15 July, 2018

Bombay Heights by Adite Banerjee - Cover Reveal



Bombay Heights
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Small town girl Sanjana Kale wants a fresh start in Mumbai. A challenging job and some much needed distance from her ludicrously over-protective family could get her life under control.




Forced to team up with video game designer Ashwin Deo, who is too attractive for his own good, she finds life becoming a whole lot more complicated when he turns out to be her new neighbour. How can she maintain a professional distance with this charming troublemaker who believes in getting up close and personal?




To make matters worse, her ex tries to manipulate her loved ones to work his way back into her life. Hysterical siblings, a cantankerous client, an ex who will not take no for an answer, and a blow hot blow cold neighbour... Sanjana is sleepless in the City of Dreams! Can she do what Ashwin dares her to--create a few ripples even if it upsets her family?







Adite Banerjie is a published author and screenwriter.

Adite Banerjie discovered the wonderful world of books at an early age which sparked her interest in writing. After a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist she turned her attention to fiction.

Three of her books have been published by Harlequin/Harper Collins India. She is now committed to being an indie author.

She also writes screenplays and in 2017 one of her scripts made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships.

When she is not grappling with her current work-in-progress, she enjoys spending time with her husband and watching back-to-back movies.

She loves to connect with her readers and writers. .

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09 July, 2018

The Berlin Tunnel by Roger L Liles - Cover Reveal



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Thriller / Historical Fiction
Date Published: October 1, 2018
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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During the Cold War, a tunnel was built by British MI-6 and the CIA to tap into a message cable in East Berlin with the hopes of intercepting and exploiting communications with Russia. The Berlin Tunnel is based on this historic event.

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 In the height of the Cold War, American Air Force Captain Robert Kerr finds himself in a divided Berlin awash with spies who move freely between the East and West. His task—build a TOP SECRET tunnel under the River Spree into East Berlin—tap into highly classified communications links between civilian and military leaders in Russia and the Warsaw Pact countries.

Love couldn’t have found him at a worse time.

Soon after he arrives, Robert falls for a German girl, Anna Fischer. Nasty East German Secret Police harass them both constantly, intent on determining what Robert and his work crew are doing in Berlin, but it’s Anna who gets caught in the crossfire.

 The wall is closed, trapping 19 million East Germans including Anna’s entire family behind the Iron Curtain. As the world holds its collective breath over the Berlin Crisis, Robert and Anna fight for their lives as they attempt to free her family.


Advance Praise

"Exceptional!  The settings and descriptions are vivid and real.  The author is a master of making the reader want to know what happens next.”

 Karen Black, Author of Code of Conduct


"This story was captivating.  A good history lesson as well as a good read.  You get out of one tension-filled event only to have another start almost immediately.”

USN Captain Terry Badger, Author of The Saga of HS-8



“The characters, scenes and dialogue were absolutely believable.  I felt like I was reading an autobiography, believed everything the writer said happened and was surprised when I found it was work of fiction. I enjoyed meeting Anna and Robert and loved seeing the East and West through their experiences—1960s Berlin was as much a character as they are.”

Ingrid Hoffmeister, English Artist and Writer



“I volunteered to be the Beta Readers of a historical novel; what I got was a page turning mystery, love story and spy thriller. The technical details of the building of the tunnel were easy to understand and the tension of the many problems they encounter was believable.  Pat yourself on the back.  You’ve done a great job.  I expected that I wouldn’t really be into the book, but intrigue grabbed me right after the prologue.”

Sarah Vosburgh, Award Winning Short Story Author



About the Author

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Roger L. Liles is an admitted over educated bibliophile who decided he had to earn a living after BA and graduate studies in Modern European History; he went back to school and eventually earned an MS in Engineering from USC in 1970. In the 1960s, he was stationed in Turkey and German for five years as a US Air Force Signals Intelligence Officer. He issued reports which got President Johnson out of bed at least five times. He eventually lived in Europe for almost 8 years. He worked in the military electronics field for forty years—his main function was to translate engineering jargon into understandable English and communicate it to senior decision makers in the US government. He took novel writing classes at UCLA for three years including the Master Novel Writers Class. Now retired, he spends most of his time writing novels, but also dotes over his collectables. He is a member of the Scribblers of North San Diego Country. This is his first published novel.  




