Whoa! Such a
pleasure this is! I check my blogger profile and the the next thing I know -
there is a comment awaiting my attention. Not pertaining to a blog post of mine but to a you-have-received-an-award
blog award! :)
Cosmuse almost a month back in mid-June while most at home were enjoying their
vacations. This was my way of enjoyment. Writing!
know what my posts would consist of; I didn’t know if I’d be able to get any
readership; I didn’t know if anyone would appreciate my efforts. All I knew was
I had to give some more time to my passion. I had no writing schedule. Busy
past midnight in all works but writing… it wasn’t really satisfying.
But here I am!
Learning new art forms; writing each day; thinking; observing and loving it
Green Speck for considering me, a newcomer here, for this honor. SO kind of him. I never
thought that Cosmuse would have an award so soon. Well, I am chuffed, so say
There are certain rules one has to follow, and copying them from Green Speck's blog post, they are enumerated below:
If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts abut yourself.
Then you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you & make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
Tag 11 more Bloggers.
Tell the people you tagged that you did.
No tagging back.
The person you tag must have less than 200 followers.
11 Facts about me:
I am a
I work on my
laptop for almost 15 hours a day.
I have no
favorites. I like things but I can never pick one fave out of it.
I love to
I am almost
six moths old to writing.
I fall in
love with celebrities quite often… with artists actually.
I love to
watch people play guitar or violin. Play it and I am your fan..
I suck at
I am a
devourer of good poetry.
I want to go
“Missing” for once.
I love the
word, “Awesome!” :) Guess why!
Answers to Green Speck's questions:
an alien visits you, what is the first thing you would like to know about it?
A. Assuming that
the alien is a friendly creature, I’ll ask him about his life on the other
planet… Might just get a good story for my novel.
If you have the power, to which three non-living objects would you like to
grant the power of life?
A. My photo album; my fave novels and my pillow: it would be crazy
actually but then, crazy is fun.
3. Do you like pets? Do you have one?
A. I like pets if they are not mine. :)
4. What super power you wish to possess?
A. Mind reading ability… just that I should know how to control what
thoughts I take in.
5. Which is the most memorable gift you have received till date and from whom?
A. It was a card from a very small girl, who told herself to be my
admirer. That was quite cute. :)
6. Do you like travelling? Which has been your favorite travelling spot?
A. I like traveling but there are MANY conditions that should
complement it. I LOVE Mumbai.
7. What makes you smile when you feel low?
A. Good memories… or maybe a sitcom… or maybe a chat with a close
friend… or maybe a good novel.
8. What is your favorite quote?
A.I’m a quote lover but when it comes to picking one or two… I just
can’t.[Fact of my life.]
9. Who is your idol?
A. My mother.
10. Do you prefer reading, or writing?
A. Reading, actually. I can read
anytime but I need ‘my’ ambience to write.
11. When did you start blogging?
A. I started blogging on 14th June 2012. A month old here.
11 questions from me:
1] 'Checkered blue n white' or 'black'?
2] Curtains or
paperback or ebooks?
4] What's your
ambiance while writing?
5] Do you plan
to publish a novel?
6] Do you like
to make a gift for your loved one or do you rather buy?
7] Which is the
most beautiful color according to you?
8] What’s your
mantra in life?
9] Have you
ever thought of becoming a soldier in your life?
My thoughts about the book: I loved each
page of this book and felt happy to have picked this one to read. Though I was
really busy one weekend, I still gave my eight hours to this beautiful book. That
should count something in its favor, shouldn’t it? The only negative I could
find in this book was a few grammatical errors and typos.[read: very, very few]
Rain is the story of two childhood friends Raymond Storm and Emily Alexander;
they choose to address each other as Rain and Em. Isn’t Rain Storm a name
absolutely adorable? I loved it from the very start but as the novel
progressed, I didn’t even realize that I had already fallen in love with this
man – for his name, yes, but more so, for his character.
Rain Storm is
your gorgeous, tall man aged almost 33 at the start of the novel, with a
fantastic build, blonde hair, silky voice and deep blue eyes. His love for
Emily will make any girl think again about her Prince Charming. His emotions –
love, humor, regret, desire, anger – seem to be very romantic and masculine at
the same time.
Emily is the
tall, beautiful, successful architect aged 28 at the beginning of the novel;
she has dark hair and dark eyes, all which suit her personality, whether she’s
the joyous Em or the business-like, sarcastic Emily Alexander. She loves Rain,
no doubt, but wants to prove to him that she’s always been superior to him and
was right to leave the farm after her mother’s death in an accident. The
accident plays an important part in the novel.
from her busy world of Toronto to the farm, which once was her life until that
fateful accident took place. Her brief visit is to inform Rain that she’ll sell
the farm and will bury her past, in short, get rid of him and that place
forever. Little did she know that the three days would change her life. Rain’s charm
pulls her towards him but she pushes his attraction away, harder.
