Friday, November 16, 2018

Spotlight: I Exist. Therefore I Am by Shirani Rajapakse

Greetings Book readers,
Introducing a new author Shirani Rajapakse on our blog: with her latest book: I Exist. Therefore I am.
This book is collection of nine stories about women in India. These stories portray the struggles, hardships, discrimation they face for being born in this gender. Lets get to know the book more:

 Book: I Exist. Therefore I am by Shirani Rajapakse

Blurb:
A newly married woman burns to death. A mother is forced to kill her infant daughter. A young woman with a promising future becomes a slave to a holy man. A recently widowed woman is left on the bank of a river to die. I Exist. Therefore I Am takes you on a journey into the world of women and the trauma they face for simply being.
Moving yet also disturbing, these nine stories set in India are about internal struggles, desperation, vulnerability as well as yearning for something better. It is about secrets, words that cannot be spoken, social restrictions and smiles that don’t quite reach the eyes.
In story after story, Rajapakse portrays the terrible treatment towards women as a result of religious, cultural and tribal taboos placed on them, and the suffering at the hands not just of society but of their own kind.

This is fiction that is created for readers that aren’t afraid to question society and its beliefs and tear open the wounds to heal the soul.

They describe what it means to be women, the helplessness they are confronted with and the unending hope they have for a better future. Will these women’s sacrifices make a difference or will they have been in vain?

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 Author Shirani Rajapakse

About Author: 
Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and short story writer. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her critically acclaimed poetry collection Chant of a Million Women (self published 2017) won the 2018 Kindle Book Awards. It received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards and was chosen as an “Official Selection” in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

I Exist. Therefore I Am is her second collection of short stories (self- published, October 2018). Close on the heels of Chant of a Million Women it takes on the theme of women and looks at what it means to be a woman in modern India.

Rajapakse’s work appears in publications around the world including, Flash:The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Litro, Silver Birch, International Times, City Journal, Writers for Calais Refugees, The Write-In, Asian Signature, Moving Worlds, Citiesplus, Deep Water Literary Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Kitaab, Lakeview Journal, Cyclamens & Swords, New Ceylon Writing, Channels, Linnet’s Wings, Spark, Berfrois, Counterpunch, Earthen Lamp Journal, Asian Cha, Dove Tales, Buddhist Poetry Review, About Place Journal, Skylight 47, The Smoking Poet, New Verse News, The Occupy Poetry Project and in anthologies, Fireflies & Fairy Dust: A Fantasy Anthology (Eu-2 2018),  Flash Fiction International (Norton 2015), Ballads (Dagda 2014), Short & Sweet (Perera Hussein 2014), Poems for Freedom (River Books 2013), Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel (Plum Tree 2012), Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace (Inner City Press 2012 & 2014) and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence (Plum Tree 2012).

She has a BA in English Literature (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) and a MA in International Relations (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India).


She interviewed, promoted and reviewed books by indie authors on The Writers Space at shiranirajapakse.wordpress.com

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Do buy a copy of the book, read and review it on Amazon & Goodreads. Thank you in advance.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Book Review: The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh

Good day Readers,
One of the latest book by Ruchi Singh: The Bodyguard. I loved the cover. The On-alert lithe Woman Bodyguard and a brash, I-dont-care attitude multimillionaire. The blurb will make you start solving the mystery from various angels.

Know about the book at: Spotlight: The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh

 Book: The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh



Story:
Vikram Seth Jr. is the target of a mysterious attacks on his life. He is the sole heir of the Seth Group of Industries. Smart, handsome, eligible bachelor currently, a tenacious flirt if he wants, workaholic, no respect for following rules, his loyalty and fierce love for his family and dear ones makes it difficult for the team handling his security to track the killer easily.

Esha is an on the look out for a job after being in the army. An excellent only woman cadet in her field. She now has to be Vikram's bodyguard but in the guise of being his PA.

For Vikram, Esha is like a pure, forever giving kind of angel he never had in his life.
To Esha, Vikram is a distant dream which will never come true.
She cant mix emotions with her duty. It is a distraction she doesnt want but Vikram doesnt make it easy for her. He cant deny the attraction nor does he want to let go of a life with Esha.

The attraction between them sizzles and so do the attacks, start coming closer. The killer is thorough and resourceful.

How long will Vikram's luck run?
How to nab the assassin and keep the love of her life alive? What is the motive?
Buy your copy and fin out. :)


What I liked:
Pulsating, adrenaline rush and constant mystery. Not a single dull moment in this 250+ page novel. A long novel I have read after ages I feel.

