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2. Jeremy Phillips speaks to the Oxford Law Vox

In the second of Oxford’s new series of Law Vox podcasts, Jeremy Phillips, editor of Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, describes how the field of intellectual property law looked when he started his illustrious intellectual property law career. Jeremy’s conversation with Law Vox also addresses how intellectual property evolved and grew to encompass many different features. He uses the analogy of Tracey Emin’s bed to explain how intellectual property touches many aspects of our lives without us consciously realising it.

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3. A tiny instrument with a tremendous history: the piccolo

Although often overlooked, the piccolo is an important part of the woodwind instrument family. This high-pitched petite woodwind packs a huge punch. Historically, the piccolo had no keys and was an instrument of its own kind.

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4. Spotlight and Giveaway: Toxic by Kim Karr

This morning I have a giveaway for Kim Karr’s Toxic.  Check out the excerpt and enter for your chance to win!

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling romance that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

Meet Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, brooding entrepreneur who goes after what he wants, and Phoebe St. Claire, a socialite-turned-CEO who’s been drifting through life searching for something she thought she’d never find again—the right man to share her future.

Phoebe St. Claire has devoted herself to saving her family’s hotel empire—but her best efforts have not been good enough. With her whole world in turmoil, the tenacious go-getter turns to the once love of her life. Far from innocent, Jeremy McQueen was a guy from the wrong side of the tracks and her parents would never have approved. Their years apart have only made the sexy bad boy more irresistible than ever—and their reunion is explosive.

When she asks Jeremy to help her salvage her family business, he agrees immediately, with only one condition—he wants her in his bed.

But soon surprising circumstances leave Phoebe reeling. Was this fairy tale romance just too good to be true? Will Jeremy’s secrets pull them apart all over again?

Kim Karr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Connections series, including Connected, Frayed, Mended, and Torn. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for books and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions—writing.

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Excerpt: Feeling a bit drunk and overwhelmed with so many and so few choices at the same time, I needed some time alone and snuck off toward the beach path.

I ran toward the ocean and twirled in the sand as the wind blew around me. Once I started to feel dizzy from twirling, I still wasn’t ready to head back to the party, so I took the path that would lead me to the large Olympic-sized pool. I tugged my sandals off with thoughts of putting my feet in the water to rinse the mud and sand away. As I approached the pool, I noticed how it glowed like it was lit by small pale fires. Lost in the enchantment of it, the sudden movement beneath the surface startled me.
A fair-haired boy emerged from the water. He pulled himself up and out so quickly that I was momentarily stunned. And then when he drank me in with his eyes, I shuddered.
I couldn’t help it, the way he looked at me just made me shiver. No one had ever looked at me like that before and I found myself gazing back into his intense eyes.
He was utterly beautiful. His bare chest was sculpted but not overly bulky like Danny or Jamie. They worked out every day pumping obnoxious amounts of iron to look the way they did. In contrast, the boy standing before me had a swimmer’s build.
He stood stoic and a cautious look crossed his face. He was long and lean in a pair of bright green neon swim trunks.
Right away I could tell he didn’t care what anyone thought about him.
I loved the idea of that.
So I smiled at him.
He shook his head and his hair fell into his eyes.
I wanted to reach out and push it away. It wasn’t long, but it wasn’t short. It was perfect.
“Hey,” he said, grabbing a towel off the ground.
It didn’t belong to the club. It was small, beige, and a bit worn—not the large hunter-green fluffy ones monogrammed in white I’d always gotten when I used to come here to swim as a kid.
“Hey,” I said back, swinging my sandals nervously.
He grabbed a pair of jeans that lay next to where the towel had been and walked right by me.
I turned to watch him as he strode into one of the cabanas and dropped his trunks. I froze and squeezed my eyes shut, thinking I shouldn’t be watching him but then opened them quickly when I couldn’t resist maybe catching a glimpse.
“Didn’t your parents ever tell you it isn’t polite to stare?” His voice was low and sexy, and it tugged me out of my own head.
I put my hands on my hips. “Didn’t your parents ever teach you not to get dressed in mixed company?”
He pulled his jeans on and laughed. “My mother might have mentioned that once or twice but I’ve never been good at following the rules.”
And it didn’t escape my notice that he didn’t put any underwear on first.
Hot. Totally and completely hot.
I didn’t see anything I shouldn’t have seen, it was too dark, but something inside me electrified at the thought of seeing him naked and I stepped closer. That’s when I noticed the scuffed-up black work boots on one of the lounges with a T-shirt thrown next to them.
I raised a brow. “Is this your changing room?”
He laughed again but this time added a smile and put his hands up. “Okay you caught me. I better get out of here before anyone else does.”
He was adorable and charming and my heart skipped a beat or two.
Then I stepped even closer and entered the cabana entrance, effectively blocking his way. “Why? You’re not doing anything wrong.”
He shrugged but he didn’t try to move around me. “I usually swim in the ocean but when the water is too rough, like tonight, I come here.”
I bit my lip in contemplation before speaking. “Does it really matter if you get caught?”
He crossed his arms over his bare chest. “Let’s just say it’s not just the swimming. It’s more that I’ve been caught doing a few too many things that I shouldn’t have been doing in the past.”
A bad boy.
The thought made my pulse thunder. “So you’re not a member at this club?”
He cleared his throat and shifted from foot to foot. “No,” he laughed but his laugh was anything but genuine. “Are you?”
I hesitated as I considered my answer. “No, I was just walking the beach and wanted to rinse my feet. I’m Phoebe,” I said extending my hand. Technically, I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t a member, my parents were. I hadn’t even been here in years. And I was out for a walk.
Amusement danced in his blue eyes. “Jeremy,” he said back.
When I chewed on my lower lip, I noticed how his eyes focused on it.
Mine focused on the entirety of his mouth—his strong, firm jaw, his sensuous lips, and his tongue that had snuck out to lick his lips.
That mouth.
It was almost too much.


