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Sometimes, not very frequently my friends say that they cant access the blogs through links, now, for some reason my internet connection is special, I don’t know why!

But being special it does not opens BlogSpot blogs and

if there are hyperlinks in any blog post they start to malfunction, they wont open or throw fits in my browser, so I have to remove the hyperlinks and provide them like links only.

All you have to do is copy paste the address in your internet browser’s address bar, they automatically add the https:// or www, mine does!

Sorry for this nuisance but I am innocent! believe me! blame my browser (maybe because its too slow or whatsoever!).

Apply the above methods and I am sure they will work.

Author’s desk presents: “Between two Fires” and its author Toni Wilson

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SB@Indie Adda: Tell us something about yourself Toni.
Toni Williams:
I was born and have lived much of my life in Saint Lucia, a 238-square-mile island located in the Eastern Caribbean. Presently, I live in a small mountain village overlooking the island’s east coast. It’s a quiet, rural place and the people in the community speak mostly Kwéyòl, as is done in practically all the villages. It’s an old French dialect mixed with a spattering of West African words that evolved amongst the African slaves who were kept in bondage when Saint Lucia was colonised by the French and the British during the 17th and 18th centuries. It changed hands between the French and the British 14 times as they fought bitterly over it.

I’ve always loved writing and storytelling since I was a child. For a long time my dream of becoming a writer eluded me because of the need to earn a living and survive, and the pressures of daily life. On leaving school I turned to journalism and worked at it for a few years before breaking off and going to manage a family-owned banana plantation like my two older brothers did before me. Several years later I jumped ship and returned to journalism, and became an editor for the Crusader newspaper in St. Lucia. I’ve also worked for a few years as a corporate communications executive for the telecommunications firm, Cable & Wireless (St. Lucia).

Currently, I do mostly freelancing. I’m also the editor of Dazzle (dazzlethemag.com) a local magazine featuring young, successful entrepreneurs and their life experiences and achievements. I am a Reuters Fellow (Green Templeton College, Oxford).

For the past five years I’ve been using my website, Caribbean Book Blog (carribeanbookblog.wordpress.com) to provide my readers with updates on new books and the latest developments in the global publishing industry.

SB@ Indie Adda: So you are an editor, that is quite an achievement for sure! Which role is more enjoyable, holding the red pen or blue pen?
Toni Williams:
I enjoy both roles. One of the main reasons I love editing is because it gives me the pleasure of working with fellow journalists and writers to help hone and shape their work into literary gems so that they shine on the page. It’s always good to have a fresh pair of eyes go over your work since a stranger is more likely to spot what you would miss because you’re too close, and in some cases too emotionally attached to the work. It’s a rewarding process and both the writer and the editor can learn from it.

SB @ Indie Adda: Tell us something about Dazzle and your other ventures.
Toni Williams:
Dazzle is a business magazine and it provides exposure to young professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as established businesses. It is published both in print and online. The individuals featured all have one thing in common. They are passionate about their business ideas and their career paths, and they’re determined to succeed. They’re also eager to share their experiences to encourage and inspire more young people to pursue their dreams and seek out opportunities to create their own business ventures. It also has sections on technology, health and wellness and much more.

Aside from journalism, my main focus right now is on promoting my new novel Between Two Fires, which was released in February this year. It’s crime fiction and the first volume of the trilogy Dread Desires.

SB @ Indie Adda: Last but not the least, tell us about your book, everything you want to share with us! The more, the merrier we shall be! Don’t forget to add the direct link from where we can buy it.
Toni Williams:
‘Between Two Fires.’ is a murder mystery set on a fictional island off the coast of Saint Lucia, and partly in Saint Lucia.

It uses the cultural dynamics of the Caribbean to explore some burning contemporary social issues, including female empowerment, gender conflicts in relationships and the waning of love in an age of extreme materialism where the trending mantra is ‘greed is good.’

It sets out, first and foremost, to captivate and entertain. At the same time it challenges the reader to ponder over issues that many of us are reluctant to confront; for example, feminine ambition versus the male ego, the tenuousness of phenomenal wealth, and the way how romantic attachments can disarm us and lay bare our vulnerabilities and even our darker side.

For anyone who has had enough of predictable and formulaic murder-mysteries and is looking for something different, Between Two Fires offers just that. And because the story is set in a ‘closed’ environment, this enhances the mystery element and adds to the suspense by giving fans of the genre the familiar experience of following along as the mystery unfolds and they try to decipher the clues. This is one of the things readers tell me they really love about the book – the drama and suspense, and the way it has them virtually spellbound, so much that once they start reading it they just can’t put it down.

