Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series~Win $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash


The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.
“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith


Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

 
According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can’t even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She’s confident that her destiny is finally within reach.
When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go.
Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.


Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father’s been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.
If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.
If only it were that easy.
 
Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she’s done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it’s time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.
Blake feels like he’s been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he’s on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he’s going home, and that’s that. But that’s before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.
When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.


Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.
For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.
Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.
 

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

 
But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.
Until… Erik.
Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she’d never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

DiSemblance

Paperback:369 pages
Publication date: August 1st, 2012
Publisher: Create Space
Genre: Science fiction, Young-Adult

My review

As far as I remember I haven’t read that many Science fiction novels but I can say I definitely enjoyed reading this one. If this novel was of any other genre I would have said my expectations were somewhat like this. So to be honest, I am glad to look at this novel from a totally different perspective. My only complaint is, this novel is snail paced. Now let me get straight into the story.

Disemblance by Shanae Branham is a beautifully knitted story about a teenage boy named Jason Tanner who is raised by his father Lyold Tanner since his mother died of cancer. His father has warned him and his brother not to interact with the outside world instead he has created a hologram machine so that they can do the impossible things that ordinary people like us can't even imagine.

The one of the main attractive feature of this machine is that it stores dead people's essence before their death which in turn helps their loved ones feel as if they are alive inside the machine. For instance, whenever Jason and Isaac want to chat with their dead mother they can do so with the help of this machine. Isn't it ironic? I love this kind of story.

There are lots of twists and turns you can expect from the novel. Now someone knows about his father's invention. He wants to steal this machine for evil purposes. This person is formerly called by people as the comfort killer as he kills only terminally ill persons(with an exception of two which makes the cops and detectives break their heads) and gives their family members the comfort they need in the form of cash(lot of cash).

How are Jason and his brother going to survive this person? Whoever wants to help Jason also is targeted by the comfort killer. A budding love blooms between Jason and his neighbor girl Boston. Thanks to him, she too is targeted and kept as captive by this insane person or is she dead? This novel puts you in the edge of your seat. I admired Shanae Brahman's writing skills very, very much.

At one point,   I was wondering why any of this happen to them. They deserved much more in the story at least I wanted them to. All of a sudden, in the next few more chapters, we learn that whatever we learnt, I mean read in the previous chapters are absolutely untrue. The ending was something I did not expect. But overall, I put my heart and mind into reading this extremely incredible novel. Kudos to the author. 


Rating 4.5/5

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Shanae Branham

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I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo.

I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet.

I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20’s my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.

As I have spent over twenty years wrestling with my language disabilities–turning them into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that “…with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my language disability, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like other people learn math – building block upon building block.

I am grateful for this experience because it developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.

I want my life to be a living testament that with God’s help anyone can achieve their worthwhile dreams. What God requires is the humility to change, a childlike teach-ability to learn, and the patience and persistence to practice and work until their weaknesses are transformed into strengths.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Release day blitz~Guarded by J.D.Rivera


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Book Description:

Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

The redeemers by Suresh Taneja

The Redeemers

Paperback:229 pages
Publisher: Leadstart publishing private Ltd
Target audience: Young Adults
Genre: Contemporary fiction

Book Description

One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs.

They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them.

Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030.


My review

The redeemers by Suresh Taneja depicts the story of four extra-ordinary youths who make India, an exemplary nation to all other nations in a futuristic world, 2030. Not only India has finally got its fame and popularity , now Indians can visit USA with hassle free visas or even without visas and the most amazing part of all is that One rupee is equal to hundred US dollars.

As Indian rupee is falling down day by day against US dollars, this is the kind of book the citizens of India will be very inquisitive to read (and I am sure of it) in order to know what solution is available to make our country corruption free.

Without a doubt, we can say India has now crossed a situation where it can be called beyond the word mess. No wonder, it is also becoming messier and messier than the day before. If each and every Indian thinks going abroad is the only solution to escape from this state of disarray then who is going to save India. This is what the author is trying to explain in detail in his book, The redeemers, which narrates a fascinating success story of four youths Vikram, Yuvi, Manisha and Akshay formerly known as G4 (Gang of four), the sons and daughters of three close friends, Raj,  Vineet and Rahul also called as G3.

