Monday, September 28, 2020

Spotlight: Hope? I Hope not ! by Raghav Gautam

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A New Author and New Book to introduce today. Debut Author Raghav Gautam brings his Debut Book: Hope? I Hope not ! A collection of Short Stories about common men in different situations.
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hope i hope not by raghav gautam

 

 Hope? I Hope Not!

 Genre:

 Short Story Collection

 Blurb:

 'Hope? Hope not!' is a collection of stories from all walks of life and all age groups. It's is a reflection on human behavior and its peculiarities, written from the narrative perspective. The story traps the struggles and aspirations of the common men through different themes and genres.

  

Intro Story:

‘There are two kinds of hope’, he read through the text he had written and memorized. He was to give this speech at many motivational talks he would be giving once he achieved his goals. ‘The one hope is which drives you towards your goals. It is the hope that is the burning fire when you are cold and dark. This hope has been the reason for all the good things in the world.’ He paused, reflecting on his own life.

 

‘There’s another hope, it’s a disease disguised as hope. You don’t achieve anything, get a false sense of failure and victory because your heart and brain fail to differentiate between truth and deception. Yes, you get deceived by what you want to be, even though you can’t be the person.’

 

He realized he had no breathing space. And he wasn’t breathing either. He was again in two places, the world where he wanted to belong; and the world, where the world had sent him. Of course he had fallen for the second hope he wanted to warn people about in his motivational talks.

 

hope i hope not by raghav gautam

 

 

Reviews:

 “Worth every penny. Simple language, vivid portrayal, just the right balance between humour and seriousness. Eagerly awaiting more from the author.”

 “This is an interesting book. All the stories gave different perspective about life. The narration is good with easy language. There is also dose of humour here and there with life philosophy. I liked it. If you want to experience different shades of life in a single book then go for it.”

 This book is like a Diwali bonus to provide provide you with several characters and several stories in just a couple of hours.

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About the author

 

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 Raghav Gautam was born in 1987, and from there his experiments with hobbies began. He started writing poetry around the age of 15, started writing stories around the age of 18, then moved on to sketching, digital painting, stitch painting, and so many other things where he just didn’t stick (except for verses and fiction perhaps).

 Life changed for him when he picked up his camera for a heritage walk for the second time- after almost not using it for years properly. He moved beyond auto-focus, changed his ambitions of working in post-production to working in production and as it seems- he has found a hobby which has turned into his profession, and he still yearns for those moments of personal projects which stretch him, test him, and give him pleasure in equal measures.

 His writing style is natural, as he doesn't delve deep into descriptions. He remembers R. K. Narayan's Dateless Diary, where he mentioned that he skips writing all the descriptions that he skips while reading. Raghav has imbibed this feature. His aim is to take people into an emotional space where they can experience a world of their own.

 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Spotlight: I am the 10th by D.R.Downer

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A Historical thriller genre book being featured today on my blog. This is D.R.Downer's I am the 10th.
A tale dating long long back, 300 BC era. Come let's know more about the book.

 


I Am The 10th (Navruts series- Book 1)

                                                                           Genre:

                                                                       Historical thriller

  Blurb:

Based in modern times, ‘I Am The 10th’ is the story of one of the oldest, and arguably the mightiest cults that originated during the 3rd century BC in India.

Sarah, a happily married lady from New Delhi, India, wakes up one fine morning in an unknown place. It’s not her home, not her city; it’s not even her country.

What is she doing there? How did she reach there? Where is her family?

Her search to all these questions takes her on a journey, a long journey that had started way back in the 3rd century BC. She finds out that everything she thought she knew about her- her marriage, husband, family, home, India, even her name- was a lie.

Will she be able to find out the truth? More importantly, will she be able to handle the truth if she finds it out?

Come and join Sarah on her journey that will take you to 300 BC, through the Mahabharata era, and back. Witness the biggest and the deadliest battle ever in the history of mankind that could well spell the end of humanity and the end of this world. Experience the might of the ancient Shastras and Astras, like Naag Pash, Brahma Kavach, and Narayan Astra.

