It’s finally out and in the open. A positive review of my thriller ‘Psychs‘ from Kirkus Reviews, one of the world’s most reliable reviewers. I really loved what they said about my book, the only negative they mentioned did not originate from the story itself, but from some mistakes that managed to pass by my editor.
It was a short review for most of the article went into explaining the jest of the story with no spoilers to be leaked out. Here’s what Kirkus had said about me and my thriller that I found interesting:-
‘Amin, a screenwriter, includes fantastic, sometimes gory action sequences fit for film.’
‘Jumping around in the flashbacks can be somewhat jarring, but it’s used effectively enough to allow readers to fully understand the history and motives driving Hassan and Adam.’
‘Action-packed tale of beyond-the-grave good vs. evil.’
The words (Rough-hewn) were used and they were a negative but the positive counteracted it.
For the full review you can click on the previous image and it will automatically pick you up and take you there.
Another thing I would like to share with you all is my recent interview at ‘Paranormal Book Club‘. It was a really nice and entertaining conversation. Feel free to drop by and hear what I had to say for their questions (Also by clicking the picture below).
I can’t tell you how much this award means to me, to have THAT magnitude of appreciation for the pieces of my mind I shared is so overwhelming. I give my sincere thanks and my famous bone grinding hugs to my fellow blogger and an amazing woman who had exorcist her depression and shares her true experiences, wisdom and support with everyone out there. Thanks Paula!
Knock on her blog, she will welcome you with open arms: http://depressionexists.com/
Here are the blogs that kept me entertained throughout the year:-
1- A writer, a poet and a pirate who crossed the seven seas and conquest with his words through his posts, a blog to look forward too everyday: http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/
2- Stephanie Saye, a mother and the author of the book ‘Little 15‘, a must read for parents and teens: http://stephaniesaye.com/
3- Words have never been more fun. A blog designed to brighten you with every visit: http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/
4- An avid reader who shares her passion for literature and a piece of her mind with every book she encounter: http://kelseyketch.com/
5- Captivating with every piece she portraits. An amazing artist and proof that beauty goes both ways: http://acrylicloveaffair.com/
6- A writer in training… or so she claims, she is already to me a great writer. I have always enjoyed every piece of short fiction that she wrote on her blog: http://ramblingsofanaspiringwriter.wordpress.com/
7- One of the first who popped in my head when thinking of who to nominate. Surely this is her year, her book ‘Shadow of Penumbra‘ will soon be out there and I can’t wait to have my hands on it. I wish her and her book all the best in this year and the one right around the corner: http://addictivestory.wordpress.com/
To everyone I follow and who follow me back, I wish you a great year filled with daily blessings.
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I don’t want to be the kind of author who only shares the good reviews now would I? It’s actually a bad thing to conceal what other readers think of your work because obviously we live in a world where every brain is blessed with its own taste buds, but mostly I think it’s bad not to share unappealing reviews because other authors who are new and on their way to have themselves published have to prepare themselves through us, so they can know that it’s not always a 5 star ride.
The thing I didn’t like about his review that he mostly talked about what bothered him about the book even though he said he enjoyed it, but what can I say… we can’t win them all.
He didn’t like my style, you see, to have the book placed on a steady pace I used flashbacks instead of representing the story in the right chronological order and to make them appear separate I presented the flashbacks in first person while the main course was presented in third person, he found that confusing. Also, and I’m with him with that, there are some grammatical errors that skipped my editor which was something I hated and will avoid with the new paperback edition which will be released in the coming months.
The other thing was the Ghosts… you see, it’s a fast pace thriller and they act, switch places according to the situation and so on… he got lost while trying to keep up with each Ghost. I don’t blame him, I myself had to work hard to make sure that I don’t misplace or mistake one ghost’s location with the other.
All in all, he enjoyed the book, but he gave more account about what he found unappealing in his review.
~ A. H. Amin
Love this review of my thriller
My parents are leaving in an hour for a visit and my little sister always sleeps late during vacations, I couldn’t wait anymore for them to leave. I looked at the spirits surrounding me and said. ‘Let’s talk’ I said, then closed my room’s door. ‘My name is Hassan what’s yours?’ They replied in turns. ‘Mine is Joseph.’ ‘Rodriquez, call me Rod’ Rod gave a wink. ‘Steven Chow.’ ‘Markus Reed, at your service.’ Mark took a bow and pointed at the female ghost to follow. ‘Nice to meet you Hassan, my name is Emma’, she smiled and waved. ‘Sorry for scaring you’ Emma said. ‘It’s ok’ I replied, then my eyes went to the one next in line. ‘Jack.’ ‘Mason.’ The last one to be introduced was a…
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Here’s where best of my thoughts came to me…
This under appreciated garden is where I usually go to jog. The first time I saw that place from my balcony when I moved in I thought to myself ‘This park could be put to better use.’ How little did I know.
