Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stormling: John Hennessy

About the Author:

John Hennessy is a British author of paranormal fantasy horror for YA, psychological horror and murder mysteries, plus his own unique take on vampire lore. He has also written ghost stories and delved into high epic fantasy with a hint of romance. A kung fu addict; he teaches martial arts full-time but writes at all other times, working on four series:- Dark Winter, Haunted Minds, Stormling and A Tale of Vampires.


In an age when Stormlings have only known peacetime, one man's desperate action threatens not only the stability of the mystical world of Mordana, but Earth as well. 

Teenager Ophelia Drewe discovers a jewel that has been lost from its homeworld, and whilst she thinks she can keep it, demonic forces believe otherwise. 

She’s not alone, but who can she trust? The head Stormling, Anadyr, hasn’t been to the Earth in 500 years, but go there he must – if the jewel is not returned, it will destroy both Ophelia’s world and his own… 

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A Lost Jewel. A World in Chaos. An Epic Fantasy Adventure like no other. 

When a jewel is lost from the mystical realm of Mordana, and found on Earth, so begins a race against time to ensure the safe return of the jewel to its rightful place. 

With news that the jewel has now been located, two warring factions fight for the control of Mordana. Anadyr, the strongest and bravest of the Stormlings, is sent on a quest to retrieve the jewel, as the survival of his race depends on it, but he finds there are some on Earth that are out to stop him as well. 

On Earth, teenager Ophelia Drewe discovers the jewel. Anadyr needs to win her trust, but the task is made more difficult as Ophelia finds herself in conflict with dark mages, sorceresses, elves, demons, giant-folk, and more. 

However....Evil stirs East of Mordana, with the minions of Andus Rey also working together to release The Fourth – the entity who was a good Stormling at one time, but has since turned to darkness. 

Even if Anadyr helps to restore order to Mordana, his quest will not be truly complete until he announces his successor from a group of trusted, but untested Stormlings. 

The evil in Mordana knows this too, and is just waiting for the right moment to strike, to set in motion a new and terrifying age of darkness...

My review:

Stormling is book one of the series, the Mordana Chronicles. From the page one, the author takes you to the magical land of Mordana, a realm of magic. The land where there is peace during the rule of Stormlord Anadyr, an immortal who has been at the helm of power from the time he was eighteen years old. Now he is over three thousand years old and is facing troubled times. The threat from AnnanGhorst is looming near. The powerful  Aynara, the half-breed who protects Mordana has lost a jewel from her magical necklace which if ended up in the wrong hands will spell doom to Mordana.

The author introduces the main characters one by one and through these character introductions we are given a tour of the mystical land of Mordana, the enemies that have been threatening the peace of their land and also the stromlings who are immortals. The real world, our earth, comes into picture when Ophelia a teenager living on earth is introduced. Ophelia, a carefree teenager finds the lost jewel and now has the responsibility of returning the jewel to Aynara. Her committed group friends: Melody, Siobhan and Michael, is by her side in this mission. But their biggest enemy Mindy, their schoolmate, turns up on the wrong side and hinders their mission.

Will Ophelia succeed in the mission?

Will Anadyr win over the dark beings that threaten his land?

Will Aynara, who is half stormling and half Andurii, help Anadyr when darkness threatens to annihilate earth and Mordana?

I won’t tell you that. You have to read the book to know. 
The book is a tome, with 495 pages of absolute fantasy. I admire the skill of the author for keeping the pace of the narration uniform and interesting in such a long book. The many side stories during the character introductions are interesting as well. Then there is the romance between the beautiful sorceress Corianna and Anadyr.

The whole book is like watching a fantasy movie where magical creatures like elves, stormlings, Andurii, witches, sorcerers and Shadow wraiths runs the show. This book I hear is the lone book written by John Hennessy which doesn’t have horror/ violence that would give you nightmares, the reason why I picked the book. Yes, it is not dark. It comes in the category of fantasy like the harry potter series, the hobbit and the lord of rings. It is definitely a book which can be made into a movie. Hope one day I will get to watch the Stormling as a movie!