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06 July, 2018

My Gratitude List for June 2018 #GratitudeCircle

June is my birthday month. So, usually, it will be all fun and happy every year. Moreover, I met my parents and sister after a long time, which calls for more happiness and celebration.

I have imbibed a new philosophy in my life. Here it is..


While forgiving is not easy for me, Forgetting is a bliss. I forget many things from the past and so, it is easy to forget something which hurt in the past. But, I cannot forgive anyone easily. I can only isolate myself from those people and try not to hurt them from my words. But, it is not easy for me to forgive them wholeheartedly. Maybe someday, I will be there. 

Appreciating the little things in our life and being thankful are the initial steps that we can take to make our life happy. Won't you agree?

I am grateful to :

1. Mangoes
You might laugh at this one but I never loved mangoes so much in my life until I missed them for 2 years in the USA. We used to get some mangoes in the USA but not as good as the ones that we get in India. Myself and my kids literally indulged in the sweetness of this seasonal fruit :-)

2. Shirdi Trip
From childhood, this is the only trip that we used to take every year with the family and enjoy the family time together. We didn't visit any other place nearby other than Shirdi since it was tough to travel with kids.  Anyways, we visited all the nearby places like Ajanta, Ellora, Nasik, Trayambakeshwar etc., in our earlier visits. 

3. A visit to our dance school
I have met our dance and music teacher after many years. I also danced Kuchipudi trying to remember the dance steps that I learned 15 years ago. It made me really happy that I could remember 70% of it. We have also visited one of our old family friends.

4. Meeting my old friends
Fortunately, I could meet my school and college mates as they were on town at the same time. Meeting their children and knowing about their families and jobs was just an awesome experience.

5. Aksharabyasam Pooja
We did Aksharabhyasam pooja to our younger one at our in-laws' house. I am happy that the kid didn't irritate much during pooja and cooperated well to write his first words on the slate. This is the first step to learning and gaining knowledge as per our tradition. 

How did you find last month? What are you thankful for? Do let me know in comments.

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30 June, 2018

Success and Satisfaction #WriteBravely

PS: This is the final part of the fiction series. I am very grateful to each and every reader who commented, appreciated and encouraged me in this Write tribe festival of words. I was really scared to write fiction on my blog for the first time and you know, I tried my best with limited time. Success doesn't matter but the satisfaction of writing matters.

Read other parts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

Karthika is on cloud nine when she received the award from Business Insider as one of the Best Startups of the year 2018. The reason for happiness is not the award, but the thought that she could prove Rajiv wrong. Rajiv always insulted her that she cannot win life on her own without his support. 

There is no turning back for her. Gradually, she expanded her reach to other cities and became a popular brand on all third-party sites.

Now that the business is growing, she became busier. But, still, something is missing in her life. Neither the newfound luxury nor the comfort and money gave her happiness. 

She always admired the philanthropist "Mrs. Sudha Murthy" from her childhood. Inspired by her speeches, Karthika wants to do something which helps the youth of our nation. 




She still remembers her disappointment when she couldn't continue her graduation due to financial troubles. She started volunteering on a foundation which funds to build libraries in high schools across the nation. Also, she decided to contribute some of her profit to the students like her who couldn't continue her education.  This decision gave her happiness and fulfillment in life.


“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules



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29 June, 2018

Believe in Dreams and Make them happen #WriteBravely

Read Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 of the story.


"If we believe in our dreams and work hard, the whole Universe conspires to make our dreams come true. "
After the painful divorce, Karthika focussed completely on her tailoring business. Since business is growing with multiple orders, it is becoming a challenge to retain employees, hire more people and give better salaries. She took help of her ex-students who volunteered to work at her shop. She formed a trusted team of employees from her ex-students.

