Welcome to the blog launch of my fourth novel, The Puppeteers of Palem. This is going to be just like a book launch, but you don’t have to be in the same city – or even the same country – to attend it. You will get all the same things that you get from a ‘regular’ launch: an introduction to the book, a sample to read, and a link to pre-order.
In addition, there is also a giveaway right at the bottom for five lucky winners. Given the number of comments I normally get on this blog, those are good odds! So don’t run way just yet. Read this post right to the end. You may find something that will interest you.
Let’s get started!
The village of Rudrakshapalem awakens, and tells her tale.
Five friends return to the village of their childhood to find that nothing seems to have changed, and at the same time everything has. Whose voice is it that called them back, and whose hand is it that now hunts them down, one by one?
Palem’s grand old man, a Brahmin landlord, their childhood storyteller, makes one last ditch attempt to save his village from ruin at her hands. Will he succeed or will his past catch up with him and demand fair price?
Two boys, one blind and the other lame, skirt the village borders at the old Shivalayam, listening, staring. On their faces they wear smiles of contentment. They sleep well. They see happy dreams.
A TV reporter arrives to study the village, only to sink deeper into the mystery with each passing day.
And hovering above all of these is the shadow of Lachi, who is believed to haunt the old Shivalayam on full moon nights. Some say she’s consumed by lust, others call it madness, but all catch the red glint in her eye and the icy calm in her voice as she croons a sad, lonely song. The one thing she hungers for, that will satisfy her soul, is the fire that will burn Palem down to ashes.
The village of Rudrakshapalem awakens, and tells her tale. Listen closely. It will chill you to the bone.
What is this novel about?
I will try to be as unbiased as I can (being the author) and list three main themes that figure in this story.
- Homecoming. It’s a story of five friends who come back to the village of their childhood.
- Rural India. Almost all the action happens in a small, sleepy Indian village. The atmosphere, therefore, is quiet, quaint, and – dare I say – a little unsettling.
- Dreams. We all have dreams. Some we dismiss as random, but others we chase like madmen, wishing to plumb them for their hidden meanings. This is a tale about such dreams, those that make you run and run and run…
Free Reading Sample
They say if you can’t hook a reader in thirty pages, you’ve lost him. So I thought why not give away the first thirty pages of my book so that people can make up their minds whether or not it is for them. So go ahead, download a sample from the below link. I hope you like it!
Please note that I’m actively looking for feedback. So if you read this and feel a certain way, shoot me a note and we’ll talk. My email is email@example.com.
Pre-Order on Flipkart
If you’ve read the sample already and if you’d like to buy the book, it is up for pre-order right now on Flipkart. It’s a special price, so do hurry!
Five free copies of the book are up for grabs for five lucky mailing list subscribers, as my way of saying thank you for being on this journey with me. To be eligible for a chance of receiving your copy:
1. You need to be part of the email list. If you’ve not yet joined, click on the button below and enter your email address and first name. You can unsubscribe at any time, and you have my word that I will NOT spam you.
2. You need to leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us in a few words what you love most about Indian villages. This can be fiction or nonfiction, memoir, poetry, travelogue or an essay. Make your comment at least 100 words long. The upper limit is your imagination.
3. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, 26th November.
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