Book Review – Destined by Rubina Ramesh

Destined by Rubina Ramesh is a story of young and beautiful Esha Mehra and her billionaire boss Rohan.

It’s a sweet love story with a happily ever after. I loved the premise and the settings of the novel.

The story is set in the city of Bangalore, though there was very little that we get to know about the city. I would love to read more about the Southern city of India. The smell, the weather, the people, and the culture. There was nothing that could describe the true spirit of the IT city.

However, the book flows well and the story is engaging. The characters of Rohan is not very well drawn, but I found myself rooting for Esha. She emerges as a bold and confident woman.

The story, in the beginning, felt predictable and more or less sounded like an alpha billionaire romance. However, it took a sudden unexpected turn with the introduction of Zaira Wadia, Rohan’s stepmother. Now, there’s a twist in the stepmother thing, and I would like you to explore the book and find out who exactly Zaira Wadia is.

The dialogues are well written and sounded typical as Indians speak and communicate.

At the end, Rubina Ramesh’s Destined has everything in it. It has drama, intrigue, romance, and spicy love scenes. The book beautifully portrays the father-daughter bond.

I loved the playful banter between the lead couples and their constant ego clashes felt like a chocolate icing on a creamy dessert. From me, the book can easily claim 4 stars.

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DESTINED
by
Rubina Ramesh
 
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Blurb
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
 
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. 
But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
 
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives? 
 
Read an excerpt:

On seeing her, he grinned. “There goes my dream of my bride sitting on the bed with a long veil over her face that I could slowly lift up.”

Esha laughed. “Do it in your real wedding.”

Rohan felt a jolt at her words though his feelings had stopped making any sense at all. He found her pajama-clad wet avatar very sensual. Her hair was wet from the shower and a few droplets fell on her collarbone, like dew drops on a rose petal. Now that he was finally alone with Esha, he wanted to further muss up her hair and kiss those wet pearls away. But never had he imagined that he would be alone in a room with her amidst roses and that her intoxicating perfume would drive him crazy. Theirs wasn’t a marriage in the true sense and yet her lips were calling out to him to feel them with his own.

But he was sure that she wouldn’t appreciate it. He forced himself to lean back on the pillow and give her an easy smile to fight his raging hormones. “So, which side of the bed is yours?”

She looked at him sharply to check if he was laughing at her predicament. She then went to her purse and took out a tape—a big, brown one.

“Naughty, naughty,” he said sitting up, suddenly feeling the air crackling between them with an invisible electric thread that was slowly pulling them towards each other. “What’s your intention darling?”

Esha gave him an evil grin and sashayed towards him, all the while opening the tape. “You didn’t think I would be prepared?” she asked, her voice husky. Any hot-blooded man would find this a big turn-on but Rohan sat up straight, wondering if she was drunk.
“Esha, I think we should go to sleep now.” He gave her a sheepish smile. “It’s getting very late.”

She threw back her head and laughed, “The night is still young, darling.” She opened the tape further and climbed on the bed, inching slowly towards him as she rolled it out. Rohan could feel his heart skipping a few beats. He wanted her no doubt, but he was not expecting this and her strange behavior made him uncomfortable.
“Do you want something to eat?” He sounded lame even to himself. She threw her head back and looked at him, her sherry colored eyes darkening into molten chocolate, and the light breeze from the window caught her silk tresses and made them dance to a tune of their own. She bit her lower lip and leaned in front of him, staring deep into his eyes. “Are you nervous?”

“Why are you behaving like this?” he asked, trying to get out of the bed. He felt an invisible hand clutching his stomach but he kept his tone breezy. “Are we taking this night to mean what it is meant to be? I’m ready if you are.”

If she took another step forward, her breasts would touch him. What the devil was she playing at? He couldn’t even lean back further since the head rest was stopping any further movement. She leaned forward but instead of coming towards him, she went beyond him and stuck the edge of the tape to the middle of the bed post. She then pulled the tape down – further and further and a line was drawn along the middle of the bed.



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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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An Author Interview of Rubina Ramesh

Hi Friends!

Today’s I’m sharing with you the excerpts of my author interview with the well-known contemporary romance author Rubina Ramesh. As the leading lady of the online book publicity group The Book Club, she doesn’t need any introduction. She is the sole and heart of the Indian Indie Publishing World. Anyone who happens to be the part of this closely-knitted family knows about her. But do you know that behind the persona of a disciplined and goal-oriented marketing and strategist lies an exceptionally interesting human being.

