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.