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About meI am avid reader, and enjoy reading books from almost all genres. Also I like a lot of the classic literature such as Hemingway, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, and Conrad. I particularly like mysteries/suspense, pyschological thrillers, fantasy and some sci-fi, and some of the best sellers such as Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (yes the one that's coming out as a movie).
The only thing I like more than reading is writing.I am writer. I like to write mostly short fiction stories although I have recently written some poetry.

I also like to sketch though I'm not nearly as good as I'd like to be, my dream is to sketch seascapes and portraits.I like coffee well when it's well flavored like Cappucino. Lattes, or Cafe Au Lait, chocolate the bar kind as in candy, and fresh, sweet strawberries and most other fresh fruit esp. mangoes.

About my libraryMy library of course has lots of books, some of my all time favorites such as The Gypsy Storyteller by Thomas William Simpson, A Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields, The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, and Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, to name just a few. Also a new favorite author is Michele Richmond, I really like her books!

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Your copy of my essay collection TO BOLDLY GO has now mailed! They tell me it should reach you in about a week's time. Thanks again for your interest. I hope you may be able to post an honest review here at LibraryThing or on Amazon. I appreciate your good wishes!

With very best regards,

Hi Bobbie(Angel)
It was nice to hear from you. Are you going to publish your poetry soon? At present I am reading Nicholas Sparks "The Best of me". I like the book but in many places I need to ask some question -I am only half of the way. I am sending you my second book's synopsis:
Synopsis: Coming to Terms in America

"Coming to Terms in America” delivers a story of divergence of 1st generation American-Indian girl, Monica, whose remarkable journey to India in finding out her mother's root as her mother had resisted all American values and culture because of her upbringing in traditional Bengali family. The fragile relationship between daughter and mother shattered over interracial relationship. Some of the episode are told in flash back to show the reader how and why her mother reacted in that way. The book describes an American-Indian girl born in America who was brought up in western culture goes through pain in growing up. Conflict, frustration and resentment all became part of her life. She loved American life style, American food, American clothing, freedom to choose her own mate and freedom to show her body as she knew she is an all American in her heart but at the same time, she had genuine sensitivity and understanding towards her mother's culture and respect for Indian values.

It is also a story of an immigrant’s. The story follows Samantha (or Shimonti as she was known as a child) as she races to her native India in search of her first generation daughter. What followed was a trip down to memory lane as Samantha revisited her past and re-examined her life growing up in India and then immigrating to the United States. Beginning a new life in a new land was not easy. Just like many immigrants she faced the multitude of problems as she had to retain her own ethnic value. Most American people say that the immigrant should fully integrate into their culture, but it was not easy to abandon everything. Of course, America gave Samantha enormous wealth, a free and happy life, and a wonderful, sensitive daughter, and she was very grateful for that, but she couldn't accept everything from this country. Through the nostalgic trip back to Calcutta finally made Samantha realize that change is an eminent part of life and there is change in Calcutta (now Kolkata) too by western culture. Mother and daughter had to make a hard choice. Monica’s boyfriend Brandon was attacked by a jealous boyfriend of a movie star who was physically attracted to him while taking a semi nude picture of her as a photographer and then became unconscious in a hospital. But would Samantha really reconcile with her daughter? Would she only accept some good values and culture from America? Who would Monica choose - her mother or her lover? Would both be finally happy by accepting some good values and culture from India and America?
Here is the review:
Genre: Fiction
Title: Coming to Terms in America
Author: Gita Audhya

It takes you on such an intense emotional journey that it causes you to consider what makes us the way we are and how the world around us changes and thereby changes us. Coming to Terms in America is such a book.

The story follows Samantha (or Shimonti as she was known as a child) as she races to her native India in search of her daughter, Monica. Their fragile relationship of late has finally shattered over the subject of interracial marriage, and Samantha is devastated and desperately wants to find Monica and make things right. What follows is a trip down memory lane as Samantha revisits her past and re-examines her life growing up in India and then immigrating to the United States, as well as the choices she made along the way, as she tries to figure out what went wrong with Monica. Can she find her daughter and put their relationship back together? Can she bring her daughter around to her point of view or will she have to break with tradition and learn to accept change?

