Legacy of Beauty.

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It has been awhile but while I have not been on the blog my wife and I have been putting many kilometers behind us on our new venture. Firstly to say we were sad to leave The Ibis Lounge in Nieu Bethesda behind us but we have moved on to an Oasis out in the vast picturesque Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and this area is stunning…the beauty of the area is well worth a visit as it has so much to offer.

The name of this hidden Oasis is APOLLIS COTTAGE 19399470_1137208666380328_831557862875639380_nwhich is a family run business although your new hosts will be my lovely wife and me.

Just a bit of history on this amazing place.

It has been in the family for 2 generations and still has some of the original farmhouse furniture and what does APOLLIS COTTAGE offer to the guest apart from a home from home feel. Let me make your mouth water and give you the itch to make the journey into our new world.

3 en-suite Bedrooms boasting unique views of the surrounding areas.14485094_888485701252627_646756993633106613_n16649396_1017964188304777_1588947043806072327_n19424452_1137207396380455_6762448857095610738_n

 

For those who can’t do without we have DSTV & Internet access

The Guesthouse runs entirely on solar/wind energy with our water being supplied by borehole and wind pump. We are proud to say that we are an Eco-Friendly Guest House.

The area is rich in history and offers breathtaking views.16830948_1017964251638104_3087585317579475628_n

If you are looking for somewhere to try out that new Mountain bike, or Off-Road Scrambler, the area is perfect for you. Looking for somewhere to hike, where the horizon just moves further away…put on those hiking boots and join us. Feel the need to climb over rocks and boulders 16864333_1017964331638096_2479577322550468362_nand take in the awesome surrounding, be our guest as there is plenty to attract you.

If you are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of life, if you need to connect to nature join us around a wood fire in the Kookhuis 10616720_554208551347012_8598711892825986012_nwith only the stars above you and enjoy a Sundowner before you sit down to an exclusive candlelit dinner 14670787_893638440737353_2082435817299932143_npersonally prepared for you in our kitchen and don’t worry about Breakfast…you will not leave hungry as it is included in the price.

Apollis Cottage is perfect for that remote getaway, breath in the fresh air and feel the cool wind on your face…look across the vast landscape and fall in love with Namaqualand. When you leave us, you will leave with memories and just maybe your footprints in the sand.

www.theapolliscottage.com

As for my writing, well it is on the back burner for now but never fear…”n boer maak n plan” and Piet and company will soon be back in the saddle. Until then you can wet your appetite for Adventure and Thrills with the re-release of The Blood Trilogy and Devil in Eden. Awesome covers designed by Eeva Lancaster for which I am most thankful.

Take care out there. You never know what is watching from the shadows.

God Bless you All.

 

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Lesson Learnt

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Well life goes on and I am never ceased to be amazed at what goes on in social media.  Ever since I was blessed with the gift of being able to write and I had to jump into the social media swimming pool, get my feet wet and learn how to swim…sometimes I feel as if I am barely keeping my head above water.CROC

The reason why I felt the need to put this out there is the number of people…men and woman… (mostly young woman)…who follow my account, for which I am grateful as promoting my work is why I am there  in the first place, but these young ladies are in a class of their own…they start off with a DM…Hello or Hi to which I will replay with a Thank You for following me.

All innocent and above board. I am not on social media looking for anything other than promoting my work and the work of the other awesome authors out there but these young ladies (and men) are on the hunt…they all want something and I have no idea if it is the parrot images (4)in my profile picture or the cap Photo0930I am wearing but it is certainly not my looks.

At heart I am a friendly boy next door and am quite happy to engage in a conversation with someone who has followed me, after all the interest must be my books. Silly me…still learning to swim in a pool…but now the sharks have entered the water images (68)as well and for some reason they all seem to think that I am rolling in cash, images-5or on the lookout for a flingscrewed-2

What part of…”I am happily married” do they not understand. Maybe they can’t read and in that case they have my sympathy.

I suppose now that I have woken up and realized what to look out for I can avoid getting into any kind of conversation with them as unlike me, they just seem to follow anyone and then follow it up with a question like…”What do you do for a living”? Or “Where do you live”?

I actually had one ask me if I could pay their Internet bill for them. One who made contact with me called me a scammer when I told her I was married to my best friend and happy at that. What the heck was I trying to scam?

For crying out loud, all that information is found on my profile page. My life is an open book to anyone who takes the time to check out my profile or visit my Authors page.

Enough is enough and to those of you out there that are following me because you support me and are interested in my work, I thank you from the bottom of my heart 12003371_700178953446259_1368152052017028245_nbut to the rest…For the last time…I am a married man, who is very much in love with his wife, I am happy and do not need the social media to find a wife, a girlfriend or another dog for that matter as my wife and dog is all I need.images-8

They say you learn something new each and every day…well now I can add this to my growing repertoire of lessons learnt.

I wish all of you out there a wonderful weekend. Take Care and stay safe.

God Bless you all.

