Thursday, January 30, 2014


Six Months
(Seven Series, bk #2)
By Dannika Dark


April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons and it’s a battle she may not win.

Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he’s expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he’s about to discover why. When Reno is reintroduced to a family friend, the attraction is immediate. April captivates him with her secretive eyes and resilient spirit. She’s also in trouble, and despite the fact she’s a human, Reno can’t turn his back on her.

April is caught between two worlds: One that threatens to bury her dreams and another that could fulfill them. Can she trust the wolf at her door and find the courage to overcome her demons?

Release Date:

March 25, 2014


There’s a buzzing sensation when
you have chemistry with someone. It’s like there are invisible threads
connecting your bodies and igniting into sparks, and the residual pulse bounces
back in shock waves, growing stronger with each second.
I felt that with Reno. He stepped
so close to me that I remembered how good it felt when he’d held me in his
arms. The animalistic look in his eyes captured me like he was a predator and I
was prey. He felt it too. I could tell by soft breath he took before he spoke.
“I've always liked hazel eyes,” he
said. “Yours look like a sunset over sea-green waters.”
I hit pause. This was a scene I’d
be replaying in my head for weeks to come, and I didn't want to ruin the moment
by saying something inane. I let him graze his thumb across my mouth. He pulled
my lower lip down just enough that his thumb glided across the fleshy inside.
Then he rolled his wet thumb across my lip, making what seemed like a casual
gesture become the most intimate moment I’d experienced with a man outside of
Staring into Reno’s chocolate eyes
up close was like riding on that motorcycle. Intense, sexy, and addictive. When
I felt his hand leisurely traveling down the curve of my back, my icy walls
began to melt and I warmed to his touch.
I waited for him to make another
move, but it never came. He looked at me like something unattainable—the same
way I coveted the expensive perfume bottles behind the display counter, or the
chocolate macadamia nut cookies at the gourmet shop.
I whirled around and he captured my
wrist, gently tugging me back. “Something wrong with the way I touched you?”
“It’s nothing,” I breathed.
But Reno didn’t let go. He stepped
closer and lifted my chin. “Did you want me to kiss you?”
Reno grinned. “Liar.”

About the Author

This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Chat with Rival Gates

When I spoke to Rival Gates, what struck me most was his down to earth nature and simplicity. His blogs and writings speak of his love for his family and children. His writing also is targeted towwards the love for fanatasy. Weaving a wonderful tale in a make believe world, Rival transports the readers into his own created world. Join me as I chat with this wonderful writer.

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Dear Rival,

Welcome to The Book Club. First of all apologies for this late post. But shifting houses and starting a new venture had send my routine for a toss. But I am glad we had this chat. Your chat shows the intense passion you have for your novel. I am sure not only the readers but also many writers would benefit from this. 

I read you bio in you site. What a touching story. Specially about your Dad and
Mom. Tell us how this story came about?

was picked on mercilessly at school and was very depressed.  My mother suggested I stop dwelling on the negatives in my life and work on something positive.  I loved to tell stories and write.  Then there was the immense feeling of pride I felt when I would read my father’s magazine and read his editorials with his name alongside.  I decided right then and there that I was going to write a story. At first it was something just for me to use in order to escape my life.  I had my own world and characters.  If I wanted something to be a certain way, I made it happen.  Then the story grew into a book and the book grew into a series.  Every night my mother would come to check on me after I had finished my homework and I would regale her with a part of one of the stories.  As a teacher, she would point out when the story didn’t make sense or something was out of place with a character.  When the first draft was complete (hand written) I was only 15 years old and brought it to my father for review.  He read the first page and crumpled the entire work into a ball, depositing it on the ground.  Dad told me my writing was inferior and abysmal.  If I wanted to be taken seriously, I would need to improve immensely.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that stung. He was right, however.  I could tell a story, but I needed to fine tune my writing style.  I read a wide variety of authors and learned through them and school.  Years later I
bought my first computer and started revising the story in print.  Sample chapters I gave my mother were secretly leant to friends.  The responses were very positive and I was encouraged.  I cannot tell you how many times I rewrote the first book, but it was several.  When Mom came down with terminal cancer she shared that my father had worked on a book for years but kept rewriting the first chapter and never moved beyond.  She said my book was ready and it was time to share it.  So she made me promise to have it published and I agreed.  She was always in my corner.  I could not break my vow.

