Tuesday, 20 March 2018

An Excerpt: Forsaken Heart

"Frails are not to be toyed with," Gawain ground out and grabbed the girl, spinning her away, his sword at the ready as the man heaved upward, a dagger clutched in his hand. Gawain's sword rested easy on his palm, ready, the surface slicked with blood as he faced the coward.

"She's mine to do with as I choose." He gurgled, collapsing to the ground, his weapon falling from pudgy fingers. "Paid ten pieces of gold for 'em both, and I aim to get a might of use out 'em."

"Now she's mine," Gawain declared. Raising his sword, he drove it through the man's chest, pinning his twitching frame to the ground. He stepped back, his gaze sweeping the clearing. Males such as this did not travel alone, his cohorts would be close. He'd need to find and kill them…

Searing pain lanced through him, splitting his chest. Gawain glanced down. The thin, sharp tip of a blade stuck from his chest. He touched the blade and snarled. The metal was warm, when it should have been cold. Shock slammed into him as the blade began to glow, turning a searing red before changing back to normal, or as normal as it could be with blood racing down the weapon.

Whirling, his hand already scrabbling for the dagger's hilt in his back, he grabbed his assailant by the throat and lifted. Grunting as he pulled the weapon free, his lips curled upward. "You'd do well, wench, to know your place."

"If you think I mean to let you do her harm…" Sputtering, her nails digging into his wrists, the girl's brown eyes stared into his. Fear lay within the depths but something else stirred. Something dark, dangerous, easily recognized if one knew what they were looking for.

His fingers moved, tightening, loosening as he pulled her against him. Inhaling, he caught the faint scent of blood, fear, sweat, fire, and something sultry, sweet, and light on his tongue. Drawing the scent deep, he wallowed in it, his body responding to the aroma he'd dreamed of but never found.

Gawain inhaled slowly, his muscles tightening, burning. Using the tip of her dagger, he pushed the material of her shift aside. The scrolling marks of a serpent flared before his eyes. It coiled and danced beneath the girl's flesh.

About the Book:
Punished for sins not her own, can a mortal claim her vampire mate?

The world of immortals must unite to save both themselves and the mortals they co-exist with from an ancient evil.

For Bede MacTaggert this means trusting in the warrior sent for her sister—a man of mystery, of power, and one who could easily sweep her into a world she's destined to be part of.

An imperial guard to the king of vampires, Gawain has always tuned out the needs of the flesh. Dedicating himself to the service of the royals, he's lived on the fringes of his people for centuries. Now he's forced from the shadows and into the arms of a woman who will awaken his heart and body to a passion unequaled.

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon

About the Author:
Born in Northern British Columbia, Elise is a small-town girl. She writes in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary suspense, m/m in various lengths. Currently, she lives in British Columbia with her husband and son, one dog, one cat, and a gecko. Elise enjoys reading as much as she does writing, with some of her favorite books being read until they fall apart. 
She is currently working on the next book in the Forsaken Series, Burning Rain. As well she has a new contemporary she’s working on. For more information on Elise, or to check out her books you can find her on Facebook, twitter, and her website.

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Just A Thought About Love: Dhruba D Roy

'Loveis a strange feeling. My upcoming novel talks a lot about 'Love' and the silly things we tend to do when we are in 'Love'. So without any further ado let me talk a little about love and what you can expect from my novel - My First Breakup.


When we guys are in love with a girl, we tend to notice every minute details about our girl. We tend to notice everything, what makes her laugh? What makes her open her eyes wide in utter surprise? And what makes her angry? The little things that she does, catches our attention. Little things do matter a lot in ‘Love’. 

They say it’s a hormonal thing that makes us to think about the other person. Well, science isn’t everything and although it might be correct, but I don’t want to be that scientific here.

What can ‘Love’ be according to you? Smiling when he or she smiles, crying when he or she cries or caring for each other through thick and thin. I know ‘Love includes all of these statements that I have mentioned. Well, as for me, I believe ‘Love has even more depth than one can imagine.

