Friday, July 21, 2017

Spotlight: Sweet T and the Turtle Team by Cat Michaels

Greetings Book Lovers,
Thanks to BeachBoundBooks I am now into reading some lovely children's books by some amazing authors. This is another one by Author Cat Michaels.
I loved the gutsy Tara or Sweet T and her mission to save the baby sea turtles. Hope to read this one soon :)

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the beautiful children's book written by Cat Michaels and Illustrated by Irene A. Johns, Sweet T and the Turtle Team. The tour will run from July 12 - August 9, 2017.
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 About the Book

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Title:  Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author:  Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11

Summary: It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina's Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little.  Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time.  Besides,a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests. Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child.  He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles. What’s up with Billy?  He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next.  And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team?  T can't figure him out. A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.
  • Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
  • Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
  • Will Billy reveal his secret?
Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with“Sweet T and the Turtle Team”to find out! “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed.  With a glossary, comprehension quiz, sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions, “Turtle Team” delivers powerful messages about protecting marine life while helping young readers empathize with children who struggle to read.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review: The Money Lender by Manju Nambiar

Good day Book Lovers,
If you love short stories you are in for a treat with Manju Nambiar's debut short story novel: The Money Lender.
I now-a-days love short stories. So when I started reading this book of 5short stories I was surprised and hooked.


Story:
The story is told in the first person by the Money Lender of Gulf Town in Kerala. Uncle Scrooge as he is addressed by the residents of the town is a shrewd guy who has wisely got into this profession but is no Villian as they show in movies. He has schemes and plans to take people's money but he never loots them. He infact is a good judge of people and loves to help whenever he can. Each story revolves around how different characters in the town behave and what the Money Lender summarises of these characters and their lives.
You have to read these stories to love The Money Lender and be transported to the calm, serene town called Gulf Town.

What I liked:
For a debut novel Manju Nambiar has done a commendable job of writing in clear, simple language and a steady pace to each story.
There is a freshness in the writing. I didnt find any editing errors. So hats off on that Manju.
I loved the way the small details of the town, the places, people and situations is described. You are transported there in a giffy.
The pace is steady in each story. Nothing extra or missing here. Language is good and simple.
The character of Money Lender and his way of assessing people was a novel concept for me. I thought I might be repelled by his shrewd thinking and looting of people. But this was a pleasant surprise for me.

I hope Manju Nambiar writes more of these stories or tries her hand at a full fledged novel. Wish her all the best.

What I wanted more:
More stories. The book is merely 60 pages but still I took time out to read it slowly and savour it.
A full fledged novel hope is in the making soon Manju Nambiar.


Waiting for more writings from you Manju Nambiar. All the best.

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Book Review: Just me, the Sink & the Pot by Sudesna Ghosh

Good day People !
Sudesna Ghosh's book on body image gives a glimpse into the world of people who are bullied, abused just for the way they look.
Read the blurb of the book: Book Blitz: Just Me, The Sink & The Pot by Sudesna Ghosh


Story:
This book is like a Memoir by Sudesna Ghosh and reads like a diary.
Pamela is born to an Indian mother and American father. Both the parents are foodies but thin in the real world. Pamela is not. To add more salt to the burn, her sister is beautiful and again thin, who makes it a point to highlight that Pamela is fat, a misfit, will never have a boyfriend, is weird coz she talks to her set of soft toys, etc. Pamela has been the butt of jokes, always left out, advised about eating habits and diets, shown pity or hate, etc since kindergarten. So its not surprising she doesnt have friends, loving family members she can rely on, motivators or role models.
The only encouraging, caring person around her is her Father but again who doesnt think its a big issue. Then there are her soft toys whom she considers her family, celebrates their birthdays, calls them her babies and is very protective of them, who according to her talk to her and like family members encourage, snub, humour her, scold, talk sense and she cant let a day go without talking to them.
She imagines having a normal life, having a thin body, a boyfriend, get married, have sex, do exciting things in life. But everything collects around the thought that she is Fat and the society is partial to Thin girls.

