Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sparks and Snowflakes!! PLAYING WITH FIRE by Devika Fernando






Devika with her "Playing with Fire"

I was very excited to read the second book by Devika as I had high expectations as I had already reviewed her first book When I See Your Face earlier.  I was not disappointed J

This book is very different from her previous work and it made me appreciate her versatility as a writer. This is the first part of a four part series and I immensely enjoyed it. The nature theme for a paranormal genre, references to the “X-Men” and the likes really got me glued to the book. (PS: I am a big paranormal fiction fan.)

 I have re-read passages of the book; just because I liked the way they expressed the fire or water element. The descriptions and personalities are very well written and the characters come alive within the pages of the book.

As usual in the emotions department Devika was in her element and she has brought out the pain and disillusionment of the Felicia and Joshua and made me sob at many a paragraph. The isolated little boy, the alone man, standing on the sides, apart and trying so hard to be detached; but like all of Devika’s main protagonists, so very human.The images of Felicia as the small ignored child; yet growing into a strong, friendly woman were very well written. I was surprised she didn't burn out as a teenager with the attitude of her family.

The emotions are the strong suit of this story as is the chemistry between Joshua and Felicia. I just loved the sparks that flew when they met; the author has done full justice to their love story and has meshed beautifully the paranormal part of their nature as well as the love story!

I really enjoyed the story line and how the element of paranormal was always there, just waiting to grab you as a reader. The descriptions when they are controlling or letting go of their elements of Mother Nature is a treat to read.

The climax was a liberation of emotions (literally) and I enjoyed the slow build-up that led to it. Kind of like a simmering pot that overflows.

I enjoyed this one because it was different from the regular paranormal.

 If you like this genre you will dig it!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Exposed! #TheRunawayBridegroom !! Cover Reveal



Books are my passion and with a group of like minded friends and a team of book lovers who idolize romance and all things filled with love. I have been lucky to be a member of the 

TBC / The Book Club.


 You all know that a lot of great authors and amazing books are going to be showcased for true romance lovers. Today is the day for another gem of emotion and love from one of my favorite author “Sundari Venkatraman”.

It is a proud moment for me and The Book Club to be a part of the cover reveal of Sundari’s 4th book, “The Runaway Bridegroom.” With such an interesting title and even more interesting storyline I am eager for the book to be launched. Thank god! It’s being launched within a few days!! ;)


So here are the details …..


Cover Reveal: 
THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM 
by 
Sundari Venkatraman


Sneak Peek


Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about  Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know if she wants to do that? 

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness? 


About the Author

Even as a kid, Sundari Venkatraman 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, she 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! She could never string two sentences together. 

While her spoken English had always been excellent - thanks to her Grandpa - she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography.

When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school's office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That's when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head - all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. 

That's how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.
While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up. There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.

Now it’s all about self-publishing her books on Amazon. Her first self-published book is The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition) in February 2014. Then came Meghna in June 2014. And now it's time to unveil The Runaway Bridegroom, all set to release on September 13, 2014.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Lyrically Us! BENARAS : Where The Even The Present Is Ancient.






The book of poetry by Maitreyee was different when I first saw it, the empty boats on the cover and talking about a place and not any characters. My interest was piqued and as I turned the pages and read through the first few pages I realised that the characters were there, not one or two but a whole lot of them.
This book talks in poetry and in its lyrical language tells the story of all of us.

It is not the story of just a city called Benaras but of its gods and demons, men and women, inhabitants and visitors; even the children. It is the story of all of us. The people who live there and those pass through.

The author strings together words to make such meaningful sentences; easily nudging us in the direction of all that we hold dear. How pretentious it makes us; how we each think that we are the most sincere, the most pious.
These lines will tell you…….

“You haven’t lived,
Till you’ve lost’
He seems to say-‘Most of all Yourself.”

Small children and adults are just swaying in the rhythm and intoxication of Benaras and its deities; you will need to read the book to know how the author merges the god with its human.


I quote a few lines,

“Habit is a beautiful thing,
Playing God is not.”

The lines are so simply written but express the depth of emotion the author feels.

‘Paagal pan abhi baaki hai kya?’

I read the book in one go and it is a short read but when you ponder over the poetry then you lose yourself in the by lanes and ghats of the city.

“God greets you in his stench,
Pure and full of Bacteria.”

The author talks of all phases, places and times of Ganga and her city. It is a treat for the senses and the mind. I felt that I was visiting the city along with Maitreyee.

There are many more poems to mention but I think then I might quote the book or most of it.  

Few of the poems I liked were apart from the book ;)

A Woman called Ganga,

Kaal Bhairav,

A Concert in Benaras.

Pick up the book for an experience in divinity and how tenuous is our connection.

