Mini #BlogBlitz ~ #GuestPost by Patricia Ann Bowen Author of The Cure #SciFi #Romance @WoodsgalWrites @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the mini blog blitz for The Cure, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Today I have a guest post to share with you, so it’s over to Patricia…

In So Many Words

Words begin swirling in my head before I open my eyes in the morning: things to do this day, how I feel right this minute, memories, all presented as words. I rise and write many of them down in my notebook by the bed. I go for a walk in the dark of morning, every morning, and assemble words into ideas as I mentally review the current phase of the story I’m writing. The characters in those stories vie for my attention. The plot begs to move.

I recall how my father’s mood and his bearing changed immediately after he found out he had dementia. Everything in his world slowed down. As his steps slowed and as time passed his words came to have meaning only to him inside his deteriorating brain. I turned what I recalled of those days, and weeks, and months, as his brain changed, into words that I gave to my protagonist in my debut novel, The Cure. 

But wait. My dad, Peter, was old, nearly ninety, and resigned to his fate. My protagonist, Paige, is barely middle-aged, hopeful, determined to find a way through and past her early-onset Alzheimer’s. Real male vs. fictional female. North vs. South. City vs. rural. Can I make the critical similarities work among all the differences between the two? I decided THE DIFFERENCES DON’T MATTER. The mood, the pace, the words fit. I make them fit.

I used to write nonfiction: facts, details, references, measures. Back then, I used to think that fiction was fictional, you know… made up, not true. Now that I write fiction, my characters beg to exist. I write words to create the environment they live in, the emotions they feel, the paths they take through the situations I put them in. True words, strung together that readers will believe as they read them. I have to create fictional stories full of truth so readers find them credible. 

The story for The Cure came to me full blown, in a matter of minutes, when I was challenged to write a compelling synopsis to put on the back cover of a book. No more than one hundred and fifty words permitted. Then it took me two years to reveal the tale inside those book covers in a way that readers would believe, lose themselves in, and recommend to others. I write for readers. I enjoy reading, and I want to share that enjoyment with those who seek it.

My father’s dementia wasn’t cured. Paige’s is. Her journey in The Cure is part fantasy, a hopeful one, because I believe it will come true in the timeframe I’ve laid out in the book, if not sooner. I want it to come true. It has to.

I have to go now. I’m working on a sequel, The Legacy of the Cure, and my characters, in so many words, are ordering me back to work.

About the Book

TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS…

A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.

Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?

Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?

Purchase Links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.

Social Media Links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook 

 

 

#GuestPost + #Giveaway ~ A Degree of Uncertainty by @NicolaKSmith #ContemporaryFiction @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Degree of Uncertainty, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

I have a giveaway and a guest post to share explaining how inanimate objects helped author Nicola K Smith portray her key protagonist, the dastardly Dawn Goldberg. Over to you, Nicola…

One of the key protagonists in A Degree of Uncertainty is Dawn Goldberg, the ruthlessly ambitious Vice Chancellor of Cornwall’s Poltowan University, who is set on expanding the institution regardless of the impact on local residents. She is a complex character with few confidantes – apart from a statue and a photograph…. 

‘Dawn Goldberg took four deliberate paces towards the corner of her well-appointed office, overlooking the gardens between her and the digital animation studios. In the middle of the lawns, white-tinged under a thin covering of frost, stood a huge statue of a naked man, paint brush held over an imaginary easel, chin angled, deep in thought. 

She had commissioned it the year before from a former student who had recently won a prize from some well-respected arts body looking to recognise future talent. It had caused quite a stir, and not only within the walls of the university. The Poltowan Post had featured it on its front page under the headline ‘Naked Ambition?’, and run it alongside a photo of a smiling Dawn Goldberg with the quote, “It is art, not porn.” The furore that followed had only served to highlight the ignorance of so many people, she thought, who worked themselves into an irrational frenzy when presented with the magnificent male form.

She looked at it, a seagull perched audaciously upon the statue’s head, and smiled. She liked to call it Michael, for reasons she could not now recall. The statue was angled in such a way that she could fully appreciate his ample manhood, almost as if he were standing there for her pleasure alone. She would often practise her speeches on him, looking to him for some sign of endorsement, which he invariably gave.’ 

Authors use a range of literary devices to help convey the thoughts and feelings of their characters. In the above extract from A Degree of Uncertainty, Dawn Goldberg, the fearsome Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, consults her muse, a statue of a naked man which stands outside her office window.

Apart from bringing a smile to my face and allowing me to have a little fun, this statue proved to be a very useful tool in several ways. Firstly, Dawn is not overrun with friends, and the statue fulfils probably the only real constant in her life, with the arguable exception of her friend (and PA) Janice. It served to show how isolated she really is, that her confidante is an inanimate figure made of stone. 

