Monday, September 29, 2014

Pre-Release Event: Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

Hey, guys! Jamie McGuire has a new book called Apolonia coming up and I'm excited to be part of it's pre-release event. Let's see what Wordsmith Publicity has in store for you. 

We would love for you to join us in celebrating the release of   APOLONIA by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie McGuire!


TitleAPOLONIA
Author: Jamie McGuire
Age: NA
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (October 6, 2014)
Cover Design: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen

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Blurb:

“They killed me, but I survived.”

Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one. Not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing, not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around, and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits on the first row in Dr. Z’s Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.

When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself submersed in a world that holds even more secrets than she could imagine--even darker secrets than her own.

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence & Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark and sexy nail biter will keep readers guessing until the very end!


EXCERPT

Halloween night, while everyone was dressing up and attending parties, Cy and I were in the basement, punching numbers. The Fitz was one of the oldest buildings on campus, and it struggled to keep itself comfortably heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. The basement was particularly miserable and felt like an icebox on very cold nights.

I sipped my water and pulled the sleeves of my sweater further down my hands.

Cy cleared his throat and, for the first time in weeks, spoke to me first. “I can talk to Dr. Zorba about a space heater.”

“He’ll never go for it,” I said, putting down my water and wiping my lips with the cuff of my sweater. “He wouldn’t risk a fire or a significant temperature change affecting the specimen.”

“It won’t affect the specimen. It came from space.”

“Exactly. Where it’s cold.”

“Who says the planet it originated from wasn’t able to retain higher temperatures?”

“Like Venus?”

“Exactly like Venus. I mean . . . I’m sure that it’s possible. I’ll look into a space heater.” I watched him expectantly. “What?”

“No Uranus jokes? I’m disappointed.”

“What do you mean?”

I chuckled. “Never mind.” My fingers began clicking against the keyboard again, and I was sure that I’d caught Cy staring at me from the corner of my eye. I glanced over at him. “What?”

“You’re much more attractive when you smile. And your laugh is lovely.”

“Uh . . . thank you.”

“You’re—”

“I’m welcome. It’s okay. I say thank you to you a lot, apparently.”

“I just want you to . . . I don’t know what I want.”

He stared at me for a few moments more then continued with his work. My face caught fire as the blood pooled under my cheeks. My fingers wouldn’t work after that, and I couldn’t concentrate on the numbers.

Cy stood up and left the room without a word. Right about the time I’d decided to get up and look for him, he returned, setting a Butterfinger on my desk.

“Trick or treat, right?” he said.

“Is that a Halloween joke? I mean that’s cool. I just didn’t know you had a sense of humor.”

“I’m surprised you’re here. There are costume parties all over campus.”

I shook my head. “I don’t really do parties. Just once in a while when I’m bored out of my mind, but I avoid Halloween parties at all costs.”

“Why is that?”

“Fake blood. Dead people. Slutty costumes. None of it screams fun to me.”

Cy grinned. “I suppose not. We still have an hour or so of work to do. Would you mind if I walk you home when we’re finished?”

“Why?”

My response took Cy off guard. He blinked a few times and then cleared his throat. “I think that maybe my insistence not to form attachments here was incorrect. We spend a lot of time together down here, and I’d like to get to know you better.”

“So that’s why you’ve been ignoring me? Because you know you’re leaving?”

He hesitated. “In part, yes.”

“What’s the other part?”

He squirmed in his chair. “You . . . intrigue me.”

I wanted to high-five myself. The few times we’d interacted before I thought he was being nice in spite of feeling an extreme loathing towards me. Instead, it was the opposite. To Cy, I was intriguing. I shrugged, trying to pretend I wasn’t irrationally pleased. “If you want.”

He smiled then continued with his work. Despite the difficulty I had focusing, I forced myself to get through the pages of data on my desk. My mind kept wandering off, questioning why I felt so drawn to him. Cy wasn’t my type. He was leaving. His lack of concert T’s told me that we likely had nothing in common. But even then, I had a strong feeling that there was a reason life had thrown us together.



GIVEAWAY:
5 APOLONIA ebooks


About the Author:


Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Are you looking forward to reading Apolonia? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for stopping by, and happy reading! 



