Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Greetings

Monday, December 9, 2013

Slide Tour - Michelle Congdon

After surviving a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of her mother and brother, Evangeline made a promise to herself to never go back to the city filled with the memories of her tragic past. But when her estranged father suddenly falls ill, she has no choice but to return to New York and to the life she spent twelve years trying to avoid.

Since the accident, heiress to the multi-billion dollar Montgomery Empire, Evangeline has always feared the media attention that comes with having the Montgomery name and would immediately give it all up if it meant the chance to bring back her loved ones. Delicate and camera shy, the last person she should have on her mind is a type of guy like Ryan Fox.

Witty, extremely arrogant but undeniably good-looking are only a few words Evangeline can use to describe the New York Yankee’s hot-shot. The notorious bad boy― well-versed at playing the game both on and off the field― isn't fazed about the media circus following his every move and couldn't be anymore different to the quiet, shy girl that she is. So, what does a guy like him see in somebody as messed-up as her? And although everything about Ryan screams trouble with a capital T, why can't Evangeline seem to stay away? It's not until they're away from the cameras that Evangeline begins to see the real man hiding behind the cocky facade- one that's hurt and haunted by a dark and terrible secret.

What will happen once Evangeline finds the courage to reveal what really happened on the evening her mother and brother died? And how will she react when she finally learns the truth about Ryan's chilling past? Will baring their deepest secrets bring them closer together or will it tear them apart and have them sliding into darkness all over again?

About the Author

Michelle Congdon resides in Sydney, Australia. She has a Dalmatian named Jett, who to this day continues to hold an 8 year grudge against her after she had to leave him with her parents when she moved to the big city- this only proves animals are much like their owners. Michelle enjoys reading books of all sorts of genre's, watching way too many movies and TV shows (and Disney cartoons), singing out aloud to her favorite hits and going on adventures involving food and travel. Michelle is loud, talks a lot and shares an ever-growing list of fictional husbands with a friend. From when she was a small girl, she has always had an overactive imagination and has tried to put it to good use by sharing her stories with anyone willing to listen.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Michelle:
- I am left handed, but use my right hand to do most things except to write.
- I can recite Disney’s the Lion King and Aladdin word from word (including the songs).
- I am addicted to video games and wish I had more spare time to play them.
- I won “Aussie of the Month” in primary school but was sick that day, so my sister had to go up in the middle of school assembly and get the award.
- I have a gluten intolerance but I’m always naughty and eat things I shouldn’t. I suffer the consequences every time.
- I am scared of balloons. I can’t pop them. I can’t be near anyone blowing one up. Sometimes I will attempt to blow them up but will only go to half-size.
- I enjoy listening to classical music
- I am very passionate about animals and plants, and struggle to even squash a cockroach.
- I have a strange fear of any kind of electric shocks (including static electricity) and also irons if it is in someone else’s hand and I am near by?!? (Yes, as in the object you use to straighten out your clothes.) I don’t know where either fear originated. What I can say is I cried like a little girl when my friend was messing with me and chasing me around with a small Taser gun. When he realized I was well and truly frightened, he decided to stop. Haha.
- I have a scrapbook and a large corkboard filled with favorite memorabilia that I have collected from my life.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Free promotion day

My new novel CHERISHED is free today at amazon (digital copy).
You can download it for free, and these are the links.




You can also read some of the reviews here -

http://www.induswomanwriting.com/cherishedby-lakshmi.html Reviews are most welcome.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Setting of the Story

Setting of the story is very important for a writer and it needs to be well described. Every story has to take place somewhere, and writing about it cannot be ignored in your story. No doubt, setting is an integral part of your story.

Why do we need to describe about a setting?

A proper description of the setting where the story is taking place helps the reader visualize the place and how it must be taking place there, while reading your story. If the description was not given the reader won't be able to get connected with the story.

It makes the reader the story is more believable. You must have read reviews which say the story was more realistic. The author would have put enough details for the reader to feel it realistic and believable. Though a well described setting is a pleasure to read, too much description can be a boring too. Care to be taken not to write too much to an extend that the reader gets bored, instead of getting interested in your story and turning the page.

When you are writing a setting you are 'showing' it and not telling it. You must have heard many advices from expert writers that while writing a story 'showing' is more important, and not 'telling' it, so that the reader can enjoy the story better.

