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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Review of The Brahmin


Lies, love, deceit when blended together cook up one good story that can ever be and to it add historical significance, you just have prepared just the most perfect story that will make it to the best sellers list. Research, analysis, proof reading there is so much to do before publishing a master piece, and Ravi has just done the perfect job with “The Brahmin.”

Kalinga (currently known as Odisha), has a very historical significance in the creation of Ashoka the Buddhist. But here in the story the author describes the pre-Kalinga war. The protagonist of the story being “A Brahmin”, is ordered by Ashoka to find the culprit behind killing one of his concubines. And he has a few days before his looses his head.

In a series of adventures and events that lead to the culprit, you will be amazed by the sheer audacity of the research the author has done while writing the book.

Mind blowing!

There is yet another historical reference in the novel, now this isn't particularly historical, its mythology. I was just amazed at the versatility of the author to have put so much information in one book. Might be he is planning on publishing the prequel of “The Brahmin.” I wish he does.

No spoilers here. So, just grab the book as soon as you can lay your hands on it.

I received the book from writersmelon.com, in exchange for an honest review.”

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Mango people in Banana Republic

The beginning is the end!

Life is so fragile, uncertain that you have to live it every day again and again, repeating the same work, every single day and when you think you had enough of it, it is at that very moment you see a silver lining that gives you the belief and hope that it's not the end.... Actually it's the beginning of a new life.... Like stock market, when you think you are going to lose, and at that very same time you can make profit too....

Keep doing things maybe you are doing a bad thing too. Be so very best at it that, when you are the apex leader you find the true meaning of continuing in that very path… And that life is going to be on a very different path that you were not aware of till this very moment.

So be the best in the business and life will find a way to show you the truth and it's ultimate reason for being with you... Supporting your causes. Giving you all that it needs to survive.

Rest assured, you will attain the freedom that you have been looking for since long.

But you have to Hold on! Till the very end...

Ravi the protagonist of the story is fed up with his life and does something, that forces him to quit the job he had. And he fled to his village to find a peace of life. He encounters India in it bare form, one devoid of water, politicans looting the country for votes and the list continues. But life has other plans for him, when he joins the a maoist group that in Dandakarnya. Eventually he seeks out on a desctructive mission which will take him to another protaginist in the story.

Anand Reddy a former physicist, seeks out in a spiritual quest, where he want to find peace and the true menaing of life. Anand learns the trick of the trade, in the search of one's true self.

Talking about the impact it has on you, as you turn the pages of the book, you too are in the journey of the spiritual quest along with Anand and you too will discover the truths of life. And I believe it will make an impact on your life and will change you for good.

The pace of the story is just awesome, it doen't forces you to move fast or too slow. You will enjoy reading the story. I noticed that the story catches its pace once the two protagonists meet. You will be overwhelmed by the end of the story, as you understand its just the circle of life, that plays over and over again. You can always be grateful to it and nothing else.

Thanks Vishak and WritersMelon for sharing the wonderful book with me. Loved it!

I received a copy of the book, in exchange of an honest review from writersmelon.com



Friday, 11 May 2018

The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora

About the Book:
Heartbreak and
transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village.

For
seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her
home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers,
and into the waters of the river.
All that
changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out
why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family,
and her mother's fateful choices.
Can Angela
lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the
shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful,
poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.


Book Links:


Meet the Characters:

The Setting

Ukraine, a village deep in the countryside. A picturesque, verdant landscape. The houses are beautiful but have few amenities: water is gathered from the well, clothes are washed by hand, and the “outhouse” toilet is in the garden. Life is hard work here, and close to nature.

The Language

There are many Ukrainian words in the novel, especially emphasizing the names of endearment Ukrainian people give to each other. Lastivka is “little swallow”; zaika is ‘little rabbit”; harnenka is “my beautiful one.”

