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Revenant: Falling Awake II Blog Tour ~ Guest Post and Excerpt

Series: Falling Awake Book 2
Author: Kristoffer Gair
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: June 19
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 90,000 words
Genre: Paranormal Thriller


Andrew O’Donnell’s childhood friend, Thomas, was murdered when they were ten years old. Nightmares and guilt have plagued Andrew ever since. And he believes himself responsible for delivering Thomas into the very hands of the men who committed the atrocity.

Now, fourteen years later, Andrew is driven to uncover the mystery of what really happened to Thomas, the reason behind the brutal abduction, and whether the assailants—who were never caught—have set their sights on someone else.

Even the help of an unlikely ally may not be enough to stop the darkness, the threat of what it will do to them in this life…or the next.


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I set out to write a story two years ago with depth, a larger cast of characters, and a plot—if done correctly—that would tug at the heartstrings. This story became the novella Falling Awake, and it did everything I hoped it would. There was so much grief inside me during the time I wrote it, and the grief had nowhere to go. I channeled those emotions into the book, and attempted to create a sense of hope through expressing and expelling the grief. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t think I’d write a second book, let alone be writing a third.

The trick to me in writing Falling Awake II: Revenant has been writing a main character (Andrew) who is flawed, a product of experiences early on in life beyond his control, being gay in early 1970s, and entirely sympathetic. Everything in the plot hinges on us, as readers—since I consider myself a reader too—believing Andrew doesn’t deserve what happened to him, and what could possibly happen to him. His journey is a dark one, but one he believes will make him whole again.

I won’t lie. I put Andrew through more hell in his twenty-four years than I will ever go through. There are plenty of times in the story when he can make the choice to stop, re-evaluate, let things be, and fade into the background. He certainly might be better for it, only he refuses to surrender. As unrelenting as the odds are, he matches those odds with his own unrelenting nature.

My hope is for readers to feel his pain, his determination, his terror, and, ultimately, his own hope. One of my beta readers told me upon finishing a draft that as much as he liked how the story unfolded, he felt like he walked away after getting into a plane wreck. Oh, and he needed a drink. That’s the kind of intensity the story builds up to towards the end. I figure I did something right if my beta reader is having those reactions.

It’s fair to say I also hope after reading and reacting to this second book, readers will want to know how the much larger story this is part of will play out. I certainly want to get it out of my head. The weird thing is I know I’m going to miss having the whole thing in my head. Having the series in print makes it concrete, and separate from me in some way. Plus, after the third book, I don’t know if I’ll ever revisit these characters again. Guess that’ll depend on whether a story worth telling comes to mind. I didn’t plan on there being a second story, so stranger things have happened.


“Damn.” Frank’s face twitched and his eyes opened wide. “Is what you just did natural, or part of your government training?”
“Probably a little of both,” Andrew lied again. “I’ve always had some aptitude for reading certain situations.” His throat started to close up when he recalled one in particular, one fourteen years ago. “But I’ve learned to trust and act on my instincts instead of ignoring them.”
Losing one life because he didn’t act on those instincts was already too much to bear. It couldn’t be allowed to happen again. Ever.
“Okay.” Frank nodded. “Yes, I have them checking on you. They’re going to call Ruby here at the diner and ask for me, but I’m already confident you are who you say you are.”
“And what?”
“You didn’t have to bring me here to buy them time.” He watched Frank squirm. “Your instincts told you I was on the level back at the house. We could have gone to the police station, only you brought me here instead.”
“Jesus.” Frank winced.
“What are you not telling me?”
“Some aptitude for reading certain situations my ass.” Frank wiped his forehead with a napkin. “OSHA? I think the only reason you aren’t working for the FBI is they haven’t heard of you yet.”

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Author/Blogger Kristoffer Gair grew up in Fraser, MI and is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He currently lives with his husband in a suburb of Detroit.
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If I Were Beautiful_Blog Tour – Guest Post

If I Were Beautiful
Devon Hartford
(If I Were…, #1)
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Is life better when you’re beautiful?

We all know that love isn’t about looks. Ask a hairless cat or someone’s pet toad. They find love. LOL

Jane Johnson has tried every beauty tip and trick known to woman, but none of them have ever made men notice her.

Until now.

Finally, something is working. She barely recognizes herself in the mirror. Is it her new haircut? Two years of yoga class? Her new eyebrow tweeze? Or is it all that nasty wheat grass juice her sister insisted she drink finally working some kind of magic? Whatever it is, something is transforming Jane from plain to downright beautiful.

For the first time in her life, men are noticing her.


