Monday, July 27, 2020

The Lycan Trilogy - Qistina | Character Highlights/ Facts

The Lycan Trilogy - Qistina | Character Highlights/ Facts 

The Lycan Trilogy is one of my favorite paranormal series I wrote. This was supposed to be my debut novel, but I ended up writing Randolph Duology first. The character Lucian had always been in the back of my mind for over a year and a half before I penned him.

I created a fictional character "Qistina" for this series since I wanted something unique that hasn't been used before. Here are some highlights and facts about the character.

The Gods mentioned in this series are fictional (Characters created only for the sake of this series) and doesn't belong to any mythology or folklore. I didn't want to use Greek or any other mythological Gods since that would force me to change a lot of things.

Read the series on Inkitt.


Qistina:

Meaning - Daughter of Justice and Light 
  • The most powerful and dangerous being on the planet
  • Has a protector that shadows her all the time
  • Must maintain a perfect balance of good and evil
  • Responsible to protect and maintain peace among the races
  • Can be killed only by the person she truly loves


Qistina is a feminine name in use in Arabic speaking countries meaning "justice."

Qistina is a fictional character born out of the author's imagination.

The younger God of Justice and Light—DikaiosΓ½ni—created her to suppress the chaos on earth.

A Qistina is born once in every thousand years.

She’s a magical being that didn't belong to the earth or of any universe.

DikaiosΓ½ni made her in a way that she could only be bound by true love.

A curse of fellow Gods bound her to love. Without true love, she will perish.

She’s a perfect combination of good and evil. However, falling in love has suppresses her evil side. So, the readers only see her warm, fuzzy persona for majority of book one.

There are a total of three Qistinas in the story.

Isadora—The Lost Qistina—is the first Qistina to be ever born.

She’s adopted and raised by an evil witch called Guinevere.

Without love, Isadora losses control over her powers and was believed to be disintegrated in the air.

DikaiosΓ½ni saves Isadora from death and locks her into the deepest depth of the sea.

Years later, Isadora is discovered by deep sea explorers and is taken to a secret research facility.

Isadora officially appears in Book 2, Vicissitude—A Beast Within when her subconscious mind finally awakes.

Isadora is drawn to Alexandra's powers thereby finding her in the human realm. She's the first one to warn Alexa about the apocalypse.

Isadora is still weak and is able to connect with Alexandra only for short duration at a time.

Isadora tries to communicate with the others and fail. Nate is able to connect with her and see through her eyes toward the end of the Book 2.

The evil witches learns that consuming a Qistina’s heart will make them invincible.

Witch Gretchen tricks Megara—the second Qistina—to fall in love with her son. He cuts her heart out while making love to her.

DikaiosΓ½ni creates the third Qistina—Alexandra—and hides her in the human realm far away from the evil and the eyes of the other Gods. He chose Lucian—the Lycan and Elf hybrid prince—as her protector and lover.

When the witch Gretchen finds out Lucian is the protector of the next Qistina, she tries to kill him. But her actions bring him straight to Alexandra in the human realm.

Alexandra and Lucian falls in love, thereby allowing her to have better control over her powers.


To be continued...


Sunday, July 12, 2020

My Journey with Inkitt 2018-2020

My Journey with Inkitt 2018-2020



Hello all,

It's been a while and hope you're all safe during this pandemic that has forced us indoors. Though I have more time in hands than before, work has also increased considerably in the past weeks and keeping me engaged all the time. The COVID situation hasn't improved here or nowhere near improving unless they found a solution. I hope the hardworking researchers find the medicine/vaccine to this deadly disease. I bow to all of the front-liners who are working hard and I pray for your health. Thank you for risking your health and lives to keep us safe. 

I was writing a chapter to post on Inkitt last week and a thought crossed my mind. It feels like yesterday I joined them, but it's already been over two years. Looking back, I think it was one of the best decisions I made. 

2 years ago in Feb 2018, I wrote a blog post about my experience with Inkitt. If you haven't read that post, you can read it here. I also posted FAQs on Inkitt earlier, you can read it here

A lot has changed since 2018. Though I joined Inkitt in mid-2017, I started actively using it only in 2018. 

What has changed during these two years? 

Well, I became their VIP author and Inkitt Icon :) So far, I've had only positive experiences with them. Sure there were a few ups and downs throughout the journey, but overall it is a good experience.

When I started the Inkitt app was still under development and had very minimal features compared to its competitors. However, they have been consistent with upgrading their platform to suit both the authors and the readers. We got to work participate in their regular survey and able to share our feedback on the platform. What made me happy was to see our suggestions being considered and they fulfilled all of our requests.

If you see the web platform, mobile app, or the writing app it's much more user friendly with advanced features. 

The next thing to talk about is my relationship with the staff. They're still reliable and very quick with their responses. I appreciate the effort they put into interacting with me or checking in on me when I go a hiatus. Lol. I do that sometimes when life gets hard. But it makes me feel warm when the staff check-in asking if everything is going well with me. 

