29 August, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: #Interview with Neha Nayak, #Author of Breaking Free


*** Special Feature - August 2016 ***



About the Book:
Noya is a young woman who is full of life and is not scared to take her own decisions. She believes in leading a happy life and strongly believes that a happy life comes with bold decisions. Following her ideals, she takes the biggest decision of her life yet - calling off her wedding on the wedding day itself!

This decision turns her life upside down as the people close to her are busy refuting her at every step. Fed up of this negativity, she decides to reboot herself and travel alone. And this marked the beginning of a journey that will once again change the course of her life. On this journey, she meets Ranbir; a meeting which is not intentional but destined. In the beginning, Ranbir comes off as a stalker. However, with time she starts to realize the goodness inside him and slowly but surely, gets attached to him. Standing at the crossroads again, she takes another bold decision to marry Ranbir. Will this finally bring happiness in her life? Noya doesn’t know much about the past of Ranbir as they've just recently met. Will this come back to haunt her later on? Is this another trap? A gripping tale of love, respect and hope, the novel answers all these questions.



An Interview with the Author:


What inspired you to start writing?
It is the love of reading and learning. Also, travelling, meeting new people and interacting with them inspires me to weave stories. Imagination plays the catalyst to imagine and create interesting stories.

How long did you take to write the book “Breaking Free”?
It took me around 2 months to complete the story. 

How did you came up with the idea of writing romantic fiction genre book? 
My book is related to LOVE. Love for friend, love for boyfriend, love for girlfriend, love for parents, love for life, love for happiness. Do read it. Its a different story and I’m highly thankful to Srishti Publisher who bestowed trust on me and published my very first book.

How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Honestly, I don’t have any such disciplined schedule. Whenever I feel I have a story which stays on my mind for long and impacts me, I decide that it is my story which I should start weaving. And whenever there are ideas and scenes twirling in my mind, I need to jot it down.

What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Just start writing. Write for yourself when you write. Write all that which is in your head and what you feel. If you write a story which impacts you, definitely it will impact others. I was amazed at the number of people coming to me and sharing that they too aspired to write stories. So guys, don’t hold yourself back and start creating stories. Life is more wonderful with books, ideas and stories around.

Tell something about yourself
Favourite stress buster - Travelling, Chocolates
Love places - Beaches and mountains
Can spend hours - Reading, Writing, Dreaming
Best subjects in school - English, History, Geography, Chemistry
Can’t do without - God, Family, Friends, iPhone, iPad & Internet
Always in your bag - Book, Gadgets, Perfume, Lip balm
Message you want to give others - Adopt a pet! There are so many animals deserving love and home.

About the Author:
Neha Nayak is currently working as a Senior Quality Assurance Manager in a Tata group company.

Breaking Free is her first novel which got published with Srishti Publishers, a leading publishing house based in New Delhi. The book is among the best sellers.

‘No-one is perfect and such realistic  protagonists can be found in her stories


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26 August, 2016

#BookReview :: The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine

About the Book:
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. ~ Proverbs 14:21

Days after U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips changes his vote on a bill he sponsored, he is murdered and his death disguised as an accident. He contacted one man before he died: investigative journalist, Jack Logan. He left Jack a single clue to help him uncover the truth and keep Phillip’s widow, Taylor, safe. But safe from whom?

Jack and Taylor’s desperate hunt leads them to a vast network of corrupt authority controlling everything from social media and television programming to law enforcement and US legislation. The key to unraveling a complex web of lies is a set of ancient relics, dating back to the time of Christ. But what do these relics have to do with a senator’s death?

Allies turn to foes when Jack and Taylor discover that those closest to them are part of the conspiracy, and that they too have been manipulated. How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings—and will Jack and Taylor trust the right people long enough to win what becomes a colossal battle for souls?

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Sailor Dance Publishing
Publication Date: August 2016
Number of Pages: 382
ISBN: 0997694211 (ISBN13: 9780997694215)
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My Review

Jack Logan was contacted by US Senator Malcolm Phillips who incidentally dies soon after in what seems like an accident. Now Jack has a single clue to follow up on and find out what exactly is going on. At the same time it is very clear that Malcolm’s widow needs his protection from what seems like nameless and faceless entities. Their hunt leads them to a set of relics but they have no idea why or how it is connected to the murder of the Senator. All they know is that the relics are somehow involved and that they are being chased by a huge network of corrupt people who will do anything to get things their way. Not sure who they can trust – Jack and Taylor have to think quickly and act faster in order to outrun these people. Will they succeed?

