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SURVIVING ALZHEIMERS by Dayna Steele

Today, MBB welcomes Dayna Steele, who faced a situation many of us will have to one day, if we haven't done so already - caring for an elderly parent who is slowly forgetting who she is and what she's here for and even, who her kids are. Dayna faced the challenge with what she describes in her own words as 'friends, Facebook and a really big glass of wine'. Now her Facebook posts on what could have been seen as a tragic situation but turns into something which can be faced with love and even humour, are available for readers in book form.




What was your relationship with Alzheimer’s disease before your mother’s diagnosis? Did you have any preconceptions about the illness before you started this journey with her?
I like to think I am a fairly well educated and informed person. I knew what Alzheimer’s was and I knew it was called “The Long Goodbye.” Then the diagnosis – and I realized I had no idea how stressful, sad, irritating, confusing, etc this disease is. No one tells…

Guest Post - Inspiration Chaos by Sumana Khan, author of ENCOUNTERS - SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WAITING

In my post on inspiration for Encounters (you can read it here), I touched upon the birth of each story. In this post, once again I’ve been asked to give my take on my inspiration for Encounters. So I thought I’ll focus on the sub-title – Someone’s Always Waiting.
This is going to be a nerdy post. I’m sure all of you have heard of Chaos Theory.  For the uninitiated, let’s start off with simple, predictable systems around us. For example, water boils at 100 deg Celsius. Irrespective of the initial temperature of the water – whether it was ice cold, at room temperature or  lukewarm – it reaches boiling point at 100 deg Celsius. That’s a predictable system. If you plot a graph of temperature of the water (y-axis) against time taken to reach boiling point (x-axis), you’ll probably see a neat slanting line, indicating that temperature increases linearly as time spent on the heat increases. This is an observable phenomenon all over the world. It is linear, predictable, and there is no random…

SPOTLIGHT: RUKHSAT: The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE  BY  SUJIT BANERJEE Blurb  Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?
Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same sto…

SPOTLIGHT: A DOG EAT DOGFOOD WORLD BY SURESH C

A Dog Eat Dog-Food World 
by  C. Suresh
A Fablery Publications 





Blurb 

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.

The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike…

Spotlight on Rachael Thomas - New Release THE SHEIKH'S LAST MISTRESS

Today's post is a day late owing to connectivity problems, but definitely worth the wait. MBB welcomes back Rachael Thomas, author of thrilling Harlequin contemporary romance, who has come to talk about her latest release, The Sheikh's Last Mistress, which is set in the equestrian world.
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Where do you go for inspiration? Inspiration is everywhere. It could be something someone said or a place I’ve visited which will spark off a new idea. Once I have the germ of an idea I file it away in my mind and let it grow. That’s the fun bit.
Where did you get the idea for this story? I’d been to the local annual horse festival and had seen some spectacular stunt riding on magnificent horses and a sheikh with a problem horse slid into my mind. Then, a few days later, I heard the name Destiny on the radio and it immediately stirred my imagination and the sheikh’s horse whisperer heroine was born.
What’s your daily routine when writing…