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Book Launch!

This is my first attempt at launching my new novel.  Sort of a pre-launch as it were.  I’m taking it slow and just seeing how it goes, so this isn’t the complete work.  Rather, this is a taster / part 1 of a series of 3, in order to get a feel for how my writing is reviewed.  If I get positive feedback, well, then I’ll try pushing the book out in a full (and expensive) campaign.  If people think its not so good, well then, it’ll disappear to another corner of the internet, to haunt me as students laugh at my foolish attempts 🙂

The book is a set of observations of Rural and Urban Taiwan.  I spent a few years living in Taiwan, both in the southern city of Kaohsiung as well as in the countryside, and I have to say it was an eye opening experience in many ways.  There’s something about Taiwan that gets under the skin, and this book was causing me nothing but anxiety until I got it out and on the page.

It’s an experimental sort of a book, in that its not really a novel with a plot.  A significant influence would be Haruki Murakami.  It’s also very much a la mode, and if you enjoyed Five Star Billionaire, then this work may appeal to you.

Rather than a conventional novel, instead, it’s a series of short stories, that work together to create a portrait of the country.  However, the stories all intersect.  Characters harbor secrets, which come out in others’ stories, and time collapses, as one woman’s life is told in retrospect.

Please check out the site for the blog at

http://arlopublishing.wordpress.com/

I’ll be posting snippets on a second blog in the future.  But if you want to read it for yourself, you can find the book exclusively at Kobo books:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/even-grey-skies-get-the-blues

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And remember.  This is part 1.  If you like this, I’ll send you part 2 for free!

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