Saturday, October 29, 2022

Author's Interview with Brandon Hill

Let's start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
"Brandon Hill" is my pen name. I live in south Louisiana, and have been an avid reader and writer of sci-fi and fantasy
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
Interestingly enough, it was originally from a dream I had, where I saw this massive map of a world where the northern hemisphere consisted of fertile valleys surrounded by impassible mountains, watered by the melting snow from the polar ice caps, and the remainder of the world being endless desert. After a while, I came up with characters inhabiting this world, developing the Desert Tribes from my love of Frank Herbert's Dune series, and the Naga race from my love of "monster girl" anime. But for this, I toned down the sexual overtones found in the anime
3. What is the book all about?
A spoiled prince of the Desert Tribes does something incredibly stupid, for which his father, the King of the Fire Mountain Tribe, exiles him to the subterranean "Gray Lands" where the only other abundant source of water exists outside the polar ice caps which are controlled by the Plenteous Lands kingdoms in the north, and which the Desert Tribes lack the technology to efficiently extract from the south. The Naga, who inhabit the Gray Lands have formed a pact with the Desert Tribes, wherein food and supplies are traded for use of their abundant water in the Rite of Tribute, and once every 200 years, the Rite of Flesh Tribute is invoked, wherein humans of the Desert Tribes send their people to the Gray Lands as mates for the Naga. These humans are never seen again, and no one in the Desert Tribes cares, as most are nonviolent convicts. But the King of the Fire Mountain Tribe brokers a deal with the Naga high King to limit his sentence in the Gray Lands to three years, where he will be the de facto husband of the blind Naga high princess. And so, cast into a detestable situation, and with the discovery of a link to the past that the Desert Tribes' enemies can use to destroy both his world and the world of the Naga, the prince must learn to become the mature, responsible man he has the potential to be and find true love with the princess.
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
Though the story has more sci-fi elements to its makings, it still involves fantasy creatures in a fantasy world, so I categorized it as fantasy.
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
That's an interesting tale. Originally, I worked on the story for about a year to a year and a half, updating it on my DeviantArt portfolio. I gained a lot of readers, but at one point, I burned out, unsure of which direction to take the story. And so I put it on the back burner. It had to be around 4 or 5 years before I picked it up again. After this, it took me about another year and a half to finish it, so about 3 years total, not including the part where I let it go fallow.
6. What makes your Book Special?
I believe that the story of an initially unlikable main character who slowly becomes someone whom the reader grows to love will be the biggest attraction, as well as a breath of fresh air for those tired of tropes used in the same way. Second, I chose to use Naga, a somewhat rarely-used creature of Indian myth, which I think gives a unique spin on the fantastical elements.
7. When is your second book coming?
Unfortunately, this particular book is a standalone, but I have had ideas of other adventures in this world, through characters connected to the prince and princess. But I do have many other books written --some as parts of a series. If this book has piqued your curiosity for more of my work, check those out on my Amazon author page!
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
Fortunately, I have never gotten writer's block. And I believe that any writer who properly prepares his/her story will not have to worry about such a thing. My advice is to put together a good outline as a guideline to your work. It will be a great help in putting you in the right direction and constructing the story with little to impede your progress.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I love to draw (usually characters and things from my story ideas). I also love anime and manga, and I have begun amassing a sizeable collection of board games, which I play with my friends.
10. Last but not least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
Relaxed. I don't mind bearing my soul for others to understand me as a writer.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Authors Interview with Kapil Dabur.

First, before we move forward with our Authors Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
I did my MBA from IIM Bangalore in 2003-05. Post that I worked for 15 years in blue chip firms like Airtel, Reebok, Vodafone and Homelane. Also incubated a startup. After publishing my first book in 2019, I moved full time into writing in 2021. I have a son, Nikhil, who is 9 years old.

2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
I have been an avid reader of Mythological fiction. Retelling of our glorious past really excites me. This is my second attempt to write a book in this Genre.

3. What is the book all about?
This book is about Lord Krishna and his evolution as one of the most revered and loved God in Hindu Mythology. I have tried to add a new dimension in to this journey.

4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
I have been an avid reader of Mythological fiction. Retelling of our glorious past really excites me.

5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
About an year that excludes the publication process.

6. What makes your Book Special?
Well, that is for the reader to experience if he really finds the concept exciting. I gave my best effort in coming up with this book.

7. When is your second book coming?
I have already stated work on my fourth book and it should be ready in next 9-12 months.