I feel ‘Lovealways brings changes in someone's life. There are many changes that take place while we are in 'love', but I will basically talk about the changes corresponding to a ‘Yes,  I love you too’ reply and the changes corresponding to a ‘Sorry, I don’t feel the same way for you’ reply

Let me talk about the ‘don’t love you’ situation first. These changes basically are  in the way of thinking. We tend to suffer from a severe agony which is not physical, but emotional that is more likely to break our will. This is when we hit the depression zone, so how exactly can we get rid of it?? That’s totally up to us. Either we can think “Well, it’s a no…. so let’s move on” or else we can think…. “It’s a no, but I believe that I can turn it in to a yes”.

I do not think that anyone can point out which of the either thought is correct, letting things go or holding on to it. Don’t you think both the thoughts are correct on their own grounds?  ‘Letting go’, it’s very easy to say, but the reality is, sometimes 'letting someone gocan be even more difficult than holding on to someone.

This brings me to the next change, the changes corresponding to a ‘Yes, I love you too’ reply.

Seriously, are there any changes at all happening for a ‘Yes, I love you too reply??

Yes, there are many changes that we won’t even realize, but are already happening within us… and what exactly are these changes again? Well, we become used to each other. It’s not a bad thing to get used to someone, just that things become more of a ‘we’ from an ‘I’. It always feels good if there is someone who would care for us, ask us every night about “How our day was? And if we had our dinner?” and if the answers to these questions were negative, he or she would cheer us up and at the same time get angry and deliver a big lecture regarding meals and their importance. We grow used to these small little things and if by any chance we don’t get these little tender feels, we tend to miss it dearly.

Love’ has many definitions and all are perfect in their perspective, eternal love, never ending love, true love…all are correct. But, what I feel is… a relationship can be built only when there are two other important factors present and contributing…. Hope’ and ‘Trust’.

Hope in the sense that: If I would come to know that I would die tomorrow, a look at her beautiful face and the melody of her smile would give me enough ‘Hope’ to come back to life after dying tomorrow”.

Trust has its own flavor in ‘LoveTrust in the sense that: Wait a second, God…. Are you serious…. She is never ever an option. She is my ‘choice’….  I 'Trust' in her decision that even I am her 'choice' and not just an option”.

Yes, we do get hurt in love many a times, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not true or it’s just a legendary word that can only be found in books. No…. We might 'love' someone and yet our love might fail just because we had either 'hopeor 'trustmissing in it.  But, that shouldn't pull us down, we should just open up and have ‘Hope’ and ‘Trust’ that we will find our love someday no matter how many hardships we have to go through and when we do find that perfect one, we will never let go.

"My First Breakup" is a story about how hard hitting 'Love' can be at times. 'Love' indeed is a beautiful thing.

About the Book:

“Oh God, why me?”

This is perhaps what we think of when we go through a ‘breakup’.
This story is about Anirudh and Anvi.

Both of them have their own thinking which are not alike.

The story begins with Anirudh meeting with and accident. As he slowly succumbs to the pain, he starts reflecting about his bygone college days where he found his love for music. He loves Anvi dearly who is a long-lost friend of Anirudh.

The story reveals how Anirudh struggles as the hands of reality strikes him down.

Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads

About the Author:

Dhruba Das Roy  is a freelance writer, a musician by passion, and a software engineer by profession. He is from Assam, but born in a small town of Meghalaya, where he finished his schooling. He then obtained his degree in engineering from the esteemed college of National Institute of Technology. He discovered his love for music there and was the lead vocalist of his band, “The Rozarts”.

He loves rock and roll and is a great fan of the pioneers of rock and roll-(Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the list goes on). Unfortunately, as engineering life came to an end, the band had to split. Recently, he moved to Kolkata where he is working in one of leading software service based companies in India.

Not everyone can put their thoughts into words. Dhruba had never tried his hand in writing; but he had an experience, an experience which changed his life for the better. Being a vocalist, his only way of expression was through the creative way. He decided to pen down his thoughts and he discovered that writing came naturally to him. His thought process in the novel relates to the general mass in many ways. He decided to stretch his limits and ended up voicing his thoughts in a different way this time.

Contact the Author:
Website * Facebook * Twitter

Friday, 9 March 2018

An Excerpt: My First Breakup

This is it. One wrong move and I find myself crying to sleep. Days, maybe weeks of putting up the brave face. The ultimate, cliché teenage drama. Everyone has been through it and everyone has heard of it. But for me it was the first time. Maybe the last, hopefully. 

