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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More than a Spy Novel

Never Too Late to Die by Pablo Palazuelo

SYNOPSIS

The Trumpets of Jericho blasted from the sky, heralding the imminent arrival of death.
So begins this novel that is equal parts mystery and thriller in which
five eccentric friends, all veterans of international intelligence agencies,
meet a captivating, provocative young woman down on her luck,
who triggers a chain of unforeseen, ill-fated events
and steers them toward a ruthless enemy.

More than a spy novel, this is a fast-paced whodunit thriller, fraught with suspense and criminal acts at every turn.

BOOK PREVIEW

AUTHOR
Pablo Palazuelo was born in Madrid, Spain in 1965. He studied Business Administration at Berkeley, and speaks several languages. Pablo and his wife have three children.
After serving as a member of Special Forces in the Army, Pablo went on to start his own company, and pursue amateur  photography.
One of Pablo’s photographs was featured in a magazine, and he has used it as the cover design for his first endeavor as a writer and novelist, Never Too Late to Die.
The book hit number one for most sold eBooks on Amazon Spain and topped many other charts without any marketing campaign.
Pablo divides his time between Madrid and Los Angeles.

Interview
Welcome to my blog Pablo please tell my readers and I about yourself and your latest book.

Q: Tell us about your latest work—title, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A: It’s a whodunit at heart but without the cliches you might expect to find in a typical detective novel. My aim was to provide depth and detail to make it more credible. Also, I wanted to give the reader lots of thrilling scenes and plot twists.

Q: What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A: That’s an easy one! Detective novels and history books are what I love to read most. With thrillers, I like their pace, the way subtle manipulations of deception and trickery can make the reader feel the tension.

Q: What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A: In my case, especially in Never Too Late to Die, I did plan it all out first. But, I have to admit, as I worked through the first draft, I made a ton of changes.

Q: What kind of research was involved?
A: That’s a great question. Even though the book is fiction, many characters and historical details are true or inspired by the real world. I was committed to making it realistic so that meant lots and lots of research. But the incredible success of the book shows all that work was absolutely worth it.

Q: How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A: That’s hard to say but I don’t doubt there’s a lot of me in a lot of them. I can tell you that after some of my friends and family read the book they said they saw parts of me in more than one character.

Q: How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A: It’s a difficult balancing act, especially when you add my day job to that mix. In the end, it’s a matter of staying patient, not trying to write the book against a deadline but focusing solely on how I want the book to read.

Q: Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A: With Never Too Late to Die, I would say authors of similar novels, detective stories with detailed, involved plots, like Thomas Harris and Stephen King.

Q: What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A: Right now I’m working on an unusual crime and intrigue novel. I like to think it’s going to be ground-breaking. It’s going to be short, with few characters, a simple story, and involve an original and appealing topic. But I can’t tell you any more. I’m keeping it a secret until publication. I’m even making my proofreaders, who are all friends of mine, sign a confidentiality agreement!

Q: Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A: You know, when I finished my first novel, Never Too Late to Die, I was rejected by publishers and literary agencies. Then, when I decided to self-publish, I found out I didn’t know anything about marketing books or marketing on the Internet. So I just sent it to a few literary bloggers who gave it great reviews. Eventually the book became a bestseller in all the Spanish-language markets.
I’ve learned something since then. Now I use blogs, social networks, and some advertising even though I can’t tell yet how effective the latter two are.

Q: What would be the top five things you would tell aspiring authors?
A:
1)   Be patient, it takes a long time to write a good book, unless you’re really lucky.
2)   Doubt yourself, don’t think what you’ve written is necessarily good just because you like it.
3)   Trust the opinions of friends who read your manuscript and give you suggestions for improvement.
4)   Don’t trust all the offers you find online for indie authors and novels because most of them only want to make money at your expense.
5)   Go for self-publication because if you do it right, you’ll be very happy.

Again, thanks Pablo for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. 
We appreciate you and your work.

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OTHER INFO
***** Now in English, the book that topped Spanish charts around the world for over 500 days. *****

“Immediately brings to mind names like Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and James Patterson. Palazuelo knows HOW A BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL SHOULD BE WRITTEN.”

“A TRUE THRILLER in the classic style of American crime fiction, first popularized in The Maltese Falcon by the great Dashiell Hammett and developed to perfection by Raymond Chandler.”

"WHAT A READ. Never Too Late to Die is a different sort of book, daring but necessary, a breath of fresh air in this genre."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Conservation of Luck



For every good fortune, there's an equal and opposite misfortune.

As a brilliant young computer scientist working on her master's degree, Ella Hote doesn't believe in luck. But when bizarre accidents, insane coincidences, and weird encounters with improbably handsome strangers start to happen all around her, even hardheaded Ella has to change her mind.

She comes to realize she's inadvertently created a luck generating computer that can make even the longest of long shots pay off.

Unfortunately, for every stroke of good luck, someone else pays the price in bad luck.

Ultimately, when lives are on the line, how far will she go?
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Book Details: Conservation of Luck
Release Date: June 14, 2017
Genre:  Science Fiction.
Age: Adult
Page Length: 315
Note on book content: No violence, sex or drugs. Allowed on TV swearing with a couple "f-bombs". PG-13 rating. 

About the Author:

By day, Lesley is a scientist at a major research university, but by night, she's a science fiction author. She has a Ph.D. in physics and an M.F.A. in creative writing. She's published seven science fiction novels, including Conservation of Luck, Quantum Cop, and Kat Cubed. Her short fiction has appeared in various venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Daily Science Fiction. She's an active member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America.




