Guest Post: Life in the First Draft: The Writing of The Magic of Friendship by Subhasha Kommuru

Magic of Friendship cover_cropAbout the Book

BABBAR is a fierce and mean tiger who cannot tolerate anyone, but he is lonely and sad. HASMUKH is a funny donkey but gets scared of everyone. When the Magic of friendship touches them see how it transforms not only their characters but also transforms the whole environment around them.
The Magic of friendship is a hilarious, action packed entertaining story. There are scary moments, celebration and comical moments. While the core focus of the story is about friendship it has elements of Father son bonding and family values as well.

Our book gives plenty of opportunity for parents to entertain kids with their own version of animal noises. And bright and interactive illustrations is sure to leave a shine in your children’s eyes!

This is a story about change — a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will show the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly, one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.

A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety?

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ISBN: 9-7-80-99031781-4
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Publication Date: September 2014
Pages: 40

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Life in the First Draft – In one word writing ‘The Magic of Friendship’ was cool! Right from get go this story I knew it deep inside is going to be a hit. One afternoon my son went to sleep and I haven’t written a story for him for a long time. He has been asking for a new story for a while by then. So during afternoon I sat back and all I had in my mind was a tiger and a donkey as characters. I focused on these two animals and was thinking they are so much opposite but what can they possibly teach other. What can happen when you bring them in front of each other? Well in real life you obviously know what would happen  but when you think of such opposite figures and what can they do for a meaningful story it is amazing read.
When writing the story I did not have ‘magic’ in mind in fact there is no magician in the book. Magic is true to this book not only on how it came together in the form that it is and also its about how two characters change each other’s lives without actually changing themselves. When you think of it, it’s a learning lesson not just for kids but for everyone. You need not change you can be exactly opposite of the other and yet see a transformation.

Core of the story never really changed after that afternoon when I first wrote ‘The Magic of Friendship’. But before it took shape of a book, I added quite a few characters which play supporting role in this book. Initially the book was just focused on Babbar the tiger and Hasmukh the donkey and story was in first person tone. But then I introduced the geese as assisting characters and changed tone of the story to be one of third person. And these assisting characters actually did more than just filling gaps in story they actually move story in a different pace, they are curtain opener and also close the story and they actually bring family values and a multi-generational relationship on focus.

I totally loved writing this book and I guarantee that anyone reading ‘The Magic of friendship’, old or young, men or women, boy or girl, will love it and will be entertained throughout.

KommurusAbout Sujata & Subhash Kommuru

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

Our Goal

Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaining the essence and moral.

Our Promise

Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.
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What are you currently reading?

15757259I am finishing the edit on Terriiitory by Susan A. Bliler today! If you haven’t read her work before, and you like beautifully written Urban Fantasy, I can’t recommend her work highly enough. Check out Territory and Territory: Prequel by clicking the book names or the photos, and watch for Terriiitory, coming soon!!!!


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What did you recently finish reading?

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The Final Target by Marcel Trigueiro. This cyber thriller will also be out soon! I just finished the edit, and we are in negotiations with book tour companies to run a full book tour and giveaway!  There will be an English Language cover, not to fret, LOL.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Buried is the next on my R4R list. I first found Shelley Coriell when her publisher asked me to read and review The Broken. brokenIt was an exceptional book, and I am sure The Buried will be as well!

So. What are YOU reading now?

 

Welcome to Community Purls 2014-2015!

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Community Purls is a local knitting program of Knitting4Peace, delivering warmth close to home.

Take a stitch and give the gift of warmth and hope to the neediest members of our community. Thousands of women, men, and children need our help to stay warm as summer temperatures drop to winter’s icy chill. Last year, we provided 3500 specifically requested items. This year, we hope to provide even more warmth, healing, and hope.

With your help, we know we can do this!

How can I help?
Knit, crochet or weave as many specified items as you can.

What specific items are needed?
The items requested for this year include: warm socks, mittens/gloves, shawls, adult sized caps, Peace Pals, and baby blankets. For simple and fast patterns, please click the word “Patterns” at the top of this page or click here to visit our main Patterns Page.

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

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Came across this on Niholas C. Rossis site (www.nicholasrossis.me) and love it. You should follow his blog, he has wonderful information for all authors – especially new authors, but all authors can learn something here!

