Tuesday, 28 August 2018

#Spotlight ; Harbringer by Nicole Conway






Title: HARBINGER (Dragonrider Legacy) 
Author: Nicole Conway
Pub. Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 374
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Victory is written in the blood of the brave. As the armies of the Tibran Empire continue to march across Maldobar, a path of scorched destruction and despair is left in their wake. Even with the formidable princess, Jenna Farrow, leading the charge, the strength of the dragonriders is waning. Tibran victory appears inevitable—especially after Princess Jenna and Prince Aubren are taken hostage by the infamous Lord Argonox. Separated from her brother and tortured for information, Princess Jenna refuses to bend to the iron will of Argonox. But her strength and resolve may only last so long. Held prisoner in his dark tower, it would take a miracle to set her free—or perhaps a pair of demigods and their dragons. With revived dragonrider legend, JaevidBroadfeather, at his side, Reigh must now make a choice: face the truth about the origin of his dark powers, or turn his back on world in need. But throwing off a lifetime of shame and self-doubt is not so easily done—especially when the cost of failure means the destruction of the world. The long-awaited hero has awakened. The ancient spirits are stirring. The dark goddess has chosen her champion. But is he ready to embrace that rite and become the Harbinger Maldobar needs him to be?



About Nicole:



MY NAME IS NICOLE CONWAY and I love to write stories! I've been writing books since I was very young, and am blessed beyond measure to be able to do it now as a full time career. Although I sometimes step out into other genres, I primarily write Fantasy for teens and middle graders.
I graduated from Auburn University in 2012, which is also where I met my husband. As a military family, we move frequently and have lived numerous places all around the world. We have one very energetic son, Ethan. We also have two dogs (French Brittanys) named Joey (currently 5 months old) and Phoebe (4 years old) and a ball python named Noodle Nagini.
For inquiries on how to book me for a school visit, presentation, or interest in my future or current projects, please contact my amazing literary agent, FRAN BLACK, of Literary Counsel.




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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
8/27/2018- Just Another BookaholicSpotlight
8/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

8/28/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt
8/28/2018- Patriotic BookaholicSpotlight

8/29/2018- Adventures and ReadingReview
8/29/2018- Jaime's WorldSpotlight

8/30/2018- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview
8/30/2018- The Bewitched ReaderInterview

8/31/2018- The Crafty Book NerdReview

Week Two:
9/3/2018- Reads and RecipesReview
9/3/2018- All the Ups and DownsExcerpt

9/4/2018- A Bookish DreamReview
9/4/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

9/5/2018- For the Love of KidLit- Interview

9/6/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert - Review
9/6/2018- Two Points of InterestExcerpt

9/7/2018- Finding Magic In BooksExcerpt
9/7/2018- Patriotic BookaholicSpotlight

#Spotlight ; Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman


GROOMNAPPED
(The Groom Series #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman



BLURB

The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his? 

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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#BookReview : Sin Is The New Love by Abir Mukherjee



Ahi is an aspiring publisher and wishes to make it big someday. When her favourite author’s autobiography lands on her table – which has confessions of his heinous crimes, illegal businesses and few eminent others as his partners in crime – she doesn’t know if it’s real or someone’s trap. It could get her a big breakthrough, but little does she know that it would turn her world upside down completely.
Her morbid curiosity pulls her into the depth of a conspiracy. She finds herself in the centre of various mishaps and murders, as if someone wants to lead the way. Driven by her childhood friend Samim’s encouragement, and watched over by the ever so charming ACP Rathore, she has to jeopardize her life to find the brutal truth of her past.

Touching, thrilling and deeply mysterious, Sin is the New Love is the journey of a girl who stumbles upon the truth about her origin while chasing her dream.

Sin is the New Love is a fictional thriller written by Abir Mukherjee & has been published by Srishti Publishers. The author was born & brought up in Bardhaman, a small town in West Bengal. He is currently based in Bangalore, working for more than 10 years as an IT professional. This is his third novel after As Life Has No Undo & S.O.A.R. – Success Over Adversity Reigns! He loves to sketch & write in his spare time.

