The Exiled Angel

This is a full length novel I completed writing back in 2011 and it’s a pure fantasy oriented novel. It took me two full years to complete writing and once I finished it, I was so thrilled to get it published!

I started searching and contacting a lot of publishing houses but didn’t succeed. Up until few years ago I constantly contacted different publishers and publishing houses but ended up having my story printed and bound waiting for any opportunity to publish it.

Along the way, I decided to reach out for an editor and came across FirstEditing.com where I got my whole story edited and proofread. It was so easy to work with them and the whole process wasn’t complicated or anything. Few week later, I reprinted the story after working on the edited parts then received a special ISBN number from The Kuwait National Library.

I wasn’t excited about self-publishing my novel. But noticing a lot of authors nowadays are self-publishing their own books, I have a chance to do that as well. However, I only have my book on Kindle format and for specific countries according to Amazon’s terms. I tried accessing it from Kuwait but it didn’t work for me.

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The time when I wrote my novel, I was completely indulged into the fantasy genre. I remember buying fantasy and sci-fi novels as well as watching fantasy movies. And the more I read stories like LOTR the inspired I am to write one myself. So with those ideas collectively in mind, ‘The Exiled Angel’ was born.

When I first started writing it, the whole storyline was different. Yet, I began writing to know exactly what I should be omitting and adding. At that time, I figured that it was best to be wrote from the very beginning. I wrote three times and the third is the last version that I got published.

The story is fictional fantasy novel and this is the synopsis:

The Kingdom of Tynra eagerly awaits the news of Queen Esna’s labor, but little do any of them realise that the birth of the newborn prince will change the history of Tynra forever for the newborn Aalgil has a mark under his right eye revealing he is cursed. The terror and despair of this revelation threatens to tear King Meno, his queen and the kingdom apart. When Meno’s brother Rital arrives and sees his nephew has the same unique bloodline, meaning the cursed child of the generation has arrived, the men argue about Aalgil’s birth and destiny. Rital finally leaves, hatching a plot with the goal to ultimately overthrow Meno from his throne.

Aalgil’s older brother and heir to the kingdom is the five-year-old Jinai, who is forever seeking ways to learn about the world outside the castle and escape the clutches of his watchful servants. He is concerned about his baby brother and his seemingly inconsolable mother but continues to seek his own adventures. A visit to the village brings him into contact with Jegu, who works as a welder and challenges him not to give into the guards who have come looking for him. Jinai is somehow aware Jegu is not just anyone and feels a connection with him. The king also encounters Jegu when he goes into the village and it troubles him. Jegu himself lives a simple life with his foster parents and is not interested in gossip about the castle, but grows suspicious about the looks his parents exchange when the royal family is mentioned. He is also visited by a mysterious woman who tells him the castle will one day be his and he starts to but two and two together.

The castle prepares for the celebration of Aalgil’s birth but the baby is already proving difficult. His cries make the queen and servants dizzy and are loud enough to break windows. King Meno consults a book his father gave him containing family history in order to learn what to do about the curse, but some of it is so dark he can’t bear to look at it. His father also left him bracelets that were designed to protect the bearer with a golden light. Meno first used them against Rital when his older brother would not accept the throne had been left to him, but his attempts to use them on Aalgil fail when he is enveloped in black ribbons. The only one that seems to reach Aalgil is Handu, the daughter of the King of Fena who visits Meno just before the party. The accident prone Handu is able to quiet Aalgil’s cries by just touching his cheek. The visit also brings her into contact with Jinai for the first time and is the start of an unlikely friendship.

At the celebration of Aalgil’s birth the lazy servant Jenu continues to eavesdrop on the conversations between the royal families, slipping information to Rital who has attended without an invitation. Jinai catches him putting something into her hands and later confronts his uncle in Aalgil’s chamber. He doesn’t realise Rital has slipped the infant a potion but later finds a bottle with a mysterious substance inside. Jinai decides to try and identify what is in the bottle but his investigative journey only puts him on the radar of Rital’s companions who bind him with snakes and take the bottle. When Jinai returns home he overhears Jegu talking to the king and demanding to see his “mother”, Queen Esna. Jinai is shocked at this revelation but his father refuses to tell him anything. Jinai returns to his chamber where he is again attacked by snakes. This time one of the snakes is left with him and he is warned that it will bite him if he reveals anything he knows.

