"If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster." --Isaac Asimov

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hiatus

Over the past few months, I've had to put my fiction writing career on hold due to family obligations. I'm pondering ideas for keeping this blog going, meanwhile. I'll be back!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday Date, now free

Saturday Date is now free on most channels, so here's an updated list of links.

Kindle  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  Nook

As before, you can also download a copy from this website.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Saturday Date

To make a short long story shorter, Amazon is currently selling Saturday Date for $0.99. I certainly won't discourage anyone from purchasing it if they wish (I only get 30% of that price). However, if you'd prefer a free copy, read on.


Saturday Date

Saturday Date

Mary roams the Goan and Anglo-Indian neighborhoods of Bombay, singing for money so she can feed herself and the child who accompanies her. A night watchman befriends her and offers a chance to get off the streets. Mary seeks guidance from the mysterious visions that haunt her, but she alone must decide her fate.

Download free: Kobo  |  ePub  |  Mobi  |  PDF

Monday, February 3, 2014

On exclusivity, and a cover reveal

Last November, I made the decision to re-enroll Bombay Bhel in Amazon's KDP Select. The program offers several benefits, in exchange for providing Amazon exclusive rights to sell the e-book version. While I generally don't like exclusivity, I had to face reality: sales of the book on other platforms (such as Kobo, Ibooks, and others) were insignificant over the 6 months that the book was available on those platforms.

The chief benefit of Select is that members of Amazon Prime can "borrow" the book for free. In one month, the number of readers who did so far outweighed my entire 6-month sales on the other platforms. If the situation changes in the future, I will certainly re-evaluate my decision.

Meanwhile, I'm finishing up a new short story that will be released first on Kobo and iBooks for free. I'd hoped to time the release date to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Bombay Bhel on February 6. The logistics of the publishing process, however, may introduce a delay of a few days.

Meanwhile, here's the cover:


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Listmania

Happy 2014 to all two readers of this blog!

Around this time of year, various types of lists predominate. In fact, Bombay Bhel was recently mentioned in one. That mention prompted me to do a list of my own, on entirely random things, unrelated to writing, and with no theme in particular. It's likely to be the direction this blog takes for 2014, but more on that later.

So, as Julie Andrews warbled those many years ago, these are a few of my favorite things.

1. Favorite music video of all time
I haven't watched music videos for many years, but this one still remains fresh in my memory.


2. Favorite concept album
This was a tough choice, but the winner is
 Misplaced Childhood--Marillion

3. Favorite Victorian novelist
Okay, so maybe there's some stuff related to writing after all.

 Charles Dickens



4. Favorite subway system
The oldest in the country
 MBTA

5. Favorite book read in 2013
In a nod to all the other lists I've read recently.

 American Gods



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bombay: City of dreams

Thanks to NM, I discovered this amazing short film that captures the spirit of Bombay Bhel so well. It's the story of Ratanlal Gupta who, like so many millions of others, comes to Bombay with dreams of making it in the city. He starts a career selling bhel puri, like the character in my story Bhel Plaza. But along the way, he finds the picture isn't quite as rosy as it seemed...

Ratanlal says,

Sometimes, there are moments in life which break you down. There seems to be no way out. And just then, in some form or the other, you find your guardian angel.
This is Bombay.




Note: If your Hindi is as rusty as mine, click on this YouTube link instead of the video above, and turn on the captioning (the CC icon at bottom right). You can also read the transcript.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Early Thanksgiving

Courtesy of PeacefulPantry.com
My life doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down, but I wanted to acknowledge a few recent developments.

Thank you to The Hungry Freelancer, for interviewing me on her blog.

Thank you to NM for a comprehensive review of Bombay Bhel, complete with pictures, and even a video!

And, most of all, thank you to everyone who has purchased the book and is keeping it up in the top rankings in its category on Amazon!

For all those celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this week, may you enjoy good times with family, friends, and a good book.

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