Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SPOTLIGHT - God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian




God is a Gamer 
by 
Ravi Subramanium 




The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.

Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into
the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

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Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats
His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.
Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.



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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spotlighting AGAINST ALL ODDS by Jazz Singh, Indian Author.



Against All Odds
by 
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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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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Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet Author Robin Gianna - Interview and GIVEAWAY

Today, MBB is absolutely delighted to welcome the charming and very talented writer of medical/human interest romances, Robin Gianna, whose work I greatly enjoy.  Medicals are probably my favourite type of romance fiction (apart from historicals of course) because they always have a little bit more than a romance to them. That's my thought, anyway.  So as you can see, I'm delighted to get Robin Gianna for an interview on MBB, now that she's blog touring in connection with her latest release, FLIRTING WITH DR OFF LIMITS.


After completing a degree in journalism, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her ‘awakening’. While on vacation, lying in the sun with a beach read, she realized she wanted to write the romance novels she'd loved since her teens.

Robin loves pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters! When she's not writing, Robin's life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.

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 How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?
 It might seem crazy, but the universe seems to throw story ideas at me (and probably most other writers feel the same way) all the time.  It might come from an overheard snippet of conversation, or a longer conversation with a stranger where you learn some incredible thing about their life and think ‘Wow, that has the bones of a great story!’  Or some surprising or emotional news item might get my attention, and have me thinking about a way to create a story around it.  The book I’m currently working on is set in Greece, because I got to spend two weeks there this summer and felt inspired by that experience.  I have a fat file of story ideas - the hard part is finding enough time to write them all!

 Does writer’s block ever happen to you?
 Unfortunately, yes!  It happens for different reasons, I think.  Most often it has to do with the story or characters, but recently it’s been due to the stress of my mother being seriously ill, and having to work through the mental and emotional fatigue of that.

How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?    
Sometimes when I’m stuck, I just don’t know why.  If I can’t
unstick myself fairly soon, I have to dig deeper to figure out 
what the problem could be.  That’s when I go back and think
about what the characters want, why they want it, and what’s
keeping them from getting it.  Sometimes I realize I don’t have
as clear an idea of that as I thought I did!  Figuring that out
always gets me going in forward motion again.

Dealing with my mother’s failing health and caring for her really took its toll on my muse just recently.  Every time I tried to write, I simply couldn’t.  It was an awful feeling, and I finally realized the well had simply been sucked dry by all of it.  Adding to that the stress of needing to get a book written for a deadline when I was having so much trouble making that happen seemed to lock up my muse even more.  I finally confessed my problems to my editor, who was lovely about it.  The relief of her being so understanding, and my intentionally making time to refill the well (with long walks and time with writer friends) helped me break out of the block and get going again.  And let me tell you, I sent up a big prayer of thanks for that!

 Of all the stories you’ve written, what’s your favourite?
 Ah, such a hard question!  Honestly, it would probably be the first story I ever wrote, which is currently an under-the-bed-book (meaning, it can’t see the light of day in its current state!)  I’ve learned a tremendous amount about fiction writing since then, and one of these days I’m going to pull it out, dust it off, and rewrite it.  Stay tuned! :-)

Do you live in your character’s world while you write?
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I think you have to, to at least some degree.  You have to work to feel what they’re feeling, see what they’re seeing, for the characters’ experiences and emotions to become believable on the page.  Sometimes it comes easily, and it’s almost like being in a trance!  Other times, it’s an effort to get there, but definitely a necessity.


FLIRTING WITH DR OFF LIMITS

Flirting with the forbidden… 

For intern Dr. Katy Pappas, seeing delectable surgeon Alec Armstrong again is sweet torture! He might have rejected her after their sinfully delicious kiss years before, but he still sets her pulse racing!
Alec is captivated by gorgeous, grown-up Katy. But as his best friend's sister, a colleague and his student, Katy is definitely off-limits! He's made the mistake of mixing business with pleasure before, and he won't risk Katy's career. Yet can he resist the oh-so-wrong when it feels oh-so-right…?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When Inspiration Vanishes - Interview with Aurelia B. Rowl

MBB is delighted to welcome back Aurelia B. Rowl, who has just released the second book in her POPPING THE CHERRY series.  It's a wonderful read named A GIRL CALLED MALICE.  

