Book Blitz: Nargis by Hermit Pen @HermitPen @BookishBookie

About The Book

The book is a collection of 8 short stories, each unique and different from others, covering various facets of life, inspired by real-life characters and incidents.

The stories address contemporary social issues like loneliness, binge dating, domestic abuse, social media addiction, celebrity worship, and also contemporary environmental issues like pollution, dwindling water resources, declining fertility rate, chemical warfare, etc. 

The stories also attempt to illustrate the pain and wounds of contemporary political issues like lynching, conflicts, refugees, etc

All the characters seem very familiar and we can easily relate to them.


Book Purchase Links

Amazon
India
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USA



Book Excerpt


Nargis

It is 2030 and most of the water on earth is polluted.


In the beginning, it was industrial pollution that rendered most of the water beyond human usage, and then the water wars that followed resulted in the extensive use of chemical and biological weapons, which further left the remaining water sources toxic.


In less than 10 years, water had become the currency, and owners of non-toxic water source the new age kings, with their own militias, protecting their wells and supply chain.


Water trading was the most lucrative business now.


Namita


Namita had stopped thinking about resistance or confrontation long back. Domestic abuse and sometimes physical abuse had become part of life for her. She had accepted it. It was no secret either. Most people around her knew. It’s difficult to hide the scars, especially the physical ones. 


Lybched


Since that fateful day, he had wished for only two things. To meet the family of the boy he had killed and the people who had killed his brother. 


He couldn’t make up his mind as to what will give him the closure he needed. 


The atonement of his sin or revenge. Guilt and vengeance had been consuming him.


Neha


All she could manage was “Why are you good to me Shoeb? Why do you still stick around when everyone else has given up on me, and now you brought my child to me”.


Neha could not control anymore, tears started rolling down her cheeks. 


Shoeb softly spoke almost in a whisper to Neha “We have taken him out of the shelter and legally adopted him. We will raise him as our own now”


Banaras


He had plans of getting married next year. An arranged marriage. His parents in Hyderabad had already selected the bride for him. He knew nothing about the girl and was not interested to know either. He believed that arranged marriage will ensure that his parents will be taken care of in their old age, which was his prime responsibility, being the only son, as has been repeatedly hammered into his head, by the society, since childhood.


Lipsticks


The night was beautiful, a bit cold though to be sitting in the balcony in only a t-shirt, this had been her ritual, night after night. 


The silence at this time of the night is addictive. It calms the volatile souls and tames the inner demons. 


TikTok


Finally, she read out Waheed’s post aloud “I respectfully decline The Smith Award, which is considered no less than Noble prize, awarded to me for my thesis “Impact of Social Media on the Psyche of Celebrities”, due to the sad and unfortunate demise of a subject during the course of an experiment.”


Oh Syria!


Qasim, on the other hand, was sad, very sad. He had this foreboding that his days on his homeland were numbered and he won’t be able to return, ever. 


This was the home of his ancestors. Their graves were here. His father used to tell him that for centuries his family had lived in this town. 



About The Author



The author Mr. Hermit Pen is a regular contributor to short stories and articles for various anthologies, magazines, and own blog. 


Mr. Hermit Pen is a Business Consultant by profession with a degree in Engineering and an MBA. He is well-traveled, having spent half of his life outside India; he is presently based in Gurgaon, India.


He is a movie buff, music connoisseur, and a cricket fanatic.  He also closely follows politics and current affairs. He is a vocal advocate of education, human rights, and equality, and he occasionally dabble in social activism.


At the cusp of reinventing himself once again, Mr. Hermit Pen with all humility showcases his debut book, Nargis.


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Heartbreak at Pemberley (Longbourn, #17) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Heartbreak at Pemberley
(Longbourn, #17)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Short story.

As her wedding day approaches, Miss Juliette Darcy’s days are filled with delight as she sees her dreams evolving into reality. What devastating news, though, will soon arrive, threatening to shatter her future? Will her father be able to salvage the situation? Will Elizabeth and Darcy at length see smiles of true felicity return to their daughter’s face?

This is a compelling chapter in the life of our favourite couple and their extended family, written by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> British Short Stories
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
Series: Longbourn, #17
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-06-02

 

Teaser


One morning, as Elizabeth was taking a stroll in the sunshine outside Pemberley House, Juliette rushed to her in great agitation.

“Mama, Mama,” she cried, almost in tears, “I have news from Stephen. It is bad – so bad that he believes we must cancel our wedding.”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Heartbreak at Pemberley”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini-series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, has become a man who is gentle and caring – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley and Elizabeth and Darcy’s daughter Juliette – whose wedding to her beloved Stephen is approaching fast – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Heartbreak at Pemberley” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short instalments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Heartbreak at Pemberley? Or – if you did not yet read “Heartbreak at Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Were We Awake by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Were We Awake
by L. M. Brown

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

In each story of this collection, events make the characters understand that their world is not as it seemed.