It was a celebrating moment for me when I got a chance to explore the interests and hobbies of Rubina Ramesh. She’s not only bold and confident in her spoken words but her fierceness can be easily seen in her strong and courageous women characters that she creates with penchant.

She’s an achiever, a dreamer, and a problem solver and my interaction with her wasn’t just concentrated on writing and marketing. It was funny, motivational, and was more like a casual and friendly chit chat. So, here’s the glimpse of her life as an adventurer, a wayward traveler, a family person, and of course as a proud indie author. Blog Tour by The Book Club of DESTINED by Rubina RameshRubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

Excerpts of the Interview:

Me: Can you please share your self-publishing success story with your fans?

Rubina: Dear Mariyam, Thanks for these wonderful questions. Self-publishing was choice for me. Not a place where I landed up because publishers rejected me. I wanted something where I had the control of my book, my destiny and of course my story. When I entered this line there were already a few established writers but still, the competition was not that high. Of course, writers were there but only a few had tasted success. One thing I understood quickly – this is not a place where you put up your shoddy and unedited work. You have to take care of your book cover, editing and treat your complete manuscript as a complete product. And all these things you can do only if you enjoy the journey. Every aspect of it.  Once an author realizes the amount of work this platform demands – you are then only an indie author. Definitely not something that one can pay for to others and forget nor expect others to do for you.

 Me: Your dialog writing skills are meticulous, smooth, and flawless, something that doesn’t come to non-native English speakers naturally. Could you share the art of writing dialogues with budding writers out there?

Rubina: Thanks for this huge compliment. I really don’t know what to say to this. The only thing I can say is I don’t translate from Hindi to English in my mind – which many still do in India. Even though I do use a spattering of colloquial language, I don’t vest any humor or emotions on those lines. It’s a word here or there to showcase the roots of a character. I am a writer who writes in English. I have to always respect that in my own writing. Once again, thanks for this compliment.

Me: Why romance. Why not Sci-Fi, Action, Crime, or Thriller. Do you think women especially Indian women fantasize more about having a perfect man, a fairy tale love affair, and a happily ever after?

Rubina: My first book an anthology is a psychological thriller. I am planning a horror and another psychological thriller. But romance is my weakness. What is there not to love about love? 😀 We spread enough hatred and fear in our lives, so if I can inject love into anyone’s life even for a few hours, then why not. And who does not dream of a happily ever after? I write to offer escapism from their pain, yet I try to hold on to one reality in my book. The reality of commitment under any circumstances. I don’t like writing about unnecessary sexual content but if my scene demands it – I am not shy about it. But having said that I truly believe that every man and woman out there either hate love or search for love. So how can I go wrong with writing romance?

Me: As an indie author what marketing skills one should have to gain a foothold in the publishing industry?

Rubina: This is something that I tell every indie author. Your success and your failures are your own. You can’t blame anyone for it. If you feel you are going down, perk up and fight back. You can do a hundred facebook ads, you can hire the best publicist out there, but everything is momentary. You need something or someone who will constantly promote you – and that person is only you. The indie publishing world is pretty close-knit. We are not perfect. We have our moments of jealousy and anger. Of humiliation and jubilation but we never forget our roots – that we are indie authors. This is one place where one should never come because one has no place to go – walk on this path only if you are ready to work hard. This is not a vanity publishing scenario, where you pay money and forget about your own book.

Me: Do you begin writing a book with a particular target group in mind?

Rubina: No, never. That is again a restriction and as an indie author, we are fighting against restrictions. I want to write stories in every genre if possible. (Wishful thinking) There are so many stories to tell, why curtail yourself?

Me: I know it’s the sixth question, but I have so many more 🙂 How do you manage your time with family, writing, and other things?

Rubina: Would you believe if I say I sleep for 3 to 4 hours only? 😀 I am into marketing of books for other authors too and both marketing and writing are my passions. Kids are my passion, My hubby is my passion. So if you see, I am a person driven my passion. 😀 I suppose when you love everything around you, you will always find time for it.

Thanks once again for these wonderful questions Mariyam and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I know there is a book coming along somewhere – I can sense it 😀 haha . all the best.

She signs off…

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DESTINED
by
Rubina Ramesh
 
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Blurb
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
 
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. 
But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
 
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives? 
 
