Book Review: Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt.

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Title: Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings

Author: Helene Louiesa Mynhardt

Publisher: Helene Louiesa Mynhardt (May 27, 2018)

Publication Date: May 27, 2018

Number of pages: 139 pages

ASIN: B07DC8B494

 

Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings is non-fiction writing by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most interesting autobiographies that I have recently read.

The novel is the journey of little Louiesa from a child with an unprivileged background to an independent and enterprising lady. This book is also the journey of a nation from apartheid to racial and social integration.

Born in South Africa, author Helene Louiesa Mynhardt traces her grandmother and her mother’s journeys from childhood to adulthood. The author talks about the efforts her mother put in to change her situation in life but eventually succumbed to her pains by becoming an alcoholic.

She then goes on to tell us how her birth slowly and steadily helped her mother come to grips with her life and how the author’s desire to excel and overcome all hardships. As the situation in the author‘s life changes for the better, so does that of South Africa.

The beauty of the book Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt is not only her personal journey but South Africa’s journey as a nation. The time when new silver coins were introduced in South Africa is associated with little Louiesa’s memories of her being presented with a silver coin. Louiesa talks about how the government tried to uplift people’s living conditions by building houses and assigning neighbourhoods on racial distinctions. She talks about how birth registration rules were updated in 1952.

Sadly, every positive change that the government made was marred by apartheid. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about how far the segregation went. It percolated to every inch of South Africa’s existence. Author Helene Louiesa Mynhardt describes how in retail stores the coloured population was not allowed to enter the stores. When the government was condemned for apartheid, it came up with the silliest of conditions to maintain the status quo yet projecting an aura of equality. The event with the fashion pageant was a tongue in cheek effort by the government.

Segregation! Discrimination! They exist in every society to some extent. But the level of discrimination the people of South Africa have endured is heartbreaking. Every tale in the book is verified with dates and corresponding events. What stands out is how music united the people of South Africa when apartheid was at its height. Afro-hairstyle, music and plays bonded the people.

The contribution of Standard Chartered Bank in the economy of South Africa is evident. It is the Standard Chartered Bank that helped the author make a career as a banker and succeed in her personal and professional life. The office anecdotes of Standard  Chartered Bank is entertaining and fun.

But South Africa had to break free from all the shackles. The country had so much potential that the country had to rise above everything and everyone. Helene Louiesa Mynhardt, the author, truly represents the spirit of South Africa. She braved all difficulties, sadness, mishaps, to win ethically.

Who could represent the chronicles of the end of apartheid and the transformation of a beautiful but prejudiced nation into a generous one? It could be no one than Helene Louiesa Mynhardt.

Those countries and people who face segregation can learn how to reform from the history of South Africa and that of the author.

My personal take from Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt is that no one and no circumstance can stop you from shining if you have the calibre, the will, the zeal, and the tenacity to achieve your dreams. The author did. And so did the millions of people of South Africa who dreamed of a country unified in spirit and mind- a melting pot of races.

Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt is immensely inspiring.

We at WeLoveQualityBooks give Memoirs Of A Play-White The Autobiography & Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt, Five Stars for its excellent storytelling, flow, objectivity, and spirit.

 

Memoirs Of A Play-White: The Autobiography Other Writings by Helene Louiesa Mynhardt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Book Review: Mo (The Spotlight Tales Book 1) by S Pearce.

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Title: Mo (The Spotlight Tales Book 1)

Author: S Pearce

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Number of pages: 116 pages

ASIN: B074SB57JL

ISBN: 1974168883

 

S Pearces novel Mo is a literary delight. The plot is intricate. For not even a second, did my interest as a reader waver while reading the book! In fact, I haven’t stopped thinking about Mo, his friend and his family ever since I’ve read Mo, a novel by S Pearce.

 

Author S Pearces Mo delves into the mind of a young child. It shows how a child who is brought in a strict environment with lots of restrictions either gets bullied or becomes a bully. We see young Mo transform from a student from an in-confident, withdrawn and scared child into a promising and confident student. But the book leaves us wondering if the sheen of transformation is temporary. Did Mo succumb to an inferiority complex that changed his life and that of the others? Or was it religious propaganda?