It is available at all major online bookstores including the following:

Amazon India :
amazon.in/Between-Fires-Dread-Desires-Book-ebook/dp/B018PPKRLS?ie=UTF8&keywords=between%20two%20fires%20by%20toni%20williams&qid=1474769841&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Amazon US
amazon.com/gp/product/B018PPKRLS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Smashwords:
smashwords.com/books/view/597641
Barnes& Nobel
barnesandnoble.com/w/between-two-fires-toni-williams/1123106473
iTunes
itunes.apple.com/us/book/between-two-fires/id1064526636?mt=11
Good reads
goodreads.com/book/show/28102212-between-two-fires

SB@Indie Adda: This is your first book. How does it feels to join the author club and to see your name on the cover of the first book?
Toni Williams:
Extremely gratifying! It’s a dream I’ve nourished and from childhood and finally it has come to pass. Marketing and promoting it has been a big challenge, as most writers would know all too well, but I’m enjoying the experience and learning a lot from it.

SB@Indie Adda: Any suggestions for wannabes?
Toni Williams:
If your dream is to become a writer and you firmly believe that you’ve got what it takes then, by all means, go for it! But first, learn the art writing and how to write well. You must be committed to mastering your craft. Aim for success but prepare yourself mentally for rejections, especially if you choose the route of traditional publishing.

Thankfully, because of all the new advancements in technology, you can now publish your work when you want to, in the way you think best and from virtually any part of the world. This is quite empowering. It allows writers to take charge in creating the future they want for themselves rather than solely depending on a handful of individuals to determine whether or not they deserve to have a career as a writer. Earning higher royalties than you would with traditional publishing is another plus, if you succeed.

Of course, this freedom comes at a cost. Your book must be top-notch and able to compete with those produced by traditional publishers, in terms of its editorial quality and its ability to impress readers. You also need to have a promotional game plan that is well thought out and creative in order to connect with potential readers. That calls for a lot of time, energy and hard work – especially if you’re trying to do it while working at a fulltime job.

My final word of advice is, don’t give in to the fear of failure. Whenever you feel self doubt and you become afraid, always remember that fear is a controllable force. It will wax and wane, depending on how you feel and how you navigate through life. Don’t try and run away from it or pretend that it isn’t there. You have to confront it. Examine it closely to determine the root cause of it. Often you will find that it is your own insecurities that are feeding and nurturing the fear and causing it to grow. I discovered that the images fear creates in my mind are more often than not the creations of my own thoughts. That was when I realized that fear only has the power that you give it.

SB@Indie Adda: How can we contact you If we want to read your blogs or write you a mail?

Toni Williams: You can reach me at any of the following:

Website: toniwilliamsbooks.wordpress.com/
Blog: caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/Toni-Williams-1098462056845565/

Carolyn Page’s new book “changes” and its critique

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: Thanks for squeezing out some time for us! How was your life since last time you were here? Want to hear some great news!

Carolyn Page: Firstly, Trisha, I’d like to Thank You for reading and reviewing the first of our printed publications ‘Tomorrow’s End’. Your critique brought more than a smile for me, as you encapsulated its premise so well.

As for some great news: I continue along the same lines I’ve been travelling now for many years. The difference now, though, is the speed in which change is occurring. This, I know, will not only be for me, but for all who take within the messages that form a part of the fabric behind the words written.

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: Tell us a little about your first book Carolyn, Tomorrow’s End, because these are linked.

Carolyn Page: Yes, Trisha, they are indeed linked; as will be all future publications. Tomorrow’s End builds upon our free publications that can be found upon our websites.

Basically, I am a medium for The Collective Consciousness (The C.C.) who have been the guiding force behind my life. My role is to awaken the Light Workers of the World to their purpose, which is to build a world based upon Love and Perfection; perfection being the ability to circumvent the negative core of our beings leaving us free from anguish and pain, guilt and torment; our core emotions. Yes, Trisha, without the negative emotions we are free to enjoy our lives with calm and joy as our guiding force. In short, it is a spiritual journey based upon my own experiences, as guided by The C.C.

As you so eloquently stated in your review of Tomorrow’s End:

“It is a spiritual journey, in short. A journey towards a better tomorrow, to a world shared by conscious people, people who know this world well and want to make a better world from this world. A world where people will be wiser, more enlightened and compassionate.”

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: Now tell us about your fabulous new book!

