Author Interview: A. H. Amin, Author of the Psychs Series


Today, I am honored to feature an interview with author A. H. Amin, author of the Psychs Series!

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little intrest in literature.
He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

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Welcome to Ketch’s Book Nook, A.H. Amin! Let’s start the interview with you tell us something unique about yourself.

Well if you ever happen to spot me in a crowd you will find me as the one zoning out… I’ve always had an imaginative mind because I was born as an expatriate, moving from one place to another and hardly retained the friends I acquired. Eventually, this turned out to be good practice for my writing path. I also play the piano and I like drawing too… oh… and I am a dentist, thought I should keep that information about me for last, just in case you have a phobia of dentists.

No phobia of dentists here. ;) But on the subject of you being a dentist and a writer, how do you balance the time between two careers?

I have to say, it was not easy, but eventually I developed a system in which I could stabilize that equation, and in this day and age with the digital world intertwining with the real world, doing that have become possible, not easy… but possible. I plan my writing first before I start the actual work by writing notes of each chapter, and then I try my best to write 1000 words per day at night, more than a thousand words on the weekends. I then filter what I wrote after the first draft 10 pages at a time. I try to separate the life of dentistry from the writing life, but when it becomes hard to do so I give writing a break, although it will be all I think about in the end.

Was it always your dream to become a writer?

In a way, yes. I have always been fascinated by the idea of creating a story, but I have never pictured myself doing the actual work, and I mean being someone who sits down and actually write. I thought I would make a movie instead of a book. So the answer is, yes, it was always my dream to be a story teller.

What inspired you to write the Psychs series?

I wanted to create something unique and out of the norm where I am from, because in the fiction thriller genre, the types of stories, whether they were books or movies, they don’t put much thought into it in the middle east, and that is surprisingly strange coming from the world that brought books like One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali-Baba. I think that that spirit got diluted with time and I, among other unique authors, are trying to bring that spirit through our writing and hope to inspire others like us to share their part of creativity.

You use a unique method when it comes to weaving Psychs’s timeline and perspective. On the one hand, we follow Hassan in a first-person account during his younger years in a more modern timeline; on the other, the reader gets to see an omnipresent third-person view of events that are occurring for Hassan ten years into the future. What made you decide to take these two points of view and what was it like to write them?

The reason behind this was because I didn’t want to write the actual timeline when the scenes change, I wanted the reader to know that by just noticing the change in the writing style, as if he or she is stepping into another story, as if they are reading two books at the same time. Writing them was a very interesting thing, because when it comes to the first person, in which we follow Hassan through his younger years, it felt like writing my memoir, because even though the story was fiction, the feelings are real and based on my personal experiences in my college years, it felt more personal than writing them in the third person.

If you could be any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well it is not who I would want to be that matters, it’s who I already am… though each character has a part of me, I would say that Adam Goldfish have had the largest share. Creating Adam was not easy, and I had to recreate his situation, I even sat for hours in my room, pulling my hands inside my shirt just to imagine how it felt like to be inside a prison without hands. I like Adam in this book because he really doesn’t give up, he is a hard headed person… like me :)

In Psychs, we get the chance to meet and get to know some interesting secondary characters, including Adam and Elizabeth. Will Hassan be meeting these characters again in the second novel, Iblis, or any future novel in the Psychs series?

Yes… he will, and sooner than you think… that is all I have to say.

What are your future goals for the Psychs series, and what other novels are on your writing wish list?

The main books concerning the Psychs series are four. I am planning on releasing spin-offs too, one of them is already out there for free, Psychs 1st, which follows Hassan on a path where he finds himself in doubt about the choices he made for his life. Another novel I plan to release, hopefully this summer, is Kima, an inspirational story based on an actual event that had occurred in South Africa in 1928, following two kids who meets a mysterious woman with an unbelievable story to tell. I am also working on a comic book series which I am personally illustrating, the first issue will be released soon, marking the first of 26 to come.

Tell us about favorite place to write? What makes it your favorite?

Any quiet place where I can set my laptop on is a good writing environment for me honestly. But writing ideas, collecting data, and planning the chapters events… in other words, the actual thinking, is something I like to do in a library. It feels as if I am absorbing the knowledge from the books around in an osmosis way, it helps me think clearer.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I don’t have a specific genre honestly, but I like the books that have something for everyone. Like if it was a romance story, I’d like the character to be a lawyer for example whom her mother is the victim and the opposing council is the one she ends up with… hey! I think I just found my new idea :)

Which do you prefer, warm weather climates or cold weather climates?

I prefer warm weather, I like sunny days and clear blue skies, it is more relaxing to me. The only thing I like about cold weather is wearing jackets.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

Seeing my first book in print. It was the closest thing to having my first born.

