Saturday, July 30, 2016

Book Blitz: Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right by Varsha Dixit

Greetings People !
One of our favorite author is out with her latest book. This is the 3rd book from the Right & Wrong series.
Her others books and reviews by Grab the Book:
Spotlight: Right Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit
Book Review: Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit
Book Review: Only Wheat not White by Varsha Dixit


Presenting:



#askvarsha contest
Ask Author Varsha Dixit a question on your blog and she will answer you in her own unique way. Watch out this space for more. Only the best questions will be selected.

My Question for #askvarsha is..
The title of your books are like tongue twisters ;) How do you get these titles?

Answer: Varsha answered my question on a video on twitter. Here it is:
No method to my madness, I like that :) Thank you Varsha Dixit for taking time out to answer my question and post it as a video. Cool idea !

RIGHTFULLY WRONG, WRONGFULLY RIGHT
by
Varsha Dixit



Blurb

Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!

Gayatri and Viraj both are products of childhood trauma. Yet they were able to survive, one because of her shrewdness and the other because of his genius. Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right, the final part in the best selling ‘Right and Wrong’ love trilogy is the story of these two damaged souls.

Gayatri Dutta, the poster child for rich spoiled diva is fighting to escape a life of servitude her tyrant father is hell bent on pushing her into. Her past string of failures have her backed against a wall. Lonely and desperate!

Viraj is a con who uses his genius to perpetuate his isolation. His life once of violence and abuse has left him cynical and cold. He shuns the society and its hypocrisies. 

And then Gayatri and Viraj cross paths. She needs him and he despises her.

To Viraj, Gayatri, is the epitome of all that he despises, shallow, manipulative and the kind who uses her beauty as a weapon. Or is she?

Gayatri sees Viraj only as a means to an end. She is sure that Viraj with his nerdy demeanor, owlish glasses and crude behavior will be easy to manipulate and walk over. Only he isn’t!

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Excerpt from #RWWR
‘I can do this, I can do this, I can...’ Gayatri wound her fingers tightly around her cellphone as she made her way to the cubbyhole Viraj called his office. I did not expect a freaking hug, but a polite ‘how are you’ wouldn’t kill that man. She rapped her knuckles on the door.
Viraj swung the door open. ‘What?’ His brows were furrowed and his lips, pursed.
Gayatri remembered what Nikhil had said to her once. Dr Viraj owns and runs this lab. He was the only one you needed to impress! ‘It’s my first day here!’ Gayatri could hear her voice shake. ‘Could you tell me...
Gayatri scuttled out of Viraj’s way as he leaned out. ‘Find an empty room, do your work there. You are free to leave any time you want. You are free to come or to not come.’ The door shut on her face.
Flabbergasted, Gayatri kept staring at the door. What just happened? She cleared her throat. I should not piss him off anymore. ‘Thank you for this…this job.’ Her voice was as uncertain as the look on her face.
Viraj tugged the door open again. Gayatri flashed a smile at him and opened her mouth to speak but he stopped her short. ‘I don’t like talking. Find a room and stay there.’ He shut the door on her again.
 Asshole! Gayatri fisted her hands and retreated. I can do this! I am doing this! Bigger picture, please! Gayatri paused and peeped inside the first lab that she stumbled upon. The place was quiet except for a low hum of machines. Gayatri pushed the doors open and walked inside the lab. It was empty. ‘Does anyone else work here besides the mad scientist?’ She leaned against one of the steel racks. The door flew open behind her. With a big grin she turned to greet the person coming in. ‘Hi! I’ she froze. It was the mad scientist with a bunch of papers in his hand.
Viraj noticed Gayatri at the same time. A familiar irritation flashed in his eyes. ‘Not this room. Not my lab! Find another room!’ He spoke with cool authority.
‘I was just looking!’ Gayatri smoothed her ponytail trying to mask her nervousness. He had her in knots.
Giving an indifferent shrug, Viraj walked past her. Gayatri got a whiff of his aftershave; it smelled clean and crisp, like water with a twist of lemon. At least he doesn’t stink like his manners! Gayatri stood there quiet and confused.
A loose paper slipped from Viraj’s hand and landed on the floor.
‘You dropped some paper!’ Gayatri said, her voice friendly.
‘Ignore it. Like you, it is not going anywhere.’ Viraj pulled a portable stool and took a seat in front of an electronic panel fixed to a bigger panel.
Gayatri gritted her teeth and grinned with the ferocity of a wild animal that could pounce any moment.
Unknown to her, Viraj gave a similar smile except his was more like the wild animal that had pounced and won.
‘I’ll go and find a room. Thank you!’ Swiveling on her heel, Gayatri headed for the door.
Something stopped herher father’s face and the realization that two weeks ago she had physically fought for herself, and now she had to fight again but with her mind instead of hands. I have to win over Mr Madness. Maybe I could wear a beaker over my head and tattoo the periodic table on my arms!
‘If you are trying to open the door telepathically, let me be the first to tell you it is not working!’ 
Gayatri exhaled noisily. Scathing and sarcastic, what more could a woman ask for? Taking a few calming breaths, she slowly pivoted to face Viraj, specifically his back as he sat hunched fiddling with the panel in front of him.
 ‘I’m sorry if I have offended you somehow. I really need this job. And also, I’m qualified for it. I can show you my degrees. I can really make a difference here.’
Hearing Gayatri’s words and her apologetic tone, something melted inside Viraj...again. But to keep up appearances, he turned rude. ‘I’m busy!’ he barked.
 ‘Please Mr Viraj, give me’ Just then, without warning, someone swung the door open. Gayatri wasn’t prepared for the push. ‘Ouch!’ She toppled. Her desperate hands grabbed the first thing in the vicinitya steel rack. The rack shuddered violently and some of its contents landed on the floor.
‘What the hell!’ Viraj bellowed jumping to his feet.
Gayatri winced. A large electrical component had crashed into her hand ‘The door just opened, pushing me in,’ she said shaking her arm in pain.
 Viraj glared at the door. He instantly lost the frown and his mouth eased at the ends. ‘Oh it’s you! Come inside!’
Huh, Hyde turns Jekyll! Gayatri spun around.
A timid, bespectacled, five-foot-nothing girl, her long hair in a tight braid, clad in a pastel-coloured salwaar kameez, stood at the door. Her skin was smooth and her hands kept tugging at the dupatta around her neck ‘Sorry to interrupt! Dr Kalra wanted to show you some tests he is about to run in lab 2.’ She then glanced at Gayatri. ‘I’m sorry if I hurt you. It was an accident.’
Gayatri was about to speak but Viraj cut her off. ‘She’s fine. Let’s go!’
Viraj went out with the girl, not even sparing a glance at Gayatri.
Astounded, Gayatri watched them leave.

