The past has a way of catching up to you

E. Jones’ newest thriller The Secret Blush.

If you like Kendra Elliot, Lisa Jackson or Carey Baldwin, you will love this enthralling story of malice, intrigue, and love. It’s on sale for 99 cents until Monday, so get your copy now! Check it out herehttp://smarturl.it/SecretBlush

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The past has a way of catching up to you . . .

After a messy affair ends, Jennifer is trying to rebuild her life and start a career as a New York City private investigator. But when she is caught in a shooting at her favorite coffeehouse, bitter events from the past come back to hunt her.

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Puja Guha’s books –

Spy thriller AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://smarturl.it/ahrimanIntl

Family drama THE CONFLUENCE is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://smarturl.it/Confluence.

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Review of HOOD by Evan Pickering

I don’t usually read a lot of dystopian thrillers, but I heard about it from a friend and picked it up. I really enjoyed the book – the characters are interesting and well developed, and as the reader, you can really feel their plight. I especially liked the moral gray area that the author explores. What would you be willing to do to save your family? 

Although the setting of the book is incredibly dark and scary,  the author does a good job of lightening up the plot with occasional bits of humor. Overall it was a great read and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

HOOD by Evan Pickering is available on Amazon at http://smarturl.it/Hood.

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My books –

Spy thriller AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://smarturl.it/ahrimanIntl

Family drama THE CONFLUENCE is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://smarturl.it/Confluence.

Baking #GBBO recipes – Cob loaf

I recently discovered the Great British Bake Off. I binge watched the first season on Netflix in less than a week and have devoured all of the episodes available on Youtube.

I first got into baking with my good friend Mollie. She’s an expert baker and a little of her passion rubbed off on me, which led to baking the occasional cake for friends’ dinner or birthday parties. Watching the show amped up that passion to the nth degree and I came up with an idea: My plan is to bake every recipe released from the show, starting with the first season at http://british-bakers.com/the-great-british-bake-off-series-1-recipes/. I’m excited about trying it all out, including stuff that I could never fathom making like macaroons, souffles, and all kinds of bread, and learning from the successes and failures that come out of that process. Baking is definitely a way for me to create, relieve stress, and have a great time doing it.

I kicked it off by trying out Paul Hollywood’s cob recipe – a basic white bread loaf http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/paul_hollywoods_crusty_83536. The first time turned out okay, but it didn’t rise enough. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it, but I’ve reattempted it a couple of times.

The second time turned out much better, but I forgot to make the slashes and put steam in the oven.

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Third time was the charm a couple of days later. The loaf looked a lot more like a regular boule. The crust was crispy and it tasted amazing. I’m still having trouble with shaping the loaves though. Youtube videos make it look so easy but my loaves still tend to go both outward and upwards. Hopefully that will abate as I get more experienced working with bread dough. I could just start using a tin to shape the loaves, but I want to actually learn how to do it.

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Since I had some pretty good success with this basic white bread boule, my plan is to try some other shapes and then start mixing up the different recipes, with some new fillings. So here it goes today with a basic bloomer or oval shape. My first shot at shaping it flopped as it oozed outward all over the plate. I knocked the dough back again and reshaped it twice. The final product isn’t bad, although I think that I should have let the dough rise a little bit longer.

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Any feedback or comments? I would love to hear them!

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My books –

Spy thriller AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://hyperurl.co/ahriman.

Family drama THE CONFLUENCE is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://bit.ly/ConfluenceIntl.

 

“My unconquerable soul” #Invictus

“I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.”

– William Henley, Invictus

The truth is that I have. I have winced and I have cried, but afterward I have dried my tears, set up my laptop, and written the words in my heart. Maybe not every day—I have certainly succumbed to the emotions and the difficulties of the process. But in aggregate, I have written more days than I have given up. I have spent more days fighting off the face of resistance than bowing down to it. Perhaps William Henley was stronger—he wrote those words. Without wincing or crying aloud. He stared down a blank scroll and wrote about his unconquerable soul.

I wish that I felt that strong every day, every moment, but I don’t believe that my soul is unconquerable. Some days the reality of a blank page or an unedited manuscript is too much to stomach with all the pressures and deadlines of life and a paying job. But I find strength in his words and their portrayal of the author, of the individual, as someone who can fight off all of life’s demons and uncertainties to emerge in triumph.

On the day Henley wrote those words, there is no doubt that he was inspired. His soul was unconquerable, his fight had been won. When I reflect on that moment rationally, I know that it cannot have been like that for him every day. There would have been days when he felt the same way that I have. There would have been days that left his soul feeling vapid and empty when the weight of the world overtook writing, the purpose of his soul. Yet I cannot thank him enough for giving me the vision behind those words. The unconquerable soul is not one that never falls short in the face of adversity, but one that rises again and again to battle against it. And finally to overcome it in aggregate, because while some battles may be lost, we can still win the war.

You can read the full poem here at: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182194

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My first novel AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://hyperurl.co/ahriman.

 

My book was banned in Kuwait https://youtu.be/NdZZeaW_Iq0

Check out the interview on the We B Swangin’ Show https://youtu.be/NdZZeaW_Iq0

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My first novel AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://hyperurl.co/ahriman.

 

Review of BE MY FRIEND by Merle Nygate

BE MY FRIEND by Merle Nygate is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1yNagwK.

BE MY FRIEND is an intriguing story about how an individual can react when they are pushed to the limit and the limits that friends will go to for each other. I enjoyed the story and the plot twists along the way. The book keeps you guessing as your eyes are fixed on the pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful novels, especially with a strong female lead.

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