The pace of the story is fast and consistent. You cant put down the book easily. I was thinking of the motive for the assassination all the while I couldn't pick up the book due to never-ending life tasks. Arghh.

I hope to not give out spoilers. Crossing fingers. You need to read it fast, coz I want to discuss the plot with someone. Comment your review too.

The language is simple and good. The research gone into security protocols, army life, detective skills, cult following, psyche of a madman seeking revenge, life of multi millionaires, family name etc was thorough. I learnt a few things, I can say from all this.

The characters are so well fleshed out. One moment you are irritated with Vikram's smoking habit then you adore Nikhil for the name Xena and hitting on Esha, feel disgusted while reading about Jindal or Koel or Negi and then you try to imagine Sara's life.

The description of places, situation, people is very well worded. I was constantly mentally on guard like Esha while reading. Always waiting for something to happen that will unravel this mystery further.

What I wanted more:
I wish Mrs. Seth Sr.'s story was elaborated a little more. I wasnt satisfied with her telling Vikram not to be judgmental about her. More details please.
I want to know how Esha handles life as an in-house Bodyguard to Vikram ;)

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Post your review on Amazon, Goodreads and here too. Would love to discuss the plot ;)

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Book Review: Horse Town by Moshank Relia

Good day Book lovers,
Introducing Horse Town written and illustrated by Moshank Relia.

 Book: Horse Town by Moshank Relia

Horse Town is a book for kids age 10+. Loved this simple mystery story book for kids. My son is a little small but I would recommend it to parents as a good read.

Story: 
Arjun lives in a small house all by himself after his mother died. He goes to school and in evenings works at the hotel. He earns and educates himself. He meets homeless Maruti on the street and takes him into his house. Arjun wants to give Maruti an education and turn him into a good human being. Maruti has a special way with colors and paints lovely pictures but he detests studies. Their neighbour is Mr.Grimm who the town people say is an magician and makes children disappear. He never comes out of his big house and stays alone. He gets his meat and newspaper free.
Arjun and Maruti are wary of him. Children disappear from the town. Suddenly money from Arjun’s house starts disappearing. Who can be stealing money from a poor boy? Who is Mr.Grimm? Why is the town named Horse Town?

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What I liked:
One of the first book I have read written by Moshank. This is not just a kid story book. The illustrations are not the type you will find in regular kid story books.

When I read the first few pages, I contacted Moshank to ask the age group this book is suitable for. The first few pages gave me deep connect about Arjun a child himself and his humanity by taking a homeless Maruti under his wings. It introduced topics of being parentless, homeless, a child struggling in life all alone, working to get an education and have 2 meals.

The story is simple and yet enthralling. I loved how it goes from phases of happy life, then mystery, then suspicion, then unravelling of the mystery, unexpected twist and happy ending.

The language is good and children can understand it easily. It has several moral messages but its never preachy. Im sure the pre teenagers would connect with this book.

What I wanted more:
I loved the dedication of the book to Yamini. God bless her and Moshank. I would like to know more about Yamini.

Looking forward to more books from you, Moshank Relia. Keep writing !

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Do buy a copy, gift it, read and leave a review on Amazon & Goodreads. Thank you in advance.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Spotlight: Freefall by Jana Williams

Greetings Book lovers,
I would like to introduce on my blog today, an International Author: Jana Williams and her new Book Series: Freefall (The Amalie Noether Chonicles Book 1).

A Science Fiction genre with Action and Adventure packed. The blurb got me interested and I started reading the Sample chapters which I have never done before. I cant remember if I have read a Science fiction book since school times. This one sure gets me thinking about it at odd times ;)

Like Jana quotes in her book, We can invent lot of things to save the planet but We first must change ourselves for it.

Let me give you more details of the book. Buy on: Amazon



 Book: Freefall by Jana Williams

Blurb:
The deep-space transport ship, the Vera Rubin, is light years from Earth when botanist Elle Silver begins to question the use of their space-travel drug, HCH.  Elle notices a growing number of her friends and fellow colonists awaken from their 90-day sleep cycles exhibiting a variety of negative side-effects and she begins to believe the drug is the culprit.  Some of the effects are minor, dry eyes and lack of appetite. Other symptoms are a bigger concern on a tiny ship packed with colonists.

With each sleep cycle completed, more and more colonists awaken both confused and barely concealing a simmering rage - rage that could be a catastrophe on a ship as crowded as the Vera Rubin.  Elle needs proof, but she also needs a plan. If the drug that allows them to travel deep space is at fault, what then?  Elle and her friends Ashok, Achebe and Jin-Hai are pressed to their limits to find a solution to their problem before the ship erupts into chaos... with light years left to travel.