Urghh…the shit-faced scientist actually smiled and that too at that girl! Gayatri kicked the steel rack. It shuddered again! Shoot! Before anything else would fall on her, Gayatri went after the scientist and the simpleton.


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Varsha Dixit

Varsha Dixit, the bestselling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: The BNO: Sex, Life And Hookah by Manoj Jain

Good day everyone,

We are reviewing a different type of Book as a request from the Author Manoj Jain. If you check his Amazon Author page, you will find multiple books under his name from Medical to Management and then this one. So you can see he is a multi-faceted person.

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Blurb
"Eight men, 

Two girls, 

One boys’ night. 

He could be the man you say hello to in the lift every day, he could be your boss, he could be your husband. 

She could be your sister, the girl-next-door or your girlfriend. 

In this fast-paced novel that reveals a slice of urban life, The BNO opens the doors to the locked world of people’s minds, and explores the lives of eight Mumbaikars, examining them through their sexualities and what makes them behave in the way they do. 

The BNO looks at how the lives of eight relationships get affected by a casual night out. From the lonely housewife to the travelling business man, the book delves into the very private lives of married couples and how a single night can alter all existing equations."

About the Author:

Manoj Jain has always been interested in human relations and how they are played out over differing circumstances. He is an alumnus from IIM Ahmadabad and a student of Psychology. The BNO is his first book. He lives a quiet life in Mumbai with his wife and children.
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What I liked :
Its a tiny book of 150 pages but it has a lot of stuff going on. Each character has a chapter to themselves describing why and how they are the way they are :)
The language is good. The descriptions of places and thoughts are pretty vivid, it might leave an impression on your mind. Dont go categorizing men after reading this one. 
The story flows smoothly. It introduces new concepts and gives fodder for your thought process. 
The author is interested in psychology and a keen observer of human patterns and behaviors is very clear from chapter one. The whole book is based on these patterns of humans, their sexuality, fantasies, habits, fetishes,... 
It makes one introspect about our own thought process. The author shows proves the Freudian theory, that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect.