It was a place of soul searching and I have a lot inside my head that needed to be found. I see things clearer over there, it’s like meditation to me; clear air with a worn body can lead to a clear subconscious, and as I always say, best ideas originate from our subconscious since our consciousness is too busy with our reality.
My ideas came to me from there, and they manifested themselves on paper. I advise everyone to try to find a good and clear way to let their ideas emerge, otherwise, you’ll be containing the very reason you were created for.
~ A. H. Amin
I just agreed with my publisher to make my novel ‘Psychs’ present at the fourth largest book festival in the United States, the Tucson Festival of Books. It will surely be a big thing for my novel since it will be viewed in front of more than 100,000 readers. It will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona for two days, 9-10th of March 2013. So many things to do, first I’ll celebrate, and then I will mostly be sharing more about my novel from time to time, especially since there are more good news coming on the way, like I can’t wait to share the Kirkus review once it’s posted. But until then, here are some links of authors, customer and bloggers reviews of ‘Psychs’
I hope more reviews and acknowledgment are on the way. If you want to you can follow me on twitter or facebook to see and read more about what is to come in the arriving days.
Best wishes to all,
~ A. H. Amin
I should explain…
Yes that’s me, and I’m holding what I tried to cook for the first time… I also categorized this post as book review. So what’s happening?
Simple, I received an e-mail from author Martha A. Cheves, the author of ‘A Book and a Dish‘ , ‘Think With Your Taste Buds: Desserts‘ and ‘Stir, Laugh, Repeat‘. Every week she posts one of her recipes and a book review. So guess which book made it to her list?? Yes, mine.
She chose (QUINOA PILAF) as the right dish for this book, branding it as a (Hassan special)… For those who are new to my fiction thriller, Hassan is the name of my main character. It is also the name of my older brother who I created the character in his honor (Read here: A tribute to my hero, my brother). The dish was amazing, and the review… well, you can read it yourselves and see why she was motivated to chose my book with her delicious dish.
I copied the review below in case you don’t like traveling a lot, and as for the recipe, you can get it through the previous link.
My parents are leaving in an hour for a visit and my little sister always sleeps late during vacations, I couldn’t wait anymore for them to leave. I looked at the spirits surrounding me and said. ‘Let’s talk’ I said, then closed my room’s door. ‘My name is Hassan what’s yours?’ They replied in turns. ‘Mine is Joseph.’ ‘Rodriquez, call me Rod’ Rod gave a wink. ‘Steven Chow.’ ‘Markus Reed, at your service.’ Mark took a bow and pointed at the female ghost to follow. ‘Nice to meet you Hassan, my name is Emma’, she smiled and waved. ‘Sorry for scaring you’ Emma said. ‘It’s ok’ I replied, then my eyes went to the one next in line. ‘Jack.’ ‘Mason.’ The last one to be introduced was a woman I had first seen behind the glass window, the one who had watched me sleeping when I was admitted. She looked different, they all looked military, and she was the only one who didn’t fit in the picture. And for some reason, she looked very familiar to me. ‘Sara.’ My eyes started to widen. ‘I am your mother dear.’
All through his life Hassan has felt there was always someone watching him. Now and then he would even see a quick movement out of the corner of his eye. It wasn’t until he came to the rescue of a woman and child being beaten by husband only to have the husband bring him near death that he realized his images were real. At least as real as ghosts can be. They had always looked after him but couldn’t communicate, until Hassan came up with an idea. Sign language. That would give he and the ghosts a way of communicating without actually speaking. But Hassan’s ghosts were not only his guardian angels, they became his teachers. Through them he was able to lead a 2nd life that would prove most valuable in years to come.
Adam, also known as Shark, was a Navy Seal that had been held prisoner for years. His capturers were of the worse type. Torture was used more as an entertainment than to acquire information they might need and since Adam’s strong hold was his hands, their first form of torture was to remove his arms leaving him with no method of self-defense. They may have destroyed his body but they never destroyed his mind, soul and determination to live. So, after 13 years of torture, Shark meets Hassan and the battle begins.
Psychs is a book that brings out the strength of mind over body in its desire to live, both through Hassan and Shark. The stories of both that lead up to their story together is one that may sound impossible but with the author’s ability to write, you can see, feel and picture each line as it happens. This is a very well written book and an extremely interesting story. I can actually see this one being made into a movie with someone like Bruce Willis being Hassan. Now I’m impatiently waiting on the next book in the series ‘The Remnant.’