Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene Fogelberg

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Book Information
Genre: Memoir
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631529854

Synopsis: Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?

Unflinchingly honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction is an inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death—and of the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found there.

Review: This is an amazing story written by an amazing woman.  It goes back and forth between the present and the past so that we get an honest and emotional look at what Lene had to go through in her life. When you read her descriptions of her attacks, and her panicked thoughts, you feel as though you are experiencing them right along with her.

Having faced the possibility of death myself, and having to contemplate how that would impact my  husband and children, much of this story resonated with me. I highly recommend it, and promise that it will make you look at each day with a deeper sense of gratitude.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo 14091259_zpshxee3dds.jpg Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, her curiosity for culture and language has drawn her to live abroad, in Germany, France and the United States, studying German, French, and English along the way. She currently lives with her family in Indonesia, where she is working on a novel that takes place in Jakarta.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY: It's All About The Food by Alice Loweecy (Guilia Driscoll Mysteries)

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Today I am honored to have Alice Loweecy, author of the Guilia Drisscoll Mysteries, posting on the blog.
To date, the series consists of a short story, Changing Habits, and two novels, Nun Too Soon and Second To Nun.  More on Second To Nun after we hear from Alice.

It’s All About The Food

Italian mom here, from a long line of Italian moms. We cook a lot. A lot a lot. We also grow our own food. Nothing beats a fresh tomato right off the vine, warm from the sun.

My sleuth, Giulia Driscoll, grows and cooks her own food. It’s one of the only two things she and I have in common. The other is the whole ex-nun thing. That doesn’t involve anything heartwarming and fun as cooking good food, so I’ll leave those secrets hidden in my books. Okay, not so hidden. Giulia has the occasional reminiscent snippet, like a teasing peek behind the high stone walls. Even in my latest book, Second To Nun, Giulia mines her nunnery past for insights.

But onto the fun stuff—the food! Giulia’s learning to cook several new recipes now that she and Frank are married, but I want to share some of the classic dishes my family has made for generations. They’re all easy and I guarantee they’re all tasty.

First the appetizer:

Greens & Beans

2 large bunches endive or all the dandelions from the lawn and garden, if you don’t use chemicals on it
2 cloves garlic or powdered garlic to taste
1 can cannellini beans
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil endive/dandelions in large pot of salted water till done; drain. Slightly crush the garlic and rub around inside of large pot. Then dice garlic, add a bit of oil and fry the garlic in the same pot. (If using powdered garlic, just add it in with the beans.) Add greens, undrained can of beans and 1 can water. Bring to boil, then simmer for 1/2 hour.

Really chewy Italian bread goes best with this.

Now the dessert. Although greens and beans and bread is easily a light meal on its own—the quicker to get to dessert! This is a traditional Christmas Cookie recipe, but chocolate is right any time of the year. That’s what I say.

Whiskey Balls

Oven 350o
18 - 20 minutes

4 C flour
1 C sugar
1 t cloves
1/2 t black pepper
1/4 C cocoa
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/2 C melted butter
1 C milk
2 oz rye (optional)

Mix together the first 8 ingredients. Add the butter, milk, and rye and mix to form a dough that does not stick to your fingers. If mix is too dry, add extra milk. Make 1-1/2 inch balls and bake on greased cookie sheets. About 4 dozen. Frost with fudge frosting (follows).

Fudge Frosting

1 lb. confectioner's sugar
5 T melted butter
5 T cocoa
2 t vanilla extract
1 oz rye (optional)
Cold coffee

Mix together all ingredients in a shallow pan and roll warm cookies in the frosting with a fork until they are coated to look like bonbons. Place on waxed paper to dry.

Happy cooking! And when you need a break from cooking, may I suggest any of Giulia’s light, humorous mysteries. Just the thing after a long day in the kitchen. And they go well with Whiskey Balls.

And now, a little about the latest book.

