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Dissuasão – Aversion in Portuguese

It’s that time again! Thanks to the wonderful world of Babelcube, the (Brazilian) Portuguese version of Aversion, “Dissuasão”, is now available to purchase at all major online retail stores.

The process began with Nathalia Carvalho’s 2016 translation of Broken Ties, Laços Rompidos, where she aptly coined the word Dissuasão for Aversion (since Aversão didn’t quite feel right), and then translated the first chapter, paving the way for Bárbara Bressan to continue with the series. I am so pleased Bárbara was able to work on this story because she showed so mush resilience and dedication even when we faced a number of setbacks. I truly look forward to working with her again! I also can’t thank Jose Serranito enough for taking out time to read through both books and making corrections at the end stages. His help has been brilliant and his generosity will never be forgotten. And finally, a huge thanks to Tom Jay for providing the updated cover for this version, once again.

So what are you waiting for? Time to click away and spread the word. Thanks again everyone. Next stop, more from the series in Spanish!

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Para a primeira vez de Gemma Green, as coisas deveriam ter sido óbvias. Encontre seu alvo, mantenha contato visual e empurre um pensamento para sua mente para salvá-lo de um desastre no futuro – Dissuasão completa. Um processo bastante simples dado que o alvo não teria lembrança nenhuma da experiência. Mas Russ Tanner parecia não querer esquecer. Na verdade, quanto mais ela tentava evitá-lo, mais ele se empenhava em tentar conhecê-la. Gemma sabe que tem um problema, mas estaria ela encarando os efeitos colaterais de uma Dissuasão mal feita ou o campeão de tênis da escola tinha realmente se apaixonado por ela?

2017 Translations – The Other Slipper in Español

Last year I mentioned I have a few more translations in the pipeline for release this year. The good news is, as well as Spanish, German and Portuguese translations, I’m branching out into Italian! Really excited as the first Italian translation will be for The Other Slipper, which hasn’t had a lot of mention recently with all the buzz around the Mentalist Series. But I really do think it’s worth sharing in other languages as I love Jo’s adventure story.

 

So, to start off the year I’m pleased to announce the release of The Other Slipper in Spanish – El Otro Zapato. This is the first translation of The Other Slipper and I am immensely grateful to Patricia M. Begona for carrying out the translation. And, of course, to the fabulous Eva Maria Medina Cabanelas, who translated Aversion into Spanish and spent time helping Patricia edit this book – what would I do without you? Also a special thanks to Ruth Benitez for all her contributions with this too. You guys continue to amaze me with your generosity.

 

Well here it is! As always, please spread the word and I do hope you enjoy the story in whatever language you discover it.

EL OTRO ZAPTO

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¿Qué sucedería si Cenicienta no fuera la única que terminara con una zapatilla de cristal la noche del baile?

Cuando Jo encuentra una solitaria zapatilla de cristal la noche del baile real, se da cuenta de que en ese objeto común hay algo más de lo que puede verse a simple vista. La búsqueda de su dueño, la conduce al palacio donde la princesa la envía en un viaje que la lanza de forma inesperada a un mundo de magia y de ilusiones. Pronto estará claro que esta misión encierra mucho más: descubre secretos sorprendentes sobre su pasado y lucha por abrazar su destino.

Starting the New Year Off…

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Where has the time gone? I’m still slightly shocked that it’s already mid Jan…at this rate we’ll be singing carols again in no time! Anyway, at the start of each new year I promise myself I will write more short stories for fun but life tends to get in the way (as always) and all my random story ideas get shelved for another year. So when I came across a flash fiction competition last week with a four day deadline (I work best under pressure), I decided to give it a go just to prove to myself that I can still conjure a complete tale in a few words. Suffice to say, I didn’t win (maybe I should have spent more than a couple of hours on it) but I kinda like the story I came up with so I thought I’d post it here. There was no theme (I actually wish there was!) but the word limit was 400 – 500. Hope you like it.

Refund – A Short Story 

“You can’t make me leave,” Jane bellowed at no one in particular. With her long dark fringe hanging over her eyes and her arms waving frantically in the air, it didn’t look like anyone would actually have the courage to try to move her.

