• Author Talks with Anstey Harris – Author or ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’

    Today, I take the pleasure of having Author Anstey Harris on the blog. Her new book is all set to release January 2019 from Simon and Schuster UK and people are already talking lovely things about it, including me. I am totally in LOVE with her book and I urge you all to read it too! It is such a wonderful book with a very pretty cover making it a whole package!! Anstey discusses her book and the musical inspiration from her Violin maker Husband. She has some brilliant advice to overcome common traps for aspiring writers through her experience as a teacher of Creative Writing. She aspires to win…

  • Book Review – The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton – Anstey Harris

    GRACE ATHERTON HAS FALLEN OUT OF LOVE ... AND INTO LIFE Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music. Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop. It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the…

  • Book Review – Scrublands – Chris Hammer

    In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realize that the accepted wisdom—that the priest was a pedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting, a theory established through an award-winning investigation by Martin’s own newspaper—may be wrong. Just as Martin believes…

  • Author Talks with Kavita Basi – the Author of ‘Room 23’

    Kavita Basi had a wonderful life—a job she enjoyed, a wonderful family, and seemingly perfect health. Then an unexpected event took place and turned her entire world upside down. In Room 23, Basi chronicles her time suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage—bleeding in the area of the skull surrounding the brain. With this diagnosis, Basi went from being healthy and happy to battling a condition with a 50 percent mortality rate. Following her challenging journey through near death and recovery, this memoir takes an exciting, interactive approach, using QR codes within the chapters so readers can transport themselves to the timeline of what Basi was doing at each moment of her experience,…

  • Presenting RC Bridgestock – Authors of the D.I. Dylan series of books!

    Words can't explain how thrilled, excited and PROUD I am to have Bob and Carol Bridgestock, the husband and wife writing team of the infamous DI Dylan series of Crime Thrillers! They are here to share their journey into the publishing world drawing from their own Real Life Experiences and some exciting news on their new book(s) that you don't want to miss! Without much delay, I am leaving the rest of the space to the brilliant article written by Carol herself. Enjoy peeps!! If you have enjoyed reading it (which I am sure you will), then do not forget to share it!

  • Book Review – The Rumour – Lesley Kara

    A casual comment. There's a killer among us.  That's all it takes. She stabbed little Robbie Harris.  To change a life - She's living under a new name. For ever. She's reformed. So they say . . .  Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.

  • Author Interview – Dana Chamblee Carpenter

    Today on the Blog, I am so proud and thrilled to have the Award Winning Author Dana Chamblee Carpenter who has just released her final instalment to the very famous Bohemian Trilogy "Book Of The Just" (October 2, 2018, Pegasus Books). Imbued with a rich sense of history, magic, and mythology, “Book of the Just” is a paranormal mystery/thriller that spans centuries starting with the medieval period, so it's great for history buffs, too. Dana's second book not only won the Silver Falchion in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category but also won Best Overall novel at the Nashville-based National mystery conference Killer Nashville! 

  • Spotlight Book – The Lost Man – Jane Harper

    Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Queensland, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four hours’ drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child, who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amid the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than…

  • Spotlight Book: Winter At The Beach – Sheila Roberts

    Jenna Jones, manager of the Driftwood Inn, a vintage motel in the Washington beach town of Moonlight Harbor, is convinced that a winter festival would be a great way to draw visitors (and tourist business) to town during those off-season months. Everyone in the local chamber of commerce is on board with her Seaside with Santa festival idea except one naysayer, local sour lemon, Susan Frank, who owns a women’s clothing boutique in town. The beach gets hit with storms in the winter, no one will come, too close to Christmas. Blah, blah. What does Susan know?

  • Book Review – The Christmas Heart – Helena Halme

    Plot:  With his beloved mother passed, Tom is forced to leave his two teenage sons in Milan with his ex and is looking forward to an uncomplicated Christmas skiing in the Swedish Alps. With her daughter Rosa away backpacking in the Far East, Kaisa decides to take a rare winter break over the holidays with her best friend Tuuli. Now in her late fifties, Kaisa doesn’t think she’ll ever fall in love again. But when she sees Tom after some thirty years, her heart begins to beat a little faster. Kaisa knows, however, an affair with Tom will go nowhere. Years ago, they had a disastrous date, which neither of…

  • Book Review – Looker – Laura Sims

    I’ve never crossed their little fenced-in garden, of course. I stand on the sidewalk in front of the fern-and-ivy-filled planter that hangs from the fence—placed there as a sort of screen, I’m sure—and have a direct line of view into the kitchen at night. I’m grateful they’ve never thought to install blinds. That’s how confident they are. No one would dare stand in front of our house and watch us, they think. And they’re probably right: except for me. 

