Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Catching Mr. Right by Misti Murphy

Title: Catching Mr. Right 
Author: Misti Murphy
Genre: Romance 

Finding Mister Right is easy. 
It’s catching him that’s hard. 
Not that I’ve ever been the girl who lets a little rejection get me down. 
Or stop me from achieving my goals. 

When Mister Right proves difficult to land, I need a little help. 
Casper Morgan isn’t the ideal candidate. 
Actually, he’s rude and grumpy and mean. 
He’s also my boss for the summer. 
And he’s hiding some pretty big secrets behind the zip of his pants. 
Oh, and did I mention this whole fake dating plan was his idea? 

Now we’re pretending to be together. 
Sometimes it’s hard to remember we’re not. 
Especially when he kisses me like he does. 
And touches me as though I belong to him. 
Maybe the right guy isn’t the one you plan on.
It’s the one you never saw coming.

Misti Murphy is a sadistic b*tch who loves to emotionally torture fictional people. If she did that in real life she’d probably end up in prison or a psych ward so she prefers to create dirty talking alphas and the sexually frustrated women who fall into their beds. And if someone needs to be smacked upside the head before f*cking turns to love then that makes her very happy indeed. 
She’s a huge believer in flaws making us human, and that not everyone likes bacon. She’s also addicted to chocolate and scared of the effects of the coming shortage. She swears like a f*cking trooper, and thinks that graphic smuttiness should be as real in fiction as it is in real life. 
When she’s not writing she’s the perfect housewife and mother. Ha bloody ha! When she’s not writing she’s hiding in a cupboard with her kindle, scoffing chocolate, and stalking facebook.  

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Musings on the Rig Vedic world that can intrigue the modern reader

Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

Musings on the Rig Vedic world that can intrigue the modern reader

My fascination with the Rig Vedic world was kindled during a conference at a popular educational institution where Devi Suktam was chanted. It was interesting to note that the Seer or Rishi who envisaged the hymn was a woman called Vak-Ambhrani. Dedicated to the Supreme Feminine, the hymn is also composed in the first person!

A cursory reading of the Rig Veda would introduce the reader to the various female Rishikas who contributed to the oldest text of India. Ambhrani, Ghosha, Lopamudra and others are mentioned to have contributed to the ancient knowledge corpus while Mudgalini, Vadhrimati and Vishpala are thought of as warriors who excelled in martial arts. A telling example of pervasive female presence in various facets of Vedic life. Rig Vedic egalitarianism is that phase of human civilization where the greater role of a citizen (irrespective of birth, gender or profession) defined the social dynamics. Hence gender parity appears as a norm and not as a reform.

Gender parity being just one aspect of this egalitarian phase of India’s ancient past, a deeper reading would also reveal the existence of representative forms of governments in the period alongside the conventional monarchies. It is very much possible that women of the Rig Vedic Society held positions of representative powers too.

The hymn 10.191.2 of Rig Veda is referred to as a customary prayer chanted before a republican gathering commenced.

We pray for a spirit of unity;
May we discuss and resolve all issues amicably,
May we reflect on all matters (of state) without rancor,
May we distribute all resources (of the state) to all stakeholders equitably,
May we accept our share with humility

In Avishi, the fictional re-imagination of the ancient heroine Vishpala (Vishapala), I tried to explore this unique aspect of this ancient society. Envisaging characters who mirrored the society was an exciting experience. In an age where we are still debating the inclusion of women into combative roles, the Rig Vedic society can appear as ‘too forward’. Strange, but true!
Readers of Avishi were pleasantly surprised to notice the construction of a pre-marital society where the concept of wedlock was very nascent. This was inspired by references in the Mahabharata (Shanti Parva as observed by Bhishma) to a more ancient society and the evolution of mating into a more institutionalized form.

चैषां मैथुनो धर्मो बभूव भरतर्षभ
संकल्पादेवैतेषां अपत्यं उपपद्यते
ततः त्रेतायुगेकाले संस्पर्शात् जायते प्रजान
ह्य भूः मैथुनो धर्मस्तेषां अपि जनाधिप
द्वापरे मैथुनो धर्म प्रजानां भवन्नृपःतथा
कलियुगे राजन द्वन्द्व मापेदिरे जनाः

"In satya yuga, intercourse happened as desire arose in minds of fertile men and women. There were no words for mother, father, sibling etc. In Treta Yuga, when men and women touched each other and welcomed the touch, Dharma allowed them to copulate for time-being. (this is stage where concept of "favourite" mate started emerging). IN Dwapara Yuga, Men and women started cohabiting as couples but not as stable and committed pair-bonding couples. In Kali Yuga, the stable pair-bonding (what we refer to as institution of marriage) emerged."

