Detlef Karthaus

I first met Detlef Karthaus in 2004 when my sister asked me to attend an Esperanto Club meeting in Toronto. Detlef has since retired and is now translating texts from English and German into Esperanto. I asked him to provide me with a translation of his replies to my questions so that this could be the first Reading Recommendations promotion offered to you in a bilingual version, English/Esperanto. This is also my first promotion of a translator. smt

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest book is Telenio, an Esperanto translation of Teleny, atributed to Oscar Wilde, but likely a collaboration with Wilde and some of his friends.

Mia lasta libro estas Telenio, traduko de Teleny atribuita al Oscar Wilde, sed verŝajne verkita de Wilde kun iuj de siaj amikoj.

Quick description: Teleny is a gay erotic novel in the style of Victorian literature. It has made its mark for likely being the first gay novel in the English language. The book presented a number of translation challenges, not the least of which was to find an unexpurgated version in English. It was written for well-educated people in the 19th century and is filled with quotes from literature, mythology, and the Bible without any indication of source. This required extensive research and resulted in over two hundred footnotes. For readers who understand both English and Esperanto, I make bold to suggest that my Esperanto translation, being thus annotated, makes the work more accessible.

Telenio estas geja erotika romano en la stilo de la viktoriana epoko. La romano estas elstara pro tio ke ĝi verŝajne estis la unua geja romano en la angla lingvo. La libro prezentis nemalmultajn defiojn por la tradukinto, el kiuj la unua estis la problemo trovi necenzuritan version en la angla. La romano estis verkita por bone edukitaj homoj de la 19a jarcento kaj tial abundas je citaĵoj el beletraĵoj, mitologio kaj la Biblio sen fontindikoj. Tio postulis vastan esploradon, kiu resultis en pli ol ducent piednotoj. Por legantoj kiuj komprenas kaj la anglan kaj Esperanton, mi aŭdacas sugesti ke mia esperanta traduko, tiel prinotita, igas la verkon pli komprenebla.


Brief biography:
Born in Germany, I came to Canada as a child in the 1950’s. I was young enough to learn English to native-speaker proficiency, but old enough to remember when English was a foreign language. This linguistic awareness created an interest in languages in general. I studied French and German at Laurentian University, School of Translators and Interpreters, and after retirement I studied Spanish at Ryerson University. Esperanto is the only language that I managed to teach myself. Teleny is my third Esperanto translation, the first two being novels by Hermann Hesse, Demian, and Siddhartta, translated from the German. For those interested in learning Esperanto I’m also a tutor for the 10 lesson Free Esperanto Course.

Mi naskiĝis en Germanujo kaj venis al Kanado, kiel infano, en la 1950aj jaroj. Mi estis sufiĉe juna por lerni la anglan kiel denaskulo, sed sufiĉe aĝa por memori kiam la angla estis fremda lingvo. Tiu lingva konsciiĝo vekis intereson pri lingvoj ĝenerale. Mi studis la francan kaj germanan en la tradukista ernejo de Laurentian University, kaj post emeriteco mi studis la hispanan ĉe Ryerson University. Esperanto estas la ununura lingvo kiun mi sukcesis lerni aŭtodidakte. Telenio estis mia tria esperanta traduko. Antaŭe aperis du romanoj de Hermann Hesse, Demian kaj Sidarto, ambaŭ tradukitaj el la germana. Por anglalingvanoj kiuj volas lerni Esperanton, mi estas instruisto de la 10 leciona Free Esperanto Course.

Links to buy Detlef’s book:
My publisher is Mondial.
Mia eldonisto estas Mondial.

Also available at Amazon
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Demian and Sidarto – eBook and paperback

What are you working on now?
My next translation will be a novella by Stefan Zweig
Mia venonta traduko estos novelo de Stefan Zweig.

Hunter S. Jones

Ms Jones Official 4-14 I am author and rock blogger Hunter S. Jones from Atlanta, GA.

What is your latest release and what genre is it? September Again is the newest release, launched April 15, 2014. It is a dramatic, contemporary coming of age story with a blend of romance and poetry.

