Book Review: The Silver Butterfly

Book Title: The Silver Butterfly Snip20160803_4

Book Author: Uma Mawaery

Source: Received a free copy for an honest review

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

It is an absolutely beautiful telling of a fated romance.

At first I didn’t know what I got myself into because I don’t like reading about moping teenagers. Soon, though, I hated it even more because it was now a moping twenty something young woman. I really groaned when I read how many days Amber had been depressed over her last and only relationship with a guy who was a complete jerk. However, as Radley appeared more and more in the picture, I started to like the novel.

It was nice to see Amber finding herself again, being so open with Radley, and learning about the supernatural… especially about the butterfly. Actually there were two butterflies… there was a blue one, too. Though, at times the story line felt a little dragged out, the ending chapters made up for it.

It is truly an inspired work and I can tell how Uma’s mother became a drill sergeant so she would finish it and shared it with others.

Some of the ideas and or emotions are not suited for an audience younger than 17 I would say. Mainly due to the emotions being presented.

I recommend this novel to girls of 17 and older who love romantic storylines mixed in with the supernatural. Ladies, there are no vampires or werewolves in this novel, thank god. I’m not sure if boys or men would like it because it may be cheesy, but who am I to judge?

Oh and I love the hook line for this novel: I will wait a hundred years for you. Also, the cover is really beautiful and was one of the main reasons why I wanted to read it. I never really did read the synopsis…

Happy reading.

Release Day of Seven Hours

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I’m happy to share with you that the paperback edition of Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted is available on Amazon. Currently, the Kindle version is being published by KDP Select and it’s going to take about 72 hours for the amazon page to be updated.

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Link for US Amazon: Seven Hours on Amazon

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How to prepare to write Chapter Summaries

When I did research about book agents, I also did research on book proposals and what the agents look for.

Most agents look for:

  • Your quary letter
  • Table of Contents
  • The Overview of your book proposal
  • Competing books in your genre (especially current ones. Do people read your topic?)
  • Information about your title (show that you did research)
  • About the author (that would be you)
  • Chapter summaries
  • Sample Chapter
  • Any art (my additional point since I love adding drawings to my novels)

The focus of this blog post is chapter summaries.

One may forget to write one paragraph summary for each chapter because one may focus too much on characters, plot, flow, and English (or whatever language you write in). It is easy to forget about chapter summaries. However, if you have not done chapter summaries for your novels yet, start doing them now.

It’s important to have chapter summaries for several reasons:

  • Characters:
    • Easy to track who appears in each chapter and if you’re missing a key character
  • Sections
    • Allows you to create sections in your novels, say you have ten chapter summaries and in those chapters everything happens on Earth and then chapter 11 shows your character on Mars. This may be a good time to create a title section page so the reader would understand something is different.
  • Time frame
    • Does day one pass in your chapter or day one moves on to chapter 2.
    • Helps you create your own timeline that you can keep as a separate document for reference
    • Do several days pass in one chapter?
      • Does that make your chapter too long?
      • Are you missing key variables?
      • Do you have too many sections that don’t feel finished?
      • Too many cliffhangers?
  • Cliffhangers
    • Does each chapter end on cliffhanger?
    • Do you need those cliffhangers?
    • Maybe you need a different ending?
  • Flow
    • Does it make sense what your character is doing or saying?
    • Does it make sense to have an event that happens in chapter 7 when it should have been in chapter 4?
      • If the answer is yes, don’t freak out. It’s a good thing. You came up with a good event and by timeline it would make more sense to have it earlier on. That’s okay. Sure, you will need to rewrite a lot, but your readers will thank you for the flow.
  • Lead into next book of your series
    • Helps you keep track of what already happened and keep track of your characters
    • Does the final ending makes sense?

Now an example from my unpublished novel (I am not going to share all my chapters,  but here’s a glimpse into my mafia world)

Table of Contents and notes about major events

Chapter 1: Halo and Horns

  • August 21 Monday
  • First day of classes
  • Meet roommate, Laura, friend, Jack
  • Learns about Mafia

Chapter 2: Bumping into Reality

  • August 22 Tuesday 
  • Reading the newspaper: Swingers: Inside the Secret World of President Jones and his ‘Couples.’
  • Bumping into Rayne, TJ, and Jem

Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1: Halo and Horns

Whatever the reason behind being at M’Heart University for Angel Svobodina proves to be, the quiet life of a freshman, disappeared upon seeing a campus fight, along with her new friend, Jack. This is made clear by the cutting remark by university girls after the fight ended that concludes the opening part of the chapter and Angel’s motivation to research Rayne Tarotia, the son of a local Don. In this way, the main theme — that is, the discrepancy between accepted normality and reality hints, that somehow those two themes will collide bringing out the real reason behind being at M’Heart.

