Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review-False Ceilings by Amit Sharma



FALSE CEILINGS 
by
AMIT SHARMA



Blurb

Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes. 

From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin. 

When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi. 

Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos. 


Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.

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          I received a free copy of this book from the author in return of my honest review.

          The story line of False Ceilings travels through generations … from past to well into future.

          The main protagonist of the story is a wooden almirah with holds a secret compartment in its ceiling. And this secret compartment hides a secret wrapped in a yellow piece of cloth, which is handed down from one generation to other not as a blessing but as a cursed piece of possession. False Ceilings starts in an era where each household used to have secret cellar in a room or a compartment in their almirah or bookcase.

          False Ceilings is a little slow read, with characters from each generation going into flashback in past or fast forward in future. The author has incorporated many pre-independence and post-independence era happenings and many other incidences which had happened nationwide, which had caused uproar in lives of many people in past. The way author has used them is his story to show how the characters have been affected or influenced by those incidences is noteworthy.

          The author has also depicted various relationships of a family and how it effects the next generation in creating an opinion about that person or individual.
          

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spotlight-Hell to Pay by Pamela Fagan Hutchins


Hell To Pay
by 
Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Blurb 

USA Best Book Award-Winning Series, Cross Genre Fiction.
Third book in the Emily series, a spin-off from Katie & Annalise.

Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily thinks she’s got her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trail for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims her witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman, right about the time Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.



She says her first book came out in 2012 and that her latest, Hell to Pay, is the seventh book in the series. The books all have ties to Texas, with “an interrelated cast of kick-ass female protagonists.” She says the novel's heroine (“a former rodeo queen turned paralegal”) returns to her home town in west Texas and discovers an extremist cult has set up shop and is terrorizing the local townsfolk.

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Chapter One Excerpt

Disco lights whirled around me, or was it the room? My inner party animal had atrophied, not that I’d ever been a real heavyweight. If it wasn’t for the fantastic people-watching—and the fact that this was the celebration party for the burglary acquittal of our firm’s client Phil Escalante the day before, and his engagement to Nadine, one of my best friends in Amarillo—I've bagged this shindig. Instead, there I was with tendrils of fake smoke floating past my face, ten

feet from a DJ dressed in a black latex fetish costume and spiked dog collar and A tall woman maybe ten years older than me appeared out of the low lights and sidled up to me, engulfing me in the odor of cigarettes. Her vanilla hair sported a generous dollop of dark chocolate roots, which was pretty funny to me since she had a body shaped like a cone. A waffle cone. A waffle cone with sparkly sprinkles from the spinning ball overhead. Behind her trailed a paunchy man of roughly her height. His eyes had locked on me in a way that made my skin crawl with leeches that weren’t there.

Rick James’s “Super Freak” ended. The silence in the cavernous L-shaped room was immediate and complete, but short-lived. A clamor of voices from the one-hundred- or-so guests resumed, their voices echoing off the bare walls and “Hey, Foxy Loxy,” the man mouthed at me. Or did he? Surely not. It was hard to tell with the lights playing tricks on my eyes.

The woman spoke past me. “You and your wife got any plans later?” Her bellow seemed to fill the room to its farthest corners, even with all the other voices. I winced and shrank under the eyes that shifted our way.

Not Jack, though. The horse rancher cum criminal attorney was nothing if not unflappable. His topaz eyes twinkled. “Emily’s not my wife.” 

The man surged toward Jack. “You’re not together?”

“I’m his fiancée,” I said through my recently tightened braces and painfully rubber-banded teeth, leaving out “and he’s my boss.” I waved my big, fat teardrop-shaped diamond at him to accentuate my point, then I pinched Jack’s arm where my hand was looped through its crook. I’d capitulated to the mouth gear when my childhood orthodontist saw the gap between my front teeth and insisted needed Invisalign then, filled my mouth with metal instead. Payback for never wearing my retainer, I guess.

The man and woman looked at each other and nodded. She asked, “Care to join us? We’ve got a room at a no-tell hotel nearby.”

Jack’s whole body shook and I didn’t dare look at him. I was a sucker for his laugh. In fact, I was a sucker for everything about him, from his lived-in boots to his permanent tan to his Apache cheekbones. Before either of us could think of an appropriate response, Phil interrupted.

“Millie, Pete, leave my poor friends alone.” He clapped a hand on my shoulder and gently pushed me aside to clap his other onto Jack’s. “They’re not swingers. And this isn’t a swingers social. I’m out of the business.”

The space between Millie’s eyebrows narrowed and puckered as drops of

light rained down on her face. “It’s a free country, ain’t it?”



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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long emails, best-selling, award-winning mysteries (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre, Finalist) and hilarious nonfiction. The Houston Press named her as one of Houston's Top 10 Authors (2014).

She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and her Keurig. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com or drop her a note pamela at pamelahutchins dot com. 

And if you would like her to visit your book club, women’s group, writer’s group, or library, all you have to do is ask.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spotlight-My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari


My Last Love Story 
by 
Falguni Kothari


Blurb 

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreaking and poignant tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.

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I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.

Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.

I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible.

I don’t want a baby.
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story. 




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 Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.

My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Review - Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit



Wrong Means Right End  
by 
Varsha Dixit 


Blurb 
Readers fell in love with Sneha and Nandini, two best friends who stuck to each other through heartbreak and joy in the bestselling novel, Right Fit Wrong Shoe. Now they are back in a delightful sequel that follows the two women as they begin the next phase of their lives in Mumbai.

After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fiance, Aditya's marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhil's help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms.

Wrong Means Right End, an exuberant story about love and friendship, is filled with surprises and a wicked twist at every turn.


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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four 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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            Wrong means right end starts from where Right Fit Wrong Shoe had ended. Nandini and Sneha, childhood buddies, who have promised to have each other’s back, go to any extent to see her friend happy. Varsha’s first book was full Bollywood masala; so I had expected more of Bollywood songs, titles & scenes, but was disappointed (sigh!)

            In the first part of the trilogy, Sneha tries to fix up broken relationship of Nandini and Aditya. In this part, Nandini wants Sneha to get hitched after her divorce. It's nice to read how well Varsha has incorporated characters and plots from her first book. You don’t feel any character has just jumped out from nowhere. Loved the way Varsha has portrayed the characters of Sneha and Nandini as independent, level-headed women who wants to make a mark of their own.

            Nandini, inspite of being married to the big Sarin scion Aditya, still wants to make an identity of her and Aditya gives his full support. (Sigh!)

            Nikhil, who appears to be arrogant at first, soon develops a soft corner for Sneha and her cute little bundle of joy, Advey. How Nikhil helps Sneha save Nandini and Aditya’s marriage from Aditya’s ex-fiancée and Nihkil’s family friend Gayatri and in the process falls hopelessly in love with Sneha, who like a furious tigress wants to protect her cubs (in this case her bestie and her marriage). Also we come to know of his past and how he wipes away his slate clean before he makes a new start is commendable.

             Varsha, loved the way you didn’t make the story end as we may have expected. Just when I thought Nik and Sneha are gonna to be together, you introduced a twist which was mind-blowing. But as they say, all that ends well ends well.

            I just can't wait to read the last part of this trilogy.

           In short, Wrong Means Right End is a light hearted, romantic, un-put-down-able book. If you like to read romantic stories, have a good sense of humor and just want to laugh till your stomach aches and you fall off from the chair and get tears in your eyes, go grab this book and enjoy three hour of relaxation.





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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review-Encounters by Sumana Khan



Encounters
Someone's Always Waiting
by 
Sumana Khan

Blurb 
ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.




My Review 

          Very rarely you come across an author, whose creations you are reading for 1st time and you think why I didn’t read her books before?

