Monday, September 30, 2013

#BookReview--> The Teacup Novellas #3- Home to Walnut Ridge by Diane Moody


A large cup of strong tea and an engaging book. A perfect setting for a lazy afternoon...:)
Well if you are looking for a matchless book to make your leisure time ideal then Home to Walnut Ridgeis the book for you!!

#FreeBook--> Get Eternal Infinite by Pam Kesterson For Free



Eternal Infinite by Pam Kesterson is available for Free for five days i.e on September 30, October 3,4,5,6.

About the Book:

Book Title: Eternal Infinite
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 8, 2013

Book Blurb: Eternal Infiniteis a heroic fantasy that combines romance and adventure in a supernatural setting. This is the first book in the Infinite Series.

The secret is not living forever. It's knowing you do. Changed from better to best.

Shenser brings Saidi back from another realm while she lies in a coma. He escorts her in to a new reality after her identity is taken away and she is left for dead.

While in a coma the Infinites are gathered up from around the world and thrown into prison camps. This group of people never die because they have accessed the secret of eternal life. 

Later Saidi becomes horrified to find the Infinītes enslaved in brutality. She unleashes their exposure and the motivation of their hostile and cruel captivity. 

Vampires move over. Finally there's a book that you don't have to suck blood to live forever.

Find out more in this gripping beginning of the Infinīte Series.


Buy for free from:


What are you waiting for? Go grab your copy now..Enjoy :)

Link to the Author's Good Reads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/Pkesters

Saturday, September 28, 2013

#BookReview--> The Caretaker by A.X. Ahmad


'At nineteen thousand feet on the Siachen Glacier, there is no longer earth and sky, just an endless mountain of snow.
In this infinity of white are six men, walking in line, moving in the drunken lockstep of the exhausted.'

The debut novel, The Caretaker, by A.X. Ahmad starts on the high altitudes of the Siachen Glacier where Captain Ranjit Singh is leading his team of five on a covert operation into a gray zone with practically no information except a set of coordinates.

Friday, September 27, 2013

#AuthorInterview--> Vipin Behari Goyal -Author in the Spotlight

Hey Friends,

Today I am so excited to have with me the very talented author of Tall Man Small Shadow, Vipin Behari Goyal.

Vipin Behari Goyal is a Financial Advisor in Government of Rajasthan by profession.  His love for books is unparalleled making him an avid reader as well as a prolific writer.
His debut English novel "Tall man small shadow" based on existentialism was published in July 2013. His prior writings include a travel handbook on “TirthRaj Pushkar” and a collection of Hindi poems titled “Tej Dhoop Ka Safar”
He has also dabbled in documentary film making and is the maker of award-winning short film “Mines are Mine”
Follow him on his blog : http://vipinbeharigoyal.blogspot.in/

Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books Vipin!
Lets get this interview started.

Q1. Tell us something about yourself?

I was born and brought up in Ajmer. I did my post graduation in Botany because of my interest in trees and plants.  In my debut novel “Tall man small shadow” I have described many of my favorite trees. After that I did graduation in Law and few diploma and certificate courses in business management, computers , time management and behavioral skills. Like a true Geminian, I have curiosity about a variety of interests.
I like to travel and read and write the books.

Q2. So, what have you written?

My three books have been published. "Tirthraj Pushkar"-a travelogue about Pushkar,"Tej Duph Ka Safar"-a Hindi poetry collection and an English fiction-"Tall man small shadow". My forthcoming novel is "Maya, In search of Tantric father".
I have authored more than a dozen pages on Wikipedia, my current blog "Author’s Diction" is about English Literature.


Q3. Where can we buy or see them?

They are available at various online shops like flipkart, amazon and pothi.com. If lucky you may get it in free giveaway  at Goodreads and free kindle download, from time to time.




Q4. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

The main character is Salil, who had a break up when he was a student in an Engineering college. How he copes up with his failure in love, is the highlight of the story.

Q5. What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am writing a fiction based on youth of rural India.

Q6. What’s it about?

It is about the social structure of villages and aspirations of youth.

Q7. What genre are your books?

Currently I am enjoying writing fiction, but I am mentally prepared for another genre also. I started with a travelogue.

Q8. What draws you to this genre?

Freedom. Fiction provides a lot of freedom of imagination and expression.

Q9. What inspired you to become a writer?

People around me and my father inspired me a lot to become a writer.

Q10. Had you not become a writer which career would you have chosen and why?

I am basically a public servant and I like this profession.

Q11. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to write at least one book that could be a landmark in the history of fiction.

Q12. Which writers inspire you?

I am inspired by all good writers in East and West, and many regional language authors.




Q13. Why do you write?

To fill up my emptiness.

Q14. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Stream of consciousness compels me to write.

