10 December, 2017

Darkness there by Santosh and Lopamudra - Book Spot Light

Book Blitz: Darkness There - But Something More: An Anthology of Selected Ghost Stories by Dr. Santosh Bakaya and Lopamudra Banerjee





Print Length: 182 pages
Publisher: The Blue Pencil 
Publication Date: June 30, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal





Who has not been intrigued and enthralled by the spirit world, ghosts, other-worldly beings, or in other words, the paranormal? Ambiguous presences around us, whether in the form of orally narrated stories by our grandparents, or in the form of haunting, riveting supernatural stories in books and movies have held us in their spell, engaging, alluring us even to this date. In fact, the prominence of paranormal investigators, ghostbusters and others documenting the other-worldly in today’s age overpowered by science and technology only points to the fact that we crave to push our boundaries as rational beings and delve into the phenomena which we cannot define or explain tangibly.



This anthology of 30 selected ghost stories by authors dispersed all over the globe celebrates the spine-chilling thrills and sense of awe and bewilderment of this very inexplicable world inhabited by the other-worldly beings. Come, experience the cataclysmic, weird, and at times, benevolent spirit world and you will never have a dull moment in this roller-coaster ride!


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Dr. Santosh Bakaya

Recipient of the international Reuel Award for literature [2014] for her long poem, Oh Hark!, The Poet Laureate Award for Ballad of Bapu, Oh Hark! And where are the lilacs? [2016 Poetry Society of India, Gurugram, Haryana, India] , The Universal Inspirational Poet Award [2016 , Pentasi B friendship Poetry and the Ghana Government ] and the Incredible woman of the year Award, 2015 [Incredible women of India blog] Santosh Bakaya, an academician –poet –essayist –novelist, has made her mark both in prose and poetry. Her three mystery novels, [The mystery of the Relic, The mystery of the Jhalana Fort, The mystery of the Pine cottage] for young adults, were very well received in the 1990s.

Flights from my Terrace, her e-book of 58 essays, published on Smashwords [2014], now has a printed version [Authorspress, Delhi, 2017]. Ballad of Bapu, [a poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Vitasta publishers, Delhi, 2015], and Where are the lilacs? [Authorspress, Delhi, 2016] have received international laurels.

Her poems have figured in the highly commendable category and poem of the month category in Destiny Poets, a U K based poetry website. Her poetry has also appeared in Learning and Creativity- Silhouette magazine, in Incredible women of India, in an Australia based e-zine, Mind Creative, In Brian Wrixon's Anthology, the online magazine Episteme, published from Mumbai and Setu , a bi-lingual journal published from Pittsburgh , USA, GloMag ,Different Truths and Spillwords.com, all very popular international e-zines. 

She has co-edited UMBILICAL CHORDS: AN ANTHOLOGY ON PARENTS REMEMBERED, published by Global Fraternity of Poets, Gurugram, Haryana and Darkness there but something more – a collection of ghost stories. [Blue Pencil] Under the Apple Boughs, her second compilation of poems, is her most recent book [Authorspress, 2017]. In July, 2017, an Award for Literary Excellence was conferred on her by Bharat Nirman, an international NGO.

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Lopamudra Banerjee




Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet, editor and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She has a Masters' degree with thesis in creative nonfiction writing from the Department of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey, her debut memoir/nonfiction novel, (Authorspress, 2016) has received Honorable Mention at Los Angeles Book Festival 2017. The manuscript has also been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and emags.

Her fiction has been featured in Silhouette I & II anthology (Authorspress), among other places. She has received the Reuel International Award 2017 for Poetry and also Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore's novella Nastanirh (translated as The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook, and the book is available in Amazon Kindle. Her debut poetry collection 'Let The Night Sing' has recently been published by Global Fraternity of Poets. Also, her collection of selected stories by Rabindranath Tagore in English translation, 'The Broken Home and Other Stories' has recently been published by Authorspress.




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08 December, 2017

Karna's Celestial Armor by Surendra Nath - [Book Review]

Book Details:
Title: Karna's Celestial Armor
Author: Surendra Nath
Genre: Mythological Fantasy, Fiction
Length of the book: 281
Source: A free review copy from the author



Blurb:
We all know that in MAHABHARATA, Karna had, on his body, his Kavach-Kundal (set of armor and earrings) which rendered him invincible in battle against any foe. God Indra tricked Karna and took away the divine set. So, in the final battle, Arjuna killed Karna.

