Monday, December 05, 2016

Book Blast : From Gods by Mary Ting


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From Gods by Mary Ting

***2013 InD'Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.

Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?


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Praise for the Series
“From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It’s full of hotness that you never want to end!” Michele, Insane About Books

“From Gods by the AMAZING AUTHOR Mary Ting is OMGods good!! If you even LIKE Greek Mythology, set aside some time because you will DEVOUR Mary Ting’s Demi Gods and Vultures!!!” Mindy, Books Complete Me

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Author Mary Ting

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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spotlight : Colors of the Sun & Moon


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Colors of the Sun & Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book which featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.


An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. "Colors of the Sun and Moon" is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children's press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children's literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.

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Forward by Spencer Christian

As a young child, I was much like the little girl in this book - intensely curious about the wonders of the natural world - asking questions such as those put forth by young Gabriela, “Why is the sky blue; why are leaves green?” My search for answers took me on a fascinating path of discovery, which eventually led me to become a national TV weather forecaster.
If the child in you - or a child you know - finds the world to be a wondrous place, your path to discovery can be found in the pages of “Colors of the Sun and Moon.” “Colors of the Sun and Moon” is the story of 8-year-old Gabriela and her wise and loving grandmother - a grandmother who has the answers to all of her precious granddaughter's questions about the world of wonders they see around them. While Abuela's answers are simple enough for a young child to understand, they are factual and scientifically sound.

I applaud author Talia Aikens-Nuñez for giving her readers a story that is appealing on so many levels: it is educational, entertaining, and family-focused. What a rare combination of elements! As I read “Colors of the Sun and Moon,” images from my own childhood flashed in my mind, and I found myself smiling in amusement and amazement. I feel certain that the young reader and the not-so-young reader in your home will enjoy this book as much as I did.

- Spencer Christian, Weather Anchor for ABC 7/KGO-TV, San Francisco

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Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

32938026No. of Pages : 194
Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Published on : Novemeber 16, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

The author has written this book solely keeping in mind the youngsters. Today the youngsters(including myself) are streaming with adrenaline rush that they(we) decide anything in the spur of the moment. We don’t think about the risks involved. If something holds our interest we will do everything to satisfy those desires whether it is small or big and sometimes even someone like our parents opposes to it. We will go to extremes. When I meant ‘ Extremes’ it includes all daring adventures. Nothing scares us at this point of stage. So this book is told from Abhay’s point of view who is also our hero. His sidekick is Shashank alias Sasha. They are both twenty five.

Abhay comes from a poor family background as his mother and father are separated. He didn’t want to live with his stepmother, consequently he lives alone. He wanted an answer from his mother for leaving him with his father but his mother to convince him says his father is rich so he can provide whatever that he wants. She doesn’t give a proper answer . Speaking of, it is very clear that is why he has friended Sashank who comes from a well protected joint family. In the first half his jealousy is justified. Shashank has got it all, a loving family and a very beautiful girlfriend. He has enough on his plate. On the other hand, Abhay though he is handsome is lacking in all areas.

Abhay who worked in an advertising company which paid him well quit his job to visit some of the important places all around India to make a movie out of it. He asks his best buddy Sashank to accompany him on this exciting adventure. Shashank’s parents wouldn’t allow it. But after asking an opinion from his uncle who himself is a traveler they agree. Now they have to convince Sasha’s girlfriend Unnati’s parents. Here I have a doubt to ask the author if Abhay quits his job, it is his decision. What happened to Shashank and Unnati’s jobs. Did they quit too? Today finding a job is like rain in desert. I mean how did they agree to Abhay’s wish?I don’t know the answer.

Then another thing that caught my eye. Though Unnati’s mother is modern, her father is not. How can they trust two male companions with their daughter even when Abhay and Sasha try to convince them both. These days we can’t trust a girl with a male even if it is her father. We read a lot in daily newspapers about the rapes and gang rapes committed by men. It is as if Unnati’s parents live in another planet. How can they let Unnati to go with two strangers they have only known for just a short period of time. And what about their long journey? Will they not miss their only daughter? Abhay has no one but this is not true in both Unnati and Shashank’ s case.

If we exclude the minor errors , the 'Colorful notions' is perhaps the only one book that is written detailing the road trip of three youngsters.I would suggest this book to all those who are fed up of their daily routine that is wake up, get ready, go to office, come back, sleep and wake up next morning to do what they did yesterday all over again with an exception goes to Sundays and for some including Saturdays.

I want to share everything from the book but it will be considered as spoilers. Hence I will stop here only with this. Abhay's mother who we thought she left her husband without giving a reason actually has a valid reason. Buy the book to know what it is. It energized me and made me stronger to face life's challenges.