What I wanted more:
This book is not a funny, boys having some fun type of book. Not everyone's cup of tea or choice of book.
The story and certain parts are a little too dark and make it gross you out. I wish the author hadnt been so descriptive about them, leaves an imprint on the mind. May be that was the whole point. So good & bad point.

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Disclaimer: I received a paperback of this novel from the author in return for my honest review.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Blitz: My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari

Good day people !
Falguni Kothari has many books to her name. Historical to Romance. My last Love story is her 4th book and hopefully not her last.
Lets get to know more:


MY LAST LOVE STORY 

BY 

FALGUNI KOTHARI





BLURB


Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreaking and poignant tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong. 

*** 
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me. 

Love is meant to heal wounds. 
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin. 
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul. 

I love my husband, and he loves me. 
But Nirvaan is dying. 
I love my husband. I want to make him happy. 
But he is asking for the impossible. 

I don’t want a baby. 
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan. 

I don’t want another chance at another love story. 

***WARNING*** 
Weepers, keep tissues handy.

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Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.

My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Guest Post: How did you research for the Sport: Boxing? to Nidhie Sharma

Greetings Book lovers,
Today we have debutant Author Nidhie Sharma answering our question for her Book: Dancing with Demons. The book is getting raving reviews. Get to know more about the story at: Book Blitz: Dancing with Demons by Nidhi Sharma


So the question to Nidhie Sharma is :
Q: Everyone is talking about the Sport: Boxing and how well you have portrayed it. How did you research for it?

A: I was brought up in an army background that exposes you to adventure and the outdoors very early on. Having studied in various army schools across India, I trained in karate, horse-riding and attended adventure camps. Camping, trekking, hiking along with all the unforgettable misadventures shaped my love for the outdoors.

I have a deep and old connection with the sport. As a teenager, I watched live boxing matches. They fascinated me no end. Two men beating the hell out of each other while spectators egged them on. I noticed that every time a boxer bled in the ring, the audience cheered even louder. Human reaction to violence only shows how deep and primal that instinct is and this totally fascinated me back then. I started to watch boxing championships on the internet. Soon I was following the sport like a fan and started going for the big fights to Madison square garden while I was studying filmmaking in New York. I met boxers and coaches out of curiosity and interest. I spent time inside boxing gyms and also started to train and spar at a local club in NYC.

Personally, I love the raw athleticism in this sport and the fact that it is a skillful craft, needing strategy and forethought. Also, when the boxers fight, it is almost like a dance in the ring, lyrical and rhythmic, and that has drawn me to it visually as well. Given my exposure and interests, I think the stage to write Dancing with Demons, was set long ago.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: That Same Old Love by MV Kasi

Good day People,
Yes, I am now writing the Review for MV Kasi's book which you read about on: Book Blitz: That same old Love by MV Kasi  after the Guest post: You say you are a Bold Heroine romance addict.How do create your characters? to MV Kasi

It is one yummy, mature, scintillating, humorous, good on Feels department type of book. Read on to know more of what I mean ;)



Story:
Mahi is back in Hyderabad after 14 years, lock-stock-barrel to start a life all over again. Rumour has it that she is divorced and had an affair with a younger man in age. This is isn't surprising as Mahi has always had the reputation of a Bad Girl especially for her neighbor Samrat and his sister Ananya. Mahi made Ananya's life hell in college and had cost Samrat his degree and scholarship for further studies abroad. Now she is back and Samrat the multimillionaire swears to keep her out of his and his happily married sister Ananya's life with a 13yr old daughter. More so now as Ananya is married to Mahi's ex-boyfriend from college Sidhu who was deep in love with Mahi and whom Mahi dumped unceremoniously when she got married to the guy of her parents choosing.
This is easier said than done, as the physical chemistry fires up every time Mahi and Samrat lock horns, which is frequently. What is the agenda for Mahi to return now after 14years? Why did she choose her hometown Hyderabad to return and does she mean it when she repeatedly apologizes to Samrat and Ananya? How does the no-strings-attached wild fling turn from physical attraction to one of them demanding more?

What I liked:
Everything :) Let me explain. Its not just a story full of steamy, adrenaline rush sex scenes or how a bad girl does mean things and the good nerd guy knocks some sense into her. These scenes too have their part in portraying the characters and their patterns. Read more about it Guest post: You say you are a Bold Heroine romance addict.How do create your characters? to MV Kasi

The Characters are deep and multi layered and so well described I loved each of them even with their flaws. Each of them has a chunky part.