Q15. Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write after office hours and on weekends.

Q16. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I prefer to write at night, being a public servant my day is almost structured.

Q17. Where do your ideas come from?

Social injustice shakes my mind and series of ideas  are generated.

Q18. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

Both, I like to make an outline, but allow my thoughts to go in all directions and take their own shape.

Q19. How do you think you've evolved, creatively?

Seamless evolution through formal and informal education.

Q20. What is the hardest thing about writing and what is the easiest thing about it?

The hardest is consistency and easiest is an abstraction.

Q21. Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Yes, I do.

Q22. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Something would happen to put you back on track.

Q23. How do you market your books and why did you choose this route?

I depend on my Publisher, which is the traditional way of marketing.

Q24. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

They can use many modern techniques of the internet.

Q25. What do you do to get book reviews? Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

I am not choosy about it. I need all types of reviews. It helps you to grow as an author.

Q26.What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you and any tips on what to do and what not to do?

I do not have much experience to comment on it.

Q27. What are the four most important things that you take care of before writing a book?

Theme, style, climax and characterization.

Q28. What do you do when you are not writing?

I read.

Q29. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read a lot, write a lot.

Q30. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Just Google me.

Q31. What are your future plans?

Travelling, Reading and writing.

Q32. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

Think about this:
“It is good to pray even if you do not believe in God.”


Wow..That sure is a statement to think about !!

Thanks Vipin for sparing time from your busy schedule and sharing your story with us...
All the best in your future endeavors.. :)

Buy Vipin's book "Tall Man Small Shadow" from :



Read my review of "Tall Man Small Shadow"
http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2013/09/tall-man-small-shadow-by-vipin-behari.html


Thursday, September 26, 2013

#BookReview--> She Writes by MSN and Random House India




She Writesis a collection of short stories written by twelve aspiring writers chosen from all over India as part of a competition held in 2012 by MSN and Random House India where the stories were to be based on mandatory line prompts. I had started writing a story of my own for this competition but alas could not send it in time

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

#BookReview--> Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks




Since time immemorial, messages have been sent in bottles and it is interesting to note that thrown to the waves they can end up anywhere with no certainty of reaching their designated recipient. But this bottle was found just three weeks after being thrown to the waves.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

#GeneralPost--> Calling questions for Vipin Behari Goyal



I always wanted to get inside the minds of people who wrote great books but never thought I would get that lucky..But I got lucky and have got the chance to interview and get to know some pretty awesome authors like Vipin Goyal who is going to be interviewed this friday. :)

About the Author:

Vipin Behari Goyal is a Financial Advisor in Government of Rajasthan by profession. His love for books is unparalleled making him an avid reader as well as a prolific writer.
His debut English novel "Tall man small shadow" based on existentialism was published in July 2013. His prior writings include a travel handbook on “TirthRaj Pushkar” and a collection of Hindi poems titled “Tej Dhoop Ka Safar”
He has also dabbled in documentary film making and is the maker of award-winning short film “Mines are Mine”
Forthcoming Novels “Maya In Search of Tantric father” and "The old man and the nymph".


If you have a question for Vipin that you want to ask him, leave it here for chances like these come once in a lifetime! :)

The questions left by thursday midnight will be included in the interview.
Good luck and don't miss the chance!!

-Njkinny's World of Books

#BookReview--> Tryst Island #1 - Rebound by Sabrina York




Rebound by Sabrina York is the first book in her Tryst Island series and introduces us with Kristi and Cam.
Kristi has had the hots for Cam since ages but it seemed like Cam always considered her as his friend, a girl safe and not his type.

#BookReview--> A Love Of Her Own by Bettye Griffin



Ava Maxwell had accepted that she could never have the "all or nothing"  kind of love in her life, at least not at present when she is still thirty five, because she could not give the one thing that all men wanted, CHILDREN. She had walked out of her marriage ten years ago when it became clear that she could never have kids which was the most important thing her husband wanted.

Monday, September 23, 2013

#BookReview--> Life is What You Make it by Preeti Shenoy


You have your whole life mapped out in front of you but are you ever a cent percent sure of it charting out the exact way as you think?

Ankita had the world at her feet.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

#AuthorInterview--> B.J. Daniels- Author in the Spotlight

Hi Friends,

Today I am so excited to welcome B.J. Daniels who is the award-winning, bestselling mystery romance novelist for Harlequin Intrigue and HQN, to celebrate the upcoming release of her next book “Forsaken” which is part of the bestselling Beartooth, Montana series.

USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three Springer Spaniels, Spot, Jem and Ace.
She writes for both Harlequin Intrigue and HQN. When she isn't writing, she snowboards, water-skis, camps, fishes, quilts and plays tennis.
To contact her, write: B.J. Daniels, P.O. Box 1173, Malta, MT 59538 or email her at bjdaniels@mtintouch.net Check out her webpage and blog at www.bjdaniels.com




Welcome to Njkinny’s World of Books BJ !
Let’s get this interview started. :)

Q1. Tell us something about yourself? 