 

The novel Mo touches on the recurrent concern of bullying and social discrimination at school. It talks about the effects of an upbringing that is based on fear in a closed society. The novel also touches upon how vulnerable children/people can be brainwashed into becoming a pawn of terrorism.

 

The novel talks about the problems of the elderly, especially loneliness. The author subtly and beautifully hints of how important it is for the children to interact with the elderly. How such interactions turn out to be mutually beneficial for both the generations. The author S Pearce also touches upon how the synergy between the two generations, is a learning experience for the child and a teaching opportunity for the elderly.

 

Children from sheltered family backgrounds have trouble making judgments. They get carried away mostly due to a lack of adequate social interaction. The novel Mo tells us why the parents should stop being over-protective. What if it is too late? What if there is no turning back?

 

Author S Pearce has written a crisp and beautiful book. He understands the psyche of the students and that of the adults. Every bit of the book is relatable and appealing. The similes and metaphors take the novel to the next level. The plot is tight and engrossing.

 

On a personal note, I read this book Mo, a couple of months back but for personal reasons, I couldn’t get on to write the review for Mo immediately. Not one day has passed since I’ve read the book that I’ve not thought about the novel and its characters.

 

S Pearces novel Mo has left a lasting impression on my mind. This novel is for every parent and every child. This novel is for the teachers, the psychologists, the elderly and everyone else.

 

It would be a shame to lose out on reading such a wonderful novel. S Pearces novel Mo deserves nothing but the best. 5 stars!

 

Mo (The Spotlight Tales #1)Mo by S. Pearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Review: You're Everything I Need: A Forbidden Romance

You’re Everything I Need: A Forbidden Romance by Mia Ford

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Title: You’re Everything I Need: A Forbidden Romance

Author: Mia Ford

Place of publication: New York, NY, USA.

Publisher: Mia Ford Publishing

Date of publication:  September 22, 2018

Number of pages: 432

ASIN: B07HLVZVQX

Title: Youre Everything I Need

Author: Mia Ford

Place of publication: New York, NY, USA.

Publisher: Mia Ford Publishing

Date of publication:  September 22, 2018

Number of pages: 432

ASIN: B07HLVZVQX

Youre Everything I need by, Mia Ford is a romance. The protagonist Cooper Ventry is a successful businessman who has lost the one he loves. He finds love again in Lexi and they live happily ever after.

Youre Everything I need has a hackneyed plot. There is no element of surprise. However, the author Mia Ford has tried her best to add as much spice as she could but unsuccessfully. The novel has love, sex, romance, revenge, a sick ex-boyfriend, good friends and anything else one can imagine. But nothing really holds the readers’ interest.

Sadly the chapters of the book are all titled Cooper and Lexi, alternately. The novel is too long and it is slow paced.

The only thing and the only thing that stood out in the novel Youre Everything I need by Mia Ford is the conversation that takes place between various characters. The conversation style is realistic and interesting. The narration which is the major part of the book falls flat.

Writing a review for this novel was tough. There is not much that one would remember about the book. It is good to read some novels that don’t hit a chord with the readers. It adds a kind of freshness in the readers’ minds when it comes to reading the next book.

Author Mia Ford deserves one star for making an effort to come up with such a long and elaborate novel. That’s one star for her hard work. The quality of conversation in the book was the only saving grace and deserves another star.

To sum it we rate the romantic novel, Youre Everything I need by, Mia Ford two stars.

 

You're Everything I Need: A Forbidden RomanceYou’re Everything I Need: A Forbidden Romance by Mia Ford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Book Review: My Sister and I by Sean-Paul Thomas.

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Title: My Sister and I

Author: Sean-Paul Thomas

Publisher: Paul Thomas Publishing

Date of publication: August 25, 2018

Number of Pages: 211

ASIN: B07GV1LQ88

 

We Love Quality Books reviews, My Sister and I written by author Sean-Paul Thomas.

 

My Sister and I, is a Crime, Thriller & Mystery. It is a Fiction/ Women’s Fiction published by Paul Thomas Publishing. Before we start reading the novel, there is a disclaimer that reads, ‘My Sister and I, is a work of fiction. Names, places and incidents represented are either the products of the author’s imagination….’

