Happy 71st Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 71st Independence Day to all my Indian brothers and sisters. Today is the day of pride for our nation and on this beautiful and honourable day, I am happy to share with you all something about India’s Independence Day:

Independence Day is annually observed on 15 August, as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947, the UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act 1947 transferring legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly. India still retained King George VI as head of state until its transition to full republican constitution. India attained independence following the Independence Movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress (INC). Independence coincided with the partition of India, in which the British India was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan. On 16 August 1947…

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Sindhu’s success, Feminism and Indian Apathy

A beautiful article that everyone must read.

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There was a prince in the great Hindu mythological epic Mahabharata, Arjuna, considered to be the greatest archer ever. Indian government awards the Arjuna Awards to outstanding athletes every year. There was also Dronacharya, his guru. We have an award after his name too, for coaches.

P V Sindhu won an Olympic Silver medal in a moment that brought great joy and pride to whole of India. Sindhu, and Saina Nehwal before her in London, are both protégés of Pullela Gopichand or Gopi Sir, former All-England champion and the man behind the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. Kidambi Srikanth — quarterfinalist in Rio — is also his disciple. Tributes started pouring in forSindhu on her stupendous triumph. Her profile, biography and struggles were the highlights on social and electronic media. Naturally, Mr. Gopichand was being praised too. And then something happened.
There is a school of thought, on the internet of…

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The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2) Cover Reveal

Check out author Kate M. Colby’s next book’s cover. isn’t it just beautiful?! If you haven’t read her first book and they read it while this one comes out as I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss either of them

Kate M. Colby

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m pleased to present the cover and book description for The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2).

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A courtesan on a mission. A brothel ravished by greed. A murder to avenge.

Dellwyn Rutt loves her life as a courtesan. For years, she has enjoyed the simple pleasures and lavish gifts of her trade. Now she wants more: the title of madam.

But Madam Huxley, the brothel’s current proprietor, refuses to name a successor—a problem that is amplified by the legalization of adultery. As the new law sends lusty clients flocking to the brothel, Madam Huxley’s greed grows unchecked at the workers’ expense. Only one outsider seems to care: a self-proclaimed prophet who won’t rest until the unholy institution is abolished.

After weeks of abuse, Dellwyn desperately seeks a way to subdue Madam Huxley’s tyranny. But when another courtesan is murdered, Dellwyn must set her struggles aside and solve the…

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TRB’s New Bookstagram!

Hello all the lovely readers of TRB! As you can see I made some serious changes to the theme and graphics of this blog. I love this new look- rugged and hardcore. What do you think about it? Anyway, after a long consideration, I decided against having a separate Instagram profile for TRB. But then…

Win A Doodle! Woo!

Check out this amazing post!

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

Here it is! The moment you have been waiting for! It is time once again for…

Thank you for the fanfare, Mr. Elephant. Thank you for the fanfare, Mr. Elephant.

A WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

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IF YOU WIN, I WILL DRAW WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Don’t believe me? I have proof.

Past winners have asked for a Caffeine Gnome…

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…a Protective Great Dane…

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…a Yoga Practitioner Petting an Angel Dog…

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…a Larcenous Cow…

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…and a Raven Shapeshifter (whatever that is).

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Also a gang of unseemly hooligans forced me to draw this guy:

As a consequence of this near-criminal harassment, my doctor tells me I now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Salamander Disorder). As a consequence of this near-criminal harassment, my doctor tells me I now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Salamander Disorder).

So yes, I will draw whatever you want.

Well, I do have one exception; I will draw whatever you want provided that what you want is not pervy. I am a…

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2 Year Blog Anniversary (Happy Birthday TRB)

Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support! Today TRB has successfully completed 2 years ❤ This year in numbers: (March’15 – March’16) No. of books read: 90 No. of books reviewed: 87 (including reviews from contributors.) Blog followers: 592 No. of comments: 1,918 No. of spam comments blocked: 6000+ Facebook followers: 1,286 Twitter followers: 235 Plans for this year: I'm starting…

Book Review: Papa’s Family Recipes

Author: Tony A. Smith Release Date: March 27, 2015 Series: DCI Lambert Genre: Memoir Edition: E-Book (mobi) Pages: 315 Publisher: Self-published Source: Author Buy it here: Amazon Rating: ★★★★★ Blurb: Papa's Family Recipes is a true story of Alberto Petrucci, the son of emigrant Italian parents from Detroit. Alberto went on to become one of the largest contractors in the Midwest. He was a…

Book Review: The Outlander (The Fulfillment #2)

      Author: Erin Rhew Release Date: October 21, 2014 Series: The Fulfillment Series Genre: YA | High-Fantasy | Romance Edition: Ebook (mobi) Pages: 345 Publisher: BookFish Books Source: Author Buy it here: Amazon   Blurb With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend…

Testimonial #1

I thought I'll share all the amazing testimonies that I'm receiving for The Reading Bud (one by one.) Here's the first one: “I was very impressed and pleased with all my interactions with The Reading Bud. When I initially contacted Heena requesting a review of my YA horror novel, Sisters of Sorrow, she was polite and…

TRB’s Year In Book Reviews (2015)

Hello, everyone. 2015 has been an excellent year and in order to say goodbye to this amazing year, I have decided to do a post listing all our reviews in 2015. So here it is, but before we begin, I'd like to thank the review contributors of TRB. This year I spent almost 4 complete…

Book Review: Nirvana (Nirvana #1)

Author: J.R. Stewart Release Date: November 10, 2015 Series: Nirvana Genre: Young Adult|Sci-Fi|Dystopian|Fantasy|Mystery|Romance Edition: E-Book (mobi) Pages: 186 Publisher: Blue Moon Publishing Source: NetGalley Buy it here: Amazon Blurb When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual? Animal activist and punk rock star…

Featured Reviewer At NetGalley (NetGalley Blogger Spotlight: The Reading Bud)

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I’m the featured reviewer at NetGalley for my book blog, The Reading Bud, for their monthly series, Blogger Spotlight, for Mystery & Thriller edition.

