What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble-minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: can you write? Ernest Hemingway
Let’s start with the book recommendations for April:
- The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves — for the lovers of crime. I finished it last week, and I had never read any of Ann Cleeves’s books before. Why did I pick it? Because I love the TV show, Vera. My thoughts about this book: intelligent, full of action, a clean procedural crime novel with a touch of rural life in the UK, quick read. DI Vera is a great character: older woman, cranky, smart, independent, funny, odd, honest, unmoved by what others think of her. I can’t say anything about the writing style, but the manner of presenting facts and characters is wonderful. I’d advise watching the TV series, though, and only then read the book. 😉✌️
- The Divine Spark, edited by Graham Hancock — for the lovers of science and non-fiction. It’s for you if you’re looking for new ideas for your next fantasy novel. The book consists of a series of essays on psychedelics, consciousness, and the birth of civilization (different authors).
- The book of a fellow blogger and indie author, Dave Williams: Other Lives of the Boothbys.
The author’s blog — Dave Williams Writer Blog
Please check it out. His post yesterday was a fantastic read. If you love or are fascinated by Hemingway, scroll down and find an incredible story about Hemingway and Paris. Today’s post: Book Review EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD
April 6 is also the release day for this beautiful poetry book: The Streets, like flowers, come alive in the rain by Steve Denehan. Check more about the Irish author on River Dixon’s site: click here
Next week I’ll share the first chapter of my new thriller — Almost Faithful (I’m polishing it right now). It’s a challenging story because I had to describe 2 suicides, 1 serious psychiatric issue, and 3 murders. The main places are Illinois, USA and Perth, Australia. Also, one of my characters flees to New Zealand. I think the book will be available at the beginning of the summer, but I still have to check many details (one of the heroes is a politician).
One bored woman.
Two ordinary families.
Three dangerous men.
Margo and Barry are living the perfect life. They’re happily married (or so it seems), working great jobs, and traveling the world. Ellen and David have it all — the looks, the big house by the beach, a successful business, a grown-up daughter, Marie. But underneath, each couple is in crisis, and there is only one cause. His name is Charlie.
Charlie is a man with exceptional acting skills, struggling to forget his painful past. A man who is not ready to let go, who is breaking two families and destroying their trust.
Out of options and with their backs against the wall, Margo, Ellen, Marie, and David discover that murder isn’t a tool reserved only for criminals…
Are they ready to go to the end?
How easy is it — to take a human life?
Everything changes the moment when the bodies of Ellen and Marie are found dead in their bedrooms. Full of shock, anger, and grief, blaming himself while hiding from the local police, David chooses the dangerous road of revenge: he plans to find Charlie’s mysterious boss. The boss is a woman called Pitaya — the reason for all David’s troubles.
Little by little, the walls of the seemingly happy, rich, and famous families fall down, and the life of Pitaya, as well as the freedom of David, comes to an end.
Triggers: suicide, murder, 16+
One more piece of news: my book So Absurd It Must Be True, book 2 is a finalist of Book Excellence Award 2021 in the humor genre!! 🕺🕺😀💙
I’m continuing with The Story of Harmless Bullet (absurdist comedy) online until autumn, then I’ll publish it as a book on 12 December 2021.
Also, I’m going to post a humorous crime novel, set in Amsterdam, with a young Detective Inspector Nael King, half-Lebanese and half-French (second-generation immigrant). His mother left the country because of the Lebanese Civil War, and she met Nathaniel’s father in France. I’ll post it chapter by chapter during summer-autumn 2021. The title is Eyebrow Killer. The novel is written in collaboration with Esther Aiki (50/50).
In my blog post, The Magic in Operation, I mentioned the wordless vacuum. There’s a condition called manolaya — a temporary stillness or pause of thought. Of course, as soon as this concentration ceases, thoughts — both old and new — rush in as usual, but if you could stop the flow at least 2-4 hours a week/or day, you’d be much happier. Temporary lulling of mind will never lead to the total destruction of thought. Still, you’d finally be able to feel the real state of liberation — from anything, even from birth and death. Absolute peace.
Remember, peace is your natural state. It is the mind, the environment, and the governments that obstruct the natural state.
I believe this manolaya and meditation (even if guided) are very helpful to us writers because we are working with words and images almost non-stop. 🤓
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. François-René de Chateaubriand
Ah, and The Secrets of A-Ria (young adult novel) is on the way too… Hopefully, ready to publish in August! 👋
Have a great week! See you next Tuesday!