Read an excerpt:

On seeing her, he grinned. “There goes my dream of my bride sitting on the bed with a long veil over her face that I could slowly lift up.”

Esha laughed. “Do it in your real wedding.”

Rohan felt a jolt at her words though his feelings had stopped making any sense at all. He found her pajama-clad wet avatar very sensual. Her hair was wet from the shower and a few droplets fell on her collarbone, like dew drops on a rose petal. Now that he was finally alone with Esha, he wanted to further muss up her hair and kiss those wet pearls away. But never had he imagined that he would be alone in a room with her amidst roses and that her intoxicating perfume would drive him crazy. Theirs wasn’t a marriage in the true sense and yet her lips were calling out to him to feel them with his own.

But he was sure that she wouldn’t appreciate it. He forced himself to lean back on the pillow and give her an easy smile to fight his raging hormones. “So, which side of the bed is yours?”

She looked at him sharply to check if he was laughing at her predicament. She then went to her purse and took out a tape—a big, brown one.

“Naughty, naughty,” he said sitting up, suddenly feeling the air crackling between them with an invisible electric thread that was slowly pulling them towards each other. “What’s your intention darling?”

Esha gave him an evil grin and sashayed towards him, all the while opening the tape. “You didn’t think I would be prepared?” she asked, her voice husky. Any hot-blooded man would find this a big turn-on but Rohan sat up straight, wondering if she was drunk.
“Esha, I think we should go to sleep now.” He gave her a sheepish smile. “It’s getting very late.”

She threw back her head and laughed, “The night is still young, darling.” She opened the tape further and climbed on the bed, inching slowly towards him as she rolled it out. Rohan could feel his heart skipping a few beats. He wanted her no doubt, but he was not expecting this and her strange behavior made him uncomfortable.
“Do you want something to eat?” He sounded lame even to himself. She threw her head back and looked at him, her sherry colored eyes darkening into molten chocolate, and the light breeze from the window caught her silk tresses and made them dance to a tune of their own. She bit her lower lip and leaned in front of him, staring deep into his eyes. “Are you nervous?”

“Why are you behaving like this?” he asked, trying to get out of the bed. He felt an invisible hand clutching his stomach but he kept his tone breezy. “Are we taking this night to mean what it is meant to be? I’m ready if you are.”

If she took another step forward, her breasts would touch him. What the devil was she playing at? He couldn’t even lean back further since the head rest was stopping any further movement. She leaned forward but instead of coming towards him, she went beyond him and stuck the edge of the tape to the middle of the bed post. She then pulled the tape down – further and further and a line was drawn along the middle of the bed.



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DESTINED

by
Rubina Ramesh
 
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Blurb
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
 
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. 
But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
 
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives? 
 
Read an excerpt:

On seeing her, he grinned. “There goes my dream of my bride sitting on the bed with a long veil over her face that I could slowly lift up.”

Esha laughed. “Do it in your real wedding.”

Rohan felt a jolt at her words though his feelings had stopped making any sense at all. He found her pajama-clad wet avatar very sensual. Her hair was wet from the shower and a few droplets fell on her collarbone, like dew drops on a rose petal. Now that he was finally alone with Esha, he wanted to further muss up her hair and kiss those wet pearls away. But never had he imagined that he would be alone in a room with her amidst roses and that her intoxicating perfume would drive him crazy. Theirs wasn’t a marriage in the true sense and yet her lips were calling out to him to feel them with his own.

But he was sure that she wouldn’t appreciate it. He forced himself to lean back on the pillow and give her an easy smile to fight his raging hormones. “So, which side of the bed is yours?”

She looked at him sharply to check if he was laughing at her predicament. She then went to her purse and took out a tape—a big, brown one.

“Naughty, naughty,” he said sitting up, suddenly feeling the air crackling between them with an invisible electric thread that was slowly pulling them towards each other. “What’s your intention darling?”

Esha gave him an evil grin and sashayed towards him, all the while opening the tape. “You didn’t think I would be prepared?” she asked, her voice husky. Any hot-blooded man would find this a big turn-on but Rohan sat up straight, wondering if she was drunk.
“Esha, I think we should go to sleep now.” He gave her a sheepish smile. “It’s getting very late.”

