December 4, 2016

Book Review: Ten Years Later By Lisa Marie Latino


  • About the book

  • Title: Ten Years Later
  • Author:Lisa Marie Latino
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Long Shot Publishing (October 4, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 099735240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997352405



Carla D'Agostino is not your typical heroine. Stuck in a seemingly dead-end job, single, and still living with her overbearing Italian-American parents, Carla is thrown for a loop when she realizes her ten-year high school reunion is fast approaching. True love, a career as a sports radio talk show host, the perfect body--every dream remains frustratingly out of reach no matter how Carla strives and schemes. Out of reach, that is, until unexpected events lead her right back to where she started, and Carla discovers that all she ever wanted was right in front of her the whole time. "Ten Years Later" is a witty, unpredictable tale of one ordinary young woman's race for the top as she throws caution to the wind and decides to go for her dreams.







Book Review

This book is about a woman in her late twenties, who is stuck in her dead-end job and still living with her parents when everyone else has moved out and found their perfect path in life.  Meet Carla, an ordinary woman who thrives to complete her dreams and is always there to help other by going out of the way.
Carla’s journey from the low self confidence to the person who is the top celebrity in the sports broadcasting world is immensely funny, adorable and entertaining. This book is about how she discovers her true self while stuck in the middle of some egoistic and self proclaimed stars in the radio station she works. This journey gets a kick start when she receives a invitation for her school reunion and this is her motivation to achieve everything that she ever wanted, coz all her friends and school mates are either settled with their life or are at better end than her. Thus journey leads to numerous changes in her life and the life of her three best friends Dante, Katie and Andrea. Katie is a successful Baker, while Andrea is married to a rich doctor; Dante is the only option who Carla sees when she thinks she is doing worst in life.


 Her journey is one hell of a roller coaster ride. The story is simple and yet wonderful.


Rating : 3/5 *

Thank You to the author for the review copy.

November 13, 2016

Book Promo :Nest by Terry Goodkind

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A Thriller
By Terry Goodkind
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: November 15, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2287-3
Price: $29.99

 Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if 
Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.





An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey replete with super-predators and gifted humans through the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human—a place few have ventured and fewer still have survived.






October 22, 2016

Title: The Paris Secret
Author: Karen Swan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447280695
No. of Pages: 480
Price: 399 INR

About the Book

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. 

High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long. 

Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren't all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs - but just what is he hiding?




Review

The book opens up in Paris where two men try to break-in an old abandoned building and discover something which leaves them awestruck. The scene further shifts to fine art agent Flora Sykes, where she lives wither family that includes her father an ace Auctioneer, her mother and her elder brother. Flora is then called to investigate the abandoned Paris apartment which apparently is full of artworks from the Nazi period. The Renoirs, the Faucheux and many more artworks that the world lost track about. She then meets the owners of this abandoned property, a very big name in the social circle all over Paris “The Vermeil’s”. As she discovers some secrets associated with the paintings from the time of World War II, during her course of discovering and uncovering the secrets with each passing day she somehow crosses her paths with Xavier and Natasha Vermeil. With very less time to reconnect with the paintings history and pressure from her boss Angus, to take the painting in the highly awaited Art Auction.

Flora in the middle of her own family problems hiding the secret of her brother’s trail and being delved into finding out the history of the Vermeil’s and their association with the painting’s shuffling between 4 cities and getting to know roots of the work that she loves doing. Being attracted to the people she should not be and getting herself involved into the ‘Paris Secret’ and being  trying to heal from the betrayal from her friend. Not knowing if she is making her future or destroying it.
This book is a must read for every person who loves Mystery with hints of romance in it. The book has everything one can ask for, social life of young high class kid’s and the bond that they share with their family, the romance and mystery happening in the most beautiful city in the world ‘PARIS’.

Karen Swan has done a stellar job in writing this book that has so much about art and her research is fantastic. This book actually made me know art even more. The book has giving me a chance to know art history and I guess I am in love with artwork from the times of WWII now. I wouldn’t have made any effort to have knowledge of the artwork if I hadn’t read this book. I am glad that I got a chance to review this book and fall in love art just the way Flora does.


Thank You to the publisher for the review copy. All views expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Summer at Tiffany's, the Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow and Christmas on Primrose Hill.

October 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: A Column of Fire by Ken Follett



About the book:

Opening in Christmas 1558, A Column of Fire will take readers back to Kingsbridge once more.

