Saturday, October 18, 2014

BARDS OF THE BLOGOSPHERE SPECIAL - A Bard A Day - No. 9 Maria Perry Mohan

Heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere by now? Of course you have.  We (because I'm a member too), are a group of India-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We have co-written a novella together.  It's an exciting story of drama, intrigue, romance suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part in the Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging, with thirty teams in the novella writing fray.  Despite eliminations, we're still in the game.  We met all the Bards, one by one. First, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Then, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Next, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Following Priyanka, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  Then, we had the talented Sulekha Rawat.  Next, we met the unassuming Arpita Nayak.  Subsequently, we met  our second Priyanka, the witty Priyanka Victor.  Then we met our Bard of deep and sensual prose, the inimitable Datta Ghosh.  One of the Bards was forced to drop out before the game began because of unavoidable circumstances. So that leaves only me, Maria Perry Mohan




Maria Perry Mohan on the Web:

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I'm now going to answer the exact questions I asked my fellow Bards during the last few weeks....

Can you share a little about yourself?

I was born in Ireland and loved living there.  After I met my husband, the love of my life (apart from the kids, my mum, etc) I couldn't enjoy living there any more and I followed him over to India, where he was obliged to return to work after a stint of study in Ireland.  We got married nearly twenty years ago and my feet have hardly touched the ground since. That's because I'm way too busy with looking after the kids, housework, cooking, trying to write lots, the usual pressures.

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?

It feels wonderful to be part of such a team.  I feel we are totally in synch with each other.  Most of us have only ever met in WhatsApp and Facebook, I had an amazing experience with this group.  I had written the first chapter of Cyrus and Jenny's romance and when I read Arpita's closing chapter on the same romance, I got goosebumps.  It was a different author, yet exactly the same people as I'd written about.  It felt surreal.  Datta wrote the hot Cyrus and Jenny scene and I did feel that the characters were different in tone and intensity than I'd written them.  Then I remembered that people generally are different in the bedroom than they are on the street.  I'd written them on the street and Datta had written them in the bedroom.  That made complete sense.

How does it feel to cowrite a novella?  Have you done this before?

I co-wrote a novel last year with hundreds of writers.  It was called THE LONELY WISH GIVER and it was brought together by a group called GRAMMOWRIMO.  I only had to write 800 words and I feel sure that my 800 got written out in editing.  I completely disown that book, there's nothing of me in it at all.  This is completely different.  I have around 7k words in it.  If the book gets published, there probably will be some cuts, but it remains close to my heart.

Did you know the ending to the story?

I did.  It still came as a surprise to me.

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?

The Bards of the Blogosphere rock! #CelebrateBlogging


AND NOW:  THE BOOK  

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:

Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence

Week 3
Chapter 1 - Shadows In The Night
Chapter 2 - Taken
Chapter 3 - Truth and Pretence
Chapter 4 - The Perfect Crime
Chapter 5 - Standoff
Chapter 6 - The Return
Chapter 7 - Catharsis
Chapter 8 - The Reunion
Chapter 9 - Epilogue


It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

The Bards of the Blogosphere are on Facebook.  You can get to our page from here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amy Ruttan's New Release - DARE SHE DATE AGAIN

Today, MBB welcomes Amy Ruttan today.  Her new release, DARE SHE DATE AGAIN is a great read.  I took the opportunity to ask this talented author some questions about her work.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she's not furiously typing away at her computer, she's a mom to three children.

Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.

AMY RUTTAN ON THE WEB:


Website       Twitter        Facebook



How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?
Anything can inspire an idea; music, a picture, a dream, a trip to 
a new place or even a trip to a familiar place. I like car rides. I 
hang around on Pinterest a lot and pin pictures I like. My current 
work in progress is based on a picture of a former Marine who 
does modelling now, but only has one leg. He’s my inspiration for 
my current hero.

Does writer's block ever happen to you?
Yes! It has happened to me. It happens mostly when I’m stressed. I had a heck of a time starting my current work in progress took a lot longer than I anticipated to start. I had everything worked out, my editor sent me her suggestions, but I was blanking. The end of summer and early part of the fall was a very stressful time in my personal life.

How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?
I just power through. I have contracted deadlines and I know if I spoke to my editor or agent and told them why and what was going on they would give me an extension, but I can’t rely on that. This is a business and personally I want to meet the expectations. I want to meet my deadlines. So I power through, even if I only write half a page that will be edited out later at least it’s writing. As Nora Roberts said, “You can’t fix a blank page”.

Of all the stories you've written, what's your favourite?

I don’t have a favorite. I like them all for different reasons. The 
easiest one for me to write was Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart 
(Feb 2014). The one that made me cry the most when I was 
writing it was Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son (July 2014). My 
most challenging to date was Dare She Date Again? (Oct 2014). 
It took a few revisions to get it right. Each book affects me a 
different way.

Do you live in your' character's world while you write?

I try to as much as I can. I can’t think ahead about my other 
projects too much. I’m very invested in what I’m currently writing 
at the time.

DARE SHE DATE AGAIN

DARE SHE DATE AGAIN?

To love again...? 

Single mom and paramedic Samantha Doxtator has been living with a broken heart after losing her 

husband years ago. Now she's finally back on track and following her dream to become an air ambulance 

pilot...after training one last student—George Atavik!

Since nearly losing his life in a plane crash, George will not waste the second chance he's been given, 

and he won't deny the sparks flying between him and his new mentor. Does Samantha dare risk her own 

carefully guarded heart for another opportunity at happiness?



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Saturday, October 4, 2014

BARDS OF THE BLOGOSPHERE SPECIAL - A Bard A Day - No. 8 Datta Ghosh

Heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere by now? Of course you have.  We (because I'm a member too), are a group of Indian-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We are co-writing a novella.  It's more than two thirds underway and is an exciting story of drama, intrigue, romance suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part in the Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging, with thirty teams in the novella writing fray.  Despite eliminations, we're still in the game.  Let's meet the Bards, one by one. Last Wednesday, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Thursday, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Friday, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Saturday, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  Sunday, we had the talented Sulekha Rawat.  On Monday, we had a little break from the 'Bard A Day' series as MBB welcomed an historical fiction author.  Wednesday, we met the unassuming Arpita Nayak.  Thursday, we met  witty Priyanka Victor.  After two days of Puja holidays, meet our Bard of deep and sensual prose, the inimitable Datta Ghosh.




DATTA GHOSH ON THE WEB:

Blog          Twitter          Facebook


Can you share a little about yourself? 
I am a learner. Whatever I have been; a student, a team lleader, an HR or a Blogger, I have always believed that if you are learning then you are growing and if you are growing then you are living. I am a writer and traveller by passion and soul.

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?
It sends me back to my school and college days when we brain stormed, discussed fervently and passionately and created a thing. Off late as we grow up we forget this amazing feeling So, thanks Bards for making me relive the best days of my life.

How does it feel to cowrite a novella?  Have you done this before?
It feels amazing. It is a great learning platform. No, I have not done this before.

Do you know the ending to the story?
Well, I know and then I do not know....As we go on writing there can be many beautiful and interesting turns as we are focussing on individual strengths here.

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?
The right amount of cooks is just making this recipe delectable by the day!

AND NOW:  THE BOOK  (still a WIP/Work in Progress)

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:

Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence

Week 3
Chapter 1 - Shadows In The Night
Chapter 2 - Taken
Chapter 3 - Truth and Pretence


It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

The Bards of the Blogosphere are on Facebook.  You can get to our page from here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bards of the Blogosphere Special - A Bard A Day - No. 7 Priyanka Victor

Heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere by now? Of course you have.  We (because I'm a member too), are a group of Indian-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We are co-writing a novella.  It's more than two thirds underway and is an exciting story of drama, intrigue, romance suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part in the Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging, with thirty teams in the novella writing fray.  Despite eliminations, we're still in the game.  Let's meet the Bards, one by one. Last Wednesday, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Thursday, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Friday, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Saturday, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  Sunday, we had the talented Sulekha Rawat.  On Monday, we had a little break from the 'Bard A Day' series as MBB welcomed historical fiction author Anya Richards.  Yesterday, we met the unassuming Arpita Nayak.  Today, we meet Priyanka Victor, a Bard I've been longing to meet.


