Tuesday, November 10, 2015

THE ECOLOGY OF LONESOMENESS

 

Kaleb Schwartz isn't interested in the Loch Ness Monster. He'd enough cryptobiological speculation about Bigfoot while studying the Pacific Northwest forests. He's in Scotland's Great Glen to investigate aquatic food webs and nutrients cycles; if he proves there's no food for any creature bigger than a pike, then so much the better.

Jessie McPherson has returned to Loch Ness after finishing university in London, hoping to avoid the obsession with its dark waters she had when younger and first discovered lonesomeness. She knows any relationship with a scientist studying the lake is a bad idea, but something about Kaleb makes her throw caution to the depths.

When Kaleb discovers Jessie's lonesomeness refers not just to the solitude of the loch, he's faced with an ecological problem of monstrous proportions. Can he find a way to satisfy both the man and the scientist inside himself, and do the right thing?

10% of the author's royalties will be donated to WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.
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My Impressions: 

I was really impressed and taken by surprise with this book. When it comes to romance novels, I honestly do not put much stock in men doing them justice. I was pleasantly surprised thought to see how well rounded Jessie was. She was not sexed up, whinny, timid or bitchy like other male authors make the female character. Instead she was complex, strong, secretive, loving, bold and womanly. I greatly enjoyed the delicate balance between Jessie and Kaleb as their love unfolded. The interactions were fun and believable. Plus, the Loch Ness Monster is just fun to read about.

Although this book is chalk full of science, it incorporates its in a way that is not boring or overwhelming. It does not slow the book down, but adds to it.  I really thought at first I was going to have to flip past pages to get to the "good parts" and through all the science, but I actually enjoyed reading about Kaleb's process. It really added to the book and helped transport me to Scotland.  

 
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Enjoy an Excerpt:

Jessie McPherson started the car and drove away from The Shredded Sail, her parents’ pub, which was also a bed and breakfast. She revved the engine and let gravel spit out from under the spinning front wheels. The old Nissan Micra that she'd learned to drive in was still a game old motor. Her mother kept it well serviced—well, basically she made sure Jessie's father kept it well serviced. Jessie was tempted every day to do a handbrake skid across the gravel car park in front of the house upon her return from work. She used to do that in her school days. She'd grown out of that, though: you never knew where the guests might be parked. She'd nearly slid into a rented Audi the last time she'd pulled a skid.

It seemed time had stood still in the glen since she'd been home for Christmas. Had she really only been back here two weeks? She felt her three years in the chaotic ant's nest of London had just been a fortnight's holiday away: a few nights out in the West End, an afternoon drinking cocktails in Covent Garden after window-shopping in Knightsbridge, and mornings strolling through Hyde Park, Camden Market and Notting Hill.

Most of her old friends, her old flames, were still here in the glen. She'd taken to going for a pint in The Bothy with them after work, chatting to the old fogies in The Shredded Sail, and going over the same old conversations. After a week, those conversations were boring once again, but she still stood there at the bar, shaking her head at something her father said, or an acerbic comment from Ahab, the old codger who seemed to be welded to the bar when he wasn't staring out at the surface of the loch, as if waiting.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

David J. O'Brien will be awarding an eCopy of The Ecology of Lonesomeness to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David is a writer, ecologist and teacher from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Pamplona Spain. He has a degree in environmental biology and doctorate in zoology, specialising in deer biology and is still involved in deer management in his spare time. 

As an avid wildlife enthusiast and ecologist, much of David's non-academic writing, especially poetry, is inspired by wildlife and science. While his stories and novels are contemporary, they often seek to describe the science behind the supernatural or the paranormal.

His novels, Leaving the Pack and Five Days on Ballyboy Beach are available at Tirgearr Publishing. His YA novel, The Soul of Adam Short and Children's novel Peter and the Little People will be published soon by MuseitUP Publishing. He writes erotic romance under the pen name J.D. Martins.

A long-time member of The World Wildlife Fund, David has pledged to donate 10% of his royalties on all his hitherto published books to that charity to aid with protecting endangered species and habitats. 


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