Friday, December 19, 2014

Author Interview + Giveaway(IN Only)- A Pluperfect Gift by Shalabh Bansal

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Are y'all tired of the giveaway yet? :D Today we have with us Shalabh Bansal. He is the author of A Pluperfect Gift. Keep on reading ahead to read his interview and a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the book. :)

 All was going well for Samar. He had a promising career in the merchant navy ahead of him, and he was looking forward to his next sailing assignment. Then came along Arisha, and he discovered the love of this life. What could possibly go wrong? This is the story of Samar and Arisha and their battle with the ultimate master?Time itself. And how sometimes, the most extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. In the ultimate clash between Love, Life and Time, who could possibly win?

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      Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born in Meerut district, Uttar Pradesh, Shalabh Bansal is a trained Marine Engineer. After graduating in Marine Engineering from BITS Pilani (Tolani Maritime Institute Pune campus), he kicked off his sea career in 2007 when he first joined a vessel as a Cadet. At present, he is sailing as First Engineering Officer with Seaarland Management Services, Mumbai. Having sailed across almost all seas and continents, he continues to feel the urge to explore more and more every day and ride the high waves unbounded.
Shalabh believes that water gives him strength. He likes to watch the sun rise over the ocean, which gives him a feeling of a fireball emerging from the waters. Though, despite years of sailing experience behind him, he is still scared of water.
Extremely caring, Shalabh loves making friends and exploring new horizons with them. Despite being one of the nominees of the 2020 Mars-1 Program, he withdrew his application and decided to continue sailing, which he loves more than anything else.

     Tell us about your book, A Pluperfect Gift.

Samar and Arisha didn’t meet by providence or by fate. They were destined to be together by the Ultimate identity itself- the Time. They were hankering for each other, till the time the same identity rose against them.
 A Pluperfect gift is a tale of love which describes their tussle with the ultimate identity and the eventual win of their love over time.   As it’s said, only the worthy are blessed with supernatural abilities. But at times few of the people who are sanctified with them, become worthy automatically.
 A tale of sacrifice, love and supernaturalism, it also brings forth the human emotions depicting care, hope and rage simultaneously. A clear communiqué that Life and Love prevail over Time - is evident from A Pluperfect Gift.

      What inspired you to write your book?

The high seas, the wild sunsets and the spirit awakening sunrises; these clubbed with my girlfriends wish to see my handbook in a printed format are all that inspired me and I took a step forward towards A Pluperfect Gift.

    Are any of the characters in your book inspired by someone you know or are they complete results of your imagination?

To be true, Samar is a semi portrayal of myself, whereas Arisha`s character was somewhat inspired by my X-gf. Various other characters like Radhika, and Tushar etc have been adopted with their real names. They’re my real life friends. Though the story is a pure fiction, few incidents have been taken from my real life.

       What kind of research went into writing your book?

Not much actually. I am a sailing officer, so most of the details about the sea and the ship were readily available with myself. Ya I did went through few UPANISHADS and the  BHAGWAD GEETA to understand the mystery of our Chakra cycles and its refurbishment. Had to consult few learned Pandits also for the same.

    Tell us about the whole publishing process and how it went.

I had heard about a new book on the stands, Gas wars. I was impressed by the books publisher somehow, and I approached him with my new manuscript. He was quick enough to go through the script and approved it. Though the book had been approved by few other publishers as well, but the time frame that the leading ones were offering was huge; some even asked to for a time shelf on 3 years before they could publish it. So I decided to go ahead with AuthorsUpfront, i.e. my current publisher. And to my goodness, I had the book in my hand in just 4 months, that too free with any editorial error (courtesy Kamya Sharma who happens to be a close buddy) and a brilliant typeset. The cover too was designed by my very old friend, Miss Radhika Jain, who is a Nift Mumbai pass-out and a brilliant designer. 

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

Very frankly I haven’t read any book till today, except Shakespeare during my school days. But I do enjoy reading guest posts by Stephen Hawking on his theories of space and time ( ex Does Go plays dice).

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

I am actually longing for A Brief history of Time. It explains the theory of our evolution and solves many more mysteries related to our universe. Normal novels, bore me up very easily. Unfortunately, I am not a very vivid reader.

  Tell us why readers should pick up your book.

I would like to quote few words from few reviews

1. Capt. Samarth Singh (Brand Developer, Hybrid Content)
2. Mrs. Sakshi Nanda (works as a reviewer ad book critic for Penguin India and Rupa publications.)


Shalabh has generously offered to give away FIVE copies of A Pluperfect Gift to five lucky INDIAN readers. 
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Thanks everyone!
Happy reading :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review- All Broke Down by Cora Carmack


Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


I had read and loved Cora Carmack's All Lined Up, the first book in the Rusk University series, so I was pretty excited for All Broke Down. All Broke Down is the story of Dylan and Silas. We'd met Silas in the previous book and he was quite the jerk there but we do get to see that there is so much more to him and Dylan. All Broke Down was a pretty good read.

Dylan is your typical do gooder or so it seems when we first meet her. She loves fighting for lost causes and one of those times makes her land up in jail where she meets Silas. I really liked Dylan. She was a sweet girl who was genuinely trying to prove that she deserved to be where she was. I loved how she wanted to help Silas and her intentions were always good.

Then we have Silas. Like I said previously, Silas was a jerk when we'd met him in the previous book and he is still is to an extent but he had his reasons. Silas has a very unstable childhood which makes him doubt his position on the team. He screws up but he does make it right too. I really liked Silas after understanding him. 

Dylan and Silas have chemistry since the first moment they meet. Like all Cora Carmack books, the connection the hero heroine share is lovely and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. They may look like complete opposites on the surface but Dylan and Silas understood each other really well. Their love story was sweet and genuine.