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Cindy Bates is a freelance writer and blogger. She has kindly shared with me this guest post, on some mistakes made by new new authors. Aaand… take it Cindy! :)

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
Have you brushed your teeth? Washed your hands? Proofread your book?

New authors are going to make newbie mistakes–it is only natural. But, a lot of them can be avoided by simply reading articles like this one. Most of the mistakes an author makes are ones that he or she can live without. Sure, they are learning experiences, but you can learn them from articles and save yourself a lot of struggling.

1 – Writing to be a success or to earn big money

You think you can take up writing in order to become successful or to earn big money? To quote the fates, “Ha…Ha…Ha…” Fame and success happen by accident. Sure…

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Review: Crypt Keeper (The Molly Maddison Series #1) By K. A. Young

22896422No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. – Aristotle

I’m attracted to how fraught the parent-child relationship is, swerving so easily between love and hostility, with almost no plausible way to end, unless someone dies. – Ben Marcus

Molly Maddison spent her whole life in and out of psychiatrist’s offices and asylums. Vicious treatment, when you are a child. When you really do see ghosts. Ghosts you can see and touch and interact with as if they were still alive. And yet, no one else can see them, hence, you must be mad.

Living in a funeral home, backing upon a cemetery, makes Molly’s young life more difficult than one could ever think. So, once old enough, she flees, running away from her life to a new world, where she will learn to help children who have suffered as she has. But her life still refuses to change, as her oh-so-real ‘imaginary friend’ Jewels has come along to keep her company, even though Molly asked her to stay behind. And though she has asked her ghostly lover, Levi, not to follow, when Molly decides to go out with her professor, Damon Knight, all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Now, with her father dead, Molly is drawn back home, into a world of horror and death unlike anything she could have ever expected. No one is whom Molly thought them to be. And what Molly must do to assure her own existence, and of those she loves, dead or not, will draw her once again to the edge of sanity.

Molly Maddison is a different sort of heroine than most in the urban fantasy realms, as is her world. K.A. Young has developed an unusual reality unlike any other I have so far found in UF writing. Creative and atypical, I am excited to continue my journey through her world.

I received Crypt Keeper the first of The Molly Maddison Series, from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Review: O’Henry by t.g. Brown

20451886The psychotic mind sees the world through its own prism and bends that world to its choosing . . . tell me, was the head close to the body? – Oliver Wilson, Psychiatrist – O’Henry

That’s when he hit her, when he saw how scared she was. He couldn’t bear it that she was frightened and asking for help. Asking for help is wrong. Because there isn’t any such thing as help in this world. ― Ryū Murakami, Piercing

 

The call comes at the most inopportune time. Well, not really a call so much as the rooster tail of dust that precedes a country Sheriff bringing bad news. And for Josh Ingram, long past his life as an FBI’s Profiling Division, catfish noodling, pulling drafts at his marina bar, and writing his next best selling novel now has to go on hold, as he and FBI Agent Rachael Tanner struggle to find the serial killer known as O’Henry, who has come roaring back after a seven-year absence in a wave of blood and publicity. When Josh’s best friend, a mild mannered bookseller is killed by a retired mafia mechanic, Josh is drawn deep into a story of murder, madness and political intrigue that could cost him more than he ever expected.

This first entry in the Josh Ingram series by Terry Brown shows great potential for this new author. Tight characterizations, deep emotional world building and beautifully developed storylines woven together into a tale of murder, madness and political intrigue makes Terry Brown a new author to watch.

I received the book from Mr. Brown in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

{An Epic Giveaway} Win 6 Signed Books and Tons of Signed Swag

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I am a hoarder of sorts.  A collector, if you will…  of signed books and swag.  I love them, and I love to share them with my beloved readers… so over the past few months, I’ve been collecting (or hoarding) books and swag that I’ve picked up at various conferences… most of which is from UtopYA 2014 (because, let’s face it, that was the most epic conference ever and I can’t wait for UtopYA 2015)!

And today seems like a fine day to run an epic giveaway.  Yes?

