Cover Reveal: You Came Like Hope by Jyoti Arora

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Title: You Came Like Hope

Author: Jyoti Arora

Word length: 53,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Contemporary Romance
 
 
Blurb:
Peehu:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the
next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”
Adih:
“When it comes to a broken person, some of
them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person,
but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”
Uday:
“Who would say no to him? He is smart,
intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”
Pooja:
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no
forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her
husband.”
Arunav:
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his
dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”
Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what
happens when it unleashes hellfire?
Lose yourself in the intense narrative of
You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some
bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider
your beliefs.
Releasing on 23rd November
2017!
About
the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a novelist and
blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after
Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and
Applied Psychology. Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti enjoys checking
out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old
Bollywood songs.
 

 

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Take a Chance on Me by Sapna Bhog

51-u2AgFpoL._SY445_QL70_.jpgI chanced upon Take a Chance on Me by Sapna Bhog when I was browsing through books available on Kindle Unlimited. The cover pulled me to pick the book and read it and I must tell you I enjoyed the book. This book is the story of Keya Karia and Kabier Sehgal set in Mumbai.

The Blurb:

Enter a world of glamour, wealth and beautiful people. Enter the world of the Sehgal family. A brand new series of books!

KABIER SEHGAL, scion of the Sehgal empire has returned to India to take over the helm of his companies from his grandfather. His first mission is to find out who is selling his company’s secrets. When the suspicion falls on KEYA KARIA, he decides to work closely with her to expose her fraud. He accuses her of something unspeakable. But has he made the biggest mistake of all?

Brilliant, bold & beautiful, KEYA KARIA is at the top of her career. Her past is one big, dead and buried secret and she has her eyes set only on her future. But her new boss, Kabier Sehgal is making her life a living nightmare. She is tough, but can Keya stand against an adversary like Kabier Sehgal? Especially when the laws of attraction decide otherwise?

The Story:

Keya Karia was thirteen when she and her brother Aakash got admitted into a prestigious boarding school. There, she met Raashi and Sheena Sehgal, who became her best friends and the three girls share everything with each other and she trusts them with her life. The three girls found a father figure in Janak Sehgal, Sheena’s grandfather, confided in him and took his advice and suggestions seriously. He has always been there for them and calls them, Janak’s Angels.

She was seventeen when she met Kabier Sehgal, Sheena’s brother, briefly, when she was spending her vacations in the Sehgal home.

Now, with a degree in software engineering and business management, twenty seven year old Keya is the Technology Chief of Sehgal Systems and a dedicated worker. She is still very close to Raashi and Sheena and Aditya Wahi and Ritwick Bali are their close friends. Her younger brother, Aakash, three years younger, studies in England.

Having left for London, straight after school to complete his education, Kabier Sehgal, the eldest grandson and heir, was hardly in India. He is extremely close to his cousins, Sameer and Rishi, who look after different arms of the Sehgal Corporation. The three cousins are confidantes and closest buddies and look upto each other for support and guidance whenever they needed to.

Based out of London and New York ever since he had started working for the Sehgal Corporation, thirty year old Kabier Sehgal, returned from London a month back to take his place as the managing director of the Sehgal Corporation, under pressure from his grandfather, Janak Sehgal. Having looked after the telecom business apart from the European and American operations of the company, he is scheduled to take over the software business too. Kabier is a ruthless businessman, very cut throat in his deals and always got what he wanted.

Kabier has information from reliable sources that a lady from the company has leaked secrets to rival companies leading to two failed contracts and Keya is the prime suspect. When he sees her in office, he recognizes her and silently promises that he would uncover her secrets. He feels it is going to be interesting reconnecting with her and bringing her to retribution if she was anyway involved. She feels that he does not like her or rather does not approve of her but she is not one to sit silently and let him walk over her.

Trisha Mehta, Senior project Manager of Sehgal systems, is Kabier’s school friend. Trisha has been competing with Keya ever since Keya joined Sehgal and Keya’s promotion over Trisha had not gone down well with her and she considers Keya her arch rival.

