Scorpio Superstar by Sundari Venkatraman


Print Length: 150 pages

Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 

Publication Date: September 16, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Language: English

Available on Kindle Unlimited 

Genre: Romance 

Kollywood superstar Chandrakanth, also known as CK, is a true-blue Scorpio, communicating with his eyes and believing in showing more than telling.


His website and social media consultant Ranjini is a Piscean through and through, fiercely independent, believing in affirmations and declarations.


It is love at first glance for Chandrakanth when he meets Ranjini; so strong are his feelings that he proposes marriage on their second meeting. Ranjini, fascinated by his starry persona, gets swept off her feet. The two get married without much of the world knowing—including CK’s aunt and ex.


The two women set out to settle their scores on Ranjini who suddenly begins to feel a strain in what was a fairy tale wedding.


While passion reigns on the one hand, there’s trouble in paradise on the other. Although CK is by her side, the Scorpio in him expects her to trust him implicitly. But can the Pisces in Ranjini accept him at his word?


Does the tension then get to their relationship? Can love survive without affirmations? Or is declaration the only way to profess one’s love?

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 22 titles 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 #1Bestseller 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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Book Review – The Wrong Turn

The Wrong Turn by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose is a page-turner that bridges the gap between fiction and non-fiction. The fact that the novel is set during the times of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and The Indian National Army not only made the premise more intriguing, it also set the tone  for my literary journey. And what a roller-coaster journey it turned out to be!

The Wrong Turn is a gripping narrative of historical fiction with the right amount of Suspense and Romance thrown in. The tagline “Love and betrayal in the time of Netaji” certainly does justice to the overall mood of the book. The writing is evocative and crisp, easily transporting the reader to those old bygone days. The characters make the culture and the era dance in front of the reader’s eyes. The plot is well-researched, and there’s never a dull moment in the book. The language is mostly lucid except a few places where it seems just a bit over-the-top. The Bengali words sprinkled here and there delighted my Bengali soul, though I can see how they can be a problem for the non-speaker. I’d have expected a decent font size considering the book is already 488 pages. Since I am used to the comfort of reading on a kindle, being able to adjust the font size, reading this book in paperback was uncomfortable due to its small fonts.

All in all, The Wrong Turn will take you on a journey of myriad emotions, and not just love and betrayal! It will grab you by the throat and never let you go until you turn all the 488 pages. The Wrong Turn is a must read book of our times. Grab the book below.

 
 
Blurb
 
1944, Kohima — a small, sleepy town in northeast India. Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA) along with the Japanese, are on the brink of bringing the Empire to its knees and forcing the British out of India. But, inexplicably, the tables turn. The INA’s advance is thwarted and the victory march to Delhi is halted. Seventy years later, the British admit that the Battle of Kohima was the greatest battle they had ever fought. Even more so than the battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk. Was it then that old Indian curse — betrayal? Someone from within Netaji’s own ranks? Were there forces other than the British, waiting in the shadows closer to home, who stood to gain even more from the INA’s defeat? Or was it just love that irrevocably altered the course of India’s destiny? The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, is a sweeping tale of passion set against the freedom struggle. Debraj, the rakish playboy and scion of a distinguished Calcutta family, and Nishonko, the fiery revolutionary sworn to the cause of the INA, must not only fight their common enemy, but also for the love of Aditi, the rebel with the healing touch. A haunting tale of love, friendship and betrayal of an entire nation, The Wrong Turn veers inexorably towards a poignant redemption.
 
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The Wrong Turn is a story that traverses the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima caught up in the blaze of the Second World War. It is about the clash of four desperate forces as they come together in Kohima to vie for the brightest jewel in the crown — India. Victory will come to those who possess not just the coldest steel but even colder hearts.”
 
SANJAY CHOPRA is an airline pilot and author of two collections of short stories.  Said and Done and Tailspin stories . He believes that his  office forty thousand feet in the sky and his travels provide him with a view that fuels his vivid storytelling that cuts a wide arc through time and space.
 
