Today, for a full 24 hours, you have the chance to listen to me on a radio talk show called The Authors Show where I discuss Kingdom of the Sun, my goals in writing, and my passion for it.
I believe writing to be a powerful tool of communication, and radio can have the same affect as well. So, it brings me great happiness and honor to say that I hope my voice can reach you all.
Peace and Love,
I have been asked many times the wonderful question of if I could compare Kingdom of the Sun to any book out there, what would it be. And as it pertains to Kingdom of the Sun’s themes of history, rebellion, and change, one book came to mind: George Orwell’s 1984.
Here is the UK press release about it below:
What do you think of when you hear George Orwell’s 1984? Rebellion? Change? Well, Ariffa Bevin’s new book, “Kingdom of the Sun”, offers these themes and so much more. Set in the modern-day kingdom of Sooryan, “Kingdom of the Sun” is about a country whose ideals and lifestyle were founded and built upon the significance and glorification of education. Throughout the years, these values become less of a priority to Sooryan’s rulers, and the kingdom finds itself in economic and academic turmoil. The protagonist of the story is a young woman named Helena who is leery of the new ruler’s motives, but allows her current societal status to prevent her from doing anything initially. In a kingdom where its people and Scholars are struggling to keep their old ways, Helena decides to fight for it.
Like “1984”, “Kingdom of the Sun” possesses many forms of rebellion and wonderful literary symbolism. And like “1984”, the ideas and themes presented in “Kingdom of the Sun” relate to so many issues in today’s world, making the novella relatable to many of its readers. It is actually stated in the dedication of Bevin’s book that “Kingdom of the Sun” is for anyone who has been subject to the constraints, stereotypes, blindness, and contradictions of society, and that it is for the teachers and educators who love what they do and live to do it. The novella is for those seeking some hope, honor, and happiness, and who isn’t seeking some form of those?
Kingdom of the Sun is currently available for several eBook platforms including the Nook, Apple products, and more. It is also sold in Kindle and print editions on Amazon.com. More information about Bevin and Kingdom of the Sun can be found on her blog at hopehonorandhappiness.com as well as on Facebook.com/AuthorAriffaBevin.
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Peace and Love Everyone,
What drives you?
What would you fight for?
What is holding you back?
Does history always mean truth?
What is the definition of a powerful leader?
If you could, what would you change about your life and the world?
Do you always believe what you are told?
Is someone with a college degree more “educated” than someone without?
What would you do for hope, honor, and happiness? What is their meaning?
With Kingdom of the Sun, I wanted to give you more than just a story. I wanted to give you an opportunity and an experience that has you thinking, contemplating, and relating to your own lives.
As I’ve said in a press release, “The goal of author is to give the readers something to walk away with, something to remember. I want to give mine new perspectives, new thinking, and most of all, hope, honor, and happiness.” I pray Kingdom of the Sun gives you these things.
Peace and Love,
It is an honor to once again receive the Liebster Award. This time, it was given to me by joyfulyue.wordpress.com. It is a wonderful blog that follows the life and experiences of a teacher. I highly recommend that you check it out.
Today, I will list new bloggers for the Liebster Award that I have previously forgotten to add or just came across recently. For those of you who are nominated, the rules are below:
Rules to follow:
- Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer the ten questions given to you by your nominator
- Nominate ten other bloggers for the award
- Create ten questions for your nominees to answer
- Notify your nominees
Here are questions from joyfulyue.wordpress.com:
- Who / What inspire you to start blogging? I wanted to express ideas and write words that would touch and inspire people.
- When you have writer’s block, what do you do? I wait for inspiration.
- Who is your favourite author? I don’t have one but many: Bill Richardson, Henry David Thoreau, Marguerite Duras, JK Rowling, William Slater, Jacquie Gordon.
- What would you do if you had nothing to fear? I have no idea. I do not know what that feeling is like.
- Would you rather be hated or forgotten? I would rather be forgotten.
The ten bloggers I nominate for the award:
The ten questions for my nominees:
1) Why did you feel the need to start a blog?
2) Sunsets or Sunrises?
3) What is the last good movie that you have seen?
4) How would you describe compassion?
5) What is your favorite animal and why?
6) What is your favorite movie quote?
7) What is your ideal vacation?
8) What was your childhood dream?
