Review: The Traveller Series

It’s the first time that I’m trying to put up a review on a collection of poems, so please cope up with me. 

Name of the book : The Traveller       Series

Author: Tiffany Teoh

Publishers: Royal James Publishing House

Rating:4 stars

Honestly I loved the way she composed her poems. Tiffany wrote her poems using metaphors wherever required, she put a lyrical rhythm to her poems with the help of rhyming words. In some of her poems I could see a wishful thinking for her to travel somewhere. I could see a glimpse of her waiting for someone and in one of the poems, it was quite evident that she wanted to travel with her beloved. Her poems consists of imagery and have created a vivid picture of her travels in my mind.

An Interview with JD Woodson

My dear Adams and Eves I think its a long time I published any interviews. Today I’m going to present an interview with novelist JD Woodson. A very generous person, philosophical, intellectual in nature.

Here are the questions that I asked.

1.Is “A space between worlds Vol.1” your debut novel?

Yes, A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception is my literary debut. Though I did ghostwrite another work, this novel is technically my first.

2.Which character do you like the most from this novel and why?

This is a tough one to answer. I adore each of my characters and try my best to treat them equally since each of them have a pivotal role in the narrative. Let’s see, dismissing Shanti and Reno, the lead protagonists, I’ll have to say between Chandra or Avidia would be my favorite. In this novel, I didn’t have the opportunity to truly develop their character due to the conditions their roles gave them. Both of them are equally mysterious and appeared only as catalysts to Shanti and Reno’s current predicament. I had fun trying to cover up their true intentions which I can say aren’t wholly different from each other. You can say they are symbiotic much like the rest of the characters; everyone seems to be grouped in pairs.

3.Which genre books do you love reading and why?
I don’t have a particular genre I gravitate to. Although, I do read a large sum of Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. It’ll surprise you that I didn’t say Fantasy even though I’m an author of the genre. Speculative Fiction is like a chimera; parts and pieces of ideas and techniques taken from all other genre fiction, stitched together seamlessly to convey stories irregular. Each genre has their strengths depending on both interest and what an author wants to convey but since I’m really mulling it over, I’ll have to say Speculative is what I like reading the most. 

4.Where did you get the inspiration to write this story?

Hmm. The inspiration came from a number of places but the main two were the struggles within myself and the loss of two I hold dear. The themes of the novel explore the idea of introspection, identity, cycles, life, death, regret and reincarnation. Many people didn’t have an opportunity to discover who they are but they mold themselves in what the outside world intended them to be. For myself, I wore a mask that wasn’t my own in order to keep someone who departed memories alive. So the basis of the novel was molded by that along with a promise I made to a dear friend of mine who took her own life. She always loved my writing, even when I felt it was terrible. She made me promise her that I’d never give up writing and on that promise and her loss, A Space Between Worlds was born. If you look at all of themes I listed, it can give you an idea of what I wanted to convey. The characters are fragmented reflections of myself, what I used to feel and think.  
5.As a debut novelist how do you think are the sales rate of your novel?

Really, I’m not so sure yet. A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception doesn’t go on sale until tomorrow. But I’d like to think it’ll sale nicely. Those who read it so far enjoyed the story, others are interested as far as I can tell. Truthfully speaking, as a debut novelist it’s pretty difficult to expect phenomenal sales. Average readers mainly stick to the names they know, very few are adventurous to branch out and read a novel by someone they have never heard of. It truly depends on both the publisher and author to cultivate an audience for a particular work. For myself, I’m going to focus on being consistent and enhance my techniques with every work I put out there. My publisher trusts in me and my work; I trust them.      
6.Name a few of your favorite books.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami 

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

7.Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

That’s a really good question. Hmm, it was natural for me. I started writing when I was around five-years-old; poetry in fact. I guess I gained it from my family. The Woodson family has a lot of writers in the bloodline, I suppose I inherited the talent and will to write from my blood. Aside from this, writing was the only thing I felt I can ;could be truthful to myself. Whatever I wrote, I felt. 

8.Are you planning to bring out a collection of poetry in the near future?

Wow, this is a consistent question I’m asked. Would you want to read one? I haven’t written standalone poetry in over three years since I stayed focus on writing A Space Between Worlds. Hmm, down the line, I’d like to. Poetry is my first love when it comes to writing. I managed to integrate it with my storytelling, however, it does deserve a concentrated effort again. I’ll talk with my publisher to see how they feel. I still have quite a number of novels to write for them.
9.Would you like to give a piece of advice for other debut writers?

