Saturday, December 31, 2016

#BookReview: Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys #1) by Elle Casey

Title and Author: Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
No. of Pages: 341
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #1
Publication Date: September 22nd 2015 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Chick Lit

Book Review:
Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey attracted me because of its intriguing title. I didnt quite read the blurb and went blind into it hoping to get surprised and entertained.

The story starts with a misunderstanding with receiving a text not meant for you. This happens to all of us and had me smiling because while I have received cross messages accidentally, I have never went ahead and gone to places based on them. I try to confirm and then act so it was weird that the heroine just acted and never tried checking the text.

The plot is different and I enjoyed the major part. The security team was a nice addition and I loved following the scenes with the guys in them.

The story is medium paced and overall had me entertained. Nothing very spectacular about the story but still it manages to entertain while you are reading it.

All in all, Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey is a quick, light chick lit romance that can be savored on a lazy afternoon. 3 out of 5 to it and recommended to all chick lit and romance lovers.



I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

#BookReview: Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper

Title and Author: Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper
Publication Date: October 22nd 2014 by Escape Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Review: 
Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper takes us back to the glitzy and glamour filled 1920s. Dolly Bowman is twenty when she decides that she needs to stand on her feet. With her father dead and her brother never returning from the war, she is alone. She travels to Sydney where she gets work as a maid. Soon with the help of her sweet voice, she is singing but her childhood friend whom she meets in Sydney is always warning her against the place where she works and sings. Is he hiding something? 
What is so wrong with the place?

I enjoyed reading this book. Tea Cooper has a way with words and she beautifully sketched that era with all its glitz and glam and I was able to visualize the world as if I was there.

The characters are admirably developed and I could not help feeling impressed by Dolly. She is strong and independent.  She is ready to work hard to realise her dreams in the big city. Jack is a mysterious character and I enjoyed the development in his character.


All in all, Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper is an entertaining historical romance that had me transported to the Sydney of 1920s. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to everyone.




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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

#BookReview: The Lawman Returns (Wrangler's Corner #1) by Lynette Eason

Title and Author: The Lawman Returns by Lynette Eason
No. of Pages: 224
Series: Wrangler's Corner #1
Publication Date: October 7th 2014 by Love Inspired
Genre: Christian Fiction, Love Inspired Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
The Lawman Returns by Lynette Eason starts a new series and I was attracted towards it because of the blurb.

The story plunges the reader straightaway in suspense and mystery and had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout.

 The hero is home to solve the murder of his brother and seeks the help of a social worker who was also his brother's friend. Soon it becomes evident that they are dealing with some dangerous people and their lives are in danger.

I enjoyed the multi-layered mystery that connected so many dots and often left me speculating. While I solved the mystery before the end, it in no way lessened my interest in the book.

Lynette's writing style is fluid and she kept me engaged in the story throughout and then left me wanting to read the next ones in the series.


All in all, The Lawman Returns by Lynette Eason is a suspenseful story that kept me glued to my seat throughout. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romantic suspense and mystery lovers.




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Monday, December 26, 2016

#BookReview: A Mistletoe Christmas: Santa's Mistletoe Mistake\A Merry Little Wedding\Mistletoe Magic by Carla Cassidy, Cathy McDavid, Marin Thomas

Title and Author: A Mistletoe Christmas: Santa's Mistletoe Mistake\A Merry Little Wedding\Mistletoe Magic by Carla Cassidy, Cathy McDavid, Marin Thomas
No. of Pages: 320
Publication Date: December 2nd 2014 by Harlequin
Genre: Anthologies, Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:

I just love holiday romances and A Mistletoe Christmas had me excited because of the lovely cover and the fact that this book has not one but three holiday romances.

The blurb is interesting and I love stories by Carla Cassidy and Cathy McDavid. Marin Thomas was new to me but I just loved her writing style!

All the three romances take place in the town of Mistletoe and all three stories we meet strong characters tackling problems, carrying past baggage and definitely not looking for love but fate works in mysterious ways to give them happily-ever-afters that had me sighing and feeling so happy!

I enjoyed the varied writing styles of Carla, Cathy and Marin in their respective stories and this book came as a breath of fresh air, a definite feel good book right before the holiday season.

All in all, A Mistletoe Christmas has three super lovely and entertaining stories that will lift your mood and surround you with love and the magic of Christmas. I absolutely loved it and give the book 4.5 stars out of 5. Recommended to everyone, I look forward to reading more from these very talented authors in the future.