His stories have won the Invisible Ink, the Millennium writers and Southport awards in the UK and USA. In the words of his readers, ‘He is a storyteller like those of the old days, yet his stories are as modern as tomorrow.
 
He lives in Mumbai with his wife Tisca Chopra, an actress and he is currently working on a film script and a web series. 

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This was a story waiting to be told. So much about Netaji was smoke and mirrors, partial views foisted on us by the British and other vested interests. Here was a man who was a personal hero, who was part of the lore of my childhood. And here was a chance to set the narrative straight – through the lens of a very human yet universal story of love.

During a school project on ‘The most memorable day of my life’, NAMITA ROY GHOSE wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up. Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.
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Vidya Balan “I like historical fiction. This one is just gripping, racing along like a thriller. I am sure people will love it and I wish Namita and Sanjay all the best for the book”.
 
Shekhar Gupta: “Gripping reading. This is one writer duo with story-telling imagination and uncluttered turn of phrase”.
 
Jug Suraiya: “A sweeping saga of war, love and betrayal, set at a climactic point of India’s fight for freedom”.
 
Lord Meghnad Desai: “An absorbing and indeed thrilling story of one of the most crucial events in India’s history”.
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Book Review: Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando

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The heroine of Saved in Sri Lanka, Devika Fernando’s latest romance book, is named Sepalika which is Sri Lankan for the Night Flowering Jasmine or Shiuli (which is the name of my website, in case you didn’t notice :P)What better reason to pick up the book then, right? So pick it up I did, and let me tell you that I’m not disappointed at all.

Sepalika turned out to be a feisty woman, courageous enough to pursue a career as a tourist guide due to her interest in the country’s rich history, when most women would be too busy thinking of their complexion. I almost wished she had retorted to her fiancé when he suggested she apply sunscreen and wear a hat “so she doesn’t become too dark” like the other Sri Lankans. Yet I admire her spunk, her willingness to look for a happier future.

Daniel on the other hand, has been portrayed as a history-loving, long-legged Irishman with “polished cheekbones you can cut yourself on”. What draws Sepalika most to him is his Irish accent though, and their common love for world history. Somehow, reading through the first few chapters, I almost wished that I would get a glimpse of some redeemable quality in Daniel and so would Sepalika. When he gave me a glimpse of his chivalrous nature or the mischievous glint in his eye, I was already 5 chapters in, and till then I just had the Irish accent to make do with.

Mahesh, somehow, always felt like a looming shadow. We knew he was there but not quite, his thinking and ideology straight from the dark ages. I’m so relieved that he got what was coming! 😀

The chemistry between Sepalika and Daniel was sizzling yet tender. But will it be a love story against all odds, especially since Sepalika is keeping a secret from Daniel? What happens when Daniel finds out? Well, I’m certainly not telling, am I? 😛

I followed Sepalika as a guide as she travels with her tourists from Colombo to Kandy, Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya and beyond. The scenic beauty is ethereal making Sri Lanka the topmost destination on my travel bucket list. The vivid descriptions of Sigiriya frescoes or 100 foot Buddha statue in The Golden Temple of Dambulla, the information about Uda Rata Natum and the Vannam dance forms, the local sights and smell and cuisine are enough to entice a traveler. It’s clear that Fernando knows her country of residence inside out and loves it, for the love spills onto her words and made me love Sri Lanka too.

Kudos, Devika, for writing such a sweet yet steamy romance.

 

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Book Review – Helpline by Uday Mane

 