These four youths would have remained like any other ordinary youth, until one day, their world of seeing things completely changes upside down after their encounter with a corrupted cop and the following incidents thereafter. The author has done a fabulous job in penning down these characters and the plot in general. They all sounded too realistic, and the way how they show respect to their country they were born by abolishing the wide spread ill practices such as Corruption and various other malpractices revolving around it are very intricate and thought provoking.

Initially, I was fully enthralled by the tough tasks G4 undertook but when the book reached its climax, I felt like the story was just a dream that the author has dreamt of. The reason, it was too good to be real. The book also left me bewildering at some places. This is because his formulation strategy was perfect for the book but in reality, I don’t think it can be implemented that easily. As a fact, people as encouraging and supportive like Zarine are really rare. Another thing that bugged me about the book was that it was written in an overtly tedious manner.

Overall, I would say the book has indeed succeeded in delivering a strong message to all the youngsters like me. The only drawback is that the numerous threats it could pose to their otherwise normal life if they act out like the way the G4 in the book do except moral policing of parents which I find to be flawless.

Rating 4/5

Excerpts from the book

“If the children go to the parents and urge them strongly to disengage them from all these undesirable activities, what do you think their response would be? It is bound to have impact on them and would make them think harder. The persistent stand of the children will bring about the desired change in them.”says Yuvika.

“Honesty is something which is inspired by the environment. Foremost, the government needs to practice honestly. What a lovely surprise it will be to people if say, the Tax Department on its own sends a cheque to the tax payer towards excess tax deposited by mistake or by misrepresentation of law. These things are unheard of today "says Manisha.

“Sir, do you realize how we all are engulfed with corruption and malpractices? The objective is to make money and use the same money to hide the unlawful activities. People have just stopped caring about others. You are happy with the situation because it is presently giving you an opportunity to make money in your work. But it is a double-edged sword. Do you realize that the same system is capable of whacking you so hard that you would start hating the system?” asks Akshay.


Disclaimer I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Blog Tour:Author Interview, Book Promo & Giveaway ~Vacationista by Tara Simone



Vacationista by Tara Simone A broken heart. A ticket to paradise. A resort full of honeymooners ... the last thing newly single Patience De La Rosa needs if she's to find a candidate for a casual rebound. Her luggage catching a flight to Mauritius instead of Maui doesn't help matters and a maxed out credit card doesn't buy a girl a fresh pair of panties. Then there's the annoying weird guy, the one who's married to his laptop, sitting beside her at the pool. Odds for a fling improve when three single, sexy and willing candidates cross her path. Though Patience's luggage may be M.I.A., her breakup baggage crossed the Pacific with her. Will Patience cast it aside, throw caution to the tropical winds and indulge in island debauchery? Or will a tea leaf reader's prediction about her romantic excursions come true in unexpected ways?

The author has graciously agreed to get an interview.

What inspired you to write Vacationista?

A few years back, married friends invited me to join them at a swanky 5-star Maui resort. I was excited to go but upon arrival it was quite apparent that it was a couples place. I don’t usually feel uncomfortable when traveling alone but in that setting I did. I wanted the lead character, Patience, to be particularly uncomfortable on her post-breakup getaway. Setting it at a couples resort would really impede her ability to move on and hence, it leads to many comic moments.
 
Do you snack while you write? If so, what is your favorite?
 
Were you spying on me? I write entirely in restaurants, coffee shops and hotel rooms (with room service). A hotel is where I plot a new book, when I return home I write every day in a restaurant. I love being surrounded by the energy of the staff and patrons, yet I’m able to tune them out and focus. There is always coffee and finger foods, preferably something not greasy as it messes up the laptop. Vacationista was plotted in a San Diego Sheraton, started at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, Arizona and then completed in coffee shops near my home.

Who is your favorite actor?
 
