Sunday, September 22, 2013

Anamika Mishra: Author of Too Hard To Handle



'Too Hard To Handle'.......

'Too Hard To Handle' is a blend of Fact and Fiction which is enhanced by the essence of Philosophy. It tries to find out the answers to certain questions like what happens if you mess with the flow of life? What matters above all in a relationship ? Is it past, present or Future? What if you come to know something about your fiance/spouse which you thought never existed? And above all, Can you really trust your best friend?


'Too Hard To Handle' is a story of Love, Friendship, Victory, Fate and LIFE.




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Meet the Author.....

Anamika Mishra was referred to me by Finuraa.com, I was surprised by her age and the depth about her insight about the complexities of Relationship. She defines love as a giving relationship in which one must not have any expectations but just the power of giving. For the old cynics out there [I am sure I heard a few snickers!!], this is the ideology of the young. But her relationship both with God and Humans are heart touching. Read on guys and bless this little one who has just now joined the world of writers. 



Anamika is a girl who is known for strong opinions and the passionate defense of her beliefs. She was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh which is known as the Manchester of North India. She is presently working as a writer for several communities and websites. 

She is an avid reader and admires Paulo Coelho as her role model. When not writing, she loves to scribble in her Blog , play with her pet, click photographs and travel across the nation. Being an animal lover, she is also a member of 'People For Animals' NGO. 'Too Hard To Handle' is her debut novel.(


1. Welcome to my Blog Anamika, How does it feel to be known in the world of readers and writers at such a young age?

Thanks a lot. It's a pleasure to be on your blog.

Well, this is just a beginning I should say. But yes, Its an out-the-world-feeling when someone appreciates for my work and counts me among the known of the writers. It's like a dream come true. 

2. What is the thought behind this novel of yours?

See, when people are in a relationship some give importance to a past life, some present while others in the future. On the other hand, when we log into Facebook, we see statuses related to friend's betrayal etc. on our wall by many. So, these were the things which stroked in my mind and forced to me to write something, to which every single person can relate to their lives. Too hard to handle is full of such moments which brings one on a crossroad and where one has to make their way all alone. But it is not that serious as it sounds, Its witty, simple and humorous with an essence of philosophy. 

3. What is the message you want to convey to your readers with your writing? [Relating to this novel]

 I want to convey a very simple message to my readers. It is that firstly, you should not trust anyone blindly and secondly, if you really love someone, love them without any expectations and the desire of getting something in return. Love is selfless. And thirdly, You should not mess with the flow of life. If something has to go wrong, it will...!! 

4. The main USP of your book was 'Relationship'? What does the word Relationship mean to you?

It is a bond which is full of love, trust and respect. Trust should be on that level, where you understand the reason why your partner lied to you and you just forgive them because no reason in the world is bigger than one's relationship.

5. At such a young age you are talking about the complexities of Relationships. Has there ever been a point while writing this novel which made you pause and think of the depth of this term?

Yes!! Actually this novel is the result of deep thoughts about the complexities of a relationship. Though I have never been through one, but have seen lots and lots of cases around me, so have tried to find a way a solution through my novel to solve these complexities. 

7. Lifestyle has changed a lot it India. Do you feel that the relationships our parents had  had more depth than the ones the youngsters invest in or do you feel that the older generation can still learn from the younger generation in terms of equality of the sexes or openness in a relationship?

I have a mixed opinion on that. I agree with the point that the level trust and depth was high amongst the older generation people, and people of our generation seem to be loosing the real charm and charisma of love. No doubt, Gender equality is important and this era people understand it in a better way but I feel one try to maintain the dignity in a relationship. People today often misunderstood openness with arrogance, which is sad. They also tend to misunderstand true love with infatuation and attraction and therefore resulting in a series of break-up and patch-ups in their life. I feel, the heart is a very special room and there should be just one key to it and that should be given to a very special and deserving person. Heart should be treated like a public place where whoever wants to come, they can come-rest-play-go!! 

