Wednesday, 30 September 2015

My Name Is Not Alice



My Name Is Not Alice is a wonderful story told in five parts about a young girl called Alice,who hates all references made by the girls around her in the context of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland. This story is a symbol of personal growth of the protagonist Alice in particular and human life in general.

The story introduces Alice as a highly underconfident, inhibited and sensitive person who has a severe inferiority complex. Alice, slowly but surely, learns about true friendship and gains enough self- confidence to face bullies like Jenny even if means being out of the popular gang. Alice, thus, starts off on a path of self-discovery as she openly befriends Amy Walker. She starts realizing that there is magic within her. However, her strained relationship with her mother stops her from asking questions about family history. The entry of Pepper Burns and Trouble Walker does shake her belief in the goodness of people, but her friendship with Amy helps her to learn about herself and understand the people around her.

It is universally known and established that love can conquer even the worst of the demons. Alice discovers true love on her journey of self exploration and does everything she can, to help people close to her, to fight Jenny, a demon in reality. And yes, all is well that ends well, and this story definitely ends on a positive note.

I couldn't help but compare the story with today's world. Ask those with names that have a resemblance to a literary character or real life famous personalities. Jokes and leg-pullings are bound to happen. Besides, the openness in relationship between parents and children is slowly on the decrease. Also, friendships and peer pressures can make or mar a growing child. However, the story reaffirms the faith in the power of true friendship and true love.

Written beautifully, magical realism is brought out in an exquisite manner by Angelika Rust. She has successfully etched characters who are powerful and play their part well. Alice is a show stealer, Amy is the perfect friend in need, Trouble is attractive rogue, Jenny is the appropriate antagonist who is everything that Alice is not.

The story is not all magical in terms of use of mystical creatures et al. Instead, the story is a briliant mix of the real world and the magical realm, thereby making it an interesting read.

P.S- I finished the book in a single sitting.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Discovering Your Allergies: Author Sherilyn Powers

Have you ever had someone, like a doctor or nutritionist, ask you what you had for breakfast and not be able to remember?

With our hectically frantic lives, many of us can't remember what we were doing a short time ago, never mind some time before taking the kids to school and daycare, running back home to pick up a lunch someone forgot, the four meetings with your boss, clients, co-workers and the plumber who was called in to your house by the neighbours when your pipes bursting flooded their basement.

This is why when trying to discover what types of allergic symptoms may be affecting you and their causes can be practically impossible without keeping track physically. If we can't think of what we had for breakfast this morning, how are we going to remember everything we encountered three days earlier?

Yes, three days. Delayed reactions can take up to 72 hours to show up and in the case of some substances (medical contrast dye) even up to seven days!

In my book, I'm Not Crazy... I'm Allergic!, I discuss journaling in more detail and why it is important to help you start finding your triggers. Even if you are able to go in for all the different allergy testing, journaling is still your best bet for confirming exactly what affects you and how.

Tracking daily routines, foods, environments and symptoms can seem rather daunting when you first start, but it is one of the things that helps me identify immediately when something is wrong and what it is. After you have established a safe daily routine that creates no reactions, make sure that if you want to stray that you only stray with one variable at a time. Ie. Eating at McDonalds. If that is unusual and you get sick, it's pretty easy to pick apart what you ate and narrow down the possible culprits. If you are eating questionable items all the time, you will never pinpoint what is giving you issues.

I just read an article on www.dailymail.co.uk, on a man who cured his allergies after 5 years of tracking everything! Yes, he was desperate. For him allergies were far worse to deal with than the keeping track of everything he came in contact with and how many times he sneezed! (See "Man cures his pollen allergy by tracking every sneeze for FIVE years and analysing what made his allergies worse" on dailymail.co.uk)

Luckily the man, Thomas Christiansen, was a software programmer and developed his own way to keep track. His app, Mymee app , helped him track a variety of things to help build his case on what he was reacting to and when.

We can't all develop our own tracking software, and some of us can't afford fancy gadgets, but pens and paper are available in most areas. Whatever method you use for tracking your symptoms and possible triggers, make sure to include dates, times, foods, environments (home, work, restaurant, farmer's field), as well as things like mood, pain, sneezing, mucus production and general feeling of well-being - or not.

