Take one fake fiancé by Reet Singh

51-AdgOahVL._SY346_.jpgTake one fake fiancé by Reet  Singh is the story of Mita and Tanay and set in Mauritius, Delhi and Kolkata.

The blurb:      

Mita Ramphul is single and fancy-free – and she wants to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Living and working on the idyllic island of Mauritius is the stuff dreams are made of – until she bumps into a man who threatens to destroy it all.

Tanay Devkumar is cynical and shuttered – events in his past have cast a long and deep shadow. Convinced that Mita Ramphul represents a threat to his sister’s happiness, he seeks her out, determined to block her nefarious plans.

They meet in circumstances that can only be described as hostile – suspicions abound and resentments flare on both sides, even as attraction simmers beneath the surface. A series of disastrous events follow and they are compelled to pretend that they are in love and wish to marry.

It is meant to be a temporary engagement – but will Mita be able to resist her fake fiancé or will his scorching kisses make her yearn for something more permanent?

Take One Fake Fiancé is a refurbished, revamped, remodelled, updated version of “Scorched by His Fire” which was published by Harlequin/Mills and Boon in 2014.

The story:

Mita Ramphul, 26, works as a school teacher in Mauritius and lives with her mother Radhika, having lost her father when she was a kid. She is the favourite child of  Uncle Raja, who is always on the lookout for a possible match for her and keeps turning up with proposals from ‘nice’ young men. But she is not ready to say yes. Sammy, her mother, her Nana and Nani are her favourite people in the world.

She has known Samrat Kalachand, Sammy, all her life. Neighbours while growing up, he is practically the brother she never had. He is her childhood buddy, her confidante, her best friend and the slayer of all her dragons. He works in a bank and is married to Laxmi and Mita is uncomfortable around her best friend’s wife. Laxmi thinks that Mita is having an affair with Sammy.

Tanay Devkumar, Laxmi’s brother is a detective. He runs the detective agency, D & S Detectives. He believes the worst of Mita and it out to protect his sister from her. He suspects that she is spoiling Sammy’s marriage so he blackmails her to date him and also not contact Sammy and she agrees using him to tell her uncle to get off her case.

My take:

The characters of the book have been very well developed and realistic. The language is simple and the story flows smoothly. The author has described the places like Grand Bassin in Mauritius, and Connaught Place in Delhi and Kolkata very well. I could actually picturise them.

A nice book, overall. Recommended highly. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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Awaken the Durga Within by Usha Narayanan

51SY1K3AbvL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book Awaken the Durga Within by Usha Narayanan as a review copy from the author via the publisher and would like to thank them both for the same. This book is a must read, an actual go to book for all women.

The blurb:

Awaken the Durga Within is a handy, easy-to-follow guide to help every woman assert themselves at home and work and reclaim their life. As a woman in a patriarchal country like India, they are often held back by family or society; and even education or employment does little to help improve their status.

Bringing in the lesser-known and exciting stories about goddesses from the Hindu mythology, Awaken the Durga Within puts forward practical solutions that can be implemented immediately, without compromising on values and principles. These stories will help invoke the ‘Shakti’ within every woman so as to transform their minds and transcend their limits. Identify the fears holding you back and discover a pithy, three-step process to help you take control of your life and garner respect. Make choices that are right for you and experience the rewards. Discover the true spirit of feminism wherein women are given the same rights, power, and opportunities as men.

My take:

As women all us have felt oppressed at one time or another, and this is a must read for everyone. This book is an encouraging book which made me realize that to get work done or to make people fall in line, you need not be submissive or aggressive but you need to be assertive.The author has talked about what we women face in our daily life as working women, as home makers, as young girls. She has talked about the three Cs that we should make a part of our lives: Choose, Create and Change. In most of the chapters, she presents a scenario, followed by the three Cs and then a mythological story followed by lessons learned.

The language is simple and easy to follow, and the book needs to be read with an open mind and also at a slow pace for the things to register. Loved every part of the book and enjoyed the mythological stories, I felt I was reading the Amar Chitra Katha stories in a different light.

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

 

Once Upon an IAS Exam by K. Vijayakarthikeyan

51VeFhkf6oL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgOnce Upon an IAS Exam by K. Vijayakarthikeyan is the story of Vishy, an IAS aspirant, and his preparation journey for the exam.

