Saturday, 30 April 2011

Giving out smashword coupon...Hurry!!!

Hiya everyone:

I am giving out smashword coupon for my book, Fast Forward: Into The Future. It's a romantic sci-fi of over 33K words. To read the description and see the book trailer, click HERE

All you have to do is follow my blog or my Facebook Page, and leave me a comment on either sites with your email address.

This offer lasts until 10 May 2011.

So hurry.

Thanks for reading

Friday, 29 April 2011

A special post featuring the author of Each Angel Burns, Kathleen Valentine

Title: Each Angel Burns
Author: Kathleen Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Adult

Blurb: “The story of a tormented priest and an abused wife, along with a cast of believable and capitivating characters. Throw in a mysterious old abbey with a storied past, a string of murders, and a globe-trotting villain and you have an engaging and entertaining read...This is one of the best independent novels I have read. Highly recommended.” - Barry Yelton, Scarecrow in Gray

Links to buy book:
Barnes & Noble:

Any giveaway? If so, please give details:
I'll give a Smashwords coupon to the first three people who comment on your blog and ask for it.

Author Bio:
Kathleen Valentine is the author of two collections of short stories My Last Romance and other passions and love, murder, etc. as well as two novels, The Old Mermaid's Tale and Each Angel Burns. She has also written Fry Bacon, Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook - five generations of good eating, a memoir/cookbook of memories and 400 recipes from a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, and The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps, a collection of her own lace knitting designs. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing another novel, Depraved Heart. More information on her work is at


What inspired you to become a writer?
I don't think I ever even thought about it, I just started writing. I grew up with two parents who were avid readers an from the time I was little I thouht books were the most magical things in the world. Writing was just a normal progression from reading.

Why should people read your book?
I think it is a beautiful story about three people at a place in their lives where they are questioning all the sacrifices made to be good people. Gabe has devoted his life to being a good husband and father. Maggie has been a good wife, Peter has been a good priest. Now the circumstances in their lives are changing and they suddenly begin to wonder if their sacrifices have been worth it – and whether they want to live with them for the rest of their lives. It is something I think a lot of people can relate to.

Can you relate to any of the characters and why?
Of course. In some ways I can relate to all three of the main characters. I especially relate to Maggie. Creating her was difficult at times because, like her, I've made some unconventional choices in how to live my life and now, past fifty, I wonder if I would do the same things again.

Tell your readers something personal about you?
Personal? Goodness, that's leading. Well, I am something of a hermit. I live on an island along the coast of Massachusetts and almost never leave it. In my younger years I moved around a lot but now I love leading a quiet, simple life where I can devote most of my time to designing (I'm a graphic designer) and writing.

How can one contact you?

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Insights about me

From today, or rather from this blog, I would pick a word from each of the English alphabets, which reveals to readers, writers, publishers - everyone more of Kelvin. Trust me, it's gonna be really interesting. You get to know Kelvin personally. Good, right?
Well, without wasting much of your time, let's get started. I'll start with the first letter of the English alphabet. I will pick the first word that comes to my mind.
A is for Amanda Hocking. Most of you who've seen my posts on Kindleboards, Goodreads etc. may have noticed that I mentioned her name a couple of times. The interesting thing though is that I am not really a fan of hers. However, I admire her success and online personality. Truth be told, she may be different in person. Still, I love the Amanda Hocking online. Some writers read her success story, and say, "Hey, I'm going to do what she did and become a best-seller," but as she stated, most writers will not become so famous and rich, others will probably be more famous than her. I do agree with her 100%. The truth is most writers CAN be like her, but WON'T be. Too bad that's the way life goes :(

If you look at most famous writers/authors, they use an extra ingredient to make them stand out of the crowd of writers. Ernest Hemmingway used "Polysyndeton" in his writing; those who may be hearing this word for the first time, the word means the use of conjuctions in close successions. For example, replacing commas with the word "and".
J.K. R0wling was really, and I mean really with a big R, was really good in using backstory on her Harry Potter series. She covered every single detail in each book, and ended it very well. Her imagination was really wild. Come on, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape. Give her a bit of credit for her work.
Then comes Amanda Hocking, she is a really fast writer. I mean, really fast. As stated on her blog, she writes over 14 hours of the day. This really helped her in selling her books, or so I believe. For chrissake, 8 books released in a year. She was pretty fast.
The thing is, if a writer uses these ingredients, he/she would hardly make it. For example, if one uses Polysyndeton, writers and readers alike would think that the writer doesn't know much about the English language. In a nutshell, what works for others may not work for you.