 

 


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About the author

 

D. R. Downer is a writer, author, editor, and a ghostwriter. He has penned more than 39 books so far, 20 of which have been published under his own name, with the rest being ghostwriting projects. Although he has written books in varied sub-genres, his favorite genre is thriller and almost all his books have that as the main genre.

After completing his B.E. (Mechanical) and MBA (Marketing), DD started his professional journey as an Executive in the Sales department of a UK based organization. Since then, he changed over and handled many roles and responsibilities in the Marketing and Customer Service departments across industries. Later, shifted over to Advertising and spent a good 11 years in the same. He finally found his true calling in writing and now spends hours glued to his laptop conjuring up fictional worlds, and wonders if his wife can sue him for cheating on her with his laptop.

 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Spotlight: The Passionate Princess by Sundari Venkatraman

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New Book by Sundari Venkatraman: The Passionate Princess. A Historical Romance. Sundari has ventured into this genre for the first time. The Blurb and Book Cover is enticing. Let's see what the book holds in store. This is Book 1 from The Princess Series.

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Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: September 9, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Historical Romance

All it took was one look. And they were in love...

Princess Hemangini is mesmerised by Prince Devendra when she falls into his arms while rushing across the royal gardens.

The Prince of Indrapuri is amazed that the Princess of Mahendrapuri is even more beautiful and graceful than what the visiting bards sang in praise of her.

Their mutual attraction blooms into love and they decide to get married. Tying the knot is easy, but consummating the marriage is another matter altogether.

As their love and passion draw them towards each other, Devendra’s mother, Queen Kanchana Devi, keeps throwing obstacles in the path of the lovers; sometimes in the name of rituals and sometimes inflicting doubts in their minds; doing her best to keep them apart.

As the frustrated bride and groom tolerate the intervening time with impatience, something happens to shake up Hemangini; something that makes her refuse to let her husband touch her.

What will the proud prince have to do to make his princess fall into his arms once again?

Read this historical romance from India to find out if the passionate princess finds happiness with her prince or not.


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Author Sundari Venkatraman


Sundari Venkatraman is an Indie Author who has 40+ books to her credit. These books have consistently featured in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

The Passionate Princess, Book #1 of The Princess Series, is the author’s first attempt at penning a historical romance. 

Even as a child, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome and she grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales, Phantom comics and Mandrake comics. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy ending after the protagonists surmounted all unexpected obstacles.

Once she entered her teens, Sundari switched her loyalties from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to local heroes and heroines. And of course, the joy of vanquishing the ubiquitous evil villains! Her imagination soared and she happily ensconced herself in a rosy romantic cocoon for many years.

Then came the writing—a true bolt from the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.


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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Book Blitz: Bound by the Marriage Contract by Dee James

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Welcoming upcoming Author Dee James first time on our blog with her book: Bound by the Marriage Contract. Book 1 from the Double Trouble Series. Dee James has published many books which have received raving reviews in a short span of time. So I am glad to introduce her on my blog.
Let's dive into knowing the book:


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BOUND BY THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
(Double Trouble 1)
by
Dee James

Publication Date: Aug 3, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance



Blurb
Ashwin was the ever-so-serious, alpha-male who thrived on the next deal, the next million. Surprises were not his thing, especially when they were of the bad kind. After two years of working with his efficient EA, why did he feel an uncanny attraction to her all of a sudden? Was he missing something in the whole picture?

Dia was the quintessential romantic who read, wrote, and thrived on romance. She had nothing to do with the corporate world or her sister's boss - the sinful-looking Ashwin Kumar. Only, her twin has been missing and she needed to investigate the reason behind her twin's vanishing act. She thought it would only be a matter of few days, and she could conveniently play her efficient twin. Unfortunately, she wasn't prepared for the man who could as well one of her reel heros.

When Ashwin suggests a marriage of convenience, neither of them expect to fall in love. Or, did they? What about Anita? Will she find her missing sister?

