Guest Post of Half Pants Full Pants

Hello lovelies,

I know it is been a while since I posted any guest post. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t invite any guests on my blog. The things have been so hectic that I hardly got the time to submit it. Today we have Anand Suspi, the author of Half Pants, Full Pants. I asked him a question and he answered that in a beautiful way.

What is the idea behind writing this book?

Let me break this up into 3 parts:

Before writing: This is an accidental piece of work. My advertising work keeps me so busy that I never had any notions of writing a book. As I have mentioned in the preface, I sat down to write a page or two to convince myself that I could write beyond advertising and ended up putting my childhood down.

 

While writing: A few chapters into the book, I harboured no thoughts of wanting to write a book. Several childhood incidents kept cropping up and I kept penning them. The only audience I had in mind was my childhood friends.

 

Post writing: Now on hindsight, I can surmise that the idea of the book is to re-live the innocence and simplicity of our growing up years. In the not-so-distant past, life was very real and meaningful. People led simple lives with much joy and contentment. Limited choices and exposure made us savour every little thing. Today, our lives have been twisted beyond recognition and reasoning. Technology has subtracted far more than it has added (at least, that’s how I feel) We are living vacuous lives consuming terabytes of idiotic stimuli, commenting upon anything and everything (where 99% of things have no relevance to our lives) and constantly comparing ourselves to the world around. For most people, the locus of control has become external. It’s a stupid way to live. I know that this book will take every reader back to his or her real days. There’s nothing big or fanciful that happens throughout the book. It’s a collection of small joys, little adventures, naïve dreams, idiotic experiments and modest lives that all of us have lived through. I happened to pen it down but it is really, everyone’s book.
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Guest Post by Deepti Menon

Hello fellow readers,

Today I would like to invite Deepti Menon who has released her book, Shadow in the Mirror. I asked her a question and she beautifully expressed her views. Good luck for your furture endeavours maam 🙂

Which genre is close to your heart and why?

Thank you for your question, Surbhi.  While I enjoy reading different genres,   I particularly love mysteries and thrillers because, as a reader, I have grown up on Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. I enjoy that frisson of anticipation, that quiver that goes up my spine when I get to the end, and realize that the twist is one that I have not expected. My heart has taken a number of hard knocks in the process! J I do not relish blood and gore, but prefer mysteries in which “ze grey cells” are used, as Hercule Poirot is so fond of saying.

I also enjoy short stories with a twist in their tales/tails. The stories of Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant and O Henry have always been close to my heart. Jeffrey Archer, whom I had the good fortune to meet and interview, is another writer who thrills and enthrals.  ‘A Twist in the Tale’, ‘Cat O’ Nine Tales’ and ‘Twelve Red Herrings’ are all books that one can whiz through and savour.

One of my favourite quotes of all times is by the inimitable Stephen King, who also wrote a book titled ‘On Writing’, which is like a Bible to me.

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.” I absolutely love that.

About the Book

Shadow In The Mirror 
by
Deepti Menon
 
Publisher: Readomania 
 
 
 
 
 
Blurb
 
It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.
 
What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.
As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?
 
From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts. 
 
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Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels.

 

 

 

In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post by Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Hello lovelies,

I am back with the guest post and this time, its Sunanda J. Chatterjee whose new novel Fighting for Tara has created a hype in the writer’s community. Over to you maam:

Tell us about your journey while penning down your book?

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I was waiting in the dentist’s office reading an issue of the National Geographic, when an article caught my attention. It was about child brides in Afghanistan, photographed with their often elderly husbands, all smiling into the camera. The idea took root. Child marriage is deplorable, but some of the brides had no idea that it was appalling. They looked happy.

So I created my lead character, Hansa, who is married off at a young age in Rajasthan, and is soon widowed. She has indomitable spirit, even when she is to be wedded to her brother-in-law after her husband’s death. She takes action only when she is asked to drown her baby girl.

As thirteen year old Hansa grew up, I put myself in her shoes and worked within her constraints to create obstacles and opportunities for her. I think I grew up with her. I researched child marriage and female infanticide extensively. I researched sexual assaults on women, and the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I researched a lot of legal aspects, which I won’t disclose for fear of spoilers.

Mental and physical violence against women is a global phenomenon. But there are courageous women who overcome harsh realities in their lives, and go out of their way to help others. That idea created Rani Sahiba and other supporting women in the book.

After I wrote the book, I needed to make sure that I had the facts correct. So I had my book reviewed by a couple of ex-Jehovah Witnesses and a couple of lawyers for the court scenes, to make sure the situations were authentic.

My wish is to create awareness about child marriage and female infanticide. During my research, I discovered a wonderful organization Girls Not Brides, whom I support for their work in preventing child marriages globally.

