Everyone has a voice. Every person has his story. Every story has a story itself behind. If you are curious to find out few details about my life and behind the scene for my novels in The Reverie series, you are welcome to listen to the pleasant conversation I had with Bryan Aiello.
People love to read. Yes, they/we still do :-).
People read reviews before purchasing a book. Yes, quite often.
Do people love to post reviews? Rarely.
When I was only a reader I didn't know how important is to write my opinion when I liked a book so that others could pick it up too. As an author, I can tell you that reviews are bloody important.
Luckily there are now people that are so much aware of the hard work put in a book and the necessity of a review. People like Leonard Tillerman (Author, Book Blogger, Book Reviewer) are rare (or at least I didn't come across them yet), and I have only big words for his dedication.
Below is his review for my debut novel "Magnetic Reverie", which I post in here not because it is 5 stars, but because he is such a great writer too and I am proud of this review.
You don't have to be such a master with words when you write a review, it is enough to write just a few simple sentences: I liked it, I loved it, I enjoyed it, etc. Just do it and you will bring a smile on the author's face and help a reader find its next read.
"Have you ever had a dream which was so vivid and intense that you felt it simply had to be real? A dream which made you forget about your current reality in hopes of continuing to explore this exciting land of milk and honey? Were you really able to fully distinguish the dream from the real world? If so… which one did you prefer? Powerful thoughts indeed! If this sounds intriguing to you, then you will absolutely love author Nico J. Genes’s novel, Magnetic Reverie.
The story essentially travels back and forth between the main character Lana’s romance with her husband Greg, and a mysterious woman in Slovenia known as Claire. While one of the relationships appears to be based in reality, the other one only comes to Lana in her dreams. Throughout the story, Lana is emotionally torn between her two loves. A handsome, loving and supportive husband- and the fantasy woman of her dreams. She continually struggles between being content and following societal expectations with Greg, as opposed to succumbing to the forbidden lust, craving and love affair with Claire.
Make no mistake, Magnetic Reverie is an erotic love story which will engage and captivate you from the very first page. Genes does a wonderful job in developing characters who are truly in crisis mode. Lana in particular struggles throughout the story with the conflicting emotions of lust-guilt; sadness-joy; anticipation-expectation. She hates herself for what she is putting both Greg and Claire through, but is really unable to control it. The journey she undergoes in discovering herself and confronting her reality is quite powerful and enlightening.
While all novels will tend to have an overriding theme, Magnetic Reverie has a number of secondary motifs as well. For instance, the suffocating chains which come with behaving within the confines of typical societal norms is one such theme which is explored. This is clearly shown by the way Lana and Claire continually attempt to conceal their relationship in public and disguise their true feelings. If they step outside such norms they risk exposing themselves to ridicule and judgement. This is further revealed when you compare this relationship with the one Lana has with Greg. That match is perceived as “normal” by society and their public displays of affection are numerous and obvious. Be that as it may, the most powerful theme which exists in the novel is the pursuit for love at all costs. By pursuing her fantasy romance with Claire, Lana is virtually risking everything.
One important point which should not be overlooked when reviewing this excellent book, is the author’s unique ability to describe the setting. This is no easy feat as the story takes place in two worlds, the United States and Europe. However, Genes does a superb job in presenting both. For example, the Croatian holiday had exquisite descriptions which flowed with the story. They were not added just as mere filler. They were integral to the storyline and weaved into the powerful emotions which the characters were experiencing. Without a doubt, the author crafted this beautifully.
Magnetic Reverie is indeed a story where nothing is truly as it seems. Indeed, that is one of the charms of this novel which will leave the reader spellbound and captivated throughout. Unquestionably, this story receives 5 dreamy stars!"
Follow more of Leonard's work on http://leonardtillerman.com/.
You walk out of sight,
Your feet barely touch the ground.
I look at you,
But you don’t hear,
Maybe you are trying to make me forget you,
Don’t you see I'm still shaking knowing that I lost you?
This loss is so painful, I can not handle,
I'm running now barefoot.
Did we even say goodbye?
I do not know anything anymore.
Maybe the universe rewards me with new shoes,
But I do not want them,
Not even borrowed ones.
I want them to be mine,
Adjusted for me,
To last forever,
To be always by my side,
To take me everywhere,
To not let me down,
To keep my feet warm when it's cold,
Cool them down when it's too hot,
To let me wear them when I want,
And put them off when I need,
Shoes that don’t hurt me,
More than I can handle.
I want such shoes,
But I'm afraid I'll lose them,
As I’ve already just did.
I am a poor and sad creature,
At the end I always bear all the costs,
And I fall down steeply to the bottom,
I'm digging in there and I'm looking for a way out,
And I become inert.
Who wants to go back to that?
Life is sad and unjust,
I keep all troubles and injustices inside.
Maybe that's my destiny,
Maybe I need to stay barefoot.
It hurts me when you leave.
I do not want new shoes,
I'm getting used to be barefoot.
But maybe, just maybe,
I'll accept some borrowed because it's winter,
Only temporary, don’t worry,
As I don’t know will I manage barefoot when it’s cold?
Do you understand?
On a second thought,
Why would I even think of the borrowed shoes?
Why wouldn’t I stay yours,
Whether you want me or not?
Why would I accept something I know it won’t bring you back?
Why would I settle for something my heart doesn’t want?
Without you, it hurts too much,
But I have made up my mind,
If I can’t have yours,
I'd rather stay barefoot,
As I still love you.
Having been on earth for some decades already, I am having difficulty answering this age old question by family and friends:“What gift would you like for your birthday this year?” In material terms I don’t lack for anything or at least there is no burning desire for anything in particular, and for that, I feel fortunate. But my desire for health, happiness and inner peace is constant which nobody can offer me on a platter, nor can it be bought. We are the one that can provide it to ourselves, by eating properly, being active, doing things that makes us happy, being surrounded by positive people and most importantly spending time in our own company to discover our inner selves.
"How is it
that everything must
begin and end with you?
There you are,
perfuming the world with your scent.
Have you made a deal
with the moon so that you can linger
when she tapers off?
And what about the wind?
Even when he has been scolded
and is sitting in a corner, there you are,
my calm before the storm.
Despite the inevitable destruction
and my ruin, there you are again,
my calm after the storm.
I really must know:
'How is it
that there was never you
until there was
and then all was you?“
- Kamand Kojouri
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