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Book review: A Morsel of Different Shades by S K Sanyal

My goal for 2018 was to diversify my TBR in terms of the authors and genres I read. AMODS sounded really different from everything I’d so far and I decided to go and ahead and experiment with this one.

About the book

Sumitra Ghosal came all the way from Bankura in West Bengal to join the education service in the recently formed Bundeli State. During the period from 1956 to 1990, spanning more than three decades, she got shunted around small towns and semi-rural areas. The book is woven around her experiences on women teachers’ lives. She found, for some teachers, cruel circumstances charting out the unknown trajectory, while for the others, the evil streak already present manifested itself rather blatantly during their teaching careers.

My review

Saying that this book was a successful experiment wouldn’t be entirely wrong. It most certainly diversified my TBR in terms of the type of books I read.

This one focuses more on the narration than dialogue. Dialogues are sparse, and most of the story is told in description. Like a third person account.

I’d say that this book came across more as Sumitra’s biography, or maybe an essay on Sumitra’s career and the difficulties she faced.

The book is nice. Interesting too. I’d call this a significant achievement because the time of the book is very monotonous. As are the characters.

Most characters that Sumitra encounters in her journey have compromised on their morals in one way or another. Almost of these episodes sound very similar to each other. She does meet a few people who haven’t but the former easily overwhelm the latter.

The book also becomes a heavy read because of the heavy narration.

And yet, I was intrigued to know what happens next. How does Sumitra fare in her journey? I know this sounds ironical and weird too, but this book is as relaxing as it is heavy.

My rating

⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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Cover reveal: Bombay Heights by Adite Banerjie

 

 

Bombay Heights
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Blurb
 
Small town girl Sanjana Kale wants a fresh start in Mumbai. A challenging job and some much needed distance from her ludicrously over-protective family could get her life under control.


Forced to team up with video game designer Ashwin Deo, who is too attractive for his own good, she finds life becoming a whole lot more complicated when he turns out to be her new neighbour. How can she maintain a professional distance with this charming troublemaker who believes in getting up close and personal?


To make matters worse, her ex tries to manipulate her loved ones to work his way back into her life. Hysterical siblings, a cantankerous client, an ex who will not take no for an answer, and a blow hot blow cold neighbour… Sanjana is sleepless in the City of Dreams! Can she do what Ashwin dares her to–create a few ripples even if it upsets her family?


Adite Banerjie is a published author and screenwriter.
 
Adite Banerjie discovered the wonderful world of books at an early age which sparked her interest in writing. After a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist she turned her attention to fiction.
 
Three of her books have been published by Harlequin/Harper Collins India. She is now committed to being an indie author.
 
She also writes screenplays and in 2017 one of her scripts made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships.
 
When she is not grappling with her current work-in-progress, she enjoys spending time with her husband and watching back-to-back movies.
 
She loves to connect with her readers and writers. .
 
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Book review: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

For me, it is a good story if I want to sit up at night to finish it. A lot of Varsha’s previous work had left me so impressed that I didn’t wait for a minute before signing up for this blog tour!

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About the book

Aisha Khatri is fiercely protective of her father and her niece, Kiara, after she lost the rest of her family. She gives up the one dream she’d had so that she could take care of her family.

When Kiara goes to Goa for a modelling assignment with Kabir Rana-acclaimed photographer and suspected murderer-life puts Aisha in a situation where she not only gets to fulfil a part of her dream but also use the one power she has and never wants to use.

My review

It took me 8 hours to read this book and every minute, every single second was definitely worth it.

Varsha writes humor and sarcasm as well as she writes romance. (Go read Only Wheat, Not White if you haven’t already!) The same goes for this story too.

His life was a cracked mirror in an empty house—it could reflect light but owned no light of its own.

The characters are well-defined. Aisha, especially, comes off as the most well written character. The killer too. Varsha’s minimal description of the killer’s personality everytime is enough to send that proverbial chill down your spine.

The best part, it isn’t just one twist. The story will surprise you in the most expected as well as unexpected ways.

The chemistry between Aisha and Kabir is also one of the highlights of this story. Well-written and the perfect combination of the clichéd and new.

“You are a tourist too?” Aisha prodded.