8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
In my experience, choosing the right genre is the most important thing. One should be really excited about it. Second, one should create the complete concept first , right till the very end, before starting to write.

9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I am a very active stock market participant and an avid traveler.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
I feel very good sharing my thoughts with my readers through your platform. Thanks for this opportunity.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Tribute King by Brandon Hill.


 About Book: 

For the desert tribes, the only abundant source of water aside from the holdings of their mortal enemies in the north, is the subterranean Gray Lands, inhabited by the half-serpent Naga, to whom the tribes pay annual tribute for use of the precious resource. But every two centuries, the Right of Flesh is invoked: the provision of human mates for the Naga. The Law of Tribute is sacrosanct, and those who make the trip to the Gray Lands are never seen again.

Special exception has been made for the spoiled Prince Voran of Fire Mountain. Prone to boorish recklessness and arrogance, a singular farce too far runs him afoul of his father, who exiles the foolish Prince from his opulent desert Citadel to the water-rich Gray Lands as part of the Flesh Tribute. Rather than a life sentence, his father brokers a deal with the Naga High King to a tenure of three years in that sunless kingdom as the husband of Salgani, the blind Naga High Princess. Trapped in a detestable situation, Voran is faced with the consequences of his wasted life, and the decisions that come with it. Will he hold on to his immaturity, or become the truly noble prince that he was meant to be, and find love with the shrewd princess, in time to save his world from a sleeping threat that his enemies, in their hatred, would use to destroy everything?

My Take: 

The Tribute King is the first book I have read written by the author Brandon Hill and it has felt me speechless and astonished at the same time. 

The story starts with the prologue, which I personally found helpful, as it gave us a quick backstory without a stretch and was perfectly written to capture the reader's attention, by the end of the prologue, I was curious and eager to begin the story. 
 
What will you do if you are the mischievous prince, the heir of the king, who sends you into distant land that not only seems alien but also has people who are half human and half snake; and expects you to marry their princess and maintain the honor. What will you do next?

The storyline is unique and something I have never read before. As the story moved ahead it becomes more intriguing and impressive. 

The highlight of the book apart from the storyline is the unique characters and the writing style of the author, the unique and memorable characters, and their personality blend perfectly in the story, the aura, and soul of every character was different yet it was described effortlessly. 

The author Brandon Hill is a skilled writer and you can see that in his writing, every chapter, every scene, every description, every dialogue, every feeling, every sentence, I could imagine everything as it was written with accuracy. At one point it also felt like I was watching a Tv series as it has a smooth flow and is easy to imagine. 

Also, I think this story has the potential to become a popular TV Series, I m sure it will become an instant hit and it already seems an award-winning story to me. 

Overall highly recommended. I m already a fan of the author. So click here and read now, a story that will blow your mind in the book The Tribute King written by Brandon Hill.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Krishna Series - The Beginning by Kapil Dabur

About Book: 

A prodigy child is born amidst the reign of chaos and terror. A series of mysterious events challenge the most sacred laws in the Mahajanapads. The laws laid down by the Great Lord Rudra himself. Kansa, the dreadful king of Mathura and his uncle Jarasandh are determined to avenge the disrespect meted out to their mighty lord.

This is the tale of an epic battle between Maharishi Vishvamitra and Saptrishi Vashisth.

This is the tale of a child, his endurance, his love for the mankind, his blossoming into the most loving Avatar that ever came on Earth.

About the Author: An MBA from IIM Bangalore, Kapil has deep rooted interests in mythology. Having worked in the corporate world for almost 16 years, he finally decided to pursue his passion for Writing. This is his third novel. Previous ones being Unusual choices and The Signet Ring.

Apart from his passion for writing, he also has a keen interest in Stock markets.

May Take:

Krishna series – The beginning is the first book in the series written by the author, Kapil Dabur, and must say this start of something Big. 

Before starting the book, the author has written a disclaimer stating this book is a work of pure fiction, I swear if I would have not read this page, I would have really believed everything in this story is based on true events.

I really loved reading this book. I am a spiritual person and reading this book bought me inner calmness that I cannot explain. I wonder what must have inspired the author Kapil, to write such a captivating and unforgettable story. 

The author Kapil has shown his creativity, originality, and penmanship skills through this book, and as the story moved ahead, the intensity and level of writing increased. The way the author has used and played with the words and sentences is quite persuasive and applauding. I love reading every single page of this book and can’t wait for his next book.