About the Author

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Freelance author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda Joshi Chatterjee completed her graduate studies in Los Angeles, where she is a practicing pathologist. While medicine is her profession, writing is her passion. When she’s not at the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Her life experiences have taught her that no matter how different people are, their desires, fears, and challenges remain the same.

 

 

Her themes include romantic sagas, family dramas, immigrant experience, women’s issues, medicine, and spirituality. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com.

 

She grew up in Bhilai, India, and lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.

Guest Post by Varsha Dixit

Hello lovelies,

Today I would like to introduce a stunning author who is known for her romantic works. She is none other than our extremely talented Varsha Dixit whose latest release Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right has hit the market. Lets see what she has to say in her guest post. Over to you maam..:)

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

—Ernest Hemingway

 Writing romance is no different from writing thrillers or writing horror or autobiographies. I strongly feel how one writes is way more important than what one writes. The latter just makes it easy for the bookstore staff to identify which shelf your book belongs in.

However, all authors have their genres that they are comfortable writing in. Their fortes! Much like Usain Bolt who can burn the tracks with his speed and win medals galore. However, give Usain a tennis racket and see what happens. Probably nothing! For track is his forte tennis isn’t.

Having written five romance novels, writing romance is my forte. That’s my bolt! Just like a sweet smelling scone has some basic ingredients, every written genre has some key ingredients.  I will not delve into other genres but focus on the genre that I’m most adapt in. Romance!

  • Attraction and love between the protagonists.
  • A conflict or a problem that keeps them apart or some tension/situation that does not allow them to unite.
  • A potent and sizzling chemistry
  • Finally a resolution to the conflict thus uniting the couple.

The above-mentioned points are the basic elements of a romance story.  Like a body’s skeleton!

When writing romance, make your characters rich, keep the story moving at a good pace and give details to your descriptions. Make your book the kind that if the reader was to close his or her eyes they could imagine the whole story play out like a movie. Readers will spend their precious hours only with those books, which hold their attention.

Also, avoid using flat words like, ‘almost’, ‘finally’, ‘merely’, ‘nearly’ etc.  Making your writing action oriented. Show the readers the scene, don’t preach it!

Romance should make readers laugh, cry and fall in love much like the protagonists of the book.

Thank you Surbhi for hosting my book, ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’, and guest post on your blog. Good luck to you in your writings.

ABout the Author

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Varsha Dixit is the bestselling author of contemporary romance. ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ her latest bookreleased in August 2016. To find out more about Varsha and her books visit her website www.varshadixit.com or her author page on Facebook. Twitter: @Varsha20

P.S.- Also read other reviews of her books

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/book-review-of-wrongfully-right-rightfully-wrong/

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/wrong-means-right-end-by-varsha-dixit/

Spotlight- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/askvarsha-why-you-chose-right-wrong-series-for-your-book/

 

Guest Post by Usha Narayanan

Hello fellow Readers,

Today I would like to invite a well known personality who has recently launched her novel The Secret of God’s Son. With the novel reveal you might have guessed who she is! Yes, She is our dear Usha Narayanan. Over to you maam 🙂

Guest Topic: Which is the most comfortable genre for you to write and why?

I did not really agonize over a choice of genre and blithely wrote whatever took my fancy. First came a thriller (‘The Madras Mangler’), next a romcom (‘Love, Lies and Layoffs’) and two mythological tales (‘Pradyumna: Son of Krishna’ and my latest, ‘The Secret of God’s Son’). In my view, the essentials of a good book, whatever the genre may be, are always the same: an engrossing plot, vivid characters and a climax that boldly affirms the victory of good over evil. Each genre of course has its own grammar and I had to master its nuances and write accordingly. A thriller is like a giant jigsaw puzzle and becomes a huge intellectual exercise. A romcom traverses the inner landscape and focuses on the rainbow hues of love. And a myth encompasses not just the three realms of the universe, but also the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

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My favourite genre, not because it is easy to write, but because it is so highly challenging and rewarding, is mythology. First, the stories and the characters are magical and have endured for centuries. The possibilities to expand on them or give them new forms are endless. Second, myths are often set in distant worlds, but they are still real, relatable and exhilarating. The gods and even the demons exhibit human appetites and instincts such as greed, fear, anger and lust. Third, these tales satisfy our thirst for happy endings in an unhappy world, where villains are brought down with a satisfying flourish. Fourth, they help us reach a better understanding of abstruse concepts such as life and death, heaven and hell, suffering and bliss. They also enlighten us on secular and cultural concepts such as sovereignty, rights, responsibilities and the role of women in society.

