Sunday, 31 January 2016

10 Steps For Dealing With Jealousy



Relationships are built over the foundations of trust and love. Yet, there is one green-eyed monster which can creep in without people being aware.

When I picked this book for reading I was a bit skeptical. I didn't want to end up with a book that was similar to others available in the market. And I am so glad to accept that this book has indeed been a wonderful learning tool for me; one that I can use in my life.

Jealousy has marred many relationships. Everybody knows the ill-effects. However, what makes this book  a sought after one is the fact that it is filled with practical tips. Victoria has beautifully meted out practical tips which can be implemented in our daily lives. The 10 steps are easy to adapt and adhere to when jealousy is identified or even otherwise. Spelling them out will be like spoilers.

The language is very simple and easy to understand. The writing style is not based on giving a lecture or dictating, instead, it is just like a pep talk given by a knowledgeable friend. Also, Victoria has used examples which anybody can relate to irrespective of the caste, region, religion or country. The high point of this book is the way the concept of handling jealousy for successful relationships has been emphasized.

To sum up, this book is a must-read for everyone who have a relationship and want to make it stronger. And in case, the green eyed monster enters and cracks develop in your world, this book is sure to heal it all.

P.S - I loved Victoria's style of addressing a topic so relevant!!!


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Corruption Of Power



Power corrupts, but having to cope up amidst corruption of power, is definitely not a happy place to be in.

Corruption of Power is the second book in the Leskin series. I haven't read the first one, but now, would definitely look it up. The plot is interesting. It is an out and out political thriller set in Russia.
The story addresses the impact of corruption and corrupt practises on political aspirations. It talks of oligarchs and privatization practices. George has ensured that the facts highlighted are right and hence, has used his experiences aptly in this fictional narration.

George has a way with words. Though initially, it may take a while to get used to the names and terms, yet, the story doesnt lose its flavour. He brings out the factors affecting the present political scenario in Europe and Asia, but in a manner that does not hurt anybody's sentiments. He has also subtly hinted at how the world might change in the future thanks to depleting resources. And yes, as citizens of the world, we all have a major role to play towards conservation of resources and adoption of anti-corrupt practices.

Alex Leskin is not the perfect protagonist. He has his flaws and personal issues. Yet, he is one character you would not want to forget. And yes, it is Leskin who has made me want to read more about him. There are other characters as well and each of them have an important part to play with regards to the development of the story. You have to read it in order to appreciate it.

To sum up, the story is a gripping tale of grit and action amidst corruption and instability. It is a must read in case you are interested in geopolitics.

P.S - George, this book opened up a whole new genre for me. Will definitely read your first book and I hope more are there to come!!!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wick




The story is exactly as the title suggests. Wick in a candle burns till the very end; it cannot do justice to its job unless there is enough wax to support it.

The plot is definitely something to lookout for. It is interesting, confusing, futuristic, multidimensional, in fact, it encompasses anything and everything that you can think of. The story begins with lot of confusions. As one progresses reading, it becomes  clear that the confusion was in reality a well-thought of plan to keep the reader engaged. Besides, the storyline has universal appeal. There is a little bit of many genres for readers.

Matt definitely has a unique style of writing. Each point of view  presented is distinct and apt for that particular character. His sense of humour is evident from the smiles that will form up on your face as  you read on! The narration is a bit complex, and hence,it results in forming of confusions. But then, that is what differentiates Matt as a writer from other writers. Yes, there are a few grammatical errors, yet, the captivating plot makes up for these mistakes. The descriptions are vivid and after some time, it really feels like being a part of the story on a wider canvas.

There are many characters. And, I must admit, this book gives due opportunity to all its characters and ensures due dignity of each of them. Simply put, Matt has  attempted to encourage tolerance towards  one another irrespective of caste, creed, religion, language, gender etc. The message of respecting other people for their good qualities and not making them a target for ridicule, is loud and clear. If only all humans adhered to it!!! All the characters have distinct personality  traits. Matt has truly done justice to all his characters.