Jane is getting so much attention from men she doesn’t know what to do with it.

Before her inexplicable transformation, she couldn’t get a date to save her life. Now she has a date every night of the week. Gorgeous eligible men are throwing themselves at her. They’re even fighting over her. Actual fist fights to win her affection.

It all seems too good to be true.

The only question on Jane’s mind is whether or not her newfound beauty is going to last or if it’s some cruel trick of fate that will fade away as quickly as it appeared.

Because everybody knows, when something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

***If I Were Beautiful is a saucy romance with a mystical twist that will leave you breathless to find out what happens next. This is book one of a three book series. Book two will release April 2017, Book three, July 2017 (or sooner).

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Does Love only come to good looking people?

We all know that love isn’t about looks. Ask a hairless cat or someone’s pet toad. They find love. LOL.

Yeah, yeah. I know we’re talking about romantic love between two people. Romance novel love. Prince Charming love. Last time I checked, Prince Charming was pretty freaking hot, right? Or is there a whole sub-genre of “average guy gets the girl” romance novels I don’t know about? Is there? Maybe there is. I don’t know. But I can’t think of a single romance novel I’ve read that had a guy who wasn’t a 10. Obviously, romance novels are about the fantasy.
My new novel If I Were Beautiful is all about that fantasy.

So, back to your question.

I really do think anyone and everyone can find love in real life if they’re open to it. It’s only when we write up a long list of criteria and expect our potential mate to meet everything on the checklist that we run the risk of never finding love. Or if we expect to find a real life Prince Charming.

But we’re talking about fantasy love, the love that exists between the pages of millions of romance novels.

Jane Johnson, the “every girl” heroine of If I Were Beautiful, isn’t looking for romance novel love. That’s right, is NOT. She’s 29 and has a relationship history with men. Not the best, but she knows real love is out there. She’s not looking for perfect. She’s just looking for a good man. But we want her to find romance novel love, don’t we? Fantasy love. Prince Charming love. I know that’s what I want for Jane. The only question is, how is an average girl like her going to find her Perfect 10 Prince Charming? By turning impossibly beautiful, that’s how.

Everything should turn up roses after that, right?


The whole point of If I Were Beautiful is that, although Jane turns gorgeous, her life blows up in her face. From the moment she wakes up beautiful, problems ensue. Sure, she has gorgeous romance novel men throwing themselves at her: Bad Boy Prince Charming types, Super Rich Prince Charming types, etc. All of them are trying to win her affection like any good Prince Charming should. But that doesn’t mean things go smoothly for Jane. In a word: drama.

Drama, drama, drama.

Who doesn’t want to see hot men fighting over the heroine?

Raise your hand if you do NOT want to see hot men fight over the heroine?
Crickets chirping.
My point exactly.

But that’s only the beginning of Jane’s problems.

Because Jane has suddenly turned beautiful without any rational explanation, and because the Prince Charmings meet her only after she’s already turned gorgeous, she’s constantly afraid they will lose interest in her the second she turns back to normal.

Jane knows she can find love no matter what she looks like.

But can she keep the love of a Prince Charming if she isn’t a Princess Charming herself?

That’s just the tip of the iceberg waiting for you within the pages of If I Were Beautiful. And, because it’s a Devon Hartford romance, you will find a generous helping of snarky banter, sexual tension, and steamy scenes. But those are just bonus.

Buy it for the steam.

Read it for the story.

Author Bio:

Devon Hartford is a dude who writes romantic comedies because he likes to laugh as much as he likes to love.

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Juliet & The Initiation_Blog Tour – Guest Post

Kailee Reese Samuels
Publication date: December 20th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance

To have and hold, love and cherish, til death do us part…

When an unexpected twist of fate hands Iris her worst nightmare, the world spins out of control. As she falls apart, Iris finds comfort in her unpredictable behavior. With mysterious clues hidden by her husband, Iris drives away from her life to uncover the world he kept hidden for years.

Small town Sugargrove, Texas is unlike anything Iris has ever experienced. Foreboding, dark, and sensual, the enchanting Juliet academy lures Iris with hopes of discovering who she really is. Making friends and meeting people, she delves into the treacherous world of her surrender. But when she encounters Salvatore Raniero, the sexy alpha male ignites her in unimaginable ways, haunting her every thought and showing her a new kind of high.

As she learns Sal is more than the mischievous sexual provocateur of Juliet, revealing a composed and thoughtful side, Iris wonders what else is hiding behind his mesmerizing ebony, emerald eyes. Pushing her into an even deeper erotic journey, Iris soars with her newfound freedom in the collar.