8, What are your future projects?

Well, I have started working on my second project. All I can tell about it is that it is an entire different story if compared to Too hard To Handle and has a very unique plot. 

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Friday, September 20, 2013

A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn



Name of the book: The Lady’s Secret Weapon


Name of the author: Tracey Devlyn

Name of the publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ASIN: B00DDWIT2I

Print Length: 384 pages

 October 1, 2013


Disclaimer: I got this book from the publisher/author from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.




Synopsis :

With the world of espionage as the backdrop, the romance takes off between two characters who are spies! A historical romance with a spy background - how tantalizingly dangerous! The story starts off with Lord Ethan deBeau, Viscount Danforth, being hurt [I am presuming it is from the previous book of this series – which now I am hunting for..] and he is saved by a cloaked stranger. Not much is revealed about this stranger in the beginning but the stranger leaves a debt of life on Ethan’s head, which he feels he must thank the stranger for. But he could not find these strangers.

Ethan is the part of Nexus, an elite secret group fight formed to keep England safe. Ethan and his sister have always been trained to use whatever means they have to gather information. Ethan was best at what he did. Seducing women to get information about their husbands.

He had this Cassanova image which is sadly shattered when he meets the elusive Sydney Hunt and knows that he had met his match. Haunted by an abused childhood, Sydney had made it her life’s mission to protect the house helps that were often exploited by the nobility.

She had her own path to follow which made her often come across the Nexus members. While she knew about more than what they knew about her, yet even the notoriety of Ethan could not stop her from falling in love with him.


Both have secrets to tell and both had secrets to hide – the main conflict became that of trust. Who would trust first ? That is the cat and mouse game which they played throughout the story making the storyline complex, interesting and something which made me want to stay awake in the night – to finish the read.



What I liked…..

The storyline was very interesting with both the characters being equally strong, sparring words and at times weapons with each other. The attraction between them from the beginning was palpable and accelerated till the end…Phew!!! There is a spattering of many characters who must have all travelled from the previous book in this series. They all hold their own without me wanting to dig up their history.[that would have been very tiring.:) ]

Ratings…










What I didn’t like…

At the risqué of being termed a prude, I felt a bit startled with the love scenes. While the whole story was a bit prudish, the love scenes jarred a bit due to its boldness. There was a thin line between eroticism and love making.. And I do feel it bending towards the former. Well, it might be a selling point too…J

Secondly, it was a bit lengthy and the characters were dragged. The villains could have been made more dangerous and in front of the Nexus- the threat of the enemy diluted, thus diluting the conflict of the story.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely. This book is for keeps. For a rainy day, with a hot cup of tea… 

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Author Bio….

Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine's happy ending). She's a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland's exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.

An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. Her debut novel, Book 3 in the Nexus series, A LADY'S SECRET WEAPON, releases October 2013 (Book 1 - A Lady's Revenge, Book 2 Checkmate, My Lord).


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cover Reveal Post “Bad Idea” By Damon Suede






Bad Idea 
By 
Damon Suede

Blurb: 
Some mistakes are worth making. 

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Stolen Chances by Elisabeth Naughton - Promotional Spotlight Tour





Book Blurb: 

Nine years ago, Archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she’s been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter.

One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico. For his murdered brother, he’s ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she’s still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.

Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he’s been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they’re both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren’s biggest secret and discovers who she’s really working for, suddenly it’s not just about a life that was stolen from both of them, it’s about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.


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Meet the Author.... Elizabeth Naughton


I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.


I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Hollywood Homecoming by Sasha Summers



Book Blurb: 

Make-up artist to the stars. The favorite aunt. Dance teacher. Baby sister. Talented musician and song-writer.

Single.