If you are in the process of writing a story don't forget to focus on the story setting of the book you are reading. It will give you better ideas for describing your setting.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cherished Book Blast - from November 15 to 18

b00kr3vi3wtours has organized a Book Blast for my book CHERISHED starting from November 15th to 18th, 2013. Please check out more details here Thank you so much for this.

I also thank all the participating blogs who are hosting this Book Blast.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jane Eyre - My review

When I was looking the ebook version of this popular classic - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I found it to be free to download. I immediately downloaded it into my kindle and thought of reading it at a later date. But to my utter surprise, I found myself commence reading the book the same day itself. After reading the first few pages, I was not sure whether I would like to go forward and complete it. However, I decided to read few more pages and as I turned each page I found it quite interesting and wanted to read more and more, and didn’t want to put it down.

The writing is superb with memorable characters and fabulous descriptions. I loved the strong characteristics of Jane who was brought up in an orphanage – independent thinking, hard working, kind hearted, not being greedy and proud even after becoming suddenly rich, believes in herself and not doing something just to please others. I admire Jane for coming back to her first love Rochester when he was in his worst position and had nothing much to offer her, and her gladly deciding to become his life partner for the rest of his life. Another important point attracted me here is that each one’s thoughts in this book are remarkably and believably expressed.

I incredibly enjoyed reading this book. Even after finish reading the book, it leaves you thinking. The heroine of this book (Jane) is an ordinary looking girl, not very amazingly pretty and beautiful like other romantic heroines in the books we read, and still she stands out in the crowd of heroines, leaving an impression in the reader’s mind!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Another encouraging review for my book

I have received some more reviews for CHERISHED.

Nov 05, 2013
Cherished true meaning unfolds as u read by: Sandhya P J

This captivating story 'Cherished' is of a young teenager Jyothi growing up without the love of her father and a secure family in her early childhood.

The author has truly understood the intricate understanding of the human mind and has dealt the story line very delicately yet forcefully. As u read on... it like the story is unfolding on a screen as the fine details, colour, emotions, moods etc are so well portrayed that it reaches one on a deeper level which is the gift the author truly has.

Meaningful that a simple moment perceived negatively or positively with wisdom or with unknown facts of the happening can produce such disastrous situation in the family tie and each individual can be deeply hurt. Cherished is beautifully crafted and shows the ability of a mature and gifted writer. All the best and eagerly waiting for more...

More reviews here -

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Diwali to all - 2013

Happy Deepavali to all.
May the spirit of light illuminate the world.

Deepavali, (also known as Diwali), is popularly known as the "Festival of lights". It is one of the most important festivals of India, celebrated all over the country. Indians staying outside India also celebrate this festival.

Houses are thoroughly cleaned to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. The lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil, kept outside the house, signifies the triumph of good over evil. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during this time. Firecrackers are burst during Diwali to drive away evil spirits.

People celebrate Diwali wearing new clothes and sharing sweets and snacks with family members and friends, for three days.

Naraka Chaturdashi (Nov.2nd) is the day on which the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna. It signifies victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Lakshmi Pooja (Nov.3rd) - Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesh, God of auspicious beginnings, are worshipped on this day to welcome prosperity and well-being.

Bali Padyami (Nov.4th) - is the day to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu in his dwarf form called Vamana over the demon king Bali, who was pushed into the nether world.

A festive look can be seen everywhere. Schools, Colleges and Offices are closed on these days.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A wonderful Review for Cherished

I have received a review recently from one of the readers.

Oct 26, 2013
daughter's quest for her father
by: Suresh

'Cherished' is primarily a story about a daughter's search for her father who, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, couldn't be with her right from childhood. The search that begins with a tentative letter takes an unexpected path and tensions rise as old and new relationships clash.

The author displays an excellent understanding of mature human relationships in all its aspects but mainly in the less explored father daughter relationship. We root for the daughter who missed a father's love and who is initially portrayed as a selfish father. As the truth is slowly revealed, we marvel at the way destiny can change the orbit of relationships in spite of the good intentions of individuals.

An excellent read for any book lover. This was copied from here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Book blast announcement for Cherished

I have decided to go for a book blast tour for my novel Cherished, and you can read more about it here http://b00kr3vi3wtours.blogspot.in/2013/10/CherishedAnnouncement.html

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Cherished " - Starting page

Cherished - by Lakshmi Menon - is the story of a young girl who is in pursuit of her parental love.

