Friday, August 11, 2017

Vishwamitra by Author Dr. Vineet Aggarwal

Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
Indian Mythological Fiction
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11th August, 2017


When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik, exchanges with her mother the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this mix up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, who strives to become a Brahmarishi—the ultimate and most powerful of all Gurus.

Vishwamitra is the powerful story of a brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who not only acquires material wealth through military conquests but also becomes one of the most well-known sages of all times.



If you like… Then you will enjoy Vishwamitra

  1. If you like to read about India's rich, ancient history, in an easy to read manner, you will love Vishwamitra
  2. If you have ever wondered if the ancients had any knowledge of space & science, you should check out Vishwamitra, the story of the man who created an entire new star system!
  3. If you like reading romance, take time to check out this unlikely love story between a human and an Apsara! Did you know Vishwamitra & Menaka lived together for ten long years?
  4. If you like reading stores that inspire -  check out Vishwamitra, the story of an ordinary man who even dared to challenge the gods!
  5. If you have liked any retelling of India's original epic Ramayan, you should check out Vishwamitra -  the story of the man who became the guru of Rama, the Scion of Ikshvaku!
About the Author

Dr. Vineet Aggarwal is described by many as a doctor by qualification, manager by profession and artist by temperament. Born in a family of doctors, he successfully completed an initial stint with the family occupation before deciding to venture into pharmaceutical management and currently pursues writing and photography as a passion.

He is the author of popular online blogs ‘Decode Hindu Mythology’ and ‘Fraternity Against Terrorism and Extremism’ and the author of books ‘Vishwamitra – The Man who dared to challenge the Gods’ and ‘The Legend of Parshu-Raam’







Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What I Gain Through His Pain, by Nicole Benoit-Roy

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce What I Gain Through His Pain, by Nicole Benoit-Roy. Virtual Book Tour. August 1-31, 2018. @wnlbooktours @nicoleroy52
ASIN: B0746QSMG3
Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Nicole is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Andrews University. She directs the Children Ministries Department at her church. She works as a special education teacher by day, a literature evangelist by night, and writes during the wee hours of the night. She enjoys reading and playing the piano (beginner). Nicole struggled with college writing, which lead her to eventually drop out. For this reason, one of her many goals in life is to become a best-selling author to the glory of God. Nicole and her husband, Roosevelt Roy, have been married since 1994, and are the proud parents of a handsome brown-eyed son, Nolan. They currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

In a society filled with easy Christianity and cheap grace, Nicole Benoit-Roy takes her relationship with Christ to a much deeper level. Since becoming a Christian, she has been learning about her newfound Savior, Jesus Christ. She is an educator who vows to be a student for as long as she lives. The more she learns about the cross of Christ, the more she realizes the importance of it in her life. As she meditates on His suffering, she concludes that His pain is the reason for every blessing in her life. In this book, "What I Gain Through His Pain," she shares her story about the benefit of the cross as she expresses gratefulness for His pain.