I would also like to point out or make it clear that this book is not just for one religion, anyone who is not aware of Hindu gods can also read this and enjoy the magical and amazing story.

Overall an incredible and amazing book, so click here to read now and feel the chills in your bones by asking, “what is the task that Vashisth is talking about.” in the Book Krishna Series - The Beginning written by Kapil Dabur.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Time of the day by Sumant Barooah.

About Book:

As you flow out of your sleeping slumber, reacting to the alarm, mother’s call or admonition or the internal clock asserting the need to wake up, unrelated to the ‘time of the day’ you tend to clutch onto your pillow and wander to lands or occasions, as to where you would ideally wish to be! That very moment with odour hanging in the air, of the place, the person, the time of the day or the season!

A wishful longing, you dig into your cushion of comfort, fleetingly travelling to your loved memory or imagination for the evanescent moment! Every ‘time of the day’ has a memory, sometimes wistful.

May take :

Time of the day is the new book that I have recently read and nothing is better than enjoying the book written by author Sumanth Barooah who is well known for his detailed writing and vivid imagination.

The book is a short read and has a collection of short stories that are based on different beautiful locations and different times of the day. I really liked the places the author used and has written with detailed descriptions which indeed took me to that place, and made me imagine as the story moved ahead.

A lucid and must-read book. I think in this busy world lengthy books take forever to get finished, and reading short stories written by Sumant, is my all-time favorite thing to do.

Overall must read and is highly recommended. Click here to read and feel the moment now in the book Time of the day written by Sumanth.

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90 years since Robert S. Williams By tony Williams.

About book:

90 years since his death, the writings and efforts of Dr. Bishop Robert S. Williams, DD, LLD, can still be seen today. From fraternal organizations to racial equality, Dr. Bishop Williams was a trailblazer in his time. His writings were prolific and can be found in books, newspapers and other publications of his era. He remains a shining star in the examples of the Reconstruction Era African American leaders.

About Author:

Tony graduated Huntington High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2001, before joining the U.S. Army. He went on to earn his Associates Degree in Biblical Studies in 2015 while stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Later he completed his Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Gerontology (2015), and his Master of Arts in Health Care Administrations (2018) with Ashford University’s College of Health, Human Services, and Science. His continuing education includes three courses with Harvard University’s Medical School (2019-20), two courses with Yale University’s School of Medicine (2020), and one course with The John Hopkins University (2020).

He is currently a student in Liberty University’s Graduate School where he is a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) student (2020-24). He has been married with his wife since 2008 and they have three beautiful children.

My Take:

90 years since Robert S. Williams is the new book I have read by author Tony Willians and as usual, he is back with an intriguing and full of-facts book.

A unique and powerful book. Heartfelt and full of knowledge, this book will show an era that we can only imagine. The book is about Bishop Williams and the difference he made for African American community, from the difference in education for minorities to leading in every field. We are aware of how difficult life was for African Americans and this book will tell you now just how different it was.

This is a short read but an interesting book with images from the past giving us a history lesson. This book is a fact-based book with pictures which is my favorite part. The author has done a great deal of research for this book and you will find this interesting and unique once you start reading.

Overall a quick and historical book of facts. So click here and read more The book 90 years since Robert S. Williams written by Tony Williams. '

Friday, October 14, 2022

Author's Interview with Fasihur Rahman.


First, before we move forward with our Authors Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
I was born and brought up in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, and was educated in India, U.K., and Canada. I have worked in varied nature of fields (marketing, industrial development, and assignments related to environmental science). I have written in newspapers from India (The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Hindustan Times, The Statesman); Canada (Toronto Star, The Telegram, The Independence); United Arab Emirates (Khaleej Times). I spend my time in India, Canada, and the U.S.
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
Thank you so much. I noticed brazen discrepancies in media reporting on the life and time of Ziaur Rahman Ansari, for example, two leading English dailies once reported as if Mr. Ansari lived at Tughlaq Road, New Delhi; though he never lived at Tughlaq Road. For nearly a decade, he lived at 9 Akbar Road, New Delhi, and for about two years at 2 Janpath Road. One cannot say that Oxford Street and Regent Street of London are the same despite being connected. Someone has described media reporting as a history written in haste. Perhaps true considering the time constraints of the reporters. often, they have no time for facts checking. But what intrigued me the most is that even editorials of prominent national English dailies often did not quote Mr. Ansari’s name correctly. While every individual has the right to his or her perception, judgment, and preconceived notion, it is also the public right to know a factual account of an individual who has contributed to public life. And so, it was an attempt to set the record straight so that future generations know the difference between facts and fiction.

