Magnus Stanke – Time Lies
I’ve been writing for many, many years (songs, film criticism, film scripts) — novels, however, only for the last three. I live in Spain, am putting finishing touches to my third book and plotting the fourth.
While my books are not autobiographical in a literal sense, there is a lot of me in them. Like most people, I have created a comfort zone around myself that attempts to emulate aspects of my childhood. I have spent more than half of my life outside of my native Germany. I have willingly – and happily – lived and travelled on a shoestring and off, in places in and out of Europe and put myself in situations where I’m the proverbial ‘outsider looking in’; close to, but on the margins of, well, for a lack of a better word, ‘society’.
That’s where I feel at home, no matter whether it’s South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean or Spain (where I’ve lived for seven years). I always endeavour to learn the language and adapt as much as I can. And I’m successful at it, to a point.
And that’s where my narratives set out from, my personal vantage point from the outside peeking in. The drama arises from the protagonists’ yearning to be part of something that’s essential alien to them, but without getting too close. Of course they get burned, sometimes severely. There’s such an enormous potential for antagonism that I think I could write for the rest of my life.
That, at least, is the plan.
In ‘Time Lies’, a quietly devious mystery-thriller set in Cold War Germany, a reluctant serial killer realises he has been murdering the wrong people.
But there is hope for him yet…
Karl wakes up in a locked room, a prisoner once again. But this unfamiliar place is no penitentiary. And this time he volunteered to be here.
A tragic accident took everything that was dear to Albert. Now everybody’s favourite twin sits in his wheelchair and contemplates the ultimate sin.
Dagmar was taken in by the church as a baby and has grown into a young woman with a ferocious appetite – and it’s not for food.
Tobias is the other twin, the also-ran whose greatest talent lies in impersonating his brother. Tobias’ skills are less developed when it comes to killing.
But make no mistake – he’ll catch on…
Four different people. Four different stories. One murderer. Maybe their lifelines crossed years ago.
Both ‘Falling in Death and Love’ and ‘Time Lies’ will be free from Dec 15-17
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Time Lies- Amazon
Falling in Death and Love- Amazon
Robbin Miller – Three Best Friends
Robbin Miller is a Children’s Book Author for writing picture books on inclusion and diversity. “Three Best Friends,” is Robbin’s second picture book promoting inclusive and accessible playgrounds for all children to play together. When inaccessible playgrounds exclude children with physical mobilities from playing with their friends, they can became targets for bullies to call them names and to be mean to them. “Three Best Friends,” emphasizes that children bully other children with disabilities when they perceive them as being different from themselves and not being like them.
“Three Best Friends,” is the first picture book promoting accessible and inclusive playgrounds for children with mobility impairments. The protagonist and his two best friends are excited about a new playground opening up in their community. After the ribbon is cut, the protagonist pushes his wheelchair alongside his two best friends. Suddenly, the protagonist yells out, “My wheelchair is stuck in the wood chips flooring of the playground.” He struggles to no avail to try push his wheelchair out of the wood chips. With tears running down his face and aching shoulders, the protagonist’s father pushes him out of the playground.
The protagonist is determined to find a way to play with his friends in the new playground. He is bullied by two children in the playground as he waits outside of the fence for his two best friends to come out to play with him. Despite feeling humiliated, the protagonist learns the true meaning of friendship. The lesson is that inaccessible playgrounds prevent children with all abilities to interact and to play together.
“Three Best Friends,” is a great resource for children in school to read and to have a discussion on how kids learn from each other from all abilities backgrounds in public playgrounds.
The book is being sold at www.amazon.com in print and kindle forms. Also, “Playgroup Time,” which promotes inclusion at an early intervention structured playground for all young children with all abilities. EJ meets a new friend who cries on his first day of playgroup. Through a few itty mishaps and adventures, EJ’s friend learn how much playgroup is to meet other young children to have fun.