The story moves from present to flashback smoothly. In the present scenes too there is no mystery about the past but when the flashback happens, it makes the entire episode more clear.

The story is pretty long and steady paced. Each part has its perfect length. The font is small, if it had been bigger it would have doubled from 300 pages very easily. But its not easy to put it down too.

The book addresses concepts in a balanced way and there are many. The best I liked was about, what Feminism is. The 2 group of friends and their way of interpreting the term Feminism is so simple and knocks the nail home perfectly. Hats off Manya, on this :)

Other topics like Depression, adultery, teenage mental health, parent-child relationships, domestic abuse, Self-love, keeping others and their happiness before your own self, people-pleasing, jealousy, child-loss, spouse compatibility,.....etc too many right. Now you know how Huge the book is :D

The friends and the roles they can play to make or break your life. Mahi and her gang was ultimate, I was ROFL when their part came ;) Search for Ashwini :D

The stark difference in types of parents and their role is highlighted subtly. Be it Samrat or Sidhu's parents and on the other side Mahi or her ex-husband's parents.

The maturing with age phrase is shown very well in this story. Not just for Mahi but her ex-boyfriend Sindhu or his teenage daughter Shrishti or her own ex-MIL,...

I love strong woman protagonists. In this story all women are very strong. Hats off to them and their better halves who are pretty supportive.

The steamy scenes are pretty bold and shouldn't be missed ;) Just a tip :D

What I wanted more:
The book could have been split into 2 books, its that huge. Or Manya are you planning a sequel to it? Let us know soon ;) I would love to read more of your work.

The tragic bits are in some places hurried and some places go on for very long. For example, the argument where they try to stay away from each other I thought was a little stretched and also her reason to avoid taking the relationship further.


We got the privilege to ask Manya Kasi to tell us more about how she creates her characters. Read the Guest post: You say you are a Bold Heroine romance addict.How do create your characters? to MV Kasi

A must-read book for Romance lovers and who love a good, balanced story.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Guest post: You say you are a Bold Heroine romance addict.How do create your characters? to MV Kasi

Good day people !
My very first Guest Post on this blog for Author MV Kasi on her book: That Same Old Love.
I have read the book and its super-duper. Know about the story: Book Blitz: That same old Love by MV Kasi


MV Kasi answers:
Q: Congratulations on the Debut novel. The story seems spicy :) You say you are a Bold Heroine romance addict. How do create your characters?

A: Thank You. Yes, bold heroines are my pleasures. I don't feel guilty at all for them to be my guilty pleasures. :)

The story is definitely spicy. It had to be, since the lead couple starts their relationship as a purely physical one. But one thing I made sure of while writing the sex scenes was to further the character arc and place some form of emotional resonance within them. At the end of the scene, the reader would learn something new about my main characters and have a deeper understanding of the couple's dynamic. I also ensured that each sex scene moved the story forward.

When it comes to creating characters, I started writing while keeping my love for women-oriented books in mind. At the beginning, I found the most interesting characteristic traits in my female lead and tried to build a story around it. At the beginning of my story I only knew a few surface facts of the main characters. I knew that Mahi was a bully and not well-liked by most people, but she had a past boyfriend who had loved her and she loved him in return. What happened? Why was she like that? How can a practical and nerdy person like Samrat, who hated her, fall in love with her? Questions like those drove my story.

I then let the characters speak to me and tell their story. As I started writing, I understood their motivations, the people they met, the people they loved or hated, etc. The evolution of the Mahi and Samrat was my main story. I also loved creating well-rounded secondary characters that behaved like the catalysts, rather than drive the story.


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I can very well relate and understand how the story has evolved and this answer truly fits the characters and their roles in the story.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Book Blitz: That same old Love by MV Kasi

Good day everyone,
You like romance, strong woman leads, a bad girl turns a heroine when she reclaims her life, nerdy guy who has feelings for the bad girl, tragedy, good friends who push/prod you on the right path, juicy pieces ;),...  This book is all this and more :) Read on:



THE SAME OLD LOVE
BY
M.V. KASI


Blurb

A former bad girl with a past...

Mahi had hit the rock-bottom. All she wanted to do now was to start over and lead an uncomplicated drama free life in her hometown, Hyderabad. But unfortunately, some people never forgive or forget, and hold on to their grudges for a very long time.

