I received the book Against The Tide: The King and The Concubine by Summerita Rhayne as a review copy from the author.
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?
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
MATSYA: 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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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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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?