Deceptive baritone (Benson Town Rock Band Book 1) by Reshma Ranjan

734eb-book2BcoverI received the book Deceptive baritone (Benson Town Rock Band Book 1) by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy and would like to thank her for the same.

The Blurb:

Sitara Menon is eager to meet the man for whom she has been carrying the torch since her teenage years. She hopes to rekindle their love and romance.

Giriraj Parapuram, one of the lead vocalists of the Benson Town Rock Band, considered music, their band and his friends his world. The last thing he wanted was to come face to face with the woman who had made him lose his faith in women and love.
Sitara organizes the concerts in Denver for the US tour of the Benson Town Rock Band, eager to meet Giri, mesmerized by his baritone voice, sweet memories and an unforgettable passion.

Giri is shocked to find the girl of his dreams changed into a woman who challenges him, infuriates and brings out his baser instincts.

Will their past force them apart yet again or will their desires bring them together?

Will Sitara be able to rekindle their romance?

Will Giri be able to trust and love her again?

The story:

Sitara Menon used to meet Giriraj Parapuram when she used to visit her grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. Giri, a single child, had lost his parents when he was very young and was brought up by his grandparents in Benson Town, Bangalore. And it was his friends’, Jay’s and Arnav’s families which gave him a sense of belonging after the death of his grandparents.

Benson Town Band was formed by sheer chance by this group of friends as a simple act of faith and Sitara had ended up being the team’s official lyricist and Giri, the lead vocalist.

She was sixteen and he was nineteen, when she realized that she had a crush on him and he told her that they were too young.

Now, Tara, 34, as she likes to be called, lives in Denver and works in voice networking for a healthcare company in Denver. Having been independent since her college days, she had done a small stint at modeling in India. A rebel by nature, she had made sure that her family would stop planning for her marriage and unwanted alliances. Pari Prakash, a girl from Kerala, is her closest friend, roommate and colleague in Denver.

Now a concert of the Benson Town Band is being organized by the Denver Indian Association and Tara is coordinating the entire show and has been liasoning with the PR team of the Band for the show.

Giri was her first crush and first love and the last time she had met him there was no affection from his side and she has waited to meet him for thirteen years. And when he sees her she can see only anger in his eyes.

My take:

Reshma has taken a simple theme of childhood sweethearts who dream of a happily ever after but fate has other plans for them. She has developed the stories and characters beautifully and it was easy for me to relate to Sitara and Giri. Even the secondary characters have been developed well.

The scenes have been described in detail and there were some scenes that I could actually picturise. Friendships and the understanding between friends has been explored well.

The language is simple and easy to follow and the story flows at an even pace.

Loved this book and am looking forward to reading the next two books of the series.

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

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Because I promised by Anupriya

51R2lkutv4L._SX253_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received Because I promised by Anupriya as a review copy from the author. Thank you for the book, Anupriya.

The blurb:

At their college farewell party, Varnika publicly rejects Sushant’s candid proposal in the most disrespectful way imaginable, leaving everyone – including her gang of cousins – dismayed. She feels that her reasons are valid, for doing this to her best friend.

What exactly are her reasons for making this upsetting choice? Did her mother’s move to Mumbai during Varnika’s formative years have a bearing on her? Or is it more than that? What is she planning to do at the NGO for eunuchs? Will she succeed in her chosen career? Would she be able to overcome her inhibitions before it is too late?

This is Varnika’s journey as she overcomes her personal reservations and professional challenges, all the while contemplating her promise to lock her heart away.

The story:

Varnika lives with her dominating paternal grandmother, BadiMaa and her father’s family in Delhi having lost her father when she was in high school and her mother lives in Mumbai looking after her own father’s business, much to the dismay of her grandmother. She meets Sushant while doing her graduation in management and the two competitors become best friends, and Sushant makes the mistake of proposing to her publicly on the farewell party and she publicly rejects him, and her cousins are shocked.

After graduation, Varna moves to Mumbai to learn the ropes of business and Sushant moves to Bangalore to pursue his MBA.

And he cousin plays cupid and Sushant comes to Mumbai as an intern in one of her important project.

My take:

The book is the story of Varnika. A simple storyline, it moves between the past and the present, giving the reader an insight into why what happened. The author has created the characters in detail and even secondary characters have been developed well and have important roles to play in the story. The language is simple, but what I missed is editing of the book, which could have made it crisper and more interesting.

We Indians, give a lot of importance to family values and this book reflects that part.

Looking forward to reading more work from the author.

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: Nine by Sweta Samota

 

Nine 
by Sweta Samota 
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2151 KB
Print Length: 361 pages
ASIN: B07KWDLLZG
 
Ranking on amazon.in 
 
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars   5 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#54 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children & Young Adults > Family, Personal & Social Issues
#153 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Indian Writing
#292 in Books > Children’s & Young Adult > Family, Personal & Social Issues
 
 
Nine is a fast-paced nail-biting story of a compulsive decoder Ila Sharma who is chased by the evil and the good to uncover a thousand years old powerful Indian mystery that can alter the world. 
 
Ila Sharma 
A beautiful teenager, stubborn compulsive decoder, National puzzle champ, is a magnet for troubles due to her gifted skills.
 
Undercover agent 
An agent with a Bond-like talent, attitude, and skill is given the task to protect Ila Sharma from the lurking unknown danger.
 
Mystery 
Everyone is chasing to solve this eye-popping mystery to own the secret it protects.
 
Read how Ila and the agent steer from one problem to another unknown danger, fighting to not fall in love and finish the fate-altering mission.
 