 

And boy! What an imagination author, Sean-Paul Thomas has. My Sister and I, is a book that can’t be put down once we start reading it. We, @WeLoveQualityBooks, finished the novel in about a day and a half. Why? How? Such questions are relevant ones. And we have only one answer…

 

My Sister and I, is a book is gripping and unputdownable.

 

The novel has two protagonists. It is a narration of one of the sisters about her sister and her life. Unlike most of the children their age, the sisters have a tough and rough life. But with grit and spirit, they face the challenges. The novel talks about the special bond that twins share. My Sister and I, also highlights how differently the next generation thinks about parenting. How they always question every instruction parents give the children. It is a different question that the sisters in the novel are quite right in questioning their strict father’s instructions and learning.

 

Honestly, the father the twins had was quite a repulsive guy. He is the perfect villain that no one can identify with. Two lines are all I can give the villain of the novel. Sean-Paul Thomas, the author of My Sister and I, has done full justice to bring out the darkest shades of the character.

 

My Sister and I is a very good example of how heredity and environment play an important role in shaping up an individual’s personality. With very similar genetic composition and living in an identical environment, two individuals may turn out to be totally different. My Sister and I by Sean-Paul Thomas makes us think of another hypothesis…

 

Does self-will somehow overrule the heredity and environment theory?

 

The novel, My Sister and I, is gripping, scary, dark, and fast-paced. It is a book a book lover cannot miss reading. Yes, the book does get dark, but through that darkness, our protagonists find a new light- a new life.

 

Evil exists. My Sister and I, describes that in graphic detail. The novel, however, also points out that after every dark night there is a beautiful morning. After every storm there is peace. After every hopeless event in life, there is a crack of hope.

 

The novel My Sister and I by Sean-Paul Thomas has excellent team-work with an impressive Cover Design by Andrew Crains. The editing by Hannah Franchesca deserves a special mention. Author Sean-Paul Thomas and his novel My Sister and I, totally deserve full marks.

 

For this dark and twisted and perfect novel, My Sister and I, we @WeLoveQualityBooks can only think of one score – 5 Stars.

 

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For this dark and twisted and perfect novel, My Sister and I, we @WeLoveQualityBooks can only think of one score – 5 Stars.

Ink

Ink! Let us spill some!

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Much ink has been spilled over for centuries to bring stories to life. Many have inked something in. Some have ended up bleeding red ink in their pursuit of spreading their words across the world. Some ink slingers have inked their victories with bestsellers. And there will be many more who would do so in future.

 

What is it that makes words reach across generations, races, countries, and civilizations? What makes the words a reality? How do readers find out how writers think? What makes bestsellers a reality?

 

It is Ink.

 

Without ink, there would be no books. And we love books at We Love Quality Books. So, how can we not talk discuss ink – the crew of book publishing.

 

Over 20 billion US Dollars was earned as revenue through printing ink in 2011 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink). However, ink is not a new component. It’s an ancient ingredient that has been used continually over the years.

 

The use of ink goes as far back as 26 Century BC. China used graphite and animal fat to make ink. But if we look back further through the history of civilization, the use of ink probably existed much before the 26the Century BC. The Vedic age in India existed sometime around 30,000 BC. The four scriptures that basically define India and Indian mythology were written using some kind of substance although not much information has been gained about the kind of ink that was used to write the four scriptures.

 

Some kind of ink also existed during the Harappan Civilization as well that existed between 3500 and 1900 BC. They used symbols to write their text which is still undeciphered. The ink they used to write the text (when they were not on clay tablets) is still a mystery.

 

For centuries plant extracts and animal fat with soot was used to produce the writing material called ink.

 

Around 13,000 BC iron extracts were mixed with a plant extract called tannin to produce a thick liquid that was used as ink.

 

In Medieval Europe (800 AD – 1500 AD) processed plant extracts with wine were used to produce a thick liquid writing material or ink.

 

Johannes Gutenberg was a German printer and publisher who came up with the first printing press. He used a dye made of soot, varnish and egg white as ink in his printing press. Later a mixture of soot, turpentine oil and walnut oil was used to make an oily ink. Today, we generally use synthetic ink in publishing.

