Reviews & Thoughts: Lost (Book 2 Idyllic Series)

Caged, the first book in the series had left me wanting more and the second book delivers brilliantly. On the run after killing Null, Eden and Linux find themselves in unknown world – green, beautiful and savage. Hungry and looking for shelter they stumble upon a secret human colony. Unfortunately for them the artificial’s and Eden’s nemesis is not far behind.ged, the first book in the series had left me wanting more and the second book delivers brilliantly.On the run after killing Null, Eden and Linux find themselves in unknown world – green, beautiful and savage. Hungry and looking for shelter they stumble upon a secret human colony. Unfortunately for them the artificial’s and Eden’s nemesis is not far behind.

The most captivating factors in the book are the characters. I love how Eden evolves, changes and struggles with what has been done to her. What she has become. She doesn’t know the extent of her abilities and discovers them slowly. Linux on the other hand becomes bold, takes charge and most of all the chemistry between these two characters is amazing!

The new characters are quiet interesting and it takes a lot of talent to develop them so beautifully. Poppy is a lovely understanding medic who is invaluable due to her talents. Echo is the geek and Kit is the muscle and both are adorable in their own ways.

The second thing I thought was great the way the author describes the tech. It’s novel, gripping and has been described so well. The writer gives you enough details (but doesn’t bore u to death) and leaves the rest to your imagination. I especially like the way the idyllic interpret emotions.

The third thing is the plot. It’s so realistic. The world setting, the descriptions, and the environment. In a world that is lost and dominated by machine everyone is expendable. Even a powerful idyllic. Food and resources are scarce and people do anything to survive. And some lives are preferred over others.

All through the book you find yourself on the edge wanting to know what would happen next. You root for the characters, and just when you think you know how it would end, you find out you were wrong!

I absolutely loved this book!

Fall of Titan – Blogging about books!

Fall of Titan, is the first book in the Realm Saga. It is also the first science fiction fantasy I wrote. Fortunately it has been one of the favorite books, and it has received a lot of love from its readers.

Summary

Emmeline Augury, a cadet of astrophysics, believes she has unraveled the key to the mysteries of the universe. A mythical device of immense power that can neutralize the Orias and take humanity to the next level of space exploration.

But her claims are based on a myth, not on science, and winning the interstellar war is imperative. Everyone, including Argon, wants her to help. However, Emmeline defies rules and logic, and follows the clues left by her ancestors to discover plaque, the key to unlocking doors to the seven realms and unearths a part of the mythical device. Before she can celebrate, tragedy strikes hard. She is charged for conspiracy and second degree murder and thrown behind bars by her own people. 

What began as a scientific adventure turns into a manhunt when a fleet of Orias attack Titan and the Queen threatens to slaughter everyone unless she gets the device. Emmeline must make a choice, save Titan or the mythical device. The choice is made, and it will transform her life forever! 

Need more! Check out Fall of Titan’s review by Amy Johnson!

Review & Thoughts: The Hundredth Floor

A brilliant book. 

Kyle is a young man who is not haunted by his past but also struggles everyday due to his injuries. He is not having the time of his life like the other students and is often bashed and beaten by bullies. One day he and his bully are forced by the principal to join a race to the hundredth floor. Reluctantly he goes, but to his surprise not only he makes a new friend Marian but also meets a bad ass girl. 

Once the race begins all hell breaks loose. There is excitement and danger at every turn, and Kyle and Marian not only battle the ghost that haunts this hotel but also their own fear. 

Young and adult horror fans will definitely enjoy this one!

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Reviews & Thoughts: She Named Me Wolf

Everyone makes their own choice

This story touches a lot of truth and takes you on a journey on how ur choices define your life.
Wolf is a lovely boy who has special friends. He can speak with dogs, birds, ants and most of all Polly – a ghost.

Wolf is mistreated and beaten by his father. Unfortunately, there is no one to help him. While his elder brother is a useless and his mother spends most of her life hoping that his father would improve.
As he grows Wolf becomes weary – thinks of running away and even at a point decides to end it all.

The story is emotional, it will make you cry, and at the same time spring your imagination. But it tells you ultimately its your choice. If you are in a bad situation … It’s up to you to remove yourself, fight back and make a change. You can either be the victim or you can take charge. It reminds you a bully/abusive/manipulative person will not change… It is you who must.

