Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Review: Wicked Forest by E.J Bennett

Wicked Forest (Hidden World Book 1)Wicked Forest by E.J. Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Crystal was quite an interesting character. Loved the way her character grew and her discovery of herself as she walked on the path of love. It becomes a pageturner as I was hooked to the book to know what was happening in the Wicked Forest and if the Carmichaels were as bad as they were supposed to be. Levi and Drake are to die for and even I got confused as to whom I should cheer for. Loved the cover. Ending .. no comments since I am now waiting for the next one.



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Blog Tour: Matsya by Sundari Venkatraman


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 with more than 25 titles to her name, all bestsellers on Amazon. She has grown up on listening to stories from Indian Mythology—tales from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, stories about Ganesha, Karthikeya, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma and more. Later, she went on to devour books in the genre, right from Rajaji’s works to Amar Chitra Katha comics that kept her fascinated through adolescence as well as adulthood.

Recently, the author decided to come up with narratives straight out of mythology, bringing the scenes of yore alive to young minds and even the older generation who continue to be enthralled by these tales. Sundari brings you stories from the Indian Heritage that is rich in its hues, told as is in simple English so that young minds have an opportunity to know more about our roots. 

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Candid Talk with Adite Banerjie

Today, Adite Banerjie has graced our site, and I have had the pleasure of getting some insightful information regarding the traditional publishing world of India today. While our intention is not at all to bring out only the negatives of traditional publishing, we want aspiring writers to make a conscious decision while choosing their path. In the upcoming interviews, we will even talk about the pros and cons of indie publishing and other routes too. 

Adite Banerjie is one of the most outspoken authors I have met. She never minces her words to put out her thoughts. And I really appreciate that. Dear readers and especially aspiring writers, this interview is for you. 

Hi Adite, 
Thanks for being such a big support to our new venture. And congratulations on the wonderful success of Destiny's Girl. It’s such a romantic story. I have read it when it was in its first print and I still remember the story. 

Hi Rubina. Thanks for your kind words.  It’s totally my pleasure to be part of your new initiative. Your support has always meant a lot to me and I wish you all the very best in all your endeavors. 

How are you enjoying the Indie platform? What is the biggest difficulty you had to face when you entered this platform?

Taking the plunge into something new is exciting and also very scary. But no matter how much you plot and plan, you will never know whether it is the right step or not unless you actually take it. The trigger for me -- to go indie -- was when I got back the rights of my traditionally published books. And I decided that there is no time like right now! Once I’d made the decision, excitement took over. I edited my first book and re-christened it “Destiny’s Girl”. When I had a new cover, I just wanted to show off to the world! LOL. Then, there was nothing to hold me back. Pressing the publish button gave me a new sense of freedom. It was like I was the mistress of my own destiny! Haha... Much drama, right? But what to do...I’m a romance author, after all? :D

 I’m enjoying the ride and taking the challenges in my stride. I’m discovering that the Indie author community is extremely supportive and that’s a good space to be in. The best part is, I’m learning to trust my instincts and go with the flow. I’m looking at indie authorship more as a marathon, rather than a sprint -- and I intend to have fun all the way. :) 

Adite, many have this misconception that writers who can’t make it big, become Indie. But you had made it big and yet came back to the indie platform, why?

I did have a ringside view of the traditional publishing scene and I was hugely disappointed at the way things functioned. The traditional publishing world is stuck in a time warp. Things move excruciatingly slowly -- be it in terms of evaluating a manuscript or even responding to an email. What’s worse is the utter lack of transparency and the negative attitude of people who are supposed to be in the author’s camp! I was not enjoying writing anymore and in fact, there came a point when I did stop writing! That’s when I decided I had had enough. I wanted out and frankly speaking, I’ve never been more at peace. I’m back to writing--and ever since I turned indie, my creative juices have begun flowing once again. Go, figure! :) 


What’s your next release? Do share something with our readers which will be a peekaboo to it. We are very happy souls if we know something extra about our favourite authors that other readers don’t know. :D


 I’m finishing up a brand new manuscript. It’s a romantic comedy set in Mumbai and is called “Bombay Heights”. It’s about Sanjana, a girl who has dreams and aspirations but has always been under the thumb of an over-protective family. So her one act of rebellion is when she moves to Mumbai to fulfill her dreams. However, in life -- and in fiction -- things never go as planned, do they? Soon she is dealing with competitive colleagues and an impossibly demanding client. In the mix is a hot and sexy neighbor whom she alternately hates and flirts with. And then there is her ex-boyfriend who’s trying to wheedle his way back into her life. How does it all come together for Sanjana? Or is she destined to be ‘sleepless in the city of dreams’?   

      4. Lavender Rose :) Do you remember the discussions we had about this rose of yours. A rare beauty. What made you make it the backdrop of your story?

