LOVE, AGAIN by Sumeetha Manikandan & Shrruti Patole Clarence


Name of the Book: LOVE, AGAIN
Authors: Sumeetha Manikandan & Shrruti Patole Clarence

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2. Shree Janani
3. Preethi Venugopala 

The Story:

Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love? Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again – These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

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About The Author 


Sumeetha Manikandan 
 
Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.
An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.
Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.
 
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EXODUS: BOOK ONE OF THE MAHABHARATA SIMPLIFIED SERIES by Varun Vithaldas Prabhu


Name of the Book: EXODUS: BOOK ONE OF THE MAHABHARATA SIMPLIFIED SERIES
Author: Varun Vithaldas Prabhu

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The Story:

The Pandavas have come to Hastinapura, seeking family and love, but are instead greeted with animosity and hatred from the Kauravas, their cousins. Schemes and plots are hatched by a vile statesman, who happens to be uncle to the Kauravas, to either kill them or drive them away as part of his goal to destroy the ethics of the Kuru family.
Meanwhile, in Mathura, the Yadavas face a constant threat from Jarasandha, the one who calls himself The Emperor, as part of his desire to have revenge since his son-in-law was killed by two mystical cowherds. As the Yadava dynasty seeks to escape the tyranny of Jarasandha, the three siblings, Krishna Govinda, Balarama Vaasudeva and Subhadra must take it upon themselves to save the city from the tyrannical king.
Will the cunning uncle succeed in breaking up the rising alliance between the Pandavas and the Yadavas? Will Jarasandha be able to sack the city of Mathura? Will their schemes and wars result in an exodus of Dharma from Aryavarta?
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Varun Vithaldas Prabhu 
 
In the author’s own words: I would like to introduce myself, hoping to connect with like-minded peers and cultivate relationships with them so as to advance our career. I am an author (Self-Published) who writes fantasy, horror and mythology, with a deep interest in historical period drama and science-fiction. I write both novels and screenplays. Right now, I am working on a retelling of the Mahabharata (the first book available on the Amazon Kindle Store as well as Createspace) which spans 18 books in total. I am also working on a standalone cross-genre fiction which I intend to publish soon and another epic fantasy series which has been my baby for a long while. On the screenplay front, I am currently working on 3-4 scripts, hoping to pitch at least one of them this year.

My hobbies include reading, writing, playing chess and billiards, and watching TV Shows…I am an addict, you can say. What do I not watch? He he. Anyway, I hope to make contacts with those who wish to pursue screenwriting as well as novel writing.

I am also a freelance ghostwriter and a copy-editor.

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THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM by Sundari Venkatraman


Name of the Book: THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM

Author: Sundari Venkatraman

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2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 
3. Sumeetha Manikandan 

The Story:

Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.
Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?
Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance.
When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants?
Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?
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Sundari Venkatraman 
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she couldn’t write to save her life.

All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job as a school admin and didn’t know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the meanwhile, she landed a job as Copy Editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as Content Editor.

Despite her work schedule, she continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also blogs voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.

Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).

2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.

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Raksha Bandhan with Jabong.com and O3+


One of the things I’ve been making since 2 months is creating my own album with pictures clicked on different occasions from the moment I was a kid till now. In the process of doing that, I have been burrowing up my childhood photos to making a collage of my younger brother Sid and I which I plan to gift him on his birthday next month. Looking at these photos of me and my brother, there have been magic of happy tears in me without my say-so, because few of these memories were lost on both of us growing up into adults. It is nice to know that I was a happy and free kid so was my brother. It is also pleasant to see that my brother and I were truly close since we were young, and how he had always been by my side (he is still) holding my hand in all our picnics, movies, parks, vacations and celebrations.

