Sunday, September 29, 2019

Spotlight: The Magician by Sonia Rao

Good day people !
Join me in welcoming Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao. Lets find out more about the story of lives of three women as they try to find the meaning of True Love.

 Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao

 Book: The Magician by Sonia Rao


Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she'd missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.

Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

 But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

 It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  

(Bethalynne can be contacted here: Instagram)

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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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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Book Review: The Missing Fairy Princess by Walter Salvadore Pereira

Good day People !
Here is my latest Book Review for the book: The Missing Fairy Princess by Walter Salvadore Pereira

Get ready to be transported into another realm or dimension with surreal landscapes and inhabitants. The land where Humans, Fairies, Witches, Animals and Flying carpets all live together in harmony. But an unfortunate event uncovers many more evil plans. When one of the Twin Fairy Princess gets kidnapped, there is hunt all over for her. But the Princess is untraceable. Who can help find the Fairy Princess? Why was she kidnapped? Who is behind this devilish crime?
Buy, read and get to know :)

 Book: The Missing Fairy Princess by Walter Salvadore Pereira

THE MISSING FAIRY PRINCESS is the story of a fairy princess pitted against a powerful witch. The witch learns from her crystal ball about an imminent threat from a fairy princess wearing a pink tiara. To ward off that threat, she kidnaps the fairy princess, wipes her memory clean and then turns her into a two-year-old girl. Unfortunately for the culprit, she has goofed up by kidnapping the wrong fairy princess, Merlyn, instead of Ashlyn, her twin. To add to her misfortune, the hunt for the Missing Princess is growing stronger. The search party includes Powerful Good witches of the Kingdom, Princess Ashlyn and more members as they unearth the wrong doings of this evil witch.

Will Ashlyn be able to solve the mystery of her missing twin and stop the cunning witch in her evil plot? Find out in the book which is an interesting mix of magical realism and whodunit.
Buy the book: The Missing Fairy Princess by Walter Salvadore Pereira

What I liked:
As I mentioned in the beginning, the virtual transportation into another surreal realm or dimension. Apart from Harry Potter, I haven't read any books from this genre-Fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. Even though the book is about a non-existential world, Author Walter Pereira  makes its seem life-like.

The book has a sweet, lovely, peaceful atmosphere all along. Something like being in the magical land of Disney pictures. I was actually imagining it like how a Disney movie would play.

The Book Cover grabbed my attention when I first saw it. The little girl with the tiara. Her green eyes. The cute puppy. Fairy in the background and a witch with a crystal ball. Perfect setting of the book depicted.

The Premise of the book was intriguing. I had a doubt if I would like a book from this genre. But I was proved wrong. I loved the book :) Thank you, Author Walter Pereira for writing this book.

This book isnt necessarily just for kids. If you believe in Magic & love. This book is for you :) It is suitable for 10+ yr old kids and adults.

The language is super simple and clean. I felt indulged to be reading good English with a fast-paced story plot. The pace of the story is fast and there is not a single dull moment. It covers so many details, plots, characters, places, etc. The book is cramped with information like the Volumes of Magic Mantras the Maharani had written in.
Sorry, trying not to give out spoilers. ;)

The human psychology in beautifully weaved into the story plot. The characters are plenty and the Author has taken pains to give full history about each of them and their connection in the story. Hence as I mentioned the book is cramped with information. Information overload :)

I loved all the Witches in the story. Even the evil ones. Each had a strong character and personality. This was an all Females story. Except for the King and Mayor. Am I correct?
I loved how the solutions were thought of.

The story gallops away. Every chapter there is a new aspect unraveling. Twists are plenty.
The end is a little predictable and is a cliff hanger. But I loved how the pieces join together to solve the mystery of The Missing Fairy Princess.

What I wanted more:
A sequel or Book 2 to tie the loose ends in the story.

A mix of pace in the story. The fast pace along with so many characters and events makes the reader a little dizzy :D Thankfully we were not flying on the magic carpet. The reading of the book gave that feeling. So I would have liked a little slowing down and then picking up of pace intermittently.

The character names were a little complicated and similar sounding. But it was fun. Made you feel like being the land of Classic books with big names for characters.

Overall, I loved the book. Hats off to Author Walter Pereira for penning such a big story in one book. Hope to read more of your books.

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 Author Walter Salvadore Pereira
Author Walter Salvadore Pereira 

About the Author:

After spending over 25 years in the Middle East, the author now leads a retired life.  He lives with his wife and son in Thane, the twin city of Mumbai.  He has commenced a new journey as an author at a late stage in life and at the age of 75, has three works of fiction to his credit, all self-published.

The first book titled “This Nightmare is for Real” was a fast-paced sci-fi story, wherein a scientist is relentlessly hounded by a powerful mafia with the aim of stealing his invention.  In an edge-of-the-seat suspense, he single-handedly defeats the mafia.  The Second book titled “Bheem – The Saga of Madhavpur” relates to medieval India where an ambitious king having assembled a powerful army conquers three of his neighbouring kingdoms.  The rivals come together under the leadership of King Bheem of Madhavpur and the story is all about their counter-offensive. The current book “The Missing Fairy Princess” is a new concept fairy tale primarily aimed at audiences in the age groups of 9 to 18+, but as the adage goes “There is a child within each of us” and this book is meant to pamper that child.  My latest book is titled “The Carnivore has a Heart’ and is based on the non-ending cross-border terrorism faced by India. This story has a memorable ending where a braveheart officer of the Indian military intelligence wins the day for his country although at great personal cost and should appeal to all lovers of action thrillers.

Please buy the book, read and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you in advance.

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