          Sumana, I am falling short of words to praise your work, your talent in writing, the way you kept me hooked till I finished each story is totally mesmerizing.

          I received Encounters through The Book Club for an honest review. And I would say I totally loved it. Like in her first story in the book First Love, I fell in love with the writer, the characters, the plot, the cover picture…

          First love left me spell bound, The storyteller had me awed, Reminiscence left me with tears in eyes and ache in heart, Happiness clinic left me thinking and last but not the least Best Friends made a permanent place in my heart.

          Loved the way Sumana has woven the plots, which leave the reader so engrossed, that I actually imagined myself there, characters playing in front of my eyes. Out of five stories, First Love, Happiness clinic and Best friends touched me a lot.

          I read the book twice and both the times it left me short of words, gasping for breath till I reached the end of a story.

Encounters-Someone’s Always Waiting, is a mixture of fantasy fiction, paranormal fiction, personal loss of a close one, natural calamity, finding one’s identity and reason of existence.

          Each story is of different genre and it leaves an everlasting mark on readers mind.

          My Verdict on Encounters – Someone’s Always Waiting … If you want to enjoy a good engrossing read, Encounters is one you must definitely go for. 
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Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant - a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.

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Review-Panorama by Shilpi Chaklanobis



Synopsis

          A turbulent relationship between a mother and a daughter takes a sudden turn when the daughter stumbles across a past that she never knew.

          The golden period of a professor’s life is tainted by questions about his purpose until one night gives him all the answers he needs.

          Desperate times test us all but when hunger drives a girl to do the unthinkable, her life changes forever.

          Woven around lives of the people around us – the shy girl on the metro, your domestic help, your neighbors and perhaps even you – this collection of short stories will take you on a bittersweet journey that explores the spectrum that is part of any human relationship and all the complexity and chaos that secretly dwell within homes and hearts of India.

Often laced with element of introspection, the stories are sure to change the way you see the world around you …

My honest Review

          I received a free copy of this book directly from author for reviewing her book.

          Panorama – as the name suggests gives us a wide view of people around us. Each story, when you read touches a cord in you, as each story has a hint of reality.

          Each story explores a relationship in various situations, like how a mother struggles to fulfill her daughter’s desire to have chapatti with curry, whereas a politician mother has plans for her journalist daughter who is going to expose her wrongdoings, a child’s memory of their pet dog, a father’s typical reactions on seeing his daughter unwell, a story of two friends who meet after a long time and catch up with their lives, and so many stories which are day-to-day happenings around us.

          These stories though fictional, but when you read them you feel their pain, their joy, their suffering… like while I was reading Second Tsunami, the end left me gasped and shocked.

                   I would say Panorama is about various emotions that one experiences at some or other point of life. Inspite of being a debutant author, Shilpi has done a good job. The stories, the use of simple language, the way she has conquered human emotions are awesome.

         Nice work Shilpi…Loved the cover picture of the book.

About the author

Shilpi Chaklanobis hails from the beautiful city of Kanpur and has spent majority of her adult life in Delhi. She is currently heads the digital marketing division at an MNC. The amalgamation of her years spent amongst the quiet, calm streets of a small city and the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan like Delhi has lent her a unique perspective towards life. She aims to translate her experiences and understanding of human relationships into stories that not only move people but also resonate with them. She believes that the beauty of a story lies within its ability to be interpreted by the reader in the way they desire s is evident from her writing. Apart from writing, she spends her time devouring books by dozen. This is her first endeavor as a writer and her writing not only shows promise, but also has a sense of sensitivity that compels you to think about lives you touch every day.


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Book name : Panorama – A collection of Short Stories
Author : Shilpi Chaklanobis
Total number of pages : 134
ISBN : 978-93-5206-966-8
Binding : Paperback
Cost : 150 Rs.
Genre : Fiction
Language : English
Publisher : Notionpress.com

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