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Couple of interesting day’s of book signing!

I spent three incredibly interesting days, over the weekend, talking to customers and signing quite a number of copies of ‘Return to Madrid’ and ‘Expulsion’. The venue was WHSmith’s great store in the Wimbledon, Centre Court Shopping Mall.

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Will I sell these in a day?

One lady was about to fly to Guadalajara, Spain, on holiday and when I told her that ‘Expulsion’ starts right there, in that very city, she just had to buy a copy; and she bought ‘Return to Madrid, at the special price of £16 for the two.

This guy used to Live in Madrid so just had to buy one of each book. His son, who also spoke fluent Spanish, took this super picture of his dad and me!

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The man from Madrid. Picture taken by his son!

One man, on his way to the tennis, said he didn’t have time for me to explain what they were about so grabbed two and bought them straight off. ‘I just have to support local authors,’ he said, dashing toward the tills. ‘I’m an author, myself!’

So a very successful weekend, thanks to Ashley Keogh the store Manager who invited me to do the signings, and Kelly, Kinfuja, Rosalind, Raphael and all the rest of the staff at this great shop for helping me to set up and encouraging me.

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Only one day left!

Today is the last day of my signing session at WHSmith’s Centre Court, Wimbledon. So do drop by for a chat and a look at my display of books! I’m there from 11 to 3: you can’t miss me: I’m right at the front of the shop!

‘Return to Madrid’ and ‘Expulsion’ for sale as a package at a bargain price of £16!

May see you later then!

 

Forget the tennis….

…and come to my book signings! I’m at WHSmith’s fabulous store in the Centre Court shopping mall, in  Wimbledon tomorrow and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of July, promoting sales of my latest novel, ‘Return to Madrid’ and my previous one, ‘Expulsion’, both set in 17th century Spain.

‘Expulsion’ is £10.99 and ‘Return’ is £9.99 but if you buy both they are at the bargain price of £16.00! Wow!

So please drop in, if only for a natter about the books. I’ll willingly tell you what they are about even if you don’t buy one! I just love talking about them anyway!

So, maybe I’ll see you over the weekend! I’m in the store from 11am until 3.30pm, with a short break around 1pm for a spot of lunch at Costa’s.

 

Great signing at WH Smith’s in Sutton

I had a really interesting couple of day’s book signing in WH Smith’s store in Sutton High Street last Saturday and Sunday.

You always meet some interesting people on these occasions. I met this guy from California, USA, who was so impressed that I was an author actually making an appearance in a shop, he immediately bought a copy of each of Expulsion and Return to Madrid, without even asking what they were about!

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A lady from Kenya was also a keen buyer. Her husband loved historical novels and Spain so she bought the two books as well.

Several people noticed that I published books as well as writing them. A local lady is very keen for me to publish her autobiography and I’m looking at her fascinating manuscript right now. Well not as this exact moment but you know what I mean!

So thank you, Simon Bruckland, the store manager, for inviting me in, and his staff, Dawn in particular, for helping and encouraging me in my efforts. A thoroughly interesting couple of days!

 

 

 

 

 

Booking signing in WHSmith, Sutton, today and tomorrow

Good morning everyone. Just to let you know that I will be ding a book signing today and tomorrow, 22nd and 23rd June in WHSmith’s Sutton High Street, Surrey, branch.

I shall be promoting my two latest novels: Return to Madrid and Expulsion, both of which are set in Spain.

So do drop in if you are in the area, if only for a chat! I love talking about my books and am not too bothered whether I sell one or not!

Gordon

 

 

Talk to Surbiton NHS Retirement Foundation

I recently gave a talk to this interesting and dynamic group, based in the Royal British Legion Hall in Surbiton. Unusually, I talked about my career in the Home Office. I call it ‘My Club Sandwich Career’ because it is in five layers: scientist; administrator; scientist again, administrator again; then finally back to being a scientist. Then I retired! I first spoke to this group about my novels and they invited me back, would you believe!