I recommend it for its emotions.



(c) Indywrites.


QUOTATIONS THAT CONNECT.



The Wednesday prompt from write tribe was to list my favorite 12. Any 12 things that are most liked by me. Even though I could think of a number of things to list but I decided to go with my all time favorite - Quotations.

I have been a collector and reader of quotes since I can remember; maybe it has something to do with my mom teaching us life's lessons with amazing quotes.

Her favorite for is, "Curtsy costs nothing." Always telling us to be kind and to empathize with all the people we meet each and every day.

So here are  some of the quotes that influence me and are my guiding lights.




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Yes! There is always something to be thankful about. I had missed the time to add my linky to the WRITE TRIBE but Corinee with her magic helped me add it so once again I am thankful to her and to this beautiful blogging community that has helped me grow as a writer and made me some great friends. 



Had to end with this one; for me love makes the world go round.



Hope you liked my favorite quotes. I am sure I will remember another favorite as soon as I hit publish but then such is life. A new experience every single day.

Join the WRITE TRIBE  and get a chance to write, read and enjoy this and many more such prompts and posts.




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review & Spotlight on TROUBLE HAS A NEW NAME @Adite


Trouble Has A New Name



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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


#TroubleHasANewName and he is called NEEL. The name evokes beautiful images of clear blue skies and bright summer days and this novel has all this and more. Mix it with RAYNA – the night and the cocktail is one heady mix of desire, bubbling with emotion. She is Ray for her friends but she is also the ‘ray’ that brightens up the dull life of the super hot Neel.

I really liked the names of both the characters, so very expressive. Add to this the stunning visual imagery that Adite has written into her book and the exquisite opulence of the wedding – just marvellous. All the natural settings described made me want to pack my bags and head to Nirvana on the Beach, Emerald Island.

The story and setting of the jet set crowd has been written beautifully by the author and while reading I felt a part of the celebrations. The personalities of all the other characters whether the silly Sid or meddling Agra Aunty felt so real. The best friends and their nuptial are indeed the best place for a hot romance.

This is the second novel by Adite Banerjie and I must applaud the writer as she has honed her writing even more in her second book. I was very happy with her first book The Indian Tycoon Marriage Deal and it made me want to read more of her work.

Trouble Has A New Name has everything a good story should, lots of sizzle, great chemistry, a strong story line and beautiful locations. She has paid attention to each one and the characters too. She has fleshed them out, making them imperfect yet loving, emotional yet strong and determined. The family crisis and the tragedy only add to the substance of the story. (No more or I shall spill all the beans; you want to read them on your own!!)

Rayna means the night but she brightened up my day and I finished the book in 2 hours eagerly turning the pages and loving her Mantras.

Pick up this book and it will melt away all your ‘troubles’!


I received a copy of this book from the #TornadoGiveaway and Mills & Boon India. The views of the review are my own.

Read ahead for the Book blurb and buying details, you want to pick this one right away!

© Indywrites






Trouble Has A New Name 
by Adite Banerjie





The Blurb

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?” 

Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does - and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel - Neel Arora - and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm! 

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
    

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The Author's Thoughts

Adite Banerjie has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. After an exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she turned to freelance writing, crunched numbers and wrote reports about consumer behavior and social development issues. 

Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon and wrote scripts for documentaries and spec screenplays for feature films. She was hired by a filmmaker to write a feature script based on a true story. 

When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Passions Aspiring Authors Contest. Two of her books, The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name have been published by Harlequin India. 

She is currently under contract to write two more for the same publisher. She lives in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, with her writer husband. She loves to connect with readers and writers.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#FreedomIs @Women'sWeb



Another day, another post; this time for the #FreedomIs Campaign. I wanted to share the helplessness most women feel when they step out of their homes and have written about it. 

I am sure you will agree and this happens all over the world, not just our country. Click on the link to read on.....

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Even The Present Is Ancient : BENARAS by Maitreyee B Chowdhury


My love of books has an addition today as I shine the spotlight on POETRY and the Author MAITREYEE B CHOWDHARY. As a member of The Book Club my love for books has got a great boost and today I share a new treasure.

I find an amazing sense of beauty in the lyrical word.  The craft of stringing simple words along the path of beauty; making them sing is an amazing talent and a great experience for the reader. 

I am a believer of learning everyday and embracing new experiences & the poetry by Maitreyee has opened a new vista of reading for me as she talks about Benaras, life and lots more. You will have to wait for my review of her book to know more. Here are the details about the author and her lyrical labor of love.




The Blurb

Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras is a book that seeks to tell the little stories that make us who we are. The author believes that Benaras resides in all of us Indians, in some beautiful often-unknown way. 