2. You started writing as a teenager? Did the story line change as you grew up?

It changed tremendously as I grew.  Linvin originally gained the Red Sapphire quickly and simply knew how to use it.  That was too convenient.  As I read other writers I thought, “So he’s great with super powers.  What would he be without them?  If he had great ability and then gained great power, he would be a real hero.  So I developed a backstory.  It grew and grew until he was a hero I was proud to have created.  The other characters had to develop to keep pace.  The storyline became more and more complex with every revision.

3. A goblin war? Interesting :) How did Linvin Grithinshield emerge?

Linvin has the good fortune to be trained by the greatest military mind in their world.  Linvin has a real problem.  He is Commander of Valia’s armies but they are pitifully small in number in comparison to the Goblin hoards.  He must rely on the superior training of his troops and military tactics to outsmart the Goblin War Chief.  As if being outnumbered is not enough of a handicap, Linvin knows that the war will likely leave his force shattered and unable to fight again for some time.  The result is that he must come up with battle plans to not only win but annihilate the Goblin Armies so they cannot threaten Valia for years.  He has brilliant strategies which took me a  long time to research and create.  At the end of the day, Linvin is battered and his army is almost nonexistent, but the Goblins are wiped out and will not challenge Valia for a good while.

In the times when our magical realm is dominated by Harry Porter, what is the focus of your novel, Quest for the Red Sapphire?

I love stories with magic.  What I become frustrated with are stories in which magic is a catch-all for everything that the author does not explain.  If a character can do one thing with magic, why can’t they do something else?  What I did was set down a list of rules for magic based on color.  A magician can harness the power of nature and channel it through their bodies.  That power can be released through their hands in a specific color of magic.  If you are an Orange Magician then all your magic will be released in an orange color.  To channel that power, however, it is physically taxing on the body in much the same way moving a heavy weight would be.  The more magic you channel through your body, the more tired you become. The better physical condition you are in, the more power you can muster.

Question 5 is a series of rapid fire. 

a) Favourite author?


b) Person who influenced your writing?

Both parents

c)Planned writer or spontaneous writer?

Planned writer.

d) Movies or Books?


e) Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter

How many years did it take for you to write this book?

and off I spent nearly thirty years working on this book and planning the

7) What was your main motivation to go on?

Vince Lombardi once said, “The harder you work at something, the harder it is to surrender.”  I worked too long and devoted too much of my life to this book to give up.  I also wanted to prove my father wrong about my writing.  The rest of the family saw it as a waste of time.  I wanted to show
them what I had accomplished. 

8)What follows Quest of the Red Sapphire? A sneak peak please for the readers?

“Sapphire Crucible” is due out in 2014.  The sequel has tremendous action and fighting scenes. Questions are answered and the true villain is revealed.  He is the antithesis of Linvin.  It will take the entire party and a newcomer to complete the quest and survive.  If you love action and strategy, you will not be able to put this book down!

9) What would be your advice for the upcoming writers, especially for those who want to give up.

There will always be people in your life who tell you writing is a waste of time. That is only true if you do not enjoy writing.  They say that if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.  If you love your writing, stick with it.  What are you hurting by writing?  You have a unique story that only you can tell.  So tell it.  I was rejected by over 100 agents to represent me.  That doesn’t even include all the publishers who turned me down after I found an agent.  The simple fact is this: once your writing is done then all you need to find is one person to like your work and you are in!  You only lose when you give up. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

Name of the Book : A Talent For Trouble
Name of the Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House


Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change--and soon--Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she's always wanted.

Grayson Sumner--or Lord Sefton, as he's officially known--has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson's help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?

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The Reveiw

Miss Felicia Murdock wanted to marry the minister. But he had other plans and marries someone else. This brings Felicia’s world crashing down. Not in a sorrowful way. Oh, she does pine for the thought of the love she had lost or rather the way of life, she claimed she was suited for, was gone. But for all who knew her whispered one thing- if Felicia was unsuitable for something, then it was for being a minister’s wife. She was too high spirited to have a demure life.

When Grayson Summer meets her, he is all ready to lift the spirits of the dejected lady. What he had not expected was to encounter a lady whose spirit needed taming down! Here starts a hilarious encounters between Grayson and Felicia.