I won’t give
any more of the amazing novel away. There are many twists and turns that will
keep you guessing. You’ll find yourself pleading Emily to let bygones be
bygones and start a new chapter of her life. You’ll find yourself pleading Rain
to try harder and no matter what, never let Em go. You’ll find yourself:
scowling at Jonathon, cheering Lee, respecting Martin Wright and liking
Jessica. You’ll find yourself smiling, blushing and smiling again; a few pages
that might moisten your eyes… a few that will broaden your smile. Above all,
you’ll want to fall in love again.
has been written beautifully in 3rd person POV. You’ll love every
character in this novel; that’s one of the aspects of Falling for Rain that I
truly liked. Besides Rain and Emily, you’ll even love the characters that show
up just for a chapter or even so short a part as two pages - Jennifer, Lee,
Martin Wright and even the ancestor Emily.
just one character you’ll love to hate – it’s Jonathon! I don’t exactly
remember which cartoon character it was, that always wore suit, had wicked
features and slicked his hair behind in a ponytail, but I pictured Jonathon as
The use of the
words ‘rain’ and ‘storm’ as not just Rain Storm’s name, but in different
contexts was intelligent.
It’s a book that’s
hard to keep down once you’ve started it. Congrats to co-authors Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk. I look forward
to reading their other books.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I’m not a romance lover, never
wrote a book in that genre; but, when a novel keeps me awake till five in the
morning just because I can’t stop wondering what would happen next and WANT to
know till the very end, I consider it to be a book worth recommending.
Summary: Cameron Winters is a freak.
Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read
minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that
there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis
Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her
with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents,
Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like
her, Mind Readers.
Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind
Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers
for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which
her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be
forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with
Lewis, but her very life.
My thoughts about this book: The title piqued my interest so I
gave this book a shot. Twilight-esque, eh? A nice, simple high-school girl
meets a handsome hunk(who every girl ogles at) and they embark on a journey
that will be challenging for their own love and life.
Winters is a teenage girl with mind reading ability, but she feels more like a
freak than special. Her grandmother doesn’t let her help people because she
thinks they are both in danger and revealing their secret would only get them in
a worse situation than they already are. Just a few months remain for Cam’s
graduation and lethal activities happen around her, tightening the grip of fear
and resentment for her present life.
Douglas is a gorgeous, charming guy who joins her school then and they, as
expected, fall for each other. Lewis is a mind reader too and better than Cam,
since he has been trained by Aaron on improving his skills. This is when Cam
decides that she’ll leave her grandmother and do something useful with her
her to Aaron, who is rich and handsome and treats Cam like a daughter. She
feels connected to him. Aaron teaches her many useful tactics using meditation
as the tool. Aaron has been fighting against S.P.I and needs a strong force
with himself to keep the mind readers safe. S.P.I is the organization that
tortures the mind readers to get their works done. Maddox works for S.P.I and
spies on Aaron’s territory and gets captured. Cam proves to be an asset when
Aaron uses her power to break into Maddox’s memory and chunk out the part where
he spied on the mind readers. She isn’t convinced.
it’s wrong to break into Maddox’s memory and hurt him even when he would not
leave a chance to hurt her had he got the power. This was the ‘Oh, come on!’
look forward to suspense, which is there in quantum; but the story gets stuck
when the revelations are about to happen.
decisions ring true only at the beginning of the book, but they are pretty
questionable when she comes to know that she has more powers than the others at
the residence. She might be right but you’ll be frustrated at her for being
judgmental and overly sensitive. Things are hidden from her… there is suspense…
there is an eerie feeling throughout the book, but you somehow can’t decide
which side is the one you’d choose.[at least, not in the beginning, when it’s
unclear about the happenings in the house, and she chooses to strike then.]
There are instances which seem fictitious. Her doubts are proven correct in the
end, but what was the real motif that carried her to draw those conclusions all
this while is beyond me.
beginning and ending are what I’d say, perfect; there are enough ingredients to
keep one on the edge of the seat. I cared for Cam and Lewis and even Aaron for
the first half of the book; then came a time I was no longer interested as to
what happened with Cam, and wanted to finish the book only because I had
started it. The ending made it worth a read. It was totally unexpected; at
least I didn’t see that coming; it was something that would convince me to read
the next book in the series.
Would I recommend it? If you loved Twilight, then you will
like this book. This is a well-written book, but didn’t do the magic for me.
Again, the ending was intelligent for a sequel. I’d recommend it to those who
like reading books in this genre.