A former nerd who hates her and wants her gone...

Samrat, a highly successful entrepreneur was Mahi's former classmate and current neighbor. Mahi had effectively ruined his higher educational prospects with her false allegations. She along with her similarly mean friends had also made his sister Ananya's life miserable during their college days. And to make matters even more complicated, Ananya is married to Mahi's first love, Sidhu, whom Mahi had callously left behind to marry a person of her parent's choice.

Watch the sparks fly...

When Mahi and Samrat butt heads at every turn, they are caught up in a fierce, but unwanted attraction that leads them into an exciting wild fling with no strings attached. 
But what would happen when one of them is no longer happy with their arrangement, and begins to demand more, wanting everything... 

A humorous, heartwarming, sexy story of redemption, friendship and love.


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Mahi sighed. "Samrat, I've already told you that I'm not that mean and aggressive girl from our college days anymore." Samrat didn't want to agree with her because that would mean that he will have to acknowledge that to himself. "Don't forget rude and immature along with being a liar." Her eyes flared, and she snapped out at him. "You were an arrogant ass, who has always felt superior to me with your holier-than-thou attitude. I would never like someone like you Mahi," she imitated him mockingly from the night fourteen years ago. Samrat was taken aback and a little shocked at the reminder. "But I guess one of things that didn't change about me is that I've still got a temper and some pride left," she said calmly. Samrat felt disgusted at himself for acting like some throwback cultural police. Women's dressing was the last thing he ever bothered with or even cared about. Mahi saw the disgust on his face. And that was her final straw. She began walking determinedly towards the door and then locked it. "What are you doing?" he asked, feeling slightly wary. She watched him, while walking slowly towards him with an exaggerated swing to her hips. "You are right. Maybe, I haven't changed. Maybe you are right to fire me for 'inappropriate behavior'," she whispered sultrily. When she was close enough, she held his shirt collar ends with both her hands, and dragged his head down towards her. Samrat could have easily resisted, but his brain was no longer functioning. He felt hypnotized and was staring at her bright red lips, expecting her to kiss him. But he just felt her nuzzle him around his neck and shoulders. After a few seconds, she pushed him away with a devilish smile on her face. "Now you can fire me. I'm sorry for what I did to you and Ananya all those years ago. But for your behavior towards me in the past three months, you can go to hell and stay there! You're so full of shit with your reasons to find fault with me and to fire me," she hissed and stormed out of the door. Samrat had no clue of what she had done, until he checked himself in the phone camera. He was shocked to see red lipstick kissing marks all over his pristine white collared formal shirt. He had a few meetings coming up in a few minutes and no spare clothes or even a jacket to cover up. He also wouldn't be able to pass through the office spaces without the red lipstick marks showing on him like beacons. He should be outraged, or even furious, but what he felt was something different. He kept telling himself several times that he was simply staying close to Mahi because he was trying to find a reason to fire her, which he now did. But at the back of his mind, even he knew what the real reason was. The signs were there all along, which he had been ignoring. He was slowly getting obsessed with her. With her playfulness, her smiles, and also because of seeing her regularly at his workplace and near his home. He had been going to work regularly, and sitting there thinking about her, wanting to see her all the time. The great inventor and entrepreneur known for his practical and cool headed ways, was almost wild with jealousy over harmless interactions or hugs. And it was jealousy over the woman who had almost ruined his life. Samrat cursed viciously. Again. ***** Mahi was upset and mad when she left the office building. She informed her team that she wasn't feeling well and would take rest of the day off. They would soon know that she was fired for inappropriate behavior. "Maybe, he'll even throw in assault charges. For the dirty sinful slut daring to touch his esteemed holiness," she muttered as she got into her house. She thought she was finally settling into a good schedule. She had a great job that she enjoyed. And after work, she visited her aunt almost every day at her new place. She met Rajeev there most of the times when he visited his mom. He got a great job offer in the city that he took up. Rajeev left a message on her phone asking her if she was free in the afternoon. She replied back that she was at home and would be making Singapore street noodles that he really liked. As she lay on the bed, she realized that even with the job and a routine, something was still missing. She was missing having friends and some major companionship. Even when she was trapped in an abusive relationship, she had always liked socializing. Dinesh had tried to isolate her, and keep her from making any meaningful attachments. So she had only ended up with very few acquaintances during the past fourteen years. She couldn't do anything about the companionship because she didn't want to go through another drama episode in her life. Either she hurt the men who loved her or they hurt her. But she could do something about friends. She socialized with her coworkers as much as possible during the working days, but they were all so young, and even if they weren't, everyone seemed to be busy with their own personal lives. She needed some friends from her age group, and someone who could connect with her way of thinking and actions. She had never made any long lasting friendships in her earlier childhood, since she was called 'naughty' and a 'bad influence'. But soon she had learnt how to control and then temper her behavior near the right people, making some really good friends in college. When she got married at twenty-one, she had to give up her friends as one of the promises she made to her then-newlywed husband. Sighing loudly, she thought of her gang from her college days and missed them like crazy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Hello I am MV Kasi and I am a romance addict. :-)