The Cover of the book is very beautiful. So is the book.

Highly recommended if you like reading fantasy that borders with horror.

That is all for now.
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

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When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother's house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love. 

As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love? What is that strange secret that locks all the circumstances together? 

Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and miracles. 

Meet the main Characters in order of appearance: 
Ananya: A bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student— the narrator of the story. 
Ammamma: Ananya’s Grandma, Arundhati Mukundan, an author by profession, who loves playing Cupid. 
Dr. Arjun: The dashing doctor who is the heir to a multi Billion super market chain ‘Shine’. 
Colonel R.S Nair: A helpful neighbor whose charming talks always influences Ananya. 
Dr. Vishal: Ananya’s cousin and Arjun’s best friend. 
Shakuntala Devi: Arjun’s mom, the current head of the ‘Shine’ empire. 
Shankar & Sukanya: Ananya’s parents. 
Khushi and Poornima: Ananya’s best friends in college. 
Kishore: Ananya’s cousin who lives in the United Arab Emirates. 
Shreya and Aditya: Kishore’s wife and son. 
Lily: The cute Filipina girl who is Ananya’s colleague and best friend. 
Tom: The handsome and funny colleague who is the heartthrob in the firm Ananya works. 
Sophia: Ananya’s flat mate and friend who is an expert on Zodiac signs. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Newbie Corner: Ashutosh Bhandari

Today on Newbie Corner we have blogger and author Ashutosh Bhandari, whose first book talks about aliens!

Welcome to Newbie Corner Ashutosh!

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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing?

I'm a Chennai-based guy with a round routine of College - Home, 5 days a week. Whatever my résumé says I'm not 'active' or 'focused person' but I eat and sleep every chance I get.
Writing began as an activity out of interest after my schooling seeing that I had a certain pull towards literature. And after getting a few good feedbacks I decided to do it on a regular basis.

What is your favorite genre in writing?

 Fairies, Gnomes, Elves in childhood and Wizards, Aliens, Centaurs and Orcs in my schooling days made it evident that Fantasy and Science Fiction was my thing. Non-humans, speaking strange languages and living in weird places was something that made fantasy a lot more interesting and real than reality.

Who inspires you most and to whom would you dedicate your creative growth?

Those people I read and hear about every week on social media, the people who write great books at the same age I try to come out of my '5 pointer' status in my college are the people who prevent me from procrastinating. They are my inspiration!
In the initial steps I would dedicate my creative growth to every person who gave honest feedbacks, criticism and suggestions about my writing. But for the big leap I would thank my friends from my team 'By Lines' for their immense support and help in my way to become an author.

What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel/story or make it up as you write.

Not sure, 'Unpredictable' might be the word because I remember surprising myself at times. 
The only published story, "The Awakening" was a pre-planned one, but for my next project I have only made up the opening and will be going with the flow. I might end up surprising myself again.

Do you have a favorite place to write or a scheduled time to write every day?

Unlike many people who can write anytime and anywhere, I have a restricted bubble. Midnight is the most suitable time and in the confinement of my bedroom is were thoughts come to me.

Who are your favorite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?

It is extremely hard to name just one. J.K.Rowling, Dan Brown, J.R.R.Tolkien, Amish Tripathi, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Suzzane Collins the list is very very long! 
And likewise there is no single genre I can mention. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, crime, thrillers, murder mysteries, mythology are a few genres I would never say no to.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Having a job I'm actually comfortable with, striking the last book title in my 'To Read' list, finally deciding who my favorite super hero is and planning the release of my next big thriller! (Yea, I might've written a couple already)

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Of the selected few I've read there were only a couple of 'Romance' novels I would actually rate 5/5. If there is a subject I would never write about is 'Love'. There is not much flexibility and it lacks the suspense and gore which generally I look forward into as a reader. And yes, I also don't get those cheesy lines.