She threw back her head and laughed, “The night is still young, darling.” She opened the tape further and climbed on the bed, inching slowly towards him as she rolled it out. Rohan could feel his heart skipping a few beats. He wanted her no doubt, but he was not expecting this and her strange behavior made him uncomfortable.
“Do you want something to eat?” He sounded lame even to himself. She threw her head back and looked at him, her sherry colored eyes darkening into molten chocolate, and the light breeze from the window caught her silk tresses and made them dance to a tune of their own. She bit her lower lip and leaned in front of him, staring deep into his eyes. “Are you nervous?”

“Why are you behaving like this?” he asked, trying to get out of the bed. He felt an invisible hand clutching his stomach but he kept his tone breezy. “Are we taking this night to mean what it is meant to be? I’m ready if you are.”

If she took another step forward, her breasts would touch him. What the devil was she playing at? He couldn’t even lean back further since the head rest was stopping any further movement. She leaned forward but instead of coming towards him, she went beyond him and stuck the edge of the tape to the middle of the bed post. She then pulled the tape down – further and further and a line was drawn along the middle of the bed.



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About The Author

 
Blog Tour by The Book Club of DESTINED by Rubina Ramesh
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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Romantic Short Story: Bloody Passion

Title: Bloody Passion

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Last and Final Episode of 4 part romantic short story series

Warning: The story contains adult content

 I saw Rajveer and Jahnvi kissing each other. The ass that used to be my property was now in Rajeev’s palm, and he was mincing and kneading it with his bony fingers as their kiss deepened.
I was tricked. She used me. They used me.
“Arent’ we getting late?” Payal came in. She looked outstandingly beautiful in an orange blouse and black pencil skirt. Orange was Jahnvi’s favorite color.
I still missed Jahnvi and our relationship, but I couldn’t forget how she tricked me for her own personal gains. In fact, both Rajveer and Jahnvi used me as a pawn. But I was no pawn. I was the king of my own game.
“Yeah, let’s get going,” I replied, rising up from my office chair.
Payal took my offered arm in her hand smilingly as we trod down the hallway. I threw a sweeping glance at my team, busy working in the cubicles. It was a full house tonight. All cabins were occupied too. But, there was one cabin that was still empty, and that was Jahnvi’s cabin. Nobody could take her place, neither in my office nor in my heart. I loved her, but she chose to betray. It was her betrayal that forced me to weave a conspiracy against her and her lover, Rajveer.
I told the cops how the three of us planned for Akash’s murder. I regretfully declared myself innocent putting the blame of killing on Rajveer and Jahnvi.
Their lawyers were still trying to prove them innocent while I was roaming free with my new secretary, much younger and more beautiful than Jahnvi.

~End~

So that was the end of 4 episode short story Bloody Passion. Next week’s story title is The Virgin Ghost. Stay tuned for its first episode release on December 18, 2017.

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Book Review: Because of You By Connie Lafortune

Book Review: Because of You by Connie LafortuneThis is my second book by Connie Lafortune. In fact, it is the author’s debut work, so I was thrilled when I got a chance of reading Because of You after Bound by Steel.

I was mesmeric after reading Bound by Steel, and I don’t embarrass in saying that I often open it on my e-reader and devour it in my leisure time. It’s such a heart-warming passionate read.

OK, so this review is about Because of You and I think I should stop my obsession with Bound by Steel if at least for a while until I put this review together.

So, let’s begin. Ok, I have started doing critical review. And though I don’t find anything to be critically acknowledge in Because of You, I will still try to assess it critically. However, it’s a different thing that the book left me spellbound by its writing, the characeterization, and the vivid portrayal of human emotions as if everything was happening in front of my eyes.

As you know, I review books in the light of few pointers, so here goes my review for Because of You

Plot and Storyline: It’s a story of Riley and Hunter. Riley moves to her Dad’s house in Southern Carolina where she meets Hunter and the two instantly fall in love with each other. Hunters wants to express his love but has his own haunting past which he thinks can hurt Riley. Riley, on the other hand, is drawn towards Hunter like a moth to a flame. Their affection grows and finally, the lovebirds succumbs to the growing desires for each other unknown what future has in store for them.

The plot is old but the story treatment is new and appealing. The plot is tightly woven and there are no loose ends where the reader feels bored. It kept my attention intact from the beginning till end. It has some cleverly done twists at the end of the book and the surprize ending just acts like an icing on the top of melt-in-the-mouth cheesecake 😊

The love scenes are well written and don’t seem like an erotica. They are sensual yet graceful, but I loved to read more about the emotional gestures and playful banter Riley and Hunter shared with each other. Their care, emotions, and love all expressed vividly and the entire read was no less than watching an emotional and passionate romantic movie.