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Saturday, December 24, 2016

#BookReview: The Texan's Christmas (Texas Rodeo Barons #6) by Tanya Michaels

Title and Author: The Texan's Christmas by Tanya Michaels
No. of Pages: 224
Series: Texas Rodeo Barons #6
Publication Date: November 4th 2014 by Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance, Holiday Romance

Book Review:
The Texan's Christmas by Tanya Michaels is the sixth and last book in Texas Rodeo Barons series. In this book, the background mystery of why Adele, Brock Baron's wife and the the mother of the Baron siblings, left them all those years ago is solved. Answers are provided and it was fun watching all the characters from the previous books come together.

In this book, we also see the development of love and romance between Daniel Baron and Nicole Bennett. Nicole is working for Adele and trying to reunite the Baron family. She is also pregnant. Daniel is feeling like he doesnt fit in with the other Barons who are all happy now that they have found their partners. He is thinking of leaving Texas and leaving rodeo but all his plans are thwarted when he crosses paths with Nicole.


I enjoyed the chemistry between these two and the care that Daniel shows towards Nicole. Although attracted towards her, he doesnt want her to feel overwhelmed by the Barons.

A lovely conclusion to this entertaining series, The Texan's Christmas wraps up all the lose ends and brings the Baron family together for a happy reunion. I enjoyed reading the book and give it 4 out of 5. Recommended to all romance lovers, go checkout this book and the series.



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Friday, December 23, 2016

#BookReview: Married by Christmas (Smoky Mountain Matches #5) by Karen Kirst

Title and Author: Married by Christmas by Karen Kirst
No. of Pages: 288
Series: Smoky Mountain Matches #5
Publication Date: October 7th 2014 by Love Inspired
Genre: Christian Romance, Christmas Romance, Historical Romance, Western Historical Romance, Love Inspired Historical Romance

Book Review:
Married by Christmas by Karen Kirst is the fifth book in Smoky Mountain Matches series but the first that I have read. Though we meet some characters from the previous books, overall I felt that I could easily read this book as a standalone. However, it is always best to read books of a series in order so you understand the back stories better. I know I will be reading the previous books.

This is the story of Rebecca and Caleb who have a history. Caleb did something that led to Rebecca's engagement getting broken. Now wounded, he is saved by Rebecca who nurses him but then they are faced with a difficult situation where the only way to save their reputation is to marry each other.

I enjoyed both these characters who are both good people who suffered due to circumstances being against them. This book is about second chances, forgiveness and the power of faith.

The setting for this story is Gatlinbury, Tennessee December 1881


There is also suspense, danger and the simple celebration of Christmas with the focus on the Savior's birth. 

The story is fast paced and I enjoyed Karen's writing style. She sketches 1881 so beautifully that I could easily visualize the world as it was then.

All in all, Married by Christmas by Karen Kirst is a sweet love story about love, forgiveness and having faith in God. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all Christian romance and historical romance lovers.




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Thursday, December 22, 2016

#BookReview: 12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison


12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison attracted me because of the intriguing and quirky blurb, an interesting title and the beautiful cover.

This is the first book by this author that I have read and it wont be my last. I loved her writing style and the admirable way in which she developed the story. I fell in love with the characters and the situations and sat engrossed all through.

This is the story of Abby who gets visited by the ghost of her grandmother who asks her to help her find Dave Smith, her first love who is still alive. As they set out on a road trip, what Abby doesn't realize that this trip would change her life forever.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fell in love with Abby and Charlotte. It was enjoyable watching them search for Dave and meet all kinds of Daves in the process!

The story if fast paced and has a feel good, magical feel of Christmas in it that left me feeling warm and festive. 

All in all, 12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison is a funny, quirky, light and enjoyable read that I recommend to everyone. 4.5 out of 5 to it. Go read and enjoy the book!



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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#BookReview: The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7) by Brenda Novak

Title and Author: The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
No. of Pages: 384
Series: Whiskey Creek #7
Publication Date: October 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance, Holiday Romance, Chick Lit

Book Review:

The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak is the seventh book in Whiskey Creek Series and but the first that I have read in this series. However, while reading this book, I kept getting struck by the feeling that I was missing something, so I would suggest that you read the previous books which tell the backstory of Eve to understand her character better.

The small town setting is lovely and had me wishing to visit it. The secondary characters are interesting and I am eager to read their stories too.


Eve is yearning for love and in comes a mysterious stranger. What follows is a sweet romance that is both lovely and interesting. The hero is hiding a secret which he thinks will affect his relationship with Eve. The chemistry between these two is passionate and I enjoyed watching them fall in love.



