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Book Review and Author Interview The Immortal Seeds

Imortal Seeds eBook CoverTitle: The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures

Author: Sambath Meas

Genre: Family Memoir

This is a story about a father’s dream of escaping a war-torn country in search of stability and freedom, so that his children can live and thrive.

 

Sarin Meas, who was born and grew up in a remote village in Trangel, Kampong Chhnang, drifts from one place to another in search of a purpose, and a better life. In Pailin, a small town in western Cambodia known for its richness of gemstones, he meets a poor and uneducated girl whose daily life, from dusk until dawn, is strained by hard work: selling fruits and vegetables at the local market, along with cooking, doing laundry and cleaning up after strangers and relatives whom her aunt has taken in. If she doesn’t do her chores correctly and one of them tells on her, her aunt, a woman whose mood changes like a person suffering from a split personality, hurls foul language at her and beats her with any heavy object in sight. Sarin realizes that this young woman, whom everyone calls Thach, will die if she continues to live like this. So he marries her out of compassion. His compassion turns into love. Sarin and Thach form a family.

Tragically, after fifteen years of peaceful existence and independence from France, Cambodia gets sucked into the war of idealism between the world’s super powers—America, China, and the Soviet Union—by way of the Vietnam War. Cambodian leaders and people take sides. The Khmer Republic (backed by the United States) and the Khmer Rouge (backed by China, the Soviet Union and Vietnam) fight each other acrimoniously. After five years of battle, the relentless Khmer Rouge soldiers emerge victorious. Sarin has an opportunity to escape to Thailand with his family, but chooses to remain behind out of fear of the unknown. Soon he realizes the victors don’t know how to manage the country. Fear, paranoia and revenge turn them and their supporters into a killing machine.  Sarin, through cleverness and luck, helps his family navigate the horror of communism. When a second opportunity arrives, like thousands of other surviving Cambodians, he takes the chance to venture to the unknown—to find freedom, opportunity, and a better life for his family.

The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures is not only about the continuing of a family’s life cycle; it is also about a father’s idea—a purpose—that gets passed on to his daughter. In turn she hopes to pass it on to people not only within her community but also around the world.

“King Grandfather would like to wish that your memoir The Immortal Seeds will become successful.”

—Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia

The Immortal Seeds is a story of war, love, and the unbreakable bonds of family. Touchingly told, Sambath pays homage to her family across the generations, and shares how they helped the Meases to survive the war and thrive in peace.”

—Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child

The Immortal Seeds exhibits a memoir’s emphasis on highly personalized, if not fully contextualized, experiences.”

—The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s Newspaper

So, where do I begin? The Immortal Seeds is part memoir, part family history, set against the backdrop of a political regime that is far from democratic. The communist Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia was something I’d only vaguely heard and read about in the past, but this book was a real eye-opener for me.

The author’s research is incredible, and the setting is described in a very detailed, plausible way, that makes it easy for the reader to imagine themselves being there. The strength portrayed by the people showcased in this book is phenomenal, and an inspiration to everyone.

 

Author Interview

1. Have you been writing for a long time? 

I have been writing for 13 years now.

2. What inspired you to start a writing career? 

My writing stems from me wanting to learn more about my family history, especially about my father who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He and I experienced a hostile relationship. It was so combative and toxic that we could not bear to be in the same room. He was a miserable person and he was making me miserable, too. My mother was forced to be in the middle of it all. I was sick of our fights and his soul-crushing sarcasm.  I wanted our relationship to change. But first thing first: I changed myself. I started to read self-help books. They changed my life. I became a more understanding person and wanted to find out what was wrong with my father. I started to talk to him, to ask him about his pasts, as I was reading about refugees like him who suffer from post-traumatic and sudden death syndromes. I knew we fled a war-torn country, but I never knew the details of my parents suffering and what they went through to provide for me and my sister. I asked him and my mother about it. My mother had buried it so deep that she forgot about it. As for my father, he refused to tell me. I finally manipulated him into telling me about his pasts by relaying what journalists and orphans who survived the “killing fields” of Cambodia were saying about this dark period of our history. He was mad. He thought those people either did not remember or manipulated their stories to fit their biased or ignorant narratives. He finally opened up and when he did, he would not stop. This was when I started to record my family history, research, and interview my family, friends, and relatives.

3. Is this book a stand-alone, or is it part of a series? 

It’s going to be a trilogy: the first book is about my family’s pasts; the second is going to be about me growing up in Uptown, Chicago; and the third book is going to be about my struggle to find success and happiness against all odds.

4. Which character did you enjoy writing about the most? 

I enjoy writing about my father and mother, because I learn how much they have changed as human beings.

5. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

If you want to write, do it! Don’t let fear and procrastination get in the way. Just dive into it. You’ll learn a lot along the way. The end product will make it all worth it.

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Author Interview Everything Under The Sun

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Author Interview

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 I don’t have a favorite – I have several! Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman I have admired for many years. I love Rice’s deep, descriptive style and Gaiman’s unique ideas. But I also love Paullina Simons and Cormac McCarthy – there are just so many! And, of course, there’s J.K. Rowling, but I don’t really have to name her, do I? Isn’t she everybody’s favorite by default? 😊

 

Which do you prefer: ebook, hardback or paperback?

 Definitely paperback, hands down. I have a Kindle and it’s just not the same. Hardbacks can’t be held comfortably (yes, I bend the spines! I’m totally guilty!). I can’t imagine a world without physical books. It’s depressing to imagine, actually.

 

What is your favorite type of food?

 Mexican!

 

Who is your favorite book boyfriend?

Shura. 😉

 

Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

Of course, I love to read. I also love the outdoors (hiking, swimming, biking, tennis, etc.), and binge-watching television series’.

 

Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?

 That would be THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice. It’s a book that I’ve read four or five times and the one that really inspired me to try to become a published author.

 

If the Earth suddenly became uninhabitable, would you rather live under the sea or in space?

 In space! I’m obsessed with the Universe. Besides, the thought of living in the ocean sort of terrifies me.

 

What was your favorite pastime as a kid?

 Playing in the wooded creek at my grandparents’ house in Greer’s Ferry, Arkansas.

About the Book

Title: Everything Under The Sun

Author: Jessica Redmerski

Genre: YA/NA Crossover; Dystopian

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?

 

 

Author Bio

Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.

She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.

 

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Book Review Sanctuary

Title: Sanctuary

Author: Makayla Love

Genre: Steampunk / Post-Apocalyptic

Shiloh isn’t adjusting well to her new life in Ironbridge. Life isn’t how she always imagined it would be, and every day is harder than the last. Things only get worse when a small family on their way to a settlement called “Sanctuary” shows up on Shiloh’s doorstep looking for an escort the rest of the way. But Sanctuary isn’t all its supposed to be.

When they find themselves trapped, every second becomes a fight for survival. Can they find a way out before one of them falls to a mad tyrant? Or will their little group be broken up forever?

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Review: “Sanctuary” is the second book in the Titanomachy Series. I didn’t read book one before reading this book, but I didn’t really have any trouble following the story. I do prefer to read books in order, but here it wasn’t necessary to enjoy the story.

Shiloh’s life is far from easy, and she has trouble adjusting. When a family shows up on her doorstep, asking her to escort them to a settlement named Sanctuary, Shiloh is reluctant at first. When their quest becomes a struggle for survival, Shiloh will have to learn how to rely on others in order to survive.

I don’t want to give too much away from the plot, but I do have to say that the world building stood out the most for me. It was amazing. This world is vast, rich, complex, sometimes very ugly and sometimes very beautiful. The writing was strong too, flowing from one scene into the next at just the right pace.

 

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Book Release God is Dead

About the Book

Title: One God – God is Dead

Author: Kata Mlek

Genre: Dystopian, Technothriller, Science Fiction

The final gambit. The final opponent. The final judgment.

Miran, Satia, and Flins have crushed all opposition, and Genesis dominates the market.

From a position of strength, they launch an all-out campaign to take total control of the European economy. Using everything from manufactured pop idols to underground whisper campaigns, Genesis expands into forbidden new areas, daring anyone to stand in their way.

But the old elites of Europe will only tolerate so much provocation. Setting aside their differences, they mount their most devious and merciless attack yet.

Within months, Miran is afflicted by a mysterious illness, and may be close to death. The media campaign unravels and public sentiment turns against Genesis. Legal troubles mount. And then, the kidnappings begin…

Desperate to survive, Genesis breaks an unbreakable taboo… and nothing can prevent the consequences.

The thunderous conclusion to One God rushes boldly through new and unexpected ideas, redefining the limits of a thriller. It all ends with a final twist that will have you re-reading the series to figure out exactly when Genesis made its one, fatal mistake.

Includes The Genesis Files: bonus stories, art, and dossiers that complement the main story.

Note: contains strong language and some disturbing scenes. For mature readers only.

Author Bio

KATA MLEK

UNCOMFORTABLY REAL FICTION

I began my writing career in 2012 after leaving the IT industry. In Poland, I’ve had several successful novels published by traditional publishers. In 2015, I made the decision to switch to self-publishing and start my international career.

