~ Featured Author ~ Peri Hoskins #RPBP
Learn all about Peri Hoskins and his Books, "Millennium – A Memoir" and his upcoming book "East"
First Lets take a look at Peri!
Peri Hoskins, a child of the twentieth century, was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the second son of a family of five children, four boys and a girl. He is of mixed Maori and Anglo-Celtic ancestry. Peri grew up in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand, a provincial city then home to about 30,000 people. He was educated at Whangarei Boys’ High School where he twice won a national essay competition. After completing high school and winning the school prizes for English, History and Geography, Peri went to Auckland University where he studied law and the humanities, including history and English literature.
Peri was substantially based in Australia between 1985 and 2005. He completed his study of law and the humanities at the University of Sydney including several courses in philosophy. He worked as a lawyer in New South Wales before embarking on a 1994 five-month road trip all around Australia. This road trip comprises the material for his soon to be published book, East. Peri subsequently worked as a lawyer in both New South Wales and Queensland, and developed his current specialisation in legal work – civil litigation. In December 1999 Peri travelled to the Kingdom of Tonga to be in the first country in the world to see in the new millennium. The diary of his three weeks in Tonga has become Millennium – A Memoir, his first book. In 2004 Peri completed a post graduate diploma in film and television production at Queensland University of Technology.
Peri now lives, writes and works as a barrister (being a self-employed lawyer) in his Maori ancestral homeland of Northland, New Zealand.
And Now let's look into his books!
It’s 1994. Junior lawyer, Vince Osbourne, leaves behind a small, mean and viciously circular life in the city representing petty criminals and takes to the road. He’s lived 30 years. The wide continent of Australia is out in front. He’s almost young. Where will the road lead?
East takes in sunsets; rain in the desert; a five-year-old girl on a bike; a battered former thief and jockey; old-timers; young lovers; beautiful women, and aboriginals in public bars. The open road connects many vignettes making a rich tapestry of human encounters.
East is poignant, gritty, funny, sad and above all: human. Hoskins’ laconic prose captures the harsh, arid country in all its big, empty beauty along with quirky exchanges with strangers, travel buddies, shop assistants, workmates, and friends old and new. A journey without and within, East taps into the spiritual realm that lies beneath this land and its people.
East is Peri Hoskins’ latest novel, due for publication in 2016.
Then, dive deeper into the book with this piece below!
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It’s December 1999, the cusp of a new Millennium. The tiny Pacific Kingdom of Tonga will be first nation in the world to usher it in.
Our narrator takes us there to see the sun seton the old and the dawn rise on the new. We discover much more.
In a time and place of old customs we see the gentle advance of the new. This Pacific paradise is home to a diverse group of human beings at this unique time. Our journey through many human exchanges – quirky, funny, and sad – accompanied by quotes from Hindu scripture echoes through the millennia and asks us what it is to be human in these dark times.
This book constantly entertains and delves beneath a fascinating surface to examine the quality of our age.
Millennium—A Memoir is a novella-sized slice of life travelogue that evokes the work of Ernest Hemingway.
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Share this competition blog post & write a caption in the comments to accompany the photograph below.
All entries will go into a draw to win a signed paperback copy of Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure.
Entries must be in by 31st October 2015
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Welcome to Five for Friday at Rukia Publishing.
Today we ask Rukia Publishing's new book promotion associate and author Margaret Daly five questions about her writing life.
Welcome to the Rukia Publishing team and Five for Friday Margaret, thank you for joining us today. Let's get started.
1. What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best aspects of writing are I get to let it all out. What I mean by this is, I get to say whatever is going through my mind as I type. In a sense it’s therapeutic for me. I get to experience what I write about, and in my crazy life I need to be able to escape. Writing gives me the freedom to do that.
It’s not that there really is a “worst aspect” for me when it comes to writing. I find it most difficult on the days in which I’m home and everyone else is out doing things. I make a commitment and I have to stick to it, otherwise I won’t get any writing done at all.
