Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers - Homeland of Uncertainty




Name of the Book: RI: HOMELAND OF UNCERTAINTY
Author: Paulami DuttaGupta

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1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Ruchi Singh 
3. Privy Trifles 

The Story:

"Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.

Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment - followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale."

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Paulami DuttaGupta 

"Born in Shillong, Paulami DuttaGupta, graduated with honours in English from St. Edmunds College, and began her career with All India Radio Shillong. While there, she wrote and took part in several shows. Some time after, she received a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University in Kolkata.

She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and she was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years, and later associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.

Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” was released in early 2012.

Her second novel “Unplanned Destiny” was released in 2014. She is also the screen writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.

“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and will be released in Sepember’14.

She is currently working on her next project.

Apart from writing full length novels, Paulami has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.

Recently she has contributed to “Learning and Creativity Anthology”, “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.

When not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life."

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers - Skylines by Neelam Chandra Saxena






Name of the Book: SKYLINES
Author: Neelam Chandra Saxena

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1. Varsha 
2. Himani Gupta 

The Anthology:

"A woman is like a palette of colours. Just like the colours, she too displays a different tint and shade at different points of time. The colours you perceive are the ones you make her show. If you love her, she will adore you; if you give her wings she will soar but if you hurt her, she may take time but will one day bounce back in retaliation.

'Skylines' is a collection of fourteen different stories which revolve around women - the buoyant teens, the chirpy youth or the matured ladies. Different encounters and circumstances in life make them either very tender, fragile or reactionaries and bigots. Do read on to understand these colours of life..."

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Neelam Chandra Saxena 

"Neelam Saxena Chandra completed her Engineering in Electronics & Power Engineering from V.N.I.T., Nagpur and went on to finish PG Dip in I.M & HRD and PG Dip in Finance Mgmt. She is a bureaucrat working with Indian Railways. She shares from an incurable passion of writing poetry and fiction. Around seven hundred of her stories/poems have been published in various leading Indian as well as international magazines, anthologies and journals. Many of her stories/poems have been transmitted by Akashwani (Radio) also. Neelam was recently nominated in the list of 78 most well-known authors in India by Forbes for the year 2014."

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers - Sita An Ilustrated Retelling of the Ramayana.




Name of the Book: SITA: AN ILLUSTRATED RETELLING OF THE RAMAYANA
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

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1. Manu Prasad 
2. Priya
3. Avanthika 

The Story:

It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of an uplifting narrative. Rams refusal to remarry to produce a royal heir adds to the complexity. The intention seems to be to provoke thought on notions of fidelity, property and self-image.

And so the mythologist and illustrator Devdutt Pattanaik retells the Ramayana, drawing attention to the many oral, visual and written retellings composed in different times, in different places, by different poets, each one trying to solve the puzzle in its own unique way.

This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband, who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother, and with the trees, her sisters; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.

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Devdutt Pattanaik 

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010).

He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, especifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MID DAY.

He has also written a novel based on a tale from the Mahabharata titled 'The Pregnant King' published by Penguin Books India.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers - There's Something About You

Here's the next book in our Tornado Bloggers Giveaway - There's Something About you by Yashodhara Lal






Name of the Book: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
Author: Yashodhara Lal

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1. Kritika Narula
2. Sankalpita Singh
3. Nandhini

The Story:

This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.

Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (okay, in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?

When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.

From the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse and Sorting Out Sid, here is another zinger of a book.

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Yashodhara Lal 

Yashodhara Lal's USP is in taking the ordinary and making it hilarious. She graduated from IIM-Bangalore in 2002 and has over 12 years of experience in the Marketing Domain across two large corporations in FMCG and media. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband Vijay, and the three small children they call Peanut, Pickle and Papad - all of whom never fail to provide her with material for her entertaining blog at http://www.yashodharalal.com.