Quick description: According to Cherokee beliefs, opportunity will bless you twice.
September Again, second in the series, September Stories, is the follow up to the hugely popular indie sensation, September Ends. September Again finds Liz Snow Savage leaving England. She follows her daughter Zelda Savage back to America after Zelda’s betrayal of her. More drama ensues as Liz looks for meaning in life while Zelda finds her direction after the tragedy of losing Jack O. Savage, The Poet. Set mainly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September Again chronicles the rhythm of life’s cycles. The ebb and flow of love unravel the mystery of Liz’s past. September Again allows a further glimpse into the intricate web of passion and desire which have entangled Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage for years. Will a chance encounter finally reveal the truth? What act will change the destiny of Liz and Zelda forever? The story of sin, salvation and redemption continues in Book 2 of the September Stories, told through a mosaic of prose with a smattering of poetry.

Magic happens when you least expect it.

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Brief biography:
Writer. Exile on Peachtree Street. Lover of all the finer things in life.

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, September Ends, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. This novel is written with an anonymous English poet. September Ends has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.

The first installment of The Fortune Series, Fortune Calling, released in January 2014, is the story of Dallas Fortune, a musician from Nashville who has been dealt a bad hand by fate, but finds her way. It has been #1 on Amazon in Contemporary Fiction featuring Performing Arts and #1 in Contemporary Short Stories.

Look for the next September story, September Again, released on Amazon on April 15, 2014.

Links to buy Hunter’s book:
Amazon International Purchase Link

Hunter’s promo links:
You can connect with me at the following social media sites:
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Blog – Exile on Peachtree Street

What are you working on now?
Right now? Right now I’m working on a blog for the upcoming Art Rocks Athens GA event which will celebrate the art that shaped the music of Athens GA in the 1970s-1980s.

Hunter’s reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been enjoying MODS: The New Religion by Paul Anderson, released by Omnibus Press. It’s the story of the Mods from the 1960s – their music, fashion. Fantastic read. I discovered it in London at the London Book Fair. I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much for featuring me today!

K.L. Silver – MASTERED, The Novel – REDUXED

K.L. Silver was previously featured on Reading Recommendations on March 6th and now she’s back to tell us about some exciting new developments regarding her novel Mastered!



MASTERED, The Novel was released on Feb. 18 on Amazon/Kindle Canada, US, UK, Barnes & Noble and Createspace (paperback). (standing O’s and confetti accepted…lol)

‘BUZZ’ was created by first publishing it as a series of four short stories: Deep Within Her, Metamorphosis, Take Me, and Bound to Thee

Since its release, the feedback has been nothing less than stellar – ORGASMIC even!

Not only that, it sits atop the shelves of THREE retail outlets – including McNally Robinson Booksellers – the biggest independent bookseller in Canada! Also available at The Boutique Erotica and Artistry and Adam and Eve.


MASTERED is much more than just SEX

While it MASTERFULLY depicts the mind-blowing PHYSICAL ‘mechanics’ of a BDSM relationship, it also boldly delves into the PSYCHOLOGY behind it.

The reader comes away not only deeply SATISFIED – but with a basic understanding as well.

Mastered has received reviews from grown men stating that this book has made them look at sexuality from a whole new perspective!

Finally, it is kicked up another notch with an intriguing sub-plot, 3-D characters – and a scathing commentary on society’s intolerance.


Please READ, LOVE – and SHARE will ALL your friends, neighbors – COUNTRYMEN!!

Ps… ALL books are available directly from my website – and – in ALL FORMATS (Kindle, ePub)…

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Carole Gill

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Fourth Bride – Gothic horror and romance

Quick description: The Fourth Bride is the fourth novel in The Blackstone Vampires Series. After the tragic and sudden death of her groom, Dia, cursed by Dracula as a babe, is taken to his castle. Once there she is seduced and turned by the count and becomes his fourth bride. The other brides are to be her sisters. All are to love and feed upon one another.
As her master says: “The joy is in the blood…the passion is in the blood…endless life is in the blood…!”
Dia’s tale is full of erotic sex and graphic violence. It is a tale of love and lust but mostly of blood for the blood is everything

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Brief biography:
I’ve always written but life, as it often does, got in the way and I turned back to writing some years ago. In 2000 I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development but found I preferred writing fiction (novels and short stories).

