Since it’s been almost 2 years to the day since I last posted here, I wanted to say hello, whether you be a subscriber or passing through!
I’d like to begin by wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend! As a (semi?) adherent to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, I have one more week of Lent fasting before the Russian/Greek Orthodox Easter finally arrives (and I eat *all* the yummy things on sight!)
There’s no shortage of books to read, which may then lead to the question of how to stick to your budget? Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with paying more / full price for books, and there are different cases where you’d want to do so. But in the event that bargains (or even hard-to-find titles) are on your mind, these 6 tips came to mind.
I note that while this list is about print books (my preferred reading method), I trust that many of these also have free and/or affordable ebook options.
How right you are, Mr. Darcy 🙂
I’m grateful to be featured in Annmarie Gianni Skin Care‘s Beautiful Voices blog!
I’m SO HAPPY to announce that my latest book, Nicola’s Leg, is now available! 😀
Nikita and Natacha, of Russian nobility, flee the Russian Revolution to Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. Thus is born my grandfather Nicola’s story: from adolescence in Eastern Europe, to serving in Egypt during World War II, to his imprisonment at the onset of Israel’s Six-Day War, his journey unfolds, eventually culminating in the loss of his legs.
Hardcover, 123 pages. Available here: http://www.natachapavlov.com/nicolas-leg
Cover art was made by Victoria Cooper Art, who creates great historical fiction book covers!
35 years ago today, our Russian grandfather Nicola passed away.
I’m humbled and thankful to have written his amazing life story, which has taught me as much about part of our family history and dynamics, as it did about myself and the kind of person I wanna be 💙 I see that as one of the many great reasons to dive into family history, and a helpful reminder of how certain traits can potentially get passed on (see: Bible, epigenetics)–of course; provided they are activated and amplified by our own thoughts and actions (personal responsibility is key) 🌟
It was also totally NOT planned that the 2017 year–marking exactly a century since the Russian Revolution that kicks off the story–would be the year of completion, but I’m thankful for Jesus’ eternal divine timing ☦️
Hence, the cover to the upcoming book titled Nicola’s Leg which will be available in April:
Nikita and Natacha, of Russian nobility, flee the Russian Revolution to Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. Thus is born my grandfather Nicola’s story: from adolescence in Eastern Europe, to serving in Egypt during World War II, to his imprisonment at the onset of Israel’s Six-Day war, his journey unfolds, eventually culminating in the loss of his legs.
The first kind of ‘self-art’ I ventured into—referring to art that you wear—was nail polish. (This is a nail polish detail that ended up in one of my short stories about my Belgian childhood; a copper-red whose matching lipstick was Revlon #54 in the late 70s haha 🙂 ) No doubt it was at least in some ways linked to my love of watercolor painting, an activity I was first introduced to as a young kid in school.
I recently revisited Paris to celebrate, among other things, my study abroad year a decade ago–making it a great (if rather intense) 10-year reunion of a kind.
As expected, it didn’t take long to notice the ways in which some things have changed in this time frame.
I was recently thinking about how I love to find out about, and dig up little-known books. I get a rush from it, sorta like I’m discovering a treasure; which they are; treasures of forgotten and/or little-known stories!
I then found myself thinking about the first novel I recall reading, which in some ways may be part of that category of little-known books, at least depending on where you live. This book in question is by German author Heinz G. Konsalik, titled Natalia (French edition).
Being that Orthodox Lent is approaching (and Catholic Lent season has already started), I find myself contemplating the subject of Easter fasting.
Last year (2015) marked the third time that I completed the Easter fasting for Lent. For Christians, Lent refers to the period of 40 days prior to Easter, during which you restrict yourself from various pleasures—be they dietary and/or lifestyle—with the intent of purifying yourself and turning to God as we recall the ordeal Jesus went through for us. I find that it can serve as both an intense and rewarding learning experience, provided you approach it with the right set of mind (and isn’t that true of everything in life! 😉 )
The first Goodreads Giveaway for my short story collection “Twisted Reflections” has ended and the 12 winners announced! Books have been shipped out and are on their way 😀
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! If you’ve added the book to your to-read shelf, you’ll be notified whenever there’s another giveaway. There’ll be another one soon for both national and international entrants 🙂
Want your own copy now? Get it here!