Friday, May 24, 2013

STOP! These are books!


The Object-Book Project:

 My name is Richard Towers (pseudonym of Martinho Torres) and I’m the creator of the Object-Book. The concept is based on a simple principle: each book is also a real and functional object. In 2011, the first two object-books were released: Tempo (the clock-book) and Reflexions (the mirror-book). In 2012, The chess-book “The Challenge” saw the light of the day. Now, its time for Elements – The frame-books.

Elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire – is a fiction tetralogy. The Four Works compose the canvas of existence and, in each book, there are four characters that build a common destiny interweaved by the thread of life. The connection Elements/Life/Soul/Destiny is the motto for the whole scenery: a voyage through time and across the world that determines the Picture of Existence.
The painting, an expressionist work of art, Nuno Castelo's courtesy, represents several scenarios and characters described in the books which leads us to a continuous discover of the stories and the images. The main purpose is to provide a memorable journey through the landscape of imagination, relating images and words like it never has been done before.
This concept is a whole new look at the book and his multiples facets – these books are conceived to compose an art gallery in every house: on the hall, the bedroom, the chamber, the living-room, anywhere...

Imagine your living-room wall with a working clock-book, a mirror-book, a frame-book... You will blow your guest’s mind! They will be asking: what is this? And you will answer: try to guess!... At the end, they will discover... books! Beautiful books hung on the wall! And only you will know the secret stories inside them...
And remember: you'll be getting your copies right on time to decide your Christmas presents...

This one is a highlight on the project from a portuguese television show called "The Next Big Idea":

About Richard Towers:

Richard Towers is the pseudonym of Martinho Torres, born in 1974. He is a portuguese writer and started a revolution on the publishing market by inventing the Object-Book. In 2010, the clock-book “Tempo” was released; in 2011, the mirror-book “Reflexions” reached the stores and, in 2012, the chess-book “The Challenge” was his third object-book to know the light of the day. Richard Towers won several prizes and was recognized for his work – the famous portuguese magazine “Notícias Magazine” rated him has one of the most ingenious portuguese, and the TV show “The Next Big Idea” gave prominence to his work:

The Perks:

Let's take a close look at the perks and the way they work. You'll find a marvellous way to look at books with this innovative perspective. The content is related with the object, so every book is a treaty of literature and image. Now, imagine the stories you will find inside...

        The frame to insert the book                                   Half of the book inside the frame

1. The frame to insert the book             2. Half of the book inside the frame

                                        The book inside the frame - The bump on the edge of the frame   
                            3. The bump on the edge of the frame

                                      All the books inside the frames and hanged on the wall
                 4. All the books inside the frames and hung on the wall
                            The clock-book "Tempo" is a masterpiece and we go round the clock with is turbulent narrative
 5. A masterpiece that makes us go round the clock with is turbulent narrative
                 The clock-book "Tempo" works with a AG13 battery
                         6. The clock-book works with an AG13 battery

   The clock-book "Tempo" works with a AG13 battery             The clock-book "Tempo" can be hanged on the wall
                                 7. It can be hung on the wall

                               he mirror-book "Reflexions" can also be hanged on the wall
                            8. The mirror-book has a real mirror cover
                    The mirror-book "Reflexions" has a real mirror on his cover and the frame-box can be used has a passe-partout
                          9. It can be hung and has a passe-partout
                 The chess-book "The Challenge" comes along with a wood box
10. The chess-book and his luxurious package: wood box with golden lettering
                   The chess-book "The Challenge" has a chessboard as a cover
                                     11. The cover is a chessboard

                              The chess-book "The Challenge" includes the whole set (32 wood chess pieces) to play on the chessboard cover of the book
     12. The chess-book "The Challenge" includes the whole set (32 wood chess pieces) to play on the chessboard cover of the book

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Admired,Filmed and still in Publish : 5 Most famous Novels of Last Century

