Thwarted Escape, her debut nonfiction novel/memoir has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared at numerous literary journals and anthologies (print and online), both in India and the US. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction and also translation works are regularly published in Setu, the international bilingual journal, Cafe Dissensus, Different Truths, Readomania.com and other publications. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Nastanirh (The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook.
Suddenly I realise how the serpent got into the Garden
He must have got in through WhatsApp
Eve might have been looking on her smartphone
Checking data in the Heavenly libraries or perhaps the weather forecast
Deciding what fruit to eat must have been a challenge
Apples, mangoes, papayas, whatever
And suddenly, there he was
Someone might have added him to a group she was in
Where they chatted ad infinitum about the glories of the Eternal
Then on a whim, that ‘angel’ in the group opened a direct WhatsApp line
It’s so much more comfortable chatting Eve, without the rest of the group, no?
And she might have wondered who this Lucifer was, this angel of light.
But hey, he was a Seraph, so it must be okay
Don’t tell Adam, okay? You’re such a pretty lady, he’ll just get upset!
We wouldn’t want that dear, would we? No!
Silly, trusting, idiotic Eve,
How were you to know that everyone in the Heavenlies is not good?
Not everyone who preaches is sincere,
Not everyone who says ‘God is great” really means it.
Did he say you were pretty? That Adam must be jealous of anything that takes up your time?
Were you flattered Eve? Be honest, now. How did he get under your skin?
He reassured you, didn’t he? He used sweet words and turned your head.
You didn’t know what you were doing, but he did..
Your naive ignorance was no match for serpentine cunning
Result? The near destruction of humanity..
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MBB welcomes a very special guest author today – author Mandy Brittany, an old writing friend. We belong to the same short story writing group and have critiqued each other’s work many times. Not that her writing needs much criticism from me, I might add. I’ve always known her as an author with a soothing voice and more than a touch of humour. Her novels Photo Time and The Cold are both available to read online for free. Is there a catch? Sort of…..Mandy Brittany is trying to raise cash for cancer research and she’s requesting anyone who reads and enjoys her two books to donate a minimum of £2.00 to cancer research at the link provided. That’s €2.35 for those living in the Euro Zone, US$2.48 if you’re in the USA, AU$3.24 if you’re in Australia and ₹84 if you’re in India. This blog has quite an international reach, so if you are unable to access Mandy’s donation link, you could always donate to a local cancer charity instead. But you could let her know you’ve done it so she’ll have a fair idea how much she’s raised. We are doing this on an honour system, so no one is going to check up on you, but this is a cause close to many hearts, so please donate for this worthwhile cause. In her guest post (we decided to keep it short and mostly focus on the books), she shares why she’s taken up this particular cause. I lost my lovely parents to this dreaded disease, so I’m giving Mandy Brittany my full support on this.
Guest Post from Mandy Brittany, author of ‘Phototime’ and ‘The Cold’
Now, after being happy with Jack for three years, things have taken a turn. An odd university reunion arranged by her first boyfriend, sightings of someone dressed like Carl Jeffery and who is the mysterious Andy? Is Isla in danger, or is she losing her mind?
He meets Cillian, a man in his fifties, who is on a quest of his own to find his long lost brother.
Cillian teaches Isaac about Phototime – a way of visiting the five minutes after a photograph was taken – and the unlikely pair set out on a comical, magical adventure that takes Isaac on a journey into manhood.
Today, MBB welcomes the talented Summerita Rhayne, who’s come to spread the word about her enchanting release, His Christmas Delight, which is a great read all year round. If you’ve ever wondered how Christmas is celebrated in India, now is your chance to find out. The book was released on 27th March, 2016.
HIS CHRISTMAS DELIGHT by Summerita Rhayne
At heart, she’s a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, movies, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking.
Watch out for my review of HIS CHRISTMAS DELIGHT – coming shortly. Maria MBB
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Our MBB guest poster today, author Charlene Carr, is hella talented, but you won’t find her begging you to buy her new book anytime soon. In fact, if you’re not the type of reader who would appreciate her, she’ll happily advise you to take your business elsewhere – in the nicest possible way, of course. In this guest post, she gives you five reasons not to buy her book.
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Author Bio: Charlene Carr is a lover of words. After travelling the globe for several years and working as a freelance writer, editor, and facilitator, she decided the time had come to focus on her true love—novel writing. Charlene writes fiction full of thought and heart. Her endings may not always be ‘happy’, but she always ends with hope. She is the author of seven novels and one novella. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and loves exploring the amazing coastline of her harbour town, dancing up a storm, and striving to live a life well lived!
Freebie Alert: The first two books in Charlene Carr’s women’s fiction series are available for free by signing up for her mailing list at www.charlenecarr.com/freeboks
- It’s not an escapist read. I love what one early reviewer said about the book “No alpha male. No skinny, perfect blonde. No mansion in the big city. No exceptional sex. Pure, honest, scary, and hopeful … realistic.” This reader found the book too realistic. She reads for escape and wants a guaranteed happy ending. Which is cool. Life can be sucky. And if you don’t want to face more struggle in your fiction, more power to you. Just don’t pick up this one. If, however, you enjoy some struggle, complexity, and pain in your fiction because of the way it lets you see the characters grow and change, because it gives you a safe space to work through your own pain (cathartic release, anyone?) then Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr. is probably an ideal read for you.