I wish there was a universal phrase that I can use but it’s going to be a vastly different experience from writer to writer. Publishing may seem to be the end all be all, however, there is much more to it than that. Whether traditional, self-published, or not published, a writer needs to be confident in themselves and their work. No matter how long it takes, finish your expression. Be consistent in evolving your technique, maturing your voice. Any sort of creative expression requires dedication and diligence. The result of your work depends on you and only you. It’s going to be hard majority of the time, painful. But the accomplishment you feel, the serenity you gain; it’s enrapturing. If you get rejected by an agent or publisher, dust yourself off, refine your skills, and try again. Keep trying until it’s right for you and especially right for you future readers. Oh! Don’t forget to read. Reading for writers is like sunlight to plants. 
10. What are you working on these days? Can we expect any other surprises during?

Well, I’m working on the next entry of the A Space Between Worlds series which you should expect to be out around this time next year. I can only say volume two will mark the end of the current arc. It’ll pick up right after the end of Conception. The tone of the novel is going to shift into a darker direction, on Reno’s side at least. As for any other surprises, I can’t say. It’ll differently spoil things. Some characters will be returning, others will be new. What can you expect in the new worlds? Recollection. 

Thank you so much Josh for agreeing with the interview.  I hope you have a bright and successful future ahead.

Review: A space between worlds Vol1: Conception

First of all I would like to say that reviewing this piece took most of my energy. From what I have gathered the author JD Woodson must be a little philosophical person. For a debut work he did a great job.

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Name: A Space Between Worlds Vol.1
Author: J.D.Woodson
Publisher: Royal James Publishing House
Rate: 4stars

The story opens with the nameless trio, a man, a hollow female and a frail girl with an empty expression. Then the story opens with the songstress Shanti getting ready for her performance. As the story progresses we get a vivid idea that the songstress loves being in the light unconsciously, though her hideous facial scar keeps her in the darkness throughout time.
Chandra the songstresses’ assistant gives her company whenever possible.
There’s another character in the novel, Reno a simple florist he tries to help Shanti.
The story takes a new pattern, just as Avidia enters the scene. He is a person full of light. He is the one person who can bring out the light from Shanti and he does it very efficiently. The story does take a few romantic turns at moments.
Overall its a very philosophical book. The author has used words and created a wonderful plot.

The book should be read by debut authors and even by readers who prefer space saga. I can assure you this book is quite different from the others of the same genre.

Review: Perfect | Imperfect

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Book: Perfect | Imperfect
Author: Ravi Bedi
Publishers: Author’s Ink Publications
Rate: 4.5stars

Title

Perfect | Imperfect ,a very apt title for a novel, where a perfect plan is laid out for a crime, yet there are some imperfections in it.

Plot
The story is about a young couple who try to make quick money by robbing out a millionaire . They plan out a perfect crime, act it out, yet they forget that even the most intellectual criminals leave some loopholes while trying to dash out with the stolen goodies. This is what the story is about.

Characters
Jimmy Bhashin, a young salesman who works in a reputed jewellry store is a romantic, hardworking, intelligent young man. His greed for easy money didn’t let him live an honest life.

Farah Batliwala-Jimmy’s girlfriend and partner in crime. Both of them together try to create a perfect crime. At some point of time, after the robbery she is misleaded by Samarth.

Samarth Jain- Son of a millionaire, a Casanova. He pretends to love Farah in order to take revenge from her.

Conclusion

A short novel filled with suspense, humor, suspense, romance .The author has put up a story which will hold your interest till the end .A noteworthy statement from the novel’That gives us a perfect plan that has no Imperfections. Which will keep the readers wanting for more.

Review: Perfect | Imperfect

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Book: Perfect | Imperfect
Author: Ravi Bedi
Publishers: Author’s Ink Publications
Rate: 4.5stars

Title

Perfect | Imperfect ,a very apt title for a novel, where a perfect plan is laid out for a crime, yet there are some imperfections in it.

Plot
The story is about a young couple who try to make quick money by robbing out a millionaire . They plan out a perfect crime, act it out, yet they forget that even the most intellectual criminals leave some loopholes while trying to dash out with the stolen goodies. This is what the story is about.

Characters
Jimmy Bhashin, a young salesman who works in a reputed jewellry store is a romantic, hardworking, intelligent young man. His greed for easy money didn’t let him live an honest life.

Farah Batliwala-Jimmy’s girlfriend and partner in crime. Both of them together try to create a perfect crime. At some point of time, after the robbery she is misleaded by Samarth.

Samarth Jain- Son of a millionaire, a Casanova. He pretends to love Farah in order to take revenge from her.

Conclusion

A short novel filled with suspense, humor, suspense, romance .The author has put up a story which will hold your interest till the end .A noteworthy statement from the novel’That gives us a perfect plan that has no Imperfections. Which will keep the readers wanting for more.

Book review: BoyzNite

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Title: BoyzNite
Author: Xane J Fisher
Release Date: August 1 ,2016

Not much romance,  yet a lot of memories.

This book is the debut work of author Xane J Fisher. A party ending up with lots of happenings in a single night,  making it a BoyzNite.
The book has more to it,  author Xane tries to put up some family emotions,  where the protagonist Ian’s family is closely knit except his mother.