Why did that word rank above the rest? Helen loved her family and understood they wanted her to have the real love they’d all found. It’s just that she’d found her someone special and learned to live without him. She’d been too young for the quirky, idealistic doctor-off to save the world-to notice. And, really, if she had it her way, he’d never know how she’d felt. Now, he was one of her best friends, a pen pal, losing him would be too much.

Seeing him at their parents wedding, Helen realizes the horrible truth: she still loves Joseph… which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t in the situation she was in. 

But she was. And her secret will change everything. 

Will it destroy hope for a Hollywood happy ending too?

The Reviewer's Thoughts.....

A clear story line following the life of a makeup artist, Helen. The story plays around a family wedding, where the girl goes through many emotions - from happiness to a new found love. From fear of having cancer to the fear and exhuberation of pregnancy.

Helen had created a life for herself in which she had kept all men at bay by putting up her penfriend Dr. Joseph as a candidate of her love life. From the age of eighteen, Helen had harbored a crush on this guy. When he left for Africa, she had corresponded with him and had spread everywhere that he was her boyfriend. When Joseph comes back, they fall into an easy friendship which blossoms into a beautiful love story.


From the beginning of the story, Helen has not been feeling well. While she feared that it was breast cancer but after only one night of wild passion, she finds out that she is pregnant. Now, even in this jet age that is impossible J So who could the father be? How does Joseph react to that?  Read this beautifully spun tale of love and family ties – Hollywood Homecoming by Sasha Summers.

Rating.....





Reasoning…

First of all let me be honest here that I have not read the first two parts so understanding all the characters is not possible. And there is a fine web of characters spun here..! I love the family unity this story portrays. How each member tries to encourage and take care of each other.

My reason of giving a 4 star is because of some unanswered questions … Chris? Why did he give up so easily. Since there were moments in the story where he felt genuine. So digesting that he would give up so easily was a bit hard to digest.

The storyline was simple, easy to follow but I did feel that at some times the characters had it too easy- easy love, easy conflicts and a very easy ending which left me wanting to get to know more about the characters… so here I am again waiting for the next sequel. Was it strategic Sasha? J

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Author’s Bio….


Sasha is part gypsy. Born June 9, 1974, stories have always played an important role in her life. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.



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Fated Truth by Tasha Gwartney - Cover Reveal




Book Blurb: 

When Ella Reese touched Jaxx’s hand for the first time she knew her life would never be the same, never had a touch between two seemingly ordinary finger tips spark a light so bright that Ella felt it ignite the embers burning deep within the withered flower that she called a soul, with the mere brush of a finger Ella bloomed, and Jaxx opened her eyes to a world where she could truly belong. 

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Meet the Author.....

Tasha Gwartney is a Military wife and devoted momma to a handsome little man by day. At night she drops her domestic goddess cloak and becomes an avid writer. She lives in Central Louisiana with her family and two huskies. Tasha has been writing poetry and short stories since she was ten years of age. There wasn’t ever a time when a story plot wasn’t found somewhere in her head. Tasha has had several of her poems published. She is looking forward to publishing many more poems and novels as well. 

Tasha has always enjoyed bringing the worlds that begin inside her head to the minds of others. 

Tasha Gwartney started writing short stories when I was about ten years old. I would print them out on the sides of worksheets in school, basically write them on anything that was handy when the idea would pop up in my head. My elementary teachers would tell me to stop because it was disruptive and not pertaining to the subject that I was so post to be learning at the time.

All the way through school I wrote. My short stories got longer and I branched out into poetry. Some of my school teachers encouraged me to write. They even said they liked some of my work. But it wasn’t until I was a junior in High School that it really hit me that I wanted to do this. I wanted to write and reach people. To put the stories that were bouncing against the walls of my mind down on paper, and teleport someone into my own private world.

My Science teacher caught me writing a poem on the back of a test during class one day. That was a HUGE no-no in his class. You did not get side tracked. It was one of his major pet peeves. He asked me to stay after class that day, and I was literally shaking in my platform boots. He was majorly hard on people that ticked him off during his classes. Come to find out, I wasn’t in trouble. He wanted to talk to me about the poem that he had read on the back of my end of term test. He asked if he could give it to his wife for their anniversary. I was so happy that I wasn’t in trouble that I quickly said yes then shot from the room. 

