Friday, March 31, 2017

Book Review: Finding Juliet by Toffee

Name of the Book: Finding Juliet 

Author: Toffee

Publisher: Srishti Publisher 

Star Rating: 4 stars 

My Review: 

‘Every time I tried kissing happiness, it came very close to me and then pushed me away,’ I said, looking at the glass of vodka in my hand..."

The above lines set the mood of the story. You already form an opinion of what lies ahead. You already get a glimpse of the characters you will be traveling along within these pages and you already know that this is a post-Devdas story...


This is the window to the world of Arjun. Where you glimpse an innocent boy, standing at the thresh hold of his virginity, confused by the confusing emotions playing around him. A boy who had to grow up when disaster strikes and rips his world apart.

Toffee is one writer who is very sure of his audience. The young college going crowd who are victims of their own confusion. Yet that is just one part of their personality. They have so much inner strength that you can but only marvel at their tenacious nature. Their bouncing back in life. And this novel is all about that.

Arjun has a weak heart. And by that, I don't mean in the medical sense. He falls in love very quickly - every time. To give him his due, it's mostly the girls who are ditching him but he is not one of those guys who will be lost in memories. I like that - a good lesson for the young Romeos out there. Finding Juliet is almost like a journey. A journey to find one's true love. Often we are searching for things out of our comfort zone, forgetting to look around us. But where love is concerned, destiny plays a very important part and Toffee has used it very effectively to bring together the two lovers.

Arjun and Shraddha...
That is the first love story. I liked Arjun a lot. His innocence was quite touching. An innocence which reminded me of my own 20's when the people around us start shaping our lives. Even I was surprised regarding the outcome of this love story but like I said before, destiny already had set the wheels of their life in motion and however much Arjun tries, he could not escape it.

In this section, I found the author's narration very filmy. His comparison of the protagonist's life with movies like 3 idiots and Dil Chahta hai makes you wonder how much influence the Bollywood movies had on the author. But that is the phase which we all have gone through. So keeping the age factor in mind, I thought it was very well projected.

The anchor in Arjun's life whom he had met when he was four years of old. From childhood love to escaping commitment. But throughout the story, Anjali remain his conscious. So what makes Arjun commitment phobic? Sometimes I found him downright idiotic who went about life crying over people whom he had lost rather than appreciating the one's he had at that point in time.
The main disappointing phase of Arjun's life was when he met the girls after Neha. One after the other proved his character to be very shallow. There was no hero like quality which made me want to read them. The guys any college going girl will meet in a canteen, who either will whistle at you or turn into a roadside Romeo. Love without dignity does not fascinate the reader in me.

But let's not forget the title - Finding Juliet. It's after all the protags journey in finding love.

Author's style:
Toffee comes across as a very bold writer and I like his writing style - young and peppy. But don't go about searching for literary context. It's a romance in which you will see the growth of a protagonist and that to me, as a reader, is very important.

Would I recommend it?
A one time read which will make you smile at places and grit your teeth at a few crude scenes. This is a raw romance, not a story of a dashing hero and damsel in distress. It's the story of the youth of today.

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Sai Daksh


Life was all fun and play, with a few small adventures and mishaps, for Daksh, Arsh, Garv, Om, Swarit, Aditi and Simran till… 

They are recruited by the Indian Detective Agency. 

They are summoned to the headquarters and given a mission – to recover a lost diamond. 

With all the plans and props in place, they set forth to hunt down the diamond. 

By chance, they stumble upon a conspiracy that is connected to the theft. 

Do they succeed in foiling the conspiracy? What happened to the lost diamond?

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About the author

Sai Daksh Shetty, at the age of eleven, completed the book 7 Agents: The Diamond Heist. At the age of six, he had started writing short stories. At the age of eight, he used to draw comic strips and share it with his friends. Although this is his first book, he plans to write a whole series on the 7 Agents. Since early childhood, he has had a very creative mind and uses his imagination in all his activities. He is very interested in all forms of creative arts. He is very open-minded. The main characters of the book have been inspired by his real life friends. Om, Garv, Arsh and Swarit are his best friends and are in the book, while Aditi and Simran are fictional.     


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rubina Ramesh, author and marketeer, speaks to Sanchita Sen

Author Rubina Ramesh
Watch out, for you might be in her story! Read on to know more about how Rubina Ramesh spins her stories.