How much important do you think marketing is for the success of a book?

Unless you are Mr.Tolkien Jr. Or Rowling Jr., marketing is very much needed for a book if it’s your first. It helps in the basic step every writer dreams of, announcing your arrival at the crease! It is essential if you're looking for commercial success or even if you want your book to be read, loved and recognized.

What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your writing?

In the first book, "Six Degrees" the clear message given out by the team in our story, "The Awakening" is, "No matter how grey, evil, and cruel you are, you will be easily be defeated by peace, bravery and will.

Wonderful Ashutosh, it was fun knowing more about you!

Thank you, Preethi!

So folks, pick up his book. I personally can vouch that it is 'unputdownable' from the very first page as I am also a part of it.

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That is all folks....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

On Writing: Vani and Recession Groom

Vani is a former business journalist turned fiction writer. As a child, she loved listening to stories until she grew up and started writing her own. Her first book, ‘The Recession Groom’ is out now and she currently spends her time reading fiction and working on her second novel. She also writes blogs and columns for ‘The Huffington Post’ and ‘DailyO’. 
Welcome to ‘On Writing’ Vani Kaushal

Thanks, Preethi.

Your debut novel “The Recession Groom” went into reprint mere weeks after it was published. What do you think makes it so popular?

I chose a contemporary theme and combined it with arranged marriages, a concept that has always piqued the curiosity of readers. While other novelists present a hard-hitting satire on our society thus commanding a more mature readership; my novel was a light-hearted take on the Indian family value system and I made every attempt to engage readers from multiple cultural backgrounds and social milieus. The novel was also positively reviewed by top newspapers of the country which I think helped its sales.

You opted to become a writer ditching lucrative day jobs though you have a management degree from Kingston University in London. Why? Do you regret your decision?

Writing is my passion and nothing gives me more pleasure than working on my stories. It was hard for me to leave the comfort of a full-time job, but I’d rather spend my life doing what I love than counting days from Monday to Saturday. No, I don’t regret my decision.
What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire story or write it the way the story takes you?

I like to prepare a rough plot line. It gives me an idea about the research I need to do, the characters I need to build, and the method of narration that would work best. Maybe when I am a few books old, I’d be able to write my stories without plotting them.

You have toured all over India to meet the readers of your books through book launches. Which launch is memorable among all?

I travelled to nine cities for launching my book and most of these were new for me. I was really scared about going to Kolkata; it has such a thriving community of readers and writers, I wasn’t sure I’d be accepted there. To my surprise, I had three wonderful events in that city, including a very successful event at IIM Kolkata, and I made amazing friends. Most of them have been asking me to visit the city again during Durga Puja.
For that matter, I loved Trivandrum, Kochi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Surat and met some of the most wonderful people in these cities.

You are a Bharatnatyam student as well. Do tell us about the dancer Vani.

I always wanted to learn classical Indian dance. Growing up, I never got that opportunity. However, when I came back to India in 2014 from London, I decided to join a Bharatnatyam class and was placed in a batch of these four to ten-year-olds. Guess what, the leaning, jumping, bending routines that we had were so intense, I lost a lot of weight within days which gave me the initial high. Today, I cannot stay without my dance classes. Dancing clears my aura and helps me unclog my mind.

What is your favourite time to write? Any particular place that makes you more productive?

I wake up early and work through the day, getting up for lunch and tea breaks. I love to work in my bedroom. On good days, I can easily write five pages, and on my non-writing days even twenty words are a headache. When I am not writing, I’m reading books.

Is there a particular book that you have read and wished that you had written it?

I’m reading one such book. It is the most amazing book I ever read. Please read it and you’d say the same. It was released in 2004 and was an instant bestseller, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The only other book that has had this effect on me is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, also The Colour Purple by Alice Walker.