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5. नुक्ताचीनी


पिछ्ले दिनों मेरी सहेली छुट्टियों मे गई हुई थी. पूछ्ने पर कि कैसी रही छुट्टियां… वो उदास थी. उसने बताया कि जहां भी जिस घर में गए पति उस महिला की तारीफ करने लगते… तारीफ की भी कोई बात नही  पर उसे उसे कम दिखाने की कोशिश करते जैसाकि एक जानकार के घर लंच पर गए तो पति बोले भाभी जी आप चपाती बहुत अच्छी बनाती है जरा इसे भी सीखा दो कैसी बनती है इतनी नर्म और मुलायम.. फिर बोले जरुर सीख लेना … उसने बताया कि उस समय तो वो मुस्कुरा दी पर गुस्सा बहुत आया… बात को कहने का ढंग होना चाहिए कि सुनने वाले को बुरा न लगे और अपनी बात भी कही जाए … मैं हंस पडी… अरे … ये तो छोटी छोटी बाते होती हैं इनमे अपना मूड खराब करने की क्या जरुरत… तुम बोल देती ठीक है सीख लूंगी तो बात इतनी बढती ही नही… तब मुझे भी एक बात याद आई जो मेरे मित्र ने सुनाई थी….



जहाँ पत्नी अपने पति को खुश रखने की कोशिश करती है वही पति भी नुक्ताचीनी करने का कारण खोज ही लेता है.  मानसी ने नाश्ते मे पति को खुश करने के लिए स्वादिष्ट आमलेट बनाया तो महाशय बोले. ओ,  आमलेट बनाया है ??आज तो अंडे की भुज्जी खाने का मन था. बेचारी ने कुछ नही कहा पर अगले दिन उसने भुज्जी बना दी. पति महाशय आज भी नही चूके और मुहँ बना कर बोले भई, आज तो आमलेट ही खाने का मन था. मानसी फिर चुप रही.मेरी सहेली बेहद चुपचाप मेरी बात सुन रही थी.

अगले दिन उसने आमलेट और भुज्जी दोनो सर्व कर दी तो पता है महाशय क्या बोले अरे, जिस अंडे की भुज्जी बनाई उसका आमलेट बनाना था और जिस अंडे का आमलेट बनाया. उसकी भुज्जी मुझे खानी थी. कोई भी काम ढंग से नही कर सकती. अब मानसी के पास कहने को कुछ नही बचा. अकसर घरो मे झगडे की वजह खाना ही होता है.  दो दिन तक मानसी ने अपने पति से  बोलचाल बंद रखी.

मेरी सहेली की जान मे जान आई कि चलो उसके साथ इतना ज्यादा तो नही हुआ. अक्सर पति पत्नी मे नोकझोंक हो ही जाती है पर दोनो को अपनी उदारता दिखलाते हुए नाराजगी खत्म कर देनी चाहिए. अन्यथा कई बार बात बढ जाती है और तालाक तक की नौबत आ जाती है … अपने अपने अहम के चक्कर में बच्चे बेचारे पिस कर रह जाते हैं.

महिला पढी लिखी है कमाती है इसका मतलब ये नही कि वो घर मे अपनी चलाए … यही बात पति पर भी लागू होती है.. हंसी मजाक मे उडा कर मस्त हो जाना चाहिए .. मेरी बात सुनकर मेरी सहेली ने कहा वैसे वो महिला चपाती वाकई मे बहुत मुलायम बना रही थी… आज फोन करके उससे जरुर सीखूगी … :)


आपको ये लेख कैसा लगा ?? जरुर बताईगा !!!

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6. The Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series: The Wildwood

Welcome to our 6th week of the Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series. I can’t believe we’ve been reading and adventuring together for 6 whole weeks!!