Under The…”Cover”

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Yes, I know that I have slacked off with my posts, but sometimes other parts of life get in the way and it is not always easy to sit down and just hit the keys. The guest house, The Ibis Lounge has been busyimages (89) and it does tend to take up one’s time, not that I’m complaining as it is enjoyable getting to meet so many different people from different parts of the world, but that is now coming to an end as the business has been sold and Lucie and myself will be moving on once October comes around, but we have had a wonderful time here, but as they say, when one door closes, another one opens.

Now that is so true when it comes to all aspects of life. Let’s take my writing for example. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that one day I would sit down and write a novel. In fact, it happened quite by accident and if you want to blame anyone, the blame rests solely on Lucie’s shoulders as she is the one who in August 2014 convinced me to sit down to do a short story, and then she comes along with these words…”I know you will start it, but you will not finish it”.

Well, that was the magic words that started off my new career as a wannabe author and within four months I had completed The Blood Trilogy and the rest is history. Now I just do not have the time to sit down, let my imagination take over and put all the ideas running around in my head onto paper but as always, Lucie will make sure I have the time.

Now back to that…” one door closes, another one opens.”

Due to certain aspects of my contract with my previous publisher which I will not go into out of respect for them we were advised by legal counsel to get the copyright back on all my work, which I must stress, I did with a heavy heart as they were very good to me in a lots of ways, but in this life, you have to look out for number one, and number one is yourself. So the books were withdrawn, and then I was approached by a wonderful lady called Eeva who cut to the chase and gave me some awesome advice regarding my work, something that I will always be in debt to her for and for which I am very thankful. This resulted in a total clean up, polish, re-edit, re-write of each and every one of the manuscripts…certain things that seemed to slip under the radar as being okay were picked up and sorted out with the result that there was a far better flow in the novel than when they were first published.

Apart from calling a spade a spade as far as my writing is concerned, she then went and off her own bat designed the magnificent covers for the re-release of The Blood Trilogy. Book One, Blood Moon over Africa,Blood Moon Cover 2 followed by Book Two, Blood Spoor in the Dark,Blood Spoor Cover 2 with Blood Demon-Revenge still to be born. Now how is that for one door closing and another one opening?

I just can’t praise her work enough. As you can see, these covers are in a class of their own…exceptional and if anyone out there needs a cover that is going to rock your world, you can find Eeva at this address… www.thebookkhaleesi.com. You will never regret making contact with someone who like her covers, is in a class of her own. Thank you for everything Eeva.DB0iVADXsAAf05E

Right, time for me to end off here, but before I leave, Blood Moon over Africa has been re-released on Amazon in the Kindle format, with Blood Spoor in the Dark due for re-release early September so if you fancy a thriller from Africa, tighten your seatbelt and get ready for a ride into the darkness.

Take Care out there and remember you never know what is watching from the shadows.Lion10 (3)

Ignorance is bliss

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I had no idea that this morning I was going to come across a tweet on Twitter from a well meaning person, but obviously this person has no idea at all on the impact that the encroachment of man has had on nature or the wild life that survive in nature.

His point is and I quote “wrong, there are plenty of examples of co-habitation” and this is in response to my tweet regarding the encroachment of mankind into the domain of the wilds. I suppose everyone has their own point of view on this subject, depending on where you live. If you live in an area where there are no predators or carnivores, then yes the deer and the elk will co-exist with you as they are herbivores. The vervet monkey co-exists with usimages (34) but a predator remains a predator and to my knowledge there are no examples of co-habitation between man and predator, unless one or the other is in a cage with steel bars.

A great example of co-habitation is a farm…domesticated animals but co-habitation with the Big Five or any predator unless they are in a zoo or nature reserve (controlled environment) is not possible.

Try telling the farmer who is losing his live stock to marauding lions that this is an example of co-habitation. bff9e26a6ad89f04cfe21687f1a2de67Take the young husband, who has just lost his wife to a Nile crocodile while she was doing the washing down at the river that it is okay,CROC after all this is an example of co-habitation or for that matter, the villagers who live in fear as night falls because they know a man-eater is on the hunt, or the old man who lost a son to an enraged elephant as he tried to chase the mighty animal from the banana plantation.bull

The family of the tourist who got out of his car to film a pride of lion around their kill and got taken out by a lioness don’t believe in co-habitation, and as for the lioness, no-one told her that we are living in co-habitation, nor did anyone tell the lion pride that visited a group camping in their domain and ended up dragging away one of the unfortunate campers.

The list can go on and on where the idea of co-habitation between man and predator just gets kicked to the curb.

Really, they say that ignorance is bliss…but that does not excuse a sense of false security…a predator will always remain a predator and as mankind expands into their habitat the chances if a meeting between the two become all the more certain, and there can only be one winner.

Both trying to survive in a shrinking world.

There are varies records of predators turned man-eater from around the world, and in every case it has been the encroachment of man into their domain, and the truth is, man is the easiest prey of all.

God Bless you all.

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The Gift of Speech

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It has been awhile but then I have been busy behind the scenes, both with kick starting my latest novel titled “Sting of the Scorpion”…and on top of that Cooking up a storm at The Ibis Lounge as we just seem to be getting more and more reservations for dinner, plus a lots of very good folks booking into our three rooms for the night and really enjoying their stay with us.

