Once Upon Another World

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Once upon a time in a very ordinary place, there was an ordinary man with an ordinary life. At least that is what Mr. Sinclair wanted to believe to be true, until a little bit of the extraordinary touches his life and it will shatter his view of reality. When the destiny he knew nothing about catches up with him, nothing will ever be the same again. The question is, will he be able to survive it. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465728944
About Shiva Winters

As a substitute of a profile I find hard to make in a reasonable amounts of words, I'd like to offer my philosophy of writing.

In as few words as possible that is what my books are about.

I wrote them for myself, I personally enjoy re-reading them, I enjoy creating new chapters in on going themes, and I decided to publish them on the chance some few might enjoy them. I did not write them with the intent of publication, I did not publish them with dreams of avarice, and I only, truly hope that there are readers out there who enjoy them as much as I do.

I cannot and I will not promise my readers will like my hobby, agree with my views, or find any entertainment in what I have written. My books were not written for everyone, hence not everyone will like them.

I will do my best to offer the best 'product' to my readers as I am able. I can not yet promise a mistake free experience, but I am one who is never satisfied. Each time I re-read my own words I find changes I wish to make. And I will do my best to leave notice when new editions are available.

Because just as each work I offer to the public might never quite seem finished, the ideas behind them were a process of creation and re-creation. Each thing I bring into the world has been written and re-written time and time again, and they never seem perfect to me no matter how many times they are re-imagined.

Just because you have liked something I have written be it free or not, is not a reason why you will like what else is written. My writing is an organic process, many stories have nothing save a beginning or a future image in my head I wish to make a world in order to play out.

However from that moment after I begin all bets are off, the story can and will evolve from there and become whatever it and the characters may make of it. Just as I can not argue that I am like most any writer, nor can I see any reason in trying to be. I see no need to be 'like' anything, why should my books be 'like' any other book, and I see no reason for 'my books' to be 'like' my other books. Why should the next book be what worked for the one before? Why should I worry if my readers will have the same choices as me as to what 'would have been interesting'?

Do not buy my books without trying them, but also do not buy them if you are going to be disappointed if you don't get what you are expect.. Be it a thrilling plot-twisted action film in print, or a heartfelt romance, my books will not be exactly one thing. I make no promises in my writing but it can also be said I do not fear to follow the chanced inspiration, even if it might re-write the entire unborn ending of a story.

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Review by: ade on Dec. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
brilliant story so I have just bought the rest of the series

I would love to offer my services as a proof reader. I have been doing it for years for my wife who is a university lecturer & I have proof read her doctoral thesis & further articles but am no writer myself.
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Review by: kasper laursen on Nov. 14, 2012 :
To be honest I really hate writing reviews since I never know what to write so this is probably the first review i've ever written outside of school. However this series was so good that i felt it necessary to write a review. First of a warning, the books in this series all have some typos as well as grammatical errors and misuse of words which may annoy some people so if you can't stand typos this book isn't for you. however if you can ignore the typos this is a fantastic series, I absolutely love the main character in fact I would even go so far as to say that he is one of my all time favourite fictional characters. the story has both exciting moments where you just can't stop reading as well as absolutely hilarious moments and some rather sad ones too. As such even though the book could use an editor that is absolutely no reason for any one, other than those obsessed with grammar, not to read this book as the story more than makes up for it. I found the first book for free on amazon and immediately had to search for the other three since amazon just didn't treat the author right. In fact the only reason i got an account on smashwords was to buy the rest of the books in the salak'patan series they are just that good. okay i feel like i'm rambling without really saying anyting but i've no idea how to describe the book without spoilers so i'll just stop here except to say one more time that i love this series even if normally the typos would drag it down to four stars the story is so good that i will still give it 5 stars.
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Review by: Frank Galan on July 25, 2012 :
Excellent and well thought out storyline and characters. Some typos, but a great read regardless. I couldn't put it down and read it straight through in 2 days. Destined to be a classic.
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Review by: J.L. Dobias on July 06, 2012 :
Shiva Winters Once Upon Another World

The title and the cover almost had me thinking 'fairy tale'.
Once I dove in feet first it was more like Zelazny's Amber series and Farmers Tier series rolled together and given a special Shiva Winters touch. Raven Sinclar is a powerful character well matched by his counterpart LeShana, who is not only lovely but also as powerful and kick-ass as Raven.

Suffice it to say, I loved this book, and there is only one reason I give it 4 stars instead of five. There are so many errors in spelling, grammar, and questionable usage of some words and missing words- sometimes extra words that just don't belong there. I can live with some of this in dialogue- no one speaks perfectly all the time. But it leaks heavily into the narrative portion and that gets me to believing that maybe those characters don't really speak that way either. This book is offered free, but as a representative of self publishing it could have used a bit of polish. (Another couple of pairs of eyes.)A number of people I know might toss this book down after the first 50 pages and that's their loss.

One thing I disagree with other people about is that an editor could have pared it down some. I'm not a fan of muting the authors voice. An edit will help the spelling grammar and other but the author's work should stand unless the author decides some portions might not be necessary or should be reworked. I did not see anything that just jumped out at me and said I don't belong here.

As it stands Once Upon Another World is a well packed novel with a fairly tight plot that has plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing. It also demonstrates some skill in world making that Shiva should be proud of. She has a writing style that I was comfortable with, though I'll need to read more of her work to see if the style changes as she becomes more polished.

If this book ever goes to paper print copy I would suggest a strong look at some editing and a signed copy for me.
Bravo! For an awesome first novel.

J.L. Dobias Author of Cripple-Mode: Hot Electric
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Review by: Melody Hewson on June 20, 2012 :
I forget how I stumbled across this book, but I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Full of twists and turns, and I love a good twist.

Yes, it has it's fair share of typos, but she took the time to write up a long explanation about that and they did not, for me, in any way detract from the quality of the storyline. I can't wait to start on book two!
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Review by: thiotes on May 31, 2012 :
This free book is a very nice read indeed, and i agree with the posters before.
That being said, the following parts of this series get worse and worse. I bought them all at once after reading this one, and regret it. The second is till okay i guess, though it feels more like a collection of short stories.

The further you go, the more the author seems to keep events that would have been interesting from the reader. Also the main character seems to have no flaws after a while, which makes things boring. If there ever IS an event he has a hard time with, its not explicitly told, but just mentioned.
There are also too many new people introduced by name, too many name changes, too many all-good-doers for friends and family, and FAR too many people constantly telling how great the main character is. Most of the third book i wanted to scream: Stop the adulation and start the damn adventure!
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Review by: jstoc on May 29, 2012 :
I really enjoyed the story. Lots of twist annd turns and surprised. Lots of gramatical errors, but it does not take away from the book. Look forward to the next book.
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Review by: Tony on March 13, 2012 :
Once Upon Another World is a very fun and fast-paced read, but I think it could better be described as the beginning to one helluva crazy series (based on the first two novels).

This book seems to have a bit of everything in it at times. I was surprised at how well the amalgamation held together, actually. There are some very cool twists in this novel. At times it feels like the story takes a 90 degree turn every time you think you know what's happening. I like that. It kept the story fresh and interesting.

The novel isn't perfect and I don't think it is nearly as polished as the second in the series (it is free, though), but I did find it very enjoyable to read and highly entertaining. The structure of the novel is pretty unique, as well. I didn't like it the first time I read it, but after reading book 2 and then coming back to book 1 I feel a lot better about it. In essence it kind of feels like there are short stories tacked on after the climax.

If you are one of those people that gets pulled out of the story every time you encounter a grammar mistake, this book probably isn't for you, but if you are able to read past them you will find a lot to like.
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