“I’m here for work.” He replied after a few seconds.

“Oh! What do you do?” Aisha moved closer.

“Lie.”

Aisha paused. Now, that’s honest.

“I make people look beautiful and then others use that contrived beauty to sell things. So, like I said, I lie!”

The only place where I thought this book could have been done better is the editing. There are too many typos to go unnoticed.

However, the only downside is that the Grammar Nazi in me was slightly disappointed. The well-paced story makes up for a lot of it.

The numbers

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Disclaimer

Thank you to the super efficient, The Book Club, and the author, Varsha Dixit, for giving me a copy of this book.

I received a Kindle copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. The views expressed herein are my own and there has been no monetary transaction involved.

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Cover Reveal: The Witch’s Tower by Tamara Grantham



I love fan fictions! It is amazing and enlightening to see how somebody can use one idea as the base and spin out something entirely original from it. I fell in love with The Witch’s Tower as soon as I read the blurb and I cannot, cannot wait for the book to release in March next year. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the cover of what sounds like a brilliant book!

The Witch’s Tower
Tamara Grantham
(Twisted Ever After, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 11th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Gothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, her choice is simple: either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel—or she dies. But just because a choice is easy doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower, bedridden by hair that is so long and heavy it’s slowly driving her insane. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well—until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower.

Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. But the shears are guarded by the most terrifying witches in the land, who also happen to be Gothel’s aunts. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. Unfortunately, his destiny is far more dangerous than she wants to admit: to save a princess, he must kill the witch who’s been forced to guard her.

THE WITCH’S TOWER is the first in an inspired new series of fairy-tale retellings from award-winning fantasy author Tamara Grantham.

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Author Bio:

Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 200 five-star reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. She has been a featured speaker at multiple writing conferences, and she has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks–which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds–and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at http://www.TamaraGrantham.com.

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Book blitz: Just Jenny by Sandra Owens

I can’t ever outgrow good romances. (Please note that the emphasis is on good.)

This one sounds promising to make it to my list of comfort reads. Amongst other things, I am excited to read about Blue Ridge Valley and how it lends to the story. (Mountain romances, country romances are my thing.)

Head on read more about Just Jenny and I hope you are as excited as me.

Just Jenny
Sandra Owens
Publication date: June 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The small mountain town of Blue Ridge Valley is the home of three best friends, Jenny, Autumn, and Savannah. Each woman believes she has her life perfectly planned, but there is a saying in the mountains… If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

In Just Jenny, Jenny Nance has a plan—save enough money to tour the world. The desire to traipse the globe is a dream she once shared with her twin sister. Jenny made a deathbed promise to her sister that she would go to all the places they had fantasized visiting together. Nothing will entice her to break her vow to Natalie, not even the sexy new Blue Ridge Valley police chief . . . No matter how attracted she is to him.

Dylan Conrad left the Chicago Police Department to accept the position as Chief of Police in Blue Ridge Valley. Burned out and haunted by a tragedy of his own, he needs to get away from the memories tormenting him. He’s hoping to find peace in the small mountain town, but the quirky residents, an infamous moonshiner, an errant prized bull, and a feisty redhead by the name of Jenny weren’t quite what he had in mind.

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EXCERPT:

We’d just ordered our drinks when Dylan Conrad walked into the lounge. He paused in the entryway, his gaze scanning the room. The man was so freaking hot. At seeing me, he smiled, making my heart thump in my chest.

“Mind if I join you?” he said, coming to a stop behind the empty chair at our table for four. “Unless you’re expecting someone.”

That was said to me. “Nope. Have a seat, Chief.” I had a sudden fantasy of playing cop and criminal with him, me being the bad guy and him having to frisk me. I hoped my cheeks weren’t as red as they felt. He sat next to me, and I caught a whiff of man and something spicy. I also hoped I didn’t start drooling.

His eyes danced with amusement. “Introduce me to your friends, Red.”

Oh. Right. I was sitting here staring at him like an idiot, and now I knew for sure my face was beet red. “Ahem, this is my best friend, Autumn Archer, and her soon-to-be husband, Brian Stratton. Guys, this is Dylan Conrad, Blue Ridge Valley’s new police chief.”