Carolyn Page: The second of our publications ‘Changes’ offers our readers an overview of the changes to come for our world, and helps the Light Workers of the World discover their role within those changes.

Change can only occur by each individual looking within the regions of the mind (the brain) that hold us fast. It is my role, guided by The C.C. to assist those (who so choose) upon their journey through their personal changes.

You have been through hell and more. How did you manage to keep your positive mindset alive? Tell us so we too may learn!

I haven’t always been able to remain positive; there have been many moments in my life when I have wanted to opt out, so to speak. However, I’ve always been more a ‘glass half full’ rather than a ‘glass half empty’ kind of person. To add to this I’ve had the added benefit of knowing this life, as a human, was not my main identity. From a very young child I’ve had experiences of spirit beings and messages that have held me in loving arms. Simply; I have always regarded my ‘inner’ life as being me, and not the outer life that has, at times, been fraught with difficulty. This, above all else, has sustained me.

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: When is the third book coming? Tell us a bit about it?

Carolyn Page: The third book ‘Bringing of Light’ will be published early in the New Year, 2017.

In this third volume we continue to add knowledge of our beginnings, our middle, and the delightful future for all. Once again it is based upon my personal experiences and progresses both our readers, and myself, through the processes toward acquiring Love and Perfection as our inner core, and outward projection.

As The C.C. have stated:

“With knowledge comes power. The power of absolute calm, lack of fear, and a joy far beyond your wildest imaginings.”

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: Will it be final? Or another part may join the first three?

Carolyn Page: Most definitely, Trisha, there will be many more publications to come.

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: Give us something for keeping, some beautiful words from your beautiful soul till we meet again!

Carolyn Page: When speaking of beautiful souls, Trisha, I see a most beautiful soul in you. How grateful I am that you are playing your part in this magnificent event. Without you, Dear Bengali Warrior, this could not be occurring. In time you will appreciate your role, your strength, and your valued support in bringing change for many. May I humbly bow before you, Dear Trisha.

© Carolyn Page 2016
ABC of Spirit Talk.net
Light Workers of the World.net

changes
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1367099471/

tomorrow’s end
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1367475430/

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and the interview giftwrapped for you:
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/carolyn-page-and-the-changes-booklet.pdf

KAI Presents… Sharmishtha Basu!

Thanks a million times Kevin! God bless you!

KC BOOKS & MUSIC

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

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Sharmishtha Basu

Introduction:

Well, I am a very ordinary human being, who stumbled upon the key to El Dorado when I started writing. My friends, who has always been the wind beneath my wings became the gentle breeze that fanned the flame ’til it became everlasting one. From an accidental writer I have become an obsessed writer and illustrator. I have published my works and am still hungry for more outlets. The reason my Ezines came to life is to provide an everlasting outlet and satisfy my hyperactive muse.
img_0025-sharmishtha-17-2-16-smMy hyperactive muse is inspired by everything- the cloud in sky, the stray cat snoozing on the rooftop across the road, the book I am reading, the song playing on music system or the movie I am watching… everything stirs my muse and quite often I shush her and forget what she was babbling. Then regret of…

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Troy @kestalusrealm.wordpress.com critiques Agnishatdal Agrahayan or November

The critique for Agnishatdal Agrahayan is done!

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad:
What a remarkable man, in seeking freedom for India while opposing the subcontinent’s partition, an event with tragic consequences in the wars fought between the Republic of India and Pakistan then and since. I would very much like to read his autobiography!

Keshab Chandra Sen:
Interesting. A reformer who attempted to syncretize elements of Hinduism and Christianity, which from a philosophical standpoint is fascinating, even when he fell out of favor with his countrymen for it. He would have made an excellent debate partner in this modern era of the Internet.

Go Slow:
Raghunandan relates a folk tale hailing from the Philippines with an interesting twist, with the wiser of the two characters seeming at first to be the more foolish, whose advice makes perfect sense only at the very end.

Legendary:
Freya does it again with a poem in her own unique style. I could almost visualize the unicorns at play in their groves!

Who am I?
Zelda waxes introspective here, with a wonderful musing on the enigma of personal identity in the face of uncertainty.

Raccoon (General) Reflection:
This one was cool, a piece on personality, and those attracted to said personality. Raccoons are cool, especially when outgoing romantics!

Walk this way home:
An interesting poem by Dom, which had the effect of conveying deep meaning from a few lines of verse.

The Unfaithful Earl:
A really cool ghost story with a twist. No spoilers here though, other than the involvement of silly Americans.