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To the Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf
To the lighthouse is a novel that has set the milestone for the high modernist novels and was at number 15 on the list of 100 best English Language novels of the 20th century in the Modern Library in the year 1998.This novel was chosen by the TIME magazine as one of the hundred best English Language from 1923 to present in the year 2013. It is among those novels which has been filmed in 1983 and 2007. There are plenty of books which has been written on the theme of this auspicious novel like Finding Myself by Toby Litt, Jayne Joso’s short story was also inspired by To the Lighthouse.
Genre: Modernist, autobiographical.
Characters in Novel: Ramsay, Mrs Ramsey, James, Lily Briscoe, Charles Tansley, Augustus Carmichael, Paul Rayley and Minta Doyl, Prue, Andrew, Camilla.
No of pages: 122.
Date of publish: 5th May 1927.
Publisher: Hogath Press.
The novel is a complete package of emotions and emotional attachment and detachment one experiences are all about. Woolf has been so natural and easy in portraying every character by fulfilling its charm and brightness. 
There are few fights between husband and wife and a father and a son due to difference in opinion and wishes. Whereas the women's suppression that a woman is handicapped and is not capable of doing the technical and difficult work on her own as Lily was taunted by one of the guests that she can not make a good painting. It is the story in which different emotions have been enlightened with the light of deep feelings and thoughts that get changed among the people you are having a relationship with. It is time which makes you alter the opinion and love with the loved ones you are living with. Finally it has been hope one should never leave at any instant of life. The novel is tempting and interesting peace that can be most understood by the students of literature.
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Howards End

By E. M. Forster 
The Modern Library had given the position of 38 to the Howards End under the list of 100 best English Language Novels of the 20th Century in the year 1998. One of its adaptation was aired on television in 1970. In the year 1992 a film was made on the basis of this masterpiece. 
Genre: Social, Romance.
Characters in Novel: Margaret Schlegel, Henry Wilcox, Helen Schlegel, Leonard Bast, Ruth Wilcox, Charles, Theobald ("Tibby") Schlegel, Aunt Juley, Dolly Wilcox, Paul , Jacky Bast , Evie Wilcox, Miss Avery, Percy Cahill, Frieda Mosebach .
No of pages: 256 
Date of publish: 1910 
Publisher: Edward Arnold (London) 
The novel has a pure depiction of class difference and status conscious, strong emotions and deceptions of relationships. Most of the people still follow class difference and are obsessed with their money and pride. In the gloomy way of money, property and status they are unable to value the human as the most important asset of life. E. M Forster has build the novel through very strong characters where Margaret is a strong woman with a big heart always striving to protect and combine her family through the consequences they have faced. Having a stubborn husband with an extramarital affair. The husband who was inflexible and had regrets for the harsh behavior with the class issues and personal relationships, always concerned with the business and his money. The story has a turn when Margaret found her sister expecting a baby without a legitimate relationship. But she kept her footings so strong and never wanted any family member to leave alone. This is a moral story that every woman must read as a source of inspiration that how a woman protects her family in spite of being deceived, gone through harsh behavior, lie and false relationships. Even then she has not left the trust on herself and her family.
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A Passage to India

By E. M. Forster
The novel has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for its fictional depiction in 1924. It also gained the position of 25th in the Modern Library’s list of 100 best English language novels of the twentieth century. It has been a strong source of inspiration for many dramas, theaters, plays and film writers throughout the century in different years like 1960, 1962, 1965, 1984, 2002, 2004.
Genre: Historic Fiction.
Characters in Novel: Dr. Aziz, Cyril Fielding, Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, Ronny Heaslop, Professor Narayan Godbole, Mr. Turton, Mrs. Turton, Maj. Callendar, Mr. McBryde, Miss Derek, Nawab Bahadur, Hamidullah, Amritrao, Mahmoud Ali , Dr. Panna Lal, Ralph Moore, Stella Moore .
No of pages: 336
Date of publish: 1924
Publisher: Edward Arnold, (London)
The story probably the finest piece of writing about the British Raj and Indian history in the journey of independent states with no controversy associated with it. There are four major characters of the novel. Mrs. Moor who wanted her son to be married to Miss Adela Quested. Dr. Aziz and Cyril Fielding. The story is about a trip to the cave in Bihar. Which was dark and there was a lot of echo. Which was very scary.
There was so darkness that in the middle of the way Mrs. Moor rejected to continue the exploration where Adela continued with Dr Aziz and guide. While Dr Aziz was with Mrs Moor the guide did not go along with Adela. She got scared and found faint in one of the caves. Dr Aziz helped her out but Adela accused Dr Aziz that he tried to be physical with her. In spite of it when Dr Aziz slapped the guide because he did not go with Adela in the cave, the echo made her frowned and faint. Dr Aziz was innocent and got free but the accusation brought severe intensity at that time among all the raised in India. The plot is very interesting and takes you in the deep feeling as if you were there seeing everything.
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The Catcher in the Rye