Nine is one such journey that will have you biting your nails or gasping for breath but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw fall in place.
Read this absolute page-turner story!
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Sweta Samota (Ex Senior Engineer, B.E. Computers and PGDMM) is an Indian novelist who writes romance, mystery and thriller. She also conducts creative writing workshops. She is a Writer, Authorpreneur, Thinker, Speaker, Runner and a ChangeMaker. Won The Story Award by SheThePeople.Tv in Flash Fiction. 
 

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Spotlight: Deceptive Baritone by Reshma Ranjan

 

Deceptive Baritone 

by Reshma Ranjan

 
 
BLURB
 
Sitara Menon is eager to meet the man for whom she has been carrying the torch since her teenage years. She hopes to rekindle their love and romance.
 
Giriraj Parapuram, one of the lead vocalists of the Benson Town Rock Band, considered music, their band and his friends his world. The last thing he wanted was to come face to face with the woman who had made him lose his faith in women and love.
 
Sitara organizes the concerts in Denver for the US tour of the Benson Town Rock Band, eager to meet Giri, mesmerized by his baritone voice, sweet memories and an unforgettable passion.
 
Giri is shocked to find the girl of his dreams changed into a woman who challenges him, infuriates and brings out his baser instincts.
 
Will their past force them apart yet again or will their desires bring them together? 
 
Will Sitara be able to rekindle their romance?
 
Will Giri be able to trust and love her again?
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 
 
Here is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has created many happy ending in her imagination, for every movie or book with a sad conclusion.
 
She soon began to create her own characters and situations, creating plenty of romances and happy endings to satisfy her imagination. “But for my laziness and diffidence,” says Reshma “I would have penned umpteen stories of unexpected pairs meeting and falling in love, overcoming troubles and hurdles to unite for a lifetime.”
 
A voracious reader, Reader, Reshma is a poet as well and feels that she would be blessed as a writer if she could bring a happy content sigh on the reader’s lips.
 

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The Bicycle thief and other short stories by Manish Sahu

41rxce8N-rL.jpgI received the book The Bicycle thief and other short stories by Manish Sahu as a review copy from the author. And I am thankful to him for the same.

The blurb:

A man who wakes up to read his own obituary in the newspaper…

A woman who learns the meaning of life thanks to her stolen bicycle…

A stern sub-inspector who is expected to rid a small town of a prowling leopard…

A traumatised man who is intent on ending his life, thanks to his adulterous wife…

A man who is willing to get his little finger chopped off in order to win his lady love…

A pickpocket who can’t forget his art…

A caterer in debt who steals a dog for ransom…

These are some of the characters from this collection of short stories. Some weird, some cranky, some adventurous—but all overwhelmingly familiar and believable.

The Bicycle Thief and Other Short Stories is Manish Sahu’s debut work. The stories which are all based in the heart of India, are earthy, amusing and very perceptive. Each tale is a slice of life from everyday India. You’ll find the book the perfect spicy accompaniment to chai and pakoras on a leisurely evening.

My take:

This book is the debut work of the author and is a collection of fourteen short stories with a twist. The stories are well written in simple English and the humour in them is subtle and visible.

Even though the stories are not very long, the characters have been developed in such a way that by the end of the story, I felt I knew them from somewhere. Be it Anamika Narayan, the software testing intern; Avinah Gokhale, her landlord; Sub-Inspector Shashibala Kotpalliwar and Constable Ganpatrao of Bhramatarodi; Vishwas Navghare, Ansari, Vidyasagar Nagpal; Dhiren Jethabai Togadia or Asha Seth of Togadia Advetising Associates; Mirdha from Wardha; Anuradha Manchanda; Gajanan Bhai; Raman Pavagi, the trickster; Dev Wadkar; the girl who did not believe in astrology; Vishakha Pandit; Ripudaman Singh Plaha; Mrs Billimoria; Shrikant Kshirsagar and even Dollar, the pug.

Loved all the stories and enjoyed them more by reading them one by one.

A must read for everyone.

 

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.

Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP (The Writer’s Toolkit Series 4) by Sundari Venkatraman

8a0d5-book2BcoverI received Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP (The Writer’s Toolkit Series 4) by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author. This book is the fourth in the series and talks about, Now that you have written the book and it is good to go, what should you do?

The blurb:

So, you have your manuscript all written, edited, proofed and saved on your PC. The next logical step would be to publish your story.

Read this tool kit to find out the different methods of publishing, the advantages and the pitfalls.

And IF, after all that, you find that you still have your book unpublished, there’s a surefire way to get your book published. And that’s Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Want to know how to go about it? Read this booklet to find out all that you need to know.

My take:

Everyone has a dream of writing one book, but many do not know what to do once they have actually written a book.

So this book by Sundari Venkatraman is the key to publishing your book. She has used her experience of publishing 34 books to write this guide cum toolkit and has used screenshots to describe many processes. With many tips and how-tos, this book will be an asset to new writers and also to those who want to self-publish especially using the KDP channel.

The language is simple and the book is easy to read and understand.

I loved the book and am looking forward to reading more books in the series.

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

Book Blitz: Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

 

Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh 
File Size: 709 KB
Print Length: 168 pages
Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07MDHHP27
Genre: Romance/ Short Read 
 
Ranking on amazon.in 
 
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Suspense
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Indian Writing
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery
 
A thrilling tale of unconditional love amidst danger and certain death.
 
 
The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away. 
 
The Angel
Should an innocent man be left to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene. 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her other published novels are ‘Take 2’ and ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published a short story collection, ‘Hearts and Hots’, besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.
 

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