New release: The Migrant Report

By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

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Released July 8, 2015

Against the glittering high-rises of the capital, Manu, a recent arrival from Nepal, drips his days away on a construction site, cut off from the world outside the labor camp. His sister despairs of finding him among the thousands of migrant workers flooding into the Arabian Gulf to build the country’s infrastructure. Manu and Sanjana must keep their younger siblings out of poverty, even if at their own expense.

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About the author

MohanaMohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to .the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had two sons, .and became a writer. She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a .Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian .American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award .for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside .look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.

After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines.

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Cover reveal: Torn Roots by Scott Bury

TornRootsHiResiAi founding member Scott Bury’s new book will be published by Amazon on July 31, as part of the Lei Crime Kindle World second-wave launch.

About the book

Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast coast. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

Environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers, and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

The Lei Crime Kindle World

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Lei Crime series is the best-selling creation of Maui-based Toby Neal. To date, the series consists of nine novels about the Hawaiian police detective Leilani Texeira.

Watch for Torn Roots and other new additions to the Lei Crime Kindle World to appear July 31.

About the author

Pic-ScottBuryScott Bury is an Ottawa-based journalist, editor and writer whose articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia.

His published fiction includes the novels The Bones of the Earth, One Shade of Red and Army of Worn Soles, as well as short stories Sam, the Strawb Part and Dark Clouds.

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It’s time for vengeance — Gray Vengeance!

Gray Vengeance, the fifth book in Alan McDermott’s best-selling Tom Gray series, launches May 26th, 2015 to great anticipation and acclaim.

What’s it about?

An African militia has a new leader—and Tom Gray has a deadly new problem.
 
Da Sunan Annabi has a ruthless new leader whose aim is to train British nationals to bring England to its knees.
As their plans unfold with deadly precision and Britain is crippled by a series of attacks, the government is forced to deploy its new secret weapon: a surveillance network that can spy on nearly every human being on earth. It is nearly foolproof—but is it ethical? And does that even matter now?
Soon, Tom Gray and his daughter are in the militia’s sights, and their lives depend on Gray finding the man behind the recent atrocities. His desperate search leads him to Africa and Cuba, for a final showdown with an enemy he could never have imagined.

About the Tom Gray series

The series began with Gray Justice, the story of how ex-soldier Tom Gray sets off to change the British justice system when the career criminal responsible for the death of Gray’s family gets off time served on remand. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough? His website attracts a worldwide audience and, although the authorities know where he is, they are powerless to stop him. But someone else sees an opportunity to attack the UK when the authorities are focused on Gray.
The series continues around the world as trouble keeps finding Gray.
  • Gray Resurrection—Gray is recruited in a dubious, dangerous assignment in the Philippines
  • Gray Redemption—takes Gray around the world to Africa, where he begins to clear his name and meets an old nemesis
  • Gray Retribution—Gray has to rescue his new wife and daughter in the UK and his oldest friends in an African war zone—at the same time.
Find more on Alan’s Author page. And get the book through Alan’s blog and website.
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New release: Gary Henry’s Rogue Goddesses

rogueGoddessesCoveriAi founding member Gary Henry has finally published the sequel to his breakthrough novel, American Goddesses.

Publication date: March 5, 2015

About the book: Evil superwoman Melnikova seeks revenge and world-domination. Earth’s mightiest champions fall before her. Set in 2030 A.D. and 600 years beyond, Rogue Goddesses details a world in the grip of cruel women possessing omnipotent powers. Humankind’s only hope of averting this catastrophic future — one teen-aged girl desperately afraid of her own emerging powers.

Reviews

“I loved this novel, it’s a lot of fun and it makes a refreshing change to read about women who are kicking ass and saving the world.” ~ E.L. Lindley, author

“Rogue Goddesses is a 15-star out of five-star read.” ~ Tammy Dewhirst, Rabid Readers Reviews

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About the author

Gary Henry’s publications include a volume of short stories, What Happened to Jory and Other Dark Departures, and a collection of poetry, The Moon Poem and Other Strange Jingle Jangles. He also publishes a book review blog, Honest Indie Book Reviews.

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Cover reveal: The Dark by David C. Cassidy

IT KNOWS WHAT YOU WANT. IT KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED.

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In denial over his father’s death in a horrific accident, Kelan Lisk has grown fearful and withdrawn. For this meek and bullied child, a burning desire to tame a deadly sledding hill consumes him, drawing him inside a wondrous place where anything is possible … including his father. But as this strange new realm spills into this one, twisting an innocent little boy into an agent of evil, the world is forever changed, devoured by an even greater evil: the Dark.

The Dark is David C. Cassidy’s third book and second full-length novel. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

David Cassidy is the author of Velvet Rain and Fosgate’s Game. Read more about him on his iAi Author page.

