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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Release Day of all of me

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Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

ASIN: B01G0P8JGK


Book Blurb:


All of Me is a collection of thirteen little stories that have been gleaned from real life as well as imagination. Exploring a range of genres, these throb with everything primal to human nature: fear, angst, joy, love, and longing. Some stories are designed to elicit smiles, chuckles, and maybe even a belly laugh or two whereas some are meant as a reality check. Universal in nature, each story provides a glimpse of what women empowerment or a lack thereof can mean in a person’s life.
From a small hamlet in India to the roads of Australia; from a mother’s betrayal to a daughter’s confession; from an extra marital affair to a same sex relationship learn for yourself the what, how and whys.

Originally written for anthologies and ezines, these stories have been revisited and updated for this new collection.  



Excerpts from stories in All of Me:

1

Instead there were so many questions that started to raise their bantam heads. Why did she drive the winding lanes into the past to warm herself? What was it that she was hoping to find? Had she really blamed Palash for naught? Over the years had she made him less a person who had lived and breathed and more the dream of one? It was not impossible what he had accused her of. 
Ira looked at the man before her and matched him to her memories of him. They seemed two very different beings! Waves of humiliation washed over her until she was rigid with misery. The purpose of this trip was lost on her.
For a while she let his words run through her head like cool water on a headache and dared to examine her sentiments in the privacy of her thoughts. She let the long buried memories surface and in the one moment saw everything and wanted not to, wanted to make it go away, to unknow. In finding closure she had unearthed a truth that she wasn’t willing to face ever. 


2

She liked her job. It was good. Brought in quick money. Left her enough hours for cramming her boring science papers. What else can one expect? There were quite a few perks too. Posh parties where cocktails, five star food and good contacts flowed uninterruptedly not necessarily in the same order. Whatever. It was fun.
Okay it wasn’t a job to be proud of she agreed. But she wasn’t ashamed of what she did. Still it was a put-outer when people shriveled their nose after learning about her profession. As if she reeked! So she didn’t advertise her work much. Clients came in on their own. She had a reputation. Word of mouth was her advertisement. 
Namita was one of the best. A little pricey but satisfaction guaranteed. Naturally her clientele list included only a handful. She liked to stick to her regulars. Knowing each other intimately created a comfort zone which she thought was essential. Mutual enjoyment was her mantra. She diligently noted their likes and specially their dislikes. Their preferences for toys. The usual. 

It was a little tricky with the fly-by-night customers. It usually meant a day call. She preferred evenings. If the money was good she accepted. But she didn’t compromise with her three-days-a-night policy. In such situations Namita ditched one of her regulars by calling in sick. A little ditching was healthy especially since her work was so damn physically tiring. She only accepted them after seeing their medical certificates. It irked some but she never budged. She didn’t want to pickup something nasty from them. If they wanted her it was on her terms.


About the Author:

Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.

Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.


She has quite a few accolades to her name.


Contact the Author:

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cover Reveal of All of Me

*** Cover Reveal ***

Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

ASIN: B01G0P8JGK

Book Blurb:

All of Me is a collection of thirteen little stories that have been gleaned from real life as well as imagination. Exploring a range of genres, these throb with everything primal to human nature: fear, angst, joy, love, and longing. Some stories are designed to elicit smiles, chuckles, and maybe even a belly laugh or two whereas some are meant as a reality check. Universal in nature, each story provides a glimpse of what women empowerment or a lack thereof can mean in a person’s life.
From a small hamlet in India to the roads of Australia; from a mother’s betrayal to a daughter’s confession; from an extra marital affair to a same sex relationship learn for yourself the what, how and whys.

Originally written for anthologies and ezines, these stories have been revisited and updated for this new collection.  


About the Author:

Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.

Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.

She has quite a few accolades to her name.

Contact the Author:

Blog * Twitter eMail



This Feature is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Inside Story of Melania Trumph

My thoughts

The Inside story of Melania Trumph is an unofficial biography, which gives a deep insight of her lifestyle and the shares her story of how she is going to be the future First Lady of America. With an extensive research on the life of Melania, the author has now answered many questions the media might been seeking. Of how a little skinny girl from the suburbs of Slovenia, with a passion in modelling married Donald Trumph, the to be billionaire.

