Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Review of I am the 10th by Deep Downer


How does a woman go out on a date with her husband, returns home to make love to him and wakes up in another world? A very riveting premise that will take you through the journey of Sarah as she searches for her identity amidst lies and embedded memories. As the line between reality and surreal vanishes, she must know what has happened to her memory before more deaths occur.

Downer has done a commendable job in creating characters from the history to the present day, with uniqueness and mystique that will make this book unputdownable. My first shock came when Sarah confused between New Delhi and New Deli, Missouri and Mussoorie. Clever play with words. The story takes interesting twists and turns as it makes your travel between the past and the present and between different countries.  The second surprise came when we traveled to the court of Chandragupta Maurya to Ashoka. Meeting characters from our past and weaving them in the present has been made the story interesting.

The only peeve I had with this book was the abundant usage of commas. But due to the freshness and the plotting of the scenes, it can be overlooked. Overall I can only say that this book is a mixture of mystery, historical and sci-fi. A must-read for mystery lovers.

I am the 10th by D. R Downer is a self-published book on Amazon, 2019. 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review of The One I love by Nivedita Vedurla

Complexities of relationships are brought out best in a romance. Nivedita Verdula had woven an intrinsic detail of love, loss, and discovery with her characters. The characters meet on a cruise and from then on changes to a story of a contract marriage. Love, at first sight, does not happen as both are engaged to different people at that point in time. Life would have passed them by had Ajay Khurana, father of Akshat Khurana, not taken it into his hand to get them married. He made the circumstances such, that both had to tie the knot with each other – for a  month.  During this period, relationships are explored before reaching a beautiful HEA.  

Please don’t ask me what a HEA is, you will break my heart. :D

The story started off well. The prologue was interesting enough for me to turn the pages of the novel. The story had many sweet moments – like the daughter understanding the pain of her father, Akshat seeing Advika smiling for the first time. The scene where Advika is molested is handled well with not too much detailing but enough to bring out the characterization. The story had many levels of love vs. wealth issues and most of them have been handled well. 

But where the story has a good storyline, the author made a few misses with the technicalities of story writing. The prologue, though intriguing was not addressed further in the story. The epilogue was the conclusion of the book which though is used often by mystery authors falls flat in a romance. The storyline of Harsh needs a bit of clarity. The character of Riyan was interesting and had a good amount of gray shades which kept me interested enough to reach the end. I like bad girls I suppose. Don't judge me! 

The One I love by Nivedita Vedurla is a self-published book on Amazon, 2019. 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Book Blitz: Her Man Friday by Sundari Venkatraman




Print Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

Rituraj realises he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess, Sitara Devi. The timing is slightly wrong though. Just ten minutes ago Sitara Devi married Harishchandra Gajanan. All of seventeen and nursing a badly bruised heart, Rituraj takes up boxing, hoping to build his strength and heal his wounded soul.

When destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in his heart.

Rituraj grabs the opportunity of becoming Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant. He’s the only man in her life but he’s just her Man Friday. Since his father was merely an employee of Sitara’s father, will he even be considered as a prospective life partner for the Gaekwad princess? 

Sitara, and Rituraj are crazily attracted to each other, yet they are unable to move forward. So where is the hitch? Why the fear in taking the relationship to the next level?

Class Barriers! Debauchery! Sexual Perversion!

It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’. 

Read the book to find out if Sitara eventually gets together with her Man Friday.  

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 43 titles (39 books & 4 collections) 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 #1 Bestseller 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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Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Blitz: The Clockmaker (Jungle Series Book1) by Paromita Goswami






Title: The Clockmaker (Jungle Series Book1)

Author: Paromita Goswami

Genre: Paranormal Supernatural  Indian Drama

Blurb:

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life - financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

 Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!


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Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of a reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Excerpt Promotions: Prescriptions From Dr. Love by Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab



Prescriptions From Dr. Love
by 

Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab



Name of the book:  Prescriptions from Dr. Love
Introduced by: Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab
Genre: Medical Self Help
Release Date: February 27th, 2019

Excerpt From Prescriptions of Dr. Love

We began our journey at the point of innocence when we were at the purest point in our lives as newborns. Those of us who were mothers were encouraged to think about what it felt like to be with our own babies when we became mothers and to feel the same serene, loving and calm joy we felt when we cuddled our own babies.  

To be present in the moment, I allowed myself to picture myself as a baby and I imagined that I must have been bundled up in a pink blanket, with dark hair, wide soft eyes, an innocent face and a pure consciousness. The feeling of being that way overwhelmed me and I cried tears of joy. I allowed myself to smell myself as a newly bathed baby, sweet, peaceful, loving and calm. I let myself see how beautiful I really was to my gorgeous mother as she held me close, soothed me and whispered sweet words of love into my ears. As I measured how far I arrived into life, I had a deep sense of how our senses are assaulted by toxic experiences and feelings. I felt overwhelming grief that I was not that baby anymore. As I observed myself from the outside, I lamented that we could not be as pure and painless as we were when we were babies for the rest of our lives.  

