Celebrate International Women’s Day by Reading Four Empowering Books

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

 

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on the 8th of March, every year. It’s a day to commemorate the achievements of women in social, cultural and economic spheres of life. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on women empowerment, where women can make their own life decisions and break down all the barriers to their personal and professional growth. As Michelle Obama once said: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” It won’t be flawed to say, if given an opportunity, women can achieve anything, even if it’s conquering the world.

Best Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

  • Raise your voice in the workplace. Make sure women receive a fair share of benefits and support at work.
  • Gather your friends and arrange a movie screening. You can select a movie which encourages gender equality and promotes the advancement of women.
  • Play a role in supporting women-owned businesses. Encourage others to do the same as well.
  • On this 8th of March, read a book by female authors that raises awareness about gender disparity and fosters girl power.

Austin Macauley Publishers has always been a strong advocate of women empowerment and gender equality. Austin Macauley promotes women to come forward and publish their books, which provides them with a medium to raise their voice.

Here is a list of books from our resilient and influential female authors who have truly been a source of inspiration for many!

 

Nothing and Everything All at Once

Book: Nothing and Everything All at Once

Author: Sabrina Marie

Sexual assault is an extremely traumatic and disturbing moment in one’s life which nobody deserves to go through. This book is about a sexual assault survivor and her road to recovery. Moving from present to past, this book gives an inside view of the important decisions she took on the way that helped her move on. Sabrina Marie’s book heals those women who have gone through sexual assault and encourages them to find the lost courage again. To buy this book, click here.

 

 

 

The Trials Of Allura

Book: The Trials of Allura

Author: Dina El Shammaa

Inspired by a true story, this modern-age story revolves around the life of Allura, a middle eastern woman, living a mundane life. The transformation which changes her, from being introvert and vulnerable to being bold, resolute and full of fire, is spectacular. How many trials and tribulations did Allura had to go through? Buy this empowering book to find it out.

 

 

 

 

Khalid’s Promise

Book: Khalid’s Promise

Author: Amna Ibrahim AL-Badwawi

This book narrates the various stages in the life of Amal, an Emirati girl belonging to a conservative family. From coping with her mother’s and friend’s loss to her father’s marriage to a foreigner, she has experienced the worst of times. Khalid’s Promise takes us through Amal’s university life and her marriage to Khalid who became a rock in her life. To find out more about Amal’s journey through a cloud of despair to salvaging her happiness, buy this book here.

 

 

 

From The Heights Of Heaven To The Depths Of Despair

Book: From The Heights Of Heaven To The Depths Of Despair

Author: Grace Lagos

Kacey is a free-spirited girl who longs for freedom like her Australian friends. She likes to socialize with people, but coming from a conservative Greek family, restrictions are put on her. Her mother wants her to get married to a Greek boy as soon as possible. Kacey falls in love with an Irish boy and runs off with him. Catastrophe strikes Kacey when her husband, Jack, suffers a fatal heart attack. Will Kacey stand the test of time? Will Kacey side with her husband or will she choose her children above all? To find out, buy this book here.

 

 

On this day, let’s all strive to raise awareness about women’s equality and lobby for increased gender parity. We hope you would enjoy these empowering books from Austin Macauley Publishers’ female authors on International Women’s Day! Austin Macauley encourages female authors to publish their books and supports women empowerment.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Organize Your Bookshelf: 9 Cool Ways to Sort Your Personal Library

It can be pretty daunting if you’re planning on how to organize your bookshelf for the first time. Many people spend loads of their time cleaning and setting up their houses. But when it comes to organizing bookshelves, they run out of ideas. The purpose of organizing a bookshelf is to help you find the book you are looking for swiftly.

Instead of stacking all the books randomly on the bookshelf, you should organize your books in a way that looks pretty. It should provide easy access to the book you want to read. Organizing bookshelves should not put you in a conundrum or riddle your brain. Choose a design that matches your surroundings, and above all, clicks your heart. It doesn’t matter if you arrange your books alphabetically, by genre, or by colour. Just make sure your bookshelf looks sleek and has easy access.

Whether you’re organizing your books for the first time or you’ve done it plenty of times, don’t worry about it. These refreshing ideas will help you organize your books in a better way. The organization of your books should be in a way that matches your style and works best for you.

 

  • Organize Your Books in Alphabetic Order

This is the most boring way of organizing your books, though it’s the most commonly used one. You can arrange your books alphabetically by title or by author. This method is useful if you own a large number of books and want to locate a book in an instant. It will give you a mini-library vibe right in your house.

  • Separate Your Books by Genre

You might have a great library of books ranging from different genres such as:

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science-fiction
  • History
  • Crime
  • Mystery

Separating them by genre is useful when you want the right book for your mood. If you want to unwind after a hectic day or, you’re travelling to the mountains, you’ll know where to find the perfect book.

  • Organize Your Books According to Colour

This the most aesthetically pleasing way of arranging your bookshelf. You don’t have to go crazy looking for the perfect colour match. Instead, you can group the books having the same colour shade. A visually appealing bookshelf not only makes you feel happy but encourages others to have a quick read as well.

  • Chronological Order

Place the books according to the publishing date, or in order of the events that occurred. Although this takes a lot of time, bookish people are going to love it as they can easily locate books on the same subject. Another way would be to shelve them chronologically by the date you’ve read your books. This method will come in handy if you have a massive collection and want to remember which book you read first.

  • Set Your Books According to the Four Seasons

Does your bookshelf have four rows? If yes, then set your books according to the four seasons. Label each row as Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. If a book contains beaches or cosy holiday towns, stack them on the Summer shelf. If a book is about Christmas eve or New-Year Night, put it on the winter shelf. This method would provide a much-needed nostalgia to your evening reads.

  • By Language

This one is for the multilingual readers out there. This could be your go-to style if you like reading books in different languages. Maybe you have a good collection of English, Arabic and French novels. You could organize your books starting with the language you enjoy reading the most. Follow it by the second most read, and so on.

  • Organize According to Size

It might be weird to look at books of every size stacked together on the bookshelf. Books arranged by size make your bookshelf look pretty and neat. Maybe you want to read that Marvel comic book of yours, or you’re in the mood for a Shakespearean melodrama. You would know where to find that book.

  • Arrange According to Your Priority of Future Reading

What’s the point of having a bookshelf full of books you have already read. For a bibliophile, the TBR list never comes to a halt. They always have books on their shelves in line to be read. You might be looking forward to reading that particular book you have your eyes hooked on. So arrange your bookshelf according to the order you would be reading your books in the future.

  • Combination of ways!

If you own a plethora of books, and are at loggerheads, incorporating different styles in your book-organizing could be the way to go. This would make it easier for you to organize your bookshelf. Eventually, you would be able to set your books in several ways rather than just sticking with one.

  • Start your bookshelf with all the fiction titles.
  • Next, put all the books you received as presents or bought on sale on the second shelf.
  • On the third shelf, put all the books based on their colour.

We hope you all have a wonderful time arranging your bookshelves! Listen to your heart and let the organization flow smoothly. Also, never be afraid to tweak your bookshelf every once in a while. Changing now and often would keep your bookshelf fresh and modish.

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Five Book Genres to Compliment Your Mood

The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.

William H. Gass

Believe it or not, books have that amazing aura about them which transcends you to places you’ve never imagined before. It takes you on exhilarating adventures and lets you meet innovative characters full of life. Books have the power to make you cry out of joy, and make you appreciate the little things in life. There are so many moods and emotions you can associate with books. Today, we bring you five book genres for five distinct moods.

  • If you feel like getting lost in your imagination, read these fantasy books.

 

A Mysterious Marking

Book: A Mysterious Marking
Author: Taiba Albahrani

Amara’s world rattles when she finds out that her brother has been touched by a deadly disease: The Morbus Touch. Amara knows where to find the cure. But her path to finding it is filled with life-threatening obstacles and menacing encounters. Will she succeed in saving her brother? Or will time run out for her brother? Buy this fantasy book now.

 

 

 

 

Legacy of Foggy Village

Book: The Legacy of Foggy Village
Author: Mezoon Alnaqbi

Being the best fighter in the village is Akhiro’s dream. To become the man he always dreamed of, Akhiro has to go through countless challenges of friendship, loyalty and trusting his trainer’s methods. Hiroushi considers Akhiro as his brother. Little does he know his blind trust on Akhiro will come to haunt him.  Get your hands on this fantasy book now.

 

 

 

Searching Adventures

Book: Searching Adventures
Author: Mezoon Alnaqbi

Kyle is kidnapped by a mysterious guy and taken to Renion Island. From there, a new adventure begins for Kyle which will alter his life for good. Why was Kyle kidnapped? Will his life get better or spiral downwards? Buy this book here.

 

 

 

 

 

  • If you’re feeling poetic and brimming with emotions, read these poetry books

 

Ahmed’s Dreams

Book: Ahmed’s Dreams
Author: Ahmed Ashujaa

A beautifully written poetry book which promises to grasp the attention of its readers. The intricate poetry highlights feelings of love and trust. Buy this poetry book here.

 

 

 

 

 

Why?

Book: Why?
Author:  Khaled Hazem Nusseibeh

Written by an author that has acquired the flavours of the East and West. This poetry book revolves around themes of religion, philosophy and, politics. Buy this poetry book now.

 

 

 

 

 

On Loss

Book: On Loss: A Daughter’s Journey
Author: Razan H. Abdul Majeed

This poetry book is straight from the heart where readers can connect to it. On Loss: A Daughter’s Journey is an acknowledgement to those that have loved deeply and lost greatly. You wouldn’t want to miss this poetry book.

 

 

 

 

 

  • If you’re feeling the love in the air, grab one of these romantic books.

 

Osaka Sunset

Book: Osaka Sunset
Author: Solomon Li

Thomas is a lost soul and wants to regain his spiritual consciousness. His parents want him to get married soon, but he has other plans. Just before his birthday, Thomas undertakes a personal pilgrimage to Japan to discover what’s missing in his life. Buy a copy of this romantic book here.

