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From a recent #interview with our #author Donald Finnaeus Mayo (see link in bio):
⚫Both of your novels are driven by strong female characters. Would you consider your work to be “women’s fiction” and if so, how do you feel your position as a male novelist impacts your female-centric writing?
⚪I have noticed that women seem to respond well to my work, which I'm happy about because they buy far more books than men. However, I'm not sure about this notion of "women's fiction". There seems to be this idea in publishing that men write bang-bang-shoot-em-ups, while women pick apart dysfunctional relationships over the kitchen table with a large glass of red wine. Publishers like to categorise books into genres, I guess it makes it easier for them to target the audience they think they're after, but so far as I'm concerned there's only good fiction and bad fiction. [...] I think one of the most important traits you need as a writer of fiction is the ability to see the world from someone else's point of view, whether that's a politically engaged Irish woman, a Timorese teenager or a corrupt ageing Indonesian army officer. It's the only way, in my view, you can create convincing characters that readers will relate to and care about. 🌍 Donald Finnaeus Mayo’s novels are available worldwide from Amazon and Book Depository 🌎

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From a recent #interview with our #author Donald Finnaeus Mayo (see link in bio):
⚫“Francesca” follows the story of a young woman in East Timor during the Indonesian invasion of 1975, a moment of history that is potentially not very well known. Is this what inspired you to tell Francesca’s story?
⚪It was more personal than that. My father worked in the oil business, and I spent a number of years as a child living in Indonesian Borneo. This period coincided with the invasion of East Timor, which ended up costing the lives of almost a third of that country's population. Cocooned in our expat bubble, we were completely oblivious to what was happening. [...] With no social media, mobile phones or internet, it was possible for a military dictatorship to effectively shut a region off from the outside world in a way that seems inconceivable today. […] It was only many years later, when I was working as a volunteer for Amnesty International in London, that I started coming across all these cases of human rights abuses from the region. When I examined them more closely, I was shocked to discover this mass murder had been taking place just a few hundred miles from our tennis courts and swimming pools. No one talked about it, no one wanted to upset the cosy relationship between the Suharto regime and the western oil companies. The genesis of the novel lay in the idea of what would happen if these parallel worlds jumped off their rails and collided.
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🌍 Donald Finnaeus Mayo’s novels are available worldwide from Amazon and Book Depository 🌎

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This poignant image (repost @historyloversclub - Chopper pilot post-mission, Vietnam 1965, by Larry Burrows) made me think of Eddie Vandeberg, a character in Donald Finnaeus Mayo’s novel Francesca. The novel is set in East Timor and Indonesian Borneo in the mid-1970s. Eddie is  an American helicopter pilot working for Constar Oil ofTexas in Borneo. He falls in love with his Constar boss’ 17-year-old daughter, Amanda. Eddie flew for the US Airborne Cavalry during the Vietnam War and is haunted by his past. He's considered an entirely unsuitable match, but the two somehow find in each other a way to unlock emotions that have been frozen for years. Their ensuing passion has a desperate intensity to it.
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✒ “As his mind filled with self-loathing at the futility of his life, he felt cheap at the ease with which he had awed Amanda through his supposed glamour and sophistication. The burnt-out Vietnam chopper pilot, what a fucking cliché. Her purity and her unscarred heart were what drew him to her, which made it all the worse to fall back on the tried and tested seduction lines. If Amanda was to mean anything, he had to make himself more like her rather than introduce her to his squalid bachelor world.” —From “Francesca” by Donald Finnaeus Mayo (published by Betimes Books)
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✒“Of course it still haunts me, it’ll be with me until the day I die. You don’t serve two tours of Vietnam and then go home and forget about it like you’ve been to a ball game. It was the children that got to me the most."
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"I have always been fascinated in what happens when people are pushed to extremes, how moral lines can become blurred, how they will do things and behave in ways that would have astonished and horrified them but a short time ago." 🌅 📖 For adepts of serious summer reading and those who value long-sellers over best-sellers: two novels by Donald Finnaeus Mayo focused on divided societies, published by Betimes Books. Link in bio, including a new in-depth interview with the author.
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James Bonds, with hats: #3 of 6: Timothy Dalton, PENNY DREADFUL. #007 #JamesBond #hats #fedoras #westernhats #timothydalton DEATH IN THE FACE: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Face-Hector-Lassiter-9/dp/0993433103 @betimesbooksnow #BetimesBooks