 

The global printing ink market in 2017 estimated to generate a revenue of an average of $18 million (https://bit.ly/2MUtC2c). Of that, Hewlett Packard made an annual revenue of $18.8 million in 2017 (https://bit.ly/2MPVvsl).

 

Ink is not only used to write books. Ink is also used to etch a new system of government. For example, India, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia among other developing countries use ‘unremovable’ ink to ensure a smooth electoral process.

 

Ink has been used through generations. It has left an indelible mark on the history of civilization. Without ink, there would be no written history, no books and probably no democracy (in the modern era).

 

What makes ink one of the most powerful elements in human advancement? How has ink engraved its influence through centuries and ages?

 

It is the boldness of its character that makes ink a powerful component. The power of ink was best described by the playwright, William Shakespeare in the comedy ‘Twelfth Night’- ‘Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter. -William Shakespeare.’

 

So, spill it, scribble, write and draw. Ink your thoughts to create the bestseller of your life.

 

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Book Review: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

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Title: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Author: Robert D. Putnam

Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 29, 2016)

Date of publication: March 29, 2016

Number of Pages: 400

ISBN-10: 1476769907

ISBN-13: 978-1476769905

Author Robert D. Putman in his book, ‘Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis’ analyses how the American society has changed over the years. The author illustrates examples of students in the 1950s and the 1960s. He compares them to the students of today’s generation.

Is the American Dream in Crisis?

Robert Putman says that the American Dream is a society in which the children receive better than their parents did. The children are expected to earn more, be happier and more educated and so on. Robert D. Putnam’s book, ‘Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis’ shows how different the reality is from that idea.

 

The author talks about the children in Port Clinton around 1959. He discusses different students and how they fared in life after passing high-school. Some students moved up the social ladder in life. While there were others who remained socially stagnant or fell in social stature.

 

Robert D. Putman explains how the social structure in the 1950s and 1960s was considerably flexible. The author gives a compelling example when Frank’s grandfather tells him how he should behave socially. “If you’re in Port Clinton with a group of boys who can afford a Coke, that’s what you are to order…”

 

Frank lived by his grandfather’s words. He grew up with the children in his neighbourhood and interacted with them irrespective of their socio-economic status. The author further mentions a fall in acceptance in the present times.

 

Robert D. Putman mentions social inequality as the major reason why the American Dream is in crisis. He says that initially, the divide was not as formidable. The children were exposed to different lifestyles through their friends and classmates. Even a poor child usually had a richer friend to learn new skills from. Parents instilled the value of higher education even though they were themselves school drop-outs. Sadly, the poor today have limited and even fewer resources to push their children for higher education.

 

According to the book, the rich today, provide their children with best career counselling while the poor don’t know who they should consult. Robert Putman has argued to change some of the educational policies to provide equal importance to rich and the poor kids.

 

Putman feels it is imperative for the policymakers to acknowledge the structural basis of individual problems. That will bring about a change in the existing policies to realise the American Dream of a stronger and better new generation.

 

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis’ does not enlist different approaches to tackling the issue of providing better opportunities to the poorer sect of the society. The book raises this vital question through examples and interesting story telling. None the less, the book falls short in giving diversified solutions to this social problem.

 

The book is aligned with the thoughts of C.W Mills. C.W Mills studied  ‘sociological perspective of social problems’ and ‘understanding and changing the social world’.

 

Understanding Robert D. Putman’sOur Kids: The American Crisis’ will force the readers to appreciate that the book is not only about the American society. Even in other countries, the standard of education has diminished from the previous decades. The socio-economic changes and the advancement of digital media have taken a toll on the quality of education. The book will get you thinking

 

For his thorough research and the insightful writing, we at WeLoveQualityBooks give
Robert D. Putman’s ‘Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis’, 4 stars.

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interview with Author Sean- Paul Thomas for WeLoveQualityBooks.biz

An Interview: Sean-Paul Thomas

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Author, Sean-Paul Thomas in an interview, spoke to us about what makes him the create inspiring, heart-touching and sincere novels. He also told us how his writings cross-over over various genre at WeLoveQualityBooks.biz.

