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Dear friend and Harlequin author Adite Banerjie has a new release by the exciting name of Trouble Has A New Name.  Here are the details. Check out this book which promises to be another exciting read by this author.

 

Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie

Blurb:

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

Recently single model RaynaDutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does—and when a mix-up with room allocation forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel Neel Arora, 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 at fever-pitch, but when scandal comes calling Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!

 

Excerpt:

He smiled enigmatically, ‘I’m reconsidering your proposal.’

‘Oh!’

His words took her completely by surprise. Did he mean it? Nah! He’s just toying with you!

‘Suddenly you no longer have a problem being a boy toy?’ She wished she could take the words back. ‘Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.’

The cold look in his eyes and the awkward silence that followed made her jittery.

‘My brother always says I have this annoying habit of shooting my mouth off. I guess it will be best if I leave now.’

As she made to get off the parapet, he put his arm around her waist and practically lifted her off. She pushed against him and felt the hard planes of his chest through his jacket, but he held her close. Heat slithered in her veins. His breath fanned the hair on her forehead and her own turned shallow. The blood pounded in her ears as she stole a quick look and stopped short at the hot intensity of his gaze. His eyes were focused on her glossy parted lips. He drew his thumb softly over her cheek and her heart tripped a beat before increasing its pace. She was fused to the spot, rooted by his touch, his gaze. She involuntarily leaned a little closer to him. Her lips were a heartbeat away from his.

His breath was on her lips as he whispered in a husky voice, ‘Your brother should have warned you… you get burnt if you play with fire.’ And then he let her go.

 

 

Buy Links:

Flipkart.com                          

http://www.flipkart.com/trouble-has-new-name/p/itmdx9v2nfbruhsn?pid=9789351065135&otracker=from-search&srno=t_1&query=trouble+has+a+new+name&ref=02ff199a-9ec3-488f-8dc7-5b436fab2c43

Amazon.com (e-book only)   

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LENNARC

Harlequin

http://www.hqnindia.com/title/trouble-has-a-new-name

 

About Adite Banerjie

Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.

She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released in December 2013 in India. The e-book is available internationally (from June 2013). Her second title (Trouble Has a New Name) releases in India in July 2014.

Adite lives in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, with her writer husband, mother and their adorable Irish Setter.

 

Connect with Adite

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter

Website: http://aditebanerjie.com

Twitter: @adite

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7083664.Adite_Banerjie

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aditebanerjie/

 

 

The Tornado giveaway is going on with full force. Today I’m spotlighting Sumeetha Manikandan, Indireads author. Sumeetha was with us some time ago and here’s her interview where you can learn more about her and her writing.

 

3rd July 2014

Sumeetha Manikandan is our Third Giveaway Author.She has decided to give 10 copies of her book to 10 lucky winners. To enter the Giveaway, see the bottom of this post. To see all the books that are part of the Tornado Giveaway – Click Here

 

 

WHAT IS THIS STORY ALL ABOUT ?

 

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Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.



Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in her perfect marriage begin to show…

 








GET TO KNOW HER 

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter.



After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.

 

To know more about her: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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I was hosted by K.M. Francoeur for the Meet The Author feature recently. Here’s an excerpt

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ruchi Vasudeva

Location:  India


Question:  How long have you been writing?

 I seriously began to write about three years before I got published. Off and on I have beenwriting throughout my life. In some distant future I saw myself seriously taking up writing. Then one day, the question just popped at me: why not today? So I asked my targeted publisher, Harlequin, if they would accept Indian author submission and found that they were actually holding a contest for Indian writers. That was a lucky break. I submitted an entry and went on to win the contest as well as an opportunity to get published with them.

 

Question:  What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?

My debut book is ‘Bollywood Fiance For A Day’and it was published in September, ’13. It’s American edition is being released in June, ‘14

 

Question:  Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

It’s published under Indian AUthor Collection as print edition and is being released by Harlequin E as an eBook with a new cover.

 

Question:  Tell our readers about this very first book.  (For example:  What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?

The story I wrote for the contest starred a Bollywood actor and a serious minded doctor who just had her engagement broken by none other than her own sister. When I wrote the book, Zahir, the hero, became a hotshot with a careless attitude who rubs the jilted heroine the wrong way. But beneath the surface, he has his own shares of troubles and hurts that life has dealt him. Will Vishakha find out the real persona beneath the reel one?