In conclusion, I hope to be known for my books just like Amanda Hocking. However, I'm a realistic person and I know the chances of that happening :)

I hope you enjoyed the read. So sorry for the long post. Please, leave comments on below on your opinion to the above paragraphs.

Much Love

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

New cover design

Hiya everyone:
So I am preparing to release my second book, LS: the beginning(not concluded yet). However, I have created two cover designs for the project - all by myself (Yay me)
Now, I need your honest opinion on which cover looks better. I am not asking for you to say "don't use neither". I want you to choose between the two cover designs below.

Thank You

Sunday, 24 April 2011

New Interview....Check it out

Hiya everyone:

I have been featured in a writer's blog. In this, I was asked some questions about my book and me. It's really interesting. You'll learn a bit about me. Please do try to comment.

This is the link. CLICK HERE.


A special post featuring the author of Trouble Down South and Other Stories, Katrina Parker Williams

Title: Trouble Down South and Other Stories
Author: Katrina Parker Williams
Genre: Historical Fiction/Short Stories


Enslavement, murder, abuse, illness: there’s real trouble for the characters in Trouble Down South and Other Stories. The short stories take the reader on a journey to the past through a collection of interestingly crafted pieces of flawed humanness, social injustice, and redemption, and even humor.

Links to buy book:

Author Bio:

Katrina Parker Williams teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music. Williams classifies herself as storyteller of tales. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and the Wilson Literary Review. Her writings have recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta, All Things Girl, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Pens on Fire, and Muscadine Lines. A short story was recently published in the Patchwork Path anthology.

Any giveaway? If so, please give details:
Giving away 5 copies of Trouble Down South and Other Stories on Goodreads from April 20 - April 30. The link is


What inspired you to become a writer?
I always liked to write when I was in high school but didn't do anything with my writing until years later. After reading works by writers such as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Ernest Gaines, and Terry McMillan, whose stories I could relate to, I wanted to write the stories I had to tell just like they did.

Why should people read your book?
My short stories are a quick read, and readers may learn something interesting about living in the South.

Can you relate to any of the characters and why?
Ms. Pimmelly is loosely based on me. The city she describes in "Ms. Pimmelly's City" is the city in which I work.

Tell your readers something personal about you?
I am a community college instructor who teaches English grammar and composition. When I am not drilling the rules of grammar into my students' heads, I write fiction. They actually inspire some of my fiction.

How can one contact you?
Facebook--Like me on Facebook
Blog-- Follow my blog

Saturday, 23 April 2011

A special post featuring the author of Volition, Shawn Maravel

Title: Volition (Book #1)
Author: Shawn Kirsten Maravel
Genre: Young Adult, Literary Fiction


Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times completely boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.

When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.

No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.

In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her.

Links to buy book:

Author Bio:

Shawn Maravel grew up in Bethlehem township, New Jersey. She has a twin sister and two younger sisters.

Shawn attended Voorhees High School where she met her husband David and participated in track, and took Autobody and Sports Medicine Polytech classes in addition to her regular studies. She attended Raritan Valley Community College after high school where her major was marketing. When her husband, then boyfriend, joined the Army in 2008 she later joined him in Katterbach, Germany where he was stationed soon after they were married . In Germany she took classes with the University of Maryland University College as an English major.

Shawn started writing seriously during the time that her husband attended bootcamp but she really began to take it seriously once he deployed to Iraq in 2009. Writing had started out as a way for her to cope with the long periods of time that they spent apart but slowly took on a life of its own, becoming something she did for herself.

She is currently living in Katterbach, Germany with her husband David, Rottweiler Nahla, and little-crazy-ninja-cat Sookie. Her interests include reading, writing, snowboarding, long walks with her husband and faithful canine, and watching movies.


What inspired you to become a writer?

As a kid I always enjoyed writing, though I never enjoyed my English classes. But I didn't take it seriously until recently. When my husband joined the Army in 2008 I began reading books regularly and soon after started to dabble in writing them. At the time I was still finding my “voice” and was finding my way around the technical aspects of it. When my husband deployed to Iraq for a year from 2009-2010 I wrote Volition and its Sequel Severance which will be published shortly. For me, writing started off as an outlet to cope with my husband being gone for long periods of time, it quickly became something I loved and did for myself.

Why should people read your book?

