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THE FUTURE KING – LOGRES

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LOVE THE COVER

Blurb

Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided. Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for. Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legend.

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My Review – I had two books in hand when I started reading this week. One of them was “ A Game of thrones (A song of ice and fire Part 1)” and another was “The Future King – Logres”

I am not comparing the books or anything. I am just telling that my instinct went with TFK-L and I started the book. I know nothing about Arthurian legends. I read this book (the first 70 pages) to just READ. After 70 pages, I guess I was in the (Britain of 2052) other world.

I have never been to Britain. I love Jane Austen, Lisa Kleypas, and J.K.Rowling.

Gwen came out as a strong character throughout the book. Arthur was in my eyes a ‘gentleman’ with the way he treated Gwen and Lancelot was a …well he was big “?” Lancelot was the character who looked a little like this guy.

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And Arthur

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Gwen stole the show though. She was fierce, easily trusting and not dumb. Her and Arthur’s story was quite interesting. The book is isn’t dull. I knew since the start that it was the first part so there might be some things unexplained.

Editing

The editing was good, there were some mistakes (like punctuation) in the story but overall the story was meticulously edited.

Story

The story went slowly, it was lingering. There were some things that I think I didn’t need to know, like the conversations between characters. The story is set up in a different time zone and I liked that very much.

The best thing – The love triangle! The jealousy brewing!

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If you have read “All these things I’ve done”, you will see some points similar, for instance, the lack of real chocolates. The author is quite good with creating a new atmosphere, characters and above all plot.

Favourite character – Gwen

It is the first part and I am very excited about the second! Hoping to read it very soon!

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Rating – 4 stars

The book is a little lingering which is why I cut a star.

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Do I recommend this – HELL YEAH!

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Nishtha Singh

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Planning Your Career?

Creating A Road-map For Planning Career

Education is evolving quickly. New technologies that change our way of learning and understanding are slowing making their way in the education field. Today, many colleges have their own applications which students use to share videos, documents and news. Before, laptops or PCs were important but today they are a must, both for online learning and college. At every level and for all people, rapid changes are coming to offer better means of education. You are never too old to study or to get that degree you wished to have. Are you funds not allowing? How to plan your career? What to do and what not to do while career planning?

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Last day of April

REVIEW DAY

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PUDDLE JUMPING

Blurb — When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional. 

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Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special. 

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating. 

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out. 

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls. 

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

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It is about happy ending and the story

My Thoughts

To The Author –

Amber, I have read many books, many stories which touched my heart, made me cry, made me laugh and feel many other emotions that are just…well..difficult to find in the fiction world. Then, there are some stories that touch my soul, that make me want to continue to read, get inside the book, grab a character and hug him/her to heaven. Those are the books that touch my heart, they come twice or thrice in a year, if I am lucky. Those are the books that touch my soul. There are books like Harry Potter which make you want to leave all the work and complete reading the book, to know the end and then there are books like “Puddle Jumping” which makes the reader want to continue reading the book, hoping the book never ends.

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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

Book Review

Received this book not long time back and today I felt like reading it. I decided to complete the book by this week but well, this story had its own thinking and I completed it today itself.

And here is my review,

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BLURB–

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The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.

It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini’s enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini’s next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?

Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction. 

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2nd Week of April

2nd Week of April

Feeling better now, fever and spots gone

So let’s continue with the talks on promotions..

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What can be the cheapest but one of the best way of promotions?

Reviews!

Yep, you may not think so but reviews play a very essential role in your book promotions!

How so? And How to get reviews?

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Take me for an example. I generally check the book’s reviews on Goodreads.com before purchasing a copy. Yes, there are many others things I consider as well but if I like the reviews, I skip the rest. Also, because of the same thoughts I started writing reviews. Before, I wrote reviews of the books I purchased but now I mostly write the reviews of the books I have received for review. I take my time but still post in a month or so.

Now, the answer to the other question is simple. You can PM (personal message) the reviewers yourself or get your assistant to do it. Some reviewers charge money and I think its okay as reading a book in a busy schedule can be a hard task. I don’t charge money but take only the books I like (the excerpt or some cases the cover influence me.)

You have to clarify everything with the reviewer or blog writer and then mail him/her/them the book. Generally, some authors tend to take help from Goodreads, well let me tell you one thing, your Goodreads “giveaways” might not get you the reviews ‘always’ as Goodreads itself makes it clear that “please if possible then write a review.”