To sum up, this book is worth reading for the plot, the characters and the fact that it has a bit of everything for every reader.

P.S  - The cliffhanger promises a  sequel. Am looking forward  to it Matt!!!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Right Or Almost Right




Network marketing is a field that many people are still wary about. John's book helps the reader find out whether he or  she is right or almost right in this area.

The book brings out the details involved in network marketing and how one can go about it. The concepts of striving hard towards reaching one's goal, staying focused and working hard everyday, are  somethings that can be  practised in daily life.

John  uses simple language and loads of personal example. This helps erase doubts even if  one is a bit skeptical. Practical tips on how to go about thngs, how to motivate people down the line, are stuff  which are rattled out by management schools, but through the writings of a man from a humble backdrop, it is definitely inspiring.

Network marketing also needs the same dedication that a regular job needs. The choice is totally up to the reader. John's story is definitely inspirational in this context.n that a regular job needs. The choice is totally up to the reader. John's story is definitely inspirational in this context.

To sum up, in case somebody is already into network marketing, this book will help him or her survive and outshine. On the contrary, if one is willing to take risks, invest time and patience, this book has all the answers with regards to network marketing.

P.S - Thank you Laura of iRead book tours for this awesome book in exchange for an honest review.

My $25,000 Advice On Time Management: John Haremza

Time-Management Is A Fundamental
Key To Success And Accomplishing Daily Goals.

A great way to effectively manage your time and prioritize tasks is to start your day by writing down all that you wish to accomplish, in order of importance. If you put your day on paper before it starts, it will be like taking a ton of bricks off of your back. It will eliminate that overwhelming feeling that comes from being disorganized. This is especially true if you’re working part-time.

I’ve been told by so many people that they spend a lot of time building their businesses. When I ask them what they’re doing, it turns out that they’re actually spending most of their days doing what I call “no-pay-time” activities. Know the difference between no-pay-time and pay-time.

Pay-Time

Focus on pay-time activities. You get paid for talking to people who are not using your products. Nothing is more important than prioritizing pay-time. The biggest mistake network marketers make in how they spend their time is that they don’t prioritize.

Interruptions

Never let anything interrupt the time you set aside to build your business. This is your business, the new life that you’re building for yourself. What is more important than that?

No matter how you slice it, there are only 24 hours in a day. That applies to you, to your co-worker who only seems able to do half the amount of work you do, and to your former co-worker who consistently accomplishes more than you, and has been promoted as a result. If you want to rise through the ranks, you have to acknowledge the importance of finding a way to manage this limited resource called time.

About The Author



After he graduated high school, John got a job as a machine operator at the potato chip plant. When he was promoted to maintenance manager he thought that this $22,000 a year job was the best job he could ever hope for. Then he was introduced to Network Marketing and his life changed forever.

John’s story is one of those American rags to riches, from adversity and obscurity to a life of dreams. Now after spending 23 years in network marketing John has earned over $12 million. He has been responsible for product sales of over $500 million. His teams have earned over $200 million in commissions and he is featured in numerous publications and has produced 100’s of sales tools to support his teams.

​Currently, a regular speaker, consultant and author, John hopes to bring his message of Right or Almost Right to the masses.

Connect with the author:  Website  Twitter  Facebook

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Piggy Sense! Save It For A Rainy Day

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I came across this book when I was desperately looking for something (in fact anything!!!) that could help me explain the importance of money to my kids. Trust me, this book is a blessing in disguise for desperate parents.

The concept is very simple. The story is about a little boy who tries driving some "piggy sense" into the minds of readers through his experiences. However, what stands apart is that inspite of its strong  message, the content is not at all heavy for kids to comprehend. Also, though the currency may be different in different countries, still, any parent can use the compare-contrast method to teach.