Chapter 2: Bumping into Reality

Chapter two, takes off with Angel’s second day at being a forensic science student at M’Heart University. However, since she only knows her roommate Laura, and her friend Jack, she can’t really ask anyone about the buzz that seems to be around her. She’s forced to buy a newspaper where she reads the title of the news— Swingers: Inside the Secret World of President Jones and his ‘Couples.’ Feeling sick, she throws away the newspaper and continues on her way to get food, however, she doesn’t reach her destination for she bumps into none other than, Rayne Tarotia and his two friends, TJ and Jem. Feeling apologetic, she buys them pizza and ends up being invited to play pool with them the next night. The collision of the themes starts right then and there.


Now, let’s analyze my example.

In the Table of Contents and notes about major events section one learns the title of the chapter, the date, specific event, meeting characters, and some key information. This information helps to organize your summaries. 

In the Chapter Summaries section, one learns what happens one those dates with the information about the theme. Having themes for stories is important and noting a theme in your summary is important. 


I hope that this post helped you to think about book summaries and how helpful they can be to your writing.

Please comment to let me know what you guys thought about this post.

 

 

 

Book Review: Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns) 2

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

As promised, I went back to the store and bought book 2, 3, and 4. I am going to wait for book 5 (even though it is out) because I want a paperback copy, not a hard cover.

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

This book happens a year after the twins return back to their regular routine, though both are sad about it. They don’t like not seeing grandma, doing homework, and are sad that they may have lost their connection to the land of stories. That, of course, changes when their mother gets kidnapped. If you haven’t read this novel, stop reading this review right now because it may have spoilers.

This novel was less predictable, maybe because I was liking the twins and wasn’t looking for predictability. The cover made me wonder about Froggy because I thought he returned back to a man, and bam, he was a frog again due to the seriousness of evil. It was also nice to see their mother move on and I do say, Bob, certainly was a good man… especially since he escaped to the Land of Stories to find the love of his life and her children. I guess, the most shocking thing that happened was the separation of the twins at the end and the portal closing, though it was needed. Considering that there are more books after book 2, the twins will be reunited and I am curious to see how Chris brought them back together.

What I also like about this series is that the twins grow up, they don’t stay the same age so we get to follow their adventures. It’s good for kids to grow up with characters who grow up with them. I also liked the changes in Conner. Chris made him grow up a little and not just in his height. It was nice to see his writing being phrased and that though Alex gets the magic, he gets the storytelling gift. It was perfect.

Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series.

OH! I almost forgot. We got a glimpse into the tree that the twins’ father told them about. That was nice.

Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.

Thursday Writing Tip #8

 

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Readers’ Favorite Book Review: Seven Hours

Good Morning!

So, I woke up at 6:00 am and checked my phone because well I still had 40 minutes to sleep. I never made it back to dreamland because I had received a text message from Readers’ Favorite that one of their reviewers have completed their review of my novella.

Would you go back to bed after seeing a text message like that?

So, of course, I logged into my account and scrolled down to the review. My novella was reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite with a rating of 4.

Now, I really don’t care that much about ratings. It’s more about the review itself. Did the reviewer really read my story? Were they able to connect with my main heroine? Was their review helpful? Did it make me happy?  Does it make me cry and want to continue polishing the story line and by that… not releasing the novella on the promised date?

Well, I loved Viga’s review. And, I loved the additional comment (which I already added to the praise page inside the novella). I’m really happy that she saw past the love story ^_^

Where am I going with this?

I want to share the review with you and the comment. Let me guys know what you think and if the review makes you want to read it more.

See below:  

Review:

What would it be like to be born blind and, after 19 years, begin to see? This is a theme Angelina Kerner explores in her novella, Seven Hours. A light, enjoyable read, primarily aimed at teens or young adults, Angelina Kerner builds her story around 19-year-old Chanel. Chanel has lived very well with her disability over the years, has a couple of good friends to assist her when necessary, and gets out and about relatively easily. Nonetheless, her newsworthy parents decide she needs a bodyguard, and hire Leon to protect her against paparazzi onslaughts. Chanel is angered by what she sees as an affront to her independence. She deems it unnecessary babying. But despite herself, and for more reasons than the protection he provides, Chanel comes to love Leon.

