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See More of the Amazon with Your Imagination

Books can give you a better picture and help you feel a scene with all of you senses and emotions. Sometimes better than a video can. See the video and read the descriptions from “The Patron’s Wife” and compare.

 

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Books vs Videos Traveling up the Amazon River

The wonderful thing about your imagination is that you bring all of your experiences to a scene in a story or novel. Sometimes a written description can spark a different and more focused experience as compared to a video. A video can be very well done and can certainly tell a story. But we are limited to what our eyes can take in and the score to elicit the proper emotion or reaction. With a video we are truly witnesses. With literature we are more participants. I hope I did that in my description of Emilio’s trip down the Rio Oscuro in the Amazon in my latest novel, ‘The Patròn’s Wife”. Many moons ago, I was stationed in the Florida Keys and at Homestead Air Base, that was very near the Everglades. Both places were hot, sticky and buggy. In the summer you could just about set you watch to the time of the daily thunder storm. Those were the experiences I drew from for the opening description.

Compare this Video to Emilio’s Trip
down the Amazon in The Patron’s Wife

“The dull pulse of the boat motor echoed back from the dense wall of tangled greenery that crowded its way to the edge of the river bank. The chirps and clicks from a thousand insects set an unearthly cadence that was palpable.  Mist swirled overhead, opening now and again to let the sun’s rays play off the living pearls of dew that rolled down from leaf to quivering leaf, back into the brown waters of the Rio Oscuro”

Emilio The Patron's Wife

Emilio, traveling in the Amazon
The Patron’s Wife

“My clothing was always damp with sweat. The heat and humidity made the trip unbearable. Even the breeze coming off the water was warm and fetid. The chatter of monkeys was tiresome; the biting insects were bothersome and painful. The occasional shadowy animal, drawn undoubtedly by the sound of the motor, would stalk us, making its way through the undergrowth that grew along the riverbank. The relentless heat, discomfort, and unpredictability reached out like a smothering and heavy hand from the jungle and kept its dank grip on me and the boat.”

Another scene has to do with the protagonist Emilio being driven up from the Rio Oscuro in the Amazon to El Paradiso, the name of the plantation where the greater part of the story takes place.

“The road was rutted and bumpy. Branches and fronds reached out and clawed and scratched at all sides of the Land Rover as if trying to pull us into the undergrowth. There was no view to speak of, only a twinkling tunnel made through the tangle of low brush, large green leaves and overhead, vines and flowering creepers and still higher, the canopies of the great trees.

Amazon Jungle The Patron's Wife

Amazon Jungle
The Patron’s Wife

“We traveled inland for maybe twelve kilometers. I heard birds and the chatter of monkeys but I saw no animals. Leòn came to a jarring stop. A jaguar appeared out of the brush and stopped on the road.  Its golden eyes burned into mine. Leòn looked away from the animal; he even held his hand up to shield his face and gave the big cat a wide berth. I expected him to say something, but he did not. He did not even look at me. We drove off in silence.”

All of those scenes have to do with the Amazon jungle. By reading the words you become part of the story. You become an active participant by reliving your own set of experiences and memories and those of the character. A video can never do that.

 

The Patron's Wife Mark Giglio, author

The Patron’s Wife
Mark Giglio, author

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Mark Giglio, Author and Artist

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Alchemist Gift in 30 words

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Goodreads review

I did a beta read of the book. Alchemist Gift was difficult to put down. It satisfies on so many levels. The author has done his homework on the Renaissance period of the late 1400s, early 1500s. He captures the politics, culture and religion of the times through six love stories. The human condition is apparent in the characters with love, desire, lust, kindness, brutality, spirituality, and courage. There are many strong women in the story who are strong for their character and confidence. From philosophy to science and science fiction the book introduces you to the ancient Bagdad battery that powers a Renaissance version of a laser beam up to the magical Alchemist Cabinet. The characters experience time in a non-linear fashion reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. The descriptions made me feel like I was there experiencing the events with all my senses. There is action, adventure, magic, romance, history, culture and more. This book is a full course meal.

Amazon Description

“A style reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism.” – Red City Review. 

If you had the chance to travel to a different time period, would you do the same things? 