Dear Jen, the way you have portrayed her singing abilities, I had stitches on my side. Don’t do this to your readers J It was too funny. But then I should thank you, for I had a smile on my face for many days.

Grayson had never met  a lady like Felicia. One who would walk straight inside a bar to entertain men with her singing..( I am still laughing) or would search for an adventure in an opium den or who would have the guts to enter a fight without even thinking about it but scream terrified of rodents in the alley. A pure, simple, heartwarming character.

Grayson, being the lord too had a tainted past. He is really a delightful character. His past makes him a relatable character. And of course it was no ordinary flaw. A great risqué, I would say, to have tainted the male protagonist with such a past. A bold move.



The ending was a bit long drawn or was it my thoughts which hated being shifted from the love story even for some time? But when the climax of the story came.. (and there was a notch up in the octave) I hated to shift my focus away from Felicia and Grayson- even if it was only for a few pages. It is not my fault that Jen has created such wonderful characters, is it?

Meet The Author

Jen Turano, acclaimed author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Her fourth book in the Ladies of Distinction Series, A Match of Wits, will release from Bethany House in July, 2014. She is a member of ACFW and makes her home outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband and teenage son. 

Hi Jen,

Welcome to The Book Club.

1)         I just finished reading your book. Felicia is a wonderful character. Tell me how she was visualized by you at her inception?

Felicia’s character began developing the moment she showed up in A Change of Fortune – she was dressed in an outlandish gown and the question that suddenly started bothering me was why…what would cause a lady born into a well-established society family to dress in a manner that wasn’t fashionable?  Felicia and all of her quirky ways took off from there.

2)         You have balanced both your protagonists with respect to their fiery nature and wittiness. But I do have a question on that. Felicia walks up to a pub, an opium den - given the time this novel is set in, isn't that a bit bold?

Part of Felicia’s charm is that she manages to land herself if troubling situations without really understanding how she got there.  In regard to the pub, she ends up there all due to the fact she was helping an elderly gentleman who’d fallen on the sidewalk.  She obviously knows that it’s hardly the place to be, but since she’s drawn to people from all walks of life, she just can’t seem to help herself from mingling with the patrons of the pub, even though doing so puts her smack dab in the middle of mayhem.

3)         Would you call yourself a spontaneous writer or detailed writer? How much planning would you put in a manuscript in the initial stage?

I’m not a huge plotter, but I always know where the story starts and how the story is going to end.  The ideas for a story normally hit me when I’m cleaning the house.  There I’ll be, scrubbing the shower and…a character waltzes through my thoughts.  Since I’m not a woman who can just stop a task to write, that would drive me crazy, I carry post-it notes around the house, even have them attached to the vacuum.  When I get these ideas, I scribble them down and after I’m done cleaning, put them in order.    From that point, I usually do an outline for three to five chapters, but those outlines normally go by the wayside once I begin writing.  Characters seem to take on a life of their own and sometimes they insist on turning into someone I never even considered – which can be somewhat amusing, but does demand quite a bit of rewriting.

4)         How did Jen Turano become a writer?

I never really had any thoughts about becoming a writer growing up.  My family was always very business/science oriented – one of my brothers is a surgeon, two others are engineers and my sister is a CPA accountant and an attorney.  We really weren’t steered toward the arts, and, quite honestly, I do believe my parents were appalled when I decided to major in fashion – but, since I wanted to become a buyer, they were appeased by the idea that at least that was finance, in an odd sort of way.  After the department store I work at went out of business, I decided to hang up my heels and become a stay-at-home mom.  When my son was in the third grade, we were struggling through this series about this bird – we were on book six and he’d read a chapter out loud, I’d read a chapter out loud, and by the end of that book, I was just about to lose my mind.  It wasn’t that interesting, the writing was just okay, and I have yet to admit to my son that they’re seven more books in that series.  But, when we read The End, my son mentioned that he thought the stories I made up to entertain him in his jogger stroller so I could get some exercise in were more interesting – so…we decided to write our own story.  It was horrible, but he enjoyed it, and I really did like using my brain again.  After numerous genres, I finally settled on romance, something I read all the time, and I’ve been writing ever since. 

5)         What made you taint Grayson's character a bit? Not that I am complaining :) But aren't our heroes supposed to be perfect?