Reed has used rhyming words to add a lyrical touch to the narration. Language is very simple, yet apt. The best part is that they compliment the illustrations which are very eye-catching. This book will hold attention of kids who can read as well as those who cannot.

On a personal note, I must add that when I read this book for the first time, I decided to share it with my elder kid as well. In fact, I read it out first, and as I did, I kept explaining the terms in the context of Indian currency. The compare and contrast helped her grasp the concept immediately (she is 7 years old and can read). But the best part was that when she thought I was not watching, she sat and read out the story to my three year  old in the same manner as I had done.  Icing on the cake was, my younger child came and lectured me on the importance of saving money.

What  more can a parent want!!! When children are able to value money and respect the hardwork their parents put in towards earning it, it is as good as winning the parenting battle. And the best way to teach is by catching them young. This book is a priceless addition to any parent's 'How to' library.

To sum up, I loved Reed's way of driving in some Piggy Sense. More than me, my kids loved her book.

P.S - Reed you can include two kids and an adult in your fan list!!!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Partially Broken Never Destroyed II: Mirror Mirror




I read this without reading the first book, however, this book has its own story to tell. Hence, I guess, I haven't missed much  by not reading the first one.

The story is about Kayla, a young, divorced, single mother. She can symbolise all women, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, race, country and language, who wish to live life according  to their own terms.

The plot is simple, yet, it is unlike any routine romance. There are twists and turns that enhance the storyline.

All characters are as real aas they can be. You can meet them in daily life. The flaws, qualities, emotions, are those which are exhibited by real people. The best part is, nobody is perfect in this story.

Nataisha has a beautiful writing style. There are abuses thrown in here and there,  the story has its share of adult content as well, yet, they do not overpower the storyline. Reading the story was like watching a hollywood production.

To sum up, this story gave me a feeling that that one can be partially broken but never destroyed if one is strong. Also, the story title suggests that its a mirror-mirror situation, as in continuation of  difficult times for Kayla. Well, I will surely read the first part now.

P.S - The ending hints at a sequel. I hope there is one!!!

Framed And Burning



I read this book before I read the first one in the series. And I loved every bit of it. It took me three sittings to complete my reading. No, it was definitely not because of the content, but due to my personal commitments. However, I sure will read it once again (even more) as and when I get the opportunity.

The plot is enthralling and disturbing at the same time. The concept of dreamslippers is something I have never heard of, and after reading this book, I definitely want to read up more on them. Also, the fact that Lisa addresses a vital issue to send across a strong message is commendable.

Lisa's writing style not only succeeds in vividly describing each scene, the tone at which narration is executed is strong enough to keep a reader glued to the book. She has integrated the evils of child pornography in her narration. And this is one issue which needs constant focus.

Children are innocent but, thanks to a few perverts, this innocence is exploited. Using their pictures, paedophiles not only shatter a child's dreams, they leave a scar for lifetime. Lisa's story rakes up so many emotions. For me, her story made me feel even more protective towards my kids. I wish I could say more about this, but then, it would be a big time spoiler.

All the characters have a significant role. In fact, the storyline and theme are the protagonists. Hence, each character has a specific role to play in order to bring out the essence of the story.

To sum up, I loved getting framed and burning. The story gets under your skin and will make you ponder long after you are done with reading. Its a must read.

P.S - Thank you Legit Lit Book Tours for giving me this wonderful book to read.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Krishna's Challenge: Jagmohan Bhanver

We’ve all heard this theory endless times, that one act of kindness can make a man happy who will in turn set upon a chain of kind acts, creating a domino effect and making the world a more bearable place to live in for those people directly and indirectly affected by it. The Krishna Challenge has its genesis in this very theory, however, this time, the challenge urges people to act on it and spread the word about it, which will motivate people to act out of the purity of their hearts, to make life better for people, without expecting anything in return. The second part of the challenge urges the participants to tag or nominate people to take part, which will increasing the circle of influence and encourage people to bring joy, warmth, relief in the life of those they come in contact with, thereby enhancing the quality of life in their eco system.