I am also a twenty five year old woman who worked in an office(just resigned to find a more suitable job- what a timing) so I was able to connect with the characters well. I am in fact surprised with all the details regarding the road trip that felt like I am also visiting those places with the protagonists and getting into trouble because of mischief. In short, If you are reading this, buy the book to free yourself from stress. I am sure you will like it. The plus point of the book is the entertainment quotient otherwise this book will be dull and boresome.

Who will love this book? All youngsters. The expedition of three youngsters makes it interesting for anyone who reads it. I enjoyed the book so much. Family, Fun, entertainment, romance, adventure, suspense, truth, revelation, are the key ingredients that makes this book a huge success. A thoroughly well researched novel which lacks logic in some places. This book is readable by both teenagers and adults.  

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict I can't help noticing it. This book is very cheap at Rs.176 only. It is worth buying. It is a great adventure thriller. Don't miss it.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Deep Singh Blue by Ranbir Singh Sidhu

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No. of pages : 243
Publisher : The unnamed press
Published on : March 29, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

I have always wondered what kind of life a child will have in a dysfunctional family. I had no clue as I have not met one until I read this book. In ‘Deep Singh Blue’ I got more than a glimpse of life of a child especially a teenager.

The novel is about Deep Singh who hails from a Punjabi family settled in US. His dad and mom always support their eldest son, Jag for everything as he has a job even if he does something wrong. Thus, Deep Singh leads a loveless life. This is when he meets Lily, a 27 year old married woman in his Junior college. At first glance, her story is difficult to comprehend but when the story progresses he learns a lot about Lily. By then, he has started to love Lily more than his family. Lily’s abusive past is sure enough to make him fall head over heels with her. But will she reciprocate his love? He is over a decade younger than her.

As Mother Teresa had said “Everyone should know they are loved”, Deep Singh and Lily liked each other(just as a friend by Lily) because no one else did or at least they think so.I must admit, I felt sorry for both Lily and Deep Singh for their loveless life. But this doesn’t mean I supported their relationship. He could be her brother. Deep Singh is very young. He is only sixteen. Lily must have made some sense into his brain which has fallen heedlessly in love with her. Even though she tried so hard , Deep Singh turned out to be a home wrecker. I thought that if Lily had not made him take advantage of her, he wouldn't have become an animal. And who says Deep Singh is not loved by anyone. He has Chuck, his best friend with whom he shares everything. Lily spoiled Deep Singh not the other way around.

Parents should be their children’s best guardians and well wishers. In Deep Singh’s family this is lacking. His mother is also not supportive. All she does is cry. His brother who doesn’t speak much tells him to die. His parents don't bother about this devilish behavior of their eldest son and all they do is try to find a suitable bride for him. Deep Singh parents are fully unaware of Jag’s mentally ill behavior. How can they be like that? When it comes to Lily’s family whose Chinese mother being a prostitute unintentionally made her to fall in love just to escape with Eddie, her husband at a young age. However,  these two characters are under developed. I wanted to know why Lily doesn't like them with proof.

There are flaws in all the characters in the novel. This is what makes the book a real page turner. The book is an intense, emotional roller coaster ride. It is a must read book by all parents with teenagers. How to raise children with discipline may not be found in this book but it warns you about the signs why the children behave in a certain way. How much do you love your children?Read the book and find out for yourself. Direct your child or children towards the right path.

Dislikes

The book moves at a snail pace and from the initial chapter itself the readers are able to get a clue of what we can expect from the novel. Deep Singh Blue is a sad story of two people whose lives are entwined with each other by fate. Throughout the reading process, I wanted the author to get to the point. I felt there were unnecessary ramblings by Deep Singh, the novel is written in first person, from Deep Singh’s point of view. We learn every single thought of him. This is somewhat boring. The only thing that kept me going is that Deep Singh and Lily’s love story. It is not very clear why Deep Singh’s parents love their first son so much than their second son. Speaking of literally, in all families including my family I have come across parents who love their second child more than their first child or one child each.

My likes

Deep Singh Blue is otherwise a wonderful novel penned down beautifully by author Ranbir Singh Sidhu. The novel is a bit on the melancholy side and yes, I loved it that way. The vagaries of emotions displayed by the characters fooled me into thinking this must be a real life story. We learn what the power of favoritism can do to change the behavior of children very well. The story is neatly woven with the right blend of characters in the most effective way possible. 

