Changes!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give a brief note on the changes that will be made on this blog.

I am hoping to, in the near future, to slowly transform this blog from its original purpose as a marketing tool for my book to a general author/”something” page.

As of now, I have  a variety of ideas on the type of content I would post and communicate with my readers. In general, it will vary from aspects of daily life, current events, to excerpts on my current writing adventures, and the occasional promotion of new works.

I will keep you all notified on any changes that are to be made. I also intend to reboot my Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/OurLastSummer/) with a personal author page (which I have just started setting up). This will also apply to my Twitter page (https://twitter.com/OurLastSummer1).

Altogether, while this blog serves as the base of my communication, my posts will be automatically rerouted to my other pages as well. I will keep you all notified of the changes, and hopefully by this summer (once I finish my wonderfully stressful, and time-consuming Masters courses) the blog will have transformed into a new haven for jolly discussions, and day to day conversations with my audience, and everyone else who is willing to join me on this ride.

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A Fellow Author’s Review of Our Last Summer

It’s been more than a year since the publication of “Our Last Summer,” and I have finally received a review of my book from a fellow author, and one who is very close to my heart.

Here’s a review of the book from my sister, and budding author, Beatrice Manuel!

“Our Last Summer: A Personal Memoir” by Ajay Peter Manuel

★★

One of the reading challenges on the list is to read a memoir and I figured – hey! It just so happens that my brother has a published book which is a memoir – why not read that? And so I did.

Our Last Summer is the journey of a teenager’s transition into adulthood through his various experiences through friendship, family, and love. We delve into the writer’s past as he reminisces of his time in high school that helped him to become the person he is today. As the blurb above suggests, this ranges from many things that we can all relate to on some level – relationships with people that have opened our eyes to what true friendship is about, our first experience with ‘crushing’ on someone and finding the will to have your heart move on from the hurt of a betrayal. Our Last Summer has something to offer everyone, especially to those who too are fond of their years in high school. 

Life always presents us with hurdles and reality doesn’t come without its share of regrets, but you can always make one hell of a nice story about it.
The memoir, of course, employs the narrative voice of a first person point of view. We slip into the shoes and mindset of the writer as he shares his story with us. The ‘characters’, in this case are not fictional, but actual people. If at all, it only makes it easier to relate to them. 

We all have that extremely close friend who we think of as a brother or sister. We’ve also had our share of first crushes and infatuations that later had us going: ‘what had gotten into my mind?’ Reading this book, I was able to connect to the various personalities I came across, bearing in mind my own experiences and friends that I’ve had as well.

I also loved the style in which the memoir was written. First and foremost, each chapter started off with a small quote that kind of foreshadows what the chapter will be covering. I found that each quote tied in nicely with the chapter while reading, in a way enhancing the message that Ajay Peter Manuel is trying to get through and at the same time, posing questions to the reader.

Be it success, joy, failure, or disappointment, a man who lives freely should be able to accept the reality of such experiences; even when all is lost, continue to live with hope and dream to strive for the best.
Our Last Summer isn’t only explored through chapters narrating the events of his high school life but the writer also includes poetry, lyrics, and journal entries to bring forth the raw emotions he was feeling at the time. The poems and songs were beautifully written to fit into the mood the chapter brings forth, and delving into his journal entries was a good change from the narration, giving us a more personal insight. I also loved the bits and pieces of light humor and jokes that pop up in the novel from time to time.

She said, “I hate you!” Three words—and she might as well have killed me then.
The only possible drawback I could say there was to this novel is the pacing. Some may find that the pacing of the story is slow, and at certain parts it did seem to drag on. But also, I have to keep in mind that this piece is a memoir. I can see that Ajay Peter Manuel is simply trying to paint a full picture in the minds of the readers and to explore the spectrum of emotions he feels to help take us back on this journey with him.

Our Last Summer is a wondrous blend of poetry and prose, that not only shares the story of the writer himself but a story we have all lived, or will live, at some point in this miracle called life. Through his journey, we recount our own and it’s a melancholic and bittersweet read. Having putting the book down, I felt lighter, happier and had my own walk down memory lane (as cliche as that sounds).

In life, when you bring people together, share your lives together, indulging in their emotions as they do in yours, you risk changing things and losing control. It’s all chaos – until you look back and realize that the only thing you can do is record time as it passes so that even when everything around us is in motion, we still have the permanence of memories.
Ajay Peter Manuel not only invites us to revisit the memories he formed as a budding young man in high school, but reminds us of the beauty of forming our own.”

 

 

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A New Journey

Hi everyone,
Firstly, I would like to sincerely apologize to all my friends, and fellow word press followers, for my absence.
My last post was on November 28, 2013. My absence was largely built around the busy schedule of my personal life, and the journey that I ventured upon for the past year and a half.
This journey of mine was filled with many adventures.It was a time where I confronted, and came to terms with many things at a personal level in my life. I am glad that through the onset of it all I have been supported by my friends, and family. I know that I am yet to see the end of this new adventure, not that I want it to end anytime soon.
Meanwhile, I also successfully obtained a BSc. in Honors Astrophysics, and am now in pursuit of a MSc. in Physics. Immersed in the cascade of events that accompanied my journey led me to depart from writing actively, and in retrospect, it seems like I took a short sabbatical.
But life would knock on my door again, this time to renew my writing, and so I did. Our Last Summer will always be a cherished memory of my heart. It was my first published work, and I brought the fervor, and motivation of a young teenager to the words I shared in my personal memoir. Slowly but surely, time has come to pass…
And with that a new journey has begun. A journey that I wish to share with everyone. I will consistently promote Our Last Summer at every opportunity I get through this blog. At the same time, I am hoping to reach out via a different means to my audience. Just as much as I have transformed, so will this blog for the sake of this new adventure, that will not only highlight a new me, but also more writing!
I’d like to once again thank my friends, and family, and all those who had followed this blog in its earliest days. I would be glad to have you join me in this adventure again.
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Buying the books :)

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note on where one could purchase my book.