Choices:
Swati’s verse evokes the limits of human knowledge each of us must face with the outcome of our decisions. We cannot possibly know everything, and it is a truism that the future is the hardest thing to predict. Quite enjoyable.

Treats of D Month:
Celestine and Dayna’s interviews were, to say the least, quite well-done, as were the book reviews for Logan’s Time and Spirits of Darkness and Light. The art of Adriana Ochoa Margain evokes the feel of a dream, or of an illustration befitting a classic faerie tale or fantasy novel cover.

Creator’s Quill:
Scorpion Man from Sharmishtha’s book, ‘The bridge of her dreams,’ rather reads like a faerie tale, and one that showcases well the authoress’s prolific imagination with the strange creatures and arcane forces of the setting. If only Inchelines were real, the world would be a better place!
Her two poems, Lajja, and Udasin Tapaswi are brief but well-done, and will provide opportunities to practicing with the graceful script they are written in.

Kartikpuja: It’s unfortunate that this month has but one festival, for Lord Kartikeya. What I found interesting here were the differences in North and South India of his marital status, which bears closer examination of the cultures and lore of both regions.

Indus Valley cities:
More mysteries of the Indus Valley civilization, as to where they went and what happened to them. Here are some possible answers to both queries, hypotheses worth looking into with further data.

Well, that’s it for this month! I await the Poush issue of Agnishatdal with eager anticipation!

Troy David Loy

kestalus@verizon.net
1522 Chela Avenue, Unit A-1
Norfolk, VA. 23503
Phone: (757) 587-8550

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Thursday Fun n Frolic 16.2.17- Kevin Cooper Week

Day 1: Kevin Cooper-author, critique, musician and LOT more.

SB@Indie Adda: Where are you from?
Kevin Cooper: I am from Hull, in Yorkshire, England.

SB@Indie Adda: Tell me something about your present life.
Kevin Cooper: I live with my second wife, Pat. I am an author, writer and amateur musician. I love travelling, I love the world around me, I love to read, watch movies of most kinds, but mainly fantasy and sci-fi. I like some shows such as Dr. Who, Broadchurch, Benidorm, and Death in Paradise, but I spend most of my time at home blogging and writing.

SB@Indie Adda: Tell me something about your childhood days or the favorite phase of your life, anything that has stayed with you!
Kevin Cooper: The two main things that stayed with me from my childhood days are Life before Miedo… when I lived with my grandmother between ages 3-6. And, when we went on holidays to Flamborough and stayed in my grandmother’s caravan.

SB@Indie Adda: What inspires your works most? What stimulates the writer inside you most?
Kevin Cooper: Just about anything could stimulate the writer inside. And I mean that literally. However the inspiration for my work, Miedo was from a longing to come to terms with my past and finally put it all behind me. Miedo started out as a writing exercise and developed into a full-blown childhood memoir. Miedo 2 focuses on my teenage to young adult years. This will be followed by Miedo 3 which focuses upon my life in America.

SB@Indie Adda: What is your favorite thing in world? If more than one, then tell as many as you will like to share!
Kevin Cooper: That’s tough. There are so many things I love in the world, but if I were to think of only one. It would have to be, watching the world go by… watching a bird as it gathers twigs for its nest, watching the seagulls fly, dive and circle around the cliffs and listening to their cries, Watching the sun set over the mountains and rise above the valleys. Listening to the crickets and the birds. Watching the fireflies at night. listening and watching waves crash against the rocks. Feeling my heart beat as one with it all. This is what my song, Beautiful world is all about.

SB@Indie Adda: Who will you be if your wish is granted, and why?
Kevin Cooper: I would never wish to be anyone else. I would be afraid that I might lose my appreciation of the world I know if I was someone else.

SB@Indie Adda: If you wake up one morning in a tent and realize you are a gypsy, what will you do?
Kevin Cooper: Relish the freedom, feed my horses, gather my family and move on to the next place.

SB@Indie Adda: What are you most afraid of?
Kevin Cooper: That is for me to know and others never to find out.

SB@Indie Adda: Have you ever had any paranormal experience?
Kevin Cooper: Several

SB@Indie Adda: Who is your favorite person in life?
Kevin Cooper: I think I would be in trouble if I didn’t say, my wife.

SB@Indie Adda: Do you have any hero? who is s/he?
Kevin Cooper: Anyone who truly sacrifices something for others, with no thought for themselves (with the exception of fanatics) is a heroine/hero to me.

