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Style and the Solitary

Today I’m on the ‘Style and the Solitary’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Style ProfilePic Miriam on Meielisalp walkWhen Miriam Drori says she loves to perform, people don’t believe her. When she says she’s not shy, they think she’s delusional. The fact is, things ain’t what they seem. A witch called social anxiety took away her ability to be spontaneous, but it didn’t change her exhibitionist nature. You need to watch her dancing or speaking before an audience to understand that.
Fortunately, she has found an outlet for her thoughts in writing, a solitary activity with multiple recipients. She never doubted her ability to write, but only in recent years has she managed to gather her views and observations together into papier-mâché balls worth throwing far and wide.
If you ignore the witch, life has been good to Miriam, especially since she made the decision to move from the UK to Israel. She has a wonderful husband, three lovely children and a delightful house. She loves to read, travel, hike and dance. She has worked in computer programming and technical writing, and now enjoys the freedom and versatility of creative writing. And she believes passionately in raising awareness of social anxiety.

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Synopsis :

Style ProfilePic Miriam on Meielisalp walkAn unexpected murder. A suspect with a reason. The power of unwavering belief.
A murder has been committed in an office in Jerusalem. That’s for sure. The rest is not as clear-cut as it might seem.
Asaf languishes in his cell, unable to tell his story even to himself. How can he tell it to someone who elicits such fear within him?
His colleague, Nathalie, has studied Beauty and the Beast. She understands its moral. Maybe that’s why she’s the only one who believes in Asaf, the suspect. But she’s new in the company – and in the country. Would anyone take her opinion seriously?
She coerces her flatmates, Yarden and Tehila, into helping her investigate. As they uncover new trails, will they be able to reverse popular opinion?
In the end, will Beauty’s belief be strong enough to waken the Beast? Or, in this case, can Style waken the Solitary?

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Excerpt :

Nathalie, the main character of the novel, has just woken from a bizarre and unusual nightmare.

Taking deep breaths to calm herself, Nathalie waited until her heartbeat slowed to a normal pace. She looked around the room, dimly lit by the lights outside. Everything looked so normal. How strange that this happened. She wasn’t prone to nightmares at all, and certainly not to such violent and messy ones. What could have caused this?
Putting on the silky silvery grey dressing gown that matched her pyjamas, and warm, furry slippers, she made her way to the kitchen, encountering only reassuring normality, and made herself a mug of tea, which she carefully carried back to her bedside table. “C’est mieux,” she murmured between sips of the soothing beverage. That’s better.
She shook her head, still perplexed by the nightmare. True, last night, just before going to bed, she’d told Tehila all about Beauty and the Beast, surprising her flatmate, who thought the story was a children’s fairy tale. “No.” Nathalie had hastened to put her friend right. “Beauty and the Beast was written long before the Disney Company turned it into a cartoon. The original story was written by a woman called Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.”
“1740, and a woman! That’s amazing,” said Tehila.
“She was very rich and had a lot of influence. Actually, she lost her wealth but still had influence. She wrote the story to teach people a lesson.”
“What lesson?”
“At the end of the story, Beauty searches for the Beast and finds he has been murdered. She is so sad, and she screams, ‘I am sorry! This was all my fault!’ When she says that, the Beast turns into a handsome prince. And the lesson is that when someone believes in you, you can become a different person, or the person you were meant to be.”
Tehila nodded slowly. “How do you know all about this?”
“You forget that I studied French Literature at the Sorbonne.”
“All that studying, and you didn’t even use it. You went into something completely different.”
“Everything you learn is useful and can affect you in some way. When you learn it, you can’t possibly know how it will be useful to you in the future. One day, we might even find a use for differential equations.”
Tehila sniggered. “I’d have to relearn them, first. But it’s true what you say. I don’t work in hairdressing any more, but it’s a skill I use on my own hair, and it might well have other uses at other points in my life.”

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Today I’m on the ‘Cultivating A Fuji’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote Miriam Drori her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

38785146_1796913383730664_8888107920521166848_nMiriam Drori has decided she’s in the fifth and best stage of her life, and she’s hoping it’ll last for ever. It’s the one in which she’s happiest and most settled and finally free to do what she wants. Miriam lives in a delightful house and garden in Jerusalem with her lovely husband and one of three children. She enjoys frequent trips around the world. She dances, hikes, reads and listens to music. And she’s realised that social anxiety is here to stay, so she might as well make friends with it. On top of that, she has moved away from computer programming and technical writing (although both of those provided interest in previous stages) and now spends her time editing and writing fiction. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE (currently unavailable), a romance with a difference set in Jerusalem, was published in 2014. THE WOMEN FRIENDS, co-written with Emma Rose Millar, is a series of novellas based on the famous painting by Gustav Klimt. SOCIAL ANXIETY REVEALED (non-fiction) provides a comprehensive description of social anxiety from many different viewpoints. CULTIVATING A FUJI takes the social anxiety theme into fiction, using humour to season a poignant story.

