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Some reviews on my Amazon books!

The document with links for the reviews, in case you want to dig in further!

https://agnijaat.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/2.docx

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New! Troy reviewed wildflowers in bed of rocks
Touching in its elegance January 18, 2017
A collection of sixty-nine poems, with such themes as love, beauty, and fantastic wonder, I found this book an excellent read on a cold winter’s night when the skies are clear, with the stars alight so very far away.
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Troy reviewed durgapujo duti shishur duti jagat
The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script June 1, 2016
In this, the same celebration seen through two different perspectives, I found the poetry quite pleasing to the mind’s ear. The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script, as well as a good resource for practicing translating between it and English!
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3.
Troy reviewed barir pujo durgapuja and kalipuja
Excellent! June 1, 2016
As a big fan of things Indian, this collection of stories is not only informative in its depiction of Bengali worship celebrations, but I found the illustrations throughout with a charm evoking mystery and wonder!
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4.
F. E. Esparza reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
A Thinker December 27, 2015
I found this book to be interesting to read. The stories are very short and entertaining but I feel they don’t end properly as some feel like cliff hangers. I don’t know if that was the writers intention to do. On the flip side it does give a reader thoughts to ponder on what happen next. So I do have to say this book does make a reader think and captures a persons attention.
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Troy reviewed myriad colours of earth
Beautiful stuff! September 9, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, with the lyrical feel of its verse, and the accompanying digital paintings that enhance it. Most excellent!
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Troy reviewed of dreams and reality
This is stellar! September 9, 2015
This one evokes thoughts like a those of a mind lost between misty puffs of down in the sky, reaching for, but always out of grasp, of answers to the very deepest of questions. Well done!
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7.
Troy reviewed the heart beats on
Fascinating stuff! September 9, 2015
A collection of poetic verse and digital painting, this book was well worth an evening’s read. Congratulations to the authoress to work done well!
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Troy reviewed Meghparir Gaan song of clouds
Wonderful! September 9, 2015
As a collection of poems both Bengali and English by the authoress and her own art, this made my thoughts soar to realms afar, captured perfectly in graceful script and color!
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Troy reviewed Butterflies from life’s garden
Wonderful! July 5, 2015
This collection of verse got me thinking about those little questions of life that seem so difficult to articulate in words, yet whose answers can be deceptively simple once properly considered. They are butterflies of thought, flitting about the mind’s eye and avoiding one’s direct gaze until viewed out of the corners, as it were, of that same mind’s eye. Great stuff!
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Troy reviewed waves that became songs
I enjoyed this! July 5, 2015
As a collection of poems, this one was a pleasure to read through, while taking in the authoress’s evocative imagery, which supplemented the text wonderfully!
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Troy reviewed Moments from the journey
Awesome poetry! July 5, 2015
This is a brilliant collection, with lively and enchanting images that add a great deal of color and feel to the text.
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12.
Troy reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Very good! May 16, 2015
This is a wonderful collection of seven line poems, and made an excellent late night first reading. This does not disappoint!
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13.
Troy reviewed For Tagore – rabikare agnishatdal
This is so cool! May 12, 2015
I love that, not only is this a book of poetry and evocative imagery, but also that it’s written in two languages, including one I’m learning while still a novice.

I must thank the authoress for this wonderful learning opportunity, and a fitting tribute to the great Bengali polymath himself!
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Kevin Cooper reviewed spirits of darkness and light
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original … May 6, 2015
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original bring some of India’s mythological creatures to light with a style of writing that can only be attributed to that of a true mistress of story-telling. Nothing is what it seems as each incredible tale keeps you wondering what is going to happen next with endings that are in no way predictable. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Troy reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
Enchanting! April 30, 2015
This is an excellent collection of short fiction with cool Indian themes. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Basu’s paranormal fiction, and this is no exception! My favorites from this are the collection’s titular story, a chilling piece titled Scarecrow, and The Woman in White, of strange goings on in a nightspot. Three thumbs up!
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Gayle Walters Rose reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Evil pitted against an innocent March 29, 2015
This is a gripping tale that pits evil against the innocent. The story begins with the cruelty that our own family members can sometimes inflict on us and continues with a vindictiveness that sees no end as road blocks and terrorism are used to take down an innocent human being. And as unbelievable as it may appear, this scenario is being played out with many other innocents worldwide as those in power try to take down and…Read More