Four years pass and Queen Esna has become very fragile. Jegu has disappeared and her mother is dead. Esna has tried to follow her mother’s advice to love Aalgil so the darkness won’t grow in his heart, but Aalgil rarely speaks to anyone and is cold and distant. One day he sees his father’s crown and decides he wants it for himself and the thought makes him smile for the first time in his life. On his fifth birthday he tries to get the crown by putting pressure on his father’s hand and sending black ribbons to choke Meno. When physicians take him away to seal the curse they are stopped by cloaked men who kill them and take Aalgil away.

Three years pass and all hopes of finding Aalgil have disappeared. Meno is stricter than ever and travels a lot, often taking Jinai with him leaving Esna alone. During these travels Jinai meets Handu again. She is still clumsy and when her parents berate her at the dinner table, Jinai sticks up for her, later encouraging her to be the best of all of them. When Handu expresses regret at him leaving Jinai’s heart flutters. However, it’s not to be a fairytale ending for Aalgil returns to the castle much changed, and attacks and kills Jinai, then kills Esna when she attempts to reason with him. The kingdom plunges into mourning and the royal court seeks to exile Aalgil but he escapes. When he is brought before Rital, his uncle berates him for going it alone and persuades him to stick to their plan. Aalgil agrees but has already decided he doesn’t want Rital to be king.

Ten years pass and Aalgil is hated throughout Tynra. The Tynrans often stand outside the castle gates with flowers and candles, chanting mourning songs and hymns. As Aalgil draws nearer, Meno makes preparations for their final show down, reading the family book for the last time before destroying it. The other kings are also making preparations, sending their families to safer places. King Apin’s wife and daughters leave, knowing they won’t see him again. Handu is amongst them and while still gloomy over Jinai’s death, she is no longer a useless cry baby and thanks to the sword training Jinai gave her, and her gold bracelet, she is able to defeat a wolf like creature that attacks their caravan.
Aalgil puts his final plans into motion, killing the kings of Fena and Hilee, his uncle and trainers, before finally arriving at Tynra to meet his father. It is clear Meno is no match for him but the gold barrier from the bracelet works one last time and halts Aalgil momentarily. But when Aalgil attacks again he is able to stab Meno who drops dead to the ground and Aalgil takes over the kingdom.

Unfortunately, this is just the first part. I yet to write the second which I believe will be even more exciting. I am determined to start writing soon but after getting back to my fantasy/sci-fi genre mode. It’d been a long time since I read a fantasy novel. I founded my own company back in 2012 and since then I spent most of my time working. And the past two years I got into non-fiction books and enjoyed reading them. No worries, I won’t abandon this story no matter what. Even if it took me several years to finish writing it, better late than never.

Here is the link where you can buy the story:  The Exiled Angel

 

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Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus

I’m writing a different post this time. Not because I don’t have new designs or sketches to share with you, on the contrary, I have a lot more to post and share. However, it’s been a while since I wanted to share something different, more valuable than just post my paintings and the paints I used to paint them.

I used to read since I first learned how to read. English is not my native language, but the more books I read, the more I loved the this language. But up until few years ago, most of what I read were novels and short stories. My favorite genre has always been fantasy and thriller so you can find different fantasy novels on my shelf.

Few years ago, since establishing my own business, I decided to read more nonfiction books. At first, I found them a little bit hard to read since they were realistic more than the novels I read (obviously) but little by little I began to favor nonfiction books.

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Whenever I visit a bookstore, I check out the nonfiction books section then move on to the novels to see what’s new. More importantly, I’m writing this blog post to write about a particular book that I read and found it really useful. It’s called ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ by John Gray. Perhaps I’m the last person to read it but still reading it late is better than never. I saw it million times before and attempted few attempts at reading it but since it was nonfiction I didn’t know how valuable it was until I finally decided to read it last year. And the other reason was that I thought that as long as I was single it wasn’t necessary to read it until I get engaged at least, lol. But I was completely wrong. We’re living in a society so knowing how to deal with men has nothing to do with being single or married.

It was one of the lightest and fun books that I read in a while. I don’t remember exactly how many days it took me but I was determined to finish reading it as fast as possible. And as soon as I finished reading it, I started realizing why men behaved the way the did. I practiced it silently few times to find that the tips and explanations that John Gray mentioned were on point. I started noticing and understood men behavior more than I ever did. And from this book, I decided to read similar books especially the ones related to relationships and the like.