If you are just tuning in you can find some great book review and activities here and here.

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Today both intern Hannah and I have things to say about this week’s book Wildwood by Colin Meloy.

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We started this as a read-aloud book, BUT I was quickly ditched to reading it all alone and silently. Why you ask? It’s not because the book isn’t good, it’s because it is so darn good that it had my children relating way too much to what was happening. You see I’m from Portland, Oregon and my sister lives in North Portland (North Wood) which if you look at the map below is just near the Wildwood. Yes friends, the Wildwood does exist and could very possibly be true. Maybe this book is just being disguised as fiction but is actually based on a true story. It could be. It was my non-commitment to the question, “Are you sure this is fiction?” (shrug)

That little shrug cleared the room and left me with hours of great reading. Hopefully they’ll come back to it one day…….


My advice is don’t leave this book or it’s sequels. Brilliant and clever writing in a world we completely relate to.

Have a look.

It was an ordinary day. Prue and her baby brother Mac are just out for a ride in the park, enjoying the wonderful Portand day. Then the most un-thought of event happens. A swarm of crows sweeps down on the playground, grabs Mac in their claws, and flies him away into the infamous forest that Portlanders know as the Impassable Wood.

Horror-stricken, Prue returns home and is able to convince her parents that their baby is fast asleep and ready for bed. While her parents sleep, Prue prepares herself to travel into the Impassable Wilderness to rescue her brother. She must. This is her fault after all.

So, prepared with a backpack of snacks, her bike, and a red wagon attached to the back, she ventures to the edge of the Impassable Wilderness. There she runs into a classmate, Curtis, a boy that she hasn’t been friends with in awhile. And when he discovers her plan, he insists on accompanying her, despite her objections.
No one ever goes into the Impassable Wilderness, and in just a few moments, they know why. Riding along the Long Road, they come into the path of coyotes. But not just any coyotes—coyote soldiers…talking coyote soldiers. And when they smell the scent of human, Prue and Curtis have to run. Except the coyote soldiers are faster. Curtis is taken to their mistress, the Dowager Governess, and now Prue must fend for herself.

She is sent all over the Impassable Wood, better known as the Wildwood to its inhabitants. She meets Robert, the postman of Southwood, travels through the Avian Principality into Southwood where she believes she will be helped. But Outsiders have never been able to breach the boundary, and Prue is considered a danger to the community.

Under the advisement of Owl Rex, the crowned prince of the Avian Principality, she realizes that her only hope is to travel to Northwood and ask for the help of the mystics. Except the Wildwood is no cakewalk. The wilderness throws tons of hurdles in Prue’s way, and she must fight through all these impediments to rescue her brother, be reunited with Curtis, and stop the evil that is plotting to taking over the Wildwood.

Thoughts From Hannah…..

Narnia is one of my favorite books, and in my eye,  Wildwood is revamped, yet different Narnia. Colin Meloy has spun a fabulously detailed story of a completely different world that is dangerous, exciting, and endearing. The characters are complex, and the world is beautiful. Wildwood teaches about family loyalty, bravery, finding your place in the world, and loving nature. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!


Somethings To Do

Wildwood is set in Portland Oregon. That’s why my family refers to this great series of books as “Oregon Reads”, more specifically “Portland Reads.” Being born and raised in Portland Oregon, our Something To Do section today could quickly get out of control. I’m trying my best to reign myself in. I could write a plethora of suggestions just for books alone, and then food, mixed with lots of adventure. But alas, I only have this little blog post. So here it goes……


Make Gorp

You can’t be from Portland and not share the ever-loving trail snack GORP !!!! I don’t even know how many pounds/kilos of this stuff I’ve eaten in my life or made for that matter. :)

Step this way for a taste of the most divine trail mix EVER!


Portland Summer Activities

Ok summer isn’t summer without these three things. Well actually, I have a lot more on my list but this is the BEST start.

1. Portland Rose Festival in June
2. Topdown Rooftop Cinema in July
3. Bridge Pedal in August

Travel Portland With Kids

For all of those things I just can’t leave off the list, I leave for you to discover on your own. I hope you find your way to Portland, Oregon one day. But first, start with the book The Wildwood!!!!

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7. Fare Thee Well

This weekend was the last group performance of the Grateful Dead. My sweet husband offered to get me tickets and fly me out to see it. I said was happy just to drink a toast from home and listen to some tunes and reminisce and something had occurred to me- that time with the Dead as the soundtrack to our lives, that came with a cast of characters- all of whom are strewn across the country/world and some lost. 

That time for us began in the 80's and went through until Jerry Garcia's death and reappeared from time to time with Phil and Friends or other shows, but it was never the same again. That time was a formative one for me. It was all about Joseph Campbell and finding my way- or general direction as it turned out. Without the Dead I don't know if I would have attempted half of the things I have, gone very many places- I don't know if I would have thought it possible to craft this life. Grateful Stephanie. 