My Take:

I loved the story, it is simple, fast paced and written in a language that just flows smoothly. The dialogues have been written in a way that I felt I could hear the caracters conversing. I hardly felt that the book is the debut work of the author.

The characters are well developed and realistic and even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story. The bond between the three girls and even that between the Sehgal brothers has been beautifully depicted.  The scenes have been described in a way that they can be easily visualized.

The author has touched upon a lot of emotions, like friendship, sibling love, romance, jealousy, and not to mention the unexpected twists.

I am eagerly waiting for the story of Sameer and Raashi.

 

 

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant

50c0c-book2bcoverI received the book “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm” written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and would like to thank Debdatta for the book.  This children’s fantasy book is the story of a unicorn foretold to be the savior of the tribe of metal-horned unicorns.

The Blurb:

“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?

Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors.

Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits.

Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed.

Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron- Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.

The story:

In the faraway land of Marbryn, in the tribe of metal-horned unicorns, a magical creature was born and as it was foretold that this unicorn would be their savior, the entire tribe was curious to know what its metal would be. But to the shock of everyone in the tribe, his horns were covered in plain blue hide instead of metal. Everyone knew no metal meant no magic. They also knew that life of a unicorn without magic would be difficult.

Twenty years later, he had become a strong, young stallion with no magical powers. He had become a loner. Ghel has been his stable mate ever since the death of his parents, and Ghel’s parents had taken him in. Ghel understands him the best

There was a lot of danger in the land of MarBryn, Magh, the evil sorcerer, was on the look for the unicorns and used their horns and hooves in his magic potions and spells. Only twelve unicorns were left of their tribe and they too were dangerously close to being completely wiped out. And Magh was being assisted by two-leggers, originally friends of unicorns but now working for him.

All of the unicorns in the land of MarBryn had horns of some type of metal and each one had their own magic. But when Blue was born, his horn was only a plain blue hide. With no one to fulfill the prophesy, no more unicorns would be born. Twenty years later, the Numen relayed to the oracle the path that Blue must take, to save the tribe and bring them back to their homeland of Unimaise. But first he must confront the evil sorcerer Magh.
How does he do it? Who helps him? Read on…..

My take:

This beautifully illustrated story for children and adults alike. The map at the beginning of the book made it easy for me to follow Blue in his journey. There is magic, there is adventure and there is mystery.

The twelve unicorns with twelve different metal horns having special abilities, silver horned, brass horned, aluminum horned, steel horned, copper horned, nickel horned, golden horned, lead horned, iron horned, zinc horned, tin horned magical medical unicorn and osmium horned, each have an important part in the story, even if a small one. Blue’s forest friends also have important roles. The author has portrayed the unicorns as humans, and also Blue’s forest friends.

The descriptions are beautiful and coupled with the illustrations, it was very easy to visualize the scenes.

At the end of the book, the author has introduced the tribe of the metal horned unicorns at the end of the book (which I felt, she could have done at the beginning); the anatomy of a unicorn has been illustrated and a list where the author has given the pronunciations of the names of characters and places in the story. The author has also mentioned about a coloring book which I plan to buy.

Loved the book, with a small regret, some parts made me sad.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from BookR3vi3ews in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

Spotlight: “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm” written by Sybrina Durant

About the Book:

“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s
what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so
his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was
really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad? 

Well, things were pretty bad in the land of
MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his
magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer
everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were
now gone . . . except for twelve survivors. 

Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told
Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back
home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the
Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn
born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored
hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he
still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits.
Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to
make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was
Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip
at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into
Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be
doomed. 

Readers will follow along two journey paths in
this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his
friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a
danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to
follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a
Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel,
the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned
unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned
Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action
packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths
converge there in the Nebulium Circle.


About the Author:

I’m Sybrina. . .. .
.Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I
hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my
contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out
there today. 

 

Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the
internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our
creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able to share my works with
you. That is awesome!

 

The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books,
coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so
inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below.