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Synopsis :

Ze_e7D0wConvinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.
Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?
Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.
Throughout his life, people have laughed at ‘weirdo’ Martin; and you, as you read, will have plenty of opportunity to laugh, too. Go ahead, laugh away, but you’ll find that there’s also a serious side to all this…

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Excerpt :

Flashback to 1968, when Martin, our unlikely hero, was fourteen. The class has been set an assignment of conducting a short survey and writing a report on it.
Two days before the deadline, Martin happened to be sitting in the library during a free period, at the same table as Dina and Anji.

“Martin,” said Dina. “Will you answer my survey?”
Martin wanted to refuse, but thought he wouldn’t hear the end of it if he did. “Martin was too scared to answer my survey”, or something like that. So he agreed, and regretted it afterwards.
“It’s about where you go out. Do you go to nightclubs?”
“No.”
Dina wrote down Martin’s reply. “Do you go to see films?”
“Yes.” Not often, but he did go sometimes with his parents.
“What was the last film you saw?”
“Lord of the Flies.” His mother had agreed to take him to that even though he wasn’t allowed to see it because he wasn’t sixteen yet. She said as he was studying the book for O-level English Literature, he should be able to see the film.
“How many nights a week do you go out?”
“One.” That was an exaggeration, but it wasn’t true that he never went out because he sometimes went to the cinema with his parents.
“How many people do you usually go out with?”
“Two.”
“Where do you know those people from?”
Martin didn’t answer straight away.
“Come on, Martin, that’s the last question.”
Martin couldn’t lie. Surveys were meant to be answered truthfully. Otherwise, what was the point of them? But he didn’t want to say the truth either, or at least not the whole truth.
“They live in my house.”
Dina wrote Martin’s answer.
Martin’s internal sigh was heaved too soon. Anji had been listening.
“What do you mean, they live in your house? Are they your brothers or sisters?”
Martin didn’t answer.
“Martin, how many brothers and sisters do you have?”
“None.”
“Then who are those two people who live in your house?”
Meanwhile, Dina had been looking back through Martin’s answers to her survey. “They’re your parents, aren’t they? You go out to films with your parents.”
Martin didn’t have to answer. His silence was answer enough.
Anji shook her head. “How pathetic.”
Dina turned to Anji. “Will you answer my survey?”
“Yes.”
“Do you go to nightclubs?”
“Oh yes, all the time.” Anji smiled in that annoying, smirky way she had, her eyes wide and her long blonde hair falling over one shoulder.
“Do you go to see films?”
“Sometimes, but most of the time I go to nightclubs.”
“What was the last film you saw?”
“Midnight Cowboy.”
“Isn’t that an X film?”
“Yeah.” Anji smiled again, coquettishly.
“How many nights a week do you go out?”
“Seven.”
“How many people do you usually go with?”
“One.” Anji made it sound as if the number itself sent her into raptures.
“Where do you know that person from?”
“He’s my boyfriend. We met in a nightclub.”
Martin was sure that Anji hadn’t answered Dina’s survey truthfully. No parents would let their fourteen- or fifteen-year-old daughter go out every night, and especially not to nightclubs. Dina must have known Anji’s answers were all lies, but she clearly didn’t care. Why had he bothered to tell the truth? No doubt his private life would now be scattered all over the classroom.

“Have you heard the latest about Martin?”
“What?”
“He goes out to films with his parents.”
“Really? Oh dear, what a baby.”
“Shh, he’s over there. I bet he can hear you.”
“So what?”
“So… nothing. Just saying.”
Martin, seated at his desk, his eyes on a page of a book, didn’t move a muscle during that conversation or for a minute or two after it. He hardly heard Laurence at first, but then he felt a thump on the back.
“Wake up, mate. You’d better get ready for Geography.”
A rare smile brightened Martin’s face as he put his bookmark in place. He couldn’t count Laurence as a friend, but at least he could rely on Laurence never to tease him. “Thanks, I didn’t notice the bell.”
“Must be a good book.” Laurence watched as Martin slammed it shut. “The Eustace Diamonds?”
“Na.” Martin curled his lip at the suggestion that this assigned, over seven-hundred-page novel by Anthony Trollope could be good. “I have to concentrate on it to try and get it over with as fast as possible.”

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