      Yes, of course. How can I forget? :D  I wanted an intriguing motif for my story, Destiny’s Girl. Something that was unique; that would, in turn, drive my protagonist, Maya, towards her goal of revenge against the man who had destroyed her father. But as the story progressed, it became a symbol of love. Something to be cherished, to be nurtured. Maya and the lavender rose will always go together.  

5. Adite, being an Indie author, what rules have you implemented on yourself as a writer?  (eg. editing /cover making etc)

 It’s important that I give my readers an enjoyable read. So, while it is true that I can’t predict whether my readers will “love” my story, I can only try my best. However, in terms of the reading experience, I can definitely ensure that my readers get to read content that is well written and edited. So editing is number one priority for me. A professionally designed cover is also key to a book’s success. I’m trying to make sure that on these aspects, I can meet my readers’ expectations. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Candid Talk With Karthik Lakshminarayanan

Thanks for being such a big support to our new venture. And congratulations on the wonderful success of Unfairy Tales. It was one of the most innovative concepts I have come across. 

How did you come across this idea? Why this twisted turns in your stories? 

            As a blogger, I used to write humorous stories for contests that were a parody of popular works. I had written at least 5-6 of them based on fairy tales. Then one day it occurred to me why not compile them as a book. But when I started writing I realized stories needed greater depth to figure in a book and there needs to be a coherent theme across the stories in a book. So, I rewrote all of them with the theme of various kinds of unfairness. By telling stories from different points of view, I wanted to highlight unfairness in the stories as well as use the stories as a vehicle to talk about the unfairness of life in general. That is how the book came to be.         

While writing this book did it ever occur to you that you are changing fairy tales? Tales that have been ingrained in our finds since we could make sense what words meant?

Actually, that is what works for my book. Since people know the original stories they know all the events. Now I take the same events and weave a different story out of them. So that gives the reader an idea of the power of drawing narratives. My stories have the same events as the original stories. But suddenly the reader starts thinking about the characters and events differently.

I found that you were very sympathetic towards the characters whom many of us felt go the raw deal in the story - any particular reason?

Stories are always narratives of the victors. So if somebody rewrites, it has to be the narrative of the losers, shouldn’t it? Giving voice to the ones who have been drowned out in the sea of time. Otherwise, what is the value the author brings to the table? 

What is the biggest criticism you have faced after the release of your book? How did you handle it? (if any)

Some of the things that work for the book also work against it. That’s where the criticism arose. For example, the initial stories are light and humorous and turn dark as we near the end. Now, this makes the books interesting for both audiences. But then the ones who liked the lighter stories were not particularly happy about the darker ones and vice versa.

I use a strong narrator with unique world views to tell the story. So the initial part of the story is required to establish the narrator. Now, this makes it interesting for some. On the other hand, some readers feel narrator should have been invisible and the author should have dived into the story from line 1. Also, the strong narrator has the voice of the author which is appreciated by some. Others feel all stories have a similar voice.

Some of my stories have powerful twists while in other twist is subtle. Now, this again comes for both appreciation and criticism. Some people like the stories with the subtle twist most because they make the reader think more while others feel they are not entertaining enough.

So at the end of the day, I have to reconcile all the feedback and go with my gut feel for what needs to change and what need not. After all, no story pleases everyone.

Karthik, you are known as the guru in the blogging world. You are a blogger at heart (my presumption of course) but was this a conscious, marketing strategy or things just fell into place?

Things fell into a place I would say. This is my 10th year of blogging. No one plans from so far back, no? Even my stories develop as I write. How can my marketing strategy be pre-planned? But yes, I did give my blog a bit of facelift to coincide with book release.

What does Karthik L do when he is not writing? 

You mean what Karthik L does. Karthik L doesn’t write. T F Carthick is the writer. He only writes. Karthik L works as an analytics and artificial intelligence consultant. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Blitz: BOLLYWOOD FIANCE FOR A DAY by RUCHI VASUDEVA




Print Length: 172 pages
Publisher: Indie published 
Publication Date: May 6, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance 

Studious Dr. Vishakha never dreamed that winning a date with Bollywood heartthrob Zaheer Saxena would land her in an unusual deal to benefit both of them. Zaheer wants to ward off unwanted attention from his leading lady and agrees to help her save her face. It's just like a business arrangement for Vishakha - except that she hadn't factored in the unwanted, yet extremely potent attraction this movie star would hold for her. But she has to keep in mind that make believe is his talent - before she begins to wish this were a dream that would come true...

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Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. After debuting by publishing with Harlequin, she now writes emotional and amusing stories for Amazon.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: The Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction by Bhavya Nandakumar

The Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than FictionThe Storyman: Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction by Bhavya Nandakumar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is one short story that makes you yearn for more. Very well written. Short and left me wanting more. A tinge of mystery, supernatural elements makes this book a page-turner. I have only one thing to say to the Author. Please write more. If the trailer was so good, I wonder how the movie will be.