I just returned from the most relaxing dude ranch vacation at the White Stallion Ranch in Arizona. I have a thing for smart, handsome, no-need to impress type men who know how to ride a horse. The actor Viggo Mortenson fits that bill. If you would you like to see Viggo in an excellent Western, rent Appaloosa which is based on a Robert Parker novel.

When you travel what is the one item you never leave home without?
 
In Vactionista, Patience’s travel companion is her new pair of Chanel espadrilles. That bit may have been inspired by my own pair of Chanels, which accompanied me everywhere this summer from Savannah to Tokyo to Vegas - they are comfy, go with casual or dressy outfits and are easy to slip off and on at airport security. They did not come to the dude ranch - a true Vacationista packs practically.

Do you prefer cookies or chips?
 
Whichever one is served with a martini. But seriously, American Airlines First Class is known for serving freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Of course you have to be sitting in First Class, which will be addressed in the next book in the Sole Mate series, currently titled Leg Room. Yes, First Class does have more leg room, but sometimes you might be willing to give it up if you fly coach with someone special. This will be Melody’s story.

What advice would you give someone that wants to write?
 
Two things - buy Stephen King’s Book “On Writing” and then write every day. I am a big believer in plotting before beginning. It’s like a road trip, you can jump in the car, drive without a map and you’ll eventually reach where your destination but it might take you a very long time. It’s much easier if you’ve mapped out where you are going before you hit the road.
 
Thank you Tara for stopping by!!!!My advance wishes on your next book:)
 
 
"Vacationista is a sparkling romantic-comedy gem with one of the wittiest heroines I have read in ages! Full of zingy one-liners, clever quips and some of the best dialogue ever!" -NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

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Excerpt from Vacationista by Tara Simone

The hotel phone rings and shakes me from my rage. Please let it be good news. Please let my luggage be here. I am so sick of wearing this peach tank top, what I wouldn’t do for a basic cotton tee. I cannot believe this shirt was ever my favorite. I answer the phone.
“Hello?” “I need help,” a voice mumbles.

“Who is this?” “The albino guy with the sunburn.” “It’s six o’clock in the morning. How did you know I was awake?” “I didn’t. I need help.” Huey’s room is actually one of twelve cottages that sit on a small cliff beyond the pool area looking out over the ocean. I use the term cottage loosely.

Each one looks to be twice the size of the cottage I shared with Dan in Encanto. Floor to ceiling walls of privacy glass provide an unobstructed view of the ocean. Under a faux thatched roof is a private lanai with hammocks and patio furniture straight from the pages of a design magazine. The door to his unit is unlocked just as he said it would be. If the outside was impressive, the inside is jaw dropping amazing. This is ridiculous. The furniture is several notches above what was in Ted’s room. Really fluffy, deep cushioned cream colored sofas and chairs that I just want to jump onto and crawl up in. “Huey?” I call out. “I’m here.”

His voice calls out from another area of the house. “I’m in the bathtub.” Hmmm. Generally if a man calls me to the bathtub I know what to expect. But this is Huey, and even though he is calling me to the bathtub, I don’t expect him to have any ulterior motives. Because it’s Huey. He’s not manipulative. I walk past the living room and through the sliding pocket doors that lead to the bedroom. To my left, a door is half open. I approach it carefully and stand just outside it without looking in.

“What can I do to help?” “Come in.” “If you’re in the tub, I’d rather not.” “Have you never seen a man naked? Or are you just afraid you’ll be so overwhelmed by my sex god physique that you will jump me.” “The latter.” “I thought so. That is why everything provocative is covered. You will be safe in my presence.” I take him at his word and poke my head around the door. The tub is huge. HUGE. It’s one of those Jacuzzi tubs built for two. Huey is in it. His man parts are indeed covered from view by lots of bubbles and a tray that stretches across the width of the tub, on which sits his laptop.

