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(Video) Official Trailer for The Reluctant Fundamentalist! (Directed by Mira Nair)

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

popout: Trailer for The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The official trailer for the film adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist looks good! It’s directed by Mira Nair, and stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson (totally unrecognizable by the way), Liev Schrieber and Kiefer Sutherland.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Here’s a description of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (published by Harcourt):

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting.

Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Paul Levinson! @PaulLev

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Paul Levinson to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! Paul’s novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999, and was published as an “author’s cut” Kindle edition in 2012. His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards.

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


The Silk Code (Phil D'Amato series) by Paul Levinson

Describe your book The Silk Code (Phil D’Amato series) in ten words or less

The Silk Code weaves together Neanderthals, Amish, DNA, NYPD, subatomic physics, and silk.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

When our kids were little, we used to travel to Lancaster, PA every summer, where I realized that the Amish had much more profound knowledge than we give them credit for.

Also, I’ve realized for years that there must have been all sorts of knowledge in prehistoric, preliterate times that has been lost to us.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Dr. Phil D’Amato: He’s an NYPD forensic detective, and I’m an author and professor, but Phil thinks and reacts the same way I would in extreme, fantastic situations.

And, for that matter, in everyday life situations, too. Or, at least, I think so …

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I’m a Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. I love teaching, and I find it very conducive to my writing.

Not working a 9-5 job gives me much control over my time, and therefore much more opportunity to write.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I was in the process of converting The Plot to Save Socrates into an ebook [now also available on Kindle).

I never believed that Socrates refused to escape Athens when he had the chance, and drank the hemlock. This time travel novel tells what really happened back then, and why …

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

The authors that most influenced me were Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein – I can only hope that if you like their work, you’d like mine.


Thanks again for stopping by, Paul Levinson! You can learn more about the author via his website: PaulLevinson.net, blog: Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress, Facebook: paul.levinson, and Twitter: @PaulLev.

 The Silk Code (Phil D’Amato series) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

Check out Paul Levinson’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through his other books!

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With K. V. Witten!

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author K. V. Witten to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Helmort by K. V. Witten

Describe your book Helmort in ten words or less

Helmort‘ is the story that inspired Bram Stoker to write ‘Dracula’.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

Two things happened in close succession. One, I was taking medical classes in school. Two, I started becoming interested in my family’s history. Specifically, my mother’s name.

Imagine you’re a young woman, holding your first-born in your arms, a perfect little girl. Why would you name her ‘Helgard’?

(Yes, it means the same in both German and English – ‘guard of hell’ – though ‘hel’ in German translates more into ‘land of the dead’ rather than the ‘pit of flames’ more usual in English.)

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Helmort is closest to my heart because I like exploring different mindsets.

For example, he does not view killing humans as being any different from humans killing cows. (If anything, he feels his killing humans is more justified because he does it to survive while humans kill animals simply because they like the taste.)

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I was a Licensed Practical Nurse who recently finished school to become a Registered Nurse.

It was during my studies that I realized vampires could be real. Not the supernatural, shape-shifting, killed-by-sunlight version popularized by movies but the realistic, needs-to-drink-human-blood-to-survive creature described in Eastern European folktales.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

In ‘Helmort‘, vampirism is passed similarly to hemophilia (aka the ‘bleeding disease’). Therefore female vampires would be exceedingly rare and important because they are the key to creating more vampires.

I am currently working on the sequel to ‘Helmort’.

(The females are coming…)

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

Hmm. Interesting question.

The obvious answer would be ‘Dracula’ (if it were written in a more modern style) but several people have told me that ‘Helmort’ reminds them of Edgar Allan Poe’s works.


 Helmort is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Meme: Friday Finds (February 22)

February 22, 2013 1 comment

For the weekly Friday Finds meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Bossypants by Tina Fey More Than a Bucket List: Making Your Dreams, Passions, and Faith a Reality by Thomas Nelson Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler The Round House by Louise Erdrich 11th Hour (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott Just One Day by Gayle Forman Mind Games by Kiersten White The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Shards and Ashes by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Veronica Roth and Kami Garcia

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Marquita Herald! @martyinmaui

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Marquita Herald to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! Marquita Herald is a personal growth specialist, creator of the award winning life design blog IGG – Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Ideas, and the author of 5 books on life by design.

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It's Your Time Now - A Guide to Living Your Life by Design by Marquita Herald

Describe your book It’s Your Time Now – A Guide to Living Your Life in ten words or less

There are really only two ways to live your life.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I’ve been writing about life design, and the power each of us has to create our own life experience, for a little over two years. To a great degree I follow the interests and feedback from my readers, and this book was no exception.

I heard loud and clear from my readers that they liked the idea of living with greater intention; the problem was where to begin when their lives where already full of commitments, relationships and personal baggage. That feedback, and providing the roadmap to create meaningful life change, was the basis for creating the new book.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

I especially enjoyed writing the section on successful life changes.

So many people are aware they want more in life, maybe even know what they need to do to get it, but get stuck when it comes to dealing with change.

Understanding how to push through the fear and manage life transitions is powerful stuff and mastering this skill alone can help to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?

Actually, I’ve worked too hard to become a full-time author to think about doing anything else at this point.

My early career was in sales and marketing for the travel industry, and then I spent nearly a decade as a life and small business coach. But I’ve always been a writer. When I wasn’t writing for myself, my employer of the moment made sure I was writing for them. I’ve written everything from sales brochures, to press releases, scripts for travel industry promo films, to a book on nutritional programs for a local Hawaiian nonprofit … and eventually I launched my blog, and that lead to publishing my first book early last year.

I was compelled to finally make the leap to full time author as a result of the feedback and encouragement from my readers and fellow bloggers.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

My next book is due out at the end of November and is about the power of self-belief.

We were born into this world with no sense of what we could or could not do. Then, bit by bit life started to teach us limits. But self-belief is learnable, and we can overcome those limitations – it’s about having the courage to become the hero of your own life story.

Bonus Question! Words of wisdom to aspiring authors …

Just do it.

Seriously, I’m in a lot of writer/author groups and when I hear someone keep talking about how they want to be a writer, or they intend to write a book, I can’t help but reflect on advice a seasoned author gave me at the first writer’s conferences I ever attended. I’d just uttered those infamous words – I want to be a writer – and she looked at me and said, “You are already a writer, now you have to do the work to let the world know what you have to say.”


Thanks again for stopping by, Marquita Herald! You can learn more about the author via her website/Blog: www.inspiredgiftgiving.com, Facebook: inspiredgiftgiving, and Twitter: @martyinmaui and Pinterest: martyinmaui.

 It’s Your Time Now – A Guide to Living Your Life is available on Amazon (Kindle).

Check out Marquita Herald’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through her other self-help books!

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