The secrets unfurl as the web of lies continues to grow, and Iris realizes she is not the girl she once was. Trapped between a lonely past and an unknown future, she is left with the daunting task of deciding what she truly desires and who she wants to obey.

A love story doesn’t always go the way it should, sometimes the path to forever is a twisting, spiraling, and flying ride.

JULIET is Kailee Reese Samuels full-length debut novel.

THE INITIATION book 1 is set within the Juliet world and provides further glimpses into Salvatore Raniero’s character and history.

Kailee Reese Samuels writes contemporary, romantic, and suspense, with an erotic flair. Let her words whisk you away, escaping with delicious guys, toe-curling kisses, and addictive stories.

WARNING: This book contains graphic BDSM, strong sexual situations, and explicit language. Contents intended for MATURE readers 18+ ONLY.

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The Initiation
Kailee Reese Samuels
Publication date: April 20th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Five years ago, Sal Raniero was a loyal son and responsible friend. Giving everything he had to his family and friends, he was on his way to becoming the man everyone expected. But he harbored a dark secret.

He needed pain…a lot of pain.

With his masochism searing through his veins when the offer is put before him to push his servitude further, he cannot resist. Between praying and playing on his knees, he is confronted with the last thing he expects.

His heart.

Torn between becoming the golden boy of Juliet and just another guy with a fetish streak, he makes a decision that will chart the course for the rest of his life.

Take the journey with him and discover what made the boy into the man.

THE INITIATION is part of Kailee Reese Samuels’ series of novellas. Scenes from Juliet are all new companion books to Juliet. These are not excerpts from Juliet, but further glimpses into the characters, backstory, and behind-the-scenes. While they can standalone, they would be better enjoyed with the preliminary reading of Juliet.

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TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE: How Spreading Others Work can Work for You, or Against You?

In 2017 social media is an absolute necessity for creative artists of all kinds – musicians, graphic designers, and writers. Even woodworkers can macro-target their specific clientele through means of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and others. But how do authors find their niche in the oversaturated online world? And does this age of sharing and liking really work?

There are many authors who chose specific platforms, submersing themselves in only one social media venue. Early on when I decided to write and publish, I ran my brand – Kailee Reese Samuels – through the proverbial garden of platforms. Over time, I discovered the ones I enjoyed and the ones which catered more to romance genre. There is no mistaking the epic value that Facebook could potentially have for the independent author.

The vast amount of indies trying to succeed in the writing market really poses the question – how much do I share before I give my potential customer to another author? For me, the answer has always resided in my honesty. If I believe in the writer, I will give them the space, but I do not tout or share just for the sake of connection.

Perhaps I view sharing differently than the mainstream, but the truth is if I cannot endorse it personally, I won’t share it. And I don’t think I am alone in that notion. My name is my reputation, and I refuse to get caught in the endless sharing loop just because it’s the in thing to do. If I don’t do my own research into what I am advertising, I could get caught in selling heaven knows what in this genre. And I don’t want my name attached with anything which could be construed as questionable. If I am going to talk about a book or an author, then I have either read it or am in the process of reading it.

With all that in mind, I try to find new and intriguing authors which I can fully support their books and brand. Maybe I sit alone on the sharing ship, maybe I am alone in admitting the scrutinizing assessment, but in the end there is more than the bottom dollar. Having self-respect and showing respect to my fellow authors who are legitimately giving due diligence to their craft insures I can sleep at night.

Author Bio:

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.


KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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In a Gilded Cage_Blog Tour – Guest Post

In a Gilded Cage
Mia Kerick
(Evernight Publishing)
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci.

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My Secret Recipe

Hello, and thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog today to promote the release a New Adult LGBTQ fairy tale retelling called In A Gilded Cage. In A Gilded Cage is a dark and sexy M/M retelling of the story Rapunzel, as told by The Brothers Grimm. This is edgy NA contemporary fiction illustrating how one young man rescues another, and in many ways, is saved, himself.

Fitting in is very important to most young adults, and in In A Gilded Cage, Prin struggles to fit in with his crowd at the university he attends. Here is a light story from my life of how a girl who lived down the street from me used cookies to fit in.

This is the story of my secret recipe. Okay, I’m lying. This is the Brown Family’s secret recipe. And I stole it.

Ruth Brown moved into the house up the street in junior high. She was not a popular sort of girl, in that she was rather ordinary looking, not the typical popular-girl-beautiful, she was extremely outspoken, not the popular-girl-quiet- and-coy, and she just had a certain way about her that made people want to run away and bury their heads in the sand. But Cookie Brittle changed all of that for her.

Ruth often showed up at all sorts of important high school events—play practices, football games, colorguard practice, Homecoming Parade Float meetings—carrying one lunch size brown paper bag in each hand. The bags were full of something warm… and judging by the fresh-from-the-oven scent emanating from the bag and the emerging grease spots, something buttery and chocolaty. The bags were filled to the brim with fresh from the oven Cookie Brittle.

No matter where she went, teenagers flocked to Ruth Brown when she arrived, armed with these goodies. Hungry athletes, cheerleaders with chocolate cravings, the loud and obnoxious… the shy and detached… the studious… the total slackers—nobody could resist the smell. And then there was the taste.

THE TASTE WAS MAGICAL!!! It was the stuff of sweet dreams…
Ruth Brown became the most popular girl in the high school.

She guarded the secret Cookie Brittle recipe with her very life. But one day, her absentminded mother left the recipe, written in neat script on a well-worn notecard, unprotected from (my) prying eyes, face up on the countertop. I read the card, and like a secret recipe-swiping sleuth, committed it to memory. It remains firmly implanted in my memory bank today.

I kept this secret under my hat until after high school graduation. I started attracting people to me with this secret recipe in college. In addition, my children have attended many parties, athletic events, and meetings armed with the stuff.

We have no shortage of friends.

Cookie Brittle

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
pinch salt
tiny bit of vanilla extract
1 bag or Nestlé’s Semi-sweet Chocolate chips

Mix together in a bowl. Should make a crumbly dough. Press onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until just a tiny bit brown on top. Cool on cookie sheet. Break into pieces like peanut brittle.

You will have to fights off the crowds. You have been warned.

I hope you check out In A Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick.


Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Den of Iniquity_Blog Tour-Guest Post

By Annabelle Bryan

HQ Digital (Formerly known as Carina UK)
Genre: Romance / Fiction / Historical Romance


Welcome to the most notorious address in London…

Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall.

The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime.

But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.

Enter a world of lust, lawlessness and obsession with The Den of Iniquity, the first in Anabelle Bryant’s Bastards of London series.

GUEST POST: In love with Happily Ever After

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed stories that ended on a happy note. It didn’t matter which type of delivery: written word, movie, or television program, I only felt satisfied if the story ended with the idyllic solution; couples together, problem solved, a bright future promised.

As I grew up I realized life doesn’t work that way. A decision one thinks is beneficial can turn out to be disastrous. Health issues, money problems, the daily grind, all have a way of wearing the shine off the most optimistic person, no matter how strong a positive attitude.

Lucky for me, there will always be books. I read for escape. I read for pleasure. I read to remind myself that no matter what life offers, there is always a place I can go to feel comfortable again. A place to lose my worries, find satisfaction and restore hope. A place I choose to belong.

For years, romance novels have been burdened with a poor reputation. For numerous inane reasons, critics complain romance is not credible literature. But I read for escape. I’m in love with happy endings. In a world where terror threats and senseless crime fill the daily news, I yearn for the respite found in romance, whether I read or write it.

So next time you see me, don’t be surprised if I have my nose buried in Jane Austen or another timeless classic. Perhaps I’ve just begun the new Lisa Kleypas or Sherry Thomas book. I’ll never change and I don’t want to. It’s fun being in love with happily ever after.



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Anabelle Bryant is the bestselling author of seven historical romances. Her love of writing keeps her busy in front of her laptop when not in front of a classroom or traveling, her favorite preoccupation.
Thrilled to be writing for HarperCollins, Anabelle’s Regency Rogues trilogy and Regency Charms quartet are bestselling collections. Her historical romances are high concept, character driven stories which provide a heartfelt connection between hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond.

The Den of Iniquity is book one in her newest series, Bastards of London, an edgier look at the Regency. Anabelle enjoys hears from readers and talking all things bookish. Visit and see what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cabbing All The Way _ Book Tour – Guest Post



About the Book:

Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilization office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose… Will the journey continue? Fasten your seat belts for the journey is about to begin…

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I don’t know why, but of late I was starting to feel that I have in me, two different beings. One of them is emotional. It is grounded to its values, it stops me from reacting to situations, it makes me observe the little wonders in everyday life, encourages me to see the brighter side, and sometimes, it commands me to just stand peacefully and enjoy singing aloud life’s beautiful song. The other is, as I wish to call it, ‘Judgemental’. Notorious for furious outbursts, it quickly jumps into conclusions. It is strong-headed, it asks me to be selfish, pessimistic and often teases me with phrases like ‘grow up!. Am I like this ‘by default’ or have I been transforming lately? Am I what I think about myself or am I yet to discover my true being?


If a spoon full of Abhishek Bachchan, a little Hrithik Roshan and a whole lot of Keshto Mukherjee were to be blended together, the end product would be Mohan. Confused, heroic and Keshto!


“Mohan? Now what?”—Sushant questioned.

“Wait let me remember! I think we left the turn behind us,” he answered, thereby diplomatically confirming that we were actually lost!


What a relief it was. It felt like we were all prisoners for life and had been unexpectedly released on an unconditional bail. A strange sense of freedom engulfed all of us and we smiled at each other. The feeling was comparable to a holiday that came just before Diwali, during our school days. It allowed us to freely burn crackers while our parents were off to work. We had a whole day ahead of us . . . No bosses, no family, no kids, no mundane chatter…nothing at all. A whole day, just for us, to unwind!


“I HATE these dramas and the daily serials, especially the ‘saas-bahu’ stereotypes. They show women in such poor light. At first, a girl gets married and everyone is happy. Then suddenly, her shady past comes to light. This Sati Savitri happens to be the object of desire of a forgotten boyfriend. When the story gets stinking rotten, then someone is murdered or resurrected and the bugging continues . . . Oh my God! According to me, these serials are spoiling a whole generation by branding every mother-in-law as a scheming monster and daughter-in-law as Dracula-in-law . . . Gosh! I hate them . . .”


Avani observed a peculiar point in her reply that most of us overlooked. She wrote: 

“What do you mean by ‘If the cab starts sharply at 8:15 in the morning’? If you don’t believe me, then how about starting the cab from your doorstep? In spite of starting on time, you doubt our motives?”


“Night! What night?” Rajnish shouted.

“We are talking about 8:30 p.m. Don’t make it sound like goddamn midnight! You are a metro girl. Be confident, madam. Like Sushant said, don’t you girls go anywhere else on your own? Don’t you ever walk that road alone?” he said angrily.


Sometimes I asked myself, ‘What was so different about this crazy group that made it stand out?’

‘May be because it was a group where we were all equals. A place where no one dominated, no one pressed their opinions, no fake emotions, no forced relationships, no undue commitments. It was like a parallel universe that we stepped in and out of each morning and evening. It was a different world with some rules but no compulsions, there were deadlines but they weren’t rigid, there were conflicts, but nothing personal about them. 

It was “our” own world with just “us” in it.’


“Saina, I hope this is not your ego speaking. I don’t mind if they don’t drop me home. But imagine if there is no cab at all. Even the thought of it is scary!” Vijaya said.

Look Vijaya, who’s not driven by their ego? They are all selfish and biased. So why care for their emotions? To answer your question, if the cab breaks, it will break forever! All we want until then is to commute to office, that’s it. We will do just that and leave the rest for the clowns. Ha ha ha!”


“‘Management by inaction.’ That is the only solution right now. In situations like these, we should not try to fix anything. Let relationships take time and get adjusted by themselves,”Sushant said as we walked out of the cafeteria.


Heated thoughts bubbled up in my mind.

‘Come on now, you have controlled enough …don’t care to give any excuse, don’t even try to explain. Just tell them that you have had enough. Let them handle the stark reality that without people like you “they” are nothing.

Go on, finish it off!’


TOPIC: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published

‘Cabbing All the Way’ is a story of 12 people who decide to commute together to office to ease their travel pain. What seems to be a novel idea soon proves to be ‘Mission Impossible’ without Tom Cruise to the rescue! it is like a twelve headed Raavan trying to rope walk with each of his heads proposing him something different.

I had this picture in my mind about the cab and I thought that only this could be a perfect front cover for the book. I approached my dear friend and cartoonist Yogish Shettigar with the idea that I had in my mind. He was an ex-employee at our office and knew all the people who came along with me in the cab. When I described him the concept and roughly explained the idea that I had in my mind, he was quick to connect with it. When I saw the first draft, I was shocked and surprised!!! It had REAL faces of people on it… as a cartoonist, he excellently etched their characteristics into the sketch. 

While I was wonderstruck with the cartoon, I was also aware that this cannot become to be the official front cover of the book for all the obvious reasons. 

Finally, he re-did the cartoon. The trivia is that only my face still remains…

About the Author:

For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (doremon, dora and Choota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listen to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children.

But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS!

Who Am I? I have been asking this question to myself since 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? or may be that am I missing the  whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question?

Does the answer even matter?

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