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iAi Author releases first cookbook: I’m Veggin’ It

A Beginner’s Guide

By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

VegginItIndependent Authors International’s first cookbook comes from the bestselling author of The Dohmestics and Saving Peace. Here’s a sample recipe:

Clean Out Your Cupboard Soup

I’m going to tell you a secret about soup: you can’t really mess one up. As long as you have a tasty broth as a base, which you can cheat on with bullion cubes, pretty much anything can go into a soup and come out tasting great. When I panic about how much is going unused in our fridge and cupboards, I resort to this soup.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes, depending on how many ingredients you’re using

Cook time: 1-2 hours, depending on the mode of cooking. Shorter for a stovetop, more for a slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vegetable broth (more if you like your soups with broth, less if you like them more like stew)
  • Possible items to include: note that all canned vegetables should be rinsed and drained before tossing them into the pot.
  • Black beans or beans of any kind
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Celery or anything that gives a bit of crunch, like chickpeas
  • Cabbage
  • Edamame
  • Mushrooms
  • Leftover rice (either in the soup or on the side)
  • Potatoes
  • Onions

Seasonings:

  • Garlic is a staple for nearly every dish and soup is no exception
  • Ginger, if you fancy an Asian flavor
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, if you like a little kick

Directions

Using the broth as a base, rinse, chop, and combine any or all of the ingredients above, including the seasonings. Be sure to monitor how much broth you might want to add, if you like a higher liquid to veggie content in your soup.

Cook on low for 3 hours in a slow cooker.

Cook on high for 1-2 hours in a slow cooker.

Simmer on the stove for 4 hours.

Bring to a boil on the stove and then simmer for 2 hours.

About the book

You juggle many roles for a wide range of people. Being a good employee, friend, and sibling are probably high on the priority list. Taking care of yourself, however, often drops off entirely. In my first year as a vegetarian, I realized how interesting food could be both socially and nutritionally.

This is a simple cookbook, designed to help you prepare nourishing food as frequently as you check your email. There are 8 recipes, assembled as a starter kit, allowing you to practice until you perfect. In each recipe you’ll find suggestions to tailor to your own palate by adapting spices, flavors, and ingredients. Every recipe can be made gluten-free or vegan friendly by following the substitution suggestions.

Whether soups, or salads, substance and sweets, you can mix and match across the four categories to put together a meal to delight your taste buds.

From my kitchen to yours, let’s get cooking. A night in never sounded so good.

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About the author

Mohana.Family.July2014-LR-72Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005.  Her work has been published in Variety Arabia, Brownbook Middle East, Isola Magazine, AudioFile Magazine, and Society Magazine, as well asExplore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer. She has been a guest on Expat Radio, and was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio. She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine.

In addition to print titles, Mohana has published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace, which was a semi-finalist in the Literary category of the 2012 Kindle Review of Books.

Qatar has been a source of inspiration for Mohana’s latest work, including From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later, her second novel, is a modern day multicultural romance set in Doha and London and was short listed for the New Talent award at the Festival of Romance. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010).

Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Since she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She was a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. Currently she is working on a historical novel set in the East Asian country of Laos in the 1970s. She writes because words can help us understand ourselves and others.

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Two exciting new releases from top iAi authors

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Two bestselling iAi authors have released new books this month: Founding member Roger Eschbacher has brought out Undratstormur: A Viking Tale of Troublesome Trolls for the middle-grade audience, and Mohanlakshmi Rajakumar has published The Opposite of Hate, a historical novel set in Laos in the 1970s.

What are they about?

Undrastormur

Eirik has a problem. A lot of problems, actually. While out gathering mushrooms, his small Norse village was overrun by nasty trolls with a taste for human flesh. Now Eirik, the last surviving descendant of Drengur Darkbeard, a powerful Viking galdrakarl or wizard, must undertake a perilous journey to find the missing half of Drengur’s iron staff. Only then can he save his neighbors by calling down the undrastormur, a violent and powerful gift from Thor, the god of thunder.

You RogerEschbacherNewcan find Undrastormur on Amazon.

This is Roger’s third independently published book, followingDragonfriend (Leonard the Great, Book 1) and its sequel,Giantkiller. He has also written two other children’s books,Road Trip and Nonsense! He Yelled.

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The Opposite of Hate

During the 1960s and 70s, more bombs were dropped on a landlocked part of Southeast Asia than in any other war — and it wasn’t Vietnam. The turbulent history of the Land of a Thousand Elephants, the Kingdom of Laos, is the backdrop for this family saga, told as a historical novel. The Opposite Of Hate opens a window onto a forgotten corner of Southeast Asia and brings little known history to life through vivid characters and settings which explore the cultural heritage of Lao history.

The Opposite Of Hate explores the intersections of family, loyalty, and nationalism as Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is being taken over by Communists. The political instability drives Seng, a widowed engineer, to marry his best friend’s teenage daughter, Neela, so they can escape re-education or even worse, death. The unlikely husband and wife cross the Mekong River into Thailand as strangers.

Life in the refugee camp brings surprises along with the grime. As they struggle for survival, romances blossoms into an unplanned pregnancy. Seng and Neela get their wish of immigrating to the United States. Succeeding in suburbia, however, presents another unique set of challenges, ones that are not black and white.This is a tale of intermingled violence, love and ambition.Seng and Neela embody the historic cultural struggle of thousands who fled the threats of communism only to face the challenges of democracy.

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