Now I say a lot of good folks, but every once in awhile you will get a bad apple in the basket and that is what I would like to talk about today…the bad apple is someone who will complain about the smallest thing that they can or just have a moan for the sake of having a moan. Now this piece of bad fruit booked into the guest house last month….firstly they got lost…I ask you, how can anyone get lost in Nieu Bethesda…after all we have one main street, which you can enter our little village from both ends depending on which access road you take, and to top it off, we sent the fruit a detailed map as well.

Come to think of it now, maybe they can’t read a map…anyway they found us and because of the lateness of their arrival they decided to dine on something off our snack menu and not from our dinner menu which we were prepared to jump in and put together for them. The fruit settled on one of our “Topless Burgers”…now the burger itself has been called a “Gourmet Burger” by more than one visiting guest or passing customer. In fact we have had calls from people visiting our village prior to their arrival booking the burgers, arriving and enjoying what is put before them, and leaving with a very satisfied smile on their faces…once again echoing the sentiment…” That was worth the trip.”

Now the fruit had a complaint about our burger…and his burger was prepared the same way as every other burger that has left the kitchen…now don’t get me wrong…he enjoyed it, BUT there was not enough salad on the burger…heck if the dude wanted a Veg or Vegan Burger we would have made him feel like a rabbit with the amount on salad on the roll, in fact he would have gone green with envy, all he had to do was ask. He also complained about the price…what did he want? It for free. Everyone knows if you want cheap you get cheap…you want quality, you pay for it…and he got quality…the empty plate plus complement from him regarding the burger speaks for its self. It almost seems as if this dude can’t make up his mind what he wants to moan about.

Our menu lists the different burgers, each burger has a price attached so the fruit knew before hand the cost and what is more he opted for the top of the range when there are cheaper options available to choose from…so why complain sir, you were not forced into a choice.

The next little moan that was squeezed out by the fruit was that our Breakfast which in fact carries a fine reputation and attracts people from all over the village, including the local police…(and is included in the rate of the room) was discussed with him on the evening of his arrival, the produce used was made clear and a time established on when they required it to be served. No moan was received nor was anything questioned by the fruit, he seemed satisfied on the makeup of the breakfast and even made it very clear as to the way his tomato should be prepared.

 

They enjoyed their breakfast…the plates came back clean…not a drop on the plates…and then he has the audacity to post a review saying that there was no yoghurt, cereal or fruit for breakfast…once again if the dude had opened his mouth and used his gift of speech we could have made an arrangement for him, after all we bend over backwards for our guests, even if we live in a small village we have provided guests with fruit platter, yoghurt and cereal before, all because they opened their mouths and used that wonderful gift of speech…as the saying goes…”Ask and you will receive…if it is possible, it can be done.”

Onto the room they occupied…the windows in all the rooms of the guest house have “shutters” on them…after all it is a very old house and most of the homes in Nieu Bethesda have “shutters” on the windows. It is so obvious to normal people that from inside the room they are “shutters”…that open and close, but this fruit goes and complains that the window was ”boarded up”…I am lost for words…is this guy just digging for something to moan about and is now running out of ideas.

Oh heck I almost forget because it is so trivial…the guest house has a small shop in which it displays varies product for sale and according to the fruit it was “quirky rubbish”…now everyone is entitled to their own opinion so I respect him for that, but the sales from the little shop speak for themselves…obviously not everyone shops at Bloomingdales…99.9% of our guests and visitors love what is on display and a lot of them end up buying something. So you take the rough with the smooth and go with the flow…like I have said everyone is entitled to their own opinion…it is called freedom of speech.

Anyway I welcome the feedback and the fact that he took the time to leave a review, as some people could not be bothered to leave anything, so I say Thank You Sir for your time and effort, and wish you well in your future travels.

I trust you enjoyed your stay at The Ibis Lounge.12032068_772899666189902_3816294409974603633_n

That is that…I just wanted to share this with all of you, and if you are thinking of staying at The Ibis Lounge,16142490_1075533622593170_2262536105405245276_n remember we bend over backwards for our guests and look forward to hosting you. Take Care out there, you never know what is watching from the shadows or when next you are going to get a fruit basket with a bad apple in it.

99.9% of guests can’t be wrong…The Ibis Lounge is the place to shop, eat and sleep in Nieu Bethesda.

God Bless you all.

 

 

 

Bend before you break

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Now this is no laughing matter…images (73)in fact it is a very serious situation so forgive me if I do laugh, it is only nerves at the future bringing on the laughter.

First off I don’t do politics, don’t get involved in debates around the various parties involved…just keep my thoughts private and when the time comes to cast my vote, I do my thing, put my X where I hope it will count but lately things in this wonderful country of ours have really started to get my back up.

At first it was a perfect place for comedians to gather their material, perfect entertainment to watch on TV while the circus was in town, but now the chief clown does not want to step down, and that is what has prompted this blog today.

