Book Review of Curtain Call

Curtain Call is an anthology of short stories which is compiled and edited by Rafaa Dalvi and published Half Baked Beans. This book , as the title suggest is far different from our imaginations. The writers have poured their souls in the stories and have come out beautifully.

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The cover of the book is fantastic and the title is antipole to the type of stories which are woven, but in a literal way the writers show their best role in form of stories which might justify the title.

This book can make you smile, laugh, cry, inspire and make you fight with your inner self. The authors have added their soulin it. Some of them came out to be marvalleous and flawless which left me spellbound.

Crimson Affair takes you back to those Akbar Birbal times whose tales were the part of our growth. This story highlights the intellectual and sharp mind of Birbal who unfolds a murder mystery in an artistic way.

His Leela elucidates the saga of a frustrated man who finds a true confidante in a bitch named Leela. The story is written in two narratives and one of it is a monologue.

Office Visit is a horror fiction where a girl is not the one whom she claims to be. The whole story is followed by series of events that includes suspense and mystery.

My Fair Husband is a romcom and a unique story where we find a strong connection between the couple even after the husband dies. The idea of the author is to show death in a lighter way.

Mahua is an erotic tale with suspense and horror as its prime features. It gives us chills through our spines and at the same time makes us laugh.

Reminiscence is an inspiring story that gives you the true meaning of life and lifts your mood up.

The Sitarist of Palem is a horror story that has elements of suspense, mystery and has all the features of a Gothic Fiction.

F.L.A.M.E.S is a teen fiction where we find lovers and has elements of romance and comedy in it. This story highlights the innocence of love with a blend of complexity.

There are 20 stories in total but these are my personal favourites. There are certain typos and I feel these can be easily avoided.

You can grab your copies from these sites :

https://www.pustakmandi.com/curtain-call-various-authors-fiction-anthology?search=Curtain%20Call

http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/9384315370/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474530062&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=curtain+call

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31551147-curtain-call

 

 

Guest Post by Varsha Dixit

Hello lovelies,

Today I would like to introduce a stunning author who is known for her romantic works. She is none other than our extremely talented Varsha Dixit whose latest release Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right has hit the market. Lets see what she has to say in her guest post. Over to you maam..:)

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

—Ernest Hemingway

 Writing romance is no different from writing thrillers or writing horror or autobiographies. I strongly feel how one writes is way more important than what one writes. The latter just makes it easy for the bookstore staff to identify which shelf your book belongs in.

However, all authors have their genres that they are comfortable writing in. Their fortes! Much like Usain Bolt who can burn the tracks with his speed and win medals galore. However, give Usain a tennis racket and see what happens. Probably nothing! For track is his forte tennis isn’t.

Having written five romance novels, writing romance is my forte. That’s my bolt! Just like a sweet smelling scone has some basic ingredients, every written genre has some key ingredients.  I will not delve into other genres but focus on the genre that I’m most adapt in. Romance!

  • Attraction and love between the protagonists.
  • A conflict or a problem that keeps them apart or some tension/situation that does not allow them to unite.
  • A potent and sizzling chemistry
  • Finally a resolution to the conflict thus uniting the couple.

The above-mentioned points are the basic elements of a romance story.  Like a body’s skeleton!

When writing romance, make your characters rich, keep the story moving at a good pace and give details to your descriptions. Make your book the kind that if the reader was to close his or her eyes they could imagine the whole story play out like a movie. Readers will spend their precious hours only with those books, which hold their attention.

Also, avoid using flat words like, ‘almost’, ‘finally’, ‘merely’, ‘nearly’ etc.  Making your writing action oriented. Show the readers the scene, don’t preach it!

Romance should make readers laugh, cry and fall in love much like the protagonists of the book.

Thank you Surbhi for hosting my book, ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’, and guest post on your blog. Good luck to you in your writings.

ABout the Author

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Varsha Dixit is the bestselling author of contemporary romance. ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ her latest bookreleased in August 2016. To find out more about Varsha and her books visit her website www.varshadixit.com or her author page on Facebook. Twitter: @Varsha20

P.S.- Also read other reviews of her books

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/book-review-of-wrongfully-right-rightfully-wrong/

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/wrong-means-right-end-by-varsha-dixit/

Spotlight- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/askvarsha-why-you-chose-right-wrong-series-for-your-book/