All The Roads That Lead From Home – a (short) review

Loved this. Treat yourself.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Character-driven tales of lives that aren’t quite where they would like to be. Reminds me of what I like to write, but more importantly of early AM Homes or Catherine Ryan Hyde (pre-Pay It Forward), or maybe Anne Tyler. Treat yourself.

 

 

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first review for Seven Sneezes

 

First review on Amazon:

 

Ambitious, deep character study 
By Eduardo Suastegui 
Telling a story that spans a character’s life would seem to most a daunting, almost impossible task, but this is the challenge that Burton takes on with ‘Seven Sneezes’. Though I usually enjoy a faster-paced tale, the author’s skill and artistry kept me moving along. If you’re up for insightful character portrayal, then you too should take up this novel.

 

Many thanks, Eduardo. 🙂

 

 

3words July – day 6 of 20

First off, I now hope to have the 3words collection of stories “3words Redux” available after the completion of this month’s story, so that would be the first Thursday after the 20th, which I reckon is the 24th.

Back to now… Today’s 3words are: SHEEP – NOTCH – ROOT.

And my ongoing story:

 

“Dan the man,” the barman chuckled. “Certainly didn’t expect to see you back so soon.” He lifted his right arm for a high five.

Danny sheepishly raised his own, up-nodding slightly before sneaking a glance over his shoulder toward Sandy, but she was busy rooting around in one of her bags on the seat beside her. He turned back.

“Paulie, dude. I’m here on the down-low, mate, if you could take it down a notch?”

Paulie rolled his eyes then smirked. “By the way.”

“What?”

“She’s not here.”

“Who?”

Paulie shook his head as he uncapped two Buds. “Your usual?”

 

 

tell me something MORE

In an exciting development late last night, I had a very pleasing email conversation with the joy-sharing current reader of my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

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She shared some kind words about the story, which touched and pleased me greatly, as although it’s probably an awkward read due to its length and number of “main characters”, it’s still a novel I love.

We then discussed the cover. I said I thought it played nicely with the idea of all the questions and direction choices within the tale, but as she suggested alternatives I instantly knew I preferred those ideas.

So I looked at my online source for images and found a few that kind of matched the ideas we were discussing, but was dismayed by the cost (from £45- £90 or higher), as I really don’t have that kind of budget at the moment, despite how we all know we should invest in our covers.

But then this friendly-helpful reader said she has artistic friends who she thought would be happy to help. And for “just” a mention/credit. How sweet/kind/generous is that?

So yeah, in the coming weeks we may see another change to the TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE cover, but if we do, I think it’s going to be the best one yet, and the one that feels closest to the story within my novel’s pages.

I have been meeting the ABSOLUTE BEST people on the internet this week. 🙂

Many thanks to Tamsin. You can find her here:

http://writocracy.blogspot.co.uk/

&

https://plus.google.com/118277372998239972920/posts

 

 

my currently available paperbacks/eBooks

BookCoverPreview  https://www.createspace.com/4869363

This novel follows Lizzy Anderson from her first birthday when she realises she sneezes in sevens (hence the title – had to be a reason, right?). She struggles through a tough and lonely childhood, meeting the love of her life aged 9, and again at 18. They begin a life together, and we are drawn in to her journey, hungry for her highs and lamenting her lows as she weaves through adulthood, parenthood, love and death during one woman’s life, leading to old age and the inevitable. ( approx 310 pages / 93,000 words  )

 

final BookCoverPreview 020714 https://www.createspace.com/4880091

This novel centres around Ed, a middle-aged, frustrated would-be-writer, family man struggling to maintain his grasp on a reality he finds he never really wanted, having been caught in the flow where there were more interesting lives he could have lived, if only he’d made other choices at three key moments in his life. When a catalyst creates a window of opportunity for him, Ed decides to write the novel he’s always dreamed about, but gets lost in a metafictional frenzy of ideas, struggling to find his true self while he and seven others live the same life. ( approx 730 pages / 275,000 words )

 

kcw BookCoverPreview july 01 https://www.createspace.com/4877890

A collection of three novelettes. In the first tale, Cafe Books, a young man returns to his home town to help his mum with her cafe. He swore he would never return because of past problems with one particular girl, but can’t deny his mother. Then the girl walks into their cafe and all kinds of feelings, memories and secrets are exposed. In the second tale, Ten Minute Windows, a lonely and frustrated mother frequents the same cafe and sits at her favourite table every day, for just ten minutes, being the only time she has for herself. One day there’s an obnoxious man at her table, and he keeps coming back, day after day. In the third tale, Kissing The Mist, an undecided young fiancee seeks the advice of her much-loved, book-fan grandmother, bringing another old, second hand book as a gift. Only, this time the book comes with a history and the grandmother’s past unfolds and unravels the young woman’s delicate grasp on the life she’s found herself living.