 

 

 

Secret Concern

Book: Secret Concern
Author: Ibtesam Hashim Farhan

Roa’a has to fight the inner voice which persuades her to commit suicide. She is placed in a mental institute after suffering a severe type of psychosis and paranoia. Doctor Omar and Doctor Hanan have taken the responsibility to treat her. Will they save Roa’a or will she do what she intends to? Get yourself a copy now.

 

 

 

 

In Love with Dracula

Book: In Love with Dracula

Author: Nadine Jameel Omar

Two people are brought together by fate. Their love story begins intertwined with good and evil. The pot of buried secrets resurfaces which destines to have severe consequences. This book is a must-read for those looking for an enjoyable romantic read.  Order this romantic book here.

 

 

 

  • If you’re in the mood to relive your childhood, pick a children’s books.

 

Munir the Millionaire

Book: Munir the Millionaire
Author: Zainab Ali Albahrani

Munir is a bright kid who observes everything around him. A series of events allows him to ponder on the importance of money. From then onwards, Munir begins his search to find astonishing ways to have good money when he grows up. What ideas does Munir have in mind? Get this children’s book now.

 

 

 

 

The Little Nurse

Book: The Little Nurse
Author: Dr. Reem Bent Nasir Aldosari

While playing outside, Hima injures her knee badly. Her mother consoles her and calls Reem, the nurse next door. Reem cleans Hima’s wound and eases her pain. Hima likes Reem and asks her to tell her more about nursing. Hima gets so inspired by Reem that she wants to be a nurse too. Buy here.

 

The Strange Ring

Book: The Strange Ring
Author: Ahlam Yahya Jhaaf

This book is an exciting tale about three young friends who find a strange magical ring. The strange ring fulfils the wish of anyone who finds it. The kids wish to explore Arab countries. The kids begin a journey full of adventure and fun. Get a copy of this book here.

 

 

  • If you’re craving to solve a mystery, have a look at these mystery books

     

The Devil Also Knows the Truth

Book: The Devil Also Knows the Truth
Author:  Amro Algendy

What if you woke up and suddenly discovered that the life you just lived was nothing more than an experience? What if you realized that it was one of many experiences you have already gone through? Read this mind-blowing mystery book to find out.

 

 

 

 

The Royal Falconer

Book: The Royal Falconer
Author: Norbert Van De Hemn

After the death of her husband, Lady Adela, a lady of noble birth is allowed to return home. Her journey back to her hometown is filled with danger and conspiracies. She is arrested and made to stand trial for murder and theft. Her only saving grace is the King’s royal falconer. Can he save Lady Adela before it is too late? Buy the mystery book now.

 

 

 

 

Grandmother Fran’s ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST

Book: Grandmother Fran’s ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST
Author: Carol Moxham Boot

This is an intriguing story which addresses the real world. This twisted story is about Frances Plum, her grandson Mitchell and Jerry. From bullying to domestic violence, this book will keep its readers on the hook.

 

 

 

 

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6 Romance Books That Build A Better She

Every woman loves to read. And when it comes to reading, romance books can revolutionise a woman’s      life miraculously. Take the first step right now. Start reading good romance books that teach you how to live your life to the fullest. Stuck in past thoughts? Your thoughts and feelings follow a persistent pattern. Probably, they will appear, reappear and… It is only you who can get yourself out of comparative reasoning threads like well or unwell, optimistic or pessimistic, and cynical or credulous.

Our prolific writers at Austin Macauley Publishers compose books that promote the well-being of our valuable feminine readers. From their pen, you get insightful romance books that help you get in touch with your inner self. Their eloquence empowers you to embrace your feelings and emotions, not to seek escape from them.

 

Robbery of Another Kind

Robbery of Another Kind by Dr. Najat Sultan’s

Dr. Najat Sultan’s      Robbery of Another Kind is a post-modern love novel. It relates the story of Rovan, a      teenage      romantic girl, who has no choice but to let technology drift into her life. Like every one of us, she receives      gazillions of emails every      day – solicited and unsolicited. The shrewd author      carefully selects the earthy human theme of love and romance as manipulated by information technology in our times. Soon, Rovan daydreams about her soul-mate. Love is in the air. She finds herself in the warmest arms, carried by and spun into the air. Deceived by the fake lover, she cries bitterly, jailing herself in poisonous thoughts of self-prison. Now she is stuck in her past bitter thoughts. She decides never to fall in love again. The story twists when a future email inspires the heroine and the reader to rediscover their lost authentic selves. Light of romance shines always. It guides those lovers who seek their true selves. Rovan sets on to rediscover authentic true-self. Robbery of Another Kind teaches you to observe adverse effects of information technology on your personal feelings and emotions, and then embrace them openly. Ironically, robbery empowers you to accept your feelings and emotions as influenced by technology. Could this technological way of strengthening feelings and emotions be justified? Get your copy of the book to find out.

 

Secret Concern

Secret Concern by Dr. Ibtisam Hashim Farran

Are you stuck in your feelings and emotions?      Secret Concern      by Dr. Ibtisam Hashim Farran is a unique postmodern love story novel that challenges scepticism      caused by      psychological penetration into your romantic familial life. The novelist merges medical      science and literature as part of the healing process of Roa’a – a 30-     year     -old married school teacher, suffering from chronic personality disorders. Roa’a stands for every modern working woman paralysed by the nuisance of modern jobs and familial disorganisation. She symbolises every modern household who has turned pompous, sullen, self-centred     , and quarrelsome. Like every modern girl, Roa’a is stuck in an inconsistent pattern of romantic feelings and emotions that cause chaos, confusion and havoc in her life. Symbolically, Roa’a teaches young girls how to live a free life – a life filled with feelings and emotions, a life full of romance, joy and abundance. She encourages you to embrace your feelings and emotions, and not to      avoid      them.

 

After a While

After a While by Ghaim

Ghaim’s      After a While      is one of the best romance novels. It tells the      story of a hundred winters old lady. Did you ever notice when the sun shines early in the morning, you too start shining? Definitely, yes. We human beings are predominantly driven by changes in days, nights, and seasons. The lady in this story is winter-obsessed. Winter shapes the way she lives; how she sips coffee; how she breathes a sigh of relief; how she hugs him; how she trembles in downpours without him. Deviating from the days of a fragmented lady, the winter lady offers you more humour     , sense of happiness, candlelit romance, and warmth during blue winter.

 

 

Behind My Strength is a Weakness, Loving You

Behind My Strength is a Weakness, Loving You by Dina Al-Saigh

Behind My Strength is a Weakness, Loving You is a poetry book.  It takes you on a journey of self-romance. It is through self-romance that you love others.      Dina Al-Saigh’s pen uplifts you by opening you to your true self. You’re a holy temple of love, built by pains, suffering, screams, tears and sighs. When you start engaging with sorrows     , you take the first step to beautify your life. You begin strengthening yourself, thus regaining the lost kingdom of love.      Pain teaches you to embrace your feelings and emotions, in the first place.

 

 

 

Momentums

Momentums by Majd Radwan

Momentums      are an irresistible set of  poems on love      that play on divine music. In recent years, there’s been a strong urge to sing, ring and listen to such super, sublime music. Majd Radwan composes      perfect poetic verses, filled with divine romance, mesmerized by human passion. Short rhyme, flowing with consistent rhythm initiates the singer and listener alike to move on to a higher world.

 

 

 

 

On Loss

On Loss by Razan H. Abdul Majeed

On Loss      stands out as best poetry book that becomes a beacon of light for all of us – we all love, loose, and grieve to make sense of our losses. Razan H. Abdul Majeed interweaves themes of life, death, and time to rediscover lost paternal romance. Would she succeed? To find out, get your copy here.

 

 

 

 

Feel free to choose some of these ultra-modern books and reflect on them to transform your mindset. When you’re resisting inner war, there is another way too – open yourself to your limitless infinity by reading a good book.

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10 Smart Book Promotion Strategies for Authors

Writing and publishing your book is one part, promoting it is another. While the sense of accomplishment that comes with publishing your book is unmatched, you will have to maintain this feeling by investing just an equal amount of time and energy in marketing your book. The good part is you own and love your work and the effort required to promote your book will not feel like a loathsome job. With some simple and easier book promotion tips listed below, you will begin to enjoy the whole process. Have faith and read on!

Invest time in promoting your book

For successful book promotion, you will have to dedicate your time. Now that you have authored a book, you do know that there is no shortcut to success. Invest time every day! Yes, there are smarter ways to go about promoting your book, but even smart work requires time. Whenever you have a chance to meet acknowledged writers, ask them about the strategies they have employed to get their book to a wider audience.

Increase your online presence

Remember, online book marketing is key. You might not be used to social media and other online platforms, but it is essential to promote your book online. So, gradually start building your presence online and try to maintain author profiles on Amazon and Goodreads, alongside your regular social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Build online relationships and engage with your online friends. This will be rewarding in the long run.

Have your own website

Make and maintain your own website, this will give you a feeling of running your very own project. Make your project as interesting as it gets. Publish daily blogs on your website. You may put down your reflections on any current event. This will take you farther along in your writing journey, while also bringing you the satisfaction that you are not out of your writing practice.

Create unique content

Offer free and interesting content on your social media. Share such excerpts from your book which may arouse the reader’s curiosity and pull the reader into reading the complete book. Do not just talk about your book, make your account diverse, so that your audience and fan club is generated. Once you attain a reputation, people will want to read your work.

Keep an eye on the engagement you get. This will help you gauge an idea of your audience and what they like to see and read more.

Hype up your upcoming book

Ideally, book promotion should begin before the release. You can run an online pre-order campaign. Try to create a hype around your upcoming book on social media so that the audience can see that something big is coming. Make your audience look forward to your book’s release date. Also, try to get pre-release book reviews from various online book review services before the release and share them on your social media.

Compile a mailing list

In the process, you will be contacting a lot of people and will find some to be encouraging; showing an inclination towards the theme of your book. Include them in your mailing list. Make sure to update your mailing list club whenever you are undertaking any new project or arranging any event related to your book. This is one of the best tried and tested book marketing strategies. You can start with using an email platform such as Mailchimp to capture your mailing list and promote it across your social media or website.