The story will thrill and keep you intriguing about the life of the Melania and her journey of being the future First Lady of America.

Book Blurb

This is a book about Melanija Knavs, today Melania Trump, an unauthorized or unofficial biography about the shy and skinny girl from Slovenia, a country most Americans think to be part of Russia, if they’ve ever heard of it at all. Even if they have heard of it, they surely haven’t heard of Sevnica, the small town Melanija calls – or at least called – home. Nonetheless, this Slovenian, this Sevnica native, can become First Lady as wife to the, at least on paper, most powerful politician in the world – the President of the United States of America. 

Her story is full of coincidences and aligned stars, the product of a web of incredible, even spectacularly fantastic circumstances. 
Melanija Knavs comes from a completely average socialist Slovenian family, born and raised in the former Yugoslavia under the dictator Josip Broz Tito. Her parents were not part of the Slovenian society elite, though her father Viktor Knavs was a member of the communist party. They weren’t rich, but they weren’t poor either. Melanija was never the brightest student and she never studied at Oxford, Sorbonne, or Harvard; she was never a supermodel, even less a top athlete, recognized scientist, or extremely successful businesswoman; nonetheless, today, right before her 46th birthday, she is by far the richest Slovenian of all time. 


Melania Trump truthfully didn’t actually have a career, but her story reads as if scripted in a Hollywood success story: a true American fairytale. 
We know a lot about Donald Trump, practically everything. On the other hand, not just Americans, but even Slovenians hardly know anything about Melania Trump. But when you read this book, you will learn almost everything about her. 

The biography of Melania Trump reveals a lot of new and exclusive information, thus far unknown to the American and Slovenia public. This information pertains to: 

- Information regarding the origins and roots of Melania Trump’s family 
- Facts regarding her mother and father’s profession in Slovenia 
- Official documents regarding Viktor Knavs’ membership in the Communist Party 
- Precise information regarding Melania Trump’s education 
- Who are Melania Trump's former lovers from Slovenia 
- Why Melania refused to speak Slovenian to her friends during her few visits to Slovenia 
- A review of her modeling career by a famous agent in 1993 in Vienna 
- Why Melania Trump became a successful model only after she met Donald Trump 
- Why Donald Trump still hasn’t seen Melania’s birthplace Sevnica 
- Why Ivana Trump thinks Melania is not qualified to be a First Lady 

The authors of this book about Melania Trump are the journalist Bojan Po┼żar and publicist Igor Omerza from Slovenia. 

I am thankful to Mayra Calvani to the presenting me the book in exchange of a honest review. Thanks a lot.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Diana Fletcher talks about her book Happy on Purpose

Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write the book?

My work as a life coach is primarily with women, and I know that women can be really tough on themselves. I wanted to write a book that would inspire women and make them realize how powerful they are. I wanted to give them ideas about happiness and joy that they may not have thought about before.

2. When did you realise that you want to write a book?

When I realized that I had knowledge, wisdom and compassion to share. I knew that I had helped a lot of women over the years, and I wanted to share what I had learned with other women.

3. Who helped you in writing the book and please say about their contributions?

My editor, Gina Mazza, was incredible! Her editing helped me say what I wanted to say in a clear, helpful fashion.

4. How is your book going to inspire the readers?

Each day, I have written a message that women can relate to about their health and self care, and all the daily tasks we do as women. Then I include a Happy Action so that they will know how to use the message to make their lives easier and happier

5. If you are given the chance to change one thing in your book what would it be?

Actually, this is the 2nd edition, (revised and expanded) of Happy on Purpose Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women, so I have already made all the changes I wanted to make. I took out unnecessary repetition and tightened up my messages. I also made the cover happier

6. How do you find time to write and which part of the day is best for writing for you?

I like to allow one full day a week for writing, and that day is Monday. I find it easier to know when I can work. I also,jot thoughts and ideas down any time I think of them. Morning is always best for me to get anything done from exercising to writing.

