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THE WHITE PRISONER IS THE INDIE BOOK OF THE DAY

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The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story was selected as the Indie Book of the Day for December 19. It was a pure coincidence that on the same date was born the main character of the novel. Thanks to the guys from http://indiebookoftheday.com

Check here the official announcement

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INTERVIEW AT A BLUE MILLION BOOKS

My fellow writer Amy Metz, author of Murder & Mayhem, invited me for an interview at her great blog “A Blue Million Books”. The main theme was “The White Prisoner”. Here is how the interview started. Check out more here
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– Ognian, tell us about your book.
– The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story is a typical non-fiction sports book. It’s based on the events around the arrest of Galabin Boevski, the famous weightlifter, who was caught with huge amount of cocaine in his suitcases at Sao Paolo airport in 2011. He received 9 years plus sentence and started to serve it in Brazilian prison.
Surprisingly, one day he landed in Sofia airport after been served just two years of his jail time. Nobody believed how he was able to get out of prison. Many versions were put on the news stream not only in Bulgaria, but around the world.
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INTERVIEW FOR PATTY J SMITH’S BLOG

I was invited to do interview for Patty J Smith’s blog after she was my guest at Ognian Georgiev’s space. Check below our conversation or visit her blog, where you may find many interesting articles and authors presentations.

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– What inspired you to become a writer?
– My job is related with writing. I am working as a sports reporter in “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper. In the last 15 years it was a daily routine for me. However, writing a real book is something very different. The main character of my first novel “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski” was the reason that I was inspired to put everything in one big story. My editor-in-chief encouraged me to write the story and this was just the beginning.
– Which of your books do you consider your pride and joy? Why?
– Easy answer, because I’ve got only one book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. For now it’s my pride. I gave a lot in order to produce the final output. It was a joy as well, because the adrenaline during research and writing period was very high. Sometimes I had some problems with the sleep, because I was thinking non stop about the book and how to pave the readers’ road.
– Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
– I need silence. Because of my daily assignments in the newspaper, I don’t have much time to focus. This is why I worked on the novel after my work. Sometimes I was staying until 3 at the night in my office to develop the story chapter by chapter.
– If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
– The Angel Who Saved My Life. I’ve got many risky situations since I was born. Thanks to my personal angel, I am still alive and in good condition. Now, at the age of almost 34 (next Monday is my birthday), I started to realize many things, that before were just passing by my mind without paying enough attention.
– If you had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
– I will give you Top 3, ok? The first one would be Karl May. The German writer was my favorite during my child years. He describes by incredible way his characters and is a real teacher of the best human qualities. Number two would be Raymond Feist. He is my favorite fantasy author. I was very deep into his Midkemia world and all his great personages. Number 3 – Michael Connelly. He is a great master of crime literature and a person who I would like to interview one day.
– We all have family, work and other obligations…how do you maintain balance while in the middle of a writing project?
– The sad thing is that my family suffered when I wrote my book, because not much time left for them. Sometimes I feel kind of guilty about that, but my girlfriend and my daughter always supported me. They were very happy when the book finally was published and I would like to thank them once again for all the hugs they gave to me, when I had some bad moments during writing and publishing period.
– What is the one piece of advice you received about writing that helped you the most?
– Probably when I read somewhere that I need as much as possible eyes to take a look on my script before being published. I am very grateful to all test readers, who helped “The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” to become better novel.
– Where can we purchase your books and how can we keep up with you?
– You may order the print version of the book here
– Last, but not least…..What and when is your next release? Provide a brief synopsis….
– I started recently with the research for my next book. Once again it will be a non-fiction sport book about the last man who beat the richest athlete in the world, Floyd Mayweather, and his incredible fate. Plans are the Bulgarian version to be published at the beginning of 2015 and the English version to be ready for the start of the next summer.

Check out my interview at Rita Lee Chapman’s web page

I was honored to be a guest at Rita Lee Chapman’s web page and to answer some interesting questions. Here are the Q&A, which may tell you more about me. Follow this link or read it below

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– Hi Ognian and welcome to my website. Please introduce yourself and tell us something about your book.
– Hello Rita and thanks for the interview. My name is Ognian Georgiev. I am a sports journalist, working for one of the most popular daily newspapers in my country “Bulgaria Today”. Our capital Sofia is the city that I was born in 33 years ago and I am still living there with my girl Ralitza and our daughter Valeria.
I’ve written only one book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. It was published in December 2013 in Bulgaria. The English language premiere was on 30 May 2014. The novel is about a legendary Olympic weightlifting champion, who is caught at Sao Paulo’s airport with 9 kg of cocaine. He is sentenced in Brazilian jail for 9 years and 4 months. During his stay in the prison he remembers back all his glory moments, all his championships dramas, doping scandals, betrayals and sports political issues.
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OFFICIAL VIDEO TRAILER OF THE WHITE PRISONER

Finally the official video trailer of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” is on!
Check it out and say what you think about it!
Great thanks to Ellis Shuman and his wonderful blog for opening my eyes how easy is to make a trailer by myself.

You may order a print copy of the book with B&W photos here

The digital/e-book version of the novel is available on Amazon.com. To order click here

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME?

Then check out my interview for Ira’s Love Hate Poetry web page. Go hereIra_interview

BOOK IN THE TRAINING BAG

Here is a very interesting photo, made by Ian Haya! Credits to him and his club (www.Facebook.com/justliftinc and http://www.JustLift.ca)!

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The print copy of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” is available here:

WANT TO KNOW ME? CHECK THE INTERVIEW AT BOOK READER MAGAZINE

My interview at Book Reader Magazine:
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Featured Interview With Ognian Georgiev
– Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
– My entire live is connected with the capital city of Bulgaria – Sofia. I am living in one of the quietest districts, named on our national hero Vasil Levski, with my girlfriend Ralitza and our little daughter Valeria. In the last 14 years the profession that is bringing food on my table is journalistics. I am writing about sports.