 I was inspired to write a Bollywood hero because I’m a fan of the song-dance-mix Bollywood films. Vishakha became a doctor, maybe because of my own medical background.

 

Question:  Can a person still buy this book?  If so, where?

It’s available at:

Amazon.in  = http://ow.ly/yn7Kp

Amazon.co.uk = http://ow.ly/yn7Ny 

Amazon.de =  http://ow.ly/yn7Ud 

Also at: Fantastic Fiction, UK 

http://ow.ly/yn7Ws 

 

Question:  How many total books have you published?

To date: two.

 

Question:  List all of your titles 

  • “Bollywood Fiance For A Day”
  • “You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction”

 

Question:  Any future writing projects in the works?  If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.

I have a story out in an anthology, to be released by Harper Collins India. I’m currently working on my third book.

Read the rest here: http://meettheauthor.blogspot.in/2014/06/ruchi-vasudeva.html

An amazing array of books is being brought to you by The Book Club. Today the spotlight is on Harlequin author Reet Singh. Check out the rating I gave this book on Goodreads.

5th July, 2014
Reet Singh is the 5th Author in the Tornado Giveaway.She has decided to give 10 copies of her book to 10 lucky winners. To enter the Giveaway, see the bottom of this post. To see all the books that are part of the Tornado Giveaway – Click Here

 

 

WHAT IS THIS STORY ALL ABOUT ?

 

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Convenient boyfriend, inconvenient attraction!
 
Mita Ramphul can’t face another family set-up with a ‘nice young man’. What she needs is to divert her family’s attention so introducing the devastatingly handsome Tanay Devkumar as her new boyfriend is a stroke of brilliance. Until Tanay’s scorching hot kisses threaten to shatter her plans for the perfect pretend date. 
 
He might drive her crazy, yet spending time with Tanay sparks a passion Mita never knew she had. It’s only meant to be temporary, but when Tanay looks at her with that smoldering fire in his ebony eyes Mita can’t help but surrender to the temptation of her fake boyfriend.








GET TO KNOW HER 



Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic, but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.



Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers thrills her.



Having a mother that read to her, she paid it forward, telling bedtime stories to her sons and nieces until they grew too old too fast. As a reaction to them growing up before she knew what was happening, she began writing for older children, and has published children’s books on Amazon, for Kindle.



To know more about her:  Blog | Facebook | Goodreads






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Here’s an excerpt from Metroreader Author interview, where I was hosted by Arti.

 

Author Interview Series: Interview 2: Dr Ruchi Vasudeva

IMG_487577035865659 (5)Dear readers,

On the interview today we have Dr Ruchi Vasudeva. She can be described as a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. Her inspiration to pen a story came, when as a teen, she read a call for manuscripts at the back of a Mills and Boon novel and began to plot and write. She wanted to do English literature and medical studies for her graduation with almost the same amount of enthusiasm. However, the writing dream got lost while she pursued medical studies. Years later, a contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August ’13 with ‘Bollywood Fiancé for a Day’ and this was followed by ‘You can’t fight a Royal Attraction’ in December 2013 by Harlequin.

Thank you so much, Ruchi, for this interview, I really appreciate your taking time out from your busy schedule.

At the outset, could you please tell the readers about yourself?

Thanks for having me on your blog. You have capped most of the info in my bio. Writing has always been a hobby but it wasn’t till I began to write with the effort to get published that I realized how tough it really is. Understanding the craft which is a never ending process is difficult in itself and getting published traditionally is definitely a challenge but in addition to that nowadays authors have to concentrate on marketing as well, so actually it is two professions combined in one. Maybe, more. So it was a shock that the leisure time was almost gone and in addition had to give up on many things which annoyed a lot of people I can tell you. It took a while to find balance and to tell you the truth it’s still mostly tilted. Time management is the toughest thing to face if you add writing to the life you’re already living.

You always wanted to write, how does it feel to have two titles published in five months?

Absolutely fabulous. When you have the book out there – had to pinch myself many times – people actually buying it, nothing can beat the feeling! Two books out one after the other was a stroke of luck one can just thank the stars for. Definitely I’ll always savour the feeling!

Did you have writer’s block?

