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Mother of a Millionaire by Raoji Patel Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


 


Mother of a MillionaireTitle:
 Mother of a Millionaire
Author: Raoji Patel
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 238
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook/Paperback

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Children of Indian descent often move to the United States in search of a better life. Other Indian children, born in America, are often materially successful, but they lose touch with the values of traditional Indian culture, including a deep love and respect for parents and gratitude for the parents loving sacrifices to aid them on their life’s path.

In Mother of a Millionaire, author Raoji (Ray) M. Patel provides insight into the issues, both Indian children and their parents face, as they make their home in a new country with different customs and ways of living through eleven short stories. In some stories, a spouse’s selfishness creates a rift within the family. In a few cases, the sons rebel against the parents’ interfering ways, and they grow apart from their parents, or they simply banish the parents from their lives. In other stories, a father slips from his patriarchal responsibilities, creating family discord and a loss of respect.

This collection of short stories shows how Indian parents strongly believe forgiveness—one of the most difficult challenges to face—makes one happier and healthier and frees one from sin. But as an ancient Indian scripture says, forgiveness is “the greatness of the great” because it creates unprecedented greatness in the forgiver.

 

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Raoji (Ray) M. Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from MS University of Baroda, India, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Patel is a retired small businessman cum engineer, and lives in Northern California with his wife Sushila and two adult children.

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Huckleberry Spring by Jennifer Beckstrand Book Feature


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Huckleberry SpringTitle: Huckleberry Spring
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Publisher: Zebra Books
Pages: 352
Genre: Amish Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

“Readers will treasure this series.” –RT Book Reviews
Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married–except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .

Ever since the Helmuths’ grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben’s Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .

Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can’t, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma’s courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . .

Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand’s Huckleberry Hill

“A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter.” –Charlotte Hubbard

“A warm romance with two likable main characters and ultimately a great ending for all.” –Parkersburg News & Sentinel

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I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a Western—in just under fourteen years.

I have always been fascinated by the Amish way of life and now write Inspirational Amish Romance. I am drawn to the strong faith of the Plain people and admire the importance they put on enduring family ties. I have visited and studied Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where I met with a bishop and a minister as well as several Amish mamms, dats, and children. It has always impressed me at what salt-of-the-earth people they are. My interactions with these kind people have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have a dear Amish friend with whom I correspond in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She helps me keep my facts straight and gives me inspiration for my stories.

My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I’ve done my job. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt are all now available.

I have six Amish Roamish buggymances in the works with Kensington Books. The first and second books, Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Summer, are now available in stores and online. The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill is set in northern Wisconsin Amish country.

The series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, is about an elderly Amish couple who try to find suitable mates for their grandchildren. What could be more fun than throwing two young people together to see if sparks ignite? No one would ever suspect two octogenarian Amish folks of mischief.

Romantic Times gave Huckleberry Hill 4 1/2 stars and chose Huckleberry Summer as a TOP PICK.

I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and two adorable grandsons. I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with my husband and one son still left at home.

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Interview with D.A. Roach, author of Rarity


Rarity Title: Rarity

Author: D.A. Roach

Publisher: Amazon Digital

Pages: 197

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Paperback/Kindle

It’s her junior year at Stanton High. Brogen, an empathic teen, is looking forward to another uneventful year with her buddy Meg at her side. Meg and Brogen are not in the in-crowd, actually, they aren’t in any crowd. They are content keeping a low profile and doing their own thing.

But the first day of school brings Becca, the blonde babe, and Jay, the charismatic guy who doesn’t fit any stereotype. These two new students pull Brogen out of her comfort zone and into a new social situation. And with the good parts of this new situation…comes the bad.

Becca is attracted to Jay and is prepared to stomp on the competition when it comes to making Jay her boyfriend. Brogen wants no part of any high school drama, but life…or fate keeps putting Jay and Brogen on a path together. This puts a target on Brogen’s back and she’s not sure Jay is worth the wrath of Becca.

