I recently had the chance to review Ritu K. Gupta’s Awakening Colors. A lovely read because of the intersections of culture and non-traditional spirituality. If you’re looking for a read with twists and turns and lively characters, this is it!
Rooted to her land of birth, India, and tied to her adoptive country Canada where she has lived for the past 25 plus years, Ritu combines her experiences and beliefs to weave seamless stories that will awaken your imagination and change the way you view the world.
Ritu is committed to working closely with a set of beta readers and her editor to write and publish quality works of fiction.
Besides writing, she loves to read, garden, meditate and to walk. She currently lives in Woodbridge, Ontario with her husband.
Her first book Awakening Colors is available for purchase on Amazon and Kobo.
Yes, that’s right, my pick for New Classic Reads is a Laotian coroner you have probably never heard of — but should absolutely pick up — called the Dr. Siri Paiboun series. As a reader, a classic is a book that presents familiar ideas in a new way, whether through characters, setting, or inventive plot. The Dr. Siri stories accomplish all three; murder mysteries set in a unique corner of the world and featuring a cast of original characters that make me jealous I didn’t think of them. Another aspect to a classic: the author has created a work all to (in this case) his own which cannot be mimicked as a fad.
Few people know where the country is (a landlocked country that borders Thailand and Vietnam).
I stumbled across the series when doing research for my upcoming novel set in Laos in the 1970s. There’s a dirth of fiction set in Laos — volumes against the turbulent times in Cambodia, Thailand, and of course, Vietnam.
Full of history, culture, crime, and mystery, this seventy plus year old coroner is not only a shaman for spirits, he also solves crimes. The author, Colin Cotterill, is English and has lived in Southeast Asia for some time. He is my hero for bringing this part of the
world to life in such vivid and cantankerous prose.
Here’s the cover of the first book in the series. And the great thing about a series, is that you can firmly fall in love with these characters because there are over ten books.
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Mark of the Loon – Molly Greene
Synopsis: What happens when a workaholic serial remodeler falls in love with an old stone cottage built by an ornithologist and his eccentric Irish wife? If you’re Madison Boone, you kick your budding romance with handsome Psych Professor Coleman Welles to the curb and lose yourself in a new project.
Madison renovates distressed homes in addition to her busy real estate sales career. When she hears about a quaint house on a private tract of land overlooking Lake Sonoma, she climbs in the window for a private tour and falls in love with the place. Good fortune enables her to purchase the Blackburne’s property, but far more than a new home and lush gardens await discovery during this renovation.As Madison works on the remodel, she’s drawn into an old love story with dangerous consequences. She unearths buried secrets and discovers herself in the process. Good thing she has three wise, hilarious friends to advise her along the way! Mark of the Loon is the skillful combination of history, mystery, and romance in a novel that explores deep friendship, choices, and how individuals cope with loss.
In Leah’s Wake – Terri Giuliano Long
Synopsis: A Story of Love, Loss, Connection, and Grace
At the heart of the seemingly perfect Tyler family stands sixteen-year-old Leah. Her proud parents are happily married, successful professionals. Her adoring younger sister is wise and responsible beyond her years. And Leah herself is a talented athlete with a bright collegiate future. But living out her father’s lost dreams, and living up to her sister’s worshipful expectations, is no easy task for a teenager. And when temptation enters her life in the form of drugs, desire, and a dangerously exciting boy, Leah’s world turns on a dime from idyllic to chaotic to nearly tragic.
As Leah’s conflicted emotions take their toll on those she loves—turning them against each other and pushing them to destructive extremes—In Leah’s Wake powerfully explores one of fiction’s most enduring themes: the struggle of teenagers coming of age, and coming to terms with the overwhelming feelings that rule them and the demanding world that challenges them. Terri Giuliano Long’s skillfully styled and insightfully informed debut novel captures the intensely personal tragedies, victories, and revelations each new generation faces during those tumultuous transitional years.
Recipient of multiple awards and honors, In Leah’s Wake is a compelling and satisfying reading experience with important truths to share—by a new author with the voice of a natural storyteller and an unfailingly keen understanding of the human condition…at every age.
Second Chance Grill – Christine Nolfi
Synopsis: Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the precocious preteen—or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.
Welcome back to Liberty, where the women surrounding the town’s only restaurant are as charming as they are eccentric.
Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”
Broken Pieces – Rachel Thompson
Synopsis: Welcome to bestselling author Rachel Thompson’s newest work! Vastly different in tone from her previous essay collections A Walk In The Snark and The Mancode: Exposed, BROKEN PIECES is a collection of pieces inspired by life: love, loss, abuse, trust, grief, and ultimately, love again.
For the past year or so, I’ve been hard at work on a novel manuscript, set in Laos, a landlocked country near Cambodia and Vietnam. I wasn’t sure how to tell this story about a place most people couldn’t pronounce, much less point to on a map. Luckily, during my lull, I was asked to be part of the blog tour for Khanh Ha‘s novel, Flesh.
Nothing is as great for writer’s block as entering the world created by another writer and Ha’s book proved this to be truer than ever. He takes us into the life of a boy, Tai, searching to avenge his father. The quest takes us deep into the culture and history of Vietnam. I was impressed by the inclusion of a Western character, a priest, which adds depth to the story overall. I’ve been wrestling with the inclusion of an American male character in my own story but Ha creates someone who is humane and still a product of his own society without being stereotypical.
I was enthralled by the rich character descriptions as well as the details that bring unfamiliar environment to life for the reader and gained renewed enthusiasm for telling my own story set in Southeast Asia. For the reader looking for a cultural read that is delivered through a dramatic character arc.
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About the author: Khanh Ha was born in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. During his teen years he began writing short stories which won him several awards in the Vietnamese adolescent magazines. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He is at work on a new novel.
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