Book Reviews

Diary of an Angry Young Man

AUTHOR’S NOTE
I grew up in a housing society in Mumbai (then Bombay) that overlooked a slum colony, beyond which lay a notorious area which I refer to as the ‘other’ side in this book. The ‘other’ side held a deep fascination for me with its colorful, busy alleys bustling with activity, people and mystery.
Most of the domestic help at our building complex lived in the adjacent slums. During my growing up years, I played cricket and other sports with their kids in our society compound. On a few evenings, I wandered to the ‘other’ side with them and discovered a whole new world of notoriety, warmth and color.
There was one particular young man in that area that had become a figure of childhood folklore of sorts and we knew him only by his nickname. He had achieved a high level of recognition, given the issues he stood up for and the scraps he got embroiled in. I saw him just once and identified him instantly from his notorious group as he stood with an air of confidence outside that modest eatery, where he hung out with his peeps every evening. My only recollection of him was that he had a chiseled face, which bore a disturbed expression, and that he looked angry. Even though he didn’t live in the area and was educated, his fierce expression and restless body language somehow made him fit right into the unsettling character of the ‘other’ side.
I visited the area years later, and was surprised to learn about how life had completely turned around for him and his current vocation. His unique journey revealed him to be an unreasonable and fearless man, and I admired his resilience and goodness of heart despite the cards that life had dealt him. I felt compelled to tell the surreal story of this angry young man.
The names and professions of the characters of the book have been changed to protect the identities of the real people who have been referenced for this story, as have the locations and timelines. Parts of the book are inspired by true events, the rest is fiction.
Diary of an Angry Young Man attempts to showcase the spirit of India’s youth and the humanity of society that we may or may not be oblivious to. It is a mirror of the times we live in, of the city that has brought me up.

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The Daughter Claus

It’s not all tinsel and candy canes for Santa’s daughter!
Grumpy, workaholic Santa always favored Tina’s younger brother, grooming him from birth to fill his boots when he retires. There’s just one problem – Nicholas, Jr. hates Christmas. He even writes anti-Christmas songs for his rock band, Black Ice. When their father winds up in the hospital, it falls to Tina to leave college in sunny Florida and temporarily return home to the frozen North Pole to run the family business. Not only does she have to put her classes on hold, she has to leave a new romance with her brother’s bandmate.
It isn’t easy dealing with rowdy reindeer who enjoy karaoke, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, her best friend’s flirtation with an elf, a long-distance relationship, and resistance from her father! Yet there’s a bigger problem – Tina likes it. She excels at running the family business. But who will deliver the presents on Christmas Eve? Santa is supposed to be a man, right? Should Tina go back to college and her new love or fight to be the next Santa?
Christmas magic, girl power, and a dash of romance make this a fun story any time of year!

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Secret Santa: A Christmas Romance Collection

In this limited edition Christmas romance collection love blooms underneath the mistletoe as secret admirers finally confess their love and secret santas make holiday wishes of the heart come true. Get into the Christmas spirit by diving into these stories where anything can happen through the magic of Christmas—and love.
Grab your copy now to experience the magic of love during the holidays.

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The SantaConviction: A Keeping Up With the Joneses Cozy Mystery

There’s been a ho-ho-homicide in Whistler Village.
When my scheming cousin, Holly, signs me up for an exclusive dating app and I match with Hollywood Heartthrob Gabriel D’Angelo, things couldn’t be better. Until I finally come face to face with him — and he’s dead.
Then Holly is arrested for the crime, but I know she’s innocent, and Gabe’s publicist needs answers, and fast before the press finds out.
Together with Logan, Gabe’s best friend, and former marine, we manage to convince him to hold off the media while we work to free Holly and clear Gabe’s name.
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This is the perfect cozy mystery for fans of light, funny, fast-paced who-dunnits.

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A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”

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A Winter’s Cobalt Kiss: A Vampire Christmas in the World of Stray Witch

“When a kiss is all it takes to keep the world turning…”

♥ As the world bids farewell to a millennium, 200-year old vampire Clarence is entrusted with the mission of preventing the end of the world on New Year’s Eve. The only problem is he can’t take the threat seriously, and even if he could, he needs a witch to succeed.

♥ Young Alba is back to Emberbury for Christmas, and her life is about to change when she meets Mark Andersson, possibly the most popular guy in town. Could he be the one? The women in her family are supposed to have a special gift. Wouldn’t it be nice if she hadn’t been born without it?
Follow Alba and Clarence in this witch and vampire Christmas story, as they find their way in a confusing world where their hearts’ deepest desires could be right in front of them, hidden in plain sight.