As I transported myself into my teenage years, I stifled the need to giggle at the memories of myself playing in our wonderful neighborhood in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. My spirits soared as I felt the wind blow through my hair and the sun kiss my face as my best friend Suzan and I rode on bicycles through the streets. I felt an absolute rebellion at being privileged enough to ride a bike at a time when as a girl, such things were unusual, but not unheard of. I felt my strength at falling down, my joy at sharing my adventures with Suzan and at the same time lost because the days of such innocence had now ended.  

I recalled to memory a time when Suzan carried a meatballs dish, a very traditional Lebanese – Mediterranean dish known as Kebbeh. This dish is so delicious. The outside shell is made of fine wheat mixed with grounded meat and the inside is stuffed with a mix of grounded meat, onions and pine nuts. It’s simply delicious! Anyway, this pot of decadence had to be delivered for a certain meal that was being given for guests on that day. In our excitement and mischievous antics, we dropped them to the ground by mistake and then collected them and dusted the sand off. Suzan and I giggled with a lot of amusement and a little fear as we watched our family members eat the meatballs, unaware that they had been dropped, messed and cleaned up with the backs of our hands only. I felt that naughty streak again and yearned to be just a child once again.  


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"Dr. Suzan Almushcab, MD is from Saudi Arabia and currently lives in Calgary, Canada. She is a graduate of the King Faisal University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the children's hospital in Calgary and then pursued a second specialty at McGill University to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist. 

She then continued her work with children at JAHA Center, formally known as Dhahran Health Center. She has cared for children with Diabetes and those with endocrine disorders as well. She established multiple guidelines specifically for outpatient on-call care and for inpatient care of type 1 DM. She also established the initiation of insulin pump therapy in Dhahran Health Center. 

She has received multiple awards for multiple campaigns including obesity and diabetes. She published an article about hypocalcemic seizures in infants due to vitamin D deficiency and was an expert member for the review of growth hormone therapy and treatment in children. Suzan's biggest motivation and aspiration were her two children with Type 1 DM that she cared for throughout the learning process and into their teenage lives. 

She has retired from her medical career and has indulgently set out to acquire knowledge for holistic wellness. She has now become an Ayurvedic lifestyle instructor & a Neuro Linguistic Program practitioner. Using her background experience of western medicine combined with the East Indian healing system, Ayurveda & NLP, she has been able to free her self from dis-Ease as well. 

With new experiences behind her, she has attended many workshops that have contributed to her transformation. Her mission is to help women who want to reclaim their lives, to glow & flow and regain their health, joy, and happiness from within. She believes that supporting women's health and happiness is at the core of health and happiness for children because it provides an opportunity for a brighter future for the next generation and society at large.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blog Tour: Prescriptions From Dr. Love by Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab



Prescriptions From Dr. Love
by 

Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab



Name of the book:  Prescriptions from Dr. Love
Introduced by: Dr. Suzy Al Mushcab
Genre: Medical Self Help
Release Date: February 27th, 2019

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“She asked me to think about why conventional medicine alone hadn’t found the answers to what truly plagued me and why the bags full of medicine hadn’t improved the condition in which my body was in. She smiled her knowing smile, eyebrows raised, the gentle but straightforward questions hanging in the balance as she waited for my response.”Ridden with medical complications that plagued her for almost all her life, Dr. Suzan Al Mushcab finally lay at death door, when what was supposed to be simple surgical procedure went horribly wrong. Though this is not a book about that event in her life, it is the backdrop to a miraculous recovery in health, mind, and spirit for a doctor, by a doctor. The miracle wasn’t in conventional medicine, nor was it in alternative medicine completely. It was in conversations that Suzan had with her alter ego, Dr. Love. 

Prescriptions from Dr. Love: 10 ways to transform Dis-ease to Ease takes us through the powerful conversations that Dr. Mushcab had with herself. 

Using tools that she learned in both medicine, alternative therapies and self-development, Dr. Love took herself from death door to a fulfilling, happy and healthy lifestyle in which she is now thriving. In Prescriptions from Dr.Love: 10 ways to transform dis-ease to ease, readers can learn 

•Why their minds are a powerful tool for healing themselves 
•Why food is medicinal and not just nourishment 
•Why conversations with yourself are important for leading yourself 
•How to implement different strategies for self-healing 
•How to find the source of problems in your body and then work at healing from the inside out 

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"Dr. Suzan Almushcab, MD is from Saudi Arabia and currently lives in Calgary, Canada. She is a graduate of the King Faisal University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the children's hospital in Calgary and then pursued a second specialty at McGill University to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist. 