Helpline

 

by Uday Mane
 

The Review
The book cover and the blurb were the main reasons I picked up The Helpline. The cover artist has done a wonderful job in conveying through the image what the book is all about. The blurb excites the reader and forces them to ask some questions for a start.
As I read The Helpline I started answering my own questions. The story is not only of Samir. The story is of Riya, a sister who loves her brother unconditionally, and devotes many years of her life for his care. The story is of Siddhartha who suffers from Down’s syndrome but is never afraid of the challenges life throws at him and takes them in his stride. It is the story of a true friend, Neha, who stands by her friends in their hour of need. Who doesn’t care what the world says of them but pays heed to her own instincts about them. This is the story of a grandfather who devotes his life to the care of the differently abled, someone who serves as a living example of what he preaches and someone who is remembered long after his death. This is the story of Aslam who has dreams in his eyes of a better future for himself and strives harder and harder each day to educate himself so he can get that goal. It is also the story of Rajesh who is focused and stops at nothing to get to his goal. It is the story of a boy called Samir who is jealous of a girl Riya because she is so perfect and everybody loves her, even his nana. It is the story of a young Samir who falls in love yet makes some grave mistakes. But it is also the story of a writer who is driving down a guilt-ridden path, who takes out a gun every night but has enough courage to keep it back again, a writer who is trying hard to find his true identity and please his dad. Yes, The Helpline is all this and more.
I finished the book in one go. Sent a sleepless night in its pages. There are many places where the Grammar Nazi in me seared it’s head but the emotions in the story soon put it back in it’s place. I believe that if The Helpline were better edited, it could see a lot of success. But I still believe that this book will carve a niche among some readers. It’s different and You have to read it to experience it.

 

The Blurb
 Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things: 



What is The Helpline? 

Who is Rachael? 

What is Samir’s own identity? 



Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parental pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.

 
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Uday Mane was born in Pune and raised in Mumbai. He works as a marketing professional during the day and a storyteller during the night. He is an avid reader, and loves to collect classic books.

The Helpline is his debut novel that was launched in March 2014 at the hands of Padma Shri Paresh Rawal.

 

 
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Book Review and Author Interview – Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie

 

Trouble Has A New Name 
by Adite Banerjie
 

 

Review: 

Dumping someone over a text message? I was already rooting for our sensitive yet gutsy heroine Rayna Dutt and planning to kill Sid on the first page. Adite Banerjie has a knack of doing this very well – making a reader build relationships with the characters from the very beginning. All the characters feel so real, so believable with some gray shades apparent in them. Life-like. Whether it be gutsy-yet-an-emotional-wreck Rayna, Kind-yet-commitment-phobic Neel or the infuriating-yet-sweet Agra Aunty! Would love to hear the story behind AA’s name, Adite!

Emerald Island took my breath away. So did the villas accompanying the Nirvana. The star-spangled sky and the silvery beaches, the orchids colouring up the white-and-gold wedding decor, the author has made the Andaman Islands come real in front of me. And to think she has never visited the island herself! She’s a hell of a researcher and a magician with her words.

The thing that moved me most about the book though were the emotions packed in 187 pages. Never a dull moment in this book. Right from page 1 where Rayna has to run to catch her flight till the epilogue (especially the epilogue :D), I have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Sometimes laughing at the verbal sparring between Rayna and Neel, sometimes rolling on the floor at Agra aunty’s antics, sometimes with butterflies in my stomach as Neel touches Rayna so and sometimes my heart breaking along with Rayna’s, this book made me live a thousand emotions in a span of 4 hours. Yes, that’s how long it took me to read it from cover-to-cover!

I had a chance to chat up with Adite Banerjie after reading ‘Trouble’ and here’s the conversation:

 

Me:  Your books are always so well edited. Never a dull moment. How many revisions do you put your MS through?

Adite: Thanks Dola for that huge compliment. I write in burst of three to four chapters at a time. I keep tweaking and editing them as I go along. Once I get feedback from the editor, it goes through another round of editing. I don’t believe in doing complete rewrites of the full book as it is too daunting. But rather, write three new chapters, go back and revise the earlier ones and then tweak the ones that follow and so on. It might sound a bit crazy…but  that’s the way I work! 🙂

Me: How did you come up with such an interesting title for your book?

Adite: The credit for the title goes to the Harlequin Team. We were throwing around words like Trouble, Paradise Island and Wedding but it all sounded so ho-hum. And then the Marketing Team suggested Trouble Has a New Name. And it was just perfect!

Me: Which character did you have the most fun writing?

