Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Michael gave me a gift of sorts, a stolen one

Last evening, in addition to bringing flowers and chocolate, Michael gave me a gift of sorts, a stolen one. I’m not sure I’m ready for it: a digital copy of an unfinished memoir, titled Confessions of a Murderer, lifted from the dead man’s laptop just before the police entered the scene. 
I’ve been reading it in spurts, because I find the writing too raw. Don’t get me wrong: my literary taste is not all that refined. But being in the presence of a sick mind is no fun. 
It scares me to the core.
Even so, I keep going back to it, hoping to find some answers. The more I read, the more convinced I become that my search is futile.
So no, I’m no longer thinking about the killer. There’s no more doubt about his identity. 
Even so, he remains a mystery.

Excerpt from Overdose

(Volume III of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)
Audiobook: Amazon US Amazon UK iTunes
Paperback: Amazon

"This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and as always, the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey!"

Monday, November 11, 2019

What is acting? It is not merely the skill to pretend

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Sometimes I wonder: after such a long time together, how little do we know each other?
Who is this woman, with whom I have built a family? Behind this frightened gaze, is this really Natasha, my love, my inspiration? Can I stop her from becoming even more damaged? Can I save her? Is she still present?
And if this is no longer Natasha as I know her, Perhaps this is Rochelle? Perhaps she is just fooling me—and not only me but everyone else too, including the doctors—because... Because to win a victory against a dangerous foe, sometimes you must work your way through deception, through secrets and lies.
Is she just pretending—for reasons known only to her—to be a new person, different from the one I thought she was? 
Oh, how I would like to believe that!
I lean over to comb that unruly strand of hair away from her eye. 
At first, Natasha seems startled. Then she lets me tuck it, ever so gently, around her ear.
I say, “There’s so much I want to ask you, sweetheart.”
“Really?” she asks, with a reluctant tone. She stares blankly at the corner of the kitchen floor, evading my eyes as if in anticipation of some trick question. “Like what?”
“Remember that night, in Vernon?”
She replies, “Yes,” but does so with a shaky tone, which means no, I don’t really remember but I’ll give you the answer you want. Just let me be.
I wipe a bit of syrup from her chin. She must have licked it when I wasn’t looking. “You told me,” I say, “that come what may, you would never forget that night.”
“That night?” she says. “Which one?”
“In Vernon, when we woke up in each other’s embrace, to the sound of shots.”
I pause for a second, so she may reply. And as I wait for her, the memory comes back to me. It seems so fresh, so vivid, as if it happened just yesterday...
Following the failed attempt to blow the bridge, fights erupted between French Resistance fighters and German soldiers. Rochelle and I ran frantically through the narrow streets to join Monsieur Antoine and about forty other fighters. 
Upon arriving at city hall, he handed us some home-made explosives, which we started hurling, along with the other fighters, at German tanks and trucks. I remember the shine in her eyes. “This,” she cried out to me, “is a life worth living!”
Just then, one of the tanks caught fire. The blast pushed her back, accidentally, into my arms. Oh, what a fiery woman she used to be!
And still, there is fire in her. 
I dread the day when she will stop playing altogether. As long as her music—such as it is—is full of rage, perhaps, perhaps, perhaps there is still hope. 

Lenny in Apart from War

Up to the moment I listened to this passage, I thought that acting is merely the skill to pretend. Then, I heard Don Warrick read it and learned that the opposite is true. Acting is the journey to find the truth from within.

