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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL PEYTON


BOOK SPOTLIGHT

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He Who Seeks Power, Seeks Destruction.

Over 1000 years ago, nearly all the ancient wizards were destroyed after the Wizard Wars. However, the one who started the War still remains, having worked his will in secret. If he can find the last Dragonwand, he will regain his powers as the dark dragon. Unaware of the Dragonwand or the betrayer, sixteen-year-old Markus is looking for a wizard who will give him a letter of recommendation for the College of Wizardry. During his journey, he stumbles upon Tolen the Wise, who sends Markus on a quest to end the darkness and find the Dragonwand before it gets into the wrong hands. As Markus discovers growing powers and makes allies, will he find what he needs to complete Tolen’s task, or will the ancient, dark wizard uncover the Dragonwand and forever change the fate of the land of Gallenor?

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Daniel Peyton is a fresh author whose talents includes, writing, sketching and dreaming out adventures in faraway places that he seeks to bring to paper. He lives in East Tennessee where he draws a great deal of inspiration from the unique landscape. He has been featured in short story e-zines as well as flash fiction blogs. Legacy of Dragonwand: Book I is the first book in the Dragonwand Trilogy.

Are you selfish?


Now, I want you to think about something. Are you selfish? There is good selfishness, and bad selfishness. Let me explain.

Bad selfishness: this is when you want everything to yourself, and you won’t give back to the community or give back to the universe in general. Doing this, puts you in a Bad place, wherever that may be or what it may be.

Good selfishness: this is when you put others before you, and you give so much to the community, to the world, to the universe we live in, that goodness surrounds us like a flock of birds. There is abundance in this act.

In many cases, we do the things others do because they are doing it, and we don’t want to feel left out. In that race to out do the other, we become selfish and all the things associated with selfishness, such as greed, and loathing, becomes a big, fat, grey dragon that breathes out fire of hatred. The worst thing is that we can’t shake it off.

What about if we stop following others, and do what we, as an individual i.e YOU, want to do. Would you like great opportunities, great life prospects, great family and friends? If your answer is yes, then perhaps giving a little would bring you more.

I’ll tell you a little about my story. I was in a job where everyone was leaving, for various reasons. My morale was low as my friends were moving on. Where I worked, had no scope of progression for me, anyway. I began looking for a job, but I didn’t take it seriously. That was, until someone told me the truth to my face – that this job was not right for me. I let the anger build inside of me. I began to look in earnest at other job opportunities. Within two weeks, I found another job with better prospects for my future.

I was thinking this morning, should I be selfish and think bad thoughts about this person, or should I thank that person for telling me the truth, and thus, helping me find a job that actually suited me? Should I bad mouth that person? If I didn’t act on that person’s words, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am now looking at a better 2017, and I can’t wait to get started, and I thank that person for making my life better!

So, was this good or bad selfishness? It was bad at first, as I was angry and I was thinking bad things about this person. However, it turned out to be good selfishness, as I got something great out of it, and I became peaceful about that person. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a saint. But, I think it is time, that I let my grudges go, and think positive.I am putting good intentions inside me, to bring about a better life for me in many ways.

Karma is a huge aspect of selfishness, especially bad selfishness. We reap what we sow. So why not reap good things in life, kick those bad feelings out of the window and lose those bad acts that we do now and then, and step up in life. Don’t bad mouth other people, don’t think bad thoughts about them, but think of something that will makes you happier.

BELIEVE WHAT AND WHO YOU ARE, FOR THE GOOD PERSON INSIDE OF YOU. GIVE TO THE COMMUNITY, GIVE TO THE WORLD, AND GIVE TO THE UNIVERSE. SEE HOW THAT COMMUNITY, THAT WORLD, AND THAT UNIVERSE GIVES BACK TO YOU.

BECOME UNSELFISH OR CREATE GOOD SELFISH ACTS, AND SEE THE MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR LIFE BLOSSOM FROM A SMALL BALL OF NOTHINGNESS TO A GREAT BALL OF LIGHT AND POWER TO YOU!

I believe, that sometimes, thinking good things about another person, albeit what that other person has done or is doing to you, or saying about you, IS BETTER for YOU in the long run. Good things will always follow. And Just Let It Go.

Many times, someone has called me something bad. Even now, they still do. The reason for that occurring, is a) that person doesn’t like you, b) that person is jealous of you c) that person won’t relate to you on any level. How does that make you feel? Pretty lousy, huh. Let that black cloud pass, for you, and only you know how Great you are, and what you have in your life that is great already.

So, I leave you with some thoughts, be happy, be confident, be subjective, and reap good things in life, for the universe to bring good things to you!

LOVE AND LIGHT.