That’s the back-story. After that, what did Indra do with the all-powerful Kavach-Kundal? Did he hide it somewhere? What if someone can find it today? That’s what this novel is about. Vasu, from the present time, sets off to find the set. The spirit of Karna guides him through the search.

Indra always knew someone would come looking for it. So he used all his ingenuity to hide it in most impossible of places. That makes Vasu’s task so much more challenging. And he is not the only one who is interested in this quest. There are others trailing him.

Join Vasu in this thrilling adventure through mysterious locations in India to know why the armor was all that potent, and if it still is. 


My Review:

The story is about an ex-military person Vasu, who is chosen by Karna (a warrior from Mahabharata) to find out the celestial armor known as 'Kavach Kundal'. As per Mahabharata, Karna is gifted with Kavacha kundal covering his body from Lord Surya to protect him from any dangers. 

This is the sequel to "Karna's Alter ego" which I reviewed earlier here. Karna's celestial armor starts with a quick recap of Vasu's life and why Karna chose Vasu to guide him to find out the armor. Then, the story takes us through the different parts of India accompanying Vasu searching for the armor and its parts.  I felt the story is a combination of mythology, fantasy, and fiction. The author has given some researched facts about mind reading skills and other techniques that can be achieved with meditation, the science behind meditation, about the Ram Sethu bridge, about Yetis in the Himalayas, about Konark temple, Dwaraka, Somanath and Puri Jagannath temples etc., I liked reading about the facts and learning new things about these places and related incidents from Mahabharata. 

This book is better than its prequel as this covered a lot of places, people, stories, and myths. Some incidents in the book are very unreal and seemed like a fantasy, but this being a fiction work, we can live with that. The character of Vasu is too ideal to believe. I cannot understand how Vasu can handle his finances while he has to travel a lot and take care of his family too. The narration is good and the pace is fine but it seemed like too much of information is stuffed in the story. The title and the cover of the book are apt. I thought it would have been better if the story is narrated from Vasu's perspective than from Karna's. 

Overall, it is a good read if you love some fantasy with mythology and researched facts about Mahabharata and ancient temples.

My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have received this book from the author for review and this is my honest opinion of the book.

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About the Author:Surendra tries his hand at writing fiction off and on. A few of his short stories have been published in books and magazines. 'Karna’s Alter Ego' is his first attempt at writing a full length novel. Earlier he wrote a novella that sank without a trace.

For a living, at 58, he runs after children in KiiT International School, and the strength needed for all this chasing, he draws from his previous experience in the defence forces. He also publishes a children’s magazine – 'Kloud 9'. He is the architect of a Children’s Lit Fest, that is into its third year now in 2015.

Yes, he is married and lives happily with his wife and daughter at Cuttack. He has distant dreams of retiring as an aut
hor.


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Carthik's Unfairy Tales by Carthick - Cover Reveal



Cover Reveal: CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES
BY
Carthick

Blurb



A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?


What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?


This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

     
About the author










T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.


He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.






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Cover Reveal: CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

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07 December, 2017

Natural Vs Artificial light #WordlessWednesday

Natural Moonlight Vs Artificial lighting :-)




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01 December, 2017

Gratitude List for November 2017 #GratitudeCircle

Just one more month to say Bye Bye to this year. This has been the busiest month of this year except for the last week, where I got time to read a lot of books and do some freelance testing.


Here is my Gratitude List for the month of November:

Dance Practice and Family support

This is the top one for sure to be grateful for. I performed on stage and the dance came out well. Since I am performing on stage since childhood, a stage show doesn't give me any nervousness. I was more worried about getting ready :p (I am not very good at makeup). The kids' group for which I choreographed also performed well which is a relief. I am really grateful to my children and husband who were supportive for 2 months of dance practice on all weekends. 

November Photo a Day Challenge 

I  am very grateful to participate in this Instagram challenge. I have enjoyed a lot searching my photo library for different prompts each day. I used to post a photo daily after getting up for the first thing in the morning. I am grateful to 'Google Photos' which stored a lot of my memories. The search feature and tagging are very helpful to participate in these type of challenges.