I was really excited when I received a mail from NetGalley inviting me for this spotlight. I really enjoyed answering each and every question for this interview and consider myself lucky to be interviewed by and featured at NetGalley’s blog!

You can read my interview here.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.57.43 pm A snapshot of my interview at NetGalley’s blog

If you’re wondering what NetGalley is or if you want to know how to get accepted for the books by some of the biggest publishers in the world, then you can read my article: Are You A “Professional Reader” At NetGalley.

If you’re already a NetGalley member then do check out this month’s Mystery & Thriller reads as there are some amazing books this month. The best one being Ashley…

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Book Review: Paris Syndrome

On the morning of her fifth birthday, Miki Suzuki’s aged grandfather gave her an unusual gift – the fragment of a story. The tale told of a magical realm where all the women were beautiful, dressed in the finest gowns, and where the men had the looks of movie stars. The trees were covered in ivory-white blossom all year round, and everyone was joyful and proud. This place, young Miki learned, was a city in far off Europe – a city called Paris.

Book Review: Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings #1)

Author: Millie Thom Release Date: April 10th 2014 Series: Sons of Kings Genre: Historical Fiction Edition: Kindle Pages: 5668 Publisher: Self-published Source: Author (Thanks Millie!) Buy it here: Amazon Blurb Thunder claps roar and Odin’s ravens fly. Dragonships set sail – and the kingdoms of Western Europe hold their breath. Warriors of Thor are on…

1 Year Blog Anniversary (Happy Birthday TRB)

Hi guys... Today I'm extremely happy (like flying-in-the-air-happy) to announce that The Reading Bud has turned into a 1 year old baby. I can't believe how fast this year went! It seems like yesterday when I said to Vishal (V), "I'm thinking that I should start a blog for reviewing books..." and he encouraged me to go…

Are you a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley?

Check out my article on NetGalley 🙂

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Do you love to discover new books? Do you review and recommend books online, in print, for your bookstore, library patrons, blog readers, or classroom? Then you are what we call a “professional reader,” and NetGalley is for you. Registration is free, and allows you to request or be invited to read titles, often advance reading copies, on your favorite device.

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First of all, lets clear what NetGalley really means. In publishing world, galley is the uncorrected or in some cases corrected copies of the books that are not yet printed. And when these galleys are provided on the internet as e-books, you have what we call as NetGalley.

NetGalley offers a wide range of books for reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, and bloggers.

At NetGalley publishers provide galley proofs to readers in order to get what they call as “feedbacks” and what we call as “reviews.” There are a lot of publishers, including some…

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Welcoming the new members of TRB

Hi everyone Firstly I'd like to thank everyone who responded or reblogged or helped me by sharing the "Reviewer Wanted" post on fb and twitter and if not then just for reading it. Thank You All! I'm really glad to let you all know that after going through 14 mails, I've picked up 5 review-contributors for…

Attention! Reviewer Wanted!

Hello everyone! I’m in need of a reviewer/contributor who’ll help me review titles that my blog, The Reading Bud, receives for reviewing. It doesn’t matter whether you already have a blog or not. The only thing I’m looking for is the will to read and review books honestly. If you are new to reviewing then…

Word Of The Week #3

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It's a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post…

Word Of the Week #2

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It's a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post…

Guest Post: SUPPORT By R. M. Ridley

Guest post by R. M. Ridley, the author of Tomorrow Wendell.

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Hello dear readers! Please welcome my first Guest-Blogger, Mr. R. M. Ridley: Writer of Fantasy and Horror and the author of  Tomorrow Wendell

A couple of months ago, through my blog The Reading Bud, I had the pleasure of reading his book and I was totally spellbound by it’s fascinating plot. 

Visit his blogCreativity From Chaos to know more about him.

Presenting R. M. Ridley…

When Heena asked me to do a guest blog post I was honored, delighted, and completely at a loss. What did I know about writing? What made me an expert in any way? How could I claim to hold profound knowledge previously untold?

The answer is that I don’t.

What I do have is a smattering of experience backed up by a lot of support. And maybe that is the key. Maybe that is what I should share—support.

With the help of McKeena…

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Word Of The Week #1

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It's a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post…

The first post!

My Author Blog

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Hi guys!

My name is Heena Rathore P. and I’m a writer in progress. This is my 3rd blog and I hope that all the readers of my other two blogs as well as the new readers have a great time browsing though this blog.

I blog at The Reading Bud, which is a book blog.

I’m presently working on my first novel (contemporary romance) and in the process I’m getting to learn a lot of things which I’d love to share with my readers and fellow bloggers!

I hope you have a great week!

Regards

Heena Rathore P.

(or as most of you know, The Reading Bud!)

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Word Of The Week Meme… by me!

Hi folks! Like most of the bloggers, I love participating in memes and prompts related to books and blogging. My favorite one being Top Ten Tuesdays! I've also decided to create a small weekly meme named Word Of The Week. I know how much vocabulary means to each and everyone in the blogosphere. Whether you…