By J. D. Salinger 
The novel was a big hit, for that matter different writers, directors and producers were always approaching Salinger to take the permission for the making of the adaptations. In the year 1949 the first adaptation of the novel was made by the name of “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut”. Slinger did not want his novel to get adapted again, but with his due permission the novel has been adapted in 1961, 2003 and 2010. 
Genre: Historic, autobiographic
Characters in Novel: Holden Caulfield, Mr. Spencer, Ackley, Stradlater, Allie, Jane Gallagher, Sunny, Maurice, Sally Hayes, Phoebe.
No of pages: 224
Date of publish: 16, July, 1951
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
The story is fabulous and a lesson for the boys and girls of today. The same way, there was a boy named Holden who was dismissed from the football team as he lost a few kits. A girl he liked emotionally but did not want to commit physically. Holden was a boy who had many chances to commit the adultery but he wanted to protect his manhood for the appropriate person he wants. He was an emotional person who was so in love with his family, his sister and a brother who died. He was not a womanizer and want others to think alike. He wanted to love a person not only the sexual orientation a person is having. The novel is beautifully scripted through the life of Holden that he got plenty of chances to make a wild decision, whereas he wanted someone to be with him, to relieve his loneliness. The person with no one night stand but to spend the whole life with happiness and joy.This is a kind of story must be read by the youth of today.So they must understand the world of emotions, sentiments and relationships and their importance in life. They should not be made and broken easily or abruptly. They should be made under a strong basis and need for understanding, sharing and caring.
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Oliver Twist

By Charles Dickens
Oliver twist is the second novel written by Charles Dickens. It has been a source of adaptation for many films and movies. It has won many Academy Awards in 1968 for the movie made by motion pictures.
Genre: Historic Fiction Social Criticism.
Characters in Novel: Oliver Twist, Fagin, Artful Dodger, Bill Sikes, Nancy, Mr. Brownlow, Rose Maylie, Charley Bates, Monks, Mr. Bumble, Noah Claypole, Mr. Sowerberry, Toby Crackit, Mrs. Sowerberry, Grimwig,Mrs. Corney, Mrs. Mann, Bull's-eye, Chitfing
No of pages: 362
Date of publish: 1837
Publisher: Richard Bentley Publisher
Charles Dickens is an influential writer with an art of perfect expressions that grabs the attention of the reader, and don’t let the eye to blink. Same goes for the Oliver Twist. The story of an orphan who has gone through the hardship of life in a very young age, which should be the age of laughters, love and protection. The novel has been a weekly edition full of suspense that what will happen next to the Oliver. When he was 9 years of age treated badly with less amount of food and very less facilities. He was kind of an upset individual,sold out when he asked for more food. Because the food which used to be given to him did not fill up his stomach. He escaped from there and went into the web of roberors. Who tried a lot to rupture his true nature. But they failed to corrupt his immaculate soul. He was forced to be a part of the gang for the robbery, he denied and was shot in the left arm and the robbery went to a failure. He never wanted to be a bad man, but wanted a good life away from poverty. But the torment and torture of life does not affect his soul. And the righteousness have won over the evil spirits he has gone through the life. This is a story every kid should read, in order to understand what is present behind the hardships that comes in life.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guest Post by Madhavi Sood


Thank you very much Faiza Butt, who invited me to write this Guest blog for her wonderful Repository of Books. Indeed I am very grateful & feel honored for this opportunity.
On different shades and hues of Life .....
I have seen Life at close quarters from being a high achiever at School & college and later at work. 
Every thing some how came to a stand still when I  had almost died that too in my prime, struck with disease and bed ridden (had a NDE  - near death experience). 
It was perhaps my zest for living, and love from my Family & Doctors care that brought me back from the depths of pain and darkness, for a purpose yet to fulfill  that perhaps egged me on to recover faster and write poems and stories and sketch & paint.  

Traversing and crossing the boundaries of spaces and times through my poems that reached out to me and my own soul and helped me move my body engulfed as it was in aches, pains and ailments. Writing set my soul free and helped my body too recover faster – for here I could express my innermost thoughts and feelings and simply be.
I Believe ..... Sometimes our deepest desires are the ones that push us to move on and do and become all we want to in Life.
At times, I had lost sense of myself in pain and at those times the Light & Nature beckoned me to pen poems and words which flowed down like a cascade, while I was still lying down on my bed; looking through the window at the sky & green trees by my bedside.

My Parents & husband and my in-laws supported me at each step and my Doctors counselled & treated me so that I could live again and come back from a crumbled building to one who could support others and sustain.

I have always been close to Nature and love kids. I feel there is a child inside all of us who gives us freedom to be what we are and can be.  And I am learning this each moment that I have been blessed with a wonderful daughter who teaches me and reminds me each step of the way.

The poems in this book “From the Silence Within”, were written by me whilst I was bed ridden and ‘fighting for life’  some time back.. Most of them are soul stirring, inspiring and motivating the self. Some poems are funny and a few lyrical and some romantic too.  Yet most of them are motivating and dealing with Life in its different shades and hues.