In 2015, I published the English edition of my intense psychological thriller Absolute Sunset. This was one of the most talked-about books in Poland in 2012, and the English edition has been equally well-received.

In 2016, I published One God—a trilogy of techno-thrillers about corporate control of genetic modifications. Originally published in Polish as a single long novel, the English version was expanded and re-written to create a trilogy with lots of great new scenes.

Now I’m working on another psychological thriller, a brand-new story written directly in English for my English readers.

All of my books cross genres—I like to experiment with different styles to create the effect I want, and to give my readers a unique experience. My Polish background gives me a different perspective and makes my writing fresh, although I feel it’s still accessible—inside we’re all the same, after all.

You can read my free short stories, get writing tips, and catch up with me on my blog at katamlek.com. If you like my work, you can become my patron on Patreon and get future books for free. And of course, you can find me on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Promo Post Vision: Seeing is Achieving

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About the Book

Title: Vision Seeing is Achieving

Author: Allan Sealy

Genre: Self-help, Spirituality

Each of us needs to have vision. Not the vision that is seen through our eyes but that which is revealed in our hearts. The vision of your heart will enable you see pass the limitations of time, revealing to you a future that only you can create. The vision of your heart will reveal your true potential and power. The vision of your heart will elevate your mind and expand your thinking so that you would truly believe that all things are possible. We were all created on purpose for a purpose. Your parents cannot assign purpose to you. You must discover this yourself. However, the clues to your purpose are not hard to find. They are hidden in plain sight! It is only for you recognize that what you see in your heart is not a pipe dream but a window into your future and a revelation of your purpose.

This book was written to help you realize your purpose and your destiny by enabling you to:

  • Understand who really you are,
  • Discover your passion
  • Understand the significance of your vision
  • Discover your creative power
  • Manifest your vision
  • Unleash your awesome potential.

This book will inspire you to believe in your dreams and hang

Author Bio

Born in London’s East End, Allan Sealy began his career in the creative industries of fashion and design before going on to start Ministry In Art (MIA), a conglomerate that use creative and inspirational media to give it’s customers the winning edge. With over 17 years combined experience, MIA has serviced a worldclass mix of authors, coaches, motivational speakers, artists, filmmakers, and thought leaders. MIA is also the marketing force behind the UK’s biggest gospel concerts, featuring the likes of Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton and many more.

Over the past 2 years, Allan positioned himself in the success and personal development arena, with the formation of Life and Success Media (LS). Under the LS brand, Allan seeks to utilize his media and marketing experience to promote and advance the profile of life coaches, authors, thought leaders and success-experts worldwide. Spearheading this brand is MVP-Life – a popular online magazine that presents critical insights, strategies and the very best ideas from field leaders, success technicians and captains of industry. MVP-Life aims to be a key resource for achieving outstanding success in all areas of life. MVP-Life can be seen in e-zine format at mvplife.com.

Allan Sealy’s passion for excellence and the success of other people is reflected in everything he achieves. As a trained life coach, prolific author, and inspirational speaker, his teachings on life mastery has become the focal point of his published books and magazines, empowering many to renew their thinking and making positive change to their lives. His book ‘Wisdom Brings Success’ serves as an effective tool in communicating success principles and key life lessons that unleash the unlimited potential within each and everyone of us. Allan seeks to inform readers of their innate ability to influence the outcome of any situation, and create their own human success story. A man on a mission, Allan Sealy is shaping the international concept of what is possible to achieve in one’s life by recognizing their inner genius, creative power and immense value. He also conducts Wisdom Brings Success Seminars, where many have been impacted by his eloquent, yet passionate delivery of practical wisdom and strategies for success.

In addition to being trailblazing businessman, Allan Sealy is an inspirational leader who relentlessly demonstrates strong cultural sensitivity, with a commitment to driving change in the perceptions, attitudes and disabling self-limiting beliefs of those he addresses. He has empowered people of all ages and enabled them to maximise their potential and discover their purpose. Overall, the resulting impact has positively influenced their lives, their families, their communities and beyond.

Personal Site

www.allansealy.com

Business Sites

www.lifeandsuccessmedia.com

www.mvpmag.com

www.miadesign.com

www.abookinsideyou.com

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Author Interview Lalin Bonheur

Have you been writing for a long time?

