Coping with Success and Failure

As in life, when you write a novel, at some point you will publish it, and then, you face either success or failure. David Khara, author of the Consortium thriller series, enjoyed instant success in France. Here, he shares some thoughts on coping. His advice applies to many endeavors.

You’ve been brave, you fought against yourself, against the odds, against those who told it would never happen, and here it is at last: your book is there, in front of you. It will be sold very soon, online or in bookstores. Now is the time for THE question: will it be successful?

Forget about that. I know it is hard, but you HAVE TO FORGET ABOUT IT.

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Why forget? Because success doesn’t depend on you. Even if your book is pure genius, you never know what’s going to happen, so let go. Something good happens? Take it. Nothing happens? That is the fate of a huge majority of books. Of course, you can hope. Not hoping would be ridiculous. But if nothing happens, do not give up. Do not surrender, and do not start believing you have no talent. A professional has decided to publish your work, this should mean something. Maybe it wasn’t the right time, maybe too many good books were released at the same time, who knows.

Something else could happen: your book could be an amazing success. It could become impossible to open a magazine without seeing your face (this happens to very few writers). Stay calm. It doesn’t mean you’re the best. Maybe you were in the right place at the right time. And still, with success comes exposure and harsh criticism that will hurt your feelings. Put all this aside. Keep doing what you like, keep telling stories. Always imagine you’ll be writing for ten people. And do your best to bring these ten people the only thing that makes sense: entertainment.

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Bastille Day Special — Authentic, Exciting Books Set in France

How are you celebrating the storming of the Bastille? I’d say the French national holiday calls for something French. So, if you can’t actually go to France for the parade on the Champs-Elysée or attend the dances and festivities traditionally held at fire stations across the country, you can pick up a book from Le French Book and be transported to France.

Here is our reading list for Bastille Day, with some deep discounts on these books set in France (mostly, at least), by French authors, translated for you. 

PARIS ART

  • The Collector by Anne-Laure Thièblemont (http://amzn.to/29xyd2A), a captivating dive into the little-known world of Paris art specialists and counterfeiters. After a father she never knew died, Marion Spicer finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams and attacks—a world where people will kill for a love of beauty. 

PARIS SUSPENSE

  • The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier (http://amzn.to/2a4Is0e), psychological suspense in the French capital. An ambitious rookie lawyer in Paris catches a case that sparks a determined search for the truth in her own life.

DARKNESS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

Paris, the French capital, the City of Light, and the perfect setting for crime, and an actual character in Frédérique Molay’s award-winning Paris Homicide series.

  • The 7th Woman (http://amzn.to/29sRoj5) launches the series and gives the city a whole new dimension, with “ratcheting tension” and suspense. Terror stalks Paris. Will the team of elite crime fighters prevail?

FRENCH SPIES NOT FRENCH FRIES

  • The Rare Earth Exchange by Bernard Besson (http://amzn.to/29xKDaU), a chilling financial espionage novel and an unsettling look at a post-Panama Papers world. A team of freelance operatives gets caught up in a web of corruption and cyberterrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today’s technology. “As subtle as a chess game, and as explosive as today's headlines.”

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AND GOURMET ATTITUDE

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen’s Winemaker Detective series (http://amzn.to/29xAkUh) is a celebration of France combining enticing mysteries, mouthwatering accounts of food and wine along with authentic descriptions of French countryside. A vacation with quirky characters and winetasting, British-like mysteries with a French flair.

  • The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus (http://amzn.to/29xAYkr) is a fine introduction to this series, with three titles in one. 
  • Late Harvest Havoc (http://amzn.to/29AJKBu). Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts.
  • Tainted Tokay (http://amzn.to/29Ktgtc). The Winemaker Detective encounters deceit and deception in Old World Europe. 

EUROPEAN ACTION AND ADVENTURE

The Consortium thriller series (http://amzn.to/29DR9Be) by David Khara offers a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

  • The Bleiberg Project
  • The Shiro Project
  • The Morgenstern Project

 

  • Shadow Ritual (http://amzn.to/29xAvPx) by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne. The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Douglas Preston calls it “Phenomenal.” Shadow Ritual has ritual murders, ancient enemies and a powerful secret, making an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. 

AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FRENCH FLAVOR

  • White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume (http://amzn.to/29xAIC0). In addition to a starred Publishers Weekly review, Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) called this “the real deal.” White Leopard is African noir with a renegade PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. The reader travels down the roads of Mali in the protagonist’s desperate search for truth.