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 About the Author
Author Dee James


Dee James writes sweet, dreamy, romantic stories. A software professional by day, she wears her secret romance cape after work hours. Dee J loves to write about quirky, independent women and sinful-looking alpha men who find their own happily ever after. Her books feature a heavy dose of humor, drama, and love, of course! Apart from devouring all things romance, Dee J loves to read, blog, sing, and cook. Besides insta-love, pink lipsticks, and kohls, the one thing that she can't do without is coffee!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Author Interview : Sadhana Wadhwa of Unspoken, A Bouquet of Short Stories

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Today let’s welcome Debut Author Sadhana Wadhwa on our blog. We loved her Short Story

collection in Unspoken. Now we are going to get to know her better with some questions.


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Grab The Book: Sadhana, do share some details about yourself.

Sadhana: I would like to identify myself as a bookworm first and then an IT Professional. I was bitten by the reading bug quite early in my life - was maybe about 7 or 8 years when I started. It’s become an addiction now. Then somewhere around the middle school, I started using writing as a mode of expressing myself. If not for the constant push (read taunts :D) by my better half, I would’ve definitely remained a closet writer forever.



Here are few questions for Sadhana:

Grab The Book:  Which is your Favorite story from this Bouquet of Short Stories?

Sadhana: Though “ Deliverance” is special, the closest to my heart would be “ The Doll ”, as it has a touch of the personal life as well. I know what it is to get your parents approval. I just took this tiny thought and wove a fictional story around it.


Grab The Book: Is any of the stories based on real life experience? 

Sadhana:  Except Stella and A Twist of Fate , each story has a touch of real life experience. It remains a secret if that real life incident has happened with me or something I have observed.


Grab The Book: How has the journey been from writing your first story to launching your first book?

Sadhana:  In one word - crazy! All of it happened so fast - from getting fed up of constant challenge posed by the “better half” about not paying it much attention, to finally starting compiling the stories, luckily finding my editor in Sonia Rao (thanks to Rubina Ramesh for the suggestion), and finally getting it all sorted.. I still remember the overwhelming feeling I had when I clicked on the submit button on KDP!


Grab The Book: What is the best part of being an Author? 

Sadhana: The liberty you get to bring your imagination to life, in the form of stories.


Grab The Book: What advice would you give upcoming Debut Authors? 

Sadhana: Don’t give up on writing that story you have. But, please don’t compromise on the editing part. I’ve read a lot of books by other debut authors and trust me, nothing has ever put me off like unedited/poorly edited ones. Self-editing is, of course, the first step but the professional editors exist for a reason.


Grab The Book: Any bouquets or brickbats from readers which hold special place for you?

Sadhana:  All the reviews I have received so far are special, but there’s one gentleman who had picked up Unspoken of free will and he said to me post reading - “I wish I could write as lucidly as you do. This was indeed the biggest compliment I have ever received..


Grab The Book: What have you planned next in your journey as Author? 

Sadhana:  Contrary to everyone’s suggestion to write full length stories, I am again working on a novella. It is a love story but a little different from the run of the mill. Also, there’s this suspense which I am trying to give a suitable

structure and conclusion to. Amidst all this, I am trying to get back to poetry and microfiction. It has been ages since I wrote those.


Grab The Book: Any writing quirk you have?

Sadhana:  I write in the most uncommon places. Also, most of the stories I have written are in the office. Of course, not impacting the work, but it gave me the boost which coffee couldn’t!


Grab The Book: Thank you Sadhana for joining us today and sharing about your journey as an Author.

Sadhana: Appreciate getting this opportunity, and loved hearing your feedback on Unspoken. Thank you !

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Book Review: Past Marriageable Age by Sudesna Ghosh

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Good day!
A unique Title for a Book in the Romance genre, right? I picked up Past Marriageable Age by Sudesna Ghosh for the same reason.
I read this few days ago. Again. Had read it last year and forgot to write a review. But I had loved a few quotes from this book. So on the pretext of searching for those quotes, I ended up re-reading this book.


Look out for the Quotes I liked in the Review.