Adite: It has to be Agra Aunty. She is loud, generally irritating and very conservative but has a fun side to her as well. I had enormous fun writing the “Sangeet” scene and the Truth or Dare game scene in which AA plays a stellar role. 🙂

Me:  Are you planning to stick to the romance genre? Do you feel that since writing in this category is considered ‘mush’, it is looked down upon?

Adite: I have two more books to finish for Harlequin — and both are M&Bs. So naturally they will be romance. I haven’t planned anything after that. As for romance being considered mush, that is sadly true…Frankly, I enjoy reading romances as much as any other genre. So I don’t feel any qualms about writing them.

Me: Please tell us about your next writing project(s).

Adite: I am currently working on Book 3, a romantic-thriller set in London, Delhi and Rajasthan. The working title is No Safe Zone. Book 4 will be another rom-com and in it I plan to tell the story of Chris and Milee (who have been introduced in Trouble Has a New Name).
It was fun answering your questions, Dola. Thank you for hosting me on your site!  🙂

Thank you, Adite for answering my questions on such short notice for my readers. You’re a darling!

I recommend this book to all romance lovers. Believe me, you’ll thank me for it later! 😀

‘Trouble’ deserves no less than 5 stars! Check it out below and scroll to the bottom of the post to take part in a 10$ Amazon Gift Card giveaway! Enjoy!

 

The Blurb


“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?” 
 
Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.
 
Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm! 
 
Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
    
 
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Adite Banerjie has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. After an exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she turned to freelance writing, crunched numbers and wrote reports about consumer behavior and social development issues. Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon and wrote scripts for documentaries and spec screenplays for feature films. She was hired by a filmmaker to write a feature script based on a true story. When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Passions Aspiring Authors Contest. Two of her books, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name have been published by Harlequin India. And she is currently under contract to write two more for the same publisher. She lives in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, with her writer husband. She loves to connect with readers and writers.
 
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Book Review – Agony by Kshitij

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Blurb: “A cold lonely life, paralyzed by sickening nightmares; that’s what Kewy, a young Irish teacher, started to experience. And then the abrupt knockings at her door established that the time has come. Things buried in her past, found a way to communicate with her- the dreams, which always receive her at a god forsaken place dwelled with evil and surrounded by death, fear and hopelessness. 
The past was agonizing but the part of her still believes she could erase it. In her quest, Kewy was joined by two concurring beings; both of which found a reason to live, in her struggle. Together the three walked through that dark, disturbed and desolated land. 
And what waited for them in those deadwoods was more than just a plain and ordinary fear…” 

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Review:

Though it says Horror, Agony is really an occult/supernatural experience. It does have ghost elements in it but as a die hard horror fan, the fear-factor in this novel is more psychological than anything else. There are scenes of cult practices as well as some where people drink blood and stuff, but I didn’t feel it to be too gory. The horror is the right mix between psychology and gore.

 

The main character, Kewy, felt shallow to me in the beginning. She is plagued by nightmares and can’t sleep and must embark on a journey to the place where it started. She convinces one of her students and a potential boyfriend to go on that journey with her, even though she knows how dangerous it can be. Then, she refuses to tell them how it all started till the time they reach the point of no return in an isolated resort in the county. However, it was heartening to see her growing better as a person throughout the story since that is what a story is about, how a character changes due to circumstances. Kewy’s college friends were also a bit of a let down. They all go on a professional escapade but once they reach their destination, nobody is interested in doing the actual work anymore. Kewy’s other friends, Eineen and Kasper were well thought-of and sketched. Especially Eineen came across as a real strong person.

 

The plot is great but the telling of the story is a bit lacking and so the reader has to plod through unnecessary information to reach the actual story. Everything, and I mean everything, has been described to the minutest detail, leaving absolutely nothing to the reader’s imagination, as if the author doesn’t trust the reader to ‘get it’. The language needs professional editing. I wish authors like Kshitij who self publish their novels would first hire the services of a professional editor, especially if it’s a debut since the first impression you make on a reader would carry forward in their minds.

