Friday, September 19, 2014

Author Interview- Anurag Anand (Birth of the Bastard Prince)

Hello, everyone! Today on the blog, we have with us a great Indian author. Please join us in welcoming Anurag Anand. *throws confetti* Anurag is the author of many books that you can take a look at over here, but he is here today to let our readers know about his latest release, Birth of the Bastard Prince. Without much ado, let's get on to the post I have for you. After getting to know the book and the author a little, we'll move on to the knowledgeble, interesting and fun interview we did with the author. Let's go then! 


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Legendary courtesan Amrapali's life story is as enigmatic and extraordinary as her beauty and grace.Found abandoned under a mango tree as an infant, the twists and turns of fate led her to become the Nagarvadhu, the most sought-after yet morally reviled courtesan of the kingdom of Vaishali.In Birth of the Bastard Prince, the sequel to the riveting The Legend of Amrapali, Anurag Anand explores Amrapali's eventful life as the Nagarvadhu. He describes in thrilling detail the war between Vaishali and Magadha, in which Amrapali played a crucial role; traces her love affair with Bimbisara, the emperor of Magadha, and the birth of their son Vimala Kondanna; reveals the palace intrigues and conspiraciesthat led to Amrapali's tribulations; and finally explains how Amrapali found the solace and happiness he so desired.

Weaving together facts with fiction, written with a contemporary flavour, Birth of the Bastard Prince is an enchanting exploration of Amrapali's life as a courtesan and a mother, and her spiritual awakening in the Buddhist order.

BOOK LINKS: 

FLIPKART / AMAZON / INFIBEAM  

You can even watch the BOOK VIDEO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Anurag is a management professional who started his parellel career in writing at the age of 25 when he published his first non-fiction title, 'Pillars of Success'. After his second non-fiction title, he shifted to the fiction genre and since then he has authored several books including bestsellers like The Legend of Amrapali and The Quest for Nothing.

Anurag's works have been lauded for their realistic treatment of subjects and the life-like interplay between characters.

AUTHOR LINKS: 


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: 


Hi Anurag! Welcome to The Readdicts. It’s lovely to have you on our blog today and we hope you have a nice time answering our questions.

      1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Anurag: Thank you for having me on The Readdicts. And I must add that you guys are doing a fantastic job of promoting indigenous writing and authors. Keep up the great work!

As for me, I am a regular guy-next-door who loves spending time with friends and family, feels pressurized when demands at the workplace begin to mount, and is on the continuous lookout for an escape into a zone I can call my own. This is where writing fits in – it is the closest I have ever come to finding this zone of mine.

I am based in Gurgaon and am presently employed with a Cola major. Born in Patna (not all that long back, I like to believe), I have spent most of my life in school/ college hostels, forcibly mingling with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, planets etc. It is the understanding of human nature and emotions I gathered during this phase of my life that forms the basis of my writing today.     

     2) Tell us about your book, Birth of the Bastard Prince, and its prequel, The Legend of Amrapali. Whilst we’re at this, let us know if readers need to read the first book before picking up the second.

Anurag: Not many of us are aware that the first democratic form of governance known to mankind was instutionalized in the ancient Indian kingdom of Vaishali. Amrapali – a girl of unknown parentage found abandoned under a mango tree – through a sequence of wicked manoeuvres was appointed the Nagarvadhu of this illustrious kingdom. It is a fictional life-account of this enchantress that has been traced in The Legend of Amrapali and Birth of the Bastard Prince.

While The Legend of Amrapali talks about the early years of her life – the machinations that went behind her appointment as the Nagarvadhu and the revenge she exacts from her tormentors – Birth of the Bastard Prince deals with the tribulations in the later part of Amrapali’s life, until she finds solace in the aegis of Gautama Buddha. Her love affair with Bimbisara, the emperor of the neighbouring kingdom of Magadh, the war between Magadh and Vaishali which history records as having lasted for about sixteen years, and a plethora of intriguing twists and turns make Birth of the Bastard Prince an interesting read for readers with diverse tastes.