Meet Lyudmilla

Lyuda is a beautiful woman in her early twenties who has suffered some hard knocks early on. Pregnant at just sixteen, she left school and the child’s father moved into their house in the village. Her father died, and her mother soon after, and Lyuda found herself a teenager loaded down with the pressures of a baby, looking after a house, and a man who expected her to cook for him and be the light-hearted girl he fell in love with. Eventually, the situation grows intolerable for him and he abandons her. At seventeen, she is entirely alone with a small baby. She falls into a deep cycle of depression and self-blame, feeling that her life is over and that she is at fault. She doesn’t let anyone close to her.
It is only when her daughter Angela is a little older – aged seven – that she starts to notice how sad her mother is.  She decides to do something about it.

Meet Angela

Seven-year-old girl Angela has been left alone to do as she likes for most of her life. Her mother makes sure her dresses are clean and her hair is untangled, but she is free to play as she wishes. She has a wild imagination and she sees no boundaries between her thoughts and the world around her: she flies in the body of a bird, she becomes the wind, she enters a storm – she is pure spirit and possibility.
When she starts to notice her mother crying every time she is alone, Angela is determined to find out why, and to help her mother regain the happiness she herself feels. At the heart of her investigation are questions that now begin to haunt her: Where is her father? Why does no one come to the house? Why does her mother cry when she thinks no one can see her?
When Angela meets the spirit of her grandmother, they come up with a plan to help Lyuda.

Meet Zoryana

The name Zoryana, which comes from the Ukrainian root zorya, means star, dawn, youth, day or spring. Zoryana has returned to the Earth in spirit form after seeing the unhappiness of her daughter and her failure to move past her teenage mistakes.
Zoryana feels that she did not prepare her daughter enough for the real world before she died, and she sees her struggling and unhappy. She wants to show her that life has highs and lows and that she must choose a new path for herself. She connects with her granddaughter Angela, who is not daunted by meeting the spirit of a relative, and together they help Lyuda to understand and see the joy in her life.

Meet Kolya

Nicolai, or Kolya, lives next door to Lyuda and brews home-made vodka in his shed. He sells it to her and catches rabbits for her to eat. He was a childhood friend of her mother, Zoryana, and he hates to see her so unhappy. He’d love to help her, but she pushes him away. When he finally makes a terrible mistake, there is a high price to pay.

Reviews for The Woman Behind the
Waterfall

“Readers looking for a
classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world” ~~ Kirkus Reviews
“The language is lyrical and
poetic and, in places, begs to be read repeatedly for the sheer joy of it… A
literary work of art.” ~~ Fiona Adams,
The Richmond Magazine
“Rich and poetic in detail,
it is an often dreamy, oneiric narrative rooted in an exaltation of nature… A
lovely novel.” ~~ IndieReader

About the Author:
Leonora Meriel grew
up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland
and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York,
and then for a multinational law firm.
In 2003 she moved
from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet
company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which
included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of
Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also
served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local
charity.
During her years in
Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions
and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.
In 2008, she decided
to return to her dream of being a writer, and to dedicate her career to
literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a
village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent,
Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on
a distant planet.
Leonora currently
lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. She is working on her third
novel.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Skarlet Kiss by Elise Whyles

About the Book:

Can one who served the enemy find love in the arms of a condemned man?


Una has spent her life serving Amuliana, the goddess of immortals. Now she stands on the brink of a change, one that can her give back the life she lost to Amuliana's meddling. But the change that comes will shatter the peaceful existence she knows and give her a new understanding of love and life. Unbeknownst to Una, her ancestors were the Forsaken, immortals who were cast out for the crime of a jealous vampire general.


Liam, an outcast among the dragon clans, has spent centuries seeking the one who condemned him for a crime he did not commit. When he comes face to face with Una, he must make a difficult choice - seek revenge or save a pure heart from the darkness threatening their worlds.


The dragon warrior and the human girl will unite to face enemies they've never experienced as a fallen vampire general's army stalks them. As Una gains strength, her immortal gifts are returned and she becomes a threat to the imprisoned general who's seeking power over the immortal world. He can't afford to let Una survive, because her life will ultimately cost him his.


Together, Liam and Una must fight their way back to the vampire world and the safety offered by her sister. Can love survive amid the treachery and danger, or has Liam finally found his mate only to lose her to the evil plaguing their worlds?