 

What makes a novel stand out? Why a writer touches a reader’s consciousness more than the others? Why is the author, Sean-Paul Thomas a wonderful writer? I guess it emanates form his joie-de-vivre and his never-give-up attitude. No wonder, his novels have been recognized with award nominations, wow book reviews and excellent readership. Here are the excerpts.

 

Among the latest releases by author Sean-Paul Thomas are:  ‘The Fairy Boy of the Seven Seas: A Dark, Young Adult, Fantasy Adventure’ that released on March 23, 2017. ‘The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill 3 (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, #3) ‘ was released on June 1, 2017.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Sean-Paul, I loved your novel The Old Man and the Princess. What drives you to write novels that touch a reader’s heart?

Sean-Paul Thomas: I just always try to write what I enjoyed reading and watching myself when I was younger. I like stories that are real and that people can resonate with, or have a certain familiarity with while reading them, but I also want them to have a touch of fantasy about them too.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Tell us about your journey as a writer.

Sean-Paul Thomas: I started writing screenplays all through my twenties but never really had too much success with them. When I turned 30, I began rewriting those same screenplays as novels instead, and I’ve really enjoyed the process since. I think it’s improved my writing immensely to use some old screenplays as blueprints for more in-depth novels.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: How much did your background as a child from the army-background mold your writing style?

Sean-Paul Thomas: We used to travel around a lot, so my imagination was always running wild, trying to imagine the next place we were going to live in before we actually went there. It was hard too, always making friends every few years and going to so many different schools that I actually lost count. So sometimes I would rely on books to get me through the hard times of being alone while moving from base to base and settling down all over again.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Of all the novels that you’ve written, which one do you most relate to?

Sean-Paul Thomas: I guess Sarah Smiles is the book I most relate too, as it is the book which is most personal and true to me and my family, growing up on one of the many army bases around the world that we lived on.

 

WeLoveQuality Books:  Have you ever faced the writer’s block? How have you coped with it, if you did?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Sometimes yeah. Going for a walk is good. Mediating is good too. Or just standing on your head for 30 seconds. LOL. What works best for me though is leaving half-finished sentences from where I last left off in a chapter, just so I can start writing a few words and sentences immediately, once I open up that unfinished book again.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: As a writer, I sometimes get so carried away by my day to day life, that I can’t put my creativity into writing. Other writers might be struggling in a similar fashion. What would be your advice for us?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Try and figure out what time of day you are at your most creative. Morning, afternoon or night? And put an hour aside to read through your own work and write a little too. Turn off the internet. Put your phone on silent or airplane mode, just to make sure there are no distractions and then just simply read through your own work and write too, if you can. Improve on that work and try to make it better.

 

WeLoveQality Books: The Old Man and the Princess was very well received. Please tell us about the awards.

Sean-Paul Thomas: Yes, it was nice to be nominated for my first award, even though it didn’t win, but it was still really cool all the same. It’s encouraged me now to spend more time on marketing the book further in the future and also to start entering some book competitions to try and boost my profile a little more this year.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: How about your new novel The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill? What can the readers expect from the novel?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Yeah, I just released part 3 there, so it’s continuing on from the first two books. The world is getting bigger and bolder and more adventurous, and more characters are being introduced too, so it is a challenge to keep track of what’s happening. But I’m having a lot of fun writing it and book 4 should be out later this year too.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Some of your works are being adapted into screenplays. Isn’t it exciting to see your work in a different medium?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Yes, I’ve been adapting the books myself back into screenplays again and just slowly submitting them to different producers. I’ve had some good keen interest in a few of them, but it’s a long process, so I’m really hoping that one of them gets picked up this year.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: What do you think is the highlight of your writing career?

Sean-Paul Thomas: I’ve only been writing books for a couple of years now, so I hope all my best highlights are still yet to come, but getting some recognition for the old man and the princess was very personally pleasing.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: What are your other interests apart from writing?

Sean-Paul Thomas: I love traveling, hiking, following Scottish football and my team Hibernian FC of Edinburgh. I go to all their home matches. I love playing tennis too. I also used to be a rugby player in my twenties, but too many injuries forced me to give up playing, which I miss so much.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Your work is relatable to a different audience and it makes an impact on everyone. How do you cross-over between different types of the audience when you write?