I don’t like perfect heroes.  I enjoy men who are a bit sulky, grumpy, and even downright rude upon occasion.  By tainting a hero’s character, it lets me allow them to grow, and it’s always so fabulous to watch them change when they come into contact with a good woman. 

6)         Do you have a new book coming up? Any chance for a sneak peak for The Book Club?

My fourth and final book in The Ladies of Distinction Series, A Match of Wits, is coming out in July, 2014.  It’s Miss Agatha Watson’s story, and I do believe Mr. Zayne Beckett might show up.  He’s a mess and Agatha, being Agatha, takes it upon herself to bring him back up to snuff.  After that, I have a new series that will begin releasing in 2015.  It’s a little different.  The heroines are not wealthy, society ladies, but work for a living.  The first book, currently untitled, revolves around Miss Harriet Peabody.  She works in a hat shop and when she forms an unlikely alliance with Mr. Oliver Addleshaw, one of the wealthiest gentlemen in the country, well, her life takes a turn for the unusual. 

7)         Have you ever experienced writer's block? How do you cope with it if yes.

I wouldn’t say I’ve ever had writer’s block – but writer’s avoidance – yep, that happens every so often.  It’s normally when I’ve written a few chapters that I know aren’t working, but I’m stubborn and I’ll keep changing them – until I finally just walk away from my computer for a day.  Then, wincing ever so slightly, I delete every word of those chapters and start again and then I’m fine. 

8)         Amongst the contemporary writers whom would you say - 'Yes I am impressed with your work."

I would highly recommend anything by Lisa Wingate.  She’s an amazing author and her latest book, The Prayer Box, is well worth the read. 

9)         Any advice for the new writers?

It’s a tough business to break into, but you just need to keep writing.  Finish your manuscript, send out query letters, and then…start something new – but not that second book in the series – you don’t want to do that until you sell the first book.  I’ve seen far too many writers write an entire series before they even attempt to sell the first book and then that book doesn’t sell – It’s a rare day when an editor buys a second book in a series without the first. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sirens Spell Danger by C. Suresh, Radha Sawana and Karthik L.

Sirens Spell Danger 
C.Suresh, Radha Sawana & Karthik L

The Blurb

There are sirens and, then, there are sirens. Some warn you of danger and some lure you into danger...Lured by a sexy siren, Vicky is mistaken for a secret agent, kidnapped, tortured and slated for death. Will he survive and save Bangalore from going up in flames?...There is a serial killer loose in the city leaving mysterious messages around the bodies of the victims. Are the messages a challenge to the police or a siren call to lure another victim...Jay is sent to Bellary to investigate a possible ISI plot. Was it merely a murky political plot or was there something more sinister in the offing? And why were two women suddenly singing siren songs of love?...Three tales of nerve-racking suspense and pulse-pounding action.

When I got this book for review, I wondered whether it would be one of those run in the mill mystery novels, which I generally don’t like. On top of that, it is not one, but three stories by three different authors – veteran bloggers, who have joined together to come up with these three stories. An unusual combination – but, intriguing.

Each story, maintained and individualistic and the trademark of the authors. While, ‘Femme Fatale’ speaks of spies and bombings, ‘Bella Donna’ weaves a heart-wrenching tale of a lost, abused soul. The third story, ‘Bellary’ takes you into the world of black magic, holy men and superstition. Together, all three stories form a lethal combination in captivating reader’s heart and mind.

Femme Fatale by C. Suresh

Dear Suresh,
Your story is a true follower of LSD (Love, Sex and Dhoka)  I just loved the character of the female protagonist. I am a bit partial to her rather than the hero. The hero with all his flaws comes out as a winner, but I don’t know why I keep on getting the James Bond music playing in my mind while reading this book. So, in that way, the hero failed to live up to my expectations.
The journey of the hero, from finding the girl in the bar, following her to the terrorist group and  rescuing her in the end all forms an entertaining package.


The character of our hero looks a bit weak next to the heroine. With the setting and him being interested in the Police academy, I would have expected a bit more action from him. Many would argue with me here saying that you made an ordinary guy do extraordinary things. To them, I bow humbly and say that my generation has been spoiled by the James Bond Movies and I love my heroes as macho men.  