 

I did enjoy reading Agony once I went past the language barrier and I think the plot has the right bit of depth and intrigue. I especially liked the climax and the ending where good wins over evil. I would rate this story 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Book Review – Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed

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Blurb: On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.

Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.

Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.

We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.

 

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Review: Do Pakistani women think (and maybe act) like Indian women when it comes to love or are they different? What do the contemporary Pakistani women feel about pre-marital intimacy? These were just some of the questions that came to my mind when I read the blurb of Butterfly Season. Of course I wanted to know whether our sisters from across the border were really so different from us as sometimes we are led to believe. I’m glad I picked up the book because now I feel that Pakistan and India are not so different after all, at least not where we women are concerned.

Rumi and Ahad, the main characters, are easy to fall in love with. Their romance is fun and frothy & they share a great sexual chemistry. I was relieved that Ahmed didn’t fall in the trap of keeping sex-scenes in the book just to get high sales (as is the case nowadays) since so many books I read that try to talk about a woman’s choices/perspective do. Mahira comes across as a great friend, a friend everyone needs in his/her life, a strong pillar of support. Juveria, though easy to dislike, reminds me of so many women that try to guide all their actions and words according to norms set up by the society in order to please it, but turn up making their lives miserable. Ahmed has been able to create a great mix of characters, all taken from our contemporary society. The men folk needed a bit more work IMHO but the female characters all came out strong.

I liked the little glimpses the author has shown of contemporary Pakistan what with Urdu words strewn in, references to the pop culture, the Junoon-Vital signs debate etc. The author has used beautiful language in Butterfly season for example – “…Love and marriage are not synonymous. Every Pakistani girl knows that already.” There are many such ‘quotable quotes’ strewn across the book. I do wish Ahmed had delved a little deeper into Karachi, which was such an intrinsic part of Rumi. I wished to experience the city through its many colors, smells and sights but I felt something missing. I did identify with the heat though coming from Punjab myself.

Butterfly season is a quick read, hardly a hundred pages long and has some great thought provoking moments. I congratulate the author on talking about such a taboo topic like pre-marital sex and not come up as preachy or condescending. I thoroughly enjoyed Ahmed’s debut novella and would recommend it to Romance lovers all over the world. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars 🙂

 

 

 

Book Review – Scarlet Revenge by Ann McGinnis

 

Scarlet Revenge by Ann McGinnis



The Blurb
 
The FBI doesn’t know what to do with Analyst Caycee Scarlet. She’s brash, brilliant & brutally relentless when tracking a serial killer. But she also has a temper, problems with authority figures and recognizing the chain of command. Things go sideways for Caycee when she uncovers a lead that saves the Omega Killer’s latest victim. Rather than working the system and making nice with her pompous boss, sparks fly and she gets into an altercation with the lead Special Agent on the case, resulting in a transfer to another assignment. Caycee finds herself transferred to an FBI interrogation facility where she assesses the most dangerous of criminals in custody. She struggles to get over the loss of her dream job, but her new boss, handsome Special Agent Gil Graham, may soften the blow. Sparks, of a different variety, fly between the Special Agent and his new Analyst, as they work together to crack the most difficult cases. Just when Caycee’s wounds are healing from her expulsion on the Omega Killer team, she is dragged back into the thick of it. Caycee and her new team are front and center, focused on an interview of a bombing suspect, when Omega comes looking for revenge. His attack wounds her team, leaving Caycee with only one option for help-the devastatingly handsome bombing suspect. It will take all of Caycee’s wits, and a kiss for luck, to stop Omega and save her co-workers.
 