This challenge is more relevant today, more than ever, as we wake up to news of lynching, bombing and killings on an everyday basis and another world war seems to be dawning on us. The idea of the challenge is to not sit back waiting for the world to fix itself, but to proactively participate in fixing every small and big thing, within our power.

This challenge is a social consciousness effort, which aims to drive change in society and heighten people’s awareness towards their responsibility as citizens. You may wonder why such a challenge is named after Krishna.

Krishna is considered synonymous to the one who intervenes when there is an excess of misery, turmoil and wickedness in society.

So come be a part of the challenge and help us make the world a better place.

Here is what you need to do, if you want to become a part of the challenge:

1. Undertake an act of selfless kindness, however small, and post about it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or anywhere visible.

2. Tag 3 people you want to be a part of the challenge.

3. Follow up and understand the impact your network of kindness  is having upon the world around you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jagmohan Bhanver

Jagmohan Bhanver is a prolific writer and writing has been his passion since he was old enough to walk. The indelible scribbling on the walls of his previous homes (where he spent his childhood days) bears testament to this insane drive to write. On a more serious note, he penned his first set of verse at the age of eight and this was published as extracts in magazines when he was just about completing his tenth year. Essays, other non fiction writing and short stories formed the bulk of what he wrote in his teenage years. As an adult, he has written several scripts and screenplays for popular TV serials, and is currently fine tuning a script for a commercial film.
His first serious writing (in the self help genre) was completed by the time he was eighteen. It was initially not intended for public reading. However, over the years as he spent time in counseling he happened to share bits and pieces from the book with a large number of people. Reading the extracts surprisingly helped a lot of these people deal with problems and challenges they were facing in their lives. They shared what they had read with others. And what started as a few sheets of paper randomly handed over to a few select people turned into a tidal wave of men and women wanting to read more. It was then in 2004 (eleven years after he had finished the first draft of the book) that Jagmohan decided to seek a publisher for this book.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Serendipity: Jagmohan Bhanver


Jagmohan Bhanver
It was fun chatting up with Author Jagmohan Bhanver. Here are the snippets from our rendezvous with this awesome writer.

GR:  What description will fit you in real life?
JB:  I come from an Army family where travel and postings in different cities was rather common. While it meant that one was uprooted from one’s surrounding every now and then, it taught me to make friends wherever we went. And it taught a very important lesson, early on in life. Everything in life is transient! Friends change, your environment changes. Schools and the place you call home also change. What remains is the experiences you gain every day; and the person you become because of those experiences.

I have learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature by staying in places like Shillong and Dehradun. And I am grateful for the experience gleaned from staying in fast moving places like Mumbai and Delhi. Everywhere you go, people are the same. Their inherent drivers do not change. They will love you if you love them and they will ignore you if you do not show interest in them.
I wrote my first piece when I was 12 years old. It was a poem that got published in a magazine called Target in the early 80’s. And then I wrote for a few more publications around that time. Writing always made me feel alive. My first book (get Happy now) was published in 2004 but I had written it in 1991 when I had just turned twenty.

I am the most alive and happy when I am around my family and in situations where I can make a palpable difference to people’s lives. If you look at what I do today, everything centers around that one objective.
GR:   How does it feel to be a published author/writer? What are your preferred genres?
JB: I published my first piece when I was 12 years old. It felt great. Since then I have published scores of articles in international journals, newspapers and magazines. Having authored four best selling books in different genres, it feels terrific and I can’t think of too many things that are better than writing. While I prefer writing fiction, it is interesting that  my first three books were in the non fiction category. Within fiction, I like to delve into subjects that explore relationships. Therefore, irrespective of the genre, you will find that my characters and plot revolve around relationships and there are (I hope) deep insights to be had there.

