is greener, Jake discovers the downside to having money, beautiful friends and designer everything. Then Jake meets Christian. We all need a guide when visiting the underworld, a place where drugs and temptation are in abundance. With Lilly as his torch, Jake struggles to fight his way out of the thickening darkness.

A harrowing tale which will leave you unsure if what you’ve read is a warning, the truth or an insight into madness.

Already receiving 5 stars, reviewers have had this to say:

“This is definitely a book you will need to read twice, not because the story is confusing, but because you discover so many ingenious little clues left throughout the story by the author.

This is not what I would normally pick up and read, but I’m very glad I did. It’s a unique tale and chock full of morals and twists.

Be warned, this is a book definitely for 18+ year olds, but if you are looking for a gripping, gritty story told through the eyes of an odd, despicable but likeable seventeen year old, then you need to read Pieces of Glitz! ”

“It’s not your average novel, where the information is spoon-fed to you, you have to use your brain as you work your way through the twists and turns of the story, but that’s what makes it so unique.”

 

‘Pieces of Glitz’ is available for download on Kindle: Kindle Download

It can also be found on Smashwords, where you can try a sample up to 10%: Smashwords Download

Extract

The following extract is from the chapter Methoxetamine and follows Jake’s train of thought whilst he is high on the substance.

‘Time passes and clocks melt along the way and I with them, and only for a few sparing seconds do I get a few moments and windows of clarity but I can’t look through them and I think I am going to die.

I am lying on my back and breathing isn’t coming naturally , there are some rusty and malfunctioning cogs grinding in my chest and I almost want to tear them out and oil them up.

I try to sit up but I am completely numb and nearing unconsciousness.

The music isn’t quite music, I can almost see it in front of me. Millions of little bytes vibrating on different planes and I wanted to read out and touch them, but I realize I am just staring a white ceiling and I cannot move my arm.

Life sets in for a few seconds and falls over me like a blanket, my skin absorbing it and the deeper it falls the more intense it gets until it implodes with confusion and a weird kind of deep seated pain.

‘Do you know why I count lampposts?’ Christian says to me, in my voice.

‘I’m not,’ I say, I am trying so hard to think but everything is so disjointed. I think I am sobbing, or shivering cold. A ray of light is beaming through the window and covers me in ice.

But what are you trying to escape?

I don’t even know, I don’t even know about the questions I am being asked.

I am not sure if I am conscious or if I have been out or asleep, but I can suddenly walk again but everything is still crumbling and falling into an abyss of dead cells.’

If you’re looking for something different, something surreal and something that makes you question morality, then look no further than ‘Pieces of Glitz.’

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H.S. Clark Presents Jenny Milchman Author Spotlight

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Trans-Siberian Odyssey – reviews

AUTHOR Kate Young has received lots of reviews for her book – both the 2009 print version and the 3012 e-book, which has more photos from the original trip. Here are some of her favourites:

Praise for ‘A Trans-Siberian Odyssey’ by Kate Young (2009 print version)

Carol Bridgestock: “I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I spent the last two nights totally enthralled as I travelled with you to a place that I and many others will never go. Not one for taking in information easily, I found your easy style really grabbed my attention and because there was a story behind all the facts I absorbed it and found it much more interesting! Well done! Fingers crossed you will write more!”

(Carol Bridgestock and her husband, Bob, both formerly worked for West Yorkshire Police and now write crime fiction under the name RC Bridgestock. Their first four books, Deadly Focus, Consequences, White Lilies and Snow Kills are published by Caffeine Nights and have been well received. They are now working on other titles and their fifth DI Jack Dylan book is due out soon. They are also police advisers for the BBC drama Happy Valley.)

AMAZON REVIEWS FOR COLLCA e-BOOK VERSION

Peter Clarke, travel writer, photographer and author of Peter’s Pocket Guides
“This is a fantastic read. What an incredible journey across an amazing continent. The story gives a vivid description of episodes along the way that the travellers encountered that added to my enjoyment of reading it.”

Mary Phillips, journalist
“This is a great read, whether you are planning a journey or not. Somewhere most of us will never get to, but we can all enjoy Kate’s discoveries and adventures along the way.”

GOODREADS REVIEWS:

A Trans-Siberian Odyssey – print version – given a four-star rating by YURI in May 2010.

Trans-Siberian Odyssey – e-book – given a five-star rating by MIKE in 2013.

MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER MENTIONS:

Numerous mentions by Isle of Wight County Press newspaper, where I work (Obviously)
Wide range of mentions in local newsletters and national writing magazines, including: December 2013 issue Writing Magazine, in Members News section.

FAVOURITE TWEETS:

Nicholas D. Mennuti @NMennuti – @KateYoungWriter: Your book sounds fascinating. Great work!

SEE MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT ON MY BLOG: transsibwriter.wordpress.com

Kate Young in front of St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow, October 2008.
Kate Young in front of St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow, October 2008.

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A Journey in Publishing – Kate Young’s Trans-Siberian Odyssey

Kate Young on the top of the Great Wall of China, Beijing.
Kate Young on the top of the Great Wall of China, Beijing.

I have always wanted to write a book and I love travel.
In addition, I have worked in journalism all my life and so I have written competently about many subjects.
I decided my book should raise money for a charity close to my heart, my local hospice for cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
You would think this would make it easy to get someone interested in a travel book about the epic Trans-Siberian Railway – but it wasn’t as simple as that!
I paid for the trip entirely by myself, so that every penny I raised could go to my chosen charity.
As I am based on the Isle of Wight in the UK, I contacted a number of England-based travel book publishers before the trip in 2008, but no-one seemed interested.
As this was a charity project, I decided I would be writer and editor and publisher and I self-published the book within seven months of returning from the trip.
It was printed by a company called Fast-Print.net and I had 350 copies done, which I successfully sold at every Powerpoint talk I gave about the trip and at the huge number of annual summer events here on the Isle of Wight.
In December 2010, I gave birth to Matthew, whose arrival seriously limited my ability to trawl around the countryside marketing my book (although Matthew did sleep through a few Powerpoint talks to local clubs before he was six months old!).
I had actually sold most of my 350 print copies by now and was looking for ways to re-vitalise the book.
I wanted to do an e-book version, but I really wasn’t able to spend enough hours at the computer to achieve it.
Fortunately, there is a very good publication in the UK called Writing Magazine and it was in early 2013 that I saw an article about an e-publishing specialist called Collca Ltd (www.collca.com) which welcomed submissions for its BiteSize Travel series.
I read Collca’s conditions carefully, then contacted the managing director, Mike Hyman.
He was super-enthusiastic, loved the book and said he would publish it straight-away.
Best of all, he didn’t need me to pay a penny towards it, his contract was easy for me to understand and he said he would pay royalties regularly – which are still going to the charity.
Collca launched the e-book in May 2013 and it has been selling well across the world.
Another great discovery was Kindlemojo – Tom is helpful and really does tweet about books all day long!
Within the last month, Fast-Print.net and its sister company have launched The Great British Bookshop, a new website which is promoting the original print book (amongst others), so you can now buy that version online too (though I have yet to receive royalties from them!)
Who knows where my publishing journey will end, but the book has now raised £6,000 for the charity and gained favourable reviews on Amazon.
My over-riding advice to anyone who wants to write is just to believe in themselves – just look what forging on ahead did for me!

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