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  • Signed paperback of Take Me To Your Reader by Tammy Blackwell, Amy A. Bartol, Amanda Havard, Sarah Ross, Tiffany King, Raine Thomas, Heather Hildenbrand, and C.A. Kunz (signed by all the authors)
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Blog Tour! Crypt Keeper by K.A. Young

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Crypt Keeper
by K.A. Young
Molly Maddison #1
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Genres: Dark, Fantasy

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Synopsis:

Book 1 in the Molly Maddison series

Molly Maddison grew up in a funeral home that unfortunately backed up to the largest Insane Asylum in the state. Very few understand what happens after death, Molly does. While other children were playing in the park with their living friends, Molly was in the cemetery playing with the dead. To say she is troubled is an understatement.

Now Molly has a new plan, to attempt to lead a normal life, and ban the contact with any of the dead. Realizing that she is madly in love with one of them was never part of that plan. However neither life or death ever go as planned and Molly is called upon to perform her role as the family Crypt Keeper…

Is she up for the task? Only time will tell.

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K.A. Young is a paranormal/fantasy romance author that lives with her family in the South. She began writing because her mind was swimming with incredible stories that were begging to be told. Her love for reading began as a small child when she realized that a good book was an instant escape to a mystical land that could be reached anytime and from anyplace.

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Review: White Plague by James Abel -Stunning!

White Plague by James AbelAnd I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. – Revelations 6:8 – King James Bible

Paneloux is a man of learning, a scholar. He hasn’t come in contact with death; that’s why he can speak with such assurance of the truth-with a capital T. But every country priest who visits his parishioners and has heard a man gasping for breath on his deathbed thinks as I do. He’d try to relieve human suffering before trying to point out its goodness. -Albert Camus – The Plague Part 2

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. – Benjamin Disraeli
What is the point to winning a war – if all your subjects are rotting in their graves? For me, no ideological or political conviction would justify the sacrifice of a human life. For me, the value of life is absolute, with no concessions. It’s not negotiable. Edgar Ramirez

It begins, as do many things, death amongst them, with silence. The pleas for help stopped coming just after five in the morning, Washington time. The Pentagon staffers cleared for handling sensitive messages sat in horror for a moment and then tried other ways to reach the victims. Nothing worked, so they called the director, who phoned me.

And what follows horrified me, chilled me to the bone, and kept me reading four hours past when I should, by all reasonable measure, put it down and gone to bed. And horrifying the story is, for a lot of different reasons, but mainly? For the absolute, gut wrenching reality of it all. And just how true it is – how likely that something like this will happen.

Lt. Colonel Joe Rush gets the call at 1am, Anchorage time, as he pounds the streets, running from sleep, running from memories. Memories of decisions which saved lives, while taking others. Which left him with the weight of the world on his shoulders, the blackness of grief in his heart. Two weeks. Just two weeks until he retires. And now, this. A new submarine prototype has surfaced in the Arctic – and it is burning. One-hundred-fifty seven souls, trapped on the ice. And no one is near enough to reach them except the single ice breaker the US government has funded to handle the vast spaces of the Arctic waters. Colonel Rush, MD and virology specialist, must get to them as quickly as possible if they are to save the people and salvage the submarine before Chinese or Russian icebreakers claim it for their own.

Monster storms, crushing ice, bone breaking cold – all are threats which Rush, the few Marines who accompany him, and the few Coast Guard sailors handling the Icebreaker Wilmington must meet and overcome to reach their burned and stranded submariners. The sick submariners. For a sickness is burning through the crew, a sickness that no one can identify.

It becomes a race, a race to save the people, to save the submarine, and to avert a single incident that could be the linchpin starting World War III. For as global warming breaks up the ice, opening trade routes and access to unknown stores of oil, gems, metals and trade routes, the political machinations have begun. Great beasts of war are gathering, stomping their hooves, waving their swords, and foaming at the mouths for the blood of those they would call ‘enemy’.

What is the sickness? Where did it come from? And more importantly, can it be cured before the political machine does the unthinkable in a move to ascertain it’s own power? And who aboard the Wilmington is a traitor? And how high do the traitor’s contacts go – and to whom does he report?

No one becomes depraved all at once. – JUVENAL, Satires

All these questions and more make this a hair-raising, edge-of-your-seat military suspense/thriller beyond compare. With it’s roots dug deeply into current political and military policy, White Plague is, beyond a doubt, the BEST military suspense thriller I have read this year.

Highly recommended.

I received the book from Penguin’s First To Read program in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own and are not affected by this fact. For more information on First To Read, click.