I have to agree. Thank you, A.H. Amin!! I should be receiving my paperback of Iblīs here shortly, and I can’t wait to read it. Readers, be sure to check out A. H. Amin’s thrilling series for yourselves. You can purchase his novels in e-format and/or paperback using the links below. 

Psychs 1st (Psychs  #0.5)

Psychs 1st’ is a spinoff from the ‘Psychs series’ that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth. He decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to 7 of the ghosts by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got them, only to discover that he is there to do much more than that.

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Psychs (Psychs #1)

It started with a feeling, followed by a realization, then ended up into a future. All that started by the tragic event of his birth and revealed by a near death, and ever since, he had never been alone. Sequential events started to occur in two cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, escalating into chaos. At that point, he finds himself in an enigma he’s not aware of the cause. Using his miraculous gift, which gives him knowledge and guards him, he will be placed in that chaos to try and figure out the truth, and for that, he is being marked. In these perilous times, he can only hope for a miracle other than the one he has.

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Iblīs (Psychs #2)

With no more options to venture through, Hassan will be left with only one choice; to flee and start up a new life, leaving all the ties that have braced his entire being. But some ties are too tight, when severed; it will change his balance and force him back to face a tragedy.
Following his leads, Hassan will find himself roaming the streets of London for reprisal. Even with eight spirits by his side, which are connected to him by the tragic event of his birth, he will feel outnumbered, going against the Minerva Group and its limitless arsenal of agents and brutes. Hassan will desperately try his best to stay out of their reach until he finds a way to cut his losses short.
But being too deep in the belly of the beast, he may end up losing more; his life, or even worse… his sanity.

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Cover Reveal: Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia


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Castle of Sighs
by Jennifer Murgia
Young Adult Fiction – Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Book Summary:

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.

After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

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***Praise for FOREST OF WHISPERS***

“Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . . the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale.”
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“A story of magick and discovery.” — Readers’ Favorite:

Five-Star review for FOREST OF WHISPERS

“FOREST OF WHISPERS drew me in from the very first page! Rune is a capable and empathetic heroine who had me rooting for her from the start. Fans of witch and rune-lore will enjoy this darkly woven tale.”

~Amalie Howard, author of critically acclaimed Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kids’ INDIE NEXT title.

“NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia’s FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read.”

~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON

“An interesting and compelling love story, with plenty of mystery and intrigue — I devoured FOREST OF WHISPERS and will be first in line to read anything else from Jennifer Murgia!”

~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE, SLEEPLESS, STARSTRUCK, TOUCHED & DEAD RIVER

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

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Release Blitz: Heart of Stone by Kelly Keaton


A CHILD FATED TO START A WAR.

A LOVE SHE’LL RISK EVERYTHING TO PROTECT.

Set in New 2, a dangerous and lush alternate New Orleans, the fourth book in Keaton’s Gods & Monsters series, finds the God-killer Ari and Mistborn Sebastian on the hunt for Archer, infant son of Athena, a child fated to bring about the Blood Wars, the ultimate showdown between the gods and the monsters they created, a war that will trap mankind in the middle of a destructive conflict thousands of years in the making.

As Ari and Sebastian attempt to rescue the child, forces pull them apart, sending Sebastian on a perilous journey to the desert sands of Egypt and into the lair of a dark, enthralling entity, and Ari to the Halls of Olympus and, darker still, the very heart of the Underworld where Death awaits with a bargain that brings Ari’s worst nightmares into sharp and heart wrenching focus.

Published: February 17th, 2015

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A LOOK INSIDE HEART OF STONE….

Excerpt from a scene featuring Sebastian in HEART OF STONE by Kelly Keaton

The Dark Mother’s power crept over him like a heavy black sludge, sinking into his pores, snaking around the inside of his skull and into his brain, eating away his will and self control.

“Come closer,” she said.

God, that voice . . . her lure, her scent, her unbelievable ability to inspire in him devotion, loyalty, and desire was so strong he wanted to weep.

Mine.

She was his and he’d kill anyone who got close to her. The magnitude of that thought, the utter faith and strength of it made him stumble back and shake his head. He blinked hard. Sweat beaded on his skin. He saw a flash of surprise in Phillip’s gaze. Saw the advisor’s brows knit with worry.

Yeah, he was pretty sure not many vamps stepped back when the Dark Mother said come closer.

As he stayed there, shaking from the weight of her lure, trying to regain control and force her dirty drug from his system, he saw her creepy eyes light with curiosity. No, they sparked, ignited. She stilled like the predator she was. Her hands gripped the sides of her cold throne and she leaned forward slightly. Eagerly.

And then she was on him, slamming into him so hard he flew back with her clutched to him, her nails digging into his arms as he hit the ground hard. Pain exploded through his neck as she sank long, ancient fangs into his skin and muscle and vein.

She angled his head to the side, holding it down hard against the floor, her palm flat against his forehead, her nails ripping into his scalp and skin as she drank.