Coming to Terms in America is a complex character study which examines in depth Samantha’s relationships with the people closest to her throughout her life. The characters are all honest, believable and real, and it is easy to become attached to them and hope they find happiness. It is also a story that puts life in India and the USA under a microscope so that we see clearly the differences between beliefs and way of life in each country and begin to understand the challenges some people face in assimilating into a new country while still retaining one’s culture and beliefs. Each character handles these differences and challenges in their own way. Samantha’s husband, Amit, welcomes change and is far more flexible and broadminded because he was schooled away from home and spent time with people from other backgrounds, so there are no class barriers in his mind. He makes the transition easily to life in the USA. Samantha, on the other hand, is so traditional that she puts up barriers to keep change at bay because she is afraid that she will lose her identity in the process. Then add a child into the equation and the problem becomes even more complex. Samantha wants her daughter to have the same dedication and devotion to her Indian culture as she herself has, but Monica has been born into and is growing up in the western world with western morals and traditions. She respects her mother’s beliefs to a certain extent but resents the fact that her mother constantly pushes her to think and behave like her and not for herself. The nostalgic trip back to Calcutta finally makes Samantha realize that there is change everywhere in the world, even in Calcutta, and it becomes an eye opening experience for her.

Gita Audhya challenges her readers to consider what they would do in the same situations that Samantha finds herself in, all the while pulling at your heartstrings every step of the way. Whether you have experienced a similar assimilation into another culture or not, readers from all over the world will relate to the challenges that Samantha encounters trying to teach her daughter what she has learned throughout her life while allowing her to learn her own lessons and be her own person as well.

I, myself, have never had to move away from my birth country, so I have never really considered how difficult and traumatic it might be to leave everything I am familiar with behind and start a new life where the language, culture, traditions, morals, beliefs and everyday way of life are totally foreign to me. In my eyes, immigrants are very brave individuals, and Gita’s story made me admire them even more. This story is a moving and truly insightful book about two women’s voyages of discovery through happiness, sorrow, fear, anger, regrets, enlightenment, and finally acceptance.
Gita Audhya was born and raised in India, obtained a Bachelor of Arts and then immigrated to the UK with her husband. They eventually made the move to the United States where they have raised two children, and Gita is now taking some time for herself to realize her lifelong dream of being an author.

Reviewer: Cindy Taylor,
Title: Coming to Terms in America
Author: Gita Audhya
July, 2013

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All the best,

Hi Bobbie (Angel)
Hope you are fine. Sorry for the delay. Once you asked me why Hindu has so many Gods and Goddesses. Here is the answer.
In India, we have many Gods and Goddesses because there were social and political reasons for this gradual change from the Vedic Gods to the Puranic ones. Following the rise of Buddhism and Jainism, and the invasion of India by Alexander (326 BC), Hinduism was in disarray. The widespread expansion and influence of Buddhism under the official patronage of the Maurya Emperor Asoka (3rd century BC) resulted in an even greater crisis for Hinduism. In an attempt to ensure that Hindus did not deviate from their religion under the influence of other religions, the leaders of the Hindu society laid down elaborate rites and rituals and home worshipping of many Gods and Goddesses (Shrine in Home).

They then tried to propagate the doctrine of Hinduism in easy language in the form of stories so that the common people understood the religion better. This is why they composed the Puranas in the form of stories. The rites and rituals introduced through this literature became in due course the main forms of Hinduism. Common people who did not have formal education started to worship Gods in the form that they could relate to. That's why they have many Gods and Goddesses - Durga, Shiva, Kali etc. It is not that any one can pick and choose their own God or Goddess but one has to worship the God or Goddess whichever clan, group, the place or family, one is belong to. It is like inheritance. I hope you now understand the reasons behind it.
Thanks for wonderful review you posted for my book. If you have any more question please let me know. I would love to hear from you.
All the best -Gita

