Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: Metro Diaries by Namrata

Good day everyone,
The die-heart romantics will like this book a lot. Collection of 20 short love stories by Namrata.

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Spotlight: Metro Diaries by Namrata



What I liked:
The book scales different aspects or facets of love. Different hues of love. It can be one-sided love or childhood love or undying love.
Each story is accompanied by a poem. I eagerly waited for each one.
Some of the feelings or situations are depicted very beautifully. You start living them as if you are the protagonist or relating to the times when you were in love :)

What I wanted more:
Some stories are too mystical, not easy to interpret. My view.
Sometimes some passages were repetitive or too long in depiction of the situation.


Some of the passages I liked:

Come closer and let me feel you in my arms.
 Let me realize you are no longer a dream.
 But have walked out of them
 to make them come true!


It is like saying you love the rains and when it rains,
you open your umbrella or stay indoors; you love the wind
and when it blows, you close the doors and windows. I am
terrified of losing her and I am terrified of losing myself
after losing her, never ever to be found again.”

“I never told you how beautiful you are, coz for me it
is like telling a word its meaning; completely futile. But for
me you will always be beautiful. Because you are a dream
and dreams are always beautiful. They always make you
smile even if they don’t turn into a reality.”

Ron's letter to Linda
You made me realize that each one of us is a special
soul with magic within us which gets unlocked only when
we meet the other half of the soul. After meeting you, my
life has just grown into leaps and bounds. The joy, that
has grown multitudes, is something I cannot stop smiling
about.


“They do, Ron, for love is always beautiful then, now
and forever. It is people who make it ugly. Amongst this
ugliness, there will only be one heart that will be able to
sing back the song your heart wants to hear, and the day
you find that heart, never let it go at any cost…"

– I am – 
A dream that could remain incomplete
to complete you,
A star that could fall
to make your wish come true,
A tear of happiness that wants
to roll out of your eyes,
A cloud that wants
 to drench you in the rain of love,
A book that wants
to fill its pages with you,
A gust of wind that wants
 to take you along for a flight,
A shadow which
won’t leave you even in darkness.


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Spotlight: Only Wheat not White by Varsha Dixit

Good day people,
This is not a recipe book. The Cover is enticing though. The story even more.
We covered this book for the #TornadoGiveaway 2, I was excited when its book tour came up by The Book Club.

I am reading the book now and I am already pally with Eila the female protagonist.
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Only Wheat Not White 
by 
Varsha Dixit 



The Blurb


What if the one you completely love is the one you simply can't! Twenty-six-year-old Eila Sood moves to America to mend fences with her estranged older sister, Sheela. Eila and the rest of the family in India had cut off ties with Sheela after she married Steve Jacobs, 'out of caste, and out of color'. Elia soon realizes that Sheela's marriage is on the rocks. To help pay Sheela's household bills, Eila takes a second job at an afternoon strip club. When she crosses paths with the owner, the handsome Brett Wright or 'blue-eyed ogre' as Elia calls him, he both infuriates and fascinates her. Brett turns out to be her reluctant and unquestionably sarcastic knight in shining armor. As Eila and Brett spend more time together their desire for each other builds. However, when Brett discovers the true reason for Eila's refusal he storms out of her life, accusing her of being a prejudiced coward. Will Eila find the courage to break stereotypes and embrace her love? Will Brett find solace in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Cate? Will Sheela and Steve divorce? All of these questions and more are answered in Varsha Dixit's latest and humorous and steamy love story.

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I'm the author of four books and the genre that I write is contemporary romance. Penning stories defines and completes me.I thinks of myself as a borderline obsessive-compulsive dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. A true ‘feel good’ junkie seeking quick fixes, I love a good laugh and a good book. A voracious reader of who dunit mysteries and legal dramas, I did sit down to pen a book on serial killers but finding it impossible to maim or kill anyone, even on paper, I penned a romantic story instead. Thus, I found my true calling – at least for the time being.Even though creativity is gender free, I feel blessed and enriched to be a woman.
Currently, with my family, I'm settled in the US.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spotlight: Metro Diaries by Namrata

Good day People,
We won the #TornadoGiveaway ! We are one of the 31 winners. Patting myself on the back & Thank you for the support.

