Friday, September 25, 2015

Exodus by Varun Prabhu






Name of the Book: EXODUS: BOOK ONE OF THE MAHABHARATA SIMPLIFIED SERIES
Author: Varun Vithaldas Prabhu

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The Story:

The Pandavas have come to Hastinapura, seeking family and love, but are instead greeted with animosity and hatred from the Kauravas, their cousins. Schemes and plots are hatched by a vile statesman, who happens to be uncle to the Kauravas, to either kill them or drive them away as part of his goal to destroy the ethics of the Kuru family.

Meanwhile, in Mathura, the Yadavas face a constant threat from Jarasandha, the one who calls himself The Emperor, as part of his desire to have revenge since his son-in-law was killed by two mystical cowherds. As the Yadava dynasty seeks to escape the tyranny of Jarasandha, the three siblings, Krishna Govinda, Balarama Vaasudeva and Subhadra must take it upon themselves to save the city from the tyrannical king.

Will the cunning uncle succeed in breaking up the rising alliance between the Pandavas and the Yadavas? Will Jarasandha be able to sack the city of Mathura? Will their schemes and wars result in an exodus of Dharma from Aryavarta?

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Varun Vithaldas Prabhu 

In the author's own words: I would like to introduce myself, hoping to connect with like-minded peers and cultivate relationships with them so as to advance our career. I am an author (Self-Published) who writes fantasy, horror and mythology, with a deep interest in historical period drama and science-fiction. I write both novels and screenplays. Right now, I am working on a retelling of the Mahabharata (the first book available on the Amazon Kindle Store as well as Createspace) which spans 18 books in total. I am also working on a standalone cross-genre fiction which I intend to publish soon and another epic fantasy series which has been my baby for a long while. On the screenplay front, I am currently working on 3-4 scripts, hoping to pitch at least one of them this year.

My hobbies include reading, writing, playing chess and billiards, and watching TV Shows...I am an addict, you can say. What do I not watch? He he. Anyway, I hope to make contacts with those who wish to pursue screenwriting as well as novel writing.

I am also a freelance ghostwriter and a copy-editor.

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The Runaway Groom by Sundari Venkatraman







Name of the Book: THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM
Author: Sundari Venkatraman

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1. Rubina Ramesh
2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 
3. Sumeetha Manikandan 

The Story:

Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance.

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants?

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?

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Sundari Venkatraman 

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she couldn’t write to save her life.

All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job as a school admin and didn’t know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the meanwhile, she landed a job as Copy Editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as Content Editor.

Despite her work schedule, she continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also blogs voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.

Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).

2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.

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The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan







Name of the Book: THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER
Author: Laxmi Hariharan

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1. Privy Trifles 
2. Mukti Jain 
3. Biswanath Banerjee 

The Story:

A YA action-thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kickass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for the things she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

The Origins of Ruby Iyer

Growing up in Bombay I was weighed down by the expectations of traditional Indian society. Yet, I wanted to be economically independent. So, daily I would leave the relative safety of home, knowing that my commute to work was going to be nightmarish. It's just how public transport is in this city. When you get on a crowded local train platform, you accept that you are probably going to be felt up. Every time this happened to me, I would get really angry. But, I would deal with it and get on. When a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight, I was furious. It was as if nothing had changed in all the years I had been away. I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down anymore; who would stand up for herself regardless of the consequences. Who would follow her heart ... Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Ruby is her own person. She leads I follow.

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Laxmi Hariharan 

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write...She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer and the Bombay Chronicles (The Destiny of Shaitan). London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.

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Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed





Name of the Book: BUTTERFLY SEASON
Author: Natasha Ahmed

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1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Dola Basu Singh 
3. Ruchi Singh 

The Story:

On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.

Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.

Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.

We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.

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Natasha Ahmed 

Natasha Ahmed is a pen name. In real life, Natasha is a graphic designer, a businesswoman and occasionally writes art and book reviews for publications within Pakistan.