 

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A free ebook


Hi good book readers,

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Secrets COVER WITH SUBTITLEWhere the Secret Lies – a paranormal romance

A mansion (Haveli). A sealed door. A spirit. And a secret.
Nineteen-year-old Arianna and her family travel from London to India for a lavish wedding. Excitement turns to bewilderment and then curiosity when strange things start happening within the Haveli walls. A sealed door opens and Arianna is given Anjali’s diary, which recounts a romantic adventure that began during the bloody turmoil of partition in 1948.

So begins a paranormal experience that leaves Arianna stunned and demanding answers. Who is Anjali? Why did the door unseal for her? Is there something the spirit wants to show her? What could it possibly be? A haveli. A sealed door. A spirit. And a secret.

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Neerja’s Story


I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.

neerja-bhanot-movie-pic-3I was alright up until the middle of the film. No, this is not a story but a real time event that happened many years ago. I thought I would not be affected by one single girl dying, for during this hijacking, many other people were killed by these terrorists. However, they had no choice but Neerja did.

She chose kindness over self-rescue.  I am talking about Neerja Bhanot who rescued over 300 passengers of Pan Am flight 73 in 1986 when four hijackers took control of the ground-bound airline, and threatened the Pakistani authorities to abide by their demands. The Pakistani authorities did whatever they could, but when the lights went out in the aircraft after 17 hours, the hijackers lost control and began shooting.

Throughout this ordeal, Neerja, who was the Purser of the flight, showed bravery and courage and helped the passengers as much as she was allowed. She hid the American passports so the hijackers couldn’t kill any Americans, and made sure the passengers were safe. In the end, Neerja opened an emergency exit and told the passengers to run. She was the last one to leave the aircraft with three children, when one hijacker turned on them. Neerja shielded the children and took the bullets.

Neerja Bhanot died.

A girl of 23 died to save the lives of three small children.

I salute such a brave girl. 

Researching about this magnificent soul, I came across the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust – Neerja Awards. If you know anyone who is deemed worthy of such an award, please follow the guidelines, for anyone who can show such bravery, deserves recognition.

You will or will not feel the same as I do, but to me, she is an angel who had come to Earth for 23 years to save over 300 precious lives.

 

Quit India – the story behind it.


Quit India – the story behind it.

A thought became a revolution; it took over minds and hearts and it divided a country in two. Once brothers, the people of India turned into enemies when their motherland, India, became India and Pakistan.

But when did the hatred, the resentment begin? When did the British Raj become insufferable?

The British entered India in 1608, concentrating on trading on new land. It was only when the Mughal Empire weakened in 1707 and dissolved that the East India Company took over India in 1764 after the Battle of Buxar.  The East India Company – a British trading company administered power over India and ruled most states aswell as exercising power and control of Indian Military Forces.

There were many battles and disagreements through Indian history, such as the Battle of Buxar but what began the Indian Independence ‘battle’ was the ‘war’ between the British Raj and the Indians in 1857, known as the First War, the Great Rebellion and the Indian Mutiny amongst other such names. This war was a sepoy’s (an Indian soldier) fight that escalated throughout India.

Although this was seen as the catalyst of the First War, other factors contributed to the slow but sure build up of resentment and hate toward the East India Company.

It came to be believed by the sepoys that the East India Company intended to divide faiths and have them convert to Christianity, by force or deception. Land seizure was another British rule, one that forced the fact that if a ruler did not produce a true heir, their land would then be the property of the East India Company. As a result, many kingdoms such as Oudh, Nagpur and Awadh were taken over.

But what started the Mutiny? What was the cause of such an upheaval? The answer – a disregard of the native’s faith.  The beliefs of the Hindu and the Muslim man were ridiculed by the East India Company.

Ignoring the Hindu’s religious devotion and worshipping of the Cow, the ‘mother’ who gives milk, and the Muslim’s revulsion of the Pig, that they see as dirty, lazy and greedy, the East India company ordered their army to manually load ammunition that was greased with the fat of the pig and the cow. Therefore, biting one end of the cartridge before use in a certain rifle was outrageous!

But no one had the nerve to stand up until Mangal Pandey, an infamous sepoy, took lead and braved to voice the injustice of the Company. He brought the cow/pig greased cartridge fact to the forefront to his fellow sepoys.  Anger led to retaliation, with Mangal Pandey leading. He fired the first bullet.

Mangal Pandey with a few others was arrested and sentenced to death by hanging but Pandey was hanged ten days before his sentence date.

After the ‘War’, the East India Company was abolished and the responsibility of India was taken over by the Crown. Many steps were taken later to ensure some peace, some which included the end of attainment of land from stately princes.