'Just Married, Please Excuse' is her first book. 'Sorting Out Sid' is her latest work of fiction.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Laura's Locket - Pompeii, Vesuvius and Sorrento



My short story, Laura's Locket, was originally inspired by the beautiful coastline of Sorrento, which is the start of the stunning Amalfi Coast in south-east Italy. The last time I visited, I took a group of students with me, for not far from there lie the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum—like two sleeping beauties huddled at the foot of Mt Vesuvius, patiently waiting for the archaeologists shovels to wake them.
The dust of centuries clings your shoes, and from the uppermost stands in the amphitheatre you can almost smell the sweat of gladiators as they fought for the amusement of the crowds, hear the clash of their iron swords and the cheers of the crowd... see the smoke as it rises from Vesuvius....
Walk the streets of Sorrento, and the delectable scents of lemoncelo, roast garlic and pasta pervades the air. It tickles the nostrils and entices the senses, and as you sit in any one of the many cafes that cling to the cliff side overlooking the Mediterranean, the heart begins to yearn for romance.

My heroine, eighteen-year-old Laura Dantonville, did; a romance that would have serious repercussions many years later, and which readers can discover in BloodGifted.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers - The Emperor's Riddles

Here's the next book I'm featuring. Go check it out.






Name of the Book: THE EMPEROR'S RIDDLES
Author: Satyarth Nayak

Read some reviews:

1. Rubina Ramesh
2. Shalini
3. Shree

The Story:

Carrying quotes from Amish Tripathi & Ashwin Sanghi on its cover, this new mystery thriller, described by Hindustan Times as 'a gripping tale of intrigue' and by The Hindu as a 'heady mix of history & mystery', has already made it to several Top 10 Bestseller charts.

More terrifying than the savage murder of historian Ram Mathur on the ghats of Ganga, are the questions that follow. Desperate for answers, Sia turns to esoteric writer & friend Om Patnaik. But what begins as a hunt for the killer, becomes an extraordinary trail of riddles strewn across the country, that must end at the gates of an enigma.

An ancient enigma so powerful that even gods would kill for it!!!

In another time and space, rules an Emperor who plays with phenomenal forces that make him supreme…who faces these very forces when they threaten the survival of the human race. An Emperor who must ultimately pay homage to the enigma…

As Patnaik and Sia race from one riddle to another, towards a royal secret that has remained alive for centuries….will the final truth, save them or destroy them forever?

The path beckons. Can you solve The Emperor’s Riddles?

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Satyarth Nayak 

Satyarth Nayak is an author, script-writer & journalist based in Delhi. Holding a Masters Degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, writing has always been a prolific passion. His short story ‘Eve’ won the prestigious British Council Writers Circle Prize in 2006. In 2011, two of his stories ‘Music and Lyrics’ and ‘The Opportunity’ were selected for the celebrated Chicken Soup for the Soul series. As a TV journalist, he has worked with premier news channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN. Working for CNN-IBN as a Health Correspondent, he was felicitated with the SAARC Heal Honour for Excellence in Health Broadcasting Award in 2008.

His newly released debut thriller ''The Emperor’s Riddles'' is a tribute to his uncanny interest in the esoteric. This is his first full length novel.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Tornado Bloggers, Next

Next up on the Tornado Bloggers is Geetha Madhuri and Cynthia Vincent's, Frozen Summer and Columbina. Although it's Book #2 for me, overall on the rafflecopter it's Book #15. Go check it out.







Name of the Book: FROZEN SUMMER AND COLUMBINA
Author: Geetha Madhuri & Cynthia Vincent

Read some reviews:

1. Mayura Ramesh
2. Shriya
3. Kumar

The Story:

Frozen Summer & Columbina is India's First Ever Double Header book with 2 different stories that fall under the Genre - Psychological Thriller.

Frozen Summer Somewhere in the city of Hyderabad, a young software engineer leaves an interview with broken heart. On her way back home, news of the murder troubles her. The more she learns about the details, the more familiar they seem to her -dangerously familiar. Would she find answers to the several unanswered questions that concern her? Stakes are high, chips are down and curtain rises for an all-out game. Columbina World's most cruel penitentiary - THE ALCATRAZ tells tales of notoriety bundled in the shape of men. Alcatraz holds a dark secret that will arise a few venoms and rekindle viscous forces. After a body is found in a trunk on the island, Martin Herd is hired to solve this unfathomable mystery. Finding the truth will pose a big question before him, Should the secret of the Alcatraz be left buried or should it be brought before the world?

