Michael Booth, author of The Ebook Ebook, is a US-born expatriate journalist and online fine-art-printmaking publisher who has lived in a Spanish village in the foothills of Sierra Nevada for the past four decades. His interest in electronic publishing is recent, but he was bitten hard, and when he noticed that there was as yet no disinterested guide to ebook publishing resources, he decided to sit down and research and write The Ebook Ebook.
His other ebook-related sites are:
* The Ebook Crew (http://ebookcrew.ning.com), a real-time networking site for actual and aspiring ebook author/publishers.
* Ebook Latest (http://ebooklatest.wordpress.com), a blog site for keeping up to date on the latest developments in the world of ebooks.
Where to find Michael Booth online
The Turncoat Chronicles
The Turncoat Chronicles is the non-fiction story of a young man, born and raised in the U.S.A., who went looking for a better place to live--and found it in Spain. The narration weaves its way between the human-centered Spanish "estilo de vida" and the American way of life he left behind. It includes a critical look at what the United States has become over the past four decades.
The Ebook Ebook
The Ebook Ebook guides aspiring author/publishers through the wilds of ebook publishing and marketing. The author explains writers' options at every stage of the e-publishing odyssey. Booth's research for The Ebook Ebook is as scrupulous as his writing is a pleasure to read. This is a book which will not only save author/publishers untold grief, but will give them a morale boost at the same time.
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- Don't Miss The Fiesta!
on Aug. 14, 2010
Don’t Miss the Fiesta! by David Baird, published by Maroma Press
With this engaging book, journalist and author David Baird (born in Shropshire, England) does a remarkable job both of entertaining and enlightening his readers. At first glance Don’t Miss the Fiesta! is just a compelling tale of mystery and adventure: Sully, a degenerate British fraudster takes refuge in a remote Andalusian mountain village, bringing with him his baggage of regrets and sordid secrets. But he’s unaware of the mysteries the seemingly innocent village of Benamargo harbors. A hint: The name itself denotes bitterness.
On another level the book is a vibrant fictionalized account of the secret lives of so many real-life Spanish villages which—at the time the story is set, in the 1980s—were still largely trapped between the hammer of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, and the anvil of cruel medieval religious “obligations”.
Don’t Miss the Fiesta is not only a formidable page-turner, but also an authoritative compendium of the ways and mores of Spain’s fast-disappearing rural societies. It’s like being taken on a tour of primitive Samoa by the great cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. Your guide is an expert who has personally discovered during years of study every nuance of a fascinating-if-little-known society.
They are on familiar terms with its exterior manifestations and its most intimate secrets.
The Benamargos of this world are populated by frank and simple people, cured in adversity and inured with the patience of the poor. At the same time they are beset by ignorance and envy, religious fanaticism and hypocrisy. And an able manipulator with God on his side can turn these traits into toxic stew, as Sully discovers too late. Though Spain is fast outgrowing many of these aspects of what they call “la España negra”, in some places many of them still endure. In fact, this book might be a bellwether for the flocks of innocent Brits who are at this very moment lemming their way south to start new lives in “the real Spain”.
On arriving in Benamargo, Sully, the wide boy, congratulates himself on his choice of bolthole, though noting how severely limited and deadly boring it is. Before the story is over, however, he will miss that boredom. He will have befriended a deceitful barman, met up with a particularly unsavory ghost from the past, fallen in love, been betrayed by his most trustworthy friend in the village and demonized by a fanatical priest and his cohort of shrouded and sanctimonious bully boys.
All of these experiences have produced a remarkable transformation in Sully, and just as he is about to meet a spectacular end the author produces a welcome deus ex machina which… But let’s not spoil it for you. There’s a fascinating book here to be read. You don’t even have to go to a bookstore or order it online and wait a week for it to arrive. It’s an ebook. You can download it immediately!