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Troy reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Another good one! March 11, 2015
I’ve been following Ms. Sharmishtha Basu’s blogs and writings for some years now, and I’ve just finished reading this. It is perhaps the grimmest story I’ve read in a while. It’s dark realism is different in both style, outlook, and execution from the paranormal fiction she also writes. A story of life in India, it does not paint a pretty picture, but offers a warning, along with the discoveries and hard-fought lessons of the…Read More

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David Stewart reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that … February 15, 2015
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that people can inflict on each other. It’s an interesting look into the culture of family relationships and business dealings where everyone is out to get you.
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19.
Troy reviewed A bouquet of wild flowers
Thought provoking! February 1, 2015
A collection of 70 poems, this is an insightful work by Ms. Basu. If I must choose favorites among these, they would be her verses ‘Heaven or Hell’ and ‘Change your ways India.’ Good stuff to warm a Winter’s night!
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Troy reviewed spirits of darkness and light
A good read, be it a dark night or brightly lit afternoon! January 14, 2015
Ms. Basu has in this book, a compelling portrayal of supernatural beings both benign and malignant. Here, she shows her skill in writing tales on the paranormal beings of India and the mortal characters who interact with these creatures as well. Very enjoyable!
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David Stewart reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Five Stars January 12, 2015
This is a great little book with great poems and wonderful illustrations.
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22.
Teagan reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Five Stars January 7, 2015
What a treat to have this at such a great price!
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Teagan reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Lovingly Crafted December 14, 2014
This book of poetry and illustrations is lovingly crafted, and the contents are imbued with it. Kudos to the valiant spirit of this author/illustrator for getting her work out there and learning about indie publishing.
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24.
Troy reviewed Tell me a story
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great collection! December 8, 2014
This is a terrific compilation of micro-fiction, featuring a wonderful mixture of genres and skillfully done as well. This is one of Ms. Basu’s works that showcases her considerable talent as an authoress!
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Troy reviewed songbird sings to sun
Wonderful! November 23, 2014
This is a wondrous collection of seven-line poems! Ever since reading Ms. Basu’s many blogs over the last few years, she has shown herself to be a woman of astounding energy and vibrant imagination, and it shows in her considerable ability as a published authoress, and this work is no exception!
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Troy reviewed black mist and other stories
Brilliant stories! October 31, 2014
Perfect for Halloween reading! I love the way the author has with so many different genres of dark fiction! I must say, these are good!
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Brieuc Martin-Onraet reviewed The Lotus of Fire
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great work! October 24, 2014
Lovely texts and art. Great work!
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Troy reviewed The Lotus of Fire
2 of 2 people found the following helpful
Excellent work! October 11, 2014
This is a wonderful collection of musings, and a wonderful collection of insights into Indian culture, life, belief, and love. It would be interesting to see it also in Bengali language and script to practice translations on in study. Just beautiful!
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AGNIJASHATADALAMA PAYPAL AND PATREON- THE NEXT STEP by Sharmishtha Basu

Well, finally I took the decision and embarked upon it. I have opened an online store for my creations, but have just laid its foundations, you can buy my books, that includes Agnishatdal and Agnijaat anytime you wish, the rest of the creations that will be displayed there in due time will be available too, after they are displayed there. Till then check them out and suggest me, as much as you want! you know the email ids, sermistabasu@gmail.com and agnijaat@hotmail.com.

the sites:
https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com
https://agnijashatadalama.blogspot.in
and
https://www.facebook.com/agnijashatadalama

If you want to buy the Ezines or become the “fuel” behind my creativity do pay a visit to my paypal and/or patreon account I will be extremely grateful 🙂

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity:
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

You will be able to buy the Ezines, and my other digital works, some are already up in Patreon, will be there regularly- every month.

Others are or will be available in Agnijashatadalama, where you can see the samples, directly approach me and I will send you the pdf files after you pay through paypal! Once I up my paypal account, I will tell you then! If you actually want to help me into paying my bills in return of small pieces of books and art please become my patron! The paypal account courtesy Indian red tapes is still dangling!

https://www.paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

Welcome to Sharmishtha Basu’s Indie Adda!

Welcome to the first halt in my blogs, well, if you force a workaholic to stay indoors 24×7 she either goes crazy, becomes an expert home-minister or picks up extremely time-consuming hobbies and dedicates her 200% to it!

That is what I have been doing since 2007, since relentless heckling of a gang of ghouls robbed me off my lifelong dream of having a career and forced me to stay at home. Initially it was tough for a woman like me, who never wanted to be anything but a career woman, but then, blessed me, I was bitten by writing bug, encouraged by favourable winds (readers) it became my full fledged passion, and illustration joined. Now, writing comes to me in a flow, so I usually write very quickly (I took professional training in typewriting quite seriously so my typing speed is really fast), but lucky for me illustrations take time, long time so I spend my time with these two newly picked up hobbies, that is since 2008 or 2009.