When I am not working in a full-time job or taking care of my family, I sneakily read at least 3 or 4 romance books of all possible genres within a week. I love reading books that are witty, humorous, heartwarming, hot and definitely with a happily-ever-after.

After sinking my teeth into hundreds of books over the years, I had an aha moment one day and started writing my first romance book. For three months straight I worked day and night until finally, I finished it. Then of course, I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted most of it and started over again. Finally, I had a version of it ready that I was satisfied with (somewhat). But after getting positive feedback from well-meaning friends and family members, I decided to self-publish it on Amazon.

Although my story takes place in India, featuring Indian characters, I'm hoping that it can be enjoyed by readers all around the world. Especially since romance has no boundaries when it comes to a sizzling one featuring a sassy heroine and a hot alpha hero.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Blitz: Dancing with Demons by Nidhi Sharma

Good day people !
Here is an intriguing new book by Nidhi Sharma.



DANCING WITH DEMONS
by
Nidhie Sharma



Blurb

Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


The Book Club introduces Nidhie Sharma to you

1. Tell us a little bit about your background. When did you start writing?

My journey into the world of storytelling began way before I graduated with honours in English literature and was offered scholarship by the university. The early formative years took me into the world of the Panchatantra and classic English literature while I also watched my mother paint. At the same time, I got introduced to the joys of adventure sports too since my father was in the Armed forces. On hindsight, I think these early influences shaped my storytelling ability, albeit in a visual way.

I read voraciously through my teenage years and graduated to Booker prize winning novels quickly. I think reading good literature is hugely instrumental in widening mental horizons and giving the reader an ability to comprehend complex characters, their emotional and physical graphs, along with a unique insight into the geo-political landscape of the times the novel is set in. All of this is a fantastic bedrock and training ground for good writing.

I started experimenting with poetry and short stories initially, and a lot of the early writing during my childhood happened under the open sky in my garden, lying on the grass, dreaming about heroes, action and adventure.

At the age of twelve, I had written what might now be called a Novella. It was about the daily exploits of a girl and her group of friends and how they explored a new part of the nearby jungle every day, in search of wild animals, thrills, and adventure. It was autobiographical of course and my delighted parents had it printed and bound into a small book. They treasure it to this day.

Studying English literature in college helped me enormously in comprehending and interpreting works of literature and soon after, I started to write book reviews for national newspapers. I also wrote short stories every single day during those college years and I think that has helped me hone my craft.

I realize now that writing a drama set in the world of combat sports, which most critics have called visual and action packed, is no accident. Dancing with Demons is a sum total of all my early influences and experiences.


2. How would you describe your book Dancing with Demons? What prompted you to write a book on boxing?

‘Dancing with Demons’ is a gripping romance drama set against the backdrop of combat sports in India. It is the story of two fallen souls who must vanquish their inner demons to become the people they were destined to be. When the story begins, Karan Pratap Singh, an  angst-ridden boxer and the mysterious and volatile Sonia Kapoor are angry and emotionally damaged by their pasts and when fate throws them together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. "It was some night. Thunder and lightning playing, chasing one another like two furtive, carefree lovers, oblivious to the havoc they were wrecking. Sonia put her hand out of the window as the bus started to hurtle down the highway, to Mumbai. A sliver of lightning fell on the trees just ahead of them, setting a large bush on fire. Then thunder roared again... Perhaps this was an appropriate setting for what was to follow...two tumultuous lives on a head-on collision course.”