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Karthika resigned her job, pooled out all her savings and decided to try innovative strategies to move ahead.

She promoted her shop with unique features:

  • Quicker service(within 3 hrs) with door delivery by online booking 
  • A website to record orders along with the customized measurements, detailed charges and multiple models to choose from.


She also started selling ready-made embroidery blouses which suit for any type of saree. Introduced her product line in third-party websites as an independent seller.

These simple but important changes increased her reach. She knew her dreams would come true soon. All her hard work will be paid.


 “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella

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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of words 2018 hosted by Corinne. This is Part 6 of the fiction series. 




28 June, 2018

Freedom and Hardwork #WriteBravely

Read Part 1Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of the story.

Karthika tried talking to Rajiv zillion times to trust and support her. But, nothing worked. She couldn't satisfy his ego. Moreover, he started drinking regularly and abusing her.

She decided to file a divorce to Rajiv and move out from his place. Divorce might be one of the best decisions of her life. She never thought that coming out of a bad relationship is such a relief.



Even though she didn't contact her parents and friends frequently after marriage, they stood like her backbone when she needed strength. Starting a business from scratch needs positive spirit and hard work. 

She rented a small room for her tailoring business and hired a few housewives with a meager salary who accepted to work part-time at the shop. She trained them in tailoring and embroidery. She started taking online orders and used social media and the network of her school students to promote her business. 

Initially, the financial problems were too much. She continued her teaching job in the morning by taking tuitions in the evening and on weekends. When orders were more she worked hard till late nights. 

She saw a hope in her future with the growing business. 


“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – Mulan

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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of words June 2018 hosted by Corinne. This is part 5 of the fiction series.



27 June, 2018

Lolita by Rubina Ramesh - Book Spot Light








Print Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

Love or Stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?

Though what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When notoriety, that came along with fame, was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious greens of Panchgani. 

But a chance accident changes her life forever… 

Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. And balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his 10-year-old, motherless child made him decide to become a better father than he was. Taking a leave of absence from his work, he heads towards Panchgani little knowing that fate had some other plans for him. 

A chance accident that changes his life forever... 

Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, shamed for her choice in men, Lolita is exactly the kind of woman Advait doesn't want his daughter to be acquainted with. Little does he know that it is this attitude of his which makes him a target for the darling of the silver screen. 

For she was born to win over hearts!!!

Editorial Review #1
From Sundari Venkatraman, Bestselling Author of Tied In Knots and many more:
"With an unapologetically badass heroine and a super-hot dude who loves his little daughter more than anything else in the world, Lolita makes for an unputdownable romance; not to miss some truly hot scenes. "

Note from the Author:
This is a standalone novel and is not carried over to the next part. 

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR






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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Dreams or Relationships? #WriteBravely

Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the story.

Many say women change after marriage.

Karthika thought, "It's true. How much ever women try to be independent and confident, marriage changes their lives. If the spouse is supportive and appreciates her, she can rise to any level. But, if the spouse is discouraging and belittle her for every small thing, the confidence goes down."

Day by day, her problems in marriage are increasing. When there is no trust in a relationship, it is not worth continuing. She is creative and active person whereas, Rajiv is an introvert and restricts her to be at home. With difficulty, she finished MBA studying part-time. As a hobby, she used to stitch clothes and do embroidery. Her skill helped her to earn money after school. With her social network, she even created a website and used social media to promote her work. With the help of her close friends, she wants to start her own tailoring business and grow it further.



But, she knows that Rajiv cannot bear if she earns more. Rajiv already threatened her that he will take divorce if she starts a business. He wants to have kids and start a family immediately. Karthika is scared to take their relationship to next level. She doesn't want another life to suffer due to their differences. 


At last, the time has come to take an important decision in her life.
“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille
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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of words June 2018 hosted by Corinne. This is part 4 of the fiction series.
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