Make use of both paid and unpaid collaborations/services

If you have published your own book, do not hesitate to contact a specialized company to help you with running a book marketing campaign. Hire professional services whenever needed, for example getting the book cover designed. You will not regret making this financial investment. However, you can also collaborate with your PR list if you have a tight budget. Your blogger friends will love to give a shout-out to you and your masterpiece.

Organize online promotional events

As soon as your book is out, start preparing for one or two promotional events. Given the current scenario, you will have to arrange the events online. You can make maximum use of Facebook and Instagram live. Online promotional events will not hinder the prospects of your book, since such events also do pretty well. The important part is to engage bookstores and private libraries into being a part of your event. You can collaborate with book bloggers to help spread the word about the event or about going live.

Keep pamphlets ready

Get handy pamphlets (related to your book) printed! Keep them in your bag all the time. Being in a gathering is a good chance to let people know about your book through these pamphlets.

Cash your strengths!

Do all it takes to promote yourself and your book but do not let go of your unique self in the process. Keep your uniqueness intact and let it show through all the content you create and all the blogs you write. Just know your exclusive strong points and utilize them to the maximum in all the activities related to book marketing.

We wish you all the best with your book promotions!

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Business Books to help you Achieve Success and Reach your Goals!

A business might look simple enough as buying something and selling it at profit, or providing a product and selling it to the masses, except it isn’t that simple. A business, be it of any kind, is filled with intricacies most of us have no idea about. There are secrets to success that are only divulged to those who have been working relentlessly for years, learning through trial and error, never giving up and learning from their mistakes.

They say there’s nothing better than to learn from your experience… or is there? What if you could jump ahead, skip all the years of hard work and find perhaps… a cheat code to getting your business on the right track? Well, we have the answer for you! Books. In particular, business books, written by experienced professionals who revealed their business tricks and strategies that led them to the apex of success in their books.

In reading and analysing these books, you will learn before you make any mistakes. You can fix your business model, make your user interface more friendly, explore new avenues of marketing that you previously hadn’t thought of and much more! There are many different ways to use business books; just start by asking yourself what you want to learn and what your weaknesses are. Then, find the solutions to those and learn from them!

Here are some recommended business books that will save you from the trouble of making mistakes by helping you learn from the experiences of business tycoons.

 

The Octopus Director

The Octopus Director
Eng. Aisha Al-Ali

In any business,  administration is key. Without the logistical and technical support of administration, no business can take off. In this book, the author aims to elevate the readers’ ability to engage in, oversee and manage workplace resources. The book provides an excellent opportunity to help readers manage technologies in a non-technical way. This book is for those wishing to achieve high administrative positions and develop their careers further!

The author, Aisha Al-Ali, has a bachelor’s in engineering, majoring in IT from Sharjah University in 1997 on a scholarship given only to high achievers. The author earned the Distinguished Employee award from Sharjah Government in 2009.

 

Symbiosis in Hospitality Management

Symbiosis in Hospitality Management
Peter Alatsas

This book is based on the concept of mutualism, within the broader concept of Symbiosis in a business context. Mutualism in Symbiosis is when two organisms share resources and benefit from the outcome mutually. In a business setting, this is when stakeholders treat one another as partners for mutual benefit.
This book, in particular, focuses on hospitality management and the relationship between key stakeholders. The book is written for hotel operators, owners and their representatives as a guide to help manage and oversee the business operations and also guides how to further consolidate partnerships that benefit the parties involved mutually.

The author is an expert in hotel management, having done his bachelors in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Ryerson University, and anMBA in Management Consultancy from Sheffield Hallam University. He has travelled the world and has a quarter century of experience in hospitality tourism and education. Currently, he is the COO of Frontel Group and General Manager of The Venue Hotels in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Engineering Project Management Highlighted from Design to Execution

Engineering Project Management Highlighted from Design to Execution
Eng. Abdullah Theeb Qandil

A book perfect for engineering and construction enthusiasts looking to streamline their businesses. This book talks about the entire construction process from start to finish; including the designing, project submission, major and minor mistakes that are usually made by the owner, contractor and project consultancies. It also explains the dangers and obstacles observed in each step of the construction process and gives solutions to such problems. An all-in-one guide for business owners and enthusiasts alike!

Born in Jordan in 1978, the author has a major in Architectural Engineering and a Masters in Construction Management. Having years of experience working as an Architect in the Contracting and Engineering Consultancy field.

 

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2021’s Good Books to Read for Everyone

A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

The human mind works in extraordinary ways. Just by looking at a few jottings on paper, our mind turns them into images that help them perceive better. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new, something astonishing about yourself. Well, knowledge is the power that can be used to change your state of mind and enhance wellness. Find some good books to read for the weightlifting of your brain. The beauty of reading is that each one of us experiences books in our own ways, through our lenses.

Here we mentioned some of the great benefits of reading for you!

  • Reading Reduces Stress

Take out time for yourself when daily stress is taking its toll. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. Reading helps faster in reducing stress than sipping a coffee or listening to music. You can read whatever book you want, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or motivational books to stimulate your mind.

  • Increases Imagination and Creativity

According to the researcher, Dr Lynell Burmark, the visual imagery is programmed in the human brain. We build images in our minds when we read, which helps us in remembering things a lot faster.

  • Helps in Writing

Expand your vocabulary and write in a perfect formal way by experiencing a good study. You can find some good books with different perspectives to read, or you can come up with your idea for writing.

  • Enhances Quality Time With Your Family

Reading improves quality time with your children. Research confirms that reading books to children promotes cognitive skills in children. They absorb things faster and develop the ability to communicate adequately. In today’s digital environment, it is encouraged that children may catch out some time to read with their parents. It will lift the confidence of the child and will provide the capacity to focus.

  • It Is Fun

Why get bored when you can read a good book? Read books about nature, inventions, space or general knowledge. Find some good novels to read to kill time. Stick yourself to a good book and it will take you on a magical ride with your favorite characters.

Here are some of our best up-coming books by our top-notch writers to get you started:
 

 

Narrative Techniques in The Thousand and One Nights and Its Impact on World Fiction

Book: Narrative Techniques in The Thousand and One Nights and Its Impact on World Fiction

Author: Dr. Sharifah bint Mohammad bin Naser Al-Oboudi

Enjoy reading the history of The Thousand and One Nights and its impact on world literature and literary figures. Figure the uniformity of the techniques with the later fabricated literary approaches of metafiction. The book mentions the extended legacy of Egyptian fiction writer and Noble Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz’s short but abridged novel, Layali Alf Laylah (interpreted into English as Arabian days and nights). This book also highlights the legacy of the American fictionist and critic, John Barth, it concentrates on his short story collection, Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories.
 

 

The Flute Boy

Book: The Flute Boy

Author: Fanny FM

Experience a melodic curve in the story of a poor orphan boy who delights a beautiful princess by the tune of his flute.
 

 

 

 

The Mysterious Shadow

Book: The Mysterious Shadow

Author: Amna Salem bin Hashel

Sophie Bethalion, a school going girl, sees a mysterious shadow on her way to school. She starts observing the same shadow quite often. One day, she takes a day off from school due to heavy snowfall. However, she doesn’t stop investigating about the shadow. Read this new fiction release and solve the puzzle of the mysterious shadow. From where did this shadow come? Make head or tail of this interesting shadow with Sophie.
 

 

 

 

Travelers’ Tales

Book: Traveler’s Tales

Author: Ruhie Jamshed

Enjoy the 15 travel stories by Dubai residents from all over the world, who love to imprison their thoughts on paper. From mysteries to love stories to the ones that inspire, this book will take you on a roller coaster ride where you’ll feel all kinds of emotions.

 

 

 

 
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Set New Year Goals for Your Writing

New year resolutions are often inspired by our bigger ambitions. Just as we divide a day into smaller tasks, we count on yearly progress when it comes to our bigger aims in life. If someone wants to become a neurosurgeon, he/she will move through years of medical studies and specialized surgery training to reach that goal. If you aspire to be a famous, recognized writer whose reputation reaches millions across the globe, you will have to dedicate years altogether. What time is better than the start of the year to remind yourself of your passion!

Setting new year goals is the best way to start a year. It sets the tone of the coming year with optimism and hope. If you are a writer or you want to be one, use the dawn of 2021 to set goals in writing. Writing is a time-consuming task, and there many are stages of refinement. Nevertheless, the reward is too big to miss out on. Even if you are feeling stuck, start afresh. At a later time during the year, you will be able to combine the new and old manuscripts and bring the best out of them.

Working with a team of reputed editors and authors, we list down here some suggestions on new year’s resolutions for writers. Utilize them and incorporate them into your own style and we hope this year will turn out to be very productive in your writing voyage.

Read, Read!

All writers are keen readers as well. The writing journey for  most writers begins with inspiring reads; that push them to create equally worth reading content. While working on your own book, make sure to take time out for reading as well. At the start of the year 2021, you can set yourself a goal for the number of books you will read each month. Reading will give you new ideas and inspirations on form, structure and plot. With regular reading, you will learn how to write your book. You can always make comparisons between what you are reading and what you are writing.

Join Other Authors!

Being connected to other writers comes with its own perks. You get a space where you can discuss your ideas. Having like-minded people around will boost your tendencies, and you will feel more welcomed and accepted. If you already have writer friends, discuss your goals with them and help each other to achieve them. In this way, you can keep a check on them, and they can do the same for you. If not, make a resolve to build a strong network this year. You can do that online as well; by utilizing social media platforms.

Associate Yourself with Your Story!

You must keep yourself engaged with your target audience of your book. If you are putting together a children’s book, interacting with children will help you get a good understanding of their minds, what they like and engage well with. This will allow you to write a story which will be tailored towards your target audience and create a book they will truly enjoy.

Connect with Editors and Publishers!

Introducing your manuscript into editing stages is very important. You will never be fully ready for this phase. Anticipations of rejection will haunt you all the time. But we will advise you to do this as early as possible. We, at Austin Macauley, are also offering editing and publishing services and we are open to submissions. You can read more about us here. We edit your manuscripts with care and keep you involved at all stages.