People should read Volition and Severance because I really put my heart into the story and without heart a book can sometimes be unrelatable. Volition and Severance, I feel, are relatable, compelling, and I think that the story has a good message. And the love story, dare I say it, is inspiring.

Can you relate to any of the characters and why?

I can definitely relate to Charlotte, the main Character. She’s trying to trust her heart while everyone else is telling her otherwise. I’ve been told to do and not to do a lot of things in my life and I’ve always followed my heart. I have yet to find that it’s lead me astray. I hope that how Charlotte lives her life proves to give the same message.

Tell your readers something personal about you?

I am a passionate person in every aspect of my life. Once I decide to do something or not to do something; that’s that. It’s that personality trait that is the reason I never picked up drinking or drugs. It’s that passion that drove me towards my husband and high school sweetheart. I’m the kind of person who knows what she wants and is willing to fight for it.

How can one contact you?

I prefer to be contacted through my Good Reads page or facebook page:

Friday, 22 April 2011

New Book...Coming out soon

I'm currently revising my new book. It's a fantasy/Romance novel set in a fictional city called New Scarlens, in the states. It's the first of a fantasy series, and I really can't wait to release it to the world. I hope to get it professionally edited before publishing it. Stick with me, while I polish the book. If you want to take a peek at this book, you can find it on the writing page, or click HERE. It's titled, LS: The Beginning.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Win two signed copies of Fast Forward

Hiya everyone:

There are two signed copies of my book to be won. All you have to do is register for the competition. The winners will be contacted and asked for their mailing address, which then will be used to ship the prize. I'm so excited and can't wait to receive your names. Register here

Meanwhile, Fast Forward has been receiving very good reviews. Do check the review page to read what people had to say about my book.

Yours Truly

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Continuation of Harry Potter Review

Okay. So where did I stop? Oh, yes; when Ron got injured due to the dangerous escapade the three friends had ventured. If you haven't read the first bit of this review and want to read it, just click here.

The three friends end up leaving in the woods, but thanks to Hermione's special bag they had all they needed to survive. To be honest, at this stage of the film. I became a bit bored. They kept moving from one place to the another figuring how to break the Horcrux they'd collected from Ombrigde. During this time, Harry and Hermione became closer due to Ron's lack of health, and so he became envious and one night he decided to attack Harry - verbally. Ron ends up leaving his best friends.

For the next few days, Hermione is really sad. She misses Ron every second and knows that he'd never find them again due to the protective spell they'd cast. Okay here comes the funniest scene in the movie. Harry tries to make Hermione smile; he dances with her for a while till she grinned. I liked the background music, plus the funny dance steps they made.

Harry and Hermione make a decision to visit Godric's Hallow, which turned out to be a stupid decision. Harry breaks his wand, trying to fight Voldermort's snake, Nagini. This causes Harry to collect Hermione's wand during his watch. Then one day, he notices a patronus stag, which leads him to the Gryffindor's sword.

I really don't want to rant much about the entire film. I'll end this review with the last few scenes of the movie. The fight scene between Bellatrix, the Malfoys and three friends was really amazing. I enjoyed every bit of it. I love Dobby the house-elf. Wouldn't mind a friend like him. He was loyal till his very death. The lady sitting beside me cried when he died. I wanted to laugh about it, but endured the comedic torture.

Overall, I enjoyed part of the film. It's now released on Blue Ray and DVD. I just got one the other day, and I recommend it to all the Fantasy/HP fans. I can't wait till the second part is released on July 11 2011. Till then, but for now, have a lovely day.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

A special post featuring the author of Family Ties, Ottillie Weber

Title: Family Ties
Author: Ottillie Weber
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Blurb: Abby was raised with not nursery rhythms by Mother Goose, Fairy Tales, or Asepses Fables, but narratives of her Great Grandmother, Emma. Emma has the dream life that got past down to the family as a story or so Abby thought. During one of the hottest summers in a long time in New Jersey Abby and her best friend Cory are working at a restaurant in town while their peers go to the beach to have fun. All the two do is work and Abby keeps thinking she rather be doing something bigger then her town and be out of the sight of her overprotective family. Abby learns after she is kidnapped that she has to be careful for what she wishes for, because it might come in a form she may not be expecting…

Author Bio: In a fantastical land where the weather is always changing, not too far from the beach and the moon is high in a freckling sky Ottilie lives. This land is call New Jersey where she has lived her whole life and she mostly grew up in Wall Township. Ottilie is currently studying History Education at The College of New Jersey. Writing helps as a procrastination tool and a savior to her sanity. Ottilie has major support from her caring, supportive family along with her loveable, insane friends.