Frozen Summer is a suspense thriller written by Geetha Madhuri (Author of The One and Only Purpose from Time's Lost Atlas)

Columbina is a detective thriller written by Cynthia Vincent Daniel (An enthusiastic blogger who owns the blog - Whispers in the Wind)

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About The Authors 


Geetha Madhuri 

Author of the upcoming novella - "Frozen Summer" published as India's First Ever Double Header - Frozen Summer & Columbina

Previously known for the short story "The One and Only Purpose" published in anthology, Time's Lost Atlas.

An IT Employee by profession and writer by passion.


Cynthia Vincent



About Cynthia in her own words: In the first year of my teens, I had written a poem for my dad on Father's day. I had written it on a white chart paper and stuck a photo of me and my dad alongside it. The poem was an instant hit.

Ever since, I have loved writing. I feel it comes naturally to me. I can express my feeling better when I put them down in words. As a kid, my parents would take me and my brother for a holiday every year. Travelling fascinated me and on every travel I made it a point to pen down small notes about the travel.

During the first year of my life in the Hostel, I started blogging right here at Whispers in the Wind. Blogging gave me the confidence to write a full length novel (Psychological Thriller) which is slated for release on the 7th of February, 2015.

On my blog, you will find me writing Short Stories, Poetry, Travellogues and anything through which I can connect with my reader.

An Author, A positive thinker, Traveller and someone who believes in the power of Acceptance

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Friday, 7 August 2015

I'm Part of Tornado Bloggers

This year I'm thrilled to be part of an international book blogging event known as Tornado Bloggers. It's hosted by the The Book Club, which promotes books and authors from all genres and nationalities, and it runs for the entire month of August. There's an amazing array of books to be won simply by joining the rafflecopter.
I'll be highlighting ten authors, while other bloggers will be promoting my books. It's a great way to gain international exposure.
So today I'm introducing Preethi Venogopala. 






Name of the Book : WITHOUT YOU
Author: Preethi Venugopala

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1. Swathi Shenoy
2. Simran Kaur
3. Tushti Bhatia

The Story :

When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother's house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love.

As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love? What is that strange secret that locks all the circumstances together?

Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and miracles.

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Preethi Venugopala 

Preethi Venugopala is a Civil Engineer by education and an avid blogger, artist by passion.
After working in many prestigious civil engineering projects for more than a decade, she quit her job to become a full time mother.
Meanwhile, she took a Masters Degree in English literature to complete her dream of studying English literature. She tried her hand successfully at crafts, crocheting, portraiture and painting before venturing into writing.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A Tasty Little BloodVault Teaser.

Yes, it's Teaser Tuesday, and what better excuse to provide my readers with another little snippet from BloodVault. My word count is growing daily, so hopefully book 3 of The Dantonville Legacy saga will be completed by the end of this month.
In the meantime, enjoy.


My stomach growled. Through the open door, I spied the tray of delicacies Madame Thierry had prepared. The mini baguette I had earlier had been delicious.
The bed bounced as I bounded toward the tray. That’s when I heard it—a shrill keening, like a soul in torment. It made the hairs on my arm stand on end. It didn’t seem to be coming from anywhere within the chateau. A night bird? I stuffed another mini-baguette into my mouth and padded over to the window. Tree branches obscured most of my view, but there appeared to be a solitary figure, in white, standing on the boundary wall at the far end of the estate.
Mesmerised, I stood there. Was it a ghost, or some local nutter who liked to climb walls in the dead of night to wail at the half moon? I peered closer but the wind whipped up the tree branches and I lost sight of the figure. When the wind dropped the figure was gone. Every nerve ending tingled. If vampires existed—I’d only learnt their existence a couple of weeks ago—then why not ghosts? This chateau was hundreds of years old, maybe more. Who knows how many people died here in that time? Vampires weren’t the only inhabitants.
I continued to stare out the window. There it was again—arms upraised, the same high pitched wailing. A chill shot through me, and I jumped back drawing the curtains together, tightly bunching the folds of the fabric.
The Serpent Ring on my finger glowed scarlet. Whatever the figure was, it posed no threat. I took a deep breath and slowly peered through the curtain again. The ghostly form was still there.
I slipped on my boots, threw on a coat and stepped out into the empty hallway. All the lights were on and I could hear voices, none familiar. It was probably the Brethren servants. I paused at Jenny’s door. She slept, her slow heartbeat and steady breathing was quiet and peaceful. I didn’t have the heart to wake her. Other human heartbeats came from different ends of the house. I assumed the sleeping one, directly above my room, belonged to Judy. But there was another, slightly faster, heartbeat also coming from above, so close to Judy’s they could’ve been in the same room. Who? One of the staff? But there were no human staff on duty yet.


