Monday, July 21, 2014

Review- Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjie

Summary-

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?” 

Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does - and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel - Neel Arora - and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm! 

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!

Review-

I had read The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie before and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was really excited to see that a new book was coming out by her. I absolutely adored Trouble Has a New Name. It had all the elements which I love having in my romance novels and I really loved Rayna and Neel's story.

Rayna is a model whose boyfriend just broke up with her via text. Even though she doesn't feel like flying for her friend's wedding she doesn't want to disappoint her. And so begin the events in Rayna's life. I really didn't think I would like Rayna as much as I did. She is not your typical snob of a model. She was down to earth and sweet. I also loved how she seemed to think that Murphy's laws were always true in her case. It made her a very realistic character.

Then we have Neel. He is forced to share a villa with the beautiful Rayna because of a mix up in room allocations. What he doesn't expect is the urge to protect Rayna from her dumb ex and nosy relatives. I really liked Neel. He was the typical tall, dark and handsome hero but we also get his back story. I think that gave him and his reasons behind not wanting commitment so much more depth.

Rayna and Neel have chemistry since the first page. There are sparks flying all over the place. I loved the banter between them. They were so cute with each other and they always stood by each other in time of need. I liked how there wasn't any pretense between them. All around I loved their love story.

I loved the supporting cast as well. Rayna and Neel have real issues to work through and seeing them do just that while falling for each other was a pleasure to watch. Adite's writing is really smooth and detailed and I flew through the pages. Trouble Has a New Name should not be missed by any romance lovers out there!

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



Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Tour: Author Interview- Rasleen Syal

Hi, guys! We are hosting a blog tour for author Rasleen Syal's Happily murdered.... As part of the tour, we did an interview ith Rasleen and today's post is completely dedicated to that. For all the details of the book, the tour and the India only giveaway going on for three copies of the book, can be found in the main post. Now without much ado, let's get onto Rasleen's interview. 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Rasleen is a mystery addict. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, she is happily playing detective. She can’t resist seeking out curiosity in everyday domestic affairs, unwittingly landing in hilarious situations, much to the angst of her family. Her husband dreads the day she will finally pass on this bug to their baby daughter as well. 

An architect with a Masters degree in Business Administration, to make a living she runs her business in Gurgaon. 

‘Happily Murdered’ is her first book.

AUTHOR LINKS: FACEBOOK / GOODREADS / TWITTER

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: 

Hi Rasleen! Welcome to The Readdicts! It’s a pleasure to have you here today and we hope you have a great time answering the questions we have for you. Here we go!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

There are a lot of things I can share about myself. I can say, am an Architect with a masters degree in Business Administration or that I am an entrepreneur. Maybe readers of this interview would be more interested to know that I am a passionate reader of murder mysteries and a debut author. But why do I want to say that I am a new mother to an adorable princess? Somehow it has started taking precedence over all else.

2) Tell us about your book, Happily Murdered.

Happily Murdered is a whodunit - ‘ A closed house, 9 Suspects, 1 Murderer’. The story revolves around the life of a new bride, Gulab Sarin,  who is murdered on the night of her wedding. All the suspects have motive and means to commit her murder, including her love – her husband. The exiting point is that the nine suspects are also acting as armature sleuths to unravel the mystery. So in all, there are two mysteries which will interest the reader. First, the primary one, who killed Gulab Sarin? Secondly, which suspect will eventually unravel the mystery of her death?

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

To be honest, to write this book, and hopefully many more to come, I have been researching since I was a little girl. To write a plot driven book the fundamental nuances have to be explored, perfected. The pace, placement of red herrings, clues etc are paramount. My basis research has been reading the works of various mystery, suspense and thriller authors and learning all these integrities from them. Also, being observant and aware of people and their emotions was necessary to give soul to the characters. In the conventional sense, very little research was needed, just working out the technical details of the police proceedings, the scientific implications of the effect of the murder weapon used on the victim, the location and its climate etc. The basic stuff.

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

I have been inspired by quite a few people. I am sure that my friends can find their shades in my characters, if they look closely. Also, sometimes complete strangers in the metro, malls or restaurants lend depth to my characters.

5) Tell us about the whole publishing process of your book and how it went.

All I can remember now is the day when, Arup Bose, my publisher sent me that coveted mail. Rest all is a blur. My journey from writing a book to getting it published has had its share of ups and downs, appreciations and rejections. But fate has been extremely kind to me for all the rejections that came my way, generously included feedback and critique. An author has to be appreciative of opinions and try to work on them. Rejections helped me hone my craft. Between literary agents and publishers it took me an year to land a book deal.

6) According to you, in today’s day and age, how important a role do blogs play in spreading the word about a book?

In the age where social media is the basic promotion platform to reach a targeted audience, good and reliable blogs are essential influencers in making a reader buy a book. The opinion of unswerving bloggers can sway their followers into giving a book a chance, especially in the case of a debut author.


7) Did you always want to become an author or was it something that you eventually thought of or realised? If not an author, what did you want to be when growing up?

I was always good at getting out of sticky situations by fabricating stories! Had I thought about making it into a profession earlier on, you would have an array of my books to read by now. Unluckily for me, I didn’t! Coming from a middle class family of self achievers only becoming a doctor or an engineer was an appropriate career option for an intelligent daughter. That was what was expected of me so that’s what I wanted to be.

I believe, you can't just become an author one fine day. The seeds of writing are sown long before that. To write a book you need to be passionate about a subject and introspect on it a lot. For me writing mysteries was just an extension of reading them. Even as a kid I used to plot mysteries, think up characters and jot it all down in my diary. Some years back I was on an enforced sabbatical and thought about giving form to my jotted ramblings. The result is my debut book.

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

Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Bronte, Ayn Rand, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Satyajit Ray and P D James are few of the writers I am extremely fond of. From the current lot I like Cecelia Ahern, Dan Brown, Anuja Chauhan and Anu Kumar. I love all the titles of Agatha Christie, ‘Death on the Nile’ and ‘Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ being my favourites. Among the classics ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a book I have read many times and it is still on my night stand.

9) Tell us why readers should pick up your book.

I have been told that ‘Happily murdered’ has twists and turns which keep you hooked till the very end. If  ‘cozy mystery’ is a genre someone enjoys I would ask them to give an Indian author a try.

10) What advice would you give to aspiring young writers?

a) Write what you are passionate about.
b)  Always appreciate feedback and work on it to improve your craft.
c)  Persistence pays. So never lose hope.
d) For any specific advice regarding the publishing process, literary agents or about writing, please send in your query as a comment on my website. I would be happy to help.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today, Rasleen. We appreciate you taking the time out to answer our questions and we wish you lots of happiness and success in life. 

Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review- Fade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar

Summary-

Ayra always wanted to be an Art Historian. She saw herself flitting between galleries, talking Michelangelo and Dali with glamorous ease. At twenty–nine, life has decided to make her an underpaid investment banker juggling an eccentric family, a fading career and a long–distance relationship that is becoming a light-year one. 

On a monsoon day in June, she is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. What should have been a four day trip turns into a two week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, a soap opera family and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine. Towards the end she finds that the road to true happiness is almost as elusive as that perfect glass of Chianti.

Review-

I wasn't expecting much before diving into Fade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. It was a good change of pace for me from the usual romances. Fade Into Red can't exactly be put into a category but if I had to it would be chick lit with more depth. There is a little bit of romance but for the most part it is Ayra's story.

Ayra has always wanted to be an art historian but circumstances and her practical mindset made her into an investment banker. When she is sent to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a client she doesn't expect her life to change so drastically or maybe it is she herself who changes.

I really liked Ayra. She was a modern woman who wanted to have a good, financially secure job even if it meant letting go of her passion. She was a determined woman who was trying to meet everyone's expectations even if it meant putting her wishes on the backseat for awhile. The part I enjoyed the most in Fade Into Red was when Ayra and Ishaan are searching for vineyards. I found the whole wine making process really interesting.

The description of the Tuscan Hills and various locations was amazing and easy to imagine. But it was not all about the wines. Here is from where Ayra's life takes a turn for the worse and where she realizes that things are definitely not as they seem. I liked Ayra's family. They were the ones who brought the normal and typical in her life while being there for her always. I also loved her friend Nars who was always there for her, as was Kartik.

Fade Into Red was more about discovering yourself. It was Ayra's journey to learning how to compromise and to giving your loved ones priority. It was about finding the right balance between doing what you love and doing what you have to do. Overall Fade Into Red was a good and very realistic read which ended in hope. I liked it.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #94

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

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 28, 2014


Summary-

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love

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

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and not at all her type, 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 loved All Lined Up, the first book in this series. Cora Carmack is an amazing author and I can't wait for All Broke Down.
What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Tour- Happily murdered.... by Rasleen Syal

Hi, everyone! We, The Readdicts Book Blog, are hosting a book tour for Srishti Publishers and Distributors latest release, Happily murdered.... by Rasleen Syal. Today, have a very basic and general post about the book for you alongwith an India only giveaway where three copies of the book are up for grabs. We also have an interview with Rasleen coming up soon. Until then, let's get on to what's in store for you! 


Before the main post, I'd like you to meet all the participants of the tour. These fabulous guys will be reading and reviewing the book as well. Their promotional posts will go up in the remaining days of this month and their reviews will be up as and when they're done reading the book. Whenever either of these happen, I will link up their posts in this post itself. So join me in welcoming and saying hello to: 

Anubha @ Books: Gateway to Different World


Aparna @ Doodles Doodles Everywhere


Nitin @ Fountain of Joy (Promo post)


Shraddha @ Musings of a Restless Reader (Review + Promo post)


Shubham @ Youth Diaries


And us! (Author Interview)


BOOK SUMMARY:
Who killed Gulab Sarin?
The radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police are certain. It could be anyone, the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-fiance. With an aim to save themselves and incriminate others, it is not long before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery. Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab's death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab?

BOOK LINK: AMAZON / GOODREADS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Rasleen is a mystery addict. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, she is happily playing detective. She can’t resist seeking out curiosity in everyday domestic affairs, unwittingly landing in hilarious situations, much to the angst of her family. Her husband dreads the day she will finally pass on this bug to their baby daughter as well. 

An architect with a Masters degree in Business Administration, to make a living she runs her business in Gurgaon. 

‘Happily Murdered’ is her first book.

AUTHOR LINKS: FACEBOOK / GOODREADS / TWITTER

GIVEAWAY: 

Remember, THREE copies of the book are up for grabs for three lucky INDIAN readers! 

Giveaway rules are as follows: 

*The giveaway is open for residents of India only. 
*Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. If it doesn't display or load for some reason, click here
*Once winners are picked, they will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or else, new winners will be selected.
*The book will be shipped by the author/ publisher. 


Thank you so much for stopping by and happy reading! I hopw we rock this tour! 






Monday, July 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Spotlight + Guest Post- A Beautiful Thought by Alicia Rae

Hi, guys! We are participating in the A Beautiful Thought blog tour hosted by Literati Author Services, Inc. I never got around to reading the books in this series, but I do remember participating in cover reveals/ promo posts for it, so that way, the series has a place somewhere on our blog and in our minds as well. Without much ado, let's get onto the post we have for you. 

BEAUTIFUL CHANCES IS FREE ON AMAZON FROM MONDAY (14/07) TO FRIDAY (18/07)! 



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Title: A Beautiful Thought 
  Author: Alicia Rae 
  Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 
  Publish Date: July 14th 2014 
  Cover Design: Okay Creation Sarah Hansen    

Synopsis: 

As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.

Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can. Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love? One thought could change everything.  

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About the Author:

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Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...

Connect with the Author: 

Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Goodreads

Guest Post: 

Ten Facts about “The Beautiful Series” 

1. A Beautiful Thought is a heartfelt story of finding love when you least expect it. Gail came to me, struggling to find a way to continue helping her sister Caroline. And throughout The Beautiful Series, Damon Johnson has always had this dominant yet caring persona about him. He finds himself wanting to help Gail every step of the way. What he doesn’t expect is the unexplainable pull he feels toward her. Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love? One thought could change everything. 

2. Beautiful Chances, My Beautiful, and Beautiful Dreams are the first three novels in the series, all revolving around Kyle Madison and Lily Tidsdale. Lily came to me instantly, but her heart was damaged and fragile. Kyle suddenly invaded my thoughts, wanting to protect and comfort her in his possessive, overbearing ways. He was perfect for my Lily. They complemented one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Their story is one of healing a broken soul as the heart finds true love, yet battles against the fear of loss. 

3. Beautiful Ties is a heartwarming, standalone novel of a woman, Abbey Madison, who builds a friendship with a young, neighborhood girl, Pearl. Their friendship quickly blossoms into a loving relationship. All the while, Abbey meets the man of her dreams, and she finds herself being tested between balancing her love between Jason and Pearl. 

4. Blake Johnson, Jason Johnson, and Damon Johnson are all brothers as well as cousin’s to Lily Madison. Abbey Madison is Kyle’s younger sister. 

5. The Beautiful Series tells a story of a family growing alongside one another as each person finds their own way in life. Will they each discover who they were meant to be with in life?

6. Blake, Jason, Damon, and Kyle form tight bonds in their friendships together as Lily, Abbey, Gail, and Audrey also share the same fate. 

7. Beautiful Chances is based in Sanibel Island, FL. The rest of the series is based in Lake Tahoe, CA. 

8. Each of the couples story can be read as a series or a standalone. As of now, there will be six stories in The Beautiful Series. However, this may change J

9. “A Beautiful Thought”, Damon & Gail’s story, will release on July 14, 2014. “A Beautiful Purpose, Blake & Audrey’s story, will release on August 26, 2014. 

10. The Beautiful Series order: “Beautiful Chances” – Book One – Kyle & Lily “My Beautiful” – Book Two – Kyle & Lily “Beautiful Dreams” – Book Three – Kyle & Lily “Beautiful Ties” – Book Four – Jason & Abbey (Standalone) “A Beautiful Thought” – Book Five – Damon & Gail – releasing July 14, 2014 (Standalone) “A Beautiful Purpose” – Book Six – Blake & Audrey – releasing August 26, 2014 (Standalone) ~ 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking the time to read my novels, and supporting me on this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy The Beautiful Series as much as I love writing it. <3 Alicia Rae

I'd like to wish Alicia all the very best and I sincerely hope this series does well and readers enjoy it to the fullest. Thanks so much for stopping by and  happy reading! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Quebec Exchange Program Post #3- About food

Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I am a foodie as I post quite a few food photos there. I love my food and nothing gets in between the two of us. One of the things I look forward to the most in life in general is food. Obviously, when I signed up for the Quebec exchange program, I was really excited to try some amazing food. And luckily for me, my host family is just as fond of food as I am so I got to savour many delicacies whilst there. My host mum is such a wonderful cook. I enjoyed every meal she cooked for us and I am grateful to her for cooking for me. I especially enjoyed a typical Quebec meal she cooked for dinner once, which comprised of Shepard's pie, salad and a maple tart. I had no idea that Shepard's pie is a Quebec delicacy. I was always under the impression that it's British. My point is, not only did I enjoy food, I even learned a lot about the subject. This is the first time I'm actually writing about food and I'm not exactly sure what people look forward to when reading food reviews. For me, all that matters when it comes to food is that it's gotta be edible. I'm open to trying anything and everything so long as it's edible of course. So good food is all that counts. A nice ambiance and polite service barely matter to me. They're just an added advantage. Well, seeing as there isn't much to say,  I'll just take you through a picture journey of the many food photos that I clicked. The best part, however, is that since we cooked a lot of Indian food for our wonderful hosts, you get a peek into the same. Here we go! 

A nice piece of rhubard and apple pie with hot chocolate at a local cafe.
Roast chicken, Ceasar salad, sauce and bread- yum! 

Lunch in Montreal- chicken burger with pickles.

The most amazing meal I had... Shepard's pie or pâté chinois cooked by my wonderful host mother.
A filling, quick and absolutely smacking meal at Tim Hurton's- soup and chicken panini. 
Dinner cooked by me for my host family- chicken curry and mildly spiced potatoes with rotis and rice.
A warm beef sandwich on a chilly Quebec night.
And to top it off... Delicious, creamy and smooth hot chololate!
Apple cider in a cozy and lovely Quebec restaurant called Omelette.

Warm and yummy pumpkin soup.
Delicious chicken crepes with salad and fries.
Ah, man! This dessert... Such a beauty! 
One can never have enough of hot choloate in freezing weather!
Masala papad- crisp bread with toppings, a DIY starter made by us for our hosts.

Pav bhaji- bread with mixed veg curry and chicken tikka. We cooked this for our hosts. 
An awesome dessert made by my host mother. Chocolate cake with caramel melt and raspberries.

My last dinner at the Cadorets- veg three coloured pasta. 
And my last dessert- crepes with ice cream and berries! 
A retail theraphy session ended up with lunch at Caffucino. Creamy celery soup!
Lovely pasta with bread.
This is one of the best cookies I've ever had! And I have plenty, so that's saying something. 
And yes... coffee!

Quebec fast food called poutine that's a plate of fries with sauce and cheese.

Are you as hungry as I am? Wow. This was one delicious post to make. Don't forget to check out the other posts in this series- about books and about traveling alone. Thank you for sotpping by and bon appétit !