What I liked:
Simple, clear language which gives you a clear view into the life of a girl termed as 'Fat' by the society. It shows how small things, words, acts, feelings, perspective makes deep impressions on a young mind to the extent of destabilizing it.
But the writing is always in a lighter, funny tone. So its not depressing nor sounds as if its venting out but instead enlightening.
The workings of human mind. Shows how continuous visualizing of things make them happen in real life and how they become engraved to become your mental makeup or the glasses through which you see the world. Pamela's continuous thinking that the Thin girls get everything good in life, makes her unable to see the other good things in her life.

What I wanted more:
Guess we are conditioned with Happily-ever-afters so I would have liked to know that Pamela was fully recovered or treated. Thankfully she gets help in the end and hope she comes out as a Beautiful girl with a lovely Soul.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Guest Post: What advice would you give people dealing with body shaming issues or bullies? to Sudesna Ghosh

Good day!
Bullying, Body Shaming, Verbal Abuse now-a-days are #trending topics or discussions.
Why and how to stop them?
We asked Author Sudesna Ghosh of Just Me, The Sink & The Pot:


Q: What advice would you give people dealing with body shaming issues or bullies?

A: People can be mean. Children can be mean to each other and later grow into adults who believe that body shaming is acceptable behaviour. Unfortunately, it is difficult to change old habits so parents and educators need to step in from the beginning. Body shaming and other bullying behaviour can create havoc with a victim’s mind. It can lead to long term negative body image, negative behavioural patterns such as eating disorders, and more. The good news is that Indians are speaking up about the need for better mental health. And while you cannot force somebody to change the way they are acting or thinking, you can train yourself to focus on the positive aspects of your body or your life.
Trained psychotherapists who use the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy process can help you understand, identify and restructure your thought process. In simple language, they can show you how to cope with mean people in a healthy way.
Facing bullies and body shaming can leave you with a lot of negative energy; exercise is a good way to deal with it. Take long walks, join a dance class, engage in physical activity that lets you get out all the frustration on a regular basis.
From my experience, replying to bullies with harsh words or attempting an angry reply never helps your situation. Instead, you end up feeling like you’ve lost a fight. Sometimes it is important to know that a reaction is not needed. You can write down your angry, sad thoughts about the incident and then drown the papers in water and try to let go like that. It gets easier with practice.
And finally, remember that your body belongs to YOU. Nobody has the right to tell you how it should look. If you aim for health and happiness without harming anybody around you, you’re on the right path I think.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spotlight: 150 Brilliant Ideas to keep Young Minds Fit & Fine by Neeraa Maini Srivastav

Greetings People !
I am glad these days we are talking about a lot of issues openly. May it be body shaming or mental health or abuse. All issues need to be discussed, increase awareness about it and maybe find a permanent solution to it.

Here is Author Neeraa's 4th book about 'wellness' for the young minds:



Blurb:

In a world with increasing stress, lifestyle imbalance, new age challenges and health hazards, 'wellness' is the new God everyone's seeking. While adults have infinite choices and options to course-correct paths, the young adults, though have increasing incidences of mental and physical health challenges, have little or almost no aids to holistic health and wellness. With increasing juvenile obesity and depression hitting the teens, there is a dire need to address the same. 

The book is based on addressing just that in a contemporary, light-hearted fashion. Split into 3 sections: Mind, Body and Spirit, the book offers truths in each category that seed the idea of wellness in a fun and engaging way. What better than a ready reckoner for young adults to get by their highly stressful daily lives in a more meaningful, healthier and stimulating manner. A companion of sorts, the book aims at delivering well-being to the troubled young souls. "The reason why this book is close to my heart is because as a Life Skills Coach, I work extensively with teens as well as tweens. Doing so requires an understanding of their Mind, Body, Spirit. This is the area in which this wonderful book serves an important purpose. It offers an integrated, holistic approach to every aspect of young peoples' Wellness issues. Neera is an author whom I admire greatly. 