Both Jack and Taylor are very much likeable characters. I enjoyed watching them develop through the pages. The author has done an excellent job with bringing them to life. I have to admit though, the pace seemed to lag a bit here and there, but never enough to actually make me want to put it down. The plot is that of age old good vs evil and though it may feel clichéd, the parallel story lines keep you immersed in it. The antagonist does have this larger than life feel and at a point it feels like everyone is against Jack and Taylor. It helps keep a reader’s interest as we genuinely want to find out who is on which side and how far the antagonists will go.

Overall, this book makes for an interesting thriller whose pages are filled with action and intrigue. I would gladly recommend this to thriller enthusiasts.

Review Copy received from Partners in Crime Book Tours

About the Author:


Lynne is a twitter addicted fiction writer always working on her next book. She is the coauthor of Learn More About CIRCLE DANCE on Amazon, a family saga spanning three generations, that received an endorsement from Olympia Dukakis. She is also a social media consultant and speaker, working with authors to build their brand platforms. Lynne teaches at various workshops and has spoken at the Thrillerfest conference in New York. She is a monthly contributor to SUSPENSE MAGAZINE, and a contributing editor to THE BIG THRILL magazine.


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25 August, 2016

#BookReview :: Unleashing Desire (Brides of Prophecy #4) by Brooklyn Ann


Title: Unleashing Desire (Brides of Prophecy, Book 4)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 16th


A setup so perfect… it might just be fate.
Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.
Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she’s a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.
Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world.

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MY REVIEW

Radu Nicolae is a vampire who spends time in his lair in hibernation mode. He wakes up when AIU agent Lillian Holmes tries to kill him. As Radu feasts on Lillian’s memories, he realizes that there is more to Lillian than being just a vampire hunter. Not only has he not killed Lillian’s father, but someone is trying to get Lillian killed. As the secrets are revealed, Radu and Lillian come to an agreement that helps them both – Lillian would help reunite Radu with his brother and in exchange Radu would help Lillian take down the people involved in her father’s murder. But their deal is making certain people very uncomfortable… Will they manage to take down the people intent on getting rid of both of them? 

The author has done an excellent job of setting up two very different characters and bringing them together. Their background is quite interesting and gives depth to the characters as well. The attraction between the characters was palpable even though it was kind of love at first sight sort of thing. What I liked the most was that Radu being an ‘alpha male’ of sorts, handled Lillian’s fiery independence quite well. His protective nature was very much clear and Lillian’s need for his support was also understandable. But instead of a ‘Bella-Edward’ freaky controlling relationship – Radu and Lillian had a more balanced relationship going on. However, the pace of the story lags quite a bit. It maybe because the author has tried to put in a lot of information with regards to the series so that the book can be read as a stand-alone. In any case, it made it very easy for me to just put down the book and pick it up at a later time. It just didn’t hook me in. The author’s writing style is dainty and the narrative, especially while building up a character, is smooth.

Overall, the book made for an entertaining read though pretty forgettable once put down. I would suggest paranormal lovers to give this series a try – reading it in order may prove to be more interesting.



Review Copy received from Secret Realm Book Reviews & Services




Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. Author of historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series, urban fantasy in the cult favorite, “Brides of Prophecy” novels, and the New Adult winner of the 2016 Reader’s Choice Award, “Hearts of Metal Series,” she provides love for the broken and strange.
She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.
She can be found online at http://brooklynann.blogspot.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
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22 August, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: Meet the Protagonists from Breaking Free by Neha Nayak


*** Special Feature - August 2016 ***



About the Book:
Noya is a young woman who is full of life and is not scared to take her own decisions. She believes in leading a happy life and strongly believes that a happy life comes with bold decisions. Following her ideals, she takes the biggest decision of her life yet - calling off her wedding on the wedding day itself!

This decision turns her life upside down as the people close to her are busy refuting her at every step. Fed up of this negativity, she decides to reboot herself and travel alone. And this marked the beginning of a journey that will once again change the course of her life. On this journey, she meets Ranbir; a meeting which is not intentional but destined. In the beginning, Ranbir comes off as a stalker. However, with time she starts to realize the goodness inside him and slowly but surely, gets attached to him. Standing at the crossroads again, she takes another bold decision to marry Ranbir. Will this finally bring happiness in her life? Noya doesn’t know much about the past of Ranbir as they've just recently met. Will this come back to haunt her later on? Is this another trap? A gripping tale of love, respect and hope, the novel answers all these questions.



