Sunday, January 19, 2020

Spotlight: Seeking Love by Devika Fernando

Good day Romance Book Lovers,
Introducing Devika Fernando's latest book: Seeking Love.
From the author of romance novel series like Romancing the Royals, Inn Love, and Romance round the World, comes a new series full of emotions and unforgettable characters. The MISTY SPRINGS novellas will whisk the reader away to a fictional small town in America where hearts are broken and broken hearts are mended.

SEEKING LOVE is the first book in the series. And here’s an exclusive first look at!

 Book: Seeking Love by Devika Fernando


Blurb:

A small town girl with a tragic past - an English billionaire with a secret - an old ranch that brings them together

When a handsome and infuriating stranger from England finds his way to the small American town Misty Springs and turns everyone’s lives upside down, Abigail is forced to question everything she’s ever believed in. Despite her reluctance, Thomas wiggles his way into her heart. Sparks fly, and nothing will ever be the same again. But just when she may have found true happiness, a secret threatens to destroy everything.

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This sweet small-town romance novella of approximately 33,000 words is Book 1 of the Misty Springs series. Each of the books can be read as a stand-alone with a happy ending, although there are some recurring characters.

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 Author Devika Fernando

About the Author:

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds - something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.

What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she's not writing, she's reading or thinking about writing.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Blitz: A Diary of Crime Stories by Sonia Rao

Good day!
Author Sonia Rao is on a Roll ! 2 books published in 6 months. Lets check out her latest book, a short story collection: A Diary of Crime Stories.

 Book: A Diary of Crime Stories by Sonia Rao


A DIARY OF CRIME STORIES: 
GUT-WRENCHING STORIES OF COLOURFUL
CHARACTERS AND SHOCKING TWISTS
by
Sonia Rao

 Book: A Diary of Crime Stories by Sonia Rao


Blurb


• Did or didn’t a 5-year-old boy, who cannot hear or speak, witness a murder? And if he did, how dangerous can it become for him?

• CCTV cameras prove that a robbery was committed by a young analyst. But if she didn’t, then who did it?

• Love brings together hearts, true! But did you know it could destroy lives too?

What is a diary? It can be described as a personal book or even a safe space in which one can record one’s experiences, thoughts and ideas of both one’s outer and inner worlds. What is around us affects us. One aspect of outer world includes crime. This can take many forms: assault of all types, murder, and even fraud. Be it a differently-abled child or a woman undergoing domestic abuse, obsessive love that can lead to fraud and breakup of lifelong friendships or then honour killing - because you are not allowed to decide whom you can love and marry. Be it a modern world, urban or rural, every crime story affects us collectively.

This Diary Of Crime Stories is a collection of 3 gut-wrenching crime-reads that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with their colourful characters and shocking twists & turns, asking for more.



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About the author


 Author Sonia Rao



"Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Anthony).

As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?"

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Book Blitz: Love in Agartha by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day!
Sundari Venkatraman's first book in the Fantasy Romance genre is launched. Love in Agartha, has an intruguing Blurb.
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 Book: Love in Agartha by Sundari Venkatraman



 Book: Love in Agartha by Sundari Venkatraman

Print Length: 213 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: January 2, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Fantasy

When Sanat Kumara usurps the job that Naavya Batra has been coveting for a long time, her instantaneous attraction towards him turns to intense dislike.

But soon, she's all in admiration for the man. When she finally decides to give herself to him, Sanat insists on telling Naavya something about her…

…something she has absolutely no memory of.

What does Sanat know about Naavya that she herself isn’t aware of? And what secrets are her cousins holding back from her?

Read this tale of fantasy which takes you to three different realms on the earth, to find out if Sanat Kumara is really what he appears to be on the surface. But what about Naavya? Will her love for Sanat hold up under the circumstances?

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR



 Author Sundari Venkatraman

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-plus titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.5 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.

Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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 Book: Love in Agartha by Sundari Venkatraman

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Book Review: Stories In a Satchel by Shyamala Shanmugasundaram

Good day Book Lovers,


I am attracting Short Stories Collections these days it seems. Here is another Short Stories collection by Author Shyamala Shanmugasundaram in her debut Book: Stories In a Satchel.
Shyamala is a good friend, book lover, prolific writer, has penned and published many children stories.Stories In a Satchel is her debut book for older audience.


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Story:

Tanna is getting married in a months time. The family of mother and 2 sons is on an agenda to get the house clean. They discover a satchel filled with undelivered letters. 26 of them. The satchel belonged to their deceased father who was a postman. Why were the letters not posted? What happens when Tanna posts the letters? How will it affect the recipients after receiving letters which are a decade late?

What I liked:

Strong punch in each story.

Simple and good language. Short and crisp stories.

Varied emotions and circumstances covered. Hence we get to meet multiple characters and understand their nuances.

Simple way of highlighting the olden ways or trends which were present a decade ago. Smooth transition from flashback and present situations.

The stories show the Circle of life or how Karma works. Beautifully.

I also liked the background story about the postman and why the letters were never posted. Also how irony works.

Some of the stories I liked were: A Librarian's Love story , Xylo Xacuti, Bully No.1, Chain Mail, Second Chance and many more.

What I wanted more:

Most stories had a dark or gloomy air to them. Many stories had incidents which are crimes gone unnoticed or atrocities which need punishment/justice. I was fuming when reading these stories.
The Author has tried to give a realistic ending to each story but I couldnt stop thinking of those incidents.

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Do buy the book, read and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews help the Authors a lot. Thank you in advance.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Book Review: Locked in by Iris Darshi

Good day !

 Book: Locked In by Iris Darshi


Debut Author and Debut Book again on our blog today. I am honoured that Iris Darshi wanted me to review her book: Locked In. After reading the Blurb, I really really wanted to know what Dev & Jiya did inside the Locked room ? ;) :D

Buy a copy and read this fast read. I loved it and you wont be disappointed.

 Book: Locked In by Iris Darshi

Story:

Jiya and Dev have been together for 5 years and married for 3 years. First year of marriage was beautiful but the last 2 were tearing them apart. They are now signing their divorce papers. Their lawyers who are their best friends too, lock them up in the conference room. They ask Dev and Jiya to talk to each other for just this 1 night.
How can 1 night untangle 2 years of misery they both have inflicted on each other? What was the cause of cracks in their marriage? Can just talking help?

Buy the book and Find out.

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What I liked:

Intensity of emotions. First and best part of this book. The emotions are vivid in Iris Darshi's writing. You can feel the desperation of Jiya, anger of Dev, the panic of Jiya's panic attack, the fear for her in Dev,.. etc vividly in the words penned by Iris Darshi. Pulsating.

The tense air in the room makes you feel breathless. You hold your breathe while turning the pages, eagerly waiting for these two love lorn lovebirds to come mid way and find a solution.

I loved how as the talks progress you are taken deeper into the lives and minds of both Dev and Jiya. Loved how both seemingly Perfect people have cracks in their Armour and they allow only the chosen ones to see them.

This story shows: Beautiful outside, scarred inside. Each one of us is and how we need to honestly communicate with Our people.  I have turned lyrical :)
I learnt a thing or two about love, relationships, communication, etc with this book. Hope to apply it in real life.

I liked the format of the book. I dont know what it is called though.
It showed each instance from Dev and Jiya's perspective. So you can see how the views differ from each's POV. Hats off to carrying 2 narratives in one book Iris.

Short, sweet and lingering good feel book. Thank you for letting me review your book Iris Darshi.

What I wanted more:

The bonus chapter at the end is the perfect bait to ask for the next book soon. Prequel to this story? I have taken the bait. Gladly. Write faster or rather Publish faster.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Book Review: The Abandoned Daughter by Hyma Goparaju

Greetings Everyone,

 Book: The Abandoned Daughter by Hyma Goparaju


We are ready with another Book Review.
Hyma Goparaju's second book: The Abandoned Daughter has just been released. The blurb and the Title of the book made me think twice before picking up the book. I being a mother to a daughter and with an impressional imagination, I was skeptical if I will be able to read the full book. This book pulled me right in, from the first few pages.