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Scarlet Revenge is the first story in a series of FBI Analyst Caycee Scarlet. I am normally skeptical about picking up the first novel of a series till the time the other books aren’t out but I’m glad I picked this up. This story has a sense of closure, it doesn’t leave too many questions unanswered while keeping the reader interested to read the second book as well. So many authors aren’t able to pull off sequels correctly and I congratulate Ann on doing a fantastic job at this.
Caycee as well as her boss-cum-love interest, Gil, are both likable and relatable characters since both of them possess positive as well as negative shades just like normal human beings. I loved Caycee’s spunk and found it charming that Gil supported her, sometimes even taking a backseat. How many heroes do that, really? The Omega Killer Jeffery, The baseball Bomber Hicks & Ex-Boss Wilkes are the other important characters in this novella. The author has done an excellent job with sketching the characters of Hicks as well as Wilkes whereas I wanted something more from the author regarding The Omega Killer since he was the Main antagonist in this story. I believe he needed a li’l more attention. His methods, his background or why he became what he did was never really discussed. In a serial killer thriller, I would expect these things as a reader. Hicks character, on the other hand, was strong and compelling and I’m glad that there will be more of him in the sequel Scarlet’s Envy. I’m certainly looking forward to it. At the end of the story, Caycee sees someone that looks like Hicks get away from the premises and doesn’t do anything. This is the only point which felt jarring to me since I had made an opinion about Caycee being an upright FBI officer. It made me question her dedication to her profession. Not sure if this concern will be handled in the sequel but I certainly hope so.
I recommend Scarlet Revenge to all Romantic Thriller lovers. I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Meet the Author
 
Ann McGinnis writes about characters that let their egos and sense of justice rule their lives, while they protect the public from serial killers and unthinkable crimes. Of course, Ann’s characters always find a way to blow off steam — romantically!
As a writer, Ann comes from the world of action/thrillers and screenwriting. She has two scripts currently in development. A third script, about a spunky FBI analyst, is the basis of “Scarlet Revenge” and the main character Caycee Scarlet. It is the first book in a series, with Book 2 “Scarlet Envy” coming out in September 2014. 


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Book Review – Reach For Your Light by Ces Creatively

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My Review :

 

Paranormal Romance is one of my favourite genres to read in and that’s the reason I picked up this book. I was disappointed. Clearly, this book is a romance disguising as a Paranormal. In fact, the paranormal factor just appears every 5-6 chapters that also for a paragraph or two in the form of some golden light or a blurry shape. Not much to keep me interested.

More than the paranormal factor though, the biggest disappointment was the grammar and punctuation. I had to mentally correct all the your/you’re, should of/should have as well as put in periods and commas because the sentences read as a teenager’s text messages as I read the book. This definitely hampered my flow while reading and I had problems finishing the book. Since this book was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review, I was obligated to finish reading it. Otherwise I might not have been able to.

The book has a cliffhanger at the end which is always considered good for a series however in this case IMHO not a correct place to end the story because there are just too many questions left unanswered and there is a definite lack of any sense of closure. Normally in a series there is a main plot point and a few sub-plots. Those sub plots are resolved however the main plot is left as a cliffhanger, so that the reader buys the next book. However in this story even the sub-plots are left hanging in the middle.

Another problem I had with this book are the main characters Emma and Jeremy. I had trouble liking both of them. There are other characters in this book though that were perfectly likable and intriguing however, sadly, they were not the protagonists like Denni etc. Emma, while in London, falls for Nic who likes it rough. So much so that she almost begs him to have her. Heartbroken, when she moves from London and meets Jeremy, suddenly she forgets everything about her supposedly broken heart and falls for him. Under Emma’s circumstances (considering the reason for her heartbreak) this sounds impossible. Again, she is hopelessly in love with Jeremy but whenever she feels the presence of her angel (or even sees his car) she feels attracted towards him! Same with Jeremy. He supposedly loves Emma but can never take out a few seconds from his busy schedule to even reply to her texts or return a call. He loves Emma but can’t keep his hands off Mel, his ex. Even though the author has given him a very good reason to pursue Mel, I don’t think it’s enough to kiss her, especially when he was the one to bring up fidelity (and was hurt for so many years due to the lack of it). It’s one thing to create a flawed character but these were unlikable! Finally, the Emma’s angel just mysteriously appears at the end of the book and carries her away when so far he had been pictured as just some light, or a fleeting reflection or at max, his car.

I wish the author will take care of these issues in the next edition of the book.

