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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 10

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 21, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Ten

Someone was pounding on his front door and Leo’s heart automatically clutched in fear. His housekeeper had the day off and there was no one to answer the door. His first instinct was to hide yet he remained rooted to the spot. As the minutes wore on, the pounding became more insistent.

“I know you’re home,” his brother yelled from the other side of the door. “Now open up!”

Stifling an oath, Leo went and answered it. “I don’t remember inviting you to my home.”

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Yes, Indie Authors, There is a Santa Claus!

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 18, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I am an indie author. Some of my traditionally-published author friends say there is no Santa Claus. Others say, “If it’s in a blog or on a website, it must be so.” Please tell me the truth: is there a Santa Claus?

Yours truly,

Indie Authors Everywhere

Given the upcoming Holiday Season and the winding down of 2013, it is somehow fitting to do a “take” on the famous editorial that appeared in the September 21, 1897 edition of The (New York) Sun when eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked if there was a Santa Claus. Although the editorial... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 9

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 16, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Nine

Leo hadn’t spoken to, or laid eyes on, his brother in a long time and was surprised at how fat he’d gotten. Irving was now head of Reinhardt Studios, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, and although he cut an impressive figure in the studio’s boardroom, Irving was clearly ill-dressed for the beach as he waded through the sand in his Gucci loafers.

Leo had no interest in pleasantries and got straight to the point. “What do you want?” he asked coldly.... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 8

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 11, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Eight

There would be no way the police could connect him to the car. Leo had been careful and had worn latex gloves. His face had been obscured by an old baseball cap and he had painstakingly wiped and vacuumed every visible surface before he’d abandoned the vehicle. No, he’d certainly covered his tracks well enough and by all accounts, her death barely rated a short paragraph in the L.A. Times.

His hand visibly shook as he anxiously flipped through the Los Angeles Daily... (more)

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Indie Authors-Timing, Positioning, Adapting and Reinventing

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 8, 2013

Until fairly recently, the debut of a much-advertised television show or mini-series on television pretty much guaranteed high ratings for the network airing the event. An example of this is THE THORN BIRDS, a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough.It was adapted into a mini-series in 1983 and, thanks to much pre-air hype, it became the second highest-rated miniseries of all time, second only to the miniseries, ROOTS, based on the 1976 bestseller by Alex Haley. Nowadays, however, a much-hyped television show doesn’t have the same impact because viewers simply have too many shows to... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 7

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 8, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Seven

It had taken Leo weeks to find Maria again after he’d lost her going down the embankment. He had eventually found the squatter’s slum underneath the freeway overpass but she hadn’t been there. And then today, during his daily drive along Hollywood Boulevard, he’d finally spotted her and managed to tail her here. But the fact that Maria had come here, to her biological mother’s house, hit home the fact that Maria was a loose cannon who had the ability to destroy him – better... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 6

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 5, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Six

That first visit led to another which led to another until Leo got to seeing her once a week. Maria was like a drug he couldn’t get enough of. He needed to have his weekly fix of her in order to function. Leo never told anyone of his visits, not his mother or his wife. They wouldn’t have understood. He wasn’t all that sure even he understood.

There was such a sweetness to Maria’s demeanor, such an innocence, accentuated by the halo of blonde hair that framed her lovely... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 5

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 2, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Five

It hurt when she walked. Her stomach hurt, too.Stopping, Maria surveyed her surroundings. She did not notice the black car that had quickly slid behind another parked car. She only saw that the pole across the street had the twisted blue sign. Looking down at the sidewalk, she saw that the last slab, right before the sidewalk ended, had all four corners missing. Maria still had a long way to go.

Recognizing the turret of the castle up ahead, Maria left the sidewalk... (more)

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Joe Konrath: Indie Publishing's Indomitable Voice

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 1, 2013

As any indie author who’s been around for a little while will tell you, the indie publishing freeway is fraught with all kinds of perils and detours that are beyond an indie author’s control. Changes in e-retailer policies, e-retailer algorithms or changes in acceptable moral or ethical standards for books (resulting in the recent much-hyped Kobo Cleanse) can have a devastating affect on an indie author’s visibility – not to mention his or her fiscal health. And very few indie authors know the ins and outs of indie publishing better than, or are as vocal on the subject, as Joe Konrath.

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 4

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 28, 2013

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

Chapter Four

The parking lot of Ralph’s grocery store on East Compton was filled almost to capacity. Parking spots were scarce and Leo had to drive around several times before he found a spot. Getting out of his car, he pressed the remote, locking it. He would come back for it later. There were lots of late-model cars in the lot but not that many of them were black. He didn’t think it would be too hard to find the car. Leo tried to be as inconspicuous in his search as he possibly could... (more)

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