In a really interesting interview which is more like a chat, really, Aurelia shared some of her personal experiences while writing this book. She has some great insight to offer on what to do when the inspiration just isn't there when you need it.


Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project...or five!...and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.

Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. To find out more about Aurelia, or check out which project she’s working on right now, you can visit her website: www.aureliabrowl.com


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Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Inspiration is everywhere; from nature to entertainment, from social media and real life interactions, from stories in the media to the never-ending possibilities of ‘what if’ where you can think through alternate endings as though living in a series of parallel worlds.

The trick is not only catching the inspiration particles as they float in the air, but also remembering them and applying them to your stories, especially when it comes to emotions; the way something makes you feel from the stuttering heartbeat to the great sighing gush of relief or giddy laugh of joy.

What do you do when the inspiration just doesn’t flow?
Oh, this totally happened to me in my latest book, A Girl Called Malice and it is HARD when it happens. Not so much writers’ block, but struggling to find that missing element that links everything together.

By my very nature, I am more plotter than write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants author. I don’t like to micro-plot though, which is why the W-plot structure works for me. Rather than plotting every single scene, I have islands that I need to reach – think of the points and the path of the W with its ups and down - in order to keep the story on track but I have the freedom to choose how I actually get there, and I can let the characters lead me.

When writing A Girl Called Malice, I piled an enormous amount of pressure on myself. Not only was I writing to demand with deadlines, the story is a sequel yet the timeline overlaps with the first book; it had to be able to stand alone yet maintain continuity throughout while maintaining individual personalities from a huge cast of recurring characters. Hardest of all, I needed to make sure the voice of Alice was different to the voice of Lena, with both stories written in first person.

Alice is the most reviled character from book 1 and I knew it was a risk making her the main character for book 2. I had to make sure she remained true to the awful character portrayed in book 1, but I also needed to change readers opinion of her – fast – so that they wanted to follow her journey and also root for her, maybe learn to love her for all that she is and all that she has overcome in her life.

I still can’t quite believe I took on the challenge, especially since I would class myself as a fairly new writer. I’ve not even been writing three years yet so it was a massive undertaking, and if I’m honest, there were many moments when I thought I’d failed and I wanted to give up. Forever.

It took a long time for Alice to learn to trust me and to allow me to take a peek inside her head. She is so fiercely hidden behind her protective mental barriers that one deadline after another passed by the wayside and the pressure mounted.

The journeys between the islands that I mentioned before weren’t easy to navigate, with me quite often walking blindly one step in front of the other. Literally! Whenever I am struggling over plot or how to connect scenes, I pull on my boots, plug in my headphones and hit the road. In one week alone I think I walked sixteen miles, but it works for me. I live in a beautiful part of the Peak District in the UK, surrounded by rolling green hills and trees, which not only allows me to ground myself, the combination of nature and exercise recharges me and gets me out of the house away from distraction.
Another thing I did was compile a music soundtrack on Spotify, with songs representing key scenes or emotions, or actual people. They helped me to get into the moment, into the mood, or simply inside a character’s head.

I did it though, albeit six months after that initial deadline, and A Girl Called Malice stands at over 136,000 words, spanning almost two years. The HUGE story is the culmination of my blood, sweat, and tears and I have never been so proud of myself.

How did you make this story flow? I know it is inspired by the earlier book.
I shall let you in on a secret…when I started writing Popping the Cherry, I never intended it to be a series. When ‘the call’ came in from Carina UK for a two book deal, I hadn’t even got past chapter three of the first book let alone come up with a story for the second book. I happened to mention during that call that I was considering writing a spin off from Popping the Cherry and my wonderfully supportive editor made encouraging sounds. That was it. The total thought process at that time. I didn’t have the faintest idea whose story it was, let alone an idea for a plot, and busied myself with getting that first book written.