SB@Indie Adda: If you could change the world would you? what will be the changes?
Kevin Cooper: I would never want to change the world… only those that govern it.

SB@Indie Adda: What do you hate most in the world?
Kevin Cooper: Hate is a strong emotion and although the term is commonly used loosely in anger, to strike out with, even to say, “I hate…” I’m not sure if I could truly hate anything or anyone at least not indefinitely.

SB@Indie Adda: What are your hobbies other than writing ?
Kevin Cooper: I love music. I love listening to music, dancing to it, (one may not call it that if they saw me) creating it. I compose my own songs. I love to sing (one may not call it singing if they heard me) and I like to make a racket on my guitar. (I can’t exactly justify calling it anything else, although I do surprise myself occasionally, quite accidentally of course.) I love to watch my favourite shows/movies on DVD (don’t watch live television… I’m either working, writing, blogging, out for a cruise, or doing some chores around the house) I love to read.

SB@Indie Adda: Who is your favorite poet? Why?
Kevin Cooper: Homer for the greatest poem of all time: The Iliad seconded only by Virgil’s Aeneid. Both works are pure genius. Oh muse!
I like Christopher Marlowe for his reference to Helen of Troy in Dr. Faustus. It is pure genius and far superior to anything Shakespeare came up with. Marlowe didn’t get the recognition he deserved.

SB@Indie Adda: If you could change one thing about yourself what will it be?
Kevin Cooper: I would be a more confident person and a better thinker.


Day 2: Kevin’s Latest Book for You

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us lot about caboodle, your latest book, funny name, means anything special? Tell us whatever you want to tell us about it and give us the link from where we can buy it.
Kevin Cooper: I had a hard time coming up with the title at first, then as I was musing one day it came to me that it’s like the whole kit and caboodle… that’s how I came up with calling it, Caboodle & The Whole Kit… Thank you, muse! Here are the links:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7UOP7G
https://www.amazon.com/Kit-Whole-Kaboodle-Kevin-Cooper-ebook/dp/B01M7UOP7G/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477724287&sr=1-7&keywords=caboodle

Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Kit and the Whole Kaboodle.
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
http://www.amazon.co.uk
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store


Day 3: Kevin’s Music

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us about your past accomplishments as artist/musician/writer in details- individually- book by book, album by album! please!
Kevin Cooper: Lol… You want me to write another book? That’s what it would take. I like to write songs, that’s how my music comes about. It is the same as writing poetry except I have a tune in my head to it which I then have to try to play on my guitar… that is the hardest part.
My latest releases are: All I Can Say is a power ballad (Well… My attempt at on anyway) where the singer is trying to convey that saying, ‘I Love You’ is all that can be said, yet in reality mere words are not enough to express the depth of their relationship.
Magical is a love song/ballad, where the artist expresses how his world has changed as if by magic since the lover came into his life. The original song was written years ago. I recently changed some of the lyrics to bring them up-to-date, but the music remains the same.
Here are the links on i-Tunes:
All I Can Say:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1143337911?app=itunes
Magical: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1123481427
Magical – Single by Kevin Cooper on Apple Music
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Listen to songs from the album Magical – Single, including “Magical.” Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

Day 4: Books Past
Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear

Miedo is a Biographical British drama set in the historical city of Hull (recently voted as City of Culture 2017) in the mid-1960s-1980s. It is the true story of a boy who after losing his mother at a very young age is brought up by his grandparents until his father remarries. It is this point in his life that brings about such a traumatic change that Miedo is no longer the boy he was. He begins to experience a plethora of paranormal/supernatural incidents which cause him to live a life of fear. Are these incidents real or are they a psychological manifestation brought on by the abuse and neglect he suffers at the hands of others?

Miedo 1
http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00evxzpi4
Miedo 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00sc35ugg


The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn

A fantasy adventure. Join the Wizard as he searches for his people who have mysteriously disappeared. Who is the Girl he meets on his journey and can she help him defeat the shadow? What part does the Unicorn’s Horn play?
Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HSNV31C

The Devil’s Apology

A short story/epic fantasy/satire where the devil gives his own account of what happened in the beginning of time when he and god came to be at odds. Witness the skirmishes and battles between demons and angels! What of the ultimatum? Will we choose to use our free-will and if so, how?
Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FD2CGM0


Carta del Diablo

Una historia corta, épica-satirica, de la guerra con dios y sus ángeles desde la perspectiva del diablo.
(Carta del Diablo is the Spanish version of The Devil’s Apology.)