Observing people is a passion for me. I am not at all embarrassed when strangers glare at me and walk away. I like to see the twinkle in an eye which belies that grim line around the corner of the mouth. So you can say, anything that touches my heart triggers a story in me. It can be a child’s prattle to a housewife’s grumble.

Sanchita: You are definitely very observant because that gets reflected in each of the stories of ‘Knitted Tales’. The way you have captured human emotions in those stories is priceless. Tell us what kicks the idea of a story in you?

Rubina: First of all, Sanchita, Thank you so much for interviewing me. I am a very emotional person. But that does not mean I can show my emotions easily. In fact, many would call me placid and ignorant to things around me. I have been accused of not caring enough. And something in me makes me tune off to any emotional drama around me and hone in those emotions into my stories. I like emotions. I understand emotions and I hate any well-constructed, well planned out stories. Call it my personal quirk. But when we are creating characters, we are also growing with our characters. We tend to see those characters and see the world that they show us. Believe it or not, in some of my stories in 'Knitted Tales', even I was surprised with the few of the endings.

Observing people is a passion for me. I am not at all embarrassed when strangers glare at me and walk away. I like to see the twinkle in an eye which belies that grim line around the corner of the mouth. So you can say, anything that touches my heart triggers a story in me. It can be a child’s prattle to a housewife’s grumble.

Sanchita: An anthology or a full-fledged novel? Since now you have authored both formats, which would you like writing or reading more?

Rubina: Anthologies are the moments in my life. While novels are my dreams. Reading wise I like a full- fledged novel. For the simple reason, I have to tune off every time a new story starts in an anthology and that is sometimes very stressing to a reader like me. I like walking with my characters as they introduce me to their world. I sound weird even as I write it. But don’t you feel an anthology zaps your energy by pulling you in different directions. While a novel is like a soothsayer, caressing one’ soul.

Sanchita: Your personal favorite in 'Knitted Tales'?

Rubina: Lolita. Her desperation at her height of glory is something one day I want to explore.

Sanchita: Writing a good story or marketing a story better? Which of these is more important than the other? I’m asking this to not just an author, but a marketer as well.

Rubina: Both. Till my novel is on my laptop, it’s my child. I love it, nurture it and make it grow. As soon as it reaches the eye of my reader, it’s open to criticism, praise or in the worst scenario –ignored. That moment, the marketer in every author should kick in. Like a mother cannot tolerate her child being criticized, even I don’t like it. But that does not mean I am only looking for positivity. I would rather gather up every emotion the reviewers are sending towards me and put it in my next book. With every book I need to grow, for being an indie author – I cannot 'not' be a marketeer. That would be a professional hara-kiri for me.

Sanchita: Sneak Peek into your next project

Rubina: It’s tentatively titled 'Maya', though I might change it. It’s a topic which is very close to my heart for I had witnessed a friend of mine going through it. I cannot give out more than that now, but I can promise you that you will like it. 

Rapid Fire Round (first thought that comes to your mind on hearing these words)

a. Bouquet – Red Roses
b. Personify -- Stream
c. Surreal -- Dreams
d. Imagine – characters
e. Patched- relationships

About the Author

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger ,book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her current published works include  ​Knitted TalesFinding The Angel. She can be reached @  Facebook | Twitter | Website | Pinterest | LinkedIn  

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Write your story and then find your reader, says author Summerita Rhayne

Book cover of Summerita's latest release

While writing a romance novel, is it important to have your target reader segmented and set in your mind? Yes or no and why?

Thanks for having me on your blog, TBC!

When you write in a particular genre, consciously or unconsciously, you've already targeted your audience. In these times when marketing is emerging as a tried and tested phenomena, one can definitely not ignore the advice to 'find the readers'. If you are an indie author, and committed to promoting your own work, then your outreach is mainly social media. How will you find readers if you don't know which hashtags to use and which subject to discuss that they find interesting enough to keep interacting with you? Engage. That's the magic word of online marketing. So, you will have to know which readers are likely to find your memes and tweets worthy enough to share and respond to.

