If we were having coffee….. 30 Dec #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee….. 30 Dec #weekendcoffeeshare

Hey everybody.  I’ve been away a bit without much choice.  Glad to see you as I saunter back towards the last weekend.  And I missed writing too much.  But,  lets look ahead and grab a cup of coffee.

We have happily and reluctantly reached the end of the year.  And I must say this year has been a lot better than the previous ones.  And I hope the same is true for you.

I did start off the year with a ‘Word of the Year’.  My word was ‘Discover’.  It has been a year full of discoveries, in fact, a little too much.  I had forgotten all about it till when talks started on the year end posts, I decided to take stock against my wishes for the year.

Here’s what I planned vis-a-vis what I achieved.  

On discovering my joys of Minimalism – Though the decoration of the new house is still pending,  I still made plans with a more streamlined version.  I also decided to reuse some stuff I already own.  I decluttered cupboards, shoe-racks, kitchen containers.  Everything that did not see the light of day in the past 365 days, is out of the house.  It was difficult at first,  but soon I realised, it did not bother me much after the initial days.  So,  this is going perfect.

On discovering a new place – 2017 is the year I learned to travel.  This year,  I discovered the joys of planned travel.  I travelled to Madurai, Goa, Mookambika,  2 Kerala trips,  short official trips to Gurgaon and Bangalore (or whatever you call it these days).  Never before,  I had done hotel bookings, train travels to new locations.  But 2017 changed all that.  I discovered that with a little planning,  advance bookings,  we can enjoy a hassle-free travel with family and it also does not burn your pocket or put you in debt.  2018,  I look forward to more such travels.

On discovering my writing voice – This did take a back seat but I think,  if not now, then when.  So,  2018 will be all about writing.

On discovering a healthier routine – Thanks to my genes,  I did not lose a single gram of weight.  But, I am trying.  I need to get into routine.  I have ditched the Scooty for short distances,  but the problem is I  need to do that more.

On discovering new writing – This is a mixed bag.  Year 2017 saw me reading less books.  I could complete only 18 books this year.  But,  that was because,  I have been reading more for my studies and couldn’t spare time to read books.  But,  I also discovered some classic writings like Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby, My cousin Rachel.  Non-fictions I loved were ‘Where the Rain is Born’,  ‘Kissing the Demon’, ‘We should all be Feminist’ and a wonderful translation called Ponni’s Beloved.  I discovered the excellent writing of Liane Morarty’s Big Little Lies where she deals with domestic abuse in a light manner without the gory.  I discovered beautiful romance writing in No Safe Zone, Love Sees no Reason and the Prince’s Special Bride.  All writers I had never read.

On discovering more

I discovered my school friends and college friends after over 20 years.  This may seem odd to the always connected youngsters but in an era where there were not many land phones, facebook, email addresses, there was no way to keep in touch. In case of the ladies,  the changed surnames were a hindrance in finding them. But, the good news is, it was a combination of Facebook and Whatsapp which brought us all together.

During my trip to Kerala for a wedding in the family,  I met and rekindled friendship with many of my childhood playmates.  I realised, as we get busy living,  we just let the years slip by.  How does it feel to meet a boy with whom I used to play lagori after about 30 years! And I search for the mischievous boy in this tall, middle aged, serious gentleman who is a bit scared of his wife.  Or a girl who used to be an athlete we could never beat turn out to be a sari-clad, independent housewife raising beautiful kids.  It was odd,  but I loved every moment of it.

And, now I begin to search for my Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2018.  I hope it becomes as true as it was this year.

 

 

The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath

The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath

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The Vengeance of Indra 
(Vikramaditya Veergatha #3)
by Shatrujeet Nath
VENGEANCE IS A CAGE
FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM
In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.
When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s strength and unity, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.
As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge — and a devastating new weapon.
How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?
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Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.
 
 
 

Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

 

SIMHA INTERNATIONAL
(The Bansal Legacy #1)
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 
Blurb
 
Rohit Bansal, the handsome and suave managing director of Simha International, is the envy of many—from a director of the hotel to an employee. 
 
A thief comes up with a simple modus operandi, believing that nobody’s really going to find out anything about the thefts taking place. But when a guest brings it to his notice, Rohit is determined to save the reputation of Simha International and ropes in a top-notch detective. Will Rohit be able to find who the thief is before time runs out?
 
The lovely and intelligent Tasha Sawant goes to work at Simha International as the duty manager. Her experience in the hotel industry only adds to the hotel’s excellent service. 
 
Tasha is attracted to Rohit and it would seem that he reciprocates her feelings. Well, the lady isn’t looking for a permanent relationship as it looks likes she’s already had an unpleasant experience. But then, what about the guy? Does Rohit want any kind of relationship with Tasha? 
 
*Simha International is the first book in the trilogy called The Bansal Legacy.
 
