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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cover Reveal - A Barren Heart By Shilpa Suraj

~ Cover Reveal ~ 

A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj



Coming to Your Kindle on 29th May
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When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love - with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb. 
Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?

A baby. 

Like most women, thirty-plus Rhea Chakraborty wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same. 

Or does he? 

After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn't sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them. 
Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts. 

A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.


Coming to Your Kindle on 29th May
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About Shilpa Suraj:


Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler, and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency, and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present-day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.



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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Book Blitz - Karma's Dilemma by Karma


~ Book Blitz ~
Karma's Dilemma
by Karma



About the Book:
Karma, a young man, knows very well who his soulmate is. Or so he thinks.

But, really, who is the one?

The posh Angela who he worships. Or is it Sana, the wild racer, who drives him crazy. Or is it Simi, the sensible psychologist, who puts him back together.

Or maybe there is no one for him because of Karma’s deeds in his all-consuming quest as he scours the world has broken so many rules that, one day, karma, the immortal and unrelenting collector of soul-debt, comes calling for Karma, the mortal, himself.

The novel demonstrates the lengths one is willing to go to, the rules one is willing to break and the soul-debt one is willing to accumulate in the quest for a soulmate. Truly, everything is fair in love, even if not in war.

Will Karma the mortal outwit karma the immortal? Or will karma wipe Karma away...

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon




Read some Snippets from Karma's Dilemma



~ Snippet 1 ~


That night, I had a dream based on a story in Hinduism. A gem of a boy, Prahlad, a favorite of the gods, had a demon for a father, Hiranyakashipu. One day, the gods had enough of the demon and dispatched God Vishnu to put an end to the demon. Legend has it that Vishnu, in his half-man and half-lion avatar, emerged from a pillar in the demon’s palace and, despite the good son’s pleas, disemboweled the demon. So, in my dream, Vishnu emerged from the wall just behind Father’s armchair. As soon as I saw Vishnu, I pointed towards Father and cried out: “There he is! Lingaraja, my father, the enemy of love. End him!” as Father trembled.

“Yes, but, first, where is the Amrutha (nectar)?” Vishnu asked me.

“Which Amrutha?”

“The Amrutha of Angela’s lips; the proof of your love.”

“I…I don’t have it. I mean, I didn’t complete the kiss.”

“What! Then, it is not your father, but you are the culprit. Karma, the coward, the true enemy of love, must die!” Vishnu roared and ripped open my stomach. I woke up with a cold sweat.


~ Snippet 2 ~


“How do I find Angela?”

“I will have to cast a spell to bring her back into your life; she won’t return otherwise.”

So saying, the psychic chanted some mantras for a few minutes, took out a fresh acupuncture needle from a sealed packet, pricked my right forefinger and drew blood to drip on a lamp-flame; it reminded me of the story I once read in school, where the devotee gives his blood to keep the lamp burning for his Goddess. The psychic held my finger over the frame, squeezing firmly, as drop after drop of my blood fell upon and fed the flame.

“Now wish for her, with all your heart.”

“Angela, my dearest, I wish for you more than anything in the world. I love you. Come to me!” I whispered and the lamp flame, fed by my own blood, seemed to burn brighter as I made my wish.

“It’s done,” he said, after some more chanting.

“Supposing that she does return, how will it go?”

“On that, I will be very frank. What I am doing goes against vidhi, the natural order of things; it’s risky. It’s even possible that you might very much regret her returning. But if you have that fear, you shouldn’t love.”




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About the Author:
Dear Readers,

Before I tell you more about myself, I want to answer a question that might arise in your mind. Given there are already so many writers (some might think too many), the question is: Why should I write at all?

Simply, I write because I was not allowed to write. Or read any book which had the word love in it. In my family, it was believed that reading about love lead to rebellion. I myself picked up the pen when my only child was six-months-old. At that time, I was without a job. I wrote because there was a lot that I wanted to tell my child, even if one day in the future, to make sense of this world. Writing also helped me keep hope alive, one page at a time, as I went from one fruitless interview to another.

As my child took the first steps, I reached a milestone of my own. I completed my first book; the story of a young man's quest to find answers to life's questions. A boutique publisher in Paris loved it and translated my work into French. I even found a job soon after.

I am choosing to write under a pen-name because I am at a stage in my life where I prefer and love anonymity. Once my child is older, I intend to write under my own name.

Many thanks for reading my post and I hope you enjoy reading my novels.

Happy Reading!
Karma



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Review: Massage No Boom Boom

Massage No Boom Boom Massage No Boom Boom by Anand Prabhu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let's first talk about the book, It's funny, open, daring and, in detailing his experiences with massages all around the world, the author has decided to share a large portion of his life. Now although the author talks about more freedom and that he wants to share his experience and that we shouldn't be so ashamed of our sexuality or our need for a human touch. But I believe that he has written with a pen name as I wasn't able to find any other books by him on Goodreads or unable to find his photo even on the HarperCollins website.

Your message is very important, so wouldn't you want to share the message yourself with the world. Share your name O! messiah O! opener of eyes. Share your photo let us feast our eyes on your visage. You would be glad to know that since your book was published in 2012 till now you can get a decent massage but no boom boom in many places in India now. Well, India is India the more things move forwards the more they go back. So that's the same with the scene too.

The book was funny and it was fun to read about the varying experiences of Mr. Prabhu. I had come across this book in a cafe and it caught my eye due to its funny title and then I had to order it and thankfully it didn't disappoint. So yeah go ahead even if you don't like massages there's no harm in reading about someone else's experiences.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This time the book starts with many shocking events and move fast but still the Dragon Sanctuary doesn't even get a mention till halfway through the way in the story. But then again the books are like this and the fantastical has always been fantastic. This hasn't been an exception, this was again fun with lot of different wonderful moments that bring the story forward. There was another traitor this time around which was just heartbreaking. Now's the time to jump to the fifth and last book but not before I try to finish the books already in the Currently reading list of Goodreads.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: The Last Wish

The Last Wish The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I already have all three games but had just started playing the first game and it has aged a bit and the reason I got them now is that I have the 3rd one on my PS4 but I just built my gaming rig after a long gap so finally had to get the classics and would play in the order to the latest game but that's going to take time. So when the Netflix series came I took some time off and finished the series in quick 2-3 sessions. And now I have Witcher craving so here comes the original book series to help in that regards. Having seen the series its fun to see where the inspiration was taken for different episodes and bits and also there are differences in the book and the series but then they two different mediums. So I understand and also the books were written slightly back so there's that. Having finished this I am onto the second short story collection.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Review: The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yeah, no convincing needed for me to believe that British were worst news for India and this book from one of the most favorite historians William Dalrymple is another masterstroke from the master historian. This book is his probably third book about Mughals and British (The White Mughals and The Last Mughal) being other two but this one is mostly focused more on East India Company and how that corporation created an advanced army and was able to defeat all the other empires and chaos and anarchy created by the events set in motion by them. The narration was so well and the book so well that as soon as I was about 3 hours in I also ordered the Hardcover version of the book partly because I wanted to read it in detail later but also to be able to see all the wonderful paintings and illustrations given throughout of the book. So here goes my first review of the year 2020. I am glad that I could start the year with a 5-star book and I hope that the rest of the year follows the suit.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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