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Guest Post: What difference does your writing make by Damyanti Biswas


About the Book:

It’s a dark, smog-choked New Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious Police Commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the center of it all…

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long held secrets before it is too late.

What difference does your writing make in this world?

In another life, I used to work in the fashion design industry. In the New Delhi alleyways where I worked on projects involving embroideries and stitching, I saw many children and women in poor conditions. I myself earned very little.

Over the years, as my life improved, my memories of those places did not fade. I continued to follow the news, and found that every day on this planet, there is an injustice, a darkness, a tragedy. Like a continuous assault, they kept pinged on the windows of my consciousness.

A few years ago, after a life-changing event, I realised that the assault had reached unbearable proportions.

I asked myself the question: what difference are you and your writing making in this world?

In response, I decided to do two things at the same time.

  • Document specific realities as I saw them
  • Find a way to change, redress an injustice.

In 2009, I’d been fortunate enough to meet Anouradha Bakshi, who runs Project WHY, a tiny organisation with a big heart: each year, this little non-profit helps about 1200 children, and  dozens of women, make a better life.

While visiting Project WHY, I visited alleyways similar to the ones I had seen during my work life, and decided to get involved. I helped with small donations, with work on social media, more visits, workshops with teachers.

In the meanwhile, my writing journey took off, and a novel took on a life of its own. Its world was quasi-real—I have been to many of the settings in the manuscript that ended up as You Beneath Your Skin. The slums of New Delhi. The Government hospitals. The police stations. The roads, of course. Posh homes. Shanties. The old monuments. The restaurants at 5-star hotels, and roadside eateries. In these locations I found dozens of stories, and also much inspiration to try and help wherever I could. I wrote them down and they began to interconnect.

There are characters in the novel based on the women and children I met. A few scenes, and definitely a lot of the setting came from Project WHY. While researching the novel, I began interacting with acid attack survivors at Stop Acid Attacks (Chhanv Foundation).

I heard so many stories. Stories of pain, of rage, of grief. Of deprivation. Of prevailing against the odds. Of small joys. Of friendships old and new.  Of change. Of remaining the same. All of these trickled into the novel, and over numerous drafts and years, You beneath Your Skin slowly took shape. In the meanwhile, I had developed not just a huge friendship with Anouradha Bakshi and what has now become my family at Project WHY, but also relationships with acid attack survivors.

Their stories are devastating—faces and bodies burned by friends, lovers, husbands, cousins—and yet, despite the attempt at obliterating their identities, these women have returned into society. They are undergoing painful surgeries and combating health issues caused by the attacks. The smiles on their faces tell a different story: a sisterhood of survivors, whose camaraderie and joie de vivre would touch one and all.

The tale of You Beneath Your Skin is fictional, and plotted as a crime thriller, but the issues dealt with are real. If the story resonates with audiences, it would be a way for me to be able to raise awareness on the issues I care about: the empowerment of women, and the right of all children to a safe childhood and an education.

Early reactions so far have been encouraging: there have been numerous discussions raised on misogyny, patriarchy, parenting, violence against women, and the education of children. Many ARC readers have also appreciated the book just as thriller—a whodunit that has kept them up at night, with characters who have remained with them long after they finished reading the story.

All my proceeds from You Beneath Your Skin go back to the women and children whose stories have informed the novel.

To join hands with me on empowering the very brave women and children who have been part of their novel’s journey, please pick up a copy, and if it moves you, leave a review, or donate a little to Project WHY and Stop Acid Attacks. You could also reach out to them via social media, or visit them if you ever visit India.

In a big bad world of injustices and darkness, I hope to create from this book a small, good thing.

About Damyanti

Damyanti lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi’s underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. You can find her on her blog and twitter.

 

 

 

The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey (Part 3)

AUTHOR NOTE: Many scenes in Flaming Crimes (Disaster Crimes #4) came from real life. For this short blog tour, I am sharing my memories as a ten-part continuous story, so hop along for the entire experience.

Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304 
Digital Price: 4.99 
Print Price: 16.99

Rating: Spicy (PG13)

BUY LINKS:

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The Wild Rose Press

FLAMING GUEST POST PART THREE:

I moved out of the way so the firetrucks could get by. And then I stood there, transfixed, praying that they would be able to save my home. As I watched, I noticed a patch of flames at the edge of the road. The flames stretched up, as if willing itself taller. And then I saw something that I thought was impossible. A flame jumped. It bounced into the middle of the road and hopped to the other side where it ignited the grass.

I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to sprint down the road and stop it, but the grass was dry, and it spread too quickly for me to do anything about it.

Wringing my hands, pacing, and praying while my family rushed in and out of my house, a car pulled to a sudden stop beside me. I looked to see my best friend stumble out of the backseat, with tears streaming down her cheeks. We grabbed each other and embraced while her dad and uncle went to help my family.

TO BE CONTINUED….

FLAMING CRIMES EXCERPT:

Donovan turned in the opposite direction. Fire burned along the street, licking the asphalt with its orange tongues. The flames were as tall as him and seemed to be gyrating against an invisible barrier, trying to break through it. As he watched, the unthinkable happened. A ribbon of fire broke off and leapt into the middle of the street. The flame bounced along the asphalt to the other side where it ignited. He ran to the burning grass, but that flame had a mission. It spread quickly, aiming for the dry brush a foot away. When he reached it, he stomped on the flames with his sneakers. He wasn’t fast enough, though. The brush burst into flames, and those flames were slithering up a tree trunk. He had nothing to put it out with, so he ran back to the firefighters.

“Hey, it jumped the street!” He pointed. In the short time it took him to get to the firefighters, the fire had doubled in size.

The story will continue on these blogs:

1/8Circle of Friends BooksPart 1

1/9Sandra CoxPart 2

1/10Elements of EmaginettePart 3

1/11Julie FlandersPart 4

1/12I Think; Therefore, I YamPart 5

1/15Alex J. CavanaughPart 6

1/16Just JemiPart 7

1/17Sandra DaileyPart 8

1/18FundinmentalPart 9

1/19Elizabeth SeckmanPart 10


About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

Author Links:

Website / Blog / Goodreads

Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

Thank you for reading this post! Don’t forget to hop along to the other posts on their designated days for the full fiery story.

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Tsunami Crimes Blog Tour Stop

Everyone who knows me knows I love mysteries, but I also love a good thriller and even some horror once in a while. So when my dear friend, Chrys Fey, offered to share how much work went into building a thriller, I jumped at the chance.

Take it away, Chrys.

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As much planning as it takes. *wink* Okay, okay. I’ll give a better answer than that.

With my Disaster Crimes Series, it takes me a year to write the first draft. While I am writing the current story, I am thinking ahead to the next book. Since I know what’s happened so far, and what’s happening at the moment, I let my mind weave stories for the next book. What could happen? And why would it happen?

One of my favorite times is bedtime because I get to lie in bed and ponder the plot. I fantasize about my characters. No, not sexually. Get your mind out of the gutter! What I mean is that I put on movies in my head. I let my characters do whatever they want and say whatever they want. Okay, so that still sounds sexual. And occasionally, it might be an intimate scene, but really these imaginations are opportunities; events that can happen in the next book.

When I’m able to begin working on the book I’ve been thinking about, I map out the main ideas that have dominated my mind for so long. Then during the next week or so, I create a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline to link all of those moments together.

As I write, my planning doesn’t come to a complete end. Every now and then, I may write something that changes a later event. Or I may decide I don’t like something I have mapped out, so I’ll cut it from the outline.

Planning doesn’t actually end until the book is done. So, with a year of day-and-night-dreaming, and a year of writing, I’d say two years of planning go into my thrillers.

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About the book

tsunamicrimes_w11205_750Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.

This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson’s men.

Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap.

If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.

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Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA

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P.S. Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes are on sale for 99 Cents!

About Chrys

chrys-fey-croppedChrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series. She is a blogger, reader, auntie, vegetarian, and cat Lover. Get Lightning Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2.5) for FREE!

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Fabulous Five Visitations

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fabulous five Visitations:

Steven Jones, a young ghost, is one of the characters in CBW. At 6 years old he fell off a swing set, hit his head and died. In CBW, he haunts the B. & B. and interacts with the guests that stay in his ‘old’ bedroom. He approaches only those he trusts.