The blurb:

Vishy’s worst nightmare—failing the UPSC’s Civil Services exam—has come true. He is plagued by insecurity, fear and doubts. The mother of all competitive examinations has rejected him and he needs a reason to live. So, what does he do? He tells his best friend Rithika, ‘I love you… Will you marry me?’

In Once Upon an IAS Exam, twenty-five-year-old Vishy tries to overcome the uncertainty and confusion about his future and figure out ways of convincing Rithika to marry him. Things turn even more interesting, funny and emotional as Vishy reattempts to conquer ‘Mount IAS’. As he tries to take his academic and love life towards safety, he seeks refuge in the world of IAS coaching centres.

Set in the bustling Civil Services exam coaching hub of Anna Nagar in Chennai, this book is a hilarious account of the actuality, stress and struggle faced by millions of candidates who prepare year after year for one of India’s toughest exams. Join Vishy as he sets out to prove his mettle to the world—and himself. Will Rithika accept the love of her best friend? Will Vishy overcome his sense of failure? Will there be a happily ever after?

The story:

Vishy, a mechanical engineer, lives with his parents in Chennai. He has one ambition: to become an IAS Officer, and for that he has to clear the Civil Services Exams. And he does not do so in the first attempt. He is upset and tells his best friend, Rithika, that he loves her and wants to marry her. And she tells him that they stay away from each other for a month and decide. And Vishy agrees with her.

He also decided to enroll in a coaching centre for IAS preparation. And he goes in search of one. And he is all the more confused because all of them have a lot to tell about themselves, so Vishy takes the help of his seniors and finalizes one. Here, he meets Ashok and they become friends.

My take:

This book has been written in a simple, easily understandable language and talks about the Civil Services exams from the point of view of a person who has gone through the steps. The characters are well etched and realistic. I wished he had talked more about Babu because I felt his story would have been complete had he met his old roommates.

The author has in a humourous way, satire the rat race that happens in the form of coaching centres that are mushrooming all across the country and making a quick buck at the cost of the honest aspirants. This book talks about the support everyone requires from friends, family and also the patience and presence of mind that is required when preparing and appearing for an exam.

The book has been written in an engaging way that keeps the reader hooked to it. The book has humour, satire as well has relationships.

Loved the book and would recommend it to everyone just for what it teaches.

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

Book Blitz: Freefall by Jana Williams

About the Book:

The deep-space transport ship, the Vera Rubin, is light years from Earth when botanist Elle Silver begins to question the use of their space-travel drug, HCH.  Elle notices a growing number of her friends and  fellow colonists awaken from their 90-day sleep cycles exhibiting a variety of negative side-effects and she begins to believe the drug is the culprit.  Some of the effects are minor, dry eyes and lack of appetite. Other symptoms are a bigger concern on a tiny ship packed with colonists.  With each sleep cycle completed, more and more colonists awaken both confused and barely concealing a simmering rage – rage that could be a catastrophe on a ship as crowded as the Vera Rubin.  Elle needs proof, but she also needs a plan. If the drug that allows them to travel deep-space is at fault, what then?  Elle and her friends Ashok, Achebe and Jin-Hai are pressed to their limits to find a solution to their problem before the ship erupts into chaos… with light years left to travel.

Find FREEFALL on Amazon.Com & Amazon.In

Guest Post:

As a guest writer for a post on books – I thought that rather than talk about my novel, FREEFALL per se…. readers like yourself might be interested in how the book came to be written. I think when we discover a book that really engages us, we begin to believe that writers are some mythical beings with a special ‘secret’ ingredient that allows them to write.

This could not be further from reality in my case and in many other writers’ lives too. The only ‘secret’ ingredient I might possess is a dogged determination to get my story onto the page. I learned determination and persistence from my mother. My mother also seeded in all her daughters an absolute love of reading and storytelling. Although, I continue to be the only writer in our immediate family, my sisters actively read books and even lead book club discussion groups too.

Growing up in a household of females (my father deserted us) was pivotal to my central attitude about life. I believe that there is very little that a determined girl or woman cannot accomplish. As a child, there was no one to tell me ‘girls can’t do that’ OR if my sisters did say it – I immediately set out to prove them wrong. This attitude is woven into the story of FREEFALL throughout the book.

The other tenant of the book is the importance of curiosity. I spent a fair bit of time alone as a child, poking into things, exercising my curiosity about how things worked, why they worked and even sometimes dismantling things to find out if I could make them work again. My single mother had very little extra money to fix toys that were broken or even buy new ones. So all of us girls became adept at putting dolls back together, or gluing tea sets that got broken or putting wheels back on wagons to get them working again.