This exhaustive book is a much- needed compendium of critical information. I have no doubt it will meet huge success." - Ms Neelam Kumar (Life Skills Coach and Author)

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About the Author:
Neera Maini Srivastav
Storyteller for young adults in India

Carving her niche as the child – adult fiction writer, Neeraa Maini Srivastav is a fiction writer and an advertising professional of Indian origin.
With a vast repertoire of creative projects worldwide in her metier, she drew her inspiration from being around literary greats. Armed with a Masters degree in Literature and a penchant for storytelling, her quest continued with her professional years as a senior creative, both in India and abroad  in reputed agencies like Lintas (now Lowe), Saatchi & Saatchi, Mudra to name a few. The compelling need to cross-breed creativity made her contribute her sensibilities to India's reputed movie production and media houses such as Mukta Arts and The Times of India. 
From building brands to penning mindful features for publications, she straddles both worlds with equal √©lan and has even made a foray into screenwriting for both television and cinema. Neeraa's avid interest in new age spirituality and metaphysics makes her live the adage 'I create, therefore I am'. 
The White Crow marked Neera’s adventurous debut in fictional writing for young adults, making Neera one of the most promising storyteller for young India. The white crow, which has been one of the fictional best sellers for young adults, has the underlying theme of acceptance, inclusion, equality, diversity, tolerance and oneness. Rights to ‘The White Crow’ have been acquired by Podar School for syllabus while she often serves as a Guest speaker at leading public schools and symposia.

As Neera continued her literary Quest she dabbled into creating interesting fictional characters from creating Brand Characters.  The Adventures of the Bubblegum Boy Finally Indian Fiction had stories and super heroes, which were not imported from the west.  One of main USP’s of Neera’s fiction writing is the amalgamation of real world with fantasy and social message. It will make you laugh and enjoy but also will make you ponder on certain important issues which all of us face in our lives.

Neera’s third book is a contemporary fiction, ‘1 Friend Request Sent: From Hanuman’, is a unique piece of modern-day fiction enthused from the worldwide web. A uniquely thrilling and enlightening first time ever encounter between a victim of technology and the supreme power- and all that transpires in between.
Neera’s unparalleled panache and grace in her narrative shines through all her books. Her stories paint a visual landscape with such richness that makes them potent film content. They are great story properties for future animation and TV series.
 Neera has also been actively involved in nurturing young adult imagination. She regularly conducts creative writing workshops for kids and has also been a celebrated guest lecturer at many educational institutes.
Today Neera is gearing up to launch her fourth book that has been eagerly anticipated in the Indian Literary circles and is touted as one of the to-be-watched titles for young adults in 2016.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Blitz: Just Me, The Sink & The Pot by Sudesna Ghosh

Greetings People!
Society and its people have always taken a pleasure in pointing out issues in other people. The issues range from color of skin, the shape of body, size, caste, profession, likes, expertise,... the list is endless.
Sudesna Ghosh retells her story of growing up years when she was termed as a Fat girl and how her self-esteem, mental makeup, relationships... everything was centered around this 'issue'.
Told in simple, entertaining but hard-hitting way, the life of a Fat beautiful Girl.

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JUST ME, THE SINK & THE POT
by
Sudesna Ghosh



Blurb

Meet Pamela, an overweight girl who's looking back at her school days. From longing for a Valentine to dealing with a sibling who hates her, Pamela has a lot to deal with. She even has a special bunch of friends at home who she can turn to - but they aren't the kind of friends you'd expect. Life sucks when you're fat. Can Pamela ever be happy?

Read an excerpt of the book here...

One day a classmate asked me, “Where is your lunch?” I told her that I had already had it and went back to my fake laughter and smiles. The others chatted and laughed while they ate from their tiffin boxes. Some brought samosas or ice cream from outside the gate. My hunger pangs got worse as I saw all the food and smelt the delicious odours around me.

The ice cream cart was run by a sweet old man who knew me since I’d started school. He would ask me some days, “Child, you don’t want your favourite orange stick?” I would say no thank you and smile before running away from him and his cart. One day he seemed to be desperate to make me have an ice cream. “Child! Come here and have an ice cream. You don’t have to pay me,” he called out. I smiled, turned around and went to hide in an empty classroom. Two minutes later, I shrieked; the old man had found me. He was carrying a dripping ice cream for me. I started laughing. Then I started running away from him. The old man started running after me!