Bella Donna by Radha Sawana

Dear Radha,
What a story! If I have ever hated to love a story, your story tops the chart. I would have never guessed what turn the story was going to take, till I did not face the real murderer. The way you have played with the characters, has not only touched my heart will also the sensibilities of a woman. After many years, I am reading a story where I am damn happy with the actions of the villain. More than that, I cannot say about the story without giving it away. 


As I have said before, this is one story I would love to hate, but the way it captured me, enthralled me, I cannot but give it a five star. It is truly a captivating story. 

Bellary by Karthik L

Dear Karthik,
One action, one psychological and then you cap it up with a supernatural. What a fitting end to a trilogy of captivating stories. What struck me most about your story was that it had the ingredients of being a full fledged novel. It is too short for me and that is a compliment.:) Though your stories deal with age old stories of Shaitan aka Satan, but the way you have treated this story has been captivating. A true Bollywood style story with loads of imagery. I could almost see the statue and the way you have weaved the background into the story is very picturesque- yet frightening.  I think you meant to achieve that and you got it. 



There are parts in this story with came out as a bit too much Bollywood style. For e.g. the scene in the train and the climax. They all will look good in a Bollywood movie:) But on the whole a very entertaining read.

Note from the Reviewer…

The steps, you three have taken in the self-publishing world, is very encouraging to new writers who are looking for other options. The narration of the stories, the imageries and the storyline all have a lot of scope of  turning out to be a full-fledged novels. 

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Meet the Authors

C. Suresh
(Femme Fatale)

Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and an MBA at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.

Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.

He reignited his passion for writing with a fairly popular blog and, currently, also has a short story – A Path of Thorns - published in a collection “Uff Ye Emotions”. His short stories The Gates of Hell and Yesterdays and Tomorrows have won contests. You can read a sampling of his fiction here.

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Radha Sawana
(Bella Donna)

Radha Sawana is part secretive, part playful, part ambitious, part indolent, and as a result, completely confused. She has been a bookworm as far as she can remember, and so it came as no surprise to her when suddenly the thought of starting her own blog occurred her. Thus, in the 4th year of her education in BITS Pilani, she started her blog ‘Entropy’, the name paying homage to her subject of specialization – chemistry. 

Entropy began with the random thoughts of her mind and before she realized it, she had started writing short stories too. Her first stories – The Late Goodbye and 48 Hours – were widely loved. Her personal favourite on her blog is her still untitled collection of three short pieces called Harakiri, Saisei and Wind. She is currently writing a seven-part story called Seven. 

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Karthik L

Karthik, a management consultant by profession, has always had fondness for stories from his early childhood when he used to keenly listen to stories told by his grandfather. Over the next twenty five years, he has been voraciously consuming fiction starting with Enid Blyton and moving on to Arthur Conan Doyle and then Isaac Asimov. One fine day he decided he had heard enough stories and he start telling them instead and so he started his blog ‘Lucifer House Inc.’ in 2008. He has been continuously been striving to entertain his readers through his blog posts over 5 years, winning some blogger awards as well in the process. The blog has a Google page rank of 3 and figures in the Top Indian blogs directory.

Do click on these links to check out some of his short stories.

One of his stories ‘Nootropic Egress’ won the best story award under science fiction category in a story telling contests and was published in multi genre anthology ‘Ten Shades of Life’. He has recently started another blog ‘Three Realms of the Mind’ to share his passion for his three favorite fiction genres – science fiction, fantasy and historic fiction with the rest of the world. He dreams of being a bestselling author in one of these genres. Last but not the least, he shares alma maters (IIT and IIM) with some of the most popular contemporary Indian authors and hopes he can share their success in garnering readers as well.

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Blog Tour Schedule
(19th Jan- 25th Jan 2014)

19th January '14
Sonia Rao (Spotlight)

19th January '14
Rubina Ramesh (Spotlight/ Review)
The Book Club

20th January '14
Janaki Nagaraj (Review)
Memoirs of A Homemaker

21 st January '14
Byrappa (Spotlight)
Byrappa's Notes

21st January '14
Flaming Sun

22nd January '14
Sridevi Datta (Spotlight)
The Write Journey

22nd January '14
Jaibala Rao (Spotlight / Interview/ Review)
My School of Thoughts

23rd January '14
Sumeetha Manikandan (Review / Interview)
Book Reviews by Sumi

24th January '14
From the Heart - Neel

25th January '14 (Review)
Dola Basu Singh

25th January '14 (Interview)
The Tales Pensieve