2. What inspires you to write?
Most days it’s silence that inspires me. Those little moments in time each day where all is peaceful and images pop into your mind. The days where you can sit outside and listen to the birds and you trail off in your mind on a journey. When you hear an alarm go off, most car alarms don’t help but the emergency sirens set my mind into a flurry of emotions. So I guess in a way, tragedy kick starts my mind for my current series.
3. What do you do when you don’t write?
This is the easiest question ever! When I’m not writing I’m with my family, and when my kids are asleep, I’m reading!
4. How did you conduct your research for - Dusgadh: Essence of Life?
Dusgadh: Essence of Life wasn’t the first title I chose for my debut. My first bit of research was looking for a unique name. It was difficult. Since the story was about an awakening, I looked for words that meant the same. This is actually a great story! My hope was to not only find a unique name but a name that meant something to me.
I typed in awakening and hit the search button in Google. I looked through synonyms in the dictionary and then I did another search. I went on Amazon and typed in every word I had found and considered. None of the words were suitable for me that is until I saw the word Dusgadh. It felt familiar to me in a weird kind of way, so I clicked on it. Well it took me to Joy Dunlop, she is a Scottish-Gaelic singer. Her debut album was entitled Dusgadh: Awakening.
5. Are reader reviews important to you?
Absolutely! I want to hear from my readers. Not just the praise, but everything. Having a reader review my story and give me honest feedback helps me with my direction.
"Ember Malloch has no idea her life is about to get turned upside down. Besides the fact that she sees the dead on occasion, she lives an ordinary mundane life.
Her sister warned her not to provoke the spirits, but Ember has a mind of her
own and she defies Becky at every turn. Now, her life as she knows it will be
changed forever, as an unbridled strength is unleashed upon her.
She will have an awakening like no other as she learns her past, and discovers
who she is…"
Get your copy on Amazon
Thank you for taking part in Five for Friday Margaret :)
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The team at Rukia Publishing would like to congratulate Robert Fear on launch day as the second edition of Fred's Diary 1981 becomes available.
The first thing you will notice is this eye-catching and enticing new cover designed by AMYGDALA DESIGN. Open the book and you will find that Robert and his team worked tirelessly editing and revamping the content as well.
To celebrate the launch Robert has a new competition running which looks set to be even more popular than his previous travel writing competition because this time he wants your travel highlights in just 50-100 words. We can all do that, can't we?
I will let Robert tell you all about it and give you the details of how to enter.
Congratulations Robert from all at Rukia Publishing.
Thank you Sarah Jane,
Travel Highlights - Brand New Competition
Following the success of our Travel Story competition, we are pleased to announce a brand new competition.
This time, we are looking for your own most memorable travel highlight, but it should be limited to between 50 and 100 words.
E-mail your own most memorable travel highlight (between 50 and 100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each entry published on Fred’s Blog will win a Kindle copy of the second edition of Fred’s Diary 1981, which is officially released today, October 15th 2015.
Competition will close November 15th 2015 (midnight UK)
All published entries will then be open to a public vote from November 16th-30th 2015 (midnight UK)
1/ £50/$75 Amazon gift card
2/ £30/$45 Amazon gift card
3/. £20/$30 Amazon gift card
The top three will also win paperback copies of Fred’s Diary 1981
Thank you Robert, that's great and we wish you every success today.
Readers, good luck if you are taking part in the competition.
If you want a copy now here is the link to Fred's Diary 1981 Second Edition
To read the entries so far visit Robert's blog
Welcome to Five for Friday at Rukia Publishing.
Today we ask featured author Richard Smith five questions about his writing life.
Welcome to Five for Friday Richard, thank you for joining us today. Let's get started.
1. How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I remember quite vividly when I took up writing, I was around nine years-old ; the teacher said my story was so good, that I should read it aloud to the class. My mother, Sylvie, encouraged me to write, and told me her father enjoyed it as a hobby.
2. What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The worst thing about writing is getting stuck, (some people say writer’s block doesn’t exist, but it does with me!) and the best, which there are quite a few, such as finding a solution whilst experiencing writer‘s block. I would awake the next day and an idea would come to me, and everything would open up. People telling me they enjoyed my book always gives me much satisfaction, and getting into the characters' heads is always an interesting aspect.