In the book Elle reminds herself that curiosity is a good thing, it can lead to new ideas and discoveries of importance that might have gone unnoticed by others who never asked the question ‘Why?’ Asking yourself why and then setting out to find the answer can lead to amazing things. As you will see, Freefall reflects core values that I hold that women are smart, capable and caring – and can do almost anything if they try.

My own sense of adventure stems from my curiosity about life here, on this planet – which led to speculation about life – out there in another corner of the universe. Another core belief of mine is that you don’t have to have a degree from a university to write and write well. What you do need is the desire to tell an engaging story. The best place to learn how to do that is from inside a book where you can read, read, and read.

Once you’ve read a fair number of books, start mentally sorting them out into the ones you liked and the ones that were just okay – but not spellbinding. And finally, what about the books you didn’t like? Stack them up, and then start thinking about the ones you liked – What did they have in common? Do the same mental exercise with the books you didn’t like – What did they have in common? You will learn as much about writing from what you didn’t like – as from what you did. Once you know what you like in a book, you’re ready to start writing your own story.

It’s important to write something you would enjoy reading yourself, because if you’re writing a novel you’ll be spending days and weeks and months in the world you’re creating. So it better be a place that you look forward to visiting – you owe it to yourself to make it so. I truly loved every minute of writing Freefall. The editing portion was a challenge for me – because it is a bit like cleaning the house; necessary and important but certainly not thrilling to do.

Freefall came into being because I love good Science Fiction and Fantasy – and I hoped to write a story worthy of some that I have read. Also Freefall came into being because I was persistent enough to sit down every morning before going to work (and sometimes after work too) to continue writing Elle’s adventures with her friends. I would spend hours thinking about what would happen next, so that I would have a focus for the next days writing. And then, when I was done with the first draft, I willingly put in more time to fix the things that needed fixing to make the story more clear and uncluttered.

And of course you must be wondering, ‘Have I started the sequel?” Of course I have! I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Amalie Noether Chronicles. I hope you will join me in reading FREEFALL. Be assured – Elle’s adventures will continue in space in the next volume of the series

About the Author:

Jana Williams is certain that fiction can change people’s lives – especially women and girls.  Her own life is testimony to that fact.  One of five daughters, she was raised by a single-mom who placed a high value on reading and storytelling.

The ability to read, coupled with a child’s innate curiosity about the world, and access to books to satisfy that curiosity can offer significant opportunity to a child. Like most writers Jana has bounced from job to job, absorbing stories, cultures and customs as she worked.  She has been a high-speed motion picture photographer, a VFX coordinator, worked in the film industry, and the publishing trade as a book seller – a publisher’s rep and now an author.

But her first love is reading…. and with each book of the Freefall trilogy sold Jana will donate funds to Literacy agencies around the world whose work is to bring the joy of reading to others.

Enjoy a good adventure story and help others learn to read at the same time !

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Love, Take Two by Saranya Rai

5b1f3789a86d1-264x405.jpgLove, Take Two by Saranya Rai is a simple romance set in Bollywood.

The blurb:

She’s tall, beautiful and one of Bollywood’s leading ladies.

He’s goofy, loves to wear outlandish clothes and is constantly in trouble with reporters.

When Vicky Behl and Kritika Vadukut meet on the sets of the period drama Ranjha Ranjha, everyone agrees they have serious chemistry–and not just on screen. But after her devastating break-up with Raunak Rajput, Kritika doesn’t know if she can handle being with another Bollywood actor. If only Vicky wasn’t so damn charming . . .
As they dance to romantic numbers and spend time between takes on the glamorous sets of Sudarshana Samarth’s film, they find it hard not to give in to their attraction to each other. But will the pressure and scrutiny of Bollywood allow them a happy ending or will there be a twist in the tale?

The story:

Vikram Behl, Vicky, is a Bollywood hero. He is the subject of many irrelevant controversies. He has a younger sister, Mrinalini, who has a crush on his best friend, Jahan, who does not realize it and considers her as his younger sister.

Kritika Vadukut is a model- turned actor, who takes her work seriously. Estranged from her family, she visits them once a year.

Vicky and Kritika meet on the sets of Ranjha Ranjha, directed by Sudarshana Samarth, who has her issues with the cinematographer, Arun Jadhav. Vicky and Kritika are opposites in their approach to their work and Sudarshana and Arun cannot decide on how the shot needs to be filmed.

