Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ruby Iyer, the young angry girl speaks out. - Guest Post/Giveaway @RubyIyer



About the Book:




The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
By: Laxmi Hariharan
Pages: 300
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Publisher: Books@Jacaranda

A YA action thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kick-ass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for the things she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city?

Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?
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Meet the Author:


A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.

Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist with the Independent, and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others.

London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 


 Twitter - Laxmi | Facebook | blog | Twitter - Ruby 
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Why Ruby, the hero of a YA dystopian novel had to be an angry young Indian girl:

Laxmi Hariharan challenges the domination of dystopian western worlds in teen novels, why not a dystopian Asia or Latin America? And how it’s time for the stereotype-busting Angry Young (Indian) Girl to claim centre-stage.

  One evening, having worked late at the Mumbai-based newspaper where I was then employed, I caught the local train home. What I hadn’t realized was that it was already past the watershed time, when the ladies only compartment turned unisex. So there I was in a corner of that carriage, now crammed to the gills with men. When it was my turn to get off, I swallowed my stomach-churning fear to fight my way through the throng. I emerged onto the train platform with every part of me having been felt up, and promptly burst into tears. My clothes were torn but miraculously my handbag still remained clutched in my folded arms, though it had provided but a measly shield. This was one incident of the many that marked my growing years in the city.

The dreaded daily commute by local train to university equaled being brushed against and commented on by almost every man who crossed my path. And I knew I wasn’t alone in this.

 So, when 17 months ago a young photojournalist was raped in the heart of Mumbai in broad daylight, it made me furious. Technology had birthed Facebook and Twitter in the time I had been away from Mumbai, but meanwhile the city seemed to have only become more unsafe for girls.

I had this vision of a larger than life, magnificent, vigilante figure. A teenage girl who would simply follow her instincts, someone who would hit out first and think later. Who would teach those leering men a lesson.

Thus Ruby Iyer was born. I was helpless as a teenager coming of age in that metropolis. Ruby Iyer is not. She is not constrained by the everyday reality of Indian society, where walking down the street in a pair of jeans will invite unwanted attention. And where if you did stand up to your tormentors, you would probably pay the price.

I am subconsciously influenced by that most towering of personas who has ruled Bollywood over most of my adult life – the Angry Young Man avatar of Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most influential actors of Indian cinema and popular culture. But this is 2015 and a 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has just closed the last year as the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, thanks in part to playing Katniss Everdeen. The time is now for the Angry Young (Indian) Girl to claim centre-stage.

Joining Ruby Iyer is Rhea, a journalist, an explorer and an all-round adventurer. She is the young hero of a new comic book series, The Adventures of Rhea. Then, there’s Tina M, the hero of Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, who begins keeping an existential diary as the result of an English honors class assignment. I must also mention Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel, a teenage Pakistani American from New Jersey with shape shifting abilities, and Marvel Comics’ first Muslim character to headline her own comic book.


I am falling back on comic book characters rather than YA novels to illustrate my point, because I am unable to find other heroes of Asian or South Asian origin starring in their own YA dystopian novels. There are novels which talk about both the coming-of-age and immigrant experience from a South Asian teenager’s point of view. These include Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier, Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins, Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim, and Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. The YA South Asian genre is just coming into its own.

I read a lot of YA dystopia and have enjoyed the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days series) by Susan Ee, and more recently the Dustlands trilogy by Moira Young. Many of these novels are set in a dystopian western world, often a culture springing from the remnants of a destroyed city such as Chicago, New York or San Francisco. I do wonder why so many of these stories are set in the West. What about Asia or Latin America?

As a writer from Mumbai, in my mind’s eye I see a rich, complex setting. I feel it in the contradictions of the daily struggle to survive by the millions in the urban bosom of this city; where each daybreak heralds the start of a merciless reality, and where at nightfall I give thanks for having survived the soul-busting competition for commercial success.

I hope that Ruby Iyer’s story – the journey of an Angry Young Indian girl, set in a dystopian Mumbai – will break a few stereotypes:
  • That you don’t have to be a sweet, demure, girl who toes the lines society tells you to, to get what you want.
  • That today does not only belong only to Angry Young Men.
  • That dystopian fiction need not be confined to the developed world.
  • That the hero of a YA novel is not always of non-Asian origin by default.


Laxmi Hariharan is the author of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer and prequel The Ruby Iyer Diaries: A Bombay Story. The sequel, The Second Life of Ruby Iyer, will be released later this year.
*This article first premiered in THE GUARDIAN*


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday with Giveaway: FINAL DEATH by @roseonprose

*COMING APRIL 27th*


About the Book:


Final Death by Rose Garcia
Dominique has conquered the evil within her, only to find her one true love now has to kill her. Desperate to save her friends and loved ones from sharing her fate, Dominique ditches her companions in an effort to protect them. With Trent left for dead in the past, she has no idea that Infiniti and Fleet have banded together, facing their own adversity as they struggle to find her.


Sure of nothing, and trusting someone from her first life who promises to be on her side, Dominique decides to set out on her own mission: kill before being killed. With time running out and her friends in hot pursuit, Dominique is hell bent on finishing what was started nine lives ago.

