Spotlight: RISING FROM THE ASHES:  A Short Story: Prequel to Knitted Tales 2  by Rubina Ramesh

 

 
RISING FROM THE ASHES: 
A Short Story: Prequel to Knitted Tales 2 
by 
Rubina Ramesh
 

 

 
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She was one of the most beautiful woman Asura Sambara had laid his eyes on. 
 
Possessing a beauty of this magnitude became his passion. Sambara kidnapped her and whisked her off to his palace. 
 
Mayavati knows she has no option but to bow down to his wishes. But what about the young man who always haunts her dreams? She had no clue why she was in this palace but after speaking to the mischief making Sage Narada, it all started making sense to her. 
 
Who was Mayavati and what was she doing in Asura’s palace? 
 
Was Sambara her destiny? 
 
Disclaimer: This short story is a mythological fiction and should be treated as such. The author does not claim it to be a retelling of the Puranas. This piece is a product of her unbridled imagination. 
 
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About the author
 
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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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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

cover.jpgI received The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert as a review copy from the publisher, Penguin Randomhouse. Thank you Piya from Penguin Randomhouse for the book.

The blurb:

Alice has spent most of her life on the road, always one step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at her heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her isolated estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice discovers how bad her luck can really get.

Her own mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the supernatural world where the fairy tales are  set. Alice’s only clue is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

To rescue her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began…..

The story:

Bad luck has been following Alice and her mother, Ella, all their lives. And they have been running from it, one place to another. No matter where they move to, Utah, Chicago, LA, it always comes to get them. But when they come to know that her grandmother, Althea Proserpine, author of dark (and rather popular) fairy tales, has passed away in her isolated estate, The Hazel Wood, they believe that their bad luck days are over.

Ella gets married to a rich man and they go and live with him in his posh house in New York. Things seem to be going really well, comparatively, until Ella gets abducted.

There are three main clues left behind: a page from the book which says ‘Alice-Three-Times’, a message from Ella to ‘Stay away from the Hazel Wood’ and a feather, bone and comb.

So Alice sets off on a journey to find her mother, with her classmate, Ellery Finch, who is a big fan of her grandmother’s and has read her stories. Soon, they realise that the characters from the book have come alive. There is no doubt in Alice’s mind that Ella is at the Hazel Wood. But, only few ever find the twisted estate and even fewer come back permanently scarred. Heedless of the warnings, Alice heads off with Ellery to find her mother. Will Ella be found? Will Alice ever return?

My take:

I loved the book. It was wonderfully written and magical. It was loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. The plot is unique and the cover is beautiful. The cover has been created in such a way that while looking at the cover, if it catches the light, one can see the feather, the comb and the bone hidden there. The main character, Alice, wasn’t very likeable. She had anger issues and made some rash decisions at times, but she really came through at the end. I liked Ellery who supported her and helped her in every way that he could. He never backed down even when the path seemed dangerous. I enjoyed the book immensely and it kept me hooked till the end.

A fantastic debut by the author, I shall be looking forward to her books.

The story was chilling to the bone and I have one piece of advice to the reader, please do not read it at night.

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.

Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi

95884-smallisbigI received Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi as a review copy from the author as a part of the blog tour hosted by The Book Club. I am thankful to the author as well as The Book Club for the same. This book is a collection of 100 tales belonging to different genres.

The blurb:

Have you always wanted to read more, but you could never finish that one book?

You kept putting it off, hoping you would find some free time, only to find out that months or even years went by and you saw little progress.

That’s about to change!

With Small is Big, Rafaa Dalvi has created a potpourri of 100 diverse micro tales (140 characters or less) that will provide you a rich experience in easy-to-digest fragments and urge you to read one page after another before you finally finish the book.