This is not surprising to me. What is surprising to me is that he is submerged in water and bubbles the color of dirt. “Why is the water brown?” “It’s tea.” He fishes around in the water and holds up three tea bags. “There are a hundred tea bags in here.” “Why?” “Because Google said so.” “For the burn?” “Yes.” “Where’d you get the tea bags?” “Room service.” “So you called me because what? You need cream and sugar?” “If I wasn’t in so much pain I’d laugh at your witty observation. But not right now.” “Fair enough. How can I help?” “I can’t type. My arms hurt too much to type any longer. And I have to get this done. I need you to type for me.” “I’m not getting in the tub.”

“I wasn’t asking you to. Though now that you mentioned it, that could be interesting, the tub is built for two.” “Is it? I hadn’t noticed.” “Best you not get in, you won’t be able to keep your hands off me. You can sit there and type.” He points to an area of the bathroom out of my view. I step further inside the bathroom. There are two white chaises, just as fluffy as the sofa in the living room. “There is a living room in your bathroom,” I say. “I can’t fit a towel rack in my bathroom. And you have chaises in your bathroom.”

“Technically, it’s not my bathroom. And if you help me I will buy you a towel rack that fits in your bathroom.” “Okay, Huey, I’ll type for you under two conditions.” “And they are?” “One, I get to order breakfast.” “For someone so thin, you do eat a lot. The room service menu is on the desk in the bedroom.” “And two, I’m out of here at ten to sit by the pool.” “Do you realize you continue to put yourself in grave danger?”

“Of what?” “M-E-L-A-N-O-M-A” “Wow. You can spell big words. Impressive.” “I mean it. Why do you worship the sun? Don’t you know it’s bad for you?” “I’m twenty-six. I am allowed a vice or two. You’re like thirty-two going on sixty. Would you relax a little?” “I did relax. With you. In the pool. And look what happened.” “Okay, if you’re trying to make me feel guilty −,” “I am.” “It’s working. I’m going to go order breakfast, want anything?” “Orange juice.”

“Really or are you being facetious?” “Orange juice and the buckwheat pancakes with chocolate chips and maple syrup, please.” I don’t know why he makes me chuckle but he does. He’s so formal and offbeat at the same time. I’m fairly certain he would have been the kid in my high school who had been tormented by the cool crowd. If I had known him then, I probably would have dismissed him, just as I did the first day at the pool. But in his own odd way, he’s kind of cool and fun and funny.

“Hello,” I say into the room phone, “I’d like to place an order please.” “Yes, Mrs. Anders, what can we get you?” Why does everyone here think I'm married? Oh, right, because everyone here except me is part of a couple. I hate this place.

 

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Keeper of Reign by Emma Right Blog Tour:Win $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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Excerpt from the book
 
MIRANDA PULLED HER arm free from Saul’s grip. “Why do you enjoy humiliating me?”
“Why do you insist on leaving the house without my permission?” Saul paced his breathing and placed a hand to his chest.
“I’m not a piece of furniture you can set in the corner and expect to stay put.”
 “I will not let history repeat itself. You know our situation. We must take extra precautions.” “You must take extra precaution. Me? I have a nor-mal life.”
“There’s nothing normal about what you’re doing, Miranda.” Saul’s eyes locked with his granddaughter’s. Blue like the seamless sky. How similar her eyes were to Chrystle’s. It was as if his daughter had returned, been brought back to life, after all these years.
“What—what are you talking about?” Miranda stumbled over her words.
But Saul just turned and walked away, his head bowed low, shoulders drooped.
“Grandpa! Wait.” Miranda kept pace with Saul’s brisk steps. “You think Mrs. Blaze is at the Laceworks’?” She wrung her hands and looked at the branches.
“If she wasn’t captured.”
“We have to get there quickly.”
“Why so nervous?”
When Saul looked up he reached.
 

 

Author Emma Right Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

 
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Whisper of the worms by Marcardian

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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Paperback:317 pages
Publisher:Cactus
Publication date:2012
Genre: Christian fiction, Mystery

Book Description(via goodreads)

A crow eyed peep in to the backyard of a banking organization.

An unusual portrayal of the life and times of an ordinary mortal and his subdued fight for survival.

A moving story of the commercialized people in an imaginary country called Marcardia, portrayed through their psyche and polity, makes one think, laugh, and get emotionally choked...