Above all, I love myths because they celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and inspire us to evolve beyond the personal to the universal and perhaps the divine.

Thank you, Surbhi, for giving me this opportunity to feature on your blog and to interact with readers. I welcome questions and feedback from every one of you.

Guest POst by Akansh Malik

I know its been so many days since I have posted any guest post. So, I am back with a bang on as the person I have here is Akansh Malik whose novel, Love Heals Everyting has become the favourite read.Lets see what he has instore for us.. Over to you Akansh 🙂

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Hola…!! Fellow writers and readers… First of all, I would like to thank Surbhi, for inviting me to contribute a post to her blog. Today, I would like to share something about the Publishing Industry which might help you crack a perfect deal or a deal you might not regret in future. I would like to call this deal package as “5 Point someone… Before Signing a Publishing Contract.” Oh my, here you are, ready with your first book, so called your “First Baby” but unaware about how to get it published. So before delivering your baby, you need to know that there are two ways to do so. First is the Traditional way of Publishing and Second, Self Publish. I won’t speak about Self Publishing but would love to share my learning about Traditional Publishing. Traditional Publishing is a method where a publisher finds a potential in your work and offer to publish your book at his cost, and in return for your efforts he is ready to pay you a royalty. So, here goes 5 points you need to consider before giving your book to a traditional publisher. A BIG NO TO BUY BACK. BUYBACK – Publisher would definitely ask you to BUYBACK Certain books of your own work, but it’s time you get alerted… Buy back is usually an assurance for a publisher to get the initial publishing cost for your work and return you back with a pie piece of royalty, if your book works well and if not, they have already covered their profit margins. So, in short, it’s a crook way to say that your book is published as a traditional way.

TIME FRAME OF A PUBLISHING CONTRACT Time Frame for a Publishing Contract must be defined and you must limit it to a 3 year contract that usually big traditional publishing house does.

TERMINATION TERMS Termination Terms should be clearly mentioned under your agreement & it must include reversion of rights and freedom to grant you rights to any other publisher.

SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS A traditional Publisher usually under his agreement mention about the subsidiary rights which you are giving him in return for nothing at all.

Royalty. The royalty under Traditional Publishing usually varies from 10-20%, depending upon your negotiation.

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I hope this point might help you to crack a perfect publishing deal and I wish you a good luck for your upcoming book. You can stay connected with me at Facebook.com/akanshmalik1 or you can mail me at reach@akanshmalik.com.

Guest POst by P.G. Van

Hello Readers,

I hope you all are doing well. It is being long time since I posted any guest post.So, here I am, to post about it. Today, I am going to invite P.G. Van, an amazing author on my blog and she will share something with us. Lets see whats stored in her post! Over to you maam:

 

Surbhi Guest Post 250-300 words each.

Write about your favourite genre of writing?

It is most definitely the Romance genre. The romance genre has many variations and offers the writers a lot of freedom to build their characters and plots. The best part of the romance genre is the obvious happy endings but it allows the writers to be innovative and creative while telling the story of how the charaters get to their happy ending and how love brings them together.

When I think of a story, the first thing I think about is how can I make this a romance novel and then figure out how to add the secondary element which is usually a mystery or drama. Some people may find the romance genre very unrealistic but as long as the reader is able to experience the emotions of the characters and escape to the world of love and romance there is nothing surreal about it. It is up to the author to strike the balance with the realistic and the fantasy parts of the story.

My next step is to explore Historical romance and I know I will get a lot of opportunity to explore historic events and lifestyle.I love writing about the outfits the characters wear and the setting and a historical setting is a writers paradise.

One other sub-genre that I want to write some day is a Romance thriller and I have a long way to go but I know I will get there.

 

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DESTINY DECIDES… A tale of two hearts in search of true love
by
P.G. VAN
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Sameera lives a simple and fun life that she has structured with utmost care ensuring that she was focused on work and also keeps in touch with the classical dancer in her. Sameera has endured tough times in her life at a young age and wonders if she could ever hang on to anything that makes her life perfect.
Nick is a successful businessman who went to high school with Sameera, back when they lived in India. He re-enters her life taking her by surprise and in no time expresses his love for her. He wins her heart with his enigmatic but sweet gestures. He convinces her to move in with him.  Nick gives her the confidence and support that she needs to overcome her doubts.
Sameera starts to feel like Nick is the secret to happiness, she finds out that there is a search underway for her. Nick tells her that an Indian royal family is trying to locate her family. Fully convinced that it was a misunderstanding she ignores Nick’s warnings about the people that were searching for her and travels to India for a family emergency.
 