My brother is three years younger to me and he would do anything I asked him to do. We both were found of watching action shows on the TV since we were kids. One day we watched circus, I was so impressed with those jumps and kicks we saw that I immediately climbed up the a small tree in the backyard ( for a 6year old girl it was really a BIG tree) and jumped, imitating the same stunt I saw on the TV. I fell on the ground, which was lightly covered with grass, though I did not hurt myself much but there were bruises. My brother saw that jump of mine and started treating me as a hero. When he said he wanted to do the same, I did not allow fearing he would hurt himself as he was just 3years old kid. Instead we collected the soft pillows and cushions and I told him to jump over it as he would fall on the bed and it was safe. He jumped and landed right in the middle of the bed. He did this many times and told my mum that he mimicked his hero (me) and I still remain his hero. We never fought and always shared whatever we had for each other. My brother is in his late 20’s and I am in 30’s, we share almost everything – from house, credit card, car, ipad, to wifi and DVDs.

As Raksha Bandhan is round the corner, I was planning how do I make it special for him this year again and it is a big bizarre job for me to buy a gift for him as he is very hard to please. This is when I came across some cool, reasonably priced and tasteful Rakhi gifting ideas that can save my mind and money.

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BUTTERFLY SEASON by Natasha Ahmed


Name of the Book: BUTTERFLY SEASON

Author: Natasha Ahmed

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2. Dola Basu Singh 
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The Story:

On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.
Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.
Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.
We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.
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Natasha Ahmed 
 
Natasha Ahmed is a pen name. In real life, Natasha is a graphic designer, a businesswoman and occasionally writes art and book reviews for publications within Pakistan.

She works in a small office at home, not far from Sea View, Karachi. From a tiny window, she can see the Arabian Sea sparkling in the distance, and small fishing boats trawl up and down the water throughout the day. When she’s not writing books, she’s dreaming of setting sail towards the horizon and never looking back. Great adventure, she believes, starts with great daring.

Butterfly Season is her first novella, though not, she hopes, her last.

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UNEXPECTED GIFTS by SR Mallery


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Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Unexpected Gifts by S.R Mallery.  
Unexpected Gifts” is the story of a confused college student who gains clarity in life when she begins to read the journals and diaries of her ancestors from America’s past.
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~About the Book~
 

Title and Author: Unexpected Gifts by S.R Mallery

No. of Pages: 317

Publication Date: 2013

Genre: Historical Fiction

Blurb:

Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives’ behaviors help mold our own? 



In “Unexpected Gifts” that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors’ hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.


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~Excerpt~
 
 
SONIA’S paraplegic Father –CHAPTER 2: Sam––Living With
Fear
 
First
thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy
soldier,
which was a hell of a lot easier to say than the first thing I ever killed was
a man.”
Steve Mason
 
“…Nearing the
village, we passed women in their beige tunics, black pants, and Sampan hats,
shouldering thick bamboo rods weighted down by buckets of water. Most kept
their heads lowered as they walked, but the few who didn’t, stared up at us
with dead, black-brown eyes and pressed lips. The afternoon was drawing to a
close by the time we reached a village compound that reeked of nuoc maum rotten
fish sauce and animal dung. An old, leathery woman, squatting by her hooch was
our welcoming committee, but once she saw us shuffle by, she scurried back into
her hut, clacking loudly in Vietnamese as chickens pecked at rice granules,
bobbing their heads up and down in 2/4 time.


            Carbini
cut to the chase. “First, pull every one of those gooks outta their hooches,
then line them up here,” he barked.


            I
watched my troop comb each thatched home, rounding up families of all ages and
herding them out into the open like a
cattle drive in
Oklahoma. I, too, started the mission and
stooping into one of
the huts, saw a young woman sitting on a straw mat, eating some rice in a black
bowl, a young child at her side.


            She
was exquisite—the best possible combination of French and Chinese ancestry,
with such delicate features, she made my heart ache. My immediate instincts
were to protect her and her son from Carbini and this horrendous war, but she
just gazed up at me, emotionless.    


            I
could hear Carbini yelling orders to get a move-on, and I signaled this girl,
this treasure, to follow me. She shook her head vehemently, and curled her legs
around her son. I motioned again, but still, she refused. I froze, unable to
think, but when Carbini popped his head in the doorway and snarled, “Weylan!”
she got the message and followed me out.