The man in the highest post in the land turned 75 yesterday and I suppose he can use that as an excuse for messing up our country…after all he has started to run out of blame for this and that, so I guess he can now use the fact that he is getting on in years for his total disregard for the people or the country that he is suppose to be looking after…no wait a minute, I got that wrong…the whole purpose of being elected President is to take care of yourself, and stuff the rest…what matters most is how much money you can garnish from corruption, theft, and bribes and get it into off shore accounts…after all once his reign of power is over, and let’s hope that is soon…he can leave a floundering country and settle in any country that will be prepared to take the clown…but be careful…he is very quick to blame anything on racism…be it power outages, music too loud, car will not start, late for a meeting…it is racism.

Well I’m not a racist…I voted for change in 1994 along with thousands of other likeminded people but what we did not vote for is the state the country is in now…it started to slid when he took over the reins of office and it felt like we were being flushed down the drain and the man just does not care nor does he listen to the people…he sees himself as a power unto himself and is a danger to our Rainbow Nation.

I say this with tongue in cheek…if he had any brains he would heed the call to step down…he has not stepped down, in fact he has stood fast…makes one think huh?

Don’t get me wrong, I love this country, Africa is in my blood, I was born and breed here but right now the “captain” that is steering this ship makes me feel like I’m sailing on the Titanic and heading for an iceberg, and unless there is a change of course, this wonderful country with so much to offer and so much potential is going to sink, and not so many of us are going to be able to swim.

I suppose I could call this man a painter for all he has managed to achieve with his painting while in office is not a picture of a bright future with brilliant colors, but a dark foreboding picture with darkness all around…maybe it is because he is blind to the state of the country….no I’m wrong there…he has seen the woes of this country, and the people who live in it but true to form, it is not through mis-management on his part but once again it is the fault of racism.

People from all walks of life, color and creed, different political views including his own party joined hands and marched in a solid show of solidarity calling for him to step down on Wednesday but he had better things to attend to…his own birthday party…then to hear the cry of the people, so what do we now have? A dick, sorry I mean a dictator, one who has only his own interests at heart or do we have a puppet with someone else pulling the strings and he just dances to the tune they play…and ignore his own party…getting rid of people who have the country and the peoples interests at heart and not their own…and this was done like a thief in the night…mid-night…what a strange time for a cabinet reshuffle…but this time you can’t blame it on racism…all the racists are asleep at that time of the night…or they should be…after all they have a busy day ahead of them being blamed for the county’s  problems once again when the new day dawns.

So in the end this man has a vision…the vision being that he needs to turn this wonderful country into a reflection of our poor neighboring destitute country of my birth, Zimbabwe and if he remains at the helm it will no longer be a vision but a reality.

My message to this man is… A reed that does not bend in the wind breaks and there is an ill wind blowing in your direction so Step Down with dignity before you get brought down to the level that you have managed to bring this country too…the junk pile.

Thank you for your visit and God Bless you all.

Remember to Take Care and Stay Safe…you never know what is watching from the shadows…it just might be our “esteemed leader.”

 

The Blood Trilogy Reviews and other stuff

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It has been awhile since I last posted on my blog and I beg your forgiveness but my excuse is that I was so involved in finishing off my latest novel that time just flew by, but now I can sit back and relax for a few days…heck who am I kidding…I have already started on my next creation and this time Piet van Zyl is really going to be in the thick of things.

Without giving away too much the title of my new project is…”The Sting of the Scorpion” and so far I am having fun.

The Ibis Lounge 12032068_772899666189902_3816294409974603633_nis also keeping my loving wife, Lucie and I busy as well and as far as that goes, we are enjoying this new part of our lives very much and just love interacting with the guests that grace our doorway from all parts of the world…I guess I am going to have to learn to speak, German, Russian, Dutch…but we get by and everyone seems to enjoy their stay with us…so I guess I will put the learning new languages on hold for the time being.

I have not given up on finding a new publisher for my books…in fact I have been asked by a couple of reputable publishers to submit full manuscripts for previously unpublished works and there seems to be a bit of interest out there so it is just a question of wait and see…but now the problem is…I can’t wait so I have also taken the step into the Indie publishing world and just released my Blood Trilogy on Amazon Kindle…BookCoverImageso those of you out there that never got a chance to read my books can now start at the very beginning and get to know Piet van Zyl and company.

If interested here is the link; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSBYSWM

One thing that is now missing is the awesome reviews that I got for the three books that make up the Blood Trilogy, so never one to miss out on a chance, I have added them to this blog…at least you will know what is in store for you if you decide to go ahead and get a copy for yourself…one thing I can promise you…you will not be disappointed.

These reviews are from Amazon. Smashwords and from Beta Readers and I thank one and all for their very kind words.

Amazon Reviews

Blood Moon Over Africa (The Blood Trilogy Book 1)Kindle Edition

by Paul Zunckel  (Author)

5.0 out of 5 starsA MUST BUY

By Kathy Neilson on April 20, 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

This is a great book for Africa and the things that go on in Africa including the animals and the locals and their beliefs. It was a thriller and scared me at times. But a great ride. Thank you Kathy

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4.0 out of 5 starsSupernatural horror powers this story.