She then continued her work with children at JAHA Center, formally known as Dhahran Health Center. She has cared for children with Diabetes and those with endocrine disorders as well. She established multiple guidelines specifically for outpatient on-call care and for inpatient care of type 1 DM. She also established the initiation of insulin pump therapy in Dhahran Health Center. 

She has received multiple awards for multiple campaigns including obesity and diabetes. She published an article about hypocalcemic seizures in infants due to vitamin D deficiency and was an expert member for the review of growth hormone therapy and treatment in children. Suzan's biggest motivation and aspiration were her two children with Type 1 DM that she cared for throughout the learning process and into their teenage lives. 

She has retired from her medical career and has indulgently set out to acquire knowledge for holistic wellness. She has now become an Ayurvedic lifestyle instructor & a Neuro Linguistic Program practitioner. Using her background experience of western medicine combined with the East Indian healing system, Ayurveda & NLP, she has been able to free her self from dis-Ease as well. 

With new experiences behind her, she has attended many workshops that have contributed to her transformation. Her mission is to help women who want to reclaim their lives, to glow & flow and regain their health, joy, and happiness from within. She believes that supporting women's health and happiness is at the core of health and happiness for children because it provides an opportunity for a brighter future for the next generation and society at large.
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Review: TIED TO YOU: A PASSIONATE KIDNAP ROMANCE BY P. G VAN

Tied to You: A Passionate Kidnap RomanceTied to You: A Passionate Kidnap Romance by P.G. Van

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another hit by PG Van! Loved this book. Hot and sexy as all her heroines are. A hero to die for. But this book has a heart.Deepika and Rudra made a very good pair. Romance authors will love this one!
Loved the line, “ .. and a man who truly loves you will know what kind of man you are on the inside.” The author has some great punchlines in this one. Waiting for the next.




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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Book Review: How to Stay Fit by Janaki Nagaraj

How To Stay Fit For Authors (The Writer's Toolkit Series)How To Stay Fit For Authors by Janaki Nagaraj

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Sitting and writing the whole day made me feel sick sometimes. This book should be like a Bible for all those who sit for hours and lead a very sedate life. Mostly due to the job requirements. She has spoken about what our body needs and what are the things we can do to protect ourselves from leading an unhealthy lifestyle. I loved the concept of Circadian Rhythm which the author speaks extensively about. A must read at least for all authors.




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Monday, April 1, 2019

A2Z April Challenge 2019: B is for Baahubali: The Beginning

Cast:  Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, and Tamannaah
Director:   S. S. Rajamouli.
Year of Release: 2015

Bahulbali has certainly been an iconic film of our times. A movie which has instilled the love of historical romances in many hearts. How can this not touch the hearts of many writers? It has triggered many stories in my imagination. Prabhas, in the role of Shivudu is just awesome. Yes, yes. I know I am too old for this but....:D

Anyway, let's not digress. I am after all a romance writer and imagination is my constant companion.

 So, when he comes to know that he comes from beyond the mountains, he - I think the phrase should be 'climbs like a monkey' :D to reach the entrance to the kingdom of Mahishmathi. From that point, the past and the present merge and this larger than life historical romance keeps the audience enthralled.

India is a land of folktales and one can't deny that in every culture of India there are thousands of such lores. But in this movie, the cinematography took over and for the first time, the movie lovers had a movie which brought history alive. Padmavat and Manikarnika doesn't stand a chance of being ahead of Bahubali.

What attracted me to this movie was not only the story but the marketing of the movie. The Cliffhanger effect that this movie had, made the whole nation unite is asking - Kattappa ne Bahubali ko kyon mara?

One whole year,  all movie lovers waited for the 2nd part of the movie. Cleverly done.

In 2019-20 I am coming out with my first series of book. A three part series.

1. Love Marriage
2. Not a Bed of Roses
3. Picket Fence

Sharing the cover of Book No. 2 and Book No. 3. Let Book No. 1 be a suspense  :D These are not historical romances but I loved the cliffhanger effect of this series and this inspired me to write these 3 books.

Upcoming 3-Book Series

Book 2 
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A2Z April Challenge 2019: A is for Ai Dil Hai Mushkil

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Fawad Khan
Director: Karan Johar
Year of Release: 2016

I loved the way the movie began and hated the way it ended. If this movie has taught me anything - it's how not to force a conflict in a story.