  • Book Review – The Consultant – Tj O’Connor

    Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.

  • Author Interview – Tj O’Connor

    Author Tj O’Connor is here on the Blog, and I am so pleased to introduce him and his recent Action Flick The Consultant, which released earlier this year. Click here for my full review. Scroll through and read through the session where O'Connor talks about his characters and how he makes them too dangerous to touch, his real life Consulting Job in Washington DC, his next project! There is also the details of his book and the link to enter the Giveaway - You could WIN a copy of this fantastic book if you enter! All best!  

  • Book Review – Tarikshir – Khayaal Patel

    A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne. But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm. As Rudra struggles to manage…

  • #Giveaway Book Review – Death By The River – Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

    Book Review – Death By The River – Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor Genre: Young Adult, Thriller Published: October 2, 2018 by Vesuvian Books Swathi’s Rating – 4/5 Verdict: A nail biting Serial Killer thriller from a skillful duo So today, I share my honest thoughts of my reading experiences along with a fantastic Giveaway for you all to enter and WIN! Go ahead, scroll through the page and you might know why you should get the book for yourself! Good luck! Plot: A High School “American Psycho” SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD. Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary.…

  • Book Review – Three Strikes – Ross Klavan, Tim O’Mara and Charles Salzberg

    I Take Care of Myself in Dreamland by Ross Klavan Bartok is horribly scarred. Wounded in the Army, he roams through 1970’s New York, a city of perpetual night, punctuated by crime and populated by streetwalkers, hooker bars, strip clubs, easy drugs and a feeling of doom. There’s one thing on his mind: an experience he had when his Army truck exploded, an experience he calls Red River. More than bliss, more than spiritual. But nothing goes right. Bartok loses his girl, his money, any possibility of support and decides that he’s finished, he’s going to end it but before he does, he’s going out on the town for one…

  • Author Interview with Marianne Holmes

    Author Interview with Marianne Holmes Hello everyone! How have you been this October? Hope all is well with y’all! It is my pleasure to invite and introduce Marianne Holmes today at Syllables of Swathi! She is none other than the author of the best selling Literary Fiction A little Bird Told Me, that released earlier this year! Click here to read my full review of the book, and enjoy the blurb of it! Read further to learn more about this Marianne and her lovely book. She also shares her writing experiences, and talks about her inspiration, favorite authors and her pet fishes – Infinity Flame and Mars!!! Author Biography: Marianne…

  • Author Interview with Renee Garrison

    Author Interview with Renee Garrison Today I had the pleasure of talking to Renee Garrison. She is the author of THE ANCHOR CLANKERS, which won a Gold Medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards in the Young Adult/Coming of Age category last year! Meet this wonderful person who is a great Inspiration to thriving authors. Today she talks about her book, her unique writing process and much more! Scroll along to read about her Award Winning book at the end of the page. Author Biography Renee Garrison was born in Washington DC. Her father was a naval aviator, whose job required the family to move every three…

  • Author Interview with Amanda Reynolds

    Today I had the pleasure of talking to Amanda Reynolds about her debut book CLOSE TO ME. She also talks about her favorite books and genre – to read and write. She then reveals her writing habits, and some heartfelt advice to new authors! Read along to know more about this lovely person, and more details about her book by the end of the page.

  • Book Review – Close To Me – Amanda Reynolds

    Jo Harding can't remember the last year of her life. And her husband wants to keep it that way. When Jo falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in the hospital with partial amnesia. In fact, she finds that she's lost an entire year of memories. She can't remember what she did, or anything that happened the night she fell. A lot can happen in a year, and she begins to discover that she may have been leading a double life before the accident.

  • Book Recommendation – Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly

    Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon—a bestselling crime writer—take the lead, while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher. After she receives another rejection for her novel, Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest. And why shouldn’t she, when through Jane’s rose-tinted glasses, they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect life?

  • Book Recommendation: Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter

    What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out…

  • Author Interview

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  • September Haul – Here are the Books I’ve Read, Loved & Recommended!

