Looking behind at 2012 before I pass 2013’s threshold…

2012 was by far the most overwhelming year for me, I am one step away from leaving it behind, and I almost feel sad in a way.

Today I went through my laptop to view my 2012, my way to glance over my shoulder as I part ways with a year that left an impact on me, a year people thought the Mayans had marked it as the end, a year I can’t even celebrate leaving so easily.

If I decided to talk about my 2012’s experience, you will never see the end of it, so I will let the pictures tell you most of the story and I’ll fill in some details, they do have thousands of words, emotions, and thoughts to pass on to you all…

In the first month of 2012, I got published...

In the first month, I got published by my first publisher…

I met for the first time my sweet niece, Sara...

I met for the first time my sweet niece, Sara…

Giving my 8 months old nephew, Ali, his first music lesson...

Giving my 8 months old nephew, Ali, his first music lesson…

Humiliated on Fifa by my nephews...

Humiliated on Fifa (a video game) by my nephews…

 

 

First Book Club to pick my book...

First Book Club to pick my book…

 

My book making it to the best selling list in Kuwait...

My book making it to the best selling list in Kuwait…

 

 

I lost my grandmother...

I lost my grandmother…

I lost love...

I lost love…

I started fresh with a new publisher...

I started fresh with a new publisher…

Had my words acknowledged...

Had my words acknowledged…

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Lost an icon...

Lost an icon… (Niel Armstrong)

 

 

Gained another... (Felix Baumgartner)

Gained another…

 

My newly published e-book got to be known to a wider audience...

My newly published e-book got to be known to a wider audience…

I got to attend my Per-Graduation celebration...

I got to attend my Per-Graduation celebration…

Acquired a new member in our family, princes Lara... can't wait to meet her...

Acquired a new member in our family, princes Lara… can’t wait to meet her…

 

First prank related to my book...

First prank related to my book…

 

 

Survived the Apocalypse...

Survived the Apocalypse…

 

Looking at those pictures, I can now pass by with confidence in my steps. I hope in 2013 I will see more growth and much interesting pictures to go along with the year, my start is already a strong one indeed, by the end of January, I’ll graduate and I’ll be a full fledged Dentist, also, my thriller, Psychs, will be available in paperback edition out there, by March, my book will be at the Tucson Book Fair, and, the big one, The Remnant, the second book of the Psych series, will be released… 2013, here I come.

Happy New Year to you all, may this year brings you infinite joy, health, wealth and prosperity.

~ A. H. Amin

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Book givaway… who wants a fiction thriller for Christmas?

Hello everyone,

So we survived the apocalypse, we get to see another Christmas but we also got to miss a thousands of years anticipated action.
This year was a real blessing for me and I didn’t want it to end like they foretold, so since we are standing on the threshold of the next chapter of our lives, 2013, my next chapter in the ‘Psych’ series, ‘The Remnant’, and of course, Christmas, I decided to do a little giveaway of my thriller, Psychs.

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As you can see, that’s a picture of me holding plastic cards showing the picture of my book cover, behind those cards there are Promo codes for the book. Four lucky people will get to win my thriller, all they need to do is to try and guess the five code numbers in the middle… come on guys, I’m not that cruel, besides, it’s Christmas!

Here’s what to do, simply just learn if this book is your cup of tea by viewing the pre-publication video of me talking about my thriller, and most importantly, visit my website and learn more about my book and about me. Once you like what you tasted, just leave a comment down below, if you are one of the lucky four,we’ll talk later.

So, I hope everyone is exited for Christmas and the holidays, and I hope my gift will find its way to you.

~ A. H. Amin

This is a message…

Hello, my name is Amin.

I am a 21/12 Apocalypse survivor. If there’s anyone else still out there, anyone at all… Let me know and I will find you… I have food, weapons and the latest music. I can provide a shelter with two extra rooms, a balcony with a great view on the flaming world and bullets for the all you can shoot zombies event we held on every end of an ancient civilization’s calender.

I may be your last hope, don’t hesitate to contact me.

End transmission…………….

 

 

The signs

People are sulking around me these days, the news and the speculations with all the protesting that is happening around us is bringing everyone’s spirits down. Some of the people on my facebook friends list post the most ridiculous thoughts and theories and they really appear with no knowledge in politics, real life, religion… you name it. I keep them on my friends list for my entertainment (I know, I’m awful). But the last straw that glided and hit me in the eye while I was reading their posts is how many of them, and even before all the protests have started, think that all these… (( Bad things))… are signs of the apocalypse.

They think that our era is the one that is suffering the most, evil is really now around us. I hate it when people adjust events to make them more than what they are. I’m sure through history those people thought the same way and honestly, they were more entitled to think that way. I’m sure the shock of burning 6 million people because of their faith in the world war was a sign… holocaust should be a sign, right? When a nuclear bomb hit two cities in Japan that could have been interpreted as a very obvious sign that the world will end in the couple of years to come. Now people may see a natural disaster and they will think ‘This is one of the minor signs of the apocalypse’.

I say the moment will happen when it happens, no need to waste our lives and worries over this. When our time comes it won’t be because the last week have rained more than usual. So please live your lives as immortals, and cherish your beloved ones as if tomorrow you’ll die.

And now, I leave you with a little something to smile about.

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Kirkus review of my thriller, Psychs…

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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).

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Blog of the Year 2012 Award

 

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.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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