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The Four winds by Kristin Hannah

Heavy with emotions, one rollercoaster journey of ups and downs. Hello  reader friends. Today I’ll be talking and Reviewing the four winds by  the queen @kristinhannahauthor

Suggested reading age- 16+

Review- The four winds is a heavy tale of love that was lost, of bravery and beauty not recognised, of life showing us beautiful moments then stabbing us on the back, of good times and bad. My dear Elsa,

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Anna k. – Do not read this book

DNF

BOOK- Anna k. (Cringey retelling)

Author- Jenny Lee

My rating- 1/5

Suggested reading age- none. Don’t read this.

Review- so the books is a cringy re-telling of a classic, filled with cuss words. That is a big let down for me, in an attempt to make it modern, there was an absolute unnecessary and excessive use of cuss words. This book will age Very fast, it is filled with pop culture references and seems to targeting readers from a particular place only. The story, the plot, I regret Reading this. This book has many misconceptions about teenagers, an absolute wrong and unsuccessful depiction. Don’t read this, it’s a waste of time. This book has so many wrong depictions and I’m glad I did not finish this.


Haven’t read the book? Great. Keep it that way only. Use your energy in a different well structured book. This book has perhaps all the teenage cliches. The book made me angry , Reading such absurd portrayal of teenagers and all the wrong things. The writing style is general , nothing great.  Dialogues are terrible, no planning of a plot, this book was a absolute horrible read for me.

It angers me so so much, the absolute wrong and terrible depiction of teenagers. Just put this book away, don’t read this.

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Book review- LUCKY GIRL BY JAMIE PACTON

A big comfort read, bold and truthful with minor use of cuss words.

Book- Lucky Girl

Author- @jamiepacton

Suggested reading age- 12 – 20

My rating- 4.5/5 ( because of the cuss words, otherwise I loved the book)

Review- Lucky Girl has to be one of the most unique and truthful book I’ve read in a very long time. The portrayal of human emotions has been so beautifully written by Jamie.

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QUARTERLY AUTHOR INTERVIEW SEGMENT WITH PAUL WILLIAMS

Q1) What are your other interests and hobbies besides writing?

Even before I started writing, I always loved drawing, and making visual art. I actually thought that I would be an artist when I was younger, which is only a little lower than writing as a practical career choice. 

I love to run as well, and recently I try to go four miles each time I run. Besides that, I of course love to read, and watch movies/shows. 

Q2) What is your work (writing) schedule like when you are writing ?

I despise schedules, and I’ll avoid them at any cost, especially in my free time. When I write, it’s when I’ve got a new idea, or if I’m just in the mood. And you would think this makes me less productive, but I work very fast, partially because writing is something I love doing, and don’t have to force myself to do. 

Q3) How was your experience in Independent publishing?

Independent publishing is the quickest method of publishing, although it is more expensive for the author with arguably less rewards. When I first started I was sure that I was going traditional, but over time I learned how the publishing companies operated. They’re a business after all, and they take on authors for different reasons. Sometimes they will publish a writer and suppress their work because it could rival their popular author’s work. Not to mention the funky way they can handle advance payments, and some won’t be afraid to screw you over because they know writers typically don’t have enough resources to fight a long legal battle. All this is assuming they don’t reject you in two seconds. 

These days independent publishing is easier than ever, which has some strengths and drawbacks. However, Amazon is the most commercial channel to go through, and they take every opportunity to make publishing a simple and rewarding process. Just be prepared to spend money on an editor (in some cases two) a cover designer, etc. But I encourage any potential authors out there to be as economical as possible wherever they can! As the seller of your book (your own representative) You need to be critical, and CAREFUL with who you bring into your process. Don’t settle for poor quality because it’s easier/faster. 

Q4) AS a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar?

Well, this isn’t a very original answer, but Phillip Pullman the author of His Dark Materials, has said his author avatar would be a raven, and mine would be as well. His reasoning was that he takes bits from other better writers and makes them into something new, like how Ravens pick scraps. I think that’s the case for most authors. We draw on everything around us, especially other works of fiction, even if it’s unconscious. 

