Cover Reveal : Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

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HarperCollins India
to launch Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut novel, Paradise Towers, on 10th October 2018

HarperCollins India is delighted to announce that Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut, Paradise Towers, will release on 10th October 2018, with a book launch event in Mumbai. A heart-warming slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai, Paradise Towers, is a riveting read brimming with the drama and intrigue of everyday lives. The book is now available for pre-order on major online retail sites.

About Paradise Towers:

Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard. The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide.

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.

Speaking about how she came to write Paradise Towers, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda said, ‘I grew up with my grandfather who was a poet and a writer. Writing and reading was always a very important part of our lives. I’ve been writing a diary ever since I was a little girl, and wrote stories that I never shared with anyone. Then, one day I just said, I am going to take this plunge. I started writing a column for a newspaper in Mumbai and it gave me a lot of confidence to go ahead and do this full time, and that’s where Paradise Towers comes from.’

Karan Johar, renowned filmmaker, further added, ‘Observant, moving, hilarious and exceptionally astute… Paradise Towers is no slice of life…it’s an entire loaf. Shweta “builds” her debut novel with the ease of a literary veteran. Go find your Paradise between these pages!’

Shreya Punj, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins India, who acquired the book, said, ‘I fell in love with the story when I first read it. Now, Paradise Towers is ready to meet its readers, and I cannot wait for people to fall in love with this quirky, intimate world Shweta has created. We’re proud to be publishing her debut – it’s fresh, insightful and a story that will resonate with everyone.’

About the author:

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for DNA and Vogue. A well-known personality, she is the daughter of actors Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan. Shweta is married to Nikhil Nanda and is the mother of two children. She has her own clothing label, MxS, which launched in 2018. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first novel.

For more information,

please contact- Shabnam.Srivastava@harpercollins.co.in.

Imprint: HarperCollins India.

Price: Rs 250.

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Book Spotlight : Claire’s Dad by Shad Arnold.

Book Details:

Book Title: Claire’s Dad: How I Earned the Title by Shad Arnold

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 132 pages

Genre: Self-help, Parenting

Publisher: Pinpoint Innovation

Release date: February 1, 2018

Tour dates: Aug 20 to 31, 2018

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Like everything worthwhile in this world, the title of “dad” isn’t given—it’s earned.

Society hasn’t done a great job preparing men to raise daughters. That’s a shame, as daughters have a deep, often unacknowledged need for their fathers to take an active role in their growth.

In Claire’s Dad, author and father Shad Arnold offers an engaging look at the difference a father can make in his little girl’s life as she grows into a mature, responsible, and self-assured young woman. Using his own experiences as a touchstone, Arnold explores the principles and standards a father can model for his daughter.

The author is donating a portion of the sales of this book to aid children around the world via the Novitas Foundation.

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Meet the Author:

 

Shad Arnold is an author, entrepreneur, inventor, strategic consultant, public speaker and humanitarian who has founded three companies and two non-profit charities. He has worked as a volunteer and advocate for children for over 30 years. He currently serves as the International Executive Director of Novitas Foundation, the charitable organization he founded in 2013, volunteering his time to raise funds and directly oversee relief and sustainable development initiatives to benefit children in need around the world. Visit www.NovitasFoundation.org or www.ShadArnold.com for more information.

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Book Tour : Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Matt Dallmann
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: August 6 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

To follow the tour and read reviews, please visit Matt Dallmann’s page on iRead Book Tours.


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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest

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Book Review : Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann.

“A huge shoutout to the author for sending a paperback all the way from US in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. The Book was all intact and alive with its glossy softy cover.

This review is done as part of the book review program of Ireadbooktours.

Thanks again.”

– Vithya.

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Tribal affairs is a tale of centuries old dispute between two ancient tribes of djinn or genies, Marid and Ifrit. Marid’s being the most powerful among the 5 tribes of genie, they are genies who like humans whereas Ifrit are the shrewd types who manipulate humans and outwardly hate them.

As The Blurb goes….

‘Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son’.

Main Characters :

Dahlia, Liana, Taffi, Stefan, Jamison and Amon.

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To simply put it, Dahlia is a centuries old MARID genie trapped in a golden locket and the locket belongs to liana’s late mother which now she’s wearing as an anklet bracelet. The wearing of the locket starts a chain of bizarre events in liana’s life. As the story progresses she finds herself in a different magical world, not just that, she realises that her arrival was awaited from centuries where now she is prepared for a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy Stefan. With this, there is another main character Taffi, Stefan’s son, who plays  an important role in this genie conflict tale.

I loved the book’s different and fresh take on magical fantasy choosing a plot around genies as we all have a childhood fantasy of genies who turns our wishes into reality with just a command. The narration was indeed good and the language as easy as it could be. Though initially i couldn’t get myself to start reading it as I didn’t know what to expect from a story of genies. But once i was on it, it didn’t feel even once like it was overdone or too much or clichéd. The story was modern unlike what you would expect from a genie story as the plot starts with the main protagonist 16 year old liana, a college goer staying with an aged father, who is a professional magician, trying to make a living out of it.

It was only a few chapters down the line, i found myself hooked to the story and i mean completely hooked and also i had difficulty recognizing dahlia’s and liana’s dialogues apart. There were times i thought it was liana thinking when it was actually dahlia and vice versa, as both their character’s and pasts had many similarities.

I loved all the magical sequence in the story. The love story of Dahlia and Alexander was as beautiful as liana’s and Taffi. There were quite a few lines i found catchy and one of them being, Through all our travels and tragedies, we had seen both the dark and the light in each other’s eyes and still chose to stay” which perfectly sums up their love for each other.

Final verdict :

If you are fan of magical fantasy in a dire need of fresh air, This one is highly recommended!

Love – O – Meter : 4.5🌟

Publisher : Matt Dallmann.

Publication Date : 17 May 2017.

Book length : 278.

Buy :  Amazon India

Price : Rs 927.

Book Review : Let you be my puppet once by Preetika Mehra.

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Publisher : Notion Press.

Published on : 21st April 2018.

Book Length : 326.

Format : Paperback, Kindle.

“I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset

As i started with the book i thought of it as just another “good and then turned worse” friends waala story but as the story progressed i realised it was more than that. The plot was indepth, well thought of and carefully written.

Saima, Josh, vedica and karan are four friends working in mumbai. Everything goes well until an unfortunate incident shackles the very foundation of their peaceful lives. This provokes them to go on an avenging spree.

The plot thickens in the latter part of story, with the four friends trying to escape. The tricks used in the escapade was innovative, smart and new to me, it was the best way of setting this story standout from others or otherwise it would have felt very filmy.

I loved the detailed characterisation of each and everyone in the plot however miniscule part they played in the story. Though it was good to see such clarity in the author’s mind about her characters, it was like a speed breaker in an otherwise flowing plot, understandably it was necessary to throw light on some of their backgrounds which would help us understand the character better, i would have preferred a much shorter introduction.

I rate a book on how much addictive it was to me, leaving the first half, i was hooked to the last part towards the end especially.

My favourite character was hands down whitney, Jay’s lawyer. The part where she handles jay’s interrogators was intellectually amazing. my curiosity has upped multifold as to where did the author got the inspiration for whitney’s character. It absolutely deserves to be a part of some movie.

Narration was flowy, language was perfect. For a debut author it was quite impressive.

The End was unexpected and i am mighty curious about what happened next.

Final verdict:

its not the usual story of friends you come across. It has something which is imperative to a story – ‘Plot’.. well executed one!

Love – O- Meter : 🌟🌟🌟🌟