As the first draft progressed, I found myself more and more intrigued with Alice. Why was she so mean? What, or who, had made her that way? If she stayed on her current path, what would she become? Did she have any redeeming qualities? Could she be saved?

The title was actually the first thing that came to me…A Girl Called Malice…it had a certain ring to it and opened my mind to a plethora of possibilities. Alas, the story didn’t flow – not at all – but it also wouldn’t let me move on. Alice’s story had to be written, even if it broke me, which it very nearly did.

How do you relax when you’re not writing?
I have these wonderful little things known as ‘children’ – these ones in particular are a 7 year old boy and a 5 five year old girl – and they are a bundle of excitement, energy and activity. I try to make the rule that I don’t work when they’re around, so I write while they’re at school and then again once they’re in bed for the night. I take weekends off (unless a massive deadline dictates otherwise) and I don’t work during the daytime in school holidays. I go into ‘mum’ mode, and I think that’s where having a pseudonym helps me to distance the ‘writer’ version of me.
This past year, I have also taken up ballet – I don’t mind if you laugh! – since it is something I have always wanted to do but never got the opportunity. When my daughter’s dance school floated the suggestion of starting adult beginner classes, there was no stopping me. Almost a year on and I still love it. Fitness, posture and focus all rolled into one fun activity with a wonderful bunch of ladies.
Oh, and I read. Naturally. Sadly, I don’t get to read anywhere near as much as I would like at the moment so I tend to binge read during the school holidays.

Any tips for an aspiring writer whose inspiration has dried up?
Oooh, tricky one.

If a particular story you’re working on cannot hold your attention, maybe park it up and try something new – something that excites you – but if nothing comes to mind, I’ve actually found writing short stories fulfilling. It focuses the mind and hones your skill since there isn’t an unlimited amount of words at your disposal. You get to work through a plot from beginning to end over a short span of time and get to hold the finished article in your hands. Even if nobody else ever sees it, you yourself will know that you have written a whole story. Flash fiction and writing prompts are also great for this, and there are various groups on social media that welcome new members. Just keep writing. A person cannot decide to take up running and then put themselves in for a marathon the following week; it takes time to get fit and build up muscle tone and stamina. Writing is like a muscle that needs to be used and stretched in order to reach its potential.

Try to find what works for you to unlock your mind; for me it’s walking and nature, thinking in the shower, and also music. Where do you get your best ideas? Do you have a particular time of day when you feel more attuned to writing? Carry a notebook everywhere and jot down the little things in life that catch your eye.

Read outside your ‘usual’ genre to broaden your reading experience. Although you may never write a certain genre, you may discover writing styles or a voice that you can connect with it. A lot of young adult fiction is written in first person whereas romance tends to be written in third person, often from a dual point of view. Until I read one particular book by Joanna Wylde, I would never have considered writing a full length novel in first person but with a select few chapters written in third person from the secondary characters point of view but I immediately latched onto it and implemented it in the Popping the Cherry series, hopefully to great effect.

Feel free to experiment with your style and genre to discover your ‘voice’ – I have now had four different stories published yet each one is in a different genre, whilst I find what works for me. In reality, I actually enjoyed writing all of them but then I’m the type of person that gets bored in a job easily and very quickly so I like being able to jump from ‘teen angst’ to *cough* ‘adult romance’ and I also have plans for children’s adventure stories as well as a fantasy series.

Most of all, never compare yourself to another writer. We each have our own journeys and our own experiences to follow and draw upon. Comparing yourself to others strips you of your confidence and your self-esteem. Most ‘overnight successes’ have actually spent years honing their skills and could support a king-size bed with their discarded manuscripts. Similarly, try not to be disheartened when a newcomer finds a hidden shortcut; they will most likely be as shocked as you and may suddenly face the gargantuous task of having to write to demand without the time to make mistakes and learn their trade in private. Just be true to you.