With these ideas surrounding new year goals for the writing community, we wish you a very happy and productive year!

Happy Writing!

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Are Audiobooks as Good as ‘Reading Books’?

Audiobooks are versions of books, that are meant for the ears instead of the eyes. Wait, what? Well, the idea of not reading a book might sound a little less familiar, but familiarity is growing with time. More and more audio versions are being made available. Comparing audiobooks and paperbacks can make us look into the bright and dark sides of both. One is about listening and the other about reading.

Books have traditionally been associated with sitting down in some leisure time and reading your favourite kind of book. Audiobooks appear to be more convenient; since many of us struggle to have the time to develop a consistent reading habit. . Audiobooks, definitely are an innovation, designed to cater for our fast-running routines where we prefer digital media and movies over reading in our free time. This innovation, however, genuinely provokes the question of what is superior and more valued; audiobooks or reading?

Audiobooks for Adults; Accessibility

They are perfectly designed to provide an experience to blind or visually impaired people, ensuring that everyone has access to books.

Audiobooks: Learning Languages

Audiobooks are helpful for those who understand a language but cannot read written text. This utility comes in two ways; they can listen to a book and secondly, they can also learn to read gradually by holding the book in front of them whilst the narrator reads the book aloud.

Audiobooks are also a good tool to help introduce children to different languages. Since children learn to speak from scratch, their learning can be enhanced by listening to audiobooks. While there are numerous ways to teach/learn a language, audiobooks have an edge for communicating the accent and pronunciation very delicately. This also applies to the learning of all languages and accents.

Audiobooks for Children

Audiobooks are a great way of getting children to learn new stories and new skills. Some children do not want to sit down with a book sometimes, audiobooks are a great way introduce new books to them in a different and engaging way.

Audiobooks Vs Reading

It will not be a very good idea to weigh audiobooks and reading against each other. We cannot cancel reading for listening; since both are essential skills. We should take advantage of all technologies. Likewise, we can welcome audiobooks and can take benefit from them. Reading is one remarkable brain exercise, which aligns and sharpens our focus and allows us to look for details. It strengthens insightfulness.

Audiobooks are more fun when it comes to fiction. Since they strengthen the traditional practice of storytelling, audiobooks are a tech-inspired solution for our nostalgia of olden golden times. However, for non-fiction, reading is always a better idea because non-fiction, academic books require more attentive energy. When we read, we can understand more clearly and are more receptive to ideas. We can also use both reading and audiobooks in combination. First, we can read difficult texts and then listen to the same, just to affirm and reinforce our prior knowledge.

Audiobooks are just a more refined, tech-driven version of the old school  stories or the bed-time stories used to amuse children. Now, the difference is that we have audios of a range of books, and not just children’s books. Audiobooks are not a replacement for reading. They are a luxury; something you can have as an addition to your basic survival kit. To say that listening is the new reading, will sound more like a flawed assertion. We should not seek to replace one with another, rather a better idea would be to let audiobooks and reading co-exist.

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Romance Books to Get You into the Mood for Love!

It takes great emotional strength to read romantic books. The best romance books are ones where you just can’t put the book down. The characters pull you into their world, and you feel as they feel, becoming a part of their world as they become a part of yours. Love stories are the best way to spend your time, especially with there still being restrictions on going out at the moment. Good books are hard to come by, but when they do, you can bet they’ll become a permanent part of your collection. So, read ahead and find a new book, a new experience to lose yourself into!

Whether you’re an avid or a new reader who has fallen in love with romance books, we have something for everyone in our collection of love stories. Below are some of our recommended books for you to get going.

 

 

From The Heights Of Heaven To The Depths Of Despair

From The Heights Of Heaven To The Depths Of Despair
Grace Lagos

Kacey, a Greek girl with a free spirit, falls in love with an Irish boy. Her controlling and disapproving parents want her to marry a Greek boy as soon as possible. This becomes a problem for Kacey. Will love be enough to transcend the cultural boundaries and the pressure on Kacey by her parents? To find out, grab your copy of the book here.
The author, born in a town outside Brisbane, Australia, was three when her parents bought a farm where she grew up. On the vast and empty farm, she had her books to keep her company, providing an escape into another world. She works now in the public service and lives in Brisbane with her husband, two children, and grandchildren.

 

 

Single Mother

Single Mother
Mohanachandran T

A love story about two people who could not get married despite being in love with each other due to social differences. They surrendered to the fact that they’ll enjoy what little time they have together and move on with their individual lives. Only years later, their past reunited them, albeit in a very different and unexpected way. Check out this interesting romantic book here.

The author is a civil engineer by profession with an interest in writing. His first book was published in 2016 and his second published in 2017, both being self-help books. The author has also established an Indian school in the UAE, which is now one of the best in the country.

 

 

Robbery of Another Kind

Robbery of Another Kind
Dr Najat Sultan

This story is about a young girl called Rovan living at a time when development in technology allowed After receiving a message, Rovan was taken back into the past, where she fell in love and devoted herself to the one she loved. Suddenly, however, things changed, and she found herself alone. This is a story about love and the meaning this word carries. Order your copy of this romantic novel now.

The author holds a PhD in Public Administration. She is a lecturer at the Institute of Administrative Development, UAE, the Acting Director of Research and Consulting as well as the Head of Admission and Registration Department at the Institute of Administrative Development, UAE. Her passions include reading, drawing and writing.

 

 

The Battle of Love

The Battle of Love
Nagham Mohammed Alsamarqandi

A romantic novel revolving around the lives of different girls as they face the struggles of life. Their ambitions and dreams stopped in their tracks as each girl experienced injustice from loved ones. How they cope with these situations and the events that unravel will culminate in the practice of black magic and the loss of innocent lives. Learn more about the story here.

The author is a Saudi poet and writer with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature.

 

 

She Was

She Was
Nura Alhamadi

She Was is a novel about love and loss. She gave him a home when he had nothing.  But fate has its way. She was snatched away from him and taken to a place from where there is no return!

 

 

 

 

Rose Marie

Rose Marie
Badriah Al-Ahmad

Arthur’s pain is unbearable. He cries for the woman he loves, the distance between them and his inability to see her has turned him into an insomniac. What has Arthur done for her to behave this way towards him? Has he wronged her? Will his pain ever end? Find out in this romantic story, Rose Marie.

She has an interest in short stories and prose.

 

 

 

Me and His Wife

Me and His Wife
Maryam bin Sultan

The past has a funny habit of coming back to haunt you when things are going well. After almost three beautiful years of marriage, there is now a storm coming, filled with hatred and contempt. Will our characters and their lovers escape this storm unscathed?

She started participating in writing competitions at a young age. She also got the first position for her short story at Ras Al Khaimah.

 

 

 

 

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Reading Tips for Families & Children

Families reading is fun, entertaining and extremely useful as it helps develop the habit of reading books, especially in children. Struggling readers can largely benefit from family reading sessions because it helps them gain confidence and motivation to read. Sharing a book with children and other family members helps build the family bond while keeping all entertained and engaged.

It’s usually difficult to keep children hooked onto a book, but family reading is a great way to keep young readers engaged and involved in reading. It’s the best technique to make young ones lifelong readers. Enjoying a story together is a reason for laughter, family discussions and lively bonding. If you’re not confident about reading together or your child is struggling with a book, here are a few tips to help you out.

Children Reading Tips

Looking for some interesting reading ideas for parents? Is your child weary of reading? It can be frustrating at times to get your child to read with you but do not fret as we got you covered with our handy pointers below. Take a look.

  • Ensure the book is interesting for all parties. It’s not worth sharing a book that your child is not interested in. If you’re thinking of reading together as a family, then it’s best to first ask your child to pick a title. A nice picture book, an engaging children’s book or an addictive piece of fiction, whatever your child chooses, make sure your kid is interested in the title. That way, they will stay engaged during the reading session and will be more inclined to develop a good reading habit as well.
  • There must be no distractions during family reading. If there is any TV, computer or another activity going on in the reading space, then make sure it’s finished before you start with the reading to ensure you get everyone’s full attention
  • While reading aloud, stop to ask questions about the book and discuss the different pointers in the book. If your child has difficulty in reading, talking about a picture book or a story can help remove any fears or issues. Motivate them to answer different questions about the book, brainstorm ideas and ask them if the book is making them feel any emotions and feelings and discuss these with them.
  • Sit closer together during the reading session and encourage the children to hold the book, turn pages and read aloud with you. If possible, try to act out different situations in the storybook and take turns to play out various characters in the book.
  • A picture book is a fun tool that can inspire your child to develop the habit of reading books. Look at the pictures together and ask your child to guess different situations in the story. You don’t necessarily have to read out the words in the text. Use pictures to encourage the young ones to discuss the literature and perhaps, laugh together at a funny moment or image.

Family Reading Tips

Families reading together is a great way to have fun and connect. Here are some handy family reading ideas that are sure to make every reading moment memorable and enjoyable.

  • Look for anything interesting to read like a newspaper, a detective novel or a romantic title. It could be a computing tutorial, a children’s picture book or historical fiction, anything that perks up your fascination. Have the children join in the fun. Readout loud with them by taking turns and pause for moments where you can discuss characters, the plot or anything associated with the literature.
  • Make it a habit to give books as gifts or presents and motivate your children to swap books with you and with the other family members. Then enjoy reading these books together and discussing the text over a nice dinner meal or an evening tea. This way, the kids will have new stories to read and talk about that will add to their literary prowess.
  • Visit your nearest library with the kids and look for some exciting books to read as a family. The library is stocked with interesting books that can be enjoyed with the family members and young ones. Also, check for important events like author meet-ups and author reading sessions at the library. It’s a great way to let your children meet their favourite authors and develop the habit of reading books.
  • While cooking or deciding the menu for a meal, have kids read out recipes to you and discuss cooking methods. If watching the TV, have them read out listings and program schedules. It will help build their language, vocabulary and grammar skills as well. Always have a family bookshelf in your home that is stocked with good books to read as a family, perhaps a Harry Potter or a Stephen King read that you can all enjoy at a cosy family gathering.