So, wearing my heart on my sleeves, I fell in ‘love’. Not once, but twice with the same guy in a row. Tramp? No. I was in love. Deeply, madly, unconditionally. Until the hands of practicality punched me right on my face. I was left stranded and confused. Wondering why all of this was happening to me.  Another cliché moment. But for me, it was the first time.

There is something about human nature which seeks for sympathy. Just had a breakup? The whole world is conspiring for you to be unhappy. No, I will not smile, the world is a cruel place. It takes days for people to get over it. For me? Well no surprise to you, it took a year. One entire year of  ‘the wait’. Sitting back now and thinking about it, I find it funny. No, I find it hilarious. So, what happened after the year was over? Did I just miraculously wake up one day and think to myself that, “hey, you know what…. you are a great girl, get over it…move on!!” No, I realized that he had thought of this way back. He had moved on way back. While, the “so-in-love” me, was waiting. Simply waiting for my stars to turn and relive the same love story again. 

The moment you see that your ex has a different face beside the “in a relationship” status, that is the moment you realize how blind and ridiculous you were. The once cute goatee seems like a bush now, that smile which made you smile makes you want to knock off all his teeth, his fascination for food makes you notice his peeking belly pouch. In a nutshell, you are no longer in love with him and his flaws. So then, life brings you to a fork road. The fun road is where you sit back and spread wild rumors about how terrible he is and how he broke your heart. Believe me, the devil will tempt you to follow this path. It is a fantastic journey, but a few more months of futility. So I chose the better path. Get up, pull yourself together, shrug off the dust and embrace the new journey. I am glad I chose the latter. Very glad.

What do you do when an entire part of your life has been erased which once held so much of importance to you? You try and fill it up with things you never had time for otherwise. Socialize, go out, write, sing, laugh, read, stare randomly out of the window and get lost in your own beautiful world. Life was better. I am an ardent believer in unconventionality. Why follow the crowd? I won’t make my own crowd! No siree! I won’t even sit at a distance and laugh at the crowd. I would rather live in a parallel world, a different dimension maybe. I can see you. But you can’t touch me. You can’t judge me. I can be me. Shamelessly.

Raise the walls high. Build the impenetrable walls. Shut the gates. It’s my own perfect world. A year goes by in my world. Everything is healed.
I decide to open up the windows a little bit. A little fresh air will cause no harm. I felt a whiff. A new breeze. That felt nice. It felt familiar. Maybe I can open up my windows just a wee bit more. I will shut them off immediately. They are wide open now. Even today. I never shut them. I was never able to.

Vulnerable or strong? Please be vulnerable, please be vulnerable……… pleaded my heart. Shut up already. You have created enough chaos. I am in charge now. No more “Fairytale dreams”, no more car rides, no more falling for flattering messages, no more being silly in love.

Do you have a tiny voice at the back of your head which speaks back to you and gives life advice, for god’s sake? Well mine is louder than my own voice, has a humongous ego and can be downright obnoxious sometimes. It’s difficult living with it seriously. You know the worst part? It is usually right.

‘ I love you’. Nope, no you don’t. I could die for you. No you can’t. ‘I have waited my whole life for you’. Were you born yesterday? ‘I just want to be with you’. Yeah, you want to be in my pants. The voice is annoying I tell you, but it is always right. If I was anything like the voice then I doubt whether I would have had any friends.

About the Book:

“Oh God, why me?”

This is perhaps what we think of when we go through a ‘breakup’.

This story is about Anirudh and Anvi.
Both of them have their own thinking which are not alike.

The story begins with Anirudh meeting with and accident. As he slowly succumbs to the pain, he starts reflecting about his bygone college days where he found his love for music. He loves Anvi dearly who is a long-lost friend of Anirudh.

The story reveals how Anirudh struggles as the hands of reality strikes him down.

About the Author:

Dhruba Das Roy  is a freelance writer, a musician by passion, and a software engineer by profession. He is from Assam, but born in a small town of Meghalaya, where he finished his schooling. He then obtained his degree in engineering from the esteemed college of National Institute of Technology. He discovered his love for music there and was the lead vocalist of his band, “The Rozarts”.

