Saturday, October 29, 2016

Book Review: Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell


Introduction
  • ASIN: B01HK4DVO0
  • Genre: Fiction / Romance
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: Rs.399/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
Behind the book

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Review: It's Not About You by Ratna Vira


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789382616740
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Pan MacMillan
  • Price: Rs.350/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Single mother Samaira juggles her corporate job and Aksh, her teenaged son, even as she defies society, disapproving in-laws and her own family. But when Aksh is found battered and beaten at school, she finds herself questioning her role as a mother. Faced with a conspiracy of silence from the school, she delves deeper only to discover the murky world of bullying, the secret life of teenagers, and the emotional distance between parents and children.

In her pursuit of truth and justice, Samaira ends up challenging the power equations of politics, wealth and influence. It’s Not About You is an urgent, contemporary tale that celebrates the persistence of the human spirit to fight against all odds.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Review: The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach to Learning by Devdutt Pattanaik


Introduction
  • ISIN: B01HK4DVO0
  • Genre: Non fiction / Mythological / Business
  • Publishers: Aleph Book Company
  • Price: Rs.399/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge in Hinduism, as well as in Buddhism and Jainism. Her name is derived from the fluidity (saras) of the imagination. Human imagination enables us to invent and innovate, visualize, plan and de-risk. Yet imagination is a bad word in the world of business and management. It strips us of certainty. We want to control the imagination of those who work for us, prevent their minds from wandering from work. Yet every human being lives in an imagined reality. Recognizing this enables us to work with talent, build strong relationships and nurture people to face any situation with faith and patience. Failure to recognize imagination is why family-owned businesses are unable to manage professionals and how professionally- run companies end up creating ineffective, mechanistic talent management systems. Training, learning and development, are not just about skills and knowledge and competencies, they are about appreciating the human-animal, recognizing that neither we nor those around us are programmable machines that we can plug and play. Managing people, hence relationships, is key to the survival of an organization.

Derived from Devdutt Pattanaik’s influential bestseller Business Sutra, this book explores concepts like creativity in the workplace, nurturing talent, and the importance of teamwork. It will help employers and managers become more inclusive leaders who are able to carry their team along with them..
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review: A SISTER TO HONOUR by Lucy Ferriss


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9788175993983
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Fingerprint
  • Price: Rs.299/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.

An ambitious athlete, Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. Having convinced their parents to allow his sister to come to the U.S., Shahid wants only to focus, right now, on the win over Harvard that could clinch a job for him in the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered, instead, to cleanse family honour with his sister’s blood.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com


Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: Feral by Laxmi Hariharan (Many Lives Book 1)

Introduction
  • ASIN:  B01GCWLDJG
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Fighting Monkey Press
  • Price: $0.73 (I got this book from the b00k r3vi3ws for a review)
He was her destination. She just didn't know it.

When Maya leaves Luke to go in search of her blood family, nothing prepares her for the secrets she uncovers about herself.  An intense, shifter romance, set in Bombay. A standalone novelette in the Many Lives universe.

Background to the Many Lives Universe

The Many Lives series begins in present day Bombay when a tsunami wipes away much of the city. Post-tsunami Bombay of the future is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. On the other hand, successive economic downturns have stripped most Western of its wealth, pushing many to seek a new life in the East. Refugees from Europe now pour into Bombay, into the camp nicknamed the Jungle. And no one is safe from the growing menace of the merciless human-wolf hybrids and vampires.

Each book in the Many Lives universe is a stand alone in the series. A possible progression is as listed below

Many Lives - Main Series
1. Feral
2. Taken
3. Untamed
4. Redemption

Many Lives Prequel Series
1. Awakened
2. Origins
3. Chosen

Many Lives inspiration novelettes
1. Exhale
2. Ugly

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Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review: Taken by Laxmi Hariharan (Many Lives Book 2)

Introduction
  • ASIN:  B01LW5YWQF
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Fighting Monkey Press
  • Price: $0.99/- (I got this book from b00k r3vi3w for a review)
From New York Times bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan, don't miss the next book in the USA Today Bestselling Many Lives Series

Aria West: If I get out of here alive, I am never to going to let myself feel so powerless ever again

Jai Iyeroy: Everything in my past has lead up to this moment, for I am sworn to protect this city.

Three years ago Jai allowed the only woman he loved to walk out of his life. But Aria’s back now. Except her life is in danger, and this time Jai will do anything, even break his vow to protect his city, to keep her safe.

Set in a near-future where successive economic downturns in the West have resulted in refugees seeking shelter in the East

Background to the Many Lives Universe

The Many Lives series begins in present day Bombay when a tsunami wipes away much of the city. Post-tsunami Bombay of the future is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. On the other hand, successive economic downturns have stripped most Western of its wealth, pushing many to seek a new life in the East. Refugees from Europe now pour into Bombay, into the camp nicknamed the Jungle. And no one is safe from the growing menace of the merciless human-wolf hybrids and vampires.

Each book in the Many Lives universe is a stand alone in the series. A possible progression is as listed below

Many Lives - Main Series
1. Feral
2. Taken
3. Untamed
4. Redemption

Many Lives Prequel Series
1. Awakened
2. Origins
3. Chosen

Many Lives inspiration novelettes
1. Exhale
2. Ugly

Join my newsletter to get my best three novelettes free here http://smarturl.it/Laxmi

Behind the book

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: Never Gone by Anusha Subramaniam


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9780143424963
  • Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Romance
  • Publishers:Penguin
  • Price: Rs.299/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Siddharth and Veera have a connection they refuse to acknowledge. There is more to Kavya than her snooty social-butterfly act. Mahir is the heartbroken heart breaker. Aslesha has built all her friendships on a foundation of lies. Nikhil has spent his entire life learning how to shut people out.All Aakash wants is a second chance. And then there's Ananya. The one who was born to raise hell and change the world.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Friday, October 14, 2016

Behind the Book: Santosh Srivastava


Today we have Santosh Srivastava with us at Behind the Book. He is the co-author of a book called "The Gita Way" along with Shweta Chandra.