We have selected some cool books that you can enjoy reading as a family. These books are sure to make your reading activity indelible and worth every minute.

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5 Ways to Inspire Your Children to Read

As parents we envision our children to be well-mannered and want them to engage in activities that push them to have a fresh and unique perspective on life; what better is there than reading? Reading is not only necessary for academic purposes, it is a fundamental need for them, providing them with a gateway of various opportunities. Reading is essential to teach thoughtfulness and imagination in children and helps build their critical thinking, analytical, socialisation and communication skills.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get children to read, especially if they do not enjoy it which can feel like a losing battle, however, reading can be fun and exciting and it is our roles as parents to show them how.

Below we have outlined 5 ways in which you can encourage your children to read regularly.

  • Be Your Child’s Reading Buddy

Children are the mini version of us, they like to copy us in every way. We know they want to do whatever we are doing, they won’t even let us use the bathroom in peace! Reading with them is a great way to encourage children to read. Reading regularly can inspire them to also read on their own. Taking turns to read sentences, paragraphs, or even short stories is a great way to spend time together and get your children comfortable with reading.

  • Encourage Them to Read on Their Own

Have a lot of reading material available at home that will encourage your children to read on their own. Purchase books with intriguing front covers which will grab their attention and draw them in.

  • Recognise Their Achievements

Recognising and celebrating their achievements can help with reading too. Praise them when they have finished reading a book or a school project. This positive reinforcement will work a long way and will motivate and push them further to accept new reading challenges.

  • Expose Your Child to Different Genres

Every child is different, and that being said, they all have different tastes and preferences. Learning a skill becomes easy when you enjoy what you are doing. You can help your children to become good readers by exploring various genres with them. Because the more they like it, the more eager they would be to read it.

  • Buy Books That Interest Their Taste

After exploring these genres with your children and figuring out what they enjoy the most, you can ensure you are purchasing books they like. There are only so many times you would read the same book and this is same with for children. Giving them access to different stories will keep their excitement levels up. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a new book?

Here is a list of our top children’s books to we think will encourage your children to read at home more often:
 

The Little Nurse

Book: The Little Nurse
Author: Dr. Reem Bent Nasir Aldosari

A delightful and endearing story of a young girl as she finds herself interested in becoming a nurse after she injures her knees while playing. Embark with Hima’s journey as she discovers her interest in nursing after her encounter with Nurse Reem, who later explained the nursing profession to her. Moreover, a great read for instilling your children with nursing knowledge as it makes an introductory exhibit of career they can opt for in the future.

 

Munir the Millionaire

Book: Munir the Millionaire
Author: Zainab Ali Albahrani

It is a book of adventure, exploration and intrigue; it takes you on Munir’s journey, who is an intelligent kid and a keen observer. His curiosity lands him to realize the significance of money for a prosperous life. So, he starts to manifest unique ideas that will make him a lot of money.

 

 

 

 

 

The Strange Ring

Book: The Strange Ring
Author: Ahlam Yahya Jhaaf

It is a fascinating yet enticing adventurous story of a strange magical ring called The Great Name’s Ring, which leads our three heroes on a journey across the Arab countries after finding this ring in an old box. This book is excellent for introducing the spirit of adventure in your children and to ignite the theme of exploration in them.

 

 

Diversity

Book: Diversity
Author: Maryam Saqer Al Qassimi

It can be one of those perfect bedtime stories to read to your children as it aspires to raise awareness regarding appreciating differences and integrating a sense of equality in them. This book is a thought-provoking and classic example of mindful reading.

 

 

 

 

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5 Hacks for Designing an Eye-Catching Book Cover

Stuck with no ideas on how to begin on creating a brilliant design for your book cover?  Let’s face it. Designing a catchy book cover can be a challenging task. Book cover designs require diligence and creative flair! It’s not just the plot, characters or writing quality that makes a book a success. Remember, books are often judged by the cover! A snazzy book cover will attract more readers, convey the theme of the book and seal the sales deal.

Essential Elements of a Book Cover

With book cover designs, various elementsplay a pivotal role in defining the aesthetics. Key elements of any book cover include imagery, colors, format, typography layout and fonts. The key is to put these together in a successful blend to design an eye-catching cover. When designing a book cover, you need to keep in mind dynamics like the title, subtitle, portraits, background images, graphics, summary, synopsis, author’s trivia, recommendations and many other relevant components depending upon the genre of the book. These will essentially work together in harmony for a brilliant graphical impact.

 

Visual elements for any book cover fall into three broad categories:

  • Typography

This includes the background colour and the contrasting hues for all artwork included in the cover design.

  • Graphics/Imagery

This is the collection of artwork that goes in your cover design, synching with the genre and overall layout.

  • Colour

This includes the background colour and the contrasting hues for all artwork included in the cover design.

These three elements are organised in a ‘layout’ that defines the arrangement and scope of the elements. The layout works together with the ‘size’ and ‘format’ to display all elements in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The format determines whether a book is a ‘paperback’ or ‘hardback’. This plays a significant role in cover design as designers often create covers keeping the format in mind.

Two key pieces of information all covers need to convey is the ‘book title’ and the ‘author’s name’. The layout will define how these two informative pieces are scaled, positioned and combined on the cover..

Hacks to Use for a Striking Cover

A picture can say 1000 words. Every aspect of this famous saying is true when designing a book cover. You need to demonstrate to the reader what secrets the book holds inside.

A book cover is essentially the face of the book. Creating an eye-catching cover is certainly a daunting task. But, don’t fret as these handy tips below will help you design a fantastic piece meant for a poignant impact.

 

Know That a Book Cover Is Linked to the Genre         

An appropriate book cover will sync well with the genre of the story. For example, if your book is a gripping thriller that will leave your readers shaking in their boots then ensure that your book cover represents the horror which will be revealed inside. Readers often have specific genre preferences and therefore use the cover to identify which genre the book is, highlighting the importance of this.

Have a look at some of the examples below.

– Horror

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– Children’s

Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blossoming Kindness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Romance

For the Bound Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a While

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose Appropriate Font & Colours

The book title and author name are one of the most important elements of the front cover, as this is what they will remember when recommending your book to their friends/family. Therefore ensuring you pick the correct font and colouring for these key elements is imperative to the success of your book.

The colours should complement the genre and the graphic/images you have selected on your cover. You want them to stand out but not stick out.

Ensuring the font is easy for your readers to read is as important as picking the graphics, after all you did not spend hours, weeks, month, or years writing a book for your readers to get your name wrong,

Think outside the box

Remember, you will be on a bookshelf with thousands of other books…you want your book to jump out at shoppers. Thinking outside the box is a great way to grab readers attention.

Conducting research is a great way to see what else is out there. Look other book genres in your genres, write a list of things you like and things you don’t. Can you think of something that hasn’t been done before?

Pay for Catchy Artwork

Avoid using the free graphics available from various sites online. It’s a good strategy to buy stock images and photography licenses that will add value to your book cover. Investing in the art will ensure you’re designing a fabulous cover that has the potential to turn heads and step up your book sales. Look for photos and artwork that will make your cover look more refined and professional. If you need to hire a professional designer or photographer and have your custom illustrations commissioned, then do so as it will enhance the aesthetics of the cover and this may be the difference of whether the reader picks up your book or the neighbouring one.

Make the Book Cover Elements Work Together

The three most important elements of a book cover are the background, image and type or texture. A cover’s background should blend in well with the artwork on it. However, it should have a striking contrast with the type or texture to accentuate the title. The image or artwork should be imagery that evokes the right kind of feelings and emotions. Usually, imagery is not required if the background and type blend well. For some genres, however, vivid images are essential for the right impact.

A title is the most significant element in the type or typography that should stand out and be readable and apt for the specific genre. In general, the three elements should work together to create the correct effect that clearly defines the essence of the book.

So, next time you’re designing a book cover, use these hacks above and design a winning cover that will inspire readers, entice them and boost your book sales too!

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Conquer Your TBR Pile with Austin Macauley Publishers

This book seems interesting!

Man! I wanted to try this genre.

Maybe I should buy this book; the visuals seem stunning.

Now you probably are thinking to yourself these thoughts seem familiar. Well, that means you are one of the very large group of people who cannot seem to take their hands and money off that one corner of a stationery shop. There is something so captivating about that corner that lures a bookaholic into the designated buying trap. Once you find yourself there, the urge of buying everything will not wear off until you get your hands on them. As a person who loves books, the temptation of buying and adding a new book in that TBR pile is a temptation we cannot resist, do not worry we understand, there is just nothing better than diving into the pages of a great book. We all have been in that very similar situation time and time again. Passing by that book store or that magical book-corner without giving it a visit seems impossible..

Read onto the blog to find out ways of conquering your TBR Pile. Let’s go together!

 

  • Make it necessary to read

“Life is short and TBR lists are long.”

 Katja Millay

Chances are that you were all riffled up to start reading that book, but to be honest, you just could not find the time. You’ve scheduled a relaxing day reading the book top of your TBR pile but, ding dong, the doorbell goes, you see a pile of clothes just as big as your TBR pile that needs washing, suddenly it’s the end of the day and you have not been able to sit down with your book. Luckily, it’s not that big of a deal and you can still finish the quest of tackling that stake of books, reading should be enjoyable and not a chore so do not force yourself to.

 

  • Prioritize and set the daily/weekly/monthly goal challenges

Whenever we start to embark on a journey, what is the first thing we do? Yes, you probably thought of planning it out. Plan your journey of tackling off the respective pile of yours by initiating mini-goal challenges for daily/weekly/monthly TBR book reading. Select the books you want to finish off in that specific period and decide on which among the selected ones you would like to read first. Considering the books you select, you can set goals on how you are going to do it. Set challenges for completion of goals and don’t feel defeated up if you could not complete them every time…Success is usually built on many small victories.

 

  • Associate a positive reinforcement with reading

What is reinforcement? It is something that mitigates encouragement in you and pushes you onward with motivational cues to keep on repeating the same behaviour that resulted in that specific outcome. So? How to read faster? Try aligning positive reinforcement with reading. How can one do that? You can reward yourself with something that will ensure the possibility of a similar pattern of behaviour in future. Pat yourself on the back every time you receive that positive outcome after reading a little bit more of that book.