7. Which books have inspired you the most, in the journey of writing this book?

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing by Stephen King, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

8. What is the best advice, you would give for writers who are trying to write a book?

Write as much as possible and as consistently as possible, and read good writing. Also, get a professional editor.

9. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are reading, writing, and exercising. I do other activities but those are my top three.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Hopefully more writing to help women, and if I can settle down, a novel.

About the book:

This book is a mini-roadmap to mega-happiness. Think of the happiest person you know. Who is she and what is her secret? Well that woman can be you! It starts with the realization that being happy is a personal choice that you make every day. Happy on Purpose gives you the tools to do so. Diana Fletcher guides you through the year with daily messages to help you remove self-imposed obstacles and claim your true power. Each page offers a chance to pause and reflect on how you approach situations. She reveals how even the smallest changes can make the biggest differences in your life. The accompanying happy action items help you regroup and focus on what really matters. As a loving inspirational guide, Diana shares her wisdom and humor to encourage you to step beyond limitations and take good care of yourself--physically, emotionally and spiritually. When you do so, you connect with your authentic nature, which can lead to profound joy.

About the author

Diana Fletcher, Stress-Reducing Expert Life Coach,Writer, and Speaker, is the author of Happy on Purpose Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women, revised and expanded edition, a delightful book with daily inspirational messages and a "Happy Action" for each day.


Author Website: Thoughts by Diana

Friday, 13 May 2016

First look at The Conspiracy at Meru


First look at The Conspiracy at Meru: Vikramaditya Veergatha Book 2




Guardians of the Halahala has a new look as well!


The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.



Reviews for Guardians of the Halahala

The story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenge the way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. ~ Shreya Ganguly @ The Notepad Reviews

I am intoxicated, drugged, and floating in a world that has come to conquer my senses since the last few days. The world of Vikramaditya. The world carved by author Shatrujeet Nath. ~ Amrit Sinha on Goodreads

The quality of writing is powerful and beautiful, almost surreal. ~ By Manish Mahajan on Amazon


In fact the only disappointing thing about this book was that the second part isn't ready yet. ~ Srikanth Sarathy on Amazon


About the Author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with 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. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.








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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

False Celings Book Review

About the book:

Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night in 1946, she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes. From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin. When her great-grandson accidentally discovers the secret, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?

My Review

 The story spans across generations and mainly focuses on the pre-independence and post-independence days. The story talks about the hustle and bustle of life and particularly about a family who has a false ceiling. The mystery lies in the false ceiling but throughout the entire story the false ceiling remains a mystery to be unearthed.

I felt like the story is trying to keep the elements of the false ceiling a secret. The story shows the lives of horror and uncertainty during the Independence days and how tough is it to take decisions in those turbulent times. You will feel the heat as you go through the pages and how a life can turn upside down when you have no idea about what will happen next.

The things in the false ceilings unearth itself in the last part of the book, and then will you understand why it was kept hidden for decades.
I really had a great time reading the novel and had a glimpse of the days people must have faced during the Independence days.

About the Author:

Having studied M. Tech in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University, Amit Shara is currently working as a Software Engineer in TCS for a decade now. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos.
He can be found at-



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Book Review of Daughter of the Sun


Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA mythological fantasy
Word count: 93,000 words
Release date: May 1, 2016


Cult of the Cat series blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.
But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.
In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.

Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 - blurb

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.
But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.
Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

My Review:

The storyline is gripping and will thrill you. Filled with twists and turns it has the elements of suspense, action and adventure. The pace of the story will keep you in the quest of what will happen next and which mystery is going to unfold itself. Trinity has to find out the real mystery behind the Island of Cats. Mystery surrounds the novel in every part and with each mystery solved there is one more to be solved that will again give rise to more mysteries.

The author's creativity in the writing the book keeps the story in a good pace and I am looking forward to read the sequel to this book and to unravel the mysteries that would follow.
  
About the Author
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.


Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter



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