Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Author interview!

Author interview-

Wow, this is my first ever 'Author interview' and i'm very excited for it. I was lucky enough to interview Simi K. Rao who has just wrote 'An incurable insanity'. The book it self seems extremely interesting as I have never read a book on this subject before.

Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack. She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. "I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It's probably a good thing to do anyway." As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, "So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?" Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind. 

Who is Simi K. Rao?-
Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. Her contemporary romance novel An Incurable Insanity, published by Tate Publishing, was released on October 8, 2013. An Incurable Insanity is her first foray into writing. The inspiration for the story came from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends and casual conversations with acquaintances. She also writes poetry, is an avid photographer, loves to travel, and is a practicing physician. She currently lives in Denver with her family. 

So, onto the actual interview!!

So Simi, what inspired you to write your book?

I had come across a few incidents of arranged marriages gone wrong in the immigrant Indian community. I wanted to tell a different story where a woman does not compromise with her situation instead forces the hand of destiny. And she does it despite all her shortcomings.

When growing up, did you know you wanted to become an author?

No I always wanted to be a doctor. I became an author almost by accident.

Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

None really, other than write with passion and develop your own voice.

Are you planning on writing anymore books?

Yes, hopefully by the end of this year.

So this was a very exciting thing for me, I hope you pick up a copy of 'An incurable insanity', I know I will.

You can get the book here (UK)
You can get the book here (USA)

Thanks for reading,
Much love,
Jessie x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Top 6 series of 2013

Top six series of 2013

For this I have chose 6 complete series/trilogies.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympian's series by Rick Riordan , this consists of 5 books. Basically, it is about the son of Poseidon who is a demi-god, he is called Percy and these books follow him as he grows from a 12 year old to a 16 year old. Add in a few bad Gods and quests and you have yourself a very good series.
  2. The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld , this is about a world where you have an operation to turn yourself from 'ugly' to 'pretty' when you turn 16. This book follows Shay and her adventure, she wants to be pretty but she also sees something 'ugly' about it.
  3. The vampire academy series by Richelle Mead. This consists of 6 books. These books follow Rose who is a guardian for a vampire princess called Lissa. What happens when Rose questions authority, when rules are broken and love connections are made? If you like vampires or forbidden love this book is for you.
  4. The gone series by Micheal Grant. This book is a dystopian apocalypse type of book. It follows the children of Perrido beach when all the adults dissapear. Main protagonist is Sam but you also get P.O.V'S from different people.
  5. The women of the otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. This is by far my favourite series of the year. Each book is a different persons story but it alternates between around 5 women, all the stories intertwine and all come together for the epic, 13th book finale. If you like ghosts, werewolves, witches etc then you'll love this.
  6. The legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Another dystopian read. Involves June and Day, rules and regulations and a bloody good fight. Everyone should read this trilogy, its amazing.
Thanks for reading,
Much love,
Jessie x

24 hour read-a-thon POST update

Post update

I failed....
I read a measly 1 and a half books...
I re-read Along for the ride by Sarah Dessen and started Peter pan by J M Barrie.
I was so excited for this read-a-thon but I think sprint reading the first book put me in a slump:(

Thanks for reading,
Much love,
Jessie x