However, you said 'while writing' so that puts a totally different context to the question. While writing should I write for a particular audience? But would that serve? Writing is the expression of your unruly right brain, so it's hard enough to bend a story to a particular structure, setting and the GMC of the characters. Proposing to bend the story further would restrict the creative process and might strain its back! I would say write what you want and don't think of anybody. If you worry about whether or not your target audience will find it appealing...well, I doubt I could write two pages if I thought that. I'd be continuously picking on if the hero should wear his hair short or long or if the heroine should wear more glamorous outfits...the point is, write the book first, then find what audience is likely to find your book interesting and target them in your social outreach.

Marketing should be the plan after you finish the book. At least, it's that way for me. While writing I'm not sure if I can get the two characters their happy ending. I can never predict how the book will shape up. My latest one 'His Christmas Surprise', about to be released, gave me quite a few sleepless nights because I created a conflict between the hero and the heroine that I could find no resolution for. Another matter in the same book bugged me no end till I hit upon a solution that came from the story itself. Sorry, can't share without giving away the story.

So, the long and short of it is, write your book and then yes, think of people who would like it and then you can draw their interest by sharing about your book.

About the Author

Summerita Rhayne writes sensual romance which is sheer escapism with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Writing, she finds, is the only way to deal with the numerous story ideas bubbling in her brain which pop up more rapidly than her keyboard can do justice to. Her pet belief is that even when writing time is in short supply, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters get a life of their own and will find a way to make the writer pen them down. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!

At heart, she's a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, movies, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Schedule: Key To My Soul by Probal Muzumdar

NamesType of postDate of the tour
Zeb FatimaSpotlight4/12/2017
Rubina RameshSpotlight4/14/2017
Nilima MohiteSpotlight4/15/2017
Ruchi SinghSpotlight4/16/2017
Sundari VenkatramanSpotlight4/17/2017
Nilima MohiteReview4/17/2017
amar naikReview4/17/2017
Deepali GuptaReview4/17/2017
Rubina RameshReview4/18/2017
Anugya SinhaReview4/18/2017
Geeta NairReview4/18/2017
Devika FernandoSpotlight4/19/2017
Zeb FatimaReview4/19/2017
Reshma RanjanReview4/19/2017
Devansh DesaiReview4/20/2017
Yogita JoshiReview4/21/2017
Mahesh SowaniReview4/21/2017
Zeb FatimaGuestpost4/21/2017
Surbhi SareenReview4/22/2017
Shelly BajwaReview4/23/2017

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An emotional journey for author M.V. Kasi, as she writes about the hush-hush issue of child sexual abuse

Author M.V. Kasi

Writing about something as sensitive as child sexual abuse! How did you research about its after effects and how difficult was it to sketch your protagonist around it?

Writing about Sia, an adult child sexual abuse survivor had been one of the most difficult and emotional journeys I've ever made. Not having had any personal experiences, I had to rely totally on my empathy to try and get everything close to what an actual survivor would feel and do under the circumstances. I hope I was able to do justice while portraying Sia's actions, her reactions, her internal battles and also her ability to survive.

During my research, I have read many accounts of survivors, who have been told repeatedly by well meaning friends and family members, to simply forget and forgive the past. But sadly, it is not that simple. Because there are several long term after-effects that survivors suffer from.

One of the long-term effects is to numb out any kind of emotions to avoid feelings that could possibly trigger the memories of past abuse. That was a pivotal characteristic of Sia. She comes off as cold and aloof. She had become that way because, during her childhood, someone she loved and trusted, abused her. And when she had tried telling some adults about it, no one believed her. Due to which she stopped trusting her own feelings. And to cope with the pain, she also learned not to feel the very things that made a person feel alive.

Another effect that I touched upon and is surprisingly common among most of the survivors is to have Repressed Memories, especially in incest survivors. It is another form of coping mechanism to be able to suppress the painful memories of abuse. In 'Soulless', Sia completely loses the memories of her childhood until an event triggers them back. And during her teens, even though Sia didn't recall the abuse memories, she still felt the trauma, and decided to numb out her feelings via various addictions such as alcohol, drugs and sex. Dr. Patel, her therapist explains it by saying that the unconscious mind always operates in present tense. And when earlier memories are lost in the unconscious, they are preserved as though whatever trauma has happened is still ongoing.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem and need for control—are some of the other effects I had touched upon and incorporated in Sia's story.

