Spotlight: Man Friday by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
 
Rituraj realises he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess, Sitara Devi. The timing is slightly wrong though. Just ten minutes ago Sitara Devi married Harishchandra Gajanan. All of seventeen and nursing a badly bruised heart, Rituraj takes up boxing, hoping to build his strength and heal his wounded soul.
 
When destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in his heart.
 
Rituraj grabs the opportunity of becoming Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant. He’s the only man in her life but he’s just her Man Friday. Since his father was merely an employee of Sitara’s father, will he even be considered as a prospective life partner for the Gaekwad princess? 
 
Sitara, and Rituraj are crazily attracted to each other, yet they are unable to move forward. So where is the hitch? Why the fear in taking the relationship to the next level?
 
Class Barriers! Debauchery! Sexual Perversion!
 
It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’. 
 
Read the book to find out if Sitara eventually gets together with her Man Friday.  
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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 43 titles (39 books & 4 collections) 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 #1 Bestseller 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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The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami

The-Clockmaker-copy-for-webI received the book, The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same. Having read the prequel to the book, I was curious to know what would happen in this one.

The blurb:

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

The story:

The year is 2017. Ashish Raj Gupta lives with his wife of 24 years, Lata and son, Vicky in Laxmi Nagar, East Delhi. He is a fourth-generation clockmaker. His wife belongs to an affluent family and his father-in-law takes care of her and his grandson’s expenses, a fact that Ashish is not aware of. And to top it all, Ashish’s nightmare does not let him sleep at night. And he hallucinates about the person who torments him in his nightmares, a tall person who wears a dark hoodie who asks Ashish to give him his clock back, else he would have to bear the consequences. And the clock is a timepiece, a part of his father’s, grandfather’s and great grandfather’s pictures, which was gifted to Ashish by his dying father.

He remembers keeping the timepiece securely and searches for it. And as he is studying the timepiece, he realises the power of the timepiece.

So what does Ashish do? Return the timepiece to the man in the cloak or keep it in his custory?

My take:

This is the first book in the Jungle Series written in a simple language with twists and turns which keeps the reader glued till the story comes to a close. The prologue, set in 1948 in Alwar, which the author had published as a short story ‘timepiece’ sets the scene for the story.

Though there are not many characters in the story, each of them is developed in detail and could be easily visualised. The scenes are described in detail and the book becomes unputdownable as we move further.

The end left me wanting for more. Maybe, the author would touch upon this in the next book.

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.

Shiva Stone: Hampi’s hidden treasure by Ajinky Bhoite

334bd-book2bcoverI received the book Shiva Stone: Hampi’s hidden treasure by Ajinky Bhoite as a review copy. I would like to thank The Book Club for the book. This book is a thriller set in Hampi.

The blurb:

Om Namah Shivay!

Mithila is a senior archaeologist on the Hampi site along with two other UNESCO scientists. They decide to open some secret vaults in the underground Shiva temple. Treasures and artifacts from the 18th century make the headlines but the Shiva Stone was kept a closely guarded secret.

When a RAW officer hires Mithila on a secret mission to safely transport an ISRO professor and the Shiva Stone to Bangalore, she knows something is up.

Why is the stone called the Shiva Stone? Why are archaeologists, UNESCO, ISRO, and RAW interested in a discovery at Hampi? Why is Mithila working for RAW? Is she the only agent on the mission?

Shiva Stone will take you on a thrilling adventure through the historical site of Hampi. Buy it now!

The story:

Mithila Kulkarni is a senior archaeologist on the Hampi site along with two other UNESCO scientists. As she is from a navy background, she has discipline in her blood, and now she is on a mission for the Research and Analysis Wing. She has been deputed to receive two scientists at Bangalore Airport and take them to the site. And that she does.

But she has been warned that there could be some risk involved.

My take:

A fast paced thriller with the reader sitting at the edge of the seat thinking what would happen next. This book has been written in first person from the point of view of Mithila and the Professor. The name of the character whose point of view is being expressed is mentioned at the beginning of the chapter.