3. What inspires you to write?
As the saying goes, and I adhere to it very much, always write about what you know and what you like, so when I’m writing about things of interest to me, there’s a huge drive to write.
4. How did you come up with your stories?
I put the things I like and interest me and make a list and see what forms. Time Trap was easy; Time-travel and Victorian London are two of my big passions, so it went on from there.
5.What does your perfect writing environment look like?
For me, quietness and solitude are the best conditions to write.
Thank you for inviting me, Sarah Jane.
We appreciate your time Richard, thank you for joining us.
If you would like to find out more you can connect with Richard on his website www.timetrap.co.uk
Read a Review for Time Trap at Bookbag
Read the Press release http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1221339
Get your copy of Time Trap here
Connect on Twitter @RichardSmithTT
Richard has a competition running at Rukia Publishing and the closing date is 14th October! Why not take a look here
A review for The Lullaby Illusion by Susan Joyce & a sneak peek at her upcoming new release #RPBP
This is a review Sarah Jane Butfield did for the Purple Book Reviewers Group
The Lullaby Illusion, a journey of awakening by Susan Joyce is a true account told with honesty and integrity. As Susan takes you on her journey, recounting her personal experiences in places such as Cyprus, Germany, France and America, during periods of political unrest, personal tragedy and happiness, you actually feel able to visualise her surroundings and feel her emotions. The marriage to a man who was not what he appeared to be is set against her personal journey of discovery for true happiness and an outlet for her creativity. Her consistently sensitive portrayal, sometimes graphic, exposes some very personal moments and is inspiring and easy to read. Events such as her miscarriage, and driving to safety during a political coup in Cyprus, are exquisitely achieved. Susan describes both the physical and psychological experiences in a careful, yet honest way to enable the reader to not only understand, but also to create a level of engagement, as some readers may relate to certain aspects of her suffering and circumstances. I particularly enjoyed, and could relate to, the way that her dreams foretold events and warned her of future occurrences.
Overall The Lullaby Illusion is a well-written and insightful journey by a woman who is to be admired for her determination and courage. An inspirational woman telling an intriguing story.
Susan Joyce is busy preparing for her new book release - so let's take a look at an excerpt from a blog post titled Stormy Seas
To connect with Susan or to find out more about her books
Visit her Author Blog
Buy The Lullaby Illusion on Amazon
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Excerpt from Chapter 12
Indian Ocean, July, 1975
Soon after dawn the following day, a frustrated Dylan made several attempts to get a read on our location with no success. The skies were darkening and black clouds billowed over a choppy sea. I watched him go back and forth trying to figure out where we were. I also noticed he tapped the barometer often.
“Why does he do that?” I asked Charles.
“If it goes down fast when tapped,” Charles answered, ” it means a storm is coming.”
“Oh,” I said.
Sometime later in the day, Dylan announced, “Strong winds are taking us further east than planned.”
“Are we lost?” I asked. Lost at sea. I shuddered at the thought.
“We’ll get back on course,” Dylan said, trying to calm my concern. He grabbed a cup of coffee and headed back up on deck.
Seconds later, he called for Jake to help him lower the sails. “Twister, heading our way,” he yelled.
Jake ran up the stairs.
“A twister could capsize the Zozo,” Charles said bounding up the stairs after him.
I followed and tried to help. Sudden squalls could sink a boat. We were all acting fast to lower the sails and secure them with ropes. I knew quick action was the only way to keep a boat under control during severe weather.
Sails lowered, we went back downstairs to the galley. Dylan closed the hatch to keep the wind and rain from causing damage inside the boat.
“A sudden gust can topple any sailing ship,” Mia said.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because you can’t react fast enough to match the sudden change in force.” Charles explained. “Unless you keep a close watch of changing skies.”
“A sea twister like a cyclone on land, right?”
“Yes, it appears as a whirling column of air and water mist. A funnel cloud,” Charles said. “And can be quite destructive when the water spouts swirl.”