Friday, September 26, 2014

Author Interview + Giveaway(IN Only)- On a Drive With Life by Ankit Kumar

Hey guys!
 Today we have with us Ankit Kumar. He is the author of On a Drive With Life. Do keep reading for his interview. Ankit has also generously offered to give away TWO copies of his book to two lucky Indian readers.

Summary-

On A Drive With Life!! 
Is a collection of short stories that includes love, tragedy, adventure, horror, separation, regret, desire, satisfaction, happiness and all the varied emotions. As the name suggests, the collection aims at taking the readers on a drive with their emotions, such that they share the emotions of the character. Their feelings are being portrayed as a part of the storyline, that they may have underwent at a certain phase in their lives. We all have been a father, a son, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a lover and we all had been ambitious, full of desires, had break ups, faced an unexplained encounter with the supernatural or have heard tales of a breathtaking adventure.  The stories revolve around the concept that how a small misunderstanding or a mistake can ruin lives with tremendous impact. The essence is to stir the emotions of the reader with unexpected endings along with fun and entertainment. As a collection, the stories are designed to provide a fascinating experience such that the readers clear down their memory lanes and indeed go On A Drive With Life!!

AUTHOR:


Ankit Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar, the first son of Anil Sinha and Sudha Sinha. He spent his childhood in Patna where he completed his school from St. Karen’s Secondary School and Gyan Niketan. He went on to complete his B.Tech in Information Technology from Amity University, Noida in 2012. Of the few interesting hobbies he has and beyond all the weird stuffs he does to live his passion, wandering alone, though how weird it may seems, was the most alluring for him. Well of course, it kindled numerous ideas for his stories. Inspiration from his father did wonders and he lashed all his shakiness in English to find interest in writing. He started writing when he was in 11th and authored numerous articles. He has also penned a novel which will soon get published. His work in school and college magazines drew tremendous praise. His writings have got recognition through his blog ankitdriveon.blogspot.com which has been a massive success. 

Though he will always be a homesick by heart, he lives and works in Pune. If he is not working on his novel, you can find him reading, playing cricket, watching TV, or indulging in his unhealthy addiction to hanging out with friends.

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INTERVIEW:

1.       Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born in Patna, Bihar, the first son of Anil Sinha and Sudha Sinha. I spent my childhood in Patna where I completed my school from St. Karen’s Secondary School and Gyan Niketan. I went on to complete my B.Tech in Information Technology from Amity University, Noida in 2012. Of the few interesting hobbies I have and beyond all the weird stuffs I do to live my passion, wandering alone, though how weird it may seems, was the most alluring for me. Well of course, it kindled numerous ideas for my stories.

Though I will always be a homesick by heart, I live and work in Pune. If I am not working on my novel, you can find me reading, playing cricket, watching TV, or indulging in my unhealthy addiction to hanging out with friends.

2.      Tell us about your book, On a Drive With Life!!

On a Drive with Life, as a collection of short stories, was a concept that passed my mind some 4 years back. Slowly, but with dedication I have added into the collection. The collection includes love, tragedy, adventure, horror, separation, regret, desire, satisfaction, happiness and all the varied emotions. As the name suggests, the collection aims at taking the readers on a drive with their emotions, such that they share the emotions of the character.

The book “On A Drive With Life!!”is a collection of short stories. The main purpose for it was to put forth stories that portrayed the readers as the character. So that the readers feel being the part of stories, knowing that they also have been at those circumstances during various points in their lives. So as the name of the book goes, reading over will give them a breath taking experience where they will have their own flashbacks and rollout on a drive with life.

3.       What inspired you to write your book?

It has been a long and wandering journey of over half a decade. Writing blogs, articles, stories and then “On A Drive With life!!” was never going to be easy. I was fortunate enough to find help and support from my father Anil Sinha, the Editor of Times Of India Mr. Rajkumar, My teachers like Mr. Parveen Sharma and friends Vidya Nair, Rohan Mundle, Surabhi Dangi, Himani and the list goes on.

I have been involved in writing this book for quite a sometime. The inspiration was the idea to not imagine ourselves as a character of the book. But to feel being there and read it as it was aimed to be written; the story of you!

