Friday, May 22, 2015



Saved In Sri Lanka 
by 
Devika Fernando

Some People Are Destined To Meet 





Blurb 


Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?
Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

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Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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SAVED IN SRI LANKA - REVIEW BY MARIA PERRY MOHAN I had the strangest feeling while reading this book for review. I simply could not rush it, no matter how I tried. I found it fascinating, spellbinding in fact. Every time I opened this ebook to continue reading, a feeling of peace and tranquillity washed over me. The love story of Daniel and Sepalika was extremely compelling and drew me in totally. There are many references in this story to Buddhism and temples, prayer and meditation. I know that the author, Devika Fernando, is a Buddhist and all I can say is that she must meditate for several hours a day, because the tranquillity which I experienced while reading this awesome story was unbelievable. If you are rushing around with a stressful life, this is the book for you. It will slow you down, draw you in and give you the most unbelievable feeling of stress free peacefulness you have probably eve experienced. I could feel a sense of wonder as Daniel and Sepalika explored the ancient palaces and temples of Sri Lanka together, on a journey which never seemed to end. I could literally feel the Sri Lankan heat and sense the serenity of the ancient temples. The story has a straightforward enough plot. Pretty Sepalika has been lured into an engagement which is not of her choosing, but which circumstances and family obligations have forced her to accept. Working as a tourist guide, she encounters the sensitive and thoughtful Daniel Byrne on one of the trips. An Irishman, Daniel is stopping by Sri Lanka en route to Australia. As Daniel and Sepalika tour the ancient temples and palaces of Sri Lanka together, they form a strong bond with each other and discover mutual feelings of attraction. But alas, Sepalika is betrothed to another. What next? It is a pleasant surprise for me to discover an Asian romance novel with an Irish hero. The gentle Irishman makes an attractive and uttely different hero. With a surname like Byrne, he could be a cousin of mine. I’m Irish by birth and upbringing and a member of the Byrne clan on my mother’s side. I don’t deny that this made the story very attractive for me. But even without the Irish connection, I’d have found this particular book fascinating. In Devika Fernando, I’ve found an author who is a joy to read, with her thoughtful, insightful storytelling. So if you’re stressed out in the summer heat, this is the read to make you chill! Enjoy it and remember, slow down and take it easy. This novel is much more enjoyable that way.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST by Vibha Batra - new release from Indireads




THE STORY ....

“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”


On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other. The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other. – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control. 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vibha Batra is an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!), Eighteen and Wiser (Not quite!)--a young adult trilogy published by Penguin--Ishaavaasya Upanishad, a translation of her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book published by Rupa Publications, a poetry collection titled Tongue-in-cheek and a collection of short stories titled A Twist of Lime. She has also contributed short stories (Indian Voices, Happy Birthday to Me, Urban Shots Love Collection, Down the Road, City of Gods, Vanilla Desires, 9.69 seconds, Chicken Soup) and poems (Dance of the Peacock, Suvarnarekha, 20-20) to several national andinternational anthologies and written for various magazines.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015



The Mystery of The Missing Iguana
by 
Ruchira Khanna 



The Blurb

Alex and his pet chimpanzee Angelo are the young detectives of their neighborhood. When a friend's pet Iguana goes missing, Alex and Angelo immediately take on the case, and the sneaky reptilian leads them on an exciting chase. How will alex and Angelo use their sleuthing skills to solve this mystery?

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A biochemist by profession she made a mere choice of enrolling herself into a technical writing course. Now, little did she know that this small decision would take her on a path to creative writing and eventually publishing a novel.





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Review of THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING IGUANA – THE ADVENTURES OF ALEX AND ANGELO by Ruchira Khanna An engaging story which will delight the quick pre-schooler and the junior school kid alike. Alex may look just like an ordinary little boy, but he’s really very different, you know? Together with his best friend, Angelo the Chimpanzee , Alex is a really sharp detective who can solve mysteries. Angelo and Alex are a really great team, but when show and tell day at school becomes bring your pet day and an iguana goes missing, will Alex be able to solve the case? Well, Angelo is at school too, so anything is possible. Lovingly told by Ruchira Khanna and lovingly illustrated by Novella Genelza, this little book is a must for any child’s library. It’s a pure delight, for kids from two to eight and beyond…..I’m fifty and I loved the story!

