#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #QandAs : The M Word #TheMWord – Eileen Wharton @WhartonEileen @SpellBoundBks

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Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The M Word’ blogtour, organised by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an interview between the author and me, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Eileen Wharton Author PhotoEileen Wharton is an Oscar winning actress, Olympic gymnast, and Influencer. She also tells lies for a living. Her first novel was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. And she’s won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author. She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty-three to fourteen years of age, and has no plans to procreate further, much to the relief of the local schools and police force. She lives on a council estate in County Durham. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna. She’s retired from arguing with people on the internet.

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About the Book :

The M Word Book CoverRoberta Gallbreath is middle-aged and menopausal.
She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.
When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.
Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?

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And now it’s finally time for the

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
The pleasure is all mine.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I used to work at the Pentagon until I was discovered by Simon Cowell in a karaoke bar in Virginia. I then spent a few years in Hollywood as a star of stage and screen. The fame all became too much for me when I was stalked by George Clooney, so I retired from public life and became an ordinary middle aged woman from the north of England who tells lies for a living.
I’ve always loved books. My parents used to take us the the library and I loved stamping the front page and handing in the tickets. If I wasn’t an author I think I’d have liked to have been a librarian. My fiancé dreads passing a book shop as he knows he’ll lose me for hours. I used to make up stories and create my own books as a child. I always imagined there being a book on the shelves with my name on it. When I was married I wrote in secret for years on a typewriter I hid at the back of a kitchen cupboard. I started submitting to competitions and came highly commended in one run by writer Wendy Robertson. The success helped encourage me to finish my first novel. I submitted it to agents and publishers, found an awesome publisher and I’ve been writing ever since. I now have no agent and three fabulous publishers. I quit teaching this year to write full time.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved anything and everything. I loved the Brer Rabbit stories, Tales of Toyland, Mallory Towers and St Clare’s. I loved Judy Blume as a teenager and all American romance books. As an adult I like the classics, modern literary fiction, crime, historical fiction, romance. Anything well written with interesting characters.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I do pick the brains of many excellent writers. My good friend Kerry ( K A Richardson) has helped me enormously with police procedure. I’ve had some excellent advice over the years too. I’d love to have a natter with Lynda LaPlante though. She’s a fascinating character.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite Oliver twist because he’d be easily pleased with what I fed him and there’s always more in our house.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
None really, but the process has changed over the years. I used to write in notebooks and then transfer it to a typewriter (yes I’m old) , a word processor, or a laptop. I now mainly write straight onto the computer because I can type faster than I can write these days. I usually have a cup of tea or six to keep me going through the working day. I quite often team up with friends and we do timed writing, sharing word counts to keep us accountable. I feel extremely lucky to have my own writing room now. I spent years scribbling wherever and whenever I could.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas can come from anywhere. Everyday life, Art, travels. They should definitely be worried. The buggers should sleep with one eye open haha.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a pantser who would love to be a plotter. I have tried plotting but it’s not my forte.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t listen to anything I say.
Try not to compare yourself to others. It always seems like everyone else is more prolific, more successful, smarter, happier, (insert superlative). Appearances are often deceptive especially on social media.
Be prepared for rejection. It happens to all writers. Try not to take it personally.
Keep going. If you give up, you’ll never know how far you could have gone.

What are your futureplans as an author?
Ooh let’s see: BBC adaptation of The M Word. Netflix series of Shit Happens and a Hollywood blockbuster for my crime novels. Maybe a cameo role alongside Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.
I’d just like to keep writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

#speeddating
We’re parked on bar stools in Wetherspoon’s. Little tables are dotted around with a chair either side. A man with grey hair and sideburns is holding a stopwatch and a bell. We’re given numbers and allocated tables at which to start.
‘Isn’t it exciting,’ Tammy says.
‘About as exciting as dipping my fingernails in petrol and setting them on fire,’ I say.
‘Come on, Roberta, play the game.’
‘I’ve been playing the game. It’s called Frauds, Fruitcakes and Flakes.’
‘It’s three minutes of your life,’ she says.
‘Yes, ten times.’
‘You might meet Mr Right.’
‘And I might meet Mr Self-Righteous and Mr Look What I’ve Got in My Right Hand?’
‘You’re so negative,’ she says. ‘Put your name badge on and take your seat at table number one. When the bell goes, you don’t do anything. The men will come to you. Here’s your card. Remember to tick all those you want to see again.’
The whole process is as painful as kidney stones.
Mark sits in front of me and asks me how old I think he is.
‘I don’t know, how old are you?’
‘Guess,’ he says. Oh great, a three-minute guessing game, ffs.
‘’Bout forty,’ I say.
‘Thirty-nine,’ he says. ‘No one ever guesses right.’ Kill me now.
‘I could be watching The Chase,’ I say in an aside to Tammy. ‘Or even better, waxing my bikini line.’ A bell rings, and the throng moves, and people take a seat at their next table.
Joe sits opposite me. ‘I’m Joe,’ he says. ‘And you are?’ Read the freaking name badge, stupid.
‘Roberta,’ I say.
‘Tell me something interesting about yourself, Roberta,’ he says.
‘I crossed the Atlantic with Amelia Earhart.’
‘Really,’ he says. ‘That’s amazing.’ What a tit.
‘Tell me something interesting about you.’
‘I make drawing pins,’ he says. Great, give me some to stick in my eyes. Ding, ding. Saved by the bell.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up the book and read it?!
Thanks once again, Eileen Wharton, for this lovely interview!