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8. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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9. Happy 120th birthday BBC Proms

In celebration of The BBC Proms 120th anniversary we have created a comprehensive reading list of books, journals, and online resources that celebrate the eight- week British summer season of orchestral music, live performances, and late-night music and poetry.

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10. Spotlight and Giveaway: Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh


This morning I have a spotlight and giveaway for Chasing Jillian.

Chasing Jillian
Love and Football # 5

By: Julie Brannagh

Releasing July 7, 2015

Avon Impulse


Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/06/chasing-jillian-love-and-football-5-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22608144-chasing-jillian?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112833-love-and-football

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Author Info

USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7127296.Julie_Brannagh



She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.

Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.

Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.

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11. Warren Ellis & Jason Masters to Create a James Bond Comic Series

007 logo (GalleyCat)Last year, Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. announced a new partnership to create several new products centered on the legendary James Bond. The two companies recently announced that Warren Ellis has been hired as the writer and Jason Masters has been brought on as the artist for the James Bond 007 comic book series.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The first six issue arc of the series will be titled ‘VARGR,’ and feature the return of a young Bond to London after a mission in Helsinki, only to inherit a mission left incomplete after the death of a fellow agent. James Bond 007 will launch in comic book stores and digitally in November.”

According to Comic Book Resources, some of the other Bond-related projects in the pipeline include adaptations based on Ian Fleming’s original books and a James Bond origin story. The origin story project will take readers to a time prior to the events of the Casino Royale novel. (via io9)

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12. FABRICS - cotton + steel

The very latest collections from Cotton + Steel have just arrived in stock at Fabricworm. There a five colourful new collections from some fabulous designers. Here are the new ranges to look out for : The first is 'Honeymoon' by Sarah Watts a collection inspired by a tropical honeymoon with lounging sloths, tweeting songbirds, and wild horses. Next we have 'Paper Bandana' by Alexia

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13. Butterflies for July

If You Love Honey by Martha Sullivan, illustrated by Cathy Morrison and published by Dawn Publications
July's word of the month is "Butterfly". Here's a spread from If You Love Honey that comes out this fall.  You can see more about this book on my Studio With A View Blog.

Thanks for taking a look!

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14. Caine Prize

       They announced the winner of the Caine Prize yesterday -- not at the official site yet, last I checked, but see, for example, the report at the Books Live weblog -- and the prize whose: 'focus is on the short story, reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition' went to The Sack (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) by Berkeley-professor Namwali Serpell (see her faculty page).

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15. बढता काम्पीटिशन

बढता काम्पीटिशन

आजकल काम्पीटीशन इतना बढ गया है कि बहुत विचार विमर्श चलता रहता  है कि बच्चे को कौन सा क्षेत्र दिलवाया जाए. द्फ्तर मे बास का बेटा इंजीनियर है एक बार तो मन आता है कि ये पढाई सही है.

शर्मा जी का विचार है कि डाक्टरी भी बुरी नही है घर मे एक डाक्टर हो तो अच्छा रहता है. पर जब लाल बत्ती वाली ग़ाडी देखते हैं तो मन करता है कि बच्चा सरकारी अफसर ही बने. बडा सा घर हो. नौकर चाकर आगे पीछे घूमे.

वही एक एक चैनल के  reporter को देख कर कभी कभी मन करता है कि TV पर आए news पढे और मशहूर हो जाए…

वही पडोस के मियाँ जी कहते हैं कि बच्चे को सीधा विदेश भेज दो. वहाँ पढाई भी करेगा और कमाई भी. उधर दादी ने रट लगा रखी है कि बचपने मे उनका मन था कि वो singer बने पर अपना शौक तो पूरा नही कर पाई अब अपनी पोती को गायिका बनाना चाह रही है कि वो रिएल्टी शो मे गाए और वो उसके साथ टीवी पर जाए.

उन्होने तो साडी और ज्वैलरी भी डिसाईड कर ली जो वो उस शो मे पहन कर जाएगी. समझ नही आ रहा कि किस की बात माने .

जी क्या कहा आपने?? … बच्चे से पूछ लें कि वो क्या चाहता है. कमाल करते है आप. जिंदगी का इतना बडा फैसला बच्चे पर कैसे छोड दें. उसे भले बुरे की समझ ही कहा है…. रहने दे आप. हम खुद ही सोच लेगे.

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16. The Millions' 'Second-Half 2015 Book Preview'

       The Millions' Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview is now up -- "at 9,100 words strong and encompassing 82 titles, this is the only second-half 2015 book preview you will ever need" they claim .....
       It's a nice overview of (mainly) the bigger titles due out over the next ... eight months (it actually goes through February 2016 ...) but far from comprehensive -- and it's particularly disappointing regarding fiction-in-translation, with almost none that's not published by the big(gest) houses included; a rare exception is Krasznahorkai's 'reportage', Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens (see the Seagull Books(' distributor's) publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).