            Whimpering slightly, she joined her fellow villagers, gripping her child’s hand and wiping off a tear that had
slid halfway down her cheek. I suddenly pictured slave owners in pre-Civil War
days and felt my lunch rise up in my throat.


            “Now,
get your Zippos ready, men.” As Carbini’s face flushed red, I sucked in my breath. He caught sight of my reaction
and came over. “Weylan here doesn’t like my orders. Anyone else here who doesn’t like my orders?” Nobody spoke up.
            He
opened up one of my backpack pockets, yanked out my Zippo lighter, and shoved
it into my face. Immediately, you could hear the snap of pockets opening and
boots shifting. We were getting ready to Rock ‘n Roll.


            Carbini
was first. He marched over to a hooch, flipped on his Zippo, and carefully lit
the underbelly of its thatched roof. It smoldered for a few seconds, a thin,
rising wisp of smoke twisting in the tropical air. From that, a flame grew,
nibbling at the straw with a low, blue heat before suddenly bursting into a
torch, arcing up towards the sky in a yellow-hot blaze.


            Carbini
turned to us and nodded, his eyes glazed. This was our cue, yet I spun around
to search for the girl, who was at the back of the pack, crying softly as she
hugged her son. I glanced over at some of the other men, their hands jammed
deep into their pockets, and decided to follow their lead. The fire was raging
full force on each hooch now, the thatch and bamboo crackling like a 4th
of July fireworks display, leaving its reflections in the villagers’ eyes and
turning the sky dark with thick, bulbous smoke.


            “Weylan!
You son-of-a-bitch coward! You’re no better than the rest of us, you hear me?” Carbini started to charge over, then stopped
mid-stride.


            In the distance, a large formation
of F4’s was headed our way, torpedoing fireballs of napalm every several
hundred yards and scattering screaming villagers down the main road. We were
ordered to take cover, but followed the fleeing Vietnamese instead, charging
after them and trying not to show our own fear…”
 
 
~HERE’S WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT UNEXPECTED
GIFTS BY S. R. MALLERY~
“The author
has a remarkable gift. The amazing ability not only to bring rich, historical
events to life, but also the ability to perfectly blend different generations…”
“It simply
is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I wish I could give it six stars!”
“I have
never read a book that wasn’t a textbook that was able to successfully cover so
many time frames in such little space, with the accuracy you really would
expect from reading the journals of those who had actually lived in those
times.”
“Colorful writing,
recreation of periods that prove adept challenges for any films about the
influences of the past being made, and all of this is written with such style
that it often times is dazzling…”
“SR Mallery
has created an important and impressive monument of a novel.”
“If only my
history teacher would have taught history like Mallery has, enriching it with
living, feeling people that the reader can equate to, I would have been a
better student.”
“Long after
the completion of the book, I missed the characters and the impact their
stories made on me. This one really touched me deeply.”
“Beautifully
and sensitively written, anyone who loves a good story interwoven with actual
historical events will enjoy this very special novel.”
“A master
storyteller has been at work, and this marvelous piece of writing is the
result.”
“I’m in awe
of how the author could write about the events so realistically, putting the
reader firmly into different time periods in America’s history.”
“… she
blends the past and the present with a seamless texture that only a “true”
storyteller can manage.”
“This is a
book you can keep on your shelf to read over and over…”
 
~Buying Links~
 
Grab the book for just 99c or Rs 61 on Amazon and Kobo!
 
~Meet the Author~
 

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.
Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.

 
Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com
Twitter:  @SarahMallery1
Goodreads:
Pinterest:  (I have some good history boards that are
getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)
Amazon
Author page:
   http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
 

~Giveaway~
Prize: 10 Ebooks of Unexpected Gifts by SR Mallery

Ends 13th September

Open Worldwide.



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Nacreous by Sarah Elle Emm


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About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.
 
 

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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about my writing process… I hope you enjoy!


Writing Playlist:


So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). ;) While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.


My Writing Process:


I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 


I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… ;)


Previous Books in the Series:

 
  
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About the Author:



Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.