Characters: Both Riley and Hunter have their own traumatic pasts and suffer from panic attacks and nightmares. This brings them even closer. The characterization was strong. Characters are well-developed and realistic. It’s not easy to describe character in all the three dimensions, but Connie has done this with elan.

I loved Riley from the beginning and can relate with her. In fact, often it feels like I am reading about my own self. Like her, whenever something goes wrong it feels I am responsible for it. This often makes me feel guilty.

I loved the way Hunter makes her realize that it’s not always her fault.

Like Bound by Steel where I fell in love with Ryker, in Because of You I couldn’t stop fantasizing about Hunter 😊. He made my heart gallop. I typically loved the scenes where he was so caring and loving to Riley. For instance, when he was taking care of her at his home after Riley suffered a terrible panic attack. That scene was beautifully written and very emotional that it gave me a tingle.

I liked the character of Scott. However, I wanted to read more about him and his relationship with Riley. I wanted to read about Kathy and also about Hunter’s parents and grandparents.

Scenes and Narrative Summary (Shows verses Tell and Pacing)

The scenes are crafted beautifully and the scene to narrative transition is smooth and seamless. Author has succeeded in creating a fine balance between scene and narrative. There’s a fine balance between Show and Tell and nothing feels overdone or lengthy.

The descriptions of the places and events and even characters are to the point. There are no lengthy descriptive that can compel the readers to skim pages. Again, I will say it were the emotions between the couple that made me swipe one page after another of this passionate romantic tale.

I fell in love with the book and with its characters. It was such an enjoyable read and still, I am not able to take my mind off of Riley and Hunter’s sizzling chemistry, their love and care for each other. The book succeeded in describing what true love is.

Overall Assessment: The plot has depth. It is well crafted with no room for improvement. The story is well structured. It slows down and picks up pace as and when required compelling reader not to stop reading.

The lead characters are strong and well developed. There’s an emotional connection between them, and the best thing is that you can feel strongly about both Riley and Hunter.

However, there’s room for improvement in the cover of the book.

Apart from cover, I don’t think there’s anything that can stop me from rating this book 5 stars. This book doesn’t deserve anything less than that.

So, if you’re looking for a passionate and emotional romance for the weekend, Because of You fits the bill.

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What is Friendship? In the light of Philosophy

There was a line in John Donne’s famous prose Meditation 17.

“No man is an island.”

This line truly expresses the need of a friend in a man’s life. Indeed, there is no one who can live alone on this planet. That is the reason God has made different types of relationships, for instance, friendship. Friendship is one of the best types of relationships that a person can have.

If you want to know the true meaning of friendship, you should look at its definition and think about the significance and virtues of a true friend.  Many philosophers of the bygone era such as Aristotle had talked about friendship in detail.

As indicated by Aristotle, nobody will ever pick to live without a friend. This thought from Aristotle throws light on the fact that why people with all the power and wealth are, most of all in need of a true companion.

He even included that what might be the use of those possessions when you don’t have anybody to share the joy of being prosperous. Apart from being your well-wisher, a true friend will also help you guard and protect your prosperity. Friends are more commendable to men in their hard times, in times of poverty and despair, for they can see their friends as their only place of refuge.

“Friendship is as important as life itself.” ~As quoted by Aristotle, intense and strong.

Friendship covers everyone, old and young, poor and wealthy. It covers the breath of the kinds of individuals you find within the society.

What is Friendship? In the light of Philosophy, www.mariyamhasnain.comTruth be told, rich men require friends the most as they will become the loneliest souls on earth without a true friend. Friendship reduces the risk of destructive behavior, depression, anxiety and other common ailments that a person can suffer when he is alone.

This can be proven because in hard times you will simply look for some help from your true friend.

With this thought, you can already imagine that friendship enhances your life since it improves you as a person. In you endeavor to help or serve your friends, you grow and achieve mental strength and maturity as a human being. This makes you a better and kind individual.

These facts of philosophy are good enough to explain you the importance of true friends in your life.

And it is said, “A girl without a friend is a like a fish without water, a bird without feathers.”

So if you adore your friends and cherish your friendship with them, here’s my new novel “The Wedding Planner,” that celebrates the very emotion of friendship and what it take to be a good friend. It explains the true meaning of friendship and love.