The poem that I wrote on the back of that test was about love and loss. I had read a novel the night before that really touched something hidden deep inside me. You have to remember I was sixteen. I was a teen that knew nothing of truly feeling emotions of love on this deep of a level. But the novel I read the night before had me enthralled. I fell into the main character and felt every emotion that she felt, celebrated her every triumph, and cried her tears when she lost the man she loved. That was how I was able to write a poem on the back of a test that touched even my grouchy Science teacher. 

After that I wanted to be that author that transported readers and wrote something that made them feel every emotion that the characters I made come to life feel. This is the reason that I write.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie



Name of the book : The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal

Name of the author: Adite Banerjie


Name of the publisher: Harlequin India Private Limited

Release Date: September, 2013

Disclaimer: I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest  review. 







She…..

She is Maya Shome. By profession a landscape designer.[ Now that is a new one or not?]. Orphaned by nineteen, she had fought with life to make a name for herself in the landscape business. Bitter past, which had robbed her of her family had ignited the fire of revenge in her heart. Her heart knew only one thing. To avenge the disgrace her father had faced in the hands of KD – Krish’s father.

He….

He is Krish Dev of Dev Group of Industries. Born with a golden spoon in his mouth, he had it all- money and power. But he also had anger issues with his father ,KD. He wanted to start his own venture but Dev Industries was a chain holding him back. His father had even decided to marry him off – as a business venture. That is the time he decided to take his life in his own hand. He needs a wife to keep his father from further dictating his life. He decides to propose to Maya Shome, whom he had targeted after seeing her work knee deep in mud, talking to all the gardeners. 

The Love Story….

When Krish had declared in the party that he would marry Maya, she was in a state of shock. To marry the guy who was the son of the man she hated most? But she later saw it as the perfect opportunity to take her revenge. But she had not envisaged falling in love with Krish.

Krish wanted to marry Maya just to keep his father from interfering in his personal life. But he had not expected the saucy Maya to find her way to his heart.

As a web of love and passion engulfed them they both fought to keep it at bay.  Maya knew that even if they had a slight chance to make a future, it would be shattered the day Krish knew that she had an ulterior motive in marrying him…. For Krish would tolerate anything but he hated deception. So a time would come when Maya would have to choose between her love and her promise to her dead father.

What I liked…..

Being a Mills and Boon story, I was sure of the happy ending. But as a reader I was pleasantly surprised that instead of emotions cooling down by the end of the tenth chapter, new twists and turns kept me glued to the story.

One thing I found very fascinating about this book is the language… [well it is still English , don’t worryJ] The way Adite Banerjie has described some of the scenes is very poetic. Here is an example… [just a teeny weeny bit]

“Blood-red flowers on trees that were stark and bald. The hotter the Delhi summers, the brighter the gulmohur blossoms…….”

The whole novel is scattered with such scenic beauty – not only the physical beauty but also the emotional. Her words have a way of playing the scene in front of the reader. Her play with words has the capability to evoke your senses.

Both Maya and Krish come out as strong characters, equal in every sense. This book has some bold passion scenes… one of the boldest I have read in the Indian Mills and Boon scenario.

This story has all the ingredients to make it as a Bollywood movie…


What I didn’t like…..

I won’t say I did not like it. I would rather say that I am not used to it yet. Soon we will have many Mills and Boon in the market echoing this …..Janeman...Janeman.....Janeman...:) Those who will read this book will know what I mean.


Ratings….








Reasoning…..

I loved the characters and the beautifully woven words. I did feel a bit weird with ‘Janeman’, but then Mills and Boon using Hindi words will take some time to get used to. There has been many other Hindi words that has been used but they have all merged well with the story. But ‘Janeman’ stood out a bit. Just a bit…. Casting Krish in a bit of a rakish light.


