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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian. She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them. Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India. Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story ‘Parallel Lives’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

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  • Publisher: Vision Ink Press (17 Jun. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian.

She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them.

Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India.

Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story 'Parallel Lives' was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

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If you enjoy magical realism; great romance; an exhilarating plot and sweetly humorous, finely wrought prose, then I highly recommend this book for you.

We follow Kiran, a gifted Indian-Irish `vision painter' who has the power to make people's most heart-felt desires come true through her paintings. Though she's already struggling to make ends meet at her small Connemara studio, things get a lot more difficult when a distraught customer begs her to paint a vision that breaks the biggest rule. The ensuing mess threatens to ruin Kiran's gift, and worse, to destroy her chances with the woman Kiran has just met, who Kiran is falling for so deeply that her whole existence is being coloured by her.

`Falling Colours' is formed from powerful ideas and R.J. Samuel draws on these marvelously to create transfixing characters and an unputdownable plot. Her fluid, detailed writing draws the reader right up close to the action in a world peopled by characters who are instantly tangible in all their thoughts, faults and humanity.

While the book is thrilling in its pace and plot turns, it is also a truly unique study of love and its effects. This was a rich novel that I was sad to finish as I so enjoyed being with the characters and in their world.
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Kiran is a vision painter, the only one in the whole of Ireland. She works part time as a waitress in a restaurant in Connemara to supplement her income. When Kiran is asked by a client to do an unusual vision painting, she is very apprehensive. It goes against everything she believes to be ethical. Unfortunately Kiran makes a serious error of judgment, which results in chaos and Kiran's life being changed forever.

Added in to the mystery and intrigue is a woman. A woman Kiran finds irresistible, a woman Kiran feels she will never be able to have. But the path of true love rarely runs smoothly, or according to the best laid plans, is there a chance Kiran is wrong in her assumptions?

This is R. J Samuel's second book. It is very well written and the dialogue flows. The story is most unusual and unlike any I've ever read before. This is more than just a run of the mill mystery, intrigue, romance book. It has a touch of supernatural elements and is humorous in parts too. It's fast paced and a page turner from the first page through to the last. The story kept me on a knife edge throughout, it is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and had the effect on me of being on a rollercoaster. Totally delightful, mesmerizing and impressive.

The main characters are well developed and have a strong supporting cast of minor characters who all interact well together, (even the not so nice to know characters) to progress the story forward. The scenic descriptions are wonderful, and it's easy to visualize the different places.

R.J has the gift for making the reader feel as though they are an actual part of the story, it is easy to get totally immersed in this book.
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The Vision Painter Series - R.J. Samuel

The Vision Painter series so far consists of 2 novels; Falling Colours and Casting Shadows. Unusual stories - they combine romance with paranormal and mystery whodunits. Ms Samuel is a gifted storyteller and these novels pull you in and keep you riveted.

Falling Colours tells the story of an Indian/Irish woman, Kiran, who lives in semi exile from her family in Connemara, Ireland. Unbeknown to her father's Indian community she has inherited his gift as a Vision Painter, somebody who can literally paint a vision and have the vision come true. Her exile is primarily because girls cannot be Vision Painters, but her lesbianism doesn't exactly help her relationship with her father.

When a client asks her to help him understand his wife's suicide it launches them onto a roller-coaster ride involving stolen money, fake priests and murderous property developers. Mixed in with it all is the dream of a romance that seems doomed from the start.

Ms Samuel's books flow and swirl with the creative gift of a bard, her words roll off the page in a way that make me think of oral storytellers sitting around the fire and weaving tales on dark winter nights.

The characters are multi-dimensional and stand out from the page, the main players well supported by a wide ranging cast in Ireland and India - good and bad are real people with back histories and deep emotional journeys.

In addition RJ Samuel brings the countryside to life - the cold, fresh, rain-swept green of Ireland and the hot, dry, dust of India play a strong part in the novels, grounding us in the where but adding to the history and sense of cultural pressure.

