Saturday, July 14, 2018

Spotlight: Missing, Presumed Dead by Kiran Manral

Good day everyone,
Presenting the just launched latest book by Kiran Manral: Missing, Presumed Dead.
I am intrigued by the mystic Cover and Title itself. Lets hurry to know more below.

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 Book Missing, Presumed Dead by Kiran Manral


Blurb:
In a dysfunctional marriage, it may seem convenient when the wife commits suicide, but things aren’t always what they seem.
Battling both a fractured marriage and the monsters in her cranium, Aisha leads a sequestered life on the outskirts of a town in the hills of North India. She struggles to stay functional and tries to wean herself off the pills that keep her from tipping over the edge. Meanwhile, Prithvi, the husband she once loved, seems as eager to be rid of her, as she is to flee from him. Only her children keep her tethered to her hearth.

One rainy afternoon, Heer, Aisha's half-sister, her father's illegitimate daughter from another woman, appears. Despite her misgivings, Aisha goes into town and never comes back. Seemingly unperturbed, Heer slips into her missing sister's shoes effortlessly, taking charge of the house, the kids-even Prithvi, who responds to her overtures willingly.

A note found in Aisha's wallet states that she has killed herself, although strange happenings leave room for doubts. But, if she is not dead, where is Aisha? Did she really commit suicide? has she been abducted or is she hiding? Why does Prithvi not grieve for his deceased wife? And why does Heer vanish without a trace one day, leaving no forwarding address?

Examining the destruction a dystopian marriage and mental illness leave in their wake, 'Missing Presumed Dead' confronts the fragility of relationships, the ugly truths about love and death and the horrifying loss of everything we hold dear, including ourselves.

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 Author Kiran Manral

About Author:
Kiran Manral is a renowned Indian author, TEDx Speaker, columnist, mentor and feminist. She has written books across genres in both fiction and non-fiction. An ex-journalist, her fiction books include the Reluctant Detective, Once Upon A Crush, All Aboard, the Face at the Window and Saving Maya. Her non-fiction includes Karmic Kids, A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up, as well as True Love Stories. She has had her short stories published in various magazines, anthologies as well on online apps like Juggernaut.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Guest Post: What are your next plans? to Inderpreet Uppal

Good day People !
A Guest Post for our debut author Inderpreet Uppal whose Book: Generously Yours we reviewed.
Read our review:  Book Review: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal



Q: New Author on the Indie block :D How are you feeling with the success the book is gaining? What are your next plans?
A: Hello Nilima,
I am honored to be here. I am quite happy and humbled by the response to my book. It has been an enriching and amazing journey so far. I have been writing stories on my blog and naturally wanted to take the next step to publishing. The thought was daunting no doubt but with the help and guidance of Rubina and Team TBC, it was a breeze since they are always a message away. Every writer feels scared and apprehensive but the high of seeing the book on Amazon makes it all worth it. I am eager to write more, publish more and get my stories to the world. I have been a writer first, as the words have been a part of me forever. I turned to writing and blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and words so seeing my book on the Amazon charts has been a dream come true.

The added benefit was that since I was already deep into books, my steps to publishing were more organised. Kindle Direct Publishing is a boon for authors the world over as well as for me.  Short stories usually are not individually published or appreciated but disappear into an anthology, however, Amazon has changed that and now I have the option of sharing my books and stories as I wish.

When I had written Generously Yours, I was just writing about the ‘now’. Diya in her present and how is she coping. It was never about what would happen or had passed, however as the story evolved and grew, many readers wanted to know more. I too felt the need to give Diya her ‘present’ and am penning the sequel ‘Diya’s Desire’. More details when I have fleshed it out further  I am working on a couple of books, the foremost being We Women Wonder. I have talked about it and it is about us women and the various things, issues, prejudices and assumptions we face both from men and women. It is a book close to my heart as it stems from all that we face being a woman and how we can be better.

Thank you for hosting me Nilima, all the very best to you and your blog.


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Book Blitz: Mind, Body and Soul by Shree

Greetings People!
Introducing new book by Author Shree: Mind, Body and Soul. It is a short story and not a self-help.
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Print Length: 30 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: February 11, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: LGBT, Short Story 

Vanyaa, obsessed with an Indian television star gets the chance to meet her idol and get to know him—but the secret he hides may tear them both apart, and reality offers a sharp contrast to the glamour of the onscreen world.

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






Shree is an IT Pro turned author since 2015. Her works include short stories collection 'Secret Expressions: Two Stories', novella 'Silent Invaders', which has entered the quarter finals of Screencraft Cinematic Story (for Hollywood) Contest 2017, and Bengali poetry book 'Onuronon', released in International Kolkata Book Fair 2018. Shree is a contributing author of 'Flock-The Journey' and 'Different Strokes'. Her upcoming anthology of love poems is 'Petals of Love'. She is a regular writer on several writing platforms, portals and magazines. She is currently working on some stories and poetries for an American and a Commonwealth journal.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Review: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

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Book Review: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

New book series by Author Sundari Venkatraman has captured reader's attention. This time its not a Romance genre instead its a Mythology based retelling of the Dashavatar in Sundari's words. My 5yr old kid is loving the entire series. Matsya is the Book 1 of the series. Sundari is already writing the 5th Book, so lets hurry up.