9) If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
10) What and when was the last book you read?
Alright, that’s it for now. Congrats to the award winners, and thank you joyfulyue.wordpress.com for the award!
Peace and Love,
Yesterday, I had the honor and joy of being a guest poster on Miss Ananda’s blog in a post titled Kingdom of the Sun, 10/14, and Education. In that post I discuss the very interesting relation between my book, Kingdom of the Sun and Columbus Day (10/14). I guarantee it’s a great read! Please check it out at the second link or select this one.
Peace and Love,
If you’ve ever wanted a different viewpoint of Kingdom of the Sun from someone other than myself, I invite you to read my book’s first review by author, self-publisher, and independent artist, Cristian Mihai. And if you like his review, I suggest you check out his blog and books well. Cristian is also in the process of raising funds to keep his dream and blog alive; a worthy cause, I believe. So, feel free to check that out as well.
You can read Kingdom of the Sun’s first review here.
For more information on where to purchase Kingdom of the Sun, please see the previous blog post or select this link.
Peace and Love,
There is an unverified quote by Bob Marley in which he states to “light up the darkness.” Whether he actually said this or not, I believe this statement to be powerful. And it is with that that I would like to announce Kingdom of the Sun as finally being available to the public in eBook and print formats.
My goal in writing Kingdom of the Sun was to indeed reveal and question things that are normally hidden in the dark as well as bring things to light that should no longer be hidden. This fictional novella will incorporate many of the topics discussed on this blog (such as issues in education and what it means to see a person’s soul) and much more.
When you take a look at the “You and the Characters of Kingdom of the Sun” post, I hope that you will be able to not only relate these characters to your own lives but see the light and darkness that each one possesses. There are many who represent darkness and many who represent light. What’s more, are those of us who are darkness masked in light.
It has brought me immense joy and freedom to write this book, and I hope that you feel the same when you read it. I hope it captures you, invigorates you, and inspires you as well. Most of all, I hope that it is able to shed lights of happiness, enlightenment, and joy in your lives.
For more information on Kingdom of the Sun and where it can be purchased, please see below or follow this link.
Amazon Print ($6.64)
Amazon Kindle ($2.99)
Sony Kobo ($2.99)
Barnes and Nobel Nook ($2.99)
Peace and Love,
It brings me great honor and happiness to announce that Kingdom of the Sun will be released in print and eBook editions on 10/14/12! It’s been a long time coming since I was blessed with the inspiration to write it several years ago, and I thank each of my followers for sticking with me along the way. And, this was the best part of writing the book: having the desire and will to inspire and make a change through my words. This was also the hardest: although I knew what I wanted to say, I had to create and craft characters that could not only reflect such but relate to you (the readers) as well.
If you would like an idea of what Kingdom of the Sun will be about, please select the links below:
I created my book’s characters so that they can be as relatable as possible. This makes their situations and difficulties more realistic and understandable.
This post discusses history in terms of it being a tool for propaganda and control.
I talk about the significance and power of love in teaching.
In this post, I question what it means to truly see someone for who they are. I also talk about something called the Role Theory.
Change happens in our lives everyday. Sometimes we are making it. Sometimes it is made for us. What matters most is how we react to it.
It can easily be agreed that education is extremely important. The question of what it means to be educated is something I often talk about. This post tackles the unfortunately forgotten and misunderstood fact that education starts at home.
In the acknowledgments section of my book, I talked about my writing being inspired by a 12th century French woman named Héloïse and how she shined in a society that told her otherwise. I believe that we are all facing something of the sort, whether it is social pressure/conformities, if we are in a job that doesn’t allow our true light to shine, etc. I want Kingdom of the Sun to help you to never forget the light that you possess, and that though others may try to clothe it in darkness, it is up to you to let it shine through. So let it.
I hope that those of you who have followed me will stay tuned for Kingdom of the Sun’s launch. And if you have yet to follow me, I hope today’s post has brought you on board on this wonderful journey.
Peace and Love,
In Tuesday’s blog post I discussed the similarities that many of us share in terms of situations, difficulties, and even personalities. I briefly touched on how an author’s ability to create personable and relatable characters is key to making readers emotionally and mentally connected with a book. This is something that I enjoyed doing very much with Kingdom of the Sun, and I was asked a great question by Sarah at childrencount.wordpress.com about what the characters of my book are like. So, I have decided to provide a list of the main characters of Kingdom of the Sun for you.