 

  • Stop stacking up the shelf

Though there may seem a lot of interesting books to read and buying it will satisfy your thirst but, sometimes the problem lies in ‘our buying behaviour’ pattern. Sometimes it’s not the interest for book reading that makes us make that buying decision but rather it’s our underlying impulsive reaction. Take it as a stimulus for initiating action, good or bad. If that is the case, then it’s time to make it stop. Time to find the reason for this obstructive buying pattern. Try examining your environment for any underlying red flags that bring about that reaction from you. Set yourself boundaries to curb that thirst, for example only purchase a book when you have finished two existing books.

 

  • Don’t buy the book because it’s visually appealing

A good book is the one that captivates the reader through the essence of the story. However, chances are that the readers or non-readers might fall for appealing cover and not for the actual book. We’d suggest all the booklovers or non-readers out there to go for the comprehensive note at the end of the book or skim through the contents before making the buying decision.

 

  • Keep track

How about tracking the books you buy, read and even those which you have not touched in a while? How about tracking them in excel log or online tracking software or even a list in a notepad? You can keep a record of every book purchase and mark the ones you have finished and the ones that are still sitting in a dust-coated old shelf. This will surely keep you in check and even result in reducing unnecessary book purchases.

 

  • Buy books that interest your taste

I am addicted to reading, I will never reach the end of my TBR list because it multiplies all by itself. It is not my fault; I was born this way.

― Lani

There are chances of you buying a book just because someone recommended or gifted it to you. But it may not necessarily be of your interest. What are you supposed to do now? Firstly, give away that book because you are never going to read it. Gift or donate it. This way, the shame of stocking up the bookshelves will trim down a little. The second thing is to buy books that are of your taste. We got you covered on the latter. Check out our recommended books to read that might be useful to be added up to your “Active Read Shelf”.

 

 

100 X 100

Book: 100 X 100
Author: Seena Zarie

Happiness can be found within each of us. Get to know about the tools to unlock happiness in the workplace. Read through this book to manifest what real happiness is about. Who knows, maybe adding it in your active read might do some wonders for that pile.

 

 

 

 

A Mysterious Marking

Book: A Mysterious Marking
Author: Taiba Albahrani

A gripping and tantalizing tale of Amara’s journey full of mysteries, powers and discoveries. Readers will surely enjoy the story and would be able to finish off without adding further to their enormous to be read piles; because it is just that type of mesmerizingly thrilling story. You will have to read it to find out the greatest storylines to have existed.

 

 

 

 

Divine Decree

Book: Divine Decree
Author: Z.A Soliman

In her book, the author explains that each and everything is meant to happen. There is a high decree to everything that happens in our lives. Take this that you are reading this blog because it was bound to happen. It was through the law of nature to get you some help with your reading habits.

 

 

 

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Top Social Media Marketing Trends for Authors

“I don’t think social media is evil. I think it is a tool just like everything else.”

– John Meese

 

Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of social media on our day to day lives. Social Media is a great tool for marketing and when executed well can lead to great success for marketing promotion. Social Media Marketing is playing a vital role for every small and large business.

Social Media Marketing helps to establish a strong and fruitful relationship with potential customers. Brand awareness, affordable advertisement, worldwide reach, improved engagement and conversion rates and communication authority are the perks of social media marketing. All of which you as an author can take advantage of. It’s not as scary as it sounds… we promise.

There’s no denying that social media is easily accessible for everyone these days, it can be very beneficial for both, aspiring and established authors. We can understand writing a book is a challenging task, which requires intense amounts of creativity and skill. Therefore, as a writer, you deserve appreciation and acknowledgement from the world.

There are many social networking sites which can be helpful for authors, Here are the top 5 social networking sites for both fiction and non-fiction writers:

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Twitter
  4. LinkedIn
  5. YouTube

Every social networking site has different trends for promotions and marketing. Below we will be revealing some incredible tips and trends for each platform to help you, as a talented author discover and make the most out of these channels.


Facebook Marketing Trends:

Everyone is aware of the popularity of Facebook. The vast amount of users (1.79 billion) means that there is an audience for everyone, including authors.

Creating an author’s fan page can be beneficial for the promotion of your books and writings. This page will allow you to easily interact with your fans and keep your readers engaged through posting thought-provoking discussions. You can share their unique thoughts and writing styles or the chapter excerpts from your books to attract readers. You can also give updates about different events such as book signings, book launch, reading sessions and interviews.

Readers love to be a part of your personal life. So, keep giving them a glimpse of your daily activities through Facebook stories allows them to have quick and access to the ‘behind the scenes’ of their favourite author.

TOP TIP:
Giveaways are another great way to attract new reader, everyone wants something for free so would happily share your post for a chance of winning a free/signed copy of your book. This means that their friends will see your post, which could attract new readers.


Instagram Marketing Trends:

Instagram is famous for its outstanding features to promote content. You have slaved over ensuring you picked the right cover for your book, this is the ideal platform to show it off!

Although the benefits of Instagram for authors does not stop at the cover of your book. You can post pictures of your writing stations or what book you are currently reading, or post a picture from any book events you attended or hosted. Even posting quotes from your book is a great way to attract readers on this platform.

The Instagram story feature provides a great opportunity to interact with readers via various built-in features. You can conduct live reading and Q&A sessions.

All of these ways are great opportunities to boost book sales.


Twitter Marketing Trends:

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms used around the globe. Millions of people use Twitter daily. Authors have a special relationship with Twitter to promote their books, as Twitter is more popular way to share knowledge with the world – a great opportunity for Non-Fiction writers to connect with their audience.

Using relevant emoticons can make your tweets stand out and attract your followers. Interactive polls and gifs work well on Twitter so do not forget to add these, as with millions of people on the platform it is important to ensure your tweets stand out as much as possible.

TOP TIPS:

  • You can follow other writers to gain genuine followers.
  • Announcing your live streams with the link and time on Twitter will let more readers join your stream.
  • Live broadcasting on Twitter does wonders as Twitter shows them on the top of your followers’ feed. Using relevant and popular hashtags help expand your reach.

 

LinkedIn Marketing Trends:

Linked is well-known for resumes and job postings. However, it is a powerful platform to create effective lead generations and allows authors to build strong professional networks.

As it is very helpful to develop professional brand awareness, you can use your LinkedIn profile to promote your author events and interviews. Creating a writing group in LinkedIn can help improve your writing skills and facilitates in showcasing your talent to others. Groups can also be very helpful in developing a strong image of your books.

TOP TIP:
An appealing lengthy interactive post tends to perform better on LinkedIn. Use this platform as a way to demonstrate your knowledge around the subject of your book and build creditability.

 

YouTube Marketing Trends:

When it comes to video marketing, YouTube is always the first platform that comes to one’s mind. It is not only a social media platform but is also a constructive search engine that provides users with a huge variety of videos on different topics.

‘Book Cover Reveal’ videos, book trailers, short videos with the book excerpts are great ways to promote your book. Sharing a 360 degree video which shows the book from all directions will attract readers. YouTube is considered as the best place for learning, therefore this platform is ideal for you to share ‘How to’ videos about writing to help the many aspiring authors out there.

YouTube live streams have 8 times greater engagement rate as compared to a normal video. Authors can host Q&A sessions and podcasts in their live streams. Visual storytelling can also attract viewers.

TOP TIP:
Sharing your writing journey and struggles with the viewers through a video can leave a great impact on the audience.

 

We hope that these trends will be helpful for all the aspiring and established authors to boost their social media presences. So, hurry up authors and get connected to the world.

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Our Best-Selling Books That Should Accompany You This Autumn

Different readers have different tastes. Some have found a comfortable home in reading romance; others consider poetry their abode for a retreat. Some find solace in reading thrillers; others search for meaning in crime fiction. Some are more inward and go after what induces nostalgia—historical fiction; others are more into the futuristic reads such as Sci-Fi. Some read self-help books for their development and growth; others are biography enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about people.

If you fall in any of the above groups, hang in there, keep on reading. Below, we list six of our best-selling books of various genres for you to read this month. You can choose the genres you are passionate about, or you can try something different—and we suggest you try something new.

Here we go.

 

 

Come On, Let’s Run Away

Book: Come On, Let’s Run Away
Author: Ali Nasser (Bu Mayed)

Do you ever wonder what were the old days like—the homes, schools, values and traditions, relationships, people and their aspirations? If your answer is yes then we have a treasure for you. Ali Nasser brings “a story from the memories of people who lived during those days, so that who didn’t live in that time can live it with us…and it remains a memory for every generation.” Let’s dwell in the past, for a brief moment, with this nostalgia-inducing book and relive a part of the life that no longer exists. Grab your copy at 30% off and reminisce the ‘good old days’ with Come On, Let’s Run Away.

 

 

Khalid’s Promise

Book: Khalid’s Promise
Author: Amna Ibrahim AL-Badwawi

If you need a strong stimulus to continue despite the challenges, Khalid’s Promise is written for you. It details the life of Amal, an Emirati girl living in a conservative household, from her childhood to her marriage. Her life is not as she always fantasised but altogether different, with difficulties and challenges taking their turns, one after another. The loss of her mother at a young age and her father’s marriage to a foreigner sends her to an abyss of mental pain. She feels alone and isolated when she loses her favourite friend and confidante, Manal, who used to be a source of relief for her. She begins to enjoy her life only after she meets and marries Khalid. Embedded in this story is a homage to the martyrs and their sacrifices for the sake of their homeland.  Would Amal’s newfound happiness last long? What is Khalid’s promise to Amal—and would he keep it? You can tell. Get your copy of this riveting book at 30% off.

 

 

Dot

Book: Dot
Author: Lubna Mohammad Altamimi

Life isn’t always one smooth ride. Most of the time, one’s life is characterised by the highs and lows, failures and success, accomplishments and setbacks and love and abandonment.