When I write nonfiction, I select a subject that I have expertise in. Therefore, when I wrote Think your way to Millions, I was one of the handful of people in the country who knew about behavioral finance (the subject of that book). Or when I penned down Get Happy Now, I had just come out of the unhappiest phase of my life and I was in a zone where I had been able to live through it, and even be happy. I felt it put me in a position here I could share the same concepts with others. When Hachette India asked me to write about Satya Nadella & Microsoft or about Sundar Pichai & Google, they did so because they knew I understood biographies and the tech sector really well. So expertise is key when I do non fiction.

Fiction is a different matter altogether. For me, if it is a piece of fiction, it ought to be an idea that I am really passionate about. It needs to get into every part of my system, my mind for me to write it. If it doesn’t stop me from sleeping or doing anything else that I do on a regular day, then the idea is worthless for me.

When I decided to dedicate eight years of my life to researching Krishna, I did it because I knew I would not be at peace till I had done it and written the Krishna Trilogy.

So writing fiction for me is a way to calm myself, to be at peace with the demons inside. To create stories where none existed before and give life to characters that can touch the heart of the reader. If I can create a character that resonates with the reader; makes them love the character even if the character is evil, then the purpose has been served.

GR:   What does your writing place look like? 
JB: I prefer to develop a writing zone for myself. At my home, I write at my study table. As is evident, this is in my study room, where the table is positioned in one corner. I use a table lamp while writing. I guess it is a quirk I carry from my school and hostel days when table lamps were really in vogue. It helps me focus when the room is dark and it’s only the table lamp that sheds light on my keyboard. When I am in office, I make sure my cabin is secured and the phones are off the hook. I do tell my wife that I am going to be writing for the next few hours and if there is anything urgent, there is a number she can reach me. By now she is familiar with my eccentricities. It’s easy for her, as she is an artist herself and a going-to-be-published author. Her first book debuts with Hachette early next year.

In my early days, I used to write on sheets of paper and then type them into a computer. For the past ten-twelve years though, I type it in straight away.

GR:   Which fictional character created by you is closest to your heart? Why?
JB: The Dark Lord (AmartyaKalyanesu) has a bit of me. And I think so does Kansa and Vasudeva. They have my tender side and also a bit of my dark one. I think when you write with your heart and soul, you find facets of yourself that you had never known existed earlier. And some of that finds its way into your characters.

GR:  What, according to you, are your strengths and weaknesses as an author/ writer? 
JB: In France this question might have got you killed; not too many authors there would agree they have any weaknesses!

I think my key strength is that I can write on literally any genre, when it comes to fiction. At this point, I have two more books in the Krishna Trilogy that are being written. Then there is a novel in the crime genre that I am writing for one of the big publishers in the US. And a period novel (which hopefully will be my magnum opus) that I am planning for 2017.

The other positive is that I haven’t yet come across what is known in some circles as “Writer’s block”. I think it would be safe to say that there is enough material between my ears to pen at least fifty other books by the time I retire or croak my last.

Weaknesses……Hmmm. I think that is something my publishers and critics ought to answer. I do tend to spend a lot of time on relationships and characters. While a lot of people who are avid readers have called that out as my biggest strength, there are a few who would prefer to have less time spent on characterization. I’m guessing that’s one weakness that I would like to retain J

GR:  Describe your latest book. Where can we buy it?
JB: This is the first volume in the Krishna Trilogy.

It’s the story leading up to Krishna’s birth; a story that has not been written, seen or heard about till now. A product of nine long years of research that took me to places within India I never dreamed I would travel to; meeting people and reading sacred ancient texts that I did not initially have access to. But I think the hand of Krishna was over me, guiding me all the way.
In brief, the story begins when Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, but does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. This pupil, mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment struggles to survive in TamastamahPrabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes known as the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in PataalLok. He swears to destroy Brahma.