Holidays countdown: today is the Day! Off to an small island somewhere in the Aegean Sea, with some suitable reading 😉
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Holidays countdown: a stopover in Paris before... I'll tell you my final destination soon.
Unpacking and heading to one of my favourite cafés, La Palette, because "trade is art, and art is philosophy, / In Paris." (From Elisabeth Barret Browning)
🎨 Image from IN LOVE WITH PARIS by Gerard Ramon, published by Betimes Books - check it out on our website!
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My countdown to summer holidays continues. Bags ready 💼
Tomorrow, “O Paris, my bitter blue almond…”, and then... More soon...
("The Institut de France" #mixedmedia from IN LOVE WITH PARIS by Gerard Ramon, published by Betimes Books. Quote from a poem by André Frénaud. Check it out on our website).
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My countdown to summer holidays has begun! 🎆💼
In less than 48 hours I'll be in my beloved Paris, maybe even on this bridge, and then... I'll tell you more soon...
("Pont Marie" #watercolour from IN LOVE WITH PARIS by Gerard Ramon, published by Betimes Books - check it out on our website).
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Friday afternoon message from Robert Crumb: "Go home and read a (Betimes) book!"
Take your shoes off and make yourself comfortable, then browse our website and pick a book. Enjoy the read! 😁
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A delightful new review of our latest title, THE DARK MANUAL by Colin O'Sullivan! 💖✌
“The author, Winner of the Prix Mystère de la critique 2018, just gets better with each book, and with this, his third, he is becoming one of the finest storytellers out there. His prose keeps one glued to the page, with delightful concentration.
Colin O'Sullivan does not write a bad line. His characters become a part of the reader as they turn the pages, and they dwell in the mind between reads. I found myself setting the book down, two or three times, but not able to leave it until I picked it up again, and read some more. O'Sullivan's writing style reminds me so of jazz, with its one-word, then two-word, then three-word sentences. Bop, bop, bop-bop, until you realize you have read a paragraph, then onto a new riff. Powerful, humorous, poetic, emotional. He is a lyrical master of the written word.” —Marvin Minkler of Modern First Editions
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➡More on our website (link in bio).
📷 Image by Marvin Minkler
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In the latest Irish Times Weekend Magazine, Sean Moncrieff, author of "The Angel of the Streetlamps", about the dark side of Artificial Intelligence, subject of Colin O'Sullivan's new novel "The Dark Manual".
"It's a reflection on the worst impulses in humanity, but one that has come about as a result of what's most impressive about us: our creativity. If this happens, we'll have made a God - and, presumably, wiped out belief in the old lo-tech deity. Yet we'll fear it. Just the way we fear ourselves."
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Today is the 110th birthday of Ian Fleming 🎂, and this is Craig McDonald’s homage 🎩 to the creator of James Bond, published by Betimes Books. ✒ DEATH IN THE FACE features Ian Fleming and Hector Lassiter—novelists, ex-spies and, at last, lions in winter. It’s 1963, and the future isn’t what it used to be. Lassiter senses the culture is slowly but surely shouldering him aside. Yet his slightly younger friend Ian Fleming stands on the verge of unimaginable success as his James Bond novels make their way to the Silver Screen. But fortune has come too late for Fleming, who finds it harder to live the high-life necessary to feed his 007 page-turners: he is a dying man.
As Hector dogs Ian’s heels through the far-flung cities of the world, on a research trip to Japan for “You Only Live Twice”, then onto Istanbul for the filming of “From Russia with Love”, he discovers the ex-spymaster is secretly pining for a last grand adventure… With cameos by Sean Connery, Robert Shaw and Yukio Mishima, Craig McDonald mixes fact and fiction for a darkly seductive historical romp through the mid-20th century.
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As a reviewer said, “Through the Marlboro smoke-rings and above the clink of cocktail glasses, there lies a thriller that demands to be read through at one sitting. The ideal companion for a long train journey; the Orient Express perhaps?” 🔫
📖 More on our website (link in bio).📖 #ianfleming
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A wonderful new French review of Colin O'Sullivan's novel KILLARNEY BLUES! ✨
"Killarney Blues, it's melancholy that invites itself into a theatrical setting. You have to adopt the author's pace and let him guide you through the dark maze where fading hearts are just barely pulsating, but are not yet extinguished. We are expecting some dramatic turn of event. It comes. And life resembles what it really is - an unimaginable succession of disappointments and joys. Here, it brings up to the surface the hidden abjectness of human beings that can soil and cause so much suffering."
➡ Check Betimes Books website for more information (link in bio) 📖
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For Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, this homage to the creator of Sherlock Holmes: reclusive American author Hadley Colt's contribution to the legend of The Great Detective. THE RED-HANDED LEAGUE is inventive, dark, sexy and true to Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved character.
💞 Sherlock Holmes forever🎻💕
(More information on Betimes Books website: link in bio)
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Complete works by Colin O'Sullivan - so far!
My pride and joy as a publisher 😊
Perhaps some of my followers would be curious enough to click on the link in bio and read more about this Irish writer who lives in Japan and writes about both countries in a way that only a man familiar with two cultures could. 📖
Have a great weekend of reading! ⛅
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"This novel has in its title the word “manual”…and for good reason. If, on finding yourself on the verge of war (and this is especially true in the case of robot-initiated-apocalypse), or on the verge of a nervous breakdown (which, sadly, is far more common than any of us ever suspect, expect), then please follow the steps outlined within accordingly, and do so with utter fastidiousness. Do not skip over a single one of them – to do so may be to your detriment: this book may just save your life – should you wish your life to be saved." ~Colin O'Sullivan
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