Excerpt
Something Fishy
Daddy practiced Voodoo, but even as a child I considered it foolish. During summer vacations in Haiti, the family expected my sister, my next younger brother and me to go to Lèogane. As the summer months drew to a close, my father lined up every child in the house to bathe us with a special Voodoo water made with crushed leaves.
As I got older (though not much older), I grew to detest the act and so I decided not to go on vacation anymore. I thought it ridiculous to allow myself to be bathed with stinky water. I never believed in the Voodoo stuff either. I had a good sense of who I was since early childhood. I knew God made me, and no evil could harm me (Now I know evil can’t touch me without His permission). That knowledge made me very bold and never afraid of any Voodoo stuff. My father had a special table with a white small washbasin and other Voodoo items on it. No one was supposed to touch them. However, on many occasions, I pretended to be cleaning just to touch and rearrange everything on that table. I held no fear. I just knew they lacked any authority over me. It's weird though, no one told me that Voodoo held no potency. It was always a gut feeling. I was always very bold about expressing my belief every chance I got.
My father use to hold Voodoo ceremonies where kids in the house were expected to eat out of special wooden bowls. All that I shunned eventually. Because my brother Kesnel and sister Carol were twins, the ceremony held every year honored the twins (a Voodoo ritual) even though Carol died as a baby. Those were the kinds of things that made no sense to me, leading me to refuse to take part in them as soon as I grew old enough to say no. With me so hardheaded and strong-willed, no one in my family could force me to take part once I said no. Not even my father.
On one occasion, something terrible happened in my family, causing my father to be the focus of suspicion. I felt his pain afterward. He needed so much to have someone on his side. Unfortunately, not even his favorite little girl was willing to be that someone.
In desperation, one evening in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, he pulled me aside. In a private conversation, he explained his own version of the incident after he visited my mother in the U.S. in 1982 for the first time.
He said, “Nicole, I know you’re getting older. You can understand what I’m about to tell you.”
I was 14 years old then.
“When I went to New York,” he continued, “I swear I did not take your mother’s soiled panties. It’s only after I came back to Haiti I saw them in my suitcase. I swear I did not take them.”
I listened attentively, but my eyes stared at the cement floor as we sat on the edge of my bed.
“You believe me, don’t you, my girl.” He held onto my left arm as if begging me to say yes.
I’d heard the rumor that he wanted to use her underpants to hurt my mother through witchcraft so often that I’d already made up my mind of his guilt.
My father returned to Haiti finding himself in an awkward predicament. At that age, I was naïve and awfully honest.
“Well, I can’t say whether you did it or not. I wasn’t there. You’re the only one who knows if you did it or not,” I said.
Suddenly, the look he gave me told me he wanted another answer. His eyes turned red. His pain turned into hatred.
I knew then I was not his favorite little girl anymore and I would pay.
In retrospect, I realized I could have answered differently had I known better. I still feel his pain even now as I write about it.
As soon as my mother found out her panties were missing, she demanded that my father purchase a plane ticket and return them to her.
When he did, she burned them in his presence.
My father continued to make his regular weekly visits from Lèogâne bringing us fresh produce every time. Our relationship was never the same, however. At times, I’d purposely stayed away to avoid seeing him altogether, not showing up until after he left. He was the enemy of the family. He knew it. That made him very uncomfortable and angry.
During one of his visits, he threatened to beat me because I did not greet him. Of course I put up a fight. He tried to pin me to the ground. I escaped from his grip and ran to a nearby stony hill. I picked up a stone and made the motion to throw it at him, but an invisible power stopped me. I knew Who kept me from flinging the stone, and I’m glad He did. Deep down inside I really loved my father. I believed that he gave me so much love and attention that he made it possible to never feel insecure about myself.
During my college years at Stony Brook University in New York, our father-daughter relationship remained broken. I recall lying on the bed in my dorm room reminiscing about my childhood. My entire family lived in the U.S. by then. My mom and dad separated shortly after the panties incident, although they waited to divorce until eleven years later. I finally realized the pain my father must have gone through to have his whole family against him, and the pain he continued to feel every time he and I met.
“Look at Nicole, the daughter I loved so much. Now, she can’t even talk to me,” he sometimes said.
At that time, we were on greeting terms. As I empathized with my father, I decided to put an end to our broken relationship. I picked up the phone.
“Hello,” he said.
“Hi, daddy, how are you?” It felt uncomfortable saying “daddy” but I also realized that doing the right thing was never easy.
“Who’s this?” he asked.
“This is Nicole,” I said. “I just call to tell you that I love you. Bye.”
“Ok,” he said.
I hung up the phone, feeling a burden lift from my chest.
For the first time I began to understand the power of forgiveness. I still had a long way to go.
Our relationship continued to improve after that phone call. My father is now ninety-two years old, and I love him as if nothing ever happened between us.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 5:16, “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you.” (NLT). I desire to obey God's Word. Through this experience, I learned that making mistakes is what we (humans) specialize in the most. What’s essential is that we learn from them.    

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Maybe by Author Joy Avery

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Maybe, Book Blast Tour 

with Joy Avery. 

August 3, 2017. 
@wnlbooktours @authorjoyavery 
Genre: Contemporary Romance ASIN: B072VJ9P6K
About The Book
Sometimes, all it takes is the right motivation… Artist Rana Lassiter has sworn off men. After being hurt, she prefers painting passionate scenes of love on her canvas instead of the real thing. But when she meets Mount Pleasance’s newest arrival, sexy and suave fireman Dallas Fontaine, she envisions a different kind of stroke than the ones she performs with her brush. To say she’s attracted to the debonair man is an understatement, but she refuses to fall victim to his good looks, charm or persistence. Dallas has never had a problem getting any woman he wants. And he wants Rana. In a way he’s never wanted any woman before. There’s just one problem…she doesn’t want him. But she will. By the time he’s done, she won’t be able to resist his blazing kisses. But nothing is easy, especially love. When a life-altering event occurs, it will test them both. Are they strong enough to forge through the catastrophic storm, or will they allow it to destroy their chance at happily-ever-after?
Rana eyed him curiously. “I like you?”
“I know.”
She barked a laugh. “I wasn’t confessing. I was asking—”
“If I wanted to kiss you? Why, yes, I do.”
When he tilted his head forward, Rana reeled back. “What do you think you’re doing?”
He would have actually been convinced she was insulted, had her eyes not been fixed on his mouth. “Giving you what you want.”
About The Author
By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds--creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after. Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen. Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you'll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Author Interview and Books by Russ Colchamiro

