The Ouiums Journey (Author Interview)

  




 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08H25DHVG

The Ouiums Journey looks like an exciting story. Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes! I am currently working on The Ouiums Journey: The Rise which is the 2nd installment in the series. Originally, it was a standalone, but it developed into more. I have another side project which is writing a collection of short stories including Esa, Estelle, Kaspar and Skylar and their lives prior to the events in Hell Broke Loose.

 

What can you tell us about Esa Blyth, the main character?        

Esa is a wise witch beyond his time who suffered a great loss because of his actions. He had to learn the hard way and his journey shows that and him growing into his new powers. Guilt is a heavy emotion to carry, but he is strong and takes it in his stride. All he wants is for people like him, Ouiums, to be safe in the world and free from discrimination.

 

That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it?

The cover concepts at the start were quite different to what it is now, originally, it was Esa and Thegon fighting in the realms of Hell. Instead, I included the main protagonists of the story with Thegon looming over them to show his power and colossal size. I loved how it turned out and it fits with the themes of the story.

 

How did you come up with the story in The Ouiums Journey?

I was sitting at my desk wondering how I could add a spin on witches, but more specially how their magic worked. Generally, in the fantasy genre, they are born or bestowed with energy to cast spells and must follow the rules of nature. I decided what if they had to break these rules against their will and ‘steal’ it from their surroundings. From there, I developed my main character, Esa Blyth and added a spice of dark magic, hell, and chaos into his character. After that coming up with the story, which was a challenge, but with hard work I created something I fell in love with.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Ouiums Journey?

This was my debut novel; it came with a lot of challenges, but rewriting and self-editing was challenging for me as I had little experience authoring a story of this size, but in the end, I produced a manuscript I loved. I love the characters and the growth that happens during the story.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Northern Ireland and currently live there. I am studying applied science with the hopes of going into medicine.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work? 

I only have one novel out and one coming out in the next few months. My audience and keep with my work on Discord which is a social media platform. You can contact me directly by adding me via my tag or joining my Discord server.

My tag is: @𝓓𝔂𝓵𝓪𝓷#6666

The server invite is: https://discord.gg/bhBeVWAn7J

Year 2059 (Author Interview)

  



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XG6TS5P/


Year 2059 looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about this alien virus?

The virus has trans-mutative abilities, capable of zombefying people.

 

How long did it take you to write Year 2059?

About 14 weeks.

 

What inspired you when writing Year 2059?

The resilience of the human condition and the will to survive come what may.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

The desire to fashion out what is the semblance of truth, through storytelling.

 

How did you come up with the story in Year 2059?

I'd say the story quite unfolded itself along the way, given the circumstances of the world right now (the pandemic) and the possible reaction of humanity when backed into a corner.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Year 2059?

Specifics did come off as being somewhat challenging; particularly given that a futuristic theme was being dealt with.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Reading the works of great and emerging authors alike, sharpening my writing skills.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

·         Twitter: NaifAlruwaili2

·         FB: Naif Book

·         IG: Booknaif

·         Tiktok: naifbooks

       Email: Naif@naifbooks.com

       Website: www.naifbooks.com


·         Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B08XKD69PK

Dellia (The Ever-Branching Tree)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1645710009/

Dellia is an epic high-fantasy romance about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. It blends alternate worlds, action, adventure, and dire peril, with political intrigue, a generous dollop of romance, and a pinch of humor.

All Jon ever yearned for was a simple life with few responsibilities and someone to share it with. In the middle of an ordinary day, a shattering accident rips him from his uncomplicated life and plunges him into a baffling world that defies the physical laws he knows so well. Stuck in a world of impossible phenomena, terrifying creatures, and mystifying prophecies, his only hope of returning home is a harrowing journey that would propel him through three distinct realms.

But his arrival has not gone unnoticed. Suspicious of the circumstances of his appearance, a jittery ruling council requires someone to investigate. So they send the one warrior best suited to the job: the dedicated and compassionate Dellia. She lives to help people. It is what gives her life purpose and meaning, but as a protector, her duty binds her with an unshakable devotion to the council.

Dellia’s heart calls her to give the desperate Jon whatever aid he requires. Yet, how can she when every step walks a knifes edge between her own deeply held convictions and a nervous ruling council determined to see him as a threat?

Lost and alone in a vast world with no food or water and his all his technology broken, Jon is in dire need of help. Skilled and knowledgeable, Dellia is just the help he needs, if only he can keep from falling for the one woman whose duty might compel her to stop him.

