Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Their Own Words: a Guest post by Ann Richardson



I would like to tell you about my books. I write books where people talk about some important aspect of their lives in their own words.
They feel a bit like a written version of a TV documentary.
I start with 25-30 interviews, which are conversational in style and allow the people interviewed to talk as long as they like on a subject and add issues of their own.
These are recorded and fully transcribed.
Because the subject matter is always something of significance to them, those interviewed invariably have interesting things to say – and often say them with great flair.
It makes reading each book feel like you are talking to a friend who is explaining something important to them in an honest and intimate way.
The first book was originally published by HarperCollins in 1992 but re-launched this year.


Wise Before their Time is about mostly young people living with AIDS/HIV when it was a life-threatening disease.
They talk about coping with the difficulties involved, such as the stigma associated with HIV at the time or telling their parents and friends. They also talk about what they have learned, knowing that their lives will be short.
Sir Ian McKellen wrote a Foreword in which he said: “these true stories are as powerful as any great classic of fiction”.
The book is available on Amazon and Books2 Read.


Life in a Hospice is the second. It is about what it is like to work in end-of-life care in various capacities, such as a nurse, doctor, chaplain or even a cook.
Life in a Hospice was published by Radcliffe Books in 2007 and re-launched in 2017.
It was Highly Commended by the British Medical Association and has a Foreword by the late Tony Benn, MP.
Those interviewed talk about why they love being involved with people at this important time, some challenges experienced and how this work affects their lives.
The Book is available on Amazon and Books2Read.



The third book is about what it is like to be a grandmother.
Celebrating Grandmothers covers the joys and challenges of this role.
Women talk about the pleasures of experiencing children again in later life, some of the conflicts that can arise within families and much more. It was independently published in 2014.
The Book is available on Amazon and Books2Read.

To help potential readers to see whether they would like to read these books, I have created a short ‘taster’ book, with a very brief introduction and two pages from three or so chapters from each book. You can download this for free from MY WEBSITE.

GUEST BLOGGER: ANN RICHARDSON

Monday, 12 February 2018

Revenge of Zeeka [5 Book Series] Zeeka's Child Book 2


Zeeka's Child Revenge of Zeeka Book 2

The second episode in the science fiction series Zeeka Chronicles evolves into a more complicated plot.
Zeeka's Child: Revenge of Zeeka Book 2 is the second book in the mind-blowing Science Fiction series, Zeeka Chronicles.
Enter Detectives Jack Wildy and Jerry Cole. Can they deal with serious criminal issues like kidnapping, threatened suicide, killer zombies, and arson?
Because that is the evil that they are faced with.
Who would want to kidnap Janet, and why?
Will the authorities uncover major corruption in the Police Force?"
Who will reveal Zeeka's secrets and identity, and why?
Who is the mystery Master Zeeka, and who is Zeeka's child?
Extract of Review:
"I read this book in one sitting since it’s difficult to put down once one starts to read it. The story itself is quite complex for such a short book. There are not many authors who can say so much without wasting a single word. Brenda Mohammed excels in this respect."

That's it for this week.
Get the full series at Amazon Universal Link.
Next week I will update you on Book 3 Zeeka Returns.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

People are talking about Revenge of Zeeka (5 Book Series)


People are talking about Revenge of Zeeka [5 Book Series] available at Amazon
The first book is Free and the other four are $1.50 each.



From Book 1: REVENGE OF ZEEKA: ZEEKA AND THE ZOMBIES [ FREE]