 Book: The Abandoned Daughter by Hyma Goparaju

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Story:
This story is about Gomti Devi, a feudal landlady with 7 sons and 100s of acres of land. The only aim of Gomti Devi is to have a male heir to their family. She is a terror to her family members, villagers and the surrounding villages. She yields extreme power and uses it keep everyone around her suppressed. This thirst for Grandson(s) is unquenched and she resorts to unimaginable cruel deeds.

The British rulers have started their census survey and they come across many glaring discrepancies. They set out to re-verify these errors or facts.
Will Gomti Devi's tyrannical reign come to an end now? How will she maintain her powerful position and retain her family honour and name? What will the British officers uncover ?

What I liked:
This is not a documentary or fact stating book that I was expecting it to be. This book contains a story which will keep you rooted, make you want to scream or shed tears, bile rising but you will keep reading till the end. Reading the book was like walking around in your nightmare hoping there is some happy ending and subconsciously knowing there will be none.

This book re creates the scene of Pre-Independence in Northern India. The reader is transported to the old era of patriarchy, oppressive rules, caste and race discrimination, gender discrimination etc. The book has a story about a family and its decades of inhuman deeds conducted on everyone around them coz they yield the power of money, muscle and guts.

The story is big and has many characters. The women pysche is shown clearly here.
This story highlights the phrase: Women can together stand up only when they stop putting other women down.

 There is balance of men, women characters and each play their role effortlessly. The Author has penned each character beautifully. You visualize the hefty Gomti Devi growing like a demoness after each page. You are irked by her sons and their censurable ways. The daughter-in-laws and their state are pitiable.

The story shows the grim reality of female infanticide, sati, women oppression, infidelity, caste divide, etc. These were practiced rampantly in those ages. Even if now the situation has improved there is little hope for Women.

I liked the way the Author has shown both sides of the coin. As they say the rituals were formed for a reason but later we turned them into superstitions and blind faith. This is explained via the story and its characters.
For example, It shows that the daughter-in-laws are from poor families hence do not question the mother-in-laws authority and slavery she forces on them. But it also shows the reason why the mother-in-law chose wives for her sons from poor families. Many such rituals, thought process  are laid bare as the story progresses.

I liked the deep thought process, planning, scheming the older ladies did to always have an upper hand in all activities. The author has given mettle to even the vamps of the story. The male characters are incorrigible and need thorough bashing up. Each gets you into a boiling rage. I was hoping the other characters work together to end their suffering. But this is no movie. The story shows how these inhuman deeds have been happening for decades now and rules are meant to be broken.

Like I said, it is a big story and it flows effortlessly. The language is good and simple. I didn’t have to remind or motivate myself to pick up the book. I used to pick it up every time I had a few minutes to spare.

The story describes the native scene nicely. Simple things like the well, hookah, beetle juice, horse cart, flowers, etc are inter woven creatively to bring each scene to life. Small details like knee joint pain of Gomti Devi, the spices used in the recipes, the grandeur of British officers upkeep or mansions in Lucknow city added color to the scenes.


What I wanted more:
I wanted justice served. It was served by a twist of destiny but I still think it was a mild sentence.
I wanted to rush through the part of Kulbhushan going to Lucknow and his so called reformation. Those few pages could have been cut down.


I am glad I read this book till the end. It is a balanced book and didn’t leave me with irreversible vivid imaginative scenes as a mother or a woman.


About the Author:
 Author Hyma Goparaju

Hyma Goparaju is an entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in business management. Storytelling delights her, art forms interest her and engaging conversations hold her. Writing is a cathartic release turned into a passion she frequently likes to immerse herself in. The Abandoned Daughter is her second work of fiction.


I am now curious to read Author Hyma Goparaju's first book: The Withering Banyan  which I have come across many times at our library.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Interview with Author N.J. Kulkarni

Good day People !

 Book: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni


Welcome to the very First Interview on my blog today.