Secondly, it gave me an opportunity to communicate Dawn’s feelings about herself, whether positive and confident or enraged, frustrated or hurt. While the statue quite clearly is unchanging, in Dawn’s eyes his expression and body language shift according to her mood. At times he appears proud and erect, supportive of her thinking; at others he slouches and looks sheepish, as if unsure of her actions. Not that she takes heed of her instincts — she forges on regardless!

The photo of Dawn’s late father on her desk plays a similar role, although in a more intimate way. As her story unfolds, we learn of her love and admiration for her father, and her need to fulfil his ambition for her. Again he appears sometimes to look disapproving, and at others to nod in agreement, depending on Dawn’s own hunch. Yet his is the only approval Dawn seeks, and so unwilling is she to acknowledge his imagined censure that she often turns his photo face down to avoid his judgemental gaze.

Both the statue and the photograph took on more significance as the book developed, but I hope they serve to help the reader understand Dawn’s character and show that even she seeks reassurance — even if she doesn’t always find it.

About the Book

A Cornish town is slowly fracturing under the weight of its growing university…

Prominent businessman, Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.

But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.

As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.

There can only be one victor in this battle for the soul of a close-knit community…

Purchase Links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

Giveaway

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 10 copies of A Degree of Uncertainty (Open to UK Only) please click the Rafflecopter link.

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

About the Author

Nicola K Smith is a freelance journalist contributing to a number of titles including the The Times, Guardian.co.uk, BBC.co.uk, BBC Countryfile and Sainsbury’s Magazine. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, a town which inspired A Degree of Uncertainty, although it is set in the fictional Cornish town of Poltowan.

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#GuestPost by #Author Jim Cowan ~ Is Britain realising its full potential? What do you think? #Political #Social @thebpotential #FridayReads

Today I have a guest post from Jim Cowan showcasing his book The Britain Potential. In the book Jim explains why he believes Britain isn’t reaching its potential. The Britain Potential can be purchased at Amazon  in paperback as well as via B&NKindle and kobo 

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#GuestPost from Joe Pulizzi #Author of The Will To Die ~ Free Audio Download #Mystery #Thriller @JoePulizzi

I’m delighted to welcome Joe Pulizzi with his guest post ~ 3 Things I Learned Moving from Business Writing to Fiction. Joe’s fiction novel The Will To Die eBook and Audible version will be release on 4th March 2020. In the meantime you can download the audio and listen for free here

Now over to Joe…

I started working in the content marketing industry 20 years ago. Everything I did from start until 2018 revolved around teaching businesses what content marketing was and how they could use it effectively.

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#GuestPost from Jim Alexander #Author of the Light ~ Where Does Time Go? @JimPlanetjimbot #Books #ScienceFiction

I’m delighted to welcome Jim Alexander with a guest post to celebrate the recent release of his second novel ‘the Light’. Jim’s debut novel ‘GoodCopBadCop’ is garnering four and five star reviews on Goodreads.

Just before I hand you over to Jim, here’s the description for ‘the Light’

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#GuestPost from Nancy Joie Wilkie #Author of Seven Sides of Self #ShortStories exploring various sides of one’s personality #FridayReads

Welcome to Nancy Joie Wilkie who has written a guest post about how she became a first time author. Nancy’s recently released book ‘Seven Sides of Self’ is a collection of short stories delving into the realms of science fiction and the metaphysical. Here’s the book info…

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#GuestPost from Gila Green #Author of #YA Novel No Entry @green_gila #Environmental

It’s a pleasure today to welcome Gila Green with a guest post. Gila has written a young adult, environmental fiction novel titled No Entry. Here’s what the book is about…

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Blog Tour #Guest Post from Derek Flynn #Author of The Dark #CrimeFiction #Thriller

It’s a pleasure to welcome Derek Flynn today with a guest post as part of the blog tour for his recently released novel, The Dark.

Derek’s post is about method writing…

We’ve all heard of “method acting”. This is where an actor completely immerses themselves in a character to the point where they “become” the character. But what about “method writing”?

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#BlogBlitz ~ Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley #GuestPost + #Giveaway @rararesources @HelenCBuckley

I’m delighted to welcome Helen Buckley with a guest post as part of the Book Blitz, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, for her novel, Star in the Shadows.

Over to Helen…

Book babies – conceptions and creativity

Authors often fondly refer to their books as their “book babies”. The period of gestation may be long, even years, as each writer patiently forms their beloved creation.

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#GuestPost from Denise D Young #Author of Tangled Roots @ddyoungbooks #Paranormal #Romance @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome Denise D Young, with a guest post for my stop on the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Before I hand you over to Denise, here’s what Tangled Roots is all about…

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