(Ref: Brief history of Hindu Marriage - 1 - Evolution of Human Pair Bonding as seen from Puranas and Vedas by Kal Chiron)

Reading of Manusmriti’s classification of the different kinds of wedlock and the attempt to bring in different types of unions under the institution show the amount of thought and evolution that went into the process. One can imagine how many generations of Rishis and Rishikas, rulers and leaders, thinkers and counsellors might have spent thinking, observing and debating about the pros and cons of a life-long relationship like marriage.

The world of Rig Veda will continue to intrigue the modern reader in many ways. In adapting a small part of it for Avishi, I wondered many times if the society five millennia before already had the solutions for the problems we face today!

About the Author:
Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Jagged Edge by Jo Raven

Title: Jagged Edge 
Author: Jo Raven 
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Models: Ryan VanDyke & Jason Dickinson
Photographer Eric David Battershell
Cover design: Clarissa Wild of Booming Covers

I don’t want Jason Vega. Not at all.
It’s the worst idea ever.
Ah hell…
Jason is handsome. Clever. Dangerous. Hot.
He’s goddamn gorgeous – but he’s also living on the street, hanging out with the local MC gang and selling his body for a living.
Our paths, our lives couldn’t be further apart. I’m crawling toward the light, while he falls into the dark.
But it doesn’t matter how different we are, or what logic dictates.
I really shouldn’t want Jason Vega – but I just can’t stop.
He’s under my skin, and sinking deeper…
Trigger warnings: Violence and rape/sexual abuse

Jo Raven is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, best known for her series Inked Brotherhood and Damage Control. She writes edgy, contemporary New Adult romance with sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines. She writes about MME fighters and tattoo artists, dark pasts that bleed into the present, loyalty and raw emotion. Add to that breathtaking suspense, super-hot sex scenes and a happy ending, and you have a Jo Raven® story.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Beast by AJ Adams

Title: Beast 
Author: AJ Adams 

He stuck the knife in the ground and stripped off his leathers. The tunic came off, revealing a long, lean, muscled torso, covered in tattoos. Snakes ran up and down his arms, his pecs and his shoulders. A skull blazed on his chest. 
Then he was pushing apart my legs, settling between my thighs, leaning over me. He smelled of smoke, leather and musk. It was terrifying, like being at the mercy of an animal.

Falsely accused, Wynne is determined to clear her name. However, a trip to petition the Steward at Brighthelme turns disastrous when the Beasts, fearsome warriors from the frozen north, raze the city. When Wynne is carried away, she’s determined to regain her freedom but Rune, her captor, has other ideas. 

Beast is set in Prydain, an imaginary place that combines Anglo-Saxon England with Medieval England, the Teutonic Kingdom and the Viking Age. 

WARNING: This story contains kidnapping, rape, dubious consent and graphic violence.
It is a standalone novel; no cliff-hangers. 

He stuck the knife in the ground and stripped off his leathers. The tunic came off, revealing a long, lean, muscled torso, covered in tattoos. Snakes ran up and down his arms, his pecs and his shoulders. A skull blazed on his chest.
Then he was pushing apart my legs, settling between my thighs, leaning over me. He smelled of smoke, leather and musk. It was terrifying, like being at the mercy of an animal.

AJ Adams is a Scottish-Dutch author currently living in Malaysia. In her regular life she is a columnist and feature writer. She works from home, where she is closely snoopervised by cats, Target, Guido and swooner.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mine To Save by Diana Gardin

Title: Mine To Save 
Author: Diana Gardin
Genre: Romance 

The next sexy and suspenseful standalone in the Rescue Ops series.

This time, he'll have to save one of his own...

I make everything complicated. Instead of being content owning a bar, I accept a job with the Rescue Ops team at Night Eagle Security. Apparently, guys with Special Forces explosives training are hard to come by. And instead of hooking up with one of the many women who flirt with me, I have to fall for hacker Sayward Diaz. Not only is she one of my new co-workers, she's also just become my first assignment. Like I said, complicated.

When Sayward's father dies and his secret ties to the Columbia cartel put her in danger, it's my job to keep her safe at all costs. For a woman who's more comfortable with computers than humans, she's not exactly thrilled to have me as her bodyguard--or by our undeniable spark. And with threats coming at us from all sides, I can't let our attraction compromise her safety. Because if I do, my first mission might be my last.

"No one does Romantic Suspense like Diana Gardin."-Susan Stoker,New York Times bestselling author

The Rescue Ops series:

Diana Gardin is the author of eleven sexy, emotional romance novels. She refers her heroes bossy and tattooed, and her heroines smart and sassy. Diana is obsessed with super heroes, the beach, and all things purple. When she's not writing you can find her spending time with her husband and two young children.