 

BookCoverPreview final 2906 https://www.createspace.com/4878938

This collection features ten of my favourite stories from the last twenty years, and include: a Pushcart Prize nominated story of two alienated sisters and one twisted father; a chance meeting in a public park between a man, a cheeky young girl, her dog and her mother; a super-short life story of an unappreciated working man who lives for his family; a once-exiled flasher who dares to return to his childhood village hoping for some kind of redemption; two co-workers struggling with their undisclosed-yet-known-about affair and their own feelings toward each other; a man talking with his lover’s cat at night in the garden, trying to right their problems, but only exacerbating them; a much-mocked/unloved father feeling compelled to spend more and more time in his dream-based reality; a mother and her young child mourning the loss of the dear man in their life, while trying to remain positive; an office clerk struggling with a family death and his drinking problems during an unwanted anniversary; and a man reflecting on his abused childhood and abusive wife, desperate to believe in something.

 

Also available as eBooks at Amazon via: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00JZ03YHC

 

 

first createspace paperback sale

Yeah, that’s right. It’s “only” the first. But it’s a step in the right direction. 🙂

And it was the one that went live earlier, KISSING CAFE WINDOWS.

If it was you who bought it – thank you. 🙂

All currently available paperbacks can be found here:

 

kcw BookCoverPreview july 01https://www.createspace.com/4877890

 

BookCoverPreview final 2906https://www.createspace.com/4878938

 

BookCoverPreviewhttps://www.createspace.com/4869363

 

I’m hoping to have TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE up soon, too, but the cover is proving a little tricksy… 😉

 

 

kissing cafe windows now in paperback

That’s right. 🙂

And at a super-low price of just $7.99 or £5.99

Available via Amazon, but best bought through CreateSpace, who pay me a larger royalty. Cheeky, I know, but why not? 🙂

https://www.createspace.com/4877890

kcw BookCoverPreview july 01

 

 Three novelettes about love, living, loss, regret, confusion and misunderstanding reality, even sometimes by choice.

In the first, Café Books, two confused young adults are struggling with the reality of their memories. Plus there is a more confused third, all connected in unknown ways to each other and the past, and all seeking something they dare not admit. Because of past problems with a girl, he swore he would never return, but a young man heads home to help his ailing mu with her café. Then the girl walks into their café and all kinds of feelings, memories and secrets are exposed.

In the second, Ten Minute Windows, two busy-but-lonely people chance meet in a café and circle the idea of change and risking further chances, on themselves and others, as seen through short moments stolen each day. A lonely and frustrated mother frequents the same café every week day and sits at her favourite table, for just ten minutes, being the only time she truly has for herself. But one day there’s an obnoxious man at her table, and he keeps coming back.

In the third, Kissing The Mist, a young, café-owning, not fully committed fiancé seeks the help of her much-loved but struggling bibliophile gran. Both are strong women harmed by their chosen men, yet more connected to each other through tenderness and shocking revelations. When the fiancé gifts her grandmother the latest in a long line of old, second hand books, this one comes with a history, unfolding the past and unravelling the young woman’s delicate grasp on the life she finds herself living.

(150 pages / 40000 words)

 

 

kissing cafe windows – new pb cover?

Seems I couldn’t sort the layout how I wanted, so I’ve tweaked and gone a slightly different way…

A bit like I did with Swimming In Clouds.

And a bit like I’m about to do with Wonky Monky, if I can find an artist to draw the picture I want.

Anyhoo, here’s the current (possibly last?) cover for my Kissing Cafe Windows paperback…

kcw BookCoverPreview july 01

It’s WHITE, I know. But I think it’s striking, and not too different from the eBook.

 

 

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