Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on the work of Ekta R. Garg: Reviewer, Editor, Author, and Dreamer. We are especially pleased to feature two works of fiction by Ekta: The Truth About Elves and In the Heart of the Linden Wood. Read on to learn more about these critically acclaimed books and about Ekta herself.
4.7 stars, 44 ratings
Signed copy from the author: $15.95
Paperback: From $6.28
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner
As a bartender in Las Vegas, Curtis seems to have the dream life. He’s single, lives close to the Strip, and only has to worry about when to pick up the next extra shift. No one knows the truth about what happened ten years ago, and no one knows how he spends three months every year: as a part-time elf for Santa Claus.
When Curtis went to the Arctic Circle the first time, he thought he could escape the unthinkable. Now, the anniversary of the worst day of his life is coming up, and he’s been asked to do the unbelievable. If Curtis wasn’t a man of his word, he would turn his back on the whole thing. But Mr. C. took Curtis in when he had nowhere else to go, and now the boss is calling in a favor—the kind that will make Curtis face the memory of the unimaginable.
If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday magic is real, come find out. Embrace the season and the power of forgiveness along with Curtis as he discovers The Truth About Elves.
Praise for The Truth About Elves
"Beautiful, surprising, moving, funny, and full of heart." ~Judges, Best Novella, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
"A romp through goodwill, new possibilities, and transformations...the perfect seasonal literary hot chocolate for readers seeking a holiday story with a difference." ~Midwest Book Review
"Garg uses the depth of human lives, interactions, and experiences to create a more relatable and realistic holiday read." ~Jill Rey, Reader Views Book Reviews
4.3 stars, 14 ratings
Signed copy from the author: $21.95
How do you overcome a broken heart?
For generations, the magic trees have supported the kingdom of Linden. The wood is prized in kingdoms everywhere for its special properties. It’s one of the few good things King Christopher inherited from his late father, the evil King Vincent.
Vincent also gifted Christopher a lack of confidence. The only person who believes in Christopher is Queen Lily. When he loses her and their only child, Christopher’s grief threatens to undo him. The love of his life has returned to the fates, and now all he wants to do is spend his days mourning her.
Then word comes that the trees are dying, and no one knows why.
Despite the urge to hide in the castle forever, Christopher meets the mysterious Keeper of the Wood to find out what’s killing the trees. The answer demands he go on a quest with old friends and new allies. Along the way, they’ll try to save hostages and mend another broken heart by putting it back together piece by piece.
Through it all, Christopher will fight to conquer his doubt and prove to his people, the memory of Lily, and himself that he deserves the crown.
Praise for In the Heart of the Linden Wood
"An often moving fantasy novel about emotional pain and a quest for personal and natural healing." ~Kirkus Reviews
"Under the veneer of kings, struggles, and magic lays an attention to emotional details that make In the Heart of the Linden Wood as much a psychological draw as an adventure story." ~Midwest Book Review
"This isn't just a story about a king's heroic journey; it is a poignant tale of overcoming emotional turmoil." ~Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
About Ekta R. GargSince her start in niche publishing in 2005, Ekta has written and edited about everything from healthcare to home improvement to Hindi films. She became a freelance editor in 2011 to cement her belief that words have the power to change people and the world. A writing contest judge and frequent writing workshop host for her local community, Ekta also hosts Biblio Breakdown, a podcast where she examines books to offer writing exercises.
Ekta began reviewing books for Bookpleasures.com in 2011 and continues to review for them as well as NetGalley and her own book review site. She also manages The Write Edge and its extension blogs of original fiction and book reviews.
Outside of writing and editing Ekta spends time with friends (the ones other people can see) and counts her many blessings, which include two beautiful daughters who astound her on a regular basis.
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