Carpe Diem Haiku: Roadside Beggar

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Done for Carpe Diem. I couldn’t resist again and here I am. :-) This time my fellow Ghanaian friend and prolific Haiku poet and reviewer, Nana Fredua Agyeman has been featured on Carpe Diem. Nana’s haiku below is the source of inspiration today. 

looking at the sun
for a silver coin -
roadside beggar

My attempt in the same mood and spirit!

fading sun

shadows the beggar

empty bowl

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empty calabash

reflecting the fading sun

roadside beggar

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(18/11/14)

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Haiku Horizons: Cold

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Done for Haiku Horizons. Couldn’t resist this particular prompt. :-)

Cold

cold nights

all I want from you

is you

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(17/11/14)

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Author Interview: Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler

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Hi wonderful folks, today I’m honoured to have on this blog, my guest, Allen Wyler, a renowned suspense, sci-fi/cyber thriller writer. Please read the interview below to get a feel of him and his works. :-)

Book Title: Deadly OddsDeadly Odds Cover

Author: Allen Wyler

Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions

Date of Publication: September 2014

Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Cyber-Thriller

Pages: 284

 

 

 

Q: How did you come up with the idea of the story?
A: The first novel I ever wrote was based on this story’s kernel: a geek who develops a strategy to successful gamble draws unwanted attention to himself. But that novel turned out to be a disaster and was rejected by every agent I queried. However, the idea of being able to beat the odds remained intriguing yet elusive. Then one day I read about Nate Silver and his uncannily ability to accurately predict various phenomenon based on statistics. After all, this was what the 2011 Brad Pitt movie Moneyball was based on. Once I read about Silver, I knew the plot was much more believable.

Q: What influenced you to create a computer hacker protagonist than the usual medical professional?
A: There are several reasons. First, I don’t like being pigeonholed into the sub-genre of “medical thriller.” In addition, it’s unbelievable to believe that a healthcare professional would have the computer expertise—or time—to pull off something like Arnold Gold does. More importantly, in doing my research for this story, I became fascinated with the Darknet and Internet security. I really wanted a way to weave this interesting information into a compelling story. So… a likeable computer hacker seemed to be a much more interesting character to develop than another neurosurgeon’s. I love Arnold Gold’s character and am really glad I settled on him.

Q: Why Vegas? Have you always wanted to write a book with Sin City as the setting?
A: When first developing the story I didn’t have any city in mind other than I knew Arnold lived in Seattle. (I love the city as a backdrop to stories.) I also knew Arnold wanted to get laid but was so uneasy about seeing an “escort” for this purpose, that it made sense for him to go someplace far from home where he’d be unlikely to run into anyone he knew. Given the reputation of Sin City, it just felt right to send him there.

Q: Do you plan on writing more thriller books outside of the medical thriller genre?
A: You bet. I like exploring topics dealing with computers and the Internet. I’m especially intrigued with hacking and the Darknet. My next book, Cutter’s Trial, however, is not a thriller and lands me right back in the medical arena because it explores the issue of physician assisted suicide. Having been involved in a couple of start-up companies, I’m also toying with using that subject as a basis for a book, but I have nothing in development along these lines at the present time. We’ll see what happens.

Q: Would you ever consider a sequel to this book?
A: Glad you asked the question. Both Arnold Gold and Palmer Davidson are such wonderfully rich characters that Robert Astle (my agent) and I agree they are well-suited for a sequel. At the moment I’m busy writing Deadly Odds 2.0.

Q: Do you think this book could be a movie? Who could you picture playing Arnold?
A: Of all my prior thrillers, I think this one has the most cinematic potential. I’m lousy at casting, so if it were ever made into a movie (my wildest dream), I’d leave that choice to the producers.

Synopsis

Twenty-three year old Arnold Gold is a Seattle-based odds-maker and local computer genius. Described as a “part-time hacker and full-time virgin” by his friends, the awkward young shut-in flies to Vegas to try to get lucky–in more ways than one. But his high stakes activity on the Net inadvertently thrusts him into a vortex of international terrorism. Dark Net Hacking has resulted in murder, and now it will take every last bit of Arnold’s genius intellect and legendary hacking skill to stay one step ahead of the murderous terrorists, the FBI, the local cops and his lawyer. Gold’s only chance to save himself is to find a deadly bomb hidden somewhere in Vegas, and somehow prevent the explosion that will turn Sin City into the scene of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11.