Because I tried to create each character to reflect experiences you’ve had or heard and/or personalities you know or have, I decided to do this list in a unique way. Instead of listing each character’s traits like prideful, witty, etc., I will describe them in accordance to the type of person they are and represent. Their specific traits and qualities are things that I want you (the readers) to decide for yourselves.
Helena: The protagonist of the story who views the situation of the kingdom and her societal position as unfavorable. She represents someone who sees themselves as having more value than how they are treated. Helena also represents the person who harbors the desire and thirst for change.
Sadine: She is the close friend of Helena who represents a good-natured, hard-worker who wants nothing more than to please her superiors and remain in good standing with them. This desire leads to her inability to see Helena’s frustrations and the kingdom’s real issues.
Aria: The nine-year-old son of Sadine. Aria’s level of understanding and maturity makes him a very close friend and ally of Helena whom he adores.
Queen Delilah Nightfall: Successor of Queen Daisy who desires power and respect but cannot seem to gain or earn it. Queen Delilah represents the person who sees themselves above others and yet lives off of praise and acceptance. She also stands for the person who received their societal position by means other than hard work.
Queen Daisy Dimday: The predecessor of Queen Delilah who achieved her societal status by outward appearances and masks. She is someone who thrives off of attention and will do anything to maintain her masks. As Helena states in the book, “Daisy and Delilah were quite different. However they were very much the same queen.”
The Scholars of Sooryan represent who educators are and should be.
Scholar Abel Godfrey: Scholar Godfrey represents the person who is always our greatest ally and friend when it comes to truly understanding how we think and feel. He stands for the educator and person that brings out the best that each of us has to offer.
Scholar Aiden Jenson: The assistant of the kingdom’s Royals who represents the person who does their job simply because they have to, love it or hate it—no questions asked.
Scholar Johnny Doane: The witty, flirty Scholar who brings smiles and still knows how to be serious when the time is right.
Scholar Mandela Lani: Scholar Lani represents the very strict educator who loves order and does not like to be challenged.
Scholar Cynthia Baxtor: The motherly figure of the story who is beautiful inside as she is outside.
Scholar Molli Martin: This Scholar represents the person who is fearful of speaking and showing their true opinion and feelings, the one who lets others do the talking for them.
Scholar Gerald Ramsey: Scholar Ramsey represents the person that always has your back. He is also a reminder of how one’s outer shell doesn’t necessarily represent who they are on the inside.
Scholar Hinatea Shaw
Scholar Leana Crossli
Scholar Jameson Radcliffe
Scholar Howie Griffin
Scholar Ken Himora
Scholar Nora Livingstone
So, that’s about all of Kingdom of the Sun’s characters. I hope that you’ll find some of whom you can relate to or “know.” I absolutely cannot wait to have this book published! You can actually read the synopsis here. When you read the book itself, I’d love to hear your own ideas and analysis of these characters.
Thank you, Sarah, for your awesome question, and I of course welcome them to any of you who have any.
Peace and love,
Throughout my life, I have listened to people who told me stories about someone they know or someone they used to know. And as I listened to these stories, I was reminded that though it may not seem like it, we are all similar in that many of us go through the exact same things. We face the same struggles, the same difficulties, the same happiness, and we meet and deal with people who eerily have similar personalities to someone else. Isn’t it amazing how someone may be describing a a situation or a person, and you find yourself picturing another scenario or individual that you were reminded of, leading you to nod or smile in complete understanding? This is something that I thought about a lot when I created the characters for Kingdom of the Sun. Although each one is different and unique, I enjoyed being able to craft each character so that you (the readers) can understand them. I wanted each character to be personal in that each of you would feel, picture, and relate them to yourself or someone you know or have known. The ability for an author to do this is the key to making readers emotionally and mentally attached to a book. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I remember finishing some novels and feeling a sense of loss and melancholy that my time spent with the characters was over.
And as similar as we all may be, we are so different in many ways. Now of course this is a good thing because individuality would not exist. Yet, more importantly, if we did not have our differences, then there would be no such thing as acceptance, compassion, mercy, empathy, and more. Instead of tearing us apart, our differences, like our similarities, should bring us together and bring out the best of us.
Peace and Love,