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Book Spotlight – Against All Odds by Jazz Singh


Against All Odds
Jazz Singh 


The Blurb

The first time they collide, he thinks she’s a con artist, she believes he’s an arrogant snob.

It takes several meetings to change their minds about each other, but eventually, Abhimanyu and Sanjana strike up a friendship that seems destined to turn into something more. He’s a rich successful businessman, however, and she’s a small-town girl who doesn’t fit into his glittering world; a fact that Abhimanyu’s mother has taken pains to point out.

Will they ever overcome the odds, or are their lives on parallel tracks, never destined to cross?

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Meet the Author

Dear Readers,

Jazz Singh is one of the most elusive writers I have met. So respecting her need for privacy we have not asked her for a profile picture or a writeup. Long back, when I had first interacted with her.. I had asked her the reason behind this. Her answer was… I want to be known for my work. All I can say to that is… She will be…


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Get to know author – Adiana Ray

Please welcome author Adiana Ray on my blog today. Let’s get to know her through a question and answer session.

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

I come from a large family and absolutely love all the noise, confusion and camaraderie. Have two children below ten so they keep me really busy. Moved around a lot and that greatly influences my writing. I have always enjoyed reading and writing and did the usual school and college magazines etc growing up. Then got a business degree and writing fell by the way. It was my publisher Indireads, who asked me to submit some story ideas, which I did and it just took off from there. It was a pleasant surprise of how much I enjoyed putting my stories down once I started, like coming back to an old trusted companion.

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

Somewhere in between. There are parts which are a breeze and other times when nothing happens and that can be quite frustrating.

Q: What motivates you to write?

Real life. There is just so much happening around us all the time and one continuously comes across people whom you can know nothing about but you can take one look at them and think to yourself ‘this could be a great tale.’

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

The character of Sonia, who has created her own little niche in the big bad city. I used to live in a working woman’s hostel in Mumbai when I first started working and there were so many girls like her over there. Young women who had to come to make a career in the metro. When I started with that premise I wanted to create a hero who was the antithesis of her and then I thought I should take them away from their normal surroundings and see what happens.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

‘Rapid Fall’ is the love story between two young, urban professionals from Mumbai. J.D is a successful, self made man, currently the head of a media company that he has built from scratch. Divorced and cynical, he finds it hard to let his guard down and let anyone come close to him. Sonia is still naïve in her honest approach to relationships and finds herself struggling when she faces the intense attraction she feels towards J.D.

Both of them meet in Rishikesh on a white river rafting trip and like the turbulent river, they are tossed and thrown about by their emotions for each other even when they come back to Mumbai.

It is their journey to find each other and accept and embrace the love they share.

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

JD is the charismatic head of a media company. A true Mumbaikar, he works hard and plays hard. After an acrimonious divorce he would rather play the field than accept what his feelings for Sonia really are.

Then we have Sonia, who is a professionally qualified young woman who has to come to Mumbai from a smaller city. She also takes great pride in her work but at the same time struggles to fit in with some of the more sophisticated lot in her office.

My main aim was to make all my characters very believable. They could be the couple sitting next to you at your favorite restaurant.

Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

Turn off the internet, get myself a big mug of coffee and just keep typing out stuff, till something clicks. Sometimes it could take me days.

Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

I wouldn’t say ‘get in the way’ but would rather go with ‘makes up an important part of my life.’

With two young children it is difficult to just sit down and write and I do get torn between doing my writing or spending time with them. Besides sometimes when I am doing other stuff I find myself going over scenario’s and dialogues in my head.

Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

Well hopefully finish all my work in progress and there is a whole bunch of stuff that needs to be done. What I would like to do too is write more fiction under my pen name M.X Steele. I have published a few short stories already but I would like to go with a full length novel as well. Under that pseudonym I explore darker themes in my fiction and I would be interested to see where that goes.

And here comes our rapid-fire round:

Your favorite movie

Zindagi Na Milega Dobarra

The worst movie you’ve seen

Inception….had no clue what was happening.  Jism 2 #####

Any secret habit?