The story opens up with Ian Peters moving to Piedmont,  Washington for the summer,  to his father’s place. This summer proves to be self -revealing  for him,  reassuring himself regarding his conscience,  reigniting old flame,  reconnecting with his family and friends.

It is the story of most of us who passed their college or are attending universities or working somewhere far from their family,  far from the place they grew up,  exceptional are a few adventures made by Ian.

There is a particular period in our life ‘s timeline when we come to know what we missed all around,  the mistakes we carried and finally we want to correct those. That is what Xane J Fisher’s book is about and much more. Which I won’t reveal,  not now.

A book which is sure to remind the adults of their past adventures,  the young adults of their latest thrills.
So if you are COMPLETELY,  TOTALLY interested grab your copies from Amazon pre -sale.

Book review: India’s Most Unlikely Bride

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Title:India’s Most Unlikely Bride
Author: M.V.Kasi
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Ratings:  5 star

A match made in hell

India’s most unlikely bride is the first romantic comedy by an Indian author,  that was able to keep me enthralled. Right from the beginning the light bantering between the lead characters Mahi and Samrat bound me to my seat for a full two hours which is seldom in case of other books.

Set in Southern India the book provides us an outlook of the Southern people,  their tastes,  climate etc. Mahi is thirty something,  a person with a sharp tongue and strong wits. She is a divorcee with a wild past. Back in Hyderabad from San Francisco,  she’s here to redeem herself. But will her obsolete past help her do that? 
Samrat a business tycoon,  who is Mahi’s neighbor as well , had a difficult time during college;  all thanks to Mahi. Will he allow her to live peacefully,  when she arrives next door after 14 years.

The story has everything a person needs while sipping a cup of coffee from romance -passion -emotional drama -sarcasm -comedy,  just everything.  Mahi’s witty nature even when she’s grieving and Samrat’s dominating,  stubborn self strike perfectly.

If you guys are interested in Super hot romance then I assure you,  won’t be disappointed with this book.

Title: Emancipation: a town tale

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The title of the story was chosen aptly,  the main protagonist of the story did emancipate finally.  He got himself free from all sorts of restriction.

It is a fictional story,  about a little town of Assam.  The plot revolves around three leading characters Bankim,  Amrita and Devyanka.  The prologue starts with Bankim entering a coffee shop,  during his lunch break where the owner of the shop had an argument with the manager,  who was later fired from his job. Its here that our protagonist starts narrating his story to the owner in exchange of a few cups of coffee.

In the story Bankim ‘s younger self is like any other teenage boy,  who is infatuated with a girl taking it to be love.  In his case he wasn’t careful enough letting the girl penetrate into his systems. Got deteriorated in his studies started drinking,  smoking out of frustration. He finally gave up the mental torture and broke up with her.  This didn’t lessen the obstacles for him.  After a few days he met another girl , with whom he was in love -at -first -sight.
Suddhabrata  has done a great job in detailing out the scenario of a little town,  though the number of times he used the word small town could be abated. Keeping in mind that the author is just  budding author I would conclude saying if you are into young adult love stories you’ll surely love this one.

Review:The Shadow of the Dark Soul

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The title of the story is befitting and ambiguous because a dark soul can never have its shadow, but from the context of the story some dark past may haunt us and follow us like a shadow.
The book definitely fits in the fiction genre. The summary is as follows:
Zayesha is a young journalist who just doesn’t run after the news or is any sort of media hypocrite. She tries to bring out the truth in the public. She has a lesbian neighbor Liza and her Catholic mom Ms.Chandelier. Her boyfriend Is training for the civil services. Her family is against her choice of profession.
One day on Mrs. Chandelier’s insistance she visited The Shadow Of The Dark Soul.  It is a group which consisted of people who have either been raped or their near ones faced something similar. These people didn’t want sympathy or pity instead they wanted to have a normal life where none would speak about their and look upon them as any other normal person. This little visit had stirred her heart, her thoughts were in turmoil. She finally took a drastic step and was fired from her job.  But she didn’t stop at that she adopted one of the girls whose mother had been raped .

Our author Sukhmani Gandhi’s point of view is a little different from others according to her if we try to change the outlook of our male dominant society only then can we put an end to brutal crimes against women.  Curbing the lifestyle of females will do no good rather we will have to teach our boys respect towards women. I totally agree with her regarding this matter. When a convict is punished the punishment us borne only by him but if we can change a society’s outlook then a mass number od people will affected.
One of my favorite conversation between Zayesha ‘s daughter and son:

  I heard Princess telling her little brother “It’s okay honey. I cry too. When I’m hurt… just because yoy are a boy,  that doesn’t mean you don’t cry you’ll be fine in some time. “

The conclusion of the book is very convincing where the author says that being humans we only think about the popular matters around us,  we don’t go into the depth of things.  If we truly want to develop humanity we must be able to change our view about the society. “Girls should not always be called victims instead we should call them Survivors.

©Paramita