Thursday, 16 July 2015

#BlogTour, #Sale, #Excerpt and #Giveaway: Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery

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Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery. This is a collection of 11 short stories. Featuring stories from genres like mystery, history, romance and action, this anthology has been highly rated by readers all over the world and has 4.8 out of 5 rating on Goodreads. 

And I am so excited to share this book on my blog today. Also, Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery is only 99c/Rs. 63 from a limited time! 

~About the Book~

 #BlogTourAnnouncement and #Signup: Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery {16-19 July}
Title and Author: Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery
No. of Pages: 276
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology, Short Stories, Romance, Mystery, Action

Blurb:
The eleven long short stories in "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads" combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.

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~Excerpt~

An Excerpt from Sewing Can Be Dangerous & Other Small Threads

From A Drunkard’s Path

 “....Are you kidding me?” Deborah exploded. “My life is falling apart! C’mon, curses don’t really happen, do they? I mean, what can I do? You tell me now!” She segued into a screech.
“Come over to my place tomorrow and I’ll try to relate it all to you, I promise…”

….“Do you know anything about the Salem Witchcraft trials?” The older woman leaned in toward her niece, as if casting a spell herself.
“No, not much, why?”
“You remember Martha Stinson from my quilt group? Well after the wedding, she showed me a journal written by a relative of hers and frankly, I am very concerned about you. It seems one of the accused witches from the original Salem trials might have actually had a connection with a real witch, an ancestor of Martha’s…”

* * * *
Inside the packed meetinghouse, dust particles from mud-caked boots floated throughout the air, rendering it dense, murky. That year, April had been an unkind month to Salem Village. Rain-drenched meadows produced a sludge that clung to the edges of women’s dresses, creating odors so foul that in such tight quarters, it became difficult to breathe. But people weren’t concerned with such matters on this day. They had gathered for a higher purpose: the Devil was in Salem, and they wished him thwarted at all costs. Even the constant threat of Indian attacks and surviving harsh winters paled in comparison to what was happening now, in that room, swelling with apprehension.
Crammed into high-walled pews, dark wooden benches, or simply shoved up against walls, spectators filled every conceivable space in the meetinghouse. Donning black hats, cloaks, and breeches, the men angled forward, their eyes boring holes into the five men sitting up front, yet it was the women who carried the greatest burden that day; their hooded coats and muffs covering their recently unkempt hair and unwashed fingernails, couldn’t disguise the uncertainty they felt about their community’s loyalty to them and how it would all end.
Sitting at the head of the counsel table, amongst other magistrates in the newly appointed Court of Oyer and Terminer, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin quietly conferred with each other before beginning their first round of questioning. Arrogant, self-important, the black-robed magistrates assumed their positions on the political totem pole, and having been brought to Salem for such a specific purpose, they dared not disappoint. They were on a mission to deliver souls. Hathorne, displaying the greatest exhibition of self-aggrandizement, seemed the most severe. With no real legal experience, and having only glanced at Sir Mathew Hale’s Trial of Witches, and Joseph Granvill’s Collection of Sundry Trials in England, Ireland the week before, he nonetheless believed he was more than competent to interrogate the accused.
At the front of the room facing the magistrates, sat all the accusers, the “afflicted” girls: Abigail Williams, her cousin Betty Parris, Ann Putnam, Sarah Bibber, Sarah Churchill, Elizabeth Booth, Mercy Lewis, Susanna Sheldon, Jemima Rea, Mary Warren, Mary Walcott and Elizabeth Hubbard. With downcast eyes and folded hands, they appeared demure; inwardly they were experiencing emotions quite different from anything they had ever known. Childhoods stocked with adult repression and fear now served as a springboard to the frenzy of accusations they had created, because on this day, along with their catharsis and even exhilaration, came the most important emotion of all: a sense of empowerment. At last, they were getting adults to listen to them, and it was intoxicating.
John Hathorne commenced with the proceedings. “Bring in the accused, Bridget Bishop….” 

~Buying Links~

Grab the kindle/Nook book at just $0.99 or Rs. 63!
Amazon IN: Kindle Book
Amazon US: Paperback | Kindle Book
B&N: Nook Book

~Meet the Author~

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.?Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.

Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com
Twitter:  @SarahMallery1
Goodreads:
Pinterest:  (I have some good history boards that are getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)
Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

~Giveaway~

 $25 Amazon Gift Card
Open Worldwide
Ends on 31st July


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Friday, 10 July 2015

All about loosing weight and staying healthy! ~ #HoneyDietIsHere


If you are trying to loose weight then you must know about the so called "crash diets" that promise big results in small spans of time but do you really know the truth about these diets?