The author is the Sutradhar, in that she attempts to connect an India that many do not realize exists, in that it is everybody’s story. Radha, Krishna, Ganga, Benaras and Me are all characters in this deluge of poems. This attempt at telling the story of the ancient, of love and of faith is to instill the confidence that poetry exists in all of us, everywhere, all that is needed is to smell its fragrance. 

To those outside India, the book does not seek to be a representation of what India is or was, but a whiff of what it also can be. It is an attempt to ask people to see the little stories that govern all of our lives, stories that we often don’t see, but those that are important. The audience for this book might be strewn across the globe, for faith is not religion-centric, it is people- centric and often without dimensions. 

In poetry there is no beginning, no middle, nor no end. Like faith it is everywhere, it is omnipresent. The book affords no answers, nor no questions, but if you listen and read carefully you will see new things, a new beauty perhaps, one that has been silent so long.


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Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a web columnist and creative writer. She is author of Reflections on My India, a book of Indian traditions and spirituality in parts. 

Maitreyee is also author of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple and Ichhe Holo Tai, a bilingual muti media presentation of poetry. 

Maitreyee is featured amongst other Indian writers such as Gulzar, Shashi Tharoor and Deepti Naval in an anthology of Indian writers Celebrating India.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ruchira Khanna talks about her CHOICES!

It is my pleasure to announce that my blog is graced by the presence of the Author Ruchira Khanna as a Guest Blogger.

Ruchira Author #Choices







Ruchira describes herself as, “Just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime by juggling between my passion and responsibilities.”
  
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, who draws inspiration from various sources and tries to pen them down to create awareness within her and the society. In America, she obtained her master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.  Ruchira worked as a biochemist at Silicon Valley for five years.

After the birth of her child, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well. Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books.

Her years of freelancing led Ruchira to publishing her first book, a fiction novel called "Choices"

She also has a children’s book published to 

her name as well – 

The Adventures of Alex and Angelo; The 
Mystery Of The Missing Iguana.

In addition to writing books, she also maintains an inspirational blog of daily mantras called Abracabadra Ruchira currently resides in Sunnyvale, California.

Reiki Master in her spare time where she shares information about channeling universal energy and conducts reiki sessions.


Today she shares a few insights relevant to her book Choices.

Choices are a word, and we all use on a daily basis; more so cause man is an intelligent soul to create many options for himself. This noun is used in all avenues thus leaving man confused, and puzzled over what path to choose or decide.

This can either be a decision to make when it comes to ordering a mere lunch in a restaurant or paving a path with respect to a career.

This choices word was given to me as a student who just appeared for my 12th-grade exam, and then the various options given to me by my advisor to venture upon. Now, sure to have options is a blessing cause that helped me study my pros and cons and decide accordingly. 

I spent my ~seven years studying my passion and over ~seven years working in that profession. Over the years, the choice that I selected did not serve me or did not bring me the satisfaction that I was anticipating.

Thankfully, another indistinct path became visible that had lots of shrubs and pebbles laid out. I could gradually maneuver through that rough course and make the track a little smooth for me to walk without wobbling. 

I saw the satisfaction and also the elation of expressing my within. This made me ponder over the word destiny or fate and thus, came a book called Choices.

The Book Choices gives us a peek into the lives of Mateo and Albert on the choices they were forced to make, but are happy to make a life out of it, and help sustain the expenditure of their families. 

It gives a brief look into the lives of immigrants on how these men over the turn of events are prepared to cement their passion out over their responsibilities and their priorities.

Then I take the reader upon the journey of a young boy, Leonardo, who has a passion for something. His whole life revolves around that strong interest, but along the way he comes at a cross-road that makes him ponder over the fire within versus the stuff that gives him joy and satisfaction.

I hope the reader can connect with those thoughts!

Thanks a ton, Ruchira for gracing my blog, I really enjoyed reading about the characters of the book and all that they must overcome.

A true life’s lesson.
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Choices by Ruchira Khanna


The Blurb
Leonardo is a young man who is standing on a crossroad of life, facing choices. One road leads to a high stress career that brings in big bucks; the other is a chance to make a real difference in lives of others. He has a few questions, questions that all of us have faced when facing choices that can change our lives. Does fate make a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow? 

‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them. It is a slice-of-life, a book written from the heart.


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Choices: A Novel talks about how we all come to crossroads in our respective lives, and then the impact it makes by a choice we make.
A biochemist by profession made a mere choice of enrolling myself into a technical writing course. Now, little did I know that this small decision would take me on a path to creative writing and eventually publishing a novel.

This novel, Choices helps answer many questions about man's ambitions and desires and how is it a road towards happiness and contentment that could eventually become your destiny. This is a "slice-of-life" genre thus, impacting all humans who have made a choice sometime or the other in this lifetime!


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