I don’t have much experience in dealing with men in general but I did deal with them since university days. But still, I don’t have to deal with strange men to understand the book or apply the tips he mentioned. We all are part of a family, so we have fathers and brothers. That’s where you start practicing before dealing with other men. That’s what I believe.

Throughout the years, shyness always got the best of me. That’s the one trait that I couldn’t and can’t get over completely and it’s fine, but if it subsides a bit, I believe I have more opportunities to express myself naturally. It’s true that I’m not as shy as I used to, but what stops me from dealing with men in general is not knowing how to exactly start a conversation with them. You know when you’re stuck not knowing whether what you’ll say is all right or not, that’s what I feel whenever I’m having a conversation. Also, I consulate get stuck in the middle of the conversation not knowing what else to say or ask. Sometimes, you say things spontaneously but the person in front of you misunderstand or misinterpret what you’re trying to say. So for years I became extra careful as to what to say and whom to speak to. There were a lot of times when I remained silent hiding most of my thoughts and what I wanted to say so that no one misinterpret me. However, what I realized was it wasn’t wrong to express yourself, and it wasn’t wrong to say what you have in mind, rather, the wrong thing is to remain silent for this will create a bigger misunderstanding.

Being careful is a must but also being a little bit spontaneous and natural is a plus. John Gray opened up my mind to learn more about relationships in general as well as the art of conversation. Those things that I needed to read about years ago but I always thought that it wasn’t that important to dive into such books. I always thought that we all know how to socialize with others without the help of such books but I was completely wrong. We go through different experiences and encounter people every single day. You won’t get the answers you need unless you dive into the essence of your problem (whatever problem you have). If you have problems in relationships for instance, try reading these helpful books or reach out to a specialized person rather than complaint about it to others all the time. When you deal with your problems this way, you will get over them faster I believe because you focused your energy on solving your problem than complaining to friends and others and at the end of the day you find yourself drained out of energy. Cry and mourn, it’s not wrong but get up on your feet and see where’s the fault and start solving your problem.

If you haven’t read the book I do recommend it for you guys. It’ll show you some of the aspects you’re missing in your relationship. You’ll understand more why your man is acting the way he does enough that you almost won’t get frustrated all the time.

 

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Positivefull

I can’t believe it!

I had a lot going on this year that I seem to forget about my blog!!

Although I’m active on social media but I don’t know why I’ve been posting less in my blog during the past few months. I’m constantly trying to balance between life, and work but I can’t seem to find that balance yet. Every once in a while I’m introduced to new experiences, meeting new people, and advancing in my own business especially through developing my artistic and designing skills. Lately, I’ve been experiencing constant changes a lot. And you know how much time it takes for you to adapt to the new changes only to be introduced to yet new changes. But the good thing is that I got back to reading books like I used to but this time I’m reading new genre which is Self-Improvments books.

I feel that at this point in life, I truly need to read such books. They help regain our balance from time to time. Sometimes, we’re just busy with life and such that we forget about tiny things that affect our lives. Getting caught up while running my own business makes me really want to reflect back to my life and evaluate the life I’m living right now. Did I achieve my goals? Do I need to change my goals? Am I happy with the life I’m living?

When we’re a little bit down we become pessimistic. That’s why at such time we only reflect on the bad experiences we encountered, negligence, or even the things or people we lost. But believe me, if you put those thoughts aside and think positively on how to change your life to a happy and healthy life, these pessimistic thoughts and memories soon vanish.

If you watch me on Snapchat or Instagram I always post the books I’m reading and sometimes I review them. But here I’ll post the book(s) I’m reading as well as a couple of other books that I want to read:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (currently reading)
  • Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins (currently reading)
  • True Happiness by Dr. Mark Atkinson (read)
  • The life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Konda (currently reading)
  • Spark Joy by Marie Konda (to-read)
  • How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have by John Gray (to-read)
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (currently reading)

I will try to review each book in upcoming blog posts and perhaps even capture few pages from the books. And just like how I am alway inspired by people around me, I want to inspire you too and help you find your happiness.

Since I wrote a lot in this blog post, I will post my newest designs and illustrations in a later post. Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to know more about my daily activities.

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