My classmates were shocked. The sports teacher was happy to see me run for the first time – I had never run before because fat moves when you run. Everybody would laugh. The lunch break ended with me accepting the mostly melted orange stick from the kind ice cream man. We were too tired to talk about the whole event. But it did make me a bit popular that year, with the school Yearbook including the story and a picture of me running away from a 6 feet tall man holding an ice cream.

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Sudesna (Sue) Ghosh is a writer based in Kolkata. She was born in the United States and moved to India when she was 9. After completing high school there, she went back to the US for her higher education at the University of Rochester. She has also penned What Would I Tell Her @ 13 and News Now, along with several short stories. When Sudesna isn’t writing, she tries to do her bit for animal welfare.
       

                          

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Spotlight: Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal

Good day People !
Introducing Veena Nagpal's 4th novel: Radius 200. We are working towards saving trees, animals, global warming, reusing plastic, solar energy. But do we think of saving the most essential thing we need to survive: Water. Here is a story which grapples with this issue and makes you rethink about this essential commodity along with weaving a love story in it.

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Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal
Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal

BOOK BLURB:
What if a nuclear powered neighbouring nation was to ‘steal’ an entire river from under our eyes?
What if a top-ranking Indian General was to take a unilateral decision to strike back, thereby triggering a cataclysmic reaction?
What if, in the aftermath of the nuclear attack, India was left with a devastated Exclusion Zone, 200 kilometers in radius?
And what if your love was stranded inside the Exclusion Zone…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Veena Nagpal
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RADIUS 200 is Veena Nagpal’s fourth novel.
The previous novels were The Uncommon Memories of Zeenat Qureishi (Tara), Karmayogi (Jaico) and Compulsion (Sterling).
She has also written four books for children.
A passionate environmentalist, she has conducted more than five hundred environment workshops for school children in the NCR region.
She loves travelling. “Must have inherited gypsy blood from somewhere,” she laughs. She is also an avid photographer and dabbles in oil painting.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Blitz: The Wrong Turn by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

Greetings Everyone,
Introducing a Historical Romance Thriller. This gives a glimpse into pre-independence struggle with Netaji, INA, British Raj, Freedom fighters,... Do take a look at the book to know more.



THE WRONG TURN:
Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji
by
Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose



Blurb

1944, Kohima — a small, sleepy town in northeast India. Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA) along with the Japanese, are on the brink of bringing the Empire to its knees and forcing the British out of India. But, inexplicably, the tables turn. The INA’s advance is thwarted and the victory march to Delhi is halted. Seventy years later, the British admit that the Battle of Kohima was the greatest battle they had ever fought. Even more so than the battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk. Was it then that old Indian curse — betrayal? Someone from within Netaji’s own ranks? Were there forces other than the British, waiting in the shadows closer to home, who stood to gain even more from the INA’s defeat? Or was it just love that irrevocably altered the course of India’s destiny? The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, is a sweeping tale of passion set against the freedom struggle. Debraj, the rakish playboy and scion of a distinguished Calcutta family, and Nishonko, the fiery revolutionary sworn to the cause of the INA, must not only fight their common enemy, but also for the love of Aditi, the rebel with the healing touch. A haunting tale of love, friendship and betrayal of an entire nation, The Wrong Turn veers inexorably towards a poignant redemption.

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The Wrong Turn is a story that traverses the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima caught up in the blaze of the Second World War. It is about the clash of four desperate forces as they come together in Kohima to vie for the brightest jewel in the crown -- India. Victory will come to those who possess not just the coldest steel but even colder hearts.”

SANJAY CHOPRA is an airline pilot and author of two collections of short stories.  Said and Done and Tailspin stories . He believes that his  office forty thousand feet in the sky and his travels provide him with a view that fuels his vivid storytelling that cuts a wide arc through time and space.

His stories have won the Invisible Ink, the Millennium writers and Southport awards in the UK and USA. In the words of his readers, ‘He is a storyteller like those of the old days, yet his stories are as modern as tomorrow.

He lives in Mumbai with his wife Tisca Chopra, an actress and he is currently working on a film script and a web series. 