I have the pleasure of having Nita J. Kulkarni for our Interview. I recently completed reading and reviewing her debut novel: The Hawa Mahal Murders. This interview is based on the questions which kept popping in my head while reading and at the end of the book.

Know about the book at: Spotlight: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

Read my Book Review of the book at: Book Review: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni

Let us check the Interview questions:

 Book: The Hawa Mahal Murders by N.J.Kulkarni


Grab The Book :     What was the trigger to write this book? Any incident or place? Please share details about how the plot for the story evolved?

N.J. Kulkarni : I once lived in a building in Mumbai, a middle-class building surrounded by the super-rich. This was when the idea came to me but the story is not about the actual building or the people because I didn’t get to know any of them. It was a trigger, that’s all. The story is entirely from my own imagination and so are the characters. Regarding the plot, I let my characters take over. I knew who Smita was, someone who had not fulfilled her potential, someone who had gone through a traumatic experience and wanted to make her life right. I also knew who Jai was. An honest, upright officer. When put into difficult situations they reacted in a certain way and my plot evolved. I do not plot in advance. I have always been fond of crime fiction and wanted to write a crime novel.

Grab The Book : How much time did you take to write the full story?

N.J. Kulkarni : The first draft took about 6 months and another two years to re-write, although there was a gap of some years between the first draft and the subsequent drafts. If I had plotted in advance, I would have finished this book in six months to one year, but it took almost three years. During the re-writes there were parts I deleted.


Grab The Book : There are so many characters in the story. How do you keep track of each and develop them as the story progresses?

N.J. Kulkarni : They were very clear in my head so it was not difficult for me. I come from a large family and I am one of those people who always know who is who! But of course, I had a file on each character. Basically to develop distinct speech patterns and mannerisms. I wanted to make each character as vivid as possible. The characters may be clear in my head but this had to be communicated to the reader. Now, while writing my second novel, I am using Scrivener. It helps a lot in organizing during
the writing process.


Grab The Book : Tell us more about how you won the Manuscript Contest at Pune International Literary Festival (PILF). Lucky you, to have the honour of your debut book being launched by Javed Akhtar 😊

N.J. Kulkarni : I had sent my book proposal to some publishers but no one wanted to read my novel. A publisher asks for the full manuscript if they like the proposal but I was an unknown, ordinary person. It was disheartening because I knew my work was better than most of the thrillers that were being launched by the big publishers. There is one mammoth publisher who actually criticized my first few chapters and told me this was not how to write a crime novel! But readers have loved my first few chapters and have told me that it got them hooked. There should be no formula on how to start a crime novel. Can’t it be about the people?
Coming back to the publishing process…when I was at my most depressed, my brother told me that I should apply for the Pune lit fest manuscript competition. I was reluctant because I was sure I wouldn’t win. I didn’t want another slap in my face! He persuaded me on the last day of entry but I was so sure I wouldn’t win that I did not attend the inauguration of the Pune lit fest last year (2018) when the winner was announced. Shobha De was the Chief guest. Then a few hours later, I met the editor of Vishwakarma Publications (a co-sponsor of the Pune lit fest) and asked him who won. He told me The Hawa Mahal Murders and I was frozen to the spot! It was a suspense story by itself! And Javed Akhtar launched my book at the inauguration of the Pune lit fest in September 2019 as he was the Chief guest. All this would not have happened without Vishwakarma Publications and the Pune lit fest and I will forever be grateful to them.




Grab The Book : What are your other hobbies? What do you enjoy in life apart from writing?

N.J. Kulkarni : I am an obsessive reader and also a hand reader. Hand reading or palmistry has been my hobby ever since I was a kid. My creative writing started around the age of ten and palmistry in my teens. I am currently working on a non-fiction book on hand reading, along with the sequel to The Hawa Mahal Murders.


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Multi talented is our Author N.J.Kulkarni. Thank you mam for gracing my blog.

Book Lovers, you must buy a copy of the book, read and leave a Review on Amazon and Goodreads.

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