He loves rock and roll and is a great fan of the pioneers of rock and roll-(Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the list goes on). Unfortunately, as engineering life came to an end, the band had to split. Recently, he moved to Kolkata where he is working in one of leading software service based companies in India.

Not everyone can put their thoughts into words. Dhruba had never tried his hand in writing; but he had an experience, an experience which changed his life for the better. Being a vocalist, his only way of expression was through the creative way. He decided to pen down his thoughts and he discovered that writing came naturally to him. His thought process in the novel relates to the general mass in many ways. He decided to stretch his limits and ended up voicing his thoughts in a different way this time.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Cover Reveal: Corridors Of Time

~ Cover Reveal ~
Corridors of Time by Vinay Krishnan

Corridors of Time tracks the story of a sensitive young man who grows from carefree childhood to eventful manhood - one who stumbles before learning to stride through those dark and dense passages.
Set in Bangalore - a city of paradoxes. of gardens and garbage heaps. of technology and traffic snarls. of friendly people and failing infrastructure. when bungalows had gardens and pavements were meant for pedestrians. this is a narrative of the human spirit.
Rohan, an idealistic young sports lover experiences rejection, dark dejection and isolation and hurtles down the path to self destruction.
Shyla, attractive and successful is everything his heart yearns for and his body desires, except, she is married!
Chandrika, simple and devoted fails to understand the man she loves.
The shuklas long for justice denied by the system.
And khalid fears nothing and no one ...anymore.

About the Author:

Vinay Krishnan describes himself as a ‘complete Bangalorean’. A student of Clarence High School, he graduated in Humanities from St Joseph’s College. Earning a diploma in Business Administration, he began his career at Usha International Ltd and rose to a position of Senior Sales manager. Vinay has now set up a construction firm of his own. He also writes and devotes his time to an NGO assisting people with disability. The city of his dreams, Bangalore, where he stays with his wife and daughter, continues to inspire and exasperate him. He can be reached at – vinaykrshnn@yahoo.com.

Praises for the Book:

The book is simple in style and content, for often it is this simplicity that bewilders and rouses
~ Shri S . Rajendra Babu, Former Chief Justice of India

The book has excellent literary craftsmanship, passion humour and adventure. Highly recommended.
~ Mr. Namboodiri, former Asst. Editor, Deccan Herald

This charming book about old Bangalore is written in a racy easy-to-read style.
~ Deccan Herald, Bangalore.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Shorts: State Of Emergency

Book Blurb

17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas's eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.

Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.

But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves.

About The Author

As a child, Mary Hallberg’s mother wanted her to read HEIDI and CADDIE WOODLAWN, so she grew up reading Goosebumps books under the covers. As soon as she was old enough for a Blockbuster card, she graduated to horror classics like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Evil Dead. Her parents still wonder where they went wrong in raising her. She lives in Mississippi. Visit her online at www.maryhallberg.com.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

How To Listen So People Will Talk

This is a non-fictional account of understanding the nuances of the Art of Listening. The book highlights the importance of listening skills and what are the required ingredients for effective communication with the help of excerpts from the Bible.

The writing style is really simple and lucid, the language is easy to comprehend and narration flows smoothly. Yet, personally for me, one major hitch I had was in understanding the biblical references. I am not an aethist and not a Christian, therefore, thanks to my little knowledge about the bible I did find it a bit difficult to get to the crux of the matter whenever Bible was referred to. However, it doesnot mean that Becky's efforts went in vain. In fact, throughout the book she has taken pains to ensure that her writings reach out to non-practitioners of Christianity as well. Also, though she has explained the Dos and Don'ts about the art of listening but maybe the impact would have been much more had she elaborated the reasons with more descriptive language.

One thing is for sure, no matter what her detractors might say, the writer has taken pains to ensure that her readers focus on listening rather than interrupting. The art of listening is slowly diminishing all because of the reducing attention span of people. Hence, need of the hour is being equipped with really good listening skills. And, the fact that the topic has been the central theme of this book makes the narrative even more interesting.

