The New American State is a book about the challenges facing the modern U.S. state and the attempts of today’s rulers to expand the gray area within it for their own or someone else’s benefit. This is a book warning that it is entirely possible for today’s rulers to push the American state to a condition in which there is a physical and institutional blurring of the boundaries between the branches of government. It is even possible for the United States to go backwards historically in terms of citizens’ rights and freedoms. Two dangerous trends to change the state and state system are at hand.Continue reading “EXCERPT REVEAL: THE NEW AMERICAN STATE BY DIMITAR AVRAMOV”
Yesterday I came to know about Bookending Spring, a month long event hosted by Sam @ Fictionally Sam and Clo @ Cuppa Clo, from Sam’s blog post. The prompts seemed exciting and I felt like joining in. So here goes my first post for it!
(Technically Yesterday’s. But it seemed fun, so why not?)
(Created by Sam @Fictionally Sam)
An Original tag that plays off the wedding phrase: “Something Old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”Continue reading “BOOKENDING SPRING 2020: The Wedding Tag”
I consider these books very important in forming a perspective and wished I had them when I was young. Even though important topics or issues are addressed through these, they are immensely captivating and an easy read. Not boring even for a second.
1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: ‘Persepolis is a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.’ It’s an easy but a very informative book.Continue reading “MUST READ DIVERSE GRAPHIC NOVELS|BOOK LIST”
I haven’t been able to upload this earlier due to my lack of motivation and social isolation. I have been working on my mental health and hope to be more present. Till then here’s the books I read in February. 🙂
1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
An older couple struggling with their marriage gets a second chance through a magic telephone. A telephone through which Georgie could call Neal 15 years back. I absolutely adored and devoured this book. The dynamics of the relationship between Georgie and Neal, and how they play out and evolve is so real and fulfilling. It’s very heartwarming and I’ve already added it to my list of “The Best Books I’ve Ever Read”. Continue reading “FEBRUARY WRAP UP|2019”
Today I’ll be hosting a question answer session with Phoebe Morgan in here. She writes domestic thrillers and her debut novel, The Doll House has been an Amazon bestseller. Her second novel, The Girl Next Door just hit the stores.
Me: Hi Phoebe. Your debut The Doll House was a compelling read. How did it come to be?
Phoebe: I wrote most of The Doll House whilst working full time in publishing, and babysitting in the evenings – a lot of it was written when the baby went to sleep! I then sent it out to agents and luckily Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson liked it, and took me on as an author. She then sent the manuscript out and HQ offered to publish it – it was lovely and I felt very lucky, although up until that point there had been more than my fair share of rejection, for sure!
Me: All those rejections must have been worth it after getting approved by HQ, as The Doll House went on to become a bestseller later. How does all of it feel?
Phoebe: I’m still so grateful that it was published at all, and then when the ebook did reasonably well I was over the moon! I’m always looking forward to the next thing, though, so I’m quite hard on myself and have so much more that I want to try to achieve.
Me: And how has the journey been from there till today as an author?
Phoebe: After The Doll House, I then got a two book deal with HQ which was a lovely moment as it gave me a year or two of security in terms of knowing I would definitely have two other books out rather than go back out on submission, which is not a fun process! It’s been wonderful being published by HarperCollins, and of course, connecting with readers. I love getting messages from people who have enjoyed my books – it makes it all feel worthwhile, and I try to remind myself of that when I’m struggling with a plot point or in the depths of a brutal edit!
Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Phoebe: I wanted to be a journalist after university, and trained as a journalist, with my first proper job as a reporter on a local newspaper. Then I went into publishing, and loved it – I love my day job as an editor and would never want to give it up. Writing is something I always wanted to do in some capacity but I didn’t know whether it would ever actually happen – it still feels like a dream come true that I can hold a copy of my book in my hands! So I suppose I did always want to write, but writing fiction is something I only took seriously after I was about 24.Continue reading “An Interview with Phoebe Morgan|Author Interview”
Kasie West is an author I got introduced to in 2018. So far I’ve read 2 novel of hers and 1 short story. Here are the mini reviews of the 2 novels I’ve read of hers.
1. By Your Side: It was just a fine read for me. Though the characters were gorgeous and charming, the plot was unnecessarily complicated. I did not like how West tried to tackle the love triangle. What she tried, required a thorough exploration of emotions and that was not done. It was a fluffy YA and should have been kept at just that! I don’t like things done half way. Like if you want to do a chick lit, ace that. Don’t try to throw in some complications just for the sake of some brownie critic points! Specially if you can’t do justice to that!Continue reading “MINI REVIEWS OF 2 KASIE WEST NOVELS|2 IN 1 BOOK REVIEW”