Legend of the Dragon Runes (Author Interview)

 



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TMVDZSL

Heroes of Atlantis looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Roeg?

Roeg is one of two protagonists in the story. The other is Sephonei. Lets start with Roeg, who is an orphan boy, abandoned by his mother as a child, because she stole a powerful Dragon Rune from the Archmagus of Atlantis.

Sephonei is a Rune Hunter, pressed into service by the Archmagus to find another, more powerful Dragon Rune on the Mainland.

The book follows both stories and the only question is when do they intertwine?

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes. From the start, this is planned as a six-book series. The second book is called Heroes of Atlantis: Legend of the Fire Dragon and is almost complete, coming out mid 2021.

This series is written and illustrated by me, so you can bet that the amazing, legendary creatures, like Ork’s, Peryton’s and all other kinds of mythical creatures will get reimagined as I draw them.

 

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Thanks. As well as illustrating the book, I take great pride in developing my own book covers. This one in particular was tricky because I struggled to get it just right, and designed over fifteen ‘draft’ covers before landing on this one.

Everything has significance, like the moon, the nightprowl’r’s (another legendary creature in the book), Roeg’s hand, and even his broken spear. (You’ll have to read to find out why!)

 

What inspired you when writing Heroes of Atlantis?   

I wrote Firestone: The Dragon’s Blood Prophecy in 2018-19, and released it, and actually, the audiobook is doing quite well on audible, but, Heroes of Atlantis, is a total re-write of that series.

Firestone, was my first novel ever published and although it received really good reviews, I wasn’t happy with the story, so, I reimagined it, renamed it, and changed the entire story to be much richer.

If you like Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus, you’ll love Heroes of Atlantis. Think of Heroes of Atlantis like a mash-up between Riordan and Tolkien.

Not That Rich (Author Interview)


 https://amzn.to/39fKkE3

Not THAT Rich looks like an exciting story.  Compared to Gossip Girl and Crazy Rich Asians, what can you tell us a little about it?

I wrote Not THAT Rich through the lens of being the book that I wish I had as a high schooler. Growing up, there wasn’t much Asian American representation in pop culture, and even when there was an Asian American actor on TV or in a book, I felt like it didn’t reflect my own experience of being a second-generation daughter of Chinese immigrants. I wanted to write a book that encompassed the glitz and glam I sought out in books growing up (like Gossip Girl and The Clique) but also gave readers a glimpse into the diversity of perspectives and experiences that can be found in the world of being Asian American (like Crazy Rich Asians to a certain extent, despite being set in Singapore).

Most importantly, I wanted the book to be fun. Young adults already have so much on their minds these days from juggling family, friends, education, and just being a teenager. The heaviness cast on 2020 by the pandemic and political turmoil made it even more important for me to write a lighthearted and juicy book that helped readers escape into a satirical world. It ultimately became a delicate balance of being a cerebral read while also still drawing out reflections about identity, motivations, and consequences.

 

Congratulations on making it as a #1 New Release on Amazon.  What about the book do you think makes it such a big hit?

This is a tough question because I wish I knew as well, then I can make it an even bigger hit *laughs*. I think everyone has their own reason for liking the book but what I’ve heard the most often is that despite how “extra” and dramatic some characters and scenes are – the book is relatable. The emotions, cultural adversities, familial tension, miscommunications in friendship, and educational pressures all strike a chord in the reader in some way or another. 


What inspired you when writing Not THAT Rich?   

Not THAT Rich is inspired by a lot of stories, scenery, people and experiences that I witnessed growing up in an Asian American suburban bubble. There are parts of the book that are exaggerated (like having a $2 million dollar teddy bear, which is only found in a museum in South Korea), but the intense drive for monetary and educational success, the struggles of managing a multicultural identity, and the awkwardness of young love are all things I either experienced or saw firsthand in my own life.

 

There are quite a few characters in your book with different backgrounds and perspectives. Can you tell us a little bit about them?

Because my book is arranged in chapters with alternating perspectives of characters from the elite private high school, Winchester High, it might be easier to go down the list of them one-by-one:

 

Hunter Wang – He’s the popular and athletic overachiever who has a bullseye target on getting into Stanford. Tall, handsome, and smart, he’s also dating the most popular girl on campus – Sierra Jones. His obsession with college admissions drives him to take actions that cause many regrets in Not THAT Rich.

Trisha Wang – The goody two shoes perfectionist who has a massive crush on the new kid, Ray Martinez. She’s the younger sister of Hunter and while more practical than him in love, she struggles to maintain her straining friendship with her best friend, Pamela Shah.