All in all, The Heart of Christmas is an entertaining and sweet Christmas romance. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers. I will be checking out the other books in this series and look forward to the future books,




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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#BookReview: A Christmas to Remember by Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, Marilyn Pappano, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis

Title and Author: A Christmas to Remember by Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, Marilyn Pappano, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis
No. of Pages: 224
Publication Date: December 3rd 2013 by Grand Central Publishing 
Genre: Anthology, Christmas Romance, Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Chicklit
Language: English

Book Review:

A Christmas to Remember by Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, Marilyn Pappano, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis is an anthology containing five holiday romances by five very talented authors.

I enjoy reading Christmas themed and holiday themed romances and was attracted towards this book because it held five romances by five authors whose books I have enjoyed in the past.

All the stories are different and had me hooked. I could not keep this book down until I had read all the stories which all share the sweet magical feel of a holiday romance, have strong characters and plots that are engaging and feel good with lovely happy endings!

If these authors are new to you then this book is a great way to checkout their writing styles and also get to read some really lovely stories.

Perfect for a lazy afternoon or as a travel companion, I strongly recommend A Christmas to Remember to everyone and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.



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Monday, December 19, 2016

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway : Lady Claire Is All That (Keeping Up With The Cavendishes #3) by Maya Rodale


The one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .


LADY CLAIRE IS ALL THAT
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #3
Maya Rodale
Releasing Dec 27th, 2016
Avon Books



Her Brains

Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn

Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancĂ©e jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction


By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .


ARC Book Review:

Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale is the third book in Keeping Up With The Cavendishes series and while part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. Having read the previous two books, I was looking forward to reading Claire's story who is the eldest of the Cavendish siblings from America. She is a bluestocking, more interested in solving complex maths problems than worrying about finding a suitable match. So when the infamous rake Lord Fox starts showering his attention on her, it makes for an entertaining and bumpy adventure towards a happily-ever-after.

All the three books in this series take place in the same timeline but still it is testimony to the author's writing prowess that she makes each story feel complete in itself. I had been intrigued by Claire right from the first book, Lady Bridget's Diary with her mother's role towards her siblings, her quiet strength in supporting and looking out for them and her tendency to try to not bring any attention towards herself that when I got a chance to read an ARC, I jumped right in and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

The writing is vivid and engaging and I could visualize each scenario with ease in my mind. The characters felt so familiar and I loved meeting them again and getting another insight into them from a different perspective.

Claire and Fox are poles apart but I loved how they traversed their love journey to a HEA. Sometimes Claire felt arrogant but then it was so entertaining watching her get a taste of her own medicine. Both characters are seemingly arrogant and feel they are superior to others because of their prowess in their own fields but Maya expertly teaches them humility and teaches the readers also a lesson in acceptance.

The romance is sassy, daring, humourous and all out fun. A book that forced me to finish it in one sitting, I enjoyed reading it and give Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale 4.5 stars out of 5. Recommended to all regency romance lovers above the age of eighteen, I look forward to meeting the Cavendishes again soon!


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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.



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#BookReview: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane (Life in Icicle Falls #8) by Sheila Roberts

Title and Author: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts
No. of Pages: 400
Series: Life in Icicle Falls #8
Publication Date: October 27th 2015 by Mira
Genre: Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance, Holiday Romance

Book Review:
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts is the eighth book in Life in Icicle Falls series but the first one that I have read. While part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Taking place in a small town called Icicle Falls, the book has a Christmas feel and is a story that left me feeling the Christmas cheer. We meet some really interesting characters in this book that instantly endeared themselves to me. I loved the whole close community, small town feel of Icicle Falls and laughed and cheered reading the adventures or misadventures of the residents.

Tilda is the town cop and people come to her to get their problems solves but she is handling multiple challenges of her own this Christmas. She has bought a fixer uper, is attracted towards the bad boy and has to keep a watch on her neighbours like Maddy who, in my opinion, needs to spend more time with her family and less on her candy canes. She was frustrating at times but still I loved her. Same goes with the other characters of this town, who have made me eager to go back and checkout the previous books in this series.

All in all, I loved reading this book and had a happy smile when I finished it. 4 out of 5 to Christmas on Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts and recommended to everyone.