ISBN 9788182534414 Published by Cybervit.net (Sept 2013)

Blurb of the Book -

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband and surprise him with an unexpected visit. She dreams a happy family life with him. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life. 19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support and a family reunion determines to search for him, despite her mother's strong protests. She succeeds in her mission, but will Praveen accept her as his daughter?

Starting Page:

It was the evening of the last Sunday in the month of January. The weather was as pleasant as the previous evenings. An old melodious Hindi film song was playing on the TV downstairs that Mrs. Rao liked a lot, and she hummed along with it. It was one of Jyothi’s favourite songs, too. She remembered the scene very well - a father’s song for rocking his daughter on his shoulder, as he walked in the corridor, patting the back of the child, while the mother was busy in the kitchen. Whenever she heard this song she pictured herself in that position and regretted not having enjoyed the precious time with her father during her childhood.

Located in a prominent residential area, Mrs. Rao’s house was adjacent to the main road. Widowed two years ago at forty two, Bharathi Rao stayed in the same house where she had a very happy married life with her architect husband and two wonderful sons. Though both of her sons since had left for the States, one for a job and the other one for higher studies, she preferred to stay alone in the same house with the memories of her late husband. She believed he was still there with her, though not physically. Her old maid Venkamma stayed with her, which was a great relief to her. Bharathi Rao wanted to take up a job to occupy her time, but her sons did not want her to go out and work. When the nineteen year old Jyothi was accommodated in her house as her paying guest, her life took a different turn

On a Wednesday evening, Savitha, one of her husband’s relatives, visited her house on her way back from office. She could not come and see Bharathi Rao when she was mourning, so she decided to meet her on the way back from work. Savitha had another motive for her visit, but she didn’t want to discuss it with Bharathi, until she felt comfortable with her. After chatting with Bharathi for some time, she asked, “Why don’t you have a girl with you as a paying guest? She will be company to you and you will feel more motivated in your daily life.”

Bharathi Rao was not interested in having an outsider in her house. She didn’t feel confident enough to accept Savitha’s suggestion. Savitha noticed her reluctance, and then said, “A friend of mine is looking for a safe place to accommodate her College going daughter. She has applied to the College hostel, and is waiting for a reply. Until then she has to stay somewhere close to the college.” As there was no response from Bharathi Rao, Savitha added, “The girl has no father and it will be of great help to the mother, if you agree to let her stay here with you until she gets accommodation in the hostel. This may take about a month. If she gets a seat earlier she would gladly leave your house.” Savitha glanced at her hopefully, and then added, after a pause, “I guarantee you that you will not have any problem with her.”

After careful deliberation, she decided to allow Jyothi to stay as her paying guest until she got hostel accommodation. “As Savitha suggested, her presence would be of some help during the difficult period of life, and it would also help the girl and her mother,” thought Bharathi Rao.

The following day Savitha came again, but this time her friend Grishma and her daughter Jyothi were also with her. The fair and thin looking girl, with short hair and a tinge of grief on the face, wore a blue short skirt and a white top. One look at the girl made her feel her decision to help the girl was wise. Since she had no daughters of her own Bharathi Rao felt a special affection towards her. Since that day she was no more known as Mrs.Rao to Jyothi, but as PG aunty.

The same night itself, Jyothi discussed her family history with Mrs.Rao, and so she felt more sympathy for her. “I want to meet my father at any cost. Please help me auntie,” Jyothi had cried that night, as though that was the only reason she had agreed to join a College in Bangalore. . Consoling her, Mrs. Rao had nodded in support of her. That was ten months ago. She could easily understand the feeling of a girl who was denied a father’s love.


Where to buy this book?

Hard copy of the book "Cherished" can be ordered here- Cyberwit (Publisher) Amazon.in Amazon.com Infibeam.com

Ombooks.com Flipkart.com

E-Book of Cherished - Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com Amazon.in

Friday, October 18, 2013

Some interesting photos from Kerala

These are some interesting photos which I managed to click during my recent visit to Kerala, South India.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Writing tips from Famous Writers-3

You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is only one way in this world to achieve true happiness, and that is to express yourself with all your skill and enthusiasm in a career that appeals to you more than any other. In such a career, you feel a sense of purpose, a sense of achievement. You feel you are making a contribution. It is not work.
- William J. Reilly

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself—it is the occurring which is difficult.
- Stephen Leacock

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cherished - new novel giveaway

Cherished - the new novel about a girl's pursuit for parental love, is now free to download in the kindle store. Just few more hours left. Grab your free copy now.