As the power of the Dark Lord begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world, Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.
But one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

This story also traces the origin of evil and at a very subtle level, compels the reader to question – “What indeed is evil?”

The book is available in all leading bookstores. It can also be ordered online on Amazon, Flipkart, Infibeam or any of the other portals selling books.

Book Links: http://www.amazon.in/Curse-Brahma-Jagmohan-Bhanver/dp/8129135337/
GR:   Who and/or What inspires you the most? Why?
JB: There are a multitude of stories hidden away in the recesses of my mind. And when an idea gets hold of me, it is like being driven by an ague. You can’t sleep, you can’t think of anything else. You have to write. And writing provides succor and peace.

The experience of seeing your characters come to life on paper is the biggest inspiration; the biggest high. Creating a story where none existed before, is another.

GR:  What all do you do when you are not writing?
JB: Whatever free time I have, I prefer to spend with my wife, kids and my Labrador. It could be anywhere. Could be a beach or a mountain resort.

GR:  Which writing project are you currently working on?
JB: Pichai – The future of Google (with Hachette) – releasing Dec 2015

Click (with Hachette) releasing in April 2016

The Rise of the Yadavas (Vol 2 in the Krishna Trilogy) – releasing in April 2016

GR:  If you could re­write one Fiction/Non­Fiction written by another author, which would it be and why? 
JB: Oh, there are so many of them. Some books are written so well that I wish I could have authored them.

For instance, I would have loved to have written ‘Family Affairs’ by Rohinton Mistry. It’s a classic and any author would wish to lay claim to a book like that. I wouldn’t change it one bit though.

A terrific  piece of fiction I would want to rewrite however would be ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. Don’t get me wrong though. It’s probably the best written book in the world. I might have changed the ending to make it a little happier though. Maybe got Estella and Philip to get together. Blame it on me being a die hard romantic, but that’s what I would have loved to do.

On the non fiction side, I may want to rewrite sections of Hersh Shefrin’s ‘Beyond greed and fear’. This is a classic on behavioral finance and it would be right to say that book doesn’t need any change. My sole intention would be to rewrite sections of the book to make them more coherent to the lay person.

Serendipity: George Eccles


G.W. Eccles



We had an opportunity to meet George W Eccles who has worked as an Advisor to a number of Oligarchs during his stint in Russia. Here is a glimpse of our serendipity with him as a successful writer.


GR: What description will fit you in real life?
GE: To start with the raw facts, I was born, and started my working life, in London. I read law at the LSE, then went on to become a partner in one of the major financial services and consulting firms. In 1994 I started to work abroad, first in Russia and then in Central Asia, and when I returned to my home in France ten years later, I became a non-executive director of a couple of listed companies that had operations in Russia and Kazakhstan. I self-published my first book, The Oligarch, the first in what I hoped to be a Leksin thriller series, in 2012, and Peach Publishing have just published my second, Corruption of Power.

What description fits me? Well, I hope Ive now made the transition from financial executive to author, but that will be for readers of Corruption of Power to judge.

GR: How does it feel to be a published author/writer? What are your preferred genres?
GE: The answer to your first question is relieved. As all emerging authors know, the process of finding a publisher is hell. Publishers nowadays publish well-known published authors or celebrities, and resort to taking on new(ish) writers only as a last resort. Everyone tells me that it used to be a great deal easier in the days before all the publishing houses consolidated into a small number of conglomerates and, if this is true, it would be a good starting-point for a competition review. Peach Publishing is a small publishing company and is prepared to take on authors at an early stage of their careers.

As to preferred genres, I write thrillers largely because I read mainly thrillers. If Im not reading a thriller, then its likely to be a biography.

GR: What does your writing place look like? Please describe in terms of location, personal comfort, stationery etc.
GE: I write in the study of my house in France which looks out over the hills down to the sea. The desk is covered in note, drafts, research papers and photos of scenes I intend to use in whatever Im writing at the time. This study is my favourite room in the house, with sofas and chairs set around the television. I have a new Bose speaker system that blares out mainly classical music while Im writing.