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Sunday, December 18, 2016

#BookBlitz Crossroads Boxset and $50 #Giveaway


Crossroads
When Claudia, a seventeen-year-old girl, mysteriously wanders through her dreams, she encounters an ethereal place where nephilims reside. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael and the group of half-human angels at the Crossroads—their home and a place she never imagined existed. However, Claudia has unknowingly changed the course of her life when fallen and demons come after her, all suspecting that she is special. It is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Claudia’s once simple dreams become nightmares, when more secrets are revealed about who she really is and the true identities of the people she loves most. Will Michael and the nephilims be able to protect Claudia or will she fall prey to the fallen?
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As the Alkins head back to Crossroads, Claudia leads her normal life, but not for long. Having a special soul, she attracts danger. The Twelve, known as Divine Elders on Earth, are very much involved when they find out evil is lurking in the shadows and Claudia is no longer safe. As more secrets are revealed, Claudia learns about the Venators—demon hunters—on Earth.
When two opposing angelic forces come together to protect Claudia, trust becomes a big issue. Will love be enough to keep Claudia and Michael together? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? Who will betray them all?
Beyond
Torn between the past she can’t remember and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions, she is certain there is more to her past than just being a Venator. Finding the missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion.
The Venators and the Alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect her. Who is the angel assisting her and can he unravel the mysteries of the past in order to help save the world.
Eternity
Having happily ever after is never easy when evil lurks nearby. Now that Claudia has her memories back and her life seems to have settled down, the Fallen have come out of hiding. The Fallen coming out of hiding is not a concern, there are those who want to be left alone. However, one particular one, Dantanian, is hungry for revenge. Being one of God’s first fallen angels, he is the evilest of his kind. He will do anything to get his way and he will stop at nothing to get Michael on his side. Dantanian will torture, kill for pleasure, and concoct evil schemes to get Michael’s attention; and once in his hands, he will try to destroy all the happiness Michael fought so hard to gain. The Venators and the Alkins must work together once again to save their friends. As death draws near to those captured by Dantanian, will the gang reach them in time? Or will Michael return to the dark angel he once was and destroy everyone he loves?
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International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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#BookReview: A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds

Title and Author: A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds
Publication Date: December 2nd 2014 by Penguin Australia
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance, Holiday Romance, Novella
Language: English

Book Review:

A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds is the first book by the author that I have read and I enjoyed it!
The cover is lovely and combined with the intriguing title and intriguing blurb, the book attracted me and had me picking it up to read.

A short, sweet novella focusing on the importance of family, love and cherishing one's heritage, I enjoyed meeting Shelby and Dan. Both these characters are strong people with their own pasts and it was interesting watching them together. I rooted for a happily-ever-after for them and loved following them on their journey to finding love.

Louise's writing style is fluid and engaging and she had me visualizing the surroundings and I felt like I was actually there! She developed the plot admirably and held my interest throughout.

All in all, A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds is a sweet, engaging and quick holiday romance that had me entertained throughout. Recommended to all romance lovers, I give it 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more from the author in the future.



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Saturday, December 17, 2016

#BookReview: Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold #12.5) by Susan Mallery

Book Review:

Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold #12.5) by Susan Mallery attracted me because of the cover and the fact that it was a part of the Fool's Gold series which I love!

Susan Mallery's covers are so pretty that they instantly attract the attention of the readers and this one is no exception. I loved Noelle who is sweet and after leaving her legal career has come to live in Fool's Gold and opened a store of her own. Her chemistry with Gabriel, an army doctor who agrees to help her during the holiday season was passionate and I enjoyed watching them together.

However, I did feel like their relationship progressed too rapidly.

The story had all the usual ingredients of Susan's other books and held me captive until the end.

I enjoyed revisiting the town of Fool'd Gold and just cant have enough of this place!

All in all. Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery is another charming Christmas romance with plenty of drama, secrets and relationship struggles but a heartwarming happily-ever-after. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

#BookReview: Snowed In (Southern Comfort #3) by Sarah Title

Book Review:

Snowed In by Sarah Title attracted me because of the lovely cover which had me visualizing living in such a cozy house with snow falling outside! The blurb is also very interesting and appealed to me.

This is a short, steamy and entertaining novella that had me smiling and hooked all through. I loved the protagonists who meet and then are stuck together. 

The author's writing style is fluid and she maintained the interest throughout.

A short, sweet and entertaining romance for a lazy afternoon, I give Snowed In by Sarah Title 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to all romance lovers above the age of eighteen.



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

#BookReview: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half-Moon Hollow #2.7) by Molly Harper


I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper is the first book by the author that I have read and I got attracted towards it after hearing so much about it.

However, the one thing I didn't realize until I had started the book was that this is part of a series and the characters have already been introduced in the previous books. Thus, several times I felt lost and so I recommend that you read the books in order in this series so as to understand the backstory and the characters better.