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SCOTT SKIPPER: I MET MY MAIN CHARACTER IN A BAR

Our first guest in Q&A interviews with authors will be Mr. Scott Skipper. He recently published “Golden State Blues”, a novel about a governor of California. Here are our chat about his new book, which is highly recommended and received great positive feedback.

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– Mr. Skipper, what is “Golden State Blues” about?
Golden State Blues is about the sorry state of affairs in the United States today, and California in particular, and what two schemers did to improve it. A businessman who is sick and tired of the many and redundant branches of government having their hands in his pockets finds a right wing ringer in a bar, and gets him elected governor of California by posing him as a Democrat. That’s when the fun starts.
– How did you decide to write such a story?
– My four previous books are historical fiction, but I have seen my country and my state in a downward spiral for a great many years, and I guess I needed to vent. I have to say that I have never had so much fun writing a book before. The story just seemed to flow from me.
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– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– As I mentioned above, the story almost wrote itself, but the biggest challenge was keeping it real. The concept is so unlikely that I had to dig deep for ways that Governor Jim West’s stunts could have plausibly happened. I spent quite a lot of time reading the California Constitution, which was a challenge in itself.
– Tell us something more about your main character, who seems to be very interesting? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– Governor Jim’s appearance and mannerisms are based on someone I met in a bar—the same bar depicted in the story—and who shall remain anonymous. His actions, however, are totally fictitious. The other main character, Adam Peyton, is pretty much my own alter ego from an earlier time in my life.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– When I refreshed my memory to answer this question I was surprised to find that I began my research in January of 2014 and published it on April 11, of the same year. Well, it is relatively short, only 72,000 words, but still, that was pretty quick. I guess I had a lot of motivation.
– Who are you?
– I am Scott Skipper and that’s my real name—over the years a lot of people have had trouble believing it. I was born a long time ago in Akron, Ohio, which I left as soon as I was able. I spent most of my life running a metal fabrication company in Southern California. That experience gave me a first-hand look at many of the issues addressed in Golden State Blues. In 2007 a fortuitous opportunity fell from the sky that allowed me to retire at relatively early age. Since then my wife, Hurricane Sandy, and I have done some travelling and I’ve written five books.
– It’s a good volume, tell us what are your writing habits?
– I write with a laptop computer while seated in a swivel chair before a picture window where I have a view of a rose garden in the foreground, a canyon in the middle ground and mountains in the background. Often I am distracted by wildlife passing. If you look at my website, on the Bio Page under the More tab there is a link to a slide show of some of the critters that pass through our property. Just click on the bear’s eye.
– Wow, sounds very inspirational! Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– If I had to survive on book sales I’d be mighty lean but I am very gratified by the amount of sales even if I wish they were better. Golden State Blues has only been released for a few months but the feedback I’ve received leads me to think it may do well. Face of the Angel, my fourth, is starting to get some attention, and yes, I do plan to write more if for no other reason than it gives me satisfaction.
– What are you doing to promote by the best possible way your book?
– Well, obviously I haven’t found the best possible way to promote books. For one thing I just don’t get Facebook and Twitter so don’t look for me there. I participate at LinkedIn and Goodreads, naturally I have a website and keep a blog that I dedicate mainly to reviewing books by self-published authors. One thing that I did after publishing my first book was to offer for free a couple of short works that contain links to my books that are for sale. I have no way of knowing how many sales that scheme has generated, but those free stories sure get a lot of downloads. People are such skinflints.
– What is your version of Malaysia airline plane crash in Ukraine?
– This is an intriguing question for an author interview but I’m glad you asked. I think the downing of MH17 was the irresponsible and murderous act of a rabble of instigators who are working directly for Vladimir Putin with the sole aim of annexing Ukraine to Russia, and that the United States, in its diminished condition, hasn’t got the backbone to do anything, and that the European Union is too disorganized and self-serving to do anything about it. Furthermore, I am not usually a conspiracy theorist, but I suspect that the first Malaysian airliner to vanish was hijacked and may not be on the bottom of the ocean. There were, after all, two Iranians on board travelling on stolen passports.
– You met the prototype of your main character in a bar. So the last one will be – beer, wine, whiskey or just water?
– This is my favorite question. I’m a gin drinker myself, and to prove it, I’m going to provide you with the last line of Golden State Blues. “On the London Stock Exchange, Diageo, the maker of Tanqueray, saw their share price plummet twenty percent.” Thank you, it is now the cocktail hour in California and there is a bottle of Tanqueray waiting on the bar with my name on it. Salud!

Take a look at Golden State Blues here
Here are the others novels by Scott Skipper:
In the Blood
The Hundred Years Farce
Face of the Angel
Family Traits
The Stainless Steel Coffin
Pain Below the Equator
A Death in Carolina


You may reach Mr. Scott Skipper here:
http://www.scottskipper.com/
http://www.scottskipper.blogspot.com/

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BOOK DELIVERY ADVENTURES

As I wrote in my previous post, my author’s copies are at home.
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I am very satisfied how the edition is looking, so thanks to Create Space, my print on demand publisher. The only problem was the delivery time. I ordered the author’s copies on 30 May and they came up on 22 July to my home country Bulgaria. The estimate delivery time was set to 18 July.

I contact Create Space’s support on 21 July with an ask where are the books. One of my test readers also wrote me that he didn’t receive the book, that i ordered for him with estimate date 16 July.

The Support team of Create Space did a great job! They send their excuses with a free pack of books with the most fastest delivery possible. So the second pack of books came to me just two days after the original one (24 July). Now I have two sets of books! My test reader Slawomir Judek also received his copies!