Meet the Protagonists


Noya Agnihotri


I got the idea of crafting Noya Agnihotri by observing real people, reading various stories happening in the world, listening to experiences and imagining some traits. What happens with Noya can happen with anyone, but her strength lies in the way she tackles her life. Many people suffer from depression due to various unwanted incidents in life but the one who instead of pulling back rather moves forward, turns out to be the real winner. Noya is my girl who from a confused and vulnerable girl transforms herself into a strong woman. Breaking Free is her story as she travels different phases in her life. At an earlier point in life, she meets Prakrit who she later realises has other intentions. Then later, she meets Ranbir whom she hates initially and suspects to be a stalker. But later they develop a bond of friendship. Read the story to know more.

Prakrit Raj

Almost all romantic stories I have read was based on perfect love. I wanted to write something different. Real life and love has ups and downs, incompatibilities, misunderstandings in relationships. So with this, Prakrit Raj was born in my story. In the plot, Prakrit and Noya develop a love relationship during their college days but later breakup on their wedding day. That is when Noya decides to travel alone Breaking Free. Read the story to know more.

Ranbir Mallya

Ranbir Mallya is a protagonist whom I want to meet in real life. Initially Noya and Ranbir are at tenterhooks but later, the bond between them grows into a cherished friendship. They have fights, confusions, misunderstanding but they prove that true relationships stand the test of time, distance and all obstacles. Ranbir supports Noya in overcoming her insecurities in life and Noya in turn understands, though little late, that Ranbir is the one she needed in life as a friend. Ranbir also proposes to Noya when he develops feelings for her but she has other plans. The trek to the mountain makes Noya more decisive. Read the story to know more.


About the Author:
Neha Nayak is currently working as a Senior Quality Assurance Manager in a Tata group company.

Breaking Free is her first novel which got published with Srishti Publishers, a leading publishing house based in New Delhi. The book is among the best sellers.

‘No-one is perfect and such realistic  protagonists can be found in her stories


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Giveaway:
5 Paperback Copies of Breaking Free to Indian Residents Only

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20 August, 2016

#BookReview :: The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha #2) by Shatrujeet Nath

VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.

Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva? 

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The Conspiracy of Meru has been one of the most anticipated sequels in 2016 for me. After waiting for well over a year for it and stalking the author and publishers over Facebook and Twitter {Bless them for not filing an FIR for stalking} I finally had the book in my hands. And like it is with all anticipated sequels, my heart dropped a bit when I finally started reading it – what if it doesn’t live up to my expectations?

In The Guardians of The Halahala we saw Lord Shiva hand over the dagger with the Halahala to Vikramaditya and his council of Nine for safekeeping. With Devas and Asuras conspiring against a ‘mere’ human, the wielder of the Hellfires had hell of a job on his hands. The Conspiracy at Meru continues from where the first book left off. Things are pretty much same – Devas and Asuras are still trying their best to outwit the other clan and at the same time defeat the human king. The kingdoms of Magadha and Heheya present another set of complication for our heroes. Amongst it all is hope – hope that Vikramaditya and his councilors will prevail; hope that love will prevail. Will they be successful or will the double attacks finally prove to be too much?

The plot continues to thicken. While the central story of the dagger with the Halhala continues to take the center stage in this book, a lot of side plots and parallel stories have cropped up. There is this whole separate plot that handles Shoorasena, Kapila and the kingdom of Magadha. Is it just a parallel storyline or will it turn out to be the turning point of the plot? Will Shoorasena’s dreams hinder Vikramaditya?  Also, a few of the characters get a good chance to shine in this story. Kshapanaka continues to make an impression on the readers while Shanku (I feel) is finally finding her wings. These two girls have stolen my heart from the beginning. But without giving any spoilers – you have to watch out for Vikramaditya (ofcourse), Kalidasa and Udayasanga. These three men redefine duty, loyalty and heartbreaks!

I have to admit, the author delivers on all of my expectations with regards to character and plot development. There is ample strategizing and action. The narration in this book continued to enthrall me. The author keeps setting higher bars with his books and each of his books are immensely entertaining. So the question is – Does it deliver on the promises that the first book made? Yes it does. Do I recommend this book? Hell Yes! So what are you waiting for? Go pick up Vikramaditya Veergatha for a dose of magic and mayhem.




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