Funnily enough, that’s exactly what the Popping the Cherry series is all about…being true to who you really are and then learning how to be yourself. There are two more books already contracted for the series, including my first attempt at gay romance, yet there are other characters jumping up and down in the wings asking for their stories to be told too, so who knows how many books there will be in total? 

A GIRL CALLED MALICE




New Adult contemporary romance
Release date: 3 October 2014
Publisher: Carina UK (Harlequin)
ISBN: 978-1-474-00755-9
Series: (awaiting series title, #2)



It’s not easy being the Queen Bee. Alice Taylor should know.

You know that girl. The one that the whole school’s social life seems to revolve around. Alice used to be that girl until she decided to quit sixth form college. Suddenly her ‘friends’ aren’t so interested in following her around and her attention-grabbing behaviour is about to get her kicked out of home. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, her world starts spiralling seriously out of control.

Only new friend Zac Newton seems to believe in her. Lifeguard and poolside hottie, Zac is quite literally her lifesaver. But then, he’s never met ‘Malice’, her mean-girl alter ego, and Alice wants to keep it that way. She knows this is her last chance for a fresh start until her sordid past catches up with her at the worst possible moment.

As everything Alice has worked towards comes crashing down around her, she realises that the hardest thing of all is being yourself…



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

BARDS OF THE BLOGOSPHERE SPECIAL - A Bard A Day - No. 9 Maria Perry Mohan

Heard of the Bards of the Blogosphere by now? Of course you have.  We (because I'm a member too), are a group of India-based bloggers, randomly brought together by Blogadda, the Indian blogging hub. We have co-written a novella together.  It's an exciting story of drama, intrigue, romance suspense and.....well, you'll just have to read it to find out.  The Bards are taking part in the Game of Blogs, an activity promoted by Blogadda to #CelebrateBlogging, with thirty teams in the novella writing fray.  Despite eliminations, we're still in the game.  We met all the Bards, one by one. First, we met Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan. Then, we met the vivacious Divyakshi Gupta from Mumbai.  Next, we met the multi-faceted Priyanka Roy Banerjee!  Following Priyanka, it was the turn of the enigmatic Nupur Maskara.  Then, we had the talented Sulekha Rawat.  Next, we met the unassuming Arpita Nayak.  Subsequently, we met  our second Priyanka, the witty Priyanka Victor.  Then we met our Bard of deep and sensual prose, the inimitable Datta Ghosh.  One of the Bards was forced to drop out before the game began because of unavoidable circumstances. So that leaves only me, Maria Perry Mohan




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I'm now going to answer the exact questions I asked my fellow Bards during the last few weeks....

Can you share a little about yourself?

I was born in Ireland and loved living there.  After I met my husband, the love of my life (apart from the kids, my mum, etc) I couldn't enjoy living there any more and I followed him over to India, where he was obliged to return to work after a stint of study in Ireland.  We got married nearly twenty years ago and my feet have hardly touched the ground since. That's because I'm way too busy with looking after the kids, housework, cooking, trying to write lots, the usual pressures.

How are you enjoying being a Bard of the Blogosphere?

It feels wonderful to be part of such a team.  I feel we are totally in synch with each other.  Most of us have only ever met in WhatsApp and Facebook, I had an amazing experience with this group.  I had written the first chapter of Cyrus and Jenny's romance and when I read Arpita's closing chapter on the same romance, I got goosebumps.  It was a different author, yet exactly the same people as I'd written about.  It felt surreal.  Datta wrote the hot Cyrus and Jenny scene and I did feel that the characters were different in tone and intensity than I'd written them.  Then I remembered that people generally are different in the bedroom than they are on the street.  I'd written them on the street and Datta had written them in the bedroom.  That made complete sense.

How does it feel to cowrite a novella?  Have you done this before?