Priyanka Victor on the Web:

Blog     Facebook    Google  


Can you share a little about yourself?
Chocoholic. Obsessive about books, fonts and clean bedsheets, in that order. Editor by profession. Optimist by birth, pessimist by choice. Queen of Randomness. 

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?
I have a great team and I guess I just got lucky. I love that each writer brings something different to the table and we are all bound by our common love for writing/blogging. 

How does it feel to cowrite a novella?  Have you done this before?

Nope, haven't done this before. I am awed at how coordinated a bunch of writers from all over India can come together and pen a novel in perfect cohesion. I never thought this was possible. I remember thinking at the outset how this was going to work out, now we're in the final leg and kicking ass and all thanks go to my team members. 

Do you know the ending to the story?
Uh-huh, uh-huh... And I'm hoping we'll do justice to it and that the readers are blown away :)

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?
So. Damn. Cool. 

AND NOW:  THE BOOK  (still a WIP/Work in Progress)

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:

Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence

Week 3
Chapter 1 - Shadows In The Night



It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

The Bards of the Blogosphere are on Facebook.  You can get to our page from here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bards of the Blogosphere Special - A Bard a Day - No. 6 Arpita Nayak


Surely you must have heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere by now? If not, I don't understand it. We're all over the place.  You'll find us everywhere.  Facebook, Pinterest, you name it.  We (because I'm a member too), are a group of Indian-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We are co-writing a novella.  It's more than two thirds underway and is an exciting story of drama, intrigue, romance suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part inthe Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging.  Let's meet the Bards, one by one. Lasr Wednesday, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Thursday, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Friday, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Saturday, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  Sunday, we had the talented Sulekha Rawat.  On Monday, we had a little break from the 'Bard A Day' series as MBB welcomed historical fiction author Anya Richards.  Today, we're back to the Bards and I'm happy to introduce you all to Arpita Nayak.  Arpita is one of our quieter Bards.  Unlike myself, for example,  who practically doesn't know how to keep quiet.  Arpita is one of those Bards who prefers to let her writing do the talking. 



Arpita Nayak on the Web:

Blog     Google

Can you share a little about yourself?
A very confused person basically- wanted to become a painter at the age of 5, started learning classical dance at 10, thought of becoming an engineer at 16, ended up becoming a garment (fashion) technologist at 22, joined a B-school at 24 and now I am working with a bank. One thing that has remained constant like the Pole Star is my love for writing. I am an introvert by nature so love to express through words. Emotions are my forte.

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?
I am definitely enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere. It might sound a bit bookish but it’s like water contained in many containers connected together. We have different perspectives and thought process but at the end we are connected by the same level of creativity and enthusiasm. 

How does it feel to co-write a novella? Have you done this before?
One take away I had from two years of MBA was that creativity and teamwork cannot go hand in hand. But, thank God for this wonderful opportunity given by Blogadda, I am proved wrong. The way our team gets over differences in individual perspective and gives way to collective effort is commendable. Everyone is respected and supported. 

Do you know the ending to the story?
Yes I do but won’t tell. Readers have to wait and watch ;)

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?
#CelebrateBlogging, the best experience a blogger can have.


AND NOW:  THE BOOK  (still a WIP/Work in Progress)

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:

Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence



It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

The Bards of the Blogosphere are on Facebook.  You can get to our page from here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet Anya Richards, Historical Fiction Author

MBB is happy to welcome Anya Richards, historical author, to the blog.  Her new release is a great read and I really enjoyed it, as I love historical fiction.  Anya Richards is currently on a blogging tour with Romance Book Haven to celebrate her new release.