The giveaway at Goodreads is also ending soon. Please check it out.

Check out the reviews at Goodreadsw - http://debasishray19.blogspot.in/2013/09/cherished-by-lakshmi-menon.html


http://www.induswomanwriting.com/lakshmi-menon-cherished.html Remember to check out the comment page.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cherished - Book Reading

Just three days back (23rd Sept) my new book Cherished was released and had a book reading at Bookstop, Koramangala, Bangalore.

The book store was a small place and I had invited just a couple of friends. Since it was a working day some of them who had promised to come, couldn't reach on time. Still it went off well.

Dr. Jennifer introduced me to the audience and then the book was released. Two of them read some of the pages from the book. Dr. Eva Bell, who had already read the book, asked me some thought provoking questions about the book. Then another person from the audience also asked me some questions about my journey of writing. On the whole, We had a very active discussion about the book.

The next session was book signing. The audience asked for autographed copies of the book. Almost all of them bought the book. They were also readers of my earlier book, The Second Choice.

Next was my turn. I thanked them for taking the trouble of coming from far, and for buying the book.

The weather was pleasant when compared to the previous day and the group was dispersed after Tea and snacks. Before leaving they all bought more books from the Bookstore.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Non-US tax issue for self-publishers

Are you looking for information about how to reduce your Non-US tax withholding issue as a self published author? I happened to see the following blog which helped me solve this problem. Hence, I decided to post it here for the use of other people who need this information.

Reblogged from Catherineryanhoward blog

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy Onam Festival!

Wish you all a Happy Onam. Those who want to know more about this most important festival of Kerala, India, read here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Writing Tips from famous writers-2

RIP, Elmore Leonard: The Beloved Author’s 10 Rules of Writing :

Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925–August 20, 2013) says:

" These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over."

1. Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.

2. Avoid prologues. They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in nonfiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.

There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday, but it’s O.K. because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. He says: “I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that’s talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks. . . . figure out what the guy’s thinking from what he says. I like some description but not too much of that. . . . Sometimes I want a book to break loose with a bunch of hooptedoodle. . . . Spin up some pretty words maybe or sing a little song with language. That’s nice. But I wish it was set aside so I don’t have to read it. I don’t want hooptedoodle to get mixed up with the story.”

3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But said is far less intrusive than grumbled, gasped, cautioned, lied. I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with “she asseverated,” and had to stop reading to get the dictionary.

4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … …he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances “full of rape and adverbs.”

5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.

6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.” This rule doesn’t require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use “suddenly” tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.

7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won’t be able to stop. Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the flavor of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range.

8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. Which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants what do the “American and the girl with him” look like? “She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.” That’s the only reference to a physical description in the story, and yet we see the couple and know them by their tones of voice, with not one adverb in sight.

9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things. Unless you’re Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language or write landscapes in the style of Jim Harrison. But even if you’re good at it, you don’t want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.

And finally:

10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. A rule that came to mind in 1983. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he’s writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character’s head, and the reader either knows what the guy’s thinking or doesn’t care. I’ll bet you don’t skip dialogue.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

- By Elmore Leonard

Read more about it here.....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Writing Tips from Famous Writers-1

I'm posting a series of tips from famous writers, that I found very informative and useful to become better writers.

David Ogilvy says - Never write more than two pages on any subject.

"People who think well, write well.

Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.

Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints:

1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.

2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.

3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.

4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.

5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.

6. Check your quotations.

7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.

8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.

9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.

10.If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want."

- By David


Monday, September 2, 2013

Prelaunch giveaway

My new novel Cherished which will be released at the end of September, is listed for a giveaway at goodreads, If you are a book enthusiast please check it out and enter the giveaway. Since the postage is too expensive it is available only to the people in India.

For my blog readers, I am giving away five ebook copies of Cherished, from a random pick, which can be sent anywhere. The last date for entry is 5th October 2013. Those who are interested please enter here posting a comment. Those who are interested to write a review for this book may also please write in the comment.

