Critically acclaimed novelist, Mehreen Ahmed has been publishing since 1987.
I recently posted my book, LAINIE’S LADIES on Amazon. here is the description.
Lainie Stockwell is a well-known portrait painter who lives in her studio loft in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, noted for a characteristic artistic charm. She was considering an early retirement on a beautiful island when to her surprise she receives not one, but four inquiries for portraits. These four “ladies”, each one with her own particular reason for a portrait, invade her life and she finds that helping them settle their personal affairs becomes her goal. Lainie learns that painting someone’s portrait means “discovering” . She sneaks a look into their lives to capture their essence and gets a glimpse into their past. This can lead to many surprises.
There are great satisfactions as she unravels long ago secrets and even gets a chance to play cupid! The story doesn’t end there. A mysterious missing portrait causes chaos and it’s Lainie, with the help of a determined private eye, who discovers still another secret that will change the life of one of her ladies.
I’m an independent author with one book of fiction, two poetry books, and a collection from my blog: https://itisallconnected.wordpress.com/
Bio: I am a husband and father of six children. I have spent the past 20 years in education as a high school English teacher, coach, professional developer, and college instructor. My writing often reflects my own life experiences as well as my personal observations of the world around us.
Trishna Damodar is a Woman of the world. She has spent her life in various cities in India and abroad. Travelling, food and dance are her hobbies, and these reflect in her work.
She started her career off as a Hotelier. After parting ways with the industry, poetry and stories engulfed her world. From 2012 till date she has published two poetry books (Mind & Heart Speak Words Volume I and II) and a novel (Bag Exchange), and continues to write new stories.
The time that her words help people in a small manner, is when she will consider herself as a successful author.
About Bag Exchange:
It’s an exchange of emotions,
An understanding of oneself,
A journey of many,
Linked together to produce the titillating story, ‘Bag Exchange’.
When eighty-five-year-old art professor Ludka Zeilonka’s grandson is among a group of gay teachers fired over concerns that they’re silencing Christian kids in the classroom, Ludka is drawn into the political firestorm—as both sides battle to preserve their respective rights to free speech, the hatred on display raises the specter of her WWII past, a past she’s spent a lifetime trying to forget.
My first novel If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor tells the story of Caroline Samuels who feels bad about her body and the girl who has bullied her since middle school, Jennifer Taylor, a girl who is an aspiring Olympic gymnast and the most popular girl in school. When both girls are paired for a math project they are forced to work together. Caroline both envies and hates Jennifer, but as she learns more about Jennifer she realizes Jennifer has a terrible secret. Adding to this Caroline has a crush on Jennifer’s boyfriend, Brad, the hot quarterback and she also wants to be a cheerleader and be popular. Does Caroline keep Jennifer’s secret?
My second book is After which came from my own life. When Lauren’s father calls her while having a heart attack her entire life changes in an instant. As his condition worsens she realizes who her friends are and finds that one friend in particular, Joey, is becoming more than a friend. The problem is Joey has a mean girlfriend named Amber.
Janet Garber received a BA from Queens College, NY, in English/French and an MA in English from the University of Rochester. She has had her articles, essays, book and movie reviews and poems published widely in print and online. Her fiction has appeared in a score of literary journals including Forge Literary Journal, Contrapositions and Caesura and in several anthologies. In addition she’s published two books, I Need a Job, Now What? (Silver Lining Books) and more recently, Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager, a fast and funny read. She lives on the outskirts of NYC with her husband two emotionally-challenged rescue cats.
In Hilligoss, a tired man searches for a son, a flamingo enthrals the night, and fireworks light up the lost. In these stories and more, Rusticles offers a meandering tour through backroads bathed in half light, where shadows play along the verges and whispers of the past assault daydreams of the present. Walk the worn pathways of Hilligoss.
I co-wrote the Call Sign: Wrecking Crew series, the first two have been labeled Political Thriller by Amazon. The third is a novella that fits more into a Family Drama genre but is based on the first two books. I wrote a NonFiction book, Helpful Household Hints for the Harried Human which could be great for anyone looking for tips on cleaning and organizing.
Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.
But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death?
A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN explores many of the questions that haunt young people searching for love and their place in this world, and offers a poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico.
John F Lavelle
Oreads (Or-e-ads) is a touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heart breaking. Oreads is an excellent story and an important one. This novel does for Vietnam War era Appalachia what Thomas Hardy did for Victorian England with Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Lavelle’s first novel explores gender roles, sexuality, and Appalachian regional influences, from setting to socioeconomic determinism. In Greek mythology an Oread is a mountain nymph, so Lavelle’s title, Oreads, emphasizes the powerful connection between the protagonist, Cassie Wolphe, and her mountainous environment.