While I cannot say that Dylan and Silas are my favorite couple and that All Broke Down is one of Cora Carmack's best works, I did enjoy All Broke Down. We get to meet many other characters as well, some of whose stories have already kinda started and I'm curious to see how they go forward. All Broke Down shouldn't be missed by new adult fans.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #108

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: January 5th, 2015


One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.

I love Tessa Bailey's books and I had loved the previous novella which starred Troy and Ruby, so can't wait to get more of them.
What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #40

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is: 

Top Ten Books we read in 2014

2014 was a fairly good reading year for me. I had the pleasure of reading some amazing books and discovering some wonderful authors. Here are my picks-




These are my picks. What are yours? :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Giveaway (IN only)- Just The Way You Are by Sanjeev Ranjan

Hi, guys! We have another giveaway for you. And guess what? This giveaway clashes with the book release day! So join us in celebrating the release of author Sanjeev Ranjan's latest, Just The Way You Are published by Random House India. Some of you might remember we did a giveaway for Sanjeev earlier this year. Anyway, as your New Year present, the author has generously offered to give away two copies of the book to two lucky Indian readers. So without much ado, let's get onto the post we have for you! 

Oh, and remember, let's all keep the #JustTheWayYouAre hashtag going around on Twitter! 


Love happens when you least expect it…

Sameer is a Steve Jobs fan, a consultant at an investment bank, and a confused soul looking for love. As he moves cities to study and work, he falls in and out of love,but fails to find the one person who belongs with him. In comes Shagun, whom he marries. But he leaves the very next day for Switzerland…to start a dream Job. In the meantime, Shagun starts reading his diary! What does she find in there?

Will this spell the end of their marriage? With Sameer not around to defend himself,what is the future of their relationship?

Just the Way You Are is a humorous, heart-warming story about one man’s quest for true love.



Sanjeev Ranjan is an ardent lover of western classical and instrumental music. He enjoys reading and has a keen interest in understanding human behavior and relationships. He is currently pursuing his MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). He is the author of 'Its No Longer a Dream' (2014) and 'In Course of True Love!' (2012). This is his third novel.



And we've finally come to the most awaited part of the post. I hope all the information above has intrigued you and that you are now looking forward to read Just The Way You Are. Well, if you are, look no further! Take part in the giveaway and two lucky readers will win a copy of the book.

Giveaway rules are simple:

*The giveaway is open for residents of India only.
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Once winners are picked and emailed, they will have 48 hours to respond or else, we'll be compelled to pick other winners. 
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May the odds be ever in your favour! Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Top Ten Quotes + Giveaway(IN Only)- Hooked, Lined & Single by Rashmi Kumar

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Today we have with us Rashmi who is sharing her top ten best quotes from her newest novel Hooked, Lined & Single. There is also a giveaway where 3 lucky Indian readers have a chance to win a copy of the book for themselves. So do keep reading!


Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask god, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night' so you're a woman, you're 30-something and living in India? So what's the big deal about it? Well, if you're all of the above and still unmarried or married previously and you just don't seem to find the "right" man, you suddenly acquire a tragically special status as being cynical, demanding, impractical and chronically single or ambitious. In Hooked, Lined & Single, Alafia Singh meets a similar fate on her journey to find a husband using somewhat more traditional methods.

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Rashmi Kumar is a professional journalist who worked for leading newspapers in India before moving to Canada in 2012. Here, she was chosen as the Writer-in-Exile in 2013 to showcase her Indian literary work to the Canadian audience. This is her second book after Stilettos in the Newsroom.

Top Ten best Quotes from Hooked, Lined & Single

1. For men, and most men, sex is a process of bodily pleasure. It could be true for women too, but in many cases, women like me surrender completely either to make their man feel good or because they're so blown away by the man's glamour, sagacity or rich (at times wealthy) lineage, that what follows in order to balance out that fatal attraction is sex.

2. To say that I looked ghostly was not true but I did come easy. I modified myself according to what my current man wanted.

3. I believed in it--karma--but that it'd ever apply on me, I'd hardly imagined!

4. "Nothing happens by chance; it is your karma working to teach you what you need to experience."

5. Of course, I needn't fuss over getting married and no one held me by the gunpoint to tie the quintessential knot either, but still I needed to be married. 

6. Now if I were to go down on my knees and say sorry to each one of them, would they find me a man to marry?

7. "Don't you know that you should never date or marry an author because she'll fictionalize everything? She'll write about things you have done to her, or things you never did for her."

8. And with each passing birthday, as the number of candles increase on your chocolate truffle cake, you can feel it within your gut that your confidence has taken an equally sharp dive. 

9. "So when you date someone, that's your boyfriend right?"

10. So sex is important. Period. And I didn't want to hide or run away from it by faking that I can do without sex. I can't.


Rashmi has been generous enough to offer THREE copies of Hooked, Lined & Single to three lucky INDIAN readers. 
Enter by filling the rafflecopter below or go here.
May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Thank you so much Rashmi and everyone!
Happy reading :)

Book Spotlight- Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj

Rescued by Love 
Shilpa Suraj

The Blurb
 When Naina Ahuja is kidnapped as hostage days before her father, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, must sentence a terrorist, the stakes are very high. Lt Col Arjun Rathore and his team are the only ones who can be trusted with the mission of saving her. 

During their arduous trek back through the hostile terrain of Ladakh, Arjun and Naina spend days in danger of losing their lives - and their hearts. Back in safety, the real world and its very real problems threaten – as do their own perceptions of the differences between them. 

They must separate – but will life rescue their love?

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Meet the Author

Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances. 

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