While the romantic angle of Seven Hours will appeal to young readers, one would hope they will also be caught up in Kerner’s exploration of what it feels like for a blind person beginning to see people and the world around her/him for the first time. Eyesight is something the sighted take for granted, but through this little story we are forced to look at the world through the eyes of a blind person. What a different world one experiences when all is black. At one point, Chanel asks Leon to describe his eyes. How do you describe eyes to someone who can’t even see shapes or colour? When Chanel’s girlfriend, Bridgette, says her nail polish is orange, what is the colour “orange”? These considerations Kerner presents in Seven Hours give young readers more to think about than just another story about falling in love. An enjoyable exploration of a worthwhile theme. Well done, Angelina Kerner.

Comment:

Congratulations Angelina on breathing life into a theme (blindness) rarely explored in chick lit or young adult fiction. That impressed me and kept me reading, more so than the romantic story line. But you brought it all together nicely to a satisfying finish.

Movie Review: Cool Kids Don’t Cry (2012)

Title: Cool Kids Don’t Cry cool kids  Photo taken from IMBD

Director: Dennis Bots

  • Writers: Karin van Holst Pellekaan, Jacques Vriens (novel)
  • Genre: Drama, Family
  • Language: Dutch, has English subtitles

Source: Amazon Prime Video

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

IMBD Summary: 

“Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children’s novels. Tough prime school girl Akkie loves soccer and can be a real bully. Love is the only thing she’s scared of. When Akkie is diagnosed with Leukemia, she has to fight for her life. On the verge of going to high school, Akkie has to allow love to enter her life, and thus gain courage to accept the inevitable.” Written by Reinier Selen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800372/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

Review:

Today, I wanted to review something different and this movie popped into my head. On Saturday night, I was searching for a movie to watch on Amazon Prime Video and decided to watch it. I didn’t expect not to understand the movie and was thankful for subtitles. Usually I watch Anime or Asian Drama’s with subtitles so it was interesting to listen to Dutch and find words that I understood.

This movie is not a happy one and therefore, if you are looking to watch a movie where there is a happy ending, this movie is not for you. It is an emotional roller coaster. I am very happy to say that I believe the main actress did a terrific job and her job was no easy task. This movie made me cry, mainly because cinematography did do a good job… kidding… well partly… the story-line made me cry.

I’m not so sure that it was too much about love though it was there. It was mainly about one girl’s life and acceptance of the inevitable. Oh, and Dr. Mustache did a good job explaining to her about Leukemia. Sure, the movie was obvious at times, but it didn’t matter because it was about Akki’s journey.

If you’re looking for something emotional to watch or to view an inspiration journey of a young girl through truly tough times, then watch it. Just have tissues next to you.

 

The Seven Hours Team

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If you would like to read more about my awesome team who are totally amazing people, please visit: The Team

There’s been some progress for Seven Hours!

Thursday Writing Tip #7

Book Review: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell) lofs

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at a recycle bookstore

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

What can I say? I bought the book because of the cover and because I love fairy tales. The name ‘Chris Colfer’ didn’t tell me anything until I bought it, brought it home, and looked at the back cover where there’s his photo present. I laughed to myself because I have watched him grow as an actor on the show ‘Glee,’ watched his movie ‘Struck by Lightning,’ and now I have read his first novel in the middle-grade genre series. Guess, one keeps returning to his work.

I have to confess that I have stopped watching Glee, mainly because I believe the story line became boring and I grew out of it.

The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell) was a great read and it was nice to read something for middle school kids that interested me, too. I really like Alex and Connor ‘Wishington.’ Froggy was entertaining and pretty obvious on who he truly was… for adults anyway. Can’t talk for the kids. I’ve also read stories where they told the story of the Evil Queen and they did have a romantic side to her, though I really liked Chris’s twist about the mirror. It would have been nice to get to know the fairies and have one more chapter, but there are more books and I expect we will see a lot more of them.

If I say anything more, I would give away a lot. It is nicely written, good flow, and entertaining. It did take a while for me to get into and it was a lot easier when magic was happening and the kids met Froggy.

I am looking forward to buying the other books in the series and I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers.

 

Inna Komarovsky- Illustrator for 7 Hours

Inna Komarovsky is an illustrator and designer based near Boston, Massachusetts.

One of her favorite things about art is the way it can help us see our everyday experiences with a fresh perspective. Her illustrations are based around drawing by hand or writing by hand because she finds inspiration in the process of putting pencil to paper to express one’s thoughts. Visit her website at: innakomarovsky.com

As promised, a blog post just for Inna because well she did the cover for my novella and I think that she’s awesome!

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Two of my favorite works of hers are:

App Illustration:                                                          Science Classroom Characters:

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