Immersed In Observing and Writing

I apologize for neglecting to update to those interested in my whereabouts and ‘whatabouts’. But I have been extremely busy in finishing up my next book, among other writing obligations, which require time-consuming research. I know – not a good excuse, but for now there are not enough hours in the day, or days in the week for me, to effectively be everywhere. I do promise, however, that I will do my best to stay in touch more frequently.

So here’s an interesting topic – at least for me: Seven Books That Might Become Your Next Favorite Movie. 

Maybe it should read: Seven Favorite Books That Might Become The Next Best Movies?

Normally, movies are made from top best sellers or even some unknown book someone found tucked away on a shelf in a small bookstore around the corner. But this article talks about the types of books that could very well be turned into your next favorite movie.  Let me know if you are familiar with any of the mentioned.

 

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (Pamela Dorman Books)

Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead Books)

Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann (Doubleday)

Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press)

The Deal of a Lifetime, Fredrik Backman (Atria Books)

How to Stop Time, Matt Haig (Viking—forthcoming on February 6, 2018)

Any opinions you might want to share?

The Debate: Print over Digital

I am  old-fashioned when it comes to reading paperback books, and recently I’ve seen more and more people doing the same. I remember a few years back, during my commute to work, I’d see countless passengers with their eyes glued to their kindles and other gadgets, reading. Although at the time, I felt ancient among them, I held fast to my belief that reading a paperback was/is still better then any electronic device, and for so many reasons:

One article details solid points by Naomi Baron,  about the topic of why paperback over anything else. Such as:

“The first is concentration. In a study I did with over 400 university students in five countries, 92 percent of participants said the reading platform on which they concentrate best is print. Students complained about distractions when reading onscreen. And as we know, if you’re distracted, your stress level can go up and attention span go down.”

“The second reason is that we probably remember more of what we read in print. I say “probably” because researchers are still figuring out how to move from laboratory-style comprehension tests to measuring memory that matters. Memory for abstract concepts or how the pieces of a story line fit together. Memory that connects our reading with other things we learn and with our everyday lives. Students tell us they remember more when reading in print. Not surprisingly, some report spending more time when reading print and reading more carefully than with digital texts.”

Naomi S. Baron is professor of linguistics at American University in Washington, DC. She is author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press).

Here’s a few of my favorite excerpt from HuffPost:

Print books are physical reminders of your intellectual journeys.

There is a link between physical gestures and cognition: the things we do to print books seem to help us to understand and remember better.

Print books are better for your health. A Harvard Medical School study last year found that reading a light-emitting e-book before bed interferes with your ability to sleep, with your alertness the following morning, and with your overall health.

A bus full of people with print books is a snapshot of what is on a town or a city’s minds – as well as a collection of ideas for what you should read next. A bus full of people reading e-books is just a lot of people staring at devices.

And then in England – there is this bit of shifting – when it comes to paperback or digital:

The UK reached peak e-reader in 2014, when a quarter of UK book buyers owned one. Three years on that figure is back to only just over one-fifth as Britons have swapped their e-reading on to phones and tablets. Waterstones stopped selling the Kindle two years ago because they were “getting virtually no sales”.

And I know there is more…but you get the point. And even if you do, or feel that I am off my rocker, then please offer up your opinion right here. Otherwise have a pleasant day, and be sure to read – a paperback 🙂

 

 

Change Is Always Good…

I’ve been pretty busy lately, trying to revamp my other hobby here, which I am in the process of taking to the next level. I love planning, plotting, designing, and creating something that puts a smile on my face, and makes me feel so inspired. Change is always good – if it’s done wisely for the ‘betterment’ of anything we do.

While in the process of changing my blog from hobby to professional, I asked a graphic designer who’s helping with my logo, to help in re-creating my book covers. Here’s to crossing my fingers  and hoping that she understands my vision and is able to create on paper, what I’ve conceptualized.

In the meantime, here’s a song I can’t get out of my mind:

 

So What’s the Story About? You ask – for Novel 3 by M.L.Kilian

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Without giving too much away, I want to share with you a little bit about the story for my third novel:

 WHAT IF…ALL THAT MATTERED WASN’T REALLY WHAT MATTERED?

WHAT IF is a story that came to me through my own personal struggles, disappointments, and ultimate growth to where I am today. Although not an autobiography, WHAT IF is surely a story that anyone can relate to. If you live a lifestyle different than the one, you imagined for yourself. It is a story about two people from across the globe, without knowing, are connected in so many ways, on a deep level. It is the story about choices that we make, and the struggles we face because of them. Until finally we end up where we wanted to be all along. Only to discover that place was merely a step to bringing you closer to where you should have always been…

And so the story unfolds…on April 16, 2016.

Pre-order a copy and pay only USD9.00 for paperback, and USD5.00 for e-book. Offer expires April 15, 2016 at midnight. Books and e-books will be delivered week of April 16, 2016.

 

Twenty-Five Days and Counting, In The Meantime Calling All ARCs Reviewers

Here’s a bit of exciting news. I hope you think so as much as I do.

WhatIF-Novel3-2142016MLKILIANWe are seeking all book lovers interested in reading and writing a book review to submit by April 6, 2016.

On March 26, 2016,  Fifty ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) in e-pub form will be released to those who sign up  below, to write a review for WHAT IF,  the third novel by M.L.Kilian.

The reviews will be added on a dedicated page in this website, and circulated on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and all other social medias. In addition three will be selected to include on the back cover of the novel.

Please complete the contact form below by March 24, 2016 to receive your ARC.  Submit all reviews to mlkilianauthor2013@gmail.com by April 6, 2016.

 

 

Buying Direct From the Author

You may now purchase my novels directly through my blog, just click on the PayPal account:  Each novel in paperback is priced at USD10.00 plus tax and shipping. If you buy both novels together- Piazza Navona and Nob Hill –  it is a total of USD17.00 plus tax and shipping.  Order your copy now.

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