Monday Musings Wishes Happy Memorial Day

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It is Memorial Day in the United States–a time when we honor those who served our country. Best Selling Reads wishes all our readers in the U.S. a Happy Memorial Day!

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Focus Friday: New release—The Migrant Report

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By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

MigrantReportMohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s newest book is the opening of her Crimes in Arabia series. It’s now available for pre-order.

What’s it about?

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.

Police captain Ali’s hopes of joining the elite government forces are dashed when his childhood deformity is discovered. His demotion brings him face to face with a rising pile of unexplained dead bodies and also an aspiring journalist who is unlike any local girl Ali knows. In danger of flunking out of university, Maryam is searching for an original story that will appease her professor and keep her family’s machinations for marriage in check.

Can the unlikely trio fit the pieces of the puzzle together before agency thugs get to Manu?

You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

About the author

Mohana.Family.July2014-LR-72Mohanalakshmi 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 a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion. She was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio.

In addition to print titles, Mohana has published 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, 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.

Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She was a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition.

She writes because words can help us understand ourselves and others.

Mohanalakshmi can be found:

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: The Bones of the Earth

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By Scott Bury Win a copy of bestselling The Bones of the Earth. Just name the major world city that the hero, Javor, travels to. About the book The Dark Age, eastern Europe: the earth has decided to rid itself of humanity with earthquakes, … [Continue reading]

Monday Musings: “Give Me Someone To Root For”

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by Kathleen Valentine Every now and then I get an email from a reader who tells me that they love the male characters in my books. “I get so tired of men being brutes or idiots,” a man from Nova Scotia wrote me. “I'd begun to think all women authors … [Continue reading]

Focus Friday: The Only Shark in the Sea

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Date Shark, Book 3 By DelSheree Gladden “You asked me before,” Vance said slowly, “if I saw you differently after hearing your story.” He shifted, bringing himself the tiniest bit closer to her. “Now I’ve heard your whole story, and it does change … [Continue reading]

Wordless Wednesday: Hometown Secrets

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Monday Musings: Six Powerful Ways Kindle Worlds are Great for Readers and Writers

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Focus Friday: Warrior Dog

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A Keiki Mystery by Emily Kimelman From the Kindle World of Toby Neal’s Lei Crimes     Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred … [Continue reading]

Win-a-Book Wednesday: Little Nani’s audiobook

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The Funny Adventures of Little Nani on audiobook The beloved, interactive children's book The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, is now available in audiobook format, and you could win one of five free copies—if you can … [Continue reading]

Monday Musings: Biting the Bullet and Writing the Truth

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by Kathleen Valentine “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing … [Continue reading]