Leonardo DiCaprio deservedly won the oscar for epic film ‘The Revenant’. Collecting his award he said a few things about the environment.
“Climate change is real… it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species”.
“Let us not take this planet for granted”.
Like ‘The Revenant’ my novel, PICA, explores our relationship with the natural world. Luke is challenged to find a way to save our dying planet, and with the help of his enigmatic friend, Guy, he begins to uncover some of the secrets and ancient magic of nature.
Pollution, deforestation, garbage, over-population and our obsession with consumerism are some of the ways we are killing mother earth. Doing the recycling and not using plastic bags is great, but how can we stop the horror on a global scale?
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I’d like to welcome author Angela Wren to my blog. She’s going to tell us more about her writing and why she loves France as the setting to many of her books, particularly her well-received crime novel, Messandrierre.
Having spent most of my life to date travelling and spending time in France I’m now at a point where I find myself re-visiting old haunts or exploring places I’ve just driven through in the past. But one thing that never changes is the camping experience. There is always something to laugh about, cry about or be shocked by. And most of these experiences – and yes they are all mine – are the starting points for my James et Moi stories which feature every other week on my blog. Next month I’m starting a series of stories that are all based on things found in showers. And that’s got you thinking already hasn’t? Later in the year there will be a whole series of stories dedicated to my abject and total failure to handle things electrical or mechanical. Naturally, it has taken me a lifetime of study to perfect this. I mention this so that you will understand that in writing my James et Moi stories I am speaking not just from personal experience but also with the gravitas that comes with lengthy and detailed research!
Short pieces of comic and amusing fiction are one thing, but my time in France has also provided me with a wealth of material for much longer works. Couple that with a scrap of an understanding for putting words together and I found I had my first novel in a series of four even though I only set out to write one. And that story is Messandrierre, set in the Cévennes – a rugged and sometimes wild area that’s sparsely populated and covered with vast forests – and featuring Jacques Forêt. When I thought about my setting, a rural village nestled in the shadow of Monts Aigoual and Goulet; I knew the story had to be a murder mystery. Using a real village that I know very well as my model, I took some time to completely people it with characters – well you never know when you might need someone to be a killer or a victim! Then I moved the chateau, added a tiny gendarmerie, felled a few trees that obscured the view from my heroine’s hunting chalet and then began the serious task of putting the words on paper.
I hope you will enjoy my story if you decide to read it. You can find it by following the links below :
Website : www.angelawren.co.uk
Blog : www.jamesetmoi.blogspot.com
Facebook : Angela Wren
Goodreads : Angela Wren
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What would you give for a world free of war, dependence on fossil fuels, pollution and terrorism? That is the premise for the Alchemy series
An accidental discovery solving the problem of fossil fuel brings this Utopian vision closer but at what cost? Could there be unforeseen consequences and how dire would they be? Who could fight demons if all established religion had been abolished?
Put aside demons and add two people more doomed than Romeo and Juliet who are forced to fight alongside each other. Mix in some very energetic Goths and an undercover Christian Granny for an explosive result as the stories move at breakneck speed into the near-future blending magical realism with pizza, ritual with slang, deepest hatred with impossible love, shape-shifting with public transport.
Book 1 Alchemy
Book 2 Shaman’s Drum
PICA is a novel set in the modern day, that explores ancient magic and our relationship with the natural world.
“One of the most charming fantasy novels I’ve read in years. Real characters you will come to love and hate and a story you can’t stop reading. An engrossing and original story, beautifully told. Wonderful!” Michael Moorcock
“It’s one of those ‘one of a kind, never read that before’ books … it’s a great read and will change your perceptions of the world and make you think twice about what humanity really is.” Confessions of a Book Lover
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Luke hates nature, preferring the excitement of computer games to dull walks in the countryside, but his view of the world around him drastically begins to change when enigmatic loner, Guy, shows him some of the secrets that the very planet itself appears to be hiding from modern society.
Hidden behind the everyday screen of school and family life, Luke tumbles into a fascinating world of magic and fantasy, where transformations and shifting identities become second nature.