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This was a story waiting to be told. So much about Netaji was smoke and mirrors, partial views foisted on us by the British and other vested interests. Here was a man who was a personal hero, who was part of the lore of my childhood. And here was a chance to set the narrative straight - through the lens of a very human yet universal story of love.

During a school project on ‘The most memorable day of my life’, NAMITA ROY GHOSE wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up. Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.

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   Praise for the book


Vidya Balan "I like historical fiction. This one is just gripping, racing along like a thriller. I am sure people will love it and I wish Namita and Sanjay all the best for the book".

Shekhar Gupta: “Gripping reading. This is one writer duo with story-telling imagination and uncluttered turn of phrase”.

Jug Suraiya: “A sweeping saga of war, love and betrayal, set at a climactic point of India’s fight for freedom”.

Lord Meghnad Desai: “An absorbing and indeed thrilling story of one of the most crucial events in India’s history”.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Blog Tour: Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies by Louise Courey Nadeau

Greetings People,
Fairytales now-a-days are lot more realistic and different then the ones we read as kids.
This one will surely capture your fantasy. If you have a kid(s) around, read it to them too. A Prince, magical necklace, Land of fairies is sure to enthrall everyone. Lets get to know more about this book.


BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the enchanting children's book written by Louise Courey Nadeau, Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies. The tour will run from June 12 - June 30, 2017.

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Title: Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Illustrator: Nathan Heinze
Publication Date: April 2017
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 35
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Five Star Readers Favourite and Story Monster approved!  New Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is finally out! Its the third children's book in the Magelica trilogy. Put on your magical necklace and join Magelica and her friends as they discover that fairies are real and that love is the most powerful magic of all!In this very special adventure, rainbows light up the sky as Magelica and Prince Will embark on an extraordinary voyage to uncover the mystery of her past. Empowered on her quest by her chosen mother, Magelica and her friends follow the secret scroll to the Land of the Fairies. As they make their way through the forest, fear gets in the way and their courage is tested.

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Title: Magelica's Voyage
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.

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Title: The Rescue (Magelica's Voyage Book 2)
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: May 27, 2015
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it's too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

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Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, wife and mother to two girls and two boys is the creator and author of Magelica’s Voyage, Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue and Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies; an adventure/fantasy trilogy about a young girl on Earth who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12 and sets out on a voyage to discover who she is and where she comes from. Empowered by her Chosen Mother to follow her heart, Magelica and her fun and wacky friends learn that following your dreams is no easy task! Called upon to connect peoples and worlds, and bring balance and harmony, Magelica discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for courage, believing in herself, and love, the most powerful magic of all.

 Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener, Louise’s passions keep growing. Louise's dream is to create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe, and make a real difference by entertaining them with exciting stories that stimulate their imagination, and help them discover the power of their own magic.  Books are just the beginning. She is simply getting started!

 "Through life's trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going!  My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation. "The children of today, will grow up to be the parents of tomorrow. By inspiring them now, the ripple effect will eventually change the world."

"Magelica's Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love", says Courey Nadeau. "All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around."

To learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica's Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Magelica books and necklaces are available on amazon.com and at selected retailers.

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Prize: One winner will receive a Magelica Prize Pack which includes all three books in the series and Magelica's necklace (pictured above).
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review: Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi

Good day People!

I was smiling most of the time I was reading this book. I read it at leisure coz of the nostalgia and memories it brought forth. I have been recommending this book to everyone I meet and talk about Books. Do buy your copy asap.



I am sure everyone will remember or relate to more than one thing from this book. May it be old childhood friends, the games you played, the tricks, the obsessions, the secret plans, school and teachers, vacations, favorite sweets, .... there is something for everyone that will make them go, 'Ah, I did that too :D '

Check out the book details at: Spotlight: Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi

The Publisher of the book is no other than PaperBoat whose aim is to bring memories alive. Anand Suspi and his book does this job perfectly. So we inquired how he managed to get it Published. His response: Guest Post: How did you approach PaperBoat for Publishing the book? to Anand Suspi

Story:
Non-fiction genre I rarely pick up these days. This book is a 220 pages collection of stories from Anand Suspi's childhood to adulthood in the small town of Shimoga. Anand recounts incidents from being a child of 3 years to his first job days. It takes you down memory lane into the days of innocence, carefree play times, everlasting friendships, parents were role models, middle class living.