She works in a small office at home, not far from Sea View, Karachi. From a tiny window, she can see the Arabian Sea sparkling in the distance, and small fishing boats trawl up and down the water throughout the day. When she’s not writing books, she’s dreaming of setting sail towards the horizon and never looking back. Great adventure, she believes, starts with great daring.

Butterfly Season is her first novella, though not, she hopes, her last.

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Finding Fisher by Dakota Madison





Name of the Book: FINDING FISHER
Author: Dakota Madison

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2. Paula Phillips 
3. Margaret 

The Story:

Franklin Smith was the perfect fiancĂ©. He was at the top of our class at Stanford and had been recently accepted to Harvard Law. But Spring Break our senior year of college changed everything. He went back home to New Jersey and never returned. At his funeral I discovered a guy I never knew. His secret past. And a twin brother, Fisher, I didn’t know existed.


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Dakota Madison 

Dakota Madison has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

(A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Karen Mueller Bryson writes contemporary romance under the pen names Dakota Madison, Savannah Young, Sierra Avalon and Ren Monterrey.)

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Skylines by Neelam Chandra Saxena







Name of the Book: SKYLINES
Author: Neelam Chandra Saxena

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2. Himani Gupta 

The Anthology:

A woman is like a palette of colours. Just like the colours, she too displays a different tint and shade at different points of time. The colours you perceive are the ones you make her show. If you love her, she will adore you; if you give her wings she will soar but if you hurt her, she may take time but will one day bounce back in retaliation.

'Skylines' is a collection of fourteen different stories which revolve around women - the buoyant teens, the chirpy youth or the matured ladies. Different encounters and circumstances in life make them either very tender, fragile or reactionaries and bigots. Do read on to understand these colours of life...

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Neelam Chandra Saxena 

Neelam Saxena Chandra completed her Engineering in Electronics & Power Engineering from V.N.I.T., Nagpur and went on to finish PG Dip in I.M & HRD and PG Dip in Finance Mgmt. She is a bureaucrat working with Indian Railways. She shares from an incurable passion of writing poetry and fiction. Around seven hundred of her stories/poems have been published in various leading Indian as well as international magazines, anthologies and journals. Many of her stories/poems have been transmitted by Akashwani (Radio) also. Neelam was recently nominated in the list of 78 most well-known authors in India by Forbes for the year 2014.

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Metro Diaries by Namrata





Name of the Book: METRO DIARIES
Author: Namrata

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1. Sundari Venkatraman 
2. Kritika Narula 
3. Sachin Prabhu 

The Story:

Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane, as "metro diaries" will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, metro diaries - love classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.


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Namrata 

Namrata is an investment banker who dreams of making a difference to the world, one word at a time. She romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She is a contributor to various anthologies and e-zines along with having recently published her first solo e-book called Metro Diaries: Seventeen LOVE classics. She is also the editor for Writer's Ezine, apart from being a reviewer for leading publishing houses.

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Battered Hope by Carol Graham - Giveaway







Name of the Book: BATTERED HOPE
Author: Carol Graham

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2. Marie Abanga 
3. Charisse Harris

The Story:

Need encouragement? Ever feel hopeless? It is your choice to be VICTIM or VICTOR. Carol Graham lived a life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. Believes strongly that laughter will get you through anything. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel - character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for her to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. This is her compelling story

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Carol Graham 

Sharing laughter, inspiration and encouraging stories to anyone who has been put through the wringer of life. If I overcame tragedies...so can you. I am a motivational speaker sharing my incredible story of surviving cancer, rape, marital abuse, loss of child, suicide attempt, huge financial losses and more. I firmly believe laughter will get you through almost anything. I published Battered Hope in 2013, which is a memoir written as a compelling novel. It is a story of perseverence and faith.

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The Activist and The Capitalist by Vibha Batra - Giveaway







Name of the Book: THE ACTIVIST AND THE CAPITALIST
Author: Vibha Batra

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2. Book and Ink 
3. Priyanka Batra Harjai 

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.

Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?

An exciting love story, set in Chennai from the best-selling author of Sweet Sixteen.

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Vibha Batra 

Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and fiction writer by passion. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry, and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories.

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