I Stand Corrected
By Patricia Asedegebga
Publisher: CreateSpace (October, 2014)
Category: Drama, Suspense, Humor, YA, Adult
I am Rosario Dominguez Gonzalez, heiress to one of the largest and oldest fortunes in Spain. My family is considered in both the most elite economic and social circles as one of the richest and most influential in Europe…
That was until the day when I sensed that someone was watching me; I opened one of my eyes and was just about to close it again when something caught my attention…
Rosario and Balou need each other for very different reasons… But for one of them, it is a matter of life and death.
Balou is taken away from his mother at a very tender age and sold to a pet shop where he waits impatiently for someone to claim him and take home a black and as he considers himself, an attractive British Shorthair cat. Just when he thinks this is going to be impossible and his bags are almost packed to go to the local animal shelter, he meets young and troubled Rosario who is really not looking for a pet.
It doesn´t take him very long to realize that something is horribly wrong in her household and he takes it upon himself to protect the human he has come to love almost as much as he loves his food, his siestas and of course the time he spends outside chasing everything and anything that moves.
A Strange and endearing alliance is forged between them but he soon discovers that something is horribly wrong in Rosario’s household.
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I glance at Javier as we enter the shopping mall. He is in a good mood today, he has decided he wants to get me a belated birthday present and was taking me along to pick what I wanted. Personally I have always felt that presents should be surprises, even if you make a mistake with your choice. The important thing is that you make an effort and just try to find something you think the other person might like; taking someone shopping for their own present is something I find incredibly tacky and tasteless.
As we walk along the corridors of the crowded mall, people turn to look at us, some take photographs with their mobile phones, they don’t even bother to hide the fact that they are doing that. I know it will appear in the press the next day; “Rosario and Javier out on a Saturday”, everything we do seems to be of interest. We are considered by the public as one of the most glamorous couples on the social scene. People seem to be so interested in the lives of others and there is so much media dedicated to “celebrity” these days due to popular demand. Each time we go out, we find evidence of our outing on the internet or in the weekly society and gossip magazines. Most of the time, the headline attached to the photograph has nothing to do with reality. This has been part of my life for so long that it doesn’t bother me anymore.
Javier keeps looking at me as we pass different shops to see if I show interest in anything but nothing catches my eye and I really intend to stick to my guns on this one. I won´t be bought; I should have received my gift two months ago! Suddenly, we stop in front of a pet shop and he walks in. I stay outside waiting for him to come back out; the last thing that I want now is an animal, it is a responsibility that I don´t feel capable of taking on at the moment. When he comes back, he grabs me by the arm and pulls me inside the shop. There are many animals and birds; the shop also stocks everything they need for their care. Everything anyone could ever need to care for them. Javier leads me to the puppy section; I see that they have different breeds; they even have Golden Retrievers, I´m familiar with those after seeing them in TV adverts. They are cute, but I know I´m not up to the task of committing to daily walks.
“We have seen a lot of shops and you haven´t entered any, so I will decide for you; after all, it is my gift to you. I only brought you along so as not to make a mistake. I think I will buy you a dog, just let me know which one you want.”
I glance at him, he has a real look of determination on his face, I know that if I don´t do something quickly, we will be leaving the shop with a dog! I decide to humour him and choose what I think will be the lowest maintenance animal in the shop. The owner had greeted us very warmly when we entered and had followed us closely around his shop. I even saw him discreetly take a photograph with his mobile phone. As soon as he heard my husband´s words he immediately started to try to sell us one of the dogs, he proceeded to tell us about each and every one of them. I look at the animals in their glass cubicles and I feel so sorry for them all, spending their days waiting for someone to show an interest and buy them their freedom.
“It is my present, so I will pick the animal I want and I´m not ready for a dog. Frankly, neither are you as we both spend a lot of hours away from home. As I know that it will be my pet and I will have to take care of it, then it should be my decision.”
(Please go to Rockin’ Book Reviews on November 13th for the continuation of this excerpt)
It is my pleasure to welcome Patricia Asedegebga, author of I Stand Corrected, to Room With Books.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work very long hours every day but when I have a moment, I love reading, cooking and watching television series.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Growing up I loved reading Enid Blyton but my all time favourite author is Agatha Christie. I have read her books repeatedly.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I guess one of the main challenges was trying to make sure everything was on schedule and trying to make sure the book that came out at the end was what I initially had in mind. The publishers were professionals so I didn´t have many problems. The first book I wrote was a collection of cat stories for a cat rescue. The inspiration came after visiting them and seeing how bad the situation was, I got a few nudges from people and I started writing, they needed somebody to tell their story.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I think I´d like to have the ability to return to the past and change events that could negatively affect others.
What was your first job?
I worked in a clothing manufacturing firm for a month while I waited to start university.
What types of books do you write?
I write fiction mystery novels, most of my books belong to that genre.
Who’s your main audience?
My books are directed at both male and female young adults and adults.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
I have two series, one in Spanish and one in English. All the characters in both series have something special, but I have a soft spot for Mama Peace, a 60 year old widow who decides to start working so as not to depend on her family. For me, she represents the idea that it´s never too late to start again.
What does your writing schedule look like?
A lot of my spare time goes to writing and I write even on the bus on my way back home from work.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I do fall back on things I have lived to create a story but I also have a very vivid imagination.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I like book titles that make the reader wonder which character or part of the story they relate to. Sometimes a title comes after writing and others I have it clear from the beginning.
What profession would you choose if you were not an author.
A chef, I love cooking.
What are you currently working on?
I am editing a novel in Spanish and writing a follow up of Balou (“I stand corrected”) for my English readers.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird
Red, or white wine? Red wine
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool
Walking or fitness club? Walking
Any last words?
I hope that Rosario and Balou grow old with the readers, that they get to love them, laugh with them, suffer with them and that we can follow their growth as fiction characters.
Thank you for joining me to day on Room With Books and for permitting me to be part of your tour.
Patricia Asedegebga is the author of Bienvenidos a gatos anónimos, Pasarse cuatro Pueblos and Sesenta segundos dan para mucho. Patricia Asedegbega was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master´s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.
I Stand Corrected is her first English language novel.