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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

GIVEAWAY / Kilingiri By Janna Gray

By Janna Gray

Release Date:  May 21st 2013
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

A Day in the Life of Janna Gray

Despite living in Dubai for over seven years, I still can’t get used to Friday and Saturday weekends. If the imam calling from the neighbourhood mosque doesn’t wake me with a melodious call to prayer, my husband does with a kiss and the announcement that he is going to get the papers. We read ‘The Times’ and scrabble to be the first to complete the crossword.  In the cool season he’ll walk to the local supermarket to buy the paper, but if the outside temperature is over 34 Celsius, he’ll take the car. I usually laze for a while in the air-conditioned bedroom before getting ready for the day. I wear a cotton dress or a top and trousers in the house but always cover up with a pashmina or cardigan when I go out. It’s a respect thing for the local culture.

Depending on how we feel, we might head out into the desert to drive through a wadi or up into the jebels where the scenery has an almost biblical quality, or spend the day swimming and sunbathing by the pool – I wear Factor 50 on my face and plaster the rest of my body with Factor 30 as the sun is fierce and I don’t fancy ending up looking like a saddle-bag on a camel.  Walking on the beach is a pleasant past time as there’s always a cool breeze and the view of The Palm and The World islands is eye-catching. If there’s something interesting on at the cinema we head down there in the hope we will not be disturbed by chattering girls or boys intent on phoning their friends with a blow by blow account of the film’s plot. As an ex-teacher, I find a ‘look’ usually does the trick of silencing the culprits.

Our sons live in England so weekends are good days to catch them on Skype. Occasionally they arrange a conference call but we usually speak to them individually for anything up to an hour as there is always so much a mother wants to know!  If I her name pops up, I’ll have a quick word with my mother who at the age of 85 is computer savvy and works Skype like a pro.

Weekends are also a great time to catch up with friends for either meals at home or brunches at the local hotel which thanks to the unlimited quantities of alcohol included in the meal price can be quite boozy events! If we attend a brunch, our evening is somewhat quiet and spent catching up on DVDs – Downtown, Mad Men and Silk are current favourites – as weekend TV here is pretty rubbish. If DVDs don’t do it for us, we talk, listen to music or read until it is time for bed. In the old days we could burn the midnight oil without a worry but now that we’re vintage (our sons’ description … kinder than ‘antiques’ or ‘wrinklies’) we’re asleep by 10pm.


1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health
but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a
decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence,
but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the
priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace
the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and


Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in
Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much
merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before
trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys
travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered
the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance
sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner