Book Review ~ My Daddy And The Well by Jerry Pinto

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Reading level: 5 – 7 years
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Duckbill Books
ISBN-10: 0143450778
ISBN-13: 978-0143450771

 
 


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As a child in Goa, Daddy used to jump in a well, to water the bananas. Years later, the bananas are gone. But the pump is there, the well is there, Daddy is there… Splash!
 

REVIEW

When a father visits Moira a little village in Goa with his little son, memories come flooding back and with it a sense of loss, loss on account of the sea change that has taken place with the passage of time. Gone are the Moira bananas and there neglected lies the well that used to irrigate them. Narrated fluidly by the son, ‘My Daddy and the Well’ captures the beauty and thrill of village life of the time before the eighties in a captivating manner. Those like me who have lived/ experienced life in semi-urban and rural areas of India during those times can easily relate to each and every incident narrated in this short yet sweet and complete story. While the author weaves a beautiful narrative of life in Moira in a time long gone by, the illustrator in Ms. Lavanya Naidu does full justice to the story he weaves. The illustrations by themselves have the ability to hook young children, tickle their imagination, and prod them to weave a narrative of their own.

The single- page section on interjections at the end of the book is a bonus.
 

VERDICT

A hook book in the true sense ‘My Daddy and the Well’ is bound to excite young minds and see their curious side come the fore.
 
 


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Book Blitz~ Asherah by Rubina Ramesh

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ASHERAH: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS
A FANTASY ROMANCE
(The Goddesses Trilogy Book 1)
by
Rubina Ramesh

Print Length: 257 pages
Publication Date: May 21, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Blurb

Bound by duty…Longing for love.

Asherah…
Warrior Princess Asherah’s mission is to destroy the cruel godling, Sandor, who was feared both by men and gods. She is forced to seek the help of the ancient God and her husband, Lord El, whom she married at a young age. But there she falls in love with Lord El’s stable hand, Hanish.

Hanish…
Hanish knows his limits. He knew falling in love with Asherah was forbidden.

The Love…
They’re both bound by duty – one to her kingdom and the other to his master – and so they try their best to fight the growing attraction between them.

Will this forbidden love ever reach fruition? When Asherah discovers the truth about Sandor, will it sabotage her love for Hanish? Or will the truth about her marriage to Lord El destroy her forever?

Caught between three men, Asherah has to travel to her past to know her present. Will her heart finally recognize her true love? Grab a copy of Asherah now to find out.

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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 ~ Asherah: The Warrior Princess: A Fantasy Romance (The Goddesses Trilogy Book 1)

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ASHERAH
The Warrior Princess
By
RUBINA RAMESH

 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B08929VWN8

 
 

Now how do I describe this one? 🤔.

While the cover design took away my breath, the blurb saw me drawn towards it like a magnet compelling me to pick it up.

So was I thrilled or disappointed?

Far, far from disappointed. 🙂 The book saw me read deep into the night for I just had to read it without a break, and what set the tone for this compelling interest was the prologue.

A thriller of sorts, ‘Asherah’ is a fantasy novel with a lot of secrets embedded within its pages. While the prologue sets the perfect tone to catch the reader in you in its web, the story as you progress, further draws you deep into it until you reach a stage where the sheer brilliance with which it has been plotted and executed sees you on the edge. Move towards the exit and feel a sense of yearning catch hold of you making you wish that the next in the series was waiting right there for you to pick up without further delay. But alas! You can do nothing but wait.

While the web of secrecy surrounding Lord El the ancient God and Asherah’s husband, has been maintained well till the end, what had me marvel was the decoding of Asherah’s childhood nightmare and her connection with the cruel Godling who goes by the name of Sandor. Here Hanish the stable boy’s prowess in keeping his emotions in check, and Mohawk the parrot’s intelligence are worth mentioning. They add an element of intrigue to the story along with adding spice to it. Like Asherah, I too was willing the all elusive Lord El to make an appearance. So did he?…Pick up the book to find out. You won’t regret your decision is all that I can say. 🙂 And by the way don’t be surprised if you find a spark of Indian mythology somewhere on the way.

So the question remains…How do I describe this book?

I’m at a loss for no word in my dictionary can do justice to it. 😶 🙂

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Book Review ~ A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

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Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 175 pages
ASIN: B0881ZCQ9G

 
 

How do you describe a story that has all the elements like love, loss, and yearning?

A bundle of strong emotions!

Well, that’s how one can describe Shilpa Suraj’s latest offering to her readers, her latest book ‘A Barren Heart.’

Lovebirds Rhea and Aman’s peaceful and contended life hits a roadblock when Rhea’s repeated attempts to conceive a child fail. Their grief is further compounded by the social ostracism of sorts that Rhea faces at her younger sister Misha’s baby shower. Will Rhea be able to overcome her yearning for a baby? Will Aman understand Rhea’s pain and stand by her? Will their wedding survive the tag of ‘the barren one’ or will it crumble under the burden of their frustrations?… To get to know the story of Rhea and Aman, their love, their pain, and their frustrations just pick up this book. You won’t regret it.

Narrated in lucid language, ‘A Barren Heart’ is easily relatable especially to those who belong to a society that considers motherhood as a criterion for a married woman to be respected and included in any solemn function and looks down with disdain at the one whose womb is barren and has no qualms in inflicting injury in the form of insults/innuendos. The trials and tribulations of Rhea and the frustrations of Aman have been captured perfectly in this short read that will see you engrossed till the very end, an end that gives room for the reader to dream and decide the outcome of their story.

What I loved about the story is the vivid imagery created by the author, imagery that helps the reader step into Rhea / Aman’s shoes and live out their life.

VERDICT

A read that has the ability to awaken one’s emotional side.

 


 


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Book Review ~ Aham by Saurabh Thakur

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Format : Paperback
Publisher: LOCKSLEY HALL PUBLISHING LLP (2020)
ISBN-10: 819422814X
ISBN-13: 978-8194228141

 
 


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Two great destinies are set to collide in a war that will change the order of the universe. Vaanee, a powerful demon princess, rouses her kin to seek revenge against the Spirits. But the Rekhyts stand in between her quest to bring the Spirits on the battlefield. Rwiju, a young and exceptional Rekhyt warrior with a mysterious past, holds the key to this epic war. As chaos prepares to engulf the worlds, will Rwiju be able to find the answers hidden in his past or will the worlds come crashing down around him?
 

REVIEW
 

Deceit is a tool so strong that it can not only cause havoc in lives but can also leave a bitter taste, a taste that can change even the most innocent beings into ogres. Aham has its origin in the story of a deceit that has a cascading effect on the lives of not one but two races. The book while giving us an insight into the true colours of Indresh or Lord Indra as we all know, has us sympathize with the deceived i.e. the demons. Originally not the bad ones the Demons as we see here are a peace-loving race who bear the brunt of their innocence and in the process become embittered so-much-so that they seek revenge and for that, they need to engage the Spirits. Unable to enter Arcadia the realm of the Spirits, on account of a powerful shield set in place by the Elders (The Trimurtis), they look for an alternate route to engage them. That’s when their focus turns to Earth and its residents the Humans. Will the Human race be crushed under the might of the demons or will another secret race the Rekhyts, formed to shield the Humans be able to protect them?…Only a reading of ‘Aham’ the story of a powerful demon princess Vanee out to destroy the Spirits, and Rwiju a Rekhyt with a mysterious past will provide the answers.

Saurab Thakur’s ‘Aham’ is a story of adventure, dare, responsibilities, and action. It is a story that gives the reader a very different picture of the Demons a race much maligned. Here one gets to see their positive side too, their sense of respect and responsibility, their love for peace, and sense of justice. However, it is this love for peace that we come to see costs them dearly and makes them turn to revenge.

Replete with vivid imagery ‘Aham’ sees the character of Vanee grow from that of a simple fun loving demon princess to an all-powerful brutal one, one who knows how to change the odds in her favour and has no qualms in crushing he who dares cross her path with an iron fist. However, what is bound to surprise the reader is the other side of this ruthless demoness. Her sense of justice is awe-inspiring. On the other side, we see a bunch of Rekhyts, their prowess, their strengths and weakness being revealed as the story progresses. Rwiju is one of them whose character is mysterious. Though the reader gets a wee- bit of insight into the mystery shrouding Rwiju, the wait is far from over for ‘Aham’ ends in a cliffhanger. Will the next book in the series clear the mist shrouding Rwiju? …Only time will tell.

What I loved about the book is –

1) The plot- An interesting one. An engrossing one the plot perks up one’s interest in the various races involved especially that of the Rekhyts.
2) The narration- The style being engaging one can visualize the scenes. Not surprising considering that the author is a filmmaker. The training sessions of the Rekhyts reminds one of the martial arts, and their hunts of guerrilla warfare. The spells, the magic, and the action scenes complemented by a strong narrative style make the book thoroughly enjoyable.
3) Characterization- The protagonists, as well as the sub-characters, are fleshed out well. Their strengths and weaknesses make them easily relatable. One can enter their mind and live their emotions.
4) The pace is perfect. There is not a single boring moment, a moment when a yawn escapes your lips.

In short ‘Aham’ is a book that will see you hate the wait for the next in the series. 
 


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A copy of the book was provided via Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own and have not been influenced by either the author or the publishing house in any manner

Book Review ~ Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Self-Editing Part 1 (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 11) by Dola Basu Singh

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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 388 KB
Print Length: 45 pages
ASIN: B083C4ZNMP

THE BLURB SAYS


Learn self-editing fiction from a Pro.

Self-publish on a low budget without compromising on quality.
Polish your book before querying.
Learn developmental editing.

If you want to learn self-editing fiction, I’ve got your back.

Lots of books teach the craft of writing but not many focus on reworking, polishing, or self-editing. Learning editing skills shouldn’t be restricted to a privileged few. All writers should have access to strategies that can change a crude first draft into a polished work of art.

Editing Bootcamp will demystify the editing process by showing you how to spot and avoid common pitfalls, and correct those mistakes.

Inside you’ll find:
•Actionable steps for all stages of editing.
•Seven fiction elements including structure, point of view, characters, dialogue and more.
•Handy editing checklists.

Take your writing to the next level with this short and concise how-to guide.
Edit yourself into print.

AND I SAY
A must- have guide for first- time authors and editors, Editing Bootcamp is not a guide to writing a perfect novel, but is a book that will tell you what to look into, what to take care of, etc, should you decide to publish your work. It is a book that will give you an insight into the world of writing and editing in just a few concise yet all-encompassing chapters. Here the author herself an experienced editor with quite a fan following 🙂 , discusses threadbare the various processes involved in self-editing, Now for a reader or for an author for that matter, this process could .seem cumbersome. However, Dola Basu Singh presents the nitty-gritty of self- editing in a style that is not only enough to capture the reader’s attention, but also make the process look easy and doable. A nightmare of many, self-editing can actually turn out to be interesting if one is to follow the simple tips Dola lays out here. The only condition is that one needs to look at one’s manuscript with a dispassionate eye. One has to take a role reversal and become a reader instead of an author. The flaws will show themselves up and thus pave the way for corrections, corrections, and corrections. The end result…..A book that will be loved by he who picks it up. Now isn’t that what we all dream of 🙂

Now coming to what I liked about the book –

1) It is well structured (I’m not surprised since it is brought out by a person who knows her job in-and-out)
2) The contents are presented in an engaging manner, a manner that makes the read easy and interesting. Hence, no question about skipping paragraphs or pages here.
3) The editing checklists at the end of each chapter. They make the author’s job easier.

So, whether you intend to self – publish your next work or go in for traditional publishing don’t hesitate, pick up this book. It will help you sail through the editing process with ease.


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“Dola Basu Singh is a cozy mystery author and a professionally trained fiction editor. Many of her short stories have been published and she has won an Editor’s Choice award from Indiereads for her short fiction.

She lives in a small yet picturesque village in Punjab, India, and loves nothing better than to sit under the mango tree in her courtyard with a book in hand, sometimes day-dreaming and sometimes writing, when she is not otherwise occupied editing manuscripts or reading storybooks with her son.”

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New release ~ A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj ~ 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.

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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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Book Review ~ Love.exe by Manju Nambiar

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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 790 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
ASIN: B07F911NYB

 
 

A bumpy pathway to that sweet emotion named love, ‘Love.exe’ is a page-turner that sees the reader sport a smile all along the ride. At the end of it, there is not a hair out of place, nor a wrinkle to mar the face. However, get ready to see your sides split with laughter.

A coming of age romance novel with fulsome entertainment, ‘Love.exe’ sees the protagonist Nitya rebel, regale, and resolve the issues in her love life which is far from being a roller coaster ride. On the way, she encounters negative emotions like hate, anger, jealousy, and sadness all of which tend to make her life miserable. However, with a loving family, a bit of intrigue, and some wonderful friends around she finally manages to weather the negative emotions and salvage the joy (read love) that had been giving her many a sleepless night.
 
 

VERDICT

A sweet and simple tale that prompts one to look inward and search for true love, love that does not make one weak, but instead motivates one to stay strong, dream, and follow it up to make it a reality.
 
 

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Cover Reveal – A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

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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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Book Review: Murder In The Chowdhury Palace By Sharmishtha Shenoy

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Format: Kindle Edition
ISBN: B086L7MYD9
 


 
 

When love blossoms in Durga’s heart it paves the way for the fulfillment of a dream long cherished. A difficult childhood and the accompanying sense of insecurity become things of the past that is until widowhood overshadows her joy. Trying to come to terms with the bitter truth of Deb’s demise, Durga finds herself surrounded by a maze of intrigue, a maze that pulls her deep into a vortex from which only one person can help her emerge unscathed. Yet, can she trust Nag?…………Only a read of this latest offering from the desk of Sharmishtha Shenoy will let you into the answer.

A thriller that weaves within its fabric umpteen twists and turns including some paranormal sightings, ‘Murder in the Chowdhury Palace’ has an array of characters each an enigma. To unravel them, their quirkiness and ultimately the mystery that is woven into the story is a task that will leave you baffled.

The climax?

Icing on the cake. 🙂 I as a reader generally see the Sherlock Holmes in me sit upright when I read a murder mystery/ thriller and take out my lens, filter through evidence that comes my way and often unravel the mystery before the end. However here I must admit I failed. Not only that , some of the revelations towards the end were indeed startling, revelations regarding which top secrecy has been maintained all along.

So is there something that made me say, ‘Oops!’
Yes just one thing and that was this feeling that the story was a bit drawn out. I personally felt that it could have been wound up with a few pages less. The length would be less but the impact would have been more.

VERDICT

An engrossing read that.

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