Hi Bobbie (Angel):
I am so sorry to response your letter so late. I sailed off to see Alaska - I will write about the adventure as soon as I have some times. I have seen so many countries and learned about their cultures and took lots of photograph - all I need some times to express my views on it and to provide wonderful documents about their life, attitude about America, and their world views etc.
Do not get me wrong when I said Institutionalized religion - it is just an expression of recent scandal but I love Christianity with all their teachings. If you read my book "In pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness" - I would tell you it is not an every day's paper back novel - it is very deep and if you explore some chapters line by line then you will know about "Hinduism" and many aspects about our life - spiritual like ethics and regular like love. I am happy that you love books like me and I would look forward to get a review -It means a lot to me as it gives me confidence to write more. My second book "Coming to terms in America" is finished and I will soon start to look for a publisher and start to write my third book. Thanks again.
All be best - Gita
Hi Bobbie (Angel):
It was wonderful to hear from you. I enjoyed your comments about spirituality. I myself do not like so called Institutionalized religion where the money and cover-ups smear the human dignity. I hope you will enjoy my book - it is about a spiritual young man who confronted his unethical father and found real love. At this moment I am ready to read "Sleeping in Eden" - I heard it is a very good mystery. At present I am completing my second book, editing is nearly done. My third book will be about same sex people.

Keep in touch.
Hi Bobbie:
I was reading some of the reviews you posted. I was quite impressed with it. Also I enjoyed some of the pictures you uploaded in your member gallery. I am looking forward to your review of my book "In Pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness."
Congratulations!!! You are a winner in my LibraryThing Giveaway!

As promised, I am sending a copy of "Heaven’s Child" in tomorrow's mail. Expect in in your mailbox sometime next week. A story of life and death, family, connections, hope, and love, it’s s a story that will change your life.

I believe this is a story that has relevance for all people and is a story that needs to be shared. It's a story that could be yours or someone your know. Your reviews and networking are most important to the success of bringing awareness to the story and moving it into the mainstream. Reviews posted to the following sites are most appreciated. Something short and simple is perfect. Cut and paste and click on the links. Also, I ask that you please promote the story on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.). With some help from readers like you, "Heaven's Child" can be shared worldwide.

Much gratitude for your support-
Hi Bobbie:
This is Gita. I am so sorry to bother you. I sent my book "In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness" to you few days ago. Unfortunately, some books returned back to my address due to the problem with the recipient's address label. Any way I would like to know if the book had reached to you for review. I would really appreciate it if you kindly let me know if you have received it. I am looking forward to your wonderful review because It will be not only great to receive the review but also it will let me know where I stand as a writer-it will reveal the strength of my writing as well and how I can improve my writing. Please post the review in
As a first time author it will be highly appreciated. I value your opinion.
Thank you again Bobbie.

Hi. You recently won a free copy of my novel, Human+. But, I'm very sorry to say, it looks like I made a mistake and forgot to say the giveaway is for an ebook only. My apologies. If you'd still like a copy, email me your preferred format (MOBI, EPUB, PDF) and I will send you one.


Dear Bobbie,
I hope this message finds you well.
I passed here to see how you're doing with TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
All the best,

P.S. - Do you have a profile on Goodreads? Couldn't find you. If you do, please befriend me there.
Hi, Bobbie,
I passed here to inform you that I've shipped today your review copy of my book Trust: A New Beginning.
You should be receiving it in the next ten days.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of books.
All the best,
Cristiane Serruya
Hi Bobbie,

it's snowing in London today !
Thank you again for requesting When The Siren Calls in the giveaway. Congratulations on winning. I distribute review copies using the industry standard method used by all big publishers. Before I get into the download instructions, here's two free books you can download in the normal way, fast and simple, so please help yourself.

"Erotic Seduction" by Moll Molone (warning, contains adult content.)

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Now to the real deal:

To download the full 325 pages of When the Siren Calls you will need to follow a free sign up process. Sorry about that, but the bonus is you will then get free access to hundreds of books, including from best selling authors, so it's worth the bother. Here's the link to go to, hit request, and follow the instructions

I will get an alert you've requested it, and I will "Approve" your request, guaranteed. So, if you only want my book, just enter the minimum data in the sign up process.

So, if you're still with me, you can now get all three books digitally signed here✓&search=When+the+Siren+calls&co... (Just enter Erotic Seduction into the search box.)

And we're done. If you chose to pass on the sign up process, at least you got two free books.

I would really appreciate anything you can do to promote When the Siren Calls. Tweet it, review it, blog about it. When I notice one of my readers is actively promoting my book, I typically post them a free physical copy as a thank you.

Thanks again for bearing with me, and do let me know how the process worked (because I want to make it as easy as I can for other winners.)

And, as a further thank you, if you have a book, a website or blog or facebook page, a product link or anything else you'd like me to tweet to my 3,500 twitter followers, i"d be pleased to oblige. Just send what you'd like tweeted to my email address, or a DM on twitter.