Liberty Bound (Publication Review)

 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087YXKKT3/

Liberty Bound by Nathaniel M Wrey

HUGEOrange Publication Review and winner of the Editor’s Pick Award

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

I love future apocalyptic sci-fi and Liberty Bound does a great job of getting me out of my everyday life and into a decimated world set thousands of years in the future with few people and resources. Finbarl, the main character, is well rounded and someone the reader can get behind.  If you enjoy books by George Orwell or Phillip K Dick, this would be the perfect addition to your favorites.  

The characters are sinister and the author adds the appropriate tension and ambiance to their dialog and settings.

“Definitely, Wardyn!” declared Finbarl.

“Good,” said Hradbar, the one word demonstrating another difference between himself and his father. “The accused’s name is Aminatra-gula. I believe you met her this morning?”

Finbarl’s heart and mouth dropped as one, as all those around the table grinned at their fait accompli.

“Excellent!” said Governor Elbar.

 

It’s not long before Finbarl is thrown into adventure and although there are some slow scenes, they do well to build the tension and world around Finbarl, who protects the last city, Athenia, from a group of creatures hellbent on the city’s destruction.  

 

As with many great science fiction books, there is a reflection on the modern world and hidden nods to today throughout.  It’s brilliant and the author does well keeping the reader guessing and flipping the story throughout.  

 

It’s a unique and creative world.  Rich with everything you would want from a science fiction dystopian book. No spoilers, but as of the writing of this review, there isn’t a sequel, but the book leaves that door open while providing a solid ending.  

 

If you enjoy books that question freedom with in-depth sci-fi adventure and excellent writing, check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.  

Blackmark (The Kingsmen Chronicles #1): An Epic Fantasy Adventure

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D6SPARK/

A nation's elite warriors vanished. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War flamed by a shadowy magical cabal.


And the five friends who can stop it, banished.


Accused of treason, Kingsman Elohl seeks the truth of a betrayal that caused his people to disappear a decade ago. Now, he must give everything to shatter a hidden sect that usurps power from the throne.

Nations burn and kings are brought to their knees in this dark and gritty sword and sorcery series from Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson.

A #1 Amazon bestselling series in Epic Fantasy and Adventure Fantasy, The Kingsmen Chronicles is a complex world of treachery, passion, and magic.

Readers who enjoy Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, or Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive will love this fantastic adventure.

The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

 



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0064599HK/

 Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards

2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards

THE WHIP is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

Chrysalis - A Fantasy LitRPG (Beast Realms Book 1)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F3W7DF9/

With regenerative abilities, a badass tail and the potential to evolve his body, how could Art resist choosing a lizard man as his avatar? All’s well until he accidentally joins forces with an acid-spitting, enemy-consuming shadow-bound grub, causing his light-bound guild members turn against him, and a deadly fire mage to wage a vendetta against him.

Venturing through enchanted forests, into mage enclaves atop ice-capped mountains, through thief-ridden sewers and into ancient temples, Art must defeat the Legendary Beasts and claim their gems of power before his enemies can stop him.

With the odds stacked against him, it’s time for Art to undergo some dangerous and unique training.

It’s time for him to evolve!

The Game With No Name (JITTERS Book 2) (Publication Review)




The Game With No Name
L.G. Cunningham
HUGEOrange Publication Review and Editor’s Pick Award Winner for 2020

One of the better middle grade/young adult novels I have read in a long time.  The author is a master at a spooky thrill ride like those seen in classics such as Goosebumps.
It’s a good mix of fun and scares, creative and brings along some unique twists.  While it’s age-appropriate and perfect for middle grade and up, many adults would also relate and love it. 
If you have a kid that loves an adventure book with some fun and scary scenes or are an adult that just loves well written spooky stories, this is a sure bet.
L.G. Cunningham is a fantastic writer.  The story is full of well laid out scenes that keep the tension and suspension just out of reach on the next page.  The author has a short, rhythmic way of writing that keeps the pace fast and smooth, making it the type of book you won’t want to put down.
Clink. Clink. Clink.
The unmistakable sound of the dishes being washed. 
I could hear Mom hum a familiar tune. Sounds of the real world.
We were back in the dusty living room, sprawled by the low table, breathing heavily, hearts pumping. 
I swung my head from side to side, expecting to see the grinning skeleton or a pale boy lurking in the corner shadows. But no, we were very much alone.
The book is on the longer side for similar genre books, but it reads fast and I found it hard to put down.  The characters are well developed and relatable for the intended target audience.  Highly recommended for all ages.