ANYA RICHARDS ON THE WEB:

Blog   Facebook  Twitter



How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?
Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I’m terribly curious and love delving into subjects I don’t know much or anything about, and often a small nugget of information will jump out at me, leading to a ‘what if?’ moment. I’ve also had characters jump, almost fully formed, into my head (which can be a little freaky!). It’s a matter, I think, of staying open to the muse and letting the ideas flow.

Does writer's block ever happen to you?
Unfortunately, yes. I sometimes find ‘real’ life interferes with my ability to get the words out.

How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?
I just step back (which can be scary if you have a deadline) and try to get the problems sorted out, then ease back into it. I’ve learned not to flay myself over it, or it just lingers

Of all the stories you've written, what's your favourite?
Holy cats! That’s like asking a mother which is her favorite child! I will say that, although all my stories have a special place in my heart, the very first novel I ever finished might just be my favorite. It’s never been published, but it holds that place because completing it let me know I actually could write an entire book and also because my father read it and liked it very much (it wasn’t erotic, in case you’re wondering LOL!) and that meant a lot to me


Do you live in your character's world while you write?

Very much so. When the story is flowing I’m living and breathing with the characters, wanting to get into their heads, wanting to understand them and see where that new knowledge will take us all. Any book I can’t ‘inhabit’ with my characters gets put aside. That tells me there’s something missing and either I’ll figure out what it is and press on, or it’ll never get finished.




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Jane Rollins is anything but plain, but to keep her position as housekeeper to a wealthy family, she is content to hide her beauty behind a dull fa├žade. This deception has become second-nature to her—until dance master Sergio Fontini waltzes into her life.

While the other inhabitants of the house see him as a foreigner and beneath their notice, Jane sees strength, barely leashed power, and an aura of iron control—an irresistible, arousing combination.

Sergio sees through Jane’s disguise to the woman beneath, and the desires in her veiled gaze call to him like the utterly irresistible strains of a beautiful symphony. The circumstances couldn’t be worse, for seducing her will endanger both their livelihoods. 



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bards of the Blogosphere Special - A Bard a Day - No. 5 Sulekha Rawat


Have you heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere? If not, let me explain. We (because I'm a member too) are a group of Indian-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We are co-writing a novella.  It's well underway and is an exciting story of drama, intrigue, suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part inthe Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging.  Let's meet the Bards, one by one. On Wednesday, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Thursday, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Friday, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Yesterday, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  And today, we have the talented Sulekha Rawat.




SULEKHA RAWAT ON THE WEB:

Blog     Facebook


Can you share a little about yourself?
Hi, I am Sulekha Rawat, friends and family know me as Lucky. Writer and Co-founder of www.socialpotpourri.com, I am interested in Social Media, Branding, Marketing, Content writing, Creative Writing, Poetry and Blogging. I started off as a science student but ended up being an artist :) Writing challenges and consumes me, it throws my life out of gear and makes everyday interesting and worth living. I haven’t unraveled all the intricate layers of life yet, but am getting there. I embrace friends and their pain becomes mine, their joys make me happy. I can’t detach myself from those I care about and it hurts me at times, but it’s all an integral part of who I am. I sing off-key, dance with two left feet and enjoy each and every moment of life.

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?
I am loving it. Blogadda did a wonderful thing by making us write as a team. The Bards of the Blogosphere is a lot more than a team now, it is a big happy family. We plan, plot, offer constructive criticism, have healthy discussions, and wholeheartedly cheer each other on. Can’t imagine life without my fellow Bards J

How does it feel to co-write a novella?  Have you done this before?
It feels great to co write a novella, it is a novel experience for me (pardon the pun)

Do you know the ending to the story?
Yes, we all do. We all have written the story in our heads and know where it ends, we just have to put it down on our blogs for the world to read and enjoy. Hopefully when our book comes out J

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?
The Bards of the Blogosphere are here to stay,
They discuss their story and write everyday.
They celebrate blogging in their  special way.


AND NOW:  THE BOOK  (still a WIP/Work in Progress)

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:
Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence

It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

The Bards of the Blogosphere are on Facebook:  Find us here