Book Blitz: Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

 

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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Against The Tide: The King and The Concubine by Summerita Rhayne

51AtGIjbFtL.jpgI received the book Against The Tide: The King and The Concubine by Summerita Rhayne as a review copy from the author.

The blurb:

Can a concubine fall in love? 

Lohana knows she cannot even dream of everlasting love. Trained to captivate men for their wealth and proficient in the required arts, a concubine like her is not meant to be a partner for life for anyone and most certainly not for the king. But King Jayatshatru has managed to steal her heart. In the politics of aristocracy, germs of intrigue flourish hidden behind the ornate doors. As love grows stronger, the plotting against her deepens. Will she be able to fight the forces against her? Does she even want to, when dreaming about happiness can lead both the king and her to ultimate ruin?

The story:

Lohana, Ganika Katika’s daughter, is also a Ganika. She is what she is supposed to be, a deliverer of services and not a woman equal, but Raja Jayatshatru treats her with more courtesy than she thinks she merits. She is intelligent, a fact that is appreciated by the king. And a vital bond exists between them, something that is not liked by his mother, the Queen.

In comes her younger sister Yashita…

My take:

The cover is so apt and beautiful.

The author has beautifully portrayed the ancient times with detailed descriptions of scenes and characters. The characters have been etched in detail. Even he secondary characters have a role to play in the story.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

I wanted to know more about Jayatshatru’s brother, maybe we will have the next story about him.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Book Blitz: Enchanted Waves by Ciara Lake

About the Book:

Tabitha Lock’s mundane life changes when her future walks out of the sea into her arms.

Attorney Tabitha Lock has put her career before everything, including her love life. Exhausted from too many late nights, early mornings, and endless days spent in court, Tabitha is at the end of her rope. Add to that the sensual dreams and voices that haunt her sleep, and she’s driven to the edge of her sanity.

Jax Aquila, Mer prince and son of Poseidon, is ordered to locate a mortal female in the twenty-first century. Although this woman is unaware of it, she has vampire heritage, but her immortality was forsaken to her due to the sins of her ancestor. Old hatred and prejudice toward vampires push Jax toward pursing his own agenda and avoiding his assigned task.

When Jax meets Tabitha, he has no idea this enticing woman is the one he was sent to find. The magic of their attraction drives him to pursue the beautiful woman. When he discovers the truth, can he accept Tabitha for what she is? And can Tabitha accept herself? As they struggle with the issues at hand, an ancient evil stirs, waiting in the darkness to reclaim their lost position among the immortals. When the evil ones make their move and Tabitha’s life hangs in the balance can Jax find her in time, or will she be lost to him forever?

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Calypso’s breasts heaved with each breath she took beneath the supple black leather. Stretching out beyond the full-length windows, lightning ripped through the night sky as Calypso opened the french doors and stepped out onto the patio. The subtle glide of leather-overheated flesh sent shards of heat through her.
A fine shiver raced over her body and she gasped. Somewhere out there he waited…the culmination of all her lust. From behind her the sound of Angrail and his mate’s passion could be heard and it fired her own. Long denied, her lust stirred, slithering through her body like some beast she longed to kill.
She closed her eyes, the image playing across her mind… Sweat slicked skin heaved with each swing of a massive blade. Thin, black lines danced across his chest, swirling down into the curve of a hip, the bulge of his shaft behind his pants teasing her. Muscles bunched and flexed with each step, each blow. Powerful, deadly, his essence called to her, seduced her with its warmth and need.
Calypso stepped to the edge of the balcony and peered over the ornate banister. Beneath her the roaring of the falls drifted upward in a silvery cloud of noise and mist.
She glanced over her shoulder, her fists clenching with emotion. Centuries of service, of loyalty, had been rewarded with freedom, yet she didn’t yearn for such a gift. Nay, she yearned for what was beyond her. Angrail was content, he was loved, and out of her grasp. Accepting it hadn’t come easy, long nights of bitter envy and tears had come before she’d realized it was necessary.
Come to me. As soft as the wind playing with her braid, the whisper slipped through the chinks in her armor and shot straight to her heart.
With a soft sigh, Calypso hopped onto the banister and inhaled a breath. Arms outstretched, she stepped into mid-air, years of training and skill set in her muscles. Fresh, sweet wind flowed along her body, wrapping her in a warm shawl of familiarity. Without a sound, she landed on the rocks below, her knees folding beneath her as her body coiled in to brace itself.
About the Author:
Welcome to Ciara Lake’s World. Meet Gorgeous Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids, Wizards, Witches, Mythological Gods and Goddesses, Mere Mortals And More! Fiction has always been a passion of mine. Creating worlds and developing characters is a great way for me to relieve the stress and strain of my everyday world. In fantasy (paranormal) and sci-fi stories, the author has the unique ability to invent wonderfully exotic places and people. I do that in my books. These fantastic genres provide a limitless ability to be creative and inventive. My stories provide an escape into a special world filled with unique and otherworldly things. And there is always a happy ending.
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Book Blitz: Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit

 

 
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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About the author
 
 
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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Book Blitz: India: Whose Country is it anyway? by A.P.S Kumar

About the Book:

India’s rich diversity, both in its physical and natural aspects, is widely known. India has had a great past with achievements in literature, the arts, medicine and mathematics.

Indians were sea-faring and they spread their influence through their philosophy, religion and military conquest too. But Like a cosmic phenomenon, decline is every civilization is inevitable. Indian civilization too declined.

When a civilization rises, people are driven by idealism; when people are possessed of greed, it declines and falls.

Indians today are possessed of excessive, abominable, putrefying greed.

The author tells it all in an honest, engaging manner. He holds a mirror unto ourselves.

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About the Author:
I hail from a middle class family. Son of a soldier, I did my studies in Bengaluru obtaining a Bachelor’s degree (from St. Joseph’s College) in Science and then in Law from a different college.
Though not very serious about studies, I took to books with keen interest in social sciences history in particular, literature and natural sciences (in general) and current affairs. I am drawn wittingly towards that abstract thinking – that is, philosophy.
Worked in a Government-owned Insurance Company – United India Insurance Co Ltd – as a Salesman (designated as Development Officer) and retired voluntarily a decade ago.
I spend time reading and writing, travelling both within the country and outside. I ardently believe in community work; I concentrate on education of children, obviously from poor background.
Nationalism – i.e. love of fellow citizens – is my creed. I am passionate about friendships, am devoid of all other -isms.
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Spotlight: DASHAVATAR MATSYA: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman

DASHAVATAR
MATSYA: The First Avatar
by
Sundari Venkatraman


 

 
Blurb
 
Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.
 
Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.
 
King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?
 
How can Satyavrath help the fish?
 
Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya.
 
*This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology.
 
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About the author
 
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles 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 #1Bestseller 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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MATSYA: The First Avatar (DASHAVATAR Book 1) by Sundari Venkatraman

3e515-matsyaamazoncoverMATSYA: The First Avatar (DASHAVATAR Book 1) by Sundari Venkatraman is the first book in the Dashavatar series. It is the first mythological book to be written by the author.

The blurb

Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.

Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.
King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?

How can Satyavrath help the fish?

Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya.
*This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology.

My take:

The author can write mythology with the same prowess as she can write romance. I loved the way she has narrated the whole story and I could actually visualize the scenes. The language is simple and can be easily understood. I am sure children would love this one.

Waiting for the other nine books in the series.

Book Blitz: Mind Body and Soul by Shree

Print Length: 30 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: February 11, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: LGBT, Short Story 
Vanyaa, obsessed with an Indian television star gets the chance to meet her idol and get to know him—but the secret he hides may tear them both apart, and reality offers a sharp contrast to the glamour of the onscreen world.
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Shree is an IT Pro turned author since 2015. Her works include short stories collection ‘Secret Expressions: Two Stories’, novella ‘Silent Invaders’, which has entered the quarter finals of Screencraft Cinematic Story (for Hollywood) Contest 2017, and Bengali poetry book ‘Onuronon’, released in International Kolkata Book Fair 2018. Shree is a contributing author of ‘Flock-The Journey’ and ‘Different Strokes’. Her upcoming anthology of love poems is ‘Petals of Love’. She is a regular writer on several writing platforms, portals and magazines. She is currently working on some stories and poetries for an American and a Commonwealth journal.

 

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Tied to Deceit by Neena H Brar

9781775158028Tied_to_deceitcover.jpgI received the book ‘Tied to Deceit’ by Neena H Brar as a review copy from the author. Thank you for the book, Neena. It is a murder mystery set in Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, India in 1974.

The blurb:

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.

Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

The story:

Dr Rajinder Bhardwaj, owner and head physician at Lifeline Hospital in Sanover, Himachal Pradesh and his wife Gayatri have been married for twenty four years. Though they have kept a façade of happy for the world, but actually Gayatri is aware of her husband’s infidelities and ignores his unfaithfulness. One day, she receives a letter and catches him red handed with the receptionist at the hospital, Devika Singh.

As the couple is childless, his nephew Rudra, the son of his estranged brother, also works in the same hospital and is ambitious and greedy.

One morning, Devika is found murdered in her bed. Though, she is one person nobody likes, but no one ever thought that she would be killed.

SP Vishwanath Sharma is the officer responsible to investigate the murder. As he starts his investigation, one person leads to another and the plot thickens. He and his aide, Rawat go from person to person and from place to place to investigate. There are many suspects and the best part is that all of them have a motive to kill her.

