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Competition Time! Win an e-book copy of “Dead Man Dreaming” by Uday Mukerji

Last chance to get you entry in for an ebook copy of “Dead Man Dreaming” By Uday Mukerji.

I have 3 electronic copies courtesy of the author to give away. I will be drawing the winners on 16th February 2020 (random draw). The winners will be notified by email, and their first name and Country will appear on this site. (Note – your email will not be kept, shared or added to any list)

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Set in Calgary, Canada, the US, and in Central Europe, Dead Man Dreaming is literary fiction about one man’s fight against hereditary genetic diseases—from losing his girlfriend to finding love again—and how he overcomes his fear and frustrations and comes to terms with his own Huntington’s disease.

David, a senior resident physician, suddenly finds his coveted heart surgeon’s job in jeopardy as he could be a victim of Huntington’s chorea. After much deliberation, as he takes the pre-symptomatic test, his life turns upside down. He tests HD positive. And the result takes a toll on his love life too as his girlfriend leaves him for he decides not to have kids in that condition.

Although he secures the job at the hospital, he declines the offer. Emotionally charged, David dedicates his life to finding a solution to prevent all hereditary genetic diseases. He believes if medical science could prevent fatal diseases like cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, it must have a solution to genetic diseases as well. Months go by, but David finds nothing new to help his research. The confirmation of HD also disrupts his private life, and he hallucinates at night. He becomes frustrated and accepts a job in the R&D division of the same hospital.

One day, he accidentally meets his old classmate, Jessie. She is recovering from a bad marriage and her son is suffering from a genetic disease called hemophilia. Although he had never liked her before and they had nothing in common, he couldn’t help admiring her after hearing what she had gone through in life. Jessie points out that the solution to David’s research is already half-way there. A simple carrier screening test can easily identify parents with genetic disorders. The affected ones can then look for viable alternatives like sperm or egg donation, surrogacy, gene editing, or adoptions. But the research shows only one in six OBs and gynecologists are offering carrier screening tests in the preconception period. So, all they need is to fill the void with an awareness campaign.

David likes the idea, and together, they start a website to get others’ feedback on introducing a parental fitness test before having a child. If other jobs can ask for a fitness test, why the toughest job in the world can’t have one? They get an overwhelming response from all over the world, people rallying for a Carrier Screening Test, but not without condemnations. The number of signatories reaches millions.

Meanwhile, their common miseries and hardships in life also bring them closer. David falls in love with Jessie. However, his impending sickness prevents him from expressing his love and he suffers silently. But his interactions with million other victims open his eyes. He realizes while he may not have any control over how long he lives, but he can always choose how he lives the remaining days. And he decides to propose to Jessie.

Dead Man Dreaming is a story of a desperate and dying young man spiraling downward with anger and frustrations and how he bounces back with new love as he comes to terms with his life-threatening disease.

Where can I get a copy? 

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Gift book, Review, Sarah Jackson, You want me to do what now: 101 of the worst job titles around

Review of “You want me to do what now?”

Thank you Leanne Margaret, author of “Love of the Universe” and “Multidimensional Mediation” for her review of “You want me to do what now?”

You Want Me To Do What Now? 101 of the Worst Job Titles Around, is a humorous and easy to read little book that highlights the importance of good grammar and clear language. It’s an anthology of unusual, provocative and badly written job ads, collated to not only bring a smile to your face, but also to be made proper fun of! Recently I was in the marketplace myself, searching for a new job, and believe me, making fun of job titles is a community service someone had to perform.

Well Sarah Jackson has done it with wit and style. She has even taken the time to create a pictograph of each ad, helping to turn up the ridiculousness another notch. But she doesn’t just expose the wound, proffered at the end of each chapter the author also provides a salve of uncommon sense: The ads are re-written in a clear and correct form – a relief for grammar nerds.

You can’t dress a crap job in cool words without losing clarity. Words are supposed to clearly convey meaning but I think some of the employers illustrated are using words to conceal it.

The only job title I would not be so harsh on is Vegetation Liaison Officer. It brings to mind a dreadlocked person, hands stained with the forest, plucking a guitar while singing folk songs to the plants.

Some of the job titles do deserve to re-shamed right here. Like Assistant Controlled Entity Accountant. Seriously! I want to apply for this job so I can ask what the hell it is. As for Special Requests Clerk – What is wrong with Concierge?

Good copywriters are numerous, businesses willing to pay for the service, not so much. Perhaps we need to make as much fun of dodgy copywriting as we can.

It was the author’s intention to bring a smile to the reader’s face and this reader was smiling. I don’t think we ever did work out what a Keyholder is, but I bet the wages are bad.

By Leanne Margaret

 



“You want me to do what now? 101 of the worst job titles around” by Sarah Jackson 

“You want me to do what now: 101 of the worst job titles around” is a humorous look at job searching and advertising. In any given month, in Australia alone, there is an average of 165,00 jobs advertised, and approximately 750,000 people recorded as being out of work – and this doesn’t include job seekers who are looking for a change of employment. There are a great many people looking at a wide range of position titles. It’s big business. The book, set in a Listicle format, looks at ridiculous, pompous and downright misleading job titles.  Job seekers, employers, advertisers, and the general public, may find this an interesting read, as it is both true and bizarre.

Available in three formats!

Kindle e-book: Order here

Standard novel size (5.5 x 8.5″): Order here

Coffee Table book size (A4 size): Order here