I’m so thrilled to announce that my debut novel, SeQuence has been selected as one of the finalists in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. I’m totally chuffed that the judges were the very readers I wrote this book for. (The YA category was judged by Young Adults from several secondary schools in the UK.) Winners will be announced on the 1st of April, but I’m delighted I made it this far! I even got a really cool certificate, and I’m feeling pretty awesome!
Here’s to dreams coming true!
So tonight, I sat down to watch King Arthur–Legend of the Sword and for the first time ever, I couldn’t finish watching a movie that centres around the Arthurian legends. I love watching anything with a sword i.e movies set before the seventeenth century.
Arthurian legends are so close to my heart such that any time a new movie so much as touches on Arthur, his knights, Lancelot, Merlin, Camelot or dragons…I’m bought. But tonight I was so underwhelmed, I’m going to bed with a broken heart.
Mention Arthur and I immediately think honour, valour, love and magic. But King Arthur: Legend of the sword, although it had fabulous actors, I felt the movie tried to modernise an aged tale and lost everything that makes the original tale so incredibly charming. The language, tone, music, and humour just didn’t fit the era. But I adored the actors. Great casting — it’s just the way the story was told didn’t quite work for me. But don’t let me put you off. I have specific taste when it comes to myths and legends.
To my mother, Asele,
A mother’s love is unconditional. Your love for me is absolute—it never wavers. My love for you is forever—and today I write for you…
All that I am is because of you. You raised me well and you raised me right. Today, January 22nd as we celebrate your 60th birthday, I’m in tears. But these are not tears of sadness, these are tears of happiness, hope, courage, love and everything in between for you are loved.
You have a big and loving heart. And yes, it hurts that I’m not there to celebrate with you, but even as five thousand miles separate us, our hearts are as close as they’ve always been. You’re my number one, and no matter where I go, who I meet or what I do, you’ll always be my first love.
Happy birthday, Mum! I wish you plenty of love, happiness, good health and many more years to come.
I love you, Mum.
A Happy New Year!
Well, it’s been quite a festive period and I hope you all had a fantastic time. However, like all things, the holidays have come to an end, but I’m still buzzing because when one door closes, another one opens. It’s such a lovely feeling to write a blog on the first day of the year. Already my head is whirling with several New Year’s Resolutions and writing keeps me focused on what I hope to achieve in 2018.
I’ve self-published three books so far in the past 14 months and it’s been a wonderful experience.
But I love experimenting and would still like to try traditional publishing. After taking a break from querying agents and/or traditional publishers, I believe it’s time to start again. That’s my first 2018 resolution. If I can call myself a hybrid author by the end of Dec 2018, that would be an amazing achievement. I’ll still continue to self-publish some of my books so it would be like having the best of both worlds.
Below are a few positive quotes that I’m trying to live by. Hopefully, you might find some inspiration from some if not all of these.
#1. Try something you’ve never tried before
#2. Challenge yourself
#3. Dream…dream and dream big
#4. Don’t stop believing
#5. Keep pushing, keep working, keep trying
#6. Don’t look back, look ahead
#7. You’re responsible for your destiny
#8. Your life is what you make of it
#9. Surround yourself with positivity
#10. Silence the voice of doubt inside your head
• #10 resonates with me so much, and I think some of us might have a similar issue. If there is a voice inside your head that tells you that you can’t do it, today is the day to silence it. It can be done, and it will be done. Make 2018 the year that dreams come true. I’ve written a little quote that I hope applies to you too.
“2018 is my year! Everything that happens in my year and in my life is because I will it. I am the driver of my destiny. I have the power to live my life the way I want to. I am free. I am happy. I am determined.”
As for me, I feel refreshed, energised and ready to deliver better stories, better books and better everything in 2018.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2018 filled with lots of good fortune, love, peace and happiness!
15 Reasons why I love Christmas!
Christmas is the most magical time of the year and today I spent it in the company of amazing family and friends. Of course, some of my family and friends were not with me physically, but just knowing that they were thinking of me as much as I was thinking of them makes it all okay. Before the day is gone, I thought to just highlight 15 reasons why Christmas time is so special to me.
15 reasons why I love Christmas
1. A time for love
2. A time for family
3. A time for friends
4. A time for everyone
5. A time for sharing
6. A time for peace
7. A time for joy
8. A time for reflection
9. A time for redemption
10. A time to laugh
11. A time to dream
12. A time to hope
13. A time to smile
14. A time to feel
15. A time to love
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all!
Today I’ve picked up my SeQuence books again after a few weeks of very minimal fantasy writing. I’ve been putting most of my efforts in self-editing my upcoming Young Adult Contemporary Romance Novel, Fairytale Dad.
I’m pleased to say I’m absolutely thrilled with the progress.
An anonymous reader from the Romantic Novelists Association read Fairytale Dad and her feedback has been invaluable. I received a detailed report on plot, structure, characters, setting, character names, conflict etc. This has been a great help in helping me shape this book for the better and I can’t wait to finally say it’s ready. So heartfelt thanks to my reader and to the Romantic Novelists Association.
Since I’m back in my fantasy world, below is one of my favourite quotes from the Heart of the Ocean Series.
Have a great weekend!
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Peace, Love & Prosperity!
Sat, November 18, 2017.
Today, I’m feeling blessed, and I know hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same. It seemed the ideal day to highlight one of my favourite quotes from the Heart of the Ocean Series.
“One doesn’t build peace by hurling sticks and stones. Peace is built through peace.” Ralda –SeQuence Entangled
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Several readers have asked me why I write and who I write for. Hmm, the short answer is…I write because I have stories bursting to be told. However, my writing has evolved over time. At first, I wrote for me. I didn’t have an audience in mind. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t even think I’d publish my scribbles. All I had was the passion to tell a story, tell it well, and see it to the end. I wrote stories I wanted to read. But as time went on and my stories became public, I realised I didn’t just write for me but for others too.
Since then, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support from readers and authors alike and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you!
The way I see it; writing for myself was only the beginning. Writing from the heart has always been my passion. Writing with readers at the core of my stories is now my inspiration.
A few weeks ago, I promised to share some of the comments from the giveaway optional questions that I’ve recently run. I’ve picked ten random answers from ten unique readers and I’ve highlighted some of my favourite words/phrases. Thank you so much to everyone who filled in the questionnaire!
Question: Just for Fun. If you found yourself stuck in the world of SeQuence, which character would you rather be with and why? (Optional)
• Dante because he’s my kind of hero.
• Dante because drool worthy characters are my favorite.
• Dante because he is willing to put aside himself for when duty calls. He is willing to fight for others and would protect me wherever we were in Zeneshia. He would care for me and is capable of overwhelming love. I would feel safe with him.
• Dante. He’s a charming character! Swoon-worthy! *heart eyes* I needn’t say more*smiles*
• Jad. I’m team Jad all the way!
• Jad. I’d like to be Jad so I can protect my good friend Alessia.
• Jad because he’s a genuine guy with a big heart!
• Jad because he’s lost so much and I want him to be happy. I’ll give him what he’s lost and more!
• Zaira because I adore her very much.
• Zaira. She’s amazing and so loving and loveable! My favorite character by far.
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted their answers. Your engagement and support mean the world to me!
FYI – the first giveaway ran in July 2017. The second giveaway is currently running and will end on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. If you’d like to enter, please copy and paste this link into your browser: – https://goo.gl/forms/XYJH9MUWJPk7WOzH3
Have a great day!