On the island of Gosh in Jan 2036, Raynor is awakened by the sound of robot-like creatures on the beach overlooking his villa,
Was he dreaming or was it a vision?
Raynor is a hospital doctor.
The woman he secretly loves is engaged to another man and is sleeping in the next room.
Why is she there?
Everything seems hazy to Raynor until he receives a phone call from the hospital's Chief of staff to attend an urgent meeting.
But who is Number Nine?
He seemed harmless until he said that his Master is Zeeka and he wants revenge.
Why does Zeeka want revenge?
One man knows Zeeka's secrets, but can he stop the bloodshed and save the Islanders in time?
For answers to these questions, you must continue reading each of the books in the mind-blowing series.
Revenge of Zeeka: Zeeka and the Zombies, Book 1, is the engaging introduction to the science fiction series Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka, which consists of five books.
Zeeka and the Zombies Book I, Zeeka's Child Book 2, Zeeka Returns Book 3, Zeeka's Ghost Book 4, and Resurrection Book 5.
Review:
An intriguing start of a promising series.
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a story about a mad scientist who got really mad. We do not learn about him and his motives much in this book since it's just the first part of the series. Yet Brenda Mohammed shows us the first consequences of his madness in this clever story about a virus outbreak leading to an emergence of strange zombie-like people. The fast pace and amount of action keep this story thrilling. At the same time, the author manages to give us a glimpse of the main characters' feelings that do not concern the zombies directly. We can observe a young doctor planning her marriage and her admirer's disappointment. This seems to be a plot within the main plot, and it makes this story more complex, the characters easier to relate to, which is not easy to achieve in such a short story that is packed with action. Yet there is a final twist that reveals to us that personal lives of the main protagonists may be affected by Zeeka's influence more than it seems at first glance.
This book leaves many questions unanswered and makes me look forward to reading the sequels. I can even imagine this book as a good movie.

Get the series at Amazon
Next week I will talk about Book 2 Zeeka's Child.

Monday, 29 January 2018

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

If you did not attend you missed a great Event



On 22nd January 2018, together with several talented and award-winning Memoir Writers from all over the world, I hosted my first Facebook event.
The purpose of the event was to engage with other readers and authors.
I could not believe that it would be such a success.
We posted book covers, links, book descriptions, video book trailers, and banners, and answered questions about our books by those attending within the time slot of an average of one hour allocated to each one.
Some authors chose to go live.
I learned a great deal from other participating authors and their books.
I made a commitment to read many books and I will add them to my 'Want to Read' List on Goodreads.
One person won the grand prize of a bundle of my autographed paperback memoirs.
I am offering free mobi copies of any one of my memoirs to the authors who participated.
There is still a chance for you to read the posts and see the live videos at this link. FACEBOOK EVENT.
You can also grab your free copy of ICEBREAKERS.

ICEBREAKERS is an Ebook for you to get a taste of my memoirs.
The Book provides glimpses of my experiences at various stages of Life's journey.
In these excerpts of my Memoirs, you will read about my joys, sorrows, successes, as well as times of uncertainty and triumphs
Get it at Instafreebie and Books2Read Universal Link


Thursday, 18 January 2018

What Reviewers are saying about Travel Memoirs with Pictures: Exploring the world


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Travel Memoirs with Pictures: Exploring the World is a book filled with reflections of the author's travels around the world.
She relates the family adventures and treats readers to a pictorial travel book of priceless memories.
She describes places visited and the wonderful times she and her family had in their tourist trips, not only in words but with an amazing photo collection.
The book is great to read while on a vacation or for some travel inspiration.

A great and inspirational book!

Brenda Mohammed is an award-winning author who writes in many genres. While many people travel, few of us are capable of sharing our experience in a meaningful and relevant way with strangers. This author does a superb job.

Her book is very personal and one can feel as if a friend were relating her travel impressions and giving us her tips. Paradoxically, this personal and openly subjective touch makes the tips about restaurants and other commercial places for tourists sound less biased than a professional guidebook where it is often difficult to distinguish an honest review from a paid ad. In this book, we can read real first-hand accounts that are very precious to any explorers and travelers.

This book can inspire us when we plan our next vacation, it can also make us reflect on our own experience and realize what we might have missed when we visited a particular place, but it can also take us to places we do not have time or money to visit anytime soon. It’s also interesting to read a short entry about places that we consider our home since we cannot always see what makes them special unless we step away and look at them from a distance through a tourist’s eyes.

I found it exciting to read about places I visited and lived since the author has a keen eye and often notices thinks I don’t. But her chapter on Trinidad and Tobago, a place I have not been to, was probably the most interesting one to me. The author was born there and seems to know it very well. The ghost stories about the village of Lopinot make me want to visit and explore the place.

Enjoyable Memoirs of Author's Travels

An informative and enjoyable book to read. The author writes of her world travels with her family. She shares her experiences with the reader.
You'll read of the various sites to see in each location, the restaurants with delicious foods, and which restaurants are more reasonable in cost and which more expensive. She writes of the various ways to travel and of the climate of the location. You read her travels to different locations in the world:
Paris, Germany, Amsterdam (Holland), New York (USA), Los Angeles, California(USA), Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), London (United Kingdom), Toronto (Canada), Colorado (USA), New Orleans (USA), Italy, Spain, Miami (USA), Orlando (USA), Caribbean Vacations, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Caracas, Barbados, Cruise to the Bahamas, Cartegena, Cruise to Cozumel (Mexico), Trinidad and Tobago.
Nearing the end of her book she ends with a delightful poem of her travels. This was a nice touch!