The book is releasing on December 22, 2017, just before Christmas so that you can read it as you plan your holidays with your friends.

For a limited time, I am giving away the first chapter of this novel to all my readers FREE. This is exclusive to my VIP mailing list and my FB page followers.

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How to Find Out If Someone Loves You

Finding out whether your crush loves you or not is more than just plucking the flower petals.

Now, the question is how to find out if someone loves you are not.

Is it a rocket science? No, not at all. It’s very easy to find out if the person is really in love with you are not.

All you got to do is to observe the person carefully for the following signs and body gestures.

  • Touch: Touch is the least difficult gesture of expressing fondness. This could be as basic as holding hands or as protective and close as a kiss. A casual arm on your shoulder while strolling or even when you guys sit together, either alone or in a group is yet another indication that the person is falling for you.
  • Whisper: Whispering, cherishing, complimenting or other positive words in your ear. This activity is unquestionably one that delineates closeness and love. Telling you how much you are missed when you were apart is also an indirect way of communicating fondness.
  • Getting things done for you even when you haven’t requested for them is also a beautiful indication that your crush is also crushing on you. You will feel loved and special when these things happen to you with no prior intimation or say come as a surprize.
  • Are you receiving gifts that don’t imply a specific event? It’s not your birthday or any special day but you get a bouquet of flower or your favorite piece of music or a book from your favorite author. People do these things to unintentionally express their love and warmth. These gifts are not necessarily costly but rather essentially insightful and true.
  • If someone starts spending quite a lot of time with you, willing to try new things with you, takes interest in your hobbies and activities, compliments you not just on your looks and dress but also on your achievements and the person you are, there are high probabilities that he or she is in love with you.

Now, take a step back and review things that someone does for you. This will definitely help you find out if a person is truly in love with and is willing to take their relationship to a next level.

Did you like what you read? Want to ask something, feel free to comment and I would love to answer your questions.

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~MH

Romantic Short Story – Bloody Passion

Title: Bloody Passion

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Episode 3 of 4 part romantic short story series

Warning: The story contains adult

Three years later…

Zigma had reached the pinnacle of success. I never sold it. Zigma was Akash’s dream, and I fulfilled my friend’s dream by making it the world’s third largest IT and IT Enabled Services Company.

On the personal front, I divorced Maya and now dating my new secretary Payal, more beautiful and sexier than Jahnvi. Jahnvi, on the other hand, had become a mess of skin and bones after enduring the court hearings for the past three years. The court’s decision was still pending.

These three years had taken a toll on Jahnvi. She had grown old. I often visited her apartment where she shifted two years ago from her plush bungalow and gazed at her from afar, sitting in my plush car.

Whenever I saw Jahnvi, I reminisced our times spent together. And with that always came the haunting memories of that traumatic night.

Akash would often take short naps while working late in the office. That night also he was asleep in his chair when the three of us sneaked into his office room and held him captive. Rajveer held Akash’s back in his chair with an arm around Akash’s neck, his other hand pinching Akash’s nose. The moment Akash opened his mouth; I forcefully emptied the bottles of Akash’s usual medications of propofol and lorazepam into his mouth, washing them down into his stomach with a glass full of cold orange juice. We waited for him to go unconscious. With Rajveer in the same position, Jahnvi holding him by his legs, I pinned him down to his high back office chair.

Romantic Short Story - Bloody Passion, www.mariyamhasnain.comOnce Akash body started limping, and he stopped struggling to fight back, we released our grips and ruthlessly watched our friend go into a deep sleep. We then carefully cleaned the room and erased all the evidence.

We then left the office and headed to our houses. Akash’s bungalow was close to the office. It was just a fifteen minutes ride while I stayed at an hour distance from Zigma.

On my way home, I decided to surprise Jahnvi and asked Ravi, my driver, to take me to Akash’s bungalow.

Actually, I wanted to relax. The entire episode was no less than an ordeal. And I was in desperate need of an intense making out session with Jahnvi. I wanted to suck her luscious lips and travel down all the way from her neck to the meeting point of her full breasts and bury my head in there, sucking her tout peaking nipples. I wanted to taste her juicy womanhood and feel the flush of her core against my face.

Upon reaching there, I climbed out of my car and asked Ravi to wait for me. Wrapped in my fantasies, I was about to press the doorbell when a thought of peeking inside the broken slat of the window blind crawled in my head. Perhaps I could catch a glimpse of my woman wandering in her house in just her lacy bra and panties, I thought.