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Book Blitz: IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME by Divyata Rajaram


IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME
by
Divyata Rajaram



BLURB

If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in.

Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top.

Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them.

Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival?

How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?




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Dipika’s head was swimming as she sat in Tim Horton’s, Mall of the Emirates, waiting for Rupali to join her. The only reason she had even fixed up to meet her was that she knew her mother had called up Anjali who would have informed Rupali.

“Ha … I’ve crossed over to the dark side, Ma. Too late to return home again,” she thought. The black coffee she sipped did nothing to clear the confusion in her head.

Dipika pushed her limp, dank hair out of her eyes, struggling to make sense of the menu in front of her.

That bastard was stringing her along, she knew it. All his false promises meant nothing, she thought wearily while gazing at the menu.

She looked up to find Rupali rushing over to the table.

“Dips, darling, so good to see you,” said Rupali, trying to sound upbeat and cheerful. She almost recoiled as she hugged Dipika.

The stench of body odor and some other strange pungent aroma permeated the air around her.

Dipika looked awful; her usual dark circles worse than ever, hair dank and limp, and lips cracked and blistered. She never used makeup, but this was truly the worst Rupali had ever seen her look in a long while.

“Are you okay, babe?” she asked in a soft whisper. The answer seemed apparent - she was not.

Dipika made a superhuman effort to sound and act normal.

“I haven’t been too well, Rupa. That’s what I had called mom about. Hope she didn’t worry you girls. I’m sure it’s nothing serious. I just haven’t been sleeping much lately and it’s telling on my health.”

Rupali was sure that Dipika was depressed about her father’s upcoming death anniversary.

“Listen, baby … you are going through a tough emotional phase right now. It will get better, I promise. Meanwhile, we are all there for you, okay?” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt.

Dipika nodded listlessly. Poor Rupali, such a good friend, always looking out for her. Dipika felt a million miles away from her right now.

They finished their coffee and made their way over to a few shops. Rupali could tell Dipika was having trouble walking and put it down to her mystery illness. Psychosomatic symptoms, probably, given her bouts of depression. All she could hope for was that whatever it was, it would clear up and her friend would get back to normal.

Dior, Valentino, Lanvin; there was truly no dearth of high-end brands in the latest styles in the Dubai malls. The girls finally agreed on a stunning Chanel dress, stark and beautiful, in black and white. When Rupali tried it on with the blue turquoise earrings the shop assistant provided, she loved what she saw in the mirror. The hunt for matching shoes took them to the Shoe District where even Dipika was seemingly revived by the stunning collection of Christian Louboutin. Rupa convinced her to pick up a pair of strappy stilettos in hot pink with a gold trim.

Rupali hesitated for a few seconds before charging her card. Sometimes she felt guilty about spending Rohit’s money. However, he had always told her that appearance meant everything - sleek, sophisticated and expensive clothes were his natural choice and, now, hers as well.

Finally, exhausted with their shopping, the girls headed to the parking lot where Rupali’s driver was waiting for them. She asked him to first drop Dipika off at her apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road before heading to her own home.

On her way home, she quickly called up Anjali.

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Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial service professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land.

An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.      


                          


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Spotlight: You Can't Fight A Royal Attraction by Ruchi Vasudeva

Blurb:

Being devoted to his friends, Zaheer and Vishakha, the couple who helped him find his place in Mumbai, Rihaan is determined to keep Vishakha from worrying about her wild – and now divorced – sister. The logical option is to sweep the troublemaker off her feet to a supposedly romantic weekend getaway. But Saira is gorgeous and infuriating in equal measures. What's more, she won't stay slotted under the 'bad girl' label he had for her. Can he handle the real Saira?

Saira knows her reputation has preceded her. She shouldn't care, but Rihaan intrigues her no end. Already, she finds it hard to fight his appeal and maintain a cool distance from the reclusive yet arrestingly attractive scriptwriter. And then she discovers Rihaan has a secret. When the mystery about him unravels, will it tear them apart? At any cost, she cannot risk 

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Release date: July 18th, 2018

About the Author: 
Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug long resided in her till the Passions contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August '13 with her book 'Bollywood Fiancé For A Day'. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes. 

Juggling job, writing and family life isn’t something she would recommend to anyone who wants peace and calm but at the end of the day, she finds it very fulfilling. When not bent over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies with her husband and two kids or glued to the telecast of Team India in action. Sometimes she drags herself for long walks and surprisingly discovers they are rather good for brewing story ideas. 'Romance,' she holds, 'can feel over-hyped in this day and age but is all too tangible and needed in life on daily basis.'