I did, a couple of times during the writing of the first book. That’s when I realized that writer’s block is nothing but laziness combined with the inability to properly understand

the characters’ motivations. I’d read back on all that I had written and usually found that I was able to get back on the track. With the second book, I had a tight deadline and nothing was permitted to stand in the way. Maybe the experience I had garnered during the writing of the first book helped.

I know it is difficult for an author to choose between her books, but which of the two, is closer to your heart?

It is difficult but now that you’ve asked, I’d pick You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction. That story seemed to simply flow from my fingertips, and I really enjoyed writing Rihaan and Saira’s steamy interaction

Any special/ favourite character from among Vishakha, Zaheer; Saira and Rihaan?

While all of them are quite special to me – they’ve been talking in my head for so long! – however Zaheer is quite a favourite. The readers too comment that he’s quite captivating. I like that he has an answer to everything while putting a different spin on the given situation.

What were the challenges faced while writing the book?

Mostly time. When the story is humming in your mind, it’s hard to tear your mind from it and concentrate instead, on the daily life business. However one has to accept that however your Muse would like to, you cannot finish a project in a day…Also writing has to take a backseat to mundane but unavoidable routine!

The other challenge was coping with the direction of the story in which characters seemed to take charge early on. The vague plan in my head went ashambles but I’m not complaining because the final product was better than I imagined  :)

How do you manage to take out time to write from your busy schedule?

I started by writing after work and on weekends. I have quite a bit of time when I commute so I shifted my files onto my BlackBerry and was able to type on the go. That really added to productivity. I learnt not to wait for the scheduled time for writing. I’ve written in the bus, in the car, the kitchen while waiting for food to cook, even jotted down ideas while in a queue. I’ve written rough drafts of 9-10 books this way. Let’s see when they alight in front of the readers.

How do you manage to take out time to write from your busy schedule?

I started by writing after work and on weekends. I have quite a bit of time when I commute so I shifted my files onto my BlackBerry and was able to type on the go. That really added to productivity. I learnt not to wait for the scheduled time for writing. I’ve written in the bus, in the car, the kitchen while waiting for food to cook, even jotted down ideas while in a queue. I’ve written rough drafts of 9-10 books this way. Let’s see when they alight in front of the readers.

Read the rest here http://metroreader.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/author-interview-series-interview-2-dr-ruchi-vasudeva/

Today I have some exciting news. The Book Club is hosting a giant giveaway involving a multitude of authors and bloggers, myself included. There are hordes of prizes to be won. The rules are fairly simple and the loot is a biggie. So without much ado, I’ll let you have a look at the details….

Welcome to The Book Club’s very first Giveaway

Tornado Giveaway
We’re extremely excited about it. You will be toowhen you hear the details. Get ready to be blown away by Tornado Giveaway! 
A tornado of books is coming your way. We love our Authors. They give us hours of entertainment; they fill our lives with love and passion. Today, we want to do exactly that. Fill your life with love. This is a Romance Giveaway with a smattering of crime thrillers and a heartwarming family saga – to spice up your life.
Starting on the 1st of July we will introduce each of the twenty-three participating Authors on our Book Club page. Some you already know; some are new.  But all promise to keep you entertained with their words.
Believe it or not, we have 200 books to give away.  Didn’t we say, a Tornado is coming your way!  And there will be not one… not two … but 17 Winners who will get 17 books each and 6 Mega winners will get a chance to grab 22 books each.
How do you participate in this Giveaway? It’s simple… just follow the Rafflecopter(scroll down) and win all the books. 
So what are you waiting for?  Join us here as we introduce each author daily and get a sneak peek into their writing. Get ready to be swept away! 
 
