Cover me up

Excited to announce new cover designs for all 3 of my novels: Return to Lemuria, Unicorn and Servant of Memory.

I felt it was time to focus on some of the (female) characters in each of my stories. After all, where would us men be without them? 🤔

Any guess as to who each one represents?

OK…

I’ll tell you 😜

Return to Lemuria: Mala, Princess of the Lumni

Unicorn: Halim’s sister, Taja

Servant of Memory: Elijah’s girlfriend, Katy

1st Proof Copy!

And so it begins. My first proof copy of my third novel, Servant of Memory, has arrived and it looks amazing!

The book is available on Amazon, Kindle and free to read on Kindle Unlimited if you own an account.

Here’s the synopsis:

Bound by the shackles of time, Elijah Levy is in his 14th reincarnation and on the brink of a sensational discovery that will give him the power to share his accumulated memories with the rest of the world.

But there is one memory, in particular, that attracts the attention of an evil organisation who threatens to embroil him in its iniquitous affairs. It concerns the Primordial Stone, a mythical talisman, infused with the power that was used to ignite the universe into being.

Elijah finds himself in the centre of a mystery far larger than he could ever have imagined when he must fight to discover his true purpose and save the life of Katy Saunders, the beautiful girl of his dreams.

Servant of Memory – Q&A

For my most recent novel, Servant of Memory, I was asked some questions by a fan:

What inspired you to write “Servant of Memory”?

The genre of my work is mythical fiction and I believe that as a writer, one should try and stay as much within a particular genre as possible so as to build a strong following. The foundation of SOM is based on the myth of the Primordial Stone, a mystical talisman believed to have come from the river Pishon in the Garden of Eden. Reincarnation is also another strong, underlying theme and one that I included in the story. As with all of my novels, I am inspired to write stories that are different from the norm, that invoke one’s imagination and push the envelope.

Did you have a specific audience in mind when you started writing it?

I write based on a lot of credible research and then inject a dose of fiction so as to create intriguing stories that appeal to almost anyone. I intentionally omitted swear words and sex scenes so as to appeal to the YA market. My protagonist, Elijah Levy, is also fairly young.

What took you the longest to write, the non-fictional characters or the fictional characters?

The fictional characters were easier and quicker to write because everything came out of my imagination. The non-fictional characters, but more so, the non-fictional events, were harder to write because they were based on a variety of different sources and I tried as best as I could to keep them authentic.

You made a lot of use of dialogue, which brought out your character’s personalities and emotions. What was your key to writing effective dialogue in “Servant of Memory”?

I enjoy writing dialogue the most because I often draw on personal experiences when doing so which enhances my storytelling.

You also put a lot of thought in building the worlds of different times over many centuries. If you could travel back in time, which century would you have wanted to live in and why?

Out of all the periods that I wrote about, the 19th century would be the one that I would choose to live in because of the sheer number of inventions over this period – electricity, light, telephone, cars etc

What do you think are your defining strengths when writing a book?

My ability to write stories that include a strong spiritual element as well as a strong and original storyline.

Are you hopeful for the future of book shops?

I am hopeful as all writers would be, but the rise and growth of e-books has dented the physical book market quite substantially. Most readers will tell you that they prefer the feel of a physical book, but the main reason for the growth of the digital book market, simply comes down to cost.

Three books you’d pass on to the next generation?

There are so many across so many genres! The first has to be the Old Testament. Next is Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) because I read it as a teenager and it really defined the fantasy genre I was into at the time. Lastly, I’d say Perdido Street station by my favourite author, China Mieville. He paved the way into a new genre of fiction he calls ‘Weird Fiction’. I admire him most for his originality. This is something that I try and emulate in my storytelling.

Servant of Memory is available on Amazon.

 

Unicorn 🦄 Book Giveaway

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Grab a complimentary copy of Unicorn, a Mythical Fiction adventure, filled with action, magic and, of course, unicorns 🦄

What is the Voynich Manuscript?

The Voynich Manuscript is a roughly 250-page book written in an entirely unknown language/writing system. It’s been carbon-dated back to the 1400s and includes illustrations of plants that don’t resemble any known species. It’s named for the Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912. It is believed to have been intended as a medical text. Its first confirmed owner was Georg Baresch (1585–1662), an alchemist from Prague, who discovered it “taking up space uselessly in his library.” Baresch tried to investigate the manuscript’s origins, to no avail.

The manuscript changed hands for centuries until it was purchased by Voynich, who posited that it was authored by Albertus Magnus (an alchemist) or Roger Bacon (an early scientist). However, some believe that Voynich fabricated the manuscript and its history all by himself. Various other hoaxes have been proposed over the years. Of course, that wouldn’t explain the carbon-dating of the paper and ink.

Source: readersdigest.ca

The Incident at Dyatlov Pass – an unexplained mystery

On the first night of February 1959, nine ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of what is now Russia. The night of the incident, the group had set up camp on a slope, enjoyed dinner, and prepared for sleep—but something went catastrophically wrong because the group never returned.

On February 26, searchers found the hikers’ abandoned tent, which had been ripped open from the inside. Surrounding the area were footprints left by the group, some wearing socks, some wearing a single shoe, some barefoot, all of which continued to the edge of a nearby wood. That’s where the first two bodies were found, shoeless and wearing only underwear. The scene bore marks of death by hypothermia, but as medical examiners inventoried the bodies, as well as the other seven that were discovered over the months that followed, hypothermia no longer made sense. In fact, the evidence made no sense at all. One body had evidence of a blunt force trauma consistent with a brutal assault; another had third-degree burns; one had been vomiting blood; one was missing a tongue, and some of their clothing was found to be radioactive.