Although Birth of the Bastard Prince has been positioned as a sequel to The Legend of Amrapali, it has been written in a manner to make it a stand-alone read. So, while as an author I would wish that my readers find time to read both the books, Birth of the Bastard Prince begins with a summary of the prequel that would not leave them grappling for context. 

      3) What kind of research went into writing your book?

Anurag: Quite frankly, majority of my research happened around the time I was writing The Legend of Amrapali. Once the prequel was ready, I already had the characters and settings I needed to take the story to its fruition, and this made the task much simpler.

However, while writing the Birth of the Bastard Prince I did have the privilege of visiting the present-day Vaishali in Bihar which still houses ancient ruins from the era that Amrapali’s story belongs to. From the Abhishek Pushkarini – the coronation tank used to anoint the newly appointed rulers of Vaishali and which now is a popular tourist destination – to the articles displayed in the nearby ASI Museum, it was a fascinating experience to say the least. I am sharing some pictures from this visit for your readers to get a glimpse into the glories of our past.

Toilet pan
Abhishek Pushkarni


     4) Tell us in a single sentence why readers should pick up your book.

Anurag: It is a perfect blend of facts and fiction that will not only entertain them, but also introduce them to a legendry character from the pages of history.  

    5) Do you plan on writing more books that will follow The Legend of Amrapali and Birth of the Bastard Prince?

Anurag: No, Amrapali’s story is complete with Birth of the Bastard Prince. My intention was to present her story in a crisp, entertaining and easily readable format, which I believe I have achieved with this book. The rest I shall leave for my readers to judge.

     6) I have read and really liked your book, Where the Rainbow Ends. It was a really touching and warm contemporary read. How do you switch between genres when writing? Additionally, which genre do you prefer to write?

Anurag: This is a tough one; it is like asking a parent to choose between two offsprings. However, there is a marked difference when it comes to dealing with the two genres. In case of contemporary fiction, once the plot and the story-outline are ready, the writing takes care of itself. Since I am more familiar with the social fabric of today, I am not required to evaluate every sentence in the context of the story’s setting. Historical fiction, on the other hand, requires a higher degree of concentration, focus and of course research.   

      7) What is the best part of being an author?

Anurag: The social recognition it brings about! After my first book was published, even those members of the extended family who I thought had written me off as a black sheep found reasons to connect with me. And this, to me, was my first win as an author.

      8) What is the worst part of being an author?

Anurag: The prevalent perception that writing books is but a key into the world of Swiss bank accounts, long yachts and expensive vacations! I wish it were so, but it is sadly not. And this one is for those friends who can’t stop taunting us (authors) about the supposed billions we make in royalties, and for those entrepreneurs who keep following-up over proposals quoting obnoxious sums to promote a book, each time a new title hits the stands. Guys, a reality check is in order!  

     9) Who are some of your favourite authors and what are some of your favourite books?

Anurag: I am a voracious reader with an appetite for almost anything between Chacha Chaudhary comics to complex textbooks of Physics. Well, almost!
However, some names that immediately come to mind are P G Wodehouse – there is no one who has dealt with humour as he has – John Green, George Orwell, Tagore and Alex Rutherford. Favourite titles, well, Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand, The Book Thief – Markus Zusak, Chowringhee – Shankar (translation by Arunava Sinha) etc. etc.

      10) If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what book would you pick and why?

Birth of the Bastard Prince, because I do have a narcissistic streak in me!

We also have two fun rounds in store for you. The first one is called “Favourites”. All you have to do is, give us one favourite only. The second one is called “This or that” where you get to pick only one of the two choices we give you. Let’s get started. Brace yourself!

Favourites:

1) Favourite song? 

Anurag: O Ri Duniya  from the film Gulaal. A beautiful composition by Piyush Mishra.

2) Favourite movie? 

Anurag: Life is Beautiful – a film capable of melting even the sturdiest of hearts.

3) Favourite drink? 

Anurag: Coca-Cola (doesn’t hurt if it is spiked with Captain Morgan sometimes)

4) Favourite food? 