The Rules….
Love Books of course :)
In the Rafflecopter follow the rules….
1. Like the Author Facebook Page – Mandatory – 1 point
2. Follow the author on Twitter -Mandatory- 2 points
3. Tweet on the dates mentioned in the Rafflecopter about the Author – Optional – 3 points
4. Like the Harlequin India Facebook Page – Mandatory – 5 points
5. Like the Indireads Facebook Page -Mandatory – 5 points 
6. Like The Book Club Facebook Page -Mandatory –  5 points
 
23AUTHORS; 23 NOVELS; 17 WINNERS6 MEGA WINNERS 

 

Participating Authors

 

Name of the Book Name of the Author Date of Post
Scarlet Revenge Ann McGinnis 1st July
Saving Justice Tasman Gibb 2nd July
The Perfect Groom Sumeetha Manikandan 3rd July
Wilde Riders Savannah Young 4th July
Scorched by His Fire Reet Singh 5th July
When I see your Face Devika Fernando 6th July
The Malhotra Bride Sundari Venkatraman 7th July
Butterfly Season Natasha Ahmed 8th July
The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal Adite Banerjie 9th July
Bootie and the Beast Falguni Kothari 10th July
Full Circle Yamini Vijendran 11th July
Bollywood Fiance For a Day Ruchi Vasudeva 12th July
The Truth About De Campo Jennifer Hayward 13th July
Twelve Hours of Temptation Shoma Narayanan 14th July
Monsoon Memories Renita D’Silva 15th July
His Captive Indian Princess Tanu Jain 16th July
The Return of the Rebel Jennifer Faye 17th July
Rapid Fall Adiana Ray 18th July
Kingdom Come Aarti V Raman 19th July
Crossing the line Nicola Marsh 20th July
India was one An Indian 21st July
Lily’s Leap Téa Cooper 22nd July
Love’s Labour Andy Paula 23rd July

 

All the Best Dear Readers…

 

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Participating Blogs
 
Bloggers/Writers Blogging @
Aarti V Raman Rt_Writes
Adiana Ray Rayyyydays
Adite Banerjie AditeBanerjie
An Indian India Was One
Ann McGinnis Ann McGinnis
Arti Metroreader Arti Metroreader
Bhavya NK Ishithaa
Devika Fernando Devika Fernando
Dola Basu Singh Shiuli
Falguni Kothari Falguni Kothari
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Eloquent Articulation
Janaki Nagaraj Memoirs of A Homemaker
Jennifer Faye Jennifer Faye
Jennifer Hayward Jennifer Hayward
Jigar Doshi Jigar Doshi
Parichita Singh Parichita
Natasha Ahmed Dear Rumi
Nicola Marsh Nicola Marsh
Nikita Soni Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
Pooja Abhay Thoughtless Ramifications
Reet Singh Reet Singh
Renita D’Silva Renita D’Silva
Rubina Ramesh The Book Club
Ruchi Vasudeva Ruchi Vasudeva
Savannah Young Savannah Young
Shoma Narayanan Shoma Narayanan
Sonia Rao soniaraowrites
Sumeetha Manikandan Books Reviews by Sumi
Sundari Venkatraman Flaming Sun
Tanu Jain tanurja’s Blog
Tasman Gibb Tasman Gibb
Téa Cooper Tea Cooper
Usha Narayanan Usha Narayanan
Yamini Vijendran Straight from the heart
Andy Paula Andy Paula
 
This Giveaway is hosted by The Book Club. A group of Writers and Bloggers who have come together to spread the works of different authors from around the globe. 
 
 
Logo design by Natasha Ahmed
A special thank you to Adite Banerjie, Sundari Venkatraman and Dola Basu Singh. Without you this Giveaway was not possible. 

 
So what did I say?;)
I’ll be hosting spotlight from various authors to keep you in the know. Meanwhile check the Book Club page where everyday a new author will be spotlighted along with the number of free copies on the offer.
What more could a book lover ask this summer? :)

Today I have on my blog author Usha Narayanan whose book Madras Mangler is out now. Let’s get to know her through a question and answer session.

Q: Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing.

Writing came easily to me and an MA in English Literature made it a natural choice. I spent many years writing to a client’s brief, whether for advertising or radio, corpcomm or websites. In the last two years I started writing for myself, playing both the Queen and King of Hearts from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. One proclaims “Off with their heads!” and the other pardons them.

Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?

It was really tough as I started off on a whim, and had to discover every detail of the process through painstaking research. How many words, how many pages to a chapter, where to begin, where to end, how to hold interest, how to build suspense, what happens to bodies when they are dumped in water, what clothes do obnoxious show-offs wear, how does a stalker operate….

I realized I knew nothing and had to fight each step of the way forward. But now, when I read ‘The Madras Mangler’, I feel like a proud mother who has forgotten the pangs of birth!

Q: What motivates you to write?