Know about the book: Spotlight: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

Story:
The book explains the 4 Yugas and how at the end of the last Yuga, the Asura Hayagriva manages to get hold of the 4 Vedas. Lord Vishnu being the Preserver promises Lord Brahma that he will get the Vedas back in time. He takes the form of fish or Matsya and enlists the help of King Satyavrath to help him.
How can a fish defeat an Asura? How will King Satyavrath help Lord Vishnu?
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What I Liked:
I am more of a fiction story reader. I am guilty of not being able to recite to my kids mythological stories. I used to be at a loss of words to explain what a demon or Asura is, who is God, difference in God & demon, violence, devotion, the meaning behind the rituals we do, explanation of the shlokas, etc.
When Sundari published Book 1 I was hesitant to read it myself forget reading aloud to my kid. But once I started reading it, we both were immersed in the story. It is a 38 pages book and however small time slots I tried to give for reading the book, we always exceeded it.

The cover is so rich and gets the reader to visualise the story more easily.

The language is simple. Emotions are Sundari's forte and here too she makes the reader quiver, laugh, get anxious, feel the dread so much that my kid cowered when it came to destroying the Asura.

The retelling is smooth and easy. Perfect for kids and adults keen to know more about the story.

I loved how small small stories are interwoven without stepping away from the main story and that too in the shortest possible way.

Hats off to the research Sundari must have put in this to make it so simple to read and understand for us. It brought about a hosts of questions from my kid and I tried my best to answer them.
Thank you for making me & my kids a team in reading this series.

What I wanted more:
Its a retelling of the story in simple words. I doubt there was a lack of anything.

We have started reading Book 2, so let you know how that goes too in few days ;)

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Spotlight: Matsya: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

Good day everyone!
Amazon's Best Selling Author Sundari Venkatraman has launched her latest Book Series: Dashavatar in the Mythological genre and as Kid-Lit. This series is a retelling of the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu in Sundari Venkatraman's simple words. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this series. My 5yr old kid is hooked onto it.

Lets get to know about Matsya : The First Avatar:



DASHAVATAR
MATSYA: The First Avatar
by
Sundari Venkatraman




Blurb

Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.

Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.

King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?

How can Satyavrath help the fish?

Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya.

*This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology.

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers 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 #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention 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 a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Review: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

Good day people !
I have finally read our Author friend Inderpreet Uppal's book: Generously Yours. For a debut book, it is pretty good :)



Read about the story at: Spotlight: Generously Yours by Inderpreet Uppal

Story:
The shy, bookish Diya is in love with the DIY guy Viren and believes that is enough to last a lifetime. But she is unprepared for what life has in store for them. Will Viren be able to solve this jumble? How should Diya carry on with life? Can she find or make herself anything without Viren?

What I liked:
Surprisingly a very very short story. But it is packed with a story of five years within its page.
Inderpreet Uppal has weaved a story which fleshes out the characters, their lives, their traits, how opposites attract and their love for each other.

The language is simple and flow is smooth. But being its short nature it left you asking for more.

The characters are just 2 and fill up the entire story. Loved how they grow with each page for the reader.
The description of the houses was so clear, I could visualize each part. The bougainvillea, the photo wall, bird feeder, kitchen all so clear in my imagination. Cozy home made by 2 people in love with each other and their special place.

The story left a heart breaking but warm feeling within you. The emotions are portrayed so realistic.

What I wanted more:
More of the story please. A full fledged novel, if you will. Inderpreet Uppal I am sure everyone is waiting to know more about Diya :)

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Review: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi

Greetings Book lovers,
Presenting review for a unique form of stories or rather micro stories. Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi is a collection of 100 micro tales.
Know more about the book & Author at Spotlight: Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi



Imagine giving a start, middle, end of story in just 140 characters. I cant even write a review for a bad book in 2-3lines. Hats off to Rafaa Dalvi :) Follow his Facebook, Instagram account to get new stories :D

Story:
100 micro tales. Each story of 140 characters. Different genres in one book.

What I liked:
I can pen down most of the stories in the book & that would be enough to go as review.
Each story is really good & I am sure the author must have had a tough time choosing the 100 to go in this book.

The stories cant be clubbed in a specific genre.
Huge range which takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions with each story. They can be from humour, thriller(most), crime, sarcasam, nail biting suspence, spine tingling paranormal, love, etc genre.

Each story lets your imagination fill in the blanks or draw your own conclusions. My imagination had a field day & I have caught myself visualizing some or the other story from the book days after finishing it.

My favourites:
Desire
Fantasies
Goodbye
Promise
Tell
The End (best,brought a smile on my face & then :( coz the book ends here)

What I wanted more:
Keep writing more such micro/flash fiction. All the best for all your book(s), Rafaa.

Superb deal ! Buy the book

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