In Hidden, the discovery of an affair between her father and aunt is only the start of finding hidden secrets for Hazel.
What it Means to Be Empty-Handed is narrated by a fourteen–year-old daughter of an alcoholic. Her denial and elaborate imagination starts to disintegrate when she lies to the wrong person.
In Crashing, a middle-aged woman lives a life of servitude until she hits a teenage boy with her car.
A thirty-year-old murder takes its toll on the victim’s family in Walking A Country Road.
The stories are set in Boston and Ireland.

 

Genre(s): > Short Stories (Books)
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Literary Short Stories
Series: n.a.
File size: 236 pages
Release date: 2019-11-20

 

Teaser


Dermot was still in bed when she got back to the house. She dried the dog, and thought that she’d have to peel the whole bag of spuds because her son was a demon for potatoes. He liked the carrots too. He’d complain if he put a ladle into the saucepan and it didn’t come up full of vegetable and meat. He’d say he thought it was a stew and not soup.

Once, when Catherine had said that was exactly what it was before him he’d actually looked up the definition of stew and showed her that it was a dish of meat and vegetable cooked slowly in liquid.

“See,” he’d said, “Cooked in liquid, not swimming in it.”


My Opinion

This book offers you thirteen interwoven short stories.

With “Were We Awake”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents thirteen well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland or Boston, Massachusetts, at that time you will get a good idea about it; the stories may be gloomy yet they provide hope. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Were We Awake”?  Or – if you did not yet read Were We Awake” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Published: In a Small Compass, Vol. 2 #Published #NewBook

Dear friends and readers,

Cover: In a Small Compass – Vol. 2
by Karen Oberlaender

My third book, In a Small Compass – Vol. 2, was published on November 22, 2019, as a multi-format ebook by Smashwords. The book comprises fourteen (optimised) short stories as well as three flash fiction stories. I hope you’ll take time to check it out at Smashwords or at one of the other retailers by following the link below. Among other locations, the stories will take you on a journey to Oakville, York, and even Norway. Enjoy your trip!

In a Small Compass – Vol. 2 is available at many retailers. Mobi format is available at Smashwords.

Buy/download links:  https://books2read.com/u/3npzN6

I hope that you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

I am looking forward to your feedback and reviews.  🙂

Best wishes,

Karen


Description

Fourteen contemporary short fiction and three micro-fiction stories with paranormal streaks take you on a journey to Oakville, York, Germany, Norway, Ireland, USA, and other places.

Find out more about:

– Ben and the wood.
– Cara and an eerie afternoon.
– Danny’s youth.
– A witty grandfather.
– Kenneth and the lake.
– Jonah and the chest.
– Valentina and the spring.
– Justin and the scent of cinnamon.
– Francesca and her dream.
– The hawk at the harbour.
– Michael at the museum.
– Gwendolyn’s call of duty.
– Sheriff Jim and the unpaid bill.
– Rose’s hardship.
– Lydia’s bliss.
– Martin and a tricky case.
– A teenage boy and a king.

Available ebook formats

epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, html

 

Change Comes to Pemberley (Longbourn, #16) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Change Comes to Pemberley
(Longbourn, #16)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Short story

A Springtime Ball at Pemberley brings another opportunity for the nascent romance between Miss Juliette Darcy and Mr Stephen Woods to flourish. Will unforeseen events spoil their evening? What profound changes threaten to upturn the lives of those who call Pemberley home?

Here is yet another charming story in the Jane Austen fan fiction series created by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #16
Length: 14 pages
Release date: 2018-05-23

 

Teaser


“Upon my word, Mr Collins, your information is correct. We are all highly delighted at the prospect of hearing Stephen Woods again. My dear sister Georgiana – who is, herself, a remarkably fine pianist – is thoroughly thrilled by his kind offer.” Elizabeth smiled, thinking of Juliette’s excitement.

“The gentleman in question is the brother of Amelia King’s intended,” continued Mr Collins. “Confidentially, I believe that Lady Catherine carries a far higher regard for Stephen than she does for Thomas – who, incidentally, is yet to become officially engaged to Her Ladyship’s granddaughter. On the latter point, I believe that Her Ladyship has mixed feelings.”

Elizabeth gave a slight nod.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Change Comes to Pemberley”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini-series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, has become a man who is gentle and caring – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley and Elizabeth and Darcy’s daughter Juliette – who has romantic feelings for a renowned musician – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Change Comes to Pemberley” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short instalments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Change Comes to Pemberley? Or – if you did not yet read “Change Comes to Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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