And the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!
If you’re a romantic at heart, this micro tale is for you-
She kissed his cheek as he smiled back. Nothing had changed much since two decades.
Her husband called her.
She hid the photo in the closet.
If you love happy endings, this micro tale is for you-
You rested on my lap, opened yourself before me and shared your fantasies with me.
Then the stories ended and you turned back into a book.
If you ever had a tough time fitting in, this micro tale is for you-
Nerd. Not anymore. A new college. A new identity.
Math. First lecture. Finished my test first.
Teacher graded me aloud- 20/20. I had failed.
If you are a big fan of word play, this micro tale is for you-
They’re lying in bed.
“You’re the one,” he says; he’s lying.
“I never doubted it,” she says; she’s lying.
They’re lying in bed.
And if you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
There were two of us and one vacant position.
He would die for this job and I would kill for it.
No wonder it worked out just fine for me.
In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
My take:

Expressing yourself or your emotions in limited number of words is an art. I always have an added respect for writers of short stores.

But this is exemplary, less than 140 words.

Stories so short that you read a tale, introspect it and then move on to the next. That’s what I did, read them, tasted them and digested them. And one more thing, I have actually bookmarked the ones that I liked, so that I can read them again and again.

The author has touched upon various emotions like love, satire, crime, suspense….. also the tales have been arranged alphabetically. Some are cute and some are sad. To tell you the truth, there were some I did not understand. There were some that I could relate to, Zoom being one of them (I know all of you would…)

Some tales made me think, what would happen next?

A must read!

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.

Parenteen by Prakriti Prasad

51lCAja+ggL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Parenteen by Prakriti Prasad as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and am thankful to them or the book.

The blurb:

Children act as our biggest stress busters, bringing happiness and meaning into our lives. Overcome with love and commitment to raise the best kind we invariably stretch our time, attention and wealth. Just when we begin to revel in the camaraderie we share with our growing child, teenage strikes. And lo behold! Our lovable bundles of joy suddenly turn into our biggest stress creators. All the laughter and banter in the house tend to get replaced by unwarranted outbursts, tears and verbal duels, which constantly test our limits.

Teenage can be stressful both for children, who experience all kinds of physical and emotional changes, as well as for parents who find themselves emotionally drained dealing with constant authority challenges, indifference and slammed doors.

This exclusive handbook on parenting of teens focuses on decoding the insecurities, dilemmas and interests of our youngsters in order to understand them better. It emphasizes on keeping all channels of communication open and addresses an entire gamut of teenage issues pertaining to peer pressure, gadget addiction, underage drinking, stress, anger, complacency and privacy—to name a few.

Armed with a better understanding of teenagers instead of archaic perceptions of parenting, we can hope to not just steer our children towards excellence, but even make friends for life with our teens.

My take:

As a mother of a fourteen and a twelve year old, I found this book to be a big help. I realized that there are no rights or wrongs and that the children hate when we tell them, ‘in our days…’ or ‘when I was your age….’. The author has written the book in a simple and easily understandable language.

I shall not write much in details because I feel that this is one book that one must read and try to follow whenever required. I read the book around a fortnight ago and am trying to follow certain things, and am writing the review only now, after I realized the small changes I made in the way I am handling my kids, has certainly made me less stressful and them more responsible.

The author has written the book based on her experiences, and what I loved was her referring to her teenager as Smallie.

About the Author

Prakriti Prasad is a senior journalist and columnist on parenting issues. She has worked with several leading publications including The Times of India, The Business Standard, The Indian Express and The Himalayan Times for over two decades. She has written and edited coffee-table books for Dainik Jagran and The Times of India. Besides being a freelance writer, she espouses social causes by anchoring events on issues close to her heart. As a relationship and meditation mentor and a parenting expert, she conducts wellness workshops and individual sessions with youngsters and adults. A music aficionado with a ‘prabhakar’ (graduation) in Hindustani classical music, Kathak dance and playing the Sitar, she believes in connecting with people through her art. A die hard optimist, she considers an ever-increasing circle of friends her biggest achievement in life.