I took all the normal steps- blogged like crazy I have at present 17 blogs and believe me they are driving me nuts. I have self-published in Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu) that was elation and tragedy! Elation in publicity wise and tragedy in sale-wise! But my workaholic brain and muse won’t leave me in peace, I could not create my own library in Amazon! Come on! So an idea popped up (courtesy goes to Jonathan Ojanpera) and I started my own Ezines- Agnishatdal and Agnijaat, you can buy them via my patreon id, they are now one year old (1 year was on 17th July 2017) – Now, this was the best idea that came to me since sending my first scribbling to MSN’s reader’s archive!

Next landmark step was Agnijashatadalama- my online store which is waiting for a real bank account which will act normally in collaboration with my paypal account.

Surprise elation was illustrating Kevin Cooper’s Reflections:
https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/reflections-the-illustrated-version/

But heck I am not a millionaire actually it is my brother’s generosity that I get food on my plate and clothes on my back! Honestly! So I constantly keep trying to make my only skill into my livelihood! Writing and illustration! Now, when one after another compliments your work that hints you can try your luck with them, so I started trying different avenues and at present I am trying my level-best with Patreon, the site is very co-operative it allows one to keep their money with them till they can withdraw it, my problem is hilarious, I have a bank account but that does not accepts foreign checks or EFT. To work on that – honestly I need serious income from Patreon, Amazon ($0.00 in last six months) or some other miraculous source, so I am not fretting on that! Instead of that I am trying to build a steady group of patrons in patreon, and entertain my muse with the organized creativity involved in that “patron building process”!

My Patreon Profile is https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you become my patron there I will love to offer you these little gifts as a token of my gratitude, I will make them worthy of your generous contribution! If you think otherwise you know where to contact and suggest me!

If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $3 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $4 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month
If you pledge $5 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are more but check out my Patreon profile to get the full details!

Before you blindly trust your bot that corrects your grammar! ;p

I was copying and converting a piece from pdf to word document, and see what I got! I tried thrice to run the grammar check so it will accept the spellings but it seemed to be in the mood of “red” today!

Just wanted to share this hilarious piece of misinformation with you 🙂

Thursday Fun n Frolics 14.9.17 is for Swati Sarangi and her Book

Sharmishtha Basu @ Agnishatdal: So Swati this is not first feather in your crown, right? Tell us a bit about previous ones and the ones in queue!
Swati Sarangi: This is actually the 3rd anthology where my work has been published. My poems have been published in 4 anthologies so far and my venture into the world of writing is still on. Here is the link to Shades of life-2 is an anthology of poems and short stories based on different colours. Various emotions have been portrayed through different colours .For example-Red (Rage & Anger), Orange (Vigilance & Anticipation), Yellow (Joy & Ecstasy), Green (Admiration & Trust), Blue (Serene & Trustworthy), Purple (Mysterious & Romantic), Pink (Girlish & Romantic),Black (Powerful & Sophisticated), White (Peace & Virtuous), Gray (Neutral & Gloomy). The anthology has been very well partitioned in different sections of colours and the contents related to that colour have been written under that particular section. At the end of the content of each section, the writer’s bio has been given to connect them to readers.This anthology ends up with a mysterious story by the editor.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any plans for going solo? A collection of your brilliant works on the way to becoming?
Swati Sarangi: Yes,It’s on my mind to publish the collection of my poems. I’ll soon start to work on it and publish.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Planning to try other avenues of literary world? Fiction, non-fiction anything other than poetry?
Swati Sarangi: No plans as such for now!

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: From where can we get your book?
Swati Sarangi: Here is the link to order: http://amzn.to/2jCgCfN

Thursday Fun n Frolics 7.9.17 Troy Loy Talks About His New Book: Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies

Troy Loy Talks About His New Book: Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies

“What drives the monstrous Broogh in their vast Flow across the galaxy? Just what sort of salvation do the ancient Dinathog-Trulg offer to those to be “saved”? What of a lost pack of werewolves on a quest for vengeance in a strange valley? This anthology contains short speculative fiction by the author published elsewhere online set in a variety of universes and diverse genres and styles.”

As my second book, Echoes has been huge fun to write. It is a collection of flash fiction I’ve published on other venues online, brought together in one volume. It uses a set of genres, from science fiction, to horror, to fantasy, to lyrical fiction.