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Twitter: @Ruchi_Vasudeva 
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What was it about that cool hauteur that made her want to play with fire?
          ‘Of course, you’re no danger to me in a…’ deliberately she let her gaze run over him. ‘…sexual way, are you?’ He didn’t miss it nor did he miss the insolence she projected. She could see his mouth tighten in controlled annoyance. For a wild minute, she wished he’d let loose and the unreasoning thought made her heartbeat pick up.
          ‘Are you trying to challenge me?’ Her heart jumped up at the deep voice laced with mockery. Coward, she derided. Surely she wasn’t frightened of him?
          ‘No challenge for you surely? You can hardly stand the sight of me.’ She reminded him.
           ‘Am I supposed to jump on you in fervent denial of that statement, swearing that I can’t keep my hands off you?’ A dark eyebrow rose. ‘Sorry, but your little game won’t wash, Sehgal.’ Irritatingly he addressed her by her surname again. 
           ‘Oh how astute you are, Khehra!’ She widened her eyes. ‘You catch on so fast, guess I’ll have to watch myself more around you.’ She formed a pout, aware of his gaze moving to it, feeling an unreasonable thrill as it did. She must be mad. Or starved of fun. But somehow she couldn’t try to get a reaction out of that stone monument.
           His eyes narrowed, ‘Whatever you’re trying, I’m not looking for trouble, and I’d advise you not to go poke for it either.’
           ‘So disappointing!’ She shook her head sorrowfully, ‘Here I was getting thrilled to bits we’re going to have this weekend. Just us. Lonesome, twosome.’ 

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Blog Tour: IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME by Divyata Rajaram


IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME
by
Divyata Rajaram



BLURB

If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in.

Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top.

Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them.

Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival?

How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?


Read an excerpt from the book...

Dipika’s head was swimming as she sat in Tim Horton’s, Mall of the Emirates, waiting for Rupali to join her. The only reason she had even fixed up to meet her was that she knew her mother had called up Anjali who would have informed Rupali.
“Ha … I’ve crossed over to the dark side, Ma. Too late to return home again,” she thought. The black coffee she sipped did nothing to clear the confusion in her head.
Dipika pushed her limp, dank hair out of her eyes, struggling to make sense of the menu in front of her.
That bastard was stringing her along, she knew it. All his false promises meant nothing, she thought wearily while gazing at the menu.
She looked up to find Rupali rushing over to the table.
“Dips, darling, so good to see you,” said Rupali, trying to sound upbeat and cheerful. She almost recoiled as she hugged Dipika.
The stench of body odor and some other strange pungent aroma permeated the air around her.
Dipika looked awful; her usual dark circles worse than ever, hair dank and limp, and lips cracked and blistered. She never used makeup, but this was truly the worst Rupali had ever seen her look in a long while.
“Are you okay, babe?” she asked in a soft whisper. The answer seemed apparent - she was not.
Dipika made a superhuman effort to sound and act normal.
“I haven’t been too well, Rupa. That’s what I had called mom about. Hope she didn’t worry you girls. I’m sure it’s nothing serious. I just haven’t been sleeping much lately and it’s telling on my health.”
Rupali was sure that Dipika was depressed about her father’s upcoming death anniversary.
“Listen, baby … you are going through a tough emotional phase right now. It will get better, I promise. Meanwhile, we are all there for you, okay?” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt.
Dipika nodded listlessly. Poor Rupali, such a good friend, always looking out for her. Dipika felt a million miles away from her right now.
They finished their coffee and made their way over to a few shops. Rupali could tell Dipika was having trouble walking and put it down to her mystery illness. Psychosomatic symptoms, probably, given her bouts of depression. All she could hope for was that whatever it was, it would clear up and her friend would get back to normal.
Dior, Valentino, Lanvin; there was truly no dearth of high-end brands in the latest styles in the Dubai malls. The girls finally agreed on a stunning Chanel dress, stark and beautiful, in black and white. When Rupali tried it on with the blue turquoise earrings the shop assistant provided, she loved what she saw in the mirror. The hunt for matching shoes took them to the Shoe District where even Dipika was seemingly revived by the stunning collection of Christian Louboutin. Rupa convinced her to pick up a pair of strappy stilettos in hot pink with a gold trim.
Rupali hesitated for a few seconds before charging her card. Sometimes she felt guilty about spending Rohit’s money. However, he had always told her that appearance meant everything - sleek, sophisticated and expensive clothes were his natural choice and, now, hers as well.
Finally, exhausted with their shopping, the girls headed to the parking lot where Rupali’s driver was waiting for them. She asked him to first drop Dipika off at her apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road before heading to her own home.
On her way home, she quickly called up Anjali.

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Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial service professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land.

An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.      


                          

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