Author: yd915

Featured?!

Hey Daherians!

Thanks to some good friends in the indie book industry, The first installment of the Raw Kingdom series has been featured have been featured in a multitude of websites including Yahoo! https://www.yahoo.com/news/coming-age-story-raw-kingdom-083320878.html

Once again, I am incredibly grateful for all your support as it keeps pushing me to become a better writer. If you enjoyed my work then don’t forget to leave a review as it helps immensely.

Until next time,

Y.Daher

Let me know your thoughts

Hey world,

This post is dedicated to everyone who took part in the Young Adult giveaway from BookFunnel. I just want to thank you all for choosing my book for your reading pleasure. I’m assuming by now that most of you have already completed or are finishing up. If that’s the case, then I would love to know what you thought about Raw Kingdom: Buried in the Dust. As a new author, I’m craving to improve and polish my skills, so do not hold back with your reviews! If you submit your review by August 14th, 2020, those of you who opted to give their emails will receive a special e-booklet teasing the second installment of the series!

Place your reviews here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DK3GXRG?tag=publishdriv01-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/raw-kingdom-2

Apple iBooks: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/raw-kingdom-2

Until next time,

Y. Daher

Promotions, Promotions, Promotions!!!

Hey all,

If you have been following me for a while, you would know that I have a soft spot for YA and African fiction stories. And that’s because, as a young African adult myself, these two genres are what I relate to the most and can feel that I’m a part of the story as one of the characters. But of course, I’m not the only one who is writing in these categories. And with that being said, I have teamed up with fellow authors in my genres and have launched a YA promotion on BookFunnel running throughout the whole month of August. So if you’re looking for a new YA book with a diverse lead, Go ahead and check it out:

Clean Young Adult Novels:

https://books.bookfunnel.com/cleanyoungadult/rqovjfblhs

Until next time,

Y.Daher

The eagle has dropped!

No not that kind of eagle (Canadian jokes). We are the 28th of July today! Or the 29th depending on where you are. This post is to announce that my revamped book is now available on most major ebook retailers including Amazon and Kobo. Today also marks the end of pre-order period for those retailers. However, you can still pre-order my book through Smashwords where you can purchase it at your own price! Meaning, you can pre-order it at whatever price you wish. But you have until tomorrow to do it so make you pre-order here:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1034314

Have you already bought the book? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

Pre-order 2.0

Hey World,

I have been teasing my upcoming revamped book, “Buried in the Dust for the past month. A couple of days ago, I have revealed the official cover of my revamped book and details on its release date. Well, now it’s here. Or in five days at the time of this writing. What I mean is that you can now pre-order my book, at your own price. What, you didn’t understand that last part. Ok then, I’ll say it again; you can pre-order at your own price. But why? Well, in short, I want to do an experiment. Usually authors base their price on what they think their work is worth. But a lot of them (guilty) are left disappointed when consumers don’t share their point of view aka their not buying their books. So I decided to try something recommended by one my favorite ebook distributors, Smashwords. So, for the duration of the pre-order (until July 29th), customers will be able to buy my book for any price they wish (even for free) while those who purchase it at launch day and later will pay 4.99 USD. That’s an extra day to purchase my book at your price. So if you want to take advantage of this exclusive offer, you can do so clicking the link below.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1034314

Top five African Fiction stories

Hey world,

As you would know by now I’m an indie author currently working on the “Raw Kingdom” series. A series that is targeted for young adults and fans of African fiction. This series was spurred from my love of the two genres which I have read a LOT from. I have already done a top five YA books on Africa which you can check here: https://dahersworld.com/?p=235

With that being said, here is my top five list of my favorite African fiction stories. DISCLAIMER: I don’t think it needs to be said, but for the sake of clarity, this post is solely MY opinion, but feel free to sound off your list in the comments. Also, I haven’t read all the books mentioned here and am basing my judgment on the plot premise.

5. Panther’s Quest by Don McGregor

BUt CoMic BoOks aRe nOT rEal bOokS. Yes. Yes, they are. And also, I said stories, not books so let’s get that cleared up. I’m a huge fan of the Black Panther comics especially as a diasporic African, it was much-needed representation. If you were to ask me about my favorite BP series, I would say the 90s run from Christopher Priest in a heartbeat. But this isn’t a top-five series list, is it? My favorite Black Panther story is hands down Panther’s Quest by Don McGregor. This is one of those stories where it’s just about the main character dealing with his sole issues. No side stories, no future plot teasers just the tour de force journey of a son trying to find his mother.

4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Although I haven’t read this book. Its premise is far too interesting to ignore. The story of two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana, chronicling their lives as one is living comfortably in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast castle while the other as been sold off in the booming slave trade. A page-turner indeed.

3. Say you’re one of them by Uwem Akpan

If there is one thing you should know about me, is that I’m a sucker for short stories (My first book is one). And this collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan is sure to please any fan of short but impactful storytelling. Narrated by a young girl who is to witness the horrors of tribal conflicts in her home country of Rwanda. This collection will take the reader throughout the continent detailing, the strife of children caught in social dismay.

2. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

This story from Nigerian author Chigozie will leave you wondering what have you just read, in the best way possible. Four brothers having to deal with tragic events that follow after a madman claims that the eldest is to be slain by his own brethren is a pulse-pounding page-turner.

  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

How could you have a list of African fiction without mentioning Chinua Achebe. I could’ve made this list entirely from his work but I had to be diverse. Things fall apart is a classic detailing the journey of a “strongman” leader who is gripped by fear and anger. It is the special writing style and insight on the human qualities shared by all that makes this book ever relevant and worth a significant spot one’s bookshelf.