Q5) What was an early experience where you realised Language held power?

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LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND BY RUMAAN ALAM – A BOOK REVIEW

Book- Leave the world behind

Author- Rumaan Alam

My rating- 3.5/5

Review – Do we know what our next moment is going to be, we often wonder what is next, we often wonder what would happen then. But will the human kind ever have the courage to look within themselves in the present tense and make changes in the time they are living in, well now that I have set the mood let me continue the book review of leave the world behind.

The author Mr. Alam does more for the readers than just writing a fast-paced mystery thriller, this book makes you question your beliefs, as a human whether a child or an adult. this book isn’t about a specific age or age group of fictional characters, it is not about me being a little troubled about what would happen to the vacationing family. Well, now you know this book caters to age categories from 13 and above but due to some explicit scenes I would suggest a 16+ for reading age.

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INTERVIEWING THE MYSTERY GODDESS – LISA JEWELL

Q1) What are your other interests and hobbies besides writing?

LISA– I don’t really have any hobbies or interests. I’m very lazy and I like to sit down and do nothing as much as I possible can. I’m a smartphone addict and spend way too much time scrolling through news apps and Facebook. I have a dog who I’m obsessed with so I spend a lot of time walking her and cuddling her and telling her how beautiful she is. I like to read, but don’t read nearly as much as I’d like to read and my reading pile never seems to get any smaller. I also like eating, drinking and cooking

Q2) What is your work (writing) schedule like when you are writing ?

LISA– In the first half of the year I start a tentative writing routine. I’m disciplined, but not overly so. So if I friend were to say, ‘fancy lunch on Tuesday?’ I’d probably say, ‘yes, sure’. In the second half of the year I become very single minded. I come to my desk (be that my kitchen table/a table in a coffee shop/the room I’m renting currently to write in during lockdown) at about 1.30pm, just after lunch, and I don’t move until I’ve written at least 1000 words. I do that every single day until I finish. I write in sequence, one page after the other and I deliver my novel every year in December. 

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An Interview with Aija Mayrock

Q1) What are your other interests/hobbies besides Writing?

AIJA– I love watching TV shows, films, reading, listening to podcasts, music. I love being outside in nature – biking, hiking, and going on little adventures whenever I can.

Q2) When did you write your first poem for dear girl and when did you think that you wanted to share your words with the world globally?

AIJA-The first poem I wrote for Dear Girl is called “The Truth About Being A Girl” and it’s since become one of my most viewed poetry videos. When I wrote that poem about 3 years ago, I knew I wanted to share it with the world. I didn’t know how or when, but it was something I needed to say.

Q3) How would you describe your Writing process like, based on personal experience or things happening around you?

AIJA-I am a creature of routine. I have a specific morning routine and writing routine that helps me get in the zone. Other than a routine, I try to keep my eyes and ears open to all that is happening around me and in the world. I write morning pages almost every day which allows me to be more in touch with my thoughts and feelings. And whenever I have a call for inspiration – I just got to it. I think the most important thing for me as a writer is to just write every day. Even if I don’t like what I write, the routine of it helps me not struggle with procrastination.

Q4) From your Instagram profile, I could find that you are reader too!❤️ Which is your favorite book of all time and your favorite poet ?

AIJA-My favorite poet is Rumi. My grandmother passed down her “Essentials of Rumi” book to me and I bring it with me wherever I go. My favorite book is probably Night by Eli Wiesel.

Q5) How do you deal with the universal human emotions like stress or doubts ?

AIJA -It’s a part of every day life for almost all of us. I try to remind myself that we all have these struggles and with each day there is an opportunity for a new beginning. I also practice meditation, I go on walks, exercise, and do whatever I can to keep balance in my life.

Q6) when writing do you believe in finishing a poem in one go or do you take time to complete it slowly?

AIJA-I don’t have a belief with this sort of thing. I wrote “The Truth About Being A Girl” in one go. I made minor adjustments afterwards but it was a piece that poured out of me. On the other hand, I wrote “Dear Girl” (the poem) over the course of weeks. And I still made changes to it up until I published the book. I think you must go with how your gut is guiding you for each particular piece.

