Perf3DPeople come out here, they do things they wouldn’t do back home…

All they wanted was a quiet evening together. Then came the phone call. And a chain of events which would take Magali Rousseau into the sinister heart of the tropical island of Mayotte. Where a gloss of beauty hides a tangle of contradictions and fears. Where the scent of perfume covers the stench of poverty. And where Magali goes on a perilous search for the truth.

In 2011, Mayotte became France’s 101st department. Generosity? Or the cynical occupation of a colony? Perfume Island – a mystery story where the setting itself is a mystery. A geopolitical oddity seething with tension. A wonderland waiting to explode.

And everyone is paying the price.

Perfume Island is due for release on 15th November
Pre-order your copy for $0.99 here
Limited time only.



  1. If it’s as good as “One Green Bottle” should be a treat. BTW, if you haven’t read “One Green Bottle” stop by my web page and read my review. And yes, I’ve already pre-ordered “Perfume Island”!
    BTW, if you like short stories give “With Our Eyes Open” edited by Curtis a try. I’ll review it later this week. I think it has something for everyone!
    Best wishes for lots of success with Magali, Curtis!

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  2. Curtis,

    I love the part about everyone paying the price. That is cool. Can’t wait for this to hit so big that you have a little extra cash and you have to buy your own Perfume Island. Without all the bad stuff happening, of course.


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  3. atthysgage says:

    i know you gave me a copy, but I’m going to buy the eBook before I post my review. I know they count for more on Amazon if it was a “verified purchase.” Best of luck. A great story.

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  4. RANT ON: (re: the review nonsense we’ve been discussing both online and off): Amazon has lost their goddamn minds. Do they really think people are so f-ing stupid and/or semi-literate that they cannot discern the difference between merited and unmerited review scores?! If I see an alternating succession of 1 and 5 scores it’s pretty clear what’s going on there–especially if the flavor text promoting said book is itself riddled with grammatical and syntactical errors. On the other hand, a cogent, well-written review that expertly and succinctly comments on the pleasures or relative lack thereof of said text is of value to me, the potential reader, whether or not the reviewer has a relationship to the author. (I do appreciate it when the reviewer discloses this relationship at the beginning of their review, however.)

    The bottom line is this: Amazon has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. In their well-meaning but inexpertly executed attempt to weed out “puff” reviews they have silenced fair, credible, entertaining voices that would be of service to authors and reading public alike. Plus this stated policy is absolute nonsense! I mean, good grief–how are they to discern, with any degree of accuracy, the relationship or lack thereof between any given reviewer and writer? In hundreds of thousands of instances? Also: does this policy apply to well-known, established, agented writers as well? Even worse! Are we not to hear, say, of writer X’s opinion of the new work by writer Y? How absurd!

    There’s got to be a better way. I say: throw the f-ing floodgates open and let people post reviews, period. Let us, the discerning reader, determine what relative weight or merit to assign any given review. Trust me: I am entirely capable (as are you, I’m certain) of seeing through clumsy, zero-calorie rah-rah meant to stroke a writer’s ego or goose their sales. And I’m a far better judge of that, nameless/blameless Amazon cubicle monkey, than you are.


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    • atthysgage says:

      Well said, Carl. Sadly, Amazon has made it all about numbers. Not even how many stars you’ve got (though I’m sure they count that too) but simply how many reviews. Ad sites like Bookbub have followed suit to a large degree. I understand their desire for a simple metric that is easy to quantify, but in the process, they have rendered the whole thing all but useless.

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      • GD Deckard says:

        The purpose of Amazon Books is to sell books that are donated. Individual donors are not important because Amazon has plenty of writers proud to give them books. I think they have our number.

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      • Indeed. I know there’s no perfect system, but this as far from the land of “Fair & Useful” as . . . as . . . a New England lobster on a jet aircraft at 30,000 feet over the African savannah is from his native element.

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    • mimispeike says:

      I don’t look at reviews too much. I don’t believe them when they’re good and I don’t believe them when they’re bad. A few of my favorite books have gotten horrible reviews on Goodreads. I laugh about it.

      I read the blurb, and the Look Inside. Questions: Does the number of reviews affect the rank? Does it matter if they are good or bad? I still don’t understand this stuff.

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      • The number of reviews doesn’t directly affect the rank, which is only sales. But indirectly it’ highly likely, since a large number of reviews tells people that the book has been read a lot, so might be worth looking at. Plus the fact (so it’s said) that after a certain number, Amazon add the book to their ‘Customers also purchased this’ list.

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