And that’s my top five African fiction stories. Let me know yours in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Instagram (@daherpublications) for a chance at becoming a part of my launch team for my upcoming re release of Raw Kingdom: Buried in the Dust.

Until next time,

Y.Daher

Prelude, definitive edition!

Hey world,

In my latest post I have announced that I pulled the first book of my Raw Kingdom series for revision purposes. If you want more details on that matter than you can check out that blog post in my home page. But as the title suggests, this is not about this first book but with the Prelude. When I was thinking about the changes of plot points in my first book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the plot points from the prelude. As I wanted to add more to the first more book in terms of backstory, character development and aesthetics, I was compelled to revisit the prelude. Although I had no plan of bringing a similar overhaul as the first book, It was apparent that more content was to be added in terms of story context. Meaning that more background will be added concerning Khadir and his life before his coming of age journey to his home country of Djadzele. With that being said, I’ve decided to launch a definitive edition of Raw Kingdom Prelude. But in the traditional manner. Since the changes are not major (2 and a half pages of extra content). I will instead simply update my manuscript. The cover and description will remain unchanged but readers will get a deeper look into the psyche of the characters and be able to comprehend their aspirations and motivations better. For those of you who already purchased a copy, no worries. You can get the definitive edition for FREE provided you subscribe to my newsletter (also free) and provide proof of purchase before June 25th.

And once you digest this revamped appetiser, you will be glad to know that the first entree of the main course is coming July 18th! Pre-orders will be accessible a week before launch. See you there!

Raw Kingdom is a young adult coming of age story detailing the journey of Khadir Daher as he tries to find himself in the world’s most mysterious and hostile nation: the African nation of Djadzele.

Buried Kingdom…

Hey World,

This post is to those wondering about the first book of my series: Raw Kingdom: Written in the Sand. As you may know, Written in the Sand was released to all major retailers on June 13th 2020. But as of the 25th, the book has been pulled due to the following reasons:

Manuscript: Although vigorous editing and proofing had been done to assure that no error were present. After taking feedback from early reviewers and revisiting the direction of the series. It has become clear that more elements were to be added to flesh out introduced concepts and characters

Design: One of the most prominent feedback received was that of the cover design hasn’t managed to represent the story well enough. I concluded that the design indeed does not do the story justice as it looks rushed and basic

With that being said, I will be re-launching my book with a expanded manuscript and a fresh, clean design. Coupled with a brand new title: Buried in the Dust!

The new release date will be announced on my social media accounts which you can follow here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Daher-Publications-104574984596780/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daherpublications/

Raw Kingdom is a young adult coming of age series following the journey of Khadir Daher, an eighteen year old who takes his first overseas trip to the African country of Djadzele, his home country, which also happens to be the most mysterious and hostile nation on earth.

Top five YA books from Africa

Hey world,

Throughout my blog posts, I have realized something; I’m incredibly selfish! Although all my blog posts differed in terms of content, they all related to one topic; MY books. And yeah I know, this is my website so it would make sense that I write about my work. But it makes it seem that I spend all my time on my books, which is far from the case (contrary to popular belief, authors do in fact, go outside once in awhile). Like most authors, I’m a reader before a writer. Whether it be books, comics, news articles, billboards, reading is the innate thing that powers the creative juices in our brain to make our own stories. And in this day and age, they are more than plenty of material to get inspired from.

With that being said, here is my top ten coming of age YA books from my home continent, AFRICA.

DISCLAIMER: This is obviously my opinion so don’t get testy in the comments. But feel free to dish your own list.

5. Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Ok, I’m kinda cheating with this one since it isn’t from an Africa author. But the main reason why I included this book is that unlike the rest of the entry, Red Pencil is based on the real events that transpired the life of 12 year old Amira. A young girl native to the Darfur region in Sudan. What I loved about this book beyond the incredible story of Amira, is the hidden message about the less talked about consequences of conflicts.

4. Lucky Fish by Reviva Schermbrucker

They are TONS of stories revolving around the apartheid era in South Africa. One of the more famous ones being Born a Crime by comedian Trevor Noah. But this tale about 13 year old Stephen coping with his parents convictions brings not only to light the fight for freedom, but exemplifies the concept of maintaining a social movement.

3. Lucky Simelane by Robin Malan

This is another story set in South Africa. It’s main themes however, pertain towards self-identity and finding one’s purpose. The main character, like his namesake is noticeably unique and his mission to find who he truly is sparks a wider debate on what makes south africans who they are. As I was reading it, I realized a lot of parallels between the journey of Lucky and that of Khadir, the main character of my series and although and it showed me how two characters with different origins can have the same concerns and inevitably partake on similar journeys.

2. Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams

This one was going to be my number one, but I ended for number two mainly due to the fact that the top spot affected me more on a personal level. But this book, man it was a ride. The story of two brothers from Zimbabwe fleeing their home from invading soldiers. Where the younger of the two having to take the protector role in this tale of survival and human compassion. The thrill of awaiting what happens in the next page cannot be properly described but must experienced

1. Golden boy by Tara Sullivan

This book man. Although this list is filled with those seeking to find themselves in a confusing world, the story of Habo, an young boy that goes through intense ostracization and heinous acts of retribution simply due to his condition of albinism. The story hits deep on the consequences of hate and societal judgements on individuals who don’t “fit in”. But what makes it more special is that it brings those themes and places them in an African contexts in a way that we as a Africans can look at our own culture and ask the same daring questions the book puts out. Out of all the books on the list this the one that made me ponder the most on my cultural identity and to open my mind towards ideas I would never had considered before. Which is why this makes the top of the list.

Well, these are top five coming of age YA books set in Africa. I chose this genre as it is the same genre my series Raw Kingdom is in. And you can pick up the prelude on Amazon today. https://amzn.to/2zQjuDc

Until next time,

Y. Daher