“Welcome to Blue Ridge Valley,” Autumn said. “I’ve heard great things about you.”

Dylan sat back in his chair. “Oh?”

I kicked her under the table. That devilish gleam in her eyes meant she was up to no good.

“Yep. You have really pretty eyes, by the way. Jenn said they were the color of Tennessee whiskey, and she’s right.”

I kicked her again. Harder.

Dylan turned those beautiful eyes on me. “You been talking about me, Red?”

Author Bio:

A best selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll, Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.

You can connect with Sandra on Twitter @SandyOwens1 and Facebook at SandraOwens.94043. Her website is: http://www.sandra-owens.com

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Book blitz: Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

Rubina Ramesh is one of my very favorite people. I love her all the more now, because she has broken the norms of how most romances define heroines. Her bad girl series is about women who are good at heart, live life on their own terms, and make mistakes. The most important attribute of such women is that they don’t use their independence and liberal views as an excuse to make mistakes. Instead, they use the power that they have over their lives to learn from their mistakes.

Lolita is one such woman-honest, unapologetic, and human.

I am proud of Rubina for writing, and writing so well, about such a character.

Print Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
Love or Stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?
Though what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When notoriety, that came along with fame, was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious greens of Panchgani.
But a chance accident changes her life forever…
Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. And balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his 10-year-old, motherless child made him decide to become a better father than he was. Taking a leave of absence from his work, he heads towards Panchgani little knowing that fate had some other plans for him.
A chance accident that changes his life forever…
Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, shamed for her choice in men, Lolita is exactly the kind of woman Advait doesn’t want his daughter to be acquainted with. Little does he know that it is this attitude of his which makes him a target for the darling of the silver screen.
For she was born to win over hearts!!!
Editorial Review #1
From Sundari Venkatraman, Bestselling Author of Tied In Knots and many more:
“With an unapologetically badass heroine and a super-hot dude who loves his little daughter more than anything else in the world, Lolita makes for an unputdownable romance; not to miss some truly hot scenes. “
Note from the Author:
This is a standalone novel and is not carried over to the next part.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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Book review: Driven by Desire by Shilpa Suraj

Shilpa Suraj is back with a new release and how! Shilpa is one of my favorite authors and I was so so delighted when she asked if I’d like to review her latest, Driven by Desire.

About the book

Driven by DesireDriven by Desire is the story of Krish, who is the owner of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and Maxine, who is-wait for it-a vintage car restorer. Destiny takes them both on a drive when they decide to give their relationship a deadline of thirty days.

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My review

Shilpa had me when I read that the heroine of this novel was a car restorer. Say hello to a female lead who is covered in sweat and motor oil and still looks hot, not because she is pretty, but because of her excellence in what she does gives her substance. Thank you for Max, Shilpa!

The best I can describe Driven by Desire is like this: It is a warm and cozy journey that leads to a happy, joyous ending. Throughout this book, and more so in the end, I laughed through my tears and cried as I smiled. The end of this story is one of the most beautiful happily-ever-afters I’ve read, and is definitely one of my most favorites.

This one has it all: beautiful characters, on-point character development, and a super strong and super sweet story. It is beautifully written and is well-paced with good vocabulary. Although the story has a strong emotional backstory, Shilpa keeps the tone light.There are some really hilarious moments too, so you might want to watch out when you read this book in public.

Max is the star of the story. Kudos to Shilpa for creating a character who is covered more in motor oil and sweat than in foundation and lipstick. Not that the latter is bad (I am a fan of some good foundation myself, so there!), but it is high time that we let people, women, be who they want to be, the way they want to be. Let’s not let these yardsticks decide life for us.

Max isn’t just beautiful; she isn’t just an independent woman who lives life on her own terms. Max is beautiful because she has an independent mind that doesn’t shy away from making the first move, taking rejection and the downfalls in her stride too. Max is the woman of substance we all need today.

Brian, Max’s father, is another one of my favorite characters in this story. A special mention to Krish, who is hot, of course, but Shilpa portrays him much more than that. She does not focus or harp too much on the fact that he is a Greek God. She focuses on making him as real as possible, a man haunted by his past, worried about his future, and burdened by the present.