Having said that please be aware that as a fiction writer, I have taken some liberties with the narration of this story. In a real world situation, an individual who had suffered through abuse might not act exactly in the manner depicted in the book.

About the Author

By day, MV Kasi works for a software company. She currently lives in Hyderabad, India with her husband and son. By night, she gives in to her fascination to explore the human psychology and the various facets of life in her writing. She has particular fascination with successful people who are not considered 'normal' by society's standards.

Her love for reading has led her to start writing on her own. She likes to add depth to her characters and explore their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of topics and plots, she does not shy away from writing about sexuality or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, she likes to infuse humor into her writing.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Multi-faceted author Shatrujeet Nath, speaks to Sanchita Sen

Author Shatrujeet Nath
Meet the multi-faceted author who writes across genres and has successfully conquered it's challenges. Be it contemporary thriller or mytho-fiction, Shatrujeet Nath has proved that he is an ace at storytelling.

Mythology lends itself seamlessly to fantasy, which explains why mytho-fiction is huge here in India. Add to this the fact that most Indian readers are already familiar with some of the myths, legends and characters being touched upon by contemporary mytho-fiction, and you have a recipe for success.

Sanchita: From the debut thriller to mytho-fiction series, an interesting journey covering genres. Tell us about how the journey started and brought you here.

Shatrujeet: If we had to put a date to this, it would be 2009. I had been a journalist for over a decade, and I was tiring of the job. I was learning nothing new, and going to work was becoming less and less attractive with every passing day. I realized that what I wanted to do was write fiction, so one day – after a lot of deliberation with my wife, whose support was invaluable – I finally quit my job as assistant editor at The Economic Times. I joined a television production house as a creative consultant, but after a while I realized that I wanted to create something of my own. I had this idea for an Indo-Pak spy thriller, so I began working on it with the intention of making a film script out of the idea. However, I knew nothing about the grammar for cinema, so after finishing 40 pages, I saw that what I was writing was a novel. I continued writing it that way, and the manuscript eventually became my debut novel, 'The Karachi Deception'. Why did I begin with a spy thriller? Simply because it was an idea that had been brewing in my mind since the early 2000s, and it had incubated long enough for me to do something meaningful and coherent with it.

After the book rights to 'The Karachi Deception' had been sold, my publisher asked me what I had next in store. I told him I had nothing. He sat me down and said that if I was serious about being a writer, I should come out with a book once every 18-24 months – that was the only way I could stay current, and on top of readers’ minds. That made sense, so I started looking for ideas for my next book. I had an idea about how a bit of the Halahala (the poison that is churned out during the samudramanthan, which Shiva later drinks to save the universe from annihilation) is still left, and how, in the hands of the bad guys, it can tip the world into chaos. I was thinking of doing this as a Dan Brown kind of thriller, but honestly, it wasn’t working for me. At the same time, I was toying with the idea of doing something with the legendary king Vikramaditya and his navratnas. Something about superheroes, like an Indian version of The Avengers. One day, it just occurred to me that I could club the Halahala idea with the Vikramaditya idea… and bang! I had the entire broad story for the Vikramaditya Veergatha series before me. As in the case of my first book, the idea excited me, so I dove right in. I don’t start with a specific genre in mind. If the idea is good and robust, I will pursue it, no matter what its genre is.

Sanchita: I am sure writing both the genres you have to plot and think and layer your characters equally well, but if you were to rate one above the other which would you chose as the tougher genre to write on?

Shatrujeet: Every genre presents its own unique challenges. While writing 'The Karachi Deception', I was clear that while reading the book, the reader should get a sense that this is a real story, something that really happened. So the accent was high on research, and being as factually correct as possible. That is one of the challenges of writing a contemporary thriller. Today, readers are well-read and well-travelled, while information on places, cultures, technologies et cetera are available at your fingertips. So you cannot bullshit your reader. You have to be thorough with your research to earn your reader’s respect. Then there is pace, of course. A thriller inherently demands pace, and often that comes at the cost of other aspects of storytelling. How do you not lose out on character arcs and character growth while writing a thriller – that is a challenge.

