Vacation from Social Media

Today is my second day back at work from a three week vacation. But I didn’t only take a vacation from work, but also from Twitter, Facebook, and the web in general. I couldn’t completely ignore the computer though as I was working on my third novel/novelette, Six Strings, but I was strictly off the social “interwebs”.

And I didn’t miss it. Instead I did things like fishing, reading (preferably outside with a paper book), took walks, and spent some well-needed time with family = activities that didn’t influence my Klout score one bit. It felt good. No, it felt great.

I guess you need a reminder sometimes that the analog world can be pretty damn spectacular in its own right and that the constant stream of information you’re subjected to every day can be stressful. Get out of its way if you can for a while, see how it feels like. I don’t think you will miss it that much.

It might not be healthy if you do.

I’m not saying social media is bad in any way, because I’ve learned quite a bit from my interactions on Twitter and Facebook, but it does make me unfocused and jittery at times. Too many distractions, too many links.

I know this sounds totally cliché, but it’s easy to forget to pause your life for a bit and go on a information diet.

That’s what a proper vacation should be like, I think.

I Give Away Free Books – Hollywood Ass.

HOLLYWOOD ASSToday and tomorrow I’m giving away my 4-star novel Hollywood Ass. completely free of charge. All you need to do is to click this link and download the e-book. Even if you don’t have a Kindle you can still download the Kindle reading app for your Mac, PC, Android phone, iPhone or other device.

So make sure you don’t forget to download Hollywood Ass. a fast-paced romantic comedy about the world of celebrities and their assistants. I would of course be eternally grateful for any share! Hashtag #hollywoodass

More about the book below:

HOLLYWOOD ASS.
A romantic and humorous story about Hollywood, fame, friendship and love.

A Hollywood superstar suffers a mental collapse, her marriage is on the ropes, her career is at a standstill and the only one keeping it all together is her loyal assistant and friend, Darryl. Problem is, he’s kind of in love with her. Soon he finds himself drawn into a story that is much like the movies his employer stars in. But in real life the answers aren’t in the script…

Buy it today at Amazon or read a sample at Scribd. Print UK, Print US
Links for Hollywood Ass. kindle version: US, UK, DE, FRES, IT, JP, CA, BR

What people say about Hollywood Ass.

“Fascinating.”
“I enjoyed the book, it was funny, there was some drama and a little love story.”
“I found it nearly impossible to put down at night.”
“The pace was excellent and had a mixture of serious and funny moments.”
“Cute and funny story!”

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“Packs a dark punch right in the depths of your heart.”

Ronda - Vista nocturna

The picture is from Ronda, Spain, the setting of my upcoming novel/novella with the working name “6 Strings.” It’s a dark and mysterious love story inspired by the excellent books of Carlos Ruis Zafón.

More about the upcoming 6 Strings:

Inspired by the old blues legend of Crossroads in the style of Carlos Luis Zafón, the mysterious love story 6 strings packs a dark punch right in the depths of your heart. Recently divorced, Peter, takes the difficult decision to leave his safe Sweden with the goal of fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional classical guitarist. He travels to Spain to study with the best and ends up in the Andalucian city of Ronda where he meets a mystical man in black who promises him to help him reach mastery. Little does he know what he needs to give up to achieve it…

Stay updated with news of 6 Strings and my other writing projects by following me on Twitter or Facebook.

Beverly Hills makes for Heavenly Bills

But there sure are beautiful houses. Just look at Lisa Vanderpump‘s (from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) “house”. Lenah and I are doing plenty of Hollywood and celebrity research for my upcoming novel (set in the Hollywood celebrity world, Rome and New York) at the moment and it’s quite interesting. I’m working hard whenever I get a free moment and I hope to release the novel named Hollywood PA on April 1st (not as an April fools joke!).

I will post more information about the upcoming book over the next two months, it’s a humorous take on the Hollywood lifestyle and also a love story with a twist. It will be interesting to see what people think of it when it’s released. For now, please enjoy these photos of Beverly Hills housewife, Lisa Vanderpump’s fabulous “house”.

The Wake-Up Call: Out in the Kindle store now

You can now buy my book The Wake-Up Call in the Amazon Kindle store by clicking this link

Please remember that you don’t need an Amazon Kindle to read Kindle store books. You can read it on your mobile phone, your iPad, your Mac or your PC. Find out all the different platforms here

About The Wake-Up Call

The Wake-Up Call is about a crazy month in the life of New York advertising star Jack Reynolds. Jack is a workaholic whose sharp-mouthed, self-destructive and arrogant behavior is about to crash down on him and change his life forever.

The Wake-Up Call deals with Jack’s battle against stress and loneliness, his search for love, and ultimately his struggle to understand himself.

Walk a mile in Jack’s shoes. You’ll surely be entertained, annoyed, endeared and maybe also shed a tear. And in the end you’ll probably find that he’s not very different from you and I.