I am all Capricorn, determined, hard-worker, first born, ambitious. I was born in Houston, moved to Montana at the age of five. I grew up on Tex-Mex cooking and listening to my family tell stories around the campfire so I've always wanted to write books.

I went to Montana State University, majored in English and worked for a newspaper for many years before I wrote and sold my first book, ODD MAN OUT, a mystery set in Montana.
Q2. So, what have you written?
I've written 67 books so far, sold 83. I've also written more than 40 short stories, most of them to Woman’s World. I've won numerous awards including Best Book and a Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense. Most recently I won KOD’s highest award, the Daphne!! and am a USA Today bestselling author.


Congratulations BJ on winning the Daphne award!!! :)
Q3. Where can we buy or see them? 
My latest book, FORSAKEN, will be available by the end of the month at any bookstore or from Amazon, Harlequin.com, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, etc. My older books are also available as eBooks from online booksellers.


Q4. What are you currently working on?
I just finished a Cardwell Ranch book, so now I am hard at work on my fifth Beartooth, Montana book, MERCY. The series began with UNFORGIVEN and REDEMPTION, now book three, FORSAKEN is hitting the shelves. FORSAKEN is one of my favorite books so I’m really excited about it coming out. Then ATONEMENT comes out in March and the fifth book, the one I’m working on now, MERCY, comes out next fall.
Q5. What’s it about? 
MERCY is about a serial killer, but a different type of serial killer. I’m hoping it will be fun. I've just gotten started with it. Like the other books in the series, it will be set in the small near-ghost town of Beartooth, Montana. My hero will be an undercover US Marshal.
Q6. What genre are your books?
Romantic Suspense set in Montana so there are usually cowboys, dead bodies and a mystery to be solved. Oh, yeah, and a love story.  :)
Q7. What draws you to this genre?
I live in Montana and write about what I love. Plus I love mysteries and suspense and happy ever afters.
Q8. What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always had stories in my head and never wanted to be anything but a writer. I just never dreamed I would get published. I can’t believe I recently finished my 67th published book.

Q9. Had you not become a writer which career would you have chosen and why?

I love old stuff. I would have owned a junk shop and refurbished furniture.
Q10. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to keep writing books. I love what I do and hope to keep doing it. Like most writers, I would also love to make the NYT Bestseller list. :)
Q11. Which writers inspire you?
All of them. :)

I love to read everything. I especially love mysteries, suspense, thrillers, chick lit, true stories, humor.
Q12. Why do you write?
I have to write. If I don’t write for a few days, I will start writing in my sleep and wake up with a whole plot going. I really believe this is what I’m supposed to be doing. Also I love sharing Montana and my stories with readers.
Q13. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I had always wanted to be a writer. One day I realized I had to take it seriously. So I quit my job and the rest is history.
Q14. Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write EVERY day. It keeps me in the story. So, yes, full time.
Q15. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write better in the morning when I’m fresh.
Q16. Where do your ideas come from?
Ideas are everywhere. I listen to what people are talking about, I read the newspaper, I watch the news on TV. There are stories everywhere. I never seem to run out of ideas.
Q17. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I work by the seat of my pants. No outline. I just sit down and start writing and see where the characters take me.
Q18. How do you think you've evolved creatively?
I’m told my stories just keep getting better. I hope so. I try very hard to keep learning more about writing each year and write books that will keep my readers guessing until the end.
Q19. What is the hardest thing about writing and what is the easiest thing about it?
The hard part is sitting down and doing it. The easy part is dreaming up the stories.
Q20. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I get tired sometimes. Other times I paint myself into a corner and don’t know where the story goes from there. But I've found if I keep writing it will come.
Q21. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
If I can’t write myself out of it, I go out in the boat and just relax or take a long drive or a hot shower. Usually that will do the trick. My characters are never far from my thoughts and they will work it out for me.
Q22. How do you market your books and why did you choose this route?
I have been with Harlequin since I sold my first book, ODD MAN OUT. I started at Harlequin Intrigue and now write for HQN. I love a traditional publisher because they sell the books, I don’t have to.
Q23. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
There are lots of ways now. You just have to find the way that works for you. If you are good at promotion then self-publishing might work for you. Writers today have to wear a lot of hats, especially if they self-publish.
Q24. What do you do to get book reviews? Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
I just started a review team of readers who will be reading my books and putting up reviews. It’s experimental. Each has promised an honest review. Honest reviews are the only ones that count. You don’t want your friends putting up really nice reviews. No one believes those and readers deserve reviews that are fair so they don’t buy a book and are disappointed.
Q25. What are your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you and any tips on what to do and what not to do?
There is so much social media and so much pressure to use it that I wonder how anyone gets a book written anymore. I had to draw the line. I do Facebook, I blog on my website and I blog at www.murdershewrites.com
Q26. What are the four most important things that you take care of before writing a book?
1) Do your research 
2) Give yourself time to finish the book 
3) Immerse yourself in that world and forget about everything else. 
4) Write with honest emotion.
Q27. What do you do when you are not writing?
I love to quilt, snowboard, play tennis, boat, water-ski.
Q28. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Read. And keep learning your craft.
Q29. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
They can go to my webpage at bjdaniels.com or follow me on Facebook at B.J. Daniels.
Q30. What are your future plans?
To keep writing and doing what I love.
Q31. What are your upcoming books?
My series, Beartooth, Montana and Cardwell Ranch will continue and I will get back to Whitehorse, Montana, I promise.
The beautiful mountains where the Beartooth, Montana series takes place.