I remember writing a poem about my cat, Prince, in sixth grade. That was a very long time ago!  Many poems and short stories later I won a fiction award from a literary magazine, Flyway, published at Iowa State University. It was the first money I’d ever earned for writing. The story was also nominated for a Pushcart prize. I was thrilled. Shortly after that I realized that novels would be easier to publish. Long story short, I began to take writing more seriously about fifteen years ago.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Well, as I mentioned, the short story award gave me hope and encouragement to continue. Not that many people read literary magazines, unfortunately. People I know read novels. In the early 2000s I started my first novel. That book, a science-fiction piece, is one I hope to get back to eventually. Lalin Bonheur happens to be my third book, but the first one to be published by a small publisher, Freya’s Bower.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

Currently I am working on a sequel– continuing the mystery/romance. My character, Lalin, has a number of ominous loose ends to unravel. The loup garou from the first novel still roam the New Orleans French Quarter. Another character from the past comes back to haunt the couple. Etienne, Lalin’s lover/protector, is pursued by another woman, and the threats from the bayou country are joined by a new menace from the continent of Europe.

Why did you choose this genre?

Originally I wanted to write literary fiction, but my stories always had gothic elements. My award-winning story is laced with voudou and magical realism. After receiving the financial award, I decided to move into genre writing. I’ve always loved science fiction and fantasy, so I thought why not write a paranormal mystery/romance. I guess I feel like this genre has a larger base of readers. I hope that’s true!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes, I do. I’ve talked to a number of people who say they have a story idea, and sometimes they will describe a whole novel in detail. Many of them write a page or two, but never pursue it. My advice is WRITE every day! Discipline’s the key– without that you never get past the first page.

About the Book

Title: Lalin Bonheur

Author: Margaret O. Howard

Genre: Paranormal Mystery / Romance

When Lalin Bonheur shape shifts, she roams the Vieux Carre as a sleek tuxedo cat to learn the secrets of her city.

But on her debut at a Quadroon Ball in 1830 this octoroon beauty meets and falls in love with French aristocrat, Etienne Legendre. Etienne becomes her protector and he soon learns that his mistress leads a second life as a healer and voudou priestess.

Their story takes a bizarre turn after Lalin’s protector marries. His wife, Minette, dies mysteriously and he is charged with murder. Lalin concocts a zombie potion to assist him in his escape from jail.

The couple sail upriver to hide until they can prove his innocence. But their struggles only become more challenging, when they face the fearsome loup-garou (wolf men of Louisiana) and then a giant bird. Lalin must use her magic to battle these monsters. But it’s what she learns about the vicious feathered creature that brings the story to its climax.

Author Bio

Margaret O. Howard is a writer and former dancer, who grew up in the Deep South and currently walks the gulf beaches of Florida every morning, She adores her two sons, three rescue cats, cool weather, travel, photography, ballet, books, and mermaids. Her novel, Lalin Bonheur, is set in the city of voudou queens, New Orleans. You can visit her at margaretohoward.wordpress,com, Margaret Howard Trammell on Facebook, or @howardomargaret on Twitter.

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Cover Reveal Vehn

About the Book

Title: Vehn

Author: LS Anders

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Vehn Mathieu possesses one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. He has everything money can buy, but there’s a huge piece missing from his exceptional life that can’t be bought – a soulmate. He longs to find a woman who wants the man behind the persona, a woman who can see beyond the façade. When he finally finds the one, she is completely unaware of his true identity. Will she be able to come to grips with his celebrity and love the man behind the name?

Callie Mackenzie is well-known in her own little niche. Her beauty, talent, and radiant personality hide the dark, jagged scars of her past that threaten to extinguish the light of her future. Her seemingly iron-clad armor can barely protect the fractured soul of the woman beneath as she fights a daily battle to preserve the happiness she has strived so hard to achieve. Finished with abusive men, she prefers to daydream about the one she thinks she’ll never meet. But when Callie’s fantasy becomes her reality, how will she slay her own demons to be with him?

Vehn and Callie together.

When forces outside their control threaten to destroy their fragile new bond, Vehn and Callie come face to face with her deep-rooted insecurities. Their chemistry is unshakable, but is their untried relationship strong enough to endure the hardships of his fame and her past? Is the reward of being together worth the price each must pay to keep their one true love?

Author Bio

Hello fellow romance-aholics!

As many of us do, I read to give myself a break from the daily grind and there’s no better way to do that than to get lost inside a juicy romance novel when you’re feeling overworked or overstressed.

I’m a wearer of many hats. I’m a wife, a mother, a female firefighter, a reader and lover of all things romance, an avid daydreamer, and a new author to the contemporary romance genre.

Vehn is the first in the Exotic Ink Book Series and will be available on Amazon in March 2017! Books to soon follow will be Tegan and Jake.

I hope you enjoy reading my series as much as I’ve enjoyed bring these characters to life.

L.S. Anders

Links

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ExoticInkBooks
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/LSAndersBooks
Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/lsandersink/
Website- https://exoticinkbooks.blogspot.com/
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43611545-ls-anders

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