Book Reviews (Getting There)

Not long now until my book “A Lifetime” is published. I’m still working hard and have spent the last few weeks trying to get as much exposure as I can, and now I’m reaching out to all you fine blogging folk out there:)

I need some reviews for the book. I’m not asking for 5-star raving reviews, I just want honest opinions and genuine reviews that can be displayed on Amazon, Goodreads or your own blog. I am prepared to give away free copies of the book (it is only 10k words) to anyone who is willing and I can also give you a guest post/author interview if needed.

Email me at MorrisFenris (at) outlook (dot) com

Thank you!

 

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Busy. Busy. Busy.

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I never thought that publishing a book would be easy, but I never thought it would be this hard.

My new book (my first book) “A Lifetime” is still in production and should be available soon, but there’s a lot of work to do beforehand. Publishing is a very rewarding experience (I’m sure) but there is a lot of stressful and often tedious work that goes into it.

Did any writers out there have an easier, stress-less experience when publishing their first book?

And whilst I’m on the subject, I’m looking for reviewers for “A Lifetime” and have a number of copies (ebook and print) to give away to anyone who is interested. So, please get in touch if you are! You can email me at MorrisFenris (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Extract From “A Lifetime”

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It won’t be long now until my new book, A Lifetime, is released. In the meantime, here is an extract from the opening chapter:

I was born in a bure, a small hut crafted from wood and straw that sat in a a cluster of others, looking like some Neolithic, sun-drenched piece of paradise. Despite appearances; it was far from paradise.

 

The huts were in a sugarcane plantation that worked the residents, my parents included, to the bone. They worked tirelessly for very little money. It was barely enough to keep themselves clothed and fed, let alone their families. My father was working on the day I was born, the day that an untrained midwife — a woman plucked from the sugarcane field to assist my screaming, agonized mother — dragged me from the comfort of my mother’s womb.

 

I came into the world kicking, screaming and suffering under the incompetence of others and I spent my childhood in much the same way. From a very early age I worked as hard as my parents did. I had no comforts, few friends, no time to play, nothing to play with and not much of a life to live.  My parents loved me, they gave me all I could have hoped for, but they couldn’t do anything to make my life easier, to give me the life that a child deserves.

 

I strived to work hard and to make my own way in the world. When I was old enough, after many difficult years on the plantation, I stowed away on a container ship and left the country of my birth. I didn’t know where I was going, didn’t really know anything of the world beyond my small island home, but I was determined to make it wherever the ship took me. 

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Most Expensive Books

Out of pure curiosity, I’ve been searching through lists of the most expensive books in the world. Unsurprisingly, the list was topped by first editions of books that are 100s of years old, from Shakespeare’s First Folio, to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. These books are worth millions, and rightly so. They are pieces both of history and of literature, as valuable as any golden trinkets from the same age.

Amongst these books was a much newer one: J.K Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard. J.K created seven of these, each of them handwritten and illustrated. She gave them away to friends and families, only for one of them to find its way into auction in 2007 where it was picked up by Amazon for nearly $4 million! (it was expected to receive a mere $100k).

Amazing.

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A Lifetime

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This a Fiji, the starting point in my upcoming short story A Lifetime, due to be published by Changing Culture Publications in the coming weeks.

This piece of paradise, this almost-neolithic strip of land, is where my character (my narrator and protagonist) is born. I won’t go into details, I don’t want to make this too personal, but the story was based on my own experiences; my own childhood.

Despite the beauty of this fine part of the world; the gorgeous contours of the mountains; the warmth of the setting sun; the contrast of the simple and the modern, this land doesn’t turn out to be much of a paradise for my main character.

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