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High Praise for Book Two of The Red Heeled Rebels

High Praise for Book Two of The Red Heeled Rebels

Literary Review: Abducted

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

“Abducted is the second book in the Red Heeled Rebels series by Tikiri Herath, a suspenseful thriller with strong characters and intriguing themes. When Asha and Katy arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport, they are sure they have left behind the terror that haunts them. But a few hours after their arrival, Katy disappears. Asha frantically searches for her friend across the city, with the border police on her tail. She follows a shadowy woman to a house that holds deadly secrets, but will her friend be there and what awaits them?

This novel is filled with twists and surprises in the plot that readers won’t see coming. The story takes readers across major cities and countries, from London to Brussels to Luxembourg, following a crime story that is expertly plotted and skillfully written. The international setting adds to the exhilarating sense of adventure that accompanies the sleuth work in this novel. The characters are extraordinary, multidimensional, and real. Asha was my favorite, and I enjoyed the bond between her and her friend, which makes the premise of the story even stronger, for it is that friendship at stake when Katy goes missing.

The writing is fluid, with measured sentences and a phraseology that is designed to add to the dramatic depth of the story. I enjoyed the timely paragraph breaks, the careful selection of words, and the mesmerizing narrative tone. Abducted: An International Suspense Thriller is filled with thrilling action; an engaging story that will have readers on the edge of their seats for hours.”

Praise for Book One of The Red Heeled Rebels

Praise for Book One of The Red Heeled Rebels

Literary Review: Disowned (New Title: Betrayed)

Tikiri
Red Heeled Rebels Group (2017)
ISBN 9780993815256
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (07/18)

“In “Disowned” by Tikiri, Asha loses her parents in a deadly car crash while living in Tanzania. Having no other family there, her grandmother reluctantly allows her to live with her in a poor apartment, in Goa, India. Her grandmother never forgave her son, Asha’s father, for marrying a foreigner and is awful to her. Asha tries to prove her worth by learning how to cook for the family, but his is not good enough for the grandmother. As soon as she is able she goes through a marriage broker to marry Asha off to a nasty old man. Asha makes a mistake in trusting a man to help her with her escape. As a result of this, she ends up as a house slave in Toronto, Canada. After a time, she escapes from this situation, but once again she soon realizes that she has placed herself in a precarious position and must figure out a way to not only rescue herself but another woman with whom she has become close. They both flee the country, but only time will tell where their next adventure takes them.

“Disowned” by Tikiri, is a heart stopping, coming of age tale that was impossible to put down. As a Soroptimist, who lives in a border town, I am well aware of human trafficking issues. “Disowned” isn’t just a fascinating, well written novel, it is a book that will educate the reader on how trafficking can happen all over the world. If your eyes aren’t open before you read this, they will be afterwards.

The heroine in this story will also leave the reader feeling empowered to do something to help this cause, even though her character is fictional, there are amazing women like her who are fighting for the rights of trafficking victims. The author even donates a percentage of her sales to this cause.

“Disowned” by Tikiri is the first novel in the author’s Red Heels Rebels series and I look forward to reading her next volume.  I highly recommend that “Disowned” be given as a gift to readers who enjoy novels involving intrigue. I also suggest that this book be chosen as a selection for reader’s groups. It will definitely trigger a lot of interesting discussions and perhaps more people will be educated on this subject.”

Read the full review on Reader View’s Site

Update: Disowned/Betrayed went on to win an award from Readers Views in 2018.

5 Stars for Book One of The Red Heeled Rebels

5 Stars for Book One of The Red Heeled Rebels

Literary Review: Disowned (New Title: Betrayed)

The Red-Heeled Rebels Series Novel One by Tikiri

Women’s Aventure, Thriller/Suspense, International Crime

Rating: 

“Spanning three continents and taking on crucial issues of child marriage and human trafficking, Disowned features a brave teen heroine struggling against international criminality with nothing but her wits and grit.

Asha, born in Tanzania, is still a child when her parents are tragically killed while on a family safari in Kenya. Within a short period of time she is transported to Goa, India, to live with relatives she has never met. Her grandmother is an angry, culture-bound crone, her aunt and cousin living, as Asha now must, under the old woman’s seemingly heartless sway.

Not yet knowing the language or the social manners of her new homeland, Asha wears her best red shoes to school. She is beaten by the schoolmistress and taunted by classmates until she finds her saving grace—cooking. Beginning with lessons learned as a child and kitchen lore picked up from her new family, she starts her own business selling cupcakes, gaining grudging respect from classmates.

When her grandmother decides to sell her off to an old man who already has a wife and has no qualms about claiming his new child-bride by rape, Asha realizes she must escape — from grandmother, from Goa, and indeed from this horrible marriage.

The road is open to a new life in Canada, but there she will find she has been sold again, this time as the virtual slave of a demented old woman whose bizarre activities soon put Asha on the run again, this time with a new friend and fellow cook named Katy. The dangers are palpable, but the girls are determined to make a new life for themselves – anywhere and by any means.