Are you a full-time writer? What other works are you currently working on?

Yes, I am a full-time writer. I have finished writing my sequel to The Recession Groom. There is a third one that wraps up the series.

Who are your favourite authors/ favourite books?

I am an avid reader and take inspiration from many authors like Jane Austen, J R R Tolkien, George R R Martin, Stephen King, John Grisham, J K Rowling, Dan Brown. Susanna Clarke is my new favourite. Among Indian authors, my favourites are Sudha Murthy, Ravi Subramanian, Chitra Banerjee Devkaruni and Shashi Tharoor.

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?

1) Read as much as you can and across genre.
2) Be disciplined about your writing. Don’t let anything disturb your writing routine.
3) Believe in yourself, work hard and never lose sight of your goal.

Thank you Vani, that was a very interesting chat. Wishing you the very best for all your future endeavors.

About her Book:
Author: VANI
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

Book Blurb:
Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high figure salary.
These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it's no wonder that Parshuraman's family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to 'settle' him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his 'fireball' of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he's created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his 'perfect partner'?

Book Trailer

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

On Writing: Shikha Kumar

Today on 'On Writing' we have the talented best selling author Shikha Kumar.

Shikha Kumar has a B-Tech degree in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Delhi. Professionally she’s as a Manager with top IT company. She has travelled to, and worked in different countries. She enjoys travelling, reading, writing and watching movies. 

Her first book - "He Fixed the Match, She Fixed Him" recieved huge appreciation amongst media, critics and readers. **** It will soon be adapted as major motion picture.***
Shikha is presently working on her next book. Details to be revealed soon.

Welcome to ‘On Writing’ Shikha Kumar.

Follow her: Facebook   Twitter    DailyO

Your debut novel “He fixed the match, she fixed him” is a national best seller. What according to you makes it so popular?

It feels very humble to know that you’ve managed to make a mark. I’m just doing my best in my capacity in every area possible – from writing to marketing. I think my book is being loved for its content, so everything else is working in its favor.

Your book is being made into a movie soon. Do tell us about it.

Yes, that’s dream come true for any author. I’m lucky that my angels smiled wide at me. It’s still in the infancy stage, and I’m actively looking for PR to take this news to the world. Let’s see how things turn out.

You have a regular day job as a manager with a top IT company. When do you find time to write?

Finding time is an unceasing daily battle, I hope to win each day, but still there are days I don’t write a word. So I guess it’s all credit to this shark after me to squeeze some time from the crazy schedule that keeps me going.

What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire story or write it the way the story takes you?

I’m definitely the second one. I write scene by scene. I change many things to chisel story. I think my loyalty is always more with characters than story, for me their personalities drive the story.

Which part in the creation of a book do you find the most boring— writing, editing, querying, publishing or marketing?

I think editing. Not boring to be honest, but it excites the least. Making grammatical corrections, some re-writing, etc. are important aspects, but then I don’t really add value to your product. Having said that Editing is an important devil and can really take you down if not well-addressed.

 Is there any particular habit or belief or superstition that you associate with your writing process?

No really. In fact, I’m on a war against superstitions. And then with a handful of time to write, if I have quirks or superstitions, I’ll go nowhere. Having said that, I consider Thursdays lucky for me. So I prefer signing important deal or agreement on that day. Pretty much, that's it.

What other works are you currently working on?

Next book in December. And then I’m writing my third very actively. Then of course are my columns at DailyO, which I write a regular basis.

How important do you think marketing is for the success of a book?

 Unfortunately, most important. Even more important than writing a good book. To go out and convincing readers to grab a copy is the biggest battle of today’s ruthless world.

What are the three tips you have for readers of this interview who are aspiring writers?

1) Be fearless. Don’t follow trends, write what you can write the best.
2) Set a marketing budget
3) Don’t give up. Detach yourself to rejections.

Thank you Shikha. That was interesting! Wishing you the best for all your future endeavors.

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