Sean-Paul Thomas: I just enjoy writing in many different genres. I know a lot of writers and readers prefer authors to write in just one particular genre, but I have so many different ideas that cross genres all the time that I just don’t care what people think anymore. If a story resonates with me and I feel really passionate about it and the story and the characters, then I will try to write it to the best of my ability, regardless if it is romance or a sci-fi, period, horror lol.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Did you ever face failure in your profession? How did you overcome it?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Yes, all the time. Which is why I don’t just stop at writing one book. I want to write dozens so that my writing is always improving and getting better, and then I will assess where I am when I have around 20 or so books out. Nothing sells forever, so you have to keep coming up with new ideas, new stories, and new adventures and hope that one of them will pick up a good audience, which is why I have recently been getting into writing a series.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Where do you draw your inspirations from?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Everywhere and from anything. Even just out walking in the mornings before I write. Sometimes a TV show or an interview I see on YouTube will inspire me, or even reading about some crazy story in the paper or on the local news, and I’m like, damn, that would make a good book.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Please tell us where we can get your wonderful work from? I am sure, the readers would want to read all your novels.

Sean-Paul Thomas: I can leave some links below, but mostly just from Amazon right now. But I hope to be able to create a website soon where I can sell them directly to readers from there too.

Amazon UK Author Page

Amazon US Author page

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Is there a blog or page, your fans can follow you on?

Sean-Paul Thomas: Yes, you can follow me on Facebook or Goodreads.

Goodreads Author Page

Facebook Author Page

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Old Man and the Princess

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Title: The Old Man and the Princess

Author: Sean-Paul Thomas

Publisher: Paul Thomas Publishing

Date of publication: October 1st, 2016

Number of Pages: 161

ASIN: B01M1AGJX7

 

The Old Man and the Princess written by author Sean-Paul Thomas is a Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, a Cozy mystery published by Paul Thomas Publishing. The novel is a fiction that will leave an indelible mark on its readers.

The novel is the journey that the protagonist Shersha takes from her birth till her teens. It talks about that one incident that would change Shersha’s life forever.  We see a head-strong girl move through various foster homes and a sad childhood. Most importantly, we see the fire and the courage the young girl exhibits.

The novel is also about an old man and how Shersha and he form a bond in dangerous circumstances. The Old Man and the Princess brush upon the adventurous zeal of a teenager to the dreams of a senile mind. The plot is gripping, pulling, funny, adventurous, cosy, with a surprising end.

As a book reviewer, I have read many novels. The Old Man and the Princess will always be one of my favourites. I can gift it to friends, assured that they will love it. This novel is a keeper and deserves multiple reads. I don’t think I will ever part with the novel. In fact, I would ask one and all to read it. This novel is for teenagers, parents, young adults, would-be parents, couples and everyone else. I not only fell in love with the novel, but it made me see my parents in a different light. I give them more concessions than I gave them before. For some reason, this novel made me understand a parent’s heart as well as a child’s desires, expectations and emotions. Both the parent’s a child’s feelings are not wrong. The only thing that bridges the divide is love.

And this novel is all about love.

The novel made me understand that a bond between a parent and a child is unbreakable. And dreams do come true. As long as we don’t give up on ourselves, luck will not give up on us. Primarily, Old Man and the Princess by Sean-Paul Thomas made me realise that there is a guardian angel watching over us. It’s someone we can never identify, but if we think hard, we realise there is someone who has protected us, the best they can. It is also an assurance that whatever might come our way, it could have been worse if an invisible power didn’t guard us.

I loved Old Man and the Princess by Sean-Paul Thomas. However much I try as a book reviewer, I can’t remain objective towards the novel. That’s because I loved it. I loved it so much that even after months of reading it, I think about it every day. I have already read it more than once and I am looking forward to a re-read.

This novel is for the keeps and for re-reads. To sum it up, Old Man and the Princess by Sean-Paul Thomas absolutely deserves a five star.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brooke Williams An Interview with welovequalitybooks.biz

Brooke Williams and The Leftover- An Interview

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Brooke Williams spoke to us about her new release, ‘The Leftover’ at WeLoveQualityBooks.biz.