Questions for your readers, Ottillie.
1. What inspired you to become a writer?
Probably my love for books and my overactive imagination inspired me to write! I've wanted to do this for so many years!
2. Why should people read your book?
Why should people read my book? I'll try to keep my opinion to a minion, but I really think that people can relate or at least get a good laugh at my characters. I probably concentrate more so on the characters then I do with the plot, I really enjoy them and think they deserve a chance to be read. Who doesn't love reading about characters who are witty, realistic, and occationally throw shoes at their friend's head? Why should people read my book? I'll try to keep my opinion to a minion, but I really think that people can relate or at least get a good laugh at my characters. I probably concentrate more so on the characters then I do with the plot, I really enjoy them and think they deserve a chance to be read. Who doesn't love reading about characters who are witty, realistic, and occationally throw shoes at their friend's head?
3. Can you relate to any of the characters and why?
There is probably a little of me in each of my characters. Abby probably has a little bit of my saracasim that some people do not always seem to understand. I'm also like Abby who grew up in a kind of small feel town and always in high school talked about how to get out of here to do something, like travel the world.
4. Tell your readers something personal about you?
Haha I try to give a new detail with each interview, I really believe in honesty and try to be personable. Weird little thing about me, I have a scar under my nail on my right hand from when I was trying to light a candle, and a pencil point in my left hand.

Here you have it guys, Ottillie Weber, author of Family Ties. Get a copy now!!!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1...My review

This is my second attempt on writing a personal review on the movies I watched and loved. Okay, here goes...

Released on 19 November 2010 on IMAX formats, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the second to the last film of the Harry Potter series, which are adapted from novels written by J. K. Rowling.

Firstly, I am going to stress the point that I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so this review will be more of praises than harsh critiques. However, I will try my very best not to sound too bias. If you haven't watched the previous series of Harry Potter, feel free to request for a review on each film. I hope I won't miss anything out while giving this review. There are so many aspects to cover. Thank goodness the movie is broken into two halves.

The film started with Severus Snape arriving at the Malfoy's residence, where Lord Voldermolt and his death eaters were gathering. He was treated specially due to the death of Professor Dumbledore. The movie seemed darker than the rest series. I really loved that.

I felt a bit sad when Hermione wiped out her parents' memories with her magic spell and headed to Harry's. Ron left his place as well to Harry's. Ron, Hermione and the rest order of the phoenix arrived at Harry's place, meeting him as the sole occupant. I really enjoyed that scene, where they took in the polyjuice potion.

The journey to the Weasley's was one of the best action scenes in this movie. I felt Harry didn't really perform well in the part where his wand acted on its own accord. Again, that's just my own opinion. I didn't really like the way they apparated. The produces should have created an eye catching sequence of their apparation. Still, I guess they wanted to make it (disappearing) their own.

Frankly, I felt the first few scenes of the movie were really compelling. Even though I'd read the book, I stopped nibbling my popcorn and focused on the movie till I got to the scene where they were in the Black's house. By the way, I loved the bit where a ghost thing of Dumbledore was approaching the three friends in a very fast pace. I felt exactly what they were feeling. Good Job to the producer.

The next few scenes were more of the drama side of the film and most people would probably relax and eat their popcorn, hotdogs or perhaps, nachos.

When Harry, Ron and Hermione found about the location of the necklace, they were forced to go to the Ministry of Magic to retrieve it. Again, they used polyjuice potion to dress like fellow employees in the Ministry. This was the gazillion time they'd drunk that bitter liquid....I don't think I can do that. Anyways, the escapade to the Ministry of Magic came out successful but at a price... Ron injured and their only form of shelter abandoned...

This is really becoming a long review. I'm going to stop here and continue in the next post.


Thursday, 14 April 2011

Book trailer out

I had been contemplating on creating a book trailer. Not sure if it would help in the marketing of my book. Finally, I decided to make one. It's not all that professional, but it's something. Do watch and see if you can pick up anything from the trailer. If you're compelled to leave comments, please do. If you're a new follower and want me to follow back just leave your blogsite url with your comments.

Thank you

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

First mini interview


I recently received my first interview online. It's not much but at least a nice way to start. Do check it out and leave a comment on the site or here. If you've read the book, let me know what you think about the story line, because that was really my major focus.