The story revolves around our protagonist Ahi, a free spirited girl from Calcutta & daughter of DGP Dhritiman Chatterjee who just wants her new publishing company to shine. Suddenly she anonymously receives a manuscript which seems to be the autobiography of Late Devang Awasthi, a very famous author as well as doctor. The details in that manuscript is explosive & without even thinking for a second Ahi wants to publish it but she needs the permission of Devang’s any immediate relatives hence she travels to Delhi to get a sign. ACP Rathore befriends her & asks to help him prove that the late author was indeed murdered.  But she understood in a moment that it isn’t as easy as it seems as she meets the second wife & son of Devang. As she reads more of the manuscript, she finds herself entangled in a deeper mystery. Get this book here to jump into a mystery you’ve never read before,
According to me thriller is one of the most difficult genre to write in as the author can’t lose the focus of the reader for even a second & this book has almost achieved that for sure. I have read this author’s work before too & I liked it even then hence I was hoping this one to be a hit too. The story’s pace is maintained, the thriller essence has been used well & the characters have been etched well though in one case the character was abruptly discarded. The editing could’ve been better & also a small but important critique that the usage of pronoun for the transgender character is incorrect. The language is simple with some not so common words which help the reader increase their vocabulary, the title could’ve been better while the cover is unimpressive. A swift racy read, not to be missed.


Monday, 27 August 2018

#Spotlight ; Spirit Warrior by Ella J. Smyth


Spirit Warrior
Spirit Walker
Book Three
Ella J. Smyth

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Unapologetic Romances

Date of Publication: 26th August 2018

ISBN: 9781386686910

Number of pages: 299
Word Count: 65600

Cover Artist: CoverMe Designs

Tagline: A mighty spirit walker with a personal grudge, set to destroy them both.

Book Description:

Adi and Honi journey to Southern Oklahoma to meet Honi’sMekui’te tribe at the reservation where he grew up. Honi’s infectious excitement almost erases Adi’s apprehension at meeting his family, and she’s desperate to make a good impression.

When Adi is met with silent hostility that gets worse rather than better, she realizes there may be more to the initial resistance Honi had warned her to expect.

Honi is confused and hurt by his family’s reaction, and by Adi’s increasingly strange behavior. She’s claiming the spirit animals of his tribe are diseased and sickly, but they look just fine to him. On top of that, when Adi meets Honi’s ex, Nina, her jealousy gets way out of hand, and threatens to drive them apart.

While mysterious forces manipulate and distort their realities, can Honi and Adi join forces to figure out what is happening before it’s too late and they are separated forever?

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Excerpt:

The wind picked up, carrying with it the smell of late fall, of damp vegetation and sour apples. It played with Adi’s hair, although she barely noticed the cold breeze. Too many eyes were staring at her. Adi’s skin itched with the attention. She wasn’t usually this shy, but the weight of all the glares made her afraid to lift her head.
“Come on, Adi, they won’t bite. Let me introduce you. They’re my family—they’ll love you.”
As much as I do. Adi understood Honi’s unspoken words.
How many people were there? Forty? Fifty? Had the entire Mekui’te tribe come out to greet them? Adi shivered. The smell of early snow made her nose twitch. It brought bad memories of a woman with white eyes, forcing her to make a choice between Honi’s life and a lifelong thrall.
She shuddered when an ice-cold gust blew across the open space where Honi had parked their rental. He had called ahead, laughing and joking with his old friend and mentor, John. The shaman of the Mekui’te tribe had expected them hours earlier, but they’d gotten held up at the airport. Their luggage had gone missing for a few hours, plus the rental car hadn’t been ready yet.
When they’d finally driven the five hours from the airport to the reservation, they had to take turns because both of them had been exhausted after the long trip from Germany back to the U.S. The closer they’d gotten to their destination, the more Honi’d woken up. His excitement to see his family again after more than a year had been so infectious that Adi’d swallowed down her apprehension.
Until now. She kept a smile on her face, trying to appear relaxed and at ease. Inside, she was anything but. There was something disconcerting standing in front of such a large group of people, most of who looked at her with suspicion.

Was it because she was a stranger? Had John told the community she was a spirit walker? She couldn’t imagine he had. So why the hostility that wafted from the silent group like an invisible cloud?

About the Author:

Unapologetic Romances Because Love Needs No Excuses

Growing up in Germany, Ella always had a passion for myths and fairytales. No surprise then that she married an Irishman and lived 6 years in Ireland, the country of Leipreachán, Sidhe, Púca and other fascinating creatures. There's nothing like walking at night through a deserted laneway, fog swirling around your feet, knowing that maybe, just maybe, on the other side of the hedge, there might be some old lady in a black cloak waiting for you...

If you got the shivers right now, you know why Ella feels compelled to write stories around the supernatural and paranormal. There's nothing like a delicious shudder making you enjoy life just a little more... Plus she’s a romantic.

So look forward to modern romantic stories set against the background of ancient myths and legends. Ella hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them!






Saturday, 25 August 2018

#BookReview ; Wonder Girls by Varsha Adusumilli



A rock climber. An artist. A neurosurgeon. An actress. What connects these diverse professions? Young women who’ve chosen unconventional careers and excelled despite the odds stacked against them. Empowering and revolutionary, Wonder Girls is a collection of fifteen inspirational stories about everyday Indian girls, their career choices and the challenges they’ve overcome to make a name for themselves in society. This book is an affirmation to all girls that they can be whatever they set their hearts on.


