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Nostalgic or futuristic, even visionary, Colin O’Sullivan’s novels focus on characters “grappling with loss, the past and their lack of purpose”, in a turbulent political environment. But O’Sullivan firmly believes that “we have enough inside us to withstand, to cope, and eventually to surpass. We are still here, after all, or I should say, despite all.”
👉Meet a writer who “has an understanding of the power of words, their placing, their specific meaning” and “reflects the current malaise and modern preoccupations”, “sends language out on a gleeful spree, exuberant, defiant”, and who is “one of the finest storytellers out there, a lyrical master of the written word” (review quotes). 👏
🔸More in @booksirelandmag and www.BetimesBooks.com (link in bio)🔹
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⭐ A double page profile of Betimes Books author Colin O'Sullivan, Irish #writer living in Japan, in Books Ireland Magazine @booksirelandmag
(And also some important rights info on page 16 🎉)
➡ More on Betimes Books website (link in bio).
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"Kalich represents the best in contemporary fiction. He has every chance to become - why not? - a living classic." ~Hooligan Magazine, Moscow 🔹Left: Russian edition of two novels by Richard Kalich, "The Nihilesthete" and "Charlie P."
🔸Right: Betimes Books edition, including a third novel, "Penthouse F", forming "Central Park West Trilogy".
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Wondering what it means? I'll tell you soon. In the meantime, discover THE DARK MANUAL, a new novel by award-winning writer Colin O'Sullivan, on Betimes Books website (link in bio).
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Books & A Beverage: My voodoo inflected novel THE GREAT PRETENDER with Orson Welles abetting Hector Lassiter, and @newbelgium Voodoo Ranger IPA. GREAT PRETENDER available via @betimesbooksnow https://www.amazon.com/Great-Pretender-Hector-Lassiter-novel/dp/0992967422 #OrsonWelles #historicalfiction #HectorLassiter #pulp #voodooranger #voodoorangeripa #newbelgium #hectorlassiterseries #betimesbooks #betimesbooksauthors #vienna🇦🇹 #thethirdman #theshadow #lamontcranston #blackmagic #waroftheworlds #panicbroadcast #neworleansculture

Yes, sometimes, if the author and the publisher are lucky enough, a book can become a film. And it looks like some, at Betimes Books, are lucky. But not allowed to tell yet 😯
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🎵 Arlene stepped into the light, singing just a shade behind the beat, her hands moving down along the sequins of her dress, from breasts to hips to thighs. It wasn’t the words that carried the soul but the ghost of Young’s saxophone, its sexy lines floating in her mind. Voices called out from the semi-darkness, filled with lust and admiration and surprise. Glasses clinked. The air was blue with cigarette smoke. Ecstasy and longing and gospel shouts. But this wasn’t church.
"Listen to my tale of woe
It’s terribly sad but true
All dressed up, no place to go
Each evening I’m awfully blue."
🎵 As a small tribute to Aretha Franklin, we are sharing an excerpt from "Reach the Shining River", a novel by American writer and jazz critic Kevin Stevens, on our website (link in bio).
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"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." —Sigmund Freud
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“THE DEATH OF TARPONS is much more than a fish story, more even than an investigation about how and why boys grow—or don’t grow—into good men.” —The Indianapolis Star (Starred Review)
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“Edgerton's later novels have become Noir classics to many, and THE DEATH OF TARPONS hints at a childhood that helps explain the author's successful literary journeys into darkness.” —Jack Getze
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An new interview with Les Edgerton about his poignant and largely autobiographical coming-of-age novel on www.BetimesBooks.com
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“I don’t know the rules of the world. I only know the rules of the game of soccer. I only know what happens on the pitch. A short timeframe. That’s all I can manage. Ninety minutes of…I almost said 'concentration'. Then everything else is chaos. Everything else is a confusing mess, so I step slowly, one two, and I try to see it through, and always on, and always on.
I chant as I go: 'adhaesit pavimento animea me'; I’ve forgotten what this means, or where I read it, what language it is even; must surely have been from Dante, and Dante took it from somewhere else, it can’t be Italian; that’s the way with those artists, forever pilfering. My father would be so proud, my head full of the ripples of others; words, that’s the way he was, as if others could somehow offer inspiration. I used to read, for a short time I took in all those words – have I said all this before? Sometimes I think there is no point to any of it, and sometimes…” —From “The Starved Lover Sings” by Colin O’Sullivan
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"A modern-day Edgar Allan Poe"! 💖
Thanks to this anonymous reader for posting this wonderful review of Colin O'Sullivan's novel THE DARK MANUAL on Amazon! 💙
It's such a joy for a publisher when readers really GET the book - and let it be known! And it's even more important for the author, particularly when he isn't exactly "mainstream". Curious? More on Betimes Books website. ➡ Link in bio.
