The Carcassonne Affair – Expat Living In France With a Few Complications

July 24, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction

Expat LivingWriters tend to live in cocooned worlds, often distanced from the life they write about. Mark Brayfeld was no exception. And when he took the decision to leave London and move to a tranquil rural retreat in South West France it didn’t occur to him that bestselling authors are often dogged by their success in unusual ways.

Expat Living FranceWhat Mark hadn’t realised as he upped sticks, ended a relationship, and moved to warmer climes, was that his about to be published next novel was worrying the life out of an amoral London financier. Mark’s previous book had thrown light on unsavoury goings-on in the horse racing world, and Stuart Maleric realised that if Mark’s sequel spilled any more beans his reputation could be sunk in short order. Maleric vowed to do whatever was necessary to put a stop to that happening.

Expat life in France beckoned, but neither Mark or the new friends he soon made had any idea of the ruthless people who were about to land in their midst.

This is a book that gently rocks you out of slumber and bit by bit slips in the vicissitudes of life that can change your life for ever. A humdinger of a novel.

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Available now in Kindle format this contemporary thriller is available from Amazon, you can purchase the book and be reading it in a matter of minutes. Use the links below:

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Book Extracts

A Woman Scorned

“I was still surprised at how little this mattered to me; how unmoved, how indifferent I felt. And it wasn’t a question of being wound up, or stressed, or being in a blind fury. I just didn’t care, and could see with the utmost clarity that a change in my life was taking place as she ranted on. When I left the house that very night I would have no intention of returning for anything. Absolutely anything. I wanted out, fast . . . permanently, and she had been the one who’d prompted it. These had been her words, her ideas, but they suited my wishes to the letter.”

Murder Mysteries

“Grievance, lawyers, battles – what on earth was going on, Miriam wondered. Mark’s last book may not have sold well, but she couldn’t believe it contained ammunition for people to rail against, and certainly not for lawyers to get bothered about and pop wigs on their heads. A novel about the racing world and the folk who dreamed of beating the bookies was not material for the Old Bailey.”

Action and Adventure

“Kev left La Grenade as he’d entered it – through the window at the rear. He’d re-bolted the front doors. The more time he gave himself to clear the area the better, and open doors would only invite curiosity, he believed.
An hour later Kev abandoned O’Dowd’s car in a tree-lined street in Castelnaudary close to the railway station, a barren part of town with little to commend it, bought a ticket for the next train to Toulouse, and crossed to the solitary cafe across the road. For the first time that day he felt able to relax a little, but there were loose ends to tie up. Mobile phone in hand, he made the first call as a waiter arrived to take his order.”

You can see the author’s profile using this link Jonathan Veale – Author and see some of his other books using the links below

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When is a Kindle Not a Kindle?

July 12, 2012 in Articles, Kindle Devices

The answer to this question is not as puzzling as it might first seem, because the answer is very straightforward – when it’s an App.

Basically once you have bought a Kindle book you don’t actually need a Kindle to read it. The Kindle app is available for most types of tablet, smartphone or computer and you can download the one you need here at – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

If you have a Kindle then that is fine because you can of course read Kindle books on any of the Kindle devices including the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Fire. This will also give you access to the special functionality the Kindle offers. Features like synchronizing the furthest page read, bookmarking, making notes and highlighting across all your different devices. This is done using Amazon’s Whispersync app which was developed so that, no matter what device you choose to read your book with at any time, they will all be up to date and will remember where you were in your book so you can continue where you left off seamlessly. You don’t even need to own a Kindle to useWhispersync, you can use it for your other devices.

A nice feature of a properly formatted Kindle book is the ease with which you can change the font size to suit you and your eyesight. This makes the process of reading your book so much more rewarding, especially when using the E Ink display which I think most people are aware of, if only because of the facility it provides for reading in bright sunlight whilst remaining very clear and crisp. What some people may not be aware of is that you can also change the Typeface, Line Spacing, Words per line and screen rotation very easily and simply. So your reading experience with a Kindle is truly enhanced by letting you choose exactly how you want to read it. A paper book simply can’t do that, but if you feel that you like the way a paper book sits in your hand, you might like to consider buying a cover for your Kindle, then when you flap open the cover to start reading it looks and feels much more like a traditional paper book.

Don’t forget that you are also allowed to read the first chapter of any Kindle book before you have to decide if you want to buy it and usually the ‘Look Inside’ feature is available on Amazon for taking a peak at a book even before you need to download the book or the sample pages.

So yes your Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, BlackBerry, Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 7, Mac, PC, or web browser, my personal preference is the most basic Kindle, which also happens to be the cheapest.

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