Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Christmas with Ornaments of Love

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Read for Preschoolers

A sweet little book to read out to your preschoolers this Christmas season, Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise by Sharon Durgin, is what I'm reviewing today.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

An Understated Regency Christmas

An Understated Regency Christmas
A Christmas Surprise - Christmas Regency Romance Novella by Emily Murdoch | Book Review

Christmas is just around the corner and I've just finished reading A Christmas Surprise by Emily Murdoch. A festive regency novella, it is set around the Christmas season as well and makes for a quick read to get into the Christmas mood.
"Christmas Eve had always been a magical time in the Marchwood household. Small gifts were often exchanged between Lady Audrey and her father, and they often spent the evening in quiet conversation, in anticipation of the Christmas ball that was to occur the next evening."

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Year I Reclaimed Being a Writer

November has just passed by and December is just at the doorstep. While everyone's wrapping up their Nanowrimo novels, for those of us who did not participate or did but could not hit the word count target, it's important that we that we think and talk about it and inspire ourselves for the next November. 
Here's my dearest blogger buddy from Writerly Yours, Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story, sharing her experiences of participating in Nanowrimo and of overcoming writer's block.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Autumn through the words of R.S Thomas

What comes to your mind when you shut your eyes and say the word "autumn" ?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review : Celebrate Durga Puja With Me

Have you ever read a children's book that sent you strolling down the memory lane? I think Celebrate Durga Puja with Me by Shoumi Sen is going to be one such book for many of you who grew up in West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, or any other parts of India where Durga Puja is grandly celebrated. Before I tell you more about the book, let me remind you that I have reviewed many other multicultural books on the blog, which you might want to read.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review : Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Do you have a sweet tooth ? If you do, this book might be your next favourite read. Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop is a heartwarming tale with the goodness of Sicilian pastries.

Food writer Claudia Lombardo has sampled exquisite dishes by the world’s greatest chefs. But when she hears about the remarkable desserts from a convent pastry shop in the sleepy Italian hillside town of Santa Lucia del Mela, she wants to write a book featuring the sweets and the story behind their creator, Sorella Agata.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Children's Book Review : Amal's Eid

So it's Eid and  I'm going to talk about the perfect book for the season - Amal's Eid from Bharat Babies. Written by Amy Maranville and illustrated by Joshua Stevens, Amal's Eid is a picture book for early readers that talks about how Eid is celebrated by Bengali Muslims. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bharat Babies on Priya's Lit Blog

It's another sunday and I have great news to share with you today. I am partnering with Bharat Babies to bring their wonderful books to you. I am delighted to be reading and reviewing their books right here and promoting diverse literature in my little way.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

J.A George on the Journey of GIFTED

J.A George, joins us on the blog for a light conversation on her debut book GIFTED and her writerly journey so far. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep : Review

There are nights when I stay up past 2am. And there are nights when I fall asleep too soon. But what do you do when it's bed time but you are not at all sleepy ?

The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep answers this question with its engaging story and am here today to tell you all about this book.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Picture Book Review : Ninja & Bunny

I read this wonderful children's book called Ninja & Bunny's Great Adventure last week and am sharing my review of it with you today. Written by Kara S Tyler and illustrated by Sarah Pacetti, it's a middle grade reader but I'm sure even a little younger kids are going to love it just the same.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quick Five with Kara S Tyler

It's a hot summer day here and Kara S Tyler joins me over an email conversation to talk about her latest book - Ninja and Bunny's Great Adventure. I've been reading this wonderfully illustrated book over the week and have loved it so far. I have my review coming up soon but for now, let me introduce Kara and her book !

And don't forget to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The House of Gender : Mosaics

Today's the day, all the excitement, all the anticipation, and now it's finally here. 

And don't forget to enter the mega giveaway, including a Kindle Fire, a $50 gift card, and a paperback library, at the end of this post!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Covering Cover Matters

A day last summer I was surfing the web to see if my first book, Dex Territory, was getting any love. I came upon a website that “helps” authors by pointing out bad book covers and embarrasses them in 
hopes they will be so grateful the author will use them to create a new cover. I published through a small press and while I had input into the cover, I didn’t have control. Yet, my editor hit me up and suggested I wasn’t marketing well. My sales weren’t so great. I work in the business world and I have built strong networks and as an author I was getting there with steady progress. I felt I had a good book. It was well reviewed, technically sound, the story was fun and superheroes were red hot. I had a unique angle and it’s a fast-paced book that’s not difficult to polish off. I have strong characters, it’s sexy and action-packed and it’s packed with snappy, snark-filled dialog and the book was very funny. The thing practically sold itself. My editor and I believed in Dex Territory even with the bug-nuts crazy title.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Book Mail from Canada

I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find what came in the mail for me all the way from Canada. I had won the #Stillwart giveaway by +Morning Rain Publishing last year, for which I had myself been a blog host (the giveaway was open to everyone). The giveaway prizes were a lovely spiral-bound notebook themed on The Fairly Stillwart Chronicles, a book tote and a bookmark from Morning Rain Publishing. I love the notebook very much that I do not plan on using it. :D And the bookmark is very simple and elegant, precisely the style I like.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

J.M. Lavallee on Books and Writing

Readers young and old have been comparing The Wishing Stone and Other Myths: Learned on Gull Cliff Island to the most adored children’s books like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie, and its author J.M. Lavallee says that if her book manages to inspire even a fraction of what both those series have inspired in her, then she can be happy that she has accomplished something to be proud of.

Excerpts from an email interview with +J.M. Lavallee where she talks about her book, her inspiration for ideas, her writing process, and more.