For theE-book with an autograph page in PDF, Kindle, or iTunes formats this week it is only $.97.
Looks like a real piece of paper and a nice sentiment too don’t you think?
And that’s not all you get
You get five (5) dimensional descriptions of what it is like to travel down a river or through the jungle in the Amazon. You will experience the journey with all of your senses and emotions.
Emilio describes his trip down an Amazon tributary. “My clothing was always damp with sweat. The heat and humidity made the trip unbearable. Even the breeze coming off the water was warm and fetid. The chatter of monkeys was tiresome; the biting insects were bothersome and painful. The occasional shadowy animal, drawn undoubtedly by the sound of the motor, would stalk us, making its way through the undergrowth that grew along the riverbank. The relentless heat, discomfort, and unpredictability reached out like a smothering and heavy hand from the jungle and kept its dank grip on me and the boat.”
Come to The Patron’s Wife Book Release Party on Facebook on Monday 8-7-17 from 10am to 9pm and hear Mark read this passage and others as you travel down the Rio Oscuro in an Amazon video. Invite your friends and join us when you can.
There is that beautiful book cover designed by Mary Ellen Wilson and Rousseau (we appreciate his contribution even though we mention him second).
Honestly, I have never been paid by Amazon although there are used “Alchemist Gift” books for sale on the Amazon website. Where’s the logic in that? Looking for a good class-action suit if you know of one.
Not only will they help you but you can call them on the phone, they really answer, and they are knowledgeable customer service assistance. They really listen and come up with a solution. Have you ever tried to call Amazon?
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Books vs Videos Traveling up the Amazon River
The wonderful thing about your imagination is that you bring all of your experiences to a scene in a story or novel. Sometimes a written description can spark a different and more focused experience as compared to a video. A video can be very well done and can certainly tell a story. But we are limited to what our eyes can take in and the score to elicit the proper emotion or reaction. With a video we are truly witnesses. With literature we are more participants. I hope I did that in my description of Emilio’s trip down the Rio Oscuro in the Amazon in my latest novel, ‘The Patròn’s Wife”. Many moons ago, I was stationed in the Florida Keys and at Homestead Air Base, that was very near the Everglades. Both places were hot, sticky and buggy. In the summer you could just about set you watch to the time of the daily thunder storm. Those were the experiences I drew from for the opening description.
Compare this Video to Emilio’s Trip
down the Amazon in The Patron’s Wife
“The dull pulse of the boat motor echoed back from the dense wall of tangled greenery that crowded its way to the edge of the river bank. The chirps and clicks from a thousand insects set an unearthly cadence that was palpable. Mist swirled overhead, opening now and again to let the sun’s rays play off the living pearls of dew that rolled down from leaf to quivering leaf, back into the brown waters of the Rio Oscuro”
“My clothing was always damp with sweat. The heat and humidity made the trip unbearable. Even the breeze coming off the water was warm and fetid. The chatter of monkeys was tiresome; the biting insects were bothersome and painful. The occasional shadowy animal, drawn undoubtedly by the sound of the motor, would stalk us, making its way through the undergrowth that grew along the riverbank. The relentless heat, discomfort, and unpredictability reached out like a smothering and heavy hand from the jungle and kept its dank grip on me and the boat.”
Another scene has to do with the protagonist Emilio being driven up from the Rio Oscuro in the Amazon to El Paradiso, the name of the plantation where the greater part of the story takes place.
“The road was rutted and bumpy. Branches and fronds reached out and clawed and scratched at all sides of the Land Rover as if trying to pull us into the undergrowth. There was no view to speak of, only a twinkling tunnel made through the tangle of low brush, large green leaves and overhead, vines and flowering creepers and still higher, the canopies of the great trees.
“We traveled inland for maybe twelve kilometers. I heard birds and the chatter of monkeys but I saw no animals. Leòn came to a jarring stop. A jaguar appeared out of the brush and stopped on the road. Its golden eyes burned into mine. Leòn looked away from the animal; he even held his hand up to shield his face and gave the big cat a wide berth. I expected him to say something, but he did not. He did not even look at me. We drove off in silence.”
All of those scenes have to do with the Amazon jungle. By reading the words you become part of the story. You become an active participant by reliving your own set of experiences and memories and those of the character. A video can never do that.
When that little seed germinates and a story starts to grow, it needs all the proper ingredients. Where do you research and how much research do you really need to do? In a novel or short story everything has to gel, and the more meticulous one is with the details the better the story will be. Those details can make or break an author. My novel, The Patròn’s Wife, is basically a love triangle set partly in the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon jungle.
To be honest, I have never been to the Ecuadorian highlands or the Amazon jungle. I did, however, live in the southern Californian foothills at an elevation of 1,200 feet and I was stationed in Key West Florida, a little further north at Homestead, quite close to the Everglades. I literally researched my experiences and drew from them. I lived at an elevation where fog and low rolling clouds might cover the neighboring hills and fill the vales in between. The parts of Florida I lived in were sub-tropical and rife with mosquitoes and the occasional gator swimming along in one of the many canals. I drew from those experiences. I am also fortunate enough to have some very dear acquaintances from Ecuador. They were a fount of information and I was able to use many of the tidbits they shared about the Waorani tribe.
It’s amazing the treasure trove of information that sits in that area between the conscious and the subconscious mind. It wasn’t until I started writing the novel that I realized how influenced I was by a book called Keep the River on Your Right and a film titled ‘The Emerald Forest’. Both dealt with tribes in Amazonia. Even though I read the book and saw the movie years ago, scenes and snippets came to the fore to put me in the proper mindset.
Another source was the great number of videos and TV documentaries on the Waorani’s life style, Ecuador and the Amazon jungle. And last but not least, I used the internet and actual books. So, you have all this information, all of which is quite useful, but how much do you really use? You might use some of those details to give a scene a real presence. In describing the Enfield rifle that Hector gave to Emilio to clean up and use to hunt the jaguar, I looked it up to see the exact configuration of the wooden stock, how many bullets the magazine held, the caliber, even how much it weighed. I didn’t use all of the information about the rifle, but just enough to satisfy any gun enthusiast. I also did specific research on the type of HAM radio Hector used. I needed something vintage so I selected a Collins 75A-4, a very popular model from his grandfather’s era.
For me, the research is fun. I always experience a sense of wonder with the information I glean from all of those sources. It’s reassuring that a person can always learn something new.
Fascinating! Yes, research is always a great experience during the writing process. – Marie Lavender
Mark Giglio is a writer, artist and award-winning furniture maker with a degree in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. He lives in Escondido, CA in San Diego County. He has written novels in Historical Romance (Alchemist Gift), and a Supernatural Romantic Thriller (The Patròn’s Wife). The second volume of Alchemist Gift, Curious Journey, with the main character of Count Emilio, is in the works. His short stories are in the Horror and Science Fiction genres. See more of his work at http://www.alchemistgift.com.