A collage of my Instagram photos


Free time in the last week

The last week of November is enjoyable with Black Friday shopping, more time for book reading, drawing, blogging and a visit to an Illumination light show. I watched a few good movies too. It was relaxing. 

Light show


New Beginnings

Next month, I am looking forward to taking new students to teach dance classes and I am all set for this. I am excited to read more books and review them in December. I am happy with my new laptop and I am looking forward to learning new skills in software testing. 

With just one more month to go for 2018, How are you feeling about November? I wish you a happy December.  

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30 November, 2017

Second Chances by Kimberley O'Malley - Book Spot Light





Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 11/30/17
Publisher: Carolina Blue Publishing

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 Dr. Charlotte Avery is the newest resident of Windsor Falls, North Carolina. Just back from the war-ravaged plains of Africa, Charlie only wants to settle into her new life and to reconnect with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, her best friend from residency. What she doesn’t expect, or need, is the instant attraction she feels for Elizabeth’s brother-in-law, Brendan. A single dad, Brendan Fitzgerald isn’t interested in anything that will further complicate his life. Will they be open to a second chance?


About the Author



Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.



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29 November, 2017

You came like hope by Jyoti Arora - [Book Review]

Book Details:

TItle : You Came like Hope
Author: Jyoti Arora
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Length of the book: 165 pages
Publisher : Jyoti Arora
Source: A free e-review copy from the author



About the Book:
Peehu:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”

Adih:
“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”

Uday:
“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”

Pooja:
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”

Arunav:
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.
Free sample of novel at: https://jyotiarora.com/came-like-hope/

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My Review

It's been some time since I read a romance. This book is a cool breeze of subtle romance. This is the story of Peehu, who thinks herself as an unlucky girl. Peehu overcomes many failures in different stages of her life but still feels depressed as she is not smart, lucky and good looking like her twin sister Pakhi. But, everything changes on one day when Pakhi dies and Peehu replaces her sister's place. However, she realizes, being herself is more rewarding than pretending like her sister. The story is about being ourselves with our own imperfections and proving ourselves to the world. 

I like the characters of Peehu and Adi. They are really fighting with their emotions to get over their past. The character of the little girl Mani is very good and motivating. The character of Uday is very real too with jealous, smartness, hatred and with an ambition to become a successful enterpreneur. The narration kept me glued to the book until the end and the words flew easily between chapters and scenes connecting them well. 

One thing I didn't like is Adi misunderstanding Peehu from a small incident and making a big mistake which decides the future of both their lives. Anyways, it's good that he realizes his mistakes and escapes from his insecurities in the climax. I don't want to reveal anything more from the story, but all is well that ends well. So, I just say that climax is positive. 

The cover of the book is simple and the title is relevant to the story. The pace is just right and romance is subtle. I recommend this to fiction lovers who enjoy some real characters. 

My Rating: 4.5/5

PS: I have received this e-book from the author through book r3vi3w tours and this is my honest opinion on the book.


About the Author



Jyoti has over five years of experience working as a freelance writer. This experience includes abridging over 24 famous English classics like Jane Eyre, Moby Dick etc.
Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. But she does not let this stop or discourage her. For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from Ms Sheila Dixit, Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Ghaziabad wing of BJP. Her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites like YourStory and Inspire India. She was also one of the ‘100 Women Achievers of India’ that were invited to witness the Republic Day parade of India (2016) as special guests.
Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at jyotiarora.com.

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27 November, 2017

Prem Purana by Sudha Narayanan - Book Spot Light

Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan



Book Blitz by The Book Club of PREM PURANA by Usha Narayanan


Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House India 
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
Language: English
Genre: Romance 





No one is untouched by love, not even devas and asuras, kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nala and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till almost nothing remained.



Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.


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Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, media and corporate communications before becoming a full-time author. She has written several books, including 'The Madras Mangler', a suspense thriller, and 'Love,Lies and Layoffs', a Harlequin romcom. Her latest is 'The Secret of God’s Son', the sequel to her bestselling book,'Pradyumna: Son of Krishna', both published by Penguin.

When she’s not juggling travelling, writing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. 

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