Monday, May 23, 2022

Spotlight of Mud Lilies by Indra Ramayan


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MUD LILIES
INDRA RAMAYAN
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF JODIE HOCKENSMITH OF JH PUBLIC RELATIONS.  
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Debut novelist Indra Ramayan has used the experiences of her youth, running away from an abusive home at sixteen and working to support herself first as a taxi driver and then as an exotic dancer to form the basis of her stunning debut novel, MUD LILIES.
 
Ramayan’s Chanie Nyrider is an unforgettable heroine, kicked down by life more than once, she rises from the depths of her terrible upbringing to become the architect of her own version of a happiness, away from the rough streets and a toxic relationship.
 
Cormorant Books; May 17, 2022
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PRAISE FOR MUD LILIES:

 

“Now and then a writer comes along who reawakens my lust for great, passionate, unadorned storytelling. Indra Ramayan is that writer. Mud Lilies is a beautifully executed, street-smart emotional tour-de force that is destined to seduce generations of readers.” – Joel Thomas Hynes, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

 

“The world needs Chanie Nyrider! This novel took me to the depths of frustration and despair, and then Chanie dug us back out again. Mud Lilies is a tremendously moving debut with a riveting story that makes me believe in the possibility of redemption and recovery even from the worst traumas. I want to give this book to every girl who has ever struggled. Mud Lilies is a must read for those who have found themselves in a such a dark place that they believed there was no way out. Indra Ramayan fills me with hope.” – Angie Abdou, author of This One Wild Life and In Case I Go

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“Indra Ramayan’s novel, Mud Lilies, begins with an image of a puppet dancing for the devil. Chanie Nyrider, one of the most compelling characters I’ve read in long while, is that dancer. She is tough, and infuriating, delightful, and utterly human. And her voice is undeniably beautiful. I was drawn in and fell in love with this character. Mud Lilies is a gorgeous, layered journey of reclamation – a gritty story about salvation and the persistence of love. Love is an unexpected thing in Chanie’s life as she believes she does not deserve it, is unworthy of it – and yet, it arrives from unlikely places. Kindness surprises her. Unrequired kindness threatens to break her. And we love her for this. We root for Chanie. We root for all the Chanie Nyriders in the world. Indra Ramayan is a fantastic writer. I look forward to seeing this book in print, and I can hardly wait for her next book.” – Thomas Trofimuk award-winning author of The 52nd Poem and Doubting Yourself to the Bone

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ABOUT MUD LILIES:

MUD LILIES tells the story of Chanie Nyrider, a very young girl who runs away from home and finds herself taken in by a replacement mother figure who quickly turns out to have ulterior motives for befriending Chanie. 

Before long, she is working as a high-end prostitute on the streets of Edmonton, and, after being violated by a john, she finds herself in jail for trashing a motel room when the perpetrator is nowhere to be found. 

Given the choice between jail time and a high school program for troubled youth, she reluctantly chooses the latter. But much to her surprise, she finds her voice in the program, begins making actual friends, and blossoms, slowly leaving behind the dark vestiges of her old life and learning she deserves a more hopeful future.

This gorgeous debut is, in many ways, a tribute not only to the women Ramayan met while driving her taxi, but also to the author’s younger self, from the strong, confident woman she became.
 
Much like Ramayan, Chanie learns throughout the course of the novel to embrace her own inner strength and stop apologizing for things she never should have apologized for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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Tricia Victoria Photography

Inspired by her wild past and writers such as Heather O’Neill and Angie Abdou, Indra Ramayan wrote MUD LILIES while studying creative writing at Athabasca University.
 
While her current career in finance has, as she says, “forced her to tuck away the wild child within,” the experiences of her youth, including the time she spent living with a violent man, have helped form the basis for her powerful debut novel, MUD LILIES which tells the story of the
unforgettable, unsinkable Chanie Nyrider.
 
She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 5/23/2022


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I hope you had a great reading week.
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:
 
TELL US NO SECRETS by Siena Sterling - review will be on June 7.
 
It dragged until about three-quarters through....the end was "delicious."  Too bad it too so long to get "delicious."
 
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THE HIDDEN ONE by Linda Castillo - review will be on July 7.
 
Very good mystery...this was the first book I had read by this author.
 
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THE FINALISTS by David Bell - review will be on July 6.
 
I usually love David Bell's books, but this one fell a bit short for me.  
 
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COUNTERFEIT by Kristin Chen - review will be on June 9.
 
