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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal


I'm very pleased and proud to have Shobhan Bantwal touring with us in October. I hosted her on several of my blogs when her first book was released last year and I've been waiting to hear her second book. It was wonderful and worth the wait. Shobhan brings her personal knowledge of Indian culture to the reader through the pages of her books. I've learned more about India through her books than I ever dreamed possible. Don't you just love reading an engaging novel and walking away with new information about the location and the topic?

Throughout the month of September, I'll be in touch with blog owners about hosting Shobhan during October. If you're interested in participating, feel free to contact me nikki@nikkileigh.com I've already lined up some great hosts and it will be a wonderful month with this talented author.


About The Forbidden Daughter

When a young widow refuses to comply with her in-laws' dictate to abort her unborn child, will her rebellion turn out to be the greatest mistake of her life, or a blessing in disguise? This is the story of one mother’s valiant fight to protect her daughters in a society that often frowns on female children, and the only man who will help her in her battle when the stakes become impossibly high.

THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is woven around the hot-button social issue of vanishing girl children in contemporary India, where gender-based abortions and female infanticide continue to be practiced in some areas despite laws to ban the practices.

Themes in The Forbidden Daughter

Gender-Based Abortions in a Male-Centric Society *

India’s vanishing girl babies *Selective abortions *

Female infanticide * Women’s fiction * Gender-based abortion *

Female Feticide * India’s Vanishing Girls * India’s Unwanted Children *

Indian Fiction * Female Infanticide *Female-Child Murders * Abortion *

Ethnic Fiction * Ethnic Indian Books * Indian Authors * Cultural Fiction

Shobhan's Bio

Shobhan Bantwal is the author of THE DOWRY BRIDE and THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER. Both novels are set in India and released by Kensington Publishing Corp. Shobhan’s short story titled WHERE THE LOTUS GROWS is scheduled for publication in an anthology in spring 2009 and the proceeds will be donated by the publisher, Freya’s Bower, to a battered women’s shelter.

As a freelance writer, Shobhan frequently writes columns for India Abroad. Since 2002, Shobhan’s articles and short stories have also appeared in a variety of other publications including The Writer magazine, Little India, U.S. 1, Desi Journal, India Currents, Overseas Indian, New Woman India, Kanara Saraswat and Sulekha. Her short stories have won honors and awards in fiction contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest, New York Stories and New Woman magazines.

For more information about her books, stories and articles, visit her website at www.shobhanbantwal.com

Shobhan Bantwal's Schedule

Wednesday October 1 –Let’s start the month by learning more details about Shobhan Bantwal - http://detailwithnikkileigh.blogspot.com/2008/09/forbidden-daughter-by-shobhan-bantwal.html

Thursday October 2 – Guest Post about Ethnic Fiction with Pamela Kinney http://pamelakkinney.blogspot.com/2008/10/author-shobhan-bantwals-virtual-blog.html

Friday October 3 – http://shivasarms.blogspot.com/2008/10/q-and-with-shobhan-bantwal.html - Cheryl Snell

Monday October 6 –Abundant Solutions Radio Show – their mission is to provide quality personal and professional services to empower, encourage, and enhance both individuals as well as companies to reach their goals. ASE assists individuals and organizations be more, do more, and have more. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/asemotivation - Call-in Number: (718) 508-9600. The show is live from 9 – 10 pm EST. You can also download the recording to listen after the show. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/asemotivation/2008/10/07/The-Forbidden-Daughter-

Wednesday October 8 – Author Spotlight with Pamela Thibodeaux - http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/author-spotlight-shobhan-bantwal.html

Thursday October 9 – Shobhan travels to New Zealand to appear on Yvonne Walus’ blog. Join them for an interview - http://yewalus.blogspot.com/2008/10/forbidden-daughter.html

Friday October 10 – Shobhan visits with Mary Terzian http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewblog.asp?AuthorID=37931

Monday October 13 - http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-shobhan-bantwal.html

Wednesday October 15 –Interview with Shobhan Bantwal and Review of Forbidden Daughter - http://wordstrumpet.typepad.com/bookstrumpet/2008/10/the-forbidden-daughter.html

Thursday October 16 – Shobhan's interview with James Baskin on Nearly Nothing But Novels http://nearlynothingbutnovels.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-author-shobhan-bantwal.html

Friday October 17 – Guest Post about Abortion, John McCain, India and The Forbidden Daughter – http://newgreatbooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/forbidden-daughter-author-shobhan.html

Monday October 20 – Joyce Anthony features information about Forbidden Daughter and Shobhan Bantwal - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1849537/i-have/

Tuesday October 21 – Joyce Anthony features an excerpt from Forbidden Daughter - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1849747/the-forbidden-daughteran-excerpt/

Wednesday October 22 – Joyce Anthony features an interview with Shobhan Bantwal - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1850000/a-talk-with-shobhan-bantwal/

Thursday October 23 – Joyce Anthony features her review for Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal- http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1850336/the-forbidden-daughter-by-shobhan-bantwala-review/

Friday October 24 – http://beforeiwaspublished.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-heritage-and-my-writing-by-shobhan.html – Post about writing about our Heritage

Monday October 27 – www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh Live Interview with Nikki Leigh Call-in Number: (347) 215-8201 - 6 pm EST http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh/2008/10/27/Nikki-Leigh-Talks-with-Shobhan-Bantwal

Tuesday October 28 -

http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-heritage-and-my-writing-by-shobhan.html

Wednesday October 29 – Review and interview with the Book Club Queen

Review: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-club-reading-lists.html

Interview: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-discussion-questions.html

Feature Box: http://www.book-club-queen.com/how-to-write-a-novel.html

Friday October 31 –Read Nikki Leigh’s review for The Forbidden Daughter - http://nikkisreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/forbidden-daughter-by-shobhan-bantwal.html

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