While you must feel all good about yourself when you suddenly loose kgs of weight in just a few days, the reality is that along with the weight you are also loosing your health!

The crash diets often involve staying hungry and using chemical supplements that don't benefit the body in any way but in turn, deprive the body of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, leading to the weakening of our body and mind. We start getting grumpy, irritated, always feeling fatigue, no longer able to concentrate on work and definitely unable to stay like the energetic person that we once were!

So let me ask you. Is loosing weight like this worth it?

Would you prefer a drawn, listless, grumpy and distracted persona with hollows under their eyes or a bright, energetic, happy and glowing persona? Both these versions of people will loose weight but the difference will come when they try to maintain their weight, stay healthy, strong and happy.

The person eating healthy with the right amount of physical labour will live a long, happy and healthy life while the other crash diet person will get weaker and unable to enjoy life.

So to keep that healthy glow on your face and live life to the maximum while also staying in shape, we need a balanced diet with nutrition, energy and which boosts our immunity.

While eating lots of vegetable, fruits and minimum of oil, sugar and rice is a great way to start, I have experienced that including honey in my diet not only fastened my weight loss plans but also has strengthened my body. I have made some long lasting changes to my lifestyle that I know will keep me healthy and able to manage my weight in the long run. 

Honey, as we know, is a great source of nutrients, minerals and it also provides our body with energy. Known to be helpful in loosing and maintaining healthy weight, honey has been used by people since ages. If you are trying to loose weight and stay healthy without compromising then including Honey in your diet can help you in the following ways:

1) It helps in managing weight. Add a spoonful of Dabur Honey to warm water and drink it every morning on an empty stomach and see the difference yourself!

 2) Honey is a natural sweetener and unlike processed sugar does not harm our body.

3) It is a great Energy Source.

4) Honey also helps improve our digestion.

5) Honey when applied to our face also helps in beautifying our skin and leaves it clean with a natural glow.

 6) Honey is also used to cure cough and cold. It is a natural immunity booster and helps our body fight the infection. Include Dabur Honey in your milk, tea and overall diet and see how you stay strong and illness free.


Try the Honey Diet, eat healthy, exercise daily and you'll not only loose weight but also get more healthy!

I use Dabur Honey. It is natural, trusted and 100% pure honey that has been used by my family since I was a young child. 


Thursday, 9 July 2015

UC Browser ~ Surf it All! Surf it Fast! #YuviSurfsUC

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Cricket is like religion in India. It is a way of life for us, Indians and I am no different. I love this “Gentlemen’s Game” and religiously follow the matches, news and other updates from the Cricketing world. But often my hectic life and long work hours make it impossible to follow the matches on TV. Also the unforeseen emergencies like sudden arrival of guests, my children’s exams that make my wife restricting TV time not only for the kids but also for me etc.

In such situations, I rely on watching the matches and following the updates online. But here too, there are complications. The low Internet connection/speed makes surfing frustratingly slow and add the heaviness of the browser, surfing anything becomes a nightmare.  While the Internet speed keeps transitioning from 3G to 2G to even edge even when I take a 3G connection due to many factors like the presence of 3G in the area, the presence of the network provider etc. , I am so happy to tell you that I have found the perfect solution to my web browser problem with UC Browser.

UC Browser is very lite, fast and works beautifully even on low Internet speeds. Both surfing and downloading is faster with UC Browser than with any other browser that I have used so far. It also has an easy and simple UI, gives me many options to have fun by changing the theme etc., seamlessly switch between UC Browser across my devices by syncing open tabs and bookmarks, a smart file manager and even allows me to resume a download if it gets interrupted!

While the UC Browser is amazing, wait till you hear about another of its feature that every Cricket lover will love and that is UC Cricket which is a Cricket Service by UC Browser. It comes along with UC Browser and gives the Cricket buffs all information about Cricket at one place. Say goodbye to those days when we had to Google for the updates and then search for a Cricket website which was sometimes heavy and didn’t load on our slow connection!

Now with UC Cricket, I can get the live scores with auto update, fixture and result, watch videos, read the latest news at one place. The service is lite and works fluidly even on slow Internet speeds. It even has a reminder option where we can add a reminder to get notified before the start of a match! Also there is a comments section where I can chat with other Cricket lovers from all over the world and share views and opinions on a game.

With all these amazing features, I know that I can now lay back and enjoy surfing and following Cricket anytime and anywhere with UC Browser and UC Cricket. UC Browser truly lives upto his motto “Surf it All! Surf it Fast!”.

Have you used UC Browser and UC Cricket? What do you think about them?