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict

I don't understand why Deep Singh's parents love their first son foolishly. Why they turn a blind eye to his mental illness? I think all the readers of this book would agree with me. May be it is because they are illiterate or is the answer known only to the author.The ending left me bewildered. However, I recommend this book to all parents out there. Buy this book and see if you understand your children well or not. In this book, you will learn communication is the best way forward to raise a good kid.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Author Interview : Lonnie Ostrow


Hello to all. Meet author Lonnie Ostrow who is a proud writer of an exceptionally fantastic debut novel, ‘Poet of the wrong generation’ which before its release date that is 10 November 2016 is receiving positive reviews by book reviewers all over the world. Below is the conversation I had with the author.  After reading this conversation,  just hurry before the book goes out of stock because the novel is going to be high in demand in the coming months. The conversation, here it goes.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A) I grew up on Long Island, New York. I studied English and Communications at Adelphi university. Writing was always my backbone. I wrote for the student newspaper, and later for the audio division of Simon and Schuster publishers. My job for the last 14 years is with the famous bestselling novelist, Barbara T. Bradford. I work as her marketing director, office manager, researcher and social media director. In my spare time, I work with first time authors in helping them to edit and marketing their novels.

Who is your favorite author?

A) Nick Hornby and Carl Hiassen are two of my favorites. They both tell stories that are loaded with popular culture and musical references. They also both write with a great deal of humor.

What are your hobbies?

A) In my local community on Long Island, I organize annual theme parties. In the past couple of years, I arranged costume parties in the theme of the 1970s and the 1980s. Hundreds of people dressed up in costume and attended. It was great fun. I also read a lot of fiction and biographies when my time allows.

How many novels have you read up until now?

A) I lost count when I was in college. For English Literature, we were assigned dozens of classics from Dickens, Steinbeck and Sallinger. I must have over 300 novels on my bookshelves at home.

How much time did you take to finish your debut novel, ‘Poet of the Wrong Generation’?

A) I wrote the first draft back in November of 2002. It took me two years of editing to get it up to publication level. then another two years to find a literary agent. I worked with her for 8 months, making many changes along the way. Then, we reached an impasse when she wanted me to change a PG rated novel into a much darker and profane one. I insisted on keeping it more accessible to a wider range of readers. Eventually, we parted ways and I put the project away for several years. It's taken me 14 years since writing the novel to see it published.

How did you find your publisher? Did they accept your novel in the first instance?

Harmony River Press found me. A friend of mine was working on a children's book project with them. He told them about my manuscript and they asked me to email it to them immediately. It took approximately 15 months from that time until the launch this month.

Who read your novel first?

A) I read many passages to my wife while I was writing it back in 2002. The first person to read it in its entirety was my childhood friend, Ben Wulsohn. He was my initial story editor and sounding board. He was exceptionally helpful.  

If your novel should be re-written again, what would you change?

A) I've been so diligent in polishing this novel over 14 years that I don't think I would change anything. Certainly nothing major.  

How did you deal with writer’s block?

A) I've never had to deal with it. When I'm writing, I sit down and concentrate, often following the story outline that I created at the beginning of the project. Once momentum kicks in, it feels like I'm running downhill. Sometimes it feels like the story is writing itself. On the odd day when I feel tired, or less motivated, I'll force myself to write a page or two, which may not be perfect, but can be edited, or salvaged the next day.

What’s your next project?

A) I started a second novel back in 2005. It's a different story with different characters and set in a different time period. What it shares in common with Poet is that it takes a different, cynical look at the concept of fame and celebrity. This time, with a notorious twist. I plan to go back and complete that novel once I have finished promoting Poet of the Wrong Generation.

Your favorite scene from your novel?

A) There is a scene where Johnny goes looking for his musical mentor inside his old and disorganized house. Howard has been missing for several days and Johnny and his friend manage to get inside in an effort to find him. What they discover is another major mystery within the story.

Do you have any advise for budding writers?

A) Be prepared to deal with rejection and make sure to wear a thick skin. So many young writers start out with big dreams and expectations. They need to reel this in and focus on completing all the steps in perfecting their work before seeking literary representation. Writers must also prepare to be their own marketing directors. They can not expect their publishers to turn their work into overnight bestsellers. Instead, they need to come up with every possible angle to get their book reviewed and promoted.

Anything else the readers would like to know about?

Many early readers have asked me if i plan to write a sequel to Poet. The truth is, I didn't initially plan to do so. I thought of Poet as one complete story with a definitive starting point and conclusion. That said, I'm now starting to get requests from readers who are asking questions about what happens to Johnny and Megan after the story ends. I've come up with a series of potential story lines. if the demand is there, I will consider the possibility of going back and writing another book featuring these characters.


Thank you author Lonnie Ostrow for agreeing to have this conversation. I wish you all the success .May God shower His enormous blessings on you and your family members and of course your books. And about the sequel to Poet, I would love that but please make sure the book is as interesting and captivating as the first book. All the best.

Lonnie Ostrow

About the author(Courtesy goodreads)

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption -- a fable of stardom's rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s. 
Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors. 
From 1995 - 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the "living celebrity postal phenomenon." In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating high-profile media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.