To sum up, do read this if you are a constant interrupter yourself, need to enhance your listening skills or want to know more about the art of listening or giving a patient hearing to others. This is a really good and very likeable non-fiction, especially for its language and its biblical references.

P.S - Thank you Shelly Abbott for an interesting piece of writing. This review is my honest opinion after reading the book.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dead To Them

This was Smita's second story that I have read and is one of those stories that I had to read at one go. Yes, the beginning really ot me hooked on. To add on, it is not a sequel and has a standing of its own.

The plot revolves around a young woman and her identity. I know it sounds weird but I cannot reveal more lest I give away the story. Suffice to say the story concept per se will not disappoint you. Read it at least once for sure.

The language is simple and writing style does try to keep the reader guessing about what will happen next. I say try because I really wish the change in point of views were smoother. No doubt they added the required twist. However, I personally felt, there was a subtle sudden change from the POV (point of view) of the protagonist to that of the others. The story does evoke imageries but the high point is that it does entice you to put on your thinking cap. The concept is ideal for a visual representation for sure.

The characters had equal importance and it is only towards the end that the protagonist gets the opportunity to outshine the others. There were a lot of similarities between characters. Though I will not deny the existence of peculiar characteristic features specific to a particular character, yet I feel they were a bit subtle. Its like I neither fell in love with any character nor hated it. Detailed and stronger characterisation would have enhanced the concept.

What really intrigued me was the title. When I mulled over it I realised it had lot of connotations. It kind of marked a new beginning, a sign for ending something or cutting away the root. It seemed a shoutout to detractors and haters about their insignificance. And if I have to judge the overall story whether it did justice to the title, I must admit, it did, to a great extent.

To sum up, the story is superb. There is a cliffhanger in the end so I am hoping that the story has a sequel. Maybe then readers would get more clarity. It is not meant for kids but for young adults, definitely yes. Do read it if your genre is suspense and thriller.

P.S - Thank you Smita for a superb piece of writing. This review is my honest opinion after reading the story.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Woman Behind The Waterfall

A fantasy which was a lyrical note to my ears, yet sadly, there was something amiss.

The story revolves around three people and their world of fantasy. For the what, who, where, why and how, you need to read the story. However, if my words really don't make sense it is because the story still has parts that I am yet to truly understand. I sincerely trued reading it the second time but still I could not comprehend.

I must compliment Leonora. The language is poetry in prose. The choice of words, the descriptions, make for a lyrical read. Yet, what actually became a negative was basically, the descriptions. I felt that there were places where simple language would have made it easier to understand the storyline. Maybe, descriptions overshadowed the essence being conveyed. Notwithstanding that, the book was full of imageries and if focus is shifted onto the beauty in the writings, the imageries would make up for the flaws.

The characters created definitely added on to the story's magical, mystical, poetic flavour. They did have their imperfections, emoted but whether they could exist in reality is something I do doubt.

I do agree that each one of us has that side to our persona which loves to force us to indulge in fantasies. Then there is another side which wishes to indulge in a world of fantasies, running away from reality at times. It is somethin akin to the Parent-Child-Adult state all existing simultaneously in a person.

To sum up, this story is really likeable and readable. If you are interested in fantasy and magic and would not mind if the storyline wavers a bit, then this is just for you. You can try reading it once for, according to me, the real woman behind the waterfall is the beautiful language and the brilliant use of descriptive words.

P.S - Thank you Bookr3vi3w Tours. This review is my honest opinion after reading the story.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Book Blast: The Immortality Trigger

~ The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita ~
a Luc Fortesque adventure thriller

Allied paratroopers raid a secret Nazi research facility. The operation is reported as a success. But, the lone survivor, Benjamin Ezra, knows otherwise. 

A drug lord, El Fantasma threatens to plunge Colombia into an era of bloody drug wars. DEA Country Attaché, Zachary Mason is in charge of a covert operation to remove El Fantasma, with the help of a vigilante, El Angel, and a retired undercover agent, Raymond Garrett. 

In Naples, INTERPOL agent, Sabina Wytchoff, is investigating the death of her parents, when the Wytchoff family’s association with an ancient cabal comes under investigation. 

After the events of The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc Fortesque, is scouring the world for the man who tested experimental drugs on him. 