There are aliens to be found within, the enormous Broogh, or the murderous Dinathog-Trulg, and monsters to be feared, the sinister festerlings and werewolves on a hunt for vengeance. I’ll offer a bit on how I came by some of them:

The Broogh were inspired by the giant aliens of Macross, the humanoid Zentradi, but rather than them being giant-sized humans, I made them something more plausible for that scale, real world dinosaurs, with extra limbs…legs and arms, for supporting their mass in normal gravity and for wielding huge weapons. But the similarities end at size and warlike temperament, as the species are refugees, fleeing something…even more dangerous and terrifying than they! Two stories, A Day in the Life and Countdown feature them.

The Dinathog-Trulg were conceived as the exact opposites of Doctor Who’s villains, the Daleks, dangerous not because of hatred, but from a twisted sort of love. They are featured in the stories Squorium and Party Crashers, less directly so in Festerling and Games People Play.

The story Howl at the Stars is my first piece of werewolf fiction, using the theme of arcane knowledge which is indistinguishable from magic, as with the following excerpt:

“Jake-Looks-At-Stars searched the skies for signs, using his magicks to guide his pack to safety. Fortunately, the skies were clear, the stars and moons bright this night. Jake-Looks-At-Stars was both magician and werewolf, a powerful astromancer who consulted the stars on the best path to take. He let the stars speak to him in twinkling, silent majesty. The pack was lost in this strange valley, and needed to regain its way…”

For that, I got the basic idea from a Jimmy Buffett song, ‘Boathouse on the Moon,’ and added werewolves to the mix.

All of these and others were enormous fun to write and update for publication in this little volume of just 31 pages! Do check it out, at only $0.99!

It may be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Forsaken-Galaxies-Collected-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01ND0R1VC

I may be contacted online at:

https://troythulu.blogspot.com/

https://troythulu.tumblr.com

on Twitter, @Troythulu

https://www.facebook.com/KingOfShards

Thursday Fun n Frolics 31.8.17 Diva Dev talks about chinky pinky book 2

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us a little bit about your new book Diva. From where can we buy it?
Diva Dev: My New Book is CAP Series 2 Chinky and Pinky Oodhi Baba! It’s the second in the cap series and also a horror/ thriller. You can read it on all leading sites like Amazon, Smashwords and Apple book store. Thank you.
http://mybook.to/cap2 (CAP Series 2)
http://viewauthor.at/hemdiva (MY Author Page)

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: I can see it is a part of a series, so what are you planning with this series? Any specific goal or it will build itself with progress?
Diva Dev: Yes, the CAP series! I plan to write more in the series, considering the praise the first book received. I think it will build itself. If you ask me I’ve a goal of 100!

I’ve always been a fan of books that are part of a series. And I always wished to write one(actually 100) myself.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any thing other than books for children in future plans?
Diva Dev: Of course! I’ll be publishing a Romance, Science Fiction and Non- fiction as well. I hope I write them successfully and they’re well received by the readers. Actually I’ve a Million stories running in my mind! And all of them will find their way in my books. Though I’d always continue writing Childrens Fiction. I just love it! Because books for kids are as cute and innocent as themselves.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: How do you handle studies and writing books, creating ebooks, publishing etc?
Diva Dev: I think it’s because I love what I do! Rest Everything takes care of itself. I do thank my Mummy for being my support. It requires time and dedication and patience. If we have it, we can succeed.

And it’s fellow authors and friends like you that aid in my writing.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Do you illustrate your books? [If yes then have you been trained in arts or you are a self-made artist?
Diva Dev: Yes, I do sketch for my books. I’ve also designed the book covers for all of them. And I enjoy doing so.
Well, if an hour’s single day drawing class from which I literally ran away, counts as a training… then maybe…
I just loved drawing and sketching things since I was born. The canvas changed as I grew up from walls to pages and now the digital screen.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you share the chapter you have shared in your blog of the new book or a blurb?
Diva Dev: The CAP duo, i.e., Chinky and Pinky are two seven year old little girls. But the trouble they get into are hundred times dangerous their age. Despite that, their friendship, innocence and love, help them conquer the biggest villains. Their moms get into action each time and cross all limits to get the kids safely back.

It’s packed with thrill and horror on every page with a blend of emotions and courage. What began as an inspiration from bedtime stories, which the author’s mom narrated her, turned out to be a super thrilling horror.
Yet the essence of the story stays in the innocent love between friends.

You can read the first chapter for free here- https://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/700477/1/cap-series-2-chinky-and-pinky-oodhi-baba
http://mybook.to/cap2 (CAP Series 2 on Amazon)
http://viewauthor.at/hemdiva (MY Author Page)