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,
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,
The title of my guest post is Childhood Dreams where I discuss my own childhood dream and how I was seemingly lost until I figured out what that dream really meant. This post highlights the significance of following our dreams and how they should never, ever be forgotten.
Please check out the post, and let us know what you think!: Childhood Dreams
Peace and Love,
“Kingdom of the Sun reflects the desire that most of us have to make a change, whether it be in the world or in our own lives, and how we may lack the strength or the courage to do it.”- Ariffa Bevin
The theme of change is ever-present in my upcoming novella Kingdom of the Sun. With the desire, thought, and action of change comes many questions such as: “Have the promised changes occurred?,” “How long will it be until change happens?,” “How long will the change last?,” “What are the effects of change?,” and “Is this change really change,?”
Things change, and most of the time, it is inevitable. I accept that. But what I do not approve of is when change is accepted easily, without question of how or why or who said “change” really benefits.
“There are so many people that want change, but they do nothing about it. Then there are also those that want change but do not believe it will happen.”- Helena, Kingdom of the Sun
Are you one of those people?
Like the character of Helena, there may be many things that are holding us back from making a change. We must remember that when it comes to change, there two types of people: 1) Those who submit to the changes around them and are subject to whatever happens and 2) Those who will not only fight for change, but question and challenge it when it comes their way, never allowing themselves to be drones or puppets.
So many factors fall into making change and taking change, but two questions will always stand true:
1) How bad do you want it?
2) Will it/does it make a difference for the better?
Peace and Love,