GR: Which fictional character created by you is closest to your heart? Why?
GE: It has to be my hero, Alex Leksin. He is a brilliant and intuitive business troubleshooter, British born but of Russian descent. Having refined his forensic skills in the serious crime section of MI5, he moved to Moscow when he realised that Russias endemic corruption would provide a ready-made, lucrative market for his services. He is not a standard action hero: he is very human with real flaws, at times filled with self-doubt, so driven to succeed that he resorts to artificial stimulants to keep going, attracted and attractive to women his relationships with them never last long. His services are so much in demand that he charges a standard success-related fee of one million euros, and he often uses the proceeds to buy back works of art that his great-grandfather lost at the time of the Russian revolution.

GR: What, according to you, are your strengths and weaknesses as an author?
GE: I prepare an outline of my novels in great detail. Its a process that can take up to six months, and results in a plan for each chapter.  I cant see how else I could do it: successful thrillers require both that the surprises, thrills and twists are properly set up as the book progresses and that the detailed timeline works.

I try to make the thrillers rattle along at a good pace, while allowing enough time for the characterisations and sense of place to develop. I find this a difficult balance to achieve, and almost always the comments of my team of readers help enormously in this respect.

My main weakness is time. I am easily distracted and have various social commitments that I try to keep up even when the manuscript has reached a difficult stage. This weakness particularly comes into play when, as now, Im working hard to promote a new book.

GR: Describe your latest book. Where can we buy it? 
GE: Corruption of Power is the second in the Leksin thriller series. The first was The Oligarch. The main protagonist is Alex Leksin, an independent troubleshooter, who is brought in by President Karpev when his plan to reduce Russia’s reliance on an ever more hostile Europe is put at risk. Following the events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, the President is hell-bent on further territorial expansion, and his strategy is first to shift the markets for his country’s energy to the East. Failure could mean catastrophe.Against a background of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin’s investigations take him from Moscow to Turkmenistan, one of the world's most sinister countries, right at the heart of Central Asia.



A number of character who first appeared in The Oligarch return: President Karpev himself; Nikolai Koriakov, Leksin’s best friend from his Cambridge days and now one of Karpev’s blue-eyed boys, and Nadia, a freelance terrorist.

The Oligarch: A Thriller
The First Book

The book is available from all global Amazon stores, including Amazon UK  Amazon USA Amazon India
Readers can find out more about me and the book on my website: http://www.gweccles.com

GR: Who and/or What inspires you the most? Why? 
GE: Thriller writers, generally. The best thriller writers are such gifted storytellers, and weave complex plots most cleverly. My particular favourites are John Le Carre (the master, so far as Im concerned), Robert Harris and James Patterson. In different ways, they are all achievement targets at which to aim.

I should perhaps also mention Gillian Flynn. I thought Gone Girl was brilliant.

GR: What all do you do when you are not writing? 
GE: When I am not planning another story or actually writing it, I like good food, play bridge and go to the opera. Most recently, I am very occupied with my new bulldog puppy called Boris. Hes eight weeks old and chews everything, especially me!

Boris the Bulldog Puppy
Having lived for ten years in Russia and Central Asia, I am also naturally interested in these regions, so I follow what is going on there closely in the national and local press. Im on the constant lookout for potential new plots.

GR:  Which writing project are you currently working on? 
GE: Im half-way through the first draft of the third Leksin thriller. It was inspired by a newspaper article about a small group of investors who lost vast amounts of money in a Moscow scam and then, one by one, died in mysterious circumstances. No one has ever found out where the money went or why they were killed. Leksin will!

GR:  If you could rewrite one Fiction written by another author, which would it be and why?
GE: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A masterclass in plotting and letting a story unfold at its own pace, while keeping the reader riveted throughout. To my mind, Smiley is one of the standout characters in thriller writing.