Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sale Tour: War Eternal by J.F. Cain


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War Eternal Book #1 Angels’ Whispers

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A high-ranking angel and a human are involved in a forbidden love. She will break the rules of the ethereal world to keep him safe. He will do everything for her love. Even bargain his soul to Lucifer.



War Eternal: Angels’ Whispers - Awards:
2017 Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK

"In Book One of the War Eternal series, Angels' Whispers, Cain deftly immerses her readers in well-developed characters and rich, almost cinematic scenes that bring instant believability to this extraordinary tale of cosmic love. As the dark soldiers of chaos and the legions oflight line up for a final, titanic battle for the destiny of mankind, you'll keep turning these well-edited and meticulously written pages to find out what happens next.  Five stars to Angels' Whispers. We await Book Two with great anticipation." Publishers Daily Review ★★★★★

"This whole story was an incredible romance wrapped in an examination of the big questions: What is my purpose of being? Is there life after death? This is always a dangerous subject and line for an author to tread, but J.F. Cain in Angels' Whispers handles it extremely well. An excellent read and one I recommend."
Readers' Favorite ★★★★★

" Angels’ Whispers is a multi-layered story with interesting side-plots and solid characters that offset each other quite well. What I liked best about it was the immersing atmosphere of the scenes and the distinctive attributes of the supernatural races. Overall, I thought that it was an excellent, well-written Fantasy novel.
I look forward to Book 2. " The Dreaming Geek ★★★★★



As a child, I was drawn to the mysterious, the magical, and the unfathomable. As I grew older this interest grew, creating a thirst in me to know and understand human nature, the world surrounding it and the mysteries hidden behind the veils of space and time. Searching for answers, I began to study psychology, mythology, philosophy and esotericism. But the demands of work and family forced me to put an end to my intellectual quest.

Years later, when there was no longer anything to stop me from exploring the worlds I was so curious about, I decided to move to a house in the mountains. There, experiencing a sense of profound silence and inner completion, I felt the conditions were right for me to devote myself to the study and exploration of the subjects I was interested in.

This time I included other sciences in my research, such as comparative religion, anthropology and quantum physics. I now knew that, in order to find the answers to my questions, I had to couple the knowledge concealed in religious teachings and philosophies with the findings in physics revealing an invisible, parallel and imperceptible universe – a pairing that many scientists and writers had attempted before me.

It was not an easy endeavor. To succeed, I had to counter the harsh rationalism that life’s experiences had wrought in me with a persistent sense that a metaphysical mystery did indeed exist. And I also had to shape a logic of a different quality and breadth. I travelled arduous spiritual paths, discovered terrifying secrets and learned firsthand how dangerous it can be to enter elusive spheres of esoteric knowledge. I faced unexpected difficulties and had to make many sacrifices, but I did not give up.
One winter evening, as I sat by the fireplace, my gaze pinned on the flames and my mind lost in theories, symbols and trains of thought, I experienced something that propelled me to write an allegorical story based on the knowledge I had gained.

There followed three years of non-stop intellectual ferment and writing, which gave birth to a large part of the War Eternal series. In this novel, over and above the clearly expressed objective logic, I tried to conceal important ideas within tantalizing external forms. Because some truths are hard to accept…




Friday, December 8, 2017

Author Interview: Mayra Calvani, Author of Mamá Graciela’s Secret

About the Book





Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítosfritos are the best in town... 

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves. 

About the Author



Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children's picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others. 



She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com


About the Illustrator


Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila's education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book "Mama Graciela's Secret" for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

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Author Interview


When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?

I started writing stories when I was about 12 years old and have never stopped since then. Writing is such a part of me that it isn’t what I do, it’s who I am. At that time, I was voraciously reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries, so I think that was definitely an influence. I was also a quiet and very introspective child. I could role play for hours at a time, so writing stories became a natural, organic extension of that. 



What motivates you to write and where does your inspiration come from?


I get ideas while writing. As I work on a novel, there are always wonderful surprises. I also get my ideas while doing routine, automatic activities such as walking, driving, washing the dishes, vacuuming, taking a shower, etc. Also, while listening to classical music and movie soundtracks. The music of James Newton Howard inspires me. I often write while listening to his movie scores.

Another thing that inspires me is reading the works of authors I admire: Anne Rice, Donna Tartt, Joyce Carol Oates, especially when I listen to the audiobooks. There’s something about audiobooks that make me want to rush to the computer and write.



How did you come up with the idea for your current story?


Mama Graciela’s Secret is based on my grandmother! She was an avid dog lover and at one time had close to 30 dogs she had saved from the streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was a deeply compassionate and giving person. I dedicated the book to her. Initially the story was about dogs but I later changed it to cats after an editor suggested it. 