Wonder Girls is the debut work of Varsha Adusumilli & has been published by Juggernaut. The author is an entrepreneur at heart. She studied at BITS, Pilani – Goa & then immersed herself in the world of start-ups. She was instrumental in setting up India’s pioneering seed fund called Kstart, which focuses on investing in disruptive technology start-ups. She was also one of the founding members of YourStory. She lives in Bengaluru & is passionate about women, books, healthcare & start-ups.

This book focuses on an important topic which unfortunately isn’t touched quite often in the Indian literature as much as we should. The book narrates the success stories of 15 millennial women from diverse backgrounds such as art, rock climbing, medicine, etc speaking about their inspiring journey in today’s India. It also laid emphasis on the difficulties women in India generally have to go through & despite all that shine through it. Do get this book here in order share the inspiring journeys of all the fabulous women listed in the book,
We have read many books about the social evils that pertain in this patriarchal society & how it has always affected most women but there is a lack of literature celebrating the lives of women who fought all the orthodox societal notions & succeeded in their lives. This book is one of the few books we have seen in the present times talking about everyday Indian women making it big in their respective fields. All the experiences of the 15 women listed are indeed inspiring & is surely a ray of hope for our society in general. The cover could’ve been better, the title is exactly how it should be & so is the language used. Surely a wonderful read.


Monday, 20 August 2018

#BookReview ; India Moving by Chinmay Tumbe



From adventure to indenture, martyrs to merchants, Partition to plantation, from Kashmir to Kerala, Japan to Jamaica and beyond, the many facets of the great migrations of India and the world are mapped in India Moving, the first book of its kind. 
To understand how millions of people have moved-from, to and within India-the book embarks on a journey laced with evidence, argument and wit, providing insights into topics like the slave trade and migration of workers, travelling business communities such as the Marwaris, Gujaratis and Chettiars, refugee crises and the roots of contemporary mass migration from Bihar and Kerala, covering terrain that often includes diverse items such as mangoes, dosas and pressure cookers.
India Moving shows the scale and variety of Indian migration and argues that greater mobility is a prerequisite for maintaining the country's pluralistic traditions.

India Moving is a non-fiction book & debut work of Chinmay Tumbe & published by Penguin Viking. The author is passionate about migration, cities & history, & is currently a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. An alumnus of the London School of Economics & Political Science; the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Ruia College, Mumbai; & Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He has published widely on migration for a decade & has served on policymaking groups.

In present times migration has become a burning issue not just in India but the whole world, elections are being fought on it & many times propaganda is spread for vested interests. In this book the author traces the history of migration in India through several centuries & how it helped to flourish an amalgamation between different cultures & diversified the population. It also laid emphasis on different incidents which led to migration, probable reasons for it & the effects it had in those particular areas. Get this book here in order to immense yourself in the historical journey of India with respect to migration, immigration & emigration,
Reading a non-fiction book can be a task sometimes & I think many of us struggle to complete them but I’ve found that it totally depends on the topic & the writing style. Luckily enough the author in this book have picked up a topic which is truly interesting, it has been written in detail with proper citations which make it easier for anyone to crosscheck the information. This book is truly a piece of art which quite informatively written but not to alienate the masses but to generate a sense of curiosity & I think that’s the most important thing to do. The language used is extremely easy, both the title & cover is apt. The only small critique I have is the pace but that could be only me. Honestly, I loved this book & would recommend to everyone.  


Sunday, 19 August 2018

#Spotlight ; The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh




THE BODYGUARD
by
Ruchi Singh



Blurb

Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 

He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active-army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life. 

The killer is resourceful and determined. 

The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?





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Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and crime. Winner of the ‘Times Of India’ WriteIndia Season I under Amish Tripathi, she began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and Jugnu is her third novel.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

#BookBlitz ; The Wooing of the Shrew by Sundari Venkatraman




Print Length: 154 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Romance

Dayanita Thakore was a prickly princess who didn’t care for the idea of any man getting close to her… until Prince Harshvardhan Singh Gaekwad turns up in her life.

Sparks fly even at their first meeting when the Princess of Udaipur clashes with the Prince of Baroda.

He falls in love with the fiery princess while she fights her attraction to him tooth and nail.

He woos her, beguiles her, cherishes her…

…while the princess feels that maybe he couldn’t love such a tempestuous woman such as herself.

But before they could cross the great divide and get to know each other, something happens, something terrible that might just blow their lives apart.  

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





Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 35 titles (31 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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