Monday, April 6, 2015

EVEN IN DARKNESS by Barbara Stark Nemon With a GIVEAWAY

Today, MBB welcomes Barbara Stark Nemon, who has written a historical novel, EVEN IN DARKNESS, set in the Second World War.  She's on a blog tour right now to tell readers what the book is all about.  GIVEAWAY ALERT!   Barbara Stark Nemon has very kindly agreed to give a free copy of the book away to one lucky reader who leaves a comment on this post.

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   What inspired you to write Even in Darkness?
   Even in Darkness is based on the life of my great aunt, who alone among her siblings did not escape Germany during the Holocaust. Her story of survival—the courage and strength she had to remake herself and her life in the face of unspeakable loss—has been an inspiration to me throughout my adult life. Hers is a beautiful story and having come to know it in depth I wanted to share it and create a legacy for her.

  You researched the book thoroughly. Did you know from the beginning how extensive your research would become?   
   Yes and no. I’ve known since one of the visits I made to my great aunt in Germany many years ago, that I wanted to write her story, so I started interviewing her (she was already over 90 years old) and the priest, who is the other main character in this story. I also interviewed my parents and grandparents. I already knew a lot about my grandfather and great aunt’s family from Sunday nights around the dinner table. Then my aunt died, and the priest sent me all her personal papers, including over 50 letters that her son had written to her during and after the war from Palestine, where he had been sent at the age of 12. Those letters deepened and changed what I understood about all their lives in a way I couldn’t have predicted. 

   Where did you begin your research and where did it lead you? 
   I traveled to Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and to Israel to trace all the histories and see all the places I learned about in my grandfather’s stories and later, in the trove of personal papers my great aunt left to me. I was able to interview even more people related to this story, walk the streets, photograph the homes, take trains over the same routes to the concentration camp, look out over the hills surrounding the kibbutz where all my characters lived out their lives.  In archives and museums I learned details of births, deaths, marriages, businesses, deportations, displacements, escapes and emigrations. All this knowledge fed my imagination for the parts of the story I didn’t and couldn’t know.



   Why did you decide to write a novel rather than a biography or memoir?
   The simple answer is, there were too many missing pieces in the story. I didn’t know all the facts, but felt I understood from the point of view of the characters. It was a way to use all the compelling reality of the family story with the immediacy that fiction allows us to maintain. In the first year that I worked on the book, I participated in a wonderful workshop with the author Elizabeth Kostova. I had recently come back from a research/interview trip to Germany with much new information. We worked the story out both ways: as a memoir and as a novel. In the end, I realized I wanted to write a novel, this novel.


   Were there any unexpected obstacles you encountered when you began writing Even in Darkness?
I thought I could work full time, finish raising three boys, do volunteer work and write a novel. I had no idea how much I would love the research and the writing, and how much I wanted to devote ALL my time to it!

EVEN IN DARKNESS

The story begins when Kläre’s only concern is her marriage to Jakob Kohler. But, as Germany erupts into WWI, Kläre must learn to navigate the dangerous place her home has become and then protect her growing family. By 1939, the Nazis have assumed power, and Kläre is trapped in Germany by loyalty to her war-injured husband and aging mother. She arranges escape for her sons, but is then deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Walking the razor edge of death daily, Kläre uses her position as a massage therapist to the commandant to survive and assist other internees. Meanwhile, her children meet danger and desperation in their new lives in Palestine and England. Ansel’s connection to Kläre comes after the loss of his mother and time in an orphanage, and continues through his university studies during the Nazi years, and a harrowing military experience on the Russian front. In the most unlikely circumstances, Kläre and Ansel not only survive, but find renewed meaning in a life with each other. Their relationship transcends the boundaries of generation, religion, and societal expectation, bearing witness to the way in which love, as redemption for pain and suffering, enters our lives in unexpected ways.  

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

AND WE REMAINED by Asad Ali Junaid



And We Remained 
by 
Asad Ali Junaid


The Blurb


It is Bangalore in the late 1990’s. There are tremendous socio-economic and cultural transformations taking place as a result of liberalization. How would these changes impact a group of friends in their late teens? How would they cope, find opportunities and what of their original identities would they be left with, after western ideologies are brought in and bombarded into their awareness by cable TV and new media? 

