Friday, 26 August 2016

All the way from Florida

Holiday over, I returned home a tad pensive but relaxed. A week spent Internet free with my son and daughter-in-law. Chats, meals out, walks (with crutches), ahh bliss.
Once home, I dived into the post that awaited me. What a lovely surprise when I opened a package all the way from Florida, USA. It was the book I won on Facebook group, The Review Blog Page. 

The novel is Twilight of Memory by author, Julia Faye Smith, I was so excited and happy to receive it. Julia also included a lovely note with her book. Thank you so much, Julia, for posting it to me, I know it cost a pretty penny to do so.
I am looking forward to reading this, so early to bed for me and snuggle down with my prize.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Twilight of Memory, follow the below link.

Inspired by this, I shall host a competition in my next blog post, so watch out for that!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Back to the men with this one!

One of the positive aspects of social media is all the wonderful people you meet. Now I would like to introduce you to Morton Morelli. He is a man of many talents, but today he is sharing his writing with us.

Mary Bradford: So tell us a little about yourself?

Morton Morelli: I am married, I live in the English countryside with my wife and children. I have 1 book published so far and I am working on the second. I also have book 3 and 4 also lined up and I know how they go, it’s just about having time to write them and get them out. 
MB: What genre do you write in?
MM: Thriller so far, but feel I could write in other genres, as it all feels comfortable to me. Have imagination, will write. 
MB: And your latest book, what have you to tell us about it?
MM: Sardine Packing, is my latest book. It is an awful term used in WW2 and I couldn't get away from it as the title. The story starts in WW2 and very soon comes to present day. The question posed is how the past is connected to the present. Rich banker, controlling water. A little science fiction in there with a product used to extend life. Hopefully a page turner. 
MB: Are you currently working on a new project?  
MM: I also am a musician and I have an album coming out soon. I have written the songs already and recorded demos, so the band can learn the songs for the recording mid-august. Hopefully available in September 2016.
MB: Where do you like to write?
MM: I write long hand and can do it anywhere. If I find myself alone and having dinner, I will write a chapter while eating, no matter how noisy the restaurant is. I can zone out and get on with it. 
MB: Tell us about that defining moment when you smiled and said, I’m a writer.
MM: Having a completed book in hard back did make me think, I am actually a writer. But also when everyone else seems to have a life and I am writing by myself, I realise that I have no choice, so that must be evidence in itself. It is also good when you get a good review, it makes you feel like a writer.
MB: What is next for you? 
MM: Presently, I have a day job, to bring in some money. It will be great when I can make a living at writing, being a full-time writer would mean I can create more.
Below is a taste of Morton's book, Sardine Packing. 
Book Blurb:
It is the summer of the year 1940, in the picturesque village of Rittershoffen, where the previously quiet lives of the villagers are about to be thrown into turmoil, and changed forever. It is here that we meet Hans Grubber, a young German officer who is determined to make a difference, particularly in the lives of the beautiful Sophie, and her young daughter. 
Present- The eminent psychologist Dr. David Prost is reacquainted with a childhood, family friend at a lecture he is giving in Washington D.C.  For Emily Meyers, their reunion opens up old wounds, and an even older mystery. Meanwhile, her sister, the vivacious Eleanor Meyers, embarks upon her dream job as a translator for the entrepreneur, and billionaire banker Richard Weiss. All is not as it seems though, and Eleanor begins to suspect that working for Wiess might be the dream job she imagined, as strange events begin to collide with her, and her sisters’ past.