How does indecisive grad student Roland Hughes find himself cheating on his longtime girlfriend Liz, with a rich, Ferrari-driving, Lila Thurston, who involves him in her four hundred fifty thousand dollar heist? That’s just the beginning of his woes. He has haunting visions of Renaissance men and women pulling him back to a time of witchcraft, magic, curses, and Alchemy. Roland pays dearly for his fling with Lila, and desperately wishes for another chance. The cosmos hear him, and deliver help with the enchanted Alchemist cabinet for a new life and time. Will he redeem himself or chase the same temptations? 

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'Old Nick' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘Old Nick’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

 

Old Nick, In “Old Nick” we meet frustrated Franco, his duplicitous wife Carol Ann and the attractive stranger Nick, whose agenda is certainly his own. A short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase to get your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses

 

 

 

 

Mist Boats

Mist Boats

 

Mist Boats, Will the young tribesmen rise to the challenge and cross over a mythical mist that appears once a generation and leave the plateau? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

 

Triptych Series Vol. 1 Hum-hor from the Mind of Mark Giglio

Triptych Series Vol. 1 Hum-hor from the Mind of Mark Giglio

The Triptych Series Vol. 1, Three short stories (Old Nick, A Glimpse of Eternity, Robbies Ap), Hum-Hor from the mind of Mark Giglio, available on Amazon Kindle for only 2.99 or FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com when you make your purchase and we will send you your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses

 

 

 

 

Helen-Nevermore Contest-winner

Helen-Nevermore Contest-winner

Helen, a winner in the Nevermore Contest, short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

'Robbie's APP' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘Robbie’s APP’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

Robbie’s App,  a look into the lives of Giles and Virginia Thurston. They are rich enough to satisfy their every appetite until Virginia lets her birthday gift, Robbie’s APP, get out of control. Be ready for a delicious ending.a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

'A Glimpse of Eternity' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘A Glimpse of Eternity’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

A Glimpse of Eternity Would you want to be able to relive certain loving moments of your life? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

Eden Towers What is AIs were better than us?

Eden Towers What is AIs were better than us?

 

Eden Towers, Instead of the mad machine (PBM) being the problem, why not be the solution? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

 

Beyond Certain Boundaries

Beyond Certain Boundaries

Beyond Certain Boundaries Can love transcend the limits of what it is to be human? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

Spell Check-Where a Critic Gets What He Deserves

Spell Check-Where a Critic Gets What He Deserves in a Humorous Way

 

Spell Check Where a pompous critic Ass gets his comeuppings in a humorous way, a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after purchase for your FREE Big Book of Silly Little Curses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Write a Review for any of Mark’s books or Short Stories

Alchemist Gift, a novel by Mark on Amazon Kindle. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com when you have written your review to get your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Old Nick, In “Old Nick” we meet frustrated Franco, his duplicitous wife Carol Ann and the attractive stranger Nick, whose agenda is certainly his own. A short story by Mark on Smashwords for only $.99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com when you have written your review to get your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Mist Boats, Will the young tribesmen rise to the challenge and cross over a mythical mist that appears once a generation and leave the plateau?
a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Helen, a winner in the Nevermore Contest, short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Robbie’s App,  a look into the lives of Giles and Virginia Thurston. They are rich enough to satisfy their every appetite until Virginia lets her birthday gift, Robbie’s APP, get out of control. Be ready for a delicious ending.a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

A Glimpse of Eternity Would you want to be able to relive certain loving moments of your life? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Eden Towers, Instead of the mad machine (PBM) being the problem, why not be the solution? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Beyond Certain Boundaries Can love transcend the limits of what it is to be human? a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

Spell Check Where a pompous critic Ass gets his comeuppings in a humorous way, a short story by Mark on Smashwords for only .99. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com after writing your review for your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses.

The Triptych Series Vol. 1, Three short stories (Old Nick, A Glimpse of Eternity, Robbies Ap), Hum-Hor from the mind of Mark Giglio, available on Amazon Kindle for only 2.99 or FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Email us at wem2529@yahoo.com when you finish your review and we will send you your FREE Big Book of Silly Curses

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Mark Giglio

Mark Giglio

“I Approve This Message”

New ‘Hum-Hor’ Short Story Series

From the Mind of Mark Giglio

Download the new Horror, Sci-Fi short story book “Triptych Series Vol. 1” for your Kindle Unlimited or buy for only $2.99. The app for Kindle is free from Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited you can get a FREE trial for 30 days and download “Triptych Series Vol. 1.”