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“He thought about Brinke…her dark hair and eyes. Physically, Brinke Devlin was the embodiment of a femme fatale.
In his notebook, Hector wrote: “RHAPSODY IN BLACK by Hector Lassiter”.
Then he wrote: “Nick Holt first met Alison Wilder in a café at six o’clock on a Friday night. By six-thirty, Nick had agreed to kill a man for her.” —From ONE TRUE SENTENCE by Craig McDonald
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“I would sweep past my silent mother and flee to my room, where the solitude I craved like an addict awaited me. I have always known that I am different; I have come to admit some lack in me where I do not crave the company of others. Even as a small child I was content to play by myself, and openly resented attempts by my parents to have me socialise with my snot-nosed peers. I was precocious; perhaps frighteningly so. By the age of ten I had consumed every book in our house and demanded more.
Books presented a reality far preferable to the sepia world of my family: one which held out a hope of understanding; of a neatness to life. This is the contradiction I have always lived with: while in my room, buried amongst the books which I devoured without any system or judgement, I loved the world and its inhabitants, despite their flaws. It was living, breathing reality I found difficult to stomach.” —From “The Angel of the Streetlamps” by Sean Moncrieff
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“We went to Venice for our honey moon. It was the middle of winter and most of the tourist spots were closed. We walked around in the fog and the mist like lost travelers who had stumbled upon an ancient, unknown ruin of a city. It seemed that Venice, whose derelict charms grew ever more enticing with age, was still able to enchant. As we voyaged through her empty streets, we took in the ambiance of the city, we became as transparent as wraiths and as empty as stone.  We were still vastly in love.” —From “Dirty Pictures” by Patricia Ketola
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“You have always been interested in contradictions, in reversals, haven’t you? Well, she was my reverse; she was the other side of the coin I never spun. She was the choice I could never make; she lived as I could never dare. What I heard, and what I imagined, about her life, showed me the frustrations and limitations of my own. Compared to her, I was grit beside a diamond. And that is why I could never say her name. That is why my love for you darkened once more into withdrawal and silence. It was not fair, I know. You were not to know my fantasies. But what is fair in this life?” —From “The Painter’s Women”, a novel by Fionnuala Brennan
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Summer reads! 😎#Repost @betimesbooksnow with @get_repost
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“I was on my way to his office when a freak summer ‘tempesta’ burst over Milan. Rain was rare during high season, but when it came in those short, violent bursts, it was like a shootout had erupted in the heat-clogged streets. Barkeepers leapt, cursing, to fasten down awnings; waiters sprung from inertia to snatch menus from dazed tourists and tumble them from plastic chairs; taxi drivers refused fares, and Vespas were abandoned in clumps. By the first clap of thunder, the streets were deserted, with huddles of people peering apprehensively from the doorways of banks.” —From “Silk for the Feed Dogs” by Jackie Mallon
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“I was on my way to his office when a freak summer ‘tempesta’ burst over Milan. Rain was rare during high season, but when it came in those short, violent bursts, it was like a shootout had erupted in the heat-clogged streets. Barkeepers leapt, cursing, to fasten down awnings; waiters sprung from inertia to snatch menus from dazed tourists and tumble them from plastic chairs; taxi drivers refused fares, and Vespas were abandoned in clumps. By the first clap of thunder, the streets were deserted, with huddles of people peering apprehensively from the doorways of banks.” —From “Silk for the Feed Dogs” by Jackie Mallon
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“It had started out so well: sun, promises. Now it is the stuff of bad dreams, illogical, real but seeming unreal, or is it the other way around? Just end the day, for God’s sake, let her go home with her sister and have tea and cry and watch brain-numbing TV and make Monday come with things to do, like work, and maybe only that: work.” —From “Killarney Blues” by Colin O’Sullivan
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Betimes Books titles featured in the latest issue of Books Ireland magazine @booksirelandmag : CENTRAL PARK WEST TRILOGY by Richard Kalich (Italian translation rights sale to @odoya_edizioni ) and THE DARK MANUAL by Colin O'Sullivan in First Flush / #newreleases 📖 Always nice for an indie publisher to be featured in a #magazine 😊
Visit Betimes Books website and blog for more info - link in bio!
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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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