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 Book: Freefall by Jana Williams
A quote from the book. Such a profound thought. 

About the Author:
 Book: Freefall by Jana Williams

Jana Williams is certain that fiction can change peoples lives - especially women and girls.  Her own life story is testimony to that fact.  One of five daughters, she was raised by a single-mom who placed a high value on reading and storytelling.

Like most writers, Jana’s adventurous spirit has taken her from job to job, absorbing stories, cultures and customs as she worked.  She has been a high-speed motion picture photographer, a VFX coordinator and ‘post coordinator’ in the film industry, and worked in the publishing trade as a bookseller - a publishers rep and now an author.

But her first love is reading…. and with each book of the Freefall trilogy sold Jana will donate funds to Literacy agencies around the world whose work is to bring the joy of reading to others.

Enjoy a good adventure story and help others learn to read at the same time ! Explore space and start the adventure of Freefall.

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 Book: Freefall by Jana Williams

Advance Praise for Freefall:

"I loved this book. It was a real page-turner. I can't wait for the sequel."
Frances K.

"Freefall is smart, funny and utterly engaging. A really good adventure story with a strong female lead."
Darach S.

"I loved this book.... Jana is a wonderful writer who has created characters that grab you and won’t let go!
lMarg G.


Do read the book. Leave a generous review on Amazon for her. Thank you in advance. 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Spotlight: The Girl Child by De.B. Dubois

Good day !
A thought provoking topic and book. Author De.B.Dubois has a strong voice to her writing. Lets get to know more about her latest book: The Girl Child.



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The Girl Child
by
De. B. Dubois
Blurb
Growing up as a strong-headed single child with a privileged upbringing in Calcutta, Devi has learned much from her surroundings. Her childhood memories are filled with mixed emotions – especially as she remains angry with her mother and the hypocrisy of women in India. On an unexpected journey home, she encounters reality – new stories and experiences of strangers, as well as friends. It has been years since she left Calcutta, yet the city’s untold stories haunt her. This time Devi is back in town to solve issues and above all, through some painful and hard revelations, to make peace with those she can.
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About the author
De.B. is an ordinary person with her daily struggles of being fun and peppy; as all those heavy readings on sociology, philosophy, history, art and culture have done her sombre. – Not that she is complaining, – however when things do get too hectic, her escape solutions are: long walks through nature trails with her adopted Maltese, a good glass of absinthe from Val-de-Travers, and creating visual arts. Her friends best describe De.B. Dubois as, – ‘the hermit’.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Spotlight: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

Good day!
Varsha Dixit's new book in a new genre: Killer Moves is a Romantic Thriller. It has amassed many 4 & 5 star reviews. Let's get to know more about the book.


 Book: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit
Killer Moves
by
Varsha Dixit
 Book Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit
Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many!  Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life.  But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays.  Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart?  Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away?  How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer?  From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

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About the author
Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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Review coming up soon. Stay Tuned :)

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review: The Time Is Now by D.R. Downer

Greetings People,
Introducing a new author D.R.Downer with his book The Time is Now. D.R.Downer is not debut author but a seasoned one and has till now 6 books to his name or more. I loved this book and will surely recommend you read his works for some fresh writing.




Story:
Retired army officer Abhilash Banerjee is running a bookstore in the sleepy town of Kasauli. He is an avid reader. A customer shakes up his view about youngsters these days and their knowledge. Who is this young female customer? Why does he feel he knows her?

What I liked:
As the author repeatedly has mentioned this book was an experiment. He has written it in a screenplay format and not like a typical novel. I liked this experiment. Please do not feel apologetic Author D.R.Downer. It is a fresh way of reading a story.

When the dialogues came up, I could visualize myself sitting for play with the actors enacting the scenes on stage and the emotions palpable even from a distance. I had goosebumps when Victor the store manager points out the obvious to Abhilash.

The language is smooth and good. The story though short flows smoothly.

The characters are just 4 and play their part well. The army and gentleman demeanor was endearing. Its hard to find it these days and I am sure ladies love it. Nainika comes across as a well balanced, opinionated, knowledgeable young lady. Loved her spunk and her wise cracks at Victor.

The bookstore atmosphere and talk of literature makes me want to go to a library to sit and read. I did just that few days ago :)

What I wanted more:
Bigger story. It will make a full fledged, well fleshed out novel. I would want to read it even though I know the story.

Keep going D.R.Downer. You are a new author on the block here to stay. Keep writing !

Please do buy his book(s) and leave a review. Thank you in advance:)



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