Book Reviews by me

Mad Vs Aurelius by Author James Ayrford

“What’s more fascinating than sinking into the world of books?” I have been reading books of all genres lately and this is one of those great reads.

What’s the book about?

It is a philosophical fiction book titled Mad Reality vs Aurelius, that resembles Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Frederic Nietzsche. Like Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, protagonist fictitious travels and endeavours serve as a metaphoric vehicle to present and illustrate philosophical ideas such as subjectivity of reality that people experience in their daily life, influence of religion on the world and its anatomy, psychology of the masses and of love, possibility and requisites of happiness. It consists of two narratives: one follows endeavours of main protagonist Aurelius and the other describes major historical events of the world of Mad Reality. Most characters and events in actuality are an allegoric representations of the real world concepts and ideas, for example Maximus embodies Ancient Rome, its values and metaphysics.

The story is set in a magic and odd technology infused, somewhat bizarre and even gruesome, metaphoric world. It starts with Aurelius reflecting over the disappearance of a mysterious women named THD as well as over everything his life had been about so far. As the story progresses, not only details of their love affair and other events revealed, but also both surface and hidden reasons behind various events of his life and even those of a broader world that caused it all to turn out this way.

My review:

Well, James Ayrford has done it all in a compiled short read. The title is fantastic, grips your attention and brings on the curiosity in readers mind. As the pace continues, you tend to comprehend the whole essence of it, the mind behind a crafted piece. It is a masterpiece written in a compelling and thought-provoking manner about the influence of religion on people. If you are an avid reader of historic events, this is a must read.

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Thanks for reading 🙂

Stay tuned for the authors interview soon.

Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author Sam Reese

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

Well, I live in Kingston, TN with my wife, 2 dogs, and a cat. We had a guinea pig, but sadly he passed away recently. I like reading, writing, movies, philosophy, religion, and going on adventures and exploring. I write horror and sci-fi/fantasy, although recently a friend told me I should write romance, but I don’t know. To me, romance is part of the story, and I like to think there’s some in my writing, but I’m not really interested in writing books with thinly-veiled innuendos or really terrible erotica.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

Well, my novel “Immolation” was just released by J. Ellington Ashton Press. It’s a horror/supernatural thriller about a girl named Lydia whose father is a very wealthy man but who began abusing her at the age of 10. When she was 14, she found out about some latent pyrokinetic abilities. The story is about revenge, forgiveness, mercy, love, and the pieces we have to pick up when we fail.

Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?

The book that made me realize I could be a writer was “Bag of Bones” by Stephen King. It was my first King novel, and I thought it was absolutely wonderful, but it almost made me think, “I could do this.” So I did. Along the way, Mr. King, Madeleine L’Engle, and Neil Gaiman, as well as a plethora of people who know who they are, helped me keep writing and pursuing a publishing contract.

Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?

Michael Fisher designed the cover, and what a great job he did! The idea I had was something akin to Samara from “The Ring” with fire in her eyes. Fish took that idea and really ran with it, making it even better.

Do you outline your work before you write?

I almost never outline. The best writing comes from letting the story tell itself. To me, writing is spiritual and I feel that I am an amanuensis for the characters within. They tell their story through me.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

Reading, writing, watching movies, walking my dogs, going out on the boat and exploring. Lots of times, I imagine myself in some place like Middle Earth while I’m driving or on a boat. It helps me think and relax.

Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?

Horror and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I read just about everything, but I spend most of my time in those sections of the bookstore.

What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book and in reality?

To the first question, inspiration comes in a few forms. I usually have a dream, read a story or watch a movie or TV show, or I might see a picture. Sometimes it’s a turn of phrase. My muse shows up in the most unexpected places.

To the second question, there are some similarities, mostly in characters. Michael and Lydia in “Immolation” are kind of like two halves of me. The character Pablo, who owns the comic book store in Sherman’s March and is a very minor character is based on a friend of mine who also owned a comic book shop. Connie, Brittany, and Jessica are sort of an amalgamation of a few girls I went to high school with. Michael’s parents are somewhat my mom and stepdad. So there are similarities, yes.

Which is your current read?

I read about ten books at a time, but currently some of the things I’m working through are “Plebs” by Jim Goforth, “The Waste Lands” by Stephen King, “Dwarves” by Markus Heitz, “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins, and about 6 or 7 more.

What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?

Sitting down and writing the thing. I don’t get writer’s block very much, but making time to write can be a chore for me. I think it is for anyone.

Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?

Remember, everything you do is writing if you let it be. If you’re reading, you’re honing your craft. If you’re observing people, you’re building your characters. Whatever you’re doing, do it with the eye of a writer. And write good stories. The world needs them.

Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?

Well, I love music, especially extreme metal. Hmm, let’s see. I guess I’ll go with “Volcano Girls” by Veruca Salt. I know it’s not extreme metal, but I really like the song and it makes me happy when I hear it.

If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?

I’m not really a foodie, but I love steak and macaroni and cheese.

List any giveaways or surprises in mere future?

None at this time, although once my website is up and running there may be a few.

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon for right now. Here’s a link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KTOTVB6

We would love to reach out to you, please share your social media active platform

My primary form of social media is Facebook, and my page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Reese-Author-and-Adventurer/140116649427941?ref=hl

However, I have a work in progress website, which can be found here:
http://www.supernaturalsam.com

My Den

Swag for authors, a blessing?

ImageSwag for authors is sometimes one of the best sources of pride while there’s other side to the story; As of now, it is surely not a blessing for me. Either I have to choose to giveaway only in AU or it could be expensive although we can buy and customize in bulk, the Postal costs are dreadful. Apparently, over a year, opinions differ in matters of interest and choices some authors make as a part of promotional inspiration while others consider it not a very possible choice.

“What do you think?” I have done some thinking lately and came across few articles and I must admit they are useful; Perhaps, I will giveaway some swag by being wise and making the choices financially suitable and apt.

So, In my opinion, Swag is neither a curse nor a blessing for authors; It is just another medium for reaching out to new set of readers.