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher of Macmillan Adult Books said: ‘Publication of a new Ken Follett novel is always a major event, but a new Ken Follett Kingsbridge novel, set in the fictional town that readers first encountered in The Pillars of the Earth, is hugely exciting. We’re all delighted at Pan Macmillan to be helping to bring this wonderful novel to readers in 2017.’

Ken Follett announced the title while on a research trip to Seville, Spain:

‘It is a spy story set in the sixteenth century, during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. There were many assassination plots against the Queen, so the people around her set up an espionage system to foil those sixteenth century terrorists. This was the beginning of the British secret service that eventually gave us James Bond.’

As in Ken Follett’s other bestselling novels, readers follow a cast of characters across their lives, allowing insight through their eyes into the most fascinating and tumultuous historical events of the period: in A Column of Fire, we follow the story of young Ned Willard. When Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen, all of Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans. Ned finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.



About the Author:

Ken Follett’s first Kingsbridge novel, the masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth, enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. The sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the UK, US and Europe, taking readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grappled with the devastating sweep of historical change. 


Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. Recently, he has written the bestselling Century trilogy, which comprises of Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity.

Ken Follett’s 30 novels have sold over 160 million copies to date, published in 30 languages, and the latest novel Edge of Eternity (published in September 2014) went to No. 1 in the UK hardback chart.

Cover Reveal: Skyfire by Aroon Raman



About the Book:

May 2012. India is hit by a series of freak weather disturbances and startling epidemics that threaten to bring the country to its knees.


At the same time, children are disappearing from the slums in the capital and nobody seems to care. Stumbling upon these strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, journalist Chandrasekhar, historian Meenakshi Pirzada and intelligence operative Syed Ali Hassan start upon a trail that leads them into the drawing rooms of Delhi’s glittering high society before reaching a terrifying climax in Bhutan, where they come face-to-face with a force of unspeakable power and evil.

Bestselling author Aroon Raman’s third novel, Skyfire, is a heart-stopping thriller that will chill you to the bone.

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About the Author:

Aroon Raman is a Bengaluru-based serial entrepreneur and author. He ran his family companies for many years, winning critical acclaim for developing scientific talent at the grassroots. After successfully divesting both ventures, he now divides his time between consulting for corporates, non-profits, writing and travel. He is the author of the national bestsellers The Shadow Throne (2012) and The Treasure of Kafur (2013). He regularly contributes columns to Outlook magazine and other publications. He can be reached at www.aroonraman.com

September 25, 2016

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Alf is roaring. Most people would mistake this for anger, but they don’t spend as much time around Demons as I do… 


Cadence Hart has just six months on the job left. But six months might as well be a lifetime in the dangerous field of Deportations. Armed with a flaming sword and backed by Alf, her Demon partner, she’s the thin blue line between the Souls escaped from Hell and the living residents of the city. 



Missing persons cases aren’t her usual line of work, but a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances and Cadence is pulled off her regular duties to investigate. The girl’s parents think she’s possessed. Which is impossible. Only, from what evidence there is - it looks an awful lot like she’s possessed. 



To solve the case, she’ll need the help of Matthew, a Soul expert. Matthew gained his expertise first hand – he’s been dead since before Cadence was born. But when their investigation unearths links to the devil-worshipping cult, New Dusk, they begin to realise that the case might be more than even they can handle.




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Book Review: The Secret of Happiness

Title: The Secret of Happiness
Author: Lucy Diamond
No. of Pages: 432
ISBN 10 1447299175
ISBN 13978-1447299172
Genre: Fiction/Romance


About the book

The best things in life . . . can be just around the corner
Rachel and Becca aren't real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love.
The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help.
Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister's life is not so perfect after all: Rachel's handsome husband
has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all,
nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.
As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about
her own life, and the future seems uncertain.
But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places . . .

Book Review 

The book starts off with Rachel traveling to Manchester in quest of finding the answers to some things that were close to her. A panic strikes as she does not return home the following night and her step-sister Rebecca has to step in her place to take care of Rachel’s children. Mabel, the eldest who behaves like just every other teenager. Scarlet, who is the wittiest of them all and has a bad mouth and Luke, the youngest of the trio is a shy kid who is scared of the world when things around him fall apart. On the other hand Rachel is Robbed and Knocked out just as she walks away from Manchester Station and finds herself with a broken jaw and broken wrist on the hospital bed when she wakes up. For the following week she struggles to recall her identity and let the hospital staff know who she is and where is she from? During this same time Becca struggles to keep up with Rachel’s business and the problems in her sister’s life are known to her in certain instances that follow throughout, which leads her to discover that the life of her sister, that she thought was a flower bed has turned whirlwind.  
            The sister’s slowly get to know each other and Rachel let’s Becca help her in daily chores and her business and then settle their differences, Further leading Becca to discover herself and establish her own talent into a running Business Model. The book is a journey of two sister’s growing up together not very fond of each other but in their mid 20-30’s discovering the real meaning of sisterhood and supporting each other to help the other grow and standing by each other’s side thus clearing their own differences and setting an example to the children. 