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The Surbiton Branch of the Royal British Legion, the meeting place for the NHS Retirement Federation
The talk is full of people I met and worked with and there are plenty of instances of hilarity. I just love giving it!

So many thanks to Frances MacMullen for inviting me to do it and also to the 9 people who bought copies of my latest books.

I interview author and content creator, Esther Rabbit

You must read this amazing novel by Esther Rabbit. See my review on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43649501-lost-in-amber?ac=1&from_search=true) and amazon.co.uk!

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Welcome to my website, whether you are a regular follower or whether you are visiting me for the first time. This blog is a real special: it’s the first interview of a series I shall be doing with authors and others active in the whole process of writing books for all those wonderful readers out there!

Esther Rabbit is the Author of New Adult Paranormal Romance, Lost in Amber, Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Creator for upcoming writers.

 If you too are an upcoming author or a veteran looking to improve your skills in the industry, you might consider checking out her website, and shoot her an email if you’d like to be interviewed.

 She speaks four languages fluently and as a self-proclaimed tech-geek, Esther likes to experiment with tools of the craft on her quest to help writers in their endeavours.

  Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

www.estherrabbit.com 

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I interview author and content creator, Esther Rabbit

Welcome to my website, whether you are a regular follower or whether you are visiting me for the first time. This blog is a real special: it’s the first interview of a series I shall be doing with authors and others active in the whole process of writing books for all those wonderful readers out there!

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Esther herself

Esther Rabbit is the Author of New Adult Paranormal Romance, Lost in Amber, Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Creator for upcoming writers.

 If you too are an upcoming author or a veteran looking to improve your skills in the industry, you might consider checking out her website, and shoot her an email if you’d like to be interviewed.

 She speaks four languages fluently and as a self-proclaimed tech-geek, Esther likes to experiment with tools of the craft on her quest to help writers in their endeavours.

  Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

www.estherrabbit.com 

 Find her around the web

Facebook * Goodreads * Twitter * Instagram

1. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you were born, where you live, what are your likes and dislikes, your background?

I’m Esther, proud Millennial, author & content creator for writers. That should sum up my resume for the writing industry. In my not-so-secret-life, I’m a massive nerd, Digital Marketing specialist and perpetual nomad. Due to the nature of my job, I can work remotely and I’m at that age where I’m taking advantage of that and traveling the world as much as I can. Loving every minute so far! I’m a fanatic of the comic & illustration industry, there’s just so much talent behind it all. I’d fit right in on that couch with the Big Bang Theory cast, lol!

2. What inspired you to be a writer? Do you have another job or is writing your job? Tell me about the other things you do.

I’m an accidental writer to tell you the truth and quite frankly, I’m glad it happened this way because it took the whole pressure off. I started writing a story which morphed into a novel and I only became aware of it toward the last stage. Digital Marketing is a fun, every-evolving field and I think that’s what keeps me on my toes when my writer cape is off. It’s hard to get bored working with so many professionals to find their niche and develop their brand. There’s a lot of creative beauty in the process. If I wouldn’t keep this part of my life a big secret, I’d be bragging with quite the portfolio. Otherwise, I started blogging on my author website for two very good reasons:

I documented the journey From Writing To Publishing Your Novel in a series of articles meant to simplify the process for the upcoming author and because I’m experimenting with all sorts of tools to help writers in their endeavours, I plan on tackling every issue one article at a time.

Promoting other professionals in the industry is another way to pay my respects to the #WritingCommunity and all those incredible people who have helped me on my journey.

I had the pleasure to interview internationally bestselling authors, indie authors, editors, beta-readers, cover designers, and if you too are in the industry and you’re reading this, shoot me an email via my author website, I’d love to interview you!

Also, if you’re looking for one of these professionals, check out the interview section on my blog and I’m sure you’ll land in good hands.