When she was sure she had the full attention of her little audience, she pointed at the bag of chewy sweets she had dumped on the counter. “I was promised five hundred grams and this weighs four hundred and ninety-three.”

“But ma’am, it’s only a rough estimation. You can’t expect them to get it down to the last gram for every bag.”

“I don’t see any statement on the pack about estimations so I’d like my three and a half pence back or a full refund. I know my consumer rights.”

The rather young looking manager’s eyes darted around the store, making it quite obvious he wasn’t sure what her consumer rights were. He was probably wondering how long he could entertain her hysteria without scaring off other customers. She had been there less than five minutes and pretty much everyone had stopped what they were doing to focus on the unfolding debacle. Her glare wore him out in the end and he sighed, nodding at the checkout lady who handed Jane four one penny coins.

“I don’t have half a penny…” Continue reading

And…it’s out! Keepers – Book Three of The Mentalist Series

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I won’t say much in this post as I have been going on about this for months but, KEEPERS is finally out! I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped throughout this process – Okey, Neso, Dumebi, Pi-lin, Chizoba, Cherese, Farah and Donna – you guys are absolute rock stars! If Oscars/BAFTAs (insert award ceremony as you feel appropriate) were being given out right now, y’all would be on the stage with me, glowing but trying not to gloat too much, heehee. Mario, Frances and Nnenna, thanks for commenting on the cover and listening to me worry endlessly about the right level of blue to include for the mist! Mum, Dad, Chi, Ekechi and Dana your emotional support has literally been lifesaving. I love you all and really hope all your faith in my work will not be in vain. I’ll shut up now.

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Locks and Life

I haven’t put up a non-book-promo post in a while (shock and horror!). Even when an idea pops into my head, I find that I don’t have the motivation to follow it through. But I’ve had a really strong yearning to blog about something totally random this week. After standing for twenty minutes on the tube last night, trying to avoid some girl’s dodgy looking (okay, it was outright unclean) Brazilian weave touching my hand, I decided to bite the bullet and just say it. I love my afro hair! No, I am not a natural hair warrior princess who will advocate nothing but the afro look, but the more comfortable I have become with my tiny curls and scanty nappy edges, the more confident I feel about other seemingly trivial but empowering things like wearing no makeup on the weekend (unless I have an event to attend – let’s not scare people too much) and not plucking my eyebrows (which I haven’t done in at least four years but always felt self-conscious about until recently).

I won’t lie, I still occasionally daydream of straightening my hair because, deep down inside, I think I look more approachable and chic with long straight hair. It kind of makes sense that I’d feel that way because I lived with chemically straightened hair for about thirty years of my life. But all it takes is one or two memories of all the little horrors I went through (relaxer burn, anyone?) for my head to snap back to the present. I suffered from dry scalp for years and couldn’t understand why oiling my scalp to death wasn’t helping. Constantly applying any form of complex hydroxide to your roots to get your hair to grow out straight will have its side effects, and this was mine. Weaves didn’t help much either because my hair is so soft, it falls off if you tug at it even a little bit. Everyone told me African hair was difficult to keep but they didn’t tell me that this didn’t apply to everyone. I never even heard of hair types 4A, B or C until I went natural. I know it sounds naïve to say this but, trust me, a ton of women out there have no clue that they might actually not need to be tied to their six weekly torture routine of hair relaxing. Don’t get me started on the insane fear of getting chemically straightened hair wet. Continue reading

Keepers (Mentalist Series #3) Cover Reveal and Release Date

It’s taken much longer than I thought to get here (yes, its been two and a half years since the release of Broken Ties – what!!??!!), but it’s finally done! Sort of…last few edits are still happening but methinks it’s safe to finally announce a release date for the third (and final) book in the Mentalist Series! If you’re a little confused as there are already three released books, Broken Ties is the series prequel so it’s technically book 0.5. But I digress! My Facebook and Twitter followers were treated to a peek of the cover of Keepers on Thursday Continue reading

Win a signed paperback copy of Aversion on Goodreads

It is giveaway time again and this time you have a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Aversion, book one of The Mentalist Series, hosted on Goodreads (home of all things bookish). The giveaway is open to entrants worldwide – oh yeah, you read right – and runs from today until the 16th of October 2016. Feel free to spread the word as always.

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