    I've had a great September, this year! Mainly because the darling Husband of mine gifted me this beautiful site, that is why! Adding to the merriment, I had the pleasure of reading some really wonderful books last months, some of which I am here to mention here today, as I recall my reading experiences. Also, the books are out now, so if you like anything you see, you could just order it right away and read it! Here we go!

  • Book Review – November Road – Lou Berney

    Everything changes in an instant, and few events have had more far reaching impact than JFK’s assassination. When the shots rang out Frank Guidry, top lieutenant in Carlos Marcello’s New Orleans based crime organization, realized he helped to orchestrate the president’s murder and that there was now a very real target on his back. For Charlotte in small-town Oklahoma, it was the moment that crystalised the end of her marriage. She had to take her daughters and leave her husband—no small thing in 1963. Both fleeing their past lives, Frank and Charlotte meet in a roadside hotel in New Mexico, and see in one another their only hope of safe…

  • Book Review – The Darkest Place – Jo Spain

    'Island of the Lost was the isle's name long before the hospital was built. In winter, they say the fog falls so heavy there that you can't see your hand in front of your face. Storms rage so forcefully you can be blown from the cliffs. Once St. Christina's was built, the name took on a new meaning. Very few who went into that place ever left.' Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common.…

  • Book Review – A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

    Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half? In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home. As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets… Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and…

  • Book Review – Leave No Trace – Mindy Mejia

    Ten years after a boy and his father went missing in the wilderness of Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the boy - who is no longer a boy - walks back out of the forest. He is violent and uncommunicative. The authorities take him to Congdon Mental Institution in Duluth, on the edge of mighty Lake Superior.

  • Book Review – Inhuman Resources by Pierre Lemaitre

    Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment. All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out. So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking.

  • Book Review – Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane

    Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane Published: 01 Aug 2018 by BloodHound Books Swathi's Rating: 4.5/5 Verdict: A perfect mix of crime and domestic chaos illustrated through sensible writing. Plot: A mother sits in a pool of blood—the blood of her family.

  • Marriage – a melody

    Marriage! Wow that’s a huge thing to think of. At Least that’s what I thought, when I first heard the M word in my life. It could be life changing, no doubt in that. But to take in the right way, positive or negative, solely depends on the concerned two people. I am married for more than an year now, so you could call me a ‘newly married’ but I would call myself as a ‘newly experienced’ in the world of marriage! During the early days of my marriage, I’d just struggle to ‘make things happen’. But later I realized that’s it’s not as difficult as it seemed to be.…

  • Book Review – A Drizzle in the Desert – P C Balasubramanian

    Abhi has no reasons to complain – he lives in the Land of the Dreams, the United States of America. He is working in a large retail conglomerate and has the trust and respect of his management. He is being offered the opportunity to set up India operations for the company. His best friend from IIT is his colleague. He is married to the girl he loves. And he has an angel for a daughter. And yet, he suddenly finds his life spiraling down. His wife Anjali suspects him of having an affair with his bestie, Deepali, who is undergoing marital problems. And she does not like Abhi’s father Sundaram…

  • Book Review – The Forbidden Quest Of Mysore – Puneeth JH

    Book Review – The Forbidden Quest Of Mysore – Puneeth JH Genre: Historical Fiction/ Suspense Published: October 8th 2018 by Half Baked Beans Swathi’s Rating: 4/5 Verdict: A beautiful mix of love, culture, history, politics and many more. Hey guys! For all of you who were searching for a nice Historical Mystery to read – THIS is for you! Read along the Plot and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Plot: Around 1500 a famous astrophysicist Yagnabhatta created an ancient enigma, Gandabaerunda. To protect it from falling into the wrong hands, the great King Krishna Devaraya hid it in Mysore. Ever since then, the chase behind…

  • Book Review – Hungry Gods – Richa Lakhera

    Book Review – Hungry Gods – Richa Lakhera  Genre: Crime Thriller/Drama Published: 20 July 2018 by Rupa Publication Swathi’s Rating: 4/5 Verdict: A Must read Indian Thriller of the recent times. Presenting you my review of this spine chilling Indian writing that I really enjoyed read. This book is supposed to contain many rude scenes, which if presented as a Featured Movie, would have been censored to fit the Indian audience. Being a book gives originality to the plot and does justice to the Genre. Read along the plot and my honest opinions. Plot:  Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They…