I could hear the ferocious wind blowing and see the sea rise higher. Two visible water spouts were sucking the sea water.
“Glad we’re not outside,” I said.
More lighting strikes as we heaved back and forth with the ship in the raging sea. When the worst of the twister had passed, Dylan opened the hatch and climbed up on deck to take his turn standing watch for other ships or obstacles in the area.
Not knowing where we were and with sails down, Dylan decided to let the winds take us where they pushed until the storms cleared.
The men kept constant vigil during each watch. Charles mentioned that the cross bar on the main mast kept plunging into the water, then jolting back to the other side when the ship rolled side to side with the mountainous waves. “Keeping watch is the only thing that keeps me from losing my mind,” he said.
“Not exactly pleasure yachting,” I said. I knew he was having a hard time dealing with the tense situation.
“Watching the course indicator and other instruments keeps my mind occupied,” he replied.
“Opportunity of a life time?” I asked.
“What was I thinking?” he muttered, questioning his original thoughts of a fun high seas adventure.
“It will be opportune, when we survive.”
Charles shivered. He looked pale.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Just weak from lack of food and sleep.”
“These squalls and waves are overwhelming,” I said.
“It’s difficult to sleep knowing how easily a boat can tip over.” Charles added.
“Let’s hope Zozo’s hull is as great as Dylan claims.”
Charles nodded. “If it takes in water, it will sink. And it will happen fast.”
“A matter of seconds, minutes?” I asked.
“In an instant.” He snapped his fingers. “No time to grab a life jacket or launch a raft.”
We looked at each other and sighed. Charles bowed his head.
“It is disheartening,” I said. “Hard to think clearly. But I think we’ll make it.”
“I hope you’re right.”
The ultimate struggle for survival happens mentally,” I said.
Charles looked at me as if I were a stranger.
“Have you had one of your crazy dreams?” he asked.
“Several,” I answered.
Welcome to Five for Friday at Rukia Publishing.
Today we ask featured author Belinda Buchanan five questions about her writing life.
Welcome to Five for Friday Belinda, thank you for joining us today. Let's get started.
1. What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best part is the thrill and exhilaration I feel when I’m creating dialogue and characters. It’s an adrenaline rush that is comparable to nothing else. The worst part of writing is that I’m taking the intimate most parts of me and putting it out there for the world to read.
2. What inspires you to write?
Just about anything and everything. My mind is constantly turning. I can hear a song on the radio and take a passage from it and turn it into a scene that I’m working on.
3. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing and why?
Without a doubt that would be my husband. He is my biggest supporter, fan, and love of my life all rolled into one.
4. Do you have a writing schedule? How often do you write?
I’d like to say that I have a writing schedule, but the truth is I don’t. After I get the kids off to school, I come down to my office in the basement and start, but the best laid plans of working till they get home sometimes fall to the wayside. I steal every second I can and usually fall asleep thinking about a paragraph or scene that I’m not happy with. I’ll wake up two or three hours later, and my mind immediately picks right back up where I left off with it. It’s an endless, and sometimes frustrating cycle.
5. Who is your target audience?
A good portion of my readers are women, age thirty-plus, although there are a large number of men who read them as well. Most of my characters are in their thirties. They are mature and have careers, and I think that’s a part of what draws my readers in, as they can certainly identify with the ups and downs of trying to have it all. They travel down the same tumultuous path I have laid out for my characters, going around every hairpin curve and trudging up every steep hill with them—coming through the other side of it, weary but satisfied.
Thank you, Belinda :)
You are very welcome Sarah Jane.
Here are all the links you need to connect with Belinda and her books and don't miss the book trailer at the end of this post!
Tragedy at Silver Creek
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Rukia Publishing featured author Peri Hoskins talks to Carol Graham on the Never Ever Give Up Hope radio show, grab a coffee and listen to this amazing interview.
In his interview, he encourages listeners to "enjoy the journey moment by moment as it is more about the journey than the destination."
As narrator in his memoir, he shares how he overcame his own life's struggles and that above all else to 'Know Thyself.'
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