I love talking to myself esp. when writing dialogue.

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat.

Used to be Daniel Craig…still looking for his replacement.

Favorite book.

Very, very, difficult. The opening scene of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier has stayed in my mind despite the passage of time, so I would go with that.

Fallback option when the fridge is empty

Haldiram’s Bhujia Sev

What comforts you when things go bad?

A hot cup of instant coffee.

Your most comfortable outfit

A khaddar kurta over a pair of chinos.

Great answers, Adiana. Lovely to know how you cae into writing. I agree the opening of Rebacca is quite haunting. And yes, I loved Zindagi Na Milegi Dobarra too.

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Rapid Fall


by Adiana Ray


The Blurb
  Sonia and JD’s tempestuous attraction is as stormy as the rapids at Rishikesh. Not even a dip in icy waters can douse the sparks that fly when they are around each other.

JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?

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The Author’s Thoughts


‘Sixteen and counting’ are the number of cities that I have lived in so far. I like to think of myself as a ‘Metronaut’. The myriad city cultures, the food, the hustle and bustle, the people are all elements of life that I thrive on and if you can have an ‘Astronaut’ why not a ‘Metronaut’ after all there are so many more of us out there?I believe in the Zen tenet that every situation has a 1000 truths. It helps me write and it definitely helps when I am dealing with my two children. I like reading, I like cooking, I like travelling and I love sitting like a mindless zombie in front of the TV and if anybody says anything to that….Aha! a 1000 truths come in very handy.

I also write under a pen name M.X Steele. Why? My daughter thought Adiana Ray was too boring a name.

I do hope you enjoy reading all my work because I believe passionately that though we writers love pontificating and are totally in love with whatever we write; at the end of it all it is the readers that matter and above all what we write has to be ‘entertaining’.

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#Tornadogiveaway – Spotlight on The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan

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





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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…



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.


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Tornado #Giveaway

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


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
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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. 
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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? 🙂

Get to know – Author Sumeetha Manikandan

I’ve been quite tardy at blogging. Let me extricate myself from the blame by putting it all on the session break! With kids at home and trying to keep them entertained plus supporting daughter in her studies by taking her to a study camp…well, you get the picture. I’m really thankful to Rubina for snapping me out of the tendency to lag.

Let me resume normal service by introducing you to a lovely lady who has got published by Indireads. Please welcome Sumeetha Manikandan. Let’s get acquainted with her through a question and answer session.

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

I live in Chennai and I have been writing for many years now. I have been a bookworm all my life. And that’s what prompted me to try my hand at writing. Earlier I used to write for pleasure but never thought of posting them as blogs or stories. I wish I had started blogging early on in my life. That’s one of the biggest regrets that I have.

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

I would rate my experience as somewhere in the middle – between these two extremes 🙂

Q: What motivates you to write?

Mostly it is a germ of a thought or a feeling.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

The Perfect Groom was inspired by a true incident that happened to a friend’s friend. I heard it as an annecdote from a friend almost ten years ago.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

Perfect Groom is the story of Nithya, a young girl who wants to be independent but family circumstances and not-so-well-meaning relatives push her into an arranged marriage. Ashok comes with the tag of the ‘Perfect Groom’ – handsome, rich and an NRI. But Nithya soon discovers that her Perfect Groom was not so perfect after all.

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

Nithya – a young girl, fresh out of college

Ashok – a handsome NRI who is wedded to her

Vasu – Nithya’s childhood friend and distant relative, whom she meets after many years

Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

I read all my favourite books during this period and go for long winding walks while listening to Sting.

Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

No. Life gets in the way of writing 🙂

Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

Right now waiting for my second book to see the light of the day 🙂


And here comes our rapidfire round:

Your favourite movie

Last of the Mohicans

The worst movie you’ve seen

RGV’s Aag (remake of Sholay)

Any secret habit?