After a lull in the Indian subcontinent, in 1915 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi arrived from South Africa, known as Bapu (father) and Mahatma (the Great One). Gandhi travelled throughout India to ‘see’. He observed the rich and the poor, he witnessed ill treatment from the British Goré (white people) directed at the natives. Racial discrimination and prejudice were high on the list of unforgiveness.

Gandhi realised that India needed to fight back, to win back her rights and to claim her country back from the ‘foreigners’. One day, Gandhi settled on his decision. The European’s injustices and his tolerance to them went just too far. In 1942, he called for the ‘Quit India Movement’. He wanted the British out of India!

Gandhi advertised the Quit India Movement throughout India and voiced clearly that there must be no violence. India’s people embraced the Movement and embarked upon it with passion. Vallabhai Patel – Indian barrister and statesman, Jawaharlal Nehru – Indian politician (who became the first Indian Prime Minister), and Muhammad Ali Jinnah – Muslim lawyer, politician, statesman (founder of Pakistan), united with Gandhi in the Quit India Movement and participated and argued in heated discussions and speeches.

They were all arrested for ‘disturbing the peace’. But this didn’t stop India, who fought back. Nothing was going to stop them now. During the course of the Movement, many riots started along with the damaging of government buildings, derailment of railway lines (which the British Raj had introduced into the country), boycotting of schools and colleges and the throwing away/setting fire of British goods.

Marches, riots and freedom speeches were a regular occurrence; violence (against Gandhi’s pleas to stop) turned murderous.  Indians were arrested or killed – the lathi, a soldier or policeman’s baton was never far away from the protestors.  Many were jailed for a long time or executed.

In 1946, Jinnah proposed a new country – Pakistan. He wanted a Muslim country, to be ruled by a Muslim man, not Hindu. The other leaders were not happy about this and tried reasoning with Jinnah to no avail. Jinnah was adamant.  He declared 16th August 1946 as Direct Action Day which saw colossal rioting and manslaughter across Calcutta.

Tension, anger and fear grew amongst the Hindu and Muslim communities and during October and November 1946, horrendous numbers of massacres, abductions, rape and forced faith conversions of Hindus,  aswell as loot and arson were seen in Noakhali, actioned by the Muslim community.

Gandhi spent four months in Noakhali trying to restore peace and bring the communities together. But his efforts failed. During this time, Partition of India was accepted by the Congress Party.

14th August 1947 – Pakistan was formed.

15th August 1947 – midnight, India was made a Free country;  she gained her independence. The British flag was lowered and the Indian flag rose.

It was Independence Day and both countries rejoiced in their new found Freedom.

Today, in England and in many other countries, Independence Day is celebrated each year on the 14th and 15th of August remembering those Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for us and mourning those Indians whose lives were taken away through riots and massacres; a time which changed lives forever and is still fresh in those minds who lived during those horrendous times.Freedom banner
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Abstract 1:

Pooja stared back at her reflection. The bruises were deep purple and her mascara had run, leaving black streaks behind. Taking a wet cloth, she wiped away the signs of abuse from the corner of her mouth. She took out a compact from the antique dresser and fought to cover the bruises with her scalded hands, then she brushed through her already knot free hair. It was then that she stopped crying.

Gingerly, Pooja adorned her hair with a butterfly clip, and stood up to examine herself in the full-length mirror. She looked better now; the bruises didn’t show up as much.

“It’s alright, beta, things will get better, I promise,” she whispered, putting her hands on her stomach. “Your Papa didn’t mean to do it. He is a good man.”

Pooja walked from room to room, overlooking the cleaning of the house. The servants were busy today; Amar was expecting guests. She must try and present herself well…

“Meenakshi, how is the dinner coming along?”

“Very well, Memsahib,” Meenakshi, the chef’s wife assured her.

 Pooja was satisfied, and moved on. Everything must be perfect today. Amar must have no complaints. Pooja passed the drawing room – something wasn’t right. The cigars!

“Laxman!” she called.

“Yes, Memsahib.” Laxman, who overlooked the housework, appeared.

“Laxman, the cigars. Fill the cigarette holder and quickly. Saab must have it full.”

The big clock struck seven. The guests would be here soon with Amar. Pooja steadied her breathing, and went to her bedroom to get changed. Maybe a little more powder will be good. She opened the wardrobe, which contained over two hundred saris, and searched for something suitable. She settled on a pink and silver one. She hoped Amar would approve. Glancing in the mirror, she noticed there was something wrong with her hair. It was the hair-clip. Amar didn’t like butterflies…he would be so angry. Pooja changed it to a flower design – yes, that’s better.

Abstract 2:

Since the news of the partition, Pooja began to worry about her mother even more so. She asked Amar, if she and the children could go and stay for a while, until the anger calmed down. Amar thought it was a very good idea. He went a step further, and arranged for their stay himself. He booked the train tickets and Pooja, and the children, were to arrive at Rajkot in a week’s time. She couldn’t wait.