I pondered life and how we really aren’t ever too young or too old to be loved and to love and to be happy. Pg.70

 



Love is overrated. Self love is awesome. Pg.6

Story:

Koel is a divorce lawyer. Nearing forty and Single. She is living with her old mother. She has two close friends who are single too. She loves coffee, books and her law practice. She is not keen on marriage at this age. But so called well-wishers, relatives and her uptight mom wont let that hope die. She spends her weekends at Book Haven a Book store, at coffee shops or with her friends.

Mrs. Smith the owner of Book Store introduces Ranbir Ray to Koel. Ranbir is 52, handsome, wealthy and a divorcee. He sets Koel's heart racing. This is a rare occurrence with self-proclaimed celibate Koel. 
One coffee date and these "oldies" discover they have many things in common.

Will there be more dates? What is the end goal of this dating? Is there love in the picture at this age? Marriage even? Let's see what happens to Past Marriageable Age Koel.

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What I liked:


The story plot. It is actually a few lines long. But Sudesna weaved an entire story out of it. I have mentioned this in an earlier Book Review too. Sudesna weaves stories which can be ramblings of our mind.  Read Book Review: My Singapore Fling by Sudesna Ghosh 

The story is short and sweet. But it is well fleshed out and gives each character a good part. The flow is consistent. The language is good.

The concepts of Self-love, love has no age, Age is just a number are integrated beautifully.

but that doesn’t matter when you’re unapologetically yourself. Which I was since my thirties. No more struggling to fit in. You be you. Pg.50

I liked the background details of a lawyers life. I loved to see how Koel's day-to-day life is shown. It was a delight to see how sorted life is for a Single women :D This is a joke. A sarcastic one. So if you are married and have kids, this would seem like an ideal life ;).

Me being at the same age as the protagonist Koel, I could relate to her life as a Single Women staying with her mother. I could understand her theory about life, love and marriage. I say Theory as it is Theory in the real sense. I am married, have two kids, loving husband and family to adore. I am glad Koel understood the Practical or Real life part of it too.

I loved Ranbir as a person a lot. Talk about Mr.Perfect, who cooks too ;) I also loved Koel's mom. She was mean to Koel and didn't mince words at all. Loved her for her character portrayal. Koel's friends were good too. But I found Koel more mature.

I wish there are more Book shops like Book Haven and owner's like Mrs. Smith. Also loved the idea of the proposal. You must read the book to know that :D

I know my career existed because of the social construct of marriage, but why oh why couldn’t anybody – especially women – look at it as a matter of choice instead of a must-do? Pg.51

What I wanted more:

More of the story. Or is there a sequel coming for this book, Sudesna? Sure would love to know more about Koel and Ranbir's life.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Book Review: Unspoken by Sadhana Wadhwa


Good day everyone !

Come and get to know about Debut Book: Unspoken by Debut Author: Sadhana Wadhwa.
Unspoken as the Book Title mentions is A Bouquet of Short Stories. It is a collection of heart touching seven short stories.


The first story Deliverance made me pick up the book.
Which story got you interested ? Read the book and let me know in comments.


Story:

Seven Short Stories. Each story shows how we are governed by the laws of Universe. Each story shows the play of destiny. The souls mere puppets in the hands of Life.

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What I liked:

The First story made me pick up the book. This book reveals Unspoken stories of each soul in this book.

I read the entire book in one shot. Completed it within an hour. Then spent another hour trying to find which ones I liked best.

Sadhana Wadhwa is a Debut Author and has written these stories in simple words.  The language is good. I am sure she is writing another one soon. 

I also liked the stories: The Date and The Doll. I was angry at the male protagonists of Unfinished Business and Twist of Fate. Stella is still making me question how did the disguises fool Maya.

Which story was your favorite? 

What I wanted more:

More stories. Maybe more books by Sadhana Wadhwa. 

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Author Sadhana Wadhwa

About the Author:

Sadhana is an IT Professional, though her heart lies in the books. A voracious reader, she has read and also reviewed almost all the genres except horror. After dabbling with writing since childhood, she finally decided to take the plunge and published a collection of short stories - Unspoken. She is currently working on her next set of stories, wading into untested waters in terms of the genres.

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