Reflections

A collection of poems, songs and muses about love, life and relationships.
Book Links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FBKP3RE


Day 5: Books Present

SB@Indie Adda: How many books have you published since then?
Kevin Cooper: Two, I believe, which is a miracle in itself… Animal Tales was released in December 2015, and Caboodle & The Whole Kit was released just last week.

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us something about them?
Kevin Cooper: Caboodle & The Whole Kit is filled with relaxing episodes of life, family, love & romance, faith, and even the odd, inadvertent run-ins with some quite unsavoury characters.
The wonderful collection of short stories, poetry, and songs has been grouped together to bring a variety of tales, some of which are based upon true events, people can easily relate to.
The whole kit is designed to ignite a mixture of emotions to bring smile, laughter, and moisture to the eyes.
There is something for everyone in Caboodle & The Whole Kit!
Animal Tales is a lovely collection of short stories and poetry about cats, dogs, birds, and even a mouse. They will warm your heart and touch you soul.
Most of these tales were inspired by real life events, even the poems are inspired by actual observations and the retelling of events.
Animal Tales is a not-for-profit book. All proceeds are donated to Animal Rescue Charities.
Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JFYJIY

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us lot about caboodle, funny name, means anything special? Tell us whatever you want to tell us about it and give us the link from where we can buy it.
Kevin Cooper: I had a hard time coming up with the title at first, then as I was musing one day it came to me that it’s like the whole kit and caboodle… that’s how I came up with calling it, Caboodle & The Whole Kit… Thank you, muse! Here are the links:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7UOP7G
https://www.amazon.com/Kit-Whole-Kaboodle-Kevin-Cooper-ebook/dp/B01M7UOP7G/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477724287&sr=1-7&keywords=caboodle

Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Kit and the Whole Kaboodle.
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
http://www.amazon.co.uk
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store


Day 6: Reflections, few words and an apology to Kevin

A collection of poems, songs and muses about love, life and relationships.
I had the chance of reading this book, and Kevin asked me to illustrate it, which I am about to start, I will love to gift that to him before Valentine’s Day 2017, that is the time of this book I personally feel. It is a beautiful collection of 22 poems, most of them are about love, beautiful, deep and true love, the inspiration must have been Kevin and Pat’s priceless bonding, for us, the readers it is a beautiful journey we all will love to have some day, in our lives!
I got hijacked by relocation and then the mood was totally gone, to sit down with the book and illustrate it, now my desire is stirring and I will start with it before mid-December!
If you want a peek, I will tell you after sending it to Kevin, you will have to ask him.

Book Links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FBKP3RE
Day 7: A few more words from Kevin Cooper

SB@Indie Adda: So how was your journey in life since you appeared in Indie Adda last?
Kevin Cooper: Unfortunately it has been a long, slow, dark path over the past few years with my wife’s worsening disability and additional diagnoses of cancer earlier this year. But, my wife and I are finally reaching into and feeling the light at the end of the tunnel and I am grateful for that.

SB@Indie Adda: How many books have you published since then?
Kevin Cooper: Two, I believe, which is a miracle in itself… Animal Tales was released in December 2015, and Caboodle & The Whole Kit was released just last week.

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us something about them?
Kevin Cooper: Caboodle & The Whole Kit is filled with relaxing episodes of life, family, love & romance, faith, and even the odd, inadvertent run-ins with some quite unsavoury characters.

The wonderful collection of short stories, poetry, and songs has been grouped together to bring a variety of tales, some of which are based upon true events, people can easily relate to.

The whole kit is designed to ignite a mixture of emotions to bring smile, laughter, and moisture to the eyes.

There is something for everyone in Caboodle & The Whole Kit!
Animal Tales is a lovely collection of short stories and poetry about cats, dogs, birds, and even a mouse. They will warm your heart and touch you soul.

Most of these tales were inspired by real life events, even the poems are inspired by actual observations and the retelling of events.
Animal Tales is a not-for-profit book. All proceeds are donated to Animal Rescue Charities.

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us lot about caboodle, funny name, means anything special? Tell us whatever you want to tell us about it and give us the link from where we can buy it.
Kevin Cooper: I had a hard time coming up with the title at first, then as I was musing one day it came to me that it’s like the whole kit and caboodle… that’s how I came up with calling it, Caboodle & The Whole Kit… Thank you, muse! Here are the links:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7UOP7G
https://www.amazon.com/Kit-Whole-Kaboodle-Kevin-Cooper-ebook/dp/B01M7UOP7G/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477724287&sr=1-7&keywords=caboodle

Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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Kit and the Whole Kaboodle – Kindle edition by Kevin Cooper. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Kit and the Whole Kaboodle.
Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
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Kit and the Whole Kaboodle eBook: Kevin Cooper: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

SB@Indie Adda: Tell us about your past accomplishments as artist/musician/writer in details- individually- book by book, album by album! please!
Kevin Cooper: Lol… You want me to write another book? That’s what it would take. I like to write songs, that’s how my music comes about. It is the same as writing poetry except I have a tune in my head to it which I then have to try to play on my guitar… that is the hardest part.