For fans of Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Tom Robins, Third Rock from the Sun, Groundhog Day, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Harold & Kumar go to White Castle.
Finders Keepers (Finders Keepers #1)
by Russ Colchamiro

  

Traversing Europe, New Zealand, and the backbone of Eternity, Finders Keepers is a raunchy, sci-fi backpacking comedy that not only tackles friendship, sex, commitment, and desire, but also God, reincarnation--and what really happened to the dinosaurs!
On a backpacking trip through Europe, Jason Medley and Theo Barnes stumble through hash bars and hangovers; religious zealots and stalkers; food poisoning and thunderstorms; cute girls; overnight trains; fever-pitch hallucinations--and the spectre of adult responsibility!
But when a jar containing the Universe's DNA falls from Eternity, these new friends find their loyalties put to the test . . . unaware that a motley crew from another realm is chasing them across the globe, with the fate of the Milky Way hanging in the balance.
For fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Tom Robins, Third Rock from the Sun, Groundhog Day, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Finders Keepers is the first book in author Russ Cochamiro's scifi comedy trilogy.



Genius de Milo (Finders Keepers #2) 

by Russ Colchamiro
Milo -- the Universe's Great Disruptor and ultimate gremlin -- is creating havoc in the galaxy, with the Earth fluxing in and out of Existence. Which, of course, means no rest for best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes!
After a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that -- thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found -- almost wiped out the galaxy once before, Theo now finds that his twin girls are teleporting, and Jason can't tell which version of his life is real.
Joined by the mysterious Jamie -- a down-and-out hotel clerk from Eternity -- Jason and Theo reunite on a frantic, cross-country chase across America, praying they can retrieve that radioactive jar, circumvent Milo, and save the Earth from irrevocable disaster.
In author Russ Colchamiro's uproarious sequel to Finders Keepers, he finally confirms what we've long suspected ... that there's just no de Milo quite like a Genius de Milo.




Astropalooza (Finders Keepers 3) 

by Russ Colchamiro

Astropalooza, the greatest celebration in the Universe, is just days away. And it'll be a party like no other -- namely, the last one ever!
Backpacking pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes have already saved the Earth -- twice! -- nearly obliterating themselves in the process, thanks to a missing jar of the Universe's DNA. But things are about to get a whole lot ... worse.
Because thanks to our bumbling heroes, the next Big Bang is imminent, with two massive energy waves barreling through space towards one another. When they collide, it'll be the end of Existence as we know it.
Can Jason and Theo finally return their radioactive jar before those waves crash, wiping away the Cosmos? Can they save the Universe ... again?
With Astropalooza, author Russ Colchamiro brings you the epic conclusion of his hilarious Finders Keepers trilogy. So join the party. You'll never have so much fun going out with a Bang!



Author Interview
Author bio:
Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
For more on Astropalooza and Russ’ other tales, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor. Russ encourages you to email him at authorduderuss@gmail.com

Book title: Astropalooza

Brief synopsis of your book:
Here’s the back cover text - In the spirit of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ...Astropalooza, the greatest celebration in the Universe, is just days away. And it'll be a party like no other -- namely, the last one ever! Backpacking pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes have already saved the Earth -- twice! -- nearly obliterating themselves in the process, thanks to a missing jar of the Universe's DNA. But things are about to get a whole lot ... worse. Because thanks to our bumbling heroes, the next Big Bang is imminent, with two massive energy waves barreling through space towards one another. When they collide, it'll be the end of Existence as we know it. Can Jason and Theo finally return their radioactive jar before those waves crash, wiping away the Cosmos? Can they save the Universe ... again?

What genre and age group does your book fall into?
Science Fiction comedy

What moment or event sparked the inspiration for this story?
Astropalooza is the third and final book in my Finders Keepers scifi backpacking comedy series. When I was writing the second book—Genius de Milo—I had that aha moment where I saw how the entire series ended, including all of the various characters and their arcs. That allowed me to write books 2 and 3 with more confidence and assertiveness, knowing that what I was writing in book 2 would ultimately play out in book 3. Yet each book in the series can stand on its own.

What would you say are the three most difficult things you encountered when writing a sci-fi or futuristic book?
1) Creating a scifi or futuristic world where the setting feels real but doesn’t overwhelm the plot or the characters.
2) Giving each character in the series their own personal story arc yet balancing those characters within the overall narrative so that you get an intimate experience for each character within a fairly epic adventure.
3) Finding the right balance between a fun, thrilling adventure and also having something deeper or meaningful to say.