The author beautifully outlines several imaginative elements with larger than life characters. I highly recommend this one!

The lure of perfection

If you look at human history, we have been obsessed with perfection. We want the perfect job, perfect wife, perfect book, perfect car, perfect family and friends. The truth is there is no perfection. When we attain something, we are soon bored of it and then seek to do something else.

Is everyone with me?

Same goes for writers, we want to prefect our books. Just like everyone else, I didn’t publish my books because I never thought they were going to be good enough. Honestly I began writing as a hobby. Just for the fun of it, but as years passed I wrote a book called Haunted. Now, this in my view was one of the best plots I had come up with and I worked so hard to make it perfect. Being my first ‘good’ book in my view, I gave it all. I rewrote it seventeen times, I showed and shared it with several of my friends taking their opinions. I got it edited over and over again. Although this was good, it was very bad as well because I didn’t have faith in my own writing. I had to be a writer, so I had to make a decision to include or not to include everyone’s suggestions, but I was naive and I wanted everyone to like my book. To make it perfect.

So, I integrated all the suggestions and completed the book which was about 110 k long. To big for a crime thriller. I was still not satisfied thinking that it was not perfect. So then sent it for a manuscript assessment. Now this was done by a author and editor. Both of them gave it a lot of praise but in their view it had too many action scenes. Too much this. Too much that. And honestly, I was fed up. it had been four years since I had been working on Haunted, and now it was time for it to go. Now it had to go.

There were somethings I did agree with people. one the action scenes were too long. So, I cut them down and made them exciting but not too long. Then there were aspects in the book which didn’t added much to the plot and slowed the book down, I identified them and deleted them. This resulted in a shorter better book. I sent it off to the editor who gave it the final polish.

Haunted was released on the 4th of Nov 2019. Although it was been over an year, I still receive messages from people letting me know about small mistakes. But now it doesn’t bother me. I thank them, correct the mistake if necessary and move on. I know, I have done my best by this book and in my view its done good.

Are you curious about how Haunted is doing?

REVIEWS

“This story grabs the reader from the start and never lets go! The process of solving this complicated plot by Cranston, the detective, and the medical examiner takes dark turns–so much so, that the story brushes the edges of the paranormal, but does not take that plunge. Rather, this is a thrilling mystery that is certain to please any fan of the genre!”

“I enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t put it down. The author did an excellent job writing this story and making the characters come to life in this dark, twisted story! The story takes place in New York and in Egypt where the reader is taken on an investigative journey of discovering truth hidden beneath dark lies. A must read!”

“Haunted is a thriller that left me literally the edge of my seat, turning each page in anticipation and craving more. The author leaves no detail left undone and for the first part I felt like I was in a real life game of Clue, trying to figure out who dunnit. Haunted takes its time in the beginning to set up the rich array of well crafted characters before taking us deep into a cerebral space that invokes the supernatural, but is it reality? This is where the world the author creates starts to get more interesting for me, and as an avid reader of supernatural and horror genres, I was loving the interweaving and plot twists the author takes us on. For me, it had the classic film noir tone to it, even though it takes place in the present day. It is a magical mystery of the unknown and a must read.”

Writing sequels

As a writer you are always looking for ideas, and most of the writers I know are writing series. These can be three books, six books, hey I also know some who have a 16 books featured around a characters. 

In Dec 2020, I published the first book of the Realm series – Fall of Titan. I have to say I am super excited. Not only was this was first science fiction fantasy, it was received well by my readers and I enjoyed writing it. 

When the idea for Realm came to me it always came to me, I wasn’t sure if I am to write one book or several. However, when I jotted down the enter idea, it became clear that this was a series. 

Writing a series can be a hard job in comparison to writing a standalone novels. Now I am working on the second book in this series. It called – Poseidon and is already on preorder. 

Since I started writing this book, I had to stop and refer back to the first part several times. So, I came up with an idea. I took two to three weeks off from writing, and went back and made detailed notes about all the facts/aspects in the first book. This is important, especially since I will need them to finish the next book. 

Another aspect I had to make sure I included was to fill its the gap between the first and the second books. Most of my fellow writers release books in a series one after other, it’s called the rapid release. However in case of Realm, the first book came out on Christmas Eve 2020, and the second book comes out this Christmas. That is a gap of one year between two books. It dawned on me that the readers who might have read the book as soon as it was released will forget what happened until the second one is released. So, I created a small chapter which gives a quick flashback of book 1 and I presented it in a different way so that the readers do not get bored. 

Here is the snap shot of the first chapter!

I have finished four chapters for book 2 and I should keep everyone updated.

For those who haven’t read the first book you can find it right here!

Writing my sixth book

For several people 2021 was a highly awaited. There was hope that somehow the pandemic would melt away this year and not haunt us any more. Like everyone I too had this hope. Although the situation is better (I think) the damage done by such incidences leaves a mark on the society. I have survived this time because of my friends, family and writing. Having a purpose in life is important… and I feel that writing is on of my purposes in life.

After publishing my fifth book (Fall of Titan) in December 2020 and seeing it go so well, I was on the right path or so I felt. It appears that you never stop learning when you are a writer and you never stop doubting and wondering.

My sixth book is called Shadow Pandemic. It is currently on preorder, you can have a look if you like. The cover is still a work in progress and will change over time.

Shadow Pandemic by [H.G. Ahedi]

I got the idea of this book in early 2020 after the pandemic struck. But I didn’t write it then because I was busy writing and publishing other books and I also have a full time job.

The first draft for Shadow Pandemic was completed in Nov- Dec 2020 but I didn’t touch it again until end of Jan 2021. This usually happens after I have published a book, I do not write for weeks or months.

As I was getting Shadow Pandemic in shape (that means a lot of editing), I often found myself feeling sleepy and yawning. Now this could be because I had just started a new job and was hardly getting any rest or time. But I don’t remember feeling the same while I have editing other books. The recurrent sensation got me thinking, wondering why?

The answer was simple the story was straightforward and quiet slow in comparison to my other books such as Haunted. Then I thought, ‘Oh my goodness if I am feeling that the pace is so slow, my readers would surely sense it’. And yes readers are very smart, they do. And I as somewhat experienced writer know that a pace of the story keeps it alive. Shadow Pandemic is on preorder and is set to release in first week of May. Two months What could I do? Is this a good time to change the plot? Add a new character? To me that sounded utterly crazy! Felt like starting over.

So the weekend when this realization dawned on me, instead of editing I was brooding about how to improve the plot. Make it fast pace. Surely I could add a few action scenes but this is not a Cranston mystery. Shadow Pandemic is the first book of of a different type of thrillers which I plan to write. I am sure this happens to every writer and I kept worrying for many days. Then it struck me! What if I change the way the plot is written. Lets jump scenes of the past and present. Spike the curiosity of the reader by showing a glimpse of the end. I know. I know. It’s not rocket science and this technique has been used by other writers ( honestly I have just read a few novels but hey there are millions of books out there!). This idea thrilled me and I thought I tested it. And within the first three chapters I noted the difference.

So armed with a new sense of assurance that I wouldn’t bore my readers to death… I have happily begun working on the book again and hopefully would get it out in time. And I should say – that slight change (actually slight change is an understatement) sparked other ideas as to how I could improve the book! I hope my experiment with my book goes well and should keep everyone in the loop! The idea of sharing my journey is to help other writers and also share how I develop my books with my readers.

Have a lovely week!

One of my books is free this week! Its a emotionally charged short story. Please feel free to download it and leave a review!

Lost and found: A short story by [H.G Ahedi]

Reviews & Thoughts: Caged (Book 1 Idyllic Series)

This story sent chills down my spine but I still couldn’t stop reading.

It grabs you from page one and Eden and Linux are the perfect characters. They are real, raw, they make mistakes and pay a price which is very high.

The world building by this author is excellent. Perfect I would say. Eden’ earth is cruel, polluted, and human are extinct and hunted for harvesting and breeding.

Eden is doing what she can to survive and help her race but when she is caged and chosen by the machines to forcefully turn into a Idyllic. Will she yield? Help to hunt her own people? Or what price will she pay for her defiance? Find out by reading the book!

I have to say, Some parts of the story reminded of the cruelty we show against animals. We cage them. We use them as test subjects. We put the in zoos as exhibits. What if it was us instead of them? The novel gets very real and raw in these chapters and it keeps you on the edge.

Reviews & Thoughts: Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match

What a fantastic read!

Mr. Darcy’s perfect match was such a catchy read that I couldn’t put the book down until my kindle needed charging!

A slow beginning of the book puts you in perfect environment of 18th century. Soon the story takes off, and the authors unique style, pace of the plot and the depth of the characters take you on a ride.

A fabulous read I enjoyed several aspects I wanted see in the original P&P. Darcy we all know improves, but he has lot of learn and so does Elizabeth. I really enjoyed the increasing chemistry between the two characters. There is more focus on other characters, and this really makes the story interesting.

One of my favourite aspects is the story’s focus on Georgina, Darcy’s sister. Her emotions, her love for her brother and her insecurities are revealed fantastically and how she is drawn in an evil plot to break up Darcy and Elizabeth. Will she finally see the truth or again make mistakes that she will regret later?

I think no one should miss this one!

Being a huge Jane Austin Fan I couldn’t be thankful enough for Kelly Miller for giving these stories a new life!

The Idea dilemma

Often authors come up with a different dilemma than others. We are somewhat considered ‘not normal’ (no pun intended). In my book, a person who can dream up an idea by looking at other people’s hair (that is me by the way), is not normal. Now you may argue with me and say you cannot define normal, but that argument is for another day.

Writers are the creatures which are most known to come up with fantastic ideas that can be utterly spellbinding or completely rubbish! I am one of those. When I discuss my stories with my friends, readers and colleagues they are thrilled to hear my great ideas. What they do not know that some of my ideas are totally rubbish, and I never discuss those. Yes, a wise man or maybe it was a woman who told me, it was a good idea not to discuss an idea when deep down you know its stupid!

So how should an author decide which idea is good and which is bad. Now, every author has different idea about this idea. Yeah, we are complicated creatures that sit in the dark and plan massacres with a black ink within the realm of our pages. Thank God for that! 😊 Here is the secret, as a writer you just know. Now you would say, right, thanks for that! That is really not useful. No. No. But wait a minute and ask yourself, is it really a good idea?

For me, when an idea occurs to me, I am very thrilled and I thank God for it because God forbid what would happen if I stop getting ideas, even bad ones. The first thing I do is write it down. Now, I might note it on my iPhone or on a piece of paper. I never leave it to memory. People tell me I have a good memory, but trust me, sometimes I just forget.

After writing the idea down, I will score it. Out of ten is it a seven, eight? Is it novel? Exciting? Does it draw you in? Is it appealing to me? If an idea is not interesting to you, trust me, it will not interest your readers. Readers are very smart people, and they will know. Don’t write a book for the sake of writing it.

Okay, so you like it and you are drawn into it. Great. Now write a little paragraph about it. Maybe be a couple of lines or just a small description of what the idea should be. Now ask again. Is it appealing? New? If the answer is yes and you find yourself wanting to go to the typewriter and start typing, let me say … don’t! Not yet.

Now you might say, hey I have a great idea. I want to write it down like now! Yes, but before you do anything decide a few things. These can include: who are the main character/s? Decide whether you want to write in 1st person or 3rd person? Decide the genre of the book and most of all write a one page summary of the story. Even if you are a writer who writes the story as it comes (like Stephen King), creating a summary will help you in the long run when you get stuck and help you writer faster.

Why do all this before even starting? Because writing a book takes time, and you want to begin with the right mindset. This process shouldn’t take you more than one day or may be just a couple of hours. Once you have a summary of your book or what we could call a synopsis, you can yourself see the weak points in the plot. You will have the ability to decide if this is a good idea for a book. You can also share it with your friends and ask for their opinions. No matter what other people say, to write a book or not is completely up to you.

If somewhere in the process you find out that this is a rubbish idea, do not, I repeat do not delete it. Do not beat yourself up. Just let it sit. Let me give you an example. About ten years ago, I had an idea which I began writing (yes, I was naïve I began writing the novel without planning!) and halfway through realised it was utterly, completely rubbish! So, I left it there… feeling sad… But I am very glad I never deleted it… because that old idea merged with new idea and turned into a book series. The first book in this series comes out this Christmas. The series is called Realm and its first book is Fall of Titan. So, an idea might be rubbish, but it may reconnect with another idea in the future… so never throw it away. Recycle it. Yes, I believe in recycling 😊  

Damn, to much serious stuff for today. Until next time… take care. Have fun writing.

Thanks

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