Finally, if you might be interested in a free three night stay in beautiful Tuscany, the setting for When the Siren Calls, check out the offer here

Best wishes
Tom Barry

Congratulations Bobbie,

You won a copy of "A Death for Beauty" from the Giveaway. I've mailed the book to you and should have it soon. I look forward to your review.

Just a reminder:
My Book Tour starts today through the 28th. You can check out all the Blog stops here:

I hope you can drop by and say hello.

eBAY Benefit Offer:
There's also an eBay offer for a special Edition of the Hardcover to benefit a Charity called "Bright Pink" that helps women with breast or ovarian cancer.

See it here:

Hope you can participate.
Thanks again, I'll be back here from time to time. Hope to chat with you soon.

Thanks for requesting my novel. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

From Roxana Jones, author of "While I Was Learning To Become God"

Dear Bobbie,

I wanted to congratulate you for the Giveaway winning, and tell you that you will receive the two books from our printer CreateSpace on Aug 12th. I am very humbled with the fact that my heart will be able to share this true story of healing and self-empowerment with yours.

I wish you all the best and I hope we can stay connected from here on through my monthly newsletter, my bi-weekly inspirational Thoughts of the Heart quotes, my facebook fan page, and also by signing up to get notices of futures Giveaways.

I would love to receive your review on my first book.

Much love to you always,

Congratulations on winning a copy of Her Mother's Diary by David Kahn. Your copy will be in the mail shortly!

Warm regards,

I'm not a writer just LOVE to read! I've really gotten more into urban fantasy. There is no lack of those books now. I also love, love stories. Nicholas Sparks is pretty good. I just finished Nightshade last night. I started Water for Elephants today. I also really into the 30's & 40's.
What do you write?
Hi angel......I've taken a break from The Great Gatsby and started Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I saw it at Costco one day and thought it looked interesting. It's good so far but only a few chapters in. How's your books?
Hi Angel,

I love it so far! I have a couple of Anne rice books but have not read them yet. Oh wait....I did try to read Angel Time but I didn't get very far. I didn't like it at all. So far I have only read one of Amelia Atwater's books but I did really like it. I also tried to read the Graveyard Book but it didn't hold my interest very well. I believe I made it about half way through.
I hear good things about him, maybe I'll try again! Are you reading Winter's Sea right now? How's that going?
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Yes, he's a very good writer, with a great future. Will he achieve his father's talent and fame? Who knows.

Atonement is one of my favorite books and McEwen is one of my favorite writers. I think he deserves all the acclaim he gets.

I have a first draft novel I've been sweating over for a year. It is one-half good adult fiction, one-half YA quality. I cannot figure out how to fix the YA part and merge the two stories smoothly. I have no illusions about being a great writer, but I sure would like to complete this for my own satisfaction.

Are you hoping to make a career of writing?
Hi, I'm reading Horns by Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, and I can barely tear myself away to do anything else. Also reading Larry Watson's Montana 1948.
Hi there!
It wasn't necessarily the vulgarity of the language of Lisey's Story that bothered me at first--it was the way King seemed to be creating a whole lexicon of new words to tell the story--all the bool and piebaldsides and everything. It felt a little contrived to me at first. But once I hooked into the story, I actually appreciated what he was trying to do. As far as The Art of Racing in the Rain... it's an interesting concept, a story told from a dog's perspective... but sometimes it feels a little preachy to me. And I think the nature of the narration--being from a beloved pet, and one that will necessarily die before the protagonist... forces the sentimentality a bit. But that's just me. It came highly recommended. I just started the Sedaris. It's weird; I'm not sure I totally get it yet. I hate to be so negative and judgy in all these reviews! Obviously I wouldn't keep reading if there weren't something interesting there!! I'm glad that you're enjoying your book. It sounds fascinating! I'll add it to my to-read pile.
Yes, I'm a writer too. I used to write short stories exclusively, but now I write longer work as well. What do you write?
Hi there! How are you liking Lisey's Story? I liked it very much, but it took me a while to get into it. I found the language a little prohibitive at the beginning, but once I was hooked, I was hooked! Right now I'm reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, which I am not really loving. Next up, David Sedaris's new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I just finished Testimony. I see we've got it in common. What did you think?
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