Thursday, May 21, 2015

HUNTER: Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia : A Review

Book Details:
Book TitleHUNTER: Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia
Category:  YA Fiction, 162 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Dickson House
Release date: May 31, 2015
Book Description:
          13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.
          13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?
          Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome
          Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear - dare they trust each other? 

          In the second book of the Guy Erma series, the events are just as fast paced, as racy as the first one, Kidnap.
          The kidnapped prince Teodor is being held inside the city itself, and his mother, the Regent Sayginn suffers between political drama, a mother’s need to protect her only remaining son and a manipulative emperor who wishes to marry her to produce his heir. Amidst all this chaos, she sees Karl Valvanchi as the sole ray of light that could save her son from captivity. In between this high profile drama, Guy Erma finds himself chasing after the ever eluding dream of being a part of the Dome Elite. The tense political situation apart, Guy knows he has to do anything that the Dome Boss says if he is to have a chance of fulfilling his dream.
          The summary does much justice to the book’s story as much as the book’s story adheres to it. The story continues right from where the first book left off and is every bit as intriguing. In depth looks into everyone’s perspective is an added bonus. Each character has been given enough space in the story. The language (thanks to the glossary) is easy enough to understand the storyline. The last chapter of the book is the most interesting, with the face off between Guy Erma and Prince Teodor fit to be a movie scene.
          Hunter, even if it doesn’t answer many questions about the series and poses much more questions that would hopefully be answered in the next part. An overall enjoyable experience, Hunter is one book that you will be able to appreciate after if you read the series in the proper sequence.
          Again, much like the previous time, this book also sends with a cliff hanger – albeit a bit hopeful one. I just had to mention this here.

          The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles. In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

          In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

PRICE: $2.99 for Kindle

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bianca's Vineyard : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Bianca's Vineyard
ISBN: 0983121001
AUTHOR: Teresa Neuman
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Digital - PDF
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy book tours. Thanks guys!
Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives
The cover and the summary work in tandem to make you believe that the story is going to turn out to be one of these drool worthy Italian romance stories that make you wish you were born in Italy. This story, is nothing like that. The story is about a traditional Italian family set in Tuscany during World War II time. The book opens with Bianca, one of the characters, narrating her uncle Estigo's story and eagerly waiting for her extended family's visit from the United States. Estigo, like every other man from Italy, leaves to US in search for better prospects. Being a fine sculptor he eventually finds job. Before he leaves, he marries the bold and impulsive Armida. What follows is their story pacing back and forth between US and Tuscany.
The story stretches over years making it a long read. More than a proper story, this story felt like an account of a particular Italian Family's tale – a tale that is filled with normal mundane issues that every family faces, with the exception of a World War in between. This made the book a little boring at times.
The characters were all undoubtedly realistic, thanks to the fact that this is a semi- real life account. The writing was a mix of excellence and semi-boredom. I'm thoroughly confused if I really like the writing or not! The characters contributed to much of how the book is looked upon. I'd say, thanks to the characters, the writer could actually escape with a not so great story line.
I'd say this book is worth to be something like a TV Mini series that BBC would probably telecast. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the description of Italy and its enchanting Vineyards. Though the characters were over powering and distracting me from enjoying the set up, I still managed to love that!
VERDICT: Beautiful read that needs a lot of patience.
RATING: 3.5 on 5

Bianca's Vineyard : Giveaway!

Displaying Italy Book Tours Logo jpeg 225 pixels.jpg

​ Win one of 6 copies of Bianca's Vineyard!
One winner will also get a $25 Amazon gift card (Open to USA & Canada) Ends May 30

About The Book : 
Displaying Bianca's Vineyard.jpg

Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

About the Writer : 

Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live "la dolce vita" in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her. 
Connect with Teresa: 
 Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kidnap Part 1 of Guy Erma and The Son of Empire $100 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!!