Listen to the Whisper of the worms to hear the muffed wail of the humans on the run, lured by the carrot, forced by the stick.....


My review


In the fiction books I have read so far, this book was totally a different read in terms of story, characters, place, pace, genre, etc. When I first started reading the first few pages , I was 100% sure I will not like it. The reason-the story was snail paced and I did not like the way how the words flowed in the initial pages. But as soon as the story progressed, I just couldn't get my eyes off the book. Once you have read the book, it takes some time from thinking about all those breath-taking philosophical quotes. I just enjoyed it.

Marcardian's Whisper of the worms is a compelling story of Thobias Mathai, a 59 year old NRI who is diagnosed by a dreadful disease. Now his days being numbered, his life takes a new turn. He hides about the doctor's diagnosis to his loving wife, two obedient grown sons and a gorgeous pet daughter instead with their permission,  he goes to his home country, Kerala, to visit his mother after twenty five long years. At this point, the story captures the minds of the readers and puts them all in a situation that no individual can deny Thobias feelings, emotions, sudden god fearing attitude, helplessness as utter imagination.

Here we can say the success of this novel ultimately lies in the first half of the book. That is the hints of Thobias childhood days with his parents, friends, teachers, then his adulthood days spent in office through flashbacks is well delivered and also the depth of each scene is sure to create a strong imprint among the life of the readers.

His mother Thresakutty's superstitious beliefs about owls made a feel that it actually is true. In one place, boy Thobias secretly imagines himself in a death coffin out of curiosity in order to know how others will react to it. This gave an out of the world experience. Even an atheist will rethink about his faith towards God. People who leave everything behind to earn a living by working abroad must have to reconsider it for their parents sake or else it will haunt them like a ghost.

The second  half of the book was nice but I couldn't be able to believe any of it. The sudden shift in the story and the mere fact that this kind of cheating and false accusations by other staff members happens in a Bank was unthinkable. We are continuously made to worry more about how Thobias is going to prove his innocence rather than his disease.

The way in which one lady staff member was portrayed also did not add to the liking. I had to overthink to find out whether it is really the real state of the banks nowadays. The author  enriches casually about promotions in a bank given not out of seniority, age or hard works of a person .True to some extent, this was believable as this is a nagging problem in companies including.

My final conclusion about whisper of the worms is a two beautifully mentioned quotes from the book itself " Forget those things which you don't have any control and be happy with what you have got. Just look down. There are people who are suffering far more than us", Dust indeed you are, And it is to dust you shall return.The ending pages really made me hallow inside. It is hard to let go of this book.

Rating:4/5

Excerpts from the book

"Do you want one more birth?"Thobias asked himself. "For what? "he searched his own mind for a truthful answer. His mind did not reply. Maybe, it expected a better life and kept silent.

"You know birth to this world is the luckiest thing to happen, "Clara sister used to teach in catechism class. "One gets a chance to live on this beautiful earth, gets love and can join God in heaven."

"Ha, ha" he was not impressed at all. "When he was alive, how many days did you stay with him(father)?"It was a hard question and Thobias sat on the wooden chair without permission and without any reply.

"It is common somebody suffers due to the fault of others. Children suffer due to the fault of their parents. Citizens suffer due to their faults of their leaders. Companies suffer due to the fault of their directors. Naturally, the subordinates have to suffer for their boss. You too make those faults, and let others suffer it, if luck smiles at you sometime."

"You cannot change the world why you should change it after all?"

"You will wonder at the list of people waiting to serve you there. Serving the people is the biggest and noble profession in their world. There are people who dedicate their entire life to serve others without expecting anything in return. They form herds called....................

Verdict Without a doubt, this book is a must read book by age groups starting from late 25's to late 60's.After reading the first half which was slightly similar to bible parables,  I told my grandmother who has spent most of her childhood days in Kollam,Kerala and also my mother(less than a decade)as this was their only favorite subject, they were both sad when I told the book is available only in English. This book will be a huge success among the majority of the Christian audience and people who have been working in banks or returning to India.