 

It’s not easy to write a love story. To add a comic flavour to love is even harder. Love can be such an emotional roller-coaster! Brooke Williams and her book ‘The Leftover’ make you see love otherwise. If there are any perfect love stories in the world, where there are” no big tragedies and love wins after all, ‘The Leftover’ will deserve a glorious mention.

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Book Review by
Welovequalitybooks.biz for The Leftover_Brooke Williams

‘The Leftover’ by author Brooke Williams has released on September 1, 2017.

 

This romantic comedy has already received 30 reviews on Amazon.com with an average rating of 4.6 stars. How did author Brook Williams come up with such a superb novel? Read this interview to find out more!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Brooke,  your novel ‘The Leftover’, released on Septemper 1st, 2017. How does it feel?

Brooke Williams: Great! I’m super excited! I got the contract for this book a year and a half ago and we’ve spent a lot of time working on editing and the cover etc. I feel like the book just got better and better and I can’t WAIT to share it with everyone!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: What are the things that you are doing to promote ‘The Leftover’?

Brooke Williams: Anything and everything I can. I have several book signings lined up for the fall, for one. I have been on many different blogs and am reaching out to reviewers. I have to admit, marketing is not my main talent, but I’m trying!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Megan, the heroine of the novel works at the radio station. You have been a radio announcer yourself. How similar are you and Megan?

Brooke Williams: I get a lot of characteristics for my characters from me or people I know and Megan and I are a lot a like. We both wear glasses, for one, and we both feel more comfortable alone than in crowds. I think I deal with my introvertedness” better than she does, but it’s still there! I don’t swim well, either, which is something that comes into play in a very big way for her!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: What did you like most about being a radio jockey?

Brooke Williams: It’s sounds strange, but being on the radio is a very good job for a closet introvert like me. I talked to thousands of people on a daily basis, but in reality, I sat in a room by myself, basically talking TO myself. So it felt like I was alone and that worked out well for me! It was fun to get to go to all of the concerts and actually meet the bands too.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: How have you adapted the learning form your job with the radio, into your writing?

Brooke Williams: I’ve always loved to write so it was a perfect segue. And I’ve heard that you should write what you know and since I spent a decade in radio, I know that world pretty well! I was able to take that experience and write it into a book to make it more real.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Your previous book was associated with reality television too. Are you a reality television buff yourself?

Brooke Williams: I do like a good reality TV show every now and then! Specifically Survivor and The Bachelor. I wouldn’t say I’m a buff because those are the only two I watch regularly, but they do fascinate me! Sometimes I wonder what the shows would be like with someone like me on them. And that’s kind of where the books come from! That idea evolving.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: What do you think makes reality TV addictive?

Brooke Williams: I think people can see themselves in some of the characters. With scripted shows, there’s all these gorgeous actors and things go according to the plan on the script. But with reality shows, you never know what’s going to happen and at least some of the people are more real. Anyone can get on the show!

 

WeLoveQuality Books:   In ‘The Leftover’ each and every character of your plot was very strong. How tough was that to achieve?

Brooke Williams: Characters are hard to form because I’m not the type of writer who plans things out. I let things unfold in the story. So the characters come as they come and that’s that! I don’t really plan them out. I had no idea how large of a role each character would play when I started writing them (other than the main two, of course). So I was lucky that they fleshed themselves out enough as the story went along!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: The Leftover had no negative character, as such. How difficult is it to write a story where there are no villains?

Brooke Williams: Well, Andrew was sort of a bully character, but he got what was coming to him so that was satisfying. There doesn’t really have to be a “villain” in a romantic comedy. The push and pull of the story revolves around the couple and whether or not things will work out for them.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: The character in your novel, Andrew. Do you think he will ever find soul mate?

Brooke Williams: Maybe he and Wendy Weathersby (the host of the show) should get together!  I think he could come around. There’s something in his background that makes him the way he is today. If he went back and dealt with those issues, he could be a stand up guy that some lucky girl would be pleased to have. Perhaps that’ll come in another book…

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Now ‘The Leftover’ has now released. Are you working on your next book, yet?