By FSW on February 20, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

*I bought this book from Smashwords.*
Supernatural horror powers this story and delivers chills running down your spine.
The story is gripping, impossible to put down, and the prose is very descriptive. The author describes horrifying scenes without diving into over-the-top gore.
The story is a chiller with great characters, believable tragedy and nail-biting suspense.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this trilogy.

 

Blood Moon Over Africa

“…you cannot help but be compelled to read on…”

reviewed by Lilian Flesher

This review is from a gifted ebook reviewer copy.

 

 “You will be taken on a journey, an adventure, a scary trip that will have you rooted to the spot, whispering to yourself, WATCH OUT, perhaps yelling at the kindle like me!!! This is a fabulously well-written story, it tells the story of the old ways,  witch doctors, medicine men, of tribal beliefs, the things that scare the tribes, the information is endless, you cannot help but be compelled to read on, to follow the journey to the end, keep praying for a miracle because these pair along with their friends and helpers are going to need more than help, they are going to need every ounce of their wits, their courage, their skills, and prayers to protect them.!”

 

 

“Short pithy chapters driven by fast and furious dialogue…Zunckel’s plot is engaging and brilliantly executed… a must read”…reviewed by VLY, Thailand

 

Ravenna Young rated it it was amazing FIVE STAR*****

As I lay in bed, totally freaked out, I’m trying to think of how to best convey the awe that I’m feeling towards this book. I don’t like being freaked out and normally I would chicken out on a read like this but I kept reading, even though I lost sleep. I’m not sure how it happened but I finished this book…
Zunckel has magically described Africa, Zambia, in such a way that I became absorbed in the story of a newly married couple determined to habitate a home that is cursed by a nasty half hyena As I lay in bed, totally freaked out, I’m trying to think of how to best convey the awe that I’m feeling towards this book. I don’t like being freaked out and normally I would chicken out on a read like this but I kept reading, even though I lost sleep. I’m not sure how it happened but I finished this book…
Zunckel has magically described Africa, Zambia, in such a way that I became absorbed in the story of a newly married couple determined to habitate a home that is cursed by a nasty half hyena?/human beast. Zunckel doesn’t sugarcoat anything and the result is a terrifyingly authentic experience.
The writing is clean and straightforward, unlike any style I’ve read to date and the characters are quirky and stupid and stubborn like most horror story characters…personally, I’d have been gone after the croc defiling.
I think what I loved most is the genuine connection I felt to the scene, to Africa, and its wild nature which served as the perfect backdrop for this story.
I’m stuck because I’ve been left with questions but not sure if I have the nerve to read the next in this series…oh, I’ll read it because I’m a sucker for punishment and have to follow it through.

 

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrifiant à souhait… 19 septembre 2015

Par LORIN PHILIPPE

Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié

Paul Zunckel tient toutes ses promesses et nous tient en haleine tout au long du livre. Si comme moi vous aimez L’Afrique et ses rites les plus noirs, vous adorerez vous plonger dans l’action et partager les nuits blanches de Piet et ses ami(e)s. L’Amérique a Stephen King, l’Afrique a Paul Zunckel, et il est bien parti pour conquérir le monde. J’espère qu’il sera rapidement traduit en français pour le plaisir du plus grand nombre. Un immense plus: Paul Zuncker est un auteur à l’écoute de ses lecteurs et vous pouvez lui envoyer des messages sur Facebook, réponse assurée ! J’ai commencé à lire Blood démon revenge, les frissons sont au rendez vous. J’ai un nouvel ami, merci Paul.

 

 

 

Blood Spoor in the Dark

Book 2 of The Blood Trilogy

“…superstition and the suspense it creates grips you as a reader…”

reviewed by Sub01

 

 

A very well written follow up to his Blood Moon [Over Africa]. The characters in the novel are believable and I found them growing on me. The story is fast paced with twists and turns. The use of superstition and the suspense it creates grips you as a reader and makes it a very worthwhile read. All the best to the author.

 

 

Blood Demon: Revenge

Book 3 of The Blood Trilogy

“…I was selected as a Beta Reader and WOW!…”

reviewed by S. Dale

 

 

I’d read the first two after release and loved them both, so when I contacted the publisher to ask if they needed Beta readers, I was very pleased to be invited to read Blood Demon: Revenge. WOW! Any time a writer can make me miss dinner because I am reading, that is a huge deal, and Paul Zunckel did just that! Each scene is one of those that makes a reader squirm and the tension is fantastic. Thank you!

Blood Moon Over Africa

By Paul Zunckel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews

Review by: trebor58 on Sep. 17, 2016 : (no rating)
This is second I have read from Paul and I have to say it won’t be the last. This book had me gripped from the start, trying to figure out what they were up against, and I have to say I was wrong. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat form the moment you start reading. There is laughter there are tears, there is sadness and Joy, but most of all it’s packed with suspense.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AngelikaB on July 28, 2016 :
I love Veronica with all her knowledge about witch craft and her ideas on how to deal with it. Very interesting from beginning to end! Wish I had so much courage……. or maybe rather not! I rather read about it, so much safer
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aileen Friedman on July 26, 2016 : (no rating)
This is my review on all the Piet Van Zyl series books; they can also get read as stand-alone stories. Piet is a very likable character and certainly makes the stories entertaining. The stories are very easy reading and of a short story length so they can be read in one go. The stories flow with ease and are comfortable to follow. Always remember; in beautiful Africa, there is always something lurking in the dark, or the bushes, be aware!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Flamingcrystal on Feb. 20, 2016 : (no rating)
Supernatural horror powers this story and delivers chills running down your spine.
The story is gripping, impossible to put down, and the prose is very descriptive. The author describes horrifying scenes without diving into over-the-top gore.
The story is a chiller with great characters, believable tragedy and nail-biting suspense.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this trilogy. I am giving this book a well deserved 4 stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: renier smith on Jan. 13, 2016 :
I have met paul zunkel about a year ago. I did deliveries for him.
I got to know paul as a humble person, that will accept you as a friend
No matter from wich walk of life you derive.

It is with fondness that i can say i have even met pooch. Seems that he likes me

Now that our roads have parted i wish you many more stories my friend

Renier
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sub01 on Jan. 13, 2016 :
Yesterday I downloaded this book. Last night was a late night as I could not put it down until it was finished. To sum up this author and the book in one word, WOW!, Bring it on, and this is a debut novel, who are you kidding. Mr Paul Zunckel, where the hell have you been?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Philippe LORIN on Jan. 05, 2016 :
Paul Zunckel tient toutes ses promesses et nous tient en haleine tout au long du livre. Si comme moi vous aimez L’Afrique et ses rites les plus noirs, vous adorerez vous plonger dans l’action et partager les nuits blanches de Piet et ses ami(e)s. L’Amérique a Stephen King, l’Afrique a Paul Zunckel, et il est bien parti pour conquérir le monde. J’espère qu’il sera rapidement traduit en français pour le plaisir du plus grand nombre. Un immense plus: Paul Zuncker est un auteur à l’écoute de ses lecteurs et vous pouvez lui envoyer des messages sur Facebook, réponse assurée ! J’ai commencé à lire Blood démon revenge, les frissons sont au rendez vous. J’ai un nouvel ami, merci Paul.

Blood Spoor in the Dark

By Paul Zunckel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews

Review by: AngelikaB on July 28, 2016 :
This book taught me a lot about superstition and rituals in Africa, coming from Germany I have never thought about these things really but now I understand it much better. Hope I will never meet one of those leopard men! Interesting read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aileen Friedman on July 25, 2016 : (no rating)
This is my review on all the Piet Van Zyl series books; they can also get read as stand-alone stories. Piet is a very likable character and certainly makes the stories entertaining. The stories are very easy reading and of a short story length so they can be read in one go. The stories flow with ease and are comfortable to follow. Always remember; in beautiful Africa, there is always something lurking in the dark, or the bushes, be aware!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sub01 on Jan. 28, 2016 :
This was gifted to me by the author asking for a review. I have one word for his work. “BRILLIANT”.
He has the ability to paint a picture with his words and lead you into the story, leaving you breathless at the end,wanting more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Philippe LORIN on Jan. 05, 2016 :
Comme pourrait le dire Piet en s’adressant à Paul Zunckel :”baie dankie my vriend, ‘n baie goeie boek, lekke lekke 😉 ” Deuxième livre de la trilogie, l’auteur nous emmène au coeur d’ une Afrique encore plus noire et plus terrifiante, d’autant plus que l’intrigue s’appuie sur des faits réels . Le héros Piet aurait pu remplacer Johnny Weissmuller dans un de ses films tourné en 1946…sauriez vous dire lequel ? pendant que vous réfléchissez, moi je vais dévorer avec plaisir Revenge qui boucle la trilogie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Blood Demon: Revenge

By Paul Zunckel

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews

Review by: AngelikaB on July 28, 2016 :
What a thriller from the beginning to the end. I love the characters, especially Piet, he is so real. Definitely a book that you don’t want to stop reading. Well done!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Haydn Johns on July 24, 2016 :
Paul has done it again! This book has enticed and thrilled me. An excellent read which I could not put down. Darkness, danger and action packed. I am also thoroughly enjoy the character of Piet. I highly recommend the Blood Trilogy to all!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Flamingcrystal on May 01, 2016 :
The background folklore/mythology is really well developed with vivid descriptions.
I love the characters and especially the rustic Piet’s way of thinking. Sometimes he doesn’t want to acknowledge the danger they are in, therefore the bigger the danger, the better his hilarious sayings gets. The opening pages really did a lot to get me invested in the main character. Authors sometimes don’t realise that their first two pages are the most crutial pages to get their readers hooked. Not only did this author succeeded in that, he kept my attention right until the end.
The author succeeded to create very loveable characters.
If Piet did not wear a wedding ring, I would have fallen for him too. Head over heels of my size 4 boots, but I am the opposite of those female tourists in the story. It is only crows that are drawn to rings, whether it be wedding rings, toe rings and heaven forbids: men wearing belly rings.
From the very beginning the lines between good and evil were drawn in such a captive way that I got angry when my reading got interrupted by visitors… I got chills running down my spine when reading about how this blood demon was summoned.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sub01 on Feb. 02, 2016 :
The author takes you by the throat and shakes you. This final to his Blood Trilogy is one of the best closures I have ever read. He takes you by the hand and leads you as promised, into the dark.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Philippe LORIN on Jan. 05, 2016 :
ça y est, j’ai réservé mon safari photo avec Piet !

j’emmène un petit sac avec de bonnes chaussures de marche, un appareil photo et de la lotion anti-moustique…plus une grande valise remplie de crucifix, d’eau bénite, de pieux en bois, de chapelets d’ail, de balles en argent et tout ce qu’il faut pour un exorcisme… Avec Piet, on ne sait jamais sur quoi on va tomber en brousse, et pour l’aider Paul Zunckel a décidé de rendre tous les livres sur la faune africaine obsolètes: j’en ai plein qui parlent des Big Five ( les 5 animaux les plus dangereux à chasser à pied), mais maintenant grâce ou à cause de Paul nous avons les Big Six! Il a ajouté sa création, le plus terrifiant et le plus vicieux de tous les “animaux” à la liste, et celui ci hantera vos nuits à jamais. La trilogie est bouclée de main de maître, mais je sais déjà que les aventures de Piet et ses ami(e)s ne s’arrêtent pas ici. Merci Monsieur Zunckel.
PS: Paul, les amoureux de la brousse attendent votre mise à jour des Skinner et Smithers , hunter’s handbook et autres field guides car maintenant il y manque votre créature.

If you made it this far…Thank you.

Take Care and remember, you never know what is watching from the shadows.images kk(31)

God Bless

 

The Flight from The Ibis.

Good Morning and a Happy and Safe weekend to all,

Life is very strange, you just have to take the rough with the smooth and that seems to apply to all facets of life…you get knocked down, get up, brush yourself off and start again, what the heck you say, “That’s Life”.

Life at The Ibis Lounge 12032068_772899666189902_3816294409974603633_nis really going along smoothly…admittedly there was a heck of a lot of systems that had to be put into place to ensure that all runs according to the requirements of the owners of this awesome guest house and that took my beautiful wife just ages to sort out, but I do believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and soon it will be a breeze keeping records, but I will admit that these past weeks have not been easy as there has been so much to do and record.

We hit the ground running when we arrived and are now only starting to slow down, but all in all it was great fun dealing with the avalanche of guests during December and January, and all I can say is…”Bring it on”. Lucie tells me that apart from breakfasts for guests as well as casual visitors I prepared in the region of 100 three course meals, now how is that for a rookie in the kitchen?12439157_817891198357415_5937114245725992189_n

I have to admit, I did have fun.

Now if you would like to see more about this awesome guest house, sitting in the amazing village of Nieu Bethesda 12003371_700178953446259_1368152052017028245_nand are possibly thinking that this sounds like the place for you to spend a night or two, here is the link to the web site…www.theibislounge.co.za  …peace and quiet…star filled sky at night, the bark of the baboon…neigh of the horse and the odd cry of the jackal…what more could you want except maybe something cold to drink…well that can be arranged as well.

During the period that Lucie and I have been holding the reins all our guests have been just wonderful and it has been a really wonderful experience apart from two gentlemen who decided to skip out under the cover of darkness without paying. Now we were fully booked on the night they left, yet they claim they banged on doors, did the war dance, hung from the shower, which they broke  trying to attract attention as they wanted to pay. The amazing thing is that not one soul heard them so you guessed it right…bullwhat a load of bull.

They must have danced like fairies because no one heard a thing.

What they did is called Bilkering, and I wonder if that is how they paid for their trip…bilk here, bilk there, bilk everywhere. In short they committed fraud and are guilty of such an offence and will be brought to book. I was advised by the one that his husband is an advocate … now that is really taking a chance…a man who works within the law, breaking the law…himmmmm  makes one think what side of the law he is on and what it would do to his reputation if it was made public that he was involved in fraud. Anyway I have been promised that the outstanding amount that they tried so hard to pay on the morning they slunk out will be settled soon

Promises…what the heck is that…most of the time empty words just to keep someone else happy. As an Author, I make my income by the sale of my books, be it e-book format or hard copy. In this case when my first four books were released in print I was asked by various friends for signed copies which I duly did and posted it off to them all. Everyone who asked for copies paid up front for the books as well as postage, apart from one…I waited one full year for payment but it just never arrived yet the books were posted, collected and now more than likely are gathering dust.

It materialized that said “friend” was unemployed so I took pity on him and offered him a chance to rather post a review on my books in lieu of payment due to his situation…to date no reviews or payment but lots of posts on Facebook about some rather awesome holidays, trips etc so guess who has been taken for a ride. The fact is that this also falls under the title of Bilkering…committing fraud and I am sorry to say it also makes this person a liar, but I forgive him as I have already killed him off in my latest novel…not a nice way to die, but someone had to.

Thanks for reading my blog, take care and stay safe…remember, you never know what is watching from the shadows.

God Bless you All.

Power of Positive Thinking

Hi One and All,h

Well it is the weekend and we have had a fairly good run at The Ibis Lounge for most of January, but the good news is that I have also found the time to complete my latest novel…Fangs of Fury…download-1and I must say it took me along a road I have never travelled…at times it was a dark journey, but the words just flowed and the pictures painted until I reached the point where it was right to type…The End.

Now the real work begins…edit, proof read, and grammar check and only then will I be ready to submit the full manuscript to a publisher. Now as you all no doubt know by now… a publisher is something that I no longer have in my life, but all is not lost…there is light at the end of the tunnel and certain publishers out there in this big wide world of ours have expressed an interest and asked for samples of my work…so, who knows…just maybe big things might happen.

Anyway, the real purpose of this blog is to tell you a little story…ha ha ha…I’m a writer…it is what I do, you might say…well let’s get on with it.

This one revolves around a car…my car in fact that was left to me by my departed Mother…Bless you Mom, and Thank You. Now my Dad was a practical type of man and living in South Africa where car hijackings and theft of cars is almost a national sport he wired up the car with an alarm plus immobilizer…but not only that he went ahead and fitted his own modification to the whole thing and added a anti-hijacking button…now to cut a long story short, the computer that controls all this decided to go rouge on me and from having a car that would pay attention and allow me to use it for what it was intended…I ended up with a car that would not play the game…the computer had decided that this vehicle would not start again and the alarm would ring out at the slights touch…great way to get friendly with the neighborhood…I was stuck with a vehicle that I could not drive as the immobilizer could not be deactivated…wonderful stuff.

Now we live in a village in the Karoo called Nieu Bethesda, population around 70, and the nearest mechanic/garage/workshop is found in a town called Graff Reinett which is a 45minute drive depending on if you stick to the speed limit or not…problem…how do you drive a car that will not allow itself to be driven due to the immobilizer playing up. Help is at hand in the form of a man who goes by the name of Kemp…one phone call later and the hood of the car is up…the alarm is shouting out for all to hear…the man looks at wires…shakes his head…ends up looking all over for the small computer that has now taken control until finally…we find it, but now we have a problem.

The problem being that my devious Father had done his own modification to the system…he had put in three booby traps insuring that there was no way to override this immobilizer or alarm and by now the noise is threatening to drive us all crazy…but never underestimate the power of the human mind or the inventive thought. After scratching his head and remarking more than once on how clever my Dad was the man called Kemp asked me if I had a light switch.

The light switch was wired up to the starter…the alarm wire cut…and for now, until I can get into civilization and get the alarm sorted out this car now starts with the flick of a light switch…amazing you say…well I’ve never seen anything like this before…the only drawback is that the car battery has to be disconnected when not in use but who the heck cares…the car can start and be used.

In my novels I use the term…”n boer maak n plan”…well I saw that in action last night and it amazed me at the initiative that was used to bypass the problem and I take my hat off to Mr. Kemp.

Well that is me done for today…I’m going out for a drive on a wonderful Karoo morning…feel the sun on my face and feel the engine purr under my feet. Take care out there and remember there is always a way when there is a will to succeed…oh yes and one more thing…you never know what is watching from the shadows.

God Bless you all.

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Bloodied but Not Down

Hi All,ctssydfwaaa0n6f

I might be bloodied but I am certainly not down and out…in fact my resolve and ambition to make it in the world of writing and publishing is even greater now than it was when I signed my first contract for Blood Moon over Africa.images-3

Life is really funny, and what I have done is step back…take a long hard look at how the last year and a half has gone and realized that some people are equipped to deal with an author who is breaking through the ice barrier, an author who gets five star ratings and awesome reviews and some are not geared up to take on that kind of responsibility no matter how well they treat you…the work load is just too much and what happens…the author suffers in the end and is left hangingimages (34) not knowing how or what his or her books are doing out there.

A simple sales report would do the trick…it keeps the author in the loop which is where he or she belongs…after all it is their work.

Funny thing, books…they cost to be translated into another language…and I’m sure that before a publisher takes that plunge they make sure the author is selling…or else they are taking a huge risk or know something the author is not aware of.

Just to put it out there…I have no hard feelings towards the publishers, after all they are only human, and humans also make mistakes…I wish them all the best for 2017 as well as all the wonderful authors they represent and staff…you were all really great to be a part of…Thank You.

Anyway the purpose of this blog is to let you all know that although I have had no communication from my publisher since the 27 September 2016 regarding my status or position with them I have been informed by the awesome Readers Gazette on Twitter that it would seem as if all my published books have been withdrawn from Amazon, Smashwords etc etc…but not to worry dear readers and supporters, plus all of you who love Piet van Zyl…there are four novels that are unpublished plus my latest one is almost ready to be sent off for proof reading to France…so there is plenty still to come.

The titles never published are as follows.

Man in the Shadows…a stand alone

Whispers in the Wind….Piet van Zyl Adventure

Shadow of the Leopard….Piet van Zyl Adventure

Silent Hunter….Piet van Zyl Adventure

Still to come…Fangs of Fury…a stand alone

Anyway you take care out there and thanks for joining me. Remember…you never know what is watching from the shadows.CROC

Never give up on your dreams…reach for the stars but keep you feet on the ground…dreams do come true…watch this space.

God Bless you all.