3. I see you are multilingual. What languages do you speak and what made you choose them?

My parents probably wanted me to work for an embassy, lol! My dad was fluent in three languages, so he made it a mission for his kid to start early. So I did, and I now speak four languages (thanks, Dad!). It’s a great thing when there’s so much traveling involved. Professionally too, as I have clients from all over the world and it’s a nice surprise when we can communicate in their language. I’m fascinated by the social aspect of cultural differences & all the drama surrounding this concept. How in some cultures, an empty plate is a sign you enjoyed the food and in others it’s just rude. I’ve learned the hard way that not all cultures enjoy tipping, when in my own it’s greatly appreciated. I hope I’ll always keep learning.

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Esther’s first of many!

4. Your book, Lost in Amber, is a paranormal romance. Can you explain? Say a bit about your book?

Adventure, girl power, telekinesis, atomic dispersion, you know, the usual, haha!

Joke aside, Lost in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance is the story of three friends who get dumped/ served divorce papers the very same week. While dealing with the royal mess that is heartbreak, one of the girls, Zoey, discovers she’s been genetically altered with enhancements foreign to her world.

That’s when the adventure begins, and the romance, so watch out for that one!

Despite being a work of fiction, Lost in Amber is not far-fetched in the slightest. I tried very hard to write a story that every girl can enjoy, even if she’s not a Marvel fanatic.

5. What made you choose to write in this genre? What other genres do you enjoy?

One of my literary buddies said he imagined haunted houses and ghost stories when he heard Paranormal Romance and now I feel the need to properly explain the genre with every occasion, so ladies and gents, if one or more characters in your novel have supernatural abilities, it falls in the Paranormal genre. And if there’s a love story in the mix then you have the Romance. Another stereotype involving Paranormal Romance is that most novels belonging to this genre are very steamy or erotic. Nothing further from the truth (Twilight is a Paranormal Romance in fact). When it comes to my personal reading preferences, I enjoy mostly anything as long as it’s not 70% sad and it doesn’t involve animal cruelty.

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… and it’s out!

6. How do you go about the process of writing? Do you have a routine?

I write as much as I can every day and try to divide that time between blogging three times a week and completing my upcoming book. The secret is taking everything you do seriously. I ask myself all the time: is this the best you could do? And if the answer is no, I keep at it until I’m satisfied.

7. And what about your next novel? Can you give us any clues about what it will be about?

Predictably, Found in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance is the sequel to Lost in Amber, and the action picks up where we left off, exploring interplanetary politics and a corruption scheme of cosmic proportions following the adventures of Zoey, Sam and Emma. If all goes well Found in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance will be released in 2019. Contrary to my expectations, writing book two has been a lot more difficult than writing my first novel. Maybe because this time around, I felt really aware I was writing a book. Maybe because Zoey and Jasper have to define their relationship and figure out if they’re really on the same side of things. All in all, thank you for reading me. This has been such a glorious learning curve and I’m grateful for each minute. I wish you all the very best with your endeavours.

To Greenwich by boat!

It seems ages since my Rotary pal Chris F and I met up for breakfast at the Civil Service Club and then went by Thames cruiser to visit Greenwich. Our main aim was to see the restored ceiling and wall paintings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. The Hall is one of the most important Baroque interiors in Europe. Designed and painted between 1707 and 1726 by Sir James Thornhill, who won a competitive tender to execute the work, it represents the moment when the United Kingdom was created and dominated the whole of Europe. We could do the same again with the right Brexit deal!

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Part of the restoration: William III and Mary II at its focus
Here is an amazing part of Thornhill’s work. Now restored with the aid of a £8m lottery grant it looks as if it could have been painted yesterday. What a contrast to the grey, shabby, flaking rendition I saw not many years ago.

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Chris trying his skills!

Just below the Hall is a more modest little marvel: this bowling alley which has been part of the Royal Naval College since the 18th century. And here is Chris trying his hand! He’d let go of the bowl before I took the picture and almost got a strike!

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We stopped by at the brewery on our way back to the boat and I couldn’t resist taking a picture. There was an earlier brewery on site and this is now one of the hundreds of microbreweries in our great city!