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Second To Nun
(A Giulia Driscoll Mystery Book 2)

Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (September 22, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962930

Synopsis: The Other Side has hired Driscoll Investigations. The owner of Stone’s Throw Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast insists that a tarot reading told her to hire Giulia to evict the family ghost. Since the ghost is cutting gas lines and flooding cellars, Giulia and her husband Frank head to the B&B to discover the real perpetrator.

The client also has a family legend: A highwayman who stole a pile of gold. Giulia has a pile of suspects, including a psychic the client hired to conduct weekly séances. So much for romance with Frank at this getaway.
Instead, Giulia’s juggling arson, creepy clown dolls, and the psychic going all Exorcist on her. Then the ghost tries to push the client off the lighthouse and throw Giulia down three flights of stairs. It should’ve known better than to mess with an ex-nun. Giulia has connections and she’s about to use them.
About The Author –
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Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer Horror and Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which might explain a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Dream by James Vescovi

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Genre: Biography/Memoir
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491831480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491831489

Synopsis: Prepare yourself for a feast consumed in delicious bites. Stories in this collection can be read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. They can even be shared with friends who complain they have enough to read. Together they ask the question, “How do you make modern life run smoothly for parents or grandparents who grew up when oxen were used for plowing, children left school after third grade to tend chickens, and meat was eaten only on religious holidays?

When Tony and Desolina Vescovi arrived in America, they collided with the 20th century. Born around 1900, they were stumped by telephones, banks, fast food, TV wrestling, and supermarkets. It was up to their only child, a son, to serve as their shepherd, and it wasn’t easy For example, how to explain that his job was taking him and his family 700 miles away when, in their day, sons stayed put to work the family farm? Or that it wasn’t wise to hide $10,000 in the bedroom? Or that the ice cream they just tried and enjoyed is called ‘Chubby Hubby’?

This collection of 52 bite-size stories offers a twist on the American immigrant tale and is a testament to love, loyalty, and frequent half-truths. For those who not only like to eat, but love to cook, the book includes recipes. Topping it all off is a collection of family photos.

Review: This is the sort of story collection that every family would love to have to connect them to their immigrant roots. The stories are touching and humorous and are very well-written. You can feel the author's love for his grandparents and parents, as well as his sympathy for his father, who tried to live a modern American life as well as honoring his parents Old World ideas.

There are photographs included throughout the text, which helps the reader to picture everyone in the stories. The author also includes some of his grandparents favorite recipes, which I look forward to trying out soon.

Since the book is a collection of short stories, you can read as much or as little of it at a time as you have time for--each story is a very quick read.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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James Vescovi’s essays about his eccentric grandparents have appeared in The New York TimesAlimentum Journal: The Literature of Food,Creative NonfictionNewsday, Gazetta Italiana, the anthology Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: New Essays by Italian-American Writers (Other Press), and other venues. His fiction and essays been published in Midwestern GothicThe New York Observer, the Georgetown Review, Calliope, and Natural Bridge. He teaches at high school English and lives in New York with his wife and three children. On warm Saturday afternoons, you can find him in his volunteer garden trying desperately to make things grow.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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What I read last week:
1) Onyx Webb, Book Two by Andrea Waltz
2) Hiding Places by Erin Healy
3) Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene Fogelberg
4) The Girl From Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
5) Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron
6) Dog In The Frame by Grace Geyer
7)  Eat Now Talk Later by James Vescovi
8) Deadly Dye and A Soy Chai by Traci Andreghetti and Elizabeth Ashby

What I listened to last week:
1)  Murder Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan
2) Murder Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan

What I'm currently reading:
1) Deadly Messengers by Susan May
2) SmartBrain by G.F. Smith
3) Woman of Light by Teresa Pollard

What I'm currently listening to:
1) Murder Served Simply by Isabella Alan

What I plan to read this week:
1) Back Again by Susan May
2) Scrapbook Of The Dead  by Mollie Cox Bryan
3) Freedom's Secret by Amy McCoy Dees
4) Redemption by Becky Johnson
5) Finding Hope by Elizabeth Diaz
6) Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantine

What I plan to listen to this week:
1) A Dollar Short: The Bottom Dollar Girls Go Hollywood by Karin Gillespie
2) One Deadly Night by John Glatt

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hiding Places by Erin Healey

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Synopsis: Family means safety. Family means protection. Until it doesn't.

Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend.

Devoted to the people she loves—more than they have ever been to her—Kate vows to protect each one.

Charlie Fuse has lived on the streets since his alcoholic father threw him out. When Charlie’s powerful street family tests his loyalty by demanding that he kill the son of a rival gang leader, he refuses. They frame him for the murder, forcing Charlie to run.

When Kate finds Charlie injured and penniless, she hides him from his enemies and her uncharitable relatives, unaware that he has a connection to her family as old as the hotel itself.

The murderous gang tracks Charlie down. To flush him out, they take the clueless family hostage and threaten young Kate. Even then, Kate keeps Charlie hidden, putting all her childlike faith in one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now.

Review: This is a wonderful story, told from the point of view of Kate, an 11 yr. old girl. Although it is primarily a suspense novel, it is also a story about family: not only Kate's extended family, but also the other families, of various types, involved in the story.

Aside from Kate, my favorite character was Great-Grandma Pearl. She pretends to be crazy, which is hilarious, but when the chips are down, and Kate really needs her, she turns out to be a lot smarter and craftier than anyone gave her credit for.

The author does a marvelous job of tying all the stories together and giving us quite the emotional climax. You will find yourself wondering if anyone is going to make it out alive. Once I got past the first few chapters, I didn't want to put it down, and couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

I was given a copy of this book by the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Erin Healy is a supernatural-suspense novelist and an award-winning fiction editor. She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding stories before their collaboration on KISS, the first novel to seat her on "the other side of the desk."

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Magic Fishing Panties by Kimberly J. Dalferes

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Book Information
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 214
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication date: August 5, 2015
ISBN: 1513702033

Synopsis: Have you taken to blaming the little people for stealing all the things you can’t find, like the damn Chico’s gift card you are 100% sure you left on the dresser? When you take off your bra, is it as if an airbag has deployed? Have you more than once started a sentence with the phrase “Back when I was in school…”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, welcome to the middle-aged cheap seats.

Magic Fishing Panties is the follow-up to Dalferes’ debut book I Was in Love With a Short Man Once. This collection of humorous tales offers new perspective from the self-proclaimed crazy Southern Irish gal and recent inductee into “Club 50.” Rather than wallow in the self-pity often induced by sagging jaw lines, empty nests, and menopause, the author offers colorful depictions of life in the middle. You will find yourself contemplating:

• How would you react to being in public during an earthquake? Oh, and you’re naked.
• The wedding starts in five minutes and your best friend needs to pump her breast milk, but all the bathrooms are occupied. Where should she go to quickly resolve her situation?
• You are depressed and alone on your 39th birthday. What do you do? Hint: tattoo anyone?

You’ll come to know Kimba as a true gal pal, someone who will gladly lend you her size 11 black boots, favorite red coat, and anything else you might need to rule the world – with the exception of her magic fishing panties. Because letting you borrow those would be a little weird, don’t ya think?

Review: It's been a while since I read a book which had me laughing until I cried--but this is definitely one of those books. So many of the author's stories are easy for women of "a certain age" to identify with, as we've been there right along with her.

