How to Weave a Theme into your Story (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Series Book 9) by Ruchira Khanna

51gbjbhteFL.jpgI received the book How to Weave a Theme into your Story (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Series Book 9) by Ruchira Khanna as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same. This book is a part of the TBC Writer’s Toolkit Series.

The blurb:

A Theme is considered the heart or the ‘big idea’ of the story. It expresses the meaning through a plot and the character’s journey in every novel, play, short story.

This book will give you tips on how to go about creating a motif for your fictional story — step by step. The questions asked here will help you weave your plot around your theme. So, that next time, when someone asks you, “What is your book about?” You can respond in just a sentence rather than giving a mini-plot synopsis.

My take:

The author has explained the importance of having a theme and how it helps in projecting our work to our readers. She explains how she does it in all her books.

The language is simple and easy to understand and the author’s way of explaining things by giving examples from her book makes it easier for the reader to follow.

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.

The Magician (The Tarot Trilogy Book 1) by Sonia Rao

TheMagicianI received The Magician (The Tarot Trilogy Book 1) by Sonia Rao as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she’d missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.
The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.

The story:

Sasha Kapoor was right out of college when she got married to the first man her parents chose for her, Ashish Kapoor, an upcoming businessman. Now, 15 years later, the couple is well-to-do, with Ashish in real estate business and Sasha is a fashion designer and a boutique owner and they have a nine year old daughter, Nikita.

Sasha’s best friend, Shantha, is a tarot card reader. She is single as till now, nothing serious had developed with the people she has dated and she cannot pinpoint the reasons for her break-ups. And, on the night of Sasha’s anniversary party, she meets Danny.

Newly married, Nilima and Rohit work for a multinational company and are Sasha’s neighbours. They have a lot of respect for her and Rohit considers her his fairy godmother.

My take:

The cover is beautiful and the best part of the story is that the author has not mentioned where the story is set and not even once does she waver from it. Though from the descriptions, one can make a guess.

There are three main characters, Sasha, Shantha and Nilima and the story and moves comfortably between the characters and scenes and not once did I feel that, oh where did this come from. The characters are realistic and their emotions have been described in detail. The scenes are detailed, I loved how she sets up the scene for tarot card reading by purifying the cards (I was contemplating looking for some sage and burning it to see how it smells).

The book is fast paced and has everything, arranged marriage, success, friendship, compassion, betrayal, blackmail, loss and tragedy. There is even some humour in the book. Overall, the book makes and excellent read and is such a perfect debut.

Waiting for the next two books of the trilogy.

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.

More Unfairy Tales: 5 more fairy tales retold (Carthick’s Unfairy Tales Book 2) by T F Carthick

MoreUnfairyTalesI received the book, More Unfairy Tales: 5 more fairy tales retold (Carthick’s Unfairy Tales Book 2), as a review copy from the author. Having read the first set of stories, I was curious to know what is in store in this book. Ad to tell you the truth, I was not disappointed.

The blurb:

A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.

Or at least that’s what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones’ Locker?

What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?

The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.

Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.

You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick’s Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.

My take:

This book is a collection of five fairy tales written differently. Some end as the original tales did and some end in a different way. The first four stories have been written in first person from the point of view of different characters, like the story of Snow White and Seven Dwarves has been retold from the points of view of seven dwarves individually; Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel, from the point of view of two different witches and Little Red Riding Hood, from the points of view of Red Riding Hood, wolf and grandmother. We have met most of the characters in the original fairy tales that we had read. Some of them have different name and some have been added.

The language is simple and the stories have been retold in such a way that though I knew what would happen in the story because I had read the original story as a child, but I would still await a twist. There are references to other stories, other characters and even other fairy tales in the stories making them all the more interesting.

I loved the well written stories, though I may say, that initially, it took me around three to five pages to a hang of the book, but once I was into the book, I enjoyed the stories immensely.

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: MORE UNFAIRY TALES (Carthick’s Unfairy Tales Book 2) by T.F. Carthick

 

 
MORE UNFAIRY TALES

(Carthick’s Unfairy Tales Book 2)

by
T.F. Carthick
 
Blurb

A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.



Or at least that’s what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones’ Locker?



What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?



The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.



Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.



You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick’s Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.

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T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

 

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Book Blitz: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Westland Boks 
Publication Date: August 31, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available across all bookstores in India
Genre: Romance
 
Eight-year-old Chanda Maheshwari and thirteen-year-old Veerendra Singh Choudhry are married as per custom. But when the bridegroom runs away immediately after the wedding, the Maheshwari family’s world comes crashing down. They move to Jaipur to begin a new life in the city.
 
Fourteen years later, as a management student in Delhi, Chanda takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd and finds herself falling head-over-heels for her boss, Ranveer Singh. But, for all her feelings, Chanda is still a married woman. Meanwhile, Ranveer’s secretary, Shikha, is determined to win him for herself. Even though his second-in-command, Abhimanyu, keeps getting in the way, she keeps a steady eye on the main prize. So when Ranveer starts to show an interest in Chanda, Shikha is furious. Back in Jaipur, an astrologer predicts that Chanda’s errant husband will soon make an appearance.
 
A secret childhood marriage, a vindictive secretary and unwelcome cosmic predictions—how much can Chanda deal with? And does anyone care about what she wants? Torn between the man she loves and the claim a missing husband still has on her, will Chanda ever find happiness?
 
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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-plus titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.5 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.
 
Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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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’. 
 
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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.