Tracking these things for a month or two may not give you any startling revelations, but as you do start to notice things you possibly react to and remove or limit them, the knowledge from journaling can snowball.

ABOUT THE GUEst AUTHOR

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Sherilyn Powers is a multi-talented and extremely creative persona. She has been a writer all her life. She has written and published poetry, completed several fiction novels and published blogs and articles, her latest being I'm Not Crazy I'm Allergic!

Sherilyn has been interested in health and body work for many years, starting with family members' with ADHD and mental illness, up to and including her own health challenges with Celiac disease and allergies.

A facilitator, presentor, Tai Chi Instructor, tutor and a prolific public speaker, Sherilyn has now decided to make her love of helping others learn to be a full-time commitment. and has continued her speaking internationally in Scotland, Denver and Seattle. 

To know more about her, click here for her website and other details.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

How To Get Your Boyfriend Back



If you think that after five to six years of married life, only your husband has turned lousy, think twice. As married life progresses, the husband-wife relationship takes itself for granted. With increasing years, it starts losing spark, and that is when the rift begins.

Julia Black has tried to drive home a simple, yet powerful, message, which is, things change in a marriage when the boyfriend/girlfriend turn to behave like husband/wife. It means the day the initial attraction gets replaced by the humdrum, the relationship hits a low.

Through her book How to get your Boyfriend back (from the husband he turned into), Julia gives out simple tips to the wife to go all out to keep the spark in a marriage alive and how her husband remains the eternal boyfriend she married, by behaving like a girlfriend herself (kids and childbirth not withstanding!!!)

Its a definite must-read for all married, about-to-be married and yet-to-be-married couples.

P.S - The advisory by Madison Institute, 1894, will keep you in splits for sure. Do check this book out.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

What Lies Within

 

Sometimes, it is by chance that one discovers what truly lies within oneself. Call it serendipity, it was an SMS that triggered off Shelley Marano's journey into self discovery.

Was she somebody else's child? Adopted? Discarded? An experiment? Conceived for money? Hunted and followed? Stalked to be killed? What is up next? These are a few of the questions that will cross your mind as you continue to share the twists and turns is Shelley's life.

James Morris truly writes in a style which would hold your attention till you reach the end of the book. The way he has told the story through a female protagonist is really appreciable.

Through Shelley, the writer is probably bringing out the power of what lies within. Its not about the genes or the environment around us, but it is valuable sense of judgement of our inner world, a perfect reflection of the statement made by Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted at the beginning.

P.S - I received a copy from Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange of an honest review. Thanks Maxine.


Sky Ghosts: All For One



I read the first book in the Sky Ghosts series titled All for One. As I kept flipping the pages, it was only when I reached the final page that I realized, I had finished the book in one sitting.

An excellently written urban fantasy, the female protagonists, Jane and Pain, are the perfect depiction of the term femme fatale. They are sharp, intelligent, extremely skillful protectors of the city. The way the Beasts are handled definitely sends shivers down one's spine.

Alexandra Engellmann has an awesome sense of narrative and her descriptions are too good to ve true. In fact, as I kept reading, I had this feeling that I was visualizing the scenes in my mind. She uses imagery to the maximum.

As a reader, the book definitely made me think with curiosity about all those nameless and unknown faces who are slogging it out night and day to make us feel protected, a la Sky Ghost.

P.S- I will grab a copy of the other books in this series as well!!!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

The First Life of Vikram Roy: An Excerpt

I hear the staccato of shots being fired, followed by yells and howls of pain. Then, the sound of something being smashed and everything goes quiet. The TV no longer chatters. I look to the open door. The recreation room is down at the end of the corridor. The sounds of shots get closer. Without giving myself a chance to think I make a run for the door slam it shut, lock it and it’s as if that’s a signal to the rest of the men to jump to their feet. 

Without a word, the ten of us scram to our bunks, pull on trousers and shoes.We get our hands on whatever weapon we can find. No guns, none of us have guns. So I grab my cricket bat. (As if that’s going to make a difference?)

 Around me the others too are grabbing cricket bats and hockey sticks. Neil grabs an iron rod. An iron rod? Where did he get that from?  We drop to the floor, crouch and wait. 