Or finally face her final death.

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FINAL LIFE (only 99¢) Amazon B&N | Kobo | iBooks 

FINAL STAND Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks 




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First prize: $100 gift card OR a Kindle Paperwhite (winner's choice)
Second prize: eCopies of the complete TRANSHUMAN CHRONICLES series
Third prize: $10 gift card


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About The Author:


Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.


Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Tour: THE MANY LIVES OF @RUBYIYER by Laxmi Hariharan - Giveaway!


About the Book:




The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
By: Laxmi Hariharan
Pages: 300
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Publisher: Books@Jacaranda

A YA action thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kick-ass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for the things she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city?

Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?


Meet the Author:


A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.

Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist with the Independent, and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others.

London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 


 Twitter - Laxmi | Facebook | blog | Twitter - Ruby 
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Official Book Tour: RORY (In The Company of Snipers, #6) by @IrishWinters1 - Schedule + Giveaway


About the Book:



RORY (In The Company of Snipers, #6)
By: Irish Winters
Pages: 304
Published: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Windy Day Press

Agent Rory Dennison is every woman’s dream. Tall, dark and Hollywood handsome, the ex-Marine scout sniper maintains a private life none of his teammates suspect. The TEAM is just a job. He intends to keep it that way—until assassins murder the father of the tiny Tibetan girl in his charge.

Rory finds himself pulled into a world of mystery and intrigue when he and his companion agent, Ember Davis, are forced to flee with Nima Dawa. Too late he discovers Nima is not only destined to become the next Dalai Lama, but she has an unearthly gift of sight.

She can see right through him. And she does.


His carefully guarded private life is suddenly at risk. He doesn't know what to trust or who to believe. The world is too full of shadows.

He isn't the only one with secrets.... 
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Meet the Author:




Irish Winters is an award-winning author who dabbles in poetry, grandchildren, and rarely (as in extremely rarely) the kitchen. More prone to be outdoors than in, she grew up the quintessential tomboy on a farm in rural Wisconsin, spent her teenage years in the Pacific Northwest, but calls the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah home. For now.

The wife of one handsome husband and the mother of three perfect sons, Irish divides her time between writing at home and travelling the country with her man while - writing. (Seriously, what else?)

She believes in making every day count for something and follows the wise admonition of her mother to, "Look out the window and see something!"

To learn more about Irish and her books, please visit www.IrishWinters.com.

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March 16thAmazeballs Book Addicts – Guest Post
  
March 16th ~ Reads All The Books – Review
  
March 17thPixie Vixen Reviews – Review
  
March 17thWriter's Revolution – Guest Post
  
March 18th ~ Lynn's Romance Enthusiast – Review 
  
TBA ~ Jen's Reading Obsession – Review
  
March 19th ~ My Secret Bookspot – Review
  
March 20th ~ The Pleasure of Reading Today – Review
  
March 22nd ~ Pinkie's Favorite Reads – Review
  
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by @ShaunieDarko - Schedule + Giveaway



About the Book:

THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY
by: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 336
Published: January 20, 2015
 A heartbreaking yet uplifting story of grief about a boy who has lost everything, but finds new hope drawing in the shadows of a hospital. Features a thirty-two-page graphic novel.

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night, just like the rest of his family.

Now he lives in the hospital, serving food in the cafeteria, hanging out with the nurses, sleeping in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. His only solace is in the world of the superhero he’s created—Patient F.

Then, one night, Rusty is wheeled into the ER, half his body burned by hateful classmates. Rusty’s agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together though all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside of the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But to save Rusty, Drew will have to confront Death, and life will have to get worse before it gets better. And by telling the truth about who he really is, Drew risks destroying any chance future.

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Meet the Author:


"I’m Shaun David Hutchinson, you can call me Shaun. Or Hutch. I’ll respond to anything.  I’m the author of books for young adults, the first of which was The Deathday Letter, and the most recent of which are The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley (out 1/20/2015) and the anthology Violent Ends (Fall 2015).


I was born in West Palm Beach, FL, and grew up in Jupiter, FL where I’ve lived most of my life save for a couple of adventures in Atlanta and Rhode Island. 


I always knew I wanted to be a writer but it took me a long time to figure out I could be one. I’ve been a database developer, managed a wine company, slung coffee at Starbucks, and once spent a creepy month working in a statuary. Luckily, that was before I’d seen the Weeping Angels on Doctor Who.  


I studied literature in college where I fell in love with Beowulf and Chaucer and Gothic literature. I also studied emergency medicine at one time and insurance at another. Currently, I work in IT and fill my remaining hours with freelance web design, database design, and editing."

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March 2nd ~ Word Spelunking  – Review/Top Ten

March 3rd ~ Unconventional Librarian – Guest Post

March 3rd ~ The Cover Contessa – Top Ten/Playlist

March 3rdReads All The Books – Review
                                                    
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March 4th ~ Bookish - Debbie  – Review

March 5th ~ Beth - Fangirlish – Review

March 5th ~ The Reading Date – Review

March 6thBook Chic – Review

March 6thPixie Vixen Book Reviews  – Review

March 6thBooks a' la Mode – Review

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