My latest releases are: All I Can Say is a power ballad (Well… My attempt at on anyway) where the singer is trying to convey that saying, ‘I Love You’ is all that can be said, yet in reality mere words are not enough to express the depth of their relationship.
Magical is a love song/ballad, where the artist expresses how his world has changed as if by magic since the lover came into his life. The original song was written years ago. I recently changed some of the lyrics to bring them up-to-date, but the music remains the same.

Here are the links on i-Tunes:
All I Can Say:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1143337911?app=itunes
Magical: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1123481427
Magical – Single by Kevin Cooper on Apple Music
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Listen to songs from the album Magical – Single, including “Magical.” Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

SB@Indie Adda: How does it feels to live a blessed life like this? so full of talent and capability?
Kevin Cooper: I don’t feel anything special, I have had a hard life which I talk about in my memoirs. Writing and Music help me to deal with it all. It is how I keep my sanity when dealing with the horrors of the real world.

SB@Indie Adda: Want to tell us novices something?
Kevin Cooper: Write what you feel, keep at it, and don’t let anything discourage you.

Kevin blogs at:
http://Kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com


The whole thing with lots of pichchurs and other things is here:
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/tfnf-feb-16-2-17-kevin-cooper-week.pdf

Thursday Fun n Frolics 9.2.17- Vishal Bheeroo the Critique

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Hello Vishal! Give us a short intro, a little glimpse into your world, heart and soul?
Vishal Bheeroo: I am quite bad at introduction. A journalist by stroke of accident where I chanced upon an introduction in a newspaper for sub-editor, applied and got the job. The first few months were terrible where I made mistakes after mistakes before getting comfortable. It took me a year or so before I was moved as journalist in the same organisation. It was three years of enjoyment where I discovered myself, flaws within and worked to improve myself. Professional fulfilment till the newspaper closed down one day. I was reeling under shock and started three years of struggle. It was the time I faced depression but started taking my blog seriously, the time we met on that space, became friends. I made such awesome friends during that phase. I cribbed at life but the blogging community was so supportive.

Back to myself, I am a graduate in Economics from the hip and happening Fergusson College in Pune, considered to be one of the best in India for Arts and Sciences. I am an avid reader and film buff which you must have realized by now.

