A late post from late last year. Who We Were has achieved a five-star review by Readers’ Favorite.
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite.
“Who We Were by Puiyin Labial is a story about destiny and the incredible truth that people could be bound together by threads that are mysterious and intangible. With an international setting in China and the US, the reader follows the lives of two compelling characters, a young boy and girl who feel a powerful attraction for each other, an affection that is foiled by insane family traditions. They will meet again in high school, this time in the US, and feel irresistibly drawn to each other. But their attraction is hindered once more. As adults, Jace and Melodi meet again, this time each successfully pursuing their professions. Are they bound to be together or are these mere coincidences? They will learn the truth after a painful tragedy. Will they be able to stick together this one last time?
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the reader-friendly writing — simple, crisp, and fluid. From the start, the reader will appreciate the realism that is injected into the writing. The characters are well developed with solid backgrounds. The author did a great job in integrating the backgrounds of the key characters into the narrative, with Melodi excelling as a writer and Jace devoted to his career as a doctor. The story is cleverly plotted, leaving the reader with so much guessing to do. I quickly learned to care about these characters from the very beginning and couldn’t help having the feeling of a strange familiarity with them. Who We Were is a beautiful story that reminds readers that we know more than we are often aware of, and that our connections could go beyond our dreams and expectations. Puiyin Labial weaves strong themes like love, family, and human connections seamlessly into a story that is gripping and real.”
Just less than 3 weeks to go until the release of ‘The Warped Web’ – 22nd August. You can pre-order online or visit the nearest selected bookshops. For UK-based readers/fans, you can pop into any Waterstones, Foyles and Blackwells. https://www.puiyinwlpublishing.com/thewarpedweb
© Vivian Head 2017
PUIYIN W.L. PUBLISHING® is very proud and honoured to present ‘The Warped Web’, a thriller by Vivian Head, due out in mid-August. Vivian is no stranger to the publishing industry, and after commissioning so many books for others, it was about time she sat down and wrote one for herself. The thriller is just one of the many books Vivian will be writing, and PUIYIN W.L. PUBLISHING® is so blessed to have her join the ‘family’.
There was once a beautiful young woman named Mae Nak whose love for her husband, Tid Mak, was undying. One day, while her husband was away at war, she died giving birth to their baby who did not survive either. Due to her undying love for her husband, Mae Nak and the baby returned to the living world as spirits. Everyone in the village has learned of their deaths, but when Mae Nak’s husband returns home from the battlefield he is greeted by his loving wife and their newborn child, unaware that they are spirits. The villagers try to warn him but he doesn’t want to believe them. One night the ghost of Mae Nak is preparing dinner for her husband when she suddenly drops a lime and it falls through a gap in the wooden floorboards. Back in those days, the houses were built a short distance off the ground. Tid Mak watches Mae Nak from the outside of the house as she stretches an elongated, ghostly arm through the long gap to the ground and reaches for the lime. He was aware that no human could reach that far and it was then that he realised the villagers were telling the truth. He runs from the house in terror to a nearby temple to seek refuge where the ghost of Mae Nak is unable to enter. Mae Nak becomes angry and takes out her frustration by terrorising the villagers. There are a few versions of how the story ends. In one, Mae Nak and her baby’s spirit are believed to be confined in a piece of bone from her exhumed forehead and bound into a wristband worn by a monk. In another version, a monk convinces Mae Nak that she will be reunited with her husband in another life at which point Mae Nak, along with the baby, is believed to have voluntarily moved on.
Highlighting moments when you rocked the hell out of 2016 instantly lifts your spirits, says hypnotherapist Chloe Brotheridge. Scroll through your photos and choose three in which you felt happy, or proud of yourself. Then, when you think of the year ahead, instead of setting future goals, say or write them in the present tense: “I am getting fitter,” or, “I am working on that promotion.” This sends a powerful, positive message to your subconscious to go forward and make them real.
My first book signing.
My ‘baby’, PUIYIN W.L. PUBLISHING®, finally launched in late 2016. It took me 5 years to build this ‘baby’, and it was all worth it.
The first novel by PUIYIN W.L. PUBLISHING®.
- I am working on the second sequel to Who We Were, which I am so excited about.
- I am working on the sequel to Made in Thailand.
- I am putting together the ideas and draft for the final piece to Fauna.
I believe Bangkok traffic is something everyone should experience at least once in their life and an item to be added to the bucket list. Bangkok traffic defines the real definition of ‘traffic jam’. You could get stuck in it and not move for many long hours. The worst time was when it rained, especially during the rainy season when there is flooding. Flooding and traffic put together, especially in Bangkok, is a very bad combination. Bangkok traffic is so bad I can only compare it with joining every single vehicle into one single unit until it is bigger than the size of the city itself. It does make you wonder where all the vehicles come from. It is like a traffic apocalypse.
Record one thing you’re grateful for (flatmates with the same shoe size, a FaceTime chat with your mum, that free coffee in Pret – it’s all relative) each day for three weeks. Research says it can improve your mood, sleep and energy.
DAY 3 – Bloggers, readers and fans
Today, I am thankful for having amazing bloggers, readers and fans in my life, because without them, my books would not be known. The last time I checked the sales for the latest book/autobiography Made in Thailand, it had surpassed my expectation, all thanks to the bloggers, readers and fans.
As a writer/author, it is always important to remember to stay humble, no matter how big of a star we may become, because at the end of the day, the bloggers, readers and fans are the main people who will be buying the books and spreading the word. They are the ones doing the main ‘marketing’.
Thank you to those who have been buying and supporting Made in Thailand. You have no idea how truly thankful, appreciative and grateful I am.