       (Especially for those interested in books in translation, Typographical Era's The 2015 Visual Guide to Translated Fiction and the 2015 Translation Database at Three Percent (latest version here) are far more useful. Caveat and warning: the visual guide really is visual -- arranged by book covers -- rendering it enervatingly busy/near-unusable for some of us (all I want/can bear is text !), while the Translation Database is an 'Excel Worksheet' which, sigh, has to be downloaded (i.e. you can't open it directly in your browser).)

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17. मैं खिलाडी

मैं खिलाडी

             क्या परिचय दिया आपने अपने बारे मे ? क्या? आप खिलाडी हैं. ओह अच्छा अच्छा … कौन सा खेल खेलते हैं आप… अरे आप तो मेरी बात सुनकर हंसने लगे … बताईए न कौन सा खेल खेलते हैं आप ?? जी क्या कहां ???

आप राजनीति के मैदान के खिलाडी हैं. जनता को कितना भड्काना है आरक्षण का मुद्दा कितना,कब, कहाँ, कैसे उठाना है. कहाँ बसो, ट्रेनो को आग लगानी है. इसके खिलाडी तो नही है   आप ? ओह अच्छा अच्छा इसके साथ साथ   मैच फिक्सिंग के मैदान के खिलाडी हैं कि कब कहाँ कितना और किसको देना लेना है. किसको स्टिंग आपरेशन मे फसंवाना है या किसे बाहर निकालना है. इसके भी परफेक्ट खिलाडी हैं और इसी के साथ साथ  आप यकीनन देश की भोली भाली जनता को विदेश भेजने के नाम पर लाखो रुपये गटकने वाले खिलाडी  भी होग़ें. है ना. जोकि लालच दिखा कर धोखे से रुपए ऐंठ कर फरार हो जाते हैं.क्यो जनाब!!! कितने रुपये गटके आपने? कुछ बताईए ना …

असल में, हमारे देश मे खिलाडियो की कमी नही है यहाँ किस्म किस्म के खिलाडी है… वैसे आप खिलाडी तो नही होंगें .. क्या कहां … आप खिलाडी हैं … कौन से खेल के … :)

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18. FABRICS - tamara kate

And finally today another new Michael Miller collection - The Birds and the Bees by Tamara Kate is a nature themed series of prints featuring bold shapes and bright up. There are two colour groups available for this fun range which was inspired by a ceramic bird ornament Chilean artist Pablo Zabal owned by Tamara's mother. Tamara has also designed a  holiday collection for

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19. Our One Stop Adventure: Sharing Lessons Along The Way

OSBanner_high_WHWRecently Becca and I announced we are bringing something new to WHW–the One Stop For Writers brainstorming software. While doing something not book-related is new territory for us, making the decision to create software was an easy choice, because we are passionate about helping writers, be it through books, our blog or something else.

As writers ourselves, we know that to be successful in this industry, we all must do more, be more, and juggle more. The problem isn’t that writers aren’t up to the challenge, it’s that tackling these things requires a shrinking commodity: time.  And while all of our books, tools and blog lists are geared towards giving you the information you need to brainstorm and create efficiently, they are stored in different places, and in different formats. This means a bit of a scavenger hunt at times. Hopefully our One Stop library will change this, and truly become a one-stop destination for anyone needing help with the process of story creation.

Now I did say the easiest part was deciding to drop the hammer, especially as our partner in crime, Lee Powell, is a talented developer who also works on Scrivener, is a writer himself, and fits in with Becca and I like the proverbial third pea in a pod. The harder part came after our euphoric decision…following through on all the many details.

becca and AngelaBecause of our books, Becca and I already share a company. It’s quite simple and straight-forward, all told. But creating a new one, from scratch, to house an entity like One Stop? Completely different animal. It took significant research (all Becca–she’s a superhero!) to find a way to set up a new company when all three partners live in different countries.

(And the business set up was just the beginning–there’s also the actual building of our One Stop framework, the content creation, formatting, account management set up, finding and testing a payment engine, dealing with trademarks, copyrights, logos, design, branding, deadlines…and so much more!)

Lee, Becca and I have had to really stretch ourselves to plan and set everything up. Most importantly, we had to come together as a team. And as we move forward with implementation, I can’t help but think of all we have learned so far. Becca and I have grown so much during this process, and gained new skill sets, so we thought maybe we could share some of what we’ve learned with you.

We know you haven’t seen One Stop yet, and it’s still a ways from being complete, but maybe some of our insights during this experience will be useful as you go forward and brand yourselves as authors, set up small businesses and even tackle similar challenges of your own. So, we’re going to blog about our journey a bit and hope you’ll stay tuned.

If you have any specific questions or areas you’d like us to cover, just ask!

Heads up: The One Stop library is slowly entering the Social Media sphere….find your favorite librarians on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!


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20. Draw Tip Tuesday - Juicy Watercolours!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
I’m not sure what the weather is like in your corner of the world, but here in the Netherlands I am enjoying summer. Not just the warm weather, but as a foodie-artist, I love the juicy summer fruit.
So today we’re going to fill a page with some juicy watercolours!


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21. दाने दाने में कैंसर

cartoon cancer by monica gupta

दाने दाने में कैंसर… पान मसाला

तरह तरह के ब्रांड और तरह तरह के स्वाद पर एक बात सभी में समान है और वो है चटखारे ले कर खाने वाले दाने दाने में कैंसर छिपा है.. बेशक विज्ञापन बहुत आकर्षित करते नजर आते हैं, कई बार ऐसा लगता है कि पान मसाला नही खाया तो जिंदगी ही बेकार है … सफलता भी नही मिलेगी.

और उपर से ये टीवी वाले सच पूछो तो मैं इनसे बहुत नाराज हूं … क्यो?? अरे भई .. कैंसर का प्रोग्राम भी दिखाते है और प्रयोजक भी दिखाते है … आधे से ज्यादा विज्ञापन पान मसाले के ही होते हैं अब चाहे अजय देवगण हो, गोविंदा हो , शाहरुख हो ,,, और हम इम्प्रेस हुए जाते हैं.. टीवी हमारी जिंदगी में सीधा असर डालता है इसलिए ऐसे विज्ञापनों को दिखाने पर इन पर केस होना चाहिए… कि ये विज्ञापन हमें भ्रमित कर रहें  है.

सिविल जज सीनियर डिविजन सिद्धार्थ ¨सह ने कहा कि तंबाकू का सेवन स्वास्थ्य के लिए हानिकारक है। तंबाकू के सेवन से लोगों में तेजी से कैंसर जैसी खतरनाक बीमारियां हो रहीं हैं। आज की युवा पीढ़ी में यह लत तेजी से बढ़ता दिख रहा है, जो खतरनाक संकेत है। मुख्य चिकित्साधिकारी डा.अखिलेश कुमार ने कहा कि तंबाकू सेवन से प्रतिवर्ष 8 लाख लोग मौत के शिकार हो रहे हैं। जो चिंताजनक है। सीएमओ ने कहा कि तंबाकू से कई बीमारियां फैलती हैं। खैनी, पान, पान मसाला, सिगरेट आदि का सेवन बेहद खतरनाक है। बढ़ते हृदय रोग का एक प्रमुख कारण तंबाकू ही है। Read more…

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– पान मसाला, सिगरेट और तंबाकू महंगा होने के बाद बावजूद कम नहीं हुए नशाखोर

ALLAHABAD: आलोक सिंह एक ऑटोमोबाइल कंपनी में फील्ड ऑफिसर हैं. उनकी सैलरी पंद्रह हजार रुपए है. वह स्मोकिंग करते हैं और रोजाना बीस सिगरेट पी जाते हैं. इस तरह से उनकी एक तिहाई सैलरी हर महीने धुएं में उड़ रही है. यह तो महज एग्जाम्पल है. ऐसे लाखों लोग हैं जो रोजाना तंबाकू, सिगरेट, पान मसाला की लत पर बड़ी रकम खर्च कर देते हैं. जिसकी वजह से शहर में तंबाकू उत्पादों की बिक्री का ग्राफ बढ़ता जा रहा है. सरकार द्वारा वैट टैक्स में बढ़ोतरी किए जाने के बाद उत्पाद महंगे हुए लेकिन बिक्री पर बहुत ज्यादा फर्क नहीं पड़ा.

तंबाकू से होने वाले नुकसान को लेकर सरकार भले ही लोगों को लाख जागरुक करने की कोशिश करे लेकिन नशाखोरी कम होने के बजाय बढ़ रही है. केवल शहर में रोजाना आठ से दस लाख रुपए के तंबाकू, सिगरेट और पान मसाला की बिक्री हो रही है. इनमें सबसे ज्यादा डिमांड सिगरेट की है. कुल बिक्री का आधा हिस्सा स्मोकर्स अदा करते हैं. होल सेलर्स बताते हैं कि तंबाकू उत्पादों के मार्केट में सीमित ब्रांड हैं लेकिन इनकी डिमांड बहुत ज्यादा है.

पहले से ज्यादा बढ़ गया पान-मसाले का क्रेज

हाईकोर्ट के निर्देश पर राज्य सरकार ने प्रदेश में गुटखे की बिक्री पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया था. कंपनियों ने इस आदेश का पालन करते हुए पान मसाले का प्रोडक्शन शुरू कर दिया लेकिन इसके साथ तंबाकू के पाउच फ्री कर दिए. इससे गुटखा प्रेमियों को ऑप्शन मिल गया. अब वह पान मसाले के साथ पहले से ज्यादा तंबाकू का सेवन कर रहे हैं, जो कि सेहत के लिए बहुत ज्यादा हानिकारक है. कंपनियां तंबाकू के पाउच का पैसा पान-मसाले के जरिए वसूल कर रही हैं.

