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Friday, February 17, 2012

Ojos Argentino (Argentine Eyes)

"Don't get it right, just get it written." Author James Thurber

It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce that after over 50 hrs of writing, editing, promoting and going through draft after draft, "Argentine Eyes" is available through major online retailers such as Amazon, Apple ibooks, Barnes & Noble and of course Bookrix.  Seeing as it is a story about friendship and love, it seemed rather fitting that its official publishing date fell on february 14th.........Valentines Day   :D

Thumb through the pages of the novel and you'll discover a treasure trove of stories from my adventures at the end of the world. Like the story of how I stood 10 hrs in a lineup to enter the Casa Rosada to see the coffin of ex-president Néstor Kirchner where he was lying in state. Or there was the time where I passed out while hanging out with a group of friends in Costanera Sur. And let's not forget about my spanish professor who also happened to be a surfer. Read "Argentine Eyes" and you'll discover the two words she said to me in a reply that would change the course of  my relationship with Marisa forever.

In addition to compelling stories, within the pages are revealing insights on travel and the various aspects of Argentine culture whether it would be historical, political, cultural etc. Part of the fun of writing in first and second person narration is that I can take a pause from narrating the story and talk directly to the audience about other topics. The narration was a tremendous opportunity for me to reveal pearls of wisdom and keys that would be useful for planning a trip to Buenos Aires.

Interestingly enough, my favorite novels are strong first person novels and some of those styles have also gotten stirred into "Argentine Eyes".  Stylistically, you may see bits and pieces of  "The Life of Pi", Roahl Dahl's "Boy" and "Going Solo", "Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "The Motorcycle Diaries".

 First person narrative is the most difficult of all the voices to master. But it brings me a huge sense of relief to have had feedback from various people who have read the book and given me the green light to let me know that I've somehow managed to pull it off. Also note that the book is not just in first person but it is a combination of first and second person narration. Second person narrative is not common, which adds to the book's uniqueness.  In fact, around Christmas time I wrote a blog called  Spoonfuls of Soufflé  detailing the challenges of writing a first person piece.

You can purchase the book directly from Bookrix for 99 cents by simply by clicking the cover above.  It is available as of right now on Bookrix but for the other online retailers, it may take a few days more so if you check it and it isn't there, check back again at your retailer of choice.  If you are purchasing via Bookrix, you will be able to download it in the popular epub format for all kinds of devices such as a Sony, Nook, Kobo, Apple etc.  The kindle does not support the epub format so if you are downloading it for a kindle, you will have to convert the file or purchase the book from Amazon.

Argentine Eyes (Amazon)

Argentine Eyes (Bookrix)

"Argentine Eyes" is your book just as much as it is mine. What began as a simple story that I wanted to put on the internet has gone higher, faster, deeper, further than anything I've ever dreamed possible. And it isn't just my fans clicking on and reading the story itself but it is for all of you that visit this site week after week and read my stories as they unravel.  I wish you a fantastic weekend as we celebrate not just the release of this novel but also as we gear up for Fat Tuesday.  May your days be filled with fun, foam and Murga madness as the "Carnaval"  festivities continue and we usher in the spirit of Mardi Gras :)


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