Those may not be the exact same words used but they mean the same. I took part in giveaways before, still do sometimes and have seen this thing with other readers (some of them my fellow Goodreads friends) —- they post a two or three line review. This review is equal to the rating so it doesn’t really qualify as a review. Please try to get a reviewer who is ready to post a good and an honest review.

Secondly, look for a blog writer who has good fan-following. I do not have a following on WordPress but have about 60k readers on wattpad (a very good app). You can check with wattpad authors too.

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I will conclude with this last point,

I know people think cover doesn’t matter but sometime (with lost cases like me) it does. Try not to make your cover look dull. The cover should be able to speak a little about the story and if possible, it should be able to capture attention which is possible only if it is  –

••• DIFFERENT
••• ATTRACTIVE
••• INFLUENCING
••• COLORFUL, OR COLORLESS, BASED ON THE STORY

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Take this cover for example, it tells a lot about the story, it is different and pretty.

Now, let’s take another example.

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All these things I’ve done, another brilliant story with an equal awesome cover. The covers matters, not much, but if its your debut then do spend on the cover.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in 2016, Author, Discussion, info, speaking my mind

 

3rd week of March

REVIEW WEEK

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First of all a big fat sorry to Tariq Saleim for not posting the review on time

I had read the first part of the novel last year but due to my exams, couldn’t continue. After the exams, I started with another novel, and forgot all about this novel.

Well, as usual I will be honest about the story.

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So, most of you must be thinking why I left the novel and “forgot” to continue?

With the stress of exams, i couldn’t pick the novel and when my exams finally ended, (about a few months later) I had started with my favourite author’s book. He had send me the book from USA and I couldn’t resist starting it. “On the money” is a novel divided into several parts and I had read the first part which, I don’t know why, just signalled my brain that the story is over. So when yesterday I came in front of this book with a bookmark in middle, I got curious. I started the book again and MAN! WOW!
I WAS TAKEN ABACK ALRIGHT.

Blurb of the novel –

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Born in one of the poorest suburbs of Lahore, ambitious Asad will soon be catapulted into the journey of life by some incredible circumstances. In his quest for love, money, fame and happiness he tries to tackle the ultimate challenge – can he have it all in life? Everything in life comes at the cost of something else. The more you have of something, the more you have to let go of something else, and this applies to money, too. There is no exception to this, and therefore it is important to know the true cost of your achievements. The more money you accumulate, the less you have of something else (often health, time, relationships, dignity, respect, etc.). Most of us are not able to fathom these costs up front, and when we finally understand, it is usually too late. You should ask yourself this question now: What am I willing to sacrifice for money? Remember your answers so that you will be able to revisit your responses later in life. Money that is earned at any cost usually comes at the cost of everything else. A banker by profession, Tariq Saleim has been the confidant of many successful individuals across his international career. He is a believer that true happiness comes from knowing what you want in life -and what you are willing to sacrifice to get it. ‘On the money’ is his first romantic novel that discusses time-tested moneymaking concepts and reflects on the hidden costs of our decisions in the process.

My Review –

On the money is a novel which is all about its “title”. The story is easy to read, easy to imagine and quite interesting. To say you can leave the story midst would be a lie, I read it in two sitting and was quite impressed with the storyline. Asad is a brilliant student, observer and a kind plus patient human. Salman came out as an amazing teacher and a benevolent man.

  

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Remember this quote by Mahatma Gandhi ?

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

This novel was all about that quote or so it felt to me.

The novel is not just about fame and money but also about challenges….

Its about love, sacrifice, morals, reverence, and several other things we see as minor and unimportant.

    

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The author defines the true meaning of money, makes us realize that money is not the most essential thing in life, it doesn’t make a man immortal even if he has all the money in the world.

Furthermore, Mr. Saleim has made me realise that love is not only about having but about sacrificing and respect does not come with money but with true heart and honest feelings.

The relationship between Salman and Asad was like that of a teacher and a student, like that of a father and son.    

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The main characters were Asad, Salman, Samia, Kat and Omar. The story started with Asad and he is the protagonist throughout the novel though in between the novel, the author has written from other POV’s (point of views) as well (probably to make the story more clear). The love story is heartwarming. I liked Azad and Samia’s unrequited love story. Both the characters make the reader want to go inside the novel and force the couple to get together.

The English used is easy to understand, and the author has explained the words which were in different language so there was no problem in reading the novel. The story went smoothly, its hard to tell when it became too difficult to leave the novel.