Loved this travel memoir!
This is a great travel memoir. The author has been so many amazing places! I loved her descriptions of Spain and Italy – two of my favorite destinations. She also included some terrific pictures. A 5-star travel memoir!

This is a family travelogue – a day by day recounting of flights, hotel stays, restaurants, shopping and tourist sites that the author and her extended family have experienced over the years. And they’ve been to a lot of places, including Italy, Spain, various locations in the US and the Caribbean Islands, among others. There are many down to earth descriptions of what it’s like to travel, even including getting sick or getting overheated. There are cautionary tales about such things as wearing comfortable shoes while walking in Venice because of the uneven cobblestone streets and not expecting an elevator to take you back down the mountain and possibly damaging your knees going down 296 steps. One especially interesting anecdote involved eating at a restaurant in Venice, thinking they were getting a nice fish meal for only 6 Euro each when it turned out that price was PER GRAM of fish. Meaning the family ended up paying a small fortune for seven meals. And there’s the embarrassing story about how the fire alarm went off in a Miami hotel, everyone dashing down the stairs to the parking lot, only to discover it was a false alarm. And to discover belatedly that the author was wearing a sheer nightgown. Another cautionary tale, perhaps. The author also includes family photos from most of their many vacations.

Travel Memoirs With Pictures is the second travelogue I have read this year, and just like the other book, readers will find themselves treated to a pictorial story as they go along. Some books like these tend to be 'photo-heavy' and rather redundant with the actual test.

In other words, pretty pictures alone do not make a great book. So it's with pleasure that this book gives us insight into many countries.

I paid particular regard to places I had been to before in this book, for example, places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Italy, France (because I have been to these places before) and others.

Of the places I haven't yet been to, I would dearly love to go to Cartegena (in fact, thank you, Author, for putting this idea in my head!), but readers will have their own choices as they read the book.

Of course, the author has been to England and to my country's capital, London. As a national I must say that whilst London is definitely worth visiting, there are many gems in England that people don't know about. Aside from writing, I do love to get out there and see what England....10 minutes drive in any direction from where I live, has to offer.

Travel Memoirs With Pictures offers readers a personal glance into one tourist's view of many different places, and the different ways one can travel to them.

Recommended for anyone who has the travel bug!


This is a great way to learn about a real holiday/place experience.
Brenda Mohammed has such a personable way of describing her experiences from everything from restaurants, flights and hotels.
I enjoyed this very much and like all of her books, her natural style fully engaged me.
Very worthwhile and enjoyable.

A true travel memoir, which is filled with wonderful family memories anyone can appreciate. A fan of travel, the author takes us along on each trip as if we were right there with her. Great to read while on a vacation or when you just want to feel like you're on vacation.

Here is a Video Book Trailer.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Welcome to all my new Readers.


Rick Warren said, 'We are all human beings having a spiritual experience. Life is preparation for Eternity. - One day my heart is going to stop and that will be the end of my body but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. Life is the warm-up act, the dress rehearsal."
A pastor at a funeral this week reminded us that we all have an expiry date.
Regardless of what country we live in, or what we look like, we are all human beings having a spiritual experience in preparation for eternity.
Yesterday was my neighbour's daughter's funeral at the Seventh Day Adventist church.
After the service, we were invited for refreshments in another building at the side of the church.
I wanted to use the restroom so I went there.
There was a step-down that was not clearly defined and I fell face forward and damaged my nose and lip.
Other parts of my body were bruised.
I was spitting blood and that scared me, but later realised it was from a cut on my lip.
I screamed for Rashiff and he came and lifted me off the floor and a huge crowd gathered to sympathize with me.
My neighbour had two doctor relatives there and they checked me out.
It was a horrific experience and we came home right away.
The church minister had just preached from Ecclesiastes 3, "There is a time to be born and a time to die."
I wrote a book based on those words. It is on Amazon.
He said that funerals are dress rehearsals and every one of us has an expiry date.
When I fell, I really thought that it was my expiry date.

Watch this Video Book Trailer: