Friday, August 22, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway- Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjee


Trouble Has A New Name 
by Adite Banerjie




The Blurb
“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!
   
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Meet the Author

The Author's Thoughts

Adite Banerjie has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. After an exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she turned to freelance writing, crunched numbers and wrote reports about consumer behavior and social development issues. Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon and wrote scripts for documentaries and spec screenplays for feature films. She was hired by a filmmaker to write a feature script based on a true story. When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Passions Aspiring Authors Contest. Two of her books, The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name have been published by Harlequin India. And she is currently under contract to write two more for the same publisher. She lives in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, with her writer husband. She loves to connect with readers and writers.

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Blog Tour: Book Spotlight- The Lover's Secret by J.C. Reed

Hi, guys! I am glad to help author J.C. Reed with her August 5, 2014 release, The Lover's Secret. The author has some great stuff planned for readers and you'll be able to get a look at it all right below. So without much ado, let's get on to see what's in store for you. 






Release date: August 5th, 2014


Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Full Length Novel

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The game is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.


What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


J.C. Reed is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE and CONQUER YOUR LOVE. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

GIVEAWAY:



Before saying that's all, I would just like to thank J.C. for the opportunity to help out with her book and I'd also like to wish her lots of happiness and succes. I sincerely hope readers thoroughly enjoy the book. 

Thank you, readers, for stopping by! Happy reading! 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review- The Girl He Left Behind by Shilpa Suraj

Summary-

Can he win her back?

Romantic fiction editor Sia Sharma knows that life is not about happily ever after. The only guy she had loved had left her six years back. 

Suddenly Ryan Mathur is back in town as a hot shot entrepreneur. His advertising firm has been hired to create the marketing campaign for Sia’s publishing company, but Ryan has only one thing on his mind: to win back the only woman he ever loved.

But feisty Sia has other plans and is determined to make him pay. The harder Ryan tries to win her over, the further Sia strays. Ryan seems to be everywhere she goes, and her bestselling romance author, the sultry Nisha Malik, joins the fray to pursue Ryan. It’s not long before Sia realizes she still has feelings for him.

Will Sia let Ryan back into her life again? And will Ryan ever win back the girl he left behind?

Review-

I wanted to read The Girl He Left Behind from the title itself. I always love a good second chance romance if well written. Luckily, The Girl He Left Behind was a pleasurable read. It did have a few cliches here and there but I didn't mind. Overall, I really liked it.

Sia is a romantic fiction editor. Once upon a time she believed in happily ever afters but after the only guy she had ever loved left her she has given up on the concept. I really liked Sia. She had a horrible time after Ryan left her and though she tried to move on, things just went down hill for her. I found Sia to be a capable and determined woman of modern times.

Then we have Ryan. Ryan is back in town and now he wants Sia back. At first I wasn't all that convinced about Ryan. It took me some time to get warmed up to him but as we see his thoughts we can see his reasons. Ryan had issues to sort through and by the end of it we can see he only wants what is best for Sia.

Ryan and Sia definitely had chemistry but I would have liked to see more. We can definitely see Sia's hesitancy through out and I liked how Ryan didn't easily give up on her. Though I did find him to act stupid where Nisha was concerned.

I absolutely adored Sia and Ryan's friends Minty and Adarsh. Both of them were awesome best friends who got in the much needed humor and wit into the plot. Shilpa Suraj's writing is easy and engaging. It was easy to fly through the book. The Girl He Left Behind was a good read.

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


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #99

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

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014


Summary-

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith’s search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sit at the heart of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and risks an unforeseen chance at love, one that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and, gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country—and her heart—to safety.

I love Robin LaFevers' writing style so I am super excited for Mortal Heart.
What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #37

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

Today's topic is: 

top ten books people have been telling me that I must read

Here's my list:

 
Yes Tanja, I can feel your eyes on me. *hides* 

 

 


Yes Janhvi, I'm listening. 

 

 

Yes professor. Noted.

What about you, huh? Let me know your answers/ list in the comments below or simply leave me a link to your post so I can come check it out. Happy Tuesday, and happy reading, everyone! 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Review- Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar

Goodreads Summary:

Sachin Kundalkar started on his first novel at 20 and finished it when he was 22. The novel was Cobalt Blue, the story of a brother and sister who fall in love with the same man, and how a traditional Marathi family is shattered by the ensuing events – a work that both shocked and spoke to Marathi readers. 

“Thankfully, no one calls it a gay novel anymore. That term is so passé. Now about 12 years later, I feel the brother and the sister are not two people but masculine and feminine sides of the same person. And the book is thus, in turns, a feminine and a masculine monologue,” says the author.



REVIEW:

I came across this review of author Sachin Kundalkar's Cobalt Blue when I was searching for some absurdity-themed Marathi novels, and I was completely intrigued by the sound of it. Cobalt Blue may not have anything to do with absurdity, but it sounded so good to me. For quite some time now, I had my eye on the book, and I was excited to pick up and read the English edition of the Marathi novel translated by Jerry Pinto. Even though it's my mother-tongue, I am not the most comfortable reading in Marathi, and this book has really made me want to step out of my langue comfort zone and read the original. Somewhere, when I came across Cobalt Blue, I knew that the book would be amazing, and I can proudly say that it was just that- simply and purely amazing. There are many aspects of this book that can be contemplated over deeply and discussed thoroughly, but that would be lengthy and time consuming, so I will just write about its amazingness, taking into consideration the points I feel are the most important. 

What I loved the most about Cobalt Blue- and I'm being biased here- is that it's set in my very own, lovely and incredible city of Pune where there is a peaceful and easy coexistence of tradition and modernity. I loved exploring my own city through the book, and was astounded when a shop that belongs to a family friend was mentioned. The story takes place in a simple Maharashtrian family of two brothers Aseem and Tanay, a sister Anuja and their parents. Whilst here, I would like to stress on Jerry Pinto's retention (of which he speaks in the Translator's Note) of some Marathi terms that can be translated, but sound more authentic and convincing when used the way they are. I, for one, found it very normal and nice. The Joshi family open up a room in their house for a paying guest. That's when the person whose name we do not get to know until the very end (what admiration I have for Mr. Kuldarkar), but who plays the most significant role in the story, comes into the lives of Tanay and Anuja, who are fascinated by the carefree, dashing, independent and quirky personality of their paying guest. 

The first half of Cobalt Blue is a second person naration where Tanay directly addresses the paying guest, while the second half of the book is from Anuja's point of view where she narrates her journey with the paying guest. That brings me to another thing that I loved about the book, and that is the simultaneity of a heterosexual and a homosexual relationship. Although the two relationships are the focus of the book, sometimes, it seemed to me like the story was more about the Joshi family, wherein everyone knows one another, but no one really understands each other. It's so good that I can't even describe how well everything is done. That aside though, Cobalt Blue is not about discovering, accepting or exploring sexuality, it's about embracing it. In a very conscious and subtle way, the author keeps the family on one side entirely and the two love struck siblings on another side. The consequences of both the relationships are devastating and let me get one thing straight- I had been waiting to read a book like this for so long. A book where things left unsaid, remain unsaid. A book where things left undone, remain undone. It was astounding and so very amazing. 

There is something so intriguing and mysterious about Cobalt Blue that I wanted to read it so bad and once I began reading it, I didn't want it to end. But honestly, like I said before, I was waiting for a book like this and I'm more than glad I finally stumbled upon it. Seriously, Cobalt Blue has proved to me that Marathi literature is so precious and there are so many gems to be discovered. On a purely personal level, I don't like to shout out about the books that I loved and find special. But something about Cobalt Blue makes me want to take up the job of letting people know about its beauty and just thrusting the book (even if it's my very own and henceforth treasured copy) in their hands just so they know how beautiful it is. The story is amazing. The writing is amazing. The translation is amazing. The book is simply amazing. 

RATING:



Friday, August 15, 2014

Second Blogoversary Celebration Giveaway (IN & INT)!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Raise your hands up in the air and join Janhvi and me in celebrating our second Blogoversary! 



Happy Blogoversary to us!!! 

It's our second blogoversary on the 16th of August, but because we haven't been posting on weekends since some time now, we thought we'd start celebrating a day in advance. We're super duper excited. Honestly, we can't believe it's been two whole years of blogging. It's been so much fun. We've had our ups and downs like everyone does, but what matters most is the fact that we've been having a great time pursuing our hobby and the most awesome part of blogging (and I'm sure other bloggers will agree with me on this one) is blogger friends! We've met some absolutely awesomesauce people who we can proudly call our friends. We heart you all large, but I have to say a special thank you to Aman @ Enticed by Books, Glass and Tanja @ Ja Citam, a ti?, just because we heart them a bit more. 

Besides our super awesome friends, we also have the ever awesome publishing houses to thank. They're the reason we get free books, after all. But jokes aside, we always have a nice time interacting with authors and publishers. We heart you all as well, but I have to specially thank Srishti Publishers and Distributors (we heart you guys a bit more), Alchemy PublishersHachette IndiaHarlequin India, Harper Collins IndiaJaico BooksRandom House IndiaRupa Publications and Westland. We're sorry if we missed any. Just know that we heart you, we're just forgetful that way. Readers, you should thank them too because these awesome guys are the reason we can give away books to you guys. 

Of course, I cannot stop before thanking all our dear, made of awesome, full of awesome and sprinkled with awesome readers! We cannot thank our readers enough for reading and respecting whatever it is that we have to say. Thank you for tolerating us! 

*group hug* 



Well, celebration calls for gifts! And, no. We aren't asking you to give us anything. But we're giving you something. Just becasue we heart you all. 

So. Let's get onto the giveaway we have planned for you! No, wait. Let's get onto the AWESOME giveaway we have planned for you. Seriously. It's AWESOMESAUCE. It makes me wish I was a reader of our blog instead of the co-founder. It also makes me wish I were rich so I could ship internationally. But unfortunately, we're poor students. So we have one awesome giveaway for our international readers and we've made not one, not two, not three, not four, not five but SIX prize packs with lots of books for our dear Indian readers.  Also, we have some surprise elements thrown in the prize packs, but it's a surprise, so keep guessing! 


Before I reveal the prizes to you, let me just get a few rules cleared up: 

*Because we're being (super) generous, all we ask of you is to follow us. Following our blog via GFC or Bloglovin' is mandatory. The other entries are optional. 
*Enter by filling up the appropiate Rafflecopter form(s) below. 
*The giveaway lasts for a month. Once winners are picked, they will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or else we'll be compelled to pick new winners.
*If you have any questions whatsoever, let us know and we'll clear your doubts. 

Oh, and here are our social media links to make your work slightly easy. 

Twitter- @justjanhvi and @SarikaP8


Instagram- @justjanhvi and @SarikaP8


Goodreads- Janhvi and Sarika 

What can you win, you ask? Let me list it for you and you can enter along! 

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY:

One winner will receive a book of their choice from The Book Depository (provided they ship free to your country) under $10! 


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INDIA ONLY GIVEAWAY:

Six winners will receive one prize pack each. Pictures of the prize packs can be seen below. Let us know which one you prefer. We'll try to give you that one itself, but on a purely first come, first serve (reply in this case) basis. 

1) The fun Hachette India Middle Grade Pack


2) The mostly Hachette Adult and a few Non- Fiction titles Prize Pack


3) The super Srishti Prize Pack


4) The mostly Jaico Prize Pack


5) The Young Adult Prize Pack


6) The Mythological/ Historical Prize Pack


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That's all we have for you, guys. I sincerely hope you loved the post and that you stick with us in the future like you've been sticking with us all this time. Once again, I'd like to thank all of your for being so AWESOME. 



We heart you all and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! 



Love,