For most part, I suggest that interested readers order the book online via common booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through the websites for popular bookstores.

It is quite difficult as an upcoming self published author to get the book to be hosted by a bookstore, needless to say the unlimited amount of paper work that has to be done for that.

I have been busy with my own life as well as I look forward to my future, though I do have the hopes of starting on my newer works including a romantic comedy, a political crime thriller and a few others etc.

I am contemplating the possibility of sharing my work at the online writing website of Protagonize. Time will tell.

Aside from that, look forward to  a press release early next year concerning the book. Progress is slow, but I also have plans to submit my manuscript for the Alberta Readers Choice Award contest, so for all my Edmontonian fans, make sure you vote when the time comes :)

Thank you all for the support!

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First review from a Fan

So I got the first review from a fan/close friend of mine on the book, and I’m very glad

to know that people are enjoying it :)

In her words, she basically said that the book covers what she feels is the “bliss of youth.”

Now am wishing I had that statement as a promotional subtitle.

Either way, I’m glad to hear that people are liking the book :)

THE PROMO OFFER IS STILL OPEN! GIVE ME WORD FOR ALL THOSE WILLING TO GET A FREE ONLINE COPY :) TWO MORE AVAILABLE!!!

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The Prodigal Author Returns & Free Online Book offer! (Details below)

Hi everyone,

It has been a while. I have not been updating this blog or my other connections for almost a month. Why? Cause I have been busy and excited in receiving promotional materials.

I am happy to let you all know that the prodigal author is back. I was finally able to secure the promotional materials from the publishing company including posters, book-stubs (that offer promo codes to buy the book for free online! :) ), a sum of 21 free cover copies and 2 hard cover (as part of my publishing package), and some book pamphlets.

I have also been busy making way for my future aspirations in my own life but now that everything is here I have begun my work.

If anyone is interested in getting  a free promo code (to get the ebook online), let me know. It is first come first serve, and for now I am offering three (I have a limited amount of them.) What I ask from you is to please spread word to your nearest library or book store to stock up on my book, or even spread word and share the book with friends :) This will help a lot in getting the book out there. Thanks, everyone for following me this long!

Let me know!!! :) I will be keeping up more updates now that we have the ball rolling.

 

 

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Promotional Materials to appear!

So after a week of hiatus, due to a severe cold, I am now back on track.

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Promotional materials are to arrive next week and I can’t wait to begin visiting the bookstores. Its a slower progress than I would have thought, but hey that’s expected. Just gotta go with the flow.

Being a student at the same time and having to work full time, while addressing future decisions is quite hectic, but life has been quite the adventure so far, particularly in recent events of going to ”Whose Live?” (Whose line is it anyway?) at River Cree, Edmonton, and also attending the comic-con!

I can’t wait to distribute the books and slowly make orders myself for some self-distributions. But for now, I shall peace out everyone, with another snippet/quote of my own from my book:

There’s music all around us: in the capriccio of a young maiden’s love, in the harmonies of past memories, or in my case, the dolce melodies of school life.

 

 

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Spreading the word!

I am currently busy mainly on getting the orders for my books (in order for me to self-distribute) and promotional orders (it is a longer process than I expected), and planning out my hopes on a press-release, and stocking the book on library shelves, and bookstores.

For Canadian residents, I am hoping to get the book on shelves at your public libraries. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, so it will be at the Edmonton Public Library. But a customer can always request the book to be put on shelf! You just need to talk to the librarian.

I currently have a friend at London who is doing the same for me : ) So for whoever is interested, and time to spare, I will be grateful if you voice your opinion to your librarians and vouch for my story. You won’t be disappointed by the end product.

Here’s a sneak peek for everyone :)

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Last-Summer-Personal-Memoir/dp/1475995733 [use the Look Inside option, and you get to read the Introduction and the first 6 pages!]

Preview!!!

Preview!!!

 

 

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New Updates

Hi everyone,

Late update, but as you may have noticed, I have now set up a Twitter account.

My daily tweets can be found in the middle/bottom corner of my page where my Tweets will be posted on this website. FOLLOW ME!!!

Of course, you can do that either by checking this blog or of course by also directly following my Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/OurLastSummer1

Previews of the book can be found on almost any online network, including:

@amazon @goodreads @BNBuzz @googlebooks @eBay @chaptersindigo @Coles221HSC @AmazonKindle etc.

Feel free to join me on Twitter, along with anyone else who you can spread the word to like friends and family!

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What is the future?

Well, everyone, I have published one book, but this is just the beginning. I have already set plans for three other projects I hope to begin now, they will range in terms of genre from a romantic comedy, a political/crime thriller, and a philosophical venture!

I will keep you updated about my progress, with regards to Our Last Summer, but will hopefully be able to develop this blog for further purposes of sneak peeks and involvement on my new projects.

Thanks once again for the support everyone! Keep spreading the word!

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