Book Link:

Goodreads * Amazon


Read an Excerpt:

Thick, rolling clouds kept the air moist as Liam paced the confines of his home. Ice covered the stone walls, snow swirled and danced along the floor of the cave. He shivered, the rattle of scales music to his ears. After two hundred years, he was finally able to break out of the horrid humanoid form.

Padding to the mouth of his cave, he stared out. White clouds soared around the mountain's peak. Snow danced along the ledge, piling where it was easiest. The air was cold, crisp, sweet, much as it had been when he'd grown up in the Highlands.

He tapped his claws against the stone, his eyes searching through the mist, for what he did not know. The need to search, to find an answer to the elusive want had plagued him for days, disturbing his hunting, his rest. Nights were filled with the image of a female, her hair flowing over her shoulders, wide, trust filled eyes staring at him. Her hands outstretched, reaching toward him. The visage tickled at his memory of another woman, one dressed as a slave, following the footsteps of a vampire…one he'd feared.



Curling his tail around himself, he settled on his haunches, shoulders hunched against the chill as he stared out over the human realm. Faint, his hunger stirred. Soon he'd need to hunt, both for food and for the one who had done him ill. The sharp point of his tail beat a slow, steady rhythm against the floor as he tilted his head, listening to the howling winds, the bitter screams of the winter weather, and the elusive sound of a beating heart.



About the Author:

Born in Northern British Columbia, Elise is a small-town girl. She writes in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary suspense, m/m in various lengths. Currently, she lives in British Columbia with her husband and son, one dog, one cat, and a gecko. Elise enjoys reading as much as she does writing, with some of her favorite books being read until they fall apart. 

She is currently working on the next book in the Forsaken Series, Burning Rain. As well she has a new contemporary she’s working on. For more information on Elise, or to check out her books you can find her on Facebook, twitter, and her website.




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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Fate's Design by Subhashis Dey

About the Book:

When a kidnapper redeems his lost conscience and finds himself unable to murder the girl he has kidnapped, what does he do? Fate is cruel to him, and good intentions are never enough. 


At the same time, a woman dissatisfied with her existence flees from her home, not knowing what lies ahead of her. But all things come at a price, and she has a hard path ahead through storms and fire.   


Watch how fate has entwined these lives together, into a song through struggles of conscience and identity, through the deepest lows and greatest highs, and through the flame of madness and the stings of survival.     






Book Links:

Goodreads * Amazon




Feedback for the Book:

5 Stars “An extremely well
written thriller by an amazing fourteen-year-old. Written at an age when most
teenagers find their boats floundering in the sea of words, Subhashish had not
only managed to keep a grip on the plot, taking the reader along the journey of
his well-drawn out characters, he had also shown a rare maturity in his choice
of words. His insights are at times startling, coming from someone of his age.”
~ Supratim
Kar on Amazon

5 Stars – “An impressive
first novel. The author is still in his teens, but the narrative voice is one
of maturity and experience. The story unfolds like a Russian romance novel, in
a modern setting. The plot is complex and suspenseful and keeps one turning the
pages until the climax.” ~ T.N.Badri on
Amazon

“A
thoroughly interesting read, Fate’s Design, plays out as a struggle to live,
survive and not merely exist. There are flaws, which in any case, are there in
every piece of writing, but, the author’s abilities to weave a story, which
does not make you, cringe or question its validity, make it an interesting work
worth going over more than once.” ~
Soumyabrata
Gupta

About the Author:
Subhashish is a 14-year-old student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya Anna Nagar. He has been regularly contributing short stories to his school magazine. An avid reader, Subhashish believes that books open the doors to some wonderful insights in life. A brilliant student, Subhashish loves to explore different places and spends time trying to understand the culture of the people there. 


Subhashish lives in Chennai along with his parents and grandmother. This is his first attempt at writing a novel. Subhashish is passionate about music and loves singing and playing his piano. Incidentally, music forms the backbone of the story of his novel. 







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