I give it a 4.5 star and will end with a note.

“Write more! Your storytelling is awesome!”

    

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Nishtha Singh

 

2nd January

The Italian’s Rags To Riches Wife

by Julia James

BLURB —-

He’s planning a bedding – but not a wedding…

Allesandro di Vincenzo is a connoisseur of women. A perfect male specimen, there’s no woman he can’t have – until Laura Stowe crosses his path, and he discovers there may be an exception to his rule… 

There’s no other word for Laura than…plain! What’s more, she’s poor as a church mouse, and hides behind her homely appearance to avoid getting close to any other human being – including Allesandro… 

But her family connections mean that Laura unknowingly holds the key to the door of ultimate corporate power that Allesandro craves. So he must grit his teeth and charm this ugly duckling out of her shell and in between his sheets – where, like all his fleeting conquests before her, Laura will learn what it is to be a beautiful, desired swan…

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My Thoughts

Sigh

Wow…from the start till the end, this book was heaven. 
Where both the leads, Laura and Allesandro was equally independent, stubborn and easy to fall in love with.

The story starts in Italy, where Tomaso comes to know about his granddaughter after his Son’s death. He asks Allesandro to get her. Here, the story starts. The heroine is not the usual shy beauty but adamant not really beautiful British girl who is broke. The bills and taxes are piling up and she has no one to turn to. Just then Allesandro comes at her doorstep with a news. 

Laura has nothing to do with her grandfather, her father never cared for her and her feelings for her father’s side of family are none. But Allesandro brings her to Italy with a bribe. Allesandro is doing it to get the resignation letter from Tomaso so that he can finally be the CEO of the company. Tomaso is not a lost player, he knows how to turn the game in his favour. He also wants what is best for Laura, thus he makes a bargain with Alessandro…

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A fairytale read

It was like reading Cinderella all over again, just the Cinderella was stubborn and spoke her mind, a wonderful change.

Loved the story.

Five stars! 

Nishtha Singh

 
 

STORMWALKER SERIES

“STORMWALKER SERIES

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A Kickass Heroine

    —- By Allyson James AKA Jennifer Ashley

My rating:

[ 5 of 5 stars ]

The first time I read this book, I was so impressed by the story, I kept it in my favourite books column. 

Today, I completed it again and I am equally affected. I cannot give it less than 5 stars.

Many spoilers, go at your own risk —

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What the series is really about?

First book – The STORMWALKER

– Janet, the protagonist is a complete badass from riding a Harley to controlling storms.

– About Stormwalkers

– About Dragons

Coyote, Trickster God and much more

– A Sheriff named Nash who is a unbeliever (one who doesn’t believe in magic) and is immune to all inhumane powers.

– About the magic beneath Earth 

– Dragons sent Mick, a dragon to kill Janet, the Stormwalker because they fear she has the magic of beneath, one that can seriously harm the earth. Mick, the male lead realises after meeting Janet that she is nothing like her mother, and she is trying to control the magic. He also falls head over heels in love with her but he keeps his secret (of being a dragon) hidden from her. On the other hand, Janet loves Mick but can’t take his domineering attitude anymore. She can’t fathom why he can leave her whenever he wants and she can’t, so she decides to leave him. Mick is angry and in disagreement but let’s her do what she wants. 
               After five years, he is back in her life again. This is where the first book of the series starts. Did I mention that we have a Peeping Tom i.e a coyote, a trickster God in this book who is also a voyeur?

The FIREWALKER

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Second book is about Firewalkers aka Dragons. Mick is called by the Dragon council and he needs Janet’s help. Janet, the owner of Crossroads Hotel with the help of Nash, the sheriff {the best sheriff in town 😉 I love the man.} comes to Mick’s rescue. In this book, we enter the dragon colony morelike dragon lifestyle. Magic mirror comes to help again and the love life of Maya and Nash progresses.

2.5th Part – DOUBLE

HEXED

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– ‘Double Hexed‘ is a very short story and in continuation to the Firewalker. Some of you must have read it as a anthology in the

‘Hexed’

SHADOW WALKER – 3RD PART

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– Then comes, Shadow Walker, this part of the series is my favourite because magic and action is in most part of the book. A shadow has touched Mick, his aura is suddenly grey and white not his usual red and orange. We meet some new characters who are not so loving. Grandmother and Gabriel, Janet’s half sister are comparatively more in this book.

And

MICK PROPOSES JANET. 