3. What is the book all about?
Based on the hard facts, documents, opinions, and observations collected from a wide range of sources, Wings of Destiny: Ziaur Rahman Ansari - A Life offers an insight into the life of Ziaur Rahman Ansari (1925-1992), who served as Union minister in the council of ministers of two Indian Prime Ministers – Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The book traces Ziaur Rahman’s political journey spanning nearly three decades and provides a historical account of pre and post-independence India. The book provides a comprehensive historical account of lesser-known facts about the 1857 Mutiny. Some of the epoch-making movements – Khilafat, Non-Cooperation, Mappilas uprising in South India, and Momin Conference and their contribution to the freedom movement have been discussed. The book also includes a comprehensive chapter on the Supreme Court judgment on the Shah Bano case including excerpts from Ziaur Rahman’s speech in the Lok Sabha on the judgment. It was the longest speech of his political career and also one of the longest speeches in the Parliamentary history of India.
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
Although I have never been a student of history, I love history as it provides a sense of how a country, culture, and civilization evolved. Since I was aware of the political upheavals of the 1960s to 1990s and often notice incorrect reporting in the published media, I thought to do some fact-finding on the life and time of Mr. Ansari.

5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
The initial planning and research took me over a year because there was no published information on the life of Ziaur Rahman Ansari and his father who was also a freedom fighter. Another hurdle was that there were very few contemporaries who were alive and willing to share light on the life of Mr. Ansari. It required gathering information on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results from 1946 to 1969, and parliamentary elections from 1971 to 1991. In addition to that parliamentary proceedings were also important to gather excerpts from the selected speeches of Mr. Ansari. Interviews with family members, relatives, friends, and political persons known to him were also vital for writing this book. Since the book covers pre and post-independence history, it required me to read several books by noted historians. The manuscript of this book has been completed in several locales of three countries – India, the USA, and Canada. India (Zakir Bagh, New Delhi; India Habitat Centre Library, New Delhi; Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. USA (Indian Run Drive, Canfield, OH; Youngstown State University library, Youngstown, OH; Justin Terrace, Fremont, CA; Michael Drive, Campbell, CA). Canada (Markham Court, Kelowna, BC; Yates Road, Kelowna, BC; University of British Columbia library, Kelowna, BC)
6. What makes your Book Special?
Probably I am not the right person to answer this question. Nevertheless, I feel that those who are interested in the pre and post-independence history of India will find the book revealing especially to learn some little-known facts. While searching for the literature relevant to this book, I came across a rare book written by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar or Veer Savarkar (1883-1966) from the online archive of the University of Columbia library, New York. In a country where political parties are immersed in dividing the public in the name of caste and religion to gain political mileage, it will be an eye opener for the readers to learn from the excerpts of Savarkar’s writings. Savarkar, former president of the Hindu Mahasabha, in his book The Indian War of Independence 1857, published anonymously in 1909 from London, provides a candid account of Hindu-Muslim unity, trust, and cooperation during the Indian rebellion against the British establishment. Azimullah Khan, a close confidant of Nana Sahib, figures admiringly in the work of Savarkar. Savarkar writes: “….Of the important characters in the Revolutionary War of 1857, the name of Azimullah Khan is one of the most memorable. Among the keen intellects and grand minds that first conceived the idea of the War of Independence, Azimullah must be given a prominent place”. The Supreme Court judgment on the Shah Bano case remains one of the most debated issues in various forums - media, academic journals, books, and among the political fraternity. The book presents various perspectives on the judgment and includes views of legal experts, judges, media, academia, and political fraternity from different parties.
7. When is your second book coming?
Hopefully at the end of 2024, if I am alive.
8. While writing did you get any writers block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing a writer's block?
Yes, I did get writer’s block while struggling to retrieve relevant information from government offices/institutions by sending RTIs and waiting for the response. Since this is my debut book, I am not sure if I am a qualified person to give advice to others who are facing writer’s block. But with my own experience, all I can say is that one should be consistent and patient while taking up a writing project. Like any other job, it requires you to devote time.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
Painting has been my greatest passion since the age of 6 or 7. Though I have not been consistent in carrying on this pursuit despite the continued insistence of my wife, the desire to return to painting has not dimmed yet. In fact, I have participated in several group shows in India and also a group show in Canada.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
I am delighted and grateful to have been given this opportunity. I hope I have provided some value through my answers.

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