Tikiri is an entrepreneurial, adventurous self-described “recovering nomad,” and is the author of a series of Non-Fiction books in support of ambitious young women. The Rebel Journal Workbooks touch on subjects of finding your passion and making plans to reach your goal. One senses she has either personally observed or studiously researched the settings she so vividly describes – from the African veldt to the hovels of backstreet Goa.

Tikiri’s central character, Asha, is naïve but definitely not lacking in good sense or in empathy for the suffering she sees around her. Knowing little about men, she nonetheless intuits that her prospective husband would be a brute and her life in Goa an endless grind. She knows she’s made for better things and desires to help her ailing aunt and culturally trapped cousin if she can. Tikiri’s writing is skillful and creative; her storyline never flags. As she leads from twist to turn in the well-constructed plot, her reader’s attention will stay riveted on Asha’s continually escalating challenges. Female readers (from older teens to adults) will find kinship with the girls in the story and look forward to the next installment of Asha’s adventures.

A tale that sounds too real for comfort at times, Disowned, is the first book in the Red-Heeled Rebels series and presents a disturbing view of powerless, exploited women and girls in third-world countries through the hopeful eyes of a determined young woman trying to beat the odds.”

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Read the full review on Chanticleer’s Review Site

Take a Stand

Take a Stand

Never would I have imagined in a thousand years to see this unravel in this small city state.

My heart bleeds for the pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong.

I pray for their political leaders to see the light and choose humanity over dirty, rotten, corrupt politics that can only be upheld by state-sanctioned thuggery.

They first took away the book sellers, the journalists, and the writers. Suppression of freedom of expression is a despotic regime’s first line of terror.

Until we are faced with such insidious incidents ourselves, we never realise how fortunate we are to live in this part of the world, privileged to have all the freedoms we desire.

But we must never remain apathetic. We must never stay selfishly silent while our friends and neighbours around the world put their very lives at risk to fight for their fundamental rights.

Martin Luther King once said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

Indeed.

Remember Niemöller’s famous poem? It starts with; “First they came for the….”

Fill in the rest.

Take a stand for what’s right. Always take a stand.

#hongkong2019 #democracy #freedom

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5 Star Review for International Suspense Novel

5 Star Review for International Suspense Novel

Just received news of the official review of my second novel – Abducted – by Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews.

Feeling stoked especially as I’m in the throes of plotting my next novel series this weekend. Couldn’t have asked for a more awesome note of encouragement to keep on writing my stories of girl power and women empowerment around the world. Am SUPER excited.

“Abducted is the second book in the Red Heeled Rebels series by Tikiri Herath, a suspenseful thriller with strong characters and intriguing themes.

This novel is filled with twists and surprises in the plot that readers won’t see coming. The story takes readers across major cities and countries, from London to Brussels to Luxembourg, following a crime story that is expertly plotted and skillfully written.

The international setting adds to the exhilarating sense of adventure that accompanies the sleuth work in this novel.

The characters are extraordinary, multidimensional, and real. Asha was my favorite, and I enjoyed the bond between her and her friend, which makes the premise of the story even stronger, for it is that friendship at stake when Katy goes missing.

The writing is fluid, with measured sentences and a phraseology that is designed to add to the dramatic depth of the story. I enjoyed the timely paragraph breaks, the careful selection of words, and the mesmerizing narrative tone.”

— Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite, USA

https://readersfavorite.com/

ABDUCTED Nominated for Silver Falchion Award

ABDUCTED Nominated for Silver Falchion Award

I’m stunned. ABDUCTED, the second novel in the Red Heeled Rebels series, just got nominated for the 2019 Silver Falchion award in the suspense category!

When your first book gets nominated, that can leave you in a quandary. You can’t help but wonder if it was a fluke. Maybe they made a mistake. Maybe it was just dumb luck.

My debut novel, Disowned (retitled Betrayed now), became a finalist in eight literary awards in the USA and won three. This was stupefying.

But now, this second novel has been nominated by an organisation known for murder, mystery, and mayhem – the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.

This is supremely exciting but I have let go of any expectations. In the run up to the award is an internationally best-selling author and serial #1 Amazon best-selling novelists. That my book gets to sit among this amazing company is enough.

Disowned has a literary fiction bent, which means it’s not for everybody and some readers have complained it’s a tad slow for a thriller. As the story advances from Dar Es Salaam to Goa to Toronto, I ease off to explore cultural intricacies and how women are treated in different parts of the world.

Abducted, however, is pure suspense, written while the movie played in my mind, reel by reel. This book races from London to Brussels to Luxembourg to France and doesn’t stop till the end. And my message of girl-power only strengthens.

My job is to keep my readers entertained. My goal is to open their eyes and inform them about the world around us. If I can get this formula right, I have won.

Killer Nashville: https://killernashville.com/2019-silver-falchion-finalists

Now, I’m off to open a bottle of wine to celebrate.