My take:

The story is a murder mystery with one clue leading to another and one suspect leading to another. The characters are realistic and well developed. Though there are many of them, each has a role to play in the story.

The scenes and nature have been described in detail. So also the various settings. The language is simple and easy to follow.  Each chapter begins with a quote which gives an idea of the chapter.

The author has tied up the loose ends well and the book feels complete at the end. The chapters are short. The book moves at a slow pace in the beginning but the pace increases at the end.

A little bit of editing would make the story crisper. As a debut author, to write a book that is 390 pages long with minimal mistakes is an achievement.

Loved the book and am looking forward to more from the author.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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Amazon India:  https://www.amazon.in/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon US:  https://www.amazon.com/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar/dp/1775158039/

Amazon UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Book Blitz: Mauri by Saiswaroopa Iyer

~ New Release ~
Mauri by Saiswaroopa Iyer





About the Book:

She wanted to kill the man who others called a God.
Love is but an obstacle in her path
 

With her father’s death shattering her world, Mauri is torn away from everything she had once loved. Anger replacing every emotion within her, she seeks only one thing. To kill her father’s killer. Even if the man is none less than Krishna Vaasudeva, the man who people worshipped as a God! Someone stands in the way, reining in her bitterness when she is the least prepared for it. The Rakshasa Prince Ghatotkacha! But by the time love sprouts within her, Mauri has gone too far in her thirst for vengeance. 



Can Mauri save herself and Ghatotkacha before the consequences of her own actions can destroy both their worlds?

 
 
 
 
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“Good
aim! But that sorry-looking insult to all weapons is not going to take you very
far.”
Mauri
jumped out of her skin. The man who had found her out was a complete stranger.
A closer look at him told her he was a Rakshasa. Her first instinct was to make
a run towards the exit. It would be only a matter of time before this Rakshasa
would go and tell Ghatotkacha. Then it struck her that she had never seen this
man in Ghatotkacha’s team! Who was he?
“Your
secret is safe with me, little one!” He beamed. The broken canine on his upper
jaw could not be missed. He took her arm but she shook him off. “Alright!
Remember girl, I am your well-wisher.”
“I
don’t even know who you are!” Mauri backed away.
“Someone
who can protect you from…,” he smirked and pointed to the gap between the two
ornate pillars close to where she was hiding, “them”
Mauri
peered through the gap. She could count up to six guards furiously searching
for the culprit who had dared strike Krishna Vaasudeva. The foolhardy nature of
her attempt struck her now. How had she even dreamt of escaping the heavily
guarded palace after doing what she’d done?
“Come
with me.” He held her arm. “If you want to escape without being seen, that is.”
His voice assumed a lower note. “And if you want to get another chance at your
target.”
Unsure
and still guided by her frustration, Mauri followed him towards a secluded
section of the vast palace garden. When she left the place a good couple of
hours later, her mind reeled at the task before her. It was too much, what the
Rakshasa had asked of her. But she could not have afforded to be caught by the
palace guards. Possibly she could have lied about her aim going wrong when she
was trying to get some fruit. The news would still have travelled to Dhatri,
though, and who knew how she would react? On the other hand, the prospects that
this Rakshasa promised, though at great risk, seemed more welcome. Mauri
continued to walk in a daze, aimless and unmindful of the maze of paths. A
shrill cry calling out to her brought her back to this world.
“Mauri!
Where on earth did you disappear?!” Nandini ran up to her, and not very far
behind was Dhatri!
For
the first time, Mauri found herself tongue-tied, at a loss for explanations.
“I…I came with Ghatotkacha. I lost my way.”
“Any guard
would have guided you out of this place.” Dhatri’s voice had traces of
annoyance. “And why did you not even inform us before leaving?” She sighed as
Mauri slipped back into silence again. “I found us a caravan headed eastward.
Let us quickly take leave of our hosts and start this afternoon.”
Mauri
followed her without a word. She needed to be in Dhatri’s good books.
“Mahadevi…after going back to Kamarupa, can I live with you?”
She
saw Dhatri halt in her steps and look visibly delighted. She heard Nandini
squeal with joy. Neither had a clue of what was going on in her mind.
When
they left Indraprastha later in the day, Mauri looked back at the glorious
looking arch receding into the distance. She had not taken leave of
Ghatotkacha. It would have been nice to see him just one more time!
About the Author:
Formerly an analyst with a Venture capital firm, Saiswaroopa currently writes Puranic fiction, with a focus on lesser known heroines of Ancient India. Mauri is her third work of fiction after Abhaya and Avishi. Her interests include Carnatic Music, Philosophy, History and Literature of India. She won a state level gold medal from TTD in rendering Annamacharya Kritis. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
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