If you are someone whose life features the latter elements in abundance…if you are grappling with your own set of challenges…if you are disturbed by the modern fast-paced life…if you feel isolated in a bustling city of millions…if you dream of achieving lasting happiness and peace of mind…Dot is for you. Give yourself a break, read this resourceful book, lighten up your path and live your life with a reinvigorated passion. To facilitate you, we are offering 30% off on this best-selling book. Buy your copy now!

 

 

Hiam Is the Life

Book: Hiam Is the Life
Author: Yasir Alnasir

This book of contemporary fiction is based on the life of a young man. He prefers to live in solitude, detached from the outside world, inside his own state of mind. But his solitary habits are interrupted by a girl, with whom he dearly falls in love. Her arrival in his life dramatically alters the trajectory of his life. Whether this ‘change’ is for better or worse, the reader will tell. How did the girl meet this reserved boy? And more importantly, how did he fell in love with her? To find out, purchase your copy at 30% off.

 

 

 

For the Bound Hearts

Book: For the Bound Hearts
Author: Tasneem Zeyad Abu Shawish

For the Bound Hearts is a book of romance. But what if we told you that this book contains ingredients of a recipe that will heal your wounds? That’s true! Written with ink mixed with tears, this book will cheer you up, show you the path to a fulfilling life and enable you to stand up to your demons. The plot is interesting and the characters striking, many readers will find it relatable to the milieu they find themselves in—whether being simply sad, feeling dejected or not being able to chase their dreams—and take the corrective measures as the story moves forward. Buy a copy of this enchanting romance novel at 30% off and give yourself a treat you needed since long.

 

 

Love Pirate

Book: Love Pirate
Author: Rania Nimr Eitah

Love Pirate is a collection of heart-warming poetry. Written by a literature enthusiast, who closely observes the day-to-day life, this collection presents a realistic worldview of our existence to you—the reader. The words are woven together delicately, but given the power to make their way to your heart and arouse those emotions that lay dormant until now. Get your copy of this soul-stirring book at 30% off and be able to look at the world differently.

 

 

 

We hope these best-selling titles will add to your intellectual horizon. If you want to explore more, we have much more in store for you. Click here and pick your favourite titles, whether fiction or non-fiction, all at 30% off.

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Eight Tips for Writing a Best-Selling Romance Novel

Of all the genres of fiction, the most popular is romance. And rightly so—it’s a genre almost every reader can relate to. It talks about a passion that we all long for—love. We love being in love, loving someone or being the beloved of someone. When these love experiences are written on paper, they have the power to transform the perspective of generations to come. Wuthering Heights, Jan Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Love in the Times of Cholera are some of the best romantic books that continue to influence us to this day.

Ever since romance novels appeared on the scene, the same basic story is repeated. Boy and girl meet. Their interactions evolve into love. A romantic relationship is developed. The usual conflict sets in. These adversities are overcome, sometimes against all odds. Both find solace in each other and start living happily ever after—or for the foreseeable future. Sounds familiar? It is. But still, the readers’ appetite for this genre, if anything, is growing day by day.

If you are passionate about writing fiction, romance should be the genre to start with. How to do that? In the succeeding paragraphs, we’ll try to offer you our help on how to produce a gripping work of romance.

Here are a few tips for writing a best-selling romance novel:

1. Choose Your Subgenre

Romance is a big genre. While anything you write on love will be called romance, there are subgenres you can choose to focus on. These are contemporary, historical, young adult, supernatural, fantasy, religious or spiritual and erotic romance. Which one should you go for depends on your taste and your audience (we’ll discuss the audience later.) Some subgenres such as historical fiction need extensive research about the period of history where the novel is set. But whatever you decide to write should broadly conform to any of the above categories.

2. Know Your Readers

Probably, you aspire to write your novel, publish it and sell it to the readers. Thus, you are not only a writer but a businessperson as well. And what is the most significant factor that determines the success of a business? It is to know who are your prospective customers. In this case, who are your readers? Their culture and values? Demographics? Their sensitivities? These also determine the point of view of your story. Most of the time, the narration of events is from a woman’s point of view. It’s because women make up the vast majority—about 80%—of romance readers. Naturally, they’ll be interested in reading the story from their own perspective rather than a man’s.


3. Plot, Characters and Tropes

In the introductory paragraphs, we discussed how the plots of a romantic story have been, broadly, the same. However, it is the details that you would work on. For instance, what is the trope of your story? “A trope in literary terms is a plot device or character attribute that is used so commonly in the genre that it’s seen as commonplace or conventional.” Below are some common tropes in romance.

  • Enemies to lovers. A boy and girl are enemies at first. The enmity is converted into friendship and eventually into love.
  • Damsel in distress. A girl is grappling with her problems. The hero comes and frees her from the clutches of these problems and she falls in love with him. Or vice versa.
  • Friends to lovers.
  • Forbidden love. Both boy and girl, for whatever reason, are not allowed to love each other.
  • Soul mates. As if they were made for each other.
  • Love triangle. There are three characters, two of them competing to prevail upon the third one.

 

There are many others too. You can choose any trope. However, it is not the trope but your plot that will define your success.

Does your plot have the necessary tension—something that stops the protagonists from becoming one—that will engage the readers? What about your characters? Do they relate to your target audience? Let’s take the example of Pride and Prejudice. Its trope is enemies to lovers, and the tension is the social hierarchy—Mr Darcy is from nobility, has a large estate while Elizabeth Bennet is a middle-class woman and if both come together, Mr Darcy’s acquaintances would not appreciate his choice. In Nicholas Spark’s The Notebook, it is the class difference that doesn’t allow Allison and Noah to unite in marriage. The characters in these stories are not superheroes but ordinary people and therefore, many readers can relate to.


4. Setting – Time and Place
 

The setting means the place and time in which the story is based. If it’s a historical romance, the writer must have the necessary know-how of that era. Where the story takes place should conform to the ambiance of the day including the dressing, the architecture, the scientific developments, and the prevalent attitudes of people towards all the things discussed in the story. Try to create vivid imagery of your settings, one that will arrest the imaginations of your readers.


5. Intimate Scenes – Yes or No?

Here, the writers of romance find themselves in a perplexing dilemma. There are no fixed rules for including intimate scenes and very much depends on your subgenre and target audience. In Young Adult, intimate scenes are usually avoided. In any case, unless you are writing erotica, the intimate scenes serve a specific purpose—to help the story move in a clear direction. If you have decided to include these scenes, they should be progressive and implicit—leave much to the imaginations of readers.

 

6. What About Secondary Characters?

Though much of your energy will be spent on the main characters, secondary characters should not be ignored. They help the story as much as the protagonists do. Friends, family, foes, neighbours, colleagues, and whoever else you have given the role of a secondary character contribute to making your story great. The only rule here is, the attention given to them shouldn’t obscure the leads.


7. A Good Ending

Romance readers expect the author to give a good ending to the story. A favourable ending is in which both the protagonists come together. As in ‘Love in the Times of Cholera’ (Spoiler alert ahead!) it takes decades for Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza to overcome the tensions and come together. In Pride and Prejudice, despite the initial dislike, both come together eventually. But it is not a rule that both the lovers should unite in marriage. For instance, the endings of The Fault in Our Stars and A Walk to Remember are not what we would call a ‘happy ending’. Still, they’re popular among the readers. However you bring the story to end, it should satisfy the readers, evoking the necessary emotions, that what they read was worth it.

8. Read More About Your Genre – and Subgenre

For any aspiring writer, reading is a must-to-do thing. No ifs and buts here. The reason for this is, the readers are not only interested in learning about what happens to a couple. When they pick a work of fiction, they expect a good drama, catchy sentences, compelling metaphors and a positive message at the end of the story. To help you understand what we just described above, we have listed some of our best-selling romance books below. While we won’t reveal the tropes and settings of these novels for the fear of spoilers, they have all these ingredients carefully woven into them. These stories would spark your imaginations and help you in generating worthwhile ideas for your own work of romance.

 

Book: Behind My Strength is a Weakness, Loving You
Author: Dina Al-Saigh


Book: For the Beloved
Author: Rania Nimr Eitah


Book: Rose Marie
Author: Badriah Al-Ahmad


Book: What Do You Know About My Love, Baby?
Author: Shaikhah Kaseb


Book: In Love with Dracula
Author: Nadine Jameel Omar

 

Other than these, we boast of a resourceful collection on a variety of subgenres in romance. Explore this treasure here. Don’t forget, we are offering 30% off on all paperbacks!

We sincerely hope these tips and books would encourage you to take your pen and notebook (or your laptop) and start working on your masterpiece. If, however, you have already prepared the manuscript, we are just a click away. Send us your manuscript at submissions@austinmacauley.ae or explore more by visiting our submissions page.

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Five Best Thrillers and Crime Novels to Curl Up with at Home

Books are amazing. Why? Because they allow you to live through the experiences of others. As George R.R. Martin once said,

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

True, motion pictures do the same job but since everything is in visual form, it doesn’t offer much room for curiosity and speculation. It’s a book that gives us room to go on a never-ending voyage of imaginations. It’s a book that stirs our curiosity as we progress from one page and one plot to another, left to ourselves, wondering what the next page is about to bring.

The human brain is hard-wired to absorb information in story form, analyze it, and store it away for future use. In this context, the utility of reading thrillers and crime fiction can become handy. They put you in a mental simulator, keeping you engaged and mentally active. As this New York Times article shows, “fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.”

Secondly, it brings the good out of you—especially crime fiction. Humans are blessed with willpower, and thus, we are capable of doing both good and bad things. But our good side gets a value boost when we read a consequential thriller on crime. For instance, you read a good crime thriller, you question your core values—such as social and legal justice, fair-play, liberty and freedom and human dignity. It gives you a chance to reflect upon your own beliefs and receive renewed strength to carry on.

Last but not least, it offers us avenues to release our stress through. Although it sounds hypocritical, it’s true. A study by the University of Sussex showed just six minutes lost inside a thrilling book could reduce your stress level by as much as 68%. You journey through a tension-filled story but at the end of the story, it’s catharsis—the tension that was building up is finally released. When good finally triumphs evil, you feel vindicated, as if the world comes back into balance.

