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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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MH Nguyen

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Hi everyone,

 

I was advised by Admin to introduce myself.

 

My name is Nguyen (a common Vietnamese last name, pronounced WIN). I used to live in the U.S., but now I live in a small village roughly 200 kilometers south east of Ho Chi Minh City. I had to come back to my home country to care for a sick father. He has had three strokes and is now paralyzed.

 

While in the United States, I was fortunate enough to finish high school, graduated from the University of Kansas State with a Bachelor's in English. In my free time there, I had written three book manuscripts. Because English is my second language, writing was--and still is--a big challenge for me. But because the events that I had witnessed as a child were so extraordinary that it compelled me to write my first book Northern Wind: Memoirs of an Asylum Seeker. My second and third books are just, as a very ancient friend of mine used to say, "figments of my (twisted) imagination."

 

During the day (after caring for dad each morning) and most of the night, I work on Native Camp as an English teacher. I love meeting new people and the flexibility of its booking system, but I despise its meager salary. Since I grew up in the States I speak American English like a native; but because I'm Vietnamese, I receive non-native status and pay :(. Can one call it discrimination?

 

In any case, in order to supplement for my meager salary, I decided to self-publish my three books on Amazon. Although I wanted very much to hire a professional editor to go over the manuscripts, my financial situation does not allow such a luxury. Thus, I feel that all my books lack the literary value they deserve.

 

Since I'm new to the publishing world as well as its vast market, I'm in dire need of your advice. I'd love to learn from all of you. Thank you.

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Since no one is replying.....I'll volunteer:

 

I love to read any book as long as it is well-written. I've read King, Irving, Steinbeck, Dickens, Mitchell, O'connor, O'henry, Gruen, Patterson, Grisham, Rowlins, Rothfuss, R.R. Martin, Tolkiens, Hosseini.....the King James version Bible....you got the idea. So, we can talk books.

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Hi and welcome M :) You've got an excellent reading list there. Hope you enjoy your time here and all the best with your self-published books.

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I'm very sorry to hear about your father.

 

As Poppy said, that's a great list of authors! Do you have a particular favourite? 

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7 hours ago, Hayley said:

I'm very sorry to hear about your father.

 

As Poppy said, that's a great list of authors! Do you have a particular favourite? 

 

Hi Hayley,

 

Thank you for your kind words. It's just life; please don't feel bad. 

Regarding to my favorite books, I have so many. The books I've read several times that come to mind are: The Kite Runner, Oliver Twist, The Scarlet Letter, Gone with the Wind, A Tale of Two Cities, Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meanings, Life of Pi, The Bone Setter's Daughter, Three Cups of Tea......

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