Q32. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
Here is the opening of FORSAKEN:
The horse stumbled under him as he plummeted off the mountain, but he spurred the mare on even harder. Around him, the dark pines swayed and sighed in the wind as he crashed down through them, his only thought to reach the ranch alive.
A branch snapped behind him making the hair on the back of his neck shoot up, but he didn't dare turn around. Fighting to stay in the saddle, he barreled down the creek bank into a fast-running stream. The clear water showered up in an icy wave that soaked him to the skin and stole his breath.
His horse bolted up the other side, forcing him to cling to the saddle-horn to stay on his mount. A pine bough caught him in the face, a  sharp branch scraping across his cheek and cutting into his flesh.
Behind him, he heard a familiar sound over the roar of his pulse and  the howling wind and his horse’s thundering hooves. It was that unearthly silence that had chased him out of the Beartooth Mountains.
Even as he spurred the horse harder, he knew he’d never be able to outrun it – or the smell of death lingering on his skin. 

Wow..that surely intrigued and tantalized me !! :)

I have pre-ordered my copy of FORSAKEN which releases on 24th September 2013. Grab your copy now. :)


Thanks BJ for this wonderful interview and for sharing with us your thoughts. 

All the best for your future endeavors. :)


Saturday, September 21, 2013

#BookReview--> Dead Man's Alibi by Mita Jain


A dead body in your house with your mother unconscious near it and according to the watchman, no disturbance at the gate. What does this imply?

A strange dead man with a twenty year old tailor's receipt bearing Jay's father's name and a diary in his pocket plus a note stating "Sarala tried to kill me" clutched in his hand is found in Jay's house leaving him confused and very surprised. The guard at the gate and the maid attest to no one coming in the house but then if they are telling the truth then how did the body get here?

Why is there a dead body in Jay's house at the middle of the night and most importantly what was his mother, who is paralyzed and lying unconscious near it, doing in the hall at this time of the night?
Is the dead man a ghost?
How did the body get inside the house without the guard knowing about it?

All these and more questions are in Jay Gandhi's mind and as if this is not enough, police Inspector Rathi is sure of his guilt.

A  roller coaster ride with unexpected and shocking revelations and twists, Dead Man's Alibi by Mita Jain is sure to surprise you and keep you on the edge of your seat all through the story.

Dead Man's Alibi is Mita Jain's debut novel and the plot very intriguing and the mystery first class. Its a short book and I finished reading it pretty quickly. A new and different story with inviting twists and turns, I enjoyed the book and was impressed by the author's attempt at delivering a truly mysterious chain of events culminating in a most unexpected end.

Although I enjoyed the book but still I felt the story was a bit hurried and could have done better had the events been more detailed. The characters also I felt lacked a certain depth in their characterization. The "male chauvinism" point made by Tara for Jay is not explained. Also their misunderstandings which stood unsolved for the last six years suddenly get solved. The six year gap is also not explained and any mention of Jay's attempts to overcome their differences is only in the last one or two months.There is no mention of Tara's mother's reaction to Tara and Jay's engagement who earlier had been so against their relationship. Though the characters are lovely and we can connect with them but the above points somewhat daunt their effect on the reader. I would have greatly loved if Mita would have devoted more pages to Tara and Jay and developed their love story.

I give Dead Man's Alibi 3.5 out of 5, simply because I felt the book had more potential. If you love a mystery full of surprises, unexpected twists and turns and a very astounding end then this is the book for you. :)


I was very kindly provided a free copy by the author to read and review and I am very thankful to her. The review is my personal and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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~Books by Mita Jain~
 
Meeting Miss Konni Chiwa (Last Love Series #1)
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Dead Man's Alibi
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Two and A Half Almost Marriages
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