 

Blurb:

Emma Williams is searching for a new direction. Leaving behind a dead end career and harrowing relationship in London, she makes a fresh start in Bournemouth bonding immediately with flat mate Denzil and enjoying coastal life. 

 

Falling in love with delicious Jeremy White she soon discovers that her new life is not as uncomplicated as she’d hoped. It may look like she has the perfect beach apartment and gorgeous man of her dreams but when visions of a mysterious stranger become reality and manipulating exes are out to cause trouble in paradise, Em just wants to find the truth in a world of deceit. 

 

The Light Direction will take you on a fast-paced roller coaster of hot sex, mind games and supernatural visions that will leave you hungry for more.

 

**Contains explicit adult content. Not suitable for under 18 yrs.**

Meet the Author:

 

Ces Creatively
Ces Creatively is an inspiring mum of three from Poole who loves to spend time at Poole Harbour, Sandbanks Dorset. Juggling being a mum with running graphic design business www.biz-brand-buzz.co.uk, popular website with a book blog www.supportivebusinessmums.co.uk and hand made gifts business www.prettyinspiring.co.uk she miraculously also finds time to write www.the-light-direction.co.uk novel series which she has dedicated to her son in heaven. A tireless champion of small businesses and other authors, Ces has won several awards for supportive innovation and dedicates time every week to promoting others online. In a unique twist, her debut paranormal romance novel The Light Direction – Reach For Your Light features real small businesses and talented creatives.

Book Review – Embers of Light and The Sacred Secret by Abhi

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Title : Embers of Light and The Sacred Secret

Author : Abhi

Publisher : Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN : 978-93-220-0837-6

Blurb:

They could have heaven but they did not take it. 
The demons were against them and so were angels but that did not scare them. 
Destiny had already ruled against them but they chose to rebel. 
It is the story of five ordinary humans who chose the path of light over and above everything else… even God

A strange Y shaped symbol in the sky, terrified a mysterious alien race living secretly on this planet for centuries, and changed forever the fate of five humans; a Brazilian street fighter, an American cop, a Chinese karate instructor, a Russian environmentalist, and an Indian ad maker. Meanwhile a geek in NYC is amazed to see his dreams growing more and more bizarre each day and met an angel who isn’t conventional in any way. It is best when some secrets remain hidden and some stories remain untold. But is destiny too kind to respect this fact?

Review:

This book grabbed my attention from the very first chapters as five people from all over the world are given an invitation to be in New Delhi at the same day, time and place. My mind started asking questions right after that and didn’t stop throughout the book. Embers of Light and The Sacred Secret is a captivating read to say the least, blending fantasy seamlessly with reality.

The plot of the book is wildly imaginative and even though there is a main plot that will bind all the three books of the trilogy together, there are sub-plots in this book that captured my interest and kept springing surprises at me from every nook and cranny. There are so many twists and turns that even while writing this review I am careful of not giving away any information that might count as a spoiler. Kudos to the author for meticulous plotting!

The story has many characters and the credit goes to the author for sketching them out in detail and giving all of them an important role to play. The five main characters of the story have all been dealt with love, not just the main protagonist. Here, however, the author has faltered a little bit. All the characters are from different parts of the world and they have been given different characteristics and mannerisms however they all speak the same kind of English! I would expect a Brazilian street-fighter to speak little differently than an American cop or a Chinese Karate Instructor and so on but it doesn’t happen. In fact, language is the part where this novel doesn’t meet my expectations as a reader. I would say that poor editing is at fault here. Sometimes the novel tends to be a bit wordy and we see MTI throughout the book. Also, I wish the cover of the book had been bit more classy. It certainly doesn’t do justice to the brilliance of this book! But maybe these ‘not so good’ things can be taken care of in upcoming editions.

The sacred secret is a brilliant read and I’m looking forward to the other two books. I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers throughout the world and especially to Indian readers who are overwhelmed by all the mythological fiction shoved down their throats! The Sacred Secret is a wonderful respite! I would rate it 4 stars!