Category: Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Regina Timothy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina Timothy lives in a picturesque village in Kenya where she enjoys amazing landscapes, exotic wildlife, and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. She always had active imagination. By chance, she started blogging in 2010, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. When not writing she enjoys watching classic movies (she’s a movie buff), going to the theater and auto shows.


Published: December 24, 2017
389 pages


Book Description:

What is the price of forgiveness? Read Full Circle, one woman’s journey from despair to happiness.

Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.

She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.

Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?

Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.

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Author Spotlight: Claire Boley

Claire Boley was born in Exeter Devon UK. Aged six she moved to Winslow Buckinghamshire where she went to school in Aylesbury. In between lessons she used to tell stories to her school friends. After leaving school the story telling went on the back burner as she left home to train to become a nurse. After she retired from nursing she read an article about bread making by a friend in a national magazine when she though, “I can do that” and she did.

Since then she has written articles in many national magazines on different subjects including hand spinning, natural dyeing, pottery, jam making, and hanging baskets. If Only I’d Listened is her debut novel but second book. The first was a craft book Hand Spinning and Natural Dyeing which she was commissioned to write in 2011.

Her debut novel is a hard hitting family saga based in London in 1965. Samantha a 16 year old school girl gets pregnant by her sixth form boyfriend Peter Knight. Samantha spends most of the nine months in and out of hospital while Peter spends his time studying for his A levels with view to going to university. Along the way he is encouraged by his mates to go out and about to pubs and clubs in the West End of London.


Published July 27, 2017
320 pages

IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND PREGNANT? How ready are you for that?
How would you deal with becoming a parent before you’ve left school?
One thing’s for sure, you can’t unmake babies.

A fact that’s borne in on Peter Knight and Samantha Smithson, sixth formers at the South East Comprehensive in Deptford, living at a time when many parents are still of the old school and pregnancy outside marriage carries a stigma. Having to face their parents, their school friends, teachers and gossip is only the beginning. Pete’s plans for university are scotched as he must seek work and accommodation suitable for a young family. And all the time he still wants to have fun, with ‘friends’ quite happy to tempt him to do it. As for Samantha, abortion is no easy option. Yet as her health and her faith in Peter goes up and down, she may have to think the unthinkable.

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Other Works:

Spinning is one of the most ancient of crafts. There are few things as satisfying as seeing a yarn that has been spun from a fleece, especially having produced it yourself. With colour and black and white photographs and diagrams throughout, this practical book is a comprehensive, step-by-step, guide detailing everything you need to know to start spinning as well as dyeing so that you can go on to reproduce your own wool for knitting or weaving. The author starts, as all spinners will do, with the wool. What are you looking for when you choose the fleece? How do you clean and prepare it ready for spinning? How do you use a spindle, how do you make ply yarn, fancy yarns, skeins and what is a niddy noddy anyway? Spinning techniques and tricks of the trade are explained as well as advice on getting hand spun yarn ready for hand knitting and a few patterns are shared along the way. The author has also included sections on the spinning wheels themselves. She give good advice on what to look for when buying a wheel, the operation, how to thread, learning to treadle as well as maintenance of the wheel. Claire uses natural plants to dye her wool and she dedicates a section of the book to recipes that will help to achieve wonderful colours not available through commercially purchased wools.

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Contact Claire:
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Author Spotlight: Rajiv Mittal


Rajiv Mittal was born in Chennai, India in the early 1960s. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a CPA from Australia. He now lives in Melbourne after living several years in the Middle East. Rajiv is self-published and his debut novel is titled Brahmahatya.

Rajiv says: Writing was a vague aspiration. It became reality thanks to a stranger who said I reminded him of the main character from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. He quoted from it, ‘Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.’


Published: August 5, 2017
307 pages

Brahmahatya is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘The act of killing a Brahmin’.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction (mythology and spirituality).

Book Description:

A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand. A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage advice. The samudra manthan (a major episode in Hindu mythology), a slightly dim secretary and a sinister boss play their part in ensuring justice is finally served but in an unexpected manner. The novel quotes frequently from the ancient Hindu scriptures and stories that the protagonists use to justify their actions. The treatment of the elderly in society is a major theme.

Buy Brahmahatya Now!
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Amazon UK: Paperback
Amazon UK: Kindle

Others thoughts on Brahmahatya:
Between Write and Wrong
Serenely Rapt

Here are some author interviews to get to know Rajiv:
Readings & Reviews
Shravya Gunipudi


Contact Rajiv:
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Twitter @RajivMittal63

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