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

A writer can never portray a story or depict an emotion if he cannot feel it. While going through the book, the reader will realize that the stories convey our day to day lives. Characters share a bond with them and that their emotions are presented in a unique way. As said before this is a story of all of us which will take you to flashbacks and you will feel being on a drive with life!

5.       What kind of research went into writing your book?

The stories aim at portraying the emotions, circumstances and lives of the reader that he may have underwent at various points in his life. And at the same time I had to convey through the shocking endings that whatever decisions he took in his life was the requirement of the moment. So he must be proud that wherever he may be, he is at a better place. And for that I had to recall, listen and talk to people, know their experiences and their regrets and then go on with the arduous task of palpating those emotions. It was not an easy task to consolidate all those into one and at the same time stick to the message of the stories. But I hope I will be able to connect with the readers.

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

Publishing a book is as challenging as writing it. But again there is no satisfaction of achievement until you struggled for it. The book was praised and admired at various publishing houses, but either their slots were booked or they were not interested in moving on with this new idea. Indeed it is always immature to have a grudge for that, it’s their opinion and surely I have my own. I had sent the copy of it to many houses and fortunately it got selected by my publisher. And it is from here where all the excitement begun. From deciding the cover pic, to the font, to the pages, to the releasing of the book by His Excellency Padamshree Governor Dr. D.Y Patil and then becoming an instant hit among the readers. And I must say the process as a whole was both challenging and exciting.

7.       Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books?

Dan Brown, J.K Rowling, Sidney Sheldon are some of the authors who tops my list. And I love all of their books.

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

I will definitely choose anyone from Dan Brown’s. I will prefer unraveling the codes and mysteries to keep myself engrossed whenever I read.

GIVEAWAY:

Ankit has generously offered to give away TWO copies of On a Drive With Life to TWO lucky INDIAN readers.
The giveaway is open to INDIA ONLY.
Enter through the rafflecopter below or go here.
May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Thanks everyone! Happy reading :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review- He's So Fine by Jill Shlavis

Summary-

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Review-

He's So Fine is the eleventh book in Jill Shlavis' Lucky Harbor series. I have to say that in this last trilogy, I was the most excited about Cole's book. He had me excited and intrigued since we met him in It's in His Kiss. I am so pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed He's So Fine. Cole is definitely one of my favorites in the lot.

Olivia runs her vintage shop in the town of Lucky Harbor. Olivia has had a bad past which she is hiding. She wants to be known for who she is now, not who she was in the past. I really liked Olivia. She pretended to have a hard exterior but underneath she was a big softie. I liked how we got to see all her vulnerabilities and how she was when she was with Cole.

Cole runs a boat business with his friends Sam and Tanner. Cole is the guy who can fix anything and everything. He sees the world in black and white. I adored Cole. He was loyal and protective over his friends and family. When he meets Olivia all he wants to do is get to know her better. I really liked how determined Cole was.

Olivia and Cole had amazing chemistry. Since their hilarious meeting on the first page I loved how they were together. Despite both of them having issues to overcome I liked how they always ended up with each other in difficult times. They shared a beautiful intimacy and it was lovely watching them fall for each other.

Jill Shalvis, as always writes amazingly well. I flew through He's So Fine in one sitting. I also loved seeing all the other residents of Lucky Harbor and am really looking forward to Tanner's story to end the series. I really enjoyed He's So Fine.

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



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Spotlight- Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne

Hi, guys! I am glad to spotlight the book, Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne. The author has kindly provided us with a post that will give you some information about the book. Let's see what's in store then!

BOOK SPOTLIGHT
AGAINST ALL RULES
By
 SUMMERITA RHAYNE



BLURB:

The efficient PA out of her depth...
Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. Not only is he her boss but he's got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is not on her list but temptation has never been stronger...
The man who doesn't have faith in rainbows anymore
Tahir doesn't believe in enforcing a code of conduct he cannot follow. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An affair at the office might seem a solution to his troubles but how can he avoid treading uncharted territory...?

Against All Rules
...when fire is set, it's hard to avoid the blaze...