I co-wrote a novel last year with hundreds of writers.  It was called THE LONELY WISH GIVER and it was brought together by a group called GRAMMOWRIMO.  I only had to write 800 words and I feel sure that my 800 got written out in editing.  I completely disown that book, there's nothing of me in it at all.  This is completely different.  I have around 7k words in it.  If the book gets published, there probably will be some cuts, but it remains close to my heart.

Did you know the ending to the story?

I did.  It still came as a surprise to me.

Can you sum up this experience in a Tweet sized sentence?

The Bards of the Blogosphere rock! #CelebrateBlogging


AND NOW:  THE BOOK  

Week 1: 
Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out
Chapter 2 - The Weekend Brunch
Chapter 3 - The Journey
Chapter 4 - The Phone Call
Chapter 5 - Through the Eyes of a Stranger
Chapter 6 - The Princess and her Pied Piper
Chapter 7 - Shadow play turns real
Chapter 8 - Mysterious Tattoo
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation

Week 2:

Chapter 1 - I'm coming to get you, Princess
Chapter 2 - The evening before
Chapter 3 - A Good morning
Chapter 4 - Trigger happy
Chapter 5 - The Calm before the storm
Chapter 6 - What lies beneath
Chapter 7 - Pandemonium
Chapter 8 - Whodunnit
Chapter 9 - The Divulgence

Week 3
Chapter 1 - Shadows In The Night
Chapter 2 - Taken
Chapter 3 - Truth and Pretence
Chapter 4 - The Perfect Crime
Chapter 5 - Standoff
Chapter 6 - The Return
Chapter 7 - Catharsis
Chapter 8 - The Reunion
Chapter 9 - Epilogue


It's currently a free read online, with the different chapters found at the various blogs of the writers.  Please visit, follow the story and above all, respond. Leave comments on our posts and Facebook page.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amy Ruttan's New Release - DARE SHE DATE AGAIN

Today, MBB welcomes Amy Ruttan today.  Her new release, DARE SHE DATE AGAIN is a great read.  I took the opportunity to ask this talented author some questions about her work.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she's not furiously typing away at her computer, she's a mom to three children.

Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.

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How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?
Anything can inspire an idea; music, a picture, a dream, a trip to 
a new place or even a trip to a familiar place. I like car rides. I 
hang around on Pinterest a lot and pin pictures I like. My current 
work in progress is based on a picture of a former Marine who 
does modelling now, but only has one leg. He’s my inspiration for 
my current hero.

Does writer's block ever happen to you?
Yes! It has happened to me. It happens mostly when I’m stressed. I had a heck of a time starting my current work in progress took a lot longer than I anticipated to start. I had everything worked out, my editor sent me her suggestions, but I was blanking. The end of summer and early part of the fall was a very stressful time in my personal life.

How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?
I just power through. I have contracted deadlines and I know if I spoke to my editor or agent and told them why and what was going on they would give me an extension, but I can’t rely on that. This is a business and personally I want to meet the expectations. I want to meet my deadlines. So I power through, even if I only write half a page that will be edited out later at least it’s writing. As Nora Roberts said, “You can’t fix a blank page”.

Of all the stories you've written, what's your favourite?

I don’t have a favorite. I like them all for different reasons. The 
easiest one for me to write was Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart 
(Feb 2014). The one that made me cry the most when I was 
writing it was Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son (July 2014). My 
most challenging to date was Dare She Date Again? (Oct 2014). 
It took a few revisions to get it right. Each book affects me a 
different way.

Do you live in your' character's world while you write?

I try to as much as I can. I can’t think ahead about my other 
projects too much. I’m very invested in what I’m currently writing 
at the time.

DARE SHE DATE AGAIN

DARE SHE DATE AGAIN?

To love again...? 

Single mom and paramedic Samantha Doxtator has been living with a broken heart after losing her 

husband years ago. Now she's finally back on track and following her dream to become an air ambulance 

pilot...after training one last student—George Atavik!

Since nearly losing his life in a plane crash, George will not waste the second chance he's been given, 

and he won't deny the sparks flying between him and his new mentor. Does Samantha dare risk her own 

carefully guarded heart for another opportunity at happiness?



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