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Fill your #Kindle with ebooks – why not try the Identity Detective series

No exciting books under the Christmas tree? Are you bored already? Fill your #Kindle with new ebooks by authors new to you. Or start that book you’ve been meaning to read and haven’t got around to buying? Or try the Identity Detective series.Identity DetectiveSo what’s my ‘Identity Detective’ series all about?
Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, reunites the people lost through adoption. The stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult cases. The people who cannot be found, who are thought lost forever. And each new challenge makes Rose re-live her own adoption story, each birth mother and father, adopted child, and adoptive parent she talks to, reminds her of her own birth mother Kate. Each book in the ‘Identity Detective’ series considers the viewpoint of one person trapped in this horrible dilemma. In the first book of the series, Ignoring Gravity, it is Rose’s experience we follow as an adult discovering she was adopted as a baby. Connectedness is the story of a birth mother, her hopes and anxieties, her guilt and fear, and her longing to see her baby again.

Here’s what some readers said about ‘Ignoring Gravity’ 5* “Ignoring Gravity is a very enjoyable read from beginning to end. The warm story will tear at your heart strings one moment, and make you smile the next.”
5* “I gave Ignoring Gravity 5 stars out of 5 for being a thought-provoking read on a sensitive and sometimes difficult subject. Knowing who you are and where you came from is important whether you are adopted or not.”
5* “This book genuinely surprised me. Reading the first couple of pages I almost put it down but I am really glad I didn’t make that mistake because as it drew me in I found it increasingly difficult to stop reading. I love books about secrets and this was no exception.”
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 … and about ‘Connectedness’ Sandra Danby5* “This is a novel that I found hard to put down as it swept me along on a roller-coaster of an emotional ride. I had to pull myself together not to burst into tears. Highly recommended to readers who enjoy a very well-written story about a family saga.”
4* “This novel is deftly plotted with vivid characters and a mesmerizing story. I truly loved the way Justine’s past was woven into her present, reminding us that we are all, like her art, collages made from the memories and experiences we pick up on our travels and via the people we meet.”
5* “A beautiful book on so many levels. The title and the stunning cover drew me in and the prologue took my breath away. I had to read on to know why, what, who. I felt for Justine – her ache, angst, grief, her quest for answers – all so realistic, so sensitively portrayed.”
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Being versatile

I don’t think I’ve ever been called ‘versatile’ before so a big thanks to Debbie Vega who has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. the versatile blogger award - logo 26-5-14Debbie has followed this blog for a long time partly, I think, because she misses Spain [she was born in Spain but now lives in Miami]. So, gracias amiga! She is a short story writer and movie lover, check out her blog here.

So I looked up ‘versatile’ in my dictionaries.

In English, it means ‘able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities’, and ‘changeable, inconstant’. I guess that does sum up our life here over the last few years, we have certainly had to adapt and willing to accept change. Not sure about the inconstant bit though, maybe that’s the weather!

In Spanish, ‘versatile’ translates as versátil [person] or flexible [mind].

So here are the rules for this award:-
Include a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Nominate 15 bloggers to receive the award, with links to their blogs.
Share seven things about myself.

My 15 nominations are:-
Discovery Walking for guided walking tours in beautiful parts of Europe.

The Birthday Dinner, try her ricotta stuffed baby peppers!

Purfect Kitties, the photos of these two cats make me smile every day.

Crooked Tracks, for beautiful nature photos from Minnesota, USA.

Tiffany Imogen, a British blogger and student who writes about books, theatre and the movies.

Susan at Still Life with Tortillas, who writes from beautiful Alaska, USA [below].

[photo: Still Life with Tortillas]

[photo: Still Life with Tortillas]

Writer Elizabeth Melton Parsons, who blogs about books, writing, nature, art and gardening.

Another writer, Nithin Purple who wrote Halcyon Wings.

Richa, a food blogger and Rajasthani married to a Bengali. Check out her Indian recipes at Sweet Jaw.

Sophie Bowns, fiction writer and aspiring novelist.

Winston’s Dad, who reviews of the best in translated fiction, including Spanish.

Writer Barry O’Leary at A Novel Spain who writes about daily life in Spain.

You have to try Alice’s recipes at A Life Moment, particularly the Nutella and raspberry cupcakes!

Julie Stock, working on her first novel, blogs about the journey including useful writing tips.

And finally for Rough Seas in the Med, who has been in hospital in Gibraltar and is now convalescing. This is to make her smile!

Now, seven Spanish things about me that you don’t know.