The story starts with Ranbir Kapoor (Ayah Sanger)  narrating how he fell in love with a strange girl. I loved the expression on his face. Innocent and eyes brimming with pain while his lips held on to the smile. I can keep on watching this scene to bring out a passionate conflict between my characters. The story is how he and Anushka Sharma (Alizeh Khan) meet in London and spend the night together. Platonically.

The fate of these two star-crossed lovers is always full of miscommunications. First, Anushka's ex returns and declares his love to her. She decides to marry him, leaving Ranbir heartbroken. Then he meets Aishwarya Rai and uses her to make Anushka jealous. It does not work and he leaves Aish to become a famous singer. He later learns that Anushka is not married but when he tries to reach out to her, he finds out that she has terminal cancer. They remain friends till the end - though he does try to make love to her multiple times and it was exactly this part that makes me want to thrash this movie. 

The Conflict in a Story: should definitely not be forced.  When the scene came when the audience was told that Anushka has cancer, it was a feeling of utter astonishment. And on top of that Ranbir's insistence that they make love was really disgusting. No, not in the prudish sense. But making love is an act of consent between two individuals. So when one says no - it should be a no. 

As an author, I felt, that the part when Anushka had cancer should have been treated with a bit more finesse. Subtly she was fading away and it could have enhanced their love more rather than reducing love to a mere physical form. 

I wrote one scene of my book Destined after I carried home this emotion of disgust from the ending of this movie. In this scene, my heroine Esha is going to the cafe to meet her fiance and he asks her to give up on her dad and go to the USA with him. The disgust she felt for him stems from the same disgust I felt in the scene when Ranbir wanted to make love to the ailing Anushka. They are not related yet the emotions that I carried within me got released after I wrote this scene.....

Esha closed her eyes for a second. She didn't want to spit venom on his face. She, in fact, felt sorry for his mindset. "I don't know about the legalities, Ayush," she said softly. Too softly. "I only know that he is my Dad and I love him very much. He has taught me my first word— Ma. He has taught me to walk and to ride my first bicycle. And today he needs me. What has law got to do with that?" 

"But we have a future together in the USA. We will have kids and we will need money for all these things. We will need every penny we can save. You will not be able to work in the USA if you don't come with a project from your current office and I cannot maintain three families." 

"You never asked me if I gave you the permission to look after your parents." 

He opened his mouth but no sound came out.





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Sunday, March 17, 2019

AtoZ Challenge 2019 Theme Reveal: MOVIES THAT INSPIRED ME



 I am taking part in the AtoZ Challenge 2019. Every year I try and failed. The word 'fail' is debatable here. My book Lolita was born from an AtoZ post. So without much ado, revealing my post for this year.

MOVIES THAT MADE ME WANT TO WRITE

Who knows,  maybe my muse is waiting in between the pages of my blog. Wishing all the best to all the bloggers out there. ATOZ is the time for perseverance and discipline and this year, I need both of them. Happy Blogging!


Love, 
Rubina

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Blitz: Rise In Pursuit of Empowerment Introduced by Sabine Matharu



Rise 
In Pursuit of Empowerment
Introduced by Sabine Matharu



Name of the book:  Rise- In Pursuit of Empowerment
Introduced by: Sabine Matharu
Featuring 25 Women Authors
Genre: Self Help
Release Date: 4th March 2018

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Written for and by inspirational entrepreneurial women whose hidden creativity and business acumen is eager to come out despite facing an array of traumatic experiences, mindset and domestic battles, RISE - In Pursuit of Empowerment, published by Reach for Greatness Ltd., is a beacon of hope for all women. Through the incredible stories of 25 women, you will learn that while obstacles are a given, you also have what it takes to rise above challenges, create a space and niche for yourself and turn impossible experiences into incredible opportunities that are profitable and fulfilling at the same time. RISE - In Pursuit of Empowerment, the first in a series of 4 books, will teach you:- How to tap into your intuition and inner strength to overcome stress, grief and trauma - How to take the challenges you have and turn them into opportunities - How to rise above the noise and come out victorious - Why your inner woman is a force to be reckoned with and - How to overcome substantial obstacles to live a more fulfilling and well-balanced life.

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Sabine Matharu is a passionate business start-up and growth strategist, who specializes in helping women find their purpose and monetize their unique skills so that they can build a thriving business.

Her signature program is “The Business Accelerator Mastermind”, that teaches and supports entrepreneurs to implement an easy to follow methodology around how to build a long term profitable business without overwhelm and detours.

She also runs “The Greatness Club”, which complements the work she does in her Mastermind and provides women a platform and springboard for visibility, networking and lead generation. Sabine comes with years of experience as a corporate leadership consultant and has worked with over 1000 people
in senior positions.

She firmly believes that it is possible to reach for the greatness that is within ourselves.

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