Keep guessing 🙂

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat

Daniel Day Lewis and George Clooney (Hollywood)

Hrithik Roshan

Favourite book.

Huge list of books starting from Pride and Prejudice

Fallback option when the fridge is empty 

Pizza and garlic bread

What comforts you when things go bad?


Your most comfortable outfit


Hope you all enjoyed getting to know Sumeetha as much as I did. Sumeetha, thank you for sharing your experience of writing with us. So happy to Pride and Prejudice is topping your favourite list too…it sure tops mine 🙂

Do check out Sumeetha’s book. You can know more about it and read some reviews of it if you check out other posts in the Book Club Tours. Details and buy links below.


The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan

The Blurb
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…
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The Author’s Thoughts
An author and a freelance writer, Sumeetha Manikandan has been writing for many years now. After working in dotcom companies, like Sulekha for over a decade, she started freelancing from home. 
Her debut novella, ‘The Perfect Groom’ was initially written in a script format, which was later converted into a novella for Indireads. The Perfect Groom touches a taboo subject that is most often shrouded in secret whispers and exclamations in the tambrahm community. Inspired by a real anecdote, ‘The Perfect Groom’ is in parts the true story of a girl who rose above myriad challenges to make her own way in life.
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Get to know author Andy Paula

Hi everyone! Today I have author Andy Paula on my blog with her new release, Love’s Labor. Let’s get to know her via a question and answer round 🙂

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

AP: My childhood was spent in various places of Bihar and my glory lay in the fact they people said I wrote good letters. J  Those were the days of snail mail and I was commended by friends and family as a great letter writer. They tell me they were transported to the place that I’d described in the letter, and these remarks (I learnt the word compliment later) made me feel like a great writer. Also, when my essays were read out in class, it boosted my morale. But I never really envisioned that I would be a writer.

I wanted to grow up, major in English and teach the subject so I did that. I was the most job satisfied person around me and could never understand why people didn’t choose a career they were cut out for and stop cribbing about all things work-related. After teaching for over nine years, I moved to corporate training. The company was looking for a trainer with a language background and I glided into my new role.  Here, I was happy training and sending mails to colleagues that cracked them up. The occasional article that got selected for the office magazine made me feel like a Pulitzer winner.

And then London happened. My husband, an IT professional, was headed to UK for a year and I was not to be left behind. I quit my corporate job and happily flew to meet The Queen. With no job to go to, I felt like an explorer and soaked in the English environs. After I’d had my share of cheese cakes, fish & chips and Stratford-upon-Avon, I got into blogging. Not without relentless online pestering from my mother in India about why I was ‘wasting time’ and ‘at least not writing’ about my experiences, if I hadn’t taken a job there! Blogging put me into a strict writing regimen and when a friend told me about Indirom, the flagship of Indireads, I’d gotten into the habit of sitting at the laptop and typing away. It is a fattening job, I tell you, and I’m grateful that my Love’s Labor was not lost.

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

AP: I’ve written only one just now and it was hard. I hadn’t expected that! I thought writing came easily to me- I was blogging and wrote short pieces all my life- but a full-length book is a different ball-game, I realize. The edits that came forth squashed me completely and I’d almost given up, till, with divine intervention, Love’s Labor saw the light of day.

Q: What motivates you to write?

AP: Everything. I don’t know too many other things that make me as happy as when I’m involved in the writing process.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

AP: I could never understand the fuss surrounding love and inter-caste marriage in our society. Love’s Labor is a story that I saw unfold in my family. The drama that ordinary people are capable of, the politics that unrelenting parents play with their rebellious children and the resentment that brews in young hearts are all that I am privy to. The saga needed telling, more for my own catharsis than for the reader to critique. You can read more about the background of Love’s Labor here.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

AP: Love’s Labor is a story about Piali Roy, an English teacher, & Sathya Nair, an animator, who are brought together by circumstances, and despite behavioural and communal differences, end up falling in love. All very well. What is not is the reaction of the two families, and a third’s. That of the girl’s who Sathya was slated to marry, when Piali took his life by storm.