In an epic fantasy, the challenge is to build a fantastic and immersive world that readers can lose themselves in. Also, there is so much that has been done in fantasy that finding new stuff to surprise your reader with can be daunting. Every genre has its own challenges, the biggest of them perhaps being which genre conventions to follow and which ones to reject. Deciding which genre clichés will be accepted by readers and which ones will be rejected is quite a task.

Sanchita: Mythological fiction seems to be really the 'in thing' now, in Indian market. According to you, what is the most appealing factor about this genre?

Shatrujeet: Fantasy, as a genre, is big globally. And mythology lends itself seamlessly to fantasy, which explains why mytho-fiction is huge here in India. Add to this the fact that most Indian readers are already familiar with some of the myths, legends and characters being touched upon by contemporary mytho-fiction, and you have a recipe for success. This, however, is not to say that everything with the words mytho-fiction attached will strike gold – there are plenty of recent books in this genre that have failed to make an impression. What I am saying is, for a variety of reasons – whether it has to do with a desire to reconnect with Indian culture, or a reinforcement of pride in Indianness, or plain curiosity about our past – the Indian market is hungry for mytho-fiction. Packaged well, a work of mytho-fiction will find readers.

Sanchita: Your word of advice to upcoming authors, especially those who are working on their first manuscript.

Shatrujeet: Three things:
# The more you write, the more you unlock, the easier the thoughts and words flow. It’s as simple as that.
# Some days, the muse will not show up. Those days, specifically, the writer must show up.
# Choose the story you want to write wisely as it’s something that you will be stuck with for the next one-to- three years. The story should be something that sustains your interest and your passion over long periods of time.

Sanchita: Sneak peek into your next project

Shatrujeet: My next project is going to be Book 3 of the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. I have already started writing it, and if all goes according to plan, we can bring the book out by the end of this year. After that, I get into the fourth and final volume of the series. After that? I have another epic fantasy series based on Hindu mythology in mind. I am also excited at the prospect of writing a historical fiction on a little- known but fascinating character from our history. There’s a spy thriller idea that popped into my head a few days ago, and there’s a social satire too. Which one, which one…? I wish I knew.

Rapid fire round (The first thought that comes to your mind on hearing these words)

a. Folklore : Madhubani art
b. Tales : Jataka
c. Narration : Producers, actors and directors who won’t read scripts and insist on a narration instead
d. Deception : Karachi
e. Border : A turbaned Sunny Deol with a rocket launcher on his shoulders

About the Author

Door-to- door salesman, copywriter, business journalist and assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with the Indo-Pak spy thriller The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series, and is also scripting an ambitious Bollywood movie project for a large, Mumbai-based production house. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories. He can also be found at Nath and @shatrujeet

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Finding The Angel by Rubina Ramesh

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Rubina Ramesh


All She wanted was love...

Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…

All He wanted was to trust…

Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…

All They need is to find The Angel…

Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft. 

Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?

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About the author

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer, and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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Schedule: Finding the Angel by Rubina Ramesh

NameType of post :Date of Posting
Chittajit MitraSpotlight4/5/2017
Nilima MohiteSpotlight4/7/2017
Sunanda ChatterjeeReview4/7/2017
Devika FernandoInterview4/7/2017
Reshma RanjanInterview4/7/2017
Jasleen KaurSpotlight4/8/2017
Rohan KachaliaSpotlight4/8/2017
Paulami Dutta GuptaReview4/8/2017
Sunita SaldhanaReview4/8/2017
Sonia RaoInterview4/8/2017
Nilima MohiteReview4/9/2017
Lata SunilSpotlight4/9/2017
Shaira ChandlerSpotlight4/9/2017
Rohan KachaliaReview4/9/2017
Khushboo ShahInterview4/9/2017
Geeta NairReview4/10/2017
Ruchi SinghReview4/10/2017
Usha NarayananReview4/10/2017
Mahesh SowaniInterview4/10/2017
Sundari VenkatramanInterview4/10/2017
Sunanda ChatterjeeSpotlight4/11/2017
Vandana ShankerReview4/11/2017
Janaki NagarajReview4/11/2017
Sundari VenkatramanSpotlight4/12/2017
Khushboo ShahReview4/12/2017
Shree JananiReview4/12/2017
Vandana ShankerSpotlight4/13/2017
Wander Girl LifeReview4/13/2017
Paromita GoswamiInterview4/13/2017

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