Should I hide under the bed? Nope, no way. Like, that is going to help. 
And then a crash as the door is broken down, hacked by what looks like an axe till it’s in pieces on the floor and through it step through two men. One holding a machine gun, the other wielding an axe which he drops to the floor and instead grabs the the gun slung over his back. They are both wearing balaclavas, so we can’t see their features. Of medium height, they are muscular and dressed all in black: Black jeans and sweatshirts, their hair covered by the hoods. Their backs are to the door. They point their guns at us, signalling to us to put our hands up. 

I hesitate, not looking around but sense that the others too are not sure what to do. The first gunman points his gun at the nearest recruit … a boy just out of his teens and shoots him in the head. 
There is a collective gasp from the room. A chill runs through me. Who are they? How did they break through the security measures of the force base? And then they are foolish enough to barge right into the heart of the training facilities of the force and shoot its cadets? Why? Why would they do that? 

The gunmen gesture to us and this time we follow their orders. We walk to the wall at the back of the bunkhouse and line up, hands on our heads, staring ahead.

An alarm rings out then. Finally! It’s been almost ten minutes since the shooting started. Still, the reinforcements should be here soon. Now all we need to do is keep these gun men distracted enough so they don’t kill us. As if reading my mind, the guy who’d shot the young recruit moves forward, his gun trained on us. I draw in a breath and hold it. The sweat trickles down my back. My heart is racing so fast I am sure if I look down I can see it leaping out of my chest. The gunman passes me, walks to the end of the line; then back to the middle where I am. 

"You have no idea what this is about do you?" He asks.

He sounds young, as if he is barely a man himself. And something in his voice … muffled as it is, it sounds familiar. A faint recollection  grabs the edge of my mind, And then I forget everything because he leans close to Neil who is next to me, and smashes the butt of his gun into his stomach. Neil falls to the ground, moaning, holding his middle. I firm up my stomach muscles. I know I am next, I must be. I want to squeeze my eyes shut, but don’t. The gunman leans to the other side, and shoots another man in the head. 

This chap collapses without a cry. What the fuck? I want to jump him right then, but that would be really stupid of me. I am not going to help anyone if I get killed will I? There are six of us left in the room now. One of the younger recruits lets out a sob, at which gunman no 2 holds his gun at him, so he shuts up immediately.

The gunman asks me, "Where are the plans?’

"What are you talking about?" I reply, trying to stay calm, struggling not to show how scared I am inside. 

He only grins and in response, and without taking his eyes off me, holds his gun up and I know what what he is going to do and I scream. "No!" But it’s too late. This time he’s shot two more guys in succession. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. These guys are desperate, or crazy or both. 

Besides me Neil stirs on the ground.  
The gunman takes a deep breathe, as if trying to calm himself and says, "Don’t pretend to be dumb. If you don’t get me the blue prints of the security arrangements being planned by the force for Bombay; the one that you and your team mates are being trained for, then all the rest of you die too."

Only six of us left now. Four young lives, gone just like that. I feel sick. What the fuck are these guys upto? And … and how do they know about the plans? This is top secret. The only reason I know about it, is because I’ve overheard the training officer speaking with the ACP about it on the phone last week. And only because I happened to be waiting outside his room then. And how does this gunman even know that I know the details?


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About the Book:
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.




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An exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY from The First Life of Vikram Roy
The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan
About the origins of Ruby Iyer:
Growing up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It's just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform. All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless of consequences.  Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Make no mistake, Ruby’s her own person. She leads. I follow. You can download the RUBY IYER DIARIES, the prequel novelette in the series free HERE






About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
2015 Readers' Favorite (Bronze) YA Action
 YA Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award
Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 


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All SEPTEMBER earnings from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click HERE to buy them. 

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About the Author:
She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

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GIVEAWAY
The First Life of Vikram Roy, The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series, launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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Love And Happiness


Does extramarital affairs and cheating one's spouse guarantee Love and Happiness in a marriage??? Definitely not in my opinion.

This book by Ben Burgess Jr explores betrayals, lies and a total lack of concern for spouse through Karen and Chris. The reader would love to hate Karen, who knowingly cheats on her husband, and empathize with Chris, the devout husband. Their marriage is filled with troubled waters.

The relationship between Chris and Karen epitomizes the modern day couple for whom the institution of marriage is no longer about " We and Us" and is only about "I, Me, Myself". It also shows the detrimental effects that lack of patience and absence of communication have on married couple.