This being said, the book is funny and had me laughing throughout. It is enjoyable and the characters are just lovely. I loved the author's writing style and her sense of humour. I got to experience and witness the vampire world during the Christmas season and it was so much fun and a new experience. I know I will be checking out the other books in this series.

All in all, I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper is funny, entertaining and a quick read. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of paranormal stories with plenty of comedy.



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

#GuestPost by Jatin Kuberkar, author of Cabbing All the Way

Hey Everyone,

Today, I am sharing the Guest Post by Jatin Kuberkar, author of Cabbing All the Way on his writing schedule and his tips on handling the challenges faced while writing a novel. Checkout the guest post and the book below. Enjoy!


Guest Post:

I would love to know about the author's writing schedule and his tips on handling the challenges faced while writing a novel.


To be honest, I don’t follow a strict routine or allocate a fixed time to write. I am an IT professional and the working week often makes me feel ‘weak’ at the end of the day to follow a daily routine.

I may not follow a visible schedule, but I do a lot of thinking, contemplating and mining in my mind. I keep observing people on the street, at my office, at the market place and everywhere. They teach me a lot! Most of my characterization is done right there…

When struck by an inspiration, I do not jump to write it down or give it a formal outline. I let it sink into my beliefs. I let it mature or grow by itself. Then I start creating stories around it. Sometimes, I actually start writing in my mind. I still hand-write most of the draft part. It is easy and has less diversions.

The first draft is often a rambling of thoughts – flying on the wings of ideas, I sometimes even write words in hindi or telugu on not remembering the corresponding world in English. Then as a second phase I try to give it a structure, give it proper start and end, divide it into chunks or chapters, remove unnecessary/redundant parts. I do not give much importance to ‘well-formedness’ at this stage. When I am convinced that the ‘Concept’ is well developed, only then I look at the language.

In my opinion, a book is never complete. An author can never say that a novel or story is complete. Every time I read my own work, I feel that a particular situation could have been written differently, it could have been described with a different perspective…the process is never complete.

The biggest challenge that I had faced while writing my novel was to maintain continuity in the flow. My novel is completely based on real experiences. I had to put bits of fiction to make it presentable. As for the continuity, it was a tough task to connect one incident with the other. But in the process of write, I came to realize that all it takes is time. As a writer, I need to be patient and keep revisiting the work. The more I read, the more I saw mistakes, disconnects and obvious potholes in the plot.

I had also decided to use colloquial slang in my book and explaining them was another point to think about. Finally, I settled for giving footnotes for the colloquial words. 

To sum it up, I have learnt that the process of writing is unorthodox…Everyone has a different style of approach and invent their own formulas for finding solutions. For example, when I’m stuck with a writer’s, I watch nonsense, utter flop movies!!! Bollywood is full of them. If you are a writer, then you must try this…it works like a charm for me. :) :)

About the Author:


For the mortal world, I pretend to be a Software Engineer who works hard (or hardly?) in the hours of a day. I am the guy next door, a hard core Harry Potter fan and a movie buff. I literally ‘live’ every movie, I have strong opinions about its content and I hate it when a movie based on an interesting concept is messed up for the sake of commercial value. I enjoy watching cartoon shows (doremon, dora and Choota Bheem) with my son. I never get bored of listen to the endless chatter of my wife. When I’m not writing, I make toys for children.

But beyond the boundaries of this ‘cholesterol rich’ coil, I am a rider of rapturous thoughts. I am a thinker, a philosopher, a seeker, a story-teller, a writer, a wanderer and every other thing that a thought can be. At times some of these figments fire out of my thoughtful bowl and command me to write, muse, create, recreate, destroy…EXPRESS!


Who Am I? I have been asking this question to myself since 33 years, and I got a different answer always. Sometimes I get confused and think, am I asking the right question to seek the correct answer? Or may be that am I missing the whole fantastic universal drama around me while I am busy finding an answer to an irrelevant question?


Does the answer even matter?


About the Book:


Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilization office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose... Will the journey continue? Fasten your seat belts for the journey is about to begin...

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Excerpt:

“I HATE these dramas and the daily serials, especially the ‘saas-bahu’ stereotypes. They show women in such poor light. At first, a girl gets married and everyone is happy. Then suddenly, her shady past comes to light. This Sati Savitri happens to be the object of desire of a forgotten boyfriend. When the story gets stinking rotten, then someone is murdered or resurrected and the bugging continues . . . Oh my God! According to me, these serials are spoiling a whole generation by branding every mother-in-law as a scheming monster and daughter-in-law as Dracula-in-law . . . Gosh! I hate them . . .” 


 
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