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Title: PANICLES
Author: Richard Robbins
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Pages: 281
Genre: Literary Fiction

BOOK BLURB:

Is it better to take the risk and pursue the glory of fame and fortune, or to live a simpler, more grounded life?

“Richard Robbins has presented a cast of interesting characters, and each one is fully explored. The plot engages the reader from the first page to the last. The writing style is fast-paced and flows smoothly. Author Richard Robbins has penned a captivating novel in Panicles. A fascinating read!” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Deborah Lloyd (5 STARS)

Follow the fates of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.

It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary exploration of two very different families, with their ties to politics, power and influence, and to each other. [DRM-Free]

Panicles will make you think, make you cry, make you laugh and smile and keep you reading until the very end.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Trudi LoPreto (5 STARS)

Panicles is a novel that invites reflection with its subtle and significant meaning… Connections, effects, and a great storyline make Panicles a remarkable novel from many points of view.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Astrid Iustulin (5 STARS)

Books by Richard Robbins:

  • Love, Loss, and Lagniappe
  • Panicles
  • The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy (Coming 2020)

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Book Excerpt:

“I agree, Mr. Murnane. Both of your sons are exceptional, but Robert never struck me as someone who’d want to serve in elected office. He seems happy practicing law, and he has a strong commitment to his family. Elizabeth is an equal partner in their marriage, and they’ve just had a daughter, Emily, to which he seems quite devoted. Do you think he’d want that sort of life? The spotlight, the scrutiny, the hours, the travel?”

“He will. Even if he’s not certain, I’ll make sure of it. Sometimes a father knows his son better than the son knows himself. With his gifts, it’s his responsibility to serve. He’ll come around. It may not be now, it may not be soon, but one day he’ll decide to run for office. Oh, he’ll go along with his life, practicing law, spending time with his family, going to soccer practices and PTA meetings like that’s all there is to life. But one day, it’ll hit him, and he’ll decide to fulfill his destiny. Either he’ll come to me and let me know, or I’ll come to him and tell him that it’s time. But before too long, you’ll see a Murnane in the Senate, if not higher.”

Mike leaned forward and placed his hands on the dining tray table. “And what of your granddaughter? Being in a political family can be quite difficult for a child. It can affect them for the rest of their lives. Are you ready to put her in that position, without her choosing?”

Emerson placed his hands at his sides, and pushed himself up in the hospital bed. “That’s this family’s destiny. There are great benefits to serving at a high level. She’ll thank me for it one day.”

About the Author

Richard’s first novel, the award winning Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes his Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!)

Panicles, explores the price of fame and fortune through the eyes of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

Richard lives in New York City and New Orleans with his love and inspiration, Lisa, my wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website → www.Robbinsbooks.com

Facebook →  https://www.facebook.com/richard.robbins.7737

 

 

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Title: A Whisper of Thoughts: about Love, Life and Self-Awareness
Author: Annelies George
Publisher: BI Publishing
On Tour: November 11 – January 31
Annelies George is the author of the Jessie Golden Earth Series. In this fiction saga she aims to pass a strong message among other topics about the current situation in the world and the connection with the increasing climate changes. When writing the second book in the series, Darkness and Light, she started to reflect on something that she wrote. This led to the Loveable Light initiative. On her Facebook Page she started to post videos and thoughts about things that matter to her (www.facebook.com/anneliesgeorgeauthor). On a July Sunday morning she got the idea to bundle those in a small booklet and to add other thoughts that she has not yet posted illustrated with pictures that are partly a result of the photo shoots she does on a regular basis to support her activities with Vincent Kos, a Dutch photographer. The remainder is a random collection of pictures she made herself.
She believes that our personality is the result of our education, our free will and our own choices, as well as the love we discover in our own heart.  Therefore, she dedicated this booklet to her parents, who always loved and supported her, even if her lifestyle wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

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Annelies George was born on 4 August, 1964 in Bussum, After the gymnasium, she followed a one-year course as an international secretary in Amsterdam. Immediately afterward she started to work for a law firm, studying finance, management and law during the evening hours with the goal of becoming a lawyer herself. A move to a different town brought her into the fast IT world, where she was employed by GE Capital, marking the start of a successful career in the international IT Finance world. Due to the intensity of the job and long working hours, she abandoned her plans for a law degree. At the age of 30, she was appointed to Benelux managing director of a US based lease company, a rare phenomenon at the time, since few women were holding similar positions in the specific branch in the Netherlands. Thereafter she accepted a variety of EMEA and regional management and sales roles with Cisco, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Annelies still lives in Bussum and is taking care of her 83-year-old mother. She loves, among other activities, to paint and design necklaces when she is not writing. On occasion she likes to travel to discover new places and understand the different ways of living around the globe.