Prakriti is based in Kolkata, India.

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.

 

Spotlight: SMALL IS BIG: A Collection of 100 Micro Tales by Rafaa Dalvi

Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi

 

 
SMALL IS BIG:
A Collection of 100 Micro Tales
by
Rafaa Dalvi
 
Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi
 
Blurb
 
Have you always wanted to read more, but you could never finish that one book?
You kept putting it off, hoping you would find some free time, only to find out that months or even years went by and you saw little progress.
 
That’s about to change!
 
With Small is Big, Rafaa Dalvi has created a potpourri of 100 diverse micro tales (140 characters or less) that will provide you a rich experience in easy-to-digest fragments and urge you to read one page after another before you finally finish the book.
And the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!
 
If you’re a romantic at heart, this micro tale is for you-
She kissed his cheek as he smiled back. Nothing had changed much since two decades.
Her husband called her.
She hid the photo in the closet.
 
If you love happy endings, this micro tale is for you-
You rested on my lap, opened yourself before me and shared your fantasies with me.
Then the stories ended and you turned back into a book.
 
If you are a big fan of word play, this micro tale is for you-
They’re lying in bed. 
“You’re the one,” he says; he’s lying. 
“I never doubted it,” she says; she’s lying. 
They’re lying in bed.
 
And if you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
There were two of us and one vacant position.
He would die for this job and I would kill for it.
No wonder it worked out just fine for me. 
 
In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
 
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About the author

 

 

 

 

Rafaa Dalvi, 26, is a vibrant mess of innumerable thoughts, quotes and movie dialogues who tries to escape from the mundane with words. He dreams about changing the world, one smile at a time. When he’s not busy befriending the voices in his head, he can be found in cosy corners, sipping green tea from a wine glass. As for everything else in between, there is food.

 

 

 

An alumnus of NMIMS Mumbai, he wants to be a versatile writer following in the footsteps of his role models Michael Crichton, Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl.

 

 

 

 

Already published numerous times, his stories can be read in the anthologies – Curtain Call (editor), Terribly Tiny Tales Volume 1, Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales and Her Story. His first solo book ‘Small is Big’ is a collection of 100 micro tales. He’s the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013, the winner of Melonade 5 and a Select Writer at Terribly Tiny Tales.

 

 

 

 

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Generously yours: His gift from beyond byInderpreet Uppal

e4b03-generouslyyoursI received Inderpreet Uppal’s book Generously yours: His gift from beyond as a review copy from the author. the book is also available on Kindle Unlimited. This is a short 18 page book and the debut work of the author.

The blurb:

‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya.

Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. As her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined.
Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late?
A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.

The story:

Diya and Viren were opposites. She was shy, homebody, bookworm and he, flamboyant, traveler, nomad. All they had in common was the local bookstore. Nobody thought they would last more than a week but they had.

Now, Diya is winding up her and Viren’s belongings in the house that was once theirs and is up for sale, for her better future. She is reminiscing the time spent with him, his habits, his passion. Time is running out.

My take:

A beautifully written short story. I loved the way the author has described the scenes, I could feel that I was just sitting there and seeing the story play before my eyes. The end was such that my eyes were wet. I wanted more.

Way to go, Inderpreet

About the Author:

Inderpreet edits manuscripts, writes for her love of writing and reads endlessly. She is a Masters in Human Resources Management and worked as a management lecturer. An Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, sponsored posts and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is #EloquentArticulation.

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.

Spotlight: GENEROUSLY YOURS by Inderpreet Uppal

 

 
GENEROUSLY YOURS
by
Inderpreet Uppal
 
 
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‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya. 
Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. Her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined. 
Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late? 
A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 

 

Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts,  and reads endlessly. A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation. She is a Masters in Human Resources Management and an Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, posts, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. She has recently published her first book on Amazon, GENEROUSLY YOURS,       
                  

 

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