The Most Perfect Gift…..

Gina Kirkham

The Most Perfect Gift….

Oh….err….it’s lovely Gina, how clever…….”

I watched mum lovingly caress the soggy brown bog roll tube in her hands whilst discreetly wiping the vivid, still wet, purple paint from her fingers onto her pinny. She grimaced as the pink pipe cleaner I had twisted into a myriad of coils before gluing on to the said bog roll tube, pricked her thumb.

“….I’ve never seen such a beautiful umm.. beautiful… robot, yes it’s a robot isn’t it?” She looked at me, cheerfully expectant.

I felt a deep stab of disappointment as one eye started to sting with the onset of tears. That was something else I would ponder in years to come. Why, when I wanted to cry, did only one eye fill up and brim making me look like I had a festering eye infection rather than a dramatic display of pique and mortal hurt.

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#Review The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes @Mark_J_Mayes @urbanebooks

#Review The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes @Mark_J_Mayes @urbanebooks

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Synopsis

‘Gifts ought to be free, but they never are. They tie you to the wishes of others. To your own sad expectations. To the penitentiary of your dreams.’ Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These ‘gifts’ will change their lives forever. In the far-off border town of Grenze, a play is to be performed at the Sheol Theatre. Reynard the impresario expects a very special audience. Thomas and Liselotte, together with their friend Johann, are drawn into Reynard’s seductive web, as Daumen, the gift maker, must decide who his master really is. The Gift Maker is a story about identity, about fulfilling your dreams and becoming the person you always were … at whatever cost.

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Urbane Publications (23 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1911331779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911331773

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#TheGiftMaker ~ #Q&A @Mark_J_Mayes @urbanepub #Retweet #WIN

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Welcome to my blog Mark, it is a pleasure to have you popping by. You wonderful novel The Gift Maker is a corker. Please check out Mark’s Q&A below.

About The Book 

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Gifts ought to be free, but they never are. They tie you to the wishes of others. To your own sad expectations. To the penitentiary of your dreams.’ Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These ‘gifts’ will change their lives forever. In the far-off border town of Grenze, a play is to be performed at the Sheol Theatre. Reynard the impresario expects a very special audience. Thomas and Liselotte, together with their friend Johann, are drawn into Reynard’s seductive web, as Daumen, the gift maker, must decide who his master really is. The Gift Maker is a story about identity, about…

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Interview with Mark Mayes

A Lover of Books

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I am delighted to have Mark Mayes on my blog for this event.  His debut novel, ‘The Gift Maker’ was published last month and it is getting a lot of positive reviews.  Mark very kindly answered my questions.

I’ve heard so many good things about your book, ‘The Gift Maker’.  Can you tell me a bit about it please?

Thank you so much, Sonya, for inviting me onto your wonderful book blog to talk about The Gift Maker, and about writing more generally. I appreciate this opportunity so much. Well, The Gift Maker is a debut novel, and I would say it straddles several genres, in that it has some fantastical or magic realist elements, but it also might be considered a literary novel ( I hope). It comprises a quest, or rather several interlocking quests, undertaken by several characters. In addition, a romantic theme runs through the narrative…

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The Gift Maker – publication day!

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Today (at last!) is publication day for The Gift Maker – and I am absolutely overjoyed. I send huge thanks to all readers, book bloggers, and reviewers thus far – you’ve all been amazing!! And a massive thanks to Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications, without whom none of this would have happened!

There are already some wonderful reviews of The Gift Maker appearing on book blogs, Goodreads, NetGalley, and on Amazon (links below). 🙂  And even one on YouTube.

Goodreads

NetGalley

And also reviewed on these wonderful Book Blogs:

alithurm.org

Books and Brew

The Quiet Knitter

 

 

The Gift Maker

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by Mark Mayes

published by Urbane Publications, February 2017

Genre: Literary fiction/mystery and thrillers

the-gift-makerSometimes only a stranger can give the gift of hope.

Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These ‘gifts’ will change their lives forever. In the far-off border town of Grenze, a play is to be performed at the Sheol Theatre. Reynard the impresario expects a very special audience. Thomas and Liselotte, together with their friend Johann, are drawn into Reynard’s seductive web, as Daumen, the gift maker, must decide who his master really is.

My review: A curious mixture of humour and fantasy makes Mark Mayes The Gift Maker an interesting debut novel. Not normally a fan of fantasy fiction, I was drawn into this novel because of the story, the language and the setting.

The plot is…

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