Anurag: All things sinful: pizzas, burgers, Mughlai, sweets and chocolates.

5) Favourite day of the week? 

Anurag: Saturday, as it leaves me hopeful of what is to follow. Sunday is simply too short a day.

This or that:

1) Tea or coffee? 

Anurag: Coffee (as long as it hasn’t been poured from a vending machine)

2) Coke or Pepsi? 

Anurag: Sheesh… why would you even ask that? Of course Coke! And by the way, P…. who??

3) Day or night? 

Anurag: Night… Days mean you need to leave your bed.

4) Beach or mountain? 

Anurag: Beaches… mountains mean simply too many clothes! I like to travel light… why, what else did you think?

5) Left or right? 

Anurag: Right… all that is ‘left’ thereafter is wrong!

Thank you so much for spending some time with us today, Anurag. We wish you lots of love, happiness and success in life.

Anurag: My pleasure!

That's all there is to it! I really hope you all liked this interview and that you're now looking forward to reading Anurag's books. We'd like to thank the author again for everything, and thank you, readers, for stopping by! 



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cover Reveal- Escape from the Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

Hi guys! I am excited to help author Jordan Elizabeth with her book, Escape from the Witchwood Hollow. Without wasting time, let's get on to the great post Jordan has in store for us. And let's see the enchanting  cover the book has! 

How far into the hollow would you go? 



After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy will be published through Curiosity Quills Press on October 29, 2014. 
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website.


You don’t have to wait for October 29th to explore Witchwood Hollow.  Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 20th


That's all, guys. I wish Jordan all the very best and I'd like to thank her for letting us be part of this cover reveal. Thanks so much, readers, for stopping by! Oh, and do let me know your thoughts on the cover in the comments below, 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Blitz- Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Hi, everyone! I am super excited to be part of the book blitz for Kati McGarry's Take Me on (Pushing the Limits #4). Both Janhvi and I read this book when it came out and like any of the author's works, we loved this one as well. You can read Janhvi's review for the same right here. So let's get on to what the peeps at YA Bound have in store for you, and before that, I'd like to thank them for letting us be part of this super fun post. 


Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:


Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.


West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.


Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.



Excerpt:

West

Abby’s tennis shoes crunch against the crumbling blacktop and halt at my feet. “Your choice—home, hospital or a place to lay low until you’re ready for one of the first two options. The prize behind curtain C comes with a shower and a change of clothes.”
I dismiss my original answer of no when I notice the blood on my shirt. I can’t go home or to the hospital like this. I can’t do that to my mother.
Using the bumper of my car, I struggle up and hobble to the passenger side as I eye Abby sliding into the driver’s seat. I’m slow getting in, but I’ll be damned if I ask for help.
The interior light dims when I shut the door. Abby fastens her seat belt and wraps her fingers around the steering wheel. “I don’t have my driver’s license.”
“Can you drive?”
“Sure.”
That didn’t sound reassuring. “Just go.”
She doesn’t. “You should buy goldfish.”
“What?”
“For your car. Like build a tank in between your front and back seats. It’d be different and I like different.”
If it will get me to a shower faster…“Okay.”
She smiles. “Really?”
“Sure.”
Abby shifts the car into gear. “And, West?”
I roll my head to look at her.
“I know your mother’s secret.”



Available from:

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Books in the series:
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Excerpt from Breaking the rules from Noah’s Point of View:

I love how Echo molds her body around mine: head on my shoulder, her hair teasing my neck, her arms winding around my chest. I hug her and revel in her warmth.

About the Author:

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Tour+Review+Giveaway- Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh



Summary-

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction. 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…


Review-

I am a HUGE Nalini Singh fan. I have devoured her Psy-changeling and Guild Hunter series and loved every bit of it. So when I found out that she had written a contemporary rock star romance I was jumping with joy. The happy dance continued when I got to read an Advanced Readers Copy through Netgalley. It is no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed Rock Addiction.

