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Dear friends and book lovers,

Today I will post a review for the children’s book Thomas and the Lily Pond by  popular children’s author Jane Whiteoak.

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Book title : THOMAS AND THE LILY POND

Author : Jane Whiteoak

Genre :  Children’s book – friendship, social skills and causes, growing up

Amazon Kindle Store : http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Lily-Pond-ebook/dp/B008LG0T0G

My review : 5 out of 5 starsI recommend this Ebook for your kindle or reading on your IPad, tablets or other android devices

Review in detail : This is a children’s book with a delightful short story featuring a group of animals and birds as interesting and unique characters. This story can be read to your children or nephew/niece, grandchildren in the age group 4+ to 6 years. Children between 7 to 10 years old can read this wonderful story by themselves.

A group of animals and birds lived a harmonious and happy life in a forest with a lily pond. Each were assigned a specific duty to keep the forest safe, secure, filled with food and maintain the harmony. Each animal worked very well as a team member. There was Thomas – the friendly turtle, Rupert – the big white rabbit, Roman – the strong helpful raccoon, Sammy – the elderly red squirrel, Spike – the skunk who patrolled the forest at night, Binnie- the blue jay, Princeton – the protective porcupine, Corinna – the chickadee and Winston – the old wise owl.

Every animal respected and loved one another and gave space to grow and shared food with each other. One day a bull frog named Bruno arrived at the Lily pond amidst this peaceful group. Bruno was a cunning frog and he wanted to take the whole of Lily pond as his home where Thomas used to live. After his arrival, things changed in the forest, specially for Thomas.

To know what happened to the forest, I’d recommend you to read this wonderful story which has a touch of excitement, emotions and interesting adventures!

The story is simple, focusing concisely on each special trait of the animal character and gently directs the reader to the core issue at hand. It is easy to read to a child and focuses on the realistic aspects of bullying by a manipulative and cunning member in a group and how to thwart such bullying attempts at an early age. The story also shows the detrimental effects of surrendering to a bully and getting conned by his false compliments, thereby questioning and suspecting own friends at the word of a bully.

I think this sort of book is very much required in today’s diverse society, specially when cases of bullying are often heard of and witnessed in schools beginning from play school right up to the higher classes. From an early age, children ought to know who’s a bully and who’s not; and this book successfully and gently reveals this aspect to the children and how to confront and thwart bullying unitedly.

Therefore, this book encourages to learn team work, helping people in society, unity, compassion, forgiveness, love for your neighbor and other such aspects that keep the humanity alive in human beings.

I loved the story and I plan to read it to my niece as well! Author Jane Whiteoak should continue writing such meaningful stories and entertain both the parents and their children!

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Hello friends and book lovers,

You may know by now that this blog is my personal author blog , as well as a book review blog.

I sometimes review books at my own leisure, when I get some free time. Also I review those books that I really want to give a review of.

Here is one such book that I have reviewed today.

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Book title : WHERE THE SECRET LIES

Genre :  Fiction – Suspense , Thriller, Romance, Reincarnation

Author : Malika Gandhi

Amazon Kindle Store : http://www.amazon.com/Where-the-Secret-Lies-ebook/dp/B00BUOWFBC

My review : 5 out of 5 starsI recommend this Ebook for your kindle or reading on your IPad, tablets or other android devices

Review in detail : Author Malika Gandhi’s suspense/romantic fiction blended with a touch of historical fiction and contemporary Indian culture of the modern age, is a run away success for people who love to read such genres.

I loved every bit of the novel. There is suspense, there is thrill, there are chills, there is unpredictability, there is steamy passion of romance, there is action, there is a mystery, there is culture clash — all in all an impressive concoction of all the ready ingredients that one would like to get in a story which would make it a fast paced and enjoyable read.

For me, Where The Secret Lies was a wonderful read and it ran like a movie in my head. I don’t want to divulge much of the story here in the review.

The story focuses on two female lead protagonists and how their lives changed from living in the comfort zone to falling into an inferno of change, sudden shock and realizing that life would never be the same again. The first female lead — Anjali, is from the Indian independence era of 1947 when India was going through the extremely difficult, sorrowful and troubled days of partition, and the second lead — Arianna, is a second generation British-Indian teenager visiting her ancestral town in 2012.