“From the Silence Within” 

“From the Silence within, shall bloom a thousand flowers.
Showered on life’s path, colourful and radiant like the stars.
And as each petal shall unfold.
A brand new verse, a poem, a, new story unspoken will be told.

And as you browse through each page.
A mystery, some wisdom sprinkled will uncage.
For in my silence you will find.
My feelings, my joys and my sorrows hidden behind.

And when I am gone and lost.
These few words do treasure and keep fast.
Just close your eyes and listen from the Silence Within.
For I’ll be there with you forever, through, thick or thin”.

© Madhavi Sood alias Madhavi Mohandas 2012.
Published in ‘From the Silence Within’

I do hope these poems move you, touch your soul and spirit  as much as I loved writing them, for they eased me from pain and gave me a hope to survive.
Hoping that my poems in my book  From the Silence Within  which is actually my soul's first flight  inspires you, awakens you too to become what you want to be and to spread your wings and soar high ...  

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Fable Press June 2013 Speculative Fiction Releases!

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Author: B.N. Mauldin
Genres: Dystopian, Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi
Blurb for "Belligerent":
Official Release Date: June 4, 2013
In a dystopian future the populace is segregated into castes. Belligerents, the lowest of status, are comprised of criminals and outcasts. Content as a faceless Commoner, Ryan has made a life for himself on the streets as a car thief. While the work isn’t the most noble, he’s known as one of the best despite his young age.
Ryan’s skills catch the eye of a flagrant Owner, bent on winning the virtual competition: Vicara. Newly branded as a Belligerent, Ryan struggles for freedom and acceptance at an academy specialized in training teams for Vicara. Ryan’s place on the team is shaky as he learns the truth and tragedy behind the person he
Join the Belligerents as we get our first look into the world of Vicara!


Romance Quartet

Author: Farzana Moon
Genres: Metaphysical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Spiritual Fiction
Blurb for "Romance Quartet"
Official Release Date: June 11, 2013
Balzeeb, the ultimate emblem of beauty and wisdom, is the object of love for two doctors, friends both:Haroon and Latif. While in deep mourning at the death of her third husband, in a Khanaspur cemetery, Balzeeb meets Haroon. Latif and Haroon simultaneously grow closer and apart as they share their pursuit of “The Princess,” as she is known. The spools of mystery surrounding Balzeeb are woven majestically around the myth of the serpent, tragically unaware of her true nature.
Romance Quartet is a weaver's dream, exploring its depths ranging from paranormal to metaphysical and unfolding during the War of Independence which split the continent of Hind into India and Pakistan.
Transcending all religions and impaling the heart, this story’s message is eternal, endearing and not one you
will soon forget.

First Light

Author: Adam Sigrist
Genres: Zombie Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi

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Official Release Date: June 18, 2013
Series Name: The Zombie Prophecies
Blurb for "First Light":

Worldwide plague? Government conspiracy? Bioweapon disaster? Hell set loose?
You’re not even close...
Struggle alongside Donovan and his friends as they desperately cling to survival in a world ravaged by
the undead, monsters and other horrors. After being bitten, Donovan is led towards a flashing light in
the distance. Does the beacon offer salvation or merely a new challenge for him?
Zombies, monsters, secrets and lies. All of these things hurt, and kill, indiscriminately; finding you no
matter where/who you are. The Zombie Prophecies begins with these horrors and a mysterious light
calling survivors to a ruined apartment complex. Familiar, expected causes behind a zombie apocalypse
are absent, replaced with a fresh, horrifying view on the end of our world.

Trial by Fire

Author: Margarita Gakis
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Witchcraft, Supernatural
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Official Release Date: June 25, 2013
Series Name: Covencraft
Blurb for "Trial by Fire”
Jade leads a structured life:
Routine job.
Caffeine addiction.
No serious relationships.
And now, she can spontaneously set things on fire with her mind.
Well... perhaps “normal” was never in the cards for her. As she questions her own sanity and spirals out
of control, a man appears on her doorstep and tells her that, like him, she’s a witch.
Pulled in all directions, her unbridled magic draws dangerous attention and Jade wonders if she’s made
the worst mistake of her life by joining a coven, or if she’ll even live long enough to regret it.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A funny story "Delilah Dusticle" by A.J.York

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Delilah Dusticle has special powers, she can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters Delilah can run up walls and reaches places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

This is the first in a series of touching and funny stories about Delilah Dusticle. Follow her on a journey of self-discovery, friendship and adventure.