Told through emails and first person account of events, And We Remained is a light and entertaining read of these friends as they experience love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, sexcapades, US and Europe during their journey into adulthood


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Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction. He aims to resolve problems to enable humans interact and use technology efficiently.
Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out.  Junaid’s first fiction novel –And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. He joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee. And We Remained then turned into a 52,000 word novel with an absorbing storyline and a unique narration style – the story is set in the 1990’s India and is told through emails and first person accounts of events.  Junaid is getting great feedback for the story depicting the mindset of engineering students in that era and the unique narration style it follows.
Junaid is married and his wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore working in the area of Molecular Biophysics. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.


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Friday, March 6, 2015



Breach 
by 
Amrita Chowdhury


The Blurb

How secure are your secrets in the virtual world?  Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence

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Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.



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Monday, March 2, 2015

MBB welcomes British author Christina Hollis today.  She's here to talk about her latest release HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET PASSION, which sounds like an intriguing read indeed.  Christina Hollis is an experienced author who hasn't been afraid to experiment with the different genres of romance fiction.  Her latest release is from The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. Can you share a short bio? I was born in Somerset, England and met my husband on a blind date.  I’ve been writing all my life, and became a full-time author when we moved to the Gloucestershire countryside. I produced lots of non-fiction articles for national magazines before turning to fiction. My first full length novel, Knight’s Pawn, was published by Harlequin Mills and Boon’s Masquerade line. During a career break to raise our family, I wrote short stories. Then in 2007 I wrote my first Mills and Boon Modern Romance, The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin. My current release, His Majesty's Secret Passion, is published by The Wild Rose Press. I write contemporary romance starring complex men and independent women–when I’m not cooking, gardening or beekeeping. My books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and I’ve sold nearly three million books worldwide. 
  2. What inspires your writing?The cut and thrust of relationships is a big inspiration for me—the problems of friends becoming lovers, and sparks flying when opposites attract. As well as romantic conflict, I like to capture the countryside in all its moods. I'm lucky to live where there are miles of forest tracks on the  doorstep. Walking in the woods is a great way to kick start my imagination.   
  3. What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes. I love the characters of Leo and Sara, the hero and heroine of His Majesty's Secret Passion, and wanted to see them get their happy ever after. It’s as simple as that! And you’re right, every author has moments  when they despair. It reminds me of the last twenty minutes of childbirth. There always came a point in the labour room when I said, “That’s it. I can’t do this. I want to give up and go home!” In the same way I couldn’t walk away from that situation, I can never leave a book unfinished—no matter what.
  4. Please sum up your plot in a tweet sized sentence. Here's the plot of His Majesty's Secret Passion in a tweet: When a King on vacation tempts a woman with a broken heart, seduction in the sun leads to danger...
  5. Future plans? My current release, His Majesty's Secret Passion, is the first book in my Princes Of Kharovaseries for The Wild Rose Press. The second book, Her Royal Risk, comes out  in April and I'm putting the finishing touches to the third book, which has the working title of Heart Of A Hostage. Then it's on to the final book in the series. I have characters and plot ready to go, so all I have to do is dream up a title, and start writing. In the meantime, I love to hear from readers. Catch up with me at http://www.christinahollis.blogspot.com, on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ChristinaBooks), Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1Ee1urM, and see a full list of my published books at http://www.christinahollis.com/books.html

HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET PASSION

Leo Gregoryan is determined to be the perfect king. Loyalty to his country means sacrificing his own happiness, but he’ll divert the energy he once poured into his dream of becoming a doctor toward royal duties. All he needs right now is a stress-free vacation–no future queen need apply. Sara Astley escapes to the luxurious Paradise Hotel after she’s dumped by her partner, who then stole the promotion she’d expected. She hides her broken dreams behind a tough exterior. Her stubborn streak makes her a challenge Leo can’t resist. His special brand of hands-on persuasion seduces Sara into enjoying the holiday of a lifetime. Their fling can't hurt either of them–or so they think. Leo's focussed on being the ideal hero. Sara knows what she wants, and that’s independence. Then a revelation tears them apart, meaning things can never be the same between them...

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