If you enjoyed this snippet, catch up on the story by reading the first two books in the series before Book 3 is released later this year.  
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Meet The Rustler's Daughter by ME Franco

Let me introduce another dear author friend of mine, Michelle Franco. Michelle hails from sunny California and she writes in several different genres from paranormal to western romance. Recently she's signed up with Booktrope Publishing and her books will be receiving brand spanking new covers. The first to be released this month will be The Rustler's Daughter.
Here's a teaser:


When Hannah Miller’s mother dies unexpectedly, she is forced to go live with her father, who she thought was dead. Hannah has high hopes that her father will be happy to finally meet her, but Roy Miller quickly puts Hannah in her place. She is a burden, just another mouth to feed, and an ugly reminder of the wife who left him.

Her father's act of desperation puts Hannah at the mercy of his enemies, the neighboring Scott family. Despite the bad blood between their families, Hannah is immediately attracted to Jackson Scott, but he has his own secrets and feels Hannah would be better off with someone else. When someone else does offer Hannah a way out of her predicament, will Jackson be able put aside his past and fight for the woman he loves?

Excerpt
            Hannah took a deep breath and wished she had waited in the store. The heat was already making her uncomfortable after only a few minutes in the sun.
            "Well, well, aren't you a pretty thing?" slurred a voice.
            The smell of whiskey and sweat was overpowering, and Hannah wrinkled her nose before turning to see who was talking. She hoped the words were not meant for her. No such luck.
            The man on her left was dirty and smelled as if he lived in a saloon. He hadn't shaved in days or changed his clothes by the looks of them. He leered at Hannah looking her up and down, making her stomach turn. She hoped Mr. Carter would show up soon.
            "Whassa matter girlie? Cat got yer tongue?" He reached out to grab Hannah, but she easily dodged him.
            She looked over her shoulder nervously, expecting Mr. Carter to show up any second, but he wasn't there. Hannah decided it would be best if she ran back into the store for her own safety.
            Before she could make her move, the man suddenly disappeared from her view and was flying backwards. He landed on his back in the street with a loud thump. His face was replaced by a handsome young man who was smiling broadly.
            "Hi!" he said excitedly, tipping his hat. "I'm Lucas Scott. We haven't formally met yet."
            Hannah returned his smile with a beauty of her own. She was both relieved and amused by his obvious appreciation of her. He was every bit as handsome as his brothers, but he still had some growing to do.
            "Why Mr. Scott, I do believe your timing is impeccable." She giggled nervously, still shaken by the drunken man's advances.
            "Hey!" The man yelled from his position in the street.
            Lucas turned around. "Sorry Travis. Didn't see you there."
            Before the man could respond, Matthew Scott came around her wagon and stepped right in the middle of the man's chest before feigning surprise.
            "Travis? What are you doing in the street? I didn't even see you." Matthew winked at Hannah and smiled. "Miss Hannah."
            He tipped his hat. She covered her mouth to stifle her laughter. Both brothers ignored Travis and started to load Hannah's supplies into her wagon.
            Travis got up and fixed his angry gaze on Hannah. "You think that's funny?" he hissed, causing Lucas and Matthew to move in his direction.
            "Enough." That one word sent chills down her spine. Even filled with anger, Jackson's voice made her heart race. He was standing right behind her, so close she could feel the heat from his body over the warmth of the sun.

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Meet New YA Author Peita J Byer

It's always a pleasure to introduce a new author to the world, especially when she happens to be my writing buddy and critique partner. I had the privilege in reading Peita's debut novel, Collision, in our writer's group. From the opening page, I was glued, and so will anyone who reads it.


Angry and defiant, Stella runs away from home and lands in a small seaside village. It is overlooked by the forbidding ruins of Trial Bay gaol. 
Stella hides out in the town and is disturbed by her growing confusion about her identity. Her mysterious flashbacks to the gaol one hundred years before are even more frightening. 
What is reality? What is fantasy? And is the guy next door the one to help her solve the mystery? 
Or will a stranger unlock the key to her past?

Buy link: Amazon 

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