They meet and opposites attract, and I am not telling how many pairs of opposites.

My take:

The cover is beautiful and very apt to the story. The story is a fast paced, simple love story with its twists. The characters have been well etched and the chemistry between the actors is palpable. I love the relationship between Jahan and Vicky, that between Mini and Vicky and also the one that Kriti and her friend. I loved the interactions between Sudarshana and Arun.

There is humour, there is romance and there is affection, but love does not rule all the way. It comes in little sprinkles here and there and makes the reader feel good.

The narration has been done in a way that I loved it. The scenes have been detailed well. What I loved most was that each chapter begins with a scene from the movie and that is what kept me hooked to the book, and made it a page turner for me as I really wanted to know how the author ends the movie.

I loved the book and am hoping for a sequel soon.

I am M-M-Mumbai by Rishi Vohra

51-i9Ijr+jL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book I am M-M-Mumbai by Rishi Vohra as a review copy from the author. This is the third book by the author and I am lucky to have read all the three. Based in Mumbai, this book is the story of Rudra Talpade.

The blurb:

An intelligent, good-looking young man, Rudra should have been going places, except wherever he goes, he faces ridicule and humiliation because he stammers. His stammering has only ever brought him the wrong kind of attention and he has never been able to overcome it or move past it. Now at 25, he feels completely stifled and embittered that Mumbai, the city of dreams, has always crushed his own dreams, particularly his long-cherished one of becoming a film actor. Then he meets Richa and love gives him a ray of hope. But heartbreak devastates him and he spins into a downward spiral that eventually pushes him to rock bottom. Now, his only way up is to conquer his fear and insecurity once and for all and to speak.

The story:

Twenty five year old Rudra Talpade lives with his parents in Mumbai and works as an assistant director. Rudra was in class four when he became fully cognizant of his verbal handicap and gradually withdrew into a shell for the fear of being laughed at.  He always wanted to be an actor and even refused going to the US where his sister was doing her MBA and offered him to get on his feet in California. And courtesy his stammering, he makes do as an assistant director, as that was the best he felt he could do to work on a film set. For six years, he worked in different sets with different film makers.

His mother sympathises with him, but his father is always angry with him. The only people other than his family that he can be himself with are his best friend, Ankur and his neighbor, Shibani.

During his work as an assistant director, he makes friends with the leading lady, Richa. And it is during this shooting that he is thrown out of his job and then his home and is on the streets after his money is taken away by people.

So what happens next?

My take:

A beautifully written book about a simple boy in Mumbai, who is a nice person at heart and whose only flaw is his stammering. The characters are realistic and their conversations believable. I loved the relationship that Rudra shares with his friend, Ankur. The descriptions are detailed.

I loved the book and am waiting to read more books from the author.

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

Arranged Love: A Short, Dreamy & Passionate Romance by PG Van

41+ALRGvVLL.jpgI borrowed Arranged Love: A Short, Dreamy & Passionate Romance by PG Van from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

Nivri does not enjoy flying alone—she hates it but gets on a plane from New York to India to surprise her family for Diwali. What she never expected were the surprises life would throw her in the short time she is in India.

Starting with spending an adventurous thirty-six hours with a complete stranger who soon turns unforgettable. Like her favorite song she couldn’t stop humming, she cannot stop thinking about him.

Nivri is amazed by the strong feelings she has developed for a complete stranger in such a short time. Will she follow her heart and trust her feelings to be love for a man she met in her travels?

Arranged Love is a short and sweet story about how life gives Nivri love as her surprise. It ends with a sweet happily ever after.

The story:

Nivri, 23, is studying management in New York, when she decides to come and surprise her family on Diwali. So she boards a flight to Delhi en route to Bangalore. But she forgets that she hates flying alone as it brings back old memories. On the flight she meets Avinash, her copassenger, who helps her overcome the flight trauma.

Avinash is on the way to Hyderabad, but one look at Nivri, he decides to travel with her to Bangalore, feigning a meeting there.

And then starts their ravel adventure, and Nivri falls in love with Avinash. But her parents want her to meet Kishore, alias Bunny, whom she hates.

My take:

A simple sweet story with realistic characters. I liked the characters and the story. I loved the relationship that Nivri shares with her grandmother.

A breezy read which can be finished in an hour.

So go on, pick it up.