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Tasha caught the movement in her peripheral as Rohit walked into the atrium along with Vignesh. She straightened from the desk in front of her to pay better attention. He was like her very own Prince Charming in modern apparel, minus the white charger.
Rohit walked across the reception as if he owned the place, a devil-may-care expression on his gorgeous features. Tasha felt something akin to a jolt of lightning strike her heart while she felt a buzzing reverberation like thunder, which muted all the other sounds in the hall. She just stared as Rohit moved towards her, her sherry brown eyes wide and her mouth open in a startled moue.
A trifle irritated when a phone buzzed, Tasha sounded breathless as she answered the call. A small frown knitted her smooth forehead and Akhil was startled to see her drumming her fingers in annoyance on her desk.
Tasha turned her head towards the two men who were deep in conversation as she placed the receiver back on its rest. Her heart beat a wild tattoo when she saw them walking in her direction. Her slender form thrummed in anticipation as she stepped out of the bay when Vignesh beckoned to her. Akhil could feel the tremors as she walked past him and a scowl puckered his forehead as he looked up to see what had caused the excitement. On seeing Rohit, he wiped his frown in a hurry and gave the other man a sheepish smile of greeting that didn’t quite reach his eyes.
Akhil hated his boss, passionately. Akhil was from a middle class family and had had to struggle throughout his twenty-four years to reach where he was, a management trainee on his way to becoming a duty officer in another nine months’ time subject to—a look of bitterness marred his good looks—the approval of the board of directors, especially Rohit Bansal. Whenever he looked at his young boss of thirty-three, Akhil felt the fire of jealousy consuming him. Rohit Bansal was so lucky—Akhil was absolutely sure of it—to have everything handed to him on a platter, a child born with a silver spoon, into a hotelier family. Rohit’s single-handed struggle and hard work to set up the 5-star hotel against so many odds didn’t enter Akhil’s mind. His patience and perseverance had no place in the employee’s thoughts. His narrow mind could only perceive Rohit, as he was today, a billionaire who held 22% of the total shares of Simha International.
Adding insult to injury was Tasha’s reaction to him. She had been gently firm in her refusal to date Akhil. The bitch! His lips drooped downward. Big money went a long way to pave one’s path, it seemed.
Tasha went to stand beside the FOM, waiting for him to do the introductions.
“Rohit,” said Vignesh, “Meet Tasha Sawant, the latest addition to the Simha family,” he smiled before he turned towards Tasha, “And Tasha, meet Rohit Bansal, our managing director.” He didn’t notice the shocked look on Tasha’s face as she stared at Rohit.
Sherry brown eyes clashed with obsidian black ones and sparks flew! Her small hand was engulfed in what could be termed only as a huge ‘paw’. Tasha forgot to breathe as she felt herself being sucked into the black depths of his eyes from where she never wanted to escape.
The flash of his smile drew her attention to his sculpted lips—the thin upper one and a luscious lower one—and the incredible set of white teeth was a dentist’s dream. She drew a deep breath before whispering, “Hello.” She couldn’t help but notice the deep cleft in his square chin. Sexy!
Rohit read her lips rather than heard her greeting and met the lovely doe-like eyes with his obsidian gaze. He closed one eyelid in a wink and grinned at her, hoping to ease the situation that was fraught with sensuality.
Unaware of the undercurrents, Vignesh Kumar excused himself to go about his work.
Rohit smiled at Tasha. “Welcome to Simha International, Tasha.” His black eyes studied her boldly, from the top of her head to the tips of her toes peeping from her low-heeled shoes. She was tall and slender and oh so perfect! He had a tough time keeping his right hand from moving to her velvety cheek. The dusky gold of her skin seemed to invite his caress. He wanted to gather her in his arms and kiss her sensational lips into oblivion. He saw her breasts move agitatedly as she took deep breaths to calm herself.
Pink flooded Tasha’s face that appeared gorgeous to the fascinated man. “I don’t bite,” he declared, his expression devilishly mischievous. His black eyes danced and sparkled, lighting up the area.

 

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About the author
 
 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
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! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.
 

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Valley of Kings by Terrance Coffey

Valley of Kings by Terrance Coffey

VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY by Terrance Coffey

 

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VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY 
by 
Terrance Coffey
 
VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY by Terrance Coffey
Blurb
In the year 1355 BCE, the land of Egypt was the superpower of the known world. King Tut’s father, Akenaten, the so-called ‘heretic pharaoh,’ and his wife, Queen Nefertiti, are on the verge of catapulting Egypt into a revolution that will forever divide its people and rip the most powerful empire on the earth from its foundation.
Inspired by the actual Hittite and Amarna letters of 14th century BCE, ‘Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty’ is an epic novel of intrigue, passion, and betrayal, resurrecting the thrilling story of a singular leader whose beliefs were both visionary and disastrous.
 
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Terrance Coffey is a bestselling author, screenwriter, songwriter and composer with a predilection for Egyptian history. He has written numerous short stories, screenplays, television pilots, and even Coca-Cola music jingles. His debut novel “VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The 18th Dynasty” is the first of a trilogy and a #1 Amazon bestseller.
Awards & Accolades 
 
#1 Amazon Bestseller!
2017 National Indie Excellence Awards FINALIST
2017 International Book Awards FINALIST
2016 International Pacific Book Award WINNER Best Historical Fiction  
 
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