Note: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher in exchange of my honest review.

Rating: 4/5 *

September 8, 2016

Blog Tour: Web of Deceit by Catherine Lanigan


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Web of Deceit
by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Historical Romance
ebook, 462 pages
June 4th 2016 by Cat Nolan Publishing



A Passion she could not deny—A lie she could never escape—



From the depths of a London slum, Amanda Granger created an illusion of wealth and breeding that became her passport into New York society. With her dazzling beauty and the ease with which she lived her lie, Amanda captivated an adoring public and drove men to bold and dangerous passions.



But for all her fierce ambition, all her daring dreams, Amanda Granger knew that her heart’s desires were held together by the fragile threads of deception and secrets. Triumph would always be elusive until she escaped from her web of deceit.

Excerpt:

“I’ve come for Eloise’s hair ribbons.”

“I have them here,” Mrs. Bird said, withdrawing six palest pink satin ribbons from a wooden box.

Amanda inspected them and wrinkled her nose. “Much too pale for Eloise. She needs more color near her face. Let me see the ice blue ones.”

“Amanda, I don’t think it wise to make decisions without your employer’s permission.”

“Tonight is the Queen’s birthday ball. There will be two hundred and fifty debutantes coming out this year. Eloise must look her best. This blue will make her eyes more lively.”

Mrs. Bird burst into laughter. “Nothing could put spark into that girl’s eyes!” Then, suddenly remembering the Kents’ position and their very good patronage of her store when they could easily choose to go elsewhere, Mrs. Bird said protectively: “I think you should get the pink. That’s what she ordered.’

“No, the blue is better. And let me see those matching lace gloves.”

“Amanda! Lady Kent did not authorize you to buy gloves.”

“They will complete the outfit. Eloise will look wonderful. Wrap them up.”

“I don’t like this.”

Amanda signed the bill and then took the receipt and box that Mrs. Bird had tied with string. “It’ll be all right. You’ll see.” Arnanda smiled with assurance, but it wasn’t until she was out on the sidewalk again that she felt her heart resume beating.

She was taking a great risk at further upsetting Lady Kent. But Amanda was counting on the customary weekend bustle in Kent Manor to deflect any confrontations.

By the time Amanda reached Regent Street, the sun was completely up. She whisked through the lacy wrought-iron gate, ran through the precisely manicured gardens to the back of the imposing four-story brick house to the back door that led four steps down to the kitchens, butler’s pantry and servants quarters.

“You’re fifteen minutes late!” Georgia, the red-haired, obese cook snarled as she hastily slammed a ladleful of porridge into a china bowl and put it on a wicker tray.

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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort.

Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel.

Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise and Fear of FallingSophie’s Path pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for three more in the series: Danger ZoneWedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.



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September 7, 2016

Book Review: Rau:The Great Love Story of Bajirao Mastani

Original Title: Raau: (Original Book on Bajirao-Mastani) (Marathi)
Title : Raau: The Greatest Love Story of Bajirao Mastani.
ISBN : 9382616802 
ISBN 13: 9789382616801
No. of Pages: 352
Price: 399 INR











Synopsis:

'My eyes, they rain all the time
My eyes, they rain all the time 
Till I see him in mine'

When Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa, feared by even the mighty Mughals, hears the exquisite Mastani sing, the passion that sparks between them grows quickly into a raging fire. 
The Peshwa defies his orthodox Brahmin heritage, declaring his love openly for the half-Muslim dancer, in the face of fierce opposition. A man way ahead of his time, Bajirao causes outrage when he marries Mastani, bringing her into his home as his second wife. 

Review:

The Book as the title suggest is the eternal love story of one of the greatest Maratha Warrior, Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa and Mastani.  This book is Translation of one of the greatest novels in Marathi language. The Book Throws light on some of the greatest battles fought by Maratha Empire under Peshwa Bajirao. Peshwa Bajirao was a fearless leader and the one who loved his empire, who lead the empire to victories in numerous battles (41 to be more precise). He is one of three Generals in the History who has never lost a battle in his life.