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EXCERPT

Coming into her office to ask if everything was ready, Tahir stilled as his gaze found the woman with her neck arched back in abandon in the chair. What the...his jaw went slack focusing on the darting tip of a tongue moistening soft pink flesh and the expression of pure sensual enjoyment on her face.
This wasn’t his usually staid and prim PA. Muscles clenched low in his body witnessing the sensuous slide of that tongue tip. Like he’d wandered into the live filming of some erotic edgy scene. It only needed her hair unconfined and the prim buttons on her top loosened for the picture of sexy siren to be complete. With her head thrown back like that and her chest thrust forward, full curves straining the buttons, she wasn’t less than a siren now. His gaze moved back to the promise of her lush parted mouth and it required no imagination to picture the feel of it beneath his, to picture capturing that errant tip... He inhaled. Blood rushed through his body at double the speed, surging strategically southward.
  That kiss he’d shared with Samara had been a blindingly white ray of light piercing the darkness he’d been sunk in that day. Something had reached into him and pulled him out of the abyss. He’d been jolted to discover his cool PA was capable of such a passionate response. But there was more. Something he couldn’t name nor wanted to. He just wanted to put it behind a door and lock it. He didn’t want to gaze into the widened eyes as he had that evening and see the dawning awareness of desire, her body going hot at his touch.
Damn. Shouldn’t he have forgotten these things? Maybe it had been his mind playing tricks on him.
He’d been all set to put her straight. He didn’t want the calm of his workplace disrupted by anything and it wasn’t with pleasure that he’d looked forward to the talk the next day. She’d jumped in assuring him she was eager to put it behind her. Exactly what he should have been happy to hear. His work environment restored to order.
Should have been.
But wasn’t...

Samara became conscious of something different in her surroundings and sat up, guilt flooding her skin with warmth as she saw Tahir looking at her from his six foot vantage point, narrowed brown gaze focusing on her face. The dark brows lifted sardonically, his well shaped mouth with that velvet sheen it had, curving oh so slightly.
‘I – I was just...’
She stopped, unable to explain and unable to decipher why she felt the temperature of the room increase till a wave of heat bounced around her body.
He stood feet apart, every inch the inflexible, demanding boss man that he was. He was also jaw dropping handsome, looking like a honed and toned version of a male deo model. Forget the chocó, I could settle for a bite of that anytime. That well shaped mouth, with a fuller sensual lower lip, dark eyes, the colour of ground coffee, thickly lashed. Those spikes, he gelled his hair into as a concession to trend. No wonder women chased him any and every chance they got.
‘I don’t pay you to indulge your time fantasizing in my office.’ He ground out, a curt edge to his deep voice, his eyes still narrowed on her face.
She almost did a double take, wondering if he’d heard her thoughts but he was referring to her mooning pose in the chair.
‘I wasn’t!’ Indignation made her voice rise a notch more than its usual even tenor.
‘Whatever.’ He dismissed with a flick of his fingers. ‘Is everything ready for the meeting with the Guptas?’
‘Of course.’
‘Then let’s go. There’s a land deal to be made.’
He went back inside and took his coat from the back of his chair to shrug into it. Against her will she followed the movement, the stretch and ripple of muscles under the powder blue of his shirt. Despite the desk job, he managed to keep himself athlete fit, partly by playing football. She knew he had a game once or twice a week. Maybe he visited the gym at other times. God knew when he had the leisure. He was at office sometimes before her and she mostly came in at eight.
Didn’t his lady friends mind?
The errant thought rolled through her mind and molten shame poured into her, heating her cheeks. Conscious of his regard again fixing on her, she hurried off to instruct the helper to deliver things to the car.
She came back to find him by her desk.
‘Well?’ A dark eyebrow lifted to question her hesitant pose. He was standing too close and she had to get her bag from the desk. She waited for him to give her space as he did usually but he wouldn’t move. How had he got to be so aggressive? Almost as though he wanted to be in her way. Biting her lip she reached across to pick up her oversize bag.
 They didn’t touch so why was her pulse going wild? Face it, Samara. You’re a sucker for the guy. Another inner voice argued. I work for the man, damn it!
‘Ready to move? Has your mind got back to work or are you still dreaming of your lover?’
She could only stare at him for the unexpectedly snide tone of the comment. ‘What do you mean by that?’
He shrugged, ‘What else am I supposed to think? You looked like you were reliving some secret sexual fantasy.’
Her breath caught at his brashness. Tahir, so distant and formal, was saying this? ‘How can you say that?’
She’d said the words in shock but he chose to interpret differently, ‘It was pretty obvious from your expression. Lips parted. Eyes half closed. Like a woman thinking of pleasure and only that.’
Heat shot along her veins at his description. At the tone. Lazily rolling around illicit words.
‘You would know of course, what a woman thinking of ‘pleasure and only that’ looks like?’ She jibed.
 ‘Of course.’
Sexy and confident, his voice was filled with sensual mockery. Something that prickled across her nerves like thorny cactus.
‘Are you boasting about your sexual prowess?’
‘Are you challenging it?’
Where had this sort of talk come from, sidling into their usual mundane queries about forms and research portfolios? A challenge was in his eyes. Hooded. Watchful. Gleaming like caramelized sugar. Something dangerous and funky that she had never seen and wasn’t quite sure she wanted to but that hooked her anyway.