Q7) Would you like to share your audiobook recording experience? Or any incident from the recording.

AIJA-I loved recording the audiobook. I am a performer and I love performing. Recording the audiobook for Dear Girl was a beautiful experience and I loved getting to add some music to it, as well.

Q8) What would you advice or suggest to the aspiring writers and poets of the world?

AIJA-Write the thing you are afraid to write. Play with styles, voices, themes. Don’t throw out any writing. Write as if you are the only one going to see it. And write as often as you can. Self doubt is your greatest enemy.

Q9) We see your power filled performance clips on social media which shows confidence in every single atom of it, how would you advice people to get over stage – fright ?

AIJA-Take it step by step and ease out of your comfort zone. Perhaps speak in front of your family, then a few friends, then a few more friends, and allow yourself the space and time to face your fear. It won’t happen overnight and that is totally okay. It’s all about the constant practice of stepping outside of those fears, of facing them, and one day you will stand on stage and feel more at ease.

P.S. I still always get nervous each time I perform. You don’t need to conquer your fear, you just need to face it.

Q1O) Do we see more poetry books by you in the future? Could you please tell us something about it.

AIJA-I would love to! My dream is to write for film and television, to continue writing books and poetry, and perhaps even plays!

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“Flying colours” a insider and dazzling interview, with the author of Feathertide : Beth Cartwright

Q) What is your work (writing) schedule like when you are writing ?

Answer – It’s not very regular, but it’s very immersive when it happens. For me, writing in snatched moments is not enough and once I begin, I can get lost for hours. It’s like I’m no longer in the room. It’s a very strange feeling, but one I welcome.

Q) How would you describe your journey while writing feathertide, did you go on any literary pilgrimages?

Answer – I have no other writing friends and haven’t done any creative writing courses. Perhaps because I’m not brave enough to share my work in progess. I still don’t really understand the whole publishing world. A pilgrimage or retreat sounds interesting – I really wish I had time.

Q) As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar ?

Answer – A cat: curious, contemplative and solitary. I also need to sleep a lot.

Q) What was an early experience where you realised Language held power?

I fell in love with language early. It has the power to heal or destroy; to convince and enlighten. A single word can change so many things in so many ways and we should be careful how we use it. I have always loved the precision of poetry and how it makes you feel. I am very metaphorical. Language is a gift.

Q) Do you look for inspiration in a specific place and bit by bit plan your writing or are you a believer in finishing a task in one go?

Answer – I don’t think inspiration can be found in any one place but for me it definitely began in my childhood. I was so lucky to spend time outdoors, where everything was an adventure – wading through streams, climbing trees and treasure hunts in the woods. I would often return with rain-damp skin and mud in my hair, but I was so happy. It was idyllic. I found magic and enchantment in everything and I draw upon these experiences in my writing. Maybe it’s a way of never letting go.

Q) Would you like to share anything with us that you edited or removed from the book?

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Of princes and promises – blog tour

Hello Hello world!
This is my blog tour post for the hot new release, “Of princes and promises” written by @sandhyamenonbooks

This is the second book in Rosetta academy. But it can be read as a standalone.

ITS A FAIR TALE RE-TELLING BUT WITH A COMPLETELY FRESH AND UNIQUE STYLE.

#qotd which is your favourite book by @sandhyamenonbooks

I am incredibly honoured to be part of Sandhya’s street team and also her review team!

MY RATING- 5/5

SUGGESTED READING AGE- 12+

Look out for my Review on Amazon tommorow!

Here is PART of it-
Sandhya keeps you hooked right from the beggining to a certain plot twist, she accompanies her readers in a magical journey of romance, of betrayal, of love that wins, of a ending that we all need in these difficult times. Fast paced, perfect descriptions, something that you will definitely not see coming, it’s all here.
Where are my fellow Psychology enthusiasts?? I specifically recommend this to all you guys.

GO!! GO!! GO!! read this.