If only the adult content had not been so much of attention as to drive away a reader from an interesting theme. The overdose of lust is definitely a bit of a demotivator for readers who wish to read evolved subjects. A relevant subject has in a way been let down by  too much of mature content.

P.S- I received a copy in exchange of an honest review from Booklover Catlady Publicity. Thanks Maxine.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Corridors Of My Mind




"Should I call it Poetry
  Or simply say,
  Its the poet's pain
  Expressed this way."

Angel MB Chadwick is a poet whose style of writing poetry cannot be categorized. Her poetry is like one of her own poems titled 'Explosive' which is short and powerful. To quote:

"I’m stuck in the beginning trying to be explosive 
I’m stuck in the middle trying to be perfect 
And in the end I want to be unforgettable."

Her collection of 132 poems has varied themes. They bring out the insecurities of a woman in her many roles, the pain thats ingrained deep in the human heart, the confusion one has in one's mind, empowerment, loneliness, well, I could go on and on.

Sometimes like Emily Dickinson and sometimes like the Romantics, her poetry does reflect the modern woman in all her poetic splendour. There are also a few poems which automatically make you want to hum along like a song, just like a lyrical ballad that needs to be sung to a lonely heart.

Her poems have alliterations, refrains, free verse, rhyme, couplets and loads of metaphors and similies. A hardcore poetry enthusiast will find the usage of many of the poetic tools. It is truly a value addition to modern poetry.

To sum up, it is a must-read for all fans of poetry.

P.S- My personal favourite is definitely 'Explosive', but choosing just one amongst many gems is truly difficult.


Guilt



As I kept reading the story, I felt myself empathizing with Susan, the protagonist. Her tears, her pain, her desperation, her unhappiness, all touched many chords in my heart.

The pain of losing someone dear is something which cannot be expressed in words, but being blamed for that loss leaves one feeling guily for the rest of one's life.

Joan Ellis has brought out the unhealed wounds of a young woman named Susan Wheeler. The emotional and mental trauma that Susan underwent as a seven year old, followed her into her motherhood. It was then that she decided to face her demons from the past.

The story subtly brought out the innocence of a little child and how this is cleverly exploited by adults to conveniently blame the child for their misdoings. Little do such adults realize that by making children the scapegoats for their misadventures, they are scarring these angels for life.

But as is said, all is well that ends well. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Once Susan found the silver lining in her cloud,a   beautiful blue sky opened up for her. Susan's journey from a guilt-ridden child and woman to becoming the seeker and finding answers, is truly inspiring.

P.S - I received a copy of this book from Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange of an honest review. Thank you Maxine.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

I'm Not Crazy I'm Allergic!

 





I never knew that the phrase mountain out of mole-hill is really true in case of allergies!!! After reading Sherilyn Powers book, even I realized that I am not crazy I am only allergic.

Sherilyn has penned a self examined theory about how allergies can be overlooked and misconstrued as something else, diagnosed so and thereafter treated for the same. To ensure credibility to it, she has quoted authentic scientific research data as well. Hence, her theory is not far fetched.

As I kept reading, I realized the effect that food and environment can act as allergens that can trigger varied reactions in our bodies, which at times, cannot be quantified or explained. And yes, the explanation, that it is because of allergies that an individual is diagnosed for diseases which he/she is not suffering, may not go down well with established doctors. It is, therefore, a herculean task to explain to doctors to check for allergies and not for diseases as perceived. Of course, doctors should not be doubted when it comes to their diagnosis of illness, but the fact that allergies to have a connection with occurrence of diseases is something that very few doctors understand or pay attention to.

Sherilyn's Julie symbolized all those 'misunderstood' patients whose lives could have changed for the better much earlier if only their allergies had been identified and treated in time.

P.S- I am definitely going to look out for my allergies for symptoms I can't explain.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Framed and Burning: An Excerpt

 His grandniece was sitting cross-legged on the couch, poring over a bunch of files from the Miami PD, and he knew the autopsy report was in there. Part of him wanted to read it, and part of him didn’t. He felt undone by his conflicting feelings, so he said nothing and slumped into a chair.

“I just learned the fire decreased my net worth,” he announced, but he was staring at the reflection of the sun bouncing off the water in a birdbath outside. Nonetheless, he felt Cat look up at him.

