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At 9:44pm on July 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Jana, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:58am on September 2, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
Life is good. Just got back from Dragon*Con and the current book is very nearly done. Since it pretty much wraps up the story, now I'm turning my eyes toward new projects.

How goes your life?
At 4:55am on September 1, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Jana! How've you been? Just dropping by to say hello this holiday weekned. Hope all is going well for you.

Rob
At 9:13am on February 28, 2008, Carol Exline said…
Nice to meet you and love your avatar.
At 10:37am on February 22, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
I just sent a friend request. Maybe that will help. I'm about as bad with the tech stuff. And the Lovey! Wow! I was going nuts in the back of the room when they called your named. Well done, sir!
At 9:27am on February 22, 2008, robert walker said…
Hey, how do I add you as a friend? Give me a little he'p here, wud ya? I'm not too tech.
was great to see you at Love is Murder, and man, I was excited to win the Lovey for Hystery-mytery!

Rob
At 10:11pm on January 20, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Jana,

Thought you might like to see the video trailer for my ripper novel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuKKNPbzIF8

Regards

Brian
At 12:43am on January 19, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Jana -- will be seeing you soon at Love is Murder. We're on a pane together, right? If not, we'll start one in the bar. It is a fact that police agencies in America were created to oversee and protect businesses and keep the peace for the well to do. Has much changed? You can read about the Chicago version in City for Ransom, Shadows in Whtie City, and City of the Absent with Inspector Alastair Ransom. Of course, Jana, you've read the first books but City of the Absent refers to the voters in the cemeteries.

Rob
At 12:38am on January 11, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
I didn't realize that. I wonder if it was because of the English view that an organized police force was, in essence, designed to spy on the citizenry. They were quite touchy about that when Robert Peel started the early version of the Met Police.
At 6:04pm on January 10, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Jana, during my research for 'A Study in Red' I contacted the police in Scotland for some historical background, as I set part of my novel in Edinburgh. I was surprised to learn that the city of Edinburgh had a fully organised and functioning police force a quarter of a century before London. I thought you might be interested in that small piece of histroical trivia.

Brian
At 11:40pm on January 8, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
So you were able to use the implied presence of the Ripper in the background as a source of overhanging malevolence running in the background of your plot? Clever tactic.
Brian
At 9:38pm on January 8, 2008, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Hope to meet you in Chicago. Have one of your books will you have more there? Are you on any panels?
At 5:50pm on January 8, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Excuse typos in my previous message. Am just out of bed and still half asleep, lol

Brian
At 5:49pm on January 8, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Jana,
Yes, I love the 19th century, and mnay of my friends insist that I was 'born out od time' and should have been around in that era. Maybe they're right. I've made a long study of the Ripper murders, but funnily enough, the suspect I used to base my own Ripper on for the novel wasn't actually the person I truly believe to have been the killer. It's just that I needed a more flamboyant character for the fictional work! Hope to hear more from you.

Best regards

Brian
At 3:39am on January 7, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Jana,

Nice to find another Ripper 'fan'. My latest novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' has just been released by Double Dragon Publishing, in e-book first with paperback coming later this month. Please come visit me at www.freewebs.com/astudyinred or www.freewebs.com/brianlp

I've studied the ripper murderrs for over 35 years and like you I love the Victorian era.

Regards

Brian
At 1:36am on January 2, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
Lordy, over those 24 years you saw a lot of changes in the East End. I genre-blend historical mystery with SF&F and my time traveling heroine spends a great deal of her time in the East End and the Docklands during the time of the Ripper murders. I'm a fanatic for detail, so I trudge around those areas as often as possible, trying to separate the 21st century from the 19th. Still, I'm a Yank and I screw up every now and then. I like to think I gave it my best shot. Besides, Late Victorian England was just so full of plots and intrigues....

I've motored around Kent, going in circles on one occasion as naughty English school boys (according to the locals) had mussed with the road signs. There are worse places to get lost.
At 1:13am on January 2, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Born in Forest Gate, schooled in Stratford and lived in East Ham, worked in Aldgate. Spent the first 24 years of my life in East London before moving out of the city to Kent. Return now for family visits. were your visitss related to a novel you are writing?
At 8:24am on November 27, 2007, carole gill said…
I used to favor Pruitt, but I came to think that it had to be someone local as well. someone who was invisible who lived in the heart of Whitechapel--a person right under their noses! I agree with you. I did read Cornwell's book which favors the artist, Sickert as the killer but I think it's pretty far fetched.
At 5:08am on November 27, 2007, carole gill said…
what a great page! fascinating stuff. I'm also interested in Ripperology and time travel. i'll have to check into your series. whitechapel is so changed--except or the site of the Chapman murder I believe--although the streets have changed, there is still a sense of how the killer must have stepped away into the shadows. because there is a main street so nearby. that was a busy thoroughfare in the Ripper's day. by the way, which suspect do you think did it?!!
At 10:04am on November 12, 2007, Jana Oliver said…
I noted the weather was a bit "off" when we were in England. The trees were turning colors later than usual. Ours is odd, as well. Right now we're in a drought and very likely to stay that way. The trees just started to seriously change in the last ten days while northern NY is roughly on the same schedule. That never happens. We're too far south for that sorta thing.

I like the fog in the morning. We don't get it very often and the effect is ruined in the city. One of these days we'll retire out into the country again, but this time with running water and central heat of some sort. That sorta thing is fine when you're younger, but not now.

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