A member of the Royal Family that has been searching for her, meets Sameera as soon as she reaches India. Nick follows her to India a short while later and asks her to marry him to which she agrees whole-heartedly. The story ends on a happy note but with an open question around why Nick’s extended family in India is looking for Sameera’s family.
 
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Excerpt from #DestinyDecides
I was running through this list in my mind when I heard a very soft knock behind me. I turned around and found Nick standing in the doorway in a dark gray suit and his seductive smile on his face.
Not caring about what I had in my hand, I let it drop to the floor and ran into Nick’s arms. His tight hold and the sweet masculine smell were proof that I was not hallucinating.
“Nick,” I said finding my voice and added, “When did you get here?”
He gently put his arms around me and said, “I got here when you were just about to wrap up your lovely dance,” and added, “I am still wondering how you can move your waist so gracefully.”
Nick brushed his lips against my sweaty temple and let out a heavy breath. This simple gesture kick started my heart to a heart rate no amount of workout would give me. Nick moved his arm down my back to the waistband of my capris and expecting him to sneak his fingers in to find my waist chain, I pulled back slightly and said, “Give me fifteen minutes to shower and change,” and asked, “Where are we going for dinner?”
Nick smiled at me and said, “Where we are headed, you are better off not changing now.”
I looked at him suspiciously and asked, “What does that mean?”
“Why don’t you grab your stuff, and I will tell you on our way there,” he teased as I put on my sleeveless vest over my sports bra.
As Nick walked towards the parking lot, I went to the locker to grab my bags and went back into the parking lot to find him standing next to my car. I dished out my keys from my bag, and as I approached him with my car keys in my hand, in a swift move, he grabbed the keys out of my hand and said smiling, “You will not need your car tonight.” As I looked at him in utter confusion, I saw him wave to someone and in the next instance, I saw Mitch, the limo driver, emerge from the darkness and catch my car keys that Nick had tossed to him.
“Mitch, you know where the car needs to go?” Nick asked him, and Mitch replied, “I got it, Nick.”
“Nick, what’s going on?” I asked annoyed with his action.
“We can go in my car, and Mitch will give your car keys to Nethra after he drops it off at your place,” Nick clarified.
“Nate is at home? How do you know that?” I inquired.
“I know because she came to meet Srini at the airport, and they were headed to your place,” he said thoroughly enjoying himself looking at my expression.
Nick signaled to Mitch to give him his car keys and as Mitch tossed the keys, I reached for them and grabbed them mid-air before Nick could get them.
Mitch looked at Nick apologetically, to which Nick said, “No worries, Mitch,” and smiled at me.
“So, will you be driving us to our destination?” he asked, his tone filled with joy.
“Yes, I most definitely can,” I said looking at the keys and realizing that what I had in my hand was a key fob for a Porsche, and the fob was designed to look like a little Porsche car.
“This key fob is so cute, and this is not the car I thought you were driving,” I said confused.
“The Rover is to take my mom around as she refuses to ride in my Porsche,” he said smiling.
I swallowed the lump that formed in my throat as I wondered if I should really drive his car. I saw Nick look at me with a wicked smile on his face. Refusing to chicken out, I held my chin high and said, “Let’s go.” I heard him chuckle behind me as if he knew I was terrified to drive his mean machine to an unknown destination. With a high sense of pride, I clicked the unlock button on the key fob. The car was a few cars away and was a midnight blue Porsche Carrera 911 and looked super sexy in the night lights.
I walked around to the driver’s side and in the dim lights on the inside I saw the sight that made my heart sink. This model was one of the very few cars in its class that still offered a stick shift, and this model pacified the stick shift driving enthusiasts with the seven-speed transmission. I hesitated for a few seconds debating if I should take the risk of driving the car. Nick was observing my reactions to the things that I have been discovering and asked in a soft voice, “Having second thoughts, love?”
“No,” I blurted out with immense pride and opened the door to put my bags in the back seat gracefully sliding into the low slung, deep-pocketed driver’s seat. Nick took off his suit jacket and put it in the back seat. He undid a couple of buttons on his shirt and kicked back into the passenger seat.
Nick looked at me as I sat in silence looking around the interior of the car in awe and very softly said, “Ignition to your left, key fob in there, and I suppose you are familiar with the third pedal down there?”
“Nick, I can’t do this. I just wanted to show you how annoyed I was when you took my keys,” I confessed putting my face in my palms.
‘Sameera, you can do this. I know you learned how to drive a stick shift back in India,” he encouraged.
“Nick, that was ages ago, and this is such a nice car and I am so intimidated by the power of this beauty,” I said my voice trembling.

 

“Sameera, don’t worry about the car. I know you love fast bikes and cars so enjoy the drive.” 

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P.G. Van lives in San Francisco and she published her first novel, Destiny Decides… in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.

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