महंगाई भी कम नहीं कर पाई दीवानगी

सरकार द्वारा चालीस फीसदी वैट टैक्स में बढ़ोतरी किए जाने के बाद पान मसाले और सिगरेट के दाम तेजी से बढ़े हैं लेकिन इससे बिक्री पर ज्यादा फर्क नहीं पड़ा है. लोग अपना नशा पूरा करने के लिए बढ़े हुए दाम देने को भी तैयार हैं. पान मसाले में एक तो सिगरेट में तीन रुपए तक की बढ़ोतरी हुई है, जिससे सरकार का रेवेन्यू भी बढ़ा है. दुकानदार कहते हैं कि महंगाई के चलते कुछ लोगों ने जरूर नशा छोड़ा है लेकिन उससे ज्यादा संख्या उन टीन एजर्स की है जो नशे की लत का शिकार हो रहे हैं.

तंबाकू उत्पाद बेचने वाले कीडगंज के दुकानदार विवेक की मानें तो इस धंधे में ग्राहकों को बुलाना नहीं पड़ता है. वह खुद ब खुद चले आते हैं लेकिन चिंता का सबब है टीन एजर्स का नशे का शिकार होना. वह बताते हैं कि क्फ् से क्7 साल की उम्र के बच्चों में सिगरेट की लत तेजी से बढ़ रही है. अपना स्टेटस सिंबल मेंटेन करने और शोऑफ के चक्कर में वह शौकिया स्मोकिंग करते हैं और धीरे-धीरे एडिक्ट होने लगते हैं. शुरुआत में वह दस से पंद्रह रुपए की महंगी सिगरेट पीते हैं लेकिन नशे का शिकार होने के बाद 7 रुपए वाली सस्ती सिगरेट पीने से भी नहीं हिचकते. inextlive.jagran.com

कुछ समय पहले मेरी सहेली दक्षिण धूमने गई. उसे सुपारी पान मसाले का शौक है. रास्ते मॆं खत्म होने पर सोचा कि वहां मार्किट से ले लेगी. वहां जब पता किया तो पता लगा कि पान मसाला , सुपारी बैन है… वो हसंने लगी क्योकि उसे पता था कि हरियाणा जैसी जगह मे बैन का मतलब क्या होता है पर वहां सही मायने मे पता लगा कि बैन का मतलब बैन बैन ही होता है … काश देश भर की सरकार इसे अमल मे लाए … काश काश …

कुल मिला कर जब तक हम खुद से विचार करके इसे नकार न दे हमें समझ नही आएगी या साफ शब्दों में ये कहॆं कि  अक्ल नही आएगी.. अब ये हमारे उपर है कि विज्ञापन देख कर हमे भ्रमित होना है या …. केसर समझ कर इसे चबाते रहना है …

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22. The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melbourne:Text, 2014. A sort-of Review

For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq.
Now they are back in town where he grew up so Hayley can go to a proper school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

I have just finished reading this book, which I bought at Reading Matters Conference. It took me only a few hours ; I started it yesterday and finished just now, in between taking out my teenage niece and phoning a friend who needed cheering up. Fortunately, my niece is a fellow reader; after I'd bought her a copy of the latest James Dashner adventure, we went for afternoon tea and sat with our noses in our books until it was time to catch our bus. Just as well, because while I enjoyed our outing and her company, I had a hard time putting this book down. 
I really must take my hat off to Ms Anderson, who can do both contemporary fiction for young adults and historical YA fiction, such as Chains and Forge. I don't read adult contemporary fiction, but YA is so much more readable! 
And this one was. The girl's relationship with her father really brought home how it might feel to be the child of someone suffering post traumatic stress disorder. I have read that the author had a father who was suffering it after having seen the concentration camps at the end of World War II. (My own parents were camp survivors and while they didn't do any of the things described in this novel, it definitely affected their lives.) Hayley's father, a professional soldier, has been unable to hold down a job for long and has had nightmares after tours of duty in both Iran and Afghanistan; the author inserts a number of short scenes from the father's viewpoint to make this point. He and Hayley love each other, but the PTSD has made their lives difficult. 
A word about Finn. Honestly, I wish there had been a Finn in my life when I was at school! He is not merely good looking, he's warm and funny and matches Hayley's intelligence, he respects her and, above all, is kindhearted. He's not perfect - and he has his own troubles. But he is there for her when she needs him and in return she tries to be there for him. 
Despite the tragedies, there is plenty of humour. Finn and Hayley tell each other ridiculously exaggerated stories. Hayley's best friend Gracie describes Romeo and Juliet in a way that would havr made coffee explode from my nostrils if I'd been drinking any; I'll be sharing it with the English staff at my school, who will also enjoy it. 
This book is going into my library for the students to enjoy. 

