Book Release: Spookoween

Spookoween is a compilation of 20 spooky winning short stories selected from a collection of 97 submissions received from all over the world for the Spookoween contest organized by WriteFluence in September-October 2021. Here’s a spine-chilling book full of stories that won’t let you sleep.

Features a winning story by me – Shyamli. It is my latest creative effort and a story with various interpretations. Definitely my current favorite 🙂

WriteFluence

is a compilation of 20 spooky winning short stories selected from a collection of 97 submissions received from all over the world for the Spookoween contest organized by WriteFluence in September-October 2021. Here’s a spine-chilling book full of stories that won’t let you sleep.

AUTHORS IN THIS BOOK

Aneesha Shewani, Arya Jash, Geeta Nair, Hepi Anesti, John Barber,
Mandeep kaur, Niladri Shekhar Mitra, Philip Stenström, Ramya V., Rapti Mukherjee, RC Wallfisch, Ryan de Vas Gunasekera, Sheerin Shahab, Sneha Acharekar, Steve Wade, Thuy Phuong Le, Vaijayanti Panchal, Vandana Nadar, Vandita Shukla and Will Sandkvist

Spookoween is now available for purchase in the paperback format on NotionPressAmazon.in and Flipkart; and available to download on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

The paperback is also internationally available for purchase on Amazon.com worldwide.

Here’s a glimpse of the book on Kindle:

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Results: Spookoween

Its a hatrick! Won the third competition in which I had submitted a horror story! Once again one of the top 3 entries. Will be part of another published anthology by #WriterFluence #artofwriters #writingcommunity

Its a hatrick! Won the third competition in which I had submitted a horror story! Once again one of the top 3 entries. Privileged to be part of another forthcoming published anthology by WriteFluence. @writefluence




WriteFluence

We are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the Spookoween contest.

Mentioned below are all the winning writers and stories that have qualified to be published in our next publication.

Congratulations!

Top 3: Wilbur Watts, Aneesha Shewani and Shanaya A.V.

Our sincere gratitude to all the writers, participants and our respected jury members who made this contest a success!

Congratulations everyone!

All winners will receive an email and a publishing contract from WriteFluence within30 business days. The contract has to be digitally completed with the required information withinfivedays of receipt, failing which the position will be given to the next writer in the shortlist. Our book editing and production process will begin only after all contracts are digitally signed.

Happy WriteFluencing!

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Book Release: A Lie On Her Lips

The book consists of short stories selected from 173 submissions that had been received from all over the world for the contest and the stories are based on the theme of betrayal. It features a story by me – The Last Song

WriteFluence

A Lie On Her Lips is a compilation of the winning stories from the LGBTQ Romance / Betrayal short story contest organized by WriteFluence in July-August 2021. The book consists of short stories selected from 173 submissions that had been received from all over the world for the contest and the stories are based on the theme of betrayal.

Authors in this book:

Aneesha Shewani, Bhavna Jagnani, Emma Wells, Nilanjana Chakraborty, Nupur Gupta, Pamela Joy Baguisi, Patrichia D’cruze, Philip Stenström, Prajakta Hebbar, Raghav Prashant Sundar, Ramya V., Sharika Nair, Shreeya Harshini, Steve Wade, Suveera Bellary Kusnur, Tiffany Nguyen, Vaishali Chandorkar Chitale, Priya Nayak-Gole, Sharda Mishra, Charu Gandhi, Divya Venkateswaran, Alipi Das, Arya Jash, Rohan Swamy, Sneha Acharekar and Dakshata Kudanekar

A Lie On Her Lips is now available for purchase in the paperback format on NotionPress, Amazon.in and Flipkart; and available to download on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

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Book Review: Bombay Hangovers

The fragility of the aged, raciness of the illicit, achiness of nostalgia and aging bones, the darkness of lust, tender cares of motherhood, the inevitability of fading youth, travails of escapism, and troubled demons of haunted pasts – each story is woven to create an elaborate tapestry.

Bombay Hangovers

Book: Bombay Hangovers

Author: Rochelle Potkar

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Indian writing in English

Warning: Explicit content

Available at: Amazon.in

Review Copy: Himalayan Book Club

Our world is made up of stories and most have already been told. It takes an exemplary storyteller to bring life to the mundane and the inconspicuous. Unabashed rendering of exotic yearnings, sensitive descriptions of romantic longings, intense emotions of despair, the gravity of age, trappings of secrets, and a gamut of vast emotions, and scenes flow through the pages of Bombay Hangovers by Rochelle Potkar. The book title is reminiscent of a city, clinging to a past, delving in intoxicating memories of humans, with all their flaws and follies, oft succumbing to the power play of destiny.

Exotic words describe marital bonds from early years of lustful romance to the complacency and frustrations of tired householders. The fragility of the aged, raciness of the illicit, achiness of nostalgia and aging bones, the darkness of lust, tender cares of motherhood, the inevitability of fading youth, travails of escapism, and troubled demons of haunted pasts – each story is woven to create an elaborate tapestry. This is not a leisurely read because it digs into the crevices of fears and passions, dreads and desires, showing us a mirror, bringing to life a society that we ignore. Yet, it pulls you in, word-by-word, page-by-page, as it rips away the facade and unmasks the raw truth pulsating in the heart of Mumbai.

The stories delve into different social classes in the city of Mumbai, as it is now known. Metaphors and analogies embellish the book, revealing research and understanding of the nuances of geometrical terms, workings of a cotton mill, the Goan real-estate, the dhobi ghat, the underbelly of city life, just to name a few. Details are rendered with care, without haste, each word conjuring imagery, sometimes leaving you embarrassed, mostly engrossed. The no-holds-barred flourish of a bold pen takes you on a breathtaking journey into the lives of ordinary men and women.

A few typos are glaring, a sudden shift in the person of narration is disconcerting, and you wish these were not there. Amidst all the beauty of the words, I felt the writing could have been tauter in some stories. Some descriptions could be less superfluous, allowing the reader to savor the exquisite composition and leave some space for musings. The comparatively shorter stories are my favorite in this collection of 16, as they are the most impactful. The introduction is exquisitely written though it contains insights into stories so you may want to read it after diving into the book. 

Memoryscape

Memoryscape

They say sights make lasting memories and a touch imprints forever. However, it was the smells that lie splattered across her memory-scape. This story traces an olfactory journey of a lifetime as she put pieces together, wondering what lies next.

1980 – It is the smell of soap – an expensive luxury bar of white soap. The silhouette of a man with that soapy fragrance is still vivid. She was barely 3-years old. She can recognize that smell anywhere but does not come across it often. She cannot remember who he was, yet the distinct memory captures her. 

She frets that she needs to dig deeper into the recesses and find out why the fragrance of that soap and the man are so alive in her mind even after 40 years. There are no answers; she does not even know whether that time was good or bad; whether that memory points to any event in her life. The lack of an answer makes her uncomfortable as they remind her of an unknown man and his soapy odor from when she was barely a toddler.

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