  1. Steven begins manifesting his presence as soon as Gabrielle and her friends arrive in town. Gabrielle spots him in a playground. At the B. & B. Steven moves Gabrielle’s camera under the bed. He giggles at her surprised reaction and she hears him.
  1. Steven interacts with Gabrielle during the St. Paddy’s Day parade. She is clueless as to his identity.
  1. On the night Gabrielle learns about Steven’s identity he appears in her bedroom, begins to tell her why he is sad, reveals his Mommy is upset with his Daddy, and vanishes a moment before Wendy drops-in.
  1. Although Deputy Brady is trying to keep Gabrielle away from Steven, she spots the ghost in the park and joins him. She plays with him in the sand and asks a lot of personal questions, hoping she’ll learn who is responsible for the deaths of several innocent people.
  1. Gabrielle and Rick are in bed laughing when Steven appears. He shares information about his parents, sobs in Gabrielle’s arms and vanishes from Earth.

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Caught Between Worlds

By

G.P. Gadbois

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Keywords: Romance, contemporary, paranormal, ghosts, friendship, adventure, road trip

About the book:

Gabrielle and three college friends must deal with a temporary setback when they are stranded in St. Clair, USA. Her holiday unravels in a series of exhilarating events. Her salvation, the handsome deputy Brady, succeeds in keeping her safe and captures her heart.

Deputy Richard Brady’s peaceful life ceases when Gabrielle shows up at his door. It is his duty to keep the charming Canadian safe from the life threatening supernatural activities, but his personal motives frighten him more than the danger itself.

Will love conquer and bring them together after Gabrielle returns home?

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about the author

G.P. is Canadian. A wife and mother of three who works in school bus transportation. In her last year of high school, she enjoyed writing a weekly column published in the French newspaper in her home town. Writing took a back seat for years and now that her children are grown, it’s become her favorite hobby.

Entertaining others is like breathing – it is part of who she is.

Guest Post: 5 Tips on World Building

I’m very lucky to have a guest today. She’s sharing some of her secrets. Let’s welcome my good friend, Lori L MacLaughlin.

Thanks so much, Anna, for having me over!!

One of the fun parts about writing fantasy and science fiction is that you get to create vast new worlds with whatever kinds of topography, history, and peoples you like. You can keep things similar to Earthly civilizations from whatever time period, or you can go all out of this world with green skies, pink trees, and characters with multiple heads and limbs.

Before you start putting words on paper, it’s a good idea to do some serious thinking about the world in which your story will take place. What races of people will live in your world? How well do they get along (or not)? What horror is threatening them?

One of the best articles I’ve read about world building was written by Chuck Sambuchino on the Writer’s Digest site. He lays it all out in a way that’s not overwhelming, which is great because, let’s face it — the thought of creating a new world or civilization with all the details right down to what ceremonial outfit the priest wears on religious holidays or what elves eat for dessert is daunting, to say the least.

Here are some basic tips for world building as suggested by Sambuchino:

  1. Start with the conflict, the pro-and antagonists. What sort of environment/society is needed to create the conflict you envision?
  2. What races live there? Do they live in villages, cities? In the mountains, on the seacoast? How do they interact?
  3. Think about the history and customs of the various races. What made them the way they are today?
  4. Imagine as many details as you can, but don’t get so caught up in building your world that you lose the story. Include just enough description — sights, smells, sounds — to make the reader feel immersed without drowning them. You need to know all the details. The reader doesn’t.
  5. And my favorite tip — draw maps! They don’t have to be complicated. Rough drawings can help you envision the landscape, the locations of the different societies/races, and where the action takes place.

The more depth you give to your world, the more rich and alive it will be to your readers. And that’s what it’s all about — drawing the reader in until they live and breathe your world.

Check out these links for in-depth guidance on world building:

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road in steppe receding into the distanceTITLE: Trouble By Any Other Name

Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble

AUTHOR: Lori L. MacLaughlin

RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2016

GENRE: Fantasy

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About the Book:

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

Buy Links:

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About Lori:

Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry LoriLMacLaughlinBrooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

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