When Arianna (the modern female lead) arrives at her cousin’s ancestral house (a Haveli) in Lucknow to participate in the great big Indian Wedding, she never expects what she’d face in the days leading up to the wedding. She has an experience of a life time, makes new friends and helps to unlock a mournful and dreadful secret that had plagued and haunted the Haveli for a very long time.
Their interesting and intriguing experiences have been deftly written and displayed before the readers’ eyes in separate chapters. These chapters move back and forth from the past (1947) into the future (2012). So, I had no trouble relating to the chapters as I was taken in an out of the past now and then through these interesting chapters.

The dialogues are simple and easy to understand. The author had expertly woven her vocabulary towards construction of simple sentences that show a stark difference in the throw of the dialect and thought process of people (second generation Indians) brought up in Britain and Indians in India.

However, it is heartening to see that no matter how far away from their roots the non resident Indians are, they always return to visit India at some point in their life, getting rejuvenated by their ancient culture and accepting both the cultures of their current country as well as their ancestral country.

All in all I give 5 out of 5 stars to this mesmerizing and thrilling story and congratulate the author for creating such a wonderful book for the readers!

 


Dear friends, it has been a while since I have posted in this blog. The joy of reading is such that once we begin reading an exciting and an interesting book, we don’t seem to notice how time flies by. This love for reading inspired me to write books on my own.

I have begun to take small steps into the vibrant and brilliantly creative world of writing and authorship and every moment of this world has been a precious learning experience for me. It takes a long time to complete a novel. While I am writing one, I wanted to take a break during this interesting and ardous task. Therefore, I wrote 3 books to keep my thoughts flowing and garner new ideas for my novel through these 3 books.

My journey into the wonderful world of writing began with the first book on poetry and travel photography. This was followed by a collection of short stories (I will have a separate post about the short stories collection) and a second Ebook on poetry.

Friendship and Life

Friendship and Life

This is my first published poetry Ebook. I recently updated this new cover for Memoirs that I created myself.

For the lovers of poetry who love topics such as nature, flowers, romance, friends, relationships, fantasy, seasons, emotions and many more little joys of life and who love traveling, this Ebook might appeal to them. A photo-poetry Ebook, this Ebook will show you pictures of several beautiful natural locations that I travelled to around the world. This Ebook has got multiple modest and honest reviews too and it makes me glad to know random readers picking up this book and reading my poetry!

This Ebook can be downloaded from Barnes and Noble , Smashwords, Apple IBook stores, Kobo and Sony Ebook stores.  You can FREE DOWNLOAD the first 25% of this Ebook from Smashwords!

Poetry Collection

Poetry Collection

This is my second published Ebook which primarily revolves round the vibrant theme of fantasy, surrealism and converges into reality in many of the poems. I conceptualized and made the cover myself.

To name a few, there are interesting poems about Phoenix-the mythical bird; Sphere-a repository of power that fell in wrong hands; Rains-a mythical tale of how a farmer kept his resolve and fought his thirst; Tale of four seasons; Halo-a mystic aura; Love is everywhere and many more.

Thus, one moment the readers would find themselves in a magical and vibrant world of fantasy and infinite imagination through enchanting stories, and the next moment the boundary of fantasy would merge with reality.

This Ebook can be downloaded from Smashwords and Amazon stores. You can FREE DOWNLOAD the first 30% of this Ebook from Smashwords!

So, this spring-summer if you want to explore new genres, spend some of your free time travelling and love to read poetry, 2 of my Ebooks are out there waiting just for your touch! Have a wonderful Spring- Summer bash!

 


FREEBIE dates : 08/24, 08/25 and 08/26

A warm welcome to all visitors stopping by my blog. I am an author and a poet and have been writing and publishing books in not so common genres. Why? Coz, I see loads of YA, Fantasy and Paranormal series of books in the bookshelves of several online stores everyday and it seems as if they would nearly overflow off the shelf.

That’s why I chose to write in not so common genres– as merely selling the books has never been my agenda. I always looked out for topics that would create an underlying message within my stories, and let us rethink and revalue moments, facts and situations that would be precious to us always. Hence I present you with my latest collection of 12 short stories titled 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life. Download it for FREE today and over this weekend of Aug 24, Aug 25 and Aug 26.