“Oreads guides readers through a treacherous path of inevitable heartbreak and willful resilience in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.” Jason Mark Harris—Appalachian Journal
“Author John F. Lavelle’s Oreads is a compelling, creative, and original novel that is certain to be an enduringly popular and very highly recommended addition to community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review—The Fiction Shelf
Andrea McKenzie Raine
Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent Aspirations magazine), Tempus anthology (Rubicon Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. Andrea is also the fiction editor of the BC Federation of Writers’ WordWorks magazine. She lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government. Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press. She also published her second novel, A Crowded Heart, through Inkwater Press, which is a prequel to Turnstiles.
Rain Man meets Forrest Gump in this epic tale of the adventures of Jimmy Darwin, recounted by Jimmy himself.
He has a savant ability that could save the lives of millions of people, but Jimmy Darwin has been written off as “mentally challenged” and beaten up his entire life. He’s not a big fan of people. In fact, if everyone would just leave him alone, he’d be happy living in a tent next to a nice, quiet pond. The little survivalist could hold the key to a better understanding of our world. But is the world ready? It’s up to Jimmy to decide.
Thomas Lloyd Qualls
Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a writer, a condition that is apparently incurable. If you like what you read here, remember that words can open doors, so follow them: www.tlqonline.com/blog-sign-up. Also, you could just invite him out for coffee or beer. He loves a good conversation.
Waking Up at Rembrandt’s
Maggie is a discouraged lawyer, Dillon, a heart-broken vagabond, and Phillip, a frustrated writer. Their stories are told by the mysterious Jillian, part purveyor of spirits and part spiritual guru.
Inside the walls of cafe rembrandt, where whipping fresh cream is an act of poetry and pouring a drink an act of faith, we fall under Jillian’s spell. With a voice that is lyrical and immediate, she artfully trails her Ariadne thread to lead her devotees back into the light.
Waking Up at Rembrandt’s is a fresh take on the tale of awakenings. It celebrates the sensual, as well as the spiritual, effortlessly bridging the two worlds.
Author Thomas Lloyd Qualls combines prose and poetry, fiction and spirituality, and dreams and reality in a manner that is at once unconventional and irresistible. Blending the epicurean delights of Peter Mayle, the travel adventures of Hemingway, the spiritual teachings of Krishnamurti, and the magical realism of Isabel Allende, Waking Up at Rembrandt’s takes literary fiction into new territory.
Michael J. Sahno
Born in Bristol, CT, Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. He obtained a Master of Arts in English from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY at the age of 24, going on to become a full-time professional writer in 2001. Sahno is the author of Miles of Files, Jana, and Brothers’ Hand.
Three generations of Applebaum women— in order, recovering alcoholic Ava, hippie Suzanne, and Goth Molly— in one house for two weeks brings about the chance for each of them to stand up for who they really are, once and for all.
18-year-old Molly, with her tattooed, pierced, bleached blond friend Brandon in tow, has revealed that she has an important announcement to make before she heads off to Vassar. 36-year-old Suzanne is convinced that history is repeating itself, and that Molly’s news will make her a 36-year-old grandmother. Ava, despite herself, develops a fervent case of baby fever.
Meanwhile, Buddy McKinley moves in to the house next door. Buddy was once Ava’s late husband’s business partner, and the man she blames for the failing of the business–which, she claims, ruined her husband’s life and “turned me into a fall-down drunk”.
However, after a little digging, Suzanne finds out that Buddy and Ava’s past goes much farther back that either has admitted . . . does Ava truly “blanking” hate Buddy, or are those rabid feelings covering up something just as intense?
When Molly finally makes her grand announcement, Suzanne reacts in a way no one, least of all herself, was prepared for. And it takes a head to head fiery confrontation to find out exactly why Suzanne’s suddenly avoiding her only child.
It’s a tale about love, truth, family, and accepting people for who they are . . . and more importantly, who they’re not.
Death, so complete, so final. It releases a torrent of raw emotion unlike any other tragic, human experience. Thus is the case for Moira, as her best friend is brutally taken from her, marking a descent from which she may never return.
Darkness clouds her mind, threatening to destroy the only remaining relationship that means anything to her.
Walk in the shoes of one vexed with a lingering sadness, that only few understand, and discover true love, appreciation, and the will to overcome.
I’m a former internal audit manager and now a full-time novelist. I love traveling, especially on ships, to explore new ports of call. When I’m not living out of a suitcase, I’m home in Philadelphia with my Danish husband and cats.
Parties are not Madeline’s thing.
Being social isn’t her thing. She’s a five-foot eight-inch industrial-strength loser. She’s invisible. She’s no one. She could drop dead in class and no one would notice.
So why does she accept an invitation — from someone she barely knows — to the party of the year?
It’s definitely not because Mark Alister is going. Popular, attractive, universally desired Mark Alister. A boy like that would never even look at a train wreck like her.
But . . . he does! He talks to her! They fall in love! And they live happily ever after. The end.
Yeah — not a chance. Maybe if she lived in a Disney movie. In reality, Madeline has walked straight into a trap — one which no amount of wishing on stars can save her from. Mark is going to make her face everything she’s been hiding from for the past seven years. And the truth about Madeline Parker could either fix her, and make her worthy of being loved . . . or it could kill her.