The cover is apt with well developed characters. When I was thinking, this looks wrapped up, a twist would come round the corner.

The language is simple an  the story has been narrated well. But I was left wanting for more, maybe there would be a sequel to this book as I could feel there were a few loose ends.

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: I Am The 10th (Book-1) by D R Downer

I Am The 10th (Book-1)

 

Genre:
Modern, historical fiction

 

Blurb:

 

Sarah, a happily married lady from New Delhi, India, wakes up one fine morning in an unknown place. It’s not her home, not her city; it’s not even her country.
What is she doing there? How did she reach there? Where is her family?
Her search to all these questions takes her on a journey, a long journey that started way back in the 3rd century BC, a journey where she finds out that everything she thought she knew about her- her marriage, husband, family, home, India, even her name- was a lie.
Will she be able to find out the truth? More importantly, will she be able to handle the truth if she finds it out?
Come and join Sarah on her journey that will take you to 300 BC and back. Witness the biggest and the deadliest battle ever in the history of mankind that could well spell the end of humanity and the end of this world. Experience the might of the ancient Shastras and Astras, like Naag Pash, Brahma Kavach, and Narayan Astra.
Based in modern times, ‘I Am The 10th’ is the story of one of the oldest, and arguably the mightiest cults that originated in India during the 3rd century BC.

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About the author
 
D.
R. Downer is a writer, author, editor, and a ghostwriter. He has penned more
than 37 books so far, 16 of which have been published under his own name, with
the rest being ghostwriting projects. Although he has written books in varied
genres, his favourite genre is mystery and suspense and he has already
published 5 books in the same.
 
After completing his B.E. (Mechanical) and M.B.A
(Marketing), Downer started his professional journey as an Executive in the
sales department of a UK based organization. Since then, he had changed over
and handled many roles and responsibilities in the Marketing & Customer
Service departments across industries. He finally shifted over to Advertising
and spent a good 11 years in the same.
Later on, he found writing was his true calling, and
now he spends hours glued to his laptop
and wonders if his wife can sue him for cheating on her with his laptop.

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Spotlight: Shiva Stone: Hampi’s Hidden Treasure by AJINKYA BHOITE

 

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Shiva Stone: Hampi’s Hidden Treasure

by 

AJINKYA BHOITE

 
 
BLURB
 
Mithila is a senior archeologist on the Hampi site along with two other UNESCO scientists. They decide to open some secret vaults in the underground Shiva temple. Treasures and artifacts from the 18th century make the headlines but the Shiva Stone was kept a closely guarded secret. 
 
When a RAW officer hires Mithila on a secret mission to safely transport an ISRO professor and the Shiva Stone to Bangalore, she knows something is up.
 
Why is the stone called the Shiva Stone? Why are archeologists, UNESCO, ISRO, and RAW interested in a discovery at Hampi? Why is Mithila working for RAW? Is she the only agent on the mission? 
 
Shiva Stone will take you on a thrilling adventure through the historical site of Hampi. Buy it now!
 
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About the author


 
I am an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer with an inclination towards reading and writing. Besides, being Engineer, I enjoy running. 
 
My first novel is Shiva Stone which is self-published on Kindle.
 
I was born in a small town called Wai, near Panchgani, Maharashtra. Moved to Satara for High School. 
 
Under-graduation from Pune University and Masters from California State University, Long Beach.
 
Currently, working as a Cloud Support Engineer for Amazon Web Services.
 

 

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Aspire to Inspire: Poems that elevate your speech by Nasreen Variyawa

51c86jSkB0LI received the book Aspire to Inspire: Poems that elevate your speech by  from the author as a review copy. This book is a collection of poems. And I must confess, that this is the first time that I am reviewing a book with poems.

The blurb:

Aspire to Inspire: Poems that elevate your speech is a book full of poems that defy all norms and rules for poetry writing. The authors work is packed with words that rhyme and when read with rhythm, are delightful to the tongue and ears alike. Right from the acknowledgements and dedications at the beginning of the book till the concluding statements at the back of the book, the author has aspired to be lyrical throughout. Written between 2017 and 2018 in Antalya, Turkey, all the poems in the book are simultaneously independent but connected to each other by way of the subject of leadership. Nasreen has always held that Leaders don’t need titles and aren’t necessarily from the corporate world. All people are leaders in whatever they do and so she has written a diverse range of poems that are aimed at inspiring massive action in whatever people want to do or accomplish in their lives.

In Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech, motivational speakers, teachers, trainers and coaches can look forward to 100 poems that can be used at the beginning, middle and concluding parts of presentations. The author has written short but powerful poems on love, leadership, spirituality, strength, abuse, authenticity, financial management, communication, listening, heartbreak and family to name but a few. Whatever the subject, the poems embody the aspect of leading oneself in different aspects of life and living. They teach simple but powerful lessons and reach the point of the subject very quickly. Speakers using them can begin the objective of a speech quickly, make valid points during a speech by breaking the monotony and conclude just as powerfully at the end of a talk.

In an industry overflowing with advice in the form of quotes that are either overused or recycled, Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech is a fresh, innovative and entertaining way to influence an audience, persuade a client or simply lead passionately. The book is a must have for your coffee tables, library shelves, office desks and makes for a thoughtful gift.

My take:

This book is a MUST read. I have not read much poetry nor reviewed much and was a little apprehensive in starting this book, but I must say that these hundred poems are so inspiring that I was hooked to the book. And this book is not to be read once or in one sitting. It can be read poem by poem as and when you want to read it.

And the best part is that the language is simple and can be easily understood.

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: Aspire to Inspire by Nasreen Variyawa

 

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ASPIRE TO INSPIRE

by 

NASREEN VARIYAWA

 
 
BLURB
 
Aspire to Inspire: Poems that elevate your speech is a book full of poems that defy all norms and rules for poetry writing. The authors work is packed with words that rhyme and when read with rhythm, are delightful to the tongue and ears alike. Right from the acknowledgments and dedications at the beginning of the book till the concluding statements at the back of the book, the author has aspired to be lyrical throughout. Written between 2017 and 2018 in Antalya, Turkey, all the poems in the book are simultaneously independent but connected to each other by way of the subject of leadership. Nasreen has always held that Leaders don’t need titles and aren’t necessarily from the corporate world. All people are leaders in whatever they do and so she has written a diverse range of poems that are aimed at inspiring massive action in whatever people want to do or accomplish in their lives. 
 
In Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech, motivational speakers, teachers, trainers, and coaches can look forward to 100 poems that can be used at the beginning, middle and concluding parts of presentations. The author has written short but powerful poems on love, leadership, spirituality, strength, abuse, authenticity, financial management, communication, listening, heartbreak and family to name but a few. Whatever the subject, the poems embody the aspect of leading oneself in different aspects of life and living. They teach simple but powerful lessons and reach the point of the subject very quickly. Speakers using them can begin the objective of a speech quickly, make valid points during a speech by breaking the monotony and conclude just as powerfully at the end of a talk. 
 
In an industry overflowing with advice in the form of quotes that are either overused or recycled, Aspire to Inspire: Poems that will elevate your speech is a fresh, innovative and entertaining way to influence an audience, persuade a client or simply lead passionately. The book is a must have for your coffee tables, library shelves, office desks and makes for a thoughtful gift. 
 
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About the author


 
“Nasreen Variyawa was born and raised in South Africa where she completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education Leadership and Management from Regent Business School. Most followers would know her as a trainer, coach and mentor. Having worked at some of South Africa’s biggest education and training brands, Nasreen has touched thousands of lives through her work.
 
After spending 10 years in the corporate trenches, she swapped life in suits and stilettos for the classroom and chalkboard, wander-lusting through Turkey where she now resides and teaches English as a Second Language. 
Nasreen is also a graduate from Ledge International where she pursued a Mastermind Programme in the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell. 
 
She is the author of 4 books and hit the #No. 1 best sellers list on Amazon recently for Ignite the Champion Within and Inspire Others to Begin and Ignition: Answering your call which she coauthored with Dr. Farookh Sensei.
 
 
 

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