This one is a beauty. If you are a fan of romance, go to the Juggernaut app now, and download this one. You won’t regret it for even a second.

Disclaimer

I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. The views above are solely my own and there has been no monetary compensation involved. Thank you for this gem, Shilpa!

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Cover Reveal: If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr

If You Wrong Us
Dawn Klehr
(Anniversary Edition)
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

A dark and disturbing thriller that, “reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens.” – Kirkus Reviews

Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond–intense, unyielding, and manic–takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

Or so they think.

In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?

No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?

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Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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Book blitz: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

The more I read her work, the more I become a fan of Varsha Dixit’s writing. She is moving from romance to paranormal, and I couldn’t be happier than be a tiny part of her book promotions.

 

 
Killer Moves
by
Varsha Dixit
 
 
 
Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 



Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 



But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 



Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 



Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 



How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 



From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

 
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six 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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Guest Post: Inderpreet Kaur Uppal on being an editor who writes

I met (virtually) Inderpreet when I became a part of the The Book Club. Inderpeet is a blog tour coordinator with TBC who relentlessly promotes authors and bloggers. So when she published her own book earlier this year, the first question that popped into my head was: How was the transition, from promoting other people’s books to her own now?

Thank God for TBC that lets you ask these questions to authors directly! Here’s what Inderpreet had to say, when I asked her to do a guest post for me, outlining her experience:

You’ve coordinated with authors and bloggers for several blog tours and made sure that everything goes in order. How does it feel to occupy a new seat on the table? What was the most difficult part of the transition? Did your experience as a book tour coordinator and blogger come in handy? How?

 

I am honoured to be here Nikita. I love your question for it highlights an important aspect of book publishing – promotion. An author’s work does not finish with just writing the book, the promotion is a crucial aspect as well. To get the book out to its intended audience and making it visible to the readers makes a difference to the book’s success.

My work with authors and bloggers for various books has given me unique insights into the whole process of getting a book out. I was able to foresee many of the issues that a new author faces and tackle most of them before hand. It was a mixed feeling with me being unsure to take the seat of a blog tour coordinator for my book or that of an author. Both have equally important roles to play in a successful blog tour. As an author, I am immensely grateful to The Book Club and all its members for their support. 

The transition from a person who is mostly behind the scenes to one who is in the limelight was most difficult. Tooting my own horn about my writing, my book, the story and Diya was difficult. Writing and publishing, Generously Yours has been a dream come true. I worked as a coordinator and author promoting the blog posts, reviews and the book making it a win-win for all.  The added benefit was that since I was already deep into books, my steps to publishing were more organised. Kindle Direct Publishing is a boon for authors the world over. Most of the time short stories are not individually published but disappear into an anthology. Now I have the option of sharing my books and stories as I wish.

When I had written Generously Yours, I was just writing about the ‘now’. Diya in her present and how is she coping. It was never about what would happen or had passed, however as the story evolved and grew, many readers wanted to know more. I too felt the need to give Diya her ‘present’ and am penning the sequel, tentatively titled, ‘Diya’s Desire’. More details when I have fleshed it out further 🙂 

I am working on a couple of books, the foremost being We Women Wonder. I have talked about it on my social media. It is about us women and the various things, issues, prejudices and assumptions we face both from men and women. It is a book close to my heart as it stems from all that we face being a woman and how we can be better.

Even though I have been a part of the blogging and book promotions, this time it was different since it was my own book. The transformation is intensely personal and nerve-wracking. The love of books and writing kept me going as did the support of my friends and family. I have been a writer first, as the words have been a part of me forever. I turned to writing and blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and words but seeing my book on top of the Amazon charts has been my biggest high. 

I have been writing stories on my blog and naturally wanted to take the next step to publishing. The thought was daunting no doubt but with the help and guidance of Rubina and Team TBC, it was a breeze since they are always a message away. Every writer feels scared and apprehensive but the high of seeing the book makes it all worth it. I am eager to write more, publish more and get my stories to the world. I have been a writer first, as the words have been a part of me forever. I turned to writing and blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and words and it has let me to the books I always wanted to write.

 

Thank you for hosting me Nikita.

All the very best to you and your blog.