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AudiobookAmazon US ★ Amazon UK ★ iTunes
PaperbackAmazon ★ Barnes&Noble

"In this collection of WWII love stories, Lenny and Natasha had an unforgettable romance and love story from the 1940's through the 1970's. He was a marine. She was a concert pianist . Their story is heart-rendering." 
~ BJ Robinson, Author

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Prelude to Crescendo

While designing a cover for an author friend, I came up with this imaginary composition. Here's my charcoal and chalk sketch for it, not sure what to call it yet. 
Prelude to Crescendo, maybe.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

One of the Top Ten Romantic Thriller Writers

I'm humbled to find my romantic thriller series featured by Caleb Pirtle III On his illustrious literary site, providing excerpts from my work, and opening with this introductory note: Razor-sharp writing, can’t-put-it-down plot and chapter after chapter of exquisite storytelling.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

BookBub: the secret of success

Next to Amazon, BookBub is the most comprehensive platform for authors. It is here that promoting your books would lift them to commercial success. So getting more followers on this platform allows you to increase your reach. The more follower, the more people will receive dedicated emails from BookBub about your new releases and price promotions. Also, passing the 1K followers threshold unlocks the ability to send BookBub Preorder Alerts.

Make It Easy to Follow You:
Add a link (if possible, a bright red button that is linked) to your BookBub page in the following places:
  • A prominent place on your website or blog. For example, see the button at the upper left corner of my blog. Don't forget to follow me, too :)
  • In the back matter of every one of your ebooks (along with your Amazon page and website or blog)
  • A prominent place in every one of your newsletters
  • Add a tweet to your daily rotation to call your followers to follow you on BB. Say something like, "Never miss a book sale or miss out of a new release!" Then, give out the link.

Write BB Reviews:
A great way to increase the number of followers is to review books on BoobBub. Unlike Amazon, BookBub encourages authors to review books by other authors. Why? Because authors are great reviewers! So in review, do more than click a few buttons to indicate how you felt about the book. Write a full-bodied, in-depth review. BookBub sends these reviews to the followers of the author of the book and to your followers, and over time you will gain more and more of them.

Set up Giveaways/Contests:
You can create giveaways through RaffleCopter, ember their widget in a blog post, and announce it on  your newsletter, Facebook page, Facebook group, and Twitter. You can also run a joint giveaway with other authors.

Gain Followers through Paid Promotions:
For example, you can join gift card giveaways on AuthorsXP promotions to gain followers.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Amazing Medical Thriller!


Joe Mahoney

Golden Valley, AZ USA

 Amazing Medical Thriller! 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5 out of 5 stars
Story  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed: 11-01-19

Overdose-Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, Book 3 is written by Uvi Poznansky. The audiobook is narrated by Heather Jane Hogan. Ms. Poznansky has created another great attention-holding medical thriller in this series. With Ash still recovering from the events of the previous book, she is suffering from after effect of her coma. Her surgeon is not what he appears to be with a questionable background and the recent death of his wife. This string of events and actions leads Michael and Ash a mystery to unravel and a great story for the listener.

The narration by Heather Jane Hogan was amazing. Ms. Hogan created voices for the many characters that were memorable and made the audio production a true joy for the listener. The production value is of the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance. I did not hear any loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Uvi Poznansky delivered excellent audiobook production I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A beautiful love story

Just discovered this beautiful review on Amazon UK for my WWII love story The Music of Us:

3 April 2016
I’ve grown to love Uvi Poznansky’s writing style, which is why I wanted to read this book. Most of the story takes place in World War Two. Now, before you say anything, I’m not a huge fan of historical stories but occasionally there is a gem among them. A story so good that even a sworn paranormal romance lover like me gets swept away with it. This was it.

The words flowed like the sweetest poem on the paper and made the love story between Lenny and Natasha live. Even with the difficult topic, the story was written so heartbreakingly warmly that it simply melted my heart. The author clearly is not afraid to handle difficult issues. Quite the opposite! She skillfully guided me to the world that was new to me, handed me Altzheimer, asked me to suck it up and see behind the illness, and wrapped me around her finger by drowning me with a bunch of emotions that made me cry like a baby. Well done! Well done indeed.

This is not an ordinary read but a journey through time, a peek to our past and a reminder that the best things in life are not bound by any rules, time or age. Highly recommended!