 

It’s all about the royalty!

Read only one story, about 10 pages, and we will get our royalty. What can be easier than that?! The stories are good too. Just thumb through the book at a normal reading pace and we get paid!

 

What the Heck is Hum-Hor?

The Triptych Series, a collection of short stories dubbed ‘Hum-hor’, is a combination of humor and horror, the macabre, and the unexpected. Each volume will include three stories as in Triptych art. I’ll be exploring the darker side of human nature a la The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, and American Horror Story by putting my characters, some likable and others not so, through their paces.

Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

Old Nick

'Old Nick' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘Old Nick’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first installment, “Old Nick,” we meet frustrated Franco, his duplicitous wife Carol Ann and the attractive stranger Nick, whose agenda is certainly his own.

You’ll like the underlying humor and irony in “Old Nick.” Giglio will keep you in suspense even though you just know ‘Old Nick’ would come out on top. Poor Carol Ann and poor Franco, they get what they deserve in the end.

Here’s the link to get your copy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

 

A Glimpse of Eternity

'A Glimpse of Eternity' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘A Glimpse of Eternity’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the romantics in the crowd, the next story “A Glimpse of Eternity” is set in a cozy cabin where two couples, each from different times and circumstances are able to live their most precious moments for eternity.

“A Glimpse of Eternity” is really different and very beautifully written, especially Giglio’s descriptions in the beginning scene.

“I’ve read my share of ghost stories but never thought of ghosts being happy or in love, or that we have an opportunity to live our lives exactly as we want.” – M. Wilson

Fall in Love with the story here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

Robbie’s APP

'Robbie's APP' from Triptych Series Vol. 1

‘Robbie’s APP’ from Triptych Series Vol. 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Robbie’s APP” allows a look into the lives of Giles and Virginia Thurston. They are rich enough to satisfy their every appetite until Virginia lets her birthday gift, Robbie’s APP, get out of control.. Be ready for a delicious ending.

You can get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

 

Remember! It’s all about the royalty!

Get your copy of “Triptych Series Vol. 1” now. Don’t wait! We need that paycheck. All you have to do is read one story. Ten minutes tops! Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VB43X26

Thank you.

 

 

Doctor Who, Alchemist Gift, Time Travel

How is Alchemist Gift like Doctor Who?

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Doctor Who Tardis

Doctor Who’s Tardis

alchemist cabinet

Rene Hermes’ Alchemist Cabinet

Both stories take us on a time travel journey. Doctor Who travels through time in his spaceship called the Tardis. In Alchemist Gift our characters pass through the Alchemist Cabinet and back in time.  While Doctor Who travels anywhere in time either in the past or the future, Alchemist Gift travels back to the Renaissance of the late 1400s and early 1500s, where as in Doctor Who there is no lack of upheavals for the people of the era. Residents of Alchemist Gift’s Renaissance struggle with taxes caused by the wars between royalty of the Reformation and royalty representing the Catholic Church. There is the specter of the black plague, accusations of witchcraft, and troops of soldiers gone awry stealing children and selling them into slavery to make money while the Duke is away fighting the Reformation wars.

 

 

wwitch burning Alchemist Gift

Witch Burning Alchemist Gift

Doctor Who’s enemies are of an extraterrestrial nature whereas the villains of Alchemist Gift come from right here on earth. However, there are similar themes like witchcraft. In “The Skakespeare Code” Doctor Who battles what appear to be witches to the citizens of the time but are an alien race who had been imprisoned centuries before for their diabolical attempts to take control of worlds. Alchemist Gift starts with the witch burning of women. One was accused of witchcraft for causing a neighbor’s cows to produce sour milk and another of casting a love spell on Lucius Conino making him unfaithful to his wife, a cowardly way of getting out of the crime of adultery. The cow accusation was an attempt to steal a widow’s good land. Whereas the Doctor saves the day by using his wiles to reverse the portal that was releasing the witches, in Alchemist Gift the witches are saved by a miraculous occurrance precipitated by the magical tree that supplied the wood for the burning. Read more


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