Santosh Srivastava, 38, an MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, is a marketing professional, currently heading marketing services in H & R Johnson (India) based out of Mumbai. He found himself fascinated about science of spirituality from early childhood. Along with maintaining consistent focus on professional priorities, he actively writes on various topics ranging from management to spiritualism through his blog www.santoshsrivastava.com. Besides writing, he enjoys playing chess and cricket..

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cover Reveal: Ken Follett’s new Kingsbridge novel - A Column of Fire

Pan Macmillan are delighted to reveal the cover for Ken Follett’s new novel A Column of Fire, which will be published across the world in September 2017.

Ken Follett’s first Kingsbridge novel, the masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth, enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. The sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the UK, US and Europe, taking readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grappled with the devastating sweep of historical change.

Opening in Christmas 1558, A Column of Fire will take readers back to Kingsbridge once more.

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher of Macmillan Adult Books said: ‘Publication of a new Ken Follett novel is always a major event, but a new Ken Follett Kingsbridge novel, set in the fictional town that readers first encountered in The Pillars of the Earth, is hugely exciting. We’re all delighted at Pan Macmillan to be helping to bring this wonderful novel to readers in 2017.’

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo


Introduction
  • ASIN: B01LDIXCR0
  • Genre: Fiction / Thriller
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: Rs.66/- (I got this book from the b00k r3vi3ws for a review)
A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten. For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Book Review: One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9788129142146
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Rupa Publishing House
  • Price: Rs.176/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Hi, I'm Radhika Mehta and I'm getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.

You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.

Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Book Review: Agniputr-When Agni first spoke by Vadhan

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789386141
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Bloomsbury India
  • Price: Rs.299/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
Many years ago,an extraordinary cripple disappeared from a remote village, ending a time of terror. Not many knew that he gave his life to confine a malevolence, the Sutram, to its subterranean womb or that in doing so, he had prevented the apocalypse.

Deep beneath the Earth the evil has lurked, fraying its shackles and plotting its escape, all the while gathering immeasurable power. Until now.

When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy.

He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.

Before long, the lawyer takes on India’s most powerful politician, Kiromal, a man utterly obsessed with power. Kiromal and his sinister Tantric advisor intend to use the evil beneath the castle to play God.

Raghuram finds an ally in Sheila, a scientist who is tasked to investigate the Sutram. Using Quantum science to interpret a Vedic verse, they have to unravel the secrets of creation to stop the destruction. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive.

Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal harness the evil to rule the world?

Or will the Sutram break free to eradicate the planet?

Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game?
Behind the book

Source: Amazon.in

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Guest Post: Four things to avoid when writing romance by Tarang Sinha

Romance novels. They bring a smile on my face. Yes, it’s my favourite genre, but even though I am an avid reader, I can’t read any random romance. Even your favourite genre cannot guarantee entertainment, sometimes. 

Source: romance.fictionfactor.com

Monday, October 03, 2016

Book Review: Subcontinental Drift- Four Decades Adrift in India and beyond by Murray Laurence

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9383064250
  • Genre: Non-Fiction / Travelogue
  • Publishers: Aleph Book Company
  • Price: Rs.399/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Nothing prepared Murray Laurence for India when he first traveled through the country in the 1970s. His first impressions were of its ‘surpassing weirdness’ but it soon cast a spell on him, and for the next forty years he kept returning to India over and over again.

His early journeys in the crowded third-class compartments of slow trains or in rickety buses to obscure towns and villages in the great Indian hinterland often led to strange encounters and travel disasters. Honey-tongued tricksters assailed him, bizarre locals and foreigners tried to explain the country to him, pompous officials waylaid him with impenetrable assertions and mystifying rules, and a myriad other picaresque entanglements with outrageous characters ensured that every trip he made was memorable. In all the chaos and quirkiness that surrounded him, the one thing he could always count on was the spontaneous warmth and generosity of Indians which often revealed itself in surprising circumstances.

Closely observed, stylishly written, and very very funny, Subcontinental Drift is an unforgettable tribute to India and its people.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Book Review: Horsemen of Old (Tantrics of Old, #2) by Krishnarjun Bhattacharya

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9788175993761
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Fingerprint! Publishing
  • Price: Rs.251/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
There will come a time when it will talk to you.’
‘The Darkness?’
‘Yes. And when that time comes, do not answer.’

Cat and mouse. Hunter and prey.
A desperate flight, in sun and moonless night.

A country succumbing to the weight of its politics,
bleeding in the shadow of its history.

Frozen Bombay, a city of thieves and pirates.
Zaleb Hel, an island of secrets.
Nemen Sui, the black place.
Rajasthan, a burning desert waste where the heart eaters roam.

But the sound of hooves. They grow ever near.
The beating of drums. The end of days.
The Four Horsemen. The Apocalypse.

You are powerless to stop this, siblings. You have lost much.
Your innocence. Your love. Your greatest ally.
All you have now is the blood that ties you.
All you have now is each other.

Behind the book