What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine or do you have any weird, funny, or unusual habits while writing and what are they?


It may start with an image, a character, a name, a title. There are no rules, and it’s never the same with every book. Sometimes a single image simmers in my mind for years before it becomes the spark for a story.

Then I mentally play with ideas and the thing that was just an image begins to expand into a web. Simple at first. Then more intricate as I spend more time thinking about it. And I think about it. A lot. While driving, walking, taking a shower, doing housework, etc–routine, monotone activities, which are great for creativity. Once I can’t stop thinking about it, once I become obsessed, that’s when I know I’m ready to start jotting down words and sketching a rough plot.

Often I begin ‘discovering’ the story using Alan Watt’s “Unlock the Story Within” techniques. Once I have a more solid idea of the characters and where I want to go with them, my plotting gets tighter and more detailed, but never at the expense of staying flexible and open to change. In fact, what I love most about the writing process are those surprises that I never saw coming. For plotting, I like Alexandra Sokoloff’s method and Carol Hughes’ Deep Story method, though I don’t always use them for every book. 

Then, after some anxious procrastination, I put my ego aside and sit down and face the blank page. That is never easy. In fact, it is terrifying. Every time. But the need and passion to create is greater, I guess, because finally I just do it.

The plot keeps evolving as I write. I adjust and change things as needed.

Rituals and habits work for me. I write best in the mornings. Unless life gets in the way, I’m at my desk Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to noon. I put my timer and go, with breaks in between. There’s something about using the timer that really works for me. Sometimes I put my headphones and listen to a movie soundtrack, other times I need complete silence. Mostly I write at home in my office, but often with a writing partner at a café. 

Slow but steady. This pretty much describes my progress. I would love to be one of those writers who can cough up a whole novel in four months, but I’m not–not yet, anyway! At the moment, my goal is to increase my writing stamina so I can complete books faster. 

Once I finish the first draft, I spend an agonizing amount of time editing and polishing. My SCBWI critique partners are awesome at pointing out things that I can’t see. Also, I always hire at least two professional editors before I send my manuscript to an agent or publisher, or before I self-publish. I think a professional editor is a writer’s best investment. 

Up until now, it has taken me about two years to fully complete a full-length novel (about 90,000 words) that is ready for submission. As I said, I’m currently “training” myself to increase the length of my writing sessions. 



What are your current/future projects?


My agent is shopping around another picture book of mine. I’m also working on book 2 of my YA Egyptian mythological fantasy series that I write under my pen name Zoe Kalo (www.ZoeKalo.com) and which I hope will be released next spring. Besides these main ones, I always have various projects in different types of development going on, as well as ideas for other books simmering in my mind. People often ask authors how they get their ideas, but the question should be how they handle all the ideas they get. J One of my fears is that I won’t have the time to write them all. 



What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place like (car, restaurant, bathroom/shower, etc..) and how do you capture that moment before it gets away from you?


I absolutely must write my ideas down because chances are I’ll forget them. If I have my phone handy, I’ll use the recording app. Otherwise pen and paper or the notes app on my phone. 



What is your biggest fear about having a book published?


That people won’t read it.



What are some events you have attended or participated in that has been a positive experience/influence on/for your writing?


Not events but my travels and upbringing have immensely influenced my writing. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Then I went to college in the States. Then I lived in Istanbul and Ankara for four years, and I’m now settled in Brussels. All these different countries and cultures have colored my writing. My supernatural thriller, Dark Lullaby, is set in Turkey and is based on Turkish folklore. My YA supernatural thriller Chameleon (under my pen name Zoe Kalo) is set in a convent in El Yunque, the Puerto Rican rain forest. My YA fantasy/mystery, The Luthier’s Apprentice, is set in Brussels. And, of course, Mama Graciela’s Secret is set in Puerto Rico. 



Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style? 


I’m a bookworm! My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Donna Tartt and Joyce Carol Oates. Thanks to Rice I became enamored with the supernatural, from Tartt I learned about deep characterization and language, and from Oates I learned about form and structure. 



What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?


“A writer who waits for the ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” –E.B. White

I have another favorite: “Beware of advice—even this.” –Carl Sandburg



What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Protect your dream/vision and don’t let anybody or anything detract you from it. Do what you have to do to accomplish it. You can’t simply be interested in writing. You have to commit to it. Learn the craft, take courses and/or workshops if you have to, join writer organizations and a critique group. Interact with like souls who actually understand the creative spirit. Above all, read a lot and write a lot, as often as you can. Usually, the longer you stay away from writing, the harder it is to get back to it. And the more you write, the better you get at it.



Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Books make great educational gifts for children during the holidays. Mama Graciela’s Secret is a fun and whimsical story with a beautiful message. The story teaches kids (ages 3-7) about compassion for animals, sacrifice, problem solving, and ethnicity. It is available in dyslexic font and there’s an accompanying reading guide for it which is downloadable from my website at www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

I’d also like to invite readers to follow me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/mayra.calvani

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Holiday Ever After by Various


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Review: Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer

Title: Tell Tale
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India



Jeffrey Archer returns to the story format with this book of whimsical, sometimes ironic pieces nearly a decade-and-a-half after his last volume of short stories was published in 2010. This compilation of 13 wonderfully crafted short stories is reminiscent of stories by O. Henry. A few of the stories in this collection, ‘Tell Tale,’ hinges on the idea that nothing is as it seems. True to Archer’s theme, someone gets an unexpected comeuppance in most of the tales. Slightly old-fashioned, all the stories speak of a time that has long since passed and yet come alive for a second time to tantalize the readers. Every one of the stories are marked by simplicity and unpretentiousness — Archer’s hallmark, when it comes to spinning short stories. The fully fleshed characters and absorbing plots would definitely remain on one’s mind long after the book has been put aside.
‘Tell Tale’ begins with “Who Killed the Mayor,” the story of a young Neapolitan detective who has been assigned to a small town in Campania to investigate the murder of the mayor whose presence had been poisoning the idyllic village. The story was immensely enjoyable even though the ending was quite predictable. In ‘A Gentleman and a Scholar,’ a retiring professor — one of the first women to teach at Yale — gives her final lecture on Shakespeare. She becomes a study in grace as she recalls her first day at the university and the challenges she was thrown. ‘The Car Park Attendant’ is yet another of his stories inspired from real life incidents. The ingenious way a man makes his money is worth reading again and again. In “The Road to Damascus,” Archer examines the spiritual and the ironic. While in “The Holiday of a Lifetime” he allows his readers to satisfy their individual desires in the form of three different and equally interesting endings.
Archer, as we all will agree, is a master story teller when it comes to short stories, be it fiction or non-fiction, thanks to his vast experience as a globe trotter. His use of dialogues is seamless and his characters have the capacity to tear the fabric of improbable and come alive. However, having read all his short stories till date, I daresay this latest collection seems somewhat of a rehashing. But the good news is, none of the stories bore. 


Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O' Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies.
He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
The author is married to Dame Mary Archer, and they have two sons, William and James, two grandsons and a granddaughter, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.




I'd like to thank the publisher for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 


* I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
** Picture courtesy: Amazon.in 




Monday, November 27, 2017

Spotlight: You Came Like Hope by Jyoti Arora

About the Book:

Peehu:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”

Adih:
“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”

Uday:
“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”

Pooja:
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”

Arunav:
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

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Prologue

I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.

Darkness stretched out from every direction, engulfing me in it. The heavy curtains on the window kept the sunshine away. One streak of sunlight still managed to trespass into the territory of gloom. Like a torturous, lingering hope of a broken heart. My eyes marked its path. My brain failed to recognize it.

In the next room, voices kept on rising, trembling my heart with their every word.

‘Peehu! My child!’ my mother cried. Amid the muffled murmurs of other people, I could also hear another voice of sorrow. It was my father. That was the first time I had heard him cry. It was terrifying.

‘My poor child,’ my mother wailed. ‘She always said she was my unlucky daughter. We said she was careless and rash. We scolded her so much. Now look what has happened. My poor Peehu, dead at such a young age.’

‘I’m not dead!’ I called out. My lips didn’t move, no voice came out.


Something was weighing me down, robbing me of the power to move or speak. An aching longing that screamed there had been an irreparable loss. Something had gone away from me that I would never get back. Something had ended. I just couldn’t remember what.


Mother kept on crying. I heard the word again in mother’s wails. Unlucky. Yes, I had said that to mother. Often. I had believed it too, for as long as I remember. My twin sister had all the good luck. I had all the bad luck. Or so it seemed to me, at least. My life had done a marvellous job so far in proving this to be true.

But it takes only a moment for the destiny to flip over…

About the Author:


Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology.
Jyoti has over five years of experience working as a freelance writer. This experience includes abridging over 24 famous English classics like Jane Eyre, Moby Dick etc.
Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. But she does not let this stop or discourage her. For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from Ms Sheila Dixit, Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Ghaziabad wing of BJP. Her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites like YourStory and Inspire India. She was also one of the ‘100 Women Achievers of India’ that were invited to witness the Republic Day parade of India (2016) as special guests.
Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at jyotiarora.com.

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