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BATTERED HOPE by Carol Graham


Name of the Book: BATTERED HOPE
Author: Carol Graham

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2. Marie Abanga 
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The Story:

Need encouragement? Ever feel hopeless? It is your choice to be VICTIM or VICTOR. Carol Graham lived a life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. Believes strongly that laughter will get you through anything. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for her to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. This is her compelling story
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Carol Graham 
 
Sharing laughter, inspiration and encouraging stories to anyone who has been put through the wringer of life. If I overcame tragedies…so can you. I am a motivational speaker sharing my incredible story of surviving cancer, rape, marital abuse, loss of child, suicide attempt, huge financial losses and more. I firmly believe laughter will get you through almost anything. I published Battered Hope in 2013, which is a memoir written as a compelling novel. It is a story of perseverence and faith.

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Ki Banu Duniyaa Da


Gurdas Maan and Diljit Dosanjh have recreated the magic of the song ‘Ki banu Duniya Da’ on Coke Studio. The two singers, whose songs are not just loved by the people of Punjab, but are recognized all over the world, have beautifully sung the song. A Punjabi folk song, ‘Ki Banu Diya Da’ was initially sung by Pakistani singer Sarwar Gulshan. Gurdas Maan later made the song popular as he recorded for it several times. But the song becomes even better when mixed with the tunes of Coke Studio and Diljit lending his voice for it along with the master of the song Gurdas Maan himself. This is for the very first time that Gurdas Maan and Diljit have appeared for a song together on Coke Studio. It was released a day prior to Independence Day. The song has already started topping the charts and has received a thumbs up from the listeners.

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Paradise Lost & Regained


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Blurb: “Whispered the forest & its trees, Little deer, tell us your story again. Smiled I & asked, What will you gain hearing it time & again? Replied the forest at once, It is not just a story of a deer, but of we all forest, earth, sky, trees, wind and river. It is a testimony to trust, love, hope & courage that we will all remember for ages. With a smile, again I began to narrate my story, which breathed my love, fear, success, failure & glory. It spanned from my birth in the forest to human captivity, from where I escaped to explore life s other possibility. Everywhere and every moment I received help from Nature, & it taught me to experience life from closer. I learnt that the other name of life is Mystery, and that it is beautiful with all its unknown twists and unpredictability. Once I finished my narration, the forest was throbbing with life, there prevailed only peace, silence & joy, and no strife. Name your story, breathed the forest and every living entity it contained. Thought I for a while and replied… Paradise Lost & Regained.

About the author: Ratnadip is a well-trained street magician and has demonstrated his skill to many across the country. A NIT Jamshedpur graduate, Ratnadip lives in Mumbai where he works as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed many inspirational write-ups in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In December 2012 his first novel, Life is Always Aimless ….Unless You Love it was published and was received well by the readers across the country. Being deeply interested in life, Nature and its mysteries, this time Ratnadip has come up with a storyline the like of which has hitherto not been told. It is about a little deer growing up in a far-flung deep forest, teeming with its fellow deer, other animals, trees and rocks. Yet we can all find ourselves in this strange and surreal world that Ratnadip has created in this inspirational novel Paradise Lost & Regained.

Review: After so many years I have read a novel in which a little deer is the protagonist. Tales about life and through animals and the teachings they gave to us were very useful were passed on through childhood stories usually told by the grandparents. I felt the same thing when I read Ratnadip’s ‘Paradise Lost & Regained where it is the story of a deer whose life teaches many lessons silently. Though the fact remains that this is not a tiny tale, fantasy tale, nursery fable or a page of Jataka tale. The genre was really unusual. For a change it was not romance, horror and mythology or chick lit, but the book did not appeal to me personally. I read it for the sake of reading. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to read something different from the usual genres and experiment his/her reading style. I appreciate author’s efforts in writing this book – the imagination of world from a Deer’s eye, its kick of living, its dreams and hopes of life. I found a few unwanted elongates in the story that tested my patience of reading. It created repetitiveness in a few places. I like reading only lengthy thrillers, but this book is of a totally new variety made it a real uninteresting read for me. I wish the book was 50-75 pages lesser. The story of Paradise Lost & Regained was interesting in the first few pages, after that it turned dull for me. It was definitely a forced read for me but after I finished reading despite no love, no friendship, no drama, no horror, it had emotions of a deer. This is my first time read of author Ratnadip, I found his writing good with inducing descriptions about life and environment, but I wish he would have opted to write fiction.

THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST by Vibha Batra



Name of the Book: THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST
Author: Vibha Batra

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The Story:

“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”
On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other. The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other. – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control.
Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?
An exciting love story, set in Chennai from the best-selling author of Sweet Sixteen.
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Vibha Batra 
 
Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and fiction writer by passion. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry, and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories.

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CHRONICLES OF URBAN NOMADS by Readomania


Name of the Book: CHRONICLES OF URBAN NOMADS
Editor: Sutapa Basu
Publisher: Readomania

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The Anthology:

The Chronicles of Urban Nomads, is a collection of fast-paced stories, exciting enough to compel you to read them all at one go! Romance, drama, action, thrill, and mystery abound, meticulously crafted by twenty emerging stars of the literary world, and edited by a seasoned hand from the industry.
These stories were chosen through a nationwide hunt by Readomania, combined with the opinions of emerging authors, seasoned editors and established authors. The result is a potpourri that will force you to think beyond the ordinary.
Even as a bewitchingly beautiful saree narrates her story, a girl tries to deal with a dilemma in her arranged marriage. While riot-struck children walk alongside conscience-driven saviours, characters play hide and seek through a book, even as lovers ‘book’ a date with destiny. There is a flicker of hope, of a mother who has lost her child, as well as the agony of a friend who cannot forget her past life. Fear nudges your soul, even as aspirations drive you up the tallest wall; on one occasion, a game of heart and mind will tempt you to choose, while in another, an engagement ring will engage with its tale of choosing duty over desire. Here, even as a child’s innocence creates a strong relation in a new life, a man builds a bond with death’s absolute finality; we see hopes of revival in a worn out relationship, even as someone embarks on a quest to find a lost identity.
This melange of characters, situations, attitudes and emotions brings to life an exciting realm of fiction that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss. Readomania welcomes you to be a part of a literary journey to a realm of the superlative where pages turn, hearts beat, and the mind gleefully wanders to places you might have never been before.
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Readomania 
 
India has traditionally been the land of storytellers and a lot of us have an inherent skill of creating good plots, good stories and good narrations. With a little encouragement and support, many more authors will be widely read and attain a place in the sun.

This is the essence of Readomania—an initiative that nurtures emerging stars of the literary world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Readomania is the talent hunt in fiction. It goes a step beyond by not just identifying the talent but also nurturing it and showcasing it to the world. In the process, we have created a powerhouse of content online.

Readomania is a publishing platform, with online and offline presence, for good writing; a place to share stories and poems; a place to explore your creative talent. The web platform is a unique place for people who love reading and writing. As authors, one can register, or login through social media sites and upload their work, which then gets reviewed. The review process includes copy and developmental editing, improving the plot, narration or word choices. If authors are promising but need aids in language enhancement or storytelling capabilities, we work with them to improve their work. This hand-holding and personalised attention is what makes us unique. We stand out in the crowd because we will walk the talk to make an author’s work readable. Finally the work is published on the site. Once published, people can read it for free, share it on social media, email it, rate it, vote for it and even leave their feedback.

This helps the author get critical feedback to improve their writing as well as encouragement to write more. We publish the best of the authors in our anthologies, projects and finally graduate them to the status of solo authors.

The site also has a lot in store for the reader. Since the content is edited and curated, readers get quality reads on a platter. The variety on Readomania is impressively vast; we have romance, emotions, thrills, travel, humour and drama. You will find stories that touch your heart, stories that inspire you, stories that make you laugh and stories that make you cry.

Accessing Readomania makes for a perfect break of fifteen minutes from your daily grind. Read a story and unwind. Take a break, read something nice, write something beautiful.