Were there any issues you dealt with in real life that inspired any
part of the storyline used in your book?
Jason Medley is my fictional alter ego. A lot of the backpacking adventures were based on trips I actually took. And Theo Barnes is the alter ego of my pal Karl. Their interplay is very much how Karl and I interact.

What if any lessons did you learn while writing this story?
That perspective is a great equalizer. Some of the most difficult times I had while backpacking are some of my favorite stories now that have me laughing out loud.

Since your story takes place in more than one county did
anything in your story require research?
I kept a journal for many of my own backpacking trips—so I had a lot of real life descriptions to pull from—plus I often referred to photos, maps, ticket stubs, and other notes and receipts from my trips. They made a huge difference in helping me recreate an authentic experience.

If you were to recommend anything to someone planning on
writing a book, what would it be?
Understand that it’s a process. It won’t just ‘come out right.’ Be patient, be persistent, and forgive yourself for your various imperfections. And plan to hand off your manuscript to readers who can give you the feedback you actually need to improve your story, not those who will tell you what you want to hear.

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Ha! Characters are like children. Never pick favorites! But Angela Hardwicke—my private eye character who has appeared in smaller sections in three of my books so far—is getting her own series, so I’ll be spending a lot of time with her going forward.

What is your favorite part of writing an anthology?
As the editor, you identify the concept, recruit the authors, approve the story ideas, and edit each story, there’s a lot of control but also the fun of working with your friends on a collection that you hope everyone can be proud of.

Can you give us a brief description of your anthology called,
Love, Murder & Mayhem?
Love, Murder & Mayhem is a new anthology from Crazy 8 Press, with 15 stories from 15 authors. While I’m typically a novelist, I served as editor for this one, and contributed one of the stories. Each tale contains at least one act of love or romance, at least one murder, with lots of mayhem, all in various science fiction settings. We have superhero and supervillain stories. Off-world and space cruiser stories. We’ve also got A.I., private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travel, an aliens/monsters mash-up and … one DuckBob!

Do you have any ideas for your Finders Keepers series if Hollywood came calling?e.g., actors, directors, and or music?
Do I? Of course! I actually spoke to my agent not so long ago about trying to get the three books turned into a Netflix series. So who knows!

Which book to movie conversion is your favorite?
Fight Club

The three books in your Finders Keepers series address loyalty between friends. How do you feel this part of the story will resonate with readers?
Even with all of the cosmic lunacy and backpacking shenanigans, the friendship between Jason and Theo is the spine of the novel, and the entire series. I hope that it’s relatable on multiple levels, especially as we see them grow and mature—sometimes in extraordinary ways—throughout the series. They’re still clowns to some degree! But they’re individual and collective arcs—IMHO—are substantial, meaningful, and, in ways, fairly epic.

Are there any life lessons to be learned in your story?
The entire series for me was always really about enjoying life as much as you can, often as you can, as thoroughly as you can, while you can, while finding your way as a person and navigating your place in the world.

What would you say is the most important thing to remember
when writing a series?
Stay true to the characters. Don’t force an outcome. Let them tell you where the story needs to go, even if it isn’t what you originally planned.

Do you have any suggestions for an author who is trying to
inject comedy into their story?
Don’t force the humor. Let it come out naturally. You may need to spend some time crafting the turn of phrase, or the scenario, but try to avoid a ‘comedy’ moment just for the sake of it.

How many books have you written?
Four novels, one anthology I edited—Love, Murder & Mayhem— and I’ve contributed short stories to at least another half dozen anthologies. I was also a journalist in my former life—and I do media consulting now—so I’ve been writing professionally for more than 20 years.

Current book or project you’re working on?
In addition to the Hardwicke book I mentioned earlier, I’m also writing a top secret project I can’t talk about yet. Soon!

What do you hope readers will come away with, after reading Astropalooza?
I hope readers have a fun, wild time with the entire series, walking away with a smile on their face, but also long after they’re done reading hopefully the characters and scenarios will stay with them. I was just at a scifi book convention where one of my fans—a fellow writer—told me again how much she loved Finders Keepers and that it’s one of her favorite books in recent memory. Have to admit, that wasn’t a bad moment!

If you had one do over in life, what would it be?
Stick with guitar! It annoys me to no end that I quit lessons. No desire to play professionally, but I love music—I’m a drummer, like I said—but guitar travels. Drums? Not so much.

Favorites:
Drink – Banana milk shake
Food – Pizza
Vacation – Cape May, New Jersey
TV show – Breaking Bad
Movie – Raiders of the Lost Arc
Animal – Cats
Sport – Baseball
Song – Under Pressure
Comedy – The Big Bang Theory
How can people connect with you?
Twitter: @AuthorDudeRuss
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4450877.Russ_Colchamiro
Where can readers find your book for sale?