A suit of armour standing beside her in the hall coughed and shot out a puff of dust from its helmet. “Staff are not permitted to fraternise with the family and any shenanigans would lead to instant dismissal,” wheezed the armour. 

“Don’t I know it,” said Delilah who then waved her duster at the falling dust cloud making it vanish in mid-air. For good measure she selected her dandelion duster and polished the armour, who was very ticklish and kept giggling. She then made her way to the staff kitchen for dinner.

Delilah Dusticle is a short story, 33 pages, that has been enjoyed by young people and adults alike. 

About the Author

First let me introduce Grumpy Stone. (see  image called Grumpystone)  I found him on a beach in my home town in Essex, England.  Grumpy has become my writing mascot. It is more fun to look at a picture of him than one of me. Promise.
About me? Well I grew up in the UK, but was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. My childhood influences were a mix of Pippi Longstocking and The Flumps. I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Masters degree from Goldsmiths. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg, where I am writing the Delilah Dusticle series. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!

Follow Delilah on Twitter: @delilahdusticle

Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventure will be released in September 2013. Here is a taster illustration from the second installment.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

To Spoil or Not to Spoil -- the Problems of Publicizing a Sequel

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Guest post for Faiza Iqbal by Karen A. Wyle

Since self-publishing my first novel in October 2011, I've had plenty of practice in publicizing my work. But now, as I prepare for the release of my third novel, I face a new conundrum. Novel Number Three, Reach: a Twin-Bred novel, is the sequel to Novel Number One, Twin-Bred. How do I tell readers what to expect without "spoiling" the first novel for those who haven't read it?

Here's a typical teaser for Twin-Bred:

Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?

Humans have lived on Tofarn, planet of creeks and rivers, for seventy years, but they still don't understand the Tofa. The Tofa are an enigma, from their featureless faces to the four arms that sometimes seem to be five. They take arbitrary umbrage at the simplest human activities, while annoying their human neighbors in seemingly pointless ways. The next infuriating, inexplicable incident may explode into war.

Scientist Mara Cadell's radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin, Levi, died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Perhaps Mara should have expected the enigmatic Tofa to have their own reasons to support her project. Perhaps the ever-cynical Levi should have warned her that members of the human government might use her twins as weapons against the Tofa. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

Once you've read that blurb, here's some what you don't know:

--Do the Twin-Bred (the fraternal twins in question) live to maturity?

--Does Mara Cadell survive until the end of the book?

--What, exactly, are the schemes that others outside the Project have for the Twin-Bred, and do any of them succeed?

--Do the Twin-Bred manage to bring peace, or at least reduce the danger of war, between their native communities?

--Does anything change in the relationship (if we can call it that) between Mara and her never-born twin Levi in the course of the book?

--How do the events of the book change the principal characters -- and who are those characters, anyway? . . .

All well and good. So how do I describe the sequel without answering at least some of those questions?

Well-established authors may be able to assume that most of those considering the purchase of a sequel will have already read the earlier book(s). But I can't realistically place myself in that category. Also, I've been learning about book publicity, as well as about the craft of writing, since I published Twin-Bred in October 2011. I hope to reach potential readers whom I didn't manage to reach with either of my earlier novels. Reach: a Twin-Bred novel will be my third published novel, and it will probably be the first one to come to some folks' attention.

Now that I've posed the problem, I should be able to present the solution. Sorry, folks -- if there's a formula, I'd love to hear it! All I've been able to do is keep my spoilers as few and as vague as possible.

On Smashwords, where Reach is already "live," there are two levels of description, one shorter and one longer. The shorter appears in "summary views," and goes to "some" retailers; the longer is distributed to "most" retailers. Both appear on the book page. Here's what I came up with for both. 



Short Description :

In this sequel to Twin-Bred, scientist Mara Cadell and the Twin-Bred she helped to create embark on a new and perilous journey -- except for one pair who remain on Tofarn, attempting to live in the human and Tofa communities. Meanwhile, events on Tofarn approach a crisis, in which former host mothers Laura and Veda are deeply involved.

And here's the longer description:

Scientist Mara Cadell created the Twin-Bred -- pairs of fraternal twins, one human and one Tofa -- to bridge the profound and dangerous gap between the human colonists on Tofarn and the indigenous Tofa. Unexpectedly, it is the Tofa host mothers who now claim the capacity to bring peace between the two. The Twin-Bred themselves have been forced to abandon their mission and their planet, in the hope of finding a less hostile home. Only one pair remain behind, seeking to build new and separate lives with their own kind.
But Mara and the Twin-Bred should know by now that plans provide little protection. New challenges are in store for all the Twin-Bred, and for those whose lives they touch.


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