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AFTERMATH by Nithin Jacob


Name of the Book: AFTERMATH
Author: Nithin Jacob

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The Book:

The book ‘Aftermath’ is a collection of selected poems. It deals with human emotions in order to sustain his (or her) dreams to reach the final destination. Everybody has gone through difficult situations in life. The poems in the book are a mere reflection of an individual’s life.






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Nithin Jacob 
 
About the author in his own words: I am not a writer… I am a mere mortal who writes straight from my heart… The poems that you read are not really poems… They are the songs from my soul… The rhyme of roman hymns or ancient tales are not known to me… I grew up listening to fairy tales narrated by my grandfather… I had a strange childhood… But I am thankful to it… It gives me strength… And it made me only stronger…

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The Withering Banyan


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Excerpt

The Withering Banyan is a story spanning five generations of a family beginning in the southern part of pre-independent India. Having earned fortune, fame and respect, the scion of the family, Siveswara,belonging to the second generation, is immensely disturbed when his rebellious, eccentric and iconoclastic son, Badrinath defies him in every aspect of life. Like many patriarchs of his time, he does not realize that his much grown up son is affected by a mysterious ailment of the mind that is being surreptitiously passed on for generations, causing massive turbulences and eventually becoming the reason for the family’s nemesis. The lone and ageing Banyan tree standing before the sprawling family bungalow is withering just like the family system that has for ages been the bedrock of the cultural ethos binding civilizations. Will the family ever be able to decipher the enigmatic conundrum it has got entangled in? Read ‘The Withering Banyan’ to know more.

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Hyma Goparaju is a management professional based in Hyderabad who loves to read and write in her free time. She strongly believes that reading completes a person and that books can be a medium of both information and entertainment. ‘The Withering Banyan’ is her first book in which she delves into the mysterious psyche of people affected with mental illnesses. She can be reached at her facebook page and her website.

First Chapter

Natya had tried to reason with her mother umpteen times, fruitlessly squashing the suspicion of an intruder barging into her mother’s room to impinge on her privacy. She relentlessly kept persuading her that nobody could ever sneak into her room and had even violently shoved the iron lattice of the large window in her mother’s morbid room bereft of any semblance of mirth, several times, to ascertain that she was protected and safe inside. But the attempts to win her mother’s trust were always in vain. Natya had strived hard to drive the obvious fact into her mother’s mind that she was only hallucinating, mistaking her own reflection in the mirror to an enemy’s, but it seldom worked. Her mother being her mother stuck to her idée fixe and kept admonishing her daughter for being severely callous and coldly insensitive to her complaints, and kept accusing her of taking sides with the nasty woman she despised so much; who, Natya had hopelessly struggled to convince, was only a figment of her wild imagination. But her mother never yielded. Natya’s mother loved her daughter immensely but her boundless and unconditional love for her child did not restrain her from hurling raving charges at her. She had alleged that Natya had connived with the enemy woman, so they could together pin her down to her knees and had issued repeated warnings that she was not one to crumble to their manoeuvring. Inexorable in her stance, she kept slinging stern warnings to the woman, her eternal foe; of dire consequences for having caused immense pain to a mother’s heart by luring her daughter and filling her mind with malice against her very own mother.

‘This treacherous woman, she will get it from me one day,’ she had cautioned Natya. Today she had indeed accomplished what she had forewarned her daughter of many times. She had smashed the large mirror in her room with her weapon, a mop, that she continued to clutch fiercely as she stood there, completely debilitated in the bloody pool of sharp and tiny shards scattered all around, some of which had pierced her arms, legs and face. Tears gushed from Natya’s eyes the moment she caught sight of her mother who looked utterly desperate and desolate in the puddle of blood, totally unmindful of the excruciating pain the shattered pieces of glass caused to her senile body.
Consumed by her own sense of victory, she kept parroting, ‘I have broken her…I have finished her…I have broken her…I have…,’ and smiled meekly, as she looked up at her aghast daughter who continued to stare mindlessly at her dishevelled mother. ‘I told you she was bad, but you would never listen…she wanted to kill me…but I have killed her instead,’ she drawled and slumped unconscious on the floor. A distraught Natya leapt forward to hold her mother.