This book was part of the TornadoGiveaway and I wanted to read it. So when The Book Club arranged its Blog Tour, I quickly enrolled us.
I am now reading the book. Very soon you can read the Review too. Till then...

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Metro Diaries 
by 
Namrata 



The Blurb


Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane, as "metro diaries" will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, metro diaries - love classics are tales that will hold you from start till end. 
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Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 8 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer's Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: The Second Coming by Shubha Menon

Good day everyone,
Like promised here is the Review of  Shubha Menon's first book: Second Coming.
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The Second Coming
by 
Shubha Menon


I was giggling or grinning most of the time when reading the book. Mini, you are adorable!
To the traditional Indian mind, it can cause trauma but I am glad it didnt portray a morale-principle abiding tale.



The Story:
Mrinalini Mehta alias Mini, for her friends, is in her forties, married for eighteen years to Shyam alias Sicko Shyam, as she calls him. She is the creative head of Soul Mates a Delhi based wedding planning agency. Mini's first love is Books and second is chocolate, leading her to dream romantic fantasies which Sicko Shyam is incapable of completing along with weight gain and impending menopause. She wants to give a shot to True love by falling in love with her Dream Lover or DL before menopause hits her.
She hates travelling but is compelled to travel to the Mumbai office to help with a no-budget, great big, royal wedding. The Mumbai office's boss Rustom is a Greek god in looks, makes ladies swoon, a skirt chaser though he is married, a perfect DL for Mini.
Does she chase this DL or he chases her? Is he worth risking her marriage?
Grab the book to find out for yourself.

What I liked:
Realistic characters apart from Mini/Shyam/Rustom to Manhatta, Soul Mates owner to Shox to Polka to Mini's friends Aditi or Dhira or Neelu to the bride of the royal wedding.

Mini's brainwaves. I was floored when she came up with the wedding in a hot air balloon :) Like Rustom said ,"How do you do it, Mini? Are you sure you don't think up ideas at home at night and pretend to get brainwaves?" :)

Mini's resolve to improve herself physically and then getting herself independent. Not relying on men to take her life forward. Her thinking-on-your-toes.

See the narration is so natural, I am describing Mini as if she is real-life. The narration is totally realistic :) to the extent that Mini's sensuous experiences are worded in terms of dessert or food :D

Melted chocolate full of soft marshmallows and oodles of sinful cream 
or
Piping hot kaali daal topped with fresh, homemade, white butter. Luscious seekh kababs, textured on the outside, silken on the inside, melting in the mouth....

The comical scenes are hilarious. The charger one or the dropping contact lenses in her drink or Pritam Pal declaring her dress as nightie or the sleep walking hotel manager,....

What I wanted more:
Cutting short the repetition of Mini's thought process. Too much chatter in too many words and too many times. But it was a good long read throughout.

Shubha, you can also become a good food writer. Just a tip ;)



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Till then Bye & Take care. 


Friday, October 2, 2015

Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 75: WRONG FOR THE RIGHT REASONS by Ritu Lalit

Good day people,
I want to read this one for sure.
Written with wry self deprecating humour, this is the story of a divorced woman's quest for love and security.






Name of the Book: WRONG FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
Author: Ritu Lalit

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3. Nikita Jhanglani  

The Story:

Shyamoli Verma’s timing is wrong. In her late twenties, she finds that her marriage is irrevocably broken. She comes back to her parents with her pre-teen son and an infant daughter, only to find that she is unwelcome.

Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family.

Written with wry self deprecatinghumour, this is the story of a divorced woman's quest for love and security.


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Ritu Lalit 

Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.

She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.

She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.


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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 74: TO CATCH A KILLER by Lindsay Downs

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A box set of 3 books ! Get them all !



Name of the Book: TO CATCH A KILLER
Author: Lindsay Downs

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The Stories:

The Masked Lady and The Murder

When Lord Robert Markson, Viscount of Hampshire, is force to return to England to find out who murdered his father and older brother he’s in for a surprise.

It comes in the guise of Lady Kristina Rosewood, daughter to the Earl and Countess of Crossington. To many she’s quartz but to him a multifaceted diamond.

While recovering from an attempt on his life which thrust them closer together they work through emotions for each other while sorting through letters sent to his mother years ago. Slowly, they’re able to discover the one man who could have set the murders in motion. The only problem, he’s been dead for years so who could it be and more importantly why now.