Molly Webster is a librarian. After a horrific scandal in her childhood she has always followed the rules and tried to be good in every way. I really liked Molly. She was a sweet and simple girl but she couldn't deny the primal attraction between Fox and her. I also liked that Molly had her insecurities and didn't always believe how she could keep the rock star's attention all to herself.

Then we have Fox. He is the lead singer in a band called as Schoolboy Choir. Fox was an alpha male to the core. Once he set his eyes on Molly he didn't turn back. He used every trick in the book to pursue her and  make her his. Fox also had a temper and I thought that his impatience where some things were concerned just added to the rock star image.

Fox and Molly have a hell lot of chemistry from the first page itself. Things move very quickly and what was supposed to be a one night stand soon turns into so much more. I liked how Molly and Fox were quick in their physical relationship but slowly built their trust emotionally. They both tried to help each other with their issues and stood by each other. There was also some angst in this book which usually is very much toned down in Nalini's books. But in this case it made Fox and Molly's relationship more passionate.

I also loved all the members of the band. I hope David, Noah and Abe all gets books as each one of them has a strong personality. The cast of supporting characters was amazing and we can already see some relationships brewing. I'm overall super happy with this book and though I can't say it compares to her phenomenal paranormal books it was still a very good read.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher through Netaglley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Monday, September 15, 2014

DNF Review- Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Goodreads Summary:

This unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family - a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south. These are the true accounts of his twelve hard years as a slave - many believe this memoir is even more graphic and disturbing than the film. His extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.


REVIEW:

*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup from Pirates in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

When we first received an email about Twelve Years A Slave, I was extremely intrigued by the book since at that time, I was reading Edward Said's Orientalism for my literature class and studying the theory as well. So this book seemed like the perfect way to apply the theory to a literary work that isn't fiction. For some reason or the other- and the reason being studies mostly- I kept putting the book aside although ideally, I would have loved to read it while doing orientalism. When I finally picked up the book to read, it was too late, I guess. 

When I went to Quebec for an exchange programme, the in-flight services provided by our airlines had the movie Twelve Years A Slave and I decided to watch it after having watched actors from the film go receive their Oscars for the same. I didn't like the movie much but I did find it interesting. It was sad and devastating, and I wouldn't really know how much of the book was taken to the big screen. I had the book with me at that time as well, but I already said, I never got to it since I had other stuff to do. 

ANYWAY. I guess I've gone off topic enough and it's time I finally get to the review instead of just blabbering about random stuff that no one even cares about. 

So, the book. Well, first off, I did not like the pace of it. It was way too slow for my liking without much happening. I understand why there was a lack of dialogue and a heavy dose of description, but for me, it was too boring. I admit that the binary opposition of master/ slave has been the most interesting relationship since it's nothing but a human thinking another human as savage and using him for his own benefit. But all that aside, the problem I have is not with the story. I don't want to talk about it since I'm not really sure I am capable of doing it. 

I was under the impression that I was reading Twelve Years A Slave when I received an email from Goodreads asking me to update my progress on the book and telling me that it's been 50 days since I started reading it. 50 days. Can you imagine that? 50 days is almost a month and a half. And I read only 90 pages of the book. And in that time, I didn't even read any other paperback since I knew I was reading Twelve Years A Slave and it's better to finish one book before getting on to the next. Honestly, it's not the book's fault. It is mine. I did not read it on time and when I was in the mood for it. So if anyone is to be blamed, it's me. I would have liked to just sit down one day and finish off the book, but somewhere, I know it's not going to happen and I don't want to waste time reading something that I won't exactly prefer to read otherwise. What should be noted is that whatever I read, I found alright. It was profound and I learnt a lot of stuff here and there. But it's taking too long and I've lost interest, honestly.  

I know there are people who will love this book, and I would have as well, but no. It's too time consuming (as if my current pile of books doesn't haunt me enough) and I must close one door to open the next. Sorry, book. 


RATING: 



Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal- Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Rock Courtship (book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

David & Thea’s Story


RELEASING ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

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Blurb

            What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Cover:  Rock Addiction (Book 1) A Rock Kiss Novel 


RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014
Blurb
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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