Recently I signed with Creativia and they are republishing my books. There are four books in The Blackstone Vampires Series:
The House on Blackstone Moor, Book 1
Unholy Testament – The Beginnings, Book 2
Unholy Testament – Full Circle, Book 3
The Fourth Bride, Book 4

I enjoy writing short stories and am widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies.

Links to buy Carole’s books:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
The House on Blackstone Moor
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – The Beginnings
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – Full Circle
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – The Fourth Bride

Carole’s promo links:
Author Page at Facebook

What are you working on now?
I’ve begun a brand new series. There are two characters that appear in The Fourth Bride that feature in the series. I write historically based horror and this series will be expansive. It will take the reader from Ancient Egypt to the French Revolution on to vampire clubs in Paris and beyond. There are to be three novels in the series. I am well into the first.

Carole’s reading recommendation:
I love Anne Rice’s work. She is my icon. Her fiction deserves to be called Gothic. She redefined vampires and made them interesting three dimensional characters, not a bunch of crazed blood sucking monsters. I love Interview with the Vampire. I particularly found the vampire child, Claudia, to be the most haunting character I ever read about.

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K.L. Silver

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Take Me – Romantic Erotica (heavy on the erotica)

Quick description: Take Me is the third of four short stories. BOUND together, they create the novel – MASTERED (to be released shortly, along with the final short story). It is the erotic love story of Missy Weaver and James Colton. The sub-genre is D/s – a multi-layered plot with multi-layered characters. In just under 3 months, it has accrued over 40 Amazon reviews – 37 of them 5 star.

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Brief biography:
I have been writing for years, but went ‘public’ about 3 years ago when I started writing for several sites. I am not what anyone would call a mainstream thinker – even on mainstream topics, and found the venues a tad cramped.

It was time to strike out on my own and I started to blog. I also decided it was high time to listen to my fans – and write a book. What they didn’t know was the genre I would choose, and many were surprised. On the other hand, many weren’t.

I’m very excited. The future seems bright!

Links to buy K.L. Silver’s book:
You can find a list of my published work on my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE.
Also, please visit my WEBSITE/BLOG -Very shortly my books will be available to download straight from my website – and onto ANY device! CAN’T WAIT!

K.L. Silver’s promo links:
You can find me on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and LINKEDIN!

What are you working on now?
Well, at the moment, I am in edits on the fourth short story AND the novel. I believe my readers will be very, ummmm … SATISFIED (ahem…).

(On April 14, 2014, K.L. Silver updated Reading Recommendations on the release of her novels.)

K.L. Silver’s reading recommendation:
I highly recommend new Poet Vincent Moore and not so new Poet Baron James Ashanti.

Mitzi Szereto

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray
Genre: Gothic Romance, Gothic Horror, Erotic Fiction, LGBT, Fantasy, Paranormal

Quick description: Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto’s The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray continues where Wilde left off with the Faustian tale of a man of eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence and hedonism. Dorian’s story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. In his pursuit of sensation and carnal thrills, Dorian’s desires turn increasingly extreme as he leaves behind yet more devastation and death. He ultimately settles in present-day New Orleans, joining forces with a group of like-minded beings known as the Night People. They inadvertently return to Dorian his humanity when he falls in love with a young woman he rescues from becoming their victim. Will she be his redemption? Or will she be his final curse?

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Brief biography:
Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, has her own blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog”, and is the creator/presenter of the Web TV channel “Mitzi TV”, which covers “quirky” London. Her books include The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray, Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire, Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles), Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance, In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series, Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto, and many other titles. She has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and mainland Europe, teaching from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Greek islands as well as lecturing in creative writing at several British universities. She’s been featured internationally in print media and on radio and television. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Links to buy Mitzi’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook & print
Fishpond Australia Print and New Zealand Print

Mitzi’s promo links:
Facebook fan page
Mitzi TV
Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog
Mitzi Szereto Google+ Fan Page
Mitzi Szereto on Goodreads
Mitzi Szereto on Amazon
The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray website

(Mitzi updated us on a video promotion she did at the Miami Book Fair.)

What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up a pair of anthologies: Darker Edge of Desire (autumn 2014) and Love, Lust and Zombies (2015). In addition, I’m working on the second installment in my quirky crime/cozy mystery series The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles, co-authored with my celebrity bear/sidekick Teddy Tedaloo.

Mitzi`s reading recommendation:
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King