Story -

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband Praveen. She decides to give him a surprise visit. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life. 19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support, determines to search for him, despite her mother's strong protests. Will Praveen accept her as his daughter? This is the heartwarming story of Jyothi's pursuit of parental love, which she considers as her legitimate right.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Smashwords books in India

It is great news that smashwords have tied up with flipkarts for the sale of ebooks, and soon the smashwords ebooks will be available to buy in India. It gives a better opportunity for the locals to write for the local community. Flipkart is the largest online market in India, especially for books.

Click here to read more about this from http://blog.smashwords.com.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two Interesting Quotes on Writing

"Any fiction should be a story.

In any story, there are three elements:
Persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed.
If nothing has changed, it isn't a story."

- By Malcom Cowley

"When you start writing, the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words themselves."

- By Alice Hoffman

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cherished - Coming Soon!

Cherished is my second novel.

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi join her husband, to surprise him with an unexpected visit. She dreams a happy family life with him. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life.

19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support and a family reunion determines to search for her father, despite her mother's strong protests. She succeeds in her mission, but will Praveen accept her as his daughter?

This is the heartwarming story of Jyothi's pursuit of parental love, which she considers as her legitimate right.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Websites to promote your E-books

There are several places on the internet where you can promote your ebooks. I came to know about this long list of places just by accident. I'm sure this list will be helpful to many others too.I have not tried any of these, but soon I'm going to try at least some of them.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Reading a kindle book without a kindle

Recently I was discussing about some kindle books with my friends, and some of them didn't know that those who do not own a kindle cannot read the kindle books.


It should not be a problem. I had recently found out that even if you do not have a kindle you can easily read it on your computer. Amazon has made the kindle ebooks in such a way that they can be read on as many Apps as possible such as smart phones, computers and tablets. To know about this, go to your amazon home page, and click on "Books" under Shop by Department the left side menu and click on "Kindle". Under this you can see "Kindle Apps & Resources" and below this, you will find "Free Kindle Reading Apps".

Choose your preferred apps for reading. While reading a kindle ebook on your PC you have the advantage of changing the font size, background colour, brightness, and number of words per line etc. Though I own a kindle I prefer sometimes to read it on the computer, for a better reading experience.

So, now don't hesitate to download a free ebook or your favorite ebook and read it on your preferred device.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ten interesting quotes on Reading

1. Digital reading will completely take over. It's lightweight and it's fantastic for sharing. Over time it will take over.
- Bill Gates

2. Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

3. Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
- Jorge Luis Borges

4. The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
- Samuel Johnson

5. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
-Joseph Addison

6. When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It's what makes reading such a wonderful thing.
- Daniel Craig

7. The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
- Moses Hadas

8. Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
- Thomas a Kempis

9. Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.
- Maynard James Keenan

10. No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.
- Robert Byrne

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My second Novel - Cherished

At last I have finished my second novel "Cherished", got it edited, and sent it for publication.

The story -

Grishma, accompanied by her father and her four month old baby Jyothi, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband, to surprise him with an unexpected visit. She dreams of a happy family life with him. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life.

19 years later, Grishma’s daughter Jyothi, longing for her father’s love and a family reunion determines to search for her father, despite her mother’s strong protests. She succeeds in her mission, but will he accept her as his daughter? This is the heartwarming story of Jyothi’s pursuit of parental love, which she considers her legitimate right.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Some Rules for Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing".

Another important rule about writing - Show, and don't tell. Do you prefer to write by telling what is happening? Or do you prefer showing what is happening in your story, rather than telling?

If you want to know more about how to do it, please read this informative post, written by an experienced editor. http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/02/the-secret-to-show-dont-tell.html

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Some Useful Tips for Writers

I came across some very useful blog postings which I thought will be useful to at least some of you. Please go through each of them and make your own decision.

What are your writing tips that you learned along the way. Read here one of the writers 7 tips.

Want to become a better writer? Read Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer

Are you a fan of Short story? Then this is for you. Short is the New Long: 10 Reasons Why Short Stories are Hot

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Promotion week

I'm offering The Second Choice (novel) with a discounted price for a limited period (till end of this month). At present, it is available for Rs.90/- in India and $2.00 outside India, through this link.

Please check out the link and download your ebook. If you find any problem in downloading please let me know, through the comment form.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My children's Books

My children's books are now available to purchase in Rupees also. Price of each book is only Rs.50/- (0.99).