Staring from a hill station in India, the book takes you on a flashback to a Steel township where the lead pair belong, to another hill station where their love blossoms, to a city in the South of India where Sathya goes away to put his beloved’s insecurities to rest to another mountain town where the heroine herself lands up. In a tale spanning over two years, Love’s Labor takes you on a journey of India and, more importantly, of the human heart.

The journey of the lead pair both inward & out is what forms the crux of the story; what adds spice to it are the deep-rooted & firmly held traditions that the families refuse to budge from and the couple’s unceasing attempts to overcome them.

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

AP: Piali Roy: Twenty five year old Piali Roy is a beautiful and confident English teacher. She heads the teachers’ group that is going on an excursion to Panchgani, where she meets Sathya, the Director’s son. Not the one who believes in ‘love at first sight’, she chides her palpitating heart for playing wanton. But life has other plans for this dutiful daughter.

Sathya Nair: With his dashing looks, part- philosopher -part –academic demeanor and smouldering eyes, Sathya makes the teachers go weak. He is the Director’s son, the heir apparent, to the chain of schools his father has founded. The trip to Panchgani is his initiation into his future role. Sathya is engaged to the Principal’s daughter, Vinitha.

Vinitha Krishnan: The friendly and composed IT professional who can differentiate the grain from the chaff is betrothed to her family friend, Sathya.  Her reaction when Sathya calls off the engagement takes everyone by surprise.

Piyush Roy: A dignified government official who holds family honour above all else is Piali’s father, Mr. Roy is appalled that his loving daughter has falling for Sathya, a man from a different community.

APJ Nair: The School Chairman, Piali’s boss, is infamous in the small town of Jamshedpur for questionable practices. He smells a fish that a mere teacher in his school has ‘hooked’ Sathya, his son, the future Director. His dreams of tying his empire with the Principal’s, by marrying his son to her daughter, seems to be crashing.

Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

AP: I read so that I can be inspired to write. Sometimes, I can’t differentiate between writer’s block and laziness, honestly!

Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

AP: Life gets in the way of my writing. There are too many other areas that demand attention and writing is relegated to the background oftentimes.

Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

AP: A novel that revolves around relationships. And Then It Was Dawn is the working title of my second.

And here comes our rapidfire round:

Your favourite movie – Shawshank Redemption

The worst movie you’ve seen – Jaani Dushman. (Yes, I sat through the whole of it.)

Any secret habit? – Won’t remain a secret if revealed!

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat – George Clooney

Favourite book – Soul Prints by Marc Gafni

Fallback option when the fridge is empty – Zarda Pulao

What comforts you when things go bad? – A tight hug

Your most comfortable outfit – Long skirts & top in summer, tracks in winter.

Great interacting with you, Andy! Zarda pulao – sweetened rice – sound yum! You got away from sharing your secret habit very nicely! Spoilsport 😉 🙂


Love’s Labor by Andy Paula

The Blurb
Piali Roy has run away from home and the two stubborn men who love her. One is her beloved Baba; a rigid traditionalist, he refuses to accept anyone from outside her caste and community. And then there is Sathya, the unsuitable outsider. He loves her truly, madly, deeply and has even called off his marriage for her sake. Neither man will budge, and the small town of Jampot, where everyone knows everything, is not big enough for the two of them.
Away from their unreasonable demands, Piali strives to find peace in the mountains. But within six months, her lover tracks her down. Once again, she betrays the one by trusting the other.
Will her labor in the name of love be in vain, or will love transcend all differences?
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Meet the Author


Andy Paula is a corporate trainer by profession and a writer by vocation. After the innumerable essays, poems, articles, editorials, congratulations & condolence letters she wrote for herself and others refused to satiate her writer’s Self, she finally put herself seriously to the task and wrote Love’s Labor,a romance novella that is now on Goodreads. 

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