As they journey through their school year, several life changing events alter the relationship between Jay and Brogen. But the question remains, should they give in to fate and give love a chance? Or fight it and take the easy road?
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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Rarity is about an empathic girl named Brogen who chooses to avoid the high school population with exception to her one friend. But when Junior year starts and 2 new students come to town, her social status is challenged. Brogen becomes obsessed with Jay, trying to place him in the clique he best fits. Only Jay is quite rare, he doesn’t fit any particular clique, in fact, his charisma has him well liked by the entire student body. Brogen can’t help but be intrigued but finds she is also falling in love with him. But just as you are settling into the ya romance that Rarity becomes, Jay gets diagnosed with a rare and fatal disorder. This news turns his world upside down and challenges his relationships.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

My youngest son was diagnosed with the disorder in Rarity. It’s called Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. It’s often misdiagnosed or missed until the early 20’s when a major cardiac event happens. I hoped Rarity would be a story of hope for those with vEDS, a glimpse of the drama and fears that families with this disorder face, and raise awareness of what signs are important to get looked at by a doctor if vEDS is suspected.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

My son and his vEDS family. The people we have met online have shared their hopes, fears, triumphs, and losses with us. They have been an amazing help.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband.

Your biggest critic?

Myself.

What cause are you most passionate about and why?

vEDS, because it destroys families and because it is rare, there is very little knowledge and financial backing for it. It’s common for vEDS patients to go to the doctor and have them with say “oh, you have nothing wrong with you.” or, “sorry, you will be disabled and probably die by the age of 40.” What they need is a doctor who says “I haven’t heard of this but I want to give you the best care for what ails you. I will go home and do my homework and come up with a plan for treatment.”

In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?

I have! I really listen to my reviewer suggestions and try to incorporate their suggestions, likes and dislikes in my future writing. I really worked on character development in Rarity.

Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?

I tend to stay away from it till my editor hands it back to me. Then when I get it back – I reread it and make the suggested changes before uploading. I do the same with my paintings and art. Fresh eyes.

Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?

I really enjoy Nicole Willams as a writer. She has a way of drawing you in so you forget you are reading a novel…instead you feel submerged in the action.

What is the most important thing in your life right now?

Making mindful memories as much as possible with my family.

What are you currently working on?

I’m about to begin book 3 of the J+P series. I’m hoping to wrap up the story in this next book but….it might be a big book :>

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?

For writers….read, read, read. My vocabulary expands, my cadence improves, my ideas blossom…all with reading. For Readers…leave honest reviews on amazon and goodreads. It not only helps others find books they might enjoy, but it also helps the authors grow in their writings.

Is there an author that inspired you to write?

Not really to write …but the first book that I couldn’t put down that made me fall in love with books was Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.

What are some of your long term goals?

To get over 100 reviews on one of my books on amazon.com, to steadily sell copies of one of my books each month, to go on a 2 weeks investigative vacation where I immerse myself in a character’s life and try to live it first hand and then write about it.

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?

Having fans write me and tell me how my writing has touched them.

What do you feel is your biggest strength?

Being able to spin a tale in an interesting way.

Biggest weakness?

Making time to write and knowing how to get exposure for my writings.

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

It is a fictional story but could be anyone with vEDS’s tale and so the issues the characters face are ones that most people have not dealt with. It deals with issues including, how do you cope when you get diagnosed with a rare and deadly disorder…do you push others away, lie and deny it and fall in love, do you fall into a deep depression?

You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan – an incredibly bold book dealing with abuse. And Evan Mathews is the boyfriend that every girl dreams of…swoon!

If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?

I can’t answer this. I swore to never regret anything in life – if you don’t like an event – learn from it and do different in the future.

Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?

Yes. I am more mindful of my daily life. My son’s diagnosis has made us appreciate simple things in life and find ways to turn mundane tasks, like folding socks into something memorable and fun (becomes a “snowball” fight with the socks). We are living life with a lot more color in it :>

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

Don’t wait for someone to tell you that you are good enough – just take the leap and give your best.

Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?

I regret not pursuing the arts when I was in college. My parents steered me toward science since I was smart enough for it, but my passion has always been art, music, and creating.

What is your favorite past-time?

Music – listening to it 24/7

D.A. Roach lives in the midwest with her 3 kids and husband.  In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, music, and art.  She has had a diverse job list including teacher, pharmacist, and factory worker.  Her life is rich with vivid characters and stories and she enjoys taking inspiration from these characters and tales to create new stories.
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