“Harsh,” she said. “The paintings? In your studio?”

“Yup.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be.”

“Okay. I’m not.” There was a pause, and then she added: “I think most art is ridiculously overpriced anyway. I mean, don’t take this the wrong way, Uncle Mick, but eighteen-thousand for that big red splotchy thing you painted?”

Mick laughed. He should be offended, but on the contrary, he suddenly felt like he’d never loved his grandniece more. He thought about that dream of hers he’d walked into the first night in Ernesto’s place, the one with her Ranger lover dude or whoever he was, and the pool of blood.

“The Big Red Splotchy Thing,” he said.

“That’s what I should have titled it.”

“Sorry.”

“Don’t be,” he said again. “It is a big red splotchy thing.”

They both laughed, the laugh relieving the tension in Mick’s head a bit.

“I’ve got the autopsy report here,” she said, motioning to one of the files in front of her. “Do you want to see it?”

“I don’t know. Would you look at it if it were for that Ranger guy who got himself shot in front of you?”

“Yes. I did look at his autopsy report, if that’s what you’re asking.”

“But why? I mean, you were right there, Cat.”

She looked away. “I don’t know,” she finally answered. “I guess the whole thing seemed unreal, so I wanted to make it real. I wanted to see it in cold terms.”

“Did it help?”

“Yes. And no.”

“Give it here.”

She reached over toward him, offering the slim manila folder. He took it.
It was very clinical. He let the language wash over him, words and phrases like carbon monoxide poisoning and rigor mortis.

“So the smoke killed him before the fire burned him up,” Mick said, feeling himself choke up.

“Yeah. He probably died in his sleep.”

Mick felt his eyes water. “That’s good. Better than what I imagined.”

“Yeah.”

“In school, this monk came to speak to us once,” Mick said. “He talked about immolating monks, the ones who set themselves on fire. It’s the most painful way to die.”

“I never knew that.”

“God, it’s unfair. And it won’t get any fairer or make any more sense no matter how much time passes.”

“I know how you feel.”

He looked up, about to lay into her because there was in fact no way this spit of a girl who’d only lived a fraction of his existence could know how he felt. But he bit his tongue. She was looking at him, as if she were really seeing who he was.

This was an excerpt from the book by Lisa Brunette shared by Jennifer from Legit Lit Books

About The Book


Are you looking for a mystery thriller series to cozy down with? 

Framed and Burning is the second novel in the award-winning series Dreamslippers by Lisa Brunette. 

A gift with limitations...and consequences. 

A couple of PIs with the ability to "slip" into another person's dreams find themselves defending one of their own. Someone sets fire to Mick Travers’ studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. Eccentric Granny Grace and her level-headed granddaughter Cat hope to prove his innocence and hunt down the real killer. Will they discover that a jealous rival was out to destroy Mick’s art—and reputation? Or is something even darker behind the arson and murder?

Kirkus Reviews describes the first novel, Cat in the Flock, as "a mystery with an unusual twist and quirky settings; an enjoyable surprise for fans of the genre." 

The Dreamslippers Series is about a family of PIs with the ability to "slip" into another person's dreams. They find it's a gift with limitations... and consequences.  

About the Author: 

Lisa Brunette is author of the Dreamslippers mystery series, winner of an indieBRAG medallion and praised by Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and others. Brunette is a career writer with a long list of  newspaper and magazine bylines and story design credits in hundreds of bestselling video games. She holds an MFA from University of Miami, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in magazines and won her numerous awards.
 
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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Rogue Hunter: Inquest



Inquest is an excellently crafted space opera and the first in a series of Rogue Hunter that I read. And truly speaking, it was way too different from what I had expected. No wonder then that it is said never judge a book by its cover!!

Kevis Hendrickson's writing takes you into a world of imagery. Every description springs up a visualization along with special effects in the mind. It was as if I was watching a movie in my mind as I kept reading.

The book is not just about vivid descriptions, its about a female superhero called Zyra Zanr. She has a conscience, craves to be loved and has dreams like any other woman but she is definitely not the one to be messed with. As a bounty hunter, she kills. Kevis took years to create her and undoubtedly, her character with all its flaws is extremely well-crafted.