My imagination went wild when I fantasized her standing in her kitchen with nothing else on her body except her red high heels.

Smiling, I bent down and peeked inside the house through the broken window slat that was broken a couple of days ago while we were having a wall-banging or more aptly a window-banging sex in her house.

Anger, hatred, confusion, guilt, all hit my head. My brain and heart melted into molten lava that filled my stomach. Heat dissipated through me. The only thought that came to my mind was to kill both of them alive.

To Be Continued….

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[MARIYAM’S NEW BOOK RELEASE] The Wedding Planner

[MARIYAM'S NEW BOOK RELEASE] The Wedding Planner, www.mariyamhasnain.comHi Folks,

Have you planned about your Holidays. I understand many of you prefer going out and having fun. But I know many of you would like spending the cold days under the warmth of the furry blanket, either relaxing on the sofa and watching your favorite movie on Netflix or curling up with a cute romantic novel.

So, if you are the ones who prefer curling up on the couch with a book, my new book is all set to warm up your heart. The Wedding Planner is releasing in the month of December, and I am giving away the first chapter FREE to those who are interested. So, stay tuned for my e-mails.

The Wedding Planner is a Second Chances in Love novel. It’s an Indian Small Town Romance set in the fictional town of Awadh.

Here’s a small summary of the book. Let’s see if it sparks your interest.

Blurb

Marriages are made in heaven but celebrated on earth. And those who make these celebrations memorable and extravagant are called wedding planners.

This sweet contemporary romance novel is also a story of one such wedding planner.

After surviving a tumultuous marriage, Nayela Faruqi returns to her hometown of Awadh. She buys the royal Shanbagh Palace not only to convert it into a wedding house but because of the connection she felt with the old harbor of Nawabs.

If not great, Nayela is at least living a peaceful life with her daughter Maira when someone strums the cords of her life.

In walks, Yasir Ahmad Shah, Nayela’s brother-in-law and the owner of the vast Shah Empire.

Nayela is taken both by shock and surprise when she meets Yasir who once was a close friend of her. Someone she could really count on after her parents.

Yasir had a soft corner for Nayela. He in fact loved Nayela but accepted Nayela and Faraz’s marriage as his brother fell head over heels for Nayela.

Now, when Faraz is gone and Nayela struggles with the hardships of single motherhood while establishing her foothold in the wedding business of Awadh will Yasir’s presence carve any impression on Nayela’s lonely heart. Will Yasir bring any change in Nayela and Maira’s dull and lonely lives? Will Yasir ever be able to show his heart to Nayela? And will Nayela ever be able to see Yasir more than a friend. Will she ever realize Yasir’s love ignoring the reality of Yasir being her dead husband’s brother?

And if the lonely hearts ever find love in each other will Zareen Ahmad Shah, Yasir’s mother and Nayela’s mother-in-law, accept Nayela back in the Shah Household?

Enjoy the romantic ride of relationships, human emotions, love, trust, and friendship with this heartwarming second chances romance novel.

If you like to read the first chapter FREE, reply to this e-mail by saying – “I Wanna” and the first chapter of the book will be delivered right into your mailbox.

Isn’t it a great weekend plan?

THE WEDDING PLANNER – Releasing on December 22, 2917. Stay tuned for more updated regarding freebies and giveaways 🙂

That’s it for now. Happy Weekend!

Talk Soon!

~MH

Book Review: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Book Review - Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman, www.mariyamhasnain.comSimha International is the first book of Sundari Venkatraman’s bestselling series – The Bansal Legacy.

The book was published in the month of February and has touched and topped the bestselling charts several times since then.

Further ahead, I am going to critically review this book.

When you pick a book, you set certain expectations from it. Many of you want to read inspirational novels that make you feel motivated. Then, there are some, who want to read full on entertainment.

So, if you fall in the first category, Simha International is not the book for you because it’s a pure entertainment and fun read without giving you any moral at the end of the story.

But, if you’re open-minded and doesn’t mind reading an entertaining suspense novel with a hint of sexy romance in it, I encourage you to go for this book.

I never review a book to say all good things about it. Being critical doesn’t mean using a magnifying glass and looking for plot holes, grammatical errors, or typos but to critically analyse the authors work.

There are several pointers that I use to critically assess the book and as you go further, you will see how it works.

Plot and Storyline: Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman is a story of a young and dashing managing director of a hotel (same name as the book’s name) Rohit Bansal and his love interest Tasha Sawant.