Le French Book Writers at Thrillerfest

Two top thriller writers from France—Eric Giacometti and David Khara—will be attending International Thriller Writers' Thrillerfest from July 9-11 in New York City. On a panel about thrillers on the international market, they will be joining top thriller writers from around the world for this event.

Eric Giacometti's Shadow Ritual, which he wrote with Jacques Ravenne, came out recently in English. It's an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism.

David Khara's titles available in English are The Bleiberg ProjectThe Shiro Project and The Morgenstern Project. These Consortium thrillers offer a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

Thrillerfest is organized by International Thriller Writers, which has over 3,000 members in 28 countries with nearly 3 billion books in print.

Publisher Anne Trager from Le French Book will be joining Giacometti and Khara for the round table.

We'd love to see you there.

May Book Giveaways

This month, you can enter to win Mayhem in Margaux at France Book Tours, and you can also participate in the following Goodreads book giveaways—we've got four of them going. There's something for everyone: a Freemason thriller with esoteric secrets and international intrigue, a historic conspiracy roller-coaster ride of a novel, and two gourmet sleuth Winemaker Detective novels, including an advance review copy of the next one in the series.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shadow Ritual by Eric Giacometti

Shadow Ritual

by Eric Giacometti

Giveaway ends May 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Morgenstern Project by David S. Khara

The Morgenstern Project

by David S. Khara

Giveaway ends May 22, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Mayhem in Margaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Mayhem in Margaux

by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Giveaway ends May 16, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Flambé in Armagnac by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Flambé in Armagnac

by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Giveaway ends May 25, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to Win



Is he really a Mossad agent? David Khara on his Protagonist

In a recent interview, French thriller writer David Khara talked about the protagonist of his Consortium thriller series, the Mossad agent Eytan Morg. But is he really a Mossad agent? Find out below. Read the full interview here—in it he also talks about how he writes the books and more.

The Protagonist: A Mossad agent?

  • Eytan works for Mossad at the beginning of the series, but he insists on the fact that he is Polish. In The Bleiberg Project, we learn he was born in a little village in Poland.
  • Eytan considers himself a shield against barbarism and fascism, and he works with people who hunt war criminals.
  • Being Jewish is the reason he was sent to Warsaw’s Ghetto, but religion means little to Eytan, since no god showed up to save him as a child.
  • In The Shiro Project, we learn that Eytan leaves England in the 1950s to join Mossad, but in The Morgenstern Project, it becomes obvious that Eytan works with Mossad, and not for it. 

His Future

  • Has Eytan ever been in love, or even shared someone’s life? I think you’ll have to wait for the next books to find out.
  • David is currently working on a thriller that deals with tax evasion and nuclear material trafficking. "Once I’m done with it, I’ll start working on Eytan’s return!"

David Khara blog tour: Post about a New Generation of Soldiers

David Khara, the author of the Consortium Thriller series, talks about the series—and in particular about The Morgenstern Project, his most recent release in English—at the blog Queen of All She Reads.

In this interesting post, he says,  "The Consortium thriller series is all about resistance and ethics—resistance against barbarism and fascism, as well as resistance against our own instincts, the dark sides of our souls. As for ethics, well, the term “human experiments” says it all. And of course, Eytan Morg, the hero of the series, embodies these two essential issues. In a way, he is even stuck between them, as we see in The Morgenstern Project. 

Half of the book tells us more about Eytan’s past in a Polish Home Army in the 1940s, the other half, set in the present day, shows how a special commando is created by the US army. This commando is made of soldiers severely wounded on the battlefield, reconstructed with new-generation prosthetics. Sounds a little bit like the “Six Million Dollar Man,” doesn’t it?

Well, if you think this is mere fantasy, coming straight from the tortured brain of a French writer, you are mistaken. Okay, partly mistaken…"

Read the rest here.

 

 

The Morgenstern Project Book Tour

The Morgenstern Project by David Khara is now on tour, with giveaway opportunities, guest posts and more. Much thanks to France Book Tours for putting this together for us. Please visit the bloggers.

Monday, April 6
Spotlight +  Giveaway at Words And Peace

Friday, April 10
Review + Giveaway at The Discerning Reader

Thursday, April 16
Spotlight +  Giveaway at at  Griperang’s Bookmarks

Sunday, April 19
Spotlight + Giveaway at Book Nerd

Monday, April 20
Review + Guest-Post + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, April 21
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Deal Sharing Aunt

Thursday, April 23
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Saturday, April 25
Review + Interview + Giveaway at Lady Techie’s Book Musings
Review + Giveaway at Libri Amori Miei