In fact, movies and Amitabh Bachchan are my first love. I grew up watching his movies. Tell you a secret: I wanted to be an actor and a film maker, at the same time. But, guess it’s quite later. I enjoy reading Philosophy and trying to rediscover myself as a person, tapping my inner soul from a spiritual perspective. Though out of India right now, I have left my soul in places like Mumbai and Pune and I will see my writing are very much influenced by these places that never cease to fascinate me. In fact, the places define who I am as a person.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: What made you a critic? I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and I have noticed that you enjoy writing critics (which are excellent) as much as you love writing story or poems, mostly people do one of the two- they are either writers or critics. What made you become special?
Vishal Bheeroo: Haha. You are being kind to me. I don’t think I am special in that manner. I think that I write in every genre-short stories/fiction, poetry, interviews, movie and book reviews. I love reading a lot. The first book I reviewed was ‘Done with Men’, a sassy chick lit romance by a funny woman, Shuchi Singh Kalra. Since then, there was no looking back. I must say Write Tribe, which is a support group for bloggers to write were very supportive and got the book through them with inputs on the format to write reviews. Yes! It’s been a learning curve. I cannot credit myself alone for that and there were so many people involved in my journey who still support me.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: from where do you get the materials to critic? Do people send them to you? What about the movies?
Vishal Bheeroo: Book authors approach me to review their works via e-mail and social media. Also, the fact that I am active on websites like Goodreads and Twitter help tremendously. I started my first movie review on the blog which I created in 2007 and the first movie reviewed was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya which I watched in Pune. But, I was not serious at that time. But, my first professional film review that I did was ‘Ready’ during the time I was working as a journalist. I am thankful to my mentor and boss who gave me the opportunity. Since then, there was no looking back and I approach reviews in a professional manner, avoiding to be biased, be it books and movies. I feel it’s a creative work where professionals put lots of effort and one shouldn’t run down someone’s work just for the heck of it. Being balanced and honest in our approach is the best way to produce good work.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Can anyone send you his/her books for a critic?
Vishal Bheeroo: When I am approached by someone, I normally request for three weeks to one month, the time they send their materials for review. If they agree, then we go along. If, I have too much stuff on my plate, I ask if they can wait. If the author agrees, we go ahead and if not, just too bad. I feel there is a need for certain understanding and reviewers shouldn’t promise what they cannot do for it creates a bad impression on the market.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: What happened to your site? Is it launched?
Vishal Bheeroo: For the time being, the web venture is on hold since my associate is busy with other work. We don’t want to rush into things but plan it well and launch when we are ready. One shouldn’t rush into things. Good planning is the key to success and one should learn from the mistakes made by others in the business.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: What is it about?
Vishal Bheeroo: It’s a platform for the Indian diaspora across the globe. It’s all about anything Indian, be it our home town, food, fashion, books, movies, culture, human stories and how we made it in foreign shores. What does an Indian miss at home? We want to tell an Indian story with a heart.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Any plans of publishing a book? One too many of your works are very good.
Vishal Bheeroo: Ha! I’ve been trying to write a book rather unsuccessfully and will try to revive it this year after ages. You know when I see so many people writing novels, I feel that I am being laidback. But, the good thing is that there are so many blog fictions and themes that I participated for various writing festivals that I intend to turn into e-books. An e-book might come very soon. I have quite a few ideas to write a collection of short stories. As far as the book I am writing is concerned, it’s an inter religion love story set in Mumbai. First let me, dig it before it gathers dust.
Thanks a lot, Sharmistha.

the interview: https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/tfnf-feb-9-2-17-vishal-bheeroo-the-critique.pdf

Thursday Fun n Frolics 2.2.17 Swati Sarangi

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Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about yourself Swati, who are you in earthly sense and in reality?
Swati Sarangi: I’m currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. So, basically I’m a post graduate student by profession and a writer by passion. I’m someone who has an intense obsession with words, numbers and colours. Being quite reticent in nature, I feel very expressive when I pen down my thoughts. I’m so much passionate about writing that I never miss a single page of my diary!

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: How do you juggle B.Tech and poetry? Most career oriented people lament how poetry dries up inside them when they go to office!
Swati Sarangi: As already mentioned above, I’ve always been inclined to reading and writing since my childhood days. When you’re really passionate about something, you don’t need to take any special slot out of your day to pursue your passion. I’ve even composed some of the poems or written some articles during uninteresting lectures and labs in college days! 😛 There were days when I could not be regular with the process of writing but that never made me to leave my passion.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: What made you a poet and a published author?
Swati Sarangi: During primary classes, my father used to compose poems for me and I used to dream about the day when I would be able to compose poems like my father. So, primary motivation for writing came from my father. Later on, I got the inspiration from my classmates who were good at writing. I composed a poem for the first time when I was in class 6th and that was on my mother. Appreciation from my parents, teachers and friends ignited my passion for writing. Publishing my works helped me to get the viewpoints of readers which encouraged me to work on my writing abilities.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about your book!
Swati Sarangi: I’ve contributed two poems for an ebook ‘Addiqtd book of poetry’ by the publisher Laureate Journal Literature Fraternity (February 6, 2015). It’s an ebook of collection of modern poetry by contemporary poets.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Where can we buy it?
Swati Sarangi: Here is the link to Addiqtd book of poetry – https://amazon.com/AddiQtd-Book-Poetry-Swati-Sarangi-ebook/dp/B00TBPEUNS#navbar . It is available in Kindle store at Amazon.com.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Tell us a little bit about your blog and do give us their addresses.
Swati Sarangi: I have maintained two blogs with my sister, Sweta- https://creative-constellation.blogspot.com and https://wordstoworld.wordpress.com . The first one is nearly 3 and a half years old whereas the later one has been created recently which has been dedicated to short forms of writing like Haiku and flash fiction. My sister also contributes to these blogs.

Sharmishtha Basu@INDIE ADDA: Another one coming? Story or poems? spoiler?
Swati Sarangi: The answer to this question is even a mystery to me as well!  I write down whatever comes to my mind. I’ve never been specific about any form of writing.

the interview:
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/tfnf-feb-2-2-17-swati-sarangi-and-addiqtd.pdf