Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gang Violins

I’m reading Jonas Jonasson’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared as my Book Club selection this month and the story got me thinking about biker gangs—because there are a couple in this upbeat, humorous, Forrest Gump-type story.

I have several biker gangs in my novels, too. I found creating biker gangs not all that difficult, but when it came to naming them, I got in a bit of a tizzy. I didn’t want the names of my gangs to resemble any real gang’s, for fear I might aggravate someone with my portrayal and end up a dead victim.

The Traz, was the first of my gangs that needed a name. I free-wrote prospective names across and down and around on several sheets of paper for almost an entire afternoon. Many of the prospects played on variations of darkness and devils. Evilness. Lucifer’s Liars and such.

I wanted a name that was short—not just because I’d have to type it many times throughout the BackTracker series and its parallel books, but because if I were creating a real-life gang, I’d want something that when embroidered on the back of my black leathers would be fierce and readable from a fair distance. The Traz met that requirement. 

I’m not sure where the name came from. Perhaps because the local high school mascot is Taz, the Tasmanian devil. Also “Traz” is sometimes used as a nickname for the notorious and evil Alcatraz prison of yesteryear.

One can never just have one biker gang, though. The worst violence that happens in gang life, is violence between competing gangs. Other gang names I created in my stories include The Blue Torpedoes, The Shadow Riders, and The Jackals. 

I think Jonas Johansson was much more creative than I was with his gang names.  The first gang we’re introduced to is the Never Again gang. That’s a cool name for bikers who are a bit on the bumbling side.

The best of Johansson’s gang names though belongs to a gang of illiterate bikers. It turns out that the girlfriend who embroidered the gang patches was also slightly less than fully literate. What was supposed to be The Violence ended up The Violins and nobody astride their cycles noticed!

This entire novel, starting with the title is a series of tiny laughs and pickled wit. Give it a go if you enjoy dry humour.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chill with a Book!: Chill with a Book! Award

Chill with a Book!: Chill with a Book! Award: This month Chill with a Book is creating its very own awards. Awards will be given for great reads from Indie authors and small indie...

Eileen Schuh,Canadian

Monday, September 5, 2016

Chill with a Book!: Reviewed: Shadow Riders by Eileen Schuh

Chill with a Book!: Reviewed: Shadow Riders by Eileen Schuh: 5.0 out of 5 stars A complex and fast-paced crime thriller.... reveiwed by Kenna McKinnon on September 1, 2016 An incredibly grip...

Eileen Schuh,Canadian

Saturday, August 27, 2016

THE WENDY HOUSE Cover reveal

My good friend, author Pauline Barclay, is excited about her upcoming release, THE WENDY HOUSE. Today she visits Magic of the Muses to reveal the astounding cover for her new heart-rending book and give us a sneak preview of the betrayal and heartache between its pages.

THE WENDY HOUSE is now available for pre-ordering and will be released on Saturday, 3 September 2016.

Cover Reveal:

by Pauline Barclay

When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. She develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager but they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass but Nicola goes from bad to worse.
No matter how desperately her mother reaches out to her, it, Nicola seems hell bent on self-destruction.
She leaves home at seventeen, rushes into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becomes pregnant.
A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her closer to the edge.

A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.

Publication Date: Saturday 3rd September
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Family-Noir

The Wendy House is available in Kindle for pre-order on all Amazon sites including

A little about Pauline

I am from Yorkshire, but have lived in several different locations including, Suffolk, Surrey and Holland.  Today, I live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies.

Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have five books published, plus a 20 minute short festive story.

My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay  in your hearts for a very long time.

Twitter: @paulinembarclay
Instagram: @paulinebarclay

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