I haven’t completed the next two parts of the series which are –

– NIGHTWALKER ••••

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This book is a self-published one, I didn’t know authors could do that with a series. Its about the vampire Ansel, who is a guest in Crossroads Hotel. Some supernatural beings are after him and he seeks Janet’s help. Janet has her own problems, Coyote’s wife, her father’s marriage, Half sister Gabrielle, and Mick’s behaviour (again)

– The DREAMWALKER •••••

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Will be out in 2016, excited about this one.

Mick’s real name is Micalerianicum.

A wonderful series! Exciting, gripping and a supernatural read!

Some favourite lines in the book-

1- Anyone ever tell you that you’re a lunatic, Begay?”

“Sure, all the time. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”

2- “Hey, baby,” he said, grinning. “Miss me?” Don’t know about Janet, I sure did.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Author, Comedy, Love, Series, Stormwalkers, Dragons

 

LAW SCHOOL HERETIC SERIES

LAW SCHOOL HERETIC SERIES

LAW SCHOOL HERETIC SERIES

            MISCALCULATED RISKS
                  
By ~~ Maria Riegger

“Tell me, what’s your type?” He looked at me and smiled. “I don’t discriminate.” 

” Basically,I like women who are self confident. That’s about it. “

What would you do if you met someone who defied all of your stereotypes?

This is my first book by the author, the excerpt is quite interesting. As a addicted reader, I do not judge a book by its cover but the content still I’d say I liked the cover.

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The book is based on the life of Isabel, a self confident, black haired, intelligent Spanish girl who is a linguist and a law student. She is a bad arse and a complete antonym of door mat. Coming out of a bad relationship, she stays away from one. As a person, she is kind hearted and helpful, where people are not aiding the needy, she does.

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As for the Hero, wow, Tarek is not your usual brooding alpha type (Like, “Stay away if you value your life” kind) , Isabel would probably ask him to keep his crap together and leave for good. Tarek, another law student and a very smart guy is a person Isabel finds hard to stay away from. He, with his flirtatious smile and genial nature steals her heart. This is the first part of the series so we come to know the details about Isabel’s family background, her job and her friends (Who are very funny and will make you laugh throughout the story). I will completely understand if at the end of this book you yell, ” When’s the next part coming?”

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The book altogether is a funny, interesting and exciting read. I will give it a five stars as for a debut, it was a very gripping and absorbing read. Honestly, I am waiting for the second book to come very soon so that I can know what will happen next.

Are you awake?

Of course. You think I’m asleep this early?

I could literally hear the sarcasm through the phone. I texted back.

Do you mind if I call you?

Next thing I knew, my phone rang. It was him.

       – a small paragraph from the book. Still need a reason to read it?

*****

Shyna Cliffe

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2015 in 2015, Author, Comedy, Five Stars, Giveaway, In Paperback, Love

 

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Best philosophical book 2015

Best philosophical book 2015

“THE SOUND OF WATER”
          ‘A PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SOUL’                  

                           BY- JOSHUA K. LINDEN

Unlike other books, this book is not about the cultural and religious problems but about ego, complacency and wisdom.

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A series of thoughts that will inspire you and guide you in your present and future.

A collection of seventy nine short essays which are well written, arranged and quite meticulously demonstrated. This book will provoke you to think about your own view of life. Chapters are very carefully organised and presented. ‘The Sound of Water’ is one of those books which will guide you, give you a better view towards spirituality of life, instruct you about wisdom.

‘The ego is fundamentally about image and appearance.’ 

So true..

The important thing is not to read this book but to comprehend it.

“Many cultures believe God is He. Some believe God is She. Other culture say God is neither, or many, or does not exist. Cultures attribute many characteristics to God.”

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In my culture, We believe God is in every single thing, in your parents, your friends, in a child, in sun, in moon, in one’s mind and soul. I don’t think God is a He or a She but a hope which helps when everything goes wrong and chaotic, a source which brings peace and calm to the mind.

The author also defined ‘Karma‘ in the 61th essay, in Indian culture, we describe ‘Karma‘ as the sum total of a human’s activity which determine his next incarnation (rebirth) but some people believe ‘Karma‘ is “What you did and are doing, you will receive back so endeavour to do what you want to get from the other end.” 

A book I recommend to everyone.. Doesn’t matter how young or old you are, this book is truly a reflection on the condition of human soul, his spirit.

“Feeding the ego starves the soul.”

A 5.1 star read!

*****.*

Shyna Cliffe.

 
 

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