FREE Ebook at Amazon Stores : Download this Ebook to your Kindle or Kindle reading Apps for PC, Laptop or IPad for Free.

Details about this Ebook :

Title – 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life

Author- Payal Roy

Genre : Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction

Ratings and Reviews : 4.5-5 stars, at Amazon and Goodreads

Download Links at Amazon Kindle Store :

Amazon US/India – http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Anecdotes-From-Life-ebook/dp/B0087OXSS2

Amazon UKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Precious-Anecdotes-From-Life-ebook/dp/B0087OXSS2

Amazon France – http://www.amazon.fr/Precious-Anecdotes-From-Life-ebook/dp/B0087OXSS2

Amazon Germany- http://www.amazon.de/Precious-Anecdotes-From-Life-ebook/dp/B0087OXSS2

Blurb : A riveting collection of 12 short, thoughtful and unique tales of following one’s heart, and helping and supporting one another unexpectedly in challenging situations.

This summer, take a journey into the fictitious world of 12 people who happen to cross their paths suddenly with a common friend in 12 different scenarios. They share some riveting tales with their common friend, tales that reveal some precious secrets, that have changed their lives forever. Choices, hope, sorrow, doubt, faith , intrigue, drama and a lot more amongst the pages as the characters are unravelled one by one. What do they share and why do they share? To know, read this ebook today.


 

A big Hello and a warm Welcome to everybody visiting this blog in the summer of August and beyond.  It has truly been a while since I have updated this personal blog of mine. Reason? Since many of you know by now from the content of my blog that I am an author and a poet, so I am involved in writing projects most of the time. However, being involved with this blog and writing down my thoughts here, lets me feel connected to my friends and visitors who visit this blog at their own leisure. It feels wonderful to be a part of such a vibrant and diverse community of bloggers and writers who offer words of advice, information, knowledge and a little peek into their exceptional talents and works. So, I salute all my friends and visitors of this global diaspora for the talents and the enthusiasm they possess.
Of late, I have been travelling to various natural locations, and searching for themes to write my next Ebook, which would be my 2nd Poetry Ebook that would be released very soon in the coming months . I like to experiment with various themes in poetry, and currently fantasy, realistic and speculative themes and story telling have caught my fancy. So, you can expect to be in a world of fantasy realms and at the same time find your feet on the realistic grounds of life in my next Ebook.

Presently 2 of my Ebooks have been released. One is a short story collection named 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life which is a contemporary fiction inspirational and intriguing read.

The second Ebook is named MEMOIRS:THE SOULFUL RECOLLECTION Friendship and Life
and you can see the Ebook cover image at the top of this post.

What is so special about this Ebook? Well, first of all this Ebook contains a collection of 41 poems and 1 article which draw their inspiration about the themes from Nature, friendship and Life.

Tell me, how do you feel when you happen to walk through a vast green field, full of wildflowers, dandelions, tulips with a pleasant breeze under a blue sunny sky? Do you love nature? Do you yearn to sit under the shadows of giant trees and just pass your time leisurely and feel the essence of Mother Nature around you?

In the materialistic world of today, these thoughts and feelings may be a distant dream. But, I believe that connecting ourselves at least once in a while with Mother Nature could just do the trick of healing us from within, and bestow us with renewed enthusiasm and energy to see life in goodness and face life as it is and how it is.

My book MEMOIRS:THE SOULFUL RECOLLECTION Friendship and Life which is available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Sony, Diesel and Kobo stores tries to take a peek into Nature’s miracles, her beauty, and into the depths of vivid imagination. A few words and lines of happiness, love, and respect for Friends and Life. The Ebook is colourful with a splash of original nature photographs taken during my travels to a diverse number of locations across Europe.

If you would like to know more about my Ebook – here is the SPECIAL OFFER for you:

Throughout AUGUST until 2nd September 2012, MEMOIRS:THE SOULFUL RECOLLECTION Friendship and Life will be available at Smashwords Stores for only $0.99 i.e 99 cents by using the Coupon code DU75H.

Smashwords book link –  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/121492

I am very happy that my Ebook has found its worthwhile place in the hands of interested readers who have chosen to not only read, but also review this Poetry e-book at their own choice.