Once you experience the thrill and the freedom of writing for yourself, it’s like a drug in your blood. After it has been completed, you want to share it with as many people as you can. Positive feedback from the readers is the ultimate high.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

I started with five starry-eyed girls, who are eager to conquer the world. What happens when the world is not exactly as they had dreamt it would be? Do they hold their own or do they retreat in fear to their homes? That is the question which this book addresses, with the serial killer being a metaphor for the challenges that life throws at you.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

‘The Madras Mangler’ is a suspense thriller featuring five feisty girls, one hot hero, a psychopathic killer and the pleasures and pain of youth. Chills and thrills, fun and banter, drama and action ― get ready for the joyride of your life!

Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.

Kat, Lolita, Minx and Moti are the central characters, leaving home for the first time to live in a hostel. Each of them has their own story ― difficult parents, a patriarchal society, financial or personal issues. Are they victims or winners? The brilliant and sexy Vir and his friend Bishnu are the male protagonists. We also have the trio Amar, Rakesh and Subu who together form the creepy Asuras. Thugs, cops, politicians and a Hollywood film crew add spice to the pot. They charm you or spook you and keep you reading, till you reach the spine-chilling end.

Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

Take a break, read a book, watch a TV serial, meet a friend, go out for an ice cream. And then get back to your computer. The story is not going to write itself, my friend! The only way to remove writer’s block is to push through it.

Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

Yes, it does. When I am going full speed ahead, I have little patience for household duties, ringing phones or calling bells, even meal times. At other times, I’m happy to have an excuse to say I’m cogitating, just a fancy word for lotus-eating!

Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

A romcom with a sparkling pair of lovers in the colourful media world. And an action thriller set in mythical times, jazzed up with loads of romance, adventure, divinity and heroism.

And here comes our rapidfire round:

Your favourite movie

‘Gone with the Wind’. This was the rare movie which to me surpassed the book it was based on.

The worst movie you’ve seen

The Tamil movie ‘Boys’ which was so loud and crass it had me running away midway!

Any secret habit?

Skimping on sleep to read a book, write a book, watch the TV serials I love!

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat

George Clooney

Favourite book

The psychological thriller ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S J Watson. It is every woman’s nightmare come true.

Fallback option when the fridge is empty 

A good book that you stashed away for just such an eventuality!

What comforts you when things go bad?

The confidence that you have weathered several crises before. ‘This too shall pass.’

Your most comfortable outfit

A cotton salwar kameez ― it is cool in more ways than one!

 

Thanks, Usha. It was great fun having you here. By the way, how does an empty stomach cope up on the diet of a good book? I’m sure all dieters out there will be intrigued to know ;)
This interview is a part of the Book Club tour for Usha’s book. Check out the buy links and author links below.

 

 

 

The Madras Mangler by Usha Narayanan



The Blurb
 
Five pretty girls from around the country, enjoying college life in Chennai, chasing their own dreams. Until a psychopath comes to town, killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers. The killer is smart, dangerous and very angry. Just like Vir Pradyumna, ace criminologist from New York, who is fighting his own demons from the past. Ruthless politicians, bumbling cops, beer barons and cyber criminals run amuck. The killer snatches a girl whom Vir has sworn to protect. A Hollywood action crew and the crowds at the India-Australia cricket one-dayer get sucked into the relentless buildup to a nail-biting climax. Will Vir be in time to stop the maniac and save the girl?
 
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Meet the Author
 
Be crazy, be creative. That’s been my mantra as a writer and a creative director ― in advertising, radio, corpcomm and web-writing. I turned up the craziness a notch by becoming a novelist, with the freedom to write exactly what I wanted. I started a romcom, changed it into a thriller and sweated and slogged to get the pieces to work together. Research, cliffhangers, suspense, clues, red herrings ― my brain was in a tizzy for days and months.
Done, dusted off, dispatched. A few rejections, heartbreak. A contract from Leadstart, bliss. Creating a spooky book trailer with images and music I bought online. A tweak here and there, with my editor. Poring over images for the cover. Suggesting the artist turn ‘The’ in the title sideways. The book comes out on Flipkart and Amazon first. And after some nail-biting suspense, in bookstores. Organised a launch with Suhasini Maniratnam and Rudra Krishna. Great media reviews. Lovely, wonderful blogger friends. I love being an author 



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