About the author:

Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There's no knowing when some quirky - or sometimes even not so quirky - happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she's off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.

She divides her time between family, job and writing - and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!
Email her at summeritarhayne@gmail.com
Or follow via Twitter @SummeritaRhayne
Or visit the author's website.

I hope you enjoyed this post just as much as I enjoyed putting it up for you. Thank you for stopping by! 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Blitz- Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad

Hi, guys! We have a nice blitz for you today for author Kenley Conrad's Holly Hearts Hollywood hosted by YA Bound. Let's see what's in store for you. 


Holly Hearts Hollywood
Release Date: 09/23/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing.

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey.

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey's voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?



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Excerpt:
January 31st, 8:15am—Homeroom
I’m one of the unluckiest people I know. I’m the girl who gets a pimple on picture day or starts her period at a pool party with cute boys. Nothing goes my way, and I’ve always been okay with that. So when I posted videos of me singing Carrie Underwood cover songs on YouTube, I didn’t think my luck would suddenly change.
I’m just so embarrassed! They emailed me for two weeks, but I kept ignoring them. The emails sounded so suspicious—was I really supposed to believe I was being offered a recording contract through email? I wasn’t going to fall for another email con artist. My sister still makes fun of me for believing that the Prince of Aruba was having financial problems. Finally, they asked to talk to my mom and proved they were actually the head honchos of Shell Shocked Studios through a video chat session. Before I knew it, Mom bought two plane tickets to Los Angeles. I’ve never left Iowa before, and now she’s talking about moving to LA. I could just die. I really could.

The worst part is the fact that I can’t really tell anyone about this. I mean, I could, but I know the kids at school will make fun of me, instead of congratulating me. None of them would believe that Holly Hart, that girl who always gets in trouble for writing in her journal during class, would get a record deal. I’m not even in choir. Whoops, Mrs. Holland is looking my way.

About the Author:
I'm the author of the upcoming YA series Holly Hearts Hollywood, coming September 2014 by Swoon Romance. I'm a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When I'm not working my office day job or writing books, you can find me either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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This sounds really interesting, and I hope you are now eager to read the book. 
Thank you for stopping by, and happy reading! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Winners of our Second Blogoversary Celebration Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! So you know very well by now that we celebrated our second blogoversary in August with a huge giveaway for our dear readers. The giveaway got over sometime back and because of the Pune International Literary Festival going on in our city, Janhvi and I were unable to actually sit online and pick the many winners we had to pick. But, it's all done now and we have a list of seven very lucky winners ready! So join us in throwing some colorful and sparkly confetti and congratulations the following great people: 

Winner of the INT giveaway: 

Erleen @ Books For YA!

Winners of the IN only giveaway:


Geeta @ Fabric of Life

Priyanka

Moulee

Nitin @ Fountain of Joy Santosh

Shree

Congratulations to all of you!!! 


I'm really glad to see we have some fellow bloggers as well as some fellow avid readers as our winners. I would like to thank each and every person who participated in the giveaway. Trust me, we did not expect such a huge turnout, so we were very surprised and humbled to see so many people join the party we had going for almost a month. Thank you so much!


All winners have been emailed, and those who did not win, don't feel bad, there will be tons of giveaways in the future and we'll always have our fingers crossed for you. See you around, and happy reading! 




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: 

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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.

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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!