Wyler’s wild new thriller is as horrifyingly plausible as it is darkly funny and enjoyable. Deadly Odds is not only a page-turner, it’s a terrific character-driven story about a young man who lives life through a computer and discovers its dark side. Edgy, twitchy, and filled with enough tech-savvy detail to keep both the techno-thriller and classic suspense fan enthralled, Deadly Odds is a new generation’s thrill ride.

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About the Author

Allen Wyler PortraitAllen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity.  He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.

In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.

Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full-time.

He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

www.allenwyler.com

New Release Party – Kiss My Lips

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Hi dear friends, I’m out again today to share and showcase Stella’s beautiful brand new baby, Kiss My Lips. Stella is such a  sweet lady who writes lovely romance. Please find below details of the release.

Title: Kiss My Lips
Author: Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Series: Holiday Series, #2
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Multicultural/Interracial
ISBN: 978-1502776549 (Paperback)
Publication Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014
Cover Artist: Love Bites And Silk

Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series Book 2) is a sequel to
Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series Book 1).

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Blurb
Will one kiss seal their love?

Accepting Logan’s marriage proposal was the most exciting event of Lorna’s life. But deciding in what country to marry her fiancé proved to be more than a tearful ordeal. When Lorna’s dad announced unexpected news, the wedding wheels spun in a different direction.

With other family members stirring conflict, would there be a wedding? Or would their shared kiss deepen their desire?

The memory of the possessive kiss that unlocked the key to her heart and cleared away the layers of ashes and soot still had the power to rock her body with burning intensity.

“Kiss My Lips, Logan,” she moaned, her eyes shut.
The car stopped.
And the moist heat of his lips swept hers in waves of steamy hot kisses. When he released her swollen lips, she touched one trembling finger to her mouth as her eyes fluttered open.

“Come here,” he told her, holding out his hand. They were parked in front of a pretty elegant restaurant.

“What are we doing here?” A bewildered expression lurked on her face. The kiss still had her in its strong grip. Her legs shook and she clutched to Logan’s arm. He steadied her and nuzzled her neck with his day old cute beard.

“We’re having a late lunch.”

Her mouth formed into an “O”.

“You haven’t answered my question. Was it my kiss?” he prodded, his fingers caressed her waist.

“Yes,” Lorna admitted. “I couldn’t stop thinking about how sweet and warm your mouth felt, how my stomach contracted and how the heat exploded throughout my body.”

His hold on her waist tightened. “Please don’t stop talking. Tell me more,” he said in a husky voice.

She swirled into his arms. “Not today. On our wedding night, I’ll answer all your questions about how you make me feel.”

Logan groaned as the automatic doors to the restaurant opened wide and they stepped into the carpeted dining area.

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Stella’s a fun-loving mother of two, married to her very own gorgeous alpha male who satisfies her romantic appetite.

Writing romance novels is now her full-time passion. In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels laced with the right cocktail of blazing passion, intrigue & toe-curling romance set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and America. There are seven contemporary romance novels in the basket; Loitering Shadows, Stormy Defense, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1).

My first historical romance is on my writing desk at the moment. In my leisure, I go swimming, reads romance novels, go to the Cinema and watch TV.
Flirty & Feisty Romance wishes you an amazing holiday season.
Our promise…is to deliver an intensely emotional experience you’ll never forget.

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Haiku My Heart: Brand Me

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Done for  Recuerda Mi Corazon.

Lovely folks, this is just to say Hi and let you know that I miss you all each day. So much going on in my life right now and I hope that by the time I’m back I will have good news for you. :-) Until then here’s a haiku from my WIP to keep you missing me. :-) :-)

Brand Me

haunt my waking thoughts

 with your luminous branding

for dusk cometh soon

 
Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(25/10/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

Haiku My Heart: Sleepless

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Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan prompt, Sleepless and also for Recuerda Mi Corazon.

