Friday, October 18, 2013

Interview with the author of The Trashcan Opera Society, Marc McVey

People can be the biggest inspiration for writers, especially those who at first appear to have nothing, but in reality are more content than others. Book the Trashcan Opera Society is great example of that.

It is my pleasure to welcome today author Marc McVey to my blog.

What inspired you to write the Trashcan Opera Society?

I love opera, but I am not an expert, just a fan.  I worked for several years in both Los Angeles and San Francisco and you can regularly see a mix of people living on the streets.  I started thinking about how people end up living on the streets and this led me to thinking about how they love.  We all want love at some stage in our lives.  My book is just one fable, if you like, about a small exchange of lives, told in the style of an opera.   

 If you were to write in a different genre, what it would be?

Great question.  I suppose I would like a go at long stream of consciousness/ observational writing like Henry Miller or Mario Vargos Llosa.   

What has been your most rewarding and memorable experience as an author?

Having a few people tell me that they think about my characters months after they read the book.  A few even told me they were “mad” but in a good way.

Every November thousands of writers take part in a month long challenge, write a novel in 30 days. In your opinion, how much time is needed to write a quality book?

The 30 day challenge has always fascinated me.  I like the discipline that this challenge requires, but I confess I lack it in myself.  The writers I admire all say that it the end, it comes down to getting your butt in the seat and writing.  I think if I tried this, I might improve my speed, but then again, why?  I enjoy the process of writing, even if I am very slow.

You favorite book/author?

Victor Hugo – Les Miserables.  This book never stops giving to me.

Can readers in Europe purchase your book?

Yes – it is an e book that can be purchased through all the international sites on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Do you have current work in progress?

Yes.  I have two projects underway. Hope to have the first one finished by the end of the year.

Readers can find Marc's latest achievements here:

Here is a sneak peek at the Trashcan Opera Society:

Jordan walked away from the practice of law and has slowly slipped away from his prior life. He now lives on the streets. He has learned to survive using a variety of schemes to make or steal money. He lives part of the time in a homeless shelter and other times with Hannah.

Jordan developed a love of opera during his time in law school. Despite his homelessness, he buys annual season tickets to the opera, much to the amusement of his friends. These tickets allow him to sit with the wealthiest opera fans in the city.

Hannah reveals a great secret to Jordan and asks him for his promise to fulfill a special wish. Together, Hannah and Jordan form a team to try to survive Los Angeles. This is their opera.

Thank you so much for allowing us into your world, Marc. It's been my extreme pleasure to host you today. I wish you success in your writing. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Goodreads book giveaway for My Dawn and the entire the Born in Sarajevo series

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Dawn by Snjezana Marinkovic

My Dawn

by Snjezana Marinkovic

Giveaway ends October 01, 2013.

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Goodreads book giveaway for Just Point at Him

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Just Point at Him by Snjezana Marinkovic

Just Point at Him

by Snjezana Marinkovic

Giveaway ends October 01, 2013.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book trailer for My Dawn, final book in the 'Born in Sarajevo' trilogy

Book trailer for IF, second book in the Born in Sarajevo series

Book review for Demon Bayou

In the second book of the Waves in Darkness series Viktor Brandewyne, a pirate turned vampire, continues his search for the second Sister of Power. Only she can help free him from the vengeful curse beset by a very powerful witch.
This journey brings him to the bayou country not far from colonial New Orleans where he has to face many unexpected dangers that lurk in the black waters. The Sister he is looking for is safely hidden by an ancient demon and Victor needs to overcome all obstacles to find her. Is this most feared pirate, the so-called Bloody Vik Brandee, able to cope with such difficult struggles? Is he going to offer a helping hand to his first mate Belladonna in spite of her uncontrollable hunger for his crew?

This book is full of excitement from beginning to end. The storyline is creative, refreshing, and very well written. Demon Bayou is definitely one of the books that will not be far from the reader’s mind long after the last page has been turned.

Book review for The Bliss Experiment

The Bliss Experiment is a story that takes the reader through an incredible journey of amazing and important discoveries that many of us passively reach for without being aware of their real values. Among other things, it points out that one is constantly looking for joy, happiness, and ultimate satisfaction while becoming more distant from the incredible, irreplaceable, and unique true-self. To overcome obstacles is not an easy task but as the author says: “Our ‘laboratory’ is inside of our minds and bodies” therefore, we have to study the principles according to which we will be able to create our own bliss and this book is a great guide for this process. The Bliss Experiment is insightful and powerful and at the same time practical and uplifting. I found it to be very informative and beautifully written.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Just Point at Him

If a man pays his dues, is he ever out of debt? Are his past mistakes ever forgiven? In our struggle to protect the helpless, have we lost the ability to determine who is innocent?
Gregory Torti may not have the perfect past, but learned from his mistakes and was ready to move on. The justice system has a different idea of him, and no matter the facts it is willing to cast aside reasonable doubt. Just as Gregory was ready to live the honest American dream, he is thrown into a battle for true freedom.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Some of us have that special person we are connected to long before we arrive in this world. Some of us have that special person we are connected to long after everyone else has forgotten them.
This story is about such a person, my Dawn. The one who inspired me to be content with less and to fearlessly stay awake while following my dreams. The one I will always miss seeing standing on our porch and waiting for me to come back to Sarajevo, to come back home.