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #Excerpt : New Vision: 7 Parallels #7Parallels – Jessica Lorenzi Conti @JLcontiauthor

– The Magic of Wor(l)ds is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free.
I’m grateful of receiving a free copy from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review of this book. –

7 Parallels Tour Poster

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘New Vision: 7 Parallels’ blogtour, organised by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an extract, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Jessica Lorenzi Conti Author PhotoBorn and raised in Los Angeles (exactly in Burbank in the San Fernando Valley), I grew up in a multicultural home as my mother is French and my dad is from Italian descent at a very early age I was already speaking and writing English, French and Italian and after obtaining a Master’s degree in Education with specialization in Human Development and Psychology, Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA I worked several years as a teacher, a humanitarian aid worker for UNICEF and finally a linguist for Apple artificial intelligence system.
Today I live in Algarve in Portugal and inspired by the many countries I worked and lived in, and by my background as cognitive psychologist I use my favourite topics, sociology, cultural diversity, and fight against inequalities in Science-fiction where I strive to get a sharp portrait of our society and get an idea, a preview of what could happen and what could become of our future.

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About the Book :

7 Parallels Book CoverA TIME TRAVEL adventure through history and a multiverse
2121, the world in which the populations of the five continents evolve has become chaotic and unlivable. Since G20 countries leaders have been condemned for genocide, New Vision established a new world order in 2080 and masters time travel since 2105.
One of its most brilliant members, Kazuhiko Ken has developed a blank page project, a rewrite from scratch of the world as we know it by choosing to annihilate from the history of humanity, some events which would have, if they had not existed, avoided humanity’s decline.
Members of New Vision are therefore recruited across continents and eras to return to the past and annihilate Six distinct events in the history of humanity and ensure that Seven parallel worlds, six alternate realities are created.
A science fiction novel mixing history and adventure full of twists through space and time.

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And now it’s finally time for the

blog-excerpt

Saturday August 9th, 2111, Hawthorne, California former territory of the United States, North America, premises of New Vision, formerly owned by SpaceX.
Experiment n°56: Experiment aiming to know the possibilities of annihilation of the existence of particles. The test is carried out on an object and on a living being.
Live test: Description of the experiment: Mating of two rabbits to obtain a litter of young rabbits. These rabbits will then be manipulated for time travel and the butterfly effect will thus be tested on their continued existence or not.
Beginning of the experiment: Mating of the male rabbit and the female rabbit carried out on Saturday June 20, 2111. Result: successful fertilization of the female, the female gives birth on Monday July 27, 2111 to six young rabbits, two white, one black, one brown , a black-spotted white and a brown-spotted white.
Today Saturday August 9th: A member of the research center takes the brown-spotted white rabbit with him into an individual transfer platform, they go to the past, the day when the mating of his parents is planned, therefore, Saturday, June 20th, 2111.
In reality A where the parents mate, the member of the research center will make a modification. Reality A will therefore be altered, the mating of the rabbits will not take place, in order to observe the consequences on the lives of the rabbits existing in reality A. The researcher therefore prevents the coupling and returns with the rabbit on Saturday August 9th, 2111, which this time becomes the second reality. Arriving in reality bis, on Saturday August 9th, 2111, the researcher notes that the white rabbit with brown spots, taken with him, is in good health and is not affected by the alteration of reality A. On the other hand, all the rest of the scope is non-existent. We can therefore conclude: A living being traveling in a reality other than the altered reality, does not suffer annihilation or any damage if it left reality A before its alteration.
Test on object: Description of the experiment: Thursday, August 5th, 2111 A member of the New Vision research center paints a picture on a canvas of 60cm X 40 cm. Then, the same day, he painted another on a 60cm X 90cm painting.
Today August 9th, 2111, he takes with him in the individual transfer platform the canvas of 60cm X 40 cm. He goes, with the canvas therefore, in the past on Thursday August 5 before he paints the two paintings, there, instead of painting them, he tears the two canvases in order to make them unusable. He thus creates a second reality where his action of painting in reality A is altered, prevented.
This action thus creates a second reality where the paintings are torn and not painted. Our researcher still has the 60 cm by 40 cm canvas that he had painted in reality A and that he took with him to reality bis. The researcher and the canvas return to the individual transfer platform to return to their present, therefore August 9th, 2111. The researcher observes the two canvases, which are not painted but torn, while the one he took away and which he still holds in his hand is painted and has not been touched by the alteration of reality A.
We can therefore conclude: an object traveling in a reality other than the altered reality does not suffer annihilation or any damage if it left reality A before its alteration. The conclusion of this experiment is that both living and object react in the same way to the alteration of their reality.

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