IndieWritersReview: N’awlins Bound! (Romantic Times BookLover’s Convention 2014)


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The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention

Okay guys VERY excited!:O) I am all registered and flight booked for the Romantic Times BookLover’s Convention held May 2014!!

The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention will be held in New Orleans on May 13th – 18th at the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in the historic French Quarter! Woot Best Christmas/B-Day gift ever!

Guys go and check out all the fantastic authors and events that will be happening at the convention! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!:o)

Click here to learn more! RT BOOK LOVER’S CONVENTION MAY 2014

IndieWritersReview WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT Of The 12 Days Of Christmas (McJordanBook’s Fantasy E-Bundle Giveaway!)


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Hello Everyone! I just wanted to quickly announce the winner of  The 12 Days Of Christmas (McJordanBook’s Fantasy E-Bundle Giveaway!

The winner is: Brenda Howe

Brenda, I will contact by email with instructions on how to grab your Fantasy E-Bundle:O)

Thanks to all that participated!

Prizes Below!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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IndieWritersReview The Unreachable and M/Essays by S.I. Dunbar Giveaway Winners Announced!


Hello Everyone! Today I  wanted to announce the name of the winners of The Unreachable Raffle Copter!

First MEET THE AUTHOR S.I. Dunbar (As she chats about her newest novel!)

WINNERS OF THE UNREACHABLE GIVEAWAY

Laura Thomas has won a copy of The Unreachable by S.I. Dunbar

Rob Wilson Engle has won a copy of   M/Essays by S.I. Dunbar

(Winners the author will be contacting you soon with how to obtain your prize:O)

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! 5 Awesome Christmas Music Videos


Hello Everyone! Well Christmas is upon us and I thought I would share some awesome Christmas videos to set the mood! Hope you enjoy:O)

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AWESOME CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS

CHRISTINA AGUILERA- ‘HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS’

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

TAYLOR SWIFT THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Cecile Monique Christmas 

 

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped In Red

IndieWritersReview Welcomes The Unreachable and M/Essays by S.I. Dunbar! (Guest Post and Giveaway!)


Hello Everyone today I am hosting a Guest Post/Giveaway for The Unreachable and M/Essays by S.I.Dunbar.

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S.I. Dunbar is an essayist, young adult novelist, and the author of THE UNREACHABLE (Black Rose Writing™, 11.07.13) and M/ESSAYS (11.07.13).

In the few hours she is not writing, S.I. enjoys reading, listening to records, throwing clay, and other solitary activities. 

She is a tea drinker, a permaculture enthusiast, and a shadow puppeteer. She loves sci-fi, cryptography, and listing two serious things before one joke.

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S.I. Dunbar is giving away 1 copy of her Debut novel The Unreachable and 1 copy of her gripping collection of short essays M/Essays, that gives a behind the scenes look of a birth of a writer!

Click to enter for your chance to win!:

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The Unreachable

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Life in the Hyper-Digital Age can be rough for an Unregistered American. Refusing connection doesn’t just mean opting out of access to the internet—it means opting out of power, communication and, as of January 1st, United States citizenship. 

    By the start of the new year, Federal law will require all residents over the age of ten to agree to the terms and conditions of internet usage; namely, registering a thumbprint signature for personal account verification that will act as a tag for every action and activity. Connected Americans opposed to the Registration Initiative leave the country in waves for nations with less aggressive access policies. Unconnected Americans, the “Digi-divers” like Henry, Leah and the Lost Boys, will have to overcome both physical and financial impairments as they flee the country on foot, facing the elements, Round-up, and the ever-watchful eyes of the STUA’s satellite Video Monitors.

     The Lost Boys think Austin, Texas is just another stopgap on the road to Matamoros and to freedom, but after Leah falls in with Amos and some kids from the city, her desire to understand the restlessness that can only come from growing up with a world of information at the swipe of a thumb will put all of their lives in mortal danger. The fate of the Lost Boys and the fate of The Unreachable, the anti-Registration publication they’ve been plastering on the windows of homes along the interstate, will fall squarely in Leah’s shaky, seventeen year old hands. 

M/Essays

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 This collection of short essays was written from October 7th to November 1st and posted on a blog in the month leading up to the release of S.I. Dunbar’s debut novel, THE UNREACHABLE (Black Rose Writing™, 11.07.13).

     M/essays is an unabashed look at one young woman’s journey to first time authorship, complete with all the ups, downs, hopes, fears, frustrations, and uncertainties.

        With essays inspired by the novel, M/essays gives the reader a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of THE UNREACHABLE. ***Includes a bonus 21st Chapter of 10 Previously Unmentioned Spoilers and Secrets!   

 

GUEST POST

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TECHNOPHOBE-APHOBE

   THE UNREACHABLE, a novel set in a fictional, hyper-digital future, can be perceived to carry heavily anti-tech sentiments. I knew this before I sat down to write it. I knew from the moment I came up with the Registration Initiative and the concept of thumbprint signature transactions.