An ok read for me.

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MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS by Louise Hare - review will be on July 5.
 
I enjoyed this book. 
 
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THE GERMAN WIFE by Kelly Rimmer - review will be on July 1.
 
EXCELLENT read...historical fiction fans may learn something new.  I did. 

And that gorgeous cover.
 
 
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 LITTLE SISTER by Gytha Lodge - review will be on June 30.
 
Those readers who “really” enjoy guessing will not want to miss this twisty, creative read.
 
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THE SECOND HUSBAND by Kate White - review will be on June 27.
 
Very, very good...if you like Kate White's books, don't miss this one.
 
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THE NAVIGATOR'S DAUGHTER by Nancy Cole Silverman - review will be on June 7.
 
A lovely, educational, pull-you-in read.
 
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THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS by Jane Beer - review will be on June 22.
 
A lovely, lovely read....fashion and a mystery to solve.
 

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TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay - review will be on May 30.
 
REALLY GOOD!!  
 
If you are a fan, you won't want to miss this one.
 
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS by Lisa Scottoline - review is in the book's title.
 
A bit slow and some things were unrealistic, but still good.
 
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LOCAL GONE MISSING by Fiona Barton - review will be on June 15.
 
I was disappointed...I usually devour her books.  This one was difficult to follow but wrapped up in the end.
 
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UNTIL WE MEET by Camille Di Maio - review will be on May 20.
 
A sweet read with lovely characters.
 
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THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE by Jennifer Ryan - review will be on June 1.
 
A lovely, heartwarming read.
 
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 THE FAVOR by Nora Murphy - review will be on May 31.
 
An amazing debut....well written and a great storyline.

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NEVER COMING HOME by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on May 24.
 
It is a GOOD one...don't miss it!!
 
 
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THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark - review will be on June 21.
 
This is GOOD!!
 
 
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THE SHADOW OF MEMORY by Connie Berry - review is in the book's title.
 
An enjoyable, non-violent mystery.
 
 
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MY WIFE IS MISSING by D. J. Palmer - review is in the book's title.
 
Another good D. J. Palmer read with good twists.
 
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Book Currently Reading:

FIRST BORN by Will Dean - review will be on July 8.
 
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Books Up Next:

A DRESS OF VIOLET TAFFETA by Tessa Arlen - review will be on July 11.
 
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THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD by Liz Alterman - review will be on July 12.
 
 
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DIRTY MARTINI by Daco S. Auffenorde - review will be on July 13.
 
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THE LITTLEST LIBRARY by Poppy Alexander - review will be on July 19.
 
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THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Karen Cleveland - review will be on July 26.
 
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THE LIBRARIAN SPY by Madeleine Martin - review will be on July 27.
 
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SUGAR AND SALT by Susan Wiggs - review will be on July 29.
 
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THE CODE BREAKERS by Sara Ackerman - review will be on August 2.
 
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YOU'RE INVITED by Amanda Jayatissa - review will be on August 8.
 
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THE ORPHANS OF MERSEA HOUSE by Marty Wingate - review will be on August 9.
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THE WAR LIBRARIAN by Addison Armstrong - review will be on August 10.
 
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STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin - review will be on August 11.
 
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LONG GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 12.
 
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THE FORGOTTEN COTTAGE by Courtney Ellis - review will be on August 13.
 
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THE BLAME GAME by Sandie Jones - review will be on August 16.
 
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 THE LOST TICKET by Freya Sampson - review will be on August 30.
 
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THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK by Ellen Marie Wiseman - review will be on August 31. 
 
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TWO QUESTIONS by Danielle Murray - review will be on September 1.
 
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THE THREAD COLLECTORS by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman - review will be on September 2.
 
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THE OPERA SISTER by Marianne Monson - review will be on September 6.
 
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ALL DRESSED UP by Jilly Gagnon - review will be on September 7.
 
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AN AFFAIR OF SPIES by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 13.
 
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THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT by Lynda Cohen Loigman - review will be on September 20.
 
Gorgeous Cover!!
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HESTER by Laurie Lico Albanese - review will be on October 4.
 
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MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan - review will be on October 5.
 
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THE CRADLES OF THE REICH by Jennifer Coburn - review will be on October 11.
 
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THAT SUMMER IN BERLIN by Lecia Cornwall - review will be on October 12.
 
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THE WIDOW by Kaira Rouda - review will be on November 15.

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