KIDNAP: Part 1 of Guy Erma and The Son of Empire goes on sale today! Read on for more info on how to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Black, Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh Biradar : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Black, Grey and White
AUTHORS: Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh Biradar
ISBN: 9789383701117
FORMAT: Ebook and Paperback
          This book gifts its readers five fantastic short stories that has a common aim-to spread awareness about AIDS. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against AIDS and show their solidarity for HIV positive people. The book is an eye opener for anyone who wish to see the wave of positive change in society. Everyone including the brave hearts Savita, Chintu, Mithali has the right to live with their head held high without fear of social ostracization. Life does not have to be like this. The time is ripe to act now with ones sense and sensibility. Break the myths. Come, be the change!
          ‘Black, Grey, White’
          The title, the first thing you notice about the book, is in itself a brooding, meaningful word play, (if you want to take it that way). Not everything in life is either black or white. Unfortunately, a majority of thoughts, actions, characters, behaviours of human beings centre on the ‘Grey’ area – a mixture of this black and white, sometimes good, sometimes bad, a tad too selfish, a tad too greedy, lusty – the list is endless.
          From the opening line of the note, ‘Life would have been beautiful if there weren’t problems’ – this is not a quote, but a sore wish everyone has thought of at some point in their lives – the book attracts you on some primal level. If the disclaimer hadn’t convinced me otherwise, I would have had many reasons to believe that all the stories here were based on real, human characters.
          Story one is in the drama format. It is a dialog prose that shows in very few scenes the reaction of men towards that one precious entity, life. How do they react to save their lives? This one has some pretty memorable scene settings and one line in particular stood out. ‘Dear diary, a myth is like a religion, and it’s addictive’. Whether or not this line is part of the story, I will let you decide!
          The second story is short, way too short. In the words of the author himself, when two people join to make a mistake, and the third one makes amends – twisted to the core. Is this a Rom-Com? A bittersweet tale of harsh realities? Yes, it happens to be so. One line that stood out, again, is ‘Changing the system for our own need is difficult, but adapting to an existing system is appropriate’. Not a ‘quotable quote’, but surely a ‘relatable quote’.
          By the time we reach the third story, we know what to expect from this book. This one is a very touching story about a very much alive social cause. Just how many people dare to talk about this taboo topic? It is not easy. Even if people who once did a mistake try to make amends and come out, they are still drawn into the quagmire. The ignorant social stigma still ostracizes them.
          Story four makes you turn your head sideways to check if someone else is peeping in (obviously if you read this book in a very public place – like the reviewer here did). The title is simply that explosive. This is again a dialog prose that contains bits of the story in explanatory paragraphs and the rest as conversation and dialogs. This is a unique attempt but a much needed eye opener. One ‘relatable quote’ here : ‘One can think of sacrificing their life by helping others but not take away someone’s life by discriminating’
          There is a very small defining line between innocence and ignorance. Most people do not consciously make an effort to come out of the ignorance that is blissful.
          The last, longest story in this book, divided into parts / chapters is about the prodigal son. With lots of bible references, though initially Greek and Latin if you don’t understand the stuff, this is one enjoyable read. This is, in the author’s own words, a ‘found and lost’ story. (yes, you read that right. It is not the other way round) of loneliness (a very adolescent trait) and seeking some comfort.
          The author has explicitly stated that a part of earning through this book will be funded for a girl’s education. His scrawled message on the last page of the book -‘Thank you for joining hands to bring awareness’ was what finally bowled me over. It is very rare for authors to do this, and this was a pleasant surprise.
Adherence to summary – yes, it does, in a quirkier way.
Plot – existent and very relatable.
Language – smooth, without much jargon
Verdict – reading this will change your outlook on a lot of issues.
Santosh Avvannavar:
          Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD ( He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 40,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
Santosh I. Biradar:
          Santosh is presently pursuing Bachelor’s in Social Work from J.G.College of Social Work, Bijapur affiliated to Rani Chennamma University. He is also the founder secretary of Chaitanya Organisation, Bijapur. He is also associated with Deshpande Foundation as a lead ambassador. He won ‘Best Reporter’ award in Youth for Development Program’s and ‘Best Education award’ from Deshpande Foundation for providing free computer training to the orphan children. He also volunteered various activities such as Google Inktalks, NSS (A special camp for Leprosy people), life skills for orphan children. He participated and evolved many school development programs for drop out children as well.
Rs 145 for Kindle

Rs 225 for Paperback