You can visit her at: https://www.anneliesgeorge.com 

 

Monday, November 18

Book featured at The Zen Reader

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Thursday, November 21

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Thursday, December 19

Guest blogging at I’m Shelf-ish

Friday, December 20

Guest blogging at A Title Wave

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Friday, December 27

Guest blogging at As the Pages Turn

 

 

 

 

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The spirit of Simon Dillon took human form in 1975, in accordance with The Prophecy. He kept a low profile during his formative years, living the first twenty or so of them in Oxford, before attending University in Southampton, and shortly afterwards hiding undercover in a television job. In the intervening years, he honed his writing skills and has now been unleashed on the world, deploying various short stories and novels to deliberately and ruthlessly entertain his readers. He presently lives in the South-West of England with his wife and two children, busily brainwashing the latter with the books he loved growing up.

website & Social links

Website:

https://simondillonbooks.wordpress.com/

Blog:

https://simondillonbooks.wordpress.com/

Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/UncleFlynn

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/simondillonbooks/

About the Book

Small-time actress Mia Yardley, recently widowed wife of renowned actor Steven Yardley, discovers her late husband’s secret acting diary. The diary details appointments made with a psychic medium, who advised Steven on which roles to take. It also raises questions about his mysterious and inexplicable suicide. Seeking answers, Mia speaks to the medium, but in doing so is drawn into an ever- deepening mystery about what happened to her husband during the final days of his life. Eventually, she is forced to ask the terrible question: was Steven Yardley murdered by a vengeful evil from beyond the grave?

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Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Let’s put it this way: I can’t remember when I first started inventing stories or putting them on paper, but I’ve always done it. In the end, I decided to try and do it professionally, and now here we are. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the voices in my head that won’t shut up, but these days I’m getting better at forcing them to form an orderly queue and speak to me one at a time.

What was your inspiration for Phantom Audition?

There were two main sources of inspiration for Phantom Audition. Firstly, the idea of an actor taking advice on roles from a medium comes from the late, great Peter Sellers, who did exactly that in real life. In the novel, protagonist Mia Yardley’s late husband Steven, a famous actor, took a film role playing famous abstract artist Edward Bingley, who like Steven committed suicide in mysterious circumstances. When Mia discovers Steven took this role on the advice of a medium, she comes to suspect her husband may have buried himself in the role a little too much, to the point where supernatural forces were involved.

The second source of inspiration for Phantom Audition is A Fantastic Woman. This Chilean film, which won Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Oscars, might at first appear an odd choice as an influence on Phantom Audition. Nonetheless, it actually provided the initial spark that launched the idea for the novel. The story concerns a transgender woman dealing with the death of her partner, finding herself isolated and ostracised by his family. The film has a dreamlike, magical realist quality to it, and even at times becomes a bit like a thriller (there’s a mysterious key which her partner left, for example). Moreover, there is something of a descent into the underworld/death and rebirth metaphor in the film, a story arc which is very much echoed in my novel. One image particularly leapt out at me – that of a ghostly vision of the dead partner staring out at her from a crowded nightclub dance floor amid strobe lights. It’s an image I actually nicked, sorry, “paid homage” to.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

In terms of the actual writing, this is the fastest novel I’ve ever written. It took two (very intensive) months to write the first draft. Add another month or so on top of that for the outlines, character profiles, and other research.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Yes, I am very disciplined. Whilst writing a novel or short story I try to write at least 1,000 words per day on Mondays to Fridays, and 2,000 words per day at weekends. This is whilst juggling a full-time job (lunch hours are fiercely ring-fenced for writing), family commitments, reading, and cinema-going. As a result, I’m not very sociable, but sacrifices always have to be made, if you’re serious about writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The greatest challenge is always my own self-doubt. Somewhere during the writing process, George McFly Syndrome hits (“What if people think I’m no good? I just can’t take that kind of rejection!”). Learning to battle past that is key. I had a major George McFly moment on Phantom Audition regarding the ending, which originally had been the thing that made me want to write the novel. I outlined six alternatives, before finally settling on what I had envisaged all along. Judging by the way readers are responding, I’m glad I had the nerve to go with my original instinct.

What do you love most about being an author?

I find writing comforting, challenging, and cathartic. There is also no better feeling in the world than knowing you’ve delivered a gripping, thrilling, scary, surprising, satisfying, moving, and transcendent narrative to a reader.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went with a small traditional publisher, Dragon Soul Press, for this novel. I came to the attention of Dragon Soul Press last year, and they rapidly published three of my gothic mysteries – Spectre of Springwell Forest, The Irresistible Summons, and most recently Phantom Audition. It’s been great to have a proper editor, as well as someone with an eye on publicity opportunities (such as this one), and the covers they’ve designed have been amazing. If you’ll forgive my use of an obscenity, it really is a “team” effort. I’ve also been very pleased with the reviews I’ve had for all three of the afore-mentioned novels.

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