Below we give you an overview of some of the best thrillers we have in store for you. Read them, get curious and stay inspired.

 

 

Black Cat

Book: Black Cat
Author: Aesha Raja’an Al-Harashani

If you are a fan of supernatural thrillers, Black Cat is for you. It revolves around the story of a black cat, Rex. A magician loses his bewitching powers, and to regain the powers, he has to turn Rex into a vampire. Rex, now with immense powers, embarks on the mission to save his parents and take revenge from the evil magician for the wrongs he has done to him and his family. The magician has magical powers, but Rex is fast, furious and bloodthirsty. Who will win this battle? Will Rex rescue his parents and make them proud? To know how the tussle between Rex and the magician unfolds, grab your copy at 30% off here.

 

 

 

The Moon

Book: The Moon
Author: Khamis Mohammed Ali Alabdouli

The Moon is a captivating story of a king, named Robert.  He is ruling upon the subjects who are not humans but another species living on the surface of the moon. The only attributes this species share with the humans are cunningness, betrayal, and penchant for killing. Robert betrays his subjects and descends to the planet earth, a forbidden journey for which he is severely punished. But before bowing to his fate, Robert plants his seed in the womb of a human girl. Would his blood go to waste? Would Robert’s offspring avenge these lunar civilians for the death of his father? How would this fight between two different species unfold? Order a copy of this book at 30% off here and find out if Robert’s child would make his father proud.

 

 

 

Come On, Let’s Chase Him to Tunisia

Book: Come On, Let’s Chase Him to Tunisia
Author: Qais Ghanem

When Salem, a Yemeni boy, returns to London, he finds out that the love of his life Brigitte has left him and is with Peter now. A battle of words ensues when Salem confronts Brigitte in his apartment. In a fit of rage, he punches her; she fells on the steel table and succumbs to her injuries. Salem flees to Yemen where his father has great political clout. While the Yemeni authorities dodge Interpol’s requests to hand him over, the story takes a turn when Salem has to travel to Tunisia. It’s here that Peter sets a trap for him, with the help of his beautiful sister, Antonia. What is the trap? Would Salem fall for it? Would Peter give solace to Brigitte’s soul by taking the revenge? Don’t hang from the cliff! Order your copy of this page-turner at 30% off and know the complete story.

 

 

 

Grandmother Fran’s ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST

Book: Grandmother Fran’s ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST
Author: Carol Moxham Boot

Grandmother Fran’s ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST revolves around the life of Frances Plum, also known as Grandmother Fran. It features many characters and includes in its plot a range of issues such as pride, prejudice, bullying, domestic violence and much more. Grandmother Fran has to address each issue on her own. But her plans, are much easier said than done. There are significant twists and turns in the story, which will keep the readers gripped until the very end. But who—and what—is this ACCIDENTAL ARSONIST? Grab your copy at 30% off and go on an imaginative ride with Grandmother Fran and be privy to how she tackles her adversities.

 

 

 

There’s a Secret I Didn’t Tell You

Book: There’s a Secret I Didn’t Tell You
Author: Nora Sami Al-Thumairy

There’s a Secret I Didn’t Tell You is a gripping story of a young boy, Ali, and his struggles. His life is full of difficulties, hopping from one challenge to another. The final blow comes when he loses his mother to cancer. He’s alone, without anyone beside him. He doesn’t know who his father is. This story follows Ali’s journey to find his father. Would his father recognise him—and if he does, would he love Ali as his mother did? Would Ali’s share of trials and tribulations come to an end? Would he find the tranquillity and peace he so dearly deserves? Grab a copy of this full-of-suspense novel at 30% off here to know How it comes to an end.

 

 

We believe these thrillers would serve your brain well. If, however, you are interested in more of the same genre, visit our website and find the best titles for yourself. We are offering 30% off on all paperbacks!
 

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World Teachers’ Day: Paying Homage to Teachers Around the World

If we could ask you to attribute the massive developments we see today to a single fact, what would you choose? The rapid progress in science and technology—coupled with the progress in other fields at the same pace, right? We got you. That is right. But have you imagined, who made it possible? The teachers. Teachers were the medium which transmitted these learnings from one generation to another, eventually bringing us to here. Aristotle was a teacher, and so was Socrates; Newton, the founder of classical physics was a teacher, and so was Einstein, the founder of modern physics; Jabir Ibn Hayyan, the father of early chemistry was a teacher, and so was Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi, the father of algebra. If we carefully skim through the human history, we can safely presume that every positive change-maker in history has been a tutor—though these roles were not strictly delineated back then like today.

Recognising the roles teachers have played—and continue to play—in shaping our collective history and individual lives, an event, the Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers was held on 5th October 1966. The world leaders, for the first time, sat together to deliberate upon how to universalise and “supplement [the] existing standards by provisions relating to problems of peculiar concern to teachers and to remedy the problems of teacher shortage.” The Recommendations of this conference “established benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, according to UNESCO, and set standards for their training and continuing education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.”

In 1994, to commemorate the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, 5th of October was designated as World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day. This day also celebrates the adoption of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel which sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers and researchers in higher education. Like every international day, WTD too celebrates an annual theme and the theme this year is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”.

The theme pays homage to educators all around the world, who, despite this deadly pandemic, managed to keep their pupils engaged in the process of learning. When schools closed without any prior warning, they tried, collectively and individually, to find solutions to bridge the gap between themselves and their students that was beginning to widen. They provided remote learning, founded groups and communities online and in some cases, uploaded their materials online for everyone to access. Where there was no connectivity, they prepared take-home packages to be delivered to students.

You can read more about the rationale behind the theme here.

 

How You Can Celebrate World Teachers’ Day?

Your celebration depends on who you are. Here are some ways to observe this day:

  • If you are a teacher, be proud of the role you play—imparting knowledge, moulding lives and shaping dreams. It’s a hard job with a lot of challenges. We, at Austin Macauley, thank you for your commitments and dedication towards this respectable profession. It is people like you who can ensure that every child is well-read and qualified for the 21st century’s fast-paced life.
  • If you are not a teacher, you must have been a student once in your life. Reach out to your teachers and thank them for the positive role they have played in your life. If you cannot visit them, send them a text, an e-mail or a letter. This way, they’ll feel valued with a reinvigorated passion to do more.
  • If you are a student or an administrator, arrange events at your school which would glorify the role teachers play in directing our destinies. Given that COVID-19 has disrupted our lives, thus if schools are closed, such events could be arranged virtually as well.
  • Use your influence on social media platforms and pay respect to the teachers around the world. Take to Twitter and post pictures of your favourite teachers, anecdotes related to this profession or some interesting incidents with the trending hashtags on 5th October.
  • Start a conversation. Irrespective of who you are, a parent, a student, or anyone else, initiate conversations about this profession at home, school or in your workplace. How they change our lives; and for this, how much underpaid and -valued they are; how you, as an individual, can make it better. Discussion on a certain topic usually leads to some interesting conclusions. This day is the perfect day to discuss teachers and their profession.
  • Read, Read, Read. One of the best ways to honour this day is to read more. Reading anything is learning something new every day—this is what teachers precisely do, teach us what we don’t know.

 

Visit our website and find a range of books that will quench your intellectual thirst.

Happy International Teachers’ Day!

If you are a teacher who has a story to tell the world, let us help you. Submit your manuscript to us and make your dream of becoming a published author come true.

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Austin Macauley’s Five Lengthy Books to Keep You Hooked

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C. S. Lewis

Reading long books is no less than a project. It requires dedication and commitment. You do not just read the books; you live within them for a while. Long books have their charm, the characters are described in such detail that the readers get lost in the story. Lengthy books allow readers to live in the world they are offering. Reading lengthy books requires patience and time. However, with the ongoing pandemic and social distancing becoming the new norm reading can be  an entertaining way to lose track of time.

We present to you a list of Austin Macauley Publishers’ lengthy books that will keep you hooked till the very end. With 500 pages or more, these books are definitely worth your time.

 

Diving with Seven Livelihoods

Book: Diving with Seven Livelihoods
Author: Ahmed Mohammed Bin Thani

Born in a coastal village in Dubai the author was brought up in a marine environment. He grew up hearing stories from the senior sailors about the diving championships that intrigued his imagination. From a young age, he started working with his father making wooden ships and loved his job. He was so in love with the marine environment that he started collecting marine poetry. After joining the Dubai Police Force as a helicopter pilot, he practised air navigation—a branch of marine navigation. The author is very passionate about navigation, maps and everything related to stargazing, which comes through in his work.

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Come On, Let’s Run Away

Book: Come On, Let’s Run Away
Author: Ali Nasser (Bu Mayed)

This book aims to take the readers on a journey through the author’s beautiful memories of his past—the memories of school and the local neighbourhood, the memories that are almost erased, but still live in his heart. The writer narrates, “I dedicate to you a story from the memories of people who lived during those days, so that who didn’t live in that time can live it with us.”

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A Journey Goal: A Step Towards Achievement

Book: A Journey Goal: A Step Towards Achievement
Author: Manal Albassam

This book promotes that the achievement of goals requires good ideas, self-satisfaction and ambition. Presenting a plan for the continuity of business as well as thoughts and ideas on other topics such as social, administrative, and leadership. The plans and solutions presented in the book are designed to support the dreamers of the future.

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Linguistic Planning and Policies in the Baltic States

Book: Linguistic Planning and Policies in the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
Author: Prof. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Tajjo

This book discusses the linguistic planning experience in the Baltic states, pointing out many important questions about the concept of linguistic planning and its impacts. The book also discusses the role of language and the need for linguistic policies. Towards the end, the author talks about the evolution and experiences of Baltic states in linguistic planning.

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Aircraft Ground Handling

Book: Aircraft Ground Handling
Author: Subash S Narayanan

This book uses simple language to explain the processes required for aircraft ground handling, giving a brief introduction to airports and basic aviation knowledge. The author has shared all his experiences and knowledge from 26 years of working in the civil aviation industry. This book highlights the most critical functions involved in aircraft ground handling and is the perfect guide for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the aviation industry.

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