This book explores if redemption is possible without forgiveness and also delves into the depth and unsaid connection that Karan and Sonia have with each other. In fact, Sonia’s poems in the novel throw light not only on self-love and forgiveness but also on the passionate and intense relationship that these two anti-heroes share.

“I know I’m not easy to love
On somedays there’s no God above
And maybe it’s a messed up world
Into which we have been hurled
And maybe I remind you of you
So Love yourself darling, to love me too”

Overcoming one's limitations or demons is essential in order to fulfill one's true potential. That is the real core of this story. The good thing is, millions of people find a way to battle and overcome their inner demons. So there is hope for everyone and 'Dancing with Demons' is about that hope. It's about the light at the end of the tunnel.

This novel is a fast-paced story of love, loss and resurrection for both Karan and Sonia.  

3. What prompted you to write a book on boxing?

I was brought up in an army background that exposes you to adventure and the outdoors very early on. Having studied in various army schools across India, I trained in karate, horse-riding and attended adventure camps. Camping, trekking, hiking along with all the unforgettable misadventures shaped my love for the outdoors.

As a teenager, I watched live boxing matches as well. They fascinated me no end. Two men beating the hell out of each other while spectators egged them on. I noticed that every time a boxer bled in the ring, the audience cheered even louder. Human reaction to violence only shows how deep and primal that instinct is and this totally fascinated me back then. I started to watch boxing championships on the internet. Soon I was following the sport like a fan and started going for the big fights to Madison square garden while I was studying filmmaking in New York. I met boxers and coaches out of curiosity and interest. I spent time inside boxing gyms and also started to train and spar.

Personally, I love the raw athleticism in this sport and the fact that it is a skillful craft, needing strategy and forethought . Also, when the boxers fight, it is almost like a dance in the ring, lyrical and rhythmic, and that has drawn me to it visually as well. Given my exposure and interests, I think the stage to write Dancing with Demons, was set long ago.

4. What inspires you to write?

A lot of things actually but my mother’s abstract paintings have been my greatest inspiration. Almost nothing inspires me more than a work of art, even a great piece of music for that matter. The outdoors and the sight of a rising sun sometimes triggers the need to put pen to paper. Since I enjoy observing life and am particularly fascinated by human duality and contradictions, I spend a lot of time creating complex and flawed characters and then throwing them into a world I am familiar with. The writing that follows is automatically organic and un-manipulated. Ultimately for me, it’s almost always about exploring and learning something new through the process of creation.

5. And do you ever have a writer's block? What do you do to get rid of it?

I am very passionate about the stories I want to tell and on most days I don’t feel the block but when I do, I think discipline helps. I’ve realized through personal experience that showing up in front of that laptop every single day is the only way to beat it.


6. Who are your favourite writers and poets and have they in anyway motivated you to be better at your craft? If so, how?

My favorite writers are Rohinton Mistry, Ian Mcewan, Maya Angelou, Kiran Desai, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Samuel Beckett, John Donne and T.S Eliot, to name a few. The unparalleled quality of their writing is a huge motivation for any young storyteller and I’m no exception. Like I mentioned earlier, my journey into the world of writing began with reading good literature and I strive every single day to better my craft.

7. Apart from writing what are your other interests?

I enjoy the outdoors, adventure sports, photography, watching plays and music of all genres.

8. You are also a filmmaker, how do you juggle between both the crafts?

The first step for a Writer-Director like me is to put an interesting story in place and once that is accomplished, then it’s all about visually interpreting and executing it.

As a filmmaker, I think I  am lucky to have a unique advantage by virtue of being a novelist too. It has given me a deeper understanding of story, characterization, plot, subplots, genres, mood and tone,  all of which are an essential part of building an engaging narrative, be it for a movie or a novel. I also have greater understanding of the source material (the novel) and the training to adapt it for the screen. Infact, I have already finished adapting ‘Dancing with Demons’ into a screenplay and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Although Cinema and literature are principally two different mediums, both aim at telling an interesting story well and despite their own unique challenges and audiences, I think it is possible to straddle them equally well if one has the talent, passion and training for storytelling.

Personally, I fell blessed that I am able to juggle between these two crafts and I’m having a lot of fun doing so.

9. Finally, what is your next novel going to be about and where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I write every single day and am sure the next story will find me soon enough.

The journey for ‘Dancing with Demons’ is still on and my full focus and energies at the moment are on directing the film.

I am a filmmaker-novelist and that’s all I know, so that’s where you’ll find me even five years down the line.



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