Mini's Little world - http://imojo.in/11pU55E

Big Brother Appu - http://imojo.in/10VpUqc

Four Sons - http://imojo.in/10X0LLT

Two stories of Kings - http://imojo.in/10X9ttM
All are entertaining and educative to the young minds. Instant downloads.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Five useful quotations from famous writers

1.Don't write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.
By Ethan Canin

2. It doesn’t matter if your lead character is good or bad. He just has to be interesting, and he has to be good at what he does.
By David Chase

3. Remember that you should be able to identify each character by what he or she says. Each one must sound different from the others. And they should not all sound like you.
By Anne Lamott

4.Any fiction should be a story. In any story there are three elements: persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed. If nothing has changed, it isn’t a story.
By Malcolm Cowley

5.Dialogue which does not move the story along, or add to the mood of the story, or have an easily definable reason for being there at all (such as to establish important characterization), should be considered superfluous and therefore cut.
By Bill Pronzini

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Visit to Edinburgh Castle

I look through the window of our holiday apartment, where we had booked our accommodation, and all I can see is the massive structure of Edinburgh Castle, which I had already seen at a distance during our way to the apartment. I eagerly await the time to reach there and explore it. The mighty Castle, which dominates the capital city’s skyline, is situated on the East Coast, perched on the centuries old volcanic rock, in Edinburgh. .

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and also the seat of Scottish Parliament. It is the iconic symbol of Scotland, and is a great tourist attraction of the UK. This popular paid attraction is visited by more than a million people every year. Edinburgh was voted European Destination of the Year at the World Travel Awards 2012.

As you enter the amazing city of Edinburgh, you will be greeted by the marvelous medieval and reformation-era buildings with beautiful architecture.

The weather is not so pleasant, but when the opportunity knocks at your door you can’t wait for the best weather. On the second day of our stay in Edinburgh, fighting with the cold - we set out wrapped in warm clothes - to have our breakfast in the nearby restaurant. Soon we move towards the Royal Mile to look around, followed by a visit to the Castle, which is steeped in history. Though the castle looks very near to you, we take a tourist bus to reach there, which is nestled very high. As I alight from the tourist bus I stand awestruck at the massive structure of the magnificent castle!!

We eagerly join the group of tourists and take our guided tour of the Castle.

One O’clock gun is very special there, and I look at my watch and realize that we are late by half-an hour. This takes place precisely at 13.00 hours every day except on Sundays since 1861. This was originally started as a time signal for the ships.

We visit the other important spots there such as the Great Hall, Scottish War Museums, Prisoners of War, the glittering Scottish Crown jewels, and the ancient St.Margaret’s Chapel. I take a close look at the beautiful art work on the stained glass of the windows and roofs. Along with many other tourists, I too stand in front of the tiny room where Queen Mary, the most famous Scottish Monarch, gave birth to her son (1566).

Standing at the top floor of the castle, from different directions we look down and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the land.

Before we leave, we get into a café in the Castle and after waiting for about thirty minutes, we grab some Scottish food. With tired limbs and a sense of content, we walk down the steps after spending a fabulous day at Edinburgh Castle, with the hope of exploring other interesting places during our week long stay there.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

A visit to Natural History Museum, England

I was able to visit Natural History Museum, located in Kensington, London. The building was huge and stunning with its magnificent architecture. We had only about 4 hours in our hands to spend there. Actually it was so insufficient, because there were several amazing and educative exhibits to be seen, which would definitely require more time. The dinosaur in the main hall was breathtaking in size. Similarly, the whales were also amazing in size.

Since our visit was on a week day there were several school children with their teachers. They were so excited and eager to learn about the giant animals. For inquisitive students there are a lot of exhibits to be explored.

We had our food in the Museum cafe.

Spending few hours there watching the brilliant exhibits was truly worth our time.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book review- Neither Here nor There

Neither Here nor There was my third book of Bill Bryson. I liked his unique style of writing. Through this book he takes us to the European countries which he visited in early 1970s.

He states in this book how he felt as a 20 year old during his visit. He travelled to these places by train backpacking. He has hilariously mentioned about his travel which started from Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the Continent and goes till Istanbul. Throughout the book he has mentioned his observations in most hilarious way, but informative and educational. While reading this book, I couldn't stop laughing in many places.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Wish you all a Happy New Year.

"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."

By Alfred Lord Tennyson