Wei Ling works for a shadow Transhumanist faction within China’s State Council, developing drugs that will enhance human longevity. 

Their paths will converge… violently… and conclude the mission that began in 1945.

The Immortality Trigger is also available at all leading eBook retailers

Reviews for The Immortality Trigger:

"...with a storyteller of Misquita’s caliber, you just may need Dramamine before the first chapter is done." - Bestthrillers.com

"For fans of the fast-paced and modern tale with global reach that dabbles in history, this is a perfect storm." - Lydia Peever

"The Immortality Trigger cemented in my mind why Douglas Misquita is my favourite Indian thriller author." - Newton Lewis

Other books in the series:

Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from Mumbai, India. He hammered out his first novel on the keyboard of a laptop with half-a-working-screen, and has been churning out literary entertainment to the tune of a book-a-year. His books have been praised for their pace, locales, intertwined plots, research and visuals - it’s almost like watching a movie… only, this one unfolds across the pages of a book! 

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Publishing the First Novel: Author Leonora Meriel

Publishing: Its Not How You Imagine It

“Publishing” today is a universe away from what it once was. Even just a few years ago, to be a “published author” meant to have been paid a fat advance by a Big 5 publishing company and to have a contract for a 3 book deal and your novels in the bookshops.

Nowadays, you have to distinguish between “trade / traditional / trad published” (by a publishing company); “self-published” (entirely yourself); “indie-published” (either yourself or by a small independent press) or “hybrid” which is a combination of any of the previous options. And I’m sure there will be more variations added in the coming months and years.

As the author of literary fiction novels, I started out down the “trad” route, looking for an agent and a traditional publisher. I found the agent, but my first book didn’t sell, and so I explored the “indie” option of publishing my work on my own. This world seemed so exciting and explosive that, by the time I had completed my second novel, I had decided to take my career in my own hands and become an “authopreneur” – a writer and businesswoman in charge of my production, marketing, distribution and entire business model. It might not have been exactly the dream I started off with – but it was a bigger and wilder ride – more challenging, and most assuredly, more rewarding.

My first major decision when I entered the world of independent publishing, was – which tasks should I do myself and which should I outsource. I wanted everything to be the highest quality, and I also didn’t want to lose money by making expensive mistakes. So, for as much as I could, I worked with top professionals, most of them originally from the traditional publishing world, to help me re-structure, edit and proofread my book. I chose cover designers who had worked on some of my favorite books (Haruki Murakami, Terry Pratchett, Marjorie Blackman) and they designed dream covers for me. I had the books professionally typeset. I learned the distribution options and how to make my books available in different countries. I learned about pricing. I joined the Association of Independent Authors (ALLi) in the UK. There was a lot of learning! I already had an MBA from my previous job running a business, so I was used to setting up new models and structures, but it was still a challenge leaning how an entire industry works, and then having to implement every separate part of it – and do it right the first time!

When all the basics had been set up, then it was time for luck. Novel in hand, I started visiting bookshops and seeing if they would stock my book. I sent my novel to magazines, newspapers and literary journals for review. I entered prizes.

And the result? A good dose of luck. The largest bookshop chain in the UK decided to stock my books in over 20 shops. I had some excellent reviews by well-known writers and magazines. I haven’t yet won a prize, but I’m glad I entered. The majority of literary journals refused to review it, because it was indie published. However the local press in my area of London gave it glowing reviews. I had a successful book launch in a bookshop and have many dedicated readers, some of whom are now friends.

It has been a year and a half since I published my debut novel. I certainly reflect on the journey and think what it might have been like if I had been traditionally published. The main upside that I see, is that I would have more time for writing. However, the “traditional” and “independent” publishing models are coming so close together now, that it is really hard to see a clear upside to the “trad” model. Social media marketing is now so important that the majority of writers with publishing contracts have to spend significant time on their own marketing. Yet the publishing company still takes most of their royalties.

In an industry that is transforming before our eyes, I am more than happy to be on the side of change, firmly in control of my author brand, editorial decisions and marketing strategy, and receiving 100% of my royalties for my hard work.