Pooja thought of her husband now, and her love for him overwhelmed her. Tears pricked her eyes; her Amar had really come through for her. Since her arrival back in Bombay, they had slept in separate beds. She began to trust him a few months later and with his compassion, for her and her family, he showed her that he wasn’t selfish anymore. He showed her his love with every opportunity, and her love for him came back. But she was scared, what if he began drinking again? What if he began to bring women home again? She kept her distance but he didn’t falter. He was patient and kept on loving her.

Amar always brought Pooja a hair garland, a white one; it was her favourite after all. He never forgot.  She fingered the one he tied on her just that morning, and smiled. Today, she will ask him to share her room and her bed again. Today, they will be husband and wife once more.

Pooja leaned back into her chair. It was quiet and serene. Radha was asleep, Veer was at the neighbours, and Kamla and Rani were at the theatre, so she was left with little to do.

Suddenly there was a shout.

“Memsahib!” Ram, the help, appeared at the door. “Memsahib,” his voice was barely audible and his face was ghostly pale. “Please come quick!”

Pooja followed him, her heart thumping wildly. Was it Kamla or Rani? Visions of her own rape came back to her.  Or was it Veer? Had something happened to him? Radha…but she was asleep in her room. She should check.

“Memsahib, where are you going? You have to come now, this way!” Ram pulled Pooja away from Radha’s room.

“Ram, please tell me, what’s happened. Is it one of the children?”

“No, Memsahib,” he said. He led her to the front door.


	

NEW BOOK LAUNCH BY JULIET B MADISON


Today I’m delighted to welcome Juliet B Madison back to my blog to talk about her new book Incarnate Justice, the first title in her new paranormal crime Psychic CID series, which was released on 23rd November.   Over to you Juliet.

Thanks Malika.

I’ve had an interest in the paranormal ever since I can remember, but I’ve only really felt able to explore it in the last seven years since my boyfriend, David’s death. As a kid I loved ghost stories, yet the idea of seeing ghosts never scared me. I’m sensitive to spirits, although I can’t actually see them, and I attend my local spiritualist church when time permits (which isn’t nearly as often as I might like).

My first police procedural novel was originally intended to have a psychic dimension to it, but I went off that idea as I then had no experience of the technicalities of writing police procedurals and so I wasn’t sure I could manage to cope with two heavy storylines. I retained one aspect of spirituality in the DI Lyle series as there was a Hindu detective, DS Sunil Desai, and a couple of the characters are Christians, but that was as much as I could cope with. Now that I have more experience of police procedural writing I am now confident I can blend the two themes and subgenres.

In actual fact Malika was a tremendous help to me during the writing of the DI Lyle books since I asked her so many questions about Hindu culture and beliefs in order to make DS Desai authentic and, later, his widow Almira and young son.

Incarnate Justice is a story I have wanted to tell for a very long time and I’m so excited to have finally written it.

The book, which is set in the future – 2040 to be exact – tells the story of a young plain clothes police officer who feels an inexplicable connection to a young murder victim from the past, whose remains have just been found.

Here is the blurb

In 2015 thirteen-year-old Ellen Shaw disappeared without a trace. No traces of her alive or dead were ever found and the police dismissed a Psychic’s help.

In 2040 the recently formed Psychic CID are called in to investigate when decomposed human remains are found.  The original Missing Person case files yield no clues

Newly promoted DS Joe Lamont has been plagued by disturbing dreams since his early teens and he feels a connection to Ellen that he can’t explain.

 Will Lamont’s intuition prove to be a hindrance or a help and can Psychic CID solve the case and get to the truth about what really happened to Ellen?

 

While a lot more people in my alternate future appear to be more in tune with the psychic world than at present, there are still characters who only tolerate the existence of Psychic CID, the most notable being Dr Monica Kaufman, the forensic pathologist, who is totally closed off to the psychic world and believes that medicine and science can explain everything. I created her so that tension could be built between characters as conflict is essential to a good plot. There will be many verbal battles between Dr Kaufman and DI Lynch during the series.

The paranormal genre is saturated with books involving zombies, vampires, witches and shifters, so I thought that cops with psychic powers might be an interesting alternative. Time will tell if that makes a difference.

There will be 5 titles in the Psychic CID series, one set around each of the main Psychic CID characters. New recruit DS Joe Lamont is the focus of Incarnate Justice in more ways than one.

As the series is set in the future it means I can be somewhat inventive without being criticised as no one knows what will be possible twenty-five years from now. Any forensic or police procedural matters are based on research and what I have already learnt as a crime author so far.

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