I am still a little confused about time zones but you all can order a personalized copy from @tatteredcoverbookstore

Book review- The ventilator project

BOOK REVIEW-

MY RATING- 5/5

Covid-19, Pandemic Quarantine, Social Distancing. These are the words that are now common to the entire mankind. THE VENTILATOR PROJECT PUBLISHED BY @panmacmillanindia
Written by @srikantsastri
And @abandopa
Is a BRILLIANT NON-FICTION, that I Highly recommend to readers of every genre. Reading age- All ages.

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Bipin Desai and Anuj Shastri are two best friends who lead equally pointless lives. But that doesn’t stop them from dreaming big and getting rich fast.

Together they concoct a plan to rob a van full of cash and manage to get away with loot of over one crore rupees. But the van belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Delhi, which means there is pressure on the police to solve the case quickly. The two are arrested within days, but the cash is still nowhere to be found.

The officer-in-charge, Senior Inspector Arfy Khan, has forty-eight hours to make Bipin and Anuj confess to their crime by convincing one of them to go against the other. The two friends only have to keep their calm and their stories straight in front of the police officer. But there is one major obstacle: SI Khan isn’t allowing Bipin and Anuj or their lawyers to see or talk to each other.

Will the two survive the test of their friendship? Or will they choose personal freedom in the face of a twisted dilemma?

Ace of Spades- A book review

Ace of Spades written by Faridah

Suggested reading age- 14-16+ and above

My rating- 3.1/5

*Use of explicit language
*LGBTQ storyline

Review – Fast paced, running, very thrilling with the mystery aura throughout till the very end, but somehow the plot did not work for me , it was subpar.

The book talks about racism, white supremacy, how popular organisations/institutions are spoiling the life of the minority. When you will read the book, my Review will become more clearer, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning to read it.

The book has 2 protagonist and a very mysterious antagonist that will be explained at the end of the story. I really wanted to like the book, but I just could not. I did not find the book very unique, I feel it has a lot of potential to be developed into something epic, but this just didn’t work for me, it was somehow predictable and the mystery plot, the antagonistS plot is not very Bona fide. Please read again what I said, the antagonist part was not very Bona fide.

Racism is a very real aspect , that continues to be part of the society, along with white supremacy. I am against this.

I stand with #BIPOC Authors, I am an ally of the LGBTQ community. It’s just that as as story, as a plot this book did not work for me and I am so sorry to say that I do not recommend it.

I would like to thank @netgalley
And @macmillanusa
For the e-arc .

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William Warwick, now a Detective Inspector, is tasked with a dangerous new line of work, to go undercover and expose crime of another kind: corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force. His team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle appears to exceed his income. But as a personal relationship develops with a member of William’s team, it threatens to compromise the whole investigation.



Meanwhile, a notorious drug baron goes on trial, with the prosecution case led by William’s father and sister. And William’s wife Beth, now a mother to twins, renews an old acquaintance who appears to have turned over a new leaf, or has she?



As the undercover officers start to draw the threads together, William realizes that the corruption may go deeper still, and more of his colleagues than he first thought might be willing to turn a blind eye.


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A raging pandemic, a dearth of life-saving equipment, and ninety days to manufacture a world-class ventilator.

On 24 March 2020, a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in the face of a formidable adversary, the Covid-19 pandemic. With the number of cases increasing exponentially, hospitals were faced with a dangerous shortage of life-saving equipment and personnel.

In response to the imminent crisis, Amitabha Bandyopadhyay and Srikant Sastri formed the IIT Kanpur Ventilator Consortium as a task force to assist a young startup, Nocca Robotics, in building affordable high-quality ventilators for India’s cash-strapped hospitals. Under the mentorship of reputed industry leaders, the task force and the Nocca team worked tirelessly against unprecedented odds – trammelled by a ban on imports and telecommuting through Zoom and Whatsapp in the face of stringent lockdown restrictions – to manufacture the Noccarc V310 in record time. This is the incredible story of its conception, creation and success, in the words of the task force co-leaders themselves.

Inspiring and riveting, The Ventilator Project also offers an unmatched blueprint for business in the post-Covid era through first-hand lessons gleaned during the task force’s phenomenal ninety-day run. It proves that India, with its deep recesses of talent and ingenuity, has the potential to be a world leader in both business and social impact.