When You’re a Stranger by Akash Justin Ovian

Rodney is an unemployed graduate who was recently evicted by his landlord. He believes his life is being crushed under the anxiety caused by his education loan. He finds comfort and strength in his chronic alcoholism and strongly holds on to his crystallized idea that love is nothing but a fancy word used by society to rationalize the raw animalistic drive of sexual attraction.

Prisha is a passionate street artist who relies on sensuality and marijuana to channel her creative energies. She is also a lesbian who is struggling to define her identity in an evolving but insensitive generation of human beings.

When these two people meet over a dangerous dance of whiskey and vodka, they begin to discover the complicated art of forgetting the past and ignoring the future. It doesn’t take long for their stubborn faith in the predictability of life to change into a painful pursuit of affection, belonging, and sexual identity.

Targeted Audience: 18-40

Author Bio:
Akash Justin Ovian was born in Bangalore, India and began writing fiction at the age of seven. He has spent several years studying the roles of egotistic thought and self-gratification in human relationships. He harbors unquenchable passions for Beat Poetry, Eastern Philosophy, and Indian spirituality. His work ranges from eccentric beat poetry to, what he terms, ugly romantic fiction. He is a sincere advocate for the liberty of the human spirit and reflects it, uncompromisingly, in each of his works.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I missed my train one winter morning when I was traveling from Indiana to Wisconsin. I noticed that there were five others who missed the train and were stranded in the station along with me. I suddenly noticed how alienated people are from each other. I came to see how disconnected we feel from strangers and how many times we miss such important opportunities to meet wonderful people in our lives. The entire novel came rushing into my mind as I managed to reach Wisconsin by the end of that day. I told myself that I will write something that can depict the adventures that people can find when they loosen themselves and open up to strangers.

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The Clouds Still Hang by Patrick C Notchtree @pcnotchtree

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A trilogy telling a story of love and loyalty, betrothal and betrayal, triumph and tragedy; novels that chart one man’s attempts to rise above the legacy of a traumatic childhood.
The first book deals with Simon’s childhood friendship and eventually love affair with an older boy, the second the trauma of his teenage years and early adulthood, the third his struggle to maintain equilibrium and the consequences of his failure at one point to achieve that.

It is a fictional biography, written because it tells a strong story which raises many issues over six decades, the post war baby boomer generation who in many ways never had it so good.
His own experience is probably unique, yet will strike a chord with many others who have been through similar things, as well as those with an interest in such matters, either personal or professional, such as police and probation officers, criminologists with an interest in this field or those investigating the developing ‘queer theory’.

It’s a varied, exciting, demanding, sometimes terrifying life story.

It is not suitable for those under 18 years or who find explicit sexual narrative, including sexual violence, offensive.

The first part was originally published in March 2012 under the title “The Secret Catamite Book 1 The Book of Daniel” which is still available separately in downloadable formats only.

Targeted Audience: 18+

Author Bio:
Patrick now lives in the north of England with his wife and has his son and granddaughters nearby. Much of his life is reflected in the biographical trilogy “The Clouds Still Hang”, so to repeat too many biographical details here would be something of a ‘spoiler’!

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