I hate speaking Spanish on the phone, there’s something about being able to see a person’s expression that helps me to understand them;

I love Malaga, the art musuems there are amazing: the Picasso Museum, the CAC [the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo] and the Carmen Thyssen. And now there is to be the Malaga Pompidou [below], located at the city’s Port Cube at Murelle Uno, in what will be the first Pompidou outside Paris. 2000 sq m of art, due for completion in 2015. malaga pompidou 26-5-14The big question: which is the best of Mercadona’s fresh fruit juices? Naranja, mandarina, piña or manzana? For me, manzana. We have a promising crop of apples ourselves this year, see two of our applets below. baby apples7 22-5-14 (2)My second novel Connectedness, about identity detective Rose Haldane, is set partly in Malaga. The city is full of inspiration for artists [below], and Rose follows the trail of English artist to Malaga who was an art student in the city. Malaga - old door 27-10-10Last night, we sat on the terrace and watched 50 griffon vultures circle overhead as they lined up to land in the trees on the opposite hillside. It is like watching small aircraft lining up for the runway.

I have difficulty pronouncing ‘necessitamos’. It’s all those S’s.

My favourite poem in Spanish is Si el hombre pudiera decir lo que ama by Luis Cernuda.

Book Review: ‘Death’s Other Kingdom’ by Gamel Woolsey

Gamel WoolseyI loved this small book which I read in one day. Written by American writer Gamel Woolsey, member of the Bloomsbury set and married to Spanish specialist Gerald Brenan, Death’s Other Kingdom is an account of life in Spain in 1936 at the beginning of the Civil War.
Málaga goes up in flames and Woolsey observes it, living at Churriana, a few miles inland from the coast and now close to the end of the runway at Málaga airport. The first chapter is an idyllic rendition of life in a Spanish village on a hot day: the pure white walls, the diamond-shaped tiles, the gardener Enrique, his mother Maria, the cook-housekeeper, and her daughter Pilar. It is an idyllic summer day. Woolsey wakes up the next morning and Málaga is burning. She describes the bombs falling – ‘Are they ours?’ ‘Are they the Fascists’?’, the funeral processions, the sad old men and women in dusty black.
This is not a tale of rural Spain, the Brenans were part of the burgeoning ex-pat community in Malaga, pre-Civil War.

5 to remember
escritó por – written by
el miembro – the member
la vida – the life
al principio – at the beginning
el capítulo – the chapter

‘Death’s Other Kingdom’ by Gamel Woolsey [UK: Eland]

If you like this, try:-
‘The Spanish Civil War’ by Helen Graham
‘Spain’ by Jan Morris
‘Spain in Mind’ edited by Alice Leccese Powers

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Malaga 0 Atlético Madrid 0

It was a good point against a good side, but Malaga made no ground on their rivals for fourth place last night as Valencia and Real Sociedad also drew. I’m trying not to think of it as an anti-climax. Malaga’s next game is on Saturday March 9th at Valladolid, currently in 11th place.

When we’re in Spain we buy Marca, the daily sports newspaper. It’s good practise for our Spanish reading skills, and we get all the Spanish football gossip. Marca is also online, and there is an English-language option too.
5 to remember
el anticlímax – anti-climax
el or la rival – rival
empatar – to draw [a game]
ganar – to win [a game]
perder – to lose [a game]

Malaga v Atlético Madrid

La Rosaleda

La Rosaleda [photo: www.malagacf.com]

We will miss going to the football match tomorrow night. Malaga FC faces Atlético Madrid at home in a league match at La Rosaleda stadium. The game is a six-pointer against the second-placed side. Las Malaguistas are currently fourth in La Liga, 10 points behind Real Madrid and with Valencia and Real Sociedad hot on their heels. Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has been connected with a possible vacancy as Manchester City manager this summer, but he’s shown loyalty to the seaside club owned by Qatari businessmn and royal Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani who reportedly put the club up for sale last year.

Going to the football at La Rosaleda is a fantastic experience. We’ve learned to double-check the date and time of kick-off before leaving home, as the matches are prone to very last minute changes. It’s good to get there early and sit outside one of the bars, soaking up the atmosphere while eating pescados fritos with a cool cerveza. The noise inside the stadium is overwhelming, it’s about the size of Stoke’s Britannia Stadium and just as loud. The food is different too – no burger or hot dogs, no frying onions. The main snack is nuts and seeds bought from one of many stalls outside the stadium. We’ve found the best atmosphere to be at the summer night matches, either the first or last matches in the season, kicking off at 10pm in the heavy heat.

Tomorrow it will be difficult for Malaga to focus on Atlético given its return home Champions League tie against Porto on March 13. Malaga is 1-0 down from the first leg after failing to score an away goal. The team will be determined to get as deep as possible in the Champions League this year, as the club is banned from playing in Europe in 2013-2014 for failing to fulfil financial obligations. This casts a shadow over the success at Malaga FC, which has been good for the town and for Andalucía. This season there are four Andalucían teams in La Liga: Real Betis 7th [before kick-off today] Sevilla 12th and Granada 15th.

My husband and I are pretty football mad, but it does seem a little strange that we get excited about Malaga FC’s games while our Spanish neighbours are most likely watching basketball or bull-fighting on television!

5 to remember
el partido de fútbol – football match
el estadio – stadium
el gol – goal
soy malaguista – I am a Malaga FC fan
el delantero – striker