The author does touch on subjects such as racism and sexism, but she has managed to do so with class and grace. She is an amazing writer, and I look forward to more of her humor in the future.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is a native Floridian, but currently pretends to be a Virginian. She is an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie, and sometimes writes books. Her first book, I Was In Love With a Short Man Once, was published in 2011, with a 2nd edition released in 2015 by Booktrope Publishing. She recently published her second book, Magic Fishing Panties, also with Booktrope Publishing. Her stories have been featured in diverse publications including Voices from Smith Mountain Lake (an anthology published in 2013 by the Smith Mountain Arts Council), The Roanoke Times, Hippocampus Magazine, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, The Business of Being An Author, The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Generation Fabulous, Better After Fifty, Laugh Lines-Finding Your Funny, and Midlife Boulevard. She is also a columnist–her humor column Dock Tale Hour appears regularly in Laker Magazine (an affiliate of Times-World LLC).
The author happily serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Writers Club (VWC). She is a member of the Orangeberry Book Tours Hall of Fame (2012), is a featured writer in The Authors Show, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading (2012), and won gold in the AuthorsDB 2013 Book Cover Contest. She has also been recognized for her nonfiction writing as the winner of the 2014 Golden Nib Award; VWC’s highest honor.
Dalferes divides her time between Fairfax and Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia with husband Greg, Bonz the cat, and occasionally her son Jimmy, when he is home from college. She is also often found hanging out in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats–her blog. She continues to sing hopelessly off-key and waits patiently for that phone call from George Clooney.

Friday, September 25, 2015


This year is the third annual Protect Your Breasts event and we are doing something we have never done before.
We have always prided ourselves on the fact that we raise awareness rather than money because you really can’t put a price tag on knowledge, but for one month only we will be raising money and here’s how.
We have gathered twenty-seven writers and created Framed; a book containing twenty different stories one thousand words each in length.
The stories were all inspired by one picture, this picture
Beautiful girl travelling through the magical portal - fantasy tale
The book will be available from the 9th of October until the 8th of November, but you won’t be able to buy the book from an online store. We wanted to make sure Cancer Research (the charity we are fundraising for) would get as much of the money as possible.
The only way you can get hold of this book is through donations made on the PYB Just Giving page and you will receive the book as a thank you gift. Donations can be as big or small as you can spare and there is no minimum donation requirement.
Would you like to see the cover? Of course you would and here it is
We also have a short blurb for the book:
Framed is a collection of twenty-seven stories, one thousand words in length, each written by one of twenty-seven writers, collectively known as the #PYB Wordy Warriors. The compilation is intended to raise money for Cancer Research, in support of the Protect Your Breasts online movement dedicated to awareness and early detection of breast cancer.
All the tales in this anthology are inspired by the same picture.  Every story is different, every writer’s way with words unique, but they stand united for the cause. Fear, love, pain and freedom; you’ll find it all in this book, on a heart-breaking and uplifting journey through beautiful prose.
This compilation is a thank you gift for donations made through the #PYB Just Giving page. The team of Wordy Warriors and the team at #PYB want to say a huge thank you for all your support and we hope you enjoy this collection.
All links for the Just Giving page and the registration for the book will be available in the coming weeks so please keep checking back for up-to-date information.
Here is the list of writers who make up the #PYB Wordy Warriors
Myself, V and the #PYB Wordy Warriors would like to take a moment to thank you for all your support over the past two years and we hope our message will keep spreading far and wide.
Together let’s make C stand for Clear, not Cancer

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer #3) by Laxmi Hariharan

About the Book:
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.

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An exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY from The First Life of Vikram Roy
The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan

I hear the staccato of shots being fired, followed by yells and howls of pain. Then, the sound of something being smashed and everything goes quiet. The TV no longer chatters. I look to the open door. The recreation room is down at the end of the corridor. The sounds of shots get closer. Without giving myself a chance to think I make a run for the door slam it shut, lock it and it’s as if that’s a signal to the rest of the men to jump to their feet. Without a word, the ten of us scram to our bunks, pull on trousers and shoes.We get our hands on whatever weapon we can find. No guns, none of us have guns. So I grab my cricket bat. (As if that’s going to make a difference?)
 Around me the others too are grabbing cricket bats and hockey sticks. Neil grabs an iron rod. An iron rod? Where did he get that from?  We drop to the floor, crouch and wait. 
Should I hide under the bed? Nope, no way. Like, that is going to help. 
And then a crash as the door is broken down, hacked by what looks like an axe till it’s in pieces on the floor and through it step through two men. One holding a machine gun, the other wielding an axe which he drops to the floor and instead grabs the the gun slung over his back. They are both wearing balaclavas, so we can’t see their features. Of medium height, they are muscular and dressed all in black: Black jeans and sweatshirts, their hair covered by the hoods. Their backs are to the door. They point their guns at us, signalling to us to put our hands up. I hesitate, not looking around but sense that the others too are not sure what to do. The first gunman points his gun at the nearest recruit … a boy just out of his teens and shoots him in the head. 
There is a collective gasp from the room. A chill runs through me. Who are they? How did they break through the security measures of the force base? And then they are foolish enough to barge right into the heart of the training facilities of the force and shoot its cadets? Why? Why would they do that? The gunmen gesture to us and this time we follow their orders. We walk to the wall at the back of the bunkhouse and line up, hands on our heads, staring ahead.
An alarm rings out then. Finally! It’s been almost ten minutes since the shooting started. Still, the reinforcements should be here soon. Now all we need to do is keep these gun men distracted enough so they don’t kill us. As if reading my mind, the guy who’d shot the young recruit moves forward, his gun trained on us. I draw in a breath and hold it. The sweat trickles down my back. My heart is racing so fast I am sure if I look down I can see it leaping out of my chest. The gunman passes me, walks to the end of the line; then back to the middle where I am. 
"You have no idea what this is about do you?" He asks.
He sounds young, as if he is barely a man himself. And something in his voice … muffled as it is, it sounds familiar. A faint recollection  grabs the edge of my mind, And then I forget everything because he leans close to Neil who is next to me, and smashes the butt of his gun into his stomach. Neil falls to the ground, moaning, holding his middle. I firm up my stomach muscles. I know I am next, I must be. I want to squeeze my eyes shut, but don’t. The gunman leans to the other side, and shoots another man in the head. 
This chap collapses without a cry. What the fuck? I want to jump him right then, but that would be really stupid of me. I am not going to help anyone if I get killed will I? There are six of us left in the room now. One of the younger recruits lets out a sob, at which gunman no 2 holds his gun at him, so he shuts up immediately.
The gunman asks me, "Where are the plans?’
"What are you talking about?" I reply, trying to stay calm, struggling not to show how scared I am inside. 
He only grins and in response, and without taking his eyes off me, holds his gun up and I know what what he is going to do and I scream. "No!" But it’s too late. This time he’s shot two more guys in succession. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. These guys are desperate, or crazy or both. 
Besides me Neil stirs on the ground.  
The gunman takes a deep breathe, as if trying to calm himself and says, "Don’t pretend to be dumb. If you don’t get me the blue prints of the security arrangements being planned by the force for Bombay; the one that you and your team mates are being trained for, then all the rest of you die too."
Only six of us left now. Four young lives, gone just like that. I feel sick. What the fuck are these guys upto? And … and how do they know about the plans? This is top secret. The only reason I know about it, is because I’ve overheard the training officer speaking with the ACP about it on the phone last week. And only because I happened to be waiting outside his room then. And how does this gunman even know that I know the details?

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About the origins of Ruby Iyer:
Growing up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It's just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform. All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless of consequences.  Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Make no mistake, Ruby’s her own person. She leads. I follow. You can download the RUBY IYER DIARIES, the prequel novelette in the series free HERE

About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
2015 Readers' Favorite (Bronze) YA Action
 YA Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award
Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 

All SEPTEMBER earnings from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click HERE to buy them. 

YOU can also donate to SAVE THE CHILDREN directly HERE 

About the Author:
She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

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The First Life of Vikram Roy, The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series, launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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