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23. NEW FABRICS - fabricworm

Today's posts are all about fabrics and my first port of call was online store Fabricworm to see what was new. The first collection to catch my eye was Glitz Garden (above & below) designed in-house at Michael Miller and released this July. I also loved the Fabricworm snaps of Emily Isabella's 'Happy Town' collection. And from Jill McDonald at Windhams they have snapshots of

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24. Manga Review: Personal Relations by Mayu Takayama and Heather MacAllister



May Contain Spoilers


I was more than annoyed when I learned that Scribd was drastically cutting back on their romance catalog.  I signed up for an annual subscription shortly after they acquired 15,000 backlist Harlequins.  Harlequins are my crack, so I’ve been dismayed that my favorite authors will no longer be available there, after they took my money and still haven’t emailed their customer base about their actions.  So, I decided to spend most of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday reading manga on the website.  I haven’t been a power user until this weekend.  I was more than content to know that that huge library of Harlequins was there, waiting for me when I had time for them.  Now, I am going to be a power reading, and get my money’s worth from the subscription.  I figure I have about 4 months of minimal reading to make up for. 

I had no real reason for picking Personal Relations to read.  The cover is kind of cute, and it was one of the first titles on the recommendation page, so what the heck.  I went for it.  This is a cute read!

When Brooke’s sister and Chase’s step-brother announce their engagement, the high school students don’t get the happy reaction they expected. Both Brooke and Chase are upset and want their wards to have a better future than getting married as teens. As they try to convince Courtney and Jeff that they have plenty of time to get married, and that college is more important, Brooke and Chase can’t fight their growing attraction.

This is a cute read, with very fast pacing. Both Brooke and Chase are desperate for their siblings to change their minds and wait, so that they don’t turn out to be unhappy like their parents. Chase’s parents weren’t compatible, and they both moved on after their divorce, leaving the brothers to fend for themselves. An unwise decision by Brooke costs Brooke’s parents their savings, and driven by her sense of guilt, she takes guardianship of Courtney when they leave for a job overseas. Hoping to be the voice of reason, the two adult implore the teens to stop and think before making the biggest mistake of their lives.

After a rough introduction, which starts with Chase trying to buy off her sister and ends with Brooke soundly slapping Chase on the cheek, the two adults agree to put aside their animosity for the sake of Courtney and Jeff.  They think that if they join forces, the kids won’t stand a chance against them.  They quickly realize that they underestimated how stubborn the teens can be, and are soon pulling out their hair in frustration.  Every argument and attempt to make them see the folly of their behavior is ignored or thrown back at them.

While the romance was just a little too much of a whirlwind, the story was humorous and fun. Brooke and Chase are sent on a merry chase after the teenagers, which leads to an unexpected visit to Vegas, as well as a surprise declaration from Chase. The art was clean and the style fit the story well.

Grade:  B

Review copy read at Scribd

Brook is shocked when one day her younger sister, Courtney, announces that she will be getting married to her boyfriend, Jeff. However, the two of them are still in high school. “As her older sister, I must put a stop to this reckless marriage!” When Brook consults with Jeff’s cool and handsome older stepbrother, Chase, he throws her a $10,000 check, saying bluntly that “I’d like to pretend none of this ever happened”! Shaking with anger that he has insulted her sister by saying she’s only after money, she ends up slapping him in a burst of outrage!

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25. Teaser Tuesday: Release Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers

Chasing Fire #2
Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
Releasing July 21st, 2015

The second in the “seriously sexy and sinfully steamy”* Chasing Fire series, about a pain too deep to forgive and a passion too hot to forget…

Alessandra Sinclair knows that Hudson Chase is the last man she should want. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks has grown into a man who would do anything to get ahead, even if it means breaking Allie’s heart. But whenever she’s near him, the attraction between them is undeniable. And now that they’re working together, keeping her distance from Hudson is almost as impossible as keeping her feelings in check…

Hudson already lost Allie once and he refuses to lose her again. He’s determined to use their new business partnership to rekindle the spark he knows is still there. Only the closer he gets to winning her over, the clearer it becomes there are still secrets that could tear them apart for good…

“I hate you,” she whispered. Her words were venom but they lacked conviction. Her hands flattened against his chest and her biceps tensed as if she were going to push him away, but instead her fingers curled around the fine fabric of his suit jacket, holding him in place.

Hudson took a deep breath through his nose. His heart pounded, pumping adrenaline through his body. “You wish you did,” he rasped in her ear, then tugged the lobe between his teeth.

Allie’s head thudded back against the elevator wall. “Bastard,” she breathed.

“I know, baby, I know.”

Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers.

Amy K. Rogers
Ann Marie Walker

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