     

      When we’re introduced to the story, the Registration Initiative has just been signed into law, requiring all American citizens over the age of ten to register their thumbprint for online identification purposes. The slow (but steady) digitization of information and commerce has shifted most all businesses and social functions to the virtual sphere. Seventy-five percent of the globe is connected online, and by January first, the only way to legally gain access to it would be to log in with a tap of your thumb. If you want to be a functioning member of digital society, you have to do so with your full name and reputation acting as a visible, verified tag on your every action and activity.     

   While the majority of Americans have been living comfortably with t-sig transactions for over a decade, there are pockets of unconnected people groups—Digi-divers, like Leah and Henry—who find themselves forced to choose between Registration or fleeing the country to make a new home in a nation with less aggressive access policies. THE UNREACHABLE is the story of one group’s trek across the Southwest after choosing the later. 

     T-sig transactions may be more science than fiction, digitization is a growing trend, and both of these statements frighten some people. Those people would be called technophobes. But, if you’d let me, I’d like to make something clear: I am not one of those people. I am not a technophobe. I don’t fit the definition.

     A technophobe is someone who is afraid or adverse to the advancement of technology. I happen to love tech. I read about it. I admire the men and women who excel in its development. Technology offers conveniences and opportunities our forefathers could never have dreamed would be possible. A technophobe might look at technology and see something dangerous or sinister. All I see is the efficiency of design. Technology is only dangerous when it is misused or misunderstood, and only we can make the choice to misuse or misunderstand it. I’m not a technophobe. I’m not afraid of technology. I’m afraid of people.

      People are far less calculable, and far more capable of (and sometimes intent on) doing harm. I don’t hate tech. I hate exploitation. I hate violations of basic human rights. I hate the fact that a fourteen year old’s personal information is treated (and traded) like market research. I hate that we turn people into products without their full knowledge (which in my mind translates to: without their full consent). I don’t fear technology. I fear warm blooded, human greed. THE UNREACHABLE is a work of fiction. It’s make-believe, not divination. My first rule of writing is to write for the world I’m in, not the world I want to be in or some world I think might be on the horizon. THE UNREACHABLE was written specifically for the year 2013. I couldn’t have written it for another time any more than I can drive down an unfamiliar road with a blindfold around my eyes and plugs stuffed in my ears.  

  I don’t hate technology, and I don’t have the gall to think I could predict the future. I’m not a technophobe. I’m a fiction writer living in America in the year 2013.

     There. I feel better now

IndieWritersReview’s Book Review: An Unlikely Goddess by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar


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Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on An Unlikely Goddess by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mohanalakshmi

Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She is an award winning writer of novels, memoir and academic books.

An Unlikely Goddess

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Winner of the SheWrites New Novelist competition 2011

Sita is the firstborn, but since she is a female child, her birth makes life difficult for her mother who is expected to produce a son. From the start, Sita finds herself in a culture hostile to her, but her irrepressible personality won’t be subdued. Born in India, she immigrants as a toddler to the U.S. with her parents after the birth of her much anticipated younger brother.

Sita shifts between the vastly different worlds of her WASP dominated school and her father’s insular traditional home. Her journey takes us beneath tales of successful middle class Indians who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s.

The gap between positive stereotypes of South Asian immigrants and the reality of Sita’s family, who are struggling to stay above the poverty line is a relatively new theme for Indian literature in English.

Sita’s struggles to be American and yet herself, take us deeper into understanding the dilemmas of first generation children, and how religion and culture define women.

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Cover photography by Guiri R. Reyes

My Thoughts

I will say that I have always enjoyed reading Author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s works. An Unlikely Goddess, as with previous works by Ms. Rajakumar offered an inside view into the culture and familial dynamics of the South Asian society. In the story we followed Sita a young woman, born into a family where the sons were considered most valuable. Thus she began early in life, with a sense that she was just not good enough. Once Sita’s brother was born, this vague sense of unworthiness was solidified and  set Sita on a perilous emotional journey to discover her own self-worth and place in the world.

Once the family relocated to America, having left all that was familiar; Sita was thrown into an atmosphere where culture  and religion clashed. This occurrence added an entire new level of challenges for the young woman as she attempted to hide her family’s financial status which was barely above the poverty line. Soon Sita, evolved little by little into the woman who had been hidden inside.

I enjoyed following Sita’s journey to self discovery. Ms. Rajakumar presents a well-written engaging tale that is  lush with vibrant details of a culture  at times steeped under stereotypes.

The story was mainly expressed from Sita and the other feminine influences in her world; which allowed the reader to get a better understanding of the social and  emotional development  of the  young women in Sita’s world.

This was a well-written, intelligent read. Engaging, beautifully described and entertaining. I fully recommend for those that are fans of Women’s Fiction, History and Cultural Studies!