My latest effort is
“The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm. It is a book I started writing 30 something
years ago and never finished. At the time, it was meant to be an epic fantasy
along the lines of novels written by Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Ursula K. Le Guin
and other amazing fantasy writers. I’ve pulled out my notes, dusted off the
outline and began rewriting and expanding upon the 50 pages I had began. This
story is now available as an Illustrated Book for teens and older readers in
full color and in black and white, too. The black and white version is a
“Read and Color” book. Read a chapter, then color the following
pages. How fun is that? There is also a picture book for pre-schoolers called
Unicorns From Unimaise – The Magical Metal-Horn Trobe. A longer version of the
chapter book will soon be available as an Illustrated Novel with a companion
glossary called, The Marbryn Compendium. All of the fantastic fantasy
illustrations are by Dasguptarts. There is also a companion coloring/character
description book, edited by Calyie Martin. It will introduce potential readers
to the myriad of characters, places and things in the story.

 
 

 

Sins of the Father by Sunanda J Chatterjee (Wellington Estates Series Book 1)

36308358.jpgSins of the Father by Sunanda J Chatterjee is the story of a psychologist and an undercover cop that I borrowed from Kindle Unlimimted. This is the first book of the Wellington Estates Series, but can be read as a standalone as well.

The Blurb:

Police Officer Harrison McNamara grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. The former Wellington Estates heir has dedicated his life to taking criminals off the streets. But when he goes undercover to expose a blackmailing scheme, he meets a freelance model who may hold a key to his past.

For psychologist Laura Carson, freelancing as a model is the perfect bridge until she can set up her practice. But her modeling agency isn’t what she expected. Encountering the enigmatic undercover cop might be everything she’s ever wanted—and everything she must avoid.

As Laura and Harrison grow closer, their past threatens to destroy them. Trapped in an unending cycle of guilt and blame, can they find a way to bury the sins of the past for a future of redemption and love?

Book 1 of the Wellington Estates Series, Sins of the Father is a stand-alone romantic saga.

The story:

Twenty seven year old Laura Carson is a clinical psychologist, an undergraduate teacher at Ackerman and also models for a photography class as a fun project. Her mother is an oncologist and her father has not been with them since she was seven. Though her mother can pay for her education till she starts her own practice, she wants to earn her own money. Elena, her friend since school and her roommate now, has recommended a modelling agency to Laura for professional modelling and she considers it as an extra source of income to pay her rent. Juhi Raina is her best friend since school days and also her room-mate. Her boyfriend George broke up with her a year ago and she is determined not to confide in anyone.

Juhi and Laura are sould sisters. Her lacunae are Juhi’s forte and Juhi’s shortcomings, her strength. Each is strong in the face of the other’s weakness. They are close friends and always come through for each other and they thrived on each other and needed each other in equal measure.

On her first day of professional modelling, she collides with Police officer Harrison McNamara, an undercover cop on a mission. He tells her that he is looking for someone. They is mutual attraction between them. Twenty nine year old Harrison has been a cop for five years and cannot get involved with the subjects of his research. She is everything he likes, intelligent, funny, expressive and utterly feminine. He also has an emotional baggage.

My take:

A story with a beautiful plot, well developed characters, written in a simple language which keeps the reader glued to the story. There is romance and a lot of suspense. The author has described the feelings of both the protagonists. Even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story. The story has a family drama, romance and suspense. Though the story has a suspense element in it, the romance also moves in parallel. The story is fast paced and unputdownable. The bond between Juhi and Laura has been described beautifully.

Everytime I felt that the story was about to wrap up, a surprise or a twist would come up.

The language is beautiful, some lines that I really liked were, “You clear your whole calendar”; “Everyone is allowed five bad deeds”; “like an orchid, trust….”

A must read for all romance, suspense and even family drama fans.

The next book in the Wellington Estate Series, Old Money, is the story of Juhi Raina. When Sunanda asked me if I was interested in the next book of the series, I said yes, read that and then this.

This book is available on KINDLE UNLIMITED.

Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani

414xKKFTQqL._SY346_Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani is not a regular boy meets girl love story but it is an eye opener about people, relationships and the roles they play in our lives.

The Blurb:

Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.

Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.

Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.
Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.

One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.

They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?

Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer – How long does it take for a scar to heal?

The story:

Noel lives with his doting parents and twin brother, Sam, in Hyderabad. Though the brothers look alike, but their personalities and behavior are different. Noel is the rebellious one and Sam, the perfect, obedient and sacrificing son. Noel is trained as a counsellor and wants to take up counselling as his career and Sam helps their father in the textile business. Their father has expectations from Noel, but it is their mother who has no expectations from him and showers her unconditional love on him.

Pattu, his best friend and college classmate belongs to Vadodara and tells him about an orphanage, Aashiyana, where his father is one of the trustees. So, when Noel decides he wants to spend six months at an orphanage in Vadodara, his father is furious and tried everything to stop him from going there. But then Noel asks for six months.

Once Noel reaches the orphanage, he meets Simin, the lady who manages the orphanage, Aashiyana. He is assigned his duties and is busy from 6 to 10. It is here he misses his mother and his home. Then he has these flashes which he cannot put a finger to.

Nidhi, an engineering student, lives in Dehradun with her doting parents. Parents, who are so insecure about her, that they tell her to keep away from strangers. She comes to Vadodra for training and also to volunteer at Aashiyana, and hides the latter part from her parents saying that she is going to stay at Sapna, her friend’s house.

When Nidhi reaches Aashiyana to volunteer, it is love at first sight for Noel. But he realizes that she is a cold person who closes at the drop of a pin. He is not sure how to behave with her. Then with his nature, she warms up to him and then their past rises its ugly head.

My take:

The book has been written in first person from the point of view of the characters. A page just before the beginning of the chapter tells the reader as to whose point of view is being described. The language is simple English and the flow kept me glued till I read the last page of the book.

The characters have been developed well and are realistic and relatable. Even the little kids in the orphanage who have a little role to play in the story have left an impact on me. Even though there are parts in the book which have been written in the time frame from different characters’ point of view, not once did I feel that it was not in continuation. The descriptions of scenes are such that it was very easy to visualize them.

The part I liked most was that the flash back and all the diary entries are italicized making it easier for the reader to relate to them. Sam’s diary and the revelations has been beautifully depicted.

The book has drama, suspense, and twists and turns till the end. What the kids at the orphanage did not have, made me realize that we have a lot to thank god for. Start the book with one thing other than your cup of coffee or tea- A box of tissues, you are sure to need those.

A must read.

My Singapore Fling by Sudesna Ghosh

35991709.jpgMy Singapore Fling by Sudesna Ghosh is the latest book by the author which I had borrowed on Kindle Unlimited.

The Blurb:

Meet Dipa Basu. She’s a 30 something modern Bengali woman living in Kolkata and a successful writer. After many relationships and breakups, she’s decided that love is a waste of time. She’s always had these phases where she’s been obsessed with different things; like one where old men in dhotis appealed to her. But this time she’s crazy about men with British and Australian accents. She travels to Singapore for a few days, on a quest to have a fun, meaningless fling. Her trip is full of surprises. Will Dipa have her Singapore Fling?

The story:

Thirty something Dipa Basu is a born air traveler, maybe because she has always relished every moment of air travel including the waiting hours at the airport. She loves airports and finds people watching fun. And among the airports, Singapore is her favourite. She is addicted to the place and the airport so much so that she would ask her parents if she would be allowed to travel to the airport spend two days there and then come back to Kolkata. She also has a thing for British accents and the Aussie ones. And she calls it the early mid-life crisis, the phase that involves travel, airports, and enough drama to make her feel like a movie star.

She decides to go on a holiday to Singapore with a mission. And when her parents ask her what she would do there, she tells them that she would be working on her new book.

She lands in Singapore with one intention- to have a fling.

What happens next? Read on………….

My take:

Dipa is funny and the author has portrayed her beautifully. Her friends are ones that anyone would want. A light read written in simple English. The book is entertaining from the word go.