Credits: Sleepless Nights

sleepless nights

all I think about

is your cologne

2

whisperings at  night

tossing and turning in bed

the moon winks at me

3

blinking stars

peep through my window

sleepless night

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(22/08/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

Thursday Fibonacci: Flames

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The photo is by kind permission of Gilly.

Today, instead of a Tanka, I’m trying out the Fibonacci sequence for the second time. Being so bored lately, I’m trying to challenge myself to see where I can go with it. With the Fibonacci the number of syllables in each line must equal the sum of the syllables in the two previous lines. So, start with 0 and 1, add them together to get your next number, which is also 1, 2 comes next, then add 2 and 1 to get 3, and so on. The Fibonacci sequence is: 0,1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21

Poetry: 1 syllable, 1 syllable, 2 syllables, 3 syllables, 5 syllables, 8 syllables, 13 syllables, 21 syllables and so on .. Not an easy form :-)

orange

Crocosmia

Flames

flames

like

 twilight

 igniting

my dormant passions

 a prequel to the velvet night

mesmerizing moon and dancing silhouettes of ideas

effervescent, they yearn for that cathartic release amidst verdant soils of the mind

passions bursting forth in kaleidoscopic shimmers, they glow with the crocosmia in the early morning sunrise, sweeping me to exhale.

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(21/08/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

Of My Jumbled Thoughts and Kenyan Jewelry.

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Displaying 2.jpgI’m going out of my way today to pour down my thoughts. I’ve been boggled with so many things whirling in my mind for the past two months or so. As you would all note I post about two or three times a week instead of the previous almost daily affair; I’ve also been participating less and less in challenges. Not that I don’t have anything to write about but I’m beginning to question the purpose of it all.

Anytime I read posts where bloggers question the purpose of what they do I just smile and shake my head not really getting what they mean. I guess I’ve been hit too. Apart from the fact that I’m much more busy at work, I find that there’s little joy in what I’m doing on the blog these days. Please do not get me wrong, I get excited when my work is praised and I do try to make time to visit, comment and appreciate or like posts from bloggers. But is that all there is to it? Am I missing something? Am I doing it right? I’m afraid I’m loosing it all.

Maybe I need a break. I don’t know. My well-meaning blogger friends have been urging me to publish, poems or stories. Whatever! Even as my first draft of my work-in-progress is nearing completion, I still am not excited. I’ve done quite a number of book reviews both on my bog and on amazon upon request. But I ask ‘who will be interested in this jazz?’ (as we say here).

I know I ought to break and take time off the blogosphere to re-charge. If I had enough money I would just pack my bags and head off alone to a luxurious hotel here, or maybe outside, for about one month and chill. I will remain incommunicado for the whole period.  :-) Alas! So my dear friends, pardon me if I don’t visit your blogs as often as I should.

On the brighter side, my aunt who lives with her husband in Kenya visited home this month. She wants to set up a business over here, selling Kenyan jewellery and accessories. I think it’s a great idea since we’ve been hooked on authentic African  stuff for some time now as a people. I believe it’s all part of the ‘sankofa‘ or ‘go back and take’ or ‘go back to your roots‘ rediscovery agenda. :-)

According to my aunt Veronica, I could check the internet for authentic Kenyan custom jewelry for verification. Apparently they are in high demand even here. People post free ads in Kenya all the time so this should not be a problem. . Now she wants me to help her with this since she believes I might have some connections (erroneously I might add) but who wants to burst her bubble? I will do the best I can when she is ready.  There’s some excitement bubbling in me at the thought of this fine venture and my expectations.

Displaying 1.jpgIncidentally, my aunt narrowly escaped death in the upscale Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya last year September when gunmen opened fire and gunned down about 60 or so shoppers at the Mall. She was in the mall shopping and from her harrowing narration, I can only say it was not her time.  :-)

Haiku Horizons: Bones

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Done for Haiku Horizons.

Bones

creaking sound

in the cold night

bed or bones?

 

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(18/08/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

Haiku My Heart: Rose

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Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan prompt, Rose and also for Recuerda Mi Corazon.

Baccarat Rose

breeze of roses

fills the dark sultry night

Champagne bliss

2

twirling all night

with new lover boy

roses in her hair

3

woo me with roses

and flutes of Dom Pérignon

I’m yours forever

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(15/08/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

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