Both Rohit and Tasha have bitter memories of broken hearts. Both have suffered the trauma of failed relationships in the past. And when the two lonely souls come close, passion builds strong.

Both aren’t ready to commit but desperately looking for refuge and comfort in each other and whether this desire will transform into love or not is the suspense the book offers. There’s one more subplot goes alongside and that’s there’s a thief in the hotel. The suspects are many.

The plot somewhat looked misdirected with quite a lot of backstory dumping. The descriptions of the scenes and places often seemed like a drag, and I had to skim a couple of pages to avoid getting bored. However, the author has brilliantly crafted the scenes and the narrative and descriptive are well written. The dialogues to narrative transition is smooth and seamless.

The sex scenes are well written. They are cheesy and delicious.

The plot could be woven more tightly. It can be made more intriguing. The subplot of a sneaking thief isn’t very interesting. It would have been better if the author had created a haunting and secretive past of one of the protagonists. But that’s just an opinion 😊

Characters: The book has a whole bunch of crazy characters. Excluding the lead pairs, there aren’t any characters that are described in detail. The characters work like a filler to the scenes, and I found me desperate to read more and more about Rohit and Tasha’s building chemistry which was good. Their chemistry sizzles and steam flows off the pages. However, the relationship lacks any emotional connect. I want to read more about emotions infused conversations. The playful banter and dialogues were good but still I miss the description of human emotions.

The lead pair characters are well developed. I didn’t like Tasha much earlier but as the story progressed she emerges as a strong woman who is clear in her thoughts. She wants Rohit’s company but isn’t looking for taking advantage of his millionaire status. I liked the scene where she declined taking the jewellery set from Rohit.

“I am game till we can be partners. I refuse to play if you insist on giving me expensive gifts. In a partnership, we are equals. Well, I can’t afford to buy you gold cufflinks.” ~ Quoted from Simha International by Sundari Venkatraman

Rohit seemed like a God-sent angle for Tasha. And is a bit unrealistic at times. I even didn’t like him going in search for his old girlfriend. He fought tooth and nail to trace Aarti. That seemed amateurish. He even appeared naïve and immature when he falls for Aarti instantly.

I like the character transformation of Tarun from a spoilt brat to a diligent human being. Mr. Sawant’s character was one-dimensional and fussy. The most unbelievable character was Pushpa Sawant, Tasha’s mother who behaved worse than a stepmother. I wonder if a real mother is like her. Needless to mention but Arun was literally a scumbag.

Scenes and Narrative Summary (Show verses Tell and Pacing)

As I said earlier, there’s a quite a lot of backstory in the book. There’s not just one but a backstory within the backstory. This slows the pace of the book. The descriptions are quite lengthy and often feel like a drag.

The author described Goa in pretty much detail but missed to describe Mumbai. The smell, the chaos, the fast life of the metro. I would love to read more about the city of Mumbai and the life of Tasha Sawant as a Mumbaikar.

Often at times, the novel is more dependent on Telling rather than Showing but that can be overlooked with the quality of writing and the smooth flow of dialogues.

Dialogues flow smoothly. Writing is immaculate and flawless with powerful vocabulary usage. Indeed Ms. Venkatraman has a commanding grasp on English language. There’s not a single editing error. I am quite peculiar in picking up errors of punctuation and grammar, but in Simha International, I couldn’t find any. I have reviewed traditionally published books as well from big publishing houses, but I don’t afraid in saying that the quality of Simha International is far better than some of the traditionally published chartbusters.

This makes Simha International a complete package. A box full of steamy and delicious love bites, a sexy alpha male, a strong charming heroine, suspense, thrill, and a hell lot of sizzling chemistry.

The lack of depth in the plot, the unstructured storyline, and lengthy flashbacks couldn’t overshadow the quality of writing couldn’t affect the overall rating of this book. The beautiful descriptions, the seamless scene transitions, and the impeccable editing add more stars. So, as an avid reader of entertaining romantic fiction I give Simha International 4 stars. Yes, 4 hot and steaming stars!!!

So that was my take on Simha International (The Bansal Legacy #1) by Sundari Venkatraman.

If you like my style of review, give me a thumb up by liking, commenting, and sharing this post to keep me motivated, and I promise I’ll keep them coming 😊

Huh! That was pretty long… time for a coffee, guys!

Talk soon!

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~MH