Both the support team and the operations team are very professional, yet friendly. I've had a few calls with them in the past and it's great to see many of my suggestions are taken care of. One thing that makes Inkitt stand apart from the others is their level of communication. At least I don't have to get through multiple gatekeepers to contact the HQ. Having them in a close reach offers me great assurance in all aspects.

The next is the community. Many readers had followed me from Wattpad to Inkitt. First of all, thanks to you. It is because of you that I'm able to do what I love to do the most. The community has been great with a more mature audience. Their honest feedback helps me grow as an author.  

I know many authors aren't comfortable posting their drafts online. The authors who write online are often looked down upon. But things have changed a lot for me. I think writing online is what shaped me into who I am today. The readers act as my beta readers and always keen to catch my blind spots. One thing I love is that when I slack off they are always there to remind me that I have a story to write. 

This has helped me with maintaining my consistency in writing and complete stories faster. My publisher was initially wary of writing online, but now they understand. I've heard many authors saying that the traditional publishers turning down their submission because they posted it online. Well, that's not the case with me. Also, Editingle Indie House, a traditional indie publishing house I co-own with my best friend accepts stories that were shared on online platforms such as Inkitt. We have signed a couple of Inkitt authors to be published under our banner.

Inkitt has been a safe place to share my original drafts for the past two years and my opinion hasn't changed. I feel assured with their secure platform and haven't had a single instance where I had to pull my stories off because of plagiarism. As an author, this is the first priority to me and one of the main reasons I'm staying with the platform. 

Inkitt allows me to share my stories to my readers for free, it helps me to communicate with them while protecting my stories. I like their new interface better and wish them better luck for continued success. 

If you aren't following me on Inkitt already, here's a link to my profile. My stories are exclusive to Inkitt and I also post bonus chapters of my published stories here. 

Here's my new guide to Inkitt reading and writing app.



 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Review: Red Velvet & Anemones | Pagosa Cliffs Collection


Red Velvet & Anemones by Author M.M. Ward

Bitter or Better?


Summary:

Betrayal always offers the choice: Bitter or Better?

After her sister's death, wedding cake artist Milli Velvet Haywood left her busy life in Vegas behind; Hoping for a new beginning in the small town resort community of Pagosa Cliffs, Colorado. But with a newstart comes challenges. Her attempt to return to her old life brings a different set of dangers. Can she move forward and be better? Or will the bitterness of her life sour her future chances at happiness and love.

This story is all about choices. It is about overcoming versus succumbing.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Hybrid Queen | Book Teaser | Mia Walter Edwards

The Hybrid Queen | Book Teaser | Mia Walter Edwards

Once upon a time Mia fantasized about the supernaturals.  When she moves to Brookedge, everything changes for her.

She finds herself in the midst of centuries-old war with a thousand year old Vampire King, who’s hot on her heels to claim her as his own. The attraction towards the Vampire King is inevitable and to make things worse, she is already mated to the Lycan King, who is possessive as heck with an uncontrollable beast.

A recent incident unlocks the full potential of magic in her blood, which sends her stumbling into the darkness everyone fears about. A mate's blood can bind her, but only love can save her.

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 π’Šπ’ π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’ƒπ’π’π’Œ π’‘π’Šπ’„π’Œ 𝒖𝒑 π’‡π’“π’π’Ž π’˜π’‰π’†π’“π’† π’Šπ’• 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‡π’Šπ’“π’”π’• π’ƒπ’π’π’Œ.


Friday, May 15, 2020

25 Motivating Leadership Quotes - Part 4

25 Motivating Leadership Quotes - 
Part 4


Everyone needs some motivation to get through the obstacles of daily life. It's easy to lose your motivation with all that work stress, especially with the kind of responsibility you have to shoulder every day. Here's your daily boost of motivating leadership quotes by famous leaders and philosophers to keep you inspired.

1. "A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together." – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe



2. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another."  — John C. Maxwell


3. "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." — John C. Maxwell


4. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." — Jack Welch


5. "Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." — Peter F. Drucker


6. "Doing what is right isn't the problem. It is knowing what is right." — Lyndon B Johnson


7. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." — Winston Churchill


8. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." — Harold R. McAlindon


9. "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." — Robert Louis Stevenson


10. "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." — Edith Wharton


11. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." — William Arthur Ward


12. "Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." — Vince Lombardi


13. "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." — Andrew Carnegie


14.  "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." — Eleanor Roosevelt


15. "You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go." — Jeanette Rankin


16. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." — John F. Kennedy


17. "The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them." — Carlos Ghosn


18. "Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead." — Pete Hoekstra


19. "Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." — Orrin Woodward


20. "To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult." — Friedrich Nietzsche


21. "Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want." — Dianne Feinstein


22. "Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out." — Stephen Covey


23. "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." — John Kenneth Galbraith


24. "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." — John Buchan


25. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. — Warren Bennis



The Lycan Trilogy - Qistina | Character Highlights/ Facts

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