Her presence, her power suffocated him. It was too much. He was overdosing. Losing it. She was sucking him dry. Every tug of her mouth and every movement she made against his skin elicited a bewildering mix of wild need and deep stomach-clenching disgust.

Everything in him fought. He squirmed under her, fighting to be free, yet his hands were gripping her hips tightly, pulling her closer.

His delirious gaze flew to her court as they watched in total shock.

No one was going to save him. He was alone on a sinking ship. And his fate was sealed. Just as it had been sealed with Athena’s vampire servant Zaria, who’d tortured him relentlessly. Never a chance, never a choice. Neither one gave him a choice. He’d killed Zaria, killed her good. He ground his hips against the Dark Mother. Pleasure shot through him. He’d kill her, too, kill her dead and good.

Her hair brushed over his face. It smelled so good and yet in another instant it reeked of sweat, blood, and years of oil and dirt.

Jesus. What was on him? Eating him alive…

A shot of fear plugged him in the heart and he lurched against her, all his faculties returning in a blinding moment of reality. He screamed, a guttural roar, as if fear itself had reached down and yanked it out of the deepest part of him.

And then he was fading again, sinking, being sucked down into the vortex of a beautiful lie.

She was all lies.

And he loved her so much.

Such was the power of his goddess, his Dark Mother.

He closed his eyes and let his muscles go slack, accepting her love.

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ABOUT KELLY KEATON…

Kelly is a multi-published author with nine novels currently in print. She writes the YA series, Gods & Monsters (Simon & Schuster), and the Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series (Pocket Books), which are written as Kelly Gay. She is a two-time RITA® Finalist, an ARRA nominee, a Goodreads Choice Award finalist, and has landed on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Okra Picks list. Kelly is also a recipient of North Carolina Arts Council’s fellowship grant in Literature. She lives in NC with her family.

Cover Reveal: Looking For Love by Ashelyn Drake


 
Fans asked, and Ashelyn Drake agreed. Mike from the Campus Crush companion series needed another story. The final installment of the Campus Crush series, Looking For Love, will release on March 17th. Because this is a companion series, the books stand on their own and do not need to be read in order.
 
Right now, you can read the other books in the series for FREE. Find them on Kindle and Nook as individual books
 
or all together in one boxset. (The boxset does not include Looking For Love.)
 
And now for the cover of Looking For Love!
Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change. 

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

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*This is a New Adult title and is not suitable for younger readers.*

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

 


{Blog Tour} Spotlight, Character Card, and Giveaway: The Last Order by Angela Marie Caldwell


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TheLastOrderFinalFrontThe Last Order
by Angela Marie Caldwell
Release Date: 02/03/15
Rocket Circus Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne. Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. Before he dies, he imparts upon Lana a directive to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the war by finding the queen.

A medieval tale of hope and mystery, The Last Order is an action-packed story with one of the strongest female leads since Disney’s “Brave.” Not your average YA novel; The Last Order takes upper teenage angst and spins it on its head. You’ll be gripping this book as hard as it will be gripping you. 

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angela caldwellAngela M Caldwell is an author, photographer, and digital filmmaker. She studied video production and photography at Radford Univeristy then relocated to Los Angeles for an adventure. After seven years of city life, she moved back to Virgina.

Angela loves a good story and she has a broad range of likes when it comes to reading. Give her characters that she can root for and take her on an adventure. Angela’s journey back to the written word is a story of its own with dyslexia keeping her from writing for years.

But, she is a storyteller at heart. Through the years, she enjoyed expressing her stories through a variety of forms: photography, painting, music, film-making, and writing.

She lives with her husband and 4 kids, who are her biggest fans. They have one dog, and two cats. Perhaps one day they will have a farm. And her dream of having a horse will be realized.

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Cover Reveal: The Only Way by Magan Vernon


Title:  The Only Way

Author:  Magan Vernon

Release Date:  April 2nd, 2015

Cover Designer:  Cover Me Darling

Cover Model:  Damien Ray Decent

**The only series is a series of standalone novels. You do not need to read one in order to fully understand the other****M/F. HEA**

William “Tripp” Chapman has always been the black sheep of his family’s political dynasty.

His oldest brother works on Wall Street, his youngest-groomed for the senate. And Tripp is the brother known for wrecking his Porsche after a drinking bender and winding up in rehab.

On the night of his father’s presidential election he takes a detour and meets a waitress at a local hole-in-the wall. Samantha “Sam” Green is just as broken as he is, but covers it up with enough snark so no one tries to get too close.

When Sam gets kicked out of her apartment, Tripp agrees that she can crash on his couch until she gets on her feet. But as they grow closer physically, the ghosts of their past threaten to burden their new relationship

The Only Way they can overcome their demons is to face them instead of running. Can Sam help Tripp find his way or will their own battles bury them?

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.