What I Liked:
Its a lovely book. Clear, perfect English language. Flow smooth. Its divided into 2 parts: Half Pants and Full Pants :)
Each chapter gives us a glimpse of Anand's life in Shimoga as the son of a Railway train guard. The descriptions are vivid. I can visualize his home, backyard, his friends, the Shimoga station, trains, etc.

Many of the incidents are hilarious and makes us wonder what cartoons we were and antics we as kids did. Some incidents make us stop and think. They sort of give the answer to how the incident shaped us as an adult, the principles we made, the habits we ingrained, the concepts or notions we kept in our minds.

I loved the way Anand has written clearly each detail. It doesnt sound pompous or mirch-masala types but is packed with humour all the time. Kudos to your memory for remembering so many incidents.

I have been narrating some of the incidents to my family members while reading the book and got many more shared from each of them.

I am sure RK Narayan must be smiling in heaven reading this book :)


What I wanted more:
I cringed and was shouting No, when the friends stole books from the library. Guess, that was more horrific than swallowing blade pieces to me :p. Anand, you have to do some sort of re compensation to those libraries. Please :)

This book is going to be in my personal library.
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Enjoy the book :)
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guest Post: How did you approach PaperBoat for Publishing the book? to Anand Suspi

Greetings Book Lovers,
I am currently reading Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi and loving every moment of it.
If you see online Anand and PaperBoat, the drinks company is promoting the book in a unique and funny way. PaperBoat's aim to bring our childhood memories alive and if you read Anand's book, it effortlessly does so.
Read Anand's response how he got around doing this.



Read more about the book: Spotlight: Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi

Q: You have been self-promoting the Book very well. The close association with PaperBoat Adverts and the book is evident and done efficiently. How did you approach PaperBoat for Publishing the book?

A: After nearly 5 years of approaching publishing houses and finding no takers, a dear friend suggested that I approach Paper Boat. The book is all about nostalgia and childhood memories and so is the brand. That was the logic. I wrote to Neeraj​ Kakkar, one of the founders. He read two stories and liked them immensely. He instinctively said that he wants more people to read these tales and offered to publish it. He is an incredibly modest and a magnanimous person. So is his entire team. I don’t say this because they’ve published my book. They are genuinely some of the nicest people you find in the corporate world.

Touch wood, you got the perfect Publisher :)  All the best Anand for all your book(s) and ventures.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spotlight: Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi

Greetings Everyone,
Do you go into flashbacks of your childhood remembering the games you played, your friends, your school, sweets you loved, tricks you played, sneaking around the house when mom was taking a nap, the pretend-plays of teachers/detectives/restaurants/... ?

This book will take you on a nostalgia filled journey as we explore Author Anand's childhood in Shimoga. Do read it. Im sure it will remind you of RK Narayan's Malgudi Days :)

Im slow-reading this book to absorb a peaceful, fun, humorous account of innocence.




HALF PANTS, FULL PANTS
REAL LIFE TALES FROM SHIMOGA
by
Anand Suspi



Blurb

Half Pants Full Pants is a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. All the characters in the book are real and most of them are still in Shimoga, of course now in their mid-40s. Quite a few are from prominent families and are now active and important members of Shimoga. The book vividly captures the real childhood adventures of this generation of people in Shimoga. It’s a glorious reminiscence as well as a tribute to this wonderful town.

R. Balki says

“After Malgudi Days, I could never imagine that someone could create a childhood classic for adults to regain their innocence even for a few hours. Suspi’s tales would have made R K Narayan smile. Oh! That beautiful Kannadiga gene!”

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About the author


An advertising writer for over 20 years, he started with Mudra, Mumbai in 1995 and subsequently spent a large part of his career in Lowe Lintas working under Balki. He was the Creative Head of Lowe Delhi between 2007 and 2010. Currently, he lives in Gurgaon and is the co-founder of an ad agency called AndAnd Brand Partners.

Half Pants Full Pants is his first book, a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. The notable difference would be that every story is real and the characters are all in their mid-40s now, often reminiscing about the gloriousness of their growing up years.

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