Blog/website: www.lesleylsmith.com

Interview
Welcome to my blog Lesley please tell my readers and I about yourself and your latest book.

Q:Tell us about your latest work—title, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?

A: My new book is Conservation of Luck, a science fiction adventure with romantic elements. I was motivated to write it by thinking about the question: what is luck?  Set in the future, it’s the story of Ella Hote, who just graduated and starts a new job at a quantum computing firm in Kansas City. She’s quite surprised when her quantum computer seems to affect luck. Adventures ensue…

Q:What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?

A: I must admit I do love science fiction because it enables the reader’s imagination to run wild. Virtually anything is possible. You can explore new ideas, planets, creatures—all while learning new things about the human condition.

Q:What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do
you just let it unfold?

A: I am what’s called a pantser—I write by the seat of my pants. I do not plan things out. I’ve tried a lot of planning but that just sucks the fun out of writing for me.

Q:What kind of research was involved?

A: I did have to investigate what’s involved in creating a quantum computer. Some readers seem to love all these specific details, while some tell me they skip over them!

Q:How much of YOU makes it into your characters?

A: Ella is much nicer than me. In my opinion though, characters share a lot with their authors. I don’t think you can write characters that you don’t at least empathize with.

Q:How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of
family, society, etc.?

A: I don’t have a family except for my cats and they’re pretty low maintenance. Like many writers and readers, I enjoy writing and reading, so it’s not difficult to find time to do it.

Q:Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?

A: Janet Evanovich and Connie Willis both influenced me a lot with their humor and fun female characters. If I could write a fraction as well as them I’d be happy.

Q:Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?

A: Since I am a physicist in my day job, I’m passionate about creating fun female characters that have STEM skills. I hope I inspire some female readers to think: Hey, women can be kick-ass in STEM! I should try that!

Q:What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?

A: Right now, I’m writing Quantum Mayhem, the third book in my Quantum Cop series. Madison Martin is a physicist that learns how to use quantum physics to control reality. Adventures ensue…

Q:Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the
most effective in your opinion?

A: I find marketing quite challenging. I actually consulted a marketing professional and she said the key is to get your name out there. Authors usually do this via blog tours, social media, pod-casts and webpages—all good ideas!  A new idea she gave me was to write nonfiction articles related to your novel. I’ve actually gotten some articles published that encourage women to go into STEM as well as a few other topics.
A secret marketing weapon is HARO, Help A Reporter Out at  https://www.helpareporter.com Authors can sign up to be possible sources for reporters’ articles.

Q:What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would
tell aspiring authors?

A: I think the most important thing is to interact with other authors. I have an awesome critique group that reads all my books after I’ve finished the first draft. Their input is invaluable in making my books better. Plus, we chat and commiserate and exchange ideas on writing, publishing, marketing. Feeling like I’m part of a community is lovely. Many towns have local writers groups; check at your local library. If your town doesn’t have a group, and you can’t find enough writers to form a group, there are quite a few online groups.

Another tip is: write. Yes, I know this is obvious, but I know some writers that seem to be waiting for the perfect time and place to write. This will never happen. You just have to scrounge out writing time whenever and wherever you can find it.

Good questions, Dee! Thanks for the opportunity!
Again, thanks Lesley for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Forgotten Carols Giveaway


1. What is your favorite Forgotten Carol scene?

I have so many scenes in THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS that are “favorites” for a variety of reasons.  But I’m surprised, performance after performance, how often something touches me differently and teaches me something that I’ve missed in performances past.  It’s the gift of doing this show for 26 years.  I keep learning things, understanding things, and feeling things that bring me closer to the One Christmas is all about…the One who we remember…It’s about remembering what’s been “forgotten” when it comes to the meaning of Christmas.

2. Do you have a favorite snack you enjoy while traveling to each tour city?


I'm a diabetic, so this is sort of a trick question.  I crave chocolate cake donuts, but have to eat Kind Bars.  That’s the reality, but the truth is, I cheat sometimes…and take a little bit more insulin to make up for it.  Don’t tell anybody :)

3. What do you enjoy most when you’re on the road performing?

The older I get the more exhausting it is to be traveling from place to place…but the joy of that travel when it’s with people I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to pieces.  The cast and the crew make it a joy beyond measure. 

4. During the last song when the audience is hand-in-hand singing, what emotions do you feel from the stage?


When the encore segment of The Forgotten Carols happens, I find myself focusing on the meaning of “together forever”.   Is it something that we hope will happen someday, somewhere down the road, or is it something we can feel right now, this moment?  Some nights I feel like I should sing a different lyric for families that can’t buy in to the idea of an eternal connection, for whatever reasons, and the appropriate lyric for them would be, “We can be together, whatever, today”.  Some nights, thinking about my own family and the challenges we face, those words are a great comfort and a celebration of now.  I believe that what happens to me, and many people who attend The Forgotten Carols, is that together in that moment, we feel the love and peace and comfort that comes at Christmas time to remind us that we are never alone, and the One whose birth we celebrate is ALWAYS with us.   Here’s a news flash for you, my blogger friends.  I’M ADDING A NEW CAROL TO THE SHOW THIS YEAR that I think will shine a beautiful light on that thought.  Hope y’all come and hear me sing it!!!



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