Once all the evidence is compiled the answer is something neither could believe as the threat comes from within the late viscount’s house.

The Guilty Countess 

Accused of murdering her husband, Lady Donna Kersey turns to the only people who can prove her innocence, her brother and his new bride.

As Robert and Kristina start their search for the real killer they learn the murder might be more complicated than first thought. Uncovering evidence sends the three in pursuit of a possible suspect only to find this person is innocent, or is he not guilty of the murder but not something else.

When Robert and Kristina learn Lord Kersey might not be exactly who they believe him to be that’s when the facts become murky. It takes a surprise visit by Kristina’s brother to help set the record straight which only adds more confusion to the facts.

Will Robert and Kristina find the killer of Lord Kersey before the authorities take Lady Kersey away in irons?

Highland Gold

When Lord Robert and Lady Kristina Markson arrive at their estate in Scotland they find that not everything is as it should be. Questions are left unanswered and a mystery unfolds.

Once they start investigating further, they realize the castle and the grounds are in shambles. Then people start to die, and Kristina fears the worse.

Her older brother, Lord Ethan Rosewood, shows up and makes unreasonable demands upon her and Lord Markson. Kristina and Ethan have never been close, and wherever Ethan is trouble seems to follow.

When missing pieces come together and the puzzle is forming, Kristina and Robert realize people aren’t as they seem and they must figure out who can be trusted.

Who is the killer? Does he walk among them, or are the clues to the mystery leading them down the wrong path?

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Lindsay Downs 

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Book 75:Wrong for the Right reasons, a lovely read.

Spotlight: The Second Coming by Shubha Menon

Good day everyone,
Especially the married people. Here is a comical take on life after a decade of being married ;)
I am currently reading the book. Some odd 50pages left so stay tuned for the Review coming up.

Take a sneek peak into the story till then...


The Second Coming
by 
Shubha Menon



The Blurb
A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.
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This is her first book. She is currently working as a Senior Creative Director with Ogilvy Delhi. A practising Buddhist, she dreams of living in the hills where she can read, write and grow climbing roses. She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and two Dachshunds. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 73: SECOND NATURE by Marie Lavender

Hello,
Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. Alec has a problem. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.


Name of the Book: SECOND NATURE
Author: Marie Lavender

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The Story:

She never expected it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She was unlike any other…

Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?


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Marie Lavender  

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published twenty-one books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature; "Lovers Like Us" (from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things.

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Tornado Giveaway 2: Book No. 72: MYTH = MITHYA: A HANDBOOK OF HINDU MYTHOLOGY by Devdutt Pattanaik

Hello people,

Hindus have one God. They also have 330 million gods: male gods, female gods, personal gods, family gods, household gods, village gods, gods of space and time, gods for specific castes and particular professions, gods who reside in trees, in animals, in minerals, in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects. Then there are a whole host of demons. But no Devil.

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Name of the Book: MYTH = MITHYA: A HANDBOOK OF HINDU MYTHOLOGY
Author: DevduttPattanaik

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The Story:

A decoding of Hindu mythology, Hindus have one God. They also have 330 million gods: male gods, female gods, personal gods, family gods, household gods, village gods, gods of space and time, gods for specific castes and particular professions, gods who reside in trees, in animals, in minerals, in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects. Then there are a whole host of demons. But no Devil. In this groundbreaking book DrDevduttPattanaik, one of India’s most popular mythologists, seeks an answer to these apparent paradoxes and unravels an inherited truth about life and death, nature and culture, perfection and possibility. He retells sacred Hindu stories and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals, using a unique style of commentary, illustrations and diagrams. We discover why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all except Yudhishtira) were sent to hell; why Rama despite abandoning the innocent Sita remains the model king; why the blood-drinking Kali is another form of the milk-giving Gauri and why Shiva wrenched off the fifth head of Brahma. Constructed over generations, Hindu myths serve as windows to the soul, and provide an understanding of the world around us. The aim is not to outgrow myth, but to be enriched and empowered by its ancient, potent and still relevant language.

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DevduttPattanaik

Dr. DevduttPattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010).

He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, especifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MID DAY.

He has also written a novel based on a tale from the Mahabharata titled 'The Pregnant King' published by Penguin Books India

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