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Will You Join the First Chapter Reading Fun?

All writers are reading enthusiasts

All writers are reading enthusiasts. That’s where the joy of stories stems from, the pleasure and pain of experiencing them, and eventually, of creating them.

Reading, to me, has been a place of refuge, as I’ve said on this space before. Reading from my own work has always been somewhat stressful, though I’ve done it several times–most recently, here. Never the first chapter of You Beneath Your Skin, though.

So it gives me particular pleasure to announce that You Beneath Your Skin will participate in First Chapter Fun, an initiative by two wonderful bestselling authors: Hank Philippi Ryan and Hannah Mary McKinnon.

 Hank Philippi Ryan would be reading from You Beneath Your Skin, the first time an American would be reading aloud from the book—fascinating, because Anjali Morgan, the protagonist, is American.

You can join the FB group for readers, First Chapter Fun or follow the live reading on Instagram on July 23rd at 11.30 am Eastern time. You could watch it on Youtube as well. (Depending on the time-zone you’re in, that will be 4.30 PM in the UK, 9.00 pm India time, 11.30 pm in Singapore and Malaysia. It would be a conversation, so if you do join in, please say hello—I’ll be responding to all questions, including completely random ones!)

Check out the books by Hank and Hannah–I read Hanks’s The Murder List over the weekend and was blown away by the ending, and this week I’m reading Hannah’s Sister Dear. Both are bestsellers, and I can absolutely see why.


Thanks so much for all your support for the book, which is continuing to receive reviews. Please tune in on the 23rd, it will be wonderful to see you on First Chapter Fun.

What’s on your reading desk this week? Do you like Crime Thrillers? Are you going to join us for First Chapter Fun with Hank Philippi Ryan reading You Beneath Your Skin?


Are you part of nay online or offline book groups? Founded any? What is the experience like? Do you think online book groups are similar to those offline?My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN has recently been optioned for television by Endemol Shine.

It is available in India here.

Worldwide, here.

Reviews are appreciated–please get in touch if you’d like a review copy.

I sent out my monthly Reading Gazette a few hours ago, you can check it out here. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox, click here.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing!!… I am not into Facebook, Instragram, etc but I did watch the video on YouTube… enjoyed the video as well as your book!..

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

  • Would love to but I’m working…so glad to hear about the film opportunity…kudos to you for all your hard work, you deserve this.

  • hilarymb says:

    Good luck Damyanti – I’m sure it’ll benefit many … enjoy. Stay safe – Hilary

  • Jemima Pett says:

    Sounds great, Damyanti! Hope it goes well 🙂

  • I echo Ian’s thoughts and wishes, Damyanti. <3

  • This sounds great. I’m so happy for you 😃

  • We all continue to rejoice over this outstanding success for your novel Damyanti. Looking forward to seeing your book sales statistics rise steadily over the year ahead around the world.