All in all excellent tales of real people, on individual journeys, with complex subplots that add to the overall completeness of the story. Well written, well executed and highly engrossing, let's hope there is a third book on the way.
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Being totally honest. First third of this book was good but not excellent. I thought I knew where it was going and thought this a good book - not 5 stars, maybe 3 or 4. However, then things changed. The pace picked up, the intrigue increased - I became immersed and I'm not going to forget this book in a hurry!!! Didn't turn out as I expected and I totally loved the end of the epilogue - tears in my eyes. R J - thank you for this book!
I wish I could use a vision painter - would love to be able to have an another conversation with my first love - didn't get the time and opportunity to say so much to her. At least I've got my dreams
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bcbd150) out of 5 stars Rising Artist 27 Jun. 2012
By Lilaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever dreamed you had the skill to transform dreams and wishes into reality by the sheer power of your hyper-sensitive imagination an the magic talent in your hands? ... I'm not talking about *that* kind of dream, you little minx! ;)
Falling Colours is the story of such a talented woman.
Living in a small cottage in the splendid nature of Connemara, Kiran has given up a successful career as an engineer to practise her Art. Her own splendid nature, made of generosity and compassion, leads her to break one of the long-established rules of this ancient art and risk losing the cherished gift inherited from her father, the soon to be Leader of the Council of Vision painters, back there in India where they originate from. She shouldn't have painted this despaired, grief-stricken man's deceased wife just because he wanted to know why she died in such unexpected circumstances.
Hopefully, she'll be able to meet the short deadline her father gave her to fix the mess she involuntarily created, and doing so will make her own dreams a reality.
Who knew such an idyllic scenery as western Ireland could hold this most unusual, captivating and entertaining mystery?
Oh, and I must not forget to mention the sweet romance tone and the irresistible touches of humour artfully painted on this beautiful work.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c15cea0) out of 5 stars Colourful and Unique 20 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Falling Colours is R.J. Samuel's second book. It is a story of a Vision Painter, who shares her gift with others to fulfill their dreams by painting their requests. A vision someone has for their own happiness may not necessarily be the best idea, however. There are repercussions to be dealt with when the vision involves other people. And what if the vision painter has a dream that is contrary to the vision someone asks her to paint?

Kiran left her professional life behind to concentrate on her painting gift, inherited from her Indian father. There are strict guidelines that are to be followed to the letter. She waits tables in Delilah's restaurant to pay the bills, and the hours allow her to focus on her painting.

Kiran finds Ron distraught outside the restaurant. Ron's request for his vision requires Kiran to bend the rules. She knows that she should not bend the rules, but his request is motivated by anguish rather than greed. Enter a beautiful daughter and missing money and the situation gets really complicated, but not without humor and an opportunity to make amends.

There are many twists and turns in Falling Colours by R. J. Samuel. The characters are well illustrated, and her writing style complements an unusual situation. The setting is in Galway, Ireland and includes Ireland's colourful scenery. I give this book five stars not just because I like it, but because I find the premise to be unique. Samuel's writing suits the unique perspective and makes the book really fun to read. It is fun, funny, serious, mysterious and touching with inner connections that are not all apparent. Even though this book was just released yesterday, I anxiously await another from R. J. Samuel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c9145f4) out of 5 stars A rich novel full of love, magic and humour 6 July 2012
By Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you enjoy magical realism; great romance; an exhilarating plot and sweetly humorous, finely wrought prose, then I highly recommend this book for you.

We follow Kiran, a gifted Indian-Irish `vision painter' who has the power to make people's most heart-felt desires come true through her paintings. Though she's already struggling to make ends meet at her small Connemara studio, things get a lot more difficult when a distraught customer begs her to paint a vision that breaks the biggest rule. The ensuing mess threatens to ruin Kiran's gift, and worse, to destroy her chances with the woman Kiran has just met, who Kiran is falling for so deeply that her whole existence is being coloured by her.

`Falling Colours' is formed from powerful ideas and R.J. Samuel draws on these marvelously to create transfixing characters and an unputdownable plot. Her fluid, detailed writing draws the reader right up close to the action in a world peopled by characters who are instantly tangible in all their thoughts, faults and humanity.

While the book is thrilling in its pace and plot turns, it is also a truly unique study of love and its effects. This is a rich novel that I was sad to finish as I so enjoyed being with the characters and in their world.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bcbd4ec) out of 5 stars Brilliant well written story 21 Jun. 2012
By Telstar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kiran is a vision painter, the only one in the whole of Ireland. She works part time as a waitress in a restaurant in Connemara to supplement her income. When Kiran is asked by a client to do an unusual vision painting, she is very apprehensive. It goes against everything she believes to be ethical. Unfortunately Kiran makes a serious error of judgment, which results in chaos and Kiran's life being changed forever.

Added in to the mystery and intrigue is a woman. A woman Kiran finds irresistible, a woman Kiran feels she will never be able to have. But the path of true love rarely runs smoothly, or according to the best laid plans, is there a chance Kiran is wrong in her assumptions?

This is R. J Samuel's second book. It is very well written and the dialogue flows. The story is most unusual and unlike any I've ever read before. This is more than just a run of the mill mystery, intrigue, romance book. It has a touch of supernatural elements and is humorous in parts too. It's fast paced and a page turner from the first page through to the last. The story kept me on a knife edge throughout, it is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and had the effect on me of being on a rollercoaster. Totally delightful, mesmerizing and impressive.

The main characters are well developed and have a strong supporting cast of minor characters who all interact well together, (even the not so nice to know characters) to progress the story forward. The scenic descriptions are wonderful, and it's easy to visualize the different places.

R.J has the gift for making the reader feel as though they are an actual part of the story, it is easy to get totally immersed in this book. The thrill and suspense with a romantic feel to the story, ensured that I had to stay up most of the night to find out how the story ended. In fact, I have read this book twice now. Once was not enough. I had to re-read it without the pressure of not knowing how the book ended. The second time was to savor the richness of the story and the wonderful way with words R.J has.

R.J Samuel is an up and coming exciting new voice in lesbian fiction. An author to watch out for and to add to my list of favorite authors. I am greatly looking forward to reading more from R.J soon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bcbd678) out of 5 stars A funny mystery 8 Sept. 2014
By Sage320 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let’s start by saying this is a fun book to read.

The major character Kiran is unique. Although she was raised in Ireland, her parents are from India, where they now live. From her father she has inherited the ability to be a vision painter. A person can pay Kiran to paint what he or she most desires and it will come true. Since she is the only vision painter in Ireland, Kiran has plenty of work, but it’s not easy. The effort is draining and she must live by the restrictions imposed by the painters in India. The most serious of those is that she is not supposed to bring anyone back from the dead.

Of course, that is exactly what happens when Kiran meets Ron, who is devastated by the suicide of his wife Marge. She was a terrible woman to everyone else, but he loved her and can’t understand why she killed herself. All he wants is a chance to talk to her again. Kiran has no idea what she is about to unleash. Marge comes back just as dominating as she was in life and totally tuned out to what other people need. Ron is thrilled, their daughter Ashley is appalled and Kiran has to fix this mess. In the process, she falls in love with Ashley and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery.

Samuel may not have intended this book to be so funny, but Marge takes it in a direction that can’t avoid it. Once she makes it clear that she was murdered and did not commit suicide, Marge won’t give up until the mystery is solved. The fact that she is a ghost and really shouldn’t be appearing in front of people doesn’t impress her in the least. She exasperates Ashley and drives Kiran to a near nervous breakdown, but nothing will stop her on her quest.

RJ Samuel has used the theme of a person caught between two cultures before, but Kiran has a comic twist that makes her fun while revealing the struggle she goes through. The book is a slapstick mystery in the best tradition of the old 1930s movies. It would be great to have a sequel to this book to see where Samuels could take the characters, but Kiran would have to bring Marge back again. That might be too much for any of them to take.

Read Falling Colours. It’s fresh; it’s different; it’s worth it.
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