Much Love

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Limitless.... my review

Released on March 18, 2011, Limitless is a thriller packed movie, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish amongst others.

When I first watched the trailer of the movie, I was amazed. The marketers did a very good job on that - kudos. However, what intrigued me about the movie was its actor. I have this problem with new faces. Before I go to watch a movie in the cinema, the first thing I look for is the main actor in the movie. This is why till date I haven't watched King Speech. I really don't understand why people love it. If you notice, in trailers/adverts they always refer the actor back to his famous movie. For example, Bradley Cooper from the famous Hang Over. This tells the customers what to expect. That aside, let me shed some light on Limitless.

Very good choice of main character. I mean Bradley Cooper was the right candidate for him. I feel like the role wouldn't have fitted anyone else, but who knows. My second candidate for the role would be Ryan Reynolds. He too would make a good Eddie Morra. So as I said, I love seeing known stars in a film and that alone made me watch the movie.

With what I hear, I believe the story plot is a bit different to the book, The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. Frankly, I haven't read the book, so who cares, at least they referenced the author in the movie. Back to the plot, it was really nice. I mean really nice. It started from Eddie attempting suicide and then rewound back to how everything started. That was a good way to begin the movie. It kept me wondering why he wanted to kill himself after I'd heard the drugs made him invincible.

As I watched the first few scenes of the movie, I felt a bit comforted as a writer. His room and apartment was in a mess, but as he began taking NZT, he released being dirty wasn't healthy and sensible. That made me wake up. I came home after that movie and cleaned my room thoroughly(lol). So in a way, the movie had a bit of moral lesson.

When I got to the scene where Eddie stopped taking the pills and grew sick, I became curious to know what would happen to him. Of course I knew he wouldn't die; thanks to the beginning, but still I was curious. In my own opinion, I didn't really like the choice of character they'd chosen to act his ex-wife. I know she was ill, but come on. Then the police incident arose and I was wondering, okay would he think his way out of it? Fortunately, he did but entered into a bigger mess, as his attorney stole the NZTs.

In every movie/book there needs to be at least one climax where the MC is hooked with a huge decision to make or something of that sort. Anyway in this movie, the suicide part was the climax. I was sitting at the edge of my seat, smiling as the spirit of suspense over took me. Finally, he did the most disgusting and yet smart thing of all, which was to drink the blood of the other guy. Come to think of it, I would have done the same or even worse in that situation(LOL).

For me. the best part of the movie was at the ending. Eddie Morra wasn't on the drugs anymore. I mean, that was awesome. It nailed the cross right on the head. Nice job. i really loved it.

Okay. All done. There were some funny moments in the film. For example, when Eddie told his bodyguards to dress in different colours of suit because they weren't in the Matrix. That was really funny, or maybe it was how he said it. Again, choice of character.

What I picked out of this movie was that even though one takes the NZT doesn't mean he/she would be invincible. Eddie Morra was the only successful person who took it and remained healthy to tell the tale. In life, we shouldn't do things because of others because what works for you might not work for the other guy.

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommendation: Everyone....Really nice movie

Wow, that was a really long one. if you liked it please comment below. If you didn't, still leave a comment explaining why. Remember, all these are my opinions.

Thank you.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Looking for reviewers

I'm currently writing my third book, which to be honest is taking more time than I'd expected. O well, that's life. Also, I'm editing my first book, ICIRE: The Rebirth and looking forward to include it on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Writing has taken a huge part of my life, and I'm thankful to God for showing me the way. Right now, all I do is write and read. I'm waiting for a placement job and perhaps to travel out for the summer, but who knows. I might end up sitting at home all summer promoting my books online. Finger crossed.

To read a bit of my writings, check out the writing page here

Friday, 8 April 2011

New Book Review

My very first book review for Fast Forward: Into The Future is out. I was a bit excited, reading through the review. The reviewer's words touched me. I never saw this book in that perspective. I'm glad she liked it. Hopefully others will like the book as well. Enough story telling, I'm sure you want to read the review. The link is given below.

Thank you. and have a lovely weekend

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Bye Bye Second Year..... Time to write

It's safe to say I've finished my second year at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. I've been waiting to go on break, because I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to my writing career. (Amanda Hocking's deal. Boarder's closing most bookstores(not certain), and so many more). I can't wait to edit my first book, promote my second book and finish my third book. Indeed, summer is going to be a writing period. Can't wait!!!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...