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At 12:30am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Karen , 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 3:58am on August 27, 2008, carole gill said…
Hi Karen!
Haven't said hello in ages, how's Alaska and you?
I've completed something, but am now revising and editing and RE-WRITING!
what a hard slog!
anyway just wanted to say hi to you!
At 4:53am on June 6, 2008, Jean Henry Mead said…
Thanks for the add, fellow Sister in Crime. I've been enjoying your beautiful Alaskan photos, and had better get busy and post some pictures of my own. :-)
At 7:45am on June 5, 2008, Jean Henry Mead said…
I enjoyed visiting your beautiful state some years ago and would love to see more of it. I'm also in the process of writing my first children's mystery after ten adult books.
At 2:20pm on March 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hello Sister in Crime
You've had an impressive career. Writing for young people is challenging. I recently worked on a reading program for early grades, and it was the hardest job I've ever had.
At 7:16am on March 9, 2008, Lawrence Light said…
Hey Karen! How are things up north? Meredith and I were just talking about what fun we had with you at Bouchercon. Will you be at the next one?
At 10:27pm on December 16, 2007, Ken Isaacson said…
Thanks for finding the interview on Poe's Deadly Daughters! It was fun to do, and Sandra asked some really tough questions--even I learned something about myself in the process!

B-Con 2007 was a blast...next up is LCC in Denver.

Where in MA did you live? I went to school there, and we have family still on the north shore....
At 2:31pm on October 30, 2007, Hailey Lind said…
Thank you for your comments, Karen! I, too, am sorry we didn't get a chance to talk in Anchorage...I loved my visit to Alaska, though, so maybe I'll come again! Thanks for linking to my blog site -- my photos don't do justice to the harsh beauty of Hooper Bay, but I tried to give a feel for the place, anyway. Thanks again for being my first connection on Crimespace! This is a new experience for me...I have to figure out how to get friends!
At 9:53am on October 30, 2007, Simon Wood said…

So much has happened since I got back from Alaska, I don't know if I'm on foot or horseback. Paying the Piper isn't going to ebook, yet. There will be some more short stories going online soon in the mean time. I'm still in deadline hell and I won't be clear of it until the new year. That's when I'll be able to plan what's going to happen next and where. :-)
At 1:40pm on October 27, 2007, Morgan OReilly said…
Karen, I will do my best to be at the Nov meeting. Since I'm not sure what is happening from one day to the next, and that is two days before my publishers release day, I may get caught up in editing. But I'll try.

As for booksignings, the very nature of e-books doesn't produce a book to sign. I will, however, have my bookmarks made up by then and those will be signed. If I make it to the meeting I'll bring bunches.

As for being brave enough to read it... well... with the book on your computer it can easily be hidden away if you're interrupted! LOL. I know it isn't great literature, but there is room for mind candy too. It is certainly a playful little book *wink* but not for everyone.

Thanks for keeping in touch with me! I want to meet up with the AKSINC again soon. You all are too much fun!
At 1:06pm on October 26, 2007, Karen J. Laubenstein said…
At 8:38am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
karen Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com. Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune....next year Bouchercon for me at last.
At 12:00am on October 24, 2007, Morgan OReilly said…
Thanks for sending the dates, Karen. I'll do my best to be there!
At 7:14am on October 22, 2007, Lawrence Light said…
Karen-- Thanks for your note. Meredith and I agree that meeting you was one of the great things about Bouchercon Alaska. And you are a terrific photographer, too! Let's keep in touch. And give your cute son our love. Larry
At 4:30am on October 17, 2007, John Morgan Wilson said…
Karen...I hope Bouchercon was lively and fun. I spent several weeks in Alaska many years back, kayaking among the islands in Prince William Sound and backpacking in the Denali (Mt. McKinley) country while keeping an eye out for grizzlies. Although I imagine the late night Bouchercon bar was considerably more challenging. Nice to chat with you!
At 2:09pm on October 16, 2007, Janet McClellan said…
Hi and thank you for the invitation. I have only recently moved to Alaska... living in Fairbanks and working at UAF. Glad to know I am not alone up here. Love the area, love Alaska... should have been here sooner....:)
At 2:48am on October 16, 2007, Clea Simon said…
Adorable kittens, both human and feline! Thanks for posting, Karen. - Clea
At 10:11pm on October 15, 2007, John Morgan Wilson said…
Hi, Karen. Nice to meet you. As a committed technophobe, I'm still figuring outhow all this works, but I'm sure we'll do more communicating in the future. Thanks for saying hello.
At 12:34am on October 13, 2007, Clea Simon said…
Oh - just read your comment! So you do know my stomping grounds! I'm betting Alaska was quite a change -- my husband is a BU grad. I look forward to reading your books; I love that you have such a varied background and areas of expertise. And kitties! Of course I love the kitties. Give them pets for me. - Clea
At 12:32am on October 13, 2007, Clea Simon said…
Hi Karen,
Sorry I didn't make it up to Bouchercon this year! Do you ever get down to New England? I'm a city girl at heart, as is my series heroine Theda Krakow, but I do enjoy reading about different lives. - Clea

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