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Ren Zelen

Ren Zelen graduated from University College London with a degree in English Literature and subsequently spent a year as an intern in the Documentary Features Department of the BBC before moving to Hong Kong, where she gained a Masters Degree in Eighteenth Century literature at HKU before going on to teach there and at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Latterly she edited academic books for Oxford University Press. She now lives in London and is the author of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi The HATHOR DIARIES and the web serial ‘Pitchfork Red’ – a ‘Quantum sci-fi Noir’ plus short stories. She is an enthusiast of books, music, movies and science.

 

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  1. Hi there, I was hoping you might be interested in reviewing my new collection of short stories, Whispers. Here is the amazon link:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KK8DM02

    I’d love to talk more, and hope to hear from you,

    Thanks!

  2. Graeme Smith says:

    Lady Ren

    I know. There are Rules for this sort of thing. Things like ‘don’t just ask for a review – build a relationship first’. Things like ‘know your (potential) reviewer better than you know your aspidistra.’
    OK. I made up the whole ‘aspidistra’ thing :-).
    I’m not very good with Rules :-).
    A long time ago, I wrote a very bad Query for a book I still think is worthwhile. This isn’t anything to do with that book. But because of that Query, I wrote a better one. For a different book. One Lady Query Shark seemed to like:

    http://queryshark.blogspot.ca/2010/08/172-ftw.html

    This is about that book. A book to be released as an e-publication from MuseitUp Publishing on June 15th.
    I sometimes say you can write Fantasy, but it only turns into Comic Fantast is the reader laughs when they read it :-). But if ‘A Comedy of Terrors’ has a genre, it’s Comic Fantasy. There is, I confess, a dragon. There are, I confess, elves. Even if these elves are better with a bain-marie than a bow :-).
    You are, of course, entirely correct. You never heard of me :-). And you’re right – that fault is mine entire. So why should you want to review ‘A Comedy of Terrors’?

    I can only offer one reason. Because there are many books about dragons. But if the idea of someone who thinks his biggest problem is the dragon invading his country – when his real problem is the woman trouble he doesn’t know he’s got – might be of interest, then ‘A Comedy of Terrors’ might be for you. If so, I’d love to introduce you to Segorian. Because women are an open book to Segorian. The problem is – he never learned to read.

    Here’s a Trailer, if that might be of interest also:

    ‘A Comedy of Terrors’. 53,000 words – and one Idiot. An ARC file is, of course, tugging at my keyboard and eager to be sent on request.

    Book name:
    A Comedy of Terrors

    Book author:
    Graeme Smith

    Synopsis/blurb:
    Segorian Anderson’s an Idiot. But that’s fine with him. It’s a well
    paying job with no heavy lifting.
    Nobody ever remembers Segorian. It isn’t magic – he just has the sort
    of face his own mother could forget, and she’s been trying to for years. But being forgettable is a job requirement for an Idiot.
    No, he’s not the Court Jester. He doesn’t wear motley (whatever motley may be). That’s a different union. He’s the Idiot. In a Queen’s castle, wine spilled down the wrong dress can lead to war. So someone unimportant has to be blamed for it. That’s the Idiot’s job. He’s the Idiot Who Did It, for any value of ‘it’. Of course, as soon as he’s exiled-for-life out of the castle gate, he uses his back-door key and sneaks back in.
    But that’s not all. Someday, something really bad will happen. Really, really bad. Badder than a bad thing on a very bad day. With extra badness. When the world’s about to end (or the washing up won’t get done – whichever comes first), who you gonna call? No, not them. They haven’t been invented yet. You call the Idiot. Someone nobody will miss if things don’t work out. And now Peladon has a case of dragon.
    But the dragon may be the easy part. Segorian has woman trouble, and
    he’s the only person in the castle who doesn’t know it. Because to
    Segorian, women are an open book. The problem is, he never learned to
    read.

    Review copy formats available:
    PDF, epub, PRC, HTML

    Target audience (Adult, young-adult, child):
    Adult – Young Adult

    My thanks in advance for your time and attention.

    Graeme Smith
    http://www.graeme-smith.net
    Twitter: Graeme_Smith_
    [email protected]
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/graeme.smith.author

  3. Steve Poling says:

    Have you a twitter account? I’d be pleased to follow you, if you promise not to think me a stalker. Is that Emma Peel on your profile pic? And can you define “Quantum sci-fi Noir?”

  4. Hi Ren,

    Would you be interested in reviewing my book, EMBATTLED? Here is some info on it.
    Book details:

    Word count : 85,000
    Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Love Story
    Available from Amazon.com
    ASIN: B005ZLLR4M
    Smashwords.com
    Em’s life is taken over by “beings out there somewhere.” Yves, the “being” in question, gives Em the power to speak any language as soon as she hears it, the ability to make people do whatever she says, and a shield to make her invincible. He then sends her out to stop wars. But Yves is a rookie on his first assignment. Of course he messes up.

    With blood on her hands, strange words coming out of her mouth, and her face all over the media, Em knows that she did stop the jungle battle, storm into the armed courtroom, face and defeat the zealot soldiers. But, “working” for the powers controlling her, she is haunted with not knowing about or being connected to her own life. And, at some point she will have to decide which of her two lives are her true destiny.

    Yves has his own set of problems learning to be a Power, trying to communicate with Em, facing her doubts and questions as well as his own, and struggling to control the onslaught of emotions that arise from his association with humans. He risks losing his chance for advancement, his chance to free his people, even his life, by falling in love with Em.

  5. Qwantu Amaru says:

    Hello Ren,

    First of all, I really like your website and blog. My name is Qwantu Amaru and I am a new author on the supernatural suspense/thriller/horror scene looking to connect and engage with reviewers such as yourself. My debut novel One Blood is about a voodoo curse tormenting a group of people unaware of their hidden connections. I would be honored if you would consider reviewing the book and/or conducting an author interview. I can provide you with a digital copy in any format or hard copy of you prefer. Thanks for your time and consideration!

    Here is a link to a recent press release on One Blood: http://bit.ly/ukqUkl

    Cheers!

    QA

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