- It’s not your formula romance. If you love stories where the couple meets on page one, hits a few bumps in the road, yet end up together in the end, then this is probably not your book. My only guarantee about Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr is that this is a story of love. Powerful love. Love that transforms the people it touches. And any romance that comes into that love will be tenuous and scary. But worth it. Oh, so worth it. Whether it lasts or not. If you cherish the beauty of a love that’s as exquisite and hard-earned as a diamond in the rough, this one’s for you.
- Its characters are not always likable. Nor are they simple. They don’t always make the best choices or act in ways that are socially expected. They’re human. They’re honest and sometimes you’ll want to wring their necks. So if you prefer fiction with characters you’d be excited to invite over for tea or sit beside at your office party, there are thousands of books out there for you. But not this one. If, however, you enjoy a book that stretches you to open your mind and your heart, that gets you to put aside whether or not you like a character and just witness their (fictional) existence, you may glimpse traits in these characters that you’ve seen in yourself. You may question and grow, perhaps, to understand someone in your life (whose neck you’ve always wanted to wring!) just a little better. If so, grab a copy of Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr.
- It’s not a story that wraps up neatly and allows you to put it on the shelf once finished, never to return. First off, this is a trilogy. So, right from the start, be aware that aspects of the story will continue into the second and third books. (otherwise, why keep reading? ). One of the main plot lines reaches a conclusion in Book One, but it opens up other questions. So if you need your stories tied up tight once you reach the final page, forget it. If, however, you get excited about the prospect of spending more time with characters who’ve worked their way into your mind and heart (even if it’s because you want to give them a good talking to about the fact that they seriously need to smarten up), then Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr is for you.
- Okay, so I’m struggling to come up with a fifth reason to put off readers off. This is not a mystery, thriller, zombie, vampire, apocalyptic, erotic, crime, fantasy or middle-grade book. So, if any of these is your favourite genre, you’ll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you love to explore life situations and relationships, Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr is probably your cup of tea.
|Behind Our Lives by Charlene Carr|
Today, MBB features a guest post by author MV Kasi, on the subject of inspiration. The novel ‘Soulless’ by MV Kasi has recently been released and the author has just completed her blog tour.
|MV Kasi, author of ‘Soulless’|
Inspiration for ‘Soulless’ by MV Kasi
|‘Soulless’ by MV Kasi|
But Sia hadn’t felt her soul in a very long time. She only knew crushing fear and helplessness, especially during the nights when she fought and invisible enemy in her nightmares. She spent most of her days desperately trying the gain control of her life while battling her various fears and addictions.
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After a long hiatus, Maria’s Book Blog (MBB) is again open for business! I’m resuming my book blogging by featuring an old blogging friend. Author Tim Atkinson’s new book, THE GLORIOUS DEAD has been selected by UNBOUND PUBLISHING. It’s undergoing a rather unusual publishing process using what’s known as the crowdfunding method. Tim Atkinson explains it all in this guest post.
The current status of Tim Atkinson’s crowd funded work THE GLORIOUS DEAD stands at 71%
Today, MBB welcomes Dayna Steele, who faced a situation many of us will have to one day, if we haven’t done so already – caring for an elderly parent who is slowly forgetting who she is and what she’s here for and even, who her kids are. Dayna faced the challenge with what she describes in her own words as ‘friends, Facebook and a really big glass of wine’. Now her Facebook posts on what could have been seen as a tragic situation but turns into something which can be faced with love and even humour, are available for readers in book form.
What was your relationship with Alzheimer’s disease before your mother’s diagnosis? Did you have any preconceptions about the illness before you started this journey with her?
I like to think I am a fairly well educated and informed person. I knew what Alzheimer’s was and I knew it was called “The Long Goodbye.” Then the diagnosis – and I realized I had no idea how stressful, sad, irritating, confusing, etc this disease is. No one tells you the really rough stuff like the possible violence or cleaning up your own mother’s feces or any number of things like this. You also don’t realize how all encompassing it becomes physically and mentally until you actually have to live it.
How did the support of your Facebook community impact you through this hard time?
Facebook became my support group. My Facebook community gave me ideas, information, suggestions and laughter and love. And, once I wrote a particularly hard post, I would let go of the negative emotions. It was very cathartic to write and share.
When did you get the idea to turn your Facebook posts into a book?
Literally when so many people started commenting. “I hope you put this in a book.” In fact, the first couple of pages in the book are those words of encouragement from so many followers.
What are you hoping readers will get out of Surviving Alzheimer’s?
Someone once said to me there isn’t a users’ manual on what to do or what is going to happen when you get this diagnosis. I hope this book does become the manual for what to do and how to do it for caregivers everywhere.
SURVIVING ALZHEIMERS – with Friends, Facebook and a really big glass of wine by Dayna Steele
With unfiltered observations and sometimes dark humor, author Dayna Steele chronicled her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s on Facebook. This collection of Alzheimer’s updates posted on the social media network includes biting humor and raw emotion as Dayna carries you from the diagnosis to the inevitable end. Also included are sections from a neurologist, Long Term Care insurance specialist, other caregivers, documents expert, elder care attorney, and an assisted living advisor. This is a journey way too many of us are going to experience in one way or another. If you have to experience Alzheimer’s and chances are you will – do it like Dayna with love, wit, and wine.
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