I would like to highlight one of the reviews here on this blog, which has also moved me. I encourage interested readers to review my book once you read it, as it will inspire me to pursue and publish more diverse works of poetry in future.

Here goes the review :

Review by: Jeff Dawson on Aug. 07, 2012 :  star star star star
The first poem Myth of Urvi is guaranteed to please the followers of Tolkien and others. It is the first mythical one I have ever read. I would definitely target the younger crowd to draw attention. Very nice.

The rest of the works paint a wonderful adventure through life. We’ve all felt the emotions as we travel through our journey of life. Very well done.

Almost forgot, I enjoyed the smattering of pictures through the work. They helped set the tone and allowed for reflection.

I found few personal favorites: Dear Friend, Do not Change, The band of Friendship and last but not least, A child in you. This one reminded me of my dad. He passed at 84 but up until his departure he always had this childish gleam in his eyes. I believe it was his view of life (to never grow old) that kept him surrounded by great friends and company. He is missed.

Thank you for the wonderful thoughts.

 


Special Offer

FREE DOWNLOAD Today July19, 2012 :   
Ebook: 12 PRECIOUS ANECDOTES FROM LIFE 
Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories with drama, adventure and inspiration
Author : Payal Roy
 
Reviews : Multiple 4.3-5stars 
 
FREE DOWNLOAD at the following Amazon Stores today July19 2012: Grab your free copy of this Ebook today
 
This book can also be Borrowed for FREE by Amazon Prime members on other days. 12 Precious Anecdotes an be read without a Kindle, by downloading Free Kindle reading software for PC, laptop, Tablets etc
 
Trivia about 12 PRECIOUS ANECDOTES FROM LIFE :
Blurb: This summer, take a journey into the fictitious world of 12 people who happen to cross their paths suddenly with a common friend in 12 different scenarios.
They share some riveting tales with their common friend, tales that reveal some precious secrets, that have changed their lives forever. Choices, hope, sorrow, doubt, faith , intrigue, drama and a lot more amongst the pages as the characters are unravelled one by one. What do they share and why do they share? To know, read this Free Ebook today.

Amazon Reviews

 

Posted on: July 14, 2012


Friends, I love Marcia’s blog for the insights and the wealth of information that she shares with the world every now and then. This blog is a must visit for authors, readers, blog hoppers and general visitors.

Marcia's Book Talk

Author Payal Roy’s inspirational work, 12 PRECIOUS ANECDOTES FROM LIFE, is one of those books which made me reflect about how life really is filled with jewels and precious moments which, sometimes, we do not anticipate, or fully appreciate, but occur so that we can learn, and grow, from the experience. It is a book which contains 12 different life events, as witnessed by author, and narrator Anita Maher, detailing how the lives of Anita’s close friends and acquaintances were enriched from their life-changing experiences.

The anecdotes are written with flair and flow well, and, while similar in their intent, each tell a different narrative. It is a book with a slow build, meaning that it does not contain flashy or melodramatic scenes; rather, it focuses upon the small moments in the lives of its characters, and conveys how they find meaning from their individual experiences. I enjoyed all of the anecdotes, and do not want to single out any one in particular, as…

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New Year special at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo bookstores – 4.75 Stars

Ebook MEMOIRS : THE SOULFUL RECOLLECTION Friendship and Life

GIFT IDEA - This New Year if you're planning to travel to various natural locations around the world, take a look at this book filled with soulful and joyous moments of poetry and travel photos about nature, friends and natural locations across Europe.

New Year special Ebook : 12 PRECIOUS ANECDOTES FROM LIFE 4-5 stars 18 reviews

This new year you get an opportunity to enjoy 12 bundled uplifting and unique stories highlighting dynamic lives of 12 people with emotions, choices and dramatic decisions required to be made by them to set things right. Available for ready download at Amazon Kindle stores. A nice Gift Idea for your friends and family as well.

New Year special : Ebook FANTASIA THE POETRY COLLECTION 4stars

For lovers of Fantasy, Fiction and simple poetry, have a look at Ebook FANTASIA - Vibrant , imaginary tales of mythical creatures, magical beings with a dash of adventure, emotions , courage, resolve and blending with reality. Poetic tales that promise to ignite a passion of looking beyond the facade of reality and realizing dreams through experiencing vibrant worlds of fantasy.

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