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Announcing The Release of THE BLUE BAR!

Who has been a source of support in your life? Have you already picked up a copy of The Blue Bar? What did you think of it?
A book is not a lone effort. For the publication pic, that’s my husband.

When I’m on deadline he’s the bearer of breakfasts, solace, back rubs, tea, reminders to eat and sleep.

He was the one who bought me my first secondhand laptop, took me to my first workshops, clicked me at my first book event.

Unlike during the publication of You Beneath Your Skin, there are no events this time, and I’m on deadline for the sequel to THE BLUE BAR, but I wanted to take a few minutes to appreciate the man THE BLUE BAR is dedicated to.

I’m going to miss the deadline because I’ve gutted the book. It’s going to be a stronger, more streamlined read later, but right now it looks like a home visited by a demolition expert. The better half is right there beside me, bringing me breakfast, letting me tell him the story  (yet another time) so I can get it right, and making me excel sheets to fill in the timeline.

The book was an Amazon First Read, got attacked by racist trolls, and is now receiving not-half–bad reviews, including this starred one from Publisher’s Weekly.

Here’s hoping it can keep cracking on. I did ask you all to request the book at your library and I’m happy to report that it’s now on order in so many US libraries, like this one!
If you’d like to help out this diverse US debut without spending a penny, consider requesting the book at your own local library. Libraries are a great way to support the reading ecosystem.
For the year-end holiday break, I worked flat-out, editing, and my long-suffering husband did his best to let me suffer as little as possible.
And then, yesterday, et voilà! THE BLUE BAR was released at the quiet of Seattle midnight (that’s where my publisher is headquartered), and while the world was wildly celebrating and getting hungover, I fell asleep drooling at the laptop. The sequel will be out 24th October 2023, so here’s hoping the next new year for me will see more champagne in glasses and less bodily fluids on work surfaces!
What about you? What did you do for the year end holiday or new year? Who has been a source of support in your life? Have you picked up a copy of The Blue Bar?

My lit crime novel, The Blue Bar is on Kindle Unlimited now. It is also free on Netgalley for the next two weeks.  Add it to Goodreads or snag a copy to make my day.
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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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  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti and husband – how great to have so much of his support … I now will get to the review … many apologies for lateness – definitely in next few days. Cheers and all the best – 2023 and the next in the series here you come … good luck and enjoy the future – Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Hilary, for your unwavering support for the last decade. I treasure it.

  • DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations!!.. wish you much success!!.. I have the ebook (from Amazon) downloaded on the Kindle (about three days ago) but haven’t had a chance to read it yet but will in the near future… 🙂

    Hope all your dreams come true and you and yours have the wonderfulest new year ever, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

  • Terveen Gill says:

    Congratulations Damyanti! Happy new year! 🙂

  • msw blog says:

    Congratulations, I have it on my reading list for 2023.

  • Shilpa Gupte says:

    Congratulations, Damayanti! May we see more of your books in the coming years!
    And, you are indeed lucky to have such a kind-hearted, encouraging, supportive partner. Kudos to the man! 🙂

  • Mick Canning says:

    Congratulations, Damyanti.

  • Got it, read it, loved it. Happy new year, Damyanti.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      OMG, wow!! Thanks so much, Keith. Would be lovely if dropped a line about it on Amazon or Goodreads. The book is being attacked by racist trolls, and a genuine review will really help.

  • Congratulations, Damy!! Time to celebrate.

  • Congratulations it seems everyone love it. I ordered the paperback. Happy New Year!

  • vishnupria says:

    Belated new year wishes Damyanti and wish you a success on your endeavours. Be safe

  • JT Twissel says:

    Congrats! I hope it does well!

  • Wishing you all success in this latest launch Damyanti 🙂

  • Best wishes in the new year! Hoping 2023 is better for everyone… And I think you’ve earned some time off…

  • Debbie D. says:

    Paperback is arriving today. 🙂 Congratulations and Happy New Year! So wonderful to have a supportive spouse. All the best to you both.

  • Congratulations! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Huge congratulations. How wonderful that you have the support of your husband.

  • Got it. Read it. Drooled on my Kindle it was so good. You have a wonderful husband.