It’s been a challenging and intense journey – and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Meet the Author

Leonora Meriel is the author of two novels. The Woman Behind the Waterfall (2016) is the magical realism tale of three generations of women in a Ukrainian village. The Unity Game (2017) is a speculative science fiction novel set in New York, a distant planet and an after-life dimension.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Lost Coast Rocket

This story never ceased to surprise me. Every time I made presumptions about what would happen next, I was proved wrong.

The plot revolves around a boy, his friends and a rocket launch. The story follows the protagonist from his childhood till the former reaches the climax. For the what, how and why you need to read this excellent book.

The best feature of the story was the language. Anything and everything mentioned about rockets were so simple that people like me, with no scientific background, could also comprehend what exactly was happening. The descriptions used in the narrative were amazing. They enhanced the beauty of that particular scene without exaggerating or underplaying the person or situation being described. The story was filled with varied imageries and I only hope that this story does get made into a motion picture. The narration was perfectly smooth without any jerks. Kudos to Joel for an excellent narrative.

The characters were truly convincing. In fact, it is possible to meet many of them in real life. They were not perfect or plastic but resembled real individuals with identity of their own, expressing emotions vital to the storyline.

To be honest, this book helped me strengthen my belief that stories help you understand human behaviour. And people are not always what they seem. Just as books should not be judged by their cover, even people should not be taken at face value. People are not always what they seem, hence it is very important to try and put ourselves in their shoes before jumping into conclusions. So many relationships end because of thoughts like "what if" "but" "and" or "maybe".

To sum up, this story is a definite must read since the storyline is apt, the theme focused upon is gripping, and  characters are really well-etched. There is a cliffhanger in the end so I really hope there is a sequel to this story. Do read this even if you are not a science buff. This story is a great start to a magical adventure on a rocket alongside its ups and downs all inside your mind.

P.S -  Thank you Joel for taking me on a journey in the Lost Coast Rocket. This review is my honest opinion after reading the story. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Shorts: House On The Forgotten Coast

Like a monarch surveying her domain, the house has stood for over a hundred years in the fishing village of Apalachicola on Florida’s northwest coast. She has known life. She has known passionate love. She has known brutal death. But she has guarded her secrets well . . .

Then eighteen-year-old Elise Foster and her parents arrive from Atlanta in their silver Jaguar, bringing with them their own secrets and desires. Seeking friendship in their new community, they find instead that the townspeople resent their intrusion. But this intrusion on the house’s privacy also provides a pathway for the past and the present to merge—and for the truth behind an unsolved murder to finally be brought to light. As you strive to solve the mystery, you and the Fosters are forced to address two critical questions: What is real? What is delusion?

About the Author:Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots, and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing. She attended Florida State University, the University of South Florida and graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno. It was through creative writing classes at the University of South Florida that she found her “voice” and began writing literary fiction. Listed inWho’s Who of American Women, she does freelance writing, has recently republished one novel, has self-published its sequel, and has written two award-winning plays. She is currently working on the third novel in her Bay Harbor Trilogy. She has two daughters and lives with her husband and one very spoiled Cairn Terrier in Neptune Beach, Florida.

P.S - Synopsis courtesy Poetic Book Tours

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Around The World In 80 Tales

Its three days into the new year and what better way than to review a book that awakens the wanderer in me.

This book is filled with bite sized stories that are real-life experiences of the author himself. The stories revolve around a unique aspect of a particular place the author has visited. This personal touch is what differentiates this anthology from a travelogue.

Dave narrates his experiences straight from his heart. Yes, his writing style is unique and thats precisely the reason why these stories are narrated in storyform rather than an autobiography. His writings do evoke imageries and in order to emphasise better he has made exotic use of photographs. On a lighter note, if you have heard of Food Porn, then these pictures can be categorised as Travel Porn. They are absolutely stunning and you could drool over them for long.

The real characters or protagonists are the exotic places that Dave visits and describes about. I must say that the descriptions are so vivid that I have decided to add these places to my Bucket List.

To sum up, if you are a traveller, travel blogger or writer or a travel enthusiast, then these amazing and excellent stories are a must read for you. These stories would inspire you to wear your travelling shoes and wander into exotic locales.

P.S - Thanks a ton Dave for your stories that took me around the world in 80 tales and have inspired me to travel to the places described. This review is an honest opinion after reading this anthology.