The book replicates the modern world in space. There is political drama, feminism, love turned into hatred, pain and revenge. You would love to love Zyra, love to hate Boris, empathize with Mika and sympathize with Karah. Its a perfect feature film material. There is action, drama, emotion, and a well-written story that promises a sequel.

P.S- This book has prompted me to check out the next one.


Friday, 18 September 2015

Wind Down


Mark Ewig's Book Wind Down is definitely a must read. It kept me hooked to it till the end, in fact, I really couldn't stop myself from finishing it in one go.

All his characters are well etched but yes, Aaron is brilliant. And through Aaron, Mark has brought out the power the human mind has. 
Paranormal is definitely a subject that has always intrigued me and I do vouch for the fact that sixth sense and intuition do exist. What will hook you on to the book is that it uses simple language and vivid visual imageries. The book autonatically leads your mind to visualizations as Aaron winds down. The story ends with a cliff hanger, just like an end which indicates the start of a new beginning.

P.S- Mark, when is your next book due for release?


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Writing Flash Fiction





As I immerse myself into the world of writing I now discover so many new vistas for creative expression. Carly Berg's guide to Writing Flash Fiction is definitely an eye opener for me.

The guide is simple to understand yet powerful enough to clarify all that an aspiring writer needs to know and appreciate about Flash Fiction. Carly has easily brought out that writing stories upto 1000 words or less is no child's play but definitely worth trying and is easy if you get the basics right. And yes, her sample stories are not just worth reading again and again, they truly depict the effect a flash story can have in today's world.

In case you are an aspiring writer who is out to start from scratch, then this guide is perfect for you to begin exploring the fascinating world of creative writing through Flash Fictions. And in case you are already an author who is willing to explore new genres, try writing Flash Fictions and refer to Carly's guide for the Hows and Whys.

P.S- This book has definitely inspired me to dabble in Flash Fiction Writing.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Hawaiian Heartbreak


Strange are the ways of the Human Heart. It prepares to get hurt even before it heals completely. Libby Cole's Hawaiian Heartbreak is a story which aptly brings out this facet of the heart.

Kayla takes a break to heal her broken heart in the land of lovers - Hawaii. Little does she know that she is unwittingly heading for yet another heartbreak, thanks to her rendezvous with Jay. What seems initially fun, later turns out to be the creator of misunderstandings between the two.

Libby Cole rocks it with her descriptions. She has this power to instantly connect with the readers through her characters.

This book is definitely meant for adults, however its a story that any woman can relate to. There are so many of us who are like Kayla, simple at heart, sensitive and emotional. And yes, they are those who unknowingly run from one heartbreak into another. But is there a silver lining at the end of these clouds of heartbreak??? Well....you have to wait for her next book.

P.S- Believe me, you will be forced to wait for it once you read this book.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Waves In The Desert - Decisions


I read a book by an author with a compassionate heart. Only two words- Excellent and Awesome. Kimberly Beadle's 'Waves in the Desert- Decisions' will definitely inspire you to think about others and try to reach out to those in need.

The plot revoles around one single word-Charity, and mind you, its not a routine run-of-the-mill story: If you have a weak heart or are too busy to give a thought for those not as privileged as you are, then this book is not meant for you.

Through Mia Raven, her protagonist, Kimberly makes a subtle, yet powerful, statement-Sustainable Futures Where the Average create the Extraordinary.  Though Sustainable Futures or SuFu, as the Main characters in the story refer to it, is a charitable organization, don't you as a person feel, that there is, indeed, a need to ensure that the future remains sustainable; if not for us, then at least for the coming generations???

There is so much of discord, despair and discontentment around us, I feel, its high time we stand up for ensuring that we give Peace a Chance by reaching out to people. As Mia aptly portrays, even the Average can create the Extraordinary. So there it goes, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to take a decision!!! All that you truly need is a heart which feels for others.

And yes, if you think Mia had a smooth sail thanks to her supportive friend Veronica, well...she has her share of low moments too.

To sum up, its not enough to be a Human, instead, one needs to be Humane. So, hey there people, its high time you get up, grab your copy of Kimberly Beadle's novel and create "Waves in the Desert" of Humanity. Come on, lets take the decision and do our bit for Sustainable Futures!!!

P.S- Check out her author page at www.facebook.com/AuthorKimberlyBeadle