Author Bio….

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 behaviour and social development issues. Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon.  One of her movie scripts is currently in pre-production. When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Mills & Boon Aspiring Authors Contest.  Her debut novel, based on the winning short story entry, ‘The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal’,  releases in India in September 2013 and will be available as an e-book on amazon.com soon.  She lives in a suburb of New Delhi with her husband, mother and an Irish Setter who is the uncrowned king of all doggy beggars. 



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A tete a tete with Adite Banerjie….

1.      How did your journey as a writer start?

My journey as a writer started soon after I graduated from college and I took a diploma course in journalism. That was when I knew I wanted to be a full-time writer. After working for more than 15 years as a full time business journalist I turned to freelance writing and fiction. I would crunch numbers and write research reports by day and lurk on screenwriting websites and forums to learn the craft of screenwriting. I have written several scripts but one of them (based on a true story) sold to a director and is currently in the process of being made into a Hindi film. I have also co-written a family comedy with an Australian screenwriter and there are other script projects in the pipeline. 

2.      What attracted you to the concept of writing for Mills and Boon?

Frankly writing a Mills & Boon happened quite by accident. I had sent off a short story for their “Passions Aspiring Authors Contest” (2012) and I had never dreamt that I would hear back from them. I was shocked when my story was selected as one of three winners of the contest!  I then had to expand my story into a full blown novel.  So that’s how it all happened. But having been an avid M&B reader all through my teens, I used to often think it would be cool to write an M&B—make up my own TDH hero and feisty heroine and set up their romance in some exotic location. :)

3.      What is the biggest challenge you face as a writer?

One of the most difficult things for me as a writer is to write the conflict scenes—especially the scenes around the big black moment. And yet, without conflict, there is no story and the happy-ever-after ending will seem dull and flat. Whenever I have to write those scenes I find myself procrastinating like crazy. And I struggle with the scenes for days before it finally starts to pull together and make sense.  

4.      Was it difficult to visualize the characters Maya and Krish? Were they absolutely fictitious?

Actually, I had been toying with this idea for a movie script and I had a pretty good idea of what Maya and Krish would be like. Yes they are absolutely fictitious, though Krish’s father – KD – was inspired partly by a real life Indian tycoon. There are enough hints in the story for the reader to make an educated guess. LOL. 

5.      Will you call yourself a disciplined writer?

I think I am a pretty disciplined writer as I have been freelancing for a while and am used to writing on deadline. Of course, I go through my procrastination phase every now and then but when a deadline is looming you will find me chained to my laptop! 

6.      From the birth of the concept till the last word being penned down - how long was the journey?

It took me about six months to work through a couple of drafts and several revisions to the final manuscript


7.      Anything you want to change in your story?

I don’t think I’d want to change anything in the story but I definitely would have liked another shot at reworking some of the descriptions and the dialogues. I’m never happy with what I have written and if given a chance will continue to revise and rewrite endlessly! 

8.      Was it difficult to think Mills and Boon in the Indian concept?

To me a Mills & Boon is nothing but a Bollywood romance in print. The escapism, exotic locales, the sparring between the Hero and Heroine till they fall irrevocably in love and the ups and downs and twists and turns in their relationship till the happily-ever-after moment… are classic elements in every romantic Bollywood film. I think Indians—with their love for romantic movies—are already steeped into the M&B culture.

Moreover, Indian cultural cues—such as our colourful festivals, weddings, cuisine, etc.—are already wowing Western readers and audiences and M&Bs written by Indians should appeal to them as well.

9.      Your next venture?

I  have a two-book deal with Harlequin India and my second book (yet untitled) is set in a big, fat Indian wedding on an exotic island and provides ample grist for romantic capers. :)  I have just finished the manuscript and hopefully the book will be on sale in early 2014. 

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