Brooke Williams: Honestly, not really! I do have a short story coming out in November called “Another Backwards Christmas.” But that might have to be it for a bit for me. I’m a freelance writer professionally and I work on blogs and web content etc for clients. I have two young daughters, one of which is in school, the other just in preschool. So time is very limited. I’ve found that once I get my freelance work in, I don’t really have time for other writing at the moment. That being said, my youngest will start kindegarten next year and I have all sorts of ideas floating around. So with any luck, soon!

 

WeLoveQuality Books: Brooke, when you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Brooke Williams: Write. J hahaha It’s my favorite thing to do! But when my girls are around, I don’t. We like to camp on the weekends. We have a little motorhome that’s really fun. I also love to read, which I do when I dry my hair in the morning and that’s about all I have time for these days.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: ‘The Leftover’ is a mature and ethical. What is your message to the ones searching for love or for those who are striving to make their love last?

Brooke Williams: I really wanted this to go beyond the love story and work on self-confidence. My main character, Megan, really doesn’t have any. But we see through the story her confidence in herself build. She realizes that she’s a good person just as she is and that she doesn’t have to change herself in order to find love. She shouldn’t, in fact! That’s a lesson anyone should learn. You should be loved for who you are. Anyone who loves you for any other reason doesn’t deserve you.

 

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Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.”

 

Know more about the author and her novels at AuthorBrookeWilliams.com

 

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Book Review: Carnal Sacraments (Second Edition)

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Title: Carnal Sacraments (Second Edition)

Author: Perry Brass

Publisher: Belhue Press

Date of publication: March 17, 2014

Number of Pages: 319

ASIN: B00J2HU50C

 

Carnal Sacraments by author Perry Brass is a Historical novel published by Belhue Press. The novel is set in the year 2075. The novel is set. This renders Carnal Sacraments a futuristic hue.

 

The novel elicits a range of thoughts and questions. What if, someone gets an elixir? What if, someone gets a golden ticket to immorality? What if, a price one would have to pay? Through the life of the protagonist Jeffery Cooper, the novel, acknowledges all the ‘what ifs’.

 

Jeffery Cooper is a marketing wizard. He gets the chance of a lifetime. He will remain young forever! In return, he delivers products in the worldwide market that are instant hits. The concepts he comes up with, have to be a perfect one. To attract the loyal clientele, Jeffery’s ideas have to strike a chord, every time. Jeffery exceeds the expectations of ‘The System’. ‘The System’ is a secret organization that handpicks geniuses like Jeffery, controlling every aspect of his life. A certain secret potion keeps his body young. He barely looks in his thirties. In actuality, he is in his early eighties.

 

In spite of having everlasting youth, Jeffery sometimes feels age catching up with him. He suffers from frequent panic attacks and the recurring snapshots of the past. ‘The System’ is an intrusive unit that monitors each and every move of its beneficiaries. Jeffery goes through various health and mental checks to keep maintaining his recipient state. He meets his art loving psychotherapist, Tony Rosenputter weekly.

 

Jeffrey feels an attraction for Tony. He acquires abhorrence for the mysterious attacker who’s stalking him. Jeffrey’s life takes a thrilling turn with these radically opposite sentiments. Will Jeffery realize the curse of having an elixir? Or will he alleviate himself into a supreme individual, which even he could not imagine he’d be? The ending of the novel is befitting yet shocking.

 

The author Perry Brass touches various issues through his novel. He insinuates about the relationship one has with their own selves. The author exhibits the association one has with the environment. He reciprocates the universal feelings of romantic love, fulfillment and security. Brass assimilates ambition, the fear of death and the human tendency of ignoring ageing. He explores the role of governance, regime or a system in our lives. Most importantly, Carnal Sacraments is sympathetic to the human desire to leave an indelible mark on the society- the easiest means of living forever.

 

Carnal Sacraments asserts the age-old truth that time is indefatigable. Science can progress and humankind may evolve. The global climate may alter, and the ozone layer may deplete more or in turn stabilize. But time can neither be conquered, manipulated nor usurped. Time always wins.

 

Carnal Sacraments by author Perry Brass definitely left a deep impression on my mind. Volunteering to read the book was a fulfilling experience. The uniqueness of the plot is applause-worthy.

 

My rating for Carnal Sacraments by author Perry Brass is a four star.

 

 

Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century, Second EditionCarnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century, Second Edition by Perry Brass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars