BY CHIRASREE BOSE
A gripping tale of love, lust, obsession and murder. It’s a kick in the guts. Love that’s raw, lust that’s insane and obsession that’s frantically irresistible. Twists will keep you on the edge while the truth will stab at your subconscious. Avesh Mathur, a techie stumbles upon the enchanting and sultry Spreeha at work. Every man in his office wants to have her. But he is struck with horror. She happens to resemble a girl from his past. The past that he’d do anything to keep under wraps. Spreeha lives next door to Avesh. She watches him furtively day and night even though she has a lover. He intrigues her, however, she’s not done with her lover. She wants them both because they remind her of someone. What tragedy awaits Avesh? Is the girl he’s madly falling for as beautiful on the inside as on the outside? Will he finally have to face the frightening truth that he’s been stashing for two years?
BY VICTORIA KIRBY (POETIC WOMAN)
Not every woman is always satisfied with the man she has so she searching for the love of some form of lust elsewhere to fulfil her needs. As an author, I write some of my best writings observing certain situations. Trying to stay far away from stress and migraine-related situations doesn’t always work. There’s stress in working some days. And there are migraine headaches when I don’t have the appetite to eat anything. Though the thing is to not let no more than four hours go by or I might have that nausea feeling. It’s just that I miss my best friend Ronald Mobley and my world hasn’t been the same since he passed last November of 2017.
BY JOSHUA DEAN PERRY
Brutal attacks ravage the countryside and no one knows who is to blame. But if the talk of townspeople is to be believed, the Thereons have returned. The New Kingdom, with all of its advanced technology, is running out of all the crucial energy it needs to thrive. The Forbidden Kingdom, the central power core of the land and home to the savage Therons, is closed off, forgotten, lost in the haze of distant memory. After a devastating attack on her village, Alana, a farm girl, with an irrepressible yearning for something not even she can define, is forced to wage war on an unfamiliar enemy. As the King draws near the gates of the Forbidden Kingdom, time is running out for Alana and her new found information, along with the entire Thereon race. Two worlds clash as an epic battle breaks out and Alana must find the strength in herself to fight for what she thinks is right.
BY TRACY RICHARDSON
Eric Horton has been having visions – terrible dreams that wake him up at night – of explosions and fire and someone screaming. On the soccer field, he’s been in the ‘zone’, saving shot after shot as one of the starting keepers for his high school varsity team with what feels like supernatural awareness of where the ball is going to go next. And the connection he feels with Renee, the hot new exchange student from France, seems almost like he’s known her forever. But all these wild visions and synchronicities are nothing compared to the strange experiments Renee’s dad is cooking up in the physics lab at the University. He’s asked Eric to take part in these tests, and that makes Eric question whether what he’s seeing and hearing is a reality, or something far beyond it. Then when his best friend Will starts drinking way too much and Renee has eyes for other guys, Eric loses the edge he’s always had in the goal, and confidence in himself. If he’s going to pull it together, Eric must tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed, and that might just be the part that connects us all.
BY MUKHPREET KHURANA
Unlocked Silences is a collection of abstracts, poems and excerpts written tissue papers over a couple of years. It is a dive deep into the circles of emotion, empathy, acceptance, healing and insights into a different perspective towards life. In the voice of a budding adolescent, the book cascades into day-to day-shortcomings, carved into poetry and at the same time, embraces you in silence and stillness of thought. The book is an attempt to connect with the reader, to reflect upon them, unbiased and together and embrace a new beginning. With simplified use of grammar and vocabulary, this book seeks nothing but the companionship of all. With this debut book, the author aims to connect to one and to all in the message and purpose of existence, the aid of spirituality and an ode to a beautiful journey called life.
BY EKAT RIN
Maggie is a programmer and is apt to having dreams about coding, but never before she heard a voice demanding, “Memorize the last line.” Maggie does, but the line only looks like source code. Perhaps, it’s just an outcome of weariness after a fortnight of hard work. Then why … Oh! There are too many whys! They look like just a sequence of coincidences, which happen to bring Maggie and her friends to an isolated tribe on an island that is considered uninhabited. And there, in the jungle, scared out of her wits, Maggie remembers nothing else but the source code from her dream.
BY MEDHA NAGUR
A short girl with short hair, 32 years old and unmarried; Adrija has all the makings of being an unsuitable girl in an Indian middle-class family. And to top it all, she is feverishly keen on following her passion to become a top-ranked fashion photographer in the country! With unsupportive parents bent on crushing all her dreams and wanting her to get married, she dares to say “Yes” to a golden opportunity and lands up in the city of dreams- without much in her pockets but stars in her eyes and a camera in her hand! But as they say, destiny favours none! Just when she thinks that she is starting her dream journey as a Fashion Photographer, her ex-boyfriend returns with horrendous motives and tries to flip her life upside down. And amidst all the drama that unfolds, “Jabber Jackson”, the funny guy whom she meets on her official trip to Seychelles, gets strangely entwined with her life and its chaos. Will she give up or fight for her desires or does destiny has its own plan in store for her?
BY SANTHOSH SIVARAJ
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who were at crossroads and there was no way back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fears and leave the rest to destiny. The individuals were tested away from their comfort zones and it produced abstruse results: a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza-making contest and a tennis prodigy runs for his life on a war-torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary. Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves? Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
BY MANIISSH ARORAA
Shlok, a lanky teenager, a daydreamer, doesn’t want much from his life. A dream to make his parents happy and affection of a neighbourhood sweetheart, Natasha. Though both are poles apart, their interests bring them close. Together, they experience new emotions. But, just when they are ready to acknowledge their feeling of love each other, it is too late. The rapids of life set Shlok on an unexpected journey, and he realizes one can’t always be in control of circumstances. Unable to crack an important entrance exam and geographical difficulties affecting his love life, Shlok’s life goes through turbulent times. All the while, his faith in God ebbs and flows, but like a wave, it ends up breaking on the shore before returning to the sea. He is confronted with a perennial question-am I good enough for anything? Holding a mirror to himself, he is faced with a decision to give up on everything he thought was right for him. Set in Varanasi, a city in North India, during the late 90s, before the pervasiveness of technology, Sunshine Town is about the aspirations and emotional turmoil of being a teenager. This story deals with the themes of love, career, and personal fulfillment.
BY RAJNISH KUMAR
This book is a collection of short stories based on different themes and subjects depicting a range of human emotions, responses to situations that the characters fall into and a few of them even have mystical twists thrown in. There is a strong element of surprise in some and in some others, the sheer simplicity of a tale well told. Travel which has been a rich source of new experiences and inspirations is another dominant theme of most narratives.
BY PATRICK BURTON
Raleigh/Durham’s top night-time talk show host, Stan the Man is no stranger to the overabundance of female camaraderie that his local celebrity has given him. With his dashing smile and perfectly sculpted Italian features, Stanley has never had an issue with whatever any woman deemed herself having reason enough to get into bed with him in an effort to capture a time-capsule of pleasure, lust or to simply get away from whatever was bothering her for the moment.Regardless of her marital status, Stanley maintains the mindset of, if she asked for it when she was going to get it. While this concept works for him, it does not exactly fit the goals that he has for his baby sister, Marissa. An absolute knock out of a woman, she could have any man of her choice, per her older brother. Only for the past couple of relationships, she has exercised her option to deal with only married men. Knowing that Marissa is breaking their mother’s heart, this has Stanly’s boxer briefs in a bunch. It’s not that he doesn’t understand but he refuses to receive that this is his sister’s truth. Meanwhile, there are five other women around the triangle who have a similar mannerism of being with a married man for their very own different reasons. These reasons are about to meet Stanley on his nightly radio show and will force him to discuss his deepest issue with his little sister and her current relationship with a married man.