The Book is an amazing experience to the reader to experience the very beautiful Shanivar Wada, as the book “shows” you what it was rather than telling you how it was to live and be in 17th Century. The book is more about the relationship that was between Bajirao & Mastani, a courtesan in Bajirao’s Darbar. The book progress and one gets to know how Bajirao fell in love with Mastani, a mere singer and dancer. This was a very common thing back in those days,a minister of an empire having a mistress even when he was married. But one gets to know the bond they share and Mastani was more than just a Mistress to Bajirao. They formed this instant liking for each other where they didn’t know what the consequences of the relationship and not caring about what the world would say or judge them. Whole of Pune and his entire empire was against Bajirao for keeping a non Hindu mistress and trating her equally as he would treat his wife. On the course Bajirao faces more consequences as his mother, brother and his beloved Kashi( Kashibai, wife of Peshwa Bajirao), all close the door on his face without understanding his side.
This book clearly depicts the story of two lovers, who face the hatred of whole world to be together. This book is not just a love story, but a story of the courageous warrior that Peshwa Bajirao was, the loving Father and over caring Elder Brother and a dutiful Husband and Proud Son that he was.

You should definitely read the book if you love reading Historic Fiction or even Romance in general. Also I would suggest you to watch the Movie just to get more of the Visuals of the Places and mind you the movie is very different from the original book so beware and don’t be fooled by the typical Bollywood Masala that the movie is.

Note: I was provided with a Review Copy of this Book in exchange of my honest opinion.


Rating : 4/5*

Buy the Book: Amazon.in


About the Author & Translator :

Born in a village in Maharashtra’s Satara district, N.S. Inamdar (1923–2002) was one of India’s foremost Marathi novelists, with a writing career spanning over five decades. He is the author of sixteen historical novels and an autobiography.

Vikrant Pande has translated Ranjit Desai’s Raja Ravi Varma, Milind Bokil’s Shala and N.S. Inamdar’s Shahenshah. He has worked for over twenty-five years with various multinational companies and is currently heading TeamLease Skills University at Vadodara.



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After tragedy strikes, Diana Mathison finds herself back in her home town of Magnolia Falls, sharing custody of her baby sister with her step sister. Reeling from the death of their parents, the three sisters have to learn how to lean on each other and live life without their two pillars of strength. Diana is full of doubts in her ability to raise a little girl and run her father’s law firm. The last thing she needs is to have Zack Connelly back in her life. The last time she let him in she ended up hurt and broken hearted.


Zack has given up on true love. It’s not for him and it’s certainly not with Diana Mathison. He came back to Magnolia Falls to heal after losing his sweet wife and their unborn child at the hands of a drunk driver. Hannah never had a chance at the love and happiness she deserved, therefore neither should he. His life plan is to take care of his sister and niece for as long as they need him, and to be the best veterinarian the town has ever had. That’s enough for him…or is it?

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She leaned against the counter and began filling them out. “How much do I owe you?” She asked.

“Dinner,” he replied.

She looked up at him with a raised brow. “Excuse me?”

“You owe me the dinner you promised me ten years ago, with interest I’d say you owe me somewhere around one hundred dinners.” He put his elbows on the counter between them and leaned towards her, bringing their faces close together. “I’m free Friday if you want to start chipping away at that debt.” He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.

She stood up straight and pushed the completed forms toward him. “That should do it.” She gathered up her purse and keys she had set on the counter. “I’ll thank you now for the puppy because at two in the morning when it has me up with its whining and howling, I will be anything but thankful. In fact, I will probably be cursing you.”

She smiled, but it didn’t quite have the same flash as before, and he felt a web of disappointment she hadn’t responded the way he wanted her to. But he wasn’t planning on giving up that easily. “You’re welcome. And if you need any help at two in the morning or just want the satisfaction of knowing I’m not getting any sleep either, call me.”

“I just might do that. See you around, Zack.”

“Sure thing,” he said as she walked through the door.

She stopped, turned around, and leaned against the door jam. A smile touched the corners of her lips. “Dinner’s at seven. Don’t be late.”



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Ruth RobertsAuthor Ruth Roberts

Romance novelist Ruth Roberts lives in the Big D, where city life abounds but the wide open spaces Texas is famous for are within easy reach. Her books transport readers to the glittering life of high-society, while making the characters normal, fun people we would all like to have as friends. She loves reading, writing and Gilmore Girls. She and her teenage daughter call themselves the real life Gilmore Girls. Her very own romantic hero of twenty years is her greatest inspiration and support.


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