Tuesday, 1 November 2016

My Review of the year 2016

On looking back at the year 2016, I have realized that I never achieved my original goals. However, things turned out much better for me.
I had expected to give up writing and continue to travel the world. My husband and I had planned to join my sister and her husband in their annual travels.
London, Scotland, and Amsterdam were the intended destinations. My husband fell ill, and plans were cancelled. My sister, her husband, and family travelled to those places as scheduled and I was disappointed.
I did not sit at home idly, however. I revised some of my books,changed the covers, and published them on other platforms like Nook, Kobo, Apple, Page Foundry, Scribd, 24 Symbols, and Tolino.
I even won an award from Metamorph Publishing for my memoir, 'A Life as a Banker" A Life worth Living.' It was voted second in the Category Bio/Memoirs in the Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.
Two other books were nominated by my fans for those awards.
They are 'Retirement is Fun: A new Chapter, and 'Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy."

In early January I had suddenly got an idea after reading the daily newspapers and proceeded to write a new Series.

I wrote the following:
Revenge of Zeeka: Zeeka and the Zombies published February 2016.
Revenge of Zeeka: Zeeka’s Child published in March 2016.
Revenge of Zeeka: Zeeka Returns published in April 2016.

I never expected them to be such a success, but the reviews were very good.
I combined those three books into one – Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy and sent it to Readers Favorite International for a free review.
To my surprise, the book received a five-star review and a five- star seal on September 10th 2016.

Here is the review
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Five Stars

“In Revenge of Zeeka by Brenda Mohammed, the island of Gosh is under attack by an army of zombies under the command of a vengeful science genius. In the year 2016, the Zika virus broke out in Central and South America with life-threatening effects for pregnant women. Given a choice to save the mothers or the unborn babies, a decision was made to save the mothers. The tiny stillborns were securely and secretly buried.
Only a few people knew of this. Unknown to everyone, however, a certain scientist managed to get hold of all 51 bodies, bring them back to life, and condition them to follow his command, creating himself a perfect army of zombies. Now, twenty years later, the evil scientist seeks revenge on those he holds responsible for the stillbirths. Only three of the current doctors at Central Hospital - Raynor, Mark, and George - witnessed the unfortunate events of 2016. The three have strong suspicions about who might be controlling the zombies. Meanwhile, Zeeka is lying in wait for the perfect time to unleash his army onto the island. Zeeka has big, evil plans and this is just the beginning. In a desperate search for answers, and with very little to go on, the doctors search for the elusive Master Zeeka.
Will they save the islanders from Zeeka and his zombies, or will it be too late?

Revenge of Zeeka, by Brenda Mohammed, is a one of a kind novella trilogy that delivers an incredible story guaranteed to give readers an absolute sci-fi treat. I especially liked how Brenda used current events as the pivotal point from which to build this amazing sci-fi horror. This made the story even more relatable.
More importantly, however, I admired how she owned her story and created this captivating version of events. She captured with amazing depth the setting, characters, plot, and emotions in such few words. If you are looking for a thrilling short read, this fast-paced, sci-fi action novella will give you the time of your life.”

This review gave me encouragement to finish writing the fourth book in the series ‘Zeeka’s Ghost’. I had started it in June 2016 but was unable to finish it. I eventually completed it and released it on 9th October 2016.

ZEEKA'S GHOST has also been receiving favorable reviews.
My husband's health improved and we visited my daughter and her family in Miami in July 2016, and spent a wonderful week with them in Orlando at the fabulous Reunion Resort.
I did not achieve my original goals for 2016, but it turned out to be an incredible year so far. It was indeed a productive and successful year.
Books are available as follows:
Available at Amazon Universal Link
ZEEKA'S GHOST : Books2Read Universal Link
HORROR TRILOGY: Books2Read Universal Link
ZEEKA RETURNS: Books2Read Universal Link
ZEEKA'S CHILD: Books2Read Universal Link
ZEEKA AND THE ZOMBIES: Books2Read Universal Link

I am now working on the fifth book in the series and hope to publish it in due course.