Theories floated include KGB-interference, drug overdose, UFO, gravity anomalies, and the Russian version of the Yeti. Recently, a documentary filmmaker presented a theory involving a terrifying but real phenomenon called “infrasound,” in which the wind interacts with the topography to create a barely audible hum that can nevertheless induce powerful feelings of nausea, panic, dread, chills, nervousness, raised heartbeat rate, and breathing difficulties. The only consensus remains that whatever happened involved an overwhelming and possibly “inhuman force.”

Source : readersdigest.ca

Birth

Nine Months. That’s how long it took me to plan, research and write my latest novel, Servant of Memory. Right now, it’s in the editing stage and almost ready to go to print! #excitedmuch #givingbirth 🤪

“Bound by the shackles of time, Elijah Levy is in his 14th reincarnation, and on the brink of a sensational discovery that will give him the power to share his accumulated memories with the rest of the world.

But there is one memory, in particular, that attracts the attention of an evil organisation who threatens to embroil him in its iniquitous affairs. It concerns the Primordial Stone, a mythical talisman, infused with the power that was used to ignite the universe into being.

Elijah finds himself in the centre of a mystery far larger than he could ever have imagined, when he must fight to discover his true purpose and save the life of Katy Saunders, the beautiful girl of his dreams.”

Another year around the sun 🌞

I woke up this morning, like any other morning, to the rising sun, but this time, it was the anniversary of my birth – the day I was born.

I’ve always been honoured to have been born on this day and in this month. November symbolises the start of summer (where I live in the Southern Hemisphere of course 😋), the season where everyone begins to appreciate the sun and the great outdoors, in a beautiful place like Cape Town with its iconic mountain ranges and pristine, white beaches. Excitement builds as we approach the end of another year and look forward to new beginnings.

Today marks the 18th of the month, the most auspicious day there is. This is because the letters Chet (8th letter) and Yud (10th letter) of the Hebrew alphabet, add up to 18 which spell the word Chai, which means ‘life’ and represents being alive in Judaism, the single most significant thing there is to be! In Judaism, it is customary to give and receive gifts in multiples of 18, which are symbolic of a good deed or mitzvah and known as ‘giving chai’.

This particular year ahead is even more significant than ever before in my life because we’re going into the year 2018. May it be filled with blessings for a good and healthy life for all of us! Amen 🙏🏻

In closing this brief soliloquy, I’d just like to mention that I read Wired Magazine’s latest newsletter this morning and it happens to be filled with a host of incredible stories that a decade or so ago would have made incredible science fiction stories. The future is now and it needs to be embraced. What a time to be alive!!!

  • Elon Musk has just launched the Tesla electric truck with autopilot
  • Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has now been designed to do backflips
  • Omar Akbari is reengineering mosquitoes to self-destruct
  • A robot will land on the moon in March 2018 and beam hi-def images back to Earth

Peace out ✌️

Blurb blurb blurb

Contrary to what most people believe, the blurb at the back of a book is not simply a summary of the story, it is an advert for the book itself. It needs to hook the reader into wanting to know more after every single sentence. To get this just right is probably one of the most challenging tasks for any author because it really needs the opinions of people not directly engaged in the story.

This is why I have decided to test it in public before finalising it on my novel. I have already spent many hours drafting several versions of the blurb for Servant of Memory and this one is probably not my last. Please be so kind as to have a look and let me know if it entices you or misses the mark in any way no matter how small.

Muchas gracias 🙏🏻

“Bound by the shackles of time, Elijah Levy is in his 14th reincarnation, and on the brink of a sensational discovery that will give him the power to share his accumulated memories with the rest of the world.

But there is one memory, in particular, that attracts the attention of an evil organisation who threatens to embroil him in its iniquitous affairs. It concerns the Primordial Stone, a mythical talisman, infused with the power that was used to ignite the universe into being.

Elijah finds himself in the centre of a mystery far larger than he could ever have imagined, when he must fight to discover his true purpose and save the life of Katy Saunders, the beautiful girl of his dreams.”

Arctic Nightmare by Richard Gradner

The polar bear looked up from the bloody seal carcass, as the thundering sounds of an iceberg cleaving a large section off the ice sheet, rumbled across the tundra like a herd of stampeding bison. Shards of ice, the size of houses, crashed into the Arctic, pounding the near-freezing waters with explosive force, sending wave after powerful wave smashing back against the glacier wall like angry Poseidon pent-up in a watery cage.

A dark smear in the ice sheet was revealed, an ugly stain in the pristine, white landscape. It shifted and then bulged, threatening to break through its icy prison. Cracks began to appear, spreading through the ice like a virus; the sound of splintering glass on a thousand windowpanes, ricocheting across the barren wilderness. The cracks began to tear apart from the powerful pressure exerted by the entity beneath the frozen landscape, followed by an explosion of ice and snow that sprayed up high into the air.

Out climbed a huge dinosaur-like creature. It had a long neck with a pair of gills, an elongated body with a pair of hind legs, and a long, jagged tail. It opened its mouth to reveal three sets of razor-sharp fangs and out came an ear-splitting shriek. The creature slid across the ice on its belly, dropping into the churning ocean, disappearing into the swirling depths in search of prey to feed its emaciated body.