lunedì 23 novembre 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Ecology of Lonesomeness by David J. O'Brien


The Ecology of Lonesomeness
by David J. O'Brien

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Kaleb Schwartz isn't interested in the Loch Ness Monster. He'd enough cryptobiological speculation about Bigfoot while studying the Pacific Northwest forests. He's in Scotland's Great Glen to investigate aquatic food webs and nutrients cycles; if he proves there's no food for any creature bigger than a pike, then so much the better.

Jessie McPherson has returned to Loch Ness after finishing university in London, hoping to avoid the obsession with its dark waters she had when younger and first discovered lonesomeness. She knows any relationship with a scientist studying the lake is a bad idea, but something about Kaleb makes her throw caution to the depths.

When Kaleb discovers Jessie's lonesomeness refers not just to the solitude of the loch, he's faced with an ecological problem of monstrous proportions. Can he find a way to satisfy both the man and the scientist inside himself, and do the right thing?

10% of the author's royalties will be donated to WWF,
the World Wildlife Fund.

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My Review:


This book is really wonderful, once started I could not put it down. It 's always been my dream to visit Scotland and with this book I made a splendid trip. The author's descriptions are so vivid, detailed, which really seems to be there.
Kaleb is very happy to finally be able to study the ecology of Lake LochNess. His interest is in food chains, for him, in that lake there is not enough food. He isn't trying Nessie. He meets Jessie, daughter of owners of a local bar and bed and breakfast. Jessie was a few years studying in London, but as back home seems to have been gone only a few weeks. Kaleb immediately falls in love with this girl, sweet and tormented by loneliness. He wants to convince her to move in with him to Seattle when he has finished his research. But she has a secret.
I loved every single page of this book. The author has created magical, dreamy atmosphere. And his style is so addictive, we can even perceive the great loneliness of Jessie. The writing is smooth, never boring, the details of Kaleb's scientific research are described in a simple way, easy to understand and really interesting. It 's a romantic book, with some twists, a secret to be revealed and a touch of paranormal.
If you want to take an enchanting trip to the Highlands this book is perfect for you.


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EXCERPT:


Jessie McPherson started the car and drove away from The Shredded Sail, her parents’ pub, which was also a bed and breakfast. She revved the engine and let gravel spit out from under the spinning front wheels. The old Nissan Micra that she'd learned to drive in was still a game old motor. Her mother kept it well serviced—well, basically she made sure Jessie's father kept it well serviced. Jessie was tempted every day to do a handbrake skid across the gravel car park in front of the house upon her return from work. She used to do that in her school days. She'd grown out of that, though: you never knew where the guests might be parked. She'd nearly slid into a rented Audi the last time she'd pulled a skid.

It seemed time had stood still in the glen since she'd been home for Christmas. Had she really only been back here two weeks? She felt her three years in the chaotic ant's nest of London had just been a fortnight's holiday away: a few nights out in the West End, an afternoon drinking cocktails in Covent Garden after window-shopping in Knightsbridge, and mornings strolling through Hyde Park, Camden Market and Notting Hill.

Most of her old friends, her old flames, were still here in the glen. She'd taken to going for a pint in The Bothy with them after work, chatting to the old fogies in The Shredded Sail, and going over the same old conversations. After a week, those conversations were boring once again, but she still stood there at the bar, shaking her head at something her father said, or an acerbic comment from Ahab, the old codger who seemed to be welded to the bar when he wasn't staring out at the surface of the loch, as if waiting.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David is a writer, ecologist and teacher from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Pamplona Spain. He has a degree in environmental biology and doctorate in zoology, specialising in deer biology and is still involved in deer management in his spare time. 

As an avid wildlife enthusiast and ecologist, much of David's non-academic writing, especially poetry, is inspired by wildlife and science. While his stories and novels are contemporary, they often seek to describe the science behind the supernatural or the paranormal.

His novels, Leaving the Pack and Five Days on Ballyboy Beach are available at Tirgearr Publishing. His YA novel, The Soul of Adam Short and Children's novel Peter and the Little People will be published soon by MuseitUP Publishing. He writes erotic romance under the pen name J.D. Martins.
A long-time member of The World Wildlife Fund, David has pledged to donate 10% of his royalties on all his hitherto published books to that charity to aid with protecting endangered species and habitats. 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

David J. O'Brien will be awarding an eCopy of The Ecology of Lonesomeness to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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2 commenti:

  1. Hello!
    Thanks for hosting me today, and I am very glad you enjoyed the book. If you or your readers have any questions, I'd be delighted to answer them.
    David

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